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  1. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    Just watched Ep.400 of Yoo Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook. They featured a bunch of musicians in order to celebrate the 400th episode. Whoa. That's a lot of shows. Anyway, IU was one of the guests, she sang a duet of one of her songs with a young boy and a song by Jung Seung-Hwan. Then she sang "Dear Moon." She looked and sounded gorgeous. She made a comment about the lyrics she wrote, saying that moonlight is somehow more "fair" than sunlight, because it shines brightest when it is the darkest. And she talked about how much she liked the lyrics and YHY teased her for "being an IU fan." Ha ha. She also said that she would take over his show in 10 years when he retires and change the title of the show to "IU's Palette." Ha ha, he fell off his chair at that one.
  2. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    마음껏 우는 이선균, '한 번도 안아본 적 없는 나를. 끌어안고 울었다.' 나의 아저씨 16화 OMG, there it is. That's that line he said in the preview that we thought he was saying to Ji-An. We thought he was saying, "You've never hugged me." But he was actually saying "I have never hugged me." You found the buried mystery! Korean sentences can be formed without the subject, so it can be a challenge to translate. (I can't re-watch this scene, though. I'll be a mess. ) My guess is that it will have DramaFever subtitles. I don't know how these things work. I do know that the DramaFever banner pops up at the end of each episode along with Chevy and Quiznos. And I know DramaFever sometimes invests in dramas and gets exclusive rights. It looks like that is what's happened here? So wouldn't the DVD production team have access to the DramaFever subtitles? No diss to DramaFever. I do think their subs are not perfect, but they're not bad, and definitely better than nothing. I guess I appreciate them (and Viki) for helping spread the K-drama joy.
  3. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    He said Lee Ji-an i know u can hear me. When you hear this clean up the poop in front of my house
  4. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    Yeah, I am bummed about the controversy, but I have actually seen a Korean drama buried (Valid Love) because of controversy, so it is what it is. For what it's worth, I thought they handled it really well. 훌륭해! (Excellent!) First thing I give this show's team kudos for is that they were confident about their storytelling. They began with a press conference saying, "Hey, it's not a love story, it's a healing drama!" And they seemed to know that the audience would be convinced by the end, that these two *needed* to be together. And I think they successfully convinced enough people, but also left room for the skeptics, too, to enjoy the show on their own terms. Rather brilliant, I say. I don't really know what to say about netizens who believe it's their job to police TV shows, because without them society would collapse, I guess? It's... a bit to intense for me, and this is why I'm happy to usually just tune it out and pretend it doesn't exist. But yeah... it's sad.
  5. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    What he said in Korean is 훌륭해 - which the Naver dictionary translates as "excellent." It is a safe answer but also truthful. It's something you would say about someone who has accomplished a lot, which she has. So it's a fair answer, but deliberately avoids "pretty" or "nice" which are more like personal endearments, which he can't bring himself to say (understandably). SH thinks that DH’s answer ‘amazing’ = ‘pretty and nice’ --> He said this to cover up for the fact that DH's response was oddly impersonal - and he wanted to make it sound better for Ji-Seok's sake. At this juncture, DH knows about YH's affair, but the brothers do not. Anyway, what Sang-Hoon did here is actually very sensitive and kind. So I want to defend Sang-Hoon. One thing that is implicit, but never explicitly mentioned is about the brothers' father. They mention him twice (that I recall). DH talks about him in Ep.1 when he is laughing in the office about the biggest thing that they've killed (after Ji-An kills the ladybug), and he says that the three brothers held down a pig as his father chopped its head off. The next time he talks about this is that his father would tell him, "It doesn't matter" to comfort him, but that no one is there to tell him that now. So my point is that their father has probably passed away, and has left behind a huge void, but they never speak of it explicitly. This is probably why the three brothers are so close, and why DH is unwilling to move away from their mother. In Korea (as in many other societies, I'm sure), the "head of the household" role is a really big deal, and it is their duty to do whatever it takes to protect their family. This is partly why Sang-Hoon is so down on himself. After their father's death, he is the de facto "head" of this household, but he failed at this