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Open Thread #536

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Weeeeeeeeee Hi, everyone! Hope you're all enjoying your Friday! I'm here to spread some Lee Kyu-hyung love! Check out his interview with The Star here: https://ohmygeona.blogspot.ca/2018/01/trans-actor-lee-kyu-hyungs-interview.html?m=1

On another note, I'm scared of watching on-going dramas now. The uncertainty is making me anxious. I wasn't like this before.

But because it'a Friday, it means SuperTV day! Can't livestream though coz I dont know how to work flash player on my android. I guess I'll watch later. Have a good day, beanies!!

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Just sharing some of the kdrama news this week 😊

1) Jung Kyung-ho confirmed to act in OCN's new drama Life on Mars, remake of BBC drama and will first broadcast in June. The drama is set to be directed by PD Lee Jung Hyo who directed The Good Wife.
2 ) Seo In-guk is considering a role in a remake of Japanese popular drama, 100 Million Stars From The Sky. This drama will be directed by Director Yoo Jae Won from “Oh My Ghostess” and “Tomorrow With You” and will air sometime this year at tvN.
3) Kim Myung-min and Kim Hyun-joo confirmed lead roles in new KBS Drama "Miracle That We Met". Ra Mi-ran also confirmed for major supporting role in this drama. Will follow Radio Romance in April.
4) Han Suh-wa confirmed to join Uee and Kim Kang-woo for new MBC weekend drama " My Husband Oh Jak-doo" which will follow Money Flower in March.
5) Kim Yoo-jung, Ahn Hyo-seop and Song Jae-rim confirmed new jTBC drama First Clean Passionately and will follow Laughter in Waikiki in April.
6) Yoo In-young up to join Han Hye-jin and Yoon Sang-hyun for new MBC drama Let's Hold Hands Tightly And Watch The Sunset (working & literal title). It has been reported thay Han Hye-jin has accepted the offer. This drama will first broadcast in March.
7) Jung Hae-in confirmed to be the male lead in new jTBC drama Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food alongside Son Ye-jin will which follow Misty.
8) Yoo Jae-myung will reunite with Jo Seung-woo in the upcoming jTBC's medical drama Life. No information on his role yet.

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9) TV Chosun's upcoming sageuk Grand Prince (Jo Sang-wook, Yoon Shi-yoon, Jin Se-yeon) is confirm to first broadcast in 4 March.

New drama to look forward end of Jan / early of Feb 💕

1) KBS Radio Romance (Kim So-hyun, Yoon Do-joon) - 29/1.
2) tvN Cross (Ko Gyung-pyo, Cho Jae-hyun, Jeon So-min, Kim Ji-han)
2) jTBC Misty (Kim Nam-joo,Ji Jin-hee) - 2/2.
3) jTBC Laughter in Waikiki (Kim Jung-hyun & the gang) - 5/2
4) SBS Should We Kiss First (Kam Woo-sung, Kim Sun-ah, Park Shi-yeon, Oh Ji-ho) -5/2

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@seralovestteobokki,

Thanks so much for the update on GRAND PRINCE! I'm going through sageuk withdrawal, LOL!

Was tickled to see that Yoon Si-yoon will be back in hanbok. I enjoyed his turn in MIRROR OF THE WITCH.

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You're welcome. I'm not sure if I want to watch this or not. These casts is one thing, Joseon fatigue is also one thing. Lol.

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The PD of "Princess Man" is the big draw for this "Grand Prince."
Thank goodness for that because this cast needs a good PD especially our lead couple.
Writer of "Maids" doesn't even help. One of the most dragged out boring and senseless plot ever. This was Taejo's era with tons of material to work with.

I hope this is a fictional story at least with characters that makes sense according to the era.

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I hope it works, too. I'll have to start spinning my prayer wheel for Three Kingdoms. I'm getting a cramp from all the Joseon dramas. ;-)

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I'll join you and even do a kowtow communion prayer if that's what it takes for the sageuk gods to hear us lol.
We want a "good"sageuk!

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Joining the prayer :)

Good sageuk with some badass female characters and with good casts!

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Honestly I rather see PD of Princess Man directed sageuk with better casts and writer. Princess Man had good lineup of casts, with some well-known veterans in this genre such as Lee Soon-jae and Kim Yeong-chul. I don't know about Grand Prince, but based on Asianwiki, other major supporting casts are young and also not experienced actors in this genre.I don't know if I'll check this drama, because like you said the main draw is PD of Princess Man. Yoon Shi-yoon might be the main draw among the casts, he was pretty good in MOTW in my opinion.

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I plan on watching all 4 of those drama's you listed! This is my first time watching so many at one time (New Years Resolution). I'm excited!

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Me too 😊

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Thanks for yet another reminder, @seralovestteobokki!

Auwe! Nearly missed #4 with Kam Woo-sung! Luckily it will be the day after Lei Day, so I've got plenty of lead time! I've missed him in Kdramaland.

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He was almost to be Lee Young-ae's hero in Saimdang but for some reasons I'm glad he declined it, although I would love to see these two actually act together in a good drama in the future. With him, Kim sun-ah, Park Shi-yeon and Oh Ji-ho for eye candy in one drama, I hope this one will be good! I loved some of this writer's works such I Have A Lover, and she has a thing for senior actors and adult romance imo.

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Until "Pretty Noona" is released "Mother" and Kim Ok-bin's "Children of a lesser God" will keep me busy till then.
Cable shows are the most interesting as always.

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Have you started Mother? I'm planning to start it maybe after 4 /6 epi. I need to empty my plate first before fill it with new drama. LOL. But I agree that cable shows are interesting as always. I'm planning to watch all 4 new drama I'm listed because every drama has my own favs. Children of A Lesser God will start at the end of Feb, just hope we don't have to wait too long for Eng sub.

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Fortunately I have an empty plate already but I hear ya :).

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Also, you should definitely start a blog and talk about all the dramas that you are watching on it! I would love to read it.

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Thanks, but honestly I'm not really good with words. I feel more comfortable writing it in DB 😊

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wrt #2
Seo In Guk -- just say NO (if it's the lead protagonist)!!!

i do not want to see him in the role that Kimura Takuya played - albeit he played it so well being dark, sexy and dangerous...

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I have no idea about the original version - but dark, sexy and dangerous sounds fit for him, although I would have love to see Jung Kyung-ho in this role.

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Life on Mars (BBC version) is one of my favorite all time tv shows. How awesome this is! As long as it isn't as bad as the American remake :(

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I wish it will turn out well. Jung Hyung-ho needs a rediscovery role after Doctor's Son in Cruel City (this drama didn't get high rating, but he is mostly known for this role) and this will be his reunion with Director Lee Jung-hyo after Cruel City, who directed another remake The Good Wife which was well-received and was also supposed to co-direct Criminal Minds but resigned due to some differences with production co. I have no idea about the original but even if it doesn't has the same feel like the original, I hope it will be good on its own.

