Drama Recaps
Green Rose: Episode 1
by | December 18, 2010 | 107 Comments

Here’s #2 in our First Episodes series: 2005’s thriller-revenge-melodrama Green Rose, a 22-episode SBS series which starred Go Soo and Lee Da-hae.

I don’t talk about this drama much so you may not have seen this recap coming, but I wanted to mix things up a little and highlight a show that seems to fly under the radar a bit. Although at the time, Green Rose was hardly low-flying; it had solid ratings that surpassed 30% and was extended by 2 episodes (having originally been planned for 20).

So what is Green Rose about? At the core you’ve got a young man who becomes the fall guy for something much larger than himself, whose happy life is turned upside-down and devastated, who comes back even stronger to reclaim what he lost. Corporate malfeasance, arson, attempted murder, a frame job, gangsters, industrial espionage, wrong-side-of-the-tracks love, revenge… yep, it’s got ‘em all. The pace is zippy, the hero sympathetic, and after his downtrodden beginnings, his road to revenge is enough to you a warm feeling of satisfaction.

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EPISODE 1 RECAP

We start off in the middle of a chase. A man, LEE JUNG-HYUN (Go Soo) runs out of an airport on foot, evading a team of police officers in hot pursuit. While a traveler is loading luggage into his car, Jung-hyun jumps in the driver’s seat and speeds away.

With police cars close behind, Jung-hyun — haggard and desperate — grimly drives along an expressway until a police roadblock forces him off the road and through dirt.

The chase grows more reckless, Jung-hyun’s car gets increasingly battered, and finally he is forced to stop as he approaches a bridge. A SWAT team levels guns at him, and he skids to a halt.

Surrounded. Jung-hyun emerges from the car, casting frantic looks around him. With standoff imminent, the lead cop urges him to give up, talking to him almost sympathetically.

But no — Jung-hyun is too far gone for surrender. He inches closer to the wall, and before anybody can stop him, he quickly swings himself onto the railing of the bridge. The cop shouts at him to stop. Jung-hyun shouts at them to stay away, akin to a cornered wild animal.

As he gazes at the water below, he tears up, thinking desolately:

Jung-hyun: “I could have been happy, too. Mother… Su-ah… We could have been happy, couldn’t we?”

Closing his eyes, he lets his exhausted body fall off the bridge, and he crashes into the river.

As images of those beloved people flash across his mind, he narrates:

Jung-hyun: “At 26 years and 8 months old, in the cold river water, I died. Some may mourn my death, but there is another who will toast it. I don’t know who that person is.”

To find out how he got here, we jump back a year.

It’s quite a different story a year ago: Jung-hyun and his best buddy Dong-wook have just been accepted as new employees in the electronics conglomerate, SR. As bright young men in their mid-twenties, scoring a stable job with a prestigious company means their futures are secured, and they are ecstatic.

The boys go out that night to celebrate with friends, toasting to their good fortunes. Their boisterous fun is interrupted by a woman sitting at the bar — a very drunk OH SU-AH (Lee Da-hae). She’s rather rude but in a cute way — a bubbly drunk — who scoffs at them for their enthusiasm toward SR Electronics, which isn’t as great as they think.

Unfortunately for her, she can’t pay the bill because she can’t find her wallet. With a coy smile, she drunkenly asks the guys’ table for a loan, who dismiss her as an annoyance. But Jung-hyun, ever the gentleman, gets up to give her cash and advises her that it’s dangerous to drink alone. Su-ah tells him not to be nice, because SR “eats nice guys alive.”

Thus he’s pretty surprised to see Su-ah among the new recruits on orientation day. Naturally, he’s curious to know why someone with such a bad opinion of SR would work for them.

Our boys Jung-hyun and Dong-wook greet her warmly, but she’s cold and dismissive. She pays Jung-hyun back for the bar and spares them no further glance.

However, the trio finds themselves assigned to the same team in a training exercise for new recruits, which sends them on a group hike up the mountainside. The weather soon turns harsh, prompting an uneasy Dong-wook to suggest they return early. Jung-hyun and Su-ah want to press forward despite the difficulty, since they can’t risk elimination.

A misstep sends Su-ah tumbling down the hillside, spraining her ankle badly. Jung-hyun sends Dong-wook ahead for help while he stays behind with her.

Deciding to find shelter while they wait, Jung-hyun takes her on piggyback, overriding her protests by assuring her that he’s used to carrying his sickly mother on his back. Even so, it’s a difficult climb through the mountainside until they finally spot an empty cabin, where they take shelter.

As the blizzard worsens outside, Jung-hyun starts a fire and checks on Su-ah’s dislocated ankle, which he snaps back in place, then ices and bandages with strips torn from his own shirt. Such gallantry in dire circumstances prompts Su-ah to look at him in a new, less jaded light.

