Love Rain (2012) Review by ChellyWood

This is, by far, my favorite Korean drama so far, of all the ones I've watched and adored. It unfolds in two parts: the first part is historical, taking place in the early '70s, and the second part has a modern setting.

Blurb: When Seo In-ha (played by Jang Geun-suk) and Kim Yoon-hee (played by Im Yoona) meet at college in the 1970's, they're both too shy to tell each other their true feelings. I don't want to give you any spoilers as to how things go down between these two... Let's just say that their romance is beautiful to witness, but tragic events tear them apart.
In the second half of the tale, the children of Seo In-ha and Kim Yoon-hee meet each other, but the house of cards that was once their parents' college love affair creates a complicated mess of comedy and tragedy. The comedy is roll-on-the-floor hilarious; the tragedy grips your heart and drags you into a dark corner to weep!

Review: Let me first say that I aspire to have the kind of talent Oh Soo-yeon demonstrated when writing this beautiful screenplay. On top of that, JKS (Jang Geun-suk) and Im Yoona were inspirational in this beautiful, elegant film. According to Wikipedia, it won four KBS Drama Awards, but I think it's worthy of so much more-- the Cannes Film Festival, Oscars, and every accolade I can think of. It's captivating, artistic in its cinemascope, and positively unforgetable. The soundtrack tugs at your heart as well.

Actors: Jang Geun-suk demonstrated that he can be far more than a character actor in this film. His range of acting skills blows my mind. Im Yoona also played two very different personalities in the movie: Kim Yoon-hee who's sad, shy, and humble, versus Hana, who's cheerful, silly, and confident. Wow. I can't even imagine how challenging this must have been, to portray such different personalities.
There was a bit-part actor in this film, named Oh Seung-yoon, who piqued my curiosity. I looked for more information on him online and was able to find very little. He played a photographer's assistant, and his cheerful smile lit up the screen in all of his shots. I'm curious about his acting skills. Can he play serious roles? Will we see him as a leading man in future films? He has a very pleasant face, and his expressions offered the audience a look into the mind of his character without having said much. He may be an actor to watch for, in the starring role of future dramas.

Recommendations: This show is suitable for ages 12 and up. Children younger than that wouldn't find anything terribly offensive in the film, but the kissing scenes can be a little intense (review my YouTube link below to see what I mean). And quite frankly, I don't think children younger than 12 will understand the plot, the historical references, or the social controversies explored in this film. It's far too romantic for kids younger than 12 to enjoy. There are also some subtle references to sexual behaviors.

Biggest Drawback: I loved this film so much, that I'm really racking my brain to come up with drawbacks. I guess my biggest disappointment was that I'd like to own this film, but it's quite expensive on Amazon.

Rating: (*) (*) (*) (*) (*) Five Stars (worth owning)

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