Love Alarm

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Love Alarm
Promotional poster
Hangul좋아하면 울리는
Genre
Based onLove Alarm
by Chon Kye-young
Developed byJiyoung Park
for Studio Dragon
Written by
  • Lee Ah-yeon
  • Seo Bo-ra
  • Kim Sae-bom
Directed byLee Na-jung
Starring
Ending themeIn My Dreams by Tearliner [ko] feat. Love X Stereo
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)Jinyee Kim
Producer(s)Kijae Kim
Release
Original releaseAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22) 
present (present)

Love Alarm (Korean: 좋아하면 울리는; RR: Joahamyeon Ullineun) is a South Korean romance television series. The series is based on the webtoon of the same name by Chon Kye-young. It stars Kim So-hyun, Jung Ga-ram and Song Kang. [1] The series premiered on Netflix on August 22, 2019.[2][3][4]

Synopsis

Love Alarm revolves around the story of a disruptive technology, that enables users to discover love through an application that notifies whether someone within the vicinity of a 10-meter radius has romantic feelings for them.[5]

Cast

Main

A young girl who is bright and happy despite her family's painful history.[6]
  • Jung Ga-ram as Lee Hye-yeong
    • Jung Ji-hoon as young Hye-young
Sun-oh's best friend who secretly likes Jo-jo.
  • Song Kang as Hwang Sun-oh
    • Kim Ji-woo as young Sun-oh
A handsome model who grew up in a rich family and likes Jo-jo.[7]

Supporting

Students

Jo-jo's best friend. She secretly likes Il-sik.
A vibrant judo student and was Jo-jo's boyfriend.[8]
Jo-jo's cousin. She is a popular girl at school and gets proposed by Cheong Duk Gu but she instead develops hatred for him.[9]
  • Lee Jae-eung as Cheong Duk Gu
Developer of the Love Alarm application.[10]
  • Choi Joo-won as Sun-oh's playful and energetic high school classmate.[11]

Parents and relatives

A popular actress who has a distant relationship with her son Sun-oh.
A very loving and caring mother to Hye-Young.[11]
  • Park Sung-yun as Jojo's aunt and Gul-mi's mother.
  • Yeom Ji-young as Jo-jo's mother.
  • Kim Young-ok as Jo-jo's grandmother.

Others

A popular idol star.[12]
  • Kim Si-eun as Yook-ji
Sun-Oh’s new girlfriend.
  • Jo Yoo-jung as Mon Sun
Jo-jo's wedding hall co-worker.

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"The Flash of Lightning Before It Thunders"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon, Seo Bo-ra & Kim Sae-bomAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
2"There’s Nothing Anyone Can Do When You Like Someone"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon, Seo Bo-ra & Kim Sae-bomAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
3"The Miracle of Two People Liking Each Other"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon & Seo Bo-raAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
4"The Best Feeling in the World Is Knowing There’s Someone on My Side"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon & Seo Bo-raAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
5"The Gravity of Liking Someone"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon & Seo Bo-raAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
6"Your Heart Is Safe Now"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon & Seo Bo-raAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
7"Something I’ve Been Holding Back and Can Only Say to You"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon & Seo Bo-raAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)
8"One Is Bigger Than Any Other Number in the World"Lee Na-jungLee Ah-yeon & Seo Bo-raAugust 22, 2019 (2019-08-22)

Production

Development

On January 5, 2017, Netflix announced that it would produce its first original South Korean television series, with a release planned for 2018.[13] The premiere date was eventually pushed back to August 2019.

Casting

The male lead role was initially offered to Ahn Hyo-seop but he declined the offer.[14]

Lee Na-jung casted Kim So-hyun as Jojo is because of high synchronisation rate in appearance and her rich acting skills that is beyond her age.[15] Moreover, Kim was the first choice to play Kim Jo-jo by Love Alarm webtoon author Chon Kye-young and online fans.[16] As the reason for casting Jung Ga-ram, the director praised his eyes, saying they were lyrical, clear and clean, not like other actors in their 20s these days.[17] Meanwhile, Song Kang went through audition competing with 900 people and got casted.[18]

Promotion

Love Alarm held an interactive experience zone from August 18 to September 1 at Lotte World Tower World Park Square. Each space decorated as if the app function in the drama is visualized in reality and gives a romantic experience to lovers, friends and family who visited the place.[19] Moreover, an app has been released for the promotion events, that looks like the one in the series, but works differently.[20][21]

