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Premiere Watch: My Fellow Citizens, A Beautiful World

Grab your tissues! Both of this week’s dramas may have you in tears—tears of joy and tears of heartbreak.

 

My Fellow Citizens

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: KBS
Genre: Comedy, crime
Episode count: 32 episodes (35 minute episodes)

Reasons to watch: It’s not a crime to fall in love with a cop, but if you’re a conman, it will definitely put a damper on your career. When inveterate conman, played by Choi Siwon, meets Lee Yoo-young, he lies that he’s an entrepreneur while she lies about her job as a police officer. The pair fall in love and marry, and you might think that Choi Siwon will put his life of crime behind him, but there’s a complication. One of his victims was a notorious loanshark and his daughter (Kim Min-jung) is determined to make Choi Siwon pay for conning Daddy Loanshark (which I guess makes her a baby loanshark, doo doo doo doo doo doo). When she tracks down Choi, she makes him an offer he can’t refuse: run for public office and she’ll spare his life.

 

A Beautiful World

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: JTBC
Genre: Melo
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: In the aftermath of a tragedy, there are usually condolences and offers of support. But when said tragedy is a rich kid bullying someone to the point of near death, that aftermath looks very different. Nam Da-reum is the subject of an attack that leaves him close to death, but the school and the bully’s wealthy parents (Oh Man-seok and Jo Yeo-jung) are all too eager to cover up the truth of the attack. But Nam Da-reum’s family won’t give up without a fight, played by Park Hee-soon, Chu Ja-hyun, and Kim Hwan-hee, vow to find out what really happened and get justice for their beloved son and brother. When a melo breaks out the irony for their drama title, I know they’re pulling out the big guns. If the teasers are any indication, I’ll be an emotional wreck by the time A Beautiful World is over.

 
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My fellow citizens is likely to flop because of the anti-Siwon sentiment that seems to be popular in Korea right now. What I want to know is will Nam Dareum be in a coma for almost all the 16 episodes making only brief 10 min appearances every episode? This is definitely more about the parents than the children themselves but I still I'd like to see more of him than just flashbacks especially if he might die in at the end of the series.

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Can someone explain the anti-Siwon sentiment?

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I think it was something like... he didn't have his dog on a leash (and did this frequently), dog bit someone, this person got an infection and passed away.

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Compared to the latest K-pop scandals that one is weak tea indeed.

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Seems a bit harsh, indeed.

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And to make matters worse he/his family didn't apologize "properly" and continued to keep his dog off the leash even after the victim was sent to the hospital. He did apologize at the press conference for this drama though :P

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Ok, no, that's wrong. completely wrong. Maybe he did in private? ugh, so wrong.

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@astromantic He apologized and already talked to family personally (they are close friends) even before the case blew up. It was reported and Siwon apologized publicly on his SNS and did not participate in Super Junior's comeback. Also, the dog was raised by his family and was not even with him when the incident happened. He again apologized at his presscon.

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A very unlucky situation indeed.

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I think the public has since put the issue past them, since he made a comeback with SUJU and it was well received... It was still very gentleman of him to bring it up himself and to directly apologize for it at the press con when he didn't have to do it and could have just left it

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The public didn't receive it well, because it was very poorly handled by Siwon's family, they apologize but it was revealed they they lied in apology letter about circumstances of accident, and tried to deflect the responsibility for victim death on hospital, victim sister initially publicly accept apology but after more information come to public knowledge, like the fact that the dog has history of biting people unprovoked (even Siwon to the point he has to take medical leave), and was constantly unleashed, and they still operated merchandise shop for the dog after the incident, victim's family consulted the lawyers and police and didn't sue because without autopsy results it'll be long and dirty trial, so they decided to "receive not accept" (son's quote) apology and move and grieve in peace. But most of the infor after initial outcry weren't translated, I did a little digging because I'm animal lover and was curious how it was handled, and dog was send to country apparently which wasn't well received, and I agree because animal who attack unprovoked should be euthanised and not left in hand of such an irresponsible owners.

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I love how the public gets to judge whether the celeb has met their bar for contrition when they're not the injured party. Sometimes Korea could stand to mind their own personal business and just focus on the matters that really affect the public like corruption and human trafficking.

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Irresponsible dog ownership is a matter of public interest as it's concern public safety, and that matter is regulated by government too.

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Actually, in a way, I think Siwon's case really did end up affecting the public. I remember getting a notice not too long ago that dog laws in South Korea have now been updated so that it is a federal crime if a dog does not have both a leash and muzzle attached to it when outside the privacy of your home. I'm pretty sure the fine for it was pretty hefty as well. I wonder if some of the hate could be from people that are bitter that they need to get muzzles for their dogs now?

