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  1. @hush puppy, I made a quick edit to my post you referenced--yes, I meant "younger". I love your post and agree with every word, except one thing--on a scale of 1 to 10, I gave it a 5. It started really good, but then as her shady behavior continued towards her boyfriend, the more disappointed I became. Like you, I really couldn't stand even looking at the Manipulator towards the end and had lost all desire to see the leads together if I'm honest. It just irritated me how 'well' she treated the Manipulator compared to our male lead. This is the first drama that I've seen Song Wei Long and look forward to looking his other dramas up. I also want to see more dramas with the female led. I like the actress, just not her character.
  2. @angelangie, I think that's why I'm a little disappointed, because I've seen these types of relationships too. One with a family member that was doomed from the beginning. I won't go into details, but the 9 year age difference wasn't even a factor--it was the other baggage she carried. Another with close friends of the family, they have been married over 60+ years; she's in her 96 or 97 and he's 10 years younger. I've also seen it with a few other relationships. All where the woman is older. As a society we don't bat an eye when a man marries a woman 30 or 40 years younger (thanks @hush puppy) than him, but treats it as outrageous when women marry a younger man. Honestly, and sadly, I'm on ep 35 now--only because I started skipping. I was disappointed to see how easily she let the person who manipulated her all along slide into the position of boyfriend. The man that help plant doubts. I loved when the stepmother pointed out how it was our lead female's attitude and the fact that she didn't trust him was also a factor that doomed the relationship--she cared too much about what others thought. This woman had a 22 year old man who she was willing to sleep with but not acknowledge him publicly and put a lot of pressure on him to keep it a secret was the biggest disappointment of all. It was like she used him in secret to gain experience--considering she had never kissed a man before. To be honest, she's fallen out of my grace. At this point, I just wish they would introduce him to some hot, new chic to rub the fact in her face of what she gave up and how she treated him.....very badly. I can only dream. However, we have the male lead being true to his heart. However, I wish he was man enough to just walk away and come back in 5 years; mature him up to know that he deserved better treatment. I think age is more a factor in some countries than others.
  3. I like this drama, just started...only on ep 11. I can see why it's named, Find Yourself. She may not realize this, but she's treating her 'boyfriend' horribly. She also is cheating on him emotionally with her "friend". The guy who is trying to become her future husband. She runs whenever he calls, he buys her gifts, while her boyfriend has to 'hide'. I like how her boyfriend is quick to put the other girl in her place, to bad his girlfriend doesn't do the same. Update: to prevent spam and I'm still the last comment on here, i'll just update and add my additional thoughts as I watch this drama. So I'm on ep 21 and I have to say that I'm really disappointed in the lead female and how she treats her boyfriend. She hides him away as if he's something shameful and doesn't treasure his love for her. The whole necklace deal, regardless of her reasons, was very disappointing and distasteful. I keep wondering why is he sticking with her. She's happy to present her 'male' friend to her family, pretend that he's her boyfriend but leaves her real boyfriend in the cold. I hope they breakup for a while and she comes back begging to him. I hate that he's always underestimating him.
  4. Hello @yoo1, this thread isn't just for "fans", this thread is for others to share their thoughts on the drama. You either become a fan of the drama as it progresses or your don't as you continue to watch it. The thing that makes historical dramas so wonderful is when they stay within that historical environment/culture of that time, in my opinion. I had this drama on my list to watch because of the fact it was written by Kim Yi Young. However, what I didn't expect was a modern drama with elements of historical. The Story of Ming Lan, a Chinese drama, is my all time favorite period drama, however, some people don't like it because of how factually accurate it is when depicting concubines and treatment of slaves. However, it's that real depiction that helps the viewers understand the environment in how decisions were being made. That's why I wish Haechi had stayed true to it's time period. Both this drama, Dong Yi, and Yi San have elements of factual historical events and are all heavy political more than anything else. However, this drama depicts Yeoning as someone who is always on the verge of crying; almost weak when he was not. The fact that he survived and lived to rule as long as he did speaks to his strength. I finished this drama, but it's not on my rewatch list as the other dramas are by this writer.
  5. Well, the wonderful drama has ended. I had stopped watching dramas as they aired week to week, instead choosing to wait until all the episodes had aired to I could marathon (watching all the episodes back to back) the drama. However, with this drama I was sucked in immediately and found myself impatiently waiting each week for the next episode. I will admit that the last two episodes had some filler that could have been excluded. I love the women and guys from the N. Korea village. Whenever they would show scenes of them, I felt like I was being reunited with old friends. I'm glad our OTP was able to reunite in Switzerland (makes me want to take a trip back there). To be honest, this drama was also educational for me. I didn't realize that N Koreans could travel outside the country at will without it being for some type of special activity for the country/government. If it wasn't for family, I wonder how many of these guys after experiencing life in S.Korea would have chosen to go back to N. Korea. I got my happy ending, not I must find something else to fill the void. It was great hanging out with the group here--thanks for sharing your thoughts on this drama.
