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44 minutes ago, justamom said:

 

 

You are absolutely right. I am neither into fantasy nor anime so I guess that explains a lot. And Lee Seon Gyun and Gong Yoo are completely different. Lee Seon Gyun becomes the character he is playing, while there always seems to be a bit of Gong Yoo's real life personality in whatever roles he takes. That said, still not into him, haha.

 

 

@justamom  hahahha.  I’m also not into Gong Yoo either. I only liked him in Goblin because of what i said previously.  But I’m not into him as an actor.  Until now, I’m not interested in watching Coffee Prince.  Apologies to those who may be his fans but I never thought of him as handsome.  Maybe I just have different taste.  On the other hand, I find Lee Sun Kyun compelling and very charismatic.  Or it might just be Park Dong Hoon. :)

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6 hours ago, reign143 said:

Can some chingus here post the links of all the fanfics please... Thank you all for the time :)

 

Our resident writer-nim @justamom's amazing, ongoing fanfic:
https://archiveofourown.org/works/14713524/chapters/34004451

 

Other fanfics:

https://archiveofourown.org/tags/나의 아저씨 | My Mister (TV)/works

 

http://eatalottransferstudent.tumblr.com/

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@ccl82 What I have so far:

 

Ep 15: DH enters CD's place

https://i.imgur.com/TtwuoSO.gifv

 

Shipper DJY

q1RjCsE.gif

 

g1Pubtu.gif

 

Wire-tap me all you want 

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2 hours ago, ann04 said:

Saw this post today and I just thought, you don’t know what you’re missing!:confused::lol:

40 min. doesn’t even begin to cover anything yet

 

 

@ann04 I am dying to know which post you were referring to.

 

7 hours ago, andius said:

I'm so hungry for MA content that I've resorted to browsing through the DC Inside forum...getting by through Google Translate...

Found this post that talked about the restaurant that JA and DH frequent, their special place:

http://gall.dcinside.com/board/view/?id=mymister&no=55697&page=1&recommend=1

 

What I could gather through Google Translate: They notice the appearance of the word 'Pandora' in several scenes. This could be intentional, as they could easily blur out or remove brand names in post-production. Or simply change the shot angle to not include it.

As it's shown repeatedly, they believe it's a reference to Pandora's box - a jar when opened, releases misery and unhappiness, and nothing is left - except for hope.

This might be a parallel with DH's inner soul: Once he found out about YH's affair, once he decided to let the world know about it, that's similar to opening Pandora's box isn't it? But inside the box, the hope for happiness remains - embodied within the figure of JA.

 

Don't know if it's overanalysis or not, but it's definitely an interesting take...

 

I had to laugh at the bolded part, precisely because in desperation I have done the same.  But there is no such thing as overanalysis, especially when each item is carefully staged by the director. Now I'll have to look for the word "Pandora" in my rewatch.

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@andius definitely give Goblin a try, you won't be disappointed. It was my number 1 drama before I discovered MA, now it's 1.5 haha, I love it too much to give It a second place :lol: 

Seeing the posts, it seems like I'm in a minority when it comes to being Gong Yoo's fan. I love that man endlessly both as an actor and a person, he is just too lovable for me. I watched 3 movies and another drama only for him.

As for Goblin, I'd highlight the bromance, beautiful human stories of side characters and a masterful cinematography, which was gorgeous.

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3 hours ago, akhenaten said:

Do you guys have a wish list of scenes that you would have wanted to see in MA?  

 

It's not a particular scene but if you've seen the show Mad Men, there's a famous episode called The Suitcase where the episode almost entirely focuses on its two principal characters who spend a whole night together trying to come up with a pitch for a new campaign in their advertising company. It's almost like a short play between the two characters where the action moves from their office to a restaurant to a bar and back again to the office. After working (talking/eating/drinking) through the night, the male character is able to confront a personal issue that he has been trying to avoid the whole episode. Now I should point out that the relationship between the two characters is not romantic, at all. But that doesn't take away from how wonderfully emotional and cathartic the whole episode feels.

