Beanie level: Errand boy


Along with @outofthisworld and @drawde2000, I’m utterly transfixed by The Longest Day in Chang’an. It’s a political/action period thriller. As a lover of good story telling in the action genre, I’m swooning over the gorgeous, historically accurate production design, tight pacing, brutally realistic action (no wuxia style flying here) and sizzling chemistry amongst all the actors.

The series is male-dominated but the few women are critical actors in the story—they’re strong, intelligent, loyal and flawed. While there’s no central love story, romantic yearnings thrum below the surface. And I do thoroughly enjoy the flirty banter between Zhang Xio Jing and Tan Qi (see ep. 10!)

Tan Qi is Ling Bi’s servant, which means she’s really his right hand:

Yu Chang’s buzzcut should give you a hint that she’s is no ordinary woman:

There’s good background information at MyDramaList comments. Someone there also pointed to this superb explainer on the first 3 episodes on endlessthoughtsofafangirl’s tumbler. She includes character backgrounds, historical context and a map marking key locations.

Available on Viki, Amazon Prime, and YouTube.

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NYTime’s May 28 article on Always Be My Maybe, premiering Fri. May 31 on Netflix.

What if They Made a Dirty Rom-Com About People Who Looked Like Them?
Asian-American couples don’t get to have sex in Hollywood movies. Randall Park and Ali Wong wrote “Always Be My Maybe” anyway.

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I’m so giddy about Netflix’s upcoming Always Be My Maybe starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. Datebook’s review looks at the central role of food in the film.

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This is coming to Netfliiiiiiix! Ali Wong and Randall Park in the American rom-com I’ve been waiting for. She my favorite dirty girl and Randall Park is so cute!

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    Randall Park was hilarious in The Interview. I hope this is good as it looks!!!

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Her Private Life | Ep. 13: Kim Sun-young stealing scenes. Again.

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Her Private Life Ep. 11 preview: Shit. Why am I so shook at the sight of man unclasping his watchband?

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    WHY IS NEXT WEEK NOT HERE YET?!?!?!

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    Cos he has home ground advantage and he can pull her into all sorts of places to make out and instead of a small table against the wall there are other softer and more comfortable options.
    😍
    Tell me you all are not thinking this too! 😂

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    I was more focussed on him crying and thinking that if it was due to Deok Mi, I wasn’t going to forgive her.

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    I rewatched ep11 previews seeeeveral times

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Her Private Life | Ep. 9 (29:05 – 29:26): Da-in’s shirt says

GREAT SHIT
NOBODY NOTICED

At certain angles, English speakers can’t help but read a rude message. Accident or purposeful trolling?

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Her Private Life | Ep. 7: Good Lord, Kim Jae-wook is dazzling.

Ooga chaka ooga ooga.

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I need this to be a drama! You can’t read this inspiring article without casting your favorite halmoni actors!

The New York Times | South Korea Dispatch
April 27, 2019

Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers
As the birthrate plummets in South Korea, rural schools are emptying. To fill its classrooms, one school opened its doors to women who have for decades dreamed of learning to read.

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    Thanks for sharing this article : what a great idea / endeavor !

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    This just reminds me everyday that knowing how to read should be a right and not a privilege and I am very fortunate to know how to.

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    That is awesome! Look at their smiles 💕 It’s a wonderful thing to give these women the opportunity to learn something they didn’t have a chance to do all those years ago.

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    What a great story!!! Korea still needs to fix its extremely low birthrate problem, but on the bright side, it provided a window of opportunity for these elderly women to get educated. It’s never too late to learn!!

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    Yes please!

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For folks watching the last episode of Possessed, make sure to watch all the credits. All of them.

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    Thanks for the tip. Am at episode 8!

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    Aw thank you. That made me happy.

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    I took a break at ep 11 because it looks like we won’t be getting a happy ending. I need to see how it ends before I continue so I won’t be too heartbroken.
    OCN should have stuck to no romances tbh because the one time there’s romance in their horror genre, I’m so attached and I know they won’t end it well. Love complicates shit!

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    yes watch to the very end. (then you might not be too frustrated/sad/disappointed/upset/mad)

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    Oh crap. Now I have to go back and do that. I was so pissed off I promptly exited Netflix when the credits rolled.

