Heartstrings (South Korean TV series)

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Heartstrings Promotional Poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Heartstrings
Also known as'You've Fallen for Me'
Written byLee Myung-sook
Directed byPyo Min-soo
StarringPark Shin-hye
Jung Yong-hwa
Ending theme"You've Fallen for Me" by Jung Yong-hwa
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes15 (+1 special)
Executive producer(s)Choi Hong-mi
  • Lee Jin-seok
  • Kim Yang
Running time70 minutes
Production company(s)JS Pictures
Original networkMunhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original releaseJune 29 (2011-06-29) – August 19, 2011 (2011-08-19)
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Heartstrings (Hangul넌 내게 반했어; RRNeon Naege Banhaesseo; lit. You've Fallen for Me) is a 2011 South Korean television series starring Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa.[1] It aired on MBC from June 29 to August 19, 2011 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 15 episodes.

Heartstrings is a youth melodrama about love, friendship and dreams, set against the backdrop of a performing arts college.[2][3][4][5] The drama reunited Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye who both starred in the TV series You're Beautiful (2009).[6]


A series of misunderstandings causes Lee Shin (Jung Yong-hwa), the cocky leader of "The Stupid" and Lee Gyu-won (Park Shin-hye), a college student majoring in Traditional Korean Music to start on the wrong foot. Gyu-won does not understand why Lee Shin is so popular, until one day she is forced to go the band's concert with her friends, who are fans of "The Stupid". There, she sees Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.

When Gyu-won decides to join the performance for the upcoming 100th anniversary performance for the university, everyone sees her potential and talent, particularly Kim Suk-hyun (Song Chang-eui), a Broadway composer-turned-music director. She competes with Han Hee-joo (Kim Yoon-hye), the spoiled daughter of the Chairman, for the role of the leading actress (but lost to her, as Hee-joo had previously bribed the judges). Lee Shin also decides to join the musical due to his crush on the dance professor, Jung Yoon-soo (So Yi-hyun), who is also the choreographer and muse of the musical. As Gyu-won and Lee Shin spend more time together, they began to fall for each other.

Fearing that Gyu-won might outshine her daughter, Hee-joo's mother schemes with Im Tae-joon (Lee Jung-heon), one of the school's administrators; and they plot to destroy Gyu-won's image to force her to quit the performance. Lee Shin works with Suk-hyun in order to clear Gyu-won's name. Meanwhile, Joon-hee (Kang Min-hyuk) struggles between his ever-growing feelings for Hee-joo and helping his friends as she threatens their university lives.

When Hee-joo is found to be suffering from vocal chord infection, Gyu-won is given the chance to replace her and go on stage. However, the kind-hearted Gyu-won chooses to let Hee-joo stand on stage instead, while she sings for her backstage. When the media found out that Gyu-won was the actual singer, she was offered a chance to go overseas to record an album. A new conflict occurs as Gyu-won is made to choose between her dreams and love.



A student majoring in Traditional Korean Music, born to a prestigious musical family. She later discovers her passion for musicals and fights to realize her dreams.
Lead singer and guitarist of "The Stupid", known for his good looks and musical talent. Perceived as cold and distant, Lee Shin harbors a soft side within him. He initially has a crush on Yoon-soo, but later falls for Gyu-won.
A famous director who earned accolades for successfully producing original musicals on Broadway. He acts as a mentor to the aspiring students.
A professional ballerina as well as dance choreographer. She was in a relationship with Suk-hyun, but broke up with him to further her studies at New York.



