I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you.

4 04 2013

My love has returned for you, So Ji Sub shi.

^And it’s not just because you make frolicking around in the desert look so damn good.

It’s because, you are, after all these years, (*cue Shania Twain voice*) still the one (don’t worry Eita san, you’re still the one too *major eyebrow twitch*).

For those who don’t know, let me give you a bit of our relationship history.

Ji Sub and I first crossed paths with each other in Bali. That is, in What Happened In Bali. Was he a good guy, or was he a bad guy? I never quite decided at that point. While I shipped Jo In Sung and Ha Ji Won all the way in that series, I definitely felt a little something for Ji Sub. Something good. Something intriguing. Something that left me wanting to know more.

Then on one gloriously sunny day, I was browsing through my local DVD store, looking for the next Korean drama to delude myself with, and my eye quickly became drawn to this:

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I was like, I’m Sorry, I Love You ? That’s a pretty sweet title. Filmed in Melbourne? Hey, that’s my hometown, bay-bay! And this dude, why does he look a tad familiar? Oh! It’s Kang In Wook (Ji Sub‘s character in WHIB )! WOW he looks goooood in that bandana and hobo cardigan… and with that man-hair around his face~~ Okay, fine, sold.

I went home, read the blurb for the plot carefully again and began to second-guess my decision. So, okay, someone’s going to die again in the most melodramatic of fashion. Why do all good-hearted and good-looking citizens of South Korea always go down that path? Goshdarnit, I’ve freaking paid for this. Can not let this 17 dollars go to waste. I’ll just watch it.

Four days and a city’s dam’s worth of tears later, I was like, I am SO NOT sorry. So. Ji. Sub. *sniffles* I. Freaking. Love. You.

I can’t explain logically why I love the series so much but I guess that’s how I also know it’s true love. It has been my favourite series ever since and I have no doubt it will remain so until the end of time. Irrespective of how many times Ethan Ruan strips his shirt off in any of his series, irrespective of what The Hong Sisters attempt to round up, even irrespective of how many ridiculously perfect performances Eita or Kimura Takuya pitch in (although these two have certainly brought along series that have come very, very,VERYCLOSE). Forever and a day, I will choose to scream “saranghae!” at the top of my lungs a thousand times in a dingy subway and make and eat ramen with So Ji Sub.

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To show him just how much he meant to me following that series, I went on to watch some of his older stuff (Law Firm, Glass Shoes, We Are Dating Now ). I realised he was definitely the man. I sent him off into the army, patiently waiting for his return. I knew he knew I loved him. I knew he would return a better man. I knew this would be good for both of us. I knew I could stay faithful.

Or so I thought.

After being discharged from the military, Ji Sub seemed to gravitate uncontrollably towards the big black melodramatic hole. And he only delved deeper. His mini-drama U-Turn with Lee Yeon Hee was kinda okay, but Cain And Abel ? Oh my, does life really have to be that bleak? And Road Number One ? Far too heavy. Colossal fail. It just wasn’t what I was looking for.

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His Sony Alpha CFs were amazing but I couldn’t just live on those. In an attempt to maintain the love, I picked up a few of his films (Rough Cut, Sophie’s Revenge ), I even briefly watched him as some zombie-like thing in Kitaro and the Millennium Curse. But I just didn’t get it. Apart from those rippling abs, and those long, beautiful, elegant fingers, this wasn’t the same Ji Sub I fell in love with.

I was beginning to drift away. He tried to lure me back with the wannabe tearjerker of a film Always. There were moments where I thought I could return to that place again but in the end, it just fell short. I don’t know. Intentionally aiming to make me cry just doesn’t cut it anymore. We’ve been through this before. Where I am now, I need more than that.

Feeling the emotional void, I virtually skid off the whole Korean drama radar altogether. I hid. Actually I began to explore things with a younger boy *coughs*Mario Maurer*coughs* That was light and fun (and still is >_>;;;) but something about a crime drama caught my attention once more. The Ghost. Wow, it’s finished airing already? It has received some good praise. Ji Sub has seemingly pulled himself out of all that helplessly miserable melodrama. I must give him another chance. I must watch this series.

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And I’m so glad I did. I mean, Ji Sub in a suit for, like, almost 20 episodes of the series? Glad. Glad. Glad. So glad in fact, I am actually pondering a review (though don’t put your hopes up too much, lol).

Until then, enjoy a few wallies of the man:

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10 08 2013
twentynineandcounting

Hello there! Been a long time. ^^

Now, So Ji Sub.

I share your love for this man (!), as well as (regretfully) the downturn in interest post-military service duty (but it’s different for you now). It’s not his fault really; I was probably distracted by other things kdrama, or real life, or I don’t remember. *excuses* Although I was so excited to see him again in a drama after he finished his military service, I don’t know why I never came around to watching “Cain and Abel” or “Road No. 1”. It was probably because, and I would have to agree with you that, his projects post-military service were quite serious and heavy, which was also not something I was raring to see him in one after the other.

“I’m Sorry, I Love You” >> *long deep nostalgic breath*

“MiSa” was another story. It was where I first met So Ji Sub, and it was what did me in for the man. I loved that drama to pieces. I will never forget how Moo Hyuk sobbed in his mother’s kitchen while eating that ramen (and how I wanted to help him pick up the virtual pieces of his broken heart as well as mine from the kitchen floor) or how Eun Chae was ‘always’ waiting for him. I learned how “dolting-a” could be a secret code for “girl I adore” when So Ji Sub’s character uses it as his personal term of endearment for Eun Chae, or how the word “adeul” could be very painful to hear just like that. Eun Chae and Moo Hyuk who took sadness, heartache, pain, longing to the highest level remain in my heart as one of my well-loved drama couples.

Sigh.

Have you seen his drama with Gong Hyo Jin? What do you think about it? : )

14 03 2014
jicks

@twentynineandcounting!!!!!!

I apologise profoundly for my ridiculously tardy reply!!! TT_TT
I’m SO happy we are both huge fans of So Ji Sub! OMG THAT ramen scene in the mother’s kitchen… I literally CHOKED. I could not even… EVEN <<- I'm still at a loss for words talking about it now! This might sound really pathetic, but I recall a few days later after finishing watching Misa, I was eating ramen for dinner and it instantly reminded me of that scene. I started bawling my eyes out, and everyone was like, "What the?" LOL.

But the whole "dolting-a" thing is new to me! Don't know where my head was during the series! lol. Thank you SO much for bringing it up!!

I've been out of the loop, but I do have Masters Sun almost ready to watch! Have you seen it yet? What do you think? I have heard wonderful things about it! Really can't see it going wrong, I mean, (A) It's the Hong Sisters, (B) Ji Sub looks amazing and is somewhat on a role with good roles, and (C) Gong Hyo Jin has been awesome in everything I've ever seen her in! Currently watching History Of The Salaryman (yes I am behind!) so will hit Masters Sun afterwards… can't wait! XD

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