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Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching (November 26, 2022)

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: Revenge of Others

Curtain Call: I’m starting to feel like this drama is holding back. We are basically halfway through and yet… still waiting for something to actually happen? And I’m not one to complain over a slow-moving plot! It just seems like for all the potential they have and all the setting up they’ve been doing, we haven’t seen a whole lot of plot development. Maybe they’re planning to go nuts in the second half?

Summer Strike: I loved this drama’s premiere week. I didn’t expect such a somber backstory for our heroine, but it made her life change so much more relieving, necessary, and deserved. It’s quite a leap of faith she took, and I love the bravery and optimism of this character — cause yeah, I would definitely not be okay with a lot of the things she was okay with. Anyway, it was a lovely setup, I can’t wait to see our characters a bit more, and hopefully for the whole village to warm up to her. Also, I happened to find the socks and sandals adorable on her.

 

DaebakGrits

Currently covering: Behind Every Star

Summer Strike: I’m actually someone that finds comfort in my daily routine, and the idea of packing up my whole life and just going wherever the wind takes me sends me into a panic. Needless to say, it’s hard for me to relate to this drama’s heroine, who would rather drag her feet around town in a pair of broken sandals than change into the sneakers tucked in the side pocket of her hiking backpack. I’m liking the start of this drama, though, and for now I plan on sticking with it.

Please Send a Fan Letter: Oooooo! This one is cute! I could do without the excessively bright pink walls of the children’s hospital that make me think of a candy store — not dying children. Maybe that’s what they were aiming for: brightness instead of death. But when one of your main characters is a sick child and everything (thus far) has been pretty stinkin’ cute and happy, maybe using a traditional hospital setting would have been better at keeping viewers grounded and prepared for the potential sad ending. Otherwise, I loved every bit of this new drama. I’m just concerned about how much it’s going to make me ugly cry later.

Love is for Suckers: I’m frustrated that the first thirty minutes of Episode 14 were an extended cut of the last ten minutes of Episode 13. Just shows that this drama would have been better at only 12 episodes. Props to Ji-yeon for taking slight control of her story’s narrative and shoving a cake in Jae-hoon’s face, but she still came off as extremely passive and mopey. Girl, if you want people to stop feeling sad for you, stop feeling sorry for yourself. I’m still excited for next week’s finale, and I’m curious to see if it will end like I’ve been predicting — with Chae-ri editing behind-the-scenes footage to reveal the true love story between Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon in the final episode of the reality show.

Cheer Up: After the hiatus a couple of weeks ago, this one briefly dropped off my radar, but as soon as I picked it up again, I wondered why I’ve skipped it the last few weeks. The cheer aspect of it has lost some of its appeal for me, but I still love the characters and the Scooby Doo-like mystery.

 
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New Life Begins - Chinese
So loving this, all other dramas are a distraction. I am playing catch as I am on episode 17 and the next two episodes to be released are 27 & 28. This is what I was hoping Poong the Joseon Psychiatrist would be; a rom com period piece with minimal palace politics. This one has NO palace drama between the women apart from two characters who made low key attempts to intimidate and both realised it didn’t gain them any points. Palace politics are very much in the background and so far no one has been killed. Found family, strangers to lovers and slice of life friendships across class and culture.

Please write me a fan letter
Looking forward to seeing how this delightful show wraps up.

New love playlist webdrama
Enjoying this university setting for a ‘love in a time of Covid’ drama. It is part five of the Love Playlist bite sized web drama series. These are new characters as it’s three years after the last series ended but the previous characters popped in for a brief cameo.

Love is for suckers

Three bold siblings
So glad the main couple got married secretly so hopefully they can shut down the immature behaviour. Is it me or has the CEO changed his hairstyle to a younger looking style?

Buam dong Avengers
Just started this one for the January Watch and Discuss Korean Drama club.

Cheer up
No epsiodes but didn’t miss it.

Dropped:
Behind every star
Not worth hanging in there for the bean; life is too short and new dramas are coming out all the time calling my name.

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I also dropped Behind Every Star and I’m loving New Life Begins a lot! It’s been too long I last saw a drama that is so easy to watch and so elegant in details. Such a breath of fresh air! 🥰

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Yes I am loving it so far and it will be interesting to see if the number of episodes proves to be a problem with maintaining the quality we have seen so far. The K dramas I have watched recently that have started well often hit a point of diminishing returns and I am left wishing they had kept it tight and ended at 12 rather than the usual 16.

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ONGOING
Under The Queen's Umbrella -Bogum's scene with his mother was touching - was reminded of a similar scene for the same actor in Racket Boys. I'm glad Cheong-ha was given a personality beyond 'obsessed with Seongnam'. Hope their misunderstanding is cleared quickly.

Curtain Call - That was some quick thinking with the panic attack but the plot hasn't moved in 3-4 episodes.

May I Help You - No new episodes 😔

The First Responders - I knew how the child abuse story would develop from the get-go so Ep. 4 was a bit boring but based on the preview Ep. 5 is going to be extra exciting 😅. Side note - I really like Pil.

STARTED
The Youngest Son of a Conglomerate - Yet another chaebol with a golf club 🙄. Got better Ep. 2 onwards. Nice to see Kang Ki-doong here too!

Summer Strike - Watched the office scenes at 1.5x because I'm extremely tired of how awful workplaces are in k-dramas, esp. to women. It got better once she quit but the people in the new town aren't very likeable either 😭. The trying-to-wake-her-up moment was funny.

C-DRAMAS
Still watching She and Her Perfect Husband.

Started New Life Begins but didn't get time to go far. It's funny and makes me want to read the book but I can't find a translation.

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Fan Letter has finally arrived and I like it. Despite the serious illness it manages to keep lighter and romcomy tone... and it even makes me laugh occasionally (hair-slap 😄 ). I like the main leads (also the actors) and hope for a miracle for Yuna.

Summer Strike - hmm, my expectations were probably different. I will put my Kafka lenses on and see whether they will help me to keep watching.

Silent (4eps) - my Japanese friend has recently recommended me this jdrama. Good old high-school/young adult melo with a hearing impaired Hero. I like all those little details (like a flashing phone)... though... I'm not sure one would be able to talk/pronounce so well after a hearing loss in reality. But that's a detail, really, as one watches it mainly for all those FEELINGS 😉

Continuing with Shining For One Thing... and still watching Perfect Husband, don't know why, probably for Yang Hua and his drunken poetry 😁 (btw Xu Kai quite reminds me of Rowoon).

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Under the Queen’s Umbrella: Kudos to this drama for always moving the plot along and keeping palace politics exciting. I love how the Queen is gaining allies just by being a protective mama. The Crown Princess search was fun. Cheong-ha is delightful and as unconventional as our Queen.

Reborn Rich: I thought the first episode was a drag but Episodes 2 was really good and Episode 3 okay. Kim Kang-hoon held his own against Lee Sung-min. I like Song Joong-ki but the drama got less interesting when he took over the role of Do-joon. I hope the drama doesn’t linger in the college years.

Summer Strike: I liked this. I thought Seolhyun did a good job with her character. She’s very relatable, even if she’s making some questionable decisions. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing more of Dae-bum. He seems sweet.

Revenge Of Others: This drama is all over the place, but it does keep my attention. O-sung is the obvious subject, but I don’t think he killed Won-seok. Jae-bum really seems to have lost his memory, but the lapses are weird. What does the pregnant girl and the mysterious baby daddy have to do with anything?

Love Is For Suckers: I was not a fan of this week’s episodes. There was not enough Chef Jang and Ji-wan and what we did get was frustrating. Jae-hoon and Yeo-reum’s friends have all but disappeared. Jae-hoon and Yeo-reum are a drag. The morning after scene was so uncomfortable.

Behind Every Star: I enjoyed the guest storyline in Episode 5, especially the spider killing scene and tango. This was one instance where they improved on the original storyline.

Curtain Call: Kind of a filler episode but at least Jae-hoon and Yoon-hee are finally starting to feel guilty. It took them long enough to realize this is not a harmless play.

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CRICKET - Boxing Day test - time to move onto tv

JAPAN - Haruka's drama and its romance - naah i won't

Sisters fight - A GUY -relationships - taken from manga to drama - you can expect some crazy action and it surely is crazy action - this deserves 1 huge bucket of popcorn.

Sumo Girl - cute - in its own way.

pENGUIN - KeeP oN FighTiNg - you are 1st - Nao is in then you want to see.

Fumika baba's drama is garbage but in manga there are scenes which they won't translate to drama - still it has scenes.

I was surprised when they translated sweat fetish into a tv drama so this one looks pretty simple compared to that one.

