Valentine’s Day is drawing near, and love is evident in the air. During the month of love, it is best to keep your loved ones safe and loved through staying indoors–but still making this occasion a special day to remember. Here are some of the movies and series that might capture your hearts– and lead you to love as well!
- Our Beloved Summer
Released in December 2021, Our Beloved Summer has gained popularity for its sublime interpretation of love in different forms through heartfelt dialogues. Years after shooting their school-themed documentary, ex-lovers Kook Yeon Soo (Kim Dami) and Choi Ung (Choi Woo Shik) are forced to reunite once more for one final project. Will they be able to reconcile their differences, or will they stay sworn enemies forever? This K-drama will make you relive your high school days while giving you a crash course about love and the sacrifices it entails. To top it off, the actors’ chemistry is just off the charts, you can truly feel their connection on and off-screen. If you’re looking for a comfort drama armed with depth and perspective, Our Beloved Summer is just the perfect thing to watch!
- It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
This K-drama hit the world by storm and captured the viewers’ hearts across different countries. Ko Mun Yeong (Seo Yea Ji) writes children’s books for a living and achieves fame out of her original and edgy works. She crosses paths with Moon Gang-Tae (Kim Soo Hyun), a psychiatric ward caretaker, which signals the start of their journey towards emotional healing and eventually, love. This drama grapples with various topics such as self-love, family ties, psychological health, and the rawness of first loves. The drama’s underlying messages within each episode are crafted so meticulously that the viewers are also enthralled as the story progresses. Who knows, it might just help you discover things you didn’t know about yourself, and about your partner as well! It’s Okay Not to Be Okay will work its magic this Valentine’s Day.
Are you a fan of the ‘love at first sight’ trope and slow burns? This movie is perfect for you! The film’s namesake, Elise (Janine Gutierrez), is extraordinary– especially to the eyes of love-struck Bert (Enchong Dee). As time passes, they forge a connection that could last a lifetime. His affection for the girl endures from childhood to adulthood, but will it finally be requited? This romance movie appeals to the young at heart for it also features a 90’s vibe armed with the nostalgia of that era. Elise will surely take you on a trip down memory lane alongside your lover!
- Letters to Juliet
This movie will satisfy the hopeless romantic in you as it whisks you to the breathtaking streets of Verona, Italy. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) visits Verona with her fiance, hoping for some downtime before the wedding. However, she is in for an adventure of a lifetime as she discovers an ancient letter–written in 1957– sent to none other than Juliet herself! This movie is just the right thing if you’re looking for a light-hearted storyline with an enemies-to-lovers trope. Join them this Valentine’s Day as they look for the one that got away– and witness how this love story stood the test of time!
With these K-dramas and films, partnered with a bowl of popcorn, you can create a cinematic atmosphere within the comforts of your home. Of course, don’t forget the tissues– sometimes love can indeed be a tear-jerker. These films will surely make you feel loved and cherished this Valentine’s Day!
By Princess Friel Lontoc
Featured photo courtesy of Tatler Asia
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