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  1. I'm so sorry to hear about Sulli's passing. Very sad. I don't listen to K-Pop music much but I discovered and love K-dramas for the last 2 years. I guess I saw Sulli in Hotel del Luna but didn't know who she was. I was also looking forward to second season of Persona although I didn't know Sulli was involved in it. From what I've read elsewhere so far she sounds like the type of woman who I admire, not just for her talent, but for being critical of reactionary elements within Korean society. That takes bravery. Despite Hallyu's success, her suicide, among others, points to the dark side of Hallyu and the dark side of Korean attitude in general. It also reveals, once again, the toxicity of social media. Let's hope people will learn from this tragedy.
  2. It's well into October 2019 now. It must be getting close to release date for this movie, Innocent. I hope some advance publicity starts soon. Can't wait to see Shin Hae Sun again.
  3. She is probably taking some personal time with someone special and simply doesn’t want to be in the spotlight for a while as she enjoys her private life. I think when she is not working on something, she is rather reclusive. I sense that she is somewhat shy in real life and, like many artists, sometimes doesn’t realize how good she is at her craft. Her birthday response: “It's embarrassing but thank you so much for giving me love that I don't deserve. I will work harder from now on”, kind of points to this. I don’t think it’s possible for her to work any harder than she has been for the last 3 years or so and yes, she does deserve the love she is getting because she brings her fans so much joy. Hopefully she will reappear soon to promote her new movies.
  4. I'm just glad that English subtitles are provided at all for this and thousands of other Asian language dramas. I applaud whoever the translators are and thank them. My life would be deficient without them.
  5. You're right about her more substantial acting roles really only starting in 2016. I've recently started watching Legend of the Blue Sea (3 episodes in) and although I don't like her look in this drama, her acting, as little as it is, is excellent as usual. But I loved her look in Oh My Ghost, despite her being stuck in a wheelchair with very little character development. I wasn't into kdramas until 2018 but I understand that LOTBS, was a hugely successful series and I think OMG was too (my second kdrama after Stranger). I haven't seen She Was Pretty, but I saw one clip with her which was hilarious and perfectly performed.. This too, I believe, was a well recieved drama. Small role or larger role, she gives it her all. Her meteoric rise in the last 3 or 4 years is testament to her acting talent. She hasn't been in any drama that was considered poor or even mediocre. All dramas she has been in were successful. Coincidence? I don't think so.
  6. I was thinking the same thing. You never hear much about her true personal life. I think some celebrities might have secret personal lives so their fans don't get jealous or judgemental. Just part of the game. She just turned 31 and it's prime time to start a family if she wants one. It's easy to imagine her falling in love because we've seen it happen so many times in her dramas. It would take about one second for any man on earth to fall in love with her. I hope it's true.
  7. After watching Shin Hye Sun’s acting in Angel’s Last Mission: Love, I thought I had just witnessed some of the best acting I had ever seen in my life. Her acting, especially in some episodes, was so amazing my mouth hung open and my eyes popped out of my head. It was deliriously good acting and I couldn’t imagine anyone else even coming close to her intensity, poise and instinctual performance, not to mention her ballet scenes. I am absolutely stunned and shocked that Shin Hye Sun was not even nominated in the 2019 Korea Drama Awards for her role in this drama. To me it was a foregone conclusion that she would win hands down any drama acting awards, let alone be nominated. I don’t mean to disparage any of the nominated actresses, I know they are all excellent. I’ve only seen Park Shin Hye in Memories of the Alhambra and as much as I really like her, there is really no comparison between the two roles. In my eyes SHS’s acting was by far more compelling, nuanced and penetrating. How could such outstanding acting not be recognized by whoever makes these decisions? What in the world could be their criteria for an acting nomination? It makes me suspect that there is more back room politics and money involved in these nominations, than actual acting talent. I’m sorry but I don’t know how else to explain this obviously terrible omission. It makes no sense to me.
  8. I'm not really into fashion that much but I'm really enjoying the great fashions in this drama. I look forward to seeing what Im Soo-hyang is wearing in every new scene. I suspect Korean designers are well represented here. Who knows what fashion statements could be coming up with the latest cross-dressing twist.
  9. Wow. You're so lucky to have a tour by one of your favourites (mine too). You are a devoted and energetic Kdrama fan. Maybe someday you'll get a bit part in a drama.
  10. I just finished watching My Mister. I can certainly see why it got such accolades and awards. Very moving and touching. I’ve been watching K-dramas for about 1½ years and this drama was the most powerful so far. This drama probes the depths of feeling and uncovers emotional connections many of us have long ago suppressed. I am blessed to have stumbled upon a culture that values human relationships so intensely and reflects this in their dramas. Korean screenwriters, directors and actors are amazing and My Mister is an outstanding example of a Kdrama at its finest.
  11. The first K-drama I ever watched was Secret Forest (or Stranger). It was also the first time I saw Shin Hye Sun. From the first few scenes she was in, with every new episode, my hope was to see more of her and less of everybody else. In my eyes, she stole the show. When her character died, I was in a blue mood for days. But I got over it by watching her excel in her other dramas. So I’ve been thinking about Secret Forest Season 2 and I’m a little torn. I know it will be really good but If only Young Eun-soo didn’t have to die in Season 1 then there would be another Shin Hye Sun performance to look forward to. But its not to be and I find myself recalling that blue mood from the past. Alas, it’s for the best that her amazing acting in season one will stand on its own as a singular pinnacle performance of her early career. One that blew my mind and started my infatuation and addiction to Asian drama, Korean culture and especially to Shin Hye Sun. I'm so thankful for that because I'm loving it. I also bow down to the excellent Bae Doo Na, who was the reason I watched Secret Forest in the first place. I look forward to seeing her again in season 2.
  12. What I'm liking the most about this drama so far is that it is shaping up to be a battle between strong female characters all of whom are the real power brokers in this story. The male characters are really just accessories to this point. The all powerful father has already been shown to have no leadership skills, deferring sheepishly to his insane second wife and to the twisted Ms Han. With a powerful female character poised to take over a traditional conglomerate, this story is rigtfully chipping away at the prevailing Confucian patriarchy so prevelant in Korean society. Interestingly, the grandfather patriarch is on board with this undoing. Just my impression, but I see Im Soo Hyang as a gutsy actress who champions justice and human rights, especially for women, so she is perfect for this role. I predict that the violinist will get her $5000, and then some, before the series concludes.
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