Korea’s most anticipated K-drama has been mired in controversy, and it isn’t even out yet.
Our Blues, featuring an all-star cast of Lee Byung Heon, Shin Min Ah, Kim Woo Bin, and Han Ji Min among others, is scheduled to air its first episode on April 9.
The drama is penned by K-drama’s brightest star writer Noh Hee Kyung, famous for her Padam Padam, That Winter—The Wind Blows, and, It’s Okay It’s Love trilogy. With the airing of its first episode less than a week away, the drama is facing some headwinds from fans due to its plot allegedly romanticizing out-of-marriage affairs.
According to Our Blues’ character introductions, Choi Han Soo (played by Cha Seung Won) is described as “A man who loves his wife and children. His wife and daughter leave Korea to improve their golf skills, leaving Choi alone.”
Meanwhile, Jung Eun Hee is a character who is “still single.” According to the character profiles, one day, Choi Han Soo appears in Jeju “for work and is preparing for his divorce. He may be open to love“, opening the possibility of the two characters falling in love.
According to an online Korean community, Noh Hee Kyung is “romanticizing cheating on your spouse again.” While other netizens complained, “stop romanticizing cheating.”
Noh Hee Kyung has covered out-of-marriage affairs previously in dramas Lie and Sad Temptation. Her acting, Goodbye Solo, also featured real-life out-of-marriage lovers director Hong Sang Soo and actress Kim Min Hee, although the two weren’t lovers at the time of filming.