How is love in the 1970s different from love in 2012?
the excitement and happiness of love may be the same no matter what year it is,
the way people expressed and confessed their love in the 1970s may be strange to
those living in the fast-paced year of 2012, but can seem all the more
The drama Love Rain (Sarangbi) has set the drama world abuzz
thanks to the appearance of Jang Keun-suk (the hottest star of the Korean Wave as of 2012)
and Yoona of Girls’ Generation, who together help tell the story
of a love that transcends two different eras. What makes the drama even more
unique and entertaining are the beautiful scenes in which watercolor paintings
from the 70s are juxtaposed against refined advertisement-like graphics from
2012. Combining a classic love story with a trendy modern feel, Love Rain
depicts a timeless and unchanging love sure to set viewers’ hearts
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Directed by: Yoon Seok-ho
Screenplay by: Oh Soo-yeon
Cast: Jang Keun-suk, Yoona, Lee Mi-sook, Jung Jin-young
Seo In-ha is a university student majoring in Art in the 1970s. One
day, he comes across Yun-hui sitting on a bench outside his window and is drawn
to her beauty. He starts to paint her portrait, but looks up and finds that she
is gone. He runs outside to look for her and bumps into her, falling
head-over-heels in love. A quiet and beautiful student, Yun-hui is popular and
has many admirers, one of which is In-ha’s friend Dong-uk.
out his friend is interested in Yun-hui, In-ha tries to get her out of his mind,
but his love only grows. During a university festival, he gets hurt from trying
to save Yun-hui from a dangerous situation. Meanwhile, Yun-hui finds In-ha’s
painting of her and realizes that he has feelings for her. In-ha continues to
hide his feelings for the sake of his friend, but finally ends up confessing his
love to Yun-hui. She returns his feelings and their love continues to grow, but
one day, Yun-hui suddenly leaves for the United States to get treatment for a
serious illness and In-ha leaves for his military service.
In Japan in
2012, Jung Ha-na (Yun-hui’s daughter) goes to Hokkaido to meet her mother’s
first love and bumps into Seo Joon (In-ha’s son) at a train station. When the
two bump into each other, Ha-na’s cell phone falls into Jun’s pocket. Realizing
what happened, Ha-na starts looking for Jun in order to get her cell phone back.
Since he’s in Japan for a photo shoot, Jun ends up changing his schedule
frequently and Han-na misses him several times. When they finally meet, Jun asks
Ha-na to take him to see the Diamond Snow (a phenomenon in which snow reflected
under sunlight shines like jewels) in return for her cell phone, which she does.
Later when she returns to Seoul, Ha-na sees flyers in the street covered with
her picture. Surprised and upset, she goes to see Jun to find out if he made the
Meanwhile, In-ha is on his way to meet his son Jun and comes
across Yun-hui, his first love from nearly 32 years ago.
Seo In-ha in 1970s and Seo Jun in 2012
played by Jang Keun-suk
Seo In-ha in the 1970s is an art student who loves music, plays guitar, and
excels at musical composition. One day, he sees Yun-hui sitting outside the
window and, as if drawn by an unknown force, starts painting her portrait. As he
paints, he looks up and finds that she is gone. In-ha runs outside to find her
and bumps into her, falling hopelessly in love.
Jang Keun-suk also takes
on the role of Seo Jun as the drama fast forwards to 2012. Jun is a handsome
photographer and a player who can seduce any girl in a matter of seconds. He
refuses to believe in love since he grew up watching his father grieve the loss
of Yun-hui, causing Jun’s mother much distress. Though Jun has a very successful
career he is extremely self-centered and rude to those around him. One day, he
goes to Japan for a photo shoot and constantly bumps into Ha-na, a girl he finds
to be unpredictable.
Kim Yun-hui in the 1970s and Jung Ha-na in
2012 played by Yoona
Yoona plays Kim Yun-hui, a student in the 1970s majoring in home economics
at the same university as Seo In-ha. With her long straight hair, porcelain
skin, and big eyes, Yun-hui is adored by many of the male students on campus.
She often sits on the bench in front of the School of Art; one day she bumps
into In-ha and falls in love with him.
