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Love Rain premieres to low ratings

Today marks the premiere of KBS’s new throwback drama Love Rain, the new project from famed season drama PD Yoon Suk-ho, starring Jang Geun-seok and Yoona. But despite the young starpower, the series premiered to disappointing ratings: 5.8%.

Both new Monday-Tuesday dramas were dwarfed by the reigning leader, MBC’s 50-episode Light and Shadow, which is enjoying a ratings resurgence since the end of History of a Salaryman. Light/Shadow recorded 20.6%, on its second week of over-twenty-percent ratings. SBS’s Fashion King, now in its second week, went down to 9.2%.

I caught the first episode of Love Rain, and it’s definitely got PD Yoon’s stamp on it — it’s atmospheric, moody, and beautiful, and is populated by characters that drive me bonkers. I grew up on his dramas, so there’s certainly a comfort-food familiarity there. It had touches of all his dramas, particularly Feelings and Summer Scent, with the campus setting and mood. At times it feels like a long music video rather than a series pilot, but it does have a breathtaking ambiance that can’t be ignored.

It’s just likely not going to be a runaway hit because it’s your mom’s drama — and not only because it’s set in the 70s, but because it feels like a classic kdrama with all its attendant trappings. Long suffering heroes/heroines, quotes from Love Story, etc. I mean, it’s basically like every story my parents told me about their youth, right down the cultural references. So despite the trendy young stars headlining it, it’s a story geared towards the PD/writer’s own generation.

Between Light/Shadow and Love Rain, I guess it’s pretty much going to be 70s Mondays for a good long while. Ya dig?

Via Osen

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First episode's scenery was beautiful but yea, not much of a story there beyond what's been done a bazillion times already. We'll see how it goes.
I miss Shut Up: Flower Boy Band on Mon/Tues. *sigh*

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OMG, me too.
I miss my Eyecandy =(

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Seriously, without Shut Up, Monday and Tuesday just seem so blah. :(

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¿Te gusto Shut Up?
ooooohhh

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I miss them so much.... I must have watched the last 2 episodes 5 times and still going back to previous episodes. I just can't let gooooooooo....

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I try to fill it with ''K Pop the ultimate audition'' It's actually pretty good. its way better compared to Dream high 2 but not exactly Shut up flower boyband.

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I'm watching it too, it's my guilty pleasure. I don't think it's great but it's getting better with each episode, so we'll see.

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True. I miss the boys already!

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is tvN not airing anything after SUFBB?

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they're airing wedding schemes or something like that.
About 4 daughters and their wedding that is going to happen.

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I wish JB/GF would do a "recap" for the SUFBB special that aired yesterday. So much cuteness and behind-the-scenes bromance. ^__^

I thought I had achieved closure after nursing my broken heart all last week but then I watched the special today and I was tearing up again.

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Where have they got the special?

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Totally agree with you! I come here on Monday and see no eye candy! :( Its sooo frustrating! Not fair TvN...where is my flower boys drama...didnt they promise us a series of that? What happened?
@ JB please do a review of the SUFBB's special pleaseeeeeeee! ^^

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I agree, Shut up FBB is the best. It's real and it's human!

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I will watch and support this one! Aja LOVE RAIN :)

I love classic love stories.. :)

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I'm not interested in it because I'm still recovering from JGS's You're My Pet movie disaster...

Plus, there is still the definitely more awesome SUFBB that I need to finish, AND I watched the first two totally cracking episodes of Rooftop Prince today (and will try King2Heart next since the recaps on Dramabeans sounded highly promising).

So much good stuff, so no time for the things I'm only half or not into. Maybe if I read some good reviews, but at the moment it's just not on the top of my list.

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yeah, I'm still recovering from the Mary stayed out all night disaster.

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^ agreed

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agreed to all points above.

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I put both Mary and My Pet in the same bag. Awful.
I believe JGS has had his (short) time of glory. But it ended after the excellent You're Beautiful where he was good.
Too many young talented (and manly) actors out there. His career is finished imo. He should enlist in the army or change his image, like Kim Bum did with Padam Padam (but without destroying his health).

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He's too young to say that his career is over right now as he has plenty of time to turn the tracks. Yes, he's had a bad couple of years but he still has 4 more to go before he has to enter the army. He's had more lauded performances and succeses (not saying those two go together) than half the actors in his generation, also whether or not his work is doing well in Korea, he IS big in Japan right now which means he will get more dramas no matter what.

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"...Too many young talented (and manly) actors out there..."

I would like to hear who you think are the talented and manly actors. I'm new to kdramas so I'm asking out of curiosity.

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I was thinking the same too. However, it seems that he will be able to do a save from Love Rain. Or should I say Love Rain can halt his declining process. He is still a good actor but Mary and My Pet were not productions that he should have taken.

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Recovering from a badly written drama, a boy who looks like my kid sister, and a grossly over exposed Hallyu celebrity.

JSG has talent, but he's choosing to go the exposure/celebrity take-over-Asia-become-a world celebrity route rather than the artist route....

Too bad.

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Hear, hear! I've always like JGS right up until You're Beautiful. After his career hit a high and the YB fever just exploded, it feels like he's letting all the air go to his head and he's just prancing around as if he's some kind of 'idol.' PLEASE, just get back to some good old acting.

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Yes yes. True. I am waiting for his "you're beautiful" glorious comeback...haven't watch Love Rain yet...so yeah

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Well, Mary Stayed out All Night was one of the first k-dramas I ever watched... so I can't totally diss it. I mean, there so much in it that didn't make sense AT ALL (most of all the marriage Mae-Ri's Dad set up for her - if anyone forges a marriage contract with my name on it, I'm done with them and all the must-respect-your-parents and am taking them to court!). But I did enjoy the JGS/MGY pairing and the eye candy of KJW....

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totally agree!

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i absolutely adooooreeee JGS, but his recent movie and drama are such flops (to me...). He needs to pick a better project...i wished he'll do a good rom com drama next! Maybe a saguek romcom??

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Well, I'd just toss Mary and My Pet into a trash bag and toss it onto the curb (and hopefully not get caught for massive littering). Oh wait, I didn't call Mary and My Pet "trash" right there. Seriously. It wasn't that bad, but very disappointing. And yes, a disaster. But I think I might watch Love Rain, and even though this writer tends to have too much amnesia and birth secrets, there's a reason why so many people loved Winter Sonata (especially Japan, Taiwan. People went crazy over it. Yongsama!) There's something addictive about his dramas. And the visuals are great too. I dunno, I'd give it a try, and see how it turns out. Though I'm not one to stick with a show if I lose my interest halfway through.

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I think what he really needs more than anything is a hair cut. No one was saying it. So I will.

Hair cut. Do it.

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well actually he already cut his hair. The first few eps are showing his 70's character with long hair, but later he has (current) new hairstyle......which as awful as his long hair, IMO.

I agree. He chooses to be a popular star ( he seems so proud with his popularity ), maybe that's why he chose this project.

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He needs a more drastic one. One that doesn't include a finger-waved side part/bang thingie. His face is small and long hair makes it look tiny.

http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/10a8ae92719718316bf65bbf4599e1d91226198954_full.jpg

http://images.mylot.com/userImages/images/postphotos/2446908.jpg

I personally think he looks better the shorter his hair is. And LOL, I apologize for that first picture. But his hair is nice, isn't it??

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Agree with you. He looks so good with short hair and some muscles on his bones! That's a man we have here. First pic is yummy! I really wonder what happened to him...

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No idea! I just think it's his recent projects. All these pretty guy roles for him are getting old. I really think he could be much edgier and awesome than this. He has much more talent than whatever it is he's taking on. They all kind of seem the same, too.

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I must be among the few who prefer him with the longer hair. I consider his Beethoven Virus era to be his porky pig years.

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LMAO! it's OK. I found it alright before, but now it's getting to be the only thing I see and therefore distracting. It's overly styled almost all the time and I think his face just drowns in it.

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@anais ... I don't mind him with longer hair (I generally prefer longer hair, like the length of Do-il in SUFBB), but some of the hairstyles (long and short) that he has had are just awful.

But the buzz cut looks edgy, in a good way, and does suit him as well.

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Canxi, remember he tried edgy in "Case of the Itaewon Homicide." That didn't work out so well either. & if you want to see some crazy JGS hair, check out his Japan concert tour. He insisted on attaching a big pile of blonde fur (or perhaps dead animal, not sure) to his head. Somehow this was supposed to make him look like an Asian prince.

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IMO, he looked best in his Baby and Me days. Worst during the You're Beautiful period. An honorable mention might probably go to the hair in Mary. What is with him and fingerwaves :/

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Alua - so far, RTP is AWESOME, so funny! And K2H was good (really, pretty good, very promising!) but Lee Seung Gi was so MEAN at the end of Episode 2 I was just...my mouth was hanging open. How does a human being say such hateful things and then KEEP ON saying them, when the person in front of them - oh, Ha Ji Won...her face just collapsed, and the tears, when they came...I am so mad at puppy!

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I am crazily in love with K2H, can't wait for Wednesday to come quickly. Not really into RTP though.

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LOVE LOVE AWESOME K2H!

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snooorre. - -;

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I figured as much about the visuals for the drama and about the 70's storyline but what I really want to know is how the modern one will fare with audiences...i think it ratings could change, not that I'm holding my breath or anything.....it's still got a concept that may not do well today and most of the cast is made of newbies

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Whoa......I'm shock. I didn't expect the rating to be that low.

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i loved jgs in YB. but i think he got carried away with the eyeliner thing.. too girly in 'Mary stayed out all night', then 'you're my pet' disaster. i miss more 'manly' and more 'natural' JGS.
from some BTS pics, i think he'll still wearing eyeliners in this drama too..*sigh*.. why? he's already HOT without it.

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It's shot beautifully, but the storyline is too predictable to be engaging. Easy on the eyes, and unfortunately on the brain as well.

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It's always sad to hear a drama is mistreated by the ratings, but i can totally understand why. The all look is old school (cough*dusty*cough): You couldn't have me watching this, even if i were paid (like Winter Sonata: Praise it as much as you want, i will never watch such a tearjerker). The main cast is unknown to mature viewers and JGS is better in well directed comedy for me. There is definitely a dissonance between the audience targeted and the cast.
It's funny to see how Lights and Shadows is working (although it uses the same nostalgia touch). The drama started slow but has doubled its ratings since the start. Maybe i should give it a try.
Fashion King is a drama to play drinking games: One shot everytime YAI is shirtless, and everytime he does the Hand to Mouth (thanks Jomo). Just with the 3 first eps, we will all roll under the table...