Honda with Idols - bleh - honda trying hard. still a timepass. this one is for 2005 not for 2022.

edgy teen scammer - naah - yamapi's better one

first love is first love - timepass

Kiyohara this time didn't chose right tv show to be in - still got the same with new one.

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Well you need to be attentive to think about these fictional characters lives and their actions and the choices they make. For that you need health - good health - I'm not comfortable situation so might not be able to pay as much attention - but it can also allow me to have more free time and check the dramas that are tasting dust on desktop

KOREA - Garbage - Not even names from my side -

New dramas - bleh - big bleh - I had some hope that December might bring something to salvage whatever korea had to offer but nope, nope, nope.

Cousin's romance - no trouble - Once i said marmalade boy's brother-sister love was pretty normal and got to foul language aimed at me for no reason - Same her if love is everything and all and whatever not then need anything more? Though this fake cousin does have a fake-wife and that is the point you can raise.

Im shi wan - bleh - had some expectation - 4/10

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Every week you seem to really hate all the k dramas that are airing. Why are you here then, complaining about all of them and calling them crap? There are plenty of places on the internet where you can voice your opinions. Why do you choose to voice them on a website dedicated to K dramas? If you despise Korean dramas so much, then just please don't watch them.

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CHINA -

Heorine - 6/10 - Writer dragged the story too good - A show with comepent, sensible characters lot of dialgues and actions make no sense and then hero has to fall for heroine and vica versa - This show's tense moments and all that societal and family pressure makes it such a good watch - You vouch for the heroine - You stand with the heroine - You are there for heroine but then it isn't as much good a return as you expected.

Female Tow the line - this one is typical Chinese housewife to career to wife to lover to wife to career drama. still not bad for 1st 6 episodes.

Rest of the dramas are very much in line with cold season so let's warm the bed.

Too many dramas on table adds pressure - It feels like a work and you have to do it at any cost. Dealing with K+C is easy but For japanese media you need to concentrate more and it takes time when you already have too little time left to spend on other things.

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Cricket - 3 hours - 9 hours - 5 days - take too much of your time.
Other sports - news - work - being idol to relax and then you have tv dramas - schedule it too full to have any other outdoor activity - too busy to pay attention on anyone other.

This week went back to Pak Dramas. Not like to use "stan" so won't even use it - typical 70% of romantic comedy dramas have family fights and taunts - cousins(1st cousins taunts, jibes, mockery and insults of each other) typical hate to love - with quirk of one liners and dialogues which feel quite emoty and superficial. nice timepass for those who get pleased too easily. 1st cousins marriage - marriages usually being forced marriages in arranged manner. Much more nonsense and you see comments and everyone is cringe too big a cringe - eye starts to bleed - and then you say how this kind of media gets such rave views and ratings and money - audience is like that - that's why call them delusional beings.

TURKISH drama - hero didn't do the heroine - wow he's a hero - then why did he put heroine in that situation - and top it off drunk hero had done it with maid in the kitchen - This guy gonna have atleast hald dozen children whom he doesn't even know. Heroine deserves much better.

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CURTAIN CALL (Ep. 7): Even the actors are getting more troubled by the deceptive play for Grandma's benefit. We are getting into Makjang birth secret reveals; I hope it is sooner than later. There was a sadness to this episode: both wealthy grandchildren and poor lost NK grandson do not have many true friends for support. I don't think Se-yeon is aware of the fake couple (yet). I don't know if the real Moon-Seoung will be good or evil. The fake out cliffhanger trouble endings are getting a bit annoying: too many get out of jail free cards by the writer. I want the plot bomb to drop to see all the fall-out.

BEHIND EVERY STAR (Ep. 5-6) The cameos were OK. It is so repetitive that stars cause on-set problems that agents have to manipulate, lie and console to get things back on track. That format is getting tiresome. The office politics and birth secret reveal is not very interesting.

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Summer Strike It was a good introduction. I hoped she would have been better welcomed but I'm really exciting to see her being just happy.

Curtain Call I'm not sure to know what this drama is about? There are a lot of characters with different motives and nothing is really happening...

Cheer Up I didn't miss it but if I was in the production/crew I would be disapointed by how SBS is handling this drama.

Behind Every Star After EAW, I was excited to see Joo Hyun-Young in a new drama. But she's not really good in this role, she made this character so bland...

Love is for Suckers PD Kang is not really helped by her colleagues, Yeo-Reum completely messed up Ahn So-Yeon's situation... The only scenes I cared about were Chief Jang and Ji-Wan's ones.

Reborn Rich Still trying ot understand what the ML wants.

The First Responders I'm stuck in the middle the episode 3...

Under the Queen's Umbrella I pity Prince Uiseong, his mother lied to him and used him all his life and even doesn't know.

Revenge of Others Sometimes, I'm feeling I'm watching Lord of the Flies, a story without any normal adults.

First Love It's a Netflix Japanese drama. I always loved the song First Love (Hatsukoi) by Utada Hikaru. So when they released a drama inspired by it, I needed to watch it! The first 2 episodes (9 in total) were confusing with the back and forth in the different timelines. Both actresses were good but they didn't look alike... I liked it but there were useless scenes. At the end, her mother stole her more than some teenager years...

Silent Each character has his/her place in the story :)

House of Wheels As a fan of Extraordinary You, I was really excited to see Kim Hye-Woon and Lee Jae-Wook reunited with Rowoon on screen! It's nice to see the importance this drama had for each of them and the friendship they found. It was cute to see the very tall boys cooking in the kitchen and the little KHY carrying and setting up the table.

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Love is for Suckers (Episode 13-14) - Mood: D+ (honestly would’ve been D- without John and Ji Wan)
Boo, the only screen time of John and Ji Wan is them facing manufactured drama and silently staring at each other for the final pick? Why are they having to go through the cliche setup of a OTP romance without having the lead privilege? In other news, I’m thankful the gym guy spilled the beans because that would have been one mega heck of a character assassination otherwise. I’m also already dreading the whole nonsense about the staff and cast member rumour since it’ll mean less time for the chef and writer to finally get together. We all know the dreaded possibility of noble idiocy lol.

Please Send a Fan Letter (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D+
When I first heard that Yoon Park had finally landed a lead role (even if only for 4 episodes) in a script that had won a writing contest, I was hyped for the possibility of a good show. Cue the hateful reporter, jealous radio host and a Truck of Doom: why couldn’t the show just focus on the perfect narrative conflict that was Jung Seok trying to balance his life between being a good father and going for his dreams? The fan letters would’ve been fine as a setup but then it got used to reveal Kang Hee’s trauma which I’m sure will become a source of drama between her and Jung Seok. Sigh.

Revenge of Others (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D
Cliffhanger was a mistake: not only does Soo Heon have plot armour as a lead, his terminal disease trope would be for naught had he got killed right there. So why did the production use it to end the 1st half? There was the reveal that Jae Bum had attempted suicide which shouldn’t have been dialogue, but I guess we needed that dramatic light bulb flicker. I’ve read theories that Jae Bum and Won Seok were in a relationship and it does fit many details (adoptive parents with 0 concern, horseback photo, cause of blackmail, trigger of suicide) but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out otherwise.

Summer Strike (Episode 1-2) - Mood: D
Toxic work environment, breakup, death of a loved one: surely, there must be some less contrived setup that leads to a character deciding to drop out of the rat race and live a minimalist lifestyle? That aside, I was also put off by the rather random thriller element as well as the get-off-on-the-wrong-foot conflicts between Yeo Reum and the countryside folk.

Behind Every Star (Episode 5-6) - Mood: D+
Well, it would’ve been more disingenuous had the tax guy and Je In not broken up as fast as they got together: as Jung Don pointed out, it was never going to work when you mix your professional and personal lives. As for Tae Oh, even if it truly wasn’t an affair, the time to come clean was years ago and not when everything got exposed. Cameos were okay.

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I completely agree with you about both Summer Strike and Love is for Suckers!

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Agree with you on Please Send a Fan Letter script. I was reminded of that scene from Because This Life is my First where the FL's script is being modified by her ex-boss/more experienced head writer to the point that it loses it spark. I was expecting more My Fair Lady/Oh My Geum Bi feels from this one.

