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Open Thread #597

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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Chugakusei Nikki vs. Hajimete

What you all viewrs think?

Anyone heard OST of Chuga Kusei Nikki?

Its quite good.

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Yes, beautiful Ost from Chugakusei. Don't know Hajimete so can't compare yet.

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I got Chuga Kusei Nikki OST from nyaa
Main theme has different styles and instruments and loved it. Someone said on Mydramalist that it has 2nd volume of Itunes too

Hajimete Koi wo Shita Hi ni Yomu Hanashi aka Hajikoi aka A Story to Read When You First Fall in Love

The best romance of 2019 so far. i have tagged people who have watched both so we can expect some detailed VS.

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I really liked Hajimete, but Chukagu Sei Nikki was in a whole other (strato)sphere.
Though the stories appear similar on the surface, Chugaku was a deeper story, with layers of meaning. The direction and cinematography were stellar as well.

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@beantown @bernadett @lixie @coolgirl @akikoz @kurama @minitwin @gledis-sotiri @mikgoo @rdturbo @spispispi

Here were are talking about
story progression
Character growth -
Outcome we the audience get
Relationships development and management

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as for ost of Hajikoi, Back Number's 'Happy Birthday' is great. The lyric is so spot on how a guy feels for his one sided love. Unfortunately, there is only one MV( the short version) to listen to.
I really liked Hajikoi but not Chugakusei nikki. I lost interest in Chugakusei Nikki half way. The boy in the Chugakusei Nikki is truly a newbie so I found his acting a bit lacking. But Yokohama Ryusei of Hajikoi did a remarkable job for portraying Yuriyuri. His eyes can express his feeling!

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oh my another drama to watch. I didn't like Chugakusei nikki much, so I guess I should watch Hajikoi. -checking on my vacation days in the corner.

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I found them pretty different. Both were teacher - student relationship. But in Chugakusei Nikki, it was really their love story the main point, how to handle this kinds of feelings, the reaction of the people around, etc. In Hajimete, it was more about the heroine how she can find satisfaction in her life, in her job. They kind of skirted the issue about age. Personally, I prefered the cousin as male lead that the student.

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I havent watch Chugakusei but I love Hajikoi... I’m not a fan teacher-student relationship.. but Hajikoi really works well for me.. the romance is not really the highlight but surprisingly it hooks me..

Most recommended drama!! This is the best drama so far in 2019!

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It appears that both KILL IT and CONFESSION will be limited to Episode 1 recaps. I am enjoying watching the comment count for both recaps. A HORSE RACE: Jang KI-yong and Junho going head-to-head against each other. A check a minute ago shows Junho slightly ahead.
(In reality a lot of us are watching/commenting on both dramas.)
I am enjoying both dramas.

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Kill It

Rich Man's ___________

Poor Man's _____________

From the poster post itself i said it giving those romantic vibes. You get this feeling Even when you take off your Kdrama world spectacles.

Jun Ho is beautiful and all but violence is big -ve factor.

I'm waiting for the comments on Female characters of both shows.

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What I love about it is that both lead actors seems to be pretty underrated at least compared to their peers and became leading men later than their hot compatriots (NJH and Taec - also love both too tho) and have great acting chops. I'm kind of sad that their dramas are airing around the same time.

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I agree they both are acting really well. I have to pay more attention watching Confession but 'm enjoying both.

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Where are you streaming Kill It?

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The weather has been rough the whole week and people at my workplace somehow just too committed, forcing themselves to still turn up, spreading magic germs of cold and sore throat. No one is in the good mood. No time for KDrama it's already dramatic enough in the office.

And shocking news of YKS maknae dal Somi passing. Aaarghhhh so sad... just last week I watched the lovely family in MBC ILA. The sickly kitten enjoyed her new chance of life after being adopted into YKS family for too short period.. a bit more than a year? This is so painful.. at least I know she was happy and they loved each other. RIP cute Somi.

So there. I'm overdosed with drama drama drama. Aaarghhhh!

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Hopefully you haven't been affected with those office cold and sore throat germs! But if you have, I hope you feel better soon!

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Thank you for your kind message! Luckily I'm not totally down with cold.. just caught the sore throat but.. Thank God It's Friday!! Should be able to fully recover by Sunday. Thanks again!!

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I'm nursing my throat (with cough) and on-and-off runny nose. Meds can only do so much. May I suggest you can rest more ie totally sleep and not just lie in bed thinking or watching a show. Hope you get over it by the end of Sunday!

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OMG you too, have a speedy recovery. I'm drenching my throat with warm lemonade in honey. And am planning to take Sedatif PC for a good night sleep later. Let's get well!

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Another week, another all-consuming flood of more terrible allegations from the Burning Sun scandal. Media reports now allege additional charges including tax evasion, blackmail, police corruption, destruction of evidence and money laundering. A Taiwanese woman who may or may not be tied to organized crime was alleged to be a secret owner of BS. She would come into the club, be charged 3 times the amount for drinks, and 2/3 of the funds would then wind up in her bank account. It was reported that more than $14 million was laundered through BS in one year. But the most heinous report was from a woman who claimed she was drugged by Chinese VIPs. She woke up at 10 a.m. a police station being charged for assault of a club guest. Her clothes were in a disarray so she told the police she thought she was drugged and assaulted; she demanded a drug test. The police claimed it was inconclusive, so they threw out the test kit and results. So it appears the club would drug women then have them "arrested" with the cooperation of the police to cover up their own crime.

And in another JJY chat room talk indicated that one of the members shared a sexual video of a woman that the man said he could use to blackmail her into repaying a debt. That opens the door to discuss using the illicit sex videos for blackmail purposes. Also in the new chats were specific references to get rid of cell phones before meeting with police investigators. JJY's most recent cell phone was disposed of in LA before he came back to Korea to be charged for illegal video distribution.

Some netizens are upset that the story is only expanding slowly to only snare more celebrities where the big industry fish are still unknown. Some speculate that the massive YGE audit will turn over similar issues for YG owners (who owned many clubs). The entertainment industry is more concerned now with scrubbing any trace of the participants in the scandal than getting to the full truth.

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I was not amused that celebrity photos were just shown on TV without a word of explanation, so that the poor celebrity/ies came under suspicion of being involved, when they had simply agreed to be photographed with fans. Show and network (I think) made some weak apologies. An idea from a friend of mine ... could be that the show who irresponsibly aired those photos were hoping to garner more interest to milk it for all it's worth and then will issue a bigger apology to avoid legal comeuppance. This is the sleazy side of our beloved entertainment industry.

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There's only so much the public can take before tuning out as well. That's where I am. I know there's corruption, horrible people who take advantage of others, and I'm taking the minimalist approach now. Finding joy in my real life and letting things play out in the world as it will.

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A wise approach. I'm keeping myself from reading much about it. I am the most indifferent and apolitical sort on the whole. At the most I can only wish the best for and pray for the victims.

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I am also trying not to read too much, but I felt sorry for JCW when they had the picture out. So irresponsible.
Well Big Issue felt more real.

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@fanwho Yes, I read about that one and felt it was very unfair and remiss of the producers etc. It might have been thoughtlessness but it could also have been deliberate. It took them some time to retract and edit the show.

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Unfortunately such stories bring so much mental pressure and exhaustion that people do eventually tune out. Further adding the sensationalism of media. This however, will affect how authentically justice was provided.

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Tbh in the whole chat room after JJY, that Mr Kim is the most shadiest but neither is there any picture of him,nor I have seen his full name being mentioned anywhere. But again, all these members in the group might still be the small fish.

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The problem is that non-celebrities are protected ie their faces are hidden or not shown, however celebrities are considered public figures and are not shielded at all. That could be why you see no pictures of Mr Kim.

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The news needs to start using the term "human trafficking" because when you drug someone at random and give them out to be used sexually that's what it is, not prostitution.

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

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 - So this is over and I really don't know what happened. It certainly didn't help that I didn't watch the next to the last episode nor the one prior to that. The thing is, I'm not at all worried at all about not knowing.

