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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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My Fellow Citizens: Yoo Jae-myung’s commitment to being the sleaziest, trashiest assemblyman in his two-second closeups is hilarious. So is the “political strategy meeting” for Yang Jung-gook’s team that somehow ended up being an episode of Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? And with the introduction of mob sisters #1-2, I’m on tenterhooks for more gangster shenanigans and the mysterious sister #3. (They can’t be keeping her identity a secret just because they ran out of funny ideas, right?) Surprisingly, amidst all the laughs, My Fellow Citizens manages to inject some heart and food for thought with its incisive commentary about politics and relationships, making it a well-balanced watch that I look forward to every week.

Doctor Prisoner: The show is back to better pacing after handsomely spinning its wheels in place last week. Finally, someone has had a significant change in their (mis)fortune. And it’s not that I don’t enjoy watching Director Seon suffering, but methinks he should really just lie down and let Na Yi-je step on him on his way to fight Director Lee. It’s less painful that way.

Special Labor Inspector Jo: So satisfying, even if it’s just a puppet takedown. But I knew it’s too good to last. Of course, chaotic evil Tae-soo is taking over. Of course, he’ll have lawful evil Secretary Woo on his side. Can’t our ragtag gang just enjoy solving small societal problems together without having past trauma thrown in their faces? Someone please protect our underdog babies!

Five Kids: I feel bad for Jin-joo reaping what her parents have sown when it comes to in-law-hell. Her parents always seemed “all heart and money, no brain” when it comes to their grandkids so I didn’t find their plotting and barging in too offensive. They’re just people who grew up with no one to teach them “manners.” They obviously just want a family to dote on and people who will treat them nicely despite their habitual faux pas. I’ve been waiting since 5ever for them to realize how precious Mi-jung’s kids are and how fuller their hearts will feel to dote on them. I thought the abrasive Ok-soon would be the one to get this arc, but watching Grandpa flailing around, trying to make sense of his grandkids-in-law’s histrionics (Pat-bing-soo traitor! Rock murderer!) is more adorable and satisfying.

 

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That Psychometric Guy: Ahhhh! I love this show so much — it’s the only drama I can think about right now. I just experienced that awesome hallway fight scene with Jae-in and An, followed by the rooftop smooch… It’s nothing but sheer K-drama happiness with this show. Now all I have to do is accurately time my catch-up watching so that I don’t have to endure the wait for the final two weeks of episodes (also, please don’t end!).

 
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Happy Easter 😁

All is Well: ep 6. I thought we would never have the next episode subbed. I kinda want to see Father and second son more because they (and the son's wife) could learn being more considerate of each other as they're living together. The eldest son should listen to his wife and not make Father come to the US if they're going to struggle financially.

The Banker: Han Soo Ji!!! I knew she was going to President Kang's side. She's playing with fire because she was warned (like Auditor Noh) by people who were for and against him.

Beautiful World: ep 5. Joon Seok's mom does know something and we understand her dream about Seon Ho better in this episode. Soo Ho keeps doing her thing but I feel the petition won't have much effect unless something big is revealed. Seon Ho's aunt is one of my favourite characters because she tries to be a great support even if she feels as devastated as the parents. Talking about parents, the boys moms are starting to divide like the boys are. Young Chul always wanted to be one of the dominant role in the group (or at least not like Ant-Man with powers not as cool as other Avengers), so his insecurity

Big Issue: SH being locked up was really out of their way! Seok Joo going to save her was not that effective, however it proved how much he cares about her. CEO was creepy when he was watching SH and SJ making out and he even looked jealous. I approve of SH quitting and wanting now to destroy Sunday. The new issue is about idols taking pictures of girl group members panties. This show is taking really sensitive IRL subject for its paparazzis and I like it.

Confession: Madame Jin's son is related to Lawyer's Cha's father case so far it's not surprising but I didn't expect her to be a nurse. The murder case involves corruption, especially in the military, but I wonder how deep its roots are.

The Fiery Priest: ep 37-38. The drama went dark with the finale nearing and since I decided to drop Mother of Mine, I had time to catch up for the finale. It's a riot! Kim Nam Gil is a one a kind priest and a magician like Seung A described him. I love seeing her crushing on him btw. His magic works on everyone he encounters, beginning with the church people (Father Han nooooo) and corrupt people. Dae Young grew on me like he grew on Hae Il. Kyung Sun is fantastic because she doesn't seek justice or any of the noble aspirations like other characters but is endearing in just being herself and even more with other (that scene in the club with Seung A is one of my favourite). On the real antagonists side, it's so ridiculous that their actions become enjoyable. The four finger prints could have been taken really in another drama but not here haha. I may be weird but I thought Cheol Bum and Kyung Sun would have made a pretty badass antagonist couple who goes the redemption route. I have a soft spot for Yo Han and his astronomy knowledge!

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He is Psychometric: I like Ji Soo's perceverance in finding the truth even if it's horrible. She, Ahn and Jae In care so much for Seong Mo. The scenes with his mother trapped as if they were less worth than humans were horrible.

Her Private Life: After watching Kim Jae Wook in melodramas, thrillers and as second lead in rom-coms, it was finally time for him to have fun as a main lead in a rom-com. I will only watch this drama for him and be a fangirl, not to the same extent as portrayed in the drama though. That's one of my problem, some behaviours and mentality as a fan go beyond my understanding. I don't accuse the drama in portraying such aspects but it gives a look in the fan system in Korea and I don't support aää few behaviours like reactions to the dating scandal with "normal" fans harassing or throwing themselves under their idol's van!

Kill It: If it didn't have only 12 episodes I would have already dropped it. Chairman Do doesn't seem to be in a good place with enemies going after him and that's quite enjoyable.

Manpuku: ep 95. We finally got the part of the creation of instant noodles. Tachibana is starting from scratch again like for the salt company but he and Fuku-chan are now parents and need financial stability. The kids seem to be bullied at school judging from their conversation. It will be harder to convince people this time around to follow him.

Possessed: I felt something bad was going to happen to Chief Yu but I never expected such... A horrible thing for other characters. I cried so much at the beginning of episode 14 and again with Nam Hyun and Pil Seung. Hwang Dae Doo you bastard! I feel so powerless seeing everything crushing down around Pil Seung. Seo Jung's state is not better and it hurts to see everyone so desperate. Fortune teller Bae grew on me but I think something might happen to him or he will make bad decisions.

