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If You Wish Upon Me: A TV Series to Heal You

I finished watching a drama recently named “If You Wish Upon Me” aired on KBS. I was interested to watch this drama for one of my most favorite Korean actors Wookie (Ji Chang Wook).  

After watching “Healer“, I became Wookie’s fan in 2016 and have continuously watched all of his dramas aired at different times. If you are also a Wookie’s acting fan like me, then It’s a must watch drama. And for the other people who love diverse story and drama plots, it’ll be worth watching. This drama must make you cry and heal your heart.

The “If You Wish Upon Me” drama plot was inspired by a true story of a Wish Foundation from Netherlands. That charity grants the wishes of the patients who are terminally ill. So, it’s definitely a heart-warming story and each episode of this drama will give you a meaningful message of different colors of human life. 

Already you’ve understood that Wookie is the protagonist here named the character Yoon Gyeo-Rye. Like all the time, Wookie showed his amazing acting skill as Yoon Gyeo-Rye. Depth of his eyes has a language itself. When you look into it you can feel his misery and happiness. 

This Yoon Gyeo-Rye had a cruel past from which he always tries to escape. He wanted to be loved by others, but afraid of love too. Because he had never been loved before, he didn’t know the taste of love. 

He grew up in an orphanage and without doing any crime, he had to go to prison. He was an abused child by his family and escaped to live a life of his own. But that made his life more tough. He was pressured to work for one kind of a thug agency, which uses attractive young girls to show their body on YouTube live for money. 

There was a girl Ha Joon-Kyung from Yoon Gyeo-Rye’s Orphanage, whom he treated like his little sister. But that girl misunderstood his affection and care for her and wanted to be his girlfriend. But Yoon Gyeo-Rye could not think of her like this. That crazy girl even tried to cause an arson for killing herself with Yoon Gyeo-Rye. For this, both of them were locked in prison. After watching her, the viewers may want to hate her but can not do that easily as she has indeed passed miserable condition from a very early age. 

If you are an animal lover then be ready to cry for Yoon Gyeo-Rye’s dog, Soony, who also suffers from Chronic disease. Actually Yoon Gyeo-Rye was not the owner of this dog from the start. He found him on the street after it was abandoned by the real owner. The dog’s owners used him for their Youtube channel show. But when Soony was getting ill, being weak and starting to lose his beautiful fur, they left him on the street alone. Yoon Gyeo-Rye took him to his friend who is a pet doctor. Sooni could not survive this much without the care of Yoon Gyeo-Rye and the treatment of his friend. This dog also resembles the life of Yoon Gyeo-Rye. That’s why the dog Soony was like a son to Yoon Gyeo-Rye. You’ll feel pity and start to cry after watching Yoon Gyeo-Rye talking to his ill dog. How helpless and miserable they were!

Yoon Gyeo-Rye’s lifeline changed after an unexpected meeting with the people of a hospice hospital, specifically with Kang Tae-Sik. This character of Kang Tae-Sik is played by our popular ahjussi from K-drama, Sung Dong-il

Kang Tae-Sik is the captain of Team Genie in the hospice hospital. This team grants the patient’s last wish before they die. And due to an incident, Yoon Gyae-Rye begins to volunteer at this hospital with volunteer team leader Kang Tae-Sik. He is funny, responsible and determined to grant the last wishes of the patients. And also he had a great weakness and affection toward Yoon Gye-Rae. 

You will be heartbroken to know about Kang Tae-Sik’s illness. He is also a last stage cancer patient, who is about to die. 

After watching the first few episodes, I thought that Kang Tae-Sik might be the father of poor Yoon Gyeo-Rye because it felt like he knew Yoon Gyeo-Rye very well from his childhood. So I wished Yoon Gyeo-Rye to be happy now with his father. But it was not that easy for him because his cruel past life haunted him all the way here too. 

In the last few episodes, we found the real father of Yoon Gyeo-Rye, who was the head of that gangster agency I mentioned above. And he had an ill-fated relationship with Kang Tae-Sik. His father was a really unforgiving bad person. You can just feel hatred towards him. He ruined many people’s lives including his own son. 

The character of lead actress nurse Seo Yeon-Joo, played by the most popular K-pop girls group Girls Generation‘s idol SooYoung. Her acting skill is really amazing and she is really a cute girl. 

Yoon Gyeo-Rye falls in love with her while working together as a part of Team Genie. She is a cheerful, warmhearted and strong woman character. She is obsessed with her exercise being a stronger woman to take care of the hospice patients well. The scriptwriter skipped the unnecessary romance between Yoon Gyeo-Rye and Seo Yeon-Joo. But you can feel their love and emotions for each other. 

Now Let me tell you about the “Team Genie”. What kind of wishes were granted by them? 

You will see that some people’s lives have many regrets and some people have many dreams they never had a chance to fulfil. 

Actually, no one in this world expects to die early. So their sudden illness makes them sad. Their heart hurts more than their body. All of them are waiting for their death. My heart aches feeling their pains. So it’s not an easy deal for caregivers of these hospice patients. Always they try their best to reduce the patient’s pain and to make them less miserable before they die. They have team genie to grant the last wishes by which their soul can peacefully leave the world.  