 

While My Mister was airing, I really wanted to see an episode like this where it focused entirely on Ji An and Dong Hoon for a whole day (or night). Given the logistics of the story I can obviously understand why that didn't happen.  But I still wanted to see it. And it also somewhat follows the narrative structure of the Before Sunrise/Sunset films, which are some of my favourites.

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I didn’t intend to post here again. Till now I could resist temptation, but after what @andius wrote about DH and “Thank you”, I couldn’t resist anymore. Her (his?) insight made me remember and think about a few details, maybe not that important, but it helped me to understand even better the end. So, I would like to share my thoughts for the last time.

 

On DH’s “thank you” to JA: directly and indirectly.

 

Preamble: I need to say that, to me, from the very beginning, DH was intrigued and drawn to JA. When the bribe event occurred, aside for being intrigued he became also unsettled by and upset with her. After the resolution, he became still more intrigued and drawn to her, but also grateful and ashamed because he thought ill of her; this happened in episodes 1 and 2. During episode 3, he was grateful, uncomfortable, unsettled, upset, perturbed by her, and still intrigued, drawn to her and bewildered by her capacity of insight; in this episode happened the kiss and “The Train” – he was here also “physically” challenged by her. From episode 4 to the first half of episode 7 their friendship begins, he begins to let down his guard and became comfortable around her, it is also when he gets a better insight and understanding of JA. At the end of episode 7, DH is unconscious (but clearly) falling in love with her; and this unconscious process keeps on until episode 10, when JA confessed and he is forced to look at it. From episode 11 to episode 13, it is the “denial” phase of DH: he denies his and her feelings, when he can’t deny her feelings he tries to downgrade it as pity and/or crush; it is a time when he is also busy with his marriage and office battle. In episode 14, with his office problems and marriage troubles relatively settled, he can’t deny his feelings for JA anymore. Episode 15 and also ¾ of episode 16, I think that, despite his feelings for JA, he has decided on not act upon it because his baggage (and what it implies): here he gives prove of his great willpower. At the end of episode 16, he is free and ready to begin a new life.

 

1. The first time DH said “thank you” directly to JA was at the end of episode 2 (1: 10’ 24”), in the train. Earlier, he tried to invite her (to eat/drink) as a means of “thanks”, but she brushed him off. After that, he gathered with his brothers. Here, something (that I had forgotten) very interesting happened: KH said seriously that JA liked DH (due to her help with the bribe), SH joked about that; but, later on KH still serious said to DH he should “keep your distance from her”, because girls were reckless. He also said that if it was him, it wouldn’t be a problem, but “if you’re corrupted at all, than you will die”. After that, JA calls him to eat, and then came the “thank you”.

2.  The second time that he said it directly was in episode 6 (52’ 07”). He scolded JA because she hit the office guy, however he also said “thank you for hitting him”. After that, it was the first time that they went to “their bar” and for the first time JA let her guard down in front of him.

3. The third time that he said “thank you” directly to her was during the first half of episode 7 (34’00”), when he invite her to drink and eat at “their bar”, and he said “I’m treating you to thank you” for her help with the bribe case. He even bought food to her grandmother (a gift!!).

4.  From episode 8 to episode 12 he didn’t say “thank you” to her anymore.

5. In episode 13, he said two times “thank you” to her, but now in an indirectly way. First in the car, after she messages him; then near the train line, when he said “thank you for being by my side”. It is here also when he said that to say it directly he knows how it could be understood.

6. In episode 15, DH said three times “thank you” directly to JA, after meeting her at janitor’s house. It was a very emotional encounter.

7. During episode 16, when meeting at “their” bar, it was JA who thanked DH, and it was then that he made the “clearest” confession to her, albeit being DH (ambiguous). I think it was also an indirect way to thank her, so I included it here.

