~2005~Ten years have passed and Hyeon Soo (Baek Sung Hyun) never gave up trying to find Eun Dong (Yoon So Hee). He got into college after the third attempt, but his parallel dream of becoming an actor wasn’t flowing well! Even though he didn’t have much talent he tried really hard, but everything was ending in failure and we witnessed many hilarious scenes while trying to work on his facial expressions, performing tap dance and failing at his auditions and acting attempts! His manager is a “friend” from the motorcycle gang days, Lee Hun Bal (Kim Hyung Kyu). Eventually, Hyeon Soo decided to join the army and he got assigned to work at the city hall where he was having a hard time since an idol actor was there as well and his fans were appearing all the time bringing more work upon Hyeon Soo’s shoulders! One rainy day a girl almost hit him with her bicycle and she fell on the ground. He instantly recognizes her and he can’t hold back his tears as Eun Dong’s shivering filled with emotion! Both of them found themselves in a dreamlike state and later on at the restaurant Hyeon Soo’s almost at loss for words since he’s absorbed by Eun Dong’s beauty, he’s even embarrassed to look at her as he’s heart racing!
Sunday, May 31, 2015
One of the strong points of "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" is, somewhat paradoxically, that even the weak points are elevated by the situations. I've never really been that impressed with the acting in this drama beyond rudimentary roles- but it's very easy to empathize with these people, whatever the skill level of the performers, when the theme is something as universal as grief over the passing of a loved one. For Hee-cheol, it's this late reassurance that finally makes him appreciate that it he's working for trust and confidence more than a paycheck.
Similarly sweet is the indirect exchange between Tae-woon and Ji-na regarding their feelings. Note how the letters aren't really love letters in terms of content- Tae-woon and Ji-na are principally discussing who they are and how they relate to each other. It's an extremely thoughtful, personal gesture that aptly explains why Ji-na has been mostly nonplussed by her apparent exposure. In the end, Ji-na too wants more than just work prestige.
Even if the acting hasn't been award-winning, "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" has always had a tremendous amount of heart and that's especially overflowing here. Noh Min-woo-I has always done excellent work selling Tae-woo as a person who tries to avoid being complicated, and mostly succeeds. Even if, as Ji-na's final voiceover demonstrates, Tae-woon is a rather unfortunate boyfriend, there are more important things in the world than just being suave.
"My Unfortunate Boyfriend" isn't a standard romantic comedy- the longer the drama went on the less it relied on staple genre tropes. This might be a bit of a disappointment to those wanting something more standard, but for me the that's been the main appeal of the characters. Episode by episode I really just wanted things to work out because Tae-woon, and by eventual extension everyone else, deserved a happy ending for being such a kind thoughtful person. That's not a traditional fantasy, but it's one I enjoyed tuning into throughout this drama's run.
Review by William Schwartz
It's a bit of a disappointment, because until the final act the case is actually reasonably compelling. It's an unusually generic case, that requires all three team members use their skills in roughly equal fasion. Dae-yeong uses on-the-ground canvassing to unlock the direction the clues they need to move forward, Seo-joon comes up with the more elaborate schemes necessary to come up with more elaborate information, and Soo-hyeon interprets the data so they know where to go next.
It's depressing. There's no getting around that. It's depressing and honestly kind of spiteful. If this is the only season of "Missing Noir M" we end up getting I can't help but be annoyed at writer Lee Yu-jin for choosing to end it on that note. Now, in all fairness, the Western stories from which "Missing Noir M" takes its inspiration use the same trope with some regularity. It's not exactly unprecedented, and if nothing else "Missing Noir M" hardly misled us on that point. The title itself is a pretty gloomy one.
For me personally the issue is that I've drifted away from American media to the Korean stuff in large part because the former has taken to being disturbingly grim in recent years, even with obviously childish products like superhero franchises. I can take some depression in my police procedurals, but "Missing Noir M" really has been just a tad much in that department. Well, I liked the multi-part episodes at least. And even if the ending was on a sour note, overall "Missing Noir M" has been a strong production. But it is unavoidably one that's filtered on lines of personal taste.
