Why You Should Watch: Can You Hear My Heart?
by Guest Beanie
[Here’s our first reader-submitted edition for our Why You Should Watch feature, which is your chance to let people know about a drama you think is worth their attention, and advocate for why they should give it a try. We know we can’t cover every drama out there that’s ever been aired, but that’s why we’re turning this over to you guys! If you’d like to submit an entry, check out the instructions at the bottom of the post. –javabeans]
When this exciting new feature was announced, one drama immediately sprang to mind: Can You Hear My Heart. Even after five long years, I still can’t get this show out of my head, and as any good drama addict knows, if I have to suffer, so should everyone else! Luckily, not only is this a legitimately touching drama, full of complex characters, gorgeous cinematography, and beautiful life lessons, it’s also headlined by three amazing actors.
Kim Jae-won, Hwang Jung-eum, and Namgoong Min imbue these characters with such heart and warmth, it’s impossible not to be drawn into their heartfelt story. Or in the very least, their adorable family.
At a solid 30 episodes, the plot itself is pretty straightforward. After an accident as a child, rich and bubbly Cha Dong-joo (Kim Jae-won) is rendered deaf, spurring his mother to hatch a crazy plan to get revenge on the person responsible. This, of course, results in lots of tears, angry yelling, and other crazy antics I’ll avoid detailing for fear of spoilers (that, and honestly, I watched this five years ago!).
So, why should you really watch?
Because this is one romance that will have you swooning, squealing, laughing, crying, cheering… and not to mention make you bemoan your inability to find someone like Dong-joo in your life. Honestly, folks, even deafness can’t dull this diamond!
Plus, who doesn’t adore a love story that begins with a strong childhood foundation? And parallels! So many fun parallels. It’s like a game. Watch and see if you can spot them all!
Of course, if you’re the type who prefers the “bad boy,” then Joon-ha (Namgoong Min) is ready and willing to give you second-lead syndrome. With the added bonus of not being a psychopathic killer for once.)
Well, okay, he may look a bit unhinged here… but it’s in a completely sympathetic, redeemable way. I swear!
Need proof? Behold, the power of bromance! Soooo much bromance. Now you can enjoy all the excessive hugging, bed-sharing, and water fights you never knew you needed in your life.
And if family’s your thing: There are so many sweet, heart-tugging moments between daughter and father, brother and sister, grandmother and grandson, mother and child, and so on. If you’re looking for warm fuzzies, or a happy smile that will never cease, prepare to dissolve into warm puddles of glorious goo. It will make surviving the requisite angst all the more sweeter.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is where I’d insert all the best, squee-worthy scenes… if I could find any. Unfortunately, because the major broadcasters hate us all, they removed most clips and media due to copyright infringement years ago, so all I have to show you are some music videos that managed to survive the purge. If they don’t do the trick, I fear nothing will melt that icy heart of yours.
And the best couple award goes to:
The “I can’t believe you didn’t believe me about the bromance” video:
A little bit of everything:
So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been living under a rock, lift that sucker off this minute, and go watch this heartwarming drama. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll throw things at your TV, grin stupidly, and then cry some more… but when all’s said and done, you’ll have a million scenes to fondly look back on as you reminisce. And more importantly, your heart will thank you.
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And now it’s your turn!
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- Your entry can be short or long (but let’s not go crazy here; we may edit if it’s insanely long).
- Include at least one image and one video clip.
- It can be a show that has been recapped, because the idea is to appeal to people who have not yet seen it—so even if we’ve written twenty recaps, the new viewer probably hasn’t read any of them. We do, however, think the idea is particularly useful for unrecapped and/or underrepresented dramas.
- Write for an audience who has not seen the show yet. Assume no prior knowledge! (And don’t give away major spoilers.)
- Please, to the best of your ability, use proper grammar and spelling, and spell out full titles and names (no acronyms).