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.

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    넌 내게 반했어
  • Also Known as:

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

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Dec 7, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
After Playful Kiss I vowed not to watch a drama just because a bias or crush was in it. I failed that vow almost immediately with Hearstrings. My second favorite part of You’re Beautiful was the chemistry between Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye. My favorite part of You’re Beautiful was Jeremy. So once I finished You’re Beautiful I saw that Yong Hwa and Shin Hye had been given leading roles read more together in Heartstrings and I really just couldn’t resist.

The first thing that I want to mention from the list of pros for this show is the fact that the two main leads enter into a relationship fairly early in the episodes. Which was an oddity, at least to me when I watched this show seeing as I’d only seen four dramas before Heartstrings. It was a breath of fresh air for me, I loved that the drama was about maintaining that relationship instead of fighting against having a relationship at all. They had to overcome a whole different slew of obstacles compared to the other dramas that I’d watched. I enjoyed that journey and thought it was very well done.

However, the chemistry between Shin Hye and Yong Hwa felt completely different than it did in You’re Beautiful. I’m not sure what it was, but it sure didn’t feel as passionate as it had in the previous drama. In You’re Beautiful they had some truly amazing interplay. You could see the connection between the characters and it really had me rooting for them, even though I knew already that I would be crushed since Yong Hwa was the second male lead. I just wish that the relationship didn’t feel as wooden in Heartstrings. For me there was definitely something missing.

The music for this drama was amazing. I had the songs stuck in my head for weeks even after I completed watching the drama. I’m sure it helped that the band members were actually playing their instruments. Not to mention Yong Hwa and Kang Min Hyuk are in CN Blue together. For me the music really stood out and I even bought the OST because I wanted to be able to listen to it whenever I wanted.

In my limited experience with drama-land the supporting cast has to really gel and standout on their own for a drama to work. The only two characters outside of the leads that really captured my heart was Min Hyuk’s portrayal of Yeo Joon Hee and Shin Hye’s grandfather. I cannot even properly convey how utterly adorable Joon Hee was throughout the entire show. I loved him, probably more than I liked Yong Hwa’s character. The grandfather cracked me up, he was hilarious. I also really enjoyed how he lived-breathed-ate traditional music and a traditional lifestyle. I found him wonderfully interesting. Beyond Joon Hee and the grandfather, the rest of the cast just didn’t really shine for me and that hurt the drama overall. I wanted to be pulling for the side stories, but more often than not I found myself plodding through all of that to get back to Joon Hee, the grandfather, or the two leads.

Towards the end of the drama I really felt that we finally got to see some character growth. For the majority of the show the characters were static in their maturity and personalities as they dealt with the obstacles which were put in their way. However, the last fifth of the series I enjoyed the way the story moved. Shin Hye’s character showed amazing maturity with how she handled the play and the drama surrounding being the lead actress. Both Yong Hwa and Shin Hye’s characters moved towards a natural progression of fulfilling their dreams. Even the supporting cast seemed to finally bloom and I enjoyed seeing how they evolved towards the end.

However, the ending of the show felt rushed. I’m not sure if it was cut down in the number of episodes, or that was how it was originally planned. But, things just felt a little choppy in the last two episodes. It made the character growth that had been occurring seem as if it weren’t important. I wish that they would have taken more time with the ending, perhaps another episode to have made it feel a little smoother.

Overall, I enjoyed the show. It was a feel good journey with some nice happy messages within it. I am glad that I watched it, but it just never quite captured me in the feels. Still it is a cute watch and a pretty story.

Noona's Rating
Overall: 7.6 (I rated this 4 stars on DramaFever.com)
Story/Writing: 8
Cast/Actors: 8
OST: 9
Sets/Costumes: 6
Feels: 7
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Aug 17, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I personally loved this drama. I felt that the main leads were a perfect couple together. This drama is really adorable and cute. It has the sweetest scenes in the world. Not only that, but I loved the cast considering I'm a big Yong Hwa fan. However, lots of people only watch it for the cast and think the story line is poorly written. However, I strongly disagree. The story line is read more fresh, new, and I don't think it's very cliche. Even the songs were great and addicting! I can also see myself re-watching this drama thousands of times. This drama is definitely must watch for all ages!
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Both dramas are basically tells the same thing, about 2 groups of students that were initially hostile, gathered in 1 team for an event.

In the end, they became friends to each others. Even the leader of each group, are falling in love.

It's their teacher that made them gathered in 1 team for that event, and they became closer because they often do practice together in preparing their performence.
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The main character Lee Shin is similar to Bong Ma Roo in CYHMH. Both drama contains sibling love.
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    Dia Aug 27, 2015

    Lee Kyu Won's clothes and ringtone were awful.

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    trueturquoise Aug 15, 2015

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

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    FuzzyPanda Aug 12, 2015

    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 - edited

    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 - edited

    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 - edited

    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 - edited
      Reveal Spoiler »
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      Blademan2 Jun 16, 2015

      No triangles?

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      jxsilicon9 Jun 16, 2015 - edited

      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 - edited

    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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    7.7 (scored by 16,141 users)
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