O Ha Na and Choe Won were neighbours and friends since they were little. Today, O Ha Na is a marketing employee at a boutique and appears to be a successful woman and Choe Won is a steward looking for his ideal woman.
When O Ha Na discovers that her fiancé was cheating on her, Choe Won, who was rejected by O Ha Na years ago after confessing to her, decides to try to cross the border from a friend to a lover
O Ha Na and Choe Won are together for as long as they can think. And what could have been a very loving couple stopped at friendship, because of some remarks they made when they were younger. Nonetheless, they share a very deep friendship and are there for each other whenever they need. Ha Na is a very succesful marketing employee and decides to give 100% at work, after she gets cheated on by her boyfriend. Choe Won hardly has any relationship since he travels as a steward all over the world. But both feel the clock is ticking and that if they want to have a family, they should start soon...
This drama shows what a girl wants: a trustworthy boyfriend who is also your best friend and takes you with all the unnerving tiny negative sides you have. And Ha Na has many of them. At points I was really wondering why they stayed friends for that long, if she is so hard to handle.
I think what makes this drama so charming is that their life is in the center, of it, not their love. You start to like their surroundings as much as their love story, and that's what made me like this drama so much.
I know there is a Taiwan version, that was really successfull. But I didn't see it and as a drama on it's own, this wasn't too bad. The only reason I had to deduct a star for was, that the ending was really weak. That's when the story turned into pure love and I felt like they didn't write the script for 16 episodes but rather for 13. The ending was a useless filler. I liked seeing Choe Won enough to not deduct more stars, but I can't say that it was perfect.
My other issue was Ha Nas decisions, but I can't really give it a worse rating for things I don't like that the character did. I understand that there really are people like her, but I don't have to agree with her.
Aside from that, it's a cute romance with beautiful settings and I really liked the comfy feeling the cast gave off. The second lead was a bit weak, but still good enough to enjoy.
Watch for a lovely romance or for the actors! Not if you want an exciting story.
The Time I've Loved You tackles the popular and age old best friends love story. And while the premise was advertised as being about two friends whose timing never quite worked out for a relationship, the reality is...quite different.
The beginning is great, with amazing friendships and leads that are strong and relatable. Things start going downhill once Ha Na's ex Seo Hu appears. Things begin to drag, characters have personality flips within the same episode and previous points are ignored when convenient. The writing makes no sense half the time (likely a result of the multiple writer changes the show went through) with a lot of unnecessary secondary characters being thrown in. However, when the strongest parts are when it's just the two best friends.
It does manage to pick up and find it's original footing, but whether it's too late or not is debatable.
A possible watch for those that love the best friends to lovers theme or fans of the leads, and great for a lazy summer but not for much else.