Uncontrollably Fond (Korean: 함부로 애틋하게; RR: Hamburo Aeteusage) is a South Korean television series starring Kim Woo-bin and Bae Suzy.It aired on KBS2 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 KST from July 6 to September 8, 2016
Uncontrollably Fond (also known as Lightly, Ardently) is a romance melodrama about a popular star (Kim Woo Bin) and a documentary producer (Suzy) who knew each other as teenagers, but were separated. The two are reunited many years later after secrets from their past begin to surface and the star is given only months to live.
Well, count me as completely surprised at just how much I loved Uncontrollably Fond! Of course, I was hoping I would enjoy it, but I entered in a bit cautiously.
I love the writer of the drama, but I’ve always been more neutral towards the leads.
But it turned out to be just my style of melodrama. I enjoyed all of the characters and was genuinely interested in their individual stories and how they related to the bigger picture.
All of the supporting characters are important, and they helped create a rich, in depth world.
I absolutely love it when everyone is connected to each other through secrets and tragedies. All of the characters lives are intertwined, and we get to watch as the lies and secrets come to light one by one. It all creates such a lovely tension!
The drama has a wonderful soundtrack that really set the mood for the drama and easily stirred up my emotions. The cinematography is really great too with so many absolutely gorgeous scenes throughout the drama.
We have Kim Woo Bin as leading man Shin Joon Young. I’ve never disliked Kim Woo Bin, but I’ve just not cared much for him. I’ve never been drawn to his characters and usually found them more on the obnoxious side.
But let me tell you, I really really liked him in Uncontrollably Fond! He definitely still has that signature cocky charm, but I thought his character was much more likable and had so much more depth.
Once we get passed that brash personality, Joon Young had this softness to him that is both sad and childlike.
Kim Woo Bin delivered so much depth and emotion in his portrayal of Joon Young. I could really feel his pain over the tremendous guilt he was experiencing as well as his passion for Eul. He really moved me on so many occasions.
But that childlike part of him really allowed us to see what a tender heart he had. And when he flashes a genuinely happy grin, his face just lights up, and dare I say he’s even a bit swoon worthy? Gasp!
Suzy plays our documentary producer No Eul. I’ve also been sort of neutral towards Suzy in the past, but mostly I’ve found her pleasant enough.
And I thought she fit the character of No Eul very well. No Eul has a bad reputation because she will do anything for money because she is poor and wants a good life for her brother.
But she is strong willed and has a certain charisma that I enjoyed. A character like Eul can sometimes come off as very unlikable, but I felt Suzy portrayed her in a way in which I could always understand her motivations and just wanted to see her happy.
I was completely pleased with Suzy in this role.
And I ended up really enjoying Kim Woo Bin and Suzy as a couple. They each have a strong presence that really made their bickering quite fun.
With one obstacle after another coming between them, they share plenty of intense scenes that really draws you into their relationship.
Then there are these subtle moments where they soften and you can really see the sweet chemistry with this couple.
Their love story is a roller coaster of emotions, but I never doubted their love for each other.
We have Choi Ji Tae (Im Joo Hwan) as your nice and likable second lead. He deeply cares for No Eul, but circumstances have prevented him from ever really being with her. He’s that character who is caught in the middle of everyone else’s lies which lands him in an awkward position on many levels. Im Joo Hwan was fantastic in this role, and he really brought this character to life.
Yoon Jung Eun (Im Joo Eun) is the woman who sets everyone’s problems in motion when she kills Eul’s father in a hit and run accident. This rich girl is spoiled and has no sense of remorse or responsibility. She’s a hard character to deal with, but Im Joo Eun plays her perfectly with an intensity that makes her completely memorable.
Ji Tae and Jung Eun’s have had a strained relationship for years. Their parents are preparing to have them be married, but Jung Eun’s selfish personality just drives Ji Tae farther and farther away.
The woman Ji Tae really loves is Eul. At first, his guilt over what his family has done to her pushes him to become a friend and helper to her. He longs to be more, but that same guilt tells him that he doesn’t deserve her.
These two had a great dynamic between them, and I really enjoyed their relationship.