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Hundred Million Stars From the Sky: Episode 1

Seo In-gook makes his long awaited return to dramas as Kim Moo-young, a charismatic man who has a powerful effect on the people that he meets, especially the women. Nothing misses his gaze and it’s impossible to guess what he’s thinking. Moo-young romances a rich young woman and irritates her best friend, whose brother happens to be a detective. A murder case has him looking for a very unique suspect who sounds a lot like Moo-young.

 
EPISODE 1: “My sister is pretty”

A televised interview is underway with a psychiatrist, Yang Jung-mo, as the guest. The image of a young boy in the background of an old medical school photo distracts Dr. Yang and the interviewer asks if he is “the boy of destiny.”

She reminds Dr. Yang that he claimed that the eight-year old changed his life and asks how a child could have such a profound impact on an adult. Dr. Yang explains that the boy’s mysterious eyes piqued his curiosity and eventually he came to believe that they were fated to meet.

The interview is on the television at a crime scene, where the police investigate the possible suicide of a college-aged woman. While the security guard who found her is questioned, the team leader has the television turned off just as the TV interviewer guesses that the young boy would be around thirty-years old now.

In a brewery, a young man who’s about thirty-years old, KIM MOO-YOUNG (Seo In-gook), is informed by his co-worker that it’s time to leave for an event.

As the police team exits the victim’s apartment building, the team leader is unhappy when a car pulls up. One of the younger detectives runs up eagerly, surprised to see one of the senior detectives on his day off.

The senior detective stopped out of curiosity and learns that the case is a probable suicide. The junior detective, Cho-rong, suddenly notices that YOO JIN-KOOK (Park Sung-woong), is nicely dressed and is curious about his plans.

At a business office, Jin-kook’s sister, YOO JIN-KANG (Jung So-min) prepares to leave for an event and grabs the invitation on her way out. Her boss shoves a change of clothes at her and orders her to change before she presents their portfolio to someone at the event.

The driver of the brewery truck explains to Moo-young that they’re on their way to an event hosted by the son of NJ Group’s chairman, in honor of his girlfriend’s birthday. They’re stopped by the same traffic jam that has Jin-kook at a standstill.

Jin-kook tries to mind his own business since it’s his day off but he eventually clears up the fender bender. Jin-kang calls (she pops up as “Just Date Already”) and Jin-kook assures her that he’s on his way. The brewery truck drives by and something about Moo-young’s eyes gets Jin-kook’s attention.

A taxi drops Jin-kang off in front of a sports car with her friend, Baek Seung-ah, inside. It’s Seung-ah’s birthday and the day’s event is a solo art exhibition featuring her work. Seung-ah looks nervous and Jin-kang becomes alarmed when she confesses, “I want to die.” Seung-ah laughs off her comment and before they head inside, she has Jin-kang leave her change of clothes in her car.

The brewery truck arrives and the driver calls to Moo-young to take a look at the sports car. As they carry in the kegs for the event, they overhear some employees gossip about Seung-ah. According to them, she’s just a pretty rich girl playing the part of an artist, with a fancy sports car gifted to her by her boyfriend.

Jin-kang sits close by as Seung-ah meets with the event coordinator. Seung-ah’s upset to hear that her boyfriend arranged for an interview without her permission and immediately calls him. At the same time, Jin-kang gets a call from her boss asking if the portfolio has been handed to Seung-ah’s boyfriend yet. Jin-kang runs out to Seung-ah’s car and fibs that the new clothes fit perfectly while she hurries to change. From the way she reacts to her boss, it’s obvious that Jin-kang doesn’t want to use her friendship with Seung-ah as a business opportunity.

Jin-kang opens the car door and bumps into Moo-young. She apologizes and then asks which beer varieties are available when she realizes that he works for Arts Brewery, disappointed that her favorites aren’t included.

Moo-young asks Jin-kang if the car belongs to her and replies, “I knew it,” when she admits that it doesn’t. When she asks for an explanation, Moo-young bluntly answers, “I didn’t think you were that pretty.” Jin-kang wonders if he knows her but Moo-young confesses that he doesn’t.

Before he walks away, Moo-young comments, “You must have just bought it.” Jin-kang has no idea what he’s talking about as the tags on her new skirt flutter in the breeze. She runs into Jin-kook, who pulls the tags off of her skirt and Jin-kang cringes in embarrassment.

Jin-kook presents Seung-ah with a bouquet of flowers and then takes in her exhibition. He’s impressed and asks, “Did you make all of this?” but Seung-ah can’t answer him. Jin-kang sings Seung-ah’s praises and informs Jin-kook that her boyfriend scheduled fireworks for the evening. Jin-kook is impressed that Seung-ah has a boyfriend and asks if Jin-kang has ever dated. Seung-ah tactfully says that people are supposed to keep their love lives hidden from family members.

Seung-ah’s boyfriend, Jang Woo-sang, arrives and Jin-kook marvels that he’s even better looking in person. He picks up on the tension when Seung-ah walks past Woo-sang and she tells him, “Follow me.”

Moo-young is hidden behind the bar when Seung-ah and Woo-sang walk in and argue about the interview. The featured piece of the exhibition is actually the work of another artist and Seung-ah refuses to take credit for someone else’s work. Woo-sang reminds Seung-ah that she asked for a solo exhibition even though she’s not good enough. Woo-sang explains that the real artist suggested the ruse because she wanted to sell her pieces.

Moo-young emerges from behind the bar and Seung-ah realizes that he overheard her secret. Woo-sang glances at his name tag and then stuffs a $1,000 bill into his pocket and asks, “You know what it means, right? Kim Moo-young?” Woo-sang has to return to work and asks Seung-ah, “You can do it, right?”

