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K-Drama Review: “A Piece of Your Mind” Heals Broken Souls With Its Heartwarming Story Line

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A Piece of Your Mind traces dramatic misery, yet ironically grants warm touch and heart-rending life lessons.

With its calming pacing of events, A Piece Of Your Mind recounts an emotional crusade of two people with ruined pasts. While being caught between a deviating connection, love modestly blooms after realizing that they complete each other.

A Piece of Your Mind

Title: A PIECE OF YOUR MIND
Network: tvN
Theme: DRAMA, ROMANCE
Length: 12 EPISODES
Broadcast Date: 23 MARCH 2020 – 28 APRIL 2020
Main Leads: JUNG HAE IN | CHAE SOO BIN | KIM SUNG KYU | LEE HA NA | PARK JOO HYUN
Highlights: THE SILVER LINING IN THE CHARACTERS CIRCUMSTANCES| DISTINCTIVE LOVE STORY | WARM & MEANINGFUL SETTINGS
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A Piece of Your Mind

As one of the most anticipated drama pairing, Jung Hae In and Chae Soo Bin anchored the new tvN series A Piece Of Your Mind. 

Dubbed as heart-stealing actor, Jung Hae In (Something In The Rain, One Spring Night), played the role of Moon Ha Won. He is the founder  and the brain behind the AI company M&H. He is an ideal man with a soft heart and selfless when it comes to love.

Jung Hae In teams up with lovable actress Chae Soo Bin (I’m Not A Robot, Where Stars Land) who characterizes Han Seo Woo. She is a classical sound engineer with a bright personality. Despite growing up with no parents, Han Seo Woo managed to keep her life on track.

Actress Lee Ha Na (OCN’s Voice Season 1,2,3) brings life to her role Moon Soon Ho, a gardener turned studio manager with a pure heart. She is Moon Ha Won’s niece.

Bringing wonderful portrayal is actor Kim Sung Kyu (Kingdom Season 1 & 2) as Kang In Wook, a successful pianist with a loving wife Kim Ji Soo (played by Park Joo Hyun from the recent Netflix’s Extracurricular).


Quick Plot Roundup

Moon Ha Won is an AI developer from a company M&H. He grew up in Oslo, Norway with his mother and his childhood friend Kim Ji Soo.

Until one day, a tragedy struck his family. His mother lost her life due to a blizzard, leaving Ha Won with no family other than Ji Soo.

Then, Moon Ha Won got adopted by the Moon Family, specifically, Moon Soon Ho’s grandmother. He started a new life with them without Kim Ji Soo by his side. Deeply submerged in a devastating past, Ha Won clings to his 10-year unrequited love to Ji Soo.

Han Seo Woo, who suffers the same history as Moon Ha Won, grew up to be a classical sound engineer. Her family passed away due to a fire in his hometown. From that moment on, she never went back to his hometown and struggled living her Seoul life.

With the single task given to Seo Woo by her manager Moon Soon Ho, she started to face dilemmas. As she gets in between the relationship of Ji Soo and Ha Won, secrets from the past unfold. Series of events with unexpected revelations laid right in front of their sight.

Along the way, they become each other’s beam of hope while Ji Soo escapes from confronting the truth.


Highlights

THE SILVER LINING IN THE CHARACTERS’ CIRCUMSTANCES

Despite Ha Won and Seo Woo’s emotional baggage due to their parents’ passing, they remained strong. The drama carefully examines grief as the central aspect which gives substance to each characters. How they dealt with grief and pain – death of a family, relationship or past self.

Each character presents their specific approach in life while striving for happiness. It is where we can relate and learn in a nurturing way. The series may have shown lots of the characters’ imperfections, nonetheless, that’s where the silver linings of the characters truly shine.

What makes A Piece of Your Mind worth of your watch list is how they perfectly shown the characters bravely overcome their grief. Most especially how they bring comfort with each other’s sole existence. The negative things that came to their lives eventually made them stronger, but even more tender.

They embark into a journey of discovering love and warmth they are truly in search for. The sweet leap of their relationship was brought by their bitter circumstances.

Ha Won, stricken with unrequited love which mostly took part of his life, eventually finds the right person for him. From there, because of the unfortunate turns of events, he met Seo Woo, sunken with the same past predicament. It presents a sign of making something beautiful out of a mess, where it dawns into a healing mutual relationship.

One cannot help but ache for their situations. However, it provides a subtle warm touch and reassurance that all scars heal with the right and perfect care.

In defiance of their grievances, a delicate and well-crafted love sprouts that matures as they slowly get to know each other.

