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  1. 61 points
    THANK YOU FOR WATCHING! @abnoch @agnesselvira @Alice Mendoza @alleram95 @alindahaw @Ameera Ali @Anh Nguyen Roff @angiecrosby @angelangie @annura25 @Andrew Wiggin @aisling @africandramalover @Anna Tan @AlexandraReid @Ayame @aya02 @Ayoko xx @bairama @bebebisous33 @braunau @camichi @cafe99 @cenching @Cestbon @chdom @Cindy Tjioe @cikqueen @Coco_girl @ck1Oz @Delulu_jie2830 @delta777 @dvrels @dulcinea1 @dramaninja @dramaobsessed @dreaminsince1998 @docgippeum22 @enigmatic_zephy @eleine @Ellirain @eyo2eyo @evie7 @fatalflaw @Far^away @Feriz @fitzsimmons @fieza1871 @Fiona0754 @ForgottenSoulx @foreverempress @foxvanilla @gilaswan @guin89 @greezlybee @HeartKdrama @Heart_Kdrama @HeartKnows @Hey KFreakx @hell59 @Hilmaya Zara @Hueee @hulya.23_d801 @izzri @Jack James @jayana @Jonah Kyle @jeonghyang @joccu @JungRok @kongairui @Iam Fanning @imgkhanh @ilmare @imels @intrariver @katherine celle guerrero @katakwasabi @kangminjae @KimSunny @ktcjdrama @ladycaedus @Latte_Anyday @larus @LavelyShai @Lawyerh @lianee @Lj @lhynne @lynnys13 @lingkoo @lindear Ishak @Lisa David @Lmangla @lol23 @lolly84 @lotuzea @lu09 @LyraYoo @0ly40 @oatshin @marykarmelina @mathildafc @Meccao @mikhaella75 @midjohn33 @mimima @mirror56sakura @mslilith @moreenke @mouse007 @nateko @nenmem16 @nonski @nubianlegalmind @nize143 @michiyo90 @Mydzblue0421 @paolaadl @Pichiie @pichicouple @philosophie @plappi @platinumbeauty @Purnima Dixit @Rafael Pascual @Rakan Almutiri @raziela @reydevan @riiko1988 @rocat @rocher22 @roli @rosenyoma @sal2 @samecut123 @Sejabin @selen4ever @siddy09 @Sisca_TVXQ @shineem5 @Shalika Kunwar @Shraddha Kamble @SnowAngel92 @snowjewelz @salizer21 @stargazer187 @staygold @stroppyse @sweetseptember09 @sushilicious @sugarandspice @Tasia @tearsofthestar @thefungster @thehappiesthapa @thistle @triplem @turtlegirl @turtle0217 @USAFarmgirl @unhelpful @Visually-wandering @Vo Ki Trieu @wolfie26 @Winksteyk @xXMzSmilesXx @xyso @Yana Mujay @Yeojachingudeul @YenungJoa @Yongzura @zagigirl @Zazu2017
  2. 55 points
    I wasn't sure I would be posting here again but my love for the last episode and our JinSoo couple brought me back to say a few words. I pretty much lost it at Jin Hyuk's expression when he opened his door to find Soo Hyun standing outside. The overwhelming sense of joy, relief and love in that look was everything! It gave me such feels and brought me to tears. We all knew and I'm pretty sure they had a tacit understanding that she loved him back but in this episode she actually said the words out loud at a moment when he really needed to hear them and then she showed him just how deep that love was when she turned up at his home, reinforcing the message that she chooses him and he is what she values more than anything in the world. Jin Hyuk had been dropping hints all along that he was all in on this relationship but with this one gesture Soo Hyun showed that she is just as committed and it was wonderfully sweet how he reaffirmed it yet again with what he said. This couple uses their words and also backs them up with actions. They are absolutely end game! JinSoo may just have become my favorite Kdrama couple ever. Everything from their fateful meet cute to the lovely and natural progression of their relationship has been sublime. And for all the heart fluttering romantic moments, this is a relationship that is well grounded and solid because it is balanced and based on a foundation of mutual attraction, respect, consideration, understanding and friendship. This is the type of relationship that is built to last in both the drama world and the real world. This is a couple that actually communicates with one another and when facing hardship, each would rather suffer on their own than see the other one suffer. They just need to be better at recognizing that they are at their strongest when they are a united front. This is what a healthy and loving, adult relationship looks like. Take a good look JWS! I'm anxiously awaiting the next ep for the family dinner. I think/hope it would go well. The setup with JM blabbing about the event for the death anniversary of SH's ex FIL and her showing up to dinner at their house instead should speak volumes to them about her feelings and level of commitment to their son. Daddy Kim has already shown that he is willing to give JinSoo a chance by encouraging JH to invite SH over for dinner and having him on board should help convince Mommy Kim. She is a modest and simple lady but she is also kindhearted. She doesn't know SH and probably worries that because she is rich, she is "fancy" and accustomed to a certain lifestyle. And SH is anything but fancy or snobby despite her status. She happily rode in Dae Chan's truck and some of the places that SH and JH have gone to are far from high class (Subway!) and she has enjoyed them. Once Mommy Kim sees how down to earth she is, it should hopefully put her at ease. She is the type of mom SH wished for and never had so how sweet would it be for the two of them to bond. I don't know what the deal is with JWS at this point. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt that there are actually altruistic intentions behind his actions but everything he does just comes across as self serving and deluded. He definitely doesn't have a clue about what love is and honestly dude needs to learn how to love himself before he can love anyone else. A good place to start would be by getting out from under Mommy's thumb because she is toxic. SHK and PBG are both killing it with such exquisitely compelling, multifaceted and emotionally resonant performances. They have truly brought SH and JH to life in the most beautiful way. Anyone who wants a master class in acting with your eyes needs to watch these two. How can there only be 4 more episodes? Never have I wished more for a drama to be longer and I hate long dramas. Surely there will be more angst but SH and JH better be getting a happily ever after or I swear I will fly over to Korea to track down the production team to demand a reshoot!
  3. 46 points
    I think that I found their room , they will definitely have to explain the balcony kiss if my guess is correct. CSH’s room in first episode She is back in the same room in episode 10 It’s the Habana Suite at Hotel Saratoga in Havana, they probably shifted the furniture around for aesthetic purposes. But the stupid continuous and curve on CSH’s balcony kept throwing me off because KJH and CSH were making out on an individual balcony. A quick search of google shows that the only floor which has separate balconies in that hotel is the 3rd floor ( the hotel claims to have 6 floors on their website, if the counting throws you off because of how floors are counted in your country then just go from the penthouse to the bottom and subtract 3 floors). The Habana suites are situated on the 1st floor and 3rd floor, given how CSH’s balcony is too elevated to be the first floor so it’s certain that CSH is on the 3rd floor. Looked on the hotel website and realized that KJH is probably staying in the room adjacent to her suite, which would explain why his balcony is individual and she has a continuous and curvy balcony. The red arrow indicating his room and the blue arrow indicating her room. So did they end up in his room and how did they end up on his balcony, please watch episode 11. Judging me? I don’t care, I found their room.
  4. 43 points
    Enjoy reading everyone's thoughts... I will elaborate on why the ending is good for me... 1. It did not end with some drone zoomed out kiss in the Cuban Garden with sweeping romantic music at the end with a sunset backdrop. The plot already made a big deal about it was Samuel's garden for his beloved wife that he was picky not to be touched. The playground was their garden. Very true to the humble character of JH and his ordinariness despite extraordinariness. (That ending would have been classically great as well but feels rather Kdrama 2000s?) 2. It ends with a proposal on public stairs, not a white wedding down church/donghua hotel hall aisle. Less is more. Perfectly understated. No cheesy knee bend, candles lit with flower petals every where etc.. Although I can certainly appreciate a Nottinghill ending scene, with pregnant SH napping head resting on the lap of her husband reading a book in the park, but that would be rip off. Besides, the drama is called 'Boyfriend'. 3. Time jump. So it took him a whole year of 'proper dating' before asking her to marry... Or is it the nth time, judging by their reactions? (Kind of open to interpretation. The way they played it, she wasn't even surprised. It could have been a private joke the audience was not privy of? ) 4. Side Characters. Like the realistic and open ending for all the side Characters. Justice is served. The mothers may have been the biggest barriers, but the 2 mothers changed the most because of the love of their daughters/sons. The unrequited love story for the side characters remains delightfully open ended... 5. A love poem about love conquers all? Examination of love. How people use it, show it, abuse it, control it, unleash it. Ultimately how selfless love triumph and break through social conventions, class barriers, eventually conquers all. Those chose kindness and selflessness leads to a good ending. You choose love, or does love choose you? The villain chairwoman is the only one who did not choose to love selflessly (love that actress) and she paid the dearest price of all from beginning to end. Love is the theme motivate and permeate between all the decisions and emotions. Romantic, Friendship, Parents/Child, Siblings, Colleagues, Loyalty, Ex/Almost love etc.. Love is kind, Love is patience, Love also redeems, Love corrupts. The only one who remains self- absorbed, abuses is the Group Chairwoman, whose fate is certainly doomed since their 'encounter' in Cuba a year ago. If she had listened to her son, she wouldn't have ended up where she did in the end. Had the couple not met, she is likely to be still happily corrupt and rule the business world, and very likely to continues to emotionally abuse the ex-in laws and her own child. Their encounter really affects their social circle/family in a big way.
