Save the Last Dance for Me

Save the Last Dance for Me (2004)

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Eun Soo (Eugene) is a pure but unsophisticated woman who runs a small resort inn with her father. Eun Soo is just an ordinary girl, but her life changes when she meets a man (Ji Sung) who's completely lost his memory. She takes him in and cares for him, and even gives him a name: "Baek Chang Ho". Love blossoms, and soon wedding bells can be heard. But on the night of read moretheir wedding ceremony, Eun Soo's father passes away. And soon after, Chang Ho disappears too! In the blink of an eye, the two people Eun Soo loves most in the world have left her. But Chang Ho had his reasons for disappearing: his real name is Kang Hyun Woo, and he's heir to a large conglomerate. Even more, someone is plotting to kill him...

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  • Native title:

    마지막 춤은 나와 함께
  • Also Known as:

    Save Your Last Dance for Me;The Last Dance Is With Me

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Drama Review: SBS's Save the Last Dance For Me
An in- depth review of this 2004 bittersweet, sweeping drama starring Eugene and Ji Sung.
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_Rosie
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Jan 22, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
Let me start off by prefacing that I never write reviews but I noticed that no one has reviewed this drama & felt I had to rectify that glaring omission.

I stumbled across this drama never thinking I would really like it that much I had read the synopsis in MDL & was intrigued, anyway I was hooked from the first episode (which is rare). The main actors played their roles really read more well sweet without being saccharine.

What I liked best about it was the story yes its a a makjang & if you don't like that then steer clear, I personally love makjangs :D

The story had twists & turns & always kept you glued to your seat breathless with anticipation as to what would happen next. I found myself shouting at the screen at the near misses/missed opportunities for the protagonists & I am sure you will as well.

The whole look of the drama looks a little dated (fashion wise) as it is from 2004 but that didn't really phase me.

I have given a low score to the music simply because it wasn't particularly memorable to me.

Also a low re-watch score as I rarely re-watch dramas as I have too many to watch on my Plan To Watch List.

If you like dramatic, fast-paced storylines with lots of cliff hangers & good acting then this is the drama for you.
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biniBningPunkista
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Jun 11, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I have been thinking so much about the title, because it never really made sense to me even at the very end. Why the title? Koreans has this weird way of putting in titles to their drama which sometimes doesn’t make sense (or maybe it's just the translation?). I will dwell on title confusion some other time, but for now, let me talk about the drama.

Save the last dance is melodramatic read more so don’t expect yourself to smile all throughout the episodes because, I’m warning you in advance, you won’t. There would be action scenes in which I have noticed in most Korean melodrama series, they never cease to insert any fist-fighting-kick-ass-moves to make a statement that this is where all troubles began. Then after all these, the romantic moments come in along with conflicts.

The story revolves around two different people who have an entirely different family background: Kang Hyun Woo get’s the dose of amnesia, while Ji Eun Soo helps him recover his memories. In that period of time, romance blossoms and when things were going smoothly for both of them something tragic happens in Eun Soo’s end. Then the plotline gets pretty much out of this world after that.

I like how the story ran not letting you know what would happen next. The twist and turns at the ending and the portrayal of the characters were a bit refreshing after watching too much rom-com with predictable sub-plots. It’s quite amusing to see them running around, chasing something which may or may not be there because in truth, they’re just confusing themselves for the things they’ve done to each other.

Another highlight of this drama is the sound track. If it’s possible to be in love just because of a song… then I was probably already in love when I was watching this drama. The main theme song had a very nice composition and the lyrics (yes it was translated to English as well, that’s how good the song is) was simply love.

What made me recommend this drama are the story line and its romantic moments. That hooked me into the drama big time, then throw in the OST, ah… just perfect.
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In both dramas:
-The male lead has lost memory and is taken care of by a girl, their family think they are dead.
- Both male leads are kind and cute.
- Good chemestry for the main couple.
- The male leads are from rich families.
-The female lead loses someone of her family she loves at the beginning.
-The female lead is much stronger than she seems at first sight.
-There is someone who wants the male lead to disappear because he wants to take his position in the company.
-The supporting characters are interesting and appealing.
-The female lead ends up working at the male lead's firm.

Points of divergence:
- In SKL, the guy loses the memory once whereas in STLDFM, the guy loses his memory twice, and falls for the female lead once again.
-In STLDFM, the second male lead falls hard for the female lead, whereas in SKL, the love triangle is less highlighted.
-In SKL, the couple is more childish and it is a comedy with a light storyline.
-In STLDFM, the story is more tragic, the storyline is heavier than in SKL but there are still some comedy elements.

I loved STLDFM better because of the casting (Eugene and Ji Sung fan) and the storyline. We really felt the love all along this drama. (I am a bit sad to know that later on he married the girl playing the female rival of Eugene, and not Eugen herself????) Both dramas are good even though STLDFM is older, but in my opinion old dramas are the best because modern dramas lack something older dramas had. If you want a light drama, watch SKL, if you want to witness the birth of a "once in a lifetime and strong love" conquering all, watch STLDFM.
Recommended by Azalae
Similar rich person gets amnesia story. In Couple or Trouble, it is the female lead who loses her memory.
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    airenLMH Jan 29, 2017

    I love old Korean drama!!! It is very enjoyable

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    Mighty_Brosia Jan 19, 2017

    Don't know why this one has a rating of 7.8. It should be at least 8. Coz this drama is worth to watch....

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    Sukkie Dec 10, 2016

    omo I think I just found the drama where Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young met <3

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    Maya Aug 29, 2016

    A beautiful love story... I enjoyed!!!

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    LenySyndicate May 25, 2016 - edited

    Definitely not a bad drama, it's something we have seen before in other dramas, but it's bad at all. Glad I watched it. Ji Sung was impressive even back then wow

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    ParkShinHyeILY Mar 22, 2016

    My mom talks about this drama omg. Maybe I should try it out haha

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    Grace lander Feb 5, 2016

    A beautiful love story.

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    Azzuritis May 1, 2015 - edited

    Can someone help me find a link with english subs?

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    KMR Jan 25, 2015

    It's not the amount of tragic events that makes the story beautiful it's the intensity. Korean writers don't seem to understand this principle. It's like they run out of ideas to throw in sadness or keep the couple apart, so plot becomes ridiculous and forced. The last blow in the final episode was really unnecessary. If it's to show love can only be beautiful in tragedy then go all the way and kill one of them. But don't ruin it with a twist like that...smh...

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    abracadabra Dec 13, 2014 - edited

    Nice drama. Ji Sung is such a good actor...

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      Wen Hui Jan 7, 2015

      I guess you had finished the drama. Do you mind telling me which is the episode that yoon soo jin tries to commit suicide?

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      palak Mar 24, 2016 - edited

      ep 14 ending, she attempts suicide

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    kdramalover Aug 21, 2014

    I LOVE THE OST SO MUCH

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    BB78 Aug 18, 2014 - edited

    i am thinking about to watch this but is this drama amkjang and melo?? or is it a good love story??

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      kdramalover Aug 21, 2014

      It's a good love story, you will like it *o*

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    angelafraga Aug 13, 2014

    beautiful *.*

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    Sweety-Face Jun 22, 2014

    is this a good drama or what??

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    crazyhearts23 Jan 28, 2014

    *sigh* if Only love like that really existed, I loved this drama from beginning to end. The acting was amazing every moment was memorable. This drama actually meant something.Maybe everyone can Find a love as deep as the ocean one day^.^

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Oct 23, 2004 to Jan 2, 2005
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 1,385 users)
  • Ranked:

    #897
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