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My Ajusshi Mid Show Press Conference

My Ajusshi Mid Season press conference
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Well, it looks like My Ajusshi has a lot of controversy hounding it, so the actors and PD of the drama held a press conference at Seoul Times Square Amoris Hall to address it all.

There are several concerns the main one being that people think a 40-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman in a romantic relationship is just a middle-aged man’s fantasy. It seems like that is the biggest issue. But there are also concerns over the violence against women especially with the loan shark and Ji-ahn’s character.

At the press conference, they addressed all the issues. IU mentioned that she already had a lot of controversy before she even picked this project. In her latest album, all her songs were inspired by books. Every song has a book that she used for inspiration. One of the songs was inspired by a Brazilian children’s book where there was a 5-year-old boy who had a tough life. But the internet exploded into controversy nonsense about IU making a sexy song about a little boy. You know how the internet is. She had this issue so she was hesitant to do the drama. The PD told her that he still wanted her to do it, she would learn a lot and grow as an actress. So she decided to do it. The PD teared up a little bit and thanked IU for deciding to be in the tv show even though she had those issues.

With the violence against women, the PD made it clear that the loan shark and IU do not have a romantic relationship at all. They only have a relationship between a loan shark and his mark. There will continue to be violent issues but they will self censor.

With the love storyline, IU stated that the relationship between her character and Dong-hoon is layered, there is love, hate, pity, and everything all rolled into one. Her acting scenes are difficult and she worries about the acting more than anything else. Basically, it isn’t a straight romance. The PD also reiterated that this drama is not about lovers, it is about people; My Ajusshi is about a woman in her 20’s and a man in his 40’s healing each other.

The PD made it clear that they are monitoring what they are doing so they won’t cause any more trouble. But even though they are self-censoring the show, they will continue with the overall storyline.

I had no idea that My Ajusshi caused this much controversy in Korea. I mean wasn’t Goblin a 20 year age difference with a highschooler. Well it was actually like a 920 year age different. But I do appreciate that the team took some time aside and answered questions.

I for one am really enjoying My Ajusshi. There is a nuance to the cinematography, acting, and even the sounds that the drama makes. This drama has the best little noises, like a beer can sat on a table or Dong-hoon’s steps when he walks down the street, or how his hands make noise when he rests them on his legs. All the breathing and wind and rustling of leaves. You can even hear birds chirping as they walk outside at night. It is insane how detailed this production is. And on top of that, the storyline is layered as well.

We are live recapping this one on Wednesday’s and Thursdays. Episodes 7 and 8 finished this week which makes it the halfway point, so catch up if you haven’t started this drama yet because it is a good one!

My Ajusshi Mid Season press conference

My Ajusshi Mid Season press conference

My Ajusshi Mid Season press conference

My Ajusshi Mid Season press conference

My Ajusshi Mid Season press conference

My Ajusshi Mid Season press conference

Sources Singles List, Korea Times, Namu Wiki

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  1. oppafangirl
    April 12, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I hope they don’t change the story, I love the way it is right now and I would really like to see as it was planned originally not changed because some people can’t see the beauty of it. Come on people if you don’t like it don’t watch it. End. Why blame others without even knowing what they have to say!

  2. Handily
    April 12, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    I really hope the original vision is carried out. I love this show the way out is.

  3. Jenny
    April 12, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    The whole controversy surrounding this is so stupid it’s actually mind-boggling. It’s just hilarious because Goblin was major hit despite the female character being underage whereas this story is about two adults w/ romance not even being the main genre of this show. Keyboard warriors at it again with bandwagon hate despite not knowing anything at all. Crazy.

    • Anonymous
      April 13, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Yes, I have been very baffled by the double standards between Goblin and this show too. Is it because LSK is not Gong Yoo level handsome? Is it because there are too many dramas coming out at the same time featuring older men and younger women? I am really really curious. Was there any backlash surrounding Goblin at all?

    • KS
      April 13, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Yes, I have been very baffled by the double standards between Goblin and this show too. Is it because LSK is not Gong Yoo level handsome? Is it because there are too many dramas coming out at the same time featuring older men and younger women? I am really really curious. Was there any backlash surrounding Goblin at all?

  4. Thania
    April 12, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    I’m so sad, this show is so groundbreaking for korean dramas and I’m so upset that people are ruining this with their prejudice, they are both adults and their circumstances until now is pretty healthy (besides her spying on him) but my point is, he is so respectful and if he start having feeling for her and become active on it I’m sure he will have good motivations and not takd advantage of a “younger girl”. She is a woman and she is not the one people should be worried about in this mindset of unhealthy relationship cause from we are now she is the only one taking advantage of him even thought she has her reasons.

