Beanie level: Errand boy

AMA Beanies and JinJin fans rejoice 😀 He will be on Yanxi Palace spin off coming to Netflix by the end of December and his “judging you” face game is still going strong.

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    Why have the spin-off on Netflix when the original won’t even be on??

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    Need to see him singing Poison 😭

    I wish Arsenal gets licensed by Netflix too. I really don’t like that viki grabbed the subs from iQiyi and how they didn’t even bother fixing the formatting!

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    I don’t like the bald Qing hairstyle but Ji Jin still looks good 🙈😂

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      He is still cute 🙈

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      Here is Xu Kai’s Clip of shaving his head for the Story of Yanxi Palace! https://twitter.com/lei_02/status/1202588650468339713

      From little of what I read about Wang Yi Zhe’s character, he’s the son of Fu Heng (which was Xu Kai’s character from season 1)??

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        How appropriate to be his son 😂

        Maybe it’s time I check out Yanxi Palace. I’ve just not been in the mood for palace intrigue stories.

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        Iirc he’s not biologically his son 😅 it was the emperors son but he adopted him as his own. I think it was a plot to entrap Xu Kai’s character as she loved him.

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    There is a spinoff!? Yanxi is one of my favorite cdramas! Weee! Hopefully it also features a kickass smart woman and is just as good.

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I know my wall looks pretty grim now, but I can\’t stop thinking about it this week in the light of all recent event. 30 yrs anniversary of Montreal Massacre https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/04/mass-shooting-1989-montreal-14-women-killed

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Welp, 2 admitted rapes = 3 yrs probation for Kang JiHwan, because victims didn\’t resist enough …
https://twitter.com/koryodynasty/status/1202420753469075456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

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    Wt? Didn’t resist enough? It sounds like a joke but sadly not. If this happened here, he would be jailed and caned.

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      What “here” do you refer to? Is it Singapore? This world is sad lately, or maybe has always been but we never heard of it. I’ll be surprised if still there is somewhere one can expect justice and live without fear of safety. But if it’s Singapore you’re talking about then yes probable.

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        Yes, I’m Singaporean. Never felt unsafe as a woman here. There’s little corruption so justice is duly served.
        Sex crimes including molestation are the most common ones which men get jailed and caned. Btw, women don’t get caning for any offence
        On the flip side, people find our system barbaric.

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          This is debatable but I have seen societies remain more civil when there are stricter punishments and laws.

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    Oh god! I hate this world enough, all the news i have read since morning are so horrid! (All about rapes). This is just so sad.

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Well, it\’s not that bad, although they\’ll appeal for sure. Cynic in me didn\’t believe any of those involved will go to prison.
https://www.soompi.com/article/1368504wpp/jung-joon-young-and-choi-jong-hoon-sentenced-to-prison-for-sexual-assault

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    I thought they would stall and get out of any prison sentence. At least this is some justice for the victims.

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    I wish they had a longer sentence but it’s still good news!

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I had a real scare when I tried to access Dramabeans earlier and got only big logo and notice that great things will happen soon!!!

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https://www.soompi.com/article/1368023wpp/reporter-kang-kyung-yoon-reveals-goo-hara-helped-her-uncover-chatroom-case-involving-jung-joon-young
It\’s so sad that female idols had to project this bubbly airhead image to be successful, when they have so much more to offer.
p.s. Don\’t read comments under the article.

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I counted how many dramas I live watched this year so far, and clearly I don\’t have a life.

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    Yes you do. It is just that kdramas are apart of it.

    You’re fine. Everything is fine.

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    I’m jealous, you will have so many Beans soon!

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    Who needs a life? K dramas ARE life. We are ok. They will not lock us in padded white rooms will they? …nah. We’re ok.

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    Wow! I’ll be lucky if I complete 10 this year.

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    I’m at 27 too. I admit I have no life. But I also don’t think I watch that much television. I efficiently have no life, I guess lol.

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@wishfultoki, our discussion bring me back to another crazy, real life story of cross dressing and espionage in modern China https://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/02/world/asia/02shi.html

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    Whooa. that’s… interesting. I`m sorry for her she had to live like that because of her folks; really sick folks.

