Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 17 (Final)
by | May 1, 2008 | 93 Comments

Before I launch into my many-word description of the finale, I have a one-word description: catharsis.

There’s something really cathartic about the way this story resolves, and I’m so pleased to report that I found the finale to be all things a finale should be — and above all, satisfying.


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Seung Hyo has been making preparations to return to New York, but decides to submit his resignation instead. Mr. Yoon doesn’t understand, but Seung Hyo merely explains that he can’t go because of personal circumstances.

But Il Gun has seen how hard Seung Hyo has worked and can’t let him throw it down the drain because of him… so he asks the Reaper to cut his time short. He’ll give up the remainder of his time with Young In:

Il Gun: “I can’t make him into a jobless loafer, then meet my kid and happily chat with her. He’s someone who’s given up his future for me and Young In.”

The Reaper accepts his request, but gives him some advice:

“Stop thinking that Cha Seung Hyo lost everything because of you. From the start, both of you were given another chance. He was going to die initially — he would have passed after spending forty-nine days in a coma. But somehow, it seems like you and your daughter have breathed new life into his body. Life has grown stronger in him with every day. Cha Seung Hyo’s fate is out of my hands now. After you leave, nobody knows what will happen to him.”

Ho Joong’s father demands to know if Ho Joong really was responsible for Il Gun’s death. His father tells him to run away before he’s brought to justice by his own brother’s hand. (This scene felt weirdly over-dramatic, but it was the only weakness in an otherwise good finale, and it was short, so that’s all I say on that.)

Also feeling continued guilt is Jae Ha, who tries to make a feeble attempt to repair the damage. I still have no sympathy for Jae Ha, but I think Jin Yi Han does a credible job of portraying Jae Ha’s uncertainty.

Jae Ha tells Young In that she’ll get some of the money from her father’s paintings, that he’ll make sure that she has enough so she won’t have to struggle to work and put herself through school. Almost scared to hope for a good reaction, he says he’d like to go back to the start and set things right, one by one. “But I suppose that won’t work … will it?”

He’s right about that; Young In tells him she’d rather not him anymore, “and even if we met by chance on the street, please don’t acknowledge me.” Jae Ha accepts this painfully, and leaves.

Seung Hyo asks Il Gun what it’s like to be a parent, and Il Gun answers that parents are fools, only able to think of their own children, willing to do anything for them: “But if you’re curious, why don’t you become one yourself?” Il Gun gives him some practical advice:

Il Gun: “Parents create their children, but children are the ones who make people into parents.”

Then, Il Gun startles Seung Hyo by telling him he’s decided to let go of Ho Joong’s wrongs. It’s for Young In’s good — he doesn’t want to prolong things and further pain her: “So you let it go too.” Il Gun doesn’t want Seung Hyo to have to drag his brother off and cause more pain to his own father, either: “I’m fine. If my Young In is okay, and you’re okay… then I’m truly fine.”

Seung Hyo visits his father and asks him to turn himself in (rewatching this, it could also mean to have Ho Joong turn himself in; he asks for the father to bring about surrender). Seung Hyo will provide for a lawyer — this is the most he can do. He also tells his father of his intent to return to the States.

Seung Hyo: “I’ll probably think of you from time to time, since I know what you look like now. I was surprised that you were smaller than I’d expected. In my memories, you were so much larger than me. I don’t know when I’ll be able to see you again, but until then, I hope you can stay well. I’d like for you to live a long, long time.”

As Seung Hyo walks off, he says, “If you give me time, if you wait for me, I will try living as your son.”


Seung Hyo goes home and looks fondly on his turtles: “Soccer Ball, Miracle. I’ll send you to the ocean now.”

He smiles, feeling light-hearted… and then collapses.

His time has come; Reaper stands by and watches. Seung Hyo is taken to the hospital, where he’s reverted to his coma.

At the hospital, Il Gun comes and sits by his daughter as she cries, and starts singing a song that used to always make her stop crying as a baby.

It works today, too, but for a different reason — because sometime in the middle of his song, Young In has become aware of his presence. She can see him, and hear him.

She realizes, “You were always by my side. You were watching over me all this while.” Both weep happy tears at their reunion.

From a distance, the Reaper watches with satisfaction — this is what he’d intended for Il Gun to do when he granted him his 49 days.

Over the next few days, Seung Hyo remains in his coma. Young In stays by his bedside, watching him sleep and telling him of her day. Starting to worry in earnest, Il Gun pleads, then insists that Seung Hyo wake up, so that he can at least say goodbye before leaving.

Il Gun: “Let me look you in the eye, hear your rude voice, so I can tell you thanks and that I’ve come to like you, a whole lot. Let me talk to you before I leave. What about our Young In? What are you going to do about my daughter? What happens to her if I leave and you stay like this, huh, you punk? I’ll give her to you, I’ll give you my daughter. So please just open your eyes!”

Must be the last promise that does the trick, because Seung Hyo slowly opens his eyes. At first, Young In and Il Gun react in excitement, but Young In starts to grow worried at Seung Hyo’s blank gaze, fighting back tears as she asks disappointedly if he remembers who she is, if he recognizes her.

But Seung Hyo breaks into a small smile and tells her tiredly, “Soccer Ball, you sure talk a lot. It makes my head hurt.”

They visit the orphanage, where Il Gun continues to give Seung Hyo last-minute tips about taking care of Young In in the future (“Since she’s your soccer ball, it’s up to you how to treat her, but just take care to make sure it doesn’t deflate. Renew it with new air every day…”).

