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Late to the party but so happy I finally watched Just Between Lovers. Can’t say I felt tons of chemistry between the OTP but I felt 2 actors completely committed to their craft and it was beautiful.

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    Their chemistry was interesting. I felt it a lot when they were just near each other or the small touches between them (the handholds, backhugs, etc) but when they kissed, you could tell the actress was way more timid about it than Junho. It didn’t completely bother me and I still loved the lead ups to the kisses/pda but that could have been better. I think this was her first foray into this genre (not entirely sure since I haven’t seen her movies), so we’ll see how she improves with more experience.

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      The drama was very well acted and I have nothing to take away from it. The thing is, however, I never felt fully submerged (that fly on the wall feeling) in this drama. It’s not a bad thing to watch or witness something but I really wanted to get lost in JBL and couldn’t. Still, it was a wonderful drama.

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Marathoning Wok of Love was great! It’s an quirky, but easy to watch, little show. Now that I’m caught up, however, I’m not sure it’s compelling enough to make me tune in on a weekly basis.

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    I’ve had that happen to me so many times. It’s the worst.

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      When it happens, you feel stuck! Do I stop watching until the show ends or do I tune in anyway knowing the drama isn’t strong enough for a weekly watch? Oh the dilemma of a drama watcher….

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        I usually end up dropping dramas for the time being, and then when I have free drama watching time, I’ll pick it up for another binge watch.

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    I always need more Junho.

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      I keep stumbling across his dramas and each time I’m pleasantly surprised. I believe I’m a fan.

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Trying to decide whether The Princess & The Matchmaker would have been a better drama than a movie. As a movie, it was “meh”, but as drama it could have been fleshed out more. It needed it.

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A Love So Beautiful is the perfect blend of Reply 1997, 9 Ends 2 Outs, and Playful Kiss.

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I’m in the mood for makjang lately. Any suggestions? I’m down for 24 episodes but can’t do more than that. Five Fingers still has me reeling.

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    I don’t really know of any short makjangs, most makjangs are dailies or weekend dramas and are often over 50 eps.

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      Maybe my sense of makjang is off. I consider Mask, Five Fingers, and Bread, Love, Dreams to be makjangs?

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        or I just don’t watch too many of those since I usually steer clear of those because there’s much more talk about their story lines and they seem like too melodramatic for me, and I do end up watching daily dramas that turn out to be very makjang because I don’t find much info about them before starting them. So long story short my makjang meter is probably not up to snuff since I avoid when I can. lol

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    Not makjang, but have you seen Just Between Lovers? 16 episodes melo/romance… beautifully done.

    Our Husband Oh Jak Doo is currently popular among a small group of beanies… the mom is totally makjang-esque.

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      I might have to try it again. At the time, I just couldn’t with the mom so I dropped it. I’ve since circled back to makjangs. I can usually get one in and then I’m done for like 6 months.

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      I remember starting Just Between Lovers and it wasn’t Makjang and all but it made me cry in the first few episodes so I dropped it. I have to watch it during an upswing time, if I watch sad-ish dramas when I’m feeling down it just brings me down more.
      This comment makes me sound a little depressed but I’m generally not ^^ it’s just that my close family member who I lived with the past 10 years had just died and I was sensitive at the time when it aired, so I decided to leave this drama for a happier moment.

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    Money flower was a really good one if you haven’t seen it

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    Money Flower, Secret Love that I can think of at the moment. Most makjang drama usually have long episodes.

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Could anyone tell me where to find Suits and Live? I haven’t found them on the big 2 streaming sites, please and thank you.

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During Evergreen, was I the only one thinking, “why don’t they just chop down the stupid tree?” Granted, there would be some engineering and architectural problems but still…

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    Actually good dramas came along after I started to watch that drama and as such, I dropped it. 😂

    Wouldn’t gandpa and whoever else had a tattoo have died if the tree died?

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      Maybe, admittedly, I was only paying attention half of the time. I probably missed that part.

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    Well you know.. in my city, you need the permission of the relevant authority to chop down a tree. It may be the same in Seoul? Poor Oh Soo applied for permission and it was denied? Foiled by the Authorities.

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    I could only think “why the hell am I still watching this stupid drama?” up to its stupid, boring, ridiculous end!

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      Do you have telepathy? Because you were reading my mind. My husband kept walking by me saying, “I don’t know why you do this to yourself.”

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        No one in their right mind could have finished that drama without thinking that, really!
        And honestly, like your husband, I also don’t know why we did this to ourselves *sigh*

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Stuck on episode 3 of My Husband, Oh Jak Doo, do the characters become likable in episode 4? Thus far, the only one I can stomach is Jak Doo.

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    Nope, even the nice one going to be the villain in the next episode.
    I watch this drama for Oh Jak do and his relationship with Seong Joo.
    It’s a mediocre drama with some makjang added for seasoning, but for some it’s pretty fun 😄

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    I watch it for Kim Kang-woo and his fabulous vests. I also often ff through the mother who is awful.

