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Title: 넌 내게 반했어
Genre: Romance, music
Episodes: 15
Average Episode Rating: 5.7% Nationwide

Main Cast:

Jung Yonghwa as Lee Shin:

Jung Yonghwa made his drama debut through last year’s You’re Beautiful. However, he is also a singer- in fact, he’s the lead singer (not to mention leader) of  CN Blue. (The group is in FNC Music, the same company as FT Island. Thus, there are many similarities between the two.)

Contrary to his character in You’re Beautiful, Jung Yonghwa plays Lee Shin, a cold, indifferent guy who only seems to care about himself and his music. He’s the lead singer of “The Stupid,” a popular band a school, and he’s always got a swarm of girls all over him. But he doesn’t care about them- the one female he actually cares about is Jung Yoonsoo, a dance instructor at the college he attends.

Park Shinhye as Lee Kyuwon:

I’ve seen Park Shinhye in Goong S and You’re Beautiful. For some strange reason, she reminds me a lot of Yoon Eunhye. Don’t ask me why, she just does.

Lee Kyuwon is a feisty individual who takes pride in her skill- traditional instruments. She was raised by her grandfather all her life to play a traditional instrument, and although she enjoys it, she wishes that she wasn’t so restricted.

Song Changui as Kim Sukhyun:

Although I’ve never personally seen him in a drama, Song Changui is not new to the acting scene. His more recent dramas are Life is Beautiful and Cinderella Man.

Kim Sukhyun returns from the United States as a famous Broadway director. His new project is the school play at the college that Lee Shin and Lee Kyuwon attend. At the school, he meets his ex-girlfriend Jung Yoonsoo but is more interested when he sees Lee Kyuwon, who he later tries to scout for the play.

So Yihyun as Jung Yoonsoo:

So Yihyun has acted in a number of dramas, all of which I have never seen, although I have heard of some, like Swallow the Sun and Gloria.

Jung Yoonsoo is a dance professor. Six years ago, she was in a relationship with Kim Sukhyun, but left him to pursue her dreams of becoming a famous dancer. However, she got into an accident and as a result, couldn’t reach her goal, so she returned to the school as an instructor.

Director + Producer:

Director Pyo Minsoo has directed Full House, The World They Live In, and Coffee House.

Producers Lee Jinsuk and Kim Yang both have a list of dramas under their production- Lee Jinsuk has produced My Love Patzzi and Love Story in Harvard. Kim Yang has produced What Happened in Bali and Lovers in Paris.

Synopsis (from Dramawiki):

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 KyuWon 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.

First Few Episodes:

It started off slowly, but I enjoyed watching the first few episodes of this drama. The eye candy was absolutely irresistible so I couldn’t help but start watching. However, I don’t have much to say about the first few episodes (and the drama in general) because not much happened (look at shortcomings section).

Highlights:

The songs in this drama are great, and I enjoyed the fusion of traditional music with modern music. I think that this was one of the unique aspects of this drama- traditional music was very prominent because the main lead Lee Gyuwon specializes in traditional music along with her friends.

Lee Shin and Lee Gyuwon are such a cute couple! And if it’s one thing that I loved in this drama, it’s this couple. They make amazing eye candy, both apart and together. I worried a little when the two started dating early on in the drama, but that fear was eased when there was little conflict in the following episodes, so nothing really broke them up. In fact, we were able to see quite a few episodes of the couple going on dates together and just spending time with each other. It was a nice and needed change, but it also led to the main flaw of this drama- the lack of conflict (see shortcomings).

Every Korean drama has the traditional four main characters, thus forming the love square – this drama is no exception. In the beginning, Lee Shin likes dance professor Yoonsoo (who is 12 years older than him) and the director Sukhyun begins to develop an interest in Gyuwon. However, this drama strayed from the norm – what initially seemed to be a love square ended up being two lines, as in two separate relationships that soon had no relation to each other. I am often annoyed by the whole love square thing, so this also proved to be a nice divergence.

I also liked how there were more main characters than the main four. There’s Joonhee, Heejoo, and Kiyoung, as well as Shin’s friends and Gyuwon’s friends. The addition of more main characters made this drama more well-rounded and less focused on just the main four- something that more dramas of today need. This aspect of the drama reminded me a bit of Dream High.

Shortcomings:

There is very little conflict in this drama. Thus, it got boring to watch at times. In fact, I only kept watching for the eye candy, and not much more. The only huge conflict was between Heejoo and Gyuwon over the musical’s lead role, and I personally think that the issue shouldn’t have even been such a big one. It took up a hefty part of the plot, which was very unnecessary to me.

I don’t really have anything else to list here as a shortcoming or disappointment of this drama, except for the fact that the plot was very badly structured. With such a plot that lacks conflict, a drama would never be able to become popular with viewers and critics alike.

Ending of this drama wasn’t that great either. I always emphasize the endings in dramas because they are so important to the audience’s overall perspective of a certain drama. The resolution in this drama was very weak. Let’s just say that I can’t believe I even saw the last episode. I was expecting something greater, something better. Instead, I got this weak ending that even I could’ve made up within a few minutes. I can see how the writer or director was trying to be creative but they didn’t do a good job of tying their creativity in with the resolution of the very last (and sort of stupid) conflict.

Additional Commentary:

I initially looked forward to this drama because the alternative pairing from You’re Beautiful was the main couple here – in fact, wasn’t everyone excited about this?! Too bad that drama proved to be a bad watch- nothing happened, and sadly enough, the music in this drama was better than the drama itself. Yup, it’s one of those dramas.

Also, what happened to Jung Yonghwa’s character? In You’re Beautiful, he was the nice guy but in this drama, he’s the mean guy. I guess the nice guys never win…or at least they hardly do. Luckily, Lee Shin becomes nice pretty soon in this drama. But then again, what’s with his jealousy and overprotectedness (I just made up a word..)?

Subjective Rating (how much I personally liked the drama): 7/10

Objective Rating (how good the drama actually was): 4.5/10