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2 hours ago, africandramalover said:

 

 

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In my rewatch, I've also wondered to myself, would I ever date DH? Assuming we were in university together? Would any of you date a DH? 

 

 

 

Would i ever? Girl !!! he had gotten so well in running ... it's because of those times trying to get away from me throughout college... round the university grounds..w-aahahha. 

Lucky him i don't run as fast as JiAn..:tongue:

 

 

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3 minutes ago, berny said:

 

 

 

Would i ever? Girl !!! he had gotten so well in running ... it's because of those times trying to get away from me throughout college... round the university grounds..w-aahahha. 

Lucky him i don't run as fast as JiAn..

 

 

 

@berny @africandramalover Hahahah!  But I bet Dong Hoon was probably the kind of guy in college that’s so dense he didn’t realize that a lot of girls were actually interested in him.  Or once he became aware, he got totally uncomfortable and avoided them: 

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2 hours ago, africandramalover said:

In my rewatch, I've also wondered to myself, would I ever date DH? Assuming we were in university together? Would any of you date a DH? 

 

Most of the guys I've dated, my husband included, are introverts. My personality is the complete opposite. I'm gregarious and I make people talk. Quiet guys exasperate me to no end but I also find them endlessly fascinating.

 

But all that aside. That voice alone. I would more than date him!

 

It makes me wonder...I don't think Yeon Hee was very expressive or direct, which contributed to their marriage breakdown. Perhaps someone more gregarious/communicative would have been better? :lol:

 

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Found this lovely new MV using Sondia’s “Adult”.  :wub:

 

 

And here’s another one.  I prefer the second version though.  The picture frames give it a romantic feel. 

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3 hours ago, akhenaten said:

Found this lovely new MV using Sondia’s “Adult”.  :wub:

 

And here’s another one.  I prefer the second version though.  The picture frames give it a romantic feel. 

 

The picture frames effect is very very lovely.  My mind still boggles at how well LSK and IU worked at evoking such romantic feeling, or as some prefer to call them: the most romantic non-romantic couple.  

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check put this post on Tumblr. How the Russian naysayers were converted to hard-core My Ahjussi lovers.

 

https://anditendshowyoudexpect.tumblr.com/post/174502334181/i-have-evolved-now-i-dont-even-need-to-watch-the

 

On 31/05/2018 at 11:02 AM, rellea said:

I only included the meat of this post. It's a long one based on the background lines in the offices during the first and last episodes. I noticed that some subtitles for these scenes weren't accurate.

Not everyone might agree with this post, but I thought it was interesting enough to post anyway.

Here goes:

 

The first episode opens to a bustling office scene. A female employee has a phone tucked under her chin while she arranges some documents and gives her lines. "In this case, I don't think that the....(?) Yes, concrete will not be strong enough (the strength of concrete is not sufficient). I think we will have to look for a different method of reinforcement."

<We will have to look for a different method of reinforcement>

While this line is said, the scene changes to Jian watering the plants. Could her act of giving water to the plants have meaning as well?

 

Several more scenes showing Jian are shown while male employees speak jargon about concrete and strength and so on in the background. We then see Donghoon working hard at his desk accompanied by this line:

"Well what can we do... We have to reinforce it... It's a new building... We have to reinforce it."

The line <We have to reinforce it> is repeated several times while Donghoon and Jian are shown in one screen and then alternatively.

 

If we were to analyze this, Donhoon's and Jian's present situations are like buildings with concrete of insufficient strength and thus dangerous. Everything about their lives needs a method of reinforcement. And I believe that the scenes and lines imply that is each other. To give each other the strength for a new life.

 

And in the last episode, episode 16.

Donghoon has started a new company with his employees when a phone call comes. Donghoon walks over to pick up the phone and says something along the lines of the following: "Yes. Yes. I've checked it. Ah, but when considering emergency situations, in order to evacuate 4,000 people in 20 minutes, you will need one more stairway. Yes. If we go by the current design, there would not be enough time to evacuate in emergencies." And then we see LJA's brightened and sophisticated figure.