Radiation House: ep 1. J-drama about radiology starring Masataka Kubota and Tsubasa Honda. A young man who was bullied as a child becomes a radiographer to reunite with the girl who used to defend him. She became a radiologist but it seems like she has changed. The last project I saw the actor's acting was Unnatural so it feels like he's been transferred. But it's different, this is a manga adaptation, in case the "accidental falls" weren't a clue, so I'm sure where it's going. It uses photography comparaisons and has the newbie genius guy who has this huge crush on his childhood friend (I think they were close).

Welcome to Waikiki 2: Noona and Ki Bong had me in the feels this week, thus they became my favourite characters of this season. Woo Shik should apply the things he says to his sister: don't do anything. He wants to help Soo Yeon and is always getting in trouble all by himself when he can be a great support for her and even put her in her place when needed (for example her singing, her...

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(for example her singing, her part-jobs). I'm quite sad to say Junki is my least favourite now, not because I don't love him anymore but his actions seem to exaggerate more as if the director asked him to be more "Junki-ish". His scenes with Jung Eun make me remember the Junki I liked in season one.

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Im amazed that you can keep up with all those shows you mentioned!! Hahaha Thanks for your reviews! HAPPY EASTER TOO 😊

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Thanks :) I've been procrastinating during Eastern holidays when my exam period is nearing. Not a good thing to do x)

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Ep 14 of Possessed...I can't even begin to process what I watched. Hwang Dae Doo is so disgusting and I don't even blame Pil Sung and Seo Jeong for wanting to run away.

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I wanted to protect them and fight against Hwang Dae Doo if it was possible.

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Totally agree with you @rusnicam - it seems like it can't get any worse, and then it does. Those deaths were all so painful!!

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The scenes with his mother trapped as if they were less worth than humans were horrible.

I was watching news last night and how timing it was that the news about parents who locked up their children (13 of them) in their house and their eldest of them was almost 30 years old came up on my screen! It’s sick to know this fiction is clearly a depiction of somebody’s tragic life in the real world. 💔 That there really people out there suffering from this kind of horrors of life.

My heart breaks to see how Sung Mo’s mom really lost her youth because of this sorry excuse for a human being. And the fact that while she’s physically free from shackles, but she’s still out there hiding, caging herself. 💔 It infuriates me to know there are people out there do not know and feel what freedom is, because their justice system is so flawed it’s sickening.

😪 back to the drama - hope we get a happy ending for all the 4 leads and the mom specifically!

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Gosh, that's terrible to know such a thing happens in real life. I hope the parents will spend the rest of their life in jail.

Mom has been brave for taking care of Sung Mo when they were locked up and doing the best into preventing to behave like the father. I'm hoping for a happy ending too!

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And the fact that she loved Sung Mo despite that he was the result of the horrors she had experienced. She’s an amazing lady. I just hope Sung Mo returns her wonderful gestures by becoming to be that kind of human being mom longs him to be. I dread to think he’s gone down the dirty path to keep her alive all this time...

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Those parents were just sentenced to life in prison with parole possible only after 25 years. Still it isn't enough for them.

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and the father is an abused kid too

I am not saying what he did should not be punished, but where does responsibility of the society come into play when child abuse led to creation of this persona

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@mango I believe Mdm Jin was wearing a surgical mask and looking at Do Hyun after his heart surgery ... because he was still in Intensive Care and she couldn't go in without a mask. However from what the doctor calls her later (sunbae) ... it is possible that she's a senior doctor rather than nurse. :-)

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Thanks for correcting me! I think my mind wanted so much to find a parallel with Nurse Jo that that scene just went over my head.

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I had understood Madame Jin to be a cardiothoracic surgeon precisely because of her being addressed as "sunbae."

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Mdm Jin placed her son’s heart in DH. ... Can you imagine?

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@hebang FlyingTool,
It strains my credulity that the parent of a donor would be allowed to perform the transplant surgery. But maybe that's just to crank up the pathos.

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Err @hebang I kind of hope not ... and rather think not. That's just too much connectedness and like @pakalanapikake says, relatives cannot perform surgery on each other if there are other people to do it. My eyes will roll so hard if she did the surgery!!!

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I recall a flash back scene with DH coming out of surgery and M. Jin in a surgery gown looking down at him...

Remember, this is the One hospital in this drama...

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@hebang I have to re-watch that ... I did see it too, however I thought it was Mdm Ki in mask visiting him, rather than having been the one who did surgery on him!!!

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Last 2 minutes of episode 10.

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@hebang IKR!!! I saw those last few minutes too and I wondered if my meager understanding of Korean was so bad. (Where's the eye-rolling emoji when I need it?) 🙄 😁

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Confession
There are a few blips here and there with the coincidences: Do Hyun discovering the missing children poster, Jong Gu remembering Sun Hee with a random picture in prison, the four Avengers meeting at that intersection (How were both guys in the vicinity?). It’s a shame since the plot is developing along nicely otherwise: I wonder if Nurse Jo is aware of the atrocities her brother has committed and if she had a role to play in ensuring that Do Hyun got the heart in order to fulfil the deal with his father. Somehow, I suspect that she had murdered Yu Ri’s dad like she did to the pervert teacher.

A Beautiful World
This show highlights really well the influence of upbringing as shown by the similar mannerisms of the bully quartet in comparison with their parents, though it is scary to see how Young Chul is the one who hides a dark side that can rival Joon Seok, despite him being raised in a poorer environment by the parent who actually feels the most guilt. Regarding the video source, I suspect that Sun Ho himself might have predicted the murder in advance and taken precautions in advance with the phone and diary probably in safe hands: Dong Hee? She had a solo shot just before that cliffhanger!

That Psychometric Guy
If there’s one comforting thing from the ominous voiceover at the cliffhanger, it is that Lee An will definitely survive any ordeal that he faces as the story pushes on to the climax. The same can’t be said for the rest of the leads though: I’m particularly worried for Ji Soo who might just sacrifice herself knowing that a high price was paid for her life. As for the mystery client that hired Kim Gab Yong for the suitcase murders, I believe that YSS is involved: they might be the seller of the stolen identities with Sung Mo’s mother buying them: she is surely desperate enough to hide herself at all costs.

