Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Korean politics looks more dramatic than the usual weekend dramas.

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    Oh no! What’s happened now?

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      Pres. Moon jae in and Kim jong un met again for the second time this afternoon. An hour ago pictures of the meeting was released. I have been following NK news since the Olympics, but the last few days I don’t feel like to read it anymore, it’s like watching a very bad drama. None of the characters make sense. Well, I think Pres. MJI and his administration were the only sane ones.
      If this real life event was a drama, I bet it would be roasted by DB editors and beanies.

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OMO, I enjoy About Time! 25 minutes in and am already squealed.. It also gives me old drama feeling like OhJakdo, kyaaaaa 😆😆

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    Can’t wait to start the drama. It’s been a while since I last saw Lee Sang-yoon in a drama. ^^

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Too much flashback in Come and Hug Me, is it necessary??
I really want to like this drama, so I’ll give it another 2-episodes. If it is still set in the past, I’m out.

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They are back to the village. Yay!
Apparently the kid is adopted by the ahjummas?

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    I’ve been hoping Jak-doo and Seung-joo would adopt the boy, and the ahjummas would feed and dote on him to the point of embarrassment.

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      That boy is the son of jewelry maker. He probably has the gene to work with his hands. I hope Jakdoo with teach him how to make gayageum. It’s plot that I want to see 😊

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This Jung Hae in controversy is actually funny and embarrassing 😂
Now, whenever I watch WPL clips on YouTube, I remember his glowing face in the center of Baeksang recipients
I just can\’t 😂😂

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    Same! 😆 Poor him, it’s partly his fault though.

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      He’s just overexcited. I can see him being roasted in Knowing Brothers or Radio Star 😄
      His company should coach him how to handle questions about this controversy in the future.

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        Excited or not, it’s just common sense. Everyone on the stage was his seniors so why did he stay in the center. He just needs to apologize and move on, people make mistake.

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          Isn’t it too late to apologize now?the public might think he’s not sincere though it still the right thing to do I’m.

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            It’s just a tiny mistake and I don’t think netizens will hold it against him for the rest of his career. It’s better for him and his career to be responsible and apologize than do nothing.

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            I like him and wish him a long career. Ita, it would be better if he apologize.

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It doesn\’t make sense, why dong sae ra\’s husband on SJ\’s boss side. This is what we call makjang, right? The writer knows it doesn\’t make sense but she/he keep pushing silly plot like this. #ohjakdo

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    Hmmm, according to dramabeans glossary http://www.dramabeans.com/about/glossary/
    makjang is more of outrageous storyline than nonsense. Often, the difference may not be clear. Like how probable it is that you are born of another woman who was raped by the man who is now the father of your beloved whose brother wants to take revenge on your family because his mother was hit by the truck of doom on that fatal night your biological father committed adultery.

    I would say Dong Sae Ra’s husband is plain dumb and not half as entertaining as a makjang character.

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      😂
      That is the makjangest story I’ve ever encountered.

      I almost forgot about DSR’s husband. This week he appeared just to be deceived by in pyo. All of sudden they talked about the kid and who would responsible for him. Where does this come from?
      I’ve already this far and I love the main couple, no matter how weird the plot is going, I will stay.

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I just learned that North Korea has it’s own drama series. The quality, of course, is not as good as SK dramas, but it’s not that bad either (without the propaganda).

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Just started My Ahjussi, am at episode 5 now. I hate dong hoon\’s wife, what a c**t. How could she ask her husband to quit his job to protect her boyfriend\’s reputation.

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I love Suits Korea. You know it\’s still a kdrama when you squeal watching your OTP 😄

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To Whom It May Concern

Preview of episode 19 My Husband Mr. Oh

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I think I have a girl crush on South Korean Foreign Minister. She\’s intelligent, eloquent and level headed. It\’s nice to hear her speaking compare to, you know, US officials.

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OK, I\’m done reading and watching about inter-korean summit, I still need to iron my shirt and prepare for work.

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I don\’t understand the trend of prosthetic in Hollywood. Just cast actors that fit the roles! You want to tell a story of an 85 year-old man? Find an actor in that age range. You want to tell a story of Winston Churcill? Find an actor who look like him, big figure and all. Is that difficult? I thought Hollywood never lack of talents.

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    🤷🏻‍♀️ *dies of ironic laughing* They have enough talent, but before that, they have more than enough excuses. 😂 I mean, (I’m not bitter, though I am concerned. I find it more sad and laughable than something to be angry about) Hollywood doesn’t lack talent, but for some reason we still get Asian/Hapa roles played by Caucasians.. Oh well.