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Possessed ended today. It had overlapped with my Touch Your Heart sugar diet, giving me just the right balance of sweet and horror. As the weeks unfolded, I was increasingly charmed by the deft mix of humor, thrills and romance. But there was no avoiding the fact that this show is out to kill me. What did I expect of show featuring a supernatural psychopath?

That said, Pil-sung and Seo-jung’s heartbreakingly sweet and poignant romance is worth savoring and I am glad to have watched it. I’m going to go lie down now. Preferably with something fluffy.

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    I am immediately diving into Her Private Life after this. My sweetness meter needs to go back up. Possessed was a great show until about the last 3 episodes where I was so blind with rage and hurt. I do agree with you that being able to watch Pil-sung and Seo-jeong’s romance was a highlight of the show. Overall, I liked it.

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      I did EXACTLY the same thing. Raged, clutched my heart and turned to Her Private Life for solace and fluff. I mean, I didn’t even start at the beginning. (Will
      Go back to catch up. 😜)

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Raman is life, y’all.

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Even with more school work ahead of me, I\’m looking forward to the weekend!

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Possessed finally on U.S. Netflix, up to today\’s episode 9! Woot!

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    yyyaaaaasss !

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    How is it?

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      I love this show. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and, admittedly, I fast-foward through the stabby bits. But it’s very good at establishing a believable spirit world and making you care for the people trying to make connections while doing good in the world. The love story between these soul mates adds just the right lightness and melancholy. The production somehow makes their connection essential and relevant to the story without it being just about their relationship. ‘Cos, there’s a monstrous serial killer to catch.

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So Annoying. So Handsome! Fan Club | Thank you!

It was a joy to watch the magical screen partnership of Shim Hyung-tak and Park Kyung-hye. Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun. Our ship has sailed!



For: @ally-le, @artwriter76, @ashes2ashes@alessar, @astromantic, @kimbapnoona@astromantic@alessar@bernadett, @coffeprince4eva@dramafan12, @esther, @gem28, @hades@hotcocoagirl, @infinitize,@isthatacorner, @jenmole, @khalessymd, @katrine, @katakwasabi, @loveblossom@mayhemf, @moomoomoondog@natzillagorilla@snarkyjellyfish@tesshan,  @waterhyacinth, @wishfultoki, @zanearaki and YOU

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    Thank you so much for your hardwork @tsutsuloo! And also to all the members of this lovely fanclub. I will miss you guys. And our giggles when embracing our ukulele babies on-screen. Oof.

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    Thanks @tsutsuloo for all your effort in posting (including making those gifs) and tagging us! ❤ I haven’t watched this drama but thanks to your posts, I understood the story quite quickly! 👍

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    Could you link all your gifs from gify.com here? I know there are a few I would like to bookmark if you don’t mind! Thank your for documenting these two lovebirds! I truly enjoyed my weekly tags!

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    Congratulations to you too Howeajangnim!!! Thank you for taking the time to give us your great gifs and captions!!! Uri So handsome So annoying couple have truly sailed!!!! 😍😍😍

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    Thank you for the wonderful gif’s and write ups!! And what a wonderful fan club this turned out to be. Humbled to have been part of this wonderful group 🙂 Dan and Choi forever!!

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    Thank you to our SASH club president for making this experience double the fun. I so looked forward to my notifications/mentions from @tsutsuloo. Such a sterling job, Uri Hoeajangnim. 🌹🌹🌹🌹

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    Thank you for your dedicated service, President Tsu!!

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    I had to avoid your posts until I finished watching the show last night. Thank you for your great gifs and posts. So proud to be a member of this fan club!

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    I dropped the drama after ep. 8 but I continued to follow the story of Ukulele Couple through your gifs. Thank you ever so much @tsutsuloo!

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So Annoying. So Handsome! Fan Club | Ep. 16: Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity

Shim Hyung Tak and Park Kyung Hye give us joy to the very last. Even their group photo is better than most. Look at them. Look at how freaking cute they are!

For: @ally-le, @artwriter76, @ashes2ashes@alessar, @astromantic, @kimbapnoona@astromantic@alessar@bernadett, @coffeprince4eva@dramafan12, @esther, @gem28, @hades@hotcocoagirl, @infinitize,@isthatacorner, @jenmole, @khalessymd, @katrine, @katakwasabi, @loveblossom@mayhemf, @moomoomoondog@natzillagorilla@snarkyjellyfish@tesshan,  @waterhyacinth, @wishfultoki, @zanearaki and YOU

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So Annoying. So Handsome! Fan Club | Ep. 16: Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity

There was so much Ukulele Couple goodness to relish in the series finale. My fluttery moments included our SASH Choi being tactless, insecure, and passionate. And in response to her man’s insecurity, our Dan delivered the sweetest of confessions that finally reconciled her geum sah bbah** nature with the deep love she feels for Choi. Lastly, were absurdly beautiful together in the final scene. (**Falls in love easily and quickly.)

