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Reel to Real? Translation of JHW’s confession and YIN’s reaction

So I spend eight hours off the internet, focusing completely on the final recap. I hit “publish” and finally go searching for reactions to the episode, since I have tried to remain completely spoiler free since last night.

Then I see this. (Transcribing on request)

Ji Hyun Woo confessing to Yoo In Na. In public. In front of hundreds of people. In a digital age where this this will spread like a wildfire burning through the internet cables and the hearts of fans everywhere.

Ji Hyun Woo: (Something that was cut out here in the audio)…. I received a present. From Yoo InNa-shi, the thing I am so grateful for, is that…You know the scene in episode 14 where I confess? The scene when I am crying. In the script direction, it said that I should just cry a single tear because I feel like I have become an orphan. At that time, it was really hard to cry. I had to cry within a short time frame. So I tried to gather my emotions and called for a time out. I was sitting on the bench by myself when suddenly, InNa-shi sat down next to me and put an earphone in my ear. The ost of our drama. All of a sudden at that moment, tears just started to fall. Uh..So…(Ji Hyun Woo gives a pause that indicates he is saying something that is hard to say)… Yes…I…yes..I want to be truthful.

(Audience shouts. So do I. I want to know if Yoo InNa had continued to sit next to him and shared the earphone.)

Ji Hyun Woo: The charm of our drama is ‘men boong,’ right? (Audience laughs) Right? There is ‘men boong’ in every episode. The thing that will make you (referring to the audience)’men boong’ today is…I love InNa-shi.

(Men boong is a current Korean slang that is the shortened phrase for ‘men-tal-boong-gaeh’ which is a combination of the English word ‘mental’ and the Korean word ‘boong-gaeh.’ Boong-gaeh means collapse, or breakdown, so ‘men-tal-boong-gaeh’ means mental breakdown. It is a way of describing so much shock, your brain shuts down. And shut down it has for me.)

Yoo InNa’s reaction:

The host has been talking when the audio finally cuts in.

Host to InNa: I’m not saying that you guys are/will date but you can say something, right?

InNa: see…I had a lot of crying scenes and I listened to the ost then. Isn’t the ost very good? (The audience replies yes.) Very…so at that time…

We aren’t curious about that. Since he said he loved you, you should reply or you should tell us if you are dating or not, since the fans are curious.

InNa: It’s not that..I think I need to talk to him after this finishes…(“We need to talk about…”) with what kind of heart he would say something like this. (InNa giggles and turns to JHW.) (“We need to talk about…”) what this person is saying right now…(The host starts to talk but InNa adds…)This is really a ‘men boong’ drama.

She passes mic to Kim Jin Woo. I think Kim Jin Woo is trying to help out InNa. He says, “I wore those earphones too. Didn’t the director wears those earphones also?:

Okay, my two cents.

From what I can tell, JHW seems to be really confessing to YIN. Those pauses are so loaded with meaning. YIN seems geniunely surprised but I don’t think she sounds unhappy or upset about the sudden confession. She definitely is surprised and is trying to diffuse the situation, but she doesn’t sound exactly reluctant.

I don’t RL-ship during a drama but when an OTP do get together in real life, I am happy for them. Since we don’t know if this couple is dating or will date, I am content to just let these two work it out and keep my feelings from bubbling over so that if they don’t end up dating, I won’t be too disappointed.

For now, I’m just gonna take my Hee-Jin and Boong-Do.

53 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wiina. #

    Yes!! Been waiting for your version of this news because I know I can count on you ((=

    June 7, 2012
  2. madsu #

    Thank you for the transcript.
    This drama is such a high for us viewers, I can only imagine what it must have felt like during production. I sincerely hope that what they feel is real and not shadows of the fantasy world we have all been in for the past few months.
    I never ship actors either, but when people get together for the right reasons, just give them their space and wish them good luck.

    June 7, 2012
    • joonni #


      June 7, 2012
    • missdory #

      Hear, hear.

      June 8, 2012
  3. If they do find themselves together (think Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young after “City Hunter”, I hope everyone can give them the space they need to test the relationship waters.

    Sometimes, netizens can be Evil Incarnate thinking that these wonderful actors are somehow their personal possessions. Their performances are given to the public, but their lives should remain as private as possible.

