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  1. It's becoming harder and harder to find the forums from the Soompi page. I have the forums bookmarked and it doesn't impact me too much, but this means there will be fewer and fewer new users. I noticed this because topics which used to result in monster threads are just a few pages. Before, I can almost browse the forums like twitter and get a sense of what is trending in k-culture. Over the years I felt that Soompi forums and site are symbiotic in that many reporters probably started from the forums. Interested readers go to the forums to read more about an artist/drama/movie/song and add their own two cents, the best may end up joining the staff. But now there are no links from forums to main site and the link from main site is hidden under a menu. This means there will be fewer new contributers and less loyalty to Soompi. I hope the staff can make the forums more visible again and inject energy back and create more engaged users to soompi
  2. Such a missed opportunity for Poem of Mulan 阿爷无大儿,木兰无长兄,愿为市鞍马,从此替爷征
  3. Just started watching this series on Netflix. Megan Lai gave a great performance despite an awkward script. The male lead is terrible! He simply cannot deliver his lines with any credibility. I like Yang Nana(Katie chen), her performance made me think that she was Rainie Yang! So very aegyo! wei qingyang (Bii) has a great look and really fit his character! And i think he can deliver on the facial expressions, but his line delivery is weak.
  4. Sigh... With the current issues China is facing, it would have been a perfect time to redo meteor garden. A fresh beautiful cast, massive budget, experienced producer, what can go wrong? Apparently, lots. With the water crabbing of wealth gap and school violence, much of the primary conflict that defines meteor garden is gone. You have a well off son of an entrepreneur vs a daughter of a fledgling takeout business. While there is a difference in level of wealth, It's unclear from this what dao family drive their insurmountable sense of superiority from. Because of this, so many scenes between the main characters make little to no sense. Many scenes just come to be there just to be there, not driven by the characters. Then there's the directing. So many scenes are rough and uneven, breaking you out of the story. Pauses are too long or too short. Camera pans for dramatic effect end up stilted. Then there's the voices. Dubbing to even out accents ended up causing the scene to be acted out twice. Level of voice acting intensity often don't match the actors. The actors are fresh and inexperienced, so they don't provide the level of consistent acting to balance with experienced voice actors. So, in mg2001, HZL's line mumbling, DMS's awkward delivery are consistent with their screen performance and provide awkward charm missing here. All that aside, it would have been a ok drama if it wasn't supposed to be based on Hana yori dango source material. The Shell is there, the spirit is gone
  5. Just watched this and I think this is the best Chinese rom-com drama this year! I love how it breathes something new into the crossing over style dramas. Especially love the twist. Of course, the cast is quite easy on the eyes. One of the few dramas that I just couldn't help but binge this year
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