when he was laid off, and when the two businesses he opened with his severance pay failed, too. This is why he *needs* DH to keep his job at a "big company." He knows what it's like to try and open your own business and fail (twice), so it scares him, and at least one of the brothers needs to have that stability to protect their mother. Although it seems unfair that he is telling DH that he has to remain at a job that's making him miserable, it is the "head of the household's" DUTY to try and think of what is best for the family. I also see Sang-Hoon fulfilling this role when he counsels DH to try and stay with his wife, and even apologizes to YH. First, it's better in terms of social order that a marriage stay intact if possible, especially in Korea where the social stigma of divorce is still quite strong. He's obviously not going to force them to stay together if they want to divorce, but it's his actual job to at least pay lip service to the idea that they should work it out, if possible. Also, Sang-Hoon is taking the responsibility upon himself. He is saying that YH cheated because HE failed at his role at being a proper "head of household" so he doesn't blame YH for straying from their marriage - i.e., he doesn't blame YH for being dissatisfied with THE FAMILY and looking elsewhere, because he failed to protect it. So I don't blame SH. He comes off as a silly person, but he actually feels the great responsibility on his shoulders of being the "head" of this family, and I can see that. In contrast, Ki-Hoon is the "maknae," so he gets to pursue his artistic dreams and apparently be quite self-indulgent about it. He also doesn't have a wife or child, so he's able to refuse a job and punch people in the face because they don't like his script. Sang-Hoon never had the luxury to be that way because he became responsible for his family the moment their father died. So I will cut him some slack here. -- Edited to add: more on this theme of Sang-Hoon is the "head of household" - that he helped Ji-An's grandmother have a grand funeral is exactly the sort of thing that a head of household would do... for his family member. He's a goofball, but he steps up when it counts.
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    Yeah, this is my favorite song in the OST. She is saying that the moon seems too large to hold in her arms. Second part, she is saying that the moon (DH) seems too bright because she is such a dark night. At first, I think she was very down on herself and didn't feel worthy to have real relationships with people, so she probably felt like she was too "dark," and that he seems too "bright" in comparison. So I agree, that does seem like she is talking to DH - that he seemed too big and bright for her to have. So she tried to turn away from him, and he was always there. Anyway, I love this song because it reminds me of when I was a kid. When you look up at the moon at night while you're riding in a car, it seems like it's following you. And my parents would tell me that the moon was following me because it loved me so much. I actually believed that! Anyway, this song reminded me of that. Also, since this is "grandma's song," they play it often when they show grandma, and that's just (yet) another trigger for crying. I miss this show.
  7. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    답을 한다 망설이던 대답 아스라이 거기 너를 왜인지 난, 다 알 것 같다고 I replied you A hesitant answer Vaguely over there where you are I said I think I understand why now -- I don't think this part is translated properly. I answered you A hesitant answer dimly, over there, you Somehow, I think I understand everything (about you) The bolded part definitely sounds like it could be about DH! Thanks for this @mushroomsoupie , it really sounds like she's singing a love song to DH. And it makes sense. In a lot of ways, the moonlight sojourn was when their relationship began, or took a significant turn. And all their nighttime walks together is when their relationship really blossomed. -- @justamom - "This for me was Dong Hoon's confession. What he's really saying: why are you going so far = Don't go so far = stay near me" I absolutely agree. This is why I think the "buy me new slippers" dialogue was also him confessing to her. He is saying very clearly, "I want you to remain a part of my life." That's just the kind of person he is. He's oblique, but he's also very clear about what he wants. -- The drawbacks of watching a great show is that it's hard to move on, and it's hard to find something new. This darn show has really has ruined me. Is anyone watching anything good? I'm trying, but... That's about it. Anyone watching anything good?
  8. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    1st one is "Reply 1988" 2nd - Dear My Friends 3rd - High Kick! Just want to point out that #8 is "I Live on Cheongdam-dong" which finished airing a pretty long time ago, so it's amazing that it is so high on this list. Also, Park Hae-Young (writer of "My Ahjussi") was one of the writers on that show.
