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Open Thread #732

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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Enough of Hectic month and and hectic weeks. I was calm before and even calm now. This calm isn't a good one. Sometimes you needs some anger and much more heart-searching and that i won't do. heh.
You should be like water - more flexible but now i've put it into circle of being opportunist so to avoid that situation aka that tag went ahead with full force on the other extreme aka the Stubburn and this stubburn trait is bringing lot of fun and lot of beating.

Happy, i'm still able to stand and look ahead. But sometimes it feels better to raise white flag. As soon as i try to raise white flag - the big no no no appears - now what to do - yup stand up, walk and then run and then enters the arena to battle once more. Always always - no outcome - always continuous, always changing forms but always remain the same.

Frustration of highest level but enjoyable lively life too.

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Politics - not so much action months.
Sports - Cricket - more so for bigotry.

Social - Did i mention it before - slightly different. I have seen numerous times foreign viewers coming at Father of the hero-heroine for forcing them into business or business deals and marriages. blah blah blah. I think i did talk about it few weeks ago. The good example of it can be taken from Peter parker's friend named harry's father and what he became and why did he become what.

The reason is simple - as a human you are putting your own life, life energy, feelings, motivations, hopes and desires into that business - you devote almost all your resources to that business - sooner or later you becomes part with that business. It started being an inorganic asset and later becomes your child but without your own realisation you become one with company. At least in your thoughts. So you work for the betterment and welfare of that company. For your ownself you can do everything and that's why these fathers who have massive feelings for a legal identity care way less for the children who they rarely saw or met.
All the struggles, hardships and achievements are achieved in the company of this legal identity then why would a man who has seen huge typhoons of business world would show emotions for few human brats.

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I have heard of Wedding Crashers, but not about paid “fake wedding guests.” Chosenilbo reported that fake wedding guests, whose job is to make people look more popular than they really are, are coming back into business as Korea is about to start a phased return to pre-pandemic normalcy.

To start with, the limit on the number of wedding guests has been eased since early this week raising from 49, or 99 without meals, to 250, and families are seeking to increase those numbers again to bolster their “status.” The extras have to be fully vaccinated since the maximum for unvaccinated people is still only 49.

Messages seeking fake guests to weddings are posted in online communities. "We've received about twice more phone calls seeking fake wedding guests than before since government announced eased lockdown rules on October 15," said the operator of an agency in Seoul. "In the past, there were requests for about three to nine fake guests per wedding, but now people look for more than 20. There had been virtually no requests for extras since April last year, but we've been bombarded with calls since last weekend. It seems that the business situation has be restored to pre-coronavirus levels," an agency said.

An NPR article from 2015 stated that fake guests could make $20/wedding. A woman said "When it's the peak wedding season in Korea, sometimes I do two or three acts a day, every weekend."

As a role player of pretend friend, she's part of an agency that casts her to attend weddings all over the country. "It's fun. A lot of the times [couples] need these guests because they want to save face," she said. "They're conscious of what others think, and they need more friends. So the brides are very thankful for my presence."

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This feels unsurprising since I'm sure I've seen a kdrama where the wedding guests were fake/paid though I can't remember the name of it.

This is also a problem in India and there was even a Bollywood movie that referenced it, called Shuddh Desi Romance.

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The fake wedding guest role was a key thread in the father - daughter relationship in Seo Yeong, My Daughter.

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Ah thanks for reminding me! That might be the one but I feel I have seen it in a more recent drama too.

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It was part of the plotline of Human Disqualification, where the male lead's job was 'social stand-in', pretending to be relatives, friends and even boyfriend/fiancé to people for money. Part of this service was weddings.

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Haven't seen it yet but sounds interesting!

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I'm guessing The Spies who Loved Me. Eric and Yoo Inna's 1st marriage ceremony.

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Yes that's the one! Thank you it was bugging me lol.

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Is that $20 plus a meal? 😉

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Suggest me that one good drama that you keep pestering your friend to watch it!
I'm a new born baby in kdrama world, just a month old won't be wrong!
Can watch pretty much anything but Romance (I saw descendants on somebody's rec... I watched till the end of 1 episode and, that's pretty much why no romance) No Offence!

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This is exciting! What was your gateway drama? Just to get a feel of what you might like

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Stranger / Forest of secret!!