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It's crime, time travel, and semi-paranormal all in one. The genre combination was unusual but well done for the British one, off kilter for the American one. I'm actually less worried that k-drama can pull off those mix of elements and more concerned that it is able to do its own thing without feeling like a copy of a number of similar genre-bending shows k-drama has had a lot of these last couple of years.

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Love the original- such a good series. But who will play the Gene genie? I would LOVE to see Jung Man Sik go large in this role. He would be an awesome DI Gene Hunt. And Kim Seul Gi as the Annie Cartwright character. That would be stonkin!

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And the next BBC adaptation i’d probably pee my pants to see taken on would be ‘Our Girl’. Please dramagods 🙏
https://youtu.be/yjRpjbLdwxI

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I’ve got a very selfish suggestion for a potential future 'Theme of the Month' and I’d like to call it ‘The One That Got Away’. I wasn’t sure where to put this – so I thought I’d post it here!

I’ve only been watching kdrama for about years and I realise this makes me a relative newbie. It all started when I randomly saw my first kdrama on Netflix and then I just watched what they offered. But then I discovered Dramabeans and the ratings on here became my guide to what to watch. I basically watched the dramas that sounded interesting with high ratings or ones that had been recapped. I especially picked up ones where the recap summary said something like: ‘this drama keeps getting better and better’ so I knew I’d like it without being spoilered!

Now that’s all changed. Over the last few months I’ve gone down the whole new rabbit-hole of live watching dramas, mainly ones recommended by Beanies on What We’re Watching. And I realised that some of the dramas that I loved the most were not recapped on Dramabeans.

This is not a criticism of this site at all! Far from it. I totally understand that not everything can be recapped, because who would want to commit to recapping a 50-episode family drama. Also the recappers make choices based on their availability, on what we Beanies can watch and on what sounds good before a drama even airs. Even though you can drop something when it turns out to be terrible, it’s not practical to start recapping something once you realise by episode 7 that it’s amazing. Still, if I’d kept watching dramas based on my original Dramabeans-ratings driven criteria, rather than current shout-outs, I would have missed out on gems like Father Is Strange, Prison Playbook and Buam-Dong Revenge Social Club.

And that made me wonder if there’s a treasure trove of gems out there, ready for us relative newbies to discover? Clearly, I could go through historical What We’re Watching posts and read up about what I’ve missed out on, or… maybe this could be a future Theme of the Month?

I know it’s not that different from the current theme but I think it's not really a Defense, as nobody is attacking these dramas. Because I’m a geek at heart, I would suggest some rules: only dramas that have not been fully recapped or rated on Dramabeans are allowed, and it has to be a drama that you would recommend to a friend.

Does this sound like a good idea?

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I like this idea!

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yes! would love to see this. and if it doesn't become an official Theme of the Month, we should have a thread in open forum sometime!

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Awesome idea! @admin, pick this idea up, pretty please! I have one that would be perfect!

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Is ajummashies your blog..writing seems similar

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No, it's not, but I think I'll have to check it out!

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@cloggie,

You're not only on a roll, you're on a croissant!

Great idea!

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Ha ha - it is entirely selfish, as two of the dramas that I've been watching finished this week and I'm trying to decide what to watch next!

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I'm agree with you.

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Where are "What We're Watching" posts?

I love your idea, as I've discovered the same thing this year, so many really great shows to be found outside of DB as well (although DB has been an amazing starting point).

I randomly came across a super long show that probably got no love because of its length (130 half hour episodes, eek) and maybe its less than stellar title (Ugly Alert, whyy?), that I have really loved. It's made me wonder how many others I'm missing out on.

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Heard great review of Ugly Alert, something to watch over a long vacation perhaps.

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I'd like to also mention and praise whoever decided to start the JBL discussion on one of its news pages. It really created an avenue to talk about the show since it's not being recapped. Maybe people will do that for other shows, or invite people to hold discussions through their fan walls, like @azzo1

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Yes, absolutely. I've had a lot of fun discussing Prison Playbook (Smart Prison Living) after it finished on the Ep1 recap page. So anybody else who watched it and wants to chat about it, join us there

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I love this idea! Also, check here for a treasure trove of dramas: https://mydramalist.com/

Warning, it's addicting.

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I track what I watch and what I want to watch there--makes it easier to pick the next one when I have room and am in a particular mood that might fit a particular kind of drama--but navigating the other elements of the site are still a little beyond me. How do you use the site?

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I am also a beginner to that sight :-)

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There is such a thing. :) The "Why You Should Watch" series.

But I think not a lot of people submitted for it. :( You should try to submit! Here's the starting post. Scroll down to the bottom for javabeans' instructions.
http://www.dramabeans.com/2016/12/why-you-should-watch-father-ill-take-care-of-you/

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Thanks @mary, I had no idea this existed! (goes over to check it out straight away)

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Happy Friday~!

I can't wait for the new episode of Hwayugi tomorrow, lol.

So I've been watching a few clips here and there of Reply 1988 because of Park Bo Gum. I'm thinking of watching it, but I haven't watched Reply 1997 or Reply 1994. I know the stories and characters are all different, but is there any particular order I should watch them in regardless?

I've also been watching Hyori's Home Stay and I really love the relaxed, chill vibe of the show. The shots of Jejudo are so pretty and I hope to visit there one day. I'm only a few episodes in, but I like it a lot. There was this one part when a group of 20-something girls came and Hyori mentioned how she wished she had friends like that when she was younger. IU also doesn't seem to have close friends she can go traveling due which is so sad. Makes me appreciate my own friends group a lot more.

Anyways, hope everyone has a great weekend! :D

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Apparently IU and Yoo In-Na are inseparable. And I believe Suzy is in their circle too (but since she's been in and out of a serious relationship, who knows)

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@lunarshin,

If you're a big fan of Jejudo, I'd like to suggest two shows. The first is the excellent family drama LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (2010, SBS, 63 eps.).

It's one of my faves, with a wonderful cast and a large extended family (most of) whose members I quickly came to care deeply about. The filming locales are lovely, and I enjoyed listening to the satoori.

The show immediately drew me in. It takes a little getting used to who's who because the extended multi-generational Yang family is large. The matriarch is a formidable old girl who had six children by her philandering husband (who went on to marry six other women, and father a total of 15 kids).

I like how the story lines unfold in just the first episode. The exposition is done very nicely. The gay couple at the center of the story are briefly introduced. One of the pair is the matriarch's eldest grandson, a physician. He and his partner are one of the few gay couples I've encountered in Kdramaland, and very realistically portrayed. Song Chang-eui and Lee Sang-wook are absolutely terrific. Kim Young-chul and Kim Hae-sook are memorable as eldest son and his wife; Kim Yong-rim as his formidable mother, with Kim Sang-joong (Amogae in REBEL!) and Yun Da-hun as his younger brothers. That's just the tip of the iceberg, cast-wise.

