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Odds and Ends: Mutually assured destruction

javabeans: Happy Chuseok weekend, everyone! Technically the holiday isn’t until Monday, but I’m pretty sure everybody’s brains turned off on Friday afternoon anyway. Or maybe it was the mass exodus out of Seoul to everyone’s respective hometowns that killed the brainpower. I swear you’d think from the traffic that the world was ending or something.

girlfriday: I actually want to visit Seoul during Chuseok just to see the post-apocalyptic ghost town it becomes when everyone leaves. All I have to do in LA is avoid going to Koreatown and I’m relatively safe from being mauled on the way to pick up songpyeon (rice cakes).

javabeans: What, you don’t make your own? That’s the big Chuseok activity moms make you do, isn’t it?

girlfriday: Yeah maybe moms on farms make you do that, but mine would rather order them from the rice cake shop and watch movies instead. This is what you do on Chuseok: stuff your face with songpyeon and watch movies.

javabeans: I guess my family is less festive, since we just do the American Thanksgiving like proper immigrants—you know, turkey with kimchi and stuff. We usually bypass Chuseok, although maybe if I lived closer to home my mother might make a fancy dinner. *thinks about this* Orrrrr maybe not. Mom doesn’t love the cooking.

girlfriday: Does not compute.

javabeans: She thinks sohn-mat (“hand taste,” or cooking with your hands) is an offense, not a flavor. In Korea, Chuseok is one of the biggest movie-going holidays of the year, much like Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I expect to hear all about the box office records being broken after the weekend.

girlfriday: Though Roaring Currents pretty much made sure it would be the one movie breaking records this year. It’ll probably just make even MORE money this week.

javabeans: Yes, and everyone who doesn’t see that will either watch The Pirates (if they wanna have fun), or Dugeun Dugeun My Life (if they wanna cry). Any idea what movies you’re going to watch?

girlfriday: I will be voting for Kundo: Age of the Rampant, for obvious reasons (their names are Ha Jung-woo and Kang Dong-won), while my mom will likely want to see Crying Man or something, for Jang Dong-gun. Or she’ll want to watch Miss Granny again. The problem is that there are too many things to watch, really. The list just gets longer and longer every year.

javabeans: I don’t know why you’re watching so many movies when there are still dramas to be watched, missy!

girlfriday: Oh remember when we made a deal to make each other watch a drama from beginning to end? We never did that!

javabeans: For obvious reasons, but it was a good idea. We should still do that. You first.

girlfriday: Hey, this is a two-way street, buddy. You can’t keep me up at night if I don’t get to make you lose sleep too! Uhhhh… now here comes the hard part: What to pick? Do I make you watch something old that you missed like Propose? Something cute and rom-comy to your taste like Bottom of the 9th With 2 Outs? Something classic or something new?

javabeans: This is the dilemma, because knowing us, we probably only get one shot at this. So if I had the power to force you to watch ONE thing, only one thing, what would it be?

girlfriday: THIS IS SO MUCH PRESSURE.

javabeans: For instance, should it be my sentimental favorite, Delightful Girl Chun-hyang, so that you could understand what the hell I keep talking about? Or do I recommend something you otherwise would totally bypass, like the sweet, macabre Flowers For My Life that nobody watched?

girlfriday: OOH, ooh, you have to watch Biscuit Teacher Star Candy! That’s it! I mean, it’s not like you need to see it to like Gong Yoo or Gong Hyo-jin any more, but agh, so cute!

javabeans: But maybe I could pick the one I know you’re gonna dig because it’s genre-y and mindfucky, Joseon X-Files. And then there’s Who Are You (the one from 2008 with Go Ara and Yoon Kye-sang), because it’s so unexpectedly heartwarming and will make you cry for all the right reasons. TOO MANY CHOICES.

girlfriday: On the other hand, I could use this opportunity to make you watch White Christmas or The Chaser, because you might not reach for them voluntarily and I want to use my powers for good.

