Something in the Rain
|Something in the Rain|
|Also known as|
|Hangul||밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나|
|Written by||Kim Eun|
|Directed by||Ahn Pan-seok|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||March 30 –|
May 19, 2018
Something in the Rain (Korean: 밥 잘 사주는 예쁜 누나; RR: Bap Jal Sajuneun Yeppeun Nuna; lit. Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food) is a 2018 South Korean television series directed by Ahn Pan-seok and starring Son Ye-jin and Jung Hae-in. The series marks Son Ye-jin's small screen comeback after five years. It was broadcast on JTBC every Friday and Saturday at 23:00 (KST) from March 30 to May 19, 2018. It was also aired on the subscription service Netflix with subtitles.
The series explores the relationship of two people as they go from being "just acquaintances" to "a genuine couple". Jin-ah (Son Ye-jin) is a district supervisor in her 30s at the coffeehouse franchise Coffee Bay (an actual Korean chain) and Joon-hee (Jung Hae-in) is an animator in his 20s at video game developer Smilegate Entertainment. When he returns from working abroad, he reconnects with Jin-ah — who also happens to be best friends with Joon-hee's sister since childhood. The episodes give an intimate look into how they fall in love, struggle with their age differences (considered to be Taboo in some circles), and find the courage to go public with their relationship to everyone around them.
A secondary storyline follows the struggles that female employees face in the company Jin-ah works for as they try to climb the corporate ladder amidst severe sexual harassment from male managers. A culture considered to be normal but unspoken among South Korean companies.
Themes of Taboos
The driving narrative around the story centers around South Korean taboos concerning relationships:
- Dating Taboos - An older female dating a younger male is considered scandalous.
- Familial Taboos - People who grow up without parents or present parental figures are considered "unfit" for marriage.
- Job Taboos - People should only associate with people who are of a certain educational background, occupational position, or wealthy class status.
- Career Taboos - Women are expected to go out and be flirtatious during team dinners to show that they value "team unity".
- Drinking Taboos - It is customary to pour your colleague's glass first before and vice versa. If you pour for yourself, it indicates a fractured relationship.
- Food Taboos - Usually if an older woman buys a younger male food frequently, it's because of a brother-sister relationship.
- Son Ye-jin as Yoon Jin-ah
- A single woman aged 35[a] who works as a store supervisor in a coffee franchise. Despite being an easygoing person, she lives a rather hollow life. After being dumped by her boyfriend, she suddenly feels romantic feelings towards her best friend's younger brother Joon-hee.
- Jung Hae-in as Seo Joon-hee
- Kyung-seon's younger brother aged 31[a] who is a character designer at a computer video game company. He has returned to the country from his work in the USA after three years. While getting reacquainted with his older sister's best friend Jin-ah, he protects her a couple times and falls in love with her.
Employees at Coffee Bay
- Jung Yoo-jin as Kang Se-young
- The youngest and most ambitious colleague of Jin-ah; she requests to supervise Kyung-seon's store as a result of having a crush on Joon-hee.
- Joo Min-kyung as Geum Bo-ra, a veteran colleague that Jin-ah can confide in
- Lee Joo-young as Lee Ye-eun, another veteran colleague of Jin-ah
- Jang Won-hyung as Kim Dong-woo
- Lee Hwa-ryong as Gong Cheol-goo, deputy chief who manages Jin-ah and other store supervisors, unpopular among female subordinates due to his behavior
- Seo Jeong-yeon as Jung Young-in, vice president & marketing director of the coffee franchise
- Lee Chang-hoon as Choi Joong-mo, deputy chief
- Park Hyuk-kwon as Nam Ho-gyun, vice president & director of the coffee franchise, whom Gong Cheol-goo reports to
- Kim Jong-tae as Jo Kyung-sik, CEO of the coffee franchise
Yoon Jin-ah's family
- Wi Ha-joon as Yoon Seung-ho
- Jin-ah's younger brother and Joon-hee's best friend.
- Gil Hae-yeon as Kim Mi-yeon
- Jin-ah's mother, who is obsessed with finding Jin-ah a husband from a well-regarded family.
- Oh Man-suk as Yoon Sang-ki
- Jin-ah's father.
- Jang So-yeon as Seo Kyung-seon
- Oh Ryong as Lee Gyu-min
- Jin-ah's ex-boyfriend who is a lawyer from a well-respected family.
- Yoon Jong-suk as Kim Seung-chul
- Joon-hee's colleague and university friend.
- The first script reading of the cast was held on January 25, 2018, at JTBC building in Sangam-dong.
- As a result of the drama receiving high viewership ratings, a three-day reward vacation to Japan was awarded for the cast and the crew which was scheduled from May 29 to 31, 2018.
|Something in the Rain OST|
|Soundtrack album by |
|1.||"Something in the Rain"||Rachael Yamagata||Lee Nam-yeon (이남연)||Rachael Yamagata||4:56|
|1.||"La La La"||Lee Nam-yeon (이남연)||Lee Nam-yeon (이남연)||Rachael Yamagata||3:40|
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||March 30, 2018||4.008%||4.239%||3.8%|
|2||March 31, 2018||3.752%||4.177%||4.8%|
|3||April 6, 2018||4.222%||4.621%||4.4%|
|4||April 7, 2018||4.756%||5.434%||5.9%|
|5||April 13, 2018||5.134%||6.001%||5.4%|
|6||April 14, 2018||6.187%||7.069%||6.5%|
|7||April 20, 2018||5.322%||6.202%||6.4%|
|8||April 21, 2018||5.499%||5.936%||5.7%|
|9||April 27, 2018||6.177%||6.769%||5.9%|
|10||April 28, 2018||5.757%||6.713%||6.6%|
|11||May 4, 2018||5.637%||7.018%||5.9%|
|12||May 5, 2018||5.520%||6.320%||6.1%|
|13||May 11, 2018||5.564%||6.598%||5.4%|
|14||May 12, 2018||7.281%||8.313%||6.3%|
|15||May 18, 2018||5.883%||6.486%||5.7%|
|16||May 19, 2018||6.787%||7.661%||7.1%|
Awards and nominations
|2018||11th Korea Drama Awards||Best New Actor||Wi Ha-joon||Nominated|||
|13th Seoul International Drama Awards||Excellence Award for Korean Drama||Something in the Rain||Won|||
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Son Ye-jin||Won|
|6th APAN Star Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Nominated|||
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Jung Hae-in||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Jang So-yeon||Won|
|K-Star Award, Actor||Jung Hae-in||Won|
|2nd The Seoul Awards||Best Actress||Son Ye-jin||Nominated|||
|Best New Actor||Jung Hae-in||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Won|
|Hallyu Artist Award||Won|
|Korea Contents Awards||Presidential Commendation||Something in the Rain||Won|
|2019||23rd Asian Television Awards||Best Drama Series||Won|||
|Best Director||Ahn Pan-seok||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Son Ye-jin||Nominated|
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