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Falling for Innocence: Episode 5

As the number of eerie coincidences continue to climb, our hero remains in the dark about the budding emotions growing inside him. Little does he know that his new heart is his own rival, but that won’t stop him from trying to score brownie points with the girl who freezes at the sight of him. At least he can take heart in knowing that same girl remains oblivious to the affections of the other man in her life trying to find room in her heart and not just her memories.

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EPISODE 5 RECAP

We backtrack a few minutes to see Min-ho surveying the house he just bought, otherwise known as Dong-wook’s dream house. For some reason, Min-ho isn’t fully satisfied, and it isn’t because the place is empty of furniture.

His decision to get some fresh air brings us back to the end of the previous episode, where a baffled Soon-jung wonders who the hell he is. With a sharp flick to her forehead, Min-ho says it’s him, her boss.

He has an answer for all the eerie coincidences Soon-jung brings up: a) He can buy any ol’ house he likes; b) He shed a tear for her bleeding finger because he was still recovering from his surgery; and c) The act of tapping on one’s nose is inconsequential.

But then Soon-jung’s question about the ring makes him falter—how did he know to pick up a unique wedding ring even she didn’t know existed? Min-ho argues that he went to that jewelry shop because he had a query and became friendly with the owner. Why Soon-jung should be thanking him for picking that ring up for her!

He insists that’s all there is to it, then asks if she’s acting this way because she feels ashamed. Word on the street is that her fiance skipped town–she was dumped, wasn’t she? Soon-jung can hardly believe her ears, and Min-ho acts all haughty about how he totally knew that Dong-wook wasn’t the commitment type.

Having had enough, Soon-jung demands the ring. Handing the box over, Min-ho wonders, “How’d you know that I had it on me?” Heh. His attempts to ask if she’s okay go unanswered.

At home, Soon-jung puts on the ring and tells Dong-wook’s photo that she really must miss him if she’s entertaining such far-fetched thoughts about these coincidences. By the following morning, Min-ho says his pounding heart and a lingering memory (likely Chairman Kang slapping Soon-jung) kept him up all night.

Min-ho arrives to work in time to overhear the secretaries bid Soon-jung farewell. He walks backwards on the escalator, and when he gets caught, it’s kinda impressive how he doesn’t fall all over himself. Hahaha. He follows after Soon-jung and yells to grab her attention—why is she leaving when he as her boss hasn’t fired her?

It’s the chairman’s orders, Soon-jung points out, to which Min-ho asks if he just needs to take it up with his uncle then. With that, he leads Soon-jung by the wrist upstairs to give her the opportunity to defend herself in person.

When Director Yoon suspects this to be yet another ploy, Min-ho points out that the director was caught on camera last night paying a visit to the department store whose employees espoused Soon-jung’s innocence. Chairman Kang can review the evidence for himself later, Min-ho adds.

Although Chairman Kang agrees to consider his misgivings against Soon-jung as a misunderstanding, he doesn’t quite understand Min-ho’s behavior in this matter. Honestly, neither do we. Even if Soon-jung’s loyalty to Hermia remained unwavering, it’d be of no help to Min-ho’s goals. Oh crap, it’s never good when your evil character starts talking sense.

Min-ho replies that neither party lost any sensitive information this time around. Plus, it’s to his uncle’s advantage that he chose an impenetrable safe like Soon-jung as his personal secretary than someone else.

Afterward, Soon-jung wonders why Min-ho would bother to get personally involved. He downplays his act of kindness, likening it to getting rid of something caught in his throat. When Soon-jung frowns at that, he clarifies that he feels bad about being the reason why she was fired in the first place.

Even though she might not like it, Soon-jung should keep working for him and in return, he’ll make sure she keeps the job that’s so important to her. She’s taken aback, but then collects herself to declare that she has a stipulation: that he doesn’t pull something like this on her again.

He agrees, and then says she needs to accompany him to the hospital since Secretary Oh is off-duty today. And well, she can, er, probably get some tests done to examine the damage to her cheek, too. Pfft, look at you trying not to worry about her.

He sends Soon-jung off before getting some tests done about his pounding heart. Doctor Jo doesn’t find anything out of the ordinary, though he does follow Min-ho’s line of sight to see Soon-jung laughing with a child. Fascinated, Min-ho wonders aloud, “She knew [how to smile] too?”

Min-ho even unknowingly mirrors her hand gestures, and Doctor Jo’s expression at his patient’s budding interest is hilarious.

Not long after Chairman Kang orders to use lobbying to keep their final distributor happy, Director Yoon barges in with good news: a representative of said department store wishes to meet with the Hermia chairman. Imagine Chairman Kang’s surprise when that meeting is with none other than Min-ho and Ji-hyun, because Gold Partners recently partnered up with the conglomerate that owns that department store.

In fact, Gold Partners is already well-informed about all the measures Hermia has attempted to keep secret. Appropriate measures (which is just a nicer way of saying punishment for Hermia’s backhanded dealings) will be implemented: they’ll expedite the sale of Hermia’s central factory.

That means even if Hermia secures a distributor, they won’t have any products to sell. Min-ho literally shrugs at the question of how Hermia will make any money that way, but both he and Chairman Kang are aware that no sale can take place without obtaining the board of directors’ approval first.

Which is why Min-ho has prepared an offer: once Hermia goes bankrupt, he vows to hire the directors under his employ. At his uncle’s snarls, Min-ho states that there’s no need to switch out the employees when the head of the company is the problem. Oooh, burnn. Also, I think Min-ho might be the first person I’ve seen actually chow down at a tense business dinner.

