Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

I swear to GOD I’m never watching a variety show again. I get attached parasocially and screw myself over. Seriously, 2D1N has to be cursed. I feel terrible for the other cast and crew.

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    Not a SINGLE rebuttal to the claims. Not one. Jesus Christ, what a mess. The forced abortion and gaslighting is terrible enough, but add onto that the claims of badmouthing co-workers and insulting their appearance…yeah his career’s over. I don’t think he’s well-established enough to try and come back anytime soon. Not to mention the bridges and connections he burned now that his opinions on his fellow actors are public knowledge.

    Imagine having the nerve to say Kang Han-na is ugly. Kang Han-na. Fuck this guy.

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      Kang Hanna is beautiful. Fuck him.

      Maybe he’s established enough in the theater world to attempt a comeback someday, but I think his television and burgeoning movie career is done.

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        Gonna be real surprised if all his upcoming movies don’t drop him like a hot potato. The brands certainly did.

        He can stay in the theatre world and try to burgeon a comeback there. I don’t want to see him onscreen on a prime-time drama or major film anytime soon.

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          I hope so too. His image is tarnished for good. If only he was a decent human being to apologize wholeheartedly to his ex, such an idiot he is. And to think he fooled so many of us, who rooted for him to succeed. Such a sad tale, to work hard reaping that $$/success only to turn out to be such a cliche.

          He better not appear anytime soon. Ugh, sometimes Korea being a small industry, it does make it hard to avoid people like him. His poor mom who was the one to make him act on tv, and this is what he does?! Smh.

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      Call me petty, but im glad he didnt end up with any of girls in Start Up.

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        Lmao you’re right, me too. While we’re at it, Shin Min-ah should’ve chosen Lee Sang-yi.

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    Me too, especially Kim Jong Min. I know the pay is good, but I’d be sick of going through this if I were him.

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      Oh god, I feel so bad for Jong-min. He deserves so much better than to be constantly stuck with scandal-ridden assholes.

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How is Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha supposed to be a healing drama? Absolutely nothing about episode 15 was heartwarming or healing. I feel terrible for Du-shik. Just when he was finally taking the first steps towards healing from his previous traumas, the writer hits him with this. That would take an immense toll on a person’s psyche. There is no healing, just trauma and depression.

Once again I’m convinced that South Korea has a monopoly on good child actors. The kid playing I-jun was fantastic. The scene-stealer of this episode, no doubt. So much talent in these little kids. What am I doing with my life?

I randomly started One the Woman out of boredom and I freaking love it. Honey Lee is extremely typecast, but how is she not when she’s an absolute blast playing these characters. I can watch her yell and outmatch these asshole chaebols all day. This show wasn’t on my radar at all and now I’m counting down the days till the next episode. These sorts of unexpected gems are awesome.

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    I-jun is phenomenal in Ep 15, not only because of how well he cries but demonstrating so convincingly his suffering in silence all these years.

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    Agree about the traumas.
    The tragedies of the past were too many and too huge to bear, the episode felt suffocating.
    And then the last blow.

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    They think having characters with some kind of dark past in a romance means it’s a healing drama. I’m on ep 11 and no one in this show learned anything so far.

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Such a fitting day for me to upgrade to a eunuch in drag. This has to be a good sign, right? (I hope I didn’t jinx it).

Speaking of drag, the first episode of The King’s Affection was amazing. More violent and bloody than I anticipated, but not unwelcome because it actually served the plot – rather than the other way around as in most cases. The writing and pacing were strong, which is a huge relief given the somewhat outlandish premise. The child actor portraying the twins was especially impressive. Playing double roles isn’t very easy even for adult actors, yet she (I think?) did it very convincingly. I’m sad that the brother died before finding out the truth. I already liked their relationship even in that short period of time and wanted more innocent switcheroo hijinks before things went south. The show is also gorgeous to look at, but that’s basically a given these days.

Overall, totally up my alley so far. The child actors were great, but I’m ready to see Park Eun-bin and Rowoon in all their glory next episode. Its a fun time to be a sageuk fan and I hope it stays that way.

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I am thoroughly swamped with work and university – yet have decided to watch literally every ongoing drama. *sigh*. Nobody can ever accuse me of making good life choices. Having to catch up on everything over the weekend is a mess. I am tired as hell.

