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It's been a long week Beanies and I'm glad it's Friday.
Being in a foreign country, only with son and husband, I'm awfully lonely and have taken to living through dramas- I watched 3 dramas this week! Beautiful Gong Shim; Thumping Spike; I need Romance 3. Decided my heart can only take 1 real time drama at a time and will watch Oh Hae Young when it's done.
Beautiful Gong Shim is my happy place and I wish I had all the episodes, now! Hope tml's epi bring Gong Shim and Dan Tae closer.
*spoiler?* Getting whiplash between mature/caring Vs I'll-pretend-to-be-injured-to get-attention Dan Tae and I'd prefer the childish antics to be less.
I'm totally crushing Nam Goong Min and I want the show to be good so I can relive those moments where you just want to Squee Over Oppa ?
This is random but I had a total Gong Shim moment when I tripped over the sidewalk curb and fell flat forward in front of too many cars and people :( sadly there was no Nam Goong Min to catch me, but thankfully there was also no Nam Goong Min to hoist me up horizontally airplane style ?
Because of another blog I started watching Thumping Spike and because the epi are 15 min, I was addicted by epi 8 and marathoned it.
@Mary, you have good taste- Song Jae Rim helped make my day.
He doesn't look like a high schooler at all, but it actually helped visually sell the romance more to me. And he should definitely do sporty roles. Any other shows with SJR to recommend?
I realise I quite like sports related dramas. Enjoyed Buzzer Beat and Pride (J-dramas). Any to recommend?
Thanks Beanies! Have a good week ahead :)
Hello~ I'm one of those Mary converted to the Church of Rim. It's not a sports drama, and prepare yourself for major WTFery, but Rim in Nail Shop Paris is SO. HANDSOME. SO SWOONY.
You may also want to check out, Surplus Princess, about a mermaid trying to become human. It's very funny and quite meta, and Rim's also in it. I won't spoil it for you, just have smelling salts ready just in case. Enjoy! :)
Nail Shop Paris is required reading for members of Church of Rim.
Ahh... Nail shop Paris. Such a strange thing. Such a WTF drama. I think Song Jae Rim really was the only thing getting me through that drama.
Well and the squeecaps.
Church of Rim! That's awesome.
So... Sounds like for both the only redeeming factor is SJR. One I'm going to go WTF and the other I'm going to need smelling salts. ?
But swoon worthy SJR sounds worth suffering a bit for.
Nail Shop Paris, such a hot mess(merizing) kdrama. A must see for sure, Jae Rim and all.
Inspiring Generation --- he's not the lead, but he steals the show, in my opinion.
I loooooooved Thumping Spike! Rom-com! Sports drama! Rim! What's not to like? I ended up marathoning it also.
Hey blnmom! Yeah it was an unexpected addictive little drama for me and SJR was icing on the cake. Nice to know someone else watched it and liked it as much as I did!
I was ever so grateful the English subs came out in time to save my sanity I was losing while wading through Goodbye Mr Black just to see Mr. Dark Blue Panda. :)
Where are you? How long have you been there? Have you figured out ways to reach out and meet people to feel not quite as lonely?
Sports dramas: There's a whole bunch of Japanese sports dramas (a rowing one, a boxing one, etc) but the one that I really enjoyed was Waterboys. Lots of bromance and very funny. There's also a Korean sports drama, 'something' National Village, I think with Lee Min-ki if my memory is not betraying me. I don't think it has the greatest review but I remember liking it though I would have preferred a focus on friendship over romance in that one.
I'm in Sydney- husband working here since Dec, I can't get a job here so I'm stay-at-home-mom.
When we came I was super busy with the kid and home and it took me a long time to get used to cooking/cleaning/kid routine. Now that my kid is more settled in school and I'm freer its gotten a bit lonely cuz I'm not so busy!
But it's really nice to have you guys to chat with and I would have never found Dramabeans and started posting on OT if not for us moving here. So in a sense I'm meeting new people here too! ;)
Will go check out the dramas you mentioned! Thanks!
Some Song Jae Rim fan art as Mo Il Hwa in Inspiring Generation (talk about a mess production but Il Hwa was not !)
my fanart ♥
Wow Owl! You are really talented!
The style is very Vincent Van Gogh-esque. Was that what you were going for?
Thanks. Van Gogh-esque, hmm. I get what you mean in this one, interesting. Van Gogh has a Japanese influence series that I find fascinating. Some of my other art has a Peter Max influence with bolder markers style and ink.
I haven't done this in a while. Just dropping by to say hello and Oh Hae-young Again is crack. That BBQ kiss was da bomb. I'm still swooning.
I'm nervously waiting for the shit to hit the proverbial fan next week for our favorite couple. Poor Thighs though. His business got wrecked, he was imprisoned and he's going to lose his girl to the guy responsible for it all.
MOTW is very pretty and interesting plot-wise but they need to cut at least 15 minutes per episode.
Beautiful Gong Shim's OTP is...weird but very watchable.
Thumping Spike I checked out for Rim and Climbing Tree but so far (ep 8) I'm bored.
Oh hae young again... It's an awesome drama...truth will pop later... but I really wanted the kiss to happen so their bond tightens... He won't die right!!!! (drama gods you better grant this.. )
Luck romance.. So-hu almost gives me L (death note) feel. Bare feet,siting style,drooped eyes,sweats.... (Only cake is missing..) I would die to see his love story.. Not so comedic but watchable...
Goong shim... That kindergarten crush ADT has is the cutest thing in the world.. I know second lead is all good and Goong shim has a crush on him but ADT is perfect for her...
A drunk cuddling bear, love puzzled L & a pig tail pulling kid..I love them all?
Thighs!? Have I been missing this nickname, or are you just a genius?! Bc that is exactly what I'm watching. Gold star.⭐️
OHYA is the first show in many years thats gotten me to be really excited. It part of my why I am back into kdramas. I really hope that the visions aren't what the psychiatrist says. Have you guys seen the movie "Stay"?
Hey guys! Watching. Mish-mash of dramas right now.
Still LOVING Oh Hae-Young Again, it's so surprisingly thought-provoking and I love reading the fan theories. Seo Hyun-jin continues to kill it!
Unsure about continuing Lucky Romance, it's just so typical.
