Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

*SOB*
It’s OVER! Ahhh my heart. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy Mr. Sunshine as much as I did but I’m glad I was able to find some time to watch it at last. All these characters really touched my heart and I feel for Korea’s history. As a minority, I can be sympathetic with that kind of past although with different cultural and racial context. But that fight for independence and to be seen as your own people and that struggle is still so valid. Anyway, I certainly won’t be forgetting about Go Ae Shin, Gu Dong Mae, Lee Yanghwa, Kim Hui Seong, Eugene Choi and The Righteous Army anytime soon. I just want to shout out the amazing women in this show. Ae Shin and Hina exceeded my expectation and then some. I loved them. Kim Tae Ri and Kim Min Jung were in-frickin-credible and I can’t thank them enough for their astounding performances. Also have to give it up to Yoo Yeon Seok for making me root for Dong Mae every step of the way and making his entrance and exit in this show unforgettable and imbuing this character with such pathos and gravitas. Byun Yo Han is a light and Lee Byung Hun has unquestionable talent even though, yes, I do kinda wanna punch him irl (oh well). Anyway, I don’t know what to do now. Soooo…till next time. “SEE YOU, AGAIN.”

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    Aw, I like your review. Mr. Sunshine was flawless in its looks and acting, although some historical bits were questionable (but hey, it is fiction not a documentary).
    If you haven’t seen it, I recommend Gaksital. It is also about the fight for independence and has characters you can really root for. Plus fast pace.

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      I did watch Gaksital! I remember wanting the female lead in that to be more like what we got with Ae Shin. Instead we got…what we got lol. But that was a good one too. It made me really love Park Ki Woong although he is nowhere to be found right now. And yes, it doesn’t seem to have gotten to historical until maybe the end where many history Easter eggs and important figures seemed to pop up. I guess that can be thought of as a kind of sequal huh? I’d like a drama about the end and the rebuilding now. Don’t know if there are any.

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    The women were amazing, I agree, and the men were too. Just everything was really well done. I even got my respiratory therapist watching this, and she’s on episode 3. We actually were just talking about this today. I think it will take her a year to finish it, but I’ll be glad to talk to her about it! Your writing is really compelling. Thanks.

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      Yes! KES got two amazing actresses and it shows here. I was worried they’d just be flowers but I got two beautiful flames that burned bright all the way through. I’m glad you’ve got someone irl to talk about it with, that’s always fun and thank you for the lovely comment about my writing. ^^

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Ahhh, I was worried Dong Mae was using opium in order to deal with emotional pain, but he’s dying isn’t he? I’ve been joking to myself that he’s been surviving off of money owed to him alone and the need to collect but then he just gave all his money to the candy seller saying he doesn’t need it anymore. I’m—
Other things that wreck me: Ae Shin’s crying. When she mourned for her mentor and then her maid, I really can’t. And then the Joseon people creating a human barricade in order to protect her and let her mourn really made me sob. I was so happy when the enemy didn’t open fire though. I’m sure it was because the captain spotted the American English teacher in their midsts and couldn’t be happier that she was there.
Loving Hui Seong and his paper. I’m sure everyone appreciates him spreading all this news and making the people aware that a fight is still going on. Another moment I liked dealing with him, was him bringing his new wife home and his mom accepting. That unspoken understanding between the two was short but lovely. And then the dad is the dad…but at least he loves his son? Lol. I guess.
Still in the beginning of the last episode. I’m gon cry a lot, I know. I miss Hina already. I’m sure she’s watching with a fab outfit somewhere. T__T

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    Just by reading your post made my eyes water…

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Welp. Just finished episode 23 of Mr. Sunshine and I’m wrecked.

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Dong Mae commenting on the fact that every moment that wrecked him was filled with redness and thinking of all the red items he has/has interacted with because of Ae Shin and then she shows care for him and wraps his arm after saving her with a PINK cloth. I’m— Who wrote this? I’m suing. This isn’t good for my heart at ALL.

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    I can’t believe I missed sth so important in the show!

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      Don’t even feel bad; I watched the scene way too many times yelling “Don’t block your blessings, Dong Mae!” at my screen.

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        Which episode was this?

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          22!

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            Wow, you’re very near the end! I may revisit this so just to check out this conversation. Thanks for posting 🙂

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      I missed it too!

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        Good to know I’m not the only one, lol.

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I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S RAINING IN MY LIVING ROOM RIGHT NOW. All this water on my face. 😭

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    There has been a lot of screenshots of Mr. Sunshine on the wall lately. It made me binge episodes 13-22 last night. You’re making me want to watch my favorite parts again. I have yet to watch the last two. Too emotional for me.

