JTBC‘s new ongoing K-Drama My Liberation Notes (also known as My Liberation Diary) recently premiered. It stars Lee Min Ki, Kim Ji Won, and Lee El as siblings, featuring Son Suk Ku (also known as Son Seok Koo) as Mr. Gu, a stranger, pursuing freedom and liberation amidst their mundane lives.
Life takes a toll on three siblings who long to be freed from their mundane routines. But when a mysterious drunkard moves to their quiet village, their dreams of excitement and fulfillment no longer seem so far away.
— The Swoon
New episodes release every Saturday and Sunday. Only a few episodes have been released at this time, yet viewers are already praising it for its relatable main characters and realistic storylines.
— ree^^ (@reekdramas) April 18, 2022
My Liberation Notes is exactly what I needed. I’ve been feeling extremely lost lately, there’s always this feeling that I’m not doing anything with my life, it’s like I don’t have a purpose. Nothing makes me really happy. I also desperately need liberation#MyLiberationNotes
— siwan’s forehead MLN (@koreandraming) April 17, 2022
#MyLiberationNotes may not be everyone's cup of tea but it is mine. It's like peeking into the relatable misery in the characters' lives. It's so real that what excites me isn't an extravagant plot but its premise of liberating oneself from whatever stops you from living.
— Jahn ◡̈ (@lefangirlships) April 17, 2022
— em (@KlMYUMI) April 17, 2022
Nevertheless, it has some of the lowest viewership ratings on TV. It contains talented actors and a moving script, but it won’t be popular with those seeking K-Dramas for escapism from their monotonous lives as the drama may be too somber or slow.
Real time rating My Liberation Notes Episode 4.
Rating at 22.46 KST: 4.02%
Rating at 23.00 KST: 5.26%
Rating at 23.10 KST: 5.33%
Rating at 23.31 KST: 5.94%#MyLiberationNotes#MyLiberationNotesEp4 pic.twitter.com/1McIASObKi
— Nonton Drakor (@Nonton_Kdrama) April 17, 2022
Still, My Liberation Notes fans are urging people to give the K-Drama a chance.
#MyLiberationNotesEp4 recorded its lowest ratings so far (2.3%). Its sad but that just means we need to hype it up a lot more and that's not hard to do because this drama is so amazing!! If you're not watching it, you're seriously missing out #MyLiberationNotes pic.twitter.com/zaiJn6WUFj
— Kayla (@BluK1mch1Kdrama) April 17, 2022
No but i think these two’s mastery of silent acting should be talked about & appreciated even more. Not all actors could captivate viewers & makes them completely drawn into their characters by not saying a single word throughout most of their scenes #MyLiberationNotes pic.twitter.com/t2jab2oONr
— K.M. (@_godessv) April 18, 2022
Now, so is the beloved actor Gong Yoo.
Gong Yoo posted two back-to-back posts on Instagram, promoting the drama to his 3.3 million followers. The first post included a caption referencing an iconic line from the drama itself, “I worship you,” that also doubled as his own praise for My Liberation Notes.
I worship you.
— Gong Yoo’s caption
Gong Yoo directly touched on the low ratings in the next post. He advised everyone not to focus on it but instead encouraged them to watch it for themselves as he shared his love for the K-Drama. Viewer ratings certainly do not define a K-Drama. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo actually received the lowest viewership ratings in its time slot while it was on TV, yet it is now one of the most beloved K-Dramas ever.
Viewer ratings? Don’t chase after that..
Give it all~~ to me like a warrior
Explode all the love!
— Gong Yoo’s caption
His advertising seemed to work. Since he posted, netizens have promised to start watching.
ok gong yoo I’ll watch my liberation notes, ANYTHING FOR YOU KING pic.twitter.com/pu6cI2rkMD
— annalisa ♡ (@TRA1NTOBUSAN) April 18, 2022
me, ready to watch My Liberation notes just as Gong Yoo ordered pic.twitter.com/gTYtX02Ngp
— Sov is waiting for the Salesman’s return (@i_whoreship_yoo) April 18, 2022
gong yoo really posted twice about my liberation notes…… it really woke him up from his 2 week hibernation…. it must be that good pic.twitter.com/eEehdcFzZF
— m 🦕 (@gongyoosimp) April 18, 2022
Netflix, the international distributor, also tweeted reasons to watch, including Gong Yoo’s recommendation.
Reasons to watch My Liberation Notes:
1. It's from the creators of My Mister and Law School.
2. It stars Lee Min-ki, Kim Ji-won, EL and Son Suk-ku.
3. Gong Yoo asked us to.
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) April 20, 2022
This wouldn’t be the first time Gong Yoo endorsed a K-Drama he himself was not the star of. Previously, he showed support for Nam Joo Hyuk‘s Twenty Five Twenty One and Choi Woo Shik‘s Our Beloved Summer, as all three actors are under Management SOOP.
Watch the trailer for My Liberation Notes below: