Starring: Jo In Sung (What Happened in Bali, A Dirty Carnival, Frozen Flower, etc.), Ko Hyun Jung (Dae Mul, Queen Seon Duk, Sandglass, etc.) Ji Jin Hee (Dong Yi, Dae Jang Geum, Love Letter, etc.)
Synopsis: An orphaned girl, Suh Jung Eun (Ko Hyun Jung), slowly comes out of her reclusive and silent shell with the help of an old childhood friend, Ko Eun Ho (Ji Jin Hee), a physician. They fall in love and promise to marry when an unexpected accident causes Eun Ho to first fall into a coma and then amnesia. During this time, Ko Eun Sup (Jo In Sung), the half-brother, befriends Jung Eun and against his better judgment falls in love with his brother’s “fiancée.” What ensues is a heart-wrenching love triangle that is complicated by the three characters’ love for one another that transcends any love they may feel for their heart’s desire.
Musings: For me, 2005 marked the year that I resumed watching my Korean dramas on a regular basis. It was also the year that marked Ko Hyun Jung’s return to the entertainment industry after over a decade’s absence (due to marriage into the famous “Samsung” family) and my first introduction to the talented Ji Jin Hee and Jo In Sung. 🙂
Now in all honesty, I didn’t watch this show in the “marathon” 2 days because I happened upon this drama while my parents were watching it on TV; my mother lured me into the show by exclaiming that Ko Eun Ho was the quintessential husband material she hopes for all her daughters. Intrigued, I plunked down to watch episode 1 and 2…and before I knew it, I was rooting for the other man. LOL
I laugh because each episode afterwards, it was a battle between my parents and me. I wanted Jung Eun to get together with Eun Sup while my parents called me “crazy” and rooted for Eun Ho. Heh…needless to say, the daughter who majored in English Literature won the battle of wills, but not before having to watch the remainder of the series in private. LOL…and on a side note, it turns out that I wasn’t the only one “fighting” with family members. A good friend of mine in Korea would delay phone calls with her husband, then stationed in Thailand on a temporary overseas business trip, just so that she could watch Spring Day without any interruptions. *chuckling softly* Yes, she, too, was rooting for Ko Eun Sup. What can I say? The noonas the world over know an adorable man when we see ’em. 😉
In any case, this is definitely one of those dramas that I cherish…despite its melodrama and love triangle. I loved it so much that I purchased my first full-priced OST because I wanted to “relive” the series through the nostalgic yet haunting music…this is not to mention the DVD box set that soon followed once I could get my hands on a copy.
If you haven’t seen it and don’t mind the “drama,” I would highly recommend this. There’s a little bit of comedy and cute moments, but for the most part, this is a straight-up DRAMA. However, once you get caught up in the “Eun Sup” spell, the 20 episodes will not seem to be enough. Just be prepared to be irritated, amused, thrilled, heartbroken, etc.
I leave you with a picture from one of my favorite scenes when Eun Sup cajoles Jung Eun into giving him a shave…heh, he’s such a scamp! Enjoy!