[Scene stealers] Unbreakable, unforgettable bonds
by Guest Beanie
Go Back Spouses
K-dramas often overflow with cutesy, passionate or sometimes even borderline crazy love. There’s love that mends broken hearts, love that attracts opposites and love that teeters between the fine line of a “happily ever after” or a makjang breakup in a few episodes time. The most underrated love of them all, however, just might be the scene stealing affection or subtle gratitude that ebbs and flows between a mother and her children. The wholesome love that hums in the background, leaving you either emotionally drained or physically recharged. So, without further ado, let’s give a hand to a few (recent) moms that left a huge impact.
Go Back Spouses
Go Back Spouses was a drama to be relished. Not only because of how adorable and redeeming the second chance time-loop story line was, but because of how utterly incredibly the mother-daughter relationship played out. Jin-joo’s mom not only stole the show, but everyone’s hearts too. She didn’t come politely asking for it, she soothed it first with her compassion and understanding and then ripped it from us to shreds in the nicest possible way by letting Jin-joo go despite not knowing the full situation. Painful I know, but it was joyful pain knowing that Jin-joo was able to relive some of her college years with a new-found appreciation for her mom’s sound advice, caring heart, patience, sympathy and humour. Simple moments like when they visited the karaoke or spa together made my eyes
tear up sweat a lot. A brilliant mother and a fantastic moon-walker, her character truly elevated the drama, moulding it into something unforgettably spectacular. You’ll need tissues by the end of it to cover the gaping hole in your heart that this mother will leave within you.
Mr. Sunshine hit us with gorgeous cinematography, epic fight scenes, testosterone-filled bromance and characters that burned brighter than flames. The premise was sweeping, the story always unfolding onto a grander scale despite being slow and long. Eugene’s and Ae-shin’s mothers however, were like whirlwinds of vivacity, the epitome of “fight till your last breath and protect at all costs.” They grabbed the spotlight, the sliver of a flashback and made their scenes their own with sheer determination, passion and willpower.
Ae-shin’s mom, Hee-jin, was a firecracker that was meant to burn brightly, burn so bright that you were momentarily blinded until it faded away instantly. In one of the most memorably action-packed cameos ever, Hee-jin – a resistance member, fought against the traitors until the last second for the sake of Joseon. She gave her one-day-old baby (Ae-shin) up to be sheltered from the deadly fight and managed to look death straight in the face by putting up her best battle. For the few minutes she graced my screen, she was dauntless; bravery personified.
Meanwhile, Eugene’s mom was ready to lay her life down to give her son a chance for freedom. She appeared for a flicker of a moment but had such gravitas with her unapologetic and fierce desperation. Within just a few moments both women had undergone a tumultuous journey. They had seen their loved ones die a violent and humiliating death but were prepared for their inevitably gruesome and lonely end so that their children could live.
Matrimonial Chaos is still ongoing but Halmoni is already such a quirky, soft spoken delight to watch. She curls for fun (yas for sporting diversity!), knows her prickly grandson inside and out, runs a popular café with her ex-granddaughter-in-law, her sister, and her sister’s friend (weird I know)… The list goes on, on why my love for her never ends. Despite the wacky, roller coaster ride going on in the background, Halmoni is still so wise without being pretentious or uptight. She’s a friend and a confidant and will go above and beyond for those she loves. She threw a divorce party for her ex-granddaughter-in-law because she understood how caged and depressed she was feeling. Halmoni just wanted to allow all of them to vent, to be that one bright spot — and to toast to crazy new beginnings.
Finally, I’d love to give a shout out to the scene stealing mom(s) from Because This Life Is Our First, Mother, and Dear My Friends. Their wisdom, wit, flaws, worries, concerns and tough exteriors (but soft interiors) have a special place in my heart and I won’t be forgetting their amazing performances any time soon.
Dear My Friends
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