*crooning* Oooh, I'm in love. Ooooh, I fall in love.

Did I ever mention I fall in love easily? No? Good. 'Cause I don't. But... once you earn my respect, the burgeon of adoration is sure to follow. And Yoshimura-san has turned on the respect switch for me this week.

For, Junichuro Yoshimura (Lee Jae Gu) has always been this mysterious presence in this story. Perhaps, the only true mystery in the entire drama. And though I have my suspicions, we don't really know who he is, where he comes from or what he wants. The one thing we do know, is what he does, though even that begs the question of "why?"

I don't think we are supposed to figure this man out and honestly, I doubt we should spend any real time trying, however, I like that for the first time, he made a statement about himself that felt sincere.

Yoshimura-san usually speaks in generalities or as the older, wiser Sensei, asking more of his listener, through rhetoricals and petitions, than revealing anything about himself. But when Jun demanded the original "freedom fighter Jo" document their altercation, became the most honest and emotionally transparent moment he's had the entire series--- with this one simple statement:

"You are my son. If you want, I can give you everything, including my own life."

And to be honest, I believe him. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not sure if that was a factual statement, in that, I seriously doubt he was willing to die right then and there, nor am I sure he'd sacrifice himself for or on Jun's behalf, but I truly believe if nothing else, he wanted to believe his own words.

That means something--- at least it meant something to me.

He said it so easily, with so much conviction, like it was a fact, like no one should be surprised he considered himself such, that it startled and pained me. For, I'd never really considered him a father and because I know, that he knows, Jun isn't willing to accept it's possible, he feels the same. But when I began to see Yoshimura as a father, my ideas of him aligned in a much different way, for with this insight into his interpretation and perception, their relationship mirrored the father-son dynamic in City Hunter.

In that drama, a man raises the son of his dead comrade and they seek revenge on the men that killed the boy's father. There's thwarted plans, hurt and tangled feelings, needless distracts, miscommunication, misunderstandings and ultimately a death sacrifice. [Now, of course, there's more to the story but you get the gist.] But that father, Lee Jin-pyo, I absolutely adored. He had all the D's of vengeance and the bonus of ruthless decisiveness, yet maintained an air of straight-forwardness about his intentions and motivations. I loved everything about what that man stood for; I respected him.

And I see Yoshimura-san becoming my Lee Jin Pyo of 2013 [well pretty close anyway], for like Yoshimura-san, Jin Pyo had vengeance coursing in his veins, not just for the ones who died but for himself. He did what he had to do, to the extent of enlisting(coercing) and assisting(using) his son to obtain it. Jun finds that out this week but in that moment, Yoshimura-san is less concerned about his son's "feelings" and more about his safety and his mission.

Therefore, it's no surprise when he (like Jin Pyo) gets a whiff his son is veering toward the pitfalls of domineering emotions, he steps in to keep him on track. However, this is where the similarities end, for Jin Pyo's son never had his head or his heart in the game and though Yoshimura-san has been dreaming this revenge for decades, it's Jun who rolled the dice.

No doubt, Yoshimura-san is by far his own beast, for he purposefully feigns a much more passive reign in Jun's scheme. And it's this passivity, that initially made me question the man and deem him unsavory. Though that hasn't entirely changed, I am beginning to believe that Yoshimura-san's endgame, isn't mere retribution for himself or those he lost, but about something more. He tells Jun and Turncoat Jang, that the goal is and always has been to demolish Grandpa Jo completely. And though this isn't new, it takes on a new light with his "father" declaration. Now, everything Yoshimura-san does, has to be viewed through those lenses and I appreciate that additional layer to his character, his motivation and ultimately his objective.

For perhaps, not everyone is affected by beacons and hells or cold-blooded animals. And maybe, just maybe, Yoshiumura is more interested in helping Jun acquire the golden ticket to paradise.

More SHARK Drama Club:

Episodes 15-16 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 13-14 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 11-12 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 9-10 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 7-8 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 1-6 [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]

Check out the SHARK Drama Club’s individual blogs!

Unnichan: withsubsplease.wordpress.com
Drama Debussie: dramadebussie.com
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