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[Drama 2018] My Mister, 나의 아저씨 - Best Drama at 2019 (55th) BaekSang Arts Awards

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54 minutes ago, kerfuffle_95 said:

 

Thanks for sharing this, won't the red ladybug at the very beginning be apt as well? :)  Because of the ladybug, we saw their first interaction. It was also the topic of their first conversation:

 

DH: Isn't it a bit too cruel to kill a ladybug? What's the worst thing that you've killed? 

JA: A person 

DH: Sorry for trying to make a small talk.

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I still LOL every time I watch this scene. :D Anyway, I googled ladybug and found out it's often associated with good luck. According to this site, "A ladybug (or ladybird) is believed to be an embodiment of Lady Luckbringing good fortune and prosperity along with it. As the insect leads a vibrant and colorful life, it influences you to experience the joys of living to the fullest."

 

In another site, "Ladybugs as a symbol of self-reliance: Although the ladybugs may be tiny creatures, they are well capable of protecting themselves from larger predators. When the ladybug is endangered it will release a ghastly scent which the predator will find so repulsive it will go elsewhere to find its next meal. After observing this kind of action, people have said that the ladybug is a good example and a symbol of self-reliance no matter how small a creature is." Very Ji-an.

 

And interestingly, in this website, "Ladybug symbolism in your dreams or in your midst: something magnificent deep within is waiting to be born through you, something that brings fulfillment and happiness to your soul." "Ladybug is also a powerful totem of healing, Ladybug speaks: healing energies surround you....release your worries and let healing energies flow." hmm sounds familiar. 

 

However, according to the very same website above, "Killing a ladybug is considered extremely bad luck. If you should be so unfortunate you killed a ladybug it is told you will be in the Virgin Mary’s Bad book for nine days. This is certainly not something to desire." :crazy: 

 

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Moving on, been meaning to post since I did my re-watch a week ago, I realized I better do it asap, before my withdrawal and attachment to this drama wane. (Definitely still not anytime soon tho :lol:)

 

So, as I was watching episode 10, I couldn’t help but notice this particular line from JA. This scene is from the latter part of episode 10, when JA met with DJY at a café. (Where later on that night, JA confessed to DH). DJY was asking JA: “What kind of manager repays a female employee’s debt or even takes care of her grandma?” Part of JA’s response was this: "And he's never called me, nor have we ever texted each other, so what relationship? It's not like we held hands or hugged.

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We all know JA used to text DH (not that it was anything intimate) when she asked him to buy her food in the early episodes. DH also once called her phone, when she forgot to pick up the persimmons that fell from her cart

 

Going back to the episode 10 scene, it’s interesting how through the above statement from JA, the writer has already shown us a glimpse of what is to come in the succeeding episodes, and this time it's reciprocated: (another) text, (another) call, a hug, and holding of hands [why writer-nim, must you omit the kiss???]. What is even more interesting is that JA and DH took turns when it comes to initiating these means/points of contact. And before each of them would take action, they’d hesitate at first.

 

After episode 10, let’s recall what happened… (I added some of the vids so we can all relive the moments XD)

 

WHO TEXTED FIRST? JA in episode 13. Hesitated at first, eventually texted him. Got a reply in ep 14 when DH became director.

 

JA: Good luck with your interview tomorrow. It's no big deal.  

DH: I became a director. Thanks.

 

WHO CALLED FIRST? DH had the urge in ep 11, but called her many times only in ep 14 when she left. Got the chance to talk to her via the payphone call.  

 

In episode 11, the day after JA’s confession, DH was further stressed by the fact that JA took the slippers from his drawer. Moreover, he had to attend to the meeting where the anti-DJY directors asked him about JA.

 

DH went to JH’s bar afterwards. His hyung was talking, but DH was having none of it. DH suddenly had this weird look directed outside and eventually he went out. Pretending to be smoking, he was looking at both sides of the road obviously looking for signs of JA, and then he took out his phone but put it back his pocket. He looked at the other side of the road again, as if that would make JA appear.:huh:

 

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WHO WANTED A HUG? JA asked for it in ep 13, got it in ep 16.

