Drama Review: Beethoven Virus

Beethoven Virus

Korean drama
Episodes: 18
Year: 2009


Kim Myung Min as Kang Gun Woo / Kang Ma Eh (conductor) - also in White Tower
Lee Ji Ah as Du Ru Mi (Violin) - also in The Legend
Jang Geuk Suk as Kang Gun Woo (trumpet) - also in You're beautiful

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)

Classical music, Romance, Genius, Friends,


Kang Gun Woo is a famous maestro who's also know as the orchestra killer. He can't stick to an orchestra for longer than six months due to his very high expectations. But his arrogant and self righteous attitude won't help either... Du Ru Mi has to start up a new orchestra 'cause of the old one dissolving, and let Kang Gun Woo just be the conductor that Du Ru Mi has found to be the new maestro. He gets the shock of his life when he sees what kind of people are in his new orchestra, violist Du Ru Mi who might loose her hearing, trumpeter Kang Gun Woo (the good one) who turns out to be a musical genius, a house-wife, a senile old man, school girls, men who plays at cabarets, pop violist, ... With their obvious differences, Kang Gun Woo makes the orchestra's life a living hell, but on their journey, full of love for music and hope, even Kang Gun Woo has learned some new things about life...
and do I see there little bits of romance?

What do I think?

Mind you, I watched this with a gigantic pause. I started watching in June, than my summervacation came (and I don't watch any anime/drama during my vacation, I know, weird hu :D) and in October I started watching it again, which gives maybe a other view as when I watched the series in 1 month.
But nevertheless; this is one of my favourite K-drama's so far.
I love the way they combine lot's of different story lines. In most drama's I see 1 main story line and 1 smaller one but here you have the main story line, plus 4 smaller storylines.
I only know one other drama that counters the classical music scene, which is one of my favourite Japanese drama: Nodame Cantabile. If you know this series, Beethoven Virus is a bit like this Nodame only a lot less crazy. Beethoven virus focuses less on the music but more on the relations between people.
And I have yet another actor-crush ... I LOVED Kim Myung Min as Kang Gun Woo (the bad one), at first you hate him, than you start to love them and than hate - love - and in the end you don't know what you must feel for him. He did a marvelous performances as the eccentric, self-centered conductor. Another one of my favourite actress was Hyun Jyu Ni, playing Ha Yi Deun.
I really liked the way they handled the music in the series, through-out the rehearsals and the dialogues.
One of my favourite classical songs from this series is Faures Pavane from but in the version of Gun Woo (the good one).
This drama has given me some "awww", "How could you?", "Go on!!! Get her!!!!" and "teary eyes" moments.
When you love drama with romance, friendship or don't know what to watch, I'd say watch this one! You don't even have to like classical music, but I bet when you finished this, you'll love it ;)

In one sentence
The good one ... or the bad one?

Riechan's values:

Music: 10/10
Acting: 9/10
Story: 9/10

Happy wappy: 10/10
Fight: 2/10
Blood and Gore: 0 /10
Tears: 7/10


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