To defeat (another) in competition or conflict; conquer. To prevail over; surmount. To overpower, as with emotion; affect deeply.
Dokko Jin has a hard time declaring his feelings to Gu Ae Jung.
At first, he’s a total jerk (aka Butthole Jin) and Gu Ae Jung declares that she doesn’t like him. Even while his heart ached, he still pursued her and told her the “Camellia” story (See: Flowers-Camellia): he would find her prized chicken and torture it. He drives Gu Ae Jung to his home and tells her to go, making her nervous by his proximity. Entering his home alone, he relays how exhausted and embarrassed he is by the rejection but he overcame it well, doing his soon to be classic peek-a-boo gesture.
When Dokko Jin discovers that Gu Ae Jung is attracted to him again after he thought he had gotten over her, he goes to Jenny’s restaurant carrying the Peter Jason’s wine (See: Wine) The item that started it all and told her to overcome her feelings for him.
After Gu Ae Jung finds out that Dokko Jin was really sick and needed a heart surgery, she gets drunk again and Dokko Jin kidnaps her and takes her away to his home. Thinking of the approaching date for his heart surgery and trapped inside due to the onslaught of reporters outside, Dokko Jin wanted to spend as much time with her as he possibly could. However, she convinces Dokko Jin that she needed to leave his house. Confessing her love for him, she says that she needed to leave his house so that when it was time for him to go to the hospital, she would be able to be his charger at the hospital. He cannot do the surgery without his charger. A teary Dokko Jin says that thanks to Gu Ae Jung he is able to overcome the coming obstacle.
At their wedding ceremony, after enduring countless negative reactions to their relationship, Dokko Jin presents Gu Ae Jung with a video of fans from around the world wishing them well. Finally, Gu Ae Jung’s image is restored because of her greatest love.
This simple, childish gesture shows how Dokko Jin looks at the obstacles in front of him. Like a simple zen movement or a word of encouragement, it helps him to get through the hardships.
The peek-a-boo gesture and intonation of the phrase isn’t limited to this word alone as all the characters uses it to express varying degrees of happiness. It’s used for SUCCESS (성공 – Sung gong) when he kisses Gu Ae Jung during their picnic date, or HAPPINESS (행복 – Hengbok) when he kidnaps Gu Ae Jung, or RECOVER (회복 – Hwebok) when Dokko Jin talks about recovering from his surgery. Finally, we can’t forget Peek-a-boo (까꿍 – Kkakkoong) to his daughter Baby Shi Yeon.