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I have trouble believing this is the same Jeon Yeo Bin, in both Vincenzo and Night in Paradise. She really is a good actor.

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    How is Night in Paradise? I might watch just because of my newfound love for her.

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      It’s pretty violent and tragic, very much in line with Park Hoon-jung’s New World in creating a terrifying gangsterdom, but I always enjoy Cha Seung-won, and Jeju is the most beautiful backdrop. It really makes me want to go there. I found Jeon Yeo-been unrecognisably different. It wasn’t until I read and interview with Uhm Tae-goo that I woke up to it.

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    Yes, she’s really good.

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    She was great in Be Melo too! So different from her Vincenzo role.

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      Her character was brilliant in that! I’m going to rewatch Be Melo. I loved it and found it very moving. It made me laugh and cry inside. It was so quirky and warm, but I’ll see it with new eyes now. She’s quite the chameleon.

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      I love her the best in Be Melo, not to mention her friendship with SSK towards the end of the drama. Magnetic!

      Still not sure if I should watch Vincenzo.

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        Be Melo is one of those dramas that I will always remember. Vincenzo is so much fun. You can’t take anything seriously, even the dark-ish bits. It would be a pity to miss its moment. At first I thought she was just another Honey Lee, as in the Fiery Priest, but she is an accomplished actor who creates memorable characters.

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    She’s wonderful in Be Melodramatic too.

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I\’m going to surf on the wave of Beyond Evil for a long time.

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    I’ve read so many great reviews on this drama. Not surprised they got 7 nominations including best writer, best director and cinematography.

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      I didn’t know! What a competition. I’d hate to have to choose best drama, especially between My Unfamiliar Family and Beyond Evil. And I loved It’s OK and all the others. Good grief!! “Then she had 2nd thoughts…” I’m so in love with BE and Shin Ha-kyun’s performance (and Yeo Jin-goo).

      JTBC “Beyond Evil”
      tvN “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay”
      tvN “Flower of Evil”
      tvN “My Unfamiliar Family”
      Netflix “Extracurricular”

      and then you’ve got to choose between these guys for best actor:

      Kim Soo Hyun – tvN “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay”
      Song Joong Ki – tvN “Vincenzo”
      Shin Ha Kyun – JTBC “Beyond Evil”
      Uhm Ki Joon – SBS “The Penthouse”
      Lee Joon Gi – tvN “Flower of Evil”

      And all the other categories just get harder the more you look at them.

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        It’s a tight race for sure. I think everyone of them are great performers in their own right. I’m happy to see some of my favorites get nominated. Though I’m a little surprised that Yeo Jin Goo was left out. From the trailers that I saw, he was really good too. Now I feel bad for him.

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          I was just thinking the same thing. He put his heart into it and the tension between the two was off the charts. Choi Dae Hoon got the supporting nomination, and I thought he was brilliant too. But Oh Jung Se was outstanding in It’s OK. My money is on him. It just looks as if Yeo Jin Goo will have to wait his turn.

          The best supporting nominations
          Kim Seon Ho – tvN “Start-Up”
          Kim Ji Hoon – tvN “Flower of Evil”
          Oh Jung Se – tvN “Its’s Okay to Not Be Okay”
          Lee Hee Joon – tvN “Mouse”
          Choi Dae Hoon – JTBC “Beyond Evil”

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            Oh yes, I’m probably biased, but first thought I had for Best Supporting Actor was Oh Jung Se.

            Yeah, Yeo Jin Goo… Beyond Evil has two actor nominations already. I think maybe they wanted to spread out the nominations to as many dramas as possible.

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    I know the feeling. This was such a great show with an amazing cast.

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The Night – Choi Baek Ho. The noir vibes

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Beyond Evil OST

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    Wow, that’s a beautiful edit! I was on the fence because I can’t take too much dark, but this video made up my mind to check it out

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      I usually avoid horrible murders, especially of women, but the “OTP” of these guys is the best I’ve seen.

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        Same here! The synopsis put me off, but you and other Beanies are giving really good feedback, so I guess I should give it a try

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These two…

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The hands in the end of episode 16 of Beyond Evil broke me. Lee Dong-sik tells Han Ju-won to arrest him. HJW refuses, but LDS just looks at him and holds out his hand, grabbing HJW’s, until against everything in him, HJW takes out his handcuffs, and in tears, cuffs LDS, and as he holds the handcuffed hands, bends his head down to LDS’s hands and weeps.
Other moments in the last two episodes that led up to that extraordinary cameo:
• HJW’s face as he stands in the rain and listens to his father’s words.
• HJW, soaked and tearful, begging LDS to let him take his revenge and make it an apology too.
• The fish soup meal together.
• The conversation between Ji Hwa and LDS when he says that some things can’t be dealt with by the law and he can’t let that fool go alone.
It said it all. The love and regard they had for each other. They had no illusions about each other, but they were each other’s match. They kept on pushing each other and challenging each other. One would start a thought and the other would finish it.
One of the best pairings ever. Congratulations to Shin Ha-kyun as Lee Dong-sik and Yeo Jin-goo as Han Joo-won, the writer Kim Su-jin and the director Shim Na-yeon.

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Mouse, episode 11, is giving me more trauma. Lee Seung-gi is really messing with me.

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    I feel the same. I’m still trying to figure out where this show is headed.

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      The editing of the final scenes was designed to confuse. A real cliffhanger. And I have to wait for another week.

