Beanie level: Errand boy

Wow. The hype is real! I finally saw Parasite with my family this morning. At the end, my teen asked, “Are all Korean films this good?” Although I stopped caring about the Oscars years ago, I’m glad Korea has submitted this film for the Oscar best international feature. It deserves nominations for the top prizes too—Best Picture and Best Director.

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    I loved Parasite!

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      I somehow managed to avoid all reviews, trailers and thought pieces. *whew*

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        Same. I first heard about the film when it won an award at Cannes so I knew I had to watch it. I just watched the trailer yesterday to see how it was being promoted, it gives nothing away but still enticing.

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          I watched the trailers for the first time today. While they don’t give away the plot, they reveal other lovely moments I enjoyed in the film as they happened. I’ve always loved trailers but, unless I’m in the movie theater, I’m beginning to think I need to avoid them.

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Teen Vogue: Talking About Mental Health Is Still Taboo in K-Pop, But Things Are Changing
By Jeff Benjamin | Oct. 25, 2019


Image: Getty Images | teenvogue.com

As part of K-Pop Week at Teen Vogue, the magazine is exploring the popular music genre with articles that explore its origins, biggest stars, and intricacies. This article explores difficulties of living in the public gaze and how K-pop culture is slowly shifting taboos on talking about mental health.

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Graceful Family | Ep. 15 This scene captures my own reaction shots—and exhaustion— to the various surprises of Ep. 15 – 16. With all the birth secrets, I half expected Ms. Han to reveal herself to be her own grandpa.

Note to viewers catching Ep. 16: Watch all the credits to the very end. Feels like a trailer to a spin off.

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Even without English subs, Graceful Family | Ep. 14 is a delight. The explosive choral music gives me life! Such crackjang goodness. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Appa with the vapors. Plus, the OTP is adorable.

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    Stop it. Stop it stop it. I will not watch it raw. I will WAIT. Oh and flood the fanwall. Just try and stop me.

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      Am so excited after watching Episode 13. But I need to wait for subs for 14.
      Oh and the ship sailed. I hope we have a long drawn sweet revenge. We have endured 13 episodes of losing, I want to relish the victories!!

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        Big reveal at the end!

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          And now I have more questions. Can Choel-hee even conceive children? Or was was Soek-hee’s mom shutting it down because of Choel-hee’s affairs.

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            Interesting question.
            What’s the most over the top makjang answer?

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The Running Mates: Human Rights | Ep. 6 Watching Han Yoon Seo collect DNA was the highlight of this episode. Also, has Inspector Han realized that work is a bit more interesting with ex-Prosecuter Bae?

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@egads & @leetennant—As frustrated as we are by Wan Joon’s arc in Graceful Family, I’m pleased that our ship finally sailing next week. The previews at the end of Ep. 12’s live broadcast show some promise. (You won’t see this cut on the Viki version.)

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Are you in the mood for a romantic, real story? I think you’ll love this 20-minute documentary short at the NYTimes by Laura Nix about Paul and Millie, a ballroom dancing couple who came to the US after the Vietnam War.

NYTIMES OP-DOCS | Paul and Millie Cao Dance the Cha-Cha
Oct. 1, 2019

Paul and Millie Cao reunited in California after the Vietnam War. Forty years later, they are rediscovering themselves on the dance floor.

Separated after dating only six months, six years passed before they reconnected in California. After decades of hard work, raising their daughter and caring for parents, they’re still deeply passionate about each other and finding new joys in competitive ballroom dancing.

Yes, I cried. So good! The short is part of a longer documentary. I look forward to seeing more of their story.

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    Aw!!! This is my parent’s generation. They have the best stories. I’ll watch it with them!

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Graceful Family | Ep. 10 Our ship is pulling away from the dock. Without a doubt, at least one heart is fluttering.





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    Is this a wacky kind of show?

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      A bit. Yes. But so much fun.

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      Graceful Family has fun with its makjang genre. There’s deep-state-worthy technology, revenge, mystery, low-key romance, adultery, filial duty, horrible parents, good parents—all wrapped up in a glamorous, decadent package.

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        I think it helps that the drama is pretty self-aware of the conventions and leans into them while using the leads as a mouthpiece for the audience to point out the ridiculousness of it all. I legit love this so much more than I thought I would.

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    Can’t wait to watch the recent episodes!! I ship them from day One!!

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      As much as I love watching Seok Hee flout convention, it’s awfully charming to see glimpses of genuine shyness.

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Graceful Family | Ep. 10 Another appreciation of Moon Hee Kyung, who plays (possibly murderous) step-mother Ha Young Seo. According to Wikipedia, Ms. Moon is the only person to compete in both seasons of Tribe of Hip Hop.

I posted separately about her excellent Edith Piaf cover cut from Viki. I knew of it only because I watched *cough* another streaming service before I went to Viki.

