Beanie level: Errand boy

This music is just so beautiful. I hope that the official ost version will be released soon. This is the kind of music I love in dramas. As you might know from my comments in the past, fellow Beanies, I am often critical of music choices in dramas. I’ll take instrumental pieces such as this over any catchy pop songs or ballads (especially in Saeguks!).

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There was some emotional and powerful acting from Lee Jong-seok at the end of episode 4 (or 2, if you go by hour-long episodes) of Hymn of Death. His character has been too calm until now. Also, it\’s nice to see Lee Jong-seok show some spark. His acting style tends to be very subdued. I kept waiting to see some life in his character, and I was glad to finally get it.

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Loving that haunting instrumental piece played at the end of each episode of Children of Nobody.

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I’m getting Lisbeth Salander (from the film versions of the Millenium Series) and Ji-an (Mr. Ajusshi) vibes from Nam Gyu-ri’s character. #childrenofnobody #redmoonbluesun

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In my version of the Guest, Park Il-do would have been revealed to be none other than Gong Yoo!!! How about that for the ultimate Coffee Prince reunion?
😉

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    No , PID is pure evil , and Gong Yoo has no evil bone in him at all , he should be St.Michael the ArchAngel 😀😀

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      🙂

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      I was thinking that Gong Yoo could have played the host of Park Il-do. He didn’t have to be evil from the start.
      😉

      If the drama would have shown the angels and other good beings, then that would have been another opportunity for a great cameo, I agree.

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    Gong Yoo already become a zombie.
    So… 😏😏😏
    🤣🤣🤣🤣

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      But anything is possible in dramaland and movieland. 😉

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    Kinda late to react to your post but OMFG, it made me laugh my ass off 😂
    In that case, I would eagerly offer my body to possess.

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The Guest thoughts below:

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    I was right about the bones! If only the trio had tested out my theory by burning them. LOL
    (I guess that comes from watching episodes of Supernatural with my sis , lol). I mentioned in a reply to another Beanie’s comment that I never truly felt that Priest Yang was Park Il-do. I was just waiting for another twist. The reveal that Grandpa was the Big Bad was disappointing in the sense that Haraboji was such a sweet person, and he was the only true family left in Hwa-pyung’s life. Was there anything at all left of Grandpa during those twenty years of possession? How could such an evil spirit have been able to mimic goodness to the extent that he completely fooled those around him, especially Hwa-pyung, who lived with him for a long time (how did Hwa-pyung have no inkling of the truth?). While it might have been easier to fool others, how could he have pulled the wool over Hwa-pyung’s eyes?

    The ending was kind of bittersweet. I felt pained for Hwa-pyung, and I would have hated him to die after all that he went through. And to see him possessed and fighting that possession–how terrible!
    I would have liked for him to be able to lead a normal life, but till the very end, he will continue to be on the lookout for Sohn.

    Speaking of Sohn, wasn’t that scene in which the possessed Hwa-pyung tells Priest Yoon that he has gone by many names throughout the ages quite powerful? In many cultures, there seems to be that belief that knowing the name of something or someone gives you power over that something or someone. Here, Sohn is telling the Priest that the latter has no power. Sohn has come in many incarnations, with countless names. In view of the postscript left by the director of the drama, this makes sense. Sohn is a metaphor for the darkness in mankind. Evil persists because that darkness is ever present. For as long as there is greed, anger, hate, etc., there will be Sohn.

    As for our trio, I am glad that they made it out alive. I hope that they can find some happiness in life. As least they can turn to their friendship and strengthen one another.

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      Yeah they could’ve burnt the bones! Totally a missed opportunity. But I guess it wouldn’t have worked, probably because he was in grandpa’s body for so long or since he’s a superior spirit it wouldn’t have worked.

