Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Annyeonghaseyo, Gu Dong-mae ssi. Since I don’t think Ae-shin is going to happen for you — pick me, I’m available!

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    That’s the reason I don’t watch Mr Sunshine. I just don’t want him to have his heart broken. It’s too much to bear.

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      Yeah, it’s more than likely he’ll die tragically at the end, perhaps sacrificing himself for Ae-shin. I’m just accepting the fact. Which makes all his scenes that much more meaningful to me.

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Mr. Sunshine episode 8 thoughts coming your way, almost a whole week late, but whatever, that’s how I’m rolling.

Can I just say how amazing and different this story could have been if it was about Ae-shin and Dong-mae and they were endgame? There is so much tension between the two of them and the air is crackling and I am snapping. The entire chase sequence at the port city was incredibly well shot and handled. Ae-shin was a true heroine, fighting for the cause and leaping among the rooftops. Dong-mae was utterly shocked to see her there and couldn’t bring himself to kill her. Even when he shot her leg, he still looked like he’d offed a piece of his own soul. Their confrontation when he was sitting on the train tracks, hoping she wouldn’t come — GAH! My poor heart. I AM NOT OKAY.

Hmm, what else stood out to me this episode? Ae-shin flying into Eugene’s arms at the very end! I totally wasn’t expecting her to hug him so suddenly, but I do like where she and Eugene are headed emotionally and relationship-wise. (That is, as long as I don’t think about her what-could-have-been-romance with Dong-mae. Star-crossed lovers, when done well, is my weakness. I eat that stuff up.)

We’re a third of the way through this show! Ae-shin and Eugene are officially going to try this thing called “love.” Dong-mae is tragic and sexy and I really want him to have a happy ending somehow or other, or else a REALLY satisfying death scene in the penultimate episode. Kudo Hina still needs more to do, she looks bored all the time. Hee-sung is surprisingly layered but I’m worried that all that alcohol is going to give him liver failure soon. And Kyle’s poetry is crap, lol.

Can’t wait for new episodes this weekend!

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    😂😂😂 @ Kyle’s poetry is crap.

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    “Star-crossed lovers, when done well, is my weakness. I eat that stuff up.”

    Babe, your recap always makes me grin to satisfaction. It’s the med that I need with all the boringness I am going through at work. You know I thank you every seconds of my life for every dose of this, right? 💝 Yeah, I second your thought on how amazing the story could have been … but that will be a wistful dream.

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      Glad you enjoy my thoughts posts! Half the time I feel like I’m just rambling or gushing and not being that constructive, but I guess my thoughts are a lot more organized than I think they are!

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More Yoo Yeon-seok/Gu Dong-mae images. Because you’re welcome. #MrSunshine #episode7

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    He is sexy. Liken he oozes sex appeal. I didn’t finish RDK but that kiss scene in the first episode…Whew *fans self*

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Just finished Mr. Sunshine episode 7 and here are some thoughts. (I’m slow, I know. I had a weekend running around town, chose to catch up on Life on Mars first [OH MY GOD HOW ARE WE REACHING FINALE WEEK, HOW], and now am off to run a summer camp for the next two days, so thank goodness I’m not watching any weekday shows right now or else I would be so so behind.)

I must say that Mr. Sunshine is taking. It’s. Sweet. Time to get anything done. I understand why some Beanies have dropped the show because of the over-indulgent, lingering shots (total filler, as gorgeous as the cinematography and lighting are) and the inching plot. I, however, am perfectly okay with the ambling pace. This drama is first and foremost a romance. After that, it’s an historical political story. I don’t mind getting to know the characters over a long period of time because it’ll be that much more heartbreaking/gripping when the real stuff finally goes down in the show’s third act. I’m already very attached to everyone and am content with seeing their growth and learning more about their back stories. For now.

This is a show to savor, episode by episode, not rush through. I’m actually glad I’m live-watching it because I really might lose motivation if I was trying binge it.

Kim Tae-ri is such a delight to watch. She has a bright energy and such great interactions with everyone, especially the main male trio. I love her so much, especially when she’s in her all-black ensemble, doing parkour and firing shots in the dark like a badass.

I’m also still really intrigued by Kim Min-jung’s character and wish she was featured more in each episode. She’s wealthy, powerful, and smart, and truly has the ability to tip the scales however she wants. She chats up her hotel guests, pours them drinks, and throws them little bones of her manipulation. Show, give Kudo Hina more to do!

The boys are fine. Yoo Yeon-seok is MOAR than just “fine.” (Swoon.) Byun Yo-han is showing more dimensions and I am ALL FOR that slightly-garish-but-also-amazing brown velvet coat of his. Lee Byung-heon looks great with his perfectly-styled disheveled hair and baby’s butt-smooth skin.

And, as always, because it wouldn’t be one of my Mr. Sunshine “thoughts” posts without them, here are screenshots of my main squeeze YYS.

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    Agree with everything you said…all 3 male leads are interesting (and handsome) and I don’t know how I would pick if I was Lady Ae-Sin, oh wait my heart has already wavered to the bad boy lol

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    The acting is damn good, that’s for sure. And while the boys are all powerhouses in their own acting careers, the girls aren’t letting them upstage anyone!

