Beanie level: Errand boy

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s films are usually a visual treat, but I’m particularly taken with Padmavati. I especially love the clothing for the men. I also love the chemistry between our leads.

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    The leads ended up marrying so the chemistry was also very real!

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      I actually meant the chemistry between Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. Deepika and Ranveer didn’t actually have any scenes together in Padmavati. But I agree about the latter’s chemistry. They worked well together in Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani.

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I\’m kind of getting an Apostle-Paul-redemption-vibe for the character of Bae Yi-kang in Nokdu Flower. Admittedly, this is not a perfect comparison, as the former came from among the elite class, but there is the common thread of former oppressor becoming a champion of those whom he had oppressed. (Baek Yi-Kang is more of the brute force acting on the orders of the establishment, but he is still no friend of the people at this point, although I believe it is due to his own identity issues.) I know that I could have picked a better example for comparison purposes, but this one just came into my head. LOL

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    It’s fitting since this is very much related to religious beliefs.
    I see the same thing in relation to Paul. He was going from house to house persecuting the church and it’s followers until he was struck blind. That experience led to his conversion.
    Yi-Kang is probably on the “struck blind state” being caught and almost hung to death by the people. It’ll probably take a little while before he joined them.

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      Yes, it will take some time. I like how you put it. That he is in the “‘struck blind state.'”

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    Ooh, I like that comparison. I also think of Lee Kang-to from Gaksital, though he held onto his former identity as a disguise as long as he could — whereas with Yi-kang the “oppressor” identity has been forcibly and publicly “killed” and a new identity given. So more similar to Paul being struck blind, like @kiara said.

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      Thank you. Yes, there is definitely similarities there as well. I just hope that younger brother will not end up pulling a Shunji on us.

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        Oh no, I hope not. I can already guess that these two will wreck me, but Shunji was on another level.

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A few days ago I watched the Japanese film, Sweet Bean. The basic plot is simple, but this was such a beautiful-made and touching film. The story follows two individuals who have been isolated from society (for one reason or another) and shows how they are brought together through food, in this case, the red-bean-paste filling of dorayaki pastries. There is a third character, whose life is also changed. I won’t give away any more of the plot in case any Beanies are interested.

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A music video for my first fan-wall post in almost a month.

🙂

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Korean Snacks?! I had to enter this giveaway.
#lisasee #theislandoftheseawomen #jejuisland

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    Cool! Thanks for sharing. Just last week I went to listen to her talk about her new book.

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    Thanks for posting this, I didn’t know she had a new book coming our. *runs to the library

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      Yes! I placed on a hold on a copy. I haven’t read her other books, but this subject particularly interested me.

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        One of the perks of living near the smallest library within a larger interlibrary loan system is that they are not required to add their new releases to the pool from which the countywide holds are taken. (This is to ensure their shelves are not perpetually bare). So I almost always can get the new releases on the day they come out.

        So it is now in my grubby paws, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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          That’s great! If you can, please let me know what you think about it. 🙂

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Ugh….unnecessary drama till the last minute.

#crownedclown #atleasttheinstrumentalsoundtrackwasgood

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    Basically the ONLY thing I liked about it was the superb instrumental and the way the drama ended with that black screen with the write writing.

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Every time I watch Tamna (a hidden gem; I would recommend the twenty-one episode version to my fellow Beanies), I ask myself “what is William’s secret to language learning?” I mean, the guy is pretty much in a cave for the first five episodes, but he emerges from it speaking a mixture of Korean and the local Jeju dialect. What is his secret?
#ifonlydramalifewereareality #canilearnlanguagesinmysleep? #whenyou’repastthecriticalperiodforlanguageabsorption #whenyourbrainisnotaspongebutasieve

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    Video credit: Viki’s YouTube Channel. I tried my best to screencap one of the funniest moments of the show. I believe you might be able to find the longer longer version on Viki (the version uploaded to YouTube is the sixteen-episode one). I bought the Director’s Cut a number of years ago from Amazon.

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LOL. Ha Sun has a new fanboy. 🙂

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When it\’s been so called that 37° F feels like Spring.

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    and when a five-day span includes -4 and 70 degrees.

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      It hasn’t been in the negative where I live, although certain mornings were close. Today we have reached almost 60 ° F. It’s crazy!