What was supposed to be Soon-jung’s unemployment pity party turns out to be an occasion to celebrate. Like always, Soon-jung sees thing half-full, knowing that working for Min-ho is better than being blacklisted for a job.

On the bus, Joon-hee and Soon-jung takes a walk down memory lane, recalling how they both secretly listened to the radio in class because they were so bored. Joon-hee suggests they relive that memory, then sing and groove to an oldie with shared earbuds. Aw.

They’re still chatting about their embarrassing school memories when they walk up the hill to Soon-jung’s place. She remembers that Joon-hee was particularly cold to her when they first met, so she thought he’d hated her. “What was it that you didn’t like about me?”

Soon-jung receives a call just then, and Joon-hee softly replies behind her: “Because I liked you so much. I liked you a lot, but I was too shabby in comparison. So I acted like that because it made me so upset. But you remembered that.”

Soon-jung apologizes as soon as she wraps up her call, and Joon-hee says he’s sorry too.

After a light-hearted moment of Min-ho lingering around to watch (and sympathize with) Soon-jung burning her tongue from her ramyun, the Hermia board members chat about how one member now faces bribery charges. Director Yoon wonders if it was the chairman’s doing because he found out that the man was in contact with Gold Partners.

In the boardroom, Chairman Kang has prepared gifts for all the board members: copies of exclusive contracts, expense reports, and incriminating photo evidence for others. He has dirt on all of them, so they best remain loyal to him.

Hermia won’t be able to recover if the central factory is lost, so they’ll shine the media spotlight on the central factory and use public opinion to their advantage. Which means they need to sway the union workers’ hearts first, and so the directors head out to voice their support of the factory while handing out leaflets that paint Gold Partners in a negative light.

Min-ho, meanwhile, walks in on Secretary Oh and Soon-jung bonding over cosmetics in his office. Seeing his secretaries getting along so well makes him smile, and he has to keep insisting that he isn’t upset at all at the sight. But when Secretary Oh says he must be, Min-ho finally yells out of misunderstood annoyance.

Once Soon-jung leaves, Min-ho sits down with his secretary to ask after his secret in becoming so chummy with Soon-jung. She never seems to smile around him like she does with Secretary Oh, who finds that odd since Soon-jung seems like a bright and funny personality to him.

Min-ho sounds awfully like a teenage boy asking how to get to know a crush that won’t give him the time of day. Secretary Oh isn’t surprised at the least, knowing Min-ho’s mean personality all too well. To that, Min-ho defends the idea that he was nice to Soon-jung— he got her re-hired (Secretary Oh: “After you tried kicking her out of the company”) and he saved her life, too (Secretary Oh mockingly babbles, “Sure you did”).

But Secretary Oh is more knowledgeable about women’s hearts than Min-ho is. A woman never forgets a time the man was in the wrong, he points out. Min-ho says he’s over it already, and therein lies the problem: Min-ho has to make an effort in making her feel better.

Min-ho complains that he keeps trying, but it’s not working, to which Secretary Oh guesses it’s because Soon-jung doesn’t trust Min-ho yet. Thus Secretary Oh advises Min-ho to plant that seed of friendship with Soon-jung by buying her a gift and talking it out.

Next thing we know, Min-ho takes that advice to heart by taking Soon-jung to a designer handbag store. He uses the flimsy excuse that it’ll be a gift for one of his female buyers, keeping the other details vague. “Just… buy something that looks pretty to you,” he tells her.

But Soon-jung quickly catches onto Min-ho’s strange behavior, asking him if he’s trying to buy something for her right now. Min-ho’s defensive reply only makes her more suspicious, and Min-ho wonders why she can’t just play dumb and accept his generosity.

Soon-jung has every right to be suspicious, pointing out that the last time he decked her out in luxury clothes was to manipulate his business dealings. Min-ho bursts angrily at those words, and his reaction legitimately shocks her. Not the best way to make amends there, dude.

Min-ho falls back on his earlier argument that he just feels bad, and that he wanted to do something nice because they’ll be working together again. But when Soon-jung flatly declines again, Min-ho sighs in frustration—pulling this move on other women usually ends with them in his bed.

It’s as if Min-ho catches the meaning of his words a few seconds too late, because Soon-jung draws back when he approaches. Despite Min-ho insistence that he didn’t mean that he wanted to sleep with her, Soon-jung politely declares that it’s best to keep things professional between them.

Min-ho takes his failure out on Secretary Oh, who says his boss would’ve found Soon-jung even more distrustful if she had accepted his gift. So their next tactic is becoming friendly with Soon-jung’s acquaintances—and to do that, Min-ho will host a housewarming party and invite Soon-jung and her secretary friends.

Min-ho isn’t on board with the idea of inviting strangers into his home, but Secretary Oh argues that sacrifices must be made on his part, especially when it comes to women like Soon-jung.

Upon hearing that the white hatchback Ok-hyun has been tracking down is the very one she looked into for Dong-wook not long before his death, she runs out, believing that this was no simple hit-and-run accident. At the same time, we see that product tampering hyungnim climbing into said car and driving away.

Min-ho sits Soon-jung and the other secretaries (who swear fealty to their chairman) down in his office. His housewarming party invite is a bit rough around the edges, with Min-ho having to bite his tongue at the sugarcoated reasons why he’s hosting one in the first place.

He stares at Soon-jung as he says the words, trying to gauge her reaction, and Secretary Oh attempt to lighten the mood, laughing that they’ll see each other tomorrow night.

While shopping the next day, Soon-jung has no intentions on relaying warm wishes of Min-ho living in the house she and Dong-wook dreamed of. When Joon-hee calls, she asks if he can’t pretend to come down with something so she can jet off early tonight. But as it turns out, Joon-hee is feeling pretty sick, which has her worried.