Yoona also play Jung Ha-na, the
daughter of Yun-hui. Jung Ha-na is a kind, optimistic, and lively girl who is
studying gardening at a Japanese college in the year 2012. She visits Hokkaido
to look for her mother’s first love, but soon loses her cell phone and meets the
Seo In-ha in 2012 played by Jung Jin-young
Jung Jin-young plays Seo In-ha, the father of Seo Jun and a professor at the
School of Art at Hankook University. Many years ago, In-ha fell into total
despair after Yun-hui suddenly went overseas and stopped contacting him. Though
he married Hye-jung and had a son, he was never able to get over Yun-hui and him
and his wife got divorced. Seo In-ha tries to lead a quiet life, just hoping
that one day he’ll be forgiven by those he hurt. One day in 2012, when he’s well
into his 50s, he comes across Yun-hui, his unforgettable first love from many
Kim Yun-hui in 2012 played by Lee Mi-sook
Lee Mi-sook plays Kim Yun-hui as she appears in 2012. Yun-hui came down with
tuberculosis when she was in university and suddenly left Korea to go to the
United States for treatment. She ended up staying in the USA and falling out of
touch with her friends. Later, she married a Korean exchange student and gave
birth to her daughter Jeong Ha-na. After her husband passed away she moved back
to Korea, raising Ha-na all by herself. For the past ten years she’s been living
in Korea working as a tree doctor at an arboretum, cherishing the memory of her
first love. One day, Yun-hui is reunited with In-ha on a rainy day much like the
day on which the two first met 32 years ago.
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Located in Daegu, Keimyung University appears as Hankook University, the
setting of the first few episodes of the drama. The Daemyeong-dong campus of the
university houses the School of Fine Arts and the School of Fashion. The campus
boasts several old and exotic buildings and has been featured in a number of
Korean dramas and movies.
Yeongju Museom Village
The Yeongju Museom Village is where In-ha of the 1970s and his friends go on
a trip to prepare for one of their performances. Surrounded by a river on three
sides, the village has been preserved as one of the nation’s top traditional
villages and is beloved for its stunning riverside views (particularly at
sunset). The single-log bridge, over which the main characters pass in the
drama, served as the only gateway into the village for approximately 350 years.
Today, the bridge has been restored to its original form.
Suncheon Open Film Set
The Suncheon Open Film Set is where the house of Yun-hui and the residential
streets of the 1970s were filmed. The film set consists of about 200 buildings
and streets recreating Korean life from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. It has been
featured in numerous Korean movies and dramas such as “Love and Ambition,” and
“East of Eden.” Located just 20 minutes away from the set is Suncheonman Bay, an ecological wetland famous worldwide.
Hongdae (Hongik University Street)
Famous for being a street of the young, Hongik University Street appears in
the episode where Ha-na looks for a room to rent and the episode in which she
finds a flyer with her picture on it. Seo Jun’s photo studio, the coffee shop,
and the hospital run by his friend are also located in this area. The Hongik
University area, known as ‘Hongdae,’ is symbolic of youthful arts and fashion
and the celebration of subcultures and freedom. With small galleries, unique
coffee shops, trendy stores, live clubs, and restaurants, Hongdae is always
bustling with people.
Jade Garden appears as the arboretum where Ha-na’s mother works in episodes
5 and 6 and again in the scene in which Ha-na and her university senior have a
talk. Located in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Province, the Jade Garden Arboretum
opened in April 2011 under the concept of a ‘small Europe in the forest.’ Jade
Garden features 24 unique gardens including an English garden, an Italian
garden, Wildflower Hill, and Sky Garden.
Konjiam Resort Arboretum
The Konjiam Resort Arboretum appears as the arboretum where Yun-hui works
(7th episode through the last) and in the episode in which Seo In-ha comes to
meet Yun-hui as well as the episode in which Seo Jun confesses his love to
Ha-na. The arboretum is home to about 20 themed gardens, a monorail, and a
visitors center and is part of the larger Konjiam Resort, a year-round resort
complete with a ski resort, condominiums, a spa, and an outdoor swimming
JKS is attending the Jisan Valley Rock Festival. For anyone who is unfamiliar with JVRF, the Jisan Valley Rock Festival is held annually at Jisan Valley Ski Resort, Icheon, South Korea on the last weekend of July. Like most music festivals, there are multiple stages and performances spanning over the course of a few days.
Performing this year will be Radiohead, the Stone Roses, Owl City, Motion City Soundtrack, Los Lonely Boys, and many more*.
JKS held a public tennis tournament prior to his departure from Japan. Around 700 eels attended the event in the blistering heat to cheer for Asia's Prince. His staff diligently updated about the event while it was happening and pictures and video can be found in various places from all the fans who captured the moment.
Hello eels! Busy week for KeunSuk wrapping up performances in Yokohama for the Cri Show II and also attending a press conference for Love Rain.
First, the Cri Show...
JKS had a very successful time in Yokohama performing for 22,000 fans in two sold out shows. He gave a great performance with Hyde from L'Arc en Ciel in attendance showing his support. His voice captivated his audience and even in such a large venue he navigated the stage with ease and confidence.