This clip is from the Tribe of Hip Hop show. The opening of Ms. Moon’s rap is quite nimble. If Hamilton were cast with older actors, she’d be great as Angelica Schuyler. Unfortunately, it’s not translated but I enjoyed a taste:

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Graceful Family | Ep. 9 : Omo! I didn’t know until this episode that Moon Hee Kyung, who plays step-mother Ha Young Seo, is a vocal bad ass in real life!


Source: Viki

I urge Beanies to watch this scene on another streaming service to enjoy her Edith Piaf moment in Ep. 10, right after 55:28. While waiting for her husband to join her, Madame Ha turns on the instrumental version of Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien and belts out respectable vocals! (Her BA is in French; hence the good French pronunciation!)

Viki completely cuts out the number and goes straight to the bitch-slap session between wife number #2 and the mistress.

Her graduate degree is in Performance Arts and Ms. Moon is completely at home with rap. Take a taste of her I’m-not-your-rice-cooker mom anthem with Song Min-ho (Mino):

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    Um. This video made my week.

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    Hip Hop Tribe was so awesome. I wish more people knew about the show.

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    Correction: It’s Ep. 9 right after 55:28.

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    I don’t watch the show but I did go out of my way to watch the snippet of her singing, as you suggested. and…
    WOOOOOW!
    What a great voice!
    and for a French-speaker who usually cringes deeply when KDramas make attempts at French, I was absolutely delighted with her clear pronunciation !

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Warming up for Jang Hyuk\’s new drama My Country, premiering next Wed. Oct. 2. Not too many men have his tremendous acting chops and physicality like this:


Source: Wok of Love/Greasy Melo

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Be Melodramatic | Ep. 14 Eun Jung (Jeon Yeo Bin) and Kim Sang Soo (Son Seok Koo). Aigoo, their scenes are so good!

“What’s your story?” (BTS because actors aren’t in final costumes.)

“Public transportation is … charming.”

BTS still from Ep. 12/13

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Be Melodramatic | Ep. 14 Finally, a meaty chunk of story focused on Eun Jung and Kim Sang Soo, the yell-y director who just might be her cup of cassia seed tea. So good! Excuse me while I go binge Designated Survivor: 60 Days.

Photo source: Son Seok Koo in GQ June 2019

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Omo! Beanies watching Be Melodramatic on Viki: To hear the original music used in this scene, please watch this part of Ep. 10 on a *cough* third party site just after the 47 min. mark. Two words: Whitney Houston!

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    They work so well off each other it’s crazy

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    I love this show!

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    They changed the song?! What travesty is this?! 😠

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      I’ve seen this before where Viki inserted generic muzak in place of the original music. I imagine it’s something to do with limited music rights. Too bad, because “and Iiiiiiiiiiiiiii will always love yoooooooooooooouuuuuuu” is so much funnier.”

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        it’s the very same song Viki edited out of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon when our Heroine carries our Mister-in-Distress in her overpowered arms, princess-style. a GREAT scene that lost some of its power when Viki chose to remove the original song.

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I finally caught some episodes of Be Melodramatic/Melo is My Nature after reading the DB ep. 2-8 series review. Jesus Christmas—what a great show!

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What is it about K-drama bad girls and curlers?

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    If i’m not wrong, i’d say Hani made it “popular” (around 2014/2015) ? She used to go out with her curler without caring much in variety shows like Running Man, and even taking selca with it. I think after that people got more confortable with being seeing with their curler, which resulted in seeing more people with it in dramas.

    I think so at least ?

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      Interesting. I’m keep track very, very casually to see if it’s just TV bullies with the curlers.

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Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung | Ep. 9: Not my #relationshipgoals but still effing funny.

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    This is hilarious and fits half of any kdrama hero.

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    @egads, thoughts?

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      Should I be disturbed or delighted that this brought me to your mind?

      I only imagine having relationships with charming handsome psychopaths. Mr Egads is most definitely not a psychopath or a serial killer, but I suspect he might think he is not just imagining being in a relationship with a lunatic. Poor guy.

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Chinese actor Hu Ge (Guardian) and the inscrutable Doudou 豆豆 for the beast shop. This made me smile.

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    Awwww I miss Hu Ge in a drama

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    I LOVE HIM! And love this ad! Must share.

    But I’m confused about giving his prior role as one in Guardian, which I think of as the recently aired Chinese drama starring Zhu Yilong and Bai Yu. When I think of the lovely Hu Ge, I think of Nirvana in Fire. Was there a drama called “Guardian” that he was in?

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      You’re correct! My error!!!🙏🏽 Hu Ge was not in Guardian.😉

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        Darn. I was scrambling around google, hoping to find another drama with him in it. I’m still so madly in love with – and in mourning for – Mei Changsu! No one else could have played that role so well.

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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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