(Kim Seung-yoo kissing Lee Se-ryung’s scar from when she took an arrow for him in The Princess’ Man. In case you didn’t know by now, that’s uri Park Shi-hoo and Moon Chae-won. )
And now for our favorite installment (or perhaps I’m projecting): the smooches. As I was preparing for his post, it hit me how many lucky ladies were blessed by the lips of Park Shi-hoo. The chick in Family’s Honor was the real winner in terms of quantity. Since I haven’t seen it (yet), I searched on the trusty Youtube to find clips. I did that for How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor as well. When I watch them, I will come back and edit all posts containing them because it is my solemn duty to provide you with as much biased info on Park Shi-hoo as possible. *Holds up right hand and commits herself to this prodigious task.*
(Prosecutor Princess. Kiss covered below.)
What is the perfect kiss?
How to answer this? I was scared of this post because it’s such a difficult question to answer. Here is what I came up with: it depends on the moment.
I know it seems like a cop-out, but it really isn’t and I will prove it to you.
1) The chaste kiss: Now all K-drama fans have a bone to pick with the limp-fish, no lip movement involved, face-bumping kisses. (Please see Boys over Flowers for several examples that will make you wince with the complete lack of emotion.) These kisses look like the couple accidentally touched lips – a drive-by lip graze if you will. Actually, it’s an insult to real kisses to call them kisses. They are now to be known as “drive-bys”.
But this isn’t what I’m talking about. The chaste kiss is a beautiful thing. It is a sweet gesture of affection that does involve the lips, but only the lips. These are often overshadowed by their counterparts, the full-blown kiss that gets a fancy name by K-drama fans (i.e. the Cola Kiss from Lie to Me and the Game Over Kiss from Personal Taste.) It says, “I adore you. I cherish you.” It’s not a lusty kiss. But a kiss to make you melt. There are examples of these to come.
2) The hot kiss: We all know this one. It’s the one that earns a nickname. It’s the one that has you replaying it and fantasizing that it was you. It’s got hormones, hormones and more hormones. This is the kiss that makes you HATE the limp-fish kiss because you were denied the awesomeness that is a good kiss. No, a great kiss.
These kisses are not just tonsil hockey and sucking face. No. The mood is established with intense gazes, slow approaches, and unbearable anticipation. They are caused by physical closeness, declarations of emotion, relief, desperation, happy endings and any other activity that induces a rush of love and hormones.
These kisses combine techniques. They explore. They convey “I love you”, “I want you”, “Don’t leave me”, and “I have no words to tell you have I feel ’cause I’m a man so I’ll just show you instead.” SHOW ME! PLEASE SHOW ME!
The hot kiss must be qualified. The man can’t be doing all the work. This is an equal opportunity kiss – full involvement for all. It is consensual. It’s no fun if the guy is making move and the girl is just standing there. What the hell kind of kiss is that? We won’t be talking about those in this post. In fact, we shall shun them. They are hereby shunned.
3) The stolen kiss: This is when he just can’t help himself. Or she. But more often he. It’s sexy when a man takes over. The stolen kiss can be of the chaste or hot variety. It just requires surprise – no premeditation. Those involved are so overcome with emotion that they can’t control themselves. Examples include You’re Beautiful‘s kiss between Jang Geun-suk and Park Shin-hye and Sungkyunkwan Scandal‘s kiss between Mickey Yoochun and Park Min-young.
When a man steals a kiss, it’s just overpoweringly sexy. It’s declares, “I’m a real man”, “I’m taking control”, and, most importantly, “I can’t resist you”.
Park Shi-hoo has masterfully performed all of these, which will most definitely be shared. Please feel free to stare for hours. Perhaps you should wear a bib. Replay the Youtube links that I’ve provided. You will squee and keep your very special status as a fangirl.
(Queen of Reversals. Kiss covered below.)
And now for some delicious kisses. Park Shi-hoo, you need to ask me out already.
Park Shi-hoo’s Sizzling Kisses in K-dramas:
(Bae Doo-na as Jung Yoon-hee to Park Shi-hoo’s Yoo Joon-suk in How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor.)
A) Bae Doo-na: I have just started this one. This woman has amazing lips! Park Shi-hoo must’ve really liked kissing her. I’m just sayin’.
Her character, Bae Doo-na, is quiet and shy and just letting the kisses happen to her. I get the feeling that the power of the moments she shares with Joon-suk awes her.
The grief that these characters go through makes these hot kisses even more powerful. They are not just sexy but sweet, full of the tender love that relieves the moment of all bad things going on in life.
(Kim Nam-joo as Hwan Tae-hee to Park Shi-hoo’s Goo Yong-shik in Queen of Reversals.)
B) Kim Nam-joo: This is an older actress and you can see her experience in these kisses. Not just in the kiss itself, but in the way she holds herself, approaches and reacts to her man. She may feel butterflies in her stomach, but she lets herself enjoy the moment for what it is. She knows moments in life are but moments. They are fleeting. But they can be beautiful.
The first two pictures show a stolen kiss. He has been pining after this woman for a long time, nearly twenty episodes. He’s truly in love with her: her fighting spirit, her intelligence, her beauty. They argue and he just can’t help himself. He grabs her and kisses her – an act of desperate need. She, who thinks she doesn’t have time for this, tries to slap him, but he catches her hand and and steals another. Of course, she puts on an angry face but we all know that she’s shaken.