    Good luck to them both, and I look forward to their next projects.

    June 7, 2012
    • bubblymel #

      so ryt.. MinMin couple was destroyed by too much popularity of their relationship. they didn’t have the much needed privacy to keep it going 😦 i hope fans, like us, will not make a big big deal out of this and give them the space they need.

      June 8, 2012
  4. ss #

    Ballsy move, JHW. So ballsy that they had to cancel the afterparty because it was too chaotic and everyone including the cast and crew and management was shocked. ARGH. I don’t know if they are going to be together. I HOPE they will. This is actually a couple that people would want together haha, which is so different from those that get antis!

    All the best to them!

    June 7, 2012
  5. Oooh! Thanks for your translation AND your interpretation.
    She is trying to be level headed. OK, sure.

    It was such a wildly romantic script, with so many hours of them staring intently at each other, kissing, saying loving words, how can it NOT seep over into real life? They are both single, if they like each other, they should spend time together to see if there are real feelings after the drama’s glow fades.

    Stateside – a headline for a week or two – then the couple gets on with their dating. I wish it could be the same for them, instead of having the spotlight on them for being human with human feelings.

    And as I have said elsewhere, why couldn’t they have CAKE?
    I love CAKE!

    June 7, 2012
    • muhloy #

      seriously right? i don’t get why they had to cancel the cake. that poor baker.

      June 7, 2012
    • palangga #

      the CAKE huhu not the cake….

      June 7, 2012
    • jaz #

      I prefer ICE CREAM though…but the CAKE would have been delicious too…sad…

      June 8, 2012
  6. The best transcript I’ve come across so far.

    June 7, 2012
  7. blue #

    Great balls of fire!!!! JHW has balls of steel. I envy his bravery and confidence! May his feelings be reciprocated and live happily ever after with YIN and loads of beautiful babies!!! *0* If not its okay, because he must know there are thousands of girls out here that would snag him up in a heart beat. TT^TT

    Thank you for the transcript Joonni!! πŸ˜€

    June 7, 2012
  8. Sk #

    Kya haha I knew it! The scenes were too true and sweet aint it? That’s what kept us going

    June 7, 2012
    • iyen #

      Yeah, now we understand, why the chemistry could be sooo strong ^^

      June 8, 2012
  9. palangga #

    Isnt JHW the coolest guy on the planet or what? JHW… YOU’RE THE MAN!!!!

    June 7, 2012
  10. dee #

    swoonn…. wish they really be a couple.

    June 7, 2012
  11. sherenz #

    thanks joonni for this article sharing.. love the news..
    i’d been wishing for them to be together
    I like kim jhu woo’s and yoo ynna’s character.
    Seems they are both kind, nice charming people.
    love them both
    I wish to join if these couple has a fans club..

    June 7, 2012
  12. sherenz #

    as i said in my other comments, there is something in their kissing scene . it felt so real
    so that’s the reason KJH is in love with YIN… he he he ,,,please date for real.. love you guys

    June 7, 2012
    • sherenz #

      typo error JHW not kjh,,, hehehe sorry

      June 7, 2012
    • joonni #

      those kissing scene now have a whole new light to them.

      June 7, 2012
  13. Cherie Daguinot #

    i think its up to JHW and YIN if they give their selves a chance to know each other deeper.. as their fan, i would love it if they end up together…. i wish them both happiness and more success!

    June 7, 2012
  14. kyuu #

    Ah…thanks for your input! I’m in my mid-twenties and old enough to know that most drama lovers don’t end up being real lovers no matter how much chemistry they have. But wow, this is the first time in a drama where when you’re watching them on screen, you can’t tell if its real or fake. And now we know it’s real. He’s honestly really brave to do this in front of his/her fans, and I even heard his family was there. Korean fans can be harsh, and korean management companies can be strict about dating. Plus, he’s supposedly going to do his military service soon. He didn’t care about any of that and just let it all out. It was incredibly cute and I hope something does happen between them because it seems like he is sincere about liking her.

