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I've had a very hectic week, so my discovery journey of JH's work haven't progressed very much. Besides, I'm the kind of person that get tired of something very easily if I have too much of it at once; so I'm alternating JH's works with another shows.

 

I've seen The Flu, because it was at Netflix and was an easy choice; and well, I don't know how to put it, but I found it terrible, terrible, terrible. I wasn't expecting an artsy film, but it was a lot worse I'd expected. For me, it was an endless succession of WTFs (starting with that first scene where the female lead was about to die in her car but she was more worried about her thigh being exposed than, well, dying), and when I arrived to the scene where the JH character was searching among piles of infectious dead bodies without protection gloves or any safe mask, it was too much for me. I fast forwarded the rest of the movie just in case there was something interesting, but alas, there wasn't. The character played by JH was very cliche but I found him cute, though not cute enough for making up for the rest of the movie. :sweatingbullets:

 

And I've started Tell Me What You Saw, but I've only watched the first episode, so I don't know what to think yet. It's full of cliches ( I'm realising Corean crime shows seem to be very fond of people with special abilities: the girl medium in Black, the female lead in Voice, and now the young policewoman in TMWYS), but it looks better than Voice. And I like the older policewoman character and JH seems to look really hot in it (and I say "seem" because the scenes with JH character are so dark that it's difficult to see him in, well, his full glory. It's really a pity). We will see how it unfolds, but at least I'm sure it couldn't be worse than Voice. 

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5 minutes ago, Akhmatova said:

And I've started Tell Me What You Saw, but I've only watched the first episode, so I don't know what to think yet. It's full of cliches ( I'm realising Corean crime shows seem to be very fond of people with special abilities: the girl medium in Black, the female lead in Voice, and now the young policewoman in TMWYS), but it looks better than Voice. And I like the older policewoman character and JH seems to look really hot in it (and I say "seem" because the scenes with JH character are so dark that it's difficult to see him in, well, his full glory. It's really a pity). We will see how it unfolds, but at least I'm sure it couldn't be worse than Voice. 

Hello! Interesting that you started TMWYS first compared to the crowd favs like FTLY, BM and MF! Are you saving the best for last? Haha :lol:

 

and you’re right, it’s much better than Voice IMO, The storyline is actually more intriguing and interesting but I think many casual viewers might beg to differ as seen in the comparison of reception for both shows. However I didn’t find the individual cases very compelling. What I did like was the female lead Soo Young’s earnest depiction of her character, so much better than the FL in Voice. I thought I’d like the older policewoman too but as the episodes passed her character didn’t leave much impression on me (not sure whether it’s due to the acting or the way the character was written). 

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On 5/22/2020 at 9:25 AM, Biology Lesson said:

I've noticed pictures of Bang Won from Empire of lust, and it's amazing how different he is from Bang won in MC. Besides the idiotic fake beard (why do that when JH's natural facial hair is just fine?!), in Empire of lust there was this harder edge to him. He was an obvious bad guy, while Bang won in MC was so nuanced...

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but another thing about Bang won in EOF- he was sexy as hell! :) I wish they would have allowed for him to express that side of him in MC. That short exchange with the girl in the beginning doesn't count, since he was pretending there. Come to think about it- do we even know why he was pretending to be drunk at the beginning?! Why was he hiding his true nature? It was cool, but didn't really have any importance... 

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I would like to see Empire of Lust, but I can't find that film anywhere :o

 

On the other hand, in those last pictures of him, his hair is a lot longer, and well, nice. I think I like him better with long hair. 

 

About The World of the Married, I've read it's based in BBC's Doctor Foster. Is it any good? Because now I'm curious about a Corean version of Dr Foster (the first series of that drama is pure genius, IMO), because it could be or utterly brilliant or a complete train wreck 

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2 minutes ago, The Reel Life said:

Hello! Interesting that you started TMWYS first compared to the crowd favs like FTLY, BM and MF! Are you saving the best for last? Haha :lol:

 

 

 

Well, truth is that I don't like romance very much, so I'm afraid I'm not going to like FTLY. I'm avoiding it a little bit :P And I'm looking forward to see MF, but I'm planning to see it with my mother, so I'll probably start viewing it next week. 

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I love this small clip from Dragon Club. I love how JH is trying to keep his distance, while CTH, that imp, is constantly doing his best to make JH uncomfortable :) Notice how JH went around the table rather then cross close to the girls...  And the look on the girls' faces, even though JH is hardly looking his best...

