LIFan you are right. The lack of physical contact between the lovers is due to the time period in which DJG is set, especially in that both work in the palace. And it is a fact that love does not require physical contact. I know that many modern-day dramas incorporate some of it simply to capture the attention of the audience in an all too conventional way. But DJG does not need that, and DJG in itself IS a fight against blind conventions.
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valeoftears, hey, very well said, you wrote "love doesn't require physical contact", so true. Love is love, I think, and it was clear to viewers that JG loves MJH and he loves her back. The love is so evident that there is no need to show it. It is not necessary and probably inappropriate to do it given the setting, but had they done a kiss, I would not have look at their love differently.. Actually, I've seen that scene after he rescued her from the fire a few times, and I think I hear a distinctive smack when he went to hug her! But this is after all a 70 hour drama. We got to know them so well, we got the time to digest every word they say. If they made DJG into a 2 hour movie, they might have had resorted to show their affections in more conventional way.
And you also wrote 'DJG is itself a fight against blind conventions.' Can't agree with you more.
i agree with djanggum...in addition to what she said, i think there was no physical contact since the drama was set in "prehistoric" (LOL) times .. u know what i mean.... twas the times when people restrict themselves from touching one another coz people at that time were SOOOOO CONSERVATIVE... agree?
We may come from different places, different cultures, different morals and values, still we have in common..... PATIENCE & INSOMNIA for the love of watching DJG even in the dead of the night...awohhhh!!!
haha when i was watching it with my family, my dad explained that even holding hands meant that you were in a deep relationship... ^o^ ... this reminds me of the scene when JG ran away when Min held both her hands.. aw..
Like those who posted above, I agree it is too early to call it a classic (but one day we will!). But, it has signs of being a classic. If you look at modern lit. or music or film, the ones that really withstand time are those oldies. While the latest pop song will fade away, the Beatles are still here and adored. while more "harry potter" like series will come in and out of fashion, hamlet, mac beth, and Julius Caesar are still there. In moderen TV, if it's not pre-marrigage pregnancy, love affairs, murders for "love", scandals, bedroom scenes then it is not a "american drama". it is not possible for any movie in U.S. film industry to exsist without at least ONE kissing scene (even the kid's movies!) and yet, in DJG, there is not one, not a single one. But the love is potrayed better than any normal movie which would include the elements of modern TV. The "love" potrayed in DJG is convincing, pure, and ever lasting. Love isn't expressed through kissing, just the simple state of being, the simple state of caring. THAT's what makes it a timeless classic. It is unique yet contains the same themes. The plot follows the "hill", the chracters rise and fall respectively and follow paths or tragics and heros. there are foil(ones that are not important but are used to relate to the important chracters) chracters, there is the whole "escaping your fate" thing. All these are the very bone of Greek theatre (which is where all western theatre blooms from). Therefore, no matter how many years "days of our lives" (i think its 50 now?) runs on, there will be another to replace it. DJG is irreplacible in that sense, which allows it to withstand time; thus making it a classic.
I think there was a lack of physical contact to keep it "innocent....?"
But I also think that there was a lack of contact to keep the story's main focus: JG's success. I mean, the whole drama's purpose was to portray the life of a hard working woman who finally succeeded at the end despite all of the jealous sexists ... -_-''' I think romance and Min were suposed to be a mini part of the soap opera to make it more entertaining.
I have to agree here. I would take it a step further to say that this show will remain a classic in no small part b/c of the unique relationship between JG and MJH; in most love stories, men are really stricken by the physicality of women but here, he is really moved by her strength of character, intrigued by her mind, and he has a deep respect for her.
This series reminds me of a saying that "Feminism is a radical belief that women are actually people." MJH at no point is dumbstruck by love and thus would hold her to some unrealistic ideal. He never tries to "own" her and even when the King did, there is a lot of time devoted to the idea that she doesn't want to resign herself to a life without meaning (i.e. a life without serving others). It wouldn't be a stretch to say that JG achieves a perfect life by most standards - she goes from being a precocious girl to a wise healer and mother and she achieves it through the sheer power of her will and lots of elbow grease. She commands respect as a character b/c despite her shortcomings, JG is a genuinely good person without being cloying or didactic to the audience.