Drummer of "The Stupid". A sexy but innocent man who is always hungry. He falls in love with Hee-joo at first sight, and calls her "Natasha".
The Chairman's daughter. An arrogant and spoiled woman, who has a crush on Lee Shin. She sees Gyu-won as her rival, and attempts to sabotage her multiple times.
A talented singer who suffers from stage fright, but later overcomes it with encouragement from Suk-hyun.
Gyu-won's close friend, and fellow member of "The Windflowers".
  • Jang Seo-won as Lee Soo-myung
  • Lim Do-yoon as Sa-rang
  • Oh Won-bin as guitarist of "The Stupid"
  • Song Se-hyun as bassist of "The Stupid"

Family members[edit]

Gyu-won's grandfather. A strict and traditional man. He is a famous pansori master, and one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age. His biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy.
  • Seo Beom-seok as Lee Hyun-soo
Lee Shin's father. A famous guitarist who later dies from alcohol poisoning. He was Sun-ki's best friend, and stole Ji-young away from him.
Lee Shin's mother. She was a band singer and first love of Lee Sun-ki, but their relationship was opposed by Lee Dong-jin.
Gyu-won's father, who was banished from the family by Lee Dong-jin due to his love of classical piano.
Younger sister of Lee Shin. A spoiled brat who often extorts money from Lee Shin and Gyu-won. She is later shown to develop an interest for pansori, which delights Lee Dong-jin.


  • Lee Jung-heon as Im Tae-joon
Department Head. He has a crush on Yoon-soo, and favors Hee-joo due to her being the Chairman's daughter.
The owner of Catharsis, also known as Madam Gu.
  • Kim Sun-kyung as Professor Hong
  • Gi Ju-bong as University Chairman


The series initially had the working title Festival (Hangul페스티벌), until broadcaster MBC announced an online contest held from March 30 to April 10, 2011 to give it a new title. Among over 4,000 suggestions submitted to the MBC website, You've Fallen for Me (Hangul넌 내게 반했어) was chosen as the Korean title.[7] A second online contest for the international English title was held on the digital American distribution platform DramaFever, and Heartstrings won the fan poll.[8]


The Heartstrings soundtrack was released in four installments every week starting from June 29, 2011, and concluding on July 20, 2011.


Date Episode Title TNmS Nationwide[14] AGB Nationwide[15]
2011-06-29 01 An Unexpected Meeting With You 6.7% 7.6%
2011-06-30 02 That Is My World 4.9% 6.8%
2011-07-06 03 Champion 5.3% 6.6%
2011-07-07 04 Towards Tomorrow 5.4% 6.6%
2011-07-13 05 Confession 5.4% 6.2%
2011-07-14 06 With The Thought That It Must Be Forgotten 4.5% 5.6%
2011-07-20 07 Like This... Will Be Forgotten 5.7% 5.7%
2011-07-21 Special Accidentally Meeting You 4.1% 5.1%
2011-07-27 08 My Love, Cry Baby 5.9% 6.5%
2011-07-28 09 High Speed Romance 5.4% 5.0%
2011-08-03 10 Little By Little, Slowly Stepping Towards You 7.1% 7.3%
2011-08-04 11 That Place, That Time 6.7% 6.4%
2011-08-10 12 Don't Cry 5.4% 5.9%
2011-08-11 13 Emergency 6.2% 6.1%
2011-08-17 14 So Smile 5.3% 6.7%
2011-08-18 15 Let Your Dreams Soar 5.6 6.0%
Average 5.7% 6.3%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2011 MBC Drama Awards Best New Actor in a Miniseries Jung Yong-hwa Nominated
2012 Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Park Shin-hye Won
K-Drama Star Awards Hallyu Star Award Jung Yong-hwa Won[16]
2013 Asian Television Awards Best Single Drama Heartstrings Won[17]

International broadcast[edit]

Because of Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa's strong overseas fanbase from their previous drama You're Beautiful (SBS, 2009), broadcasting rights to Heartstrings were pre-sold to eight countries including the Philippines, Japan, China, Hong Kong and North America, ahead of its premiere in South Korea.[18]

It aired in the Philippines via ABS-CBN's afternoon block from January 2 to 27, 2012 with more than 20 episodes.

It aired in Japan on Fuji TV beginning July 9, 2012.[19][20] To promote the drama, a fan meeting attended by both leads, Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa, was held on July 16 at the Tokyo International Forum.[21][22][23]

It aired in the Middle East on MBC 4 beginning March 23, 2014.


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  15. ^ AGB ratings Archived June 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
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