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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Currently recapping: The Light in Your Eyes


Doctor Prisoner: The Devil can retire now, because Na Yi-je’s speech to lure Dr. Han out of her clean revenge was oh-so-wrong but sounded oh-so-right. “You need to let go of something valuable if you want something more desperately. I’ve given up everything to catch those scumbags. What have you given up?” It makes me wonder why we’re not all walking around with vendetta on our minds. But then again, going to prison just to avenge my stolen Yakult seems a bit too much. I’ll just revenge vicariously through Na Yi-je for now.

Possessed: My K-drama unni-friend has been mind hoodooing me to start this for weeks. So with the promise of a hot Yeon Jung-hoon and the convenience of Netflix picking this up, I finally started. It’s surprisingly sweet (for an OCN drama) how the leads are falling for each other while sharing ghost-warding tips. The Yeon Jung-hoon thing was a scam since he only showed up for 5 seconds in episode four, but I’m too hooked by the charming leads to notice.

That Psychometric Guy: I like that they’re training An to use his skills better but I’m sad that the solution is to make him smart. I want him to stay adorably dumb forever. I know, I know, he needs to git gud so he can prove Hyung’s innocence. His EQ is already waaay high though, shouldn’t that be enough? Our girl Jae-in is the brains of the operation here. T_T

The Banker: I thought I had all the characters sorted out. Ahn Nae-sang’s VP Yook is evil and corrupt, marked by his tantrums and plotting while sitting on his Giant Chair of Evil™. President Kang is the benevolent “powerless” president who wishes to clean up his organization by promoting an old-fashioned punny banker (♥) from a remote branch to audit the bigwigs. Chae Shi-ra is the awesome wildcard who can kick everyone’s ass but chooses to work for the winning team for now (an excellent tactic, Madame). But this week’s last few scenes made my head hurt because 😯 President Kang is evil and VP Yook wasn’t bluffing all along? Then what happens to our Noh Dae-ho and his team of bright-eyed auditing puppies? They’re gonna get their hearts broken if they find out they just gave more power to the bad guys.

Five Kids: This show really went there by making Sang-tae’s mom so realistically hypocritical about her children’s future. I hate her right now for being horrible to Mi-jung just because she’s “beneath” her son, then turning around and pushing Yeon-tae to date the famous and rich golf champion. I know that the show will later say, “look, Mom just wants what’s best for her children” but I dislike this mindset so much. It’s greed, plain and simple. It’s that feeling of wanting to take everything, be on top of everyone, while at the same time hating the idea of giving someone a leg up unless it benefits you too. It’s why the whole world sucks right now. And it sucks that when people like Sang-tae and Mi-jung want to live a happy, fulfilled life together, greedy people push them to do the opposite.

 
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kakegurui season 2 awesome

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Are subs out?

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Fan subs won't be able to release so check NETFLIX.
i saw the teaser so i'm fully excited~

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Everyone Arimura Kasumi's hit movie Funicula Cafe is now translated. watch it.
Kakegurui Season 2 and live-action movie is with NETFLIX so we will surely get translation by may

India - Made in heaven - good show.

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I's - Ecchi manga usually get anime but rarely get a Live-action - This show has many of those scenes. I'm quite surprised.
These days its becoming a trend to do anime or live-action of early 2000 mangas.

Prince of Legend - actress was cute there but here she is provocative and sensual.
I'm surprised to see these girls in active action.

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Prince of Legend the movie? Is it out yet?

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Hi, may I know where is Funicula Cafe translated?

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google - Aoihachi
Livejournal blog.

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I loved Made in Heaven! It was not too long and the sets were beautiful! The story pacing was fast too...never got monotonous

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We all have seen 1 min trailer or teasers or previews, 2 min, 3min and even 5 minute trailers but have you ever seen 48 minutes long Trailer? easy guess a CHinese drama

Pushing Hands - 3 episodes youtube subbed by official broadcaster. This show is good. typical story, cringe direction but still i likes 1st 3 episodes.
All is Well - gonna try this show now
The Defected - meh 1st episode dropped
The Brightest Star in the Sky - still quite e ntertaining

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Doctor Prisoner - 6/10 . I'm being quite generous here. This show tries to be High IQ game but when you start to thing this show easily proves itself a predictable dumb show. Entertaining Yes. But not as good - Its heavy makeup.

Beautiful World - almost dropped at 1st episode. I just can't feel the show. I do think it lacks logic.

My Fellow Citizens - 4/10 Where is the comedy? Female antagonist is surely a hilarious character.

Kill It - 6/10 - i'm enjoying this show. timepass.

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Waikiki - This show is far better in comedy than 1st one. The 1st one annoyed me and had many ridiculous scenarios. Both shows lack logic but this one has more funny characters than previous one. I am also more into romance of this show than the previous one.

BGM is awesome - so many references to English media

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Funouhan - Impossibility Defense - 4/10 Watched 2 weeks ago on the same day when its translation was up. its still not on main streaming sites. I'm disappointed. violence, more violence. nothing here for our heroine to do. What is the purpose of the movie. where is the subject, purpose and entertainment? Time waste

DEmekin 4/10 - noise pollution aka lot of shouting. street fights. Theme is friendship. boring. time waste movie.

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Why do you bother watching kdrama, if you don't like anything, even remotely? It feels like wasting your time on entertainment that is not for you. You should look for something else to watch.

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I concur.

Its ok to not like a drama. Its also perfectly fine to have a negative opinion. But the constant condescending manner of labelling dramas “Trash, dropped” (not this post but many previous posts) is somewhat uncomfortable to read. Snark with some wit and plain disrespect is clearly very different. I think most can feel it from the posts. Hence the obvious lack of likes.

On the other hand, it also highlights how nice this community is. No one even calls her out on it. They just let her post out of respect. Im really impressed with everyone’s EQ (I clearly lack it, hence I am posting this). Or it might be the moderators doing their job.

Also, her sneaky way of “reserving” posts is really a clear breach of rules. Mods have been too kind.

Im obviously OOT, so back to dramas.

Doctor prisoner: Was good initially if you put logic behind you (if you are in the medical field). But then the drama seems to want to test our limits and keeps getting more ridiculous. I think its enjoyable if you don’t question the logic fallacies and just go in for the ride to admire namgoong min and the tug of war game while trying to second guess. Kim Byung Chul is starting to over-act a little with too many exaggerated expressions not really befitting the tone of this drama. I might drop it if it doesn’t get better in the next couple of episodes.

Korean hostel in spain episode 4: I wish they could get celebrities over to help as the work really seems too much for just 3 people to handle. Both IKEYO’s CEO and Chef Chajumma deserve an assistant of their own. Bae Jung Nam should be promoted to senior garlic peeler and the new maknae can take over dishwashing (a la coffee friends). Would love to have Son Ho Jun helping chajumma (he has gained so much cooking knowledge since 3MAD). I recall how chajumma baked bread in that remote fishing village way back in 2015 while Ho Jun watched in awe? Well our Ho Junnie is now a pro baker too! Jang Geun Seok will be a great assistant to CEO Yoo as I’m still reeling from the unfairness of 3MAD editing him out like he didn’t exist.

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I'm excited but at the same worried to see Kim Jae Wook as the male lead in a rom-com. I want him to have and give us comedy gold and not be a jerk. Please!

- Currently watching -

All is Well: First 3 episodes are now subbed on CN Drama YouTube channel :D I'm liking it! As a fellow woman I can understand the sister's wish to pursue high education to obtain a good job, just like her detachement to her parents. Dad is slowly frustrating me in the flashbacks! And the brother who only asks for money... I want to tell him to take responsability for himself.

