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Facing the monster in The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

I think of fall as the season for melos, and I have a feeling that this show will have no problem in bringing the drama in melodrama. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes is gearing up to premiere next month and the show has recently released some stills and a short teaser that features our leads. The show is being touted as a shocking and fateful mystery melo, and though I wasn’t planning on adding a melo to my drama-watching plate, I just can’t pass up on this cast, led by Seo In-gook (Shopping King Louis), Jung So-min (Because This Life Is Our First), and Park Sung-woong (Life on Mars).

The teaser doesn’t reveal much about the plot but it certainly builds the atmosphere the show is trying to go for: Photos of our three leads are shown burning in flames as a moody piano piece plays in the background. We then cut to individual shots of Kim Mu-young (Seo In-gook), Yoo Jin-kang (Jung So-min), and finally Yoo Jin-gook (Park Sung-woong) as Seo In-gook recites the title of the show.

I’m so used to Seo In-gook playing the nice guy in dramas that I know it’s gonna be a bit of a shock for me to watch him play Kim Mu-young, who is described as a seemingly carefree but dangerous “monster.” A suspect in a murder case, he becomes the focus of Yoo Jin-gook’s investigation, though I’m not sure whether this is before or after he meets the detective’s younger sister, Yoo Jin-kang. Jung So-min’s character is an advertising designer with a heart of gold thanks to her brother’s unwavering love, who derives her own happiness from other people’s joy. Her warm personality masks a pain that she shares with murder suspect Kim Mu-young, which might explain her decision to become a safe haven for the mysterious man.

That decision is sure to cause all sorts of grief for Park Sung-woong’s Jin-gook, whose whole life consists of his job and his younger sister. As a detective, he’s a veteran with sharp instincts who puts a hundred percent into catching whichever culprit he becomes fixated on. That charisma pretty much evaporates as soon as his beloved sister Jin-kang appears, and he turns into a loving fool of a brother who seems a little clumsy and lacking on the outside. Aww, I can tell I’m going to really enjoy Park Sung-woong turning into a massive teddy bear for Jung So-min.

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes will premiere on tvN’s Wednesday-Thursday slot following Familiar Wife on September 26.

Via iMBC (1), iMBC (2), iMBC (3), Sports Chosun, Sports Seoul

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Another one to add in my to watch list that never seems to progress.. XD

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I've said it before but a MyDramaList is the 21st century Zeno's Paradox.

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Lovely. Can I borrow your quote?

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TM
No, no no. of course you can.
"A MyDramaList is the Zeno's Paradox of the 21st century"
may be the more grammatically-accurate version.

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Oh, yeah, huh. I'm still living in the 20th Century I guess.

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Lol I have just started looking at the site, and I keep going from Korean to Chinese to Japanese dramas/movies in no particular order.

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The next drama I’m really looking forward to. When done right melo is actually my favourite genre because it makes me heavily invested in the story and the characters relationship. Sepetember come sooner please.

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Just 1 month more for the show and finally Seo In-Gook is back. *__* His Hello monster being mystery melo is one of my favorite So I'm patiently waiting for this.
Seo In-Gook + Jung So-Min + Park Sung-Woong = Perfect.
I'm so ready for the brotherly love and seeing Park Sung Woong as a protective cute Teddy bear.😍

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Seo In Guk is coming BACK bishes. <3 <3 <3

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This is my reaction every time Seo In Guk has a new drama. He is must watch TV.

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Seeing the description and stills I'm all geared up for this!

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Jung So Min is so pretty😍 Wish she could be in a romcom again but this will do! Hehe

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I'm not much of a melo fan but I think Seo In-guk always puts 110% of himself into his parts. It's worth tuning in for that.

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I love the cast ! Seo In Guk never disapointed me. In Police Unit 38, he played different kind of people for the cons and he was great.

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And then he was the cutest lil mush in Shopping King Louie!

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Yeah, he was great. I really like this cute, helpless, rich boy.

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Hmm, I haven't really liked Seo In-gook in anything before, but I love Jung So min and Park Sung woong so much that I'll have to watch.

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Hmm, will have to revise my opinion of Seo in guk. I just found out he's a Scorpio. He should be perfect for this role.

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Thank you, I thought I was the only one in this for JSM and PSW.

