Something in the Rain: Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food
May 3, 2021 6:37 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Son Ye Jin, from Crash Landing on You, is the female lead for Something in the Rain, a Korean drama from 2018 about an older woman/younger man romance, with lots of family drama, and women fighting against the patriarchy. Taboos will be broken!


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SITR’s focus is on Jin-a, who is in her mid-thirties, still lives with her parents, and has been passive in response to the disrespect shown to her by her mother, suitors, and men in the workplace. Her communication is clear and strong when protecting work products, but Jin-a caves when it comes to protecting herself. Jung Hae In portrays Jun-hui, a family friend and brother of Jin-a’s best friend. This character is in his mid-twenties and has just returned from the States following a 3-year assignment. Jun-hui shows himself to be kind and supportive of Jin-a, and together they have a playfulness that’s a pleasure to watch, but there are early hints that he too will eventually cross the line between protecting and controlling.

The director, Ahn Pan-seok, made some deliberate choices that intrigued me. The soundtrack seemed bizarre at first – and more than a little jarring. Stand By Your Man and Save the Last Dance for Me (with the latter sung by Bruce Willis – what?!) are played repeatedly. Are they meant to be ironic? I believe the songs are intended as commentary on the expectation (particularly by Jin-a’s mother) of a woman to stand by her man even if he is cruel and disrespectful and of a man to think of a woman as his possession (as displayed many of the male characters).

The pacing of the show is slow but I thought it helped make Jin-a’s growth believable. I especially loved how the simple act of holding hands was drawn out and was so pleased that she was the one to make the first move. Tracking characters as they moved along the apartment hallway seemed odd at first, but I found it to be interesting and perhaps even symbolic: the path to Jun-hui’s apartment had a proverbial fork in the road and having Jin-a pause helped to build suspense and convey the weight of her decision to veer right.

While SITR won many awards, there were critics of the pacing, music, and conclusion. Personally, I loved it all (well, except the music, but I think I get it). I’m hoping there are some MeFites who will share their thoughts.
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