Seung-ah is about to follow Woo-sang when Moo-young suggests that she should skip the interview if she really doesn’t want to do it. Seung-ah warns Moo-young to keep his promise but he tears the $1,000 bill into pieces as an answer. Seung-ah wonders what he wants and Moo-young tells her not do the interview.

Moo-young realizes that Seung-ah doesn’t actually have a problem with the interview, she just wants it to look like she was forced into it. Seung-ah asks, “Do I look like an easy mark just because you have something on me?” Moo-young admits, “A little.”

Seung-ah’s eyes fill with tears as she admits that she’s already come this far. Moo-young grabs his gear and turns to tell Seung-ah with a glint in his eyes, “I get it. You don’t want to do the interview, and you won’t have to,” before he leaves. Later, Seung-ah sits alone at the end of a pier as the sun sets, lost in thought.

Seung-ah is late for the interview and as she makes her way through the exhibit, the table that holds the other artist’s piece is knocked over and the large pot falls to the floor. Seung-ah is in shock when Moo-young apologizes and she can’t take her eyes off of him as security escorts him away. It’s at that moment that Jin-kook gets a text from Cho-rong with news that the suicide is now a murder case.

When Jin-kang and Jin-kook order beer, Moo-young (he’s back?) hands her the variety that she asked about earlier. He teases that she doesn’t have to accept it if she doesn’t want it, but she wordlessly accepts the glass and swaps it for the beer her brother is holding before walking away. Moo-young smiles at her sass.

Jin-kang suddenly asks Jin-kook if he thinks she’s ugly, and they have a cute back-and-forth where he jokes with her about how ugly she is. Jin-kang points to Moo-young and tells Jin-kook, “You must be happy to have your dear youngest sister called ugly.” Jin-kook asks if they know him from somewhere else but Jin-kang assures her brother, “I’ve never seen such an annoying punk in my life.”

They remember the fireworks and as they head outside, Jin-kook asks about the portfolio she’s holding. She looks around for Woo-sang, who’s nowhere in sight, so Jin-kang decides that it’s time to enjoy the party.

Seung-ah can’t take her eyes off of Moo-young and when he takes a break, she follows him, just as Woo-sang returns. Seung-ah loses sight of Moo-young but pauses when she senses him close by. He’s hidden in the shadows and when she faces him, Seung-ah asks if he broke the pottery on purpose.

Moo-young explains, “Because you were so pretty,” and he asks if the piece was expensive and if he shouldn’t have done it, but Seung-ah confesses with a smile, “I feel like I could fly.” He urges her to enjoy her party when Woo-sang calls out her name. Seung-ah is about to run away but Moo-young pulls her into his hiding spot just as the fireworks begin.

While the guests enjoy the fireworks, Woo-sang calls Seung-ah’s phone and she’s pleased when Moo-young rejects it.

When Woo-sang gives up, Moo-young takes Seung-ah’s hand and leads her away while the fireworks light up the sky. He takes his bracelet and places it on Seung-ah’s wrist as he explains, “It’s my birthday gift for you.” Moo-young walks away and his gaze suddenly grows dark when he turns around to look at Seung-ah.

The next morning, Jin-kang ignores her alarm even though Jin-kook yells at her to turn it off. On the drive to work, Jin-kook scolds his sister for her laziness and declares that’s why she’s single. She tells him that she’s in a serious relationship but he knows better — she never stays out all night, buys sexy lingerie or takes secret calls.

Jin-kook brags about his detecting abilities but Jin-kang brings him back to reality. She informs him that he’s never been a hard-nosed detective and that she heard from one of his co-workers that his nickname is Manager Yoo because he looks like an average businessman. They cutely continue to bicker until it’s time to part, and they affectionately tell each other to get lost and to have a good day.

At work, Jin-kang gets intercepted by her boss, Ms. Hwang, who can’t wait to hear what Woo-sang thought of their portfolio. The look on Jin-kang’s face tells her that she never gave it to him and Ms. Hwang returns to her office, crestfallen.

Team Leader Lee reviews the murder case with his team. They know that the victim, Jung Mi-yeon, was a dance student on a leave of absence from her university. The fall caused her death and dash cam footage established the time of death. Luminol evidence from her apartment revealed a large blood pool that had been cleaned up.

Jin-kook is conspicuously late and arrives just as Team Leader Lee points out that the victim was hit on the head by a left-handed assailant. He identifies the prime suspect as Choi Sang-hoon, Jung Mi-yeon’s boyfriend, who is expected to match the male DNA found under her nails. The junior detectives report that Choi Sang-hoon’s car was in the parking garage at the time of the murder and that he left for Canada before they could locate him.

After the meeting, the detectives head to the cafeteria where Jin-kook is about to sit by himself until a co-worker joins him. So-jung has questions about the case but Jin-kook wants to know why she told his sister about his nickname.

Jin-kook points to Cho-rong and asks what So-jung thinks of him. She answers that he’s cute but Jin-kook calls him an idiot. So-jung knows that means that Jin-kook really likes Cho-rong and he confesses that he wants to set Cho-rong up with his sister. So-jung wonders if he would like her and Jin-kook suddenly worries that his sister might not be good enough for Cho-rong.

Jin-kang sees a photo of the Arts Brewery staff at her desk and recalls her annoying encounter with Moo-young.

Seung-ah makes a sketch of the bracelet that Moo-young gave her, each bead unique. She looks at a slip of paper with his number and starts to call him but she hesitates.

Moo-young and his co-worker are about to leave to make deliveries when he catches a glimpse of Seung-ah. He invites her to join him and soon Seung-ah is squeezed next to Moo-young in the truck’s cab. The driver introduces himself as Noh Hee-jun and Moo-young explains to Seung-ah that they work together.

