Beanie level: Entertainer-in-training

I hope L is taking the opportunity to learn what he can from his cat Sunbae

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See, Cat Woman, you really do want a man…

Sometimes I wonder if these (female) writers have ever actually met a woman?

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    Maybe she just wants a dog.

    A dog would hug you.

    I actually watched the first half hour today and I found it a bit charming and fun. 🤷‍♀️

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      It really is^__^

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      A cat would let you hug it until it gets frustrated. But when it hugs/cuddles you out of its own free will… oh boy, it’s like the word sadness or depression doesn’t even exist.

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        When we were hurt, my cat would stroke our faces. When you’d cry, he’d hug you.

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          My cat would always come to me and stayed by my sad when I was sad. Cats hug. They also bite, sure, but cats are huggers (their own way).

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Watching My Ahjussi episode 4 reminds me that Jang Ki-yong can act. Now I want to know why he can’t anymore. Is it a casting problem? A direction problem? Is he choosing the wrong dramas?

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    He was also good in Come and Hug me.
    I think he does well in heavy subjects or Melo.

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    He was good in Go Back Couple too.

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    I watched him here and did not recognize him from Go Back Spouses, where I didnt recognize him from The Liar and His Lover. I havent watched him in anything else, but was really impressed by how different he was in those.

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    Probably just choosing the wrong dramas. He’s good in most of his works.

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My love of this scene in episode 3 of My Ahjussi hasn’t changed.
It has three different meanings and he is only aware of one of them.
And that says everything about these characters.

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    The show with the best dialogues. Period. ❤️
    Are you on a rewatch LT? I just finished it a month ago so it’s too soon for a rewatch but I want to keep watching this show. It has that factor that makes you want to return to it time and again for that one scene thay one dilaogue, that you just want the show to keep playing in the background.

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    Please expand. I can only think of two.

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      1. Dislike me so I can do well too
      2. Dislike me because I hate myself and believe I deserve to be disliked
      3. Dislike me and I’ll dislike you because that’s the only way I’ll be able to do what I need to do

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Stay inside
Stay silent
Stay still
Be a clam
The Silence of the Clams

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Gosh I love her so much

She doesn\’t even know that this guy has done anything wrong but she\’s still in Protective Mode and she\’s not letting anyone near her new little duckling.

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I saw a joke on Twitter the other day that went something like this

Thirty days has September
April, June and November
All the rest have 31
Except March
Which has 6000 days

It seems a million years since we started Music March and even longer since we loved February. It has been a hard month for everyone everywhere; the third in a year that is testing our patience and our mental health. But at least the wonderful music we shared has gotten us through. I can’t wait to listen to the final playlist – it’s going to be epic.
As you know, Music March was our first attempt at hosting our own Theme of the Month after the site version passed into the great virtual beyond. I think it was a great success and so we’re going to continue it for another month.
With much fanfare and ado, I hereby announce the theme of the month for April….
….drumroll… is…
….




Women
Let Ahjumma April begin…

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There are two things that require no introduction to any Kdrama fan: Chicago Typewriter and SaltNPaper. And, in one glorious moment, the two combined to make soundtrack magic.

To finish off Music March, I’d like to talk briefly about my first great OST love – Chicago Typewriter.

Now I’m going to shock and scandalise the site by admitting that Chicago Typewriter as a drama is not one of my favourites, nor is it listed in my Top anything. I’ve tried to rewatch it but got (gasp) bored halfway through.

However, it is enjoyable enough and well-acted enough and atmospheric enough that I often recommend it as a gateway drama to people dipping their first toe in to Korean dramas. Yoo Ah-in is wonderful, Go Kyung-pyo is fun and Yoo Ah-in’s wig steals all its scenes. But most importantly, most transcendentally, that soundtrack soars.

I remember when we first see the typewriter in the store in Chicago. We pan past a melted clock, timepieces ticking and whirring and then a floodlight lands on the intricate machine and that music builds – from nothing, from silence – to a few notes from a piano and then that pure child’s voice and then the song carries us into the past.

It was a moment of such beauty that it stayed with me throughout a drama I found increasingly repetitive and somewhat frustrating. And it was a moment of such emotional resonance that it caused me to do something I’d never done before – download a drama’s OST.

And that’s how I discovered – or rather put a name to – the extensive works of the prolific Michael Y. Kim (MYK) and SaltNPaper. SaltNPaper provides original music for many Korean dramas. If a drama has a song I like, 7 times out of 10 it’s a SaltNPaper song.

While Hats is probably my favourite, I admit still to an attachment to Satellite, which so perfectly encapsulated Chicago Typewriter as a drama.

And so I finish the month with this: my gateway music drug to Korean OSTs.

Enjoy.

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    I found CT repetitive the first time around, and got bored and dropped it at the end of ep 1 the second time. Should I gasp too?

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    Might we agree that it has an amazing kiss?

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    I love, love love Saltnpaper. My introduction to him was through CT, and then through his other OSTs (he has a beautiful one in Jealousy Incarnate–oh, wait, thats probably backwards. I loved him in JI and then in CT. Which one came first?) And then I fell for his various covers, and then I just started listening to his albums. He’s amazing. His voice is amazing. I want him to sing absolutely everything to me.

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    Thanks for sharing! Thats a beautiful OST! The drama has been on my list for the longest time! Got to watch it!

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    Chicago Typewriter isn’t for everybody, I guess. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what it was because it was a bunch of things and it can be very confusing. As the story of each character start blending together, it made sense and it was beautiful. Never have I ever felt so lucky to live in a free country. Go Kyungpyo being a puppy (literally and figuratively) is a plus.

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    Chicago typewriter had the best OSTs!!