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      about grandpa is Park Il do and why HP never suspect it before
      here my thought:

      Grandpa accepted PID

      in the flashback in ep 16, grandpa said he will do anything what PID want but don’t harm his grandson, which is HP

      and based on Priest Yang, when human accepted the evil spirit and already stayed for a long time, it would be hard to detect it

      and if i’m not mistaken, after the incident 20 years ago, little HP is not stayed with Grandpa but with their relatives, and I assume HP had just returned to grandpa’s when he was a teenager or adult..
      and PID loves HP (at least as a good vessel for him) so he really treat HP well (well it’s means not gonna makes him die) while waiting until HP’s crack become bigger or when HP accept him voluntary

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        Good points @nomunamu.

        I wonder, though, how much of a role the host plays. Is the host just an empty vessel? We know that the lesser spirits prey upon the real thoughts/desires/emotions of the bodies they inhabit, but how much of the host is an active player afterwards? In grandpa’s case, was there any bit of his real self left when he interacted with Hwa-pyung or was everything Park Il-Do? And LOL, regarding your last sentence. I guess that Park Il-do does have a twisted love for Hwa-pyung.

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          I’m not sure about grandpa
          I also confused about why he got stabbed by dad in the first place…
          I mean dad is already possessed, so PID is his master right? why attacked grandpa (based on HP’s vision)? or it’s just a PID’s trick so HP’s crack become bigger? 🧐

          but I also really think a host has something to do with a spirit inside them
          at least at the first couple of minutes

          it’s about give in or not,
          evil spirit eat your soul
          it becomes fast when you give in (brothers from sharing hand) — he completely take over all of you

          but, when you not
          (like a girlfriend and HP’s case)
          we could see a mind battle within that possessed body, sometimes they conscious/we can see their true self resurface

          haha sorry for long theory
          I can’t wait until the recap is out and read all beanies’ comments

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          yeaah the twisted love 😝 lol
          and sure, a true sadistic — he loves to see HP suffer

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      I was SUPER disappointed in the big reveal. I hated that grandpa was PID.

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        the whole “Grandpa is possessed and will explain the entire plot in a blurry super long monologue” scene was teeeeerrible !!!! TERRIBLE !

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One of the cute scenes from Shopping King Louis (especially the garlic part, lol)

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    This show is soooo silly and absurd but somehow I love it!

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      And there wasn’t a character I hated, as far as I can remember. 🙂

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Oops! Regarding my last post, I meant episode thirteen.

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The Guest, Episode 14, question:

Could the shaman, Yook Kwang, have come across the bones of Park Il-do? I wonder if the demon’s powers might be connected to his earthly remains. In the other possession cases, there would be some physical link to the power of the possessing spirits (remember the blade in the case of the young medium who was possessed?). If his bones are indeed buried near the grounds of Priest Yoon’s old home(?), perhaps they can be destroyed, therefore defeating the Big Bad.

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I haven’t watched mainland Chinese dramas, but this poster (yes, the poster alone) has made me interested in this upcoming drama. Title: Records of the Southern Mist House

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Every time the vice-premier mentions the unborn grandchild upon whom he is resting his future success, I keep thinking, \”But what if it\’s a girl?\” You need a backup plan, Mister.

#100DaysMyPrince

P.S.

He probably does. He might turn to the good ol’ baby-swicheroo method we’ve seen in other Saeguks. LOL

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100 Days My Prince/Plot Predictions

If we are headed for a somewhat happy ending, this is what I imagine happening:

The Crown Princess is removed from her position (I won’t say executed because I don’t know if the show will go there). The marriage between her and Yul is annulled.
Crown Prince Yul abdicates the throne and his younger brother becomes the successor.
Yul is able to live in conjugal bliss with Yi Seo/Hong-shim.

Am I being too optimistic?

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    That wouldn’t be happy for the country know?

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      I think that his younger brother is decent. He would probably make a good ruler. And since we are living in a fantasy drama, anything is possible. 🙂

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    It’s the happy ending that I want. I can’t imagine Hong shim live as crown princess. She’s been a peasant longer than a noble, I don’t think she wants to live in a palace.

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      Neither can I. She needs to be free. I think that palace life would kill her spirit.

