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Yoon Shi-yoon holds the scales of justice in SBS’s Your Honor

SBS’s upcoming legal drama Your Honor is gearing up for its launch later this month, and has released its first teaser and an initial set of stills featuring its main cast. Yoon Shi-yoon (Grand Prince) stars in the lead role of a bad judge with a past criminal record who makes a change for the better, while Lee Yoo-young (Tunnel) plays a Judicial Research and Training Institute student who works hard to realize her goal of being a judge.

Based on the teaser, Yoon Shi-yoon’s transformation ought to be dramatic; he starts out playing a free-spirited character with five priors on his criminal record, who “becomes a judge through a chance encounter.” I’m speculating that it has something to do with mistaken identity, since Yoon also plays a judge who disappears, and also because judgeship isn’t something you just fall into by accident.

The drama will take a ripped-from-the-headlines approach, taking the incredible and outrageous incidents that fill our news feeds in real life as inspiration for its cases. The teaser reflects a couple such cases, first featuring the voice of the Supreme Court’s former chief justice Yang Seung-tae, who has been accused of trading trial outcomes and abusing his position when he served on the court. His words take on an ironic tint here, as they swear to protect the minorities and the powerless and ensure their rights are not infringed upon.

 
Then, the scene shifts: The image laid over Yoon Shi-yoon’s sorrowful face comes from a protest scene involving KTX employees who were unjustly fired and then lost their legal battle against their employer, KORAIL. An investigative report released recently stated that the court, under Yang’s leadership at the time, used cases such as KTX’s in bargaining with the Blue House, essentially selling out the workers to curry political favor.

The piece of twine in Yoon’s hand snaps, and what look like tears fall on words that ask, “Am I being judged by the law, or you?” A particular nice touch is the use of the song “Hatred Is My Strength” by Kim Yoon-ah of Jaurim, which sings, “Every day, I think tomorrow I may kill you, I carved it into my heart. So many thousands of thoughts swim in my head, sneering at my powerless self.”

The cast also includes Park Byung-eun (Because This Life Is Our First playing an ambitious and unscrupulous type of character, one who hides his inner thoughts with a smile. Hello Venus idol Nara (My Ajusshi, Suspicious Partner), meanwhile, will be playing an ambitious announcer. “Ambition” always seems to be dramaland shorthand for untrustworthy, so I’d watch my back around these two.

I’m intrigued by the strong teaser, and I’d love it if the show did really take a hard-hitting approach to scandals in the news and providing satisfaction that perhaps we don’t get in real life. I have to say I’m most wary of the writer, who is (gulp) Chun Sung-il of Chuno, The Pirates, and both the film and drama versions of Level 7 Civil Servant. He’s a writer who likes his action and drama, and I dearly hope he has met with and conversed with some women since his last drama because I swear he writes women as though they are imaginary beings. It could happen?

On the upside, I feel on firmer ground with the director, PD Bu Sung-chul of period romance Jang Ok-jung, Live By Love, teen romance Heirs, and soapy doppelganger melodrama Mask.

Your Honor will take up the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot after Handsome Guy and Jung-eum ends its run; its first episode airs on July 25.

Via My Daily, SBS Fun E, Sports Chosun

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Sighs to his tattoo that say ‘Angle’ instead of angel.....🤭

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A heavenly Anglophile? The Saxons and Jutes can't be far behind. ;-)

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Maybe this is important to the plot: he turned to the dark side because all his mates laughed at him for his misspelled tattoo and he became traumatised. But then he becomes a judge because his first case allows him to take revenge on terrible tattoo artists.

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*gasps* is it the tattoo's artist's blood trickling down YSY's sword of justice?
Why is he on top of a burning pile of books? Do those books contain too many misspelled words sneering at his powerless self?

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Yes and yes!

Look at him in despair, pen in hand, with crumpled pieces of paper all round him, as he's trying to write a petition to make tattoo artists' responsible for mistakes they make in their work.

