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Open Thread #480

Happy Friday everyone, and a Happy New Year (soon)!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Happy 2017 beanies.. May this year be as awesome drama-wise as 2016 was :)

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Have a blessed new year beanies... So happy i could find this side and joining community :)

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Happy New Year to all of u soon!!!

Been a little obsessed with the male actors from Solomon's Perjury (I am alr familiar with most of the female ones). I was amazed to know that Jang Dong Yoon (Ji Hoon in SP) has helped stopped a robbery before in real life. He was even awarded with a commendation. Plus his acting is sth I see improving over the years. What's there to not like?

Also, Seo Young Joo (So Woo) acted in Moebius when he was just 15 years old. Pretty surprised at that choice, i must admit. He is someone I see having a lot of potential as well and of course, hope that all of the young ones in SP progress well in their career!

P.S. I must say Im sad that SP's ep 5 and 6 arent airing this wk. WHY WHY WHYYYYYY

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I like solomon's perjury too
And i cant believe that seo ji hoon played a bad guy in signal now that i see him in this drama

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He was also playing a bully in drama special Legendary Shuttle and I absolutely hate him there. But he was unbelievably sweet and caring in Solomon's Perjury.

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I was so upset when I saw that BOTH episodes of SP were preempted this week, WHY WHY WHYYYYYY indeed!

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I just heard goblin ost part 1 and it was really amazing i kept listening to it all night.
Oh.. Part 6 was great too
So any recommendations for korean songs?

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I think the OST for Descendant of the Sun would be your taste cause it makes by the same production team,
also Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and W-two words have a good soundtrack

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Thanks!
And Happy new year

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I never really paid attention to the Goblin's OST. No song really jumped out to me or I guess I haven't really watched enough. Will give it a listen though. There are a couple songs that I'm liking from WFKBJ. I would second MDbC.

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Ah Goblin...I'm loving the Goblin ost Sam Kim's "Who Are You". So haunting. And gosh the singer is young.

Outside of drama OST, I like the stuff put out by the k indie band Standing Egg! Found them through Dramabeans, when they posted the song "rest" in one of the Scent of a Woman recap. That said, SE has an ost for Weightlifting Fairy!

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These are on repeat for me right now! Some are older, but all released in 2016 (I think).
Doesn't hurt that their music videos are like little dramas.

Zia - Have a Drink Today
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9gLvKpDvvg

Urban Zakapa - I Don't Love You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfYPKZl7W1w

2am's Seulong & Red Velvet's Joy - Always in My Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VHX2ovsx6E

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Kim Jinho's "Family Portrait" is my current favorite.

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This is such a great question! I LOVE soundtrack music.
My personal favorite tracks for 2016 are as follows:

"Dreaming"
By: Han Hee Jung
from "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo" OST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJd8-FlLh0o

"Can You Hear My Heart"
By: Epik High featuring Lee Hi
from "Moonlovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" OST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neTUXclOBW0

Give them a listen and let me know what you think! Happy New Year!

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I love "dreaming" too! Been abusing the play button when I found it on Spotify

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I would recommend OST for Its ok thats love. All songs great.

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Hi, Moonlight Drawn By Clouds has wonderful OSTs by singers like Gummy, Beige and Baek Ji Young. My favourite is by my fave singer, Hwang Chi Yeul. Here he is, singing "Because I Miss You" at the KBS Gayo - in collaboration with a dance solo by Mina of TWICE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64VaGNoxKVE&list=LLrZeqxqQQ5H89t1TPJ4D-wQ&index=32

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Suddenly I have so much free time because of all the pre emptied shows.. haha!๐Ÿ˜‚..(I can't find anything to marathon either) what did I do when I was not watching K dramas..

Happy new year everyone....

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I know, right? I'm pretty sure I had a life at one time... :)

Happy New Year!

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Haha this is my struggle too, so much time, so little to marathon.

Happy New Year!

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I understand this struggle too! I decided to go old fashioned and start to read a new book because I have been long overdue in that department. Silly, KDrama addiction!

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Maybe this means I can finally catch up on my currently airing dramas. Yay! Happy 2017, everyone! From my menagerie to yours, ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ

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This is exactly what I do.

Been catching up on Romantic Doctor Kim and have been marathon-ing it for the past few days. Now I get where the hype is, deep down RDK is a makjang (without the cheap execution and with solid actors/actreeses). It's not THE best show but it's quite addictive. Somehow it reminds me a bit of western show? I don't mind this goes on and on as long as they keep churning out interesting patient issues and keep the romance going. The later is a bit slow-burn but I like the young leads' characters and acting chops enough to keep watching.

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I saw pictures of Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung at the MBC Award.

I couldn't tell in the Kim Bok Joo because she is always so intentionally frumpy, but man, she is STILL so slim. She is still a super model!

And this is her AFTER the weight gain? Her "after" weight gain is skinnier than my "before" weight loss. Super envious.

And also I found out she is 1989? I couldn't tell she was not a 90's girls (even though I knew she's older than NJH), as she looked so young and "college" in Kim Bok Joo!