On a better note, I’m actually enjoying all the dramas to some degree, which is unusual. But now I can’t bring myself to drop something, which is probably bad for my health and sanity.

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    It is an occupational hazard so I am compelled to ask you not to fall behind in your university studies but regardless, I empathise with you about making questionable life choices. Just try and keep your head above the churning waters.

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      Aww thanks for the reminder. It’s actually really nice to get messages like that. I’m trying my best (idk how good that is though).

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Hometown english subtitles WHEN???

I am not a patient woman. Especially not when it comes to one of my most anticipated dramas of 2021. Guess I have to wait to see Han Ye-ri onscreen again.

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I can’t believe I have to wait two whole weeks for the next episode of Lovers of the Red Sky. An absolute tragedy. Dramas are the only thing maintaining my sanity these days, so now what? Preemptions are evil and I hate it.

This better be the only show cancelled next week. You will only get my weekly seaside vacation, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, from my cold, dead hands.

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Not Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha trying to scam me into thinking Kim Seon-ho can do math 💀💀. I’ve seen 2D1N, you can’t fool me. Same goes for the surfing and swimming. That ain’t him.

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    and photography 😛

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    I was chuckling at that Math problem solving scene 🤣

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    I’ve never understood when they said KSH is ruining his image with some of his antics on 2D1N, but now i get it 🤣

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Both Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha and Lovers of the Red Sky had such strong opening episodes, I can’t help but feel optimistic about the current/upcoming crop of dramas. They all seem so promising. Strong introductory episodes that eventually lead to mediocrity is nothing unusual in dramaland, but I really, really hope that’s not the case for these two shows. Same goes for Human Disqualification and Han Ye-ri’s Hometown obviously. I want them all to be excellent throughout their run.

Extra tangent here: the airing shows – Cha-Cha-Cha and Red Sky – are both so aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They couldn’t be more stylistically different, but both are visually stunning in every way possible. Cinematography, colour grading, and production values are on point.

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    That makes me think I should try Red Sky even though I’m not thrilled about some of the changes they made.

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      I’m not familiar with the source material, so any changes that were made weren’t noticeable to me. But yeah, I can totally understand if fans of the novel aren’t happy about it.

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        It’s more that they decided to make it in a fictional place rather than going with the historical setting.

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          After Joseon Exorcist, I guess TV channels don’t want to take risks…

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            I was about to say the same thing. Its better that they turned it into a fictional setting because at least you will be able to air the show then.

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    Am I the only one that felt that Cha Cha Cha was sacrificing story time for beautiful scenery? At least in the first episode.

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Is Lovers of the Red Sky not being recapped here? Or is it just not yet updated at the current recaps section? I’m curious.

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D.P. is surprisingly great. Although the trailer had hinted at it, I did not expect it to get as dark and upsetting as it did. It’s no flawless masterpiece, but the subject matter is difficult and controversial at best, and the show treated it with the nuance it deserved – at least in my opinion; I am no expert on military desertion. The heaviness of the issues still doesn’t take away from the overall watchability of the drama.

Jung Hae-in is such a versatile actor. It’s sometimes easy to forget because he’s so typecast in melodramas, but he’s perfect in these more tough, angsty roles as well. Koo Kyo-hwan was delightful to watch as well. These two really were the perfect duo. Really, the whole show was perfectly cast, from the mains to the supporting cast. I had pretty high expectations going in – and came out quite satisfied with the end-product. Here’s to hoping the upcoming crop of dramas keep up the good work.

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    what is it about?

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    I was expecting it to go dark. Coz, the director is also the director of Midnight Runners. That turned dark as well midway thru, without me knowing beforehand.

    This is a good one, in terms of story and production. A tough issue to deal with, but need to be told.

    EP 1 did well to hook me in. Ep 2 and 3 were not bad. But ep4 thru 6 were amazingly done. Jung Hae-in did well. Happy for him to get a project that stayed from his normal dramas.

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Nevertheless. WHAT THE FUCK???

What the bloody hell was THAT? The ending just sent the literal opposite message of what it should be saying, what it seemed to be saying at the beginning. Na-bi literally had no growth, no true character development, if she just ends up with Jae-eon again. What the hell is the point of 10+ hours of television if your protagonist doesn’t change? Y’all seriously couldn’t have stuck to the original webtoon ending?? WHY WHY WHYYYY.

