Donnapie’s Favorite Asian Drama Countdown
At Number 9: Spring Waltz
Will the tragedy of spring be repeated years later?
To escape debt, Lee Su Ho’s father escaped to a remote island where his friend has a young daughter Eun Young, who is the same age as Su Ho. After being abandoned by his father, Su Ho sought to leave, but his mind changed after being touched by Eun Young’s pure heart. A series of unfortunate events ensue, and Su Ho disappears, while Eun Young is sick in the hospital.
Years later, while traveling in Austria, Eun Young meets the talented pianist Jae Ha, a man with a cold exterior with a few words, who bores a resemblance to Su Ho. As their love start to develop, the truth unfold.
Can their love endure the harsh spring tragedy many years ago?
Why I love it:
Spring Waltz is a feast for the senses.
It’s cinematography is breathtaking, the OST melodious and soothing but most of all it hits you right in the heart and the gut with the intensity of emotions that are displayed by the characters all throughout the series.
I am normally not a big fan of childhood to adulthood dramas. The season series more so. But there was just something about this drama that hit me from the get go.
It is not so tragic as it’s predecessors that even though it may be painful to watch at times because of the overwhelming sadness, there’s still always that sense of hope that you get at the end of it that somehow, some day, everything will fall into it’s rightful place and that everything will be alright for Eun Young and Jae Ha.
After all, there’s no better way to describe this story of fate than how Eun Young said it at the beginning of the drama:
If you truly love someone, if you genuinely miss him, someday you can meet and love him again.
Just like you playing a hide and seek during your childhood days, no matter how deeply he hides himself from the world and disappears from your sight, he who hides is still somewhere out there.
Always waiting for you, the tagger.
Regardless of how often you fail to catch him or if you miss each other’s ways, at the end of the day, your most earnest desires and prayers shall lead you to him, for you to meet and to love once again.
And this, my friends, Spring Waltz was very successful in telling us that it’s really possible to do so.
What cemented it as one of my favorites:
There are makjang elements sorrounding this story such as the hidden childhood secrets but the way that it was told and that it unfolded perked my curiosity instead of making my eyes roll in disbelief as is the norm for dramas of this genre.
Also, Daniel Henney’s role in this series will forever live in infamy in my memory as one of the most deserving second male leads who should have also gotten the girl but didn’t.