There are no coincidences, perhaps just a series of events that lead us to our desired or undesired destinies. I Wanna Hear Your Song centers around a girl who is involved in a murder mystery that she can’t remember. Portrayed by Gugudan kpop band member Kim Se Jeong, her character Hong Yi Young is a 27 year old who got into an “accident” and lost 3 months worth of her memories. Problem is, certain people are gravitating towards her now because of the so-called accident.
I Wanna Hear Your Song is another mixed genre type of kdrama which involves romance, comedy, mystery, and suspense at the same time. I know I’ve mentioned before that they’ve been experimenting with these kinds of shows and so far, the Korean entertainment industry has been doing a good job of producing dramas with these varied elements.
Hong Yi Young is an unlucky soul with a happy-go-lucky spirit. She is a timpanist looking to be hired in an orchestra and is an insomniac. She’s failed numerous times on several auditions but still carries a positive attitude that she’ll just have to work harder to achieve her dreams. A stark aspect of her character is that she has a difficult time falling asleep. She meets someone in a convenience store a couple of times and reluctantly takes his offer to help her sleep at night for a fee. I’m not sure if her difficulty dozing off happened before or after the accident but maybe it’s her brain’s way of suppressing the traumatic memories that she can’t remember.
Enter Jang Yoon, (Played by Yeon Woo Jin), a seemingly oddball who saves Yi Young from getting hit by a car and brings to her a hospital when she was drunk one night. He pops out in her life at various situations, I’m guessing not by chance, and sings to her in a tone deaf voice that helps her sleep at night. Apparently, he is also a great pianist who just so happens to get recruited in the same orchestra (Shinyoung Philharmonic) as Yi Young.
I’ve only watched 2 of his many kdramas (Marriage, Not Dating and Queen for 7 Days) and this is by far his most versatile role. He’s a layered character, as shown in flashbacks, it seems like someone he cared about died in the accident. He has a menacing vibe to him but he can also be kind and aloof when he needs to be. I’m not sure if he’s purely a good guy here but we’ll have to wait and see how his character plays out.
There’s also a violinist named Ha Eun Joo who slept with Yi Young’s now ex-boyfriend and is currently sleeping with the new conductor of the orchestra, Nam Joo Wan. She accuses him of liking Yi Young ever since the accident which means that he’s involved in it too. He does hold an audition to have a 2nd timpanist in the ensemble that even if Yi Young fumbled on her audition, he still hired her. Whether that’s a twisted way of feeling guilty to someone or keeping your enemies closer, Nam Joo Wan is also a very cryptic character for now.
I do feel though that Joo Wan has a different aura compared to Jang Yoon with their approaches to Yi Young. The former does have a pre-established connection with Yi Young as a senior-junior relationship and is flirty with her too. While the latter although helps her sleep with his horrid voice (haha), he is more cautious and calculated with their interaction. From what I can deduce, the accident is a murder and the killer has yet to be found. Is it Yi Young who deliriously killed someone or is Joo Wan trying to hide something much bigger? Jang Yoon is determined to get to the bottom of things!
I Wanna Hear Your Song’s plot is a mysterious melody that I’m enjoying every bit. The show’s dark yet upbeat tune with scenes switching from laughable to eerie is quite catchy. But if the song reveals anything, it’s that this tale is not of the romantic kind.