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I have been watching Light and Shadow and love all the songs/music played in the background (not OSTs) because I left Korea at that time (around ep 25) and that is Korea (and songs) that I remember.
I was also excited to recognize the incidents they dealt with in the story that I knew (like massive entertainer roundup for drug use).

Plot has a feel of 'Giant' and well written by the famous writer (who also wrote Hur Jun, SangDo, All in, JuMong, Iris, Swollow the sun, Midus etc). This show deserves the high rating.

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oops it is ep 35 (after Male lead GKT left Korea).
BTW I am giving a try to LR even though I don't like either of leads because
1) I loved Autumn Tale (Still think of this drama whenever I hear that OST piece including when KHJ played that piece in Japan).
2) It is my generation (songs!! Lee JangHee, Song ChangSik, Sand Pebbles!! Actually SM in SM enter was my alumni. Yep I am PRETTY old.)
3) I am drama addict, trying to watch all.

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I watched 1st ep of LR. Boy, songs really made me nostalgic. Song like 'Na ADdakKye (what should I do)' by Sand Pebbles (This song was also in lovers in prague).
Sand Pebbles was the first vocal group formed in my college. I used to see their performance in the school auditorium (didn't know they continued). I don't remember seeing SM (Lee SuMan in SM Ent.) in the stage though I loved his song. (BTW I found their performance in 70's in youtube). Someone mentioned the songs that SonDamBi sang in Light and Shadow are ridiculous (not 70's), but I took it as modern flavor they added along with OSTs.

Another thing: fashin that time was mini skirt and bell bottom pants, but I don't remember the socks with heels (I thought this was way before).
Totally unrelated: The famed director for dramas Hur Joon, SangDo, DaeJangGeum, and Isan is also from same college. So we all are alumni, just a several years apart - small world lol.

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Mysti - I'm trying to get through the first two of Equator and then I'm on to Fashion King. I've seen the first two of RTP and K2H and love them both so far - there's so much good going on right now that I don't know if I'll EVER get to Love Rain. It's sad but lately the choices JGS makes tend to be things that don't turn out well, so I'm prejudiced against this one from the beginning even though I actually like him.

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it trended worldwide on twitter at no.1 spot... guess i have to see for myself :))

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I actually watch the first ep, i think it was really good. Beautiful scenery, the pace was not slow, was kind of a pleasant surprise. Even Yoona's acting was not as bad as i have imagined. Was totally shock by this rating. I hope it will pick up.

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not a big shocker. i think this drama was designed especially for the japanese housewives who still worship yonsama. ratings in korea aren't as important.

but also, it had dream high 2 as its lead-in. hardly a promising start in that respect.

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I think you're right. The drama is designed for japanese market.

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True. Its ratings are just picking off where Dream High left off.

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I think I would have given a try to this drama, but because I don't like the acting of the two leads I'm not even going to try, it's sad because it seems I would like the story, but those two can't act, sure they have popularity and that's why they win the popularity award, but their acting just sucks and its not believer to me.

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Agree. the two leads take out all my curiosity that I may have with other cast.

But, I read this only cause girlfriday mention History of the salaryman, and once again made me tears on my loss of hilarious and joyous Mon-Tue.

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Same with me from the beginning I wasn't even interested in watching but its a drama i would "consider" watching but after I found out Yoona was the lead I decided not to at all. Unless it gets really high ratings or dramabeans says its worth watching.
Not bothering to read other reviews since they are probably Yoona biased or Jang Geun Suk bias.

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I'm so agree with your comment.. I'm so into History of Salaryman, Yeo Chi cursing and all of the hilarious things.

And didn't have any consideration to watch this drama unless it is well-worth watching. Too bad!

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How can I actually go lol at each of your sentence? I guess you did not realize how each of your sentences gave away so much of yourself.

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I guess JGS is not as big a draw in Korea as they thought. They are crazy over him in Japan. It is almost better for him to star in Japanese dramas instead.

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jang geunsuk was never a big draw in korea...

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I don't care how pretty yoon-ha is I hate her acting!!! And after disappointing dramas and movies ofJG, am not not watching this:(

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Lol, yoon-ha? I was half expecting the low rating anyway cos the same old plot is used....heh

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Just finish watching the first episode and I totally love it. I don't get it why the rating is so poor. It will climb up for sure

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If you don't get the ratings, check out the comments just above yours. Hilarious aren't they? Glad you decided to watch the 1st episode. I did that too and it's so good.

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Yoona's acting makes me cringe. Her facial expressions irk me so much. If replacing it with more experienced actress I think it would work. I do like the storyline and the atmosphere of the drama though.

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Not a surprise here. Jang Geun Suk is not known as a ratings maker. Even You're Beautiful's highest rating recorded was just 11.9%. His projects do better with Japanese ajummas who love him to death.

Yoona is a gorgeous girl, but her acting, though more improved than in You're My Destiny and Cinderella Man is still lacking. I remember what a korean friend told me awhile back that Yoona doesn't have enough star power to be a primetime series lead actress yet and that getting good ratings in her drama You're My Destiny meant nothing since its a daily drama. Getting high ratings for Daily Dramas and Weekend Dramas means squat, unless you've already succesfully proven yourself at least once in the difficult ratings battle of primetime miniseries.

