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Open Thread #568

Happy Friday everyone!

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

 
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Hi everyone! I don’t usually post on the OT but I wanted to get some recommendations for currently airing dramas now that Marry Me Now and Gangnam Beauty are finishing soon. :( Tried Devilish Charm (Choi Jinwook’s new romcom) but the blurry filter is so ridiculous I don’t know if I can deal lol

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You can also try 30 but 17 if you haven't already watched it... it's great

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I think I’m on ep 5 of 30 but 17 I wasn’t really into it but it might have been a timing thing...

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Is marry me now that good? you can try watching A ghost detective and Let me introduce her...

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I think Marry Me Now is the 3rd family drama I’ve ever finished if that says anything about the quality? I really like the Han Ji Hye/Lee Sang Woo loveline and I’m really invested in everyone’s happiness lol

I was thinking about trying ghost detective but I wasn’t sure how gory/stressful it was going to be hmmm

I’m a little wary of let me introduce her because I don’t like amnesia but if people really like it i might start?

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I find Your Honor very riveting. Familiar Wife has a sprightly and yet grounded feel to it. The spot-on acting in both is a great plus. Lovely Horribly is lighter fare compared to the two, not very scary, a little scattered and amusing.

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I am enjoying LMIH. Have you tried watching Should We KISS Now? Ye Ji-Won, support character, is a hoot to watch. She played Jennifer in Thirty but Seventeen.

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I literally wait for let me introduce her every week. Its interesting honestly. Try it out...

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@Ghost Detective, after watching 1st two eps, so far if you're not okay with blood then it's not for you. There's no torture gory scenes, I mean the victims dead (with blood) and the camera will ponder a bit on them (no sudden zoom though, thank God)) a little bit jumpscare but you get the feeling when it's coming.

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This week I started My ID is a Gangnam beauty, and I saw a very familiar face there : Kwak Dong-Yeon.
Now, KDY has been precious to me since I saw him in Love in the Moonlight, but when going through his dramas, most of which I've seen, I noticed something.
He is stuck playing second fiddle to idols.
Now, some of them might be really good actors, this really is worrying.
Modern Farmer(Lee Hong-Ki- FT Island), Love in the Moonlight (Jin Young-B1A4), Radio Romance (Yoon Doo-Joon-Highlight) and now lastly ID: Gangnam Beauty (Cha Eun-Woo-Astro).

I'm really beginning to think his company hates him or something, cause even for Love in the moonlight, he got his role after the original actor left :(

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You might be right or maybe he is just gaining experience. I believe a time will come when he will get the lead role that is just fit for him.....

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Yes, and he is very young, too! I think he's being placed in roles playing characters older than he is. In Radio Romance he was 20 but playing someone who'd been a psychiatrist for a little while at least! That's like Douggie Howser style or something!

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I think we'll see him cross over to lead at some point, especially since he's been working so much! But his dreamiest role imo will always be Love in the Moonlight Guard Kim Byung Yeon!

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What's everyone thinking about Life?? President Gu is my favourite character and not sure what to make of him being set up as the big evil..

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It's great! but I've fallen behind. Only seen till ep 8 :(

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One of my favorite characters is President Gu's Assistant Ms. Kang played by Yeom Hye-ran. What a contrast she is giving in LIFE to the evil character she played in LAWLESS LAWYER (Assistant Nam Soon-ja).

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But she was sooooooo good in Lawless Lawyer. I loved her.

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Not only was Yeom Hye-ran a convincing baddie in LAWLESS ATTORNEY, she was terrific as Chae-Kyung's scene-stealing nanny in SEVEN DAY QUEEN. She was memorable as rookie police officer Sang-Soo's abusive bereaved mom in LIVE, too. She also played Eun-tak's greedy, scheming aunt in GOBLIN. I love how she's not afraid to play obnoxious characters, but can imbue them with a sympathetic vibe if necessary.

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Perception in everything and he really is just a corporate bigwig who came in to do a job and he did it well. To me, they want he to be the villian because he is not walking around thinking these doctors have halos and walk on water. He is smart if not smarter than those doctors and for some of them (coughDrYecough), that is a problem.

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I have never considered President Gu a villain, quite the contrary - the voice of reality to the self- centered elitist doctors. The real life CEO we have in the real world. Of course, JSW’s nuanced portrayal adds charisma with the hint of a caring heart that makes this character so fascinating to watch.

The major attraction of Life apart from JSW’s acting and LSW’s writing is the strong line up of its side characters, all played by the best they can source notably YJM, MSR, our dear Miss Kang and last but not the least LSK whose Seun Woo is magnificently played out to us. I am not sure whether the character is not written well or what, LDW’s acting is off and WJA is doing the best she can as LNE.

Interesting to note some viewers comparing this to Secret Forest all the time, believing the former director’s death is the key plot which is in a way but not so in my view. I just enjoy it as it is and look forward to the last two episodes to unfold how the strings will be pulled together eventually.

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Happy Friday, Beanies!

I have good news! Those exams that I was so stressed about passing, I did! I am not officially halfway to becoming a doctor! Nine more months to go for the final set of exams!

And because I passed, I was able to go to Beijing for my medical exchange program. I will be in Beijing for the entire month of September. It's so beautiful here (they stare at black people a lot though).

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What an exciting time for you. That is really impressive. Congratulations.

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Congrats and have fun...

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Congratulations!

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Congratulations! Make the most of your stay in Beijing! And most importantly: keep up that positive vibe! ;)

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I'm so happy and proud for you! Pat yourself on the back, give yourself a big hug for all that hard work!! Oh my gosh, you're gonna be a Doctor 🤗. Thrilled that you are experiencing Beijing (oh man, they stare at blonde people a lot, too 🤣), have a great time!

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Congrats! 🎊🎈🍾🎉 One day, all this will be a distant memory!

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Congrats! Hopefully you have great experience in Beijing (I understand the stare thing but don't let that bother you)!

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Congrats💐
Woah, Beijing! Hope you have a great time there and also gain valuable great experience✨

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Way to go!

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You go girl!

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How dramas get written
according to Cloggie

Actress: Writer-Nim, of course I love to be in your next drama too. Even if that means that I have to be a married woman again who cheats on her husband.
Writer: That's such good news. I loved working with you.
Actress: There were just a few issues with the previous drama. I really hope you can fix them.
Writer: Sure - tell me what they are.
Actress: First of all the title. A Wife’s Credentials made it sound as if my character was going to be… well… a good wife? With the next one, can we make it clear from the start that it's going to be a drama about an affair? Then people who have problems with that aren’t even going to watch.
Writer: Yes good point. How about The Affair?
Actress: Not sure. Maybe we should also make it clear that it’s secret?
Writer (crossing out original title): Sure. Secret Affair? Secret Love Affair?
Actress: Either one works for me. Then one more thing. The guy who is the cheater with the two families in the previous drama, can he be the one who’s being cheated on in the one?
Writer: I’m not in charge of casting. But I’ll see what I can do.
Actress: Excellent. And one final thing. The cheating, can it be with someone other than a middle-aged dentist?
Writer (throws away draft #1 of the drama): Of course. What would you like?
Actress (giggles): Well, I’ll leave that entirely up to you, Writer-nim
Writer (in a sarcastic tone of voice): Hot young piano prodigy?
Actress: Wonderful! Where do I sign?
Writer: Sigh

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Actress is a good negotiator.