Review by William Schwartz
Kim Soo Jin (Song Ji Hyo) dropped around MSG sees Na Ji Ah (Jang Ji Eun) wearing the shirt she returned Bang Myung Soo (Byun Yo Han). She is waiting in front of his house with his belongings which he left in the film office. Myung Soo arrived from a trip brings home Soo Jin and confesses his love in the dark.
At all once the light goes on and his ex-girlfriends and Jo Geon (Do Sang Woo) show up unexpectedly at the point of her answering his question. She is taken aback by their sudden appearance and she says they are just close friends to save the awkward situation. However, she expresses her feelings after everyone left and the writer cannot conceal his joy.
Jang Hwa Young (Lee Yoon Ji), Lara (Ryu Hwa Young), and Ji Ah hassle about their ex-boyfriend's romantic relationship with the new woman. The lion and cat try to dissuade him from going out with her driving a wedge between the two of them, but Lara only is in favor of their romance because she likes the director who shows a special interest in Soo Jin.
Myung Soo pays Soo Jin a surprise visit with fried chicken. He hears the director comes in the office in the instant of creeping up on her and scaring her and ducks under a table next to the producer's. Geon asks about Soo Jin's true feelings the day before in the writer's house and the producer, who pretends that she doesn't know Myung Soo is under the desk, is under a difficulty to answer honestly. Geon leaves the office saying enjoy the chicken as if he has sensed what Myung Soo is hearing.
Soo Jin searches for a shooting location and Myung Soo magically appears to help her pretending he bumps into her by chance. He takes a shot for her chasing the woman around. They have a good time all day.
Myung Soo got Soo Jin home kisses her on the cheek before she enters into the house. She is embarrassed by the unexpected action, but she kicks her heels up into the air in the delight over the affection he showed.
Her heart gets heavy when she finds a video clip from Ji Ah in the memory card for his digital camera.
Myung Soo sits down to a meal between Geon and Soo Jin with a disapproving glance the director. They quarrel over a piece of potato in Dak-Kalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken) and fight over the woman.
As Lara hears that Soo Jin wants to eat MSG's risotto from Myung Soo, she strongly advises her ex-boyfriend to announce his love about her in front of everyone to set her heart at rest.
When the couple enters the restaurant, oil in a skillet catches on fire. As Ji Ah is so scared that she pours it with water, Myung Soo quickly has his arms around the woman not to make the hot oil splash in her face. He burns himself on the oil and is treated at a hospital. Soo Jin wanders through the labyrinth of her mind recalling what he has said and what he has done to her and she assures that the he still doesn't forget his first love.
Kim Soo Jin (Song Ji Hyo) cannot figure out the reason Jo Geon (Do Sang Woo) and Bang Myung Soo (Byun Yo Han) came to pick her up. Geon gets wind of what is going on and sees Jang Hwa Young (Lee Yoon Ji), Na Ji Ah (Jang Ji Eun), and Lara (Ryu Hwa Young) are hiding in plain sight. Soo Jin is so angry that she takes the taxi and leaves alone.
Myung Soo bluffs them not to have a lark with the friend and Soo Jin reproves his ex-girlfriends with a solemn face that she will have a romantic relationship with him if they look down upon her again.
Hwa Young desires that the writer keeps out of the project, but the producer gives a good scolding for the bad manners. She puts on an act in front of her ex-boyfriend saying that she pities Soo Jin having to wait for another chance for a long time.
The next day, the webtoon writer makes a formal apology to the director asking him back and he says that he will pull out of the project for everybody. The director accepts his offer.
Soo Jin doubts that they were involved in some kind of a deal, but Myung Soo states he will also be busy because he needs to begin two webtoons to make her stop worrying about him.
Myung Soo pays a visit to the film office to pick up the luggage and sees Geon sitting in his place. They strike sparks off each other over a trivial thing.