  5. V
    April 12, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    It looks like they stepped right off of set to go there, too. At least they are all smiles.

  6. Maria
    April 13, 2018 / 5:56 am

    I thought the same about sound production! It’s is insanely good and detailed, you only need to cut the sound and can call it a high quality ASMR video. And also, Lee Sun Kyun and IU’s voice! Gosh, it’s so so soothing, calm and pleasing in someway to hear their voice. No need to talk about the story line, it’s really amazing and interesting, I’ve enjoyed it so far and can’t wait to next week’s episode!!!

  7. Fanfare
    April 13, 2018 / 7:45 am

    I concur with the sentiments and reasoning of oppafangirl, Handily, Jenny, and Thania that the storyline of this drama be left as originally intended.
    The people who have different narratives should not be allowed to impose their preferences on the original script. If they have a better narrative, they should write and produce their own works!
    This drama is very real depicting stark and bleak lives of a segment of society. In many ways, it reminds me of Samuel Beckett’s “theatre of the absurd” confronting existential issues. Amidst this empty and hopeless landscape, we are given a picture of courageous people who find help, meaning, and love.
    If the characters DH and JA find love, companionship, soul mates with each other despite their age differences, it is a beautiful narrative! In fact, it will be so sad if their relationship ended because of social prejudices that they have battled.
    So please, if the storyline disappoints you, comment on it, stop watching the drama, write your own script, but don’t tell writers to amend their story.

  8. sashaa
    April 13, 2018 / 9:11 am

    This has been a crazy week and i haven’t caught up with any of the dramas. And i saw this post and i was like ‘*&#%(#’
    This is ridiculous. Even more sad that they offered to ‘self-censor’.
    What were these people doing when countless shows showed young women catering to rich corporates in bars/hotels etc. Was that fine? When 2 souls are connecting here (and we don’t even know if there is a romantic angle to it yet) it makes no sense whatsoever.
    I agree about Goblin, I couldn’t even watch the show. A school going girl and a man in his 40’s (900’s) was too ridiculous for me to take it seriously.

    • V
      April 13, 2018 / 10:50 am

      I hope them saying that they will self censor is another way of saying, “We will do what we want.” And a way of tvN saying, “They will do what they want, we won’t censor them.”

      • sashaa
        April 13, 2018 / 12:32 pm

        ha ha.. I hope you are right!!

        • KS
          April 13, 2018 / 3:20 pm

          I love how you think. I think this director knows what he wants to do, and he will find ways to tell his story come hell or high water. And thank you for posting this entry. So totally unexpected. 🙂

  9. Thania
    April 13, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    So what do you think is gonna happen? I’m so excited for the next episodes I also have so many questions. The last scene from episode 8 was so powerful, just the two of them standing there, DH didn’t look at her but knew she was there. Honestly I think it was one of the most human scenes I’ve ever saw in a korean drama, it was so raw. I can’t wait for episode 9.

    • V
      April 14, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      I think they will continue business as usual. It seems like the PD is fixed in his idea of this show and will not change it, but might tweak it a little here and there.

      • V
        April 14, 2018 / 6:45 pm

        I think JA is going to switch over completely to DH and Director Parks side. She will still collect the $1k per week from JY and slowly pay off GI in that way.

        But I also think something is going on with the grandmother. She is a famous actress from back in the day (her character). I kind of think that She used to date Hwang (the owner of the company) and that JA is his granddaughter. But perhaps she had to hide all this time for whatever reason and Hwang doesn’t know about her or what happened to her.

        I know that is a little far fetched, but I love far fetched theories that kind of make sense, so i’m going for it. And that would add just a little makjang to this melo 🙂

        • KS
          April 15, 2018 / 1:53 am

          Nooo, please don’t go makjang. I’ll cry. That will ruin all the realism that has been so meticulously presented so far.

          • V
            April 15, 2018 / 7:06 am

            If it does go that way, I think it will be executed fabulously. For instance, this is the first company machinations storyline that I am super intrigued by and actually love.

            • V
              April 16, 2018 / 7:04 am

              Okay, just reread the character description, she is NOT a famous former actress in the TV show. I think I got her real life confused with the character she plays. She is a famous former actress in real life, not in the TV show!

              • KS
                April 17, 2018 / 11:59 am

                Oh good, thank you for correcting.

        • oppafangirl
          April 15, 2018 / 5:59 am

          Please no! Thank you but no! Just let us enjoy the beautiful friendship for what it is for two people to learn and grow.

          • V
            April 16, 2018 / 7:05 am

            I got the character description wrong! The actress playing the grandmother is famous, but the character isn’t famous in the drama, she is just a regular character. So no makjang is coming!

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