At the same time, Min-ho isn’t satisfied with any of the fancy dinner party ideas, saying that none of them align with Soon-jung. He asks the party planner what’s most popular with secretaries.

Later that evening, we see that Min-ho has prepared some in-home spa treatments and a spread of Chinese delivery food. Secretary Oh is worried that his boss can’t eat any of it given his heart condition, but Min-ho has eaten ahead of time and figures the ladies will enjoy eating food they commonly don’t get to enjoy.

Min-ho is disappointed when the other secretaries arrive sans Soon-jung, who will drop by later on in the evening. That’s because Soon-jung has gone to visit a sickly Joon-hee in his office with meds in hand. He seems genuinely moved by how she’d come to see him.

So Min-ho can barely contain his anger when he finds out that Soon-jung can’t make it after all, muttering, “Who did I go through all this trouble for—” At the secretaries’ mention about how Soon-jung didn’t want to visit this house, Min-ho asks what that means.

He’s told that this place used to be Soon-jung and her late fiance’s dream home. He’s surprised to hear the belated news that Soon-jung’s detective fiance had died in a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Soon-jung worries that Joon-hee’s working too hard while bearing the great responsibility of keeping the company afloat. Joon-hee says he’s not accomplishing such great feats here, but Soon-jung’s concern for his health as his friend remains the same. He swallows back his disappointment but promises to take care of himself.

His head filled with all the despicable words he threw at Soon-jung about her deceased fiance, Min-ho heads out. He argues with himself on the hilly steps near Soon-jung’s place, saying he wouldn’t have bought the place if he had known.

He heads down when he sees Joon-hee pull up with Soon-jung in tow. Soon-jung pulls up her professional demeanor at the sight of him, and when Joon-hee asks what he’s doing her, Min-ho’s initial reaction is to yell that he lives in this neighborhood. Min-ho is dissatisfied by her answer that she couldn’t attend his housewarming party due to inexplicable reasons, and lords it over her until she adds, “Because it involves Joon-hee.”

Her decision to use Joon-hee’s name (versus his job title) is deliberate here, and they both know it. She honestly explains that Joon-hee was sick and she’s the only one around who can care for him. She wouldn’t have dropped out for anyone else, but Joon-hee is her longtime friend whom she shares a telepathic connection with. Says the girl who doesn’t know that same friend is in love with her.

Anyhow, Min-ho drops the subject, muttering that she wasn’t that important of a guest anyway. He comes up with a work excuse to explain his visit, instructing her to join the negotiation talks for Hermia’s central factory tomorrow morning.

That’s news to Soon-jung, and Min-ho belatedly realizes that Joon-hee didn’t inform her about it. At her initial protest, Min-ho points out that this is an order that befits their professional relationship.

Assembling a team to an arcade casino, Ok-hyun gives chase to the product tampering hyungnim and corners him near a junkyard. She tells him that they’re here to investigate Dong-wook’s death. She accuses him of running Dong-wook over after he found out about the tampering case, but the hyungnim wildly swings the bar in his hand, professing his innocence.

With that, the hyungnim takes off again, only to stop when another detective stops him. Next thing we know, the hyungnim runs into oncoming traffic and gets hit by a truck of doom. Ok-hyun is left in shock and frustration.

Min-ho’s dream that evening takes him back to Dong-wook’s final moments—lying bloody on the road, reaching for his phone. But before he can see the name, the glass cracks, and Min-ho wakes up with a start.

Things are in a tizzy this morning because the media is having a field day about the public opinion circling today’s negotiations with the factory union members. Min-ho remains unfazed—the public will focus its attention to a different scandal soon enough, just like Hermia’s scandal twenty-five years ago. “In other words, I’m not going to stop.”

As soon as Min-ho decides on sticking with the original plan, Soon-jung arrives with the report he previously requested. She also added something else, because while she’s aware that Min-ho won’t change his mind, she believes he should know the people whom he’s laying off.

Furthermore, Soon-jung believes that a son shouldn’t destroy what his father built up. She doesn’t see how joining hands with those who betrayed his father to tear down his achievements counts as revenge. If it helps, neither do we.

Ji-hyun finds it strange that Joon-hee didn’t know of Chairman Kang’s actions, unaware that he’d coerced loyalty out of him. They’ll chat later, so Joon-hee ought to make sure the negotiations don’t blow up into a major scandal.

Min-ho reads the attached letter explaining the backgrounds of each the union members: a father who proudly wears his son’s school pin, a single mother with poor eyesight who continues to earn a living for her kids.

Despite leaving the note crumbled in his wake, Min-ho is reminded of their life stories when he enters the boardroom. He gives the floor to the union members first, who ask if the rumors about selling the factory are true. When they say they can’t trust suits like Min-ho, he counters, “What will make you believe me then?”

Min-ho has four options in mind, and all of them involve selling the factory. It doesn’t matter what he says since the union won’t believe him anyway, then abruptly ends the meeting. That incites one union member to grab Min-ho by the lapels, and Min-ho reminds him that assaulting him will only end in backlash.

It’s at that moment Papa Ma comes to break things up, but there’s something about his voice that causes Min-ho’s vision to blur and suddenly lose consciousness. Whoa.

Although the tests don’t indicate anything off, Doctor Jo has treated his unstable heartbeat. He warns Soon-jung that Min-ho may feel sluggish when he wakes. That’s exactly how Min-ho feels as he stumbles out of bed and hobbles into the hallway where Soon-jung finds him.

Staring at Soon-jung for a few moments before reaching for her cheek, he croaks, “Don’t go.” Min-ho pulls Soon-jung into an embrace saying, “Don’t leave me now.”

