Beanie level: The Goblin’s underpants

Then there was a 6 cup noodles PPL!
#RookieCopsEp2

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I saw that Sarang was just a fictional Korean search engine website (or the fictional Naver). As a result. Sarang never existed as a Korean search engine website.
#RookieCopsEp2

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I knew that kendo, hapkido, taekwondo and judo are all terms related to Korean martial arts.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_martial_arts
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What’s up with the Rookie Cops boys dreaming of foods?!
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Hell + cat = hellcat
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Oh no! Rookie Cops began with a ToD (truck of doom) after an action scene.
#RookieCopsEp1

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I loved this small bouquet of beautiful white-green flower that was now in loving memory of Soo Hyun.

#ThroughTheDarknessEp4

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I felt cried a lot because of that saddest scene of Soo Hyun’s parents watching their late daughter’s home videos before her disappearance. I felt like writer-nam did put this scene that people really wanted to cry like me. I really want to see more saddest scenes that I am going to cry!

#ThroughTheDarknessEp4

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Water bottle jug PPL

#ThroughTheDarknessEp4

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No aircon before July? No problem!

#ThroughTheDarknessEp3

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I found this old Pepsi vending machine!

#ThroughTheDarknessEp3

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I wanna try this Dr. Park’s boxers!

#DrParksClinicEp4

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I cannot believe that moai was a statue.
In Jeju, there are moais and called them dol hareubangs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol_hareubang
I wondered there was moai in Gwanaksan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwanaksan), but unfortunately, moais in Gwanaksan not existed!

The stone statue has been reported stolen by hikers. The statue was popular among couples across the country with the legend that touching her nose will give them a daughter.

Moai: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moai

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OMG, one of my fave actress Bae Doona got another upcoming project: an upcoming film!
source: https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2022/01/17/entertainment/movies/Bae-Doona-The-Next-Sohee-July-Jung/20220117125339120.html
Actor Bae Doona again joins forces with director Jung Joo-ri for new film
by Haley Yang

Actor Bae Doona and director Jung Joo-ri of “A Girl at My Door” (2014) have joined forces again for the upcoming film “The Next So-hee,” according to production company Twin Plus Partners on Monday.
Bae will star in “The Next So-hee,” which recently started filming according to the company. The movie tells the story of a high-school girl named So-hee who starts training at a customer call center, and a detective who becomes suspicious of an incident So-hee is embroiled in.
Bae will play the lead role of the cool-headed detective.
Bae also portrayed the chief of the police substation in “A Girl at My Door,” which was Jung’s debut film and was invited to be screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. “A Girl at My Door” won Best First Film at the 25th Stockholm International Film Festival and Best New Director at the 51st Baeksang Arts Awards among many other awards.
Bae originally debuted in 1998 as a fashion model, then as an actor through the 1999 KBS series “School.” She starred in “Cloud Atlas” (2012), \”Jupiter Ascending” (2015), “Sense8” (2015-18) and most recently in Netflix Korea’s series “The Silent Sea” (2021).

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    Wonderful! Waiting for it already.
    “Bae will play the lead role of the cool-headed detective” (I remember uri Han yeo-jjn) Doona babe was soo cool in that role!

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source: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220110000650
All the world’s a stage: Success of ‘Squid Game’ opens doors for Korean actors
by Song Seung-hyun

The influence of global OTT platforms was once again proven with Netflix original series “Squid Game” supporting actor Oh Young-soo‘s win at the 79th Golden Globes on Monday.
International successes like Oh’s are increasingly likely in the near future as more Korean actors have started working on projects targeting global audiences.
Many big-name stars are choosing to appear in Netflix’s original series, which are made available in 190 countries.
Kim Hye-soo and “Parasite” star Lee Jung-eun are starring in the upcoming Netflix show “Juvenile Justice,” about a judge who hates juvenile criminals suddenly being appointed to the juvenile department of a district court.
“Money Heist,” an upcoming South Korean television series based on the Spanish heist crime drama series of the same title, will feature stars like Kim Yun-jin, Yoo Ji-tae and Jeon Jong-seo.
Veteran actor Hwang Jung-min, who led multiple megahit films like “Ode to My Father” and ”Veteran,” will also appear in the Netflix original series “Suriname,” along with another prolific actor, Ha Jung-woo, who has appeared in three megahit films that have sold more than 10 million tickets domestically — “Assassination” and two flicks in the “Along with the God” series.
Netflix is not the only OTT that is aiming to produce the next “Squid Game” with big-name Korean stars.
Disney+, who entered the Korean market last year, is working with “Old Boy” star Choi Min-sik who will appear in its original series, “King of Savvy.”
Oscar-winning Youn Yuh-jung and Hallyu star Lee Min-ho will appear in Apple TV+’s “Pachinko,” a Korean, Japanese and English-language drama based on the novel by Korean American author Lee Min-jin.
There is also a notable trend of young Korean actors being cast in Hollywood films.
Park Seo-joon, 32, will star in the sequel to “Captain Marvel,” officially titled “The Marvels.”
Park is widely known to international fans of Korean dramas, having starred in several hit romantic comedies such as “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim” and “Itaewon Class.” He also made a cameo appearance as a friend of the character Ki-woo (played by Choi Woo-sik) in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon-ho.
Jeon, 27, of “Money Heist,” also filmed her first English-language film “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon,“ which was screened here during the Busan International Film Festival last year.

