Beanie level: Entertainer-in-training

Bestselling historical epic ‘GOGURYEO”‘ to be remade into TV series.
@WishfulToki , a long series like this will be fun to discuss at your blog.

Author Kim Jin-myung’s best-selling historical epic series, “Goguryeo,” will be remade into a blockbuster television series.

The dramatic royal narratives set in Goguryeo (37 B.C.-668 A.D.), one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea in the northernmost part of the peninsula, will revolve around five kings ― Micheon, Gogugwon, Sosurim, Gogugyang and Gwanggaeto the Great.

Currently at the screenwriting stage, the show is slated for production with a budget of some 100 billion won ($89.7 million) by the entertainment agency IOK Company, which recently signed a license agreement with the author.

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2021/06/688_309970.html

The book : https://www.bookdepository.com/Goguryeo-1-Jinmyeong-Kim/9788993964264

Me : 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼…….

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CONGRATS to MBN’s BOSSAM (cast and crew)!
Episode 13 broke records as the highest rated drama for the little guys.

Ratings 8.658 %.

https://www.soompi.com/article/1474396wpp/bossam-steal-the-fate-sets-new-record-for-highest-drama-ratings-in-mbn-history

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BOSSAM OST Part 9: “Beautiful Enough.”
By Gonia and Yu Taepyungyang.

I love the OST and the whole dang drama.
I can’t wait for the lyrics to be translated.

@wishfultoki, does it sound and feel a bit like Lee Sun-hee’s “FATE” from “KING and the CLOWN to you?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPpgc9wrat0

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    Beautiful! It does remind me of Fate. I wonder if that was done on purpose, as a tribute to THE KING AND THE CLOWN? The whole OST reminds me of old school sageuks. ❤

    Translation according to https://popgasa.com/category/bossam-steal-the-fate-ost/

    The faded silver grass
    Is filled with my heart
    So I can’t just look at it
    Only longing and sighs come out

    Out of all the lonely days of my life
    I want to cut out just one day
    And fill it with your fair breath
    To let you come back to life

    This life is beautiful
    It’s fully like so
    Because I’ve heard
    The voice that calls me

    Connected with the moonlight
    Is my longing
    Endless like the river
    The hems of my sleeves are crying

    Out of all the lonely days of my life
    I want to cut out just one day
    And fill it with your fair breath
    To let you come back to life

    This life is beautiful
    It’s fully like so
    Because I’ve heard
    The voice that calls me

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    The ost is exceptional.

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BOSSAM: Steal the Fate.
Kwon Yuri as Princess Ha In aka Soo-kyeong.

Yuri-ah has become my favorite idol sageuk girl! I absolutely love her in this drama!

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    Slowly getting to this weeks episodes. Finally finished episode 5 tonight. I enjoyed watching Ba-woo and the Princess join forces in pulling off the big con.

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      Can’t wait to read your thoughts on those two episodes.

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        @kiara,
        In addition to the slow subbing this week I have been watching an episode a night of MOVE TO HEAVEN and then moving on to BOSSAM so I have been slow being current.
        I did find myself a couple times pausing episode 5 to Google something.
        I haven’t read @wishfultoki’s squeecap or the comments in the Hangout yet so maybe you have commented on 2 of these things.
        The first was the Dongui Bogam and Heo Jun.
        The second was the use of the ‘mapae’ medallion. Frankly I was surprised there was not a translator’ s note for that on Viki. It was very important for the story (and the con). I did not know anything about the mapae and it is quite interesting. A horse pass. Just a couple thoughts in passing.

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          @marcusnyc20,

          Please add your notes also to our thread if you can. I did put together a historical reference to Doctor Heo and his medical book but it got eaten by the lag and error so I lost it.
          Now I’m too lazy to do it again.

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          @marcusnyc20 I learned about the mapae in SECRET ROYAL INSPECTOR hehe. I’d like to know more about the meaning of the number of horses. Please share your findings on the fanwall! (The Hangout thread is crashing constantly – it can’t handle our long posts).

          What was not clear to me in the end is if the other “eunuch investigators” were also frauds. 😂They had no medallion but he looked more like a eunuch than Soo-kyung. And they had real swords, which all leads me to think they were authentic. But why were they there?

          Re. Heo Jun, I mentioned him briefly in the squeecap. I remembered Kim Nam-gil’s portrayal from LIVE UP TO YOUR NAME but that drama doesn’t exactly focus on his Joseon medical career.