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    I always feel like there’s a line though.
    On the one hand, for example a pet peeve of mine is that in Black Panther, praised for having a cast and crew full to the brim of African and African Americans, the throwaway “Korean” character needed to get them into the club was played by a Chinese extra… *wtf faces*
    On the other hand- for some rolls especially- they are just… actors? They make a living of playing people who are not themselves, in all kinds of acceptable forms anyway.
    And then… how feasible is it to find someone who looks and is the same weight as WC? If Gart Oldman had been a method actor (which he’s not, he said he didn’t WANT to gain weight for the roll btw) and gained weight specifically for the roll is that ok? Or do you need someone who is like that prior?
    Idk, I just feel like if we swing too far one way it just get’s a bit ridiculous sometimes.
    But then on the other hand ScarJo as the Major in Ghost in the Shell still kinda pisses me off.
    And I’d say we should just motion capture everything but then I’ve seen people get mad at voice actors not fitting their characters also. *sighs*
    So… I don’t know.

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      I’m with you on the black panther thing. I’m African – and though I didn’t get the hype amongst black people, originally, till I watched the movie – I was somewhat disappointed at the casting of a Chinese actress for that role. I was in the cinema going, ‘she’s not Korean! Why isn’t she?’ They shot in Busan, Korea. What’s the excuse? It was just very ironic, tbh.

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        I was sitting there going “so I speak better Korean than Lupita Nyong’o and uh? why aren’t they speaking dialect? And she’s? Chinese?”… I can forgive pronunciation because they tried at least, but you couldn’t even find a Korean extra? How hard could that have been?

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          I know! Was rolling my eyes the entire time! I was super proud of myself for understanding the Korean though but then immediately went GODAMNIT that’s not the accent! *sigh*

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      No I didn’t talk about a Korean role played by a Chinese. It opened a whole another discussion that I’m still not sure how should I view it.
      I talked about physical prosthetic. Nicole Kidman’s nose when she played Virginia Woolf, or Leonardo as J Edgar or the recent ones Kevin Spacey and Gary Oldman. None of them, except Nicole’s nose, looked convincing in their prosthetics. Why? Nobody see them as their characters.

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        Yeah I know you were talking specifically about prosthetics, tis just what it made me think of, because I’ve seen so many conversations surrounding all aspects of this topic :/
        I don’t know to be honest. I get what you mean though. like the Dwarves in the Hobbit movies, albeit, they were dwarves, not humans, were almost so much prosthetic it made them less appealing than the LOTR characters who had less prosthetics, but done better. Rather than just relying on special make up effects all the time. *shrugs*

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Reading all the poems make me want to share my favorite too. A very popular one, the title is literally \”I want\”

I want

I want to love you simply
In words not spoken :
Tinder to the flame which transforms it to ash

I want to love you simply
In signs not expressed :
Clouds to the rain which make them evanesce

-SDD-

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Does rating influence your decision to watch a drama/movie? I do. I just started a series. But after I knew it\’s only rated 78% on IMDB and 66% on RT, I don\’t feel like to continue 😐
I also look up to rating given by GF and Javabeans before start a drama. Now they\’re no longer update it, I have no clue what to watch.

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    It used to influence me but now I could care less, as long as I like the plot of a certain drama/movie then I’ll watch it.

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      I still don’t know what kind of drama that I like. Back in the early 2000s I avoid kdrama because they are too melo for my taste. But then you know how much I love JBL.

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    When I started watching kdramas, I referred MDL to see the top rated dramas. But once I started live watching, I just went with my gut feeling. Also I discovered that some of the dramas which were just okay were overrated and also vice versa. I still refer MDL if I want to watch old dramas but I make my own decisions regarding currently airing ones.

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      I never checked MDL. When I started I checked Asian wiki, not long after that I found DB rating. I found that I agree with most of drama that Girlfriday like.
      I’m still new to K-Drama (1.5 years) so I still can’t really trust my gut 😄

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    Tbh not reeeally? Considering some of my all-time favorites were technically commercial and ratings failures, I mainly just look at premise/cast/crew to influence me.

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      I love love love Story of A Man, but I couldn’t get pass episode 2 of Healer, they are both from the same writer. I looooove Lee Je hoon, he’s my ultimate oppa, but honestly who could finish Fashion King?
      I don’t get this problem with Hollywood film maker. I know what I expect when I started movie from my favorites.

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        🤔 Huh.. Yeah, it’s true that we probably won’t always get hits from people we’re fans of, but I do like going by people even if it’s a massive failure, because ratings 🤷🏻‍♀️ rarely seem to reflect awesomeness. (E.g. Descendants Of The Sun vs Weightlifting Fairy)

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    I don’t look to the ratings. Most of the time I look into the plot of the story, I give it a try, If the plot took my interest, and drop it when it doesn’t reach my expectation.

