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  1. I enjoyed reading this thorough and thought-provoking take on HPL, the themes explored or not, the handling of Ryan's adoption/childhood trauma. etc. Plus, tribute to the art that is KJW! https://usagitoneko.wordpress.com/2019/06/15/her-private-life/#more-2536
  2. I don't think KJW has literally said he is a method actor, but he does put a lot of work and research into becoming his character. He spoke about working at a transgender bar to prepare for Hedwig and going to gay bars for his role in Antique Bakery when he was on Life Bar with Jo Jung Suk: So while he may not method act in the completely technical sense (otherwise Mo Tae Gu would be very problematic!), he does seem to try and fully embody his characters. A few blogs here and there do refer to this, but they are not expert sources on acting techniques. In any event, I can imagine that being Ryan for three months and falling in love with Deok Mi may very well require a shedding of the character in order to return to real life. My two cents because none of us can truly know what he or PMY is experiencing.
  3. I'm slightly unclear what Shi-an exactly knows. When Shi-an finds his Mom weeping and breaking down in the hallway, he looks like he knows why. But when he talks to Ryan, he seems like he didn't know but had an intuition. The whole show I've thought that Shi-an is either on to everyone's game or the acting was off. I'm actually looking forward to Ryan trolling Deok Mi in front of Shi-an with the whole "Shi-an's thighs are her welfare" and preferably in the Elevator of Fate!
  4. I was referring to the way Ryan, while misunderstanding Deok Mi and Seon Joo's relationship, treated it with respect (not judging them, giving them his room). Also, in Episode 5 there was the story of Writer Nam and Photographer Tae-Hwa. Episode 5 still stands out to me as one of the best episodes of the series by treating the love between the writer and photographer with delicacy and respect. Thank you to @tensaitekikuroneko and @TheRoadtoPMY for also answering this question.
  5. Hello! Delurking to join this lovely thread. I appreciate all of your insights and humor .... nothing like a bed scene debate! I found Ryan's discovery of his mother well executed, even if it changed the pace and tone of the drama. I was anticipating it because LGBTQ issues were nicely woven into the drama earlier and like @Dramageek, I've done some reading on adoptions in Korea. KJW did a fantastic job acting out the emotions of an adult finding a parent they thought abandoned them. It was natural to me that he didn't take her at her word right away. I also love that Deok Mi was there to help him sort through his thoughts and look at things more positively. But something is bothering me and the drama probably won't address it because it looks like Ryan is past his mother trauma: Did Ryan's mom keep looking for him? Deok Mi did not find his name in the missing persons index. I understand she tried to find him after recovering from her accident, but what about in all the intervening years? This thought makes me a little bitter still towards Ryan's mom. How lovely was KJW's voice when he said, "Sarang haeyo"? He has this way of lowering the volume and pitch of his voice to delicious effect. And yes, yes, I also hope that Episode 15 winds back to before our OTP is lying in bed fully clothed. We were teased a fair bit and I get the feeling KJW knows his way around!
  6. Sorry for cutting your post--so much great analysis and background. I'll hazard a guess about the mysterious mountain man before I watch Episode 11 with synced subs (thank you again @joonminfan for your awesome translations!). It seems to me that despite hints that he might be KS's or YB's father, he is apparently a Magical Cupid Ahjussi! This show was a delightful mix of romance, comedy, slice of life and fantasy. It didn't take itself too seriously and sometimes poked fun at tropes. We got to see YB trip and fall into KS's arms, YB and NJ overact like bananas in their dramas and movies, YB go meta about if their romance was a drama in the proposal , etc. MD's dad had me going for a while that there was more to KS's parents dying in an accident than there was, but he was just genuinely sad and guilt wracked like a person would be. I was also lured into thinking YB had a connection to the island because of the painting and the grandmas saying early on said he looked like someone they knew back in the day. Then, the mountain man struck the side pose after their make-out session---he kind of looked like an ahjussi ninja in the moonlight! So, when YB crept up the mountain after all that build-up I was ready for a big reveal and "poof" the show veered off into comedy and then fantasy with MD getting his own hourglass. I feel it was a head fake to the usual k-drama trope of people hiding away and then rising from the dead. I'm curious that KJS mentioned a Season 2 in his IG. I also feel like the last episode was a little rushed, but maybe it was to leave room for Season 2!?!
  7. Weighing in here in agreement and disbelief! I loved 1% and JSM's pairing with HSJ too, but the chemistry of KJS - JSM has really grown on me and I prefer Yoo Baek's personality. My memory isn't the greatest and this show has been going on for a while because of the once a week schedule, so can someone remind me where Yoo Baek got the painting that hangs in his bedroom? The one that appears to be a view of the bay on the island? And where did his dad go? Did he die? I guess I need to wait for the subs to get clues, but maybe the mystery man on the island is his dad?
  8. Hi, everyone! Popping into say I love this show and reading this forum. Thank you to everyone for their insightful and hilarious analysis and @joonminfan for the episode translations. I second OKS's sentiment and want lots of hugs and kisses! No sunlight please and OKS needs to move her lips and hands. A couple of random thoughts: What do people think Mr. Teacher was going to write in his letter to the Doctor? Is he going to bust a gut when she goes on the blind date and finally break down? Not that it matters to the plot, but whatever happened to OKS being super strong physically? It showed up early in the show when she breaks the surfboard and then disappeared? As did Dong Man's dad's super speed. I want Nam Joo to find love too. He turned out to be such a good friend. Good question. I totally forgot about him!
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