Hee-jun has a part-time job at their last stop and Seung-ah helps out when she sees how busy he is. Her bracelet gets caught on a hook behind the bar and breaks, sending the beads flying.

Jin-kook uncharacteristically tags along with Cho-rong when he visits the crime scene, and he questions Cho-rong about his dating history while there. Jin-kook eagerly points out that his sister is pretty but Cho-rong only wants to know why Jin-kook’s at the crime scene. Jin-kook’s attention falls on a snow globe collection and he picks up one with a snowman and tells Cho-rong that his sister loves making snowmen.

Cho-rong reminds Jin-kook not to touch anything, so he returns the snow globe to its spot and then notices a dark residue on his gloves. Upon closer examination, Jin-kook finds dried blood on the base and asks Cho-rong for additional crime scene photos.

Moo-young repairs Seung-ah’s bracelet and returns it to her wrist. Hee-jun thinks they have matching bracelets and then thanks Seung-ah for her help. Moo-young informs her that Hee-jun works three jobs to pay for his tuition at a well-known university. Seung-ah looks thoughtful when Hee-jun confesses that he’s thinking about giving up his studies and Moo-young watches her while she studies Hee-jun.

When Moo-Young walks Seung-ah home, she asks if he thought about her at all. Moo-young reminds her that she has a boyfriend but before Seung-ah can explain about Woo-sang, Moo-young kisses her. When she closes her eyes expectantly, he kisses her again.

Jin-kook studies another photo of the snow globes at the police station just as a detective confirms that Jung Mi-yeon’s boyfriend is left-handed. The team is sure that they’ve caught the murderer when Jin-kook pipes up that the person who cleaned up is right-handed.

Cho-rong checks the crime scene photo and sees that Jin-kook is right. Jin-kook replicates mopping motions to prove his theory but when the other detectives follow suit, Team Manager Lee explodes. Jin-kook ignores his foul mood to bring up the snow globes but Team Manager Lee tosses the photos to the floor and reminds Jin-kook to stick to minor cases.

During a bathroom break, Cho-rong mentions to another detective that he’s actually curious about the snow globes but he’s urged to drop it. The detective confides to Cho-rong that Team Manager Lee will see to it that Jin-kook will be gone in three months, unaware that he’s in one of the stalls.

A smitten Seung-ah colors in the sketch of her bracelet and notices that the beads are in the same original order. She takes a photo of the bracelet next to the sketch as proof and then clutches it when she calls Hee-jun’s university.

Jin-kook checks surveillance video for a scooter theft when Cho-rong texts, “I’m going to die out of curiosity. What about the snow globe?” Soon, they meet for lunch.

Seung-ah produces a stack of $50 bills as she and Moo-young sit in her car by the river. She explains that it’s for Hee-jun’s tuition and asks Moo-young to give it to him but when he reaches for the money, she jerks it away. She releases her grip and the bills flutter in the breeze as Seung-ah calls Moo-young a liar and informs him that there isn’t a student by the name of Noh Hee-jun at Yeongang University.

Moo-young makes a call and tosses his phone to Seung-ah as he gets out of the car. She’s connected to a satellite campus of Yeongang University just as Moo-young jumps into the water.

Over lunch, Jin-kook shows Cho-rong that snow globes display in Jung Mi-yeon’s personal photos match the one at the crime scene. The snow globe that he examined had dried blood, which proves that it was on the floor when she was killed. That suggests that the cabinet was knocked over and the snow globes were replaced in exactly the same order.

Jin-kook points out that whoever cleaned up had to be in a hurry, so why take the time to put them back correctly? He concludes, “One thing for certain is that the culprit is abnormal.”

Seung-ah is in tears when Moo-young returns almost all of the money. She apologizes, “I’m so sorry. I must be out of my mind.” Moo-young sees her tears and is about to search for the rest of the money until Seung-ah pulls him into a hug. He notices that she’s not wearing her bracelet and guesses, “You threw it away because the jerk gave it to you,” but Seung-ah retrieves it from her purse to prove that she still has it.

Seung-ah looks thrilled when Moo-young returns the bracelet to her wrist. She pulls out her phone to show that when Moo-young repaired the bracelet, he managed to put all those beads in the exact same order. Seung-ah wants to know his secret as Moo-young pulls her onto his lap.

Seung-ah happily sighs, “I think my boyfriend is a genius,” and she and Moo-young smile at each other while Jin-kook sits in his car and stares at the photo of the snow globes. He’s convinced that they’re looking for someone who remembers everything that he sees.

While Seung-ah and Moo-young enjoy the view of the river, the smile slowly leaves his eyes until they look empty.

 
COMMENTS

This first episode flew by as we were introduced to Kim Moo-young, a man who is a study in contrasts — charismatic yet subdued, disinterested to the point that he looks bored but aware of everyone and everything in his surroundings, a man with an air of danger who rides in on a white horse to save a damsel in distress. However, it isn’t clear if he’s a hero or a villain. It’s really a delight to see Seo In-guk on screen again but Moo-young is such a disturbing character that I feel torn. It’s a great opportunity for an actor to portray such a complex character but this drama looks as if it could get really dark, and I enjoy a smiling and upbeat Seo In-gook. Even so, Seo In-gook is up to the challenge because he manages to make Moo-young believably magnetic yet distant.

Moo-young is an expert at reading people and situations and manages to capture the attention of Seung-ah, the rich artist who finds herself in a moral dilemma as her work is debuted. Her chaebol boyfriend expects her to pass off the work of a more accomplished artist as her own, because she’s not good enough for a solo exhibit. Seung-ah balks over an interview where she’ll have to take credit for another artist’s work but Moo-young catches on that she doesn’t really have a problem with it, she just wants it to appear as though she did it against her will. Seung-ah has no idea that Moo-young will outplay her when he breaks the other artist’s piece and saves her from publicly having to claim the work as her own.