 

Donghoon certainly appears much brighter. However, the lines <need one more stairway>, <if we go by the current design there is not enough time to evacuate>. In the end, Donghoon, in his current, stably designed condition, still needs some kind of emergency exit to escape the tightness/harshness of life. That is LJA.

My conclusion from the above lines is "Donghoon's exit is Jian."

 

Could I have gone too far? They say that Won Suk PD never puts any fluff in his works (ie everything has meaning!). I'm certain that there is meaning even in the seemingly ordinary scenes and lines.

 

The poster updated with clarification since people were confused by the wording of "exit":

 

My thoughts are such: there is an already designed/constructed building, but it needs a stairway for emergency situations. Similarly, when the now comfortable and stable Donghoon comes across emergency situations in the future, he will need his own stairway. That is Jian.

So my conclusion is that in the long life ahead of him, the one passage that will let Donghoon breathe is Jian.

 

source: http://gall.dcinside.com/board/view/?id=mymister&no=53666&page=8

 

In my rewatch, I have noticed something small related to this conversation.... I'm on episode 7 and in the preview to episode 8, Dong Hoon says to someone that, "None of the people I had thought of as pillars are actually holding me up". This is after DH discovers that YH is cheating. I immediately remembered this post you made. WRITERNIM didn't come to play!!

 

Can we say that even in their poor marriage, (Mr stability and predictability) DH still looked to YH and the marriage as a "pillar" in his life? No wonder the change in convo and focus on JA at the end as you've noted.

 

Other people who should be pillars are his mother and brothers and the estate gang. When Monk disappeared DH inherited the title of "most likely to succeed in life". He carries everyones expectations,  but none of those people is much help to him.

 

____________ 

 

At the beginning of Ep8, DH and JA are drinking and the howling wind starts blowing down the door of the bar. If I'm not mistaken, this is the bar owner who is also divorced. Wind/breeze in Korean uses the same word as affair... param. 

 

The three of them go out to check the stress measuring equipment that DH had put a while back. DH looks at a gadget on the wall that's tracking a crack.

 

DH: it's the same.

Bar owner:that's weird.

 

they go over to the plumb line which is spinning.

 

DH: this part is just as it was. It hasn't gotten any worse.

Bar owner: really? That's so weird. Honestly,  it looks like it's leaning a bit more this way now.

DH: seeing how there aren't issues with the frame, it must be an internal problem. But it could stabilise later, so I'll keep an eye on it.

Bar owner: but why is it that buildings nowadays always have issues?

 

this is right after JA makes YH listen to the recording of what JY really thinks of her and the affair. (YH then goes to the campsite and doesn't find JY who'd said that they couldn't meet up because he was there.)

 

The conversation was definitely put there as a mirror of their dead marriages. When the bar owner says that the already cracking building is leaning a bit more; that's DH, leaning more now from the additional strain that the revelation of the affair has caused.  The building is the marriage and the cracks can be the affairs their wives had.

 

The internal problem DH talks about must be his internal strength... his overwhelming stress that is also causing "cracks" in his "building", what with his breathing and draggy walking. He's not a "fit structure" due to these problems straining him. 

 

Remember that there's been at least two times he stops in the street and keels over in pain, much like the building. It happens in episode 8 after he walks JA to her place and walks home. She hears him breathing and panics. 

 

When DH says that the building could stabilise later (an extremely curious JA is right there) I'm thinking, hmmmm, she's the reinforcement pillar in his life and the one who'll stabilise him!

 

Also, previously, DH is berated by the CEOs lackey for pouring himself a drink. This is at the company dinner where DH is humiliated with consent of the CEO. In episode 7, I noticed how he doesn't even need prompting to pour JA her drink when they have the drink where JA finally smiles. 

 

Don't y'all wish this drama had been preproduced?

 

On 31/05/2018 at 3:59 AM, berny said:

 

Lady bugs
Coffee
Sneakers
Slippers
Electricity poles
Copier machine

Soccer
Traffic lights
Telephone booths
Cellphones
Beer
Persimmons
Moon
Trains

Railroads

 

 This drama has made excellent use of symbols and motifs to carry the story. Another motif would be DHs constant repetition of "It's nothing" as his coping mechanism. I must rewatch and take notes as a writer!

