12 July 2010

위대한 계춘빈 The Great Gye Choon Bin

Title: 위대한 계춘빈 Wiedaehan Gye Choon Bin
English Title: The Great Gye Choon Bin
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Year: 2010
Episode: 01
  • 정유미 Jung Yoo Mi
  • 정경호 Jung Kyung Ho
  • 민지아 Min Ji Ah
  • 안서현 Ahn Seo Hyun
  • 김단율 Kim Dan Yul

Gye Choon Bin is a quirky and spunky kindergarten teacher. She has been in love with a boy since she was in fifth grade in elementary school. Everyone in her neighborhood knows about her first love, excluding the object of her affection.

Wang Gi Nam is a timid guy who owns an art therapy center. He meets a strange woman and he is surprised to find out that she has liked him since they were young.

The Great Gye Choon Bin is a great drama with very interesting characters. It is only an hour long but it is a well thought-out narrative with a very satisfying ending.

Gye Choon Bin is a quirky character who dresses in an eccentric way and she even thinks in an unconventional way. Although she seems weird, she actually has good insights about life and love.

Gye Choon Bin: I'm more scared of the light than of darkness. When you get used to light, you keep looking for brighter things. But you don't need to do that in the dark. If you get used to the dark, it’s okay even when darker darkness comes along.

Gye Choon Bin: It's hard to do two things at once. It's hard to shoot a water gun and wipe tears. Or chew gum while singing. To catch something and let it go. To like something and hate it.

Gye Choon Bin: You shouldn't do that if you're in love. If you love someone, all that you should do is love. Don't hate them or get greedy. If you love someone, you should only feel good emotions.

I think Jung Yoo Mi is a very talented actress. Choon Bin seems like a freak character on paper but she is portrayed to be endearing and realistic.

Anyway, the drama has actually made me think about how people can affect other people. I think it's interesting that some people are deeply affected by their encounters with other people that they will always remember that particular experience whereas the same encounter may not have that much significance for others in the same situation.

Choon Bin was deeply affected by a simple encounter with Wang Gi Nam when they were in fifth grade and her affection for him lasted for years. On the other hand, Gi Nam is completely oblivious of Choon Bin's existence and her feelings for him.

The drama also made me think about what it means to be in love. Is it not considered love if a person has an unrequited love for someone and has never been in a romantic relationship with the person that she loves?

위대한 계춘빈 The Great Gye Choon Bin