Drama Recaps
You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 1
by | June 29, 2011 | 170 Comments

Another anticipated drama premiered today with MBC’s You’ve Fallen For Me, which I think got off to a rather uncertain start, tonally speaking, but found its feet by the hour’s end. The jury’s out on the romantic chemistry between the leads, but I find that there’s plenty of antagonistic chemistry. Sparks aplenty on that front, and that keeps me curious to see how they’ll transition from such strong opposing stances to romantic bliss.

The drama has been a buzz project for a couple of reasons: There’s the re-teaming of its You’re Beautiful stars, Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa, who had a loveline in that drama though they weren’t the ultimate pairing. She’s one of the more famous actresses of her age range, while Jung’s got a budding following of his own as part of idol band CN Blue, and together that practically ensures a rabid youthful fanbase.

But there’s also PD Pyo Min-soo at the helm, who’s done a number of dramas I respect, even if I haven’t been a fan of them all: Full House, Coffee House, and The World They Live In are a few highlights.

(Note: This drama has several names, originally going by Festival, then adopting the English title Heartstrings, which is the name you’ll want if watching at Dramafever. We’re using You’ve Fallen For Me since that’s what the Korean title means, and we’re purists like that.)

SONG OF THE DAY

Jung Yong-hwa – “넌 내게 반했어” (You’ve Fallen For Me) from the drama’s soundtrack. [ Download ]

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CHARACTERS

Park Shin-hye plays LEE KYU-WON, a good-natured if somewhat scattered student at a university of performing arts who’s majoring in Korean classical music, or gukak. She’s practically been bred for this path, having been raised by a stern, staunchly traditionalist grandfather who’s a famed master of pansori, a form of classical Korean singing. She’s got a close relationship with Grandpa, although we see a few cracks in the relationship as the episode progresses.

Kyu-won also practices as part of a four-member gukak group calling themselves Windflower, of which her cheery friend BO-WOON is also a member.

Applied-music student LEE SHIN (Jung Yong-hwa) seems like your typical arrogant bastard hero at first glance, walking around with a chip on his shoulder. As the vocalist of hot band The Stupid, he gets the lion’s share of fan adoration, more for his looks than for the music, which rankles him.

On the other hand, when he’s alone with family or closer friends, we see glimpses of a nicer, softer Shin. Too bad he doesn’t let that show to anybody outside his inner circle — though he gets enough attention by being a jerk that he’d probably be mobbed by admirers if he were actually, yunno, friendly.

KIM SEOK-HYUN (Song Chang-eui) is a hotshot musical director who’s earned accolades for a recent production on Broadway. I love that he’s conceited about it, in a good-natured sort of way, thinking himself a bigger star than he actually is. As though being famous for directing musicals will get him recognized on the street.

He’s brought in to direct the university’s big 100 year anniversary theatrical production, to the chagrin of his sunbae, who wanted the spot. This return, however, puts Seok-hyun into painful contact with his ex, JUNG YOON-SU (So Yi-hyun), a former ballerina who is now teaching at the school.

 
EPISODE 1: “An Unexpected Meeting With You”

We open in Jeju Island, not for any great narrative purpose other than to get our two lead characters in each other’s orbits, however unknowingly, before they have their official first meeting. Shin’s presence here is unexplained, while Kyu-won arrives with her crotchety grandfather for his participation in a cultural symposium involving classical Korean music.

Kyu-won’s first encounter with Shin isn’t terrible, though hardly warm ‘n fuzzy, either: She struggles with her suitcase on the bus, and he silently carries it on for her, without sparing her a glance or a friendly word. So he can be helpful, but maintains a cool distance.

The trip also highlights Grandpa’s stubbornness, because he gets up to leave almost as soon as he arrives; he’s incensed over the organizers’ suggestions to liven up this whole genre of gukak. Sure, it’s traditional — but that doesn’t mean it can’t change! Their liberal interpretation of the concept of “classical” gets his temper flaring, and he walks out.

Kyu-won’s next encounter with Shin is a lot more aggravating: Back at the Seoul campus of their university, she puts on a special gayageum performance for her class, where Shin blatantly sleeps in full view of the professor. The professor rouses him from his nap and pointedly asks what he thought of his classmate’s performance, and Kyu-won waits expectantly for a compliment. Until he replies, “It was good for sleeping.” Ouch.

Her impression of Shin takes a further dive when she arrives at a live music club — dragged along by Bo-woon to see the hottie band The Stupid — and overhears Shin coldly rejecting a girl with the callous comment, “I hate ugly girls.” He turns and sees Kyu-won standing there and asks if she’s going to confess her feelings for him, too — making her scoff, As if!