As this talk reminds Young In that her father’s departure is impending, she stays silent and listens on tearfully. Seung Hyo says a quiet “Yes” after every piece of advice:

Il Gun: “If you fight, make up right away. If you make her cry, wipe her tears right away. And love her lots, enough for both of us. Take care. Because if you’re well, then my daughter is well. Thank you, Seung Hyo.”

Seung Hyo, who’s answered “Yes” to each instruction, tells Il Gun, “Thank you, too. Father.”

Under Il Gun’s direction, Seung Hyo starts digging until he uncovers something Il Gun buried ten years ago — a time capsule. All that’s inside are two slips of paper, and Young In unrolls the first, written in her own ten-year-old hand.

It reads: “Young In’s dream for ten years from now: To be Miss Korea! And fall in love with a handsome prince like my dad, marry maybe when I’m 28?”

(Seung Hyo teases about the “handsome prince like my father” part, saying Il Gun’s more like a Frog Prince. Il Gun tells him to shut up.)

Il Gun’s paper reads: “Dad’s dream for ten years from now: A healthy, kind, grown-up 20-year-old daughter Sohn Young In!”

Seung Hyo smiles and tells Il Gun, “Your dream came true.”

Seung Hyo stays behind as father and daughter walk together. The next conversation may sound flowery, but it’s expressed with such simplicity that it’s easily the most moving scene thus far in the series.

Young In: “Thank you for coming back. Thank you for giving me life. Thank you for raising me well, for loving me to overflowing. Even if I were born again, I’d want to be your daughter.”
Il Gun: “Even if I were born again, I’ll live as your father. We’ll live together for a long, long time in that life, okay?”
Young In: “Okay.”
Il Gun: “The best thing I did in this world was bringing you into it, Young In. Thank you for being born to me. I love you, my daughter. Take care, kiddo.”

Il Gun tells Young In not to come any further, bids her farewell, and walks on alone.

Seung Hyo takes his place by her side, and both watch Il Gun make his way down the road.

A ways down, Il Gun turns and gives them a final wave goodbye before fading into white light.


We get a little more closure with Jae Ha, who visits the police station — for what, it’s not explicitly clear, but we can be assured that he’s doing what he can to make things right, even if that won’t win Young In’s favor back. So maybe he had some heart left.

Young In brings Young Ae the engagement ring she’d found in her father’s desk drawer, which moves her and makes her recall her last encounter with Il Gun. It appears that just as Il Gun became visible to Young In at the end, he also became visible to Young Ae.

I’m not sure of the rules of Il Gun’s spirit life other than that they’ve always been evolving, and perhaps he’d earned this right through realizing what he was actually sent back to accomplish.

In Young Ae’s memory, Il Gun had encouraged her to live her own life after he leaves — to meet a good man, marry, become a mother.

Il Gun: “Just remember me a little. You can think back, ‘There was once a man who loved me, who followed me around,’ and remember me like that. Forget the other things.”

Some time later — not too long after — Seung Hyo waits outside Young In’s place for her to come home. His voiceover is addressed to Il Gun as he reflects on being alone again after having shared his body for months:

Seung Hyo: “Thank you for breathing fresh air into my dried-up, dying life. Thank you for leading me to realize that the pain of my hardened, always angry heart was actually a love toward the world. I will love diligently — the world, myself, your daughter. I might be old, being eleven years older than her, but I’ll do my best to love her enough for both you and me. I won’t push it aside for later, I’ll love her today. Because, of the remaining days of my life, today is the youngest.”

When Young In finally arrives, we find out Seung Hyo’s currently unemployed (but sure to bounce back!), and although he pretends to be annoyed at waiting for so long, he looks at her with patience and contentment.

Seung Hyo: “Hey, Soccer Ball. I love you. And I’ll love you even more in the future.”



It’s been a while since I’ve been so satisfied with a finale. I’m so glad they gave us a sweet, satisfying, but simple ending. It reminded me of the ending of Samsoon, but without the bittersweet touch. (I loved the realistic hint in the ending of Samsoon, but I don’t always want to have to say, “But that’s realistic!” to justify an ending that was a little less than I hoped for.) Plus — and I don’t know if this applies to you, or just to me — it was an ending that I cared about. Sometimes we get our happy ending but I really couldn’t care less about the couple winding up together. Here, I’m really happy for the characters and hope they live a long, happy life together and have lots of kids and grandkids etc. And look how far Seung Hyo and Young In have come! Not only them, but look how far Il Gun came — and frankly, everyone else, too.

I’m glad they gave us hints of closure for the rest of the characters, but didn’t dwell overly long on their futures either (unlike, say, Coffee Prince, which overdid its epilogue just to fill air time). Naturally we want our loose ends tied, but there’s no need to go into too much detail about Jae Ha (who’ll probably live the rest of his life doing his best to earn his soul back) or Seung Hyo’s father (whose relationship with Ho Joong might improve now that Ho Joong knows his father’s willing to sacrifice himself for him), or Young Ae (who may or may not go on to live a nice, normal life with a new love).

Most of all, I’m glad the parting message wasn’t a trumpets-blaring, hyped-up grand drama moment that proclaimed that Attainment of Romantic Love was the end-all of the story. Instead, it takes it one step further and says that achieving romantic love is great, but don’t forget to live that love out every day, because “of all the days in the rest of my life, today is the youngest.”