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I was beginning to think I’d never find a drama I’d enjoy again. I’ve been in a severe drama drought since Extraordinary Attorney Woo ended. All the dramas I thought I would like left me feeling bored and uninspired so I dropped them after two episodes. But now I feel like I’m singing in the rain with Reborn Rich, Fanletter, and Summer Strike. 🤞🏼
𝗥𝗲𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗻 𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗵: The story has my attention. And I’ve always liked Lee Sung-min. The man has charisma and presence. Like another beanie commented, some actors don’t just play a role, it’s as if they become that character. That’s definitely true here. Like Hyun-Woo, I feel like I’m really watching history unfold before my eyes when I see Old Chairman Jin. And by the way, sixty ain’t old, y’all. 😉 But it was episode two that sold me. The scenes between LSM and Kim Kang-hoon were mesmerizing. Kudos to KKH for holding his own. I wish we could have had more.
𝗙𝗮𝗻𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿: It’s got all the feels. Don’t care for the hospital’s pink walls, but who cannot like little Yu-na and admire her resilience in the midst of battling such a terrible disease? I’ve always liked Yoon Park, and IMO Sooyoung has never looked so beautiful.
𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗸𝗲: I’m with @daebakgrits, the heroine left me feeling a little frustrated. For several reasons. But I’ve always envied those who have the courage to uproot their lives for a new adventure, so I’m willing to stick around and see what happens.

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Cdrama - New Life Begins. ♥️ ♥️ ♥️

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Behind Every Star: 8.0 The shows-within-a-show format works well for shoveling in lots of ridiculous stuff without being ridiculous. The main show is only so-so.

Reborn Rich: 7.5

First Responders: 7.5

Fan Letter, Please: 7.0

Summer Strike: 2.0 Out after about 20 minutes.

Cheer Up: __ Guess they're all off cheering for the World Cup?
May I Help You: __

Love Is For Suckers: 6.0

Revenge of Others: 8.0

All of Us Are Dead rewatch: 8.5 (ep 6/9)

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Summer Strike: I liked it. I liked the setup and it seems the show is trying to have the FL learn to standup for herself. I hope her arc is interesting.

Behind Every Star: It is a rather mundane watch. Nothing to get excited about, but enjoyable.

Love is for Suckers: This drama, talk about a drag. This did not need to be 16 episodes. Also I am not sure how Bipolar disorder is treated in SK, but as far as I am aware, it is not curable, you always take your meds. That was a weird take and I was not a fan. Also YR could have literally grabbed her by the waist and pulled her back. That melodramatic fall was so stupid I laughed, also the version I watched was not fully edited, so you could see the wires. As for CR sleeping with the contestant and possibly getting caught, that annoyed me, not because they slept together, but because she is a professional. It was sloppy, the fact that we are supposed to understand she was in a bad mental state, doesn't work for me. Because afterwards she should have gone back to check the tape just in case. Sloppy and CR isn't sloppy. MEH

Reborn Rich: He invested in Amazon, LMAO. I would too. Ha

The First Responders: I actually like this case of the week. How disturbing, but people will do crazy things for money.

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I paused Suckers some time ago... and reading your post I'm not sure I'm coming back.

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Lol, fair.

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😁
But it saves my dramatime 😁

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I think binge watching it would have been best as it has uneven pacing and themes so that way you could just get through the dry patches quickly. Maybe watch it when it finishes airing so you can get the bean?

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I think I will indeed wait for Beanies' final verdict and then see.
(I'm past the stage when I watched the dramas to just finish them 😁 and have no problem to drop them.)

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Don't. Just watch a youtube compilation afterwards of the CPs that dramabeans might lure you into.

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Yeah, the bipolar thing was really unnecessary. What she did wasn't really a symptom of bipolar. They could have had the same result without dragging a mental health diagnosis into it.

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100%.

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I am not sure what to make of the two unsettling tales I have been watching this week: SOMEBODY and WEAK HERO CLASS 1.

Somebody has been appalling and mesmerizing in equal measure. Did I watch the My First, First Love, psycho version? Do serial killers deserve to have a soulmate and should I question the purpose of a drama that makes me root for the love of these two frankly horrible people (Asperger's is no excuse to get euphoric over the act of killing)? One lesson is clear from the drama - never ever set off alone to meet a physically strong and smart serial killer when you are paralyzed and in a wheelchair - but most people would know that anyway.
Did Sum put Yun-o out of his misery like the street cat before or did she punish him for rejecting her sexually? The acting was impressive, but I am still unsure what this drama was all about.

It is a little easier to understand 'Weak Hero', but the violence is also hard to stomach. The inappropriate use of a golf club to punish a child was the worst amongst all these violent scenes. I have not finished all episodes, but at least I can see where it is going. This kind of school bullying is not something the police should have covered up, the parents, courts, social workers and the police are needed to put a stop to it.

Some lighter entertainment was needed in between these dramas and I really missed MAY I HELP YOU, but BEHIND EVERY STAR was a nice break, too. The best thing is how the actors seem to enjoy playing a cameo of themselves. Loved bickering Park Ho-san and Oh Na-ra, killing the spider!

Did enjoy SUMMER STRIKE, but find it also hard to identify with the FL. the sudden change from push over to risk taker was not very credible.

QUEEN'S UMBRELLA: Oh dear, another crown prince who walks out of his wedding night. The Queen will have to help setting this marriage on the right path, among other things.

LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS should have ended after last week. I fear making up more unnecessary drama will only make it worse.

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I watched Somebody, too, and while I found it interesting enough to stick around till the end, I found myself wondering what I'd just watched when it was all over.

I have so many questions, and I doubt I'll ever get answers to them 😔

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Same here. The ending still makes me shudder.

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Same here about Somebody! I was scrolling down in the hopes other Beanies could enlighten me about what the hell did I watch, he! Anyways I watched the heck out of it over the past weekend. It's a twistedly hot and slick (maybe sick is more apt) viewing, but I had the feeling that nobody acted like a real human being, excepting maybe my beautiful shaman girl - the amazing Kim Yong Ji. Anyway, the whole cast acted their hearts out. Who would tell Kim Young Kwan can be so scary?

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About the ending, my theory is that she really resented that he tried to murder her AI buddy. At some point, Yuno says he's smitten by Kim Seum because she doesn't lie, so when he went to her house for the last time, he felt that she was done with him but was trying to act as if nothing had changed, hence the non-sex. Found weirdly poignant the way Juno lamented that they didn't meet sooner and his attempt to cling on to her by asking her to come to the hideout, because I assume that at that point he could sense that she was done. Anyways, dude's a serial killer, in time he was bound to murder her anyway.
So, there's that! It's not a perfect drama by any means, but it sure is compelling. So many questions!

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There is a broad range of interpretations out there online. It certainly upset her that he broke Someone. He also seems to be a broken man, just hanging on in the end, not the beautiful virile Michelangelo David she likes, anymore. Was is punishment or mercy killing in the end? I don't know, maybe both.

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Re Seja’s wedding night in UTQU. I am positive he left to get his half of the shell that his new bride had given him previously.

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Oh, I am glad, thanks for the tip.

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Fan Letter - I love the first two episodes and I'm hoping we do not have a separation trope anywhere. I can't say how much I enjoyed this one. It's nice to note that Kanghee has a classmate who she can be just Kanghee with.

Under the Queen's Umbrella - Crown Prince Seongnam. Now that's how it should be.
Cheong-ha really held herself against the Queen Dowager. I'm glad she has an agency for herself that isn't initially tied to the Queen Dowager, her parents, or the Queen herself.
It wasn't just a feeling when a number of us started finding faults with Uiseong's paternity. On the other hand, it was perfect that the Queen used her very own antagonist to question the paternity of not just the Grand Princes, but all the King's children. 'Tell me if you'll annihilate all the King's children because you want the head of the Queen and the Crown Prince.'
Somebody needs to bridle whatever emboldens Consort Hwang's father.

Curtain Call - With the assurance that real Moon-seong doesn't implicitly spell doom should he appear at Nakwon except he might dive straight into the hotels affairs and shake things up for real this time, I'll say that nothing happened for the past 2-3 episodes. Character development? Yes there's movement, especially with Dong-je. I like how his character's layer is being peeled slowly to the point that I consider him a worthy contender for Se-yun's love. But plot-wise, nothing happened and it's tiring. Shake things up.

Love is For Suckers - I'm yet to complete ep 13 but I do not feel good with the comments here. This was supposed to be an interesting friends-to-lovers drama. So what exactly are they doing on LiFS. Not to talk about the editing issues in 14. I'm going to assume it's Chae-ri's payback at DNA for trying to end her show abruptly.

Reborn Rich - I really don't know what to say about this. I haven't been able to get past episode 1 till today but the recap is the one thing that'll make me go back to Reborn Rich. All the politicking doesn't even draw me in despite my knack for power plays and trips.
It's really cool to see Song Joon-ki again on screen.

I didn't want to but I'll be picking up Summer Strike. The talks about it are too good to miss out of.

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Love Between Fairy and Devil: So . . . I've never particularly liked the Beauty and the Beast trope, or xianxia, or squeaky female leads, but this is remarkably cracky and engaging, mostly thanks to good old fashioned storytelling. I sit down to watch one episode and realize hours later that I've watched six. How I ultimately feel about it will depend on what happens in the final third, but so far, it's a lot of fun.

