Fear of the Equator Men~
Delicious fear that is… Viewers don’t just like righteous heroines and pitiful princes, we need characters that are remorseful — or, wait, no, they are totally remorseless — hmm .. or maybe just plain psychotic..?!
1. Kim Young Chul’s expression of silent rage (glass-crushing in darkness)
2. Lim Shi Wan’s mirror rehearsals, in case of police visits
I thank Moon Embraces The Sun for pushing Lim Shi Wan into the limelight as a pretty boy, but I never knew he could be so convincingly haunted and bipolar in Man From The Equator. How could he commit such atrocities, time and again, with so much guilt in his eyes?
3. Uhm Tae Woong’s painful wake-up to reality
Uhm Tae Woong was scary ever since he lay comatose on the hospital bed, even with the inserts of teen-to-adult transitions via cozy memories of Lee Hyun Woo, Dad, barbequed meat and his Equator Philosophy* (see below). I was half-thinking – “Please don’t wake him by doing a sudden vampire sit-up and asking ‘Who am I'”!! He didn’t, blinking slowly through his recovery, teasing us with possible memory loss (nope, the doctor insists it’s temporary, just chill), before running amok for his loss of sight. And yet…
The First Person He Grabs.. is none other than The Other Psychotic Equator Man.
Is that Jang Il’s eyes, or ours?
* Kim Sun Woo’s Equator Philosophy *
“I want to go on a round-the-world tour with you, dad. Since places near the buldging equator receives most sun, it must be hot there isn’t it? There must be places that is summer in the day yet wintry at night too.”
“Why would you want to go to crazy places like that?”
“Because they resemble me~”
A title like “Man From The Equator” may sound a little wierd (vs Man from the Arctic? vs Woman of the Sun?). However, the equator equivalent in Korean is juk-do, which lit. means “red path”, that frees the title and Sun Woo’s “philosophy” to more possible interpretations… more poetic, fatalistic maybe? Or perhaps add an Yin-and-Yang ring to it.. ^^;