Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I think I need a good family drama. I liked Father is Strange and Five Enough. Give me your recs of something with a similar vibe. Nothing too melo, makjang, yellie, or screetchy please.

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    and preferrably no terminal illness, faked or otherwise.

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    I’m about halfway through Father is Strange and I’m really enjoying it. Never thought I’d watch such a long drama but I’m still going strong. I think Ojakgyo Brothers is supposed to be good so I might try that next.

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    Ojakgyo brothers was good. Uee and Joowon were so cute in it. Uee and Ojakgyo mum was the backbone of the story.

    Another drama by the same writer was ‘All About My Family’, which had some fun moments but it does not meet your requirements: one of the female leads was sick and one of the mothers threatened to kill herself with rat poison 😅.

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      Hard pass on All About My Family. Threatening suicide to control your children…nope

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    Life is Beautiful if you haven’t seen it already. πŸ™‚

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Kim Jae-wook is great and (insert requisite cheekbone comment), but Kim Sun-Young is stealing my bitter heart.

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    Also, this was me today every time someone tried to start a conversation.

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    I know she’s crazy but I love her she plays this type of crazy. I get excited when she comes on screen. She’s a hoot!

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Safe travels tomorrow @isthatacorner. If I could, I would send you Hot Driver, but this will have to do.

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    I did actually, yes, ask for a hot driver. It would be so great if one would appear and pack all of my crap for me, and then…you know…drive. And I could sit in the backseat and read books and listen to audiobooks and sing along too loudly to kpop and bsb. SIGH. I havent packed a single thing but Im leaving tomorrow night. HA HA HA.
    I may have asked the tax lady when I had my taxes done at 8pm tonight if she wanted to make my life choices. She seems smart. She laughed at me. A little too hard, actually. Kinda hurt my feelbads.

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To prove my ongoing theory that dramas completely off my radar are the ones that I enjoy most, He is Psychometric has completely reeled me in.

That boy is an adorable dim bulb.

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I’m tentatively saying that I like Her Private Life

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    That’s pretty high praise!

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    Me as well. Maybe it’s because I am just happy that Kim Jae Wook is not only a lead, but he will get the girl and is wearing colors and the show is bright enough where I can marvel in all his beauty.

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      I’m loving the color palette of the show. The pops of blues and subtle golds are making everyone glow. And I also like that they are just outright acknowledging and kind of making fun of his stunningness.

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      He will be the reason I will watch this show. But I die when he wears black :))

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I know it’s only Wednesday (*runs to check calendar…yep, it’s Wednesday), but I wanted to give those who are interested a fair amount of warning. The ISWAK gang has officially completed seasons 1 & 2 of the classic Taiwanese It Started With a Kiss. Because we have so much fun on Sunday evenings (afternoons, mornings, I don’t know when in the timey whimey stew everyone resides), we decided to continue our watches and take on yet another adaptation of this story.

This time we are headed to Thailand where we find a very different take on this tale. For one thing Kiss Me’s Tenten, played by Mike Angelo is quite literally a lighter and brighter version of this lead character.

First, he’s blonde, and he’s smitten by this kitten.

Second, Mike and Aom have crazy chemistry. Seriously, go watch them in the Thai version of Full House.

Third, the family is not crazy. I mean it. Mom isn’t a full on nutter trying to hijack her son’s life in every way possible. She’s actually quite normal. It’s kind of weird.

Anyway, join us here: https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe
Sunday April 14 at 7 pm (CST).
*note, if you are dying to join the watch but this time doesn’t work for you, and you want to know if we could start a bit later, leave a comment and I’ll ask the gang. We are a fairly easy-going bunch.

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Weekly reminder: They Kiss Again at 7 pm (CST) in this rabbit room https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe

I think we’re at episode 18, which means we are almost done. What will we watch next?

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It’s Sunday, and that means it’s They Kiss Again watch day. I don’t have time for a rambling post that gives you a peak into the weirdness that is my brain so here’s the short simple details:

Meet us here https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe

At 7 pm (CST)

and we will watch episode 16 together. I believe this episode contains isa’s favorite scene, so that’s exciting. Join us. It will be fun. I’ll bring the snacks.

