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  1. 55th Baeksang Arts Awards Announces Nominees For Television Categories https://www.soompi.com/article/1315121wpp/55th-baeksang-art-awards-announces-nominees-for-television-categories Best Drama! Best PD! Best Actress - Kim Hye-Ja! Best Supporting Actor - Son Ho-Jun! Best Supporting Actress - Lee Jung-Eun! I'm rooting for all of them! And "My Ahjussi" too. Those are my two favorites! No love for Han Ji-Min and Nam Joo-Hyuk but they got nominated in the movie categories.
  2. You're the one who introduced me to "Sky Castle!" That was a serious addiction for a while!
  3. I didn't mean to slight Son Ho-Joon's previous success. I have seen him in "Reply 1994" and "Go Back Couple" in which he was the lead. I just thought (and I may be wrong) that he just wasn't usually cast as the lead. But I always thought that based on his looks, he should always be a leading actor. For example, I thought he was the best-looking guy in "Reply 1994." Of course I thought Chil-bong and the others were adorable, but based purely on looks, Haitai was the winner. My personal tastes, of course. (Please don't kill me, Chil-bong fans!) Here to hoping this role helps Ho-Jun leap into the next level of stardom! It's definitely not his looks holding him back...
  4. Just wanted to add some random thoughts: 누군가의 엄마였고 누이였고 딸이었고 그리고 나였을 그대들에게. These are the final lines of the show. "You were someone's mother, someone's sister, and someone's daughter, and you were me. To all of you..." I just love that this show is very women-centric. It's obviously not anti-men and it does not leave out the men's perspective. But it is very much about women's struggles and sisterhood in general. So I looked back on all the Kim Hye-Ja dramas I have seen: (1) I watched Korean dramas with my parents when I was a kid, about one or two a year. Usually long-running family dramas where 'Important Lessons' are learned. I thought they were fun, but really corny and predictable. It was like comfort food. And then I saw Kim Hye-Ja for the first time in "Mom's Dead Upset." (2008) It blew my mind. It was truly GREAT. It was the best TV show I had seen in a long time, including American shows. I felt, for the first time, that Korean dramas can be works of art. At the time, I had no idea who she was, or that the cast was packed with legendary Korean actors. I just thought it was a great show. Thinking back, I didn't realize at the time how well it addressed the struggles of a wife and mother. (2) I did not see Kim Hye-Ja again until “Unkind Ladies” (2015). This was also a very good show that I highly recommend. Again, I didn't realize how female-centric the show was - despite the obvious title. Kim Hye-Ja plays a mother to two daughters and also has a granddaughter and the story was about all the women, their different personalities and how they approached life. (3) The next one I saw was "Dear My Friends," and you can just tell by the poster - which features so many of the famous older Korean actresses working today - that it is also a very female-centric show. (It is also great.) (4) Somewhere in between, I watched "I Live in Cheongdam-dong" a long-running sitcom which was also a lot of fun. So I just want to commend Kim Hye-Ja. She has a very good track record for picking great projects, but I think she also elevates every project she is a part of. I also think it's not a coincidence that she is a legendary actress who consistently picks projects that honors women in some way. -- I also want to give a lot of love to Han Ji-Min. The first time I saw her was in "Padam Padam" (2011) which I thought was pretty great but I actually don't remember too much about her, simply because the show was all about Jung Woo-Sung. I didn't see her again until "Familiar Wife" (2018) and she was so good! She played the same character in 2 (3?) different timelines. In one, she was bitter and sad. In another, she was happy and sparkling. She was so adorable, she just really popped. I really saw her in a new light after this. "Radiant" really seals it for me. She was amazing. The movie, "Miss Baek" is also very good, too. I am her fan for life now, and I will always watch whatever she appears in from now on. -- I also feel like this is Son Ho-Joon's breakout role. He had good roles before, and he was pretty famous. Also, I think he is hot, but oddly, never really thought of in that way (in the way that Nam Joo-Hyuk is considered hot). Like, he's not in a bunch of commercials and stuff, it seems like? (That is apparently how Korean actors rake in the bucks, by selling cosmetics and phones in these commercials. They actually don't get paid that much as actors.) But I felt like this was such a perfect role for him and he was so good in it, that he's going to become really huge after this. -- I also think this was a great role for Nam Joo-Hyuk. I enjoyed his performance in "Weightlifting Fairy." But I've heard rumblings about how he is not a good actor, just a pretty face, and I also watched some of "Bride of Habaek" and it was so boring that I thought time literally came to a stop. But I thought this was a great role for him, he was really good! This was a real career bonus for everyone, and I'm happy for them!