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BOSSAM: Steal the Fate. Episode 5 Squee-cap is up.
Thank you @wishfultoki ❤️.

https://www.dramabeans.com/2021/05/drama-hangout-bossam-steal-the-fate/#comments

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BOSSAM: Steal The Fate.
Last day of filming.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bossam_StealTheFate?src=hashtag_click

Little Pebble probably got his wish in the end.

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    Fingers crossed all three of them survive.

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      I don’t see them killing off Cha Dol. this drama is not that tragic or dark.

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    Strong episodes the first week. I’m hoping they are happy at the end too!

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      Based on what they are wearing the possibility is very high.

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    I mean.. they are both alive obviously and he would not be wearing those clothes unless he got the family name back. And they match.. yeah. It’s almost certainly a happy ending:)

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VINCENZO: Bye Bye Balloon and Corn Salad I’ll miss you Wrap Up Party.

It’s good to see PD Kim and writer Park ❤️.

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WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD?
Something to think about if you live in the US.

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VINCENZO eps 18. Genesis 11:1.

I’m reading the Book of Genesis thanks to all the Tower of Babel references. Such a good read for a Sunday morning.
Next week this show might make me attend church 😊.

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    I’m always impressed by how dramas can make Beans read so much!

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      True for me. I do a lot of reading and research when it comes to historical dramas (Korean and Chinese). I really enjoy it.

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VINCENZO: ASK AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN!
Song Joong-ki (Poong-ho)on the ice rink ❤️. Kwak Dong Yeon also ❤️.
I’ve been hoping/asking for a “TRIPLE” reference and it looks like we are going to get one.

https://www.soompi.com/article/1465751wpp/song-joong-ki-comes-back-stronger-than-ever-with-jeon-yeo-bin-kwak-dong-yeon-and-more-in-vincenzo

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OSCAR 2021 (Variety Predictions): Sunday April 25th 8 pm on ABC.

I’m rooting for MINARI of course and Chloe Zhao’s NOMADLAND.
I couldn’t agree more with Variety on the best lead actress nomination.
Han Yeri should have been there.

Will win: Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”
Could win: Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Should win: Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”
Should have been here: Yeri Han, “Minari”

Pic: The whole swing scene was Yeri’s idea.

https://variety.com/2021/awards/awards/academy-awards-2021-final-predictions-nomadland-chadwick-boseman-minari-promising-young-woman-netflix-1234956987/

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    @kiara I’m also rooted for Nomadland and Frances McDormand (with Chloe Zhao and cinematographer Joshua James Richards) too. Another fellow Korean Youn Yuh-jung still rooted for me as supporting actress.

    As for best actor and supporting actor, I knew that African-American actors (posthumous Chadwick Boseman and Daniel Kaluuya) will likely to win. So I rooted both.

    I also rooted the categories for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom aside from best actor: best costume designer and best makeup and hairstyling.

    As for best orginal song, I bet for rooting Italian famous female singer Laura Pusini for the win.

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Join @mmmmm and @wishfultoki‘s drama ost bandwagon 😊.

SECRET LOVE AFFAIR’s ost is my all time favorite.
I loved every classical piano pieces even though I don’t play the piano.

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    Kiara can you pls invent the lyrics for me to sing along? I NEED that! lol

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      Lol I wish.

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      How good is your German @mmmmm? Schubert was a master of composing “Lieder”, songs with lyrics taken from poetry. There are dozens. For example:
      – For soprano: https://youtu.be/JygxOQK0rYg
      – For baritone: https://youtu.be/frHP6BM4Idg

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        Ohhhh thank you dear @wishfultoki 🥰. I used to be able to use German quite effectively, but that was years ago. I’ll come back to these pieces once I finish presenting this presentation! (Yes, I’m in the middle of a class 😳 oof)

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      “Du bist die Ruhe” (“You are repose”): https://youtu.be/mkvDiSnBxtg
      This one is so beautiful, but I will stop because there are too many in each song cycle.

      Translation of lyrics:

      You are repose
      and gentle peace.
      You are longing
      and what stills it.

      Full of joy and grief
      I consecrate to you
      my eyes and my heart
      as a dwelling place.

      Come in to me
      and softly close
      the gate
      behind you.

      Drive all other grief
      from my breast.
      Let my heart
      be full of your joy.

      The temple of my eyes
      is lit
      by your radiance alone:
      O, fill it wholly!

      English Translation © Richard Wigmore
      https://www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/song/694

      Schubert is one of my favorite composers. So delicate and poignant. I think it was Schumann who said Schubert’s music was like sunlight shining through the clouds.

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        Drive all other grief
        from my breast.
        Let my heart
        be full of your joy.

        The lyrics is so beautiful.

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    Ooooh I loved this! I don’t like adultery stories so I have been hesitant to watch SLA… but the music angle is tempting.

