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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Let’s Eat 3: I’ve missed Yoon Doo-joon, and this season has managed to re-create the same spirit of light-hearted, food-related fun anchored in character relationships that we’ve come to expect of this franchise. And it’s quite a feat to do that while swapping out all the characters minus one… but those swaps aren’t without their downsides, either. I’m not sure if revealing what happened to Seo Hyun-jin will kill the fun for me, because that just seemed like an extra kick in the pants that I’m not sure we really needed. I am so conflicted and the season has barely just begun.

Mr. Sunshine: Okay, I’ve seen enough to feel like I get what vibe the drama’s going for, and it just isn’t one that grips me. There are a lot of elements about this show I find very compelling, but it just doesn’t feel like an organic, character-driven show, and my emotions are having a hard time being engaged. It sort of feels like the show was built the opposite of the way I prefer — setpieces and overreaching arc first, then back-filling in with character moments, rather than starting with characters and building out from there. I do enjoy the addition of Byun Yo-han into the mix (he’s a welcome dose of lightness amidst all that manly dolor), and I find myself drawn to Kim Tae-ri and Yoo Yeon-seok’s tangled connection the most, which is mainly what I’m watching for.

Meteor Garden: I know we don’t generally cover non-Korean dramas here, but I figure this brand-new version of Meteor Garden earns a shout-out for all those Boys Over Flowers fans out there. Is the show — as per the usual M.O. — juvenile? Is the acting green? Does the story still make me cringe in moments? Yes, of course, and absolutely — but there must be something magical about this setup/story/franchise, because despite all that, I’m stupidly hooked on this show. The lead actress is one of the better versions of the character (not quite as great as the Japanese Tsukushi, but a distinct step up from the K-drama Jan-di), but it’s this new Daoming Si who’s got me obsessed with his adorable, idiotic, childlike ways. (He’s sweeter than the Japanese Doumyouji and less abusive than Lee Min-ho’s version, which means he just may become my favorite iteration of this character. We’ll see.) I may be groaning often at the defanged conflicts and lack of true stakes and the acting, but I’m also totally haunting the internet for new episodes and may have the release dates for every episode penciled into my planner.

 

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Mr. Sunshine: Now that the introductions are out of the way, our cast of players is intersecting in really interesting ways, setting us up for multiple overlapping love triangles (or is it just one really big love pentagon?), which is certainly more exciting than a string of backstory vignettes. The Lee Byung-heon/Byun Yo-han revenge rivalry is classic, though nothing is better than the tense Yoo Yeon-seok/Kim Tae-ri scenes. I know my heart is doomed, and that there’s nothing to be done about it. I lived through Chilbongie. I know what lies there, and yet, here I am.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim: Granted, there wasn’t a whole lot of conflict in this series to begin with, but this week felt especially void of purpose. The couple is happy, in love, and on the same page about pretty much everything, which doesn’t leave a whole lot for them to do, other than hug and kiss. Okay, so it’s not like I’m going to complain about the hugging and kissing. I just thought we were leading up to this big change in the heroine’s life, where she goes off to find herself outside of her identity as Secretary Kim, no? Maybe I was expecting too much. Let’s just enjoy the smoochies.

Let’s Eat 3: Uhh… I know I’m always complaining about Yoon Doo-joon being a playboy in this series, but that wasn’t a request to do THAT to him! I was all geared up for a peppy round of food worship and throwback references, but now I’m crying into my noodles while rewatching the second season. I need a hug.

 

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Currently recapping: Let’s Eat 3

Your House Helper: I only really started this because the production team and some of the cast were involved with Strongest Deliveryman, and I was hoping this show would be similar. And it kinda is! Not just because of the cast (including the squee-worthy Kim Sun-ho cameo), but because it deals with everyday people who are struggling to get by, hoping to finally catch a break. The theme of three friends down on their luck who end up banding together also reminds me of Radiant Office, but maybe that’s because Ha Suk-jin is playing, well, the kind of character he always plays. There’s also a dash of Age of Youth due to the emphasis on all the female friendships, but now I’m probably pandering in a desperate attempt to get more people watching this underrated gem.

To. Jenny: A sweet two-episode drama that was pleasant if not exactly unique or demanding. It hit all the right notes for me (pun intended!), particularly my love for indie music, musical dramas, painfully anxious and shy people redeeming themselves, and Kim Sung-chul. I could listen to him sing all day, every day. I’ll probably remember this mini-drama more for the soundtrack than anything else, which isn’t really a complaint.

 
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(Fan Wall Spazzing) Life on Mars (Episodes 9-10):
I didn’t think the pace of the show could get any more intense after the cliffhanger that ended the first half of the show, but it actually DID! I really loved how we saw some new sides of the main characters with male lead bending his strict principles and female officer displaying jealousy, though I was disappointed by how curly hair’s development stalled. Curly hair will be the main highlight in episode 11 though as shown in the preview, so maybe maknae will get his own feature in episode 12? The mystery is close to being solved, so I do think 1988 will come to an end soon.

(Fan Wall Spazzing) Your House Helper (Episodes 9-12):
Anytime Lee Ji Hoon comes up on the screen, I always prepare myself to holler in laughter because his antics are SO adorkable yet embarrassing at the same time. I’m looking forward to next week when he gets closer to the truth and maybe even discover it, which will certainly change the dynamics between him and the designer (maybe she might be the one chasing after him?). The male lead’s drunken kiss does remind me a little bit of Taek’s kiss (Reply 1988), in that the female involved in the kiss would go on to hide its existence as well as her own feelings (as seen in preview).

(Watching) Let’s Eat 3 (Episodes 1-2):
Outside of all the food porn, the plot is pretty predictable: female lead helps male lead move on as they bond over food and go from friends to lovers, 2nd leads develop feelings under cohabitation trope and sisters fight over the male lead alongside their family issues (money + mother’s dementia + father’s death?). It isn’t a bad thing per se, but it does mean that the drama will have to go above and beyond in its execution to escape from mediocrity. Maybe the drama will surprise me with the 2004 trio? I will give the show 2 more episodes to convince me it shouldn’t be fast-forwarded.

(Watching) What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (Episodes 13-14):
Penultimate week was hit or miss! The parent disapproving trope was turned on its head effectively, but the jealousy trope was quite cliche. The one suit guy and understudy’s restaurant scene was nicely filled with character development, but the driver and thick lipstick lady side’s stairway scene repeated the same conflict the main couple had. There were nice messages on love and what it means to compromise for each other, but then there was zero followup on the family when their issues formed the bulk of the conflict. And WTF was that reversal, female lead!

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(Watching) Are You Human Too (Episodes 21-24):
I’m always up for more nuanced characters like human Nam Shin who may be manipulative but aren’t evil for the sake of being evil, so I was happy to see him back. It just happened way too late into the show’s run, and I would have preferred to see more of his battle against the grandfather whose a much better antagonist than villainous father. I think the drama could have just used the robot vs. human angst + family history drama, supported by grey characters in Secretary and Oh Ro Ra who find themselves caught between the two. The romance arc is okay but not outstanding.

(Fast-Forwarded) Come Here and Hug Me (Episodes 29-32):
I thought it was quite funny how the final fight ended up being a war of words, but perhaps this was what the show intended because it was at heart a clash of ideologies between the serial killer and the male lead on what defines strength. Looking back at the show, it had way too many characters to develop and quite a number of cast members became extras (last episode doesn’t count): male lead’s police colleagues (excluding the mole) and his stepsister, as well as female lead’s actress friend and her manager. I will never understand why the show added more characters.

(Fast-Forwarded) Handsome Guy and Jung-Eum (Episodes 29-32):
I’m glad that the show didn’t force the doctor and surfer together, though it seemed like they had nothing to do in the show once the main couple confirmed their sincere feelings for each other and they were relegated to being extras, conveniently being brought in for the wedding this week. I do find it odd that the show chose to focus so much on the Oh Doo Ri couple that they ended up having more development than any couple other than the main couple when the other undateables had cameos, but I guess the writer did regrettably forget about developing characters like Charlie.