8. Finally, at the end of episode 16, he said looking into her eyes “thank you” (directly).

 

Conclusion: Why, during episode 13, DH gave so much weight to say “thank you” to JA? It is implied that he won’t say it because it would/could be seen as a confession. But why? If we look at the first 7 episodes, he said “thank you” to her often and without embarrassment. He even invited her to eat and drink to thank her. Furthermore, nobody could argue that then it would be innocent, because:

a) the first time, he said thank you after KH clearly said to him that JA likes him, and then KH even alert him to keep his distance from her – if SH was joking about JA, KH wasn’t.

b.) the second and third (with dinner) times was after the attempted kiss, and after the “slap face”. Both actions could be seen as she liking him, so saying “thank you” could be easily misunderstood by her (or anyone) as more than that.

My argument is that, from episode 1 to episode 7, DH didn’t feel or see himself as emotionally deeply attached to JA. He could see her as an interesting and intriguing person, someone with whom he could talk and be friend(ly), but any other kind of attraction arising, he could still easily brush away as nothing: so, he could say “thank you” directly to her as a friend/colleague says “thank you” to another, because he didn’t see himself emotionally attached to her. However, from the end of episode 7 to episode 13, even if he doesn’t acknowledge it and/or didn’t permit himself to think about it, deep down he knew that something was happening to him, that he couldn’t brush away his emotional attachment to JA anymore: from this point on, say “thank you” to her implied and meant more than a friendly sentiment of gratitude, it would imply a confession. It would imply and mean an expression of love; it would mean expressing a deep feeling of gratitude towards the loved one. Therefore, when DH said he couldn’t say directly “thank you” because how could it be seen, it wasn’t because JA could misunderstand him, but because she could get him right, even more due to her ability to understand him. It was for his protection and not for hers; it was because he couldn’t be free to acknowledge it; it was because he couldn’t confess to her and particularly to himself what was going on with his feelings.

Episodes 14, 15 and ¾ of episode 16 was when DH finally acknowledge (only) to himself his feelings (but the others – brothers, YH and JH – knew or felt what was going on), but he decided to keep it to himself and to endure his current life. The “thank you” here came during his unclear/ambiguous confessions to her, and as making part of those (no)confessions: if he was saying so much (even if not enough), saying “thank you” wasn’t dangerous anymore. It is interesting and very important that, for the most part of the moments they were together during these two episodes, DH’s body was very stiff and keeping distance from JA, as a way to counterbalance his (no)confessions. I think that, as he had decided to not give in to his feelings, he had to send a message to JA that clearly stated that, and his body countenance was the medium. So, with words, he made (ambiguous – maybe yellow sign?) confessions, with his body he put a red sign in front of her.

Therefore, when at the end of episode 16, holding her hand and looking deep down in her eyes, he said “thank you” to her, this was the green sign that JA was waiting for. That “thank you” with everything that came together: smile, eyes expression, holding hands with that intensity (with no sign of repression in his body), doesn’t wanting to let go of her hand – means his confession, his “now, I can go to you” answer. To DH, being thankful to JA is an essential part of his love for her. So, DH saying “thank you” to JA means a confession.

JA understood his last “thank you” clearly and hopefully.

 

P.S.: I’m sorry for this long post. My only excuse is that this will be my last post. I have to go back to my real life, now! However, I will still come here to keep in touch with your thoughts. Thank you very much to everyone here. I loved yours wonderful thoughts, good humor and sympathy. I had a great time being part of this thread. Thanks again! And Bye! :) 

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53 minutes ago, ninaanin said:

Therefore, when at the end of episode 16, holding her hand and looking deep down in her eyes, he said “thank you” to her, this was the green sign that JA was waiting for. That “thank you” with everything that came together: smile, eyes expression, holding hands with that intensity (with no sign of repression in his body), doesn’t wanting to let go of her hand – means his confession, his “now, I can go to you” answer. To DH, being thankful to JA is an essential part of his love for her. So, DH saying “thank you” to JA means a confession.

JA understood his last “thank you” clearly and hopefully.

I agree so much with this:wub:

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@ninaanin that post is gold and going straight to our fan page!

