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Open Thread #590

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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Hello everyone!
So whenever I miss out on OPEN THREAD I get really angry. But now I am here and I don't know what to do, maybe because I am a bit excited.

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So much to watch but so little time.

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You mean like when you rushed in to post in the open thread and it wasn't up yet, and then you forgot what you were going to say??

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Exactly!

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LOL! 😄

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Hello Martin! Happy OT and Happy Lunar New Year to you 🐖!

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Thanks @bbstl Happy lunar new year to you too

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I started one of my close friends from college on kdramas over the summer with the supreme combo of Thirty But Seventeen & My ID is Gangnam Beauty. It was so nice FINALLY having a close friend to discuss dramas with and we spent so many hours dissecting every ounce of each of these dramas.

Then, real life hit as well as a major drama slump for me and my friend. We both could not find any dramas we adored as much as TBS & My ID. BUT ALAS, Romance is a Bonus Book has come to save the day. My friend watched the first 2 episodes and immediately texted me that this was the next drama we had to watch together. I binged all 4 episodes last weekend. We both have the same warm and fuzzy feels from our live-watch over the summer. And, because RIABB tears down standard drama conventions & relationships, we are loving analyzing the main leads. So excited that my real-life drama buddy is back and we are both out of a slump.

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I wish I had one, it's a challenge watching Kdrama alone. 😧👁️

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@martinjsimwaba Have you tried live commenting on some show or blog sites? I haven't really, but I hear some people only want to get on when there are people about to chat with live while the show is airing.

Personally I prefer to watch quietly (or noisily) by myself and then come on over to read and review the show.

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@growingbeautifully thanks for the suggestion. I think that could be less lonely.
I do enjoy watching dramas alone because that way there is no disturbances but there's a certain time when you feel like talking to someone especially when something exciting happens in a show.

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Oh, how lucky and fun to have a real, live friend to watch K-dramas with! Be sure to check out some of the oldies as well. Reply 1998 is on Viki and Girls Generation 1979 is, too. I really like Romance is a Bonus Book, too!

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Happy weekend Beanies!

I went to bed way too late last Sunday, and woke up not much later because of a phone call around dawn: my sister went into labour and someone had to watch her daughter while she went to the hospital. So this beanie became a (fairy) godmother for the second time last Monday! My niece/goddaughter was born two and a half years ago, and now my older sister gave birth to my nephew/ godson this week. The whole family is healthy and happily back home.

Since my sister only wants close relatives as godparents, her choices have been limited to only our parents and I. So while my mother and I are godmothers to my niece, this time my dad and I get to do the honors. As a result I am one of those rare (if not the only) godparents who has ‘godsiblings’ as godchildren. ;)

Needless to say my schedule this week was filled with babysitting my goddaughter and bearing the good news around during the day and hospital visits in the evenings. I am glad that my sister is back home now, because now there is more peace, quiet and free time for my parents and I to catch up on sleep and our own errands, like job hunting and figuring out which K-drama to start watching next week.

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OMG that's amazing! 😊 Congratulations!! Wishing the baby a long, healthy and happy life. ^^

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Thank you! The little guy was very displeased when I accidentally woke him up...probably has Yoongi as his patron saint :p

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Congratulations!

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Thank you @ndlessjoie!

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Congrats to 💐 you and your 💐 sister! What lovely news!

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Thank you @growingbeautifully!

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Oh, now you have an extra responsibility for two souls beyond just being an auntie! As an adult, I once said something disrespectful to religion and my Auntie said, "honestly, WHO is your godmother???" Of course the answer was, "YOU are!" which she had forgotten but it sounds like you will take your godmothering far more seriously 😉

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Pffft, that is a conversation that will definitely take place in a couple of years! XD Thank you!

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Congratulations! Have a fun time being the fun aunt AND godmother!

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Thank you! I had fun practicing on your sweet Chan! ;) I aspire to be the coolest aunt/ fairy godmother in history! :D

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So sweet! Congrats <3

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Thank you @anothernicole!

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Congratulations!!

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Thank you @carmen!

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Congratulations being aunt and godmother. My younger sister is aunt and godmother to my daughter. It was hard choice to pick her or my youngest sister. I hope your sister get lots of sleep.

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Thank you @trina! I keep hearing stories about how hard it is who to pick as godparents, while my sister has few people to choose from. :)

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It is such a good feeling welcoming a new life into the world. Many congrats to your sister and entire family

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Thank you @martinjsimwaba!

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Congratulations to you and your family!

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Thank you @korfan!

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Finished watching Longing Heart and I like it. IMO it's the best of OCN Romance dramas. I regretted watching Meloholic and That Man Oh-soo and I liked chemistry between the leads of My Secret Romance, but not the story.

I watched LH because of Seo Ji-hoon. I fell for him as Kim Geum, he is such a gem. His acting is really good! It's easy for me to relate to his characters. I can't resist his sad face, it's automatically make me sad too and his smile make me happy.

Back to LH, at first It's a bit hard believing young Shin-woo and adult Shin-woo are same person because face wise, Seo Ji-hoon and Lee Jung-shin aren't resemble in my eyes. Maybe I'll believe it right away if two SW played by Sehun and Yoo Yeon-seok, but then I wouldn't get my SJH fix. So it would be better if the adult version played by actor who resemble him. Hmm... I don't think I've seen one.

Beside the lack of resemblance between the two SW, the fact that the other characters (all of them) are played by the same actor for both past and present time made it more hard to accept that the two are same person. So I just made up an excuse that some time in between the 10 years SW had got plastic surgery. Hee...

Story wise, I never try too hard to understand the rule of time slip in time travel dramas I've watched because it will only make my head hurts. What I like from LH is that not only the present SW got transported to the past but also past SW to the present. I almost stop watching it when adult SW's back to the present because I thought I would never see young SW again. So when young SW appeared in the present, I was really happy.
My favorite scene is when young SW confesses to Ji-soo in the present time and he comes to know that JS's first love is him, the friend SW not the teacher. (It hurt me so much when young SW tell adult SW that even though he knows that adult SW is himself and glads that JS likes him, he feels sad because the one whom JS likes both in the past and present is the adult, not the 18 y.o. SW)

I love the dynamic between 2 SW in present time. I like it that Young SW always win when they argue. Ha, I think it's clear that I like Young SW more than the adult.

Lastly, I really like SW's MOM. She is one of few very good moms in dramaland.

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It is good you enjoyed it. I remember I enjoyed earlier episodes a lot, but something was not right/didn't make sense in the later episodes, I thought.

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There are many thing I don't think make sense too (mostly in the last episode), but like I said before, I give up on trying to understand the rules of time slip/travel in dramas. Frankly, I don't even think time slip/travel is make sense and impossible in real life. So as long as there's a character I care and sympathize in a time travel drama and I like how the story unfold, I will watch it. In LH case, the main driving force for me is young Shin-woo.

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I remember liking Longing Heart. Like it was decent enough, not skewing either too negatively or too positively. The only thing I remember is that I liked how she ended up falling for all his versions some way or another😃

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Morning, beanies! Happy Friday to all!!

I want to send a massive amount of hugs to the Love, February beanies on the fan wall. You have made this bleak, wintry season feel so much warmer.

I love the infinite variety of posts and thank the organizers❤❤❤❤ and
I continue to be amazed by the awesomeness of beanies.

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Such a sweet thing to say @beantown, thank you! Hugs to you too and may you enjoy the warmth of Beanie-hood no matter how cold it gets this Winter. 💖 warm pup to hug 🐶 sweets for the sweet 🍬 🍬 🍬

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They have been wonderful and a welcome respite in this bleak and dark month.

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Might have a cold snowy weekend. Yay! Besides walks with the dog, hot coffee and chocolate, and maybe ice cream (I sometimes crave it when it is cold out) I am planning to catch up on some dramas.