I will be watching 30 But 17 and Time from next week onwards! Definitely no extended thoughts on Time (I will be ogling at Lee Ji Hoon for sure! :D) but I might do them for 30 But 17.

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I am watching Your House Helper mainly for Lee Ji Hoon. I always liked him School 2013, and he did a great job as the villain in Legend of the Blue Sea... I love seeing him try to act cool and failing miserably here. I'm more invested in his romance with Go Won Hee more than the leads. The girl trio hasn't gripped me yet, but I'm going to keep watching.

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He's so adorably, awkwardly cute!

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Life on Mars continues to impress and gets even better as we go deeper to the heart of the story.

I am in awe of JKH’s acting as haven’t watched him much in the past. He is quite different from other Korean actors due to his slimmer built but has such an emotional range accompanied by a sensuality rarely seen in many K actors. LOM really showcases his capabilities in this regard. The scene of his firstly holding and then releasing his profound sadness in seeing his father’s body is amongst the best performances seen this year.

Just to catch up on this actor that I overlooked in the past, I started One More Happy Ending and oh my goodness what a gem it is! I virtually binged watched non stop and another 10 episodes to go. Why why why I have missed JKH in the past and OMHE is definitely a fine romcom to have produced in the last few year. He and Jang Nara really made me glue to the screen.

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Welcome to JKH side haha 😆. I'm also in awe with his acting in LOM as i havent seen his dramas before that. Since watching LOM, i've marathoned several drama of his and became an instant fan.

Imo, for someone with a small built compared to other kdrama heroes, him being booked for lead roles shows how good of an actor he is. I wish him more success. I think his performance in LOM is seriously award worthy.

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@PYC you should watch him in Cruel City - I could barely take my eyes off him in that to read subtitles, his character was that gripping!

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Thanks! Heard so many good comments on Cruel City over the years. Time to start now that I finish One More Happy Ending.

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Life on Mars: is back and is kicking our brains with nerve-racking twists involving Kim Min-seok's past and the real killer behind the deaths of the key characters in the show! Despite the seriousness of the show, I love the fact that it can still give us the bromance between Tae-joo and Dong-cheol we never knew we needed, jealous Miss Yoon (which I adore and love so much), and the possibility for a better teamwork between the Inseong Police Team!

To. Jenny: is a cute little show I will always treasure. Tiramisu Cake is now on loop on my music player. I never knew I needed musical dramas in my life until I watched this show. 100/10 for making me cry with those wonderful songs (To. Jenny is right next to Tiramisu Cake. That song is just so goooooood) and giving us a nice little ending.

Are You Human Too: Show was filled with complex characters you never know if they're bad or good but the greatest surprise was OriShinal! I am still on the borderline of liking and hating him as a person, but I love him as a character! Comma boy just woke up but that stirred a lot of events: we get to see So-bong completely accepting her feelings for RoboShin without expecting anything from him and doing her best to protect him at all costs (if Cinnabong says we must protect Shinnamon then WE MUST PROTECT SHINNAMON ROLL AT ALL COSTS) and we also get to see Ro-ra's true feelings toward our RoboShin (I am not hating on her now). Human Shin is capable of so many things that he can stir our characters even without having fully recovered from the accident himself. Can't wait to see more of him and the potential love triangle between him, RoboShin, and So-bong because I love jealous RoboShin

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim: I really don't know what's wrong with Secretary Kim. I know the fact that she is 200% great at her job and seeing her stay made me feel conflicted. As much as I am happy that she finally found something she wants to do for a looooong time (and that Young-joon will support her no matter what she wanted to do), I was kind of hoping she'd do something else. The leads were great, funny, and cute but the story is not doing anything for me right now. The side stories of the OG OTP Bong Se-ra and Yang Cheol makes me remain invested and the blooming romance of Kim Ji-Ah and Go Gwi-nam made me ask for more.

Meteor Garden 2018: I grew up watching Meteor Garden as a kid on our local tv station so I had reaaaallly high expectations for this remake and gosh, Meteor Garden 2018 exceeded my expectations! The actors are doing an amazing job in making each and every character feel like a real person (a quality which I think the side characters of the original version kind of lacked). Although we all know who Shan Cai is going to end up with in the end (not gonna lie but who doesn't), the show is doing an amazing job at making me invested in both the...

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the show is doing an amazing job at making me invested in both the Daoming Zi and Huaze Lei love lines and I loooooove it! Too bad I had to watch it illegally since the show is licensed here in PH (I hate the local TV channels here although they exposed me to Asian dramas as a little kid).

Miss Hammurabi: I still can't accept Judge Han's decision. I think I will never accept that. Show was fun, brilliant, new, and exciting at the very beginning but kind of lost momentum and direction at the middle. I think Miss Hammurabi shined the most in the human aspect of the show, whether something is right or wrong and what the law can do for the victims. I will surely watch out for Lee Elijah's next project (love her), hoping for L's next drama project to have him play a character that suits him very well like Im Ba-reum, and praying that Go Ara's next drama is a hit (at least like this one) and not a miss.

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Netflix has "Meteor Garden 2018" on its channel. It is weekly updated.

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The question with 'Whats wrong with Secretary Kim' isn't the one Young Joon was asking at the start of the show, but what the audience is left asking at the end of the Show.

1. What's wrong with Secretary Kim? I don't know either.
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2. What's wrong with Secretary Kim? Why the heck is she STILL working as his secretary?

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But working for him is the whole foundation of the show, and we get the WHY question for like the first three episodes, but afterwards even I (a huge fan that is) is left wondering why the show is still named WWWK (not that they can change the name)

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Because the answer is, nothing?

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Because she “loves taking care of people”. So, unless she reigns and starts up a daycare, the best option she's got is babysitting Mr Aura and the team. I mean, even Park called her “mom”, she must be doing something right!

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She really wasn't leaving to find herself, she was leaving to find and marry a normal guy. She has a guy and she is excellent at her job. She has friends at work and sisters who she is friends with - seems like she realized that she already has everything she is looking for. ... She even said in the latest episode that she wasn't sure what she wanted to be/become before she realized that she es exceptional at what she does. Besides, what is wrong with working as a secretary? I like that she is still working and not leaving to become his stay at home girlfriend.

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Precisely. There will probably be a lot of thrashing this out pro and con on the episode 14 recap and I'm really lookin going forward to it.

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So am I. I agree that it's true she doesn't need to leave since she already has everything she wanted. So Question #2 should hopefully be a part of the discussion. ^^;

Seriously though, there is NOTHING wrong with her (or him). That's the biggest disappointment of the show - for me.

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@greenfields was it not enough that there was something very wrong that they both had to find and move beyond? That felt very big for me.

As for #2, I'm gonna guess that it's just not over 'til it's over *Cheshire Cat grin* 😸 But most definitely a big part of the discussion, and between them as well!

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@bbstl - look to me it seems like the show is treating their trauma as being what's wrong with them, and therefore they find it and move on. But I don't think having a trauma is something "wrong" with a person in and of itself.

Frankly, the two of them are perfect. They're trying their best. Always. They have good intentions. Always. They're the perfect candies in how they sacrifice themselves for other people. They look perfect.

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Hi again @greenfields🙋🏼
I can see that. I have a response but while formulating it, I got bonked over the head with a flash from my past like a cartoon sledgehammer. I only mention it because boy, of all the kdramas from which I'd never expect an insight, Sec Kim is that drama 😄, and to say thanks to you. If I can get it together by then, I'll try to spit it out on Recap 14, see you there?

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Of course! :)

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There’s a problem with the English title translation anyway, so don’t think too hard. It’s more like “Why is Sec Kim acting this way?” The title is what Young Joon keeps asking himself because he has the hardest time understanding her.

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i just watched To.Jenny -- soooo SWEEEEET!!!!

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I just finished it as well! Come on now, sing it with me 🎵 Tiramisu cake, tiramisu cake...🎵

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Life On Mars: This show continues to be my favourite thing that’s aired so far this year. Assuming it all goes well, it just might become my favourite show of the year, unless another gem comes along and makes me eat my words.

