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  1. Even today, when I feel down or confused or just have too many thoughts in my mind, I watch a clip or two from My Ahjussi to clear my head. In an instant my mind relaxes, I breathe easier. So today I came across this clip, one of many small but significant moments, what sparks Jung Hee’s change: when she realizes the hurt she has felt all these years in fact caused even greater hurt to someone else. The ensemble acting, directing and scriptwriting is just perfect.
  2. Here's my review of Parasite! In which I write about my fear of creepy-crawlies, Things That Live In Dark Places, and Bong Joon Ho's genius https://xfiatlux.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/parasite-movie-review/ Feel free to share or quote from it.
  3. Here's my review of Parasite! I posted a link to Give Me Slippers and mentioned My Ahjussi as well. https://xfiatlux.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/parasite-movie-review/
  4. Just watched the movie and my head is still reeling from Bong Joon Ho's brilliance. Amazing. Reminded me a lot of Koreeda's Shoplifters which won last year's Palm d'or. Not quite enough Lee Seon Kyun! Will try and write a longer review later, when I've recovered..
  5. Learn Hangul! Just kidding. Naver has a scanning app where you can use your phone. It's machine translation, but it will get the meaning across.
  6. The blog was started by the indefatigable @sadiesmith, @h2ogirl and myself! With lots of help and contributions from several other Soompiers like @africandramalover, @oldschooler, @chickfactor, and many more. You know something, my Korean really improved after My Ahjussi--even my tutor noticed. Because I spent so much time translating stuff I was forced to learn lots of new words and vocab. So give it a shot! I'm having My Ahjussi blues now...ahhh....
  7. It's way past my bedtime but I just had to hop on here for a second after reading this. I don't mean to blow my own trumpet but ahem, ahem, have you read my story? https://archiveofourown.org/works/14713524/ The script is just awesome and giving me all the feels. I promise to do some translations. Not now because I'm working on a few other things, but soon, I promise.
  8. Yes of course. Feel free to reshare from my Twitter or Insta. I will post more, just swamped with other writing commitments at the moment. I haven't even had time to watch the making-of DVDs yet. And I don't think there's subtitles @sadiesmith my Korean's passable but not thaaat good yet. I didn't even realise there were autographs! I will check later. Honestly I don't really care for the other stuff (my husband saw it and calls it my "altar", haha), all I wanted was the script, the rest is a bonus
  9. It's here! My package arrived yesterday. And it contains 2 thick DVD folios: one is episodes 1-16, the second is all special material: BTS, makings of, interviews....I can't wait to start watching but I'm also swamped with work at the moment. I did however dive straight into the script and I couldn't stop reading! I'll try to translate a few key scenes at some point but here's my take so far: the script is really understated! It's as thick as a brick and reads just like a novel. With just a few key sentences--Park Hae Young manages to convey the mood and feeling of the scene. She is such a gifted writer and I'm so in awe. Also--was it in the Japanese interview? I can confirm that I've never seen a script with so many "..." "?" "!" - man it must have been quite a challenge for the directors and actors. Like Park Dong Hoon literally has tons of lines that go like this Dong Hoon: ! Dong Hoon: ... Dong Hoon: ? I can also confirm that the "expressions of love" scenes are deliberately understated (unlike Her Private Life lol). But as a writer and reader--come on. This is love. It can only be love. In fact it also seems clear to me in many respects that the directing and acting teams added on elements not in the script to show the unspoken love between Dong Hoon and Ji An. More later, when I have more time!
  10. Complaining about Yes24 online may have had some use: I just got an alert from DHL that my package is on the way!
  11. I'm drooling! No, I haven't gotten mine yet and Yes24 customer service is terrible! Has anyone who ordered from overseas got their order yet? In other news, Parasite just won the Palm d'Or at Cannes!!! (That's the new Lee Seon Kyun film with Song Kang Ho). The first damned Korean film to win the most prestigious film award in the western world!! Damned proud!
  12. LSK says in this interview -- "this was the first time in my life so many people around me loved a drama I acted in. I actually had friends in tears calling me about it." The earlier translation posted by IU fan account is also a little off. IU also says that the line really made her think about her role, about her relationship to these older people around her, like "why would someone like Ji An say something like this"? And that helped her really understand Ji An. They both praised Park Hae Young for writing such amazing dialogue.
  13. Looking forward to tonight's awards! I'm going to a dinner party but will check my phone surreptitiously... Sorry for the radio silence! I lost access to my account (forgot password) and then got locked out and it was a bit troublesome to get back on here... I have a joke to share @chickfactor checked out Light in Your Eyes like you recommended and it was sooo slooww but sooo beautifully filmed and halfway through the episode I was wondering why is it so preachy and giving me all these conclusions so I paused and.... my husband had played the last episode first instead of the first episode!
  14. Thanks for the shout out! I just saw your post, I will check it out...
  15. Hello it’s been...only a year? Feels like eternity. Over in a flash yes, but if I think of who I was this time last year... there’s Me Before Ahjussi...and Me After Ahjussi Does anyone else feel that way? That’s how much it touched me. As a writer, a storyteller, Park Hae Young, Kim Won Seok and team showed me the level I should aspire towards, and the extent a story can move our hearts. It changed the way I built the bones of a story, and how I wrote about love. How I perceived love. That love is as simple as... walking, and eating, walking and talking, eating and talking, then walking some more -feeling inspired to finish a certain fan fic story- Also, at this point last year I could barely speak Korean, but thanks to hours and hours spent translating Korean interviews, essays and articles on My Ahjussi I improved rapidly...and a year later I can understand 80-90% of most dramas...I think it would be very different for me to watch My Ahjussi again @widala thanks for keeping the My Ahjussi love going on Instagram @chickfactor any recommendation from you is worth checking out, I will watch! @sadiesmith you said you would still be here holding the fort and you are! all the rest of you, thanks for the lovely memories!