That doesn’t mean she’s any less jaded about her own life, however; Jung-hyun asks why she joined a company she hates, to which Su-ah answers matter-of-factly that she intends to sink it. He assumes she’s joking, but adds that the best way to be blessed is to send your own blessing to the one you hate. He suggests, “Let’s bless, and be blessed.”

She’d already sensed he was a nice guy, but his good-heartedness moves her. When Su-ah wakes up in the early morning, she finds herself wrapped in Jung-hyun’s jacket while he sleeps huddled to himself. She returns the favor and moves to drape it over him.

When both are awake, Jung-hyun carries Su-ah outside to look at the sunrise, and tells her to make a wish. She does.

Nearly a year later, they are an adorably happy couple and life is grand. Su-ah calls Jung-hyun “oppa,” they speak in affectionate banmal, and she and his mother adore each other. Mom and Jung-hyun aren’t rich, which we can see from their small, humble house, but they’re content.

That evening, while the three have dinner, Mom and Su-ah both make joking comments about when Jung-hyun’s going to settle down and marry, prodding him to hurry and propose already.

The one wrinkle in their relationship is an issue that has long been a sticking point: Su-ah resists the prospect of introducing him to her father, and while she is fully a part of his life, she holds her family back from him. He has put up with it till now but it’s only a matter of time before it drives a wedge between them, as he feels like she’s hiding him.

Finally, Su-ah gives in reluctantly, inviting her to meet her father on his birthday. Jung-hyun is ecstatic to finally move past this last barrier.

Now for SHIN HYUN-TAE (Lee Jong-hyuk), who is the director of SR’s overseas division. Cold and professional, he travels frequently to China and is well-liked by the company’s president. In fact, the president likes him so much that he drops the hint that he wants to set Hyun-tae up with his daughter; Hyun-tae gives a diplomatic and noncommittal answer, though we see that he doesn’t love the idea.

He is having a secret relationship with CHA YU-RAN (Kim Seo-hyung), the secretary to SR’s president. She’s a chic, professional woman and openly in love with him, while Hyun-tae is much more wary and makes sure this relationship remains quiet.

The day before Su-ah’s father’s birthday, Jung-hyun’s mother spends all night making special rice cakes for the birthday table. Following Su-ah’s directions to her home, Jung-hyun arrives at a large mansion and is sure he has the wrong address. However, Su-ah’s friend spies him and ushers him to the posh garden party. Suddenly self-conscious, he’s aware of his humble homemade gift, knowing he sticks out like a sore thumb.

But nothing’s a bigger shock than seeing Su-ah at her father’s side, looking regal as she greets the partygoers. And now that we see that she is the president’s daughter, things start to make sense — why she works for SR despite disliking it, and why she was reluctant to tell Jung-hyun about being a chaebol’s daughter.

Understanding how far out of his element he is, Jung-hyun tries to leave quietly, but Su-ah hurries after him. He’s hurt at her lie, while she pleads her case — she hadn’t meant to deceive him, but was afraid of losing him. She asks her to at least meet her father, and he relents.

When Su-ah brings Jung-hyun to her father, the president accepts the greeting politely, though it’s clear that he doesn’t see him as anything above lowly peon. Su-ah tries to take her father aside to clarify that Jung-hyun is her boyfriend, but Dad brushes her off to greet business contacts.

Eager to be out of there, Jung-hyun tells Su-ah they’ll talk later, and leaves the party in dejected spirits. Adding insult to injury, his way out takes him past the gift table laden with fancy presents — and his mother’s homemade gift has been set on the ground next to the table.

Jung-hyun can’t bear to his mother’s efforts disregarded like that and takes it with him, yet he can hardly take the box back home, either, and hurt his mother’s feelings with the truth. Throwing food away is just as disrespectful to the preparer, so Jung-hyun sits by the river and eats every rice cake by himself.

GAH, this is the scene that got to me most in the episode, because there’s such a depressing juxtaposition between the act of eating (nurturing, fulfilling) and the reason he’s doing it, to spare his mother pain.

Su-ah’s father blows off her attempts to talk to him about her relationship with Jung-hyun, not least because he has other plans for her. The most he gives is a noncommittal “Let’s wait and see,” which of course is tantamount to rejection.

She’s also dealing with the cold shoulder from Jung-hyun, who has been avoiding her ever since the party. Not only is he upset over her lie, but that she thought so little of him that she thought the truth would have chased him away. He’s proud of his life and his family, even if they are humble.

Su-ah begs for his forgiveness, but Jung-hyun is too hurt and he can’t see her in the same way now that the truth has illuminated the chasm that separates them. So she makes one last-ditch attempt to reach him, and takes him to the cabin where they once spent that snowy night. Life is full of regrets, so she wants one night together, without any.