Romance is a Bonus Book (really liked first ep) and The Story of Minglan are the two I want to focus on. They seem like good cold weather watches. Maybe another ep of Coffee Friends.

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Hi @bcampbell1662 Beverly. I watched all 5 episodes of COFFEE FRIENDS (one a night) this week and loved it. What a great show! CF is my first "reality" show ever.

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This is the kind of reality show I like. At least from the first ep it seems all easy going charm and delicious treats.

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I will probably make a comment on What We're Watching but it is wonderful to see how they treat each other and what a work ethic they have. Just to pick out one. I don't know anything about kpop but what a delight Yunho was on CF.

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We will have a cold snowy weekend where I am too. Fingers crossed our power stays on so I can finally catch up on my dramas. Coffee Friends sounds perfect for a cold snowy day.

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Here's wishing that you stay safe and warm @ndlessjoie Mugyuljoie. Have a coffee, or two!! ☕ ☕

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We rarely get alot of snow, but I love it. Definitely helps if the power stays on. Based on the first ep to watch Coffee Friends one needs to have coffee and some treats at hand.
Hope we both get a cozy drama watching weekend.

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RBB is the only show I have time to watch and follow along these few weeks. Loving it to bits. It's got so much charm, 💗 I'm enchanted! 💗

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I'm glad to hear that. I'm hopeful it lives up to its potential.

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I'm really happy Viki picked up Beauty Inside pretty much right where I was at when DramaFever died. When I saw they had it they had 5 episodes and then added 2 the next week. ARGH. I so want to binge the whole thing right now. I wonder what kind of kooky licensing or re-licensing deal they got to get 2 eps at a time? I'm just glad they got it. Maybe they'll get Terius. (I keep meaning to do a 1 month trial of Kocowa to watch that...)

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COMMEMORATION OF THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF @javabeans' HEALER: EPISODE 20 (FINAL) RECAP.
On Feb. 10, 2015 @javabeans submitted her HEALER: Episode 20 (Final) recap. Currently that recap has over 11,100 comments!
One of the interesting things, beside the sheer number of comments, is that Javabeans herself led off with the first comment which I consider a classic. It should have an entry in “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations”:
“Healer is over! I need a drink.”
I mentioned to @growingbeautifully that it might be nice to commemorate this anniversary. So HEALER fans please share your memories or thoughts.
What a nice bit of serendipity to have Ji Chang-wook's image above.

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Here is what I posted on Jan. 23, 2019 in the comments for the HEALER Episode 20 (Final) recap:

Apologies for being tardy. Thank you HEALER for being my introduction to the world of kdramas. I came to HEALER sometime in 2016. What a terrific production and cast. As you can see I chose my DB name in homage. I recently completed my 71st kdrama.
Thank you Ji Chang-wook for your wonderful portrayal of Seo Jung-hoo/Park Bong-soo/Healer.

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Hi @marcusnyc20 Glad you're up with the 🎊 commemoration! 🎊 Mine is in another comment below. 😁

I add my thanks to JCW to yours... for being the dorkiest and yet the most swoon-worthy of errand boys. Oh, and thanks for that amazing hand-porn! 😂 Cheers! 🍻 🍻 🍻

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Healer is so fun to watch and it gave me my favorite actor JCW. I even bought a dvd set so that I don't have to live without it. I wish I'd live watched it with the Beanies, but I enjoyed every second of it anyway.

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I've watched Healer so much. When it came out it really caught my interest but some of the flashback scenes were hard to follow and understand. So I watched the episodes over and then as each week released I tended to watch the early episodes over. So something like 1-4, 1-2, 5-6, 3-4, 1-6, 7-8, 9-10, 3-4, etc. I think I've rewatched the early part of the show a couple times too. (Those early episodes with more stunt work and fighting really still blow me away.)

I even bought the soundtrack and had it mailed to me from South Korea! I wanted to buy the director's cut dvds but I didn't think they would be subbed and I really just didn't have the money for them, but then someone on Tumblr posted an unboxing and there was SO MUCH STUFF in the box and the 3 main actors autographed pretty much every scrap of paper in the kit it made me want to cry.

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which country are you in? I remember I shared my healer goodies with Rigby. who knows,...

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Sounds a bit like the way I watch shows. I did re-watch Healer beginning and choice episodes quite a bit. 😆

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Yeeeep! Me too! I remember being obsessed on getting a hold of that director’s cut boxset 😭😭 That was such a great time - loved every bit of Healer.

Maybe it’s about time I pull my boxset out of its shelf again and rewatch. 🍿

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Ji Chang-wook and Park Min-young in suits and dress was the most beautiful couple I've ever seen. And healer ajumma, parents' backstory -there were many things I loved in the drama.
Kudos to writer, PD and all the casts, again!

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The makeover for Young-shin and Bong-soo at the salon was one of my favorite scenes in the series.
Park Min-young, Yoo Ji-tae, Kim Mi-kyung are just three of the wonderful cast.

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I'd say I loved every part of Healer. I've watched it More than ten times from Ep 1 to 16 but I still can't get enough of it. But there's only one little thing that still makes me furious, and that is the death of his master. Weird right?

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Hi @martinjsimwaba.10 times. That is impressive.

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I just finished rewatching it for the 2nd time yesterday.

This is the perfect spot to ask, Healer called his master Sabu. Or what sounds like Sabu. I have tried every possible spelling in Korean that I can think of, using the google translator, and a Korean-English dictionary.

Does anyone know how to spell Sabu in Korean? Or what the word actually means?

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Oh. That is a tough question for me since its been awhile since I last last watched.
Let's throw it out to @martinjsimwaba,
@growingbeautifully, and @alessar.

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I don't remember but maybe he was saying "sifu" (or a Korean equivalent) which is what you typically call your martial arts master teacher. I've noticed some Korean words sound AWFULLY similar to certain Chinese or Japanese words (manga -> manwha) so I just assumed that they there were "loan words." Which this could be.

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I'm not much help either as I only read the English subtitles and have very little understanding of Korean. In my subs version, what sounds like 'Sabu' is translated as 'Teacher'. I think the same as @alessar ie, it's similar to what martial arts students call their master, because I guess, some of the parkour skills started from his being an 'apprentice' to Sabu. 😃

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I can't say much either, it did sound like Sabu.
So far every Kdrama I've watched, I've never heard that word. Maybe it was his made-up word for Teacher because that's how it is translated in the subs

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ahh, wonderful memories HEALER carved in our hearts. Anyway, I wish JCW will be shown in a video greeting here when he comes out of the army. that will be spectacular. Wonder who makes these shoots happen. Hugs to all HEALER forever fans.

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Hi @merry! We can check JiChangWooksKitchen to find out if he does a video greeting. They seem to have a finger on the pulse of everything JCW. He just sent out a letter to fans this week ... the last before he is discharged from the army. 😃

https://jichangwookkitchen.com/2019/02/05/news-lunar-new-year-wishes-from-ji-chang-wook/

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Thanks for the link. Lovely letter. I seems like he is in a good frame of mind.

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HEALER fans remember the actress Taemi who played Healer's assistant Dae-young. Iirc Dae-young had a bit of a crush on Healer but he treated her like a tom-boy younger sister.
It turns out that irl Taemi (Kim Kyung-suk) is a taekwando champ. She was also a member of K-Tigers (Korean Tigers Taekwondo Demonstration Team).
K-Tigers made a snazzy short spin-off of HEALER where Taemi picks up the mantle and becomes "Healer" 2. (If we are being picky maybe she should have been "Healer" 3. It highlights her physicality.
You can see it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbWscaXxvrI

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Thanks @marcusnyc20 I always did think that it was a pity Dae Young did not get a chance to shine more. She was so eager to be partners with Healer and be acknowledged. However she did play her part which was also important although fleeting. She was the only and best candidate to be Healer 2 and 3, etc.

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I would watch that! Taemi as Healer 2! I really wish that would happen.