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    loved this! Yes the soundtrack was great and it was a good introduction to SaltNPaper for me too!
    Sometimes the music videos are better than the shows themselves aren’t they?

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    Beanies mentioning it on the fan wall was my motivation to give this one a try 🙂

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    I’m really comforted when people can just feel that something is going to be as good as everyone says, like an intuition.

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      Also, that blog post is still my favourite thing you’ve ever written. Can you share some of your talents with me, please? ❤️

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As Music March winds up and I finish the second episode in my My Ahjussi anniversary rewatch, I give you the song Adult by Sondia.

Sondia’s voice combined with this haunting pensive song provide the perfect mood for this drama.

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Gosh I had forgotten about this whole ET homage in My Ahjussi.
It’s so powerful and so beautiful.
The liberation.
The uncertainty.
Going home.

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What is My Ahjussi?

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My Ahjussi anniversary rewatch
Every word and nuance of this drama is perfect from the first frame.
How is it so perfect?

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    I got to ep 3 or 4 on my rewatch when Viki started subs. The big scene really stood out to me this time. I thought it was such a great way to introduce these two. Also, I dont remember if DF had subs for the OST when it first aired.

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This cat actually looks like L…

Except the cat can act.

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    Lmao almost dropped my phone

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    Yooooooooooo

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    Ouch!! burn!!😂😂

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    I’m shocked you even attempted this one.

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      I’m living large. Courting controversy. You should read my most recent blog post.
      http://invisibledragon.home.blog/2020/03/27/2020-the-year-of-the-creep/

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        I agree. I made it through Itaewon Class but the relationship was ewwww. Even the Korean review I watched pointed it out as very controversial.

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        I really liked this piece and couldn’t agree more. As a man who’s 30 and also like strict boundary lines I don’t see the appeal with alot of these romances. It would take ALOT for me to even be attracted to someone 10 years younger. I also was thinking about Jugglers & how the couple fought so hard so she won’t be resigned. Like bro, he is your direct boss, of course you cant still work for him and be in a relationship.

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    PFFT

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    HAHAHAHA.
    I felt that

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    Maybe L was chosen because cats shouldn’t act like humans? 😛
    Joking aside he was ok in the judges drama, I’ll give this a chance, thanks for reminding me!
    Nice blog post! Agreed about everything except Itaewon, it wasn’t a nice drama but I felt no issue with age gap in the romance. Yes, she was 10 years younger but he felt nothing for her until she was older and the difference didn’t really mean much anymore, she wasn’t even really a worker but more of a business partner.

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      I only liked him in Miss Hammurabi, I agree with you.

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        Miss Hammurabi was fantastic. And his character was solemn and stoic, so L really couldn’t have screwed up even if he tried.

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          well, now that you mention it… 🤣

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          I haven’t seen Miss Hammurabi, maybe I should.

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            I loved the show. It touched some interesting and delicate subjects.
            My job revolves around law, lawyers and courts, so I always find it interesting how controversial subjects get different solutions according to the country’s law.
            And the second leads were just perfect (at least to me, but I always love Lee Elijah).

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            2018 was a damn good year for dramas, and this was one of the reasons why.

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    This was cruel. True, indeed. But cruel.

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    Heh!

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Welcome struggling to decide if it’s about bestiality or paedophilia

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    Or possibly about a woman and her stalker.

    Spoiler: No woman wants her cat to turn into a man

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      The scene of his hand coming out from under the bed to grab her bra looks like out of a thriller, it’s the most unvoluntarily creepy I’ve seen lately 🤦‍♀️😂

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        But I might actually watch the whole thing! Don’t judge me, I like cats and they said on the news today that schools might stay closed until June. I’ll need a lot of fluffy dramas to overcome this

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          I’m about to pick up bloody everything – even this weird creepy super problematic bestiality paedophilia stalking drama.

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          I actually watched 3 eps of Tiger King, I think this looks more normal. No judgements from me. I’m planning on trying it today.

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          Everything’s been cancelled except exams for me (which they still intend on making us do somehow, albeit remotely and via the internet). Still, I don’t have much to do either and it seems like we’re in for the long-haul (my job, which was slated to start in the summer, might now start in fall!), so I’m basically watching everything that’s on air right now (okay, not everything, but very close).

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      I like Shin Ye-eun in this show. She’s funny and amusing. But Myung-soo is the other lead, so it’s bound to go downhill (boy can’t act at all). A real shame since Ye-eun and Ji-hoon can both act competently.

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    It’s kimmi wa petto!!!

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It’s been two years since the beautiful transcendent My Ahjussi aired. And I’ve never rewatched it and think that now is a good time.

While My Ahjussi uses winter to represent the dissatisfaction and forced inaction of middle age, it could also be seen as a metaphor for our world right now.

As we come together by staying apart and support each other despite never touching, we can also sit back and rewatch one of the best – if not the best – Korean drama ever made.

Everyone is busy within inaction so we’ll aim for just two episodes a week as it originally aired. Watch. Comment on your fan wall. Dust off the old recaps.

Enjoy.

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At least at episode 2 of The Memorist they\’ve already used all the cliches and so we won\’t have to put up with…
*knock knock*
\”Who\’s there?\”
\”Call me Prosecutor. Smarmy Prosecutor. I’m here to be obviously corrupt and insincere. I might even whistle a jaunty tune while I\’m bypassing justice. There will be smirking.\”

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Like the Middleman Trout zombies, Forest\’s Clam Zombies are coming.
Just you wait.

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Kingdom continues to be absolutely scathing of late-stage capitalism while simultaneously maintaining its Confucian roots. It’s a ripping good yarn too.

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Bak Ha seems unconcerned she seems to have brought back the wrong baby.
Never Twice Season 2: Baby Swap, the Search for Yoel Mu

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