Sitting in the cabin, Su-ah cries that she’ll disown herself — she’s given up so much of herself already to be a chaebol’s daughter. She gave up her dreams for her own life when she joined the company per her father’s dictate, “And if I lose you too, I’ll die.”

Finally, he can’t bear her pained sobs and grabs her in an embrace.

In the morning, they watch the sunrise together, and just like the last time, the moment is marked by new conviction. Having reconciled, they are intent on making this relationship work, and doing what they can to overcome her father’s disapproval.

President Oh, meanwhile, is off to work in more scenic environs, and heads down to his vacation house. There, he receives unwelcome news when his employee, Director Seo, reports that Hyun-tae has been conducting meetings in Shanghai behind the company’s back. Seo has photographs to prove the meetings occurred, but the president, for all that he’s cool and business-minded, also seems a little naive in the way he insists that it is unsavory to harbor suspicions. He argues that Hyun-tae has no reason to go behind his back, since he’ll marry Su-ah and take over SR anyway.

Still, President Oh can’t help feeling perturbed and orders a meeting with Hyun-tae immediately. Hyun-tae is bothered by the unexpected summons, but makes his way to the mansion.

Secretary Yu-ran receives instructions via a phone call, then calls Jung-hyun to report that the president wants to see him. She instructs him to leave right away to meet him at the vacation house.

Jung-hyun arrives late that night, finding a car parked in front but no sign of anybody around. Surprisingly, the front door is unlocked, and he peers inside the dark, seemingly empty house.

Cautiously, Jung-hyun makes his way inside, his confusion giving way to alarm as he recognizes signs of a struggle — furniture is overturned, a vase has fallen… and a man is slumped on the ground.

Rushing over to the man, Jung-hyun recognizes Director Seo, who now sports a bloody gash on the head. Seo lurches forward with the last of his strength and tries to strangle Jung-hyun, presumably in self-defense.

And then, another sound: President Oh groans in pain, collapsed on the ground nearby. Jung-hyun grabs the president and starts to carry him out on his back.

Crash! The front window shatters. In flies a molotov cocktail, its flame quickly catching on nearby furnishings. The house quickly starts to burn.

Through smoke and darkness, Jung-hyun spies the figure of a man in a suit walking away from the house. He tries to wake Seo and carry out President Oh, but with his attention thus occupied, he doesn’t notice another man appearing behind him. One swift blow to the head sends Jung-hyun falling, unconscious, and all three men lay prone on the ground as the house burns around them.

 
COMMENTS

Green Rose is one of those dramas I didn’t think I’d be drawn to, but which sucked me in with its fast-moving plot and high stakes. The conflicts are solid and the drama answers just enough questions to keep you hooked, not giving up its big secrets right away, but not withholding so many that you grow frustrated.

One caveat is that while it’s a great popcorn drama — fun to sit back and get caught up in – there are some issues with tone that keep Green Rose from being a favorite of mine. A drama like Bad Guy masters that cool, polished ambiance with its deft directing; this, on the other hand, often tries a little too hard to be cool, and therefore ends up a tad corny. To me, that’s part of its charm, because I actually enjoy the cheesy bits, but this is just not a drama you turn to for subtlety or delicate beauty. The plot is brute-forced, but pretty effective for all that.

The whole purpose of this First Episode series is to give a taste of the drama without revealing the whole thing. However, with Green Rose the setup takes a few episodes, and we’re not quite there yet. So here’s a rundown of the next several episodes:

MINOR SPOILERY BITS:

This mansion attack is a frame job, but the evidence — and the person engineering this scenario to turn Jung-hyun into the fall guy — is too strong for humble Jung-hyun to counter. Not to mention that the lawyer offered him is not working in his best interest.

President Oh survives the attack, but is left unconscious in a coma and can’t provide any testimony. Su-ah believes that he didn’t try to kill her father and vows to stick with Jung-hyun, but he is found guilty of attempted murder. His poor heartbroken mother commits suicide. While Jung-hyun is transported to prison, an accident affords him the chance to escape the prison vehicle, and he makes a run for it.

From then, he manages to build his life out of quite literally nothing, and starts on the path to clearing his name and getting revenge.

The above description avoids significant spoilers since it’s all setup, but if you want the more interesting version with details, read on. The following takes you through approximately the first eight episodes.

MORE SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS

After escaping, Jung-hyun scrapes by as a homeless bum for a while, and it’s when he’s on the lam that the opening chase in Episode 1 occurs. He jumps off the bridge into the frigid water, but the death he alludes to in the voiceover is not a physical death but a symbolic one. Jung-hyun is fished out of the water by a homeless man who shares his shelter with him. The sickly man dies in the night, giving Jung-hyun a unique opportunity to shed his identity. He trades clothing (and ID) with the homeless man and puts him in the water, so when the bloated, disfigured body is found weeks later, it is identified as the escaped prisoner Jung-hyun. Thus he “dies” in a legal sense and he is free to escape and re-create his identity.