For: @ally-le, @artwriter76, @ashes2ashes@alessar, @astromantic, @kimbapnoona@astromantic@alessar@bernadett, @coffeprince4eva@dramafan12, @esther, @gem28, @hades@hotcocoagirl, @infinitize,@isthatacorner, @jenmole, @khalessymd, @katrine, @katakwasabi, @loveblossom@mayhemf, @moomoomoondog@natzillagorilla@snarkyjellyfish@tesshan,  @waterhyacinth, @wishfultoki, @zanearaki and YOU

—CONT. IN COMMENTS BELOW—

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    We’re just as visual. Just not as famous | 3:51

    Choi dips into the legal secretaries’ conversation about the office’s “visual couple” and thinks they’re referring to him and Dan. Honestly, I agree with Choi that he and Dan look great together.

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    You’re not even at the level to compete | 5:39

    Choi is in top tactless form when he lists just a handful of reasons why Yoon-seo chose Jung-rock as her lover over CEO Yeon.

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    She fell in love three times in one day: CEO Yeon sews seeds of doubt 36:36

    Dan and Jung-rok are away while the rest of the Always teams gossips about news romantically linking Yeon-soo to her co-star. The office debates the veracity of reports and Choi muses how one cannot precisely measure the decline in someone’s affection with a ruler.

    CEO Yeon spitefully reminds Choi of Dan’s past geum sah bbah behavior. At her worst, he’d seen her fall in love three times in one day. Just in the morning.

    Choi dismisses Yeon’s warnings and assures everyone that Da’s tendency to fall in love quickly is in the past. She loves only him now. Right?

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    No handsome boys. Just halmoni, please | 39:15
    CEO Yoon’s taunting rings in Choi’s ears when the couple go to dinner. Choi steers Dan away from the udon restaurant because the greeter/chef is too handsome.

    Grandmother’s Blood Sausage | 39:37
    Choi relaxes at the next restaurant, soothed by the sight of the halmoni running the shop. But he freezes at the sight of a handsome young server. Worse, he’s thrown in a panic when he mistakenly thinks that Dan has given her phone number to the server because she likes him.

    He’s crushed. Why is she giving that boy her phone number?

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      This is so cuuuteee! Who would’ve thought he can be insecure 😄😄

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    Choi pushes Dan on her perceived behavior and she delivers an epic confession 40:22

    Lawyer Dan, how can you do this/ Even if you do fall in love easily, how could yo give your number to another man in front of your boyfriend? How could you?

    After Dan explains that she just gave her contact info in order to have intestine soup delivered for Choi, Dan acknowledges how her past behavior could make him not trust her.

    Dan— Lawyer Choi, I see you don’t really trust me. It’s to be expected, since I did show you that side of me.
    Choi— Lawyer Dan, that’s not it.
    Dan— But, you know, you don’t have to worry about things like that anymore. I am a person who falls in love easily and really, really quickly, but now I’m only falling in love quickly and continuously with one person, you see.
    Choi— Wh-What does that mean?
    Dan— When I see your smile, Lawyer Choi, I fall in love with you because it’s sweet. When I see you heading to work in the morning with your hair wet, I fall in love with you because it’s sexy. Like that, I fall in love with you ten times a day so I don’t have space to fall in love with anyone else.

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    Taking it to the next level: First names and probably broken bedroom furniture. I’m sure of it. | 42:00

    Choi is deeply moved by Dan’s sentiments, triggering a more informal form of address. She reciprocates.

    Their hug leads to a near kiss, which draws attention to their PDA.



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    When they’re together, they seem to forget they’re in public spaces. I’ve already kvetched about this tree kiss. Whatever. Their hugs, however, are daebak!



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    Dan+Choi = Seriously good visuals | 1:05:57
    A month later, the Always team is celebrating Yeon Entertainment’s 10th anniversary. Jung-rok debuts as Yoon-seo’s boyfriend and everybody is formally dressed.

