ITAEWON CLASS (THE REVIEW)
The lockdown apparently has affected the “normality” of lives and is probably still affecting many-especially the boredom that comes with being indoors and unable to do anything. This affected me on a personal level-to the extent of getting tired of the ‘status quo’ in terms of movies.
That, instead pushed me to do the unusual; I googled the top five k-drama movies of 2020- and Itaewon class among others caught my attention. The plot, however threw me off a bit- but nevertheless piqued my interest.
IT’S SPECIALTY 🤯
Itaewon class isn’t your regular dicey, cheesy, romance k-drama movie. No! It surpasses all of that- it introduces reality as it were, moral and social vices, the struggles of youths, the importance of discipline, philosophy and a whole lot more.
It’s a drama that manages to combine a little bit of action- in terms of fist fights and the whole showdown, a shot of excitement mixed with some adrenaline in the middle and towards the end.
The swagger to which the show progressed was incredible; the mouthwatering fashion choices was the huge cherry on top of this electrifying series.
The first episode ran its course in a slow like fashion- introducing us to the lead characters in the persons of Park Sae-ro-yi portrayed by (Park Seo-Joon) who happens to be a strict, and socially awkward person in high school.
He doesn’t mingle or have friends; usually and always on his own- giving him this roguish bad boy vibe😉 in school and of course tugging heartstrings along the way.
Due to some certain issues; he had to change schools- which led to a change in environment for him and his father.
This episode gradually prepares the foundation for the plot of movie. Coincidentally, the new school he will be attending happens to be the exact same school an important character in the course of the series happens to attend.
For the record, during the second episode the show picks up its pace to a higher level with higher stakes. The show introduces Park going to school and meeting on the way, a girl donning his exact school uniform, who appears to be carefree, snarky, rude and selfish; As a result of a particular action of this girl, which was the fact that a beggar was asking for alms on the subway and instead of her to help she rather forcefully pushes the beggar and walks away; Park was astonished.
Stunned 🤯by her crazy-like behavior, he proceeds to help the beggar while shouting at her to stop. The lady in question is Oh Soo-ah portrayed by Kwon Nara.
It all comes together in such a way that Soo-ah happens to be his classmate and has a sort of “daughter-friend like relation” with his father. That piece of information came into play when Park follows his father to the orphanage his father happens to take care of and meets her again for the second time.
She tries to strike up a conversation- but he bluntly plays it off by using the mute card and refuses to answer.
His father covers up instead by explaining to Soo-ah that he’s a loner and berates him for being rude.
She consistently rather rises up to the silent challenge by making him talk and tells him straight up that he knows nothing about the world 🙃 and its cruelty- and that, he has no right whatsoever to judge her by the one-time experience on the subway. Furthermore, schooling him on the fact that the world doesn’t work in a two way description and that he shouldn’t judge her till he experiences the things she has.😏
The drama picks up tempo here on multiple levels and builds up towards a dangerous edge sooner than I expected it too. Fast forward to school we could see Park driving into a dangerous corner by trying to stop deep rooted bullying and in the process throws a punch or two at none other than his father’s boss’s son in person of Ahn Bo-Hyun.
Bo-Hyun was utterly wowed at Park’s audacity to try such especially on his first day at school and proceeds to ruin his life- by reporting to his father who happens to be the CEO of a large food conglomerate in Asia which leads to a chain of events such as the expulsion of Park from school and of course his father sacked from work.
MAJOR PREMISES AND CHARACTERS TO LOOK OUT FOR-
Drum roll! 🥁 This is the first son of the CEO of Jang’s food company and the guy responsible for the major misfortunes In Park’s life.
Honestly, the list is quite long- a handsome villain if you ask me. He originally was the main villain before he later became the lesser evil of choice in comparison to his father during the movies course- later, moving forward to being the most deadly of all in the series finale.
He was responsible for the death of Park’s Father during a drunk driving incident.