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Kim Hee-Ae was amazing in both dramas, I have to say.

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totally agree.

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She definitely stole the drama in wife's credential.

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Or . . .
Writer: if you just do this one exactly the way it's written, I'll write a show however you want for your next drama, promise.
Actress: hmmm, really. That's worth thinking about. There is that young actor, what's his name again, Yoo something . . .

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A very like scenario

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😂😂😂 Hot piano prodigy indeed.

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I'm still wondering how the piano managed to avoid bursting into flames when teacher and student sat down to play (music, sheesh!). ;-)

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Happy weekend Beanies!

Since I had no plans last weekend I promised myself I would for once grab this rare opportunity to binge-watch, instead of letting real life or my own perfectionist self rain on my parade as usual. I am proud to declare that I binged the first season of Legend of Korra last Saturday, and the second season during this week. I binged the prequel The Last Airbender while I was in college and K-dramas had not eroded my geek lifestyle yet. It was nostalgic and addicting and at this rate I will probably finish the remaining seasons 3 and 4 by next OT ;)

I have also watched episode 10 and 11 of Thirty but seventeen and I saw the interesting part of episode 12. I am still blushing and praising Mr. Gong for being so smooth for a rookie, if you know what I mean ;)

My cousin is throwing a baby shower for her baby boy on Saturday evening, and we are invited to grandmother’s new house at the seaside on Sunday, so I have a busy weekend for a change. It will be nice to catch up with most of my relatives on both sides of the family, since most of my relatives are not that family oriented.

It is also healthy to (literally) get some fresh air, I have been cooped up with things I could solve from home ever since my classes ended in June and I really need to get out more often. Luckily Korean classes start again next week!

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Happy you are preoccupied this week.
I watched the last airbender Aang...thats before the legend of Korra. I want to rewatch it again. Please where did you watch it?

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I am watching the Dvd boxes I bought….sorry!
Sadly I only know/use streaming websites for Asian shows, so I have no idea where you can watch older or British/American shows nowadays. Keep me updated if you find a good one! :)

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Sure...Thanks...

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Aang: The Last Airbender hands down one of the best animated shows for me.

Korra, not so much (I dislike the fact she's too emotional) but I enjoy the plot twist for the ending😂

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I agree, Korra should think before she acts, but she is a strong female character :) I hereby promise to ambush you with my review once I know about this plot twist :)

And yes, no show can live up to the Last Airbender, because there is only one Sokka! ;)

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I can't wait for your opinion about the ending, kekeke~

Sokka is precious, Momo and Appa too adorable, and Zuko's voice, swoon.

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Yes, Zuko's voice...what a pleasant surprise when General Iroh III appeared! :p
Sokka is my spirit animal :)

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One and only Sokka with his bomerang...But I also liked the way Zuko changed in season 3....I miss watching avatar....

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Yeah, the Gaang was awesome...and I really hope you find a way to watch it soon! :)

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With all of the preemptions lately, I took advantage of the gaps and watched Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People. This was a good choice. Excellent show. And the music is as amazing as it was rumoured to be.

Anyway, I have a question about an incident in the drama. I don't think the question is particularly spoilery, but the incident does occur in episode 26, so fair warning.

Ga-ryung tells the king the story of The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.

Twice.

Which rather surprised me. Everything else in the drama feels so very very Korean that an American short story from the 70s felt out of place. It pulled me out. I stopped watching and went and looked it up to see if Le Guin got the idea from a Korean folktale. Nope. Dostoyevsky and William James.

But maybe it is one of those universal stories that show up across the world in every culture? Like Cinderella. Does anyone know? Is this a story that is also in Korean folklore?

Now, this drama is not a true historical. We have magic and characters out of folktales and novels. And Omelas fits with the themes of the drama. So maybe it is just an anachronistic story. But I am curious!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ones_Who_Walk_Away_from_Omelas

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@amilia,

There was a fair amount of discussion regarding "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" in the recap for ep. 26. (Links to threads below.) Until someone noted that Ga-ryung's story was actually a retelling of Ursula K. Le Guin's short story, I had no inkling that it was a late-Twentieth Century fable. To me it came across as a universal theme. Just my $0.02. ;-)

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/04/rebel-thief-who-stole-the-people-episode-26/#comment-2805643

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/04/rebel-thief-who-stole-the-people-episode-26/#comment-2805767

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Thanks! I started reading the comment thread, but didn't get far enough, so I appreciate the links.

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You're most welcome. As one of the commenters, I know where the bodies are buried. ;-)

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That story haunted me when I read it years ago. It did seem out of place re the time, period but I can't think of a better story meant to haunt a king.

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True! It really did go well with the theme of the show. If I hadn't already been familiar with the story, it wouldn't have blipped my radar as out of place.

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OT Week 82! I hope everyone is doing well today! Did your kdramas have good episodes this week? Mine did! It’s been a full week and lots of real life relationship stuff to muddle through, but there’s bound to be times of solace and strife in life, right? There was also one day a few weeks ago where I must have been bored at work, because I set up several projects which are all coming up in the next month. Today, I have a research meeting for a new project which I’m kind of excited about, because even though I came up with the idea, a med student will be doing the work. I just have to supervise it and then get credit if and when it gets published! Also, I’ll be going to the kids’ school to do some training after this meeting. And hubby just called and asked if I would be home this afternoon, because, aww, he misses me. So a strong start to the day.

Also strong episodes for both the dramas I’m watching. I’m fully back on board Mr. Sunshine with two enthralling this week with the introduction of a real villain, and a chemistry-dripping last scene with Dong-mae and Ae-shin. We’re all waiting to see what happens after the epic hair cut! Still, every scene is perfect and the colors,lighting and costuming are impeccable. And I loved Hee-sung this week too. I’ve put Six Flying Dragons on the ever-expanding “list” this week.

How incredibly adorable was 30 but 17 this week? I said this on the recap, but Yang Se-jong is amazing. He’s amazing in everything he’s in. He has expansive range and he can go from devastated to depressed, to guild-ridden, to relieved, to amused in the span of five minutes. I just respect him, his talent and his work so much.

And I found Doo-joon’s first letter from the military posted on Soompi this week as well. I’ve been trying to link it to my fan-wall, but apparently, it has an inappropriate word, so I’ve been unable to.
Anyway, if you didn’t think he was the sweetest person before, at least his hand-written letter is the sweetest thing I read this week. Look it up, poor guy misses everyone. And if I knew Korean, I’d write him (because I still can’t make out how to send him my thoughts even though you can if you want). I was in the military and in active duty when I was his age, so I remember training and how out-of-my-element I was. Fighting! affable boy!

