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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

So, what are we all watching this week?

What kept you reaching for more (or agonizing when there was no more), and what made you want to throw your remote through the screen? Time to weigh in…

 

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Currently covering: Tomorrow

My Liberation Notes: What can I even say? While I enjoy all the storylines, it’s Mi-jung and Gu that have my full attention. The drama so beautifully captures the security of having someone at your side (and watching your back, rooting for you, etc.), but does it so subtly that it becomes pure art. I could watch the two of them walk, talk, and sit in that little living room on repeat forever.

Happiness: I am so not into scary, gory, or zombie-type dramas, but I’ve heard so many good things about this show I wanted to give it a whirl. I’m two episodes in, and while I need a little more OTP (which I’ve been promised that I’m getting), I love Han Hyo-joo’s character already — fearless, flippant, and totally awesome. Also, while the drama is a tad bit too creepy for me, it’s not terribly gory, so as long as I don’t watch this right before bed I think I’ll make it.

Our Blues: I think I’ve officially dropped this one.

Love All Play: As much as I love My Liberation Notes, this drama has quickly become my little happy place. I love everything about its little world, our couple, the emotional conflicts, the coach of never-ending second chances, oh and that confession. This would be a lovely drama to marathon, but I can’t stop myself from watching it the second it’s released. Where did my discipline of waiting for episodes to stockpile go?

 

DaebakGrits

Currently covering: Again My Life, Love All Play

Showtime Begins!: I think this is my favorite currently airing drama. Something about magic shows and ghosts working behind the scenes just gives me a good chuckle, especially all the scenes where we cut to the poor put-upon faces of the ghosts as they make the “magic” happen. Their expressions really undercut the seriousness of Cha-woong’s over-the-top performances, and I smile every time. It’s also a pretty straight forward story that doesn’t require a lot of brain power to follow, and given my day job has been stressful, I haven’t had a lot of brain cells to spare. It’s my goofy little reprieve.

Shooting Stars: I’m enjoying this story’s little peek behind the K-drama curtain, but the character I find myself the most interested in seeing is the lawyer. I wouldn’t quite call it second lead syndrome (yet), but I want to see him in action. I hope something happens that makes him go into lawyer mode and come to the company’s rescue. As for our OTP, I like the way they playfully bicker but then show kindness and sympathy for each other when it matters. I’m not fully on board with them as a romantic couple, but they will probably grow on me… unless I do end up liking the lawyer more…

 
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Red Heart: I like it. I like the players. I love Lee Joon in this. I like that he isn’t a pure King or evil. I like that he is somewhere in between. He can be sweet, but he is also very arrogant and uppity. It makes for a great character study. It also looks like Jang Hyuk’s character and Lee Hana’s character have layers as well. I look forward to seeing them.

Love All Play: Our utterly adorable leads continue to just be super cute. Tae Joon’s sister is going to ruin it. I hope they continue to be cute together.

Again my life: The revenge is revenging along. They don’t waste time in this drama. He doesn’t have any obstacles and lots of convenient coincidences to help him get revenge. It is enjoyable for what it is.

The Sound of Magic: I am consistently surprised when they start singing lol. This drama is very strange. I am not really sure what is happening. Also, Hwang In Yup looks every bit his 30 years and he also looks like an anime villain. I’m not sure I see the point of the show. I have one more episode left though.

Shooting stars: Hopefully the show continues to get better and they never mention the continent again. I like that they choose who they think will be a star based fully on looks. You think he is talented because he is pretty, lol.

Showtime Begins!: I continue to enjoy the ghosts and JKJ. When my dude got his new outfit for his blind date I was so excited for him. I also love that he didn’t know she wanted him to book a hotel, which was hilarious.

Our Blues: Well, let us see the aftermath of all these incidents. Woof.

My liberation notes: The joy of my weekend. I can’t wait to see what is next.

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"You think he is talented because he is pretty." When I first got into k-dramas seeing this mentioned in dramas but also in fan comments was a culture shock. Fans of a drama saying an OTP don't match because she or he is soooo much better looking makes no sense to me to this day.

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This. I've never paid attention to OTP "chemistry" or "visuals" before watching kdramas, but they seem to be primary focuses for kdrama viewers. I have to consciously concentrate to gauge chemistry for the majority of kdramas I watch, because I just am not conditioned to look for it.

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I do think the chemistry between actors is a thing which is why it is insane that Korea rarely does screen tests in their romance centric dramas. I just think some of complaints about chemistry in k-drama are more to do with just not liking the couple together because of the visual. So we've come full circle.

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Lol, it is bizarre, but I got used it. My friend and I used to joke that we always know who will never be a lead based solely on looks. It is awful and shallow, but sometimes that is precisely what it is based on. To be fair I think most entertainment industries are like that, Koreans just say it out loud.

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I mean looks are important in any entertainment industry worldwide. However, I have never seen someone say some rom/com couple didn't match based on looks in Western entertainment.

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That is true. That is a uniquely Koreab thing. It is weird, especially because looks are subjective. Someone said that about Nam Ji Hyun in Shopping King Louie, I remember being baffled by that, first because she isn't ugly and 2nd because that is one of the best dramas ever.

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Re: AGAIN MY LIFE. My viewing (after 2.5 episodes) was interrupted so this week I returned to it and decided to start at the beginning and get a better handle on who’s who in the drama both past/present. Lol as I write I am through episodes 2.5 again and will push on tonight. However, after the early rewatch, even more so than in LAWLESS LAWYER, Lee Joon-gi’s physicality is outstanding. In RL at age 40 he is playing a younger (age 21!) version of himself (college kid) that has to be a kdrama record. We have all see actors take a shot at play younger versions of themselves but LJG is incredible. I am looking forward to the rest of the drama.

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His physicality is outstanding, but he looks every bit of his 39-40 years. Him as a 21 year old was not believable lol.

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Our Blues: The story arc with the teens and their dads was so raw and powerful. The actors were all stellar. The writer is so good at making you angry with characters but feel for them too.

Bloody Heart: Wow! Sageuks always have impressive cinematography but this drama is stunning. Lee Joon has such a great voice and an impressive range. His character is really interesting. I’m glad to see both him and Kang Hanna in lead roles. I’m excited and scared for Yoo-jung to find out the truth and enter the political fray.

My Liberation Notes: I like this drama, but I want to love it like everyone else. This drama has good dialogue but I’m still disappointed so much of it is about love. I loved Gi-jung crying on the bus but the bike stunt veered too far into wacky rom-com territory for me. I can’t root for Gi-jung with either Mi-jung’s coworker or her boss; they’re both actual adults. I’m not sure about how Gu’s drinking is being handled.

Love All Play: I’m watching way too many dramas right now but started this because I wanted something cute, and it certainly delivers. Park Ju Hyun is a young actress I really like. She has cute chemistry with Chae Jong-hyeop.

Sound of Magic: I watched the first episode but don’t think I will continue. Nothing about it really grabbed me, and I’ve always found characters suddenly breaking into song hokey.

The Killer’s Shopping List: I hope the killer isn’t someone predictable, like Yul’s dad. I enjoy the relationship between Dae-sung and Ah-hee.

Showtime Begins!: Jin Ki-joo continues to be adorable. I’m not crazy about the past lives connection or evil spirit storyline. These kinds of storylines always suck the fun out of dramas and turn them too dark and serious.

Shooting Stars: I decided to give it four episodes, and I just might continue despite not being interested in the leads. The supporting cast and stories involving the agency employees and their actors are pretty good.

Green Mothers’ Club: Poor kiddos. That much academic pressure shouldn’t be placed on elementary school students. I think Eun-pyo will snap out of it and Dong-seok will be fine, but the other kids are doomed.

Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce): I knew the writer was going to pull the same trick, angling for a S4. The first two seasons were boring and infuriating but a somewhat entertaining look at marriage and divorce. The writer obviously ran out of ideas and fell back on her old habits with the ghosts. If it comes back, half the cast will end up ghosts.

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A Superior Day (Series review) - Mood progression: C- / D+ / D- / D- / D- / D / D- / D-
Covering a 24h period over 8 episodes broadcast over 8 weeks was difficult enough in theory but the writer didn’t even bother to put in any effort into the story. I mean, I actually timed how long it took to watch the finale: took only 10 mins!

My Liberation Notes (Episode 7-8) - Mood: B+
Not gonna lie, I’m not liking the implied trajectory of Mr Gu’s backstory or the fact that he’s actually proceeding into an open relationship with Mi Jeong when he hasn’t even told her who he is yet while he knows her deepest secret. But I do like that Tae Hoon said no to Gi Jeong: this will be a true test of the writer’s skill to see how they proceed on from here.

The Killer's Shopping List (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C+
Alas, I was kind of hoping that Veggie was the 3rd victim because that would’ve been a nice impetus to get the Scooby Doo-like investigation going instead of Dae Sung being framed. But then the show really ramped up the stakes with Yul getting kidnapped of all people: it’s a really nice cliffhanger so I hope that it isn’t a fake-out and she isn’t just at home?

Showtime Begins! (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C-
There’s plenty of superfluous material in the show from the rival magician to the shaman’s granddaughter but the stuff I find more worrying is the ill-fated historical connection trope between the leads or characters like Hee Soo that would turn over-protective and conflicted over the girl in an upcoming love triangle. And there’s an evil spirit on the loose too!

Shooting Stars (Episode 3-4) - Mood: C
The really awkward thing about this show is that the side characters are carrying it while the main ones are dragging it down: who really wants to watch a love triangle, past trauma and terrible bosses when there’s the agent of chaos Jung Yeol or the budding actors Jae Hyun and Si Deuk? Ok, Yoo Sung’s great, I’ll excuse him, but the other mains are boring.

Love All Play (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D+
Veteran drama watchers will have loads to fear knowing that an early start to the OTP’s romance usually spells trouble later on, especially with said trouble already making her return soon. I’m not sure how to react to the incredibly blatant plot device that was the hamburger food poisoning but I guess it did give us another cuddly moment between the OTP?

Tomorrow (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D
Well, the show realises that it’s in the 2nd half and is proceeding to reveal all those backstories accordingly but I’m just finding the exposition perfunctory and disjointed. It hasn’t made me care that Joong Gil doesn’t have all his memories?

Green Mothers’ Club (Episode 9-10) - Mood: D
If anything, I hope the preview has Eun Pyo finally waking up. Her family should’ve left the neighbourhood in episode 3!

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That abomination is just horny teens playing soup. They can't even do camera work properly. Do they every know within 2 months 2 big badminton tournaments took place and where koreans stand. Garbage through and through.

Rants of young - 4/10 - better be anon and writer rants online than wasting so many crucial resources and taking others opportunities. Makeup can't hide the real face. memes and 1 liners won't turn your story into emmy worthy. It reeks less of writers work and more of copy-paste posts taken directly from internet and interjected as original work.

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Crazy Love (finished) - I loved the Crazy Humour and the dynamic between Krystal and Kim Jaewook (Krystal was such a nice surprise here!). The Crazy Villains, however, were not my favourite part and I would appreciate less time on them and more time on the family moments - I really missed Dad in the last episodes (and we were, again!, robbed of a wedding!!).

Liberation - the show is still doing well mixing the pathos, hope, embarrassment, humour, absurdity, poetry... and it's not that I like the characters all the time and agree with everything they say or do (the Siblings need to get out of the house!)... but they all feel so close and craved their way into my heart. The highlight moments for me are still the ones with the Liberation Club - the words of the Third Member about time were so spot on... and I love their rules! I also love Hyuna and want her as my friend ❤️

Still enjoying Beautiful Now and laughing with Shooting Star.

And can't wait for Woori the Virgin 😁

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JAPAN -

Murai's Love - 7 out of 10 - oho ho - cute act getting to my heart. I'm really at 2022. Those cheeks - yeah yeah.

Father and Daughter's wedding style - 7.5 out of 10 - from start i'm saying this is drama of the season - and surely it is. so many concepts in 1 episode alone. Christmas Cake. haha.

Mentally Strong Beauty Shirakawa-san - 6/10 - Yeah as usual.

Almost every other Japanese actor opening their own youtube channel is like shifting whole business on twitter and its when broadcasters as well as idol groups upload videos for Japanese region alone. Now too much competition. Why you allowed Koreans to have easy way with whole market, idiots.

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It's Beautiful Now - 6/10 - This isn't a family drama. Having multiple young couples have most of screentime and all nonsense about romantic relationships not make for a family drama. Its just primetime romance shenanigans in low budget. Half dozen couples. Yeah, that's what earlier shows threw in.

As for the story - so far easy watch.

Chad Hero - 4/10 - Now i'm bored - Too much stretched out episodes for nothing where we have a villain who isn't into everything and hero who's trying to be everything. way to fancy your life - i'm not gonna trust such audience.

Man management - 4/10 - light, feel good show. all managers are good. so far no -ve aspect even though celebrity life's issues have popped up and dealt with.

Crybaby - had weekend drama playing strong female character and cried in 70% of the episode. maybe people have build fetish for her crying face as she cried straight 2 weeks doing nonsense. She also needs to have a better agency.

Ji Chang wook - get better agency dude or get back to action.

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Watching few Indian drama's youtube - they remind so much of thai dramas and their dramatic effects. female leads are spicy - crazy acts and behaviours - reminds you of dailies of Philippines too.
violence galore - all forms.

Turkish dramas are just copying way too much korean romance dramas. I can count more than 1 dozen easily.

Smile You - india remake - turkish remake - watching now.

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Red Heart - Liked it. The younger versions of the leads were great especially Park Ji-bin. Everyone's mentioned the excellent cinematography already. Bracing myself for another sageuk, with 'red' in the title, to make me cry.

Will binge The Sound of Magic if beanie feedback is good.

ONGOING
Love All Play - Still very cute. Last scene reminded me of Strong Woman Do Bong-soon. Also lol @ #BoysBeAmbitious.

Shooting Stars - The bumbling manager is a sweetheart. I like the staff and the blossoming romance.

Tomorrow - Tough to watch last week's episodes and this week will be the same. But at least we'll get to see more of the past as we delve into Ryung-gu's sorrows.

Again My Life - I'm ready for some bigger chess pieces to fall now that Il-hyun is mostly out of the picture.

From Now On, Showtime - Funny and fun. The romance feels a little hasty.

My Liberation Notes - These siblings are a mess so why are they so fun to watch. In different hands this could be a depressing story but time just flies by.

Our Blues - Seon-a congratulating Yeong-ju was a nice scene.

C-DRAMAS
Fallen behind on Who Rules the World 😖.

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Finally completed Juvenile Justice which by the way is a force to reckon with. Good thing I watched this as my mood saw fit and allowed me to – bit by bit. Some of the cases were a bit dramatic and a little over the top, still it was a nice ride. Penning down thoughts on each case is almost impossible, space wouldn’t permit me to. And while I share her sentiment about juvey offenders, her methods and rulings are sometimes without mercy consideration.
There’s need for speed in the judicial system so people can return to their lives, some systems adopt adding more Justices to fill the vacuum, I wondered why they didn’t think about doing so here. It might not be the best option but at least gives them the speed they need and time to carry out judicial proceedings. And talking about speed in judicial proceedings as per the judge, I’d like to borrow a thought from Stranger 2 drowning case. One thing the show stressed was that sometimes, outright we know there is little we can do to punish some acts, that doesn’t mean we let them off the hook just like that since the ambient of the law doesn’t mete out punishment. However, we can make them acknowledge and remember what they did by making sure they realize what they have done wrong before we let them go. Handling things this way has proven effective for me several times during family conflict.
Good thing Judge Sim still hates juvenile offenders…Another good thing is she has found/is finding a balance so she isn’t biased against them. They deserve the same fair shot at justice.