 

Yes, as you have seen on @h2ogirl‘s gifs, we have a fan page! It’s far from done though so we ask for your patience :)  we just couldn’t let all your wonderful posts and translations and insights fade away...

 

Like @ninaanin I’m going to have to fade out as well. The World Cup starts tomorrow and I start work after a long break today! I’m on a creaky train with too many commuters too close to comfort, thinking of the multiple scenes from MA of trains crossing bridges, going through underground tunnels, lights and shadows, numb faces staring blankly at their reflections in the darkened glass windows...and trying to retain my self belief while being sucked into the vortex of everyday working life...

 

My husband taught my kids how to say “hwaiting” because he knows how apprehensive I feel about the new job.  This morning they dropped me off at the train station and all of a sudden my son turned to me and pumped his fist.

 

”Mommy, hwaiting!”

 

In that moment I came very close to understanding how Dong Hoon felt when Ji An cheered him on.

 

 

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On 6/8/2018 at 9:29 PM, akhenaten said:

This song made me think of Lee Ji An and how she feels for Park Dong Hoon.  It’s a cover of Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” by Sleeping At Last. If I knew how, I’d make a FMV of MA with this song but I can’t.  I wonder if anyone can make one.  Perhaps @Kimchi Sweet Potato :)?

:cold_sweat: That song would be fitting and I could picture the scenes. Sadly, I have put myself on My Mister rehab.

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@ninaanin @Kimchi Sweet Potato @justamomWe’re all trying to move on indeed.  On my part, I think I will distill all my thoughts and feelings about this drama into one big post and slowly let go.  Although as with all things that are good and excellent, like classic novels and films, this drama will remain in all of us and at some point in our lives, will come back to us. So a fan page would indeed be a better medium for all the ideas that were shared and will still be shared, because I’m sure there are still viewers out therw who have yet to discover the gem that is My Ahjussi. And I’m sure they would also have thoughts they would want to share with like-minded people. :)

 

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, akhenaten said:

Do you guys have a wish list of scenes that you would have wanted to see in MA?  I know it wouldn't fit into the way they developed the relationship between Park Dong Hoon and Lee Ji An but I would have loved to see them slow-dance to a sad song.  For some reason, this song made me think of them and I could imagine them dancing to it once before they parted ways.  Duh.  I'm still not over them.  :(  

 

@akhenaten, I would have enjoyed a scene of them sitting next to each other in front of a campfire having a heart-felt talk and then let the fire burn away their thoughts and whatever is said that is not supposed to have been said.  A bonus would be they fall asleep on each other's shoulders.  A bonus would be they fall asleep on each other's shoulders, then DH waking up first but he keeps her sleeping in that position and just stares at her.  A fantasy come though would be the kiss that follows when she wakes up.  I guess it's time to send a prompt to one of the fic writers.

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7 hours ago, ninaanin said:

I didn’t intend to post here again. Till now I could resist temptation, but after what @andius wrote about DH and “Thank you”, I couldn’t resist anymore. Her (his?) insight made me remember and think about a few details, maybe not that important, but it helped me to understand even better the end. So, I would like to share my thoughts for the last time.

 

On DH’s “thank you” to JA: directly and indirectly.

 

Preamble: I need to say that, to me, from the very beginning, DH was intrigued and drawn to JA. When the bribe event occurred, aside for being intrigued he became also unsettled by and upset with her. After the resolution, he became still more intrigued and drawn to her, but also grateful and ashamed because he thought ill of her; this happened in episodes 1 and 2. During episode 3, he was grateful, uncomfortable, unsettled, upset, perturbed by her, and still intrigued, drawn to her and bewildered by her capacity of insight; in this episode happened the kiss and “The Train” – he was here also “physically” challenged by her. From episode 4 to the first half of episode 7 their friendship begins, he begins to let down his guard and became comfortable around her, it is also when he gets a better insight and understanding of JA. At the end of episode 7, DH is unconscious (but clearly) falling in love with her; and this unconscious process keeps on until episode 10, when JA confessed and he is forced to look at it. From episode 11 to episode 13, it is the “denial” phase of DH: he denies his and her feelings, when he can’t deny her feelings he tries to downgrade it as pity and/or crush; it is a time when he is also busy with his marriage and office battle. In episode 14, with his office problems and marriage troubles relatively settled, he can’t deny his feelings for JA anymore. Episode 15 and also ¾ of episode 16, I think that, despite his feelings for JA, he has decided on not act upon it because his baggage (and what it implies): here he gives prove of his great willpower. At the end of episode 16, he is free and ready to begin a new life.

