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Snow Queen (2006) 雪之女王
starring Hyun Bin as Han Tae Woong / Han Deuk Gu and Sung Yu Ri as Kim Bo Ra.
Plot: This is about a brilliant genius at Mathematics and a girl who had an incurable illness. Tae Woong’s best friend, Bo Ra’s brother actually wanted to recommend his own sister to him. Little does he knows that Tae Woong already met his sister when both of them were trying to escape from something in life. The girl had a crush on him and they decided to meet another day. On that day, Tae Woong beats his best friend, Jeong Kyu (Bo Ra’s brother) in an international Mathematics Olympiad, Jeong Kyu commits suicide. Therefore, he loses touch with her without finding out her name until they met again at a hospital. What will Tae Woong do when he knows that Bo Ra’s brother is Jeong Kyu?
The first depressing point is when Tae Woong’s best friend, Bo Ra’s brother, commits suicide because he did not accomplish great results in the Mathematics competition. Not only was he beaten by his best friend who got 1st (I think), but he also did not achieve top three in position. It is such a waste that he makes the decision of dying instead of facing it. That is the kind of stress faced by those who always achieve good results and when they fail, they are criticised by others and cannot accept it themselves.
The second depressing point is Tae Woong’s mourning for his friend. Because of that, he did not keep his promise of meeting Bo Ra before her major operation. I can feel that Bo Ra’s father dotes on Bo Ra’s brother more than her. She is happy that her father visits her at the hospital but it is actually because of his brother’s accident. Her brother’s accident also affects her as she is close to him. Tae Woong, despite being a Mathematics genius, did not continue to do Mathematics anymore.
The third depressing point is Tae Woong trying to hide his feelings after knowing that Bo Ra is his best friend’s sister. Finally, it is Bo Ra’s death. It is depressing for the father who loses both his children so early. To me, it is also as heartbreaking for Tae Woong who loses two people who he shares his sorrow and happiness with.
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49 days (2011)
starring Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung, Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun and Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang.
Plot: A young woman named Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to be married with her fiancé but her perfect life is shattered in a car accident that left her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. She thought that it would be a easy task but it is not. She has to borrow a living person’s body while she works out her way to survive. She will solve the mystery related to her family and discover the people who truly loves her.
One will realise nothing is more important than the love ones around us and to treasure them and appreciate what they did for us. The most amazing scene is the funeral scene where the grim reaper shows her that not all tears are genuine. Some are fake while others are for many other reasons.
Even though the ending is sad, the 49 days she went through is still worth it. If she did not go through it, she would not have known what his best friend and fiance have been planning behind her back. I feel that this drama has stirred much of my emotions. Ji Hyun is always hopeful with life and even tries to better the life of the woman whom she is using the body. It is heartbreaking that such a cheerful and optimistic person has to leave when she even obtains the three tears and a chance to live again. Although Yi Kyung wanted her to leave when she first became able to see her as a spirit, I am glad that Yi Kyung decides to help Ji Hyun out. I am touched when in the hospital room, Ji Hyun jumps out of Yi Kyung’s body to sing a song to her parents with the music in the background. Although she cannot be heard by her parents, it is her doings that moved me.
It is saddening that Han Kang did not manage to confess his love before the accident and has to lose her after the 49 days. Although he tries his best to help Ji Hyun in the 49 days after realising who she actually is, he still loses her eventually. Even the grim reaper’s story is so sad. He was going to propose to Yi Kyung but he passed away with regrets without clearing her misunderstandings of him. Hence, he became a grim reaper for 5 years(if i am not wrong) to say his last goodbye to Yi Kyung and help her move on in life.
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