 

1 hour ago, Akhmatova said:

 

Well, truth is that I don't like romance very much, so I'm afraid I'm not going to like FTLY. I'm avoiding it a little bit :P And I'm looking forward to see MF, but I'm planning to see it with my mother, so I'll probably start viewing it next week. 

 

Well, you got our recommendations. From here on, it's your choice. Just remember, when it comes to JH, genres mean nothing...  

 

 

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2 hours ago, Biology Lesson said:

I love this small clip from Dragon Club. I love how JH is trying to keep his distance, while CTH, that imp, is constantly doing his best to make JH uncomfortable :) Notice how JH went around the table rather then cross close to the girls...  And the look on the girls' faces, even though JH is hardly looking his best...

  

Lol, the show begs to differ with the sculpture heading towards me remark. I remember first time watching I was thinking is he going to sit across the table, and that won't seem friendly.  However, he did a whole loop with his shy smile.

 

Imagine them when he's in his full glory though.  Actually, not even sure how we'll react.  Well @dramafan33 fan knows that feeling at least.

 

Off topic.  Maybe we should all go and petition or comment for english sub on that youtube video.  If there's more interest from international fans, maybe there will be more motivation to do it quicker.

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10 hours ago, Akhmatova said:

About The World of the Married, I've read it's based in BBC's Doctor Foster. Is it any good? Because now I'm curious about a Corean version of Dr Foster (the first series of that drama is pure genius, IMO), because it could be or utterly brilliant or a complete train wreck 

Yes it’s good, I watched the whole series and really enjoyed it!

 

10 hours ago, Akhmatova said:

 

Well, truth is that I don't like romance very much, so I'm afraid I'm not going to like FTLY. I'm avoiding it a little bit :P And I'm looking forward to see MF, but I'm planning to see it with my mother, so I'll probably start viewing it next week. 

believe it or not, I’m not a fan of rom coms at all but I do appreciate a good love story. I went into FTLY purely because of JH (was mesmerized after MF) and didn’t have high expectations, and while I would say that the plot is nothing outrageously unique, the whole show really rested on the shoulders of JH and JNR as the most perfectly casted leads that drove the story and show with their chemistry, brilliant acting, and wonderful characterization of Lee Gun and Mi Young through and through. Perhaps if you’re truly not interested in the romance genre, give it a try just purely for the sheer acting brilliance and chemistry of our leads! 
 

I was rewatching it the past few days for the 3rd time :joy: because I was also reading the dramabeans recap and I agree with many others about how the show just makes you so invested in the relationship of the two leads. As many will tell you through reviews, you laugh and cry together with the leads. They make you feel dizzyingly happy with their love for each other, and then make you hurt so bad for them when they experience challenges. They take you on a journey like no other and make you want to root for their happiness so badly. Just as the title says, as the show moves on you can truly feel that they were fated to love each other. And it’s such a wonderful experience as a viewer! I can only wished I watched it “live” in 2014 and experience the buzz and love for the show together with everyone else. Haha. 
 

but anyway @Akhmatova it’s fully up to you if you want to watch or not, I’m just expressing my overwhelming love for JH in FTLY. Hehe. Fully aware that it will not be everyone’s cup of tea! That’s just how humans work. We are so different! 
 

On another note I’ve recently started watching this show Mystic Pop Up bar and I must say the first 2 episodes managed to keep me hooked. A fun show amidst all the slew of heavy and dark shows in the past few months. Looking forward to seeing where it goes...

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Imagine them when he's in his full glory though.  Actually, not even sure how we'll react.  Well @dramafan33 fan knows that feeling at least.

When even actors, that are used to good looking people, say that they were in awe by JH the first time they saw him, you know it's something special :) 

 

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Off topic.  Maybe we should all go and petition or comment for english sub on that youtube video.  If there's more interest from international fans, maybe there will be more motivation to do it quicker.

Checking Joon's channel, it seems that his vids have subtitles, so I assume that we will get them in a day or two...

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For those who have not read this  valuable interview with him in 2000. I'm amazed that he thought of that 1 min scenario (middle aged love)when he was in his twenties!

 

https://stuckonhyuk.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/kbs-star-date-on-rapper-tj-2000-9-4-i-never-suffered-hardships/

 

And the last part of the interview where he gave  a message from ‘Jeong Yong Joon’ to ‘Jang Hyuk’:
“Mmm…You, just work hard. That’s all. Work hard, and achieve what you want. There’s something we both know, right? For you to achieve something 10 years after, you need to start working hard right now. You know it. I will be watching you.”