The Banker: Bo Gul is finally working in Seoul. Penniless but stil as energetic as usual (That photo of him trying to prevent Auditor No's picture to be taken LOL). I thought we would see more of the Vice-President but it looks President Kang is strong. Well, he's been up there for three "mandats". Auditor No should take Vice-President's warning seriously.

Beautiful World: ep 1. This is my most anticipated drama ! So the first episode just grabs you as it starts with the young Seon Ho's fall. I was even surprised to see other characters' reactions this early! Let me guess: Joon Seok bullied Dong Hee ("Ghost") or at least messed with her at one point and Seon Ho intervened in front of the class. Like in the story he told the policeman. He wanted revenge and "suggested" their friends to prank him and it turned out bad. Since all of them have (or had) a video footage - included Seon Ho - Joon Seok could've put pressure on Seon Ho or something. Of course, he was careful enough to not appear on the video.

Confession: The recent episodes made me like Yu Ri more as she was collecting informations for the cases, talking about her dad and being a good support for Lawyer Choi. The actor playing Jong Gu is terrific when he changes facial expressions. Supposing Madame Jin's son worked in the law field (because of law books at her place), did he work on Lawyer Choi's dad case? Maybe she wanted to approach

Emily's 5 Things: ep 10. So the story has shifted on other characters like the girl announcer and her abusive husband and the younger brother's lover. I don't mind it since I never expected somthing big to happen. I find it funny to hear a character in a non-korean drama calling someone else Oppa (it was briefly mentionned in the Taiwanese drama Marry Me Or Not too). It's the effect of Kdramas xD Jingmin oppa sounds good tho LOL

He is Psychometric: The masked man observing Jae In freaks me because I feel like he's going to take action very soon. About Jae In and Hyung's relationship, what if they were connected in some other way? It seems too easy for me to explain it with "she was the only to make me smile". But then again, it's a drama.

Kill It: Did kids in the orphanage undergo experiments or any physical abuse? I just find that weird.

Manpuku: ep 82. It was expected of Tachibana to help the...

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It was expected of Tachibana to help the family because they reminded him of his and Fuku-chan's life. Now that Fuku-chan and Mother know he's not having an affair (I can't even imagine that LOL), they will have to discuss about his desire to help the new family.

Mother of Mine: I like Grandpa the most. He's adorable when he was playing with his granddaughter.

Otto no Chinpo ga Hairanai: Thanks to @Kurama's post in last week's WWW, I'm half way through this drama. The show rises interesting view on sex and what is considered sex. And if there are women "for sex" and women "for love" (until ep 5 at least). I think a couple should find its own way to have sex and the leads have a wonderful relationship in the emotional department.

Possessed: ep 6. Were ghosts not enough for supernatural elements? So now, there's a drug who turns people into "zombies". Well, it affects them like zombies so for Hang Dae Dong's apocalypse dream, what could be better? Seung Hee might have 3 oppas but her unnie can kick butts. 's expressions were priceless.

Welcome to Waikiki: Soo Hyun's first love was Woo Shik after all! That high school sunbae was full of himself/too confident even back then. Finally, appeared. Despite her cunning personnality, I like how she hypes up her brother. It does create embarassing moments for him but still, it proves how much she adores him. I'm waiting for the day ong proves to everyone he's not as dumb as they think.

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I do love the grandpa in Mother of Mine. He seems to be the only voice of reason in that branch of the family at times.

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Otto no Chinpo ga Hairanai's couple is a nice one. I found the topic pretty interesting in our modern time.

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All Is Well - I have never hated and loved 'villains' like I do on this show. The actors playing Dad and 2nd Brother are so so good. You will appreciate as the show progresses.

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Kill It: 7/10 Interesting / confusing / inconsistent / absurd. Has cats!

Haechi: 6/10 I can't keep track of all the officials and their shifting loyaties. But at least there's one show with zero vacuum PPL.

My Fellow Citizens: 8.5/10 One of the things they're doing right is bringing in favorites from other shows. "You kill people but you can't make an illegal u-turn?" Kudo Hina is back!! For dessert we get someone from a favorite couple in Touch Your Heart.

Confession: 7/10 Getting better in a traditional mystery/conspiracy kind of way. Too bad I'm not in the mood for that.

Waikiki 2: 5/10 Why is it so much less funny the 2nd time around? Or did I just answer my own question?

The Banker: 4/10 I prefer my bank robberies the old-fashioned way.

Psychometric Guy: 7/10

Legal High: 8/10

Beautiful World: First 15 minutes were really sad. I don't want sad now. Bye.

Ma Boy (2012): 6.5/10 This was mentioned in comments under the article about Kim So-hyun in an upcoming show about a guy who dresses as a girl, so I had to tune in to the ORIGINAL KSH + cross-dressing-guy show. She had three mean girls bullying her as practice for School 2015 and was called "Geu-rim" as warm-up for Radio Romance. Note: Javabeans' recap was better than the show.

Myung Wol the Spy / Spy MyeongWol (2011): 8/10 Seeing Han Ye-Seul in Big Issue made me want to rewatch the other show I've seen her in. It was one of my first kdramas, so I didn't have much to compare it to, but it holds up pretty well even at low-def 360p despite a goofy premise. Ending was lame, so I don't plan to rewatch the whole thing.

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First four episodes of Myung Wol were brilliant... sadly they chickened out... (plus the inner drama later).

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The vacuum PPL people are missing out. A sageuk like Haechi is the perfect opportunity for vacuum PPL. Imagine a scene where the fellow doing the sweeping at the saheonbu. He bends his back in pain, and /begin PPL/ then wishes there was an easier way to do this. Suddenly he has a vision/an idea of something that would simply do the job as he walks about with it. /end PPL/ He's snapped out of his daydream by a sharp comment from a higher-up.

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When does Jung Kook's sister appear in My Fellow Citizens?

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Ep 2 family get-together starting a bit past 13 minutes in.

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Its the female attorney from TYH, iinm attorney choi? Or is it dan? I remember seeing her a lot on the fanwall hehe

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Dan

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Javabeans' recaps... I miss those T_T

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Legal High - I sometimes got overwhelmed with all the twists and character connections and who was who (and working for who)... and what really happened... but I generally liked it and (not having seen the original) I quite enjoyed the comedy... that staged trial orchestrated by Taerim and Jaein between their butler and informant was one of the highlights for me 😂😂
I also liked Jin Goo and Seo Eun Soo here... and my bias Eric from My Husband Oh Jak Doo - Jung Sang Hoon.

FF through Pretty Daughter and may drop it soon... and replace Daughters either with Sons (Sol Pharmacy) or Brothers (Ojakgyo) 😁

Current on Psychometric. Still love it.

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Watching only one drama. psychometric Guy! Totally enjoying it. Love the female leads. Smart, capable and independent.
And LeeAn is just so adorably dumb and I love his expressions. Totally Gif worthy!
Am invested in the plot/mystery and all the 4 main characters.
Am not sure the main villain is rightly cast. I didn’t feel it. Hopefully I am wrong.

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I just started it today, really enjoying it too!

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Thank you for the rec again!! I picked it up again this week and I love it 🥰 wish this was being recapped cuz I really want to read some discussions and theories!!!!!

Anywaysssss I think I kinda know why Hyung was so adamant and quick to close the home care fire case. I thought it was so weird how the prosecutor like him didn’t want to dig in to the case more. That’s the place where he hides his mother!!!!!!!!!! That facial composite looks eerily like his mother!

