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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…

 

missvictrix

Currently weecapping: Forest

Crash Landing on You: I caught up on episodes just in time to get behind again, but I’ve been enjoying the sweetness and silliness of everyone in Seoul. This is the sort of drama that I can pause and come back to and keep enjoying just as much regardless of the pause. It’s up-to-date in a lot of ways, but it also has the straight-edged and reserved feeling of a lot of classic dramas. It took me a while to figure out that this is why I like it as much as I do.

XX: Every week when I watch this I say it’s the last time I’ll tune in — then there’s some totally awesome cliffy ending to the episode, and I know I’ll be back next week. That’s kind of this web drama’s recipe: slow, broody, and not a lot happening till a burst of action, and a quick cut to the end credits. This week, it was the heroine (played by Hani) hitting a cheating boyfriend with a full bag of garbage (accompanied by the appropriate insults, of course). Outside of finally understanding this drama’s format, there are two things that keep me watching: one, Hani’s blossoming “some” relationship with her co-worker; and two, her amazing long side bangs. They’re mesmerizing! *Runs off to cut own hair in the bathroom*

 

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Currently recapping: Diary of a Prosecutor

Itaewon Class: It looks like Soo-ah has gone full dark side now. That’s a shame. I liked her ambiguity before and found it interesting. I hope she doesn’t become a straightforward “bad guy” since she has the potential to be a lot more nuanced than that. I liked her and Sae-ro-yi’s relationship in the past, but in the (almost) current time, it’s not what I’d call healthy. I get that Sae-ro-yi is forgiving and all, but come on, dude! Soo-ah called the cops on your establishment. That should warrant more than an “eh, I’m sure you had your reasons.” Everyone has reasons, but that doesn’t mean they’re good ones. I don’t like that he just gives her a pass rather than expecting more from her. We got to know more of the eccentric characters around Sae-ro-yi this week, and I like them so far. Yi-seo, in particular, I find compelling. She’s not your typical female drama character, which is refreshing. She’s cold, calculated, and reckless, but I find her way less dangerous than Soo-ah who doesn’t seem to know what she wants or how far she’s willing to go.

No Second Chances: Finally! I’m so glad that noble idiocy stuff didn’t last. And now Hae-jun is part of the Nakwon family, which is so much healthier than his messed-up chaebol family. They responded about as expected to the news of him and Bak-ha. What is wrong with his mother? She’s so incredibly selfish and controlling. Although, Hae-jun getting kicked out of his house is possibly the best thing to happen to him. I wonder if Geo-bok will try to recruit him to his hotel company—he was impressed with Hae-jun during his earlier business dealings. As for Woo-jae, I had a feeling that wedding wasn’t going to happen. Maybe he’ll finally end things with the ever-annoying Hae-ri. Seriously, her character is like nails on chalkboard; I fast-forward most every scene she’s in. Can we just ship all of Hae-jun’s family to a faraway island out of everyone’s way?

Stove League: I didn’t expect the head coach’s betrayal through teaming up with CEO Kwon. I kinda wish they hadn’t gone with the typical backstory though. We’ve seen the scenario a million times: a person of integrity goes to the dark side for money to support a family member with some incurable illness. At least that whole situation brought CEO Kwon’s grand scheme to everyone’s attention. I’ve been wanting to see someone besides Seung-soo do something to help the team. It was nice that the whole gang came up with a plan and executed it together to save Kang Doo-gi. Now they just have to find new ownership before it’s too late.

The Cursed: I was super excited for this one since I’m always up for a good horror drama. And this looks like it’ll be a good one. The first two episodes were good old-fashioned horror fun. We dove right into the cursing, but we also got good introductions to the main players. I thought the evil CEO would be a one-note villain, but he’s not quite what I expected. It’s hard to tell if he’s aware of his possession right now, which makes things interesting. We don’t get too many of these genuinely dark, creepy (and gruesome) dramas, so I hope it lives up to its potential. I’m not expecting The Guest levels of good, but somewhere in the vicinity would be nice.

 
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Crash Landing on You: 9.5 His and hers matching bullet scars. Who needs couple rings? Meanwhile a possible future MIL found a 3rd way besides the glass of water and the envelope full of cash! North Korea and the ducklings are a fantastic platform for viewing kdramaland from the outside.

The Cursed: 8.0 Wish the evil shaman could do her thing with less histrionics (and more lighting!). But the good (so far?) shaman can inflict pain or death on baddies with no dramatics on her end. This is a nice change from the goody-goodies in most other kdramas and I'd like to see more, especially baddies in pain. Also, if judiciously used, ability to strike with nothing but a short closeup of her face could help keep the show moving and lower production costs. Win-win :)

Diary of a Prosecutor: 8.0 Day 15 - light at the end of the bad-boss tunnel! Inspectors and auditors in kdramaland are usually mindless minions of evil, and the actor who plays the new head inspector often plays not-nice roles, so when the inspectors actually started being reasonable in their criticisms of our buddies, that was officially a Good Sign even before the reveal at the end of the ep. Day 16 - I thought the ending fell a bit flat - couldn't we have a little more well-earned good-triumphs-over-evil at the end?

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2: 6.5 Compared to Diary, this show is a lesson in how NOT to do bad-bossery. Diary fed us good stuff for a few weeks and waited until late in the show to inflict almost-unwatchable bad-boss misery on us. RDTK has been shoving it down our throats since day 1.

Queen: Love And War: 7.0

Stove League: 9.1

Forest: 5.0 I'm confused. Also a week behind.

The Game: Towards Zero: 6.8

Tell Me What You Saw: 7.0 Remember Voice 1, aka the good Voice? Jang Hyuk played detective, and the FL had super hearing. After the disappointing Voice 2 and the abomination that was Voice 3, he's back in Tell Me with really good hearing while the FL has a different power. Is this show trying to remind the Voice crew how it's done before they can inflict a season 4 on us? And did they hire Jang Hyuk just to rub it in???

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Couple scars 😂

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I am surprised you rate The Game Towards Zero 6.8 higher than Teacher Kim 6.5, but I agree. The Game Towards Zero has lots of plot holes but story is intriguing. Teacher Kim’s only draw for me is HJS, evil bosses are annoying, main plot is quite dry except for the OR side stories, and I FF the lead couple whom I find very boring.

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Thank you @lordcobol for quietly awarding a 7.0 to QUEEN: LOVE AND WAR. With that, The Great Sageuk Year of 2019 is officially closed.

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Queen continues to retain its rating? I’m tempted to restart my watch.

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Hi Bye, Mama: THE DAUGHTER CAN SEE GHOSTS?!?!? Oh boy this is going to be super melodramatic.

