冰之恋 Icing Ep 1-4 by Jang Dong Gun (English Synopsis)
I am so glad to come across this US site that sells Icing because I couldn't get it from Yesasia US site. And it's cheap with Malay and Chinese subtitles. Man, and it is so good a drama, so far. If I compare Kimura Takuya's Pride which is also about Ice Hockey, I enjoy this Jang Dong Gun one way more because the story is continous and intense. I could not stand the Japanese dramas which always put in new stories to each person's problems in each episode and the whole drama briefly linked with a love story of Kimura. This one is entirely about Jang Dong Gun.
Ep 1 - 4
The beginning was a bit slow going because you don't know who's who. Jang Dong Gun has an elder brother and they both play for the Kyung something University team. The elder brother is a captain and this was the last year of college before he goes pro and the coach wants him to win and turn pro. JDG only likes to date and doesn't like to study. The father favors the eldest son because he's responsible and is always at the games to watch him. JDG never gets called out to play. The father told the brother to tell JDG to come home early and JDG is pissed off that if the father really means it, he himself should come in to tell him instead of sending the brother.
He thinks hockey is a torture and wants to go overseas to study music. The brother chatises him for always playing the drums.
The opponent team is from Yonisen (something) College and the captain and the second guy is a good friend of JDG's elder brother before. But since now they go to different teams, the two captains don't talk to each other anymore. Second guy remains a good friend of JDG's brother.
At one of the commercial shooting, the Kyung team was asked to be extras and the make up artist sprayed water to make them look sweaty. Brother said he didn't need any but she insisted. From then, he dated her.
The girl didn't like any ball games but he insisted on making her watch the tape that motivated him to be an ice hockey player whether she likes it or not. In the end, she watched it at home.
At one match, the brother lost and at dinner, JDG rubbed it in and then asked his father to buy him a car just like he did for his brother. "Well, I guess you don't want to. Fine, forget it." And he walked off from the dinner table. Mother chased after him and he said that the father only favored the brother and he didn't like that at all. Mother said that he has been wishy washy all these years. He had talent even when young on the ice but he kept letting go, changing choices. JDG retorted, that's right, I'm not as good as my brother in everything. The only think I'm good at is playing drums.
At one match, it was seen that the friend always leave openings for JDG's brother and not block him or often avoided him. (He didn't want to hurt his best friend.) The brother called him out and warned him never to avoid him again or they would no longer be friends.
An important match comes up and after successive failures, Kyung's coach insisted that they should play rough and knock down the other players. Team felt unsure about it and even the manager didn't like it but it was no different from the other team's tactics. The good friend of the brother met the father of JDG and since he and his son are good friends, the father was very friendly to him. The fatehr offered pocket money to the kid (since he's very poor and is on scholarship) but he thanked him and prefered a drink instead one day. The father said you look very fit and healthy. Why are you always avoiding clashes with my son? The friend promised he would do his best today. On the ice, the friend promised brother he would not avoid him anymore.
Oh, yeah, the brother kept losing his attention trying to find the make up artist in the arena after he chastised her for not showing up at any of his matches. When he saw her, he lost his attention. His helmet happened to have been knocked off. His friend crashed into him. (OMG, did I scream at that scene! There is intensity in this drama!)
JDG was frentic . Father told JDG nothing would happen to the brother but didn't let him ride in the ambulance. (Good grief, the father really favor the first son!!! ) JDG drove the girlfriend to the hospital, screaming at her not to cry and then apologize and said nothing would happen to his brother.
At the hospital, family gathered. The captain of the other side felt remorse and didn't want to go to the hospital. The cafe cashier tried to talk him to go. At the hospital, JDG's flashback of his brother and him growing up. He complained that the elder brother didn't wait for him. That's because you kept sleeping. Put on the hat. JDG said, mom said this hat is yours. Silly, this hat is for me to put on you. JDG threw it into the garbage. They grew and JDG faked injury and the brother was worried. Those were really very nice scenes to watch!
Father told JDG that the brother would either die or wake up and JDG is now the only one who could comfort his mother. He could not shed tears. JDG said, "NO. Nothing would happen to my brother."
Then the brother woke up for awhile and asked for his younger brother. JDG rushed in and saw that he was actually declining in health. He cried...the brother urged him to continue with ice hockey. JDG promised. Brother said everything good that I have, you could have, and also there's a person I want to see but I don't know the name. JDG mentioned the girlfriend's name. She's outside. (Only family members were allowed in the ward.) As soon as you get better, you could see her any time. Yes, that's the name, and he also called out his good friend's name and then died.
JDG went hysterical. Though a bit dramatic, it was a very good scene! JDG did very well in this drama compared to Final Jump and Iljimae. Extremely handsome already.
Mother was distressed. The funeral scenes has JDG so incredibly beautiful!!! Absolutely gorgeous. Mother didn't want JDG to play hockey anymore since he mentioned he didn't like it before. She wanted him to quit. Father refused and took JDG to the store room and gave him his own mitt from 30 years ago which he had wanted to pass to the elder son one day but never did.
JDG went back to the team and one said, let's see how long he would last. The second captain welcomed him, Now the real you starts.
A previous captain who quitted the team on an important final day wanted to come back to the team and the coach didn't want to but the manager wanted to give this very talented player another chance. After he begged on his knees, the coach relented. They practiced and in the shower, the new captain said to JDG that JDG has great burst of energy and fast at attack. But it could be also a weakness that others would tap on. JDG wanted to follow him and he reminded him to wash the soap suds first.
Tonisen team was dispirited in any case and the coach made them take off the shoelaces to skate. They all keep falling down. You can't bring someone back to life. So keep training.
Very nice drama so far. I'll watch more and do more synopsis.
Posted July 16, 2008:
I'll summarize when I watch it. In the meantime, I came across a slideshow for this drama and OMG, JDG looked so good in it. When does he not? hahahaha....
Posted July 16, 2008:
Whao, I'm lucky today. I found an online site that you could view Icing, the ice hockey drama of Jang Dong Gun. I don't have time to watch it yet. After Model! If anyone need synopsis, then leave a comment. When I watch it, I'll do some summaries.