I like the vibe of the drama. There are numerous strong personalities, who engage in realistic locking of horns. The matriarch and her daughter-in-law have a prickly relationship. Interestingly, the two uncles are still bachelors. Collateral damage from their father's excessive procreative activities. Underneath the bickering of too-much togetherness, there is no doubt that these people love each other very much, even when they may not understand each other.

Another nice drama that unfolds part of its story on Jejudo is THE SPRING DAY OF MY LIFE (MBC, 16 eps., 2014) aka: MY SPRING DAYS / MY BLOOMING DAYS / MY BLOOMING LIFE / NAE SAENGAE BOMNAL.

Addictive! I love it. Kam Woo-sung (THE KING AND THE CLOWN; ALONE IN LOVE) is terrific, and my reason for watching. Lee Joon-hyuk is a dreamboat who plays second male lead, so you know he's in for heartbreak. Batten down the hatches and ride out the SLS.

Very nice acoustic guitar music in ep. 1. Part 1 of the OST ("Sometime") is used as the outro. I love it.

I like the show's vibe very much. Maybe it's because I really like Kam Woo-sung a whole lot. The child actors are great, and I enjoyed the performances by several excellent character actors.

Idol Sooyoung of Girls Generation does nicely as the recipient of the middle-aged Jeju cattle baron's late wife's donated heart. He's old enough to be her father, but they click (and for some reason did NOT skeeve me out) -- and she hits it off with his two kids who want her for a mother figure. The rub comes in when it is revealed that she is the girlfriend/fiancee of his younger brother, a surgeon at the hospital owned by her parents, and...

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PakalanaPikake January 26, 2018 at 9:42 AM

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The rub comes in when it is revealed that she is the girlfriend/fiancee of his younger brother, a surgeon at the hospital owned by her parents, and where she works as a clinical dietitian. Lee Joon-hyuk plays the decade-younger dongsaeng, and is a gorgeous hunk with a complex: he'd had a crush on a classmate who was one of Jeju's famed women divers -- unaware that his elder brother was engaged to her.

This heartwarming story has predictable Kdrama conventions, but also some nice twists. The last two episodes unfolded differently from what I was expecting, and that was okay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwUq_67lwco

Until I checked my notes, I'd forgotten how much great music is in this show, both OSTs and background tunes.

I hope you have many hours of virtual visits to Jejudo while watching these shows until you can get there in person. ;-)

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Oh wow, awesome. Thanks for the recs! I'll definitely check them out. :)

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So happy to see Life is Beautiful mentioned here. This is the best family drama in my book, and very soothing to watch. I recall watching one episode per day until all 50 are done and was so lost as separating from a real family.

It is heartwarming and affective as you feel and understand each character's stance. Each pairing in the three generations is worth watching as they are just like ordinary folks around us. My highest praise will have to go to the dad and mom in Kim Young- Chul and Kim Hae-Sook. The segment of their discovering the son is gay and the subsequent journey to give him the biggest support is gut wrenching in the most admirable way.

However, laughters are aplenty too especially from plots about the two brothers of KYC.

Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a heartwarming drama with relatable stories and flowy plots without resorting to any villains to create conflicts.

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@PYC, Pleased to meet a fellow fan of LIB! ;-)

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is truly one of my all-time faves. Little Uncle is such a PITA, but eventually we learn what makes him tick. And it was a total blast to see Big Uncle / Hong Amogae zipping around on his motorcycle -- while being hunted by his boss, a regular Japanese Sadie Hawkins if ever there was one. I got quite a case of sageuk whiplash from that. LOL.

Tae-sub and Kyung-soo are one of my top OTPs of all time. The steadfastness with which Mom, and later Dad, go all out to give them moral support was my favorite part of a show that was excellent all the way around. Grandma's reaction was priceless. It's not as if there's anything new under the sun.

I kind of freaked out when dear old dad Kim Young-chul played a crankier kind of patriarch in the sardonically-named and totally addictive HAPPY FAMILY. But if you stuck with it long enough, you could understand how he got to be that way. Lee Pil-mo and Lee Sang-woo were great in it.

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Little Uncle is my fav and his antics crack me up every time and because of his role here, I always have a soft spot for Yoon Da-hoon's portrayal of groovy middle aged guy.

Then it's a revelation to see Kim-Sang Joong's big uncle here, who's always so serious or villainous in other dramas, falling in love like a teenager right in front of our eyes. I love Jang Mee-Hee for life for playing such a oddball princesses.

The veteran and young cast is just doing a great job in creating one memorable family in one beautiful Jeju.

Great to see both KYC and KSJ both recognized with Daesang last month. KYC is such a wonderful actor who can be the best dad in the world and also the most ruthless villain (see movies: A Bittersweet Life and The Con Artist).

I did watch Happy Family but skipped the mid dragging parts but Lee Phil-Mo stole that show for me.

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@epyc2010 January 26, 2018 at 7:03 PM,

Wow, we have very similar tastes. I, too, am a fan of Yoon Da-hoon. He did a great job portraying Little Uncle in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. I enjoyed his turn in HAPPY FAMILY, too. It was his performance in the raunchy romp HYENA (2006, tvN) that put him on my radar. But the ribald (and 19-rated) coming-of-age farce that starts out with bed-hopping aplenty gradually morphs into a thoughtful character study and examination of friendship, loyalty, filial piety, and love in its various manifestations. At times it had me laughing out loud.

Yoon Da-hoon plays Choi Jin-sang, Jin-beom's scamp of a hyung who is not above slipping Viagra in his unsuspecting bro's juice. Jin-sang (doesn't that also mean fool or nutcase?) is a writer of trashy novels who aspires to be a rakish member of the latter-day literati, in cahoots with the bookstore owner and publisher played to perfection by Lee Byung-joon. The two conduct hilarious pseudo-scholarly discussions of writing pron while drinking tea in a parody of every Joseon artiste and seonbi we've ever seen. They address each other using their pen names, and Lee Byung-joon's marvelous voice, which I first heard in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, adds to the gravity of Jin-sang's Cazanova-esque plotting of his seduction of a muse he recently met. She aspires to become a writer herself. But then he discovers that the purported university student is actually a minor struggling to support a sick father. His hidden sense of upright avuncular honor kicks in, and he becomes a writing mentor. He may be a horndog, but he's an honorable one.

Oh Man-seok is a delight as the prickly, super-responsible kid brother with whom Jin-sang resides. A tightly-wound TV producer, Choi Jin-beom is being pressured by the folks to get married. And he's being pursued by a lady Doctor of Oriental Medicine who's as demandingly picky as he is. But there's a lot more to the tsundere producer than meets the eye. Underneath his cold, calculating exterior beats the broken heart of a romantic whose timidity allowed his true love to be swept off her feet by another man.

