30 Day Asian Drama Challenge – Day 8
I was thinking about this one and it wasn’t as hard as #7 for me.
Day 8: Your favorite Korean Drama?
My favorite. At first I thought maybe Oh! My Lady or You’re Beautiful, but after careful consideration, I decided on Can You Hear My Heart? which was Kim Jae Won’s first drama after completing his mandatory military service.
I marathoned this drama after it was completed. I watched the 30 episodes in one week. Yes. Only one week. I watched it all day on the weekends and everyday after work until it was complete. I remember loving the child cast, but was also anxiously awaiting the adult cast to take over as well. The story, like all stories, had some drag and some problems, but I really did enjoy this drama. Even when Maru-oppa went all evil (not that Maru oppa could ever be truly evil).
The acting was superb, the bad guy sort of got his comeuppance, and there was such a cute love story between our leading lady and man. This drama really led me to like Nam Goong Min who played Jang Joon Ha/Maru. I had loved watching Kim Jae Won mature as an actor and become even better, so his acting in this drama didn’t surprise me, but Nam’s did just as I didn’t know what to expect from him.
And one cannot talk about this drama without talking about the bromance and bed scenes (get your mind out of the gutter, completely innocent bed scenes) between our leading male characters. Their chemistry was just off the charts cute. And I liked how even though Joon Ha was supposed to be “evil” at one point, he never stopped loving and caring about his family or his adopted brother. I will say though that I thought Dong Joo’s mother got off a little too easy as she deserved some sort of punishment for what she did to Joon Ha, but oh well. Nothing’s perfect.
Oh, and I’d be remiss without mentioning the awesome acting Jung Bo Suk who acted as Joon Ha’s father (but in reality was his uncle) who was mentally impaired. He did an amazing job making it believable without being farcical.