A patient waited to see snowfall before death but suddenly his condition starts getting worse in the summer when there is no snowfall. Then team genie granted his wish, creating an artificial snowfall and after watching that. the patient died with a smile. 

Another patient wanted to be a renowned idol who will perform on stage with her boyfriend in front of a huge audiences. Team genie arranged that too!

There are many stories of these hospice patients with team genie which will make you cry several times while watching and even they granted the last wish of Yoon Gyeo-Rye’s dog. That was also a heart-warming scene, when the dog Sooni died sitting on his father like owner Yoon Gyeo-Rye’s arm. 

Finally, the team leader Kang Tae-Sik also died in the last episode. I felt relieved that his death scene was not shown. This man did a great job. That’s why he is respected by all and also to me. So aren’t you curious if Kang Tae-Sik had a last wish also? 

Yes, he had one too. He formally invited team genie to grant his last wish. The whole team travelled together to the sea where Yoon Gyeo-Rye tried to attempt suicide with his dog. And Kang Tae-Sik’s last wish was to arrange a surprise birthday party for Yoon Gyeo-Rye there. He wished him and transferred the responsibility of team genie. 

In the last episode, we saw that that as a captain now Yoon Gyeo-Rye is responsible for team genie in Kang Tae-Sik’s place.

Also, one side of this hospice hospital was arranged to make a wish foundation and the angel village. The angel village was for the people who suffer from Alzheimer. The environment of this makes them feel comfortable and familiar with the place like they are at home. The volunteers always keep an eye on the patients secretly. 

As far as popularity or tv ratings are concerned, if you wish upon me had a decent good start. Some viewers liked it but in the end it lost its track to the viewers. So, we have to try to figure out what was the problem? If the problem was with acting or the story or plot line or any other thing? 

We feel that the main problem is that this is a serious kind of tv drama. Most people don’t like this kind of serious tv series. It’s not melodramatic. First of all, this story is different from most other tv series. In fact it has an original plot. 

That’s the main problem. People like melodrama and like to see melodramatic elements, fantasy, crime, romance, comedy, thriller, mystery, mythological or historical story line. In this drama, such elements are absent. There is no excessive violence, romance or adult content, and even the language is very polite. It’s a realistic story screenwriter presented here. All the actors and actresses stick to the plot. It failed to attract tv ratings and that is ok. Over time it’ll become a cult like  Tv series. Maybe we could not appreciate the TV series now in 2022, but after 5-10 years, it’ll be remembered as an original tv series. 

Another thing that we should remember is that it has some classical elements. When we read classical epics such as Iliad or Odyssey, classical novels like the novels of Charles Dickens, dramas of William Shakespeare, we feel that there are some life lessons to remember. We get some life lessons and we appreciate the lessons from classical literature. This TV Series contains such classical elements and classical life lessons. In every part or every episode there are some lessons to remember. 

Overall, what we feel is that life goes on and life is valuable even in dying moments. In this drama, every character who is supposed to die knows they are going to die within a few days or may be maximum within a few months. They know that they are beyond any recovery or any kind of treatment. Still they’ve some wishes, they’ve some desires to be fulfilled. So the hospital unit, they help the dying patients to have some mental peace before they die. 

But even in dying moments, the’ve their happiness and sadness, peace and mental instability and all the mental or emotional feelings an ordinary person has. They’ve exactly the same feeling. That’s why we should try to support our relatives or our friends who are dying. If we can help them in the dying moments naturally it’ll be easier for them to pass the last few days with peace and happiness. 

Like many Asian or Korean TV Series, the power of love is an important factor here also. However, the love story between the lead male and female characters is not shown that much in detail. The lead female character is a nurse in the hospital and she gets involved in a romantic relationship with the hero but the director doesn’t use this part very strongly. That is one of the main reasons why this tv series didn’t get good ratings. Because we all want to see a love relationship and it doesn’t matter whether we are young or teenage or middle age or old , we love to see the triumph or victory of love in any tv drama or in movies. Here, yes they fall in love and they are happy, they may be happily living after. But enough time has not been given to show the beautiful sides of this relationship or their love story. 

This drama has already wrapped up but didn’t meet the rating it actually deserved. A few people found it boring to watch. But in my opinion, the storyline may be slow but very realistic. The scriptwriter showed us many societal consequences, failure of the social system and different views of human lives through the characters and the patients of the hospice hospital. Overall I enjoyed it with all my heart. 


Khatun-A-Jannat Asha, Content Writer, e-Commerce Development Centre (EDC) &

Razib Ahmed, Former President, e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (eCAB)

Khatun-A-Jannat Asha
This is Khatun-A-Jannat Asha from Mymensingh, Bangladesh. I am entrepreneur and also a media activist. This is my personal blog website. I am an curious woman who always seek for new knowledge & love to spread it through the writing. That’s why I’ve started this blog. I’ll write here sharing about the knowledge I’ve gained in my life. And main focus of my writing is about E-commerce, Business, Education, Research, Literature, My country & its tradition.

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