Kim Min Jong plays Chul-soo, another childhood friend, who shares a room with Jin-sang. He's fallen for the runaway bride he affectionately calls “Conch” [a drunken, disheveled woman] at the same time he's managed to dodge his own matrimonial bullet on the way to the altar. Her pet name for him is “Leech.” They are hilarious together, especially when drunk as skunks. But she still carries a torch for the one that got away. If it sounds nuts, it is.

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And then there's Shin Sung-rok's food consultant Seok-jin (who sings!). He suddenly returned to Korea from America to escape the attentions of medical student Jeong-yun, only to unexpectedly cross paths with her again. This has got to be one of the most affecting parts of the whole show, with a twist on Han Gyul's “I don't care if you're a man or an alien” declaration that took me apart at the seams. Seok-jin is the polar opposite of Jin-sang's heat-seeking lothario. He desperately loves the clueless ditz who naively pursues him. Like Tae-sub in LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, he cannot in good conscience honor all the demands of filial piety. Of the four friends, he is the most dignified and introverted. And he is loathe to risk the friendship of the guys he's known and cared for all his life.

In the end, HYENA is as much a meditation on the ties that bind, acceptance, vulnerability, male bonding, and filial obligations as it is on the battle between the sexes. The OST (and background music) is dynamite, although it surprisingly is missing the vocal performances by Oh Man-seok, Kim Min-jong, and Shin Sung-rok, the words of whose musical prayer I'll post on my fan wall. Alas, I have not been able to find a clip of that moving performance, but I've noted the episode and timing.

Here's a liver performance of the theme song by Super Junior/KRY, to the tune of Paper Lace's “The Night Chicago Died” with English translation of the Korean lyrics, which have nothing to do with the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGnHlnNOLU

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Thanks, maybe I should check out Hyena one day (and it's TVN in 2006!!)

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I'm glad you mentioned My Spring Days because that was the first show that popped into my mind when I read the beginning of your post. I was enthralled by the characters and the tone of the show, plus the scenes of Jejudo and the music. It was another one of those shows where the ending was organic and not the norm. 😌

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Have you checked out ALONE IN LOVE? Kam Woo-sung is great in it. One of my faves. Very touching and realistic, with the OTP leading lives of quiet desperation. Not your usual drama. You have to be patient and let it unfold in its own time. It's worth the wait.

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Yes, I did watch bits of it, but those were the days when I was callow and impatient 🙅 and wanted a quick fix, feel-good show. I don't think I watched it well ie I did not give it the time and 'energy' that it deserves. 😣

Thanks for this, I may just give it a proper shot, now that I'm older and more mellow. 😆 Heh! 😃

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I tried watching My Spring Days and really like those first few episodes that I watched. Dropped it in the end - simply because I refuse to see Kim Woo-Sung to be a sad man AGAIN!!

Who will forget him from Alone in Love, which is one top drama that everyone loving quality dramas should try. No fluffy candy for sure but a rewarding journey. Just Between Lovers is actually in the same vein.

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@epyc2010 January 26, 2018 at 7:12 PM, @growingbeautifully,

JUST BETWEEN LOVERS is in the same vein as ALONE IN LOVE? It's on my list, just not at the moment. Thanks for emphasizing the aspects akin to one of my all-time faves.

Jang Hyuk is winding up MONEY FLOWER next weekend. It's been terrific. Excellent cast. Park Se-young, Lee Mi-sook, Jang Seung-jo, and Lee Soon-jae are some of the main characters, but the supporting cast is just as good. And the machinations are every bit as carefully plotted and executed as those in LOOKOUT and MAWANG. I don't even like revenge dramas, but somehow I've ended up watching three of them, and they've been excellent, mainly for the compelling psychological studies of the combatants.

I just marathoned LOVE RAIN (thanks, @ally-le!), and it was great to see Lee Mi-sook not being a bitch on wheels. She is simply terrific in MONEY FLOWER, and was horridly wonderful in TEMPERATURE OF LOVE. I've been slowly watching HIGH KICK! 2 THROUGH THE ROOF, and view a few episodes when cranky Grandpa's alter-ego in MONEY FLOWER does something even more evil and I need to wash the taste out of my mind. LOL.

I'm also in the midst of watching MAWANG for the first time. It's intense and loaded with symbolism. Music and cinematography are great if a bit vertiginous during visions. The story itself is compelling. LOOKOUT and MONEY FLOWER are its spiritual descendants. I can truly say that MAWANG has given me insights into LOOKOUT and Jang Do-han that I really appreciate.

As for SPRING DAY, I watched it for Kam Woo-sung after being wowed by his performance in THE KING AND THE CLOWN. His understated intensity is jjang. I've viewed some of his other work, but haven't seen KING GEUNCHOGO yet. 60 episodes of Three Kingdoms-era Baekje a la KINGDOM OF THE WINDS sounds right up my alley. I hope KBS World TV has it.

If you've avoided SPRING DAY because of not wanting to see KWS in a sad role, then by all means avoid his first film, MARRIAGE IS A CRAZY THING. In essence, he plays "the other woman" in a great trope twist. (But before that, there's all kinds of steamy indoor sports. Be forewarned.) It left me feeling meditative, which was how I felt while watching ALONE IN LOVE.

One of the most touching aspects of ALONE IN LOVE for me is the quiet, matter-of-fact way in which Lee Dong-jin and Yoo Eun-ho still love each other following divorce in the wake of their baby's death. (HAPPY FAMILY depicts a different kind of inability to move on after the death of a child, much as MY SASSY GIRL [2001] depicts grief over a dead boyfriend.) His honorable devotion to his wife and child simultaneously warmed and broke my heart in the best way possible. There is not a shred of noble idiocy. He did what had to be done with lovingkindness and forbearance, and was prepared to take his privy knowledge to his grave.

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I didn't mention The King and The Clown yesterday which is another very sad story. Just wished Kim Woo-Sang's upcoming drama with Kim Sun-Ah (!) will be a happier fare.

With the current drama lots, I only watch Money Flower and Just Between Lovers. And they couldn't be more different - MF is so intense with unpredictable twists and turns whereas JBL is like such a winter late Sunday afternoon story hinged with sadness but also ray of hope. The latter is not as plain as Alone In Love but the same vibe of how the past affects the present, with standout performance by the two rookie leads.

When thinking about it, MF is anchored by the veterans notably JH (who's the reason I started watching), LMS (who can be a kind woman too in some dramas I watched) and LSJ (MF really made me appreciate his 'worth' quite different from the grumpy grandpa roles he plays so often); but JBL showcases we don't need idols to deliver with Jun-ho being the exception. Applause to him for taking up this as his first lead project, bravo!

I did dabble some clips of I Am Not A Robot and Jugglers but they are too fluffy to my taste now after 13 years of Kwatching. Will check out Smart Prison Living later as I have faith in PD Shin.