Mirror of the Witch is still enjoyable and pretty.
I finished both Sassy Go Go and I Remember You this week. I am sooo sad they are over, especially I Remember You. It was so good and has me excited for Police Unit 38 to hurry up and start! I need more SIG.
Started both Best Love and White Christmas. As you can tell, I like to watch one light drama and one dark drama at the same time. Both are really good so far. Best Love is a riot and has great acting. White Christmas reminds me of a Jdrama, in a very good way. It's super chilling.
Which upcoming dramas are you guys most excited to start? For me it's Police Unit 38 and Wanted!
Best Love is fantastic! Glad to hear you're enjoying it!
It might shape up to be my favorite Hong Sisters dramas of the ones I've seen if it continues to be this enjoyable, which admittedly is only this, You're Beautiful, and My Girl... I know, I have a lot I need to watch, haha.
Oh I like watching a mix of light hearted and dark dramas at the same time or after each other too!
I can totally get what you mean about White Christmas remining you of a Jdrama. I remember thinking the same thing. I later saw one Jdrama that really reminded me of White Christmas. Though unfrotunatly I never got to finish it (and now cannot remember it's name nor anyone in it >.<)
Japan has its fair share of dark school dramas so I think that's a big part of why it gives me Jdrama vibes!
That's quite an A List of kdramas, just the variety one needs to get lots of genres in for the full spectrum of why kdramas are SO addicting. Happy viewing!
Yep, people are always under the assumption that all Kdramas are, well, dramas/melodramas until I set them straight and explain just how much variety there is, lol. I'm afraid I'm going to be so busy with watching dramas that I'll start watching less and less US TV... it's already started to happen. I just feel so left out when people are watching or have seen a drama I haven't!
I'm currently at episode 10 of **Sassy Go Go** and I'm so reluctant to finish it up! I'm loving the show too much.
That's how I felt, too!
Whoa, I missed Sassy Go Go (Lee Won Geun's eye smile!) and I Remember You sooo much. Those were my favorite drama of 2015. Still can't get enough of Seo In Guk, and I'm anticipating Police Unit 38 much.
I'm currently enjoying ohya to fill up my weekly drama quota and waiting eagerly for Police Unit 38 and W.
I almost forgot about W! Also looking forward to that one, it sounds so interesting.
I have got to tell you, Mindy. That is a very nice list of dramas. I rewatched Sassy GoGo yesterday and oh... My hatred for that evil girl almost had me tearing out my hair again. I watched it as the show was going on, and had these one week intervals where I would stew in my hatred of the girl, and then the next week, she would do something even worse. By the end, she was completely unredeemable to me.
Watching Lee Won Geun right after Park Bo Gum... now there is an eye candy week.
Right?! And she got off almost scotch-free! I know she dealt with lots of mental/emotional problems but it still felt like she didn't get the punishment she deserved and was too easily redeemed.
And YES. Lee Won-geun's adorable smile and Park Bo-gum's radiant smile. <3
White Christmas!! It's going to be great, I loved the ride.
Agree with you about lucky romance, I don't really like how HJE is portraying the character. Feels very similar to SWP's main lead BUT I love how RJY portrays the computer geek slave driver sooooo I'm going to power through for him!
awwwww Sassy Go Go <33333
@Mindy--Since I almost never watch shows that are still airing, I'm most excited to start Oh Hae-Young Again! Too many great reviews of it have me waiting impatiently for it to end, so I can start it.
Happy Weekend everyone
I still stuck in the loop of Weekend Drama
Happy Home : the sweet date with Lee Seung Woo bittersweet face is damn good. I don't know what to feel since it's really complicated. Will Hae Ryung still together with Dr. Seo if she knew about the surgery?
or she'll go back to her husband? or he will choose to be alone?
Will the husband leave his mom cage?
I actually more open to the chance of dr. Seo, his son and Hae ryung become a new family together. They looked matched.
Five kids : I have still torn apart by the conflict about marriage again or not, it solely depends on the couple IMO. The Golf couple need to get married....lol
Gong Shim : I also was torn between Dan Tae and Jun Su. They both nice guy with diferent charm. It feels like so long when we have guys that just nice and proper with different traits.
My personal preferred is Junsu because I just like people I can converse rather than play with me, I do like someone who played but I prefer it after we knew each other normally,
btw open question
what do you think about drunk honest talk ??
for me, I prefer the not drunk sequence bc it makes the acceptance or the way it leads is start with trust and willingness.
Honest by drunk make it seems more like a chance given by opportunity to know someone, Kdrama land just usually place it with the right person.
I agree. I much prefer having honest talk without being drunk. Also I don't like drama has too many drinking scenes- sometimes it goes on and on, and does not look pretty at all.
I agree with the drunk scene that doesn't look pretty,
maybe SK drinking culture is different but sometimes I think they throw up to other people a lot, hit people and I have to say, they behave annoyingly to other people,
why can't they stop before become too drunk?
1 overly drunk scene is enough for me,
alcohol doesn't need to always become the wingman of truth
Sorry to slot it in here but wanted to reply to you Sancheezy-
Thanks for the recommendation of
Don't know what happened to the comment! Sorry about that
Thanks for the recommendation of Can you hear my Heart!
I read the synopsis tho and its 30 epi and... It's sounds super makjang. Like too many secrets and angst and revenge... I don't think my heart would survive it even with Oppa Nam koong min in it.
Maybe I'll watch one day when I'm feeling in the mood. I don't know how you guys watch makjang dramas with your emotions intact! I'd be crying and tearing my hair out in frustration I think! Lol
nice that it helps ^^
Re: Five Kids. I really hate it when a guy is forced to choose between his mother and his girlfriend. I think it's really selfish of mothers to do that when she's not the one the guy will be spending the rest of his life with. It's unfair to the guy and the girlfriend because they're not gonna want to offend the mother.
It made me hate Lee's mom so much.
My mom is so good to my sister-in-law that I don't get how other mother-in-laws can be that overbearing.
Re: Drunk talk. I'm a control freak. I absolutely hate losing control of my body, so I never get myself drunk. I think the litmus test of a person's character is if they can be 100% honest when not drunk so I prefer that.