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Confession : Nurse Jo definitely did something to Yu Ri's dad and I share the same opinion as you. It wouldn't be surprising if she used the same modus operandi.

Beautiful World: If Dong Hee has clear evidence she would have shown up with them. Unless she's not confident enough because people might not believe her ? At least Seon Ho's sister could hear her out.

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@radily
The thing I'd really consider a big coincidence is that the heart of Mdm Jin's son just happened to be suitable for Do Hyun.

The other things, I did not mind so much because in the case of DH, he was thinking about the photo of Cho Ki Tak looking too young ... so seeing the poster got him aware of what computers could do. I was more flabbergasted that he and Det Ki hadn't automatically thought of that possibility without having seen that poster first.

Also the Jong Gu memory ... he was trying to recall for ages, so seeing the ladies in Hanbok was a reasonable jog to his memory. So that does not bother me either.

As for the meeting at that intersection, yes that was some coincidence. I understand that Mdm Jin wanted to go back to that spot and stay there for a while, but I'm not clear why Do Hyun took that route. :-)

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His heart led him there ;)

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LOL!

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@shach, @growingbeautifully,
Cellular memory FTW. ;-)

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@growingbeautifully,

I've been having a hard time buying the possibility that there would be suitable tissue matches between two consecutive waiting-list patients and a very random donor. (Unless the waiting list were being manipulated behind the scenes, which is possible. And maybe the donor was not random. Yikes.)

My suspension of disbelief is feeling cranky. ;-)

I can make a case for the longer route Madame Jin's son and the truck driver took: perhaps there was a road closure elsewhere. It would have been temporary, so no one would suspect it. And if it were on the sly (as was done in LOOKOUT), there would be no official record of it with the traffic or police departments.

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I side-eyeing this parts too, transplantology still suffer from a lot of misconception and don't need further disservice.

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@pakalanapikake
Yes, about the tissue matches, @shach was one of the first to point it out as well.

About that longer route and the ToD accident. Yoo Ri had noted the inexplicable longer, more out of the way route that the truck took. It was a deliberate detour.

From, I believe, flashbacks (whose, I don't know, but it would have to be killer Cho's), we get the scene where after Sun Hoo's car is rammed into, killer Cho comes along from the ToD to take his wallet and bag. So it was all planned in advance.

The report on the driver was probably faked. The fellow driver or owner of the company that provides the trucks and drivers was certain that the driver of the ToD would not have been drunk as the report said. And driver was also conveniently dead.

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@growingbeautifully,

I got the impression that killer Jo Ki-tak likely jumped the truck driver after he'd left the lot, sedated him, and made it look like he caused the accident. He could have used special forces-fu (as in TRAP) to kill him if the impact of the accident didn't do the trick.

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I was not too clear if killer made driver's death look like DUI or not, because compared to the car, the truck looked unscathed. I guess he made it look like the 'inebriated' driver did not wear his seatbelt and bumped himself hard enough in the collision to be killed.

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I actually groaned when I realized that this otherwise pretty intelligent show was going to go the "mystical transplant heart" route. Ugh. It's been done and done and done.

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Isn’t that the route from the restaurant/meeting spot/murder location? Mdm Jin’s son and YR’s father could have met at the one restaurant in this drama?

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@hebang FlyingTool,
ROFLMAO! Why didn't I think of that?! It makes so much sense.

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@pakalanapikake @radily

Ahhh.. @hebang thanks ... I was trying to remember where they were coming from when they met the ladies, without re-watching.

OK then Mdm Jin's son, Sun Hoo leaves the Hwa Ye restaurant after meeting with the nefarious DSC there, with incriminating documents in his bag. Knowing that, that road is the main route he would use, killer Cho is prepped to drive a truck (the poor real truck driver was pumped with drugs or booze and died) that kills Sun Hoo. Cho takes the documents.

The current coincidence of course is the timing of Do Hyun's and Det Ki's coming down that road, while Mdm Jin and Yoo Ri were loitering there. It was a relief that they finally 'banged' into each other!

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That Psychometric Guy: I have convinced (read: brainwashed) myself that Hyung does not like Jae-in and only feels indebted to her because he knows Jae-in's dad was framed, but he cannot give up the culprit in order to protect Mom. While Jae-in may be Sung-mo's trigger who caused him to feel an emotion for the first time, he is not obsessed with her like Kang Geun-taek is with Mom because Sung-mo's amygdala has been fully developed as evidenced by him feeling pain when Ahn stepped on his foot.

I have equally convinced myself that Hyung likes Ji-soo but does not want to burden her with his serial killer father. Ji-soo is the person Sung-mo most cherishes. I think he gifted her the sunflower necklace hanging on her rearview mirror. Please don't sink my ship. I was scared that something was going to happen to Ji-soo when she stepped outside the factory to talk on the phone with Dr. Hong.

Mom had run into Kang Geun-taek as she fled Yeongseong Apartment in Episode 1. I figured Kang Geun-taek had brought a body in his suitcase when he filled a cup with tea (red tea that looked like blood) to make it seem like four women were inside the apartment, but how did he get Mom's ID card to plant on the body? I assume the dead woman was Kang Eun-sul from the missing person flyer in the elevator in Episode 4. My heart goes out to Mom for being kidnapped as a teenager, locked in a basement, and raped by a monster. WTF is wrong with the police for yelling at the victims? Sung-mo's priest should have a responsibility to report what he knows.

Her Private Life: I hate the dating rumors not because Deok-mi almost got ran over by a car... or because Deok-mi got egged... or because Deok-mi got doxxed... or because Deok-mi almost got fired and slapped... but because Deok-mi can never get close to Sian again as he would be wary to be seen with her from now on. Deok-mi visiting Sian's house was a dream come true, especially when she discovered how much he treasured his first fan Si-Na-Gil. When Deok-mi's clothes got wet, I had hoped Sian would give her a change of his clothes, but then they could not deny her clothes were not Sian's unlike Ryan's limited edition jacket.

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Hyung does not have romantic feels for Jae-in, it's all drama created misunderstanding. He likes Ji-soo but, like you say, is holding himself back because his family and past are a bit much for anyone to handle. This ship will sail if everyone survives. (they better survive)

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OMG Me too wishing that Si-an will be the one who gives Deok-mi jacket, at least Deok-mi could help in elevating Si-an's reputation, and it will created a wonderful memory in Deok-mi's fangirl life. But alas, I think the director/writer wants to make progress in Deok-mi quitting fangirl life because of Ryan

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"I think the director/writer wants to make progress in Deok-mi quitting fangirl life because of Ryan"

I had the same impression. Probably they want to make DM understand that experiencing things in real life is way better than interacting with photos and videos of someone that doesn't even know who she is.

