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Happy Friday everyone! :-)

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Have to run to the bank before it closes, but meanwhile I'd love to hear what everyone is watching.

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alua ~

Finished Tatta Hitotsu no Koi :)

Watching Yae No Sakura. I like it.

K Dramas: Jang Ok-jung, Gu Family, Nine, When A Man Loves, Cruel Palace

I need to check out TEN Season 2.

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You're the Best, Lee Soon-shin too.

I'm behind on Gu Family and When a Man Loves, catch up this weekend.

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What did you think of Tatta Hitotsu no Koi?

It's my go-to drama on days that I feel pensive. Just the soundtrack makes me feel better.

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I love the soundtrack too!

I love that Tatta Hitotsu no Koi has no love triangle. I always feel it's a little different from most dramas, that – even with a rich girl and poor boy fall in love scenario – it feels more real than most.

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aoiaheen ~

I loved it. It has two of my favorite actresses, Haruka Ayase and Toda Erika.

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Ha, John, and I recommend it to you without even knowing that it featured two of your faves! :-)

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Tatta Hitotsu no Koi did seem much more realistic than most dramas. The sound track reminded me of Celtic music .

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Yae no sakura is awesome, she really was such a amazing woman.
I wish it would be subbed faster though.

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Jenny ~

I wish the short "history lesson" segments were subbed.

It's obvious that they are visiting actual locations involved in the story.

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For me

Devotedly watching :
-You're the Best
-Last Cinderella
-Mischievous Kiss
-Gargantia onf the Verdurous Planet
-The Devil is a Part-Timer
-Karneval
-Uta-No Prince Sama
-Oreimo
-Chihayafuru

On-Off watching (so not super devoted but still interested)
-She is WOW
-Kazoku Game
-Soratobu
-Henneko
-Attack on Titan

gosh, never had this many shows to watch before.

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TEN2 is uh-mazing!!hulu/viki i think have 4 episodes up.And they wrapped up the tape-mask murder nicely.

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Johnnn thank you for putting up your watched shows! This is why I keep on coming back to OT (tho late)

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Tatta Hitotsu is such a romantic drama, i will never forget it =)

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Currently keeping up with Ten Season 2. They can't come out fast enough!

Having just recently finished Joseon X Files, I'm looking at Hero 2012.

Anyone have recommendations for similar dramas? I've also watched Holyland and Vampire Prosecutor.

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seems like everyone is watching TEN 2 . I wanna wacth it but I always press myself to write and read.

but with 35 pages of notes to go I might deserve a small treat

I want to watch something a bit crazy, funny and suspenseful at the same time. any suggestions here?

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Vampire Prosecutor 2 then? :p Devil (very similar to the manga Monster in it's theme) ,Chaser, Mixed up Detective Agency.

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Happy Friday, alua! Have a good one :)

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You too kakashi!!! Hope the sun is shining on you :-)!

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nope :) it's raining. haha

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Ahhhh, have you had "Unwetter" too? (My mom, who's in a neighbouring country to yours, said that's what they've been having.)

Sunny-ish here in London. Well, yesterday was a bit freakish, with sun and rain (downpours) changing every twenty minutes around lunch time... which was so annoying, because I was working outdoors!

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no, no Unwetter! I want to say "unfortunately", because I do like me some Unwetter from time to time. Like thunderstorms and stuff ... but since they always damage so much, I can't really say that.

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Hi alua! Hope you get to the bank before it closes! :)

I haven't been here in a while, but I just want to say that I've finished Tonbi weeks ago and I throughly enjoyed it, was hoping it could have a little bit romance in it, but still I'm happy with it and thank you for recommending that for me.

I'm not watching any J-drama these last few weeks, but I started Itazura Na Kiss: Love in Tokyo last night and I thought it's pretty cute. It moves quite fast as well, they're graduating already after only 3 episodes? (fyi, the only itazura na kiss version I've watched was the one with Kassy, and that was like 15 years ago, I think, so my memory might be fuzzy, but I think the story was focused on their high school life from beginning to the end). But it's certainly one of the [Read more]

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hi latteholic! So nice to see you hear :)
I hope you're doing well with your workload.
I still haven't started on Mandate of Heaven, mainly because of the subtitle situation. So I'm waiting until more episodes are subbed

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I mean "here" obviously. jeez. Friday is always typo day ...