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    I noticed my typo, lol. I meant, “cold.”

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For a different take on the zombie genre, but still in a Western context, I would recommend the film, Maggie. Not heavy on the action, Maggie is more about a father/daughter bond and the grim choices facing a parent when his child is infected with a virus for which there is no cure.

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So glad that I could finally watch Kingdom. I have one more episode to go. From what I\’ve read (spoiler free), there will be quite a cliff hanger.

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Crowned Clown episode 7

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    I somehow was reminded of Snow White when guard Jang Moo-Young was commanded to take Ha-Sun into the woods and kill him. And now, Lee Hun wants Moo-Young to bring back proof of our clown’s death. Although, instead of the victim’s heart, our guard was tasked with bringing back Ha-Sun’s head.

    I wonder if Moo-Young is secretly relieved that Ha-Sun survived. That final scene of the episode was powerful (although, how did he not see Ha-Sun just hanging there, lol).

    Our Guard might be angry at having been kept in the dark (and his life was at stake), but I think he will end up supporting Ha-Sun. The latter did not hesitate to step in the way of danger to save him. Just as our royal secretary is growing very fond of Ha-Sun, I think that Moo-Young will start to feel the same.

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Is there any chance at all that Beanies like me–who don\’t want Netflix–will ever get to watch Kingdom?
🙁

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    If you’re on rabbit, maybe you could watch it with someone there.

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      I accidentally caught part of it on Rabbit while waiting for our weekly Last Empress festival.

      Unfortunately, it was the last half of the final ep, so now I know how it ends but not how it starts.

      Sigh.

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      I’m not on Rabbit and I’m not familiar with it. I just did a quick search online, lol!

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    If you just want to see Kingdom, Netflix has a free trial. You have to remember to cancel before the trial period is over, but one thing I love about Netflix is that it’s super easy to cancel, just like 2-3 clicks. You don’t have to call in and wait 2 hours and promise your firstborn like some other services. When there’s nothing on there that I want to watch, I cancel it, and then start again if something shows up.

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      That’s good to know. I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks!

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Awwwww……

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Does anyone know if the Red Moon, Blue Sun story narrated at the end is based on an actual children\’s story?

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That last scene at the end of Children of Nobody really got me. It was so sad. How can Woo-kyung find healing? At this point, she seems too broken. How can one move on at this point? As for the overall conclusion, I don’t know what I feel right now. It seemed to end so suddenly. I will miss hearing that eerie instrumental piece every week.

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    Me too! I’m gonna miss this melancholic mystery drama. The writer of MOTA should take notes from her about how to keep a drama relevant. It should have got more recognition. I love the writer and how she comes back with a new mother-child related mystery each time.

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      I haven’t watched this writer’s others works. I started playing the first episode of Village of Achiara, but I was thrown off by the opening scene. I guess I didn’t like the acting from the foreign extras, lol. I might try it again one day.

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Looking at lovely images to strengthen my current hair goals:

credit first photo: @theseamstressofrohan

second: @agnieszka_lorek

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Continuing my thoughts from the last post…

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    While I have been suspicious of Woo-kyung’s sunbae, Yoon Tae-joo, now that there has been more attention paid to his character in this episode, I can’t help but feel that that we might be getting another mislead. He is most likely Eun-ho’s brother, but it’s still questionable whether or not he is ultimately Red Cry. But I do think that he reconnected with Eun-ho and might have told him the story about his abandonment at the lighthouse.

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      Yoon Tae Joo is the most suspicious now. He could easily get all the informations he needed, he’s smart, he had the opportunies. I wonder how the both are tied by the lighthouse.

      The excuse that Eun Ho understood the dead baby just by watching HaNa was pretty weak. You don’t torture someone like that if you have just an intuition.

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        Yes, he remains highly suspicious. I’ve been suspicious of him since I first saw him, lol! But I still think that we might be in for more shocking revelations regarding the whole Red Cry identity and the community of Red Cry supporters.

        I also agree that the explanation Eun-ho gave was not convincing.

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    I know this writer is famous for red herrings, but if sunbae is not Red Cry and he didn’t find out about SK through hypnotizing WK with that music box, I don’t know how else Red Cry might have found out about it.
    The second WK became transfixed by the music box I was sure HaNa told him about the buried baby when she saw it.