Thanks for Sol/Ji-wan though. They were lovely. But you know a show screwed up when even a canonical, wholesome lesbian couple doesn’t make me feel better about the end product.

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    😆 Not sorry I didn’t watch.

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    My exact reaction, LOL. I sat through the last minutes of the finale with an actual snarl on my face.

    “But you know a show screwed up when even a canonical, wholesome lesbian couple doesn’t make me feel better about the end product.” Sums it up perfectly.

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    Terrible ending.

    Na-bi couldn’t even complete her sculpture without Jae-eon. I hated that even more than the ending.

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      Oh that made my blood boil. She cannot be her own independent being even in her art. I hate it here.

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    “Nevertheless. WHAT THE FUCK???” – yes, sums up all my feelings. Writers, Give me 10 hours of my life back.

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    LOL The ending sets the scene for an ongoing dysfunctional relationship. Very realistic. Cannot express how grateful I am that the whole sorry thing is over.

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    I fully agree re Nevertheless. While I enjoyed the artistic setting a lot, the ending was deeply flawed. One other positive dimension was that at least it did not do full on queer baiting even if it handled the same sex attraction subplot with as few overt declarations as possible and little physical intimacy.

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Racket Boys, you have my whole heart ❤️.

I am definitely not ready to let go yet, but still so satisfied with the ending. Such a beautifully well-written drama throughout its entire run, supported by a cast of wonderful, endearing characters I loved to bits. I can’t help but wish for a second season just so that we spend more time with the kids. However, I also don’t want perfection to be (potentially) tarnished.

A definite highlight of 2021 dramaland and my personal favourite of the year so far. I will miss our favourite racket boys and girls so much!

P. S. Hey Hospital Playlist, THAT’S how you do a Lee Kyu-hyung cameo.

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Hospital Playlist Episode 7. I just need Kim Jun-wan to be happy. To hell with all the endgame couples and other plots, those can progress however the writer wants. The only thing I want is for Jun-wan to not be so depressed and lonely anymore, however it may happen. Is that too much to ask??

Also, Jung Kyung-ho is SO GOOD this season. He always gives top notch performances, but he’s been stealing the show these past few episodes.

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    Hello! A bit off-topic, but we have a group of DB beanies on Discord where we chatter ad nauseum about our favorite dramas (and, well, really anything). It’s a really fun bunch, and I was wondering if you’d perhaps like to join us and give it a spin? Happy to send you an invite link if you’re interested, and of course no worries if not!

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      I’d be delighted to join other beanies in talking about dramas. Talking nonstop about dramas sounds super fun. Please feel free to send me an invite.

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    He really is a memorable actor, and clearly talented but I was wondering whether he has benefitted from having a parent who has been an experienced TV Director. In Hollywood, nepotism opens many doors and for every Jeff Bridges, there is a dud like Clint Eastwood’s son and numerous others who have managed to stretch their moments in the sun purely because they are well-connected/wealthy to begin with.

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oh my god please let this be real.

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    The story looks weird and the female lead could be Krystal…

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      Weirdness is bread and butter for kdramas, I don’t care about it if the execution is good.

      What I’m really worried about is Krystal as the potential FL. Fingers crossed that it’s just a supporting role offer. It would be a real mess otherwise.

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I am not ready to let Racket Boys go. I love these kids too much. It’s unlikely, but is it too much to hope for a second season?

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    They still have a lot to show. I wish they have a 2nd season!!!

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    I want a second season but not immediately. After 2 3 years when the kids are older, in their twenties. I think there’s a lot of room for it

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What’s going on in dramaland recently?? Within just a few days, we’ve had Park Hye-eun, Park Sung-hoon, and now, Kim Young-dae step down from relatively high-profile leading roles (especially the first and last examples). There’s probably a reasonable explanation for all this and I just come off like a crazy conspiracy theorist. However, even as a fan of kdramas for almost a decade now, seeing so many actors leave projects in such a short time period is a bit unprecedented. Just hoping that nothing shady is going on (more than the usual industry shadiness, I mean).