Big Issue - I watched the first episode and watched part of the second. It really didn't make much of an impression unfortunately, so I'm going to be skipping this show.

The Fiery Priest - I find myself getting to this one waaaay later in the week so I'm always behind on it, but that's ok. A bit concerned about Dae-young. I know he's scared, but right now he's coming across more like inept. I want to be wrong about this though.

Doctor Prisoner - The revenge trip, the oneupsmanship, the questionable/shifting loyalites ...... Namgoong Min, Kim Byung-chul and Choi Won-young just make it fun to watch.

Confession - Junho! I've only watched the first episode and oh wow, that ending. ...... Now I have a millions questions! I think this one is going to be quite interesting.

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

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Hi @korfan Yes you summed up Confession right, it's going to be interesting ... more than quite! Jun Ho is wonderful once again. He is again a figure of some pathos but so different from his stint in JBL. He brings something unique to each character.

We who are watching are also asking and speculating over so many questions, based on the clues the show has dropped. You can come over to spazz with us! (Link to where we are at is below!)

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Hi @growingbeautifully! I really have to get to watching that second Confession episode! I've only watched the first one and it was quite intriguing. I want to know more! ...... Yes, it appears Junho is once again up to the task of delighting us with another interesting character.

Thanks for providing the link! :) I'll have to check out the discussion thus far.

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Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2 " I'm not at all worried at all about not knowing." lol I am glad it is over because it was dragging, but Go Hyun-jung was good.

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@fanwho You're totally right, it did drag --- Big time! What's sad is that it didn't need to, but it ended up going there. Not only did it drag but it was kind of all over the place. Oh well.

As always, Go Hyun-jung was intriguing. She could have done so much more in that role if it was just written differently. She did the best she could with what she was given.

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@korfan,
I'm thoroughly enjoying DOCTOR PRISONER, with Namgoong Min and Kim Byung-chul in a grudge-fest that doesn't let up. Add the official corruption, cutthroat chaebols, and wall-to-wall double-crosses, and it's impossible to predict where the plot is going next. Cracktastic perfection.

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@pakalanapikake Exactly!

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Hi Everyone and Happy OT!
I'm quite happily flu-ey and home recovering in the best way, ie relaxing with easy work, with a promising start to one new series and fun on DB!

Have you ever had the kind of medication that is supposed to make one drowsy, but strangely keeps one awake instead? That keeps happening to me. I've not slept all of last night (but I did have a nap today), and so I've determined that I will not touch that particular pill in the evenings. It's so strange. While a person is supposed to knock off and get well with sleep, I end up wakeful. I was tempted to but did not take the awake time to watch some shows. At least the body should be rested if not the mind!!

On to the show I'm watching - there's only the one. Confession has turned out by the 2nd episode to be intriguing with the promise of several mysteries to solve, interesting characters to get to know and perhaps warmth and healing in the strained relationships of family and acquaintances. The best part seems to be the cast who are great together and play nuanced characters. In case anyone wants to join us in discussing this show, here's the link to where we're hanging out. Feel free to join us!

http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/03/confession-episode-1/

Waiting eagerly for the next episodes this weekend!

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I hate when you just can't go to sleep ..... especially when you're totally sleepy! This happened to me just the other day, but it wasn't due to medication. I'm blaming a vitamin capsule I took, I kid you not! I think I need to find a new supplement, because that one just had an awful effect!

I still haven't watched the second ep of Confession, but I'm certainly looking forward to it!

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Did you take the vitamin capsule in the evening? Or was it one of those slow release tablets that had a 24 hour effect?

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I actually took it in the morning, right after breakfast (it was not a slow release type). It was one I've taken before with no adverse effects, so I was a little surprised with what happened. I'm just thinking I got a "bad" capsule, but who knows. Perhaps it's just time to change brands of multivitamin supplements.

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Yes, I've had that happen with medicine before. I can't even remember what it was, but the instructions said to take it at night, because it would make me sleepy. When I took it at night, I had the same feeling as too much caffeine in the day - tired and wanting to sleep, but jittery at the same time! I started taking in the morning instead, and that worked well. Over time I've realized how different each person's body is - how we react to medication, pain, etc., which to me means there are no "one size fits all" instructions for anything related to our bodies!

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Thanks for this! @okiejune I thought I was the only weird one!!! That said however, I've taken the night medicine in the day, but I still had trouble sleeping at night. Now that it's day, I'm sleepy. Could be because of both not sleeping much and because I still took that med!

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Happy Friday Beanies!

I wonder how it feels to watch dramas where the cultural and social context are different from where you come from(not sure if I am putting it in the right way).

I know that beanies here come from all over the world, a number of which aren't from Asia. What do you find most strange, hard to relate to or amusing/shocking when you watch kdramas or k entertainment on the whole?

Perhaps of late, my views of the Korean society are affected by the Burning Sun scandal. I think there are deep rooted issues especially on how women are seen and treated over there.

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I am Asian, but still get gobsmacked every time I read or see maltreatment of women in the k-world, media, or otherwise.

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IKR! I am Singaporean Chinese and I used to think since the Chinese and Korean come from north east and share similar Confucian values, cultural norms and beliefs, I should relate better. Yet, I think the inequality and status of women in k world are very different. Not saying that Chinese women don't face such issues but their lot seem to be better.

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I've often felt very fortunate to be female in Singapore. At least among the people I know ... we have the best of both worlds in that generally we are well treated by men/boys who can be quite gentlemanly and at the same time we have a lot of say and sway, and are seldom downtrodden. Evidence of misogyny or unfair treatment is muted or not evident (again in my limited experience) and nothing as bold or in your face as what kdramas portray.

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I agree. I feel safe and I know if there's anyone who crosses the line or commits an offence, he will definitely be punished by the law if caught(and I think there aren't many who escape or go unreported).

Another thing which shocks me is how the rich and powerful in Korea seem to wriggle their way out when they commit crimes. Well, at least it seems this way in kdramas and even the scandal is telling me the same thing.

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@outofthisworld I believe that the corruption there is more rampant and 'accepted'. All those shows about the Chief Prosecutors, people in Public Office, Police Chiefs, etc being in league at covering up the crimes of the rich and influential, probably have more than a grain of truth in them.

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Same here! I think Vietnamese women are treated better as well. I was just discussing this with my friend and her husband who is Korean—she (a Caucasian malpractice lawyer) actually brought it up and he came to the same conclusion that women in Korea seem to have a much tougher misogynistic society to operate in. Oh, he’s a lawyer too. (Keep your friends close but enemies closer. Lol.)

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Hrm.... I am Vietnamese. I am 50/50 of Vietnamese women are treated better. That is my opinion.

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@ally-le @trina

Sad thing is that women all over the world should be treated better. There's been significant improvement in the women's welfare, status and rights but even more still needs to be done.

The #MeToo stories shocked me. I had thought there's less of such issues in the western world.

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It just confirms that just because we don’t see it didn’t mean it doesn’t exist. I’m very strong and pretty independent and my daughter is even more than I. Those that would take advantage of women steer clear of women that speak out and voice their opinions, and we have that right. Not all women do or feel they do. That’s the heartbreaking thing about all of this. And why the real world sucks. And why I drown myself in dramas sometimes.

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Great question. Re Korean entertainment, I originally found the treatment of their celebs on variety shows like Running Man absolutely shocking. These people are forced to endure crazy things for our entertainment - they actually HIT each other, run through mud, freezing water, boiling water, eat strange things, appear in the strangest costumes, wake at odd hours, I just - have no words. It's insane. I love a lot of variety including Running Man, but I do think a lot of it takes the "Jokes" perhaps too far.

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Eh...I don't watch variety except very occasionally. Some of your description reminded me of Fear Factor. Not sure if it's still running but maybe K variety shows do all these crazy stuff while looking like family entertainment.

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Yes, I had issues with celebs just doing what they have to, even if it's insane. I do think they might have a say behind the scenes but perhaps the senior or more popular ones. Also the mistreatment or rather expectations of women in variety. A few sexualized jokes, men being pervert, telling only women to dance- in most cases I noticed women had to rub it off by laughing. Some perverted gestures by men were so bad, that it became further uncomfortable to see the woman laughing it out because either they think it is just a joke and okay to laugh or even by being uncomfortable they are told to let it go and laugh it off.