Their agencies also need to calm down on overpromoting them. Seeing everyother article talking about Yoona's ethereal beauty, as if we viewers aren't already aware that she is beautiful... is grating on peoples nerves...and every other article released boasting about Jang Geun Suk's overwhelming popularity makes me wanna vomit. Too much of anything is bad, cause the expectations become really high and when it doesn't, it's bound for failure.

I really like the setting and the cinematography of this series, every scene is breathtaking, so I will stick it out 4 more episodes to see if I like it.

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i second everything you said..n 20% ratings of LNS is not that high too n LR can hold on their ground if they are just as good, jusf see MGIG when they are up against the 40% KTG..

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Well, "You're Beautiful" was pretty popular, but it just didn't get high ratings because it was up against "Iris," if I'm not mistaken/

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actually against Yoon Eun Hye 's My Fair Lady, YAB just against Iris several episode

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ROFL. Yeah I knew this would happen.

Inevitable. No big surprise.

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Ikr?. Both main leads are not that appealing to me. He's ok but she so not a good actress imo.
My mommy's kind of show but she want to watch mature actors so she's out and Im glad because its good for her health lol.

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Seriously though, Jang Geun-seok needs to choose better project. I haven't enjoyed anything of his since You're Beautiful and this is getting to be a trend if it isn't already.

I have nothing to say of Yoona. You guys up there commenting on her terribleness already said it all for me. :D

Guess I just won't have to expect anything good drama-wise from M-T for now. *sigh* Got spoiled with a nice full week of good dramas lately

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I too was totally disappointed with his previous projects. Happy that this new drama is putting him right back to where he should be.

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I don't understand fan of drama nowadays; they don't want a serious drama again. All they want is a comedy, always comedy. Javabeans and girlfriday too. Girlfriday said she was afraid king 2 hearts was serious, now she happy because it's a comedy. I amthe only person who like serious drama like snow queen, spring waltz? The only genre they accept the serious it's in sageuk because it's historic. love rain is historic too; it's the 70's.

It's not nostaglia in pegorative term, it's historic recontruction like sageuk. Then don't expect a modern love story.it's a pure and classic love story.

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Obviously agree! Just see some more episodes and let's see if it does your heart or not!!

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I'm not sure if I able to watch this kind of drama or not. I admit the scene is beautiful but the plot is too melo. the audience get tired to watch this genre for 70 mins and the story is predictable. I think if this kind of story turns to movie, it will be blasting, just happened for The Classic and Once in a Summer where I loved the plot although its really melo's type.

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The 70's isn't considered historic, though. It's a period drama, but not historic. The time setting is too recent.

And not true, people have preferences, some people don't like melodramas because let's face it when you're having a bad day at work or school the last thing you want to do is watch something that will make you bawl your eyes out. People like to laugh, it's natural.

It's OK if Love Rain is serious, I just think that people weren't interested in it to BEGIN with. For example, I was very interested in King 2 Hearts. I wanted to watch it even when it seemed like it was going to be more melodramatic. The plot is interesting, the characters, the costumes...etc...It makes me happy that it's funny, yeah--because I get to laugh. Nothing wrong with that. If you like dramas on the more serious, tear-jerky side by all means, please. But don't bring down everyone with different tastes than you.

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I totally agree with you, melodrama is probably not a cup-of-tea of lots of viewers. My friend always says to me "I'm already stressed out with work, etc, I only want to watch something funny at the end of the day. Why do I have to watch something which will make me more stressed?" That's why she prefers Rooftop Prince rather than King 2Hearts or Love Rain.

People have their own preferences, that's why we are entertained with so many different drama genres.

But I love melodrama, and episode 1 Love Rain is good. I expect good cinematography from the PD and I got it. The acting so far is okay (I'm not a fan of both leads, so I'm not biased) and the spark of chemistry is getting there (even though not quite up the par with HJW - LSGi chemistry in King 2Hearts). The scenery is beautiful, the music is nice, so Love Rain will be a keeper even know I know I will need lots of tissues for the later episodes.

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Yeah exactly.

I don't mind a melodrama and have watched a couple. I just really have to be interested in it. The plot has to grab me, you know?

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I agree with you getoba. For me, I fell in love with Korean dramas because it's an efffective tearjerker. I like dramas to be melo, angsty, and "DRAMATIC." If I want to laugh, I will watch variety, skits, gags, but not "ROMCOM" (Romcom just doesn't make me laugh)

It's my personal preference though, I like each one of those genre to be extreme when served to me.

Yey!!! to:
EXTREME MELODRAMA
EXTREME COMEDY

Nay!!! to:
Romantic Comedy which is not really funny and not really dramatic (unless it has great dialogue between characters like King 2 Hearts and Secret Garden)

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Actually ppl need to realize that Romantic comedy needs to be handled 'with care'...some dramas brand themselves romantic comedy but fail to deliver...when this happens it's just annoyance through and through...*oh it's that laugh again* oh that slapstic knock again* (I'm not gonna name names...!!!)

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I agree with this. A lot of "romantic comedies" are actually just romantic dramas. Romantic, sometimes angsty. Not "HAHAHA" but more like *giggle*.

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"The only genre they accept the serious it’s in sageuk because it’s historic. love rain is historic too; it’s the 70′s. "

My perspective . . .it's not that he wanted to make a movie about Korea in the 70s. It's that he wanted to make a 70s Hollywood melodrama, which essentially paid homage to Love Story. Thus, the idyllic Ivy League-ish setting. The emphasis on a bookish male student and a unassuming ingenue. Etc. etc.