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Hi kakashi! Nice to see you "hear" too :)
School is over now, so I don't have my morning classes anymore. Yeah I think you should wait until a couple more episodes is subbed. If you like it, then you won't feel as deprived as I am right now. I was trying to wait until the episodes are subbed before watching it, but I have to break that and watch them raw. The story has got me hooked really bad. I'm getting a little Chuno's vibes from it but I feel that the story has a little more depth, and I think I'm crushing over the second lead now... haha.. Funny because I've watched many dramas he's been in, but he did nothing for me in those... :D

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Yes, I agree on Tonbi, I wanted a bit more romance in it too...

I'm loving Itazura na Kiss, I just adore Kotoko (especially in episode 4, she's the best friend ever). Yeah, I sort of wish the drama had already finished so I could marathon it, but oh well... (and feeling deprived because no episode aired during Golden Week).

I tried Gu Family Book for two episodes but was put off by the Gumiho mama :-/ It seems to be better now (that's the impression I get from the recaps and people's comments), but I haven't felt enticed enough to check back in. Haven't tried Mandate of Heaven. Maybe. Probably not. The rest of the month will be super busy for me, so I'll probably hardly watch anything at all.

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I've only gotten to episode 3 right now, but will be watching episode 4 and 5 either tonight or over the weekend, and hopefully episode 6 will be up by then... :D

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Back from the bank (made it in time).

Wishing I hadn't been in such a rush, because then I would have come up with something better to say (You know, like "Let the wild rumpus begin") – but I didn't think I'd be at the top!

Okay, LONDONERS (or anyone nearby or willing to fly in), in case you didn't hear it yet, WEREWOLF BOY is screening next month at the Terracotta Film Festival. Ha! I knew why I held out so long... now I get to see it on the big screen: :-D :-D :-D I'd say, get your tix before it sells out. The Berlin File and Young Gun in the Time are also on the programme, as are another 24 films from East Asia (the full programme & trailers are on my blog, or just go to the official festival website).

Drama.... not watching much, not much subbed and some th [Read more]

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I agree with you episode 18 of Nine was pretty much filler material and you knew something was gonna happen because you wouldn't have an entire episode devoted to happiness (although I must admit that I though ep 18 would be the final so it threw me off slightly)

MY: I see what you mean about her. The "propose to me" part was annoying, and I donno, seemed a bit off from what her character has been all along? Though I don't think she would be the person to arrange the parents finding him in her bed. To me that wouldn't be in line with her earlier character.

Lee Soon Shin: the strong point of the drama is definitively focusing on the sisters; the moms get way to much focus for my taste.

Joon Ho's sister I can tolerate at times because she is just such a redicilous non threat, and [Read more]

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I originally thought this was going to be a 16 ep drama, so somewhere around episode 12 I felt the pace was just very strange.

Truth be told, I think this could have been a 16 episode drama – I love Nine, but it has its imperfections. If it had been completely pre-scripted (and not filmed in the Korean live-system), it could have had a really tight script, with no slights deja vu moments (when they go back to uncle/niece a second time, ep 18 when they repeat quite a bit of ep 17 and only add in some details to fill us in on what happened from each character's POV).

I didn't think the "propose me" was totally out of character, since MY did pursue (without him liking her back) for a long while... but it was still obnoxious. She didn't say no to him asking whether she'd set it [Read more]

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Yeah I first thought it was a 16 episode drama as well. Then I thought it was 18, and then it turns out it's 20. I agree with you that a pre-scripted version could have been so much tighter. And the return to the uncle/niece relationship had me groan.

Yeah episode 18 was largely unnecessary, okay it let us know how everyone ends up where they are, BUT it didn't need an entire episode to do so.

Yeah, I can see that. Still that bit was annoying. And she should have given him time to respond. Plus that would be an awkward situation anyway, so not sure a promise of immediate marriage would have that much impact, especially not when your bother almost was the step-father in that time line. Mum is going to be a bit against him or expecting him not to turn up based on past experiences any [Read more]

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Re Nine: Joo Min-Young looked nice in her wedding dress.