  5. But just think how excited Young-Soo is going to be!
  6. Hello Najusshi fans... I miss you all. "My Ahjussi" first aired on 3/21/2018. It was almost a year ago! I'm still not over this drama. I still love it. I keep watching K-dramas and I enjoy many of them, but none have replaced this in my heart. I hope everyone is having a wonderful 2019 so far. I just watched "Radiant" (or "Light in Your Eyes") starring Kim Hye-Ja and Han Ji-Min, and if anything holds a candle to "My Ahjussi," this was the one for me. It's made by the same PD-writers team who worked on "I Live in Cheongdam-dong," on which writer Park Hae-Young was also a writer on. A pretty tenuous connection, of course, but it was a really wonderful drama. Just wanted to share.
  7. Wow, that is interesting, thanks! I didn't know that the daughter was played by his real daughter. So touching. That old couple really didn't have any lines at all during the entire show, but you always noticed them and felt moved by how much he loved her. And then they really gave you that gut-punch of emotion in the final episode. The actor who played the old man with the wristwatch, his name is Jeon Moo-Song, also quite a famous actor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeon_Moo-song The actress who played the older Hyeon-Joo is also a quite famous actress. Not famous enough to have an English Wikipedia page, but she apparently won a ton of Best Actress awards in the 1970s. http://asianwiki.com/Son_Sook https://ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/손숙 She was in "My Ahjussi," which if you haven't seen it, is EXCELLENT. That drama and this one are the best dramas I have seen in the last few years, hands down. I also want to mention that the post that @SonShinAe shared (and I translated) was from a Korean viewer who wanted to explain the show to everyone: Just want to point out how accurate that was! -- Thanks so much for posting that dramabeans review, @unknown12 !!! It really did my heart good to remember some of the really funny earlier episodes, like when Young-Soo locked himself in his room to eat pork belly. And then it reminded me what a close relationship the 25-year-old Hye-Ja had with her father, who was actually her son, and how she must have imagined that from yearning to have a similar warm & loving relationship with her actual son, but wasn't able to have because of all the hardships they both had to endure. I feel like this show is going to continue to hit me like this emotionally, as I recall the show again, and put into context what all those little moments actually meant. This was... so good. Thanks to everyone in this group. We weren't a huge group, but we loved this show hard. It was more enjoyable thanks to you guys.
  8. Oh, waaa I am crying so much it's hard to have any coherent thoughts. It really was just so beautiful and lovely from top to bottom. Even the little details were so lovable. Like the Senior Center owner and his henchmen being really good people in real life. Or the fact that Hyun was a real college student. Or how Hyeon-Joo as an old lady still wears motorcycle helmets and Adidas training pants. I loved the little cameos, too. Lee Yeon-Bok, the famous chef was the young boy working in Hyeon-Joo's restaurant with Young-Soo. I loved that Sang-Eun was the young Yoon Bok-Hee, also a famous singer. It was just lovely. I could barely watch the final scene because my eyes were too filled with tears. This entire show was a tribute. A tribute to the actress Kim Hye-Ja, and an opportunity to honor a lot of other older actors. The actress who played Chanel is pretty famous, and many of the older people who appear are well-known faces as well, if not quite as famous. Most of all, it's a tribute to all the people who lived during that time in history. (I'm not 100% sure, but I think Joon-Ha died during Park Jung-Hee's presidency, so sometimes in the 1970s? Apparently they really did jail and kill reporters for writing stories that are critical of the government.)