She joins her friends in the club and grumbles about the world-class bastard she just ran into, only to find everyone squealing when her bastard takes the stage and starts singing.

How ironic that the song is all about how he’s fallen for a girl and doesn’t have the courage to do anything about it. Psh. Like this boy’s ever lived a moment of insecurity about his romantic prowess. Then again, he could pretty much be singing about monkey poop and his adoring audience would find a way to see the romance in it.

After the show, Kyu-won’s friends prod her to make a request of the band, and she reluctantly broaches the topic with Shin. He foists her off on the drummer instead, though, and leaves her to talk it over with JUN-HEE (CN Blue’s drummer Kang Min-hyuk).

Despite that stoic exterior, Shin is a doting oppa to his little sister Jung-hyun. When she asks him to wish her classmate a happy birthday, for instance, he obliges her (and sends the crowd of schoolgirls into a squealfest).

Cutely, he smiles to see her collect her payment — about five bucks — from the birthday girl, amused to see his sister grifting her classmates. Ha. Smart girl.

The request Kyu-won had made of The Stupid is to participate in an event the Windflower girls are organizing, in order to raise funds for their professor’s hospital bills. On their own they’d struggle to find much of an audience, but if The Stupid were to share the stage with them, they could attract a large number of attendees.

It’s something Shin would have flatly turned down if he’d stuck around to hear the request, but because he’d left it to softhearted Jun-hee to handle, The Stupid finds themselves engaged to play the show. They can’t back out readily, either, because Kyu-won had paid them in advance, and the constantly hungry Jun-hee had managed to eat up most of the fee in meat. So, despite his preference to stay out of it, Shin reluctantly agrees.

Kyu-won comes home that night to find that Grandpa has raided her secret stash of CDs — sent by her father — and broken them.

A flashback reveals the source of the conflict, because Dad had wanted to pursue his own love of music (classical piano), only to have his unbending father put his foot down. Dad had wanted to take Kyu-won with him, but Grandpa had been emphatic in his intent to raise her in the ways of gukak, and refused to relinquish custody. (Not in a legal sense, but in a patriarchal, I-am-the-head-of-this-household-don’t-you-dare-disobey-me one.)

Dad had left, and has been sending Kyu-won CDs over the years. Interestingly, they’re of classical composers like Mozart — so it’s not like Dad went off to be a rock star, but that this is an East-vs.-West conflict more than it is an old-vs.-new one.

Kyu-won studies at the library near a sleeping Shin, and witnesses the return of the rejected girl — the one he’d called ugly — who is back to following him around like a lovesick admirer, despite his treatment of her. He dismisses her and leaves without the food basket she’d dropped off, so Kyu-won follows him out to tell him to take it, chiding him for his appearance-based prejudice.

He turns that right around on her: “You all do that too. Or do you like us because our performance is so awesome?” HA, he hates that he’s famous for his looks, which is great, given that his looks are the source of his popularity. Aw, the musician wants to be legit, but the fangirls won’t let him. Is that what we call first-world problems?

She points out that he could reject the girls nicely, but he says he gets sick and tired of being on the receiving end of sooooo many girls’ affections: “Though I’m sure a girl like you has no idea what that’s like.”

He warns her not to follow him, and leaves. Or tries to. Kyu-won huffs that she won’t, but trips over her shoelace and goes sprawling to the ground…accidentally grabbing his ankle on the way down.

Pffffft. Okay, drama, you got a good laugh out of me with that, because now she’s inadvertently made literal that metaphor about ankle-grabbing. It can mean merely holding someone back, but in the literal sense it’s the ultimate gesture of desperate begging, debasing yourself as low as you can (physically) go, saying, “If you won’t stay, I’ll drag you with me.”

He actually checks to make sure she’s okay, but she’s so mortified that she waves him away, while bystanders muse that she must’ve just gotten dumped.

Seok-hyun is clearly far from being over Yoon-su despite their six years apart, and has kept up a scrapbook following her career as a ballet and jazz dancer. At first she was on top of the dance world, but toward the end the headlines allude to her career facing jeopardy.

Yoon-su practices alone in her studio that night, demonstrating that injury had something to do with her shift from performing to teaching. She falls clutching her ankle — and suddenly, Shin is there at her side, fussing over her injury.

Apparently this isn’t the first time this has happened, because today he comes prepared with a medicinal spray. In stark contrast to the way he’s acted all episode, with Yoon-su he’s caring and attentive, all gentleness and concern.

