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[Scene stealers] Bleeding flowers


Shut Up Flower Boy Band

By ChinguMode

Those who know, know.
Those who don’t know, should watch.
Right now.

Some performances steal a scene.
Some an episode.
Some steal an entire damn show.
And in this particular month on this particular site, there’s only one scene stealer I could possibly write about.
And you already know who it is.

I can’t say the incident was unspoiled. Not for me. I’d heard enough about it in traumatic whispers and mutterings about Trucks of Doom and Guyliner. Any defense of the Truck of Doom always comes with this single but significant caveat.

The Truck of Doom has done serious public service over the years (most recently in About Time). Everyone acknowledges it but… still. And it’s a big, big still. Nice work, Truck, but… still.

How could you?

I went in knowing how this ended. The cast credits make it pretty clear. So even as I pressed play, I knew what was coming and when. But knowing when the trip ended didn’t prepare me for how amazing the journey was. That was unexpected.

Frankly, without Lee Min-ki’s performance the drama would be yet another high school musical. It’d be listed alongside a hundred other shows as an enjoyable but average show about people brought together by music. Cute boys, love triangle, potted plant love interest. Next.

But then there was this. This… luminescence.

Effortlessly combining English rock punk with perfect pulchritudinous K-pop, he was a walking testament to the show’s central conflict while also being a living, breathing three-dimensional character. Beneath the swagger, the stark eyeliner and the self-possession, he was damaged and sensitive. His sad, intense eyes undercut confidence and spoke of an adolescent bravado that masked who he really was with the projection of how he wanted to be seen.

Music and muses and makeup and mates. Spinning beautiful castles of big dreams to mask our true small ones – friendship, family, security, love. The dream of Glastonbury in the end was just a dream of the lasting power of friendship, not a dream of fame or success. He knew already what the others took 16 episodes to learn. He was incandescent and so of course he burnt out early, as all good rockers do.

Who knows what this character’s parts looked like on the page. But I doubt it came anywhere near to the sum given to us by this performance. It was mesmerizing; every minute he was on screen overshadowing everyone else until they seemed like nothing more than cookie cutter second male leads walking in the true lead’s shadow.

It was pure charisma but despite all that an almost understated one that makes it somehow more impressive. He never dominated the stage physically or attempted to steal the limelight from other actors. He often hunched his shoulders and clenched against the world even as he was dancing around it. He just was this character in all its complex, sexy, punk rock glory. And after he was gone, his absence – the absence of a sun – sucked the others in toward the singularity left by his passing.

So in any month devoted to scene stealers, we should give tribute to the greatest of them all.

R.I.P.

 
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he gave new meaning to the term guyliner!
*finger hearts finger hearts*

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*finger hearts*

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Justice to hot beautiful guys in guyliner!! Wae Truck of Doom you taketh when they are almost instinct?? Thank you @leetennant. Let us create a cause for this injustice (I'm thinking commercials with PPL) Let it be heard and known.

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Cleaning products.
Road trip snacks.
Eye makeup.
The PPL possibilities are endless.
We should get the writers of Terius on board as they're pros.

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😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
*scrapes off debris on my windshield*
😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Beanies, the Fairies of mercies, I, the Truck of Doom, sincerely ask you for your forgiveness of my perpetual sins. Through the ministry of Dramabeans, please give me pardon and peace.

Absolve me, @leetennant, from all my sins in the name of bleeding flowers, our son Byung-hee, in the land of Drama we worship. I thank you.

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I mean, you were just doing what the script called for. Do we ask Park Seo-joon to keep his shirt on? Would we want Lee Sun-kyun to alter his voice? Has anyone here ever said Yoo Ah-in's Chicago Typewriter wig would have been better neatly combed and slicked back? No. That we still mourn, and wail over this moment in drama history is a testament to the acting prowess of both you and Lee Min Ki.

Maybe next time you meet, let him drive and rescue kitties around the city.

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*wipes tears* what a defense, @egads

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Thank you @egads. I know we have had our differences so your note here means a lot to me.

If there is a next time, I will be thrilled to have LMK to be inside me instead of under me.

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*driving inside me instead of being crushed under me*

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LOLOL! The continuous verb is actually very important to give the right context!!!

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Haha, *driving inside me* makes it somehow worse.

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Snicker ..😹

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Worse indeed, @leetennant!
Driving inside me is indeed hard work due to my faulty fluid pump which isn't quite delivering what my gear needs to shift smoothly.