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I found this interested Korea Times article on O Yeong-su.
source: https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2022/01/398_322006.html
Veteran actor sees career breakthrough in sunset years
by Kang Hyun-kyung

Actor O Yeong-su, 78, is a late bloomer who eventually saw the dramatic rise of his career against all odds in his sunset years.
Debuting as a theater actor in 1963, he has appeared in over 200 productions, including theatrical shows, movies and TV series. Among other works, he appeared in late director Kim Ki-duk\’s 2003 romance film, \”Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring,\” and the 2009 TV series, \”Queen Seondeuk.\” In those works, he played a Buddhist monk.
Despite his prolific career mostly in theatrical shows, O has been an obscure actor for the most part of his nearly six-decade acting career, and like many other theater actors who helplessly endure \”cold and starving days\” as a result of their choice to live a life by their passion, he barely made ends meet.
The Netflix original series, \”Squid Game,\” has become a game changer in his life. His career took off as the Netflix show became a global sensation. There he played Oh Il-nam, also known as Player 001, who befriended the lead character, Seong Gi-hoon (played by Lee Jung-jae), and he has become a well-known actor since then.
After the Netflix series, O earned the nickname, \”gganbu,\” (true friend or partner), a term he used in the sixth episode of the show.
His \”stardom,\” however, has not changed his character. Although he has become famous, he has refused to ride on his popularity for TV commercials. He turned down an offer to appear in a TV commercial from a fried chicken label dubbed \”gganbu,\” noting he had no plan to \”use\” the buzzword that made him famous for his personal gain.
Regarding his versatile roles in 200 plus theatrical works, O said his decades of stage experiences enabled him to live over 200 different lives, and he came to learn a precious lesson from them. \”Do as you want and go for it with confidence no matter what you choose. This is what I learnt,\” he said in a media interview.
After winning the Golden Globe in the best supporting TV actor category for his role in \”Squid Game,\” he said in a statement written in Korean released by Netflix that \”Upon hearing the news, I was able to tell to myself for the first time in my life that I am a fine fellow.\”
He went on to say that with \”Squid Game\” winning the Golden Globe, now it\’s better to say, \”The world is within us, rather than we are part of the world.\” \”Cherishing the fragrance of our culture with love for our family in the deepest part of my heart, I thank you all for your support,\” he said.

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source: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20220105000645
‘Tracer’ won’t tax viewers: director
by Lee Si-jin

Television director Lee Seung-young, who was behind popular crime thriller “Missing Noir M” (2015) and “Voice Season 2” (2018), said that his upcoming Wavve series “Tracer” is a family-oriented drama.
“Many viewers might consider the drama to be serious, because we will be talking about government officials working on taxes. But all characters have unique charms that will exceed the viewers’ expectations,“ Lee said during an online press conference Tuesday.
Despite the technical setting, Lee was confident that it would be easy to follow and understand the storyline.
“Tracer,” local OTT Wavve’s first original series this year, is an action drama about officials at the National Tax Service. The series is also scheduled to air on terrestrial broadcaster MBC.
When asked whether Lee felt under pressure while making the series, after the hit MBC drama “The Red Sleeve,” the director said he never compares his work with those of others’.
“Misery begins when a person starts to compare himself or herself with others. I tried not to think about the popularity of the previous work. But I hope the positive energy of ‘The Red Sleeve’ is passed on to our project,” Lee said.
“I am certain that ‘Tracer’ has its own power to attract viewers. We can entertain viewers as much as ‘The Red Sleeve’ did with our stories,” the director added.
Actor Im Si-wan was more than satisfied with the role of a tax bureau’s new team manager Hwang Dong-ju, whose actions speak louder than his words.
“I was an intern on tvN’s hit office drama ‘Incomplete Life,’ but eight years later, I have become a team manager. It did not feel bad to become a person giving orders from someone who always followed orders,” he said, jokingly.
To understand the lives of the officials in the National Tax Service, Im visited the organization to experience their routines and lifestyles.
“With the advice from former National Tax Service’s officials, I was able to learn a lot of specific phrases and expressions to help me understand my character Dong-ju,” the actor added.
Ko A-sung, 29, said that she was more attracted by the unique setting of the drama after visiting the National Tax Service.
“Though the people think of National Tax Service officials as strict and calm, I was surprised to know that the actual organization was rather free and lively. There were various types of people, including officials with stylish tattoos,” the actor said.
Ko said that her visit was important to construct her character as investigator Seo Hye-yeong and hoped the viewers feel the same charm of tax officials that she did.
The series is one of the most anticipated works by the fans, featuring a star-studded cast — Im, Ko and veteran actor Son Hyun-ju, who rose to stardom with their own megahit drama series “Incomplete Life,” “Master of Study,” and “My Rosy Life,” respectively.

