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

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13 hours ago, arctichare said:

Wow @kerfuffle_95. Your post is incredible. I have nothing else to add. It's just incredible.

 

This show is going to be the end of me.

 

 

@arctichare  I love that picture of LSK and LJE laughing at something the director said.  Apparently, they’re also in sync in real life.  This is really a partnership written in the stars. :)

 

8 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/

My Mister(My Ajusshi): a reflection

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/

 

@sadiesmith I guess he assumed that Dong Hoon’s marriage was saved and he and Yoon Hee managed to get past her infidelity and total and deliberate violation of their marriage vows.  If we look at the ending with our shipper lens off, it can be construed that way because it’s open-ended.  Another genius move of the director and writer, which keeps everyone on both sides of the shipping camp happy. :) I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot and will probably post separately about why I think it can be a possibility.  Of course, that’s regardless of my own personal feelings about it. 

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Happy Monday:). How is everyone doing with their withdrawal symptoms? I am trying to watch Hyori B&B Season 1 for countless times at Netflix to deal with my own symptoms:lol:. The weird and adorkable Lee Jieun from that reality show always cheers me up.  I agree with a lot of posters that My Ajusshi elevated my standards in k-dramas. In my opinion, nothing is good enough anymore after the show ended. I also tried watching About Time but was cringing so much that I need to stop at episode 2. I am staying off k-dramas for a while until the right one  comes along.

 

13 hours ago, ninaanin said:

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.   

 

My apologies for cutting your post short. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and that's fine. However, I will never see "hero worship" as a valid argument about Jian's feelings for DH. She knows what she wants and never backs down on it. Jian is written as a strong female character. It is quite insulting to minimize her love for DH as platonic or fatherly figure. Women find true love at different stages of life during childhood, high school, and older adult years. For Jian, she found that right person for her at the age of 21. She is not that young anymore compared to all other literary heroines in the last 20th century. Some people say that she will find another person after DH. I say not likely. DH is her other half. She waited 30,000 years for him. Do we still  think that she will move on and stay away from him permanently after the time jump? Pfft! one full year is such a short time:) for someone like Jian.

 

The show ended with a pending date between them. For the sake of argument: how many possible dates can two people have before deciding  they are meant to be together? the answer varies but for some people out there with great love stories, everything started with just one date. 

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1 hour ago, akhenaten said:

 

@arctichare  I love that picture of LSK and LJE laughing at something the director said.  Apparently, they’re also in sync in real life.  This is really a partnership written in the stars. :)

 

 

@sadiesmith I guess he assumed that Dong Hoon’s marriage was saved and he and Yoon Hee managed to get past her infidelity and total and deliberate violation of their marriage vows.  If we look at the ending with our shipper lens off, it can be construed that way because it’s open-ended.  Another genius move of the director and writer, which keeps everyone on both sides of the shipping camp happy. :) I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot and will probably post separately about why I think it can be a possibility.  Of course, that’s regardless of my own personal feelings about it. 

 

Please post.  I am really curious if a strong case can be made for reconciliation of that marriage without ignoring all the little details planted by the director.

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I like the post by the pastor and I agree that this drama does make us question the ways of living life in a materialistic society, the norms we have adapted to, often we see dong Hoon questioning himself about why he's living the life sentence, almost forcefully. So when yura says we are inclined to only talk about success and look at failure as embarrassment, it is the harsh reality that the drama addresses. So in that sense the pastor is right. This drama is about saving people, about redemption. 

 

But that marriage? It's not rescued. I have no doubts about it anymore. Thanks to @justamom for the answer to the pastor haha. I don't get frustrated when the show is misconceived, even the subtitles are messed up, but it is kind of disappointing that people miss the important details. But still what's important that at least 60-70% of the message is understood and appreciated by people. That's quite an achievement no doubt. 

 

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10 minutes ago, nearsea said:

But that marriage? It's not rescued. I have no doubts about it anymore. Thanks to @justamom for the answer to the pastor haha. I don't get frustrated when the show is misconceived, even the subtitles are messed up, but it is kind of disappointing that people miss the important details. But still what's important that at least 60-70% of the message is understood and appreciated by people. That's quite an achievement no doubt. 

 

Haha! I'm not Christian, is it rude to question a pastor like that? :ph34r:

 

They may still be married. But their marriage is beyond irrecoverable. (That's the basis of my fanfic as well)

 

@Joseph Lim Thanks!! I believe that's how she was able to convey Lee Ji An with so much emotional depth. You can see the sorrow in the depths of her soul in those scenes.