DISTINCT LOVE STORY

Perfectly subjected to a slow burn romance, Ha Won and Seo Woo’s kind of love is a rare one. It completely goes the opposite conventional way of presenting love stories in the past. The portrayal of their romance isn’t excessive which gives off an intricate taste.

Most specially, it bursts delightful healing talks, stares full of love, warm hugs and sweet touch. Just like how a slow burn romance develops, and so is their love, that springs in tune with the season.

Initially, there was no romance present. Nevertheless, the characters’ maturity whether to rapidly jump or carefully walk into a relationship was given a spotlight because of it.

They are alike when it comes to loving a person. Ha Won’s unrequited love to Ji Soo helped him endures life’s bitterness. He is fully content with just a piece from Ji Soo, but not until that piece disappear when Ji Soo passed away.

Same goes with Seo Woo’s unrequited love to Ha Won and being satisfied with just 1% probability of a love return.

Seo Woo then explained to Ha Won how vital 1% is when the person he love is alive. However, when Ha Won learned the fact of Ji Soo’s death, he suddenly recuperate and escaped the void of Ji Soo in his heart. He finally opened up his heart into someone willing to give the same love as he has.

Ha Won and Seo Woo naturally found solace and encouragement in each other’s presence brought by Ji Soo’s passing. The acceptance and deep understanding of each other’s grief and the “give and take” type of relationship is commendable. It is also noteworthy how the two provide a love common ground to an equal extent.

Over similar circumstances, including death of a family, the unforeseen aftermath they dwelt become the subtle tie that connects them in the beginning as companions. Through time, their feelings bloomed just like how the flowers from trees take time to blossom as spring falls.

WARM & MEANINGFUL SETTINGS

The play of colors, lighting with nature was a brilliant move. Offsetting nostalgic notes, the beautiful terrains of Norway gives a lingering impression of beauty and emotions.

The melodic pieces of classical music adds sweet melancholic tang to the cinematography sentiments.

Some of the remarkable settings include narrow alleyways with flickering lights and the lone chair under the streetlight. The downhill street with an overlooking sunset and the quiet footbridge atop the restless boulevard are memorable to the characters as well.

Music filling the studio, plants on the window sill and the sunlight travelling the room is calming to every senses.

The reflection of leaves on the ceiling of the quiet cafe plays a major role to Ha Won and Ji Soo’s memories.

Misiryeong sunset and the serene hometown of Seo Woo are all significant to Seo Woo’s life.

The few paces from the road corner all the way to Ha Won’s home expresses the warmth shared by Han Seo Woo and Moon Ha Won.

The places they’ve been into felt surreal that it leaves an incurable imprint in mind. It’s as if you’ve personally been there. All of it paint the perfect illustration of a warm and tranquil life. It’s like a poetry book – sincere and profound.


Series Afterthoughts

Though it has been cut to 12 episodes, the gradual stride of the story was well-observed. It’s like a beautiful poem being read that makes you peaceful and calm.

A Piece of Your Mind shows how people differ in dealing with agony. Moon Ha Won who pretends to be strong and Han Seo Woo who’s completely crumbling. It also manifests Moon Soon Ho’s retraction from reality and Kang In Wook’s pursuit of the lost happiness impossible to be brought back.

In a profoundly heartening path, it drifts into different sides of depression that does not leave the viewers dejected from life, but rather hopeful. The main point is that it signifies healing and growth of the characters.

It conveys deep-seated lessons on how we should appreciate life as it is. Dreadful things naturally happen that’ll ruin us. The only thing that can save us is love – even with just a small fraction from where our heart belongs.

A small piece of that person would suffice everything.

A single leaf lands on the shoulder without making a sound. Cosmos laid its hand on me. It was very light.” – the poetic words shared by Moon Ha Won and Kim Ji Soo, that we never thought the exact connotation how Seo Woo tenderly came into Ha Won’s life.

Recommendation

A Piece of Your Mind is the perfect representation of how an artistic and soulful a drama could be. It pictures how love conquers struggles on certain levels, like we’ve seen often. What makes this series a gem is how leisure and gradual the love line progresses.

It opens up into a new kind of connection that makes everyone appreciate what life has to offer – family, friends, time and littlest joys life could ever bring.

Certainly, it isn’t binge-worthy because the show is made to be enjoyed slowly. Keep in mind that this isn’t for those searching for thrills since it contains an unhurried plot. Being slow-paced makes you appreciate its beauty and the meaning behind every details.

The upheaval of every characters debunk moral provisions we honestly can’t help but instill in our lives. From plot, character build-up down to soundtracks, everything gave a delicate and warm touch.

Truly a perfect lighthearted watch while having a sip of your usual morning tea.

A Piece of Your Mind is available for streaming on Viu.


Images and Videos Credit To: tvN Drama

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