My introduction to Kim Soo Hyun was his breakaway role as the adorkable Song Sam Dong in Dream High. That drama spawned a handful of new idol-turned actors stars such as Bae Suzy (Miss A), Ok Taec-yon(2PM), IU, and Ham Eun Jung (T-Ara).
From this coming-of-age drama of musically talented students, Kim Soo Hyun moved to the interstellar echelons of A-List actors and landed main roles in huge hits such as Moon Embracing the Sun, My Love from the Stars & The Producers.
Though I’m not on the “Kim Soo Hyun Forever Ahjumma Club” I tuned in to Episode 1 premiere on Netflix (thank god for Netflix!) for I was curious about the tone of this drama.
Can’t help but think of the classic “Three Men and a Baby” movie (omaigad it premiered in 1987 ) which depicts the adventures of three single men as they try to adapt their lives to pseudo-fatherhood with the arrival of the love child of one of them.
For the KDrama version, it’s the opposite instead: Jang Ha-Ri (Jang Na-Ra) is a 39-year-old single woman who is very aware of her biological clock. Ironically, she works at a parenting magazine company, “The Baby.” Being a workaholic, she has not taken any pleasure in dating for the past 10 years and has pretty much given up on finding love or getting married.
But her desire to be a mother became an all-encompassing goal especially after finding out that her health condition may rob her of that possibility. Knowing the deadline given to her before undergoing an irreversible surgery, Ha Ri amps up her focus on becoming a mom – STAT.
Yarobun, if you’re like me, you’re probably experiencing an in-between-dramas lull. Nothing quite like that WOTM typhoon that pretty much sucked us all in its path. So, what better moment to finally catch up on a few new ones that have premiered during the crazy last quarter run of WOTM 😉
With zero expectations, I started off with Mystic Pop-Up Bar and almost 5 minutes into the “Modern” era segment, I realised it was Hwang Jung Eum’s post-baby project. And it took me another good 3 minutes eye-balling her because she looked somewhat… different. She looks FANTASTIC being a new Mum and all (don’t get me wrong), but is it her make-up or something that makes the Hhmmm? bell go off in my brain?
Anyhoo, this drama is about 500-year old Wol Joo (Hwang Jung Eum) who has to appease 100,000 souls in order to leave this world and find her own peace. Why? Please watch episode 1 for the back story 🙂
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
We all have personal journeys we live through, and whichever route we make along the way, it was meant for us to experience. Every single step of it.
The different rooms of denial, confusion, renewal, and contentment are housed within ourselves – and we will go through them at different intervals in our lives. That’s probably one of the reasons why we simply shouldn’t compare our lives with others. We live within our own timing and our growth is linked to how often we move within those rooms. Or how long we decide to remain in any of them.
My reflection at the end of this amazing adaptation of BBC’s “Dr. Foster” is that we determine our own happiness and we should not impose our definition of it onto others, no matter how precious they may be in our life.
I was evidently rooting for Dr. Kim to be part of Sun Woo’s future happiness. Although he is not in the conventional position of a spouse, but for Sun Woo to know that he will be there for her no matter what, is an acknowledgement of her definition of happiness. And perhaps of his too.
However, kudos to the ensemble of actors and entire production crew for putting forth a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, and sugarless coating of the natural evolution of human relationships.
Yarobun. We have entered the final lap of this sublime makjangtour de force.
Gone are the days of deep breathing challenges while watching an episode of Kdrama. The feeling of tightness in our chest when we can see injustice unfolding before our eyes. Our hands itching to swing in full-force towards those deserving annoyances… how I shall miss these moments!
Behold, the Swag Kween of KDrama Universe of the Moment: