That Moment When My Ajusshi Had Me

Originally published by V on Drama Milk, April 19, 2018

Yes, I am still in my feels for My Ajusshi. OST #5 for My Mister, My Ajusshi dropped today. We don’t normally do a single post for one OST, but this one is so good that we had to. We have literally been listening to OST #5 nonstop, so hopefully writing this review up will be a type of exorcism to get it out of my system. (But what if I don’t want it to leave just yet? Argh, the confusion!)

The OST’s title is One Million Roses and it sung by Ko Woo-rim who is a Seoul University Opera Singing student and winner of Phantom Singer 2. This song was originally produced and sung by Sim Su-bong in 1997. It uses the music of a Latvia pop song, but the lyrics are written by Sim Su-bong with the changed meaning of “Loving generously without regret is the reason we are born in this world.”

This OST is reinterpreted with Ko Woo-rim’s low voice which adds a nice manly weight to the lyrics. It is based on Sim Su-bong’s original song’s lonely feelings and has an addition of classical guitar arpeggio and string arrangement. It is an important part of the drama and was conceptualized from the beginning of the script because it depicts sad love and feelings of being lost. Almost the entire song was played in the 8th episode which is the part that we have been playing on repeat by literally rewinding that part of the episode to listen to again. Yes, we are like that.

That part of the episode was so masterfully done so if you let me indulge for a moment, I will walk your through it. It starts with Jin-ahn walking and listening to Dong-hoon talking at the bar with all his peeps. Dong-hoon tells Jung-hee that he met someone who said she was 30,000 years old. He thinks she gets reborn because she is not at her right home and he wonders how she can get home. JA stops and just listens to Dong-hoon talking about her as if he sees right through her.

Jung-hee is all like, everyone knows that stupid, without without without hating, just give give give love, and then you can go back to your star. The song starts playing as Dong-hoon smiles, he likes that. Afterwards the lyrics start as the fellas all leave the bar. Jung-hee walks with the brothers and sings the lyrics as they watch her pretend to go to her new place that they all know she doesn’t have. But they smile and wave at her all the same. She starts singing the song as she walks away. The camera cuts to Ji-ahn getting her grandmother ready for bed and Guang-il waiting outside her gate looking menacing.

Jung-hee gets home and says hello to no one as she goes upstairs and turns on the light to her quant room. But she can’t bring herself to go inside and just sits at the door and says to herself that she wants to give all of her love to someone. Cut to Dong-hoon walking alone on the street, but he can’t continue himself and rests on his legs as if the weight of everything is on him at that moment. Ji-ahn watches the phone, a wave of concern across her face as she hears him somewhat sobbing. But then she also hears Dong-hoon compose himself enough to say, “fighting,” which are the same words Ji-ahn told him earlier. The song ends with Dong-hoon straightening himself up and continuing down the street.

Ah, I just loved that scene so much! It was a moment where O and I just looked at each other like, what in the world did we just watch? How did this scene manage to be so bare and yet so full of so many things? It just hit that chord. The last scene that I loved this much was in Oh Hae-young Again when she jumped into the air awaiting to be caught. I loved that scene so, so much, too and guess what…it’s from the exact same writer as My Ajusshi. I mean, what?!? Shall I just bind myself to her for all of eternity? The lyrics are below in English and Korean for all the people who love to sing along.

Lyrics
One Million Roses (백만송이 장미) – Sim Su-bong

먼 옛날 어느 별에서 내가 세상에 나올때
사랑을 주고 오라는 작은 음성 하나 들었지
사랑을 할 때만 피는 꽃 백만송이 피워 오라는
진실한 사랑 할 때만 피어나는 사랑의 장미
미워하는 미워하는 미워하는 마음없이
아낌없이 아낌없이 사랑을 주기만 할 때
백만송이 백만송이 백만송이 꽃은 피고
그립고 아름다운 내 별나라로 갈 수 있다네
미워하는 미워하는 미워하는 마음없이
아낌없이 아낌없이 사랑을 주기만 할 때
백만송이 백만송이 백만송이 꽃은 피고
그립고 아름다운 내 별나라로 갈 수 있다네

When I first came from the star far far away to this world
I heard a little voice telling me to give love and come back
Blossom one million flowers that only blossoms when I am in love
The roses of love which blossoms only when you are in true love
Without without without hating
When I give give without conditions
One million one million one million flowers blossom
Then I can go back to my beautiful star which I miss
Without without without hating
Just give give without conditions
One million one million one million flowers blossom
Then I can go back to my beautiful star which I miss

진실한 사랑은 뭔가 괴로운 눈물 흘렸네
헤어져간 사람 많았던 너무나 슬픈 세상이었기에
수 많은 세월 흐른 뒤 자기의 생명까지 모두 다 준
비처럼 홀연히 나타난 그런 사랑 나를 알았네
미워하는 미워하는 미워하는 마음없이
아낌없이 아낌없이 사랑을 주기만 할 때
백만송이 백만송이 백만송이 꽃은 피고
그립고 아름다운 내 별나라로 갈 수 있다네
미워하는 미워하는 미워하는 마음없이
아낌없이 아낌없이 사랑을 주기만 할 때
백만송이 백만송이 백만송이 꽃은 피고
그립고 아름다운 내 별나라로 갈 수 있다네

What is real love, I had painful tears.
It was such a painful world where I passed by many lovers
Many years passed I finally found a love that I can give my entire life to
A love that suddenly appeared like rain
Without without without hating
When I give give without conditions
One million one million one million flowers blossom
Then I can go back to my beautiful star which I miss
Without without without hating
Just give give without conditions
One million one million one million flowers blossom
Then I can go back to my beautiful star which I miss

이젠 모두가 떠날지라도 그러나 사랑은 계속 될거야
저 별에서 나를 찾아온 그토록 기다린 인연인데
그대와 나 함께라면 더욱 더 많은 꽃을 피우고
하나가 된 우리는 영원한 저 별로 돌아가리라
미워하는 미워하는 미워하는 마음없이
아낌없이 아낌없이 사랑을 주기만 할 때
백만송이 백만송이 백만송이 꽃은 피고
그립고 아름다운 내 별나라로 갈 수 있다네
미워하는 미워하는 미워하는 마음없이
아낌없이 아낌없이 사랑을 주기만 할 때
백만송이 백만송이 백만송이 꽃은 피고
그립고 아름다운 내 별나라로 갈 수 있다네

Now, even if everyone leaves, my love will still continue
This is the relationship from the star that I was waiting for so long
With you, we can blossom more and more flowers
We become one and can go back to that eternal star
Without without without hating
When I give give without conditions
One million one million one million flowers blossom
Then I can go back to my beautiful star which I miss
Without without without hating
When I give give without conditions
One million one million one million flowers blossom
Then I can go back to my beautiful star which I miss

I am so happy that they released this song so quickly because it gets kind of trite to have to rewind the episode over and over again (though this song is worth is); I’m happy to just click repeat be done with it.

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