But he keeps making spelling mistakes in the note, throws it away in disgust and has to start again! Oh the irony.

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Oh may lord have mercy, @cloggie! We need to ask CEO Ma and his excellent team of programmers to equip tattoo guns with automatic spell check function so our drama unicorn Yoon Shi-yoon ssi would grace the sky in full rainbow technicolor ASAP!
*single tear streaming down my left cheek*

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That's obviously what's going to happen, otherwise what would CEO Ma be doing in this drama?

I now completely understand: this is about YSY and his quest to make spellcheckers mandatory in tattoo guns.

Kimbap, I'm really glad that we sorted the plot of this one out. I'll be disappointed if it turns out to be completely different!

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Y'all are hilariously creative!
I hope this is a good drama.

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Hi @pakalanapikake. Once I saw this post about Yoon shi-yoon's upcoming series I figured I would run into you. It is just about right that you would have the second comment with your usual humor!
I will leave a couple of thoughts down line.

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Good to see you here, @marcusnyc20 Bong-soo. You've got my number as a Yoon Si-yoon fangirl. ;-)

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Lol I was hoping someone else noticed that too

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After reading this whole thread, I won't be able to take this show seriously XD

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It was all serious and exciting until...ANGLE, then I started screaming and laughing hysterically.

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I guess I have to watch the show to figure out the angel's real A N G L E, and how he got his hands on what I assumed a left-handed flute.

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I had to laugh hysterically again reading your comment. I guess the cherub ordered it online from Germany.

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Thanks for the heads-up, JavaBeans!

LAWLESS ATTORNEY featured a judge on the wrong side of the law in a metropolis that felt a lot like Gotham City. I've been enjoying MISS HAMMURABI, and am interested to see what YOUR HONOR has up its sleeve.

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Glad I'm not the only one who was reminded of Gotham City!!

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Gisung's similarity to Gotham City didn't occur to me until a couple of weeks before the finale. ;-)

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It looks like Switch :Change the World but with a judge...

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Same thought and it's even on the same channel. Makes me think of the "let's copy your homework" meme.

Hope YSY will learn someday to pick better projects. I really want to watch him in a good drama.

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I died of laughter when I saw his ANGLE tattoo which should be spelt ANGEL. Omg if I see that tattoo when this drama airs....

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He's not only an ex-con and a judge, he's a geometry enthusiast.

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I want to call him well-rounded but that doesn't seem quite right . . .

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@bbstl,

If he's young and hip, he won't be a square.

Will there be a love triangle? If it's solidly platonic, it will morph into a tetrahedron...

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These comments are cracking me up. Is this show a comedy? Because if not, it's already pretty tragic...

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Someone remind me to never multi-task while browsing drama news articles. I was messaging my bff with my left hand and sliding down the article with my right, and seeing Level 7 Civil Servant made me drop my phone onto my keyboard.

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If Lawless Lawyer and Miss Hammurabi had a baby...

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Jae-yi would kill Sang-pil! And poor Right Hand Judge Im Ba-reun would be heartbroken.

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I love the cast, but the writer and director leave something to be desired. I will be hopefully optimistic.

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Wait - the writer is a male? How unusual for a kdrama. I thought the writers were all female. And he writes women as imaginary beings? On the other hand, I feel the female writers write totally unrealistic men, write them how they wish men really were. I remember one actor even said this (don't remember which one).
I happened to like Chuno, The Pirates and Level 7 Civil Servant (yes, I'm probably the only fan of that show).
This does look interesting since it's based on real cases. Hope we get clues from you or someone as to which cases these episodes are based on.

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Oh, no! I just realized this is the actor I haven't liked since Baker King. Guess I'll try to overcome my prejudice and give it a go.

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Can I ask why? I like Yoon Shi-yoon (mostly from 1N2D, and I enjoyed him in The Best Hit) and was thinking of picking up Baker King for fun.