Oh, and I’ve taken up rowing.

Hubby: Would you row more if I bought a better rowing machine?

Me: I rowed today!

Hubby: Yeah, I’m surprised. Your friend with that fancy rowing machine keeps telling me I need to buy a better one for you.

Me: *Hmmm, should I tell him that I’m only rowing because of a kdrama and probably will stop once said drama finishes its run in October?*

Me: *What I actually said* Don’t buy it for me, but remember I was about to buy that fancy one for you for your birthday this year and you wouldn’t let me because of the expense, so you bought this one?...

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So, if you want to buy it, buy it for yourself, or the kids. *But definitely, not for me*

Moral of the story: Does anyone want to buy a barely used, 6-month-new mechanical rowing machine?

2nd Moral: Would secretly learning Korean in the next 2 years because of an actor/idol be too obsessive? Probably.

3rd Moral: Enjoy your kdramas, Beanies! So many good ones coming up this month!

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🚣🏼‍♀️ giggling at the thought of you not thinking but feeling as you stroke away. Next you'll be building a chicken coop! 🐓

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That’s totally what I’m doing!!! Feel the burn! Both my partners at work have chickens, so that’s not out of the question.

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lol what drama does to you

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That reminds me of the Beanies Theme: Purchases we made because of kdramas. I think a rowing machine is the most original so far.

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But a chicken coop will beat that all to hell!

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Kdramas sure can spark many ideas/interests that usually fade once the drama is over;-)

About your 2nd moral, I certainly hope not, because I've been doing that for 3 years now - although, in my defense, it's more about kdramas than a specific idol. Though, Yoon Doo-joon does seem like a sufficient enough reason to learn a new language!

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Doo Joon is known for his neat handwriting.
I still feel very bad for his sudden enlisting. This is very conspiracy worthy!!
I remember Kim Nam-gil had a sudden enlistment in 2010. His agency was negotiating to delay his enlistment but it fell through and when the agency announced his enlistment, he only had one week left. The drama(Bad Guy) where he was in the middle of finishing was cut short and many were very upset with the ending. I settled myself by saying that it is all right because the drama introduced us to Kim Jae Wook.( I thought Kim Jae wook did a brilliant job with portraying a mentally very fragile man)
Compared to Bad Guy's ending, LE3's ending is better wrapped up, in my opinion.

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I liked the ending. I thought it was fitting to the entire tone of the show. And I didn’t know that about Doo-joon, but his handwriting is quite nice.

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Epic haircuts, did you say? Now i'm intriguedd. And let me second Six Flying Dragons (the kdrama as opposed to the cdrama with the similar title.)

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Hi Everyone and Happy OT
It's the middle of my second and final weekend on retreat and it's been great! I've been mostly sitting or walking around slowly, but the brain has been active and so I'm feeling 'brain-dead'. It's still very early (8.30pm?) and I'm trying to type these few words while a part of my brain is threatening to shut down and cause me to drop off to sleep.

That would be fine if I could just grab 40 winks sitting up (sort of) or lolling in my chair, but the husband will always just come by at that time and start teasing me no end for not being able to stay awake, and yet stubbornly not leaving the computer.

I feel, at times, that I'm entering my 1st and a half childhood - you know that phase before one is really much older and hits 2nd childhood? Yeah. It's that 'almost 2nd childhood' phase where the brain knows there's so much to do but refuses to recall what that is, where I need so much more sleep than I think I should, where soft 'baby' foods are getting to be preferred and I forget the names of people I spoke to yesterday.

Today I brought my water bottle around with me from room to room. Of course I forget it at times. Today while sitting in the lecture room, I thought I left it behind in the canteen. Ran back to look, and kind people even offered to search for it as well ... only for me to find that I myself had personally brought it up and was sitting next to it (under my own chair), all along. Sheesh! Yes, I got teased again.

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Today, I realized I play this "Find my basket/trolley" game every time I am in the supermarket. I find it a chore to lug the heavy laden basket or push the trolley everywhere. Often, I leave them in some corner which I make a mental note to remember. Yet, I always end up walking up and down the aisle to find my goods.

After watching the Crazy Rich Asians, I told my husband that we should buy a mahjong set and teach our two kids how to play. I think it's a wonderful game to keep the mind alert in any age.

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@outofthisworld That's a good idea actually. My mum-in-law still keeps up with her game playing (not only mahjong) and it keeps her mind pretty limber.

I guess something like the Western equivalent might be Bridge or any game that requires the active use of memory?😃

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Yeah, I read that it keeps diseases like Alzheimer's away. Mahjong however is very time consuming and addictive, perfect for retirement hobby!

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Is Princess Jellyfish, the drama, worth a watch?

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Kuragehime is better than most of the kdramas airing these days. I found it a bit cliche and fluffy = slightly cringe
Overall, better watch.

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

This week:

Thirty But Seventeen - Woo-jin! Seo-ri! Chan! Chan's friends! Jennifer! Love the entire cast of this show!

Your Honor - I'm up to episode 8 but I've only been partially watching every other episode ..... and I'm not too bothered by that, even though I know I might be missing some important information.

Mr. Sunshine - Dong-mae, now look what you've done.

Lovely Horribly - I watched the first episode and a half out of sheer curiosity ..... First, I've never watched actress Song Ji-hyo in anything so I was wondering about her and secondly, after watching a teaser or two, I was wondering about her character who appears to be such a train-wreck mess. I'm not sure if I'll be sticking with this show though.

Let Me Introduce Her - It's still early on in this show and everyone already knows the female lead's true identity. It turns out, finding out who she is was never the main plot point in this show ...... it's the secret(s) her husband may be hiding, how her mother-in-law's right-hand lady may possibly be involved in his secret(s), what info the female lead's personal doctor had been helping her hide/investigate, and why she felt the need to escape from her mother-in-law's house and attempt suicide.

The Ghost Detective - Horror-thriller is not really a super favorite genre of mine, but I have to say that I just watched the first episode of this and it was pretty good! I'm definitely watching the next ep!

That's all for now. Everyone take care and have a great Friday!

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I stopped watching Lovely horribly. I don't think i gave it a chance but that actor's smirkiness has always annoyed me. you can't get by on smirking alone. I also stopped watching 30 but 17 because i couldn't get into it but since you say you like the cast, i might just watch it. I like when the extended cast is like a family. Familiar Wife has that. Good use of the extended cast and a bunch of people who you would like to hang out with and work with.

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Yes!!!!! Watch 30 but 17. These last two episode were exceptional and this little patchwork family has my heart!

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@scifiwritir Definitely give 30 but 17 another shot and see if it's more to your liking on a second viewing attempt. The extended cast is like a family in this show and you end up wanting to embrace them just as they embrace each other.