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I have no shame. I sang the alphabet song along with them. #MrSunshine

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THEY DID IT. THEY DID IT. THEY PUT PPL IN MR. SUNSHINE WITH PARIS BAGUETTE. I (jokingly) predicted it weeks ago when I looked at the sponsors during the end credits. I AM REELING. 😂🤣 #MrSunshine

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Busy weekend, just now catching up on shows. But LOL the running joke that these two look alike will never not be funny! #MrSunshine

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    wait so is it the same actor?

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      They are different actors but because they really do look similar, the audience always has difficulty telling them apart. They are also regularly cast in Kim Eun-sook’s dramas, so it has become a running gag and she has actually written the joke into this show!

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    I would love to see an interview between these two men so I can listen to their voices and see if I can find a way to know who is who. They look like clones in the same hats and facial hair here.
    hah!

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Since I haven’t watched this week’s eps of WWWSK I can’t go on the Beanie wall to see if this question has already been answered due to massive spoilers: Where can I watch Life?! (I need subs.) Dramabeans is recapping and I’m so happy about that but I refuse to look at the recaps unless I’ve already watched the episodes. Thanks in advance!

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    The scuttlebutt from the comments says Netflix will be broadcasting “Life”
    on Aug. 8th for the US and August 4th for Asia.

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I might have sat staring at my blank computer screen for a while after the ending of Life on Mars episode 12, completely speechless. What an utterly incredible show.

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I don’t have any real concise thoughts on Mr. Sunshine episode 6. Just that I like this show more and more with each episode. The cinematography is the bee’s knees. The humor in this episode was pretty great (our male trio drinking was the BEST). And that Yoo Yeon-seok is still SLAYING. But that’s not news. 🙂

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Tag yourself. I’m Hee-sung: this whole scene had me cracking up. (But I’m usually Eugene when it comes to dealing with my rambunctious, noisy friends.) #MrSunshine

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    I can sway that I’m NOT Hee-seung. Probably Dong-Mae, watching humorously perplexed.

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    Dong-mae af! Contemplating why I’m there then coming to the conclusion that I may as well just end my friends for peace and quiet 😛

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    With my friends, I usually either have the exact same face Dong-mae has, or I have Eugene’s expression 😂😂😂

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Hee-sung is truly a bull in a China shop. (Korean bar??) His mouth is going to get him killed at this rate! 😂 #MrSunshine

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    The whole scene did depend on him and his comedic timing and he pulled it off flawlessly. Kim Eun-sook lucked out with some great actors for this show (I mean, she typically gets good actors to sign on to any of her shows at this point) and so far this is pretty much pitch perfect casting.

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    I still haven’t watched Misaeng! I’ve heard amazing things about it and it’s full of actors I really like but I just don’t know if I can watch a depressing story about real office life. Everyone always says that after they’ve watched it, they never feel like they can watch it again because it’s so heavy.

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      @tacourtn Interesting. You’re the first I’ve heard say that! Still, I’m not sure if it’s the show for me, but I’ll keep it on my to-watch list and when I’m having a real sunny moment in life maybe I’ll take that opportunity to finally check it out and see if it’s something I can roll with. 🙂

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Hee-sung better believe Dong-mae’s words if he gets him drunk lmao! #MrSunshine

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Hee-sung better watch his back and stop flaunting the fact that he’s Ae-shin’s fiance! #MrSunshine

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    I loved this scene. It’s like an old mystery movie where everyone in the scene knows just a little about the other, but Her-seung is the most clueless and Hina knows the most. I also love her red dress in this, it focused the scene for me—that and the close ups of all the men, lol.

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When everyone wants Ae-shin and then there’s smart-as-a-whip Kudo Hina over here who’s not impressed. 😂

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Bring on the bromance, even if it is very reluctant! #MrSunshine

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Why is this such a mood. 😂 And then his reaction when she kept telling him off in Korean! #MrSunshine

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    Lol 😂. Look on the bright side. If there are American neighbours being nosy about her husband, at least she can swear at them with her colourful korean vocabularies.

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I have leveled up to a chaebol’s poor doppelgänger! I’m blanking on any poor doppelgängers of chaebols, so, instead, here are more Yoo Yeon-seok screenshots. Gu Dong-mae’s fatal looks are certainly a cause for celebration!

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Mr. Sunshine episode 5 thoughts coming your way!