 

Start at 2:14. Loved the part where they're both teary-eyed after the hug and DH tells her to go twice, but she wouldn't budge, so he forces himself to leave.:dissapointed_relieved:

 

WHO WANTED TO HOLD HANDS? I think DH had the urge in ep 15, finally caved in in ep 16.

 

In episode 15, after they had that intense convo at CD’s place, DH was staring at her frail hands. Starts at around 1:26.

 

And this. I can never recover from that 30-second handshake/holding hands whatever. Starts at around 2:29 and ends at 3:01.

 

FOLLOWING THE SEQUENCE ABOVE, it's supposed to be JI-AN's turn. To ask. For a kiss. :wub::D.  After all, she’s the one who initiated it in as early as episode 3, though during that time, she didn’t really want to. I wonder how she’ll ask for it the next time. I’ll leave it to our fic writers XD  

 

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Sorry for the long post (10x). Hope I made some sense:D

 

When dh held ji an hand , he dint just hold it ... he grasped it tightly . And when he left it his fingers were imprinted on her hands .. is this PD way of telling the viewers that this is as far as They can go( bc is stupid controversy).. just shy of showing a kiss scene. To me it looked like DH dint want to let go of her hand and wanted to hold it as though his life depended on it.

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I want a Maxim ad to wrap up the whole thing. 
 

It's morning.

 

JA is making herself a cuppa. 

 

Suddenly we hear DH's voice: Can you make one for me too? 

 

Camera slowly reveals they're in DH's home. 

 

The end. 

 

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Here's some screenshots from the movie "A special lady" since many of you couldn't view the clip :D LSK was so hot here, what an eye candy. He was in a good shape and probably the same during MA. Can you imagine our ahjussi DH having abs? ohhohohohooho

 

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P.S. The movie itself is nothing special tho

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2 hours ago, kerfuffle_95 said:

We all know JA used to text DH (not that it was anything intimate) when she asked him to buy her food in the early episodes. DH also once called her phone, when she forgot to pick up the persimmons that fell from her cart

Going back to the episode 10 scene, it’s interesting how through the above statement from JA, the writer has already shown us a glimpse of what is to come in the succeeding episodes, and this time it's reciprocated: (another) text, (another) call, a hug, and holding of hands [why writer-nim, must you omit the kiss???]. What is even more interesting is that JA and DH took turns when it comes to initiating these means/points of contact. And before each of them would take action, they’d hesitate at first.

 

Last night, I re-watched the episode where DH beat up GI. 

 

As DH was going up the step, you could clearly see he was hesitating. DH also seems to hesitate right before his 'confession' to JA in episode 15.

 

As you pointed out, they hesitate before each key action. Makes me think, was there ever a point where they did not hesitate? What does that signify?

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2 hours ago, ninaanin said:

 

I do understand you very well. I found that whole uproar about age gap amusing, but also a bit rude towards people in this kind of situation. As well as you, in my life, age gap is something "normal": my grandparents were 15 years apart, my grandmother married at 17 years old (back then it was legal and usual in my country!), and their love story is known in my family as the most beautiful and greatest love that ever happened between us. They had many children, two daughters married with a greater age gap: 22 and 18 years apart from their husband. I, myself, did follow my grandparents example. :wink: 

 

I agree that what makes their relationship right, it is the fact that they are both adults and mature; in many aspects JA did seem to be older than him, her soul was old, and this is why it didn't look out of place when she said she was 30 thousand years old. Their relationship was balanced – sometimes it was JA who learned from DH, sometimes it was DH who learned from JA; they understand and respect each other as a full person, and as equal, despite their differences in life (age, status, etc.).  And in part, this respectful and balanced relationship comes from JA’s attitude: she never accepted to be treated or considered as a not full adult, never accepted be treated by DH as a kid/child. She always put herself as a woman/adult in face of him. In a sense, I think JA considered DA as an innocent and naïve guy, who should be protected by her. They complement each other because DH was, let’s say, “humanistically” more mature than JA, and JA was “realistically” more mature than DA.