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I just stared at the veil in disbelief.

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And her hair... why did she not do something nice with her hair for her wedding?

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I actually loved the way her hair framed her eyes and thought it was as strong clean look, in keeping with that crazy gorgeous gown

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The Moms of Lee Soon Shin... make me think the writers have mommy issues. The only likable mom is the single divorced mother. The other four need serious help and I get sick of them.

We've had decent mothers in K-drama land too... so I'm hoping for a mommy upgrade... I can dream.

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Good afternoon, my lovely Beanie-friends!

I hope you have been well. Isn’t it crazy how fast time flies sometimes? I don’t know where this week disappeared to … Scary. Is it a wormhole that sucks up time?

I haven’t been watching much this week, mainly because I have been recapping TEN2 (first two episodes), which took me ages.
But it was worth it - this show is so incredibly good, I can’t stop raving about it!
And then, I watched a rather … hmm …. explicit movie with Joo Sang-wook (“90 minutes”). Let’s see how that impacts my viewing pleasure of TEN2 in the future …

I want to catch up with Nine next (haven’t seen 16, 17, 18) or might actually just marathon to the end once 19 and 20 are subbed.

And then, of course, I will have to make gifs for [Read more]

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Love the squee caps you guys are doing of WAML! This weeks ought to be totally awesome! I can't be the only one who feels like show has jumped on the train to *Bali*. Pretty sure it won't end well. :)

Happy Friday everyone!

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thanks, trixicopper! I am waiting for Shukie and JoAnne's text before I delve into it ...

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@kakashi...just wanted to thank you guys for the squeecaps for WAML. Tried several times to post comments but still having no luck (even refreshing it didn't help). These squeecaps are hilarious and may be more interesting than the drama itself. (I've never disliked a female lead character as much as MiDo...could also be the actress.)

Anyway, looking forward to your next postings!

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sorry about the comments!! It's so annoying. I told Google (they run Blogger) and will keep telling them until they fix it! It seems to be related to that particular layout (which they call "dynamic"). I get it too, btw, today, I had to review 10 times!!!!! jeez.
Oh yes, Mi Do is soooo hateful, unbelievable. Does the writer think anybody can like her?!

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just something that I found to be working, sometimes when you get to kakashi's blog, you'll see that the address ended with blogspot.ch instead of blogspot.com, if you changed it to dot com, the layout will change from white (comment disable) to orange (comment enabled). I don't know whether it'll work for everyone, but it worths the try

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ha! that's outrageous!!! what's wrong with the .ch domain? :-)

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Thanks everyone for your encouragement on the SqueeCaps! Episode 11 is written and awaiting the irrepressible JoAnne t add her comments!

I should start recapping 12 this weekend, after I play Landscaper to my parents on Saturday. It's going to be fun hauling a bunch of concrete block in my Hyundai. :-)

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ahhhh!!! no more rest fot the wicked ... must gif ..........

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Oooo.. a rather explicit show... :D
Btw, great job on recapping TEN. I haven't read most of the recap, only the comment at the end since this is still on my watching list, but I can see that you love this show a lot :)

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I'm still writing a longer analysis of the Tape Murder arch. RL has interfered with it, mainly, but it also takes some time. And DON't read the recap until you've watched in: MAJOR spoilers.

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No no no. Don't worry, kakashi, I didn't read *the* recap, only skimmed through the pictures and read your comments on the top and bottom of the recap. :D

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have you watched "90 minutes", latteholic?! I am not a very prudish person, but for a Korean movie, it was kind of shocking! And Joo Sang-wook is such an a$$hole in it...

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lol. I can imagine how explicit it is. And not that I'm imagining things *ehem* *shakes head*. But I know how explicit K-movies can get, I always thought that they're as prude as their K-dramas, so I watched this movie once called "Cheaters" while my mom was around, and it got even more explicit that Hollywood movies.. It did scare me from watching another K-movies rated 15+ or 18+ (esp when my mom was around the first time I watched it).. Btw, going back to "90-minutes", is it subbed yet? Did you download the torrent or is it available online? I just tried dramacrazy, but I couldn't find it.

