'Memories of the Alhambra': Hyun Bin's Yoo Jin-woo is our new favorite oppa despite his anger problems
Just two episodes in, we are already swooning for him, and from the looks of it, so is Shin-hye's Jung Hee-joo
Netflix’s recently added Korean drama ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ has given us many things to love, from Park Shin-hye's comeback to the brilliant amalgamation of sci-fi and romance and the beautiful visuals from the city of Granada. However, one of the best gifts that the show has given is our new favorite oppa in Hyun Bin’s Yoo Jin-woo.
Just two episodes in, we are already swooning for him, and from the looks of it, so is Shin-hye's Jung Hee-joo. Even though she is miffed with him over the uncalled-for rudeness in the first episode, she is warming up to him and veering towards the romantic story of a lifetime.
What makes him so attractive? For one, he is oh so charismatic, so sure of himself and of course, perseverant. The first two attributes probably come with being supremely rich. He dresses well and definitely, has an expensive taste. However, he is ready to slum it out when the time calls for it – case in point, his stay at the dirty attic on the sixth floor of Hee-joo's hostel.
This also leads us to his perseverance, which is evident in his willingness to forgo comfort for the sake of a game he is truly inspired by. Moreover, as soon as he got access to Jung Se-joo's (Chanyeol) Augmented Reality game, Jin-woo tried his hand at playing, only to lose in the very first round, and then about 20 more times before he actually won.
The fight with the stone knight – turned – AR knight – went an entire night, but he kept at it. Despite being bested over and over again, he persevered until he actually won the round. Did he look like a fool to the pedestrians of Granada? Sure! Did he look like a total babe to us? Absolutely.
'Memories of the Alhambra’ is Jin-woo's story primarily; his pursuit of the brilliant lunatic that created the game he gets obsessed with, his determination to be the company that mass produces this game, and the love story he creates during this journey.
During this journey, we of course, will also see some kinks in his charismatic armor. His complicated marital history, for one, is a major red flag. In the previously aired episode 2, we saw his ex-wife and it is clear that something still remains unsaid between them. Not to mention, he was also extremely petty during the brief conversation that they shared.
As for his temper, it is quite the red flag too, considering he loses it every so often, even though he does seem to make it up to the people he hurts. His secretary, for example, is on the receiving end of his brashness every now and then, but Seo Jung hoon (Min Jin-woong) does get his turn to revert with gems like, “This is why not many people like you.” Other employees at his company, JayOne Holdings, also seem to have a similar rapport with him, which makes us think maybe the anger is more for a show.
We are pleased with what Jin-woo has been to ‘Memories of Alhambra’ so far and we cannot wait to see what episodes 3 and 4, set to air on December 8 and 9, hold for him. Don’t forget to watch the K-drama when it airs on tvN and Netflix Saturdays and Sundays.