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1997 is a good start. Only 30 minutes in length each episode, so pretty easy to watch. Watching this is a good way of understanding the premise of the show.

Skip 1994. And go straight to 1988.

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Oooh good to know. I had no idea 1997 had shorter episodes. Lol was 1994 pretty bad?

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Hihihi. Reply 1994 is not bad. It is a better drama compare to the many productions Korea has to offer. So, I still would recommend you watch it. It's just that I prefer the stories and lesssons that 1988 and 1997 offered to viewers.

1988 and 1997 had scenes that are still etched vividly in my mind, years after I've seen it. One of those scenes involved Park Bo Gum.

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Ah, okay I see. I'll do 1997 and 1988 then. Lol I am just discovering Park Bo Gum so I'm excited.

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I loved Reply 1997, the drama itself is great but the circumstances surrounding it also made it so much better (under the radar drama, cast people with little acting or have not "made it", crew never worked on a drama before, etc.) Reply 1994 was disappointing in comparison, I didn't even finish it. Reply 1988, the episodes were soooo long and I didn't like a certain aspect of the ending, but overall I really enjoyed it. It captured the heart that was in 1997 that was missing in 1994 in my opinion.

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OMG I love Hyori's B&B!!!!!!! I am so looking forward to season 2. I love how it snowed in Jeju while they were filming (snow in Jeju is rare) so I am looking forward to how they handled/enjoyed that.

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I'm Not a Robot is over, don't goooooo 😢😢😢😢 Even if my actual reaction to the drama's ending is more like 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍.

Seriously Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin are SO good together, I've seen almost all his dramas but this is the best romantic chemistry he has ever had with any costar. All their scenes together as Jia and Min-kyu were just so good, my favourites were when he talked to her on the phone as President Jo. I really hope she gets more lead roles now, I know the drama had low ratings but the rest of her dramas did well and there's so much love for INAR from beanies (after the initial announcements/early recaps where a few usernames seemed mad at her for weird reasons), that now I've come to OT for the first time to yak about how much I love it.

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I’m still not over the Kiss 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥I’ve never watched CSB or YSH in a drama before. I just picked up this drama because it looked light and fluffy. I have to say both CSB & YSH acted the 💩 out this drama. So much emoting. I never thought a kiss would make me melt. I’m just a pile of goo after watching that. 🙈💥

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comparing the comments of CSB's haters to what we've seen behind the scenes is a bit unreal. like their easy camaraderie and protectiveness and jokes, their chemistry was one of the reason I enjoyed the show so much. I know they're great actors but I hope they genuinely had a great time working together.
oh, not to mention the soft porno they served us with that kiss. unf. gosh. wow.

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Now I’m curious, I dont care about who, but why were people mad at CSB? There are few actors who won me over with small, inconsequential roles, and CSB was one of them. Wondering why she would have haters...then again everyone has haters 😑

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From what I could read between the lines, a lot of it was because she dared to be cast with Yoo Seung Ho in a drama and her name isn't Kim Yoo Jung, Kim So Hyun or (fill in other famous actress's names). aka 'not good enough' for YSH. Mind you, it wasn't YSH fans who did this, it seemed to be mostly former child actress fans who felt affronted that a new actress like her got cast with him.

The Episode 1 recap had a few of those types.

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Ahh I see. Lol I thought it would be substantial beef, but I guess thhis is what we expect with gossip over celebs

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Yeah, but WHO WAS MADAM X???? (I'm a little miffed at the drama.)

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Lol that was the first thing I thought of when I woke up today! But I think the drama set it all up to make us believe that obviously, its the butler. But still, I wanted to know, for sure for sure!

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I'm Not a Robot is over, don't goooooo 😢😢😢😢 Even if my actual reaction to the drama's ending is more like 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍.

Seriously Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin are SO good together, I've seen almost all his dramas but this is the best romantic chemistry he has ever had with any costar. All their scenes together as Jia and Min-kyu were just so good, my favourites were when he talked to her on the phone as President Jo. I really hope she gets more lead roles now, I know the drama had low ratings but the rest of her dramas did well and there's so much love for INAR from beanies that now I've come to OT for the first time to yak about how much I love it while waiting for the final recaps.

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Mother started and I so want to watch t but I'm extremely busy. ;-; How do you guys manage to watch, sleep and study/work? Gimme your secret.

On another hand, someone tells Seung Gi to stop melting my heart, the guy only gets finer with time and ugh, I'm more inlove with him. *runs away from Girlfriday*

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I feel like you can only choose one of the three and sacrifice one. That happened to me last weekend when I sacrificed sleep, lol. For now, I just stick to one and try to avoid starting multiple dramas even though it's super hard.

LSG is killing me in Hwayugi. I can't handle it! XD

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I guess my priorities are: sleep, thesis then drama. Even tho LSG is in said drama. I'll NEVER sacrifice sleep.

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A bit upset and happy today. This bittersweet feeling.
Woakes Played well.

@sancheezy Sachiko english translation is already up. It was good special episode.

Just Between Lovers - 7/10 now. Forced myself to watch 12-14. Its a proper Soup now. I am quite generous here giving it 7.

Kim Ok-Bin looking pretty good in the new show.

Missed What you'r watching posts because they are updated on the same day now. Country time difference of admins.

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oooh, I'll find it after I get my work done, asap
Idk if you read but I want to reply the comment last week, I just open DB again today.
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Kang's Kitchen is not about them eating food, it's about them running a kitchen/small restaurant.

They learn how to cook, they go grocery shopping, how they prepared the food, how they managing the hall.
There is food porn when they just made it but the customer eats it so you can't really have handsome/beautiful actors eating food.
It also consists of comedian, kang ho dong, lee su geun, jiwon [sech kies], mino [winner], ahn jae hyun.

I find this show is about the hardship to run a kitchen more than about the food. It's a spinoff of Yoon's kitchen by New Journey to the West crew, if you can check it out, you may see that it's not about facial expression of eating show.

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Watching Kindaichi Special Episode now.
Still its a reality show of Handsome Oppas making food, cracking jokes/laugh/smile at the camera. I acknowledge that it;s a bit different from the standard food variety shows but that's it.

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The main chef is kang ho dong, unless kang hodong is handsome oppa then Idk.

I really think you should check it because your description is more like Mukbang variety when this show is not a permanent show, one time show, 5 Ep and not about handsome oppa making food [you can argue that they have that screen time but that's not the show],
they want it as their gift after New Journey to the West season 4 because they think it's easier, it's not.
They aren't crackling joke for the camera and I don't know if there is variety show except for Yoon's Kitchen that looked like this.

I am advocating this because it's good and you probably have seen another commenter talk about it, if you just don't want to watch it, you can skip it. I just want to say that this is not average reality scripted show about handsome oppa making food and smile for the camera for fanservice. You get to see the customer a lot and how they deal with the order.