I really like how Lee confronts her mom with the question about her reasoning, even with that conversation, her reason looked obviously dull , she can't even answer him,
she just doesn't want his son married to a single mom with kids cause "she thinks" her son will be happier with younger-single lady,
it made me disdain her,
I also really hate how she confront Ahn mi jung in the restaurant, she is a mom and a woman, how can she said that to her...
Regarding five children: YES YES the four youths need to meet up and go on a double date already. Stop dragging it out, show!!
And yes, I think ST's mum is being very unrealistic. Has she forgotten it's taken sooo long for him to actually find a woman he likes? And now that he has and is happy, she wants him to break up because that woman is in the exact SAME situation as him? Sigh. Her logic really... But hopefully this means that she's easier to convince?? /crosses fingers/and also WRT HT and SY's baby out of wedlock, I can't believe they expected people to be happy for them, haha. So incredulous. You expect people to congratulate you for being irresponsible? Of course they're gonna be worried first bc you have almost no way of providing for the baby. /shakes head/ anyhow I can't wait for today's episode!
I think I am a bit ignorant about HT and SY relationship,
they start with lying and pretending to each other.
They both has problem with their job and all they think is love..../shakes head/
can't wait for this week ep too
This week has been filled with so many amazing developments in the myriad of dramas I'm watching that I'm considering making it a week of remembrance for myself. For this year (27th of May to 3rd of June 2016) I commemorate the:
1. Amazing wall & BBQ kiss of Another Oh Hae Young
2. The my boss is better than you moment of The Flower in Prison
3. The heartbreaking discovering of Sung Hyun's tragedy in Entertainer
4. The satisfying downfall of chief prosecutor Shim in Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho
5. The start of the fascinating relationship Bo Nui and Soo Ho will have in Lucky Romance
6. Seok Gyun's other side which knocked me out of orbit in Dear My Friends
7. Seol Rim coming into her powers (and what amazing powers they are!) in Mirror of the witch
8. Dan Tae's you look absolutely beautiful even with those pigtails stare in Beautiful Gong Shim
I haven't watched Master God of Noodles yet, so... I can't comment. But basically, it's been a great week, dramawise for me :).
It had good developments for GoN, and Monster too.
Master God of Noodles: Four founds out about the others finally (even though not all four were in the same place, they were all ended up working related to the villain)
Monster: Gang Ji-hwan finally found who Sung Yoo-ri was (his first love).
Really? Awesome! About Master God of Noodles I mean. I haven't watched an episode of Monster. I've been wondering when all four would know where they each are and know they're all connected to the monster in one way or the other. Now what I have to wait for is for them to team up and bring down Gil Do and his house of cards :).
Still at work, so will watch Master God of Noodles when I get home.
Hey guys, I just happened to notice that most of the dramas usually come from a main theme. There is less versatility in themes in kdramas.
Do you happen to remember any dramas that were different? With a completely new theme never heard of before.
This may not be what you meant when you said different, but I find the heroine in Five Children to be unique and refreshing in the way that she stands up for herself. True, it's not the same way that we westerners would tell someone off, but considering South Korean values and culture when it comes to speaking to elders, I find it hilarious that her in-laws that oppose her relationship, and repeatedly cross the line, can NOT handle her.
I also think it's very different that she has to deal with her ex-husband and his new wife, who is her ex-best friend and her mother. I've never seen that in a K drama before.
Tbvh I think Kdrama tend to have diff conflict but the resolution more often comes with finding love, or the loved one.
The theme is always >>Love<<
it all surrounded in finding you someone that you loved and loved you, which is a good support for life
The drama that tends to be different for me is like the procedural drama and workplace drama like Misaeng or the detective drama.
lol This totally reminds me of some pic I saw before.
It was about K-drama genre. It had
Medical drama - Romance in hospital
School drama - Romance in school
Law drama - Romance in law firm
Work place drama - Romance in work place
Honestly, I think ALL Television revolves around love... whether Korean or otherwise. It is such a central and universal theme. It might not be as obvious in American television, because there is a LOT more distraction 'Oh, I got drunk and had sex with that guy. And now it is over with the guy I love because he slept with my sister and now I am having an affair with the president' -_- ... So, it feels more like a slice of life kinda thing, where love just happens to happen to our character, rather than this mission to fall in this grand love that heals everything. But the truth is, at the end of every piece of television I have ever watched. Not always romantic love, it could be filial or even self-love, but LOVE all the same.
but I think kdrama has more tendency to have romance love invoIve in the lead's life.
more j-drama like doctors or doctor x or western drama has the romantic relationship but it doesn't have to stay true until the end or make into the big deal later on the episode, they can go off alone at the end while still solve the problem at work then end the series.
meanwhile, in kdrama almost everything will fall into a romantic relationship with the lead, the lead's friend or the lead's sister, like the equal of solving the problem, is getting the relationship going,
it's not that I totally dislike it,I do like it but Kdrama achievement to end the series depends mostly on how the love romance relationship going and that's pretty much also solve the problem they had with the parents, the workplace, the trauma and so on.
That made me think of Liar Game. I think some dramas would be better without the romance (when it seems like gratuitous romance) but that was the exception.
unwarranted romance is not needed,
idk why they just can't leave the romance to be ambiguous so they can make a sequel with that material.
I knew sequel is not the norm but there's no need to rush everyone into a relationship
True. Some storylines are just better without one. What I really hate is Insta-love.
Speaking of Liar Game, I'm on the fence on whether I want there to be a romantic element in Liar Game 2. I suppose it will depend on where they are going with the story. I imagine it'll be different from the Japanese versions; it'll go its own way, I think.
One recent drama that comes to mind is I Remember You. It wove the question of "nature vs nurture" in its story as it presented people with sociopathic characteristics. I don't think I had seen that presented in a drama before.
By the way, that drama was very good.
White Christmas was definitely unique for a kdrama, as well as Nine and Queen In Hyun's Man. I think those are the first time travel kdramas I've ever heard of.
There's also Sweden Laundry, about a girl who runs a laundry service and uses psychic powers to help her customers with their problems.
I'm in a k-drama dry spell, haha. The only show I'm really invested in is God of Noodle, though I do slog through Vampire Detective because I apparently enjoy torture. Probably gonna write a long, long comment at the end of the series with how I would have paced out the episodes and characterization.
