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Han Hyo-joo sings at GMF

Actress Han Hyo-joo (Brilliant Legacy, Dong Yi) will be performing live at the Grand Mint Festival this year, singing a new song entitled “Don’t You Know,” by pop duo No Reply.

Although busy with her MBC drama Dong Yi, she recorded the single with No Reply and took time out of her schedule to rehearse and take place in the poster shoot for GMF 2010.

No Reply is finishing work on their second album, and Han Hyo-joo is sweeping Korea once again as the ratings queen. Two mega-hits in two years? She sure knows how to pick ’em. Good to see her at the top of her game.

The single will be available online September 28, and Han Hyo-joo will perform live with No Reply at the Grand Mint Festival on October 23-24.

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Han Hyo-joo – “왈칵” (Burst into tears). This is a song that Han Hyo-joo sang for her “internet drama” Soul Special, which she acted in with Coffee Prince and Partner’s Kim Dong-wook. [ Download ]

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i so love her....loved her in SI...

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Really like her, in Dong Yi she is awesome!!! I think she is so pretty!!^^ Wish her the best!!!! Kissess!

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With the villain thoroughly, thoroughly defeated, Dong Yi story's more or less wrapped up now. Three more weeks, and she can take a break from the "OMG BECKY!!!" reaction shot.

Grand Mint Festival Promo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnTwLYjmK0U

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Liked her in SI, but not in Dongyi. Same old facial expressions. I think in sageuk dramas, a lot is focussed on the subtle expressions , the raising of the eyebrows, the turning of the head,the various tone of the voices,the way you say something,esp. the eyes-her eyes are not expressive. Sorry, it wasn't there for me. In fact I may have overlooked her lack of acting skills in SI.

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Totally agree with you. Whenever I watch Dong Yi, I can always feel she is just "acting"... she is not living/breathing the character.

I don't think she is really a good actress but she has potential.

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Across the board, I think almost all the actors have delivered near-career worst performances on Dong Yi.

A lot of it is the direction. I noticed it as much before with his other sageuks, but Lee Byung Hoon really does have his leads all do the same kind of "emotive" reaction shots (i.e. "what??? Yo Seung Ho and Seo Weo ???")

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Yeah, DY was interesting for a while - but after about 30-35 eps, the palace machinations/intrigue started to get repetitive (after the 4th or 5th attempt on DY's life, it becomes the same 'ol, same 'ol).

As for the acting, it would just be easier to list the actors who do a good job -

Ji Jin Hee (really enjoyed his performance, esp. the boyish glee when the King is playing "hookie").

Bae Soo Bin (not given much range to work w/, but can't find anything wrong from his peformance)

Park Ha Sun (as Queen Inhyeon, just brings more to that role than what it really has; plus she's real easy on the eyes)

Jung Jin Young (excellent as always)

Kim Hye Sun and Jung Yoo Mi (as the Court Lady and her protoge)

The rest of the performances are bad to simply awful - complete w/ the charicaturish evil sneer/laugh/nervous twitch of Jang Hee Jae to the boorish overacting of that entire family (husband, wife, son) from the South faction to the head of the South faction who has like 3 facial expressions.

As for HHJ, I like her, but this hasn't been the best example of her acting skills.

Much of the blame has to go w/ the PD - for the 1st 10 eps or so that HHJ appears in, she has to mimic the annoying facial expressions/mannerisms that Kim Yoo Jung exhibited as the young Dong Yi.

Aftewards, the repetitive head turns, etc. and the overuse of "mama" and "junah" in the dialogue just gets tiresome (really, if they took out half of the time all the characters just say "mama" or "junah" - then the dialogue in the series would be cut by 10%).

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I mostly like the intrigue storyline, but I wish the story had just delved deeper into the Eastern vs. Southern factions of the court all along.

