Beanie level: Noble idiot

beanfriends, any recommendations for dramas filled with moody acoustic ballad OSTs?

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    stuff I’ve already watched and liked – Age of Youth, Just Between Lovers, Chocolate, At Eighteen. something along these lines?

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      How about you check Jealousy Incarnate, Cheese in the trap and Signal? Lol idk of you mean to listen the osts or watch the dramas but I like JBL’s ost and the first two are along that line (I mean some songs in that Ost).

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        haha, both! I find I get sucked into dramas which have these kinds of OSTs very easily. thanks for the reccos!

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        Chicago Typewriter
        I’ll Find You On A Beautiful Day
        Because This Life Is Our First

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      Goblin

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not ashamed to admit that the single hottest LMH moment I’ve witnessed was when he was scribbling with a fountain pen ✒️

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So I finished watching Extracurricular and…. I really liked it. It was dark, violent, and no redemption arcs, but bitterly funny. You could see The End of the F***ing World\’s influence on this – down to the very last scene. It wasn\’t a perfect show though. For someone as smart as Jisoo and Gyuri were made out to be, they made exceedingly stupid decisions as the show progresses – but then again, they\’re teenagers and that\’s what teenagers do, so it was utterly real in that way.

This one really used the Netflix advantage to tell the story it really wanted to – warts and all, without having to wrap it all up in a pretty pink bow at the end. *cough Sky Castle cough*

Watching this also made think about the kinds of shows that streaming services allowed to mushroom in India. Shows with subjects that are rarely, if ever seen on mainstream television or film and the kind of no-holds-barred treatment that it can give those stories (even if they are terribly made).

The K-dramas that we all love and follow are, for the most part, the ones that were made for cable or public television broadcasts and so forced to work within certain conventions. I\’m really curious about the wave of Extracurricular-like shows that may come out of Korea and just how much of that \”K-drama\”ness about them they\’ll have.

Have any other beanies finished watching this? What did you all think?

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    I hadn’t thought of it before but this drama does remind me of The End of the F***ing World.

    I really liked it too. Definitely the best k-drama Netflix has made to date IMO and just a good drama, period. The acting was really good, especially from a pretty green cast. I liked that being on Netflix allowed them to tell a darker story and to show teenagers doing things like swearing, smoking and you know, sex trafficking.

    I have a feeling a lot of people won’t like the ending, but I loved it. I want it to be an open ending and not a cliffhanger to Season 2 because there’s just no good way for that to go.

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      Yeah, I would have gotten severe whiplash had they done anything else with the ending!
      I’ve seen some folks clamoring for a second season because they *want* the ending to be a cliffhanger and I’m….. really not on board with that. We just might get a Season 2 from Gyuri’s POV and a new story though if they follow The End of the F***ing World.

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Is anyone watching Extracurricular/인간수업? I don\’t see much chatter about it. I\’m about 4 episodes in and have so many Thoughts! (In comments)

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    First off the execution of the series reminds me of The End of the F***ing World, which I wasn’t expecting at all!
    Given all that’s going in South Korea – nth room, burning sun etc, I am wary of the subject matter but I’m withholding judgement till the end to see how the show treats it.
    I’ve to give credit to the writers for writing Jisoo really believably and showing how a teenager who knows what he’s doing isn’t right but convinces himself it’s not what he’s really doing. Kim Dong-hee does a fab job of portraying the class loser/nerd but he does equally well when we see him fray at the edges and all the anger and disillusionment bubbles up to the surface.
    Park Joo-Hyun’s Bae Gyuri is also done really well in a role we’ve seen many times before – the rich girl with family issues who wants more, who wants different things from her life than what’s set out for her and quietly, menacingly, and without much compunction, gathers all she needs to have her way.

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      Also, it’s really amusing to me that the female lead is played by Park Joo-Hyun a.k.a. Jisoo from A Piece of Your Mind but the male lead is called Jisoo here, so whenever I see Jisoo in the subtitles I look to her but it’s not Jisoo.
      *Off to watch the rest*

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      I’m watching and I agree about Jisoo. It’s interesting how he has convinced himself that he’s just running a security service. He’s a pimp but he’s so awkward around the opposite sex. Kim Dong-hee is doing well with the role.

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Yoon Shi Yoon is back today!!!

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It\’s a little hard for me to get into intense Sageuks right away but My Country was gripping from the get go!

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    Not to start a Great KDrama Debate but is a show set in Goryeo technically a Sageuk?

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      Isn’t it? Sageuk refers to all historical dramas I thought?