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A quick reminder for fans of ISWAK. In approximately 1 Β½ hours join me to watch episode 15, and maybe 16 if we are having too much fun to stop, of The Kiss Again.

Join the fun here: https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe

Really, please do join. Isa and I are a goddamn delight, but we have probably already bored the regulars with our Zhi Shu analysis, so we need new victims audience members to step in and talk us down.

After the kinda boring filler of last week, today we might have some fun and forward movement as we see here: (gifs, you better work dammit)



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Now that spring has finally sprung (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), it’s time to celebrate. How do we drama obsessed Beanies celebrate the change from the gloomy doldrums of a wicked winter to the searing light of spring? Well this bean tells the excited and newly arrived birds looking for this year’s fling to be quiet so she can concentrate on the drama playing on her laptop. Seriously, they were very loud yesterday, and I did yell at the mallards to take it elsewhere. Besides, the mallard mating ritual should have a trigger warning because female mallards are in desperate need of the metoo movement. (Don’t google. Consider yourself warned)

But I digress (again, and always, my brain is a strange and winding place). I really did have a purpose for writing. I think.

Oh yes, celebrating the release of spring by huddling in front of my laptop to convene with fellow fans of It Started With a Kiss.

Join me and the ISWAK gang tomorrow (Sunday 3/24) as we continue our watch of They Kiss Again.
You can meet us in our rabbit hutch https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe, at 7 pm (CST). Confused? Not a beanie bunny yet? Feel free to message me and I’ll try to hold your hand to help you find your way through the rabbit den. Seriously though, hop in because we are super fun. But you’ll need to figure out the time thing yourself. I can’t do everything for you.

After last week’s episode of mostly filler (I now understand and kind of applaud our old friend Dramafever’s decision to edit the hell out of this drama), episode 15 will hopefully bring us some actual forward movement in plot and character development.

Zhi Shu (with a different haircut, thank goodness) asks the question we are all terrified of:

They provide some education for the younger generation:

And then, inexplicably, Zhi Shu encourages his wife to continue working towards being a nurse. (Does he not know this will put the lives of many many people at risk?)

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I’m flat out of words today, so I’m keeping this invite simple:
What: They Kiss Again
Where: https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe
When: 7 pm (CST)

I think we’re on episode 13, or is it 14? Anyway, join us, it will be fun.

Callin all fans of ISWAK, I’m hosting a watch of Fall in Love at First Kiss in a few minutes. If you’d like to join, we’d love to have you.

Hop in here Watch with me in ISWAKers: https://www.rabb.it

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I stumbled upon the Chinese drama Well Intended Love, which has one of my fave tropes: a contract marriage. We have the usual suspects: a struggling actress and a CEO, and I was enjoying the level-headed and communicative relationship that was growing between them despite some not-so-great subs when the drama took a turn in episode 10.

Major wtf-why-did-they-think-THIS-would-be-romantic spoilers in the comments.

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    So, it turns out the meet-cute, the cancer diagnosis, and the amazing coincidence that the male lead was a perfect bone marrow match for her were ALL manufactured by him.

    You guys, he had the hospital fake her cancer diagnosis, and he pretended to donate his bone marrow so he could manipulate her into marrying him! She was in the hospital for two months for this charade. And, apparently he had been stalking her for two years before this because she was nice and paid for his birthday cake.

    I can’t even with this. At least she moved out and is asking for a divorce, but I’m sure the rest of the drama will not be what it should. What should happen is she never sees him again and moves on with her life and career. Maybe, in a few years, falling in love with a nice man not a manipulative stalker. He should go to therapy and learn that you just ask a girl on a date and not make her think she is going to die of cancer so you can spend some time with her.

    I will continue watching because, honestly, this is a shit show, and I can’t wait to see how they write their way out of creepy emotionally abusive stalker romance land.

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      This is insane. How did they even write this nonsense!! And title is β€˜well intended love’. Guess the writers thought this is romantic.