"Bae Soo Bin (not given much range to work w/, but can’t find anything wrong from his peformance)"

He's kinda doing the "gorilla in the cage" huffing and puffing that Uhm Tae Woong did to hilarity for much of Queen Seon Duk. He's been surprisingly bad.

For me, Jung Jin Young's been neither good nor bad. (Ironic that JJY is known for his sageuk roles when his preference really is to weirdos and comic characters. The mix of deadpan scowl and a touch of the lazy eye leavens his reaction shots with soul.) He, like Bae Soo Bin, has been mostly irrelevant through the 2nd half of the story. The Scooby Doo aspect of Dong Yi kinda masks that most of any given plot is just various people summarizing the 10-15 minutes of actual plot per episode.

Ji Jin Hee often seems dour and monochromatic in trendies, but when he does sageuk, he's frigging Yul Brenner. He has such lightness with this material, going from mirthful to thunderous to sagacious. Yet the King is strangely passive through pretty much of the whole story.

"Park Ha Sun (as Queen Inhyeon, just brings more to that role than what it really has; plus she’s real easy on the eyes)"

Park Ha Sun's the real surprise to me. This Queen Inhyeon is a thankless role; essentially a wallflower in the dollhouse dressed in royal hanbok. But, give her character's essentially pathetic status, she's been GREAT.

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My first glimpse of her was as "Jisu" in 'As Wide as the Earth as High as the Sky.' She still melts me right down through the floor! Her voice is as pure, untouched and pretty as she is. I could do without the rap thingy in the middle of her song though. When will all of that crotch-grabbing garbage dry up once and for all?

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Got tired of Dong Yi because of her "fish eyes." Can this girl act a little more natural? (Sighs..)

There's also a reason why actors should be actors and singers should stay as singers. She is an perfect example. Sorry, she sounds horrible!

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Ohh, what a surprise, her voice is actually not bad at all. It's bordering on good actually.

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she's so ridiculously pretty i don't even... she's really fresh-faced compared to your average korean actress, girls like, say, moon geun young, lee da hae, kim tae hee. i'm not interested in dong yi (have yet to cross beyond a 30-epper) so i look forward to her next project. even though dong yi has to finish first, lol.

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HHJ is pretty, but the sageuk hairstyle doesn't suit her.

Park Ha Sun and Jung Yoo Mi look more striking in DY.

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I really loved her in Shining Inheritance, looked up every movie and drama she was in and I think at some point could even call myself a fan of hers. I was really excited for Dong Yi and was glad she took up such a difficult role to expand her acting abilities. It was when I watched Dong Yi and Heaven's Postman (through cams) that I really saw her acting and to be honest, I was quite disappointed. Her personality played a huge factor in my admiration for her as in interviews she comes off as common, down-to-earth and honest. A bit curt at times, but I felt it was her charm. And I think because of that, I really did overlook her acting.

I feel like she does have potential to be a good actor, but at this stage she doesn't live as her character and therefor her acting doesn't come off as natural - in a way, you can tell she's 'acting'. Like Birdie says, it's the subtleness and she doesn't yet get that.

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I've seen almost everything Han Hyo Joo has done (not intentionally, just worked out that way.)

I like her because she acts "internally." Always getting into her character's motivations and tries to bring out a part of herself. BUT, she doesn't have a great relationship with the camera (biggest asset for especially an actress) and she's not great with line readings.

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i love her but i dont like this hair on her

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i love this girl!!!...though dong yi is not her best role...nd i do admire her for her personality more than her acting

......but check out ad lib night...that was a pretty impressive film and her acting was pretty good too...it was an indie film and she won a few international awards for that...she definitely has potential.....and i cant wait for her new drama

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She was good in Ad Lib Night, and it highlights a HHJ strength, conveying awkward, introverted, melancholy. Every role she plays always has that element.

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I'm not too sure but I thought No Reply's album had been released?

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I'm going to GMF!!! I'm so excited!!!

