Page Turner Episode 1 First Look
A page turner is a person that aids a soloist (more often than not, a pianist) during a performance by turning sheet music pages for them in the right time.
“This is the story of three young people who become page turners to each other.”
That is the tagline which the drama opens with and the first episode does a very good job on laying down the foundation of the journey our main leads will embark to in order to achieve that.
Park Hye Ryun has written two of my favorite drama series (I Hear Your Voice and Pinocchio) so I was anticipating Page Turner to see what’s in store, especially since it’s a short series.
Despite the limited number of episodes though, there is a story to be told and while we have all seen many a tales that deal with figuring out your dreams, the writer and the cast “force” you to watch yet another “similar” one. (I mean, let’s be real, nobody gets tired of watching stories that deal with chasing your dreams, it’s like…it’s THE DREAM, you know what I mean?)
Kim So Hyun portrays Yoo Seul, a piano prodigy who is her top student in Hanjoo Arts High School – she doesn’t really enjoy playing the piano though, as she has associated it with the amount of pressure her mother puts her through (her mother is a piano teacher that is bitter that she never became a successful concert pianist, and pushes her daughter to do what she never did) but does it anyway, because..there’s nothing else to do, really.
The second top student in Hanjoo Arts High School is Jin Mok (Shin Jae Ha) who is an excellent pianist but can’t seem to compare to Yoo Seul’s genius; they have some bad history together, as his first teacher was Yoo Seul’s mother, and his desire to beat Yoo Seul is a constant trigger inside his head.
The “odd” man out (in the sense, he’s no Hanjoo Arts High School student!) is Cha Sik played by Ji Soo (who’s already my favorite, w/e I’m biased I admit it!) a pole vaulter at Woojung Sports High School, who aspires to be the best athlete in the National Team and has a quick temper about anything he “thinks” might harm his mom.
An accident (or rather, two accidents) bring all those together, as Yoo Seul finds herself in the difficult spot of having lost her sight, Cha Sik needs to give up his love for pole vault, while Jin Mok has to deal with the guilt he feels of basically wishing something bad happened to Yoo Seul. (careful what you wish for pal!)
I’m looking forward to seeing them all figure out there are more paths in life than just the “pre-fixed” one; Cha Sik took the first huge step in the end of this episode, re-discovering a hidden love for music and piano, and it will be interesting to see how Yoo Seul and Jin Mok are gonna help him along the way; and get help themselves, as well.
There was a good balance between the angst and the pain of having your life’s goals get crashed down in an instant, with the positive outlook and the prospect you can re-examine after having fall down, so hopefully that spirit is retained through the end.
Let us see how how the trio is gonna fight and bicker first before they establish themselves as each other’s page turner, so onwards to episode 2!
disclaimer – this post was written by kipzizz for dramajjang.co only