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I really liked the quirky Kang's Kitchen. It felt like watching an experiment about running a restaurant where they worked out the problems and hiccups out in the open (in front of the customers and all). Loved Min Ho, resident barista and dishwasher! I guess quantity counts when it comes to pork cutlets (not my style of food)! They mentioned a car wash possibility at the end - hmmm, not as intriguing as a kitchen imho. \/

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I think Nano is also a good dishwasher ^ ^, the show feels fresh for me because you can see their hard work and their tired smile when the day ends.

I don't think they gonna do it, feels like it's enough.

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Nirvana in Fire 2 : The Win Blows in Changlin .
Love this season and it is so emotional. The character make their moves and life happens. I am completely lost in how to explain this without spoiler and give it spoiler feels like I'll spoil your experince.

Return: hahaha there is no return point anymore.
You are involved, you are involved and you also involved, oh wait, you are alive and you met them in the past.
So much is happening and I am enjoyig how it plays.

ps: the page can't reload and I can't login so I used this.
Anyone get the same problem?

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ps: the problem disappear, perhaps my ISP but there are this minutes that I can't load DB,

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I could load it earlier either.

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I keep getting that evil error 504 or something like that.
It's been happening a lot lately and I hope everything is ok behind the forum.
DB had a lot going but lately some of the recappers started MIA-ing and some contents that we used to enjoy are no longer posted etc.
I'm a bit worried.

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oh then I guess I am not the only one, I also get the same error.
Idk what happen either,

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Return has one of the most crappiest characters i've seen in a kdrama. They all are trash.
Then we have chubby(from kdramaland pov) Advocate and as you said an angelic wife+mother. There are times when the most angelic one starts all of it but it will be a too predicable of a cliche if she is behind it.
That spectacle guy is completely unhinged.

I dropped the show. I just can't fathom to watch these disgusting turds.

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Yes, I really wanted to like this Return, because Go Hyun-jung. But that dinner in the 2nd half with people going out of their way to be so obnoxious... Watching people act like is not my idea of fun... dropped in mid-scene.

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It supposed to be about trash so your reaction fits the means I supposed.

I don't get the chubby part, her face is swollen but her body isn't, I can't call it chubby, it probably bad procedure or botox which means that neither the script not the story need a chubby advocate.

Where are you in the ep because I find that the show is developing her, said her as an angel in the beginning of a drama is not a real character description because she didn't say she forgive him at all.

You find them disgusting, I find their cat and mouse game with them all playing their card interesting. The character moved, make a choice, planned a counter-attack and actively engaged in moving the plot rather than react, they have a goal to do every day.

Well, people watch a drama about disgusting people is not about living vicariously towards them or idolised them but to see justice and punishment carried out, to have hope that as much as we have bad people, we do have people who want the truth,.

I don't think it fits your taste and it's fine but I have to disagree with your assessment of the show.

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@Catocat is the hardest type of viewer to be pleased with. Not to say anything bad, and hope he / she is not offended, but I almost never saw him / her to really please with anything. LOL.

Go Hyun-jung still look pretty much the same from her younger days, but I also noticed the swollen part. She is still the same as always, prefer natural look. Anyway, she might be the only one who doesn't need bold lipstick and heavy make-up in order to convince audiences she is the villain.

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Go Hyun-jung would be the first to admit that she had some work done on her face.
I don't think it was major but she did some.
She does take good care of her skin though.

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Yes, regardless how many works anyone did, she still has to take care of her skin. Surgery doesn't come with the flawless and healthy skin, and I believe anyone who did the surgery has to pay extra attention than the ones who are natural.

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OT week 51! Love is in the air! I just received a wedding invitation today which was a total surprise and now I have warm fuzzies coursing through my body. So how is everyone this week? I was just thinking about what I was doing last year at this time, and it was when I was swimming in the waves of Goblin and Gong- Yoo, anticipating the last few episodes, and waiting for that elusive Round and Round OST to come out, finally, which I listened to this morning. Now, tell me I’m not crazy to be so obsessed with this drama! Are there dramas you Beanies are still obsessing about 1, 2, 5, and 10 years later?

I did actually watch some other things this week, lots of sampling going on. I have so many recent dramas I’ve started but have yet to finish--WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, I’M NOT A ROBOT, HWAJUGI, JUST BETWEEN LOVERS--and then something called IMAGINARY CAT that we found on VIKI with an orange cat that reminds me of Garfield. It’s about a web-toon artist (Yoo Seung Ho) and his cat. He’s as squishy as his cat and I just want to reach into the TV and pinch his cheeks the whole time! And Lee El is in it, which is really why I started it.

Also, two movies, MY SASSY GIRL and THE CLASSIC, on @pakalanaPikake ‘s recommendation. If you are still in love with the 1970’s, THE CLASSIC is gorgeous. I loved it. And it was a great introduction to Son Ye-jin who played both the mother and the daughter in this; similar in set up, but much different than LOVE RAIN in terms of plot, development, and tone. And a young Cho Seung-woo (FOREST OF SECRETS) is heartbreakingly good in this as well. It’s making me look forward to PRETTY NOONA (Son Ye-jin) WHO BUYS ME FOOD even more than I was originally!

And last night, as a compromise, my hubby and I finished the first episode of HWAYUGI, finally! This is totally my cup of tea. The scary is just scary enough, although ventriloquist dolls scare the crap out of me! Thankfully, I didn’t internalize it like I normally do, maybe because I was talking my husband down a cliff. Anyway, he’s much more familiar with the legend of the Monkey King and was trying to fit it into that story. I had to tell him it was less of an adaption, and more of an inspiration. Even so, he figured out the main characters pretty easily and I think we have the next drama we’ll watch together. And, again, Lee El. I love how she’s preoccupied with killing everyone!

And I almost forgot, my monthly FREE THE KIMCHI meeting took place, and the girls were so into it, that we watched two episodes, 11 and 12, and I think we’ll be doubling up on them the rest of the way as well. The plot is picking up and next month will be the gut-wrenching episodes 13 and 14. They’re all going to be depressed. And here were our thoughts:
https://freethekimchi.wordpress.com/2018/01/23/the-lonely-shining-goblin-episodes-11-12/

Conversation time: So hubby had the bright idea of cooking without his shirt on this week.

Hubby: *Standing...

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...and cutting vegetables, like nothing is out of the ordinary*

Me: Did you just work-out? Is that why you don’t have a shirt on? Are you hot? Are you feeling ok? Are you sick?

Hubby: No, just wanted to see what it would feel like cooking without a shirt.

Me: It’s not that I don’t love you, but that really DOESN’T turn me on. Maybe if you had washboard abs like Gong Yoo, it might, maybe…

Hubby: Duly noted. *Goes into cupboard and comes out in my sexy maid cooking apron*

Me: 😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Moral of the Story: Things that work in kdramas don’t always work out in real life, they may work out better!