And who should be five feet away from this scene unfolding but Joon-hee with a wide-eyed, perplexed expression.

 
COMMENTS

It’d be great if we could see one consistent facet of Min-ho’s personality throughout an episode. Not because I don’t enjoy his immature antics with Secretary Oh and boyish attempts to win Soon-jung’s favor in this hour (I find his awkwardness around her pretty adorable, actually), but rather because it feels like we’re dealing with a hero with an on-off switch—his behavior mostly dependent on whether Soon-jung is physically present in the room or not.

It would be a different story if the cold personality we’ve seen in the beginning was at war with Dong-wook’s kindheartedness (because of the new literal heart), but that’s not necessarily what we’re seeing onscreen. Min-ho has surely questioned his physical symptoms and the results of his uncharacteristic decisions very belatedly, but for now that’s where it ends. What I’d hate to see is us as viewers growing more distant from Min-ho’s internal conflict. Rather than digging deep into Min-ho’s development, the show chooses to skim the surface of those external consequences. Doing so makes it hard for us to decipher which Min-ho we see at the moment is the before or after version at times, and thus even harder to track his progress. As a viewer, I want to be able to be in step with our hero’s journey, not trying to pinpoint his location with a broken emotional compass.

But I can say that fainting spell piqued my interest because something about Papa Ma was a trigger. It’s interesting that no one else in the dramaverse has yet caused that reaction, and it’s too early to make guesses as to why. However, that does tie back into the mystery surrounding Dong-wook’s death. For a few episodes, I honestly thought that Innocence showed its hand too early with the product tampering hyungnim. And now that the closest link to the murder is presumably dead, the plotline now enters dangerous waters. I wasn’t a fan of revealing a prime suspect so early, but now it’s up to the writing to have a helluva good explanation, and not one that’s out of left field.

I sound like a broken record when I say that Soon-jung continues to impress with her kindness and optimism. It takes a special kind of person to put up with a boss who’s either cold or plain childish in any given moment, and serve a chairman whose dealt in various shady dealings. In regards to the sale of the central factory, Soon-jung would have had every reason to protest on Papa Ma’s behalf alone, but instead she chooses to speak for all the workers, to try and get Min-ho to see the faces and lives behind the names. I do love how she pointed out that destroying something his esteemed father built up with those who betrayed him is a strange kind of revenge, if you could call it that. It’s an example how this show can be oddly self-reflective of its own characters, and better that it comes from Soon-jung than the villainous uncle spouting sense in between his semi-comprehensible mutterings.

 
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Great recap! I agree about how Min-ho is being really inconsistent, but somehow this doesn't occur to me while I'm actually watching the show. Maybe Jung Kyung-ho is just that good. Plus I also get the feeling that these impulses toward acting/feeling differently are happening on an unconscious level as well as an obvious one. So while he has the reactions like crying when Soon-jung gets hurt, or fainting when he sees Dong-wook's father, there is a deeper level where stuff just makes him uncomfortable, and he doesn't know why. And his real/previous personality is sunconsciously fighting to reassert itself over this "intruder", which is why we see him act in such contradictory ways. Or that's my theory. I do like that he had a strong reaction to someone other than Soon-jung.

Also, Min-ho repeatedly trying and failing disastrously to get into Soon-jung's good graces all episode is probably my new favourite thing. So so funny. I love how Soon-jung doesn't take even 1% of his shit and treats him with the utmost professionalism. She's awesome. Such a refreshing change from dramas where the rich boss bullies his secretary into doing everything he wants, she doesn't put up more than a token resistance, and is Stockholmed into falling in love with him. This dynamic makes more sense and is WAY more satisfying.

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@Laica and @gummimochi

IMHO Min-ho's inconsistencies could be attributed to his arrested development. That is, his growth isn't complete yet, because he was left alone when he was still a child, and practically had no adult to socialize him into a normally-functioning human being (I wonder how far Doctor Jo interfered for the sake of Min-ho's well-being for years? Did he play any role at all? If he did, why didn't he nip the seeds of revenge?).

So Min-ho doesn't really know who he is. When he does some things he never did, he accepts these as an inherent part of his character rather than questions them. It will take (many) moments of reflection before he sits and realizes that the lollypop craving, the laidback fashion style, and even the new haircut, are not the original parts of his fabric.

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While I agree that Min-ho's growth was stunted and his personality twisted by what happened to him as a child, I really don't follow the idea that you and some others have about him "not really knowing who he is". If you see him before the surgery and observe how everyone who has known him for a while reacts to him, it's clear he had defined himself as a person once he was an adult. Not a very NICE person, true, and one that has been shaped by his childhood trauma, but why does that invalidate his ability to know who he is? Who we are is informed by our childhood experiences. Would that mean that everyone who experienced tragedy and trauma as children aren't able to grow up properly?

I feel like rather than not becoming a person who knows himself, Min-ho (at the start of the show) is rather someone who doesn't know others well. His view of the REST of the world is what is twisted, not his self-knowledge. Because he sees everyone either as selfish leeches out to get others (like his uncle and those who followed him), or stupid idiots who don't know how to protect themselves (like his parents). He has separated people into these two rigid categories since he was a child, thus his instant classification of everyone he meets. And maybe that's what Dong-wook's heart will change for him: because Dong-wook saw everyone with kind, understanding, generous eyes. He gave people a chance, gave them hope, gave them the choice to explain themselves.

I'm thinking that the title means Min-ho will not only fall in love with Soon-jung, but fall in love again with the innocence that he lost when he was ten, and see the world and those in it with less jaded eyes.