  5. 41 points
    Just watched episode 14, and I have to say that I'm impressed with this drama right now. I think it takes the drama from being just another romance about two people figuring out they like each other, and takes it through an entire relationship arc in a thoughtful way. So, initially, it was about the JH and SH trying to figure out how they felt about each other, cocooning themselves in their relationship. Not because they were actively trying to keep it a secret, but because of their circumstances and their nature, they kept the relationship to themselves for the most part. Though people who were close to them slowly started finding out, as their relationship continued to flourish. Once they had established how they felt about each other, they had to face opposition from people who didn't really matter that much to them, e.g. WS, Director Choi, SH's mother, the public. These were all people who opposed them for their own reasons, and for whom neither SH or JH had any particular regard or feelings for. And, they were able to hold on against them because they were people who didn't really matter to the OTP. And, now they come across the last and hardest hurdle, the negative effect on and/or opprobrium from the people who are closest to them, whom JH and SH regard and love. So, it's JH's mother's opposition out of love and fear for her son, which SH had been expecting all along because she's the older divorcee who lives in a public fishbowl vs the sweet, young JH. It's JH's brother JM getting into fights over innuendos cast against JH. It's even SH's father who has decided to step down from his position. He phrases it as taking courage from SH's actions to do the right thing, but it's also a move designed to free SH from his ambition. If SH had stayed married to WS, then SH's father probably would have gone on to become the next president of Korea (as far as this drama is concerned). That is a momentous step to take any way one looks at it. JH is also becoming aware of how his decision is impacting his family, and I think that's an important step for him to recognize and deal with, which I think he's started doing. So, now JH and SH really, really have to look at it hard for themselves and into their own hearts. Is their love worth asking their loved ones to take the risk, with all of its potential pitfalls, along with them as well? I think I've written on this before, that relationships are about more than just two people, even though we like to frame it as if only the two people matter. In the real world, if your friends or your family don't like your chosen partner, it makes it incredibly difficult on anyone. So, you really have to inspect whether the relationship is worth it, or whether it would eventually end anyway, in which case, why have everyone you love suffer for its sake. So, JH and SH, having overcome all the previous hurdles are at the final one to overcome. I'm confident that they are going to overcome this hurdle as well. They are happiest and strongest when they are together. Also, they have a lot of people cheering them on now, including both fathers. And, JH was able to tell his mother how he felt about SH which may cause his mother to drink, but will also cause her to think. Now it's a question of how much does his mother trust JH to be his own man. I would hope that rather than going through with breaking up with JH, SH considers their love enough to ultimately fight for it, even if she has to to her knees in front of JH's mother every day until JH's mother relents. (Only because going to one's knees is such a big deal in kdramas. ) However, I could see that SH isn't confident that she's really a good enough person for JH, and thus carries through with the breakup. If that happens, both JH and SH will suffer greatly, and the people around them who care for them will notice. It may require SH breaking up with JH for JH's family's sake and then having to watch both JH and SH suffer being separated for JH's mother to relent and realize that they are serious in their love and care for each other as well as for those in their vicinity. I'm willing to wait to see how the drama decides to take it. However, I'm even more confident that JH and SH will win out over this last hurdle to be together, and having had to consider over and over again whether this relationship is the one that they both want. Btw, I have to admit that I really loved that the drama mentions that JH is SH's first love. SH may have gone through a marriage and a divorce already, but she never loved her husband. She was just doing her duty. So, JH is SH's first love, even as SH is JH's, as both JH and SH have both acknowledged now, even if not to each other. In that sense, it is a bit of an old-fashioned love story about love that is fated and thus can overcome all obstacles.
  6. 40 points
    Finally ~ He SMILES ... there's a silver lining! We'll just have to brace ourselves ... The End is near to come... @Mydzblue0421 @lu09 @wolfie26 @mathildafc @triplem @tearsofthestar @cenching @sushilicious @stroppyse @ktcjdrama @Heart_Kdrama @alleram95 @Shraddha Kamble @Ameera Ali @nenmem16 @Alice Mendoza @sal2 @Zazu2017 @Shalika Kunwar @KimSunny @Cindy Tjioe @Yeojachingudeul @Yongzura @fitzsimmons @mimima @lhynne @lingkoo @Purnima Dixit @HeartKnows @Lawyerh @greezlybee @thehappiesthapa @USAFarmgirl @angelangie @paolaadl @intrariver @riiko1988 @Pichiie @attriste @snowjewelz @unhelpful @nubianlegalmind @shineem5 @Anh Nguyen Roff @avondale16 @lianee @Anna Tan @evie7 @o10orio @bebebisous33 @camichi @turtle0217 @rocat @Sejabin@bairama@Jack James @fatalflaw @Iam Fanning @dramaninja @0ly40 @braunau @joccu @africandramalover @icyphoenix @lolly84 @Yana Mujay @zagigirl @eyo2eyo @Winksteyk @angiecrosby @mikhaella75 @foxvanilla @Ellirain @lynnys13 @Cestbon @Far^away @anfluffy @plappi @mslilith @ck1Oz @LyraYoo @aisling @katakwasabi @midjohn33 @Fiona0754 @Feriz @guin89 @Meccao @nonski
  7. 40 points
    “There’s no right or wrong when it comes to loving someone. No one considers whether or not someone is suitable to fall in with beforehand. Love begins way before one can even think that far...Jin Hyuk.
  8. 39 points
    Enchanted 'Among a multitude of stars One stares down at me Among a multitude of people I stare up at one star [...] Where, when and as what will the two of us You, one so warm And me, one so tender Meet again?' (Kim Kwang Sup - “In the night”) Thank you @xu_lyfe :).
  9. 39 points
    Cha Soo Hyun, Kim Jin Hyuk and The Little Prince (part one) Although this story, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, looks like a book for children due to the drawings and the style, in reality The little prince is classified as a philosophical tale. First, the author is criticizing through this story our modern society... don't forget that it was written during World War Two therefore he wanted people to question themselves and their values. The main points are the following: - the contrast between appearances and reality - the incapacity of communicating between adults and children - the importance of relationships among people and to take care of them - the sense of responsibility towards others - the loss of true values due to money and power (represented by different kind of adults: the king, the drunkard, the geographer as scientist, the businessman, the vain man and the streetlight igniter) In The Little Prince, the adults are portrayed in a pejorative way: their lives consist of dependencies (alcohol, the need of admiration, the greed to possess etc.), of loneliness and lack of feelings. After reading this short description, you can observe that CSH's world looks a lot like the world in this story. The two main protagonists in The Little Prince are the aviator and the Little Prince, yet they should be considered as representing the same person because the main point of this tale is to ask people to take care of their inner child. That's why you can read in The little Prince "All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.” The little prince represents the child embodying all the positive aspects like innocence, creativity, imagination, purity and curiosity in opposite to the adults mentioned above, while the narrator and aviator is the adult. Meeting the prince in the desert means that the aviator is able to rediscover his inner child and rethink about his own life: True values like friendship and love become visible again hence the fox says that "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." At the end of the story, The Little Prince leaves the aviator behind (officially he goes back to his planet but since a snake bit him, we can wonder if he died), yet the narrator says that he is still looking for the little prince, even asking the readers if they saw him. Besides, when the aviator looks at the stars in the sky, he always thinks of him. As you can see, the aviator doesn't forget his "inner child". He is an grown-up after all, yet he shouldn't forget his inner child. In the beginning, the aviator explains an unforgettable event. When he was 6 years old, the adults couldn't understand his drawing hence he gave up to become an artist. From that moment, the aviator started living like a grown-up... and here we can see a parallel with CSH. It was around this age, where she was forced to give up her innocence and carefree life and become an adult at an young age. Meeting KJH is like meeting the little prince. She discovers what she has long forgotten: love, joy, carefree life aso. This also justifies why KJH has this playfulness and cheerfulness as he is still very innocent. He might be a grown-up on the surface, yet his personality reminds us of a "child". I can not forget how some viewers sometimes reacted to his huge smiles... they were somehow bothered by these smiles. But seeing these from this perspective, KJH is the little prince, the one who will awaken CSH's inner child. Thanks to him, CSH is able to perceive life with her heart and no longer with her eyes. JWS was too realistic and too grown-up to bring happiness into her life. On the other hand, CSH represents the adulthood because in the philosophical tale, the little prince starts changing as well: he discovers what friendship and love mean which becomes painful for him. He loses little by little his innocence as well. He left his planet because of the rose. The flower was so vain, contradictory but vulnerable, however she ended up hurting the little prince with her words. She loves him but she is well aware that she was the reason he misunderstood her. The rose symbolizes on the one hand femininity and on the other love. The little prince only realized how unique his rose was after meeting the fox: "It's the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.” We could say that KJH is resembling a lot to the little prince. He spent a lot of time with his rose, took great care of her but due to her words, he ended up leaving her behind. The rose could be perceived either as CSH (she broke up with him) or his mother (who hurt him by forcing CSH to break up with him). Moreover, moving closer to CSH who is the archetype of the adult means facing reality and the world of the grown-ups. He met the queen Chairman Kim, the greedy director Choi, the jealous CEO JWS... Each time, he got hurt but was able to overcome the suffering. He experienced a lot with CSH. He became little by little an adult. Yet his mother refused to see it. That's why CSH and KJH are both saying the same at the end: they make the other a better person. CSH can become more cheerful and playful again, KJH has become a real man. He is her fence and her protector. They complete each other. Striking is that CSH has a lot in common with the little prince as well. Both are lonely. He lived on his planet, she lived for her hotel. Secondly, both enjoy watching sunsets. The prince said he could watch 44 sunsets on his planet, when he felt sad. And we saw how the sunset in Cuba had such an impact on CSH. She could forget her sad life, this even marked the time of her awakening: trying to enjoy life differently. Then we have this. The little prince and the rose on his planet. Notice that the rose is protected by the glass, just like CSH's bouquet offered by KJH. @dukesa1122@lolipop86gorgeous@celebrianna@dreaminsince1998@larrysouth@yonaomi123@NongpeeP @rosschienta17@nubianlegalmind@shyguitar @roshzanna@twtwb@Tasia@rosiepeonie188 @xu_lyfe@nikir@guinearoyal@icyphoenix @stroppyse @thistle@Yongzura@thadora@jl08
  10. 39 points
    The mood in this thread since Cuba TVN’s response Thread TVN Thread TVN is shady and posts about a tired JH Thread TVN Thread We need some real closure about what happened in that hotel room at this point.
  11. 39 points
    I am not sure I see this episode necessarily as being melancholy. Instead, I see this as an episode where CSH and KJH are in deep personal reflection in preparation for making probably the most crucial decision of their life. They both understand how high the stakes are and the potential impact it will have on them as a couple, their families, and the employees of Dongwha Hotel (their extended family). When I look at their faces during Episode 12, I see the weighing of options, the potential outcomes of these decisions, and the uncertainty of how this will play out. Our actors do such a great job of using their eyes to express feeling and making only very subtle facial expressions to let us in on their thoughts. By the end of this episode, we finally see that resolution register on CSH's face as she sits in front of the mirror. The power of the moment where KJH sees CSH at the gate is not lost on me. He is both ecstatic that CSH has demonstrated in her actions that she is all in staying together as a couple and facing whatever the future holds for them. At the same time, he is also unbelievably worried about CSH's safety and well being as how he will protect her. PD-nim is bringing us through the emotional wringer. In Episode 11, we are so exultant at seeing our OTP commit to each other romantically and experiencing such incredible feelings of love for each other. However, in Episode 12, we experience angst for CSH as she seems to be facing insurmountable odds in defending her hotel while feeling anxiety for KJH not knowing how he can protect CSH in facing so much power, money and ruthlessness from JWS. This is such an outstandingly done drama. One thing that struck me is that I believe it was Teacher Lee that suggested they invite CSH to her dinner. This will carry a lot of weight with her parents concerning accepting CSH. Teacher Lee is a close friend of KJH's parents and based upon what I am seeing of her; she seems to be regarded somewhat as the respected village elder. I think she is communicating her endorsement of their relationship to KJH's parents, which I think will go a long way toward their accepting them as a couple. Sorry for the overly long post. I just had to rave about this series.
