Heartstrings (2011)

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Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is the vocalist of band "The Stupid" and also plays the guitar. He is known for his good looks and his strong passion for music, but is in reality a cold person who is uninterested in non-music related things and has no dreams nor plans for the future. Shin initially likes a dance professor at his university, but this all changes read morewhen he meets Lee Kyu Won.

Lee Kyu Won 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 have his grand-daughter trained to become a traditional music prodigy in 10 years' time. Trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing besides traditional music. As Kyu Won's 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.

  • Native title:

    넌 내게 반했어
  • Also Known as:

    Peseutibyul; Festival; Neon Naege Banhaesseo; You've Fallen for Me

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Aug 21, 2011
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
I had very low expectations going into this since the story didn't seem very interesting and I didn't think the actors had much chemistry in You're Beautiful and didn't see that changing. Which, it didn't, to be frank. The chemistry was still pretty awkward, but I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. A big contributor to me liking this drama was the fantastic music (LOVE the meshing of Western read more and Eastern Traditional), which is good since the drama revolves around music.

I struggled getting through the first episodes. They dragged and a lot of time was wasted with Shin's schoolboy crush on the dance professor. It started picking up, but then as soon the leads officially got together, it got dull again. It was the very last few episodes that made the earlier ones just about worth it.

There were characters I felt they spent too much time with and then there were characters I didn't get nearly enough of (the singer with stage fright, for example). Also, the secondary romance between Hee Joo and Joon Hee was more interesting than the main (imo, it would have made for a better drama if it HAD been the main).

This drama had many, many problems, but for a person going in with low expectations, it was fairly fun to watch. It's really not half bad, but certainly no "must-see" by any stretch of the imagination. If you're bored and sick (which is what got me to finally finish it) it's not a bad watch, but you really won't miss much if you just download the amazing soundtrack.
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Feb 6, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I saw this almost two times, because I wanted to be sure about the 'bad' and 'good' things this drama has, and then I decided to make a review.

As for YAB, I think this drama is seriously over rated sometimes, and I think it is because of the cast. (I am not complaining actors, I like them too, but I think this wasn't their best work.)

Firstly, speaking of the plot, read more I found it good. The story was good, and I liked how it was told. Nothing seemed bad, everything develops naturally in the script. Anyway, maybe because of this 'everyday life' plot, some episodes are boring, because you feel like nothing happens. This is not a big problem anyway, every drama has the 'bad' episodes.

The characters were nice and they had their own personalities. Anyway, I felt like sometimes the 'side' characters were better than the main ones. It is something that makes me think about the acting.
So, about the casting, I liked every actor/actress, but in fact, I felt like the main actors were lacking, I don't know why.
I mean, sometimes it seems like YongHwa is not that 'sure' about what he has to do, I felt like he was unconfortable with Shin Hye and the same with her. I am not sure if it was something in the script, but actually I couldn't feel the chemistry between them at all.
I like Yonghwa and Shinhye, but I cannot say this is their best work. Speaking in terms of personal taste, I don't like Shin Hye in this kind of 'only romantic' roles, she is not that good in making the girly-and-always-thinking-of-him girl, so this is a 'bad' point I found.

About the music, the OST was good. I also have some songs on my phone, and I am happy I was able to discover something about CNBlue, as their first album with english version of the HeartStrings songs.

Overall, I think is a good drama, but ABSOLUTELY not the best or one of the best I have ever seen.
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    Dia 8 days ago

    Lee Kyu Won's clothes and ringtone were awful.

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    trueturquoise 20 days ago

    Rewatching for the bazillionth time....just love this drama to pieces!:)

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    FuzzyPanda 23 days ago

    Gosh I wish there was a season 2! I loved this drama so much <3

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    ParkHaHoon Jul 13, 2015

    this drama is good..i love the music..

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    Blademan2 Jun 22, 2015

    Just another dumb and stupid despicable obsessive and trash triangle type piece of garbage drama written by a trash writer with no morals or integrity.

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    Miaka May 30, 2015

    I found Jung Yong Hwa's character so useless and blank in "You're beautiful". But as I felt the need for a lighthearted rom-com, I gave him a second chance with "Heartstrings"... At the end, he was just like a ghost floating around during the whole show (sorry for the fans, that sounds a bit harsh).
    For the rest, it was a quite boring but cute story. It has been a few years and I'm still listening to JYH's songs at times. But I won't rewatch this drama, nor recommend it to anyone.

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    jxsilicon9 Mar 1, 2015

    This was so boring.

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      Blademan2 Jun 16, 2015

      Any triangles or main/2nd lead romances in this one? Thanks...

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      jxsilicon9 Jun 16, 2015
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      Blademan2 Jun 16, 2015

      No triangles?

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      jxsilicon9 Jun 16, 2015

      Only that quadrangle with misunderstandings that goes nowhere.Of course I had to drop this boring drama.

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      Blademan2 Jun 16, 2015

      Thanks... :)))

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    kit1186 Feb 26, 2015

    I just realized Yong Hwa and Min Hyuk have both worked with Shin Hye twice.
    Yong Hwa: You're Beautiful & Heartstrings
    Min Hyuk: Heartstrings & Heirs

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    Yoma Elghonemy Feb 20, 2015

    best couple ever i want to see them again in another drama soon

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    kit1186 Feb 15, 2015

    Yong Hwa and Shin Hye still have chemistry. I'm just a little annoyed he has to play the jerk archetype character. I wish he got to play the same nice guy role like in You're Beatiful

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    Zarina Kate Condoy Dec 30, 2014

    I already want to watch this drama again, its really good, and i like the role of Kang Min Hyuk<3 He's so cute^__^

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    Shelly Dec 20, 2014

    Gahhhhhhhh I miss this so much. I guess I have to rewatch it this break! Jung yonghwa n music!!

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    IWatchDramas Nov 12, 2014

    I watched this drama when it was airing, but didn't finish. Watching it again on my friend's insistence(who loves this), I think it's quite good. I really enjoyed watching it. :D
    And I love the music! <3

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    displacedmoon Oct 6, 2014

    This was among the first kdramas I ever watched. Just decided to watch it for the 2nd time and loved it just as much! And the music in this drama has be one of the best osts!


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    South Korea
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    Jun 29, 2011 to Aug 18, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.6 (scored by 15,576 users)
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