Comments – Heartless City Episode 10
Hello again guys! Finally I’m back with the comments! Once again, man, this show is just pure awesome! Sure, it lacks a bit in places and there’s some things you just have to take on faith at times, but what this show does best is to make you forget those little moments of errors because it has got so much better going on that you just can’t look away from the awesomeness! 😀
Episode 10 was, like most of the earlier episodes, an hour long ride that led to such a surprising twist and it literally makes you fall off your seat! If there’s one thing this show is good at-it’s to always, and I mean ALWAYS keep you on your toes, guessing about what’s coming up and trying to peel off the layers of characters and see if there facade of good or bad is what they really are! Characters like Safari, Jin Suk, Hong Ki are still so deep in the shadows that it’s impossible to tell what their real motives are. What makes this suspense intriguing is the fact that each time you imagine something about these characters and think you’re right, the story gives you yet another twist to throw you in a further loop and raises stakes sky high each time!
First off, the relationship between Soo Min and Park Sa. I LIKES LIKES! It’s setting itself up quite nicely, and in an unconventional manner which allows it to be more believable. A typical boy falls for girl or girl falls for boy would simply stand out sorely in this drama! But when you look at Park Sa and Soo Min, their characters and their interactions, you can see the chemistry and the sparks. Park Sa’s spent eight years out of everything and the last woman he loved, he gave her up to keep her happy and safe (Kyung Mi) and this is the first time he comes across someone so naive that he’s got no idea what to make of her. I think what gets him the most is that she recognizes his truth-that he’s a gangster from his gruff manners and attitude and still, she’s the one who calls him out and has drinks with him easily, not the least bit daunted and afraid. Every time I see them together, I can imagine Park Sa asking himself, “How come she isn’t running away from me?” Granted he’s no monster or anything, but he’s made sure in eight years that his gruff and hostile manner never let anyone close to him so it’s that much of a surprise and shock to him to know that someone’s able to look beyond that. Eventually, he’s just drawn to her like he’s never been before and unable to control his curiosity about her. I love the way he just picks up the second time she calls him up (but then he hangs up because of JS).
For Soo Min, I think there’s always been curiosity about him since the day he was hurt and he inadvertently helped her out and yet threatened her to stay away. It’s like a common case of ‘mixed signals’ to her. She’s seen him as a good guy-despite the fact that he didn’t really mean to help her out but was too annoyed with the guy trying to rob the store and too in a rush to wait for the man to walk away. She’s seen him as a somewhat bad guy because of the way he held the knife at her throat and warned her that she shouldn’t interfere with just about everything. Despite herself, she’s curious about him and that curiosity, and her lonely sulking over Hyung Min led to their ‘night’ together. And now that he’s saved her, rather than Hyung Min, she’s going to fall even harder without realizing it! 😀 I’m loving that she will get to know Shi Hyun the person and then find out that he’s also Park Sa-the man she’s led to believe is a monster. It should give her definite pause when she knows his truth and hopefully allow her to find out exactly what happened with Kyung Mi.
I don’t think his leaving money for her needs to be analyzed in a micro level. It’s just his way of responding by telling himself there’s no feelings involved, even though he can’t stop himself from thinking about her all the time even when he’s walking away. Like Jin Suk said, it’s his way of saying there’s no heart involved, but our dearie has yet to discover the heart just has its own ways! 😉 I know, baby steps for our big baddie. But what speaks MOST, is that he TELLS her HIS NAME! That is just plain <3!
Hyung Min’s still the same except for the little bit of humanity he shows in Episode 10-which incidentally isn’t even directed towards our heroine. We get more of his and Soo Min’s backstory, effectively laying out her crush on the guy her Unni dated and showing us why he always looks and behaves around her as if she’s a thorn he can’t wait to be rid of. It was surprising to see Hyung Min all happy and smiling with Kyung Mi in the flashbacks because he looked like a completely different and such a happy person. I suspect that would all be before his brother’s incident because at that time, he was so happy and content with Kyung Mi and there wasn’t even a shadow of the man we’ve seen since Episode 1. It makes you feel sorry for the guy, until the moment he messes it all up… again!