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I enjoyed watching her in the movie THE KICK.
That reminds me, I saw her in My Sassy Girl though she didn't have enough on-screen time

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For Ji Chang Wook fans, I recommend the melodrama FIVE FINGERS. It's about brothers who are rival pianists. One brother is adopted, introduced into the family as the father's mistress' son, which totally spoils the other brother's (Ji Chang Wook's) world. The rivalry is intense. There's even a twist or two. It's the most exciting melodrama I've ever seen. The classical music soundtrack is the best I've ever heard. It also has the brothers portrayed as children (by outstanding Korean child actors). 30 episodes. Highly recommended if awesome melodramas are your guilty pleasure. :)

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Thanks @Five Fingers for the recommendations FIVE FINGERS. I was unfamiliar with this drama. It is available on Viki. I see that one of the leads is Ju Ji-hoon. I recently enjoyed his performance in KINGDOM and I am looking forward to his new drama ITEM.

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I don't watch many dramas this year, but I'm proud with my achievement in 2019 so far.
1st week, completed my first serious sageuk, Deep Rooted Tree
3rd week, completed my first ever zombies show, Kingdom
4th week, completed my first noona romance, Encounter
5th week, completed my first 50 episodes Kdrama/k-soap opera, Gloria
Next I'm planning to finish my first 100+ episodes daily drama, any suggestion beanies?

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Oh dear. I think I'd watch five 20s and call it even.

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😄😄

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I've tried a lot of daily dramas but the only ones I was able to get through were Don't Hesitate with Lee Sang Woo, Daring Women with Lee Too Ri and High as the Sky, Wide as the Earth with Han Hyo Joo.

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I'm going to check the last one, I like both Han Hyo Joo and Park Hae Jin. It's also has similar plot like Gloria with the male lead is born out of wedlock and keep resentment to his parents. It's from 2007, I hope there's a place somewhere on the internet that still have this drama.

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You can check the link I put on your fanwall they are the best when it comes to old Asian drama and movies.

At least for me anyway

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I watched a few long ones long ago. But the one I think of the most is sageuk Immortal Yi Soon-shin.

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It got good rating everywhere, from IMDb to Asian wiki. I will definitely check it.

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Don't think it was quite 100 eps, but Yoona's Street was really good. So was Heard it Through the Grapevine, and My Father is Strange. Let us know what you choose!

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Father is Strange is on my list. I've also heard good things about Grapevine, but then I found out it's not a happy ending, so, nope. I don't want to feel heartbreak after spending time for 50+ hours.
I will check yoona street. Thanks.

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Heard it through the Grapevine is only 30 hours.
The ending was good, just rewards were bestowed, there was much character growth. The beginning pregnancy and birth in the first 2 eps were so VERY good, so funny and serious at the same time as it outlined the characters and their roles.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show so much so that I purchased the DVD after streaming it twice.
I suggest giving it a try!

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You even bought it on 📀 wow!

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I've heard mix review about grapevine, some people hate it, some others love it. I'll give it a try, thanks.

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For a 100+ that is not a makjang, try the High Kick series. I liked the second one. High Kick Through the Roof. Except the last episode. Never happened in my timeline. For a makjang, try Great First Wives or Wang Family.

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Just read the synopsis, sounds interesting. I'll check it, thanks!

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Happy Friday everybody! I'm just dropping in to wish you a day filled with joy, whether big or small. Don't think, feel!

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🐥

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Thank you, sukkie dear. Always good to be reminded of that dear boy 🚣🏼‍♀️

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Sending you lots of love bbstl 💖💖

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Suk! I've been wanting to ask you - final thoughts on YGTB? It's been plot twist after plot twist after plot twist.

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Girl I don't even know where to begin. I'm mostly just feeling bittersweet emotions about Seunghun and Byounggon leaving, especially since YG decided to debut everybody in the top 13 anyways, but its probably for the best because YG has already screwed them over too much. I was initially a little against Jaehyuk and Junghwan debuting with much older or more experienced members in Treasure, but right when I was starting to accept it, the bomb was dropped that there was going to be a new lineup with Mashiho and Yoonbin (two of my top picks for Treasure). I still wasn't over that news when YG dropped MORE news that they were all debuting. At this point, I'm just trying to be happy that my bias is alive, well, and part of Treasure. Let's hope the plot twists stop here.

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Seriously. I'm guessing Gon and Hun's ages worked against them. The most I can say is that YG gave them a lot of exposure so hopefully they'll go on to sign elsewhere and debut. Frankly the YG dungeon is a terrible thing, and I was thinking it's better not to debut with YG anyway. As for Treasure - seems like this group will have lesser creative control and one of the units will be promoting heavily in Japan. Very EXO-like concept. I'm almost glad they're not with Treasure13 at this rate.

I think they stand a very good chance in p101, s4 but I couldn't bear to see them in another survival show. Someone please debut them as a a duo. 1 rapper × 1 vocalist. T_T

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Yeah, it seems like Treasure won't be writing or composing their own songs. Which is actually such a turnoff for me because the main reason I stan YG is for the creative control that the artists have over their music and concepts. Hun and Gon look happier now (at least on Instagram), and I'm also hoping they'll have a successful music career. They certainly have the training, talent, and charisma for it.

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Or rather, to repeat the exact quote, "Don't shink, peel!"

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I wish I could live up to that motto, but I live in Germany. Here you have to think, or your chefs will fire you for a mistake you didn't know you did, and because there was a weird clause in the contract, stating you have to compensate the company for your mistakes, they will take advantage of it and oblige you to either pay them that compensation money which is way more from what you used to earn, or go without being paid your last salary...
People are evil.
In this country, you have to think and try not to feel...
This is how I understand why the holocaust happened in this country... 😒

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Are you saying everyone is scrooge there?
You made an extreme example.

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Of course, not everybody. But... in 5 years I haven't seen or known much about kindness in this country, except for some Christian groups or people from the country side.

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Wow! Now you have reminded me of SOBIBOR

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"This is how I understand why the holocaust happened in this country" what can I say except Y I K ES...

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Happy Friday to you too, suk. Don't think, feel - haha, perfect sentiment going into the weekend! ♥

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Happy OT Everyone!!
And ... as mentioned last week 🎉 💐Happy 4th Anniversary Healer Episode 20 Recap (10/2/2015) on DB! 💐 🎉

There are several anniversaries we might celebrate for a show.
We can commemorate:
- the date show started or ended
-the date of our intrepid hero's or heroine's birthday
-and now thanks to the idea from @bong-soo, even the date of DB's last recap thread can be commemorated!! Yay!!! 🎊 🎉 🎊

Reasons for celebrating:
1) Javabeans herself was recapping and loving this show and she began with a comment that was so full of fun and feeling, 😋 🍹 🍷 🍶 if only it were well known, it should become iconic in kdrama viewing comment history!

@marcusnyc20 says "One of the interesting things, beside the sheer number of comments, is that Javabeans herself led off with the first comment which I consider a classic. It should have an entry in “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations”:

What was that comment? The first comment in the Ep 20 Recap thread. http://www.dramabeans.com/2015/02/healer-episode-20-final/#comment-1712680

2) The other reason ... that comment thread has now, 11,192 comments and most of them reflect our joy and satisfaction at show's end.

As part of our celebration, I thought it would be a chance for whoever watched the show to say here on the OT why they liked it or what was memorable to them about it or whether they felt the same as JB who began with a feeling first comment on her own recap.

Tagging for interest: @marcusnyc20 @seabreeze @blonote @cabbageleaf @heroonthebeach @astrojoy @mmmmm @pastmidnite @chandler @sicarius @giegie0384 @siesta @hyoria @cocomo @mzmeow @rigby2800 @meliyasha @korfan @crysta @noobita @sweetiepie54

So here's my little celebratory comment: Thanks JB and Healer for a once in a lifetime live viewing experience, which brought so many in this international community together, to squee and spazz to our hearts content, to the tune of 1000s of posts. And what a frisson of 😱 excitement, 😨 horror and 😌 relief we had together in that final episode twist.