Yoon-su, on the other hand, tries repeatedly to distance herself and to tell him to return home, but he ignores her obvious attempts to dismiss him and insists on walking her back. Finally, she tells him plainly to stop watching her in the studio, or waiting up for her, or worrying about her foot. And that he should turn his affections to a girl his age, rather than her.

Time for Jun-hee to fall in love crush for himself: He’s smitten at first sight when he comes across a student, Hee-joo (Woori), dancing in a studio. (I love that he finds her while on the search for his other great love, food.)

It’s cute that Jun-hee calls girls unnis (rather than noona) — even the ones who aren’t older than him. He even calls Shin “hyung” despite being the same age, because Shin buys him food. Hee. The unni thing is a slang usage, and makes him seem even more toothless than he already is, like our resident puppy mascot. (An additional character quirk: While in the band, he dolls up as a slick idol boy, but at school he adopts a shaggy, dorky, bumbling appearance.)

Slack-jawed at the sight of Hee-joo, he calls her his “Natasha” and promises to find her later — and then leaves to continue his interrupted quest for a snack.

The next time our lead couple runs across each other on campus, Kyu-won’s eyes him warily, and warns him not to miss the show.

She and the Windflowers practice together, choosing a gukak rendition of the Habanera song from Carmen — which is also the tune that The Stupids base their rock version on. What is with the Carmen fixation these days? It does create an interesting fusion effect, though, when the rock version is laid over the gukak version.

Shin invites Yoon-su to the show, and thinks back to the first time he’d seen her in practice, when he’d seen her falling while dancing in the studio.

He’d rushed to her side and told her to lean on him — meaning literally and figuratively — while she’d self-consciously covered the scar on her ankle, and broken down in tears in front of him.

As it happens, musical director Seok-hyun is buddies with the owner of the live music club (named Catharsis), and is invited to stay for the evening show. His friend assures him that it’ll be a lively crowd, with the idol boys The Stupid playing.

First up are the gukak ladies of Windflower, although really, everyone’s just here to see the pretty boys. They finish their set and the boys begin setting up their instruments, worried that they can’t get a hold of their lead singer.

They don’t know that Shin has been called by his sister, whose appendix has burst and who undergoes emergency surgery. His mother arrives while Jung-hyun is being operated on, and Shin checks the time, knowing that he’s in danger of missing the show. But when Mom asks if he’s got somewhere to be, he assures her that it’s not important, and stays.

You’d think he could bother to put in a simple phone call, because the natives are getting restless over at Catharsis. The impatient crowd grumbles at the wait and begins a chant for Stupid, which hilariously becomes a three-syllable word in the transliterated Korean. (Su-tu-pid!)

Feeling the pressure to act, Kyu-won takes the microphone and tells the band to begin playing.

Park Shin-hye – “사랑하게 되는 날” (The day we fall in love) [ Download ]

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Her voice is pretty and the song melodic, and thankfully the performance quiets the crowd. For the moment. But when the show ends, the attendees file out while making disgruntled comments about false advertising.

Kyu-won’s so angry that all she says is, “I knew he was that kind of person anyway. There’s nothing to get disappointed about.”

On the other hand, the performance makes Seok-hyun sit up in interest. An idea springs into his head for his own show as he watches Kyu-won perform her classical music, and then take the mike for a pop song.

Afterward, he approaches her at the bus stop, hilariously coming off like an inadvertent pervy ajusshi with his attempts to engage her in conversation. She even checks with him (“You’re not some kind of pervert, right?”), and he starts to explain that he enjoyed her singing. But before he can get to his point, her bus arrives and she dashes off to deliver the concert proceeds to her professor in the hospital.

But no matter, since Seok-hyun knows enough details to call a friend and find out which hospital that is. He arrives and asks a nurse for the professor’s room — and hears with shock that she has died.

Outside, he sees the deceased’s family in mourning clothes, and Kyu-won paying her respects. She recognizes him in surprise, wondering what he’s doing here. She breaks down into tears as she admits that she was too late, and awkwardly, Seok-hyun comforts her as she cries.

Shin finds Jun-hee at school and gives him an envelope of money to repay the gukak girls for the missed performance. Jun-hee tells him to do it himself, and it’s adorable how Shin asks his friend to come with him, like he’s afraid to face them alone. But Jun-hee’s even more scared, having seen their anger firsthand — “especially Kyu-won unni.”

Shin knows it’s bad when Jun-hee even refuses his bribe of buying meat, and sends him off alone.

