- Kim Hyun-Joo as Lee So-Hye
- Joo Sang-Wook as Ryoo Hae-Sung
- Park Si-Yeon
- Kim Tae-Hoon as Hong Joon-Gi
The story centres around successful drama/movie writer Lee So-Hye discovering she has a terminal illness and learning how to cope with it.
Ryoo Hae-Sung is a famous but mediocre actor connected to Lee So-Hye’s past and ends up becoming her rock during her trying times.
Further support for Lee So-Hye comes from her doctor, Hong Joon-Gi.
Hong Joon-Gi, unknown to most people around him, suffers from an terminal illness himself. Despite this, or maybe because of this, he becomes a major source of encouragement for So-Hye.
This drama had been on my radar for a while and many times I would read the synopsis and then decide once again not to watch it.
It sounded like a guaranteed sad ending and yours truly is more of a ‘Happy ending’ kind of person. But finally curiosity won out and I am so glad to finally have taken the plunge.
We have Lee So-Hye coping with news of her illness and struggling with her desire to fall in love despite of this news. Feeling guilty about potentially making the person she loves sad.
Ryoo Hae-Sung deals with his feelings for Lee So-Hye and also makes earnest efforts to improve in his chosen profession.
Hong Joon-Gi demonstrates truly selfless acts of kindness and friendship towards Lee So-Hye despite his own health struggles.
The developing ‘bromance’ between Ryoo Hae-Sung and Hong Joon-Gi was spot on. And the long lasting friendship between Lee So-Hye and her 2 spunky besties from High School made for many a laugh.
Why I recommend this drama
‘Fantastic’ is a drama comparable to an emotional roller-coaster and will require you to keep those trusty tissues handy.
However, moments of laughter and even anger make plenty of appearances and provide a welcome reprieve. From start to finish this drama is such an example of the ‘feels’ we so enjoy while watching Korean dramas.
The writers also approached some darker themes such as verbal and physical domestic abuse. Even the topic of blackmail within the entertainment industry was explored. We were left in no doubt about the price people pay to break free of these.
A personal drama highlight for me was watching Joo Sang-Wook portray a more carefree and – dare I say it – silly character. This was so refreshing after all the times I’ve seen him acting as the serious doctor or lawyer.
In conclusion I would like to say this: Don’t let the sad sounding synopsis keep you from watching this drama. It is a true gem and worth your time.
Hope you enjoy ‘Fantastic’,