Oh Ship! My Ship! vol.1 : Lee Joon Hee + Sophia Jung | Star in My Heart / Wish Upon A Star
For a while now, I’ve wanted to do a bi-weekly “column” where I would talk about my favorite ships- be it canon/didn’t work out/wishful thinking/etc (and actually after Sassy Go Go ended, I was ready to write about Ha Joon&Yeon Doo, but that will be probably next-next week) Someone asked me the other day, “who was that Sophia” in that picture I used in one of my Bubblegum recaps and I just couldn’t pass the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite couples from a classic drama: Star In My Heart. (I did a generic review about it a long time ago)
[these sort of posts will/might contain spoilers somewhere near the end part so proceed with caution if you don’t wanna know the whole outcome!]
this article was written originally by kipzizz for dramajjang.co –
Introduction : Joon Hee is a designer in a lead fashion house while Sophia is a fashion photographer. He is calm and quiet focused mostly on his work while she’s impulsive and hasty to leave one place and travel to the other.How they met : We are to assume they met in some fashion event, since their story is not taking place in the present, but rather through flashbacks. Very early (like in the first 10 mins of the show lol) we see Sophia abandoning him after giving him one last (betrayal) kiss before departing in her amazing car to leave behind his amazing villa.
Joon Hee keeps having flashbacks, throughout the course of the series, of their time together and we get to see how they were in love, drinking in picnics, or working out together or feeding the pigeons (my personal favorite!). So why would they break up huh? Hum, we are to assume that too but there is an explanation on the present narrative when they meet again.Why they meet again : Sophia travels to Korea because she has business there to write about the biggest fashion houses for the magazine she works to. She needs Joon Hee’s help who basically needs a tranquilizer after not having seen her for so long when she non-chalantly enters his office and basically trolls him. (seriously, their dialogue in his office, that’s some quality trolling she does!) Sophia invites Joon Hee in the hotel she’s staying to give her the info she needs to write her article (which he ends up writing in the end for her lol) and when she tries to sorta-seduce him, he’s so slow to get the clue (actually he’s petrified when she approaches him!) she ends up getting pissed-hurt and orders him to get out. And you have never seen a bigger pause before someone gets outta the door. Their intense staring at each other, before he enters the room and before he leaves the room are remarkable! But seriously, those stares evoke all those feelings of hurt, fear, rejection, dejection, whatever feeling gives you the silent shivers, you name it, it’s in those stares. I adore this scene, along with the background music, the camera angles, the moody hotel lightning, everything about that scene is what I will always cherish in this couple.
After the inevitable happens a bit later [I mean those stares had to burst out into action at some point!] when Sophia goes a bit drunk to find Joon Hee (he’s drinking as well, they’re both syncronized in everything if you haven’t noticed yet!) in his own apartment, you’d think that they might have a fresh start or something but she calls him the following morning to tell him to forget what they did and not to call her again. (just dandy)
Joon Hee doesn’t back down when she doesn’t return his calls and he seems to know something is fishy and here comes the possible explanation of why they might have broken up before. Apparently Sophia has substance abuse issues and refuses any help when Joon Hee tries to help her.Things get worse when he goes at his grandpa’s house and asks the permission to marry the woman he loves and she hears about it in the phone voicemail while she’s staying at his place trying to recuperate. That prompts her to blow up at his face and ask him why he’s so good to her- is it love or pity? (poor sushi got caught up in the explosion as well..) The following morning, Sophia packs her bags and leaves Joon Hee’s apartment (and the country) seconds after he arrives, along with a ring to propose to her.
He tries to track her down through her old number(s) but to no avail; in the end, Joon Hee is seen in the airport with a ticket heading possibly to Italy.
Aftermath Reflection ::
I’ve gotta say, even if it was a short-lived couple, even if it lasted no more than 3-4 episodes (combining their scenes together from the flashbacks and such) it has stayed with me and will continue to do so.
Even after all the time they spent anew together, trying to mend things, Sophia did what she has always done the best in the end; escape.
I think that scene when she listens to the voicemail, tells us how she doesn’t feel worthy of Joon Hee’s feelings since she abandoned him once but he keeps caring about her trying to help her through her alcohol and pills addiction. Her explosive scene declares all those feelings she kept bottled up and how she couldn’t stand it if it was pity that forced Joon Hee to come to her aid. (silly girl, his house is full of your pictures, sure it’s pity!)
It’s unfortunate that they didn’t work out, as it was clear she has feelings for him (not gonna point out the obvious about Joon Hee, the guy kept her memoirs all over his houses, both in Korea and Italy to touch them and reminiscing about the old times!) but I’d like to believe, from Joon Hee’s hopeful expression in the last scene we see him in the series, that they found each other and ended up happily ever after.
What I will always remember about them besides being two kind souls feeding pigeons every chance they got, is their instrumental theme; I mean, Star In My Heart had a main theme that was remixed 3-4 times, but that particular version that played in their scenes was my absolute favorite. Amazing, brilliant theme in general.
Whenever I hear that track, I will be thinking about a vehement gaze that took place a long, long time ago..in a hotel far far away.