 

1. The first time DH said “thank you” directly to JA was at the end of episode 2 (1: 10’ 24”), in the train. Earlier, he tried to invite her (to eat/drink) as a means of “thanks”, but she brushed him off. After that, he gathered with his brothers. Here, something (that I had forgotten) very interesting happened: KH said seriously that JA liked DH (due to her help with the bribe), SH joked about that; but, later on KH still serious said to DH he should “keep your distance from her”, because girls were reckless. He also said that if it was him, it wouldn’t be a problem, but “if you’re corrupted at all, than you will die”. After that, JA calls him to eat, and then came the “thank you”.

2.  The second time that he said it directly was in episode 6 (52’ 07”). He scolded JA because she hit the office guy, however he also said “thank you for hitting him”. After that, it was the first time that they went to “their bar” and for the first time JA let her guard down in front of him.

3. The third time that he said “thank you” directly to her was during the first half of episode 7 (34’00”), when he invite her to drink and eat at “their bar”, and he said “I’m treating you to thank you” for her help with the bribe case. He even bought food to her grandmother (a gift!!).

4.  From episode 8 to episode 12 he didn’t say “thank you” to her anymore.

5. In episode 13, he said two times “thank you” to her, but now in an indirectly way. First in the car, after she messages him; then near the train line, when he said “thank you for being by my side”. It is here also when he said that to say it directly he knows how it could be understood.

6. In episode 15, DH said three times “thank you” directly to JA, after meeting her at janitor’s house. It was a very emotional encounter.

7. During episode 16, when meeting at “their” bar, it was JA who thanked DH, and it was then that he made the “clearest” confession to her, albeit being DH (ambiguous). I think it was also an indirect way to thank her, so I included it here.

8. Finally, at the end of episode 16, he said looking into her eyes “thank you” (directly).

 

Conclusion: Why, during episode 13, DH gave so much weight to say “thank you” to JA? It is implied that he won’t say it because it would/could be seen as a confession. But why? If we look at the first 7 episodes, he said “thank you” to her often and without embarrassment. He even invited her to eat and drink to thank her. Furthermore, nobody could argue that then it would be innocent, because:

a) the first time, he said thank you after KH clearly said to him that JA likes him, and then KH even alert him to keep his distance from her – if SH was joking about JA, KH wasn’t.

b.) the second and third (with dinner) times was after the attempted kiss, and after the “slap face”. Both actions could be seen as she liking him, so saying “thank you” could be easily misunderstood by her (or anyone) as more than that.

My argument is that, from episode 1 to episode 7, DH didn’t feel or see himself as emotionally deeply attached to JA. He could see her as an interesting and intriguing person, someone with whom he could talk and be friend(ly), but any other kind of attraction arising, he could still easily brush away as nothing: so, he could say “thank you” directly to her as a friend/colleague says “thank you” to another, because he didn’t see himself emotionally attached to her. However, from the end of episode 7 to episode 13, even if he doesn’t acknowledge it and/or didn’t permit himself to think about it, deep down he knew that something was happening to him, that he couldn’t brush away his emotional attachment to JA anymore: from this point on, say “thank you” to her implied and meant more than a friendly sentiment of gratitude, it would imply a confession. It would imply and mean an expression of love; it would mean expressing a deep feeling of gratitude towards the loved one. Therefore, when DH said he couldn’t say directly “thank you” because how could it be seen, it wasn’t because JA could misunderstand him, but because she could get him right, even more due to her ability to understand him. It was for his protection and not for hers; it was because he couldn’t be free to acknowledge it; it was because he couldn’t confess to her and particularly to himself what was going on with his feelings.