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I like SIG but if it wasn’t for JSM and PSW I wouldn’t watch it for SIG only because melodrama isn’t my favourite genre. PSW really grew on me lately and can’t wait to see him playing protective big brother!

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Same thoughts. I like Seo In Guk, but I'm yet to finish any of his dramas - the projects just haven't worked for me so far. I like Jung So Min well enough; but I'm really happy to see Park Sung Woong so soon after Life on Mars. I'm here for his drama!

And the premise sounds good! Will I finally be able to complete a Seo In Guk drama? ^^

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Oh wow... Seo In Guk is truly an amazing actor. One of my favorite of his is Hello Monster. One of the things I find most incredible about him is that he transforms almost completely from one character to another. Sometimes I am shocked it is the same actor. He seems to become the character. Most other actors still seem to be same guy.... just playing a different role. But with Seo In Guk, he portrays each character like a work of art. Maybe it has been the character he plays that you haven't really liked, and not the actor himself as he is just incredible in what he does.

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As an example.... just compare his Shopping King Louis role with his Hello Monster Role or his Police Unit 38 role or any of the others. Seems like a completely different actor for each of those.

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I never said he was a bad actor. He simply isn't one of my favorite actors which has nothing to do with his ability to act.

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I can't find Hello Monster anywhere to watch.

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Yes! He’s amazing at his roles. I totally didn’t recognize him in Master’s Sun after I saw Answer Me 1997, less than a year apart. I really loved him in 38-whatever (so many English translations of this title😅) playing all those con characters, thrill ride til the end.

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@linda-palapala Hello Monster is on Viki by name I remember you.
You should check it out. One of the fine mystery thriller with a tinge of rom-com and the actors had nailed their job.^^

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Thanks! That's why I can't find a lot of dramas because they're under different names. I'll add it to my every growing watchlist. Right now I'm obsessed with The Great Protector with Wallace Huo on Viki. When it's done I'll try I Remember You.

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And I Remember You has Jang Nara who I loved in Miss Hammurabi!

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@LindaPalapala
actually Jang Nara wasn't in Miss Hammurabi, that was Go Ara

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In my area it's "Restricted Access" on Viki. I requested they add the title.

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Not even High School King of Savvy? I've been a fan of both leads since then.

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Hi @linda-palapala. To view HELLO MONSTER/I REMEMBER YOU try here:
https://ondramanice.tv/drama/hello-monster-detail
I REMEMBER YOU is one of my favorites and I watched it on Viki in 2016 not when it originally aired. That it is not available now on Viki is rather strange to me considering that it has 117067 followers! Go figure. I enjoyed Seo In-guk in HM and SQUAD 38.
Continuing with Viki. Recently I began to wonder if they stopped the whole business of license requests. I could not remember the last time I had a notification asking to request a license. (I figure where shows wind up is a total crap shoot now.) I signed into Viki today and there were license requests for 6 dramas including this one although on Viki it is called: BILLION STARS.

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Since Kocowa has all the licenses of the big 3 networks, there’s no license requesting for US. Viki will stream anything Kocowa releases since they have a partnership (for now, I suspect it won’t last and Kocowa will take it back once its apps and membership become sustainable). However these series become restricted outside of US because Kocowa owns it and did not give Viki rights to stream outside of US. Only cable dramas will need license requesting, so anything from tvN or JTBC users need to initiate

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So-min looks deadly I can't WAIT to see her on my screen again. looking forward to this drama.

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I love melodramas very much because of the intense and raw feelings they give me if the script makes sense and it's just not about noble idiocy (like in Uncontrollably Fond). Seo In Guk has become one of my favourite with the course of time, thanks to his performances in THE KING'S FACE, I REMEMBER YOU, and POLICE UNIT 38. As for Jung So Min, I don't like her ways of always pouting her lips, but she is very pretty with this haircut in the stills. I'm looking forward to it.

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It seems promising... The writers is the one who writes my sweet seoul which might be a good thing.

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OMg I have almost finished Reply 1997 and now I am really excited for anything featuring Seo In Gook. I haven't watched any melo and tend to stay away from them but this just might be my first melo

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Personally I think Ziggy is amazing at anything he does, so this will at very least be worth watching for him, but hopefully the show is good as well 😂

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Lol, “Ziggy.” Did you or @obsessedmuch come up with that nickname?

