Chilbong [Reply 1994]: An overview and personal opinion on the character

I finally finished watching Reply 1994. I might be biased in this discussion because to be honest there are so many memories are awaken while watching this drama. Basically this drama mainly tells the story of Sung Najung, Kim Jaejoon (Trash) and Seonjoon (Chilbong). Sinchon boarding house is the place where all main characters are living. From the very first episode, even the epilogue, always uses nicknames for the student characters. Sung Najung and her parents just a few months  ago moved out from Masan, their hometown and they buy a house at Sinchon area in Seoul city, a famous area near Yonsei University in which there are lots of  boarding house, restaurants, cafes and clubs, to be used as hasook jib (boarding house) for students who come from outside Seoul. In the house, all the people are Yonsei University students, except Najung’s parents (father: Seoul Twins coach; mother: housewife). This is the background of this story.

Now I will talk about my favorite character, Chilbong (Seonjoon). This character is definitely flat character, no complication or negative values in him at all. He is totally a man of honour, a very kind hearted person, soft, gentleman, strong-willed, stubborn, focused, silly sometimes, hardworker, over all, a man with good personality and good appearance. He is introduced as a front liner of Yonsei University baseball team, a right handed pitcher who can throw ball 160km/hr speed, he was graduated from a very famous physical science high school in Seoul and he has been famous player since his early career as a baseball player.

Above all his plus points, he actually has a large hole in his heart for he was born in a rich family but his parents got divorced and remarry. His relation with his mother is not really good because his mother is pictured as a cold-hearted mother who hardly gives attention or support for her own son due to her tight schedule as a university professor. I failed to grab the picture of his father, but he seems to be a simple man who prefers to go back to his hometown doing farming at his retirement. Chilbong hardly contacts both parents because he thinks they have no attention in whatsoever on his life. Isn’t it a miracle that he made a great “decision” to be a baseball player and get success in that field while his family is torn apart.

As a normal human being who experience ignorance from parents up to their selfish decision to separated, there should be some flicks of negative emotions coming out from Chilbong despite his spotless image as a heaven sent Prince with dazzling smile, perfect body, topped with wonderful friends surround him. Picture perfect is the right term to describe Chilbong. Things could be more interesting if he could be a little bit notorious or rascally sarcastic because where on earth we can find perfect person? If Chilbong really has to be that perfect, he should be made to be an angel instead of an ordinary person who is impossible to be spotless like him. This flaw somehow fails to portray reality and that disturbs me.

Now I will write what I like on this character. Before I go further I must say that I am an avid, passionate fan of baseball, so you might find some fangirl writing written all over the place. Despite the flaw this drama makes that has the potential to turn people off, I want to say something completely opposite to that. I am in love with this drama since Chilbong came into sight. Why? Because he is a baseball player and I must say he is perfectly portrayed as a pro player, except the fact that camera doesn’t show his full figure when he pitches because Yoo Yeonseok might not be able to do the ball-throwing-activity as a pro player do. If you want to see how pro player pitches, you can refer to the picture below. That throwing position is certainly hard to do since it requires years of exercise which of course Yoo Yeonseok never did. Picture posted below is a picture of a closer pitcher of Samsung Lions, Oh Seung Hwan (now moves to a Japanese pro-baseball league) that can be used as a reference on how to pitch like a pro. 

Or there's also this detail picture of a closer pitcher from Doosan Bears named Lim Taehoon. As you can see the final movement he threw his feet up high to gain balance for his throw. This is not an easy thing to do for a non-pro baseball player.

Furthermore, body-wise Yoo Yeonseok is perfectly fit the image of a pitcher. He has the proper height and weight, in short, perfection. The thing that probably need a bit of correction is that Yoo Yeonseok’s skin is appeared to be milky white on the screen while normal baseball player will never be that white and smooth. A little bit of skin-darkening would fit more to the image. Tanning-room or tanning cream could probably do the job well. Because of his incredibly milky white skin, people will think that Korean baseball pitchers are mostly looking like movie stars. That can be true, Korean baseball players can be more handsome than movie stars but their skin will always look darker compared to Chilbong. The reason is simply because each game may start at 2PM up to 8-9PM which requires a lot of standing under the sun that simply explains why their skin turns darker, beside their regular exercise in the morning before each games. Indeed some players also  go to skin doctor to get some ultraviolet treatment but Chilbong is way too fair for people who stand under the scorching sun for more than 5 hours a day (pre-game exercise included).

