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21.01.2019. 2:03 PM
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Achievements of 'Memories of the Alhambra' after 8 weeks of broadcast

 

 

The wonderful miracles throughout the last eight weeks of "Memories of the Alhambra" have officially concluded in January 20th.

 
 
 
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The last episode of the tvN's Saturday - Sunday drama, "Memories of the Alhambra" (screenwriter Song Jae Jung, director Ahn Gil Ho) airing on January 20 achieved an average rating of 9.9%, the highest of 11.2%, based on the standard of households using paid platform, leading the viewership ratings of dramas in the same time slot on cable and generalist channels (according to Nielsen Korea). In addition, with tvN's target audiences who are from 20 to 49 years old, the drama reached an average rating of 7.8%, the highest of 8.7%, taking the top spot of dramas in the same time slot on all channels, including terrestrial television.

In this episode, Jin Woo (played by Hyun Bin) removed all the game's bugs himself, from the character Hyung Suk (played by Park Hoon) - who had pursued him for a year with a bloody appearance, professor Cha (played by Kim Eui Sung) - the person he used to consider his father, to Jung Hoon (played by Min Jin Woong) - who still protected him as an ally even after dying. Jin Woo shed tears when he used the key of heaven to stab into the chests of those characters. When the three NPCs (Non-player Characters, the fictional characters who provide quests or items for the user) disappeared, Emma (Park Shin Hye) appeared. And Jin Woo - the last remaining bug in the game - entrusted his destiny to Emma. To reset the game, all bugs need to be removed.

A year later, many things have changed. J One Holdings company developed the game that was re-setup, then introduced to the world and received an explosive reaction. With the hope that Jin Woo was still alive, Sun Ho (played by Lee Seung Joon) sent him an email every day, but eventually gave up. Hee Joo (played by Park Shin Hye) was the only person to believe that Jin Woo would come back. On the other hand, Se Joo (played by EXO Chanyeol) was recruited by J One Holdings to be a game developer. On the first day Se Joo visited the company, Hee Joo stopped by a coffee shop to wait for his younger brother, and accidentally heard the conversation of the two users. One of them said the game was newly released, and a user's highest level was only 25, but there was someone who reached level 50 and could even use a gun. Hee Joo immediately thought it was Jin Woo.

Hee Joo - who always believed that she would definitely meet Jin Woo again, put on smart contact lens. After that, she ran to find Jin Woo somewhere and at the same time, the image of a user holding a gun appeared on the screen. This scene delighted the audiences who had been looking forward to the survival of Jin Woo and the reunion of the magic couple. By the way, let's take a look at the significant achievements of "Memories of the Alhambra" - the drama that has given viewers a lot of excitement and thrills from the beginning to the end.

#1. Screenwriter Song Jae Jung X Director Ahn Gil Ho - Promoting perfect synergy

"Memories of the Alhambra" has exerted the power from the tight script of screenwriter Song Jae Jung - who possesses a unique imagination along with an unpredictable way of deploying the storyline, and the emotional acting direction of director Ahn Gil Ho - who perfectly demonstrated the image of the fantasy game with vivid footages. The plot frequently brought unexpected twists in each episode, creating a strong impact on viewers, making them immersed in the drama, enjoying it while also having to speculate the events deployed in the next episodes. Not to mention, the meticulous and detailed view of director Ahn Gil Ho - the master of thorough acting direction - has made the AR (augmented reality) game material, which was very unfamiliar to a lot of people, significantly more natural and comprehensible in the drama. "Memories of the Alhambra" really shocked TV viewers every weekend thanks to its uniqueness as "a drama that is no different from movies".

#2. No acting misses, new roles of a lifetime

The drama was highly expected even before the broadcast due to the combination of two famous actors, Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye. Hyun Bin playing Yoo Jin Woo, who lives between reality and the world in the game, has shown his prominent power when perfectly acting in various genres in the drama such as mystery, action or romance. Park Shin Hye with two roles as the lovely girl Jung Hee Joo and the character Emma in the game has earned the love of TV viewers when well portraying the character holding the key of both romance and mystery of the drama. In addition, actors Park Hoon, Kim Eui Sung, and Min Jin Woong - who were reborn as NPCs in the game after they died, have increased the tension for the story. Each actor in the drama shows a high level of concentration when getting into the character, thereby creating a role of a lifetime.

