Nutshell Summary: Our couple’s romance spans twenty years. It starts when they are teens. Then 10 years later, in their twenties, they find each other again and restart their romance. Now 10 years later, the man has searched for her (Eun Dong) but cannot find her. When he hires a ghost writer to write his story, the next phase of their story begins. But there are forces working against the 3rd restart of this romance.
1. Teen romance was perfection. Eun Dong is 13 and Park Hyun Soo is 17. A rainy day is the stage for their encounter. They grow to be friends and you can see young love is in play. The actors for the kickoff of their romance were fabulous. Both actors complimented each other perfectly. One was not stronger than the other. Superb first episode of this series. The teen romance set a solid foundation.
a. Our leading man, Jr. as Park Hyun Soo, was a teenage boy that unexpectedly finds himself drawn to a young girl. There friendship blossomed into a sweet and subtle love. His absolute devastation when she exits his life was heartfelt.
b. Our leading lady, Lee Ja In as Ji Eun Dong, was superb. She managed to show a 13 year old girl’s crush that developed to friendship then to a viable love.
2. The 20’s romance defined their love as real and committed. Eun Dong is 23 and Park Hyun Soo is 27. A rainy day is the stage for their encounter. The writer is smart to have rainy days encompass the start/stop moments in their relationship. These actors were physically different from the teen romance actors and it took a moment to adjust. Once they got on solid footing, I was rooting for this young couple.
a. Our leading man, Baek Sung Hyun as Park Hyun Soo, had faithfully looked for her for 10 years. He didn’t know (nor do we the viewer until later in the series), that she faithfully looked for him for 10 years. I liked that Hyun Soo was willing to court her even though she was dating another guy. His earnest desire to be an actor to find her was sweet.
b. Our leading lady, Yoon So Hee as Ji Eun Dong, was able to translate toying with him a bit to confirm his feelings before revealing hers. She was concerned about imbalance in their feelings. She didn’t need to worry, he was totally smitten with her. Granted her father did not support her relationship with him. Therefore she had to be bold to keep and deepen their relationship. Bully for her.
3. The 30’s romance had major hurdles. This era of the romance was the bulk of the episodes. Each episode moved our couple forward so they did not stagnate. Eun Dong is 33 and Park Hyun Soo is 37. A rainy day is the stage when they finally mutually connect and reunite. The absolute disbelieving joy on his face was perfect. She could relish her history and see a future with the man she loved. Simply beautiful. They are an attractive couple.
a. Our leading man, Joo Jin Mo as Ji Eun Ho / Park Hyun Soo, was the lynchpin of the series. This character drove the series. His love was tinged with desperation. He did not want to wait to work through their hurdles. He was compelling and the stronger component of the couple. He had the advantage of absolute certainty in their love. She had obstacles to overcome to join him. Jin Mo embodied a man who fell in love young and could never release that love, telling himself that they would met again and be together forever. His facial expressions left no doubt what he was feeling. He cries well. Jin Mo looks fabulous in sunglasses. I enjoyed Jin Moo’s portrayal of this character.
b. Our leading lady, Kim Sa Rang as Seo Jung Eun / Ji Eun Dong, was elegant but a bit reserved. She characterized her love as stronger than his in the teen romance. That I believe. But if I find it hard to believe she loved him more in the 20’s. In their 30’s her hurdles were at times difficult to sit through as she inched closer to being fully reunited with our leading man. In the rain reunite scene and their physical moments, she was reserved where he had an all consuming love vibe. I liked this actress but I didn’t love her.
4. Bottom Line – I liked this series. The three timelines to the romance were intriguing. Each version of this couple had pluses. I loved the teen romance – perfect. I liked the 20’s romance – they could admit their love and decide to commit. There were lovely moments in the 30’s romance, the bulk of the series episodes. What I did not like about the 30’s romance, was enduring all the obstacles. I wanted them to reunite permanently and got impatient. The obstacles, primarily the second leads and her family, were selfish and undeserving. So I concentrated on our couple throughout the decades. The romance every decade was worth watching. The writer Baek Mi Kyeong penned a cross decade tale that worked. I would watch another drama from this writer. Baek Mi Kyeong previously won the script-writing Grand Prize for the drama Kang Koo’s Story.
5. Shout out to Kdrama Kisses‘ review of this show, which intrigued me to check out this series. I had no issues with the final episode. The characters were in a sticky situation and I’m fine with the writer’s subtle choices in the final episode.
6. My favorite side character was the military maid. She stole every scene she was in.
1. The 30’s romance had many obstacles to overcome before they could begin again. Memory loss, conspiracy to keep the truth from the leading lady, a husband and child, another woman that wants our leading man, friends that want his success to maintain their livelihood, were roadblocks to our couple reuniting. Not all of these obstacles seemed worthy of the time they took away from our couple.
2. The second leads were obsessive about our couple. Choi Jae Ho (Kim Tae Hoon), the husband, and Jo Seo Ryeong (Kim Yoo Ri), the wanna be girlfriend, did not want what was best for the person they loved, they only wanted them exclusive in their life. That isn’t real love. That is obsession and stifling. Jae Ho actions were especially egregious. Both second leads grated my nerves at various points in this series. While they were obstacles, they were never real contenders for lead’s love.
OST: I like this OST, the vocal are good and instrumental tracks evoke the series. There was a 4 part OST with a 17 track compilation OST. See drama wiki for all the details. My favorite vocal song was “My Heart is That Way” by Kim Tae Hyun. My favorite instrumental song was “The Promise”.
The My Love Eun Dong playlist has many of the tracks from the OST. Check it out via the link or the embedded video below.