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        When this is done, I might even write a review for My Dramalist to warn people of the insanity because no one should ever think this is romantic.

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      Is there at least a second lead you can put your hopes on?? This sounds like old hollywood film noirs!

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        I don’t like the second lead either, and there is another guy who seems to be stalking the FL or the ML, but maybe he’s really the hero of this story.

        Honestly, she should just take her puppy and flee the country.

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        LOL, the 2ML just died in a hospital fire after he told the ML he was in love with ML’s wife.

        AND she is comforting the ML’s grief over the loss of his best friend by telling him she’ll never leave his side.

        Episode 20 better reveal that this was all really a psychological thriller and not a romance.

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      Oh my God, that’s completely batshit crazy. You need to let us know what happens. I’m telling you, this is why I don’t really watch many C-dramas. If they’re not cute youth dramas they are over-the-top insane with the angst/crazy factor. Which is fun, but often not 40 episodes worth of fun.

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        Luckily this is only 20 episodes. I will definitely be reporting back.

        I’m wondering if the bad subs had me missing clues that he was cray cray and not just a typical tsundre lead.

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          I dunno. I mean, I feel like these plot twists come out of nowhere in C-dramas. I watched Les Interpretes all the way through, and the female lead suddenly developed a brain tumor in the last few episodes and it was ridiculous. I just remember being so mad at it. It was my second C-drama and I didn’t realize this was a normal thing in them. (My first was Love O2O which I realize in retrospect was an anomaly.) I soon figured it out when I started reading the descriptions and reviews of other ones.

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            Love O2O is strangely free of sudden illness and crazy manipulative parents.

            Also has one of the best drama depictions of a same-sex relationship and manages to do it while also staying out of the crosshairs of the censors.

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      What.

      The.

      Dickens.

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        Pretty much the cleaned up version of what I’ve been saying since episode 10.

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      what.in.the.what.
      what!!!
      and people are rooting for them? how is this being aired??
      egads…please do us all a favor and go save asian drama land with the pharmacist story *sigh*
      I also can’t help but being amused by the fake diagnosis and fake transplant lol how did they even pull that off? Also, how did she not realize it was fake?
      Sorry, sorry. Too much logic from my part.

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        Natz, he’s a CEO. Obviously he has the clout to compel a doctor and a hospital to pull off this stunningly unethical charade.

        When she found out, she briefly mused “oh, those IVs were to treat my anemia, not the leukemia.”

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      Holy s***. This sooo creepy. It’s manipulate to a supernatural extent. It’s one thing to not have courage to approach people but it is completely another thing to give them an illusion of the their death.

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    I was just watching ep 14 and Ling YinZou gifts MuMu a jewelry with gps but instead of getting mad she actually thanks him and praises him for being a great husband. 😅 I am still watching it for the sake of watching, and since I really like eps 1-9. Also, loyal assistant Wen Li, who likes pink lol, is adorable.

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      Wen Li IS adorable, even if he enables the stalker behavior.

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    I just wanna know… WHO THOUGHT OF THIS? How is this acceptable? AND WHY DO I WANNA WATCH?

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      So to count the crazy:

      1.fake cancer
      2. fake bone marrow transplant
      3. stalking for two years (enabled by sweet Wen Li)
      4. FL married him thinking she was going to be his beard for the rumored gay relationship with second lead and/or his assistant Wen Li who loves pink
      5. Abusive parents
      6. Runaway mom (who fled an abusive manipulative relationship, and btw FL also had a moment of clarity when hearing this and wondered if manipulation ran in the family)
      7. A delusion family friend who loves ML and frames FL for the murder of 2ML
      8. Fake murder. 2ML didn’t die, ML just wanted to sniff out the crazy of delusional FF
      9. I almost forgot the amnesia caused by delusional FF drugging/hypnotizing ML after a car accident.
      10. Traumatic birthday memory
      11. Vengeful step-brother
      12. Kidnapping
      13. GPS jewelry (every girls dream) that helped for hot second during the kidnapping until vengeful step-brother found them
      14. Assorted unhealthy, possessive, jealous relationship behaviors that seem pulled from a list of “How to tell if I’m in a potentially abusive relationship”
      15. I still have 3 episodes left. I can’t wait to see what else happens.