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I am sure that Hyung cares and protects JaeIn but doeant have romantic feelings.

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I agree Hyung doesn't like Jae-In, I think his affection is love for a younger sister. Aside from his mother, she is the first to make him smile. As for Ji-Soo, I think he simply has a hard time expressing his emotions. He likes her, but simply can't figure out how to show it. It is a symptom of Alexythimia.

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About Her Private Life...
There is a difference between entering the house of someone whom you have been referred as cute (and seeing him across the room, just got out from the shower) and being posed in compromising pose, less than an inch away from Ryan's sexy cheekbones. The second is more deadly, in my opinion.

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Skinship is important for a reason....

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The difference is the house belongs to your idol whom you have been in love with for years and those cheekbones belong to a lion whom you have no feelings for.

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The first time she met the lion was in the auction hall, and she admired him there the first time.

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Has anyone explained how Ryan came to have the same limited edition jacket that Sian has and just happened to wear it the day they met him?
Personally I find that a bit suspicious....
(and also I thought the jacket was a bit much... but that is just my simple taste)

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I think this was pure dramaland coincidence. One limited-edition jacket was imported per country, and since Ryan is from the States, he owns one too. Ryan is rich and probably likes designer brands. I thought the jacket was very simple -- a basic black jacket with gold trim.

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Yoo Jae-myung in Confession and My Fellow Citizens can't be more different. Throw in Yoo Jae-myung in Forest of Secrets and you can understand why he's one of my favorite ajusshi actors.

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My husband always calls out "the dean!" whenever he sees Yoo Jae-myung in a show because he recognizes him from Reply 1988. He's been great in so many shows!

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That Psychometric Guy: Need to watch this week’s episodes
Kill it:
Legend of White Snake: Subs are kind of slow☹️☹️

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I am behind of Legend of White Snake.

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Fiery Priest: final week! Ep 37-38 was so dark, that I found it depressing, but it is inline with what happened at the end pf ep 36~ huhuhu. I need more fun moments! I watch for laughs 😢

Beautiful World: up to ep 5. It's not a beautiful world for Sun Ho's family. And mannnnn..Jun Seok and his family are a new breed of badness in a Kdrama, but it somehow feels realistic? Its not right, but it does happen in reality: parents covering their children 'possible' misdeeds with twisted thoughts that it is for their child benefit or actually to preserve their own face.

The Banker: up to ep 14. Chairman Kang has a way with words and knows how to use his position and money to get what he wants. I can't wait to see his downfall. Mr Noh, keep up the good work, but lets be more discreet, don't let outside people know what your team is doing. And why is mama boy staying in a tent at the office, doesn't this bank have rules? Hua3

Ahhhh..I've ran out of Shin Sung Rok eng subbed drama stock. I'm moving on to movies. Muahahaha

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The Light In Your Eyes Wow. I did not see the ending coming at me at all. If I did, I would've prepared myself to be hit in the feels numerous times. I probably used a whole tissue box whilst Hye Ja and her family came to terms with everything, every initial scene unraveling to be tinged with the bittersweet reality. I went in expecting nothing but the entire disorientating delirium, almost magically fantastical ride was worth the emotional roller coaster.

Children of Nobody I started this last year and giddily ate up all the episodes until real life made me pause it. Picking it up again and reliving the thrill and the brilliant characterisations were worth it. This drama is completely and utterly fantastic. Every episode leaves ample questions which are driven by a bigger mystery, the acting is top-notch and everyone's motivations (both implicit and explicit) deserve 👏👏👏. Gosh, I felt morally ambiguous whilst watching CoN- imagine nodding along with a (delusional) rogue vigilante who battles the law and evil with blood.

Secret Terrius I kinda skipped most of the spy stuff and focused on the goody-goody cutesy scenes with the kids. I was mush when the kiddos came around. AWWW

Trap The 1st ep was a bizzaro- blood pressure, adrenaline ride and now I'm hooked onto finding what the hell happened on those mountains and who all are involved in this eerie mind game where no one is to be believed.

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Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku aka My Family Went Viral - Its indian dance tweet i had posted last week - 2nd episode long dance sequence.
This is one drama to watch. Characters have so much to give to the audience. 7 out of 10

FuniculI fUNICULA Cafe - 7.5 out of 10.
translation came 2 weeks ago. I made the comment. but now good raws are available. Watch it.
Arimura Kasumi has good job. Good direction the movie has.
Enjoyable hit movie.

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I used to criticize Chinese noise pollution dramas a lot but now i'm watching 5 of them.
PUt you Head on My Shoulder - 7/10 . I excitedly wait for this show's friday premiers on youtube. There is nothing new,special or amazing about the story and plot, sequences, scenes and events. Nothing to vouch for direction or even acting. MAIN Characters Personality is where this show shines.
I really like this +VE show. Heroine deserves praise here.

In Youth - while we were young - 6/10 - 6episodes watched. like the relationship of these 4 friends. Heroine looks the odd one and can't act. But i can see how heroine will become a part of this strong group of 4 friends. Other thing to like about the show is writer understands the concept of women empowerment and subtle discrimination.

The Brightest Star in the Sky - 4/10 - 15episodes watched.Noise Pollution. SOmehow heroine is able to manage a few things.

Pushing Hands - 6/10. 18 episodes watched only if Hero wasn't lookalike of another guy.
Business part is most interesting here and i actually want to see more of it. Heroine is really going through such emotional stress and distress. She is there to handle 2 annoying guys and 4 old thugs.

ALL IS WELL - 8/10 watching 6th episode now. This show wants to social commentary but i do think its a bit slow anda bit dramatic.

Wait My Youth - Noise Pollution 1st episode.
Our Glamorous Time - dropped 1st episode

My posseidon - Waiting for subs.

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Dropped Almost all Kdramas.
Waikiki - Boring
Kill It - I just want to see the outcome of this show.

I's - those scenes. drama is about to start. Ecchi

Citizens - As said 2 weeks ago. Female villain is the VIP of the show. she alone is carrying this comedy.