  12. 39 points
    The significance of hands and feet in Encounter (part 1) Everyone remembers this scene: At the end of the episode 3, KJH moves his foot closer to CSH's shoes... but just a little, while he confesses that he went to Sokcho because he wanted to see her, he missed her. After hearing that KJH feels something for her, she moves her foot away from his. With this camera position, the director wanted to use the foot as symbol for the attempt of KJH to change their relationship. He doesn't want to keep this boss-employee relationship any longer, he definitely wants more and since he knows from the radio that CSH considers him as friend, he thought, he could try to be acknowledged as friend. Notice the connection between the small distance he moved his foot and his attempt to ask her to become an official friend. We know that he loves her because from the first episode, he was interested to know if she had a boyfriend. Yet here he only asks merely for a friendship as he knows that he can not ask for more right now. But as you can see, CSH rejects his offer and tries to maintain that relationship as boss-employee. A lot of people understood the symbolism behind this scene, however what I , like many viewers, failed to see is that the director and writer had been already using the feet and the hands as symbols since the first episode. Someone might even wonder as joke if the director is not a foot and hand fetish. Just in the first episode, we have 8 takings with the feet and 9 with the hands which is quite a lot. The first taking is this: JH brings her shoe back and puts it next to her foot. Here, her high heels embody the chaebol world which is a uncomfortable and painful world. That's why her foot has a wound. She might look good in high heels but with such shoes, it is impossible to walk for long and properly. JH with his hand offers assistance. Striking is the meaning behind the hand, JH has to lower himself but he doesn't mind it at all. The hand reflects two aspects: modesty and kindness. This simple taking has such a deep significance but it marks the start. From that moment, the director pays a lot attention to the hands, arms and feet of our protagonists. But let's go back to that scene where JH puts CSH's shoe in front of her. That's when he notices that her foot has a wound hence he proposes to walk barefoot. After convincing her, he offers his arm to help her to come down from the wall Notice that here KJH is keeping a certain distance from her, as he just offers his arm and not his hand. With some reluctance, CSH accepts his assistance one for time. But why does the director spend so much time on focusing on the hand and foot in this scene? In my opinion, first he would like to underline CSH's shyness, she is not used to physical contact. Secondly, he also outlines how quickly their relationship evolves. First, his hand was close to her foot which revealed a huge gap. Now, he is bold enough to offer his arm. The gap has diminished. Then we see her walking barefoot and at some point, JH looks at her feet and notice that they don't look good. CSH is not used to that way of life... being totally destitute that's why he proposes her to buy shoes. Since they drank beer together and walked together barefoot for a while, JH feels naturally closer to her that's why he grabs her arm gently without thinking as he proposes to buy sandals. It's a natural gesture but it outshines how comfortable JH already feels with her. For him, there is no longer any gap between them, they don't really belong to different worlds. However, CSH's reaction (she pushes his hand away) makes him realize that she is not feeling the same. She is definitely not used to be so physically close to anyone. Why buy shoes? He wants her to treat her like a princess but with his own means. He chooses "funny" shoes for her. She is hesitant to put on the sandals as this is totally new to her. However, the moment she puts on the shoes, she notices that they are comfortable. Since she looks at them, the viewer can feel her emotions. She is agreeably surprised that's why she accepts the sandals and walks later happily with him. But before that, the director focuses one more time on the feet. JH is still barefoot unlike CSH. So this taking illustrates that JH already gives priority to CSH. This zoom has another meaning. They are now in the same world... they are equal but not poor. They are not totally deprived. By experiencing walking barefoot, JH realized that CSH did belong to another world but he had no idea that she belonged to the chaebol world. As they walk together, CSH puts her hand on her stomach. She is signalizing that she is hungry. The hand is used here as a way to express oneself that's why we have sign language. The hand is a tool for communication. I had already pointed out that CSH had never been allowed to express herself. She had to remain silent and obedient, however she developed two strategies where she could express herself freely and show her emotions: the paintings and the hands. In other episodes, like in the episode 2 we see her caressing the watch she wore in Cuba. This tender and intimate gesture illustrates that she treasures this time spent with KJH. She is remembering all the emotions she felt that time. In this scene, she does it, when she is alone, no one can see her being so tender. But let's go back to the scene, where JH notices that she is hungry. This is really important because it shows that JH is a good observant. He already pays attention to her body language, which JWS doesn't and has never done. For him, she was always sour-faced as he only looked at her face. He never looked elsewhere. What caught my attention is when they are at the restaurant, the director has two similar takings. Unlike in the other camera positions, the hands are not the focus but they are both in the center of the zoom. Both serve the same purpose. JH's hand indicates his hesitation if he should pay for the salsa show, CSH uses her hand to hide her laugh and smile. Both are expressing a certain shyness. She doesn't dare to laugh in front of him, he is thinking if this is worth. He is still unaware if she is attracted to him or not. He had already told her that he found her cute. This "shyness and awkwardness" will be even more visible later, when they are about to part from each other. They already like each other but they don't know how to approach the other without looking like a flirt/playboy. But between the restaurant and the departure, they went to the salsa show... here, JH is able to take CSH's hands which is really important. She allows him to touch her and become close to her. It took JH the entire evening and night spent with her to be able to touch her, however this was for him a signal that he had some chances. That's why he wants to meet her the next morning. He wants to know if she is as interested in him as he is in her. What KJH didn't see is this. When she is in the taxi, she looks at her shoes and has a huge smile. CSH not only likes the shoes but she already perceives them as meaningful. She is happy and has already a good memory of the time spent with KJH. She doesn't feel that she belongs to a different world from KJH. This is the reason why the director pays so much attention to KJH and CSH's hands and feet. The evolution of their relationship is not only visible with the feet but also with the hands... CSH's shyness was the reason why KJH was very cautious around her and knew that he had to take little steps so that CSH would put down her walls and become physically intimate with him. Moreover, CSH shows a lot of emotions (anger, fear, ...) with her hands, as she has learnt to hide her thoughts and emotions. This is unnoticed by many, especially JWS, but not by KJH. So only in the episode 5, KJH was able to take CSH's hand again, when he proposed to have a some-relationship. It took him some time in order to come closer again... the gap between the two worlds was just so huge, however KJH was determined and persistent in his goal. First, he had thought that he had succeeded after having spent the afternoon with her, nonetheless when he saw this : he got anxious that he might have failed. As you can observe, the picture on the right shows two hands joined together... and KJH had not been able to take her hand after his return from Cuba. That's why he got worried... he knew that if he had touched her hand again, she wouldn't be able to cut ties with him. @dukesa1122@twtwb @xu_lyfe@nikir@guinearoyal@Tasia@icyphoenix @stroppyse @philosophie @thistle@Yongzura@thadora@jl08
  13. 39 points
    BREAKING NEWS: A foreign couple commit a series of misdemeanors in Havana cr : dc
  14. 39 points
    The PD gave them full credit too. Cr dramamilk YouTube Since all the Cuba scenes were shot before the press conference, I guess this is why the PD was so confident and vocal about their chemistry.
  15. 39 points
    You can only see the wind through the whistling of the trees. Love is like that. To see it, it has to be reflected in action. With JH it's in each and every gesture, sometimes surprisingly so. Like when he was working so hard to prepare the end of year party: I thought that he put in all that effort because he wanted to prove that he was hired on his own merit and not for his connections, and in doing so he wanted to strengthen SH's position in front of the board. But it was so much more than that. He was designing the best New Year present ever: choosing a masquerade because he knows how much she longs for anonymity, including a salsa band because he knows that dancing makes her happy, even hand drawing her mask... His love is so apparent in everything that there is no need for a single word. The secret that SH is responsible for turning his theoretical ideas of what love is into practice is no secret at all. It's there in every smile. His feelings are just too big to contain. In contrast, WS's love is invisible. It's all glib retorts and machinations behind the scenes. No wonder that even when he spells it out for her upfront SH does not believe it; instead she thinks that's it's yet another of his games. They never worked in the first place; it was a bad match based on pedigree and an explicit money exchange, not on compatibility or genuine feelings. Resurrecting a dead romance is useless; SH and ex are over. Still they should have an open adult conversation where WS can get his feelings off his chest properly and then move on. Maybe they can become better friends in the process. SH belongs with JH because they just work. Looking at the two of them together, you only see two people in love, and completely forget their age and status differences. It's all lovely done. There’s trust and respect on both sides. There's also an undercurrent of awkwardness in their physical interactions that I find realistic and endearing. JH is constantly hungry for more (like when he has to sit on his hands to prevent himself from reaching out to her during his first visit at her place). He keeps probing her boundaries, tentatively resting his hands on her shoulders after lending her his coat during their walk, then by the end of the day embracing her properly. Also she completely trusts him to go just as far as she is ready… They have to end up together. No other end-game makes sense.
  16. 38 points
    His proposal, her smile and their happiness in the last scenes of “Encounter” "You should keep smiling like that, Soo Huyn" "I cannot smile without you, Jin Huyk. Let me stay by your side. I want to stay beside you and keep smiling like that" "I love you" "I love you".
