Can You Hear My Heart

Can You Hear My Heart (2011)

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Family relationships can be complicated and tortured. Bong Woo Ri (Hwang Jung Eum) is a loving, dutiful daughter who does her best to accommodate the needs of her deaf mother and mentally challenged stepfather. After a tragedy that takes the life of her mother, Woo Ri’s stepbrother, Bong Ma Roo (Nam Gung Min), leaves after promising to come back but never does. As Woo Ri grows up and searches for her stepbrother, read moreshe meets Cha Dong Joo (Kim Jae Won), a young man from a wealthy family who is tortured by family secrets that he witnessed as a boy. Although Dong Joo lost his hearing in a childhood accident, he has learned to compensate for his disability so that he can keep his deafness a secret from those around him. Dong Joo and Woo Ri learn that they are connected by Ma Roo, who has taken on a new identity as Jang Joon Ha. How will the three reconcile their unexpected connection?

  • Native title:

    내 마음이 들리니
  • Also Known as:

    Do You Hear My Heart ; Listen to My Heart ; Nae Maeumi Deulrini

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Sep 16, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
'Can You Hear My Heart' has a lot of the same drama tropes that most, 30 + episode melodramas have: Revenge plot, evil parents, childhood trauma, childhood love. It had some of the same archetypes: The evil antagonist, the chaebol hero, the innocent, unassuming heroine. It could have been a standard melodrama lost in a sea of other melodramas. But it is not. I loved every one of the 30 episodes of read more Can You Hear My Heart. Two things that made me fall in love and stay there for this drama:

1) The Characters and primarily their core relationships made this story extraordinary. Cha Dong Ju and Bong Woo Ri and their love story; once it began there was no wavering. It was a solid loving relationship that had the perfect mix of sweetnes, spark and friendship. Bong Woo Ri and her father and grandmother; when you watch, you will realize why this family is so special. Cha Dong Ju and Bong Ma Ru; their brotherhood, their bromance and the way they loved and looked out for each other. There were countless ways in which these core relationships and the love that sustained them, helped them overcome the trials they went through. Now that this show is over I feel like the message at the core of this drama is sometimes, in spite of blood ties or the lack of, your family is made up of the people you choose and those who have chosen you. It is sacrifice, loyalty and never giving up on or hoping for, the person you love with all your heart.

2) The writing was very solid. It felt like there was a real story line trajectory rather than on the fly, off the cuff script writing that sometimes takes place to appease the masses/ratings. I got the feeling this story was planned from the start and stayed on course. There were beautiful words brought to life on screen by the actors. My above raving about the characters and friendships wouldn't exist without this writer's insight and story telling ability. The themes of family, loyalty and love rose above the necessary story/drama propulsion of revenge, hate and hardships.

There were other things to love as well. The cinematography was great. It was a pretty sweeping story as 30 episode dramas tend to be, so the sweeping views and pretty color palette fit the story and scope.

I loved the way they handled Cha Dong Ju's deafness. He was such a strong character all throughout the story. He had moments of fear and uncertainty but mostly he was brave and wonderful. The "writing" always treated the physically or mentally challenged characters with dignity...even if some of the characters within the story didn't always do the same. Does that make sense?

