Last night's finale of Vincenzo, which stars 57th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Actor nominee Song Joong-ki and actress Jeon Yeo-been, got viewers hooked to their seats up to the last frame. Throughout episodes 1-20, the series ranked consistently number one, earning its position as the 6th highest-rated drama in South Korean network tvN's history. And why not? The show, which revolves around an Italian mafia consigliere named Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong-ki), uses unpredictable storylines and unconventional cinematography that instantly capture the hearts of many.
While Vincenzo has amazing lines and unique characters, one thing that deliberately makes it one for the books is the way it plays around the audience's emotions not by delivering wordy scripts, but by using simple gestures, expressive eye contact and meaningful facial expressions or events, that when put together, give a deeper understanding and appreciation of the story. Take a look at these scenes to see what we mean. Don't forget to listen to Vincenzo's soundtrack, too.
1. Regrets. Hong Cha-young and Vincenzo both lose a parent; came a little too late
In the fourth episode, Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-been) arrives at the place where her father, the lawyer Hong Yoo-chan who dedicated his life defending Babel victims, was murdered in a plot orchestrated by Choi Myung-hee (Kim Yeo-jin), a prosecutor-turned-private lawyer who represents Babel. Without saying a word, the scene pinched the hearts of the viewers as the chance for Hong Cha-young and her dad to finally reconcile disappeared in a snap.
Likewise, Vincenzo took time before he finally had the courage to admit to his mother, who was imprisoned and seriously ill, that he is in fact, his long-lost son Park Joo-hyung. More than that, you could see the pain he endures thinking that his mum died because of him. Have he not returned, she could have lived longer. A plethora of emotions--regrets, pain, anger--are rolled into a 30-second quiet scene with just his tears communicating. Heartbreaking.