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K-Drama Review: My Love from Another Star

My Love from Another Star (also known as You Who Came from the Stars) is a fantasy melodrama that tells the story of Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun), a 400 year old alien with superhuman abilities who has been trapped on Earth. All he wanted to do was get back home, but that all changes when he meets a popular actress named Chun Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun).

The Storyline of My Love from Another Star

My Love from Another Star took the drama world by storm at the end of 2013. Its made a gigantic splash in Korea and across the world. The show’s popularity was incredible. It won multiple Korean awards, including actress Jeon Ji Hyun receiving the Daesang Award for the Baeksang Arts Awards (similar to American Golden Globe awards). Fan-girls raided the internet searching for the lipstick worn by Jeon Ji-Hyun. Purportedly Yves Saint Laurent sold out of the shade from the high demand! Jeon Ji-Hyun helped sell hundreds of trench coats in Korea just from wearing one in an episode. Restaurant owners stated that chicken and beer sales went up in China during the drama (it was the heroine’s favorite food). It’s popularity in Korea and internationally was huge, and the drama certainly has a lot going for it.

The story starts out with an alien ship landing on earth, particularly Joseon (ancient Korea) in 1609. Fast-forward 400 years: Do Min-Joon, an alien who looks very human, young and seriously handsome, hasn’t aged a day since living on earth. He’s a professor in Korea and lives an isolated life with only one friend who’s aware of his true identity, an older gentleman named Young Mok (Kim Chang Won). Cheon Song-Yi is a spunky, blunt and seemingly self-absorbed actress struggling with her career and a load of anti-fans. She moves next door in Min-Joon’s apartment complex and the sparks begin to fly, what with Min-Joon unable to sleep with his super hearing (and Song-Yi singing loudly in her apartment) to her drunkenly entering his house and falling asleep on his couch.

Review: My Love from Another Star
Review: My Love from Another Star

Try as he might to disentangle his life from the beautiful, crazy actress, they keep running into each other more and more. Min Joon is actually initially drawn to Song Yi because of her resemblance to a young girl named Seo Yi Hwa (Kim Hyun Soo) who helped him when he first landed on Earth during the Joseon period. Things start to get dangerous as a person close to Song-Yi is a diabolical villain with deadly intentions against her. A real romance starts to brew between the more than 400-year-old alien professor and the sassy actress – but Min-Joon is an alien who never intended to remain for long on the earth. His time is coming near an end. When Song-Yi finds out the truth of his identity, can she accept him? Or will fate even allow them to be together?

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Of course, we have a troublemaking second female lead in this drama, Yoo Se Mi (Yoo In Na), whose jealousy of Song Yi fuels her desire to cause her problems. The male second lead, Lee Hui Kyung (Park Hae Jin), is the your classic nice guy who is always there for our leading lady.

But I have to give props to who is possibly my favorite kdrama villain, Lee Jae Kyung (Shin Sung Rok). His confidence and villainous smile are perfection for the role. He will do whatever it takes to get what he wants…including murder.

Some of my favorite scenes were his showdowns with Min Joon. The intensity was fabulous, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him go from cocky to confused by Min Joon’s abilities. If you enjoy Shin Sung Rok, be sure to check out the Korean version of Liar Game. His villainous role is very similar, and he was the highlight of the drama for me.

Review: My Love from Another Star
Review: My Love from Another Star

There’s also a cute little side story involving Song Yi’s brother, Yoon Jae (Ahn Jae Hyun). He develops quite the fascination with Min Joon, and it is quite adorable to watch.

My Love from Another Star Review

The romance is quite nice in this drama. Despite Song Yi’s crazy antics, it has a mature feel to it, and it is wonderful to watch her and Min Joon grow closer. They both change each other’s lives for the better, and it is truly heartbreaking to watch them cope with the devastation of learning that Min Joon has to go back to his planet or he will die.

Review: My Love from Another Star
Review: My Love from Another Star

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Our couple’s love only grows stronger as they cope with the challenges of him leaving. They realize how important every moment truly is.

I personally enjoyed the ending to this drama. It wasn’t picture perfect, but they really made the best of their situation. In that sense, it almost feels more real, because life isn’t always perfect.

So if you want to get swept up in a lovely romance with a nice dose of comedy and some thrills, give My Love from Another Star a chance.

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