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    They become worse, even…
    I just FF to the main couple scenes *shrugs*

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    Jak-doo, his vests, his accent, the way he takes care of Seong Joo, the arm porn, his mustache, those are the only things I watch the show for! His relationship with Seong Joo does evolve into something pretty sweet, and I love watching them be a couple together. Seong Joo herself gets more likable once she stops being so defensive all the time. And Eric Choi. I luff him! The other side characters will make you tear your hair out in frustration though so be warned.

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      His accent! I love jakdo’s supposed to be hillbilly accent.

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Dramaland vs. Reality question: Do people, in actuality, take time off there jobs to get over their crush or boyfriend?

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After weeks of procrastination, I finally finished my first noona-romance, I Can Hear your Voice.

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Loving those moments when you stumble across drama that was just what you needed

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Evergreen (That Man Oh Soo) is one of those dramas where you’re not sure what, or more importantly wny, you’re watching but you find yourself watching it anyway…

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In general, the social commentary in Welcome to Waikiki is great but episode 18 was amazing! Perfect way to demonstrate how creepy obsessive fans actually are.

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Okay Dramaland, we need to have a chat. Stalking is NOT endearing, please and thank you.

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    The weird thing is, I’ll put up with sooooooooooo much in Dramaland that I would never, ever, never, evernever, nevereverneverm, NEVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVER put up with in real life: wrist grabs, overpowering her “no’s”, forced hugs, stalking, etc.

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Just finished Five Fingers…my life!!! Needless to say, I never would have been a Ji Chang Wook fan if I watched FF before Healer. This is why you can’t judge an actor off a single drama.

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    SO true!

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    Why??? Whats up with Five Fingers?

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      It’s a hot mess soaked in kerosene and lit on fire. It’s 30 episodes long and very circular. Ji Chang Wook plays a whiny brat that’s enabled by his psychotic mother.

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Not sure when it happened but the day needs to be marked. Netflix’s license of Playful Kiss has finally lapsed. The end of an era.

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Seeking to quash my disdain for Noona-romances. Suggestions on where to start? Possibly something with a smaller age gap first, please and thank you.

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    Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food is a ~5 year age gap.

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    What have you seen thus far?

    P.S. Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food comes out in approx. three (3) weeks (03/31).

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      See, that’s the thing!! I’ve never been able to get past the first 3 episodes of any of them. I’ve started I Need Romance 3, High School King of Savy, My Love From Another Star (though I’m not sure that counts?) I Remember You, and I Can Hear Your Voice. At some point, I do a long eye-roll and that’s it. But, I’m trying to work through my issues.

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        I remember you is not a noona romance. Although there is a real life age difference, they play the same age in the serial I think. Also I may be shallow but jang nara doesn’t really look old when compared to her costars. plus romance is not the main focus of the serial. The mystery thriller crime procedural part is more prominent. And the show has one of the best bromances.( Ok I am a little biased). But give this show a chance.

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          Thanks for clarifying! I guess it was presumptuous of me to assume the real life age difference translated into the drama. My husband and I were JUST debating whether they were the same age. Now, I’ve got to admit I was wrong…

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    I never cared for noona romances until I Can Hear Your Voice. There’s a 6 year difference I think.

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      I started this today but I need to know, does he stay in high school throughout the drama? If so, I’m out. (I’m trying really hard not to read the recaps)

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        No, but I think he’s in high school for half to most of it. It’s been awhile, but I’m pretty sure he comes of age before she really goes for him. He’s the one whose super persistent which I think helped me get over the age gap since it definitely was not an older woman trying to take advantage of a minor by any means.

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    The Woman Who still Wants to Marry (2010) might look a little dated but the noona romance was lovely (she was 34, he was 24). And the friendship between the ladies was amazing.
    But I can hear your voice is my definitive favorite.

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      It might be difficult to find small age differences since a noona romance needs to have a significative age gap to become an issue in the couple dynamics. I have found that the resolution of this age gap matters more (to me) than the age difference: for instance it worked beautifully in Witch’s romance (14 years’ difference) and not so much in High School King of Savy (I think it was less than 10 years of age difference).

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    What do you not like about them @lookieloowho? If you’re looking to avoid grown-up people dating high-schoolers (and I can’t blame you), you could always watch Secret Love Affair which has a biggish age gap but everybody is very much an adult. And it’s seriously fantastic.

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      I have a grocery list of issues with the genre. My biggest issue, however, is that they typically portray a woman in her mid/late 30s who’s so swept up in her career that she’s become an ice queen that needs some Junior to save her. That the only person who can give the woman a new outlook is a child who barely has himself together.