The show is doing a fantastic job of ratcheting up the suspense without making us the viewers feel like the plot is being too dumb or too complex. While I’m going to be so sad about the drama ending, I cannot wait to see how this drama wraps up. In particular, I cannot wait to see how the timelines collide. I was stunned and creeped out by the reveal in the last episode. I honestly did not expect it to be so close to them.

Also, I’m glad to see more bonding happening between the team members even though it was bonding that came at a great cost. While we know that Dong Cheol has got that father to his men thing going on, it was really neat to see Tae Joo develop a similar attitude towards Nam Sik.

I also really enjoyed Officer Yoon’s huffiness. Poor Tae Joo was so blindsided lmao. Other than her huffiness, I also enjoy her astute observations. She can always spot something that everybody seems to gloss over and I am beyond impressed by the way she powers through information and makes sense out of it. Truly, she’s my favourite thing in the entire drama!

Secret Mother: I finished up the drama last week and you know what, I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, especially towards the ending. I was shocked to find out the original reason behind Yoon Jin’s daughter’s death and I really loved the way the writer tied up all the lo0se ends and even had the character development fairy show up for a visit! When the drama began, my one wish was for Eun Young and Yoon Jin to team up, and team up they did! I was just so thrilled to see these two women band together and even share some of their deepest fears and at the same time, cheer each other on. All in all, a good drama.

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Come and Hug Me Finale. What a beautiful and healing drama. Reminds me so much of My Ahjussi. It gives you nothing but warm feeling tugging on your heartstrings. I am glad that rainbow and sunshine have finally shone on Na Moo and Nak Won. Hyun Moo had the best character development in the story. If you haven’t seen it or dropped the drama, please give it a chance. Totally worth seeing the entire cast with A+ acting. It’s very rare in a drama. Kudos to Jang Ki Yong - looking forward to see him more in leading dramas!

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Hi @13infamyss. I also enjoyed COME AND HUG ME. I want to say a word about the performance of Kim Kyung-nam (1989) who portrayed older brother Yoon Hyun-moo.
At the start of the series I wrote something like how did KYM go from JKH's sweet younger brother in PRISON PLAYBOOK to Son of Psycho in CAHM?
Like you I am pleased with the character arc of Hyun-moo and KYM gave a terrific performance. What a contrast he showed in the 2 recent characters he has portrayed. Kudos to him!

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Agree with everything you said ♡ At first, I started to watch out of curiosity mainly because of Jang Ki Yong stellar performance in My Ahjusshi and now I ended up loving all of the actors, they really did a great job portraying their characters.
And Hyun Moo!! Its impossible to not fall in love with him after the drama ended. Its my first time watching him act and I do look forward to his next drama.

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*about to write my post* but first I read what DB staff are watching and
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@#$%^&**!()!!!!! JB is watching a Chinese show???!!!!😮

And of course, it's Meteor Garden!!!

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I am really glad @javabeans is watching Meteor Garden. This is the first time I am watching a chinese drama and kinda stumbled upon it on my Netflix. I cringed through Boys Over Flowers and never watched the original Taiwanese version, but admit this Daoming Si is probably my favourite version of the character, since I most often find the male lead in this sort of dramas too mean to redeem. Here the bullying has been significantly toned down, and the dude is kinda helplessly charming to Shen Cai, the way he looks at her is all hearts-in-eyes ;) So glad you commented on it Javabeans, and everyone else who are watching it!

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I'm so deep into Chinese drama rabbit hole that
1. I watch Meteor Garden episode 13&14 raw.
2. I watch Candle in The Tomb although I hate thriller, horror or any kind of Indiana Jones type of movie.
3. There are more cdramas than kdramas on my 'currently watching' list.
I hope my affair with c-drama don't last too long, each drama usually has 20-60 episodes. There are still so many series from other countries that I need to see and I'm not getting younger.

I still watch K-drama, Mr. Sunshine and Life on Mars. Mr. Sunshine don't leave me with much impression. It's not the drama's fault, it's me. I'm too ignorant to read the meaning behind the pictures. They look beautiful, but that's all for me. I don't understand what they are supposed to mean.
I love Life on Mars personally because of the 1988 set. I think it was episode 4, I was so amazed the production team could bring back 1980s shopping center without any trace of the 21st century.

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C-drama's are on my list too, felt guilty at first, like I was cheating on K-drama! But after watching Lost Love In Times, Nirvana In, Untouchable Lovers (my top three). I got over my guilt. You're right about the episodes, 50-60 of them standard. But I saw that Meteor Garden is 48, so that ain't so bad. Heard it's a remake of BOFs. Is it an exact replica? I kinda want to start watching it after WWWK

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I don't feel cheating, but I feel a little bit afraid that I will lose many K-drama gems before I know them.
Meteor Garden 2018 is a remake of taiwanese Meteor Garden (2001) which is adaptation from Hana Yori Dango. The 2018 also produced by the same producer of 2001, Angie Chai. I think the plot will be similar with BoF with different details here and there.
I don't watch BoF, I've tried many times but I couldn't get into it. Angie Chai's adaptation works best for me.

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You like the C dramas I like too: Lost Love, NIF (but II for me) I haven't seen Untouchable Lovers so you'd rec'd it?

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Yes, Untouchable Lovers is a must see. I was a bit meh at first, but by episode 18, I was a goner and they kept up impressing me till the last minute. You should try it, it's on Viki. It's a youth historical by the way.

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I put it on my watchlist. Actually, I tried it before but didn't get very far as it was a "youth" drama. I've been known to skip around so maybe I'll start at ep 18!

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Oh thank goodness... I'm not alone in my love for cdramas right now. I'm in the middle of NIF II and Untouchable Lovers. NIF I blew my socks off and I have openly cried during II. Finishing Love Lost In Time. Just started Legend of Fu Yao and it is pretty fantastic so far. I will follow Yang Mi to any wuxia at this point after Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms and this show.

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@javabeans and all the Beanies watching the Meteor Garden 2018, I need your help I so badly want to get into the drama but I can't seem to get over the horrible dubbing. Any tips on how to get over it? Or have you all found the mystical undubbed version? If so please, please share it pretty please.

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The undubbed version is only on IQIYI/Tencent as far as I know, and I do not think it has Eng subs, so unless you speak Chinese... dubbed looks like it's your only option.
How do I get over it? Uhm... I kinda just ignore it. I'm also not used to watching things in Chinese so I find I have to pay more attention to the subs and therefore it's is slightly easier to ignore the fact that the speaking is out of time with the acting (which actually still pisses me off) but I also can't do anything about it so basically, if I want to keep watching (which for unexplained reasons I do) I just have to put up with it...? idk

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Oh I do speak and understand Chinese. Maybe that part of the reason the dubbing bugs me so much. Could you please link me to the IQIYI/Tencent/udubbed version please? Thanks.

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Uhm... unfortunately I do not speak or understand or read any kind of Chinese so it'd probably be best if you just searched on iqyi or tencent yourself? Since you'll be able to read stuff and I won't hahaha and I have no idea how to find out if it's the right version either (I have looked but twitter hasn't helped either????)
http://www.iqiyi.com

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@sicarius Thanks for all your help. Unfortunately I'm only good at understanding and speaking Chinese, I can barely read lol. I tried asking around on Twitter as well and apparently the undubbed version doesn't exist... At least not yet. But I found this interesting tidbit on twitter today...
https://twitter.com/MeteorGardenCD/status/1023245583442530306

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I need variety in my TV consumption. Other cultures have so many things to offer, I want to watch all of them. Currently I'm watching All Quiet in Peking, Candle in Tomb and Meteor Garden. I love both NiFs, I already rewacthed NiF2 although I just finished it about 1-2 week ago 😄

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Omo! It's another C-drama fan! Looks like you got all my favorite shows down as well. If you cried in NiF, get ready a box full of Kleenex for Lost Love In Time. If you see any good ones we haven't, please recommend it for us! But for now, let's watch Legend of Fuyao with @LindaPalapala and @Ally.

