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“If your legs are tired, you stop. If you can’t walk, you sit down. If you sit down, someone might come to hold you up. That’s how we live.”

(Il Gun, in 두구셰요/Who Are You, as translated by Javabeans at www.dramabeans.com)

Fortunate Son, by 이송열/Lee Seung Yeol, on the OST of 두구셰요

I think that quotes’ pretty excellent. I’d like to quote the Korean here, but I’m afraid of misspellings that completely ruin the meaning and I can’t find the script. But thats fine. Because that translation is pretty great, and doesn’t it just mean so much? Isn’t that just how life is? Even if we’re cynical (like me) and even if we can’t really believe in people, I really do believe that people do come through and lift you up when you need them. I’ve seen it happen, and its happened to me, every single time. Thats how we all live, I think, by being lifted by each other. Isn’t that why we need each other?

If you’d like the opinions of hundreds of people on why this drama is just so terrific and has just taken over the lives of us k-drama fans (and maybe some have become fans just because its so terrific, y’all need to head over to Dramabeans. Because apart from her amazing summaries, there’s all kinds of discussion and thoughts and also the occasional fan girl scream going on.

두구세요 isn’t the best k-drama I’ve seen, but its pretty near to it. Its lovely. Its poignant, heart-breaking, heart-warming, funny, whimsical, witty, a little crazy and out there and when you get down to it, just very human. All its characters are flawed. The three leads have major issues (one is dead, the other has OCD and thanks to the dead guy is also half-crazy now, and the third is an angry youth whose suddenly orphaned and on the streets). And yet, its not depressing or frustrating. The story is hopeful, and the change in the characters is believable and warming, and the actors do an excellent job (special kudos to Yoon Kye Sang, who is also unbelievable handsome let me add, and Kang Nam Il). And its about courage, and hope, and being open, and willing to reach out and be reached out to, and letting change take its course and effect you. Strangely, through the idea of death and through a character who is dead, the other characters, and the viewer, goes through the realization of the delicacy of life, and how the important things that matter must be valued, and how its possible to begin loving life even if it seems forlorn. The dead, in a way, humanizes the living, funnily enough. And thats interesting, intriguing and really, really fun to watch 🙂

Not to mention there’s a very exciting stolen-paintings-evil-greedy-gallery-owners story running in the show, and the bad guys need to be struck down forever, and we must win! Soon (thank god for short k-drama seasons :)). And there’s a freaking amazing soundtrack, which just has to be, because its music directer Lee Sang Heon, who was also behind Que Sera Sera, and who always gets the best artists, like Yi Sung Yol, and W, and My Aunt Mary, and Loveholic, and has awesome background scores too. Genius.

*Sighs* And thank god for k-dramas.



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“One day, the body asked the heart…..
When I’m hurt the doctor heals me, but if you’re hurt then who will heal you?
So then the heart said….
I have to heal by myself.

Is that why whenever someone is hurt, they have their own special way of healing it?”

(My Lovely Samsoon)

Amazingly simple yet touching words….
how do I heal? I take long walks in rainy weather and think. I eat junk food that tastes good. I watch a tearjerker and cry my eyes out. I go out with friends. I listen to music, a lot, and all the time, uplifting music that changes my mood. I bake, and I knit, and I take long hot showers. I laugh with friends and pretend to be happy, and then I fool my heart into thinking its never been sad.

Have you ever thought of how you heal?

What I’m listening to: My Funny Valentine (Chet Baker)

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“Inside the chocolate case is the life of a person. In Forrest Gump, the main character’s mother says “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’ll get.” Whatever I do or pick up, changes the chocolates inside…..There were good ones and there were bad ones. But there’s nothing I can do about it. The case is mine and all the chocolate inside it I had to eat anyway. When and what I will eat, that makes the difference. But with time, something is different. When I was child, I didn’t have any fear and ate whichever one I saw. But now…I think a lot and consider carefully, picking which one to eat.

If I wanted anything more, it would be for no more bitter rum to be in my chocolates. I hope I’ve already eaten all the ones with bitter rum, and destroyed them.”

(Dialogue from Ep 1, My Lovely Samsoon, translated from Korean)

I’ve seen a lot of metaphors for life, and chocolate is a cliche, but something about the honesty and innocence and just simplicity in this dialogue hits me strong. I KNOW that feeling. Whatever is awaiting me in my box next, I’ll eat, and eat willingly, and if its bitter, I’ll just have to swallow it down. I hope its sweet though…….

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Another random thought collection…..
My recommendations…..
*My Name is Kim Sam Soon (or My Lovely Samsoon): To anyone who’s looked at themselves and said, i’m fat and ugly and old….but you know what, I got chutzpah and I’ll show the world. Wonderful show, realistic, great acting, funny dialogues and great music. 16 episodes. On YouTube or www.silentregrets.com. I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I smiled, etc….*A Millionaire’s First Love (See Fly Away below): I mostly cried. It touched me and stayed for days. Short, very poignant. Lovely OST.*Full House: 16 episodes, starring Bi Rain and Song Hye Kyo, two great actors. Its funny and sweet, it has the right kind of mix of humor and sentiment. Beautiful people. Hye Kyo’s character is wonderful, she’s the girl next door everyone wants to be friends with. Bi’s gets irritating and you want to give him one good slap, but he plays the part well. Love the elder characters in it too. Light watching, great songs, makes for good entertainment.

*Ofcourse, Winter Sonata was my first introduction to Korean Drama and rightly melodramatic for me, but that will take more time and thought…bc it involves more than just the drama. Same with Rooftop Room Cat (KIM RAE WON!) which my mom and I watched together and relished.

There’s lots more but I’ll pause here and get to studying….I MUST *SLAP*

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