Before I start the review, I would like to confess that this is actually my very first Korean drama ever. (That means that I watch it from the very first episode to the very last episode.) I must say that during my skimming journey on local channels, I rarely care for it since I found it boring to the hardcore because of its predictable story and extremely depressing storyline with the whole “disease” thing and the “dying” thing thrown in. Unexpectedly, this is an extremely good drama to consider. No wonder it won several awards and is one of the most greatest Korean drama ever made. The acting was excellent from the main cast although it did touched some familiar themes. It made up for a lot of things and I was totally blown away by it. (Possibly because I haven’t found any Korean drama that is worth molding over yet.) The soundtrack was also very nice (as known with most Korean soundtracks).
I don’t want to spoil much of the drama itself but I found it very creative and complex at the same time with how the ending was crafted. It is not just some typical Cinderella story, but it strongly emphasizes on how this could happen to anyone with life’s many wonders.
I love the main couple character-wise (since I have not seen their actual interaction off-screen to determine). They have excellent chemistry and was really natural with all their scenes together.
As much as I love this drama, but I couldn’t help feeling like this reminds me sooo much of Taiwanese idol drama Heaven’s Wedding Gown. Yes, especially with a lot of the details. But I must say this one was crafted much nicer in a sense because it doesn’t have too many of the subplots or frustrating moments since Taeyoung is very strong and independent despite all her hardships. The circumstances are different and can’t be compared totally, but I don’t like it that in the other one Ai Qing gets bullied so much. It’s really annoying.
The common factor that could be agreed upon is both soundtracks were amazing to listen to.
Notice, I’m not implying any sort of “copying” going on since it was aired at around the same time (and possibly in the works around the same time as well). It could be a coincidence and I love both works in its own way.
Posted (on Xanga): March 3, 2009
Re-posted: April 26th, 2010