Photo: From left: Actor Ko A-sung, director Lee Seung-young, actors Im Si-wan and Park Yong-woo pose for photos before an online press conference Tuesday. (Wavve)

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    Ooohh. From the director of Missing Noir M. Sold again.

    I was already sold by the casting. I just have to find the platform to watch it.

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      I desperately wanted a seconds season of missing noir m. There were so many unanswered questions!!

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    I watched the trailer and it looks kind of fun. I don’t suppose there will be a serial killer right? Although taxes can kill…

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Two famous Korean men are now discharged today (January 5, 2022): Kpop superstar Ken (VIXX) and our famous Korean actor Woo Do-hwan. They are both enlisted in July 2020 and now both discharged and returned to the entertainment world. Welcome back, Ken and Woo Do-hwan!
source: https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2022/01/05/entertainment/kpop/Ken-VIXX-discharged/20220105163245937.html
VIXX\’s Ken completes his mandatory military service
by Lee Jae-lim

Ken of boy band VIXX was discharged from his mandatory military service Wednesday, according to his agency Jellyfish Entertainment.
The agency uploaded the news with a picture of Ken wearing his military uniform on its official social media accounts such as Instagram and Twitter.
Ken began his military service in July 2020. No event was planned to celebrate his discharge to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
“Ken, who is back in a healthy state of mind and being, is planning to be active in a variety of fields this year,” the agency stated.

source: https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2022/01/05/entertainment/television/Woo-Dohwan-discharged-military/20220105180927740.html
Actor Woo Do-hwan finished military service
by Lee Jae-lim

Actor Woo Do-hwan has completed his mandatory military service, according to his agency Keyeast on Wednesday.
Woo entered the military in July 2020 and was on vacation leave from Oct. 31 last year.
For the prevention of the further spread of Covid-19, Woo was immediately discharged after his vacation without returning to his base.
Woo uploaded a post on his Instagram on Nov. 1 to thank his fellow soldiers. “Thank you for being my friend and family,” it read.
Woo earned recognition for starring in a number of drama series such as “Save Me” (2017) on OCN, “Mad Dog” (2017) on KBS, “My Country” (2019) on KBS, “The King: Eternal Monarch” (2020) on SBS and films “The Divine Fury” (2019) and “The Divine Move 2: The Wrathful” (2019).
Woo will return to acting straight away, appearing in the upcoming Netflix Korea original series “Hunting Dogs.” The story revolves around three youths who enter the moneylending business and get swept up in crime.
Woo portrays one of the leads named Gun-woo, who becomes involved in the business to pay off his own debt. Other actors such as Lee Sang-yi, Kim Sae-ron and Huh Joon-ho have also been cast for the series.

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RIP Snowdrop actress Kim Mi-soo. 🙁
source: https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2022/01/05/entertainment/television/Kim-Misoo-Snowdrop-death/20220105173027255.html
\’Snowdrop\’ actor Kim Mi-soo is dead at 30
by Lee Jae-lim

Actor Kim Mi-soo from JTBC drama series “Snowdrop” has died, according to her agency Landscape Entertainment Wednesday. She was 30.
“Kim suddenly left us on Jan. 5,” the agency said in a statement. “The bereaved are deep in their sorrow at the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so that the family can mourn in peace.”
The agency refrained from disclosing the cause of Kim\’s death.
Kim debuted as an actor in the 2018 short film “Lipstick Revolution” and has appeared in films “Memories” (2019), “Kyungmi’s World” (2019) and drama series “Human Luwak” (2019) on JTBC, “Hi Bye, Mama!” (2020) on tvN and “Into the Ring” (2020) on KBS.
In the currently airing “Snowdrop,” Kim features as student activist Yeo Jung-min who uses the same dormitory as the female protagonist Young-ro (played by Jisoo of Blackpink).

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