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      But it was a lie too. He was a man from the start.

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        😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶😶

        Clearly I wasn’t reading properly. This is so messed up.

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    😮🤔🙃 crazy story !

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    Wow, that is crazy. How he even managed to fool his lover is… interesting.

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      Little to no knowledge and experience about sex, that’s why sex ed is so important 😉

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I can\’t believe Jang DongYeon was living his like real life kdrama hero, before he became one, LOL. Catching robbers, saving lives.
http://www.hanyangian.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=575

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I was exited for Li Xian in historical garb, now I’m not so sure, bring back too much memories.


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    Loll but I think the bangs are more disturbing.

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      I don’t know what the stylist was thinking, it’s just look tragic however you look at this, the rest of the cast has typical wigs in trailer.

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        Chinese wigs are usually quite good. Luck must have ran out and it had to be on Li Xian!!!

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          Yes, Chinese dramas have really good wigs for guys, even when they have bangs like Deng Lun in Ashes of Love, it looked very attractive, so what had happened here???

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        Omg! What did they do to Li Xian 😭😭 I hate that fringe..

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    I hated the wig when I first saw it. Poor Li Xian!

    But I saw some pictures where his hairstyle changed. Maybe there’s hope? We need some life changing event for this hero sooner than later!

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      Oh, I hope so, even Li Xian can’t save this abomination.

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    I’ll still watch it 😆 some dramas have awful wigs and makes you question WHY would they do that?

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      Exactly! This and Jang Sejong’s wig in My Country are prime contenders for Hair Disasters of 2019 awards.

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    The hairdresser probably has a crush on Lixian. He/She want Lixian for him/herself. I can’t find better explanation for this monstrousity.
    Even cute girls like Zoey Deschanel or Zendaya will look ugly with that bang.

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    When I first saw the trailer I thought he was Wu Lei from Fight Break Sphere 😆 the bad hair is too similar.

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Something for Halloween, first Chinese horror movie.

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“Ashes of Love” is overhyped imho, yes, you get talented leads and few good episodes to hook you up but then have to wait 40+ episodes for any development.

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    It could’ve been so much better.

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      Yeah, there was huge potential for that show but it has so many issues really, the writing and production being the biggest one.

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    SPOILERS
    I kind of agree, I did feel frustrated during the middle and I might have skipped through the scenes of the demon princess and her boyfriend but I still really enjoyed the show, it has some really spectacular moments, I think the sequence with Deng Lun dying at the wedding was the best part of the show. Thought Ashes of Love was my first Chinese fantasy drama so it got away with using some of the tropes too and felt new.

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    I’m guilty of raving about it all the time, doing multiple re-watches of it, and I do consider it as one of my top Chinese dramas but when it comes down to it, you’re right, the plot isn’t something new, but what captured me (and still does even after so many rewatchings) is the acting and the chemistry, not just between Deng Lun and Yang Zi (who have known each other and have been friends off-camera for 10+ years) but between the entire younger cast 🙂

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      Oh yes, the young cast was really good (they saved the drama for me), the seniors didn’t impress me so much. What was really funny for me, that despite having really, but really great chemistry the kisses between Deng Lun and Yang Zi were Park Shin Hye level of awkward, I couldn’t help but laugh.
      And in the end it wasn’t about not liking the drama, because I liked a lot of it a lot, but I wonder if such a lengthy dramas with poor plot are worth time spent on them.

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    I personally loved Ashes of Love and have already watched it twice 😅 It’s one of my favorite cdramas. It does have its issues but I still loved it (just like how The Untamed had its issues, it’s still my favorite one).

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    I loved the journey of ashes of love but it definitely wasnt rewatchable cause after the mortal realm arc everything felt so slow and the lack of male lead scenes started to piss me off cause I wanted more moments with them. Don’t get me wrong Runyu had amazing development, I just wish that was also given to Xufeng and Jin Mi’s relationship. Their reuniting with the demon wedding will forever be underwhelming to me

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    The writer focused so much on the second lead and developed his character really well but at the expense of the leads’ (Phoenix in particular) screen time & character development. The book is much better than the drama version.