  9. Thanks so much @SonShinAe !!! Translation: Until 'Dazzling's' end the real dazzling story begins. Only 2 episodes remain of JTBC's Mon-Tues drama 'Dazzling.' Ahead of the final episodes, Kim Hye-Ja, Han Ji-Min, Nam Joo-Hyuk and Son Ho-Joon shared their thoughts and the final point for the viewers. With dazzling emotional magic, 'Dazzling' made viewers laugh and cry. After making every moment full of laughter and made us feel emotions deep in our heart, the show broke away from the secret of time travel and gave us a shock. That Hye-Ja was suffering from Alzheimer's was a surprising twist that turned everything that happened before upside down. Kim Hye-Ja, who showed us unfathomably great acting ability was indeed the greatest 'nation's actor,' true to her name. Living inside her precious memories, the Hye-Ja that Kim Hye-Ja showed us went beyond emotion itself. Kim Hye-Ja believes that 'Dazzling' contains a whole life in itself. The viewers felt all the joy, anger, sorrow, and pleasure together, and she is grateful to them. She hoped that this show will remain in everyone's hearts for a long time. She wants 'everyone to spend their dazzling todays, this very moment, preciously and meaningfully, and happily, for the rest of their lives,' that was her warm message. As the 25-year-old Hye-Ja, Han Ji-Min again proved that she is worthy of being considered one of the top actors. The reason she drew the viewer's eye was her ability to successfully show us a performance of the same one person as Kim Hye-Ja, transcending time itself, not missing any small detail or emotion. She said that through 'Dazzling," she could move people, provide laughter, and was happy to make even a small contribution to this meaningful project. She said this project, as much as she received great love, the more unforgettable it will be. She is grateful to everyone who laughed and cried for Hye-Ja. She cheers everyone on that every moment of their lives will be dazzling. Everyone is intensely curious to know what the young Hye-Ja's story will be, the one who emerged with tears in her eyes as Hye-Ja's secret was revealed. Han Ji-Min says, "How long will Hye-Ja's dazzling moment last? Please watch until the end to see how her tangled past is explained." Nam Joo-Hyuk stimulated emotion with certain tangibility. He expressed Joon-Ha's loneliness and pain very realistically. The Joon-Ha he created was the face of new youth, who hurts but also shines. He said, "I was happy that everyone laughed and cried along with us. As I acted as Joon-Ha, I felt and learned a lot of things, and it was a dazzling time for me. I am grateful for all the love. Please watch until the end." He added, "Joon-Ha and Hye-Ja's hidden experiences and relationship will be revealed, and the secret of the wristwatch will be solved as well, so please watch." Son Ho-Joon who spread the laugh virus, full of weird funniness, was judged to have shown a comic talent that was previously unseen. He said, "I was happy to make the viewers laugh. Young-Soo was immature and weird, but you couldn't hate him and I was happy to act this character. Thank you for watching Young-Soo grow up. Please watch until the end." He gave his all to show Young-Soo act crazy, and drew the applause of the viewers. As soon as he appeared, he made sure you laughed, he was a total "laugh maker," and he made 'Dazzling' delightful. He said, "Please watch Hye-Ja's twisted life become solved like a puzzle and it will reveal Young-Soo's true image."
  10. https://www.82cook.com/entiz/read.php?bn=15&num=2735607 Translated: Kim Hye-Ja, dementia patient, lives with her son, his wife, and her grandson. When she was young, her father was a taxi driver and her mother was a beautician. Not wealthy, but a happy family. She wanted to be an announcer, but could not realize her dream. Fell in love with Joon-Ha, who wanted to be a reporter. After marrying, they had one son and lived happily. Joon-Ha, as a reporter, was taken, tortured and died. She lives with the guilt of not having saved her husband, and her son loses his leg in a car accident. Her husband's death and her son's accident are buried deep in her subconscious, and Hye-Ja keeps trying to save them, even while suffering dementia. If only she could turn back time, she could save her son and her husband. She becomes obsessed with turning back time due to deep regret in her past, and that caused her to fantasize about a wristwatch that could turn back time. So in her imagination, she returns to age 25 when she first met Joon-Ha. However, her face remains that of an old woman, so she thinks that it is because of this strange wristwatch. In Hye-Ja's world, her son becomes her father, her daughter-in-law becomes her mother and her grandson becomes her