Itaewon Class (Episode 3-4)
Is it just me or did I see Geun Won having more of a conscience than Soo Ah? His eyes flickered with guilt when Sae Ro mentioned his crimes, whereas Soo Ah’s crying appeared to be more of a frustrated outburst that she’s starting to lose control over Sae Ro. I felt like Soo Ah never really liked him but rather his first love declaration to her and that she sees him now as someone under her. I really liked the moment when Soo Ah revealed her betrayal to control the narrative: it revealed Sae Ro isn’t head over heels for her even if he doesn’t blame her. But I bet there’ll be lots to blame very soon.

Diary of a Prosecutor (Episode 15-16)
The show had a half-hearted attempt at saving itself in the finale: they pulled two deus ex machinas with the ex-wife & the special investigation team to bury the bad new boss arc, touched but failed to conclude the red heel case (which is amusing given it opened the show) and abruptly ended with a forced reorganisation to have that ‘new beginning’ end. I think it had a lot of potential with Myung Joo’s old boss in Seoul and In Joo who are foils of each other: one who looked bad but had good intentions and vice versa. And of course, the romance was nice but it added zero to the entire story.

Crash Landing on You (Episode 13-14)
What a joke that Chul-kang was able to run away having already been shot once despite Man Bok’s close proximity to him during the second shot. The show kept him alive because they wanted that cliffhanger to happen, which of course drags out Chul-kang’s death for one more week. I feel like nothing got resolved this week: the expose wasn’t enough to lock Se Hyung and his wife up, Se Ri hasn’t reconciled with her mom yet and Seung Joon is trapped on the rooftop with someone. Well, we got kisses, gratuitous undressing/undressed scenes and comedy. But NIS is involved: it’s not funny!

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I think the body that was found in the island was the little girl in red heels. So it was an end. Sure, it's not clearly stated in the show that the body found was of that girl, but I believe she was.

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I also couldn't believe that after being shot by JH and MB, Chul-kang was still alive. And I wish they had come up with something else besides JH getting shot again. Too many near-death shooting injuries.

The one thing that occurred to me is that maybe, just maybe, his father will use this to declare him dead in the line of duty, and that will allow JH to recover with another identity and stay in SK with Se-ri.

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Romantic Doctor Kim 2: I will say this again and again, the best part of this drama is the character growth. To watch both Woo Jin and Eun Jae's growth this episode was fabulous. They have completely won me over and I am just incredibly proud of them.

Diary of a Prosecutor: It was a nice ending to a solid show. I enjoyed it for what it was.

Itaewon Class: So I just realized watching last night's episode that Hyun Yi was supposed to be a boy, I kept wondering why the subs said he, lol. It was very confusing, I now understand what is happening and the confusion is gone. I really wish they had been clearer, because it was not obvious at all. Anywho, the drama is setting up interesting roadblocks and I am loving Soo Ah as a character.

Stove League: I am so sad this wonderful gem of a show is ending. The machinations of the inner workings of a last place baseball team is truly fascinating. This is no part thanks to the writer and the stellar acting by the cast. Excellent, excellent show.

Crash Landing on You: We are at the end, I can't wait to see how this ends and is wrapped up.

Tell Me What you saw: Serial killers, what's not to like. 😊😜👀

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Totally agree with you about RDTK, I loved how WooJin and EunJae have evolved from the very first episode. That's the Doldam effect. Insecurities and selfishness and doubts fade away under the supervision of Kim Sabu.
I also loved the ending of Diary of a Prosecutor and Stove League.

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Re ITAEWAN CLASS. I thought the scene of tough guy Seung-kwon’s invite to Hyun-yi to join him in the sauna with “scrub my back and I will scrub yours” is a minor classic. I don’t know but I may be slow on the uptake but I haven’t figured out Hyun-yi yet. I love the ambiguity. Seung-kwon certainly hasn’t figured out Hyun-yi.

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I was totally fooled by Hyun Yi--I thought the character was a girl dressing like a boy. I just didn't see that coming.

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Exactly my thoughts on RDTK2! Love ALL the characters 💙

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I still haven't gotten back to Dr.Kim, because it means hospital and people at risk... and perhaps dying. I need more time for that.

I also couldn't start Itaewon as it seems to be too dark / heavy for my current mood.

And so... I finally finished Nagi's Long Vacation, a Japanese series about an office girl who leaves everything and tries to find her true self (dreams and boyfriends included). I have to say that for me personally You and Me on a G String worked better. I found it more honest and to the real core than Nagi. I generally did like Nagi (and appreciated the humour 🙂), but I often found it a bit too simple and predictive... and sometimes even a bit preachy (if that's the right word). What was very well done though was the suffocating environment of the leads... and especially Nagi's manipulative mother was scary (I got goosebumps when she managed to crash Nagi's dream). I was also impressed by the actor who played the boyfriend of Nagi, Takahashi Issei, and I'm even tempted to try his other works.

And then I watched Twenty, a Korean movie from 2015 about three high school friends who enter their 20s with all their dreams, naivety... and hormones. Mainly hormones 😆😆 I laughed a lot... especially when one of the boys presents his "brilliant" script idea for a movie 😂😂 (just warning, it's very young boy's hormonal driven 😆). Kang Haneul, Kim Woo Bin, Lee Junho, Jung So Min, Lee Yoobi (and many others). A joy to watch if you are in the mood for a comedy (there are also darker topics and some difficult situations in the background... but never overshadowing the comedy).

Still following Crash Landing and Never Twice.

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I know how i got to the end of Nagi - Still i added it into 2019's top 10( g string few ep pending so not in list) shows list. 1st 5 episodes really take measure of your patience. G-String is not 1 character centered. Both are manga adaptations but G-string has better story flow.

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I think it is also personal... and maybe age related? G-string just spoke more to me.

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I have to continue Nagi's Long Vacation. I started it and loved the 1st episode and was impressed with the boyfriends acting too. He made me hate him, get scared and feel pity at the same time. The first ep was solid though, I have no idea if the rest remains the same but I will continue it sometime.

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Takahashi Issei is fantastic. His characterization of Nagi's boyfriend was much more broad than what I've seen of his other performances, but it worked here. I highly recommend his drama Miracles, in which he plays a very very different person than he did here.

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Honestly, I watched the second half of Nagi because of him.
I'm thinking to watch Mikazuki now... and may search Miracles later, as you recommend it...

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After watching "Itaewon Class," episode 5, I called it quits. I hope that when you decide to watch it you'll like it much more than I have.

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But ep. 6 is where it's at! $1.9 billion won! I am fully living life right now!

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There are just certain character/star combinations that I can't take, and IC has one of those.

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I never tried this GString drama because I thought it was about music players, and I have Nodame to remember, but I think Nagi's is one of my favorite dramas so if you like this more than Nagi, even if we think differently, it's a big reason to try it!