#3. A drama masterpiece with a unique perspective and novel genre

"Memories of the Alhambra" is the first drama to use the AR game material to stir up the small screens. Not only encapsulated within the scope of television dramas makers, the drama also received a hearty response when it drew the attention of both the IT and gaming world. Set in the context of Spain, the dramatic thrill in the game has been built up realistically on the background of real life and attracted viewers with such perfect CG techniques that there is not even a small flaw. Additionally, thanks to deep vibrations, the fateful and magical romance of the couple Hyun Bin - Park Shin Hye throughout the drama has strongly attracted viewers. "Memories of the Alhambra" is also one of the dramas that have helped tvN to be rated by the public as the cable TV channel that has never hesitated to take on challenges with new drama genres.

[OSEN = Reporter Kim Na Hee] nahee@osen.co.kr

[Photo] Screenshots from "Memories of the Alhambra"

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no interviews or comments from anyone in the cast on the outrage over the ending?

I want HB to answer.. what is his justification of his writer and character

 

Writer i know will be Missing in action

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3 hours ago, packmule3 said:

@vangsweetie637 and @Kasmic

 

Hey, where are you off to? I’m still getting started with the last episodes!! I still have a couple more explainin’ to do for this kdrama. 

Im still lingering in here with the intent to get some updates on PDnim post drama thoughts.  But after reading your blogs, I dont think I need it. It might be as much of BS as SJJ's :tounge_wink: To be honest I havent yet  finish watching the sub eps of MOA  only what I saw live. I dont think I can handle watching it again as I know myself that I'll end up asking more questions than what I had in the beginning lol! which will lead me more of a rage :sweatingbullets: so I give up. 

You gave the writer and PD an -A grading. WOW! that's high, if it was me -  even after reading your blog, or Im considering the dimples or beauty it cannot make me go anywhere close to an A.  Dont get me wrong, I still love MOA - the suspense, thrills and romance touched were outstanding and the casts (given what they got) just phenomenal. That I would even give an A grade even with the open ending. But unfortunately I wouldnt grade it nor recommend it to others to watch. I just didnt like how all the other casts (apart from HB) were treated as "secondary" characters I felt angered and still sour. I feel sorry for the those actors/ actresses as given whatever minimal screen time they had - they did do their best. Sadly they will continue to feel the brunt of it - their critics will always be cruel and further typecasts them as how MOA presented them as - weak, emotional or lack of, annoying, villain etc  :crazy:

 

Why did all the side characters just remained as that - sides with no development. Even the side dishes can be as delicious as a main course lol! Ok Im rambling so I'll stop at that - no food talk.  I think PDnim and SJJ brought the B**** in me. Their lack of trust and respect  made them neglect so much and dont tell me its for the creative flair or whatever rebellious BS purpose they had in mind to achieve. <_<

 

I was looking for a "I dont give a?? " gif but found this...and its so cute. It's me - still wanting to kick and punch yet still not that bothered - a good way to sum up my feelings of MOA :joy: I need a good laugh to get over it.

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I can watch this fight all day.  :joy:

 

 

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Its been 2 days since the end of MotA but I still find myself bitter at the ending.  I feel that I have waited for the longest time for Hyun Bin to return to the TV screen and have tried not to get overly excitable for the drama every weekend only to get teary-eyed disappointment.  I know it is not real but the fact that JW stayed in limbo at the end really is kinda hard to swallow for me.   It is equally hard for me to accept that the brother got all the approving cheering while JW's silhouette hid in the dark shooting and not be comforted by his friends and Hee-Joo.  There were ample time/opportunities for this drama to have a clearer ending if there had been less repeated flashbacks and useless fillers/scenes.   Jin-Woo and He-Joo did have some special chemistry and bonding.  While they might not be ardent passion, it was somehow deeper and mature and therefore it gripped me on a very different level.  I really wish the ending between them were clearer (even just for our frail hearts) and that the loopholes of the game explained better. 