 

As pertains to my earlier question.... honestly, I would not have dated DH. I don't think he was this reserved and defeated by life while he was in campus, but I'm too outgoing and choleric for him! Especially the choleric part!!

 

EDIT: With all the literary devices and phrases and themes we've picked up in this drama, maybe the writer should make it into a book. It would be the kind of book that examiners love as a literature set book for secondary education where I am from. 

 

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2 hours ago, africandramalover said:

As pertains to my earlier question.... honestly, I would not have dated DH. I don't think he was this reserved and defeated by life while he was in campus, but I'm too outgoing and choleric for him! Especially the choleric part!!

 

 

Maybe he needed someone more outgoing and cheerful! :lol:

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13 hours ago, kdramafanlsk said:

Not sure about the local culture but it could be that local viewers may muddle the line between personal and professional lives of actors or that the DH-JA chemistry is so strong it might open issue again on male/female relationship with huge age gap outside the context of story that unfolded in MA. I dont subscribe to that kind of thinking either. But better stir clear of those things.

 

@kdramafanlsk  I guess you have a point.  It becomes difficult to be objective and separate what’s real from what’s reel, especially if you can see the same spark between the actors even offcam.  Take that photo of LSK and LJE sitting together.  There were no captions and they’re just sitting there.  Yet their chemistry is still so palpable even if they’re not acting anymore, age gap and all.  And I’m stating the age gap to drive home the point.  I think LJE’s previous onscreen partnerships with actors closer to her age can hardly hold a candle to the one with LSK in terms of that.  She herself admitted he’s her best partner after all.  

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K-DRAMA REACTION: MY AHJUSSI | FINALE

my-ahjussi-ep-16-quotes-memorable-line-my-mister-ahjummamshies.jpg

 

May we all find comfort in ourselves.

 

My Ahjussi fulfilled its promise to give the audience a healing drama and tied all loose ends at the finale. As for this K-drama drunkard noona, let me close the curtains by sharing with you the five life lessons the beloved ahjussis, the Stoic Agassi, and the people surrounding them thought me.

 

It may be hard, but learn to forgive.

 

If I’m being really honest right now, I’m trying my earnest not to cry while typing the phrase above. It takes a lot of effort and tears to forgive someone but it takes all the forces of the universe to forgive yourself.

 

My Ahjussi showed us how forgiveness can bring healing. First, Park Dong-hoon showed how big his heart is when he decided to take back her wife after her affair with CEO Do Joon-young. It’s beyond question how difficult it must be for him yet he decided to do so. I can’t forget the scene in Episode 16 where he was alone in the house and he just cried. He was doing mundane things and suddenly the gravity of all the things that happened hit him. He didn’t say anything but it was more than enough to show how much he was suffering. The Earnest Ahjussi may not have been a perfect husband but his selflessness and forgiving heart saved their family in the end.

 

On the other hand, Lee Ji-an chose to forgive herself and start anew. It was not just Gwang-il who’s casting a shadow on her life, Ji-an has been living in darkness because she can’t let go of what she did to his father. But with the help of Dong-hoon and Chairman Jang, who gave her a job to Busan, the Stoic Agassi was able to click reset. She eventually moved back to Seoul enjoying life, having friends and when she met Dong-hoon again, it was clear that she already took off the shackles of her past and has made peace with herself. She fulfilled grandma’s wish to live happily in order to pay back those who extended their hands to her.

 

And lastly, the forgiveness that pulled my emotional strings more than it should have. Monk Gyeom-duk mustered the courage to visit Jung-hee because he finally wanted to let go of the guilt of leaving his friends, his parents and especially, abandoning her. I  understand how Jung-hee at first said that for the longest time she wants Gyeom-duk to live in misery by having a heavy conscience, she even asked him what she can look forward to now in life if Gyeom-duk will be free from guilt. But I think it reached her soul when the monk told her that she can look forward to living a happy life. Jung-hee’s tearful eyes state that even though he hurt her more than words can describe, she will finally let go of the pain.

