South Korean TV shows are enjoying widespread popularity around the world and there happen to be various reasons for this. One of them is the variety of genres included and their unequaled representation, which is very unlike the often mundane and repetitive concepts we are used to, from other parts of the world.
While its mostly coming-of-age dramas that are catching eyeballs, amidst them, we also have shows like ‘Neon Naege Banhaesseo’, which is also known as ‘Heartstrings’ or ‘You’ve Fallen For Me’. In the series, Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye reunite from the 2009 drama, ‘You’re Beautiful‘. ‘Heartstrings’ is a musical, romantic drama that first aired on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
‘Heartstrings’ Season 1 has been well received, thanks to the established recognizability of the cast. Now, fans are wondering whether there will be a Season 2. We are here to tell you that, right after we share some details about the show.
Heartstrings Cast: Who is in it?
‘Heartstrings’, a South Korean drama brings back 2009’s ‘You’re Beautiful’ cast, Jung Yong-hwa, and Park Shin-hye, in the titular roles of Lee Shin and Lee Gyu-won, respectively.
Jung Yong-hwa is a 30 years old South Korean singer, record producer, and actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band, CNBLUE. However, we have also seen him in several TV dramas like, ‘You’re Beautiful’, ‘Marry Him If You Dare’, and ‘The Three Musketeers’. He has won several awards, including the New Star Award at SBS Drama Awards (2009), and Best New Actor at MBC Drama Awards (2011).
Park Shin-hye is also an influential South Korean actress and singer. She made her debut on TV with ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in 2003. Since then, she has acted in ‘Tree of Heaven’, ‘You’re Beautiful’, ‘The Heirs‘, and ‘The Doctors’. She is considered to be one of the most talented actresses of her age. She ranked 12th in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list, in 2017. She was awarded the Most Popular Actress (TV) at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards in 2011, for ‘Heartstrings’.
Among other roles, Kim Suk-hyun, the director of the musical, is played by Song Chang-eui, a South Korean actor. Chang-eui mostly works in the theatre, notably in musicals – ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and ‘Gwanghwamun Love Song’. But he has also acted in several TV dramas like ‘The Scales of Providence’ and ‘Life Is Beautiful’. So Yi-hyun is a famous South Korean actress, appearing in ‘Assorted Gems’, ‘Gloria’, ‘Cheongdam-dong Alice’, among others. She plays the dance choreographer, Jung Yoon-soo.
The series also casts Kim Yoon-hye as Han Hee-joo, Gyu-won’s rival. Besides these castmembers, the series also features Kang Min-hyuk, Shin Goo and Gi Ju-bong in other minor roles.
Heartstrings Plot: What is it about?
‘Heartstrings’ is potentially a melodrama that explores issues like love, friendship, and dreams. The first season of the series follows the multi-layered relationship of the protagonists, Lee Shin and Lee Gyu-won, in the backdrop of a performing arts institution. Lee Shin is the popular arrogant leader of the band – The Stupid, while Lee Gyu-won is a college student, majoring in Traditional Korean Music.
Both of their parents had been music paragons – Lee Shin’s father, Lee Hyun Soo, was a popular guitarist during his time, who is almost on the verge of death due to drug addiction. Gyu-won’s grandfather, Lee Dong-jin, is one of the top traditional musicians of his time, who wants to see his granddaughter come out as a traditional music prodigy.
Back at the institute, a series of misinterpretations between the two make them start on the wrong foot. Gyu-won is unable to comprehend why Lee Shin is so popular. Nonetheless, she is forced to go into one of The Stupid’s live performances, where she gets captivatingly attracted to Lee Shin.
Both of them are brought to a formal introduction when they decide to join the performance group for the approaching 100th anniversary of the University. By spending more time with each other, they fall in love with each other.
Gyu-won competes with the spoiled daughter of the Chairman, Han Hee-joo, for the role that she wanted to play in the musical, but loses to her. However, Gyu-won’s talent does not go uncharted. Fearing that her daughter might lose to Gyu-won, Hee-joo’s mother tries to defame Gyu-won. Lee Shin works with Gyu-won’s mentor, Kim Suk-hyun to clear her name.
It is established that Hee-joo is suffering from a vocal cord infection. Hence, her role is given to Gyu-won. The kind-hearted Gyu-won lets Hee-joo stand on stage, while she sings for her backstage. The media soon gets to know that it was actually Gyu-won who sang for Hee-joo and she is offered to record an album. Now, she must choose between her dream and her love.
Heartstrings Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Heartstrings’ Season 1 premiered on June 29, 2011, on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and ran till August 18, 2011. The series was produced under JS Pictures. It was received with much hype, given the popularity of Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa and was pre-sold to the Philippines, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and North America, even before its release on South Korea.
The series also procured an average 6.3% viewership rating by AGB. In spite of gaining such popularity, the producers have not yet released any news about the future of the show. We hope that Season 2 gets made, in which event, ”Heartstrings’ Season 2 will likely get a release date sometime in 2022. We will update you with more news as an when it is available.
You can check out the trailer to ‘Heartstrings’ below.
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