Dream: Highly compelling with enrapturing performances

Joe Odagiri as Jin and Lee Na-young as Ran

Brief review of Dream starring Joe Odagiri and Lee Na-young.

Highly interesting plot. I was totally drawn to the idea of how 2 different persons who don’t know each other are connected by dreams and their own feelings for other people: Jin for his ex-gf who left him for another guy and Ran for the ex-bf she left because he’s cheating on her.

Jin’s dreams of his ex-gf started the same time when Ran started sleepwalking. According to the dream specialist, when the other one is happy, the other is miserable. Jin is happy to see his ex-gf just in dreams but Ran despises her ex-bf. So when Jin dreams about going to see his ex-gf, Ran’s does the action but instead goes to see her ex-bf. The specialist suggested for them to fall in love so the dreams and sleepwalking would go away.

For me, I guess what binds them are their feelings of not being able to let go of the past despite how painful it was. Jin couldn’t get over and continues to pine over the ex-gf who cheated on him and Ran conitnue to despise and not forgive her ex-bf. If they both learned to let the memories go and move on, the dreams and sleepwalking will be gone.

At some point, some of Jin’s dreams actually served a purpose for Ran. So I was really heartbroken at seeing Jin inflicting pain to himself just so he wouldn’t cause anymore problem to Ran even inside the mental institution (she’s not crazy though). That particular part I really couldn’t take, I had to close my eyes and see the scene/s by a fraction as I couldn’t bear to see it.

As compared to Love for Sale that starred Kang Dongwon and Song Hyekyo, though both dealth with sad memories but LFS was futuristic while Dream is more emotional and psychological in nature.

Joe Odagiri is a pure genius . I think an 8/10 for this.

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