What a discovery! Watching 동이 (Dong Yi) is like unwrapping a present you received a long time ago and decided to open later but then ended up neglecting to open because “later” never came and you soon forgot about it. And then one day you discover the still-wrapped package in the top shelf of the coat closet and take it down and start opening it out of idle curiosity, absent any expectations, only to discover an even more beautiful package inside… and then another and another; a veritable Matryoshka of storytelling delights.
And the best part is that each discovered layer feels like the real thing and not just a tease, engendering a growing curiosity to discover not the content of the innermost, final package, but the next package: what color will it be? what pattern will it have? will it be paper or cloth? crêpe or silk? will it be tied with a ribbon, taped or close-folded?
You don’t tear through the wrapping. No. You take your time; the anticipation to discover the next layer is so delectable you prolong it as much as you can, savoring every revealed glimpse of what lies beneath, delighting in the beauty of it, the renewed sense of satisfaction that it is as it should be, even though you had no expectations to begin with.
The whole experience is calm and deliberate, yet exhilarating at the same time. Each beat of the passing moment’s pulse sounds deep and strong, when you stop to listen, and yet remains just beneath the surface.
There is so much pleasure to be had in a simple story well told, with that quiet, unassuming patience that takes it for granted that you will be there tomorrow just as you were yesterday, enjoying the experience without making demands, reveling in the heroine’s incandescent brilliance and the hero’s easy beauty…
동이 (Dong Yi) is a discovery indeed!