Fall is always the time of year where you can count on dramas to have substance and characters with great emotional trajectory, reflecting life as it truly is.
Because This Is My First Life is light but melancholic in a breezy way so we get plenty of emotional scenes without them being too heavy but they still manage to showcase the everyday struggles we all go through.
The drama is about two thirty year olds with differing personalities who become roommates due to their circumstances. Yoon Ji Ho (Jung So Min) is a struggling Assistant Writer who went to a renowned University but chose a major where jobs are scarce. She can’t afford a place of her own and lives with her younger brother but when she discovers that he’s married and his new wife will soon have a child, she decides to hightail it out of there and searches for a place to rent. Her new Landlord is Nam Se Hee (Lee Min Ki), a picky odd man whose socially awkward and blunt because his actions and responses are driven by logic, his every movement robotic.
She thinks he’s weird but finds comfort in his words during the moments where she needs emotional support the most while he finds her hobby of cleaning ideal, and believes her to be the perfect Tenant. They make an odd pair and when things go from bad to bearable to worse, the two decide to get married – a loveless marriage in order to get by in the world.
The plot seems extremely strange but the drama does a great job of setting things in motion and giving the two leads a foundation to build their future on. It’s highly reminiscent (and some even believe it’s a remake) of the Japanese drama, Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu or in English – We Married as a Job since the characters and marriage set up are so alike, especially the male lead.
There are differences of course, but I loved the Japanese drama and am thoroughly enjoying the Korean one as well as they’re both meant for older audiences and address issues that come across in one’s adult life.
The chemistry is also one to note, because these two actors are so natural and Jung So Min brings out something in her character that I don’t feel like I’m watching someone act but seeing the character herself on screen.
Some are already calling this a classic to watch a few years down the line, and although it might be too early to call this drama incredible, I’m so invested in the characters and their future romance that I’ll definitely be re-watching this and believe it has a special place amongst my favourites. The acting doesn’t disappoint and the cinematography is beautiful with light hues, so what’s not to like?
Release Date: October 9, 2017 tvN (Eng Sub available on Viki)