  17. 38 points
    Ten Things I hate about Encounter 1. The writer made Jin Hyuk so considerate and thoughtful to the people he loves that it would be hard to find any fault in him when he's too perfect.  2. Cha Soo Hyun almost broke up with JH just to protect him from experiencing the hardships she had gone through. You win hands down for your selfless love.  3. I hate that because I couldn't wait for the subbed version I started watching live stream and reading live recaps just to understand and make sense of what is happening. All this trouble just to watch JinSoo couple.  4. I hate that JH and SH's characters felt so relatable that when they cry, I did too. It didn't help that I was sitting in the bus on my way home and trying hard not to. 5. I hate that the mothers in this drama are shown mostly in a negative light. Chairwoman was overbearing, Mi Ok overly ambitious, while Yeon Ja crossed the line with her desire to protect her son. The only mom who was like a haven to JinSoo is Teacher Lee. It didn't hurt that Yeon Ja finally redeemed herself by admitting personally that she made a mistake, and not just apologized sincerely but with LOTS of yummy food as a peace offering. 6. I also hate that PBG and SHG's acting was so incredibly raw and heartfelt that I cried so many many tears in episode 14 and 15 that I used up a whole box of tissue. 7. I so hate break up scenes the most. Too much angst. Thankfully the playground scene made up for it. 8. I hate that this simple story managed not only to awaken my old love for reading books, appreciate poems, and most importantly to realize that to cherish what we have, no matter how simple, is what makes life special. 9. I hate that now whenever I passed by a bookstore I would always think of JinSoo. There really is no exit to Encounter. 10. And lastly, what I hate the most is that starting next week there would be no more new episodes to look forward to. Jin Hyuk-ah, Soo Hyun-ah I will miss you two very much. Your love story will always hold a special place in my heart❤ Thank you Encounter for being so meaningful and heartwarming. And thank you for this thread with everyone's lively discussion and analysis. Thank you for the live recaps. Thank you to each and everyone here. Good night.
  18. 38 points
    It's a reasonably good closure for all the lead and supporting cast. Kudos to JH's mum for coming round and making her son happy again. He proves to his mum that CSH is a good person and is helping him to be a good person too. No Cuba hot kiss but a sweet makeup and beautiful, deep kiss with snowflakes falling on their faces which is meaningful. Their visuals are beautiful. It might not be the best ending for KJH and CSH - no marriage, but a proposal. Perhaps it's the time factor. Would have added to the beauty of this drama if there was a white wedding. But the closure is fine. At least it's not a dream nor a tragedy...they're there for each other and there to stay for a long time. KJH putting the ring back on CSH's finger is a wonderful moment. CSH receiving her Cuba shoes from him was overcome with their beautiful Cuba memories (which was KJH's intention) and couldn't hold her longing for him any longer, dashing out to find him. The scene of both walking towards each other in the snowfall is hauntingly beautiful. I'll remember this scene with their final kiss for a long time to come. Watching our OTP going through tough times and growing stronger in their relationship is the best message for me. It didn't break them...almost...but their love surpasses all hurdles. Take heart and believe in each other's love. Good times will come and have come for KJH and CSH. Boyfriend is a beautiful drama, despite the heartbreaking scenes which might not be easy to stomach but fact is - they love each other and are marrying each other. I shall continue with the drama by dreaming about their white wedding and tiny feet running...since PBG and SHK have amazing visuals and Screen chemistry that kill and our wish is not fulfilled..... Thanks for staying here for PBG and SHK. I'm really glad that we've united to support Boyfriend. It's been an enjoyable ride overall. It's been great making new friends too. Cheers! P/S : Kyo looks so sweet and adorable at the last scene when she ties up her hair.....and both are adorable when they posed at the murals too...told ya they have amazing visuals....
  19. 38 points
    Episode 15 I have just watched Episode 15 with subs, and I have nothing but appreciation and respect for the whole crew and cast members. It is another well-thought-out, well-executed and well-acted episode. Despite a lot of challenges, the episode remains beautiful, sensitive, and thoughtful. While a lot of fans might be displeased as they understandably wished for a quicker movement of the sad scenes so that they could see more happy scenes of the main couple, I appreciate that the episode stays loyal and consistent with the pace of the drama and does not feel rushed. While many viewers might be understandably disappointed at Soo Huyn for deciding to break up with Jin Huyk, I feel the move to be totally realistic and expected. It is totally consistent with the plot development and the background, perspective, hesitation, struggle and fear that the character has gone through. While a lot of people might be understandably unhappy to witness Jin Huyk’s pain and sorrow, I appreciate that the episode takes time to describe his emotions (just like how episode 14 takes time to narrate Soo Huyn’s emotions), which in turn demonstrates the strength and the depth of his love, as well as his character and personality (look at how he treats his mother throughout the series and keeps everything in his own, even after he discovered what and how she did to the love of his life behind his back, it says so much about Jin Huyk’s personality and explains so much how Soo Huyn thought that she should not force herself into his family to make everyone suffer). As a result, the episode removes any doubts that one might have over Park Bo Gum’s acting ability (just like how episode 14 does a great job in showing Song Hye Kyo’s superb acting). And I’d just like to end this note by bringing us back to the very first teaser of the drama which indicates Jin Huyk’s as the source of bright and color for Soo Huyn’s grey world and reveals the couple’s smile facing each other after the biggest wave is gone. I am sure that will happen in the end.
  20. 38 points
    @lolipop86gorgeous @philosophie Honestly, it took me a long time before watching the episode 13... because I knew what was going to happen. Even after watching the preview for the next episode, my heart is really aching. What caught my attention in the episode 13 is this Now, you are wondering why. JH's mother is using the tangerine syrup in order to lure CSH. And this contrasts to teacher Lee's gesture in the episode 6: Both pictures have something in common, the citrus fruit. Before analyzing the first scene mentioned above, we have to pay attention to teacher Lee's gesture. Lee gave the mandarine to show JH her support and comfort. Her gesture was very warm, even motherly because she had peeled the mandarin for him before. In that scene, we could see that Mrs. Lee was worried, yet she never said anything about it. She offered the fruit which made JH happy. Moreover, it seems to me that offering an orange can signify wishing him good luck because tangerine and chance have the same sound in Chinese. Lee's gesture indicated that she would support him no matter what. Now, observe the contrast with the tangerine syrup. First, the mother didn't offer this tangerine syrup directly, she had to use LDC and JMJ in order to reach CSH. Then she is not offering a tangerine as such, but a syrup. We all know that syrup is made of sugar and too much sugar can become poisonous. I connect the syrup to the love of JH's mother. The love of JH's mother for her son and her family is actually too much. This explains why she points out that she wants her family to be as they have been. She is refusing any change, especially when it comes to JH. The latter has always loved her so much... remember the smile he had, when he was talking to his mother over the phone and got caught by CSH. The latter thought, he was talking to his girlfriend. So for the mother, it has nothing to do with CSH as such. She uses her special status as an excuse. She acts like a jealous woman. So offering the tangerine syrup was a poison, CSH thought, she had been accepted. Imagine the pain, when she realized that it was the opposite. JH's mother heard her son saying to his father that he couldn't live without CSH but notice, she avoided to hear it from her son herself. By not hearing it herself, she can act behind his back excusing herself that she had no idea. Moreover, she can dismiss it, saying that JH will overcome it. To conclude, JH's mother loves JH too much, just like the syrup is symbolizing it. (love = sweet) That's why we offer chocolates to our loved ones (=sweets). She is actually trying to kill the love between JH and CSH with the tangerine syrup. The syrup fits the mother's personality: the sweetness of her manners and voice can not make us overlook that she is trying to destroy that wonderful love. Besides, the mother's request is too unrealistic: her family not to change is impossible... her sons will leave her at some point and start their own family. But let us not forget that in the episode 13, JH said that he could forgive the person who hurt him because everyone makes a mistake once. I hope, there is an argument between the mother and the son, as soon as JH realizes why CSH pushed him away. JH loved his mother too much... but he needs to be disappointed in order to put a boundary and make his mother realize how selfish she was. @dukesa1122@celebrianna@dreaminsince1998@larrysouth@yonaomi123@NongpeeP @rosschienta17@nubianlegalmind@shyguitar @roshzanna@twtwb@Tasia@rosiepeonie188 @xu_lyfe@nikir@guinearoyal@icyphoenix @stroppyse @thistle@Yongzura@thadora@jl08
  21. 38 points
    @Jemrie Oh my....this gif from you renew my goosebumps again....why are KJH and CSH looking so sensuous here? I had thought their Cuba kissing scenes are so passionate and oh so intimate with biting and pulling....somehow, this is just a simple gentle pushing on the swing but the manner that KJH uses his palm to touch CSH's legs with that tender glance up at her face and his eye contact with hers is more than a simple push on the swing. Even this, our OTP is able to make us flush red-hot with their intimate gesture. It's heart-fluttering... KJH's face is full of love while CSH is basking in his love. PBG and SHK are really out to kill us with their chemistry! I'm gonna miss #Boyfriend really bad. Like PBG said at the press con, "Boyfriend" has lots of heart-fluttering moments and they more than fulfilled their promise. This drama will hold a special place in my heart forever because it's about true love and its sacrifices that make us cherish our other half so much. Beautiful take with a gorgeous couple.
  22. 38 points
  23. 38 points
    My gifts (gifs) to the thread.... Cha Soo Hyun has gone a looooong way!
  24. 38 points
    Their first moment together @NongpeeP observed that it was Cha Soo Huyn who made the first move and started initial interactions with Kim Jin Hyuk and that it was only after these moves and the ramyeon news that Kim Jin Hyuk had interest in Cha Soo Huyn and made his own moves. This is an interesting observation, but that's not really what I see. I'm not sure when Cha Soo Huyn and Kim Jin Hyuk first saw each other. I think the upcoming episodes will shed more lights and give us a specific answer on this. They might have seen each other for the first time at their university in Korea. Or they might have passed each other earlier on a street in Seoul. But we all know that Havana was where they had their first real encounter and spent the first moment together and, for me, they both developed mutual interest in each other right from their first encounter. It was because their initial feelings were mutual that their first moments together became more beautiful and meaningful. Kim Jin Hyuk paid attention to Cha Soo Huyn as soon as he captured her in his camera. We are not sure whether he followed her to the sunset viewpoint, or more likely, it was mere a coincidence as he was heading there anyway, but it was quite clear that he continued to pay attention to her, otherwise he would not be able to catch her right when she dozed off and almost fell down (without it they wouldn’t have had their first encounter). The way he looked at her when she was awake told us that he was already enchanted. I cannot blame him, I would totally be enchanted if I were there with her. And I can totally feel that he was sincere when he said his shoulders were lucky (yes they were). When Cha Soo Huyn looked at the sunset and said "it is beautiful", the way he looked at her again told us that he was thinking inside "you are beautiful". His interest became even clearer when he gave her his phone and played that romantic song for her as the sun was setting beautifully in front of them above the sea and people were dancing behind them. I don’t think he would have had done this if he had not have any interest. The guy is however mature and respectful as he decided to leave to give her some privacy when he noted that she was in some deep and emotional thought [about her past and present struggles]. At that point we started to see more Cha Soo Huyn's smile, which was so rare in the previous scenes, and that was when she started to ask to borrow some money for beer, to which he very eagerly agreed (It was quite clear that he did not really want to leave. The guy could not hide his smile and could not help saying that she was adorable. He was actually so relieved that he had saved some money so that he could use for that moment). And she was adorably happy after hearing from him that she was adorable. When she looked upon him and shyly turned away as soon as he caught her eyes (with a smile) and when she wondered about his age and commented that he was like a green grape, I know for sure that she had interest in him. It was one of the most romantic and charming yet adorable and subtle first encounter ever. I wish the couple and all members of the thread a wonderful new year.