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Hey there, korfan,
Thirty But Seventeen is so sweet!
Your Honor is all right, I will stick with it because of YSY, and I like the intern.
Ghost Detective - I also am not a horror-thriller groupie, but the first episode was really good and not terribly scary. Daniel Choi with an edge!
Still 90s here, but since I'm a summer gal I'm pretty happy about that. A great Friday to you, too! owl

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Hi @owl22! Yes, Thirty But Seventeen is sweet and the cast is just wonderful to watch.

And yes, Daniel Choi with an edge indeed! Quite a change, right? Not bad at all. I really enjoyed that first episode and certainly looking forward to the next one!

Have a great Friday also and stay cool!

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I can't wait to watch this weeks episodes of Let me introduce her cos the last episode, it seems like her memory has returned...

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@feenah9895 You may be farther ahead on this one than I am but I have noticed that she does get these quick flashbacks of her memory every now and then. I'm sure so many details will be revealed when her full memory returns!

What I want to know is why she lost her memory during the surgery to begin with! ...... I keep on wondering that knowing very well that we'll never get an answer to this! *laughing*

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Hahhh......some kind of medical jumbo that we will not understand....

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Yes, probably! When I first read the brief summary describing what the drama was going to be about, I thought the amnesia was a result of Kim Jae-won's character accidentally having a problem during the surgery or as a result of a legitimate emergency during the procedure. But no. Even he was surprised at what happened after she recovered! I still remember the look of bewilderment on his face! Was it the anesthesia? A medication side effect? We have nothing. *laughing*

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Hahhh... maybe she wanted to forget everything, like on purpose. I can't remember what its called... But please continue watching it..It will be nice to talk about it too...

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Hang in with YOUR HONOR it keeps improving week by week.The SK viewing public has stayed with it.
I think this week's episodes were the best. The interplay between Yoon Shi-yoon and Lee Yoo-young are great. What a wonderful pair. I am seeing YSY act with his eyes in a manner that reminds me of Jung Kyung-ho.

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Beware of Spoilers for YOUR HONOR / DEAR JUDGE and THE BEST HIT

@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo,

Still watching and enjoying YOUR HONOR. I agree that this week's episodes were great. The latest development in the idol's drug case was worth waiting for, as was the revelation of the true circumstances of the framed convict's suicide. Dang!

Finally the chaebol chickens are coming home to roost, and it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of evildoers. I'm not sure if the statute of limitations has run out on So-eun's sister's attacker, but even if it has, he's done other bad stuff. A drug conviction will vaporize his medical career as well as land him in jail – and trash the family business. That prospect pleases me. It's about time, dang it. I'm not going to count my chickens until they hatch. No sirree bob. (But I will gloat until the cows come home at the way Kang-ho publicly roped slimeball Prosecutor Hong into prosecuting the creeps he's been sheltering.)

We haven't seen a whole lot of real judge Han Soo-ho, so I was glad he turned up. I agree with you about Yoon Si-yoon's eye acting (and great chemistry with Lee Yoo-young -- and Sung Dong-il as ex-con boss Mr. Mantis). He can be immensely expressive in an understated way when Kang-ho drops his thuggish swagger. There are times when YSY is a total chameleon. I don't know if it's the camera angle, the lighting, or the haircut, but he sometimes looks like a completely different person. I noticed that this week when he portrayed the elder twin, and had observed it a few times in GRAND PRINCE. This is the instance that really grabbed my attention:

THE BEST HIT Ep 16 – The Person I Like Is You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPtF4OAK-uI

I see paternal pride and encouragement. His own "Say It (with jajangmyun)" confession preempted by his son's sudden declaration. Mostly what I see is admiration, and acceptance of reality, with a modicum of wistfulness. What an expression. It slays me every time.

In this week's scene at the noraebang, I was having flashbacks to this when Kang-ho cut loose:

J2 (Yoon Siyoon&Hong Kyungmin) - Say it | 제이투 (윤시윤&홍경민) - 말해봐 [Music Bank Special Stage/2017.06.02]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHnX3uXKQI8

Shout-out to Park Byung-eun as sleazoid lawyer Oh Sang-chul. What a switcheroo from his turn in BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS NOT OUR FIRST. It's not clear to me whether he's setting Lawyer Dad up because he had defended his girlfriend's sister's attacker, or because Dad has treated him so badly for so long – and has doomed him to lawyer for rich jerks.

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Hi @pakalanapikake thanks for your patented treatment of this week's YH episodes.
A couple of thoughts:
1. I know you are a big YSY fan so I am glad you are watching (and it appears) and enjoying YH;
2. During the shaky first episodes you cautioned patience if I remember and said something like 'hold on, sometimes it takes awhile for a show to find its legs' and you were proven right on that;
3. In the most recent episodes I enjoyed how Kang-ho worked over Prosecutor Hong. I think it was during the disciplinary hearing that he told Prosecutor Hong that he had a face that belonged on a wanted poster and then from the bench Prosecutor, Listen up! I loved it; and
4. Doesn't actor Heo Sung-tae (Prosecutor Hong) play terrific villains?

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Beware of Spoilers!

@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo,

#1. I've been watching YOUR HONOR religiously, but have been feeling a bit mentally drained, so haven't been commenting as much on the shows I'm watching. I was so glad to see some progress on YH this week, I got inspired. It sounds as if you liked the links. ;-)

#2. I agree, the show has settled down, and is going deeper into the skullduggery, which has been on the back burner. At the start it felt kind of schizo, as if Show didn't know whether it was a melodrama, a goofy farce, a mystery thriller, or a court room procedural. It strikes me as a character study with the prospect of healing through truth and justice.

I'm seriously creeped out by the bereaved wife of the man who was given the death penalty for murdering his mother. I'm detecting a whiff of black widow. How much do you want to bet that Kang-ho will notice it too, and discover that she's buried several husbands already? I bet she has brother-in-law in her sights next.

I'm also wondering when So-eun's sister will reappear.

I'm still not quite sure what's going on with Soo-ho. As near as I can figure out, he's been burdened all his life by Mom's expectations of #1 Son, and having to bail out his troublemaker of a brother. I think he went to law school on a scholarship, so he would have been beholden to someone well before he was entrapped with overpriced golf balls.

I've been wondering all along what happened to Dad. Are we going to find out he was bumped off by one of the evil chaebol families?

At times like this, I really miss recaps as I sometimes wonder how good the subtitles are.

#3. Yes, it has been gratifying to see Kang-ho put the screws to Prosecutor Hong. I couldn't believe my ears when he sexually harassed So-eun in front of Kang-ho right before the disciplinary hearing. Sheesh. I was so glad when Angry Han blew the whistle on him in the hearing. The two women on the panel didn't say anything at the time. I'm wondering if they'll be weighing in when his punishment is discussed. It's similar to the case of the misogynistic slave-driving judge overworking his subordinate until she miscarried in MISS HAMMURABI.

