Revisiting Contact Your Coronary heart: Yoon In-na and Lee Dong-wook’s candy, harmless romance looks like consolation meals


It’s not usually that Korean stars are paired collectively greater than as soon as, however Lee Dong-wook and Yoon In-na acquired their second likelihood after their romance had a considerably bittersweet ending in Guardian: The Lonely And Nice God. Lee Dong-wook performed a Grim Reaper with a troubled previous, whereas Yoon In-na performed a vivacious girl named Sunny. Because the story progresses, it seems that they had been married of their earlier lives. He was power-hungry and he or she nonetheless cherished him, which ultimately resulted in her loss of life. In her new life, each of them piece collectively their earlier connection, and at last half methods. This pairing obtained extra love than the precise lead couple, performed by Gong Yoo and Kim Go-eun, and followers had been slightly devastated that they didn’t fairly get the completely happy ending that they deserved. Effectively they kind of did. They had been reborn as strangers they usually fell in love once more with no recollections of their earlier lives. However, followers hoped for a barely much less tearful story for them.

Yoon In-na and Lee Dong-wook in Guardian (Photograph: Netflix)

After wringing followers hearts in Guardian, the 2 had been solid in Contact Your Coronary heart. The sequence didn’t have the tragic components of Guardian (fortunately) and the duo was allowed to have a extra healthful romance. There may be simply one thing candy concerning the pairing, they may not have the highly effective depth that Music Hye-kyo and Music Joong-ki had in Descendants Of The Solar, or the electrifying chemistry that Park Min-young has together with her co-stars in her workplace romances, however, the 2 simply have a slightly soulful vibe that retains the drama crusing.

There are typical, clichéd, over-the-top Okay-dramas that lack a coherent story however are nonetheless weirdly pleasant (Enterprise Proposal, What’s Mistaken With Secretary Kim). After which there are the extreme and heartfelt love tales full of significant plots (Our Beloved Summer season, Twenty 5 Twenty One), after which there are these absorbing, melodramatic thrillers the place the romance isn’t within the foreground however its presence looms over the story (It’s Okay Not To Be Okay and Flower of Evil). Contact Your Coronary heart hovers between the primary two classes; it ticks a lot of the Okay-drama tropes, however doesn’t go totally overboard with the romance. It’s like consolation meals, heat and soothing.

Workplace romances are all the time welcome in Okay-dramas, and this time, as an alternative of being the boastful CEO of an organization, Lee Dong-wook performs a slightly stiff legal professional Kwon Jung-rok, whereas Yoon In-na is a high-profile actress Oh-Jin Sim, who was caught in a scandal for no fault of her personal. To resuscitate her profession, she is obtainable a task to play a lawyer in a movie. She preps for this new alternative by working as Jung-rok’s assistant and as they navigate a minefield of circumstances, clearly, love blooms. The romance is tender, breezy and candy. By no means treacly or saccharine as one would initially concern a few romantic Okay-drama, simply very pleasant. Lee Dong-wook melds effectively into one among his uncommon non-supernatural roles, as a slightly restrained lawyer, whereas Yoon In-na is charming and candy, however after all, a damsel in misery to be saved at factors.

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A scene from Contact Your Coronary heart (Photograph: Netflix)

It’s a type of romances that you’d watch to beat the blues away, or if you happen to had been slightly depressing concerning the pairing’s ending in Guardian. The present doesn’t intend to delve into profoundly troubling issues; there’s an episode the place a stalker runs wild, however that’s only a set-up for Lee Dong-wook to exhibit his latent punching abilities and say, “Keep away from my lady.” Don’t look in too deep for a message on stalking and girls being trapped in scandals by highly effective males; there isn’t any.

There are a number of candy moments scattered like gems in a cake by way of the present, together with Jung-rok gifting her a stuffed hedgehog, or after they view stars by way of a telescope, or simply cooking collectively. In fact, real love by no means does run easy, and the 2 hit a tough patch of their relationship, and in true Roman Vacation fashion, the hero ‘decides to let her return to her world’. You realize they’ll clearly find yourself collectively, however it’s nonetheless slightly distressing to see Jung-rok attempting to restrain his tears on the bus cease and at last breaking down after seeing her poster. However, they discover their approach again to one another shortly, and all’s effectively that ends effectively.

It’s in all probability an excessive amount of to hope to see Lee Dong-wook and Yoon In-na in one other present once more, so at this level solely rewatching Guardian and Contact Your Coronary heart can tide us over the blues.


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