Good Ol’ Review: “The Eighth Sense” a Poignant and Thoughtful Exploration of Love, Trauma and Mental Health

The Eighth Sense Korean Drama Review

No spoilers.

Writers and directors Werner du Plessis and Inu Baek deliver a revelatory narrative and visual experience in the series The Eighth Sense (여덟 번째 감각). Its careful, nuanced and unflinching portrayal of young love, friendships and mental health offer a different, though very welcome change of pace. And not just for the Korean BL genre, but perhaps Korean drama as a whole.

The Eight Sense first introduces Ji Hyun (Oh Jun Taek), a college student from a small town adjusting to Seoul’s bustling city life. At university, he meets Jae Won (Lim Ji Sub), a popular guy who has just completed military service. When Ji Hyun joins the surfing club, the two strike up an unlikely connection. However, Jae Won’s enigmatic behavior leaves Ji Hyun confused about their relationship.

As the drama progresses, Jae Won’s complex inner struggles and unhealed wounds unfold. And both Jae Won and Ji Hyun, with each other’s help and their friends’ support, undergo significant growth and self-discovery.

The Eighth Sense Korean Drama Review

The series portrays mental health issues with sensitivity and realism, emphasizing the importance of support systems and personal growth. Jae Won and Ji Hyun’s journey together helps to explore relatable themes, especially for young adults. Overcoming loneliness and adjustment as well as looking for true friendships in the midst of a cruel and unforgiving world; the series does a great job of expressing how everyone moves at their own pace. And the moments when people are able to meet at the same point can result in something wonderful and meaningful.

Werner du Plessis and Inu Baek have a very clear artistic direction that makes the series so unique. With careful and intentional choices in music and cinematography, it has an indie sensibility. One that has the series refusing to conform to the norm. And while that may feel jarring at first, especially for someone like me who has become used to more lighter approaches in storytelling in the BL genre, it is an investment that pays off dividends by the series’ wholly satisfying conclusion. The series’ visuals and vibe are perfectly suited to the well-paced story.

The Eighth Sense Korean Drama Review

The cast, meanwhile, features a talented group of young actors. Our two leads Lim Ji Sub and Oh Jun Taek deliver nuanced performances and they share a chemistry that feels natural and organic. They bring a depth and sincerity to their characters, making their evolving relationship and their characters’ respective personal struggles all the more affecting.

The rest of the cast do well in bringing to life a wide array of characters. From contemptable antagonists to cheer-inducing friends of our flawed heroes; the actors are able to take these characters and make them feel fully realized. That in turn helps propel the series forward and further Jae Won and Ji Hyun’s complicated story.

The Eighth Sense Korean Drama Review

Overall, with a strong cast and creative, unflinching writing and directing, The Eighth Sense is perfect for those seeking a well-crafted drama that goes beyond conventional narratives. While not solely focused on romance, The Eight Sense offers a compelling exploration of individual journeys and the complexities of human relationships. And it is a series that will linger for long after the final credits roll.

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