Title: Dream High (드림하이)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy, School
Broadcast Period: Jan. 3, 2011 - Feb. 28, 2011
Dream High tells the story of six students at Kirin Art High School who work to achieve their dreams of becoming music stars in the Korean music industry.
Go Hye Mi is a student who had majored in classical music but has to give up her dream by entering Kirin Art High School to pay off her father's debt. However, she needs to get two other students to also come to the school in order for her to enroll in the school conditionally. These two students are Song Sam Dong, who lives in the countryside, and Jin Guk, whom she accidentally meets while trying to escape from a loan shark. Yoon Baek Hee, formerly Hyemi's sidekick, becomes her rival in school because Hye Mi betrays her during an audition to enter the school.
First Few Episodes:
Knowing that this drama was produced by JYP and Bae Yong Joon, I was expecting much from it, but unfortunately the first 5 episodes failed me.
I have seen a lot of dramas and I have to say that the first few episodes are always the judging point. They should be able to get you hooked and glued. But with this drama, I have to be honest that I was struggling. If it wasn't for TaecYeon (which was the primary reason I watched this) then I would have stopped watching.
The story is good and the concept is fresh but they slacked in making the first few episodes creative. So, if you are planning to watch this then you better prepare yourself to get bored at first.
If you are into K-Pop and you follow Korean bands and singers then this drama is definitely for you. Some people do, but I actually don't mind that they didn't get actors rather singers for the drama. I think that was the whole point of it. Having these K-Pop stars act in this drama is basically the highlight.
The showcases, performances and some K-Pop song covers are also what you should look out for.
Kim Pil Sook's (IU) transformation is also another highlight. She was a talented but fat student who was bullied. She then decides to loose weight in 200 days because she likes Jason (Woo Young) but he sees her as a friend.
Teen age stage is where you'll experience first love. In this drama, there were a couple of pairs that were quite interesting. Their stories were not heavy or draggy.
And the most exciting part about this is the OST. The songs are good and encouraging. You'll find yourself singing the song over and over once you watch this.
Another thing to look forward to is the "Flash Mob" in episode 16. I thought it was so cool and there were even cameo appearances by 2Am and MissA.
What I like about it:
This story is about realizing your dreams and making your ways to achieve it. You may encounter struggles along the way but you will later realize that those will actually make you stronger.
I like that the story is light and though you are not a student anymore or an aspiring singer, you'll get moral lessons from it,too.
Song Sam Dong is just so adorable. When I first saw him wearing that trashy costume, I didn't think he was funny. I thought "Oh, this guy is hot. He just needs to cut his hair." And then I think, Hye Mi heard me so he gave him a make over.
And he looked more handsome when he cut his hair shorter and pierced his ear.
I didn't know IU was so cute until I watched Dream High. She played the role of Pil Sook well and I think there couldn't be any actress fit for the role other than her.
I like the adorable "Milk" couple Kim Pil Sook and Jason. Unlike Sam Dong. Hye Mi, Jin Guk and Baek Hee who had complicated relationships, the sushi couple were always cute! I comfortably sit while watching but I always pay close attention every time the couple is in the scene. They didn't have heavy and dramatic scenes which I think was good. They were the breath of fresh air in this drama. I totally fell in love with them.
Their teachers were also inspiring. If I had teachers like them when I was in high-school then I'm sure I would have been a singer,too. You can really feel their passion and their love for their students.
I thought Teacher Kang wasn't going to be successful in molding the kids since he looked like an underdog. But his style is not fierce. He uses positive reinforcement in dealing with his students and that's the reason why they love him so much.
Teacher Shi seemed liked a bad person at first, especially because she likes wearing black outfits. (lol, that was kind of a lame reason to judge someone, huh?) Since Baek Hee became bad, I thought Teacher Shi was going to make her even more bad. But I was wrong. I like that Teacher Shi always sticks to what is good and righteous to do, no matter who does it.
And what I like most about this story is Taecyeon! ^__^ His acting was really good. If I didn't know he was a member of 2PM, I would think he was a real actor and not a singer.
And should I mention that he is so hot! I'm totally being bias here. ^__^
What I don't like about it:
The beginning was boring. I didn't feel the story until episode 5. I wanted to fast forward the entire episode and I wasn't really into it until episode 5 where they performed SNSD's "Genie".
