K-Drama Review: Romance Edition || Young Love Version

Show Name:  Love Rain
Episodes: 20
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Yoon Seok-Ho
Cast: Jang Keun-Suk, Yoona, Kim Shi-Hoo, Jung Jin-Young, Lee Mi-Sook, Yoo Hye-Ri, etc.
My Rating:


Suh In Ha is a sensitive artist who falls in love at first sight with fellow college student Kim Yoon Hee. The two of them develop feelings for each other, but before they can do anything, In Ha’s best friend Lee Dong Wook professes his love for Yoon Hee. Not wanting to ruin his friendship, In Ha takes a backseat and watches as the girl he loves gets farther away from him. Fast-forward to the present day Seoul, where In Ha’s son Suh Joon meets and falls in love with Ha Na, Kim Yoon Hee’s daughter. The children are completely different from their parents in personality, but fate pulls them together.

This was suuuuuch a great watch! Oh, my heart. This was indeed a heartwrenching show to watch but I loved every moment of it.

The show starts off with the story of the parents who fall in love with each other but when they confess it’s too late. After quite a few years, their children accidentally meet without knowing their parent’s history and they end up falling in love. But when the truth comes out, everything falls apart. They are left alone to choose their love or return the love their parents couldn’t fulfil all those years ago.

First of all, I was not interested in the parents’ story and so I skipped the first 4 episodes as adviced by one of the commenters and directly started with the present day version. That didn’t affect my views on this show. Seo In-Ha (Jang Geun Suk) and Kim Yoon-Hee (Yoona, she is soooo cute!) accidentally meet when their phone gets exchanged on a trip. And despite their first interaction starts off quite badly, they keep bumping into one another. The romance slowly develops throughout the drama and it’s soooo cute!! My heart melted! They were absolutely perfect for each other and there were quite a few hilarious moments! Especially their first kiss! xD

BUT, the conflict comes in when their parents meet each other after soooo many years and after a lot of convincing from Seo In-Ha’s father, Kim Yoon-Hee’s mom decides to pick up where they left off without knowing their children were in love too. From that onwards, it was soo hard to watch it sometimes and I ended up sobbing seeing my favourite characters suffer.

But the angst was perfectly build up and the way everything was executed, I couldn’t have been more satisfied with this drama. Though I wished the parents’ parts were a bit less because I wanted more of Seo In-Ha and Kim Yoon-Hee.

I really hated Seo In-Ha’s father, he was the thorn in the way though I understood his view too!! But my babies were hurting and I could less about that guy. My… my heart was completely on the edge while watching this drama. Overall, I looved the acting, the chemistry between the two leads were absolutely perfect and I’m so glad I decided to watch this drama.

Recommend it?


Show Name: Heartstrings
Episodes: 15
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Director: Pyo Min-Soo, Lee Min-Cheol
Cast: Park Shin-Hye, Jung Yong-Hwa, Song Chang-Eui, So E-Hyun, Kim Yoon-Hye, Kang Min-Hyuk, etc.
My Rating:


Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is the vocalist of the band “The Stupid” and also plays the guitar. He is known for his good looks and his strong passion for music, but is, in reality, a cold person who is uninterested in non-music related things and has no dreams nor plans for the future. Shin initially likes a dance professor at his 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 have his grand-daughter trained to become a traditional music prodigy in 10 years’ time. Trying to live up to her grandfather’s expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing besides traditional music. As Kyu Won’s 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.

This was another cute watch and it was recommended by Raven @ Dreamy Addictions! This show reminded me a lot of Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan which was one of the best Hindi youth show I had ever watched but as expected they quite messed up the ending. Anyway, before I divert any further let’s come back to this review!

Lee Kyu-Won (Park Shin-Hye) and Lee Shin (Jung Yong-Hwa) are on the opposite ends when it comes to music. It was basically classical versus rock and due to this they often clashed. But when they are forced to work together they find that combining the two music is much more beautiful than they expected. Their feelings also start to change along the same way.

This was a cute and fast watch. Lee Shin originally had a crush on one of his teachers but after meeting Lee Kyu-Won, that slowly starts to change. And I was veeeery glad that teacher didn’t lead him on in any aspect. They start working together for their annual function which is kind of a song-dance-drama. The songs were the best freaking part of this drama!!! I fell in love with all the tracks!

Their relationship starts from hate to love, one of my favourite tropes and I enjoyed how everything was pulled off. But the competition involved a lot of other students and that brought a different dynamic to the show especially Han Hee-Joo’s (Kim Yoon-Hye). I loved her character development but it felt all too sudden, it wasn’t a steady growth I expected. Also, the plot twist during the last few episodes were completely unnecessary but oh well. I’m glad how the ending came out! But, the execution of the actual competition kind of lacked the wow factor. Anyway, I still enjoyed it!

Recommend it?


So guys, have you watched any of these two shows? Do you watch K-Dramas or are you interested in watching? (You should if you haven’t, you’ll forget everything else… XD)

13 thoughts on “K-Drama Review: Romance Edition || Young Love Version

  1. Oh my, I must watch both these shows ASAP! First of all because they both sound so great, but also because I fell in love with both Jang Geun Suk and Jung Yong-Hwa in You’re Beautiful and I didn’t know about these shows so MUST WATCH 😉 Thanks for the reviews!

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  2. Perfect reviews, Poulami! I started Love Rain but didn’t finish (I never got to the modern part… the past part was soooo agonizing that I wondered if I could deal with the pain!!) I SO SHOULD finish because Jang Guen Suk is one of my favorite actors!! BUT HEARTSTRINGS!! I LOVED that show and I agree that the soundtrack is sooo good! I still listen to a couple of them!! ❤

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  4. Aww, I love the way you formatted this review for kdramas! I haven’t watched either of these, but I’ve heard sooo many good thing. I’m also a fan of the male actors for both of them, so they’re definitely on my watch list! These days I don’t have much time for kdramas because of school :’)

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  5. This is always fascinating Poulami, I kind of follow these drama through your reviews 😉 The day I will watch them I’ll feel at ease. Maybe I should ask my son to watch them with me as he is into anime? Do you think he would like it?

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  6. Wonderful reviews, Poulami! Jang Guen Suk is one of my top favorite handsome actors in K-drama. I’m glad you enjoyed Love Rain. You should also check out Mary Stayed Out all Night, and You are Beautiful. They’re my favorites! Heartstrings was a cute drama and I loved its soundtracks. If you like to watch more musical dramas then I highly recommend Dream High 1 and 2.

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