    June 7, 2012
    • sherenz #

      what ? military service.. why now..? can’t it wait for another year.. i am hoping for another JHW and Yi drama… .. i love them so much.. i really like their chemistry

      June 8, 2012
      • kyuu #

        I think he’s at that age where he’s required to do his military service. I read on another article where he said he was going to do his military service soon. It sucks, and they won’t have much time together before he goes if they do end up dating!

        June 8, 2012
  15. Thank you Joonni, for shedding some light on this. Like you, I don’t ship actors/actresses when they work together on a project, as I think real life is very different from life during a drama/film shooting. As Jomo has said, the actors/actresses spend a lot of time together, gaze at each other, usually look good with their make-up and lighting that accentuate their features in a positive way and there is skinship, in some instances, a lot of it.
    As I have said, I don’t ship couples (main couples, secondary ones) from dramas or movies. I will however say that watching JHW and YIN together, especially the BTS shots, I felt that in this instance, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if they dated and tried to see where this could go. They just seemed to genuinely like each other and like each other’s company. I have seen JHW in some interviews and variety shows, and he seemed like a very sweet, kind and romantic man. And no, I am not swooning or putting him on a pedestal, he just seemed to genuinely be that way (and I am usually good at reading people and at reading their body language). He’s attractive, talented, hardworking, humble, and he seems to have his head screwed on right and he loves his mother and has a great relationship with her (that’s usually a good thing if a man has a good relationship with his mother).
    I would say the same things about YIN: she is smart, very attractive, talented, hard working and seems humble as well. I haven’t seen her as much in interviews as I have JHW, so my perception of her is not as pronounced as the one I have of JHW. I do think that she is a good actress, that much I would say, and she did act lovingly towards JHW in some of the BTS shots and pictures I have seen. All of this to say that I would totally understand if they ended up liking each other and if they were already dating before today, as some rumors are suggesting.
    I am like you Joonni, in that I am just waiting to see how this will play out, meaning the confession that happened today and the repercussions of it. I do find it sad and regrettable however, that the after party was canceled, especially since there was already cake. I am with Jomo on this one: the cake was already there, why not eat it? Cake is good, right?

    I also think that what JHW did was brave, because he made something personal (a confession), public. Maybe he should have thought about how YIN would take it or wondered if it would be a gesture that she would appreciate. She probably felt put on the spot (and she was). Well, I guess we know how JHW feels for sure and we don’t have to guess and wonder any more. I hope that JHW doesn’t feel bad that the event was canceled and that it won’t have negative repercussions for him.

    Wow!!! That was some news today…

    June 7, 2012
    • Wow! thought the acting was real all along. I find it interesting how they treat the actors in Korea. That management and fans destroy the lives of stars because they disagree with their love interest or partner they choose to marry. I think it took amazing courage for JHW to confess his feelings. Maybe his thinking was that while everything was warm and fuzzy because of QIHM he would make his annoucement and just maybe the fans would not rip them to shreds. I hope they at least get the chance to see if this is real or reel. May you have a life full of blessings and happiness. This is one fan who supports you in all of your endeavor’s.

      June 8, 2012
      • Hello Linda, and well said. I agree with you on all that you said and like you, I wish them well in everything they do.

        June 8, 2012
  16. Asiatic rock #

    Such a cute guy to confess in public.. Kekeke
    Thank you Joonni ..

    June 7, 2012
  17. jas #

    they were look like a real couple,,i dunno,, is it because their so good in acting as couple or they were in real life..but from what I’ve seen in the drama it is so realistic (the couple :)) well I’m happy for this couple even if it is only in the drama,,but much happier if it is in real life ❀

    June 7, 2012
  18. tarianant #

    someone said elsewhere he was channelling Dongmin with his public confession, but I think Kim Boong-do’s balls inspire him πŸ˜‰

    June 7, 2012
    • JC #

      HA! YES.

      June 8, 2012
  19. yasz #

    hi joonni, i am new to your website and this is the 1st time i’m commenting. huge thanks for all the quick recapping of QIHM drama. To me, it’s sooooo kim boong do like to confess in public. I find it mighty sweet and romantic. But you are right. so long they are given the chance to see where their relationship can go, it’s ok since they are both single and available. So best of luck to both of them for their personal and professional life!