Reception

Forbes's Joan MacDonald finds that Kim So-hyun fits well with the character Jojo. For MacDonald it is interesting that the two main characters kiss already in the first episode, without being a couple or before confessing their love. This is unusual for Korean dramas.[22] For Stephen McCarty from the South China Morning Post is Love alarm not only an innocent love story, but also dealing with data protection, gay rights, the extreme consequences of heartache and social smartphone penetration.[23][24]

Original soundtrack

The soundtrack of "Love Alarm" released seven main theme songs and fourteen background music.[25] It was released through several music portals, including MelOn, iTunes, and Spotify.[26][27][28]

Love Alarm OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedSeptember 6, 2019
GenreSoundtrack
Length1:04:11
Language
Label
CD 1
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Love Alarm" (feat. Taru [ko])Tearliner [ko]TearlinerTearliner1:46
2."In My Dreams" (feat. Love X Stereo)Annie KoTearlinerTearliner4:05
3."Falling Again"
  • Chairman
  • 이광희
  • Hodge
ChairmanKlang4:12
4."A Man for All Seasons" (feat. Zitten [ko])
  • Mini
  • Tearliner
  • Tearliner
Tearliner3:44
5."In My Little Mind"
  • Chairman
  • 이광희
  • Hodge
ChairmanHodge4:26
6."Blooming Story" (feat. Jo Hae-jin)
  • Mini
  • Tearliner
Sentimental SceneryTealiner2:44
7."In My Dreams" (feat. Love X Stereo) (Acoustic Ver.)
  • Annie Ko
  • Tearliner
Tealiner4:07
Total length:25:04
CD 2
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Morning Alarm"TealinerJeon Hye-rimTearliner1:12
2."Raindrops"Kim Wan-jungKim Wan-jungKim Wan-jung2:06
3."Bygones"TearlinerKang Ji-hoonTearliner1:59
4."I Won't Heartbroken"
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
  • Hyun Hyun Seo
  • Min Ji Young
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
4:11
5."We Finally"TearlinerSentimental SceneryTearliner1:38
6."Gaze"
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
  • Hyun Hyun Seo
  • Min Ji Young
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
4:42
7."Dawn Whisper"TearlinerSentimental SceneryTearliner1:39
8."Two Hearts"
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
  • Hyun Hyun Seo
  • Min Ji Young
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
3:43
9."Miss September"TearlinerSentimental SceneryTearliner1:23
10."At The Bus Stop"
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
  • Hyun Hyun Seo
  • Min Ji Young
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
4:20
11."Trauma"
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
  • Hyun Hyun Seo
  • Min Ji Young
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
  • Min Ji-young
4:30
12."Mirroring"TearlinerSentimental SceneryTearliner1:44
13."Jojo"
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
Seo Hyun-il
  • Lee Kwang-hee
  • Seo Hyun-il
3:51
14."Voice"Sentimental ScenerySentimental ScenerySentimental Scenery2:09
Total length:39:07

Future

In an interview, director Lee Na-jeong mentioned that the production of a second season was dependent on the first season's popularity.[21]

References

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  2. "웹툰 원작 드라마 '좋아하면 울리는', 김소현X정가람X송강 주연 확정". Maeil (in Korean). December 24, 2018.
  3. "With 'Love Alarm,' finding love is supposed to be easy". Korea JoongAng Daily. August 21, 2019.
  4. "K-drama 'Love Alarm' Asks If A Love App Would Make Love Easier". Forbes. August 22, 2019.
  5. "Netflix Picks Up 'Love Alarm' as First South Korean Original". The Hollywood Reporter. April 1, 2017.
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  14. "안효섭 측 "'좋아하면 울리는' 출연 제안만…확정 NO" [공식입장]". My Daily (in Korean). August 16, 2018.
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  21. 1 2 Justin (2019-08-22). "Love Alarm: 7 Fun Facts About Netflix's New Kdrama Series". hype.my.
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  26. 1 2 "[OST] 좋아하면 울리는 OST". www.melon.com (in Korean). September 6, 2019.
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  28. "Love Alarm 좋아하면 울리는 (Original Soundtrack)", www.spotify.com, September 6, 2019

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