 

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https://channels.vlive.tv/C7A6F1/vtoday/0.12140140

Aww "Jang Hyuk is coordinating well with his juniors in the role Lee Bang Won - the talent that everyone extols as "the one that could cover the entire sky".

 

Maybe that's why he's keeping his hair long-"In addition to that, PD Kim Jin Won said, "Yesterday, I asked the screenwriter, 'Can we make such a film again?'. I'm so happy to work with all of the cast and staff who give their love to this drama. I also want to fulfill all the rest.

 

Do you guys prefer his preking period or king period?

 

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2 hours ago, phoenix24 said:

https://channels.vlive.tv/C7A6F1/vtoday/0.12140140

Aww "Jang Hyuk is coordinating well with his juniors in the role Lee Bang Won - the talent that everyone extols as "the one that could cover the entire sky".

 

Nice compliment... I still don't understand why they didn't release the footage of that press conference...

 

2 hours ago, phoenix24 said:

Maybe that's why he's keeping his hair long-"In addition to that, PD Kim Jin Won said, "Yesterday, I asked the screenwriter, 'Can we make such a film again?'. I'm so happy to work with all of the cast and staff who give their love to this drama. I also want to fulfill all the rest.

If they do something else, I hope not with the same writers. The writers of MC were not very good, but the director was not bad  (in spite of the constant stabbing of people and them surviving).

2 hours ago, phoenix24 said:

Do you guys prefer his preking period or king period?

Preking, but the problem is JH is a bit too old for that. a new different story would be nice... preferably a love story :)

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5 hours ago, phoenix24 said:

https://channels.vlive.tv/C7A6F1/vtoday/0.12140140

Aww "Jang Hyuk is coordinating well with his juniors in the role Lee Bang Won - the talent that everyone extols as "the one that could cover the entire sky".

 

Maybe that's why he's keeping his hair long-"In addition to that, PD Kim Jin Won said, "Yesterday, I asked the screenwriter, 'Can we make such a film again?'. I'm so happy to work with all of the cast and staff who give their love to this drama. I also want to fulfill all the rest.

 

Do you guys prefer his preking period or king period?

 

I would prefer King period. Pre- King has been done extensively with SFD and also JH is more age- appropiate for a King LBW and he has never played a King before. LBW is always interesting to me and in this particular version I would like to see if the sacrifices made for him to become King were worth it. They could also show his wife this time. Their relationship was interesting. 
 

@azureblue7 Thanks for sharing that long interview :) It shows how JH has always had something like an “old soul”. He was always hard-working and had deep thoughts. It also reminded me that he and CTH lived together and the close relationship they both had with JJH (his answers to the question about her were a bit sassy (?) I think. I guess thats the main difference with his younger self that I perceive here)   

 

Q: Who did you just talk with?
JH: JiHyun-ie.
Q: JiHyun? Jeon JiHyun?
JH: Yeah her last name is Jeon~ name is JiHyun~
Q: You two close?
JH: Very close.
Q: Why?
JH: She’s my sister. My younger sister.
Q: What if you two get into a scandal?
JH: I don’t care. Both I and JiHyun don’t see each other with romantic feelings, we are just like siblings, we talk on phone and watch movies together. I don’t want to break a good relationship out of worrying for scandals.

 

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2 hours ago, Biology Lesson said:

Preking, but the problem is JH is a bit too old for that. a new different story would be nice... preferably a love story :)

 

19 minutes ago, dramafan33 said:

I would prefer King period. Pre- King has been done extensively with SFD and also JH is more age- appropiate for a King LBW and he has never played a King before. LBW is always interesting to me and in this particular version I would like to see if the sacrifices made for him to become King were worth it. They could also show his wife this time. Their relationship was interesting. 

Both of you have valid points.  I have such mix feelings about it because like you said King hasn't been done, but the more I thought about it, I have never really enjoyed a whole series where ML is king from start to finish (Be it Chinese or Korean series).  I think the whole reason for it is the whole court politics of it all are many times frustrating to watch.  It's nice to solve, but the whole drama around it for whole 16 episodes or longer is a little too much.  You know how you know they're the bad guy, but sometime you have to side with them and hurt the people on your side even.  Just those certain restrictions you feel even more with being King.

