Our Blues (우리들의 블루스) is a Korean drama series directed by Kim Kyu-tae and features an ensemble cast of Lee Byung-hun, Shin Min-a, Cha Seung-won, Lee Jung-eun, Han Ji-min, Kim Woo-bin, and Uhm Jung-hwa, alongside other cast members. The series has 20 episodes, and Our Blues episode 1 is titled Han-su and Eun-hui 1 and has a runtime of 56 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
Romance is sweet and bitter — and life riddled with ups and downs — in multiple stories about people who live and work on bustling Jeju Island.
– Our Blues episode 1 recap contains major spoilers –
We wake up with Jung-joon on the sunny Jeju Island. Well, it’s not quite sunny yet, it’s pretty dark but it’s the time for Eun-hui and her colleague to get to the fish market. It’s a busy and bustling place and quite competitive, from the looks of it. Later on, Young-ok and a bunch of other women go out to sea with Jung-joon and, for some reason, no one seems to like her. Eun-hui seems like someone you should really be wary of!
On the other hand, Han-su is working for SS Bank and is trying his level best to sell their new products. But, from the looks of it, things aren’t going that well. He even breaks a nail and then breaks up a fight between two people, which results in him injuring his nail even more. At home, he gets in an argument with his wife over their daughter.
She doesn’t want to spend any money on her golf career since they already have lost everything and loaned tons of money from nearly everyone. But, a father can dream and he asks her to hold on for some more time. However, it is here that we get to know that he will be moving to his hometown in Jeju in the upcoming week.
On his first week back, he gets to see a street fight right in front of his house – of course, it is Eun-hui who gets into a minor accident that turns into something more. It’s amusing to watch for everyone and Han-su comments that his friends haven’t changed one bit.
One more person who is coming to Jeju is Dong-seok, probably with the intention of selling his fare. Things are chaotic as usual on the streets, though, and Han-su comes across Eun-hui who has a conversation with her childhood friend right there in the street, closing off the roads. It’s actually funny watching Eun-hui being so high frequency at all times in comparison to Han-su. However, she’s done very well for herself and her good fortune comes at the bank’s cost – she doesn’t invest her money anywhere and just keeps it safe in the bank.
Han-su next visits his sister’s farm who has a lot of grievances against her brother because he doesn’t visit or take care of his mother or anyone else. He’s embarrassed about the situation and makes a quick exit after exchanging a few words. Back at home, he tries to send a text to Han-suk to ask for money but stops himself in the nick of time. He later receives a text from Eun-hui asking whether he’ll come to the reunion. He looks at the café opposite his house and laments about not having his own house.
Meanwhile. Eun-hui reminisces her time with Han-su – when he protected her on the bus from bullies and when she kissed him. It’s a wild, sweet and laughable story that will make you laugh as well!
Final Thoughts: Our Blues Episode 1
Our Blues episode 1 is what you’d definitely call an opening episode. You are only introduced to a host of different people and are familiarized with the place. For those who thought that this was going to give off major Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha vibes, you were right. It’s going to be a fun and light watch, peppered with emotional moments.
I think I loved looking into Eun-hui’s life only because she’s so happy and extra. Her childhood love Han-su proves to be the exact opposite since his life hasn’t taken the turn that he expected because of his own decisions. The funniest and heartwarming parts were the flashbacks to Eun-hui and Han-su’s childhood and the starting of their romance. High school love has a different feel and that flavour comes out too well in these moments.
I furthermore like the vibe of the show because it brings for the ever-bustling Jeju Island and how people are always on the move right from the twilight hours. It gives a sense of peace even in the chaos like there is so much order in the chaos and how people live their lives.
All in all, I think this isn’t a bad start, although I did find the story staggering here and there. It didn’t create a huge impact yet, but we have 19 more episodes to go and I am sure the series will have plenty of opportunities to showcase its merit.
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