Who Are You? was a drama I had little expectation for and which caught me totally unawares, but I’m so glad I tuned in. I appreciated the way it was poignant and meaningful but not sappy, not (usually) too dramatic, and always balanced with a healthy dose of humor. It’s not perfect, but this one will go on my keeper shelf.


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93 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. violetish

    Agreed, i loved all the little sweet moments in between. they just made me happy even if they weren’t Dramatic x23.

  2. Erv

    morning javabeanS! well , it’s early here.
    thanks for the recap! i didn’t expect the recap to be out this early.
    thanks again!!

  3. Erv

    so, what’s the next korean series that you gonna watch?

  4. AudHepFan

    missing word?

    He’s right about that; Young In tells him she’d rather not (see) him anymore, “and even if we met by chance on the street, please don’t acknowledge me.” Jae Ha accepts this painfully, and leaves.

  5. it's all good

    You made me cry just reading your summary. :( God, I’m going to miss this series and Seung Hyo and Young In and Il Gun and Young Ae…oh, wth…everyone.

    As for the kiss at the end…if I were Young In, I would have tossed the ice cream and dropped the basket, throw my arms around Seung Hyo and kissed him back -hard.

    Thanks. I’ve enjoyed your recaps. Hopefully, I’ll be back for more.

  6. Erv

    oh yeah javabeans!

    who’s Go Ah Ra? i read from wikipedia that she’s actually from SM entertainment. is she a singer or something?

  7. Herbski

    Thank you for doing this for the entire series. Your summaries and commentaries were what made me decide to watch it and volunteer to take over seeding the remainder of the x264 versions. :-)

  8. canyayasis

    This is more than I could have hoped for.
    Perfect, lovely and sweet and tender ending….

  9. Kaye_drama

    OMG! Thank you so much! this is the best ending ever, like what you said in your review simple and realistic. Great drama! I will really miss this and waiting for Wednesday & Thursday huh :(

  10. 10 it's all good

    I forgot. Shame! You didn’t do a screencap of the ONLY time YKS is half nekkid in this drama. *tsk *tsk
    Yeh, yeh, I do have a one track mind when it comes to YKS and half nekkid.

  11. 11 jennyo88

    Loved it. Obviously a fave

  12. 12 K4Ice4Thu

    This is the perfect ending to a wonderful series!!
    Simple, sweet, romantic and most of all, meaningful..

    If/when this comes out on dvd…I think I’ll buy it!
    Also…if you ever manage to dig up the script for this, would you please post it in your kdrama script section? Many thanks in advance!!


  13. 13 annabanana

    What a wonderful amazing drama! I just loved every moment of it and echo what everyone is saying about truly missing all the characters! This definitely goes on my favourites list as it made me laugh, cry and fall in love with SH, YI and IG.

    Just as I wished and hoped for the ending was so appropriate and touching. I’m so glad that SH and YI have that happily ever after and hope that they grow old together with lots of children and grandchildren too!

    Thank-you Yoon Kye Sang, Go Ara and all the people who put this together for our enjoyment! I hope that KSY and GA team up again…maybe a sequel? It was just too bad that the ratings were so low but I hope that the overseas market will make up for it and appreciate it as we have. For those of you wanting a wonderful drama please watch this one, you won’t regret it.

    Lastly, I want to sincerely thank-you javabeans for your great recaps and words of drama wisdom. Thank-you for your tirelesss efforts, words can’t express my gratitude and appreciation as you continue to fuel my k-drama addiction. I’m so glad I found your site. Kampsamida!!

    What is the next drama you plan to watch? Please let me know so that I may follow your recaps.

  14. 14 docmitasha

    I agree with everything you said in your final thoughts…couldn’t have said it better. Except one part: I did feel a litte loss though, to not see them tie up the other characters’ stories, but mainly because the director had a knack of putting in little scenes for those characters all by their own which were very well done (like Ji Sook’s driving classes). So I wanted to see what happened to them, but I guess I shouldn’t complain since they weren’t the primary focus. Apart from that, the ending was wonderful, and everything you said was exactly how I felt.

    It was painful to watch YI let go of her father again, but I loved their final dialogues and the chances they had to share their final feelings. I think the last few episodes excelled in proving how important it was to communicate and share your love with the people you care about, as much as possible. SH has learned that, he was able to tell his father that he did indeed think of him, and he was able to be grateful to his father in law and he was able to share his love with YI. And he’s realized how important his life is. He’s worked so hard, but never enjoyed it, but now that he was given the opportunity, he learned to take it, to sit down and be helped up by the people who cared for him.

    I admire the process of the characters and just the uniqueness of the story, and the actors did such a fantastic job. Initially I wasn’t that interested in tuning in because I felt the story was strange, but I was so glad I did. It wasn’t strange at all. Sure, it was weird ;), but it was lovely too, and filled with lessons and the beauty of relationships with your parents and with the people you love.

    And it had Yoon Kye Sang. Enough has been said about him :)

    Thank you Javabeans, and congratulations on the wrap up of another series. You’ve done such an amazing job with this one! We all really appreciate it :)

  15. 15 jooo

    Thanks for covering this entire series~ I am in constant anticipation of your WRY reviews every thursday and friday mornings 😀 its a tad sad that it has come to an end.

