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I wasn't sure I would be posting here again but my love for the last episode and our JinSoo couple brought me back to say a few words.   I pretty much lost it at Jin Hyuk's expression when h

I think that I found their room  , they will definitely have to explain the balcony kiss if my guess is correct.    CSH’s room in first episode      She is back in the same

Enjoy reading everyone's thoughts... I will elaborate on why the ending is good for me...   1.  It did not end with some drone zoomed out kiss in the Cuban Garden with sweeping romantic musi

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13 hours ago, gumtaek said:

Allow me to digress a bit...


When I saw this scene in Episode 2




I said: "Cha Soo Hyun, at the rate you're driving while looking at Kim Jin Hyuk, you're bound to meet an accident...


And it it actually happened in Episode 4! Aigoo!




The young man has certainly bewitched you!


Okay, I'll be serious now. :)



This is exactly what I meant by little bits of foreshadowing!! :blush:  I love this stuff.  I don't want to derail the thread with all my theories so I'm holding them in my heart, but I have so much anticipation for each new episode it's crazy.  

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4 hours ago, yonaomi123 said:

This is exactly what I meant by little bits of foreshadowing!! :blush:  I love this stuff.  I don't want to derail the thread with all my theories so I'm holding them in my heart, but I have so anticipation for each new episode it's crazy.  

New here. First ever post. Really like this drama. Another foreshadowing if I may: CSH is going to help JH make the tie, no more zippy :D

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2 hours ago, haha1999 said:

CSH is going to help JH make the tie, no more zippy :D

Yes, I have the same thought as you, no more zippy tie :P and it will be very beautiful when CSH help him tying the tie while KJH look at her deeply. 

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This is why the drama stands out and it's a cut above the rest....what a beautiful, thought-provoking message!






"Drama Boyfriend Song Hye Kyo' is trending at no. 3 in the Naver Entertainment News Topics.

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Love all your posts, insights,  how you put your thoughts into words.

Does JH already know that the book he gave SH is also her father's gift? 

Then, JH has another reason to say thay they "click".

Their fathers in someways are similar, not just the liking for potato rice cake but for having that "what's going in their mind should never get out in their mouth".

Posted that i jotted down SH's car plate number, now i think, maybe, those 4-wheeled cars are actually a " three-wheel(ed)". If there is anyone or anything that have witnessed the progress of their relationship, its SH cars. From the 1st time JH saw SH getting out the car in front of the hotel up to the time JH hand-over his gift( lipstick).

Ok, now, i'll stay away from that sad ending thoughts and focus on what i read that its a slow-pacing drama , transporting us from the crush stage relationship to a deeper one.

Its a fact that SHK and PBG can't be for real, so i just hope, JH and SH can be.

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Hi,I'm newbie here..:D this is the first time I have an account like this..just silent lurker for couple of years..I decided to have one becz its shk comeback after 2 years n make me exited..I love to read all your insight comment n how all of u love this drama not just becz its shk n pbg but also about the story itself..before its air,I'm very anxious to know how well it can be n when I saw negative comment about the first epi,its really that bad?but when I saw the drama with my own eyes,I know for sure that what they said its absolutely untrue..I like it,super like it..every scene I watched it with a smile on my face,they are so sweet..both shk n pbg delivered their role very perfectly..never though that pbg can be so perfect delivered that role:wub: (i never watch his drama so its first time to see his acting,but always heard about news that complement his acting skill) n shk,can't say anything about her becz for me she is daebak..n I'm totally lost for both in their character n forgot about joong ki (mian oppa :sweatingbullets:)..about the ex hubby I can't tell for now whether I pity him or hate him later on,cz his character still growth in the upcoming episode so lets wait n see how this beautiful story will unfold many emotion in every characters..boyfriend fighting :wub:

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Hii.. im newbie, decided to jump into the topic because im so hooked up with this beautiful narrative drama. I've been watching this 4 episodes over and over again, in order to survive 3 more days until the next ep. At this rate, i can say: i'm obsessed!!. I'm at the same age as SHK, born in the generation who spending time with manga and novels, i found that Encounter is like reading beautiful novel. I guess everyone here have been thinking the same. It

Giving me the same melancholy as 'Before' trilogy movies, esp. Before Sunrise. I dunno how my heart will survive if JINSOO couple wont be together in the end *brb cry*. Writer-nim pleaseeeeeee give them a happy ending, there's too many sad ending in recent dramas.. SH still need to check what JH wrote at the cafe, also i guess the garden that JH visited and met the old man is the same hotel that Donghwa will built together with Havana hotel (just my theory haha).Hope they'll meet there, and as the old man said at the garden "the love began here and completed here". I'll pray for happy ending!!!!!!!!