He manages to stow away on a ship to China, where he joins a small Korean expat community and gets by doing menial work. Returning to Korea and clearing his name is beyond his scope of reality until one key encounter: He discovers that Secretary Yu-ran has basically been ditched by SR and shipped off to China, where she is now scraping together a meager existence as a nightclub singer. She was the one who called Jung-hyun to the house in the first place, on someone’s order’s — and now that she has been used and abused by her superiors, she’s just a wee bit bitter toward SR. In particular, her cold bastard of an ex, Hyun-tae. Putting the pieces together, they realize Hyun-tae has played a huge part in their fates.

Then, one day Jung-hyun has a run-in with Chinese gangsters, and ends up saving the life of the mob boss. The grateful mobster wants to reward him, and this is how Jung-hyun finally gains access to the means for his rebirth. He takes on a new name and quickly rises within the mobster’s organization, reinventing himself as the director of a corporation… and returns to Korea as a rich, powerful man with Yu-ran by his side as teammate in revenge.

His business puts him in direct contact with SR, which by extension brings him face to face with dastardly Hyun-tae… and Su-ah. Who is reluctantly engaged to marry Hyun-tae. However, at first glance she knows that Jung-hyun is back — even if he presents himself as a businessman from China named Jang Joong-won. She’s almost, just about, practically positive that he’s really her One True Love, who must not have died after all. But what can she do when he denies it?

The heart knows what the brain denies, but for everyone’s sake Jung-hyun must keep up the ruse. And that’s what we call angst city, baby.

One of my favorite aspects of the drama is the conflict outlined above regarding our main couple. So many dramas mishandle the angst portion of the story, because there’s usually not enough legitimate conflict so the writers cook up as many as they can based on flimsy reasons, and the audience tires of these half-baked explanations keeping them apart. Here, the rationale is crystal-clear and the stakes are so high that the angst is delicious. You want the truth to come out right away so they can reunite, but logically speaking he can’t reveal himself until he’s solved the case and cleared his name, as Jung-hyun would still be a criminal in the eyes of the law.

One reason I knew I’d been hooked was because of how quickly I felt the love between Jung-hyun and Su-ah. The drama chooses to skip entirely past the courtship phase in Episode 1, which could be a risky choice, but the two have such adorable chemistry that it seems totally believable that they’ve fallen in love. And believing in the strength of their love is crucial in sustaining the tension throughout the rest of the drama.

That pull can be attributed to Go Soo and Lee Da-hae, who at the time of this drama were both still developing their skills but showed promise. I really loved Lee Da-hae in her earlier career, and this drama aired prior to her big breakout with My Girl, so she was known more for her tearful, dramatic chops back then. It’s a shame that she’s been bogged down with some unfortunate choices (Hello Miss, Robbers, East of Eden) and some bad performances (Chuno), which is sad because it seems like she has lost her acting spark. In my opinion, she’s too talented to squander her skills, so I hope she picks a meaty project soon — AND makes the most of it. (Really, Chuno gave her a lot of opportunities so I can’t blame the drama; it was like she checked out mentally and phoned in that performance.)

But back in 2005 at the time of Green Rose at least, she was still tuned in. To be honest, I think Su-ah’s character is written rather flat, but Lee Da-hae makes her believable as the woman in love with Jung-hyun, and the woman Jung-hyun loves. Considering how important their central relationship is to the tension in the plot, that’s a significant feat.

In contrast to her, I actually don’t think Go Soo really got good until after his army discharge, such as in last year’s Will It Snow For Christmas, where he was much more in command of his character’s presence and emotional expressiveness. Here? His acting’s a little underformed, a little more raw.

HOWEVER. Here, he still achieves the most important thing he must do as Jung-hyun, which is to make his underdog hero someone to root for, someone you want to see pick himself up from the ground and earn his revenge. In Episode 1, Jung-hyun is a good-hearted man with simple desires; left unchallenged, he would have been content marrying Su-ah and working as a salaryman his whole life. These trials harden him, toughen him up, and turn him from a mellow “nice guy” into a sharper, sleeker, slightly-less-nice guy. (Let’s face it, he’s got too good of a heart to be a true bad guy.)

And that’s one of this drama’s weakness AND strengths, in my opinion: its lack of gray area, its avoidance of flirting with moral ambiguity. Unlike, say, a murkier piece such as Bad Guy where everyone has shades of gray, except maybe the batshit crazy Madam Shin. Green Rose’s lines are clearly delineated, meaning that character complexity is sacrificed, but in its place we get a fast-moving story with dramatic turns, where you know exactly who you’re cheering for.

