Beanie level: Wrongly accused fugitive

Youn Yuh-jung being patient and gracious at the Oscars, while the guy wandering around behind her flexes his dimples madly.

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Sad that Drive My Car didn’t get Best Picture (just the usual Best International Film), but at least this lot can say “We were there!” when people talk about the 2022 “slapping” Oscars years from now.

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    I’m yet to see Drive My Car but it’s now available in cinemas here.

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Dang Ja-young and Choi Ban-seok are so done, but each in their own special way.

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    On the verge of Insanity is so great! Dang Jayoung is so flawed but I love her 💚 Such a great character!

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    Moon So-ri is seriously the eye-rolling Queen. She can certainly conduct a masterclass on this.

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    Sorry for the late entry here but just discovered your fan wall loving the on the verge of insanity picture for you page. Great hidden gem shame more people have not heard of or watched this slice of life drama.

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The Best Dramas of 2021, according to the Korean movie magazine Cine 21:
1. Going to the Blue House Like This
2. Inspector Koo
3. D.P.
4. On the Verge of Insanity
5. Hellbound
6. Beyond Evil
7. Human Disqualification
8. Youth of May
9. Mine
10. Squid Game

The most interesting thing about this list is that the drama at number 1 (and apparently it’s by far the most critically acclaimed drama of 2021) is a show that most of us haven’t watched. Obviously because there are no subtitles at the moment, but probably also because, being in the same category as shows like BBC’s The Thick of It, it is neither easy to sub nor easy to watch.

The other interesting thing about this list is that a lot of the PDs and writers involved are far from established figures in the industry. Inspector Koo and Blue House appear to have been written by teams of relative newbies. And Verge of Insanity’s PD was a last-minute replacement for a far more experienced PD accused of sexual harassment.

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    “Going to the blue house like this”
    Not only many haven’t watched it, personally I haven’t even heard of it?! Or maybe I did but then forgot 😅

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      https://mydramalist.com/693457-going-to-the-blue-house

      It’s a Wavve production, doesn’t have any big stars and wasn’t on any global streaming platform. I wouldn’t have known it existed if I hadn’t stumbled on it on Korean Twitter, where there was some excitement over it. I guess our experience of K-drama is pretty different from that of Koreans themselves!

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        Actually after I replied I went to look up the drama and realized that technically I’ve heard of it because I follow actress Kim Sung-ryoung on Ig and she posted about it a bunch of times, I just never knew what it was! XD

        She even posted a pic of that same list only a few hours ago ahah (I had not seen it yet when commenting here, though)!
        https://www.instagram.com/p/CX3K_H6B3iT/?utm_medium=copy_link

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          I haven’t seen her in a lot of stuff, but damn she was unforgettable in The Chaser (the drama with Son Hyun-joo and Kim Sang-joong).

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    So happy to see Human Disqualification here!

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    So happy to see human disqualification and Youth of may on the list.

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    Wow, what a collection of happy viewing 😟

    I also have never heard of the No 1 show, very interesting!

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    I saw promotional material for Going to the Blue House Like This and thought it looked like my kind of humor. Too bad it was not picked up by any of the streamers. I wonder how it is doing in Korea? I haven’t seen buzz for it like there was for Work Later, Drink Now.

    I’m happy to see Inspector Koo and On the Verge of Insanity on the list, two wonderful but underrated dramas.

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    Going to the Blue House Like This has been on my radar since the trailers were releases because it seemed totally up my alley. I knew there wouldn’t be any subs because of the subject and the lack of young hot stars in the cast, but I’m still disappointed. Glad my spidey sense was right and that it ended up being great!!

    Inspector Koo’s writing was shaky but the directing and overall production was just *chef’s kiss*

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    Wow. I’ve never even heard of the #1 drama and now I’m so curious. Any idea where to watch it? I’ve done a quick search but nothing came up. 🙁

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      It’s on the Korean streamer Wavve but not on any legit global streaming platform (and hence it isn’t subtitled). As far as I can see, it isn’t even on the illegal streaming sites!

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        Aw thanks for checking! I was hoping to at least find it raw. I might have to try the wavve website but it might require korean phone number or an iPin. Hopefully not!