    I definitely agree that this series is a keeper! Seems like this drama series went a full circle. I’m satisfied with the ending. This series has grown so much from when the first episode aired. :)

  16. 16 nixxochick

    when this drama first started i wasnt sure if i wanted to continue watching it
    but it slowly got my attention and won me over completely….

    i really enjoyed its humor and simplicity…and i really loved watching the characters evolve.

    for some weird reason it reminded me of Flowers For My Life…..

    so thank you for your recap’s! :)

  17. 17 giddygirl108

    Thank you so much for the synopsis and analysis of this series! I’m definitely going to have to actually watch it now and better yet, now I know what catharsis means ^^

  18. 18 Nanae123

    I totally agree. It takes me a while to start watching this drama because i don’t think i will like it. But when i started watching it, i fall in love with this drama.
    i love all the characters in this drama and the humors, of course. I love the actor… most because he is very cute when he turns the dad figure… smile like a baby which completely changes his look.. he is not attractive, good looking and all, but he can be very cute in some of the acting he does. it make me wonder what his real personality will be like…serious, funny or light hearted..

  19. 19 mimi

    Thank you. Thank you!! There really are no words to express the gratitude we all feel for your summaries and insights. This has been a fantastic and surprising series and a wonderful journey.
    I think this is going to be the first time I will actually miss the characters of a series.
    No more soccer ball and miracle man moments… sniff… sniff… Oh well, I’ll just have to review all the episodes…

    And hey, you gave it a 9/8! :) I was so curious to see what your final rating would be!

    Stay well and I look forward to your next projects!

  20. 20 nomad

    I hate finales especially when you’ve grown to love the characters. there’s nothing to look forward to anymore :( but i am happy how the drama ended and because of Who Are You? I discovered another good actor, YKS!

    Thanks javabeans as usual for doing the summaries on this great drama. So what’s next?

  21. 21 bree

    aww…great-simple ending, I was touched by SH’s last words to YI and IG’s great advice to SH, how sweet and the kissue.hehe. I’ll miss this. Another one to put on my favorite dramas. Thanks Javabeans for doing a fun summary of Who Are You? :)

  22. 22 hagrid

    javabeans!!! Thanks once again… and for everything that you’ve said about the magic of this drama… i say hear here… This recap moved me to tears… Im truly gonna miss this series… and i’d surely suffer a long and sad withdrawal!!!


  23. 23 eevee

    “I won’t push it aside for later, I’ll love her today. Because, of the remaining days of my life, today is the youngest”

    my favorite!!

    i do agree that i didnt really expect much but thanks to u, i didnt miss this wonderful drama. so adorable and NOT sappy! but i did cry reading ur summary. it’s just too sweet when she saw her dad at the hospital!

    and the last kiss, WHOHOO H-O-T!

    and im also curious what drama r u waiting for now?

  24. 24 Iranian Espresso

    Thank you dear Javabeans.
    I love you and your hard efforts.
    Thank you again.
    I’ll look for another beautiful and lovely summaries.

  25. 25 I Heart You

    can’t believe this is the end…..
    so many good dramas have ended, what am i suppose to fill my saturdays with?

    any good drama suggestions, javabeans?

  26. 26 JJ

    Do you think the ice cream and the pink basket symbolize something in the very last scene? Im kinda curious since the camera zooms into both of those.

    Thank you for your synopsis. I have been an avid reader of them for quite somethime now. The whole reason I watched this drama was due to them. I really enjoyed this drama, I always felt this special warmth and serenity while watching it. This is defintely one of those drama, Im gonna keep close to my heart.

    Once again, Thank you very much. Your hardwork is definetly appreciated! =}

  27. 27 Philippa

    This was an amazing drama! From the beginning to the end. It wasn’t draggy at all! This is the first drama I’ve watched that’s not draggy. And the additional episode didn’t drag the drama at all, because usually when they extend dramas, the writers can’t think of anything good to write anymore so they end up writing more conflicts and all those other things.
    Yi San is really good if you like historical dramas. It’s amazing! I might have skipped some of the episodes in the beginning but they were so cute and the older version of Yi San is hot! lol.
    Thanks a lot for taking your time writing summaries for non-Koreans!

  28. 28 Jane Elliot

    Wow, I really really liked this series for so many reasons which you all have already articulated quite nicely. Go Ara: I actually thought she was pretty good. A very nice on-screen crier imo; she conveyed strong emotions very well. Yoon Kye Sang: what can I say about him that hasn’t already been covered extensively? I guess what it boils down to is this: his acting and his character(s) in this show made me really really happy. Thoroughly enjoyable to watch.

  29. 29 Jungwon

    Thanks for all episodes recap u had posted here, javabean.
    Also, Thanks for recommending such a gd korean drama.

    I luv tis drama v much,
    I like the ending, esp. the last part :)
    Also, I like SH, and YI.

    If there’s chance, I really like to kiss a gal eating ice cream,
    perhaps theres might b some choco or vanilia flavour. on her lips, 😛

  30. 30 Dele

    Does anyone else feel the same way you felt when Flower’s For My Life ended, I just feel really peaceful about this ending.

    I look forward to the next drama you blog, although right now there seems to be an influx of not so good dramas out there.

  31. 31 Paloma3001

    I just want to say, thank you, Javabeans, as always, I´ve enjoyed your summaries so much. When I watched two first episodes, I believed this would be just a comedy, but i was really great surprised, when it was turned into a little strange but lovely and touching story.

    Thanks again, take care of you.

  32. 32 Jo

    Though this drama wasnt a sad one…it makes my heart ache.

    i love this drama. It feels so real. Like life. And i think that the “villian” here (Jae ha) was just incredibly awesome. Why? Because he was truly human.
    Also, I love how the whole objective was to get the paintings, but in the end she never got them back. Its so different. Instead, she got something else.
    Also, I like how this drama makes you want to see more of Yoon Kye Sang and Go Ara instead of other character pairings. (love triangles and all that)
    I just love this drama

    But my heart is aching though

    I think the ending was perfect. It doesnt just end abrubtly or feel like an end either. Just like, “and life goes on…”

    AHH my heart hurts so much. I will never see them again!!!