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very hard to find, yes. There's a torrent on Asiatorrents and very bad (machine translated) subs to it. They were sufficient, I guess. The story is pretty straightforward: scumbag cheater is married to a woman just because of her money/family, sleeps with a woman - and woman threatens him with sex video if he doesn't do what she tells him to do in the next 90mins. (that's the description you find of it online, so that's not spoilers :) )

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I HAVE and I'm not that shockable, but I agree it is more than just risque :0

I really wanted to hear their 'bedroom' conversation and understand why he said what he said ..... sadly no english subs available anywhere from what I can see.

A lovely, funny film I did just see was My PS Partner, with Ji Sung. I thought it, and he, was adorable!

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hehe Korean movies are very much UNLIKE Korean dramas, they don't shy away from sex or graphic scenes at all!

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Unni~!!
I know, time flies by so fast and I'm still in the middle of reading your first recap of TEN2, but I'm going to read it till the end soon, I promise!
It's just this month is really hectic for me and I'm behind on every little thing, so spare my life for not commenting ^^'

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haha, laos7. you took my comment on the lack of comments really seriously, did you ^^
(and of course, I also meant it!)
The good thing about blog posts ... they will be there forever and ever and ever. So you have all the time in the world to read and comment! hwaiting !

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So I've finally found time to read and comment on all of your recent posts, haha!

Of course I took your comment seriously, but... I knew that you were also kind of joking. In the end, everyone wants attention and comments on their respective blogs, don't they?

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I meant to ask how you're dealing with the time travel in Nine. I know you said a few weeks ago you didn't like how they wrote it. Let me know what you think after catching up. Maybe you can explain it to me because now it has gone way into crazyville!

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you know what, I simply stopped caring about the logic. Deliberately because the show doesn't work logically.

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I love your SqueeCaps! Makes me want to start watching the show just to compare :)

Is TEN good? Saw that there was a new season out and have been planing to start the first one, just not gotten around to do so yet.

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TEN is one of the best KDramas ever. In my opinion. TEN2 seems to be just as good (if not a bit better) judging from the first 4 episodes.

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It's definitively on the list then! I'm in need of a good action/investigation drama. Or just a good drama in general to brighten up what has been a mostly disappointing drama land so far this year.

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TEN might just be it for you, then ^^

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Now I am definitely going to watch TEN and TEN2. I am always looking for kdramas to 'watch' with my bro - live in different states, but we chat often. Right now, he is finishing IRIS (and I finished IRIS2) so we sometimes do it like that. Plus I watch WAY faster than him. Thanks!

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Do i need to watch Ten season 1 first? Is there any relation in the story line between season one and two?

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JoAnne asked a similar question below. You don't HAVE to, no. But I would advise to watch at least the last two episodes of Season 1 for full viewing pleasure.

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I freakin love the squeecaps and all of the glorious gifs! I wanna smack MiDo and Oppa is as yummy as ever. For me an episode of WAML is not finished until I read the squeecap.

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Thanks, come2noona! It makes the work go better to know how you guys like it! :-D

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Totally with you on that! SqueeCaps are as addicting as the drama itself

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Love the WAML SqueeCaps!!! I never leave a comment but I thought I should let you guys know!
Thanks for the giggles and lovely GIFs

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kakashi I know that we don't really thank you enough but I really have to thank you so much for all the gifs that you've posted all these while. They never fail to bring a smile to my face, especially in times whenever I'm all down and worn out after a busy day. Keep up the good work! :D

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This Week:
- Got feedback on my first script for Jebal Chaebeol, so I'm going to fix it, then work on script 2 and then through 4. I'm still getting my footing. I'm not a script major. I do prose usually.
- Worked on some Korean embroidery.
- Picked up a summer class.
- Submitted yet another story.
- Lamented the lack of a heart thumping Rom Com that sets me to the sedge of my seat.
- Made a Korean name generator because all other Korean name generators sucked. Whoo Hoo. --;; Thinking up Korean names was too hard on my brain.

Cultural Note: Touring Korea by Drama Locations. (I know you want to)

Note: Below are only new dramas, save Nine. 'Cause I don't want the post to go on forever. Someone has to take the fall and watch new dramas.