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Why did Love Lost In Time just destroy my heart?!?! WHY????!!! I needed to go to a happy place after the end.

have a friend from high school who is from Hong Kong and she gives me recommendations, which is how I got to Legend of Fuyao. If she comes up with anything I'll be more than happy to share

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I find myself getting sucked back into Chinese dramas. Although this time around it's China dramas, not the HK ones I grew up watching. Meteor Garden what have you done to my heart?

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Isn't it excited? We have something to look forward to everyday for the next 6 weeks 😂

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i've become a cdrama and taiwanese drama fan as well. NIF , 10 mile peach blossom, behind your smile. just watched 2 eps of meteor garden. agree with others - such a better male protagonist. are there any cdrama site like DB where I can get recaps comments etc..

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I want to know if there's equivalent blog or website for chinese drama like DB. cdrama can be really confusing with all the details. Currently I'm watching All Quiet in Peking and it's been very slow. The show force me to learn about modern china history. I ahve experienced it beofre with the first 13 episodes of Nirvana in Fire, but once I got it, it only tooke me less than a week to finsih ther est. It will help me alot if theres website that discuss cdrama.

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Omg, another C-drama fan here! I ventured into C-drama recently with Scarlet Heart and Love O2O, and didn't expect to fangirl so hard that I find myself searching for more Cdrama than Kdrama these days. :) Top favorites would be NIF and TMoPB. I agree that NIF is kind of hard to get into at first but I had faith in the positive reviews and finished the rest of the episodes swiftly. Currently watching The Disguiser and Meteor Garden Reboot among many others. ;)

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I'm cautiously optimistic about the third season of Let's Eat, I'm interested in both couples... though so far the highlight are the fighting sisters 😁

I'm falling in love with Helper, it's full of interesting characters (and it often surprises me).

I'm in love with RoboShin. Sobong is not alone. Now the question is what the lonely RealShin will do.

But Mars is the show when I'm constantly in "oh, this is so good!" mode (despite ep.9 being a bit predictable). Totally smitten 😍

PS I also watched first two episodes of that plastic surgery weekender (About Her?), don't ask me why, probably some hidden makjang desire 😁

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I have fallen behind on many current shows, but I've been re-watching some oldies...

Movies:
A Taxi Driver: 10/10
Going By The Book: 10/10
Man From Nowhere: 8/10 Child Kim Sae-ron acts circles around the adults.
Arahan: Well, there's a teargas scene a few minutes in that's 11/10.

Drama re-watch:
I'm Not a Robot: 9/10 Chae Soo-Bin as a human pretending to be a robot never gets old.
Waikiki: 6/10 on rewatch (9/10 the first time). The jokes aren't as funny 2nd time around
Mother: 10/10 Emotions hold up on rewatch better than jokes.
Queen's Classroom: 9/10

Current:
Sketch: 5/10 for the series. 4/10 for the final episodes. Another pointless indecisive Rain storm fight in ep 14. Ep 16 had one of my least favorite things - when the two guys who hate each other both fast-draw, point, and don't shoot. The last few minutes seemed like a pitch for a season two, and would have been fine if the rest of the show had been good enough to earn another season.

Miss Hammurabi: 7/10 for the series. Ep 14 - 3/10 your mileage may vary, but the whole-world-ganging-up-on-someone trope doesn't resonate with me. Ep 15 - 5/10 neither does moping about it, but at least it wasn't all moping. Ep 16 - 8/10 Excuse me while I go buy some eggs.

Come and Hug Me: 6/10 Ep 22 / 24 Same-old, same-old. Too slow, too many flashbacks to stuff we just saw. Not as interesting as it used to be.... Ep 31 stretched out the will-he-hit-him-or-not far too long. Go ahead, just this once it's ok to hit the bastard.

Your House Helper: 3/10 First day didn't really have anything interesting until the last few minutes. Tip of the Day: try to put something good in the first few minutes or we might not make it to the last few.

Mr. Sunshine: 6/10 OMG! Early in ep 1 they had American actors who weren't embarrasingly bad! But I haven't gotten to ep 2 yet.

Greasy Melo: 5/10 I'm almost at the end, and I smell noble idiocy and in-law trouble, not delicious food. If Dad won't support his daughter and the noodle & cutting parts, please send him back to prison.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update: 1/10 Somebody please tell those clowns to test their stuff before they push it out on everyone. I don't know whether to throw things at the screen or flip tables. (I just got it Wednesday).

Hope to get back to these soon:
Are You Human Too:
What's Wrong with Secretary Kim:
Life on Mars:
Investigation Couple:

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Me too, sort-of. Win-10 is my primary box, but I have a Win-7 that I use for special important stuff and an XP box for old games that don't work on the new machines. That one is safe because it's not on my network and Microsoft can't mess it up any more.

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I'm always hesitant about the updates... not convinced it's always for the better... and then the comp does it when I'm not watching 😁

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You can *try* to stall updates until Micro$oft has fixed the worst bugs.... It used to be that disabling the Windows Update service would do it, even if you had the "Home" version and there was supposed to be no way to delay them.
This time I found out the hard way that there's a new "Windows 10 Update Facilitation Service" which I guess you also need to disable. Next time....

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I have one Win 10 computer whose updates have given me nothing but trouble, and has actually finally refused to update. Whatever. I keep nothing important on that computer.

All the good stuff I keep on my Win 7 desktop and my Mac. When the Win 7 computer dies, I don't think I'm going with Windows anymore. Even Linux is better.

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lol at your Windows 10 comment. 😂

I switched to Mac every since the Windows Vista nonsense so I feel your pain.

Windows Vista: Do you want to close this window?
Me: Yes
Windows Vista: Are you sure you want to close this window?
Me: Hmm, Yes.
Windows Vista: Are you really really sure you want to close this window?
Me: Alright, bye.

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Regardless of the gruesomeness, Man From Nowhere is one of my favorite movies.
As is Portrait of a Beauty, but this one for the beautifully done explicit scenes....

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Goodness, how do you keep track of plotlines and characters, watching so many shows? You must have much more brain-bandwidth than I do. Or do you keep detailed notes on each one? I am marveling...

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I type my comments as I watch, then adjust as necessary. So a complaint about flashbacks some show will probably be typed while I have a flashback paused.

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Greasy Melo: I could say it's a disappointment, but truthfully this drama is my happy pill of the week. The storyline might be weak, but I adore our OTP, the bromance, the strong friendship between our 3 leads, the wackiness, and especially the bizarrely made sense conversation. It's not going anywhere near my favorite list, but thank you all the same for making me so happy while watching it.

to.Jenny: What a charming short drama. It has many sweet relationships and touching coming-of-age stories, and yet it's the OSTs that elevated it to another level altogether. The music felt like a character in its own right, alive and ever-changing. I hope both Kim Sung-cheol and Chae-yeon will appear in more dramas after this project.

Life on Mars: It's coming back even stronger after its one-week break. That cliffhanger, omaygad!! Why are we dealing with yet another creepy serial killer? Aargh... Our poor '88 team just couldn't catch a break, could they?

Also, Life is going to premiere in 2 days! It's hard to contain my excitement for this show.

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Greasy Melo was happiness. I hope Clean Me Heal Me will be a happy pill also.

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Haha at 'Clean Me, Heal Me'.

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but now I’m crying into my noodles while rewatching the second season. I need a hug.

I know a certain robot who can help with that @girlfriday
And yes, mildly sad that nobody is watching the one show I'm watching.

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nobody of the Dramabeans staff that is...

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Let’s Eat 3 : I miss Bara and Lee Soo-Kyung😢
Sunshine: Here for Kim Min-jung, hoping for some hot romance🤞
Life On Mars: ⭐️
J drama Genkai Danchi. Sano Shiro plays a grandfather who thinks he can unite neighbors in a housing complex to create a friendly, cooperative neighborhood, just don’t cross him. Really good, suspense and creepiness too. 😬
C drama Nothing Gold Can Stay, Sun Li ❤️

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Wok of Love: I'm not satisfied at the fact that Sae Woo's mom is still selfish and ungrateful as ever and Chil Seong didn't meet the vet for the 5th time. But overall, I'd give 8/10 for this drama.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim: While the romance is all good, it sorts of turn me off when Kim Miso wants to stay as Young Joon's secretary. I don't know, I really want her to explore other things.