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Encounter: The Drama Everyone is Talking About

December 8, 2018 Roxanne Wilson

Encounter has been at the tip of the tongue of every drama fan since the cast list was confirmed. The drama marks the return of hugely popular actor Park Bogum and actress Song Hyekyo after a two-year hiatus, their previous works being Love in the Moonlight and Descendants of the Sun, respectively. With the drama casting such huge actors in the Korean entertainment industry, everyone and their mothers were talking about what production would come out of this collaboration. The drama finally made its premiere on November 28.

Story Synopsis: Episode 1

Based on the brief summary on the drama’s main page, the story doesn’t seem particularly intriguing or anything more than the traditional rich and poor person cliché love story, so it’s easy to go into this viewing experience somewhat cynically. The story begins with a brief visual introduction of our heroine Cha Soohyun, taking us through a star-studded life since a young age—at least based on appearances. After a quick recap, the viewers find themselves with present day Soohyun, divorced but CEO of a major hotel chain. The story begins with her on the move to open a hotel in Havana, Cuba.

Through the first half of the episode, we follow Soohyun’s story, showing her strained life as a divorceé, still working for her mother-in-law and forced to deal with her ex-husband on a regular basis. She’s presented as an emotionally reserved and even cold woman who keeps everyone at arm’s length. The first glimpse of her having a close friend doesn’t come until she’s off work, and her secretary is out and about; the two have an informal phone call.

Kim Jinhyuk is introduced as the story’s setting shifts to Havana. He’s shown wandering the city on his own to take photographs of people and sceneries—just in general enjoying the atmosphere and being present in the moment. His introduction to Soohyun begins with an unfortunate traffic accident; her car runs into the table he’s seated at, and his vintage camera is thus damaged. Though the two don’t meet then, the gears of fate begin turning.

After taking a couple sleeping pills, Soohyun decides she wants to go see a local legendary sunset spot, even though she ends up having to go alone. Her naiveté is apparent after a series of unfortunate events, including getting pickpocketed and taking a long walk that causes blisters on her heels.

The sleeping pills she took begin to take effect as she sits waiting for the sunset alone on the edge of a large ledge, and at the last moment Jinhyuk catches her before she falls over. He ended up running into her on the street earlier and it’s implied he followed her to that spot. She falls asleep on his shoulder for a short period of time before waking up disoriented just in time for the sunset, which the two then share.

With no money, Jinhyuk offers to escort her back to her hotel safely, but the two keep stumbling upon distractions on the way that lead to very cute and lovely moments. From sharing a beer after the sunset to the two walking barefoot down the street and attending a salsa dance event, Jinhyuk’s free spirit is infectious to Soohyun and she ends up unwinding for the spontaneous night with Jinhyuk.

It’s clear the two do not want to part when the time comes, and Jinhyuk takes the leap to ask her to breakfast the next morning. But Soohyun gets wrapped up in a spontaneous meeting that morning and misses her chance to meet with Jinhyuk, leaving a rather melancholy feeling in the air as she makes for the airport. However, the fate of the duo becomes clear as they end up on the same flight back to Korea.

The first episode ends with Jinhyuk putting the pieces together and discovering that Soohyun was the CEO of a hotel chain he had applied to for a job. Upon landing in Korea, he gets a call letting him know he passed the first round of interviews for the position. And so begins the fateful love story of the rich CEO woman and the poor, lower income man.

Visuals, Character Tropes, and Controversies

One of the characteristics that many viewers were struck by was the absolutely stunning cinematography of the first episode. It was somewhat of a surprise that the story chose to take place in Cuba—a historical alliance of North Korea—but the filming locations and visual setup were absolutely gorgeous in a way that’s difficult to articulate. The Latin culture really shines through in the first episode, especially with Jinhyuk’s adventures through the city, and Havana’s diverse population was also showcased very well. The early scenes between Soohyun and Jinhyuk are also shot in a way that is guaranteed to get your heart fluttering!