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I think @kaybee did actually haha. And I just started calling him that because those two always did 😊

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When the discussion first came up in the other thread I was curious and ended up watching the Japanese version. So tragic and Melo, but can a Korean production possibly take things that far?

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I heard in the Japanese version, [SPOILER], is it true? The Korean teaser looks interesting, but I don't think I can take it if [SPOILER]...

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I very much want to answer your question but it could get flagged for being a spoiler. I don't know how to put the tag.

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I don't know about a particular tag, but I normally do something like: *spoiler* And then some comment indicating the end of the spoiler. I also leave enough space between the spoiler and the rest of my comments if necessary. Is there another way?

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I am hoping it wouldn't be the case at least in the Korean version. I know Japanese dramas don't have taboos about these type of cases, but I really hope they stop at being a melo/psychological thriller.

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Damn. I don’t even dare to read the rest of your comment, but darn it! That’s a big spoiler, there! I don’t mind, though, since I figured it’d be on that level of taboo from all the little snippets I’ve read about the original.

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Omygosh, I'm sooo sorry my comment included spoilers, thank you for editing my comment <3 I hope (fingers crossed) they don't go that far, a tragic melo/psychological thriller will keep people watching without going too melo...

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I wasn't able to find the complete Japanese version, but I ended up reading spoilers instead. Where did you watch it?

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Thank you. :)

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My comment is awaiting moderation because I added the link. Search 'Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi' in drama cool.

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This is what I want to knooowwwww. I feel like they won't, but then I think maybe they just might go for it??? And then I feel like they won't??? LOL

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I don't think the Korean audience will be able to take all of it just like the original, and I really hope they change it lol otherwise it's too dark

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I'm cautiously optimistic about this one. I heard the J-dorama is really good, so hopefully this drama will also live to the expectation. Let's see if I'll still be in a mood for melo after Life ended.

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Ooo I love all 3 actors! Will have to put this on my to-watch list which, thankfully, is pretty short at the moment

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This is the drama I'm most excited about this season. Even if it doesn't live up to the original I know I'll enjoy all the performances.

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That 1st picture up there is so Min! *shooketh*

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The cast makes me !!!!!!!! I usually dislike melo because dramas are my happy place, but I have to watch this for the cast if nothing else. And Park Sung-woong as a detective again I cannot miss.

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2018 has been the year of melos for me and since I just finished watching I Remember You a couple of days ago, I am so ready for this to come and be good!

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I'm so ready for this one. The cast is great and I can't wait to see how SIG will deliver this type of character.

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I will check this out!

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I can’t wait to see this! The new stills of Seo In Guk are so intriguing — those eyes just pulls you in 😍

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Wow I am late for this!!!
But my man Seo In Guk is gonna come back!!!! And I am gonna come back! Hopefully! 😅

Also thanks for the info... I was just going abt it with a vague idea abt the show.. can't wait to watch this! ❤️

Also, totally loving most of the comments in this thread! So many Ziggie lovers! 😍

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Thought of you! <3

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❤️

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This drama is what I have been waiting for!!!! 😆 I can’t wait to see what the combo of Seo In Guk and Jung So Min looks like on screen. I love what I have seen of both these actors. The plot also seems intriguing. I love me a good melodrama.

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I’m so intrigued with this story! I couldn’t get into the original Japanese drama, so I’ll definitely have to check out this remake. I’m dying to know what happens that made the original so darn riveting and even controversial.

I’m quite excited for this pairing. I like Seo In-gook, but haven’t watched enough of his dramas, so I’m looking forward to seeing him here. LOVE Park Sung-woong and I can ALREADY see him as a devoted and loving teddy bear big brother towards Jung So-min, which is probably gonna be all sorts of cute... and possibly heartbreak?

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I watched the drama years ago but I still remember it clearly. On the chance that the drama changes stuff, I'll let you know how the original went!

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Oh, yes please! I’d love to know how this one differs from the Japanese one and which one did it better, etc.

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I heartily vouch for the original... And what I liked was that it wasn't all that painful in the beginning. So it'll be interesting what angle the Korean version will take.