Shin finds Kyu-won in her department, practicing the gayageum, and tosses the envelope over to her. To his surprise, she doesn’t take it and says harshly that she doesn’t need “this measly money.”

With contempt, she asks, “You think you’re so great, huh? So you’ve got a decent face and some popularity, and that makes you feel like a big shot, doesn’t it? Well, I’ve heard your music.” She thumps her chest: “It didn’t resonate here even the tiniest bit, so screw off.”

She throws the money back at his feet, and he picks it back up and tries again. But he chooses the worst possible thing he could say, though unwittingly: “I understand how you feel, but take it. You said it’s for your professor’s hospital bill.”

He tosses the money back at her, but she glares at him, all indignation, and says she can’t fathom why he gets chased around by so many fans. “You’re despicable, unlucky, and nauseating — what’s so great about you?! Their eyes must be warped. Get lost, and don’t show up in front of me again!”

She takes up the money to throw at him again, only this time he grabs her wrist to stop her. I love this conflict, because as far as he’s concerned he was in the wrong, but surely doesn’t deserve this level of scorn. While Kyu-won — well, I’m entirely behind her outburst, even knowing that Shin had extenuating circumstances.

They sit there glaring at each other, and Shin challenges, “Do you want me to show you? Why everyone follows around such a despicable, unlucky, nauseating guy?”

 
COMMENTS

Fight! Kiss! Fight! Kiss!

It took some time to build up their interactions and work up the bickering, antagonistic vibe between them, but I’m really satisfied with where we ended up. I find it much more compelling than the cutesier stuff early on, and it’s that change in tone that threw me a bit in this episode. I find myself thinking that there are two director Pyo Min-soo’s: The one who does romantic comedy stuff like Full House and Coffee House, and the one who goes introspective and thoughtful for The World They Live In and Insoon Is Pretty. That’s why I never quite know what to expect with his dramas, and why I was really on the fence about You’ve Fallen For Me in the lead-up to the premiere.

This drama hasn’t been promoted as a rom-com at all, which is why I was surprised at the lighter stuff in the beginning of the episode. It’s actually been billed as a “youth melodrama,” and considering the range of tones that existed in Coffee House, I’m expecting this one to veer more dramatic at times, too. But I don’t mind that at all, actually, because I think that there’s more substance in that scenario — it’s why I was detached for the first half, and suddenly hooked by the end of the episode.

I also happen to like Park Shin-hye much better doing dramatic stuff, although she can be pretty funny as well. But as much as I liked her Mi-nam/Mi-nyeo in You’re Beautiful, I found the exaggerated cutesiness (and the weird shuffly rom-com running) to be corny here. That kind of overacting works well in the wacky alternate reality of a Hong Sisters drama, where a cross-dressing nun can turn into a pop star. But the You’ve Fallen For Me world is more real, and that gives the wild gesticulations a vaudevillian air. But when she cries, and spews indignation, and shoots daggers at the assy hero? Oof, I feel it, and I’m totally with her character.

I wasn’t at all impressed with Jung Yong-hwa in You’re Beautiful and therefore didn’t care much for Shin-woo hyung beyond the obviousness of his plot-device existence, but I like him much better being a cold bastard here. It’s a similar trajectory to Kim Hyun-joong, who I thought was atrocious being the sweet gentle benefactor in Boys Before Flowers but was much more enjoyable as the jerk in Playful Kiss. And I appreciate that there’s more to Shin than meets the eye; we don’t know why he puts on the asshole front, but I’m intrigued as to the reason why. Is it a calculated disguise? A defense mechanism? Laziness?

As a whole, I’m treading carefully here, particularly until the story settles into place and the drama establishes the prominent tone. But I liked Coffee House despite its flaws, and I get some similar vibes here — not in story or plot, but in overall ambiance, even if this one’s less wacky-funny and more youthful angst. I’m in it for a few more episodes, at least.

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170 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. soserious

    park yong-hwa is hot.

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    • 1.1 soserious

      oh my god javabeans & girlfriday.
      i made a terrible mistake.
      please delete my previous comment.. i meant to say jung yong-hwa…but *cries*

      i blame the latest episode of ‘city hunter’. it reminded me of ‘Story of a Man’ so park yong-hwa just blurted out…………..

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      • 1.1.1 Mia

        Aww,

        It’s okay, it’s okay. I’m not JB or GF in any sense of the word but everyone makes little mistakes every now and then. Don’t feel bad. ‘Story of a Man’ was incredible, though slightly tragic for the memories of what happened in real life, but even so, it does stick in your mind. Anyway! It’s okay, one random stranger on the internet understands and wishes you well!

