Leslie Cheung To You Chocolate

As promised, Leslie Cheung’s To You Chocolate commercial. Courtesy of YouTube user Hang Nguyen.


Reply 1994: My theories


Please don’t throw rotten eggs at me. At least not yet. Hear me out!

The following is just some things I’d like to see in Reply 1994.

  1. 쓰레기 Sseureki and 빙그레 Binggeure as a gay couple. I have no problem with Oppa-ya marrying Na Jung. I think it’s more groundbreaking on the TV front to have a male lead ended up being gay. In Reply 1997, second lead male Joon-hee, a gay character, ended up with mystery man in red race car. Show, you should not hold back this time on exploring homosexuality as a norm.
  2. Na Jung ended up marrying 해태 Hae Tae. Seriously, why stop at male lead ended up gay? We still have a few more episodes to develop Hae Tae to be a worthwhile second lead, even though he’s now a sleazy sex maniac according to Yoon Jin.
  3. We should not be ashamed that Chilbonggi ended up being a PLAYA!  Chilbong! It’s time to channel Derek Jeter!

I know it’s wishful thinking. But this is Korean cable TV, right? Think The Sopranos. Think Breaking Bad. Think outside the box! Show, I have faith in you!

칠봉이 Chilbonggi

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Show, you really have a way to fart with my head and brain at the same time.


I didn’t root for Chilbong until Episode 7. With his shirt off. With an ice pack on his throwing shoulder. Because nothing says you mean business on being a male lead like shirtlessness.


My best guess as to why Chilbong was head over heels with Na Jung would be because she’s not impressed with him at first. She was true to herself, which he really likes. I really like how Chilbong is trying to play it cool with Na Jung.

It’s really hard to root for either him or Sseureki…

쓰레기 Trash

A tall tale I heard from my elders: Once upon a time, there was a monster. He was so hungry and fueled by jealousy, he’d only take and eat what is most precious to others. That include babies. Yes, he’d sneak in someone’s house in the middle of the night, kidnap babies, and eat them.

So to throw off the monster, the locals decided to call their most precious things by the most insulting names. Children would have baby names like that of cats and dogs until they are coming of age.


When tragedy strikes, and there are no explanation that can satisfy such nonsensical cruelty, people find comfort in superstition and religion. Which kind of make sense that Sseureki got his nickname. Given that Na Jung’s brother passed away at such young age, (12 maybe? Hoon did not look like he’s hitting puberty just yet. ) it is not unusual practice for Sseureki’s parents to give him this nickname.

Sseureki’s unrefined behavior serves three purposes: He really wanted to emphasize that he’s there for Na Jung and parents, but had no intention to replace Hoon, who seemed to be the serious one portrayed in the flashback montage. The behavior also serves as a forcefield, shielding off his true self, hiding his softer and sensitive side, maybe also to hide his grief of losing his best friend Hoon. A simpler explanation would be he really want to complete the joke that is his nickname, and really living up to his Oscar the Grouch bit.

Right now, I’m not on any ship as to who Na Jung’s husband should be. I am fine with either ChilBong or Sseureki. We shall see.

張國榮 Leslie Cheung

I am in speed writing mode right now, because I’m afraid I’d go blind crying.

Leslie, along with Anita, are in a separate class of multi-talented, multiple threats at movie and music awards type of artists. Sorry, George Clooney, being an Oscar triple threat is not awesome enough.

I didn’t believe it when the Internet was spreading news of Leslie’s death.  It was April 1st! It was the beginning of a hostile relationship between the press and the artists. Anything that kind of look newsworthy will be printed as long as it sells, fact checking are for wussies. I was angry enough to torch up a newspaper office when the news of his death was printed on special edition. I believed it was someone’s really sick joke, to this day, I really wished it is just a really sick joke.

Imagine the overwhelming feeling of grief when Reply 1994 decided that Hoon’s (Na Jung’s biological older brother) date of death was April 1st. The moment Na Jung’s narration mentioned about how someone is playing a sick joke and laughing in the dark, I lost it.

In reference to Reply 1994, here’s the full video of “Just like back then…”

Reply 1994


I have a confession to make. I only watched Answer Me 1997 because family is watching it.

I am all in for Reply 1994! You had me at SamChunPo claimed to be a Leslie Cheung look-alike.


Yeah, good luck claiming you look this good:


I know the writers didn’t mean for the Leslie references to be the tear-jerking parts, but I spent the best years of my life listening to some of the best work Hong Kong has ever made, and Leslie is just one of my soft spots. The saving grace for me from crying uncontrollably is how comedic Kim Sung-kyun played Sam Chun Po.

Reply 1994, you caught my heart with thorns and slowly pinch it in pain whenever the Leslie references appears.