One thing, though. Judge Cha. Did he ever preside over a case as the series progressed?

My Liberation Notes - How many praises would I cook up for this must watch of mine plus the laughing doses it prescribed. I could just watch Gu and Mi-jung for an entire episode if possible.
Hyeon-a as a side character is on another level. How she so quickly grasped their idea of worship to the closest degree, she’s introspective despite not being a Mi-jung-ish kind of person. She really knows her friend more than the family does.
Good thing someone knows Mi-jung’s worth, even though she doesn’t know her directly. Good thing subtly putting her supervisor in his place. The way he loudly tears her down is disheartening. I really hope he doesn’t take credit for her work since all the drafts are saved in the cloud and they all have access to it.
I’m preparing for Ki-jung and her boss relationship, wherever it takes them both, together or individually. Hyeon-a lending her voice when she had just Ki-jung’s attention is friend-power, and very respectful of what happened to Ki-jung.

Green Mothers Club (Ep 8) - Who is crazier, mother or child? How Yu-bin could construct such a narrative, she’s more crazy than her mom. Good thing Chun-hui feared after she knew what her child did, even though it was for a moment
Park Yunju sure had to panic fearing for her daughter’s wellbeing, but she is too...

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...but she is too flimsy. I’d love to see her stand her ground – on her own, instead of attaching herself to Eun-pyo or Chun-hui as situations arises.

I'm just watchingBlood Heart. Compelling premiere, solid acting. I love the story development, yet I'm equally left confused about it.

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Coming in to say that picture header is such a MOOD. It's D for Delightful!

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It's adorable, but what is it? Obviously something I haven't seen.

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Our Taejoona we are going to you at the speed of light

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It's Love All Play with Chae Jong Hyeop.

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FYI. Two 2022 jdramas that aired earlier in the year are now available on Viki. Both have gotten very good reviews on MyDramaList:

1. In crime/mystery: DON’T CALL IT MYSTERY. 12 episodes. I have been waiting for the longest time for a crime/mystery jdrama on Viki.
2. Along the lines of MIDNIGHT DINER (Netflix US) and THREE STAR BAR IN NISHI OGIKUBO (Viki US) (both highly recommended) there is:
ROKUHOUDOU COLORFUL DAYS. 8 of 10 (25ish min) episodes available.
I have really come to like the 25 or so minute episode format that the Japanese do so well. Late last year in kdramaland we experienced it in the wonderful WOULD YOU LIKE A CUP OF COFFEE. 12 episodes. (Viki US).

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Absolutely loved Three Star Bar. Also loved the Korean version of Midnight Diner but have never watched the (original?) Japanese version. I’ll check out Colorful Days.

Suda Masaki sang Sayonara Elegy, the amazing OST song that led me to watch Todome No Kiss, and I had been eyeing Mystery to Iunakare but forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder!

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The Japanese drama MIDNIGHT DINER is quite the franchise with fifty 25ish minute episodes spread over 5 seasons: 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, and 2019 with 10 episodes per season. The first three seasons were on the Japanese network MBS and the last two on Netflix. All the episodes are now available on Netflix with the first three seasons under the title: MIDNIGHT DINER and the last two under: MIDNIGHT DINER: TOKYO STORIES. Then there are the two feature films from 2015 and 2016 which are available on Viki US.
I have watched 30 of the 50 episodes working them in now and then. I really enjoy them.
My original exposure to the whole thing was probably the first film which I think I watched on a long flight from Hong Kong to NYC in 2015.
This explains better:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnight_Diner_(Japanese_TV_series)

O/T. Viki is owned by the Japanese company Rakuten. I have never understood why there were not more let’s say hard hitting cops/crime/mystery type jdramas on Viki. I hope DON’T CALL IT MYSTERY/MYSTERY TO LUNAKARE is the first of many to come.

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Finished Happiness a while ago and it was good for me - even watching it at night! And the ending was just right! Finally done watching The One and Only and here I thought they were all incurable! But Woo-cheon and In-suk's love will conquer all! Loved this week's episodes of Tomorrow. Green Mother's Club is turning out to be a whodunnit ... Loving Hyung-jae in It's Beautiful Now - he doesn't know it yet but he already likes Mi-rae.

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Hyung-jae is waking up to is feelings for Mi-rae already.

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OUR BLUES (Ep. 7-8) The main characters cursing anger is all emotional (especially the fathers) lacking any intellectual or common sense. It really makes them unlikeable and a bit of a nonstop drum beating downer. I can see why Ho-sik was bitter about In-Gwon kicking him when he was down (bluntly stating he was using his adorable daughter to beg for money when he was dirt poor.). But that was a long time ago; both changed to support their “abandoned” children. I really did not get the relationship between Eun-Hee and Ho-sik or she said she only had two friends. When Seon-ah congratulated Yeong-ju for having a baby, it took a stranger to comfort her in her decisions. I thought the two could have started a bond at that moment, but Seon-ah walked away.

Captain Joon’s doubts about Young-Ok and having a relationship with her sets up YO’s trip backstory which I guess will mirror Yeong-ju’s. Just as Hyeon is fumbling to try to make money to support his baby, I assume Young-Ok is in the same situation.

KILLER’S SHOPPING LIST (Ep. 3-4) The explanation on Dae-Sung’s anxiety disorder due to the Five Dollar man makes sense, as does his mother and girlfriend spending the last two decades protecting him. The story is clearly trying to shift viewer suspicion to the male market workers, but I think the culprit is someone else. (And if my theory is correct about the motive, it will be twisted/sad.)

Variety:

SEOUL CHECK IN (Ep 5) The three generation of pop singer discussion was interesting and their video performances nostalgic. But overall the show seems more repetitive than breaking new ground.

SIXTH SENSE 3 (Ep 7) Torn between two choices, I guessed wrong.

HOW DO YOU PLAY? The next round of auditions were OK but I really don’t understand why established stars would want to join a new vocal group. The eliminations were fine, but I am a little surprised that Mi-Joo got a pass.

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My Liberation Notes: Chang Hee and Du Hwan are so cute. I miss my bestie.

Showtime Begins: the drawing of all the gang at the island was so cute.

Shooting Stars: Yeol reminds me of Jang Geu Re. Rookies don't know how to use printers. - I'm super invested in the side stories. But the writer lost me with the main couple when they put a petty 12yo actor and a really cute and funny regular guy as rivals, lol what am I supposed to do with that.

Our Blues: noisy neighbors, abusive parent, screaming at moms, useless teachers, humiliating friends infront of their kids, kicking out depressing people. Woo Bin, are you really blaming your ex gf for not liking this place? P-please.

Tomorrow: No idea how I feel about this show anymore. I love it and hate it lol

Sound of Magic: the songs are good. And oppa's hair.

Master in the House: yay, finally watching it again. Rain's hidden camera was sad and hilarious. And the rock concert OMG. I cried.

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Omona, I forgot aboutIt's Beautiful Now: I love this show with all my heart. Who said family dramas can't have 4 loving parents and three adorable grandparents.

I want the maknaes to date for real now, it's kinda sad to watch his mom having such a nice time with his (fake) daughter in law. I don't want her to know about their lie. Ever.

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The maknae's are wonderful, and the last episode made it abundantly clear that 'fake' is very much becoming very real very fast. But because this is a family drama, we know that Mom will inevitably find out.