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107 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Amanda

    I loved this drama… such a good movie

  2. juicyjui

    Wow I love these recaps. This show and DGCH were some of my first dramas and it’s great to look back. I have to say, Korea has come a very long way in the last 5 years. There is such a huge difference in terms of visual quality between this drama and the dramas of today.

    • 2.1 violetish

      agreed. why were all the dramas “back then” so tinted with blues?

    • 2.2 elisa

      lol that’s cause we all watch in HD now
      even when we stream hahaha

  3. holey moley

    yay!! go javabeans!! keep this up…

  4. anhsfoodblog

    such a great series!! Thanks JB!!

    I haven’t watched this series, but I know a lot of people fell in love with Go Soo in this :D.

    Hope to see some more ‘flash back’ of the oldies. JB has done two, will girlfriday step in too?

    • 4.1 Carinne

      Same here, this show has been on my list of ‘must see’ for a while now.

  5. htly6f

    Love this drama … this drama is 1 drama that remind me with the plot and everything of “the Count of Monte Cristo” and I love love that novel/movie .. this drama was like its remake which I love!

    • 5.1 maria

      that’s exactly what i thought when i first watched this… even the reveal of how he really WAS her OTL (lol) was kinda montecristo-ish. :)

    • 5.2 saraha

      Yeah, I actually read back then that this was loosely based on “Count of Monte Cristo”…

    • 5.3 ilovekimchee

      ok, I wasn’t going to watch this until you said the count of monte cristo. that is my favorite book ever. hated the movie though! Did not do the book justice.

  6. rainbowstarrs

    you are a superstar

  7. Sweet

    I fell in love with Lee Da Hae here,
    then had a love-hate relationship later in East of Eden?
    Like you said, she was missing her spark in acting she used to have,
    but this was on of the many first melo I fell in love with.
    This is really good!:)

    Thanks for the first episode recap!
    CAnt wait what you have in store next!

    • 7.1 124y

      thank you jb. i love GR. reading you recaps remind me of innocent LDH.

      i too, fell in love with LDH here. then, in MG i was happy she gained big name. but lately, in these past few years, my opinion, she’s quite.. i dont know how to put it up in words.. but sort of giving an arrogance (?) vibe around her. i couldnt read any news about her without feeling irritated at her.

  8. asianromance

    Thank you for this 1st episode recap! I haven’t watched Green Rose, but it has always been one of those dramas that I think abt watching. I’d seen a clip of the chase off the bridge awhile back and thought it was awesome. Haven’t watched it because I don’t think I can handle 16-hours of seeing the main character so wronged and watching the girl he loves be engaged to someone else. I’d be so angry for him that I’d want him to just take a machine gun to everything and everyone. I don’t think I can even make it through the Count of Monte Cristo.

  9. tinysunbl

    Lee Da Hee in Chuno makes Kim Ha Eun looks like the main lead actress. Kim Ha Eun’s performance (and character) is so much more interesting than Lee’s

  10. 10 tinysunbl

    Lee Da Hee in Chuno makes Kim Ha Eun look like the main lead actress. Kim Ha Eun’s performance (and character) is so much more interesting than Lee’s

  11. 11 Kdramafan

    You know, this kdrama reminds me of Resurrection. It aired in the same year and had a similar revenge plotline, along with the angst that comes with the hero not being able to tell the woman he loves who he really is. Only it had the interesting twist of incorporating the doppleganger plot device as well. I LOVED Resurrection and Uhm Tae woong and Han Ji min in it. Maybe I’ll start Green Rose then. After finals are over that is.

  12. 12 yogurutu

    oh god how does Go Soo look EXACTLY THE SAME it blows my mind

  13. 13 dahae fans

    like this so much ….

    lee da hae forever ..

    ost. nya juga goood

  14. 14 gingganggolli

    Finally! I’ve been wondering about this drama long time ago (thank god I’m a Dramabean fun) though people really liked it I never had the time nor want to suffer another heartbreaking “heavy k-drama” on my sleeves so I passed on this one. But now I’m surely hanging on your recaps coz its more rewarding with all your insightful ideas and opinions.

    Way to spend the season. 2 dramas to recap, wow your amazingly bored? Just kidding you know we adore and love your site.

  15. 15 sunshine

    Aaaand you’ve done it again. I marathoned Chun Hyang yesterday after reading your recap and now I’m off to marathon Green Rose. I can’t handle an Episode 1 Recap a day!

    • 15.1 ktb

      I swear I just did the exact same thing. I feel a little guilty for being a waste of space yesterday and today, but kinda good-guilty. I’ve never watched Green Rose, so I’ll guess I’ll go watch this now. After I use the bathroom. And restock on snacks, soda, and beer.

      I swear I’m going to start my diet on Monday.

  16. 16 strawberryfieldsforever

    JB!!! the idea to recap old dramas is amaaaaazing! you made my heart happy :D i hope “what happened in bali” will be recapped too… <3 (santa, can you hear me?)