I honestly think either the writer or the director themselves are a fanatic baseball fans, but if they don't portray the real image of a pro baseball player, that can turn into a misleading that baseball players are looking like a flower boy, exactly what Chilbong portrayed at the drama. An insignificant misleading indeed, but if they can make it perfect, the drama will be more worth watching. Besides, I adore the scene where Chilbong teaches Trash to pitch, he teaches on how to throw slider and curved balls. I honestly never even think of learning how to throw balls, but now I know how to throw curved balls which also explain why pitcher mostly hurt their middle fingers because it supports the ball so that it can spin in the air. See? Pitching looks easy peasy but in reality that ain't gonna happen. This scene grows out my respect for pitchers. No wonder they are treated really special, because pitchers are special people.

I might sound harsh and full of shitty comments but those are my wishes on how to make this drama more real and worth the wait. I intentionally wait until the drama is finished, so that I can watch it without being interrupted. Too bad my friend shoved spoiler to me, so I watch it with a knowledge that Chilbong won’t be the one who is married to Najung. Totally ruined my mood but it was all paid off by all the beautiful songs that makes me feel extremely nostalgic and the act of the actors that are upper the average and also the baseball scenes scattered around the drama makes me really happy and excited. I end this note with a little suggestion that if everything is already prepared to be as close as 1994 circumstances, other missing details above should have been overcome to make this drama looks real. 

I am more than happy that Chilbong's character is played by Yoon Yeonseok. I always pay attention to his facial expression and I must say he is a great actor. The way he looks at Najung, he really seems to think that no other girl can make him feel what he feels for Najung, while his stare to Trash hyung is deep and conveys deep frustration. Trash is the man who would always be a wide river between him and Najung. I am tempted to think what will happen if Trash is a non-existance? Will we see a bright sparkle from Chilbong's eyes when Najung accepts his heart and feeling? His shy smiles when Najung teases him, his stuttering when he is caught in the act doing some silly things. Despite his flaw on being too white on baseball field, Yoo Yeonseok portrays a very pure hearted man successfully. I really hope he will get more challenging characters to be be played in the future. I am honestly being way too swayed by his character in Reply 1994. Good luck, Yeonseok-ssi!! Wishing you can accept more love and supports in the future. 



너만 보여 (DARLING) - TopBob feat. Bumkey [MV and lyric]

So many awesome songs are out this early January 2014~ This is one of the best... I'm so blown away by this song. LOL~ I just love how Bumkey's soft voice melts with Topbob strong rap. This is so 2winS. If you heard their first album, they formed a duo called 2winS and their songs are awesome. But this time Topbob is back as solo artist, while Bumkey featured in many songs in 2013, I lose count. Haha.. Anyway, try to listen to this song if you can~ So beautiful!! Here's the lyric. Translation will be done if I have time. ㅋㅋㅋ


I love u girl I love u darling
네 이름만 떠올려도 내 입가엔 미소가
I love u girl I love u darling
온 세상이 꽃 이래도 내 눈엔 너만 보여 

너와 헤어진 지 한 시간도 지나지 않았는데
기나긴 밤 혼자 어떻게 버텨 나 미치겠어 

나 지금 마법에 걸린 것 같아 
눈 감아도 네가 보여
포근한 네 목소리
듣기만 해도 맘이 놓여
네가 나의 쉼표 내 인생의 맞춤법
가끔 내가 틀렸어도 동그라미 쳐 감춰줘 
나 너만 보면 짠해
맘 씀씀이가 착해서
널 매일 봐도 반해 
수줍음이 예뻐서 
다 별거 아닌 듯해 기적이란 거
네 이름만 들어가도 시적이란 거 그거 아니? 
내 주변사람 나보고 많이 놀래
까칠하던 성격 없어지고 웃음이 반이래
큰일났어 너와 떨어지기만 했다 하면
시계 봤다 문자 봤다 안절부절 해

I love u girl I love u darling
네 이름만 떠올려도 내 입가엔 미소가
I love u girl I love u darling
온 세상이 꽃이래도 내 눈엔 너만 보여 

너와의 약속 한 시간도 넘게 남아있는데
나 벌써 외출 준비 끝 가방까지 맸어
나 자꾸 너만 보면 졸리고 눈이 감겨 
더 자고 싶은 아침에 베개처럼 당겨
왜 웃어? 나 심각해 너 지금 나 놀려? 
대답 좀 해봐 왜 머리만 쓸어 올려
손잡고 걷다가도 보고 싶어져서 
발걸음을 멈추고서 빤히 쳐다봤어
아니야 얼굴에 뭐 안 묻었어 그냥 이뻐서 
너 딴 데 보는 틈을 타서 입을 맞췄어
털털해서 너무 좋아 흘리면서 막 먹어도 천사같이 너무 고와
지나가는 여자 다리 힐끔거리다가
시선 딱 걸려서 꼬집혀도 행복해 너무 좋아

