Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

MY COUNTRY’s Lady Kang and future Queen Sindeok.
Park Ye-jin is no stranger to sageuks. Her characters hailed from the 3 kingdom era all the way to Joseon. I’m so excited to see her!

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    It feels like years since I’ve seen her acting. My Country really has a star cast.

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      It has been a while for me since I mostly watch sageuks. This cast is half the excitement. They are awesome!

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    Ooooh Princess Cheonmyung!
    I loved her from her name to her hanfus to her calm presence!😍😍

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MY COUNTRY – And then there were 3.
Eps 1: Sun-ho, Yeon and Hwi.
Why can’t they stay like this forever?

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    Her crush on Seon-ho is the cutest thing!

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      Then Sun-ho tells her that she looks pretty 😊.

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    I have to watch this scene again (and maybe again and again and again and again and again…) because it’s just so CYOOOOOT and Woo Do Hwan as Sun Ho is just so sweet 🙂

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    I definitely needed more of this.

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MY COUNTRY – The Seo siblings (Yeon and Hwi).
My fave couple. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    I always wanted an oppa (just older brother, NOT that the other oppa😁), and Hwi is what I had in mind. 🙂👍❤

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      Me too. That’s why I’m so drawn to their relationship.

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MY COUNTRY – The real heroes of the Liaodong Expedition.
Eps 3 and 4. Chief Park, Seo Hwi, Jung Beom and Doctor Park.

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    Chief Park is fast becoming a favourite character of mine.

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      And the much needed comedy relief from our funny doc.

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    Hwi truly found amazing comrades and friends in that hell,i love their already strong bond and how they stand by Hwi and talk about Yeon as their sister…he lost yet gained something precious…

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MY COUNTRY – Yi Bang-won
Eps 3: The art of flirting.

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    I won’t be listening. I am too busy trying to swipe those hair out of his face! What’s with me and hair today when it comes to My Country? 🤷‍♀️😂😁

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MY COUNTRY- I am Yi Bang-won!
Eps 4: Lord Nam just met his match.

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MY COUNTRY’s pilot episode is on Netflix now!

Such an epic opening scene. Love you PD Kim.
Read up on the “strife of the princes.”

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    And shirtless Woo Do Hoon.

    *ansnhsgsgyygghshxjzgsbzgshsgshsh*

    *Wipes off drool*

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      I’m in love with all the men in this show. Even Seolhyun.
      What is wrong with me?

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FANGIRLING: Film director/writer/producer LEE BYEONG-HEON 💖

Thank you for the memorable “BE MELODRAMATIC.”
Can’t wait for your next film “DREAM” (2020) with Park Seo-joon.

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    *STANDING OVATION*
    Thank you, Director-nim !

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    Well, HELLO handsome.

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      He’s a supporting actor in the 2015 10-episode drama Eating Existence.. At the very least, I will skim this series to see how this ridiculously good looking director does in front of the camera.

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This would have been a big news on DB with JB and GF so here it is.
“Director Bong Joon Ho reacts to the ID of alleged ‘Memories of Murder’ serial killer.”
Three decades after the unsolved serial killings that inspired director Bong Joon Ho’s critically acclaimed 2003 film “Memories of Murder,” the Korean authorities recently identified a man they believe is responsible for the crimes.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2019-09-30/bong-joon-ho-south-korea-serial-killer-memories-of-murder
I guess SINGAL 2 will have a good ending.

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TALE OF NOKDU had such a fun pilot episode.
Now that’s what I need before My Country.

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    I dont want to jinx it, but it was really good. I also like his reason for being at the widow’s village is a different reason than I thought was advertised.
    I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s ep.

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Movie Watch: “Kim Ji Young, Born in ’82”
Premiere : October 2019.
Jung Yumi staring with Gong Yoo in controversial feminist film.
The film tackles everyday sexism in Korean society, and has generated a backlash from conservatives who want production to stop.
The film adaptation will reportedly be faithful to the best-selling Korean-language book, which divided the country’s largely patriarchal society with its bold and accurate depiction of everyday sexism when it was published in October 2016.
The protagonist is Kim Ji-young, a woman in her 30s, who, after facing sexual harassment and casual misogyny all her life, suddenly begins to exhibit abnormal behaviour and rebel, prompting her family to wonder if the change is because of supernatural or psychological causes.
Well, here is to Jung Yumi for being brave enough to take the lead role and for Goong Yoo for staring alongside his long time friend and showing his support for this film.