Methinks Kang-ho is going to find out that So-eun had been harassed by Prosecutor Hong when she was his trainee, and is going to go ballistic.

4. Heo Sung-tae is indeed terrific at playing a thoroughly reprehensible villain. As far as I know, this is my first time seeing him.

Yoon Na-moo has been suitably icky as chaebol scum Lee Ho-sung. I last saw him in was DOUBTFUL VICTORY playing a crazed serial killer. He's a lot more understated in this role, and pulls off the supercilious rich kid very well.

5. I got a kick out of seeing Kang-ho and Soo-ho duking it out. It reminds me of ep. 31 of THE BEST HIT. Starting at 14:45, Hyun-jae 1993 meets his sick 1994 self, and has a poignant heart-to-heart. I just rewatched it, and YSY did a dandy job. Here's to more of same...

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Hi @pakalanapikake. as always thanks for your in-depth replies. Most importantly PLEASE take care of your heath. You are a big part of DramaBeans and I am always glad when the stars align and we are watching a show that is being recapped. I usually can look forward to learning a few things and, based on your wicked (good Southie word!) sense of humor, a few laugh-out-louds.

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@marcusnyc20 Bong-soo September 9, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Thanks for your good wishes, Chingu. I just realized that it's that time of year again, and winter darkness is on its way. *facepalm* That explains my funk. Boo! Hiss!

I recently self-medicated with a Cdrama that you might get a kick out of as an aficionado of eye acting. Check out the web drama GUARDIAN. If you don't look too closely, it's actually a pretty decent fantasy/sci-fi flick with wuxia elements. (It originally had a hefty budget, but the main investor corporation suffered a downturn, and the series had to make do with a lot less money.) It reminds me a bit of A BOY AND HIS DOG, but with all kinds of ghosts, mythology, and supernatural stuff that is taboo per the censors in the PRC, so the drama diverges markedly from the novel.

The OST is great, and prompted me to check it out. I got hooked immediately. The episodes, including intro and outro, are only about 45 minutes, so it was easy to marathon. YT has it. I've posted the OSTs on my fan wall. I'll admit it is kind of cheesy, but there's lots of bromance, and shapeshifters. (The black Scottish fold cat looks like a spiritual & epicurean descendant of Garfield. The actor who plays his human form is a hoot.)

At the same time, I checked out TIME with Kim Jung-hyun, which is pretty good. Despite being in such precarious health, he has been doing a good job. Fingers crossed for his complete recovery.

Thanks again for your encouragement. ;-)

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@marcusnyc20 I'm certainly trying to hang in there and keep up as best I can with Your Honor. I know it's doing well and it has certainly found an audience. I do like Yoon Shi-yoon and while I was a bit bothered by his acting (for the first time!) in the beginning, I have noticed that he seems to be more settled in the role.

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I definitely believe that YSY has settled into his role. Strangely it maybe that he hasn't changed but that we as viewers finally started to get his interpretation of the character of the two brothers.
This is the only drama I began unintentionally in Producer mode. By that I mean this is the only drama that when I saw the first two episodes I was like a Producer seeing the rushes of his show for the first time and thinking OH MY WORD what do we have here? From what I recall I wasn't the only one.
Anyway it now appears the situation wasn't as dire as I thought. YOUR HONOR has become a really good drama.
( The Defense rests.)

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For me it has definitely been a matter of getting a handle on all the various subplots. It felt like getting inundated with a tsunami of character and scenario details.

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YOUR HONOR is so good and has one of the best villains around. Sunbae's love for heroine is palpable. One can see how he is burning up inside with hurt. Actually, this season has given us some pretty great villains. The obsessive Soo-A in Gangnam is horrendous but downright pitiful because her mental illness is so apparent. Actually, come to think of it, there are several mentally ill characters floating around in dramaland now, ?Our frail doctor who sees his healthy brother (LIFE), our amnesiac in Devilish Joy, and our not quite sane hero cop in VOICE. I wish we could see more of the relationship with the rest of the judge's office though. With Miss Hammurabi we really felt we knew all the other folks in the courthouse.

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You're so right about Oh Sang-chul. He's just about off the rails over So-eun. In that regard, he reminds me a lot of Kim Joon-han's ruthless lawyer character, Shin Min-seok, in TIME. He desperately attempts to protect his fiancee in the wake of her sister's drowning on premises occupied by the chaebol heir he is supposed to keep in line. In the process, he does increasingly immoral things and resorts to murder while vainly trying to prevent the inevitable chaebol wrath.

I agree re: Soo-ho's office staff. We really don't get to know most of them. MISS HAMMURABI was great because it was more of an ensemble drama, which was in keeping with the show's slice of life at the courthouse vibe.

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Hello.
There's been months since My Ajusshi ended and I haven't found anything nearly as good. This being said, I would like some recommendations of slice of life dramas with a slow atmosphere and breathtaking cinematography (I already have watched Misaeng, back in 2015).

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My Ajussi is hard to beat. I'd recommend Just between Lovers.

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Maybe you can try Your House Helper (just ended) and 30 but 17.

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I second your House Helper. It is one of these shows that could keep going for long and you will never get tired of it..I was sad to is it go....

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Tvn Live has a strong slice of life vibe though it's about the life of cops and include their work, and Jtbc Life is character driven drama with a a slow plot, an immersive and intimist atmosphere and a elegant cinematography

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Happy Friday Beanies!

So I watched the movie Crazy Rich Asians. I guess I had to. Not because I am Rich(Crazy? sometimes) or Asian but because I am Singaporean. As far as I remember, the last time Singapore appeared in a Hollywood show was Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders which so grossly misrepresented the country that it was hilarious.

Thankfully, Crazy Rich Asians got some things right like modern airport, beautiful Gardens By The Bay, that huge infinity pool perched 57 storeys high on Marina Bay Sands Hotel and....others - not much.

I won't go into the small inaccuracies but I'll just summed it up - the movie feels more like American Chinese film with Singapore as a backdrop. Although only the main character is American Chinese, all the other characters appear to me more American Chinese or American Asian than Singaporean or Asian. It's not just the accent. It's the mannerisms, the behavior and even the food. I am not sure if it's what American Chinese do but Chinese families in Singapore don't gather and make dumplings.

It's an entertaining movie nonetheless. Quite funny and a feel good rom com. Maybe it would entice people to visit this tiny island and in the process, find out the real Singapore. Like what some say, at least this is a huge improvement from Asians being seen as geeks or gongfu experts.

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CRA is filmed in Singapore? i'm a Singaporean but haven't watched that

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Me too and me too ... been thinking I might go catch it just to 'analyse' it. Not too crazy about the premise itself though.

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It was just one episode and it's not even filmed here. Just some stock clips.

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@outofthisworld Thanks for the review. I'm in two minds about watching. I might out of curiosity, but the story does not particularly enthuse me.