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Why? Because I have weird tastes, in that I liked Joo Won's pathetic character more in Baker King. He was really sad which made me have sympathy for him. I don't like characters that are so upbeat and happy all the time, no matter what horrible things happen to them, which was Yoon's character. But this is why all fans liked him so much, because of his happy nature. It's too good to be true. There's something about his smile that I don't like too. However, I will give this new drama a try, maybe his character will appeal to me more. I know you shouldn't really judge an actor by the role he plays, but I can't help myself!

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I beg to differ. Takgoo was not always happy and upbeat though. But he always tried to think positivitely despite being growing up in such a harsh condition. He's so pitiful.

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After further thinking about Baker King, it really is a good story. Joo Won's character is such a tragic character but with a happy ending. Yoon's character wasn't fair to Joo Won in many ways and the ending might not be what you expect to happen. I don't know, but I feel like many fans might not have been happy with who ended up with whom, though it made perfect sense to me. I'd even consider re watching it if I weren't so unhappy about poor Joo Won!

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Aw man, I have a tendency to favor character's like Joo-woon's, too (reminds me of Woo Do-hwan's in Rescue Me) but I am heartened to hear that the story is good though. Thanks for your thoughts!

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Oh I don't think Takgoo was unfair to Majoon, it's another way around. Majoon backstabbed Takgoo so many times. What happened to Majoon was his father's fault, not Takgoo.

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@San: Yes, I mis spoke. It was the situation that was unfair to Majoon, not Takgoo. Thanks for correcting that.

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I hope you pick up Baker King if you have time. It's a really good drama with great actors. It's the drama that made me a fan of Shiyoon. His acting was so pure there!

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I love Y♥♥n Shi Yoon - I've seen him in everything including 1N2D and Barefoot Friends (both variety shows) as well as all his K-dramas. This is a dark character role for him, I'm sooo looking forward to it!

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@owl22 Eule, Good to see you!

I'm fangirling right along with you. The later 1993 Hyun-jae in BEST HIT was tragic rather than full-blown bad. There were hints of darkness in Lee Hwi in GRAND PRINCE. Now all YSY has to do is cross over to the Dark Side. Bwahaha! ;-)

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@linda-palapala,

It seems you've spotted a unicorn. ;-)

CHUNO and THE PIRATES floated my boat just fine. I haven't seen LEVEL 7 CIVIL SERVANT.

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Level 7 Civil Servant was one of the first kdramas I watched, so naturally I liked it, but then I had discovered Joo won through Bridal Mask and was watching everything he was in. I'd probably think it was really dumb now. But at the time it was not only cute but everything American tv wasn't.

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@linda-palapala @pakalanapikake I loved Chuno and would gladly watch another historical drama by that writer. The female characters didn't seem like imaginary beings at all (Seol-Hwa in particular). I haven't seen the other dramas you mention, so I don't know how he fares in modern settings.

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Swapped identity and judge? *Raises eyebrows* I've given up on the legal & procedural accuracy already. But Yoon Shi Yoon!

Also, I must know what is the secret behind that angle! I bet it has something to do with memory loss if it isn't one of the theories floating about db already.

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ANGLE tattoo with a cherub (maybe ANGEL)??

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I plan on watching Yoon Shi-yoon's new drama YOUR HONOR.
Some thoughts:
1. The only drama I have seen YSY in was the TV Chosun's sageuk GRAND PRINCE which I really enjoyed. A lot of GP beanie fans had a grand time posting comments on a hijacked thread;
2. The last time I saw YSY was on a video of a hug session given by the GP leads after GP finished to make good on a ratings challenge.
It was quite nice. I was surprised how different YSY looked out of costume.
3. I am interested in seeing YSY in a contemporary role;
4. I loved Lee Yoo-young in TUNNEL. According to AsianWiki this will be only her second television drama;
5. I am not familiar with the writer or PD but crime/mystery/police are my favorite dramas so I am in; and
6. If this was an OCN drama (currently hitting a home-run with LIFE ON MARS) that would be even better but in any any event I wish YSY luck with his new drama.

