Sanskriti Pun, Delhi
Unlike most of the K-Dramas whose stories are fictional, ‘The Hymn of Death’ is based on true events of the past. This drama beautifully portrays the devastating love story between playwright Kim Woo-jin (also Kim U-jin) and soprano Yun Sim-deok.
It has a total running time of approximately three hours in the form of 6 episodes which is quite short when compared to a regular K-Drama. ‘The Hymn of Death’ also known as the ‘Death Song’ is a romantic tragedy drama that beautifully depicts the painful yet realistic love story. The cast is meticulously chosen which consists of Lee Jong-suk as Kim Woo-jin and Shin Hye-sun as Yun Sim-deok.
Yun Sim-deok was a singer and a stage actress who is also considered as South Korea’s first professional soprano. Sim-deok recorded the ‘Death Song’ (also ‘In Praise of Death’ or ‘The Hymn of Death) in Osaka by the Japanese Nitto recording company that ultimately became the first-ever Korean Pop Song in 1926. Kim Woo-jin, was a poet and playwright known for his works such as the ‘Wild Pig’ and ‘Leaving Home’. Woo-jin wrote under the pen name Kim Soo-san.
Don’t forget to keep a tissue box nearby as this drama might make you emotional and leave you in tears. The OSTs, acting, dialogues, everything about this drama is just perfect. Some poems and quotes of this drama are just amazing. There are real-life references given from the original diary of Kim Woo-jin and certain melodies from the actual recording of ‘The Hymn of Death’ by Yun Sim-deok. I recommend this drama to every K-Drama enthusiast who is inclined towards music or have interested in poetry. Just give it a shot and you definitely won’t regret it! You can watch it on Netflix.
Check out the trailer of the drama if you haven’t seen it!