Your House Helper: I didn't have any expectations for this drama, but it turns out to be so good! It's warm and definitely a healing drama.

Let's Eat 3: While the food porn is all good, I somehow feel invested with the rekindle relationship between Dae Young and Ji Woo. I really want both of them to heal together through food.

Are You Human Too: I'm still catching up with this drama. I've watched up to 20 episodes and I must say I'm a bit tired of this drama. I can't really ship the romance side of this drama, but only could appreciate So Bong's kindness towards Nam Sin III. Other characters make me so tired as most of them are so selfish and annoying.

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Seriously WWWSK is not all that. Besides the stellar cast, the show falls short. The plot is simple and often boring and very unrealistic. In fact I'm considering taking a break from dramaland. The conflict was so...meh. so anti-climactic I skipped most of those scenes with the very obvious, very cliche childhood drama. And seriously, why hasn't she left the company yet after all this time? And sureee its completely normal to fall in love with a narcissist who demeaned her for NINE YEARS and for what? To make her better at her job? I just can not understand the hype about this drama! My favorite character is the bestfriend. Sec Yang too.

Also, a big thank-you to the cast of Come and Hug me for a wonderful show and finale

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I agree with your assessment of WWWSK. I found this fluffy rom-com so boring and predictable that I dropped it many episodes ago. And as generally appealing Park Seo Joon is, the smug narcissistic character he plays was a complete turnoff. It looked like the writer was going to show his lovable heart of gold under the narcissism, which shows that the writer has had little experience with narcissists.

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to. Jenny had my heart this week. I need more musical dramas.

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Dropped most of the shows on my plate: Are You Human Too?, Secretary Kim, The Undateables, Marry Me now, Your House Helper. Couldn't even care about what happens to any of the characters in these dramas.

Only thing I am looking forward to each week/day is the daily drama Sunny Again Tomorrow. This drama has a lovable cast, well fleshed out characters and relationships, and have not reached makjang territory after 52 episodes.

Finally caught up & will continue watching: Life on Mars.

Going to start: Mr. Sunshine, Let's Eat 3, Tunnel.

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I know how you feel! I am struggling trying to finish anything these days, but managed to complete Come and Hug Me surprisingly. I will continue with Marry Me Now (I always watch KBS weekend dramas). Not sure about What's Wrong with Secretary Kim (I am four episodes behind). I like it, but I guess I have not been into romantic comedy these days. The only drama I watch religiously is Sunny Again Tomorrow. It has been years since I loved a daily and this one is just so exciting. I am always left hanging after each episode each day, eagerly awaiting for the next episode. I just love the story and the cast -- especially the OTP!

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Yayyy, someone else watching Sunny Again Tomorrow! I know, it's been ages since I am enthralled by a daily. It's my daily perk me up. The cliffhangers every episode are jaw dropping (and they don't troll you on he next episode). The OTP has great chemistry and I can't wait for them to finally end up together!

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Yep, Sunny Again Tomorrow is definitely a hidden treasure not to be missed! Our heroine is slowly melting away our hero's heart.

Are there other daily dramas that you have watched that you can recommend?

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Unfortunately there are not that many. I heard people said Five Enough (2016) is good although I've never watched it.

I only started watching daily dramas last year, so the one that I've seen which is not so bad at all was The Shining Eun Soo. The conflict in the beginning is a bit hard to bear but it gets better after a while (after the 8 year time jump). It's also family based drama but with not such a young cast as Sunny Again Tomorrow.

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The whole idea of Ji-Eun having a HEA is a possible as present day time travel. Having watched her aunt suffer daily for most of her life, she chose to prevent her reunion with her lost daughter.

Would you want a daughter-in-law capable of that level of cruelty? Would you marry a woman capable of that level of cruelty? Would you want a woman capable of that level of cruelty to be the mother of your children? Would you chose to associate with a woman capable of that level of cruelty? Ji-Hoo will eventually get married and probably have kids, do you think he is going to trust aunt Ji-Eun to babysit those kids? Do you think that Ji-Hoo's wife will trust her?

Fortunately, for Ji-Eun nobody would know. After all, grandma doesn't have a big mouth and would take the secret to her grave. No one would ever overhear her tormenting her daughter about Ji-Eun. This would be an easy secret to keep. Ji-Eun has absolutely nothing to worry about.

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Life on Mars -- This. Show. Is. So. GOOD. Episode 10 left us on a pretty dark note but now the stakes are higher, since we know who the killer is but our team doesn't!

Mr. Sunshine -- So. Much. Pretty. It's a sweeping sageuk for sure. I'm most interested in Yoo Yeon-seok and Kim Min-jung's characters, but everyone is growing on me.

WWWSK -- I ranted about episode 14 on my fan wall. I really do not like that Mi-so has decided to remain his secretary. Not. At. All.

The Undateables -- Eh... this show fizzled out a long time ago. At least Namgoong Min was good and looked dashing in that tux. Easy popcorn watch but forgettable.

Voice -- Because I'm impatient for Life on Mars and have been meaning to watch more good crime shows, I tried the first episode of Voice. I'm not sold on it yet... Jang Hyuk has never been an actor that draws me in so I'm hesitant to continue, as much as I want to see Kim Jae-wook and ma boi Yesung. What should I do, Beanies?

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Finally, a person who feels the same way I do about Jang Hyuk! I'm looking forward to Lee Jin Wook.

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Voice was good. Ignore Jang Hyuk and focus on Lee Ha-Na and the cases.

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Jang Hyuk is very annoying to watch as an actor because he cannot enunciate.
The drama is good though.

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I finally figured out what bothers me about his acting - I can always tell he's acting so it pulls me out of the story.

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hi @sunflowerdiva. Totally agree with you on LIFE ON MARS.
Before I get to OCN's VOICE, did you watch OCN's TUNNEL which immediately followed in 2017. I loved both of those dramas. 4 months of great drama.
I hope you give VOICE a chance because it takes awhile for these characters to develop. JH and the wonderful Lee Ha-na portray broken characters. It has a nice cast including Yesung as you mentioned (I remember being surprised at his age!) and it was Baek Sung-hyun's last drama before entering the marines to fullfil his military commitment. Then there is Kim Jae-wook like maybe you have never seen him before. Also the news is that VOICE 2 (with some cast changes) will appear on DramaFever in August.

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Maybe I'll keep going for a few more episodes to see if it's worth the long haul. :)

I've seen Kim Jae-wook in Coffee Prince and heard marvelous things about him in Voice. I've also heard about Voice 2 with Lee Jin-wook who I have seen in 9 Times Time Travel (although I have yet to finish that show).

The only reason I didn't start Tunnel is because, while it is a show I reeeeaallllyyy want to watch and have heard great things about, it's also a time travel crime drama and I don't want to confuse my brain while I'm currently watching Life on Mars, lol.

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So Miss Hammurabi ended. This was a surprise hit for me and I discovered L! Not that I haven't watched him before but he's really good in this show and did I mention his dimples? Probably every time. This drama is an unexpected and underrated gem. It was far from perfect but more importantly, it is that type of show that made you think and offers new perspectives. It's also one of the rare legal dramas which got the 'legal part' right. At least, it seemed that way from my layman's POV. I never bother to check accuracy but the usual legal scenes or dramas are so absurd that you just know it. All in all, a wonderful watch and Elijah and Ryu Deok Hwan were simply adorbs in this.

Life On Mars continues to be awesome. I've run out of superlatives for this drama.

Your House Helper behind in this week's eps but I am catching up now.

Mr Sunshine Everyone is drooling over Yoo Yeon Seok and he got me at that scene where he cut down the two baddies. I have a weakness for disheveled swordsman. Well, that was until Byun Yo Han showed up a.k.a. Lee Bang Ji. Of course, now he's all dandy but man, this chap charms the socks off me . Please be badass! Sorry, Lee Byun Hun, I've already got these two in my pockets.