-> Yoo Yeon-seok continues to slay.
-> Why does Lee Byung-heon sound so emotionless when he speaks? Especially in English, his words just sound so stilted and monotone, it’s getting a little grating. I understand he’s very unfazed and hides behind a mask when it comes to his feelings, but for someone who spent the last almost ~30 years in America where he spoke English, I’d expect the color of his speech to reflect the rhythms of the English language a bit more…
-> David McInnis has won me over with his cocky ways and blue contact lenses!
-> I love that Ae-shin said that she was disappointed because all Hee-sung came with were the flowers, and then her maid said, As opposed to a gun or a sword? LMAO—Eugene and Dong-mae!
-> LOL When Hee-sung didn’t recognize his mother and tried to flirt with her. This boi is just uncontrollable trouble.
-> I loved the part when Ae-shin was having that awkward conversation with Hee-sung, saw Eugene, and got right up with the excuse that the American Legislation asked for her. Eugene’s slightly confused face was hilarious but I appreciate that he went along with it, even if it was obvious she was using him. Ae-shin looked so pleased that her escape worked! (Also, we all know Hee-sung doesn’t have a chance. As soon as he compared her to a flower, whatever slim chance he might still have had went down the drain.)
-> How is Ae-shin wearing her coat over her head supposed to keep people from realizing she’s Lady Ae-shin? Is it the hairstyle she has that is somehow recognizable? It seems stupid to me.
-> Eugene’s tiny close-lipped smiles are adorable. And make me wonder how much botox LBH has had because his face is just so dang smooth for a man of almost 50.
-> The incredible tension between Dong-mae and Ae-shin is top notch what I am HERE FOR. I was LIVING during that last scene! (Why can’t this show just be an angsty love story between the two of them? WAE?!)
-> 62 screenshots of YYS later, these episodes take me so long to watch because of pausing to look at his fatally attractive face, hair, clothes, eyes, and smirks. YYS is <3.

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    All good points!

    While I like Lee Byeong-heon’s overall performance, I do wish he would work on his inflections when speaking English. Side note: I also wish that some of the English dialogue were written better.

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      Some of the English dialogue does feel pretty clunky. David McInnis is doing what he can with the script and making it peppy and comedic, but Lee Byung-heon’s dramatic statements feel out of place, lol.

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        David Lee McInnis has been hit or miss with his line delivery, but he does have his charms in this drama.

        I wish that the same level of dedication to the Korean dialogue (I’m not sure about the Japanese) could spent on the English dialogue. One could say that people from the United States have always refrained from being too formal (in contrast to British society at the time), but that doesn’t mean that the lines should sound contemporary. Yes, we are in the twentieth century in this drama, but I would expect the lines to more closely reflect how people would have spoken. If some line comes to mind, I will try to illustrate what I mean. LOL

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    Love your thoughts!

    After Money Flower and Misty, I favor Jang Hyuk and Kim Nam Joo when it comes to delivering acting with nuance. I have been spoilt to such extent I don’t think the level will go down in the future, because allowing it only means I am destroying the contentment I am expecting from drama/movie watching.

    Having enjoyed his various works previously, I felt that LBH is not showing 200% of what he is capable of, feel like watching him showing a bit of complancency(?) in delivering his lines, if that even possible. I am not fully getting the emotion even after ep 5. Not fully invested in his journey, perhaps the script is restrictive for him… DM is my bias because I am a sucker for such story, I am totally invested in his emotions, self conflict…. Chilbong dejavus all the way…

    I actually paid attention to YYS when I came across Mood of the Day. Chilbong is next. Then I realised that I did watched a number of his movies with those villainous roles without realising it was him in them. He became his characters. I am amazed at how he is able to adapt and that his looks changed according to the characters. To me he is like a chameleon, a hot blooded gorgeously majestic one at that ㅎㅎㅎ

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      YYS was adorable in Mood of the Day! I haven’t seen Reply 1994 because I know he doesn’t get the girl and it’s one of the hardest cases of second lead syndrome and I don’t know if I want to go through the heartbreak, lol. I’ve seen him as a villain in A Werewolf Boy, in The Beauty Inside, and in the drama Romantic Dr. Kim. He really is a versatile actor and I love him tremendously!

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        I really value YYS as an actor as well. He’s so different in each character, I forget he’s acting sometimes.

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        The charming Jae Hyeok *love*love* playboy notwithstanding…. hahaha

        Chilbong…argh, can you imagine, I marathon that drama for 2 days straight, at mid point, I started fast forwarding to Chilbongie’s moments, crying buckets load as the sun rise, set and rise again … urgh, the worse experience (the main leads’ motivation for loving each other was just unacceptable to me, it’s just beyond reasonable thinking. I dunno, I used to live with my brother, definitely not wanting a hubby just like him. Nightmare!).

        Love YYS in Dr. Kim too! That is one solid medical drama (minus the unnecessary filler plots) and that short moments in Beauty Inside is a tearjerker as well! YYS is just, jjang!

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    I did notice that and couldn’t remember if it had been there before. You’re very likely right. They’re trying to be as accurate as their time and budget allowed, but obviously there are liberties they’re taking and want to save themselves the hassle of being blamed for inaccuracies. Meh.

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    Interesting, I’ve yet to watch ep 6 but I’ll keep an eye out for that.

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    Aaahhhhhh…Those screen shots look soo swoon worthy (!!!) and make me want to start watching this drama! I don’t know if I should start now or later so I could just fast forward to all of YYS scenes!!!

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      I’m enjoying the drama as a whole, which is a nice surprise, but of course whenever YYS is on screen I’m more awake and alert than I was before, haha!

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