Title: 사랑비 / Love Rain
Chinese Title: 爱情雨
Also Known as: Love Rides the Rain
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-March-26 to 2012-June-12
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
- Jang Geun Suk as Seo In Ha
- YoonA as Kim Yoon Hee
- Kim Si Hoo as Lee Dong Wook
- Son Eun Seo as Baek Hye Jung
- Seo In Guk as Kim Chang Mo
- Hwang Bo Ra as Na In Sook
- Jang Geun Suk as Seo Joon (In Ha’s son)
- Im Yoon Ah as Jung Ha Na (Yoon Hee’s daughter)
- Kim Si Hoo as Lee Sun Ho (Dong Wook’s son)
- Jung Jin Young Seo In Ha (Seo Joon’s dad)
- Lee Mi Sook as Kim Yoon Hee (Ha Na’s mom)
- Kim Young Kwang as Han Tae Sung
- Oh Seung Yoon as Jo Soo
- Park Se Young as Lee Mi Ho (Sun Ho’s younger sister)
- Lee Chan Ho as Jang Soo
- Shin Ji Ho (신지호) as In Sung
- Kwon In Ha (권인하) as Lee Dong Wook
- Yoo Hye Ri as Baek Hye Jung
- Park Ji Il as Kim Chang Mo
- Seo In Guk as Kim Jeon Sul (Chang Mo’s nephew)
Romance vs. Family
To start with, this drama sounds either amazing or boring. I was sucked in by it after I read the synopsis and saw the promotional pictures. However, when I started watching it, I kind of got bored after the second episode but then I continued watching it.
This is not a light drama. It requires a deep level of understanding to appreciate it or you have to be a hardcore crazy romantic kid. There is so much more to the show than just its romance. Plus Jang Geun Suk being one of my favorite actors, it was a treat to watch him in it.
The biggest issue raised in this show regarding love is- how far are you willing to go for your love? Is true love really worth fighting for, or not?
“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.
The conflict between the parents-children love story just sucked me. This was just the level of selfishness or selflessness. How can this be? It was not a question of who loved for a longer time- it was about whose love was greater.
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.
I really loved how Jun and Ha Na put their parents’ happiness over everything else. And I simply hated the character of In Ha. He was one of the most selfish ones in this drama. I was only happy when he did that one thing for his son. But I would say even that wouldn’t count for much if you consider the way he left his child abandoned.
My favorite thing about the drama is the cinematography. The drama was filmed so beautifully. The sunset scenes, the garden scenes, the beach scenes; they were all shot gorgeously. It is seldom that dramas are filmed so prettily and I think that Love Rain gets extra points for the cinematography.
To point out the main cast, I have never seen YoonA act before and I was really curious how the singer would fair as an actress. It was like she suddenly became another person, which was true, in a way.
Jang Geun Suk was real good as usual. How he could switch from the shy and quiet In Ha to the super hot and arrogant Seo Joon in a timelapse of an episode was really good. It was so nice to see him portray a character off his usual types.
Although the story line is a bit cliche and it started a little slow, I really enjoyed this drama. It had a balance of fun scenes and melodramatic ones. The crying scenes are great because I understand why it is sad and the actors really did a great job of portraying the hurt they are feeling. This drama also showed the different faces of love: family, friends and romantic (both good and bad).
Few lines that i love most.
“Love rain, the one fated chance of meeting that day…
One second… two second… three second…
You have been imprinted in my heart deeply, unforgettably.
Only to discover that, I have fallen for you.”
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry,
Because love is always sincere.”
“There are two faces of love,
Happiness and sadness.”