Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Just dropping by after being AWOL during the Holidays. RL happened. Missed the rest of the round-up and now just catching up on the dramas I put on hold. Happy New Year to all!.

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#2021Roundup
Day 16 – Best Non-Human Character

Skipping Day 15.
For Day 16 – while my vote goes to Inzhagi of course, let me give a homage to the rookie performance of the year for : The Duct Tape in Sisyphus. Honestly, the only thing I remember out of that mess of a drama (which I dropped).

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    I was going to cast a vote for the bulletproof refrigerator door from Sisyphus as best performance by an inanimate object but the duct tape did well, too.

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Day 14 – Most Memorable Scene

I know I have been referencing Vincenzo a lot, (it is not the only drama I liked) but I guess it just has to be the one with the many memorable and laugh out loud scenes to choose from.

So this is the best memorable one for me : the re-enactment of the painting “Liberty Leading the People” by Eugene Delacroix.

Close runner-up is Vincenzo’s Whiteboard scene.

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Day 13 – Drama beanies loved but I didn’t.

I respect that most beanies loved these two shows, but unfortunately, I didn’t.:

Run-on – it is sad because I liked Im Shi-wan since Misaeng.. but this just did not catch my attention. I can’t recall what it was about I got a bean for this though because I was letting it run while I was doing my housework.

Lost – I consumed all of Ryu Jun-Yeol’s work (all the movies and even the variety show he starred in) but for some reason, I can’t click on episode 2. I never liked noona romances, no character was likable and maybe my head was just not in the right place for this drama’s theme.

The drama that beanies did not like which I did.

Squid Game – I think it is worth the hype. While it may not be new, but the show was well directed and well-acted.

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Day 12 – Best One Liner
I can’t remember much details , but the best one-liner for me in 2021 is not from a k-drama but from the movie – Sang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings:
“If you aim at nothing , then you hit nothing”.

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Day 9 – The Oldie you loved the most
I only watched 2 oldies this year, so I’d say The Good Detective is indeed a good watch. It is one of those which seems to be underrated but actually had a well constructed story and a satisfying ending too.

Day 10 – Best Confession.

No entry. Most of my completed watch were thrillers, or non-romance, and if there were any confession – non remarkable. I still like last year’s Brahms confession – very simple “ I love you” – delivered in 4 different tones and intensity. I still get goosebumps every time I remember that scene.

Day 11 – Secondary Character that stole my heart.

Hands down – the entire secondary characters from Vincenzo – especially the entire Geumga residents. That includes Inchagi, Agent An, and by extension of Jipuragi Law firm – Chairman Jang Han Seo (KDY)

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    I only watched The Good Detective this year too and I loved it. Very tight writing and acting 💚

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Day 7 and 8

Unfortunately I do not have anything to share here, as the OTPs I thought I won’t like, I indeed did not like, and was pretty much ambivalent with the OTPs, except maybe the non-OTP OTP of Law School. #SolHwi

As to Dramas Beanies convinced me to watch – have you seen my 2021 roundup? That is proof I don’t need convincing much. LOL.

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Speaking of OST, this \”if I, If I\” of TKA is starting to get into my nerves. This is DOTS level stress-inducing song!!!

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Day 6 – the OST you are obsessed with.

Did not pay much attention to OST this year, though I remember enjoying the classical music background of Vincenzo, especially that iconic scene as they are riding away after burning the research lab amidst the Nessun Dorma’s spine-tingling climactic ending – “ vincerò, vincerò “….

However, for this category, I choose Hometown ChaChaCha’s Romantic Sunday. Aside from the LSS that it brings ,this song reminds me of the sea and the town of Gongjin. Which in turn, reminds me of my hometown by the sea, so it is personal.

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    Hahaha I was thinking along the same lines. Lalalalala will live forever in my head…

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Day 5 – the drama that will always live in your memory

The best gauge for this is if I still remember almost every detail after a few months. The top 3 for me then are Mr. Queen, Vincenzo and Move To Heaven. Bonus is I watched and enjoyed them together with hubby. For the others I try to get him to watch with me, he wouldn’t sit through the end of one episode.

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Day 3 – Best Costume/Wardrobe

Although there are certainly a lot of sageuks and kick-ass suits and dresses to choose from, my vote goes to Squid Game. Yes, a lot had been said about whether it is overrated or not, but I won’t dwell on that. Instead, I’d like to congratulate the genius who thought of the tracksuits (and the Vans) and the jumpsuits, the playstation masks, the coffin boxes and even the doll. He/She is a marketing genius. Big money-making idea… imagine the millions of dollars worth of merchandise after.

Oh, and special thanks also from Moms who did not have to sew , glue, nor put together some complicated halloween costumes and make-up for the kids this year.

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Day 2 – ML can’t forget

I did narrow this down to 3, but my top 1 is

Han Geu-Ru (Tang Joon-Sang) from Move to Heaven, because he is the one who made me cry the most this year. TJS portrayal of a person on the spectrum was excellently and sensitively done – without the OTT stereotypical acting that some actors do to portray being different. The (no) eye-contact was on-point, the panic when faced with a different situation, the mismatched facial vs verbal expressions, and the inability to define the loss that he felt. I even got teary-eyed while typing this.

Runner-Ups :
The one who made me laugh – Vincenzo (Song Jong-Ki), a lot had been said about Vincenzo on the fan wall, and I agree to all of them, but aside from Mr. Queen – this show made me laugh the most this year.