older brother. And the doctor who cares for her at the nursing home becomes her husband before they married. She lives every day in a delusion. She wants to work, so she imagines selling eggs and working part-time at a supermarket using her nice voice. She has fun with her friends, but her 25-year-old friends are only 25 in her imagination. They have all become old, or died. Her husband who became a reporter and died does not become a reporter in Hye-Ja's imagination. He works at a Senior Center and she sees him every day. But this Joon-Ha is her doctor who just looks like Joon-Ha. Her young friends and Joon-Ha no longer exist in this world. When her father looks at her with sad eyes, Hye-Ja imagines that he is not used to her old appearance, but the truth is that it saddens him to see her call him "Dad." Her daughter-in-law feels the same. Her delusions become worse as time passes. The daughter-in-law is exhausted caring for a mother-in-law with dementia and considers divorce, but when Hye-Ja tells her that she is on her side, she cries as she eats noodles. Hye-Ja thinks that her cooking skills have suddenly improved, but the truth is that she's been cooking her whole life, which is why she is good at it. She is good at kitchen work and packing lunches. This is why her father hates eating anchovies, because she fed them to him so many times, because it was good for his bones. When he is insulted at his security job, Hye-Ja says that she is his mother and stands up for him, but her father looks sad, seeing his mother's dementia getting worse. In this imaginary world, Joon-Ha becomes ruined by his tough reality, and Hye-Ja continues to try and rescue Joon-Ha. Hye-Ja will save you, Hye-Ja will save you. Joon-Ha goes to see the Aurora to find himself thanks to Hye-Ja's help. But as he prepares to leave her world, she can't let him go yet. Hye-Ja had to save Joon-Ha herself, and bring the bloodied Joon-Ha to see the ocean. Only after she saved him herself could he leave her world. In her imaginary world, Hye-Ja saves Joon-Ha from the room where he was tortured. When she rescues him from death and takes him to the ocean, that is when she comes to her senses and becomes aware of reality. Hye-Ja now knows that she is not 25, but an old woman with dementia. She sees her son and daughter-in-law, and she sees the young doctor, instead of Joon-Ha. Hye-Ja is now ready to go on a long trip. The truth is that she had been planning this long trip with her friends (i.e., death) but it was delayed because she had to rescue Joon-Ha. She couldn't leave Joon-Ha collapsed in a cold basement room, so she had to save him no matter what and take him to the ocean. She is now free from his unfair death, and she will leave soon to go to where he is. But the watch was returned to her by the detective who caused Joon-Ha's death, could she forgive him? The perpetrator and victim have both become old people suffering dementia. Could she forgive the person who caused her grief before she leaves? -- Thank you, @SonShinAe !!!
  11. Yes, you are correct. "Breaking the 4th wall" is when a character acknowledges the audience directly. The final scene is Poong-Sang looking at the audience and giving us a "finger heart" as if to say, "I love you" to us. (Why is he wearing all white? Is he dead? And why is he at the locker putting an envelope of money in it? To the last moment, this show makes NO SENSE.) Shows used to do that regularly in the past where the cast gathers and everyone bows to the audience and says "Thanks for watching!" There are so many things that I do not understand. I did have a soft spot for the characters, especially Hwa-Sang. And we do all know people in real life who just can't get their s**t together and you feel anxious for them. It happens. And it was nice to see that everyone is happy in the end. But I still can't shake this feeling like the entire thing was some sort of sick joke. It's as if the show was written by robots working from a "How to write a weekend Korean drama" guidebook. Like it was written by people who don't actually understand human emotions. Wae-Sang being raped by that girl is one of those things. It just leaves you scratching your head thinking, "Why?" Or Yeol-Han's mother showing up once in a while just to scream and slap people - but in the end, they just ignore her and that's that. So what was the point of that? I love the actors. I really love Yoo Joon-Sang (Poong-Sang) and Lee Si-Young (Hwa-Sang). I will always give a chance to any of their projects, and that hasn't changed. But here's to hoping that their next show is more dignified and less WTF. I also like Lee Bo-Hee (the mother) but her character was so terrible that I will have a hard time getting past it the next time I see her.
