THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS
The first time I watched Thank you, was right after I had finished The Tree with Deep Roots and Chuno. So I was overwhelmed with all those awesome action scenes, epic scenery and especially with that Jang Hyuk. The wild tough guy who was so vulnerable inside that he made me cry buckets. The powerful, intense “sageuk Jang Hyuk”. I had been so impressed by him in those dramas, that I decided to be selective and watch only his “good works” (suuuuurreeeee)
Thank You has mostly good reviews and a friend of mine recommended it as her favorite Jang Hyuk drama, so I decided to give it a try. I have to admit that at first I was underwhelmed. Of course! I was unconsciously expecting that other Jang Hyuk! the one who scared the bejeezus outta me every time he cried, un-refrained, like an animal. The one who cried “ugly” but with such intensity and raw emotion that I just couldn’t help but feel his excruciating pain deep in every fiber of my being
Instead I got Min Kiseo, who, well, is definitely not a quiet passive one, and does not fall behind in the intense stare department…
And, yup! he ranks way up there with the sageuk guys, and even Kitae on the rage-mometer. But, he didn’t cry as much, and when he did it was more subtle.
On my re-watch, however, I appreciated this performance. It has its own kind of power and it obviously suits this character much more. OMG! that perfect teardrop 😦
That first time around, for some reason I didn’t even pay much attention to his girlfriend, and how important she was to the whole story (I’m thinking some of my brain cells were asleep that first time around, forgive me!)
This time, I loved their love, and I ached for them. She is resigned to the idea of dying. His determination to save her gives her hope. This is painful because we know how that ended.
I also remember my perception that Min Kiseo was a jerk, so I judged him harshly, thinking that his pain didn’t justify his lashing out (I still get upset when he kicks the dog’s house though!) Yes! I was cold and judgemental! But I guess I’ve seen my share of “jerk male leads” in kdramas since then, so Min Kiseo is truly an “angel” in comparison. Not only that, he is self-aware. He knows he is in hell, he knows he is miserable, the self loathing is evident and he just feels he has no way out. You can feel his desperation entangled with his arrogance. I appreciated how every time anyone asked him if he was ok, Dr Min’s answer would be “No, I am not ok”. Most machos would not admit to this.
And unlike many other “jerk male leads” Min Kiseo evolved into one of the most romantic, strongest, wonderful, males leads ever (but we’ll save that for a future post)
These are some of my favorite moments from Min Kiseo and Ji Min:
Dr Min operates on his girlfriend. While he undresses her to prepare for the operation, he remembers other more pleasant intimate moments. There is so much love and sadness in this scene.
After Ji Min passes away, Min Kiseo asks in the sweetest and saddest voice “Why were you in such a hurry? You should’ve at least say goodbye ”
“A girlfriend is so much better than chicken, pizza, ice cream or jangjangmyun” – Min Kiseo
His mourning of Ji Min, his memory of her and her last wish of getting Bom’s forgiveness. His struggle with this, his hesitation, etc was an important theme in this drama. I liked all of those moments
Min Kiseo daydreams with his dead girlfriend and is interrupted by Young Shin
BONUS CAPTURES JUST BECAUSE HE IS SO PRETTY!