#wwlyna on Films Uniting Korea As One

Recently, I’ve watched the following Korean dramas:

Spy Myung Wol” starring Shinhwa’s Eric Mun (Kang Woo) and Han Ye Seul (Myung Wol). Photo Credit: koreandrama.org

An elite North Korean spy, Han Myung Wol, and her partner, Choi Ryu, infiltrate South Korea on a mission to disrupt the Hallyu Wave by kidnapping one of their top stars, Kang Woo. Despite her proficiency at her job, Myung Wol’s one weakness is her uncontrollable curiosity. Eventually, she falls in love with Kang Woo instead.

Synopsis taken from wiki.d-addicts.com

King 2 Hearts” starring Lee Seung Gi (Jae Ha) and Ha Ji Won (Hang Ah). Photo Credit: koreandrama.org

The King 2 Hearts is set in a parallel universe where modern day South Korea is governed by a constitutional monarchy descended from the Joseon Dynasty. Lee Jae Ha is a handsome yet materialistic crown prince who doesn’t care about politics and bares total reluctance for being the second successor to the throne. Lee Jae Kang, the current king, tricked him into joining a joint military collaboration with North Korea as a means to help “make him grow up”.

Meanwhile, Kim Hang Ah is a North Korean Special Forces Officer who is also the daughter of a North Korean military high command official. Both Jae Ha and Hang Ah meet at the joint military training, a crucial part in establishing friendly relations between the two separate countries. Although the two met each other with a fiery disposition, Jae Ha unwittingly sparks a friendship with Hang Ah and soon, he subsequently falls in love with her. Soon, an arranged marriage is set up between the two and they eventually become engaged. While they attempt to set their differences aside and kindle a growing relationship, things suddenly take a turn for the worse when King Jae Kang and his wife were coldly assassinated by the devious Club M, who is led by John Mayer/Kim Bong Gu, a mysterious magician who wishes to remove the Royal Family and rule in their stead. Now crowned as the new King of South Korea, Jae Ha must take the reign and protect the country before it is too late.

Synopsis taken from wikipedia.org

And, I’ve been very interested with Ha Ji Won’s latest movie entitled “Korea” which English title is “As One”. A based on True Story movie. I haven’t watch it yet, but I will, as soon as I found its English subtitled version.

As One” starring Ha Ji Won (Jung Hwa) and Bae Doo Na (Boon Hee). Photo Credit: CJ Entertainment

‘As One’ is based on the true story of the first unified Korean sports team since the Korean War. Ha Ji Won stars as the South Korean ping pong star Hyun Jung Hwa, and Bae Doo Na plays the role of Rhee Boon Hee from North Korea. The two athletes were teamed up by politicians from their respective countries to compete as Team Korea at the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in 1991.

The movie was filmed without the use of stunt or body doubles. The actresses are reported to have trained for months prior to filming to learn the playing style and habits of the athletes they portrayed. Ha Ji Won was fortunate enough to get the help of the actual Hyun Jung Hwa for training and during the filming process. Though Bae Doo Na was not able to receive aid from Rhee Boon Hee, she worked hard to represent her character as accurately as possible. She even had to switch the hand she played ping pong with because Rhee Boon Hee was a left-handed player.

Please check out the trailer with English subtitles below:

Synopsis / Article Credit: allkpop.com

I really loved the drama “King 2 Hearts”. It emotionally moved me, I cried a bucket of tears on that drama. Watching the trailer of “As One” already made me teary-eyed. I can’t wait to watch that movie. ^^

I noticed that the films mentioned above, involves North and South Korea. The plot of “King 2 Hearts” even depicts uniting North and South Korea. We really don’t know the real situation of the ‘divided’ country, so we cannot say what’s best for them. But, I believe that “One is better than Two” quoted from Ha Ji Won or “There’s no other player greater than a team” a phrase from the trailer of the Korean movie “Korea” whose English Title is “As One”. The quote “One is better than Two” may contradict the popular saying “Two heads are better than one” apparently. But, if you think deeper, it actually means of two (things) becoming one. I also believe things are accomplished greatly when it’s been done by a team together.

Yesterday, we have an office meeting and a story was told. I guess we are all familiar with the fable of the The Hare and the Tortoise. But, we have a different version of the story. Please read it below.

The Hare and the Tortoise

Once upon a time, a tortoise and a hare had an argument about who was faster. They decided to settle the argument with a race. They agreed on a route and started off the race. The hare shot ahead and ran briskly for some time. Then seeing that he was far ahead of the tortoise, he thought he’d sit under a tree for some time and relax before continuing the race.

He sat under the tree and soon fell asleep. The tortoise plodding on overtook him and finished the race, emerging as the undisputed champ. The hare woke up and realized that he lost the race.

Moral Lesson: “Slow and Steady wins the race.”

