Padam Padam

Padam Padam (2011)

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The drama revolves around a love story between a tough guy, Yang Kang Chil and a bright veterinarian, Jung Ji Nah. Ji Nah's character is described as a cold and indifferent person with some deep emotional scars, but she changes after meeting Kang Chil who's lived a rough life and served some hard time as a result of a friend's scheme. She then learns to give all of herself for the one read moreshe loves. Meanwhile, Kim Bum is set to play as Kang Chil's most-trusted friend who's described as a guardian angel type character and has always been by Kang Chil's side.

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    The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats; Bbadam Bbadam .. Keuwa Keunyeoui Shimjangbakdongsori; 빠담빠담... 그와 그녀의 심장박동소리; 빠담빠담 그와 그녀의 심장박동소리;

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Mar 5, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This is a drama that does not fit simply into one category. I'd say Padam Padam is equal parts love story, tearjerker, crime drama, and supernatural tale. It combines all four genres seamlessly, and every moment of it felt genuine. I think much of the credit should go to the outstanding cast. I also liked that the director made some interesting storytelling choices that kept me engaged. This drama may not be read more fast paced, but it's originality stopped me from ever being bored. It was also consistently good. Not one of the 20 episodes felt like filler/unnecessary to me... and I think that's rare.

I can't think of one bad actor in this cast. Jung Woo Sung, as Yang Kang Chil, was intense, and very moving. Han Ji Min, as cool/controlled Jung Ji Nah, was his perfect counterpart. Their relationship had all the familiar elements (opposites attracting, destined path crossings, and family disapproval...) but without simply relying on clichés. My only small criticism is that they had some of the worst onscreen kisses I've ever seen, though the rest of their romantic moments more than make up for it. It could be argued that their awkwardness fit the story, but I just found it distracting. Their romance was portrayed as much deeper than a few cute moments, so I do have to give them a lot of credit for that.

Of the exceptional supporting cast, I have 3 favorites. Na Moon Hee, as the mother, was a really great character, and expertly played. Choi Tae Joon, as the son, was the only character that made me actually cry. Kim Bum, as the charming yet odd Lee Gook Soo, was my absolute favorite. His character's journey was so awesomely unexpected, and he did an amazing job with it.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a tearjerker, but there are plenty of funny, sweet, intriguing, and inspiring moments too. Some aspects of the story are left open ended, but that didn't bother me at all. I thought the end episode was beautifully done, and gave me all the closure I needed. I can't agree that this drama is perfect, but It is certainly better than most, and not to be missed.
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18 people found this review helpful
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Sep 2, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I am normally super harsh when it comes to drama's, especially those with a strong romantic center. Firstly there was a sense of realism to each character and their livelihood. Everyone was completely relatable. A lot of dramas, even some I like, don't really have a realistic story but this one was pure genius. I have never seen a drama that didn't have many slow moments. For me this only had one. read more The acting was superb, I'm not even ashamed to say that as a grown man I cried toward the end. It had a strong story line that even made me question decisions I thought I would have definite answers for if confronted. Great development of each character and acted superbly well. It pulled every heartstring I had, from joy, hopefulness, sadness, longing, disappointment. I mean,I just think it was great.
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    MrBanana Mar 27, 2017

    This rating is crazy, this still remains as one of the most powerful korean dramas I have ever seen.

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    JohnGilbert Mar 19, 2017 - edited

    I honestly can not believe this is sitting at 7.8. The question I would ask is...what drama were they watching. I unflinchingly gave it a 10. Ok, 10 is a huge statement. I can understand if people don't want to give a ten, but anything lower than a 9 I have to wonder. Did you watch the entire drama? Did you skip through things? Something had to happen. Did you let some part taint your enjoyment of the series as whole? It truly is baffling to me. I understand to each their own opinion, but sheesh...7.8???

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      mali 21 days ago

      ha..i pondered that myself. drama world can be fickle. I personally believe that many were simply put off by his character. He was so childlike it bothered many. They wanted the strong, good looking guy to the end...I think it turned off many viewers. Not content of story but visual appeal.

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    Sara Nov 18, 2016

    Yeah I hated Ji Nah she was a selfish bitch till the end never felt her love she always belittled Kang Chil hurt him the most and never apologized or regretted it
    He deserved better than her

    Kang Chil was a child's soul so pure yet so responsible despite the damage he went through if anyone had the same things happens to them they'll be like monsters
    He accepted everything life made him went through didn't really fight back he was broken a wretched soul


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    _Muffty_ Jul 28, 2016 - edited

    I didn't get though the first two minutes for the first time ever.
    This Drama and me...wie don't seem to be destined....

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      emylan Aug 19, 2016

      I know what you mean!

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      peacewon Sep 4, 2016
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      AmauryLindy 6 days ago - edited
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    VishalIngle Jul 10, 2016
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    BB78 Nov 28, 2015 - edited

    im a romance drama addict but whenever i think i should start watching padam padam then i get the feeling that it is too saad too melodramatic so in the end i dont start it...
    Can someone try to make me start it??
    is it bubbly romantic with lovely flirting dating??
    or is it a cold love story which makes many people breaking their heart and it feels cold when they are together??
    Please Help..

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      bettyboo Nov 28, 2015 - edited

      It isn't a cold love story, neither a lovey-dovey one. It's just a beautiful romance and there a was a very good chemistry between Han Ji Min and Jung Woo Sung. It's not a rom-com, but it wont break your heart either. You should watch it! hwaiting!

