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Korean Drama 'Our Blues' Addresses Social & Cultural Issues

  • The stars have been aligned, and they have created a masterpiece!

  • Cultural and social issues are addressed in an emotionally heart-wrenching fashion!

Our Blues starring (from top to bottom, left to right) Shin Min-A, Kim Woo-Bin, Lee Byung-Hun, Han Ji-Min, Cha Seung-Won, & Lee Jung-Eun. Photo by Kdrama World.

*Contains spoilers.

4.3/5 Stars

Welcome to Jeju Island! This small island, known as the 'Hawaii of South Korea', is home to approximately 690,000 people. And on this island sets the backdrop for 'Our Blues', a star-studded cast of A-list actors and actresses that we've all seen on the big screen. Our Blues follows a group of ordinary hard-working individuals that come across everyday problems; including money, teenage pregnancy, divorce, and friendship. Through the ups and downs of friendship battle over money, relationships are tested and loyalties are revealed.

Shin Min-A & Lee Byung-Hun Our Blues poster. Photo via Soompi.

This drama series format is quite interesting as each episode is focused on different characters and their issues. Written by Noh Hee-Kyung, who won KBS Drama Awards: Best Writer (More Beautiful Than A Flower 2004), this 20-episode drama was first aired on April 9, 2022. Our Blues continues to be the most-watched drama currently in South Korea and is scheduled to finish on June 12, 2022.

Although this drama is still ongoing, there are many social and cultural issues at play. For example, single parents, especially fathers, are faced with raising their pregnant teenagers. This has become a big issue in South Korea since many Koreans still uphold traditional family values. Additionally, a divorced mother fighting the custody of her son while rekindling feelings with a long-lost friend from school is another topic worth discussing. We feel that these are strong and important issues that many Koreans face today and are being overlooked. Our Blues brings to light these issues and we want to lead the discussion!

Check out this cute interview between Bae Hyun Sung and Roh Yoon Seo with Cosmopolitan Korea!

What do you think about these issues in today's society? How are the characters in this drama handling them? Let us know in the comments!


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