I cant believe I like her so much as Kim Bok Joo, as I am one of those who couldn't STAND her over-the-topness in Cheese (albeit it was said that that was required by the character, etc.). <3

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Lee Sung Kyung is born in 1990 right? She looked gorgeus

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*gorgeous, sry about the typo

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Ah sorry, yes, she actually is 1990. For some reason I was under the impression that she is a year older than me, therefore 1989. We apologiuze for the confusion!

In any case, I initially thought she would be younger than Park Shin Hye and a 91/92/93 girl.

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*I apologize

Lol, who is "we," even?

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i kept on stalking MBC awards just because our own NH and LSK were there. they are both gorgeous as hella! the first time i really gush, watch raw, watch it with sub and then read recaps and then comment my feels about the kseries. im so much in love with our adorable couple. totally a highlight of my december. loves!

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LOL! Same here, loved to see our babies together yesterday. :D I also searched instagram looking for updates, haha!! They both looked gorgeous all dressed up. It's the first time I ship a drama couple in real life, but now I understand why people do it. Even if they don't date, I want them to keep doing projects together. They are a great match :)

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right?? there's a scene where she gets weighed after GAINING weight, but she's only 59 kg...and she's 176cm in real life!

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Happy Friday Beanies! Last Friday of 2016!

I know I promised (yes @neener I remember!) to have the list of recommendations for a trip to South Korea up before the new year, but it morphed from a table to a list and then this horribly long post which took me really really long!

But in order not to start the new year by breaking a promise, I finally have it up!! The first part. Haha. This is the list of things to do in Seoul- as recommended by the Beanies here ๐Ÿ˜‹

The rest of the recommendations outside of Seoul will be up next. Soon. I hope. Haha.

I have pictures (not mine but I've credited them in the post), interesting links, the name of the recommender and also of course what to do there.

If you want a concise list (in table form ๐Ÿ˜), drop me a comment in my blog wi [Read more]

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Moonlight did use a garden. It was shown in Episode 2, I believe. That was film in The Garden of Morning Calm.

But the garden where they kissed was filmed in a studio.

I like the list. I am going to South Korea in May, so this is something I can use. Thanks.

I would add the following though:
Ewha Women's University
Bamdokkaebi Night Market for foodies

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thanks! Will add them in. if you could suggest what to do there it would be great also :D

Oh I haven't added the food recs yet. hahaha.
had a ton and NO TIME to sort them out into some sort of list.

soon. soon. i promise. XD

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Ewha is for cheap shopping and a walk in that beautiful campus. The shopping caters to college students though. It is close enough to Hongdae, that you can do Ewha first, then Hongdae second on same day.

Bamdokkaebi Night Market is a weekend event at different places. They have lots of food trucks, shopping for smaller items/accessories. The one I want to go to is at Yeouido Park. The only con about it is the loooooong lines to get food.

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Sinchon's got great eats. I always went to a little Italian cafรฉ called Slow Garden and there's a famous patbingsu place called HomilPat.

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Michykdrama -

You did a wonderful job putting all that info together on your site! Great recommendations were certainly provided!

Have a Happy New Year!!

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Thanks @korfan! ๐Ÿ˜

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hey michykdrama (or anyone else reading this)! i recently went to south korea and created a short vlog. Maybe it could help you add stuff to your list of places to visit in south korea ๐Ÿ’–

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5_zfet2Cd4

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it's such a cute vlog! loved all the places you went to, especially the stylenanda pink hotel! always have wanted to go there :D

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The link wasn't working for me last night but I'll try again today ๐Ÿ˜

Glad to hear that you had a great time, im really getting excited about my trip!

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That was so fun and I like the song! michy, Ewha U is at 1:30, you've prob seen that long descending-ascending ramp (what to call that?) with the steep sides in more than one drama, too.

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Wow, that's only part 1?!?!? You'll need to stay in Korea for 3 months at that rate!

My plan for my next visit to Korea is much simpler:

1. Find Kender.
2. Follow her around until I meet all the pretty people that I see on my computer screen. Act like an annoying fangirl half my age.
3. Go home.

Although I don't know how much the Husband and Boy would enjoy that. Happy New Year!

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I like this idea as well. I just wish I know Kender, so I can follow her around. Where can I find her.

I have been planning on mine, and I keep changing my itinerary everytime. As a result, I might get disappointed by the time I experience the whole thing.

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I like your plan. Maybe we should get a DB fangirl group trip organized! Still waiting for those not-so-super-secret-squirrel decoder DB rings or pins. Just sayin'... ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It seems a lot more than it is, because the locations are pretty close to each other (some are next to each other).

@Michykdrama: If you visit Namsan Tower, make sure to go at a time and day when there will be one of the traditionell Martial Arts performances. It's worth it! It doesn't cost anything. It takes place on the place between tower and beacons a couple of times a week (or once a week? I'm not quite sure anymore. You will find the flyers that show the performing times at the entrances of the palaces). Your son will like love it! (At least my three year old son loves it).

Skip the Kimchi museum, eat a lot of Kimchi in the restaurants instead...

Personally I liked the changing of guards ceremony at Changdeok palace better than the one at Gyeongbuk palace.