  25. 37 points
    I just finished watching the final two episodes finally. Real life got a little away from me, so late to the finale party. I actually enjoyed the final two episodes, though it may have been best to be able to watch the two episodes properly back to back so that my heart wouldn't hurt so much from JH's breakdowns. Though, watching JH's grief versus SH's grief was right for both of their characters. JH who is the more open with his emotions was able to cry not paying attention to where he was or who may be watching. He was heartbroken and he expressed it. SH's grief was just as intense, but contained within herself and by retreating both emotionally and physically, even from those who loved her and cared about her. Anyway, episode 15 when I finally watched it in its entirety didn't fill me with despair after all. Rather, it was an evolution to watch how JH processes what's going on, both to SH as well as between himself and SH. His concern for SH over how she is doing with her father's predicament is then compounded with disbelief and grief over her break up with him. He then deliberates and vacillates between sticking it out with her and letting her go as she had seemed to want, both options clearly painful for him. SH, in her turn keeps everything so closed up inside her that she becomes once again the controlled, unemotive person that she had been before she had met JH. However, she can't quite keep it all contained within her, and it comes out in little ways. The most prominent expression of her grief being her decision to go to Cuba until the hotel is complete, despite the fact that the Cuban hotel is actually doing well with the management they have on the ground there. SH is clearly wanting to return to a place where she had felt peace and love, even if she thinks she has to deny that peace and love for herself. He also finds out some details that he needed to know such as that his mother had objected to their union and expressed that objection to SH. JH then confronts SH again about his mother's objections only to have SH hold firm. The allegory she tells him about his mother's tangerine preserves shows him that it's more than just his mother that has SH deciding she can't be with him. Rather it's her fears over him, or rather her fear of destroying him and his family through the public scrutiny and messiness that is her life which then leads her to feeling guilty over dragging them into her mess. So, faced with knowing that SH's torment is her own fears and sense of guilt, JH decides to let SH go after all, and even to resign from the Donghwa Hotel. So episode 15 ends up with a cliffhanger, of sorts, with JH writing up his resignation, but then his memories of their times together, gives him new resolve. And, we find out that in episode 16 that his resolve is that SH is the only woman that JH will ever love and that he also loves his mother, so he's going to wait for both SH and his mother to come around. This arc is actually rather beautiful in terms of seeing how his thoughts and his emotions go from one to another as he tries to figure out what is best for the woman he loves, but also to understand himself a little better to see what he wants to do and can do. So, he is able to tell her to do what she feels she has to do, even if that is to break up with him, however, he has no intention of breaking up with her. He is going to be true to the person that he is, and so he is going to keep loving her and watching over her. And actually, SH's mood seems to lighten with this proclamation of JH's, even though she doesn't say anything about it to him. Episode 16 also provided more interactions between JH, SH and their friends and family members as each either offered support, encouragement, or were finally brought to some understanding. So, while when JH's father was scolding JH's mother about interfering in JH's life when JH had chosen the path that he wants to take, she stubbornly insisted that JH would get over it and live a better life for it. However, the conversation between JH and his mother where JH tells his mother that he loves SH as much as he loves his family seems to have driven the point home to his mother that this really isn't a flight of fancy for JH. He already thinks of SH as being part of his family, and is firmly resident in his heart, that steady, unwavering heart that his mother knew so well. His mother is also moved that her son is so steadfast in his love for her that rather than being angry or upset with her over her interference, he instead professes to love her and understand her. And, so her heart is moved because she knows how much she's hurt SH, and now she understands how much she is hurting her own son as well. But, episode 16 also gives us more insight into SH, and I really liked the conversation between SH and JH's mother. SH's point is that if it was only JH's mother's objections, that SH wouldn't have broken up with JH. Rather, SH would have gone to JH's mother every day to try to convince her to accept her. So, while JH's mother may have been the instigator, it's because JH's mother's fears so closely echoed the fears that SH herself had, that she had decided to break up with JH. And, so ultimately, it's SH's own fears that has to be allayed, and it's actually through her father's observation that while he had lived and worked diligently, that neither he, nor SH's mother, nor SH herself had had very much happiness from all that diligence combined with the pictures that JH gives to SH that show SH in her only moments of happiness and freedom that convinces SH to change her heart and give love and life with JH a chance. And thus, the happy ending that so many of us had wanted. The first snow kiss was lovely, even if it's an often used trope in kdramas, and I actually appreciated that the story finishes in Korea rather than going back to Cuba, because Korea is home for both JH and SH, the home that they will share together. I'm going to stop now because I realize that I've been going on and on about, and could probably write even more about the very emotional final episodes, because this entire drama is about the growth that both SH and JH go through, and the emotional arcs that aid in that growth. I'm not sure that it is either SHK or PBG's best work to date, but I have to say that I am very fond of SH and JH, and their simple yet not simple romance. Thanks to everyone on the thread. It was fun hanging out here even when things would get a bit noisy at times. Take care and hope to see everyone on other threads.
  26. 37 points
    All I wanted was these two kissing under the beautiful falling snow And now, It’s over .... but it ended beautifully. cto
  27. 37 points
  28. 37 points
    @nubianlegalmind @dukesa1122 Thanks a lot for the compliment! By the way, I wanted to remind that I had even described JWS's world as a buried coffin because of the dark colors (brown and black) and the liking for oblongs. And in the last episode, CSH is asked to attend a death anniversary from that family which actually is indeed associated to death and buried coffin. My interpretation of their world was point on. If she had gone there, she would have been asphyxiated again. From my point of view, JWS has no idea how his life and horizon are limited... he thinks that his superiority is a blessing, yet in the end he knows nothing about life, love and friendship. That's why he is always shown alone and why he is able to stalk CSH. Even in the last episode, his loneliness increased because we didn't see his secretary. So far, he has always been shown with his secretary who kind of helped him and almost acted like a friend. But since JWS got this new position, he is now on his own... stalking his ex-wife. As the opposite to JWS's home which I connect to a coffin, JH's home is represented as a tree. The latter means protection, comfort and also symbolizes life, unlike the coffin since it is usually made of dead wood. Remember that JH has always been linked to nature. While JWS keeps referring to JH as the wind, the writer gives us another symbol for JH: the tree. First, he asked her to meet CSH in that beautiful alley with huge trees, then he mentions the story about the love letter buried next to a tree, then in the episode 12 he offers a plant, which looks like a tree. He also tells her to consider the plant as himself, his head and hair. Now, we know why CSH, often represented by the bird, can only love JH more and more: the tree and the air/ wind are the elements where we can see birds. The bird flies in the air but when it will seek protection in a tree. Furthermore, CSH told JH that she would have been scared, if she hadn't JH by her side... so JWS's actions did instigate fear but she is able to overcome it because of her boyfriend. I was wondering who is in the car with Nam and JMJ? Or there is no one else? Maybe it is her father... he said that he would do anything to protect his daughter and this would be great. Or has she asked Nam and JMJ to lie that she got suddenly ill in the car? @celebrianna@dreaminsince1998@larrysouth@yonaomi123@NongpeeP @rosschienta17@nubianlegalmind@shyguitar @roshzanna@twtwb@Tasia@rosiepeonie188 @xu_lyfe@nikir@guinearoyal@icyphoenix @stroppyse @philosophie @thistle@Yongzura@thadora@jl08
  29. 37 points
    Ep12 thoughts WS is a jerk and a coward. I love JH for calling him out on it: hurting the person you allegedly love for personal gain is no love at all. This time it was clear that WS did not protect SH from the machinations of his mother after the divorce simply because it suited him. He gets to control her comings and goings and still see himself as the good guy. WS pays lips service to the she should not be forced to attend the family event position, but then happily sits and waits for her to show up. Hypocritical to the max. And the fact that he used JH's help in Cuba as an excuse to get his way makes him a snake of the lowest order. I wonder how he convinced his uncle to vote for him. I bet it was nonsense about him protecting her from his mother. Must have pulled a fancy act there. Still the truth remains: WS's world revolves around exactly one person - WS. ('SH is what I need' says it all). I was initially kind of mad at JH too, for doing stuff behind SH's back. But then I thought more about it and got to understand it a little. His way of protecting her is lowering her burden, as much as he can. Instead of forcing her to chose, he lowered the stakes. His job is to make sure that she takes care of herself, eats and sleeps well. Beyond that, he trusts her to sort out her own issues. And that is kind of cool. As usual, I love the reciprocity of their relationship - last episode he said I love you and made one huge step in committing to their relationship. Now she does the same. He may be working behind the scenes trying to protect her other love, but she steps center stage and choses him over everything else. No wonder the poor boy is a goner. Really looking forward to SH + Kim family fun. Once they got past the initial awkward phase I hope they get to see how adorable she is, and how happy the two of them are together. Looks like dad is already fully on board, but mum will need some more convincing. I hope she gets to see SH - the lonely kid deprived of motherly affection, and that it proves enough to trigger her caring instincts. But for now, give the poor girl some proper homemade food! And some soju since I doubt any being in existence can resist the adorability of drunk SH. PS: if last episode SH was scared to face the odds and JH was the one 100% certain of their ever after, the balance shifted this time 'round. As WS's meddling chipped at JH's confidence, she finally threw away her fears. Losing full control of the hotel did not matter quite as much as she thought it would. She is now brave enough to follow her dreams, and to redefine what those are. She set herself free all by herself. And that is awesome. PPS: Another thing that I love: at the beginning of the episode they are both feeling uneasy after meeting their respective 'wolves'. Solution: see each other. So often troubles pull couples apart. Here they only serve to bring them even closer together. PPPS: I love how JH calls her SHssi when she is in his good graces but switches back to 대표님 when he is grumpy. PPPPS: for the first time ever, i find couple rings unexplainably sexy. P^5S: Since I saw some fundamentally different takes on the can I spend the night at yours scene, I'll try to articulate my view here: they shared the same hotel room and were intimate in Cuba (the body language is very clear; when they are driving around in the car, for instance). They withdrew within more socially acceptable/ less obvious personal space boundaries when they got back to Kr, to avoid another scandal. He was a gentleman and went home after dropping her at her place drunk. The second time, he just missed her too badly and wanted to spend the night and the hell with caution. I never got the sense that it was the intimacy per se that she was objecting to but rather him being in her bed. As a woman who has been living alone for a long time I totally get that sentiment, the slight reluctance to give up one's personal space. Also, when JH imagines a future together: that future is one where he wakes up every day to the sight of her face - it's all about wanting them to live together. P^6S: I love how SH gets nervous about visiting future inlaws and that she asks her bf what to wear. Also Mrs. Lee for orchestrating the meet the parents so cleverly.