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    It’s a bit strange, isn’t it? I wonder what’s been going on…

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    School 2021 has issues with the casting since the beginning, School 2020. They hired Ahn Seo Hyun but the production changed and they said her father was demanding too much… But it looked like they wanted Kim Sae Ron. They gave up School 2020 but decided to come with School 2021. They kept Kim Yo Han for the male lead, found a new FL and Kim Young-Dae. I don’t think Kim Young-Dae is loosing by leaving this production. Kim Yo Han is not really a good actor and the production doesn’t seem to know what they’re doing.

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    I was just saying the same thing on Discord! So weird. It probably is just a coincidence but 3 leads leaving their projects within a week of each other is just so odd.

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    What project did Park Sung Hoon leave?

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    Better to run when you see that the plot after episode 4 sucks as they film first 6 episodes before airing. I think many would have done for if an exclusive contract wasn’t involved.

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    The song “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” comes to mind. Or as my Dad often said, there’s something rotten in Denmark! There definitely is a lot of stepping down going on. I wonder who they will get to step up in their place?

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The entire situation with Park Hye-eun and the drama Return is beyond unprofessional. That “insider” and the journalist who thought it was a good idea to publish an exclusive saying that she was fired for “poor acting” should be fired. I don’t care if that’s the real reason (and I don’t) for her dismissal, but to publish an article like that about a rookie actress on literally her second project is straight up disrespectful. I cannot even imagine how she feels right now, it’s awful. That headline alone could sabotage her career.

The “poor acting” excuse does NOT stand up to scrutiny for me. For years, idol-actors who are downright unwatchable onscreen have been cast as main leads, simple because they want to try their hand at acting or something. Meanwhile, rookie actors with years of training and actual love for the craft get no opportunities or even the chance to improve because they don’t get cast. Park Hye-eun has only been in one project and she was completely fine in that. I don’t know why “insiders” are targeting her for supposedly bad acting when they have zero issues casting idol-actors who can barely emote. Not to put on my tinfoil hat, but something is extremely fishy here. There are many actors, idols or not, who have questionable acting talent yet have never been written about in articles in this manner. I just… cannot get over how rude and hurtful this must be to Park Hye-eun. No male actor would ever be written about like this. This whole article and firing reeks of misogyny, idc what anyone says. The industry has always had severe double standards against actresses and this was blatant and obvious sabotage.

Also also, the fact that Jung So-min, almost immediately within hours of the news breaking, got an offer for Park Hye-eun’s role leaves a bad taste on my mouth. I love Jung So-min with all my heart, but the fact that her, a 32-year old woman, is considered interchangeable with a 23-year old actress doesn’t make me feel all that positively about the role itself. Yes, dramas very often cast 30-something actors to play teens and early twenties, but the fact that this production’s response after getting rid of a younger actress was to immediately cast a woman a decade older for a seemingly early-20s role makes me deeply uncomfortable for reasons I can’t properly articulate (dramaland pls stop casting Lee Jae-wook opposite women a decade older than him all the damn time?? actresses in their 20s exist and maybe don’t fire them??). The fact that the casting replacement was so quick and with such a high-profile actress (in comparison) is also just so shady. I swear, the stepping down, new casting rumour and confirmation happened within HOURS. I don’t like the vibe around this mess. I think there’s something going on that’s a lot more complicated than just “bad acting”.

I don’t think I’ll be watching this one after all. I love Lee Jae-wook and was really looking forward to his redemption for subjecting us to Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol, but I really do not want to support a project that treats their leading women this poorly. Park Hye-eun deserved better and rookie actresses everywhere deserve better. This was long and incoherent but I had too many thoughts.

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    Only know what you said about this, but dropped by just to say that I really liked Park Hae Eun in School Nurse Files. To me she stood out in her support role, and it’s a shame that what looks like agency shenanigans robbed her out of a great opportunity

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      Park Hye-eun was really noticeable in The School Nurse Files despite being in a small supporting role. This is part of the reason why I refuse to believe the “bad acting” excuse.

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        I don’t agree. It’s kinda different to be a supporting role and to be a main role. There are some actors/acresses I really liked in a supporting roles but not in main roles. Now, it doesn’t necessarily mean bad acting but not good enough.

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    I think the reason should have been kept secret too.

    But TVN said it was because she didn’t feel ready and not because of her acting.

    But I’m happy they changed at the beginning the actress if she didn’t fit the role. It’s better to change now than to be stubborn and keep her. It’s better for her, she won’t have a bad project that will follow her.