Suddenly, Seung-ah sees Moo-young as her savior and he manages to win her over completely with one intimate gesture after another. She’s completely under his spell by the time Moo-young takes his bracelet from his wrist and places it on hers in gesture that makes her his. I’m certain that Moo-young’s attention is deliberately meant to win Seung-ah’s affection, but Seo In-gook makes everything seem so casual and natural that I’m not so sure.

Moo-young makes an intentional impression on both Seung-ah and Jin-kang. He wriggles his way into Seung-ah’s heart and gets under Jin-kang’s skin. Moo-young sees to it that they not only think about him, they are bothered by him. I can’t figure out if he’s toying with them for fun or if there’s some other explanation for his actions. One thing is certain, both woman are sure to be affected profoundly by Moo-young, just as Dr. Yang was by “the boy of destiny.” What power that boy must have wielded, to influence the entire career of a doctor when he was still a medical student. The suggestion is that Moo-young is that boy, all grown up, but his eyes aren’t just mysterious, they’re disturbing and Jin-kook has picked up on that. The alternative title to this drama is The Smile Has Left Your Eyes and now that I’ve seen the first episode, I understand why. Moo-young’s eyes have a way of becoming dull and empty as his smile fades, and the question is, are his emotions genuine or manufactured?

Jin-kook is a natural detective, he sees things that no one else does, much like Moo-young. The biggest mystery has to do with the murder of the college student — who killed her and who cleaned up the crime scene? That mystery brings to light the tension among the detectives and the obvious hatred that Team Manager Lee has for Jin-kook. For some reason, Jin-kook has spent his career handling minor cases when he’s obviously capable of so much more. Jin-kook is certain to be the key to solving not only the college student’s murder case, but the mystery that surrounds the fascinating Moo-young.

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oooooh this one is getting recapped too? Nice! I'll read this first & decide if I want to see the show or not. Thank you!

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@teriyaki Thank you for the recap.
Seo In-guk is the most versatile actor in Kdramaland, prove me wrong. This drama will probably have us guessing if he's good or bad just like he did in Hello Monster.
He looks so mysterious and the way he smiles and then having a face that says i could care less about you and kill you without a second thought . It might be someone else that killed the woman not him they always show something that points at him. It could be either the other way around.
The chemistry between Park Sung-woong and Jung So-min as siblings is already starting off pretty adorable. The little ways they look out for each other and tease each other gives me those perfect familial love feels. Like just the little things of her feeding him a snack at the party, him pulling off the tag for her, how excited he got about the idea of setting up his little sister on a date with a guy her thought was good. It's all very sweet and wholesome. I'm looking forward to how their relationship evolves or perseveres throughout the rest of the show.

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someone pointed out right.. i don't recall seeing Hongbin's character parallel in japanese drama..

and while we were told that killer has amazing memory and that MY was able to piece back the bracelet exactly the same way (which second lead had to confirm after comparing it with the drawing), Hongbin confirmed that right away upon his return.. like he needed barely a second to observe that the bracelet was restored to its original sequence :) ..

there, we have 2 men with astounding photogenic memory

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I was actually thinking of how the killer is a left hander but the one who cleaned up after him is a right hander? And I have a feeling that Moo Young, in this case, is the one who cleaned up and put those snow globes in order.

Wasn't even thinking about Hongbin as the culprit though but rather as one of the characters who will die by the end of the show!

Dunno abt that bracelet thing though... It could just be a "oh hyung u wear a similar bracelet" thing rather than a "oh the beads on that bracelet are all in the same exact order as your's hyung".... But who knows in this show! You might be right!

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Oh my god, hahaha This is what I love about drama of Japanese origin, it's very intellectual and the audience really have to think about what has really happened.

Being a remake, one of the disadvantages is that the answers are available in the internet.

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(is this a mini spoiler? I was feeling suspicious of Hongbin's character. T_T)

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I'm so sorry🙏 ! I didn't think a seemingly harmless line will be a spoiler for someone else.
But there can be a few differences between the two versions. Seeing that the jversion is 11 episodes and each ep is roughly 45 minutes. I can already see some differences. He might have a meatier role here.

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Haha that's okay. The comparison discussion is hard to avoid. I meant in the sense of - ah so he wasn't part of the kill & clean up duo. Because I was wondering if he might be - though it seems VERY unlikely. But if his role is limited, then nope.

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Hongbin’s character did exist in the Japanese version. Instead of saying he needed money to pay tuition, TK told the rich girl he had a sick mother.

I think he only pointed out the bracelet is the same because he knows MY’s talent.

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Has anyone noticed that Hongbin's character is LEFT HANDED?? He is in real life as well. Anyway, It might be in the second episode, but he hands Moo Young the white envelope of money with his left hand (the camera does a slight pause on his hand). This could be a clue, as well as his excellent memory?

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I never noticed the pause. I had wondered when the left/right hand thing came up if Moo Young is put to work by the killer and complies because he doesn't care either way. But I figured my mind was working overtime to exonerate Moo young, but maybe it's not so far fetched

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Oh I never second guessed whether Lee Hyun was good or not even though he was rude af in the beginning. But here? Here I am pretty sure he IS bad. Just how bad is the question!

And yes I agree! Seo In Guk really is THE most versatile actor in kdramaland.

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it is good..
i don't think JSM is a versatile actress.. therefore glad to see she is picking the projects where her strengths lie..

she plays this pretty, softspoken, but mentally strong woman really well..

SIG's - i can't even think of an actor who could play this role.. none.. none of the usual good crop either..noone

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I am not a JSM fan but she has been chosing projects well lately. Or ya know since the last 2 shows. Cuz she also had D-Day pretty recently. Which, was not a bad choice script wise tbh, but just tanked in directing and final plot wise.

