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3 Sep 2020

WHAT I LEARNED FROM JUNGHWAN: THE WISH TO PUT MORE EFFORT INTO SOMETHING

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If you have watched Reply 1988, who are you rooting for? #teamJunghwan anyone?


Annyeonghaseyo! (Okay okay let me greet you in Korean. ㅋㅋㅋ). I come back with another post of Junghwan, a fictional character created by Lee Woo Jung, again and again shamelessly. LoL. If you aren’t aware of this, lemme tell you something: I intensely adore Reply 1988 (and one of the reasons which kept being mentioned is its second male lead character: Kim Junghwan). So pardon me to write another Junghwan-centered story since I can’t help it. Anyway, in case you haven’t read the first part, kindly read it here.

Let's dive into the real topic: regret. Rather than the stereotypical drama’s plots of unluckily-the-female-lead-doesn’t-love-him-back, the second male lead's failure in this story simply because he hadn’t done his best yet. I remember I ugly cried when yeah-that-iconic-character decided to not go after the woman he loves because of the assumption that their feelings weren’t mutual. He held himself back since he thought the opportunity wasn’t even there. So what makes it was so bitter is that their feelings were perfectly in-sync but Junghwan’s constant indecisiveness has made the female lead character eventually gave up. He got chances but was in doubt to move forward. And when he finally wanted to show his heart out, the timing was totally off. (As Junghwan said: another term of fate is timing *hand me a tissue because that quote reminds me of the deeply painful scene in this third installment of the Reply series). The female lead already moved on after a long time of being agonized by his ambiguous attitude. Surely he was left with painful regrets: he wished he had put more effort into it.
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But in my opinion, the reason why Junghwan became such an endearing character for us viewers, even though he’s not the male lead of the drama, is that we ALL can relate to him. He’s the character that each of us could personally relate and at the same time learn from. Junghwan represents missed moments, lost opportunities, the many hesitations, chances that go to waste, the too-late realizations, the no-second-chance moments, the almost-happened things that cruelly passed by, the “if only I’d known, I would …..”,  and all the regretful decisions we made. We all have personally encountered those kinds of experiences. And we still sometimes think “what if….” as if what-ifs could change our regretful past. That we wish we struggled a bit more. That we hope we could make it happen.

So let's promise ourselves not to underestimate the chances that come by and make the best of them.
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