 

Even though I hate it that many elements surrounding the game were very loosely explained, the scriptwriter is amazing for coming up with such a story...furthermore, her sheer audacity of not succumbing to most fans for having a happy ending is also something I'll never forget..and for these, I think she deserves to be congratulated. 

 

I think I love MotA though I don't think I'll watch it again anytime soon...

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@Kasmic yes that song! And also BGM right before that song. That BGM also played when Heejoo was preparing herself to meet Yoo Daepyonim, when they're going to a date. That BGM definitely a special one since it played everytime they're going to meet. Hope for a miracle to find those songs. I'm going to tell ya :relaxed:

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@packmule3 thank you for your explanation, make me feel a litte better although I still don't like the writer and director. They use to many flash back especially when the flash back is repeated exactly the same again and again it's boring. It's not the open ending that I can not accept but there are to many things unexplain and to many character that did not develop.  

 

But over all this drama not so bad although for me is not grade A, good start but did not delivered well in the several last episode.

 

I fall in love with Hyun Bin in this drama. His acting is perfect . I saw him in secret garden but only fall in love with him now in this drama and makes me watched all his previous movie because of this drama.

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On 5/6/2018 at 11:09 PM, maris1 said:

I have only watched HB’s and Song Hye Gyo’s ‘ Worlds Within’ ...

i liked it and both together too ( shipped them at the time :Dthough I believe it was not a rating success like his ‘ My Lovely Sam Soon’ and ‘Secret Garden’....both I couldn’t go beyond ep 1.

Not being helpful am I ?:blush:

But, I really like HB....a charismatic star...:love:

@maris1 I too at first ignored watching "My Lovely Kim Sam Soon."  I probably attempted to watch it three times then stopped.  At that time, I was a newbie viewer of Korean dramas so I was not familiar with Kim Sun Ah and the fact that it's a story of an older woman and a young man was enough for me to lose interest.  But then I found out that this drama was one of the highest rated Korean dramas so that it piqued my curiosity. I finally decided to watch it more out of curiosity and to find out what the hype was all about.  Guess what,  to this day, it's still my favourite Korean drama.  This drama was brilliantly written with witty, sophisticated dialogue not to mention the off-the-charts chemistry of Kim Sun Ah and Hyun Bin.  I've probably watched it more than fives times already.  Highly recommended.

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Planning to buy the OST but I read some songs are not in the album? Or the songs in the 2 albums are diff? Looking at the tracks they seem the same though...so am torn whether to get just one or both versions. I really like the 'Vacant Sorrows' BGM but it doesn't seem to be in both versions...

 

Confused...>.<

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59 minutes ago, scarletashin said:

@silvianage it's on itunes since monday :)

 

Oh yes it is now. I found it. I didn’t know what the title was. Thanks!

 

@silvianage the instrumental I sent you had a different title. On iTunes, it’s called ‘accidental encounter’ :) so happy to finally have it on my phone. I had a harder time finding it on iTunes than YT.

 

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hm that is not the one I was looking for. I think ‘vacant sorrows’ is the right title for the one I like. Both are the same one but different instruments

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, vangsweetie637 said:

 

Oh yes it is now. I found it. I didn’t know what the title was. Thanks!

 

@silvianage the instrumental I sent you had a different title. On iTunes, it’s called ‘accidental encounter’ :) so happy to finally have it on my phone. I had a harder time finding it on iTunes than YT.

 

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hm that is not the one I was looking for. I think ‘vacant sorrows’ is the right title for the one I like. Both are the same one but different instruments

 

 

 

 

@vangsweetie637 it’s a different song right? I think what we are looking for is not accidental encounter, And the song was not included in MOA itunes album.

inform me if you found it please thank you in advance

 

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found it but not available in itunes

the song title indeed vacant sorrows by the License Lab

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Still having HyunBin and MOA withdrawal syndrome.