Also kudos to a show for the ultimate in love triangle tropes … I've never yet come across another triangle as cute as where Park Bong Soo was jealous of his Healer self. 😂 😆 May the memory of this show continue to delight and warm our hearts! ❤ 💚 💛 💜

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Hi @growingbeautifully. Unfortunately I wasn't around when HEALER broadcast live. I can't think of a better first drama to enter into the kdrama world than HEALER. I watched it on Hulu. I have not watched an american series since. I jumped right into the crime genre and my next 5 dramas were HIDDEN IDENTITY, TEN, TEN 2, HEARTLESS CITY and CITY HUNTER.
The first kdrama I watched live was the somewhat maligned MASTER: GOD OF NOODLES in 2016 on Viki.
I am going off track here by going down memory lane but HEALER was my first kdrama so it will always have a special place.
A nice bit of coincidence is that JCW is scheduled to be discharged from the Army on April, 27, 2019 which will also be my birthday.

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I was on Dramabeans but I never thought of reading the comments. I just read recaps. Boy, did I miss a lot. I was so smitten with JCW and Healer.

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@tizzy @marcusnyc20
I think JCW is so cute and such a dork, but it was the Healer character that really was 'my type'... as the Kdrama characters say. So cool doing parkour, so efficient and resourceful and quick-thinking so that he gets himself into and out of security areas without having to even bring a disguise with him. (LOL when I remember how Ahjumma looked when he first saw her. I think that was her disguise as a bag lady!)

However when he was faced with Chae Young Shin's dad and Coffee Bay ahjusshi, he became so lame LOL!

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@growingbeautifully Healer was so romantic. I was so giddy just with JCW and PMY holding hand!

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That's such a nice coincidence @marcusnyc20, remind us to celebrate again on the OT before April 27th!!! 😁 This is so much fun, and such a pleasure to relax and hang out here. I've been cleaning up after a mouse!!! More about that later. Now it's time to just read and laze here for a while. 😆

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Happy Friday Beanies! I'm so happy it's Friday! 🎉🎊 Heading to my Moms for the weekend to finish off Encounter and start a new drama (either Clean With Passion or Beauty Inside).

Kingdom 9/10 Excellent. This was like watching a movie. I love the different take on the Zombies. I also love that it's not just about Zombies attacking but it's tied in political machinations. All the characters are great, both the heroes and baddies. My sisters and us kept shouting Moo-Young better not die. The mood, cinematography, writing and acting are all at movie levels. Excellent. My only issue is that now I have to wait forever for the 2nd season (why it's only 9/10). 🧟‍♀️

Hymn of Death 7/10 This was a tragic but beautiful drama. I loved the OST. Even though it was beautiful it felt like it was lacking something. But that might be due to the nature of the short format. 😢

Story of Ming Lang 7/10 This drama is a slower burn but it has pulled me in. The main leads weren't in the beginning very much and no romance between them so far (I'm on ep. 28), but around ep. 20 the drama started to center on them more and I am getting addicted. 😍

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I enjoyed Hum of Death for what it was - a tragic melo based on RL story. I'd give it a 7.5/10.

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I really felt so much over the Hymn of Death. I'm so glad that DB seems to be recapping or reviewing it soon, based on the 'Currently Recapping' list below.

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TGIF! Happy Lunar New Year! I didn't have a day off or anything but I enjoyed unexpected warm weather. btw How cute was Prof. Cha couple of SKY Castle in video clips going around? I tried to look up for Kim Byung-chul's interview, but it seems just about everyone from the show except him had an interview (and some translated ones are available in other sites. btw Is there anyone you'd like me to check into?)

The Crowned Clown -I was somewhat relieved to watch ep 9 because it seems they have clear idea about the rest of plot (Ha Sun pretending to be cray Lee Heon will work for me). And how was I impressed with Yeo Jin-goo's acting. He deserves an award and some (I think actors have to meet a right project to shine. meh "Reunited Worlds" for instance). I found one interview done in end of Dec. right before the drama started to air.
But first a little intro. According to Wiki[and namuwiki], Yeo Jin-goo(23) began his career as child actor, debuted in the film "Sad Movie" (2005) at the age of eight, playing Yeom Jung-ah(Sky Castle)'s son. Yeo went on to play the younger version of leading roles in many movies and TV dramas. In 2008, in Iljimae he played Iljimae(Lee Joon-gi)'s and in Tazza, Goni(Jang Huek)'s child version, and won the Best Child Actor award for both dramas at the SBS Drama Awards.

His big breakout project giving the fame and recognition was "Moon Embracing the Sun" (2012), where he played the crown prince Lee Hwon(Kim Soo-hyun)'s child version. This was followed by a melo Missing You. He won Best Young Actor at the 2012 MBC Drama Awards for both dramas. Even though he was teenager his unbelievable acting and charming voice and gaze earned himself quite a few nicknames including "Jin-goo oppa", "cheolkeong,cheolkeong"(heart drop). Unlike other child actors who appeal with cuteness like younger brother, Yeo Jin-goo became the epitome of oppa with jokes like "Jin-goo oppa is full name", "If you are handsome, you are oppa".

As side story he played Jang Heuk's child version 3 times(Dance of Dragon, Tazza, Deep rooted tree). For Deep rooted tree, it is said that the lead actor Jang Hyuk liked Yeo's JH younger version portrayal in Tazza, so he recommended Yeo for his child role in DRT, but Yeo grew up by then not to suit for the child role, so he made a brief appearance as teenage Ddol-bok. He also starred in the drama Giant(2012) as Lee Beom-soo's younger counterpart, which according to Yeo, it was the first time he fully immersed in the role and began taking acting seriously.

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In 2013, as finishing up his middle school, he played his first title character in action thriller film "Hwayi: A Monster Boy", for which he garnered praises and won a few Best New Actor honors in various award ceremonies including Blue Dragon Film Awards (2014). He is the youngest male actor(16 years old) to receive the Best New Actor award in the history of Blue Dragon Film Awards. As side story, Yeo gave out awards with Park Bo-young(Strongest Do Bong-soon) in the ceremony, and it made news with the scene during which Yeo received the Child Acting Award from Park Bo-young 6 years before when he was in elementary school. Park Bo-young used to mention she wanted to shoot a melo when Yeo becomes an adult since MoonSun days. On the same day Sin Se-kyung (The bride of Water god) stated that she wanted to do a melo film, and wanted to do with Yeo Jin-goo when he grows up, so Yoo Joon-sang(Liver or Die/Poong-sang) who was MCing mentioned many actresses were waiting for Yeo Jin-goo to grow up.(So Lee Se-young/queen so-woon is lucky girl!)

It is known that Yeo loves meat dish, likes sports like soccer and baseball, and likes to listen to music. According to his high school alumni, Yeo was an ordinary high school student like - did curse alot, spotted by the snack shop, who were absent/gone a lot. He entered the college majoring theatre in 2016. And first thing he did when he reached 20? Getting a driver's license.

2005 his debut time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gjvh2HNfEw

With kim yoo-jung (Clean with passion) in MoonSun(2012) etc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuJz6fKXM8k

onto interview...
Here is Q&A session.[BisEnter, 2018.12.28]
Q: What made you star in "The Crowned Clown"?
Yeo: I joined in the project because I was impressed with the interesting and tight story which was different from the original, and I thought I could show my new image by playing a double role of two different characters.
Q: What is distinctive point acting-wise from the original "GwangHae"(Masquerade)?
Yeo: The setup of the character has clear distinction from the original. I wonder if I show the scripts as they are, the viewers would also be enchanted by the drama.

