Translated by @justamom from DC Inside.
Subtly acted and thrillingly passionate ending
This scene, no matter how many times I watch it, is one of my favourite of all the classic scenes. Let me try to recreate it by taking us through their dialogue and expressions.
“He must have gotten a lot bigger. How old is he?”
“Fourteen in American age”
“Oh yeah, he’s in America now?”
“Eo.” (translator’s note: the sound Dong Hoon always makes)
“Wow, you must have to work very hard.”
“I’m torn. Is it better for him to return after finishing junior high, there’s also the issue of the army…”
“Lee Ji An where are you going?”
“I’m ordering an ice coffee for you.”
“The thing is, the kid and the kid’s mom, they want to stay there till he finishes university.”
“English? No, didn’t do it.” (translator’s note: pronoun unclear)
“No, we sent him because of his English.”
“Nowadays when we talk he looks down on me because of my English.”
“His pronunciation is nothing like ours.”
“It’s fine as long as we can get the message across.”
How much must Ji An’s heart have been fluttering as curiosity drove her forward in search of his voice. As Dong Hoon sees her the signal-like sound fades and the music takes over dramatically.
From his expression and very slight shake of the body, Ji An seems to hear the sound of his heart.
And so their reunion starts in this way. Ji An’s head trembles with a windswept smile. Having found him, Ji An’s smile is brimming with emotion.
“I wouldn’t recognise you if I bumped into you.”
“Is work going well?” Is she listening to me? Her expression is the same.
It’s a very brief moment, but through their great acting we get a glimpse of his surprise and curiosity.
“I heard from the Chairman. His friend says you’re doing well at work.”
“When did you arrive in Seoul?”
“Three months ago. I moved to the head office. Ah–a few days ago I was near Saman’s office.”
“I left that place. I’m the boss now. Come visit sometime, Manager Song, Assistant Kim and Hyeong Gyu are all there.”
The brief silence in this scene prompted many thoughts. A very very short moment where Ji An’s colleagues are almost there and the moment of separation is closing in. But in the warmth in both their eyes it is as though only one person exists in that very moment. Flashes of the past occupy both their thoughts. Both of them are unable to speak, overwhelmed by their thoughts. I thought this was a great insertion of quiet space.
“Lee Ji An, let’s go.”
“Let’s shake hands.”
With a sense of inevitability the time for her to leave has come…but evidently, neither of them are willing to part. Dong Hoon takes a huge breath and initiates the handshake (Thank you Park Dong Hoon).
“I’ll buy you a meal. I want to buy you something delicious for once.”
Ji An is the same as before. On their walks together, she would quicken her steps to catch up whenever he walked faster. It is clear she is the same woman who confessed to Dong Hoon in the subway even after getting hit (translator’s note – or ‘straightened out’). When it comes to her feelings for Dong Hoon she is always direct.
Knowing that it was no easy feat and must have taken great courage for him to extend his hand, in that handshake they connect and promise to meet again.
Not a cup of tea, but a delicious meal. Not simple a “bab”mal (translator’s note – pun on banmal) that they ate in more distant times.
This time Dong Hoon’s face breaks out in a really bright smile
But Dong Hoon still remains Dong Hoon. His Mark Darcy smile returns. Having tied the knot through their handshake, the audience’s heart follows their retreating hands, knowing the vow the two have made. It’s a wordless but absolutely beautiful scene.
“I’ll call you.”
This…how tight must he have been holding her hand to leave the imprint of his hand, you can feel everything from that. I really want to know if it was deliberately acted out that way.
Dong Hoon turns back
Ji An turns back
“Ji An, have you found your comfort?”
Even brighter than her first answer, her face lights up with a broad smile.
There are many interpretations: I found my comfort because I met you. OR I’m happy now that I can be with you. OR I can now stand in front of you as an independent person, having reached my comfort.
The final scene: the two of them, brimming with happiness.
But is this the end?
The ending scene totaled around five minutes, focusing on the attractiveness of their bright appearances, with their scars fully healed and the magnetic vibes of their healthy bodies.
Despite her initial nerves and fears, Ji An ignores her colleagues’ calls and goes in search of Dong Hoon’s voice, like she was being sucked into a black hole. It was really original. From her expression when she first starts looking for Dong Hoon in the cafe, it is clear that Ji An’s feelings for Dong Hoon remain unchanged.
Unlike the past, Dong Hoon initiates the handshake even while knowing her colleagues are standing there. You can feel his earnestness and regret at her departure, so much that he held her hand so tight he left his imprint on her.
Having made their promise, the two of them go their separate ways, clearly delighted.
If the two of them are together, they can overcome whatever typhoon crosses their path. They will reach their destination, turning the typoon into mutually beneficial winds.
And so I draw a close to this drama, remembering the fond images it left me with, I made these GIFs to thank the two actors.
May Ji An and Dong Hoon always be comfortable and may the two actors have many more projects together!