Don’t know why but this one was a bit of an effort to get through..maybe it was just my mood but I never had that urge to watch the next episode immediately and I will be honest and say that I skipped right to the end and didn’t watch the final episodes..just read the recaps. I expected Mi Ahjussi to be dark and depressing but it was anything but that but this is the one that made me feel those feelings..of course, that makes sense since nothing and nobody could undo the tragedy and bring back lives lost..nothing could undo the loss and depression and guilt that the survivors and families felt all these years later.
I had to roll my eyes though at the final development in our hero’s life..as if he hadn’t suffered enough..surely that was TOO much??? I wasn’t as affected as I would normally be simply because we had ample warning and I felt irritated that this twist had been added..call me grumpy!!
It seems particularly timely that I resumed this drama this week (and you started it, Camelia), as the news of the Laotian dam collapse has surfaced. It was a South Korean venture, in conjunction with a Laotian firm or their government, and I don’t know if it was just extreme rains and misfortune or poor design/construction (or a little of both) that led to this, but you can be sure there will be people assuming the worst. The graft and corruption that leads to people cutting corners and worse is really a sore subject for the country, as is the theme of top leaders and managers turning a blind eye to faults and rubber-stamping their approvals without due diligence, and these pain points are really driving this drama.
Mild, barely spoilers after the jump…
Why? For a variety of reasons – Lee Jun Ho for one, his bad boy character for another. I don’t know the heroine at all…
The storyline is about a group of people who were involved in a building collapse years before, either as survivors or a family of those killed, and all are haunted by the fact and it has shaped their lives. Of course, the children are now all grown and, in true kdrama fashion, their paths have crossed again though they don’t yet know what ties them together.
First thing I hate is our hero’s hair! Arghh! It could only be worse if it was replaced by the standard black “helmet” hair which I hate even more!! He’s doing an admirable job, though I admit at times maybe he’s trying a teeny bit too hard to be Marlon Brando. 😁 I’m not truly overwhelmed with the actress or the character she plays, nothing really new here and that’s disappointing. Three episodes down and I’m not totally committed to it or to the characters..sigh. It must be ’cause I’m missing my Ajusshi so much…
At first, I wasn’t sure about watching this drama: on the one hand, I wanted to see Lee Jun-ho take on his first drama lead role and having “the column” Lee Ki-woo as the love rival could be nothing but a plus, but the plot seemed a little on the dark and melo side. The main characters were all involved in the traumatic collapse of a shopping mall while in their teens or early twenties, and they’re supposed to find love and healing. Doesn’t that just sound sappy?
Well, I started watching it on an impulse and I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised! Oh, don’t get me wrong; it’s still dark and veering on the melodramatic side of things, but not in an OTT kind of way. It’s full of sadness and dark emotions and yet optimism. In many ways, it reminds me of Padam Padam (and it also has the great Na Moon-hee in it as a supporting but pivotal character) in its tone and the quality of the writing, the acting, and production value, and that’s a very good thing IMO.
I’ve watched 6 episodes (on Viki, but it’s not fully available as soon as it’s subbed – they want those premium subscriptions) and I’m looking forward to the rest of it.
I must say that I quite enjoyed it and I’m going to miss these people..or at least most of them! Yes there were some moments when I wanted to shout and say..”Can you please be serious for a minute????” After a while though the goofiness of our hero came with the territory and didn’t bother me as much and in fact – when some brief and shining moments did come – they seemed even more poignant and heartwrenching by contrast. I did hesitate when I found out that romance wasn’t going to make an appearance but really it did (after all). A good bromance can be just as satisfying in a totally different way and I loved it here!!
Spoilers below, tc – in case you want to watch this…
As I mentioned in my other post, I had been wanting to check this out because of Namgoong Min anyway, but had a second reason once I found out about another young man who starred in this.
I’m at the end of Ep. 6 and I must say that I’m all over the place in how I feel about it. I feel that it’s slowly coming together though.
First of all, I’m not crazy about this look of his and I find it distracting! Secondly, because I’m not a fan of over the top anything (a big reason why I drop so many Taiwanese dramas) I was shocked – not necessarily in a good way – when I saw the very same thing here!!
Sigh… but having said that, I’m intrigued by the fact that he’s not the typical hero. I like the fact that he’s trying hard to look out for no 1 but finds it more of a struggle as time goes on and he finds himself reacting in an unexpected way. I can see why he would want to put himself first; his childhood must have taught him what kind of life he DIDN’T want, though he works for gangsters, though he cavorts with them, he isn’t one at heart and that’s heartwarming.
I love the fact that he’s been erroneously labelled as Mr. Righteous and finds himself acting to live up to that title. Our heroine is really more of the same – not too many surprises there. As to our villain, I’ve developed this very sneaky liking for him. Yes he’s a total jerk and doesn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities – except for the fact that he seems to be like our hero in a way – deciding on this life for the same reasons really though in a different way. I don’t know if it’s the actor playing him that is giving me my “crush” or the way the character is written (probably both), but there are moments where he appears quite vulnerable and human (before he returns to Mr. Nasty) and those are the moments that give me pause. For instance..his crush – he looks like a shy little boy who doesn’t know how to act around her, or even in his dealings with Mr. Kim. There are times when he acts like an annoyed parent impatiently enduring the behaviour of his naughty child. I quite enjoy the scenes between them actually. I know that things can go in a totally different direction and he could go totally to the dark side but that’s not the vibe I’m getting.
Anyway..because of these little surprises I’m enjoying it so far..I’m not at the stage where I can’t wait to see the next episode but it’s nice to know that it’s there..waiting for me..and that’s a good thing.
Over the weekend I wrapped up Chief Kim and found it a generally enjoyable view start to finish. If you liked History of a Salaryman, this might also be your cup of cha as there are similarities to the two, and I’ll explain that statement after the jump, without trying to give away too much of the plot (though some mild spoilers will occur).