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I still think that part of what makes him the corporate serial killer that he is because he chooses to adopt that kind of stance to cover up for the missing parts in his character, i.e the fact that everyone practically abandoned him when he needed them the most. His rigid categorization of people, IMHO, is also stemmed from this poor upbringing.

Complete with the lack of reflection in his part from before and after the surgery, I believe he has yet to know that he's still got a long way to go as a human being.

Or maybe it's because I'm a sociologist so I tend to see human's mental development as an ongoing process. That until the day we die we are still changeable, no matter how more and more difficult those changes are for us to grasp (as we get older).

Nevertheless, I agree with you that the final goal of this drama is to make Min-ho falls for innocence in the literal sense of the word as well as for Soon-jung.

In that case, I choose to see it f as Min-ho finally finding his missing parts and see the world in a better perspective, finding kindness in even the strangest places; which is what an average adult should be capable of (putting the balance between good and evil), and he hasn't been capable of so far.

So it's not that we differ in our opinions re. the true meaning of this drama's title, dear Laica, we just see Min-ho differently.

Nice to talk with you, btw. Sorry I didn't tell you earlier.

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I agree, I think we are basically saying the same thing in different ways now that I look at it again. I guess when I think of arrested development I'm thinking someone who psychologically never grew up up/is still a child, but I see you meant it as someone who never matured. And I agree, Min-ho is very immature.

It's a pleasure talking to you too - I really enjoyed reading your comments (if I remember correctly, on previous recaps too). :)

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I think his inconsistencies make sense since cellular memory manifests in an unconscious level and it really is dependent on SJ (and DW's dad, ppl close to him). He would only fight it if he had multiple personalities and was aware of it (i.e. KMHM, HJM).

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Yeah, it seems like a lot of stuff is happening on a subconscious level, which is why Min-ho doesn't recognize it even though others notice him acting unlike himself.

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MAD FOR MIN HO XXX

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you'r not the only one.. ^_^

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thank u for the fast recap gummimochi, its getting more and more confusingly intriguing ^__^

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I don't want to read the recaps for fear of ruining it for myself incase this is really a good drama - so can anyone tell me if it's worth watching?

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Oh! Please do watch it! For JKH and KSY - loving them both here. :-D

Personally, on an enjoyment ranking, I'd put this show second after HITTG and before Sensory Couple. :-)

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I rate it first in this batch of dramas followed by sensory couple and angry mom.I highly recommend heartless city it's kind of like Punch,two weeks and story of a man on steroids lol,really good.

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Hey its the same for me, i watch this first, then sensory couple, angry mom > in that order each week. This show is my new favourite thing of the week!

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Me too,it's my favorite thing of the week,if only subs were faster,this is the first kdrama I've watched that has no subs the next day but it's better than no subs at all.

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Like you, I highly recommend Heartless City (aka Cruel City), Punch, and Two Weeks. I've heard good things about Story of a Man, but I haven't seen it yet.

My rankings are similar to yours too — Heard It Through the Grapevine, Falling for Innocence, The Girl Who Sees Smells, and Angry Mom. Normally, subbing is completed faster for HITTG and TGWSS than FFI.

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Great chemistry and both leads are doing a bad ass job at their parts.

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*Not bad ass meaning bad but bad ass meaning good, you know

Seriously, I am enjoying every bits of this drama. Reminds me of "Punch" but the funnier version. :)

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The leads give their all for this drama so it is pretty much worth watching for that reason alone. The story though I can't tell if it's to your liking since there are people who finds it uninteresting (since it is about cellular memory and all that) but I personally find it enjoyable until now, especially since I'm the type who prefers enjoyable plots over great leads.

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Am I the only one who doesn't get this show. I mean...the motivations of main leads remain ambiguous for most part.

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@riya

IMHO Min-ho's and Joon-hee's (the first and second male leads) motivations are quite clear, but Soon-jung's is less so.
Min-ho's main motivation is revenge, but now it's made complicated by the transplant's cellular memory effect.

Joon-hee's motivation is social climbing. He's ashamed of his roots (notice his interaction with his father in Ep2), and is zealously eager to change them. His other motivation is to prove himself worthy of Soon-jung, because both he and Ma Dong-wook were both in love with her.

Soon-jung's motivation is mostly her sense of duty. But what makes it ambiguous is because we have yet to see what role her father played in the downfall of Min-ho's parents. Was everything what it seemed to be on the surface, etc?

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i am loving this show to bits...the roorkie screenwriter takes a very shallow story..and what does our actors do?

Jung Kyung Ho is rocking my pants off in this show. I so wish he still had that sexy hairstyle he had in the earlier episodes. why do Koreans equate changed hairstyle to changed personality?
Kim So Yeon has chemistry with both the leads..how awesome is that.. <3
anyway..there are plotholes and the whole corporate stuff aint explained..id say the screenwriter is quite wet behind the ears..but it is thanks to the great great cast that we see the beauty of the show.

Yoon Hyun MIn looks gorgeous here. I know he always does but he is doing a great job here nonetheless.
Im more invested in Min Ho than anyone else because of his moody personality. The heart part doesnt matter because i liked his cold bastard self earlier too.
My favorite scenes this episode were

-Min Ho trying to woo Soo Jung with his designer bags and homecoming party. He is so stalkerish and crazy about her and doesnt even know.

-Secretary Oh and Soon Jung bonding over cosmetics and Min Ho smiling at them...his smile *swoons

-Min Ho looked fabulous this episode. That orange sweater did to his gorgeous appeal as a wet Sari does to a woman's. and that black suit..omona..when he comes out of the car for the negotiation thingy.
*flat out dies

-Joon Hee and Soon Jung teen memories. I see it from his perspective and that's what makes me yearn after his love for her. reminds me of that unrequited love and angst of Reply 1997.