 

This is why I think that to say JA has a hero worship love towards DA is to infantilize and disempowered her, it is to downplay the depth of her character and everything she has battle for, including her independency and autonomy. JA didn’t find a hero in DH, she did find in him, for the first time, a real human being. And that is something so precious to her, that she has to protect him with her whole being. JA didn’t need a hero, but a real human being with his strengths, his fragilities and kindness; someone with who she can rest, share her hardships and learn how to live her humanity to the fully. From JA’s (adult) point of view, it is impossible not to be in love with DH, with him she not only can receive, she can also give. And to be able to give and to receive is to love deeply and fully.   

 

This is so beautifully put.  You took the words right out of my mouth...or thoughts right out of my mind.  You know what I mean. Anyway, thank you for sharing this.

 

@tiger457_stv - Thanks for your thoughts as well.  You said:   It took courage for your parents to get together.... If their marriage had failed, there would be naysayers coming out of the woodwork "See, I told you so... you shouldn't, couldn't...etc....).  Fortunately it works out, so @kappy is able to write to us today!  THUMPS UP!

 

Yes...It worked out and I am a product of that successful pairing!  Wish we could see an epilogue of My Ahjussi and see them with their "products."

 

 

 

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@kerfuffle_95 Great details and amazing insights! Can't believe you made that connection out of that mundane discussion! So the writer was actually leaving clues for us all along! I can't not see it as a romance drama now lol. Since the writer is giving us the definition of a relationship, calling back, texting each other, hugs and holding hands. So by the end of the show they definitely 'have' a relationship, a history don't they?

Also from watching your shared videos, and the final holding hand scene [not gonna call that a handshake anymore lol], is it only me who feels like Ji An was still lifeless after the timejump, that is until she saw dong hoon? I mean we see her doing her job well, teaching sign language classes but to me, it seems like even in those brief glimpses she doesn't look happy, spirited, as much as dong hoon does [We don't even see her face fully until she gets to meet him]. It's until he asks that question, 'Ji An, have you reached that comfort point?' And she meekly says 'yes' first but before the next yes, she seems to take a pause first, then the camera pans to dong hoon, and then she's assured that she has reached that comfort zone now that dong hoon is back in her life. So she smiles and says yes again. Hence the second yes is more affirmative, she's surer of herself.  I don't know maybe I am overimagining things for a while lol, but it could be that although Ji An has her own job now, ways to live a comfortable and dignified life, but the way she kept looking at him while they were talking, the usual talks were just something she was answering half-heartedly, and it seemed like she had nothing except one concern in mind. And the way she looks back does seem like he is still the only person she looks up to, the only person who still occupies her mind, that's why she stops while passing Saman's headquarters.

So I would say the new Ji An is still not complete without dong hoon in her life, and her gazes kind of gives away her feelings for him. But it's really a good thing that she has so much more to offer him now, she is on equal terms with him, [not necessarily in a materialistic perspective], which gives her a whole new level of confidence which wasn't there before. From stealing coffee sticks to having her own stable job, and coming for coffee on lunch breaks, she really has come a long way. And I think she needed that as well. But she still needs the soul with whom she can connect to the most, so maybe she is finally there because of her new life and 'because' of the reappearance of dong hoon in her life. At least I hope so..

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@sadiesmith Spotted a yellow light here, does this make any sense? :lol: Sorry if this has been shared already.

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I did a quick search on lights, and not taking the whole of the meaning this caught my attention, and I am only sharing the part which resonated with me, 'flashing yellow light means proceed with caution through the intersection'. See how she stops before Saman headquarters but still decides to not contact dong hoon. I guess she is still getting mixed/no signals from dong hoon lol. 

And this is what the article had to say about green lights lol, 'When a steady green arrow appears, you may proceed in the direction of the arrow'. :D And from another site, Green traffic lights mean “go!” 'So funny, was the director having fun with the signals? Or are they trying to say this was not deliberate at all? 

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On 5/27/2018 at 12:29 PM, nearsea said:

@sadiesmith Spotted a yellow light here, does this make any sense? :lol: Sorry if this has been shared already.

 

 

I did a quick search on lights, and not taking the whole of the meaning this caught my attention, and I am only sharing the part which resonated with me, 'flashing yellow light means proceed with caution through the intersection'. See how she stops before Saman headquarters but still decides to not contact dong hoon. I guess she is still getting mixed/no signals from dong hoon lol. 

