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The LMK Countdown… LMKountdown…? No, that’s dumb. Whatever, that series of posts I’m doing counting down LMK’s performances from worst to best! Now, I haven’t started it officially yet–I’m still in the MV stage, which, for clarity, is not ranked from worst to best but rather in reverse chronological order. I think we all knew what was coming next…

(25.) The Gorgeous but Suicidal Work of Art in “The Day Before” by NELL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6AzbOupbxk

Yes, I said it. Work of art. It’s TRUE. Just TRY to find me a more breathtaking man. YOU CAN’T. THEY DON’T EXIST.

It’s easy to just focus on the visuals in this music video, but I think the performance itself deserves a mention. There is much debate among viewers as to whether the characters in this video are lovers or simply friends, but I’ll be honest, I tend to side with the lover theory. The lyrics evoke emotion surrounding a romantic relationship, and the sheer heartbreak in Song Jae-rim’s gaze at the end…

Also, the focus on Min-ki’s lips?? Ummm?? Honey, you can’t look at them like that without wanting to kiss them. Sorry not sorry. This is so gay.

One of the most striking bits is when the poison starts to take effect, and you can see the change in Min-ki’s entire face, but especially in his eyes. How on earth does he do that? I joke around that he has extra muscles in his face that we mere mortals lack, but I think it may actually be true. At the very least, he has an incredible amount of control over his eyes. I haven’t giffed these bits of the MV because they cause me too much pain. 🙃

Anyway to get back to the shallow, I think he looks like an actual statue carved from stone by the greatest of the ancient Greek sculptors. No human looks like this. It’s impossible. Those cheekbones are not humanly possible.

IT’S NOT FAIR.





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What a fantastic scene. I can’t fit all the greatness in just screencaps or gifs so I HAVE to share the video.

One thing that bothers me: Why doesn’t Viki’s YouTube channel upload Weather clips?! I mean, really, you’re gonna give us scenes from Meow the Secret Boy but not this?! Tsk.

Anyway.. HWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII. I love these two so much!

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    I have been replaying this scene over and over again too! And I can’t stop raving about Kim Hwan Hee, the actress here. She runs through a gamut of emotions in under 3.5 minutes, and swings the audience along with her through all of them:

    1. Angry at ES for having left
    2. Curious/ surprised that ES had fixed her bike
    3. Angry + howling-sad that ES didn’t understand what she felt for him
    4. Grumbling about how much ES spent on the bike seat
    5. Happy that the seat was fixed and worked well
    6. Joyous that she could ride again. And whee! off she goes.

    She deserves some kind of award for this scene. I think SKJ is just watching and playing along with whatever she does, all on her own.

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    I was pretty neutral to Hwi before this episode, but now she’s a treasure that needs to be adored.

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    I’ve rewatched this scene MANY times. It’s just so good 😭😭😭

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    I’ve rewatched this scene, I don’t know how many times during last week and it will be hard for any scene to beat this one as my favorite from all drama.
    This is real love. LOVE with capitals.

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“Books to read on the toilet”

Hi have I mentioned that I love this drama yet

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A Hwi appreciation post

I aspire to have 10% of her confidence

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I made no Minday post yesterday so I will make up for it with a gif of the moment where I knew I had no choice but to stan.

I think if you go back to whoever posted this on the fan wall while it was airing you will witness my complete and total combustion when he pet the cat and looked back at the camera with the most genuine smile.

“The cat I had was really cute. Actually, they’re twins, one named Mint and one named Lime. One was active while the other liked to be hugged, and we shot each scene according to the cat’s personality. I was healed by their purring, and didn’t feel sorry if the filming took a while.” – Lee Min-ki

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Hae-won: I like you, Im Eun-seob
Eun-sob: …okay. -runs away-

BIG FAT MOOD

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    “Unni. Usually, when people get rejected after confessing to the person they like, they have these kind of thoughts. ‘What exactly did I do wrong?’ No, there’s nothing you’ve done wrong.”
    “There really isn’t?”
    “Of course. What have you done wrong? You confessed because you like him. What’s wrong with that? It isn’t our fault. Even if we were to say it’s our fault, and we appear again in front of that person after fixing our mistake, then is there any guarantee that person will like us again? There isn’t! Kim Yeong-su, even if I become the prettiest woman on earth, he won’t like me.”
    “Really?”
    “They have the habit to never look back at those they have rejected once. Is that our fault, or is it theirs? It’s theirs, of course! Then we…?”
    “Have done nothing wrong.”
    “Bingo. You got it now. Well then, take your self-esteem which has plummeted and gently place it in a distant drawer in your heart. And drink this yogurt together with me. Cheers.”

    I loved this convo, hehe! Especially that last bit. I wanna be Hwi when I grow up.

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Have I mentioned yet that I love her?

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He was so excited and happy to have her staying with him, and then so disappointed when he remembered she was leaving.

WHAT A CUTIE.

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I LOVE HER

I think she’s my favorite Park Min-young character by now

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    Yes!

