I’ve been away for so long, forgive me 😦
In the time I’ve been away I’ve watched “Coffee Prince” ,”Playful Kiss” and “Nobuta Wo Produce” and I feel bad for not writing reviews for them till now, So after the review for Heartstrings, wait for them.
I just finished watching this cute drama, and I can say I’m so head over heels for Jung Yong Hwa, his acting skills are so improved seeing as this is his second main role! The drama to my dismay have been cut short due to Shin Hye’s accident at that time, when I knew this I knew why the ending seemed so rushed, I didn’t like it! Anyway as you know there will some spoilers and a picture spam, you’ve been warned. 😀
- General info:
Title: 넌 내게 반했어 / Neon Naege Banhaesseo (You’ve Fallen For Me)
English title: Heartstrings
Previously known as: 페스티벌 / Festival
Genre: Romance, Music, Comedy
Episodes: 15 (+ 1 special, which isn’t really a special just recap of the whole drama).
Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band “The Stupid.” Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.
Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won’s grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of “The Stupid”, she was forced to go to the band’s concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.
Lee Shin (played by Jung Yong Hwa): is the cold, handsome, leader of “The Stupid” (what kind of name is that?) band and majoring in modern music. He has this crush on the dancing professor (which made me cringe), and his life changes when he meets Gyu Won, though it takes a bit too much time. He’s sweet to his family and those who he cares about only, just unlike other bullies in other dramas; he really doesn’t have a reason to be this mean. But when he falls in love with Gyu Won he turns into the most understanding and loving boyfriend ever. I was also moved by his brief encounter with his father. What I loved the most about him, is the slow development of him slowly falling in love with her, he didn’t wake up and suddenly decide to just love her.
Lee Gyu Won (played by Park Shin Hye): the sweet, naïve and cute traditional music student and she play the Gayageum. She focuses solely on traditional music because of her grandfather, till she gets the chance to truly discover her abilities in singing and dancing and decides to follow her own dreams. Lee Shin is her first love, and she falls for him while he likes the professor, and decided to stop liking him, until his cool confession. She is a hardworking heroine, who is shown at the beginning of the drama with no will of her own, until she starts controlling her own life.
Kim Seok Hyun (played by Song Chang Ui): The Broadway famous director and the new director of the university performance, also the love interest of the professor Yun Su, and shows some interest in Gyu Won. At first he’s shown as Shin’s possible rival for Gyu Won’s heart, but he has his own troubles with Yun Su, as they parted about 12 years ago because of her decision to pursue her dreams. He’s almost fighting everyone in the university board to enable Gyu Won to take part in the performance, as he saw that she had talent. He’s clumsy and cute, but that definitely got to be the weirdest proposal ever, he’s the nervous one here!
Jung Yun Su (played by So Yi Hyun): The dancing professor and former ballerina, the beautiful Yun Su. She’s the one who Shin has a crush one, while she has her heart set on Seok Hyun whom she dumped 12 years ago to pursue her dreams of becoming a ballerina that later shattered due to an accident she had, she’s regretted it since then. I loved her later on, that I was kind of annoyed of the whole student-teacher thing, it seemed so weird.
Friends and Family: Member of “The Stupid” and “The Wildflower” are some refreshing friends. Bo Un (Im Se Mi) is cute and quirky and loved the whole interfering whenever Gyu Won and Shin were having a moment. But the hero here amongst the friends should be Joon Hee (Kang Min Hyuk) the food lover, and the drummer, I wanted to hug him all the time, even though I still see that Hee Joo (Kim Yoon Hye) doesn’t deserve him even if she did some good in later episodes. I wanted to see more of Oh Won Bin, I loved him so much in FT Island, I’m sad I’m not seeing enough of him these days.
As for Family, Gyu Won’s family consists of her father and grandfather who are total opposites, that’s why they’re living apart. Her father supports Gyu Won in everything she does and encourages her to follow her own dreams, while the grandfather wants her to follow his footsteps in traditional music only. I got so annoyed at him sometimes, but he’s a nice grandfather in the end of the day.
Shin’s Family consists of his Mother, Half-sister, and his father who’s also a famous guitarist dies after their meeting for the first time. There’s this whole dilemma, where Gyu Won’s father used to be in love with Shin’s mother, fortunately it doesn’t take much of the plot.
The acting is pretty good, Yong Hwa improved so much from his first drama “You’re Beautiful”, though I felt that he was trying to imitate Geun Suk’s mean looks and attitude n that drama, but he’s so sweet. I didn’t notice that much changing in Shin Hye’s acting but she certainly improved in doing emotional scenes. The rest of the cast was well-built and had great chemistry, even the evil characters.
- Is it funny?
Almost all of Shin/Gyu Won scenes are funny, especially the slave parts, when he was starting to realize that he fell for her, and many more. Though it turns a bit dramatic towards the end, it has some good laughs.
- Is it Romantic/Tear-jerking?
Its sweet romantic not overly in love romantic, their love story is so sweet. I just have a problem with the romantic acts, their two or three kisses seemed like a couple of first-grade kids kissing, I mean Hee Jo and Ki Yeong’s kiss at the performance had more passion, and they’re not even a couple.Not really tear-jerking, even the parting wasn’t tearful because I was really mad at how silly it was, but I won’t deny that I teared a bit seeing them cry. 😦
That’s got to be the best thing about this drama, I mean the title song “You’ve Fallen For Me” sung by Yong Hwa himself is sole perfection, I loved this drama just because of it. The drama got some sweet songs too like, “The Day We Fell in Love” by Shin Hye, “Star” by Kang Min Hyuk, “Give Me a Smile’ by M Signal. Also the music (fusion ver.) for “Give Me a Smile” is perfect; the combination of traditional and modern music is just amazing. The usage of traditional music is very fresh; it gives a new aspect to it.
- Hotness Level/Style:
One word for Hotness: Yong Hwa, and one word for Anti-Hotness: Shin Hye. I mean, except for a very few outfits, Shin Hye has the most unflattering and sometimes stupid girl outfits, I’ve ever seen in a drama, even Bo Un dresses better, which is a shame, Shin Hye is really pretty, they kept hiding that with awful outfits. Yong Hwa on the other hand, looks handsome wearing ANYTHING!
- Moments to Remember:
Their first kiss made me feel all fluttery; When Yong Hwa was singing “Lucky I’m in Love with My Best Friend”, AHHH, too much moments 🙂
- Did it end well?
NOOO! Yes, they did end up together, but that’s not the point. The whole break-up fiasco wasn’t convincing or strong, and two episodes weren’t enough for that. I’m aware that the drama was supposed to have more episodes, but due to Shin Hye’s car accident it ended that way, but they could’ve stopped it till she was ok and then resumed with what was intended. It just didn’t satisfy me and my agony over their break-up, that they would get together after a year of separation with so less emotions.
- Rating: 5/5, Though I didn’t love the ending, the whole story, music and Yong Hwa made up for it.