Nail Shop Paris

OK, I ad [Read more]

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Kim Yoonmi, annyeong! When I say I don't like how they handled something in NSP, that's EXACTLY what I was talking about. There were enough fluffy things for me to enjoy it and suspend belief and then we get to that scene and I'm talking back to the monitor saying 'Oh no you did NOT just...' It's filler, strictly, so I'll definitely check out another episode or two, but if I see something like that again, no.

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Amended to add - um, actually I DIDN'T mention that here. Must have been on twitter. But anyway, that particular subplot bothered me.

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OMG, that episode was just BAD. There wasn't anything redeeming about it. I do wonder if they stole the drinking that substance from the crazy fan of Yoo Chun... but overall, it was horrible.

I was trying so hard to get through it, but I kept gagging and then I just checked out at some point. >.<;; In the morning I tried to resume and couldn't stomach the hot mess of episode 2.

In real life those places that create fake love are so sad. I saw a Japanese (I know this is Korean, but same theming) documentary on it and it seemed like no one won. Everyone ended up lonelier.

I should say, though, these places do exist in Japan, at least (didn't see any in Korea). =P I went to a massage parlor with only men in it. (The non-ecchi kind before your mind drops in the gutter. [Read more]

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I think I saw that documentary...hard to wrap my head around the whole thing.

I think if they would limit the 'heart-healing' to less horrifying situations, I could be more into this show. For example, I LOVED what they did with the husband and the wife who couldn't afford a fancy wedding. I do want to know why Alex didn't continue with medical training, and I kinda wish there was a time jump so Song Jae Rim could come back looking like himself, and not some skinny weird ahjussi with a Hitler mustache. And the gumiho thing? What IS that? I love our heroine's little imagined scenarios, too.

They've got some stuff there that could be lots of fun, but it's mixed so strangely. I just don't know. I left Ep 2 thinking, well, I will check out next week's too. But if they pull anot [Read more]

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Those places definitely exist in Japan, there are whole industries just for it!

And also the drinking substance given by a crazy fan, I think you mean Yunho?

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Yeah, sorry, my brain doesn't work this early. =P I do know DBSK...

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Touring Korea by Drama locations:

I know you've thought of it, but you didn't want to say it: You want to secretly stalk some stars, or at least stand where they stood. (Or stand where they will stand in the future.) On the other hand, you don't want to spend a ton of money. So what's the best thing to do?

There are maps released by the Korean tourism board that actually lists dramas and their locations on a map. But I don't like them. And you could go to the Korean Tourism website for some of them, but why not get a list? Besides, I know how crazy dedicated you are to the Korean drama fandom.That's why you wish to stalk show your fandom to your favorite stars by "accidentally" showing up where they are. These are my top spots I wish to conqu [Read more]

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I'm going to send this tour info to my brother who is always googling sites from kdramas to check out locations. He's been to S Korea and so he likes to check out the kdrama locations. Thanks for the good info~

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copied and pasted your tour. Thanks.

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It's also posted on my blog too, if you want to look.

A few of the places I definitely want to go to, though. Most I've conquered, but I still want to go to the other ones and have a shot at the cursed places too. - -;; Building 63, why do you hate me?

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Great post! Thanks!

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Thank you for taking the time to include this info here!

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Eeeee thank you for this! I am saving up for a trip to Seoul-- someday soon, I hope. :D And the info about the Sang Go Jae (from Personal Taste). I loved that house... I noticed hanoks because of it and now I tend to look at the hanoks when they're used as drama settings.

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Like! Like! Going to save this info.

:-D

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* Don't go around calling it Changdeokgoong Palace. =P I need to read what I write.

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Sageuk fan here and thank you for the info :). Korea is on my vacation list for next year and no bf is tagging along lol. A girls only vacation with a license to misbehave.

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Okay..might watch Mayonaka. Gotta say you've now made my mind all a-tumble with the 13-Hello work comments. You had me at "time travel" but then the misogyny will just annoy the heck outta me. The Japanese writers have a way of making me want to scream when it comes to how they portray women. Wizened old advice-giving unmarried woman, I can take. Sweet little innocent teenager I can take. I can even take evil manipulative rival beyotch. But the "I am here to selfelssly serve emotionaly wounded strong but silent genius/spouse/co-worker... Well I just lose all my patience. Only place I liked it was in Legal High because they did it well.