    And I usually check dramas here at Dramabeans and see how beanies react on a certain drama, then give it a try.

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      Yes, like Oh Jak Doo, if GF and JB watched it they might give it C at best. Or they gave B- for Tommorow with You, but I prefer this drama than goblin.
      If beanies didn’t recommend Just Between Lovers in Open Thread, I would miss my most beloved drama.
      That’s why I need recommendation from community and so far dramabeans is the most trusted one.

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    I don’t care about rating. The main leads are more important to me.

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      Who is your favorite?

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        Lee joon-gi and Jung Kyung-ho. I trust their choose and I always enjoy their dramas.

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          Ooh I like Jung Kyung ho. I love Prison Playbook and looking forward to Life on Mars Korea. I haven’t found any drama with Lee Jun ki that I like.

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            Try time between dog and wolf where both actors were there. Lee Jun Ki historical dramas are great.

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    For me, it really depends on whose rating you’re gonna follow. Because for movies I just usually watch reviews of peeps who usually have the same taste as me. For dramas, I look at the premise first. There’s a lot of times when I look through the fan wall, and find a lot of beanies recommending stuff (A Poem a Day for a recent example) and I check it out.

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      I trust IMDB more than RT for movies. I found that I have similar taste with IMDB voters more than RT critics. With dramas I trust drama beans.
      The reason why I need rating because in 1.5 years I only finished 35 dramas, dropped many of them. Last year I spent 570 hours for drama watching. This year I slow down, only finish 2 drama, dropped 6, two of them halfway. I hope next time I won’t waste my time by start watching a drama that I’ll drop.

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        Tbh I’ve dropped more recent dramas than I used to. When I started watching I looked at DB ratings and “top 100” lists. So I got to watch a lot of classics and 2011-2014 dramas. Now I don’t need those anymore because I’m more familiar with genres, actors and a few directors. My main reference now are fellow beanies who recommend dramas that slipped my radar, like A Poem A Day and My Husband Oh Jak Doo.

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        I think all of us really have to face that risk, especially when we’re watching live and no one’s really had reviews of that certain show yet. When that happens (all the time for me, since watching live keeps me from binge-watching), I just usually look at the premise (I know I love fantasy, history, slice-of-life so those are must-watches most of the time). There are special cases too when I like a certain PD or an actor (when Shin Mina or Park Bo Gum have dramas, it’s automatic I’d finish the drama whether it’s bad or not).

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    Not at all. PDs, writers and actors have more influence than ratings.
    In fact, most of my favorites have crappy ratings.
    Joseon X-files, End of the world, Rebirth etc.

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    I used to mainly use JB and GF’s ratings, and while I love a lot of dramas they love, there have been ones they’ve found just okay that I adore and ones they’ve loved that I haven’t been able to get into. Still, if it weren’t for their ratings and podcasts I probably never would have checked out SUFBB, which is one of my favorites.

    I agree with others that nowadays I mostly look at Beanie recs, especially for currently airing shows. My tastes don’t always align with the DB majority, but it’s fun to watch shows that are popular on DB!

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    It influenced me when I first started watching k-dramas but once I started finding actors/actresses I liked and/or plots I liked, ratings didn’t matter to me at all.

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    I’ve enjoyed a lot of 60% on IMDB, although it is my trusted site. However I don’t trust RT at all 😀

    As for dramas, I go to illegal sites to read the comments, then watch them on VIU or VIKI >D

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      Why don’t you read comment on VIKI instead? 😄
      I’m still not sure to pay for VIKI, I need to use VPN to get the best and current drama on VIKI.

      Yeah, RT is the worst. I just don’t get their critics.

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        I don’t like VIKI’s comments. On illegal sites there are a bunch of weird and funny comments (because they’re anonymous I guess) 😛

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Finally, I finished a drama! It\’s the first one after January 31st. The second drama that I finish this year after Just Between Lovers. Thank you Waikiki, now I can add you to my excel sheet.

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Is Waikiki writer a YG stan? 😂

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    Seo Jang Hoon bought the rights or something like that, if they weren’t joking on KB, and after seeing some KB eps, SJH is quite friendly with YG artists 🙂 , either he has asked them to play YG songs or the writer just likes them hahaha

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      Is Seo jang hoon one of the producer of Waikiki?
      I remember he admitted that he’s YG stan. In KN when he was asked YG or JYP, he straight forward answered YG, though JYP was there and he’s a long time friend of JYP 😂

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        he’s not the producer , but like I said it’s something about the rights of the drama , if I’m not wrong, it’s only based of what I remember from a KB ep

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    Was curious too!

