Beyond The Clouds, in Korean 태양은 가득히, is an awkward story of revenge and love.  It made me quite uncomfortable in various situations because of how the two mix.  Yes, I am one of those people who physically feels nervous for the characters on the screen and turns my head sideways while watching certain scenes.  You know. Those people who continue watching awkward moments as the cringe, half looking away but still watching out of the corners of their eyes.  That’s me.  This K-Drama gave me a lot of those moments.  That’s how the show grabs your attention.  Just imagine if you will, a cross between The Count of Monte Cristo, any Hugh Grant film from the 90’s and maybe, maybe throw in some of that old school cowboy love.  No.  I don’t mean Broke Back Mountain.  I mean the kind of love portrayed in some of the old western films.  Films where the hero is a complicated loner who expressing his feelings in blunt sincere outbursts of kind actions. Like for instance, the hero never talks to the woman although he sees her all the time then one day he sees her limping.  So naturally he walks right up to her, picks her up, puts her on his horse and then takes her to the doctor all while scolding her for being clumsy and getting hurt in the first place.  And of course the woman falls in love with him because she sees the kindness and gentleness in the gesture.  LOL.  It sounds like I am making fun of the story but I am really not.  Beyond The Clouds is a great series. I enjoyed every moment of it.  That is a small, exaggerated part of the dynamic between the main love story running through the story.
1392163777635_59_20140212091103The story follows the life of Jung Se Ro, a young man who is struggling to pass the exam and interview to become a foreign service officer.  He takes his test and then goes on trip to Thailand to visit his career criminal father.  After numerous things go wrong with a heist that his father’s crew attempt, Se Ro winds up falsely imprisoned in a Thai jail for five years.  Adding insult to injury or in this case, adding injury to insult, his father also dies as a result of the incident.  Five years pass and Jung Se Ro is released.  He goes full revenge mode on the people who had him falsely imprisoned and also circumstantially caused his father’s death.  This is where the plot picks up steam.  Jung Se Ro is aware of the family who was responsible for his shitty situation but his understanding of the circumstances surrounding the whole thing are understandably limited.  And what ends up happening is this oddball roller coaster of revelations, revenge and love.

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The first thing that you have to realize is that Se Ro is a good guy driven to revenge.  He fits the Count of Monte Cristo profile damn near to a T.  Like all good guys, he is not good at getting revenge.  He is smart, crafty and confident but as certain revelations surface as to how the incidents came to fruition in Thailand those five years back, he has to figure some things out about himself and his revenge.  He also has to confront his own father’s past while sorting this jumble of crap.  Se Ro and Han Young Won’s (the female lead) lack of understanding about the details behind the events in Thailand make for the most beautiful and awkward love story that I have encountered in some time.  Watch it!  And you will see.  It’s a great series that will keep you running back to the screen.