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    This was also the most realistic portrayal of the “popular guy”. They aren’t all that bad but they do “cool things” like this one which teenagers like MHW and a younger me never found cool.

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      True, but I also have a feeling that what makes most students popular in Korea is different than what makes students “popular” or “cool” in some countries (in my case, the US), unless the way most kdramas portray it is completely different from reality. This is a portrayal of a “popular” student that I don’t think I’ve ever seen in kdramas before.

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        Yes that can be true. However, this show has been refreshingly closer to reality in many aspects (for instance HW not forgiving BY and HW walking away in this scene given her personality) so the fact the this drama decided to show a different portrayal of the popular guy can maybe be a hint that popular guys similar to Yeong Wu exist too. I neither belong to US or Korea but clearly most popular guys I have seen are like Yeong Wu.

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    Doing it after all her similar character dramas made Hae-won a total breath of fresh air. I love her.

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    This is what I’ve been saying! It feels like Park Min-young really cares about her character, I haven’t felt her become her character like this since Healer.

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Now that I have made my way through Lee Min-ki’s entire filmography (more or less), I’ve been planning on doing a sort of fan wall series where I rank all of his performances from worst to best. In each post I want to, of course, elaborate on my opinion and justify each ranking. I am thinking that I will space each post out by a few days so as to not clog the fan wall, so don’t worry, Beanies!

Before I begin that project, however, I thought I’d shine a spotlight on his various music video appearances. Everyone and their mother knows The Day Before by now, but there are a few other lesser-known ones–including one that I only just discovered yesterday! This is also a nice tie-in to the end of Music March, so I figured the timing was great!

Last night, I stumbled upon the music video for the song “Sorry” by Han So-hyun, a singer who has lent her voice to projects like Standing Egg many times before and also does her own solo thing. She and Min-ki are apparently close, leading to him starring in her solo debut MV.

Now, I HATE long hair on men. This is the longest I’ve ever seen it on him–I almost didn’t think it was him initially! But… man…

The LMK Countdown begins with:

(26.) The Long-Haired Coffee Shop Hipster in “Sorry” by Han So-hyun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcfCmJZKCJY





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Breaking Music March law? By posting two songs

I also discovered a (low quality) upload of Amuro Namie’s “NEW LOOK” on YouTube, which samples The Supremes’ “Baby Love”. A bit repetitive, but still a bop.

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    There’s no law in Music March, so don’t be afraid to be wrongly accused of braking the law!

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Music March! Second-to-last-day! I’ll finally participate!

A trip down nostalgia lane today led to me discovering that Amuro Namie retired in 2018 and I think you could hear my heart break in two.

I’ve been listening to both K-pop and J-pop for a long time (since I was in 5th grade circa 2007), but through middle school and high school I was actually much more into J-pop. I have been out of the loop with J-pop for years now, but female vocal powerhouses like Amuro Namie, ayaka, Utada Hikaru, and Hamasaki Ayumi basically shaped my teenage years. I was never one to fawn over boy groups. Instead, I loved and admired the queens.

If you want quality Japanese R&B and hip-hop, look no further than Amuro Namie. Her rich, deep, velvety smooth voice is incomparable. Sadly, most of her songs are not available in full on YouTube, but she HER ENTIRE DISCOGRAPHY ON SPOTIFY, so go check her out! I remember some of my favorites being “Baby Don’t Cry”, “Get Myself Back”, “WILD”, “Contrail”, “Violet Sauce”, and, among her 90s stuff, “Sweet 19 Blues”.

“Love Story” is the only full music video I can find on YouTube (as for some reason she does the same thing that so many J-pop artists do where they only put 1 minute clips from their music videos on YouTube. It’s 2020, Japan. Please.) and it’s a great representation of her R&B ballad style (although I prefer ‘Baby Don’t Cry’).

Love you, Namie!

Excuse me while I go re-listen to her entire discography.

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    I’m going through her discography and totally forgot some other great songs like “NEW LOOK”!!! A BOP!!!!

    “Dr.”!!! “Go Round”!!!

    And this isn’t even including any of her album tracks GODDDD WHAT A QUEEN

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    Now I’m stuck on the age gap between you and Lee Min Ki.

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      Of course, I post something completely unrelated to the man and yet still

      I don’t know whether to consider this a success or a failure

      Yes yes our age gap would make Beanies riot in the comment section

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I am 100% supportive of Hae-won’s feelings about Bo-yeong. There are so many people like Bo-yeong in this world. In fact, I think everyone has acted or felt like Bo-yeong at least once before, but we all should know that that’s wrong. Just because we want forgiveness from someone we’ve hurt doesn’t mean they owe it to us.

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Minday, Day 2:

Self-quarantine has given me the opportunity to watch things virtually with my best friend nearly every single day. Inevitably, I have made her watch Monster, Spellbound, and we began Dal-ja’s Spring last night. She recently finished Crash Landing On You with another friend and is in total Hyun Bin hype mode, but I got her to admit that Lee Min-ki easily has the best cheekbones in the industry and that he is both charismatic and versatile as hell.