Not really feeling the romance genre (not that I ever really do, but sometimes I'm more up for it). I just can't get into OHY which is sad because I really want to like it but something about the characters just doesn't work for it. Oh well.
Thinking about rewatching my personal favorite, Resurrection! It's not a perfect show but man, does it satisfy. Uhm Tae Woong won my heart so hard with his performance. <3
lol what, I didn't mean to write this as a reply...whoops.
Check out Mixed Up Investigation Agency, or any of Park Yeon Seon's other dramas (White Christmas, Alone in Love) if you want to get away from traditional k-drama tropes. I'd also recommend The Queen's Classroom and Liar Game, both remakes of J-dramas.
I was going to write this :)
So excited that Park Yeon Seon is working on another drama finally!
Me too! And I like the fact that it's on Jtbc since they often air more unconventional shows.
I think Misaeng and Signal are kinda different than usual kdramas.
I also love food-themed dramas like Let's Eat and Let's Eat 2. Well, there's romance, but the focus was more on the food and neighboorhood. Both are feel good dramas and will make you crave for foods! (honest)
Healer is also kinda different than your usual romance and the leads are not chaebol/doctor/lawyer/overused professions in kdrama. I'd love to recommend King of Dramas for dramas behind dramas, it's crazily funny and presents how kdramas being produced and mocks it. Hahaha.
It's hard to find kdramas without usual formulas, but I think few dramas attempted that, some are successful and some are not. I do wish kdramas would have more variety and less chaebols!
I have been wondering why Healer seemed so different and unique to me and I finally got it.
None of the leads were chaebols.
Lol, thank you!
'Genre' dramas that stand out the most for me, are Misaeng and Signal. I recommend these because they're not just unique, they're actually really good shows.
I don't know about new theme (it is a romance, after all) but I did think Master's Sun with it's horror movie (a lot of it rather comedic) elements plus romance was different .
Not completely different but not mainstream. Flowers for My Life starring Cha Taehyun and Kang Hyejung. It's about death told in a witty, matter-of-fact way. I liked the humor and it's jut awesome overall.
I can just think of Joseon X-Files. It is like the title suggests, aliens and hanbok :p I don't think there is anything like it. It is a good mix of sci-fi, crime drama, supernatural and sageuk.
It is also really well done. If you are a fan of sci-fi or supernatural, I definitely recommend!
I haven't seen another show like Joseon X-Files.. While Misaeng marked 2015 for me, and Signal and Six Flying Dragons mark 2016, I don't think I've quite watched anything quite like Joseon X-Files sci-fi sageuk. Awesome, thought-provoking, beautiful to look at...makes me wanna go watch it again, right now, straight away!
I finally caught up with »Dear my friends«. The reason for watching is a rather shallow one. Drama was partly filmed in my country and that made me curious about it. While watching dramas I was always wondering how people feel when they watch a drama or a film that was shot in their neigbourhood or in a place they visit often. And now I got my chance thanks to »Dear my friends« that was filmed in my favourite places. Gotta admit - when the first scene of Wan and Yun-ha at the seaside came on, I became quite emotional. (Not to mention that this drama itself makes me cry. Those who watch will know.)
I'm curious, have you beanies also experienced things like that?
Yeah, I experienced that, when they filmed Misange in my country, i was so excited, i had my eyes wide open, i felt like watching those places for the first time, i never paid much attention to the places they filmed they were just a places, specially the downtown but it made me have more appreciation
I also experienced that. Not a kdrama actually, it's a movie in my country. The movie is mostly filmed in the city i currently live and the way they take the scene really reminds me how beautiful this city is. Meanwhile the movie got so very popular that people starts to make a city tour based on movie location haha ?
I fell in love with Seoul when I made my first visit to South Korea last April. For two weeks I wandered in joy through the city and parts of the countryside. I tool loads of photos of downtown Seoul and the fantastic architecture everywhere. I smile BIG-TIME when I see one of my favorite buildings or a familiar street. I can you this; The streets are NEVER that empty and it floors me they can film so much right in the main terminal at Incheon because it's always SO busy and full of people. By the way - a silly thing - I cried after going through customs and coming out into that main airport lobby. It's the real thing!!!
The US movie A River Runs Through It (Brad Pitt's breakout role) takes place in my home town and Redford shot some of the location scenery that was some of my haunts. I always get a bit of homesick blues when I rewatch the movie.
It's been a while since I've had time to stop by OT. In RL I started a new job a few months ago and no longer have Friday mornings free to hang out here. No time to blog or watch many dramas either so my poor blog has been virtually abandoned and it's going to take ages to catch up on my dramas. Even though new job is seriously affecting my ability to indulge my K-drama addiction, I'm excited to be finally practicing appellate law full time now. Supreme Court here I come! (Not likely but I can dream, lol.)
So the only thing I am watching is Another Oh Hae-young but I behind on this week's episodes. I am really liking it but a bit annoyed at our Hae-young. I'd like her to not be so needy about DK. Eric is his usual smexy self and I love the drunk sister. She's hilarious!
Elle! Long time no see! I figured RL must have snowballed, that happens. Practicing appellate law - time consuming RL sounds like.
Blog on back burner, you can get back to it eventually. Glad to see you, and btw Eric ~ having Que Sera Sera flashbacks are you?
Yeah, it's been a while. Nice to see u too. I'll have to stop by your blog this w/e to see what you've been up to lately.
Re: Eric-- definite QSS flashbacks. It's crazy how he sets the small screen on fire (or is it just me!?). I'm glad the AOHY is good, but even if it weren't he's among the select few who I can watch no matter how bad the drama is. (For ex, I thought I could watch Gong Yoo in anything until that drama-that-shall-remain-nameless came around.) In Spy Myung-wol I didn't care what the heck happened or how bad the plot got, as long as Eric was on the screen I was a-ok.
Stop by my blog, for sure! But you sound very busy, that's good, too.
Eric is one of the few k- actors who is overloaded with sexiness and masculinity at the same time and his acting is quite versatile (despite his idol bacground) is so intense and poignant that can draw anyone attention no matter how good or bad is a drama. He is rocking here because the drama is receiving good reviews from the majority of the audience. But for me he was always excellent even in a very bad production show like Spy MW he was superb in his role.
Elle, you're alive! Congrats on the new job!