2nd moral: HWAYUGI, please don’t let me down. I know Lee El won’t; that woman can do no wrong in my book.

3rd moral: I have this compelling need to binge-watch IMAGINARY CAT, someone please stop me—or don’t.

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Ally, Hwayugi and Lee El will not let you down!

On another note, every time I drive by my local restaurant Mai Lee I think of you now 😁

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Next time, we'll meet! (However, we have to come up with a different reason I know you, 'cuz my hubby won't meet a "stranger from the internet" no matter how wonderful you are.)

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I'll have to be the "friend of a friend" or something 😉!

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Here kitty, kitty... Nice kitty.

Ally-ah, just give in to the imaginary catnip. It's a cute show. It may have been the first show I watched with YSH when I started venturing out of sageukland.

Han Ye-ri provides the voice of Boggil, who steals the show. ;-)

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Hi Ally! I've been in a drama slump recently, nothing new was catching my interest strongly enough to make me want to watch it till the end. And then I read "In defence of School 2017", saw people praising the main couple's love story and decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did it!!! The main couple's interactions had me glued to the screen. So much heart, and the swoony scenes (courtesy of the male lead mostly) that at the same time seemed natural and sincere and not at all over-the-top are something that I was missing in the recent dramas. In these dramas I had trouble connecting with the main caracters or believing their words. No such thing here. I'm sure I'll like this couple and their love line even after 5, 10 or more years.

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I'm pretty sure Imaginary Cat was recapped here! Don't underestimate the Beanie commitment to capturing as many screenshots of Yoo Seung Ho smiling in close proximity to a fluffy animal as possible!

I want to insert a *crying with laughter* emoji here but I don't know how to ;_;

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OMG! You're totally right, and OMG, the cute! Send help, I'll be binging this tonight.

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*strategically places banana peel so @ally-le can comfortably slide over to the sofa*

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*sends snacks*

That counts as help, right?

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Wait! Lee El is in Imaginary Cat?!

Okay I’m definitely watching this tomorrow.

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Hey everybody! Long time no OT! I’m home from work today takin’ care of some bizznass and so of course some of that business includes finally posting in OT again. 😊😊😊

I wanted to talk about a happy kdrama experience I’ve had this past month! With a count in the 100s over the past 9 or 10 years, I’ve finally rewatched a drama in full, and it was the most delightful experience!

I first watched Flower Boy Next Door the summer after it aired. I quite enjoyed it, and since it’s such a wintry drama I’d been intending since then to rewatch it when winter came, just never did. This year was the year! While it’s not the best drama I’ve ever seen or even my #1 fav, I remember it having such a lovely, warm and cozy feeling to it. I rewatched it after Christmas and over the following few weeks, and it was the perfect cure to the single digit temp with -13 wind chill we were experiencing gin the NY/NJ area.

While pipes busted in the units all around mine in my apartment building and I had to make due without heat on some of those days, I really connected with Dok Mi and her thrifty heating tactics. 😂 I literally got some good life hacks from her and on some days we went to sleep with a bottle of boiling water in the bed as a makeshift heater. I even ended up dressed like her at some point. Lol!

But I enjoyed this drama even more the second time. Knowing what would come allowed me to accept everything easily [Side note: Is this the joy that is: rewatching dramas?! I’m feelin’ it!], and since it’d been since 2013, I could look forward to favorite bits, while things I hadn’t remembered felt new. How fun! It really is the perfect winter season drama for me, and it raised itself higher on my list. I may even watch it again next year!

Would anyone else like to share dramas that feel so wonderful to rewatch for you?! 😊 xo

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Moonlight drawn by clouds is my rewatch of choice besides Goblin.

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Honestly, mine has always been My Name is Kim Sam Soon especially around Christmas time, lol. I just love the main character and the way the actress plays her.

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Coffee Prince
You Are Beautiful

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Age of Youth.

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I watched FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR for the first time in late August, and fell head over heels for Enrique and his panda suit. Too cute for words. This is one that I'll rewatch at some point.

I've only rewatched parts of LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (63 eps.), but it's one of my faves. See my post above on shows set on Jejudo.

I occasionally go back and rewatch parts of THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SU BAEK HYANG, my gateway sageuk. It's my gold standard for ensemble casts and memorable characters. 108 daily drama episodes. REBEL is by the same writer, and really floated my boat. It's set in Baekje, so there's not a gat in sight, and the manes of glory are just dandy. And Seo Hyun-jin and Jo Hyun-jae make the cutest/dorkiest OTP.

ARANG AND THE MAGISTRATE!

FAITH, for the cracktastic music.

THE KING AND THE CLOWN (film)

DUELIST (film)

THE CLASSIC (film)

HYANG DAN

A BATTLE OF WITS (wuxia film w/ Siwon)

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"But I enjoyed this drama even more the second time. Knowing what would come allowed me to accept everything easily [Side note: Is this the joy that is: rewatching dramas?! I’m feelin’ it!]"

That is exactly it!

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Is Mysterious Il-Seung no longer being recapped? Recaps stopped mid-way with no warning.

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Last week someone mentioned that she was concerned about this site, as there were more than one troubling signs: recaps being dropped mid-way, empty store, disappearing recappers (most notably Heads), the drastic drop in number of shows being recapped, etc.. I love this site, but I wonder if it just grew too fast last year with all the improvements, and things became unsustainable.

But, with the efforts required in making all these improvements, I rather missed the old Javabeans and girlfriday. I missed their news, their recaps, their reviews, and I sensed that they started getting burnt-out themselves, to the point of their essentially asking readers to write the year-end reviews instead of coming up with their own. So while the number of recapped shows may be very small now, I am very very pleased to see them back writing drama news and whatnot. Whatever it is that is happening behind the scene, I just wish them both continued joy in providing this space for us.

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It was dropped weeks or a month ago. I wasn't too surprised given the few participants in the threads.

I asked about its status in the last posted recap. I'm still watching.

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I watched the first ep of "Return", it seems a bit makjang but I might watch more. I just don't want the heroine to go back to her husband. I also don't like how the wife is portrayed as angelic and saintly, instead of human too. I also want to checkout "mother", but again we'll see.

I've also been watching "School 2013", and LJS looks too skinny in this drama, but still cool and manly. I'm glad that he has gained weight now that he's a bit older (his best look drama-wise was in W and WYWS, when his hair was brushed back). The drama is teenbopper, and the issues are not too intense. The focus seems to be on studying, but I would've liked this show more if it had dared to deal with more.

I've put "Just Between Lovers" on hold, and will wait until the end to see if it is a happy ending or a sad ending. At this point, this drama feels like its meandering, and it has lost that subtle intensity it used to have. At some point the viewer gets tired of the moping. I also haven't watched the last two eps of "Jugglers" yet, but will do so soon.

On a side note: The reason I'm posting like this, is because it seems that the site has some problems.

