Nope, not another one of those!
- Jung Kyung Ho as Kang Min Ho
- Kim So Yun as Kim Soon Jung
- Yoon Hyun Min as Lee Joon Hee
- Jin Goo as Ma Dong Wook
- 16 episodes
- Original run: April 3, 2015 – May 23, 2015
Kang Min Ho’s parents past away when he was young, and his uncle takes over the company through some suspicious means. Now that Min Ho is all grown up, he is back as a cold blooded investor seeking vengance under a time crunch. He meets Kim Soon Jung, the daughter of a man he thinks betrayed his father, and his uncle’s current secretary. Through a twist of events, Min Ho receives a heart transplant from Soon Jung’s fiance, Ma Doong Wook. As a result, Min Ho’s entire personality changes and he starts to fall for his former enemy. Thrown in the mix is Lee Joon Hee, a long time admirer of Soon Jung who is not as clean as he appears.
I went into this fully expecting another one of those multiple personality dramas that are cropping up everywhere recently, trying to ride off of the fame of It’s Okay, That’s Love, but it completely surprised me in more than one way. First of all, it isn’t about mental illness (at least, not yet) which I can appreciate. A bit off tangent, but I can’t seem to get in line with all the psychological dramas that have become super popular as of late because I find them somewhat distasteful (reasons why I haven’t reviewed any of them). Why? Because I feel like they are capitalizing on the “flash” of the illnesses and are not paying respect to reality. Of course, I didn’t watch any of those shows through so maybe I am entirely wrong (and I would happily be proven so), but from what I’ve seen of them I can’t shake the feeling of them being cheap and shallow. People who actually suffer from these illnesses aren’t tokens of our fantasy, they are real people who need support and help. Anyway, those are my two cents; feel free to disagree with me and I welcome some discussion on this topic below.
Now back on track – Falling for Innocence has me falling for it pretty much immediately. All of the characters – yes, even the snobby Min Ho (we all know he will change) – has me cheering for them. I like that it isn’t just a straight forward love story and there is some revenge, scheming and mystery involved. The whole heart donation thing is a little played, but I guess there has to be some sort of dramatic device to move the story along. I haven’t gotten to that part yet, but the whole idea of Dong Wook leaving us is a bit sad because he has been just super adorable! I’m excited to see what the series has in store, and I’ve got quite a bit of catching up to do! So here, off I go!
This & That:
- Jung Kyung Ho is the son of famous PD, Jung Eul Young. He broke onto the scene as a supporting character in I’m Sorry, I Love You. He was most recently in thriller film, Manhole. In Jan. 2014 he was confirmed to have been in a relationship with Girl’s Generation’s Choi Soo Young since early 2013.
- Kim So Yeon set foot in the entertainment industry when she was 14, after entering the Miss Binggrae beauty pagent without her parents’ approval. After a period of low tide in the 2000s, she returned to popularity with big productions such as Iris and Prosecutor Princess. She was most recently in I Need Romance 3.
- Yoon Hyun Min was one of the only lovable characters in Discovery of Love. He used to be a professional baseball player but has since made the transition into full time acting in a series of supporting roles. He was even nominated for KBS Drama Awards’ Best New Actor for his work in Inspiring Generation and the aforementioned drama.
- Jin Goo is best known for his character in Mother, for which he collected Best Supporting Actor in both Grand Bell Awards and Blue Dragon Film Awards. In September 21 of last year, he married his long time non-celebrity girlfriend.