But here JSM is perfect! And I feel like I am gonna end up loving her!

And yeah! I can't imagine any other actor doing the role of Moo Young. I get a blank canvas if I try to think of someone else perfect for this role cuz Seo In Guk is killing it!

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Park Hae Jin could have done it too (based on Bad Guys and Cheese in the Trap where he played characters with a similar profile).

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Yes right now SIG is the only person who can pull this off but I see in the near future a more polished Jang Ki Yong can give him competition. He has been taking different and difficult roles too but he is not at SIG's level yet.

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Dare I throw Woo Do-Hwan's name in here? He gives me the dark vibes, too, but could melt a woman's heart in less than a second with his smile. I just hope he gets better scripts in the future.

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woo do hwan.. somehow gives me more of kim woo bin vibes..
like i know he would be good.. but i can already see his interpretation of this character.. would be somewhat like that drama with yoo ji tae.. i can see bad boy eyes.. but dead eyes i wonder!!!

On the other hand as @wapzy mentioned, jang ki young.. yup definitely.. he possibly can

one person i would really like to see handle this role is lee jong suk.. i can't say at this point whether he will do justice.. but then i am trying to combine VIP and Secret garden.. and think he actually may pull it off well..

and then PBG.. could be.. maybe

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I feel like WDH would make this role a bit melodramatic lol. While SIG does it in such a cool, detached manner and so effortlessly too, that I think this is exactly how I would have wanted to portray the character. I really think SIG is one actor who has it in him to do darker roles with as much conviction as the kinds of Daniel Day Lewis or paul dano at least. He's not our typical meet sweet kdrama heroes. I'm really glad that he's doing this drama.

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true.. i am surprised, he (sig) is not super famous already.. like super A list..for his acting

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wowza!!
What a fantastic first episode. Completely absorbing. I love how the 'dark' undercurrent is there in every frame Moo-Young appears. And his eyes! Its enigmatic - smiling, then growing distant and then intriguing. Seo-In-Guk is nailing it.
Am invested in each and every character already, all this in just one episode.

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The first ep creeped me out a bit and the second ep intrigued me.
I have a feeling this will be the drama that I anticipate each week and think about as I wait for each new ep.
Love the sibling relationship.

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Thanks a lot for the recap @teriyaki. I appreciate it a lot! ❤️
I had been refreshing DB all day today for the recap and ofc I had to be asleep when it was posted! 🙈
Anyway, random thoughts:

Ep1 was so smartly crafted! It introduced all the characters but didn't feel it was necessary to put the leads together right from the start. It's gonna be a gradual process and I am sure to enjoy the ride.

Kim Moo Young is already so enigmatic, well acted by Seo In Guk (ofcourse). I am stuck between wanting to understand his personality or just letting him show us what he really is. Those eyes! The show's other title is really apt here. The smile has left his eyes indeed! That last scene where he is smiling one second and giving off creepy vibes the next! Gosh! That was great!

Park Sung Woong! I can't even say I missed him cuz his was like the latest/last drama I watched hehhe. But he has lost so much weight! And still a fluffy ajhussi! Jung So Min is so beautiful. In a very graceful kinda way! Can't believe she was the girl in Playful Kiss :P
The siblings together are cute and I hope they remain so (though ofc I know that can't happen).

The second female lead is doing her role well but I am yet to form an opinion on her. I am so curious about the whole of the story! What about the psychiatrist (interesting way to start a show with a secondary character)!

Ahh. can't wait for the next episode! ❤️

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I'm in it for the beer right now. 😂 🍺🍺

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😂 Love the craft brewery set up! I don't think I have ever seen characters working in one in K-dramas.

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Agreed. It makes me want to have a pint. 😊 Hopefully we'll see some nice beer PPL in later eps.

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You know what's the best? Seo In Guk went and learned how to brew beer for this role, just so he can show it right. Method actor through and through.

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Such a Good excuse :-)

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While watching I was thinking that someone must had showed him how to work the equipments because he looked so comfortable! He is awesome.😊

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WHo would have known loading beer barrels could look so sexy!!

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This is where Japanese scripts' strength comes from. They would take just any topic and build a detailed and layered story on it. I love how the brewery set up and the boys' muscles are an inevitable part of the show hehe. Definitely something new in kdramaland.

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The craft beer idea is original to the Korean version. In the Japanese version the main lead was just a sous chef. Actually all the occupations of the original is somewhat too common. The rich girl was just any rich girl, unlike pottery artist that is so unique. The Korean script has added so much details.

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Thank you @geliguolu! Your comment regarding detailed attention of the world building gives me so much hope for success of this remake!

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I have seen pottery making in dramas before but beer making as a backdrop is somewhat genuine.

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Hehehe Jen the beer enthusiast! 🍻

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This show does give the "I am adapted from a Japanese drama " vibe. I still think PD Kim Yeong Cheol would have been more appropriate but this PD is good too. Still waiting for his long one shot that he does add in every episode of his shows. But there has always been sth dry in this PD's work to which I can't emotionally connect. However, I think that can work great in this set up and story. OTTH why is Jung So min not considered pretty, I mean the character. I think she is prettier than the other girl but maybe she has better Korean features. 2018 has been a good year for dramas wherein the audience at least doesn't have to worry about acting. All actors are great thank fully.

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Oh thats Kim Cheol Kyu PD of Mother and CT not kim yeong cheol. I tjink knowing brothers is on my mind these days.

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Aaaaaah Thank you very much @teriyaki ! I was hoping for this :D

The first episode showed us a lot of sides of Moo Young and SIG did very well! He can be invisible or draw attention of everyone.