HaHaHaaaa! Yes, I'm still here. And thanks for the congrats, lol!
Feeling pulled in a lot of directions lately, but not one of them toward Kdramas. One daughter is now in Vienna for a month on a college course, another leaves this week for a two-month job in Japan, another is just finishing school and I am looking for a job. I just can't seem to connect to anything out right now, even though I sortof half-heartedly started Mirror of the Witch and liked it. There are just so many life interruptions going on.
So what are some recommendations for what to watch (doesn't have to be current) when life is chaotic?
>>Beautiful Gong Shim<<
-the slapstick comedy never fails to make me laugh (at least for me)
-it's weird but charming
-they are cute
-the plot is not big nor important at the moment so just watch to see weirdly amusing person deal with their life
I hope this helps
I would also recommend Gong Shim because it is light and funny, and I think it will take your mind off from heavy thoughts. If you can skip a scene or two, I like to suggest 'Modern Farmer' also.
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That's me right now. I'm sort of watching OHY but have fallen behind because I'm just too busy. Not with one major thing, but with lots of little things and dates that aren't fixed or things that I need to plan/organise around but that are short-term and not definite or more complicated b/c they are short-term....
DEFINITELY Beautiful Gong Shim - one the truly funniest rom-coms ever...especially if you were creeped out by Nam Goong Min's brilliant back-to-back psycho villain roles in Girl Who Sees Smells and Remember: A Son's War. He is unbelievablly wonderful and wacky in Gong Shim. And, for your viewing pleasure, you must watch his turn on SNL:
Is anybody else as excited as I am to see Lee Kwang So in an American commercial? It's running on DramaFever. I'm probably late in observing this because DramaFever is my last place to go to watch dramas.
Also, is anybody else watching High-End Crush on DramaFever? If so, what's with the tapdancing clowns? When I watch on a site without commercials, they don't show up. I would think is a DF ad but the music is the shows theme song. It wouldn't be so bad but these are not sweet Bozo or Oopsy type clowns. These things look like Pennywise pee-your-pants clowns.
Not related much. But I saw the pic of Nam Goong-min showing off DramaFever award for best villain role (from Smelly girl).
Wow! I actually liked the commercial lol
Have just marathoned High-End Crush in one day, not sure about the clown, maybe the embodiment of a dapper but clueless CEO Choi..?
Have to rave about the drama tho! Jung Il Woo is superb (tho reminds me a lot of his character in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop), his comedy is all about the spot-on expressions that just make you burst out laughing. Jin Se Yeon is not bad, but for me the real OTP is CEO Choi and Heo Bin :D
Lee Shi Un is awesome! I do wish he won't be typecasted as the forever loyal secretary all the time, but damn, he's so good in this kind of role.
I do wonder about the logic of wearing short pants with long coats tho *scratching head
I finally watched Punch. And i realised that this was one show that should NOT be marathoned through. Bec then it felt repetitive and going around in circles. Every plan finally resulted in back to point zero. And then we would start all over again.
OHY kisses .... ummm.. squeee... awww... *swoon*
Maybe we should have Eric kiss some of the wide-eyed-goldfish-in-the-bowl kiss look actresses .... Would it make a difference ???
Question of the day - Why is DOTS named DOTS ? What was the relation to the story?
I don't remember where I read it, but it was a brief post of an interview with the writer of DOTS and she mentioned that the title stemmed from the fact that the characters, as she wrote them, spread brightness to all those around them just as the shining sun in the sky does.
Thank You. I really wondered. I thought maybe it was some sort of a korean proverb or something but google wouldn't throw up anything. Thanks :)
Despite the excellent cast, I also found Punch rather repetitive. There are only so many times you can double or triple cross someone before it all starts to run together.
About Punch, I also felt the same way that you do. I, too, marathoned the show and wondered why people find the drama so captivating. It felt really, really repetitive and after about halfway through I was constantly looking at the clock to ensure myself that time *is* ticking by.
After I successfully watched the whole drama, I do think that the drama felt like that to me because I marathoned it so everything just felt more or less the same.
About Punch, well it indeed became repetitive. But i personally still enjoy it bcs it feels like twist and i like to see how the characters react. The fact that in real life i watch bad politician and dirty corruptor running wild throwing shades in daily basis kinda help too i guess; at least in the drama it feels fun and rooting the good side is easier to do ?
Hmm... for me, Punch is repetitive in the way that chess or checkers us repetitive to the ordinary person's eye.
Even though they backstab and join hands over and over again, with each move, they win and lose something and are never truely back to where they were.
That was what was so captivating for me.
Repetitive - that's what I felt too when I watched the writer's previous work Empire of Gold.
Seems like having characters run circles around each other the whole time is Park Kyung Soo's style, and it's just not my cup of tea.
Finished punch just a month ago, after OMHE, to clean my palate. I really liked it! Though i watched in 3 weeks, so guess it's not a marathon. I liked the recurring theme of justice & the way the characters showed their true colors over a period of time, like peeling an onion! People lived in grey areas...
Takeaway, superb cast! Also liked the writing, so willing to watch some of his previous work also.
Ok, guys. I just finished Scarlet Heart (Cdrama). Wow. It was amazing. I'm very cuerious how they're going to do the Korean version. I can see now why they picked the Goryeo period, the story would be impossible in Joseon.
So, here's what I need to know now: 1. Is Scarlet Heart 2 worth watching? I'm okay with a silly plot as long as... 4th prince is still 4th prince, you know?
2. Imperial Doctress is already on my to-watch list. What other historical Cdramas or Taiwanese dramas should I watch?
Nirvana in Fire - not based on historical events but is an amazing story set in ancient times. Just give it at least 10 episodes. I wasn't hooked until about the 12th episode, but so very glad that I stuck with it. It's worth every praise people have been giving.
Legend of Zhen Huan - very long but quite good. The acting was top notch. Some parts in the middle were boring but overall very very good.
Congratulation to finish BBJX~! *throw confetti*
I personally would suggest to steer clear from 2. I myself dropped it on 8th or 9th I forgot. If you're into Cdrama, Too Late Too Say I Love You, Love Weaves Through A Millenium, Nirvana on Fire, Cruel Romance, Ballad of the Desert are recommended. Uhh, for Cruel Romance, I like the novel but not the drama. Idk why though.