I love u girl I love u darling
네 이름만 떠올려도 내 입가엔 미소가
I love u girl I love u darling 
온 세상이 꽃이래도 내 눈엔 너만 보여 

이 순간, 너와 단둘이 세상의 중심 
어디선가 우릴 향한 햇살에 눈부신 
새들의 노래 하늘의 무지개
달콤한 너의 속삭임에 
너는 하나뿐인 달님
내 맘을 끌어당기네

I love u girl I love u darling
네 이름만 떠올려도 내 입가엔 미소가
I love u girl I love u darling 
온 세상이 꽃이래도 내 눈엔 너만 보여 

I love u girl I love u darling
(Oh! Come On I Love U Girl Love U Love U Darling 내 입가에 미소가)
I love u girl I love u darling 

(Oh! Yeah! I love U Girl Love U Love U Darling 내 눈에는 너만 보여)

Happy listening!! 


Noise MOB - MOB 맘이야 (MOB Mamiya)

Really really loving this song by Noise MOB, a Korean hiphop group...


Noise Mob) 

제발 그만둬 니가 무슨 상관이야 
친한 척좀하지마 왜 반말이야 
니가 뭘안다고 까불어 막말이야 
우리 맘대로 해 MOB 맘이야 x2 


Male Female 근데 난 에피가 비대 
철없지 어린 애 
I'll be there 
가졌어 너는 자리 
구린내 나는 새끼 
뻐큐머겅 니네 

Rhyme -A-) 

두번머겅 (say what?) 
세번머겅 니네 
솔직하지 못한건 
이 Track위에선 비매 
프리팬 드리엔 
구린내 누린내 
풍기에 생기에 
뿐인게 얼찍해 (히이 야하~!) 


완전 WCO 없어도 더 비대함 Huge 
Look at me Now 프리스비 맨 
미안함 니안함 이젠 킥앤 
스네어만 때릴게 
Now bad boy bit em~! 

Rhyme -A-) 

저 위태해진 비애 같은 랩이 귀에 
들러붙게 되면 
Don't be quiet 
한번 뿐인 인생 겉모형도 아니면서 
핑계 Stop! 
준비됬으면은 수를 세봐 이제 

one two three four five six seven 

Noise Mob) 

제발 그만둬 니가 무슨 상관이야 
친한 척좀하지마 왜 반말이야 
니가 뭘안다고 까불어 막말이야 
우리 맘대로 해 MOB 맘이야 x2 


하~ 꼰대가 뭐라캤냐면 
니가 랩좀한다는 애란건 나도 잘 알아 
그렇지만은 잘나간다는 애는 다 따로 
정해져 있더라고 
니가 내 통장잔고 라도 봤음 안그래 엿먹어 
술이나 더 따러 
넓어진 어깨여 꿈에서 등돌린 애가 열받게 뭐라카노? 
완전히 열대야 홍콩대야 수컷 
i don't care 
고집 그리고 남자 (say what?) One care 

Rhyme -A-) 

잘들어봐 넌 내가 몇마디에 볼게 많았었지 
너처럼 얘기하고 했던 선 배가 
언제나 선생과 같은 척해야 편 해 발뻗고 자는 넌 
신종 변 태야! 

넌 생각 기준 나설때만 지는 
나는 그입 조심해 알지도 못하는게 
꼰대들 이노랠 들으면 멘탈붕괴 
우린 작은 하마 건드리면 아주 좆되 

(건드리면 아주 좆되는거야) 

Noise Mob) 

제발 그만둬 니가 무슨 상관이야 
친한 척좀하지마 왜 반말이야 
니가 뭘안다고 까불어 막말이야 
우리 맘대로 해 MOB 맘이야 x2 

제발 날좀 내비둬요 난 멀쩡해 너나 잘해 줘요 
나를 알긴알아 모두 줘요 
제발 날좀 내비둬요 난 멀쩡해 너나 잘해 줘요 
나를 알긴알아 모두 줘요 

Rhyme -A- & MINOS) 
이건 우릴 아니꼽게 보는 놈팽 Mr.꼰대 들에게로 들려주는 노래 
아직 까지 아리송해 하며 고개를 휘젓는 놈에게 제대로 보여주는 본때 
종횡 무진 무대를 누비는 뽐새 
clap your hand 
Rhyme -A- & M.I.N.O.S 
Noise Mob Classic Mob 맘이야 
내가 제일 잘 나가 이것도 Mob 맘이야 

Noise Mob) 

제발 그만둬 니가 무슨 상관이야 
친한 척좀하지마 왜 반말이야 
니가 뭘안다고 까불어 막말이야 
우리 맘대로 해 MOB 맘이야 x2