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Am glad you picked it up again!
The first 2 episodes kinda have a different tone. And the time skip actually works here. I like that they built trust during those crucial years and building the relationship as grownups.
I always seem to be watching more shows that are not recapped ; )
** SPOILER - beanies skip if you haven't watched 8 ep**
The pic does look a lot like his mother. But I never thought he was hiding her. Makes sense.
And whats with his inability to feel emotions!! I knew there was something off about him but now this makes sense.
The backstory was quite sad. Him sitting on the bench and watching the entrance while his ankles were bleeding and he didn't feel the pain.

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Right. I thought it was weird that we were shown that he was reading the meaning of love from dictionary. When Ahn came across the term alexithimya, it made me remember the same illness that the male lead from Forest of Secret, and it clicked me that hyung might have the same case, then it was confirmed this week. The inability to feel emotions. What a lonely world he’s living - I’m glad that there’s Ahn, Ji Soo, and now Jae In who light up his world.

We never really saw what happened after young Sung Mo instructed his mom to listen to his plan and how she can escape death. When the murderer went into their house, it was empty. So I had a hunch that she might have successfully escaped the building and he’s been hiding her all these years. And that’s why the stalker hasn’t killed him off yet because he’s waiting until he leads him to her. And perhaps fire broke out too in the home care due to this. Stalker might have an inkling she was there. His mother is not the killer cops are looking for, he knows it and that’s why he wanted to close the case right away cuz Ji Soo might be so close to figuring out his mother was there and perhaps was really using a stolen identity as disguise.

Gaaaah the mysteries get deeper each episode! I honestly thought the cases Ahn and Jae In would solve would be pretty lame that’s why I kind of dropped it, but I’m glad I was so wrong.

Now I also want to know how in the stalker’s memory had a young Ji Soo smiling directly at him! I just hope all 4 leads come out of this alive and happy.

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Also, I honestly think Ahn is dumb not because he doesn't study. Well, it's true he doesn't study that's why he doesn't know a lot of things, but I think his brain injury might have caused something to make him oddly dumb. It's sad that he gets simple words mixed up and it's most likely the accident caused that. Like, how can you mix up flavour and favour (Ep 5 scene - both brothers were visiting their parents' graves and Ahn told Hyung's mom that he would return the favour now. He said he would return the flavour </3).

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I figured I was not getting the actual mixing up words since you don't get the meaning in subtitles.
Its possible that the accident might have done it. Also, it doesn't help that he doesn't study and he was alone when he was young. But when he put his mind, he seems to read the books. He gets the essence but not the technical details/words. I think he doesn't remember words. sounded like a mild form of dyslexia to me.

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@mayhemf ehrrrrm yeah not the direct mixed up of words, but similar - I mean we do get the hint that he’s prone to using incorrect words (both jargon and very simple ones) and the words he uses are very close the the right ones. And yeah I agree, that’s how I would put it too - he’s got some sort of dyslexia and I had a feeling his brain injury caused him that. And if he opens more books as Jae In’s theory, he’ll pick up on things fast and his reading into events will be more accurate and will make more sense cuz at the moment his brain is an empty shell.

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He is definitely hiding her and that is why the murderer is still stalking him because he is still obsessed with her after all these years and looking for her.

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I'd love to discuss it too. We could have discussions on my wall 🙂

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Yes please!!!!!! I watched ep 3-8 at once this week and I’m still trying to wrap my brain in this. I really think I’m invested in Hyung’s story more than anyone else after we were shown that he’s related to whoever set up the fire in the building and murderer the four ladies. No wonder he became Jae In’s Daddy Long Legs and he didn’t resent her father for “killing” his mother. And that He actually feels responsible for her tragic childhood and Ahn’s too!

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I think @raonah is setting a carefully laid trap that will lead us all to GOT7.

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@ndlessjoie LOL! I just know JY is hers :)

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I'll put a discussion post on my wall and tag you all 💚
@ndlessjoie you saw through my evil plan 😂
@mayhemf you'll have to fight @hades for Jinyoung. JB is mine 💚😍

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Kill It: Hoho... it continued to be entertaining. Here is a list of things I especially like from this week eps.

1. Thank God those Russian mafias aren't our big bad. Because I can only tolerate so much of awkward acting. I don't even mind if the villains were cartoonishly bad (which, so far, isn't the case) as long as I can still enjoy the acting.
2. I'm such a sucker for unconventional family. And this drama is doing a good job with lonely Soo-hyun, Hyun-jin, Seul-gi, and their respective pets. Can we get more of these unusual bonding time? Please and thank you.
3. I don't care how cliché it was for Hyun-jin to be the one re-introducing Soo-hyun to the comfort of human interaction while also being the one who got closer to our vet's secret identity. I'm definitely enjoying their heated hide-and-seek game, especially since Soo-hyun's reawakaned conscience seemed to bother him a bit these days.
4. I can't wait to see how this orphanage is going to be connected to all these characters and also the human experiment that Hyun-jin's dad involved with.

Haechi: I haven't even finished celebrating our good guys' triumph this week when another (and more dire) problem arose. Our crown prince needs all the luck he has to get away unscathed from this potentially damning situation.

My Fellow Citizens: This is another drama that I didn't plan to watch, but ended up watching anyway. The lure of writer Han Jung-hoon who has written some of my favorite dramas and Lee Yoo-young being both badass and lovely are too hard to ignore. So far, I'm enjoying the hilarious and interesting setup. Let's see if they could sustain it for the next 7 weeks.

Beautiful World: A heart-breakingly beautiful first eps that hit too close to home, yet completely hooked me.

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Ah....sounds like I should try Beautiful World.

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I’m only watching HAECHI at the moment. I didn’t think I would enjoy it but man ohhhhh man, was I wrong. The only thing I’m not fond of is how the budding romance between the Crown Prince and Yeo-ji is written. I’m ok with him pining after her bc of the differences in their social status but Yeo-ji can’t be that naive when it comes to romantic desires.

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I suggest change of the title for this week WWW to What Was Mary Watching 😆
(Just hope all the staff is fine, no flu or other disaters.)

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I watched Iron Ladies and really liked Aviis Zhong, so I went straight to her next drama Emily's 5 Things and it's adorable. Well, it's adorable after a couple of dodgy moments early on. Aviis Zhong is a great actress, as Ai Mi li is as far from her Iron Ladies character as she could possibly be.

Anyway, I'm on ep 10. I like Friends to Lovers dramas anyway, but here it's even better because (once the nasty bf is out of the picture) almost everybody in this drama is a really decent human being.

Who needs nasty jerks or evil second female leads? Add to that a discussion around consent and some very amusing high-school memory moments, and I'm hooked. It could of course get really boring in the next 5 episodes but I hope not. Right now, I would be perfectly happy for her to end up with either guy and that doesn't happen very often.

It's the perfect balance with my watch of Possessed. I'm on ep 2 and am enjoying it so far.

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I think a lot of people who watched Iron ladies tuned in for Emily's 5 things. Like you said, characters are just nice people and nothing big or dramatic will happen (or I hope because I am on episode 10 too).

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Hurray, a fellow-viewer! There's so much to like about this drama - including the show that they're watching about the spy-couple. And I love the Friends Reunited storyline

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Hmmm, I'm always up for adorable so I've added Emily's 5 Things/Five Missions to my watch list. I really appreciate how Taiwanese dramas don't go the 50+ episode route of Chinese dramas!

Now that Possessed is on Netflix, I hope to see more people catching up with this compelling show. The central romance is a warm and funny glowing light in the middle of a riveting psychological thriller.

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I keep hearing nice things about Possessed...

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It's worth a shot. Another thing I really like is how there are different kinds of strong (and sometimes weird) women too.