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Oops! I forgot Meteor Garden!

I'm not addicted but it's a fun show. Totally agree with javabeans.

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On the other hand, I'm drooling over Ethan Ruan's portrayal of WuJi in Legend of Fuyao.

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The show got “the 'legal part' right” because a real life judge wrote it.

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so happy a recapper watched to. Jenny. It was the highlight of my week. Had my eyes on it for weeks now but waited until the sub of the second episode came out... The pain.
@odilettante you are right, since I watched the show I've been practically shoving it down people's throat to watch. The songs, the characters, Ok kee is my favourite. it's not the first of its kind but the blend is refreshing. The songs are deabak👍, it's a well thought out drama. Now I'm back to shoving it on people's throat. Believe me, you won't regret your two hours if you watch it. Kim sung-chul is a gem in this😍😍😍

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No, I don't agree with whatever is said about Meteor garden. New DaoMing Si is definitely less abusive than 2001 DaoMing Si but LMH'S Gu Jun Pyo was more endearing. And tbh, his child-like behaviour didn't feel forced. I like the female lead(Jan Di made me face-palm a lot) but that's it. The actors other than the leads and the second lead have negligible contribution, it sucks. The main couple's bickering lacks the fun BOF had. Its plain boring with silly acting.

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It was getting to the point there were so many on air dramas I was trying to watch that I'd just skim through to get it over with. Thankfully I've whittled it down to:
LIFE ON MARS: Read @radily post. It says it all.
ARE YOU HUMAN: How will it end? That's what keeps my interest. Someone posted it's just full to tropes, ho hum. To that person I say, what drama or any show or any literature is full of tropes? Check out tvtropes.org.
MR. SUNSHINE: I'm amazed I like one of her dramas. A first. Plus, we're having such a great discussion on Dramabeans about the history (and accuracy thereof).
RE-WATCH: Bits and pieces of my favorite dramas from the past year.
LOOKING FORWARD TO: Voice 2,
WOLF: (Majesty of Wolf): A Chinese drama with Darren Wang (Wang TaLu) but it doesn't come out until December. Here's a preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN4L6Yi12mc&feature=share
More to look forward to but I haven't had the 2nd cuppa yet.
What are you looking forward to??

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Legend Of Fuyao is on my list too! But the 66 episode of it all he me hesitating..

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Yes, but each episode is "45 minutes" until you subtract the one minute beginning music and the 5 minute (!) ending credits. Then they're not really that long at all. But I love the music and the lyrics, especially the last sentence "What a Lovely Dance".

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Ookay. I'm watching it next after WWWSK. Thanks tip *hugs* 👍

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Does make me realize I sort of miss classic opening theme songs in American shows.

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I love the lyrics to the beginning OST, so here they are: FUYAO
I start to dance nimbly and gracefully
For what my beautiful face is frowned?
Without him I'll drift with the current.
Why is the tune of the zither a farewell song?
Without me, he'll be lonely in this universe.
My heart silently waits at the Cliff of Firmament
The heaven, the earth, the sun and the moon
are all in my bosom.
How can I own the top freedom in this world?
There is no fear from my heart
Deep Love won't hide
True love won't run short
Dreams give hope through all the ages.
Why go through storms and stress to be
bright and beautiful?
There is no struggle from my heart
Swaying along with the wind I can do anything freely.
I enter my dreams easily and unrestrainedly.
What a beautiful dance.

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😱did you do that on purpose?!? Say you did! I'm starting LOFY tonight! But first, let's watch the opening song of Untouchable Lovers 2018, the lyrics here are almost similar, it's made me nostalgic...*waves*

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Now that I've had my 2nd cuppa, I realize it should say: What drama or show or literature isn't (not is) full of tropes - they are all full of tropes. It's how tropes are handled whether or not they're eye rolling or clever.

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what drama or any show or any literature is full of tropes?

Heh. In school we referred to literary archetypes. This reminds me of a friend's story about taking a high school Shakespeare class where a peer complained, "Shakespeare is so overrated and clichéd. I mean, 'green with envy'?"

Sure, occasionally I'm all "Pfft. The Sumerians did that, like, four thousand years ago." But I always hope for a delicious twist on a favorite trope. It's so thrilling to discover a new way of telling a story with old archetypes. ;)

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Have you read any of the tropes on tvtropes.org? Very interesting and quite hilarious. The only one I can recall at this moment is Chekov's gun: If a gun is introduced int he first act it has to be used in the third act...

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I have. It's introduced to me new genres too, like manga. ;)

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Seeing also other comments besides Javabeans' (gasp, Cdrama mentioned!)... does it mean I should start Meteor Garden???? 😁

PS Kaguragi from Hana Nochi Hare, the sort of sequel of BOF, has some similarities to Javabeans' description of the main lead... Still waiting for subs...

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Many places have subs. Netflix has the license.

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Woops, just realized that you may have been refing Hana Nochi Hare. Subs up to Ep 8 are out for that one.

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Yes, I was referring to the Japanese HNH... really up to 8?? Last time I checked it was only up to 5... *running to check*...

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Its still only upto episode 5 or me and @frabbycrabis would have made a long post about it already. Those extra 3 subs are poor quality google translations.

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Hope the subber will pick it up again...

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Partners for Justice is what I'm agonizing over!
Can't believe it's over! And the To Be Continued message at the end didn't help.
So now we know the race is not over, it has only just begun.
Is there going to be a r.ship between Beom and Eun? Stella and Soo Ho? What would it be like? I got a feeling that supervisor of theirs is down and dirty with the best of 'em and that new deputy will clearly stir muddy waters.
Uh, I'm going to miss this show and my favorite bad tampered character (Dr Psycho). WWWK ends next week too, oooh eotteokke?! I think I'll always remember this 2018 summer fondly because of these two shows, They were worth my time and thoughts.

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Life on mars - I love this show! Nothing else to say. The pacing, the characters, the comedy everything is perfect. The romance- I'll lower my expectations.
Investigation couple- Wish they had introduced the new male prosecutor sooner. I liked him much better than the previous guy. The side stories were not resolved as well as I would've hoped. What was the point of the love triangle anyway?
To. Jenny- Can I get a park jeong min somewhere?
Your house helper- I'm behind on this. But the story seems good for a lighthearted watch. Love that the girls misunderstanding didn't last that long. Also HSJ is not a jerk( compared to 1% of something, and I still ended up liking him so..)

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I'm looking for a Park Jeong Min too. Let me know if figure out where we could get/order one.

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I think you are confusing stuff, The only "thing" which is orderable is robo shin. I asked @wishfultoki to make copies !!

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I don't think they're watching AYHT so they wouldn't understand this oppafangirl...
Still, I want a musical geeeenius oppa who sings about food too. It's the ultimate Toki dream.

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1. Park Jeong Min is not a thing. He is a musical geeeenius oops who makes lovely songs for the girl he likes. So cute! I want him too.

2. Toki if you are making copies of Robo Shin, please see if you can clone humans too.

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(Hahaha oppa not oops. New word for my autocorrect)

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Remember the To Be Continued bit?

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I was talking about the one involving the ML, the nurse and his best friend.
Re: the to be continued bit..they might not have meant it literally. Anyway I'm not anticipating a second season.

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Oh that love triangle, yeah, it was a bit...I sometimes get a feeling like it was a 5-angle tho (silly me). With bits of Prosecutor Eun and that woman doctor who went to jail.
I suppose I shouldn't put much stock into the TBC bit, cause I couldn't find ANYTHING regarding the second season anyway, and trust me, I LOOKED..

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Good that you liked the show. I kind of got annoyed by the male prosecutor after some time.
Also, doesn't seem like the FL liked the ML romantically. She came to respect and admire him but anything else will be really uncomfortable for me(sorry to say that). It was the prosecutor who liked her.