  33. 33 Movall

    Thank you Javabeans for introducing us a wonderful drama.
    One of the best ending ever, simple, romantic and meaningful.
    “I’ll love her today. Because, of the remaining days of my life, today is the youngest” How sweet.

    Do you know how much I like the meaningful answer from the Reaper ““Stop thinking that Cha Seung Hyo lost everything because of you. From the start, both of you were given another chance. He was going to die initially — he would have passed after spending forty-nine days in a coma. But somehow, it seems like you and your daughter have breathed new life into his body. Life has grown stronger in him with every day. Cha Seung Hyo’s fate is out of my hands now.”

    I really like the aspect of dead soul SH was rescued and grown stronger because of love.

    This drama is just amazing, everything, plot, dialogue and of course, acting. Enough said to YKS acting, and KNG, but I really appreciate GoAhRa, she’s young and though she’s done an excellent job in emotional Young In.

    I always put my faith in your recaps, follow you every drama, Javabeans :) Thank you.

  34. 34 ames4eva

    thanks so much, it was a beautiful series and i loved your summaries… i had to look up catharsis though 😛 but i agree it does finish so well~

  35. 35 yumei

    thank you so much javabeans!!!I really love this drama!!!
    The ending is so prefect and beautifully done!!!!!

  36. 36 debbie

    hey! ur synopses bring the drama to life!! without even watching the drama, i can imagine almost everything just by ur synopses! its been great reading ur stuff, thanks for follow this series all the way! will be waiting for more entries from you! arigatoo XD

  37. 37 polarmi

    thank you from the bottom of my heart…

  38. 38 yaap

    I greatly appreciate all your effort. Thank you for the recap. As always it is well written. You’re the best!

  39. 39 tooizzy

    I loved that ending and “today is the youngest” I’m going to start to use it heheheh. :-)

  40. 40 Kiongna

    Thanks javabeans :) Loved the ending – yeahhhhh satisfying closure..chutha Until we meet again..! AJA

  41. 41 LynnLT

    OMG… it’s the end!! I’m really going to miss it!! Especially Yoon Kye Sang!! ^_^ I wished it could be longer!!… Thnkx for the recap!!

  42. 42 Sherrie

    Great review Javabeans. Now I can’t wait to watch the whole Kdrama with Eng Sub of course. I love happy ending and this is surely a “girlie” movie. As previously asked by others, what will you be watching next?

  43. 43 Fifi

    I’m going to miss this drama….and Yoon Kye Sang…hope he comes out in something REALLY soon! :)

  44. 44 katwoman

    What a beautiful way to end a beautiful drama. I’m going to be so lost without Who Are You? and Yoon Kye Sang.

    I’m thrilled to death at your rating for this drama. Hopefully this will encourage late comers to watch it.

    Thanks for your recap. As usual, you’ve done a wonderful job.

  45. 45 wandergirl

    I was worried Seung Hyo was going to NY and the drama would take the “after two years…” route. The ending is satisfying for me. *sigh*

  46. 46 ...

    yay! a good ending. it really was nice to read a good ending. thank you soooo much again for doing the summary! keep up the amazing work that you do!

  47. 47 feifei

    Thank you very much for another lovely recap. Can’t wait for the english subtitles.

  48. 48 def201

    Hey Javabeans,

    Thank you for bringing this wonderful drama to my attention, and for providing us with such wonderful episode recaps. Am looking forward to seeing which Kdrama you recap next (perhaps the Korean version of Hana Yori dango? 😉 ) .

    Anyhow, I love your blog in general.

  49. 49 annabanana

    Javabeans, I came across Yoon Kye Sang’s official website (which you probably already know) but unfortunately it’s all in Korean.


    The point is that I’m asking for a huge favour since you know Korean, to please leave a message there for him to say thank-you for his wonderful and amazing acting in Who Are you?. As you already stated he carried the show and the main reason we fell in love with the drama and especially his character SH. This is all due to his strong convincing performance.

    Please also tell him how much we appreciate his efforts and will support his future projects. ‘Aja/Fighting!’

    I think that I also saw that he was having a second fan meeting on May 5 but of course I couldn’t read anything else. I wish I could go see him but am in North America so those going please give him a huge hug for me. I really like how he has ‘grown up’ in every way – physically and emotionally in his acting. Very impressive and congratulations KSY!!!! The last thing is that he has a great fan appreciating him halfway around the world Canada!

    Thank-you so very much!

  50. 50 cartman

    wow..I can’t believe that it’s over..I’ll miss this drama..The ending was definitely satisfying..thanks for all the recaps dramabeans! :)

  51. 51 greenT

    Thks for your recaps. Love all your music selections and your additional comments at the end of each ep. This is the first series that I see YKS, eventhough he’s not as good looking as other leads in other drama, but I found his acting skills to be very good. That’s how I was drawn in to this drama, it’s a joy to watch how he changes from the oh so rigid and uptight SH in to the father. I’m glad it’s an ending that I can actually enjoy reading vs. an ending that make you have to guess and draw your own conclusion. Again, thanks for everything.