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      I’m almost there. I’ve been putting the show off for so long because I didn’t think I would enjoy it very much (even though I love Kim Tae Ri and really wanted to give it a shot for the ladies). I skipped DoTS and never finished Goblin, but I’m really enjoying this show. I’m living for Ae Shin and Hina and Dong Mae and Hui Seong when he pops up. I even like Eugene, mostly in his interactions with other characters on the show.

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    these two 😭😭❤️❤️

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    I was rooting for them more than yoojin and aeshin.

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      It’s so beautiful, I’m not even sure if I want romance between them or not.

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    This scene was probably my favorite out of the last 4 episodes. So beautifully crafted, everything about it. I recently finished as well.

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      It was so lovely. I know they weren’t really a love story, but dammit if they weren’t romantic in all the meanings of the word.

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A WOMAN. 😍

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Maybe Hina just needs to take her rapier and poke her dad with it’s pointy end. No judgement from me if that happens.
But gosh, I really admire her character. She’s awesome and deserves good things. And a warm hug.

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Ah, there are a lot of ways in which Go dong Mae breaks my heart but I think the scene where he talks to Ae Shin’s parents’ memorial is tops thus far. In a lot of ways he has the least hope, he can’t really be her friend like Hui Seung or her lover like Eugene, and the scar he gave as a hurt kid is still there with her. But in this scene with Ae Shin’s parents you really see him wear his heart on his sleeve and admit his mistakes and his care and longing for her and it’s a very touching moment. The way the show is longing out this two-week wait for his meeting with her is leaving me antsy and making me think that’s not going to happen. I’m very curious about what he wants from her. Probably just a little bit of her time. But I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think what I would really like for Dong Mae is some of Ae Shin’s understanding (even if it takes a while—Dong Mae can be quite rude). I think she is a fair person, so I feel she would give it as long as he was willing to open up a bit. All the guys are quite similar; I think she would recognize that he also has similar experiences to Eugene although he didn’t make it to adulthood in quite the same disciplined and mannerly way.

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I also like seeing this guy in this kind of role. He plays a good emperor. Very dignified and graceful.

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This guy usually plays the super-assassin. I know he’s having the time of his life in this role as Kyle. And I am too just watching him.

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*Pushes the men out of the way* SHE’S MINE!

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Now I\’m gonna start When Stars Land and content myself with Chae Soo Bin\’s cherubic face. OK. Byeeee~

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But, ah, probably not the best drama to sit and finish when you\’re already feeling down lol.

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Finally got to sit down and finish The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. T__T The Korean way is to be thoughtful & heartfelt and the ending was certainly that. I liked the undercurrent of forgiveness thruout.

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Looking at my icon, I\’m reminded that Yoo Seung Ho is coming back to Dramaland next month. Yay!! He is my favorite Cat Dad/human/actor-person. He deserves good things/scripts/cat hugs.

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To be honest, I don’t blame Jin Kang for falling for Moo Young, OK. Look, no one stood a chance with this guy!! (Bringing this back cuz I missed SIG so much.)

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    He’s insanely charming and attractive guy. They cast a right a person.

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Mmmm, but in both versions Detective Older Bro makes horrible, horrible decisions and I just can\’t root for him. And I know it’s a bit unfair because Moo Young/Ryo also makes bad decisions but at least MY/R admits his faults. Big Bro just kind of runs around masking his guilt in righteousness and justice and I really want someone to just stop holding his hand and tell him he’s a withholding, cowardly asshole.

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Been watching The Smile Hss Left Your Eyes/Hundred Million Stars from the Sky and still stand by my take that no one knows true pain until they watch the J-version of this. See In Guk and Jung So Min are SO.GOOD., but the K-version of this story is so-far quite a bit softer and thoughtful. I appreciate the different approach but, I can’t lie, I do crave some of the intensity and desperation the J-version had that left me shook for days after watching. We’ll see how the K-version ends though!

Also hope that you peeps out there who celebrate had a Happy Turkey Day!

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I miss Lee Soo Hyuk. I find myself fan casting him in non-Korean things I\’m watching. Like I’ll be watching a drama and then I’ll be like: Hmmm, if there is a K-drama remake, Lee Soo Hyuk would rock this. He’s really alluring and can get better roles than he does.

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    I am really ready for him to be the lead. I miss him too.

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      He’s improved so much over the years. I’m always surprised by how much I get sucked into his character portrayals even in dramas that are not great, lol. Give him more great dramas!

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But also! WB can’t have planned this shut down just today. So they continued to allow this site to nab exclusives, take people’s money, and for all those employees to work at subbing now airing dramas? Just to shut It down unceremoniously? Um…shady…

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