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*wipes tears of laughter* Oh wow ToD, your way with words is as shocking as your drama appearances.

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Inside me... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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I'll boil the noodles. @greenfields set the timer to 2 minutes.

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@leetennant - you'll never let me forget that, will you? >_<

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@greenfields
It's my last reference to it, I promise. I just couldn't resist.

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@leetennat - (hahaha no its okay! you can use it!)

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😲 wouldn’t we all? 🀣

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oh, @egads that was a brilliant defense!

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No.
No, you will NOT be forgiven, not by this bean. Not on this day or any other. I have and will continue to forgive you for many a trauma, ToD.
But NOT THIS ONE.
This is the trauma that put you on my list and on my list you will FOREVER STAY.
Mercy my patootie.
NO.

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Do NOT go to TOD's fanwall. The gif header is trauma all over again. (still think you should change it @sincerelytod. Maybe that happy scene in About Time)

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I should have listened.....

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Me too.
I read your comment and still went to TOD's fanwall.
What is wrong with me....
My trauma is back 😞😞😞

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But even though I am a serial killer, I am just really passionate about my roles.......

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I see what you did there, you villain. So...you enjoy your work. You had a grand ol' time is what I'm seeing. Why exactly do you need a brand change? You seem perfectly content. Murderer. Oh. I'm sad now. WHY DID I LOOK?!

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I forgive you TOD. You were necessary for the story in this case. We wouldn't even have the rest of the show if it weren't for you. And without you we wouldn't have Sung Joon breaking a beer bottle with his bare hand and that was a fantastic heart wrenching scene so \O_O/. You're good.
But maybe tell your manager to stop type casting you in shows where you're only used as a weaker plot device? Cheers.

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....theres a rest of the drama? I'm pretty sure it ended when ToD went on its rampage.

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If so, unlike typical K-drama endings this one finishes with a bang.

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Your forgiveness is deeply appreciated, dear @sicarius. I have been trying to break away from my roles of doom, but it is hard not to be typecast with a name like mine.

I know you have a way with words. Would you help me to come up with some good catchy show biz names?

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Well, seeing as I was an assassin before I was a Queen, I'm not sure how much help I'd be in making it a nice name...
Truck of Necessary Plot Catalyst?
Truck of Plot Escalations?
Truck of True Feelings?
Head of the Melonia Courier Agency? ... I mean what.

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Whoa, are you offering me a job to lead the delivery department for your Melonia empire, Queen @sicarius? How generous of you if true!

*gets quote for refrigeration system installation*

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I don't know dude, for me, you're up there with someone else in my TOD list.cough*Tilda*cough

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I don't know why somebody didn't write this epilogue last month. Tilda practically has a target on her forehead.

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I'm speechless. Even the stills leave me shattered, and your writing encapsulates the incandescence (no, the burning hot flame) of Lee Min Ki.

Beneath the swagger, the stark eyeliner and the self-possession, he was damaged and sensitive. His sad, intense eyes undercut confidence and spoke of an adolescent bravado that masked who he really was with the projection of how he wanted to be seen.

This is why I think I can't continue watching, and you finally put it into words for me. I knew this kid, I knew several of them, and only one made it out of adolescence.

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Exactly! Great write up @leetennant

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Me too. I stop watching after seeing him gone. Even though my friend insisted that the drama was a good show, still, I can't bring myself to continue watching. What a scene stealer!

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I knew once this segment started that he would be mentioned but I still dreaded it. He really was the most wonderful character, I found myself willing the show to change its plot while watching.

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I now think I should watch this much beloved performance. Just the first episode? Or how many ever LMK is in.

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He's in it for two. But you don't like High School Dramas Greenie hehehe ;)

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But does she like punk rockers? He's a wonderful one.

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I don't like High School Dramas generally but I don't have any feelings about punk rockers! Two eps then. Gotta catch this iconic performance! ^_^

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lol *I still really think the whole drama is worth watching* *especially now that you like kpop* *but yaknow*

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It's less about high school and more focussed on music/breaking into the music biz.

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@ndlessjoie precisely. And they managed to do it quite well for how little time they had haha

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Oof the face of Byung-Hee staring at me was the first thing I saw when opening DB. I am still traumatised. If anything, he was everyone else’s Muse.