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G String is not about musicians, it's about ordinary people who start attending evening violin classes for beginners (and they really are beginners 😆). They meet and talk about their lives... and help each other. I'm not saying it's the best drama ever, but it did spoke to me... and touched me much more than Nagi (what's very personal and you may have the opposite 🙂).
And... ehm... I did enjoy Nodame 😆🙈 (the Japanese version... I even fell in love with Tamaki Hiroshi 💕 🙈)

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Crash Landing On You: It's okay. One of the things that gets me about this drama are the overlong episodes. The live shoot system is bad enough but basically they are doing two 90 minutes movies a week. It's insane and I blame the writer and PD. It is larded down with a lot of unnecessary stuff though I will admit some of it is charming. Wouldn't it have been better to just do 20 episodes and make things easier for all involved? Okay, that's my rant. Probably the most I have liked this actress in any drama though I think Hyun Bin's character is kind of rote....that's the writing, not his acting.

Forest: I saw someone say exactly what I was thinking: The sad thing is there is the foundation of a good story here. Yeah, I'm a few behind and am already skipping. Ever watch a drama and you find yourself re-writing it in your head? Yep, this is the one.

Congrats to the Parasite success; however, I was happy to see RZ win best actress. Five minutes ago everyone in Hollywood was writing her off and dissing her plastic surgery (which is pot calling kettle black). She just seems very fragile much like the lady she just played.

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I agree the CLOY shooting schedule has been overly burdensome on the cast and crew. I think in this live shoot system, the producers wanted to add more ducklings and NK village women parts into the story because so many fans liked those characters. If you look at the second half, it has been less main leads and more secondary character development.

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I agree and think that is exactly what happened.

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I'm still on a Parasite high but I'm ready to see Bong's 2 new projects beside the HBO series.
I hope they'll hire an all Asian cast or at least most. There are many struggling Asian actors in Hollywood.

I'm really hoping that his Korean project is an indie film. Kim Bora and some of the other indie directors could use some loving. Korea has many great indie films but we hardly hear about it.

Good for Renée Zellweger. Come back stronger than ever.

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It was reported (perhaps on this site) that Hallyu is getting fed up with trying to partner with Hollywood. They sell the rights to big Korean hits then the projects just evaporate. So there's a plan now to produced 'Americanized' versions of Korean hits internally for the US market.

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I haven't read any report about hallyu since JB and GF era. Is it still a thing?
I think it's newness wore off already.
Lately, I hardly heard of hallyu being mentioned with pride like in the early 2000s.
(Maybe it's just me).

I don't think HBO is going to have their show produced in Korea. They were talking about it before the Oscar win.

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You're seeing more movies and cable TV with English speaking cast being produced by non-English speaking entities. The first one that comes to mind is 'New Pope' from the French cable network Canal+

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I misunderstood your comment sorry.

I currently watch more Korean dramas and films than anything else. Have been for almost 2 decades.
English is my 3rd language just like a lot of beanies here so I don't primarily watch English stuff.
I'd watch BBC shows and Netflix and that's about it and I prefer to watch movies at the theater.

I haven't seen "New Pope". Park Chan-wook's "Little Drama Girl" was the last English series that I remember watching.
I think Bong is probably going the same route.
Rumor has it that it's going to be an English cast which is kind of disappointing but oh well. At least he won't be butt heading with Harvey Weinstein or whatever you call him.

I'm looking forward to his Korean projects more.

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2 Master Kim putting the villains in their place is the best.

Money Game I love all the characters both good and bad. Yoo Teo is an interesting actor. He grew up in Germany, studied acting in London and NY. He was so nice in Chocolate and so charismatic in this drama.

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life They could have told the same story in 50 episodes...

No Second Chances I was so happy at the end of the last episode then I watched the teaser of the next episode...

Stove League The end was kinda flat. I liked the story but it was too much about baseball and not enough about the main characters. We had more background story about baseball players than Lee Se Young. Park Eun Bin is a great actress, she can do so much than this. So at the end, I was happy for the team and felt empty for the characters.

Itaewon Class I would like the 2 girls stop to think they know better or own Sae-ro-yi.

Crash Landing on You I'm curious about the end!

My Holo Love I liked the beginning and the end but I didn't like the middle. I mean why the women always look so desperate that they fall in love with a robot/AI? It's kinda frustrating to see.

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Oh Kim Feel's OST for Itaewon Class is out \o/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qho6wWlsANw

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Kinda like "I'm Not a Robot." I haven't watched, "My Holo Love," yet because it looks to much like INAR to m.

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I think it's more like Are You Human Too or My Absolute Boyfriend.

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I think they are all pretty much the same.

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For me I like how Stove League doesn't relay on character backstory much. It's a story about baseball so they stick to it. The backstory are here and there. Instead of filming a full scene they just relay with characters explanation. For example, take at the Se Young telling BSS about his dad. We the viewers can picture it in our head. That they power of acting and delivery from her. We don't see CEO Kwon dad even Se Young that but we knew their story from what they told us. Even BSS backstory doesn't overshadow anything. If not for character description before the drama airing, most viewers doesn't know who the lady that he keep meeting is. only later episode explain who she is.

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I don't need flashbacks but we had to wait for the last episode and the second half of this episode to know the story about her father and the baseball. She's the first female with this job in a baseball team but we know nothing about how she did it.

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My goal for next week is to binge-watch My HOLO LOVE and catch up on ITAEWON CLASS.

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CRASH LANDING ON YOU: Super fun and emotional. (Does that even make sense with this drama!?) I finally gave the last episode a 9/10 rating from me. Here’s to hoping the finale week doesn’t disappoint! I’m planning on start episode 15 in a moment. (ep. 8-14)

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MY HOLO LOVE: This one’s super fun. And the special effects for the AI are pretty phenomenal. I was hoping to binge-watch the rest of the episodes this past week but didn’t get a chance to do so. (ep. 1-3)

WOOHOO WAIKIKI: This one’s always pretty fun. (ep. 8)

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Currently Watching:
Some Day or One Day: Time travel done right. I am up to episode 11 and I have not found single fail in logic. Maybe it is actors and their chemistry that do not allow me to spare single brain cell for finding out failure in logic. (I am looking at you My HOLO Love) This show has got its recipe right – acting, writing and the epic romance.

Find yourself: I do like most of parts of the show. In early episode I was not fond of FML, but now I find her more real. Her life has changed. The job she worked for 10 years is no longer fulfilling. Her pillar of strength, her father is going through tough time. Her friends are facing life altering challenges. She needed to step up.
She is making her choices – right or wrong does not matter. She is not afraid of anything right now and facing things head on. I do respect that.
Unfortunately, student teacher relationship part is not working for me. These parts I could do without.

Dr. Kim 2: Baddies are baddies and team Dr Kim is white as snow. The show does not present any challenges to Dr. Kim which will allow him to introspect. He is the ultimate good guy and he is going to save the day.
There was character development for Dr Cha when she stood up to her one note character mother.