  17. 17 sora

    I loveddddd this drama. I think it was my second lee dae hee drama after My girl and my first Go Soo drama. And boy did I fall in love with Go Soo. My favorite Go Soo drama thus far. I highly recommend this drama guys!!!!

    Thanks Javabeans…. now off to watch it some more hehe

  18. 18 balletbabe

    Thanks for the recap! I always browse right over this drama when I’m looking for a something old (but new to me) to watch, idk why. I think I’ll will give it a shot now

  19. 19 Francesca

    I never heard of Go Soo before Will It Snow For Christmas. But I came to like him so much after that and watched his previous movies including Green Rose. I second JB’s opinion that his acting was raw in GR. Actually this isn’t my fave drama because I expected too high on his performance. It’s a pale comparison to his acting in WISFC. But I realized GR was his earlier work. I’m glad now he’s made a big improvement.

  20. 20 koreandramalover/kdl

    oooohhh….wow!!!!

    thank you, thank you, thank you, Javabeans!!! ;)

    i’ve been intrigued by Green Rose for sooo long…

    thanks so much!! ;)

  21. 21 mojoo

    Lee Da Hae and Go Soo really had amazing chemistry here-such a wonder because they were only like 20% together in the series-most of the time she was with the second/bad guy. That’s a skill that not many actresses had, and LDH was just barely 20 years old at that time.
    yes, she is loosing some spark in acting, but not totally lost it-she will come back. she is still young.

    and Go Soo-what a man-just looking at his face, -drooool.

  22. 22 Jaye

    O___O But what happens?? How does Jung-Hyun clear his name and defeat Hyung-Tae? Does he end up with Su-Ah, or does he die? What happens to Yu-Ran and President Oh? GAAAH you can’t just start to sum up an amazing story and then NOT TELL THE END. *headdesk* Please keep going! Please get a guest recapper or *something*, but please sum up the ending! I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! TT-TT

    • 22.1 crysalide

      To answer your question, SPOILER:

      JH went to CHINA, met a rich gangster/ businessmen and became his right man when he saved his life.

      JH came back to Korea with a new identity, made business with SR and opened up his case back even though everyone thought he was dead. He then tried to re-enact the scene of the crime by kidnapping ? and bringing President Oh to the mansion. Prsident Oh was awake from coma but unable to speakand and just lay in the bed. JH recruited special medical expertise to help with his recovery.

      HT became one of the Director in SR and helping SuAh while also falling in love with her.

      SuAh never believed that JH was dead & when first met JH with a new identity knew it was him. But he denied it, so they hv this silence love relationship, where she can only look at him from afar until he’s name is cleared and they can be together again. Loved the scene when SuAh visited his dad in the mansion and thank JH, and she was desperately wanted to touch him but held back.

      YuRan was tricked by HT and was left in China to die? She then join team JH but still have a feeling towards JH.

      The Ending is obviously a happy one. But I’ve forgotten who was the person responsible, but the poeple invloved were HT, Director Seo and the driver.

      • 22.1.1 Jaye

        Oh…well, that’s better than nothing. Thank you very much, ye kind poster. ^_^ I can sleep peacefully tonight, though I’m still really curious about more of the details…..hmm, maybe Green Rose is worth sacrificing 23 hours of my life. ^_^

  23. 23 saryKIM

    I love that you are featuring this drama in your first episode series! Green Rose holds a special place in my heart… Like you, I also loved the romance thread; I really, really rooted for the main couple to get together. The episode where LDH’s character first sees GS’s character when he comes back as a powerful businessman was so heartbreaking for me.

    Now I wanna go back and marathon this drama.

    • 23.1 D

      i was abt to write the same thing.

      back then i hardly watch a melo (even more when it’s dubbed in mandarin) so i didnot watch it religiously. that particular scene – when she realized it was him (it was on the stage or something) – was so memorable to me. i remember holding my breatch & my heart was abt to burst as well.

  24. 24 Ladymoonstone143

    I soooo loved this drama. One of the early Korean drama I marathon. I feel in love with Go Soo on this drama too…and of course LDH.

    Thanks Javabeans for this series. It is so nice to revisit some old dramas and just reading this makes me want to watch Green Rose again.

  25. 25 Genie

    totally hoping there will be a recap on “Soulmate”

    • 25.1 maria

      but JB did do a 1st ep recap of soulmate already, didn’t she? ..she just didn’t continue it, but i distinctly remember something… that, or i’m mixing it with my sweet seoul…

      • 25.1.1 pohonphee

        Yes she did, I watched Soulmate because of it.

  26. 26 Porcelain

    Aww man… I love this First Ep recap series… DGCH and Green Rose are some dramas I have been meaning to watch in full… Though I did see bits and pieces of DGCH…

    This recap series give me a good prompt… to maybe really start some series, I have been procrastinating…

    Hope you keep this recap series going!

