The Rain and You

Friday, November 14, 2014

I’m not longing for you anymore now. There’s no longer my heart that’s missing you too. Silently, I’m forgetting that I’ve ever loved you little by little. What I do not understand is, that whenever it rains, tears are falling down in my heart. Just like that day from a long time ago, when you left me.” –Park Joong Hoon, The Rain and You (비와 당신) (OST. Radio Star) [translated lyrics]

From the director of one of South Korean infamous period film, “King and the Clown” (2005), Lee Joon Ik, another box office movie was born. Titled “Radio Star” (2006), this comedy drama film depicts a story about a now-past-his-prime rock star, Choi Gon (portrayed by Park Joong Hoon), who unwillingly begins to work as a radio DJ in the countryside because he’s plagued by debt and run-ins with the law, along with his loyal manager of 20 years in tow, Park Min Soo (portrayed by Ahn Sung Ki). The movie was released on September 26th 2006 and gained positive reviews from critics. Moreover, the soundtrack of this movie was standing out the most. The rock ballad song titled “The Rain and You (비와 당신)”, was performed by Park Joong Hoon himself, which was told in the story that this song is the biggest hits of Choi Gon that brought him to stardom back in 1988.

"Radio Star Original Soundtrack" album cover by various artists - source: melon.com


It can’t be denied that when the rain falls, somehow the atmosphere reminds us of one certain person. It’s the power of the rain. It’s the magic of the rain. It brings memories, from the deep of our thoughts into the deep of our hearts. “The Rain and You (비와 당신)” tells a story about that; about someone who reminisces his/her past lover whenever the rain falls down. Though they think that they’re no longer long for that person anymore, though they think that they don’t have a heart that’s missing that person anymore, though they think that they have already forgotten, it all breaks down whenever the rain falls. And they can’t help but find themselves being thrown back to that painful day of separation. “I’m not longing for you anymore now. There’s no longer my heart that’s missing you too. Silently, I’m forgetting that I’ve ever loved you little by little. What I do not understand is, that whenever it rains, tears are falling down in my heart. Just like that day from a long time ago, when you left me.”
There’s always somebody for someone, whom we always be reminded of whenever the rain falls. There’s always somebody for someone, who always fill a certain space in our hearts no matter how many people have come and gone. There’s always somebody for someone, who always own a certain corner in our thoughts no matter how many times have passed by. For a person like this, no matter how deep we’ve been hurt, how painful we’ve been, we always long for that person. “The faded memories that are becoming faint, how deeply ingrained they must have been, for me to still feel the longing for a hateful person like you.” Time may heal, but it also may build some walls surround our hearts. “I am fine now, but I have forsaken things like love. What a fool I am that tears are falling.” Time may heal, but it also may make us getting used to live with the pain inside our hearts. “You won’t be coming back, and I hate myself for being unable to forget. For how long will my heart be in pain?”

"Radio Star" official still photo - source: hancinema.net


Written and composed by Bang Joon Seok, the music director of “Radio Star”, “The Rain and You (비와 당신)” was gaining fame and loved by people as much as the movie itself. In result, Bang received several nominations for his work on this film, and also won the Best Music at the 2006 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and the 2007 Korean Film Awards. This song is still popular even up to these days. And until now, several famous South Korean singers and rockers have released a remake version of this song, including Byun Jin Sub, Kim Kyung Ho, Park Wan Kyu, and Rumble Fish. The infamous South Korean punk rock band, No Brain, who also took a role in the movie, performed the movie version of “The Rain and You (비와 당신)” that was included in the original motion picture soundtrack album. Indeed, this song is a classic. Though it was released on 2006, it really brings the feeling of late 80s and early 90s rock ballad that is very captivating, especially for me personally. I heart this song so much.

The faded memories that are becoming faint, how deeply ingrained they must have been, for me to still feel the longing for a hateful person like you.” –Park Joong Hoon, The Rain and You (비와 당신) (OST. Radio Star) [translated lyrics]




“Ijen dangsini geurimji anhjyo bogo sipeun maeumdo eobjyo
(I’m not longing for you anymore now, there’s no longer my heart that’s missing you too)
Saranghan geodo ijhyeoganeyo joyonghage
(Silently, I’m forgetting that I’ve ever loved you little by little)
Alsu eobneun geon geureon nae maeumi biga omyeon nunmuri nayo
(What I do not understand is, that whenever it rains, tears are falling down in my heart)
Aju oraejeon dangsin ddeonadeon geunalcheoreom
(Just like that day from a long time ago, when you left me)

Ijen gwaenchaneunde sarang ddawin jeobeoryeoneunde
(I am fine now, but I have forsaken things like love)
Pabo gateun nan nunmuri nalgga
(What a fool I am that tears are falling)

Aryeonhaejineun bitbaraen chueok geu eolmana samuchideonchi
(The faded memories that are becoming faint, how deeply ingrained they must have been)
Miun dangsineul ajigdo naneun geuriwohane
(For me to still feel the longing for a hateful person like you)

Dangsin aneultende ijji mothan naega shireunde
(You won’t be coming back, and I hate myself for being unable to forget)
Eonjekkajina mameun apeulgga
(For how long will my heart be in pain?)”

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