The Seasonal dramas, in terms of music, look, and characters, have always seemed influenced by 60s/70s Hollywood. Now, he makes that connection explicit.

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So true. When a section of the drama population decides to trust blindly some self-proclaimed bloggers as experts or the ultimate bible of dramas, this is what you get, aka 'if so-and-so says it's not good I'm not going to watch it'. They forget that bloggers themselves have their preferences and biases. I remember one drama blogger who was so bias that she dismissed a very excellent drama after a few episodes and thus misleading plenty of drama fans a chance to watch something good. IMHO, if one wants to be a critique on dramas, one got to be impartial and watch the show from beginning to end. Then you can say whatever your opinion of it is. Otherwise, one is not much an expert as she leads others to believe.

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I must say that I agree that this is not your everyday drama. I watched it this morning (so this review comes from someone who has at least seen the first episode and not someone who's only judging ;)

The pace was slow but this is a melo so the point is to make people really feel the emotions. The drama was also able to successfully showcase the relationship between all the characters and we know from the start what we've gotten ourselves into. The main cast seem charming (but I haven't really gotten attached to any of them yet because of the variety of secondary characters) and it definitely has the PD's style. The scenes were captured beautifully and even the acting by the two leads was good (you should give it a try if that is what's stopping you ;)

This is a melo so of course the pace is slow, especially since this is the pilot, but it is receiving good reviews from the Korean press so the ratings should shoot up anytime soon (after starting from such a low it can hopefully only go up from here)

I've watched my share of drama and this story is good enough to keep me wanting for more.

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WOAH so surprised!
i thought this would get crazy high ratings
....who wouldn't want jang geun suk and yoona together in a drama?
plus wasn't this drama recieving a lot of hype, w/ teasers?
and the plot line was so interesting too....
wow i guess i have to take a step back and remind myself that hallyu and actual korean viewers are different.

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"that hallyu and actual korean viewers are different". You're right! I have discussed this with some of my Korean students. They told me that they don't spend much time to watch k-drama series and stuffs. OTHERWISE, they often stay tune on TV-stuffs! (they keep their eyes on computer game and such) The hallyu waves things there isn't as big as abroad people think...

to judge whether a series or movie or whatever the performance considers good or bad is not from the high or low the ratings is, but how far it carries your heart along with the story board...

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I can't wait to see the first episode of the drama hopefully the second episode will get the rating up!

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I was going to wait and see if this was recapped and then read the recaps and decide if I wanted to watch it. But now that it's not (i assume) going to be recapped, I don't know what to do, lol.

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Watch it! Why would you need a recap anyway?

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i dun like yoona acting i thk JGS sucks at choosing project lately~~~

yoona right hand in the poster look kinda scary

she's too over rated i thk ~~

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starting to dislike Korea for looking like bias when it comes to oppa >.< go JGS! fighting...you're popular in Japan and Asia...can't Korea replicate that or show some love by watching your dramas to at least show appreciation on the influence you're bringing ...hhhmmppp!

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What influence? He is already an overrated and overpaid actor. Do you have any idea how much they paid him to do Love Rain? He is way overpaid for his dramas, when he can't even deliver. Just because Japanese people like him doesn't mean we korean viewers have to go crazy over him too.

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"Just because Japanese people like him doesn’t mean we korean viewers have to go crazy over him too".
You don't have to go crazy over him, but please be fair. I watched the first episode and I think he delivered very well. It's not his fault that the rating is so low.

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I like JHS as an actor.

Some people don't like him as an actor but all I gotta say is if you don't like his acting, don't watch his dramas.

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To be honest hes just a pretty boy actor who really shot to fame from You're Beautiful. His recent works were just a terrible

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True! 100% agree!
He has 15 year plus of acting experience, if you count on it, he can be seen as a senior in acting department . But he can't even improve much after You're Beautiful .
I'm so disappointed because I thought he could be more than just a pretty face .

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I agree. I wish JGS would take more risks in acting. He has played it way too safe since You're Beautiful. At times, it feels like he doesn't really care. It's all about the money- not the passion.

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I agree.
JGSK seems drowning and drowning after You're Beautiful.

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well Japan is also crazy about Bae Yong-joon. so....you know...people don't look at talent all the time.

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I love the sweet, vintage atmosphere of the drama but the pacing is too slow and dragging for my taste. The only drama I'm looking forward to is Rooftop Prince!!

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Is it just me or is MBC killing it in the ratings department this year? I thought ratings were going to be higher, I mean after Dream High 2 it couldn't possibly get any lower right? Oh well, it'll probably be one of those international crack drama despite poor ratings. I've yet to check the first episode out but I love the cinematography already.

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their soompi thread isnt moving that fast either so…… :/

i guess japan and south east asia it is!

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Really shocked, I thought the older generations tuning would make this drama a huge hit

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Older generation was already following Light and Shadow.

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i mean c'mon all advertisements for the first 2 episodes were all sold out...trended well in twitter...i bet a lot tuned in online (like me) to watch the live streams... :(

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Yes yes, it seems old school. I'm not expecting much, but let's wait until they fast forward to the future shall we?

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PLEASE KOREA WATCH IT FOR US! LOL

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Not sure why there are negative comments about this drama. I watched the entire episode in Korean with no subtitles and I loved it. Yes, I have a Jang Keun Suk bias but he's such a deliciously expressive actor who doesn't even need to speak in order to express a huge range of emotion.

