Beanie level: Errand boy

Vincenzo – what are the chances that the stuff Vincenzo wants to grab is actually there? Or do we get a really surprised look on V’s face?

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    It’s still there. They showed it and the monk feels a buddha is present.

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    Yup! I’ve been thinking this too! What if he finally opens the vault to find its all gone? LOL

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Penthouse 2: oooh, cool toys! And the body count is going up.

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The Accidental Couple

Pressed play … I have not seen any of his other works, but Hwang Jung-min is a wonderful actor!

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    He’s really really good. If you like crime/gangster movies, New World is a much watch. A Violent Prosecutor and Ode to My Father are also really good.

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      New World is up there in my favorite movies. It was part of my Lee Jung-jae binge and left me staring into space of a while trying to wrap my head around.

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        Honestly such a great film! Although, for me, Lee Jung-jae was overshadowed in this one by Hwang Jung-min and Park Sung-woong.

        I really really loved LJJ in Assassination. I think that’s the best movie performance of his that I’ve seen (IMO), although The Face-reader is really good as well.

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    Accidental Couple is one of my most favorite shows EVER! I hope you enjoy it!

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Successful Story of a Bright Girl

ML: Why did you turn down my proposal?
FL: I’m joining the Army.
ML: You’re pulling my leg, right? (Or something to that effect.)
FL: Shows ML the completed enlistment papers.
ML: …………..

New to me. FL is Jang Nara – who’s tiny.

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    Oh I love Bright Girl. OG Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara!

    She is tiny but does not seem to have aged a day from that show.

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    Ooh, I think I watched this intermittently on our local TV, didn’t they have edible make-up that they ate on the runway..? That ending is memorably confounding, LOL.

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      Yes, make up that is so safe that it can be eaten…demonstrated on the runway.

      Ending with Jang Nara being deployed to Africa someplace by the Army, and Jang Hyuk vowing to follow near to the ends of the earth, literally.

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Successful Story of a Bright Girl
Randomly pressed play on this. Turns out to be a Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara drama! Have no idea if this is any good, but the opening minute or two was epic – martial arts master and high school student Jang Nara flying and spinning through the air to save her Prince Jang Hyuk from a bunch of gangsters!

Would appreciate suggestions from beanies on whether to continue or not?

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    The opening is indeed epic even by today’s standard.

    You’d find it ‘dated’ in terms of plot and delivery but there’s always the ff button. If anything, watching how green the two Jangs are is a good pastime. And Jang Nara is so so spunky.

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      Green is right, but so cute, so soft edged – it’s really interesting to compare their youthful faces to their current ones. And the drama has its moments, so far.

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Run On, Ep 2 – just realized the whole bone flying through the air to the opening notes of “Also sprach Zarathustra” was a reference to a scene in “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Nice bit of fun non sequitur.

I wonder how many other bits I’ve missed?

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Sang Du, Let’s Go to School – opened an oldies just because. Opening sequence with Rain as a gigolo in training and Gong Hyo Jin as a school teacher is just hilarious. I wonder if the rest of the drama Is good?

Well, that went fast. ToD’s black sheep cousin, the Truck of non-Doom showed up. Sigh.

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#2020Roundup
Day 20 – That cameo that blew up your mind.
@yyishere as the Tornado of Destiny in Crash Landing on You.

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Mr. Queen – the “I need a bowl of ramen” sequence was hilarious. For some reason, it just hit my spot.

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#2020Roundup
Day 15 – Those secondary characters you will never forget: SL, villain, kids…(for better or worse).
Black Dog – all those teachers, students, parents.
That unmentionable show with the hair salon ajummas – The backstory of the elderly gentleman and the music of A Maiden’s Prayer is what I want to remember.

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#2020Roundup
Day 13 – Most fashionable / elegant character in a drama.
Perhaps it is because of the times, but to me, our doctors from Hospital Playlist not only look great but look right in their scrubs and white coats.

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#2020Roundup
Day 12 – The “oldie” (not 2020) you loved the most.

Yoo Na’s Street. Slice of life, not your normal crowd in some way, very much “normal” in the human sense.