I heard a bit of the interviews and read or watched a review. Some scenes were filmed in Malaysia, so no wonder if you felt some places did not 'seem' right.

I agree, from what I read or clips I watched, it was mainly a show peopled by Asians, most of whom were not locals or even residents of our part of the world. I'm guessing that the location did not really have much impact on the plot and it could have been filmed elsewhere, in any Asian country.

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There were scenes filmed in Malaysia but they were part of the story so it didn't take away anything.

It wasn't so much the location but the people. Our local actors were part of the supporting cast but it didn't add to the local flavor other than the thrill of recognizing familiar faces. They were highly exaggerated in an American way, not your typical Singaporean comedy. In a sense, I can understand that because it's pitched at a wider audience.

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Thanks for the interesting insight, outofthisworld. I haven't seen the movie yet, but your comments help frame what to expect.

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You are welcome. My perspective is that of a Singaporean so I might be nitpicking. The movie is doing very well in the States so I think the director made the right call in terms of knowing who his audience is.

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i read that they are going to do the next sequel, hopefully they will pay more attention to detail in that one -- tho i've not read the book, perhaps it isn't located in singapore but back in the US?

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Criminal Minds: Beyons Borders was bad and god knows how much I like criminal TV shows, including the original Criminal Minds. As someone who travels a lot, this show was just spreading some poor American travelers caught by bad foreigners narrative that I just could not continue watching.

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But it gave us Daniel Henney on the regular for a minute.

That man is smokin.

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True that!

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I wanted to make big comment on "summer of love".
I personally found
Black Pant - dark skin
Crazy Rich Asians - yellow skin
pretty mediocre movies gaining hype just because it kind of breezed around "The White Man's Burden.

A have read over dozen articles talking about how Romance genre almost died and how netflix is done much to bring it back. Good PR done by netflix there. These days i have quite a lack of trust for these publications.

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I used to drink those Yakult bottles all the time. They're so cute!

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About half way through “Nine: Nine Time Travels.” That title has surely lost some style points in translation but the show itself is awesome.

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@jjijji Yes, the show was great in the fresh, logic of the time travel. I liked the kiss scene too (the last one). 😆

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I really liked this one, and loved Lee Jin Wook in it! But just a warning... The big bad gets tiresome after a while. I thought I'd scream if I had to see his surprised "cat butt" face fill my screen one more time! Stick with it though, annoying villains aside it's a great ride. The time travel is done so well, and so are the kisses...

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One of my most favorite dramas. I loved it to the very end.

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Hello all:

Looks like we're going to have a more hopeful ending for LIFE than i feared. Might be some bittersweetness, but looks hopeful.

Not sure how i feel about the direction ghost detective might be taking. I'll have to see episode three to see if i'll accept it since i'm not feeling the leading lady

Liking Your Honor but anticipating trouble from the "bereaved widow" is causing me some stress.

Devilish Joy didn't seem much in the beginning but am liking the memento vibe. Not liking the nasty people who abound in this drama though. A lot of people out there who are parasitical, greedy, and just plain users. I can imagine what they will do with someone who has memory issues. Might be stressful for me but i will try to deal.

Family Wife -- Am liking this and hoping we won't have too many bad hurdles.

Gangnam Beauty -- Another drama where i am on egg shells. Not sure if we will be called upon to forgive our villainess or if she will do more damage. Either way, i'm stressing.

Voice -- I always thought romances between main leads in a thriller was way too ubiquitous but i'm hoping for one here. It'd feel somewhat realistic i think. Hoping our hero won't die and hoping he isn't really a killer.

I stopped watching one of my dailies -- love to the end-- because the villainesses always keep getting worse and worse and we have to endure 90 episodes of them getting their way before any signs of relief.

I should get back to Mr Sunshine.

Other than that, i seem to be spending my time listening to rap beefs and diss tracks.

Have a great weekend, all.

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Devlish Joy is
+ve 85% - 50 1st dates
-ve 15% - movie name and its indian remake you can google
Atrocious 1st episode direction and camera work

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Hi Carole, long time since we've threaded! I'm watching pretty much the same dramas (minus Voice). Actually none of them are riveting, but I'm okay with a nicely paced drama run with some interesting aspects in each. (*spoiler*)I'm a little disappointed with the premise of Familiar Wife, but then when they both ended up in 2006, I felt a bit hopeful that they'd make things right from the start instead of patching up the altered present or just returning to the original present. So, all may be well in the end (fingers crossed). I'm still plodding along at my pace with Nirvana in Fire - it may take me a year to watch on the side, but that's okay. Have a great weekend, too!

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Hey there, Owl! Yeah, i think it would ring truer if they continued on in this reality like divorced couples getting reacquainted. I wonder what will happen to his siser's marriage. I've got to get into Legend of Fuyao since someone i knew raved about it.

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Hi beanies. I have my half yearly exams from 18 and therefore I am trying to study my hardest. I still need to watch dramas to de-stress and therefore I wanted recommendations for short dramas with a very simple plot. I mean light, fluffy which can help me relax. Also I am going to watch the first episode of North and South because I saw it on the fan wall of someone and it seemed interesting. Also a big congratulations to Saurabh Chaudhry for breaking the junior world record at the ISSF World Championships.

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North and South is great. Broody, intense Richard Armitage is daebak! The novel North and South overtook Pride and Prejudice as my favourite novel.
Because It's Our First Time (2015) was a sweet watch, 8 episodes around 45 minutes long

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I agree with you100% on North and South. Richard Armitage was great!

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Mr. Thornton > Mr. Darcy

I'll admit these are fighting words, but I stand by them, and if I could I would post a photo of Richard Armitage in the last scene.

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@fluffy short drama, Splish Splash Love.

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You read my mind. Here's how it usually goes when this comes up for me:

Friend: I need something light and fluf—
Me: Splish Splash Love! Always and forever. I saw it last month but I'll watch now. You wanna watch it now?
Friend: I thought you had to write a paper.
Me: That's okay. Splish! Splash! Looooove!

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Wednesday 3:30 is a short and sweet web drama.

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Long Vacation - This is a 1996 Japanese drama but so worth it!
Soulmate - 2006, so good!
Page Turner
You Drive Me Crazy!
Because It's The First Time - I second this one.

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Making this list made me reminisce about Soulmate, so I started watching a few episodes. It's actually longer than a short drama; some episodes are 1 hour and some are 30 minutes. It's visually dated and like the first time I watched it, I fast forwarded through the first half of the drama because some scenes are unnecessarily long and annoying, and the two main leads actually don't meet until the second half (even though their lives overlap and they pass by one another on many occasions in the first half). But when they finally do, it's really a soulmate experience because meeting someone who is imperfectly perfect for you is a bumpy journey that requires time and patience, similarly to the experience of watching the drama.

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I have a smoldering question for our classical music Beanies. Yoo hoo, @ally-le and @bbstl, are you there?