Labor - boring 2episodes dropped.

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Why would you premiere 2 episodes at the same time?
Watched 7th episode. Watching 8th episode now.
This show literally is girls porn. Enjoyable. Brings smile on your face. but nothing serious or spectacular that moves your heart.

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Just curious - what's this "Chinese noise pollution dramas" thing?

All Is Well - I don't think it's something to be proud of but some of the happenings in this show do occur in real life for Chinese families. They are absurd, over the top but sadly true. If I got one criticism about the show it's this - what if Ming Yu is just a ordinary but solid citizen and not some hotshot corporate high flyer? Her money solved too many problems.

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"what if Ming Yu is just a ordinary but solid citizen and not some hotshot corporate high flyer? Her money solved too many problems."

so true! if she was just an ordinary nine-to-five-er the drama would have been 60 eps long instead of 46, i guess.
but this drama is fast becoming one of my fav. modern day Chinese drama. Cast was pretty solid, acting was on point (albeit a bit too dramatic at times).

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re: Put You Head on My Shoulder. Some of the best dramas take the mundane and the hackneyed, and make it special.

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I absolutely agree. This Cdrama has nothing out of this world phenomenal level of a show but it has heart in its story-telling. I feel the earnestness especially in the characters. I'd take this kind of show any day. This is the only showing I am watching now.

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What is this Chinese drama noise pollution drama?🤔 Have you watched Goodbye My Princess. It is really good. Sad but it is really good. I an only watching Legend of White Snake. Due to, I watched this on long time ago. Also, I like main lead actress from Yunxi drama. Also, the other actress from The Legends drama.

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Still no kdramas 😔

Completed Monster Killer Wu Xin S1 with quite a bit of FF. It's not that the show is boring, I just don't like the evil girl's shenanigans. Elvis Han was born to play Wu Xin, I don't care about anything else except him and his sidekick Commander Gu.

Completed Taiwanese drama The World Between Us. I have not watched TW drama for some time but this isn't like any I've seen before. Superbly cast, tightly written and emotional without manipulation. The show delves into the aftermath of a mass shooting. It deals with psychotic disorder, what makes a mass murderer, who are the victims, the role of the media and the rights of a criminal. Don't expect answers or rather straightforward ones.
When you watch shows like this, I realize how wannabe psychotic crime thrillers like Trap is all style and little substance. Gory and shock tactics aren't necessary. I think it's more frightening that your unassuming neighbor is a potential killer than that snarly CEO or famous celebrity.

Just started Killing Eve, it's pretty good so far.

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Reading your good review of The World Between Us really makes me hope episodes starting from the third one were subbed.

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The World Between Us - is quality Content. The only other show the can compete with it is ALL is Well.
Its HBO original so translation is there. 1st 2 episodes are directly ripped that's why we see 2 subtitles at the same time. We need to wait for someone to scrap the subs of the show or rip rest of the episodes.

ALL if well and World between both do social commentary and both put question for audience.

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Sadly, HBO is not available in my location. So I have to find an illegal site to watch it :(

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Killing Eve is amazing! So glad you are watching it. Jodie Comer as Villanelle is one of my favorite characters of all time.

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Yes, she's got my attention from the very start.

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Has Killing Eve very violent scenes? I'd like to give a look to it, but I don't want to watch something too violent now.

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Yes, there are violent scenes but they don't show the details nor are they graphic.

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Thank you very much!

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I had put WuXin on hold last year. Maybe I'll pick it up back since I'm not watching much these days. Elvis Han is 😍

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Oh, this makes me want to go right out and watch The World Between us! Now, I have to figure out how to get my hands on this one.

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This is why I like good Taiwanese dramas. But haven't heard of the World Between Us. Off to find it somewhere. Thanks for the input.

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I used to watch Taiwanese dramas before I started on Kdramas. TW dramas are to me very different from C ones even though the language is the same(they do use a lot of Minnan yu in TW ones). I can't help but wonder if these days Taiwanese entertainment is overshadowed by the juggernaut C ent.

Our drama viewing patterns change with time. Long ago, we watched mainly Hong Kong dramas, then it was Taiwanese dramas which enjoyed new popularity because they started churning out youth, romcoms instead of the traditional family soap operas. The Korean wave arrived with Winter Sonata. Every auntie was besotted with Bae Yong Joon. Now, I see the trend is taken over by C ent. I wonder what's next.

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I think we've pretty much covered Asia at this point. Sometimes I get a little tired of how "clean" C-dramas are. It's all about "pretty". I like the T-dramas that have heart and good social messages.

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I enjoyed some of the Taiwanese indie movies and their dramas. You are right that they do have more heart and a kind of down to earth feel about it.

Chinese shows weren't always 'clean' and 'pretty'. In the 80s and 90s, the Chinese had very good movies - Raise the Red Lantern, mostly Zhang Yimou's works. Now, the Chinese entertainment industry is seeing exponential growth. I guess at this stage, it's more about mainstream popularity.

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My introduction to Chinese cinema was watching Zhang Yimou's movies. They were incredible and I used to tell everyone - the Chinese make the best movies - but then so do the German (Run Lola Run) and Norwegians and Iranians.
But Zhang Yimou made some amazing works.

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And they're filming WuXin 3 now! You're so right, Elvis Han was born to play Wu Xin. I ff thru a lot too but want to watch the whole thing. The part I didn't like was how much time they spent with him as the caterpillar.

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Do you mean Season 2? I thought the parts where Wu Xin lost half his face and then his entire body except his hand were quite hilarious. But anything that doesn't have Elvis Han's cute face is a bummer so I can see how boring it'll be if he remains a caterpillar.

I hope they get their act together and make Wu Xin 3 a better sequel. Work on the strengths of the show and get rid of the weak parts.

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This week is basically rough and heated as my country just recently held both parliamentary & presidential election, though there are happy news such as my local TV will air both My ID is Gangnam Beauty & SKY Castle and also Red Velvet will have concert near my office next week. YAY!

