The original source material is a fantasy-mystery rom-com webtoon that was released from May 2015 to June 2016, with a time-slip element. A man named Shin Woo regrets letting his first love go ten years ago because he didn’t have the courage to confess. However, he gets the chance to win her again when he travels back in time, and this time he’s armed with the knowledge that she liked him backthen too. Unfortunately, he has a pretty strong competitor: himself from ten years ago. The present Shin Woo and the past Shin-woo engage in a fierce rivalry to win their love’s heart.
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My first impression was that this was just another confusing time-travel drama. I was right, even after watching the drama untill the very last second I still don't know how the whole time-travel thing works, this part of the plot was handled pretty messily. Maybe I shouldn't give it to much thought because the all story it's pretty paradoxal and could destroit the entire time and space. (I've watch a lot of Doctor Who lately.)
We follow Shi-Woo who have spent the last 10 years in love with his first love. (I never said this drama was realistic). The thing is that they don't see each other since high school, so when they met again it's a very awkward full of resentiment encounter.
But taking the whole time-travel thing off the picture, this drama mix in a bunch of romantic cliche stories in one, we have the first love one, the boy-meets-girl one, the teacher-student one, the noona one and the list goes on. It's not bad per say, but this drama is not for everybody. If you don't like cliche this is not for you.
This drama has also some nostagia value because it take us back to simpler times aka the "thousands" were smartphones weren't heard of and we didn't have wi-fi everywhere we went, and I really liked that about the drama.
Now let's focus a bit on the romance. For some weird reason, the student version of Ji-Soo had more chemistry with the Shin-Woo teacher version than with the student version, and the opposite happened with the doctor version of Ji-Soo who had more chemistry with the Shin-Woo student version than with the teacher version, and that got me really confuse, and I still confused 'till today. The side romances were also really cute and I like that the script gave them some space to develop, even though the focus was almost all the time on the main couple.
A strong point on this dramas was definitely the friendship, the group of friend had a really good dynamic through out the whole drama, and was my favourite part of the show. Even after ten years they still in touch with each other and that just happen if the bound connecting the people is strong enough. Also the "bromance" between the past and present Shin-Woo was great even though they look more like brothers than properly like the same person.
Acting / Cast: The actors did well, this isn't a acting masterpiece but it was good. Lee Jung-Shin was the person that stood out the most for me, I really liked his acting and how he portrayed adult Shin-Woo with is mix between a very adult person who still had something of a child inside. Seo Ji-Hoon also did a great job even though the writers sometimes made his character look like a little kid even though he was almost eighteen. Lee Yeol-Eum was also good, but I found her character a bit lame and annoying at times, but I think that was more about the writing than about the acting. The rest of the cast was also very good and did great supporting the main cast!
The OST of this dramas was good, it fit the mood, but was not memorable for me. The cinematography was also good with some pretty and cute pictures.
Overall I think this drama could have been an hour and a half long movie and the story would still be exactly the same but without the boring moments, I think some things got stretched out what made the drama a bit boring and even more confuse.
Will I watch this drama again? Probably not, for me this is a one-time-watch drama, principally because I'm not into clichê, and this drama has a lot. I recommend this drama for people who really really like cliche, because this will be perfect for you, it has almost every cliche I can think of in dramas, which is not bad, but it's to much for me personally. But if you are into cliche and have some free time you would like to fill with something this dramas is definitely for you.
It's a mess and makes no sense at all, but I can say that the concept of it is quite good. If you're of a certain age, you've probably looked back on your high school self and thought "What an idiot. Wish I could fix some things." Well, that's the story here. There's a time slip and the MC meets his younger self and very aggressively meddles in his life, leading to the majority of the comedy here. It's fun and cute! However, their are never really any "rules" established for the time slip, which is bad form, nor is there even a hint of an explanation. So don't think too hard about what's going on or you'll get really annoyed. As the show progresses, it becomes less and less funny. And since that's the real strength of the show, that means it gets worse and worse. But once you get to Episode 10, it will all start to come together, so stick with it.
This is where the majority of this show's dullness comes from. Not only is it poorly directed, leading to otherwise-talented actors to completely ruin some scenes, but there is a severe lack of chemistry among the entire cast. There are several romantic pairings here and absolutely none of them resonate, not even the OTP. We get one kissing scene and it's incredibly forced, maybe the worst I have seen in 70+ dramas. One of the only characters that really grabbed my attention was Jo Seung Hee's character. She plays a teacher who has some truly hilarious scenes with the MC. Her bold flirting and adorable mannerisms made her a joy to watch, and Seung Hee carried it off with a ton of natural charm. However, she is barely used at all, and her romance arc is absolutely atrocious and lacking even a single redeeming merit. She and the actor they paired her with had absolutely no chemistry whatsoever. Additionally, her being the brightest and best of the characters was ruined by her being paired off with a guy who was, by far, the worst character in the entire show. It was hard to watch.
Do Hee is pretty good, as usual, but even her character is misused. And probably the best pure actor in the show was Kim Sun Young, who really really stood out here. She nailed every scene she had. But yet again, we don't get very much of her. Song Ji Hyun was cute and good at being quirky and moody, but it should be noted that melo is not her strength. Still it was cool seeing a Korean Emily Blunt lookalike. Her distinct look is quite attractive and I'd like to see her start getting a few more roles. My wife also really enjoyed Seo Ji Hoon (but I have no idea why, since to me he was completely unremarkable). The rest of the cast was truly disappointing. Lee Yeol Eum, so good in High School King of Savvy, flops hard here. She needs a better director or a better character to play. She had basically no personality. Lee Jung Shin was charming and funny, but overacted hard at times. Lee Joo Hyung was aggressively unlikable. The rest were totally forgettable.
TBH, the pace of the drama probably hurts this category more than the actual actors. Not only is it short, but a lot of time is wasted. So we don't get to really linger with the characters and get to know them. So the actors, by default then, have a lot less to work with when trying to build their characters.
MUSIC here is decent, with at least one pretty good vocal theme, and the REWATCH VALUE is pretty low, being saved only by the early comedy and the final episode.
Believe everyone who says that Longing Heart could have been even shorter than it already is and not have lost anything. While the show is sweet and simple, it's also mostly dull and really spends an awful lot of time in flashbacks of things we've seen, sometimes as recently as 60 seconds prior. This, though, is balanced by some really good humor and a few nice plot twists and surprises, making it a quick watch that shouldn't bring too much regret with it.
FINAL SCORE: 7/10