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On the same line, you may also like Watcher, The Good Detective and Signal. If you're looking for shorter dramas, I'd totally recommend D.P. and Extracurricular. And, on a darker note, Kingdom, which was my gateway drama and got me into a sageuk rabbit hole that quickly took me to try out loads of different genres (yes, romance too 😋)

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Alright, DP, extracurricular and yes kingdom(bae doona's there, I better not miss it)!!
Rest I've watched! After stranger whatever came into my rec. I kept watching!

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I don’t remember many dramas on par with forest of secret other than Signal, Voice (1st season), and Tunnel.
Do you enjoy tension and jumpy feeling from watching horror? The Guest may be a good fit.
If you don’t mind slice-of-life, I recommend Misaeng, Dairy of A Prosecutor, Dear My Friends and Live (Live and DMF have romance though).
Oh, and Stove League if you’re okay with sport genre.

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You might want to watch Matrimonial Chaos with Bae Doona. It's more about family and relationships than romance. Mad Dog and Lookout might interest you.

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Imagine your Gateway drama being FOS... would there be any beating that? I'm? I haven't even seen it (yet) but it's one of the most technically lauded dramas ever lol.

Oh I kept reading; seems you still found things to like, thank goodness! haha

Several of my other main reccs have already been mentioned and I don't know what you're like on Youth dramas so, if you want an excellently written sageuk, then Tree With Deep Roots.

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Oh thanks!!
Yes you're right, I immediately watched Signal after that, and subconsciously I knew that what I've started with was another level game! Nothing beated FOS for sure, but I still continued, and guess what, after long time I found Beyond Evil and I was like yess!!
Wait a minute!!! You haven't seen FOS, like for real? 🙀

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*chaotic grin*
I have not hehehe you'll come to learn I haven't seen several of the most highly recommended and purportedly technically best dramas ;)

Many of them (Sky Castle, My Ahjussi, FOS, Misaeng etc) are on and have always been on my watch list,but for whatever reasons I haven't got to them yet.
Some I didn't watch airing and now I have to find time and headspace to get back to them for one.
I also... *ahem* have somewhat of a reputation for not liking highly recommended dramas in the past 🤣🤣 so, whilst I'm more confident about liking such as I've listed, I can't deny a certain apprehension lmao.
Oh but don't worry. I will get there.

I have seen Beyond Evil however, although I remain the odd one out not getting the hype around it. Woops. Typical me. 🙃

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Hehehe!!!
I can take guarantee for MY ajusshi and
Fos 1!! I mean it!
By the way, I'm wondering which dramas you have watched then, and which are your fvrts from not so highly recommended drama, I'm curious now!😂

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@unniunni
I have watched many dramas... would you like the whole list? No just kidding that would be far too much haha.

My favourites from NOT highly recommended dramas? Hmmmmmmmmm

I'm probably going to end up being too semantic about this question because it got me thinking what IS highly recommended and how so we but moreso I define that? Highly meaning widely? Or highly meaning high quality and espoused by the recommender be he few or many? Or both? Highly recommended by a wide range of people? I think I tend to think of the latter when I say it myself.

And then widely might be relatively- TWDR might be widely and highly recommended by trad sageuk watchers but not necessarily by the general intl drama watching populace, of which in my experience only as small percentage are trad sageuk watchers.

Are any of what I'm about to list NOT highly recommended by any definition? Perhaps not. I tried to think of ones you hadn't been given here yet though, and used that as my marker to farther narrow this down.

I Am Not A Robot- is a rom com that I am actually surprised hasn’t been mentioned yet- one of the much better done rom coms.
Mystic Pop Up Bar- Ah just what a fun little drama. This is a fantasy drama that has a few plot issues but really knows what story it’s telling and how it wants to tell it and sticks to that. If only more fantasy dramas were like this, I would be a happier Sic.
You Are My Spring- my personal favourite of this year so far (scandalous, so scandalous). You will probably begin to realise I place character and theme first, over much else. Not perfect but so dang close. In the same club as JBL and IRY for me (both also favourites.)