      The thing is, the leads have really great chemistry. I would love to see them do a drama that wasn’t so wrong.

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        this should have been a rabbit watch!! (stop convincing me to watch this! the more horrible, the more i gobble it up)

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Reminder for all interested Beanies, Our Times in approximately 30 minutes from this posting.

Join me here: https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe

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Due to technical difficulties of the stupid rabbit kind, the Our Times watch was postponed a week. So, lucky you if you couldn’t make it last week, you can join us tomorrow!

Join us here https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe

At 7 pm (CST) (you know my time spiel by now: time is weird, makes no sense, google and figure it out yourself, blah blah blah)

Don’t know what Our Times is? Well, it is a delightful film that will transport you back to high school, the 90s, and all the adolescent awkwardness of crushes, unlikely friendships, and the consequences of sending a chain letter to the wrong (right?) person.

We have the requisite plucky heroine

The absolutely necessary bad boy

And the inevitable alpha male stare down (I ship it)

Fun fact for fans of the many incarnations of It Started With a Kiss: the chest thumping boys above, Darren Wang (our bad boy), and Dino Lee (the object of our heroine’s crush), have both played the male lead in ISWAK adaptations. Dino Lee in the 2016 series Miss in Kiss, and Darren Wang in the 2019 film Fall in Love at First Kiss.

Another fun fact: Fall in Love at First Kiss was directed by Frankie Chen, the director of Our Times.

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My obsessions may not be animal science, but I understand and like this man. He also doesn’t like to share his special black pens, and I respect that.

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    “Why?” is so often my response when co workers want to have an after work get together.

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I started watching the j-drama Bokura wa Kiseki de Dekite Iru today, and I love this odd little man who takes his turtle George for nature walks.

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Hello Beanies,

This is your weekly reminder that the ISWAK gang is meeting to continue our watch of the much maligned series (but we don’t care because we like it).

Join us on rabbit by clicking this link https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe If you are new to the rabbit-verse feel free to ask me how it works, how to find us, and I will do the best I can to help you hop into the fun. It is fun by the way. The rabbit Beanies may be raucous at times, but they are mostly harmless despite some occasional feral behavior.

I’ll be pressing play on episode 13 of They Kiss Again at 7 pm (CST). Not sure when that is for you? Me either. Use your googley skills to figure it out because I’m tired and old, and you should practice being an independent member of society. Maybe I’m too harsh, but seriously time is weird and complicated and the world is wack and, well, this got a bit out of hand didn’t it?

Where are we in this story you ask? Well, episode 13 sees Zhi Shu and Xiang Qin continuing their training to be a doctor and a nurse. I’m sure there will be misunderstandings, shenanigans, and some very inappropriate behavior happening in the hospital setting. There will also be fear….because nothing is scarier than hearing Xiang Qin say these words when faced with a medical emergency:

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The Our Times watch was postponed due to rabbit being a bad bunny for some beanies. So, join us next week, same time Saturday 7 pm (CST), at the same place https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe to see our heroine

the requisite bad-boy hero

and of course the absolutely necessary stare down

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In order to fill the gaping hole in my heart my Saturday evening schedule left by the now completed The Last Empress (thank you Shin Sung-rok for your Instagram reminders of the Emperor), the ISWAKers decided to watch the ISWAK adjacent film Our Times.

Join us here https://www.rabb.it/s/ro2boe at 7 pm (CST) to watch our heroine give a chain letter to the wrong (right?) guy, and see two Zhi Shu’s from two different ISWAK adaptations, fight over…. Wait? What exactly is it that young men in dramas are fighting for anyway?

(Imagine there were gifs interspersed here illustrating those three points. They are not here because nothing is working correctly for me today, and I give up.)

Anyway, the film is light and fun, and please join us.

Also consider this an invitation to join tomorrow’s They Kiss Again watch at 7 pm (CST)

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