1) No, don't watch Scarlet Heart 2, it has no relation with the 1st one since it set in modern day and kinda messy, overall I prefer not to watch it, cause you not missing anything by not watching it.
2) My List
The Legend of Zhen Huan
About a lady in the harem that rise to the eyes in the emperor and the harem hierarchy,
ps: this also about yongzhen/4th prince but older one so if you watch BBJX/SC, it feels a bit weird to see yongzhen that diff from the one in BBJX
Nirvana in Fire
About putting things right, in the mid of power battle on Jinling's Kingdom, a man comes to put things right,
please trust me and watch at least 5 ep, you will like it
Prince of Lan Ling
about prince of lan ling who is a great warrior and beautiful face. Then a girl foresees the tragic fate of Lan Ling Wang, the general of Northern Qi, she nonetheless falls in love with him and helps him win the war against Yuwen Yong, the king of Northern Zhou. But destiny can not be altered.
(I still in love with yuwen yong anyway)
The Vigilantes in Masks (2011)
Iljimae, for me the better version
hope this helps
If you mean Scarlet Heart 2, the one set in modern times, stay away. I've read some bad things about it. XD
Koala did a spoiler-free-ish commentary of it here: http://koalasplayground.com/2014/05/13/liu-shi-shi-is-a-vision-in-all-white-for-femina-magazine-and-survives-the-craptastic-bu-bu-jing-qing-experience/
I'm so hoping that the k-version will be good. Though parts of the story might change/play out differently. Think we just need to keep in mind too that they are adapting the novel and the the c-drama.
Like other people have said Scarlet heart 2 is not worth it. Mostly because all the things that would have tied it together with the first one has been cut out (due to censorship and a ban on time travel themes in dramas and movies). The drama that was planed could have been good. The drama we got, not so much.
I liked Song of the Desert. I've also heard really good things about Niravana in fire and Legend of Zhen Huan. I'm enjoying Imperial Doctress so far too (on ep 25)
I was kind of disappointed with Imperial Doctress. Nothing beats Niravana in fire for me so far.
I read lot of spoiler about the imperial doctress before it finished, so I kinda prepared for it and yeah it's underwhelming for me too,
I even can make my plot since it's all there but they jut don't do it,
aaarh what a waste for Wallace Huo/HJY
Why is the time travel theme banned in C-movies and C-drama? This is my first time hearing it o.O
Yes it's banned (also why China doesn't have doctor who). I can't remember all of it, but a lot has to do with not messing with history. So basically a historical drama should stick to the established history. Time traveling means adding people and events, and potentially screwing with events, that didn't or did happen, thus altering, or messing with the understanding of the past. So a drama using historical events and people should stay true to the known history and life of said people and events.
Which is why for instance Song of the desert drama uses different names (and calls itself a wushin(?) drama rather than historical) than what is originally in the novel, because the novel suggests an alternative reality/endings to historically known people.
I've read about that in koala's blog too. O__O
... the agency wanted all networks to broadcast shows from July through October that further exemplify “The Chinese Dream”. Accompanying the SARFT announcement was a list of 127 suggested dramas that have all passed SARFT review and been deemed to fit this theme. There were no wuxia or period dramas are the the list, naturally since the very genre has nothing to do with the Chinese dream unless the modern Chinese dream involves fighting for the throne or learning kickass martial arts skill to defeat a villain.
Her comments on SARFT's rules are hilarious. :D
Thanks for the recommendations guys! I will steer clear of Scarlet Heart 2 haha...
Happy Weekend beanies!
Juhan Shuttai has my heart. Bear cub is friggin awesome. Every character is awesome(so awesome that I've run out of adjectives lol). It's uplifting and heartwrenching sometimes both at the same time. And I really like that there are no villains though there are characters who do hateful things. Plus Kentaro Sakaguchi is adorable.
Anyways, I had no idea that the Baeksang awards was today. I didn't even know what day it was up until a moment ago lol. And Signal woooon!! Junghwan and Cheetah Omma also won!!! Kim Go Eun too! Yay for them and for all the winners(to be?) tonight!!
Juhan Shuttai is brilliant. I love everything about it. Bear cub is the bomb, she is my favourite heroine of the year by far.
Don't get me started on kentaro sakaguchi (the dimples), my crush on him is heading into Mary for Rim territory :)
Happy Friday! Weekend is nice and all, but I can't wait for Monday to come to see what is the deal on Do-kyung(Eric) in OHYA.
As to other dramas I enjoyed Entertainer. (Ji Sung! -I see currently there are four actors people refer with prefix 'God'(for their god-like acting) -GodJiSung, GodSinYang, GodMinSoo, GodJaeHyun)
anyway I read some comments that they watch 'Monster' to get Park Gi-woong fix. I found his interview done not long ago.[OSEN]
He went to do his army duty (Special police) on May of 2014 and finished last February. "I worked until one day before I reported for my army duty. When I came to my senses, I was in the training camp. I did it in Seoul, so it was less hard, still the camp was on the mountainside, and we had joint operation with other units and ran the mountain with equipment's on my back. I did 'Monster' right after the duty, and at first, sunbae-nim scolded me what was wrong with my way of talking. Park eagerly talked about his army story and said "Even though everyone has hard time in the army, this is only thing I can talk about since I just came back."
About him picking Monster, Park said, "Literally I started this project right after finishing my army duty. After a meeting, script reading, praying (for show's success) ceremony, it was first broadcast already. I was so busy that I even wondered 'Did I ever go to the army?' But the reason I started to do a project right away was that I felt I shouldn't show the longest vacant period during my over 10 years of acting. I think that is my duty as an actor. Also I wanted to work with this PD-nim and writer-nim for sometime. PD-nim called me. Frankly speaking, I have never gone on a trip for myself in my 20's. Fan meeting or shooting was the only trip I had. I was wondering if I should travel to a English speaking country for a month and start fresh. Then I got this offer and since it was something I wanted to do, I couldn't turn down. Well, no trip for me again."
