Part two of the drama was far more repetitive because there was this constant “will they marry – won’t they?” going on.
But it ends well enough since it pokes fun at that repetition.
Takako has run from her traditional Korean wedding, but that doesn’t mean she has run away from marriage. She just wants to find another way to get married without compromises and without risking her own cultural background.
Masao is still angry that his daughter would marry a Korean person and that she would have a Korean child. The mom points out that Masao is still sticking to the past wrongfully – so it’s clear that Masao has received some prejudice in the past. But Takako calls him, and Dae Chun, and the two children and the fathers meet at a restaurant.
Takako serves Dal Man soju first, and Dae Chun reaches to serve Masao, but Masao refuses to be poured soju. And that pretty much sums up the foursome’s relationship. Takako is sorry that her fathers must become enemies, but she’s angry with her father as well for being so opposed to the marriage based on ethnicity. Dae Chun is equally worried and angry that his father may have just accepted the marriage because Takako was pregnant – he wants her to accept her for who she is.
With that out of the way, the two fathers go off to their own to drink at an outside stand. At first things look bad (the fathers are ready to beat each other up) but Takako stops Dae Chun from getting involved. They need to solve it themselves. Dal Man explains that he hates Koreans because they changed a law where he would have to get Japanese permission to catch fish, which he didn’t have to do for most of his career as a fisherman. Masao understands Dal Man’s reasoning – but he won’t say why he hates Korea.
They get up and start to challenge each other by drinking as many bottles of soju as possible. However, two women start running towards him and ask for Dal Man’s help from a bunch of hooligans. Those goons insult Dal Man for being old and so Dal Man swiftly beats them up. Then Masao comes in with a stray board and starts beating them up as well.
They all end up in the police station, but the hooligans are given all the blame so the two fathers get to go home. Masao is generally impressed with Dal Man and so they make an agreement – Dae Chun has Masao’s approval to join his family.
Yay! So the marriage is a go – and they will have a Japanese wedding. But when it comes about, Dal Man is feeling mighty uneasy because he feels so out of place. It turns out, with this marriage Dae Chun will become Suzuki Dae Chun instead of Kim Dae Chun. Dae Chun will live with his in-laws instead. Because Dal Man agreed that Masao would be gaining a son, Masao had this kind of wedding. When the couple is blessed at the altar, Dae Chun needs to drink wine to be complete the ceremony, but Dae Chun can’t continue knowing that he will be effectively giving up his Korean heritage.
So he ends the wedding ceremony and leaves! (My goodness…)
Dae Chun begs for forgiveness later on, but he admits that he cannot turn his back on his family and culture. Later on at the hotel, Dae Chun gets a call from a Mr. Fujimoto – apparently, Fujimoto loved Takako once, and he is going to have his revenge against Dae Chun for rejecting the wedding.
But Fujimoto isn’t all – there are four other guys (a scientist, a gangster-type, a businessman, and a baseball player) who want to beat him up as well. Dae Chun gets a weeks full of exercise just running around the city away from these men.
Meanwhile, Dal Man goes off to visit the Suzuki household to give some Korean medicine packets for Takako because she’s pregnant. (It’s funny that they think it’s a bomb at first.) The mother is touched, but the father’s still hesitant. Turns out, the father’s original name was Park Sang Do. He was a poor Korean who moved to Japan at a young age, and he was teased and bullied in school. He hated being the outsider Korean and so he vowed to become completely Japanese inside and out. That’s why he’s so focused on keeping the name of Suzuki. All of this is overheard by Takako outside their room.
The next day, Dal Man heads back to Korea, and Dae Chun meets another fellow asking if he is Kim Dae Chun. Dae Chun figures it might be another Takako admirer so he knocks the guy in the face first. Heh – it’s actually a messenger from Takako. Takako has run away from home, and she sends a letter to Dae Chun. What’s with all the letters…
Basically her letters say that she’s running away to forget everything and leave everything behind. But she tells Dae Chun that she wants to see him one last time at the wharf. Masao and his wife figure that the best way to find Takako is to go straight to Korea. Meanwhile, Dae Chun meets Takako and that is when she tells him of her father’s secret. But even then, she still wants to leave him. So Dae Chun takes her by the wrist and they run off together.
Dal Man meets Masao at the airport and they team up to look for their children. He gives Masao some traditional korean food – doenjang chigae – and it brings memories of his childhood when he knocked his mother’s home cooking off the table because he didn’t want to eat kimchi anymore.
On their search, Masao figures that they may have gone to abort the baby. But in reality, Dae Chun and Takako are on Dal Man’s old boat. He tells her that they will never compromise and just live out their lives together – wherever the boat may take them. Masao and Dal Man decide to have another challenge – whoever wins will have say on how the wedding will go. Just then, one of Dal Man’s fisherman friends comes up and says he saw the couple at his boat. The fathers hurry off.
On the boat ride to find the kids on an island, the two fathers acknowledge each other’s strengths and make peace. But once they arrive on the island, Masao suggests they just do the challenge now. They’ll fight.
But it’s a fight with many conditions – each father lets the other know where he has his injuries, and so they shouldn’t hurt each other there. So that just results in them grabbing each other by the collar… aaaand they lose their balance and topple over.
So who wins?! Neither – neither want to get up first and so Dae Chun and Takako just end up laughing at them and helping the both of them up.
The wedding ends up being a simple ceremony held by their research lab boss, and Dae Chun wears traditional Korean garb while Takako dresses in a white Japanese kimono. It’s all fine and dandy – until Takako gets stomach pains (I can’t believe she’s that far along already…). So another wedding is ruined!
But never fear! They have the baby’s birthday ceremony, and while the two grandfathers insist on holding the baby, Dae Chun swoops in and says that he’ll hold the baby since it’s his son. Always fighting to the end…
It was long and draggy in the middle with the back and forth about the parents and the kids’ frustration in wanting to just get married, plus all the letters and crying. Something about the pacing was too slow for my liking. However – the lighting of the shots were amazing.
What’s interesting is they give the Japanese father the bigger and more reasonable secret as to why he hates Koreans. He was essentially giving up his heritage because he wanted to assimilate into Japanese culture and he had a hard time fitting in. That’s an understandable reason; at that age, all you want to do is fit in. Masao had to sacrifice a lot. On the other hand, Dal Man’s dislike for Japan was based on outside circumstances; he didn’t like the fact that the new rules ruined his economic means. Although Dae Chun explained that his hatred for the country was also fueled by the grief over his mother’s death, it’s more of an external hate than an internal hate. The Japanese father was given a darker shade in terms of development than the Korean father.