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        ha ha, okay, it’s possible then that Secret Love Affair will tick all your dislike boxes. But I still recommend it because it is just so good – it’s not a romcom and much more melo/serious than your average noona romance. Oh and it’s a must-watch if you like classical music.

        Maybe all these points will totally turn you off from ever watching it πŸ™‚

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          And it’s gorgeous. And Yoo Ah-in.

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            Still haven’t seen that one. I’ll have to check it out when I’m in the mood for more serious fare. Classical music and Yoo Ah-in are always a plus.

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          I’ve seen bits and pieces of it but never finished it. I’ll have to try it again. Can’t really remember why I didn’t finish unless the infidelity bothered me. Excuse me and my issues…

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        Oh I know! You could just fast forward through all the medical bits of Romantic Doctor Kim and treat it as a noona romance for the OTP.

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        Haha, your biggest issue reminded me of How Stella Got Her Grove Back for some reason.

        Noona romances by their very definition should portray an age gap. If the age gap starts at a younger age, one of the biggest problems that would arise in the drama is the difference in where each person is at that stage in their lives. Usually the younger person is a drop out/studying/now getting their career going and the older person is already established/there or needs to make a big change. Then you have the parents who want to see their daughter married versus a younger guy who might not be thinking about marriage yet. Thankfully, there are some noona romances that have a “Junior” who is more mature and put together for his age. I think Dal-ja’s Spring might be different from what you’ve seen already. The male lead might surprise you in the second half. I can also recommend Kimi Wa Petto. The male lead is mature for his age, but there are time where he can’t help but act his age (which makes it realistic). It’s odd but really good.

        As much as I want to recommend it, I really do hesitate to recommend Temperature of Love. It has an amazing start witch depicts the issues with the age gap beautifully, but then goes to shit in the middle. Sigh.

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          I second Dal-ja’s Spring. I’m rewatching bits of it right now and it has cemented its status as my favorite noona romance. Admittedly, though, I haven’t seen an awful lot. It’s stylistically very 2007 but most parts of the story are still very much relevant today. I think it was a bit ahead of its time in some ways. There are a few funny subversions of usual older drama tropes and jokes made at their expense. It’s a nostalgic watch without being infuriating.

          She’s not an ice queenβ€”she’s a romantic whose standards are too high. And her career isn’t really used as an excuse for her singledom. It’s made clear that it’s a result of her many flaws and that she hasn’t been able to really connect with anyone yet because of them. She is constantly at war with herself over whether to do what’s β€œlogical” and expected of a woman her age or to do what she really wants. It can make her seem wishy-washy/indecisive at times but I think it’s pretty realistic. She’s a flawed person but you still root for her.

          Also, her growth isn’t facilitated just by her being with a younger man. The friendships she makes are just as important in her journey. A large part of the show is her learning to connect with and understand other people in general, not just the love interest.

          Oh, and the age gap is 6 years. She’s 33 and he’s 27.

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          Not sure if you know but ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’ is based on Terry McMillian’s real life romance. Their marriage in a seriously nasty divorce. Maybe that’s where my discontent for noona romances originates.

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        Oh my gosh, I share the same disdain for noona romances for the same reasons you do.. lol!

        Honestly, I find myself wondering how the heroine, who is usually a successful independent career woman would want to saddle herself with someone she’d need to care for/provide support for. Or maybe that’s just me being prejudiced. lol

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          Thank you!! Like, WHY does this woman need a project? If she wanted a child, she’d have one.

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            Exactly! Like it can all be about the feelings and the chemistry at the start but how long will the female lead support the male until she becomes exhausted? I don’t know, maybe I’m being too pragmatic about it. lol.

            To this date, I veer away from noona romances. Although I might be interested to check it out when the male lead is actually a responsible, successful man too. But then again, I’m not sure if that’ll count as a noona romance anymore since from what I understand, the power imbalance has to be with the woman

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    Maybe give Witch’s Romance a try. They had sizzling chemistry. Can’t go wrong with hottie Park Seo Joon. I remember loving it.

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      Seconding this — I watched it recently and was in love with the female lead. Yes, she was a career-driven ice queen, but she didn’t need the male lead to rescue her, and I don’t think he really did. And she never compromised her life and goals for him which is one of the things he admired about her.

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      Yes, that’s a good one as well! And it introduced me to Park Seo-joon!

      I was a bit disappointed at the choice made with his character at the end, and the second lead guy was annoying, but other than that I remember really enjoying it.

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    Baby faced beauty, witch’s romance, hospital ship and i hear your voice are my recommendations.

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Finished School 2017 and I\’m not sure someone over 30 should swoon so much over a high school romance.

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There\’s nothing worse than watching an extraordinary drama fall into grand ole heap of meh…

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Though I\’ve probably seen just about every version ever, I want just one more Playful Kiss/Itazura na Kiss but told solely from Baek Seung Jo/Aihara\’s perspective, please and thank you.

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