Is it wicked of me that i want her to end up with both of them? Both the leading men need some saving. Polygamy aint legal..hell one can try..kekeke

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Well, just because polygamy being illegal doesn't mean polyandry is, as long as you don't marry more than one of them (especially now that that adultery nonsense is finished).

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i havent watched this episode yet so came here reading the recap and ..... huaaaaaaaaaaa i can't wait for the download link from MAT.

i love this drama and i recommended this to some of my friends and they love it.. i miss Dongwook, he's such an adorable character.. i love how he loves soon jung! thank you for recapping this great drama :)

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Right? I freakin miss Dongwook. But I am also starting to fall for MinHo and slowly shipping him with Soon Jung for his adorable tries into getting to her good side. :)

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ikr.
yups, me too.. little by little, haru haru.. haha.. i started to like Minho also. his mind and his heart aren't connected, both heart and brain didnt work together, therefore, his behavior is hilarious.. i remembered the scene in the police station after helping soonjung, haha.. he tried to be like Jacky Chan or Jet Li LOLs

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@gummimochi

Thanks so much for the recaps.

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You guys won't believe what I did yesterday, yesterday as I was looking for subs which take incredibly long by the way,I stumbled upon a site that mentioned how hot our min ho was in heartless city, so I decided to check out the first episode, only it turned into 20 episodes in one sitting, it was FREAKING AWESOME, soooo AWESOME, Amazeballs hihi. I can't believe I'm saying this but it may be better than Punch definitely better than Healer , I wouldn't have been able to wait every week for episodes. I spent all the data that I had planned for two weeks to watch AM, this show and sensory couple in one day but I have no regrets,the ending could have been better, I understand it had time constraints but I don't even care every episode was great, I was always on a high, talking to myself, screaming at my screen and going " wait, what?!!!"I think I'm officially changing my best genre from romantic comedies. Oh soo ya,doctor's son great to see you guys reunited even if it's another drama falling for innocence will give me closure and I'm loving all JBTC dramas.
*end of squeeling *
Min ho,that hairstyle, not your best look,I prefer the old one.
Thanks for the recap

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Serious grammer issues above.

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What?! Heartless City can't be better than Punch! Now I'm going to have to check out HC.

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I know unbelievable right because Punch too me has been creme de la creme but Heartless city came along and now I'm like Punch who?

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@klava

Glad that you enjoyed HC even if we may differ as to which is the better show amongst the three you've mentioned. HC has one of the best closed-quarters fighting scenes I've seen. And of course the bromance.... :-P

It's ost remain among my favourites till today - 'Everyday' by Ju Jung Hee and Kim Yong Jin's 'Hurt'. Do check it out if you haven't already. :-)

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I totally understand because Punch and Healer were great dramas,I personally rate them that way because I didn't really get into Healer until the fourth episode and I also got caught in the Fandom, seriously couldn't get over it took me a couple of weeks but for some reason when I try watching it again,I get bored and can't rewatch it I usually repeat dramas alot,I have repeated some dramas like 20 or more times.
Punch which I watched after Healer was also great better than Healer but I didn't have that urgency to finish it, it took me two weeks to complete, so that's why I rate it way as for heartless city I can not praise it enough *potential spoiler*there was no way to know how it will turn out,every single episode was wow and it took us the fifth episode to find out shin hyuns true face and then safari's true face which was crazy,then Hong ki who was so devious as much as hate him you can't help but think his plan was genius but his definitely the worst of the worst,everytime he said don't forget you are a cop,I felt like screaming, damn he even his used shin hyuns body guard. Plot awesome, writing awesome, it could have used 2 more episodes to show more between soo mi and paska and for a proper ending that the writer intended and not limited by time but honestly I'm completely satisfied.I'm planning to buy the Dvd and rewatch it a couple of hundred time.
Thanks for mentioning the Ost, I'm going to download it now and listen to it,honestly for all that was going on in the show I don't remember hearing any music, Lol.
Btw in what order are you rating them?

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Oh the bromance was awesome, I was more into it than the romance.this show and school 2013 have the best bromance.chinga soo I wish he ended up with the aunt but his ending was also daebak. The writer just didn't care for the state of our hearts.Is there such a thing as sisomance lol,angry mom has that.

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@klava

Sisomance...... LOLZ. I don't think I've come across this term before! Learned a new word today, thanks.

I don't rate the shows in any particular order. I enjoyed and would re-watch them for different reasons. Healer for the OTP, both individually and together, HC for the action and bromance and Punch for it's narrative. I enjoyed Healer the most amongst the three, but that's just me. :-D

HC made me go back in time to Time Between Dog and Wolf - JKH with Lee Jun Ki and Nam Sang Mi. Another must watch, if you have the time.

The OST - I think they're the sexiest 2 songs I've heard in kdramaland! :-P

@ Giegie - JKH's voice and his manner of speech, are arresting to me too! :-)

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@ patinalee
I heard the Ost you mentioned I only recognised Hurt which I love now,I'm definitely going to pay attention the next time I watch heartless city which will probably be this weekend when I buy the dvds.have you listened to bicheonmoo Ost by Kim So yeon definitely a must listen too,I first heard it in monster ,I didn't know the meaning then but it blew me away. If you can watch the monster version on YouTube.
I'm definitely going to check out time between dog and wolf and I'm finally going to finish ja myung go after realising our min ho is in it,it's been on the shelf for a year collecting dust.
I couldn't reply directly on your comment as there was no reply button so I hope you see this.