  30. 37 points
    New stills http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201901080800172410
  31. 37 points
    The marriage didn't just fail because of the lack of communication between JWS and CSH, their education was the other cause. Both have never been taught to express themselves because of both mothers. CSH never dared to tell JWS how she felt, just like JWS. JWS had not realized that words have power. His education taught him that only money and connections were powerful hence he used his money to console his wife. If he had said something to his wife after the abuse, CSH wouldn't have felt lonely and pitiful. For JWS, words meant nothing that's why she perceived her ex-husband as weak. Now, he is changing a little as he tried to write a poem but let us not forget that the flowers were the main focus. JH appears powerful and manly because he expresses himself a lot... like for example "his greed has no limit" and he starts hugging CSH from behind. He tells her what he wants to do and waits for CSH's answer. She turns around and hugs him showing him that she is okay with it. Then in the episode 10, he complains that she has never told him how handsome he was. CSH has never learnt that expressing herself can have a good impact on the partner. JH is actually teaching her about that. That's why JH shows her after getting praised for his good looks, he feels loved and recognized. JH, although younger, is much more experienced and wiser than her. The reason is his knowledge of books. Books and indirectly words influenced him so much. He could gather knowledge and wisdom, therefore he used his books and words to woo CSH, while JWS keeps using gifts (flowers, dress, rings) to impress her. JH's behavior contrasts so much with JWS's behavior. JH tells her how he thinks and feels but he still respects her decision. Although our protagonist was hurt, when CSH asked him to keep their distance from each other for a while, JH accepted it. On the other hand, JWS keeps ignoring CSH's words and actions. CSH clearly expresses that she will never go back to him (episode 3, 9) and even how she views her ex-husband as weak man but JWS acts as if he was deaf. the ex-husband thinks that CSH will change her mind. He underestimates CSH's love for JH. In his eyes, since JH is a commoner, he is not worthy of CSH. He congratulated her for the good article and review but overlooked that JH's action was the reason for that. JH is someone below him and CSH. Imagine his feelings, when CSH totally ignores him and lets him wait for three hours. JWS thought, he is entitled to have CSH's visit. JWS needs to learn on the hard way that he is nothing compared to JH. That's why I am looking forward for JWS's meddling in the hotel business. I hope, JH can show him his skills. CSH is gradually changing as well... she is learning not to keep everything to herself. On the other hand, I hope that JH learns to confide more and more about his own struggles. It was hard to see how JH kept smiling, while he was hurting. CSH knew that very well that's why she asked HI about it. However, JH hadn't said anything to her. Since JH has been taught to act strong and responsible as his parents were working hard, I think, at some point he needs to show his vulnerability in front of CSH, when the latter is strong enough to fight for both of them. Until now, JH knew that CSH would worry so much hence he couldn't tell her everything, too afraid that she might run away. @twtwb @Yongzura @stroppyse @nubianlegalmind
  32. 36 points
    A beautiful drama In fact, it is one of the most beautiful dramas that I have ever seen (I started watching dramas since the 1980s so it has been 30 years). It is beautiful in every aspect - every single aspect. The story, message, acting, directing, pace, dialogues, visual, cinematography/Color music, arts, literature, arrangements, and a beautiful heart. Until when can we meet a warm, tender, thoughtful, heartfelt, sincere and beautiful drama like this one.
  33. 36 points
    To me, the balcony kiss in the episode 11 was very intimate and hot because of this Look at her hand... she is touching his neck, her hands are so close to his face. Her gesture shows intimacy. She is caressing his throad and neck... This is totally new and outlines that she has put down all her walls. Since I have been focusing on the hands of our OTP, I can tell you the huge difference. The last time we saw her hands with JH, she was just hugging him and her hands were touching his back. This was in this scene Striking is that because of JH's behaviour in the last two episodes, people were starting doubting if they had even sex in Cuba. My conclusion is this: They did. First, we have this drawing and secondly it is because the balcony kiss takes place in her room. She allowed him to enter her room which marks a huge step for CSH. Remember that even JMJ only went to her room and had the door opened (episode 1) because CSH wasn't answering her phone. JMJ had left CSH before which showed that CSH is very distant, even with JMJ. Now, you wonder why JH said this in the episode 12: What does he mean with last time? In my opinion, he is referring to the bed scene where she was drunk. For the first time, JH entered her bedroom. Before, he only saw her living room. Even JWS was bothered whispering that he had stayed long enough in that place indicating that JH remained a certain time there. To conclude, for the first time, he could see her bed, the most intimate thing. JH actually wanted to spend the night there but knew that he shouldn't. Then why, if they already had sex in Cuba? Don't forget the location... they are back in Korea and JH knows that CSH behaves differently in her homeland as there are eyes on them. CSH could do that in Cuba because she felt free and no one would pay attention to her moves. In South Korea, this is different. Sure, they don't hide their date anymore, since JH's identity has been revealed, this is nothing new. The media are no longer interested: they are dating. Yet, spending the night there could create a commotion. Just like it took JH one evening to touch her hands in Cuba and it would take him a long time before he could do it again in South Korea (episode 6), JH knew that he would have to do the same with the bed. Don't forget: "his greed has no limit". Hence in the episode 12, he starts claiming the bed: "the bed has found his right owner". He is aware that he needs to express what he wants so that CSH can get used to the idea. But like always, he respects her therefore he is happy if he is able to embrace her in the bed. He wanted her to get used to the idea. Moreover, this scene implies something else: this is not just about sex, this is about sharing the same bed with her... sleeping by her side. JH is trying to conquer the last room. JH was right with his behavior, since CSH confirmed that JMJ wouldn't even be allowed to sleep next to her. To conclude, they did move to the next level but it was because they were in Cuba. However, JH is now determined to conquer her bed. He is asking her to allow him to spend the night with her, to share her bed with him. I doubt that this has ever happened with JWS. @lolipop86gorgeous @dukesa1122@celebrianna@dreaminsince1998@larrysouth@yonaomi123@NongpeeP @rosschienta17@nubianlegalmind@shyguitar @roshzanna@twtwb@Tasia@rosiepeonie188 @xu_lyfe@nikir@guinearoyal@icyphoenix @stroppyse @philosophie @thistle@Yongzura@thadora
  34. 36 points
    I’m holding out for an ending where CSH and KJH live happily ever after, and I’m okey even if they live a ordinary life – a happy home, surrounded by people who love and care for them, no fame, no glory, no more hotel…because they have each other. #Encounter releases new still cuts: Naver
  35. 36 points
    @rosiepeonie188 Thank you so much. Your post really inspired me to find out the timeline even more. Encounter's Timeline KJH&CSH existed in the Kdrama as same as the filming has begun in September 2018:::: (KJH with long hair has been filmed in Seoul with Parents, Friends, and Neighbors before going to Cuba which filmed both long hair and short hair KJH) EP.1 - September 2018: CSH announced Sokcho's opening plan - 29 Sepember 2018: CSH had press conference in Cuba and then she met KJH. KJH&CSH spent evening till night in Cuba together. The next day KJH and CSH went back to Seoul. One Month Later EP.2 - Around early November 2018: KJH was the new hired employee in Donghwa and met CSH again during Welcome New Hired Employee's speech by CEO CSH. - 27 November 2018: News about dating at the rest stop has been released. EP.4 - 1 December 2018: CSH's birthday, KJH gave her lipstick serum. KJH's colleague mentioned this year his birthday(and CSH's) was on Saturday. EP.5 - 11 December 2018: KJH and CSH was in pre-relationship. EP.7 - Around Mid December 2018: KJH and CSH confirmed their relationship as Boyfriend/Girlfriend. Then KJH has been relocated to Sokcho. EP.8 - 31 December 2018: First Kiss on the New Year in the party. EP.9 - January 2019: KJH's personal information has been revealed, CSH requested to take a break from their relationship. One month later EP.10 - Early February 2019: CSH went to see KJH and activated their relationship. KJH helped CSH solve problem in Cuba about the garden. KJH confessed his love to CSH. EP.11 - 11 February 2019: KJH has been relocated back from Sokcho to Seoul as the face of Donghwa Hotel - 16 February 2019: Matching Rings
  36. 36 points
    Everytime he sees her And each time she's in his arms How can we not rooting for them?