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Word from Korean forums is that the ANGLE tattoo was intentional? Like most English speaking KDrama fans, the misspelling was the first thing that stood out for me (much like farcical English quotes on Asian T-shirts). LYY has a good eye for scripts so I hope this rings true for DJ too. Tunnel wasn't highly anticipated when the synopsis came out and when I did read it, it sounded strange to have time travel written as a backdrop and I was never a fan of gore and serial killers but as soon as I started it I was hooked...and binge watched right to the end. LYY has a stage presence that grips you so I am looking forward to her pairing with YSY. GP with YSY was a miss for me, started off well and then plot lost its way and never delivered in the end. The actress was also strangely wooden. I likened her to a black hole. She totally absorbed every emotion in a scene and gave nothing in return.

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These judges seem to be getting younger every year

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I can't take him seriously as a judge or a bad boy.

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@ultramafic,

I've been looking forward to YSY branching out and playing a villain the way Kim Ji-suk stepped up to the plate in a sympathetically-nuanced portrayal of Yeonsangun in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE. Mister Rooftop Party from OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN delivered the goods. Interestingly, the first show I saw him in was CHUNO, in which he played one of Jang Hyuk's slave hunting associates.

I'm hoping that YSY can convince me that he's really a judge as well as a baddie. Granted, my suspension of disbelief has been getting a workout with MISS HAMMURABI, whose associate judges L and Go Ara look way too young for the roles but are otherwise doing fine jobs. According to a post in the comments, it is possible to become a judge straight out of university in ROK. Who knew?

YSY did a fine job in GRAND PRINCE, his second sageuk after MIRROR OF THE WITCH. I'm not ready to see him play a serial killer a la Kim Jae-wook in VOICE, but would like to see what he can do as a morally-compromised bad apple.

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Hi @pakalanapikake. Thanks to @linda-palapala above I checked out the Wiki entry for BAKER KING aka BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS (2010). Have you seen BK? I have not but looks like a real melodrama. Whoever wrote the synopsis grabbed my attention early on with this (about YSY's character):

This story takes place in the 1970s to 1990s, starting after his conception and finishing when he reaches his mid-20s.

Such an unusual turn of phrase. This drama had
fantastic ratings but then again it is probably before the impact of cable on ratings.
Here is the wiki entry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bread,_Love_and_Dreams_(TV_series)

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The highest form of melodrama!

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@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo,

Yes, indeedy, I watched BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS aka KING OF BAKING, KIM TAK GOO about a year ago on KBS World TV on YouTube. It was while THE BEST HIT was still airing. The show is quite melodramatic at times, but I enjoyed it anyway.

The OST is lovely, in particular the closing credits/outro. Today I posted a couple of pieces from it on my fan wall. Plus one by Joo Won from his next drama, OJAKGYO BROTHERS (2011-2012). Another nice family drama with a dandy ensemble cast that centers on Ojakgyo (“Five Virtues” of Confucius) Farm.

BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS is a memorable show that garnered 50+% of viewership in 2010. Great cast, with Yoon Si-yoon, Joo Won, Lee Young-ah, and Eugene as the leads. Kim Tak-gu is the cutest thing since sliced bread, and his brother, Ma-joon, is equally swoon-worthy. Favorite ahjussis Jung Sung-mo, Lee Han-wi, and Park Sung-woong (Dark Death himself!) are a few of the accomplished character actors in supporting roles. At times the makjang was a bit much, especially the Evil Chaebol Mother-In-Law From Hell trope, but overall, it is an inspiring and heartwarming drama. There's lots of baking and fermentation going on, which I absolutely loved. One of the drama's running jokes is that KTG's name does not mean "ping-pong," but "Seek What Is Noble."