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Oh now i see how the comment thing works, I thought the reply would still be on your comment, maybe I would notice this if I wasn't on mobile or maybe I'm making excuses hihi

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Woa, I want to know which dramas you watched more than 20 times.

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@news
First the holy grail of dramas,my lovely Kim Sam soon which I must travel with, coffee prince and secret garden.
Others
Empress ki, maybe 10 times,thousand kisses 5, prosecutor princess,boys over flowers like 10 times but I'm putting a stop to this because I started noticing it's flaws and they are major, Lovers it's old but I like it,I've watched it maybe 7 times over the years, but I rewatch most of my Dvd collection at one point or another 2 -5 times and I own 70 plus kdramas. I stopped watching American and British series for 3 years and even now i can only watch big bang theory and last man standing.

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I read ya, @klava!

And I'll check out the bicheonmoo ost too. Thank you :-)

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Shi-hyun is hotter than Min-ho and he has better hairstyle too. ;) I watched HC after falling for JKH's voice (I'm shallow lol) in this drama, and I loved it. The bromance, Paksa, and the show's OSTs, everything about HC. It's badass and it's definitely better than Punch imo. The ending made me cry though.

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Lol @ you fell for his voice, I didn't notice it but I'll definitely try to pay attention when I watch.
THE HAIRSTYLE it's like they are trying to make him less awesome, I loved his hair before but this is very unappealing, if I knew Korean I'd find a way of letting them know how awful that hairstyle is.Glad you agree it's better than Punch, while watching punch, I thought now i see why it had higher ratings than Healer but when watching Heartless city I was like 'where have you been all my Life' Lol 'coz I think I'm in love ' HAHA it brought back those feelings I had when I first watched a kdrama and realised how awesome they are.really glad I can discuss heartless city with you guys because if I didnt have a place to talk about it, using min ho's words it would have been stuck in my throat.

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I fell really hard for his voice. It's the first thing I noticed when I watched epi 1 of FFI. :D
When they changed his hairstyle I was like: "Oh God! You're not an idol for goodness sake!" LOL Imagine him sucking his lollipop with his blond hair instead of bowl-like hair.
It's probably because action-romance is my favorite genre that's why I enjoyed watching HC more than Punch. Office politics themed shows just bore me to death regardless of how good the shows are. I loved HC just as much I loved Healer. Healer is an ultimate favorite though. ;)

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Yeah, I'm definitely not feeling his new hairstyle. I suppose they're going for the sweet and boyish look of DW, but I much prefer his hairstyle from ep 1 and 2, which fit nicely w/ his arrogance and swagger. Having that contrast w/ his cellular personality is much more interesting.

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I just pictured the blond hair and the lollipop and now I'm thinking maybe production realised it will have to raise the age restriction to 18 from 15 because... Well you know why.but that hairstyle has ruined his chances of being more popular, hope they change it at some point.
When I think about Healer 's Otp chemistry, I start to waver but overall it's still Hc.

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Wonderful to come across another fan of Heartless City. Glad you enjoyed it. I liked Heartless City better than Healer too. Heartless City — gritty, compelling, not perfect but oh so good. An awesome quartet of memorable characters (Doctor's Son, Lee Jin-Sook, Safari, & Kim Hyun-Soo), the bromance (Baksa Adel & Hyun-Soo), OST, fight scenes, etc.

For so many of us our eyes were riveted on Jung Kyung-Ho as Baksa Adel/Doctor's Son/Jung Shi Hyun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8aSM0ZQGGk&list=RDs8aSM0ZQGGk

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Your right, best quartet ever and I really loved how each character was so deep,the writer definitely developed them well you couldn't help but be immersed, love the bromance most of all and that Shin Hyun had such a great family.
Still can't believe I didn't notice the Ost, it's like I'm hearing it for the first time,I was too engrossed in the drama.
Thanks for the link.

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You're welcome.

I'll never look at a Doctor's Son the same way again. :)

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Completely enjoyed HC as well :), and do think it is better than Punch. I put Punch on hold when I was watching Healer, but also took me two weeks as well to finish after the withdrawals that hit me from Healer (LOL).

In comparing these three (when I don't even know you can given the difference in dramas ---- Punch and HC are crime dramas vs. Healer is a action romance drama), Healer is probably my favorite as it a drama I reach for (The layering of characters, and OTP especially). The FEELS from that drama is so real.

I enjoy office politics and crime, but there is so much darkness and sadness I can take.

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Have fun in this drama .love Kim so yeon. She's so beautiful and lovely. She is also good acting too. Love!!

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Loved that bonding moment between Soon-jung and Sec Oh. And they had Sung Si Kyung's song "We Make A Good Pair" playing in the background - very fitting!

Min-ho doing that backwards walk on the elevator was a scream (kids, don't try this at home!), as was his mime to the nurses (gestures: "she got socked in the jaw. Check up on it"). Times like these, I really don't care if it's his primary personality or his Dong Wook personality or even his childhood personality - he's just too silly sweet for words!

It's great that they're dropping a lot of hints about the Dong Wook connection, though, and that people are picking up on it quick smart.

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I love this drama. Came in only for Kim So-yeon, because she is just incredibly awesome, but really loving the two male leads as well.

I didn't think about Min-ho's inconsistent behaviour until the recapper mentioned it, but somehow it works for me, and I think it is deliberate, because Min-ho is doing stuff that his old character would have done (like pulling Soon-jung into a trap), but his heart is now making him feel sympathy and love towards her, that he wouldn't have had before the transplant.