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      mali Jan 6, 2016 - edited

      It's everything love rolled up in a unique storyline!!!!! You won't know until you try. Most of the reviews are dead on right! This drama is one of my favorites and I have seen looking at my list 50 plus. =)

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      peacewon Sep 4, 2016

      nah. just find the good parts where kim Bum is an angel, and TADA you have seen enough. Just kidding. I found the story too painfully DRAWN out to be worth it honestly. but I meshed with Kim Bum and not the lead pair. I did not really feel their chemistry, *sigh* I think it is because KB was too distracting, I was amazed that I did not enjoy this drama more. :(

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    LillyV Nov 25, 2015 - edited

    going to rewatch. One of my all time faves <3

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      mali Nov 29, 2015

      Yep it was anazing!

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    HAVA-RAVA Nov 16, 2015

    So beautiful ;W;

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    solia Oct 29, 2015 - edited
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    solia Oct 29, 2015 - edited

    So I started this on a whim and didn't have any expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised. There's something about it that makes it good and worth a watch. I do have my issues with it. It builds well to about ep 12 and then it falls flat to rise again in the last ep. Also Like many dramas it's a tad long (it could've been a 16-17 ep). The drama is a mix of many elements which what makes it unique and quite untraditional. I can't decide what's my take on the fantasy aspect. Was it to give him another chance in life? but being sick adds to the unfairness and kinda miserable life so I'm not sure how's that a compensation. Also I'd say there are many people who went through life being wronged and never had any kind of justice or 2nd chances. I feel there could've been a more expansion on Gook Soo was he originally an angle or did his mother death make him like that? Many times he did seem crazy and was making things up. He was childish and many of his advices were outright wrong. I honestly don't know how to feel about him. But I know I like him there's an earnestness (?) to him.
    Regardless the acting is just amazing. Truly wonderful. The writing was good w/ moments where you want to laugh and cry at the same time.
    I would say it's not an easy digest but give it a try if you have time. It won't fit everyone's taste so watch the 1st ep and gauge your feelings and know that weirdness is part of its charm.

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    KMR Oct 12, 2015

    OMG so sad, so sad, so sad. His life is just too sad. Smh.

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    dore430 Jul 19, 2015 - edited

    I finally decided to bite the bullet and watch this drama, after leaving it in the Queue. It wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be about. Yes, it was a romance drama; but more than that, it was the experiences of a lifetime -- Kang Chil's lifetime. Jung Woo Sung is a more than amazing actor. His talent far surpasses most. He portrayed his character perfectly as an under- educated. so out of touch with the world he left for 16 years in prison, uncouth, sometimes embarrassingly so, awkward almost to the point of seeming retarded. Ji Na (Han Ji Min), was his total opposite -- so seemingly refined, polished, well educated, comfortable in her skin. Kim Bum's character, Gook Soo, was one of the best character portrayals I've ever seen. His supporting role in many ways stole the scene from the other actors. ALL of the actors were top notch, but it was the way the writers told the story that was spellbinding. Wonderful drama that goes to the top of my favorites list. I highly recommend it!!! Rated 10/10 ... Enjoy!!

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      mali Jul 19, 2015 - edited

      Well said....I watched this only because I just finished watching "A Moment to Remember" and looked for other movies/dramas Jung Woo Sung was in. I use to look at you tube for top korean dramas, never seen it on a list so I never heard of it. I was amazed at how underrated this was after watching it. He is an amazing actor you would have thought these were two different actors, granted a moment to remember was years ago. He brought this character to life, the whole cast was amazing. So many layers interwining, the love not only for a woman, but for oneself, your mother, son, everybody around you, it was amazing how the story just unfolded. I do believe that some of those that were turned off by this drama, not all but some was for his very character. They were expecting the handsome hot guy, not the retarded/ almost childish like real guy and it became unappealling sad to say, but my opinion.

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    bLoodYThoughtS Jul 1, 2015 - edited

    LoL I almost ship to Kang Chil and Gak Soo couple LoL ... I'm more touched with their bromance rather than his love interest hehe

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      dore430 Jul 19, 2015

      You're so right! Their love for each other, trusting each other in almost every instance, was totally beautiful!

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      XoXo Jul 21, 2015

      is it a happy ending?

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      dore430 Jul 21, 2015

      Don't want to give away the ending as a spoiler. A lot is left to our own imaginations.... at least for the ending.

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      XoXo Jul 23, 2015

      Thank you so much for the reply

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    mali Jun 1, 2015 - edited

    Uh..everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but to outright bash this movie is ridiculous. It's is an excellent's everything a kdrama is all about...that's why people watch kdramas for the stories that they tell. If it brought joy, laughter, hatred whatever it's entertainment at face value. You can either love it or hate it...but don't degrade it. Anyone that hasn't watched it yet. You can choose to watch from someone else's bad advice or watch and than come back with your own opinion....and who hasn't watched a kdrama they didn't like we all have. Btw this is one of my favorites out of many I have watched.

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      dore430 Jul 19, 2015

      Thanks for the great way you tole it like it is to the "bashers"...

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    LLeJiks May 13, 2015 - edited

    WTF. i never thought that this drama is great !!!! . definitely a 10/10!!!
    i keep ignoring it at first, bcoz of some negative comments, and i regret it -_-
    this drama is awesome, if you hate "lovetriangle" or to be exact "a second guy who likes our main lead" JUST SKIP or FAST FORWARD IT whenever the second guy appear!! hes role is definitely useless xd. (thanks me later) xd

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      mali Jun 5, 2015 - edited

      You just confirmed what I said. and form your own opinions before listening to someone totally trash a drama. Not nice. I have seen many dramas that were so highly rated but I was disappointed but I tried to understand or at least respect their point of view and vice versa.=)


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    South Korea
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    Dec 5, 2011 to Feb 7, 2012
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 2,323 users)
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