All In. More interesting than the story were all the young faces from almost 19 years ago that we still see acting today.

And if you have even a slight fondness for melos, you should take a run at the grand (intentions anyway) Melos from the past like:

East of Eden
Cain and Abel
Thorn Birds
Something Happened in Bali

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    Ah those melos of the past😂 My friend fell madly in love with Thorn Birds and made me watch it. I remember watching it transfixed waiting for the next insane twist to be thrown in and wondering why I’m not falling in love with it. There is melo, and then there is makjang melo!

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    I love Yoona’s Street – a great slice of life about people living in the margin, very unusual story choice but wonderfully executed.

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      Unusual choice indeed. I really enjoyed it! It seems to me that there are lots of territory on the margins of society that dramas could explore fruitfully.

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#2020Roundup
Day 11- The crush you discovered in 2020.
Kim Mi Kyung. First time I saw her was in Heirs. Most recently in Healer. And yes, I am late to the (Healer) party, and yes, I am of a certain age.

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    Kim Mi Kyung is perfect on every role she plays.
    If ever I lived in a kdrama, I would want her as my mum.

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All In – would someone give me a hint on how this ends?

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Day 3 – That PPL a drama feels empty without.
Maxim coffee sticks. Especially watching older dramas, I’ve noticed people doing the maxim coffee stick ritual, whether at the office or at home. In recent dramas, I haven’t noticed this ritual. And, for some reason, I miss it. It would be like an older Japanese movie without a tea ceremony. Without the Maxim ritual, especially mixing the coffee with the envelope, something just seems missing

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2020 drama list

1. Brilliant Heritage
2. Fatal Promise
3. Woman of 9.9 Billion
4. Forest
5. Dodosolsollalasol
6. Love is Beautiful, Life is Wonderful
7. Once Again
8. Homemade Love Story
9. Love with Flaws
10. Chip In
11. When I Was the Most Beautiful
12. Never Twice
13. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim 2
14. Do You Like Brahms?
15. Penthouse
16. My Unfamiliar Family
17. Record of Youth
18. Black Dog
19. Oh My Baby
20. Flower of Evil
21. Tale of the Nine Tailed
22. Hospital Playlist
23. Crashes Landing On You
24. When My Love Blooms
25. Diary of a Prosecutor
26. Mystic Pop-up Bar
27. Chocolate
28. Lies of Lies
29. Mysterious Freshman
30. Something Happened in Bali
31. East of Eden
32. Cain and Abel
33. The Thorn Birds
34. Yoona’s Street
35. Welcome to Waikiki
36. Childless Comfort
37. Five Fingers
38. Solomon’s Perjury
39. Page Turner
40. Sky Castle
41. Misty

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    Wow

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    Congratulations on managing so many dramas @hebang Did you complete them all?

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      Yes, that is the completed list. Being retired, in a lockdown, and taking care of family – which involves among other things watching dramas with them…leads to a lot of viewing.

      Hope you And all yours are safe and doing well.

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        Yes, thanks. We’re all very well and managing well mostly at home. We no longer have a stringent lockdown, just restrictions in some businesses, gathering sizes etc, and so we’re free to roam within limits. If anything, most of us find that working from home makes us busier with less time for leisure, or work expects that we are available to get things done whenever. The demarcation between work and off-work time is blurred.

        Fortunately I’m not in that bad a situation, however, I’m still too busy to watch that many dramas. 😅 😬 😄

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Penthouse, body count – I think we’re being trolled. Sigh.

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DDSSLLS – the trolling is strong in this one.

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Something a Happened in Bali – wow, seeing all the actors and actresses I only recently got to know in all their youthful glory…just wow.

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    Whoa, that’s a classic!

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      I’ve been on a golden oldies makjang/melo streak… East of Eden, Cain and Abel, Thorn Birds, etc…

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        Sometimes it’s fun to visit where all the tropes came from 😉

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Wanted to be the first …
#2020roundup
Day 1- That male lead you will never forget (for better or worse).
Day 2 – That female lead you will never forget (for better or worse).

Sticky Notes Guy and our very own @azzo

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