  9. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    Okay, so a few thoughts. Does everyone still have Ahjussi Fever? I do. I don’t know how to quit this show. I suppose that I will eventually, but until another drama fills this Ahjussi-shaped void in my heart, I’ll just keep thinking about it. I translated an article on page 226: I don't really agree with the general premise of the article, but I thought it raised some interesting points. I had been typing a post about my afterthoughts of the drama, but hadn't yet posted it because I wasn't quite finished with what I wanted to say. But to build on some of the article's points, I thought I would just go ahead and post my half-baked thoughts: -- Evaluating the show as a whole, I will have to conclude that the marriage definitely ended. The factors: 1. Ji-Seok They have a young son together who is shown in photos but never mentioned, to the point that the viewers wonder if he is dead. Information about him is revealed in tiny bits until the viewer eventually pieces together that he was sent to study abroad, and also that he has been there for a while. This is a bit surprising, because these study abroad arrangements, while highly coveted opportunities, also don’t last *that* long, I think? Maybe a couple of years. This is mostly because it is so expensive, and also because it usually requires one parent (usually the mother) to go live abroad with the child if he is so young, leaving the father alone with the burden of financing two households and the child’s education. For many families, it’s just not sustainable for a long period of time. Ji-Seok was apparently sent to the U.S. when he was quite young, and apparently plans to stay until he enters/graduates college. This isn’t really study abroad, it’s more like emigration. Anyway, without dwelling on logistics, the point is that the writer chose to place Ji-Seok out of the story for a very long period of time. 2. Yoon-Hee The second element is about Yoon-Hee’s affair with Joon-Young. After having seen the entire show now, it’s notable how much singular contempt Dong-Hoon had for Joon-Young. He’s not someone who randomly hates people, and it’s not common for him to feel that vehemently about anyone. But he really, really hated Joon-Young. And even more notably, he expresses that hatred most specifically to Yoon-Hee. When Yoon-Hee mentions that she called Joon-Young, he said, “Don’t talk to him. He has greed coming out of his eyes.” It’s a really severe statement, and he does not talk about anyone else this way. Even when Ji-An (or Park Dong-Woon) asks him about it, he makes it clear that he really dislikes Joon-Young, but doesn’t elaborate why. Anyway, this information shows that (1) Yoon-Hee knows well what Dong-Hoon’s opinion of Joon-Young is, and (2) chose to have an affair with Joon-Young. Not just a one-night-stand, but a pretty committed and deep affair. Let’s also not forget that Joon-Young is Dong-Hoon’s boss at work. The last thing worth mentioning is what we know about Yoon-Hee’s character. While she is unhappy in her marriage, she doesn’t seem like some lonely wife who got carried away by someone who wooed her. She seems very smart and deliberate about her life, someone who considers the consequences of her actions. So we can conclude that this wasn’t some impulsive affair for her. The other thing we learned about Yoon-Hee is also that she is very observant about people’s characters. When she broke up with Joon-Young, she clearly knew enough about his personality and his insecurities to verbally shank him, to really hit him where it hurts. She knows how to evaluate people pretty accurately, and she knows Dong-Hoon well. So there is no way we can conclude that she didn’t understand what she was doing. Dong-Hoon exposited this himself: “When you had an affair with that guy, you passed a death sentence on me.” She knew what would hurt Dong-Hoon the most. She did to him what she did to Joon-Young when they broke up - she purposefully did the most devastating thing she could to both of them. Anyway, my conclusion is that the writer and PD chose to include these elements in the story to show the decks are *stacked* against this marriage surviving: - A child who effectively does not exist in the show’s world, or at least plays no factor in any of Dong-Hoon or Yoon-Hee’s decisions. Ji-Seok never becomes more than a plot device to lay the groundwork for Yoon-Hee’s leaving Korea. - A wife who has mentally exited the marriage a while ago. By choosing to have an affair with someone who has such an unusually hostile relationship with her husband, and also had the power to professionally damage him - she made a choice to leave her husband behind. So these elements were put in the story for a reason, and pretty clearly spelled out. Dong-Hoon is married with a child, but the show went out of its way to essentially neutralize them as factors in his life, at least in terms of whether he can have a relationship with another woman. 