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Oh another thing: Next to Lotte World there is a small lake. There is a walking way around the lake. When you come from the subway station and follow that walking way it passes a pavillion. Every sunday from noon till early afternoon there are free music performances there (no K-pop though; everything else from trot till traditionell drums).

The cable car at Namsan doesn't get up the whole way. There are still a few steep stairs to go. Pack lightly in case you have to carry your child up.

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Thanks @Liina! I will add your suggestions to my list!! ๐Ÿ˜‹

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I like your plan @blnmom! Hehe.

I can always do it on my Next Trip. Because I foresee this will be the start of many more trips in the future. ๐Ÿ˜

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Wow, michykdrama, that was a lot of work! Whew, and that's just north of the river. I thought of a few more things while you're up there that would be "omg, I've seen that in a dozen dramas!" spots. One you can just observe when you're facing Great King Sejong's statue, on the left across the street is the Sejong Performing Arts Center. You'll recognize those wide concrete steps and buildings. South and on the other side of the street is the old Seoul City Hall and now the super-modern new glass structure added in front of it. Then in opposite directions are buildings you've seen used a jillion times, interiors and exteriors: the old Seoul Station which is now a museum/gallery (to the West), and to the East, the very new Dongdaemun Design Plaza, the big silver curvy building (I think it ma [Read more]

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Thanks bbstl!
Yeah right now my problem isn't what to do, but how to do as many things as humanly possible, and what to "sacrifice" and not do! Lol.

But it's a happy problem I guess? ๐Ÿ˜

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Hi Everyone! ....... I hope you are all doing well today!

I want to say that I send a big Thank You to all of you, for making 2016 so interesting and so much fun here on Dramabeans! Your various comments and your observations not only added depth to the drama-watching experience, but also made it so enjoyable. Hanging out with you guys in Open Thread and elsewhere on this site is always a highlight! Thanks again Beanies!

Also, may 2017 bring all of you health, happiness and of course, great dramas! ...... Happy viewing everyone and have a Happy New Year!!

Watched this week:

Legend Of The Blue Sea - I'm so pleasantly surprised by Lee Min-ho in this. He's actually doing poignant moments quite well! ...... and I just watched the episodes with Jo Jung-seok ..... oh my goo [Read more]

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korfan ~

TWDR is good.

Glad I took the time to watch it on my own, (wife declined to watch), it's one of the better saeguks.

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John -

Yes! Tree sure is one of the better sageuk indeed! ...... I'm barely up to episode 14 and I'm looking forward to the remaining episodes!

Have a great New Year!

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There is such wonderful writing in Tree - I love shows about ideas that aren't afraid to tackle complex issues in complex ways.

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wonhwa -

It is indeed wonderful in many ways! It's truly been a great viewing experience.

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Hi beanies, and a happy New Year to everyone! (over the weekend, but still).

Still bitten by the Rogue One bug here, I'm hoping to make it to a fourth viewing this week (little difficult since the only show in town is at 10 p.m.....), it's just SO GOOD. And it also fully revived my love of Diego Luna, which means I've spent the last week tracking down and rewatching virtually anything starring him - I have a particular soft corner for Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights which basically turned me into a giggly, swooning 19-year-old (the age I was when I first watched it) again. Meanwhile, 2016 continues to be awful and snatch away beloved public figures - I was really sad to hear Carrie Fisher had died, followed within a day by her mother, Debbie Reynolds :(

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I saw Rogue One for the second time earlier this week because there was nothing else good showing at the time. It's a good movie to be sure, but you must really love it to be on the fourth go around. It is sad that Carrie Fisher passed away. I heard that she finished filming all her scenes before her passing, so the next movie could be a good tribute to her and her character.

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I caught Rouge One a few days back and then saw the news about Carrie Fisher's passing... Before that, was George Michael and after, CF's very own mother. What a way to end 2016.

On a lighter note, Rouge One was the bomb dot com. My favourites were Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen's characters. That ip man + jedi like moves. No words. I loved how the movie's cast was diverse in terms of culture and talent! Seeing Felicity Jones reminded me of the BBC adaptation of Northanger Abbey.

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So sad about Carrie Fisher's passing. I didn't expect her mother to die too :(.

Donnie Yen being one with the force sticks like glue. I lup him and everyone else of course.
I'm all for more diverse cast like this in Hollywood. This made Rouge One extra special.

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I nearly lost my mind back in April when the first teaser came out and I realised Diego freakin' Luna was in it. Like, DIEGO LUNA in a STAR WARS movie!

I love that R1 has a diverse cast, and it's so clear that they weren't just chosen to fill in someone's social justice boxes - it's just that Disney opened up the field and chose some of the most talented actors out there.

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Lol that's the way to call him. He is gorgeous and talented! I like him better with short hair on screen. His Rogue One haircut was perfect.
He can go long hair with beard behind the camera.

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I've been a Star Wars fan for almost two decades now, so I'm REALLY into the fact that there are good Star Wars movies being made again ;)

Carrie Fisher did complete filming all her scenes for Episode VIII, it's Episode IX that remains in question now.

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On 3rd viewing too with 3 movie tickets gift cards left. I'm going to use them all on Rouge One and then check myself into a mental institute after lol.

