I'm a big fan of Korean dramas...was looking for better spoilers of 'Thank you, life' here, but didn't really find any as good as those of 'Bizarre Bunch'. Found the following on 'The Hawaiian Advertiser' posted today 6/26:
;)YOON-CHUL GOES BANKRUPT ON 'THANK YOU, LIFE'
'THANK YOU, LIFE'
EPISODES 15 AND 16
Tonight at 7: Yoon-ho tells Yeon-kyong he hates himself for not being level-headed, and leaves on a business trip. Yeon-kyong decides to move to another hospital. Ki-ho tells Yeon-kyong why In-seok had to leave her years ago. In-seok and Yeon-kyong go through another heartbreaking farewell.
Tonight at 8: Yoon-chul goes bankrupt, and creditors swarm Yeon-kyong's house. Kyong-sook takes Yeon-kyong to her house. In-seok is having a hard time trying to get over Yeon-kyong. Yoon-ho comes running home when he hears the news.
i felt in love with a song in this drama, when the doctor drunk a lot and their 2 friends of the hospital, went to take him and one of them discovered the wallet with the patient's pic.... thanks a lot!
AnNyEoNg HaSeYo HaNnEuNiM!...."I like strawberry ice cream"... What means strawberry ice cream for you.... I thought I could get anything in this world if I had enough money, but I can't buy time... There's something in this world that's more painful than death... It's letting you go..... Should I ask you to wait until I can get into your heart!
Stacey: thanks so much for sharing the ending. Can't believe that Dr. Lee dies in the end, sportsman that he is/was, in addition to the fact that he is a talented doctor at presumably one of the best hospitals in Seoul. It is so implausible that a very responsible and caring doctor at a high-caliber hospital would actually die. Or why Dr. Lee wouldn't want to live to reclaim his life and love.
It's as if he only lived to love and train to become a doctor for Yeonkung's sake. Not so crazy about the idea that he literally ends up with nothing, even granted that the writers wanted to write a tragedy/tragic story. Surely intended to be a TV drama series tear-jearker...
Dr. Lee didn't want to die, but he had a terminal liver disease. Nothing he could do about it. He found out shortly before performing surgery on Yeonkung, held on long enough to do that, and then quickly deteriorated. Yeonkung's husband was nice enough to let her spend time with Dr Lee in his last days.
Once again, k-dramas hit home that life is not about a happy ending for all, which is why I like them so. What ever the circumstance, life does indeed go on....we may not get our one true love, we may not have riches, but we have survived another day to be grateful for all that we do have.
We all have hearts that are full of pain...we need each other to fill the loneliness...Dr. Jang
On one episode, Kiho/other doctor scolds Dr. Lee for drinking and not taking care of himself. As Kiho tells the priest -- Dr. Lee's disease/hepatitis isn't terminal, that he can live a healthy, long life if he takes care of himself. But he doesn't -- he spends a lot of overtime researching Yonkeung's cancer, and drinking [in sorrow over Yonkeung]. But as k-dramas are, this drama goes for the teary heroic/tragic...
'Farewell to tears' went along the same teary heroid/tragic path as 'Thanks to life': Ms. Kang is suddenly afflicted with pancreatic cancer and dies suddenly, right after she is finally/publicly reunited with her unacknowledged son/Jungwoo.
Seems like 'cancer' is a favorite tragic-writing tool of k-drama writers. And they are pretty good researchers to dig into forms of cancer that are either rare or kill ASAP.
True, life is not about a happy ending for all, but the portrayal of illness, pain and suffering in k-dramas are much too melodramatic and defies science, common sense, and human resiliency. Yonkeung not going back to Dr. Lee, despite their past great/true love is tragic enough...Dr. Lee moving on is suffering enough. That he should die of something terminal after the love of his life goes through a terminal illness is double overkill. Overkill saturates the essence of k-dramas. It doesn't need to be: k-dramas are good [plots/stories, characterization, actors/acting]. 'Remains of the day' by Kashuo Ishuguro made into film by the British directing duo Merchant-Ivory does not have anyone dying, yet the represssed and tortured emotions of its characters represent tragedy, but noble. As in [true] Greek tragedies, catharsis should be ennobling, that overkilling.
I'm still watching 'Thanks to life' [episode 13 in NY/NJ] though I've already read the summaries of all 24 episodes, including spoiler notes.
By the way, the character Dr. Lee is played by a somewhat artistically-daring actor/Kim Yu-seok. Talented maybe, but interesting role choices and interesting acting range. Curious and have yet to see on DVD -- but read a good New York Times review on one of his films [hard to spell, let alone pronounce]. Another film/Isle categorized as drama-erotic and shown at Cannes is arthouse material, but apparently, at the shock-value level. I'm becoming a fan, I think.
what happens to the the girl doctor that someone wrote had started warming up to the actor, which i really hate. why is he such a player when he has a caring wife and adorable kid at home. people like him really piss me off.