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Currently watching dorama, \’Erased\’. It\’s dark and sometimes I don\’t feel comfortable watching it. Maybe at some point I will drop it, but for now I\’m still curious.

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    It’s not that dark. Or maybe I’ve a very high tolerance for this genre *shudders* but it’s a good enough, if not brilliant story. Plus the child actors are really good. And the cinematography is gorgeous!

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      Actually I have complain for the child actor. He tend to over exaggerated and didn’t know how to act subtle. If you compare him with the child actor in Kdrama Mother or let’s say Nam Da reum, he still has a lot to learn.
      The cinematography is beautiful, the set look realistic and the actors don’t have flawless skin like in K-Dramas. That’s the first thing I notice.

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        It’s just my opinion but I think Japanese ppl underact. ..They don’t express their emotions properly. But like I said, my opinion. And I heard this is his first drama. .so maybe he’s a little green? But I liked his acting.

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          I see, his acting is still green. Hope he’ll get better in the next episode.
          It’s my second dorama. The first one was We Married as a Job, I agree with you, Japanese act tend to underact. Or maybe being reserve is just how they carry themselves.
          For now I still think kdrama is more superior than dorama.but I like dorama that is is more realistic, there is no sugar-coating. iMO, dorama has better writer.

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            I liked We married as a job too! Though I probably watched it because some commenters said that it was similar to BTIOFL…but I didn’t find any except for the fact that they got married for convenience which is similar. I loved the theme song at the end of every episode!

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            I was surprised that I like We Married as a Job more than BTLIOF. That’s why I can’t decide which one I should watch first the dorama or kdrama ‘Mother’

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            @manohira I haven’t watched either of them. I think this show is too heavy for my taste. There. .I have my limitations. But I think both are equally good. Why don’t you give both of them a try ?

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            @superwhopotterlock
            Time constraints, I still have other things that I need/want to do. Maybe I will go with the dorama version. Kdrama usually has several side stories, ain’t nobody got time for that.

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    Did you drop Noona?

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      Yeah 😄
      What am I suppose to watch in Noona, Jinah’s handbags? 😂

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        That bad? I was excited for that drama but I couldn’t bring my self to watch it yet. Maybe later….

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          Many people like it, so it must be not bad. It just I don’t like it.
          I’m not a fan of Noona romance to begin with. I prefer the dynamic of same age relationship. Second, I feel this drama is made to please its noonas audience, which is of course. But, I don’t need a drama to tell me that I can get a chance with a nice younger guy who look like Capt Yoo.
          I’d rather watch something totally ridiculous like oh Jak Doo 😂

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            Haha Well to each his own 😉
            I like noona romance but 16 episodes of fluff and romance is a bit too much for me, I might pick it up later when it finishes. For Captain Yoo, and it’s been a while since I last saw Son Ye-jin on tv.

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            @giegie0384
            Exactly! (In Eric Cho’s voice)
            16 episodes of JHI being gentleman to his Noona girlfriend, it’s Noona fan service.

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    You can always try the anime if you have a problem with the live action.

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      I just found out, there’s an anime version. I’m gonna check it.

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        The anime was so well received/beloved that the live action was pretty much guaranteed. Personally, I prefer animes to doramas. The suspension of disbelief doesn’t work so well for me with doramas.

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Apparently, the Korean version also going to be set in 1970s. I’m looking forward to it since I’m curious abt 1970s South Korea and there’s not many pictures of the decade on the internet. #lifeonmars

#라온마👀👀👀 #라이프온마스 😤😤😤

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    I’d forgotten about this. Now I’m interested all over again. 😃

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      I picked up Life on Mars UK just to prepare myself for the Korean one 😄
      I totally can see Jung Kyung ho as Sam Tyler.

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        The UK one was interesting because of the of the uncertainty around what was happening. I think the Korean one will be interesting because of the unfamiliarity of the 70’s Korea setting.

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          I didn’t expect the Korean LoM will set in the 70s, I thought it would be mid 1980s. In the original version Sam Tyler tràvel back by 30 years to the time where the killer did his first crime. There were also flashback to Sam Tyler’s childhood. In fact in the last episode he met his father. JKH wouldn’t have been born in 1970s, so I dont know how far the story will alter from the original.

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    Ooooh, I really am looking forward to this! You’re right that we don’t often see 1970s Korea. Every period drama ks usually set either during the Occupation or the 80s with very little in between.

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      Sandglass is the only drama that I know set in 1970s, but it didn’t do good job in picturing the decade. The cars are from the late 80s, it’s ridiculous.

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