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Trust me, if there was any chance I could get myself to three more viewings (we have only one show left per day here, and it's late at night) I'd do it and join you in the mental institute lol.

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Sherlock Season 4 is coming out Jan 1st. Perfect distraction. Maybe we might not end up in a mental institution just yet lol.

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Happy new year all ๐Ÿ˜
I must say that 2016 is the year of good dramas ~ ๐Ÿ˜
and so many new talents whose acting are amazing

btw

I currently watching hwarang ,it's so good if you guys haven't watched it
go ! check it out !
at first I didn't have plan to watch it tho cause you guys now the poster make it seem like a common sageuk drama with pretty boys but I'm so wrong the story is so good and the actors are so good at potraying their character ๐Ÿ˜€
I hope it will get better and better in the future

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Hi, fellow Hwarang fans!!
That drama also took me by surprise. I didn't expect it to be that good, but after eps 4, I'm completely hooked.

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yasss ~ I'm glad i decided to watch it
I just can't wait for monday to come faster ~ I love monday now
Thanks to Hwarang xD

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I'm enjoying Hwarang a lot too, and I hope that it won't disappoint later on. I love that it has a modern vibe, and that it is lighthearted and doesn't take itself seriously at times, but then can have a lot of heart and intensity at others. I already really like the three main leads, and am not annoyed by an of the supporting cast. Hopefully this show will be good till the end.

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I am watching Hwarang. Not just that, I have also been checking Tumblr posts, tweets, and IG posts of this drama. There's still mystery to the characters that I am unable to wait for a week. So, all I can do read what others think of the drama. It's fun.

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Hi everyone!,Watched Sang doo lets go to school this week and it was such a good drama with good ost ,i still listen to one of its ost daily.The story was super melo and what a sad ending seriously these early 2000's dramas are all sad as hell.I miss Rain and i want him back to the top its been such a while and he was so big at one time internationally,currently watching Beethoven virus and i gotta say the acting is top notch Kim Myung Min and Jang Ken Suk killed it here what a good drama.i want Rain and Jang Keun Suk to come back to the top again i am such a big fanboy of them.

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Hi! I have been wanting to watch this drama forever, which site were you able to stream it from?

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You can find sang doo at dramacool

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Tysm!

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Thanks for Dramabeans and the community, we all make good memories being together here in 2016, I hope 2017 could be a better year,
song of the year for drama
Urban Zakapa-I don't love you
This song really touch me is because you can have many interpretations of the song,
the lyric is simple and they repeat "I don't love you" multiple times that it can be the song about the breakup
or about leaving someone and lied to yourself,
this could be taken as simple as getting the love disappear or as complex as leaving someone because of something unspeakable,
I loved the original, the duet song festival, the girl spirit and all have their own interpretation of the story,
but all sounds so sincere,
You can use this song in all of the drama available and the lyrics w [Read more]

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You have watched many of them. I planned not to watch any Japanese Drama this year but couldn't stop myself from watching -->

Best Drama-Writing-Direction-Romance-Character-Acting

Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku Ni Tatsu - We Married as a Job

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Yeah nigeru is really popular but also really good
Hoshino Gen - Koi is number 1 for 10 weeks in renchoku, that's big

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Sancheezy -

The Urban Zakapa song was a good one in 2016. It seems like something about that song caught everyone's attention.

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I like the way they sing it and when you listen to it a lot,
you have your own meaning of the song,
that the singer probably didn't mean the words they said but want to break up anyway,
It really something cause I like it even more the more I heard it ,

I think Yoo Seung Ho has a very big hunch in song since he starred in "You From the Same Time" by Naul on 2015 and that song also really big

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Sancheezy -

Yeah, having Yoo Seung-ho starring in the video was certainly a good idea. He pulled in the viewers to the video for sure.

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This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair uses that song and boy is it ever the right song for the complexity of the situation depicted in the drama. UZ also did an OST for that drama and it's another good one.

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Thumbs up to Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, Fuben na Benriya and Love that Makes You Cry โ€“ย they were all wonderful. Well written, perfectly cast and acted and poignant. I don't want to pick a favourite among these three, they were different genres and wonderful, incomparable in their own ways.

I was also quite fond of the low-budget Koe Koi.
Didn't find Juhan Shuttai particularly captivating myself (very serial & predictable), though it seems others did. Hmmm.

There's still a whole bunch of J-dramas I need to finish, either because I got busy or because they (sadly) remain partially subbed only. Love Song (need to finish), Suizokukan Girl and Jimi ni Sugoi! among them.

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I think Jhuhan Shuttai is definitely good but if you don't really into manga or like the manga-making, it can be hard,

It's like how people who like Shirobako (anime about making anime) have a hard time find the funny side of Gekkan Shojo Nozaki kun (anime about making shojo manga),
I think it kinda like that

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No, I like manga and making-of stories, I just found nothing in this drama to hook me. I did watch the whole thing, but I think I skip-watched from about ep. 4 or so.

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Gekkan Shoji Nozaki Jun is one of my favorites!!! I love his dead-pan interactions with everyone. Hee!

