Love Rain is a South Korean drama from 2012 set in the 70s and in present time. This powerful drama stars Im Yoona of Girls’ Generation, Jang Keun-suk, and Kim Shi-hoo. The story seems to take from the idea of the Korean film, The Classic. The idea is that there is a couple in the past that struggles to stay together because of the male leads’ friend. Year later, the next generation struggles to keep their love alive. There’s a lot of things I liked about this drama, but also things I need to nitpick at.
The story begins with Seo In Ha, an artist at a Hangook University that falls in love with Kim Yoon Hee. He says to have fallen in love with her in just 3 seconds. He tries to see her as often as he can without being weird about it. A little while later, In Ha’s friend, Dong Wook also seems to have fallen in love with a girl. As later revealed, it is the same girl. However, Yoon Hee is more attracted to In Ha rather than Dong Wook. There is all sorts of messes going on here because Hye Jung, a friend of In Ha’s and Dong Wook’s likes In Ha and another friend Chang Mo likes Hye Jung. It turns out that Yoon Hee has TB and has to leave to the states to undergo surgeries that may help extend her life. She leaves both the men in her life that love her and travels to the U.S.
A generation later, Seo Joon, a professional photographer, bumps into Jung Ha Na. While in Japan, it turns out that Seo Joon has acquired Ha Na’s phone and she continuously bugs him to meet so that she can retrieve her phone. After several occasions of trying to get her phone back, she breaks into his hotel room and steals it but not before leaving the place trashed. When he comes back to the rooms with a one night stand, Ha Na doesn’t know what to do since she’s locked inside of the hotel room with this couple. She is discovered and is dragged with Seo Joon to go see the Diamond Snow, a phenomenon that only occurs at sunrise in the winter. The legends say that whoever goes to see the Diamond Snow together will fall in love.
They eventually fall in love with each other, but soon after, they discover that each other’s parents are those that fell in love years before and are soon reuniting. After being together for maybe a week, the young couple decides to break up for the sake of their parents. Seo In Ha, Seo Joon’s father, proposes to Kim Yoon Hee, Ha Na’s mother. While they are preparing the wedding plans, Ha Na and Seo Joon both fall into a great depression. This part of the show I feel was a little too extended. You can see that In Ha and Yoon Hee are regretting their decision, especially since Hye Jung, In Ha’s ex-wife is so involved on splitting the two up. They decide to break up but wait a while before they tell the kids.
After telling the kids that they broke up, Kim Yoon Hee learns that she is going blind and has about a year left of her vision. Seo Joon tells Ha Na, after they had gotten back together, that he’s leaving for New York to work in an elite photo studio. But when he learns that his father is going with Yoon Hee to America, he decides to stay. Ha Na ends up going to America for two months. This is the part that really confuses me. Hye Jung, Seo Joon’s mother, was before so determined to split of In Ha and Yoon Hee and Seo Joon and Ha Na, but after the return of Ha Na, she seems very excited to have Ha Na there. It doesn’t quite make sense. Why would she go from irritated by this girl to welcoming her in her house?
In the end, everyone is telling Seo Joon to marry Ha Na. He proposes to her after showing her a slideshow of their memories together, including the Diamond Snow. They get married and that ends the show.
I really liked this drama especially since The Classic is one of my favorite Korean films. I do feel like they copied pretty much the same idea and theme and everything about it. In fact, if I’m not mistaken there was a big lawsuit against the company that produced Love Rain. I liked it, but I kind of wish that the sorrow scenes would have been cut out because near the end of the show, about 75% of the episodes was them just crying. That’s not what I’m into k-dramas for. I like the emotion but seriously 45 minutes of crying? Another thing is I wish they would have just cut the drama a bit shorter. I’m all about dramas going on for a while especially when I love the characters, but this drama seemed to lose traction. Also, I wish the ending wasn’t so weird. I like that they got married but they seemed to be fighting in the “one year later” mark. It’s like there was this great romantic world and a year later everything changed, including Seo Joon’s mother. And I wish they would spend more time on the wedding scene. These dramas all build up to the idea of marriage and then cut it right at the marriage scene. I like how Playful Kiss did it because they had them actually get married and enjoy their honeymoon. Although there are things wrong with the ending of Playful Kiss I’m not going to get into. Even so, that was a much better ending than this one. Work on getting your crap together, drama companies.
Anyway, that’s my review of Love Rain. I enjoyed it quite a lot and I loved actually watching a drama that has Yoona in it. If any of you know SNSD is my bias group. Thanks for reading. What did you think of this drama? Did you like it? What’s your favorite dramas? Maybe I’ll watch one of them if you suggest some. Thanks again.
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