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OMG I cracked up reading that Javabeans is watching Meteor Garden too! Welcome to the #whyamIwatchingthis club! I totally blame @hades for posting the trailer on the beanie fanwall. I seriously question why anyone does anything in this show, but Dao Ming Si has already become adorable, and I'm "stupidly hooked". I dislike this Lei even more that in BoF. "I don't know what I feel for you"...proceeds to kiss her. GO AWAY.

I'm busy in RL but somehow managed to watch more dramas than usual: Are You Human Too (no words, LOVE), Mr. Sunshine (slowly gaining momentum), Your House Helper (totally in this for the flailing Lawyer Prince), To.Jenny (I need... tiramisu cake).

I also started Hotaru No Hikari per @pakalanapikake's recommendation for a drama with a heroine who is a lazy slob, hehe. First J-drama (apart from Nodame Cantabile). I'm impressed that so many things happen in one episode of a J-drama while K-dramas usually stretch it out to 4-5, and conversations are fast-paced.

Finally, at night I lie awake because I have Tiramisu Cake playing in my head followed by Almost Paradise. So that was my week. Ta ta for now.

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I love Hotaru No Hikari. I love how it wasn't a big deal for her that her boss discovered her slobbish side.

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It's perfect because she has every right to be her messy self at home, but still she's professional at work. I prefer that to K-drama heroines who always wake up with perfect hair and make-up.

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I make no apologies!
I both like an hate J-dramas for their length. They're usually between 8-12 eps long, so things generally progress more quickly with less stupid drama in the way. Sometimes I appreciate a slower pace though.

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I'm infinitely grateful (for now). :D

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Well, you have 30 something eps to hate me, and you will hate me.

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First watched Your House Helper for Ha suk jin. Now watching for the clumsy flailing lawyer. It is funny to watch the conflict the jeweller is feeling about the nerd. Main couple feels forced. The house helper had more chemistry with the Jeweller. Im rooting for the bartender to couple up with the other housemate. I guess im here just for romance. And some satisfaction watching a cleaned home.

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I've been in a bit of a slump, but now need to maybe hunt down eps of Meteor Garden. I really liked the lead actress in A Love So Beautiful. Plus, Boys Over Flowers was one of my first marathons when I started watching k dramas last year.
I can't say how much I actually liked it but I couldn't stop watching it.

To. Jenny is another I need to look up. Odilettante used some catnip words in that discription. Plus I've been listening to alot of music right now.

One song is Jinho's cover of Havana:
https://youtu.be/Nx3cTJ1_BXQ

Probably should post that on my wall, but haven't quite figured that out.
I am only a noble idiot.

I just saw that Tom Cruis is going to be on Running Man. Already filmed I think? I'm not sure what to think about this, lol.

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On your fan wall, you can embed videos by pasting the URL in the video field.

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"I can't say how much I actually liked it but I couldn't stop watching it" >>> this is everyone with BOF. And Meteor Garden too apparently. Is it good? Probably not. Are we still watching it? Yes. Do we know why? Not fully, no. 😂 😂 😂

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ok so to.jenny... everything but the romance was superb. I think I just can't get behind pairings that aren't friends/rivals/enemies to lovers. I just don't find them compelling. as a person accused of friend-zoning her friends (!) I found myself sympathizing with Na-ra instead of Jung-min. the entire thing rubbed me the wrong way. his attraction never stopped seeming superficial. idk. tiramisu cake.
AYHT owns me in every sense. hopefully I can stop rewatching e12 when e13 comes out but I doubt that. I'm a garbage eating raccoon rolling in a pile of trash, give me Orishinal or give me death - redemption arc or not. dark!SKJ is where it's at.

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Are you watching Clean Me Heal Me? It's your baby after all, since you renamed it.

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What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim - I had high hopes for the bed scene and it didn’t let me down. Having read webtoon, I knew exactly what this light-hearted romantic-comedy is about. So no complaints about plot and writing. It’s a very faithful adaptation and that’s mostly the reason to it’s hype, the cast is like a heaping spoon of whip cream and Park Seo Joon’s abs is the cherry on top.

Life on Mars - My fluff balancing don’t-breathe-too-loud-this-is-way-too-interesting drama is killing me with everything cliffhanger, longer-than-reality wait and then opening smash of KyungHo. 😩

Let’s Eat 3 Really missed DY. So far I like girlfriend #3. The college flashbacks are hilarious 😂. But please give more food porn!

Solomon’s Perjury Gave this 2016 high school murder mystery a try because Netflix keeps insisting I’d be interested (seriously over a year). And now I can’t stop. Binged 10 episodes this week while waiting for Life On Mars.

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Whoa, good to know Solomon's Perjury is on Netflix! Glad to have a reliable source. It's been on my watch-list for a while. xD

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Wow, it's already been 2 years since Solomon's Perjury?!! I watched it when it aired and loved it. It feels like it should be time for another high school murder mystery.

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Hi @geliguolu sph_7. LIFE ON MARS is so good.
I am glad you are enjoying SOLOMON'S PERJURY. I really enjoyed the young actors in this series. It wasn't a rating winner but that's a loss for those who didn't watch it.
As a bonus you get to watch Jang-Dong-yoon play a sensitive, sweet character. That will not be the case if you watch his portrayal of Min-ho in A POEM A DAY. In POEM, JDY gave a fine performance as the character Min-ho was written.
(I shouldn't rattle the cage and get the shipping wars going again but I was on the Minhoyoung side of things.)

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Netflix knows best! haha

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To.jenny: TIRAMISU CAKE, TIRAMISU CAKE. Cute cute. Short cute "movie" feel. I need more of these drama types... maybe a 16 episode drama of this style? Jeabal.

House helper: it crept up in my heart. Gives me AOY feels. It relaxes you after a long day. Do watch it!

Ayht: i think i watched the latest episode twice? The cute scenes are to die for. Ugh the twists are so good. They know how to keep me hooked. Decidedly, i loved INAR better, but this couple is still golden. And sobongie is wicked cool.

LOM: excited for this week. The pacing for ep9 was laching but 10 put it back on track... THAT CLIFFHANGER.

mr sunshine: dropped. I guess ill look into it from to time for the ost.

CAHM: i fell asleep during the finale. But that final scene with the leads hugging their younger selves was touching. Everything came round. This drama could have been golden if it werent for writing and pacing. But the acting was great.

Undateables: tried to hold out for the last week but couldnt. Dropped.

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WWWSK: dropped or ff next week. Its not that its bad. The cute is cute. And i love PSJ. But there's no overall plot and i feel immensely guilty for not loving it, but here i am.

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I finished three dramas this week and will finish one next week which is good considering I only finished four dramas in 2017. This was the end of a round of dramas that were likable but had so much missed potential.

Wok of Love: Overall a disappointment. The first half was a mess; I never got into the OTP so the second was kind of boring. Still, I loved Chil Sung and liked Poong and it had some good moments.

Miss Hammurabi: It could be preachy at times, but I appreciated how it tackled social issues and presented all sides. Judge Han was my favorite so I wasn't thrilled with the ending.

Come and Hug Me: There were things I liked about this drama and things I disliked (mostly the pacing) but the writer shows potential and Jang Ki Yong is someone I'll look out for in the future. I thought Hyun Moo and Moo Won ended up being the most interesting characters.

What's Wrong With Secretary Kim: No, I don't this is the greatest rom-com of all time, but I need an easy and sometimes cheesy watch and this hits the spot. The abs this week were nice too.

Let's Eat 3: I watched a couple episodes of the first series but dropped it because I just can't with food porn/foodgasm stuff. I still hate that part but gave this a try because the college years looked fun. I liked it enough to give it another week although there will be fast-forwarding.

None of the dramas coming up interest me except Familiar Wife but hopefully there will be something that grabs my interest.

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Miss H: Judge Han was my favorite too, I was disappointed he retired. He could still teach those kids a few things since he was so wise.
Wok: I was only in it for Junho, so I sort of ff thru Jang Hyuk's scenes.
Come and Hug Me: I finally gave up. I loved it at first and I don't mind slow paced, but it continued to be that slow paced. It would have been better with less episodes.
The ones coming up that I'm looking forward to are just because of my favorite actors. Unfortunately, lately the ones some of my favorites have been in have really sucked. (About Time, ex).
Are you not watching Life on Mars? One of the most well written shows on right now.

