Endless Love Series: Summer Scent (Korean Drama 2003)


Three years ago Min Woo lost his first love in a tragic accident. As he struggles on with life he meets Hae Won who reminds him of his lost love but is racked with emotion and confusion as his feelings for his deceased lover and Hae Won intertwine. Unbeknownst to the florist Hae Won she has received her heart transplant and a second chance at life from Min Woo’s first love. When the two cross paths, Hae Won notices her unusual heartbeat. Nobody knew if it was the first owner of the heart who remembers and beats strong for its lost love Min Woo.

As Hae Won starts falling in love with Min Woo soon the conflict erupts between the lovely florist and her fiance Jung Jae.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist


Words from Me:

Another melancholic Kdrama series starring Song Seung-heon of Autumn Tale along with Son Ye-jin. This drama is about a transplanted heart beating for someone due to the unknown which eventually is answered as love. And this is where the melodrama bites in!

Summer scent is the third installment of Endless Love Series, right next to Winter Sonata. As to why the director chose Song Seung-hun to act as the main lead again since he already acted in Autum Tale the first installment of Endless Love Series, I have no idea but the series was lighter than the preceding installments. Watching the drama was a bit refreshing due to the fact of a new setting, much lighter mood on the actors and an easier plot line. Not that having a transplanted heart beating wildly for someone is not a weird story line… but still, it’s easier to get why it’s a light watch once the comparison is made from the first two drama series.

So to make a simple summary without too much spoiler: the lead guy has a dead girl friend, dead girl friend’s heart was donated to the leading woman in which the leading man eventually falls for.

It’s kind of a far fetched conflict, but if this would rock anyone’s boat, be my guest. We all know that an internal organ has nothing to do with falling in love. If I donate my liver to someone, would my man fall for that someone just because that person had my liver? What if I donated my kidneys, lungs, heart and cornea… would my man fall in love to multiple people because they have a piece of me just because I’m dead and they are living? That’s just plain weird.

Setting my cynical comments aside, I still liked the drama. After bashing it like that, then I recommend??? WHY???

My reasons are very much quite simple:

Song Seung-heon is hot during his younger years.

Son Ye-jin’s beauty and acting would take you in.

The story itself, never mind the main conflict, but it did hook me up with so many thoughts about real life and difficult choices that all I can do is relate to it and continue on watching, regardless if I’ve missed my bed time or not.

This is quite a classic drama, the setting and gadgets will be old, however the cinematography will make up for it. Since it’s about summer, everything will look warm and yet it adds to the beauty of the drama. The characters do have their own value since their back ground stories are interesting. I’m also glad that the producers were able to cast really great actors who were able to portray their roles well. Despite the story plot which I have ranted about earlier the drama still has a lot to give. The OST is memorable too. I think music is something that the series has a penchant with. It gives a lasting impression to anyone who watches and hears the sound track.



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