    Choi and Dan are flat out gorgeous. I mean, the guy looks like he was poured into that tuxedo and Dan is radiant in a square-necked dress, showing off her clavicle that’s been hidden behind her suits the whole series.

    They toast their love while holding hands (still). I also think actress Park Kyung Hye benefits from the extra support of Shim Hyung Tak’s fine, fine body because she’s walking in sky-high shoes. I also feel hopeful at the positive gaze shared between Doo-seob and Eun-ji. I’m rooting for those guys!


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      The actor who played lawyer choi looks like the budget version of Jung wo-sung. But Jung wo-sung is the most beautiful man in Korea since 1990s, so lawyer choi is still at the top bracket of beautiful Korean actor imo.

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        The actor who played lawyer choi looks like the budget version of Jung wo-sung

        Omo. Being called “budget” anything is both hilarious and sad. I’ve been catching Shim Hyung-tak’s other performances and appearances on variety shows and dramas. His public persona is charming and self-deprecating—enough to make me watch excerpts of shows I’d normally never consider. *sigh*

        A silky voice + symmetrical visuals + comic brilliance = an irresistible combination.

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          Sorry @tsutsuloo, I don’t know the English expression of ‘They could be twin, but one of them is a little bit less handsome than the other one’
          I never saw Lawyer Choi in anything before Touch Your Heart. My first impression of him was, how come someone so pretty can be so funny and comical. With that look he could be in a leading man role, but he obviously is talented in comedy role and maybe really enjoy it too.

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            Your original “budget” phrasing was perfect. I understood your meaning immediately. 😜

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      They looked sooooo stunning especially PKH! Good point about her showing off her clavicle. That was a flattering dress. I loved all the hand-holding. It wasn’t too much.

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    They’re so beautiful together at the party!

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So Annoying. So Handsome! Fan Club | Ep. 16: Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity

Final credits: Choi & Dan fan service

Shim Hyung-tak x Park Kyung-hye = comic gold

I tinted the second pic. What great scene partners. Love them.

For: @ally-le, @artwriter76, @ashes2ashes@alessar, @astromantic, @kimbapnoona@astromantic@alessar@bernadett, @coffeprince4eva@dramafan12, @esther, @gem28, @hades@hotcocoagirl, @infinitize,@isthatacorner, @jenmole, @khalessymd, @katrine, @katakwasabi, @loveblossom@mayhemf, @moomoomoondog@natzillagorilla@snarkyjellyfish@tesshan,  @waterhyacinth, @wishfultoki, @zanearaki and YOU

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So Annoying. So Handsome! Fan Club | Ep. 16: Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity

A brief rant

Park Kyung-hye is so tiny that she sports sky-high shoes to mitigate the height difference with Shim Hyung-tak. Despite their height difference —or maybe because of it—their hugs are sooooo cuddly.

So why give us this ridiculous kiss behind a tree (42:13). Do we need this? Just give us the hugs, maybe with a little grab ass. Personally, I don’t need these stupid coy non-kisses. Yuck.

K-dramas don’t do this much but they might look at Shah Rukh Khan’s Bollywood forehead kisses. If you’re not going to kiss (or can’t choreograph it to look real) consider other good bits: the neck, cheek, ears, hands. It’s hot, it’s romantic, and it works!

For: @ally-le, @artwriter76, @ashes2ashes@alessar, @astromantic, @kimbapnoona@astromantic@alessar@bernadett, @coffeprince4eva@dramafan12, @esther, @gem28, @hades@hotcocoagirl, @infinitize,@isthatacorner, @jenmole, @khalessymd, @katrine, @katakwasabi, @loveblossom@mayhemf, @moomoomoondog@natzillagorilla@snarkyjellyfish@tesshan,  @waterhyacinth, @wishfultoki, @zanearaki and YOU

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    I haven’t even seen this episode yet but that “kiss” is…really something. Weird and unnecessary. And you’re right about SRK’s forehead kisses – they are unparalleled.

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    Wait what?!?! This is not what we deserve!!! I haven’t seen ep 16 as yet and they wouldn’t give them a REAL kiss?!?!

    I gotta go punch someone now.

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      Hee. Still, they have lots of heartfelt hugs, giggles and constant hand-holding.

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    Ugh yes, I wanted a real kiss. A hot one. But they tried to make it funny instead.

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    This was one time I wish they would have forgone the comedy and just give us that kiss!

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