3. Ji-An They really upped the ante when it came to creating her character. She’s not just a penniless orphan, she is drowning in debt, and routinely physically tortured by her debtor. Not only does she have to take care of her grandmother alone, the grandmother is also disabled. She cannot afford socks. She literally has to eat trash. She’s so exhausted that she falls asleep sitting up. After one of her beatings, she faints at work the next day. She walks around with bruises on her face and broken fingers. On paper, she is almost baroquely pitiful, on level with the Little Match Girl or Oliver Twist. She is so pitiful that Dong-Hoon describes her as “the most pitiful child in the world.” After he hears her full story, tears stream down his face. The PD himself can’t stop himself from crying while talking about her character in a press conference. So on paper, Ji-An is almost too pitiful. But on screen, she is ridiculously smart and resourceful, and so dignified and cool that she is practically regal. She is so strong that her terrible circumstances never make her seem pathetic. It will take a superhero to break down that wall she’s built around her. And the superhero arrives just in time. The writer really went out of her way to create Ji-An to be a character who was in very desperate circumstances, making almost anything she does seem understandable, and when Dong-Hoon reaches out to her, it will seem heartwarming and not weird. -- Anyway, the conclusion of what I was trying to say is that I feel like the entire story structure was designed in order to have DH and JA fall in love and end up together. The Inchon Business article that I translated essentially affirms that, but ultimately has a problem with it because they feel that it served the patriarchal point of view and reinforces some old-fashioned ideal of sacrifice... and okay, um, I guess I didn't perceive any of that? I just enjoyed this drama as a story. And it's a little frustrating if people expect a drama to, like, try change society, or complain when it doesn't have the social message that they want. Sometimes people just want to tell a story. Like, this drama is not saying all 45-year-old ahjussis need to go find themselves some 20-year-old young girl to fall in love with. Because? People who want to do that are already doing that. And people who are not interested in that are not changing their minds because they watched this drama. I think this drama did have a social message. It was like, I don't know, be kind to each other? I really felt that message was very strongly conveyed. No? Was it to serve my husband like a master serves a slave in the good old Joseon days? Did I miss that message? I don't know, I guess what I have to say is just - to enjoy a drama as a story. Don't try to ascribe some social significance to everything. Sometimes people just want to tell a story, and sometimes that story is good. And this is a love story. The end.
  10. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    Inchon Business If It's Love, than even Phone-Tapping is ok? "My Ahjussi" should have been rated Age 19 [TV Review] Thoughts after Drama is Over Kim, Sun-Hee 5/28/2018 I want to think over "My Ahjussi" once more, which has already finished airing. It is a masterwork that follows the pedigree of "Misaeng" and "Reply 1988" so it is difficult to escape its 'imagery' and compared to the viewer ratings, it has inspired a great deal of fondness, so I have a feeling it will have a long, lingering impact. On the other hand, there is never-ending controversy calling attention to the twisted "sexual consciousness" of men who desire relationships with young women. Despite that, this drama was “can’t miss” for me, and I enjoyed it. “My Ahjussi” had the deep, human scent of “Misaeng” and “Reply 1988” and filled the empty space that those dramas had left, enveloping me in an inescapable [__] of sympathy. These are the reasons I determine that this drama is a masterpiece. First, it depicted reality in such shudder-inducing detail that it inspired deep introspection about the recovery of humanity, and in the lives of these plain people, the savory flavors of philosophy and aesthetics were inherent. Second, Dong-Hoon and Ji-An, the main characters, their match was truly amazing. You could not even imagine either of them played by anyone else. They were not the Lee Sun-Kyun and Lee Ji-Eun we had been watching before. It was to the point that if we watched them in their previous works (in other mediums) it felt unfamiliar and you wanted to turn your head. It made you wonder if half the work of a drama is about finding the right actors for the parts, that was how perfectly these roles fitted them. Third, even the small roles and their rough characters seemed so alive, and had so much charisma and gravity that the lines between the main characters and supporting characters blurred. But there are still many problems that we close our eyes to. On top of the age difference between the main character, there is excessive violence, glamorization of crime, inequality in education level, etc. - it became the subject of endless controversies. But despite all that, everyone's story was told with gravity. In the end, everything was wrapped up in the larger meaning, and left a beautiful and strong message, so the show concluded amidst a storm of applause. In the hearts of the modern audience who live repressed lives due to the hard lines of our society, they felt the existence of strong sympathy