Touch Your Heart (2019) — An Overview

SUMMARYWRITER & DIRECTORCASTFILMING LOCATIONSK-DRAMA META REFERENCESK-DRAMA TROPE REFERENCESMOVIE REFERENCESKDL CREDITS SUMMARY Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity [진심이 닿다] (tvN, 2019)   Written by Lee Myung-suk and Choi Bo-rim (web novel) Directed by Park Joon-Hwa (박준화) Production company Studio Dragon [스튜디오드래곤 주식회사] February 6 ~ March 28, 2019 [Wed & Thur] 16 episodes A former scandal-ridden […]

SUMMARY

Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity
[진심이 닿다] (tvN, 2019)

 
Written by Lee Myung-suk and Choi Bo-rim (web novel)
Directed by Park Joon-Hwa (박준화)
Production company Studio Dragon [스튜디오드래곤 주식회사]

February 6 ~ March 28, 2019 [Wed & Thur]
16 episodes

A former scandal-ridden starlet looking to make her comeback joins a law firm as a law secretary to research for a new role. Personalities clash as she works together with a straight-laced perfectionist lawyer — but will sparks fly eventually as she softens his heart? This is the long-awaited reunion of Goblin‘s other beloved couple, Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-na.
— by Mich KDL

WRITER & DIRECTOR


Touch Your Heart is based on a web-toon of the same name, first released on KakaoPage in 2016 and written by Lee Myung-suk and Choi Bo-rim. You can read it online here.

Park Joon-Hwa (박준화) is the director behind the wildly successful Why Secretary Kim (2018), and other KDL favorites. Working exclusively for tvN, he directed the first eleven seasons of Ugly Young-A (2007-2013), before working on stand-alone dramas like Let’s Eat 1 and 2 (2013-2014 and 2015), Bring It On, Ghost (2016) and Because This Is My First Life (2017). — by Marion & Mich KDL

CAST

Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 5)
Note that this is not the full cast credits for this show — only those mentioned on KDL!

 

Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook)
Lawyer at ALWAYS Law Firm
— — — — — — —
Kim Se-won (Lee Sang-woo)
Prosecutor; Jung-rok’s college friend;
Yeo-reum’s ex-boyfriend

Yeon Joon-kyu (Oh Jung-se )
Head of ALWAYS Law Firm

Lee Doo-yeob (Park Ji-hwan )
ALWAYS Law Firm office manager;
has a crush on Secretary Yang
Oh Yoon-seo/Oh Jin-shim (Yoo In-na)
Former actress, now law secretary
— — — — — — —

Son Sung-yoon (Yoo Yeo-reum)
Prosecutor; Jung-rok’s college friend;
Se-won’s ex-girlfriend

Kong Hyuk-joon (Oh Eui-sik )
Yoon-seo’s manager



 

FILMING LOCATIONS

Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 4)

While it seems that Touch Your Heart is set in the bustling river south of locales — like Gangnam, where the law firm is supposed to be located in — its locations are actually flung far and wide around Seoul.

What’s also most note-worthy is how many law-related scenes in this drama (aside from the main courthouse) were actually filmed at familiar K-Dramaland universities, such as Sun Moon University [선문대학교 아산캠퍼스], as seen in School 2017; and Inha University [인하대학교], more well-known as Haneol Sport University in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo.
— by Mich KDL

This overview will be updated when new locations are added.
Search Touch Your Heart on KDL for a visual look of all locations.

Last update: 16/03/2019

SEOUL [서울특별시]

EUNPYEONG-GU [은평구]
Jingwan-dong [진관동]
Il-in [1인1상] [E5]

GANGNAM-GU [강남구]
Samseong-dong [삼성동]
Matsugaze Japanese Restaurant [E2/3]
Yeoksam-dong [역삼동]
Gangnam Station [강남역] [E1/2/5]
Sinnonhyeon Station [신논현역] [E1]

GANGSEO-GU [강서구]
Gaehwa-dong [개화동]
House Sangsa Village 8-15 [E5]
House Sangsa Village [E5]
Daedong Super [대동슈퍼] [E6]
Magok-dong [마곡동]
Subway — Yangcheonhyanggyo Station Branch [E12]

GWANAK-GU [관악구]
Bongcheon-dong [봉천동]
Pungnyeon Gopchang [풍년곱창] [E2]

GWANGJIN-GU [광진구]
Gwangjang-dong [광장동]
Seoul City Astronomical Observatory [E7]

JONGNO-GU [종로구]
Hwa-dong [화동]
— Bukchon-ro 5-gil [북촌로5길] [E5/6]
Samcheong-dong [삼청동]
— Bukchon-ro 5-gil [북촌로5길] [E5]
Sogyeok-dong [소격동]
— White Birch Story Tea House [E2]