    I don’t know why they often chose without really audition the actors or testing them. I like when I hear that an actor talk a lot with the PD before being chosen.

    They tried with 2 not very famous actors and it didn’t work and it’s sad. I don’t understand the choice of JSM when she’s too old for the same role, they should have tried to continue with a young actress.

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      I don’t get the choice to cast Jung So-min either. I get that she looks like she’s basically aging backwards these days but a woman in her 30s is still a woman in her 30s. I can’t help but think that even if she acts perfectly, it will feel a little awkward to watch, especially since I know that she’s replacing an actual 23 year old actress.

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        I wonder of JSM was offered the role because she’s worked with this PD before and also just cameo’d in Gumiho which the PD co-directed. If whatever happened was a last-minute thing, they probably were scrambling to find someone as a replacement and JSM was asked because she knows the PD well. I don’t think Monthly Magazine Home has even finished filming yet, and this drama is probably just about to start filming. That’s a real tight schedule for her.

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        this age and “woman in her 30s is still in her 30s”

        is so toxic and misogynist

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          It’s 2021 and women apparently still expire at 30 no matter how young they look. I don’t get the fixation with age when it comes to actors playing fictional characters, they can play older or younger it’s not like it’s real life. This situation is bad for Park Hye Eun but it’s not the fault of whoever replaces her, be that Jun So Min or someone who is 20.

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            Oh please don’t misunderstand. I have nothing against Jung So-min or any other actress and I certainly don’t believe that women “expire” in their 30s, that’s a such outdated and misogynist belief to have, especially as a woman myself. I didn’t word that very well and I’m sorry for that. I just thought that it might be a little awkward for Jung So-min to play a much younger character when most of her costars here are in their early 20s playing similarly aged characters. Also, I think Jung So-min is an incredible actress and can portray a wide range of roles. I’m sure she will act the hell out of this role as she does with all her roles.

            I truly am sorry that my comment came across as disparaging her age, that’s not what I meant at all.

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            age factor totally get it..

            even i don’t get people creating an issue out of that.. it is work of art, they are characters, its their profession to act.. and then there are all kinds of stories to tell..

            then why make age a limiting factor when it has nothing to do with skills. That way older women should just retire. i find that quite illogical

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            That is plain wrong and twisting the words of OP to fit the narration. If we go with the similar logic, I would say that it is mysognistic to expect women in their 30s to look like they are in their 20s.

            People here even displayed the same concern when actresses in their 20s were cast with a decade older actors to play characters in early 30s.

            I can’t be cast to play high schooler and I am definitely too young to play someone’s grandma. That has nothing to do with my gender or society’s expectations. It is simply a matter of good casting.

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          It’s about the original character. I have no issue with Jung So Min, she’s great in Monthly Magazine Home.

          Both Lee Jae Wook (1998) and Park Hye-Eun (1997) are pretty young, so there was a will from the production to have 2 young actors to play these characters, 2 new faces too. I was happy that famous writer gave the chance to new actors and didn’t choose A-list actor. Jung So Min is not old in itself, but she’s 9 years older than Lee Jae Wook and she’s pretty famous.

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          @nerdy

          You are contradicting yourself. Precisely the point, go by skills.. not by age..

          you are already projecting your bias of what 20s should look like and what 30s should look like.. and you can’t pretend the negative connotations with age in the context the actresses are being evaluated on..

          This has nothing to do with OP.. but you are totally offtangent

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            I am saying that if you go with mysogny card, it can be rotated.

            I am also saying this card is not needed here. People age and it shows. That’s normal. 30s is not even old, it is just not 20s. That’s is.

            I would have also preferred if Lee Jae Wook was paired with actress his age. 10 year age gap is not something I am especially fond of.

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            How do you rotate this?

            The OP is better in terms of clarifying. You on the other hand clearly are found of labelling women and rating them based on their whatever

            you are no better than others who value sycophancy over skills, or some random parameter over skills.. why bother

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        Sorry if I misunderstood your comment, it’s just that people have to keep in mind this was likely a last minute replacement. I admit my reply to you was a bit harsh. I haven’t seen Park Hye Eun acting and only saw one or two dramas with Jun So Min before so I don’t have a preference as I can’t compare. I know this has got nothing to do with what you said but whoever gets the lead role now will have a harsh time, there were people on other sites making comments dragging So Min for coming from a rich family implying she somehow stole the role and making assumptions saying Park Hye Eun probably rejected advances from a sponsor/ production and was fired because of that, which kinda implies that the actresses that keep their lead roles do other stuff. We don’t know what happened behind the scenes, I hope Park Hey Eun has a good acting career in the future and this doesn’t set her back.