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      Yes. After the Joseon dynasty, Goryeo is another one that is quite frequently explored by kdramas. Any drama that is based on historical figures, events, or uses a historical backdrop, would be a Sageuk. The word “sageuk” literally translates to “historical drama”. So the time period is irrelevant.

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        Yeah. I even looked up the hanja in Sageuk just a while back cause I was wondering if I missed out on something. 😅

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    I am enthralled! But I like sageuks, so I’m entirely biased!!!

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      Hahah, I am enthralled too, even if I am unbiased! But wait, maybe I am biased cause of Yang Se-jong 😀

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    “… from the get go” is exactly right!

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      Yup! I was watching it on the TV and even my father got sucked in and started watching it along with me. 😀

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I\’m so sad that Melo Me ended but what a great note to end on! One of the best final episodes in a drama, ever, for me.

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Was looking up options for streaming dramas in NZ and found this on a site,,,,,,

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    Dae Boo-na is a fantastic actor…

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    Hello friend. I am on a mission to find more Kiwi Beans so that I can visit them, being from the fair land myself. I have had the misfortune of mistaking two NON Kiwi beans for Kiwis and it was most embarrassing.
    Are you a Kiwi bean dear Sadhana? Or are you just currently residing here? I need to know!
    (p.s. illegal streaming is your best bet in NZ. Everywhere else “videos are not available in your country” and VPNs fail thee!! you know, being in Narnia and all)

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      Hello. I’m not a Kiwi bean, but I will be in Kiwi-land soon for a few months on a work assignment. That’s why the research. Ah, too bad about the streaming. At least there’s Netflix! Also, why.. do VPNs fail there? :O We use them pretty often at work (my colleagues there I mean) and they seem to work? 🤔

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        Oooh cool! What is your work assignment and where will you be stationed?

        I mean, I don’t think ALL the VPNs fail? I just haven’t had much luck with them on Viki for certain shows. You can get Viki (I haven’t tried any of the other streaming sights) but not all dramas are available basically and I found their subs painfully slow even though we live in the future so I gave up after a while.
        What VPN do you have? It’s worth a shot.

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          The company I work for is headquartered in Auckland, so will be there for a while. We’re helping Auckland Transport with a new project, and I’ll be involved in that.

          As for VPN, we use Cisco’s AnyConnect. But yeah, Viki subs are pretty slow though they tend to be better than others. Netflix has most of Dramafever’s content now so there’s a quite a bit on there.

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            OoOH I see! (sorry for late reply btw) How long are you here for?
            Netflix is probably your best bet then.

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            No worries! Uh, well I was _supposed_ to be there end of this month, but it looks like it’ll get postponed by a month or two. I might be there for around 4-5 months (if I do)

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            Oooh over the summer! That will be nice.
            I’m all the way down the other end of the country alas, or I’d be like “beanie meet up?!” haha

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            @sicarius Ooh a beanie meetup would have been nice! Where do you live though? Also, everyone’s saying Nice! Summer! But the temperatures in summer there are like those during peak “winter” where I live so I’ve been really confused as to what to expect from the weather. @_@

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            HAHAHAHA Oh typical kiwis. We can’t handle too much over 30 Celsius hahah or we melt.
            I can’t really say as to what weather you’ll get because NZ weather is also notorious for four seasons in one day and we have a myriad of micro climates, meaning that different parts of the same proivnce will get different weather in one hour. I also come from the south, Queenstown area to be precise, which is slightly more continental than the rest of NZ, so it’s colder and drier down here, than coastal or north.

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            Yeah! That’s what I’d heard – the four seasons in one day bit. I’m excited though, cause I’ll finally get to wear coats xDD

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            LOL! Be prepared for shorts and tshirts and barefeet everywhere for contrast haha

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DB is active on insta? And has almost 40k followers? :OO

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Strangers from Hell feels less like a K-drama and more like a Korean thriller movie in its gritty and unflinching portrayal of violence. Hard to watch but vv compelling and having just binge-watched S2 Mindhunter – it seems like the perfect show to continue, esp given the policewoman\’s sleuthing for serial killers based on patterns. If the show keeps this up, it\’s going to be a great ride.

Also, spoiler for ep 2, look away, but LDW fits the psychopathic killer role so well XD

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    After Trap, it’s the second drama from ocn’s cinematic projects. Hence the movie vibes 🙂

    Maybe it’s because I’m used to Korean thrillers, I don’t find it that violent, well physically speaking. I like that it’s focusing on the atmosphere and less on the graphic violent bloody scene (for now).

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      Ahh! I find it very hard to watch Korean thrillers even though they’re so well made. I have to take multiple breaks. Something about them cuts to the core even if they’re not that gory.