MAPO-GU [마포구]
Daeheung-dong [대흥동]
Korea Listed Companies Association Building
Mangwon-dong [망원동]
— Seongsan Bridge [성산대교] [E1]
Sangam-dong [상암동]
— World Cup Bridge [월드컵대교] [Teaser]
— Gaon Culture Park [가온문화공원] [E11]
Tojeong-dong [토정동]
— Chicken Feet Yechan [닭발예찬] [E7]
Yeonnam-dong [연남동]
— Le Torte [레 또르떼] [E9]

NOWON-GU [노원구]
Gongneung 2(i)-dong [공릉2동]
— Seoul National University of Science and
Technology [서울과학기술대학교]
 [E4]

SEOCHO-GU [서초구]
Seocho 3(sam)-dong [서초3동]
— Seoul Central District Court [E1]

SEODAEMUN-GU [서대문구]
Sinchon-dong [신촌동]
— Sinchon Graffiti Tunnel [신촌벽화터널] [E4]

SEONGDONG-GU [성동구]
Oksu-dong [옥수동]
— Dongho Bridge [동호대교] [E1/2]
— Yanghwa Bridge [양화대교] [E1]

SEOUL (Con’t) [서울특별시]

YEONGDEUNGPO-GU [서대문구]
Yeouido-dong [여의도동]
Wonhyo Bridge [원효대교] [E3]
The National Assembly Building [E5]
Mercato Y [메르카토와이] [E5]

YONGSAN-GU [용산구]
Hannam-dong [한남동]
Hyosung Village [효성빌리지]

ASEONG [아산시]

Sangjung-ri [상중리]
Seounsan Natural Recreational Forest [서운산자연휴양림] [E8]

ASAN [아산시]

TANGJEONG-MYEON [별내동]
Galsan-ri [갈산리]
Sun Moon University [E3]

GOYANG [고양시]

ILSANDONG-GU [일산동구]
Janghang-dong [장항동]
— Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원] [E7]
Seolmun-dong [설문동]
— Sosoham Café [소소함카페] [E8]
Seongseok-dong [성석동]
— Peace Piece [피스피스] [E6]

INCHEON [인천특별시]

JUNG-GU [중구]
Bukseong-dong 1(il)-ga [북성동1가]
— Wolmi Theme Park [월미테마파크]
NAM-GU [남구]
Yonghyun-dong [용현동]
— Inha University [인하대학교]

OSAN [오산시]

GEUMAN-DONG [금암동]
— Mulhyanggi Arboretum [물향기수목원] [E5]

PAJU [파주시]

SEOPAE-DONG [서패동]
— Mediterium [메디테리움]

TANHYEON-MYEON [탄현면]
— Artinus Farmer’s Table [파머스테이블] [E5]
Gyeonggi English Village — Paju Camp [E5]

 



 

K-DRAMA META REFERENCES

Descendants of the Sun

Yoon-seo places herself in the shoes of the heroine while reading a potential script in episode 1, and imagines a scenario that resembles that of Descendants of the Sun. Her imagination continues to trail on in episodes 2 and 3. Though not as direct a reference, it’s interesting to note here that DOTS’ director, Yoo Jong-sun, is also listed as a co-director for Why Secretary Kim together with Touch Your Heart director Park.

Why Secretary Kim
Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 4)

In a great reference to Director Park Joon-hwa’s involvement with Why Secretary Kim, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok watch a lawyer-themed movie called What’s Wrong with the Lawyer? (변호사가 왜그럴까?) — with its poster and logo mirroring that of WSK’s.

K-DRAMA TROPE REFERENCES

“When you look at dramas about in-office romances, they always meet in staircases like this. So I also wanted to try it once.” This is how Oh Jin-sim (Yoo In-na) explains Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) why she wanted to meet him up in the staircase during work in episode 10.

Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 11)

In episode 11, Kwon Jung-rok brings Oh Jin-sim to Wolmi Theme Park [월미테마파크] to cheer her up. His inspiration came from the dramas Jin-sim starred in as he explains: “From time to time, I looked up the dramas that you starred in, and the places that the male lead takes the sad heroine to make her feel better were the beach and the amusement park. So I was debating which place to bring you and thought that you might have twice the enjoyment if I brought you to this amusement park which is near the beach.”

MOVIE REFERENCES

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

The North-American movie Roman Holiday (1953) starring Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as Crown Princess Ann is Oh Jin-sim’s (Yoo In-na) favorite movie as she states in episode 10. Jung-rok compares her to the main character, Princess Ann, in the same episode saying Jin-sim is just like her “how she ran away because she got tired of life in the palace and found happiness in life’s little things.” It is also the movie that Jin-sim proposes to watch together with Jung-rok.


In episode 12, Jung-rok has rented out a whole cinema to watch this film with Jin-sim. [Spoiler] It also serves as a pretext to break up with her a little later.

KDL CREDITS

Locations: Mich KDL, Marion KDL

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Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 5)

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