Yellow: The Colour of Youth and Dream

Nam Ji Hoon’s music career and free-spirited way of life always give his girlfriend (Lee Ye Reum) anxiety, along with her other problems such as her hectic job and the fact that she is still a newbie in her office. For her, breaking up is the right thing to do. She can’t handle the uncertainty of their future after all.

But Ji Hoon is still hoping. So, even if a fangirl-turned-photographer (Jo Su Ah) of his band has declared her feelings for him multiple times in the years they’ve known each other, Ji Hoon still doesn’t budge. Not until he realizes that for a wound to heal, he has to move on from the past. In addition to that, someone apparently has an interest to steal Su Ah’s attention away from him.

Yellow starts like a typical love triangle story. You have someone you hold on to and someone who likes you for years. But romance is not the only problem youths have in their life. There is also the pressure of making a living on your own, the lack of courage to embrace your dreams, and also the fear you have while assimilating into the society.

To be honest, I first watched the series for Kim Do Wan (who plays Nam Ji Hoon). I love his character in Seventeen. He was also super brilliant in At Eighteen. He has distinct gestures that keeps showing even during his acting–the way he stands, his eye-smile, and his smile-slash-smirk. His character in Yellow, though, is less dorky than his Seventeen counterpart and less temperamental than his At Eighteen counterpart.

Given that it is a web drama about band, the music is superb. Exactly the kind of genre I enjoy to listen. Also given that it is a web drama, most of the casts are rookie actors. I’ve seen complaints about the acting and I do agree that there are times when the scenes feel awkward or even cringey. Since I’m not an expert on acting nor film, I can’t say whether it’s the production problem or purely the acting. Maybe the combination of both.

My biggest problem with the series though is the limited time to develop real chemistry between the leads. The time is too short to develop a proper love triangle. Ending is rushed and feels forced. Mostly because it doesn’t have enough room and time to develop.

They give each character a background story, but fail to dig deeper into it. One of my favourite character (Park Dong Woo) doesn’t even have his own episode to explain what he’s actually going through. There is so much potential that they fail to deliver. Once again because of the duration and the fact that they zoom in too much on the love story. Around episode 3, I thought it’s going to be more than romance. But in the end, they focus on the love story more and drop the friendship and the youth’s struggles parts.

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