Video Preview of #Kdrama “A little love never hurts” Review: What’s love got to do with it?



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Hello. This is a Korean In America. This is a preview of the Korean family drama “A little love never hurts” intended for people who are still hesitant in getting on to this 50+ episode series.

There is a Mitch Albom Quote about parents and children:
All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.”
― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Unlike what the title of the series, the theme of “A little love never hurts” is not about love.
There is enough love in the series!
It is about how the actions of parents scare their children and how the children cope with the scares in the adult lives set in a Korean society.

“A little love never hurts” follows 3 families intertwined by multiple relationships. While the families are very different, all share the fact that the children still suffer from the past and sometimes present actions by their parents.

You have Jae Min's family that suffers from their father’s past infidelity.  
You have Mi Joo's family that suffers from their father’s actions and multiple marriages.
To tip things off, you Ha Kyung's family that suffers from their mother’s controlling behaviors.

While the relationship between parents and their children are universally similar, this relationship in Korean society is rather more strained and destructive.
For a matter of fact, the main theme of all Korean dramas is the control that parents wield against their children.

One of the main attractions of modern Korean family drama is to see the parents try to wield more control over their dependence than they actually have and see how the children react in a society that still proclaims the power of parents as a virtue but does not actually reward these claims.
“A little love never hurts” does this right!

“A little love never hurts” is a tightly structured ensemble cast drama that has multiple subplots running in parallel. Those subplots only connect for the purpose of collision usually in the context of family.  The best thing about “A little love never hurts” is that most of the subplots actually work and are given equal amount of time to develop.

This is not easy for a Korean family drama.

Among the various relationships in the series, I enjoy the twilight romantic relationship the most as it is surprising for an elderly couple to seem cuter than the breeding age pairs.
You do not see many twilight romances in Korean dramas as a whole. It is rarer to see it treated with respect and not be condescending.

The equal distribution of screen time and timely collisions between subplots keeps the pacing consistent which is a joy after seeing many Korean family dramas that have very inconsistent pacing.
Once again, this is not easy for a Korean family drama.

Korean family dramas have the reputation of being a huge let down as they tend to fizzle out mid-way through their runs. While the series is still only about 40% finished, “A little love never hurts”  is a show that you may not regret putting in your viewing queue.

After seeing 20 episodes, I give it an A for a Korean Drama.

I have a more in depth review on my blog. The link to that is in the description section.  The review also includes links to streaming site.

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