It is a testament to good story telling the 30 episodes went by pretty quick. The angst wasn't so constant and prolonged that you felt wrung dry emotionally. Lots of light moments in between! There was never I time I felt I wanted to drop this show or give up. Actually, I'm kind of sad it is over. It is a wonderful Drama! Give it a try if you are hesitating.
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Apr 23, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
i wish it kept going .. After watching this whole drama, i had to say this is my fav on air dramas out of all the ones i was watching... Maa Roo was very scary at times .. but splendid acting from all the characters.. i was a little annoyed by Dong Choo\''s mom at times but she had her reasons :P .. To me, it is such a heart warming drama. read more Story is different and written beautifully as it introduced disabilities in a very unique manner i.e deafness and mental disability. i really like how they introduced disability and how others react to it. They showed how people struggle from special needs parents or how accepting and understanding children were to special needs parents. it was really touching... i dont want to go into details and ruin all the fun... but its a great drama of betrayal,greed, love, friendship, relations, revenge and disability. The story started off when all the main actors were little and gradually they told the backgrounds of every character. Characters growth are really good and acting is superb. I really liked how every person had a reason to be who they were and what they did..Dong choo\''s smile is very killing... Her and bong Woori\''s chemistry , their love and romance was really light yet so0o adorable throught the drama .. i had to add few things in my review... I fell in love with the music...(first time:P) esp male ost who sung the main song.. though it didnt have a lot of background songs, i was satisfied with just one song that played again and again ..02.

am glad they ended it so beautifully .. but am so sad that it all came to an end :( ... i want more of CYHMH ...
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    SprinkledPink Oct 3, 2015 - edited

    B+ drama. Great writing, directing and acting. Dong Joo and Woo Ri made a great couple. Woo Ri was a compassionate and understanding heroine with a beautiful heart. Perfect for insecure Dong Joo. I was a bit worried how the writer would handle Dong Joo's hearing impairment given how Korea deals with disabilities (i.e. ignores them). I was pleasantly surprised with how it was handled. Very touching and heart warming drama.

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    Azzuritis Sep 2, 2015

    Did anyone else hate this drama? With a passion? Can I join the hate club? It was sincerely the worst drama ever. I liked the main male lead and that's it, the rest was really really bad. *My personal opinion, if you enjoyed it, props to you*

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    jxsilicon9 Sep 1, 2015 - edited

    So why is the brother pretending to be someone else?

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    roumaissapilsuk Jul 9, 2015

    i've watched 100 kdrama i guess and i have to say ! CYHMH IS BY FAR THE BEST !!!

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    Miaka May 29, 2015

    I wish some parts were shorter. Also, everyone is crying way too much... But this drama is so heartwarming that I can overlook its flaws. Jeong Bo Seok portraying Woo Ri's handicapped father is brilliant (and Kim Jae Won's smile totally melted my heart)

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    UsagiTsukino Mar 20, 2015

    This drama made me cry, laugh and smile. I'm rewatching the ending over and over again! Great drama! :D ^_^

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    Sass Feb 22, 2015

    The ending is amazing awwwww :)))

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    bLoodYThoughtS Feb 9, 2015

    The most happiest ending I've ever seen ....

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    SaraXD Dec 15, 2014

    You think if I cut my hair like that, I'll have three guys crushing on me? X""D

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    Fraan Nov 12, 2014

    Perfect, perfect, perfect, I miss this drama :'(

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    Sony Nov 7, 2014 - edited

    Who's the male lead? Goongmin or Jaewon?

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      Lindysaducos Nov 8, 2014

      Kim Jae Won. Nam Goong Min is the second male lead :)

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      Sony Nov 8, 2014

      Aw, thanks. Still unsure if I wanna watch this. XP

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      Lindysaducos Nov 9, 2014

      if you're into a lot of plot twists and makjang, then watch this :) CYHMH is my fave drama of all time :D

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    Blademan2 Oct 10, 2014 - edited

    Once again the writer's just had to be despicable and bring in not just a ludicrous obsessive triangle, but much worse, a quad, just had to ruin a really great story... How shallow and stupid can you be? F'in despicable, stupid, and ludicrous writers, and that's putting it very lightly... AISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    NewKDramaAddict Oct 3, 2014

    Marathon watched this the first time and have since re-watched it. So is it worth watching? ABSOLUTELY!!

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    yuurei Sep 18, 2014
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    anusathiya Sep 10, 2014

    loved it to the core...<3


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    South Korea
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    Apr 2, 2011 to Jul 10, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.3 (scored by 4,050 users)
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