He seems to have a plan and I'm really curious about it. The beginning with the psy is intriguing and I'm very curious about the past, how the 3 of them are connected. I didn't watch the Japanese version, so I don't have expectations.

I hope knetizens will forget the army thing (because he doesn't deserve it) and will focus on the drama.

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Too bad but I read that even during the broadcast of episode 2, naver search's main topic of discussion was SIG's army enlistment thing and not his role in the drama. I really hope these people stop venting out on actors because of their problems in daily life lol.

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It's sad. I undersand that army is important in Korea. But he shaved his head, went to the army and they sent him back home. It's not like he was trying to duck out.

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The ratings are pretty good I think? For some time it will follow him in the comments but because he has good eye for picking dramas people eventually forget and let go, so don't worry too much. Jang Hyuk and Song Seung Hoon had bigger scandal regarding enlistment and doing fine now.

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I just started watching but at this point (4th episode already aired) the drama article comments have so many comments about how good his acting is. There was even a standalone article about his acting in the drama translated on either ddoboja or netizendrama (i forget) and the highest upvoted comments were all very positive. I think he’ll be all right.

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This show is magnetic right from the beginning. It has me dying of curiosity already.

SIG's character is SO disturbing, that whenever he appears on screen, I'm almost holding my breath. He plays him with perfect subtlety... I had really missed this kind of acting from him, and I'm totally on board with this central question of whether he's "good" or "bad".

I'm interested in seeing how the dynamic between our main leads develops. I already like that Jin-kang is a character who is attentive and questions things.

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Oh and i haven't seen the Japanese ver. but this really doesn't seem like it'll have a happy ending.
But I also can't say I know what that would be in the context of this drama.

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I am absolutely enamored with the first couple episodes and I don't think I can exercise self-restraint to NOT live watch. I don't usually mind spoilers but for a suspenseful drama like this I think I would want to enjoy the mystery as long as possible. I want to join in on the discussion but also totally understand that there would be times Beanies would want to make comparisons to the Japanese original version.
Ottoke? 😭😭😭

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Ikr. And comparisons can also act as spoilers sometimes - even a seemingly safe discussion on Hongbin's character above spoiled something for me. T_T

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@kimbapnoona
exactly!! I want to be in the discussions but no spoilers. Hope people can prefix comments with **jdrama ref** or something. so we can skip past those comments.

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I think this is one drama where we could have a vigorous discussion on it after the drama ends lol, or when all the spoilers are out by the last few weeks.

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Watched both episodes already! Yet to read the recap! Let me just speak my mind rt now...HOW CAN I BE SEUNG-AH????? I know she isn't The One for him but..but..OPPA is all over her!! 😫😫
I haven't watched the original version and I've been avoiding spoilers but I can tell this much...He's probably bad news and lying about many things but even then, still, I Want To BE HER! They're flirting, they've hold hands, they've already KISSED...and moreover, SHE'S SAT ON HIS LAP...like C'mon!! 😭😭

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Once again Seo In gook is playing a complex character, much like the one in Hello Monster, but even more disturbed and more complex. It’s fascinating. Moo Yeong is like a magician weaving his spell for all around him (and the viewers) to get caught. He’s not a psychopath. I base my analysis on the second episode (no spoilers intended), because he is capable of empathy, but I think he’s driven to ‘rescue the damsel in distress’, even when it means that he does things which are legally or morally questionable. Just like the psychiatrist, I find myself in awe of Moo-Yeon, his mind games, his photogenic memory and his dead eyes. I’ll reserve the rest of my comments for episode 2’s recap.

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My first impression is that it's a mesmerizing drama. Not only the acting performance, but also the way it tells its story. And everytime Moo-young said something, I found myself unconsciously trying to discern another (or ten other) meaning and purpose behind it. I blame Seo In-guk's chilling and hypnotizing gaze for it.

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Thank you for the recap, I absolutely adore this drama. Seo In Guk is perfect in his role. I was so intrigues by the story that I watched the japanese version right after episode 1, but alas I didn't like the female character nor the older brother's character at all so I had to drop it. And because I am at it, I can safely say SIG has nailed it even better than the japanese actor in this role so far in acting. Those dangerous eyes of SIG!!!!!!!!!

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An interesting premiere to a mysterious and eerie show. The setup of the characters was really well done as it introduced each characters individually and their connection to each other. It was also nice that the interactions between the said characters was natural and smooth in line with the plot. Seo in guk is definitely intriguing as Kim Moo Young and his eyes and changing smiles are the highlight of his character. I don’t know whether he is being condescending or interested which makes me so curious to know more about him. We didn’t see much about Jung So Min this episode but her sibling chemistry with Park Sung Woong is adorable to watch and I really like that this time round Park Sung Woong’s character isn’t a loud obnoxious character but a sweet caring brother and a kind cop. I can’t wait to see how the three leads connection is unraveled and sh*t goes down.

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I watched the Japanese original and honestly it was traumatizing lol. I didn't plan to watch the remake because don't want to suffer from the same depressing stuff but I guess I'm more curious about the Korean's take on this story. So here I am.

Takuya kimura's role terrified me in the original, but SIG nailed the role so well. Then again, it's in his eyes already. He gave out this unsettling feeling about mooyoung character that makes you uneasy.

The background music they use is the same with the original ver that I got goosebumps. I was so freaked out when I heard that yoshimata ryo's piece lol. I don't know although practically I knew the storyline I just can't wait for the next episodes already 😂

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What an intriguing drama. The episode flew by, and I was gripped throughout. Min young is chilling, and charming, at the same time. He calls someone pretty if she's rich and useless, so if he says Jin kang is not, he's paying her a compliment. The whole episode, I was expecting him to kill the rich girl, but she survived, so I guess she'll be the second lead, as he plays her off against Jin kang.

