Summary: Set in the Joseon era during the Qing invasion, a love story between Lee Jang Hyun, a wandering businessman and Yoo Gil Chae, a daughter of a nobleman, blossoms. However because the whole country goes through a difficult time, the two gets separated. Yoo Gil Chae receives the news that Lee Jang Hyun died, so eventually she gets engaged to someone else.
My Dearest Trailer
Genre: Period, Romance, Melodrama
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Lee Jang Hyun
Ahn Eun Jin as Yoo Gil Chae
Lee Hak Joo as Nam Yeon Joon
Lee Da In as Kyung Eun Ae
Kim Yoon Woo as Ryang Eum
Likes: What I love most about this drama is that even though it was set during a struggling Joseon period, when it was invaded by the Qing armies, and most scenes were filmed in winter times, it’s able to convey the most important theme, and that’s the love of Jang Hyun to his Lady Gil Chae. It was always the center of it all, it defied everything including war, politics, dirty business, torture and survival on those very hostile times.
The love story. I like the playful and colourful background of how it all started. Gil Chae, one of the most beautiful noble ladies in the village, was adored by the gentlemen around her except for that one person who she wanted the most. However, he was already set to marry her best friend. That of course didn’t stop Gil Chae from trying to seduce the guy. Hence, that earned her the title fox lady, meaning like a fox, she would try hard to get the guy that he wanted. Then came Jang Hyun, a noble, businessman who had been traveling around. Jang Hyun was also good with women, but when he set his eyes on lady Gil Chae, he was captivated by her beauty and personality. But Gil Chae had only eyes on her bestfriend’s betrothed, that made it more challenging for Jang Hyun to capture her heart.
I love how this drama put so much importance to the courtship of those long-gone eras. There were lots of emphasis on strong emotions and bonds. It was slow courtship but very beautiful. You can feel the sincerity, loyalty, love and desire with simply just how they look at each other. It made me fall in love several times. It’s like reading a romance novel. Everything is described beautifully and you feel every emotion.
A powerful backdrop. The invasion of Qing, which puts Joseon into disarray, that even the Crown Prince had to leave the palace and travel to Qing to basically serve as a hostage, so Joseon could be under Qing’s control, is a very interesting and powerful backdop. Although the main topic is the romance between Gil Chae and Jang Hyun, the country’s story of politics and war under Qing’s control was very well elaborated. That actually made Jang Hyun’s character, a more interesting one, because as the story progressed into the war, he then became someone who was in the front line. A very important character who had helped the Crown Prince became more confident politically in dealing with the controlling Qing.
The sets. I love the small village where Gil Chae originally hailed. Before the invasion, the village was a representation of peace, unity and slow progress. Everyone seemed happy and contented. Very unaware of hostility and unaware of how to protect themselves. The people had to flee the village which was really a sad scene. A beautiful place where you grew up and thought would stay there until you get old. It was sad and the feeling was just so relatable.
When people had to seek refuge at the island because they thought it was the safest place, but then turned out to be not. Such a beautiful island, but when the invaders arrived it felt like a trap. Everyone was trapped there.
All the sets in this drama made me feel like I was dragged into it. It felt very real. You can feel the spring breeze when everyone was out for a picnic. You can feel the cold when they walk on the snow. You can feel the fear during the fights. You can feel the hunger when there was no enough food on the table. You can feel the desperation to survive. And above all, you can feel the desire and longing of someone, who had been separated from his beloved.
Our amazing top leads. Hands down for all the brilliant acting.
Nam Goong Min as Lee Jang Hyun – Nam Goong Min is one of my favourite kdrama actors. He’s always to fall in love with. As Jang Hyun, I would take any pairs of floral shoes he would offer 😊. I just love the character. Not so good boy, not so bad boy either. Very smart guy, well-dressed and the way he adored Lady Gil Chae, the way he would look at her, was to die for! A good sword fighter! Who doesn’t want a man who can fight when there are invaders roaming around. He knew he was reliable but not enough to the one he loved.
Ahn Eun Jin as Yoo Gil Chae – First time to see her in a drama and I would say I’m impressed. She did so well as Yoo Gil Chae. Young, conceited, outspoken, no filter-kind of lady, but then at those difficult, challenging times, she came out the strongest and bravest. I love that scene when she became a midwife because no one else could do it even her servant. She was the total survival lady. Would do anything to put food on the table.
The kiss! It was just a peck on the lips but my gosh it made me sooo giddy! Beautifully done with a romantic field with sunset setting. Such a memorable moment! And then Jang Hyun said to Lady Gil Chae, “I do not understand myself either, why is it that when I look at you my silly heart makes such a big fuss.”
Sad OST. This song makes me sad and that’s how the story of love between Jang Hyun and Gil Chae unfolded, nevertheless it’s such a heartwarming song, With My Heart! Complete OST brings you back to that time!
The Ending. I completely understand Lady Gil Chae’s last moment’s decision to choose her family over Jang Hyun. I would have done the same thing as well. It’s sad, but I’m not losing hope for this two though.
The good news is we’re getting a second season and I can’t wait any further. I like the teaser. Jang Hyun seemed to have found another love interest. Let’s see how that would unfold in season 2.