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...Q: You played GwangHae in 2017 film "Warriors of the Dawn"(Proxy Soldiers; historical film set during the 1592 Seven year war with Japan). Do you feel any connection/fate with GwangHae character?
Yeo: Actually I can't think of any reason other than "Fate". I think it was easy to immerse in this character because I played GwangHae in the film. But even though in this drama the motive for Lee Heon character was GwangHae, I think the viewers can enjoy the drama more if they view him as imaginary, made-up figure.

Q: How do you feel about your first double role?
Yeo: They say the opportunity to play 2-in-1 characters in actor's life is rare, so I am very happy to play these two charming characters. I am trying hard even though I am lacking a lot.
Q: What kind of people Ha Sun and Lee Heon are?
Yeo: Ha Sun is a clown who only knows how to play and didn't have education, and can't dare to hurt anyone. He is a charming person with warm gaze watching the world in his unique way. Contrast to him, Lee Heon is a person who is losing the light of life feeling heavy pressure in king's seat, suffering victim mentality that someone would kill him all the time, even though other people expected him would make a great king. He is sad but fearful person who can cut down anyone doubtful/distrustful.

Q: What efforts did you make to portray two characters.
Yeo: I practiced hard for the clown peformance of Ha Sun which showed in the teaser from one month prior filming started. Thanks to that practice, I could film many scenes. To play Lee Heon, I practiced how to frown. Because I had to have wrinkle between the eyebrows. I went around like that so that it became like my habit, and people asked me "Is something wrong?"
Q: What are the charms of Ha Sun and Lee Heon?
Yeo: While Ha Sun is warm person not to be able to give anyone even a scratch, Lee Heon is a person who runs wild with his power, taking other people's lives at his desire. They are polar opposite characters- Twins with same looks but 180degree opposite behavior. I will try to induce contrasting charms.

Q: Which character you feel more affection for?
Yeo: Both are precious characters, but if I have to pick, I was more greedy in acting and felt difficult for Lee Heon because he was very unfamiliar and demanding character. I guess hate-affection grew on me.
Q: You have one face but two romance.
Yeo: Their love are very different. I am doing two opposing romance with my one look, and I am also curious how I can express it and how it will be expressed.

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...Q: How is chemistry with Lee Se-young who plays queen So-woon.
Yeo: She is very kind and considerate of me on the set, so I liked it very much from the first day we filmed together.
Q: The comical chemistry with Kim Sang-kyung(Minister Lee) and Jang Kwang(Eunuch Jo) made buzz. How is working with them?
Yeo: Sunbae-nims are very cheerful and lead the atmosphere well. Not just that, there are so many things I feel grateful. I am filming hard, but having fun following sunbae-nims.

Q: If you have to pick unique charm in this drama?
Yeo: It has different and new story from the original which was very much loved. Even though it is different, it still has amazing gripping force. I hope viewers to show much interests and love.
Q: What is the watching point?
Yeo: Whenever I arrive on the set, I find the scenery is striking and because of that cinematography comes out so cool and beautiful. Everyone works hard to carry the stunning beauty into the screen. And I am sure viewers can expect much because all staffs work their hardest to create mise-en-scène unique to the Saguek.

Did you watch special episode on 5th -how cute was it Yeo Jin-gu did hiccup Before queen/Lee Se-young kissed (when preparing for library kiss scene), making everyone laugh.

Guerilla Date, 2015 (Oppa is here! lol so funny)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=922R5yWwPv4

btw do you remember the BS Company CEO's short interview post last time? Yoo Seong-ho(Revenge returns) just signed up with them. Where is Seo In-guk's next project?

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Oh! Thanks for this. I've always thought YJG was such a talented actor, and I watched that one scene of Sad Movie where he's in the hospital early, and he blew me away. Jackpot was where I first saw him though, and he stole that show. I watched the first half of the first episode of Crowned Clown, but it's too heavy for me right now. I hope to see it soon though!

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Thank you so much @fanwho!

This is like a trip down memory lane.
I don't think anyone in Korea is surprised with Jin-goo's acting chops. He was always good since his debut.

Part of why I love sageuks is discovering talented actors from the very young to the veterans.
I'm cheering on Heo Jung-eun, Jung Ji-hoon etc. I'm sure we'll be raving about them in the future.

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Thanks, fan, this was worth the longer read. You are such an asset to beanies with such detailed interview translations of some of our favorite Korean celebs. Thanks for the effort! ♥

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Thanks so much, @fanwho! Not just for your lengthy translation, but for the great clips your assembled for a retrospective. ;-)

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Now that DB has the review on "Kingdom", I thought to check into some interviews. I watched the show with expectations as fan of "Signal" but I guess my expectation was a bit too high. Yet some parts were exciting as I watched feeling edgy.

First, the writer Kim Eun-hee(47) had a short interview.[StarNews, 2019.01.28]
There was the movie "Rampant" which was released in October last year starring Hyun Bin and Jang Dong-gun. It was action film telling a story of prince Lee Chung (Hyun Bin) who fights against "Night Demons" to save the Joseon nation. With the monsters plaguing the country and the minister of military Kim Ja-joon (Jang Dong-gun) plotting to overthrow the nation, prince Lee Chung fights them with some help from people who understands the danger. Asked how Kingdom was different from Rampant, Kim responded "characters' emotions".

"I wanted to do Kingdom since 2011. I had been a fan of zombie films for a long time. When I heard they were planning to have "Rampant", I thought "People think alike". I think Rampant is the film focused on the action. For Kingdom, I tried to emphasize more on characters' sentiments. I wanted to talk about the hunger. For example, if a family with 8 members fight for a small fish, they have to act really quick to be able to eat. I thought it would be nice if this kind of situation could be expressed with sadness. My neighbors- these people turned to zombie not because they committed any misdeed, but because they were hungry, were struck with epidemic- I wanted to express such sentiment on a bigger scale."

Kim started to write Kingdom after Signal was finished. She said there was no meddling from Netflix maybe because they couldn't speak Korean(joke?). "Actually Netflix asked "What happens next?" So I asked "Is it ok because Korea is a country with different culture?" But they said not to worry and work freely. So I had my wish come true." Kim continued. "Audiences are already familiar with the theme like cutting the neck off a creature. But I thought it might be difficult to air in main stations. I asked Netflix if those extreme scenes were ok and they said they are more than welcome."

Interested parties in Netflix boasted "Kingdom is the content we decided looking at the possibility of seasonal show." It is known each episode costed close to 2M. After the first broadcast netizens' interests and praises poured in. The show has many cruel and gruesome scenes to show how far people could go being cruel. Writer Kim got the inspiration in a phrase of The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty- "Tens of thousands of people died from unknown mysterious disease." She thought about the plot that starving people transform into monsters due to the plague, so hunger is behind the epidemic disease in the ragged and miserable period in Joseon Dynasty. The powerful running the show, repressing people were also suffered from another kind of hunger. "Ultimately I wanted to talk about...

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...hunger. I wanted to portray the people who lived miserable Joseon Dynasty with image of monsters."

Writer Kim also praised the actor Kim Sung-kyu. "I wanted Young-sin character to be a person with strength, even though he is victim of absurdity of the Establishment(people who have). Actor acted really well." Kim Sung-kyu played Young-shin who was another survivor along with Seo-bi(Bae Doo-na) from Jiyeonheon clinic, and a person who had secrets. He, with excellent fighting skills and will power, chases after the secrets of the epidemic along with the prince Lee Chang, but no one knows who he is. "You could say epidemic started because of Young-sin. His motivation is guilt. He is the character who works to overcome his past. In Season 2, Young-shin's back story will be revealed. When I wrote, I thought he was the coolest character. I feel proud because the actor acted so well."
It is also known that writer Kim Eun-sook picked Ryu Seung-ryong(Minister cho) and Joo Ji-hoon(Crown prince) as the actors she wanted to cast and insisted on them.

The director Kim Sung-hoon(48) also had the interview on 28th. [OSEN]
Director Kim debuted with 2003 film "Oh Happy Day" as an assistant director. With his 2016 film "Tunnel" which had 7100k movie goers he received praise for his directing skill. After having worked on films for over 15 years, he challenged the drama with Kingdom for the first time.