and humanity and (the drama) left them a warm, healing message. Watching this drama, I felt like I was watching a swindler with his hand on my money pouch strapped to my waist. The drama’s problematic factors were clear, but when I watched without paying attention, it felt like the swindler’s hand reached inside my money pouch. No, at some points, I preferred to be deceived. The Problem Elements of “My Ahjussi” that I Observed These are the problem elements I discovered. First, it was clearly the objective (of the drama) to show a romantic relationship between an adult man and a young woman. There are many pitiful situations in the drama, but Dong-Hoon treats only Ji-An with too much deep empathy and his behavior (towards her) is excessive. The drama subverted these “suspicions” in sophisticated ways and provided meaningful pretext. Looking down at Ji-an’s feet in short socks that exposed her ankles and wearing worn-out sneakers Dong-Hoon said, “Why do you wear such short socks in winter? Do you think it’s sexy?” He goes to a bar in which he had a drink with her before, looks around and asks the owner, “Did you see that girl who came with me before, by chance? That pretty girl…” The drama’s PD insisted that he wanted to depict human love rather than man-woman love, but he insisted on referencing “sexiness” and “pretty,” thereby not letting the viewer’s expectations for romance die. He is a skilled hunter who killed two rabbits with one stone: get high ratings and silence the critics. The second is the glamorization of violence and crime. In the drama, the “victim mentality” is handled with violence. Especially, there is a “solidarity conscience” in which familial or tribal rules govern their actions (rather than government rules), in which people determine for themselves what is right despite being adults, and to assume all consequences (in proportion to) how difficult their lives are. The main character who is in his mid-40s and his family have each failed to achieve independence from such existence and continue to surround each other, and band together in a “sticky” bond and straddle the line between warm human love and collectivism. The most serious thing is the glamorization of Ji-An’s phone-tapping. She begins tapping Dong-Hoon’s phone with the purpose of committing a crime, but through it, she feels compassion and love. But even after she becomes “on his side” and no longer his enemy, the tapping continues. After she is on his side, she feels more compassion and supports him more through the phone-tapping. Through the hot tears of the viewers, many excellent scenes are shown that involve the phone-tapping. If someone comes to truly love you and you become precious to them, then is it okay to be phone-tapped? In this world, would anyone ever feel okay to be phone-tapped? Even if I think about this 100, 1000 times, and it is still appalling. This drama is a genius alchemist, able to draw out the emotions of the viewers. Especially, the phone-tapping becomes the alchemist’s most effective and novel tool. That this feels beautiful actually makes me fearful. So this drama should have been rated Age 19, at least. Third, the biggest, most unpleasant element is that it is centered on one cuckolded man. Dong-Hoon’s wife, Yoon-Hee is having an affair. Her partner happens to be an old foe of her good-hearted husband. Thus, Yoon-Hee’s purpose becomes a "perfect criminal" than no one can sympathize with. None of the character nor any viewer has any reason to sympathize with her. Yoon-Hee is successful in her career, with a kind husband and treated like a queen by her humane (thoughtful) in-laws. But she was lonely. Even after her husband became a father, he regarded his mother and brothers first in his heart and did not give affection to Yoon-Hee. Without missing a day, he hung out with his brothers and neighborhood friends, leaving the spot next her empty. He married, but his heart could not become independent, and he found social satisfaction with his parent, brothers, and friends, so it was a chilly marriage. The drama made sure that Yoon-Hee could not receive sympathy and emphasizes Dong-Hoon’s loneliness. Not only that, Yoon-Hee reproaches herself harshly and determines that she will accept any punishment that Dong-Hoon gives her. She even atones by taking Ji-An’s side, the woman who now fully occupies Dong-Hoon’s heart and helps him sincerely. It cannot be denied that the story is weighted towards the man’s perspective to the point of cruelty. On the other hand, Sang-Hoon (older bro) and Ki-Hoon (younger bro) were excited the moment they became aware of Ji-An’s existence. They wondered if a flirtation had begun between a young woman and their brother, Dong-Hoon, and they became happy and envious. And when they found out about Yoon-Hee’s affair, they became even more enraged and sad than Dong-Hoon did. To show these scenes side-by-side in the same drama feels so shameless that I cannot suppress my feelings of displeasure. In the final episode when Dong-Hoon sobs in his empty house while thinking of Ji-An did we finally have the “space” to properly see the relationship between Dong-Hoon and Ji-An. After being wounded by the perfect criminal Yoon-Hee, Dong-Hoon, who did not have