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This one will be a treat. Trailers are already out

Manga Live-Action Adaptation --> Tokyo Tarareba Musume

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Very often when I am watching japanese dramas, I think how nice it would be to have a jdrama version of a dramabeans blogging site (not called dramabeans necessarily but with similar concepts of comprehensive recapping, audience comments, drama ratings, etc). And your comment Sancheezy ressurected that though again.

I am not Japanese and do not want to risk appropriating Japanese culture /it's products by heading such a site (and this is coming from someone whose own culture &/ cultural elements are very often appropriated by others who are "well-meaning"). If you all know of a site like dramabeans that already exists for Japanese dramas, please do let me know. And if you start one, please let the jdrama followers on this site know - we will support you and our hearts will rejoice. [Read more]

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You can check out Dorama World, it has updates on J-ent news and dramas and the occasional review. Just no recaps on a full-scale basis because it's run by only one person, but the coverage is impressive nevertheless.

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I had not heard of Dorama World or psycho-drama - these are some amazing sites. Thank you all so much for the recommendations.

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Aside from Dorama World
I usually visit psychodrama for the review and arama Japan,

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I second Dorama World and psycho-drama.
It just that DoramaWorld is kind of New Bites section in dramabeans with short info on new dorama, casting, or j-ent news.
And psycho-drama is more to jmovie and most article are more suitable for someone whose familiar with jdorama or jmovie. But it has very deep review on jmovie and can give you lot of recommendation on good jmovie.

Aside from that, some blog that I can recommend:
- koalasplayground, she sometimes cover japanese, taiwan, and chinese too, entertainment news and even lastest gossip. She'll do recaps for drama she like sometimes (korean, japan, taiwan . . . I don't remember have she ever do c-drama recap). Beware that comment section can be fierce and less civil than in db, but it's fun to read it sometimes.
- dramajjang. They [Read more]

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You might want to check out ใ‚ถใƒฉ ZARA Notes (http://film-enthusiast.blogspot.com). It's a blog that reviews Asian dramas, but mostly Japanese dramas. It has a short overview of what the drama is about and a few screenshots, though you may want to avoid the review section as it may contain spoilers at times. I like going to the review section of my favorite dramas because she usually notes some interesting dialogues or narration. Actually, lately she has a separate quotes page for some dramas.

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I saw a snippet of MBC drama awards and Lee Sung Kyung won Excellence Awards as Bok Ju!!

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Nam Joo Hyuk also won the Rookie Award with Ryu Joon Yeol! And WFKBJ OTP presented an award too!

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Happy New Year, Beanies! I started watching Coffee Prince and really want to talk about it, so here goes my first open thread post. :) I know CP is one of the seminal, OG dramas and Iโ€™m about a decade too late, but I recently began Goblin and discovered my ultimate ajusshi crush, Gong Yoo. <3 Some beanies then kindly recommended CP and here I am, 12 eps in.

Aspects I like so far:
1. The writing - The characters act and react in such realistic, sincere ways. Iโ€™d usually get annoyed with Eun-chan and Han-kyul constantly pushing away and pulling at each other, but their actions feel true to their insecurities over self-image and sexuality. I love their soul-baring honesty about hurt, betrayal and cowardice after ECโ€™s gender reveal.

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Ooh! CP was highly recommended when I first started watching Kdramas, and I like gender benders in general. I loved CP because it seemed so different than others, there was a poignancy, slice-of-life Ness and that gorgeous indie soundtrack.

My ultimate crush of 2016 is the Park Bo Gum & Kim Yoo Jung pairing of Moonlight. They are so cute and beautiful and seem like theyre really in love. Their chemistry is amazing.

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PBG & KYJ are definitely one of my 2016 top couples and great actors to boot. I can't wait to see what they choose to be in next, their potential is limitless.

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Ultimate crush is Jong Joon Hyung. But Nam Joo Hyuk ftw. I am glad he's an oppa by a year. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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I just finished ep 3 of Weightlifting and I'm loving how perceptive and considerate Joon-hyung is! Tbh every character is just so darn likeable so far. You're a lucky duck, NJH's my age so I can't call him oppa haha :D

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Oh my God, CP was a muse. My ultimate ahjusshi crush GY + LSK. The Mr. Attractive + Mr. Voice. Top OTPs from romance k-drama i love are main lead from CP, Pasta, and Oh my Ghostess

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I came across Coffee Prince because it was on Netflix. I read a book and the author mentioned in her bio that she was a fan of Korean dramas, so I found Boys Over Flowers on Netflix- it didn't interest me, the fashion was too dated. Then I tried Coffee Prince on Netflix. It was okay, but I wasn't feeling it; I didn't understand the setup of first male lead and second male lead back then. I looked it up online and found dramabeans recaps. Dramabeans helped me navigate this new world, and I've been hooked since.

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I really enjoyed Coffee Prince, but for me, it was the story of a deeply-closeted gay man discovering a way to live with himself by finding a girl who dressed like a boy. In that light, it was really sad, because he would never be truly happy with himself.

Also, the background characters were hi-larious.