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      I agree that he is the strongest candidate so far, and as I mentioned in my previous post, he is privy to the most information (much of that information coming directly from Woo-kyung ). I always thought that he might be the one who caused (maliciously or not) Woo-kyung to be seen in a suspicious light because of how much information he could gather from her. And the cases always had some connection to her, or more accurately, the center for which she has been working.

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    Have you watched the recent episode?

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      I haven’t watched Thursday’s episode yet, if that’s what you mean. I watched what would be (full-length) episode fourteen.

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Children of Nobody ep: 27/28:

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    I must admit that I have been suspicious of Wook-yung’s sunbae for a while now. I felt like he was privy to so much information and would be a good candidate for our Red Cry killer. I also could see him as a master manipulator. The latest episode focused a bit more on his character, whom we’ve only seen on very few occasions but who still managed to arouse the suspicions of my inner sleuth–after all, this is a thriller, and everyone should be a suspect at one point or another! 🙂 Even so, this could be yet another mislead.

    I think my suspicions on the Se-kyung front (which I discussed last week) might be warranted.

    I’m excited for the coming episodes!

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      the ones who handle hana case after WK right?
      if we are talking about the same person, true… my detective conan radar is pinging

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        It’s the male psychologist we’ve seen here and there but who was shown more episodes 27/28. Was he the one who took over Hana’s case?

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Children of Nobody Episode 25/26 (or full-length episode 13). Please see reply.

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    The little girl in the green dress was called Se-kyung in that final scene. This makes me wonder. Is the Se-kyung in the hospital not the real Se-kyung? Did she take the place of that girl? And is the current Se-kyung really the the biological daughter of Woo-kyung’s stepmother? Perhaps she knows what really happened and became estranged from her mother long ago.

    My mind is coming up with all sorts of theories and I’m starting to wonder if Woo-kyung’s entire family is a fake one. Woo-kyung does seem to remember the stepmother coming into her life, so maybe that part is true. Then again, was she told this? How much does she actually remember. I might be getting ahead of myself here.

    While this second idea about Woo-kyung not belonging to this family at all may be far-fetched, I think that the above theory about Se-kyung not being the real Se-kyung might have some validity. The little girl in the green dress was called by that name, but the other little girl we’ve seen in Woo-kyung’s family photos (the younger version of the Se-kyung in the hospital) looks very different.

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      I was also thinking Woo-kyung might not be from this family due to the show’s title.

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      I haven’t thought of the possibility that there would be 2 Se-kyungs. I just assumed that Se-kyung is really girl in green dress. However, I seem to note that all photos of this girl is nowhere in the family photos. The other photos at stepmom’s home are photos of the 2 older girls (both more than 8 years old I guess)

      I also think that Se-kyung in the hospital is the biological sister of WK. Se-kyung had that argument with WK that she’s the real relative and not her stepmom so WK should side with her.

      Perhaps something really happened in WK’s family. I find it odd that Se-kyung spent 10 years abroad and became comatosed after she went home. Maybe she found out something that she shouldn’t?

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      I definitely think the current SK is not the real SK.

      I’m thinking something really bad happened involving WK, SK and the bio mom and the real SK died. Perhaps bio mom then killed herself. Dad covered it all up by replacing WK’s memories and maybe even marrying stepmom who was a single mother (and possibly a victim of abuse) with a daughter SK’s age who then “replaced” the dead SK. Stepmom’s daughter could have been young enough that she didn’t really remember and thought she was the real SK and because stepmom was a cold person, she grew up hating her. Perhaps SK discovered something while overseas that had her questioning things and that’s why she came home and fought with WK.

      Whew! It sounds a bit makjang written down, but I was thinking of how this drama started with the Park Ji Hye case, which WK felt strongly about, and the Si-wan case, which feels unfinished, and how they could possibly parallel WK’s. Abuse. Dead child. Parent who tried to cover it up. Dead sister. Child with hallucinations. Parents who want child to forget.

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        Yes, makjang indeed. Yet, somehow, I don’t mind that being the case for this show. Let’s see what other clues show up. I am sticking with the two Se-kyungs for now.

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      It seems that the photo of WK, SK and the mother was taken by a woman (I think I heard a feminine voice… probably Stepmother’s).

      One of the beans (I don’t remember who) theorized that Stepmum could be WK’s aunt…

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