29 September 2011

Heartstrings Review

Title: Heartstrings
AKA: You've fallen for me / Neon Naege Banhaesseo
Genre: Romance, music
Episodes: 15
Broadcast period: 2011-Jun-29 to 2011-Aug-18
Cast: Jung Yong Hwa, Park Shin Hye, Song Chang Ui, So yi Hyun, Woo Ri, Kang Min Hyuk, Lee Hyun Jin, Im Se Mi . . .

Lee Gyu Won is the granddaughter of a famous Pansori singer, one of the top 3 traditional singers and therefore Lee Gyu Won has been taught to play the gayageum, a traditional instrument, she is also in a band called "Windflower". She is raised with discipline, her grandfather kicked her father out of the house because he had a passion for western/modern music. At school there is the "prince", Lee Shin, the guy everyone wants to be with, he is the leader of a band called "The stupid". Those two make a bet to see who will have more supporters, the modern vs the traditional. The two of them learn new things about those two genres of music and work together, end up liked each other.

This drama was so lovey-dovey, it was almost too much! I cant believe Im saying this, me who likes those dramas, it had lots of those cute couple moments. I guess the drama is more about the music, the collaboration between traditional and modern (the music is just AWESOME and if you like traditional korean + modern then watch this drama) than about love, or like the forbidden love because Lee Gyu Won's grandfather is like NO-NO modern music! But still it wasnt exciting like "aaa~eotokae". It reminded me a bit about dream high, but i guess there a just a few similarities, like competition, singing, acting and doing music. It was really cute and the actors are great too. I can recommend this drama if you just wanna relax and watch and dont want all those complicated ones that get you dont see a way out of lol. Its really simply and i gotta say dayyum like my jaw dropped when the two bands played together (i also enjoy traditional korean music kekeke)

☆☆☆☆/ 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥/ 4 out of 5 hearts

Bunji's Verict
Out of all Korean youth love stories, this is defiantly the freshest, but somehow it does not work for me… Why? I think there are a lot of wrongs, one of them is the main actress; she’s seriously become one of my least favorite actresses, I mean she can’t act… Or is it just me?! Yonghwa seems to try to act, but I guess if you throw a fish on dry land it’ll fight till the end.. And that drummer, who is also a member of C.N. BLUE, Minho I think he’s called, was not that great (I’m comparing him with other cute character actors…).. To be honest, if I were to choose the star in the drama it would be Yonghwa, even though he showed complete rookie performance…
BUT! It’s not all that bad, in the matter of the fact, it’s pretty good, and almost realistic..
I just felt like punching the director for doing this ‘great potential drama’ halfheartedly.. He just combined all possible clich├ęs, and tried to cover them, FAIL! I felt that Yonghwas character used too much time, 7 episodes, on his first love, and woopty, suddenly fell for the main actress without any special reason, well at least he should have shown more of a love interest and in the previous episodes to be somehow conflicted between his first love (like he was going crazy over her people!!) and the lead. Omg, and not to mention how loose his character was, DIRECTOR = STUPID!
Anyhow, it’s sweet (sometimes an little too much) and has this amazing music.. If you feel like watching, do so, if not, give it a shot, Yonghwa deserves it :)

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

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