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I love CP too. I avoided it for so long because I remember YEH from her Baby V.O.X. days as the maknae ...lol...that should give away my age. I then I discovered Gong Yoo and went to hunt down all his works. I can't believe I overlooked him. ::sigh::

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I'm currently going through that stage trying to watch everything Gong Yoo's in lol! Luckily I'm spoilt for choice coz his work's been prolific this year :)

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I couldn't agree more. I haven't watched Coffee Prince yet but now that I'm watching Goblin and so in love with Gong Yoo, I've been digging up his films and dramas and started watching them. He is quite a versatile actor and quite goodlooking at that. He is very carefree with his actions in each scene and is not self-conscious if he does not appear cute or handsome, which in his case makes him more attractive. And his voice, such rich tone, I could listen to it the whole day.

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I discovered Joo Jung Suk only this year. Absolutely in love with him. <3

But my favorite character this year is Joon Hyung from WFKBJ.

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For those of fellow beanies who wonder who are the winners for the 2016 MBC drama awards, below is the list of winners. Hope your favorites made into the list. Congrats to all winners.

Notes: These are listed in the order they are announced. The award show is still ongoing, so this is just the current list of winners, if Iโ€™m not mistaken.

Daeasang Nominees: Kim So Yeon (Happy Home), Seo In Guk (SKL), Uee (Marriage Contract), Lee Seo Jin (Marriage Contract), Lee Jong Suk (W), Jin Sae Yeon (FiP), Han Hyo Joo (W)

Male Rookie Award - Nam Joo Hyuk (WFKBJ) and Ryu Joon Ryeolย (Lucky Romance)

Female Rookie Award:ย Nam Ji Hyun (SKL) and Jo Bo Ahย (Monster)

Child Actors Award: Go Geun Min (Working Mum) and Jung Da Bin (Flower Prison)

Scriptwriter Award: Song Jae Jung (W)ย 

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Can't really understand the awards name but happy since all of my favs getting their deserved awards ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Do you mean you are wondering which dramas fall under each category? Tbh, Iโ€™m also not sure about that. Even Iโ€™m not sure the differences in criteria between golden acting award and excellence award. Sorry for not being able to make it clearer.

I guess if I include which dramas the nominees for each category work on, maybe it can clear up the confusion?

Note: This is just a guess.

Mini Series: One More Happy Ending, Goodbye Mr. Black, Lucky Romance, W, Shopaholic Louis, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo

Special Works: Monster, Woman with a Suitcase, Marriage Contract, The Flower in Prison

Soap Opera: Happy Home, Blow Breeze

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Ah yes, actually I was confused about the category, which drama in which category. Thank you so much.

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What. WHATTT.

Jin Se Yeon as one of the nominess for Daesang? i dont know if im
so impressed or shocked. lmao.

But yeah MBC might not as competitve as SBS or KBS, and not many drama achieved high rating. Among the list of Daesang, i wish Kim So Yeon will win. Her drama was not a really a good and popular one, but she was flawless in her role.

anyway thanks for your info. :)

Happy new year!

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Oh OK daesang went to Lee Jong Suk.

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Me too. Iโ€™m surprised that she is among the list of Daesang nominees as I work on the list. My friend told me that she wasnโ€™t find FiP appealing due to the female lead but Iโ€™m not sure whether it was due to her performance or her characterization in that drama.

Maybe because FiP passed the 20% mark so they might guess she is popular enough to gain vote from voters. By the way, the daesang winner was determined via SNS votes if Iโ€™m not mistaken.

Maybe Kim So Yeon had a better chance in winning if it isn't based on SNS votes. Anyway, it is still a good year for her as she had won MBC's Top Excellence Award and a Daesang from KDA.

Youโ€™re welcome and Happy new year!

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ohhh SNS votes no wonder, im not sure sometimes i heard for the Daesang 50% votes and 50% jury. so not sure. Im not sure last year but on 2014, it was based on votes. I know that for Best Couple Award is best on votes but not sure other categories.

Jin Se Yeon as among the Daesang Nominees is really joke of the year. This year is probably the best year for Kim So Yeon, she won number of awards, and also got handsome boyfriend Lee Sang Woo. :)

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And the list of winners continues โ€ฆ

Top Excellence Award (Special Works) Male: Lee Seo Jin (Marriage Contract)

Top Excellence Award (Special Works) Female: UEE (Marriage Contract)

Top Excellence Award (Soap Opera) Male: Lee Sang Woo (Happy Home)

Top Excellence Award (Soap Opera) Women: Kim So Yeon (Happy Home)

Top Excellence Award (Mini Series) Male: Lee Jong Suk (W)

Top Excellence Award (Mini Series) Women: Han Hyo Joo (W)

Drama of the Year award: W

Grand Award for MBC 2016 (Daesang): Lee Jong Suk

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Hey, Lee Sang Woo wins something, nice!

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daebak! our athlete couple deserves what they've got! Thank you for this chuka chuka! lol.

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For those of fellow beanies who wonder who are the winners for the 2016 KBS & SBS Drama Awards, below is the list of winners.

Whether these awards successfully being different or is just your same old same old drama awards, hope your favorites made into the list.

Congrats to all winners.

Here is the list of winners from 2016 KBS Drama Awards!