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    The “controversy” would have me laughing if it wasn’t so dang sad

    I love this premise though and look forward to the film and the English translation of the book coming out next year. I already pre-ordered it.

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    he is so dating her 🙂

    rumors arent’ wrong’

    *********
    on the movie
    Gong Yoo is generally supportive of these films and wants to bring them mainstream limelight including silence that led to Korea taking some measures finally (for all the development, it confounds me how their legal system is so pathetic and sexual abuse the worst in world)

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    What makes this story really interesting for me is that none of these themes are new in dramas. And yet they lose it over a film? Could this have something to do with the way in which dramas are seen to be “female” entertainment and can therefore be dismissed ? Which ironically embodies the whole misogynism problem in the first place?

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      As far as I know, the novel was the controversy before they even considered adapting it into a movie. Reviewers were criticized for even recommending the book to their fans. The mere stronger female in dramas or movies have less to do with it, because in general the entertainment industry has a lower significance compared to literature industry. Just so happens the war is increasingly spilling over to entertainment industry as more and more actors take a public stand (most try to stay out of this despite having a personal opinion).

      SK feminism is very polarized and cyberbullying (from both extremes) have made it impossible for progress. It is to the point that if a celeb is suspected of supporting feminism, cybermobs go after him/her. If a celeb doesn’t express support or outright criticize feminism, a different group of cybermobs go after him/her.

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        Seo Ji-hye got a taste of malicious comments for uploading a picture of the book last week and Kim Ok-bin jumped to her defense.
        I hope the ticket sales will soar.

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    Here’s a review of the book and insight into reasons as to why the book–and now, movie adaptation– is so controversial, but really, to summarize everything for y’all: Korean (North & South) is still pretty backwards in it’s thinking on a plethora of things, including feminism

    https://www.dramasrok.com/2017/11/korean-book-review-born-1982-kim-ji-young/

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      Thanks for that article, it makes me never want to read that book. It’s like the literature version of Pretty Noona. And it’s like, I can appreciate the message without having to endure it.

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        It’s sad how there’s all these thoughts and ideas of individuals about a plethora of social issues– feminism, matriarchal society, equal society, LGBTQ2+, etc.– but they’re just that–thoughts– which will get oppressed because it’s not what the majority in society sees and then things just go back to the status quo, which makes it so hard for moving forward and progress

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          I mean, as a woman of a certain age I’ve actually lived this shit. And nowhere near as badly as a Korean woman, but I’ve faced systemic and institutionalised sexism, sexual harassment in the workplace, and confused scorn at my absolute refusal to get married and have kids because (see points 1 and 2).

          Maybe it’s a cultural thing, maybe it’s an age thing, but I want to see stories where the world changes. I want stories where we win.

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      I read the book review and the character somewhat reminds me of Jae Hee in Perfume before she found herself. She succumbed to her surroundings and wallowed in her own perception and how others treat her. It was frustrating at first but seeing it from her point of view made it understandable. Luckily the drama made her break away from the negativity and find her own footing.

      For this movie though…based on the book review I don’t know how they will portray it or how the endgame will be. But I do think it will be frustrating to watch Ji Young. She’s not a strong or spunky character…she’s an everyday person living her life. Maybe many will resonate with her. Maybe this movie will touch lives and evoke new understanding of the struggles of normal women living in Korea (maybe also applicable elsewhere).

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Veteran actor Yu Oh-seong in MY COUNTRY.
Yu is playing leading man Yang Se-jong’s father and is seems like he is being executed for some kind of treason.
Why is Friday so far away?

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    Yeah for Yu Oh-seong being cast but no for his character’s death. The cast is phenomenal!

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WOO DO HWAN in MY COUNTRY ’tis of thee, Sweet land of Goryeo..

Looking mighty fine with a sword.

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All things JANG HYUK needs to be on my wall. MY COUNTRY trailer #3.
Now it looks like a real sageuk with the veterans.
Ahn Nae-sang and Kim Yeong-cheol <3.

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    I wonder if I have time to overcome my newly acquired fear of Netflix K-dramas before it airs?

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      I trust JTBC more than Netflix so it’s going to be fine.

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    Exactly! Now it’s a sageuk that I’d actually watch!

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Saving the best for last. 😍 Jang Hyuk 😍 is MY COUNTRY’s YI BANG-WON.
The fierce country bumpkin from Goryeo and future king of Joseon.

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MY COUNTRY – October 4th Friday/Saturday 11pm.

Relationship chart.

