Heartstrings (TV series)

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Promotional poster for Heartstrings
Also known as You've Fallen for Me
Written by Lee Myung-sook
Directed by Pyo Min-soo
Ending theme "You've Fallen for Me" by Jung Yong-hwa
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 15 (+1 special)
Executive producer(s) Choi Hong-mi
  • Lee Jin-seok
  • Kim Yang
Running time 70 minutes
Production company(s) JS Pictures
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release June 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]


Lee Shin (Jung Yong-hwa) is a university student majoring in Western Music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of a band "The Stupid." Shin is known for his good looks, cocky personality, and strong passion for music. Everyone sees him as a cold-hearted and distant person, but he has a soft side inside him hidden away. He lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon-soo (So Yi-hyun), a dance professor at the university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Gyu-won (Park Shin-hye).

Lee Gyu-won is a jolly, bright, and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in Traditional Korean Music. She plays the gayageum. Gyu-won's grandfather, Lee Dong-jin (Shin Goo), is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations, Gyu-won immerses herself in practice and becomes a university student who knows nothing much outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of "The Stupid," she was forced to go to the band's concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him.

Yeo Joon-hee (Kang Min-hyuk) is a bumbling, shy, and ever hungry boy who doesn't act his age. He has a childlike personality, is a shaggy idiot by day, and Stupid's lead drummer by night. During one of his shaggy phases, he comes across university princess and chairman's daughter, Han Hee-joo (Kim Yoon-hye), who he immediately falls head over heels for, calling her his "Natasha." However, there are dark sides to Hee-joo's personality than his naïvete knows, and in the series, he fights between his ever-growing feelings for Hee-joo and helping his friends as she threatens their university lives.

When Gyu-won decides to join the performances 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. 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; they plot to destroy Gyu-won's image to force her to quit the performance.



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.[6] A second online contest for the international English title was held on the digital American distribution platform DramaFever, and Heartstrings won the fan poll.[7]


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[13] ABG Nationwide[14]
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%


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.[17]

It aired in the Philippines via ABS-CBN's afternoon block from January 2, 2012 to April 13, 2012 with more than 45 episodes in all.

It aired in Japan on Fuji TV beginning July 9, 2012.[18][19] 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.[20][21][22]

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


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  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (June 2, 2011). "Couple shots of Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa revealed". TenAsia. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Hong, Lucia (June 24, 2011). "CNBLUE Jung Yong-hwa says Park Shin-hye is like a member of band". TenAsia. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (June 28, 2011). "Campus romance to pull at Heartstrings". The Korea Times. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ Choi, Min-ji (August 25, 2011). "Heartstrings Jung Yong Hwa & Park Shin Hye, "Thank you for the precious times"". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Kim, Heidi (April 19, 2011). "Jung Yong-ha, Park Shin-hye drama premiere pushed back". TenAsia. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Help Name the Drama Festival". DramaFever. April 20, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 1". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 2". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 3". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  11. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST Part 4". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved August 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ "넌 내게 반했어 OST 2". Naver (in Korean). Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ TNmS ratings
  14. ^ AGB ratings
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  16. ^ "Asian Television Awards 2013 Winners List". Asian Television Awards. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ Hong, Lucia (June 24, 2011). "8 countries buy Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye series ahead of premiere". TenAsia. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ Hong, Lucia (May 16, 2012). "Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye starrer Heartstrings to air in Japan". TenAsia. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (May 17, 2012). "Japan has fallen for Jung Yong-hwa". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ Hong, Lucia (June 13, 2011). "CNBLUE's Jung Yong-hwa, Park Shin-hye to promote Heartstrings with fan meeting in Japan". TenAsia. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ Ho, Stewart (June 13, 2012). "Jung Yong Hwa, Park Shin Hye to Hold Japan Fan Meeting Ahead of Heartstrings Premiere". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  22. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (July 12, 2012). "Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye to cast Japan under their spell". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 

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