Later on, due to the extreme lengths of his father trying to groom him into a ‘man’ and the perfect heir. This rather made him further dependent on “the benefits of power and authority” by turning the tides against Park by bribing the officials and corrupting evidences against himself- thereby automatically making Park a convict instead of himself.
The series shed light on his character as slightly unhinged emotionally and esteem wise tinged with a desperation of some sort in terms of love and attention from his father- and didn’t care what lengths it took to get a tendril of affection from his father. His father apparently acted more of a boss and mentor who was grooming his protégé– than a father figure which further influenced his choices and decisions throughout the movie.
PARK SAE-RO-YI portrayed by Park Seo-Joon. My respect for him as an artist went up a trillion bit higher after seeing this movie. I must confess, he took acting to a whole new level of perfection and bad-assery. The Writer-nim’s intelligence, style, and flavor really shone throughout the movie- and most importantly presented the series in such an unreservedly, unabashedly real and relatable manner.
Park was an ‘old fashioned’ guy in a twentysomething millennial- who irrespective of the cards he was dealt with fell and rose up about a million times. 😱He embodied selflessness, discipline, cuteness, love, doggedness, and ambition. During his time in Jail, he read books and decided to venture into the food industry in terms of restaurants and lounges. He decided to do whatever it took; to save up and actualize his dreams.
SCENES I LOVED
He embodied all the attributes of Love described in the Holy book and his ability to bring those attributes into fruition irrespective of how dire the circumstance is; was swoon worthy and worth emulating. He gave fairy tales and knights in shining armors a run for their money.
I mean, how do you intensely keep on loving someone who claims to love you but still betrays you countless times? In episode 4 while he was in Prison- Soo-ah visited him and told him that his archenemy (CEO OF Janga food conglomerate) offered her a scholarship accompanied with a job position and that she took it.
Guess what Park’s reply was?
He expressed his profound happiness about her scholarship and point blank told her that he didn’t expect her to stop living and that he totally understands while wishing her the best in her endeavors. She proceeded to ask him what he planned to do after his sentence; he explained that due to his status as an ex-convict, that streamlines his opportunities and career options to a large extent-but stated he has decided to venture into the food industry and later turn it into something huge and big.
Guess what she did after his explanation?🙄
She burst into bouts of laughter- while he smiled in understanding and a realization that she wasn’t seeing into his vision; then she proceeded to ask a very ‘unwarranted and naïve question’.
She asked – Is this revenge?
And he gave the best answer possible- Maybe, Maybe not.
A few years later, after years of silence- months to his freedom she sent him a letter- talking about how she was faring and where she now resides; a place called Itaewon which later proves to be of great importance to the movie and its title– describing the place as beautiful, serene, free, amazing and expensive, going further to explain customs associated with the area such as a certain festival that occurs every year in the area that’s akin to Halloween where people of different races and culture come together to have fun without restraints.
In that very moment after he finished reading the contents of the letter to his satisfaction, he decided that with the money he had left, he would visit Itaewon and see for himself everything Soo-ah described in the letter-especially the festival.
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A summer day in June with a cloudless sky, the sun blazing hot and a light breeze was the perfect day for a wedding. And in the large cathedral off St George’s street, sat wedding guests who had come to grace the nuptials of Philip Igbene and Ann-Marie Ayeni.
Perhaps it is to be expected that at a lavish society wedding like this one, the guests – who were of course, wealthy, influential people of high social standing – would turn out in the best of their finery. As a matter of fact, they did. Women decked in shimmering emeralds, shocking scarlets and burnt golds with their headgears a fanciful production that fanned their faces like the Halo of an Angel. The men too were not left out in the display of ostentation. It wasn’t every day that the daughter of one of the most prominent politicians in the city got married to the son of an equally influential business man. And on days like this, one had to appear in their best if they had any notions of identifying with the right class of people, climbing the social ladder and making a connection or two.
The parents of the bride sat at the front row of the left pew, beaming with pride. Chief Ayeni was particularly glad that his scatter-brained daughter had done something right for once in her life by agreeing to marry Philip. Ann-Marie, named after her Grandmother, had a willfulness that was appalling for a female and a recklessness that was twice as dreadful.