I’ve heard people say some ludicrous things about Min-ki’s appearance (are we looking at the same man?!) but different strokes for different folks, I guess. However, the one thing I will fight people to the death on is his stunning bone structure. If you disagree, you’re wrong. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.

Just LOOK at those cheekbones. LOOK AT THEM.

His face is fascinating.

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Hi I love Mok Hae-won

(Yes, I’m only on ep 4, I’m taking this drama one day at a time)

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Happy Minday, everyone!

No, it’s not Monday, but with everyone stuck inside, don’t the days just blend together? Everyday is Minday from here on out.

I’ve seen some Beanies recently say that they are unfamiliar with Lee Min-ki and haven’t even seen Because This Life is Our First, which… wow, I must not be being NEARLY obnoxious enough on here if some people still haven’t checked it out! Time for that to change, and given the amount of time I have on my hands now, I figure it’s the perfect opportunity to share a little Min-ki every day.

(You see, previously, I was only doing it every OTHER day…)

Today, though, instead of BTLIOF, I’ll express my wishes once again for Lee Min-ki and Seo Hyun-jin to reunite in a new project!

I’ve mentioned this before, but Min-ki stated in an interview last year that he and Hyun-jin had dinner with a scriptwriter discussing a possible new project. I don’t know if said project will ever come to fruition, but maybe if I beg for it enough the Drama Gods will relent! Min-ki has a pattern of working with co-stars (and directors/writers!) more than once, so that gives me some hope.

Anyone who knows me knows that I consider Beauty Inside to be Min-ki’s worst performance, and the drama as a whole was very disappointing. However, I still get so much joy out of watching the BTS clips from the show. These two have such an awesome, friendly rapport, and I know that given a good script and competent director they could make something really great.

Please make it happen!





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    Haven’t watched Beauty Inside because… well, because you said it was LMK’s worst drama from the beginning HAHAHAHA (and I trust no one else when it comes to LMK dramas). But might watch it when some time opens up just to see LMK and SHJ together!

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      LOL I’m happy to hear I inspire such confidence!

      Honestly, there are some episodes in the middle that aren’t bad… But the beginning enraged me and the ending had me face-palming.

      I do, however, highly recommend the BTS clips. LOL.

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      If you really wanna check it out, maybe read recaps for 1-5 and jump in at 6 (when LMK’s character actually turns sweet… but still lifeless SIGH). Plus, that’s the ep with Kim Min-seok’s cameo! LOL. That’s what I ended up doing last month when I eventually decided to power through the drama.

      Also, I skipped all of Ahn Jae-hyun’s scenes… 🤭 Because I don’t care for him lmao. That made it go by more quickly!

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        Noted, noted! Will update you once I’ve watched some the episodes hahaha

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Hello, Beanies!

I still have a week left of my total quarantine before I go back to work, and I thought I’d ask Beanies for some recommendations.

During this turbulent time I’ve found myself especially drawn to dramas that calm and comfort, that relish in subtle, nuanced moments rather than sweeping dramatics. Se-hee and Ji-ho’s serene natures (and Kitty!) in Because This Life is Our First accompanied me on my journey back to the US, and the simple warmth of When the Weather is Fine is helping me get through my quarantine. Does anyone have any recommendations for dramas that give similar feelings?

Thank you! Here’s a gif of my favorite weirdo as a token of my appreciation.

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    I havent watched it so it is not really a rec, but maybe Live? I keep meaning to watch it. When Beanies bring it up it just sounds so good.

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      I’ve heard great things about Live but also know that it isn’t exactly light! Lol. It’s on my list, though!

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    Live is amazing! But it does get pretty heavy. How about Matrimonial Chaos, A Poem a Day, The Package or a short drama like You Drive Me Crazy?

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      I’ve seen APAD but none of the others, although they’ve been on my radar! Thanks for the recs!

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      The Package. I keep forgetting about this one.
      I swear the list will never end.

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      I second Matrimonial Chaos.

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    Hm.. I think Black Dog will give you similar feelings! I absolutely loved it so maybe you could give it a try!

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    Prison Playbook isn’t romantic, but it’s super feelgood

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    Try Kimchi Family or a family drama – Life is Beautiful. Claiming and absolutely beautiful dramas for this turbulent time.

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Me when I remember that Lee Min-ki has a movie coming up vs. Me when I remember that he’s playing a priest

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I can’t tell if everyone is intent on making me upset today or if it’s just my general mood for the day. Probably the latter. I need to learn to remove myself from situations until I can calm down.

It’s 9:30am and I already want to go back to sleep…

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    I miss Se-hee! 😭 Is it time to rewatch BTLIOF (but how to find time)?

    Hope you find yourself in a better mood soon, Mindy-ah!

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      I always miss Se-hee. 🙁

      I watched BTLIOF in the airport/on the plane back home and found Se-hee and Ji-ho’s calm natures to be very comforting during these weird times, so I recommend it~

      Thank you, Yuyuu! <3

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    i know.life is depressing enough and people are posting tragic videos..

    anyway can’t help the person in need, can’t control fate, and still people post this- whom does this help

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    This is exactly what I feel. What’s with today??

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