      Yeahhh, the creepy atmosphere-setting has been 💯/💯

      Have you checked out the web-toon for this? Do you have plans to?

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        I only took a look at the first chapter before the premier. I will wait for the drama to end before reading it.

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-spoiler-
moment at eighteen episode 9

watched it raw before sleeping last night but that scene at the end where jun woo is hurt deeply that soo bin believed that message \”more than him\” and walks away – i crumbled inside. OSW\’s acting SO well with moments like these. you could see the devastation written all over his face in just that one frame. </333333

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    posting it now because even the next morning, this scene has stayed with me. 🙁

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    everyone, suffer with me once again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajgYPT0Euv4

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    I have rewatched that scene soooo many times.
    Her hurt conviction when she shows him the text.
    The total defeat and hurt in his voice and eyes when he asks her if she believed it more than him (more than the crystal clear way he’s told her he likes her so many time + his supporting actions!!)
    O, Hwi Young, you have reaaaaally messed up, haven’t you!

    dear @avakai, may I sit in a puddle of my tears next to you?

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      *expands corner to welcome more heartbroken-over-momentat18 folks*

      i think losing soo bin’s friendship or trust will be the thing that starts hwi young down a path of redemption. but then i wonder if soo bin will really disown him as a friend despite all he’s done because it looks like they share a deep bond because of their shared somewhat scarring upbringing.

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    What also got me was sb oh s…t i messed up expression. I am so glad she could see and hear his reaction to the Message.

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      true! she realised the truth just by seeing the sincerity of his hurt. she has to deal with not just hurting jun woo but also that hwi young, whom she clearly trusts a lot, deliberately lied to her to mess w her. I like that they show in the preview that she tries to patch up with jun woo right after this scene

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Thank you A Moment at 18. I look forward to Mondays now.

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😂😂😂

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i love this song <3
and ong seong wu is acting the heck out of his role
guess who\'s an OSW stan now 😀
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABAlZPbLtcE

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oh…. india = punishment posting?

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    and then he TAUNTS her and laughs at her saying “you might have to go to india too ahahahaha. do they have idols there?”

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OH NOOOO. WTAF WAS THAT TRAILER FOR EP15 OF ONE SPRING NIGHT??????????? I\’M GOING TO THROW THINGS AND CRY SIMULTANEOUSLY

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bean friends, any binge-watch recs for sick-day binge-watching? any language, and not very cerebral please. thank you!

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    Marriage not dating
    30 but 17
    These dramas make me feel good & happy

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    Witch’s romance

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    The Boy Next Door (short Korean series; absolutely hilarious)
    Lost in Austen (4 episode short; has a made-for-TV feels but so addicting)
    Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (pretty fun; takes place in the 20’s in Australia)
    My ID is Gangnam Beauty (found it incredibly cute)
    Welcome to Waikiki (quite funny)

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      thanks! I’ve watched all the korean stuff that you’ve recommended but miss fisher’s sounds interesting!

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    Put Your Head on My Shoulder – available on Youtube, very cute romance

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      thanks! I already watched it. it would have been perfect for a binge-watch though!

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the more i like one spring night, the more worried i\’m getting for how it\’s going to end. ngl, the scene where ji ho says \”she\’ll be my last\” and his sunbae says \”don\’t be so sure\” gave me chills. 😟

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    also 😙👌 for the confrontation scene and how ji ho handles it.

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    AND when he says “she’s the only one who saw me as yoo ji ho” 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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    i feel this x 100!! i think this is such a sad reflection on our experiences with k-dramas tbh. the writer is doing _such_ a good job with the characters so far, yet i don’t feel safe! i keep saying “please don’t eff this up writer-nim, please.” because we all know that can happen ;__;

    keeping my fingers crossed till the end!

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      yes exactly! i’m not ready for the show to end though. only two more weeks! TT__TT

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the third episode of WWW was kinda underwhelming,,, mostly cause I didn\’t care for the romance at all (sorry JKY, you\’re pretty but…)

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    Yep. While I like the romance, this eps focused too much on that and as a result, the eps isn’t as fast-paced and exciting as the first 2 eps.

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      yep! all my excitement after the first week fizzled out. i’m having to force myself to watch the fourth episode….

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    I couldn’t even get though it. So boring. Gonna drop. Bye.

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      😂😂😂 I’m gonna give it a few more episodes before I drop it. only cause my watch-list is so sparse. sigh.

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Apparently my unlurking has made me a \”Noble Idiot\” now. *Runs off to find someone to give up on for \’their own good\’ and subsequently wallow in misery*

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