- I have a personal taste for Youth dramas about highly dysfunctional kids and strong themes, and as such have a core group of these as favourites- Extracurricular is one of them but has already been recced multiple times:

White Christmas- Is an excellently made 2011 psychological thriller youth drama, with stunning cinematography, music, directing, and performances.
Shut Up: Flower Boy Band- Music youth drama and angst. So much angst. I love the story of the central group of boys in this.
When We Were Young 2018- is a lovely little C-Drama that I don’t personally think gets the attention it deserves.
Sassy Go Go- is a high school drama that has excellent character writing, and thematic resolution and one of the best “villain” redemption arcs in kdrama ever, imo. I like to recc it all the time but I don’t know about anyone else haha. It is primarily character driven over plot.
Here’s My Plan- mini drama that I thought told its story quite well for what it is. It’s basically a “one” character drama though, as everyone else is a static point of reference for the Female Lead, who has the only character development.

Others/Maybes:
Secret Life of My Secretary- is a rom com I...

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... I personally enjoyed a lot because of the thematic resolution in the final half, but it is an acquired taste, I think.
Arang and the Magistrate- I have no idea if this is still watchable today, but this is an underrated fantasy sageuk imo. A bit campy (which is a plus for it), and drags in places, and by no means boat rocking, but enjoyable.
Radiant Office- Another underrated gem imo. It’s just a nice little office drama. It’s probably not as serious as Misaeng, and the romance is super background, and if you’re not into office dramas then it might not work for you but, it is one of the few dramas I’ve rewatched so.

If you want pretty much pure fantasy crack, then Hwayugi is my favourite piece of hot trash, and Tale of the Nine Tailed is a very wack drama that is excellent in the middle and wtf worthy at the beginning and end. Episode 9 is still amazing though.

I think that covers the majority of my top favourites, both personally and to recommend, that might fit your question, and that haven’t already been mentioned here yet.

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Misaeng, pegasus market, Prison playbook. Mother, my ajusshi....

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Chief Kim!!!!!

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Have you watched Stranger? I think it's pretty much the best non-romance drama I've seen, and I'd put it up there with the best series in any language, fwiw.

My Ahjussi is another one that you might enjoy if you're just looking for a good story and without a romance component.

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Hey there!! Yess I've watched both!

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Starting with Stranger is setting the bar a bit too high maybe, lol.

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I know right! But then I watched Signal, Beyond Evil, & they met those expectations for me to keep going!!

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Misaeng is an excellent slice-of-life show, and the recent Netflix productions, Move to Heaven and D.P., are both solid. I also loved SKY Castle, but some find it a bit makjang.

I recently watched Into the Ring (about local/municipal politics), and while there's certainly a bit of romance, it's not the primary focus of the drama. From the same genre, City Hall is excellent too, but a bit older (2009, I think).

If you like the crime/murder mystery genre, I hear good things about Gap-dong, though I haven't seen it myself.

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People on Twitter were nice enough to offer a few more suggestions:

Life on Mars
Designated Survivor 60 Days
Chief of Staff
Flower of Evil
Haechi (sageuk)
Tunnel
Voice
Argon
Solomon's Perjury

I have only seen a few of these myself, but might be worth checking out.

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All set! Thanks buddy ☺️

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Misaeng is a great drama w/o romance. I would also recommend On the Verge of Insanity.

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Noted!!

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Definitely watch On the Verge of Insanity!!!!!

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Deal 👍😊 @stpauligurl

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I'm saying I don't like romance, but it's the same me who was shipping Yeo Jin and Shi mok in my first ever kdrama!
So... Just purely the romance genre doesn't suit me, if it's with anything else I won't mind watching it!

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Then
You From Another Star
Queen In-hyun's Man
Master's Sun
Splash Splash Love (it's not all love)

For not-so-lovey action
Girl K

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Yes to all of them especially Queen Inhyuns man. Best merging of romance and other elements but always keeping romance on the forefront. My favourite rom com ever.

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Sigh.....My favorite rom com, with my favorite hero

Kim Boong do forever!!

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Then I'll add Just Between Lovers.

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If DOTS is the only romance (rom com) you've watched then I won't recommend shleving every romance drama. Dots isn't a good example of a romance drama, there are tonnes better. Also if you liked SF you may want to check out Life by the same writer that also has Cho Seung Woo.