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🙁

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Last post continued:

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In lieu of the comments on Mr. Sunshine and Beanies mentioning freedom fighters from their own countries, I thought I would share some pictures of resistance fighters from the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. I have not done as much reading on the subject as I should, but Southern Italy had its own fighters that resisted Italian unification (which finally took place in 1871). Italian unification was always taught as the best thing that happened to (what would become known as the nation of) Italy, and history books spoke of the downtrodden peoples of the South welcoming the likes of Giuseppe Garibaldi with open arms, so to speak. My parents were taught pretty much the same when they were in school. It was many years later, after they had immigrated to the United States, that they began to explore their roots and read alternative histories. I am not knowledgeable on the subject, but I just wanted to share some information with you. The brigands might have been romanticized in alternative histories, but official history was definitely written by the victors.

Sicily is an island nation that has been colonized and dominated by countless rulers, and the Northern Italian forces were the last in a long list. At this point, however, Italy has become a unified nation and what happened cannot be undone.

Side note: the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies encompassed both the Kingdoms of Naples and Sicily and it lasted from about 1815 to 1860 (when Garibaldi Giuseppe Garibaldi landed in Sicily).
Second side note: I should definitely do more reading on the subject in the future, but I have enough on my plate already. LOL

I will share some pictures now: The first four are of Michelina Di Cesare, one of the more famous and romanticized resistance fighters (a lot of poems were written about her); the other pictures are of other fighters, including a number of women.

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    Amazing! They got female shhoters like Ae Shin too. Thank you for sharing!

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      Yes, they did! And you’re welcome. Michelina Di Cesare was the most well known of the female fighters. She was beautiful and fierce, like Ae-shin. 🙂

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      I should also add that Michelina, and others like her, met gruesome ends. If you search online, you can find the pictures, but they aren’t pleasant. I must warn you.

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    I’d definitely love to do more reading on this subject also! Thanks so much for sharing this!

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      You’re welcome. I do not know how much is written in English. And I fear that many of the English-language sources would be influenced by officially history records. These fighters have been called Briganti, which is a term that carries a lot of negative connotations. There is no denying that the mafia had its roots in brigandage, but I do believe that there was a group of resistance fighters truly fighting against the Northern Italians. The “Briganti” label encompassed a large group of people, many with ill intentions and others, I believe, with good intentions. And it’s also a lot easier to dismiss a group of people by throwing such a label at them.

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Has anyone picked up The Court Dancer, by Shin Kyung-sook? It takes place in the 1890s, a little bit before the events of Mr. Sunshine. I am not sure how much time the story will actually cover. Here is a link to the plot summary:

https://www.amazon.com/Court-Dancer-Novel-Kyung-Sook-Shin/dp/1681777878/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1538416240&sr=1-1&keywords=the+court+dancer

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    I’m currently reading it ! So far I like it!

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      I’m reading it as well, but I am not progressing as fast as I would like. I am a slow reader and I am also busy, but I do like what I have read so far.

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        Yeah, same. I started 2-3 weeks ago but I don’t have much time and now I’m working.. I think I have read 200 pages. What about you?

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          I am at about 150 pages. I try to read a little bit at a time.

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            Ok so we’re almost at the same part. Enjoy 😊
            I really need to read more often but not easy the new flow of dramas 😂

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Here are some of my thoughts on Mr. Sunshine ep. 24. Please see my reply. I might re-post this on the final recap.

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    While I don’t think that Eugene is completely emotionally detached from Joseon’s cause, Ae-shin has been and will always be his raison d’etre. All that he has done and will continue to do will be for her. In many ways, Eugene’s character has functioned in a chiefly supportive—and traditionally feminine—role.

    For Ae-shin, on the other hand, the Cause will always take precedence over Eugene. I can’t blame her for this because she is fighting for something bigger than herself. In fact, she is fighting for both her own generation and the generations to follow. Yes, she loves Eugene, but she has to focus on the bigger picture. Ever since her grandfather’s death, she has committed herself to fully living as a freedom fighter; this is no part-time gig for her. I could see the benefit of having no lovers or family ties if one has to live such a life. While she has told Eugene to free himself from her on more than one occasion, the latter, living only for her, cannot make such a choice.