And this is what the article had to say about green lights lol, 'When a steady green arrow appears, you may proceed in the direction of the arrow'. :D And from another site, Green traffic lights mean “go!” 'So funny, was the director having fun with the signals? Or are they trying to say this was not deliberate at all? 

 

Screaming!!!  You found the yellow light! I knew it must be there somewhere, but I haven't started my re-watch.  No way was it there by coincidence.  So you have answered your own question posted before this last comment.  Her face was obscured, she was proceeding in life tentatively, there was still a little bit of uncertainty, a little bit of sadness about her.  If we missed all that, the director gave us a yellow light to drive home the idea.  It was not until the green light flashed that we knew for sure both of them can GO forth in pursuing happiness.

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I would’ve also seen the end as the start of them two together but looking back at the earlier posts (the presscon, dealing with controversies). They firmly stated that it isnt romance (even LSK’s friend said that to defend him because of people bashing him). I rewatched the last two episodes - still not over it!!! I really tried to see it without the romance bit and watched it for “what it is” but there’s just some scenes that don’t make sense if all whatever’s between them is just a platonic relationship. Especially with the way Jian looked at DH at the ending with so much longing and DH getting all excited. And ofcourse no need to mention that ‘handshake’. Im so conflicted! Haha. But whether or not they subtly meant for the ending to show that theyll be together romantically or not, it still doesn’t take away the fact that MA is an amazing story. It’s still a love story between Jian and DH, regardless of what kind of love that is. I wouldn’t call it fatherly love though, seeing that handshake and the way he was so giddy at the end.

 

I feel like people can’t really say he is fatherly towards her, non-shippers included. It’s lovely rewatching it again, catchig on things that youd have missed thhe first time. It also makes you wonder if how you understood each scenes at first is how theyre actually meant to be understood. 

And to follow up on the traffic lights, when Jian was shown walking up to Saman building, you can notice how the orange light went on a lot longer than it should. And also there was a car driving down her direction but at the next second, you could see a different car driving up the opposite direction of the road. I think this was deliberate

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20 minutes ago, sadiesmith said:

Her face was obscured, she was proceeding in life tentatively, there is still a little bit of uncertainty, a little bit of sadness about her.

Couldn't have said it better! You summarized it quite well in one sentence. 

20 minutes ago, sadiesmith said:

  If we missed all that, the director gave us a yellow light to drive home the idea. 

Exactly! Respect to PD-nim for the tutorials. 

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What can you say about a drama's impact when even the pastor of a Christian church felt compelled to write a blog entry about it?

https://www.blogpastor.net/2018/05/my-mistermy-ajusshi-a-reflection/

 

My Mister(My Ajusshi): a reflection

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My Mister (My Ajusshi)

I have never written a reflection about a Korean drama series. My Mister (Ahjussi) will be the first because it depicted a painful process, that of a progression from being trapped and lifeless to being a free and breathing human being.

The series has completed its run and I was impressed. It was not a K-drama with the typical motifs: poor girl marries rich man; a lost child (now grown up) meets his or her mother; a hit-and-run accident; two characters initially at odds with each other later falls in love; the rich are arrogant, powerful, and evil while the poor and the common person is kind, resourceful and hardworking.

This drama is a breed apart; it has none of the abovementioned elements. It has qualities about it that viewers will find they can strongly identify with: the brokenness and fragility of the characters and their relationships; the hollowness and sourness of life; the burdens of living up to everybody’s expectations. This is very real and akin to our spiritual journey.

 

Read the rest here: 

https://www.blogpastor.net/2018/05/my-mistermy-ajusshi-a-reflection/

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4 hours ago, ccl82 said:

 

Last night, I re-watched the episode where DH beat up GI. 

 

As DH was going up the step, you could clearly see he was hesitating. DH also seems to hesitate right before his 'confession' to JA in episode 15.

 

As you pointed out, they hesitate before each key action. Makes me think, was there ever a point where they did not hesitate? What does that signify?