The Beauty Inside : Finally I just finsihed it, because you know, I almost hate Se-kye when she asks to break up with Do-jae and becoming a Noble Idiot urgh. If I were in her shoes, I will always tell Do-jae 'I Love You' and 'I'm sorry' and will practically do anything just to makes him happy. I also quite hate the way they write Sa-ra and Eun-ho's loveline because they make Sa-ra keeps chasing him. The writer should write the Noona romance like in Encounter, though Eun-ho will have confusion between his priest dream or her. I give 7/10 at best

Welcome to Waikiki 2: Yu-ri & Ki-bong really shines in this ep. Woo-shik please stop doing things in the dark, I can't make any difference between you and handsome-dimpled-deep voice martyr.

Her Private Life : Kim Jae-wook as Ryan Gold is pure GOLD. I laugh at him for misunderstanding things and doing extra for protecting Deok-mi LOL. I now draw the conclusions that Ryan and Cha Shi-an actually brothers and Lee Sol the bubble painters is actually their mother. The K-drama rules applied there, the male lead is rich but having family problems.

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I loved The beauty inside, so I was furious for that noble idiocy! It was so useless! And it was a pity that we knew from the beginning that the old woman that caused the incident was Se-Kye. It would be a big surprise if we found it together with Do-Jae.

I liked the noona romance, but I think it wasn't well written after the time jump: it seemed to me that the relationship didn't advance and Sa-Ra and Eun-Ho were transformed into two teens.
(Are you an Encounter fan, too?)

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well, I am a fan of Encounter but I have not finished all of the series since many ongoing dramas catches my eyes.😂

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I see. I hope you will like it till the end ;)

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Her Private Life...
I know, right? I also suspect these two are actually brothers. But anyway I would still be happy if they are total strangers. Btw, him mistaking her as lesbian is hilarious. To be exact, his reaction is hilarious. I wonder what would he do if he found out that she is not a lesbian, and that she is actually SA's number one fan?
As about Sindy...i feel like pulling my hair out everytime Sindy is mentioned. I wont be surprised if she is the daughter of the gallery's previous lady-boss (byw, the lady boss's acting is superb. She actually made me believe that she is functionally mental)

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I wished the “outside-the-office-almost-kissing” scene will continue forever. Squee! I’m dancing with hearts in my eyes. 😍😍😍 If only he’s not on the impression that she’s a lesbian, I guess he won’t leave her and will be more than happy to stay like that for a long time. Weee! It’s been awhile since I watch a show that’s currently airing. I have to give credits to Healer for making me trust kdramas again.

I’m so excited for episode 5 just because of how they left in episode 4. More adorbs scenes please!

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If Si-an and Ryan were total strangers, they could be a soulmate, I think? But if Ryan actually knows that Deok-mi is not a lesbian, he wouldn't act this far to protect her from sasaeng fans.
But imagining Sindy is the actual daughter of Director Eom really gives me chills. They have the same stalkerish behaviour.

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I know, right? Sindy is scary, and to think that she also has mom's power to do whatever she pleases really sounds icky for me.

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Totally off topic..... are u Indonesian?

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Beanies, I think I am in love. I know we just met, but Put Your Head on My Shoulder seems to be the perfect spring fling. It is funny, youthful, with fresh faces, and pretty color pallet.

How can I not feel giddy? This drama is catnip galore. It generously gives me:
An incredibly handsome hero (the newcomer Lin Yin) who is an adorable tech geek. He sees machines, he feels compulsion to open them up to understand them. He is the aloof drama archetype, but never mean, and perhaps inexperienced in handling his feelings but always observant and often quite thoughtful.

A heroine bravely fights for her passion for a career in advertising despite when younger obeying her parents’ wish to major in accounting for a more financially secured life. She is not afraid to speak her mind and faces her own feelings.

Even though both leads attend to the same University and live in dorms, the drama quickly evolves and delivers the cutest cohabitation hijinks. The best twist? Their moms are their biggest shippers! (yay, no evil moms!)

The hero crushes on the heroine first, and HARD. Oh all those delicious hidden smiles, secret bouts of jealousy, finding excuses (sometimes petty) just to spend more time with her. CATNIP! CATNIP! CATNIP!

No childhood trauma, no chaebol luxury, no frustratingly annoying second leads. It is penned by the writer of A Love So Beautiful. Available on YouTube with subs up to episode 6.

Thank you @hades for your recommendation!

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It was on my radar but I still hesitated to dive in. Thank you and @hades for the positive feedback!

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As this is an ongoing drama, I take so responsibility if it goes south. 🙃

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I take no responsibility if it goes south. I will let uri dongsaeng take the blame. 😝

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I was thinking of this too. It has been a long time since I live-watched a drama that I love and now I am afraid of things going south while I wait for new episodes every freakin week. Hehe!

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Haha we share the same concern. I'm especially wary of live-watching Cdramas even the relatively short-ones.

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That's one of the main reasons why it's advisable not to live watch C-Dramas. Let's say god forbid it goes south, you can't skip the bad parts. For me, that increases the likelihood that I will drop the drama if it does. BUT this drama is shorter than your average C-Drama at only 24 eps long, so that in theory should decrease the torture should there be a dip. I'm glad they're are addressing some of the annoying issues now which will hopefully decrease similar instances later.

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I'm glad you're liking it noona! I think they even do live premiers on YouTube with live chats which is awesome. High quality and legal. The english sub of ep 7 is being live streamed as of this post, so I'm guessing they might do the same with the most recent non subbed eps.

The male lead is so weird but in a really good and believable way and I love how hard he fell for the FL. I was avoiding posting GIFs for the sake of spoilers, but since you're watching, I might very well post some.

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I was absolutely delighted to find out that the ML has quirks! You know how much I love Yang Yang in Love O2O, but my small gripe about Xiao Nai as a character is that he is inhumanly perfect. Gu Wei Yi here is much more relatable. I love that he is such a obsessive compulsive tech geek, a little bit of a neat freak, and also a little too scrupulous to a fault (but also therefore easily manipulated and baitable 😆).

Oh @hades, post your awesome GIFs away on the FW so I can easily relive all the moments. The show is too cute not to share all of its goodness! Noona thanks you for all your Shoulder advocacy in advance!

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Obviously I don't watch enough youth C dramas because I got this burning question - Why are their student dormitories so clean and spacious?

This struck me when I tried a bit of Love O2O and now again in this show(1st ep was nice, might go back and continue).

My hostel room was considered luxurious during my time but it wasn't at all spacious and cleaning definitely wasn't our top priority.