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I watched two more episodes tonight. I didn't know much about the premise but I liked it well enough for the first 2 eps.

And then it got really interesting after ep 4

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Confession
First things first: the person in charge of the sound effects is doing a hell of a fine job! This week’s minor detour in the nurse case showed a same yet different manipulation of the court: the culprit hid the truth but did so with less sinister intentions. Unexpectedly, the character that I have the most sentiment towards is not any of the leads but rather the hapless prosecutor Hyun Joon: he’s not entrenched too far into the depths of corruption yet and Do Hyun has left him critically thinking at times. Is it too far to hope that he will have a development arc from an antagonist to a fellow ally?

That Psychometric Guy
It’s seems a little clumsy to add in the corrupt head cop arc at this stage, but it sure does maximise the dramatic irony where Ji Soo feels nervous seeing the main leads interact while we as the audience feel double the awkwardness since her father is clearly not as innocent as she believed. I feel that the show is now breaking into two parts with the sweet romance being used to hold the audience while the mystery is developed at a snail’s pace: this is a tactic that we have all seen before and it does not work as it makes the developments predictably cliche when the entire truth is revealed.

Kill It
The story is nothing short of predictable with a shared childhood background between the leads, as well as a shared trauma from the same source of powerful & rich evil conglomerate businessman. However, I do find myself enthralled in particular thanks to Seul Gi whose relationship with Soo Hyun (who looks very spectacular :P) is developing in a new direction with the appearance of our female lead: she is starting to find the companionship she fears she might lose if she rats him out and with it some hope that they can all leave their dreadful past behind. But this is a drama after all …

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I didn't think the corrupt head cop arc was added later nor clumsily. I think the groundwork was laid for it long before and I was waiting for the other shoe to drop because during those case meetings he was always overly defensive and constantly trying to obstruct further investigation of some cases.

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Hyena: another side of Shin Sung Rok. And it has So Yi Hyun ☺. I stayed for them, and fast forwarded through others 😅.

The Banker: Mr Noh and his young squad has my ❤. Fighting! And don't be corrupt please young ones.

Beautiful World: beautiful camerawork and editing, beautiful song, good acting, heartwrenching when it comes the bullied boy's family, aggravating when it comes to the bully's family.

Fiery Priest: Just started watching after seeing the ratings peaked at 23% 🤣. Kim Nam Gil's temper is a sight to behold. Hahaha

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Oh..I jumped directly to ep 2 of Fellow Citizens. Siwon is not as annoying as his character in Revolutionary love. LYY and KMJ are great. The show is funny, I might stay for laughs and also for KMJ. She nails the villain character. Heh

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That cute new IT guy in Banker has me nervous. I don’t wanna be attached to him in case he’s planted by President Kang. :( Maybe he’ll change loyalties because of Dae-ho’s excellent puns?

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RIGHT??!!! The way he just walked in and admitted he sent the text....yeah, arms length. No matter how hot he is, in fact, it makes me more cautious.

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And like, how is no one from his department scolding him for just giving his time+talents to the auditing team? (I know it's nice, but that's not usually how huge corporations work...)

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I thought IT guy was transfered there. Missed the part that he sent the text. Now I'm wary of him. Hua3

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My Fellow Citizens: It's fun, Siwon and Lee Yoo Young have good chemisty. I haven't been bored as of the first 2 episodes. However there is a certain je ne sais quoi missing and I just can't put my finger on it, hopefully it resolves itself before I figure it out.

That Psychometric Guy: I'm with @mary, the fact that he is so sweetly dumb is adorable. Also the severe hinting they did for Hyung's condition was hilarious. They even had An randomly say the name. Alexithymia. Obviously they will dramify it, but here is a link if you want to read up on the actual disorder. It's pretty interesting, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alexithymia-does-my-partn_n_8130914

Doctor Prisoner: I'll be honest, it was kind of a regular drama to me up until this last episode. It has picked up and I am enjoying it. Also I would like to point out Kim Seok Woo seems to be more of a sociopath than a psychopath. Sociopaths are emotional, while psychopaths are more clinical and so show less emotion.

Big Issue: Still loving Han Ye Soul. I think she is FABULOUS. Her character seems to be falling for Han Seok Joo, which should be interesting. Another thing, this is the second drama of Joo Jin Mo that I have seen, where he has been prevented from raising his child, I wonder why?

Kill It: This drama continues to be ridiculous. I continue to love it. I also want to add I like that he is staying a killer and there is no weird thing where he suddenly stops killing people because he found love. Hopefully they do a good job of showing his growth without him doing a complete 180.

Confession: I love it.

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omg I remember alexithymia because we joked that the other lead in Nail Shop Paris had it. The expressionless guy called Alex.

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Minus "Big Issue", but adding "Fiery Priest", it's my drama watchlist for spring.
I feel like they adding too much into Hyung's backstory and start to losing track of it, he and his mother are hiding, presumably vicitms of DV, father might be full blown psycho-killer, he suffer from weird personality disorder and doesn't feel/care about the pain (which btw goes again the whole alexithymia idea) ?? Writers are you for real, give the guy a break.
Doctor Prisoner reminds me of watching chess match, but acutally thrilling for causal bystanders.

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Setting the inability to feel emotions aside, not feeling pain reminded me of Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo and the nail gun. Shudder.

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He is Psychometric: I'm surprised by how much I like this drama. I'm interested in the mystery. I like Lee Ahn and Yoon Jae In, both individually and as a couple. I like the detective. I'm interested in hyung's backstory.

My Fellow Citizens: I didn't realize Lee Yoo Young was in this. I really like her. I also really like Kim Min Jung. I don't like Siwon's acting, but I enjoyed the first week in spite of all of his faces.

Fiery Priest: I didn't realize this drama is 40 episodes. I thought it was ending this week. I put it on hold for a while because I found it slow and repetitive, but things finally started moving and the last couple of weeks have been a lot of fun.

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No, 30 minute episodes (20 one-hour).

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I'm uh, in a bad bad slump and didn't watch a single kdrama all week. Looking forward Hoping I'll check out that new Kim Jae Wook drama next week. please be good, please be good, but as my resolution this year is to have no expectations, I'll hold off on any anticipation.

I did watch the first 8 episodes of Zindagi Galzar Hai on the recommendation of @festerfaster during the Dramas Over Flowers podcast. This is good. Really good. And not just because Fawad Khan is dreamy looking, but because the characters are complex, the romance is so far a very slow burning one, the social commentary is obvious but not wielded with a sledgehammer, and the Austenesqueness of it all is just my thing. Check it out.

Also not a kdrama, but it's kdrama adjacent, I watched the entire third season of Kim's Convenience as soon as it hit Netflix. Yes, I had real life responsibilities to take care of, but grumpy Mr. Kim and I are basically the same people so I couldn't look away. The group couple's therapy session was particularly funny, and I'm glad the writers didn't make Kimchee a complete failure in his new position as Assistant Manager.

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Thanks for the Zindagi Galzar Hai recommendation. There's a firehose of good content on Netflix and I'm depending on others to help me curate a more international watchlist.

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Netflix is flinging the Filipino dramas and movies at me with all their might, and I wonder if anyone has any recommendations on where best to start.

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My most recent Filipino Netflix movie was You're My Boss, a rom-com about an airline marketing executive (Georgina) switching places with an executive ass't (Pong) in order close a potentially lucrative deal with a sexist Japanese client.

I ain't gonna lie—it's kinda a Hallmark move but it has its charms. Reasons to see the film:
• It's a decent take on the colleagues-to-friends-to-lovers trope.
• The leads are charming. Pong is sweet without being a pushover. Georgina is Type-A and, while she does eventually find her heart, I like that she remains ambitious.
• Part of the story is filmed in breathtaking Batanes. I want to go to there.