Episodes 14, 15 and ¾ of episode 16 was when DH finally acknowledge (only) to himself his feelings (but the others – brothers, YH and JH – knew or felt what was going on), but he decided to keep it to himself and to endure his current life. The “thank you” here came during his unclear/ambiguous confessions to her, and as making part of those (no)confessions: if he was saying so much (even if not enough), saying “thank you” wasn’t dangerous anymore. It is interesting and very important that, for the most part of the moments they were together during these two episodes, DH’s body was very stiff and keeping distance from JA, as a way to counterbalance his (no)confessions. I think that, as he had decided to not give in to his feelings, he had to send a message to JA that clearly stated that, and his body countenance was the medium. So, with words, he made (ambiguous – maybe yellow sign?) confessions, with his body he put a red sign in front of her.

Therefore, when at the end of episode 16, holding her hand and looking deep down in her eyes, he said “thank you” to her, this was the green sign that JA was waiting for. That “thank you” with everything that came together: smile, eyes expression, holding hands with that intensity (with no sign of repression in his body), doesn’t wanting to let go of her hand – means his confession, his “now, I can go to you” answer. To DH, being thankful to JA is an essential part of his love for her. So, DH saying “thank you” to JA means a confession.

JA understood his last “thank you” clearly and hopefully.

 

P.S.: I’m sorry for this long post. My only excuse is that this will be my last post. I have to go back to my real life, now! However, I will still come here to keep in touch with your thoughts. Thank you very much to everyone here. I loved yours wonderful thoughts, good humor and sympathy. I had a great time being part of this thread. Thanks again! And Bye! :) 

 

@ninaanin  Your analysis of how much expressing his thanks to Ji An means to someone like Dong Hoon is excellent.  It explains a lot why he felt so conflicted saying it to the point that he actually had to bring it up to his brothers.  And they both understood where he was coming from because they know him very well.  

 

About the brothers, I wasn’t sure what to make of them in the context of the story.  Initially, they just seemed like comic relief or background characters for Dong Hoon.  Yet as the story went along, I began to see the reason why they were there.  To me, they represent those emotions in Dong Hoon that he himself can never express.  They are the different aspects of his personality that are long buried inside him.  Someone over at tumblr put it beautifully in that the three Park brothers represent the id (Ki Hoon), the ego (Dong Hoon) and the superego (Sang Hoon), every aspect of which is always present in an individual. 

 

From the beginning, they already knew the dangers of Lee Ji An for Dong Hoon.  At the onset, despite the jokes and the teasing, they already sensed that there was something different between their brother and this young woman.  Perhaps they sensed a different energy, a certain vibe.  Perhaps they saw that Dong Hoon seemed much more alive around her.  Much more involved.  It’s unlike him. Dong Hoon once told them maybe the reason his will was strong was because he had never been tempted.  Maybe as men, they could tell that this temptation has come in the form of Ji An, because temptations often manifest as something that compels the person being tempted to fall into it against all odds. 

 

Dong Hoon himself never saw the great temptation to him of Lee Ji An because he was being very rational about it.  She was just a “pitiful person”, someone he felt like he needed to help.  She was his employee and he felt like as her employer, he has a certain responsibility in ensure her well-being. And anyway, it was just being humane.  

 

It was only during their conversations that Dong Hoon (the ego) was able to understand his true feelings because his id and his superego manifested their perspectives through his brothers.

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41 minutes ago, akhenaten said:

To me, they represent those emotions in Dong Hoon that he himself can never express.  They are the different aspects of his personality that are long buried inside him.  Someone over at tumblr put it beautifully in that the three Park brothers represent the id (Ki Hoon), the ego (Dong Hoon) and the superego (Sang Hoon), every aspect of which is always present in an individual. 

 

From the beginning, they already knew the dangers of Lee Ji An for Dong Hoon.  At the onset, despite the jokes and the teasing, they already sensed that there was something different between their brother and this young woman

 

Love your analysis. I think Sang Won/Gyeon Deok also represents his subconscious. 