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....but... but... I don't want her to find out and be hurt! 😢
(*joining @enriquequierecagar 's club*)

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I do not want that either- but we should remember that this is a weekend family drama. The way that this story is set up we are enjoying a sort of three part romcom in the beginning but weekenders are about family and growth. So the angst will inevitably come but through that rough patch our characters will grow, especially our maknae's. My prediction: After a very rough ride our youngest daughter in law will again be her favorite but mom will also have a real appreciation for the other two.

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Red Heart I'm more invested by the beauty and the hope of their love story than the politics.

Love All Play This drama is cute and lovely. It's nice to watch simple but warm drama like this.

The Killer's Shopping List This drama is about Seolhyun trying to not laugh at Lee Kwang-Soo's antics.

Tomorrow The story of M. Lim's mother was so tragic and unfair. He really needs to save her in this life.

Showtime Begins! This drama is fun. I wonder if the FL will be able to see the ghosts too.

Again My Life It's more like a Lee Joong-Gi's show than a real drama at this point.

Our Blues I have nothing against not perfect characters, on the contrary, but in this case, I don't find them or their story appealing.

Shooting Stars Not enough of Si-Duk for my taste.

My Liberation Notes This drama ist the best for now! I can't believe we already watched 10 episodes.

The Sound of Magic It was pretty but I wished more magic and hopes. At the end, I wasn't really more happy for the characters than at the beginning...

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I just finished SOUND OF MAGIC. The last two episodes, which I liked the most, conveyed the message of the story very well.
Since the drama doesn't have a lot of plot, it's the perfect length at six episodes.
(Ji Chank-wook looks damn good again by the way).

For me, ideal to relax after a stressful day is LOVE ALL PLAY. The series makes me feel good, I don't have to think much while watching it.

But my weekly highlight is still SHOOTING STARS. I always eagerly anticipate the two new episodes at the end of the week.

I also tried a CDrama, but dropped out after two episodes because it wasn't for me. Maybe later I'll give another drama another chance.

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Try Nirvana in Fire if you like serious quality stuff. Divorce Lawyers is you want to ROFL.

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DIVORCE LAWYERS is a fun show.

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+1 for Nirvana in Fire. Greatest cdrama IMO. Haven't found anything coming close to it in recent years.

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NIRVANA IN FIRE is outstanding.

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Too bad, I only found Divorce Lawyers on Amazon Prime, but not for my region.

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I am watching Master of My Own. It is about romance between boss and his ex secretary. The boss, ML is kind of jerk. It usually turns me off but somehow this drama doesn't. Wonder why. I guess I like Lin Gen-xin that much (?) Because in the drama he is such a capable boss (?) Tan Song-yun is a gem. I laugh a lot watching them bickering, how the FL character just outdoes the boss in such classy way. Hmmm

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Watching. same reaction to the jerk. Kenny Lin is better here after some duds after Princess Agents. Seven Tan is giving it back, yay! She's always a capable one, as an actress I mean.

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I'm here to promote The Romance of Tiger and Rose 😁

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Seconded.

Also, the FL is currently in Who Rules the World and its great so far too. I love her 🥰

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For a light fluffy Chinese romcom you can try MY LITTLE HAPPINESS.

But if you are looking for a gorgeous fantasy with outstanding cinematography, great acting and a good story set in a fully realized fantasy world you could try LEGEND OF FUYAO.

There is also the much acclaimed THE UNTAMED.

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If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend the cdrama "The Day of Becoming You". I've watched it twice and think I even loved it more the second time.

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In Cdrama I greatly enjoyed Legally romance and I am the years you are the star.
I'm currently watching the overly suggary Intense love, but at only ep6 I cannot say how it will evolve.

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Red Heart: 5.0 Kang Han-na!!! And some other people.

From Now, Showtime!: 8.0

Shooting Stars: 8.0

Tomorrow: 6.0 No funny epilogues this week :(

Again My Life: 7.5

Killer's Shopping List: 7.8 Parts are pretty good, especially at the end of day 4, but they spent too much time earlier this week on things I didn't like to watch, like the obnoxious detective and customers leaving. We're currently supposed to think the killer is the kid's dad, but it's a bit early, so likely another misdirect.

Love All Play: 6.0

The Sound of Magic: 8.0 For eps 1 / 3. How does the actress from Beyond Evil last year look so much younger here? Magic?
Ep 1: 2 min - it's been a while since a show has got my attention that well that quickly. 17 min - nice metaphor for Koreans chasing after money. 1 hour - so the moral of the story will be that nothing but magic can solve the problems of a poor Korean?
Ep 2: 9 min - nothing like parroting your lines.
Ep 3: For the horseback riding scene I thought they should have been singing "Gangnam Style". And it's past 2:30 am.

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There is so much I love about LIBERATION NOTES, especially the absurdity in so many of the scenes, this kind of humour appeals to me. The Liberation Club members choosing a table where they do not have to look at each other, Mi-jung asking to be worshipped as well as offering to worship in return, older sister asking to be run over with a bike as a back up if the date goes wrong, the gloomy father doing most of his communication with his stares,.... How can it be so interesting to watch the characters walking on the street to or from the family home. Gu and his anger is completely disarmed by Mi-jung revealing her deepest vulnerabilities and weaknesses to him - he can only surrender! Please, writer, allow him to deal with his past without destroying what these two have.

Lots of love in LOVE ALL PLAY, but the cosy relationship will surely be severely rocked in the coming episodes. The badminton scenes are not as gripping as in Racket Boys, but still nice to watch.

Strong start in RED HEART, really like the cast (Jang Hyuk is a lot of things, but never boring!) and the cinematography. Unfortunately I do not care one bit about palace politics. I might need some help in understanding some of the Joseon terms and traditions.

Still enjoying SHOOTING STARS as well as SHOWTIME and AGAIN MY LIFE. Love the three ghosts who are doing all the hard work for the magic tricks!

Not too happy with OUR BLUES which I have been watching with my husband who only shakes his head at the two fathers and their ongoing temper tantrums. I am not sure he or I will continue watching.

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Speaking of Joseon terms--this was the first time I've heard "In House Prince." I don't think I've ever heard/seen that term in other sageuks.

Agreed about LIBERATION--it's hard to imagine Gu and MJ's relationship outside of this specific routine in this small town, but their connection seems so special and lasting that I'd hate for it just to dissolve in the face of his (I'm assuming) gangster past.

I'm with your husband's exasperation at the dads. OUR BLUES is objectively a good show that's well written and beautifully shot, but man, it's hard to watch.

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Yes, I think it was the 'In-house prince' term that was puzzling. But this could actually be a translation problem. I recently had to translate more unusual, old German royal titles into English. The English term is as weird as 'In house prince', because there just was no equivalent Imperial system in the UK.

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"In House Prince" is definitely a weird translation. My wild guess is that this title is akin to the highest title bestowed to a prince, like "Grand Prince" in other sageuks and "Grand Duke" in some Western imperial systems. I hope some beanie who is well versed in Korean language can help explain this.

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If you are referring to the title for Queen Yoon's father, the subtitles I saw called it Internal Prince and the Korean was "Buwongun", which are both accurately used for the queen consort's father.

You can see more here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styles_and_titles_in_the_Joseon_dynasty

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Having finally gotten to Our Blues 5, I can see that 6 will be the battle of the two flaming idiot dads and think I’ll have to bag the whole show rather than watch that. Especially the sundae maker guy drives me NUTS already, can’t imagine him with a serious problem to address with his sworn enemy and the son he already treats horribly. Ugh.

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Don't give u on OUR BLUES. It all works out with the dad's.