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    I have no idea of the drama or the actress but i did see the headline & thought it was weird reason to highlight esp for a rookie, considering the bad acting viewers have endured, be it from idol-actors or others.

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      Exactly. And what’s even weirder is that the cast of Return actually has two relatively inexperienced idol-actors alongside LJW and (now) JSM as main characters. Was Park Hye-eun really that much worse than them??

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    And aren’t the Hong Sisters known for being a bit of a terror themselves and that is why their careers slowed down or their power did a bit?

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      I actually didn’t know that omg. That might explain it too. I’ve only heard good things about their reputation before.

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    I liked Park Hae Eun in School Nurse Files.

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    I liked her in The School Nurse Files. I don’t know what happened. There may have been shenanigans. There is a lot of pressure with a lead role, and she may not have been ready for it. Maybe her acting wasn’t up to snuff, but there shouldn’t be headlines about it. There are a lot of bad actors out there that get chance after chance, but this “insider” could very well end her career.

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    That article was low and unnecessary. Hope she gets a better opportunity soon.

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    I couldn’t have said it better. In comments section I found out that the same thing happened when they were shooting My Sassy Girl ( remake). Oh Yeon Soo accepted the role so the female lead, the upcoming actress who was chosen after casting, was dropped.

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Side note: does Park Gyu-young’s character not have a real job?? For a person who’s a police officer in a crime-riddled, dystopian Seoul, she sure has a lot of free time to investigate the slightest sliver of leads on Kim Yo-han, almost all of which, realistically, should have gone nowhere. Does she not have real duties or responsibilities? Do her superiors not care about her not doing her job?? Or is her job just to be a love interest/personal info-gatherer/emotional support to Jinyoung? It’s annoying and I don’t like it.

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    The latter, unfortunately. I also fear her job is to die at some point so Jinyoung can cry and be torn between revenge and justice.

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      I’m tired of female characters existing only to provide emotional support for men – or be fridged when the story needs a dark turn for a man’s character development. I deserve better as a viewer watching this mess and Park Gyu-young deserves a better role. She is too good of an actress to be saddled with this misogynist shit (not that any actress deserves this).

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Just watched the first two episodes of The Devil Judge and found out that my moral compass is unhinged and completely broken. The whole time Jinyoung and Park Gyu-young were investigating Ji Sung for corruption or fabricating evidence or something, my thought process was basically: mannnn, who cares? his whole shtick is so much fun! Asshole chaebol dude spending 200+ years rotting in jail? Good! He deserves every single year. About time men like him actually face real consequences.

Ji Sung seems to be having a blast with this role and I’m 100% here for it. Him and Kim Min-jung can be morally dubious nemeses (with sexual tension??) by themselves. Everyone else can go.

In conclusion, good thing I never chose to pursue a career in law.

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    Same. Same. Devil or not, Ji Sung’s character is so much fun. The rules followers are never my favorites in this kind of drama.

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      The rule followers spoil all the fun. No matter who they cast as the upright judge, it wouldn’t work because Ji Sung is too good.

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Racket Boys Episode 9. I now have more racket kids I love and want to protect with my life. I swear this show does things to me.

Also, how cute are those young couples? Both the Hae-kang/Se-yoon + Yoon-dam/Han-sol pairs are giving me more feels than legit adult couples in other dramas right now. This show really is doing every right, including teenage relationships. I love it so much.

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    Same, same, same! It’s heartwarming and just perfect for a stress-free watch. Although the competitions make me nervous but I love them so much!!!

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    I am so with you. I loved how the teenage relationships had so much awkwardness. My teenage has just gotten over but I still relate to these kids so much.

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    Fangirling over here with you. I feel like I now have a brood of racket kids who must be protected at all costs. Even that little snarky Na-ra is kind of a kick. I’m way too invested in the competitions, though! My neighbors must think I’m watching some competitive sports channel.

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