  27. 27 czak

    never thought you’d recap this drama. For me it was a nice drama, not great just nice.

    anyway the love story between the leads reminded me of one of my fave drama titled “i am happy/blissed” or “happiness” or “Bliss”.

    that drama is a family drama where the story revolved around the same setting, Chaebol daughter (minddle child of 3) working secretly in their company falling in love with the honest & hardwoking employee in their company. Anyway the part that

    I loved about that drama is not their love story its the love story of the youngest of the chaebol sibling.
    She was the baby/maknae in the family who was raised as the usual chaebol daughter groomed to be the epitome chaebol wife. She was taught to follow the usual order of chaebol arranged marriage standard, learn music & dance, be always pretty and marry a chaebol son so that their chaebol money will stay within the chaebol.. (kekekeke sorry for too many emphasizing too much about the chaebol part). but like your usual Kdrama, she accidentally meets “the guy”. unlike her unni and green rose, the guy she feel in love with was way beneath the chaebol family notice. The guys turns out to be an orphan, who didn’t finish school due to being detained in a jail when he fought in school (criminal record) who is an unknown boxer. talk about too much bad bad to worst luck. anyway their story was one that really made me fall in love with that drama. although the ending was a sad one,
    I still think that their love story was one of the greatest in Kdrama history…

  28. 28 shirley

    aw Green Rose , it being back memories . yes i was so drawn into their love .even if their romance scenes were so much lesser if compared to the current dramas now . but you never doubt his faith in finding back his own name in order to love her again . and i agreed LDH had lost her spark in acting ..i kinda of missed her .in the pre My Girl days .and in this drama too .if not for LDH . the character written is indeed flat .because of her performance, it becomes convincing that she is a woman deserved Jung-hyun love. As for Go soo , yup . his acting wasnt A class but it was enough to be marked as improvement over his past projects . and i think i was moved by the determination he poured into the role .which is necessary to make Jung Hyun work . i cant forget that scenes of him in jail when he learnt of the tragedy of his mother .

  29. 29 Rae

    thanks jb!oh please,please include Eugene’s Save the Last Dance for Me and Wonderful Life in your first episodes recap

  30. 30 Julii

    Should I watch this drama? It sounds good…I just bailed on MSOAN (too much of nothing?) and need to watch a drama…does it have a sad ending though?

    • 30.1 czak

      i think this drama have a a happy ending, pretty much I think since they did end up together
      I like this drama pretty much…
      but i prefer Wonderful Life, like RAE, I wish for a recap for that drama…

      for drama’s with sad endings, the ones that are on top of my list are Memories of bali, The Devil, If in Love like Them(minidrama) & Tree of Heaven (Kpop). for Jpop: watch 1 liter of tears.

      • 30.1.1 Des

        ahhh~Wonderful Life..really luv that series..cried a lot bcoz of shin-bi,that child actress who played shin-bi can really act..and although it didn’t happen,i was really rooting for lee ji hoon and eugene’s character to end up together in the drama,haha

        • 30.1.1.1 czak

          me too..
          i was rooting for them to be together, was so sad when he gave up in the wooing eugene in the end…
          i mean I love the 2 male actors but Lee ji hoon’s character in that drama is just like my ideal man…

  31. 31 pohonphee

    Good K drama god, JB if you keep doing this (the episode 1 section), I will never finish watching every drama in my k drama list, not even when piggy back riding vanish from k drama land….

    I’ll watch this, I never resist your recommendation…..

  32. 32 nas election

    OOH this story is like so long time ago. Can’t believe i’m already in a kdrama land 5/6 years ago(my first drama would be winter sonata). I’m only 16 you know.

    btw. loved this story. however for a thriller revenge drama this is not my favourite.

    my favourite of course would be All In then Resurruction.
    SUprisingly resurriction stars Han Ji Min who act as young Song Hye Kyo in All In and Uhm Tae Woong which is in DGCH which youi just recap.

    ps/ you should make a recap for classics melodrama. there’s not much drama like that nowadays. kdrama was very good in mello and they stopped it. Now it has too much rom-com. Not that i dont like it. i would recommend MISA @ I’m Sorry I Love U cuz it’s a great drama.(First that make me cry).

    • 32.1 crysalide

      Is that you my sister? your username looks familiar and Ressurection + All In + Green Rose + Giant = absolute drama of a revenge/hero re-invent identity/melodrama with epic cast and happy endings!!!!

  33. 33 JD

    Your writing is just superb. By any chance, were you an English major? You analyze symbols, character, and motif like there’s no tomorrow lol

  34. 34 Hannah

    I enjoy these features, hope you continue with it!

  35. 35 Zie

    OMG JB!