The first time he told her he’d found a young man of ‘high prospects’ for her to marry, after she obtained her dentistry degree, she’d objected vehemently, listing goals she wanted to achieve before she got “shackled to a man”. Goals, his foot. At twenty-two, the girl was a menace to herself and it was high time she got busy with domesticity and babies before her reputation got worse. When he’d threatened to cut off her trust fund if she didn’t oblige, she’d looked at him calmly and said “Fuck you, Dad”.
She didn’t duck nor wince as he slapped her, just ran her fingers over her cheek with a bored look and spat in his drink. Then grabbed her car keys and fled the house. He’d stood there in rage, wheezing and chest heaving, until her mother came to calm him down; muttering platitudes about how Marie was ‘her Father’s daughter’ – she took after him in her fieryness.
When a week after her dramatic departure, she still hadn’t returned, he remained stoic and refused to share in his wife’s worry. Ten days later, he made good on his threat and froze her trust account temporarily. Mainly to stop his wife’s mutterings and prevent Marie from doing something stupid. Sure enough, she’d showed up at the house a few days later, not in the least bit contrite but at least she stopped cursing him out. He’d arranged her and Philip’s ‘courtship’ and he liked to think that the two had gotten along so well that love had bloomed. Never mind that Marie had been openly hostile to Philip on first meeting and that he’d had to constantly remind her of his control on her trust fund to keep her in check.
All in all, everything had worked out just fine because here they were, ready to tie the nuptial knot.
This marriage, if given the right nudges, could prove to be a powerful alliance for him. It would guarantee his entrance into the topmost elite circle of the city; providing a leg-up in furthering his political ambitions. A stout, black man with shrewd, hawk-like eyes, he had dreams of becoming the President; thus, every card had to be dealt right.
The air was steamy and Mrs Igbene wished she could quench her taste with an ice-cold Martini. Or perhaps jump into a cool pool to remove the thin sheen of sweat gathering on her body. She was the mother of the groom, however, so gentility and decorum were expected of her – to say the least. A few feet away, stood Philip looking dapper and handsome in his wedding suit. Her Philip, the one person in the world who mattered the most to her. She had once been worried about his fondness for alcohol and his womanizing habit, but she brushed those worries aside now; a wealthy lad had a right to sow his wild oats, didn’t he? Since he was set to inherit his father’s business empire, it was important that he behaved and looked respectable.
She was glad he was finally settling down with a suitable young lady. If Marie seemed a little fickle to her, she chose not to dwell on it. The girl was from a good family; she’d settle down into matrimony just fine. She blew air on her face lightly and wished Ann-Marie would hurry up. A wedding was once in a lifetime, granted, but the girl was taking an inordinate amount of time.
An hour passed and the bride still hadn’t arrived. Guests began to shift restlessly on their seats. The clergy men on duty looked impatient. The heat was mounting and a loud murmur could be heard above the soft music that played beneath. A man in a black ensemble tapped Mrs Igbene and motioned for her to come with him. When she looked askance, he whispered “It’s urgent ma’am”.
“What’s the matter?”
“Your attention is needed in the catechist’s office.”
She pasted a pleasant smile on her face and walked through the rows of Guests to the rear of the cathedral.
“We can’t find Marie” the man said as soon as they entered.
Lord, in heaven, whatever was happening?
“You can’t find her? Nonsense! I saw her myself yesterday doing that insane body twisting you young folks call dancing at the engagement party. What do you mean you can’t find her?”
“I was supposed to drive her to the cathedral this morning once she was done. I waited and waited. Two hours after the scheduled time, Her Chief bride’s maid came to inform me that she was nowhere to be found.”
“Where’s the Bride’s maid in question?”
A young woman with heavy make-up piped up. With her breath coming in short, agitated pants, she told unsettling news.
Ann-Marie, the bride, had run away.
P.S. This is the first part in ‘ A Lily for Marie’ – The Runaway Bride Series. Second part’s coming soon!