Beethoven Virus

베토벤 바이러스


  • Kim Myung Min as Kang Gun Woo/Gang Mae; Conductor
  • Lee Ji Ah as Du Ru Mi; Violin
  • Jang Geun Suk  as Kang Gun Woo; Trumpet

Year: 2008

Episodes: 18 (60 minutes) + 1 special

Ratings: 17,8% Nationwide, 19,1% Seoul


Kang Gun Woo is a world renowned orchestra maestro who is a perfectionist in his work. He is not an easy person to work with and is fear by all his players. By chance, he comes across Du Ru Mi, a violinist, and a young cop who has the same name as his and discovers that even without formal training, the young Kang is a music genius. The three soon get tangled in a love triangle.

Libby’s review:

[Still watching]

Essbee’s review:

75% This drama is so different from the others that it can’t be compared to them.

At first, I didn’t want to watch it because… well an old guy and a young girl together sounded awful. However, since the ratings were so great and many people said that it was awesome, so I decided to watch it. When we see the girl dating with the nice, young and handsome guy, we just can’t believe that she’ll like the old harsh, bad Kang Mae. However, more the drama goes on, more I feel that it didn’t matter anymore. What I loved about the drama is the realistic side. Everyone had their own problems. The old man with his Alzheimer disease, the ajumma with her husband, and the others with their jobs, money, family… Every person had a struggle and that’s “fun” to watch.

The acting was really good. During the drama, I was often wondering if these actors were playing for real. Also, the lead actress with her Menière Disease is really great. She’s neither the super tough woman nor the poor little girl. Then the handsome trumpetist is the perfect guy. He’s always patient and nice and smiley. And Jang Geun Suk is sooo handsome in this drama! As for the evil Kang Mae, I don’t know for other people, but I liked him more and more after few episodes. Even though he looks bad, but he’s always helping people around him. The orchestra members realised that also, they helped him every time they can.

This drama is not the same kind comedy or dramatic stories as the others. We never feel completely desperate or amazed. We just appreciate it. I must tell that this drama was supposed to be 16 episodes, but because of the great TV ratings, they added 2 episodes. I think that it’s not too bad. Sometimes, when they do that, they scrap all the drama, but here… I couldn’t really feel that they actually ADDED something in between.

The OST is beautiful. I like every song in it, especially Taeyong’s (SNSD) Can You Hear Me?. Of course, there are the classical versions of the OST. These classics gave a wonderful feeling to the drama. Usually, I hate when the put a sad music and the camera’s turning around the actors for 3 hours and to see how he’s depressed, but I’m actually enjoying the music. I find it really funny when Kang Mae says that the music’s awful when I listen to it, it’s beautiful!

Since I just finished the drama, I can’t think of something I didn’t like. Oh! Except maybe the ending. It was very nice and all, but that wasn’t clear. Did he go away? For real? And what about the love story? Did Ru Mi end with Kang Mae? Everything else seemed perfect. That’s maybe why people loved it so much. I hope you’ll like it as much as me…

PS: Don’t be fooled like me, the special episode (episode 19) is a kind of “behind the scenes” and it’s not… the sequel… 😦

Oh! And the dog is really cute… and so smart! 😀


One thought on “Beethoven Virus

  1. well i also like it very much…i feel the same like you ..this drama is more realistic than other romantic but not realistic drama… it actually had make more be more interest towards classic music because i not really know what is classical music before until i see this drma…

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