 

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Hahaha... This blogger is rather pissed with the open endinghttp://www.kdramalove.com/MyMister.html

 

My Mister aka My Ahjussi
나의 아저씨 
tvN (2018) 16 Episodes
Melodrama, Grade: A
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA


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Just a warning about end spoilers before I start. I hardly ever give those away in my reviews of Korean dramas, allowing you to discover them for yourselves. However, in this case there is no way I can explain why this otherwise excellent and addictive Korean melodrama My Mister aka My Ahjussi(2018) ended up receiving an A grade instead of an A+ grade from me unless I refer to the ending of this drama, which I felt was one of those "open endings" that I dislike so much, that offer no real closure for characters (or the audience for that matter!). 

I usually don't mind either happy or sad endings, but the open ending ones that leave loose ends unfulfilled drive me up the wall because an excellent writer should be able to write a 16 episode drama without leaving any guesswork for the audience to struggle with at the conclusion of the story. Otherwise the entire drama ends up being not much more than one giant tease. You expect certain characters to come together ... and then they don't. All the great writers throughout history have written us satisfying, conclusive endings with our main questions answered: why on earth do Korean drama writers keep falling for that old tired plot device of leaving endings open, ostensibly for sequels that 9 times out of 10 never come? They really need to stop doing this!
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7 minutes ago, sadiesmith said:

Hahaha... This blogger is rather pissed with the open endinghttp://www.kdramalove.com/MyMister.html

 

She needs to come and hang out here!

 

Can someone enlighten me, since when was Jung Hee married to Sang Woo? I only remembered her being referred to as his lover. Another case of bad subs??

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@sadiesmith thanks for sharing that blog review, she sure seems mad haha XD but her feeling are surely subjective, she judges from solely shipper's perspective, who's dissapointed that we didn't get hot make-out sessions of DH and JA :lol:

 

While I understand where she's coming from and her complaints about the show ending, I can't agree with her about the 1 year time skip being lazy writing. It was essential to the characters. They needed time for themselves, to heal themselves. I believe a person who's not comfortable with their own self can't make another person happy. Same goes for JA and DH, neither of them were in a place to actually start some kind of relationship, there was so much to sort out in themselves. Also how could the writer explore the 1 year time skip?? They would need at least 2 episodes to actually show us how their lives went to keep up with a high level writing.

And I agree, the ending would seem lazy writing to anyone who doesn't like looking deeper into things and prefers everything out in the light, I'm afraid it's the case with this blogger XD

however I still can't decide if the open ending was initially decided or a result of the production team giving in to the pressure of the public. I honestly think, one kiss in the end wouldn't enrage people in S. Korea, especially judging by how much love and praise it received after the audience decided to give it a chance and acknowledging the beauty of the writing and acting

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“TvN My Mister is #1 in Content Power Index for the third week of May, MBC King of Mask Singer is 2nd and MBC Come And Hug Me is 3rd.”

 

Source

 

https://twitter.com/iubiscuit/status/1000995445580161024

 

http://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=117&aid=0003054921&lfrom=twitter

 

Source http://news.nate.com/view/20180528n26838

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Thanks for the blog link @sadiesmith. Haha my immediate reaction after watching episode 16 was just like her so I don't blame her actually. And @anipanch probably you are right, the open ending possibly happened due to the pressure from audience and maybe from the higher officials as well to not to do anything that will affect the rating. So I agree with the blogger that it's kind of disappointing. :/ And yes Jane Austen would never be my favourite author if persuasion didn't end the way it ended. Same goes for Jane Eyre. And let's face it, the expectation was indeed high. 

Anyhow, still this gives me much joy that there are some who could clearly see the attraction between them and didn't misconceive it as fatherly love. :D And I love the fact that that she was hoping for some kisses. I didn't dare to hope that much haha. And she definitely needs to read the in-depth theories and explanations here, would help her feel better lol.

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She has Ji-an on her iPhone case:glasses:

 

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Source IU's Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/dlwlrma/

 

4 hours ago, timidjock0819 said:

Happy Monday:). How is everyone doing with their withdrawal symptoms? I am trying to watch Hyori B&B Season 1 for countless times at Netflix to deal with my own symptoms:lol:. The weird and adorkable Lee Jieun from that reality show always cheers me up.  


Ohhh am watching Hyori B&B Season 1 again:lol:

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2 hours ago, justamom said:

 

She needs to come and hang out here!

 

Can someone enlighten me, since when was Jung Hee married to Sang Woo? I only remembered her being referred to as his lover. Another case of bad subs??

 

@justamom probably misunderstood the subs. Even the “official” DF subs that are available in all sites say that Jung Hee was once Sang Won’s lover and bride.  Bride, not wife. So the blogger might have missed that one.  

