The concept is alien, the philosophy is archaic and the basis is groundless. Pure love. No one buys it anymore, it is completely out of this world and rarely appreciated by anyone. In short, it is just so meaningless and worthless for anyone and everyone in this modern day society. I don’t remember anyone I know practises this, not even the so-called wise men in the history of mankind, why then is the uncanny theme so captivating? And why are we so easily taken in by this almost metaphysical relationship? I couldn’t help but to conclude that it is the lack of such that we develop a taste or a craving for it. Think Maslow theory and we may understand how after satisfying our bodily or physical needs will we move on to attain the more abstract or metaphysical sphere. So indeed has our society been geared towards and driven in such a pace that we have eventually dreamt of taking a breather, to just pause or stroll instead of constantly be on the run. Likewise in love, we would discard what was most instantly gratifying to hope and pray for the still water runs deep kind of idealistic love. We want to believe once again how love can last till eternity that even physical death will not do us part and we want to invest our time and efforts, our laughter and tears just for this often ONE fleeting moment or transient feeling.
도마뱀or Lizard is one such story which spins around the plot of a childhood adoration/admiration blossoming into pure love in adulthood. The love at first sight that has taken place as the child actor was singing an old love song about the notion of pure love, sets the mood and theme of the plot. So why the lizard? Well, as the story goes, the girl keeps a pet lizard with a ridiculously long name to keep a distance from others who often fear the ugly looking lizard. But the boy was ironically drawn closer to her because of it. And the afternoon when the lizard got away from her pouch to escape into the muddy paddy fields, the boy went in search for it only to be totally drenched in the rain. As the cold gets more than bearable, the boy moved to sit side by side with the girl whom no one has ever dared come into physical contact with for fear of being implicated by the curse cast on her. Anyway, the story gets rather pointlessly lengthy towards the second half of the show. Though it’s obvious that the scriptwriter and director are attempting to stir one’s emotions and move us to tears, they failed to do so and I was indeed moved to tears only because I was yawning non-stop. Still, I like the movie, mainly because of my favourite Korean actor Cho Seung Woo. I’ve seen him in quite a number of movies and he has never once failed to impress me with his natural flair for acting. And when his character cried out desperately for his beau to stay with him, my heart just went out to him… …가지마, 가지마 제발