  52. 52 Cass

    oh boy…i love this drama so so much and its so hard to say good bye to it….
    Nevertheless, it was a sweet ending eventhough it was heart breaking to see Young In dad leaves…..but Young In got Seung Hyo by her side…..
    I surely will miss Seung Hyo!
    Good Job dramabeans!….
    Thank for the detail and elaborate synopsis of this drama to those who cant read and understand korean!

    Good Job!

  53. 53 Anonymous

    thanks so much for summarizing this series. although i haven’t been replying, i am so thankful for your summaries! i’ve been reading them a little late these past weeks, but previously i’d come here every wednesday and thursday to read your summaries as soon as i opened my laptop. :] it’s not obsession! just curiosity ;] i thoroughly enjoyed this drama as well! although i had given up on watching some of the other dramas that you have summarized (like Hong Gil Dong although it seemed like it was a pretty good drama – i read the summary and the drama didn’t seem as interesting.) but thus time i am still very interested to watch the love story of these continue. exciting!

  54. 54 lovin it


  55. 55 yoomin

    it was wonderful watching this drama with you (or, with your summaries). i agree; i didn’t expect much from go ara and i had never seen yoon kye sang act but they both did well (i am an official yoon kye sang fan now). the ending wasn’t bad either… although some more young in–seung hyo moments could’ve been nice. thank you thank you!

  56. 56 tennesee

    Thanks for the the recaps.. I haven’t been this glued over another series like this as far as I can recall with my addiction with coffee prince before, but i totally agree with you, the ending was totally put together in a sense that you could not ask for more. It is not like most of the kdramas that would make you ask “Is that it?”

    Thank you so much. I really love the characters: Seung Hyo and Young In and Il Gun and Young Ae, I will really miss watching this series.

    Seung Hyo is not that jawdropping handsome at first glance but as the series goes, he is getting more handsome in my eyes. I love him! I so adore him.

    A million applause to everyone who is part of this series and more applause to javabeans for doing the synopsis…

    till next time….

  57. 57 choram

    I held out and waited for the subs so I wouldn’t be spoiled…

    but I ended up HALF WATCHING HALF READING your summary anyhow lol.

    Oh god, I don’t know what to do with myself now….I’m feeling all tingly :)

  58. 58 it's all good

    Dang! That was a truly satisfying ending. Who needs the paintings and the money? I’ll take closure and Cha Seung Hyo any day.

    Some folks wants all the loose ends tied up, but I didn’t think that it was necessary. The important thing was the relationships.

    Thank you so much for recapping this wonderful drama and bringing it to others attention. I was going to watch it anyways because of YKS, but your recap made it special. And the WAY thread in soompi had some of the most wonderful threaders. This has been a great experience over all.

  59. 59 angelsdream

    thanks javabean for the summaries.really love it.by the way,would like to ask,what’s the song name that started playing when YI was in the hospital holding SH hand??thanks alot.

  60. 60 Net-chan

    Thank you javabeans for all your recaps of Who Are You! Very well-written, and you always translate the important parts! ^^ I’ve read most of them (yeah not ALL of them because I was sometimes very tempted to read your recaps BEFORE the release of the subtitles! Then, when they came out, I forgot your recaps T.T… Sorry!)! I LOVED this drama, it was very fun and refreshing (I don’t know if I can use this word like this in english…)! Seeing new faces was great! Hope Yong Kye Sang and Go Ah Ra will have new dramas projects in the future! They’re good actors, though Go Ah Ra is very young, she’s still good, especially in the emotional parts (she cried so much during this drama…) ^^! And very pretty (her eyes are beautiful…)! This was a GREAT drama and I will miss it!!! Unfortunately, I don’t think there will be a sequel, because of the poor ratings…
    Anyway, thank you javabeans!

  61. 61 mili

    I’m bawing my eyes out!

    this is a wonderful series.

    thank you for the recaps!

  62. 62 sachi4jay

    awesome stuff ~ cried when i read some of the stuff. thanks for the blogging of the drams

  63. 63 nycgrl

    Thanks so much Javabean! I wouldn’t have even know about this one until I read your blog. Your comments made me super curious. I especially loved reading your recaps. This kdrama though not perfect was very touching and special. I especially loved YKS acting and the pacing of the series. It was definitely the sleeper of this year for me.

  64. 64 Kristen

    Thank you so much for these recaps! Every time I finished an episode, I’d come here and read what you wrote about it. It made the whole experience more prolonged and enjoyable, surprisingly.

    Ahh, this was a really good drama. I’m so glad I watched it!

  65. 65 Nonbirira

    Thanks so much for encouraging us to watch this! After the first episode I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue – just seem a bit over the top for me. But, at your insistence I persevered only to discover an absolutely wonderful drama with a refreshingly eccentric male lead who slowly leaves behind anger and loneliness and awkwardly (and with great resistance) allows himself to love and to be loved. Especially enjoyed the slow unfolding of this very quirky courtship – the touching scenes full of longing and yearning often made me weep.., Goodness, that face! Those eyes! Those tears! (Boy, could that guy emote without seeming to do anything! Ah…I’m such a softy!) Thanks again. I judge dramas by their harddrive-space-worthiness and this one is a keeper! Absolutely loved it and am so sad it’s over…

  66. 66 Jane

    If it wasn’t for your recaps, I would have never watched this drama. Actually, I probably would have never even heard about it. Who Are You just became one of my favs and so has cutie Yoon Kye Sang :) I love the goofy guys.

