With the start of MBC’s new drama Air City, my somewhat dormant crush on Lee Jung-jae woke up in full force and slapped me in the face. Sure, I’d seen (and enjoyed) some of his movies, like 2001’s Il Mare with Jeon Ji-hyun, but I’m a drama series freak at heart, and it’s been nine whole years since his last one.
It made me nostalgic for Lee Jung-jae’s first series — one of the first dramas I’d seen growing up and one of the first of the “trendy dramas” — KBS2’s 1994 Feelings (느낌 / Neukkim). I’ve always had fond memories of Feelings, but since it’s so old, I had a hard time locating it. But thanks to purpletiger and the WithS2 fansubbing crew, we were able to track down all the episodes.
Look at that. Thirteen years and barely any change. Now that’s good genetics.
Our team has decided to take on Feelings/Neukkim as a special side project, and will be releasing subtitles so you can all enjoy old-school drama goodness! (I suspect the team’s rampant Lee Jung-jae love has a little something to do with it too. Oh, right. The story’s not so bad either.)
Yes, it’s a little cheesy watching the show now through the contemporary lens, but it’s a little like watching old episodes of Beverly Hills 90210 — awesome just for that reason. Rewatching this series for the first time in thirteen years (ouch, feeling old), there’s the initial jarring effect of looking at the awesomely bad ’90s fashion (the hair’s not SO bad, overall), but I was happy to see that the dated-ness of the drama doesn’t get in the way too much after you’ve seen a couple episodes. Plus, the story holds up better than I thought it would (I was afraid I was remembering it as something much different than it actually was).
SONG OF THE DAY
Neukkim OST – “Feelings” (느낌) by Hong Jae Sun [ Download ]
TO DOWNLOAD EPISODES AND SUBTITLES
Since this is an old series, only medium-quality files are available. The upside of that is that file sizes are small enough to upload to direct-download sites. The links to the files are posted in the appropriate soompi thread, as well as on d-addicts, which is also where the subtitles are being released.
Director: Yoon Seok-ho
Scriptwriters: Kim Young-chan, Oh Su-yeon
Broadcast station: KBS2
No. of episodes: 16
The story’s pretty simple: Three brothers Bin, Hyun, and Joon (Sohn Ji-chang, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jung-jae) in college experience troubles in their relationships with one another with the arrival of a family friend, the very pretty and sweet Yuri (Woo Hee-jin). Yuri arrives from France to live with them for the summer while attending classes at their university, causing each brother to be drawn to her in a different way. Complications ensue.
Sounds rather dramatic, but Neukkim was the funniest drama I’d seen at the time, and it’s just as much about family and the brotherly relationship as it is about romance.
Prior to the advent of trendy dramas in the early ’90s, most popular dramas were long-running family dramas and historical series, which didn’t particularly appeal to the youth set. Early trendy dramas like Jealousy (질투 / jiltu) and Neukkim were different in that they featured mainly young casts with youthful storylines, and they caught on.
Sohn Ji-chang: Despite my overemphasis on Lee Jung-jae (yes, I am aware of it), the big name at the time was Sohn Ji-chang, who was coming off much success from another early trendy drama, The Last Match (마지막 승부 / majimak seungbu), the basketball romance drama also starring a very early-career Jang Dong-gun and Shim Eun-ha. He also had a side career as a singer, back when many singers didn’t have to spend all their time learning dance choreography and going out on variety and live-music shows to promote their songs.
Kim Min-jong: He was the early version of the now-ubiquitous idol-turned actor, and had put out an album or two at the time Neukkim came on. He formed a duo with Sohn Ji-chang called The Blue, but ultimately went on to a more successful solo career.
Lee Jung-jae: Many sites list the hugely popular 1995 drama Sandglass (모래시계 / moraeshigye) as his TV debut, but it was actually Neukkim a year before, although the oversight is understandable given the high caliber of Sandglass and the notice he attracted playing the brooding, loyal bodyguard to Go Hyun-jung.
Ryu Shi-won: Another face that debuted here and has hardly changed over the years.
Woo Hee-jin: I believe she’s still around, as she was very young when she played Yuri. (Seriously, these Korean stars age incredibly well.)
Lee Bon: Something of an It Girl back in the day, I don’t think she’s around much anymore.
Tags: Feelings, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jung-jae, old-school, Sohn Ji-chang