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————————————————– Thoughts by Megha Mano ———————————————–
Greetings to all.. I am glad that I got the chance to write my views on one of the episodes of Love Rain. Please bear with my long post. And I just have to say that the transition from 1970s to 2012 was smooth. If there had been even a slight mistake it would have been disastrous. There are so many stark differences between the two generations. Major difference was the background music, fast pace, expression filled acting and more promises of skinship (Ok I have to admit 1970 was good but I was disappointed with just holding hands and stolen glances.. Please blame it on my age.. After all I am from 2012 era LOL)
If asked to sum up Episode 6 in one word I would say Episode 6 of Love Rain was CONFUSION!!
Yes…it was utter chaos. By Confusion I don’t refer to the direction, acting. I mean that it was a maelstrom of feelings and emotions from both the leads. Ep 5 focussed on Ha Na more. That was necessary for the viewers to understand Ep 6.
A major question which will arise in all our minds and which even Seo Joon faced was “Why her?”
The Ep5 actually gave the reason. Ha Na is a complete contrast from all the usual girls Joon hangs out with. She is different physically and also psychologically. An innocent girl who can make his heart flutter. She is a happy go lucky person who believes naively which perhaps adds to the charm.
The confusion Joon feels is mirrored in his actions. He tries kissing her but is once again thwarted by the assistant. He takes her out to eat. He buys clothes for her. He does things which are uncharacteristic of Seo Joon and that results in loads of awkward moments between the two.
Ep 5 shows Seo Joon as an emotionless guy who minces words just to get what he needs. But in Ep 6 he struggles with his inner self. Joon, a guy who never goes behind girls, follows Ha Na around desperately. He even takes measures for finding her hotel and pursuing her.
The confession he makes to her is sweet and quite unlike the suave and experienced Seo Joon.
The confession to Ha Na..
Seo Joon : “What do you want to do about us? Right.. We can’t be friends because we are in totally different levels, But we can’t just have fun because you are boring, But then it’s not like you’re someone gorgeous that I can escort around.. What do you want me to do about you?”
A perfect confession by a confused guy who is falling in love for the first time. If she can’t be your friend or someone whom you play around with then the answer is Just start dating her and claim her for your own. This occurred to Ha Na too and thus she retaliates “Do you like me?” which leaves Joon speechless.
This act of Joon is in stark contrast to In Ha who was so reluctant to acknowledge his feelings or to confess or act.
2012 Love Rain version is going to be quite a fast paced and fun filled story. I was quite amazed that we had all the clichés of K dramas packed into ONE SINGLE EPISODE.
Some clichés which most Korean Dramas have and those were found in Ep 6
• The OTP have a missed Kiss due to intruding third party or unexpected events. Joon’s kiss interrupted by assistant.
• The main leads go out to amusement parks, restaurants. Ha Na and Joon go to a restaurant.
• The guy gives a nickname to the girl. Joon calling Ha Na Rurururu
• The guy buys something like a accessory, doll, or any other gift. Joon gets a dress for Ha Na.
• A confession. Joon confesses to Ha Na.
• A misunderstanding. Joon tells his assistant why Ha Na is not his ideal type which she overhears while waiting for him without even sleeping.
• Awkward moments of girl with other guys or guy with other girls which is witnessed by the jealous partner. Joon finds Ha Na with her senior who seems very protective of her. He also sees Ha Na falling on top of his friend.
So many K Drama clichés in a single episode. What was missing was a confrontation by the parent which am sure will play a major role in later episodes as Hye Jung doesn’t look like she will approve of Ha Na.
Ep 6 also gave us a glimpse of the heroes from 1970. Yes the three musketeers have all grown old and mature. Senior In Ha is still in love with Kim Yoon Hee which is the reason for estrangement between father and son. Hye Jung is still in love with In Ha. Chang Mo is still the doubtful friend-in-between who supports In Ha`s love for Yoon Hee. Some things never change.
But here is one thing which changed. Can you see how Jang Keun Suk and Im Yoona have completely transformed?
A sad and shy artist into a cold over-confident cranky photographer.
A calm sweet Madonna to a bubbly fun loving girl.
Jang Keun Suk has done justice to Seo Joon and In Ha. He changed drastically and many of us may see Hwang Tae Kyung in Joon. But in my eyes No!
Seo Joon is completely different. There are those slick moves with girls which HTK never had. And the crankiness has reached a higher level in Joon. Joon makes HTK look like a sweet toddler. He is the perfect sadist especially in the scenes with his assistant and with the actress who had an issue about time.
He did look a little approachable when he was with Ha Na but the speech about “She is not my type.. She is too easy, naive, slow” just shows Joon has to go a long way to win Ha Na`s heart when he is faced by serious competition in the form of Ha Na`s senior and his friend.
Yoona in 1970 looked a little dull but now I understand that she was completely sick. And thus her lack of expression also seems fitting. And she really did well as Ha Na. Right from her complexion to her tears there was a complete changeover. She acted remarkably well during the scene when she was hurt by Joon`s words and her passion for even small things like the sweater and mom`s first love shows that Yoon Hee is still hidden inside her daughter. Kudos to the Love Rain OTP for a successful transformation.
I have made a very long essay of my thoughts so please bear with me!! And I would like to conclude my writeup with my favourite scenes in Ep6…These were the funniest and heart warming scenes which I adored.