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Thanks @tsutsuloo for the Filipino movie recommendations.
I googled Batanes and all I can say is wow! Beautiful!

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My next Netflix Filipino movie will be Kita Kita, featuring Filipino actors filmed in Sapporo, Japan. I think it's an indie film and looks fresh and quirky.

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I really enjoyed One Day which is a Thai movie that's on Netflix. I've been trying to branch out a little, too.

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Nice. I remember glimpsing this film when it was on Dramafever. I've just added it to my queue!

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Thanks for the Thai recommend. I've enjoyed some Thai dramas, but haven't branched out much into the films.

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My daughter FINALLY was willing to watch an Asian movie with me, but it had to be either horror or suspense/thriller. So I picked Netflix' Chinese thriller? suspense? Horror? Hide and Seek (Wallace Huo). She wanted to watch it with French subtitles instead of English subtitles. Turned out to be quite fun.

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I haven’t seen that one. I’ll have to check it out.

Have you watched Train to Busan?

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But of course...who hasn't watched Train to Busan! And I'm gonna watch it again. But I have weird tastes sometimes - I also liked Legend of the Naga Pearls. Have you watched The Host? That's a classic.
But if you like thriller/suspense you'll like Hide and Seek. It's a remake of an earlier Korean movie.

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I thought the Wallace Huo version of Hide and Seek was well done! Lots of fun chases and thrills!

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I love zindagi gulzar hai, it is one of my favourite Pakistani drama.

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Zindagi Galzar Hai - This is a show worth plenty discussions!!
And Fawad Khan - Man...his voice, his eyes, hair, acting - nothing I don't like about him ;)

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Fawad Khan! I really liked him, from the little I saw him on Bollywood movies. So this one is from Paquistan? It seems older, but I might check it out :)

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It is definitely worth checking out.

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Glad u r liking zindagi gulzar hai. I also liked the drama but wished the direction was little bit more crisp. anyway it is good watch . also really liked the ost.
also check humsafars which is also available in netflix. that is also really good .watching humsafar feel more liking watching k drama. have disaproving mother in law, angst, romance, obessive second leads etc ... also ost is great

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Have you tried yakeen ka safari?

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No, I have not watched Yakeen ka safar. it is in mine watchlist but have not started it. ls it good???
btw have u watched besharam ??

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All Is Well Right up there, after Nirvana In Fire. If I were to have different categories according to genre then I will say Best Family Drama I've ever seen.

Marathoned 46 episodes in two weeks. The show is excellent at depicting the issues faced by a Chinese family. If you aren't Chinese, you might find some aspects foreign - like the expectation of living with parents after marriage. However, not all are unique only to the Chinese. After all, different cultures might express filial piety differently but every child loves and wishes well for their parents, right?

The story centers on the Su family whose matriarch passed away suddenly in the middle of an intense mahjong session(ha!). Hen-pecked Father Su starts to act up and makes life difficult for his two sons and only daughter. The protagonist here is youngest daughter Ming Yu, the one who received the least love(gender bias) and resources from her parents. Yet, through sure grit and smarts, she becomes the most successful among the siblings.

If I want strong, intelligent female characters with a personality that doesn't disappear after she finds love, I will most likely find it in a C drama than K one. This drama has very good female characters. Many times, the ladies(daughter and daughters-in-laws) solve the problems so much better than the men. Actually the men just create or add to problems!

The characters are so well written, everyone has faults and redeeming qualities to varying degrees with the exception of one particular character but she's a minor irritant with brief appearance.

I've not watched a modern Chinese drama in a long time so I am pretty taken with the sleek cinematography and aesthetically pleasing sets. Even the styling is well thought through.

Naturally, it's a tough act to follow. Just finished 1st episode of Confession. It's okay but I was constantly distracted by a new facebook group I've just joined - Sourdough Baking. I never knew watching a piece of dough do an awesome oven spring can be so mesmerizing.

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Many Likes for you last sentence!

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Do you bake sourdoughs or any bread?

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I'm a home baker, yes, although I haven't yet made any sourdough, but my instagram feed basically consists of video clips of kneading and oven spring and all kind of fascinating things to do to a dough!

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Interesting! What do you normally make at home?

Sourdough is new to me. I just received a very small batch of starter, accidentally froze it but I think it survived.

I've been baking soft breads - the asian bakery or Japanese style ones. However, I loved french breads for the longest time. Thus this foray into sourdoughs and the likes. The community is great, so much to read, learn and watch, haha!

I like the feel of dough. It's more therapeutic than say baking cakes and cookies. Watching it spring up in the oven and the aroma of freshly baked bread - heavenly!

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@outofthisworld I absoluteluly love the feel and smell of dough and bread. I make croissants, morning pastries, sandwich bread, soft rolls american style or japanese style...

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Wow! That's impressive! I am still a noob. Do share pictures of your bakes on fanwall, it's my favorite type of post LOL

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@outofthisworld haha, I might one day 😅😅

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My mother in law used to make breads. My hubby and sister in law helped to make bread when they are younger. My kids have not yet to learn it yet.

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Wow! You are so blessed! I supposed you always have freshly baked breads at home.

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That was kinda weird - I read your All is Well post but figured I can't try it, I don't see it anywhere. Went to my fb page and cdramabase just posted it's on youtube, ep 4 English subbed.

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Try it although I am not sure if family drama is your type of show. Let me know what you think. I wish there were more people watching and discussing C dramas on English blogs.

I do read the Chinese ones but I don't participate.

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What I like seems to depend entirely on my mood and family shows fit very well! And the only things on my watchlist right now are Chinese and Taiwan dramas. Several of my students are Chinese and sometimes the moms and I discuss whatever show we're watching. I don't speak Chinese so depend on English translations and sometimes they only know the drama by the Chinese name. From some of the comments I read on other sites, some people don't "get" the endings to dramas or are very confused. It was that way with Legend of Fuyao. One of my Chinese moms saw I was watching Oriental Odyssey and she said she really enjoyed it but it had a sad ending. I said, no, it was a good ending because Mu Le got to come back to her. I haven't watched the ending of The Legends but I've heard controversial opinions that 1) it's a sad/open ending, 2) she waits for him 5 years, and the end shows they have two kids (already grown?) who look like them...?? I don't know! Will have to wait for the translations or the DVD release.
BTW, I have a bread machine and sometimes make bread. Do you have good recipes? I'd love something different.

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I have a bad memory so you've probably mentioned it previously but I forgot. Where are you from again? Is it the States?

Sometimes I do get confused by drama endings. In fact, there's one pressing question I want to ask about All Is Well's ending but I don't know anyone watching it. My girlfriends haven't caught up with all of it yet.

I used to use bread machine but I didn't like the way it baked bread. You will get a nice crust if you just knead the dough in the machine, take it out, shape and bake in an oven. Of course, the machine is very useful and convenient if you want an all-in-one especially if you use the timer for overnight mixing.

I have a straight dough recipe which I use all the time for soft buns without need of starter dough or yudane method. For most breads, the most important besides the recipe is the kneading. Unless you are going for certain types of bread where hand kneading or less handling of dough is required, I would say if your dough reach window pane stage, success is almost guaranteed!