  37. 36 points
    A translation of the bed scene. SH: You should go now. I won’t be able to sleep even more. JH: Move to the side a bit. Quickly. Quickly. SH: Oh. Oh. Oh. (as she’s moving) JH: Whoa. Wow. The mattress is very nice. SH: Oh, I won’t be able to sleep even more! You bother me. JH: Oh, but I’m behaving so well here, so why would it bother you? That’s so unfair. SH: OH, just drink a cup of tea and then go. Get up. (JH leans her back down on the bed.) JH: We had even restrained our mouths before, but we're going to be drinking tea now? (I think this is referring to their pojangmacha meal where they had eaten, but not drunk.) SH: I was really tired today, but since Jin Hyuk-shi keeps acting like this, I keep becoming more awake. Oh, you’re heavy. Move over. (pushing him off) JH: (turning over as SH sits up again) The night is so cold, and I come all the way over here and she won’t even let me sleep over. I’ve even lost the title of the Human Sleeping Pill. (smirks a bit) But, this really is comfortable. It feels like my place. (meaning the side of the bed he’s lying in) SH: Even when Secretary Jang comes over, we don’t share the same bed. This bed has never slept two people, not even once. JH: It’s just that it’s finally met its owner. (meaning the space he’s claiming is his) Oh, it’s nice. I think I’ll sleep really well. I may fall asleep first. SH: Oh, before you fall asleep, hurry up and get up. Huh? Huh? Oh, hurry! Hurry up and go! (JH puts his arm around SH to lay her back down in his arms.) JH: Don’t get all thrilled, and just hurry and go to sleep. SH: Thri-? I have no words. Oh, really. (starts to get up in a huff, but JH pulls her back down) JH: Just stay like this for a little while. I’m in a very good mood right now. JH: If we could fall asleep like this every day, that would be so good. Someday, we will be able to do that, won’t we? (SH stays quiet) JH: What’s this? Why is there no response? SH: Because I’m imagining it, and I like it. This may not be all heavy on passion, but it is just too cute. Acting somewhere between being a new flirty couple and a comfortably established couple. I can't believe she really fell asleep. She must have been very, very tired.
  38. 36 points
    Among a multitude of stars One stares down at me Among a multitude of people I stare up at that one star Where, when, and as what will the two of us You, one so warm, and me, one so tender, meet again? ******* - What were you thinking about here? - I was thinking about you. - It seemed like you were reading a book. “If the sea’s job is to make waves, mine is to think of you.” ********* - Yearning There are roads I want to take When I’m told not to There are people I want to see When we agreed not to That is life and yearning That is you. I think we’re really blessed to have writers in this world.
  39. 36 points
    Hello chingus! I was held hostage by real life for a long time but today I decided enough was enough and I marathoned eps 9 and 10. My combined thoughts- "The world is not as romantic as u think it is" Vs"Love is like sneezing-u can't stop it! "I am glad that both these perspectives exist within this drama universe. Balance the heavy with the light. "Having that normality shattered. You know it better than anyone."I think this was the line that made SH actually cave into the pressure later, as it came from someone she treasures. That misguided attempt from HI and the news articles just compounded it. "Why now? What I can't forget is how weak you looked when you stood and watched from afar.The person I'm seeing right now means a lot to me. He's someone special."I think this was one of the most frustrating parts of the episode for me. How suffocating it must've been for SH - the one time in her life when she is finally experiencing real love and affection and her ex comes in expecting she'll hop right off with him. The delusional way he just kept avoiding the obvious - please woo seek, let her live her life. And these also pointed out exactly why she likes JH- he has always stood up for her and maintained her dignity. "Some people are destined to do what's asked of them."I hope you meet your comeuppance lady. Your husband and daughter should teach you just that. It's made me feel doubly sad for SH for how she has had such a poor excuse for a mother. And proud of JH to actually answer her calmly- I would've Kimchi slapped her and gone to jail. "I'm uneasy. I'm afraid you'll get hurt. I'm afraid. Don't be afraid. "It was really sad to see JH still keep strong in the after effects, but then he only had to face SH's mom, while SH was getting attacked from all sides. Her crying broke me more than JH, surprisingly. She cherishes him so much. -Jinhuk tracing her handwriting, and finally wearing her tie! He was obviously missing his family after seeing the fruit shop in Sokcho - I wonder why he didn't go to Seoul, he would lose their bet? -That scene when SH is developing the photo in the dark room and JH 's face slowly forms - her longing crept up and filled the room, the silence just amplified it. I loved this scene. "If the sea job is to make waves, mine is to think of you. Me and the mother in this book are both the same. After all, we are both thinking of somebody."JH's love is so earnest, so sincere. I lost it within the first five mins of this ep itself lol. And I knew SH has laser vision/intuition - she glanced someone reading by the lighthouse and was like yup-that's my man. As lovely as that line was I have the feeling it was kind of bittersweet to SH? She has obviously never experienced maternal love and affection. I feel that the actual line being from a parent's heart made it much more poignant. And I really hope JH's family gives her the love she deserves. "I don't have a solution, but I'm determined to solve it." I find myself mesmerised by SHK's expressions in some of the scenes and this was one of them. Just look at her observing his face and taking in his sincerity. She was hanging onto every word. I love them both so much. "I'm the best driver in the world."I can't quote his convo with Soo hyun because nearly everything he said was gold. Driver Nam, you are the best confidant, advisor, caregiver, teddy bear, and overall best human anyone could ask for. "You shouldn't just keep things inside. You should express it."This video call!! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Honestly this show has given me so many adorable moments I didnt think I could smile any more but this section had me locked in a maniacal grin the whole time. I could so relate to her awkwardness with video calls, SHK was super duper adorable in this scene. "What can I do to win Soo hyun over."Bro. Its time to stop. He can honestly start dating his handsome secretary if he really wants to shake up his life. Nearly everything he does to woo her is an imitation of other peoples feelings and talent. He can't hold a candle to JH. And he's doing peak second lead behavior right now so I can't even feel bad for him. "Do you have some money?"The whole Cuba sequence - what an absolutely wonderful callback to their initial encounter in Cuba. It was an entirely magical and ethereal feeling--no wonder Soo Hyun glanced at the clock showing Havana time while writing her new years wishes. And honestly, I cannot thank the entire production and especially our lead actors for portraying that culmination of passion so authentically that early on during filming. It made me eat my own subliminal feelings that this romance was just lacking a little spice. Turns out I should have kept my patience - this is such a well tempered romance, everything just fell into place organically. If I was squeeing the whole episode, towards the end I became weirdly silent- I just felt their whole journey till now and how beautifully it has been portrayed and I don't know if I will come across such a gem of a romance again. And if there was any doubt regarding what happened--just look at their eyes. And the ending animation showed them both horizontally soooo ok ill stop now. Why am I single again. Where is my JH?! So glad to have encounter back again, and I have more than 50 pages to backread! Love your discussions guys.
  40. 36 points
    Watching K-drama for so many years, I grow tired of male leads who are in denial of their feelings, being rude to mask their true intention, forcing themselves on female leads (like forced kiss) or being damaged by their upbringing and social injustice. So JH is really a breath of fresh air. We already know how he is an amazing son, a hardworking person and someone who knows how to appreciate life with conviction. What I love about JH most is probably his way of saying things. Very poetic but not cheesy as he truly means and understands what he says, many of which are very deep, meaningful and thought-provoking. (to his dad) I believe I was born rich. Some kids had trouble paying for tuition. There were many friends who had to pay back student loans. They're still paying back their loan today. You paid for my tuition while I attended university, made me food, and provided a house to sleep in. I'm a very fortunate son. (to MJ) I realized that we really do live in different worlds. It's surprising. I'll make sure not to cause more trouble with my feelings, but my feelings aren't based on curiosity. Letting a person come into your heart, even if it's for a brief moment, I believe such a thing is meaningful. (to his tea-lady friend) His friend: She's a privileged woman. HJ: I don't care about that at all. She smiles every now and then. That really makes my day. (To SH) There are paintings. And there's you who likes paintings. And there's me who likes you who likes paintings. (from "Where, in What Form, Shall We Meet Again?") Among a multitude of stars One stares down at me Among a multitude of people I stare up at that one star Where, when, and as what will the two of us You, one so warm, and me, one so tender, meet again? (the last two sentences are read by SH but JH will say them out lout if she doesn't) Having interest in someone is a fight between the certainty and doubt of liking someone. And that certainty and doubt cross with each other like tides. When that doubt fades away and all that's left is certainty, that's when love begins. What if we leave these emotions of certainty and doubt to fight with each other and find out if we like each other? Why don't we say that we're now in a pre-relationship stage and met here again? A poet named Rainer Maria Rilke once said only the people who hold hands as they walk in the cold city are the ones who will get to see spring. We rode a bike together, and we're drinking coffee together. It's already spring or us. I sometimes come to take pictures of the wind. If I shoot the reeds, then I can see the wind. I learned what love is through a book. Right. So this is what love is. This is what happens when I fall in love. It's clear to me now. Thanks to you, it's so clear to me what love is. My greed has no limit. I want to have tea with that person But once I do, I want to enjoy a meal with her. I want to tell her my stories. I want to tell her how I feel. I want to hold her delicate hands. I want to hold her in my arms. "If we follow the way determined by others, we become miserable. There is no such thing in my life". When these words are said with PBG's facial expression, warm voice and sweet eye gaze, I can't help but feel the sincerity in each and every word. Seriously, how can we find another character like JH in K-drama? He is not perfect but so endearing.
  41. 36 points
    Aigoo, I thought I got to a wrong thread . What are you talking about? WS? He was her past, that’s it. Game over for WS Dc
  42. 35 points
    There is me who likes you who likes paintings If I had met him and felt this feeling when we were young, we would have been so happy. But now, at my age, and the whole world knows that I am divorced, I’m so frustrated of the bad timing. Because I keep wanting to know more about him.
  43. 35 points
  44. 35 points
    cr : as labeled @ahdrianaa @gumtaek No gifs yet but I hope these are good enough. For now..