Jung So min is amazing, as always. She's a natural actress, and her scenes are always quiet and understated, but the play of emotions on her face is just so rivetting, and makes you empathise with her straightaway. I liked her a lot in Playful Kiss, and she has matured into a lovely woman, and a great actress, with range. She chooses good dramas, and she's going to be amazing here, as she was in First Life.

I haven't watched the Japanese remake, but spoilers are everywhere, and I read the comments, and was spoilt on the site that I was watching. Sigh. Spoilers at this stage, when the show is just beginning, are frustrating. I hope this drama will go its own way, but I guess it won't.

I think Min young is that young boy in the clip at the beginning, who had gone through some trauma, and the psychiatrist had been assigned to him as a medical student. He has a photographic memory and I think he helped to clean up the mess after the girl was killed, but did not kill her, someone else he was close to did it, and he was helping that person.

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I know it's early in the show but I'm so worried about Seung Ah. I feel like Jin Kang can take care of herself but Seung Ah seems so much more vulnerable and is already ensnared by Moo Young's charms. If he hurts her, I'll kill him.

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I don't think so either...guess Moo Young's gotta die. *cracks knuckles*

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Sorry! I didn't think that was spoiling it 😅I wasn't being serious

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i like the suspense, Moo Young's eerie omnipresence, the sly provocation with the looks he gives the brother. some info is divulged "early" (vs the Jdrama) which surprised me...

it'll be interesting to see how the Kdrama plays out and whether the story will remain the same.

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SIG, embodied the character just as much as Kimura Takuya breathing and living in Katase Ryou's world. I can see SIG studying KT's portrayal of the character and he tried his best to make it his own, while at the same time paying tribute to the original version. MY is KR, and at some point in the drama, I can even see MY expressions morphed into KR that it kinda creepy when SIG looks nothing like KT, facial wise 😱.

PSW as Jin Gook is a great choice because he is capable of playing a misunderstood detective who is concealing his actual strengths, due past tragedy. He's so good at playing a doting brother to Jin Kang. I love their scenes together.

JSM's portrayal of JK is a bit stronger compared the more timid Fukatsu Eri's version. We'll see how her character unfolds since her scenes in this episode is pretty minimal.

It took me pretty long time to repeat watching the Japanese version drama because it messed with my head, and I can see the same with this one. With capable production team, since it is produce under cable tv, I think they wouldn't skip on the taboo part of the story. For those who are yet to watch the Japanese version, brace for the impact. Because it will mess with your mind.

And SIG is dangerously sexy in this drama, I can't pass up that remark for this one!

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This show is to me, even more creept than The Guest. Random men you don't know who "help" help you like this are scamsters Seung Ah! Or have even more terrible intentions. The siblings' instincts are on point.

Amazing acting all round. The script, acting, directing and soundtrack all come together to create a world that you can immerse yourself in.

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Who gets into a truck with two men they barely know? She has terrible instincts.

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Does anyone else fear for the life of the cat? Lol!

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Sorry, I just realized I posted this under the incorrect episode recap. Mods, you can delete if you feel the need.

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Raises hand! I was so scared for the cat!

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Yes!!! I keep expecting him to throw it off the roof (or make dinner out of it).

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Let's discuss this in next recap 2

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I actually got so creeped out and it only took 20 minutes. I seriously feel like it's not Ingukkie there. Fu**!

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I really enjoyed the first two eps of this show, and I really hope that they will somehow give us a happy ending in this version. For now, I am thoroughly intrigued!

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Thank you for the recap @teriyaki

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It would take a huge effort to look passed SIG's army controversy and see the drama (and actor) for what it is, at least for me.

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So sad... I could understand it if he had deserted or something. But I can't get what's so terrible about being discharged because of an illness.

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Why? IMO Sig serves his country with far more impact by bridging the cultural divide between countries with his immense talent. SIG makes me look at S Korea with new respect for the quality of actor/singer/musician being produced there. And for pete's sake... Seo In Guk prepared to go to the military and even left his fans with a gift for the 2 years he thought he would be gone. His intentions were to serve. It was the military that rejected HIM not HIM that rejected the military. He even when back twice, trying again to be accepted. If it were your brother that had been rejected I doubt you would need such huge effort to accept the decision of the military. We are not doctors. There is no reason to judge and argue with the doctors decisions to reject Seo In Guk.

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I 💓 seo in gook....but I’m not sure I’m ready for anything other than a fluffy drama atm. Sigh.

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I feel for you, because if there was ever an opposite to fluffy, it's this show!!!

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I havent watched the Japanese version but my impression on the first ep is... is this a sad drama, melodrama? The leads are my fave. Been waiting for this drama...
Silbing relationship is interesting... and curious about the relationship between Moo Young and the siblings.

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I only watched 1 episode but I'm already enamored with this show, cast is stellar, sending special love toward Park Sung Woong, totally intrigued why he isn't star detective in his unit, Seo In Guk nailed it from the start, I don't know about female leads but I got the feeling that Seung Ah won't live for too long.

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That is the same question that I have. Why is Jin Gook given so little regard, especially since he is quite meticulous. I thought that the derogatory name "Manager Yoo" was because he sat back like a manager and refused to run around to do the dirty work, or because he was not as quick or smart as the crime unit officers. So different here from his persona in Life on Mars!

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I haven't watched Life on Mars, but planning to do because of PSW, he has that teddy bear feeling to him like Ma Dong Seok even if he plays not so nice character.

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Oh yes, @shach do watch PSW in Life on Mars. He's quite a different character but he comes around to being real sweet, while still cynical or jaded. His relationship with Han Tae Joon was the bromantic highlight of that show.