javabeans: Well, now you planted the idea in my head that I could use my powers for evil, and that just opens up a whole new world of possibilities. If I had to suffer through Dr. Jin and I Miss You

girlfriday: Just remember: I know that you haven’t seen Winter Sonata. Or To the Beautiful You.

javabeans: Oh god. Is this what they call mutually assured destruction?

girlfriday: Yes, it’s Dramaland Cold War.

javabeans: Or, I suppose we could go scorched earth. But I’d like this experiment to not fry both our brains. We do have normal dramas to watch and recap, after all.

girlfriday: Yes, ideally, we remain friends after this.

javabeans: Okay, fine. Good triumphs, I guess. But the question remains: Which drama?

girlfriday: Maybe you guys will have better ideas to help us narrow it down. We promise to watch, and we’ll have regular check-ins to make sure we’re not lying.

javabeans: Remember: Good, not evil!

 
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Mutually assured destruction~so it would not come to that, my daughter moved out. I love her...really, but oh my gosh we were going to kill each other!

All of the recommendations sound great. I have an image from, A Clockwork Orange, of both of you being restrained, forced to watch the others favorite drama. (surely it will not come to that. hee hee)

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LEE HONG KI FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why hasn't anyone mentioned how great he is? He totally nailed it on BRIDE OF THE CENTURY! Awwwwwwww so cute!

Must watch! Must rewatch again and again and again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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For javabeans Biscuit teacher star candy! for girlfriday Flowers for my life

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Bride of the century!!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!!
Bride of the century!!!!

:) Please watch!

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Super late to the party but GF - I think you should really really see Princess' Man (I'm assuming you haven't seen it since you don't have a rating beside it). It's just fantastic and one of the best Sageuks out there.

JB - I actually can't think of anything to recommend since the ones you skipped are also the ones I did lol. I would've suggested K2H, since that was fantastic but I know you've tried and didn't like it...

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Mandy, i dunno why but seems in every comment you made in each topic here in DB i end up agreeing your thoughts-:) hehehe it made me think are you my long lost soulmate? in dramaland..kekeke

Princess Man was one of my all time favorite Saguek drama, not to mention i lost the count how many buckets of tears i shed..so i second to recommend GF to watch this drama.

Also K2H for JB since its a unique and not a common plot where we can find in most drama.

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Bottom of the Ninth and Two Outs is my sentimental favorite. I've lost track of the number of times I've watched it. It was also the first drama I went out and purchased on DVD. Lee Jung Jin is still my absolute favorite, despite his recent track record with dramas.

Joseon X-Files and Flowers of My Life have been on my to watch list for ages. Now it looks like I better add Who Are You to that list as well.

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I really don't understand this crazy love for BOC. Yes, it was cute, but not THAT great. I think those who thought it was may have been Lee Hong Ki fans already.

My vote is for Delightful Girl C-H. You'll never again be able to look at a man wearing a light blue suit and not giggle a little. The second leads got a little annoying, (noona and chaebol tropes both), but the cute far outweighs the melo. It's just plain fun.

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I say girlfriday, since I believe you are a daddy's girl, you shouuuuuld watch Who Are You! The one with Yoon Kye Sang and Go Ara. It's so good.

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Woah, I vote for Joseon X Files and The Chaser because I also haven't watch both and if I know you guys are watching, it'll force me to watch too.. Hehe..

or Chun Hyang but I'm afraid Girlfriday won't like it and I'll be sad. Because IMO Chun Hyang is something someone should see before any other Hong sister drama. On the other hand, she really like My Girlfriend is Gumiho...

SOO DIFFICULT! but good luck!

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Wow...i was really surprised (and oddly happy) that I'd actually watched most of these dramas! Between the two of you and dramabeans i think we get a nice steady dose of quality drama recommendations ;) but i vote White Christmas and Flowers For My Life because they are both two of my all time faves and deserved to be watched.

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Did this challenge ever happen? What did you two end up watching?

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