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Even a couple of loser dads can come through! I hope we get to see them “fighting” over their grandbaby 😉

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Okay, I will go back To 6, thanks for the advice!

Just btw, I’m watching a great show called Nomad on CNN where the host is in SK touring for food and liquor. It’s really interesting and well done. There’s still 15 minutes left and I’m pretty sure he ends up in Jeju.

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How could he not end up in Jeju?

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@oldawyer right? It was great, he ended up at a fascinating small restaurant that makes food (and tea) for the customer’s health, and also talking (and eating her day’s catch) with a young woman who left Seoul to train as a haenyo. Really a nice show that reflected so well on more than just hectic Seoul.

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LOVE ALL PLAY: Continue to love this even though the leads getting together so early probably means they'll spend a lot of time apart later. And it's reaaalllly hard to buy that a) everyone doesn't already know the sibling connection and b) the sister didn't speak to her family, boyfriend, or teammates for an entire three years. But ok, show. You're still giving me very sweet and sparky moments with the OTP and I enjoy the side relationships as well, so I'll suspend that disbelief.

SHOWTIME BEGINS: This is entertaining and I like it. That's really all I have to say.

OUR BLUES: Still haven't made it all the way through the teen episodes. Maybe it's due to the impending changes to abortion law on the horizon in my country, but this whole story just hurt despite all the amazing performances. Actually, that's been my experience with this show from the start: the actors are doing such a good job but watching the stories unfold is (emotionally) quite painful.

OUR LIBERATION NOTES: The whole confession debacle was also painful to watch, but Gu and Mi-jeong remain riveting. At this point I feel that Gu is ready to tell her everything about who he is, but she simply doesn't want to hear it because it will ruin their perfect (but delicate) dynamic of mutual trust and quiet connection. I am curious to know, though: are we to understand their relationship has a physical element that happens off-screen or is it entirely chaste?

BLOODY HEART: It's like they created a sageuk with me in mind, lol. This one just checks all my boxes, although it's clearly going to lean heavily into tragedy. As expected, the acting is mesmerizing. So happy to see Kang Han-na in a lead role! It's also clear to me after having that Lee Joon can do anything--I've seen him be brilliant at comedy and heavy drama and I know he's going to be riveting here as well. I love Jang Hyuk, too, but I will say that so far his performance hasn't totally grabbed me. Maybe because the character type feels well-worn.

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My Liberation Notes: I don't see any indication that there's a physical element to MJ's and Gu's relationship yet. They seem to be acutely aware of each other's presence when they're walking down the road or passing by each other, but there isn't any physical tension between them when they're sitting together in his house or at a restaurant or on an outing. On the contrary, both actors are doing a lovely job of conveying the peacefulness they feel when they're together. I don't expect that to last.

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I think it's chaste and that happens only because it's kdrama. It might be my imagination but I do feel sexual chemistry there. Maybe they would avoid that, afraid it would rock the boat, but drama completely ignores that so it leads me to believe it's just unrealistic conservative behavior. If this was jdrama they would have had sex or addressed the issue but would not ignore it.

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I don't think it's your imagination. And if they didn't feel some attraction, wouldn't they have just agreed to be friends? Instead they are dating, and a lot of their exchanges have a definite romantic feel, as do their texts. That's why I wondered if maybe we're supposed to understand that they are doing more than talking and walking, but it's all off-screen.

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No, there is no sex going on, it would be something that would either draw them closer or bring some awkwardness into the dynamic so how could drama completely ignore that? It's much easier to sell the idea that despite having reasons to do it they chose to remain platonic for the moment.

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Thanks, I think you're probably right. It does seem to me that they're attracted to each other, though. But as with everything else between them, it's conveyed quite subtly.

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Gu and Mi-jung ain't on an entirely chaste relationship, but they haven't made a conscious effort to reach that bridge, but the chemistry of 'not entirely chaste' is definitely there. It's there, the spark between them. It's glaring for us to see. I'm waiting for them to tap into it, off-screen or not.

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Spark? She just wanted to be worshiped....that is wanting a puppy.

I find it interesting how the show continually contrasts that with the comments about dogs on farms. I am fascinated by the inherent dangers the story is implying about what she as let herself in for...Anyone who has seen feral dog on the edge of settlements knows how chilling they can be. These are nothing like your pet dog and extremely dangerous.

But spark...not even close.

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Over the course of the last couple years, I was catching up via Netflix and Viki on some earlier kdramas. So watching a set of new dramas at 2 episodes a week makes me feel like I'm back in the twentieth century. (Isn't that a kdrama time travel plot--viewer finds himself back in the twentieth century while watching tv?). Liberation Notes and Our Blues have been excellently analyzed here--I'm too emotionally engaged in the first and not enough engaged in the second, but I'll still watch Our Blues to the end, while hoping that plot developments in Liberation Notes don't take the turn I'm anticipating.

The two Rom-coms that are on the weekly watch, Shooting Stars and Showtime Begins, are at times pretty funny, although what's interesting is that, especially with Shooting Stars, I don't really like anyone in the love triangle(s) so far (I have a feeling that lawyer will turn out to be a condescending jerk in the end.) It would be great if we could see the lawyer's sculpted abs in counterpoint to the stars muscular back!

What saves that show is the rest of the ensemble. All the women in the supporting cast are really well played, and what they have to put up is funny as well. "Close the door with sincerity" is a line we've already used at home. In Showtime, the humor lies all with the ghosts, which is okay for now, but I think will wear thin by the end.

Finally, I want to say a word in defense of The Sound of Magic. We haven't finished it, and I anticipate it taking a dark turn that will be especially jarring. But going in, knowing it was musical, I found the songs pretty well integrated into the show, and in general I really liked the music. Not sure if the stars are doing the singing, but the voices are pleasant listening.
I think the reason it has gotten some bad reviews is that its themes and the lyrics of its songs (hold on to the magic of youth, find your own path) are appropriate to a children's movie, but several of the scenes (the groping of the female lead, gangsters beating up the magician, Dad absconding with funds) are much more adult. Plus Ji Chang-Wook has put a little bit of creepy menace at times into his portrayal of the magician, but I kind of enjoy that, as does my wife, who keeps saying how "charismatic" the actor is. "Charismatic"--pfft.!

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From Now On, Showtime My most-looked-forward to drama. The leads and the supporting ghosts are totally endearing and all the actors are great at the physical comedy.

Shooting Stars (up to ep 5) Just lots of fun. It's really more of a workplace comedy with romance as the cherry on top. I continue to fangirl over Yoo-sung and how he's like the mama chick to all the little chicks.

Tomorrow (up to ep 11) A steak of 3 good episodes and now we're finally getting into the main characters. I am craving more Lee Soo-hyuk though.

Lady at Butcher's House Completed. C-drama. It was a cute and enjoyable drama with a happy ending. I love the focus on supporting each other and teamwork.

Legally Romance (up to ep 18) C-drama. Picked it back up. I'm a little impatient for the heroine to wake up from her coma now since I'm falling too in-love with the history-rewrite happening in her coma-dream.

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LADY AT THE BUCHER'S HOUSE is a light and fun Chinese Costume drama which is sort of in the same spirit as CUPID OF THE CHOU DYNASTY.

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I started Cupid of the Chou Dynasty before and dropped it when I got into watching other stuff. Will pick it back up again. I agree - both dramas got the same spirit. They're more like sitcoms.

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Like sitcoms with some very gentle satire as well- poking just a bit of fun at costume dramas in general but in a nice way.

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I really enjoyed Legally Romance. At first, I didn't know she was in a coma until I read the synopsis. Generally, I enjoyed it so much.

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Legally romance litteraly made me laught out loud. It was my smile inducing drama, and I am searching for similar titles.