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I like her in Brilliant Legacy. However she needs to work more on her acting skill. It's just passable, not impressive. I guess most everyone fall for her because of her cuteness and freshness. There's something about her smile that I can't help but melt and forget all her shortcomings.

In terms of actors crossing over into singing, I'm a person of the opinion that people can do what ever they want to do, so I don't mind them picking up the mic. If you don't like their singing, just don't buy the songs. It's as simple as that.

I saw her performed a song with Lee Sung Gi at the MBC drama awards, and I thought her voice was nice but a bit weak at first, it just became a bit better after she shook off her shyness. I'd rather see her act in a music video than sing in it.

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yeah, I saw the duet too..
but the performances is kind of weird. she looked nervous, and to be honest her voice is not that good. but Seunggi seems help her to lessen her nervousness.
but I Love their duet because it was so cute, and they are so cute together. both have a charming personality.

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It was surprisingly okay since I think Han Hyo-joo isn't good at singing seeing/hearing her sing in SI.

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She did sound surprisingly good. Not bad at all.

And I think HHJ is underrated as an actor. She was very good in BL (I saw it minus subs for I can understand Korean) and I saw nuances in her acting which I found impressive. I also watched DY (I stopped at 50 because for me the writing and direction just went downhill from the time DY returned to the palace) and I must say that while the entire ride wasn't smooth with regards to her acting she still came out pretty strong. I've observed she's remarkable when she's given something to work with, like raw emotions of loss and grief (ep44, for those who've been following). And playing the role of a young girl through motherhood must not have been an easy feat and in a saguek to boot.

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I think she did a nice job on the song. i think she is an exceptional actress. plus she is still very young and has a lot more growing to do like any other young actress and i think she brings a uniqueness to the characters. so she is doing a great job!!!!

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excited to see her at GMF! bought my tickets and counting down the days :)

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Her acting in "Dong Yi" is very tiresome. I do not think she is very good in "Brilliant Legacy" either. I never understood the hoopla about her and her co-star. In the beginning of the drama, especially, they are horrible.

She cannot sing. She should give up on it! She is not the only actor/actress who should stop singing. One must be fair about it. She would not last three notes auditioning for "American Idol."

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She's not even releasing any solo albums, so I don't get why so many people are so against her singing for the fun of it. Singing is one of her hobbies so God forbid she ever does something she likes in public!

As for her acting in Dong Yi, a majority of the fault lies with PD Lee Byung Hun (who has some sort of obsession with his actors conveying surprise and innocence/naivety by going O_O in every scene possible) and the terrible scriptwriter (who nowadays seems to disappoint episode after episode).

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I'll say this though -- Han Hyo Joo is GREAT at playing maternal/elder sister tropes. Perhaps that's her own life informing her performance, but the scene with Dong Yi's genius son feel spot on, just as were her scenes with her savant brother in Brilliant Legacy or her troubled brother in the movie Swept Away.

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hey I saw her in Shin Inh , and thought WHY this drama has high rating? and WHY this actress has so many fans??
Sometimes, I wonder many Korean must have a weird taste on some actresses/actors..
I didn't watch any interview of her, so I don't know her REAL personality. But , hey she doesn't have a chemistry with camera .... at least for me.
And DY!! OMG, waisted so much ...time and money.
I hope she'll improve.

And,sometimes I do mistake. for example, about uhm tae woo. First I really didn't like him, such overacted, etc. But now, I really like him, his expression, his acting skills!
this time, too , I hope I'm wrong .

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MOst of you don't like dong yi... WTF.. Who do you think you are? Are you an actress that can act like her? That is her role in dong yi, can you change it? Are you the director?

Her role in SI is a little bit different.. ALL i can say is, she's a very good actress.. How can u say that he is not good in dong yi? Dong yi is a hit drama..