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        • 1.1.1.1 soserious

          ;A; thank you random stranger…

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      • 1.1.2 Carinne

        Haha! My sister wants me to add her count on how HAWT JYH is. He’s her type, I hadn’t noticed my sister had a type till now. Keke~

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    • 1.2 mary

      It’s ok. I mean, he IS hot.

      (And yes, I know what happened to him)

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    • 1.3 Hazel

      watch You’ve Fallen for Me Episode 1 English Subbed here: http://www.kimchidramas.net/2011/06/heartstrings-episode-1.html

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    • 1.4 muta88

      got that right

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    • 1.5 muta88

      jung yong-hwa is hot

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  2. UJ

    was so hoping u would recap it thanks!

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  3. allieeee

    whoa! 1st? looking forward to this! thanks jb!

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  4. soserious

    oh shit. i meant jung yong-hwa.
    sorry guys ;A;

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    • 4.1 preciousghierl

      It’s ok, we understand! you’re not the only one who make mistake in typing, everyone will make mistakes in typing.

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  5. Lacey

    YAY

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  6. Aqua

    AWW!! THANK YOU!! I was waiting for it so badly… i highly doubt that they’re gnna make the couple kiss in the 2nd episode, but a girl can dream, rite?
    <3

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  7. Mimi

    Another drama?! JB you’re quite busy! Make sure you get enough rest. Thanks for all the hard work! Now I have another drama on my list to watch, or maybe I should just start watching it. :D

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  8. Peppy

    Thank you!!! Looking foward to this and need my new fix after much adoring of Best Love.

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  9. LL

    i was also thinking fight! kiss! fight! kiss! lol! can they have a staring/glaring match then kiss? and glare at each other again?

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  10. 10 dreamingsnow

    love <3

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  11. 11 ohemgee

    So SO glad you all are recapping!!!!!!

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  12. 12 Kira

    KYA!!! I LOVE JUNG YONG-HWA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =] Isn’t he amazing?!?! And he actuallly gets the girl!! ^.^ Haha! No TaeKyung to take it away from him! KYA!! And Kang Minhyuk is amazing too!! <33333333333333333
    Kay I'm done.

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    • 12.1 snookie

      i noe!!! he’s FINALLY the first hero!!!! and he gets the girl!!! i cried when he didn’t get the girl in YB, and they’re the same people in YB too!!!! (PSH and JYH) awesome!!!

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  13. 13 crazedlu

    oh! so siked! must watch!

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  14. 14 Cilllaaa

    finalllllllllllllly ive been waiting for this all day. i actually caught half of the live streaming of it this morning and was wondering who the lady in the hospital was and stuff ha a

    thankk youuuu :)

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  15. 15 caramenilla

    pleaseplease show, be a wroth-wathcing one *crossed fingers*

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    • 15.1 Cazine

      Even if its not, do what I did with Iris and go on Youtube for the Min-hyuk cuts. (On Iris, I did it for TOP).

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  16. 16 QQ

    I didn’t expect the recap to come out today because you always compiled the first two episodes together. Thanks for the surprise, javabeans!!!

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  17. 17 kaka

    I haven’t watched it yet. But based on your recap, It looks promising. But i kinda afraid about melodrama-thing. Nobody will die, right?

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    • 17.1 Yuki

      You already have a minor character death in ep1 here. Lol

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      • 17.1.1 kaka

        OMG, you rite! My wish had been destroyed in 1st episode :cry:

        Anyway, I’ve watched it. And is it just me who more annoyed by PSH than JYH? PSH really good at crying and getting angry. But other than that her expressions seems exaggerated.
        Despite the acting, I find this drama so interesting. I can see the plot is coming. It’s not only about two young students falling in love to each other. It also has cultural conflict and family conflict. And I also like that the two 2nd leads are from (slightly) different generation.
        But maybe it’s still too early to judge only by the 1st episode.

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        • 17.1.1.1 kaka

          Sorry, I have to say this:

          Aaaarrgghh!!! I’m so jealous with Lee Shin’s dongsaeng!!
          She got her arms around his waist!! Lucky Girl!!