As he trudges down the stairs, he meets Soo Jin and delivers her sneakers bought for the fake couple. Despite a lot of mixed emotions, he doesn't lose his sense of smile.
Soo Jin is busier and busier and Myung Soo waits for a text message. He feels very bitter about her having only time for a brief exchange because of a deluge of calls.
Meanwhile, Soo Jin is screaming for joy with many actors and actress who want to have an audition thanks to the famous director.
Myung Soo is mortally offended by Soo Jin and Geon having late dinner in Ji Ah's restaurant. He pulls her up saying they remained friends three years ago because she was bound up in film making and he was waiting for her all the time pretending he was alright. Soo Jin watches him walking farther away.
The first episode of JTBC's 'My Love Eun-dong' showed the first encounter between Hyeon-soo (Jr.) and Eun-dong (Lee Ja-in).
High school student Hyeon-soo's only pleasure in life was riding a motorcycle.
On a rainy day, Hyeon-soo's motorcycle hit an elementary school student, Eun-dong and he was put on trial. During the trial, Eun-dong testified in favor of Hyeon-soo that she had slipped and fallen on the rainy street and it's not because of the motorcycle.
Later Hyeon-soo asked Eun-dong why she had helped him and Eun-dong told him, "Be nice for the rest of your life. Make my lies worthwhile after all". Hyeon-soo later felt he's obligated to protect Eun-dong.
~1995~At first we meet the youngest versions of Hyeon Soo (Junior of GOT7) and Ji Eun Dong (Lee Ja In) in their 10s when everything began back in 1995. It was a rainy day and Hyeon Soo almost hit Eun Dong while riding a motorcycle, but his maneuvering prevented her from getting severely harmed. He already had problems with the law because he didn’t have a driver’s license and had Eun Dong not appeared at the court he would had been sent to the detention center. Hyeon Soo not only took her to the hospital, but as days were passing by he kept caring more and more about her, especially after he found out that her only relative was her dying grandmother. Eun Dong helped Hyeon Soo at the court because she wanted him to become a nice person, it’s a sacrifice she wouldn’t like to be in vein. Ever since we could witness Hyeon Soo’s gradual change into a better and more considerate person. Eun Dong’s story touched him deeply to the extent it could bring tears to his eyes, even though he never was a person that would shed tears at life’s sad aspects.
Stealing secretly food from his parents’ fridge, helping her with washing their clothes, ruining his own shoes to look like Eun Dong’s in order not to make her feel uncomfortable and eventually buying for her a new pair of shoes are just a few acts of sincere, platonic and unconditional affection and caring on Hyeon Soo’s behalf, but also Eun Dong waiting for him outside of his school and spending time with him was her own part of silent admiration while interacting with a person she could relate to finding comfort throughout the hardships of life and also being able to talk about her dream which was no other than to become a famous actress in order to find her mother. What once was gratefulness and feeling indebted to Eun Dong’s kindness on Hyeon Soo’s behalf and what once was having faith in him in becoming a better person and finding someone she could talk to and forget about everything overburdening her at such a young age on Eun Dong’s behalf grew into something pure that would haunt their young lives after Eun Dong’s grandmother passed away.
At that time Hyeon Soo lost her for the first time because she was adopted right away while he was at the hospital after getting beaten up by the motorcycle gang he used to belong to after they badmouthed Eun Dong in front of his very eyes. After he got released from the hospital he went to Eun Dong’s house, but it was as empty as his world was about to become. Keeping dear to his heart the letter and a pair of shoes just like the ones he bought for her he was left devastated by the sudden turn of events. In a blink of an eye he lost her and promised to find her. Just like Patra found Nero at the story she was reading to her grandmother, she had promised to recognize him from his warm and caring back, the one that had returned her back home on a rainy day. He moved to Seoul with his parents and started dreaming of becoming an actor in order to become famous and meet Eun Dong just like Eun Dong wanted to become an actress to find her mother.