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      I felt the same way and that’s why it took me a long time to watch it even though I love PD Ahn and writer Jung. They are my all time favorite writer PD combo. I trust them the most with controversial topics because they handled them in genuine and sensitive manner. I always feel like I’m watching an authentic modern sageuk.
      Having said that I was still hesitant but the raving reviews from Thundie’s blog which I frequently visited more than DB finally made me watch it and I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this masterpiece. I’d even say that it was the closest to perfection, from the writing, directing, storytelling, acting, music etc. I wasn’t even into classical music prior but this drama was my conversion.
      I’d say try it even for the music alone.

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COURT LADY : Apr 15, 2021 – May 23, 2021 (55 eps). Eng subs @viki.

I’m not sure if it’s going to be as good as “Yanxi Palace” but if you are a Xu Kai fangirl then check it out.
Anything Tang Dynasty deserves at least 10 eps from me.

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@wishfultoki
Your favorite song was just perfect for the fight scenes between Han Yeri and Byun Yo-han ❤️❤️.
Six Flying Dragon: Bang Ji vs Sa Gwang.

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    This scene makes me cry every time. It’s so beautiful and painful, and the music adds to the intensity. Han Ye Ri’s dancing talent made her fighting style so graceful and powerful. Byun Yo-han poured his heart and soul into this drama. ❤

    But OMG Moo-hyul with chipmunk voice made me burst out laughing 😂😂

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      I love this but there is one small part that is missing. I think it’s around 1.50 when she got the cut above her knee. He laughed at her (not shown) because she was not only undefeated but had a flawless track record. She had never been injured during a fight before.

      I love every fight scene in this show because there is a story to every legendary fighter and warrior had their unique style and skills.

      LOL Moo-hyul. Hilarious but he saved Bang Ji since he had seen her going for the kill before.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppRUWY1WZPw&t=9s&ab_channel=SBSDrama

      I hope you’ll watch TREE WITH DEEP ROOT. You’ll love the original Moo-hyul too. Yoon Kyun-sang did a good job channeling him in SFD.

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THE LONG BALLAD: The cuju game episode 1. English subs @viki.
Tang Dynasty – Emperor Tai Zong.
The 3 kingdom era is much more interesting from Chinese historical drama’s perspective. The  extensive and meticulous research that went into recreating Chang An (Tang’s capital city) in “Longest Day in Chang ‘an” was mind blowing. It’s something to be proud of and it deserves all the love from the local viewers. 
I’m officially a Chang’an fangirl thanks to the “Longest Day in Chang’an.”  It’s nice to be familiar with the city layout before this new drama, “THE LONG BALLAD” came out.
Learning new things:
Cuju or Ts’u-chü is an ancient Chinese game which is “thought to have been the earliest form of football”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuju

The Hwarang version (2016).
Silla Dynasty – young Kim Sammaekjong aka King Jinheung.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDWx3xONImc&ab_channel=XiaxiaQuiambao

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“LONGEST DAY in CHANG’AN” (2019)

Since I don’t have any sageuks to watch I’ll go back to the Tang Dynasty and maybe finish watching this amazing show.
The truth is, I don’t want to finish it because historical shows like this only come around every 10 years or so if we are lucky.
If you are a history nerd, sageuk geek, fan of the 3 kingdom era etc. This is your show.

“744 A.D., Chang’an, the cosmopolitan heart of the Tang Empire. The remnants of a vanquished Central Asian kingdom have infiltrated the world’s largest city for a planned attack during the Lantern Festival. Meanwhile, the court is fraught with infighting. The aging Emperor is expected to announce the regency of the Right Chancellor during the festival and retreat to the mountains with his young lover. If the Right Chancellor becomes the regent, the reformist Crown Prince risks being deposed—or worse. Intelligence chief Li Bi, a young Taoist priest, and ally of the Crown Prince has only 24 hours to prevent both the attack and the regency. After a botched attempt to capture the infiltrators, Li Bi and his team call in the services of death row prisoner Zhang Xiao Jing — a war veteran, beloved police chief, and murderer of his last direct superior.
(Source: RSMasterfade at MyDramaList) Edit Translation.

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    @kiara,
    Wow! I have had LONGEST DAY IN CHANG’AN for the longest time on Viki (US) where all 48 episodes are available. I watched Avenue X on YouTube discuss this drama so I know that the drama takes place over the course of the one night of the year that the regular curfew is not in place. How far along are you?

