Love Rain

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Love Rain
Poster of the Love Rain.jpg
Promotional poster for Love Rain
Also known asLove Rides the Rain
GenreRomance, Melodrama
Created byOh Soo-yeon
Directed byYoon Seok-ho
StarringIm Yoon-ah
Jang Keun-suk
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production location(s)South Korea
Hokkaido, Japan
Running time60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)Yoon's Color
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original releaseMarch 26 (2012-03-26) –
May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)
Preceded byDream High 2
Followed byBig
External links
Love Rain
Revised RomanizationSarangbi

Love Rain (Korean사랑비; RRSarangbi) is a 2012 South Korean television series directed by Yoon Seok-ho. Set in the seventies and the present day, it tells a love story over two generations, with Jang Keun-suk and Im Yoon-ah playing dual roles.[1][2][3][4][5] It aired on KBS2 from March 26 to May 29, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

Despite low viewership ratings in Korea, it was popular overseas and was the most expensive Korean drama presold to Japan in 2012.


It's love at first sight when Seo In-ha (Jang Keun-suk) and Kim Yoon-hee (Im Yoon-ah) meet as shy university students in the seventies. It takes time for the hesitant pair to finally voice their feelings, but circumstances beyond their control send them down different paths. In 2012, In-ha (Jung Jin-young) is now unhappily married to Baek Hye-jung, one of Yoon-hee's former best friends. He has never gotten over his first love, and when he runs into Yoon-hee (Lee Mi-sook) after so many years, the two reconcile and look forward to making up for lost time.[6][7]

In-ha's son Seo Joon (Jang Keun-suk) is a photographer, and he bumps into Yoon-hee's daughter Jung Ha-na (Im Yoon-ah) by chance. Unlike her mother, Ha-na is a cheerful and vivacious girl, and though they initially find each other troublesome, even as they argue, they can't help but be drawn to each other. Gradually their feelings develop, and Joon and Ha-na fall in love.[8][9]

Unaware that their children are dating each other, Seo In-ha (Jung Jin-young) and Kim Yoon-hee (Lee Mi-sook) announce that they are getting married, which will make Joon and Ha-na step-siblings. As both couples deal with the shock, Joon and Ha-na struggle with sacrificing their love for their parents' long-aborted happiness.[10][11]




Love Rain reunited director Yoon Seok-ho and screenwriter Oh Soo-yeon; they previously worked together on Autumn in My Heart and Winter Sonata a decade before.[16][17]

Jung Jin-young and Jang Keun-suk were costars in the films The Happy Life (2007) and The Case of Itaewon Homicide (2009). Im Yoon-ah and Yoo Hye-ri were costars in the television series You are My Destiny (2008) and Cinderella Man (2009).

Love Rain began filming on September 24, 2011. The first day's shooting for the '70s' era took place at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea.[18]

The drama was featured at the MIPTV, an international event for marketing and purchasing entertainment content held in Cannes, France in April 2012.[19]


Love Rain OST[20]
1."Shiny Love"  
2."Love Rain (사랑비)"Jang Keun-suk3:35
3."Because It's You (그대니까요)"Tiffany[21]3:23
4."Love Is Like Rain (사랑은 비처럼)"Na Yoon-kwon3:52
5."Again and Again (자꾸 자꾸)"Yozoh3:58
6."The Girl and I (그 애와 나랑은)"S.Jin4:02
7."First Love (첫사랑)"Kilgu3:55
8."Fate (Like a Fool) (운명 (바보처럼))"Seo In-guk3:57
9."Love Rain (사랑비) - Piano Ver."  
10."Again and Again (자꾸 자꾸) - Guitar Ver."  
11."Song of Rain"  
12."The Girl and I (그 애와 나랑은) - String Ver."  
13."Shy Confession Song (수줍은 고백송)"Milktea2:50
14."You That Resemble Rain (비를 닮은 그대)"  

Love Rain also featured non-Korean background music, such as "Verden Vil Bedras" by Sigvart Dagsland in episode 6, and "(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story" instrumentals in episodes 1 and 3. Also the song "Vem vet" by Swedish singer and songwriter Lisa Ekdahl is used several times during the series.