  16. That wasn’t my point. I was asking why he always plays these roles. It’s a common trope in Korean rom-coms yes, but plenty of other leading male roles that are very different.
  17. Just popping in here to say what, Kim Jae Wook in the lead??? I’m definitely watching this! It only took what, ten years? Oh wait, Coffee Prince was twelve years ago. Did he not want the lead or was his management just doing a bad job? Can’t even begin to count the number of times I had second lead syndrome because of him... and, why is he always the prickly, arrogant character?? Surely he can stretch himself more?
  18. Finished. That was truly satisfying and heartwarming. I was a little worried what they would show here since the climax unraveled in episode 19, but, this was good too. This show isn’t a whodunnit and the characters have been remarkably consistent from start to finish - consistently human and imperfect - so I don’t know why people were expecting a twist. The murder mystery was basically all wrapped up by episode 18. This episode was Kwak Mi Hyang confronting herself in Kim Joo Young. Seeing what she could have become if she continued down that path, and firmly rejecting it. Her character has “turned” round the bend completely. @chickfactor good to see you here. Would love to hear your thoughts when you’re done. Would have loved to write more but I’ve been so tied up with work and family and writing obligations. Sky Castle was memorable for me because it made me think about myself as a mother at every turn. The most heartwrenching part for me was how Kay has internalized her reaction to her mother crying - it’s an emotional trigger that catalyze her worst fear: losing her mother’s love. I had a difficult day at work today. And when I came home, the kids just wouldn’t listen to what I said. I knew I sounded irritable and annoyed, but I couldn’t help it. And I remembered how my mom used to lose her temper and I hated myself for being that way. Moms get tired. Moms get frustrated. But you know what? Kids are incredibly attuned to their mother’s emotions too. They probably sensed my negative vibes. This show reminded me that more than anything, kids crave their mother’s love and acceptance. At least for now (until the teenage years haha), I am their world. I can’t forget the look on my son’s face as I flared up. And instantly Kay’s face came to mind .... tonight I sleep, tomorrow I try to be a better mom. Goodnight all. It’s been a great ride.
  19. I hate to make the comparison, but does anyone else see the similarities? James’s new hero Maxim inherits his family’s noble title after a tragedy. “It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face,” said Arrow. “But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. Reticent, beautiful, and musically gifted, she’s an alluring mystery, and Maxim’s longing for her deepens into a passion that he’s never experienced and dares not name.” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jan/24/el-james-returns-with-passionate-new-romance-the-mister
  20. Sky castle craze is everywhere! My friends in Korea sent me these two hilarious videos:
  21. We’re heading into the final stretch now...and everything is starting to unravel. I actually found episodes 17 and 18 a little slow. Yesterday was Yeh Suh’s awakening, today it’s Kang Joon Sang... But I like how his story, and his relationship with his mother unraveled. Sometime back I read a study of university students in Singapore (where I’m from) and students expressed sadness that “my parents only like the child who gets good grades, they don’t love me for who I am.” And for Kang Joon Sang to say That broke me. That was just heartbreaking. The writer’s message to all the helicopter parents out there is clear—do we want our kids to say this to us in the future? As Kang Joon Sang said to his mom in ep 17: “I’m almost 50, and I don’t even know how to live my life because of you.” P.S. in answer to my question last night, how many of you would be willing to sacrifice your child’s future? I saw some Korean forum articles about this. And the sad thing is, most people said they would choose to do exactly what Kwak Mi Hyang is doing - to protect their child’s future.
  22. Just finished 17 and wow! This show continues to surprise. Just a few initial thoughts: - the central character arc driving this show is Kwak Min Hyang (pronounced kwang, so it doesn’t really rhyme with Quack, hehe) - and the central question here is: Can she find her conscience and redeem herself? - it turns out, Yeh Suh might be the first to break. Yeh Suh, the one she trained to live without empathy or compassion for others, is starting to realize she’s lived her entire life wrong. - From Day 1 she is a woman without scruples, manipulative and willing to put up with anything for her daughter’s success. - But one by one, over and over again, her beliefs are challenged. By the death of her friend, the return of Soo Im her friend from childhood, her admission to the public about her past - But then the choice becomes sacrificing her daughter’s future (everything she has worked for the past eighteen years) or living with her guilty conscience for the rest of her life. Or as the preview says, her life or her daughter’s life. What will she choose? What a question!!!! Would you sacrifice your child’s future if that meant doing the right thing? Or would you knowingly do something bad/wrong just to protect your child? One minor quibble. I know Yeh Suh is moved by her love for Woo Joo, but I thought the transition from her hopelessly infatuated with Coach Kim Joo Young, to suspecting her was a bit abrupt. It would have been nice to show more of her loss of innocence. Fascinating character, especially when paralleled against her mom!
  23. I think the dashboard cam is from the killer’s car. And they doctored the video, editing out the killer and jumping straight to the moment where Woo Joo with his bright red sweater leaned out of the balcony. Now my question is, how did the killer slip in and out unnoticed?
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