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          • 17.1.1.1.1 Yuki

            I had the same reaction when I watched this scene :D

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        • 17.1.1.2 warrior

          exaggerated? no..i think she’s good…

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  18. 18 Melisa

    OMG YES! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS >W< THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
    since the English sub haven't came out yet, I was hoping for ur review ^^ going to read it now hehe~

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  19. 19 K

    Thank you so much
    I love u<3
    Have been waiting for this forever~

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  20. 20 liion

    i watched the episode raw and was surprised on how much yonghwa had improved! it was park shin-hye’s performance that fell a little flat for me. her overacting reminded me a little too much of her role as minam.

    hoping for a better 2nd episode!

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    • 20.1 warrior

      funny, u said flat then u said overacting?
      i think she’s not..she’s drawing a cheerful n lively personality…

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  21. 21 Daniela

    After reading your recap, I watched the last scene. It was good (Oh the tension).
    But despite my love for this kind of couples (the ones that go through hate, then hate-love and finally love.This ones are y favorites) I have no desire to watch You’ve Fallen For Me. I wanted to watch it because of Jung Seo-won,but im afraid he is a minor character.
    But (another one) if this turns out to be very good, maybe I will watch it later.

    Thank you for the recap!

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  22. 22 Crystal

    Thanks so much for the recap!
    I really enjoyed the first ep. Although some scenes seemed a bit rushed and lots of things happened, but I guess it was because it was the first ep and the main characters were introduced.

    I thought Lee Shin was going to be the typical cold hearted guy but he seems pretty warm with the people he likes/loves like his little sister and his teacher. He is just mean with the girls who keep following him around xD

    YongHwa has improved so much in acting compared to his YAB days, I hope he will keep improving and that we will be able to see it as the story develops. MinHyuk’s character was so cute, it totally fits Lovely from CNBLUE hehehe and ShinHye was just amazing as always.

    Can’t wait until the next ep!!! ♥

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    • 22.1 Janet

      Crystal, you seem like a CNBLUE fan (…I have recently become one due to WGM). MinHyuk is Lovely – what was YongHwa….E….Emotional?

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      • 22.1.1 warrior

        yup..

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  23. 23 Cynthia

    Thanks for the recap, JB!

    Your comment, “Then again, he could pretty much be singing about monkey poop and his adoring audience would find a way to see the romance in it.”

    Hah! Truer words were never spoke!

    I’m crossing my fingers for this one – we’ve seen that youth-driven dramas CAN succeed (Dream High) so I hope this will also make it.

    I’m happy to see Yonghwa trying again – he didn’t take the intense criticism of his performance in YB with too much grace – have to give him credit for not backing away from discussing the subject while appearing on various shows.

    One thing about Yonghwa is that he’s really a musician first and foremost, and he acknowledges that fact with pride.

    There’s one thing that upped his confidence level in front of the camera – his stint on We Got Married after appearing in YB.. I think it was a valuable learning experience for him – and showed that he really has a sweet personality. Hope it translates to the screen.
    :)

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  24. 24 Annie

    I can feel Park Shin Hye too. I can easily put myself in her character with gritting teeth and dagger eyes.

    As Shin Hye acts as Kyu Won, I can remember my own experience at school and those “arrogant” guys like Lee Shin – (but eventually got bald and bulky within 10 years, the arrogance due to good looks became history – hehehehe…)

    I love the Director Pyo’s style here. A contrast, yet its not.

    I will continue to watch.

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  25. 25 czak

    this part Hooked me in!!
    Shin challenges, “Do you want me to show you? Why everyone follows around such a despicable, unlucky, nauseating guy?”
    is it ironic that it was the last scene that did it for me…

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    • 25.1 czak

      cause I would definitely want to find out…

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    • 25.2 jessica

      Because once in a life of a girl (high school or college), she went through that stage in her life.

      We know that that line once was “real” to some of us.

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  26. 26 pink blush

    My, he’s even hotter now! I would like to watch this drama.

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  27. 27 sb

    Hrm, maybe I should try again. It was only PSH that kept me watching for more than 10 minutes, but I was already getting bored. And I’m not a big fan of Jung Yong-hwa. It probably didn’t help that I attempted to watch it right after the latest episode of City Hunter, which I’m heavily invested in.

    If tomorrow’s episode gets better perhaps I will pick it up again.

    I’ve gotten so critical of what I watch these days. In the past I wouldn’t even dream of fast-forwarding through a drama, but I now do it freely for those liberally scattered, lengthy introspective moments of no-dialogue. Also usually don’t stick with a drama if I’m not hooked in the first episode…

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    • 27.1 wootwoot

      aiiii…… k-drama is full of those moments… where they just pop in the soundtrack and the actors are just looking out the window with serious faces ;P

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    • 27.2 warrior

      HS n CH are different from genre, it’s unfair compare this two..so try to watch HS…

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  28. 28 Resa

    this will be another good work from Director Pyo min-soo.