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@outofthisworld Yes, Calif to be exact. I was sort of assuming you were from the states but guess not - what part of the world do you inhabit?
I've watched enough Xianxia to figure out what's going on and how they usually do the endings. They might seem sad, but with research on other sites and comments about the endings of novels and clues left behind I can figure it out and it usually is open ended or good. Plus I read Xianxia tropes and can see where so many of the same things are in every Chinese fantasy. But this means the drama has to be quirky or different in some way to be worthwhile.
Bloody Romance for example, most thought it was a sad ending because he died, but after readings comments and seeing the clues in the last two episodes I knew he'd made a deal with the torturer and left her a clue on the fan (it wasn't his skin, thankfully and ew to that idea) as to where she could find him. He hadn't died but had to leave with people thinking he was dead or else they'd be after his life. Plus he needed to recuperate.
For the bread machine I've learned thru trial and error that just doing the dough cycle and then baking in the oven is much better. But I haven't figured out how to make it as good the next day.
Since All Is Well is a modern drama, I'm not sure I'd figure out the ending either, but I'm guessing it's probably open ended, leaving a question. I prefer endings that come to a logical conclusion and not forced.

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I am from Singapore. I love Wuxia but not xianxia. I think it's just that I never particularly like fantasy genre much. Xianxia used to have the most horrid CGI so it didn't help. These days they are better. I still get attracted to the pretty though so I do attempt at times.

About the bread machine, I think you can try making dough and bulk ferment in the fridge(if it's summer) or leave it out at low temp overnight. Shape it the next morning and bake. Alternatively, shape and proof overnight in the fridge. You just need to pop it into the oven the next day. I tried that and it worked.

All is Well didn't have an open ending. It was quite neatly tied up but not overly done. Real life might be much uglier but well, the drama wants to send a positive message and I think they really made the best of it. It was just one scene which I wasn't sure so if you ever complete the drama, give me a shout out.

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I'm watching Psychometric Guy now and I really enjoy it!

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Splash Splash Love

It's a sweet love story which is something I was in the mood for. I liked how short it was, it only has 2 episodes which is exactly what I needed because I've been in a slump for a month or so, maybe a little over a month. Anyways, I love how the heroine isn't a cutboard character which somehow causes every characters to fall in love with her *coughs*Like Moon Lovers*coughs*. I also enjoyed that there's only one love interest for the heroine, it was a nice change of pace compared to other kdrama which revolves around love triangles which can get old fast if you see it over and over in different kdramas.

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Yes to everything you said. This show is my vitamin, my ginseng extract pouch! Keep this show in your back pocket when you're introducing noobs to kdramas; it's a perfect introduction.

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I watched SSL for the same reason - needed to get back into kdramas so started on something simpler and shorter. Honestly glad its so short since if it had more time to build their love in depth, I would be bawling at the end. I cried anyway for the king, but it wasn't so bad.

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Marriage Contract: ❤️❤️❤️

Coffee Friends: ❤️❤️❤️

I feel like I've tried to watch other things this week, but they clearly weren't important enough to be remembered?

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"Leave the thinking to us" in last week's Psychometric guy is enough to make me want him to be dumb forever

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He is psychometric- I'm having loads of fun watching this. The mystery and the sweet moments are balanced nicely. The interactions between Jae in's aunt and her sunbae is really funny (though it's a bit gross😅).

waikiki 2- I'm enjoying this season as well. The physical gags are toned down and the romance between woo shik and soo hyun is developing nicely.

kill it- it's kind of ridiculous. Especially after reading others comments, there are a lot of problems with it. But it a good distraction I guess.

possessed- I've watched 5 episodes and it's really good. The horror and comedy are equally good and it doesn't feel like I'm watching 2 different dramas. And the romance is too sweet😊.

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I picked up a celebrity on the street - this is what happens when you lack dramas to watch, you watch stupid things. It took 6 eps for me to finally drop this thing cuz I’m watching other things now. Kim Ga Eun, please pick a smarter drama next time - the kind that makes me proud we are of same species 🤦‍♀️

Wednesday 3:30pm - very cute. Childhood bestfriends turn lovers, but I kinda lost my interest when she got back with her ex and it took her sometime to realize she didn’t need him back after all. I just felt so bad for the male bff, that’s all.

He is Psychometric - ☺️ So glad I picked this up again. This drama is amazing. Ji Soo, I love you, girl and your little squeee moments whenever Sung Mo does something unexpectedly and keeps your hopes up. And no I don’t really believe he sees your competition for his feelings as any more than a dongsaeng - she was after all the first person who made him smile (the kind of reaction that he used to only read in books), so he’s very fond of her and the fact that he has indirect cause to why her beloved father is in jail right now........... But anyways, I do think you have a special place in him too, he just doesn’t know how to express it completely because of what he is and his illness. But don’t lose your hope, I love watching you slowly change him too.

My Fellow Citizens - love it! And I’m in it for the badass female antagonist too. Can’t wait to see how these strong ladies rock the world of this conman.

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I'll probably actually finish I Picked Up a Celebrity on the Street, even though the story is pretty ridiculous. I think Sung Hoon's acting is improving some, and I really like the 2nd lead actor Kim Jong Hoon (I don't remember seeing him in anything before). I love the rooftop apartment too, and would totally live in a place like that!

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I thought main Leads were going to be cute together at first but that thought faded too fast after I realized all this time Ga Eun thought he was dead and that she legit actually prayed for his passing! Like girl, can’t believe you didn’t check if he was breathing or not, and that’s actually creepy that she took home what she assumed was a dead body. Anyways that happened ep 1-2, and I still watched up until ep 6 huehehhehehe. I had hopes it would get better but she did kidnap another man! 🤦‍♀️

If they get cast again in another drama together, I hope it will be a better plot. I like Sung Hoon too! And that’s probably why kept watching it despite the ridiculous plot.

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I'm watching Psychometric too and I don't think Sung-Mo is is attracted to Jae-In either. He sees her as a little sister and the same way as An, he feels responsible for what happened to her. It's obvious that he's cold to Ji-Soo because he actually does like her, but blames himself for ruining other peoples lives.

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Yep! I hope Ji Soo and Sung Mo have a happy ending together - like please drama gods don’t end it like how you usually end tragic couples lol. It doesn’t sit with me well that Ji Soo has talked about her death twice now in the drama and we’re only half way through 😖😖

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Not Ji Soo. not her please.
But this show looks like it won't hesitate to go dark.

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I knooooooow. 😭 I hope it won’t completely go dark cuz I feel like I’m so invested in this drama now, I don’t really want to hate it.

I really like the balance of light and dark mood of this drama - Ahn and Ji Soo’s positivity brings light into Jae In and Sung Moo’s dark past. One moment I’d laugh at the scenes, then Had me sitting on the edge for the suspense of what’s gonna happen, then end up feeling sorry the more we look into their past.

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aww mary <3 oppa will be appearing more and more! and i'm so distracted by his guyliner every time kekeke

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Talk about 'famous golf champion', after a year I'm rewatching 'Misty' now that its up on Viki. What a finely crafted drama. Second viewing, you're no longer concerned about who did what to whom and can just sit back an enjoy the moving gears meshing perfectly in this Swiss watch of a drama.

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MISTY. I noticed your comment and you brought Kevin Lee back to mind. I said before that Kevin’s wife Eun-joo should have taken up his offer to go to Hawaii on the honeymoon they never had. Then Hye-ran would not have run into Kevin at Incheon Airport and non of the unpleasantness that followed may have happened. (Also there would have been no drama!)

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I am glad I can relax a bit now that episode one of BEAUTIFUL WORLD is available on Viki. Now we wait for the subbers to go to work and I don’t have to worry about terms like “Restricted Access”.

HAECHI is terrific with all the cast giving wonderful performances especially Jung Il-woo and Lee Geung-young. This past week’s episodes may have been the best.