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I'm loving Find Yourself rn. It is amazing and I do think FX immaturity comes from her being in comfortable situations but now that things have changed she is taking her environment and her decisions seriously even if they may be wrong for her (referring to her relationship with Luming which is clearly not working).

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I agree with you FX earlier issues comes with her being too sheltered and secured. Even if she was successful career woman, she was stuck in her early 20’s. Her parents sheltered her from all negative things. She was being taken care by her parents, brother and her friends emotionally.
Now its her turn to take care of her parents and her friends.

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Agree on Cha Eun-jae’s development. But somehow it feels a bit too late. She’s been a frustrating character for so long her standing up against her mother felt disconnected. It is more like a pent up emotion erupting after years of endurance instead of addressing the problem about what a doctor should do.

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I agree on you about Eun-jae's outburst is more about her frustration with her mother than moral dilemma. The show is completely glossing over her issues with OR. Dr. Kim gives her magic pill and all her issues go away. I would have liked it more if she actively sought out therapy and worked through her issues step by step. It would have worked better if she realized her limitations and made choices which were better for herself instead of walking on the same path chosen by her mother.

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I won’t be surprised those magic pills are in fact placebo. It was her lack of self confidence failing her performance inside the OR. While others may be enjoying watching her growth, I don’t find her character convincing at all, how can she pass and get a license with her constant fainting & vomiting 🤮

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I also believe it is placebo. The faces of Kim Sabu and Dr. Shin make me believe so.

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Thank you for saying this. I agree with the others who have replied to this comment. One more point to add: FL character is almost only there to provide support to ML. Her circumstances provide a perfect contrast to the ML.

Even I don’t get it how did she fake it for so long and made it to whatever level of the career that she is at. Also, she is so flat as a character though I really like the actress playing the role.

Also, at times the ML’s acting is not as great as I want him to be. He is eye candy but...
His senior who did weird things at the last hospital didn’t act well either.

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Lee Sung-kyung’s acting style didn’t help Eun-jae to become a likeable character. Probably a miscast problem from the start? Contrasting with Seo Hyun-jin in season 1, she makes every roles she plays relatable.

I agree that Eun-jae does serve a purpose, to make Woo-jin looks great. Ahn Hyo-seop is still kind of green, he’s great in some scenes and not so great in the others. He looks really trying but the lack of experience does show up. But I personally like his character is so much the rawness in his acting is usually overshadowed.

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The fact that his character is built by sacrificing the FL gets to me. So, i like that he has struggled to become who is and is nibble with his hands but in a strange way he is essentially a candy who is angry but kind towards the world. (Just my view)

I havent seen season 1, so...

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It’s complicated:
Forest: I am not sure if I am watching this show or not. I am stuck on episode 8 and I do not wish to continue. It is my perfect sleeping pill. With the rate I am going I think It will take me whole year to watch this show. Upside I will not suffer sleepless nights for whole year. All it takes 15 minutes of the show to fall into deep sleep.

Completed:
My HOLO love: Show where even a computer program gets amnesia.
The show has
1. child hood connection
2. jerk CEO
3. damsel in distress
4. face blindness
5. the reason for MLs suffering –mother
6. a bad to the bone baddie
7. twin brother falling for the same girl (I do consider HOLO twin to ML- he is mothers’ creation and looks exactly as ML)
What kept me going:
1. HOLO – He is pretty endearing.
2. The chemistry between ML and FML
3. Conflict of SML
4. The relationship between adopted siblings

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I said that My Holo Love has almost all the drama cliches and still loved it to the end!

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CRICKET - Earlier it was Kiwis vs. india exciting matches and now its England vs. SA.

2020 - Exciting start of t20 cricket in 2020 - the t20 world cup year.

JAPAN -

This Guy is Biggest Mistake in my Life - 6/10 - Just 24min for entertainment. The best part still is OP of the show+SFX. funny time pass. I'm enjoying this.

Shiranakute Li Koto - No Need to know - 8 out of 10 . The real competitor of Kotaki Brothers for the title of Show of the season and probable in top 10 shows list. Yoshitaka Yuriko has good IQ. She's wise enough to pick such scripts where she's not the main female lead, but more than that the Central force around which the story revolves. (aka i said several weeks ago - Japan has the guts to spend money on female characters/actors.)

Keenu reeve's daughter - within 1st 5minutes. That's how you attract attention of audience. Such an apt title for the story.
Chirldren inheriting traits of their parents. genes forwarding not only +ve attributes but also -ve. Diseases too.
And then we casually see in Japanese media characters looking for the blood type of the one they are interested in as blood = specific personality traits. Discrimination and all.

Yuru Camp - 7/10 manga to anime to live-action. Easy fun watch. short episodes. This is what you call acting

Love Lasts Forever - 6/10 - for a fluff i can't give more rating than 6. Getting more spicy though. Fangirl mode activated.

The original comment stuck because of a gif. ohh.

KOREA - Those 3 plastic faces can learn much from Yuriko.
Choose better agency, competent manager and learn to pic scripts than all day dong forplay with their own body

Hot Stove League - 7/10 Overall rating. Good romance of Manager and Ceo. For every Hero to shine needs a equally good opposing force aka villain. A good hero is noting without a good villain. They complement each other. Ceo did exactly that. He made people look at Hero's appeal. for a kdrama show did good.Simply put, the bar is set so low that an average piece full of nonsense starts to look decent.
The show is quiet enjoyable and ran a huge soap opera. In romance dramas we see things can be solved with just few minutes talk that are dragged for weeks/month and even years. The same goes for this show - Writer through characters contradicted points of story so many times that story itself became a big joke. manufactured conflicts without an ounce of substance.

Crass Clash - 6/10 If you want something original and new then you should look at some of the characters and their actions at specific cliche events. If you show disappointment then keep some of it for most other kdramas too. 6 is a good score.

Trash Land - 4/10 obvious trash.

Lame Game - by 4th week it had shed the subject and now its fully in kdrama tropes mode. And now it is getting more comments heh. Let's see that's reflected in ratings. This is the time you start to ask few questions to the audience itself. Business is...

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Shiranakute Li Koto - another one of the better Japanese shows that seems to be not available on any of the usual (legal) sources. Dunno why so few Jdramas are carried, probably licensing issues. But of course what happens is they all end up on the pirate sites anyway.

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@catocat

****This Guy is Biggest Mistake in my Life****
The interesting thing for me in this drama is Mokomichi Hayami's performance as the man dog. Like your comment from earlier weeks, I am not a fan of the slave story line. However, he flips it from being submissive to revealing how manipulative and controlling he actually is.

There is a sense of cold brutality in how he manipulates Sato. Playing the gaps between her social norms and her personal space protection and you can see her losing her footing so quickly. Its scary how closely this parallels abusive relationships and I am scared how quickly this could flip from Sato being drawn into a pseudo dominant role to being the victim.