Love Rain received low ratings domestically, with an average of 5.1% nationwide.[22][23][24]

But due to the Korean Wave appeal of its lead stars Jang and Im, of all the Korean dramas sold abroad for 2012, Love Rain went for the highest price to Japan before it was even broadcast in Korea.[22][25][24][26] It cost ₩450 million per episode, adding up to some ₩9 billion (or US$10 million) in total.[27] It has since been exported to 12 countries in Asia and Europe including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia, and Singapore, recording around ₩115 billion in overseas sales.[28][29][30]


Episode Broadcast Date TNmS Ratings[31] AGB Ratings[32]
Nationwide Nationwide
1 March 26, 2012 6.1% 5.8%
2 March 27, 2012 6.0% 5.2%
3 April 02, 2012 4.8% 4.4%
4 April 03, 2012 5.3% 5.3%
5 April 09, 2012 5.2% 5.4%
6 April 10, 2012 6.5% 5.9%
7 April 16, 2012 5.5% 5.0%
8 April 17, 2012 6.0% 6.4%
9 April 23, 2012 4.7% 5.2%
10 April 24, 2012 5.0% 5.6%
11 April 30, 2012 4.7% 5.6%
12 May 01, 2012 4.3% 5.2%
13 May 07, 2012 4.0% 5.1%
14 May 08, 2012 4.6% 5.8%
15 May 14, 2012 4.6% 6.0%
16 May 15, 2012 4.2% 5.2%
17 May 21, 2012 4.7% 5.6%
18 May 22, 2012 4.7% 5.0%
19 May 28, 2012 5.5% 5.3%
20 May 29, 2012 5.6% 5.9%
Average 5.1% 5.4%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
7th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Actor
Jang Keun-suk
5th Korea Drama Awards
Best New Actor
Seo In-guk
KBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama
Jang Keun-suk
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama
Im Yoon-ah
Best New Actor
Seo In-guk
Netizen Award
Im Yoon-ah
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Female Drama Star
Love Rain

Plagiarism lawsuit[edit]

Egg Film, the production company behind the 2003 film The Classic filed an injunction at Seoul District Court against Yoon's Color for copyright infringement on June 6, 2012. In it, the motion sought to ban any future broadcast of Love Rain and any subsequent production and sales of the drama and its related products. Egg Film claimed that the TV series' plot and characters were too similar to the film, specifically the themes of a couple breaking up because one chose friendship over love, and years later their children falling in love with one another.[33][34]

Yoon's Color disputed the claims, stating that the themes were common to the melodrama genre, since several scenes of The Classic were also similar to Yoon Seok-ho's earlier TV dramas. They accused Egg Film of "trying to jump on the bandwagon" given the overseas success of Love Rain.[35]

International broadcast[edit]

  • United States United States - Aired on LA18 with English subtitles beginning May 21, 2013 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:35-10:30 p.m.[36]
  • Malaysia Malaysia - Aired on 8tv every Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
  • Japan Japan - First aired on KNTV beginning May 26, 2012.[37][38] Afterwards it aired on Fuji TV starting July 25, 2012 for 5 episodes a week; and August 6, 2012 on BSFuji once a week.[39]
  • Philippines Philippines - Aired on ABS-CBN every Monday to Friday at 10:15am-11am.
  • Thailand Thailand - Aired on Channel 7 beginning January 5, 2015 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:30-11:13 a.m.[40] It is also available to stream on Iflix.[41]


Love Rain was re-edited into a two-part film which screened in Japanese theaters. The first part, composed mainly of scenes set in the 1970s, was released on September 20, 2013, while the second part, which focuses on the present day, was released on October 11, 2013.[42] The film later aired on cable channel WOWOW in August 2014.[43]


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