K-Drama Review : Love Rain (Yoona’s Dramas)

If you’re going to watch one of these two dramas, Love Rain is the one to watch. It has better writing, an interesting story, and good chemistry between the leads. I really liked the idea of Jang Geun Suk and Yoona playing both sets of characters and their love stories in this show. What a unique way to tell a story! Jang Geun Suk and Yoona portray the love of Suh In Ha and Kim Yoon Hee in the 1970s and also play the love of Suh Joon (In Ha’s son) and Ha Na (Yoon Hee’s daughter) in the present. Older actors were brought on to play In Ha and Yoon Hee in the present. My only big problem with the drama was that I wished the entire show took place in the past!

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I was so absorbed by the shy, sweet love of In Ha and Yoon Hee that I wanted to watch a whole drama with these characters in it. You just don’t see that innocent kind of love in anything nowadays. Plus, Jang Geun Suk and Yoona both perfectly portrayed the painfully timid college students who realized their love would never be. When Yoon Hee is stricken with tuberculosis and leaves for America, I was utterly shocked when the train leaving turned into a train arriving into present day time period. I couldn’t believe that the 1970s period and the love of In Ha and Yoon Hee was over so soon!

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The train arrives showing a photographer, Joon (In Ha’s son) running a cute, spirited gardener named Ha Na (Yoon Hee’s daughter). So, I tried to root for these two characters, but they paled in comparison to their parents. Joon is a womanzier known for making any girl fall for him in 3 seconds. And Ha Na is a sheltered flower girl who despises Joon and harbors a long standing crush for a coworker (as if their romance won’t have enough other parties involved already).

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Ha Na and Joon bumping into each other for the first time at a train station.

Their romance starts with lots of bickering, misunderstandings, as well as lots of involvement of friends, co-workers, annoying unrequited loves, and inevitably, their parents. Honestly, Joon and Ha Na’s modern day romance just seem so shallow and fragile in comparison to their previous counterparts. Knowing something of the plot, it was with a heavy heart that I waited for Joon and Ha Na to fall for each other in the present day story only to realize that their dad and mom, respectively, were actually long lost loves of over 30 years. Oh, and here’s the kicker, that they had FINALLY found each other at least and were now getting married, making Joon and Ha Na future siblings. Awkward.

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I’m not sure how exactly I would handle becoming a sister to my boyfriend, but it shocked me when Ha Na actually begged Joon to just be siblings for their parents’ happiness. WHAT? Even though I was so attached to In Ha and Yoon Hee and wanted them to be together at any cost, I felt like this was really unfair of Ha Na. After her plea, any part of me that supported Joon and Ha Na just shriveled up. How could she not even try for her and Joon to be together? Or better yet, maturely tell her mother that she was dating her future stepbrother! I can’t help but think that the whole problem could have been solved if they had just simply told their parents they too were dating each other!

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Another discovery: In Ha spots Hana and Joon having a romantic moment.

But when In Ha and Yoon Hee learn of their children’s love, they can’t bear to keep them apart. Cue one big, “NOOOOOOO,” on my part. I know I was supposed to feel happy that In Ha and Yoon Hee could date again, but I couldn’t. I didn’t buy that this was the couple that couldn’t live without one another either, despite Jang Geun Suk and Yoona’s great chemistry. To me, the people who had found each other after 30 years of longing seem to have a better right to their love than the kids who didn’t even know what they wanted half of the time.

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Reading postcards from In Ha and Yoon Hee.

 

Speaking of time, before I knew it there was yet another jarring, out-of-nowhere time skip and with a shock, I realized that the show was ending! I actually watched the ending part of the show twice in order to understand what was happening because the timeskip was so sudden that I just couldn’t comprehend everything. But I realized that, Joon and Ha Na were reading postcards from In Ha and Yoon Hee, who were actually living together in America so that their children were free to be together and could actually get married in South Korea.

Oh.

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God, I hope I look half this pretty on my wedding day!

So I guess everybody got their happy ending, but I was really bummed that I didn’t actually get to see the happy ending of the two characters I had been rooting for since the very first episode. While seeing Yoona looking gorgeous in her wedding gown with flowers in her hair was nice, I wish that she had been playing Yoon Hee’s wedding day and not Ha Na’s. Sigh. Oh, well.

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Despite liking their portrayal of the In Ha and Yoon Hee’s relationship better than that of Joon and Ha Na’s, Jang Geun Suk and Im Yoona regardlessly make a stunning couple with lots of chemistry.

Ultimately, despite my unfortunate attachment to the non-main couple, Love Rain was still a solid drama with a unique way of telling a story.  I would even recommend to someone first starting watching Kdramas. It definitely had a better plot, chemistry, and characters than Yoona’s other drama The Prime Minister & I.

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Posted December 28, 2015 in K-Dramas, Watch

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