No, this is not a Winter Sonata review!
Rather it’s a skip down the memory lane of our K-watching experiences, back to that first this and first that. Let me start and then I hope you’ll all jump right in. Be as brief or as detailed as you like.
‘Tis time for some serious K-recall. Here we go!
My answer is obvious, hehe.
An Affair? Joint Security Agency? The Harmonium in My Memory? This is a hard one since it’s so long ago, but I’m sure it was either a Lee Jung-jae or a Lee Byung-hun movie.
I’m pretty sure it’s Lee Jung-jae since I adored him so much in An Affair and went on a mad buying spree of his movies. But around that same time I also learned the art of “multi-crushing” and was more than infatuated with Lee Byung-hun because of Beautiful Days. Of course since then I have honed said art to embarrassing heights!
Jo In-sung. Ushered lovingly into hallowed closet for wonderful acting in Madeleine, and then hurriedly thrown out mere weeks later for wooden acting in Love of South and North. Got to maintain exacting standards. It’s a jungle out there.
Back when I was still starry-eyed over my first K-drama, I joined a Winter Sonata forum hoping to find translations for the songs in the OST. When prompted for a nick, the first name that popped into my head was that of my grouchy hamster. So “thunderbolt” I became and have remained. About that forum, I haven’t a clue if it’s still around.
Untold Scandal. (And guess who showed up and brought the house down? On account of the gazillion flash bulbs and ear-piercing shrieks, my eyesight and hearing have never been the same since. And no, I wasn’t there as a fan, just as an observer, haha.)
Damo. Wept and wept and wept, for days! That baptism of tears marked a milestone, though. No longer was I just a casual viewer. No siree, I learned to post images and to download clips, I even invented a Damo hospital for fellow weepies. In short, I had become a K-lunatic!
When I first saw Park Shin-yang (PSY) in Indian Summer, I thought, “Jiminy Cricket, the guy’s so ugly! No thanks, I’m not watching this movie ever.” Well, much later I watched Lovers in Paris and got zapped by the PSY lightning. Went on to watch Indian Summer seven times, hoho.
Okay, it’s now your turn to jolt those memories. Feel free to invent your own categories. Have fun!