KDrama: Beethoven Virus (베토벤 바이러스)
Posted November 14, 2008on:
Best drama I’ve seen in a VERY long time! And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Look at the high viewership.
If you are fan of classical music, this drama is to die for! If you like it just fine, you will love the drama and become a fan of classical music. If classical music doesn’t absolute disgust you, watch this drama!
Now that I’ve advertised this drama. Here’s why I love it and been watching it none stop since last night. (Already on episode 10!!)
The female lead is lovable and not in a love/hate kind of way. The male leads… I can’t seem to figure out if the male lead is the intolerable and occasionally soft-hearted orchestra director or the sweet and talented musical genius. Well, the male leads are attractive in their own way despite their huge age gap and difference in personalities.
All the other supporting characters are interesting in their own way and they fill each episode with little stories that really touches the heart.
Ultimately, I love the music the most. I am personally very passionate about music, classical or not, and each episode of Beethoven Virus contains a mini-concert. Whether it’s an actual concert in episode 4 or scenes set during the orchestra’s rehearsal, the quality of music is up to par. There was one piece in episode 4 that featured a cello solo that I replayed over and over. It’s that good!
I’m not a classical music fanatic. Usually I despise orchestra concerts. But classical music in small doses does amazing things to the soul. It can be uplifting and sweetly sorrowful. Couple that with decent acting and a fast paced plot line, Beethoven Virus is a must watch.
English subs: Crunchyroll
Genre: Romance, drama, comedy
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2008-Sep-10 to 2008-Nov-12
Air time: Wednesday & Thursdays 21:55
Kang Gun Woo is an orchestra conductor in his 40’s. He is an elite workaholic conductor who has a very bad reputation. He is known as someone who will do absolutely anything in order to create the very best music. However, due to his self-righteous and stubborn personality he thinks that only his thoughts are correct which makes him unable to form good relationships with those around him. He meets Du Ru Mi, a violinist, and a trumpet player who has the same name as him, and together they form a love triangle.
Kim Myung Min as Kang Gun Woo / Kang Ma Eh (Conductor)
Lee Ji Ah as Du Ru Mi (Violin)
Jang Geun Suk as Kang Gun Woo (Trumpet)
Lee Soon Jae as Kim Gab Yong (Oboe)
Hyun Jyu Ni as Ha Yi Deun (Flute)
Song Ok Sook as Jung Hee Yun (Cello)
Park Chul Min as Bae Yong Gi (Trumpet)
Jung Suk Yong as Park Hyuk Kwon (Double Bass)
Lee Bong Gyu as Park Jin Man
Kim Young Min as Jung Myung Hwan
Jo Se Eun as Kim Joo Yeon
Park Eun Joo as Kim Joo Hee
Jung Suk Yong as Park Hyuk Kwon
Lee Han Wie as Kang Chun Bae
Park Kil Soo as Kim Kye Jang
Hwang Young Hee as Hyuk Kwon Cheo