 

FULL: https://ahjummamshies.com/2018/06/03/k-drama-reaction-my-ahjussi-finale/

 

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Just discovered a whole bunch of interviews and BTS....are these new?? I don’t remember seeing them on the special.

 

 

If you find alternative sources post them here too!

 

https://m.tv.naver.com/v/3147443/list/212255

 

 

This one is great too. What a fantastic peformance from Lee Ji Eun!

 

https://m.tv.naver.com/v/3147400/list/212255

 

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On 6/2/2018 at 1:17 AM, ann04 said:

What do you guys think about Ji-An liking DH? She’s said it a lot in the show, others even said it - Joon Young, Jung Hee, Yoon Hee. Do you think she’s meant it in a platonic way? Like just genuinely liking a person for who they are.

 

I actually feel that Dong Hoon's confession was deeper and more heartfelt than Ji An's, even though she was more direct.

 

What DH said:

I feel what you feel. If you hurt because of me, my heart hurts so much

When you know (love) someone, whatever he does doesn't matter. And I know you.

And all the other longing looks, shy glances, and passionate outbursts...

 

What JA said:

I like you

Do you even understand what it means to like someone?

I don't want to be a fool hanging aorund here looking for you

 

What DH is indirectly saying : When you breath I breath, when you are happy I am happy, what you feel I feel too. You are inside me, the other half of me.

 

What Ji An says: I like you. To me, that means she cares for him, is fond of him, and wants to stay by his side.

 

Like I said earlier though, the turning point for me was the slippers.

 

@ccl82 what instagram account did you contact? I haven't messaged them yet but will do so later!

 

I have a couple of really cool things to share from DC Inside, here's the first:

 

Why are you going so far?

http://gall.dcinside.com/board/view/?id=mymister&no=54512&page=1

viewimage.php?id=20a4dd2ff6c63db4&no=24b

 

"This for me was Dong Hoon's confession. What he's really saying: why are you going so far = Don't go so far = stay near me"

 

Really loved this one as well from DC Inside, but I can't figure out how to copy and paste the gifs:

 

http://gall.dcinside.com/board/view/?id=mymister&no=54517&page=3

 

Flustered Dong Hoon

Shy Dong Hoon

Embarassed Dong Hoon

He has the one same reaction: he can't bring himself to meet her eyes...

 

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IU is truly an amazing singer songwriter. She wrote the most beautiful and poetic lyrics. She must've read a lot of books.. Since IU wrote this song using the perspective of Ji An, this song is probably about her grandma's infatuation with the moon, but it's interesting how by looking at the lyrics, Dong Hoon is the first person that comes to my mind instead. (It doesn't help too that Dong Hoon rhymes with Moon lol)

 

The way i interpret it, the first verse is JA talking to DH, and the second verse is DH talking to JA, and the 3rd verse is JA's afterthought...

 

 

 

1st verse (JA -> DH)

Dear moon my moon
Why can’t I get closer to you?
Though I trail behind you with quick steps
You’re like the moon that I can’t reach


Oh moon like moon
Why is it that you don’t disappear?
Though I try to turn around and run away
You’re like the moon that follows me

You


Could it be fate?
The moment our eyes met
I thought I heard you talk to me
with your low voice


I replied you

A hesitant answer
Vaguely over there where you are
I said I think I understand why now

 

2nd verse (DH -> JA)
Oh moon
My moon

It’s not like I don’t want to hug you
But I know you’re much too large for me
to hold in my arms


Oh moon
My moon

It’s not like I don’t want to have you
But it’s because you’re so dazzling to me
And I am such a dark night


Could it be fate?
On your pale face
I think I saw a shadowy smudge
that doesn’t suit you
Waving my hands at you
Signalling you to come over
I said there’s a loner here
who’s very much like you

that won’t disappear

 

3rd verse (JA)
My only moon
Just as it’s unreachable
Deep into the night
The silence of the white moonlight
I’ll stay awake tonight as well

 

translated by iuteamstarcandy

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This is just so sad.... And now I'M CRYING AGAIN. Their relationship is just so bittersweet.