Regarding the time span of BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS, child Tak-goo appears in the first 6 episodes. YSY appears after a 12-year time jump.

I have become a huge fan of Yoon Si-yoon, who was great in his first sageuk, MIRROR OF THE WITCH aka SECRET HEALER, in 2016. He has a sparkling and magnetic presence, and I love the sound of his voice. He sings well, too. He dances up a storm in THE BEST HIT, although he said that he can't dance and sing well simultaneously. “Say It” is one of my favorite numbers and should have been included in the OST. I later watched FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR and have viewed about half of HIGH KICK! 2 THROUGH THE ROOF because just seeing him on screen makes me happy. I've watched all his other Kdramas except for ME TOO, FLOWER!, THE PRIME MINISTER AND I, and cameos.

The fact that YSY and musical actor Joo Won are both in BREAD, LOVE AND DREAMS is terrific. I love them both. Alas, Joo Won's final pre-enlistment drama, MY SASSY [Joseon] GIRL, wasn't that great. Thus, seeing him face off against YSY in this show left me with a better memory of his capabilities. In September 2017 I watched all 58 episodes of OJAKGYO BROTHERS, and Joo Won was great. He even sings in it. I have yet to see GAKSITAL / BRIDAL MASK, reputedly his best performance.

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Kim Ji-suk doesn't get nearly enough credit. He's so good. I first saw him in "Vinyard Man", but he's come a LONG way since then.

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@mehgann,

I agree. Kim Ji-suk is a wonderful actor. I can't wait to see what his next role will be. Considering how busy he was in 2016-2017, he's been entitled to a break.

I don't really recall KJS in VINEYARD MAN -- probably because my eyes were glued to Oh Man-seok. He played second lead in PERSONAL TASTE, which I do recall -- although Ryoo Seung-ryong's character arc was really touching, and overshadowed him. KJS was memorable as the randy youngest slave hunter in CHUNO -- a vibe that he projected to memorable effect in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN. Lawyer Lee Jin-sang's babbling of French gibberish and inebriated dancing with his buddy's noona, Park Soo-kyung, was hilarious. IRL, he's qualified to teach German.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DaaJQZhxOA

His comic timing is terrific. In OHYA, things suddenly got real, and he turned on a dime from goofy to shell-shocked.

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He was the doctor in Vineyard Man! Oh Man Seok is the only reason I stuck that one out, to be honest, but Kim Ji-Suk was pretty good in it, too. His character was just so bland to begin with. He was there with a clear purpose...to be an obstacle.

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I think after reading the character synopsis provided by SBS, bad twin may not be totally "bad" but more misunderstood ala deviant youth acting out spurred on by constant comparisons to his goodie 2 shoes nerdy genius twin. The lack of a father figure early on probably didn't help. I think even the PD had reservations about how YSY would play the character because of his "choir boy" image. Still, from the recent interview, he seemed pleasantly surprised by YSY when they started filming so I am anticipating his usual authenticity in role play coming out whereby the character whilst seemingly bad on paper (5 past convictions) isn't quite as "bad" when you get to know him. He is onion boy most times when he plays characters...multi-faceted and with many layers. The interviews he's had reveals he is thoroughly enjoying himself filming with LYY. When he lets slide comments like "I don't notice the passing of time when I am acting with her", it is high praise indeed! 🙂

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@tilly,

Thanks for those interview tidbits. I'm glad to hear that YSY is having a good time filming. And I agree that he does a great job layering his characters.

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I was being a little tongue-in-cheek. He's been sort of shoe-horned into lovable rascal roles and I can only see adorableness, even when he's sporting unfortunately-spelled tattoos.

Kinda hope @tilly's synopsis isn't totally accurate because I would actually really enjoy seeing him play an unsympathetic character rather than a misunderstood one. The subsequent turnaround would be much more satisfying.