    Maybe this is the push I need to take the plunge and get going.
    Jung Il-woo’s BOSSAM—STEALING FATE won’t premiere until May 1st and as of now I have no idea if that will be available on a legal streaming site in the US. I am currently live watching only two dramas and both are excellent: BEYOND EVIL and NAVILLERA. After the events around RIVER and JOSEON EXORCIST maybe this is the time to do it.

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      Halfway because I keep pausing to read up on some historical stuff :). This is a feast for the eyes and brain. It reminds me of “Conspiracy in the Court.”
      I think you’ll catch up in no time because I’m in no hurry to get to the end.

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        I loved CONSPIRACY. The great Mr. X’s subtitles in archaic English were a challenge however.
        One of my favorite examples and I paraphrase.
        (The set up is a meeting of government officials/ministers. Head guy chairing the meeting shuts the meeting off and tells the others: “Return to your devoirs.”)
        My response was, “say what?” Lol. Devoirs is from the French and means something a person is responsible for; duty. He told the others to go back to work!
        I know my memory is shoddy but I have an idea all 8 episodes were subtitled like that.
        I think it was @pakalanapikake that recommended CONSPIRACY to me maybe it was you @kiara.
        I will let you know if I finally start LONGEST DAY.

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    remembered I saw some ost of it shared on the fanwall , the visuals were SO good, been on my to-watch list since then , too little time too many shows T_T
    thanks for sharing 🙂

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    FACTS vs FICTION : the real stories behind the characters in “The Longest Day in Chang’an.”

    https://www.flyingsesame.com/real-stories-behind-the-longest-day-in-changan/

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I can’t get enough of MINARI.
Love this walk through/review by @Spikima Movies I had to keep it on my wall.

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JOSEON EXORCIST: GYEONGBOKGUNG PALACE (main poster).
Location: Seoul.
(330 buildings with with 5,792 rooms covering 4,414,000 ft²).

History/Timeline:
Oct 7 1395

Gyeongbokgung Palace was completed three years after the foundation
of Joseon, the last Korean kingdom founded in 1392. It was a
monumental feat of architecture announcing the birth of a new
dynasty. Most of all, this palace reflects the founding philosophy of
Joseon, which is Confucianism. The person who designed and
supervised the construction of the capital was a leading Confucian
scholar named Jeong Do-jeon.

The name of the palace ‘gyeongbok’ is a word borrowed from one of
the Confucian scriptures that means to ‘enjoy good fortune and
prosper’.
The name also shows good wishes for the new dynasty. It’s the same
with the names of other buildings in the palace grounds, as they’re all
named based on the philosophy of Confucianism.

https://2minds1sky.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/gyeongbokgung_eng2012031.pdf

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YAY for MINARI – 6 Oscar nominations April 25 2021
Best Picture
Best Director – Lee Isaac Chung
Best Actor – Steven Yeun
Best Supporting Actress – Yuh Jung Youn
Best Original Screenplay – Lee Isaac Chung
Best Original Score – by Emile Mosseri

The original score : “Rain” is sung by Han Yeri ❤️❤️❤️
https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20210316007900315

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    I’m so happy for Yeo Jung Yoon that I could just cry. Should she win, I will absolutely jump out of my own skin 😢

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      I’m going to cry tears of happiness if/when she wins.

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    This song actually evokes a physical reaction in me. I have had the soundtrack on non-stop repeat since I saw the film. The score is infused with such a quiet hope, with sunlight, and a sense of fragility – like a butterfly just out of a cocoon when its wings aren’t quite dry, but it’s ready to fly. Wind Song is also lovely, a bit more playful and wistful. I do hope they win!

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      I have been listening to it on repeat too :).
      It’s a shame that neither song got nominated but I’m grateful they got the original score nod.

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        Same. I’m also sorry that Han Ye-ri isn’t getting more recognition, not just for the awards but in general.

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          Yes, I certainly think she deserved an Oscar nomination. For me, the film was mostly about the two women.

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          Absolutely. She has always been under-rated when it comes to award shows but directors and actors that she works with always acknowledge her talents.

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RIVER WHERE THE MOON RISES. (meet the replacement Na In-woo).
I’m loving this new look (L). Very 3 kingdom era-ish.
Please be good.

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    I wish him all the luck in this world ngl. Orabeoni probably only have 2/3 days to read the script, familiarize himself with the tone/setting/chemistry with his co-actors before start filming.

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    I think he was an excellent choice considering. I hope he’s getting paid well! And he looks amazing!

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    Oh wow!! These pictures have me pretty excited! I wasn’t expecting much and was pretty sad about it

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    even though i loathed his character in Mr Queen im so excited to see his take on this character and commend him for taking on this role despite the unfortunate situation of the drama. I’m anticipating his appearance this week!

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