    I like dramas that entertains and do not add to my stress at work. I watch to be entertained and to enjoy – this is it for me.

    First time that I heard Korean instruments being played. I like the sound of “gukak”. Its very very soothing. I can close my eyes and listen to it…

    Korea should start appreciating again their traditional music – their “gukak”. so beautiful (I’m not Korean.)

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  29. 29 kcj

    I’m sorry but the band is called “The Stupids”?

    . . . . . XD

    Well. I’ll keep up with the recaps to see if this series is worth watching.

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    • 29.1 wootwoot

      I LOLed when they were like, “it’s the stoo peed deeee”.. I get they’re going for the whole lost generation/rebel/i don’t care vibe for the band, but it’s gonna sound so stupid *oops no pun intended:P* when english blogs/forums refer to them as the stupids … ahahha

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      • 29.1.1 YY

        I think they’re called The Stupid minus the ‘s’…..LOL The Stupids sound much better than The Stupid, as in every member of the band is officially stupid. HAHAHAHA Sorry, I just can’t stop laughing at the name and the implications…..Heck, I can think of a zillion names that would sound much better….The Dummies, The Dumboes, The Dumb-Dumbs, The Dimmies,
        The Dim-Witteds….. HAHAHAHA No offence, just kidding.

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        • 29.1.1.1 samgetang

          hahahahahahaha! :-) this is soooo “es-too-peeeed’…..

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  30. 30 miniejungle

    thanks for this recap – i didnt know you would choose to recap this one over City Hunter though. Waiting for your other one, and I don’t think i’ll start this show until after CH ends for me….

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  31. 31 kc

    On board because @javabeans is doin some great recap!

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  32. 32 Athena 7

    I am crazy of recaps..and your blog made my day because I watch this drama raw…I love both main actors..but I think Song Chang Ui is hot…..Thanks Javabeans…..

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  33. 33 Carmen

    Director Pyo Min-soo is a “genius”. Beautifully done and this is only the first episode. It has the potential to be staged in a musical. I love the contrast of “gukak” and “current kpop” music.

    For those who want “bitterness and vengeance” in a drama, this one is definitely not for you.

    this drama is for one who wants to relax after a tiring and stressful day.

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    • 33.1 Crystal

      “this drama is for one who wants to relax after a tiring and stressful day”

      I agree so much with your comment. This is my fave kind of drama because even if we will have a bit of drama later (east vs west) it won’t be as heavy as other dramas (I cried and cried and cried in “Cinderella’s sister”).

      And it will have lots of amazing music, like on this ep the mix between korean traditional instruments and “modern” instruments (electric guitar, drums).

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      • 33.1.1 jessica

        that’s what I like too… a drama and a concert in one…music (traditional and modern), dance (classical and modern), …. really beautiful…

        I look forward to the next episodes.

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  34. 34 Dalena

    I’m really impressed with you guys.
    you’ve fallen for me just premiered about 2 or 3 hours ago and you already have the recap done?
    WOW.
    Javabeans & Girlfriday are the BEST! :D

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  35. 35 red

    i liked it….from what i read, it sounds good, i think i might check it out

    I was wary about secret garden so i just read the DB recap and then decided to watch and eventually fell into the fan fevor….hopefully it will be the same for this…i loved the two songs which were posted here…and hopefully the vibe i get is going to be a reflection of the drama itself

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  36. 36 Shinningmoon

    I can’t believe that this drama is on. Love the actors!!! Hope you continue with the recap. Thank you for your hard work. Love you guys.

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  37. 37 jessica

    I haven’t heard of Song Chang-eui until I came across the animation “green days” where he dubbed the lead with Park Shin Hye.

    He’s very good.

    Overall, I like this drama and will continue to watch.

    thank you Dramabeans for the recap.

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  38. 38 Star

    this drama iS great !

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  39. 39 mother dear

    My mom cried buckets when she heard the soothing sound of a gayageum. She studied it once in her life. She kept on saying that we must never forget the music that made us who we are.

    We will watch this with the whole family.

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    • 39.1 Crystal

      Aww really? I don’t know much about korean traditional instruments but I think I will learn a lot about it just by watching this drama hehehe their sounds are so beautiful… so soothing

      Here is a link to the clip where KyuWon’s and Shin’s group play “Habanera” from Carmen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d7dSUEk3iEg

      I am looking forward to more mixes between both types of instruments.