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Yay!!! At this year\’s Noble, well deserved, I love Olga Tokarczuk\’s books!

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    I haven’t read her yet. What do you recommend starting with?

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      I like her earlier novels the best : “Primeval and Other Times”, “House of Day, House of Night” and I would recommend them for starters, she has a very specific style, rather slow paced and meditative but not long winded.

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I\’m not Chinese youth but I\’m guilty of this habit too, and funnily enough even with increased speed I\’m not missing any of subtitles be it Chinese or Korean drama, pacing is real issue here.
https://supchina.com/2019/09/30/extreme-binge-watching-chinas-youth-are-streaming-at-accelerated-speeds-to-save-time/

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    I understand why they do this but it alters the viewing experience depending on the type of drama. If it should be watched carefully and a lot of attention went into directing, writing and acting, it’s a pity for the staff.

    I wonder who decide on episodes length. As for the episode numbers, the merrier there are, the more they get money. Starting Kdramas was hard for me since one hour was really long, especially for dramas who didn’t have enough content even for the standard length and episodes number. Cdramas have too many episodes. I don’t watch a lot because of that. They should adapt to the new kind of viewers who will prefer shorter episodes and/or lesser episodes for a drama. It will be a benefit for the writing since writers will have to learn to be more focused (hopefully!) on the most important parts.

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      I think it depends on drama, there are ones that I speeded up and enjoyed more that way and ones that it wasn’t needed at all. But if it’s a trend it’s not a problem with a viewers but with dramas, as I wrote earlier, I need subtitles, and with most speeded up dramas there isn’t any problem with reading them at all, it’s very telling.

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        Yeah, if you (and I) have no problem reading subs when episodes are sped up, they need to re-think their directing and writing. I just can’t understand how they can expect people to watch Cdramas with so many episodes.

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    I have that habit as well. Most of kdramas are even more enjoyable that way, because even on speed 1,5 you don’t see the difference. Most of the time I’m watching a drama in the night so by not being noisy I’m watching it without sound. It’s a long time I’ve enjoyed a drama without speed button and with a sound and I like Nokdu for now. I don’t have any spare time, but this one is en exemption.

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    lots of people do this!!! with everything loool im guilty too. ur absolutely right about pacing although i should be a purist about it lmao

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    While I consider the FF button to be essential–especially for bloated Chinese dramas—I hadn’t considered watching at higher speeds. I’ve done it for audio books, though. Like damn fool, the only way I could finish The Time Traveler’s Wife in time for my book club was to listen at 2-3x speed. Which is hilarious for sex scenes. I don’t think the author envisioned readers/listeners cracking up at the sound of a chipmunk voice narrating the sexy bits.

    I agree 100% that respect goes both ways with content. The primary purpose of broadcast and web TV is to make money. But audiences want well-constructed stories. I’m glad hear there’s pushback on overly long Chinese dramas. I think Japan’s 10-12 number is just right because Kdramas are beginning to feel like a stretch at 16 not to mention 20+.

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They killed an Igutu in Vagabond (ep.3) 😀

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Promo song for The Longest Day in Chang’an
Pretty things to look at and listen to for Friday.

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The Longest Day in Chang’an poster by Three To Media studio

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Hits you right in aesthetics 😉
The Longest Day in Chang’an

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Just how awsome this posters are The Longest Day in Chang’an

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Love The Longest Day in Chang’an OST eerily beautiful and lyrics use Li Bi poems.

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    AWESOME! Thanks for the reminder! I need to get back to this show. I love love the colours, the intricate details and all.

    For decades, I have never been pleased with the display of Chinese aesthetics on tv/movies. Very few dramas and shows can bring out the beauty of traditional art. Most were gaudy and of poor taste.

    Now that Chinese productions are booming, their sets, costumes, props and cinematography are visual delights! I am also a sucker for traditional music re-arranged or selected to suit modern tastes.

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    I saw one ost mv before, it looks so beautiful , will watch it but have other dramas to finish before that ^^’

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