Wait, don’t roll your eyes yet. I know it’s premature to go out on a limb so soon, given that we are still in June and I’m woefully behind on not just the May dramas but most of the ones that came before.
But this post is not about how many One True Pairings I’ve seen in 2011 but about the one that’s wormed its way into my heart. The OTP that I love the most this year.
Yes, Can You Hear My Heart is not only my drama of the year (for now), it gives me an OTP for the ages: Cha Dong-joo and Bong Woo-ri.
Theirs is a love so pure, so strong, I get teary just looking at the
hundreds of many screen captures that I’ve taken of them. I’m moved just by their stills, so imagine how I feel when they’re alive before my eyes on the screen, episode after unforgettable episode.
To be frank, I rarely become enamored of the couples in my kdramas. Even for the ones that I feel warmly toward, I’ve always liked one-half of the couple more (usually the guy, oops). And once the drama is over, I move on; I don’t pine for the OTP. But CYHMH is different. Just the thought that there are only four episodes left (excluding this weekend’s) makes me feel blue. I am going to miss our sweet couple so much.
I’m going to miss the quizzical way he studies her face, as if he’s looking deep into her soul. Reading her eyes and lips intently, his own expression a mirror of her affection.
I’m going to miss how her whole face lights up when she sees him. I will miss their banter, and the cute catchphrases that they’ve made up between themselves. “The person who likes Cha Dong-joo.” “The person who likes Batman.”
I will miss how happy they are in each other’s company, no matter the tempest raging around them. Unlike many a kdrama romantic pairing with their attendant ebbs and flows and myriad misunderstandings, our CHYMH couple’s relationship is rock-solid. There’s never any doubt that they are loved by the other, and loved deeply.
I love that on a public stage where the media’s cameras are aimed at him as he’s about to make a most startling confession, her face is the one that he seeks for confirmation that he’s doing the right thing, foolish though it may seem to the mother who has raised him and done everything to protect him from such a moment.
I love that she’s smiling through her tears as she acknowledges his bravery. As she signs “you’re a fool,” her love and support for him shine so brightly in a room that moments ago was lit by nothing but confusion. I love that he remembers everything that she tells him, and it’s her words that he repeats to give him the strength that he needs. I love that they are always there for each other.
I love that Woo-ri initiates hugs and kisses. I love that Dong-joo gives great hugs and kisses, too. I love that they can be playful and also quiet with each other, comfortable in the other’s presence without the need for words and constant reassurance.
I love how gentle they are with each other. And how very gentle he is with her dad and grandma.
I love that the dad and grandma love him back, as best as they know how, with a compassion that transcends the knowledge that his family is responsible for wrecking their lives sixteen years ago.
There’s so much more that I can say about why I adore Dong-joo and Woo-ri, but I think the following videos will do a much better job.