 

I think it’s even simpler than that. As Do Joon Yeon says, “Eating and drinking with a woman? Park Dong Hoon doesn’t do that.”

 

When Sang Hoon made that picture frame with his hands at the bar, trying to capture that moment he first saw Dong Hoon with Ji An (or to make sure), that was probably the first time in many, many, many years. Possibly even since he dated Yoon Hee in college. As the audience, we only find out much later, so the significance only sinks in then.

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@ninaanin That was a beautiful post, thank you for sharing it with us. You captured what every one of us is feeling so well, I had to read it twice as I relive all the scenes again. 

 

@akhenaten Actually, the motif of a triumvirate representing the three sides of a human psyche is really common - the superego and the id fighting with each other, and the ego as the middle person must resolve this conflict and decide the path forward. If you watch Star Trek (The Original Series) you'll know what I'm talking about. Long story short, I believe you're right :) 

 

@justamom Good luck with your new job! :) 

 

I guess ultimately real life must come beckoning, but I'd like to think of it as not moving on, but instead keeping what I've learned and felt with this show as a part of my inspiration for my next ventures. I actually got interested in learning Korean after MA, ahaha. To me, it's just a beginning.

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We're still going strong!!

 

Randomly random news: I co-hosted a Kpop/ KDrama lovers party for fans in my city and it was awesome! A moment for MY Ahjussi fans to cry together......

 

I have been wondering why the subway train features so much in My Mister..... What's the purpose of this train? Is it just a location like a house or apartment? Or does it have any other significance? Am I trying too hard to attach meaning to everything in this drama? Should I get back to reading for my CAT?

 

Anyway, in Episode 10 when DH leaves his divorced-bar tender friend's bar... Oddly enough, he is at the train crossing in his general hood.

 

The scene just bursts in with a train crossing at high speed... cue the RED TRAFFIC LIGHTS

 

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DH is revealed, then the "bars" then go up to allow traffic to continue.

 

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DH crosses over the track. As he walks, JA creeps up from behind, mostly because she has spotted the private investigator who's been sent to collect dirt on DH. She listens in on his heavy breathing. We then have the exciting scene where JA forces DH to hit her to prove he's not attracted to her. (Plus photo op for the private investigator.)

 

The subway seems like an indication of danger or excitement for DH. Excitement, meaning an otherwise lethargic DH is going to be forced into action, his heart is going to beat faster (ep3), he is going to have to react to a situation or someone.... basically, he is going to move from his usual position. 

 

The subway is also where his thing with JA happens and progresses, from the uncomfortable ride in ep3, and all the other situations where they have been together (on or near the subway), to bring them closer as a "couple". It's kinda dangerous, according to me. Considering that they're walking a thin line in their "Non romantic" relationship....

 

What do y'all think? I'll have to go back to previous episodes (later) to test this hypothesis tho...

 

 

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@africandramalover Pretty sure trains is also one of the big symbols in the DH and JA relationship, together with the traffic lights. If you remember, one of the pivotal moments in the show where DH called out to JA through the wiretapped phone in the cinema, on the screen was a train track shot from the perspective of the train. The same perspective shot is actually seen quite often every time DH and JA boards the subway, only that in the cinema, it's daylight, whereas in the subway, it's dark and underground. Might be something interesting?

I believe someone in the thread mentioned something about the train scene in the cinema - probably need to do some digging... Edit: Here it is:)

I actually wrote in my notes a big: "DH + JA + TRAINS = ??" so that I'll keep an eye out for them on my rewatch :D 

 

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7 hours ago, Joseph Lim said:

Even though I doubt IU will consider it cause she is focus on her music comeback right now, do you think this will be a good drama for her?

 

 

@Joseph Lim what's it all about? Though I wouldn't be surprised if she becomes more discriminating (and I mean that in a good way) with her next drama projects after MA. It's hard to top such excellence. :)

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Please do not quote IGs! Thanks! :)
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