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#2021 Roundup
Day 23: Best Bromance

Choi Ban-seok and Shin Han-soo in On the Verge of Insanity, aka the Terrorist and the Pork Belly Strangler.

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#2021 Drama Round-up. Day 12: Best quote/one-liner

Am I the only one around here who thinks LUCA is stuffed to the gills with great lines? This is just a tiny selection, but it includes the pithy, the cynical and the downright surreal.

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A poster for Lee Seo-jin’s new drama Internist Park Won-jang (내과 박원장) on TVING. Took me quite a while to recognise him…

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I guess the actors are tired of reacting realistically to the Hellbound monsters, cos the only one here who has put in a bit of effort is director Yeon Sang-ho (extreme right).

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Some genius has made Park Hee-soon the star of a Coca-Cola ad. (Actually that’s a clip of him dancing in the film Sun-kissed Family.)

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Be still my heart.

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To commemorate Park Hee-soon and Jung Jae-young’s recent K-drama appearances, I present: Some Celebs Who Look A Bit Like Jung Jae-young:

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    Wow the uncanny similarity between Chun Woo-Hee and Jung Jae-young! They can be dubbed as male/female version of each other.

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      The funny thing is that the resemblance between them is so strong yet not obvious at all. I didn’t notice it myself till I came across a tweet about it. I guess it’s because he’s a man and much older than her. Someone should cast them as father and daughter haha.

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    Pikachu though 😂

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    What a chameleon.

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@epyc2010 After scouring their respective filmographies on Asianwiki, I’ve discovered that Park Hee-soon and Jung Jae-young have appeared in only one film together, the decidedly peculiar So Cute from 2004 (which also stars Ye Ji-won and the legendary film director Jang Sun-woo). I think the tweet below states that they played half-brothers (!!).

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Park Hee-soon (My Name) is often mistaken for Jung Jae-young (On the Verge of Insanity) and vice versa. I haven’t started on the Netflix show yet, but I’m already coming across cheeky descriptions of Choi Moo-jin as Choi Ban-seok’s less law-abiding brother.

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    I had this confusion too when starting watching their movies years ago. Can’t remember if they have appeared in the same movie.

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    Park Hee-soon is so riveting as Choi Moo-jin. He is truly fantastic in My Name.

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    I don’t get this confusion.

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      I can kinda see some resemblance, but I like them both very much so I have no trouble telling them apart 🙂

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I\’ve finally had a look at the Italicapalooza that is the comments section of the Song Hye-gyo drama. The amazing thing is that even the NUMBERS OF LIKES are italicised.

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@citrusorangeee I miss On the Verge of Insanity too! Sob…

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    Ahhh I needed this–thank you!! Sobbing right w/ you :’))

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    Thanks for sharing – it’s a drama void yet to be filled.

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    I’m up to episode 10 and I want to say thank you for insisting that this is a good watch. I’m also tracking the minuscule caps in dbs. Love his character, love his acting, love the situations and the politics. So shifty, these people.

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    I miss themmmmm 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

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More from On the Verge of Insanity…

@pickleddragon: “His plaid shirts. I want them all for myself….”
People in the pic: “Get in line, pal!”

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    🤣 😂 😂

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    I’ll be in joining you all in line 🙋‍♀️!

    How funny would it be if Banstone had something like “Plaid Fridays”? 🤣

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    Ahahaha – I’m patient. Good things come to those who wait 😁

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On the Verge of Insanity ep16: Ban-seok convinces no one.

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Banstone: 50% cool + 50% geeky

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Someone’s tribute to Choi Ban-seok’s checked shirts, with Dang Ja-young standing in for pink and purple. Ends with that tragically misguided addition of a bright blue tie.

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No subtitles yet for the finale of On the Verge of Insanity, but I\’m already marvelling at the twisted mind that came up with the pork belly garrote.

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    A couple months ago, my husband and 16-year-old son saw The Godfather (1972) together for the first time. My son praised it saying, “It’s thrilling” before mimicking the scene where Luca Brasi gets whacked. “Great,” I thought. “My son just saw his first garroting scene.”

    But today, the flashback throttling made me jump up from my chair. And that’s why we don’t bottle our feelings. Let it all out, indeed!

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      Now that you’ve mentioned The Godfather, I realise my post might make Verge sound like a very different kind of show…

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