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Agreed! It's just that over cheesy romance and love at first sight is something I can never digest, So couldn't get ahead with DOTS!
If it's mature, sensible and realistic, then why not!? I haven't found one yet, but let's see!
And yes I've seen life, I tried to watch anything which was connected to Stranger in some or the other way!

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When you mention mature romance, I suddenly thought of Run On. Their conversations are very rich & matured.

The story is about an average translator, her job is about translating movies english-korean. She's a freelancer; when she has no job, she'll take the translator job like translating on the movie set.

One of my favorite!

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Welcome to kdramaworld, chinggu!
Well, I keep pestering others to watch these:

My Top 3 Kdrama of all time:
1. My ajusshi
2. Misaeng
3. Nine: Nine Time Travel

non-romance genre (or non-romance centric) my most faves are:
1. Stranger S1
2. Sign (SBS, 2011)
3. I hate going to work (KBS2, 2019)
4. On the verge of insanity
5. W: Two World
6. School 2013

hope you enjoy your time in kdramaworld and DB!

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Hello! Chinggu means friend right?
Uk what, nowadays I keep saying" ah-ni-yo, jincha, araso and wae full time, it's latin and greek for everyone around me, but I still enjoy saying them! Is it common phenomenon for new comers or it's just me?
Thanks for the list, ajusshi and stranger 1/2 I've watched, rest I'm gearing up for!!
See you around! 😊

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Yes, I’ll bet we’ve all incorporated some Korean into our speech after falling into kdrama😄 I say omo! a lot.

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This is common 'sickness' for us addict 😄 I swears in Korean too these days. Took me awhile to have those words seep into my subconscious tho. You must be good in picking up language.

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In addition to The Watchers, DP and Extracurricular, I suggest Prison Playbook.

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Prison playbook I watched around 6 7 eps, idk why after that I felt nothing is much happening, and then stopped watching, is it really worth watching ahead?

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Yeah. To be honnest, the story is better the more the drama goes.

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It was a slow start for me too, but go away and come back to it. It is one of the wonderful ones.

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Doctor Prisoner if you like crime/intrigue shows.

Stove League if your like office drama in sports setting.

Pegasus Market if you need an absurd comedy.

Chocolate if you like food porn between sad, healing stories.

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Welcome aboard. Dare I recommend HEALER (2014/15) (Viki US) which brought me into kdrama land in 2016? The romantic part of the plot grew and became important as the drama progressed but there was a lot else going on and wonderful performances.

Interestingly I recently (Sept./Oct.) and separately introduced two visiting male friends into the the world of kdramas.
I knew both these guys from when I lived in NYC. My approach was to start by running episode 2 of the reality show JUNG HAE IN’S TRAVEL LOG (Viki US) which was filmed in NYC in Oct. 2019. I told them, “hey we can see the city pre-pandemic”.
(I found it delightful to watch JHI and 2 of his buddies visit the city.) Then I moved onto JHI’s performance in D.P. on Netflix. They both were in awe. At the end my friend in September asked about JHI’s performance in D.P, “is that the guy from New York?” My reply, “yep, that was him.”
(O/T. Of the dramas I have seen JHI in (I have not seen his romantic dramas) D.P. is for me his best performance. It is also one of my favorite dramas of the year.)

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I’ve just been watching Jung Hae In’s Travel Log! It’s so strange seeing pre-pandemic travel, how much things have changed!

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Very strategic. Well done.

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Thanks.

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I’m actually watching Misaeng right now. So good!

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@unniunni

Here's my K-drama suggestions:
It's Okay to Not Be Okay
2 seasons of Hospital Playlist
Vincenzo
Mr. Queen
Alice
Do You Like Brahms?
Itaewon Class
Hyena
Squid Game (this one is still popular on Netflix)

...and here's my non-Kdrama suggestions:
Running Man
You Quiz on the Block
Hangout with Yoo
I Live Alone (MBC)

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Off the top of my head, 'Misty' (2018). A murder mystery with a great strong female lead, more twists and turns than a maze, and an ending that you can debate for the next several years.

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Looks perf!!

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I definitely tend more to romance dramas, but some less romance/more crime/thriller-y dramas I’ve enjoyed are -

Tunnel
Mouse
I Remember You/Hello Monster

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First two I've watched! Added hello monster to my list!

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Healer! Healer is a must watch no matter your preferences!

