If you haven’t watched Thank You I urge to stop here since this post contains big spoilers. The appeal of Thank You is not in the plot but in the character development, their dialogues and the interpretation of these characters, so I really encourage you to watch it first.
On my first watch Suk Hyun played by Shin Sung Rok, simply irritated me and I felt like fast forwarding his scenes. On my second watch I appreciated the role he plays in the story. He is still not my favorite character and I think his “pondering inside a car under the rain scenes”, were unnecessarily long, but I realized his importance and how difficult the role must’ve been for the actor.
Suk Kyun is interesting because he is strong as a businessman but weak in his personal relationships. He chooses the “cold” calculating path but deep down he really is a sensitive fellow.
He was a coward in regards to Young Shin (betting with his friends, that he would sleep with her, when deep down he had always being in love with her) a total coward when it comes to Bom. His selfishness, passiveness and indecision hurt them, and if there was one lesson to learn from this story is that, there aren’t always second chances. Very realistic!
I think there is a contrast between the characters of Min Kiseo and Suk Hyun that is purposely emphasized at key moments in the story. Min Kiseo is not passive. Whenever he tries to “avoid” getting involved because he has been hurt, etc there is something in his nature that pushes him to act, despite his conscious decision to not participate. Suk Hyun tends to avoid, run and/or sleep from his own problems.
There is a scene when Young Shin is to be transported in an ambulance. The paramedics ask who will accompany the patient. Suk Hyun is about to speak when Min Kiseo leaves him without a chance by answering faster and entering the ambulance! It’s a small but significant scene
And here come some of my favorite conversations between them regarding Young Shin and Bom
MIN KISEO PICKS UP BOM FROM SEOUL He gives Suk Hyun another chance
“DOGGY, YOUR SON IS LEAVING”
“YOU ARE LATE MR CHOI”
SUK HYUN PLAYS THE FATHER CARD
In the end Suk Hyun came to his senses. But boy did he try our patience! 😀