Just a suggestion for the editors: maybe these posts should have a β€œSpoilers warning” at the top, just in case?

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It's true! He was everyone else's Muse. That's a great way to look at it.

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This......completes me. Thank you for nailing down why it lingers long after others fade.

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Aww, thanks Beantown. That's a great compliment

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I'm just gonna go ahead and start your fanclub, @leetennant, you must be tired of me telling you how much I freaking love all you write!!
It's a shame you knew the TOD was coming, I didn't when watching and it scarred me forever (not that I want you to be scarred, but the experience was definitely something). It took me around 3-4 weeks to pick it up again, and still don't know how I finished.
He was the one who came to mind when reading about this month's theme so thank you for wording everything so beautifully! <3

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I wouldn't want to be scarred either but I do wish I hadn't been spoiled. The whole thing was hugely effective and powerful as it was - if I hadn't know it was coming it would have floored me I think.

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It made it feel as if I'd never seen a TOD before.

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Heartbreakingly beautiful post, ChinguMode~

The writer was a sadistic one, gave us this magnificent electrifying layered character (of course with LMK's power) only to treat him like this. Tragic. One of the scenes of kdramas that still traumatize me to this day. Sigh.

*googling what is pulchritudinous

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A lot of people feel the same way. Its a scene that gets mentioned a LOT so it was almost impossible not to be spoiled. But considering the writing in the rest of the show, I honestly feel a significant portion of the poignancy of this was entirely Lee Min Ki. Without him, I don't think this would have worked anywhere near as well.

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I will never be over it. I didn't know it was coming, and I was new enough to k-dramas not to understand how a character like Byung-hee is too good for the world. I have never seen a drama before or since where the *absence* of a character was a character in itself, and it nearly broke me. I almost quit k-dramas, to be honest, but I couldn't give up the hope of seeing this kind of magic onscreen again (sadly, only once or twice since then).

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I wish I hadn't been spoiled for it but at least it means I wasn't traumatised by it. Still, it was so effectively done.

I'd be interested to know in which dramas you found a similar character/performance because I would definitely check them out.

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Now I want a list of dramas with this kind of magic. I agree that his absence was a character in itself and for that reason I was able to forgive ToD. ToD did amazingly shocking work in this drama.

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I had to look up β€œpulchritudinous” and if there was a word that describes Lee Min Ki in this show, that would be it. I also am mesmerized by your writing and feel grateful you allowed me to write one of these themes with you, although ultimately failing. (Still salty!) But you? Splendid, as per usual!

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Yes, still salty. Oh well, one day we'll get a piece published. We should definitely collaborate again.

I only learned the word pulchritudinous a few months ago myself and it applies perfectly to this.

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A beautiful tribute to one of my favorite K-drama characters. I think I knew he didn't last more than a few episodes before I watched, but I didn't know how shocking his death would be.

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Aww, thanks Clogs.

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And some performances steal our hearts, touch our souls, and take up permanent residence in our minds.

As do certain Beanies I know whose writing hits me where I live. Thank you for composing this essay. ;-)

Holy guacamole, @leetennant ChinguMode, that first screencap is worth a million words. You had me at "pulchritudinous." That adjective describes both Joo Byung-hee and Lee Min-ki to a T. My vocabulary thanks you. ;-)

But what really slays me are your turns of phrase. They brought tears to my eyes and prompted me to rewatch the first two episodes. They also reminded me of musicians, some now deceased, whose music makes a difference in my life.

Beneath the swagger, the stark eyeliner and the self-possession, he was damaged and sensitive. His sad, intense eyes undercut confidence and spoke of an adolescent bravado that masked who he really was with the projection of how he wanted to be seen...

He knew already what the others took 16 episodes to learn. He was incandescent and so of course he burnt out early, as all good rockers do...

He just was this character in all its complex, sexy, punk rock glory. And after he was gone, his absence – the absence of a sun – sucked the others in toward the singularity left by his passing.

BECAUSE THIS LIFE IS OUR FIRST was my introduction to LMK's work. It captivated me. I, too, read the hushed references to SHUT UP FLOWER BOY BAND, and went ahead and watched it anyway. He truly conveyed the vibe of some of the wild and woolly musicians I encountered in my college radio days. Byung-hee would have looked at home on stage at the late, great CBGB or Max's Kansas City in NYC.
https://www.cbgb.com/

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Thanks so much!
For some reason I never needed to know the word pulchritudinous until I started watching Korean television and video clips. I'm not sure why...