  45. 35 points
    Episode 12.... giving me cavities!! 1. Did y'all see the marriage proposal? CSH accepts!! 2. Mr DOP, with the portaits ... 3. This painting was intriguing to me. Sistas all ready to slay!! I wish they'd tell us more about the painters and the paintings in the drama!! 4. Why was this desktop wall paper from Windows 10 on display?? Is it because its a beach photo? They're taking this portrait thing too far!! 5. I haven't read Little Prince yet, but I would love to hear what you make of this shot. 6. I am not a fan of turtlenecks... they could quite possibly be a fashion travesty, but KJH is looking soooooooo amazing here!! OMONA!! Shiny tears!! 7. Product placement as it should be. Unintrusive! LOLLL!! KJH should have tested the springs/foam in the mattress!! CSH! Why would you kick your boyfriend out into the cold after he tucks you in? Let him sleep on your bed! You don't have to do anything! Just let the guy sleep comfortably, especially after he threw so many hints!! 8. The wolf reference.... 9. The storm clouds gathering on the horizon overwhelm CSH, distracting her from her work. She hesitates in signing a document, puts it away, goes to a corner of her office, and is so overwhelmed she folds down, almost into fetal position. I really felt the weight of her dilemma!! 10. When KJH is taking the food to Ms Lee, he listens to "One Leads to Another" by Robbie Nevil. The lyrics are very much the love story of KJH and CSH. 11. I know JWS is receiving justifiable hate for his behavior right now, but I think he's setting things up to redeem himself and help CSH completely cut off from Taegyeong. His meanspirited talk is like his request for a divorce, making himself look like the bad guy to save CSH. Being a weak man, his only strategy in life is passive aggressiveness and sneaky backdoor machinations. In my conjecture, I think that he will impale himself on his mother's sword and save CSH by possibly giving CSH the shares he's accumulated. She can end up as majority shareholder and have the hotel to herself. I do not want to walk away from her hotel empty handed in the name of love. She has paid for that hotel with blood, sweat and tears. She should keep it! 12. I like how the Secretary thinks she cannot ride in a delivery truck, but a wealthier CSH has no problem riding around in that truck!! Secretary needs to come off her high horse, considering that she doesn't even have a car of her own!! 13. The conversation in the office... KJH needs to keep reading what he's reading because I melted when he said, "I cherish you very much!". I would climb mountains for a man like KJH!! Cherish is such a beautifully loaded word! Cherish - protect and care for (someone) lovingly. adore, hold dear, love, care very much for, feel great affection for, dote on, be devoted to, revere, esteem, admire, appreciate; That statement is like the Spanish phrase, "Me Haces Falta" - I Need You. Loaded. Next week is going to be hell for our couple. Chairwoman will come down on CSH, KJH will be collateral damage, CSH's dad will have to confront Chairwoman and tell her to her face that he's not running for president, CSHs mum will throw a major fit at her husband and daughter, our couple will suffer for their love, but as far as I am concerned, we better get a happy ending!!! Not a sad ending, or worse still, an open ended one !!
  46. 35 points
    Ok this might be an unpopular point of view but all the couple's kissing scenes pale in comparison with this episode's ending! Someone mentioned that by not attending her ex FIL's death anniversary, Cha Soo Hyun risks losing Donghwa Hotel which, as CHS has said to KJH, is everything to her. Here, Cha Soo Hyun is telling KHJ and all of us viewers that he, Kim Jin Hyuk, not Donghwa Hotel, is everything to her.
  47. 35 points
    My train of thought was set off by that shot of the broken camera viewfinder. It's been driving me crazy!! But first, those portrait shots from the DOP. CSH on the way to Cuba, her image in the window, then the camera pulls back and we see her in the seat. Despite his positive vibe and open character KJH is passive in his interactions with the world. He watches the world from behind his camera and learns about the world from books. Our first view of KJH is him behind the camera, taking many photos of Cuba. All good, after all he is a photographer. He studies the world, he does not participate in it, he does not experience it. He doesn't seem to have had a girlfriend and learns about love from books. He observes people and things studiously from behind the lens, and notes the life lessons he's learned in his diary. He meets Samuel... He is sitting at a beautiful square but barely watches it, preferring to read. he takes a photo of the bird.... He must be pushed from passively studying the world from behind the camera, into actively participating in the world. That's why his camera breaks. Also note, in the crash scene, KJH doesn't get to see CSH, which is a key thing we're being set up for. (CSH is watching him from inside the car, which is obviously the glass screen between them.) The negotiation happens with Secretary and KJH tries to take a photo. KJH doesn't want compensation because memories cannot be compensated. But whose memories are they? His memories of other people's experiences. He's constantly watching and learning from other people, not experiencing life in front of the camera. Especially in our age of selcas. Public service announcement....Another one of those DOP portrait shots.... we jump to CSH at the hotel is being warned that something is about to happen in El Malecon, something perfect. Back to KJH, now that his camera is broken, he can finally participate in real life. He's attacked by a cutie who wants him to dance. He dances for a while with the girl on the street. His camera is not present. He now has some salsa dancing experience. The little girl is gonna come back later as CSH, lol, and he'll use his new moves on her. Elsewhere, CSH, ever observant as she discusses the camera issue with Secretary, makes a realisation as she passes by KJH on the streets. All this time KJH has not seen her. Later, they're on the way to El Malecon and KJH tries to use his camera. He spots CSH in the broken viewfinder but now has to put his camera down to look at her. He finally sees CSH, not as a subject to study photographically, but as a person. He's looking at her, not studying her. Of course, a bit later, he sees her almost fall over and runs just in time to catch her. He would not have been able to react fast enough to catch her if he was busy taking photos. His camera is slung across his shoulder in "resting pose". This is as opposed to someone actively taking photos who would have had the camera slung around one hand at least. CSH then nods off on his shoulder. We've already established that CSH is asleep to the world. She moves around on autopilot, barely experiencing anything. At this beach, she has taken sleeping pills and sleeps them off... She wakes up, and the two finally see each other, minus the obstructions in their lives, KJHs camera and the effect of her pills. This is the first time they look at one another consciously and lucidly. edit; as someone who loves to travel, I realised how much time I wasted taking photos and shopping for crap. Nowadays, I enjoy just being in a place, people watch extremely, take mandatory photos and shop for gifts on my last day. Minimal souvenirs. Thankfully I didn't break cameras for that... Maybe I should have, then I woulda met Mr Namja Chingu!!
  48. 35 points
    Finally got around to watching both episodes 9 and 10 properly, and it's such a good love story. Need to go get some sleep now while I can, but one thought struck me watching episode 10 that I wanted to note before I lost it. It's about the scene with Grandfather Samuel and JH where JH is trying to persuade GS that Donghwa and its CEO were sincere in their intent to preserve the garden, understanding what it means to him. GS asks JH if he loves the CEO, and JH first prevaricates that that is a personal issue, while all JH was trying to do was for the good of the company. Then, JH confesses that he misses SH more than anything in the world, thereby tacitly confirming that he does love SH without actually saying the words. I appreciated that this moment may have been the first time that JH has put how he feels about SH into those words and that sentiment. So, JH is caught off guard by GS' blunt question. However, even realizing that is how he feels about SH, it's as if he wanted to tell SH first before he even acknowledged that to anyone else. And, the first chance that JH gets, he tells SH very simply and very directly "I love you." I just thought that this was a beautiful sequence of realizations and emotions for JH to go through, and it's all consistent with the person that JH has been shown to be. I don't know if SH has thought of it in those terms before either, but it's clear that she was happy to hear those words from JH. Now, I'm just going to wait until SH can say those words back to JH. Perhaps next episode? Also, given the way SH was playing with the ring she was wearing while smiling, I wonder if JH has given her a couple ring? Btw, SH is just luminously beautiful in every shot of this drama. Can't wait until the next episodes. One more thing, I do appreciate that SH's father is supportive of SH, even as he is concerned about her and the guy that she likes. It's too bad that it served to make her more nervous in ep 9, but I can see his sincere concern for his daughter, which is nice. Total contrast to SH's mother who is beyond tiresome. I can't believe she debased herself to go on her knees to WS' mother. Talk about literal groveling for scraps, and being willing to kiss dirt, if asked for some potential ephemera of power. LOL
  49. 35 points
    Is there a purpose to bring in videos of other dramas to prove that our OTP's kiss is not as steamy? lol...really. What happens if all of us start posting our OTP's steamy kisses here just to compare? What do we hope to achieve? Please, people. An euphoria is an euphoria because it's for a reason and PBG and SHK as KJH and CSH worked their butt off to give us that euphoria. It must be tough on them, given all the negativities mainly from their own citizens and from other shippers and with all the comments about age and married etc. The fact that they can do such a wonderful job with their chemistry and their passionate and intimate scenes, it's seriously kudos to them! It's amazing that they could put everything out of their heads to deliver unquestionable acting talent which results in a gorgeous piece of work. Let's give them the credit they both deserve. It's the best kissing scene for me for SHK and PBG. Their passion is so real because they both gave it their all. Someone said Korea is not ready for change and that has affected the ratings. Yes, it's a pity that a fine piece of work like "Boyfriend", is not given the best support from the K-netizens. The old might frown upon romance between a married woman (SHK) making out with a younger man (PBG) and find it hard to accept the drama. We saw KJH's mum stipulating the role of a woman - to be by the husband's and kids' side. That's traditionally expected of the wife it seems. The young either loves one of them, both of them or neither of them or are too busy chasing after the K-pop idols. Some vindictive ones will post bad comments, hoping to see the drama fail. For me, SHK has broken traditional expectations when she accepted the role of CSH in "Boyfriend". I admire her for her courage to try to change the old school of thoughts, for the larger good of society. I admire her resilience to bashers. She has probably set the tone for a divorced woman to fall in love with a much younger guy with the right to experience the same respect from families and society for their own choices to live their own lives. PBG has explored his boundaries, believes in himself that he could do a good job as KJH, gotten permission to go ahead without burden, and that's what he did - immersed himself totally. From ep 1 to 10, we see nothing but the BEST from both of them. They're truly the cream of the crop. They delivered as the cream of the crop would. They gave all that they have, to bring us a magical and beautiful drama. To bring in other videos for comparison is to demean their effort because every story is different, with different directing, choreography and cinematography. If there's no purpose to be served, just bask in their love-making, be it passionate kissing or hugging, and wait patiently for the next beautiful dose of passion to sweep us along with them. And I bet "Boyfriend" cast and crew must be feeling blessed to have passionate and mature international fans like all of us here who loves the drama unconditionally. Wait, just one condition, PD. That's right. We're expecting beautiful Cuban babies, dude.
  50. 35 points
    @stroppyse I am impressed with Park Bo Gum&Song Hye Kyo’s weight of acting in Cuba from the two strangers in ep1 to the two lovers in ep10 while they filmed in the similar time span. I am even amazed when I watched the recent scenes in Sokcho which they has just filmed during New Year2019 which several months next to filming in Cuba but KJH&CSH kept mood and tone continuously. Scriptwriting for the whole drama must be fully prepared because filming in Cuba is Encounter’s starting production for a month in September 2018. Even tiny things as KJH&CSH’s hair also continued from recent Sokcho and Cuba in ep10. As an audience, I feel grateful for the honor Casts and Crews work to deliver this amazing task, Encounter’s Casts&Crews have never taken audiences as somebody easily satisfies. Even pairing hallyu stars as Park Bo Gum&Song Hye Kyo be able to secure full CFs and selling copyrights upfront to more than 100 countries already but the truly splendidly acting leads, believable story, memorable script, and the high standard production have also been brought to audiences in a full package. The stardard bar for drama production and acting expectation to me, comparing to Encounter, is really high.
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