Gaus Electronics: It was ok. I enjoyed the actors, but if you're going to give every character just one personality trait I wish they'd been more creative than "doesn't smile" or "is balding". I also felt that my lack of fluency in Korean meant that I missed most of the puns and wordplay.

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I'm so happy you are liking Fairy and Devil. It may look like a brainless watch at first, and the interesting thing is that I liked it even more in my second watch. Maybe you can tell me what your final thought is after you finished it? I'd love to hear about it.

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Yes, I was surprised that Fairy and Devil was deeper than it looked.

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Yes, I think it's pretty deep and the main them is "love" in all its glory.

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I will definitely keep you posted, but I'm really enjoying it so far. It's taking familiar tropes but doing interesting things with them and giving its characters a lot more nuance than I expected.

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Thanks to my fellow Beanies we discovered BEETHOVEN VIRUS and love it.

SUMMER STRIKE is a bit different from what we expected but two episodes in we are liking what we see.

We also loved the first two episodes of FANLETTER, PLEASE (Viki title).

BEHIND EVRY STAR continues to be very entertaining. But you really have to pay attention, or you will miss things.

I finally finished THE VIRTUAL BRIDE. It was good to a point but not perfect and, in fact felt truncated with loose ends hastily tied up in the twelfth and final episode. Yet it really did not need sixteen episodes either. On the whole it was watchable.

My wife continues to love UNDER THE QUEEN’S UMBRELLA.

Even more watchable is the light Chinese costume drama NEW LIFE BEGINS. I am enjoying this one a few episodes at a time. I recommend this one highly.

We have continued to enjoy the C-drama SHE AND HER PERFECT HUSBAND. The details make a difference in this show: Drunken poetry from the ML to the FL followed poetry from ML’s father to his mother- an unusual example of foreshadowing. The writer is doing something different with the ‘contract marriage’ idea (including the fact that our leads are still not actually married).

Episode 17 of the weekender THREE BOLD SIBLINGS ended with Soo-rim trying to take vengeance on Sang-min for have dumped a pail of water on the FL. Unfortunately, she ended up soaking the FL’s future MIL plus another relative instead. That clinches it: She desperately needs a man like Shin Moo-young to keep her from going off the rails in the future. Perhaps the highlight of Episode 18 was ML’s young aunt kissing FL’s little brother- or was it the very end when ML and FL are handing in their marriage registration? Now the real fun begins.

The show within a show is over on LOVE IS FOR SUCKERS and this is a good thing. Final episodes are next week.

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I'm happy whenever New Life Begins gets mentioned here as I think it's such a delicate, simple and well-executed show. The costumes are strikingly beautiful, and the slow-burnt romance between the OTP is very sweet. The OTP is very endearing.

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It really is a lovely show.

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The leads in Perfect Husband actually are legally married now (the certificates are the red booklets they each had). What the families are discussing is the wedding ceremony (not legally needed).

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Yes, they are now legally married. I

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And I am one episode behind.

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Love is for Suckers: I was also frustrated with the first half of ep 14. This drama is seriously dragging things out even though it had good potential material if they made the drama more of an ensemble drama and showcased the Kingdom Love 2's cast more. I'm in it more for Chef and Ji-wan now. I cheered Ji-yeon on for rejecting Jae-hoon. It was the brave thing while everyone seemed fine with putting on a show in order to save face for themselves and others, not realizing that this could have real life consequences since people are tuning in to watch their contrived romances.

Three Bold Siblings I glad that TJ is still able to instill some fear into Sang-min, but I don't love how she decides to pretty much take the kill them with over the top kindness. I'm glad TJ and SJ took the step to register their marriage, even though I am not too fond of SJ. SJ's mom's getting annoying - SJ could still do his duty as eldest son while not living in the same building.

New Life Begins Up to ep 21. More than halfway now and it still continues to be a warm, wonderful drama that is more focused on sisterhood among the palace ladies. I love how the drama takes some of the trope mean palace lady characters and surprise us with their depth and sense of agency. We've also got some of the brother princes working together and it's that harmony that brings about good government. I just love how the character are visiting each of the 9 states on official missions and how we get to learn about the cultures of these 9 states. You can see how they sort of parallel off some aspects of China's real life provinces.

Behind Every Star: Started the first 2 episodes. I started the French original, but the korean is more alluring since I keep up on korean entertainment. It's a good watch so far, but I think if there weren't many other interesting things airing, I would watch this while airing. I may save it for later.

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I just finished NLB EP21 a moment ago. I really like listening to the intro song in each episode. The song and pictures are very soothing to both the eyes and the ears.

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I usually skip the intro (partly because I don't want to be spoiled), but somehow I kept watching with this drama and it was indeed soothing.

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SO true! Just instrumentals and no lyrics. I like how it doesn't really contain scenes - just pretty shots of sunsets and pretty raindrops, and pretty architecture and the main couple sitting. Reflects the low key feel of the drama.

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You are so right. The intro is pure art. I am beginning to think that this show may be, in its own quiet and understated way, a true masterpiece.

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I began the year with a well-done K-historical, King of Tears, and I'm ending the year happily lost in the epic 2010 C-historical Three Kingdoms. Keeping up with Queen's Umbrella and Reborn Rich on the side but finding both overhyped & underwhelming.

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Summer Strike: "it’s hard for me to relate to this drama’s heroine, who would rather drag her feet around town in a pair of broken sandals than change into the sneakers tucked in the side pocket of her hiking backpack".
LOL I was thinking the same thing for the entire scene.
And I wouldn't do what she did either (except quitting my job since it sucked big time), but I'm happy for her.

High Kick: my favorite show at the moment.
I'm disappointed Min Ho chose Yu MI over Beomi. What the hell dude. This gives me flashbacks of high school. My bestie betrayed me a couple of times too because of her boyfriends 🙄 I will never get over that, and she hated me for it LOL.

LifS: yes. I'm still watching this.

The Love in Your Eyes: I could cream everytime the SFL appears. But our leads are cute as hell.

3 Bold Sibilings: Can couple #2 start dating already? I love them!.
I hope auntie doesn't find out maknae's Tae Joo's brother, otherwise I can say bye bye to my ship for other 20 episodes.

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Busy Saturdays Part 2 has ended, now where on Drama land have I been all this time?🤔

Love In Contract❤️📄(15/16): I was not even planning on watching you in the first place, and this is how you repay me for taking a chance on you, show.🙄 Ji-Ho could have had a more interesting background (or job!) that required his conversation counselling, but he was a lovely character so I was going to let it slide. Until he got character-assassinated into acting on Sang-Eun’s behalf without discussing things with her first. Dude, such behavior is why she left her background in the first place!🤦‍♀️I hope to finish the last episode soon to earn my bean without any expectations, but it is hard not to wish better things for Gwang-Nam!💪🏻

Please Send a Fan Letter🏥💌(2/4): This will be a quick bean, but also one of my favorites in this meager year. My first impression of Soo-Young is a good one. Kang-Hee gets scolded for being rude all the time, which I think is up for debate. Not being a ball of sunshine does not immediately make you a rude person in my book, and even if she were rude, it works both ways. Everybody seems to be out to get her and at the same time expect her to act like a saint no matter what they say or do to her. Now that I mention it, that tabloid reporter really is taking his job (too) seriously! Whenever I get too annoyed with him I just think of how much passion and fun the actor is bringing to this role and I am able to have fun with it.😆

The Romance of Tiger and Rose🍌🍊(10/24): What on earth is this?!😍I easily get invested in whatever I am watching, but I have never actually raged at the end credits before! As hobby writers my friend and I loved the premise of a female lead waking up in her script and getting thwarted by everyone no matter what she does to get her story right, most of all by her own male lead!😊Her writer mindset makes her oblivious to how her personality is perceived by other characters, the best example would be her smitten husband!🤭Another unexpected first this year, this time my first C-drama!🥳

Ghosts BBC Season 1🏰👻(5/6): a popular, but redundant recommendation. It is from the team behind Horrible Histories, of course I am going to watch! I enjoy our actors playing actual characters for a change, instead of switching sketches every five minutes. I certainly do not mind Ben as the Captain or Mat as a Mr. Darcy lookalike.😂

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I agree with you absolutely about the reporter in Fan Letter. I can't ignore the fun he brings despite wanting to smash his head for the bar drama he brings with him.

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Yup. That scene when he plays football with the youngsters in utter glee. I did not use the FF button because I just loved his dedication too much!😄

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Tiger and Rose was one of the best dramas for me the year it aired.

If you want to try something modern with a time-travel flavour (and more thrillery than comedic), I highly recommend Reset.

