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Padam Padam is a well-written, beautifully poignant drama that reaches into your mind, your heart & your soul. This is the first time I've come across characters in a Korean drama series that seemed so real and relatable. With every episode, you would see their personalities unfold without it being forced. Never did I find myself getting annoyed by the plot twists, and never was I bored with the storyline. I had initially wanted to watch this show because of Kim Bum, and eventually Han Ji Min, who has become my favorite Korean actress. I wasn't expecting that I would be moved by this show - and be mesmerized by Jung Woo Sung, who has perfectly portrayed Yang Kang Chil. With every nuance you can tell he was born to play Kang Chil, an unfairly treated & tormented individual who just wanted redemption. But really, the entire cast is exceptional. This drama will make you experience so many things. Watch it, stick through it, and it will graciously reward you.
The first four episodes, set in the '70s, made me cry buckets of tears. That time period in the drama was really heartfelt and sincere. It gives you a glimpse of what Korean life was back then, and how things were before the age of text messaging and smartphones. It truly was a different time. The drama starts off slowly but that allows its characters to develop. With beautiful cinematography and the undeniable chemistry between Jang Geun Suk and YoonA, you're gonna want to stick around with them until the end. The middle parts seemed like the plot went on an emotional standstill because as expected with Korean dramas, there will always be stubborn characters. I still suggest you hang in there and continue watching. I always found Joon and Ha Na's moments together sweet, funny, frustrating, charming, and sincere. There are a lot of moments I find memorable that make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I recommend this drama to anyone who has loved and lost, and are still hopeful to find true love again.