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Hey, I watched it and loved it!! Thanks for rec!

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Three non-romance dramas that I have watched recently and I would recommend:
- Save Me (2017) Suspense drama about a cult

- Kairos (2020) Time travelling thriller

- Strangers from Hell (2019) Suspense horror (not scary just creepy and a bit violent)

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Seconding Kairos (I haven’t seen the others)

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Three from this year that have really impressed me:
On the Verge of Insanity (MBC)
Undercover (jTBC)
Daebak Realty / Sell Your Haunted House (KBS)

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☺️👍

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The one kdrama that pulled me into kdrama-land: Uncanny Counter. I used to be skeptical of kdrama, I thought kdrama was full of crying cringe scenes.

But after getting frustrated with the western series, in which almost every drama (even the supposedly non-romance theme) has s*x scene, I randomly just give the Uncanny Counter a try.

I didn't have any expectations and just because it was listed top 10 at my Netflix's country at that time, I guess why not.

And, wow I found Uncanny Counter very refreshing & fun!

That's when I started to dig more kdrama!

Among my favorite that I kept pestering my hubby to watch together with me, in the order :

0- Uncanny Counter - Fantasy
1- Beyond Evil - So wowwww (my husband loves this series as well; you know it's hard for him to get sucked to binge-watching kdrama on his own. Haha)
2- Mad Dog - You'll start loving it come episode 2
3- Sell Your Haunted House - Funny, no romance
4- Stranger Season 1 (I found Season 2 has too many unnecessary dragging scenes)

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These kdramas has romance scene, but they introduce me to the other part of life, that I'm grateful I watched them :

0- Familiar Wife - Funny & fantasy. If you're married or are getting ready to get married; I highly recommend this drama. It shows that married life is sweet when we learn to unlearn, to appreciate little things, to pause for a moment, and many more things. Go watch it! This is one of the rare kdrama whose ending is perfect for me.

1- Hotel Del Luna - It has very little romance compared to other kdrama. But it teaches me so much about how to mentally prepare for our own death and preparing for our loved one's death.

2- While you were sleeping - About prosecutor's work and how it become more powerful with the help of reporter and police patrol

3- Pinocchio - Now I know how journalists/reporters get their stories and news sources

4- Ms Hammurabi - I didn't know that Judge do such and such works, I thought judge were the almighty who just approve or passed judgments. They do hardworks too.

5- Imitation - Opened my eyes to real-world of idols. I used to assume that idols have fun all day all months long; but I never thought that they have to work hard, on top of they have to train themselves to be strong mentally. I definitely cannot be an idol. I'm a very snappy person.

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Aww thanks 🥰

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Are there any other sites besides dramac**l working properly? Quickd**m* is nowhere to be found, fastd**ma and k*s*assian are loaded with ads and aren't working properly.

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Same even I was bombarded with ads when I first watched in these site!
What I did is, I downloaded an app called "free ad blocker browser" from playstore and it solved everything! Now once in a blue moon I get ads!

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There are zillions of ad blockers, but many are fake/malicious.
AdBlock & Adblock Plus are ok for PC. I've heard good things of a couple others. Beware anything with less than 10,000 download, or anything really new.
The goods ones have optional extra filters. Experiment a bit because they may help but some will block Dramabeans features like the "Follow" button.
Also get a really good internet security suite.
Finally, for the worst case, if you have access to more than one machine, visit dodgy sites only on one that does NOT do online banking or other critical tasks.

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I think I should look for your advice on VPN, security, ad blocks, I remember you wrote a detailed reply once and ugh I may have still not followed through because I left the dark sites for good. But now the numerous streaming platforms leave me no option to welcome them again.

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One more thing - at least for Windows users. Go thru the settings in Windows, your ad-blocker, browser, anti-virus, etc. There are security features that exist because they can help but which are off by default because they can cause problems for some activities. Experiment. They might not cause problems for you.

Browsers - try turning off javascript for simple sites that you only read. That will break DB, Amazon, etc, etc, but you will be safer for the (few) sites that it doesn't break. Many news sites work ok.