 

I also thought he might be a little age for pre-king period, but since went into more depth/humanize Bang Won.  There is still certain aspects I would hope to explore.  Maybe if we  can go back to certain key events, but not too far back then it would work.  He still has his resolve in MC so maybe showing a little time before that or what lead up to it.

 

Ideally, I would want 8 eps preking and 8 eps king.

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@phoenix24 But the king in TWDR was the best character. Everything is possible if the writers flesh out the character. They could have flashbacks to show some pre-king and even pre-prince Bangwon (and they could have a younger actor play that) And they could show king LBW’s relationship with his wife and children and show more of his human side. 

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2 hours ago, phoenix24 said:

 

Both of you have valid points.  I have such mix feelings about it because like you said King hasn't been done, but the more I thought about it, I have never really enjoyed a whole series where ML is king from start to finish (Be it Chinese or Korean series).  I think the whole reason for it is the whole court politics of it all are many times frustrating to watch.  It's nice to solve, but the whole drama around it for whole 16 episodes or longer is a little too much.  You know how you know they're the bad guy, but sometime you have to side with them and hurt the people on your side even.  Just those certain restrictions you feel even more with being King.

I'm with you. I'm really not interested in the whole court politics stuff. Really frustrating and repetitive to me. I would have loved to see JH play everything that led to his father becoming the king. That was what was missing for me in MC- I didn't really get to understand why BW was so hurt by his father. JH conveyed it beautifully, but actually seeing how his struggle would have made his dad's betrayal so much more devastating, and give us more insight into BW. If JH was to play a king, than I'd rather it would be a king at a time of war, not sitting around in the palace talking, and having others do the work. Also, I really don't like the king's clothing :)

 

2 hours ago, phoenix24 said:

I also thought he might be a little age for pre-king period, but since went into more depth/humanize Bang Won.  There is still certain aspects I would hope to explore.  Maybe if we  can go back to certain key events, but not too far back then it would work.  He still has his resolve in MC so maybe showing a little time before that or what lead up to it.

 

Ideally, I would want 8 eps preking and 8 eps king.

That's a good compromise...

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1 hour ago, phoenix24 said:

Yay video finally sub!

 

Aww thanks so much!! Watching it with subs makes me love him even moreeee. His humour is really one kind LOL. Such a straight face when he tells a joke but he probably didn’t intend for it to be a joke but it just comes out funny haha. And his “trick” for taking good photos is hilarious haha. Can’t love this man enough! :joy:

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Oh, the last video was awesome. Thank you a lot:wub:

 

Recounting on my JH odyssey: 

 

I’ve put TMWYS on hiatus. Yesterday I started viewing MF with my mother, and I don’t have the time to watch the two at the same time. 

 

Regarding TMWYS, I watched until the 3rd episode, and it was like looking at a somewhat improved version of Voice. JH playing again a character ridden with guilt over the death of his wife/girlfriend; and a police officer guiding another one through an earphone (only this time JH’s character was the one giving the instructions). The characters seemed more compelling here than in Voice, though, and JH hairstyle is definitely a lot better. 

The frivolous verdict: JH looks really sexy as hell as Hyun Jae. The hair, the scars, the black clothes, the soft voice,  the whisky glass. The character is a pile of clichés, but in the looks department, I can’t complain. 

 

About MF, I’ve only watched the first episode, but I think I’m going to like this one. It gives me Succession vibes. JH as Pil-Joo is enigmatic, intense and creepy, so I’m rooting for him. I’m also intrigued by his weird relationship with Boo-chan. I know it’s my dirty mind, but sometimes I feel a lot of unresolved sexual tension between them, at least on Pil-Joo’s side. If it weren’t a korean drama, I could swear that Pil-Joo is in love -in a twisted and unhealthy way- with Boo-chan. And to be honest, I would prefer it to unfold this way, it’d be interesting and refreshing for once to see a not-heterosexual romance in a kdrama. 

But I know it’s impossible to expect that, so Pil-Joo is going to fall hard for the Birdgirl, of course, and we are going to have the customary love triangle. I only can hope that Pil-Joo isn’t the Birdgirl’s childhood crush that she is so fond of; because I’m really fed up with the “childhood/teenager crush” trope, it’s been played in every kdrama I’ve watched so far (except for Kingdom). I don’t know if I could stand it once more, it’s becoming very tiresome for me. 

On the frivolous side: I don't know if it's the hairstyle, but I find him a little ugly here, even a little chubby. I find him sexy because the PIl-Joo character is sexy as hell, but I'm not loving his looks in MF. Not yet. 

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