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To be honest, as much as I am enjoying myself now, I think I will probably stick to K-dramas mostly with the occasional dabble into non-korean shows. However, since my first impression was a good one, I feel confident that non-korean shows will include c-dramas from now on. Thank you for recommending me anyway, I will keep an eye on your c-drama musings!😉

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🙂
I'm also mostly kdrama watcher, but time to time I like venturing into other Asian dramaworlds.
Sometimes it is by a recommendation or Internet buzz (like with One Day or Someday or Reset)... sometimes I'm interested enough in the short synopsis (Tiger and Rose)... and sometimes I'm just not in the mood for the airing kdramas and search for something else... and I even may be in the mood for a silly YouTube cdrama 😁 Mood is often the deciding factor 😁😁

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If you like Zhao Lusi is costume, watch Love like the galaxie.

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I am not sure whether I will watch many c-dramas in the future, but your recommendation of both the actress and the show fortunately were on the tentative list already. Thank you, good to know which Beanies to ask for recommendations!😁

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Summer strike. I don’t like FL, but I hope this is one of those dramas in which we see her actually realize life is about learning to be happy by yourself and not by fitting into other’s standards. It sort of reminds me of Weather. I always love ISW, no matter what, so...

Love is for suckers. FF anything in which Chef Jang and Jiwan or PD Kang are not. Two episodes to go and they feel too many.

Reborn rich. I really loved it. Like the idea of this kind of revenge, although I hope it dones’t get too makjangish. Episode 4 was interesting. I just hope we get another time jump, because… am I supposed to watch a 37 yo actor playing a 20 yo student for he whole drama. Hope not.

Never give up. I finished episode 7, and I’m enjoying this drama. I’m smiling all the way through. Of course there are lots of things I have to turn a blind eye on, like: if PilSu is going to be payed by landlady why can’t he tell his wife? Why is SK obsessed with first love? But easy to leave this aside. I’m happy I followed beanies recommendation to watch.

The Good Detective 2. This drama keeps exploring what it means to be human and I love it. I’m on episode 5 and I understand more and more Kang Do Chang. He knows how the world works and even so wants to do things right. I wonder in real life how many investigations are shut down because someone wants “immediate results”. Too many I’m afraid, and meanwhile who cares about the victims?

Happiness. There is no way on Earth I could have watched this live. Two episodes a week? Are you kidding me? I can only take one every two weeks because zombies are scary!! I’m holding one because PSH and HYJ are so cute together but the drama is full of people you love to hate.

Didn’t have time to continue Adamas this week (and now that I’ve written all I’ve watched it’s no surprise), and I want to watch Send me a fan letter but not so sure of when...

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I only yesterday discovered there was a new Bong Joon-ho movie out this year so I have 'Decision to Leave' queued to watch this weekend.

Blame Viki for my other recent movie watch, the very silly 2008 historical sex comedy "A Tale Of Legendary Libido". As vulgar - and as innocent - as an old timey Burlesque show. I went in to ironically hate watch it but unexpectedly found it rather... charming?

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Decision to Leave is a Park Chan-wook film, not Bong Joon-ho. :)

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Ack! I KNEW that! My brain was thinking onw thing and my fingers typing another. I'm embarrassed.

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Thought I would do this again after years of not!

My Liberation Notes: Now that we're on the cusp of December, and I've got a Year in Review to write up, I'm at that point where I'm refreshing myself with all my favourites of the year to make sure that they're definitely great, and not just shows that were great at the time. I was a little nervous to revisit this one, easily my favourite K-drama of the year, but luckily I had nothing to fear. It's still excellent. Absurd and funny and insightful and wistful and melancholy and transcendent.

Extracurricular: My favourites list is average looking kind of sparse this year, but not because I found this year to be lackluster of anything. I've been busy playing catch up, cleaning up my watch list and finally getting around to the dramas like Extracurricular that slipped through the gaps over the last few years. This is as great as everyone says, I'm not disappointed. With two episodes to go, though, I am ready to be devastated.

Love is For Suckers: I feel like I've earned the right to talk about this one, even though at this point I'm just skimming the cream from the top and not actually subjecting myself to the awful OTP anymore. Episode 14 was a fever dream. No one's even trying anymore. The blatantly unfinished nature of it is one thing (whenever the mics were fully in shot, I got so confused - had the drama just decided to commit to the meta? Show in show in show inception?) but the characters choices also felt hasty and weird. It's like the showrunners were busy swimming in mediocre forced tension for so long they forgot that, oh, most of the main characters have arcs that need wrapping up. Chae-ri's felt particularly bizarre. I need to know that John Jang and Ji-wan are going to be okay, though, so I'll see you next week.

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Decision to Leave: Went to see this movie given the rave reviews it's received and left puzzled and disappointed. It felt like the film's main selling point was the fancy camerawork. The plot stretched logical reason. While Park Haeil's performance was solid, Tang Wei's was alright - nothing extraordinary. This is my least favorite Park Chanwook film

1899: Creators of time-space bending German show are back with another series, this time about passengers journey to the US who encounter a ghost ship and strange things start happening. Alot of exploration around consciousness and reality in 1899, and I'm LOVING it.

Reborn Rich: Makjang! Chaebol! Reincarnation! It is like eating gourmet junk food. Lee Sungmin is the star of this show.

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Sorry to hear that you don’t like Decision To Leave. I watched it last week and just love it to bits. The feel still lingers now that it’s over a week and I’ve been watching all the Q&As with Park Chan-work in YT and mesmerized with all the details to put this movie together. Tang Wei proves to me, yet again, she’s the best actress of her generation. There’s always so much - may I say richness - in her every expression to convey both her spoken and unspoken emotion. She is simply sublime. It doesn’t therefore surprise me that she cries when the song Mist (that inspired PCW to develop this movie) was sung on the evening of the Blue Dragon Awards night. I love how she described in accepting the best actress award that an actress’s luck is getting a great role which is a rare thing in anyone’s career. Park Hae-il has never been more handsome.

I wouldn’t count myself as a PCW fan but he has me in this one.

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Tang Wei proves to me, yet again, she’s the best actress of her generation.

I diplomatically disagree with you here. Tang Wei is good in a very specific type of role - the mysterious, vulnerable, cinematic femme fatale. Once she branches out of that, her acting struggles mightily. I say this because I watched one of her TV works and it laid bare all her gaps. I can't look at her acting in the same way.

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I wouldn’t say I watched a lot of her works as C-dramas or C-movies are not my cup of tea - but she brings those characters to life in those that I watched. Whether it’s the plain Jane but unstraddled new immigrant in Crossing Hennessy or the gold digger in Finding Mr Right - not to mention Lust Caution which is emotionally draining to watch.

These are all very different characters demanding totally different delivery and nuances. I’m totally floored, for example, by her lively and comedic take in Finding Mr Right. Honestly, her character became one of the very few gold digger ladies that I adore and convinces me that she’s not just an art house movie darling.

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Decision to leave was my least favorite Park Chan Wook film too. I was disappointed. Like literally nothing interesting happened. I didn`t buy their romance. It just felt like suddenly they were in love? And murder mystery was not thrilling. It was kind of obvious to me

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This, this, this.

I was trying wracking my brain trying to figure out when and why the guy suddenly got obsessed with her. There was no buildup. I also don't get what the story is trying to convey. Obsession with a murderess?

Again, the whole movie felt like it was a vehicle for PCW to display flashy camerawork.

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I can understand where you come from and why you think it that way, especially if you are putting on the usual Park Chan Wook’s lens looking for plots and twists.

However, when watching this movie, I feel this is like PCW’s version of Wong Kar Wai’s In The Mood For Love. Same sensuality with the story being a meek background for the mood to paint and play out that romance. But this movie has a more detailed story and richer structure than IMFL - but ending the same effect and feel for me. I find it extremely sexy and romantic - with no clothes off and merely one kiss in the whole movie.

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I lovvvvved In the Mood for Love. I am unable to find the same longing and sensuality in Decision to Leave.

I do find PCW's other works erotic in a classy way though. He is one of the rare male directors who can inhibit the female gaze. The piano scene in Stoker was one of the sexiest scenes I've watched, and it was just two people playing a piano duet.