Only the first 5 episodes are taking place in the 70s era so there is a lot to look forward to. What this drama is doing, which a lot of dramas don't, is developing the characters and giving them a background. Most dramas just drop the characters in your lap and tell you "This is the one you should like" instead of letting you develop your own opinion. The first episode is doing a wonderful job of introducing us, the viewer, to an array of characters with there own motivations.

I think it is important for people to develop their own opinions.

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I don't think the comments are negative, I think it's just disinterest. JGS is great but I don't think his recent projects have been doing him much justice. =/

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Agree with ya. I haven't seen the first episode yet but this is a melo so it's slowly starting to set up the storyline with the parents in the 70s and we know they don't get to be together so the kids which are the main cast in the 2012s that are the lead--that's where the story is and I'm already hoping for a happy ending. ^^

But people just have different opinions. Some just want a wham bam start in the drama but not all dramas are the same.

I am hoping for the rating to go up when it gets to the good part and the story is more interesting then just setting up the plot.

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I am really surprised, too. I thought he had loads of fans that will tune in.

He can't be held responsible for the bad writing of MSOAN or My Pet, can he?

But, at the same time, if MeTS and RP are any indication of what era is hot with the yoots, it isn't the 1970's but the 1670's, right?

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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..............zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......zzzzzzzzzzzzzz ... huh ? still nothing ????? zzzzzzzzzz

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Meh...that's too bad. It really wasn't on my need to watch list, but now I'm at a lost for what to watch on Mon-Tues. Always had SUFBB and DH2 to look forward to. Now I might actually have to be productive :(

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Meh. Missing SUFBB on Mon-Tues too. Have hopes for TK2H & RP that it be consistently entertaining till the end.

JGS should do another Hong Sisters (YB, not BV) drama, and Yoona...aah Yoona...if I were to choose between her, Lee Yeon-hee, & Go Ara in acting, I'd choose Go Ara every time who I think has got more personality than the other two even if they all look like dolls. (SME dolls?!)

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Yoona's got a great personality in real life.. It's just that that often doesn't translate into her acting.

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Oh gawd. The Yoona bashing, haha. xD Oh well. I must say that her acting isn't very good. As a SONE, I do feel a bit bad for her (and JGS).

But the drama did look very pretty, at least.

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I saw some screen caps of it and it looked really pretty but it never really interested me. Also I feel like JGS and Yoona look alike so that's also a thing, lol.

But I do hope the ratings pick up even a little. I imagine any actor/ress would feel a bit disappointed with low ratings.

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Lol, I saw a screencap of this and thought "Why is JGS twice in this photo?"...and then I realized that it was Yoona. In their defense, they had the same hairstyle there.

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HAHA! I know! Isn't it the same color too? They look like siblings. It'll be weird for me to watch their chemistry, if any, with that distraction.

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Haha! Me too! I was like, they look totally like sisters. Take note, not brothers and sisters. Just sisters. Lol.

I wish there was a way to make JGS look manlier. The guy is too freakin' pretty, and not in a good way. At least, not anymore.

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People in this forum don't watch historic movies like titanic, the king speech, pride and prejudice, my week with marilyn, movies about about the world war 2 or moulin rouge, shakespeare in love.

I saw a lot of complaint about the fact the setting is the 70's, people said is vintage, is old. If love rain is too vintage, too old to watch why a lot people watch sungkyunkwan scandal, chuno, princess man, moon embracing the sun, it's very VERY old? it's joseon era.

Seriously i don't understand. And people said jan geun suk should choose a better project. What project? a romantic comedy with park shin hye?

I think it's a very good project with a wonderful cinematography, mood and story.

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You can't deny the predictable storyline though. Everyone knows what is going to happen already from all the news releases that it can't be even be classified as spoilers.

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You are getting it all wrong. Not all dramas involve twist and turn plots. You'll probably only be satisfied with detective shows then? And there is a good storyline in Love Rain. Just remember, some shows actually involve the heart more while others focus on brains and most actually only on eyes (candy). And, isn't all love-stories and many other genres predictable? I can tell you the ending of almost all dramas right from the start. It's the way the story is told, baby!

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Please, don't associate Titanic from James Cameron with Korean melodramas, even the best ones. The only common points is that both are sad stories, and yes we know how it ends... But the rest is just incomparable.
You know what i would like to see? JGS with shaved head, playing a killer or a druggie in a movie like Ewan Mc Gregor for Trainspotting. THAT would be a blast, and that would help his career. But i can't believe he is a convincing prince charming anymore. No testosterone, i'm sorry. He looks like a doll for prepubescent girls. And really, i didn't have that feeling when he was in YAB. Something turned wrong.

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Incomparable? In what? because it's a big american movie. I think don't ss the quality of asian movie and dramas. I am director and scripwiter and i amazed with the talent of the director of korean and japanese drama. They create beautiful scene that few american director is capable. Ok titanic is a great film but i am sorry but for me a lot of dramas and movie like the classic or the secret (taiwanese movie) is great too.
for exemple there are more more beautiful and cinematographic scene in coffe prince or spring waltz than in a complete year of american cinema.

