I like to watch some shows over and over again, gleaning from another angle each time, paying more attention to one character or another, or revisiting questions I had before. And I like sexy shows. One might not immediately think of Korean TV as sexy as compared with American TV, but it is, especially in its quality of withholding.
An obvious example is Secret Love Affair, which has one of those titles I’m embarrassed by – just so cliche’. Yet, it’s a beautiful drama, touching deep questions about what is important in a life and how people change over time, choosing different things.
Also, piano. Piano runs through the drama as also metaphor for passion, as it has in various films in the past, films that are no longer really made. The very reason I was drawn to Korean TV was nostalgia for a kind of film that seems no longer of interest in America; high quality romantic films like Notting Hill, or conflicted, sexy films like The English Patient.
Also, Yoo Ah In is the most complex actor I’ve encountered in a very long while.
I searched for a clip of an award acceptance speech for a Six Flying Dragons, but couldn’t find the one I was looking for, in which he played emotions across his face, unapologetically exuding an instrument many actors seem hesitant to show, or can’t. So in that sense, he fits especially well the character in this drama, who is a hardly-contained and naturally gifted Artist.
I have friends who cannot stand ‘adultery dramas’ – who boil them down (imo) too far, and I respect those friends. However, perhaps because I’ve lived so much of my life as an observer of sublimated happenings, picking up on dynamics people try not to show, I’m especially drawn to them.
She seemed restless.
In the summer of …
the whole of London was restless
in the face of the coming storm.
(lines from The End of the Affair screenplay)