It’s so yesterday yet I only discovered it yesterday, pun intended. Perhaps I should already be aware of the movie when in Seoul last year but somehow, I only came to know about it while browsing through some shops and accidentally bought it, or should I say that it’s kind of like a serendipity? In any case, watched it last night and I was totally overwhelmed by it so much so that it’s climbing up the chart to be among the top list of my favourite movies.
I thought the movie was made in the fashion of the British production of Love Actually, a hit not only in Korea but well received internationally, especially during the Christmas festive season. But how it has touched me is certainly more than that though I must confess that I am a big fan of Love Actually and also Christmas. It must be the 서울 지하철 2 호선 (spelled Seoul Subway Line 2 as seen in picture above), the many scenes on the subway stations and on board the metro, which reminded me so much of my days in Seoul. Like the lead in the movie, I had enjoyed the trip alongside the Han River and the stop at 강변 역 and vaguely remembered some past incidents when I took it to 신도림역 or 구로, it must have been quite an adventure if I can recollect with more clarity. And the drinking sessions, the goal to finish a bottle of soju was once my goal too. Then I could never go beyond a small glass of soju, but have since been able to do more than half a bottle, yet my wish was never to bottoms up all alone. The lessons the couple shared over the bottle of soju, the hope that upon finishing 소주 한병, she would gain entry into his heart touches me like how the Portuguese lady has had by learning English in Love Actually. Soju or foreign languages, they are all but the common language of love, to be able to speak the language of one’s love. So the advocate of Free Hugs Campaign said in the scene when he got back his cell phone, that the constellation of stars will keep changing but the Northern star forever remains in its designated position. Such is love and having the special someone in our hearts, we are all considered fortunate souls. I suppose though little kiddo in the British production would name it a total agony, love is ironically a total bliss because of the accompanying sense of helplessness. And love is still love even when it cannot be reciprocated; the wasted heart would still long to be by his/her side.
Have you found the other half of your heart? There goes the slogan of the movie. I just couldn’t help repeating the lines…서울…많이 변했겠죠? 거기에 제 심장 반쪽이 있는데.