    This is like one of my top 5 Korean Drama… I’m soooo loving you right now. Not that i don’t love you before but…. after Chun Hyang and this. *HUGSSSSSSSSS*

    Both of the series are my Top 5 and one of the first Korean Drama that i watched…

    I totally fall in love with Go Soo here. The love story was WOW. Thou, i really really really hate certain part. but yeah…

    THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH!

  36. 36 smiles

    Looks juicy – i might give it a whirl – thanks for this recap, its a great idea to recap the first episode of a few good dramas of yesteryear, helps me decide what to watch.

  37. 37 Anonymous

    Yesss.. memories indeed! This was my first introduction to Korean drama world that got me hooked to K dramas since then. It was certainly a big hit in the Philippines (where I live) when it was shown on local tv (dialogues were translated to local dialect, of course). During the airing of its last episode, I went on an official out-of-town trip and was not able to watch it since we were in transit then (making me so miserable). The next day though, while we waiting for lunch to be served after a meeting, almost all the lady-participants of that meeting were talking about the ending episode of Green Rose. So with that, my curiosity was at least somewhat satisfied. I still longed to see the ending episode though, such that I was immensely happy when I finally got a DVD copy of the drama. To this day, I would say, it was one great Kdrama.

  38. 38 macki

    This is the only melodrama that I love and was able to finish from start to end. It was one of the dramas that got me hooked in kdramas…wow never thought it’s already five years…still so fresh in my mind…

    thanks jb!

  39. 39 Angela

    I tried watching this a long time ago, but found the acting to be a bit underwhelming, and was afraid to watch a series when I knew the main character was going to eventually die (in a sad, almost pathetic way).

    Now that I’m a fan of both main actors (who prior to Green Rose, I’d never seen in any other dramas) I think I’ll give this one another shot. Especially since I now know that opening scene isn’t actually his death scene, and that there’s still potential for him to exact his revenge. Plus, the plot sounds a lot like The Count of Monte Cristo, which I love.

    So thanks so much for the introduction. It’s just what I’m in the mood for!! ^_^

  40. 40 koalabear

    I’ve seen this drama a few years back and I find it good in terms of Go Soo’s portrayal of his character. this is also one of the first dramas that I’ve seen Lee Da-hae with: pre My Girl and I think she can really choose good roles in dramas as I believe in her acting abilities, she just needs a good project similar to this drama and Chuno. actually my country will do a remake of this drama next year. thank you for recapping this since I should consider watching this again. I really rant on remakes T_T

  41. 41 Leigh

    This drama can so easily be passed up because of the hardship endured by the main character, GS in the first 9 episodes. However, when he reinvents himself, he becomes so alluring and strong, you want him to succeed in his goal. Go Soo speaks Chinese in this drama…LDH was so pristine, you really believe her love for GS. Fans, it does have a happy end for the main couple…I loved the story, I loved GS’s intensity, and I’m thankful for the recap as it is so interesting to see someone else’s view on a drama. Thank you!!!!

  42. 42 favegirl13

    so happy you did a recap.
    one of my favorite dramas

  43. 43 Lurkee

    I am a K-drama fan for more than a decade now and I thought I have watched all the good dramas, but how could I miss this one and DGCH, and, and and!

    Thanks for the recaps JB and look forward to reading more ;D I truly enjoy reading them all and I am so so glad I found your site.

  44. 44 all4movies

    This series made me sit up and notice Go Soo. What a hottie.

    LDH looked so young and fresh. Too bad she’s lost her sparkle. I really enjoyed her in My Girl.

  45. 45 rockee

    I never got through the first episode but your episode 1 recap makes me want to get fully on board with the drama now. Thanks JB! Drama overload here we go!

  46. 46 lettle

    Now I’m off to go watch the rest of green rose! Thanks JB! :-)

  47. 47 eClaire

    Green Rose was really a good drama! I got hooked to it all the way until the last episode!!! I started loving Goo Soo cos of this also :p

    Wow, first Delightful Girl Chun Hyang , now this!!! Man, dramabeans is spoiling me.

  48. 48 birdscout

    Another emotional food-related scene. I love how you highlight these tender scenes in your recaps. (They occur quite frequently in the kdramas that I’ve watched, and they get me every time!)

  49. 49 sierena

    love these drama thanks

  50. 50 im_eve

    didn’t see this coming hehe

    but having watched this BEFORE My Girl actually made me appreciate Lee Da Hae more in the latter..she can shift from 1 role to another w/ no effort! i even thought while watching this that this girl could never be a funky, funny, bright girl..boy did she prove me wrong! esp on that scene where she was dodging the goons they owe money to so she momentarily disguised herself as a doctor..haha the shift in expressions was EPIC!

    • 50.1 rottenpot

      i absolutely agree! that was very well said :)

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