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    Looks like a battle between Yi Bang-won and his step-mother Queen Sindeok. EXCITING!
    So Yang Se-jong will be on Yi Bang-won’s side and Woo Do-hwan will be on the queen’s side.

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    Looking forward to this drama, thanks!

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    i am already stressed out 😀 😀 😀

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JANG HYUK finally!!!

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MY COUNTRY : 2nd trailer.

Need more Ahn Nae-sang and Park Ye-jin

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    AAAAAH I need subtitles.

    Is that Jang Young Nam? Last time I saw her she was a raging queen dowager in THE CROWNED CLOWN.

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For AAAAAAAARTHDAL…
Season 1 Part 3: The Prelude To All Legends.
Episode 13.
I must admit to falling asleep every time I try to watch this show but part 3 piqued my interest. I like the sense of connection to ancient Korea based on archaeological finds and imaginations.
1. Tanya’s Bells.
[Treasure] BRONZE BELLS OFFER A LOOK INTO ANCIENT RITUALS, RELIGION.
Name: Bronze Bells from Nonsan (Presumed)
Period: Unknown
Location: Yongsan District, central Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 146
These bells were those used during a ritual in the Bronze Age.
They are said to have been found in Nonsan, South Chungcheong, and they include two paljuryeong (octagonal star-shaped ones with jingling bells attached to the eight edges), two ganduryeong (cannon shell-shaped bells), an “Ω”-shaped bell, and two dumbbell-shaped ones.
Paljuryeong makes a jingling sound when shaken, whereas Ganduryeong has very complicated and exquisite patterns.
The “Ω”-shaped bell works in the same way Paljuryeong does.
There are bells at each end.
They all display highly skilled workmanship, serving as important relics for those studying religion or rituals of ancient times.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3048058

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    Wow, that’s some impressive research. It’s good to see that the show got something historically accurate!
    On the other hand it’s little details like this that make it hard for me to understand what the drama wants to create: a fantasy or alternate ancient world, or a prehistory of Korea. Or both. I’ve been confused about this since Day 1. 🤔

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        What… what is this? Is this official? Is there more material that didn’t make it into the show?

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          It seems like it Toki. It would have been helpful if it was added at the beginning of the show.

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        Thank you so much, @kiara. It explained a lot. It kind of reminds me of the animated portion of FAITH that gave the background on Choi Young and his master who fought against the Red Turbans, but were ultimately betrayed by the King of Goryeo.

        But why isn’t this part of the actual drama? And why doesn’t Netflix include it, too? If you hadn’t so kindly clued me in, I would never have known about it. I wonder how much more background information I’ve been missing.

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          You are welcome :). Credit to arthdalchroniclesofficial.

          I like the part with Hwata too. Not everyone is familiar with Chinese history so it was helpful.

          I have the same question as you. Why was is on the cutting room floor? I’m guessing there is more that we’d never get to see.

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        @kiara,
        Thanks for that link. It shows that at one time, it was possible for individuals to cross the species boundary. So what really happened? Was it purely human greed for land and resources that caused the rupture? Underneath it all, it was probably fear. But for at least one pair, they could get beyond the fear. I wonder if elders from other tribes put the pressure on Sanung to call it quits. That might explain some of the bad blood with Asa Ron.

        It seems that Mom gave up custody of Tagon when he was about 7 or so, which is roughly the age he was when Dad tried to strangle him. Dang!

        When I took another look at the AsianWiki page for THE STORY OF THE FIRST KING’S FOUR GODS, it mentions in the story of Hwanung coming to earth and meeting the women from the Bear and Tiger tribes that he would turn them into humans if they went into a dark cave for 100 days and only ate the garlic and mugwort he gave them. Those were two of the items on the table at the negotiation that the Arthdalians offered to the Neantal — and which their leader summarily rejected. So that part of ARTHDAL harks back directly to the Dangun story.

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          Everything that you mentioned makes sense @pakalanapikake. You’d think they had more land back then to cultivate but I guess humans are never satisfied with what we have. More land and resources etc, equals more power.
          I like the technological growth and development in this show. It’s clear and we can tell that it’s approaching the Iron Age thanks to Tanya’s father.

          Yes the offerings was taken from the Dangun myth.
          Why did the Neantal reject it? Does it have to do with their identity and their power? The garlic and mugwort turned bears into human and maybe it would have had the same effect on them if they were to eat it.

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MY COUNTRY
Father and son:
Jang Hyuk – Yi Bang-won
Kim Yeong-cheol – Yi Seong-gye
Awesomeness!

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