MBC’s new weekend drama Do You Hear My Heart? is readying for its premiere in two weeks, and recently held its poster shoots (see above and directly below). While the drama has been flying sorta under my radar, there are a couple points that have me potentially interested: the offbeat premise and the writer and director pair.
Do You Hear My Heart? is about the love story between a man who is deaf but pretends he can hear, and a woman who pretends to be dim-witted to spare the dignity of her dim-witted father. Aw. For once, something that departs from the norm! From that short description alone, I can imagine tons of narrative and character-development possibilities.
Casting isn’t a total win, but I’m not writing them off yet. In the lead role is Kim Jae-won (Hwang Jini, My Love Patzzi), who isn’t really a skilled actor but has an easy personal charm that makes him approachable. Known for his bright smile, Kim is just two months post-military service, which means (1) I’ll be watching to see if he’s matured and added depth to his character, and (2) obligatory abs shot!
The lead actress is Giant’s (weak link) Hwang Jung-eum, who, eh. While I don’t dislike her, I have no great hopes for her performance; she was even voted “No. 1 actress with bad acting” not long ago, as I read in a recent wave of stories announcing the poll.
I like the second leads a little better: There’s Lee Kyu-han of Que Sera Sera, as well as Go Jun-hee of What’s Up Fox and Namgoong Min of Birth of the Rich. Then there’s budding child star Kim Sae-ron, who teamed up with Won Bin in Ajusshi and is about to take on another high-profile pairing with Kim Seung-woo.
But more than the actors, I’m taking note of the producers: PD Kim Sang-ho was okay with Fantasy Couple but cracked me up with the wacky short drama Legend of Hyang Dan. Then he transitioned pretty drastically by taking on the dark, eerie horror-thriller series Hon, showing that he’s capable of range. Writing is Moon Hee-jung, who did the bright comedy Smile You and the zippy, adorable rom-com Last Scandal of My Life (the latter of which I tore through speedily and found delightful).
Do You Hear My Heart? is an MBC weekend drama premiering on April 2, following Flames of Desire. I’m not positive on episode count, but I think it’s 30 — a bit long, but do-able if the story grabs me as much as I hope it will.
- Do You Hear My Heart? rounds out its cast
- Kim Jae-won’s drama comeback
- Hwang Jung-eum cast as lead in new drama