Honestly, this character was so unusual for a kdrama and for a show about highschool students and music. So many "band" dramas have over-manufactured studio pop or light pop-rock that doesn't sound like anything a teenager would whip up in the music room. One thing I did like about this show was that I believed the music was something these boys would have created in their garage.

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@leetennant ChinguMode,

You're most welcome! LOL re: pulchritudinous. Pulchritude always makes me think of "moral turpitude."

There's a reason why the genre "garage band" music exists. It's what broke young folks could make at home without access to mixing boards, big honking Ampex reel-to-reel audio production equipment, and engineers handy enough with a razor blade to splice parts together into a whole that could never be performed live. As a DJ, I went through my own punk phase because I was so fed up with over-produced disco and synthesizer-driven pop devoid of emotion and spontaneity. And pasteurized, homogenized rock.

Byung-hee was never going to end up like the band in this article, but I could imagine the rest of Eye Purification doing so. It's quite heartwarming to know these rockers are still at it.

Wisconsin garage band going strong after more than 50 years
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/midwest/ct-wisconsin-garage-band-20180518-story.html

PS: I never blamed Truck Of Doom because I had the feeling that Byung-hee was actually a dead man walking after he was jumped by the chaebol's thugs. It looked like a case of premeditated murder to me. Byung-hee didn't flame out -- he was snuffed out.

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I never completed this drama because I didn't know LMK was gonna die and when he did I was so heartbroken that I couldn't continue watching it. That was five years ago, to this day I haven't continued the drama. It was way too tragic for me ugh
TOP 10 worst drama deaths for sure. Along side Eun Shi-kyung and Bokgil.

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Bokgil, the cat, right? I couldn’t help but smile. Even as my daughter (who is exponentially more emotionally intuitive than I) kept telling me it would happen, I was in denial until I saw it with my own tear- filled eyes.

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Yeah Bokgil from Imaginary Cat. How did your daughter know?! I was so dead sure the show wouldn't go there T_T
And Eun Shi-kyung, from TK2H. Uff that one hit me so badly. Before the episode in which he died I remember thinking up a happy scenario in my head and I was sure that was what was gonna happen. His death came out of nowhere, seriously broke my heart T_T

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She has a sixth sense about stuff like that. And she knows kdramas even though she’s only seen 2-3 of them with me.

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Thanks, @vipsky4796, for reminding me of the wonderful, sassy Imaginary Cat. As for Eun Shi-kyung... Damn, what a turn of events. Jo Jung-seok slayed me with his performance.

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I remembered watching that episode and that traumatizing scene just flash by and I ended up jaw slacked staring at my laptop. The epsiode continues but my mind still stuck at that scene.
Is that really happen?
My heart is in denial...
No way.. there is no way it happened.
But drama gods was against me for whatever reason, it really did happened.
While I'm not exactly a fan of TOD, I never blame it but not this one.
How could you...

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Omg, what a scene stealer indeed! I'll never forget how utterly shellshocked I was when the truck of doom struck, and I STILL have this feeling of anguish when I think about Byunghee saying, "I want to die at my happiest moment." Luminescence is the most perfect word, and he is such a deserving scene stealer. Congrats, @leetennant, this was a great read!

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I loved Shut Up Flower Boy Band. It's one of the best coming of age dramas that I watched. No filler or draggy episodes. But, I still wonder about the drama that could have been if Lee Min Ki/Joo Byung Hee had been the lead...

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@leetennant This is just... perfect πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Oh my dear @leetennant!
A great many thanks for immortalizing the essence of this larger-than-life character and one of my favorite LMK performances. πŸ’–πŸŒΉ

Your words are nothing short of delicious and exquisite. They take me back to watching SUFBB, and the state of horror and heartbreak that Byung-hee's death left me in; but also the utter delight, fascination and awe from watching LMK work his magic in such a short amount of time. He really WAS the character.

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γ… .γ…  after all these years and his death still gets to me. I went in knowing he would die too, but I still got attached anyway. What a great post!

