Star in My Heart Korean Drama Review

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Cha In Pyo, Choi Jin Sil, Ahn Jae Wook

Star in My Heart is a Cinderella story of a young woman (Choi Jin Sil) who is an orphan that is taken in by a kind man and his family. But her stepmother, sister, and brother treat her terribly. She eventually gets mixed up with a singer (Ahn Jae Wook) and his friend (Cha In Pyo). A romance develops between her and the singer, and a strong friendship blossoms between the three as they help support each other through their problems.

I took a trip back in time to Dramaland’s past with Star in My Heart. It came out 20 years ago in 1997, and it’s the first pre-2000 drama that I have watched. I was very interested to see what I would be in for.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Choi Jin Sil

Choi Jin Sil plays our leading lady Lee Yun Hee. She’s had a difficult life, and it just continues to be a struggle after she is taken in by a new family. She’s a timid and self-sacrificing woman, but when push comes to shove, she will stand up for herself and her loved ones.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Wook

We have Ahn Jae Wook as Kang Min Hee. He’s a rising pop star who has to deal with a disapproving father that causes him plenty of trouble. Min Hee is a very likable character that you want to see find happiness. I can see why he sent many hearts swooning back in the 90’s.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Cha In Pyo

Then there’s Cha In Pyo as Lee Joon Hee. He runs the fashion company where Yun Hee works and is close friends with Min Hee. He struggles to get over a past relationship with a woman who left him, and that woman happens to look just like Yun Hee.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Park Won Sook

And of course, there’s our troublesome stepmother figure Mrs. Song. She’s the epitome of the character type. Mrs. Song’s dislike of Yun Hee causes her a lot of heartache and trouble. I definitely got a kick out of her though as Park Won Sook just nails this character. Isn’t that face just priceless?

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Wook and Choi Jin Sil

Our main romance between Min Hee and Yun Hee was sweet, but I found it lacking. They don’t actually spend a lot of time together throughout the drama. This made many of the relationship developments feel a bit forced. But they do have good chemistry as a whole. I just wish they would have had more time to develop.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Wook Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Choi Jin Sil

Star in My Heart also feels incredibly dated. Of course, the film quality is what you would expect of the time. The drama as a whole felt very dark with a lot of scenes that were difficult to see. There’s also ample use of unique camera angles and bold color filters that will surely get your attention.

It kind of felt like there really wasn’t a whole lot going on in the drama, and it really lacked a strong narrative to carry the story. It kind of wanders from scene to scene in a rocky fashion. There isn’t a ton of dialogue and what there is tends to be pretty simple. There’s actually a whole lot of quiet throughout with no background music at all in many scenes. So much so that it was quite noticeable.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Wook and Cha in Pyo

The OST was fantastic, but there weren’t that many songs on it. But they are truly great songs that just have that 90’s feel. I wish they would have been used more throughout the drama itself.

The story is very classic and simple. Of course, at the time, this was a very trendy drama and it was a forerunner for many of the tropes we see in dramas today. The characters are solid and they each have their own story filled with hurts and pains.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Cha In Pyo

We do go on the journey with them as they deal with life’s difficulties. The main trio are very supportive of each other through everything. But I didn’t feel like there was much character development. They all felt pretty much the same from start to finish. That wasn’t necessarily bad, it just kind of compounded some of the other issues.

Sadly, my biggest issue was that the drama just felt quite boring. I’ve enjoyed older dramas and am accustomed to the slower pacing and other issues, but they all just felt very amplified in this drama. Despite having such a nice classic story and decent characters, it just crawled along.

Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Ahn Jae Wook Star in My Heart Korean Drama - Choi Jin Sil

In the end, I’m glad I checked out this classic drama and that I now have a pre-2000 drama under my belt. While it was disappointing in its entertainment value, I enjoyed looking at it through a sort of historic lens.

I love seeing the early stages of the Hallyu wave and learning about the dramas that were there in the beginning. I can easily see why it was a hit at the time, and I’m glad dramas like these paved the wave for what we are enjoying today.

My Rating: 5/10

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11 Responses to Star in My Heart Korean Drama Review

  1. Timescout says:

    Ah, old skool kdrama. 🙂 I haven’t seen many pre 2000 ones either but I kinda liked the ‘dated’ feel. What can I say, I’m sort of dated myself. 😀 I remember when most shows in TV were slower in pace, less busy i.e had more quiet moments and with hardly any annoying ‘bling’. Guess they were more slice of life back in the day.

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    • Kay says:

      I actually liked the “dated” feel too 🙂 Although not pre-2000, some of my favs include shows like My Girl, Thank You, and Full House. Definitely slower paced and not as flashy (although I do like both quiet and bling, hehe). And I don’t mind that as long as I feel the story and characters. I did feel the characters in Star in My Heart, but thought the story presentation was weak. And for me weak story+slow pacing=boring. But I did like several things about it, and it was an interesting watch for sure 🙂


      • Timescout says:

        I don’t remember much about Star in my Heart, except that I liked the OST and the main cast was pretty, ha. Have you seen Feelings? It’s another 90’s show and kinda like a prototype of dramas featuring siblings + a circle of friends. Loved the OST!

        Yup, there are several pre 2010 dramas I still like a lot, as flawed as they are in some ways. Say, Stranger than Paradise… or Bad Family, Chosun Police 3, Daemang/Great Ambition, Dal Ja’s Spring, Hotelier… Gosh, now I want to rewatch at least couple of those, LOL!

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        • Kay says:

          It definitely has a great OST! That’s one of my favorite things about a lot of the dramas that are over 10 years old. I just love the music from that period 🙂

          No, I haven’t seen Feelings. I took a peek at my watch list and I do have it on there though. I definitely plan to give some more 90’s dramas a go.

          I have several of the ones you mentioned on my list too. I really want to see Bad Family. It’s from one of my favorite writers, and it looks hilarious. I haven’t been able to find a really good place to watch it though. It used to be on Youtube but they took it down before I got a chance to watch it 😛


          • Timescout says:

            Bad Family is SO much fun! And Kim Myung Min is hilarious as heck. 😂 It does have quite a bit of heart too and I loved the ‘made family’. Oh yes, finding older dramas may take some work these days. Well, there are, ah-hem… ‘ways and means’ if the usual methods don’t pan out. Just holler. 😉

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            • Kay says:

              Holler!! hehe Yeah, right when I read the premise for Bad Family I thought it sounded hilarious. And I love Kim Myung Min and can already picture the fun. But if you could point me toward the kdrama treasure, I would greatly appreciate it. You can message me directly through the contact page at the top if you find time 🙂


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  3. shamrockmom3 says:

    Currently watching this myself–but I like it so far. Yes, the pace is slow, and the scene transitions are clumsy. The grainy video is the epitome of eye strain. Write up to be done within a week or so on my blog…

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    • Kay says:

      It definitely had certain elements I like. I think this is the sort of drama I would have enjoyed a lot more had it been 10 episodes. But I didn’t regret watching it as I just like the feel of the older dramas. Plus, I made it out with some fantastic songs from the OST 🙂

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  4. Akayla Plummer says:

    Hi. i loved reading the review. I am also a fan of early 2000’s late 90’s dramas. I was wondering where did you find this drama to watch with english sub ?

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    • Kay says:

      I always love seeing others who appreciate the older dramas 🙂 I actually watched it on DramaFever just a few months before the site went down. Not sure if it’s available anywhere else. We lost a lot of classic dramas when DF disappeared 😦


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