Warning: Ending Spoiler!! [All my posts contain spoilers, but this is the ending, so an extra warning message ^__^]
Last night I finished watching the last episode of “When Easterly Showers falls on the Sunny West” and I’m left with one of those bittersweet feelings. I thought there were two particularly touching scenes of confession which were basically a look back into the whole series, reflecting on Joe’s character and everything he went through, making him who he was today. He became corrupted by power and greed. All the evil things he did which he claimed was for the sake of the “Poon Family” becomes pointless in the end as so many people died in the process. He loses his friends, family and loved ones just for the family’s name. On a wider scale, the Japanese people started invading and the war broke out where they lose everything…it leaves that empty feeling inside, but I guess its for the best. Only when Joe loses everything could he finally let go and find himself again, with no more baggage..and that he could finally start a ‘new’ life with Charmaine and their son 🙂
After finding out Raymond’s death, Liza couldn’t accept the fact and ends up losing her memories of it, returning back to her memories 5 years ago (the start of the series). She mistakens Joe as Raymond and Joe tries very hard not to let her regain her memories. However, one day she sees a photo of Raymond…
Liza: Do you remember that day? Because you wanted to catch that fish for me, you took off your suit and rolled up your pants and when into the water. At the end, you even injured your toe and it started bleeding. When I saw it, I was very hurt.
Joe: Mother, you remember me?
Liza smiles and nods.
Liza: You are ‘Cherk Hing’, not ‘Cherk Wah’ (Raymond)
Joe becomes really scared and slowly steps back. Liza smiles and holds onto him.
Liza: I also remembered how I abandoned you in the past and then later met you again. After that thing happened to you, I tried everything I could to get your father to save you. Later you came into the Poon family. I haven’t taught you well, so I used a lot of effort to teach/raise you up. You did a lot of things for me and the Poon family and suffered a lot up. When your grandfather and father passed away, the Poon family was left for you to be responsible for. Under your influence, our bank was also doing very well and getting better and better.
Liza: When mother has lost my memories during this time, you’ve taken really well care of me. I know. I remember everything.
Liza: There’s something I’ve kept within me that I’ve always wanted to tell you but never got the chance. You and ‘Cherk Wah’ are my everything. To me, you two are both as important. I love you both the same.Joe: Mother…I’ve waited for this for a very long time. *They two embrace each other* awww…so touching!!
A Japanese man attempts to shoot Joe from a distance but Liza sees and covers for Joe, getting shot herself. Joe kills the man..but it was too late.
Joe: Mother, you have to hang on! I’ll take you to the hospital, come.
Liza: No- it’s useless. I can’t wait til then.
Liza: I owe you, so just think of it as returning it to you.
Joe: No, there’s no need. I don’t want mother to return anything. I don’t want you to go! The country said they’ll give me an award, I want you to see the Poon family receive the-
You are right…I’m wrong. If mother didn’t help block the bullet, if it weren’t for her saving me, she wouldn’t die. It’s all my fault. Since little it has already been like this. Everyone who are nice to me will leave me- godmother is like this, now mother is like this. Why? Why is it that when things are the best, they have to take them away from me? Why does god have to do this to me? Is it because I’ve done the wrong things? Punish me then..From the country side to Guang Zhou, I only hoped for shelter and three meals. I never thought that I could recognise/reunite with mother and father, but lucky I did. Mother said she had a reason which was why she didn’t want me. I never blamed her because being able to reunite with my father and mother, and having a family I was already really happy. I worked really hard at the bank, not because I wanted to climb to the top…I just didn’t want to disappoint them. I never thought about becoming in charge of the family. Before Grandpa died, he said I was the eldest son, so gave me the position, but the responsibility and burden of the position is so heavy. If I do anything wrong, I would become the Poon Family’s criminal. So everything I did was for this family..it was also because I wanted mother’s acceptance, Cherk Wah’s acceptance, Grandfather and father’s acceptance. I just hoped that they would treat me as one family…But Uncle died, Cherk Wah died,..why couldn’t I be the one who died? Why doesn’t anyone understand me? All the things I did, I only wanted a family. Why would I want them to all leave me one by one? Why is it that everything I do end up hurting them instead? Now mother is gone too, everything I do now is meaningless. No one cares how I do. Everything I do will be meaningless…’Hern Cheng'(Charmaine), I know you will never forgive me. Leave, but I want to tell you, no matter how you treat me, I will still love you.
*Charmaine hugs onto Joe*
Charmaine: You’re not alone. You don’t have nothing left, you still have me.
Why is Charmaine wearing clothes..?
Charmaine convinces Joe to leave behind all the Poon Family matters and burden, and to start a new life with her in Hong Kong. He agrees and she leaves to Hong Kong first as he said he’ll catch up to her once he finishes off little things. However, Joe gets tempted by fame/power again and changes his mind, staying in Guang Zhou to fight against the Japanese people with the government…
— 15 years later after World War 2–
Charmaine and Evergreen (her brother) have once again opened up a restaurant. Charmaine’s 15 year old son returns from school and Evergreen gives his nephew some money to get a haircut …XD
Boy: How come you only have nine fingers?
Joe: I was abducted back then and a finger got cut off.
Joe: There’s no need to be scared. It’s nothing, later I was really great and even opened up a bank.
Boy: Is that true?
Joe: Of course. Later the government also gave me some financial position, was very awesome. Later a war broke out and then I lost everything. I can only blame myself for being stubborn and couldn’t let go. But now is pretty good isn’t it? I am full every meal and I’ve got clothes to keep me warm…don’t have to think so much, more happy, more free.
Joe: Sorry, I only started learning some haircutting when I came from Guang Zhou. It’s all good..
Boy: My mum is from Guang Zhou too and she as a ‘Sai Guan Siu Jie’
Joe: Really!? Don’t look at me now like this, I’m also a ‘Dong Sang Siu Yea’ *The boy starts smiling, amused* I also dated a ‘Sai Guan Siu Jie’ and she was so beautiful. But it’s a long time ago, now we’ve both gone our own ways. I don’t think she’ll want to see me again, so it’s pointless if I go bother her. Everyone has their own choice right?
Joe: You’re so small you won’t understand. Finish cutting.
*The boy gets and has a look in the mirror*
Boy: It’s so ugly. (he looked so upset LOL, so cute XD)
Joe: It’s neat and tidy, so its fine. It’ll grow back quickly. Ok..I’ll charge you cheaper. $1.
Boy: Now that’s more like it, thank you!
As Charmaine was walking down the stairs, she sees her son upset about his haircut, and he starts telling her the things the hairdresser was ‘bluffing’ about. As she runs down to find the hairdresser.. she calls out to him ^^
The family finally reunites…
(Charmaine somehow reminds me of her ending in Return of Cockoo XD)
The series was quite interesting and a lot better than I had expected. It has a great storyline which kept me wanting to watch the next episode to see what happens. There was also a lot of character development in the series which I liked. We journeyed through 30 episodes with the characters and there were characters I liked and hated of course lol But in the end, I pity all the evil characters…The ending is satisfying and I’m glad Joe was able to reunite with Charmaine.
A great series. Recommended 🙂
What do you think of the series?