****Yoshitaka Yuriko****
There are a number of Japanese actresses who are brilliant at picking scripts. They repeatedly pick roles that play to their strengths - but more importantly down play their limitations. Yui Aragaki is another.
There are a group of women whose raw talent makes their dramas unmissable - but this group of women adds so much to the pool of talented J actresses.

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Coffee Prince: (5/18) This is such a good, fun K-drama and it feels like the episodes only are ten minutes long instead of one hour. What a breeze! Hilarious to see Kim Dong-Wook and Kim Jae-Wook when they were still munchkins. I understand that Gong Yoo became Oppa during this drama, but I personally am massively girl crushing on Eun-Chan and I want to steal her outfits, especially the tuxedos. Mr. Voice is a pleasure for my ears and my eyes, as usual. I am glad that I decided to only watch classics like this one with my friend. We never know how many episodes we’ll be able to watch until the weekend is upon us, so we can just enjoy the episodes, no matter when and how many we watch. The shows are completed, so I do not need to worry about catching up in time.

No Second Chances: (27/28) Just kiss and raise Yeol-Mu already, so that I can enjoy the happy family dynamics for the remaining episodes. I cannot drop shows ever, especially not my first (and probably last) makjang drama. We are three quarters into this, I can finish this, but my patience is running out.

Itaewon Class: In Park Seo-Joon I trust, but I keep reading mixed reviews and it looks like it needs its first four episodes to establish itself. Come on Beanies, convince me to watch! ;)

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I watched Coffee Prince many years ago... because my first kdrama ever was Loveholic, where Mr.Voice played Second Lead (!!!)... and I wanted to watch more of him 😆
However, as you, I fell for Eun Chan 💕... and how Yoon Eun Hye portrayed her.

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I really should stop fangirling... but Mr.Voice and Eun Chan 💕

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Don’t let couple of people’s opinion make you miss one of Park Seo Joon’s strongest roles)) It’s getting great ratings and reviews in Korea for a reasons. Characters all around entertaining, they feel alive and have right amount of flaws, to question them, agree or strongly disagree with them. To me it’s such an atmospheric work.

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I definitely want to watch Itaewon Class irrespective of the reviews as the clips are so vibrant. I am just waiting for it to end to binge watch... I think it will be worth it :)

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Why wait. IC is turning into a terrific drama. The whole package. The writing, acting and great music.
The SK viewing public is certainly embracing it. Tomorrow’s Ratings Report will confirm that.

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Because i go mad when I have to wait for a week to see the next episode. I do almost nothing except obssess over small clips and everything written about the drama.
If binge watching is done then one spends only about 2/3 days of watching and maybe a week of obssessing :D

All about survival techniques outside the drama world.

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Itaewon Class is a bit like watching a comic book. The style is vibrant and the characters become more interesting each episode (except for the evil chaebols, I've had my fill and fast forward most of them).

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Thank you Beanies for the encouragement and descriptions. I hope I can soon find the time to press play. ;)

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RDTK2:
Romantic aspect aside, Woo-jin’s character is almost as well written as Kim Sabu’s. I might need to count Nurse Oh’s proud mama bear moment. So far all the supporting characters (even Eun-jae’s mother) have been great, aside for the actor playing Hyun Joon. His fight/crying scene with Woo-jin felt kind of flat while Ahn Hyo-seop nailed it. Glad to see the late Chairman Shin’s secretary is back, hopefully with the hidden card, whatever it is.

Stove League:
The ending is satisfying. What happened to GM Baek is nothing new and for once we got a character so strong we know nothing bad will happen to him. And as he said, protecting his team for the first time feels so rewarding, he’s okay. If they do make season 2 of it with the same casts it will be great.

The Game:
Ep 13-16 are boring. Why are we circling around? Im Joo-hwan alone cannot anchor this show.

The Lies Within:
Finished marathoning in 3 days. Lee Min-ki is so great when playing a character that could smile, laugh, shout, curse freely. And he is more swoon worthy than when he was loaded with money and branded clothes (yes the Beauty Inside left quite a big scar). The story is quite easy to follow, I just don’t understand why some characters went to that length to reach their goal. It’s kind of stupid a sacrifice.

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I’ve been away on a vacation and now I am finally able to catch up. Yeayyy.

Finally able to finish watching all glorious 50 episodes of The Untamed. I admitted to skipping and fast forwarding quite a lot of scenes especially if the 2 main cast were not in them, but I did watch enough to understand all the main points. After it ended, I found myself browsing youtube for lots of BTS and the cast interview. Haha. I 💓 them.

Crash Landing On You - I love their fish out of water happening in Seoul. Hahaha. So funny. Love the North Koreans soldiers. They’re adorable. I wonder how the writers are gonna end this series. It doesn’t seem possible for the two leads to be together. But I still want a happy ending. Please let them all have a happy ending.

To be watched - Itaewon Class, Diary of a prosecutor, all the Studio Ghibli animations that are now finally available on Netflix 😛

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Totoro was the first movie ever in my twin girls' lives 🙂
(And my lifesaver when they got sick 😆 )

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Totoro was the first Ghibli movie that I watched too. Remained a classic. I love it

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It's simple... and yet magical...

My first movie was Laputa...

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Lost count of how many times I watched Totoro, Kiki's delivery service and Ponyo with my kids... love them so much!

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What?? Studio Ghibli is on Netflix?? Thanks, I didn't know that. Yay!
Untamed: Yay, another fan! You might like the special edition since it focuses on the two leads only. You might also like the Yi City arc. I've gone back and watched all the not main stories and to this day I watch a bit every week. There are literally thousands of youtube vids having to do with some aspects of Untamed. I've posted a lot of music videos. Others have their fan walls devoted to different things. Have fun!
I'm really enjoying Itaewon because of the comments here and I wasn't planning on watching it at all. The production is excellent.

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The short clip of ‘zhan ge, didi ai ni’ by Wang Yi Bo makes my heart burst a million times. Hahahaha 😍 i watched that on loops 🤣

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Studio Ghibli will not be on Netflix in the US. HBO has the rights so it will be on their service.

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Thanks, I realized Netflix in the U.S. didn't have it, and I'm not going to pay for HBO. As we used to say, "Rats!"

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It's really annoying.