Windows: try turning Data Execution Prevention on for EVERYTHING. Microsoft keeps moving it but in on my machine now it hides in Control Panel - System - System Protection (in column on the right side of the screen) - Advanced (tab) - Performance / Settings - Data Execution Protection. The default is to protect only essential Windows stuff, but I've had it on for everything since the Windows XP days and it works fine for me.

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The ads aren't as much an issue but the fact that none of these sites are working properly. Dramac**l occassionally has issues too and the rest have kin dof disappeared when there used to be many options a while back. I mean ethically that's fine lol but we don't get dramas then.

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Yeah, something goofy has happened at k*s*asian. The site insists you take down your ad blocker & when you do all hell breaks loose. Serves me right for wanting my drama goodies without paying for them?

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So far dramac**l is working fine with ad blocker! If you want some more powerful one than 'Adguard is also good' -but here after free trial u have to pay something!!

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Yeah i remember there used to be many sites a while ago but now other than dramac**l none is working properly. And the server for this one doesn't work well either.

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Not so much for new popular dramas I guess but for older dramas there are a lot legitimately on YouTube (like on the network’s channel), which I didn’t know for a long time.
I found this quite helpful -
https://www.reddit.com/r/KDRAMA/comments/gqe41c/list_of_legally_available_webdramas_on_youtube/

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Thanks for the list. It is indeed helpful.

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fd and ka in particular, I have found go through cycles of bad ads, anti ad block and pop ups or other issues. Then they might change the site's overall server and they'll be alright again.
I am currently using 1dramanice-site, because the others have had for me, internal video hosting server issues, with slow loading or whatever. It's working fine.
I use uBlock Origin as an adblocker and have for years.

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iQiyi is great! You can even download episodes for offline watching (workaround for ads!).

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I wonder if I will ever be able to find something I like that brings me money, my job frustrates me, even though I was happy to be hired at first, I know now I am pretty exhausted and burnt out and bored by it, especially as I saw how promotion was handed to a young girl who is like 4 years out of college, just because she was hired 4 months earlier, I came with experience, as soon as I started I used my experience, made improvements, introduced new ways, but now I am just sick of everything, like what is the point when what you need is mostly luck

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I'm old. Back-in-the-day workers would change jobs every 2-3 years, stay just long enough for it to look good on the resume then leverage the experience to get something better.

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That really sucks and is often the case, sadly. It’s worst if they hand it on to someone who isn’t even performing just because they have been there longer.

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Hi, beanies, I have my only good news this week:
Yesterday, I'm now a fully vaccinated person! So if you want to have a Covid-19 vaccination after two doses like me, get vaccinated and you will be a fully vaccinated person with a two doses!

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Congratulations of being fully vaccinated! I got my second vaccine last weekend 😊

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So I binge watched and completed Human Disqualification and just can't get Ryu Jun Yeol out of my head. Same happened after watching reply 1988. The only character who gave me serious SLS. Such a sexy guy. Since he has more movies than dramas can you guys give me some recs for his films??

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Little Forest is a wonderful slice-of-life film with Ryu Joon Yeol.

He has a supporting role in Taxi Driver which is a great film about the Gwanju uprising.

He was great in Believer which was an action crime drama.

I'm planning to watch Human Disqualification next week and I am so excited to see Ryu Joon Yeol again! Waiting for the drama to end to binge it was torture!

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Taxi Driver, Gwanju uprising. Hope you ain't mixing dramas together?

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I am talking about the 2017 FILM A Taxi Driver starring Song Kang Ho. Ryu Joon Yeol plays a university student taking part in the uprising.

I forgot the "A" in the title of the film. I wish Dramabeans had a way to modify comments...

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What a great film and he was just great too.

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He has a minor role in A Taxi Driver and played the gangster bff of Jo In Sung in The King. I think he did a phenomenal job in Believer and The Battle: Roar to Victory. He was also in Little Forest with Kim Tae Ri and Hit-and-Run Squad with Gong Hyo Jin and Jo Jung Suk.

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Hit and Run Squad, Money, The Battle: Roar to Victory. He also did a travel show with Lee Je-Hoon called Traveller, season 1.

He also did a tropey drama called Lucky Romance. Watch at your own risk.

I did the same thing after watching him in R88, .. though I couldnt continue with Human Disqualification.. just not the right emotion for me at this time. Maybe later.

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Oh, didn’t he do a variety travel show with the guys from 1988? They were in Africa. It was funny.

