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—————————————- Thoughts by Nancy McDonnell —————————————-
Unlike many fans of Jang Keun Suk, I lived through the 1970s. Admittedly I was young, and did not see “Love Story” at the movie theater… but I remember not really caring for the movie when it was shown on television. And the iconic line “Love Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry” never made sense to me.
No matter how many years you’ve been with someone… unless you are a mind reader, how can you ever truly know someone else’s mind and heart? Isn’t it hard enough to even know your own?
And I have come to wonder if “Love Story” and the “Never having to say you’re sorry” quote have come to be an ironic plot device by the writer. In episode 3 of Love Rain in the twilight scene where In Ha confesses to Yoon Hee that he’s always liked her alone I counted at least 3 times that In Ha said he was sorry!
I think the writer’s obsession with the movie “Love Story” is part of Love Rain only to take a poke at the whole genre of Korean melodrama. Just as misunderstandings between lovers are standard fare, so too is it that at least one character in any melodrama is going to have to apologize for something they’ve said or done.
In Chuncheon, ironically In Ha and Yoon Hee accidentally meet again in the rain. Under the marquee of a movie theater showing “Love Story” their eyes meet. (How beautifully PD Yoon made the rest of the crowd fade away!) At last In Ha gets to see the movie with her. He’s tempted to “make a move”… but our shy In Ha chickens out.
A missed train! Oh no, will they have to spend the night alone together? This would have been a bit scandalous even for the “Free Love” period of the 1960s and 1970s in the United States. I would imagine it would have been even more so in Korea. A night train to the East Sea solves the dilemma, and provides some private time for In Ha and Yoon Hee to develop even more feelings for each other.
I had to laugh when as they walked down to the beach from the railway station that In Ha again sheltered Yoon Hee from the pouring rain with a pale blue umbrella. It reminded me quite frankly of the movie, “Gone With the Wind” and what Rhett Butler says to Scarlett…“Here, take my handkerchief. Never, at any crisis of your life, have I known you to have a handkerchief.” It seems like a similar situation with Yoon Hee and umbrellas!
I was proud of In Ha for wanting to face Dong Wook alone, to confess his feelings for Yoon Hee at last. He should have been honest with his feelings for her from the start. And my heart ached a bit for Dong Wook, who at last got the tables turned on him when the shy and quiet Yoon Hee broke the former Casanova’s heart.
Like In Ha and Yoon Hee, my heart is racing forward, to embrace Love Rain Episode 4!