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NordVPN. I use it to access US Netflix and Viki shows which wouldnt be available in my region. It's a paid subscription but for me totally worth it

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Waiting for the finales of:
HOT STOVE LEAGUE: I predicted the sale of the team (to the family of the puppy love manager who was transferred to scouting). Now, just hit a home run to win the series.
CRASH LANDING ON YOU: After erasing all the nonsensical premise, events and improbabilities, I really do not want the writer to ruin the ending with some impossible conclusion.
Grinding out the episodes:
BEAUTIFUL LOVE, BEAUTIFUL LIFE: The twist that JudgeMom is now going to "help" the young man she framed for vehicle homicide was unexpected. In the end, I really wish all the rich characters get flushed down the sewer.
HIT THE TOP: Very basic fish-out-of water story line. My weekday filler.
As for variety:
FUN RESTAURANT: I have been watching it raw because the subs are so slow. Still very enjoyable as the celebs really can cook.
PROBLEM CHILD IN THE HOUSE: This is an enjoyable quiz-trivia show that is so laid back it is as comfortable as a warm blanket in winter.

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Stove League I just finished it. It was good all along & really entertaining. The ending is neither good nor bad I just wished to see more of the side characters, they really brightened the show for me. I kind of want a 2nd season.

Master in the House Kim Nam Gil ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim I’m glad EunJae finally managed to stand up to her mom, it couldn’t have been easy to live with someone like that.

Crash Landing on You I’m bored. Except for the scenes when Pyo Chi Soo is out it’s annoying except for maybe So Dan & her conman. Same old. Nothing’s happening.

Traveler 1st season: I started this to get rid of sad feelings with Mr Sunshine ending. It’s fun & now I wanna go to Cuba. Lee Je Hoon’s gonna join soon 😊

Mr Sunshine So so sad. I didn’t like how they did Eugene dirty, he gave up everything, lost everything for her. I didn’t like that he gave up the military, I don’t know I just found it surprising & out of character. This is the best writing from KES so far. I can’t wait for her next one. She’s getting better.

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Omo, what about Kim Nam-gil and Master in the House? Is this a drama or a TV variety show? I'm everything Kim Nam-gil these days (I even thought about subscribing to his Gilstory foundation.) He inspires me and is cool in many ways.

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I'm finishing up, "Live Up to Your Name," right now. Nam Gil is really good at comedy--he was that way in, "The Pirates," too. I see he has a new movie coming out.

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I looved that drama, I finished not too long ago. He’s really gifted. I haven’t seen Pirates yet
I’m glad I have a lot of KNG material to watch 😊

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Yes, I think its name is 'The Closet' if I'm not mistaken. Btw, how can we watch Kmovies? Are they available online? I think Netflix only has Kdramas but not Kmovies, or am I mistaken?

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On Demand Korea has movies, that's where I watched, "I Can Speak." I plan to watch "Forbiden Dream," on ODK, but it's pay-per-view. Not all movies at ODK have English subtitles. Right now I'm watching stuff on Dramago, and they have lots of movies. I watched, "Parasite," on Google Play. Netflix does have movies--that's where I watched, "Forgotten."

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Oh thank you so much. I am very new to movies (I don’t normally watch movies), so I had no idea as to where I should find them. Guess it depends on the movie.

Btw, I finished watching One Day starring KNG. He was lovely even when he was so sad. The lead lady did a good job in that movie as well, though I don’t like the ending much.

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mmmmm--thanks for the, "One Day," recommendation, I found it and will watch it next.

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He’s the guest in this week & last week’s ep (106 & 107). It’s a variety show it’s great. I love him 😍

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May you be kind enough to tell this young lady (ahem!) where I can watch that? I don't think Netflix has it.. oh well.

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I use KissAsian for my K needs - variety shows, dramas and movies

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I want more KNG 😆. He was so fun and easygoing. Plus there were lots of him and SSR together 🤭.

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There’s a travel variety show with him and Mr Voice Lee Sun Kyun and 3 other actors where they transversed Russia using the Trans Siberian train. It’s called Transiberian Pathfinders. He’s super adorable in that. Go check it out 😍

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The word adorable really suits KNG. I've to check this out, and I so totally gree with @Sibel that I'm also so happy to have so many things KNG to watch.

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i'm way behind on all things drama at the moment...this week only seen:
forward forever - barely one episode from the 6 episodes aired this week
tell me what you see - hoping to finish ep 4 by tonight, i'm liking this show
crash landing: currently watching ep 15...at this point i think i can just watch all the scenes for the ducklings all over again..they are just too cute!!!
there are so many other shows i want to watch...

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The only episodes I watched this last week were Itaewon Class Episode 3, My Holo Love 3 and Touch 10. Goodbye to them all until later.

Seems like I'm the only one still watching Touch! :P Its just mindless fun. In Episode 10 I really enjoyed how the young adults were finding solutions to the problems at hand. They are also the only characters I like on this show. It highlighted the major gaps between Soo-yeon and the boss for me and I feel she can find someone better. I'm sure the romance has progressed now but for a while there I also thought it wouldn't happen, and it would be a mature show for once with the boss turning her down. It still appears like a one-sided crush at this point and I dont see him developing feelings for her so theres still hope.
He does a repeat of the Episode 1 plane makeover in Episode 10, if only he would stop doing that.

Off to watch the last 3 episodes of Stove League! It will be missed!

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I am watching Touch. It’s a light watch and I am enjoying it except for that older woman who married the chaebol, her character and her acting is soooo bad.

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Just finished CLOY Episode 15 and cried my eyes out!

Starting Episode 4 of Itaewon Class. Getting interesting. The villain son and dad have faces you love to hate.

RDTK2 waiting for Do In Bum's cameo! Yang Se Jong, where are you? Getting bored with Woo Jin's tragic storyline. Give the guy a break for once, writer-nim! Now, a kidnapping?! Poor guy!

Waiting for Never Twice. Happy for the young burgeoning family. Kwak Dong Yeon saying honey, baby, jagiya.. should be a ringtone. I'd answer everytime... after a couple of rings that is, haha!

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STOVE LEAGUE remains my wife’s favorite show- and deserves to be. It is my favorite show too. It looks like we will be getting a “bonus” seventeenth episode.

We had to pause REVOLUTIONARY LOVE while Viki finished doing subtitles. They are now done so we may binge the rest this weekend.

We are also watching FOREST and I cannot honestly say why we have not yet dropped it. Sorry to our messed up main leads but Bo-mi, our dedicated police lady, continues to be my favorite character. I think that I continue to watch this show because it gives one so many things to make fun of. ANGELS LAST MISSION suffered from serious logic problems but at least had a truly great actress to carry the show- and keep it extremely watchable despite the bad writing. The actors in FOREST are at least trying (for the most part) but simply are not up to the task of defeating bad writing. Which leaves the viewers free to make fun of this show as opposed to having to admire the magnificent performance of Shin Hye-sun in that show. FOREST is watcheable not because it is bad but because it is awful.

We are also still watching HOW IS THIS BREAD? It is a fun web drama even though it is not the best writing. But it is light and entertaining fluff- and sometimes one needs the fluffy. Koreans are not the only people who can do intense and bloody historical dramas- the week my wife binge watched THE WHITE PRINCESS, which was good but left her needing lots of light and fluffy stuff to counterbalance the nasty politics of the War of the Roses. Which is why we also continued to watch CINDERELLA AND FOUR KNIGHTS.