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Which shows are these? Any famous ones?

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Running Man does this at times too even if I love it. Plus random idol shows- I have watched a few clips on youtube but I don't watch the show. I specially remember a sort of disturbing video whereAhn So Hee was presenting an award to someone and the guy (idk who he was but was pretty older than her) tried to go towards her while he was being stopped by the other presenter. I don't know if it was scripted but the girl just kept laughing while I was quite uncomfortable.

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I find it very offputting when they do this as well, including female comedians to male idols or celebs and they go even further to kiss or touch sexually the males. Sometimes they gush over their celeb crush and I find that cute and sweet, but not when the line is crossed.

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I saw interviews regarding the scandal in Seoul. Some men ( yougish)said that men sometimes feel a need to show off his manness! towards his pals when they were asked the illegal sex filming. I was not sure if he approved of illegal filming but from what i gather, they do not mind filming their scenes.
I was shocked and horrified. I do see most women were quite upset or outraged with the scandals but I started thinking that some men find some of the actions of the celebs are ok. i hope not but the interviews made me think,,,.

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Do you mean interviews conducted in Seoul? This is shocking. How can they be so warped? Sex filming without consent or used in other than intended is the opposite of manliness!

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I think this is a reference to the Asian Boss video. The word "non consent" inconspicuously absent when people are asked what he did wrong. The answers are instead, because he's a celebrity, he should have been more careful. =.= Some people did say this is how ken are, they like to show off, send porn to one another. "Boys will be boys" is what was implied.

But I often wonder if Asian Boss edits their videos to present a certain situation. Like the dieting video. I dunno. Maybe. Maybe not.

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Hi @greenfields ... this just a note to let you know that I was hoping to bump into you on the Confession thread. Your legal background would have added more insight into the way law is practised in that show.

If you have time, do drop by! http://www.dramabeans.com/2019/03/confession-episode-1/ I hope to catch up with you again!

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Thanks @growingbeautifully! ^^ I'm not watching the drama, but if I'm asked like this, I definitely have to check it out! <3

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It can be difficult to see people in Dramas experiencing difficulty because of different legal standards, both in terms of everyday life (such as workplace discrimination) and in court (because of different standards of evidence and requirements to be charged much less found guilty).

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I don't know court and legal stuff but I have been very appalled by the workplace as depicted in dramas. Subordinates are subjected to mistreatment which would easily land the abuser in hot soup where I come from. I've never seen or heard anyone lay hands on an employee in my life. Politicking, backstabbing, scoldings - yes but not things like slapping on the head, kicking in the shin etc.

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It always remind me of expat blog from my country regarding her time in Korea it was way before Hallyu and she wrote that in her office, workers were ordered to stay longer and make manager's son uni assignment, and most shocking, were one of her friend had to present end of quarter report to a boss in adult establishment, when said boss received bj under the table and many more similar stories, after that nothing in work place dramas surprise me.

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That excessive drinking is not considered as a problem but something positive. Alcoholism is a dangerous sickness and it's destroying families, friendships and the alcoholic him/herself... Yes, women in society - it looks like they like just Barbie's dolls women... Love for money and gold, too much plastic (even one apple needs one plastic bag), too much brand stuff ( it's sad, but most of the goods are made for peanuts exploiting children or mistreated workers for 2 dollars per month and sold for horrible prices), too much make up and skin bleaching products used ( watching older dramas assure you it was not always like that), etc...

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Yup—I was also struck by binge drinking in kdramas. The sloshy confession is a tiresome trope and fall down drunks are not so charming in real life. Instead of getting a piggy back ride from the handsome lead, real life drunkenness for women means being even more vulnerable to abuse, public vomiting or waking up in soiled clothing.

I live in a U.S. state notorious for binge drinking and it's an ongoing struggle for my university's administration and health care providers.

I myself am a confirmed lightweight. My maternal family is Chinese and we're not big drinkers. We're not teetotalers but 6 oz. of beer is about all my brother and I can handle. I even get buzzed on kombucha!

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You are so right about drunkenness leading to vulnerability. In any case, a drunkard be it man or woman is a nuisance and a state to be avoided.

I think more can be done to curb excessive drinking. Kdramas can also do their part.

Singapore has often been criticized for its draconian laws. 4 years ago, we banned drinking in all public places from 10.30pm to 7am. Retail shops are also not allowed to sell takeaway alcohol from 10.30pm to 7am. Reason given is to minimize public disorder. Infringement of rights, one may say but some of these things make life more pleasant for most.

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This whole thread is bringing some really positive things about Singapore. I have always wanted to live there but all this is making it firmer.

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@wapz

Some find our laws shocking. Because I live and grew up here all my life, I may be blind to what many would consider as infringement to individual rights.
Example- we ban the sale of chewing gum. We can eat it or buy from overseas but you won't find it in shops here.

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Yes especially showing the binge drinking is some what cute or being drunk is. To add to that cuteness-aegyo is very off putting too because in the sense of aegyo, I feel that cuteness is sexualized.

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I am not an Asian, living in Canada, and one thing I can't accustom myself to, even after watching so many dramas, is the casual corruption, all those little bribes and blackmails in order to obtain information, get into some place etc. The latest example in the drama Love in Sadness - how could this female "police officer" get her hands on a list of customers of an upscale boutique, no questions asked - no warrant, no ID check, no "please talk to the manager" - just a couple of menacing words to the sales person, and she gets some very confidential information. This casual lawlessness, perpetuated by villains and heroes alike, makes me very uneasy.

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Domestic violence showed as fact of life and even sign of loving feelings. I can't get used to it, it's immediate turn off.

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Was it? I didn't get that. One thing that bothered me were parents hitting adult children, not that hitting young children is right too.

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Wives hitting husbands when miffed, grandmas beating everybody and parents hitting adult children are all DV, and in dramas it almost always presented as they doing it because they care, which is bonkers to me. Even in variety shows entertainers share stories how much beatings they received from their parents, and then sum it up as "that's because they love you".

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The domestic violence in some K-dramas (and not the total makjang dramas) is what I find the most shocking. Any hitting of a child, sibling or a spouse shocks me.

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This whole thread sounds sadly condescending. I find hundreds of things shocking or hard to relate in American shows, in British shows, German shows, Turkish shows, Indian shows, Japanese shows, any show... I never thought of korean shows any more shocking than ANY other show.
To me, entertainment must be taken with a grain of salt. In any country.

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But here we talk about world presented in Koreans Dramas and there are a lot of things that can be weird/off-putting for people in other countries, if we would be talking about any other country tv shows, the results would be similar.

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The sad thing is that these things are actually true in real life and worse. Dramas are usually a reflection of a society but I had thought that they were largely dramatized for entertainment.

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I'm not saying that any of these are untrue, but to me every country and every culture has its own element of shock.

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Please read a Korean novel "Kim Ji Young born 1982". You would understand Kwomen's situation deeply. The book will be adapted into a film.

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I googled this and came upon an article which wrote that when one kpop idol mentioned she read the book, some of her fans were enraged. These were young male fans, how depressing!

Respect for women must start at home. My sons get exposed to sexism all the time and I will correct them whenever I hear or see it.

In my culture, the women themselves can be misogynist, often unknowingly. This was particularly so for the older generations. Mothers who treated their daughters as second class to their sons, mistreat their daughters-in-law and basically handed the wrong values to their sons.

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1. Multi-generational families living together--I admire;
2. How mature adults seem to respect their parents' advice, even when it's unbalanced and irrational--I cannot understand;
3. Why no one ever calls the police when loan sharks are violent--hard to fathom;
4. How family members are responsible for others' debts--it would not happen here (US), ever;
5. What seems to be acceptance of public drunkenness--very frowned upon here; and
6. Carrying adults on your back--I want to see this in person!