I stopped watching Japanese dramas cos I feel like many of them often have a very clinical approach to depicting human emotion..or maybe it's an acting problem. Korean dramas seem to tell the story more melodramatically, whereas Japanese dramas tend to tell it more dry...? A'way, I hope this version brings something new to the story.

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I actually checked out the first ep and watched the majority of it, but I don’t think I finished it. I definitely agree with you about J-dramas being more “dry,” or like, they’re very real. Very slice-of-life. The characters may be dramatic and exaggerate, but the overall look and feel of J-dramas are very raw. Which is nice, but can be kinda slow and boring to me sometimes.

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As someone who has watched the original, I question and side-eye myself for willingly going through this kind of pain again but I'm gonna go through it!! *fist pump*!!

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I really loved the original, so I think it's going to be a watch for me. The Japanese leads were sooooo good, though, so I hope the Korean leads will find their own glory.

Looking forward!

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Same same same.

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the story made me shocked because i watched it when i was so young. lol I love how sexy Takuya was in this drama too.

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He was /so/ sexy. When they had Seo In Guk in talks, I was like YES, perfect lol!

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September 26 can't get here fast enough.
Come and Hug Me ended.
Thirty But Seventeen keeps getting pre-empted.
Mr. Sunshine is a huge letdown.

Soooooo ...
I need this drama, BADLY.

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Why am I already feeling fearful for Jung So-min's character? One way or another it looks like she is going to have a hard time.

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Wonder if it will follow the same plot as the original japanese version. Following in the steps of Kimutaku will not be easy.

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I presume K version would take a different approach because, I really like SIG, but he seems sweet compare to Kimutaku. And the making staff know Kdrama melo lovers prefer sentimental stories.

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He isn´t even DOING anything and I am already getting the "vibes" that there is something underneath the calm skin. From just the picture. I am a little scared to even see the drama itself, because every time Ingukkie is in question he makes me think he IS the character, but if he is a psycho... oh man.

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I can only hope a streaming site is kind and carries it. I feel I got lucky with 'Misty' earlier this year, didn't get so lucky with some others.

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Nothing against SIG & JSM (I like them both) but I’m here for ahjussi Park Sung-woong! 😍

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After Familiar Wife?! Nooo! I will have to wait for a drama I am loving to end before I can see another drama I am looking forward to? Darn it! Why can't you air earlier in a slot with no good interesting dramas for me!
On the plus side, atleast we are done with the angst of military enlistment with one of our swoony oppars.

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I am looking forward to any drama starring Seo In Guk, but all I can think about right now is this Melo story line with Park Sung Woong not speaking and just pointing his finger. How obvious is it that I am belatedly watching "Waikiki"? ^^

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OK, I NEED to add this show to my list. I don't really have a crack drama at the moment (except Gangnam ID), so this may hopefully get me out of my slump ^^
Plus I really like the cast : no need to tell how much I love Seo In Gook after his dramas (I remember you, Shopping King Louis to name a few), I loved Jung So Min in BTLIOF and Park Sung Woong was so funny in that spy drama with Park Hae Jin (I forgot its name ?).
Come on drama, bring it on, I'm waiting for you ! >.<

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Well, I am definitely intrigued to see how Seo In Gook and Jung So Min act these characters!! It sounds interesting!

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I really, really want to this watch this but the source material disturbs me. Does anyone know how close they'll be staying to the original?

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I read that Seo In Guk has this to say about the upcoming drama:
“Our drama is a remake, and I hope that the fans of the original work will look at this drama in a different light.”
https://www.soompi.com/article/1220995wpp/smile-left-eyes-drops-previews-seo-guks-monster-character
So I think we should expect something different from what the Japanese drama presented. He also had this to say about his character:
“His emotional state is different from the normal person’s. The first impression I had of Moo Young was someone who’s not normal, but has an intense desire to be.”
Oh, wishing my life away, but I am so anxious for September 26 to get here.

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Whoa.. this could be a remake of the Japanese drama, Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi, with the same English title. I really doubt k- drama can follow the same plot though. I watched the Japanese version over 10 years ago and still mesmerized by the performance of Kimura Takuya. It was a life-altering experience. My head was messed up for a while before could get back to reality. It was that good.

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I like this movie

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