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reminds me of gu hara

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I have just discovered Korean music which I love. Don't know Korean. Sometimes it has subtitles, othertimes, it doesn't. Doesn't matter to me because music in which ever language is universal. Just discovered and love Lee Sun Hee's singing. Compared with Han Hyo Joo, Han has a terrible weak voice quality. Some singers have turned into actors (ie. Kim Hyun Joong, Lee Seung Gi, Bi ) but doesn't necessarily mean actors can sing. Han should stick to acting. I enjoyed her in Brilliant Legacy so I watched Dong Yi also. I think after they extended the 50 to 60 episodes, the storyline really got bogged down.Kinda lost interest and watched King of Baking instead. Saw the King of Baking Special and both Yoon Shi Yoon and Joo Won sang extremely well. If Han wants to continue singing, she should take some voice lessons.

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Why is everyone hatin' on Han hyo-joo? I think she's a wonderful actress ( only saw her in SI). I actually cried for her character in SI and felt really bad for her situation. She's was really good in Si i think at least.

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On the singing part, compared to the one she did in Soul Special, she has improved a lot in her collaboration with Brown Eyed Soul.

On the acting side, I like how Han Hyo joo acts. I feel connected with her characters especially in Brilliant Legacy. Watching her act with subtle expressions makes me feel how her character feels. There is rawness in her acting and I think some people are just not used to that kind of acting.

In Dong Yi, she gave some nuances in her character which makes me see how Dong Yi matures but at the same time retained some characteristics which makes me feel the continuity in her character. If anyone has observed, the eye-popping and gaping jaws are not exclusive expressions of Dong Yi but rather, most characters were seen giving those expressions. Those expressions were mostly expressions used by PD to express surprise, a trait not seen in modern dramas, or other saeguk dramas done by other PD.

Han Hyo Joo had a great comic timing whenever she has a scene with Hwang Joo Shik and Yeong Dal. I also enjoyed her comic rapport with Sukjong, most especially on their earlier days.

In terms of drama, I like it best when Han Hyo Joo does her silent cries. Those were the ones that I felt for the most. In Dong Yi, her best scene in terms of acting for me, was when her first baby died. I wanted to console her when she refused to believe her baby is dead. I felt the pain while watching her cry silently afterwards when she started to accept the fate of her child.

For someone who is young and who is not yet a mother, she exudes this natural maternal vibe especially when she is with her son, Prince Yeoning. Some criticisms directed at her where those of her expressions when she's with Geum. Her lack of dialogue on those parts where not her fault. Those where what the script requires her to be. When Prince Yeoning speaks, his mother looks at him intently and that gives a message that she listens earnestly at what he wants to say and what his heart feels. That gives Prince Yeoning the kind of confidence that no matter what others may say, his mother will always understand him. But being a child prodigy that he is, he sometimes ask questions that are difficult to explain, especially at that age and Dong Yi would look at him with a worried expression, uncertain of how to explain things to her son.

Sure there are scenes which I felt she would have done better, but I am satisfied with what I see in most of her scenes.

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Why is nobody mentioning Spring Waltz here? Was it her first drama? I watched SI too, and I like her there, too....so fresh-looking...but nobody beats PSH!

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"Why is nobody mentioning Spring Waltz here? Was it her first drama?"

Dong Yi is essentially the prequel to Spring Waltz. Jang Hee Bin's hatred of Dong Yi was so great that she reincarnated as a piano manager, whilst Dong Yi reincarnted as a girl with a tragic sense of wardrobe color. However, the bond between the two brothers was so great that they reincarnated as one perfect man. His name was Choi Si Won. ;)

Spring Waltz has a loaded backstory. Originally, Jo Ji Hoon and Sung Yu Ri were cast for Spring Waltz. However, Goong's extension overlapped with the production schedule for Spring Waltz, so JJH opted out. Realizing they had no lead, SYR also left the project. Thus, the PD went with rookies Han Hyo Joo (who had only been acting for about half a year, per Nonstop 5 and a parting My Boss My Hero) and Seo Do Young, both who had been originally cast in Spring Waltz for minor roles.

