I hope Korean TV dramas are not going to revert back to those early 90’s long-winded romance drama where the love is unrequited because of family’s opposition, cancer, or in this case first sickness, then blindness. It’s cliche and very dated. So I am surprised KBS has succumbed to this standard with this latest drama which just ended.
This drama has a poor script and rely only on the cuteness of the two leads – Jang Guen Suk and Yoon A from Girls’ Generation.
The story starts well initially. It’s early 1970’s and two university students fall in love after meeting in the rain. The 70’s costumes and hairstyles remind me of Lin Feng Jiao and Chin Han’s movies of that eras. Yoon A, as Yoon Hui, looks very much like Lin with her straight long hair and shy gaze. It’s no wonder all the men in the university fall for her and all women understandably hate her. Jang, as Seo InHa is the handsome art student who attracts the girls as he plays in a band as well. The couple arrange to watch Love Story, where she then tells him to never say he is sorry. (I roll my eyes here!)
But they are too kind-hearted and instead of following their hearts, they decide to let their friends have the girl/guy. She then leaves for the states quietly to deal with an illness.
Fast forward and it is 2012. The woman returns to Seoul with a daughter who looks exactly like her when she was younger. Inha marries the girl from the Uni and they have a son who looks exactly like him. They meet on a street on a rainy day. He knows he has been carrying the torch for her all these years and has divorced his wife because of this. Unknown to them, their children meet in Hokkaido and fall in love as well. But both love affairs are headed for trouble because apparently, the couple cannot end up together if they parents are also in love. I cannot understand this part. And so the young couple try to break up unsuccessfully, and the parents then decide to call off their wedding for the sake of their children. This ding ding-dong dong continues until the older woman Yoon Hui finds herself going blind and Inha finds he cannot leave her. So the young couple decides to sacrifice themselves once more…..
It’s a stupid story and the whole point of this drama is to capture the beauty of Jang Guen Suk and Yoon A, who acted in two roles, one as the parents in 1970 and then as their kids in 2012. I wanted to give up on watching on Episode 2 but my eldest son Andreas related his interest in this drama to me, telling me about Yoon A being from Girls’ Generation. Thus I continued so that we could have something to chat about. There was hardly any acting involved. Jang was his usual bad-boy self, complete with weird hair (thank goodness minus the eyeliner) as he did in He’s Beautiful. Yoon A just smiles sweetly and couldn’t even tear on demand when required. I thought she even confused her roles as the melancholic Yoon Hui and bubbly Hana.
The only exciting part in this whole drama was when I discovered that they went to Hokkaido to film and visited the places I did in May and even stayed in the same hotel (Episode 5). (No wonder there was a framed photo of Jang in the lobby.)
Yes, I forced myself to finish the full 20 episodes. Only fair for me to do that in order to give this review, right? But you can skip this.