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On 1 and 2, these I can relate to because it's the same for my culture. I am currently watching a C drama which is an excellent study on these topics and the problems that arise.

No. 6 is very Korean. I remember being absolutely amused by it when I first started watching Kdramas. I also admire the elderly folks because the terrain is brutal. So many steep slopes! I thought to myself that if I live there in my old age, I will be housebound sooner than usual.

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4 actually was the law - the children were literally, legally, responsible for their father’s debts. This law was changed only a few years ago, as I recall.

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@becky @outofthisworld I was actually very surprised to see number 6. - a man carrying an adult woman on his back on the street where I live. It was in the early evening and the woman was not drunk. I think she was tired. But I was stunned for a while and then tried to walk by like it was normal. Heheheh! I told myself that they must come from Korea or some parts of China that do this 'normally'.

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Little things in dramas that I am fascinated by because they are so different from my every day life:

Being able to walk in and out of shoes without missing a step every time they go through a doorway. I wondered if this was just a Magic of TV thing since you don't want to waste valuable time watching people take their shoes on and off, but when I asked a friend who had lived in Korea for a couple years, she said that yes, real people were really able to do that. Which is just amazing.

Carrying a single glass of water on a tray. Which is not as amazing, but still very different from my boring white bread life. Even when I was a waitress, I wouldn't bring out a tray for anything less than 5 glasses. I don't even have a tray I could use at home. So posh.

Back to amazing. Being able to squat low for long periods of time. Even octogenarians. I am trying to work my way into being able to do this, but it's really tough.

Bigger thing that shocked me (that hasn't been mentioned yet):

Not taking kids from your first marriage with you to your second marriage. Now, I'm sure this is exaggerated for dramatic effect, but it happens a lot in dramaland. Kids ending up sent to an orphanage or raised by grandparents because mom got remarried. It happens often enough that it makes me wonder if it happens in real life as well. I should maybe research.

Part of why I enjoy dramas is the chance to see into a different part of the world. There are obviously lots of things that are exaggerated or made up out of whole cloth for dramatic effect, but there are also little random everyday things that go on in the background that are very different from my life. And I find them intriguing.

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You are right, these positive or interesting nuggets of another culture another world lend to an enriching drama watching experience. In fact, I've always been amazed at how the Koreans sold their culture, food and language to other parts of the world through entertainment - largely dramas, variety and kpop.

The sheer number of Korean restaurants that proliferated over the past 10 years in Singapore is astounding. Not to mention K marts and K fashion.

At home, I switched to using Korean chopsticks. I used to use Japanese ones but the lacquer tend to chip. I figure the Korean ones are easier to clean and more hygienic. The bigger appliances like refrigerator, washing machines, Tvs are all Korean brands. Used to be Japanese. I wouldn't say it's because of the commercials in kdramas or celebs' endorsement but because these names weren't foreign at all.

The negatives crept up more slowly. I gradually realized how difficult and stressful their lives were.

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This is not exactly within dramas but some dramas have dealth with it ... the way beauty is spoken of, how opinions on looks are bandied about and judged publicly is a disturbing thing to me. The reason this came up was that I happened to click to watch this interview with the current Miss Korea. It's upsetting that ordinary people (girls) are made to feel inadequate and not up to standard based on looks and weight, and that it's acceptable to make rude comments about this all the time.

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

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Ooh, yay I got here earlier this time! Ok, I need some help, will probably make a "Find the Drama" post if this doesn't work. But I need some help finding a drama, beanies^^

It's got a prison in it, and an older man in prison. I think he's important, not sure if he's good or bad, but he seems to know what's going on in the outside world. There's also an identity switching slick con-man sort of a guy outside, but I don't think he's a bad guy. There's also a woman, I think she went to go visit the old man in prison--or maybe someone else there? The tone is slick but also funny, and I think it aired summer 2018. Or it could have been earlier if they were playing a rerun? Not sure, please help! I want to watch that drama, it's not Your Honor or Mysterious Il-Seung though.

On my drama front: finished Just Between Lovers, finished Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, started AND finished Your Honor...

Now I'm watching While You Were Sleeping. My heart. I don't think it will last. That's all, folks!

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I don't remember anything that fits your description last summer, but I don't even remember what I was watching then, so I'm no help. I couldn't finish WYWS either. But the soundtrack is really good. I will still listen to that. Glad to see you back! I finished Romance is a Bonus Book and I think you would really enjoy it!

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Can you check if it's ms ma? I just skimmed through one or two episodes, but it's a Kdrama adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel.

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oooh looks promising, I will! It could also be an older show aired later, or even a movie?--I only saw the one scene, and it was only 6 or 7 in the evening, not usually drama time, right??

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Sounds like Squad 38 starring Seo In Guk

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@cozybooks @carol Police Unit 38/Squad 38 - did occur to me, but I was not sure.

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Is the con-man Jang Geun-suk? Switch: Change the World aired March 28 to May 17, 2018. Han Ye-ri visited Jang Geun-suk in prison.

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Beanies,
I need your help! I am in drama funk of epic proportions! I haven't been able to watch anything since Sky Castle. I tried watching touch your heart and romance is a bonus book and couldn't get into either one. Is there anything good to watch? Any dramas that you have enjoyed recently whose stories were engaging and consistent from start to finish? Or any good movies? I'd really appreciate your honest recommendations! :)

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Radiant or Children of Nobody.

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I agree!

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Thank you! I will add those to my list!

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What kind of show are you in the mood for? Maybe we can recommend a classic!

Random rec: Viki picked up "The Package" (better title "The Package Vacation Trip") which is about a bunch of Korean tourists visiting France. Very much an ensemble piece about people working through their relationship issues.

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I watched The Package and enjoyed it.

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I would like that! I'm up for a well told story. All genres except horror. I did watch the package. I'm not sure if I finished it, but I remember liking what I saw.
I think my drama watching temperament has changed a lot over the years. I remember when I started watching dramas, I would watch EVERYTHING, no matter how mediocre. For years, I never dropped a drama.
Miseang and My Ahjussi were game changers. I still love the fluffy cute dramas but those 2 were the first truly meaningful dramas I watched. The characters in those shows and their stories have stayed with me. (I don't think I can rewatch them though, cause they are both pretty brutal)
I feel like the dramaverse has a lot of content but every year there are a few dramas that really stand out. I guess I need the Beanie cheat sheet to know which ones those are

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Tricky. You are in the mood for a high-bar mainstream drama indeed. Let me go to the I Should Rewatch This Well; you may have seen all of these but if any got away...

20 Again - about a woman (Choi Ji Woo) who divorces her husband and goes back to college (at the same time as her son!). Sounds fluffy but it's about a woman who was really kept down by her ass of a husband and has to find herself.

Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi (or "My Horrible Boss" on Netflix). It's about a small cosmetics company which gets turned around when a woman (who has a "bitch" reputation) (Lee Yo-Won) takes over running it. It holds up all the nasty misogyny women in the Korean workforce have to contend with and then skewers it with the supreme capability displayed by the lead.

Signal - not horror but very tense. Along the lines of "Frequency" an old walkie-talkie connects a cop in the past to a cop in the present day, both working to solve a terrible crime. Some of the most minor changes in the timeline have the worst ripple effects and the drama keeps skyrocketing in impact; other than the 1 supernatural element everything is played straight which makes the impact much starker.

It's Ok That's Love - This is kind of famous because there was a completely plausible description for this show and a twist 3 or 4 episodes in revealed the show was about something different. But it's a really good show about a couple who each has their own trauma to work through (just not the trauma you think it is at first).

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Thank you @alessar! I appreciate the recommendations.
I watched 20 again and Ms. Temper.
I never finished signal or It's ok that's love. I think mostly because I wasn't mentally prepared for either at the time they were airing. I think I'll start with It's ok that's love. Thanks again! :)

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It was nice with drama cliché of course, but it was about ordinary people who have their personal secrets and nice friendship can be built anywhere, anytime and with anyone

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Not exactly recent, but:
Smart Prison Living/Prison Playbook
On the Way to the Airport
Age of Youth 1 & 2

On my to-watch list (and supposed to be great):
Forest of Secrets
Circle
Liar Game
Life on Mars

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https://www.soompi.com/article/1313688wpp/gugudans-kim-sejeong-in-talks-play-leading-role-in-new-kbs-drama

Could I have another crack drama this year? Oh, I hope so! Now, there needs to be something for Kim Seul Gi and I'll be sooooo happy, yay!!!!

