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February 10, 2014
I guess I'm going into...
The Korean television show,
"You're Beautiful" was
apparently quite popular, WHERE_ANGELS_GO_NUN_FOLLOWS
right up there with greats
like "Coffee Prince".
Actually, I think I was confused about
that: I don't think it was that popular
in Korea, but it inspired multiple
differeent remakes in other countries.
Anyway, A better name for it is
"He's Beautiful": nun-in-training
cross dresses as male to take her The title "You're Beautiful",
twin brother's place in a boy band. has very little resonance
with anything in the story.
The bit I want to talk The closest point is a
about here has to do with throwaway line, where the
the back-story of one of male lead's mother (a famous
the main characters... star of years gone by)
enters a room, and someone
greets her saying "Ah,
you're still beautiful."
Let me try starting with
an inverted family tree:
Our heroine: Our hero:
A young nun-in-training, The lead singer/
with a twin brother who composer with
is a singer about to join the idol group,
an idol group... "A.N. Gel"
| | | |
Mother: Father: Mother: Father:
Folk A composer A famous A composer?
singer. of songs. singer. Or unknown?
The foreground story of this
cross-dressing comedy: (They do a fine job of
The twin brother is hospitalized overseas, insanity of this,
his manager is worried he'll lose the slot playing it broadly
in the idol band if he's a no-show, and so but not *too* boadly.)
the manager hits on the solution of
convincing his sister the nun to become an
"A.N. Gel"-- She passes herself off as a
boy to join the idol group, where she
gradually becomes romantically entangled
with the lead.
We eventually learn that the nun's father and the
lead's mother once had an affair in the distant
past (I mentioned the insanity, right?)....
Getting the past events straight It does seem that this
is a little difficult: the love incoherence serves a role
life of this famous singer was in the story, it creates
quite complicated-- she has a an ambiguity in the
reputation for promiscuity. stormy love relationship
of the foreround characters.
And one of the main sources we have Is there a possibility
for this woman's sexual biography is that they're half-brother
her own statements, and it's hard to and half-sister, with the
tell how much we can trust what she same father?
says about it: all we really know is
that she was involved with a married The audience is supposed to
man (while his wife was pregnant), be worried (or enthralled?)
and that caused a rift in that that a brother and sister
relationship, and then she was is falling into an
involved with some other man, and incestuous relationship.
bore a son by him, but ever
afterwards she was obsessed with the In the tradition of
first man (the song-writer, the Oedipus, they're
nun-turned-singer's father), and unaware of the details
wanted to believe this was of their parentage.
I have a complaint about
We don't seem to know much about this (a common one with
this second man, the father of the me, though no one else
male hero. He does talk on the seems to care): this is a
phone a few times with his "father" concern the audience may
(who may or may not be his have, but it is not a
biological father). concern of any of the
main characters: we know
We're told that this woman had more than they do.
lots of boyfriends, and I have
the dim impression that they
implied that the male lead's
father may be someone else (but
don't remember in detail).
I do remember the impression that
everyone in this history seems to
die (tragically) once their role
has been played, but if this
biological father has died, we're
told nothing about it.
And now, here's what I think is
the interesting thing: given Maybe this is a common solution
this tangle of relationships, when incest looms in Korean soap?
the fans of this show seem to "You're father is *not* that man!"
have concluded that the male But it's not needed in this story.
main character was the product
of a rape-induced pregnancy.
Perhaps there's another
This is not stated in the story, genre convention: slutty
and I don't believe it's women are always raped
actually implied... it looks (punished by providence?).
like an attempt at imagining a
story more coherent than this A friend of mine who
one actually is, perhaps an lived in Japan in
attempt at sanitizing the the 80s described a
biography of this woman... TV show she thought
of as "the rape
There's very little in the story show", where in
that even hints at making this every episode, the
woman a sympathetic character, same young women
though. I would've said that would hang around in
the author's intent was "nasty nightclubs and end
piece of work". up getting raped,
and the same man
would step in to
Indeed, with all the major save them, closing
female characters in this with a finger-
story, if they're at all waggling lecture.
intelligent and capable,
they're also completely evil. See what happens
to Bad Girls!
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