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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Beautiful Gong Shim seems to be comedy/romance with some drama and Can You hear my Heart is drama/romance with some comedy. While Drama/romance with comedy is quite different from Comedy Romance with some drama, but I think you will find both dramas romantic storyline satisfying.
What they have in common is the actor Nam Goong Min playing a lead role that is wrapped in mystery pertaining to his childhood/parents/identity.
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Both of these dramas start from a similar point, a young rich heir who seems to have everything going in his favor is thrown into dark despair and pain due to a relative's destructive greed. The kids narrowly escape, but return years later harboring secrets to realize their revenge. While both of these kids, now turned men, are ultimately seeking revenge, they display countless acts of kindness to the people around them. They both also use a sense of humor and disarming smile to hide their grief and pain. The leading ladies are both strong, smart women who have lead troubled lives but love their mentally challenged, poor family more than their life. Monster and Can You Hear My Heart have addictive plots with emotional depth and character.
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    Miss-Addicted 1 day ago

    this was a good drama, it's more of a family drama then a romantic one of course there is romance but not a lot, the only down side to this drama is i personally would have liked if there was more sign language involved =)

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    lovelygirl 10 days ago - edited

    wonderful drama..i like the story..heartwarming and by far the best ending i have seen

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    lea Apr 27, 2016

    What a LOVELY, LOVELY drama! I was sad to see it end.. also the bromance was just sweet :)

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    Brandon Apr 8, 2016

    Man, How is Kim Jae Won still even alive? Dude looks like he doesn't have a single drop of blood in his body.

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    Montse Mar 5, 2016

    Just a nice drama,not great !

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    Queen_Makjang Feb 21, 2016 - edited

    I just completed the series. I am so sad. What a wonderful drama. If you dont like it, there is something wrong with you, seriously. lol

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    Tee Feb 19, 2016 - edited

    I can't take anyone who calls this the "worst drama ever" seriously.

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      sanadonghae Mar 22, 2016

      who did??

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      NHK95 Mar 28, 2016

      four comments below this written by Azzuritis said it's "...the worst drama ever.".

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      sanadonghae Mar 28, 2016

      how could anyone hate this drama oO

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      NHK95 Mar 28, 2016

      i haven't watched it yet so i can't say anything but it seems quite interesting so it's on my 'plan to watch' list.

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    Queen_Makjang Feb 11, 2016

    In short, if you arent a Makjang lover, you more than likely will highly dislike this drama.

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    lovethakase Jan 9, 2016

    i love the movie,i felt i should watch the movie everyday,is so interesting

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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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    cutebaek Mar 20, 2015 - edited

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

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      CjRun Dec 6, 2015

      Wow, I guess I better stay with it.

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      manicmuse Feb 28, 2016

      the ending got me right in the feelings!!!


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    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 4,384 users)
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