Warning: This post may have spoilers… read at your own risk.
I’m posting here my thoughts which I submitted at jangkeunsukforever.com.
Sadness, frustration, anger, and love… episode 18 brought all of these feelings to me..
My heart was broken many times watching this episode. From start to finish, I was torn. As usual, Love Rain made me tear non-stop until it hurts. I thought it’s going to be all smiles after Joonie and Ha Na got back together, but I was wrong. Joonie and HaNa knew their happiness was temporary and I saw that in their eyes. Since episode 17 ended, I knew HaNa and Hye Jung’s unexpected meeting will bring no good from now on (obviously..hehe). HaNa’s sadness was contagious. I was affected by it from the moment I saw that look in her eyes after seeing Hye Jung. She had to hide when Seo Joon came and didn’t want him to know that she pretended to be okay but as soon as she stepped on that bus, sadness and pain set back in once again.
And then there was Seo Joon accidentally learning about Yoon Hee’s blindness. I saw pity, pain, and sadness in him when Yoon Hee told him everything, not to mention Yoon Hee begging him not to tell his father or HaNa.
And by him knowing this, naturally everyone who learned about it eventually got sad too, especially Dong Wook and son Sun Ho. I was sad for Yoon Hee too as she counts the days until she could see no more. Plus I felt sad for Hye Jung too because I know hiding behind that selfishness is such a lonely woman. Once Seo Joon leaves her, she knows she will be alone. What about HaNa’s tear at the end… and that look in Joonie’s face seeing her like that… oh that just killed me! This is too much to handle now! Indeed, my heart became heavy heavy as I watch the entire episode. Eottoke? Seeing HaNa and Seo Joon made me feel happy I forgot there was still Hye Jung… And so the sadness was turned into…
Everytime I see Hye Jung, I can’ t help but ball my fists. She is just hateful. She only thinks of herself all the time! I get mad at the thought of what she will and can do just to break Joon and HaNa apart. Arrgh!!!! Grrr!!!! And she became more hateful when she talked to Seo Joon looking so pitiful, telling him that she loves him. Knowing Hye Jung, I knew she had an ulterior motive behind all those good words and misty eyes.
Ooh… I was so right! Marry Mi Ho?!? Witch! (Sorry for the term). I was a crazy fangirl on front of my pc yelling “over Seo Joon’s dead body!!” (Knock on wood). I rolled my eyes when I saw her in bed with an IV. Gosh! Just to get Joon to turn her back to HaNa. *sigh* But thankfully, Joon made up his mind and not even her mother can change it. Then, Hye Jung discovered Yoon Hye’s blindness. No!!! Andwae!! Don’t tell HaNa.. not you! And so the next emotion sets in…
Why of all people Hye Jung? Why does it have to be her to tell HaNa about Yoon Hye?? This is just ridiculous! I could just imagine how HaNa felt… torn, hurt, and devastated. I also saw and felt Joon’s frustration… that they have known about Yoon Hee too late and that they can do nothing about it.. Chang Mo’s frustration was there to consider too. He wanted his friends to have a happy ever after and got frustrated when In Ha gave up. I can see his point but Dong Wook is right, parents put their kids first. And of course there was In Ha who gets frustrated at himself over and over. Now it’s because he can’t stop his ex-wife. But at least he can only be a father now. And as episode 18 came to a close, I realized there’s only one feeling ep 18 left us…
Love Rain Ep 18 showed us different types of Love…
Seo Joon and Ha Na’s true and innocent love…
This is the first time both of them felt this way that Seo Joon found out the other side of him. And when these two are together, just breaks my heart. Whether it be the locked hands, or the peck on the cheek, or that look in Joonie’s eyes, heck even the teasing and bickering was sweet to me. It always put a smile on my face and makes me fall in love all over again. This love was even made stronger by their promise not to break up. I’m crossing my fingers they won’t after all the chaos and drama.
Then there were the two mother’s kinds of mother’s love…
Yoon Hee’s love for HaNa is the unconditional love a mother can give to her child. She doesn’t want Ha Na to know about her blindness because her daughter will be devastated when she learns about her illness. Even Joon realized this when Yoon Hee pleaded him not to tell Ha Na anything. And when YH said she still wants to see her daughter’s smile before his sight completely goes blank, I think this is the time that Seo Joon realized why his father loved and still loves YH… she loves HaNa too much and eventually loved Joon too. Joonie felt and saw the love he never felt from his own mom.
And speaking of Seo Joon‘s mom, the other side of the coin is Hye Jung’s selfish love for his soon, Joon. She only thinks of herself… only considers herself. She knew she never had In Ha so she holds on to her son, for somehow Seo Joon is her only link to In Ha. And like what I’ve said earlier, Hye Jung knows that if she loses Joon, she will be the loneliest person in the world… she will be alone. I pity her too. But, can’t she think of her son’s happiness as well? Will his son’s love have the same fate as his father’s?