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Is Forest a good hate-watch, then?

I've lately been hate-watching inane Chinese dramas on YouTube but I just don't have the stomach for it anymore. I have to limit my diet of baby-voiced actresses or women who literally say, "humph!" when they're thwarted.

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I think it is a good hate watch, but as you can see from the comments here not all agree :)

Not sure it can reach the depths of most Chinese shows though - not sure how they manage to turn out so many really awful shows. Used to be a few good ones come out of China, but since the latest "return to Maoism" censorship over the past 4-5 years they have become nothing but childish mannequins spouting worn out cliches and tropes, often with some CCP propaganda tossed in. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/chinese-censorship-making-box-office-slump-worse-1224515

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You are right about what is going on with C-dramas- although a few are still very good. Sadly, they are the exception, not the rule.

The good news is that, perhaps as a result, we are starting to see better T-dramas. YONG-JIU GROCERY STORE and SOME DAY OR ONE DAY are examples of this. I am now starting the T-drama BETWEEN in part because I can relate to being a 'sandwich' person like the female lead- a first line supervisor caught between the subordinates and the big bosses above (trust me, that is no fun at all).

FOREST is a top notch hate watch.

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I was enjoying FOREST just fine until someone suggested Itaewon. The difference in the quality of production in every aspect was so great that sadly, I had to drop Forest. I might tune in and ff a bit with new episodes, esp after episode 8 when the usual angst will start to kick in. And if I run out of anything else to watch...
Itaewon is a really good production, imo. Sure, all the tropes are there, but the characters are hecka interesting except for the usual evil old CEO dad and his evil-in-training heir.

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I've almost totally given up on modern C-dramas. They're all so similar. I've also been quite picky with over-dubbing. I like the historical, wuxia, etc., but if the over-dubbing is bad then forget it.

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@windsun33 Realized I may have used the wrong words..., you probably know c-dramas usually use voice actors who over-dub the actors' speech. Sometimes it matches and sometimes it's really bad and you can tell it's a voice actor.
I never watch anything dubbed either, esp not anime!

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Your comment reminds me I once compared Angel's Last Mission to Twilight with Hillary Swank in the main role. So we'd all just be watching going, "this is terrible but Hillary Swank is AMAZING". Sometimes great performances can elevate a drama but they can never save it. Like A Hundred Million Stars.

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CLOY: Just watched 15th episode. With one more episode to go, surely nobody has died yet. Fake out I'm sure.
ITAEWON: Comments here made me tune in and I had no idea who the lead male is, but he seems to be a really good actor. Great production, I'm impressed.
DR ROMANTIC: Looking forward to Still 17 reunion.
SOME DAY ONE DAY: (Taiwan). Only one more episode and I'm now a Patrick Shih fan. Great drama. Will they answer all the questions in the last hour? I don't care.
BECAUSE OF YOU 2020: (Taiwan). short 10 minute episodes. This should have been just a movie but oh well, I like it. The lead is actually Korean, speaks Korean in the drama, and sings the lovely OST at the end.
JAPANESE: I finally added some Japanese dramas to my (Viki) list. Scum's Wish, Coffee and Vanilla, The Novelist (Pornographer), Mood Indigo. Usually only 6 to 10 short episodes so they're doable when you have limited time. And yes, I have strange tastes in dramas.
Wait a minute - for the first time in a year I don't have any C-dramas going on. What?? Actually, I still watch a few episodes of UNTAMED almost every day, still reading the novel, and want to add the donghua.
Need to finish JOY OF LIFE someday.

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@linda-palapala—Consider adding This guy is the biggest mistake of my life to your j-drama list, described below. It's goofy but kind of heartwarming and sexy.

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@linda-palapala
Alternate take on
****This Guy is Biggest Mistake in my Life****

This drama has a very dark heart wrapped in J-drama wacky. Mokomichi Hayami flips it from being submissive to revealing how manipulative and controlling he actually is. (his is actually a brilliantly dark performance)

There is a sense of cold brutality in how he manipulates Sato. Playing the gaps between her social norms and her personal space protection and you can see her losing her footing so quickly. Its scary how closely this parallels abusive relationships and I am scared how quickly this could flip from Sato being drawn into a pseudo dominant role to being the victim.

It is a text book study of how gaslighting leads to control.

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I find the relationship in This Guy is Biggest Mistake in My Life to be stalkerish and abusive. While yes, the female lead is barks orders and the male lead flops at her feet to obey, she does so out of desperation and often fear. He is her boss, has much more power and social clout, and even if he wants to be a sub to her dom, the way he is engineering this to happen is not with her consent. This is yet another drama where a controlling, manipulative, and yes, abusive, relationship is being framed as some kind of romance. For myself, it is the opposite of heartwarming, and if this were real life, I would fear for the safety of this woman.

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I understand your perspectives and have had similar reactions to shows such as last year's repellant c-drama Well-Intended Love. This feels different to me and I'll continue watching to see how it evolves.

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@ egads
..."if this were real life, I would fear for the safety of this woman."...

THIS! So this.

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I also recommend Grand Maison Tokyo, a superb restaurant-themed drama staring the beloved Kimura Takuya. Although it finished late Dec., I had to wait a month for the English subs. The story follows the efforts of a French restaurant (in Tokyo) pursuing 3 Micheline stars. It's like the best of sports of movies, following the rise, fall and rise of a group of people who are better together than apart.

If you want something even shorter, Kimura Takuya's 2019 movie Masquerade Motel was fun. It has Agatha Christie vibes as Kimura's team of detectives work undercover with hotel staff to thwart a serial killer. Kimura's character is smart (and very observant) and has great synergy with his beautiful, intelligent hotel "partner".

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Coffee and Vanilla is straight manga. Like they might as well have just taken photos and posted them on screen. But I still liked it. Many people hated the female because she was so naive and never changed. I kind of liked she stayed true to herself. It was her own choice.

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RDTK2. I loved the character's evolution. It's the best thing of the show. Baddies are the worst and goodies are the best. It's too simple, maybe, and I found it a bit annoying at the beginning, but now I'm embracing this path and having fun with the show.

Diary of a Prosecutor. I'm going to miss this show so much. I liked the final two episodes. I particularly loved how MyungJoo became "one of them", that moment with the rest of the team, behind the car, spying on Jo Minho and his exwife was golden.

Stove League. I can't thank enough all beanies who recommended this show. I loved it. Still can't understand anything about baseball, but I enjoyed it so much. I also liked the ending.