In YOUR HONOR / DEAR JUDGE, Ep. 12[23-24,
starting @54:05 as judicial intern Song So-eun speaks in court at judge Han Kang-ho's behest near the end of idol Ms. Park Hae-na's drug trial, there's a lovely classical orchestral piece with strings that sounds familiar. It's lovely, and I'd like to hear the rest of it. (I'm not sure, but it may segue into one of the instrumental OSTs.) Many thanks! ;-)

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I don't think it is a classical piece, it sounds more like OST/BGM to me.

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Thanks for lending your ear, @bbstl. That would explain why the orchestral string passages sounded familiar. It sometimes surprises me how a change in the instrumentation and arrangement can make such a big difference in my perception of a piece of music. And then there are the occasions when snippets of classical music are incorporated into new compositions. It keeps me on my toes. -- Thanks again for the reality check. ;-)

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It just occurred to me that it might be from an as-yet unreleased OST. ;-)

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I agree with @bbstl, but it has hints of the RDTK OST. I wonder if it’s the same music composer for both dramas.

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Thanks, @ally-le. ;-)

Following your clue to RDTK, I did a little digging. Jeon Chang-yeop collaborated on many of the instrumental tracks with a few other composers. But I haven't succeeded in finding out about YOUR HONOR's music director or composer of incidental music. Yet. ;-)

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Hi @pakalanapikake. Sorry for coming to this late but this has been bugging me also.
That piece of music I am sure I have heard many times but I just can't place it. (I even downloaded Shazam to my iphone to try to identify it. You probably have tried all those methods.)
Another strange thought came to me that perhaps it is part of a hymn or liturgical music from one of the masters like Brahms. Just a crazy thought. The mystery will be solved.
Perhaps all the music used in YH will be listed somewhere at sometime. When I saw that @ally-le Ally could not immediately identify this piece I thought that is not good.

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Followup. I have to share this and this being Sunday.
I texted a good friend who is very knowledgeable in classical and liturgical music to ask if I could wrack his brain about identifying a piece of music. He said sure. He was a good sport and so I called him on FaceTime so he could see the YH clip on Viki and hear the music.
When I reached him he was at church in choir robes in a hallway and watched/listened twice to the clip and said he had never heard it before. That was surprising to me since it sounds so familiar. He even ran Shazam while it played and came up empty.
That is the best I could do.

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Oh, wow, @marcusnyc20 Bong-soo. Thank you (and your musical buddy) so much for trying to identify that track from YOUR HONOR. Talk about doing due diligence. You guys are the best ddabong. ;-)

Maybe we'll eventually find out it's a piece of music like this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0KdR8bKHNQ

or this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK_tErs-d2Y

-- based on, respectively, the second movement of "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18," and the third movement from "Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27," both by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Hahaha yes, something like that.
It really sounds like a snippet of orchestral music written for a soundtrack to me, it reminded me for a second of parts of the OST for "Sense & Sensibility" written by Patrick somebody. Doyle? Doogan? Anyway, @marcusnyc20 bongsoo and her friend are amazing to pitch in, especially because it's hard as hell to even hear it 🤣

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Aw, shucks, @marcusnyc20 Bong-soo. I knew that if I asked the Beanie Brain Trust to take a listen, I'd find out I'm not the only one who thought it sounded familiar. That's an interesting idea re: possibly being liturgical music. Thanks for checking it out. ;-)

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Heyyy so just in case this news got buried down the front page and the rush of Friday Open Thread... Dramabeans is looking for a Senior Editor. :)

http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/09/dramabeans-is-seeking-a-senior-editor/

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Wow! What a great opportunity. I’m wholly unqualified, but hopefully, someone here might apply! Good luck DB team!

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I tried to make my debut at dramabeans but their system isn't accepting my username. Well, gonna try tomorrow again.
I think 2nd half of kdrama world produces above avg. dramas.

Third's Charm Trailer saw the trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFfGZUCZgKU
Read the article on Dramabeans
Spectacle guy NOT EQUAL to Nerdy. sigh.

Shao Ivy sang 2 songs for Love and Pie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbUplF8byyY
This one is quite catchy and as usual asian obsession overWhite Skin is visible.

3D Kanojo's news trailers are up.

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Please keep trying to register. It will give this ahjussi's eyes a break. Maybe @mary can help.

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Oh noes! The sign-up form is bugged. For now, we're making accounts manually for people while fixing the bug. :( Sorry!

CatoCat, if you still want to register, please email us [email protected]

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Happy Friday everyone!

My ID Is Gangnam Beauty This drama is cute and I like how feminist it is. It's not in your face but it calls out some of the issues in modern society. Cha Eun-woo is quite green and not the greatest actor. He makes his character a bit boring. But I think Im Soo-hyang is doing a good job playing the insecure but sweet Mi-Rae. Overall it's a cute drama and has more meat and a deeper premise to it then I was expecting.

Nirvana in Fire I had heard many many good things about this but I have been in a romance kick so I hadn't started it before now. It has some romance in it, but it's definitely not the main point. This drama is absolutely riveting though. The story is so well written and Hu Ge is amazing. His character is so nuanced. I think in a less accomplished actors hands, Lin Shu could have easily been a boring cliche character. But he is such an interesting character. And the story is phenomenal. All the plans and plotting and intrigue make sense and aren't ridiculous coincidences or because someone just happened to overhear something or some deus deus ex machina plot-line. Everything is planned, and plotted and executed with realism which makes it that much more enjoyable. I keep staying up too late at night to see what intricate plots Lin Shu/Mei Changsu can come up with next.

Legend of Fuyao Finished this last week and I loved the drama but it started dragging and making me lost interest a bit near the end. I also didn't care for the ending and I'm also not 100% sure on what even happened with the ending. Did they die? Was it a scene showing their past lives? Did they live and it was showing them in the future? I was a bit confused and when I looked it up I don't think most people were quite sure. I don't know if it was bad subbing or it was meant to be a bit confusing. There were also some plot points that either weren't really resolved or they were really rushed resolutions. The actors, Yang Mi and Ethan Juan were fabulous in it and they had such great chemistry with each other. They were so adorable to watch in their little down moments with each other. Overall an enjoyable Chinese drama.

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Hi @trinpie! Congrats on finishing Legend of Fuyao and I agree with your criticism and praise! Yup, I think there were a few million fans just as confused as you were. It actually took me a week to put it all together. Check out the discussion I had with @linda-palapala on my fan wall. You'll also see links to other Chinese recapper who translated the book's ending, which helped explain the drama and final lines.

Nirvana in Fire has been on my must watch list for a year. Do you watch the YouTube Channel AvenueX? She knows the Chinese drama industry well and gives wonderful, often funny, reviews of current and upcoming dramas. She ranks NiF as one of the best C-dramas ever.

