Today, we will have A Gentleman’s Dignity review! Are you excited and expected about our review? Let’s watch this wonderful drama!
My friend from childhood Alison assures me that the largest clue you’ll be able to have on whether you’re really immersed and captivated with a Korean drama is by the number of your time you spend yelling at your idiot box while watching the story unfold. If this can be true then maybe A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012) should be my top-rated show of all time! Even my children couldn’t help but notice how often Mom was talking back to the characters during this show! “Why don’t you switch it off if it frustrates you?” they laughed. Mom’s sterling reply, “I can’t. I would like to understand WHAT HAPPENS!” Oh yes, I used to be majorly addicted, while some (most!) of the characters made me want to drag my hair out, strand by strand – a minimum of within the beginning!!! Am I a masochist that I made it through the entire show and by the tip loved it till death?
The plot and the cast of “A Gentleman’s Dignity”
This is a story about four 40-41 year South Korean buddies, friends since high school, who are still very committed to each others’ lives, while they need many problems referring to women. after they get together socially they act more like 20 years old than 40 years old. you almost certainly know middle-aged American men like this but it’s rare to determine them so consistently portrayed as boy-like in Korean dramas. Some might find this refreshing and modern, others might dislike it due to the men’s often controlling, petty, and sexist behaviors toward women. However, the men’s characters DO improve and grow during the course of the show. Be warned though, you may probably not look at the lead male character played by Dong Gun Jang until later within the story. He seems terrified of emotionally connecting with women. To the lady he has obviously fallen crazy with initial sight (Kim Ha Neul) he says things like, “If you will not lie with me then don’t think about me,” and “I never want to share my money with a wife and child.” If it absolutely was me I’d have walked away immediately, irrespective of how good-looking he was!
I essentially watched this for actress Kim Ha Neul, who played the lead female character opposite Dong-Gun; I like her to bits since seeing her within the classic Korean movie Ditto years ago, and she or he didn’t disappoint here; she just glows with beauty and elegance. As against most of the lads within the show, SHE possessed the foremost true Dignity. Her holding out against giving him sex before marriage gained her the last word advantage: he proposes marriage to her ahead of all his friends. If more women would wise up and make their men work for them, as Kim Ha Neul‘s character does during this show, there probably would be a far lower divorce rate in society. Men don’t really respect anything – or anyone – they get at no cost. Because the old sexist saying goes, “Why to buy the cow after you get the milk for free?”
Not too long after, however, they run into one another again, when she is watching a table of books outside a store and bends all the way down to grab a book and he passes by her. His briefcase snags her red yarn dress within the back and by the time he realizes what is going on 1/2 the underside of Yi-soo’s dress is gone! He walks up to her and tells her what happened so to her embarrassment he creates a makeshift to protect her bottom. She pretends to not recognize him from their first contact outside the coffee place. Then later they meet all over again when she seems to be the new umpire for a community squad he sometimes volunteers to play in, together with his three best friends from childhood: his co-worker Tae San Im (Kim Suro) an engineer, Jung Rok Lee (Jong Hyuk Lee) who owns the coffee place, and Choi Yoon (Min Jong Kim, my favorite of the lads because he was with great care sweet) who may be a lawyer.
Once again Yi-soo pretends to not recognize Do Jin, which annoys him, but obviously, the sparks are flying already between them. We are dealing though with a person who seems better ready to truly love his car, whom he calls Betty, over he’s capable of loving women!
One of Yi-soo’s high school students, troublemaker Dong Hyeon Kim (Woo Bin Kim pre-Heirs), happens to accost Do Jin as he’s walking to his home one night; ostensibly over obtaining cigarettes but that’s just an excuse to select a fight. Choi Yoon happens to run in on the skirmish and he gets involved in the fight too. It all finishes up at the police officer, with everyone bruised and bloody, but while Dong Hyeob tries to lie and say that Do Jin started the fight, Do Jin proves otherwise, since everywhere he goes he carries a special recorder pen.
