Ready for the love rush in ‘Run On’? | Drama Review

Two of the not-so-common jobs you hear in dramas, Run On 런온 is a JTBC South Korean drama starring Shin Se Kyung, Im Si Wan, Girls Generation Sooyoung and Kang Tae Oh. It is about the love between the characters Ki Seon Gyeom, an athlete, and Oh Mi Joo, a translator. 

Run On (Synopsis)

Ki Seon Gyeom is a son of a politician and an actress. His sister is also a famous athlete. Seon Gyeom is a part of South Korea’s national team for the sport sprint. He is a popular sprinter and possesses good looks, power, and money. Even if he is born with a silver spoon, he lives an honest and upright life but has a naïve personality.

A weird circumstance made Seon Gyeom and the movie translator Oh Mi Joo meet. Oh Mi Joo whose always been a fan of films gets thrilled talking about her favorite movies. That being the reason, she worked hard and decided to become a translator. She’s always been excited to watch her works and gets excited every time she sees her name at the end credits. 

Kim Seon Gyeon also works with a sports agency CEO Seo Dan Ah. This CEO has all the capacity and talent to run a huge company Seomyung Group but has been pushed back as a potential successor due to her gender.


Im Si Wan as Ki Seon Gyeom
Shin Se Kyung as Oh Mi Joo
Sooyoung as Seo Dan Ah
Kang Tae Oh as Lee Yeong Hwa

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

What’s your limit tolerance of ‘friendly’ as an athlete? Are you willing to risk your career to defend a friend? Ki Seon Gyeon might be considered stupid for getting involved with an issue involving his teammate but this heroic deed is indeed praise-worthy. You don’t easily find a man who will go beyond his power just to help save a friend but his character did. 

Despite how naive he is, he ‘assaulted’ two of his juniors while he’s on top of his career to teach them a lesson and have them punished for beating a friend of him. Regardless if this ‘assault’ will have his reputation daunted. Indeed, Ki Seon Gyeom is the standard.

Pursue your passion

Oh Mi Joo pursued her passion for translations when she first felt happy after watching a film. She finds the subtitles super helpful in conveying the message of the film to the viewers despite the language barrier. 

Since then, she was eager to learn a new language and become a translator for subtitles. And that’s her current work for now. I always love to see Oh Mi Joo getting excited whenever she works. Plus, that unforgettable moment when she introduced her home workspace to Ki Seon Gyeom as if it is the best place ever. Meanwhile, we have the not-so passion-driven Seon Gyeom who only worked himself out on sports because of his father.

The naïve yet straightforward personalities of our main leads

The story development of Run On is pretty fast but the character development is just slow for the two leads are both naïve on their feelings. Yet, they are both straightforward whenever they have something in mind and that’s what they are good at. I always find the best conversations in this drama. But then, a lot of people find the story dragging because of it. 

Despite the ‘dragging’ storyline, the conversations are actually well-written. Everything just totally make sense and we enjoy every bit of it. 

Exciting second leads

I am a fan of Girls Generation’s Sooyoung but I never thought I am going to be a fan of actress Sooyoung. Having Sooyoung and Kang Tae Oh on board in Run On, we are having a good dose of psychopath falling for a ‘vending machine’ artist. Their roles are totally out of the box but colorful at the same time.

Sooyoung is also portraying her character so well which makes it totally funny and creepy at the same time. On the other hand, Kang Tae Oh just totally nailed the ‘hardworking student but I need make CEO fall for me too’-kind of character as well. 

Have you seen the drama Run On? Make sure to add it on your list! The drama is available on Netflix.


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