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hi everyone!! i’ve been soooo busy but i was able to finish and drop a few kdramas.

just wondering, will db still continue to make recaps for doubtful victory or nah?

anyway, i was curious about Return. is it any good? it was first place in the ratings game wow...

i can’t wait for euchalacha waikiki! hahaha i need more good vibes in my system now that i’m not a robot is over.

have a great weekend!!!

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This week I watched my first j-drama. Dear my sister. And I loved it.

Can you recommend other j-dramas like this. No exaggerated stuff and no sad endings :)

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I think the title is Dear Sister [2014 Jdrama] with Ishihara Satomi, if not then I don't really know the drama. I think the drama Dear Sister is quite sad. Idk much about Jdrama without the heavy heart in recent years.

For recommendation
- Seigi no Mikata [comedy, sibling]
- Rich Man, Poor Woman [romcom, with the same actress, Ishihara satomi]
- Juhan Shuttai!
- Kounodori [hospital and baby]
- Hotaru no Hikari [comedy romance]
- A Girl & Three Sweethearts [romcom]

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I second HOTARU NO HIKARI and will raise you LOVE REVOLUTION and SAMURAI CAT / NEKO ZAMURAI (2 seasons and a movie).

Samurai Seventeen aka Samurai High School - hilarious, with Miura Harumi

A TALE OF SAMURAI COOKING - A TRUE LOVE STORY (2013, film) --
BUSHI NO KONDATE aka WARRIOR'S MENU -- Daebak!

TAMPOPO (a classic film, especially if you like ramen)

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE IN THE SKY /
SORATOBU KOUHOUSHITSU - very nice!

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Dear my Sister is better than Rich Man, Poor Woman. Still I won't say both of them deserve more than 7.5

We're Married as a Job - 8.5 - It might or might not click with you.
You're My Destiny - 8 - Again it depends upon your taste
A Girl and 3 Sweethearts - same cliches of crushes/2nd female lead/love triangles. Watch it only for Kiritani Mirei.

Recent Comedy? - My Useless Husband, Hazordous Wife, 3 papas.
Action? - Seirei no Moribito
Slice of life? - Blankat Cats, High School is My Business

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Hi there!
Gosh, I’m admittedly a k-variety junkie with Master in the House (All the Butlers) topping my chart these days. The Masters are no joke – this week the flower boys meet baseball champion, Dae-ho Lee. This guy is massively amazing. Even as a young successful athlete, he followed his coach’s advice and kept a strict temple ritual for a year to improve himself. I love how serious the guys take him even though keeping up with his workout almost kills them. Lee Sang Yoon is still finding his pace among the members, but I really like the camaraderie of the group. Seung-gi just needs 3 months to get military off the brain, Se-hyung is funny even though he’s whiny, and Sunjae is the face of the group ♥

Just Between Lovers – I loved Moon-Soo’s father’s line to her mother, “If you’ve come here to compete who has it harder, just go.” Such loss has no levels. I want to wrap my arms around Gang Doo and soothe his mental and physical wounds.

Goodbye Jugglers. Glad I watched it, but I’m not sure it will be memorable.

Goodbye I Am Not A Robot. Yeo Seung-ho is always memorable.

Radio Star – best episode in a while with Jo Kwon (2AM), Sung Kyu (Infinite), Jang Woo Young (2PM), and Jackson (Got7). Love ’em all! I highly recommend watching it!

Red Mouth (King of Masked Singer) is going for her 5th win – she’s amazing! I have learned of so many talented singers many of whom are not first and foremost singers at all. My favorite thing about the show is how happy everyone is for the chance to be on it. It’s a very unique format that has won the hearts of viewers everywhere!

Hello Counselor is back on the air and guess who were the guests this week – Super Junior, wah!

Kang’s Kitchen ended, too. Not sure if there will be another season . . . Song Min Ho the cute barista/dishwasher, Jae Hyun keeps calm and cooks, Ji Won is just there but would be missed if he wasn’t, Soo Geun tries hard, and Ho Dong makes a mean port cutlet. I think they even squeaked a profit. Hope there’s another season!

Now that several kdramas are wrapping up, what kdrama are you looking forward to next? (As if I need more to watch).

Have a great weekend!

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I watched the first three episodes for Master in the House so I'm excited to watch more! It's so interesting to see the guys' dynamics as they learn from the master lol.

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Anybody watching the Chinese drama A love So beatiful ?? I'm currently watching it. I managed to force myself to get through the first 3 eps but the drama isn't getting any better. It's so similar to playful kiss which is the second worst drama I've ever watched. does anybody know whether it gets better or not??

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It gets better (eek maybe it's just me) ! I was in the mood for something light, fluffy and totally cliché when I watched A Love So Beautiful so it totally worked for me. I'm weak for tall guys so I tolerated Jiang Chen and his haughtiness XD

If you decide to drop this drama, I'd like to recommend another Chinese drama titled, "Because Of Meeting You". This is my favorite CH drama so far. It's the Chinese adaptation of the Korean drama, "Jang Bo-ri is Here!" .

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Thanks for the recommendation☺, I'll check it out. And for ALSB I'll try to watch some more eps and see if I'll drop it or not.

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Just wondering what was the worst drama you watched?

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@aliaa Oh, now I'm also curious!

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Doctor stranger

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Ugh, I didn’t even give that one a chance—nor playful kiss for that matter!

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I have a soft spot for Lee Jong-suk and I totally enjoyed Park Hae-jin's characterization of his role in the drama so yeah, no comment? XD

I don't deny the lackluster storyline though :/ Whenever my friend and I hang out, we always discuss the ending and rant about how it sucked sooooo bad. It was such a waste of character investment. Sigh.

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Bog, Playful Kiss, and Dream High 2

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*Big

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Missing Nine

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Doctor Stranger & Blood

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i watched the drama but skipped some parts...It's really TOO similar to "Playful kiss"...

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A Love so Beautiful was kinda cute in the beginning. I still powered through the show to see what happened. I wanted lots of fluff but this wasn't the fluff I had wanted. Love020 was the one that definitely delivered.

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Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, Yang Se-jong, (人´∀`).☆.。.:*・°
Aahhhhh, I need to see Yang Se-jong in a drama again(πーπ)

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Did you see SAIMDANG? He was very good in the Joseon timeline as the young artist, Lee Gyeom. And he looked very fetching in hanbok. ;-)

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Hi! I'm saving this one when I get my "saeguk" mood back. I rarely watch historical dramas (and by this I mean, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds in 2016 was my last XD) I've only seen photos of YSJ in hanbok and yes, I agree, I did look good *A* Although, I prefer my saeguk men with their mane of glory on display, blessing Joseon era with their prettiness.

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The only time you get to see Joseon dudes with manes of glory is when they're jailed and about to be executed. It's Three Kingdoms or bust if you want flowing locks. ;-)

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