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40 minutes ago, mushroomsoupie said:

IU is truly an amazing singer songwriter. She wrote the most beautiful and poetic lyrics. She must've read a lot of books.. Since IU wrote this song using the perspective of Ji An, this song is probably about her grandma's infatuation with the moon, but it's interesting how by looking at the lyrics, Dong Hoon is the first person that comes to my mind instead. (It doesn't help too that Dong Hoon rhymes with Moon lol)

 

The way i interpret it, the first verse is JA talking to DH, and the second verse is DH talking to JA, and the 3rd verse is JA's afterthought...


 

@mushroomsoupie - (sorry to cut your post)   Thanks for posting this lovely song's translation.  It indeed is such a beautiful song, melody and lyrics-wise.  And, of course, she sings it perfectly.

 

I think your interpretation of who's talking to who matches well.  Moon with a low voice?  Dong Hoon, of course!  And I laughed when you said Dong Hoon rhymes with Moon because I thought the same thing!  

 

He is up there, a beacon in the night, a celestial being that's far off and seemingly unattainable, and a fellow loner.  

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답을 한다

망설이던 대답
아스라이 거기 너를

왜인지 난, 다 알 것 같다고

 

 

I replied you

A hesitant answer
Vaguely over there where you are
I said I think I understand why now

 

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I don't think this part is translated properly.

 

I answered you

A hesitant answer

dimly, over there, you

Somehow, I think I understand everything (about you)

 

 

The bolded part definitely sounds like it could be about DH!

 

Thanks for this @mushroomsoupie , it really sounds like she's singing a love song to DH.

 

And it makes sense. In a lot of ways, the moonlight sojourn was when their relationship began, or took a significant turn. And all their nighttime walks together is when their relationship really blossomed.

 

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@justamom -

 

"This for me was Dong Hoon's confession. What he's really saying: why are you going so far = Don't go so far = stay near me"

 

I absolutely agree. This is why I think the "buy me new slippers" dialogue was also him confessing to her. He is saying very clearly, "I want you to remain a part of my life." That's just the kind of person he is. He's oblique, but he's also very clear about what he wants.

 

--

 

The drawbacks of watching a great show is that it's hard to move on, and it's hard to find something new. This darn show has really has ruined me.

 

Is anyone watching anything good? I'm trying, but...

 

Spoiler

 

- Greasy Melo - Too silly to take seriously, and I can't get invested in any of the characters. I have it on in the background when I'm cleaning or something. It has bright colors, snappy background music, and when I stop every 15 minutes or so to see the screen, someone's doing something wacky.

 

- Miss Hamurabi - It's oookay. It's about social justice and fighting for those who have no power. An after-school special, except about judges. I like all the main actors, but it's not a must-watch. I'll probably finish it, but I'm in no rush.

 

- Bap-Noona - I watched the 1st 4 episodes or so, and I liked it. But then I read some reviews that the second half is terrible? So... pass.

 

This is from the Dramabeans recap of the final episodes:

 

COMMENTS

You know what? I’m so relieved this show is over right now. That unnecessarily bloated, navel-gazing finale was just exhausting, and directorially self-indulgent to the point that I’ve decided never to watch another Ahn Pan-seok drama.

 

Yikes.

 

- Come and Hug Me - Starring the actor who played Kwang-Il! And Jae-Chul is also in it!

 

This one is actually pretty good, it's the best thing I'm watching right now. Normally I avoid shows like this, about serial killers - I just don't love this genre that much. But the storyline is interesting enough and the actors are all doing great.

 

 

 

That's about it. Anyone watching anything good?

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1 hour ago, mushroomsoupie said:

IU is truly an amazing singer songwriter. She wrote the most beautiful and poetic lyrics. She must've read a lot of books.. Since IU wrote this song using the perspective of Ji An, this song is probably about her grandma's infatuation with the moon, but it's interesting how by looking at the lyrics, Dong Hoon is the first person that comes to my mind instead. (It doesn't help too that Dong Hoon rhymes with Moon lol)

 

The way i interpret it, the first verse is JA talking to DH, and the second verse is DH talking to JA, and the 3rd verse is JA's afterthought...