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I’m actually not watching ANY live airing dramas *shock gasp*. I just finished TYH and it was much better as a binge drama than love watching. The plots were ridiculous by the end.

I picked up Drinking Solo this week, since it’s come highly recommended. I tried when it was live airing and just gave up. This time around, I don’t know if I will make it through. Absolutely EVERY side character is terrible. I adore the college students. (Key 🥰) I’m trying to watch so I can see Key but I don’t know if I will make it. Is there a college student cut?

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'Drinking Solo' should be seen as part of a package with 'A Wife's Credentials' and 'Sky Castle' on the theme of training-up for college admissions. The three series couldn't be more different, otherwise.

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Go Back Couple (Ep.9): I'm glad I pressed on with this buddy watch with my mum, because we both love it! It's delightful to watch a show that knows just the story it wants to tell. I'm enjoying Ban-do's growth the most, as he peels back layers of hurtful habits and finds his way back to thoughtful gestures that express his love for Jin-joo.

The Light in Your Eyes (Ep.6): For some reason, I'm not moving along as quickly as I thought I would. Maybe it's because the themes explored (especially ageing and ageism) make it a bit difficult to watch. But I'm so glad to see that this show got numerous nominations for the Baeksang Arts Awards!

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Both are fantastic shows, my faves!

There's this part in The Light In Your Eyes where things seem repetitive or slow. Also, I guess the issues of ageing and ageism wouldn't interest a younger viewer as much as it would an older one like me. If you can, try to continue. I think you may find it great after all.

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I think I will, slowly! I watch dramas based on my mood, so sometimes a suitable mood that has left me will roll back around.

Rather than lacking relatability, it's hard for me to watch because it makes me worry for my own family (and perhaps eventually myself). I'm a bit of a worrywart, so sometimes I prefer approaching difficult issues through lighter ways, which is why I always veer towards rom-coms and slice-of-life comedies over melos! But I've resolved to step out of my drama comfort zone more this year.

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Got sucked into watching Nice to Meet You while waiting for locked dramas to be unlocked on VIKI. Love all the sparkly jewelry and Zheng Ming is a cutie. Not happy with his character but being the hopeless romantic I hope it has a happy ending.

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@Mary, my first attempt “bolding” a title! Success! Thank you for the how to instruction!

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@keiko KeikoAnn,
Congratulations! I felt the same way the first time I was finally able to get something in italic without @mary cleaning up my mess. A great tutor!

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Zheng Min is not that good of an actor but he’s so pretty. Which ep are you on now? Is he an asshole male lead in the drama? I’m still at ep 3 and I’m liking it so far.

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I really got sucked in, waiting for Eng subs for Ep47 🤣. I was surprised to learn he is only 24! So maybe his acting will improve.

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I'm starting to watch Nice to Meet You, but I like the 2nd lead, Shawn Wei. Hope he doesn't turn out to be an evil brother!

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Doctor Prisoner reminds me of Punch. So many going ons at a breakneck pace make me dizzy and losing interest. Many people would say "gripping", but not me.

Confession hits at the right note with me, though. Junho fighting ! I wish he would have more scenes with Yoo Jae-myung.

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Currently watching

The Fiery Priest
That Psychometric Guy
My Fellow Citizens
Kill It
Confession (first episode)

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Spring Turns Into Spring: NOTHING in this show made any sense but boy was it fun. Legit one of my favorite shows ever, every episode had me laughing. Kim Bo-Mi is one of the best characters to be put on screen.

He Is Psychometric: Admittedly I didn't expect anything from this. I thought it was just going to be a drama vehicle for a Kpop artist. & the only interest I had came from the female lead since I liked her alot in this web drama A-Teen. But I wasn't sure she could go from that to being a main in a show. Yeah, I was wrong.

The writing and acting in this is top notch. Everything makes sense & everything happens for a reason. The story is like an onion with so many different layers, every time I think I figured it out something changes. & it's one of those few shows where there's actual gradual satisfying progress. Questions get answered & things are revealed in ways that make sense. Also the actors are doing a great job, first time seeing Jin-Young in anything, but he is An. I can't picture anyone else playing that soft hearted idiot. & Shin Ye-Eun is killing her role.

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Speaking of A-teen!!! Playlist Global released a teaser of Season 2!

I just wish He is Psychometric had better TV ratings 💔 the entire cast deserve to be recognized by their acting and it’s well written plot too!

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"it's one of those few shows where there's actual gradual satisfying progress"
I totally agree!

I went and binged A-teen few weeks back and loved Shin Ye-Eun. She has great presence.

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Psychometric Guy continues to be great, I am eagerly waiting for this week portion.
Having read positive reviews of Ho-Gu's Love, I gave it a try this week - what a joy ride it has been, from the first to the last minute! A very well crafted comedy, great character development, hilarious supporting characters (the parents! the squids!). The cast gave their all, including the baby who worked very hard at being adorable and mostly on cue.
I learned a lot of interesting cultural things too - apparently, you can preserve your baby's umbilical cord stump by casting it into a seal!
By the way, what happens with Lim Seu-Long these days? I found no news of him since his early discharge from the army due to illness.

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Yay for love for Hogu's Love! 🙂

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Possessed continues to enthrall me. I’m savoring almost every moment of terror, laughter and heart ache. I say almost because I can’t watch the stabby bits. No amount of blurring is enough for me so I just skip *boop* a few seconds through all that.

I caught up with The Banker and, as @mary said, the villains and heroes are not so clear cut. While I’m rooting for the righteous auditors, it’s the morally ambiguous characters who intrigue me.

I can’t be the only one distracted by President Kang’s terrifyingly smooth, rigid face. I admit that his blankness enhances his enigmatic character but … I wouldn’t be surprised if the 62-year-old actor Yoo Dong-geun turns out to be a cyborg.

I don’t know where Auditor Noh’s friend Han Soo-ji lives on the continuum of corruption but I love watching this fast-thinking, stylish woman. Stripping to intimidate the investigators? Ha! Hiding that incriminating paperwork in her silky stockings? Ha! Ha! Totally committing to that strong lip color? Respect!

On Netflix, I’ve enjoyed rewatching two stand-up specials that, on the surface, appear to be polar opposites but are actually complementary. Nate Bargatze: The Tennessee Kid and Kevin Hart: Irresponsible. Nate Bargatze’s witty observational humor is laid back, self-differential, scrupulously clean. Kevin Hart’s stand-up, of course, is also self-differential—in a tiny, furiously animated and hilariously profanity-laden package. But both comedians get to the truth about challenges in marriage, child-rearing and friendships. Good stuff.

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I really enjoyed Nate Bargatze. One of the few English programmes I've watched in a while. Hoping there'll be more of such.

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I’m up to date with Doctor Prisoner. I wasn’t planning on watching it; but I absolutely love it.

Currently binging Psychometric Guy: I love it 🥰 Lee An is so adorably dumb. I love the female lead :) They’re so adorable 😊
I’ve got 2 ep left until I have to wait again :/ I wish I waited more to binge it :/

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I kind of wish I'd waited too. I have one episode to go until I play the waiting game.

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I finished everything last night and now I have to wait 2 whole days :/

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Fyi: On Viki there was the beginning and end ost was on episode 52. However, there is original three ost songs. I posted the instagram link on my fan wall. Also, the original voice that they used behind the scene. Also, the Modern love story too.

If you are a novel reader: I recommend this novel.
For Chinese drama: I recommend it.

This is a story of two people who love each but fate separate them. One have jumped into River of Oblivion to forget him and their past and other jump after so they both forget their past and each other. They met again and fell in love but fate again separate them for never to be together.