Youth award male:
Jung Yoon Suk (Five Children)

Youth award female:
Heo Jung Eun (Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho)

Best Supporting Actor Winner:
Lee Jun Hyuk (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds)

Best Supporting Actress Winner:
Ra Mi Ran (Laurel Tree Tailors)

Best Couple Award winner:
Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo (DOTS)

Best Actor in Short Drama Awards Winner:
Kim Seung Ho and Lee Dong Hwi (The Red Teacher)

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Here is the list of winners from 2016 SBS Drama Awards!

New Star Award :

Kim Min Suk (Doctors)
Yang Jin Sung (Son In Law's Women)
Kim Min Jae (Romantic Doctor)
Moon Ji In (Doctors)
Kwak Si Hyang (Second to last love)
Jung Hye In (Yeah that's how it is)
Min Ah (Gongshim)
Baek Hyun (Moon lovers)
Go Kyung Pyo (Jealousy)
Hyeri (Entertainer)

10โ€™s Star Award :

Kim Sung Ryung (Miss Cop 2)
Nam Goong Min (Remember)
Park Shin Hye (Doctors)
Seo Hyun Jin (Romantic Doctor)
Lee Min Ho (Legend of the Blue Sea)
Lee Jun Ki (Moon Lovers)
Jang Geun Seuk (Jackpot)
Jeon Ji Hyun (Blue Sea)
Jo Jung Suk (Jealousy)
Han Suk Kyu (Romantic Doctor)

Special Acting Award (Long Running) Male :

Song Jae Rim (Our Gabsoon)

Special Acting Award (Long Running) Women :

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C-h-e-e-r-s to everyone for a blissful year of Dramas 2016!

To All Dramabeans Staff thank you for all awesome hard work of recap! I've been on your site everyday. I can't wait for new updates and recap for all the new awesome dramas everyday.

To All the avid fans for this blog thank you for your comments and it feels so good knowing that I'm not just the one who loves K-Drama, I admit I'm a super fan of K-Drama.. Like most of my time this year was spent in watching daebak shows!!! This year was full of awesome shows!

Right now I can't wait to know what happened in Goblin Ep 9. so if anyone knows and have watched it please give a spoiler! Dying here.. I watched the raw and understand a little bit. I just want to know the rest of ET and KM sweet banters.

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Have a happy new year.

Watching K dramas

Hwarang: Not sure why
LOBS: Could be better
Goblin: Could be better, more Sunny please
Laurel Tree Tailors: Yay for Jun oppa & Dong Sook's wedding
Oh My Geum-bi : Glad I started this.

J drama
Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu: Awkward lovers activate

C drama
The Legend of the Condor Heroes: Hu Ge, Ariel Lin, Cecilia Liu = squee

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Amen to the "more sunny please". I feel a Yoo In Na deficiency whenever I watch Goblin. Also, hopefully, she gets more customers buying chicken from her too. How has she been affording the rent is beyond me.

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Regarding Goblin, I agree. They've hardly given Sunny anything to do. I'm hopeful she'll have more impact during the 2nd half. I hate to say it but it does go into boring territory at times.

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Same here. I love everything about Goblin: the cast, the cinematography, the OST and of course the plot. However, the unfolding of the storyline is a little slow moving. When Eun Tak could hold the sword, I literally fist pumped and did a victory war cry. Finally! Like finally we had progress after having her admit she saw the sword as well.

With regards to Sunny, I'm hoping they give us more than merely having cute scenes with Grim Reaper. Yoo In Na can do so much more. I have yet to watch epi 9 but I'm crossing my fingers that we get more unfolding and Sunny!

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Hello my Beanie Friends! I recently came across a thread on Reddit for Kdrama referring to the 7 First Kisses web series, and asking who would you like your first 7 Kdrama kisses to be from.

Since there's no better way to round off the year than with cute oppa and noonas, I would love to ask you as well-
Who would your lucky 7? :D Feel free to define the role and characters as you please! I would love to hear from you all.

Here is my list. I picked 2 actors because there's too many crushes that I have.

1. The Sageuk Rebel/Anti-hero - Broody, angsty mane-of-gloried men who challenge your beliefs in life and love- LEE JUN KI & KWAK DONG YEON

2. Sexy older CEO-nim who makes me want to tear off my clothes - They're smart, ruthless and have a maturity and passion that comes w [Read more]

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Ooh, this is fun! Do they have to be classic K-drama roles?

1. The earnest office worker--he tries hard, doesn't always think he's succeeded, but always makes your heart flutter without even trying: Kim Soo Hyujn

2. The military man--loyal to his country and his people, swoony in a uniform, sexy even under duress: Lee Joon Gi.

3. Mysterious neighbor--there's something more to him, but you can't tell what. At turns mischievous and funny, at times serious and melancholy--but always considerate: Lee Jong Suk

4. The nice Chaebol--the rare Kdrama black flamingo (they're more exotic than a mere sheep), this man is wealthy, powerful... and not a jerk: Lee Je Hoon.

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Ooooh! Thanks for playing! Haha, your list has so many desirable guys! Also, how do you format for bold text here? :P

Love your list- here's a couple of thoughts!