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Just live watching 2 shows. I'm also re-watching Happiness with my niece, because it's just so good, and she likes zombies.

Our Blues--the ensemble cast is so great, the acting amazes me. Unlike other Beanies, I cannot turn away from this drama. IRL, everyone have a story (even those we don't like such as bullies or loud mouths), but this drama is excellent at giving us all the small details that get us to the current lives of these flawed characters, without having to drag out the past scenes. I am amazed at the acting, scenery, editing, and writing for this drama. The first 10 minutes of the latest episode is amazing. It keeps getting better and better.

And I'm still liking all the plot lines of It's Beautiful Now.

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I used "amazing" a lot, but it really is that good.

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OUR BLUES is a compelling watch and a lot of us are essentially addicted to it.

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My liberation notes: I caught up on this and binge-watched all 8 episodes over this week. This is such a gem of a show. It is so reflective, funny, smart, just overall so so interesting. I get into it and I don't want to get out of it. Mi Jeong and Mr. Gu's interactions are perfection. I think the casting is perfect for this. I kind of wished I had not finished watching it because now I have to wait for new episodes.

Our blues: I am less interested in the two friends' stories and also kind of got tired of the teens ' stories. I dnt think the way it is solved is realistic. So that slowed down my excitement for this. I want more Shin Min Ah, and I want to know more abt Woo Bin and Han Ji Min.

Tomorrow: this was put on hold. I think I have identified that I have an issue with Rowoon. Other than that I like everything with after-life related world and mythology and at first I enjoyed the stories, but for some reason the built-up of the world feels a bit disjointed. And I dnt like the comedy that they try hard to insert in.

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We finished watching YOU ARE THE BEST. A good weekender that is well worth the watch. My wife is an IU fan so that contributed to the enjoyment. One of her Mother’s Day presents is an IU CD.

KING OF TEARS completed, and it has been outstanding. The entire tragic story ended with the death of Lee Bang-won but also on a high note as we see the young King Sejong choosing to rule in a completely different fashion than his father and grandfather. This writer is really good- showing us the character traits in our new king which will lead him to become the only ruler in his country’s history who is remembered as “the Great”. This was an exceptionally well written drama and I hope that the writer, Lee Jung-woo, will continue to write future screenplays (this was apparently the first one of his to be produced). My wife was inspired to watch another version of the events by going to Netflix and watching MY COUNTRY: THE NEW AGE.

Progress continues to be made in the stories of our three future couples in the new weekender IT'S BEAUTIFUL NOW. Want a character to hate? Try our middle brother’s nasty, scheming ex-girlfriend- she is delightfully bad (and sexy). Our youngest brother seems to be discovering that he has real genuine feelings for his “fake fiancée”. Our middle brother’s walls are cracking thanks to the beautiful lady who would be far better for him than his Ex. But I actually think my favorite future couple is older brother and our lady lawyer: After forty years of being a ‘dolt’ romantically he seems to be waking up. Perhaps the most charming thing of all is seeing how thoroughly our lady lawyer has fallen for him despite seeing his every flaw- and how right it is because no one lacks flaws and actually he really is a good man. As frustrated as she is at this moment you can readily see that her heart has actually picked the right man- he just needs some educating.

Two more riveting episodes of OUR BLUES. Perhaps our two feuding fathers have finally resolved their differences- we can hope so: Long ago they had agreed that someday their children would marry- this may fall into the category of needing to be careful what you wish for, because it may be about to come true. As for their poor kids, we know things will be tough.

SHOOTING STARS is light and fun- we are really liking it.

My wife really loves Chinese Costume Dramas and she is now watching yet another one: GOODBYE MY PRINCESS. She is really enjoying it.

All of the above has left me way behind on a number of other shows. We will be catching up this weekend on a number of them.

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Thanks for reminding me about King of Tears! Still haven't checked it out because it isn't available at my streaming services, but knowing that it is good is a good nudge to source it elsewhere. I loved My Country, even though that drama made some weird ellipsis over several characters' arcs

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Many people loved OUR COUNTRY, but I agree that the writing was not as tight as one would have wished. My wife did enjoy it but had similar comments to yours.

At present we are all somewhat frustrated with the lack of access to good shows because of regionalization. There are at least four shows on Disney+ that I would love to watch - above all RED HEART- but even if I were to subscribe, I would not be able to see them. I do hope that eventually you will have access to KING OF TEARS.

If you are like me, you are keeping a list of shows to watch when they are finally available. I prefer not to watch shows on 'unofficial' sites and usually do not.

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Same here! I usually avoid unofficial sites, but lately I've been having trouble to get any new dramas by legal means: Viki is drying up, Apple and Disney consider my region unworthy of releasing kdramas at, and Netflix, which is currently my most reliable source, releases network dramas with months' delay 🙄

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As a lawyer I have been pondering the question of going to an unofficial site when the streaming service that one subscribes to refuses to offer a show it has rights to. Would using an unofficial site be acceptable in this situation under intellectual/artistic property law? Does the refusal to offer a show in a region constitute abandonment of some sort? I do not have an answer and it would probably take a lot of research to reach a possible conclusion (which could still turn out to be wrong in any case- so this is not legal advice, and I would point out that Disney employs top-notch lawyers).
It is an interesting question.

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If your wife would enjoy a version of the founding of Joseon story that has more of the politics that was left out of King of Tears, I think the best version is still KBS's Jeong Do Jeon. What a great story the rise of the Yi family dynasty is. Violent and sad, but always fascinating.

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Writer Jung Hyun-min is still the best old-school sageuk writer around.
It's too bad Cho Jae-hyun kind of ruined a "Jeong Do Jeon" rewatch for me.

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Goodbye My Princess is superb! It has everything of a great costume C-drama: eye-pleasing leads, tear-jerking love story, and AMAZING soundtracks. I think everyone watching it has a love-hate relationship with the male lead hahaha.

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My wife actually stayed up into the early morning watching GOODBYE MY PRINCESS. And she too has a love hate relationship with the male lead.

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Haven't checked in for a couple of weeks, so Im going to bundle everything up together.
My current biggest kdrama highlights are 25 21 (ep 12) and A Business Proposal (ep 10)
Yes, of course I'm a couple of months late and I have spoiled myself about both dramas, but they are such a joy to watch that U don't care at all. Specially 25 21 hits me at all the right feels, probably because it is so pretty and nostalgic and I was a young adult exactly at that time. I love Na Heedo's coming of age and forging friendships that help her find her place in the world - because this drama's real OTP are Heedo and Yurim, with the enemies to lovers arc, the childhood connection trope, the hidden identity shenanigans, so cute! And it feels totally true to life, because that's really how it feels to make a good friend when you're young, you just feel exhilarated because you've found a soulmate. And Nam Joohyuk is very cute, but Kim Taeri, gosh, I have such a crush on her, she's excellent!

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Also finished Prosecutor Doberman , which was fun and ok. And checked out the first couple of episodes of Monstruous last week, and I liked it, but it's such a hassle to connect my laptop to watch dramas on drama€00l that I didn't follow up - actually only went there to watch Pachinko, which I loved. The two timelines weren't a great option imo, but the past timeline is great. And the weird structure allows for stuff like the minidocumentary with the real life ladies Sunja was inspired on l, which was touching and fascinating.
Finally, marathoned the 6 episodes of Sound of Magic, mostly because of Choi Sung Eun and Hwang In Yeop. Don't want to bash it, because I guess I'd have enjoyed watching it if I was 14, but it begs pointing out that I loved the webtoon as a 40 year old l, so they had a wonderful story and great world building to start with, and the result is a bit underwhelming. But HIY is wonderful! He's got a great singing voice, and pulls off playing a high schooler at 32, which makes me feel very conflicted. Someone please give this man a grownup role

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Finally, been watching Showtime(ep 4) and Shooting Stars, both fun watches, specially SS

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I agree that Heedo and Yurim were the central emotional relationship in 25 21, which is maybe why the ending didn't bother me as much as it did a lot of folks.