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Hey everyone! Just wanted to recommend "The Banker"! It's really well acted and written and moves fast.

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Have you seen Hanzawa Naoki? Is it a remake of that show? I intend to check it out regardless, but will wait until the series finishes airing. I prefer to binge watch :)

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I have seen Hanzawa Naoki but this is NOT the remake of that drama. Instead, it's a remake of “Kansayaku Nozaki Shuhei” which has not been subbed in English yet.

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I've been reading positive comments about this drama. I really want to check it out.

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I finally fostered my first kitten of the season! Harvey is an adorable orange tabby that eats a lot and is still figuring things out. I only get to keep him for two weeks, but am enjoying him immensely.

My new Instagram page - purrfect_company - is devoted to featuring my foster kittens and to helping them find their forever home. Please go check it out if you like to see pictures or videos of adorable kittens :) Page is still light on content but my aim is to post at least once a day.

The Fiery Priest - still loving the chemistry of our priest and his team and the hijinks that ensure as they fight bad guys together.

This is us - Although I am rooting for Randall and Beth to remain together, I have to applaud the show for taking a realistic approach on showing how a marriage can unravel.

That's all for now, going to play with my kitten now. Have a good rest of March and everyone!

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Hi there! Nice to meet a cat parent here. I love cats, and dogs too. There's times when I followed TV programs just because they had animals in the show LOL. I even became YunKyunSang follower after seeing his love for his cats in 3MealsADay. If you haven't, you might be interested to follow his IG.. but he's in mourning right now.. his youngest kitten had just passed away.

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thanks for the rec! i'll check out his IG!

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I recently burned through yet another Chinese martial arts fantasy drama, "An Oriental Odyssey." It was ... a lot better than I expected. Certainly there were some wonky bits to it but what I liked about it was that it revolved around this Tang dynasty heiress who wanted to be a detective. She knew martial arts and was totally trying to be Batgirl and she gets involved in a big conspiracy involving sacred artifacts and a plot against the throne. There's also a female villain who's ALSO a martial arts master so you get to see 2 badass women and that's not real common; there were also 2 guys. The guys were ... really gorgeous. (One was Hao Mei from Love O2O.)

It's real long (50 eps) and usually when a show like that goes long it gets weirder and more sloppy and ends in a mess and this one ... did not. It did get a bit choppy but it actually tied everything up in a (somewhat rushed) ending in the end. If you like fantasy RPGs, Xena Warrior Princess, or Martial Arts fantasy shows in general, this is definitely worth a watch.

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This is on my watch list, along with Guardian. How can I find time- is the question.

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I just dug up the trailer for Guardian. Now I have to dig up Guardian to actually watch!

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TGIF! Hope everyone had a good week. The first quarter of the year is gone already- The number of beans(dramas I finished) keeps growing, but I can't say the same thing in my real life. Oh well, gain some, lose some. The cryfest show What's wrong, Mr. Poong-sang/Liver or Die ended with impressive ratings (22.7%). I kept watching the show, thinking "Maybe Poong-sang will get a break next episode", which didn't come until the finale episodes- I was tricked. But I admit that acting was top-notch.

Yoo Joon-sang(50) who played the lead Poong-sang had an interview. He has too many things in his filmography to list here. Not only drama and film, he has been active in musicals. Per wiki(and namuwiki), Yoo majored in theater and film in college and has master's degree. He started his career through SBS's open auditions in 1995. His debut was with a morning drama in 1995, and worked until 2007 (Catching Up with Gangnam Moms) before he took a break from doing dramas. After five-year absence from TV (only doing film and musicals), Yoo returned with the series My Husband Got a Family/Unexpected You which was big hit (45% ratings). He gained the nick "People's husband", "People's son-in-law" from this drama. Same year he published his memoir titled The Invention of Happiness, which contained highlights from his 20 years of life—from his days as a college student. Yoo also did many varieties, starting with 1996's There is no impossible, to Knowing Brothers in 2017 and Master in the house in 2018.
Besides acting, Yoo sings and composes, and also plays several musical instruments including guitar, saxophone, violin and the piano. In 2013, he released his first album, titled Junes. Yoo also has interests in paintings and showcased 20 of his artwork at the Art Asia fair.

Yoo said he can't watch horror film including his own projects (He said he starred in without knowing that was scary film). He once revealed when he was in college, he was toughed up by actor Kim Sang-joong(The Banker, Ah Mo-gae from The Rebel) for setting the rule. He married actress Hong Eun-hee in 2003, and they have two sons.

Side story about his wife: It is said that Yoo joon-sang happened to see her airline commercial while walking on the street, and fell for her. Later He met her in the drama April Story, but didn't recognize her until he saw her picture in her home page as the model for Asiana air. After 3 months of dating Yoo persuaded Hong's mother and succeeded in marriage. It is said that when her mother made issue Yoo was 11 years older, Yoo did splits(his legs) to prove his youth and energy.(lol) Hong Eun-hee said she fell for him playing the piano. She said his looked so cool when he played over 8 pages of Chopin memorized, but now she got tired.

Now onto the show. Mr.Poong-sang tells the story of middle-aged married man Poong-sang(Yoo Joon-sang) who has lived with his 4 back-breaker younger siblings. The show made viewers ponder about the meaning...

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...of family by portraying family member's conflicts and reconciliation process. Younger siblings/Dongsaeng were played by Jin-sang(Oh Ji-ho, Jinsang means truly pathetic), Jung-sang(Jun Hye-bin, jungsang means normal), Hwa-sang(Lee Si-young, hwasang means useless/pain), Wae-sang(Lee Chang-yeop, waesang means credit). In addition to four siblings, there was his mother No Yang-sim(Lee Bo-hee, noyangsim means No conscience), and his wife Gan Boon-sil who was on his side to the end (Sin Dong-mi, ganboonsil means liver is missing).lol names. The show had happy ending when siblings resolved all misunderstanding in the process Poong-sang fighting his liver cancer and recovering.
To actor Yoo Joon-sang, what Mr.Poong-sang meant? "It was about the eldest brother who sacrificed himself to take care of his younger siblings and about "Knowing to apologize in earnest".

Here is Q&A session[StarNews, OSEN, 2019.03.22-23]
Q: Mr.Poong-sang ended with show's highest ratings of 22.7%, and you all went to Pusan as reward trip.
Yoo: I missed my dongsaeng already after the wrap-up party. I did "The full sun" (2000) when I was newbie, and did "My Husband Got a Family" in 2012, and feel grateful that KBS drama did well after a long while. There were over 100 people who went to the reward trip. Director Jin Hyung-wook said he couldn't fly, so we went to Pusan where we all could go. I think it was even more meaningful because many could join.
Q: As ratings' promise, you did food serving when it went over 13%, and had a book event when it went over 20%.
Yoo: I've never done volunteering as ratings' promise, but I was able to do it twice with this project. It was very meaningful and we had more than comradeship. Even though it was short 3 months, it was precious time.

Q: The drama was writer Moon Young-nam's project, which itself was buzz. How did you star in the project? (Moon is known as "great mother of makjang")
Yoo: The script was very fun when I read first time. When I read first 1-4 episodes I thought it would be enjoyable just doing what was written in the scripts, and casting was good too. All roles were so dynamic and I wondered how the writer designed these many characters to be amusing when it is hard to make just one-two people good.

Q: Writer Moon said "Exactly Poong-sang" when she first saw you.
Yoo: I feel there was image of Poong-sang in me. I've also lived as a family man from early on, so I felt relatable. Director-nim said he wanted Poong-sang having one finger dead and not using gloves when working on car maintenance. The oil stain was made naturally and I couldn't wear gloves in winter even if I wanted. As adding details like that, Poong-sang was shaped along with me. By meeting numerous people relationship was developed naturally and it became easier to act. From some point, I just acted thinking like Poong-sang. When I watched the finale broadcast, watching mother still not repentant I felt so pitiful...