  67. 67 whit3butt3rfly

    this was a really great drama… didnt have me obsessing, but nonetheless it was a heart felt touching drama… i loved it

  68. 68 anne

    omg i have to agree with you for everything!
    this has been one of the best kdramas, well any kind of drama i’ve seen, maybe ever!
    no other has touched me so well
    i love everyone in it
    i cried. i laughed. both a lot
    this is one i will REALLY miss
    every moment was sooooooooo sweeet!
    those two will DEFINITLY live a beautiful, loving, warm, wonderful life together
    thanks for everything JB!

  69. 69 Emma & Zee

    1st of all i would like to say
    this is the 1st Kdrama i have ever watched.
    and the only reason i actually found out of this series was because i was hooked into 2008 games of the olympics.
    so me and my friend would stay up late and switch the channels during commercials.
    we stumbled upon this show and right after the 1st episode finished we were hoooked!
    and every day till today we have been staying up froml 3am till 5 am so we can watch every episode
    next Thursday will be our last time we stay up late(since its the last episode)
    and im a bit sad that this series is coming to a end but 17 episodes is good, because sometimes if you have something running for a long time it becomes boring,dull or just bad. but not this i liked all the episodes(espacially cause they all had english subs =])

    well in conclusion all i can say is this will be one of those series i will not forget,
    well i rarely watch soaps of any kind but i really enjoyed this one!
    and i think some of what i worte might not make some snense and if i made a few mistakes its because its 5:11 am

    also thanks for the recap ill enjoy it abit more now thta i have an idea of whats gonna happen =]

  70. 70 amy

    I saw YKS’s acting performance in this drama mentioned in your recent posts so I finally decided to watch it last week and man I couldn’t do other things without finishing this drama. I wasn’t attracted to this drama initially because I didn’t really like the synopsis but after reading some of your recaps I realized it doesn’t turn out to be what I had imagined it would unfold into (if anyone knows what I mean).

    This turned out to be a great drama and I became fan of Go Ara, not to mention YKS. Actually I’ve totally fallen in love with YKS at this point. I have always thought he could act pretty well for a singer-turned actor after watching Flying Boys (Ballet studio?) many years ago and I have always liked his looks too but that was it. But now.. I have a feeling that YKS will be one of the three actors I am going to be mad crazy about.

    I want to thank you for recommending good dramas by writing your recaps. I first stumbled upon your site when I was watching Coffee Prince and since then through your blog I was able to have a chance to watch great dramas such as Mixed up Inv Agency, Flowers for my life, QSS, and now this one which I otherwise might not have watched if it weren’t for you.

  71. 71 MEK

    i’ve seen this drama in mysoju and never, i mean never did i think this was going to be a good drama. I finally ran out of dramas to watch about a month ago and decided to watch this – this drama is one of my all time faves. the lead guy is adorable – the father was funny as hell. I couldnt not believe I’ve passed this drama so much not realizing that it’d be better than most of the dramas out there. Great recap btw. I’ve come to rely on your recaps.

  72. 72 Hkanchi

    Thank you very much for the lovely updates. I really enjoyed this show and will be going to my fav K-Drama list. This show made be laughed like my head come off, made be cried that I could not remember how many box of Tissue i finished and enjoyed so much that I forgot my social activities. Loved the story, loved the actors, loved everything.

    Thank you so much for recommending the show and hope to see more of this kind of K-drama.

    Thx Javabeans

  73. 73 all4movies

    I have reread your summaries and have been hemming and hawing about picking up this series. Now I have decided to watch it after going through a real dry spell of dramas that don’t appeal to me this fall.

    Also, I have been watching older dramas during this dry spell and have discovered Yoon Kye Sang’s great comedic talents in She is Nineteen. He is very talented and cute to boot.

  74. 74 Dream Chaser

    Thank you for the great summary and the captures. “Who Are You” indeed is one of the best drama recently, and I am disappointed that it did not get its recognitions as it should have been. Anyway, I fall in love with Yoon Kye Sang after this drama and went back and watched his older dramas and movie. He was a good actor even since his early debut! Even in his first movie “Flying Boys” surprisingly he acted so naturally and depicted a teenage boy’s struggle so well. And his gradual improvement from She’s Nineteen and…Oh… How I love “Crazy For You”…. I think I am now a true fan of YKS!

    Anyway, somehow I have trouble downloading the song Falling by G.O.D. Is there any alternate link you can provide?

    Thanks for all your thoughtful comments.

  75. 75 Sere

    You have got to be kidding me! You’ve recapped the whole drama?!? I had no idea!

    I started watching it without no high hopes even though I do trust your judgement (I always check your ratings before watching a drama!), but the synopsis left me blah. I cannot thank you enough: it’s one of my favorites now! The drama really does get better after it goes on and I would have never expected that, not from something that seemed to aim to be a cross between a melodrama and a slapstick comedy.

    Yoon Kye-sang is simply amazing! I was really blown away by his performance, esp in the second half of the drama when his character shows his inner turmoil. Whoa! Awesome. Also? He also did shine when he played Il Gun…he portrayed Kang Nam Gil’s mannerisms so well. Again, whoa! The first time I saw Yoon was in Flying boys. Granted, it was a nice movie and he was good in it, but I would have never expected to turn into this *kind* of actor. I’m speechless. Now I’m even more excited about Triple, if that’s even possible! LOL

    Anyway, you are SO right about the ending. It really was one that I cared about and was fully satisfied with.