He was great in Lucky Romance, it was such a shame that the drama was a terrible mess.

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Youth Over Flowers Africa! they went to Victoria Falls, right? fabulous...

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That’s it! Thank you!

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and because of that episode - Victoria Falls is on my bucket list!!

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1. A supporting role in Heart Blackened: Choi Min-shik is the star of that film - and what a star he is - but RJY is unnervingly perfect as a very distinctive kind of scumbag.

2. A small part in Robot Sori (aka Sori: Voice from the Heart). Again, he is supporting a brilliant ahjusshi, in this case Lee Sung-min, but he is really sweet and funny as an up-and-coming indie musician.

A few years ago RJY was one of the leads in a film called Hit and Run Squad. You'd think a fun action movie starring him, Jo Jung-suk and Gong Hyo-jin would be a surefire hit, but apparently it not only bombed quite badly but was outperformed by another, much drier and darker RJY film called Money.

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Thanks guys. You gave too many options. I think I'll narrow it down to Believer, Money, The King, Little Forest and maybe Blackened heart, Hit and run Squad and Taxi driver. I'm actually quite afraid to watch A Taxi driver because it is about Gwangju. I was already traumatized by Youth of May.

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I made such a mistake this week when I started Move to Heaven as my new breakfast watch. Hello, bawling breakfast. It seems like a really good show so far, but maybe in a different time slot. ^^

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I watched Move To Heaven before bed and ended up crying myself to sleep a few nights in a row 😅 I don’t know what’s worst: a wet breakfast or a wet pillow?

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Oh that show remains in my heart. Morning or evening tears remind us to live every day with joy.

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Breakfast tears 😭, I had after dinner tears.

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But they're good tears.

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I like reading the Korean newspapers and I just came across this in the Korea Times:

*A professor at Hanyang University allegedly gave an online class
while taking a bath, Wednesday.

The professor, whose name was withheld, was giving an online lecture with only audio available. But the camera was accidentally turned on, revealing his upper body above the waterline to his students, according to local broadcaster SBS.

He switched off the camera immediately and continued giving the lecture. However, the sound of water splashing in the bathtub continued, students told the media outlet...

[It continues]
*Hanyang University said it will hold a personnel committee meeting to get to the bottom of the incident and decide whether to take disciplinary action against the professor.*

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2021/10/181_317788.html

I hope their investigation is successful. 🤣

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This is why I physically block my webcam with tape 😄

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🤣🙈🙈🙈

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omg 🤣 a combination of The Chair + Steven Colbert 1st Day of Covid show.

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Ok now you've convinced me to see The Chair.

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😏 aka, Professors Behaving Badly.

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Can I share what my 5th graders came to our zoom classes with? BEST covid excuse for not doing math: "My puppy ate my charger so I couldn't log on".

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The sound of water splashing... :D

I have a little dark-coloured teddy bear sticker over my laptop camera, and I don't care if it leaves a residue. Before covid, I didn't use the camera at all.

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Reminds me of when you’re having a phone conversation and then hear a toilet flushing 😒

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Hasn't happened to me yet, or at least I haven't been aware of it, but I've heard people using their mobiles in public toilet cubicles :( quite often :( :( :(

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I'm still wondering if *getting to the bottom of the incident* was intentional or otherwise 🤔

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Pleased to report that Park Hyung-sik’s upcoming F/S drama from tvN HAPPINESS is now on Viki US’s “Coming Soon” list. Episode one will air Nov. 5. Availability angst is over.

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Tee hee hee, “availability angst”, it’s such a real thing 👍🏼

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A number of Chinese novels, from which very popular or highly anticipated dramas have been adapted, have been locked on their official platform, inaccessible to subscribers.

Author priest's three novels: Zhen Hun (The Guardian), Faraway Wanderers (Word of Honor), and Sha Po Lang (Winner is King) were locked at the end of September. priest posted a note saying that due to great influence from screen adaptations, problematic parts in these novels must be revised.

Earlier today, more highly popular BL novels were locked: TGCF/Heaven Official's Blessing, Sa Ye (Chasing the Light), Husky and His White-haired Cat Master (Immortality) and a few others. Lock screen message says something like, "Due to policy enforcement or other uncontrollable forces, this work is temporarily locked." Husky's locked screen doesn't have this message.