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Love Is For Suckers
Ep. 13 was okay, but in Ep. 14 I thought I was watching the same episode again and had missed some bits because I had fallen asleep. Show was like “so this happened, but have I told you that this happened before? Oh, I forgot, have I told you that already… Ok, let me get back at the present… Ah, do you remember this?” The romance of our main couple is supposed to look like a great love now, but I’m not really feeling it. And what became of the romance between John Jang and Ji Wan??
Under The Queen’s Umbrella
Same as last week: I’m enjoying every episode, so great to watch a drama where you can trust the writing, acting and directing.
Curtain Call
I found this a bit slow this week, the storyline is obviously building up to the real Moon Sung coming back.
Reborn Rich
The format with 3 episodes a week is great, I’m looking forward to watching this week’s episodes all together. As so many have said: Kim Kang Hoon as young Do Joon is fantastic, watching him together with Lee Sung Min is a revelation. And Song Joon Ki does have too much filter on his face in Ep. 3.
First Responders
I watched a couple of episodes and I do like the new setting with joint operations of police and fire department. They seem well researched and bring background information and insights into the work of first responders. But I do have a problem with the first three cases. Yet another serial rapist and killer, and in two cases victim’s bodies are being dismembered and disposed of through the toilet, isn’t that too spectacular? And I have an even bigger problem with the teenage murderer in Ep.2. Does Korea really see teenagers as would-be murderers who become criminals because they know they will get away with anything before they are 14?
I will give it one more episode to decide if I keep watching.
Revenge of Others
I just read the recap of Ep. 5-6 and I’m glad others are as confused as I am. I do like the show and the actors, so I hope some of the mysteries and misleads will be cleared up soon.
Finished The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
What a great melodrama/mystery/thriller drama, I highly recommend it. Seo In Guk as anti-hero was great, all the other actors too, the story was thrilling and the ending perfectly fitting for me.
No Cheer Up, no May I Help You, so I had time to watch
Weak Hero Class 1, after I got so many recommendations for it, and it didn’t disappoint. But: if you have trouble with the violence in Ep.1 this drama is not for you, it only gets much worse.
I expected a story of 3 underdogs becoming friends and fighting bullies together like superheroes, but this developed quite differently. Rarely can a drama keep up the pace from start to finish; this didn’t have any slow or unnecessary parts. The acting is fabulous, the atmosphere so tense throughout, the OST is unusual and fantastic. Several good cameos too, I had come to know Jo Han Chul as a funny actor and this...

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and this is the third time I see him as a terrifying villain now, I need to change my perspective…
KDrama friend project:
We’re waiting for Alchemy of Souls and in the meantime decided to pick up City Hunter with one of our first kdrama crushes, Lee Min Ho. I actually find him much better here than in other roles, we are enjoying the action scenes, and the drama from 2011 doesn’t feel dated.

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Please Send A Fan Letter: the show is cute and feels familiar. I'm happy to see Yoon Park in a leading role, having Yoon Park as a calm and cool sunbae? I'll fall for him too!
I'm worried about the ending though

Through the Darkness: I finally finished it! The scene when Hayoung eats sweet potato while crying breaks my heart. I'm not entirely convinced by him coming back to squad but if Hayoung is happy, i'm happy too. Overall, this is his journey.

Twenty Five Twenty One: I am one weird person who watched this drama from episode 9 back when this drama was airing. But the decision led me to come again to this show to finally watch it (or binge watch it) from the beginning, because i like the ending and this is a good show. I love Na Heedo, her spirit, her big dream, her honesty, her big heart. I want to be her friend and hear her talk. One thing i'm not convinced enough is the OTP. I understand the attraction, but not romantically. Maybe i'm the only one.

Also I'm watching Nine now. I'm ready for the journey!

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I find your comment interesting. So for you does it seem like Yi-jin felt any romantic feelings towards FL? And also does it look like FL felt any romantic feelings towards Yi-jin? I'm asking from the perspective of the viewer ofc. And for you, are sibling-like feelings and romantic feelings mutually exclusive?

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It wasn't that I found it implausible that the characters could have romantic feelings for each other. It was more that the shift from Yi-jin as chaperone looking out for the kids to romantic partner felt a bit squicky, as did his tendency to want to "parent" Hee-do even after they started dating.

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2521: You're not alone! I found Heedo and Yijin's interactions extremely cute and meaningful, but didn't think they had much of a romantic chemistry. So, them breaking up was sad, but made sense

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This week I watched Soundtrack #1 and Age of Youth 1.

Now I'm watching Age of Youth 2 and 12 Nights (yeah, main actress and main actor in 12 Nights were in Age of Youth too).

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Summer Strike - I'm not sure about this--I find the characters frustrating.
May I Help You - no episode this week.
Love is for Suckers - ep 14 really was a letdown. As mentioned, the new events didn't even start until 20-30 min. There was very little of John and Ji-wan, whom I am VERY invested in (the opposite of how I feel about the main couple). I was frustrated where things let off. The balcony incident was SO cheesy. I also just keep thinking too about what a boring show Kingdom of Love 2 would be in real life. Everyone pretty much just keeps the same love interests throughout! But I'm still obsessed because of John and Ji-wan. I wish they had their own drama!

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Revenge of Others- A drama which shows brutality of highschool kids. The violence is off-putting, but the writing and the lead characters are what keeps me watching this. The cliffhangers each episode, really keeps you edge.

The Queen's umbrella- Totally loving this show. The politics between Queen Hwareyong and Dowager Queen is interesting to watch.Finally a drama on the involvement of Queen, with multiple children, showing as a powerful figure in history and is at level of the King, making her decisions and also protecting the innocent with all her might and the power. Rooting for her and her children till the end!

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This week I took advantage of the U.S. Thanksgiving break to binge watch Gaus electronics (as well as fast forward through Love is for Suckers, but don’t get me started on that!). I really enjoyed Gaus Electronics. In fact its one of my favorite shows this year for its number of laugh out loud scenes. Is it perfect, with every scene a comic gem? No, of course not—sometimes its too scattershot and zany. But most of the time the writing is extraordinarily clever, with a wonderfully funny cast, and actually a perfect rom-com couple—funny but not over the top bickering, no dark traumas in the past nor dead relatives haunting the relationship. Ko Sung-hee as the female lead and Kwak Dong-Yeon as the male lead are exceptional comic actors and there are many funny throwaway lines—when they discover they live next to each other (This show’s fun with rom-com tropes rivals Business Proposal’s) she tells him she wants him to pretend not to know her, as “stark neighbors of a harsh society, complete strangers.” That “stark neighbors of a harsh society” is what makes me laugh. Then the character played by KDY calling her “sunbae” even in intimate moments. I’ve taken to calling my wife sunbae at all times. (Its appropriate, even though I am older than she is.)

One joke that I thought was particularly clever was to have the love-struck chaebol attempt to use a (distorted) line from My Liberation Notes to woo his crush: “Revere me. Revere me, or go lose weight in less than an hour” Her response “You shouldn’t have messed with Mr. Gu.” It was really funny in context, but one of the reasons I thought it was especially funny is that I too have actually jokingly used the “worship me” line with my wife several times after we watched Liberation Notes. (I don’t over use it: I’ve only said “worship me” when I’ve done something consequential, like twisting open a stuck jar lid or cleaning the toilet.) I highly recommend this line for a laugh, BUT ONLY if your date, partner, or spouse has seen Liberation Notes. Otherwise the reaction will be uncomprehending irritation.
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After watching Gaus, I am so pleased that @laurensophie, @elinor @jerrykuvira, @lordcobol @oldlawyer, @emsel and other respected DB commentators also liked it, because for me, they make up for the 99% of Koreans that disdained the show. Joking--as someone with deep respect for the Korean people, I actually hate that 2 of the few shows that I really enjoyed this year (Sh**ting Stars and Gaus) were actually two of the lowest rated of the year. The knowledge that if my views became known, I would be disliked by 98.3% of Koreans, or 50,501,178 people, is a sobering thought, though it does prevent overconfidence!

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Your use of the Liberation Notes famous quotes with your wife made me laugh harder than anything in Gaus Ep 1, so I gave up on it! Thanks for the belly laughs!
“Worship me”, hands wife opened jar of peanut butter 😂😂😂

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Episode 1 of Gaus was the weakest, I thought (just as episode 1 of Sh**ting Stars was not amusing). But Gaus really hit its stride with episode 2. The ad for the vacuum would suck up bad memories, along with a couple of the other ads, were funny commentaries on the way we (or perhaps I should just say I) always hope that consumer products or gadgets will help us solve personal, real life problems. I have been making the argument to my wife that a new, larger t.v. will make the quality of kdramas even better, but so far she's resistant.

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You are not alone in wondering at the disappointing ratings accorded to GAUS ELECTRONICS. Many of us were starkly puzzled by this. The show was a gem- not always perfect and polished but still a gem. I will certainly be rewatching it after some time.

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I love Sh**ting Stars so much and I couldn’t understand its ratings either.

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Somehow I missed Shooting Stars when it aired. Thanks for mentioning it. I've binging it after reading your post. I was looking for something entertaining and funny after Gaus and this fits the spot.

I always thought Gaus's rating was because it was on a smaller cable network. It was a gem. I was hoping for a second season.