 

 

 

1st verse (JA -> DH)

Dear moon my moon
Why can’t I get closer to you?
Though I trail behind you with quick steps
You’re like the moon that I can’t reach


Oh moon like moon
Why is it that you don’t disappear?
Though I try to turn around and run away
You’re like the moon that follows me

You


Could it be fate?
The moment our eyes met
I thought I heard you talk to me
with your low voice


I replied you

A hesitant answer
Vaguely over there where you are
I said I think I understand why now

 

2nd verse (DH -> JA)
Oh moon
My moon

It’s not like I don’t want to hug you
But I know you’re much too large for me
to hold in my arms


Oh moon
My moon

It’s not like I don’t want to have you
But it’s because you’re so dazzling to me
And I am such a dark night


Could it be fate?
On your pale face
I think I saw a shadowy smudge
that doesn’t suit you
Waving my hands at you
Signalling you to come over
I said there’s a loner here
who’s very much like you

that won’t disappear

 

3rd verse (JA)
My only moon
Just as it’s unreachable
Deep into the night
The silence of the white moonlight
I’ll stay awake tonight as well

 

translated by iuteamstarcandy

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This is just so sad.... And now I'M CRYING AGAIN. Their relationship is just so bittersweet.

 

@mushroomsoupie  From the first time I heard this song played in the drama, I always thought it referred both to Grandma’s love of the moon and Ji An’s love for Dong Hoon.  In particular, that part where the lyrics refer to the first time she heard his low voice speaking to her and then the part where she says the moon (i.e. Dong Hoon)  is too large for her to hold in her arms.  The lyrics are actually very sad indeed.  

 

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20 minutes ago, akhenaten said:

 

@mushroomsoupie  From the first time I heard this song played in the drama, I always thought it referred both to Grandma’s love of the moon and Ji An’s love for Dong Hoon.  In particular, that part where the lyrics refer to the first time she heard his low voice speaking to her and then the part where she says the moon (i.e. Dong Hoon)  is too large for her to hold in her arms.  The lyrics are actually very sad indeed.  

 

Yeah, this is my favorite song in the OST.

 

She is saying that the moon seems too large to hold in her arms.

 

Second part, she is saying that the moon (DH) seems too bright because she is such a dark night. At first, I think she was very down on herself and didn't feel worthy to have real relationships with people, so she probably felt like she was too "dark," and that he seems too "bright" in comparison.

 

So I agree, that does seem like she is talking to DH - that he seemed too big and bright for her to have.

 

So she tried to turn away from him, and he was always there.

 

Anyway, I love this song because it reminds me of when I was a kid. When you look up at the moon at night while you're riding in a car, it seems like it's following you. And my parents would tell me that the moon was following me because it loved me so much. I actually believed that! :D

 

Anyway, this song reminded me of that. Also, since this is "grandma's song," they play it often when they show grandma, and that's just (yet) another trigger for crying. :dissapointed_relieved:

 

I miss this show.

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10 hours ago, africandramalover said:

check put this post on Tumblr. How the Russian naysayers were converted to hard-core My Ahjussi lovers.

 

https://anditendshowyoudexpect.tumblr.com/post/174502334181/i-have-evolved-now-i-dont-even-need-to-watch-the

 

 

In my rewatch, I have noticed something small related to this conversation.... I'm on episode 7 and in the preview to episode 8, Dong Hoon says to someone that, "None of the people I had thought of as pillars are actually holding me up". This is after DH discovers that YH is cheating. I immediately remembered this post you made. WRITERNIM didn't come to play!!

 

Can we say that even in their poor marriage, (Mr stability and predictability) DH still looked to YH and the marriage as a "pillar" in his life? No wonder the change in convo and focus on JA at the end as you've noted.

 

Other people who should be pillars are his mother and brothers and the estate gang. When Monk disappeared DH inherited the title of "most likely to succeed in life". He carries everyones expectations,  but none of those people is much help to him.