He’s always been abrupt and harsh towards Soo Min because of her happy go lucky and carefree nature which was a constant worry to Kyung Mi, and hence to him. I doubt he’s ever seen her beyond Kyung Mi’s little sister/responsibility and doubt he even feels little more than that. Even in Episode 10, he pauses at her outburst, but only barely, and his flashbacks simply become a reminder of Kyung Mi, and what she was to him. Maybe he’ll fall for her later (Frankly, I wish they’d not go that way cause I’d hate for THAT storyline to play out when there’s so much potential otherwise) but he’s doing a fancy job of making sure Soo Min gets a rude awakening from her crush on him. The moment he decides to go after Chung Mo and his men, rather than her, speaks volumes! With an amusement park full of baddies and police ready to go at each other, he chooses to follow his agenda, forgetting that she’s also his responsibility. Has he forgotten his promise to himself/Kyung Mi, that he won’t let the same situation happen again? This guy is too lost in his revenge that he can’t look beyond that, even if he’d want to! I like the way Soo Min’s expression hardens when she asks him where he is, well aware of the fact that if it weren’t for Park Sa/Shi Hyun, she’d be dead because Hyung Min wasn’t there when he’d promised to be.
Jin Suk-still one of my liked characters because of what we’ve seen of her so far. BUT, and I mean BUT, the hint in this episode that she might be in love with Park Sa is more than I can take. Seriously, I feel cheated if that were to work out! Gosh, these three-her, Park Sa and Safari have lived together for quite a while as family! He called her ‘Aunt’ and she has literally seen him grow up. I’d rather they had a close relationship as the do now-where they protect each other and it doesn’t even have to be an aunt-nephew relation-it can be as vague as you want, but not of the ‘I love him as a man’ type! There’s a closeness that can exist without people becoming entwined like that and it would make much more sense for Park Sa and Jin Suk’s relationship to be that way. That is the reason I liked them so far-because they felt closer than family and so loyal to each other when they aren’t even family! Why can’t it just continue like that?! Needless to say, we don’t need a Jin Suk x Soo Min conflict coming up that centers on Park Sa/Shi Hyun!
Safari… the ever eluding guy who’s motives are just as shady as ever. And the latest twist just makes things even more hazy than before. First of all, is he really a police officer who has been undercover this long? Second, if he was, how come Hong Ki never knew it and why was Safari one of the persons Park Sa must catch-right up there with Busan? Third, then what about his alleged involvement in Park Sa’s mother’s death? Fourth, why was he a part of Park Sa’s childhood then-and might I add, quite actively a part? Fifth, then his whole business with Park Sa, before Park Sa became Park Sa, what was it? Why did he abandon Park Sa that day by driving off and making sure he got caught? They had plenty of time to get away easily yet he betrayed Park Sa and drove off. Sixth, If he is a cop, he can probably get out of an operation if things got too bad-like right now, when he has a matter of days before he dies unless he kills Park Sa. So why, why would he go so far as to kill Park Sa if he really is NOT working for Busan? Seven, does he really not know Park Sa’s true identity? The way he gloats as he’s flashing the badge and smirks when he glances sideways at Park Sa-it’s like saying, “Beat that, punk!”
I know the last question is tricky-it’s not too easy to get out of the undercover world and since Busan is such a bad guy, he’d probably be able to fish out Safari, but then to go so far as to kill someone-and someone so close to you, it would mean you’ve completely given up on your own moral code, let alone that as a cop. Eight years in the worst and still Park Sa was able to retain his humanity where Kyung Mi and Jin Suk are concerned. Hell, he even formed such a great partnership with Soo. What does that say about Safari? I know there’s no definite line in this drama about cops being good and baddies bad-this is more of a personal perception of what and who are right and wrong and who is willing to go to the end in pursuit of something right and wrong BUT it’s hard to accept Safari as a cop. I’m not saying it’s false, but its not a twist I would like to be true. Not to mention, it brings everything that Park Sa has believed CRASHING down!
What do YOU guys think?
Alas, all the questions above will only be answered as more episodes come out so I’m just gonna close my eyes and keep hoping Monday comes soon enough before I go crazy trying to sate the Heartless City obsession in my heart!
Posted on June 26, 2013, in Asian Cinema, Entertainment, Korean Cinema, Potpourri, Recaps, Uncategorized, Written Excerpts and tagged heartless city, Hyung Min, Jin Suk, Kyung Mi, Parksa, Safari, Soo Min. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.