One of the character signifying Park Gi-woong as an actor is Kimura of Gaksital. That time he'd been having hard time from his villain character roles in previous projects. "I think the evil character I've played is separated into before and after 'Gaksital'. In Chuno or Arrow, I was short-lived(screen time) evil character which I just had to play the role, but Kimura had his life described in the script. I had hard time (emotionally) because I could understand him. You know, he lost his love to his best friend. His real brother was beaten to death by closest friend. His best friend killed his father in front of his eyes. So I could understand his transformation and since I could understand him too well, playing him became very hard. But in Monster, even though Gun-woo works opposite of Gi-tan/Gang Ji-hwan, you can't say he is an evil. Rather I act thinking he is expansion version of Lee Hae-rang in 'Secretly greatly'. Even if I turn to be a villain later, I plan to relay the justification (as to why he became one) fully."
In the show, he is like Hong Gil-dong who can't call his father father. "I am weak on the family code, I remember the scenes like when he was running after being ignored by his father (ep 8), when he just stared his father and siblings in the elevator (ep 11) the most. Also I can't forget difficult (shooting-wise) scenes. We traveled far and did shoot with difficulties, but then again that became a chance to get closer to other actors. There are many people who love the character of (Jin) Ta-hyun (chairman Do's crazy son- Personally I am fan of him from 'White lies' and 'Queen Insoo' - excellent actor), so I imitate hyung, and shoot having fun. People call us 'Lunatic large, medium, and small' looking at our three siblings (Jin Te-hyun/Do Gwang-woo, Park Ji-woong/Do Gun-woo, Jo Bo-ah/Do Sin-young). I just wish/wait there are more scenes where three of us appear together. I think that will be fun."
In 2006, beginning of his career, He did millstone dance in a commercial which people still remember.lol
Q: Do you want to get rid of you still showing up on search word related to Millstone dance?
A: It was so long ago I wanted to eliminate it. (But people never fail to ask me to do one in a variety) It has been 14 years since I started acting. In the Daehakro (university road where there are many small playhouses), from the time I did cleaning instead of performing on the stage, I wanted to become an actor quick. I was an art student, so I think I was attracted to a character where I could show my acting. But as time goes by, I found that mindset is not important. (Acting is something) you don't get intimidated, but delicate work you make carefully.
Q: You look like a flower boy, but looking at how you talk, you feel like a real man.
A: There are more men than women around me. And I have more close hyungs since I love to do work-out. I believe I can do anything and I yell I do well. That is like promise to myself, that way I work hard.
Q: In the past MBC variety RADIO STAR, The Flower boy special (Jan 29, 2014) where you were in with Son Jo-joon(Reply 94), Baro(Reply 94), No Min-woo(My girlfriend is Gumiho), and Seo Gang-jun (CITT) made quite a stir.
A: Actually I didn't make any preparation before the show. I just went, but all other came with all prepared. Gan-jun even prepared to play Piano. I think that was New year's day special. I said I'd sing a TROT since it was holiday. I also did orang hutan act which I usually play. It must have had good response.
Q: What variety you think fits you the most.
A: I like cooking programs. I watch 'Taking care of fridge', 'Cooka daepyo'. Cooking talent? Since I've lived by myself for a long time, I can make a taste somewhat. I usually use scissors rather than a knife. I put many of this and that so food becomes edible. I can make all stew dish even though I can't make side dish well. And I am fan of 'Infinity challenge' which I never skipped watching.
Q: What is the watching point in Monster?
A: I hope people to keep watching. Since it is 50 eps, there are many actors and stories are complex and twisted, and it is still in the process of becoming firm.
btw you might want to find the Radio Star/ Flower boy special (20140129) episode. It is hilarious.
(6:30) He sang.
Some from the episode:
Seo Gang-jun was selected as best looking by women staffs. (Women) audiences gave Park Gi-woong the most popular votes.(No min-woo didn't get any vote, heh -this man is seriously beautiful tho) Park Gi-woong(he grew up in Andong in KyungSang province - heh he could be my relative -same last name and same hometown) said on valentine's day he got so much cake (from girls), that valentine day was cake sharing day among relatives.
Seo Gang-jun was called 'Vitamin' because girls came to see him to get energy after a few hours of classes.
PGW said his private life was that of a priest. Q: what do you do on lonely night? PGW: I... just sleep.(No min-woo nodded)
No min woo no need to feel discourage bc they both is up to Lee Sang Woo on my list,
SKJ is handsome but I do like PKW and NMW better,
here's my virtual vote . . .
Watched the whole video...No one warned me there would be more InHo piano injustice ;_;
Thank you for that Fan :))
I don't really know why I keep watching Monster (I get bored and fast forward through the elder's plotting parts) but I think it has to do with Park. I loved him as Shunji Kimura.
As far as Monster, I personally like it best when it's being a comedy and when the team of players are all on one side.
I watched that clip (thanks :) and the rest of them. I was cracking up.
Huh, Park Ki Woong actually can move his neck like that (when he does the re-enactment of the commercial dance).
My personal favorite is when he said his personal life was as pure (?) as a priest. Hur. Idk, that just sounds funny coming from a celebrity although it could be true in his case (heavy schedule and all).
I admit I fast forwarded through SKJ piano playing (poor kid) and here I thought I'd recovered from CITT -_-.
on other stuff:
1. On TVN's List 2016's latest 'Ajae fatale'(fatally attractive Ajussi) episode, Jung Woo-sung(Padam padam) was chosen as No 1,
Jo Jin-woong(Signal) was No 2, and Eric (OHYA) was No 3.
No 4 is Ha Jung-woo (actor)-thanks to his romantic side from the movie Assassination.
No 5 is Hwang Jung-min. He has very cheerful personality with good friendship with many actors/actresses.
No 6 is Eun Ji-won (Reply 1988). He who currently shows manly side was used to be called Eun ChoDing(Elementary school kid).
No 7 is Yoo Ji-tae (Healer) -Romantic guy for his actress wife.
No 8 is Jin Gu (DoTS). He is manly sexy and best husband doing all housework for his pregnant wife.
me like- huh? Eric is Ajussi?
2. On-line research company did a survey on the drama started strong and ended with a whimper:
The results(from 14800 participants): No 1 was Cheese in the trap(21.4%), No 2 was YongPal, No 3 was DoTS.
Other dramas mentioned included 'The time we were in love', 'Once more happy ending', 'Who are you', 'Mask prosecutor', 'Gakju' etc.