The above story is the version that we have all known and grown up with. But then, someone creates a more interesting continuation of the story which unfolds as we continue…

The hare was disappointed at losing the race and he did some ‘Root Cause Analysis’. He realized that he lost the race because he had been overconfident, careless and lax. If he hadn’t taken things for granted, there’s no way the tortoise could have beaten him. So, he challenged the tortoise to another race. The tortoise agreed.

This time, the hare went all out and ran without stopping from start to finish. He won by several miles.

Moral Lesson: “Fast and Consistent will always beat the Slow and Steady.”

If there are two kind of people, one slow, methodical and reliable, and the other fast and still reliable at what he does, the fast and reliable person will consistently climb/grow faster than the slow methodical person. As the presentation said, It’s good to be slow and steady but its better to be fast and reliable.

But the story doesn’t end there…

The tortoise did some thinking this time, and realized that there’s no way he can beat the hare in a race the way it was currently formatted. He thought for a while, and then challenged the hare to another race, but this time, on a slightly different route.

The hare agreed. They started off. In keeping with his self-made commitment to be consistently fast, the hare took off and ran top speed until he came to a broad river. The finishing line was a couple of kilometers on the other side of the river. The hare sat there wondering what to do.

In the meantime, the tortoise trundled along, got into the river, swam to the opposite bank, continued walking and finished the race.

Moral Lesson: “Identify your core competency and then change the playing field to suit your core competency.

The story still hasn’t ended..

The hare and the tortoise, by this time, had become pretty good friends and they did some thinking together. Both realized that the last race could have been run much better. So, they decided to do the last race again. But this time, they will run together as a team.

They started off, and this time the hare carried the tortoise till the riverbank. Then, the tortoise took over and swam across the river with the hare on his back. On the opposite bank, the hare carried the tortoise again and they reached the finishing line together. They both felt a greater sense of satisfaction than they felt earlier.

Moral Lesson: “It’s good to be individually brilliant and to have strong core competencies; but unless you are able to work in a team & harness each others core competencies, you’ll always perform below par because there will always be situations at which you’ll do poorly and someone else does well.”

There’s another moral lesson of the story above. If you noticed neither the hare nor the tortoise gave up after failures. The hare decided to work harder and put in more effort after his failure. The tortoise changed his strategy because he was already working as hard as he could. In life, when face with failure, sometimes it is more appropriate to work harder and put in more effort. Sometimes it is appropriate to change strategy and try something different. And sometimes it is appropriate to do both.

The hare and the tortoise also learn another vital lesson. When we stop competing against a rival and instead start competing against the situation, we perform far better.

The story and moral lessons above are taken from a presentation. I wish I knew who created the story above and thank him for such a wonderful story.

It is sad to know that North Korea and South Korea which have the same history, heritage and ancestors are actually separated or divided. Won’t their ancestors be sad that their children or grandchildren are separated from each other? I guess their ancestors must be crying a bucket of tears. Life is a race. I hope North Korea and South Korea will follow what the hare and tortoise did in the last part of the story, run the race together as a team.

As a popular saying goes, “Together we Stand, Divided We Fall.” I hope Korea will be able to stand together and unite as one. I’m saying that because I’ve grown to love Korea and I wish the best for them.

What about you? Do you want to unite North and South Korea? I would like to hear your opinion. Thanks for reading my post. I know this is a touchy subject, I meant no offense. ^^


4 thoughts on “#wwlyna on Films Uniting Korea As One

  1. Hi, I’m stubled upon your post when I’m trying to search about king 2 hearts,

    Truthfully it isn’t that simple. The peninsula was divided after Japanese colonization, yes, but more seem like a more principle thing is the wall separating the two countries. Have you tried to search about Korean Wars? My friend who learn about Korean literature says all the problem rooted from there, but sadly, very sadly, there just limited info.

    Seem like Korean itself doesn’t want to tell the world about what happened. Ah, I’m interested about NK-Sk relationship, if you find something, please, please drop me a link in my email, thank you very much^^

  2. I dunno what’s the main problem causes Korea to be divided but i agree that in this thing that one unite country is better than two. It was sad to let go one of Indonesia’s island (east timor) to be independent from us, but that was what they want so our government decided to give it 😦

    • thanks for the comment Heidi, I didn’t know the cause too. Maybe I should have, so that we will be able to understand why they have to be divided.

    • I actually research about it last night.. Sad.. What I’ve known is Korea is divided into North and South after Japanese colony. US free South Korea from Japan and Soviet Union took the North..

      Looking it at this light, Korea doesn’t want to be divided but they are actually divided because of US and Soviet Union.

      As I see it, North and South Korea is not free and independent country after all. They are still being monopolized by US and Soviet Union. If they are able to cut off the grip that US and Soviet holds on them.. then, maybe unification is possible… though it will be really hard. They will have to go against US and Soviet. We’ll just pray that if ever that happens, US and Soviet will be understanding…. orz.

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