Some people think that perhaps this is done so the dramas can air. I doubt it. Interests in these dramas have caused increase in readership. Perhaps much more than regulators are comfortable with. So they've decided to censor the originals.

Zhang Gong An (League of Gentlemen) is fine. It's often wrongly mistaken for BL.

The other BL novels which had sold screen adaptation rights are also fine for now. I guess because shooting hasn't started, and thus, publicity machine hasn't started, they are not yet considered a "threat" by Chinese regulators. Also not affected for now are works adapted into animations/donghuas.

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A couple "funny" reaction Weibo comments:
"Done to prevent spoilers." "To stop people from finding out this is not bromance."

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Author MXTX's only 3 novels are now all locked. MDZS and SVSSS were locked almost exactly 3 years ago. Back then I thought this might have been done to save the derivatives from being affected.

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Ah this makes me sad. Priest and MXTX are among the best and I've liked almost all these novels. I just finished reading Priest's Silent Reading a few days earlier - thank god for English translations

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Happy Halloween weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

Last weekend was the musical concert I had been both anticipating and dreading for a whole month. It was scary to bump into so many people that ended up not being who I feared they would be at a second glance. Fortunately my friends were excellent supportive sidekicks while I battled on and they rewarded me with praise and a promise that we will meet up again soon with less people around.😊

My K-drama friend and I are virtually celebrating Halloween together again with a movie. Last year I watched A Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time, this year my friend is watching Disney’s Coco for the first time. I am quite the scaredy cat, so I only recently started celebrating Halloween on a family friendly level.🎃

I am currently experiencing my own little horror story as I try to figure out what all the buttons on my new laptop are meant to do.😅

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Oh no, a new laptop sounds more horrifying to me than zombies!
Turtie, excellent work on the concert!

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And yet, I prefer my new laptop over zombies any time! 😅 Thank you!

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Congratulations on your successful outing!

Have a fun Halloween celebration.

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Thank you, I wish you a nice (halloween) weekend as well! :)

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Well done on managing the concert! Hope Halloween is fun :) it’s not really celebrated here (there is a constant argument about how it’s not something we do/it’s just commercial and borrowed from American culture/don’t be such a killjoy and let the kids dress up 😂) but I might do something at home for the kids to be a bit special for them.

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Thank you! We actually have our yearly carnival event around February-March where anything goes, but Halloween dress-up is supposed to be strictly scary/gory stuff. Of course the influence from American culture blurs the lines nowadays and you can wear the same both on carnival and halloween now. :)

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Had a party until plus midnight, but man I am totally destroyed!!! I am kind of realising I am not young anymore😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
By the way, women's party. I talked about kdramas with one of them.
At the end I told her not to watch any, because k-dramas are dangerous 😂😅😎
Once you start, you are so much in danger of becoming addicted.
I told him not to do it. It is not healthy.

But I dont know why, I think she didn't understand 😆😆😆😆

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Once she starts kdramas, she will 😏

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Damn true about becoming addicted!! 😂 I just go on watching by saying I'm just gonna watch all good kdramas and then will leave, like leaving is so easy! 🤦🤭

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LOL, exactly. 😆😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Poor thing, tying to leave.
I understand you. I am with you in the same boat 😅😅😅😆😆😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Youtubers are suddenly going CRAZY over (Netflix) Kdramas! Their latest obsession (following Squid Games) is the revenge thriller 'My Name'. Its interesting, these K-drama newbies don't even mention having to read subtitles. That was a longstanding obstacle to watching that has simply evaporated.

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Is My Name dubbed like Squid Game is? Ugh, dubbing ☹️

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Today my beanie level changed, it is 'Jang Geu-rae' now! Any idea what it means? I tried searching their meaning but couldn't get it!

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Congratulations!
Once you watch MISAENG you will understand. Jang Gue-rae was the young new guy in a sales team in a trading company. The “knewbie”. In MISAENG JGR was played beautifully by Siwan.
(Perhaps other beanies have a better description.)

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Actually it probably ‘newbie’ but I got carried away and that is one of our beanies’ DB name.

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Ohhh okay! I better not delay watching misaeng then, I've got another reason to watch it!!
Thanks☺️

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