Park Ji Hyeong and Lee Seo Yeon have been having an affair for the past year, and are perfectly content to keep things that way. When Ji Hyeong's wedding date with long-time fiancee and childhood friend No Hyang Gi is finalized, the two lovers decide to part ways. However, when strong-willed and independent Seo Yeon is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, she finds her world collapsing around her. Now, Seo Yeon must cope with losing everything that's precious to her, as she starts recessing further and further into her own mind, and slowly starts becoming someone else.
I start this with a warning. There will not be a happy ending, do not even hope for it, if you don't want them crashed into invisible pieces, please!
God! Until this, I have seen Kim Rae Won only as a sweet, cheerful, allways laughing, cute bear (for an asian guy)... I really was afraid how he will make this role work. Well he did, whitout a doubt. I really loved him before, but this made him one of my favourites.
I have never seen Su Ae in anithing before. How could I miss her???? She was great as well.
I really enjoyed their chemistry in the first few episodes. And then, the disease kicked in... From there it was just one big and long descent to hell... And I was just sitting there before my screen, watching it, my heart sinking, aching, breaking then disappearing together with Seo Yeon. And more than for Seo Yeon I was crying for Ji Hyeong and her family. How can anyone watch their loved one fading away? I was amazed how every single person put their best together to make the main couple's life at least bearable, helping them anyway they could. In this drama every single person is in misery becouse one so important is suffering, and their bond grows stronger and stronger as the things are getting harder and harder.
It was a drama so hard to start... Becouse I knew what was coming... I took out the first episode, then whitout starting it closed it again and again at least 10 times. I knew I can only watch it in one sitting, becouse I didn't want to bring the heavy feelings whit me one week after another. Oh, God, on that weekend I wasn't even living. While watching and after I finished it I was just praying for days: Please God, don't let me find out if my family could go through somthing like this with the same togetherness.
This drama definetly worth it. Everything. Your time. Your heartache. Your tears.
A heart-wrenching story, Thousand Day Promise delves deep into the mind of a dementia patient to show us what it's like to slowly lose your mind and memories.
The story is written exceptionally, as its chronicles the pains and trials of both Seo Yeon, who must cope with slowly loosing herself, as well as those around her, as they watch the strong-willed woman they love recess further into her mind and become unrecognizable. While it does start of slow and feel long-winded (the first four episodes or so are pretty hard to get through), once the diagnosis is revealed, the story continues on an upward rise to a great ending.
The acting was superb in the later episodes, as Su Ae wows you with her best performance yet and those who play her family show what it really means to be your characters. Kim Rae Won started off slow and, quite frankly, really dull, until later on, when his character starts to show some depth. Ji Hyeong is played with a deep seated understanding, and Rae Won shows the struggle Ji Hyeong goes through as he attempts to not fall apart under the stress.
While the directing was strong, and the cinematography great, it does get a bit dull after a while, but never enough to detract from the viewing.
Overall, a Thousand Day Promise is a great show to watch, if for nothing else than for Su Ae's amazing acting.