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TGIF! Hope everyone had good (long) weekend! One more day but less dramas to watch, so I ended up watching cute "Boss and Me" and some YouTube clips. This week's heartbreaker- Sun-woo(LKY:LIFE) and Dong Mae (YYS: Mr.Sunshine); Plot surprise- Ghost Detective, Familiar Wife. Btw whenever I watch Mr.Sunshine, I am so impressed with Korean actors speaking(and/or playing) Japanese that I wonder how good their Japanese are, and with Takashi(Kim Nam-hee: btw Congrats on his coming wedding!)'s appearance I was even more curious. There was actually YouTube clip about it.

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

Grading on Japanese of Korean actors in MS. It is not subbed, but you still can see the grades (10 being perfect)
In summary:
KNH/Takashi, LBH/Eugene, YYS/Dong Mae =6, BYH/Hee Sung =7 commenter: They have a little Korean feel. A little stiff.(Well, they are Koreans in the show except Takashi)
YYS's loyal underling Yujo =9

On Kim In-woo/Ito Hirobumi and Kim Eui-sung/Lee Wan-ik
KIW=9.5, KES=10. commenter: I thought they were Japanese.
FYI: KIW lived in Japan close to 40 years. KES said in the interview he doesn't know a thing about Japanese and just memorized the lines- Such an amazing actor!

On Lee Jung-hyun/Tsuda and Chai Kwang-je/Yamada who played Japanese officers.
LJH=9.6, CKJ=10 commenter: LJH looks like Japanese.
FYI: LJH was student in Japan for 1 year, CKJ went to college in Japan.

Interviewer: So Kim Eui-sung and Choi Kwang-je are both 10. Who do you think better?
Commenter: Choi Kwang-je.

There were many replies on this clip, and mostly said Kim In-woo/Ito Hirobumi was best, then Choi Kwang-je/Yamada next.

Another clip I watched-
--Shows hit dramas ratings-wise from main stations for last 10 years (too bad cables were not included)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j791q6h468

Who do you miss the most? Is there any actor/actress you want to find out more?

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Yoo Yeon-seok(30) is such heart-breaking character in Mr. Sunshine. I wanted to get his latest interview, but only found ones done after "Romantic Doctor" (beside the one he had in MS with other casts). Then again you can find all about him because there are many articles and video clips available and he even has YeoNiverse (Yoo Yeon Seok International Fan Club - any beanies?).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suT1jRLbbfo

I am just going to add a few things including his ill-fated love story.[namuwiki,yurajun etc]
First love story. Yoo: "when I was sophomore, while I was taking drunken hoobae home, I confessed to her in the bus stop, and we became CC/Campus couple. When I was about to go to the army (2005), she said air force base was near her house and she could visit often if I go there. I served for 2 year 3 months- enlistment period for the air force was three months longer than that of the regular armed forces. When I was in the air force training center, our group had a bet on "Who is going to receive the letter first". I was the last one, and even the content was saying Goodbye. I cried every day. Actually I heard she had new BF. He was a person I knew (friend with different major). While doing the military service, I couldn't make a call and it was very hard. Even when I saw my food tray, my tears fell. I met her during my leave, but she was so cold and firm. I asked her "No way with me?" so many times. During the last conversation, I walked into the water because there was lake? in front of us. I knew my GF was watching and hoped she would stop me, but that only happens in the drama. Water reached up to my head, so I woke up." Yoo seemed to get over his broken heart eventually with new religion- Catholic (Gain for God, Loss for his ex!)

Yoo was unknown for about 10 years until he played Chilbong-yi in Reply 1994. "After reply 1994, my bank account changed to plus for the first time. I gave my parents allowance-my credit card for the first time. But they didn't use it feeling uncomfortable. One time I saw $7 spent in a restaurant on the bill. My mother texted me "For the first time I ate what I wanted to eat without thinking about the cost with your card". I was so thankful and sorry."

As for "Reply 94" a tvN staff said, "In the beginning Jung Woo's part had more. But as Yoo Yeon-seok popularity skyrocketing, Chilbong's part increased. That is the result of actor Yoo Yeon-seok achieved himself."

He has 2 nicks his fans gave him- 1.Sih: He loves Sikhae (rice drink) so much; 2.Yoo Yeon-So/Cow: He works hard. He has interests in stray dogs as well as volunteering work. He does not smoke and does not like drinking. He is good at photography and even has own published photo essay which was taken during his volunteer work in Africa. And he is good at singing and can play musical instruments. He had dating rumor with Kim Ji-won(Fight my way, Descendent of Sun).

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Most of all he is serious actor. In "Romantic doctor" He did surgery scene himself and even did double for Han Seok-kyu's hands. As for his role model? "My role model is grandpa in "Grandpa before flowers". I worked with Lee Soon-jae, Park Geun-hyung sunbae-nim in many projects, and they are people who have true and most affection and passion toward acting."

So what YYS is doing these days? Maybe busy preparing for his fan meet "All about YOO" on Oct 9th. This is his third one (in Korea. The others were in 2014, 2017).

btw I still remember Na PD said if he had a sister, he wants YYS as his brother-in-law because his sister would never go hungry. That is quite a compliment coming from Na PD who dealt with many celebrities. YYS Fighting!

YYS Hedwig
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvZuz9vmK_E

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@kdramaswimmer, here's another article about YYS. Thanks, @fan! I was trying to tell her about the article you translated on the OT after RTDK, do you happen to still have it or can link it?

And I was impressed that his hand-work surgical ties were so good on RTDK.

I just read about his breakup while in the air force this week. That girl had no idea what she was giving up. And he's Catholic too??? First Shin Dong Wook, now him. Man, God may be telling me I need to convert too. XD

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thanks so much Ally for the tag. His love story is so heartbreaking and so much similar as it was in R94.... and may be thats the reaosn Chilbong gave us all the feels of heartbreak in love. He poured his own love story in it.
he is indeed a hard working actor... all his operation scene, ties were so true to doubt he dint word hard to master it. even in warm and cozy and R94 his ways to embark the role of a new profession was very real... i really thought he is one damn hard working actors to do those with such precision and perfection.

And i am still shocked seeing that in R94 his role was even lesser cause i thought the current role was still minimal in terms of time but had the biggest impact on heart and mind.
He is such a sweet son... and his mom's reaction is sooooo raw and emotional... i can now see him in new light knowing his struggle of 10 years and how much stress he must had been under but he never gave up and it paid at end. he is a true inspiration to me now...... and i wish him all the best in his future endeavors and hope to see him again in a great role.
so agree that the girl who rejected him that to such crually must be regretting her decision seeing his popularity.

thanks again Ally for the mention....

@fan how can i join Yeoniverse that his fan club ? do i need to know Hangul ?

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It is international fan club so I assume you don't need to know Hangul?? I don't know but assume you can Google and find out about the fan club. https://yeoniverse.wordpress.com/

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@fan
thank you sooo much for all your translation efforts... you helped me so much with this in knowing Yoo Yeon Seok as an human being rather just an actor
yes i found the YeoNiverse blog and followed it too. and i am soooo happy to find this place.... thanks again.

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