K-Drama: Just Between Lovers, Rain or Shine, Just in Love- that JunHo drama

Hangul title:
그냥 사랑하는 사이
Sounded out roughly, that’s
Geunyang Saranghaneun Sai
Other English titles:
Rain or Shine, Just in Love

I mentioned in the middle of watching it. I just finished it and I’ve cried to the point of dehydration. I love this one, but it’s a unique place in my heart, and I’m not sure how much is the drama and how much is timing and the way the tune to this OST just resonates with the chords of my heart:

With lyrics attached:

With Junho and Won Jin Ah footage:

When we?
Where we?
Why we?
On some day.
It’s so gray.
When to?
Where to?
Why to?
It’s been gone.
It’s somewhere.

Every time when I see
It’s so gray
It’s okay
Feels like you’re the one I know
It’s been gone
It’s somewhere

Tell me where I’m falling back to
It’s so gray
It’s been gone
Tell me why I’m longing to see
It’s okay
It’s somewhere

I sing your song.
You sing along.
For once,
You sing my song.
We sing along
As once we did.

When we?
Where we?
Why we?
On some day,
It’s so gray.
When to?
Where to?
Why to?
It’s been gone.
It’s somewhere.

I don’t know how I feel…
(Wish I could tell you why)
Maybe we’ll be on our way
on some day
It’s so gray.

I sing your song;
You sing along,
For once.
You sing my song;
We sing along,
As once we did.
(by Kim Kyung Hee and Ryu Ji Hyun)

Oh, my heart. Some songs just do this for me, it has nothing to do with lyrics or anything but the sound. That tune calls, tugs, and pulls at me, and my heart answers.
Resonation:

What is it?

“a harmonic phenomenon wherein a formerly passive string or vibratory body responds to external vibrations to which it has a harmonic likeness. The classic example is demonstrated with two similar tuning-forks of which one is mounted on a wooden box. If the other one is struck and then placed on the box, then muted, the un-struck mounted fork will be heard. In similar fashion, strings will respond to the external vibrations of a tuning-fork when sufficient harmonic relations exist between the respective vibratory modes.”

I could listen to this song a hundred times, and in fact, I think I did that this morning while waiting for the last episode of this drama to finish loading subs. It sounds similar to Mad World, which I felt the same way about when I first heard it.

The whole drama is too fresh and too much for me to explain it. Throughout much of the drama I felt like the writer and director, maybe the whole team, were punching me in the gut and then giving me medicine for it and rubbing my back and saying soothingly, “There, there, it’s okay,” only to give me a shove and a slap and start the abuse cycle all over again. I won’t tell you how much I cried. Oh, I guess I did that already. I’m blogging about it and recommending it, though, so you know that the show and I had couples counseling and are in recovery.

Junho and Won Jin Ah are just fabulous. I will look for each of them or both of them again. Okay, Won Jin Ah could work on her kiss scenes a bit- and I won’t usually comment on that mainly because I don’t care beyond thinking the frequent awkwardness of kissing in a K-drama is cute and restrained and preferable to the passionately public face sucking of American teleivion. But this seemed particularly stand-out awkward. Or maybe I was jud st too emotionally invested in this relationship because Junho and Won Jin Ah are such incredibly talented actors. They really sold it. It was particularly impressive since it’s Junho’s first lead role, and Jinah’s first time in a drama at all.

Kudos to the writer, who has done his or her research. It’s a drama, so some things are a bit glossed over, but really, so much of the traumatic reactions and symptoms were so real, so true.

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10 Comments

  1. Posted January 31, 2018 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    We just finished it five minutes ago. Loved it so much though it terrified me at times. My goodness.

    • Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      And I’ve been searching like crazy for that yellow lighthouse. I’ve found several websites that [theoretically] list all the lighthouses in Korea but so far no luck.

    • Headmistress
      Posted January 31, 2018 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      Yes, alternate hope and terror. I think I’ll have to go back and finish Chief Kim to see Junho in a different role now.

  2. SEM
    Posted February 2, 2018 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Have you tried any of the Thai lakorns? I still haven’t gotten all the way through any one, but some of them take on deeper issues (although often sin has gotten the characters into whatever trouble they are in) and have nice music. But it can be hard to find translations (sometimes I just imagine what is going on; I might actually have more fun making up my own story).

    I was watching one last night in which the male lead was just devastated when he thought a woman had had an abortion — and then the look on his face when he realized that she hadn’t . . . There was another one in which the man apologized by bowing down with his face on the ground for dishonoring a woman by sleeping with her before marrying her.

    I guess what is refreshing is that people realize when they have behaved improperly and are repentant for it . . . although of course it would be better if people behaved better to start with.

    • Headmistress
      Posted February 3, 2018 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      I have watched two of them, I think. ASia culture is a shame based culture/societies, so it makes sense to me that they have kept the sense of shame over improper behavior longer. And the whole society seems to help- strangers can admonish or praise children for misbehaving or for being obedient. I’m told by some that there are drawbacks to that, and I can understand that. From coming from a culture where the only thing to be ashamed of any more seems to be having firm standards, it’s humbling and refreshing.

  3. Posted February 12, 2018 at 12:56 am | Permalink

    That was my favourite song on the OST too. It’s so pretty and I feel like it captured the mood of the drama as well…. Thanks for posting the lyrics, I was having a hard time making out the words and the lyrics I found earlier weren’t right!

    I don’t know what it is about this drama. I usually think that kdrama characters are written really well, but “really well” isn’t enough for this one – the leads felt real people to me. (The second leads less so, haha.)

    • Headmistress
      Posted February 12, 2018 at 7:02 am | Permalink

      Yes- that song did feel like it just rose organically from the lead pairings’ lives, didn’t it? And I have to agree, too- these leads- it was a beautiful meld of acting, writing, and directing. Kudos to all of them.

      Spoiler:

      A small part of me did find the last minute save a bit too cheesy, really, but I was hungry for some cheese and my heart was bruised enough, so I was grateful.

      • Posted February 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

        I guess it was a little cheesy. I was mostly just very relieved. And sometimes good things (…er, for you, not necessarily for everyone) happen suddenly and without warning, so I can accept that as realistic. But I got mad about how they kept us in suspense after the rooftop scene. I mean, I get that suspense is a thing you sometimes want in stories, but I felt a bit yanked around. 😛

        And oops, very late reply! My spam folder ate the notification email.

        • Headmistress
          Posted February 21, 2018 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

          My relief definitely outweighed my opinion of the cheesiness. I was probably going to have to have a temporary separation from K-Dramas if it gone a different direction.

  4. DramaQueen
    Posted March 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I thought this was some version of Mad World. It sure sounded like it; so much so, I had to do some research!

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