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Thanks D6ydream I'm so glad you enjoyed it

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Thank you for writing about this drama !! Unlike you I didn't know LMK's character was gonna die, and I was in complete denial in the next episodes. I think that while watching the rest of the drama, I started to accept his death alongside the rest of the band, but it was soooo hard !
This drama holds a special place for me, because when I watched it, I had finished high school for some years, and I missed my band mates with whom I played some rock music. Seeing the guys joking, eating, chatting and playing music together made me so nostalgic...
You perfectly described why the leader of the flower boys band was so memorable. And you made me want to rewatch that drama. So thanks :)

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The people who were unspoiled for this are all so traumatised. I knew it was going to happen and even I was upset. They really did a great job giving this character such amazing impact.

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I light a candle to the scene stealer's scene stealer.
Guyliner glory and TOD punch.
@leetenant, thank you so much for writing about the one who sets the bar so high for all other scene stealers... it is somewhere up in the stars. With him.

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Thanks, Rukia. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And, yes, I think this is kdrama's ultimate scene stealer.

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I had no warning. I assumed he was the main character. I luuuurved him. I'm still not the same. I literally had to restart the show and watch the other characters because I hadn't even been watching them the first time. 😭😭😭

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"Spinning beautiful castles of big dreams to mask our true small ones – friendship, family, security, love. "
So beautifully written @leetennant πŸ˜­πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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LOVED. LOVE. WILL LOVE him in Shut Up Flower Boy Band. He made such an impression. Love the actor ever since.

I was devastated when his character died.

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What a great write-up (especially the opening), and a beautiful tribute !

This is one of my favorite kdramas of all time, including the OST. I rarely listens to drama OSTs outside of the dramas, but for Shut Up, I listened to the OST long after finishing it.

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AMEN!!! TTTT__TTTT

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Can I be honest here? Lee Min Ki ruined this drama for me.... I never got over his character's death so I never saw past his episodes. He was wonderful,poignant, powerful, weak and just beautiful. I never got over it. To date it is Lee Min Ki's most memorable character for me even when I've liked his acting before since his Rainbow Romance days and after most recently Beauty inside... His Joo Byung Hee felt ephemeral, and visceral.. Someone who I would have loved in real life.

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Yes I agree. I've liked LMK in almost everything but think this is definitely his best performance. Sometimes male leads come out of a cookie cutter so a cameo or minor character gives actors the chance to create something truly unique. This is one of those times.

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His character is still iconic. He was barely there in the drama... but what a memorable scene stealing character!

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And I remember dramaland erupting into flames and crashing down when his character died. I think that was one of those times when everyone flipped over a character death in kdrama (other one was when our fav bodyguard died in King2hearts).

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Once I realized he was gone, I couldn't finish the show. Years later I went back to try to finish it but I made the mistake of starting with Ep 1 again and, yup, there was no interest in watching the rest, knowing that this character would not be back in my screen.

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Byung Hee was an enigma!!

After his untimely death, it took me too long to pick up the pieces and watch the drama till the end. But the profound emptiness of the stage without Byung Hee was too obvious to ignore that it made my heart bleed when I watched them performed without him.

R.I.P. Byung Hee. I love you and will always do -wipes tears-

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OK, this article (and the screenshots, what can I say, I'm a sucker for guyliner) convinced me that I must watch this, but I can't find it anywhere! Looks like DramaFever was the only place to watch it online with English subs, but without that I'm out of luck. :( At any rate, thanks for sharing this analysis/tribute, ChinguMode, it's beautifully written!

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Thanks, Malestrom! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I've noticed that Netflix is buying up a lot of older dramas (probably from Dramafever) so here's hoping they pick up this too. It is available on less-than-legal streaming sites of course but it does look like Dramafever held the rights before it went under.

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It actually used to be on Netflix ages ago, back when their kdrama library was very small. I think that’s where I watched it, actually.

And then last year during BTLIOF I remember I watched it on Viki, but it doesn’t seem to be available there anymore.

I wish US Netflix was getting the abundance of kdramas that you seem to be getting!

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Yeah we're getting everything. It's almost overwhelming. I got to Netflix and it's just a barrage of titles with no reference point to them. I kind of wish Netflix had the ability to 'reject' dramas so you didn't have to see them anymore and that it didn't suggest titles you'd watched.

Anyway, the Australian Netflix catalogue for kdramas is officially insane. They're adding a drama a DAY. Yesterday it was My Love From the Star.

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My Love From the Star!! It was my first kdrama so I have a real soft spot for it. And it doesn't hurt that it was a fantastic series.

For now I guess I'll have to pray to the drama gods that US Netflix gets with it and picks up SU:FBB soon!

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