Park Ju-hyun’s Dramatic Return To Badminton

love all playalternatively known as The speed to you is 493 km (너에게 가는 속도 493 km) is a 2022 Korean sports rom-com directed by Jo Woong. The 16-episode series stars Park Ju-hyun, Chae Jong-hyeop, Park Ji-hyun, Kim Moo-joon, and Seo Ji-hye. love all play Episode 1 has a running time of 70 minutes.

– Love All Play Episode 1 Recap Contains Spoilers –

We’re introduced to Park Ju-hyun as Park Tae-yang, who worked in a fish shop and learned to make sashimi, but now it’s time for her to go back. She thanks her boss before leaving, and while her boss thinks she’s going to Seoul to work at a sushi shop, Tae-yang has other plans. Tae-yang lands directly in a badminton court.

The Seoul City Hall Team and the Yunis National Team compete in a group tournament. Both teams have their best players who are least interested in playing and show up at the last minute when their coaches scold them. Park Tae-joon from the Seoul City Hall Team has been playing badminton since he was 7 years old. He always apologizes before coming to play because he has lost interest in badminton.

Still from Love All Play Episode 1

Yuk Jung-hwan from the Yunis team is a silver medalist and refuses to compete in local tournaments because he wants to rest. His tantrums only escalate when he asks his sponsoring company to keep him or his trainer. He doesn’t want to train and demands to be let him practice whenever he wants and with whom he wants. Although with such behavior he looks like a proud and arrogant person, there is another reason for this.

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Mentally exhausted, Jung-hwan feels pressured to win a gold medal. His mother advises him to see a therapist, but he refuses. He is insecure about his own image and feels that people will trample on him if they think he is weak. His efforts to salvage his image become an obstacle to his sport.

Chae Jong-hyeop
Still from Love All Play Episode 1

Seoul City Hall teammates have more camaraderie than Yunis’ team. Tae-joon loses the match when his teammate gets injured in doubles. When his injured friend refuses to leave the game, he tells him not to put his career above his life. They lose the match, and shockingly, Tae-joon decides to retire. At his farewell party, he invites his teammates for a drink.

At the restaurant, they see the Yunis team and are about to leave when Tae-joon stops them. Tae-joon sees Tae-yang at the Yunis team table and seems to already know her. Tae-yang used to be a badminton player, but she got into a scandal for bribing officials and left the sport, but now she’s back after three years. No one from Yunis team welcomes Tae-yang and she is already having troubles with Yeong-sim she used to play with.

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Love everyone Play episode 1 ending

Tae-joon has applied to be a badminton coach and meets Tae-yang and her father in a high school. Though Tae-yang denies not recognizing him at first, she later agrees to knowing him. Tae-joon met Tae-yang when they were at school. Because of Tae-joon, Tae-yang plays badminton. She used to live with her grandmother and was caught by Tae-joon trying to steal his bike. He found out that she is a gifted badminton player when she defeated him in a match.

Love All Play Episode 1 Recap: Park Ju-hyun's dramatic return to badminton
Still from Love All Play Episode 1

Tae-joon told his coach about her and his coach adopted her and made her into the badminton player she is today. Therefore, she advises Tae-joon not to retire from the sport. Tae-joon no longer found badminton fun, but he jokes with his friend that if he gets a salary of 60 million won, he will think about not retiring. To his surprise, the Yunis company offers him the same amount, which shakes Tae-joon’s decision and he joins Yunis instead of retiring.

Love All Play Episode 1 Review

In the first episode love all play the story went too fast. With a story with so many characters in the foreground, not every character gets enough time to introduce themselves. Although Tae-yang and Tae-joon get more screentime, the parts of their stories are scattered throughout the episode and it’s difficult to connect them. There are many instances where the story could have been held back to build a climax, but she calmly provides the answers. Hopefully the story will develop better in the upcoming episodes.

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