    June 7, 2012
  20. n #

    i want to see their wedding.. happy ending be like that. i hope , they will be happy.

    June 7, 2012
  21. mayu #

    been reading about it in many sites and i cant help but waiting ur version about JHW’s confession. like always you make everything about JHW-YIN seems more lovely and interesting. im joining with all the fans here that hope for their happiness.

    June 8, 2012
  22. What I find interesting is that few have picked up on the fact he said he “loves” her, not just “likes” her. The difference is the same in English, between “like” and “love.” I’m glad that Joonni’s translation is as “love.”

    June 8, 2012
    • tya #

      i think bcoz he said “sarang” not ” chuwa”.. heheheh..correct me if im wrong.. =)

      June 8, 2012
      • sherenz #

        agree he he he

        June 8, 2012
      • Wiina. #

        count me in! (=

        June 8, 2012
    • Yes, and there’s such a major difference between “like” and “love.” People just don’t go around saying that they “love” someone like that. That’s serious stuff! If he’d said “like,” it’d be cute. It’d be equivalent of saying that she was his ideal type and he was crushing on her. But LOVE? Woah.

      June 8, 2012
    • joonni #

      When I read the news first in English, I thought for sure he said “like” because, at least, that leaves room for interpretation. But then I heard actually watched the video and was completely shocked he actually used “love.” That’

      June 10, 2012
  23. yes, i also heard him said “saranghanda”….
    let’s hope that the best for both of them happened.
    He’s so close to enlisting, so I can’t hope the same thing with Han Ga In and her husband (forgot his name), get married before enlisting happened. kekeke…
    oh well, i like them both, so either they will be a couple or just remain friends, I’ll support them. Just hoping that his confession won’t ruined whatever relationship that they’re already have.

    June 8, 2012
  24. tarianant #

    men-boong..멘 λΆ•..I love that you keep teaching us new thing Joonni..keep it coming..^^

    June 8, 2012
    • Wiina. #

      yes yes! I’ve learned quite a lot of modern korean words too from our Tomato Joonni here hehe

      June 8, 2012
  25. jaz #

    OmO! Daebak!!! This drama indeed brings a lot of men boong!!! *gapes in shock for about an hour*

    Ok…I’m not sure if I’m really back…but Ji Hyun Woo oppa left me speechless there! I wouldn’t blame Yoo In Na unnie to answer the way she did…in fact if I was her…I’d collapse!!!

    Before I have the habit of shipping drama couples especially if they have good chemistry onscreen. But sadly, none of those couplings became true. Those delusions only broke my heart thousands of times already so I stopped.

    For JHW oppa and YIN unnie’s case, I already saw the overflowing chemistry between them even from the very beginning. However, I kept saying to myself that…NO! DON’T! You’ll just end up like before again. Trust me…it was hard but nevertheless…I sort of succeeded.

    Then suddenly…I came across a certain article from ygfamily blog (forgot the exact name…sorry) about this. I didn’t believe at first but when I came upon your blog joonni for posting additional comments to episode 16, I saw this!

    Upon hearing JHW oppa (after a couple of replays), he seems really sincere towards YIN unnie for him to confess in public like that…with the stammering and the pauses and all. It’s quite cute and innocent…just like a schoolboy confessing towards his crush. I just hope they will seriously talk about it. *fingers crossed*

    Idk but like you joonni, I’m not getting my hopes up…yet! But it would be good news if they really end up together FOR REAL! It would surely be hard for them since they are public personalities. But just like in the drama…LOVE can transcend through time and space. Their memories during their filming days will probably overcome every obstacle they will face in the future…that is IF they end up together?!?! hehe ;D

    June 8, 2012
  26. the best thing you could have said – she did not seem reluctant. YOWZAH..go for it Ji.

    June 9, 2012
  27. I am new to your website, thanks for your translation AND your interpretation.
    I love how he confessed his love for YIN, at least to live life without regrets!

    June 10, 2012
  28. Niki #

    Joonni, i plucked some of your trans and added it to another YT fancam. Credited you as well. Hope you dont mind

    June 19, 2012
    • joonni #

      Thanks for letting me know. Can you leave a link to the vid?

      June 19, 2012
  29. godslove #

    very touching

    November 21, 2013

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