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A lot of american movies are bad. The majority these days if we are honest. And that's why i jumped ship to watch Asian productions mind you. I don't care about the nationality of a movie or a drama (btw, i'm French, and i'm able to acknowledge when our own movies suck... So i'm not defending Hollywood here). Titanic is a masterpiece and no one can say the contrary: 1st at BO and 1st for the Oscars (a movie produced with American money, a Canadian Director and an International cast). So yes it's incomparable. You can check for yourself.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120338/
I watch a ton of asian dramas and movies (12 dramas at the same time and 1 or 2 movies a week), and yes, a few are very good, others are entertaining, and others are just boring remakes of what have been done before and i fast forward without guilt. The good writers in Korea can be counted with my ten fingers, and the geniuses... I let you decide. If i didn't respect the hard work (and the natural skills) of those who make use of their brains to produce good scripts, then i wouldn't be here commenting at DB. :)

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I think that last statement is silly to say, no offense. I mean unless you have seen a complete year of American cinema, there is no way you can possibly judge that with such confidence.

Also if no one saw the quality of asian movies and dramas, no one would be on this site...

The Titanic is a completely different ball game than a 16-20 episode series. It's like comparing an apple to an orange. Both fruits but that's it. So like Mysti said, both sad stories...but yeah, that's it. Nothing else to compare. It's not because it's "a big American movie".

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I mean unless you have seen a complete year of American cinema, there is no way you can possibly judge that with such confidence.

I have to agree with you there.

For me, I may like watching various shows and movies from all over the world, but that also include American shows and movies. American shows are still pretty good (hey, I can't live without my dose of NCIS, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, TBBT, etc), but I have to agree that it really is getting harder to find movies in Hollywood that aren't just action packed or remakes or reboots. But American Cinema isn't just made up of Hollywood movies because the Indie market is just as packed with good, well rounded films. Personally, I'm not a fan of Titanic, but I do acknowledge its acolytes. This constant comparison between Korean (on a broader scale Asian) Cinemas/Shows and American Cinema/Shows is kind of getting old and tiresome. Every country has something to offer when it comes to their shows/movies/films. I watch a show/movie because it seems interesting and worth the time it takes to watch it regardless of its national origins.

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*accolade

I belated realized I said "acolytes" instead of "accolades".

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Hahaha, I watched Titanic once. And that's all I need, I think. I am not the hugest Leonardo DiCaprio fan.

I agree with you too Ani. I just really like cinema in general. If it looks good and interests me I'll watch it. There are some things I think Korea does that America doesn't in some genres (like there is a lot more character motivation), but I don't think I would spend my time seriously comparing and forming an opinion on who does what better. Different place, different style. What's the use? Why not just enjoy the variety,lol.

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'...there are more more beautiful and cinematographic scene in coffe prince or spring waltz than in a complete year of american cinema".

Give me a break. There is good and bad in every culture even movies. Try watching more than 2 American movies before you make a statement like that.

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I am director, scriptwriter and movie critic on radio in france. You could not imagine the number of european, american, asian movies than i saw in my life. film of all period of cinema. I watch drama with the eye of a profesional and a movie lover. I remark fan of dramas are influenced by the fact they consider dramas like american soap or telenovela, or series like gossip girls just because they treat about love.
drama are more comperable to movie in the use of the space, the use of the music, the construction of the scene and the construction of the dramaturgie than american series.
For me spring waltz is more cinematographic in this contruction and plans than Lost for exemple.
Chuno or princess man are more cinematographic than Rome or games of thrones.
It will be too long to explain all the details. It's a shame than occidental audiances don't know enough the wonderful japanese and korean drama.

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And i forgot for the phrase i said it's a reference to a french critic who said in 2006 "there are more beautiful scene in The new world by terrence malick than in a year of american cinema."
And when i discovered asian dramas in 2007, i was very stunned by the fact the world don't know pearls like long vacation, koukou kyoushi 93, byakuyaku, sekai no sushin, coffee prince, snow queen, spring waltz, long love letter and ohers... dramas with full of poetry, cinematography, and wonderful actor and actress...
I don't say american series are bad, i just say my cinematographic soul and eyes are more meat with asian dramas.

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getoba I agree with you. Cinematography wise I always find that the Japanese and in recent years the Koreans are doing a much better job than Hollywood. I still remember how Kurosawa left the American directors dumbfounded (should we say that Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg and Lucas were all smitten). I can try to recall some beautiful and cinematographic scenes in European movies but I'm trying hard to recall which American movies had left me leaving the theater in awe with their cinematography skills. Maybe I've seen too many to recall one that gets stuck in the mind though. But I know I've enjoyed countless Japanese and Korean movies and TV dramas that's simply beautiful or breathtaking. So much so that sometimes it's become a given.

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Titanic? Come on! That's not even that great to begin with. I grew up with American blockbusters and indies and everything in between. But eventually it came to a point when you know that they are just not moving forward anymore. I haven't got impressed by an American production for a long long time.

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we do watched the kind of movies like that. but, it's movie and took only 2 hrs and of course it really enjoyable. but when this kind of genre turns to drama, it takes an effort to watch seriously. moreover, it's 16 eps. its not about 70's problem, light and shadow received a good feedback from the audiences since it has been inserted a humor value in the drama, just like sungkyukwan, princess man, METS and chuno's plot is unpredictable that made the audience hardly wait to see what happen next. I do think this drama is good and has wonderful cinematography, but nowadays, most of the audience are not too craving this kind of genre and maybe 10 years ago it is, its not all about romantic comedy since wild romance is rom-com but still received poor rating, the audiences are prefer to different styles.

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I absolutely agree with you!