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I've heard good things about Life on Mars, but I don't watch dramas unless they are subbed by legal sites.

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VIU has it legally, if that's available in your region

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So my days were spent with watching Thailand drama The Crown Princess. I don't remember exactly how I get into this drama, but I did and the drama has been occupying my thoughts since then.

The Crown Princess is actually my first Thailand drama I watched, with no background on the casts, the production style and even the language. It takes me quite sometime to get used to the style of Thailand production (I am still trying), and what makes me stay is the chemistry of the two main leads. The drama is about a heartbreaking romance between a bodyguard and a crown princess. Both of them love each other but they are very dutiful people so they chose duty over their hearts. For me the drama is beautiful as they managed to convey the longing, the yearning, the sadness, and the love they have towards each other, and the credit definitely goes towards the two main leads, Nadech (the bodyguard) and Yaya Urassaya (the crown princess).

Because of them I am having a hard time to move on with the drama because the feelings still remain in my heart....yeah, I am definitely is experincing a withdrawal syndrome. So I need to fill the void with their clips I found in youtube, and I was thoroughly suprised and delighted to know that these two leads are actually very close in real life! That explains the chemistry shown on the characters. When I said very close, I finally understand why people ship Song Joongki and Song Hyekyo after Descendent of the Sun, because that is how I see it and that is what I am feeling right now. Moreover they are quite popular couple in Thailand and has been going strong for years already! They haven't admit or deny anything but like they said in some interviews (I can't remember which one), it is up to our interpretation. Oh well...I am so going to see them more than just best friend. I love that they are sweet with each other, but at the same time loves teasing and prank each other. That's why people love them!

Okay I think I ramble quite a bit about shipping a couple. I can't stop myself, because I really love their chemistry on and off cam.

One more thing I like about the drama is because I love strong and fierce female lead. She is constantly being subjected to numbers of assassinations, and most of them almost gonna cost her her life (it is to the point I have to suspend my beliefs....huhuhu) but that is not my point here. She fights well, and she is smart with the politics and strategies, and also headstrong but has a soft heart. Although she needs constant saving, but she is not a weakling. I am really loving the characterisation, and her development throughout the drama. And her scenes with the bodyguard, that is like an icing on the cake! I am definitely gonna put this drama onto my rewatch list.

Of course, I have a few criticisms with the drama, but I'd rather dwell on the good than the bad. So now....I am off to watch more interactions between Nadech x Yaya on Youtube 😍

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You need to watch Kleun Cheewit (it has Yaya and Mark). That was my 1st th-drama. Ive seen korean dramas more than a decade, but Yaya in KC is my ultimate female lead, nobody can bully her. I am actually a bit disappointed with TCP. The love and romance were there, but nothing happened! They teased us like crazy, but we only got a little peck on the lips almost toward the end of the episodes...grrr.. I'm not asking about hot kisses all the time, that's like asking too much from th-drama, but at least show us better than that. Yaya and Nadech have so many dramas together, check them out :)

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I second that recommendation. By far the best character Yaya ever played. I was completely obsessed with Jee and Thit when the show aired.My ytb channel is filled with vids and analysis.

Here's my synpsis should anyone be interested:

Jeerawat (Jee) is a famous actress, with a troubled family life (raised in the slums by a single mother who later married a rich guy and climbed up the social ladder, hiding her past) and a somewhat sordid reputation (false, but carefully cultivated by Jee, mostly to piss off her mother, but also to discourage the advances of her stepfather). Sathit (Thit) is a lawyer who is about to marry fiance Taew. He's your basic honest, by-the-book, decent guy, orphaned early with a extended-family including 'sister' Piak and her father. Piak is married to Chayan, a close friend of Jee's from college; she obsessively and wrongly believes the two of them to be lovers.

While escaping a rape attempt by step-dad dearest (who behind his polished society facade is actually a mob boss) Jee runs over Taew. Her mother and manager cover up the accident while Jee is unconscious, with her driver taking the fall. Thit however heard her on the phone while trying to revive Taew and knows her to be the culprit. He keeps trying to prove her guilt, but through their constant interactions they eventually end up falling for each other. They hurt each other, and heal each other, and are pretty much perfect for each other. Ultimately, it's about two lonely souls finding solace and peace in their love for one another.

Why you should watch this: Yaya as Jee is mesmerizing. The strong, stubborn, vulnerable woman who fights so hard to do the right thing, despite the odds being stacked up against her is the most memorable performance I've seen in lakorn land ever. The relationship between her and Thit is layered, mature, with love growing organically between two genuinely good people who respect each other as intellectual equals. The show takes an old and dated story and makes it new, constantly defying expectations and reinventing lakorn lore (which can often be offensive for western sensibilities). Whether it's why they hate each other, or love each other, or hurt each other, or save each other, it all makes perfect sense. Thit and Jee together just work.

Now go watch!
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Wow....by the description it sounds interesting. Heavy...but interesting. Now I need to go check it out! I am having Nadech x Yaya withdrawal symptom and maybe this drama is what I need at the moment. Thank you for your recommendation 😆

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I only watched a handful of th-dramas. Plreng Naree has my 2nd fave FL. But still.. nothing compares to Jee. Any other good FL that you can recommend?

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My favorite Thai drama is Prissana (2000) starring Taya & Tik, and the FL character of Prissana, as played by Taya, is awesome! The story is based on a novel known as "Thailand's version of Pride & Prejudice". One of the best lakorns ever made, it is worth seeking out.

I would also recommend is Bhupphae Sanniwat. FL is an archeologist who travels back in time, and she is wonderful.

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Astute assessment! ;)

Another intense, well-crafted story is Proong Nee Gor Ruk Tor (Tomorrow, I’ll Still Love You), starring Pong and Aom.

Also highly recommend Nuang Nai Suang (One in My Heart), the 2005 version starring Ken and Janie

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Thank you for the recommendations :). I prefer watching lakorns that came out after 2010, since it has better picture quality. I've seen BS, I like it a lot. No screaming 2nd lead female, no annoying people, etc.. it's really good.

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I heard there are six dramas they acted together. Definitely have to check them out (slowly but surely).

I remember when watching the Crown Princess, I have been asking myself when are they gonna kiss each other? Huhuhu...that is why I described this drama as a heartbreaking romance drama, because they make me cry more than they kiss. Hahaha.

Thank you for your suggestion. Will check them out 😆

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Ah, I had to log in to add a comment to your post....Yaya and Nadech are my FAVORITE on-screen couple...they've got so much chemistry (I mean, they're also super popular hence allll the dramas they've done together).

My fav is "Game Rai, Game Rak" - it's really well done and the acting is so great! I have yet to watch Crown Princess though!

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I realised they are super popular individually, and together after I watched their interactions, and I must I am pleased with their chemistry. They have this bestfriend vibes going on, but by the way the look at each other it is more than that. Well I guess only time will tell where are they heading.

If you want to feel your heart breaking with their sad love story, I recommend The Crown Princess. Haha. They also have a few cute moments too.

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My story for you 6/10 - Good chinese drama. A bit slow, lacks energy,
Characters do frustrate you and main female lead is just a side characters and side characters are the main characters. Overall, Worth Watch

Nirvana in Fire - 15 episodes dropped. I've seen enough political fights between parties and rivals in my life so i just don't feel this show brings anything new on the table. I actually find it quite stretched, As i said from start i'm not interested in a Gary-Stu hero.

It only looks good when AIZEN says "Everything is planned."

The House Helper - 7/10. Show is good. I'm invested in girls life.

Marry me Now - Almost dropped. If i skip 1 week of a show then most probably i won't even try to watch its episodes and eventually it will be dropped.

Mateor Garden - 3/10 Its trash.

To. Jenny 3/10 - Thank you Korea Tourism.
Life on Mars 7/10 - Put on hold because of -ve stuff

Waiting for Life - Risky Romance - Gangnam beauty

Let's Eat 3 - Dropped.

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