Faraway Place – Dong Hoon’s Love Song to Ji An

Thoughts from Soompi as well as a brief Korean article on how Dong Hoon’s song in Episode 14 represents his feelings for Ji An

@mushroomsoupie:

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This song has been haunting my mind ever since Dong Hoon sang it… My heart is broken for these two souls. I can’t imagine the pain that Ji An feels, hearing the love of her life singing this song, as if portraying the reality that they’re not fated to be together in this lifetime.


@fauna:

In both JA’s love song to DH and in DH’s love song to JA, they mention staying up all night thinking about each other.

“A Very Distant Place” is DH’s song of longing for and missing JA. I like how she is completely focused on listening to him sing, ignoring her terrible and miserable circumstances and surroundings as she walks home. Then she stops what she is doing completely to listen to him, perhaps realizing suddenly that he is singing about missing her specifically, who is in a very distant place from him. On the night he is supposed to be happily celebrating his new promotion, he is singing a sad song about how much he misses her.

Here is the original version of DH’s song.


@ccl82:

I would say, the way the shots were juxtaposed, and where that scene is in the plotline, yes, it’s him thinking of her.

English subtitles for the song by tvN:

Lee Seung Jae – Far Away

이승재 – 아득히 먼곳

 

I didn’t leave my heart

Where the cold wind blows

I didn’t leave any regrets

Where the dark clouds loom

Ah, but whenever I’m reminded of you

When love keeps me up all night

But when I do think about it

It’s at a place so far away

And I can’t help but shed a tear at this loneliness

My love doesn’t linger

Where the golden sun has set

Nor is my love in a cozy abode

Nestled in a deep forest by the lake

Ah, but whenever I’m reminded of you

When love keeps me up all night

But when I do think about it

It’s at a place so far away

And I can’t help but shed a tear at this loneliness

Ah, but whenever I’m reminded of you

When love keeps me up all night

But when I do think about it

It’s at a place so far away

And I can’t help but shed a tear at this loneliness


@justamom:

Here is one of the many Korean reviews that commented on how Lee Seung Jae’s “Faraway Place” represented Dong Hoon’s feelings for Ji An:

“Park Dong Hoon may have risen to director, but Ji An’s departure weighs heavily on his mind.

After their parting, Ji An tries to conceal her true feelings, but Dong Hoon sees through them. ‘You must call me’, he tells her, making her promise to contact him.

The same day, we hear Lee Seung Jae’s “From a faraway place”, recorded in his album in 1984.

Its lyrics seem to come straight from Dong Hoon’s heart ‘Sometimes I remember / a person I miss through the night / thinking hard it’s a faraway place / in my hollow empty heart the tears fall endlessly’ — words that ring deep in the audience’s hearts.”


@tiger457_stv:

 

This reader thinks that is a public declaration by a man who is too scrupulous to declare formally. Note that he sang this song after his Lawyer wife has gone home. Before she left he was very restrained in his manner, and when he said goodbye to the wife, he spoke to her as if saying goodbye to a stranger without any emotion. After his wife is gone, the party gets lively and Engineer Dong Hoon decided to sing. He picked the song, not someone else… and what a song! It speaks of “staying up all night because of someone I miss. My heart is drenched with tear, since it’s a very far away place, I cannot think.” One thing for sure… he did not sing / declare to his wife! And his wife knew that… when she drove away, she had tears rolling down her cheeks.

A different singer:

6 thoughts on “Faraway Place – Dong Hoon’s Love Song to Ji An”

  1. PDNim and WRITERNIM really took the time to choose the songs in this drama!! They’re not just there to provide an interlude! They tell more about the story of the characters!! Amazing as always!!

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