to recover easily, that is this ahjussi’s victory. And for the pursuit of his personal nirvana, Kyum-Duk left Jung-Hee, leaving her with lifelong regret. So for “the greater cause” (of their men) were Yoon-Hee and Jung-Hee sacrificed? It’s hard not to jeer at the excuse that people use, this concept of “the greater cause.” In the end, the loves depicted in this drama are not healthy. Many characters have focused too much of the needs of their original family and never became independent even after their marriage. And the very concept of their family is too biased towards the man’s blood relatives. Dong-Hoon and Ji-An, the man and woman couple is buried in their excessive compassion. It speaks of endlessly warm humanity, but... This drama speaks of endlessly warm humanity. But it is all based on someone’s assumed unconditional sacrifice and devotion. In the end, it skillfully and sophisticatedly indoctrinates a very old-fashioned patriarchal perspective that is dream of by men. But after absorbing its lingering imagery and the many varied opinions, I discovered an even greater monster. More than I expected, I witnessed many people saying, “This is the type of adult I would like to become.” What other drama can so easily transform men and woman of all ages to kind and innocent children, in just one instant? I had a terrifying thought that even the patriarchy was a sacrificial lamb to the needs of this society. (???) The many strifes in this drama was always left to be solved by an individual. Dong-Hoon, who felt deep compassion for Ji-An goes alone to the feisty loan shark in his 20s, Kwang-Il and fights a life-and-death battle with him. Ji-An is left alone to care for her old, infirm grandmother who is also deaf. Seeing her situation, Dong-Hoon tells her to seek government assistance, and Ji-An begins to be saved by Dong-Hoon. Two unemployed brothers in their 40s live with their mother, eating her warm food. When they learn that Dong-Hoon was beaten by Kwang-Il, Hoo-Gye-dong’s residents ran out prepared for battle. When Ji-An’s penniless grandmother dies, Sang-Hoon gives all his hard-earned money he earned by cleaning so that Ji-An can have a grand funeral for her. A mother’s endless sacrifice, a head-of-household who cannot collapse due to his family’s expectations, the wife who endures everything in order for one man to achieve his fulfillment, and the granddaughter, the neighbor… perhaps the irresponsible desires of society are hidden in these “beautiful customs?” We are being given a lifestyle with a different shape. And therefore, time has come for us to acknowledge and protect individual wants and needs in our society rather than sacrifice for the greater good. Thinking about it, this drama's language is too familiar and suits our tastes too well. When our days are bound to be busy and difficult to conquer, it comforts and appeases us so skillfully. Suddenly we have become gentle sheep, making us chant, "Yes, those were the good old days." But we have come to cross a pond that we cannot turn back from. To achieve our current society in which eating and living has not become so difficult, many individuals had to sacrifice so much. Our lives are so that we barely have enough space to save ourselves. Haven't we all experienced so many times in which the most important thing was so protect ourselves? Now that we solved the problem of how to make a living, and now demand protection from society, "My Ahjussi" tells us this. "The old days were good, that is the true way to live," it tells us warmly and beautifully. When I get to this point, in my heart, "My Ahjussi" transforms into "Just an Old Fogey." This is the limit of the swindler's fancy hand tricks.
  11. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    Absolutely. I pointed out how in this scene Dong-Hoon sounded straight-up whiny! "Why are you ignoring me? Are you mad at me?" Ha ha, it was so cute. That is absolutely a lover's quarrel. Despite the lack of skinship, their relationship hit all the emotional beats of two lovers. This is why Kwang-Il was so shocked when he saw their "beer smile." He knows Ji-An well, and he knows what this means. It's not casual. That's where their relationship exists, in all these little moments that would look like nothing to anyone else, but if you know the characters well, as the viewers do, then you get how meaningful it is. Everything is communicated very briefly: simple statements like, "You're a good person," "Fighting," "Thank you," and other such words that would mean nothing in other contexts. But we know how hugely meaningful it is to them. To me, the "buy me new slippers" scene is basically a love confession. He is making it clear that he will not let her exit his life for convenience, and to him, that is huge. That's why she had that ZOMG look on her face, because she understood what it meant. It's like Jae-Chul said, they are speaking in code to each other. The audience knows the code, because the writer-PD taught it to them. You can refuse to see it if you need absolute confirmation via traditional visuals (kissing, etc), and/or don't want to believe in this romance, which is fine. Everyone has that choice. But the code is there, and it's quite clear and consistent.