 

____________ 

 

At the beginning of Ep8, DH and JA are drinking and the howling wind starts blowing down the door of the bar. If I'm not mistaken, this is the bar owner who is also divorced. Wind/breeze in Korean uses the same word as affair... param. 

 

The three of them go out to check the stress measuring equipment that DH had put a while back. DH looks at a gadget on the wall that's tracking a crack.

 

DH: it's the same.

Bar owner:that's weird.

 

they go over to the plumb line which is spinning.

 

DH: this part is just as it was. It hasn't gotten any worse.

Bar owner: really? That's so weird. Honestly,  it looks like it's leaning a bit more this way now.

DH: seeing how there aren't issues with the frame, it must be an internal problem. But it could stabilise later, so I'll keep an eye on it.

Bar owner: but why is it that buildings nowadays always have issues?

 

this is right after JA makes YH listen to the recording of what JY really thinks of her and the affair. (YH then goes to the campsite and doesn't find JY who'd said that they couldn't meet up because he was there.)

 

The conversation was definitely put there as a mirror of their dead marriages. When the bar owner says that the already cracking building is leaning a bit more; that's DH, leaning more now from the additional strain that the revelation of the affair has caused.  The building is the marriage and the cracks can be the affairs their wives had.

 

The internal problem DH talks about must be his internal strength... his overwhelming stress that is also causing "cracks" in his "building", what with his breathing and draggy walking. He's not a "fit structure" due to these problems straining him. 

 

Remember that there's been at least two times he stops in the street and keels over in pain, much like the building. It happens in episode 8 after he walks JA to her place and walks home. She hears him breathing and panics. 

 

When DH says that the building could stabilise later (an extremely curious JA is right there) I'm thinking, hmmmm, she's the reinforcement pillar in his life and the one who'll stabilise him!

 

Also, previously, DH is berated by the CEOs lackey for pouring himself a drink. This is at the company dinner where DH is humiliated with consent of the CEO. In episode 7, I noticed how he doesn't even need prompting to pour JA her drink when they have the drink where JA finally smiles. 

 

Don't y'all wish this drama had been preproduced?

 

 

 This drama has made excellent use of symbols and motifs to carry the story. Another motif would be DHs constant repetition of "It's nothing" as his coping mechanism. I must rewatch and take notes as a writer!

 

As pertains to my earlier question.... honestly, I would not have dated DH. I don't think he was this reserved and defeated by life while he was in campus, but I'm too outgoing and choleric for him! Especially the choleric part!!

 

EDIT: With all the literary devices and phrases and themes we've picked up in this drama, maybe the writer should make it into a book. It would the kind of book that examiners love as a literature set book for secondary education where I am from. 

 

 

Wow, @africandramalover, that is some heavy duty detail analysis; very mind-blowing.  I am actually thankful the show is not pre-produced because the negative reaction was actually the strongest with the news of IU casting and got less and less as the show went deeper in the story.  If it had been pre-produced they would have been even more careful, I think.

 

2 hours ago, justamom said:

 

I actually feel that Dong Hoon's confession was deeper and more heartfelt than Ji An's, even though she was more direct.

 

What DH said:

I feel what you feel. If you hurt because of me, my heart hurts so much

When you know (love) someone, whatever he does doesn't matter. And I know you.

And all the other longing looks, shy glances, and passionate outbursts...

 

What JA said:

I like you

Do you even understand what it means to like someone?

I don't want to be a fool hanging aorund here looking for you

 

What DH is indirectly saying : When you breath I breath, when you are happy I am happy, what you feel I feel too. You are inside me, the other half of me.

 

What Ji An says: I like you. To me, that means she cares for him, is fond of him, and wants to stay by his side.

 

Like I said earlier though, the turning point for me was the slippers.

 

 

"This for me was Dong Hoon's confession. What he's really saying: why are you going so far = Don't go so far = stay near me"

 

You are absolutely right that Park Dong Hoon's feelings and confessions were more soul-deep.  And this is perhaps one reason people have a hard time moving on yet.  They have not completely figured out Park Dong Hoon.  This character seems to encourage the deepest of pondering.  

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