Director Kim talked about his first impression on Joo Ji-hoon(Crown prince in the show), "I was close with Ha Jung-woo ssi and when I went to the set of "Along with the Gods" to cheer him on, I met Joo Ji-hoon ssi. He had charisma like his tall height, and gave feeling like wanting to be hugged when I was beside him. He was cool. He was an actor needed for our project, and as time passes, he became indispensable on the set. He is very cheerful and has outstanding sense of humor. He is so playful that I feel even his toe is entertaining. If you watch Ha Jung-woo, Joo Ji-hoon - those people's talking, you have so much fun. Thanks to that, people around them are always cheery. I wonder such factor became huge strength to endure difficult set atmosphere in this drama. He is best friend as well as best co-worker."

About Ryu Seung-ryong who Kim worked with for the first time, Kim said "Sunbaenim has overwhelming weight feel, and it shows even he appears for a short time. That can't be made easily- it is like something accumulated from all stage experiences. He expressed Jo Hak-joo character really well."
Kim worked with Bae Doo-na for the second time after "Tunnel". "Her attitude as an actress is world's no 1. J-Director Hirokazu Kore-eda who worked on "Air doll" together said that people from 3 year old to 80 years old love Bae Doo-na, but the person who liked her the most was him. But after I read the interview, I said I liked her better. She is an actress who deserves to be respected to that extent. She is a person...

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...who has strong professional value as an actress. Maybe that is why directors of various cultures cast Doo-na ssi." Kim added "As filming "Tunnel" I became dependent on Doo-na ssi. This time everything was unfamiliar- drama medium, Saguek, Zombie and all, but as I had trustful friend, I felt very assured."

Kim also mentioned about viewers' response. "We started to work with Netflix 2 years 6 months ago. Writer Kim Eun-hee was stressed with ratings, and I was pressured with number of audiences. I used to go around doing stage greetings when a movie opens, which felt like punching a card keeping an eye on the numbers. Netflix said no burden in that area, but I actually felt frustrated because there was no ratings or number of audiences I could check for the responses. So I read comments and blog reviews, and did goggling." He added "As reading 120 comments, I thought "Why am I reading this now?". When I read good comments, I feel happy and when I read criticizing or harsh words, I feel hurt. And as I read the comments, I've pondered about how I should do Kingdom 2. In one word, I am going through alternation of joy and grief, laughter and tears."

Kim continued, "I was told overseas mediums or viewers' responses were good. They(Netflix) never revealed the numbers but gave out good signal. It looks that it has been optimistic so far. And I heard my nephews who live in US said "Korea was this pretty?". After they moved to US when they were young, they only knew about 63 building or other concrete buildings, and it seems that they were stunned watching the Joseon period setup."

Asked "What was the response you felt happy the most?" Kim said "It is fun", "Kzombie" etc. "I see such expression even when I search with google translator on overseas sites. Also the comments "I am proud", "Reinterpretation about zombie" by Korean people were also impressive. I have worked with difficulty after falling into writer KIm Eun-hee's temptation for last 2 years, but it is worthwhile."

First season ended inducing curiosity and expectation for the second season. "I agonized over how much we had to give hint in the first season. I thought that way there will be expectations on season 2. I think it ended on appropriate point. Since we were able to bring up a conversational topic, I think we did good as people who made it. I have expectations and mixed feeling as I have to start filming Season 2 soon (Feb. 11th). We plan to finish filming before July.

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Here is more recent interview with the director Kim.[StarNews, 2019.02.06]
Q: After Kingdom was released, there have been various reactions.
Kim: I felt flustering and fear before its release. It is same with any film- when I send out something I am always curious how audience would accept it. Since if you have expectations, you have fear too, my feeling has been constant flip-flop between joy and depression. After release I checked all responses even though I pretended not checking them. I am trying to see only good ones if possible.

Q: You did a drama for the first time. How was it?
Kim: It was not too different from filming a movie. Tangibly a movie takes 2.5 hours when a drama takes longer. I thought about how I could balance that area. Film breath and drama breath is different- since there is difference between watching focused for 2 hours and watching continuously in an open space, I had to control the density and breath well. Writer Kim Eun-hee who was used to such drama breath did all basic things so I worked just feeling the difference rather than being anxious.
Q: After watching to ep 6, I thought now the story starts. I understand you are preparing for season 2. How far the story will stretch out?
Kim: It will be just assumption if I talk now. But my greed is doing until Season 10. I think the story can cover to such length. At least until ep 3 or 4, I think we can make evolved characters and relationships.

Q: There are many zombie films. What is unique with Kingdom zombie?
Kim: I find people call our zombie as Kzombie. There was distinction like a zombie bending the bone in the movie "Train to Busan", but our zombie runs like crazy. I wanted to give surprise and other kind of thrill with such running speed. I wanted to produce fear through the image of them come running at lightning speed when you thought safe seeing zombies in far distance. I think we achieved it to a certain degree. Rather than shocking surprise, I tried to give suspense inducing tension.

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...Q: It must've been not easy to shoot a scene which show many zombies together.
Kim: I thought about maintaining the probability of creatures we made. We set the zombie's rule as creature just like as people. We tried to process the big story after deciding on the time how long it takes to become a zombie depending on each position beaten, and on the feature that they can't use hands once brain is wrecked, and face color changes to ashy color because liver is damaged. Of course there were parts disappointing. In the scene in which 200 zombies running, not all 200 people can run at their hardest. In my standard, I saw some people who couldn't run because of their physical conditions, or people who couldn't maintain the zombie posture. But they must have had really hard time so I am grateful for the outcome they produced.

Q: How was working with Netflix?
Kim: When I first started, I didn't know what it was well. There were not many Koreans who watched Netflix that time. Yet I had a desire to experience a new medium. As working on Kingdom, looking at them who watched us trusting, I felt all were worthwhile and our hard work was paid off. I told colleague film directors that I want to work with them without a question if Netflix makes an offer. I think Netflix is not something we have to guard against and feel foreign, but the playground and work place where size can be expanded by working together. There are more people from other cultures not just Korea. It was fun to experience their ideas and systems.

Q: The show ended hinting the next season. And you are about to start filming. How Season 2 will be proceeded?
Kim: 99% of actors will re-appear. I think actors will keep working together if season continues.

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fan, could recommend some publication about daily court life? I got curious watching "Kingdom" how organized it was, and wondered how come it be.

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@fanwho fan,

Thanks for translating this assortment of interviews with writer Kim Eun-hee and director Kim Sung-hoon. They give such lovely insight into the thought and care that went into KINGDOM's story line and realization as a movie-drama hybrid. I was intrigued to read Writer-nim's take on the fundamental difference between her work and RAMPANT, which I have not yet seen. Her use of hunger as a major theme, along with her comments on Kzombies and their unique qualities, are also noteworthy. I'm not a fan of zombie movies, but the way the undead were depicted in TRAIN TO BUSAN totally won me over, and it wasn't just because of Gong Yoo's character. I want to see how Kzombiness unfolds in KINGDOM, as there is a parallel with the man-made disaster in TRAIN.

I appreciated Director-nim's comments on "film breath" and "drama breath," his comments on working with Netflix, international viewers' response, and his touching enthusiasm and affection for Ju Ji-hoon and Bae Doo-na.

Without your translations, I would never have gotten these informative peeks into KINGDOM. I've enjoyed the show so far, and am looking forward to next season. It's akin to waiting for each successive installment of STAR WARS back in the day.

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One of casting news in DB was L, also known as Kim Myung-soo who will star in new KBS drama "Dan, Only Love". I remember how he was impressive in the drama "Ms Hammurabi". Kim Myung-soo (27) had an interview last month after receiving the Best Icon award in AAA(Asia Artist Awards) in acting area for his role in Ms. Hammurabi. Kim is a member of the boy group Infinite where he made his debut with the name "L" as vocalist(and visual, His team members said "thigh") in 2010. He did various dramas since 2011 including tvN's "Shut Up Flower Boy Band".