Spring Waltz was a "trial by fire" for Han Hyo Joo. She struggled with the crying scenes (which you can tell by her face swelling up during the last 1/3 of the show), and she asked the PD to do take after take. The show was a critical and commercial flop (though uhhh it ended up very popular in the Phillippines), and she felt so bad about the experience that she thought about quitting acting. However, she got offered the role in the indie movie Ad Lib Night (which took just 2 weeks to shoot), and during that shoot, she started to understand acting. (The director Lee Yoon-Ki is a little like Mike Figgis or Hou Hsiao-Hsien, in that he builds a lot of the dialogue and scenes from improvisation.)

Though a bittersweet experience, Spring Waltz established Han Hyo Joo as a lead as well as a Hallyu starlet. That means Japan. Lee Yoon-Ki is a darling of the international festival circuit, and Ad Lib Night (much like Kim Nam Gil's indie movie No Regret) got promoted in Japan. That meant Han Hyo Joo got exposure to Japan way back in 2007.

Could be argued that her career, thus far, has mirrored Song Hye Kyo's. By 23 years old, SHK had done Autumn Tale (Kim Hee Sun was the original choice for SHK's part; SHK was originally to play a minor role), All In, Hotelier, and Full House. By 23 years old, Han Hyo Joo has done Spring Waltz, Iljimae, Brilliant Legacy, and Dong Yi. If she hadn't done Dong Yi, she would have done Chuno.

Finally, the changeup in Spring Waltz would effect two later shows. Because Sung Yu Ri reneged on doing Spring Waltz, she would later do another project by that same production company -- the Snow Queen. And, of course, SYR/JJH later committed to doing Hong Gil Dong, which ended up with Kang Ji Hwan (who had just finished Capital Scandal.)

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Hi!! Any news about seo do young? The last i heard was that he's in a movie, poetry of joella. When was it shown? Or what site can i watch it? Hehe... Thanks!!!

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Han Hyo Joo isn't a great actress but she isn't terrible, she's a pretty good actress and not bad on the eyes. I've only seen her in Brilliant Legacy and Dong Yi and even though I only saw up to episode 39 of Dong Yi and skipped some in between I thought she was better there than in Brilliant Legacy. Sure she had good chemistry with her lead male costar and as the likeable heronine you rooted for her but Moon Chae Won and Kim Mi Sook were the better actresses. I liked her in Dong Yi sure the expressions annoyed me a bit but a role like this will only improve her acting.

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Is there a way to get the lyrics and the translation?

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i like your drama and i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

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han hyo joo, i miss you, i need you, i love you, married with me Han hyo ju.... i miss you so much...

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HHJ is a great actress. How should I treat all the criticisms against her?-Case of one man's meat is another's poison. I watched BL and Donyi, she was great in both, springy, fresh and emotive. Her character in Donyi made me go back to watch BL. Since then I have become a fanatical fan of her. She sings for pleasure, what is wrong with that? She did it for her fans. I can not play piano well but I play for pleasure even with lots of mistake, why should she be stopped from enjoying herself just because someone does not approve. If you think that acting is easy, try a small role yourself, and see how it is to be someone else for a while. These youngsters are trying very much and I thank God for their life. Well talking about American Idols, who told you she want to be American Idol? How about this? what make you think that any American can also pass as Korean Idol? do you think only Americans have idol image? Please understand Korean movies from Korean perspective, because they are also marketing their culture also, you do not expect them to act Korean culture with American perspective or mannerism. What I like most in Korean dramas is the great lessons you take home, that evil does not pay. It also portrays the heroes as human because they have faults unlike your so called American movie with this super human vibe of your heroes. Please give us a break, Koreans are doing great and I am happy that Many Nigerians are presently drawn to Korean movies and dramas. The young talents are doing great too. I wonder, too many of them that you rarely get repeated faces as you find in European and American movies. HHJ you inspire me. Your smile melt hearts. Keep it up

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