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🤣🤣🤣 I can only assume that C-Drama Dorm is the wishful thinking version of real life C-Dorm. One of the things that really struck me when watching the movie version of Love O2O is that "ah, now that looks like a real college dorm!!" (cramped, dim, a little messy.)

Same sentiment with kisses: "Ah, now that's how a real girl would move her lips facing such a hot guy!"

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I'm not sure if my observation is right or that I don't watch enough crappy C dramas to conclude - generally, I do find the kissing in C dramas more real than K dramas.

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If I may weigh in on this important empirical study, my own scale of comparison, based on somewhat limited research compare to others in the field regarding drama kissing skillz:

Tw-dramas > C-dramas > Jdoramas > K-dramas

(unfortunately, this researcher has no knowledge of T-dramas)

What say you, @outofthisworld and @Beanies?

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@kimbapnoona

Except for J dramas which I don't watch, I agree with your comparison.

Actually these days, my pet peeve isn't 'deer in the headlight' or 'lips that don't move' kissing. These days, some kissing in kdramas veer to the other extreme - what PD thinks is "Hot Kissing' but actually looks more like the actor sucking the 'qi' (energy) out of the actress. I can't understand the obsession over the actor's jawline sticking at a certain angle to the camera either.

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🤣🤣🤣 @ "sucking the qi out of the actress"!

My usual gripe is not so much the "deer in the headlight" but how that look usually comes about....I am tired of seeing the hero surprise kisses the heroine. These supposedly cute sneak attacks, under the current climate, start to feel more like assaults.😞

But what I enjoy more recently about kiss scenes that there seem to be more emphasis on the rest of the bodies....how their hands move about, the closer proximity of their bodies, or a second deeper kiss followed by the first affirmation of feelings. Reciprocation is always welcome.

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Rating the kisses from just how they look point of view, I agree with noona that Tw can generally be the best--most times. J-dramas though can look the most natural, but it depends on the type of drama it is. C-Dramas can be good depending on who it is and what type of drama it is. K-Dramas. Well, I agree with noona on that. But I still hate deer in the headlights kisses. Really really hate them.

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And as we've said before, T-dramas have the best kisses. Er, maybe it's just Ethan Juan (Ruan)'s kisses, regardless of whether it's Taiwan or Chinese dramas.

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Oh one more thing if you plan to watch this drama: do watch the epilogues in the end!!

They are often funny, and sometimes integral to the plot revealing the characters’ motivations or reasons for their actions during the episodes.

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Wait, what? There are so many replies I don't know which drama you're referring to "watch the epilogues".

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It's Put your Head on my Shoulder.

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I will wait for it to finish airing. @hades learning from your pains :)

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No no no, suffer with us @mayhemf!! We diehard Beanies do not learn lessons.....that's how we wear the label of "drama addicts" proud on our sleeves!! 😆

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Thanks for the rec!!! I will try to watch it this weekend.

++++Mini Rant:
I’m having a hard time finding subs for these cute dramas. 😔 I am watching Well Intended Love right now, but I think I might drop it soon cuz although the subs are on YT, I really want to watch my dramas in HD. I went above and beyond to find decent subs for Time Teaches Me To Love. It wasn’t a good experience. Hope it will be easy to search up this drama this time!

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I understand! I don't think I will be as readily diving into C-dramas if it wasn't my native language.

Fortunately this should not be a problem for Put Your Head on My Shoulder since it is gaining in popularity and the resolution is great since the episodes are available on its own production company WeTV's YT channel.

I hope you enjoy this drama as much as I do, @13infamyss!

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I totally get you on the quality problem with C-drama subs. Fortunately for us, as noona indicated, the YT channel has been doing a fantastic job uploading HD episodes on a schedule.

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I so love love loveeee the pair!!! They are just so darn cute together. In a way, this drama is giving me WFKBJ vibe. Not exactly the same but the overall feeling of youthfulness and discovery of love and friendship is similar and I love it!

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Yeah, @celine, I totally agree on the WFKBJ vibe. Perhaps this will be my "swag" drama of 2019!!

*quietly chants to self: "don't jinx this, kimbap, just don't."

For me this is almost the writer finding equilibrium after A Love So Beautiful: let me now give you a hero who is crushing hard, and focus more the older youth who are in college preparing to go into the workforce.

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*quietly chants to self: "don't jinx this, kimbap, just don't."

I took a screenshot of this so we may reference in the future. Let's hope we don't have to. 😂

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Hehe fingers crossed that this drama makes it to the very end without much problems.

I actually tried A Love so Beautiful but it did not really capture me. I fast-forwarded a lot of scenes.

P.S. Your name is making me damn hungry. I so loveeeee kimbap!

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Super agree with this! Tho I really love ALSB, I was put off by how XX chase for JC. It's kind of refreshing to watch the hero gets to fall in love first! ❤ Omg. I can't describe into words how adorable Gu Wei Yi is! 😍

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I have this on my watch it later list. I need to finish Legend of White Snake and catch up I Hear You.

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Nice, @trina! How do you like The Legend of White Snake (assuming you are watching the newer adaptation of the folk tale)? I read that it is pretty cute!

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Geez, Kimbap! I was going to start the drama once half of it has aired and subbed but now you’re making me want to start it and I already have like 10 dramas on my plate! Goodbye sleep lol

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Hahaha @giegie0384, almost always you give me wonderful reviews of what to watch and which to steer away from. Now I am finally repaying a little bit of my drama debt to you! 😆

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How did I not know about this!?! Thanks for this review. I love A Love So Beautiful and now I am off to find those 6 subbed episodes on YouTube!!

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Up to 8 episodes now and 7 & 8 have already been subbed just a few hours after they were uploaded!

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do, @csmith!!

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No. Never. I am a Beanie and I have taken the oath to do no harm onto our masters and minions.

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Hi ToD! Hope everything is well. It has been a while since I've seen you wreck damage in a kdrama.

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White TOD is giving male lead nightmares in Confession so its doing its share of terrorizing kdrama this season. ;)

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Dear @sincerelytod,

You are simply smashing in CONFESSION. Over and over and over again. It's one of your most impactful performances to date. ;-)

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Kill It: It felt like it slowed down a lot this week despite the good guys finding more important informations tha tied the the murder cases with Hansol Orphanage. I want more cool action scenes! And while Soo-hyun seemed to finally snap at the beginning of eps 7 and started being reckless, he quickly calmed down afterwards (which is a shame). I need more conflicted, revenge-y Soo-hyun who will stop at nothing to get back at people who tried to hurt him and his pack.