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...Writer-nim didn't make the character reflect upon herself to the end. I think that part made viewers think. I cried a lot and was really sad watching the scene.

Q: There was competing shows and Mr.Poong-sang started with 5.9% ratings. Didn't you feel burdened?
Yoo: When I met other casts, my worries were gone. I thought if I worked with these actors, I could make something in harmony without anyone being stood out, without anyone feeling jealous.
Writer and director-nim's chemi was good. I watched them- Whenever some parts didn't feel fit, director-nim cut the parts to be cut boldly, and changed location of story, and writer-nim didn't feel disappointed on such direction and even cheered him on. And the writing had the power of attracting people. There was burden having competing projects, but writer-nim told us to talk about our story without minding such things. (Jun) Hye-bin was the only person who predicted the show would do well. She thought since there was writing power we might achieve something if we tell the story well. Also it was not easy for actors Oh Ji-ho, Lee Si-young, Lee Bo-hee to play hateful roles, but they took responsibility on their roles to the end. I think all actors doing their best was the reason opening up viewers' heart gradually.

Q: What could be the secret of popularity of the show? It is rare to pass 20% in major station mini-series.
Yoo: There was clear intention the writer wanted to convey. And there was not one who worked lightly on the set and once we gathered, we worked with passion like we were making 5 different scenes for one scene. When we filmed the full shot first time, we did shoot without having even one NG for 5 scenes (12 parts of scripts). Director-nim also said "I thought I was watching a stage play. It never happened before." and all crew clapped for us. Oh Ji-ho even cried in rehearsal, and we all did practice like real even after shooting ended.

Q: Unintentionally other dramas also had topic of "liver".(liver cancer patient)
Yoo: Who will give the liver was just an interesting factor for viewers. You might say it was old story in sentiment, but it was story my parents' generation all went through. Writer-nim wrote the scripts not even letting director-nim know "who will give the liver." Director-nim did all kinds of predictions but all were wrong. I heard from a staff that there was even a response "Give Choi Soo-jong's liver from My only ally to Yoo Joon-sang in Mr.Poong-sang." It was so funny. I thought people loved us very much. When we first filmed there was no one around filming location. But as episode continues there were more people, and when we filmed the finale episode people surrounded us and watched like watching the stage play.

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...feel disappointed with the comments "people watch cursing the drama"?
Yoo: Rather than feeling disappointed, I thought "Why?" when I heard our drama is drama you watch cursing. It was relatable story about a family, and gave another opportunity to think about the parts we missed a lot about and relation among family and people. It was story about how these people overcoming in the storm, and how Poong-sang and others apologizing to one another in earnest in the process. Actually I worried a lot how we could relay well. My conclusion was we had to keep it up to the end not wavering. You see I did many terrible things to my wife in the drama. My character was not all good, but if I focused on that image, the story might've went to different direction. Makjang could mean people who were cornered in life. Poong-sang's family showed they had to make a choice in such situation. PS didn't give up and kept his goodness to the end.

Actually when I read the scripts first time, I thought "Why this story came out?" I thought viewers might have similar questions, but would understand later. Poong-sang says the earnest "Sorry" to his siblings. He tells where he is lacking honestly. Since he has lived honest life he could say more naturally than a person with high education. Poong-sang's last comment "You see an answer if you put yourself in their places once" was the main point also- actually Poon-sang made many philosophical and wise comments. Knowing to apologize, apologizing in earnest is something you can do regardless of knowledge or education you have. It could be lame when you say it, but the writer unfolded the story with such interesting setup - it was good experience as an actor and thankful opportunity and project.

Q: As you portrayed Poong-sang, you attracted viewers' attention with transformation in looks different from other times.
Yoo: Director-nim wanted my fingers to have oil stain all the time, and I filmed without wearing gloves even in cold winter weather. After the first script reading, I told KBS team that I wanted to wear the first outfits to the end. Even viewers said "Don't wear that clothes anymore" later. Even though outfits were so cold in winter it was meaningful because I've never worn the similar outfits all the way to the end in a project.

Q: You cried a lot in this project.
Yoo: Because director-nim did directing well, I teared up just by looking my siblings. I actually have younger sisters so I acted empathizing with Poong-sang. I heard director-nim said "He is Perfect Poong-sang" when he looked at my face first time.
Q: I heard you fasted for the scenes fighting liver cancer.
Yoo: After Poong-sang was diagnosed with liver cancer, I fasted and didn't eat carbohydrate like rice. Staff members on the set felt sorry for me saying "What should we do with Poong-sang" eating meals. That time I lost 3-4kg and it was difficult to yell and cry in such condition.

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...Q: Was there more painful finger among younger siblings in the show?
Yoo: No. There was nothing about crying in the script in the scene with Hwa-sang in the hospital at the end, but I teared up thinking she/Lee Si-young got cursed all that time, and she worked hard on her role. I also cried because Youngest(Wae-sang) felt like my real child. Same with everyone. All were commendable dongsaeng. All actors really worked hard, not trying to save them. Usually in mini-series 4 people are working together as leads, but in here all actors worked like leads. (About Oh ji-ho who played Jin-sang) He was reliable support to me. Second child was the most difficult role. Not showing well, but doing all the hard dirty work- if there was no Oh Ji-ho ssi I wouldn't have had anyone to rely on.

If I have situation like the show in real life, I think my donsaeng would feel like my own children. That is the sentiment of my and my mother's generations. I think writer-nim, pulling such sentiment, wrote the story she wanted to tell with this period's sentiment. As you see people don't eat the meal together these days. And this is the age people don't say "sorry" or "thanks" often. I think the show showed how to honestly feel sorry and the way of reconciliation and apology.

Q: How about Sin Dong-mi who played your wife? (Yoo worked with her for the fifth time in this project.)
Yoo: Since she was a person who acts well, I thought we could show good image and worked hard together. I think our couple chemi was good. We acted like a real couple. One day Dong-mi lost her voice. As she laughed while she had a hoarse throat, her throat condition got bad. I taught her vocal exercises and gave honey, and fortunately her voice got better. Staff members watching us said we were like real couple. Dong-mi and I also said we met well.
Q: How about Kim Ji-young who played your daughter?
Yoo: She played my daughter in the film "Touch" in 2012 too. I remember I gave her piggyback all the time. Also child version of Poong-sang played my son in a commercial. Because of such connections I liked this project even more.

Q: Hoobae/junior actors who worked with you in this project praised you as "Great sunbae". What is the reason?
Yoo: I think it is important to treat them sincerely. Because actors are people who work with "Emotion" they know too well whether the other person treats them earnestly or not. When I worked together I worried with them and acted sincerely. Then they acted enthusiastically too.

Q: You also sang "I'm a Happy Person"- the ending OST. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjPBDkg8Tkw )
Yoo: It was not the first time I did OST. I suggested director-nim I would sing at ending, so it went in as ending song naturally.

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...Continues with Yoo Jun-sang's interview:
Q: There was a talk Yoo Joon-sang is the first candidate for the grand acting award in 2019.
Yoo: I am thankful even just for such comment. Since it means I received lots of interests. Personally what I was grateful for was that when I went to KBS, they greeted me happily. Whenever I went to practice scripts I thought "Oh it is doing well." from people's response.

Q: As a person who leads your family, was there a part you felt most relatable to Poong Sang? I am also curious of your wife Hong Eun-hee's response as a viewer.
Yoo: The fact kids remember all even though you think they don't. In the show everyone had different memory for the same incident. I thought I did well for my siblings, but they didn't think that way. The incident I scolded Hwa-sang, Jin-sang and confined them made huge impact. It was misunderstanding. I did to make them not to fall into bad path, but they took it wrong.
My kids are same age as Poong-sang's child. Before I did the drama I said something to my children, so I told "I am sorry" in the drama with sincere heart. My wife watched drama with me, cried together and felt proud watching my black finger nails. She said "Don't feel ashamed about your finger nails."