 

@ccl82 maybe they know that each action is going to be a point of no return for both of them.  When Dong Hoon initially made that decision to confront Kwang Il, I believe it wasn’t as well-thought out as his other decisions usually are.  He reacted very emotionally after hearing Ji An’s story from Choon Dae.  But he hesitated before going in because the rational side of him was probably asking him what the hell he was doing, to put himself on the line for this young woman.  But then, one of the few times he went against his own better judgment and went in and beat up Kwang Il.  And as he said to his brothers afterwards, he had never felt so alive as he did at that moment.  

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@Kappa said: "Yes...It worked out and I am a product of that successful pairing!  Wish we could see an epilogue of My Ahjussi and see them with their "products."

 

about 40 pages ago this reader expressed the ending that he would like to see: 

 

The Pair come from different directions and end up at the coffee shop.. they greet each other in restraint manner,  then they both sit down and ask about how each other's day went..  He said work was busy, and that the projects are going well... she said she just came from the volunteer sign language class... bot smiling contentedly.  then Ji-an's phone ring, and she answer the phone.... and told the speaker direction to where they are sitting.   Shortly later the speaker said "here we are"... then the camera panned toward the speaker who turn out to be 5 little rabbits from 3 years old to 10 years old!

 

Baby rabbit with chocolate stain on her cheek then said "big brother hit me"!  So Ji-an gathered her in her arm, wipe off the chocolate while scolding the eldest young rabbit.

 

The camera then panned out toward the Ajusshi who lean back in his chair with a smile on his face, sipping his coffee and smile contentedly,  letting  Ji-an settles the household discord.... the END!

 

In this open ending, no one knows for sure who do the little rabbits belong to?  So the nonshippers should be contented.  the shippers would think those rabbits are related to Ji-an and Ajusshi  and cheer.  and some singer's fan will cheer since their idols did not come within inches of a 45 years old Ajusshi!  The naysayers who did not want the pairing, will be shock, but then realize that contrary to their fear, everything turn out well.. after all they can see the products of the pairing: 5 little rabbits who are normal like any other little rabbit!

 

Win win ending!...except maybe at the Baksaeng award!

 

@akhenaten said:"ccl82 maybe they know that each action is going to be a point of no return for both of them.  When Dong Hoon initially made that decision to confront Kwang Il, I believe it wasn’t as well-thought out as his other decisions usually are.  He reacted very emotionally after hearing Ji An’s story from Choon Dae.  But he hesitated before going in because the rational side of him was probably asking him what the hell he was doing, to put himself on the line for this young woman.  But then, one of the few times he went against his own better judgment and went in and beat up Kwang Il.  And as he said to his brothers afterwards, he had never felt so alive as he did at that moment.   "

 

AJUSSHI is an adult.. he used to fight a lot with his brothers and others in the neighborhood when they were younger, into their early 20s, but then they started to grow older, and realize that fighting is not the way to resolve problems.  So they stopped... So for a 45 years old man to resort to fisty-cuff is not good!  This, probably restraint him... but when young loan shark becomes too unreasonable, his passion overpowers his better judgment.... It is his passion (his anger toward those who hurt Ji-an) that drove him to resort to violence, in spite of his self-control.  In that sense he acts like a Knight...a pathetic one without armor, lance or horse.... worse than Don Quijote!!

 

but once he taste his own blood from his cracked lip, he feels alive again!... like when he was 20s and did not know better!  Beside he got his revenge for Ji-an.

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Black sunglasses:)

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Have no interest to watch new drama  

My Ahjussi proved the hole that's left this drama can't filled up with another on air drama just yet.

So saad missed Jiani and her ahjussi walking and talking.-_-

 

 

She does really well to scrub Jian image recently:D busy IU

No interview after MA ended.

She is bussiness women after all-_-

 

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2 hours ago, sadiesmith said:

 

What can you say about a drama's impact when even the pastor of a Christian church felt compelled to write a blog entry about it?

https://www.blogpastor.net/2018/05/my-mistermy-ajusshi-a-reflection/

 

 

 

Haha and of course he saw all the signs that pointed to a marriage redeemed :huh:

 

But I agree. This is a deeply redemptive story and in that sense, there is a Christ My Savior story in there.

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