[namuwiki] He was the case of "street casting". They say the CEO Lee Jeoung-yeop only accepted him impressed with his persistence "Is there a kid like him these days?" (but in official interview, Lee said seeing L tearing up talking about his parents made him change his mind to take him).

Kim said he had timid personality and he was known to be nice and shy. When asked which past he wanted to go back - the time he was happy, or the time he was having hardships, Kim chose to go back to the time he had difficulties so that he could make different choices. His personality might have contributed not having much dating experience. He said he would choose friendship over love. He has trouble with his monstrous curly hair, so he carries hair styler everywhere. And maybe because of that his ideal type includes a woman with long hair with nice perm. Even though he was known to be shy, when Kim is with people who are close with, he talks a lot. He himself commented that he wanted to talk but kept silent because of his image per instruction from the company. Thankfully as he gained seniority, he was able to talk more openly. (Still not considered as the talker in his group because other members are pretty talkative. heh)

Kim seems good at enduring/handling difficult situations. There was an incident when the team came back from an overseas performance, they found hundreds of ants in the room which made all members jumped from fear, but Kim cleaned up the mess in no time. Also he is known for having obsession. For instance, he liked shirts with check pattern so much so that he used to hang 10 of same shirts with just different color. Kim was able to get over his obsession only when the president torn up a shirt and prohibited him from buying more of them (but it moved to black fashion, heh). In another instance, during his trainee period, he only ate Kimchee Jjigye in one restaurant for one year. It is same with his habit of folding paper crane regardless of time and place. Kim can't eat raw seafood as well as Chinese food. He said he once had really bad indigestion, and couldn't eat them since. (I remember he impressed viewers by eating Jjajangmyun a few times in Ms. Hammurabi which he said later he threw up after filming the scene.)

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...Kim was chosen by his team members as the person who does the least work-out. He mentioned he was the type gaining muscles even without doing much work-out (lucky?). He can play guitar well which he practiced since his debut. He also tried to fix his voice tone ever since his debut. But as he continued acting, his voice tone became thick, which was shown in King of Masked Singer. He loves reading cartoon (which he mentioned in Ms.Hammurabi interview). He likes photography and published a photo essay book in 2013.

Onto the interview. [OSEN, 2019.01.16] Since he debuted in 2010, L/Kim's done acting along with his boy group singing activity. He received popularity award for the 2017 drama "The Emperor: Owner of the Mask" and last year he received Best icon award (for acting) in AAA.
Q: Anything you missed to mention during your speech in the award ceremony?
L: There is somthing I want to mention. When I received the award by myself last time, I didn't say the names of my team members. I had a fan meeting that year, and members and fans teased me a lot about that matter. I didn't think it was such big deal. Anyway I thought I had to mention team members and fans in "AAA" and I did. But there was no feedback. If I didn't mention, they would've contacted me, but when I actually mentioned, no one contacted me. So disappointed.

Q: How was the "AAA" ceremony?
L: As you know it is first of its kind where the ceremony has both actors and singers. I liked I belonged to such integrated ceremony. And I felt uplifting because I attended as an actor. Usually in such ceremony I was the one on the stage performing what our team prepared, but as I watched my hoobae's stage, I became emotional. I felt like I had to be on the stage, and thought "They must have had hard time preparing it." It just felt odd.

Q: Since you didn't perform on the stage, you must've felt less burden.
L: Burden was less. Then again I am not the type who gets nervous on the stage. Because Infinite practice a lot. I used to practice 15 hours a day except sleeping time. When I watch hoobae's stage I used to think "Oh, that must have taken "such number of" hours at least." Jun-ho hyung (Just between Lovers) of 2PM sat beside me and since he was in the same position as me (both idol actors) we could relate to each other and talked a lot on various subjects.

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...Q: You received the award for the drama "Ms. Hammurabi" Can you grade your acting?
L: I can't say because I am still in the stage making progress. To be honest, I feel disappointed in every project I do. I think I remember more on things I didn't do well than the things I did well. I also tend to read comments a lot. Even though there are outrageous remarks, there are many comments which are helpful to me. Consulting comments of objective evaluation helps a lot for my acting. Because there are many things I have to improve, I am not qualified to grade myself. I have to make more efforts.

Q: Unlike cold and gruff image you showed in the broadcast, you talks very well.
L: People seem to think that way. When we do team activity, we all have roles to play, and there are people who answer besides me when a question is thrown to us. Now I have to do it 100% myself. And I can only say now, but it was also because there was the image my company decided for me. Now I gained seniority to certain degree, and have new career as "actor", there are things I have to explain myself- like about characters I have played, projects I have done. It's because people can only understand with my explanation.

Q: What was the image decided for you when you debuted?
L: I think I wanted to be a cold, tacit, and haughty character. I understood what it was and I acted like that, but eventually my original personality got revealed through variety and stuff- which was only natural. I hear Chadonam/"Cool city man" a lot now.

Q: You played the judge "Im Ba-reun" in the drama. What kind of project was it to you?
L: It was legal genre drama and I think I gained some personality of the character in the project. On the outside of the project, I learned a lot by meeting sunbae-nims. I learned ad-libbing from Sung Dong-il sunbae-nim, and I learned how to act comfortably by becoming close with Ryu Duk-hwan hyung. And I learned a lot acting with Go Ah-ra noona too. Oh, I imitated sunbae-nim well. Sung Dong-il sunbae-nim tended to do great deal of ad-lib, and I became used to it and predicted somewhat later on. So there were times I took his ad-lib back, which made sunbae-nim flustered. It was really fun.

Q: How was acting chemistry with Sung Dong-il and Go Ah-ra ssi?
L: We had good team work. Sung Dong-il and Go Ah-ra sunbae already had great chemi doing "Reply 1994". First we did lots of rehearsals. And did a lot of reading. For court scenes, there were overwhelming amounts of lines which we had to coordinate. I think we showed good team work on the set because we knew each other's characters and knew how to act.

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...Q: You appeared in KBS 2's variety "Secret and great private life of animal"? You went to Tahiti and saw humpback whale. What was the reason you joined the show?
L: First I wondered if I could ever see humpback whale in my life. I went as the photographer, and was told there were not many people who took the pictures of the whale. I went there also thinking "How nice it would be if the picture I take can make material". Also I thought the show had good intent- "We make documentary for the protection of the environment". I worried if I could take good pictures, but fortunately it seemed to come out well. Of course I had good helpers and team work among casts were good too.

Q: You seem to have extra ordinary interests on photography.
L: I like camera a lot. I bought the camera with the first contract deposit I received. One thing I love doing this line of work, I get to meet many excellent photographers when I do shoots for album jacket or profile. I learn a lot from them. And rather than going to a school, I want to have a dark room. I'd like to print from negative myself. It is my dream related to photography.

Q: You had a fan meeting end of last year, how did you prepare?
L: Because of Sungkyu's army duty, five people gave performance. There were many parts we had to change, and we really prepared relentlessly. We were used to our basic choreography, but this time we had to sing with new choreography, which was very difficult. And singing part was increased for me too. Especially high notes. Because my tone was not high I didn't take high note parts before. I had huge burden of "I have to do well". And I had the award ceremony to attend one day before the concert. Yet I enjoyed because it was official occasion we met with fans as the group.

Q: What Infinite means to L?
L: I am just comfortable with them because I've known members since I was young. I think I will keep meeting them on good terms, respecting whatever choice they make.
Q: You are 27. Do you have a plan for the army duty?
L: I should go when time comes. There is nothing decided, because there are too many things I have to do now, and in a way this is very crucial time for me.
Q: Is it because this is the time you expand your career as an actor and strengthen your position?
L: People usually know when they hear singer 'L', but actor Kim Myung-soo is not a big name like 'L'. So I think it is important to build up my position as an actor.

