Netflix recently released the Korean rom-com Love and Leashes, starring Girls’ Generation‘s Seohyun and U-KISS‘s Jun (also known as Lee Jun Young) as co-workers Ji Woo and Ji Hoo, respectively. Due to their similar names, they get a delivered package mixed up, only for Ji Woo to find out Ji Hoo’s secret.
When a very personal delivery mistakenly falls into the wrong hands at work, a no-nonsense subordinate and her new superior find their roles reversed after hours when they take their play into the bedroom.
Love never hurt so good in the spicy Netflix rom-com film LOVE AND LEASHES, starring Seohyun (PRIVATE LIVES) and Lee Jun-young (D.P.)
— The Swoon
You’ve probably seen some clips circulating online, like this iconic scene of Jun barking like a dog… This, of course, is not the whole movie and shouldn’t be judged solely based on just this moment.
— cei (@fortaehyuk) February 11, 2022
Ever since the film was announced and the trailer was released, netizens couldn’t get over the concept that was based on BDSM, which stands for “bondage and discipline,” “dominance and submission,” and “sadism and masochism,” especially considering how conservative Korean society tends to be regarding sexuality.
BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism, and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves to be practising BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture often is said to depend on self-identification and shared experience.
People have been concerned that the subject matter would be portrayed too comedically. So, if you’re still on the fence about watching Love and Leashes, don’t be. Here are 10+ viewer reactions that prove it’s totally worth the watch and actually exactly the rom-com the world needs right now…
1. When memes become reality…
Step on me, Seohyun!
— 🌹 (@SeoSone029) February 11, 2022
2. 50 Shades of Grey < Love and Leashes
It goes without question…
That sexual tension, though!
dont tell me you didn't feel the freaking tension in seohyun and lee junyoung's kiss scene in Love and Leashes ?!? 🥵#모럴센스 #LoveandLeashes #넷플릭스 #Netflix #서현 #SEOHYUN #LeeJunYoung pic.twitter.com/r3heJvzmAZ
— JIKJIN 🏁 olibya 🦋 (@rikithinker) February 12, 2022
3. Scenes like this…
— cip츄츄🧚♀️ (@kdrama_baragi) February 11, 2022
4. Top-tier chemistry
— TheBaddestWitches (@95GIZIBE) February 11, 2022
Not to mention the chemistry is both on-screen and off-screen!
— 💌seomate (@helloseojuju) February 10, 2022
Can we get a full K-Drama with these two, please?!
5. These out of context spoilers and reactions
— kassandra (@kssndrprlt) February 11, 2022
Sorry, they were too funny not to share…
6. We stan an ally.
Our first impression of the female lead? Queen.
— 🌸 (@mysehuniverse) February 11, 2022
7. It’s relatable AF!
— momina (@liesarebuIIet) February 11, 2022
There’s something in the film anyone can relate to.
my biggest mood when i don’t want to hear long song greeting during my birthday: pic.twitter.com/z8hNDbb5I6
— cei (@fortaehyuk) February 11, 2022
8. Heartwarming quotes like this:
— LOVE AND LEASHES (@ecstaseo) February 13, 2022
— 🦋 (@seoductress) February 12, 2022
9. One word: Seohyun.
If you weren’t Seohyun-biased before…
10. Okay, maybe two words… Seohyun and Jun!
Likewise, how can anyone not love this man?
11. Our duality king
The bathtub scene is the pure definition of art.
12. Same, girl, same.
13. The film’s message is actually super important.
It touches on more than just BDSM. The film emphasizes the importance of both respect and consent in a relationship.
More than bdsm, this movie talked about consent and respect. That everyone have their own secret, pervert in their own way. But so what? As long as nobody is harmed it's okay. People who keep crossing the line coz they think they're right needs to be educated #LoveandLeashes pic.twitter.com/Ktk9gxnm5T
— Mercury to the Sun ☀️ (@RUNCHRAUNDA) February 11, 2022
LOVE AND LEASHES
where kink and consent meet 😉
I give this movie a solid 5 star rating! (this is not a fifty shades remake) it’s a very well done kmovie about bdsm, and the roles/rules. seohyun and lee jun young did well in portraying a consensual relationship.#loveandleashes pic.twitter.com/XArnUKD3Eo
— 💙 (@ljoondrama) February 11, 2022
It even highlights workplace harassment from misogynist/sexist co-workers.
I want to applaud the writer of #LoveandLeashes for not holding back in showing the realities of misogyny in the working environment where boys keep on making "jokes" on women who cannot speak up for themselves because they are unfairly at the bottom of the hierarchy.
— ChenDdal (@dreamxchaser24) February 11, 2022
Love and Leashes is way more than just the viral clips seen online so far!
love and leashes is good and is WAYYY more than the fake dog barking you think it is. it actually teaches you a lot about boundaries and seems to represent the community well without having to make it all about the 18+ stereotypes people have about it. #LoveandLeashes
— elise ♡ hobi day ! (@cvsmicsoo) February 11, 2022
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