    Eugene’s sacrifice at the end made sense for his character. And his actions once again benefited the Righteous Army, even if the chief motivation behind those actions was love for one woman.

    I should have known that Eugene would die. Why was I not even thinking about that?

    Dong-mae’s death, on the other hand, seemed obvious from the first moment he stepped onto the screen. I felt it coming, even if I was still taken aback by it when it finally happened.

    Heesung’s death was another shocker. Interestingly enough, when the promotional material on the other characters started coming out, I remember commenting that both the Dong-mae and Heesung would die…that I was getting that feeling from both characters. And yet, as I watched the drama, I must have forgotten my initial prediction. Heesung’s death shocked and saddened me.

    To the world outside, he might have lived a frivolous, meaningless existence, but little did most people know how much he was actually doing for the cause. Should we get a mini drama that follows the discovery of his buried pictures?

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      When Hee Sung him brought his seamstress and the kid to his parents for protection, I was hoping he would survive to show his parents that his seamstress wife would be a good choice. When the Japanese let Hee Sung go after realizing he’s a nobleman, I hoped his sly use of his status would help him survive. When Hee Sung warned the “Anything you want” guys to leave because they will be found out and in danger for providing the bomb, I also saw hope that Hee Sung would survive. Then…he didn’t watch out for himself. His anonymous newspaper was not so anonymous after all. His death was devastating. The ONE nobleman to see Joseon’s real situation gets knocked out of the story. More than Mr. Sunshine himself, Hee Sung brings the sunshine to every scene he was in…even in his last scene. So hard to watch. So devastating.

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Oh, Mr. Sunshine! 🙁

#sadending #powerfulmovingmoments

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I think I just leveled up without realizing it. LOL

#Errandboy #Beaniestatusupgrade

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Thoughts on Mr. Sunshine Episode 23 in Reply, which will be posted soon:

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    What an emotional episode! That cannot be denied, even if the episode was weak in terms of plot development. One example: Eugene cannot accompany Ae-shin because he is an outsider, and the headquarters/hiding spot of the Righteous Army cannot be comprised. And yet everyone and their mother (such as the former Pawn Shop/Fac Totem duo) walk into the camp of the rebels with no problem. Example two: the Japanese interpreter just happened to have made a copy of Takashi Mori’s list of Righteous Army members, which leads to the events of the final scene. Hmmm….I guess so. But how convenient it was for this revelation to appear at the penultimate episode.

    Plot criticisms aside, this definitely was an emotional episode. RIP Kudo Hina/Lee (?) Yang-hwa (I believe that was her Korean name, please correct me if I am wrong).

    Powerful acting from our all our leads. But I think that the strongest point of the show has always been the performances.

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed for an awesome finale (although, in terms of the Korean struggle, this will mark just the beginnng of the long fight).

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      I cried through most of the episode but also had some of the same thoughts as you.
      One of the saddest scenes (among many) was the emperor asking if there was ANY news about his country in the NYT. Especially after reading about the history and what really happened to Korea under Japan. It was so sad.
      Dreading watching the ending today……..
      🙁

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      Maybe because Eugene did not want to be a part of the righteous armies while the others that came volunteered to be one? But I wonder why they allowed that mother and her child in. Wouldn’t it be dangerous?

      That part is a little bit jarring. If the list is that important, the japanese armies should already have it a long time ago, Takashi Mori is their comrade after all. But they still need a traitor like Lee Dok Mun to connect the dots because he could linked the name to a face.

      The performances of the leads and the supporting casts are really convincing 😭.

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        “Maybe because Eugene did not want to be a part of the righteous armies while the others that came volunteered to be one?”

        Yes, membership is key. But when we see the pawn shop duo, they just walk up to the Righteous Army camp. They weren’t seen joining beforehand; they just walk in with no problem. That’s the little detail that seemed a bit sloppy. I get that the writer wanted to be dramatic, but it didn’t make sense.

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