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My Liberation Notes : Yeom Chang Hee is the philosopher of our time. He breathes wisdom. Listen to him and you’ll save yourself from moments of humiliation in life (please, takes notes, Yeom Gi Jeong!).

Our Blues : To be honest, I was quite dissapointed by the premiere episodes, but after last week I remember why I love No Hee Kyung’s drama. The raw story of humanity without any sugarcoating yet engaging. Hope we’ll find another more interesting stories every week.

Sh**ting Stars : I don’t bothered by the Africa “controversy” and thanks to that I’m enjoying this show. It’s interesting and most importantly so funny. I love the girls friendship, the good teamwork between management and PR teams also the fool, Jung Yeol. I wish it can goes even better with each episode.

Bloody Heart : Hmmm. I’m excited for Lee Joon, but … something is missing about the 2 first episodes. I’ve found myself having a hard time to invested in the story. The directing is beautiful and the acting are great (it’s Lee Joon and Jang Hyuk after all, and Kang Ha Na wasn’t average either), but something makes it not gripping me enough. I’m not sure what.

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Cdramas: At the halfway mark with A Girl Like Me. I've slowed down to where I'm watching only 1 episode a day, mainly because there are still 20 eps to go and Lord only knows what suffering the leads will have to go through before their happy ever after.

Started Moonlight because I really liked the ML in The Romance of Tiger and Rose. I like him here too, but the FL's voice dubbing is super distracting. It's waaaaay to childish for an adult at her workplace. That said, some of the scenes in the end credits give me hope that she'll mature as the drama progresses.

Kdramas: officially dropped CLOY. FINALLY finished my rewatch of Faith. Should've just dropped it the moment the bad guys started getting on my nerves. Started Tale of the Nine-Tailed. Already aware of mixed reviews, so I've lowered my expectations.

Will probably start a rewatch of Oh My Venus pretty soon.

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Faith is my most rewatched k-drama but I regularly skip the bad guy stuff.

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Really enjoying Showtime because the ghosts are such great kvetches. Shooting Stars has me rooting for all the overworked underdogs.
Started Radio Romance which is very re-cycled plot-wise but fascinating for behind-the-scenes in radio shows. Political Fever is funny and fast and I know 90% of the humor is going over my head because it must be topical but I am laughing nonetheless.
Savoring Liberation and taking hope from the poster which has the fab four in winter coats - so maybe they make it that far?
FF-ing through Our Blues. Not ready to hard drop but maybe it will just fade away.....

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Continuing my kdrama education, last week I binged Fated to Love You, the 2014 Korean remake of a Taiwanese series. My summary: FTLY is a misleadingly titled 14-episode drama in which the FL and ML meet cute and are quickly forced into marriage. However, after tragedy and heartbreak, he pushes her away in a bout of noble idiocy so extreme that it borders on brain damage. They suffer through a lengthy separation during which the FL rebuilds her life and finds joy and healing in a new career. When they meet again, he persists in acting cold to her while she is drawn to the kind, supportive, handsome SML through their common interests and mutual attraction. In the final scene, she accepts the SML’s heartfelt, imaginative proposal and the ML is left with only his memories and regrets, while she finds happiness with a man who truly deserves her.

That’s the drama I watched, anyway. Some streaming sites show that there are a further 6 episodes, but clearly that’s an editing error.

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FATED TO LOVE you is a great story which has been remade in at least three countries. And you are missing out on those last six episodes.

One of the most astonishing moments in this story is when our FL turns down the proposal of The Greatest Second Lead Of All Time. The only rational response to that is to ask the FL 'Are you insane?'

And yet, our second lead is fated for an even happier ending than merely ending up with the girl. Such is the symmetry of our story that it is balanced with two separate- and different- happy endings.

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😈 It is a great story. That proposal was the best I've ever seen onscreen, not limited to kdramas. I've just decided to have dramamnesia about the last 6 episodes, knowing that I'll never get those 6 hours of my life back. Although somehow I do magically remember Jang Hyuk finally having good hair.

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I watched this recently too after someone recommended it and I agree the second male lead was the better option. His proposal was the best I have ever seen on tv and I can’t see any writer ever topping it.
The split screen scenes when she was talking to the mystery buyer showed me where the 25 21 joining of the characters scenes came from. I love it when new shows take scenes from older ones. (Melo is my nature did this the best)
Was it just me but was the male leads laugh inserted WAY too many times? I know it was something the actor was well known for but it didn’t fit most of the scenes it was used in as it was like a cartoon character’s laugh.
The humour was generally pitched well but the honeymoon interference was ridiculous and unnecessary.
All in all Fated to love you was a great watch with a nice balance of romance, interesting characters and comedy.

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My Liberation Notes: Love this show so much. It's my weekend comfort show and it helps me decompress after a busy work week.

Sound of Magic: Going to start this. Wish Netflix would space shows out so I don't feel like racing to binge them.

Everything Everywhere All At Once: I saw a Beanie talk about this film in the WWW thread a few weeks back, and since then have seen a lot of good reviews for the movie, so I went to see this and support Asian creatives.

It was one of the trippiest films I've ever seen. I should've taken some edibles beforehand because that would've amplified the experience and helped me understand the film better. I am 100% convinced the film writers were on drugs when they wrote this, because there's no way anyone could've come up with this story in a normal frame of mind. Would recommend this film, but suggest you not go into the watch experience completely sober.

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Ohhh, dabbled with the idea of seeing this film for Ma's Day but decided against based on a review that said the film was, "too wacky for its own good". Maybe I'll see it when it starts streaming (and I can pause to get my brain-scape back).

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"Too wacky for her own good" is going to be carved on my tombstone and Michelle Yeoh is a gift greater than we deserve, so this sounds right up my alley. With the recent COVID surge here, though, I'm wary of movie theaters so I may have to wait until it's streaming.

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This is the best I've seen Michelle Yeoh. I get why people are saying she might be in the running for an Oscar Best Actress for this film.

The movie has been out for a while so the theater won't be crowded. My theater was pretty empty so I felt safe. That being said, if I had to do it again I would take edibles and stream the film with friends in the comfort of my home.

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Yah, reliable edibles + home. Avoiding a 45 minute drive sounds like a fun date. Every night is Saturday night, eh??

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I have been in catch-up mode recently and last week I watched the final 6 episodes (of 32) of THE KING OF TEARS: LEE BANG WON. The acting, directing and writing were top notch. Not that I have seen many of the older sageuks but this production I think may have returned to sageuk roots if you will.
I do want to give a shout out to one fine young actor in the production—Kim Min-gi who first played Prince Chungnyeong and then King Sejong when he assumed the throne at age 21 after his father’s abdication.
The only other drama I know KMG from is RACKET BOYS where he played the brainy but sweet In-sol. He was given such a meaty role in LEE BANG WON and nailed it. Well done KMG!

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Kim Min Gi also played an adorably annoying younger brother in True Beauty. He's a funny guy

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Mini rant. Since KBS has decided not to allow RED HEART/RED SINGLE HEART/BLOODY HEART to ‘legally’ stream in the US I will have to wait awhile for another sageuk fix.
Speaking of which,
I think 2022 will be a rather ‘barren’ sageuk year coming off the ‘feast’ that 2021 was. Of the 5 dramas I am watching it looks like 2 in the sageuk/historical/fantasy genres may be appearing over the next few months. The following is from MDL:
1. Hong Sisters’ tvN’s ALCHEMY OF SOULS. (Lee Jae-wook, Jung So-min) 16 eps. June 18-Aug. 21, 2022. (Availability: Netflix); and
2. tvN’s JOSEON PSYCHIATRIST YOO SE-POONG. (Kim Min-jae, Kim Hyang-gi) 12 eps. Aug. 1-Sept. 6, 2022. (Availability: ?)