The one who made we think – Yang Jong-Hoon (Kim Myung-Min) of Law School. Yangcrates, may have been known to resort to dramatics to get his lessons across, I think that he is the symbol of what law and justice should still be. Law School is the anti-thesis to the slew of vigilante justice shows that came out this year (including Vincenzo, Taxi Driver, Devil Judge, etc) all blatantly giving up on the justice system, and disregarding the law. Yangcrates , on the other hand asserted that while the law is indeed imperfect , justice without law is still not the better option. Its up to the humans who uphold the law to make it synonymous with justice..

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My second time to participate in this round-up, and again – had mixed feeling when I think about the number of hours I spent watching. On one hand, conscience telling me that if I spent these hours exercising , I should have been drop-dead sexy now =) but, on the other hand, exercising will not give me these happy distraction that I badly need at these times.

Mr. Queen *****
The Uncanny Counter ***
Run On **
Hello Me!***
Vincenzo*****
Beyond Evil*****
Sell Your Haunted House**
Mouse***
Taxi Driver**
Move to Heaven*****
Law School****
My Roommate is a Gumiho**
The Devil Judge*
Kingdom : Ashin of the North**
Monthly Magazine Home*
Racket Boys*****
You are My Spring****
Mad for Each Other***
Police University **
The Great Shaman Ga Doo Shim**
D.P.***
The Witch’s Diner*
Hospital Playlist 2***
Squid Game****
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha****
One The Woman***
Yumi’s Cells***
High Class*
My Name*
Darli and Gamjatang****
Hellbound***

Ongoing
The King’s Affection **
Secret Royal Inspector Joy**
Happiness***
Jirisan**
Chimera**
Inspector Koo***
Red Sleeve Cuff **

Non-2021 Kdramas
The Producers*
The Good Detective****
The Last Empress*

Dropped
Awaken
Sisyphus : The Myth
Doom At Your Service
At a Distance, Spring is Green
Lovers of the Red Sky
Hometown
Lost

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#2021roundup Challenge
Female lead you will never forget : Kim So-Young / Jang Bo-hwan (Actress Shin Hye-Sun) Mr. Queen.

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Am watching Chimera, as hubby likes it. It is refreshing that the FL who is supposed to have grown up in America, an FBI agent, really speaks fluently with an American accent. (side-eyeing Awaken)

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    So glad I saw this comment. I’ve been thinking of starting this, but the ratings have been so poor and almost no one is talking about it. But I am curious, and this gives me the push to at least try it. Thanks!

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      If you like crime mystery genre..then go for it. One thing to note, the acting cast is a powerhouse. Veteran actors all around so I am surprised it is under rated. Maybe because it does not have the “pretty”.

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Oh.. so finally, i am also a Chaebol\’s poor doppelganger…sign me up for revenge then!.

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Episode 12 is painful to watch. #DAGP

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    Both episodes11 AND 12 were very painful to watch. I’m going to trust in the kdrama tropes and rules that the bad guys will get their just desserts and our couple will get their happy ever after.
    But dayaam it was painful and sad what they are doing to her.

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    I don’t know why they have to throw in such a big, messy noble idiocy trope right at the end of ep12. *kimchislaps Tae-jin*

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Finally watched latest 2D1N ep. It was a bittersweet feeling watching how they had ruthlessly edited it. I guess its coz when they shot this, they had no idea. Hope next eps will be better.

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    their first shooting as a 5 is on 29th

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    Heard that they had previously shot for the next two eps/weeks when the news broke out.

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    honestly, it isnt as bad as previous season tho. they didnt blurred him in group shot. that happened before.

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      Oh, I did not watch prev seasons. The preview of next week is the same, so at least i now know what to expect.

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If it was me, I’d get revenge by getting richer too. So i would ask KSH to pay me in billions, buy me a building even, for my silence. Now that is all out and he admitted, then she has no leverage.

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    In a new twist of events, I read she backtracked saying “It’s a misunderstanding” and has got a lawyer to sue Knetz who critisize her. This is even interesting than actual Kdramas😂😂

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      lol… i agree.. just read that she has accepted the apology and it was misunderstanding then.

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        Just show she still loves the guy – a mess indeed.

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      Oh really, then what was the point? What was she aiming for? LOL, nothing beats real life drama!.

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        given agency knew about it, reporters did.. etc..

        there must be some backdoor discussion for her to accept apology and backtrack.. she can see she ruined him successfully 😀

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        His image still tanked so I’d say she still came out the winner. And probably some extra cash. 🙃

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        But then again can anything repair what’s already done? Hope she’s doing okay.

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      Really? Honestly, I expected that to happen Monday or Tuesday with how KSH and his agency were stalling. Usually these kinds of things are resolved with a denial from the accused followed by an “It’s a misunderstanding”, and you know the accusers were paid off. I guess it wasn’t money she was after.

      I’m with Jingbee, he was getting rich with all those CF’s, I’d get rich too.

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    i think it is more a case for.. you ruined me, i will ruin you

    ultimately each has to be responsible for consequences of one’s actions and choices

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      Yes, but I am evil so I will not just get even, I will get richer. LOL!

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Is it the deep voice? Or is it his delivery? How come whenever Kim Min Jae delivers a confession or a semi-confession, it is always squee-worthy?

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