The undying true love of In Ha and Yoon Hee…
Like what my favorite line says… In this world, we’ll have one first love, one true love, and one great love. Love Rain personified all three in Yoon Hee and In Ha. They started all of the chaos… it gets pathetic at times but I must admit, their scenes are the heartbreaking ones. They’ve sacrificed so much for their love… such bittersweet love.
I’ve seen other types of love too…
Love for friends as shown by Chang Mo, Dong Wook and In Ha, as well as Joon and Sun Ho’s..
The unrequited love of Sun Ho and Tae Sung…
The immature infatuation of Mi Ho for Seo Joon…
Oh and who could forget Jo Soon and Jeong Sul’s hidden desire for Mi Ho. I swear, these two are the only ones who made me laugh. They are so funny, it was a breath of fresh air.
So now, my mind is left wondering where PD Yoon’s gonna take us until the end. Will In Ha and Yoon Hee’s love be tragic? Will Ha Na and Seo Joon have a happy ending?
Unpredictable really… and that’s why I soooo love this drama.. two thumbs up for LR!!
But before I end this, let me just say that JKS is amazing and remarkable in this drama… again. His eyes spoke on its own, his voice breathlessly captivating and his smile launches not just a thousand but gazillion ships! Aigoo… Sukkie is just to adorable, my knees are weak again. Brilliant and gorgeous… that is Sukkie.
But the biggest praise goes to Yoona. That tear in the end tore me into pieces. Daebak! *applause* I totally saw the transformation PD Yoon did in her. She gets a standing O from me! Clap clap clap!
Eottoke? What does Love Rain have in store for us? Can’t wait for the big finale!!!
When episode 4 ended, and with Jang Keun Suk’s donning the Seo Joon look, I knew I’d fall in love with Seo Joon in a flash. I was right… I fell in love with him in three seconds.
With the first click of Seo Joon’s camera, my heart melted. It jumped so high and beat so fast, I died as soon as it stopped at the sight of him. His sexiness, gorgeousness, and manliness got to me so bad.
However, I fell flat on my face when I saw the mean side of Seo Joon. Him being hot-tempered, and harsh to those who works for him (and to those whom he works for too) for sure I do not like.
So, you can say that I have a love-hate relationship too with Seo Joon. There are times when I hate and despise him, but I must say that most of the time, I love him. Which also means how brilliant Sukkie is again in his acting. This is how convincing he is. But his character based on episode 5 is not a deep one yet. So I am hoping to see more of the “likable” side of Seo Joon in the coming episodes.
Another thing that made me fall for Seo Joon is his silly and funny side. I laughed so hard, my tummy ached, seeing how funny, silly, and ridiculous can he get at times. Maybe because I see a little of Sukkie in Seo Joon, especially Joon’s naughty side… hehe. :)
However, I also see a bit of Hwang Tae Kyung in Seo Joon. There are some facial expressions, mannerisms and gestures that I thought I’ve seen before.
I saw HTK in Seo Joon’s arrogance, meanness, and silliness/weirdness. Honestly, I sort of “cleansed” myself of HTK before I immersed myself to Love Rain. Cleansed in the sense that I freed my mind and heart of anything Hwang Tae Kyung (well, until Love Rain ends at least LOL) and reserved a space for Seo Joon (and In Ha too).
So, I can say that I focused on all of Seo Joon when Episode 5 came, however, I couldn’t help but see HTK in a few scenes. But don’t get me wrong… Seo Joon and Hwang Tae Kyung are totally different characters… and Keun Suk is amazing and awesome as usual. He has learned how to be Seo Joon and was definitely successful in it.
Yoona, however, has completely turned me around. And now, I’m a believer. She did a 360 degree turn as Ha Na. Her eyes were speaking, her gestures and actions were completely different from the first few episodes, and I must commend Yoona is doing such a good job! Daebak Yoona! So far, I am liking the bubbly Ha Na that I am seeing… especially that she is not the push-over type! :) I loved how she gave Seo Joon a lesson quite a few times I must say… hahaha! I loved how she said to Seo Joon “maldo andwae!” on how he makes woman fall for three seconds and did it to Seo Joon at the spa.. and gave him a doze of his own medicine… LOL. Hehe… I so laughed on how Ha Na tricked Seo Joon in giving her her phone back. Bwahahahahaha!!! *Bleh Seo Joon!* But what I most like of Ha Na was how she says “Ya!” to Seo Joon! kekeke… :) Yoona’s acting is very natural as Ha Na.
Ha Na’s assertiveness, liveliness, and innocence is just too adorable to miss. I must admit, Yoona’s transformation is better than what I expected.
Let me say that Sunbae Han Tae Sung was also easy to read. I know that he has the hots for Ha Na the first time I saw that look in his eyes!