  12. Finale. Everyone is fine. Hwa-Sang gets together with Chil-Bok. After a time jump you see that she is pregnant. His pants split one last time. Jeong-Sang and husband are happy. Pregnant at the same time as Hwa-Sang. Poong-Sang finds out his two sisters gave him their liver. He's grateful. Everyone decides to pretend not to know about this secret, which is SO KOREAN of them. Wae-Sang left his family about $300,000 after almost dying, but wakes up. Perfectly fine. Gets with that woman he likes (Jeong-Sang's friend). The Rapist has the baby and leaves the baby at their door. Runs away crying, never seen again. (I guess the baby was Wae-Sang's, despite our assumptions.) Time jump. Jin-Sang gets a job as a used car salesman. Seems pretty good at it because he is handsome and good at buttering people up. Apparently stopped gambling. Gets revenge on Mi-Ryun after he gets beat up by someone and is lying in the hospital in a full body cast. Eats jja-jang-myun in front of him to make him salivate, then throws $1000 in his face. Poong-Sang and Wae-Sang work at a nicer car repair shop that Boon-Shil is the owner of. Chil-Bok's mom is running a nicer, upgraded convenience store. Everyone is pregnant or has a baby. Jin-Sang is with that one woman who liked him before, and they have a baby, too. Everyone gathers for a meal. This is the typical Korean Weekend Drama happy ending - a wedding, or everyone gathered to eat, holding their babies or pregnant bellies. No Yang-Shim is ruined. She carts around junk to sell and digs through trash. I mean, just desserts I guess, but it's like a cartoon. She even has a bandage over one eye and a scar on her face. Lightning strikes when she curses Poong-Sang, literally. Ridiculous. Poong-Sang leaves some households goods he bought at her doorstep but does not stop to see her. He says, "I can't forgive you, but I no longer hate you." No redemption. Poong-Sang breaks the 4th wall and gives finger-heart to the audience. The end. -- My thoughts. Well, you know what I think! Ultra-formulaic but they really kicked up to cray-cray levels. It did make the stock ending (everyone happy!) feel ... like relief, but still. There is a korean expression: 병주고 약주고 which means: "Give the disease and offer the remedy" In English, the equivalent phrase is apparently, "carry fire in one hand and water in the other." I feel like that's the best way to describe this show. It made me so irritated and angry by the character's frustrating and stupid, self-defeating behavior - but you felt relief when they finally started behaving like decent human beings. So, that was a masochistic experience. I think this was in every way a weekend family drama that was strangely morphed into a weeknight drama - a 50-episode drama that was squeezed into 20 (but felt like 100) - and they had to make everyone behave like cartoons instead of human beings in order to compete with idols, zombies, time travel, and other stuff that the weekday dramas have. And it worked! A ratings hit! And it kept me hate-watching until the end. So, um... yay? And even those cheesy weekend dramas always have some good tear-jerking scenes and at least teach you some life wisdom, which, even though it feels trite is always true. But the final lesson is that money DOES buy happiness. Geez, this show.
  13. Twins reconciled. It was nice to not see them at each other's throats. Right before Hwa-Sang goes under, she learned that her liver is actually big enough, but Jeong-Sang insisted on contributing her liver anyway, to help Hwa-Sang feel less lonely, and so that they cut less of her liver out. Nothing really dramatic except Yeol-Han's WITCH mother shows up to scream and be a WITCH to Jeong-Sang. How random. NO YANG-SHIM makes an appearance just to remind all of us that she is still TRASH. Hwa-Sang gets to tell her off but it won't make any difference to TRASH. These two crappy moms can go jump in that shallow river any time. Jin-Sang feels guilty that he was not the liver donor and gets on a bus. Uhhh, whatever. Maybe he should stick around and help nurse his THREE siblings recover from surgery? No? That makes too much sense? I'm sure it will all turn out fine. Everyone will be happy by the end, break the fourth wall and smile and wave at the audience.
  14. Give us star candies! *sigh* I have so many thoughts. Storytelling - It was great! Very skillful, well-done! Emotionally - Devastating! And we don't even know everything yet! I have no idea what we will learn next week, so I'll just focus on how much I enjoyed everything in this episode. When they rescued Joon-Ha, it was so funny, it was easily the most entertaining, hilarious sequence I have seen in a long time. When Hyun said, "Let's meet in the next life as lovers," and Hye-Ja cuts him down one last time - "I go to church! (i.e., I don't believe in reincarnation)" I was dying with laughter. And then when Hyun started kicking everyone's a$$ I was DEAD. And seeing the photos of the oldsters when they were young while they were riding in the van was beautiful. When Hye-Ja's father called out and said, "Mom!" that was the moment I realized that this story was about to emotionally punch me in the gut somehow. And then... it did. Okay, well... see you all next week. (Joon-Ha's retro-hair is pretty glorious, right?)
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