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"Wizened old advice-giving unmarried woman, I can take. Sweet little innocent teenager I can take." Sometimes I can't even take those.... *sigh*

"But the “I am here to selfelssly serve emotionaly wounded strong but silent genius/spouse/co-worker… Well I just lose all my patience.""

Yep, zero patience for this!

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Some Japanese dramas can come off super feminist and kick butt, then others make me cringe and want to melt. I think it really depends on the drama.

13-Hello Work wasn't so bad until the first episode showed...

SPOILER
The idol thing at the end of the episode. Basically the guy gets rewarded for objectifying women.

And then the next episode pretty much makes the female character (the teacher) an object when the men start saying things like "She's our most popular teacher" and then things like, "She's inviting trouble dressing so sexy." And then the plot started to confirm it, which was when I checked out. I couldn't stand it. It was sexual harassment made OK.

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Hmmm, I was thinking about trying Mayonaka no Pan Ya. Quiet details and slow pacing sound alright to me. Honestly, if an actor I really liked was in it, I would definitely watch this, but I'm not familiar with any of the leads.

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Re Nail Shop Paris :That took me aback too, and made me wonder what message the drama was trying to send out. This drama is the kind of drama you check your brain at the door before you watch. I am on the fence and don't know if I'll continue watching, plus they cut Song Jae-rim's hair!!! Who does that; don't mess with the pretty, hehe.

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Oh my, NSP is so bad. I watched the first episode and that was more than enough for me. The acting... ugh. I actually kind of like the the lead actor too, he was in something else I have watched recently, but it's not enough to make me stick with it.

I am gonna start Cruel Palace instead.

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Any pics of your Korean embroidery? I love embroidery.

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The dress I made too. It's a shortened hanbok

I made the Chima out of Organza.

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The pattern for the embroidery I also made too off of Korean motifs. (I found pictures and then recreated the pattern and made it my own.)

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Nail Shop: Just Don't Watch It if you haven't already. AWFUL. What a waste of 3 handsome men.

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Happy Friday to all!

For several weeks, I’ve been watching far too many melodramas and revenge-underdog stories that I’m rather sick of them (even though I have plenty more of those on my to-watch list). So I did what I never thought I would do: watch a trendy rom-com (the only one I liked was Coffee Prince). Usually, I have an aversion to these super popular dramas (ie, You’re Beautiful, Boys over Flowers, etc.) but this time I subdued my usual knee-jerk reaction and picked up Goong. Verdict? A really big mistake; it fueled my aversion to the genre even more. It’s an incredibly slow drama with a super annoying love quadrilateral. I fast-forwarded aplenty and mostly watched for the main leads’ blossoming romance because there’s something about an ill-matched couple falling i [Read more]

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I am finding that Nine is giving me whiplash. All the back + forth with the incense - first one, now two, now one, and Choi Jin Chul's participation seems to really be bending the time travel rules and has me thinking WTH.

Jin Chul's expressions? Well, he was my favorite older actor, but I find him almost comical in this with his crazy overacting. I don't know that I'll be able to see him in the same light again. I much preferred him as Lee Soon Shin's father.

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I know he has more range than that and he can do subtle, so I'm kinda surprised he's coming up as one note. LJW's acting and JYH's acting is far more layered. This makes me a bit disappointed in the acting, since you can layer surprise in many ways besides OoO expressions.

So I'm a bit confused...

Though considering the end of Episode 18, I'm kinda surprised he was reincarnated in dramaland that way. =P Isn't that a weird kind of epic karma considering Lee Soon Shin?

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I was thinking that the actor playing Choi Jin Chul – as much as I hate the character – must be having so much fun playing him.

I mean, it's not just that the character is evil, he's completely bonkers. Muttering things to himself that can only sound nonsensical to others... shouting out loud in the street while madly waving his arms/swinging golf clubs/banging his fists on cars/etc...

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I find him absolutely comical and cringe worthy in Nine. I think he is used to playing benign characters. One can almost see that he is that kind of person. I've never seen him play a villain before. Now we know why. For me, he is the one note that is off key in this drama, which I love otherwise.

