((This is an imported post from my drama blog Labzkie (expired) posted on 11-8-12))
I finished watching this Korean drama two weeks ago. It is one of those dramas that kept me awake. For short, this got me hooked watching 'til its end. This is the newest drama that stars Jang Geun Suk, who was the main reason why I decided to watch the drama in the first place. Jang Guen Suk became one of my favorite K idols since I watched that drama he led entitled He's Beautiful. If you've seen the drama, you'll understand why.
Love Rain, I would say, is the second best drama of JGS that I've watched so far. I was disappointed with that last drama he starred, the Mary Stayed Out All Night with Moon Geun Young. Thinking this newest drama of him might offset that disappointment, I gave it a try. Thankfully, it didn't fail me. A week I spent watching this drama was worth it!
"Love Rain" depicts a 1970's pure love and a love from the present day at the same time. It shows how the children of a previous ill-fated couple, who met in the 1970s, managed to meet and fall in love. Seo In Ha and Kim Yoon Hee, an art student and a shy beauty, met and fell in love with each other during college in the 1970s but unfortunately their love was fated to never be. Now in the present 21st century Korea, Seo In Ha's son, Seo Joon (a liberal photographer) meets and falls in with the daughter of Kim Yoon Hee, Jung Ha Na, a cheerful and energetic girl who's personality is different from her mother's. Will their love for each other keep them together or will they have to face the same fate as their parents?
Love Rain has a very unique love story. I don't know if this story had ever happened to anyone in real life but if it had, it sure was a tough love.
The 1970's Love
A 3-Second love, it was. In three seconds, a timid art student Seo In Ha (Jang Guen Suk) fell in love with a shy, modest beauty Kim Yoon Hee (Im Yoon Ah). He was contented with just loving her from afar, watching her, and painting her. During their accidental meeting, the two bumped into each other. Yoon Hee dropped her diary unnoticed. In Ha picked it, tried giving it back but Yoon Hee was already away. He decided to keep it. Reading through that diary, Seo In Ha learned a few about Yoon Hee's life, including Yoon Hee's favorite movie line "Love means never having to say you are sorry", which made him fall in love with her even more.
One rainy day, Seo In Ha seemed to muster his courage to approach by offering her a yellow umbrella. They then walked together in the rain under that yellow umbrella, which where the title of this drama derived from. Just as when Seo In Ha was about to spill his love for her, he learned that his bestfriend's 3-second love was also Yoon Hee. He gave way for the sake of his best friend...and then heartaches, twists and turns followed. They ended up parted and after 30 years...Yoon Hee's cheerful daughter Ha Na and In Ha's liberal photographer son Seo Joon met.
Vs. the 2012's
Seo Joon and Ha Na were cats and dogs. If their parents' love story started with a diary, theirs started with a cellphone. Ha Na bumped into Seo Joon and unknowinly dropped her phone into his luggage. Seo Joon who is known to be a playboy and can get a girl to fall in love with him in just 3 seconds seemed an unknown, unattractive guy to Ha Na as his 3-second charm doesn't affect her at all during their first few meetings. Instead, he fell into her 3-second charm first. Feeling the need to always see her, Seo Joon offered Ha Na a room in his building, wherein Ha Na then worked as his personal gardener plus part time model.
Later on, they both finally admitted their love towards each other. They were living happily as lovebirds. Oh my, I love the eye candies during those sweet episodes. Until...they found out that their parents (Seo Joon's dad and Ha Na's mom) are each other's first love and were planning to get married. They had no choice but give up their love and break up. If their parents marriage was pursued, how could they ever live as brothers and sisters? Will their parents' ill-fated love happen to them too? Which love will have a "happy ever after" ending?