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Unnie Recommends: I Wanna Hear Your Song

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.

Current Impression

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.

Unnie Watch: Strongest Deliveryman

Anyeong! 🙂 Backtracking on my posts, I realized that I’ve been recommending kdramas that are only currently airing in TV today. I’ve decided to start a new segment, “Unnie Watch”, as a way to honor previous korean dramas that I found interesting and enjoyable to watch. It’s nice to be updated with the latest shows but I also want people to explore and discover any kdrama, may it be past or present, that are worth the watch.

Let me start by recommending “Strongest Deliveryman”, a korean drama released around August 2017 starring Ko Gyung Pyo (curly hair guy in the poster) and rising star Chae Soo Bin. This was a refreshing kdrama as the main plot/theme revolved around the lives of Korea’s deliverymen (and woman!) on how they go about their jobs and how their daily life looks like. Although the plot probably isn’t a 100% accurate representation of this occupation, Strongest Deliveryman indeed delivered in terms of its heartwarming scenes, comedic moments, and romantic leads.

It was the actor’s first leading role after starring as the second lead in other shows and I couldn’t have imagined someone else play the role of Kang Soo. Fiercely loyal, smart, and maybe just unrealistically kindhearted, his character was portrayed with positivity and a penchant for doing the right thing in a situation. He never sticks around at a job for too long, constantly moving around because he is searching for his mother. Along the way, he meets Lee Dan A, a competent and confident delivery woman who is saving up every cent of her pay to study English and eventually work abroad. They don’t initially get along as Kang Soo gets a job at Dan A’s working place but she eventually warms up to him as he helps her earn money to pay off a debt. 

This kdrama also has a strong supporting cast that made the show extra fun to watch. The daughter of a food conglomerate (Won Hee) who harbors a crush towards Kang Soo, the son of a rich family (Jin Gyu) who needs to prove his worth to his family and to himself, the gangster owner (Dong Soo) and his feisty sort of girlfriend (Soon Ae) of the jajangmyun shop where Kang Soo works at, and the gang of deliverymen who Kang Soo forms a great friendship with. 

Strongest Deliveryman is a romantic comedy but wasn’t afraid to get into tear jerking topics with family issues plaguing the main characters. The culmination of this kdrama comes when Kang Soo helps the neighborhood he works at by creating his own delivery service company, appropriately called Strongest Deliveryman, with the help of his friends to combat the monopoly of a food company threatening to bankrupt its surrounding mom and pop restaurants. The romance between the two had its “aww” moments and the dynamics of the cast with their antics and mischiefs really made the show far from boring. They made the lead male’s character the anchor of the show– he was the one who had solutions to problems and didn’t seem fazed when the odds were stacked against them. But when he needed the support of someone when he was feeling down, I was happy that Dan A was able to show her support and belief in him.

Please make room for Strongest Deliveryman on your must watch list! It will definitely deliver in terms of quality and worth the watch criteria for any korean drama fan 🙂