    And now I have to go back and read all of your recaps because you see things, details, that I sometimes miss. Plus, you give me all the background info about Korean culture that I don’t know. This site of yours? Is so wonderful. You = awesome. Again, thanks for keeping it up and working for us all. *draws hearts all around your name*

  76. 76 popy

    I’ve just finished watching this drama on the local channel. At the first time, I thought it is a little bit boring during ep 1. But step by step, I was attracted because of the plot, performance of Kang Nam-gil, Ara; especially Yoon Kye-sang. I really like him since “She is 19″ but up to now, I seem to be mad on him, not only his appearance but also his wonderful acting. Moreover, this drama is very meaningful and it makes me love my family, my life much more.
    Thank javabeans very much for your recap; particularly, I like your short comments inserted into recaps and your additionally… And I also like to read all the “Who are you” fans’ comments from the Ep1 to the final. This is one of my most favorite K-drama.

  77. 77 GoAra Sucks#1


  78. 78 LenaJ

    OMG the Go Ara hate mail above just made me crack.

    Everybody’s entitled to their own opinions, of course. I am not on Go Ara fangirlcrush team but I have absolutely no problem with her. I think she is a decent actress and for example, her acting in this series got better gradually as it progresses. It doesn’t hurt that she’s gorgeous too. Though I agree, she can’t sing for her life, but at least she doesn’t try; she’s not like so many Kpoppers who can’t sing but makes a living out of exactly THAT.

    I’ve also watched Heading to the Ground, and I quite liked the series. Everybody’s acting was good enough in it, though I’ve heard that it was not watched by many people at all. Somehow I always find myself liking shows that others don’t LOL.

    About Who Are You; I picked the series up after reading JB’s reviews of it, and totally fell in love with it (and, unabashedly, YKS eheheh). Another thing is I’m Malaysian; Seung Hyo mentioned Mutiara Damansara. I remember jumping up from my seat and screaming ‘That’s where I live!!!!’ repeatedly, I was that proud LMAO.

    Thanks JB, for recommending this. It’s another great find. Keep it up!!

  79. 79 Fionen

    What is the song that the father keeps singing throughout the show and where can I download it?

    I, the one who loves you, am a happy person
    Even if you say you’ll leave
    I sit on the windowsill,
    I look out the window.
    And I’m such a happy person when I think about you.

  80. 80 Fionen

    Nevermind, I found it in your song index. The link to the song index was so small that I assumed it was just words and didn’t bother to pay attention to it until now.

    It also took me a bit to figure out how to use the mediafire dealio… I couldn’t figure out how to download it because of the fake links and stuff. Man, that was annoying, just to get one song.

  81. 81 CG

    I didn’t want this to end for a really, really long time because I liked it so much, but I’m glad this turned out great anyway. The subtleties (like Jae ha’s obscure–but in a good way– intentions in this episode) worked out well too, I wasn’t on the edge of my seat obsessing with what was gonna happen next to that character. Such a simple and lovely ending! Thank you Javabeans, for recapping this whole series.

  82. 82 shiningmoon

    Thanks JB, I loved watching it alongside with reading your recaps, this drama is a drama I really like, it was sweet and romantic. It is one of my fav now… thanks!

  83. 83 kay

    i flippin adore this drama. just finished watching it(for the second time) in one day. and it’s all thanks to you. i watch it side by side with your recaps because i love hearing your insightful thoughts. thanks again for recommending such a lovely drama.

  84. 84 Do guys watch kdrama?

    Hi all,

    Wow what a series. I’m inclined to say this was my favorite kdrama but maybe it’s because I just finished it.

    Go Ara I could stare into your eyes, forever, but I won’t.

  85. 85 birdscout

    Just finished a re-watch of this great drama, and I have to say it: YKS is awesome!!! “Who Are You” remains one of my favourites, two years later. javabeans, your fantabulous recaps make watching a wonderful drama all the more enjoyable. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. Your personal enjoyment of the drama shines through your recaps and makes them that much more satisfying!

    (LOL at the garbled English on the letter from Blue Star headquarters!)

    • 85.1 birdscout

      Oh, and I winced in pain when I remembered how wasted YKS was in “Triple”. Thank goodness, I didn’t even try to watch “Road No.1″.

  86. 86 Ace

    Started reading this because of Yoon Kye-sang who I love in currently airing Best Love.

    Watching this alongside Flowers for My Life after finishing both recaps.

    Thank you for all your wonderful recaps of old and new dramas!

  87. 87 mandelbrotr

    I too watched this because of Yoon Kye-Sang and because it had received a rating from JB. Thanks for the recap. It was lovely little drama. And bust a gut funny at some points.

  88. 88 desi hari wijaya

    i hope the indonesia language…iam little confuse

  89. 89 sarang

    This is one of those few dramas that gets progressively better and better over the course of its” run, one that doesn’t falter towards the end. I admit I found the painting/mystery plot a bore (at times), but there was more than enough to make up for it. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between the characters and the heart that was this drama.

  90. 90 emryslance

    Just finish watching it along side with “crazy for you”, “She is nineteen”, “Phungsan Dog”, “Flying boys” and “6 years in love” and now i am totally madly crazily and obssessively in love with Yoon Kye Sang.
    His acting skill is sooooo suuuuuuuuuuuupeeeeeeeeeerbbbbbbbbbbbb!!!! I hope many people will be able to recognize his talent and I’m begging the directors and producers to give him more projects especially rom com dramas. ( if possible with Shi Min Ah, Ha ji Won or Kim Tae Hee)

    Hats of to you OPPA! FIGHTING!!!

  91. 91 susan

    oh, i like this movie very much…:)

  92. 92 KJT_Lovers

    Where can i watch this drama?

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