Director Of “When My Love Blooms” Talks About Drama’s Message, Creating Set For Scenes In The Past, And More

Director Son Jung Hyun of tvN’s “When My Love Blooms” shared his candid thoughts on the drama.

“When My Love Blooms” tells the story of reunited college sweethearts Han Jae Hyun and Yoon Ji Soo who are now completely different as adults. The drama stars Yoo Ji Tae and Lee Bo Young as the main characters and GOT7’s Jinyoung and Jeon So Nee as their respective younger counterparts.

As the drama transitions back and forth from present day and the 1990s, many viewers expressed admiration and intrigue for the drama’s perfect representation of the past. The director explained how they prepared for this background saying, “We thought a lot about building a set because it’s hard to find one that captures the 1990s. But thanks to the help of Geoje Island, we got permission to film in one of their streets.”

He explained that parts of the set that are closer to the camera are decorated with signs and installations made by crew members, while the distant backgrounds are CGIs. He continued, “To be honest, the most important thing is the warm emotion and culture that certain places held during that time. Music, poems, films, and other trends of that generation.”

When asked what kind of message he wishes to convey or emphasize by focusing on both the past and present, Son Jung Hyun picked not dwelling too much on the past or anticipating too much from the future.

He explained, “I want to convey the message that since everyone has beautiful and difficult times in their lives, ‘right now’ is everyone’s most beautiful moment in life.” The director added, “The story of present-day Han Jae Hyun and Yoon Ji Soo aims to be sentimental and show fondness for the past. I tried to draw Jae Hyun and Ji Soo of the past in a way that makes viewers remember the freshness of their first love.”

Son Jung Hyun also picked what he finds to be the focal point of the drama. He shared, “Among the many perspectives to view ‘When My Love Blooms,’ it would be good to focus on the story as one about first love. I also wanted to showcase a realistic melodrama that takes the societal atmosphere of each time period into consideration.”

“When My Love Blooms” airs Saturdays and Sundays at 9 p.m. KST.

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