No Second Chances. At last! I'm glad that BaekHa accepted her feelings for HaeJoon. It must be hard for her, as she is leading with so many issues and after all it's not so long since she lost her husband, but life is like that and you have to take chances when they show. Also, I hope WonSeok is not marrying the HaeRi (and I guess from the preview that he isn't) and he breaks with her for good.
I don't really get why PoongKi is so sad and affected by InSook leaving him. He's never liked her, he's only with her for her money, so... why all the offense? And what's even more shocking... now his heart beats when EunJin is around? I know this is where the show was taking us, but still it feels not real at all.

Crash landing on you. I am going to cry buckets. I know. I only hope the show can give at least one happy ending for one or two of the characters.

My Holo Love. I marathoned it last weekend, and I liked it a lot. Has everything a drama must have (love triangle with FL, ML and ML, amnesia, childhood drama, childhood connection, a horrible baddie, a good SL couple). I liked it a lot. And yes it has an ending.

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FOREST

A drama that numbs the mind.

For a drama about a forest, there are hardly any forest animals around. So far, I have sighted:

1. One live snake
2. One live lizard
3. 11 fish in a fish tank (status: may be dead). Thank you for counting, @azzo1!

Unseen:
1. An owl - a presence. Outside the window. Hoots at night.
2. Bird(s)- Flapping wings. Trees. Daytime.

My theory is that the forest animals have been scared away by an excessively LOUD female character who holds strange, inane conversations with trees, and has a fondness for screeching, shrieking fits every thirty minutes.

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They are afraid of being arrested by that female officer. Btw, what is she?

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Apparently something like the meter maid of trees. I dunno, not like any of this show makes any sense so I assume she just got tossed in there to add another superfluous character.

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You forgot the weasel at the hospital that like origami and a super huge teddy bear used for cringey aegyo scenes.

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I wonder if that is the same giant teddy bear used in 4.398 other kdramas?

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I have a very similar teddy bear but much smaller size. Now I can't bear to look at it. 😖

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How could you forget THE CLAMS. The CLAMS, YY. The CLAMS.
The CLAMS are IMPORTANT.

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Hmm. How did I miss the clams?

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How did you miss the clams?

They go to the Mountain and walk through the Forest and find A Lake and then in The Lake they find The Clams and she says, "AREN'T THESE CLAMS, THAT'S SO WEIRD" and then they have a close up of The Clams and then they cordon off The Lake and since I have no idea what's happening in this show or why anyone does anything, I don't actually know why. All I know is that the Clams are Important.

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Is it bad that your comment actually makes sense in this show?

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Where is river of life?! Did they cut out my cameo since they have a fancy house in the woods? Boooooo.

Imagine all the animals that will be near the river. They can have anacondas, frogs, piranhas, turtles, platypus, capybara and many more.

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And they will all be vegetarians and eco-conscious.

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I have yet to start MY HOLO LOVE but Yoon Hyun-min is a favorite so I will definitely begin soon. I am glad to see MHL got some beanie love this week.

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I greedily gobbled up Ep. 15 of Crash Landing on You this morning. Aigooooo! The angst is at level 11. But they still manage to deliver laughs—especially the NIS agents. As others have already said, the recent lack of physical intimacy between our lovers is peculiar. I’m not even asking for kisses or sex. Where are the heartfelt, lingering hugs?! Those would make much more sense than two lovers just staring at one another.

But this is a problem endemic to k-dramas, isn't it? I believe @sicarius has posted a rant or two about the dearth of believable hugs in k-dramas. Despite the lack of hugs, CLOY as an exemplar of its genre. And Goo Seung Jun and Seo Dan’s love story continues to be lovely and heartbreaking. Actor Kim Jung Hyun is a f*cking gem.

@withyakyu is moving to Japan and recently asked for Japanese drama recommendations. For Beanies looking for something quick and quirky, I highly recommend the currently airing This guy is the biggest mistake in my life (Kono Otoko wa Jinsei Saidai no Ayamachidesu, この男は人生最大の過ちです). A contract worker gets caught up in a peculiar relationship with a scientist-CEO. She's the only person who's ever corrected his bad behavior and he's immediately smitten. Hilarity ensues as he wants to be her love slave. The two have a BDSM-lite dynamic and the story absolutely calls out all the creepy behavior one often finds as the norm in Asian dramas. The show is fun and delightful. Eng subs available around Thursday, four 22-minutes episode online so far.

The ML is played by the tall 'n handsome Hayami Mokomichi, who also hosts his own cooking YouTube channel M's TABLE by Mocomichi Hayami (available with English subs.) *sigh* His wife is a very, very lucky woman.

Over New Year's I devoured The Gift (Atiye), a delicious 8-part Turkish series on Netflix. Given the constant firehose of content coming from Netflix, the surfeit of choices are overwhelming. The Gift is worthy of your time. It's a paranormal mystery, with a sensuous, mature love story at its heart. It's gorgeously filmed with an A-list cast too. It's culturally rich too, touching on marriage, burial, religious and tribal traditions. Most astonishingly, key moments are set at jaw-dropping World Heritage sitesNemrut Dağı and Göbekli Tepe.

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CLOY--don't you find the two couples in a strange situation in that the original couple may be the only one left standing?

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Oh lawdahmussy I'm so glad I'm not the only one finding the lack of intimacy between our 2 CLOY leads too chaste and too peculiar!

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Suppose they could be 40-year-old virgins?

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OK--I finished the last episode of CLOY and I've been wanting to say this for some time, but didn't want to be too negative. I don't think Hyun Bin and Ye Jen like each other that much in real life. I've watched a few interactions between them on YouTube, and they seem cordial but not overly so. I just don't think either one of them put much into any of the kisses they shared on screen.

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No offense but they are just actors acting. Whether they like each other in real life or not has nothing to do with it.

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No offense taken nor meant on my part. I was just saying that it's easy to tell when two actors are having fun working together. For example Park Min Young and all her leading men.

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So where can I find "This guy is the biggest mistake in my life"? It sounds like fun.

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I have to watch on *cough* third-party sites because it's not available on Netflix or Viki. Browser adblockers come in handy, if you know what I mean. Dramac**l has been dependable for getting subs first.

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There's a good chance my original answer won't get published because I posted the URL third-party website. Put this string in Google to get viewing options: this-guy-is-the-biggest-mistake-in-my-life-kono-otoko-wa-jinsei-saidai-no-ayamachidesu

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This week watching:

Stove League - I'm up to episode 13 and still enjoying it. Although I'm not too happy about Im Dong-gyu returning to the team.

Forest - I'm really, really trying to think of something nice to say about this mess of a show. ....... I've got nothing.

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Forest is a train wreck but I have two nice thoughts...the forest is actually really nice. I'd like to take a hike there. Also, that was a solid kiss scene and probably one of the best I've seen in k-drama. No weird overdone camera work or overwrought OST in the background. That's it....that's all I got.

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Your two nice thoughts 1) hiking the forest 2) good kiss scene with no annoying OST. Yes. Totally agree...

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