  6. I hope his father will be able to protect the other guy's wife and son. I also love that the father and mother truly understand the depths that the oldest son went to in order to take over the company.
  7. This is actually a cute drama, I just wish the female lead character was written a little better. The lead is a cutie pie. As I race towards the end:
  8. Okay, I have to update a comment I made after ep 11 after seeing how the mother responded when finding out that her son had know SeRi was in North Korea and wanted to keep her there. Ep 12 really broke my heart for Se Ri; especially when her "mother" abandoned at the beach--not caring if she lived or died. I need to rewatch because I think this is her stepmother (product of an affair)--at least that's what I've convinced myself to believe. It was at that moment that I couldn't help but wonder, why would she stay in South Korea without him. Then again, I think his family should leave North Korea and move to South Korea....better opportunity to enjoy life and freedom.
  9. In ep 12, I was happy to see them reunited...heartwarming. However, what really got me teary eyed was the true demonstration of friendship by the women in the North Korean village....their acts of kindness and support was very touching.
  10. I will say that ep 11 dragged a little, but then again it could be because I'm anxious for the reunion of the comrades and the ladies from the village. I miss seeming them together. I have a feeling that the village people may end up moving to South Korea. Sadly, one thing that really stood out to me--more than anything else, well two things stood out: 1. The mother is probably sad that they raised a family of vipers that would rather see their sister die so they could control a company than help her. 2. At the very end when we have a flashback of all their paths crossing 7 years earlier in Switzerland (?), when she torn the candy wrapped and threw the tiny sliver of paper to the ground. I hate litter and I didn't like seeing it being tossed to the ground--even if it was a small piece of paper.
  11. I have to say, this drama has been exceeding my expectations. Yes, I think they can get a little 'sentimental talkie' at times, but I love the look and feel of the drama and the characters. I can't help but wonder when I watch this drama if there is truly a little village like the one depicted here. I also wonder, how can you say goodbye to such a wonderful group of people knowing that you may never, ever see them again...which is completely out of your control.
  12. Well let's not forget that the disgraced army major can't return to his country and he's already been promised a lot of money if he gets rid SeRi. From there, he can continue to take advantage of of the brother by bribing him. More than that, he can continue smuggling illegal goods into N Korea. I think this will be the saving grace for all of them--if they can bring down the whole house of corruption under the 'secret mission'. I think the guy told him about SeRi just to let him know that he's going to get back at him. Where is the first place we see him, in the parking garage stalking SeRi, so I think he means to harm her.
  13. The highlight of episode 10 (I'll call it the reunion episode) was not only getting our favorites back together in South Korea, it was having a cameo of my favorite actor, Kim Soo Hyun, and a play on from his movie, Secretly Greatly, was to die for...I couldn't stop laughing.. especially when he did the little two finger salute and ran, hopped, skipped, heels-clicking down the street....brilliant..
  14. I decided to wait until both episodes (9&10) were ready before I watch them. I'm still on 9 but had to pause. The expression on his father's face as he observed the two love birds (Se Ri and Jung Hyuk) was absolutely hilarious! I died laughing--they forgot they were being watched by his parents as they fretted over each other. Loved it.
  15. Finally watched this drama--actually, I'm on episode 11 and struggling to continue watching. Although it's a historical drama, it has a modern feel and attitude. The drama really isn't moving either--kinda draggy. I'm only continuing because I love the leads, but the plot needs some help.
  16. I know it's possible, is just shows very poor judgment and I truly hate seeing intelligent people making stupid decisions. Doctors more than anyone know the effect of inhaling smoke. How can they give advice to cancer patients to not smoke when they smoke themselves. That's what I don't like.
  17. Overall good drama, but somethings were a gap for me--especially around the hospital. Again, the thing I hate, and I do mean hate about this drama is doctors who smoke--especially since a core part of this drama is around hospice and a lot of people dying of cancer.
  18. To be honest, the last two episodes were such downers--I got tired of the noble idiocy and lack of common sense in our female lead. I don't live remotely near North Korea like South Korean's and it seems I know more about the "do's and don'ts" that she does. Glad the father is finding out the truth and glad she bought his brother's watch. This will be the clue he needs to understand who killed his brother. @Phoenix Klaw, I can see a happy ending. Thankfully, they showed that he's a gifted pianist who lived outside of North Korea (I didn't know that was possible unless you defected). I can see the two of them married. I think that's why we were shown how their life crossed paths several times around the world.