Once the police hear the evidence Dong Hyeob is on the recent seat and Yi-soo is termed as his guardian/teacher because he has no living parents. Now Yi-soo needs to start begging the wolf Do Jin to drop the fees against her student. “Come to my office with a rose in your mouth and perhaps I’ll give some thought to it,” he tells her! So good sport that she is she shows up at his office, pulls a rose out of her purse, and asks him if she will save face by simply putting it behind her ear instead. “That will suffice”, he says, on the other hand as he’s closing his paperwork at his desk, he looks up and sees Yi-soo tenderly touching a pair of gloves his friend Tae San owns that he had left on his desk; Do Jin can tell instantly that this woman he admires features a crush on his succor and he confronts her thereon. He then refuses to drop the fees against her student, going back on his word. (What did I tell you about him being annoying within the beginning?)
Their ensuing relationship seems to be a seamless cat and mouse game for quite it slow, but despite that their sense of intimacy grows over time and Yi-soo switches her romantic feelings from Tae San to try to Jin. There’s more trouble ahead though when a young man named Colin (Jong Hyun Lee, a member of the favored Korean band CNBlue) approaches all four friends and claims that one in all them is his biological father. Do Jin quickly figures out that he’s the foremost likely candidate, which puts extra strain on his new relationship with Yi-soo.
My favorite of the lads, the lawyer Choi Yoon (Kim Min Jong), had lost his young wife to cancer, and struggles against his feelings for the much younger sister of Tae San, Maeri Im (Jin Yee Yoon), a former student of Yi-soo’s, who had until recently been within the States finishing her education and is presently engaging at Jong Rok’s coffee place as a server. When she returns to Korea she is entirely targeting winning Choi Yoon’s heart, but her older brother Tae San is against the link due to the vast difference in their ages. Maeri is very on the whiny side, but still, you’ll tell she truly loves Choi Yoon, so I did find yourself feeling compassion for her and rooting for her to urge her man. I’ve got to admit I enjoyed seeing Choi Yoon struggle against his feelings for her. I feel a number of the foremost romantic relationships portrayed in films and dramas are when two characters fight hard against their feelings but find themselves together anyway.
Jung Rok (Lee Jong Hyuk), the fourth friend, who owns the coffeehouse, may be a married playboy who encompasses a bad habit of coming out of his band on every occasion he sees a reasonable girl he wants to think of. His wife, the very rich socialite Min-sook Kim (Jung Nam Kim) is consistently threatening to divorce him but can never quite bring herself to try to do it since she’s obviously still loving him despite his cheating ways. He does seem to own some love for his wife, but it’s only on his own terms. you’re left wondering if the 000 reason he stays along with her is that the money she brings to the wedding.
One of the most effective features of A Gentleman’s Dignity is the preludes that begin every episode, flashbacks that show the audience how these men became so close over time. There are funny ones, like after they all conceive to quit smoking at the identical time and suffer nervous ticks, and exquisite sad ones, just like the flashback once they showed three friends comforting the fourth (Choi Yoon) after he lost his wife to cancer. He was so grief-stricken that he couldn’t even dress for the funeral and his three friends tenderly roll in the hay for him, all of them weeping for him at the identical time. I believed that scene one is one of the foremost moving I’ve got ever seen in any K-drama. Heck, in any film, either!
There are many ups and downs in everyone’s relationships, which keep you guessing who will get together and who might possibly split. there’s one particular marriage offer scene near the tip which is an unforgettable charming one, danced to Lee Seung Gi‘s beautiful song Will You Marry Me? (the song is additionally heard in Heirs). I loved it such a lot I played it over and another time. the entire OST is amazing on this show. I ordered the CD. I watched this K-drama on Netflix originally but it’s after all since been removed.
If you prefer shows where the characters seem to be people you’d meet in your own life, or sophisticated, more mature shows that target middle-aged people rather than young “flower boys”, then don’t miss A Gentleman’s Dignity. It’s written by the identical authoress, Kim Eun Sook, who brought us the classic Secret Garden, and more recently the worldwide hits Descendants Of The Sun and Goblin. She really knows a way to write interesting, sexy, and unique stories.