The reason why I watched this was Taecyeon but I came to hate him a little when he sung with Baek Hee on the showcase and totally neglected his group. He promised Hye Mi that he wanted he to be the first person he goes on the stage with but he didn't keep that promise. And for me, for whatever reason may come, a promise is always a promise.Also, if you have seen this drama already, did you also wonder why Taecyeon didn't appear in episode 11? If you'll count the minutes of his appearances, I think it would just sum up to 5 minutes or less. (lol) It's something that I don't like because I really like seeing him on my screen! ^__^
I hope readers don't mind if I compare this to New Moon. Some of you may have liked New Moon but I didn't. So I am putting this point under the scenes that I didn't like. Remember when Jin Gook debuted and was gone for half a year due to his tight schedule? That was the time when Hye Mi and Sam Dong got closer. They were the best of friends but then Jin Gook came back. That scene totally reminded me of New Moon. So, Edward left Bella...Bella got real close with Jacob..then Edward enters the scene again to get Bella's heart back from Jacob...Jacob is devastated and heart broken. That's how I felt watching the scene. It's not that I didn't like Jin Gook coming back to his friends, I just didn't like that it reminded me of the vampire story.Some memorable lines:
"Truthfully, whether these students have potential... I don't have the answer. But of one thing I'm certain. That these students, more than anyone here, want to fly... because they love the stage like crazy, because their dream is so beautiful, they believe that their road is a happy one. Telling them not to start because they might get hurt...is cruel, is it not? I think loving something like crazy is potential. I saw the potential today. So trusting that potential, I want to tell them to start. And to make sure the road is happy, I'm going to put my full strength behind them." -Teacher Kang Oh Hyuk
"I'm sorry for not taking your dream seriously. Once I had a dream of my own, I realized...that there are no dreams that should be laughed at in this world." -Jin Gook
"Your drama has a long way to go before it's over. So don't force yourself to go quickly. If you go slowly, you can see a lot more, in more detail, than the people who go quickly. If you ask me who would grow more between those two, I'd say it's the one who goes slowly and sees a lot." -Teacher Lang Oh Hyuk
"It's not just the song you want to sing, but it is the song you want others to listen to." -Teacher Kang Oh Hyuk
"Mother, you lied to me. You said that the heavens would only give me hardship I can handle. But that must not be true for me. The hardship I'm facing is unbearably heavy, and cruel. Mother, I've barely started but I think I have to say farewell to my dreams. What am I supposed to do now?"-Song Sam Dong
"Do you know what it means to become an adult? It means there's less and less to smile about. So we'll have to smile even more, even if we have to force it." -Song Sam Dong
"To be able to wear the crown, yo have to be able to bear its weight."- Teacher Shi Kyung Jin
"Emotions...aren't something that can change by forcing it." -Jin Gook
"I'm not going! From the beginning, you were music to me, and the music was you. That's why I came this far. If you're not there, there is no music." -Song Sam Dong
"Don't you think it interesting that every time you meet a person, you can't predict whether this person will become your enemy or your friend? I think that is why all encounters make your heart flutter."-Song Sam Dong
"They say that there are two types of happiness. One is a happiness that you realize after the fact and the other is a happiness you feel in the moment. That happiness you feel in the moment is so precious that they say the memories of this kind of happiness can stay with you and enlighten your life. Maybe we'll go on remembering this moment today, like that kind of happiness...that we can remember for the rest of our lives, the moment when we shined." -Jin Gook
I am 8 months behind watching this drama. The first reason why I didn't watch this drama was because I don't really like musicals. (Because I can't sing so I am bitter! ha ha!) Another point was because I think it was overrated. Just because there are famous stars in a drama doesn't make it any good. Well, that's what I thought and they proved me wrong. They gave justice to the drama and I think they did a very good job.
It may be a little spoiler but I actually liked that Hye Mi ended up with Sam Dong! ^__^
(Am I weird for being like this? Because most people didn't like the ending of 49days but I loved it. And some of you may have liked Hye Mi and TaeYeon to end up together. But I like that it was Hye Min and Sam Dong at the end.)
If there's a drama that I watch, my personal basis if it's good is when I am only halfway watching it and I already whisper to myself "I am going to watch this again!". There were a lot of dramas that I didn't bother watching again just because I thought it was senseless to do so. But this drama is different. I was in episode 10 when I felt the urge to watch it again. And now, I am currently on my second run. :)
Rating & Recommendation:
All in all I am giving this drama 4/5.
I definitely recommend this to people who have hopes and dreams but are struggling and loosing hope. If you are into K-Pop and you follow the stars then this is a must see drama. If you are also an aspiring singer/artist then I highly recommend Dream High!
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