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    That is 호계동 In the show, it's 후계동 Not the same place.
  13. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    Wow, y'all are amazing. It turns out Hoo-Gye-dong is a fictional place! I would have never thought to look this up: http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/04/23/2018042301196.html "One call, and 100 will come" - Najusshi's Warm Hoo-Gye-dong people A warm and cheerful place that only exists in "My Ahjussi," the people of Hoo-Gye-dong gently moved the viewers. Never mind the whole neighborhood, people often don't know their next door neighbors these days. But sharing with your neighbors your unremarkable daily life and to cry and laugh with them, it is fragrant like perfume. "My Ahjussi" which is the story of plain people who use all their strength to endure the world, and has elicited strong sympathy from viewers. In this show, there is a neighborhood that feels like it really exists somewhere in this world, and so you want to see it for real. It may be worn-out and humble but it is full of "sticky" affection, that is Hoo-Gye-dong. It is where the three ahjussi brothers were born and raised, it is said to exist at the "mouth" of Seoul, and it is where 'ruined people' live. At some point, they were vice-chairman of a bank, chief of an auto research division, board member of a pharmaceutical company - they had times when they were very successful. But now, they are middle-aged, and they work supplying towels to a motel, import mudfish, or operate a cleaning business. In the evenings, they gather at "Jung-Hee's" and talk about trivial things and work out the difficulties of their days. Whenever they have time, they wear jackets that say "Hoo-Gye Soccer Club" and walk around as a team, earning the complaints of their wives. But they are somehow never hateful, and their "stickiness" makes you envious. In Ep. 10, when Dong-Hoon was was beaten up Kwang-Il, seeing how enraged the Hoo-Gye-dong people became and ran in the middle of the night elicited joyful laughter. Whatever the reason was, based on a single fact that someone hit Dong-Hoon got everyone to shout, hopping mad, "Who did this? Just wait until we catch him." And when a police car with sirens approached, they said, "he can't go to the police station, this is an important time at his work," and they shielded him with their bodies. When Dong-Hoon made the excuse that someone bumped into him and cursed at him, so he fought with him, they didn't question him further, even though it didn't sound like him. Instead, they concentrated on how to make excuses for his mother and his wife. It may seem childish, but we felt the affection and loyalty. Perhaps this is why. This is the day when Dong-Hoon told Ji-An, "If Kwang-Il gives you a hard time, then call me. There are many people who will come to help with just one call. Call at any time. 100 people would come." That their fathers were friends and all attended the same elementary school, and everyone knows each other - that is perhaps not the only reason. And it's not as if they can solve the problem like extremely capable people, or a hero. But Dong-Hoon, who grew up in this neighborhood since birth, knows that when he is having the most difficult time, knowing that someone who will get even angrier on his behalf, and curse someone out for him, and be on his side - he knows how comforting that is. And he felt that that was what Ji-An needed most. This is a neighborhood in which warm people gather and endure the harsh world together. When they begin the day early in the morning, they shout "fighting" for you, and will drink with you until late, and share trivial talk with you. Yu-Ra, who feared failure realized here that failure is okay. It made you look forward to when Ji-An, a "rigid person" would one day come here to relax. This space that feels like a fantasy, it makes you want to live in this neighborhood.
  14. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    I think the tvN version is fine. I think it's probably the most accurate, they probably have direct access to the script. I think it was my mistake to say that DH was talking about his WIFE who wanted to stay in the U.S. - to be fair, it was not that easy to hear, because the conversation was still sort of in the background, and not really the focus of the scene. Anyway, that actually changes things - DH sounded awfully familiar with and seemed to have some say in *whoever* was staying the U.S. If it is Ji-Seok, that actually makes more sense. I think this makes it even more likely that Yoon-Hee is not in the picture, except as a co-parent.
  15. [Drama 2018] My Mister 나의 아저씨

    A husband who will watch K-dramas with you is a keeper. Even though he is clearly wrong. Ha ha. It's all good. It's like Monk Kyeom-Duk said, "It's not about winning or losing. Everyone is just living their own lives." And yes, I think they did cut that line - "she who hasn't even hugged me once" I don't remember hearing that.