Q: You are known as "hard working" actor continuously doing drama, film, and musical. How do you take care of your health?
Yoo: I eat small meal. When I eat less, I feel less sleepy. I think if you are used to something comfortable, you want to be more comfortable and there is no end. I try to discipline my mind by going places I can't easily go- like doing a port tour or temple tour. And there is something I realized again this time- living without being greedy.

Q: You are "JiChunMyung" actor. (Confucius saw the age of man living his life and knowing the will of heaven as 50.)
What do you think about aging?
Yoo: I always think about it. Director-nim said "Since you passed JiChunMyung, you are 1 year old". I think he meant it was the point a person starts to live another 50 years. Since this is 100-year-life period. So I want to widen my acting spectrum. If I want to give audiences strength with the image I show on the stage, I have to take care of myself better. I think health is the most important thing.

Q: What is your plan in 2019?
Yoo: I do musical "Those days" and start new performance in November. I might do another project in between. People think I am taking breaks if I only do performances, so I plan to show up in various places including drama. There will also be an album this year as I released the album every 2 years. And there will be third film OST. When I get exhausted and tired I tell myself "Is it ok you become like this? You should get strength." I feel best when I work harder even though I am lacking and have good response. That is what happened with Mr. Poong-sang.
Q: Do you have time to take a break?
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...taking a rest. When we went to Pusan as reward trip, I also had temple tour in 7 places. I don't waste time.

Q: What is your goal as an actor?
Yoo: Hanging on for long time. Park In-hwan sunsaeng-nim (PS's father-in-law in the show) said "I was so thankful to you who worked with determination" during the wrap-up party- you know it is not easy for a person who passed mid 70's says such comment. One time I heard him memorizing his lines in the bathroom not to make NG. That made me teared up and I read the scripts attentively again and made resolution again.

happy together: Dec, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDEc6adYk7Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp39dz-2uB8

That was loooong! I remember enjoying 3 dramas Yoo was in- The woman who wants to marry(2004), My husband got family(2012), and Heard it through grapevine(2015). I actually felt a little sorry for Hong Eun-hee when I heard their wedding news long ago because I liked the actress.(I still remember reading how she struggled to take care of expensive sponsored purse while acting a rich girl in a weekend drama).

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I read "Light in your eyes/Radiant" was chosen as the most talked drama among all dramas aired since 2018.[OSEN, 3.26] According to gooddaycorporation analysis, Radiant made the top spot (with whopping 70%) among all 33 Mon-Tuesday dramas broadcasted (in 42 channels-huh?) since 2018, and 2nd place went to "100 Days My Prince". Radiant had mostly praises like "life drama", "Well-made drama", "Perfect drama from start to end". I am glad we already have a few good dramas this early in the year. Not only that we also will have/have/had some great names in casting-Shin Ha-kyun, Jung Jae-young, Yoo Ji-tae, Hyun Bin, Lee Na-young, Park Bo-young, Jang Dong-gun, Joo Jin-mo, Joo Ji-hoon, Go Hyun-jung, Kim Nam-gil, and Lee Jung-jae (and Han Suk-kyu). Talking about dreamy cast, "The Banker" will be somewhere on the top.

I was excited for "The Banker" because casting is just awesome. It is remake of a Japanese manga/drama "Nozaki Shuhei Auditor of Bank" (which I plan to watch this weekend). The Banker had a press conference in which even MBC president Choi Seung-ho made his appearance. [OSEN, 2019.03.26] The Banker is a financial office investigation show where a bank branch manager Noh Dae-ho(Kim Sang-joong) who doesn't have successful career because of his sense of justice and humanity, somehow gets promotion and works as an auditor who digs into the corruption. Along with Kim Sang-joong who received the acting award for the Rebel (2017), Choi Si-ra plays director Han Soo-ji, and Yoo Dong-geun plays Bank president/CEO Kang Sam-do and Kim Tae-woo plays his assistant Lee Hae-gon as villains who try to stop Noh Dae-ho-He. For auditor's team there are a banker Seo Bo-geul(Ahn Woo-yeon), Moon Hong-ju(Cha In-ha), and secretary Jang Mi-ho(Sin Do-hyun). Also there are Ahn Nae-sang and Seo Yi-sook as bank officials.

PD Lee Jae-jin mentioned about the casting. "I think I am lucky. This was "King collection" so I wanted to pick all four people from actors who played the king before. Kim sang-joong ssi played GwangJong, Cha Si-ra ssi played Queen Chunchu, Yoo Dong-geun ssi played TaeJong(and other kings), and Kim Tae-woo ssi was Sunjo." He continued "There is original manga, and the hero looked like Kim Sang-joon sunbae-nim. I just asked him even without a plan or script, only with a manga book, but he said ok without hesitation. After that rest of casting - Choi Si-ra, Yoo Dong-geun, Kim Tae-woo sunbae-nim were done at once. I felt like I used up all my good luck like in the "lucky day". I think if I am having the best moment of my life. I am filming thinking I brought them in well."

About project's intention, PD Lee said "I think it is political drama under the mask of finance drama. It deals with the topic of power struggle happening in a bank- How the power struggle started, how the money flows, and what conflicts it makes and a righteous auditor who traces it. I think it is different from other dramas in selecting the...

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...bank as setup. I thought it would be proper to use stock as dramatic point to portray greed for money, but bank was right choice to convey message about the society."

Kim Sang-joong said "If I have to add, this is the drama dealing with humanism. It tells a story about the world through frame of bank, but it is story about people in the end. So I'd like to say it is humanism drama. Original was manga, but I decided even more after reading synopsis and scripts. They say drama is fake, but our drama is drama with strong reality. It is very realistic and since the story or figure in the drama can be fantasy, we can tell the story even better pinpointing properly. Within that we could make it fun and find the meaning, I thought." He summed up. "Noh Dae-ho is nobody. But when such person becomes a somebody, he can shine. Through Noh Dae-ho character I want to show whether our status is high or low, we all can become a hero."
About burden leading the show, Kim said, "Even though I feel burdened, I plan to carry it to the end. It is "coolness". There are many remake projects which didn't do well, and I think it is about time doing well."

As ratings promise, Kim said "If ratings pass over 15.5%, we agreed we all put money in savings account and give to someone in needs. We decided to make a bankbook with 1000,000 won (about $900) a person. Even if we can't make that ratings, we plan to do some nice thing for people in needs."

Yoo Dong-geun also emphasized the message of the project. "At first I hesitated because of the villain role. But actors I would be working with were all actors I wanted to meet and work together, so I joined with curiosity. The most important thing is that we could relay valuable massage through the project. It has the message "Money and power shouldn't be above people" and I joined thinking I should have courage even if it is the villain role with such message. I don't know what would happen to the CEO Kang Sam-do either. I hope people understand these people are all working with vocation, more than just amusing story."

Choi Si-ra who plays director Han Soo-ji who is workaholic and capable mentioned about her role. "I got to play a professional woman after a long while. Han Soo-ji is a character wanting to go up as high as possible in her career. She gets promotion following her boss, but she feels wavering thinking "Is the person I work with the one I can trust and follow?" Choi continued, "I want to show the part how high a woman can go up in a bank in our country. In real life I think there was bank CEO Kwon Sun-joo, so I think Han Soo-ji can be a role model showing a hope and dream "I can be like her if I try hard" to many. Actually I heard it was practically impossible a woman gets promotion in a bank or financial industry. So they say "glass ceiling is high". Not long ago in the newspaper I saved they said two women becoming deputy CEO was big deal. In that sense, I...

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...want to be a hope to today's women with ambition "I want to break the glass ceiling too".