That stolen kiss holds us over until the last episode, episode 31, where we finally get another kiss. This is is a hot kiss. This is Yong-shik’s way of saying, “I’ve waited long enough. I’m going to make you mine, and you have no say in the matter.” He takes her face in his hands, waxes poetic, sheds a tear, waits a tense moment and then the fangirls get what they want. Tae-hee didn’t know she wanted it but she is the lucky recipient of a Park Shi-hoo hot kiss.
(Kim So-yeon as Ma Hye-ri to Park Shi-hoo’s Seo In-woo in Prosecutor Princess.)
C) Kim So-yeon: This woman knows how to return a kiss. In terms of reciprocity, she really delivers. There were no NGs (no goods) in filming. Just lots of takes for different angles. They sure seemed to enjoy it. I know I would’ve.
The first kiss is one of my absolute favorite stolen kisses. Seo In-woo is helping Ma Hye-ri make her crush jealous. We all know he just wants to kiss her. Anyway, he slides his hand behind her neck and pulls her to him, softly telling her that he has a plan. What? He shows her with a mischievous smile and a single word – it’s a steamy, stolen kiss.
But that smile just before made this “smile kiss” memorable. In an interview he explained that he came up with the smile to make the kiss more interesting. As he has a stunning smile, it most certainly caught MY interest. And I’ve watched it 100,000 times. To ensure the quality of this post. I swear.
The second kiss is one of the hottest hot kisses of them all. Our leads know that their love cannot be. They’ve been avoiding it, ignoring it, running away from it. But it is no use. The bond between them is too strong to deny.
This is is an act of desperation. It is the admittance of love as well as its end. It follows a declaration of love by Ma Hye-ri that Seo In-woo can’t ignore. Thus, we have an amazing kiss to rewind and enjoy…and enjoy…and enjoy.
(Stolen chaste kiss.)
(Sweet hot kiss.)
(Desperate hot kiss. Wedding night hot kiss.)
(Moon Chae-won as Lee Se-ryung to Park Shi-hoo’s Kim Seung-yoo in The Princess’ Man.)
D) Moon Chae-won: She is a sweet, gentle woman. Her appeal as a kissing partner is her femininity and her natural chemistry with Park Shi-hoo. It isn’t that fiery mess of hormones that Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won are in Secret Garden, but a subtle connection that draws them together. Combine this with her character’s quiet strength and a strong bond forged in troubled times, you have the ingredients for some awesome kisses. These two are friends, comrades and lovers. We have kisses that highlight all of these.
The first kiss is an adorable kiss that is a stolen chaste kiss. Seung-yoo and Se-ryung have just finished a most wonderful date and Seung-yoo is a happy little boy. He’s been unable to stop thinking of this free-spirited woman. He has her in his grasp so he does what any self-respecting love-sick puppy would do: he steals a kiss from the beautiful damsel he is wooing. Said damsel is embarrassed but extremely pleased. Her teacher and friend has turned into her lover.
The next kiss comes after the couple has gone through hell and back. Seung-yoo has lost everything. Se-ryung has been disenchanted with her father. Together they heal each other through constant support, compromise, and loving strongly. At this point in the story, they have come to accept each other, not only as lovers, but as comrades. This kiss begins sweetly as he kisses her forehead, eye and cheek. He is appreciating her. Then he kisses her and we are left fanning ourselves. He wants her. He finally has come to accept her despite all the obstacles. It shows in this kiss.
The last two photos above depict a desperate hot kiss before he goes off to fight and a hot kiss that holds a promise of a beautiful wedding night. The desperate hot kiss scream, “Come back to me”, “I love you”, “I support you”, “I don’t want to leave you” and “I understand”. It holds so many meanings because the depth of their relationship. The wedding night kiss is beautiful. They are committing to each other knowing that the future is grim. They are living in the here and now. How romantic. This princess is happy.
(Yoon Jung-hee as Ha Dan-ah to Park Shi-hoo’s Lee Kang-suk in Family’s Honor.)
E) Yoon Jung-hee: I have not yet seen the series. It’s next after I finish How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor. But I’ve watched many of the kisses. As it’s 54 episodes long, we BETTER be getting quite a few kisses. Pictured above are six of all sorts.
Yoon Jung-hee has this regal quality about her. She lets Park Shi-hoo initiate but her aura draws him in and she’s an active participant. In the screencaps you can see how reverent her character is. This relationship means the world to Ha Dan-ah. When Kang-suk kisses her, the world disappears. Check out the second picture in the second column. Her eyes are closed and she is enjoying the sublime moment of a stolen chaste kiss.
(A good kiss from Park Shi-hoo makes any woman do this as it did to Kim So-yeon in Prosecutor Princess.)
What is your definition of the perfect kiss? Which of Park Shi-hoo’s sexy kissing scenes was your favorite? If you haven’t seen them, choose from the screencaps that I had way too much fun taking.
I will be adding more examples in the explanation of kisses as I come across them. I will also elaborate on the shows I haven’t seen when I finish them. For now, check out my photobucket of unused photos.
Park Shi-hoo Quotes
When asked on Guerilla Date, “Are you a good kisser?”
“I’m pretty good.” – Park Shi-hoo
End Park Shi-hoo the Miniseries: The Kisser
From the 2011 K-Drama The Princess’ Man starring Park Shi-hoo and Moon Chae-won:
“Resent you, Love you” – Instrumental version. I don’t know who arranged it because, as you know, K-dramas fail to credit the awesome musicians who put their time into arranging the music that makes your heart pound.
aniGIFs by MadDino the Great