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I mean in general. I think a lot of scandals are ridiculous and the result of the public being basically NOSY about other people's business. In this case he wasn't the one walking at the time, and yet he gets guilt by association ... which is also ridiculous.

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Association, and the idea of "children bearing the guilt/sins of their parents" is real strong in S.Korea

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I wanted to add, if his family let Siwon deal with public aspect of this case it wouldn't end in this mess, his apology was well written and I agree that it was good to address it again before drama start airing, but his father and his sister are another story with the way they handled it.

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From what I can tell of Si Won's character as a person--upright, kind, considerate-- he probably didn't want his sister--and most of all, his parents-- to have to face the public about this matter because they are not public figures to begin with, and because Si Won knows just how harsh judgment can be in S.Korea and with Knetz when things go wrong, so Si Won probably chose to bear a lot of the fault and guilt on himself.... At the same time, if it really wasn't his fault, he should have let those involved to come out and make the apology themselves and not help them shirk responsibility....
Who knows what really happened, and who knows just how much of the situation was reported by the media and how much was not reported, so we as the people who only understand the situation through things we read online, and not by being someone actually involved, there's not much to say and there isn't much that we have the right to say because we are not the people involved with the real situation that happened-- and no, Si Won's family-- or every celebrity family who has ever been involved in a controversy/scandal-- does not have the obligation to come out and explain themselves if they do not have to, but like I said before, I admire Si Won stepping up and coming forward to address the situation and to give an apology for it when he really wasn't in a position where he HAD to do it--- it was the press con for his drama, not a press con talking about his private life

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Uhm, I'm not entirely agree with that stance, we know pretty much about this case to form an opinion, and I think it was good move on Siwon part to address this in public space as he is a public figure and this dog image was monetized by his family, but it should ended there, if his father wouldn't release his apology where he tried to deflect guilt and presented version of events that was proven untrue by CCTV tape, it would be forgotten by now, but his father's and then his sister insensitive action turned the public and even victim's family against them and in the end against Siwon who is a public face of his family. I agree that netizen comment are vicious and unfair but it was triggered by Siwon's family tonedeath actions.

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Again, we and the KNetz were not the ones involved with the incident, so we don't really know for sure how it was handled--if responsibility was deflected by Si Won's family or not... From what I heard/read, the family basically ignored the situation and pushed Si Won to handle it, especially his sister-- and we were only made known by the media (which can be very biased), but I will say that I am happy and proud of Si Won properly giving a statement (and therefore, closure, according to the public) about the situation.... I am going to leave it at that, because if we go any further into this thread and topic, it'll just become a debate, and that is not what is needed nor was it intended--- this article from Dramabeans is about Si Won's new drama, which is a happy thing :)

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Yes! I love that kid. He's so talented. I'll be pissed if he dies. I was going to tune in but maybe I should wait until it's completed to watch.

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*stocking up tissues, water, oxygen tank, and hugs in advance*
Okay, I think I'm as ready as I can be for A Beautiful World to start. Also, thanks DB for putting this drama on the currently recapping list. I got a feeling that we'll sorely need a place to cry together and trade virtual hugs.

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I'm pretty hyped for beautiful world, even though I should know better than to be pre-hyped for a drama. Anyways, looking forward to seeing seo young joo in a drama again. (I mean, nam da reum is no slouch, but...seo young joo is seo young joo)

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Seo is on a different level. I'm excited to see him too!

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A bunch of bitter middle aged men does not encompass the population of Korea. Siwon's drama had pretty good ratings for both episodes and came in second place. Heh

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Does anyone know: Is it 100 percent certain that A BEAUTIFUL WORLD will be available in the US on Viki? I am getting messages that say restricted and limited access.

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My Vicki (us) says available April 5th, nothing about restrictions

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Viki says that, too

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Thanks @beantown. I remember a similar dynamic with Viki in the past with WHERE STARS LAND/FOX BRIDE STAR.
(I am already nervous enough about this drama. Messing around with the National Dongsaeng!)

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My Viki app also shows restriction here in US :(

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That's common with Viki until it actually airs, then, ta-da, it's available. The problem with Viki today is they're having trouble with their subtitles. Been a whole day and night w/o Viki so far...they need to get their act together.