The chemistry is great all around, and I love both leading men here. I feel bad that Joon-ho has been harbouring a one-sided crush for so long. One wonders what would have happened had he even tried to win Soon-jung's heart all those years ago, before she ended up with Dong-wook.

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maybe he could have a chance we could never know yet sadly he was too councious and embarrased of his poor background that he,himself toss the chance at something and even confessing in front of DW who went full on his feelings without minding social status

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To add on to that, it seems obvious to the viewers that soon Jung is not at all the type to care about social status. She could have been a privileged princess given her dad's lofty position at the company, but I think she was so aware that social status obtained through dishonest means was something that she could not live with, that she would rather make her way in the world as an ordinary Secretary.

As much as I'm loving soon Jung and minho, I'm also excited to see what happens when she realises that junho has been in love with her all those years.

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Thanks so much for the recap Gummimochi.

The opportunity to spend time with Jung Kyung-Ho, Kim So-Yeon, & Yoon Hyun-Min — I will not let it pass me by. Hence, my willingness to give Falling For Innocence more leeway and just go along for the journey/ride.

Right now I'm satisfied with not having all the answers to facets of Min-Ho's personality and I still I enjoy (and look forward to) spending time each week with Min-Ho, Soon Jung, & Joon-Hee.

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"...my willingness to give Falling For Innocence more leeway and just go along for the journey/ride."

Me too, except for one little thing. If they're focusing on office politics, they could've dramatize his heart transplant and given it more weight within the plot. It was intense in episode 2 when his uncle usurped his plans by revealing his heart condition, then it went nowhere. All of a sudden, MH just entered the meeting in ep 3 and there was no mention of his heart condition or acknowledgment of his heart transplant (maybe there was and I didn't know b/c I skipped all those scenes?).

Punch did a great job of weaving his illness within the story. It was awesome and I was literally at the edge of my seat!

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I thought it was behind us, but after watching ep 6 (possible spoiler), I'm reminded of how much I dislike they way MH (and Chairman Kang) continually raise their voices and manhandle Soon-jung.

I guess I'm not giving this drama much leeway after all. I can let boring, predictable office politics slide, but I'm bothered by how she's treated in this drama and ep 6 just hit the nail on the head.

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Thanks for the recap.

I am loving the drama and watching it unsubbed.
I don't always know what the office politics, but it's almost better that way. You can make it up. What we do know is it'll continue to be a draw all the way to the end anyway. The details of the attacks and counter-attacks matter not. I guess good corporate wars are interesting to some, but I really don't know enough about it all to be invested. (Pun!)
It's like kids on a playground:
We are not on the same side.
I will destroy you.
You will not destroy me.
Yes, I will.
Well, no.
Well, yes.
Ummm, ok. Stab
Ow.
See? I hurt you.
Hmmm. Punch.
Ouch.
There. I am bad.
etc

I think you hit the nail on the head with "it feels like we’re dealing with a hero with an on-off switch—his behavior mostly dependent on whether Soon-jung is physically present in the room or not." Isn't that the premise of the story, anyway.

By the way, I liked the escalator scene - not only for the physical humor, but it reminded me of that OTHER heart transplant drama with Jung Kyung Ho's girl, Choi Soo Young, Spring Days.

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Yeah the corporate politics are my least favorite and the only boring part of this show.

I really need this show to have a happier ending than MSD.

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Lol I skip all the office politic scenes. I'd pay more attention if they were as good as Punch or Grapevine, but I'm watching this drama for Jung Kyung Ho.

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I love MinHo. Even the funny way he sits - he always looks so damned relaxed, having no care in the world who he's with or where he is.

Interesting to read about Heartless City. I'm glad to have something to watch in between these weekly episodes which tAke too long to be subbed.

Thanks for the recap! I'm loving the inconsistencies though. MinHo is so adorable when he's being transparent with what he's feeling (his facial expressions are awesome) and when he's looking so bored. JKH is doing an excellent job!

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Cellular Memory.

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Thank you for the recap. I need your help to track the corporate revenge story line.

The secretary (the character actor who was been in Modern Farmer, Ho-goo's Love, and now this) is one of my favorite characters in this drama.

I have never seen Jung Kyoung-ho in a drama before but I am making up for lost time. I am watching Smile You, of which he is lead, to see more of his work. He is pretty darn cute with his sinewy muscles and all.

I find it interesting that Jung Kyoung-ho and his girlfriend, sooyoung, both starred in drama's in which they were recipients of a donated heart.

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@Lizzy4e

I wonder if Jung Kyung-ho discussed stuff with his girlfriend before he chose to take this drama.

One can only wonders.

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Aaaaww... Joon Hee's looks when Soon Jung come to visit him. Every time I saw him with Soon Jung, I keep forgetting how awful he can be (potentially a killer too).

Yoon Hyun Min's acting is awesome, love the way his eyes shows her emotion.

I can't give enough praise for him, and also of course for another cast.

Jung Kyung Ho's voice and intonation when he's conveying his emotion is really good, and the way he looks at Soon Jung too... all confusing and giddy. LOL. His escalator moment is so funny.

Kim So Yeon too. I like how grounded she is with her acting. Her Soon Jung is strong and professional but sweet and naive in the same time, yet it's not jarring to me with how opposite she is with her character trait. Kudos for Kim So Yeon, if this acted by less skilled actress, I don't think Soon Jung will be this likable and believable.

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really adore this drama.. i luv every scene of soon jung and min ho

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The first time I noticed Jung Kyung-ho when I watched him on Ja Myung Go drama. Who is this actor? He has good acting skill, but it seem underrated. Too bad the rating wasn't good.

Yeah, I just watched 20 episodes of Heartless City straight. Jung Kyung-ho did marvelous job in the drama.

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