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This last year I've been feeling a bit out of pace with the Beaniesphere, which is mostly a consequence of the multiplication of drama outlets, most of which I don't have access to, or if I do, dramas tend to be aired with a month's delay in my region.
All this to say that I went back to my lonely drama viewing (*sob). No fangirling on the Beanie-wall because going there is getting spoiled. No more fun screengrabing to make gifs because Netflix and Viki apparently don't like free advertising (*sniffle). No bonding with other Beanies over drama cuties (*sigh). I'm a sad, sad Bean.
But I've been Beaning on (hi, @turtuallysarcastic)!
Last weekend I marathoned Somebody , which was... unhealthily gripping? Look, I don't think I'd recommend this to anybody unless they are into serial killers because there's so much questionable stuff about it. But it feels a lot like k-cinema. Both acting and production are luxourious.
I also watched the first 2 episodes of The queen's umbrella and loved it. I haven't liked a sageuk since The Red Sleeve, so my hopes are up for this one!
Over the last couple of weeks also binged Little Women (in my mind I call it "Captain Skinnypants saves the day - everyday") and Money Heist- Korea. Much fun, no sense.

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‘ Little Women (in my mind I call it "Captain Skinnypants saves the day - everyday")’ 👈 I can so see that as the tag line on the poster 🤣

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Hi! I’ve been busy too. I do miss the old beans chatting around here though. And Somebody would bring me nightmares, so I haven’t even tried seeing it, even though I luf KYK to bits.

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KYK is outstanding. He changes his vibe in the blink of an eye, and, omo, he's so scary! But, yes, I figure this isn't most people's cup of tea

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Hi @flyingcolours! Somehow I missed your notification, sorry! :( Ready for the 2022 Roundup? ;)

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Reborn Rich — I’m only 2 episodes in so far, and while it’s extremely well-done, not totally in yet. I did cackle with delight when I realized the Chairman and his son were a King 2Hearts reunion (they played LSG’s lovely brother and the most hilariously named villain of all time respectively.)

Come and Hug Me — I’ve been putting this show off for years because I get scared easily, but finally started and it’s v engrossing. NDR as the young ML is excellent as always.

Three Bold Siblings — I keep seeing clips of the two secondary couples which look fun, but in the bit I did watch found the ML so unconvincing I had to stop. :/

Nirvana in Fire — finally finished season 2 (which I ended up really liking, despite a months-long break in the middle) and immediately restarted season 1. It’s so good!

Waiting to hear Beanies’ final verdict on Love is for suckers before going back to it (looking decidedly less likely based on this week!) and how Fanletter ends before starting.

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Re COME AND HUG ME (2018). Fantastic use of blossoming cherry trees in that drama. Outstanding.
SUMMER STRIKE (which I am watching) has also incorporated scenes of beautiful blossoming cherry trees. The best I have seen in a drama since CAHM.

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Yes the cherry blossoms are a character in their own right!!

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It actually took about ten episodes before THREE BOLD SIBLINGS really came together as a true family weekender- and that is the only mistake which the writer made. Since it reached that point it has been hitting on all cylinders.

I have a working hypothesis about that show. All good weekenders have underlying themes. In ONCE AGAIN a main theme was reconciliation of divorced spouses. In THREE BOLD SIBLINGS a principal theme is age gap romance- and it is the two side couples who pose that question in a very symmetrical fashion: In one couple the man is older and in the other it is an older woman- but the age gaps are substantial in both cases. In fact, at this point the FL's little sister could potentially end up being the Mother-in-law to the ex who dumped her. Thus, there is nothing 'side" about the 'side romances' in this show- they are a fundamental part of the story being told, and the ML and FL really serve more as the glue that binds the whole thing together. Frankly, I find the ML a bit irritating at times, but he may not really be as important to the over-all story as would normally be the case.

My wife really liked NIRVANA IN FIRE 2. She thought it was just as good as the first season. NIRVANA IN FIRE is definitely worth a re-watch.

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That is a very good insight on family dramas! I’ve only finished two (My Father is Strange and Once Again, both of which were fantastic), so still learning what’s common to the genre vs a specific show.

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The two you watched were among the all-time best in this genre.

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A interesting theme that also permeates Three Bold Siblings is the burden/role of "oldest sibling". I find a lot of the characters sort of annoying, but the theme resonated with me.

The main couple are the oldest siblings of their families. The mother of the ML is not the oldest sibling (she has an irresponsible older bro), but she is the oldest daughter who financially supports the family along with her son (who is the oldest son).

The oldest is the one typically sacrificing and giving way to the younger ones. They are the ones who the parents depend on most. They are whom the parents tested out their parenting on before they knew better and would get the stricter version of parenting. The oldest are also sort of the glue. It is a role that is an indelible part of one's identity. I think in korean culture, the oldest son role has extra expectations to carry on the family line, lead memorials/funerals, and personally take care of the parents in their old age (like let them move in with him and the wife) etc. The parents are more critical about who the oldest son marries and women find marrying the oldest son of the family just burdensome.

I only have one sibling, and I haven't been asked to sacrifice for him besides the usual stuff that happens when you're a kid, but I totally understand the burden of being the oldest daughter.

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As the oldest of six siblings, it particularly resonates with me. While not as explicitly expressed as in Asian cultures it is in fact to some extent a universal phenomenon. Example: when the younger kids mess up part of the blame always fall on the oldest child. He or she is supposed to be responsible at all times.

But, in the end there is a sort of reward for that oldest child. The oldest usually grows up into a truly responsible adult and, statistically, is far more likely to be placed in a position of authority and responsibility. This actually makes sense: Who do you put in charge? Anyone at random or that individual who has largely even lost the ability to be irresponsible- being responsible is all they know.

The Koreans and Chinese basically simply formalized this idea of the unique responsibility of the oldest as one of the tenets of Confucianism. As you have noted Oldest Son has very specific duties assigned to his role. For all the drawbacks of his teachings (and they are many indeed) the master Kung was a keen observer of human nature and had a great many insights into what could create a stable society. That includes noticing the unique character of the oldest child in the structure of the family, which in turn is the building block of society.

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Love Is for Suckers: Still watching despite moral qualms about, well, everyone at this point. The show-within-the-show is BORING and its crappiness has infected LIfS. So much wasted potential.
May I Help You?: I missed this!
Summer Strike: Uneven but promising start. Im Si-wan is charmingly expressive when he’s silent and I’m looking forward to him actually speaking. His caterpillar flip in the sleeping bag was impressive! (There must be abs in there somewhere.)
Fanletter, Please: The first two episodes were unexpectedly engaging, but ep. 3 got messy. I’ll finish it anyway.

Older stuff:
Beyond Evil: Halfway through and this is so creepy and good - but so intense I can only watch one episode every couple of days.
Greasy Melo/Wok of Love: Still watching, although it’s devolving into something less clever and more disjointed in the second half. Jang Hyuk alone still makes it worth it.
Alchemy of Souls: Rewatching Part 1, one episode a day until Part 2 starts. It’s addictive fun all over again!

I’ll have plenty of time for drama-watching this week now that I have Covid. 😒 Dammit, I escaped for so long …

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Get well soon!! 😘

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Oh no, hope you feel better soon. Just rest yourself and don’t stress your immune system with any other pressures.

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I wish you a speedy and complete recovery. I was a bit unlucky that it affected me more than I had thought, but I hope your case is easy and you recover fast.

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@elinor: I’m sorry to hear that. I hope your symptoms are not severe and you will get better soon.

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get well soon

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I wish you a speedy recovery (but it will give you less dramatime...)

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This may be based on too small a sample having only seen 3 of his dramas but I have described Siwan’s acting voice as ‘melodic monotone’ if that makes sense. I have never heard him sing. To me he keeps his voice and tone in a narrow range but it works. In TRACER he raised his voice and even yelled at times so that was a bit different. I am expecting in SUMMER STRIKE for him to use the voice I know him for.

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Also @elinor I hope you have a quick recovery!
PS. My other two Siwan dramas are MISAENG (of course) and RUN ON.

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Take care! Get plenty of rest !

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Oh no, please get well quickly! I wish you the lightest of symptoms and a negative test soon.

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We are watching Innocent man and it's fun.
But not as fun as Cheat on me if you can. In both these dramas, they are all crazy and lie all the time.
She and her perfect husband is a bit slow on the cuteness and gives too much airtime to dispendable side characters.
Finished: A piece of your mind good music for this atmospheric drama. I almost already forgot about The girl who sees scents.
I have suspiciously low number of active dramas... I might start something on a whim, or even un-pause one that is waiting to be finished but not totally dropped...

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Cheat on me was great (but the ending).

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I'm on ep 12... there are a lot of disappointing ends in dramaland...

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With this show, even though I wished for a better ending, I don't regret watching. I had fun 🙂

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The OST for APOYM was great — really helped set the mood for the show (as did the light and settings, I really loved that show.)