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@ultramafic,

There I go, taking Kdrama too seriously again. * sigh *

In GRAND PRINCE, I thought there was a possibility that Dong-gu Daegun might have decided to fight Lee Kang hyung by playing dirty, but Lee Hwi was too darned honorable. This is the down side to being typecast as a good guy. Meanwhile, Joo Sang-wook and their Traitorous Uncle had all the fun.

YSY playing a nice antihero a la Lee Joon-gi in TWO WEEKS would be good. Or in the vein of Kim Young-kwang's Prosecutor Jang Do-han in LOOKOUT.

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I agree about Hwi. So "good" that he was a door mat...not just with Kang but as the drama progressed whenever JaHyun was around he seemed to lose his sensibilities and act without a brain (I found that really annoying). Yes layers would be lovely for both "good" and "bad" characters. Good is one thing, but you need smarts too... 7DQ did a better job of a character that had both... I think I would love it if YSY's character would be more Han Solo than Luke Skywalker... Love me rascal with a heart of gold and swagger.

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Yeah it would be nice to see if he can go dark (or have us believe that he is so anyway) and then have the satisfaction of redemption along the way as his character progresses. We'll see how it plays out. In real life though, most aren't completely dark or light. I think we are all a product of our circumstance AND the sum of our choices. I like my villains to have layers so that whilst we do not condone the evil act, we can at least understand why they were driven to commit it and thereby leaving room for redemption.

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This writer also wrote The Package though! Chuno and The Package I liked a lot; Level 7 was truly terrible. But all taken together, it's sort of a strange combo of dramas - all really different genres and all felt very different from one another to me (unlike some other writers' bodies of work, which sometimes even if different on the surface can have unifying themes or just plain feel familiar). So I never know what to expect.

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The Package was so great ! I loved each story :)

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I think the ANGLE/ANGEL is intentional,,, we need to see the drama first to know whether the ANGLE is misspelled or not... hahahaha,,, anyway I saw the 2nd teaser and gosh! It was so intense,,, YSY just went out into his comfort zone with all those running, window crashing and water torture scenes... *check it out guys!* only two weeks before the 1st episode and yes I'm so manically can't contain my excitement here!! Fighting YSY and LYY! Fighting ANGLE/ANGEL TATOO!!!

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Hi @chieklet. I hope you are watching YOUR HONOR. If you are please join us in discussing YH below.

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cc: @frabbycrabsis, @katakwasabi, @marcusnyc20 Bong-soo, @pakalanapikake, @pipette, @stranger Wise

X marks the spot for the DIY Discussion Thread for YOUR HONOR / DEAR JUDGE, which does not appear to be on the official DB recap list at this time. Please join us. The more, the merrier. Tell your chingus. ;-)

Fellow Yoon Si-yoon fan @marcusnyc20 Bong-soo and I had the pleasure of meeting while GRAND PRINCE aired in early April after I began posting summaries and later recaps here:
http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/11/yoon-shi-yoon-offered-historical-melodrama-grand-prince/#comment-3226822

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YOUR HONOR / DEAR JUDGE 친애하는 판사님께, OST Part 1

Jung In 정인: “Comfort” 위로, SBS Catch 스브스캐치
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfsbxqw5efA

This piece has really grown on me. It is moodily reminiscent of Kim Yoon-ah's “The Road” [SIGNAL, OST Part 4].
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe5J2l2scl8

I post many OSTs and pieces of background music on my fan wall, along with random tracks, trivia, and cultural, historical, and literary tidbits. And assorted cosmic debris.

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I agree, it does sound like The Road. It sounds deep and soulful.