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I agree! He just doesn't seem to go with the tone of the drama. I can't believe the director hasn't mentioned toning it down a bit. Isn't that their job? Maybe he's too respected an actor.

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I sort of figured that if he was that over the top it was with the director's consent if not at his direction. I agree that tonally it doesn't really work. Even Han's mugging is gone these days. But it's still really funny.

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I'm glad Han has toned it down. It's always interesting when characters go through lobotomies during the course of a drama. Either that, or they get on Prozac. The assistant from You're Beautiful was the first time I noticed that phenomenon.

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I thought he played some evil characters in a few sageuk...

Wasn't he evil in Dong Yi? Or do I remember wrong? I know I've seen him play evil and played surprise with more notes to it.

More, I feel like he feels neglected so he's trying to grab camera attention, and because of that I resent it. You have to work with your fellow actors to try to match them. Cooperation makes for a better production because the cornerstone to good acting is actually trust.

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Yeah really! The facial expressions are goofy as heck. Every time I see him do the raised eyebrows and circular mouth thing I want to slap him.

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OR Kekeke hit him with a bat???

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Oh yeah, she's smart and funny, I like to check that one out too!

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See, i kinda thought the flashbacks were important. Some because they brought in the POV of lesser-characters such as Jung Woo's wife. And also because we got to see how young Sun Woo had grown up. It was so clear to me that the Sun Woo who was in bed with Min Young didn't know what present Sun Woo knows. He seemed so clueless about stuff. Sure, i could understand that he didn't know he was going to marry his erstwhile other-timeline niece but he was a regular guy without any of the angst the other timeline Sun Woo had.

There was no anger or angst about evil Dr Choi having killed his father. The sense of peace and normalcy on that Sun Woo's face was so wonderful to see. Just a simple regular life with no brain tumor and a girl he had committed to. He even had a religious faith. I think [Read more]

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Aaargh <-- I mean.. That's how life had rolled after older Sun Woo had saved younger Sun Woo and Jung Woo's. There was just peace, normal bourgeois happiness, no tumor. And yeah... oddball mom. But for the most part so much repair had been done.

We needed to see the marriage, the courtship, the lack of uptightness in Sun Woo now that he had lived his life without hating Dr Choi. We had to see all that wonderfulness that our hero had achieved. It was a kind of regained paradise. Fun to luxuriate in...and yet always always always that icky feeling that this was a dreamland that was going to evaporate or would cost some mega heartache in the future.

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Good Morning Beanies!

RL is very busy so am only keeping up with YTBLSS (my personal favorite at this time), Nine, which is giving me whiplash, and A Hundred Years Inheritance because I like self-torture.

Of course I'm watching WhenA Man Loves just to keep up on the sqeecaps!

It's a beautiful day here in PA - hope you are all enjoying your day as well!

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kisses, Korazy! It's raining here. of course. It's the weekend :)

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... but I'll be going to the circus on Sunday with my 4 year old and my sister. Haven't been to one in about 20 years ... I am really excited! It's 2.5 hour program, with horses, elefants, lions, acrobats, clowns, ETC.

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Have a great time! I'm sure your daughter will enjoy it. I am one of those who are not enthralled with circuses. Must have been a traumatizing experience involving a clown when I was younger!

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FL misses you KL, it was raining a couple of days ago, I even had to wear a long sleeve shirt in the middle of almost-summer because the temperature dropped, but it's back to its sunny weather again :)
Hope all is well with RL!

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I miss Florida, too, but the weather in the spring in PA is wonderful (usually!) The reason I'm busy is we're selling our house that we've lived in for 20 years, so there is a lot of cleaning out to do before we put it up for sale!

I see you're mostly a sageuk person. For some reason, they do not hold my interest. Not since the Princess Man, anyways.

Have a great day!

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LOL, I am indeed a sageuk person. 4 of my Top 6 dramas are sageuk/historical as you might have noticed :D . I think I know Korea's history better now than my own country's history. :D

Well, I hope all is well with the selling, I've read how stressful it can be (in twitter), but hopefully you can find comfort in the current K-dramas amidst all that :)

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Omo omo, I thought I was the only crazy non-Korean, non-Asian person obsessed with Korean history. I am always hunting for Korean history books, and ended up with quite a few. Do you have any Korean history texts to recommend? I am always looking to expand my collection.

