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 (시월애 / siwole) 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 kdramas 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 the wonderful purpletiger and the entire With S2 fansubbing crew, we were able to track down all the episodes.
Left: Feelings (1994). Right: Air City (2007).
Look at that. Thirteen years and barely any change. Now that’s good genetics.
Our lovely 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 our 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.)
SONG OF THE DAY
Neukkim OST – “Feelings” (느낌) by Hong Jae Sun (홍재선) [ Download ]
Yeah, it’s a little cheesy watching 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 now 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).
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 윤석호
Scriptwriters Kim Young Chan 김영찬, Oh Su Yeon 오수연
Broadcast station: KBS2
No. of episodes: 16
The story’s pretty simple: Three brothers Bin, Hyun and Joon (Son 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.
Son Ji Chang 손지창: Despite my overemphasis on Lee Jung Jae (yes, I am aware of it), the big name at the time was Son Ji Chang, just 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 brief 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 김민종: I’m not too concrete about the details of his early career, but he started out both acting and singing, and had put out an album or two at the time Neukkim came on. He formed a duo with Son Ji Chang called The Blue, but ultimately went on to a more successful solo career. I haven’t followed his career, but I was happy to see he had a starring role in last year’s cable drama/comedy, the risque sex-themed series Hyena, which I am determined to watch one of these days.
Lee Jung Jae 이정재: 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 Si Won 류시원: Another face that debuted here and has hardly changed over the years.
Woo Hee Jin 우희진: I believe she’s still around, as she was very young when she played Yuri. (Seriously, these Korean stars age incredibly well.)
Lee Bon 이본: Something of an It girl back in the day, I don’t think she’s around anymore, though I wouldn’t know for certain.
.Tags: Feelings, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jung-jae, old-school, Sohn Ji-chang