Korea's answer to Nodame Cantabile (though with decidedly less silliness), MBC's hit 2008 drama Beethoven Virusis set in the competitive world of classical music. Returning from his award-winning performance in The Great White Tower, Kim Myung Min stars as a stubborn conducting maestro whose life and music begin to change when he encounters a beautiful violinist played by Korean television's newest darling Lee Ji Ah (The Legend) and a trumpet prodigy played by go-to heartthrob Jang Keun Suk (Hong Gil Dong). Classical music is their passion, their dream, and their life, but neither romance nor crescendos come easy for those bitten with the Beethoven Virus.
Kang Gun Woo (Kim Myung Min) may be Korea's top conductor, but his status is eclipsed by his inability to get along with anybody. Despite his great talents, his notoriously difficult personality and refusal to compromise even an inch eventually put him out of work in his country. Years after leaving Korea, he is invited back by violinist Ru Mi (Lee Ji Ah) who is organizing a city orchestra on very limited resources. Formed by a ragtag group of amateurs and second-stringers, this budding orchestra has heart, but they're short on cash and talent. Both the conductor and the players are in for a shock when they meet, none the least reluctant trumpet player Kang Gun Woo (Jang Keun Suk), who holds a childhood grudge against the self-righteous conductor with the same name as him.
- Kim Myung Min (Actor)
- Jang Keun Suk (Actor)
- Lee Ji Ah (Actor)
- Release Date: 2008-12-22
- Language: Korean
- Subtitles: No Subtitle
- Country of Origin: South Korea
- Picture Format: NTSC
- Disc Format(s): DVD
- Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan)
- Publisher: MBC Production
- Other Information: 7 Disc (18 episodes)
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