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Viki subs are run by volunteers—many of whom are actually Beanies (I am one)— and it’s all done by people out of the goodness of their hearts and from people taking time out of their day to put the subs up, no one is getting paid to do it (even though Viki does charge a subscription fee if you choose to join.... Which makes it suck even more for subbers because we know the website charges a fee, but us as subbers don’t receive anything from them for our work) and it is rather time consuming..... It’s not that as simple as “... they need to get their act together” for subs, but if it’s an overall website/app problem— maybe wait a bit and give it a day or two for it to refresh and figure out the kinks?? There are times when Dramabeans is down and us Beanies freak out a little bit, but we know that if we give the staff some time (shoutouts to @javabeans @girlfriday @mary ), things will work out ☺️☺️

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Hi @bebeswtz. I have had a subscription to Viki since April of 2016. I guess I am a bit of a late comer.
Thank you and all the volunteer subbers at Viki for all you do. I appreciated DramaFever (still upset over its demise). I am glad Netflix is committed to kdramas. I think the Viki subbers have consistently provided the best subtitles.
A couple of things come to mind.
1. Kudos to the group that subtitled CHICAGO TYPEWRITER. The notes added by the subtitlers turned CT into a great history lesson;
2. TUNNEL 2017 (with two of my favorites YHM and CJH). I think because of licensing issues (what else) Viki received the first 6 episodes together at Easter. The Viki subbers did a fantastic job getting those episodes subbed.

I am puzzled by some of Viki’s business decisions (if you will).
For example. From the beginning of the joint venture with KOCOWA I have not understood why volunteer subbers are subbing Kocowa dramas since Kocowa dramas are already subtitled. Seems not to be the best use of Viki subbers.
Why did Viki accept (purchase?) all those JTBC dramas that had previously aired and presumably needed to be resubtittled?
I would love to see more new cable (tvN, OCN etc) dramas picked up by Viki.
I am sure I speak for many beanies when I ask you to please let your fellow Viki volunteer subbers know how grateful we are.

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Sorry, you misunderstood or I didn't state it well. I have all respect to subbers. What I was talking about is there's a bug in the system on Roku so that no subtitles show up (haven't checked yet this a.m.) Subs on android are still there. They're trying to fix the problem on Roku. Viki on Roku is the only streaming service I know of that constantly has problems of one kind of another that is run by a huge streaming service conglomerate, Rakuten.

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Just got an email from Viki - subtitles on Roku are now fixed, so I replied and thanked the engineers for their hard work.

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Thank you for your kind words, first of all :)
I am not quite sure of why some of the business decisions were made, which then brings upon all this confusion (especially re-subbing supposedly already subbed dramas), but I'm sure you could send a message to Viki Support, and hopefully you'll be able to receive a clarification

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@linda-palapala All good ~!!! :)

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😍❤😍❤😍❤😍@bebeswtz I love and appreciate all subbers!! Thank you!

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@linda-palapala,
I am anticipating ABW being available on Viki. I do get a little anxious when I see something other than “Coming Soon”.

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I used to get "anxious" (nice word for angry) too but have realized it will say that until it actually airs. They've added Absolute Boyfriend coming soon, yay!

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Yes, one day away. They've now changed it to "coming soon" instead of "restricted access".
Apparently Absolute Boyfriend and Vagabond were tossed about for airdate, but now Viki has Absolute Boyfriend and Vagabond is in negotiation with Netflix.

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@linda-palapala,
thanks for the heads up for ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND. I really enjoyed Yeo Jin-goo’s performance in THE CROWNED CLOWN.
Btw. I am encountering a subtitle issue on viewing Kocowa dramas on Roku. I have watched episodes of both HAECHI and DOCTOR PRISONER by Roku with problems seeing the subtitles. They exist but I have to play with the star button on the Roku remote to get them to appear. FYI.

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Mine says one day away.

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Do you check the website for coming soon? I check every day! Last month there was over 50 dramas coming soon. Now there are only 27.

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A BEAUTIFUL WORLD + jTBC + Oh Man-seok = love!

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yes yes to Oh Man-seok! he needs to do MORE! that we can see.

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Ok, I totally snorted at Baby Loanshark, stroopwafel 🤣😂🤣

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Nooooooooo @stroopwafel! I didn't expect that baby shark attack!

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I sang along too XD

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Other than Nam Da-reum, I’m excited to see Kim Hwan Hee as well. Her roles in Reply 1997, The Wailing and On the Way to the Airport left a strong impression on me.

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I didn't know she was in 1997 too! With the talents of both Nam Da Reum and Kim Hwan Hee, I'm so watching this drama. I was going to wait but then I saw Kim Hwan Hee's appearance on Happy Together and she's adorable. 😊 I was impressed with her before but now she's one of my favorites.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_OKwB6DUzNM&t=201s

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Would somebody is kind enough to tell me at what time does "my fellow citzen" airs?

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According to its AsianWiki page KBS2’s MY FELLOW CITIZENS airs Mon/Tues at 10pm.

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Beautiful world! So exciting.

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Watched the first 2 episodes of My Fellow Citizens and I liked it. Probably would stick with it for a bit more. Si Won and his comical facial expression was hilarious. I like the actress too, very expressive and beautiful.

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I watched the first episode of My Fellow Citizens and it seems like a good show

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Watched My Fellow citizens and it's hilarious, nicely paced and the actors are doing a good job so far. Bonus points for real kisses too

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