There are other young casts working with these veteran actors and one of them is Ahn Woo-yeon. "When I heard I was cast, I asked who were other actors I would work with. And when I found out I thought "I can learn a lot here", and I was ready to learn with mindset "I shouldn't be burden to sunbae-nim". Ahn plays a banker Seo Bo-geol working with Kim Sang-joong. "I was so nervous. I worried what type of person Kim Sang-joong sunbae-nim was, and if I could get close to him. But I worried for nothing. I talked with him a few times, and he made "Ajjae gag"(old lame joke) making everyone feel at ease." Ahn added, "Personally I felt depressed and had difficulties before this project, but I openned up to Kim Sang-joong sunbae-nim honestly because he became so comfortable, and sunbae-nim said "All your sunbae are where they are now after going through all that. Don't let it bother you and start anew." That gave me such strength. Kim Sang-joong sunbae-nim does rehearsal as soon as he arrives. Actually sunbae-nim doesn't need to be on the set when we film ourselves, but he always participates wherever we shoot. I am really learning a lot."

The Banker fighting!
My first impression on the show? Casting is overdone. What were they thinking bringing in all these talents for some lukewarm story -will be sadly wasted. Then again it is win for viewers!

So it is another "fighting big bad" drama just like many others (except it has bank setting). Let's see- there are Lawyer Jo Deul-ho, Item, Dr.Prisoner (maybe?), Special labor Inspector(coming), and Fiery Priest. Too bad I can't expect another wacky ML like The Fiery Priest or Dr.Prisoner (maybe Special Labor Inspector too) from Kim Sang-joong because I think that way it has better chance for higher ratings. And I hope too many talents don't shadow the main lead (Lawyer Jo Deul-ho?).
Actually I feel sorry for the PD- it will be hard to have all these veterans in check, who all will have own ideas I am sure.

Now question is "Will Dr. Prisoner keep up its winning?" (I have to say DP is more interesting)

Lastly, since I just did one for Yoo Joon-sang, I can't help but thinking Kim Sang-joong gave Yoo hard time in college. I'm sure/hope they made up. lol

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I'm happy for Light in Your Eyes getting that much love across the board. :) It definitely had something for everyone: slice-of-life, fantasy, wacky comedy, Plot Twist, family, romance, friendship, career/finding your purpose, even moving on from injustice... and it managed to do it seamlessly, without feeling like they're just doing a checklist of issues to tackle. ♥

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I read "Light in your eyes/Radiant" was chosen as the most talked drama among all dramas aired since 2018.[OSEN, 3.26] According to gooddaycorporation analysis, Radiant made the top spot (with whopping 70%) among all 33 Mon-Tuesday dramas broadcasted (in 42 channels-huh?) since 2018, and 2nd place went to "100 Days My Prince".

Kind of surprised, since Sky Castle hit big this year and it's ratings grew just by word of mouth with very little initial fanfare.

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SKY Castle was a Friday-Saturday drama, not Monday-Tuesday drama.

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Facepalm

Thanks for the clarification! It was right there and I didn't even see it.

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slightly random question, but I always see great translations of interviews etc. from you here. Can I ask how you got into it? Got experience etc? I'm studying Korean and Chinese now, eventually want to go into this sort of thing, and translation... you're awesome, please do share your secrets^^

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I don't have experience or anything. I started it to improve my English while I thought it would be nice to share what I was reading about actors/actresses as Kdrama fan. My English is very lacking, but I thought it is better than nothing. Good luck with your study^^

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@fanwho fan,
You are the best! Many thanks for all these translations. I hope you can keep them coming.
(One of my personal favorites was the translation of the interview that the APAD PD gave where he explained why Min-ho (and Actor Jang Dong-yoon) were thrown under the bus!)

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Omg. Touch your heart finale. ❤❤❤

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Adorable till the end.

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Happy Friday Beanies! I've been job hunting for a while, and I had one of the strangest interview experiences last week with a publisher. I had some reservations about the content they publish, but I thought it was only fair to give myself and them a chance by learning more through the interview.

I applied on Monday, and on Tuesday the publishing manager emailed me to invite me for an interview on Thursday at 4pm. He didn't even ask if I was even available, which I wasn't. After some back and forth, we settled on another date, and he tells me to bring this application form and "documents", which again he failed to specify. He didn't confirm the location of the interview either, so I had to email back to clarify both.

Then I open up this application form, and it asks for an array of personal details including religion, marital status, and even my family members' names and occupations. (Employers asking for the first two details are not outlawed in Singapore, but usually you are not required to provide it until after you accept a job offer.)

So I fill out all the necessary fields minus those fields, and go for this interview. The interviewer had one of those crushing handshakes, and he asked me a bunch of questions about my voluntary editorial work with a K-pop site, which I do weekly.

After this, he pauses, and asks, "So this is what you've been doing the past three years?" I confirmed this, thinking it was an odd way to phrase it, since it was more of a side hobby. And he says, "I'm sorry, but I have to ask, why didn't you choose to take on a full-time position?" He didn't realise I was doing a full-time Master's programme, even though that info was right at the top of my resume! He even exclaimed, "Oh! It says 2018 (year of completion) here!" Needless to say, that was the final nail on the coffin.

The lesson of the week was, even if I am 4 going on 5 months into this job search and feeling slightly desperate, there are just some jobs that are just not worth the opportunity cost, or the sacrifice in my emotional well-being. I'd much rather take another month finding a job with more careful superiors than accept the offer immediately, only to waste a year or so in a horrible workplace.

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That was certainly a strange interview and rather too much info required. Was he the only one interviewing you and did you see that there we other staff around? It sounded a little suspect.

I can't say I'm the most alert of interviewers if I have to see one person after another, but I'd usually be a bit careful how I project the image of the company.

Hope you have a happier and more fruitful time job hunting!

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Thank you! I hope so too. Yes, he was the only interviewer. There was another lady I met briefly, because she unlocked the office door for me. In fact, I couldn't even see the office itself, because the front room led to their meeting rooms, and there were walls blocking my view of the office. It felt quite strange and oppressive :s

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I recently read somewhere that managers (not recruiters) often not even bother to prepare for job interviews. I have had my fair share of those as well.

You are much better off looking a bit longer for something much better, but I understand that it might be hard sometimes, especially when you are feeling slightly desperate.

I wish you good luck, you can find a good job! :)

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Thank you! I feel lucky that I live in a time where useful information is so readily available--I went through a ton of "red flags to watch for in a job interview" articles. The experiences are unpleasant, but at least I'm not finding out after I've accepted the offers!

I had a much better interview experience yesterday, and I think there may be a good offer on the way, so fingers crossed!

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Good luck to you in your job hunt, @purpleteapot! I know it is wearing to look for a new job but there is a good one out there for you - hang in there! I am glad you had a better interview after that one.

Side note: You mentioned this and I am quite surprised: Then I open up this application form, and it asks for an array of personal details including religion, marital status, and even my family members' names and occupations. (Employers asking for the first two details are not outlawed in Singapore, but usually you are not required to provide it until after you accept a job offer.)

This is like glimpse into a completely different culture as mentioned in the comment thread above about what people find surprising in Korean culture as depicted in k dramas. Can I ask (if you know) why it is that you are required to provide your religion and marital status to your employers, once hired?

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I'm not sure, actually. It's like some dated HR practice that seems to still be in use by a lot of bigger companies. It really shouldn't be required, since it doesn't have a direct purpose like contact information and next-of-kin information (for emergencies).

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Thanks for the reply. Every single country/culture has things that will surprise others, it seems.

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Just a shout-out for DB Featured Videos, I especially enjoyed watching Lee Jung-eun’s.

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Meee toooo! She mentioned us!!! I was so hoping all the others might also acknowledge that we exist :-D Heh!

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Happy OT Beanies!

Just finished watching Touch Your Heart, it was an easy watch drama and cute, although it's something I won't be doing a rewatch. I'll be waiting for dating news for LDW and YIN ☺️

I'm gonna need all the luck in the world for me to get a ticket to BTS' fan meeting! Ticketing is cruel and I've never been lucky. And the theme for this year's Muster (the name for the fanmeet) it's Inside the Magic Shop yes, exactly my username! I don't really fangirl here since I've got twt for that but I just can't help and share and maybe get some luck from Beanies 😉 💜🍇

Happy weekend Beanies!

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Sending you good luck! 🍀

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Thanks!

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