Q: I heard you already started working on a new project. You were cast as the lead in KBS "Don, only love".
L: I want to show various images. Two years ago I did Sageuk, and I did legal genre last year. This time I get to do a romcom. Since there could be bias against "Actor who is singer" I'd like to show I can do even better. I'd like to demonstrate an actor Kim Myung-soo can do this genre too.

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Q: It has been already 9 years since you debuted. What do you think you will be doing 10 years later?
L: I think I will be doing both singer and actor activities. I think life is even more fun because it is a series of learning. Could I say it is like a ladder to help me to step up. I think I would keep improving not to disappoint the people who like me. So I think 2019 will also be filled with learning experiences. I think I'd meet many nice people and learn from them.

king of masked singer, 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNDFoY323Ss

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Kim Myung-soo fighting! (I wish he had different name as this name reminds me of another actor) Well, I thought he was extremely pretty in Ms.Hammurabi (Ryu Duk-hwan confirmed it) and he did good, but Jun-ho totally deserves this award too.

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@fanwho fan,

Thanks for yet another dandy translation, along with your comments on L / Kim Myung-soo. I thought he did well in RULER: MASTER OF THE MASK with what he had to work with. In MS. HAMMURABI, he gave a nicely nuanced performance. Later I watched SHUT UP FLOWER BOY BAND and CUNNING SINGLE LADY, and could see that he's been progressing as an actor. I'm intrigued to see how he'll portray an impish angel in DAN, ONLY LOVE. It conjures memories of John Travolta's epic turn as the smoking, drinking archangel who gets down with his bad self -- and who smote a bank -- in MICHAEL. Key quote: "I'm not that kind of angel." I'm hoping that Dan isn't "that kind" of goody-two shoes angel with a halo, either. Here's to L having a blast playing a more happy-go-lucky character this time around. ;-)

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Inspired by beanies comments I give a watch to The Story of Yanxi Palace, and I had to fight the urge to binge watch! It's so beautiful and so many female characters, I'm not into C-dramas, because they are so long, but here I don't mind.

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China knows how to make historical (but as I said story is somewhat similar) imho. I enjoy them but I can only watch one at a time because it is so long.

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I know what you mean, I'm not sure if I will be able to commit for full run, but I got invested in characters from the get go, and the fact it so female oriented, if only it was shorter.
I read some articles that Yanxi Palace makers really committed themself to accuracy in production details, and for costumes and accessories they hired people who specialize in restoration of artwork in The Palace Museum, 90% of 60 mil budget went on set, costumes and accessories made specially for this drama from the scratch.

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I'm not into C-dramas, because they are so long, but here I don't mind.

Good C-dramas are a slippery, addictive slope. Once you actually finish your first 60+-episode series, a "short" 30-ep C-drama looks like a piece a cake.

I have to limit my live C-dramas to 2-3/year. The daily deluge can be exhausting.

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My currently/live watching list has dropped to one--The Story of Ming Lan, because of the daily episodes (sometimes up to three), but what an awesome show! It'll be the longest drama I've ever watched. Every episode makes the journey worth it.

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I look forward to watching The Story of Ming Lan. It's on my summer break list.

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It'll be a great experience @tsutsuloo. It's a remarkable production. I'm already looking forward to rewatching it, but I'm pacing myself by sticking to the dailies for now.

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MING LAN is my drug. I'm addicted and I don't want it to end.
I haven't loved one since NIRVANA in FIRE.

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I started it last week and thank goodness it's Chinese New Year break around here, because I'm watching the whole thing, almost catching up, and loving it! I can't get enough of the main couple together, and to be honest, i can't get enough of the male lead either... He's so manly and amazing, with his humor and faults an all!

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It's amaing, isn't it? The other long chinese drama that I watched was Ten Miles... And then I watched the shorter one A love so beautiful... Other chinese dramas I started but dropped for one reason or another!

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So my parents watch kdramas occasionally. In the beginning, I basically forced them to watch a few with me. Lol but it seems to have worked as they asked me to find them the Original Good Doctor (they're watching the American adaption rn as well) Maybe 5 minutes in and my dad says he already likes this one more.. the cinematography he says. Lol

Anyway I watched a few with them and guys! I didn't remember Yoon Park, Kim Young Kwan, Wang Ji Won, or Jin Kyung in it. But then I did just barely get into dramas the year before it came out, 2012, so I was breezing through them like crazy. And 2013 was a great year for dramas. <3

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!

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Last year I was living with my parents, and I made my mom watch Stranger with me! Of course we were both addicted to the show! I'm far away now, but I'm trying to make her watch Mr. Sunshine on netflx now.. I think she would like that... But I did create a (free) account on Viki for her :)

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OT Week 104: Another late post from yours truly! AGHH! Work and life have just been killing me lately. Not enough time to spend with the people I love, let alone doing things that I love. I have been keeping up with @hotcocoagirl 's writing challenge, though, so I’m glad for that. We’ve had a crazy week this week. Mother nature has thrown everything at us, including a tornado that came pretty close to our house. I love my friends who texted me at midnight, asking me if everything was okay—everything was. Then my son got sick and thank God my father was able to get him from school. We ran all the tests we could yesterday, and nothing serious, not even the flu. When that boy gets sick, though, it’s like time stops for me because he always looks like death. Good thing he hardly ever gets sick. Also good thing that four people cancelled because of the weather so I could get him situated.

Drama-wise, My Ahjusshi is all I have had time and energy for. I’m in the middle of episode 13, where his brother just found out from his wife that she cheated on Dong Hoon. It’s certainly dramatic. Ki Hoon has a temper I would never want to see firsthand. I’d love to start Romance is a Bonus Book from all the rave reviews it’s getting and I need a rom-com. Also, on my radar, Reach of Sincerity.

Did you all see the news that Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum may be in a movie? TOGETHER? Thank you @cherry for tagging me. I’m still having palpitations over it. Will someone over there (Korea) also think of putting Yoo Jin Goo in it somehow??? It’s a story about cloning. I. Would. Just. Die. Of happiness, of course.

Conversation:
Daughter: J had a picture of a kpop group on her laptop today.
Me: Really!?! Who was it?
Daughter: Well, it wasn’t Day6 or Highlight.
Me: Does J like kpop?
Daughter: I don’t know. But when my best friend saw it, she asked me if it was Day6.
Me: You told her about Day6?
Daughter: Oh, yeah, I showed her the “Shoot Me” video a couple weeks ago. She asked me how I could tell.
Me: Because all of them do look similar.
Daughter: I don’t know how I can tell, I just can. And Day6 has 5 guys, and there were 8 in the picture. But Park Bo-gum and another guy did look alike to me. I can’t remember the other guy’s name though. It took me forever to figure that out.
Me: *Beaming proudly*
Moral of the Story: My mini-me is learning the ways…
2nd Moral: OMGOMGOMG! Gong Yoo and Park Bo-gum!
3rd Moral: Have a great week everyone!

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Oh Ally, I didn't know you had a tornado! 😑
But glad you guys are ok.
My Ajusshi! I will keep up this weekend.

Changing subject, one of this days, tell me what do you think about a juice cleanse?? I have done it and want to do it again before I travel. Three to five days only drinking juice (obviously made at home)...

Well, let's keep in touch

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I emailed you/twitter messaged you!

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Dang now I wanna know what the group was. 8 members? Hmmm ATEEZ? Pentagon now that EDawn left? EXO without Lay?

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Your guess is as good as mine. I’m going to ask that girl next week when I have lunch with my daughter!

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You talk about kpop and kstuff with your daughter! That's the dream :)

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Please let us know when and if you find out- I'm so curious haha

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Pentagon had 10 members ("Tentastic!") and has 9 members now that E'Dawn left.

I am rooting for the picture to be ATEEZ. They are amazingly popular for a rookie group.

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