I am surprised it also had Master of Noodle which didn't even finish. I guess there were too high of expectation after DotS.
3.And King of mask singer: It says among MBC video clip posted on Naver TVcast, Music Captain's 'Lazenca, Save Us' got the most views (close to 4 Million). This is the song which made him the king first time.
and here is the song I adore -One Million Roses with English sub. Some mention lyric reminds of 'Le Petit Prince'(by de Saint-Exupéry).
They said Music Captain sang this to show his wish to go back to his star(home/no more KoMS), even though he denied.
Thanks MC, You did a great job! and Have a great trip! (I read his group attends the Music festival in France today).
My favorite Music Commander performance are
both of those performance speak me more than any other,
he is great performer
Bombi/spring rain is Soooooooooo Good. I don't think I'd ever get tired of listening to it.
Spoiler from DC gal: Someone (audience - ep62) said people didn't vote for Music Commander because they thought he wanted to let go, but they got shocked because of huge difference in the final votes (too many people thought the same thing- even though the other guy did good). I can't wait to watch.
I guess he would be considered an ajusshi b/c he's nearing 40. I was thinking about this in reference to myself just yesterday. I'm around Eric's age (and I'm married & have children) so I'd be considered an ajumma. But I sooo don't feel like an ajumma & I don't see people my age (women & men) such as Eric as ajusshis and ajummas either, but technically I we are. Now I finally understand what my parents used to say when I called them old.
Either way, Eric is stil hot so I guess that's all that matters.
He's still got a while off but I suppose 37 qualifies.
I have no problem w/ not considering 37 near 40 or a jussi territory. I'm getting close to Eric's age so I'd love that hold onto the notion that I still have a while to go! ?
Did something a little different on my blog this week and I'm shocked at the response. That little bit different was Oh HaeYoung Again IMPcaps. Hur, I turned that drama into a meme.
This week seemed like it passed by really fast and yet at the same time, really slow. I don't recall ever feeling this blank. Hm.
I just took a quick peek at your Oh Hae-young Again posts!
I can't stop laughing!
I really should be watching that show.
Loved that blog post, it cracked me up!
Happy friday guys!
Today was the wrong day to be cycling to work. There was snow, hail, rain and a tiny glimmer of sunlight. All withing the span of the 25 min it takes me to get to work on my bike. Thank god for the speed dryers we have at work... (home had intense rain, but no snow or hail)
Still in re-watch land as far as dramas goes. This time rewatching My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. I had forgotten how cute it was. And how much I liked this drama.
Kdrama Toddlers style (storytime)
There once was a girl, so cute and smiley. But behind the smile was a loneliness as she was cut off from the kids around her due to a hearing problem. She was always alone, even as the grown ups thought her and the others how to communicate.
Then one day, a blond haired boy arrived. A bit of a troublemaker, always stealing toys and pushing the others. wanting to rule and get his will.
The boy pushed the girl, she pushed him back. And speechless it rendered him. Since that day they were inseparable. Always holding hands, talking and communicating with words both spoken and silent.
He rides the bike with her on the back. She runs to hug him whenever she can. She makes him nicer, and he makes her happier. Always together
(sorry, couldn't resist telling this more as a fairy tale than just a retelling of events)
Aw! That's so cute! And so heartwarming. Nothing's ever better than a best friend.
And lol at you riding a bike to work. I'm imagining you with a cloud of misfortune above your head as you travel to work.
They really are the cutest. He will march on ahead with her following holding his hand. And if she lets go, he will stop and turn to look for her. And they always look out and care for each other.
AHha I really did feel like I had a cloud o misfortune over me today. Especially since I also dropped all the cups (thank god they're of plastic) when I was getting them ready for breakfast for the kids. And burned my had on the pizza we made. And twisted my ankle. And almost got run over by a car :P
It was the universe telling me that I shouldn't have gotten out of bed this morning :P
Especially since I also dropped all the cups (thank god they’re of plastic) when I was getting them ready for breakfast for the kids. And burned my had on the pizza we made. And twisted my ankle. And almost got run over by a car ?
Whhaaaaa??? Were you half asleep or something? How can so many things happen to a person in one day?
Haha, Mah, it's a pretty standard day. I've always been above average accident prone. Like if I get injured my family and friends doesn't even ask what happened anymore. It's always "what did you do THIS time then?" in that sorta exasperated voice you might use to a cat always wanting to go in and out the door :P
*wraps you in a bubble*
Wee! I get my own bubble!
*attempts walking on water* :P
Awww. Love the story!
It especially touched me because my almost 3 year old has can't talk much and struggles to communicate and is always on his own at school.
Gives me hope that maybe he'll find a friend like the little girl did too ❤️
Hope the weather next week gets better for you Manin!
Aw, I'm glad the story gives you hope! The two children in question are 3 years too. and they found each other quite recently. I am sure your son will find a friend too! Hope it won't take to long <3
As always the kids are so cute!
And, oh no! Your bike riding trip! ...... I certainly hope the weather turns for the better soon. Take care!
they are :D
Haha thanks, I hope so too! Next week is my week off after all, would be sad if it decided to snow again :P
Hey guys, this is my first time posting on Open Thread so I'm not really sure what to say hehe.
Finally completed Remember - Son's War after putting it on hiatus for a month (life just got in the way). Namgoong Min played villains so well I kinda get disappointed when I watch other dramas and the villains aren't as scary as how Namgoong Min does it lol. Perhaps I should give Beautiful Gong Shim a try since the general consensus is that it's a nice show.
I'm still lagging behind on Mirror of the Witch and Lucky Romance; I love the former but it's too creepy for me to watch when I get back (I'm staying alone in my room and by the time I reach home it's already late lol) but I'll try to make some time for it. As for Lucky Romance, I can't comment much except that it feels like a standard rom-com but I hope it will pick up along the way.
I just came back from watching Agasshi in theatres and my only comment is that it's kinda probably too...visual for my liking haha well I guess it wasn't my type of movie. But it was rather good (although I was disappointed that one major part from the original novel wasn't incorporated into the movie) Which other Park Chan Wook's movies would you guys recommend?
Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
Hey, welcome to OT.
At risk of getting flamed, I think Park Chan Wook is a nutcase. If you thought Agasshi was too visual, then his other movies may probably not be your cup of tea.