- Kim Soo Hyun is adorable! If you have watched the Producers, this office worker role is pretty close!

- Ooh, LJK is fantastic in action/army roles. But I always prefer him in manes of glory haha.

- LJS as a mystery neighbour! But ooh, what do you think his secret could be?

- I laughed out loud at your description of The Nice Chaebol, Black Flamingo hahahahah. Or is it Black Swan? :P

- I would love to see PBG in a noona romanc e melodrama. Although Lee Jong Suk and Park Seo Joon are already experts in the genre, PBG could give them a run for their money.

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My neck hurts from all the bobblehead vigorous nodding I'm doing in huge agreement with this whole thread. Love it!

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Oh haha! You should share your list too! :D

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I haven't seen the producers, but I might check it out if it was good.

LJS' mystery... I think it should involve a really tragic past--but not one that killed off his family (so they can still be in the drama). Maybe he was in the army and his unit was all killed, and they hushed it up? Or we make it a historical drama and set just after the Japanese occupation, and he was either forced into complying or witnessed something terrible? Or something entirely different, like someone has kidnapped his best friend and he's working to get them back in secret?

Lol I guess black swan would work too, but it still doesn't have the exotic, head turning factor. Nice Chaebols are just that special.

What mythical man would you like to see NGM play?

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Producers is pretty nice, but opinions are strongly divided on it. It's kind of slow-paced, long episodes, but Kim Soo Hyun totally amazes in this show.

The army man part sounds so cool, as does the Japanese occupation bit. Or what if he was like Dexter, killing evil people? Or a superhero hiding his strength?

I think NGM would look super hot as a vampire. :D Basically I want to see him in guy liner. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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who would you like your first 7 Kdrama kisses to be from.

Wow, that's a tough one, considering I'm old enough to be most of their Mamas (for the purposes of this query, let's assume that I'm no older than, say 27. :cough:) But never one to let reality interfere w/a good fantasy, I'd have to say:

1. The Sweet Guy - he's always there for you, and never pushes past your boundaries because he respects you. See also: Kim Ji-Hoon as Oh Jin-rak from Flower Boy Next Door

2. The Dangerous Guy. He's as likely to kill you as kiss you, but boy, does he make your heart pound loud enough to drown out your better judgment. See also: Kwon Hyun-sang as "L" from Vampire Prosecutor 2

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Very Well Done! :):)

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Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful year ahead!

My friend safinesque and I were debating yesterday who we would choose among the Kdrama male leads, if given a choice of one only. Our first (and only, so far) round was between Lee Young of MDBC or Joon Hyung of WFKBJ. It turned out to be a full character analysis of both male leadsโ€”from what drove them, their flaws and best attributes that make them swoon-worthy and relatable. We ended up on Team Lee Young, but still love Joon Hyung, even if we havenโ€™t seen his cunning yet since he hasnโ€™t faced decisions as tough as the Crown Princeโ€™s. It was a funny debate and reasoning process, but I kind of missed that from school days when we would dissect characters from novels or plays. This time, we applied the [Read more]

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I was just thinking about dissecting these two characters since I'm in love with both. I have no one to talk too in RL so ended up debating inside my head. Conclusion is that both guys lived in different timelines and situations so I cannot for the life of me choose between the two.

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@ neener โ€“ Right?! We are in love with both. We even came to the conclusion that if LY was in the modern times, heโ€™d be a bit like JH. Funny, teasing, cute, sensitiveโ€ฆ yeah, we could go onโ€ฆ ;)

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That list would certainly go on and on if we're gonna talk about these two ideal man who's gonna ruin my life.

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That sounds fun! I wish I could join that debate. It IS a tough choice between Lee Young and Joon Hyung especially where cuteness & cheekiness are concerned.

I'm missing WF. Not really looking forward to 2017 but hey, life has to go on. Here's hoping for the another 12 months of great dramas!

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@ stuffed โ€“ Haha, thatโ€™s it, โ€œcuteness and cheekiness!โ€ I could not, for the life of me, understand at first why Ra-On kept on leaving LY, but ok fine, so much danger involved. At least we got our happy ending for them! And JH, you sweet boy, just teasing KBJ forever, I could just watch them be fluffy together.

Iโ€™m going to miss WFKBJ too! Weโ€™re all so cautious for 2017, but we just keep keeping on! Cheers to more great dramas in the coming year!

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LOL! Fluffy indeed. Imagine having both LY and JH in one drama. I think I'd die of sore cheeks and too much giddiness ๐Ÿ˜†

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Question:
When do you stop coming to OT?

For me, sometimes it's Monday or Tuesday. Other times I'm still on by Thursday.

Other note @bbstl and Kaybee, thank you so much for answering my question last week. All the roommate tips makes me feel much more confident about going into this situation.

Media this week

Korean:
ML - next ep 11 Ahhhhh!!!
7 eps in a week isn't a lot. But I don't do marathons well so this is basically addiction. And now I'm over here doing research into Taejo. no comments on him please
Gogh, Starry Night - done. Loved it - 1 bean!
Lobster - on ep 13, I can't believe I still haven't finished considering I started Wed at 4%

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