 

She seems very disappointed with the open ending.  I do understand how she feels because when I first saw that while watching it livestreaming, I had PM&I deja vu and felt so bad.  I had to pull back and re-examine the whole scene in the context of the whole story and the way its plot was developed all throughout before I could convince myself that things aren’t as bad as they seem and such an ending is in keeping with the way the whole story played out.  But there’s still a little part of me that wishes the writer and director gave a more definitive hint on where this story is supposed to go.  And I guess what made it worse for this blogger and other viewers was the fact that Yoon Hee still appeared in the photos on Dong Hoon’s desk as CEO. And of course, the lousy translations of his lines at the cafe. And that sort of sad look he had on his face when he turned back to look at Ji An. In all honesty, there were ambiguities in the way the story was told that could make the story go either way and it would still be within its context.  Again, I give credit to the genius of the writing in that the story essentially leaves it to the viewer to make his or her own conclusions, but this can sometimes make for some frustrated viewers. :)

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6 hours ago, sadiesmith said:

 

Please post.  I am really curious if a strong case can be made for reconciliation of that marriage without ignoring all the little details planted by the director.

 

And you did not read my post on page 214!! Read it, tell me what you think! I hope it's a new beginning for DH and Ji-An, despite all the 'hanging in the air' elements regarding DH - and if this drama has told me anything, DH can be brought to the well, but cannot be made to drink!

 

I think DH loves her but not as a woman with whom he wants to be a couple, but as a best friend he is totally in sync with, a compadre', a worldly friend he can hang around, chat and have a drink and a meal with, while his monk friend is up in the mountains, and is glad and grateful Ji-An is back in town and wants to see him again. That's why he held that hand so tightly and didn't want to let it go - because he didn't know she would still want to see him beyond that point and he just wanted to say his thanks again. It also shows he thinks of her as his equal. Did he consider that she may still 'like' him that way - no! He thought it was fixation and admiration by a lonely pretty girl. He met her warmly (as promised and as he meets everyone) and then he went a step ahead and met her very warmly (tight handshake) because he missed her. We are not shown their meal, so I don't know how he'd be at it, but can anyone imagine DH making any sort of move on Ji-An? He may love her but he does think she's too young - as he kept reminding her and everyone else- and he does not think of her as a woman, just as a kindred spirit he connected with. I doubt Ji-An will repeat her love confessions again, but she'll be glad she can still see him every now and then, and he'll be glad to see her casually too, and hang out alone or with all the gangs and neighborhoods all over again, and that's that.

 

At least he did not call her A LITTLE GIRL / KID (!) and knowing DH, that was also a possibility!!!!

 

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3 hours ago, mylovelystar said:

“TvN My Mister is #1 in Content Power Index for the third week of May, MBC King of Mask Singer is 2nd and MBC Come And Hug Me is 3rd.”

 

Source

 

https://twitter.com/iubiscuit/status/1000995445580161024

 

http://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=117&aid=0003054921&lfrom=twitter

Source http://news.nate.com/view/20180528n26838

 

Our show did that?  It regained top spot almost two weeks after its airing?  I guess part of South Korea can't quite exactly move on either. :D

 

2 hours ago, mylovelystar said:

She has Ji-an on her iPhone case:glasses:

 

Source IU's Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/dlwlrma/
Ohhh am watching Hyori B&B Season 1 again:lol:

 

@mylovelystar, that is the same phone case as this one from back in January.  Can someone translate the following short article about the phone case? http://www.sedaily.com/NewsView/1RUCKVOG0B/GL01

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17 minutes ago, sadiesmith said:

 

Our show did that?  It regained top spot almost two weeks after its airing?  I guess part of South Korea can't quite exactly move on either. :D

 

 

@mylovelystar, that is the same phone case as this one from back in January.  Can someone translate the following short article about the phone case? http://www.sedaily.com/NewsView/1RUCKVOG0B/GL01

 

 

Please correct me if I am wrong. But that phone case was given by her sunbae LSG during the start of filming. I read it on SNS a while back. A lot of IU fans at that time were confirming that it was from Lee Sun Gyun given to her as a gift. IU is so sweet that even with a broken side she still hangs on to the case. She even had a sticker of Jian at the back.. (btw I freaking want that sticker!). @mylovelystar do you know where can we get that sticker? 

 

Edit: My Ajusshi topping the charts again? Is there any other new dramas out? Seriously I think the show shook Korea and was very influential in many topic of discussions among 30-40's working class people. And I agree @sadiesmith, I think whole Korea is also in withdrawal just like us:lol:

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