I thought my journey with Can You Hear My Heart? (2011) was over some months back. I even tweeted “best ending ever” as soon as I was done with the final episode.
But this morning as I was brushing my teeth (must be a magic toothpaste I’m using since I tend to get most of my
harebrained bloggy inspiration this way), a little bird outside the window told me that I still had unfinished CYHMH business. Did I not sense (especially in the last two days) that some TP readers want to (need to!) talk some more about this gem that’s a shoo-in for best drama of the year? Because there’s still so much that needs to be said!
For starters, we have Bromance No. 1.
Bromance No. 2.
And Bromance No. 3.
We even have a bromance triangle, good grief!
Of course we have the sweetest pairing since… Okay, there’s simply no comparison. Best OTP ever!
They were always meant to be together.
Her mom and dad, too. Look at how smitten he was…
…and how broken he became when she left.
Good bye, Mommy.
(Damn you, little bird. The next time you drop an idea, warn me about the consequences. I’m out of tissues, drat!)
I believe we are all in agreement that this mom and grandma rocks. Here she is cracking everyone up with her “this is how you deliver a baby” reenactment.
Even when she’s cranky she’s still a lamb.
She’s the soul of Can You Hear My Heart, always reaching out to gather her children and grandchildren close to her.
We love you so much, Halmoni.
Although if it comes down to the wire, I confess I just might love Halmoni’s son a teeny-weeny bit more. Look at the joy on his face when his long-lost Ma-roo finally comes home to visit.
Ah, Young-gyu’s gentle heart. To have a father like him! And a son, too. Has there ever been a son in a kdrama who adored his mom as much as our Young-gyu adores his? He must think she hangs the moon in the sky.
Can You Hear My Heart is hands down the best acting by Jung Bo-seok. That’s saying a lot, you know, since this thespian nails every role he’s given.
As for Lee Hye-young, whether you think she’s been typecast or not, you can’t deny she’s mesmerizing to watch.
Her all-consuming love for her son Dong-joo…
…and that twisted combination of affection and aversion where Joon-ha is concerned.
A pause here as we drink in the cinematography in this expertly directed drama.
One more, for good measure.
The colors are so pretty they blow me away, like many things else in this drama.
I mean, just look at the interplay of light and shadow in this scene.
I’m sure you’ll have plenty to say about the guy’s expression as he stares at his father, don’t you? In fact, were the drama a college textbook, I bet there’ll be a slew of term papers on The Characterization of Bong Ma-roo!
Is he to be pitied or vilified? Did you root for him, weep for him, or did your blood boil as you watched how he tried to hurt the last people in the world that he should hurt?
Namgoong Min’s amazing, amazing acting. Oh, we’ll have lots to say about that for sure.
And about his brother, keke. Ah heart, be still.
Dear Dong-joo. Except for that one time when you went up a hill and came back down with an unbecoming hairdo (who cut your hair up there, eh? Woo-ri?), there’s hardly a misstep in what you do. We pronounce both your character and complexion to be practically perfect!
You’re the sweetest boyfriend. You listen so attentively… even though you can’t hear.
You have the most adorable smile. Little things crack you up.
You care deeply. You forgive easily. Like your future father-in-law, you are gentle and compassionate.
All right. Let’s not focus so much on the two brothers that we forget to talk about Bong Woo-ri.
Giggly Woo-ri. I love how playful she is with our beloved grandma, and how she intuitively knows how to read and care for her.
Yes, let’s talk about that mushroom hairdo. You know you wanna.
Go ahead and wax lyrical about Lee Kyu-han’s abs, too.
This guy is just the best pal a girl can have.
His dad is pretty awesome as well.
Everyone is, actually! You’ve got to hand it to whoever did the casting. Jackpot!
We love the catfights.
We love when they kiss and make up, bwahaha.
And boy, are we relieved when a rival quickly realizes Dong-joo’s the kind who will never waver when it comes to LURVE.
Who knew when the drama started that a small-town story would take us on such a roller-coaster ride of emotions? I didn’t.
We cried; we laughed and cheered; we fell in love.
This thread is for you, Can You Hear My Heart fans. You know who you are.
Gush away. Talk at length about a character. Debate if you must; we love diverse opinions! Post a review if you feel inspired. Or ask me for more CYHMH screencaps (I have about 3,000, no kidding). Don’t hold back!