Heartstrings (TV series)

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Heartstrings
Heartstrings Promotional Poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Heartstrings
Also known asYou've Fallen for Me
GenreRomance, Comedy, Drama
Written byLee Myung-sook
Directed byPyo Min-soo
StarringPark Shin-hye
Jung Yong-hwa
Ending theme"You've Fallen for Me" by Jung Yong-hwa
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes15 +1 special
Production
Executive producer(s)Choi Hong-mi
Producer(s)Lee Jin-seok
Kim Yang
Running time70 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)JS Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelMunhwa Broadcasting Corporation
First shown inSouth Korea
Original run29 June 2011 (2011-06-29) – 19 August 2011 (2011-08-19)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Greatest Love
Followed byCan't Lose
External links
Website
 
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Heartstrings
Heartstrings Promotional Poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Heartstrings
Also known asYou've Fallen for Me
GenreRomance, Comedy, Drama
Written byLee Myung-sook
Directed byPyo Min-soo
StarringPark Shin-hye
Jung Yong-hwa
Ending theme"You've Fallen for Me" by Jung Yong-hwa
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes15 +1 special
Production
Executive producer(s)Choi Hong-mi
Producer(s)Lee Jin-seok
Kim Yang
Running time70 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)JS Pictures
Broadcast
Original channelMunhwa Broadcasting Corporation
First shown inSouth Korea
Original run29 June 2011 (2011-06-29) – 19 August 2011 (2011-08-19)
Chronology
Preceded byThe Greatest Love
Followed byCan't Lose
External links
Website

Heartstrings (Hangul: 넌 내게 반했어; RR: Neon Naege Banhaesseo; lit. You've Fallen for Me) is a 2011 South Korean television series starring Park Shin-hye, Jung Yong-hwa, Song Chang-eui, So Yi-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk, Woori and Lee Hyun-jin.[1] It aired on MBC from June 29 to August 19, 2011 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 15 episodes. Heartstrings is a youth melodrama about love, friendship and dreams, set against the backdrop of a performing arts college.[2][3][4][5]

Plot[edit]

Lee Shin (Jung Yong-hwa) is a university student majoring in Western Music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of a band "The Stupid." Shin is known for his good looks, cocky personality, and strong passion for music. Everyone sees him as a cold-hearted and distant person, but he has a soft side inside him hidden away. He lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon-soo (So Yi-hyun), a dance professor at the university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Gyu-won (Park Shin-hye).

Lee Gyu-won is a jolly, bright, and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in Traditional Korean Music. She plays the gayageum. Gyu-won's grandfather, Lee Dong-jin (Shin Goo), is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations, Gyu-won immerses herself in practice and becomes a university student who knows nothing much outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of "The Stupid," she was forced to go to the band's concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.

Yeo Joon-hee (Kang Min-hyuk) is a bumbling, shy, and ever hungry boy who doesn't act his age. He has a childlike personality, is a shaggy idiot by day, and Stupid's lead drummer by night. During one of his shaggy phases, he comes across university princess and chairman's daughter, Han Hee-joo (Woori), who he immediately falls head over heels for, calling her his "Natasha." However, there are dark sides to Hee-joo's personality than his naïvete knows, and in the series, he fights between his ever-growing feelings for Hee-joo and helping his friends as she threatens their university lives.

When Gyu-won decides to join the performances for the upcoming 100th anniversary performance for the university, everyone sees her potential and talent, particularly Kim Suk-hyun (Song Chang-eui), a Broadway composer-turned-music director. Fearing that Gyu-won might outshine her daughter, Hee-joo's mother schemes with Im Tae-joon (Lee Jung-heon), one of the school's administrators; they plot to destroy Gyu-won's image to force her to quit the performance.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

Title[edit]

The series initially had the working title Festival (Hangul: 페스티벌), until broadcaster MBC announced an online contest held from March 30 to April 10, 2011 to give it a new title. Among over 4,000 suggestions submitted to the MBC website, You've Fallen for Me (Hangul: 넌 내게 반했어) was chosen as the Korean title.[6] A second online contest for the international English title was held on the digital American distribution platform DramaFever, and Heartstrings won the fan poll.[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

The Heartstrings soundtrack was released in four installments every week starting from June 29, 2011, and concluding on July 20, 2011.

Ratings[edit]

DateEpisodeTitleNationwideSeoul
2011-06-2901Encountering You By Accident6.7%8.8% (17th)
2011-06-3002That is My World4.9%8.3%
2011-07-0603Champion5.3%7.5%
2011-07-0704Towards Tomorrow5.4%8.7%
2011-07-1305Confession5.4%8.3%
2011-07-1406With The Thought That It Must Be Forgotten4.5%8.6%
2011-07-2007Like This... Will Be Forgotten5.7%7.9% (18th)
2011-07-2708Accidentally Meeting You (Special Episode)5.9%8.8%
2011-07-2809My Love, Cry Baby5.4%9.4%
2011-08-0310High Speed Romance7.1%8.7% (12th)
2011-08-0411Little by Little, Slowly Stepping Towards You6.7%7.7% (19th)
2011-08-1012That Place, That Time5.4%7.5%
2011-08-1113Don't Cry6.2%7.9% (18th)
2011-08-1714Fly High5.3%9.2%
2011-08-1815Smile, You5.6%8.2%
Average5.7%8.4%

Source: TNMS Media Korea

Awards[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

Because of Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa's strong overseas fanbase from their previous drama You're Beautiful (SBS, 2009), broadcasting rights to Heartstrings were pre-sold to eight countries including the Philippines, Japan, China, Hong Kong and North America, ahead of its premiere in South Korea.[15]

It aired in Japan on Fuji TV beginning July 9, 2012.[16][17] To promote the drama, a fan meeting attended by both leads, Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa, was held on July 16 at the Tokyo International Forum.[18][19][20]

It aired in the Middle East on MBC 4 beginning March 23, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hong, Lucia (4 May 2011). "Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye hold first script reading for MBC drama". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 June 2011). "Couple shots of Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa revealed". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  3. ^ Hong, Lucia (24 June 2011). "CNBLUE Jung Yong-hwa says Park Shin-hye is like a member of band". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  4. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (28 June 2011). "Campus romance to pull at Heartstrings". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  5. ^ Choi, Min-ji (25 August 2011). "Heartstrings Jung Yong Hwa & Park Shin Hye, "Thank you for the precious times"". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  6. ^ Kim, Heidi (19 April 2011). "Jung Yong-ha, Park Shin-hye drama premiere pushed back". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Help Name the Drama Festival". DramaFever. 20 April 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  8. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 1". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  9. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 2". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  10. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 3". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  11. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 4". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  12. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST 2". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  13. ^ "CNBLUE's Yonghwa and Minhyuk win at the '2012 K-Drama Star Awards'". Allkpop. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  14. ^ "Asian Television Awards 2013 Winners List". Asian Television Awards. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  15. ^ Hong, Lucia (24 June 2011). "8 countries buy Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye series ahead of premiere". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  16. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 May 2012). "Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye starrer Heartstrings to air in Japan". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  17. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (17 May 2012). "Japan has fallen for Jung Yong-hwa". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  18. ^ Hong, Lucia (13 June 2011). "CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye to promote Heartstrings with fan meeting in Japan". TenAsia. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  19. ^ Ho, Stewart (13 June 2012). "Jung Yong Hwa, Park Shin Hye to Hold Japan Fan Meeting Ahead of Heartstrings Premiere". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  20. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (12 July 2012). "Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye to cast Japan under their spell". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 

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