Joon’s assistant Jo Soo brings the laughter in this drama… he has made me laugh quite a few times already. LOL So did Ha Na’s friend Jang Soo.
But all in all, it was Seo Joon and Ha Na who captured my heart. Their out of the ordinary meeting, the love-hate relationship… aaah! I know that Ha Na hates her at first but the bad-boy Seo Joon will make her fall for him in the end. Hah! It just made me realize how Sukkie proved once again that girls fall in love easily with the bad-boy type. Keke!
And that almost kiss at the end… OMO!!!
Now I can’t wait for Episode 6!!! Love Rain has definitely got me hooked! ^__^
I was anticipating much the 70’s era episodes of Love Rain because I thought it would be interesting. I was one of those excited for the pilot, who watched the very first run of this drama because it is the much awaited drama of no less than Jang Keun Suk. I, for one, is excited because it is Sukkie’s next drama after a long while, three years in fact. Pardon me. I know there was Mu Gyul. But I took Sukkie’s word by heart when he said “Don’t watch it… it’s not interesting from start to end.” Hehehe… Mianhe. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mu Gyul, but I just couldn’t find it in my heart to watch it.. for now. Maybe I would one of these days. But this doesn’t make me less an Eel.
Anyway, going back to Love Rain, as I’ve said, I looked forward to the first few episodes. Jang Keun Suk, once again, didn’t disappoint me. His acting was marvelous. He portrayed In Ha’s character to perfection… Soft-hearted, sweet, caring, considerate,
Sukkie was gentle and it was a breath of fresh-air for me… especially because I still breathe Hwang Tae Kyung. He was, and still is my favorite among Sukkie’s roles. And yes, I am expecting In Ha and Seo Joon most especially to turn it around.
Yoona? Well, before the drama started, I searched and read some reviews on her acting and saw some that are not favorable, especially in Cinderella Man. I had been hoping PD and Sukkie would help her in this part. I wanted to see more in her eyes, because I thought that was what Yoon Hee’s character is… Silent, beautiful, subdued. She doesn’t talk much but you can see things in her eyes. But during the part where she found out that In Ha painted her portrait (and lied to her), I felt Yoon Hee lacked “that look in her eyes.”
But in fairness to Yoona, she got me in Episode 4, when she cried her heart out to her Halmoni and said “I have to come back… I have to come back!” Now that was convincing for me.
Another scene that made me tear so much was Yoon Hee’s love letter.
It was a heart-breaking moment for In Ha… and that went straight to my heart. I easily cry at scenes like this… dang!
Dong Wook was a true friend. Despite of what happened, he could not NOT tell In Ha that Yoon Hee is sick that’s why she is leaving. He had given way. He wasn’t selfish. Usually, that letter would have not landed in In Ha’s hand if Dong Wook was the type of character who is just thinking of himself.
Hye Jung… well, frankly, the moment I saw her, I already hated her. >.< And I got the feeling this will be as such until the later episodes of Love Rain.
However, I fell in love with In Ha’s love for Yoon Hee… I fell in love with In Ha and Yoon Hee’s love for each other. When they went out to the ocean together, my heart just melted. I felt it was the most beautiful thing in the world. Made me relive the memories of my great love… which unfortunately is now a memory too… :( This is the part where I believe Sukkie as In Ha is most convincing. I felt his heart… and it broke my heart as well too.. :(
Yet, inspite of all of these, for me, the 70’s part of Love Rain was a bit slow and a little dragging. I dunno, but it maybe because old movies/dramas are like that? The only thing that got me excited was when In Ha finally had the guts to confess his feelings for Yoon Hee. I even got confused (and still is wondering) what the hell did Chang Mo do that it got In ha into trouble too, which eventually got him jailed?! Did I miss anything? And now having said all this, maybe this is why the first few episodes got a low viewer rating in Korea. It was missing something… and even I dunno what it is. I didn’t want to bring up the talk about the ratings, but I just wanted to be honest… to myself, to my fellow Eels, and to Sukkie.
But who cares now? All I care about are the upcoming episodes and the appearance of Seo Joon and Ha Na. I am looking forward to the modern day Love Rain and the romance between the son and the daughter… that it wold be better than the 70’s era. I am hopeful about Yoona as Ha Na. And from the looks of of it, I know Jang Keun Suk would definitely deliver.
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Because of some unavoidable circumstances that happened to me in the past month, I wasn’t able to follow and watch SARANG BI real time like the other Eels who are religiously watching it even without English Subs just for the love of it and for Sukkie. But hey, THE WAIT WAS SO WORTH IT….
Like my blog title expresses, I have fallen in love with “Love Rain”… in 3 seconds. And in my following posts, you will find my reviews (and rants) about the drama.. and my emotions that come with it…
So enjoy the rest of the journey with me… are you ready?
Hana (1)… Deul (2)… Sset (3)…
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