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Amazing that you know what everyone on this site has watched in their entire life.

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titanic, the king speech, pride and prejudice,

^ LOL i've watched these and Jane Austen is my G
i practically grew up with Captain Wentworth andMr. Darcy

SKKS is a crack drama that had an excellent production and a cast that had great chemistry with each other
Chuno has grogeous cinematography and the best actingchops in kdramaland n the form of Jang Hyuk!

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Do u even know how predictable the whole plot or storyline seems, miss.It is strikingly similar to The Classic which was a movie...Do you really expect people to watch a flower boy as pretty as a girl in JGS in 1970's(WHAT)?with the idol turned terrible actress Yoona?People are not stupid to fall for the over advertised dramas like these.And to all you JGS's eels or whatever out there, instead of protecting your little girl, ask him to choose a more diverse character just like Lee min ho did City Hunter.TBH, I once used to be a fan of JGS but after all these failures, it just seems he doesn't care about being a serious actor anymore but a beautiful actor....

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Ah very harsh words you have there. Reminds of a typical fan turned anti. But, how would you know when he has decided to try out a better project? You are not even in the mood to see if this is the one better project. I too was disappointed with his recent projects but I gave this drama a chance for two reasons 1) this drama is not only the work of him alone - I didn't watch the drama because of him 2) I still trust that he can act though he may have made a bad choice as an actor recently. And so, with these 2 reasons I watched Love Rain and I am not disappointed. And oh, your choice of words sounds like you have an axe to grind.

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i am gonna watch it later tomorrow when they sub it i guess...hmm...love JGS but Yoona is not my fave...so i'll see how it will turn out.

ha, so now it's Yuri > Yoona!

Wonder what happened in Fashion King in last night's episode...

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Whoa! I totally glossed over the fact that Light and Shadow is gonna be a long running drama (hey, 50 episodes is long to me). As for Love Rain. *shrugs* You win some, you lose some, but it just ain't my cup of tea. Heh.

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Couldn't get passed the long teaser of this one. I'm looking forward to Marriage Plot for Monday and Tuesday. Btw if anyone knows someone recap SUFBB special, please share the link. Thank you.

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I knew I forgot something! I was waiting for SU:FBB's replacement on tvN. Thanks for reminding me about The Marriage Plot. I had to look up its premiere date to make sure I didn't miss it last night. Something to look forward to next week!

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The Marriage Plot/The Wedding Scheme, broadcast period 2012-April-02 to 2012-May-22, the writer previous works are Tazza (didn't watch it, is it good?), Six years in love (a movie, loved it, Yoon Kye Sang!)

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I am looking forward to The Marriage Plot. Hope it will be subbed.

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Pray with me?? I really really want it to be picked up by someone, anyone! (who speaks english)

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Absolutely, lol. It looks like it's going to be really cute and if I recall the lead guy is a decent kisser. Come on, Drama Gods! Don't let me down.

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Is the SUFBB Special the Behind the scenes stuff? Because if it is, than you'll find the, er, recaps/weecaps over at blue's place:

http://belectricground.com/

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Thanks, but I'm talking about the one that aired last night, my download hasn't finished yet..it's a special right?
looking for recap, weecap, summary, transcap, or whatever I can get ;)

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This doesn't surprise me, at all. if you didn't grow up with it, I think those slow-paced melos are hard to take - I'm 50, so they should appeal to me age-wise, but I'll take a fast-paced drama any day. As for the leads, neither one of them has much expressive range. I've never been impressed with JGS - in YB he was a petulant boy, and nothing since has delved beneath a cutesy surface gloss. Only the Japanese could see him (with the same hairstyle that I had when I was 15!) as Hallyu gold...just goes to show what decades' worth of Johnny boys will do to your taste.

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No energy to talk about it at the moment. I expected the ratings will be 15% and above. IMO, PD Yoon relies too much on his own lovelorn past and the writer is still inside the 4 seasons cocoon. How many times do the 50 somethings want to get the nostalgia of first love era?
It is not the young actors' fault. It is the director who can't get out of his time warp. GSK is popular in Japan for other talents and his fan base is his own age range so we can't assume that all Japanese women will like the drama blindly.

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I am sucker for melodramas like this espescially coming from the seasons PD, however, I think too much news releases and spoilers hurt them because even I, who's crazy about PD Yoon's dramas became bored and due to all the spoilers and news reports about this drama, everything became so predictable. So it kinda takes the fun out of wanting to watch further.

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i think some peope talk about Yoona's bias or JGS's bias and not bothering to read about their reviews. But aren't these people also being too prejudice that they already have opinions about the drama and not giving the drama a chance.

I would say this drama exceeded my expectation ( maybe mine was a bit low since i don't enjoy his work after winter sonata ). I expected the story to build up very slowly but the pace of the drama was faster than i thought and i half expected Yoona to be the same like in Cinderella Man but she is much better now. Still cannot say she is very good but at least i don't feel like rolling my eyes when i see her act. Still, i would prefer a real actress to act as i believe it would make the drama better.

I find some of the scenes to be very cute and it is very different from recent k-dramas which all kind of have the same winning formula. I find it a refreshing change to go back and watch melodramas.

I hope to see an improvement in the ratings as i think they do not deserve such bad ratings. This drama is so much better than Dream High 2.

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I'll try this show later, I'm emotionally invested in Happy Michelin Kitchen TWdrama 'cause it resembles Coffee Prince beginnings.

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