While the character tropes are fairly standard for something along the lines of Cinderella, the gender roles are reversed in this story. Soohyun represents the “rich and emotionally distant” trope, while Jinhyuk represents the “carefree, less fortunate but emotionally rich” trope that is often taken by the female in this type of story. Jinhyuk’s demeanor is incredibly open and genuinely sweet in a way that’s almost addicting, especially in comparison to the male leads of recent shows that are so emotionally closed off, they appear totally flat. Everything about him so far appears to be the paragon of a good guy, which is definitely the kind of male lead I need after the emotionally exhausting and conflicting personality of Kim Mooyoung (Seo Inguk) in The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. 

But despite all the positive things I’ve had to say so far, there is still a controversy brewing around Encounter. Some fans are expressing their discomfort with the 12-year age gap between Song Hyekyo and Park Bogum. It’s not unheard of for K-Drama actors to have surprising age gaps, but in general it’s often between an older actor and younger actress. In this case, the roles are reversed as well, and some may say that the former is more accepted by fans as opposed to the latter. Whether or not that is the case, it should be considered a moot point since this age difference isn’t anywhere near the biggest gap that has happened in Korean entertainment. That being said, this controversy will likely blow over fairly quickly. 

Encounter has only just begun, but it has already managed to suck me into the story and romance. If you’re like me and need a break from the heavy, angst-filled, and emotionally exhausting dramas of late, this seems to be a good choice so far. I can only hope that fact remains as the story progresses.

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‘Boyfriend’ & ‘Memories of Alhambra.. the new dramas that were written by tvN in Entertainment Industry

Will tvN continue its box office history with drama ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Memories of Alhambra’ which Park Bo Gu, Song Hye Kyo, Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye starred in? also ‘Memories of Alhambra’ that was recently join forces to air in Netflix has successfully gained the world’s attention and popularity.

‘Boyfriend’ has become tvN’s new drama with the highest average viewers rating by 8.7% following ‘Mr.Sunshine’ which is 8.9% and the highest viewers rating among the other dramas. ‘Memories of Alhambra’ which Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye starred in also successfully took the lead among the other dramas that aired in the weekend with the total rating 7.5% for its first episode. These two masterpieces were also released in the same time by the end of this year.

alhambra-boyfriend-2.jpg image source: tvN

The viewers expectation on both dramas are indeed high and these two dramas has successfully gained the love and support from the foreign land outside Koea. ‘Boyfriend’ popularity exploded in various foreign country, one of them is in the biggest video digital platform VIU which is the biggest video platform online in Southeast Asia. ‘Boyfriend’ also successfully aired in VIU within 24 hours after its release in Korea.

alhambra-boyfriend.jpg image source: tvN

‘Memories of Alhambra’ which has signed a join force contract with Netflix is capturing the foreign viewers attention with its popularity and now the attention is will this drama be able to gained the world’s attention. It is also said that this drama is ready to air in America and China. Eventhough we couldn’t tell the viewers rating on Netflix because they never unveil the numbers, but this drama has received a lot of compliments and positive reviews in the foreign country trhough its ‘Sci-fi’ genre that is rarely seen in the Korean drama.

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This drama is moving at a real snail's pace & despite it's all too familiar plot I can't stop watching for some reason!:P


The last scene of ep. 04 when time stood still the moment Jin-Hyuk called out to Soo-Hyun (sighs) the look of being acknowledged in Soo-Hyun's teary eyes were so..wistful yet hopeful. Both Bo-Gum & Hye-Kyo are too gorgeous that it's impossible to tear myself away from my screen LoL:w00t:


I hope for Soo-Hyun's sake, her ex won't stand in the way of her happiness as is the case for most K-dramas. It's understandable that he envies Jin-Hyuk as he is able to penetrate Soo-Hyun's icy exterior so easily, whereas he's been unsuccessful.



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#Encounter / #Boyfriend is like a very looong romantic movie, one that we've all been asking for. It's mellow but you can empathize with Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum's characters.  It's early to know ,but hoping a happy ending for both them.







Some said this drama is boring but I think it's pretty refreshing because of the switched situation. Like for example this scene, usually the man would try to help with the seatbelt and the girl's heart would go thump thump. In Encounter it goes like this:




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