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Hi avonmarissa, to be honest, I got all of my history lesson from Kdramas and wikipedia (and some online other online resources), I haven't attempted to read any history texts yet, so I'm sure I'm not the credible person to recommend anything. But sageuks do pique my interest in learning about history more and looking up wikipedia etc, although really I'm just looking for spoilers when I'm doing that :D

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latteholic: That's okay :) I think the sageuk that introduced me to Korean history was Damo and I've been addicted since, hehe. My Korean teachers helped by giving me their history books as well.

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My nephew bought me a book for Christmas called Seopyeonje by Yi Chung-jun. While it is fiction, there is a very long forward talking about Korean history and the tradition of storytelling in singing form called pansori. The story takes place after the Korean War but it is indeed an interesting read.

Actually it was made into a movie in 1993, but if you can get your hands on the book you may enjoy it, and it sounds as if the movie doesn't really follow the book exactly.

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Korazy Lady, thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely check it out.

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I am not a sageuk person, either, but I think I could be. It's just that I prefer romcoms and contemporary time frames better, and I am interested in more recent Korean history. In fact, I am reading a history book that I would not otherwise have checked out if not for kdramas titled, "The Hidden People of North Korea: Everyday Life in the Hermit Kingdom" by R. Hassig and Kongdan Oh. It is mostly abt the Kim regieme, very well written, and KO's parents were from NK. Just another interesting sideline of kdrama viewing~

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Hello Beanies,

Semester over, whew! Waiting on grades!

With a lull in my interest of current dramas, I've been rewatching Coffee Prince, inspired by comments last Friday. Such a lovely show.

Also I was visiting http://outsideseoul.blogspot.com/2012/07/playing-favorites.html

and was inspired by the post on top 10 dramas versus what one thinks are the best dramas, versus what one would recommend and how the lists might differ, which inspired me to go back to my favorite dramas list and expand. I think I'll post different lists in coming fridays as I think about it. This week, it's just simply my favorites overall.

Favorite Dramas-

Answer Me 1997
Boys Over Flowers
Persona [Read more]

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Hello Everyone! ..... Hope everyone is doing well this Friday.

Ok, so I saw that mysterious, little teaser posted here for the upcoming Shark (Thank you, javabeans!!) and I'm still kind of thinking about it. Already looking forward to this. ...... What can I say, Kim Nam-gil just intrigues me so. He has that "something".

Regarding the weekly drama-viewing, this was a week of final episodes.
- Queen of Ambition: Glad I stayed with it because I did become curious to see how things would end with that awful, awful woman, Joo Da-hae. It's interesting, I kind of found myself thinking that she and Mr. President kind of deserved being stuck with each other actually. Oh the damage they could cause one another. But that's a whole other drama, I guess.

- That Winter, TWB: Loved that [Read more]

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I tried Mr Selfridge. While it's good, I think I'm not quite in the mood to go past the third or fourth episode. I think I'm not recovered from the end of Downtown Abbey yet to forgive Masterpiece Theatre :)

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Ah, yes, that ending ..... who can forget? ..... I think the actor with "that sad ending asked to leave the program ..... People are still so upset with how things turned out, that I don't know if he can go out in public and like, be seen walking somewhere. I almost think people would start throwing dirty looks his way or yelling.

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But, on the subject of Mr Selfridge, how great is the cast? Everyone is spot on. There isn't a weak link, IMO.

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Janelle -

Sorry for the late response. Couldn't get to the computer until now (early evening here).

Yes, I agree with you, the cast is good here. The actress who plays Lady Mae is particularly good at dominating a scene when she shows up.

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Hi there everybody!

Special shout out to the DB team. Thanks for making Korean Dramas and Films so accessible.

Had a look at the additions to the links. Enjoyed looking at The Kimchi Chronicles which I found as a result:)

By the way, does anyone know where we can watch 'Daddy, where are we going?' in English now Daebaksubs have gone? I got to Ep. 15 but would like to see more...

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