While You Were Sleeping (Hangul: 당신이 잠든 사이에; RR: Dangshini Jamdeun Saie) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Lee Jong-suk, Bae Suzy, Lee Sang-yeob, Jung Hae-in and Ko Sung-hee. It aired on SBS from September 27 to November 16, 2017 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot for 32 episodes.
Frankly, I was not super keen on watching this because of Suzy. I had seen her previous works, and yet only liked her acting in Dream High.
However, the mere fact that Lee Jong Suk was acting in it was enough to get me started. He always has fantastic chemistry with his female leads (Park Shin Hye, Han Hyo Joo etc.), and even male ones (cough Kim Woo Bin cough). I was of course still not fully convinced that he would be a good match with Suzy – not until I saw snippets of the drama on Facebook. Suzy’s acting looked pretty decent in it, so I thought I’d be fair and judge her only after I watched this.
Cast – Jong Suk is such a gem, and always will be. As a young prosecutor fresh in the industry, Jong Suk’s character is hilarious and serious at all the right times. He can dole out his trademark puppy eyes and melt your heart, then transition to a justice-serving superhero in the next moment. I don’t know how he does it, but I’m just glad that he can. It’s not a role totally unfamiliar to him if you have seen him in other dramas, but it’s always a masterpiece worth appreciating.
Suzy was a real dark horse here. For all the flak that we sometimes give her for her unconvincing and stiff acting, she actually fit into her role pretty well this time. Sassy, cheerful, yet brooding and self-depreciating, Suzy really brings you on a rollercoaster ride through her character’s journey to self-acceptance and growth. She isn’t overshadowed by Jong Suk – no, not at all. You see her trying as hard as her character to do her best in everything, and it kind of touched me.
Jung Hae-in was a lovely new kid on the block, and I’m just angry that he wasn’t given a bigger role in the drama despite the obvious fact that he was supposed to be a love rival. If Jong Suk is the glamorous male lead, Hae-in would be the guy next door that you might never really take notice of. Actually, you might notice since he’s good-looking, but in the drama it seemed like Suzy’s character was quite oblivious to that fact. Ah well.
Lee Sang Yeob was every part the despicable lawyer (and ex-prosecutor). It gave me a shock to see how sweet he was on a recent episode of Running Man because he was so convincing as a scheming guy in this drama.
Every other actor made the drama feel almost like home. The other prosecutors, family members, criminals, victims – no one felt out of place, which really helped the story to progress smoothly.
Plot – There’s a bit of a supernatural element to this drama, but nothing drastic enough to throw viewers off. The only problem is that it sometimes seems to solve problems a little too easily, but again, nothing really drastic.
I think my favourite part about this drama’s plot is that every character has an important role to play, be it a major or minor character. Everyone is there for a reason (much like my review of W), and at the end of every episode of the drama, you’d probably be clutching your heart from all the feelings that these characters are giving you. I love the plot twists and surprises, the sadness and the heartache, the relevations and the happiness at every point. I think it’s been some time since I’ve been so hooked on a drama (my last being Strong Woman Do Bong Soon).
Yah, your fate was written by the scriptwriter.
OST – Best OST I’ve heard in 2017, besides Goblin’s. I can’t even decide on my favourite one, but I think the song that touched my heart the most is probably Eddy Kim’s When Night Falls. It’s also the first time Jong Suk lends his voice to an OST, so please give it a listen!!
Pace – Nothing much really irked me in this drama, but there were times I wished they wouldn’t keep inserting so many flashbacks. It really slowed down the drama a little, and I did think they could afford to speed up at certain parts.
Could I also add that the younger version of Jong Suk’s character is really cute?? Apparently, he acted as Jong Suk’s younger self in Pinocchio too HAHA
I listed this as no.2 on my top 5 dramas in 2017, so it really shows how much I enjoyed this. Brilliant, touching, and thought-provoking, this drama is yet another masterpiece in Jong Suk’s books. It’s definitely a breakthrough for Suzy and Hae-in, so you definitely should get around to watching this before their next work.