      PD: I hope we are allowed to post links here, if not please delete this and sorry.

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      • 39.1.1 Bluefyre

        OK. I was on the fence about this drama, but after that. Yeah. I’m on board. LOL. I’m a sucker for good music like that. If they keep it up, it might even make the list! Yay! This is one great summer of dramas we’re having :)

        BTW, THANK YOU so much JB! You have no idea how much I appreciate you guys’ work! ^^

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      • 39.1.2 nzard

        any link to download the audio for this part? anyone? :D

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  40. 40 Mich

    hmm…I can see what they’re trying to do here.
    This drama is trying to mix the different kinds of music, rock/classical/traditional/pop, especially b/c nowadays kpop has become so popular not only in korea but worldwide

    I think we got a small peek of it in the habenera carmen, where the mixing of the two sounded really great.

    and i think that in seok-hyun’s concert we’ll be able to see the mixing of all this.

    the director was smart in creating a youth fan-base with the two main leads and the story the drama is portraying. [cold city boy is really popular among the teens, and musical dramas such as "you're beautifl" and "dream high" have been huge successes]

    i think he’s trying to swerve the attention to other types of music in korea and rather then going for cute cute rom-com add more drama and melo, and he’s able to do this with the help of a big fan base. smart moves for the director and pd.
    so far i am totally into this drama ^^

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    • 40.1 Crystal

      I feel the same. Although YAB didn’t have high ratings it became a very succesful drama after it ended, specially in Japan.

      I really love music and that’s one of the things that I will love the most from this drama: it’s music. It wouldn’t surprise me if in a couple of weeks or months we will see some interesting fusions in kpop songs or music shows ;D

      I fell totally in love with “Habanera” mix.

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  41. 41 kiotzo

    =D first episode was better than i expected and pretty good for a first episode… can’t wait for more.
    Thanks for the recap

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  42. 42 Chloe

    Thanks JB! I was hoping for this recap. And I agree with your initial assessment.

    There’s a vibe that I like here. I think this drama has potential and I’m cautiously optimistic. I liked the ending and can’t wait till episode 2 for further development. Each lead character has potential to be interesting and multi-faceted.

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  43. 43 Ellie

    Thanks for the recap JB! Love Shinhye <3

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  44. 44 almontel

    Thank you so much for the recap…i wasn’t sure you’d pick this up…i hope you’ll continue on and the drama will draw more crowds….
    the first ep is great…especially the last couple minutes of the show…when Shin Hye started crying when her prof died, i was crying along with her…she’s a great actress and really love her doing drama, although she’s great in comedy too…
    yong hwa definitely improved from YB, i guess with ‘more’ exposures come better acting…experience truly work wonders…
    i hope we get to see more ‘angst’ in the next ep…i’m glad that the episode was not that slow paced….
    i totally loved SHIN Hye’s song too..she’s a great singer and was amazed how she can play that gayageum..looks really hard….

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  45. 45 Yuki

    I watched it for Yong-hwa. I feel he is still kind of self-conscious about his acting abilities in front of the camera. I hope he can let go more like he did in WGM. I hope he improves. But lovely Minhyuk really surprised me! He is such a puppy! Yeah, I want to be your unni :D

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  46. 46 Primavera

    Those dagger eyes of Shin Hye reminds me of her first two dramas “Stairway to Heaven” and “Tree of Heaven” opposite Lee Wan (brod of Kim Tae hae). I cried buckets in these two dramas. It was stressful for me.

    This one – I will relax and listen to all kinds of music. and will take a journey into Korea’s traditional music which they are keeping in secret until now.

    Perfect blend from Director Pyo Min-soo. May your tribe increase.

    Looking forward to succeeding episodes.

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  47. 47 annieee

    wow, super fast recaps, jb! thank you so much!

    park shin hye and jung yong-hwa looked cute in the trailers, so i had wanted to tune in. but i have the same old dilemma–so many dramas, so little time. btwn this and city hunter, and the old dramas i missed, i cant possibly catch up! if only i could borrow jb and girlfriday’s time-space warping powers…

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  48. 48 churasan

    Thanks for recapping this one! For me, the last half majorly hooked me in. I’m so glad it ended in a battle rather than PSH falling in love with him right away. I really want to watch how Shin is gonna prove his talent. I’m also glad that there was a good balance of angst and humor. Looking forward to more!

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  49. 49 nara

    I hope this will be a good show

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  50. 50 Xoozi

    Min Hwan is such a cutie! He reminded me of a 5 year that could talk properly. I’m looking forward to the rest of the drama! :D

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