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Under the Queen's Umbrella. I love this show. Can't wait how the romance with the CP and CPess unfolds.

Signal. I started watching this while waiting for the above episodes to drop. I don't know why I waited for so long to watch this. It is soooo good.

Curtain Call. I have a feeling Kang Ha-neul wasted his talents in another show. That's looking at you, too, Insider! The appearance of the real grandson should be interesting. And will be a cop-out if Ha Ji-won's character end up with KHN and Jung Ji-so with the real grandson..

Gaus Electronics. I started this because many here loved it.

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Re UTQU. Seja not only left his bride down on his wedding night but me also. Big disappointment. At the cliff hanger to episode 12 I gave him the benefit of the doubt and thought he went of the get his half of the shell his bride had given him previously. Nope. What we had there was a lack of communication and for maybe the first time part of the blame goes to his mother Queen Im. Before the wedding (rather than the next day after) she should have clued Seja in on how and why Cheong-ha was selected to be Crown Princess.

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Edit: Should read ‘their wedding night’.

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Watching K dramas Reborn Rich If Lee Sung-Min‘s character dies, so will my interest.

Curtain Call Need the real grandson to appear stat.
Love Letter Happy Ending ?
Stained Bleak
Ojakgyo Bros Uee & Joo Won
No C dramas this week
Couple of movies. When The Show Tent Came To My Town

(Japan 2005). Set in early 70’s . Rumiko, the new girl, transfers to the countryside from Tokyo. Smart, pretty, wealthy and so fashionable. 4th grader Akira falls for her, as do all the boys.
As much as the boys adore Rumiko, they are terribly cruel to another classmate Hideko, who they dub Wolf Girl. When the cruelty increases, Rumiko takes a stand.

Duvidha ( India 1973) Based on a Rajasthani folk tale. A newlywed couple journeys to their new home. Son of a merchant, he soon leaves his new wife at home while he sets out to build his own fortune, which takes several years .

A ghost living in a banyan tree witnesses the brides’ arrival and subsequent loneliness and takes on the husband’s form. Years pass. The ghost and the wife have a child. When the real husband returns, he has to prove he is the real husband. The actors do not speak, the story is narrated.

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Where is the Japanese movie available? I'd like to try it.

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I watched it at http://rarefilmm.com/

Like many J K or C dramas , it has many names, they have it listed as Ôkami shôjo/Wolf Girl

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Watched a J film Natsu no Niwa /The Friends

Three boys, Sumo, Bones and Specs befriend an elderly man while clearing his overgrown garden.

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Been a while since I last posted what I have been watching.

Due to the World Cup, I couldn't watch Cheer Up and May I help you. I so miss them 😭😭😭

But I am watching C-drama, She and Her Perfect Husband. The woman who refused to get married and the man who refused to get married. The story cut my attention and I am enjoying every bit of it. Now that they have both registered their marriage, let see how the romance unfolds.

2. Revenge of others. Let Wednesday be here already. Who killed Park Wonseok??? I am curious.

3. Love is for Suckers: Very boring. But I am here for Chef Jang and Jiwan. I hope Chef Jang man up and tell Jiwan how he truly feels.

4. Reborn Rich: I am enjoying it. Now that Sooyang has the debt of 700million dollars, how will they recover? Another reason to watch to the end.

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Glitch 8/10: The plot's ramping up but I kind of miss the low-key offbeat vibe of the earlier episodes. Still, we're starting to get some answers (though many lead to new questions) so I'm excited to see where the pieces finally land.

Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (China) 28/58: Why do I love this show so much? Noble idiocy, misunderstandings, a lead couple with the worst communication skills in the universe, jealous mean girls who don't know the meaning of 'he's just not into you'... This drama features every trope I ordinarily hate in spades, and yet, I'm obsessively addicted. Help?

Completed:
Crossfire (China): WOW. This was so, so good. I don't think I've been this invested in so many characters in a single drama, ever. Though the ending was a bit weird. My totally baseless speculation - I wonder if this drama toed the social commentary line a bit too closely to get past censors without the sudden Patriotic Message at the end? Regardless, what an incredible story.

Young Blood (China): A fun watch! I enjoyed the comic-bookish art style, the fight scenes were great, and the main couple was cool. I'm a big fan of gender reversals in romance, and to have a badass, aloof, ambitious heroine paired with a cunning trickster-type? I need more of that. Not a fan of the cliffhanger ending, but at least there's a second season coming. Can't wait!

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Yay for Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms .

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One of the great Chinese Costume dramas. For anyone looking for it there are two alternative titles: ETERNAL LOVE and THREE LIVES, THREE WORLDS, THE PILLOW BOOK. According to the Wikipedia article as of August 2018 this drama became the most watched television series on the world.

It was followed by ETERNAL LOVE OF DREAM, another good C-drama.

Related to it is another wonderful Chinese Costume fantasy: LOVE AND DESTINY starring the wonderful Nene and with some of the best cinematography and CGI you will ever see.

So if you like this show- there's more.

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I finished the Hot stove league this week and realized I like k-dramas where romance is not the main plot.

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That looks good. I've been flitting around Kocowa and watched the first episode. Right now I'm watching So Ji-sub babysitting in My Secret Terrius.

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My secret Terrius was much better than what I though I would be.
I wish for other drama-germ.

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I'm watching Reborn Rich hope it will be stay this good until the end. The drama has a potential to be a solid drama. So far a well written and well acted. It'ss been so long to finally loving a Song Joong Ki drama. Hahahahaha

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Getting more into C-dramas
Unexpected Falling with Peng Guan Ying and Cai Wen Jing. I just chanced upon it when I was bored and I love their chemistry … WHEW! I saw recommendations to go watch their previous thriller “The Controllers or Confidence” and my oh my, you can just watch it for their explosive chemistry and ignore some parts of the plot. I saw someone liken them to Son Ye Jin and Hyun Bin, hoping that they get together irl.

K-Drama
Behind every star —- I just watch it for the hijinks & as a light watch.

Blind —- I still need to finish the last two episodes

Reborn Rich —- I want to watch it but can’t get past the opening yet … maybe I will wait for more episodes first. I love Song Joong Ki!

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Thanks for the suggestions of the c-thrillers with good chemistry.
Have you seen Mysterious love (2021)? Intense chemistry, action and cuteness. (the plot resume does not correspond well with the story or the characters)

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So... Unexpected falling is on Viki and I was curious... and I'm addicted.
Thank you for my lack of sleep. Oups, this is on me. Thank you for this gem recommendation of a dark romance. I love the noir ambiance, and the way they burn.

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The JD ‘Silent’ wasn’t on this week - weep - and as I’m in a deadly new/recent KD slump, I went back to the ‘The smile has left your eyes’ as I wanted to see Jung Somin and SIG’s amazing chemistry again. Their connection is electric yet also poignant. This drama has many flaws but their acting is so realistic and believable in truly incredible circumstances. SIG just shines as he delivers a layered, complex, enigmatic yet tender performance as the mystery at the heart of this Drama. I would love to see them act together again in a well-conceived, -written and -directed project.

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Finally started Extraordinary Attorney Woo and so glad I did. It is, so far, completely charming.

I also started New Life Begins yesterday after seeing it mentioned here. It has made me laugh out loud a couple times. That puppy is super adorable.

I said in the other post that I was lining up winter watches for December, but I guess I needed a little splash of brightness that both of these dramas are offering.

On the other hand I did watch the first ep of Summer Strike. I don't think I'd realized it was going to be slice of life. It is interesting that it takes place in summer, even warm enough to jump in the ocean, but it feels more muted and cold compared to the color and warmth of the other two dramas.

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More love for NLB. 😍

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And Baifu 🐶

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"I’m curious to see if it will end like I’ve been predicting — with Chae-ri editing behind-the-scenes footage to reveal the true love story between Yeo-reum and Jae-hoon in the final episode of the reality show."

I've been thinking the same as you since we first saw Chae-Ri, I think she wrote a script to show at the end another reality which is each people life/feelings etc. I think through her the B -T-S will be shown

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I recall an American made for TV movie which did just that.

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I looked it up- I vaguely remember this from back when I had cable and watched American television. It was a 2004 television movie entitled I WANT TO MARRY RYAN BANKS (aka THE REALITY OF LOVE). The titular Mr. Banks being an A-list actor with a sudden need to rehabilitate his image by being the center of a 'The Bachelor" type show while the FL is a contestant who was dragooned into participating by her family. Instead of landing Mr. Banks (she does not care for him at all) she falls for his manager and best friend- and this is revealed at the very end of the 'reality' show in just the way described by Daebakgrits.

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thank you for doing the research :) that's interesting... however the show wasn't that smart, what a disappointing ending.

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