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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Sound of Your Heart" (TV Version) Episode 1

2016/12/09 | 1887 views | Permalink

For technical reasons quite beyond me, "The Sound of Your Heart" has ceased being a web drama and is now being aired in repackaged form on late night Korean television. The first episode comprises what would be eight webtoon episodes. Aside from editing differences, the first, second, seventh and eighth episodes are more or less the same. The introduction to Seok, his idiot family, and Ae-bong- are largely unchanged. The new stories focus more on characterization than comedic situations.

To excellent effect, as expected. Take the exploration of Cheol-wang's tendency to take on new jobs at random based on whoever will give him money. This employment history, coupled with Cheol-wang's other tendency to act like an idiot, causes him to not realize how other people see him. What ensues is a bizarre sequence throughout Seoul where Cheol-wang terrifies nearly everyone he meets in his attempts to go back home- all because he overslept.

Seok's adventures after a disastrous bathroom situation go little better. On the one end I pity him, and yet at the same time, Seok really does manage to pick the worst possible way out of the situation. But whether the criminal here is Seok or his father, it all boils down to the same thing. Even if they're not necessarily entirely responsible for their own dire situation, these two really do manage to come up with the worst possible solutions.

The final new section concerns Seok's abortive decision to lock himself in the closet. Again, what may have seemed initially justified by circumstance quickly grows out of control as Seok simply decides to live by other people's assumptions rather than explain what's going on. The comedy is further enhanced by excellent blocking, detailing the increasingly comical ways Seok has to avoid detection until finally, inevitably, another member of the household realizes what's going on and there's a reckoning.

As for the sections I'd already seen, well, they're still funny. Surprisingly funny considering I knew what was coming. Once again I relished waiting the entire minute necessary for Seok's meeting with Ae-bong to continue. Another factor worth mentioning- that bizarre interpretation of Prince Sado was in fact a recontextualization of "Cheese in the Trap". Somehow. Every time I try to peel a layer off "The Sound of Your Heart", it just gets weirder and weirder the more I look at it. Imagine. Depth in a comedy that overuses toilet humor.

Review by William Schwartz

"The Sound of Your Heart" is directed by Ha Byeong-hoo, written by Kim Yeon-ji, Kwon Hye-jo, Lee Byeong-hoon-II and features Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Dae-myung, Jung So-min, Kim Byung-ok and Kim Mi-kyung.

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