I have finished the drama. I have cried last four episodes. It was really truly heart breaking and tragic story. Even though, I am immune to sad ending. The music and emotions of the four final episodes was sad and heart break. The whole drama was really good and one of my favorite with the costumes, ost music, story, and cinematography.

Just to let you know there are cut scenes and and change some things in the drama from the novel. The music is regarding episode 52 is from Youku editing too. Just enjoy the drama with happiness of joy and tears of sadness.

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In another note, I dropped Miss Harumbi due it was getting boring. The Legend have not all episodes subbed in production productive. I Hear You is slow too so waiting for those. I know that Legend is White Snake is on Viki. I had watched this when I was young. I am gonna watch the remake of it. As for Heavenly Sabre Sword. I watched the Tony Leung version. I am not sure I am gonna watched it the new version. I really hate the main lead actress and was rooting for the other girl. LOL

For kdramas: There is a lot that is on my must watch list. I am not sure which one yet.

Sorry long post. Have a great weekend everyone!! 💕❤️😘

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If you need some healing after the ending, Youku is releasing small bonus clips of our ill-fated couple in modern life...all happy!

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Caught up on I Picked Up a Celebrity, waiting for subs.
Watched Radiant Ep. 10
Psychometric Guy Ep. 6
Started C drama , Legend of White Snake
Behind on some others

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I started Legend of white snake, too. It seems to be good.

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The Fiery Priest continues to be a entertaining watch. Last week's episodes had some of the funniest scenes I've ever seen. 😂😂😂 The show has some pretty satisfying moments too. I love how different characters take part in the main battle and how they change their looks a lot and reveal a new side to them. LOVE ALL THE META. SO MUCH META.

A Beautiful World premiered yesterday and I was immediately engrossed in the story. I'm curious to see how far the writer will go and what twists she will give to the plot. The cinematography stood out as well. The feel of the drama reminds me a bit of Sky Castle in that the story/characters/surroundings seem ordinary, but there's a sinister, disturbing side being revealed. Happy to see Park Hee-Soon again after watching his last stint in OCN's The Missing.

Possessed EP 7's ending scene had me swooning so hard! All my emotions... I'm like living for the leads. ♥♥♥ I like the light humor + suspenseful scenes, but maybe a hardcore thriller fan might be turned off by the lighter, awkward & sweet scenes. Yeon Jung Hoon is in this and he is real good at looking and acting devilish. This drama has actually been one of the less scary OCN shows. The first episode's beginning scenes was the most gory so far (and a few scenes in later episodes). (Voice and The Guest were scarier to me.)

Only watched Kill It EP 1 and it was okay. I didn't get invested in the story yet. I like crime shows so I'm gonna give it a few more episodes and see how it goes.

Went from watching one drama to like 4??? XD I definitely have to make room for Kim Jae Wook's and Park Min Young's drama Her Private Life next week.

I was slow on starting any dramas after Touch Your Heart, but now I wanna dive in and at least try the first episodes of Doctor Prisoner and Big Issue too...

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@raonah convinced me to watch That Psychometric guy and now I'm hooked. I love a strong female lead who can fight. It's giving me slight Healer vibes with a dumbed down male lead (although I'd argue that he's under-educated) and two noonas in place of Healer-Ahjumma.

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I'm so glad I convinced you to start it and that you're enjoying it! Wow! Comparing it to Healer-that's high praise 💚

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I too am loving "Five Kids". Mary is obviously further along than I am- and I am at the mid-point. Their mother being horrible to Mi-Jung is sheer nonsense. But Pushing Yeont-tae to date Sangmin is not, nor is it just about greed- Mom liked Sang-min a lot BEFORE she knew he was rich. And for a good reason- she has the same personality as Sang-min, while Yeon-tae is a female version of her father. Sang-min is exactly what Yeon-tae needs in a life partner, in her eyes, and it is not just because of money but yes money is also important. Remember that Yeon-tae's mom and dad spent much of their life struggling for their family financially- her greed is partly fueled by her personal history. So, when she sees that this devastating handsome rich guy, who is also otherwise a good fit for her daughter, has genuinely fallen for Yeon-tae why would she not push? As a parent she would be irresponsible if she did not.

My wife and I are currently watching the Taiwanese show "Fall in Love With Me".

I am enjoying the second season of Woo-Hoo Waikiki. In the third and fourth episode it has really begun to hit it's stride. I loved how Joon-ki got his revenge on the 'Top Actor'.

I have also started to watch "My Fellow Citizen's" (which is billed as a 'Thriller-Comedy'- a description which also would have fitted "My Secret Terrius"). This one is going to be fun.

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Re: Five Kids, Mom only liked Sang-min a little bit because he seemed like a nice person who was crushing on their 25-year old no-boyfriend-since-birth daughter. And since Yeon-tae (who was obviously a good daughter on top of being a good student) is now starting okay in her career, the only goal now is to marry her off. So that was a low bar. Mom was much more enthusiastic and telling Yeon-tae to grab the golfer guy after Mom saw the magazine featuring him.

It doesn't sound as bad because Yeon-tae and Sang-min do like and match each other well, but Mom didn't consider those things when she was pushing for them to date.

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Currently watching:

*He Is Psychometric*
I really really wasn’t expecting myself to like this drama so much. It has such a great balance between the light hearted and serious so far and I know it’s going to get darker in the second half. The leads and supporting cast all have a great chemistry between them. I enjoy watching all the side stories and am actually interested to know about everyone’s story. The plot itself, the writing and directing are also a great surprise. I really had zero expectations coming in but it’s actually a wonderful drama - things make sense and how the story is being told. The pace and plot development is so fast. Some commenters said it’s slow but I was shocked that people think that way, cos when I was watching the whole time I was thinking to myself, damn isn’t this drama moving too quickly it’s so satisfying lol

I am very surprised by Jinyoung’s performance. How he portrayed Ahn and the amount of emotions he expressed through his eyes. He makes Ahn so adorable and charisma, and of course Ahn’s character being so high EQ helps.

But Jinyoung really makes Ahn come to life. Also the way he transitions from funny to serious to sincere, from silly foolish to more matured and dependable is so so smooth. I can understand Ahn’s emotions, thoughts and feelings, and it communicated to me as an audience perfectly.

On top of that, he is funny. I find a lot of his expressions and reactions refreshing. I don’t think it’s the typical kdrama actors’ facial expressions and he keeps it pretty natural and didn’t go overboard. Now he is still a rookie even though his first acting project was like 7-8 years ago? I don’t think he’s actually been in a long term character (always really small roles or teen version of the leads) in any 16 episodes dramas so I do feel like he was getting more and more natural from ep 1-4 to ep 5-8.

All the other casts were very fitting to their roles too. Though I really like Ye Eun as Jaein, she’s very natural and the little habits she gave Jaein is so cute. I do hope she could express more of her emotions towards Ahn at scenes she’s supposed to show that. (Spoiler of Ep8) such as the scene where Ahn ties her shoelaces and said don’t run away or hide to cry. He is here to listen to it all, the way she looks at him, I needed to think to know yes she meant to feel so loved and touched by his words and his words gave her so much strength but the way her eyes looked at Ahn was a bit more like stare/angry? But that’s understandable since between the two rookies/leads, Ye Eun is even more rookie than Jinyoung lol. Dasom was a pleasant surprise as well. Her “girl crush” concept is very unique. But all of the characters are so, so, so likable and I genuinely care for all of them!

I hope the story continues to be great, and that Hyung/Sungmo do care for Ahn and not just using him as a tool to reveal his past or help him or help to protect Jaein. I hope one day we get to see Hyung or Jaein will...

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