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So I want sure at first if this drama could be for me. The plot is familiar, law dramas are episodic and somewhat predictable, and the premiere in general did not win me over. Lee Yoo-young is amazing here, and so is Yoon Shi-yoon... But for some reason, he's really over acting. That isn't at all a comment on his talent - the man is capable of subtlety, which mostly manifests in Soo-ho, but Kang-ho was introduced as a caricature of a gangster. It was entertaining, but out of place, creating tonal whiplash.
The second week, however, started to reform its identity crisis (or perhaps I just got used to it) and I enjoyed the show much more. But seriously, how are people not fazed by Soo-ho's dramatic personality change?? I can only suspend my belief so far! 😂

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Hi @frabbycrabsissis. (I love your name and I enjoyed CAHM!)
Good to see you here. I pretty much agree with you on your description of the first two weeks' episodes. I was really concerned after watching the first week and then reading a number of beanies comment that they were dropping YH.
As I mentioned in another place part of the issue I think was establishing the plot lines in the first episodes that are heavy and negative: Sexual assault, sexual harassment etc. Then add YSY's attempt to distinguish between the twin brothers.
I don't know but perhaps the PD should have right from the git go put more of the reins on YSY's portrayal of Kang-ho.
Like you I found the second week much more enjoyable.
I am sure this is not a pre-produced drama so there will be a certain amount of learning on the fly.

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Thoughts After Episode 5:
-So Joo-eun is just a plot device, huh? What was I expecting.
-Emotive actors are the only reason a show like this can exist without being superficial and preechy.
-Wouldn't you expect a gangster to have some street-smarts? He's the kind of hero you would expect to actually waltz through an opportunity to live as someone else.
-Park Byung-eun's face after So-eun expressed admiration for Kang-ho killed me. It shouldn't have been that hilarious, but paired with the ominous "da-dum" noise, his murder face was cartoonishly comic.
-Lee Yoo-young rules.

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Some random thoughts after episode 16:
1. Ratings report from inkinews.com through episode 16:
http://inkinews.com/your-honor/
(not bad imho); Reminder-this is a 40 episode drama.
2. Yesterday I caught up watching episodes 13-16 in one sitting.
Episode 16 ends on a cliffhanger;
3. I think those who have hung around this far and have come to terms with Yoon Shi-yoon's interpretation of the Han Soo-ho/Kang-ho characters are discovering that YOUR HONOR is turning into a very good drama to watch. An all-time great drama?-maybe not.
Are there problems? Sure. However the positives outweigh the negatives;
4. The hook here is the developing relationship between Kang-ho and So-eun. What a great team YSY and Lee Yoo-young make.
Both actors are presenting totally different personas from the only dramas I have seen them in. YSY in GRAND PRINCE and LYY in TUNNEL;
5. To watch a sort-of tough guy Kang-ho fall head over heals for So-eun is a joy. YSY is a fine comic actor but the scenes KH has with his mother are often heartbreaking. The story is starting to flush out their relationship;
6. Through the use of the court cases and flashback YH is tackling some very serious social problems including sexual assault and rape; and
7. I am just enjoying YSY's court scenes (mostly ridiculous I am sure).
I smile watching him tie askew hunched over the bench. He's great.

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Like you've mentioned, the main draw is the relationship! I think I'm two episodes behind and I plan to catch up this week and I know what my motivation is for watching. Kang Ho is a different person around So Eun. She thinks he's amazing and she's so supportive of him and poor dude is honestly touched that someone thinks he's a decent person, because everyone just knows him as the screw up. And he actually is, a decent person who made some horrendously bad choices. When he's not trying hard to be a gangster, Kang Ho is just the kind of person who sticks up for people who can't defend themselves!

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Hi @pipette. I totally agree with your analysis of Kang-ho. He certainly has a conscience.
I was away last week so when I returned I had some catching up to do. I noticed your comment in WWW and the responses. I am glad YH is not being totally ignored. I think this drama is getting into it's groove. A lot of plot lines still to play out.
I think you have seen the episode where So-eun went to the playground where kang-ho was drunk on the see saw. Here is a bts video of that scene:
https://www.soompi.com/article/1216047wpp/watch-yoon-shi-yoon-adorable-drunk-making-video-honor

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I did see it and I thought he played a very believable drunk! Thank you for linking me to the BTS video. I'm now off to squee over it! :)

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