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In episode one I really enjoyed Jin-gook's relationship with young Officer Eom Cho-rong. That has a LOM feel to it.
(As I said during LOM, I am a sucker for the maknae.)

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Thanks @teriyaki
I'm so intrigued by characters such as Moo Young. He reminds me of Yoon Jung in Cheese in the Trap whom I found too dangerous and frightening, and whom I'd not wish even on my enemies.

I like the ‘dark’ but not too dark aspects of whether we really know a person, and his motives, and of how to interpret what we see and hear. So much that can be taken for chivalry and tenderness, when served with that knowing, penetrating look, sends chills, instead of evokes squees.

It's so scary that he looks as if he's planning every move to get under the skins of his would-be 'victims', to lure and groom them, for goodness knows what. Such deliberate, cold calculation in the exuding of so much charm. I'm not surprised the girls and even Jin Gook are affected by him. He's got a way of being too surprisingly 'gallant', in too quiet a way, so that he gains attention and arouses all kinds of thoughts, fears and expectations. I'm so in to watch what he's up to, and to figure out if he's a psychopath, while hanging on to a cushion to shriek into, just in case.

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Oh wow I'm so glad this drama is getting recapped here on Dramabeans. Yesterday I watched two episodes of this show and really wanted discuss with somebody on this drama.

Kim Moo Young personality reminds me of a mixture of the two main "antagonists" ( I put in a quotation because I don't see them as bad people" in the "Hello Monster" those who watched it know whom I talking about, cough * little brother & LJY) when episode 2 is going to recapped I'm going to explain a little better on what I mean.
Moo Young is not a person that can be simply defined as good or bad guy, if I had to put him somewhere it would be neither.
If anything he leans toward the grey area, and honestly I want him to stay that way. If he is going to "change" hopefully he doesn't fall into the typical jerk with a heart of gold trope, because he isn't written for that kind of story. At least that is what I hope.

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@winterosa Verity Rose
I watched Hello Monster / I Remember You when it aired as well, and was equally captivated or scarily intrigued by the many psychopaths in that show.

Although being psychopathic in itself is not 'bad', whatever anti-social acts the psychopath may choose to commit will determine how he is judged.

In Hello Monster, it's suggested that the younger brother decided to change for the better. So from bad, he could become good.

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@teriyaki, Thanks for the recap. I like it.

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I loved the first two episodes. I found them intriguing and very well crafted. I haven't seen the original drama but I spoiled myself... and now I regret it. I'm dreading the development of the story so much that I'm watching my baby Louis just to balance Moo Young personality.

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Thanks you @teriyaki for the recap.

Been too busy to write down my thoughts but I’ve watched first 2 episodes three times already😅. I’m so sick. Sick to the point I find this mysterious womanizer extremely SEXY😍🤦🏻‍♀️. Forgive me fellow women, I feel guilty for betraying all females. I know I would hate such a man in real life, but this is SIG!!!!

I know SIG is limitless in talent but I feel he is reaching new heights and depths. MooYoung is a challenge that will fail even some of the most well known and liked actors but SIG passed with flying colors. It is so rare to see a villainous lead actor in kdrama. 99.9999% of the time the protagonist is just flawed, but not evil, and eventually turn out to be some super lovable guy. (I’ve seen villain leads in kmovies but not kdramas) The courage to accept this role at such a sensitive and stressful time (for SIG personally) makes me admire him more than ever before.

After watching the Japanese version I didn’t understand the reason this drama is considered a classic, nor did I feel it was worth a remake. I know KT is a great actor and I applauded his performance in the original, but I found all other characters/actor just meh. Especially the lead female. I particularly didn’t like the lead female, so much that I rooted for the rich friend to end up with KT for the first half of the drama. Was it the actress or the script, I can’t tell. Now that I’ve seen Somin’s performance, I could objectively enjoy the story. I love her take on this character. Instead of finding her hypocritical, I can see Jinkang being torn between her own mind and heart. She seems to have fallen victim to MooYoung’s manipulation and is fighting it with all her strength. Somin has the capability to look strong and fragile at the same time, naturally.

Ep 1 was in line with my expectations for the most part. Korean drama generally has a smoother presentation than Japanese drama and as expected is suits my taste better than the original. This version kept the broad strokes of the original but filled it with more color and gradients. Unlike most people, I hope they stick to the original plot. I feel that certain changes will result in just another typical melodrama. The original was definitely memorable to anyone who’s seen it. I hope those watching this version for the first time gets to experience that.

More thoughts in ep 2 recap.

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Can we hope for an anti-hero rather than an out-and-out villain in SIG's character?

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I think we're in for a wonderful creepy ride here. Seo In guk can certainly pull off a compelling charming sociopath. It's time he played an anti hero. He has a good look for it. I love the cast. I liked the writing and the direction on this first episode. Thanks for the recap. I'm in for this one so far.

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Than you @teriyaki for the recap. A terrific first episode. Seo In-guk early on is doing a fine job portraying the enigmatic Moo-young. I have only seen him in HELLO MONSTER and SQUAD 38 but in a way he may be drawing on the characters he played in those dramas in creating MY. I am enjoying Park Sung-woong but I am going to have to work to let go in my mind his performance in LOM. New drama. This is my first Jung So-min drama but in appearance she reminds me of Bae Suzy's Hong-joo from WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING. I know that is strange.
Finally, like LOM, I have not seen the original so this HUNDRED MILLION STARS FROM THE SKY is all new to me and I am going to try to avoid references to the original.

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I’m glad this is being recap here. Of all the premieres this past week, this was the most captivating story to me. 서이국 does a really good job at portraying his characters and I’m super glad he is back to drama land 💕💕💕

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Everything is on point with this drama. I already signed up for all the ups and downs. Easily the best drama for this season imo.

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