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TVN released 2 teasers for Alchemy of Souls.

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I just viewed the short teasers. This has both I believe. I will be there if it truly airs on Netflix.
https://youtu.be/hHceLNOhAQo

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I may be wrong but the decision not to stream RED HEART in the US may have been made by Disney rather than KBS. Disney has a lot of say in these things as they are providing much of the funding.

None of which excuses the stupidity of this decision- your rant is justified no matter whose decision it was.

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Currently Watching:
1. Love all play. It is so obvious that our ML loves flirting with the FL. Such a fun and lovely drama.

2. Tomorrow: Just finished the latest episode and all it was so painful to watch. As a pregnant woman, there's always a need to rest especially when one us close to the due date. That customer was a terrible person
Because of her, Mrs Lim lost her baby and she was not held accountable for that. I wanted to see her punishment.

3. Shooting Star. It is so obvious that he has a crush on the Miss OH. And has been protecting her from backlashing.

My question is, if Africa is not mention repeatedly, will the show die? I blame the Writer, Director and even the TV station that allowed the drama in the first place. There's a need for South Korea to be well informed concerning the continent called Africa.

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Shooting Stars *8/10*
Most folks seem to enjoy all the side characters more than the main ones, and I can see that, but I’m all in for the whole lot of them. Lee Sung-Kyung is always so charming, and Kim Young-Dae is doing a pretty good job as the snarky lead. The cameos are fun, and I like the chemistry between pretty much everyone. Also, I’m not sure why, but the OST is really hitting the right notes for me. I find myself humming along to a few of the songs even when I’m not watching the show.

Love All Play *7.5/10*
I really liked our couples dynamic. They’re so adorable, and there’s no real angst between them. Our FL’s smile just lights up a room, and I find myself smiling along whenever she’s happy. Nice to see some growth, if slow from all parties involved.

Again My Life *5/10*
Haven’t watched both episodes for this week, but honestly all the episodes are kind of blending together at this point.

The Killer’s Shopping List *4/10* -DROPPED-
I’ve made it through episode 3, and I think this may be a drop for me. Episode 4 is out, but I’ve just had NO motivation to go and watch it. I’m just not getting hooked by either the mystery or the characters. They’re mostly fine and nothing is particularly bad. Might come back if I’m in the mood, but I’m happy dipping at this point.

Monstrous *4/10 Series* -FINISHED-
Ouch, what a fall. I was really impressed with the first couple episodes (gave them an 8/10), and this one took a deep plunge afterwards. CG is typically so/so in kdramas at the best of times, but the hitchcock birds took up way more time than I would have liked. I thought we were going to get some good character moments between these characters, but it ended up being them taking turns dipping into their own personal hells, so there was almost NO interaction I had been looking forward to.

Bloody Heart *7/10*
Solid opening week. Lee Joon has a crazy good stoic/serious look with some real gravitas. I could imagine a young king having that kind of aura. Kang Han-Na in a lead, yes please! And I always Love Jang Hyuk, though he does seem to be playing a pretty standard evil councillor. Shot well, OST is fine, if mostly lingering in the background.

The Sound of Magic *7/10*
I’ve only watched the first episode, and I’m not typically a fan of musicals unless they have some absolute earworms (To.Jenny isn’t a musical, but any time good songs need to be brought up I’ll reference this one for sure) but I really liked it. Pretty standard downtrodden FL but Choi Sung-Eun is doing a good job. She’s very expressive without overacting. I definitely really enjoyed Hwang In-Yeop in True Beauty but I’m starting to see the age seep in. I’m not a huge fan of older actors playing high schoolers when there’s so much young talent out there. That being said, he hasn’t had much to do yet so maybe he’ll grow on me over the next 5 episodes. Ji Chang-Wook is charming as this mysterious magical...

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...figure, and I’m just hoping the rest of the show pulls through so I can say I watched him in a good show again…It’s been a while.

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My Liberation Notes: As @kafiyah-bello said, the joy of my weekend (too) especially as I’ve been pretty sick.
A general observation: I wonder why so many KDramas include detailed scatological observations. TMI and then some. You’ll know from Ep 9.

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Bloody Heart / Red Heart - I was a bit lukewarm at all current airing shows but with Bloody Heart, I might just get a new favorite. I like Lee Joon (particularly when he’s being boyish around Kang Hana or the glint in his eyes when he’s plotting something. I like him less when he’s being subservient). Kang Hana is lovely and has on screen presence. The villain from Squid Game is perfectly cast. I’m still waiting for Jang Hyuk to wow me. Blasphemy I know! But there it is, it seems he is going thru the motions. I still have faith in JH!

Liberation Notes - eps 7 & 8 are my favorites! The absurd scenes were funny and poignant. Then came ep9 with prolonged staring again and I’m back to just being…. ok …with this drama.

Our Blues - I ffwd’d thru eps 4-8. I’ll try again now that focus Sp has shifted away from the teenagers and their fathers.

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Sound of Magic ep1 - The FL (as of ep1) lost the charm she displayed in abundance in Beyond Evil. Ji Chang Wook’s role is borderline creepy to me. People breaking out into songs - no. Hwang In Yeop does lit up the screen but I can’t stay for him. Maybe it’s simply not for me.

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@missvictrix I got into the Happiness train really late, but it really was a great drama and I enjoyed it very much. I think it’s in my top favorites and was the only drama I recommended heavily to a friend! I don’t do scary at all, but somehow my brain was able to handle it, probably because the plot was interesting and the actors were great. I hope you love it as well!

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Yes! With the occasional fast-forwarding it's been okay so far haha. I think the drama's pace (and the cast like you said!) make it a great watch~

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My Liberation Notes- In love with this slow paced drama which resonates with my life so well. Each sibling kind of have some similarity with me which is uncanny to me .HAHA. On a serious note I love the way the characters are written and the story is told. The inner turmoil within our hearts and mind is the greatest battle we have to fight and the show focuses on it so well.

Bloody Heart/Red Heart: A beautiful saeguk and I am so hooked to this drama. Cant wait for more episodes

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I finished watching You Are My Spring. I liked the main romance but many of the side storylines felt abandoned or shoehorned, especially that serial killer mystery. I don't mind (even love) dramas that have a weird juxtaposition of genres and tones but it didn't quite work here.

I started my second Wuxia drama, Love and Redemption. I am only on episode 8 but I am already invested in the storyline and the romance. Looking forward to an epic journey.

I am still following Our Blues and Again My Life.
The first one is a bit more melodramatic than I would like but I am still enjoying it. My biggest criticism, however, is how it normalized a father beating his son. No you are not "allowed" to hit your child just because you worked hard to raise it... Also is share custody not a thing in Korea? I don't remember ever seeing it in a drama.

For Again My Life, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Although satisfying to watch, I still find Heewoo's revenge too smooth sailing.

I watched the first episode of <The Sound of Magic. I love musicals so I enjoyed the opening music number. I'm not yet invested in the story or characters but I am looking forward to checking out the rest of it.

I am debating whether I should drop Tracer...I love the cast but I have lost interest in the story.

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LOVE AND REDEMPTION is one of the better Chinese Costume fantasy dramas. There are apparently even plans for a sequel.

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Mr Goo was a heavy for a crime boss/bosses or was a mid-level crime boss himself? Right?

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Someone who has access to the streaming of Red Heart: please do a Vulcan mind meld with me - one especially designed for deprived beanies who want to watch this damn show and can’t? Pretty please?

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