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    Oh man I was stressed watching the hide and seek – hanging out for the next episode.

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The Singer (2020), based on pansori and “The Story of Simcheong” as a story within a story.

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A Man and a Woman (2016), Jeon Do-yeon and Gong Yoo. Finally got around to seeing it.

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    it *sizzles*….

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      How apt. Real on-screen chemistry. I always thought she was rather plain, but she’s beautiful in this. It’s a heartbreaker.

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    I really disliked the ending.. but I guess it was realistic (that the woman in an affair always gets the short end)

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      There was never going to be a happy ending, and I felt very much for her too. She gets left out on a limb. As you said…

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The Divine Move (2014) and now I want to play Go/Baduk

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Gwang-jin 🐕🐕🐕 ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 🦷🦷🦷

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Beyond Evil, episode 12… So many twists.

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Is anyone re-traumatised by episode 9 of Mouse? 😱😱😱😱

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    Is it really bad? I am not watching it but I just saw a thread in a website in my country asking a similar question.. like who still watches mouse after ep9 just because of LSG? LoL

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      It’s not really bad in the sense that it’s not worth watching, but the twist in this episode is terribly – like really terribly – disturbing.

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      That would be me.. I am still watching it because of my love for LSG. lol!

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        From the replies in that thread you have many friends Jingbee. 😅

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    I think this is the first k-drama that has actually managed to surprise me with all of its plot twists, not always in a good way lol, but I’m at least curious to see what other disturbing twists the writer will come up with.

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      It is twisty and unpredictable in disturbing ways. I love LSG ever since his pairings with Cha Seung-won in Korean Odyssey and You’re all Surrounded. And then there is Gumiho and King2Hearts. He is so talented. This role surely takes him places he has never been before.

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    @dramalover4ever Yep, traumatized and confused.

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    Now you make me wanna watch Goong again 🙂

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    Goong is so pretty, even after all these years. I’m still swooning over the costumes and the palace decor <3

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      The clothes are so gorgeous. It was so unexpected. I keep wanting to say sumptuous, but it doesn’t really get it. And yes too to the décor. Eclectic, and the ducks and the bears. So much effort to make something that really does stand the test of time, visually, at least. I wonder if the remake can match it.

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        Agree. Goong doesn’t have that dated look like other K-dramas of the 2000s. Also, the soundtracks are amazing and unique. There’s definitely a lot of artistic effort put into the making. I still rewatch it every year, at least the episode when the couple have a lovely date at the beach.

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Thank you, Princess Hours/Goong. The ultimate slow-burn romance.

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I love the teddy bears in The Princess Hours

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My new walk from one of Seoul’s oldest villages to the underground Yujin Centre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XarlJTKVa6A
Yujin Sangga, which was built to prepare for an invasion from North Korea in case of North and South confrontation, was the only construction that blocked the 11km-long walkway along Hongjecheon Stream. Although the underground of Yujin Sangga was dark and disconnected for the past 50 years of being buried in the piles of stones, but today, it is filled with public artworks.

Hongjecheon Stream is the first tributary of the Hangang River. The stream runs 13.92km-long and flows through Jongno-gu, Seodaemun-gu and Mapo-gu. The stream was historically also referred to as Hongjewoncheon Stream due to its proximity to the Joseon-era Hongjewon rest area. Visiting Chinese envoys and officials would often stop by here to refresh. Today, Hongjecheon is famous for its waterfall and bicycle path.
https://english.visitseoul.net/nature/Hongjecheon-Stream_/24003

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My early morning virtual walk. Descent from the top of Mt Namsan by the fortress walls in the falling snow.

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    I was able to watch 20 minutes, it really makes me feel like I went on a trip 😁
    I can’t even believe how many locks there are, though!

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      Me too. The locks!! We’ve seen them in so many dramas. I remember in Korean Odyssey especially. These walks stay with me the whole day. You can feel the cold. It takes my breath away. Seoul Walker does similar walks too. They did one with the first snow in Seoul. It was so cold. There is another fabulous one around the Cheonggyecheon which fits with Lovestruck in the City. You can almost pick exactly where it was shot, or in Flower of Evil where he phones from the overpass and sees the killer sitting by the stream answer his phone. I can’t go to SK yet but when I do, I’ll know what to look out for.

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        Oh, that’s so neat! It was snowing here yesterday and I almost felt like I was in Seoul riding up and then walking down the mountain.
        I thought many years ago they started periodically taking the locks down and starting over but I may be confusing it with a bridge in Paris where people put locks. They got so heavy they had to be taken down for structural safety. It really makes me think about how many people go to Nam San 😮 impressive! And I wonder how many people have recorded multiple loves with their locks 🤣

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          It’s 24 degrees here and will get to a max of 29 today. It’s humid and a bit overcast because the monsoon season has burst in the north and there’s lots of rain. Rain and heat. I’m appreciating the virtual cold and the flurries of snow on the walk down the mountain.

          I remember that with the locks. I’m pretty sure you’re right, it was Paris. How funny, to leave your many loves locked up on a frosty mountain.

          I’m going to check this one out now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XarlJTKVa6A&t=53s
          “One of the oldest villages in Seoul.”

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            Gosh, all those steep staircases and tiny narrow paths almost give me vertigo! I was surprised to see that they have stair rails, those are probably pretty recent additions. You really must have strong legs to get around Korea.

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          Apparently there are so many fit old women constantly haring up and down the staircases.

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