3 Parent-Child Relationships In “Our Blues” That Are Tugging At Viewers’ Heartstrings

tvN’s “Our Blues” showcases families of all walks of life!

“Our Blues” is an omnibus-style drama set in Jeju Island that tells the sweet, sour, and bitter life stories of a diverse array of characters. In addition to Shin Min Ah, the star-studded cast includes Lee Byung Hun, Kim Woo Bin, Han Ji Min, Cha Seung Won, Lee Jung Eun, Kim Hye Ja, Uhm Jung Hwa, and more.

Here’s a look at three of the parent-child relationships that are serving to heighten the immersive atmosphere of the drama.

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1. The fathers who will do anything for their children

Choi Han Soo (Cha Seung Won) drew sympathy from viewers as he struggled to do everything he could to pay for his daughter’s study abroad tuition. He broke his back earning money abroad to support her dream, not wanting her to give up just because of money. However, he soon realized that it was actually his own selfish desire. His daughter no longer found happiness in golf, and he returned to South Korea to find happiness with his wife and daughter, leaving viewers with much to think about.

Choi Han Soo is not the only father whose story raises questions about what it means to be a parent. Restaurant owner Jung In Kwon (Park Ji Hwan) and ice dealer Bang Ho Shik (Choi Young Joon) are two other fathers in the drama who tugged at the viewers’ heartstrings. Jung In Kwon tearfully confessed that he spent all day working while smelling pig’s blood just to become a father that his child wouldn’t be ashamed of. Meanwhile, Bang Ho Shik grew distraught as his child wasn’t growing up the way he wanted them to. Their stories resonated in the hearts of many viewers.

2. A cold mother and her son

Kang Ok Dong (Kim Hye Ja) and her son Lee Dong Suk (Lee Byung Hun) spoke so few words between the two of them that even the people around them grew worried. When Lee Dong Suk called his mother and asked, “Have you eaten?” she angrily responded, “Are we close enough to ask something like that?” Their relationship was so skewed that they couldn’t even ask how the other was doing.

Even up until now, she isn’t able to tell her son about her late-stage cancer, and it remains to be seen how this will affect their relationship. Despite their wordlessness and Lee Dong Suk’s hatred for his mother, he also appears to long for her affection and is leaving viewers curious about the conclusion of their love-hate relationship.

3. A mother’s desperate love

Min Sun Ah (Shin Min Ah) was only able to smile for a short while in front of her son before succumbing to her battle with depression again. Due to her depression, she was also involved in a car accident and is currently embroiled in a custody battle with her former husband. Viewers’ hearts ached at the sight of Min Sun Ah desperately proclaiming that she couldn’t live without her son, her words evoking a strong sense of sadness and unease. Viewers are curious to find out how she will find the answers to her struggles both as the mother of her son and as an individual.

“Our Blues” airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9:10 p.m. KST.

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