  19. There were some subtle scenes that also stood out for me in this drama. I LOVE the way Kang ignored his aunt when she was yammering like Charlie Brown's teacher of her plans to close the hospice center. She's talking and he answers his phone as if she wasn't there---I loved it. It took all her perceived power away. I could also appreciate the dilemma Joon is in, whether to tell his father the truth or not to tell him. His father truly loved his grandfather--not knowing he's not his real son; however, there is a part of me that thinks he knows the truth which would explain his hatred towards his own brother. His father is so arrogant that I think the truth out in the open could help humble him. Joon's mother is an opportunist with no real love other than how she can exploit the next situation or person to benefit her. She's only ever seen her son and husband as a means to an end---she become chairwoman. She could have pushed for grandmother to name her husband or her son, but she pushed for herself. My heart broke for Joon in the flashback after his mother caned him for missing two questions on the test. That type of punishment doesn't foster love...I don't see how it can. It's one thing if he was stealing, cheating, fighting, etc.--habits that could land him in jail one day, but it was missing two questions on a test. Well at least we know he's good at heart and cares for his cousin.
  20. One thing I love about this drama is it gave the lead characters a profession--doctor and chef. It's not so much what their profession is that counts, it's the fact that we see them practicing their profession and we, with our own eyes, see how good they are at what they do. A lot of times a drama will say that the person is a fashion designer, but we never see them design anything. Or they may be a top notch lawyer, but we never see them in the courtroom winning cases. I love when a drama let us see these characters in their careers. I know I'm not the only one who wanted to sample the meal prepared by CY and the pork belly deliciousness prepared by Joon. It's so sad when parents try to cultivate hate among the kids just for power. In regards to the kiss..... I love when the hug seems real.
  21. @greenwatch08, I agree with you that it's nice to have leads that are close in age. I don't mind when they are not, but sometimes it can be distracting when the age gap is too much. I will say though, at 5'7 myself, I wouldn't say YKS is "super tall". He's only 5'9 about average. It's the fact that she's only 5'5 which makes him look so tall. However, that's the other thing that really works in this drama is their height difference. There are not a lot of super tall lead actors IMO, however, there are some like
  22. I think this is the part of the drama that frustrates me. I don't think a chairwoman who is suffering from a guilty conscience of knowing that she passed on another man's child to her husband as his would then turn over the hospital to the evil daughter in law just to keep a secret of shame. She loves her son so much that she can't tell him the truth? Or she wouldn't insist on turning the hospital over to him instead? But to give it to the daughter in law? Sorry, wish a little more attention was given to that part of the storyline. I want Kang to have what is rightfully his, but at the same time, i also want him to pursue his dream of becoming a chef. In regards to the polling, I'm hoping these two do not break up again. He has been in ignorance of her true identify for 12 episodes. However, if they were to breakup, I hope they meet up at his mom's restaurant....with her running the place.
  23. This was a great movie. I love the drama on the same topic, Tree with Deep Roots, but this movie really dug into the role of the monks. Also, the requiem song at 1:33 (h:m) into the movie is hauntingly beautiful. I would buy that song if I could find it.
  24. @fragglerock, I had to wait and mentally prepare myself for this drama ... One of the things that came into focus for me was the fact that in the end, he realized how much he loved his wife and still loves her and she still loves him. Seeing each other is enough to stop them both in their tracks. We learned through the heartbreak of his mother after hearing they were divorcing that he was the child of a woman who had been a mistress. He shared a bond with Yoo Ri of 'shame' and feeling that he wasn't good enough. I used to think that he threw up after paying off his boss' mistress was because of his own hypocrisy of having a mistress. Although I think that was part of it, but I think the other was probably thinking of the treatment his mother suffered because of a man like him. He went into his marriage not being fully truthful to his wife about himself. That was the burden he carried and it weighed on him...not just the death of their child. So he felt a "bond" to Yoo Ri, but no love. I can see the two of them (he and his wife) getting back together because she truly loves him and he her, but I don't know if she will allow herself to fall for him again--it was the way he handled the situation that made his actions so off-putting. This drama was much better than I expected it to be. I never want the cheaters to get back together (I Have A Lover--hated it, mixed messages), but in this drama I would be okay with them reconciling.....as if my opinion mattered.....
  25. I finally watched this drama. A lot of times I hate "cheating" dramas because the female lead is usually weak and a doormat. However, I loved the way the female lead was in this drama. I also loved that it didn't celebrate an affair (like Temptation), but instead showed how to people drifted apart after experiencing sorrow. As it says in the bible, 'bad association spoils good habits". He worked for a VP that eventually caused him to be desensitized. I can see the two of them getting back together at some point--she really loves hime. He did things that hurt her (I know they hurt me ...lol), but it is clear that he's remorseful. Good drama.
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