Beautiful World: Up to eps 4. Apparently, what they said about "Human are he scariest," is right. I'm just hoping that the scattered flashbacks we'll get wouldn't put Seon-ho in the same category.

Haechi: Our new king just couldn't catch a break, could he? He is in a very precarious position, with hardly an support (from powerful figures) inside the palace. But if there was any good outcome of this newest problem, it was the fact that it reunited Yi Geum and his old friends and teacher.

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South korea watchers is getting quiet as of late. But there is 2 show I can't get enough of. Beautiful world and Inspector Jo. It's enough to fill the space that the light in your eyes left.

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I'm slowly trying to get myself back into the drama game after stress and an addiction to Glee took me out.

Touch Your Heart: Well, here we are on the crux of noble idiocy and suffering. Wish me luck~

Her Private Life: I still maintain that the soundtrack makes me think of Barbie, and overall this is incredibly fun. Also, any drama that overtly talks about LGBT without shame gets extra points in my books.

Fruits Takuhaibin: Oof, this is hard to watch. The first episode was especially distressing, but the drama is also smart and engaging. I haven't watched something so dark in a while.

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Family Viral is another engaging drama. It has -ve things in its own way. 2nd episode had that catchy song and dance.

In Hand - was boring but Yamashita tried to make it look cool

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Re. Her Private Life's OST, I'm actually pleasantly surprised that the song being used often, Help Me, is from (G)I-DLE. Have I not recognized Soyeon's voice, I wouldn't have guessed it's from the group. They did an awesome job with the song.

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I'm really enjoying the OST - I just find out hilarious that the two released so far are enormously reminiscent of the songs found in Barbie films! 😂

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TYH: You're on episode 13/14? Hang in there and cuteness is right around the corner!

HPL: The OST by (G)I-DLE is addictive! Fits very well with the light fluffy rom-com tone. I like Ryan's openness to LGBT and tries to help her. And of course that just piles onto the misunderstanding :D

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I know, his desire to protect her choice to hide her sexuality is so sweet! 😍

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I'm only watching Her Private Life live....sort of. I'm behind an ep. Otherwise I've been hop scotching around different dramas. This is a few weeks worth.

Forest of Secret: I think I'm holding all the threads now. I love our detective.

Touch Your Heart: up to ep 6. This is just sweetness and I love it. Work has been stressful and it has been nice to unwind with at the end of the day.

He is Psychometric: Just two eps in, but interested. I think I could easily fall for the 4 leads. I've seen some spoilers on the wall and the hyung and possible feelings for the heroine worries me.

Possessed: This show scares me a bit, the whole serial killer part. The rest of it delights me. Probably a weekend watch cause more daylight.

Mischievous Kiss: their honeymoon. Ridiculous and sweet.

I still want to watch The Story of Minglan..... and 50 others.

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Confession. Expected to like it but I'm not crazy about it. They've slathered on the mystery and the riddles Forest of Secrets-style. I started losing interest at about the 7th murky interview with the smartass guy who either is or is not the killer. The big attraction for me was seeing Junho as the lead in a legal drama. Style and
personality!!! Nah. He's your run-of-the-mill, sombre young lawyer with a health condition and a tragic father in prison. Remember Remember?

Do like "The Banker" -- never mind the dismal ratings. Kim Sang-joong of the unique voice makes a really appealing character in "Banker." Polite as a schoolboy on the surface, tough as nails underneath. The drama has a good premise and cast, and so far it's pretty straightforward in style. I think I've had it with murky and mystifying so straightforward makes a nice change.

Waiting for "Dr. Prisoner" and "Special Labor Inspector Jo" til more episodes are available.

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I'm on the hunt for J-doramas right now, it's all because of one actor which has snatched my attention after I watched Border SP 🤣 Haru was the main character but Asuka Kudo stole the spotlight, so he is my temporary obsession for now 😁

In just a span of two weeks, I have watched :

Border Shokuzai and Shoudo, I loooved 2014 Border with Oguri Shun and I love this one too !

Jmovie To Each His Own I watched it purely because I want to see more of Asuka Kudo 😆 But overall, it's a nice movie..

Flowers for Algernon, it's my first time watching a dorama only to see a supporting character 😁 the dorama itself was so-so, but I like their logical ending where they didn't sell the "love conquers all" plot

Kuragehime/Princess Jellyfish normally I would have avoided a silly drama like this one, and although Asuka Kudo was only a second lead, he actually got more romantic scenes with the lead female for most of the episodes and I feel quite happy for that 😂

Currently watching Roosevelt Game, I know NOTHING about baseball but I feel excited to watch Asuka Kudo as a baseball player. I like the way they handle the company plot tho.. 👍

Next destination Mikaiketsu no Onna another crime drama with Haru and Asuka Kudo (still as supporting character). Their chemistry in Border was good so maybe that's why they were being partnered up once again in this drama 😉

I'm considering to watch his latest drama Natsuzora but it's a morning drama with 156 episodes, I don't think I have enough dedication to watch it 😂

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What they did to Shu in the Princess Jellyfish drama was abominable and I'm still angry! 😂

It's cool to find someone who has seen Flowers for Algernon! I've been meaning to read the book and watch the drama - would you ultimately recommend it?

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Me too, I'm still bitter for Shu.. I prefer him to be alone for awhile after Tsukimi's rejection rather than getting a hint that he might be together with Inari. The second lead female was annoying 😣 and she didn't deserve a kind hearted person like Shu

For Algernon, I don't really know about the book 😅 as for the drama, as I've said it before, it's so-so. I think the lead male (who was it? Yamapi? I'm not really familiar with Japanese actors 😂) was only good in the first few episodes, the story became rather flat when his character turned into a super genius person. The other supporting roles gave much more impact in terms of acting and storyline. Personally, I won't recommend it to other people 😁 but you might watch it as it's only 10 ep. Just skip some boring parts and it would feel like an 8 ep drama

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Also, though, the drama's team completely changed Shu's character from the manga! He was supposed to be the older brother, and he had a much sterner personality. Making him younger totally changed his dynamic with Kuranosuke!

I love Yamapi, so I would watch anything for him! But I know that he isn't very expressive, so maybe he wasn't right for the role? 😂

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