 

Weird, when I listened to this song, I imagine JinWoo sing it to HeeJoo, and they are dancing.

"Then you're left in the dust, unless I stuck by Ya, you're a Sunflower, I think your love would be too much.

Or you'll be left in the dust, unless I stuck by Ya, you're the Sunflower ... you're the Sunflower"

 

So sad.

 

Cr: Post Malone, Swae Lee - Spiderman

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I don't hate the ending. 
But it just irritates me that there are sooo many questions left answer. 
Don't get me wrong, I love this show and the concept of it is very interesting. The writer did a good job on creating such a rich world and depth of a character. I'm neutral on her works though so I guess I see things more objectively. There is so many things she could have done better regarding the plot, the character, and the rules of her world. When things happen and there is no explanation, it just feel like a lazy cheap plot twist. Writing fantasy and scifi is hard because it is hard to keep constant with all the rules you create for that world and when you can't keep up with it or explain it, it's like a needle in the audience's heart and mind, always wondering why it happen. 
I was hoping that the finale would answer all if not most of the jarring twist in this series but it didn't and that really disappoints me. 


Questions
1. When and why did the glitch happen? If it happen when Marco stab Se-Ju, then that is way before Jin Woo starts playing the game. If the glitch was already there and getting "kill" in the game will result in real death then WHY DIDNT JINWOO DIE WHEN HE WAS SLAY MANY TIMES IN THE BEGINNING? Or any new players that keep gettign slay by npc?
2. The first question could have been answer by maybe the "real death" only occur if it's during a duel between real player. Like when JinWoo duel the Cha guy and killed him. But then if it's only happen between duel between real players, then there is no way Jinwoo could be kill by any npc. Whats the difference between the npc in level 1 and level 3? npc when you're level 1 can't kill you? But NPC when you're higher level can? That makes no sense. The secretary shouldn't have died. I felt like his death was just there for plot twist and emotion pull. 
3. Regarding npc that can kill you. If they all can kill you, wouldn't all of them be glitched? Why is only the 3 main one the "glitched" one. On that when Jinwoo deletes all the glitches....where is Marco? He didn't delete Marco. 
4. Why is JinWoo a glitch except again just used for plot twist and emotion pull for his "death". It's irritating. Whatever makes him a glitch...I guess being involved or related to the other glitch game file...could make him a glitch...but wouldn't that make Se-Ju also a glitch for marco who I haven't seen "deleted"/ 
5. Why does Emma deleting Jin Woo, trigger the reset of the game? If anyone say he is the source of all the glitch....then no, wouldn't that be Se-Ju who may had created the first bug with Marco? So wouldn't it make more sense if she deleted Se-Ju to reset the game? Of course they wouldn't do that, it will break Hee-Ju. So Jin Woo being the bug MAKES NO SENSE.
5. On becoming the master and creating things. When Se Ju was the master, he is the creator, it makes sense that he knows how to "program" this game so he can create things instantly. When JinWoo becomes the master....seriously hold does a businessman like him know how to create anything in this game? 
6. On to technology....its new, advance and cool yes. But the writer never explains how it works. How did Se-Ju create the game. Where was the original server before the server moved to J-One? What happen to the original server after J-One took over. How did the game or any file of it's creation get in J-One's hand without Se-Ju being there. 
7. If the game is on a console/platform ie the contact lenses, then how did it still plays without it? Technically, where does it connect to? How did it register and connect to the server? If there is no platform or object to connect the player then how can the creator or that guy in J-one keep track of the player or level? In term of technology. It makes no sense. i guess you could just wrap it all up and said its "magic". But for a show about technology. It's annoying to see it not done logically.
8. If there was a bug then that bug will bound to happen again. Why in the world would they released the game again a year after it's reset is beyond. Someone somewhere will stab someone again with a real knife and cause another bug. It's beyond me that they are releasing a game they could barely control in the first place or understand how it work right out to the public shortly after all the tragedy. Do they never learn their lessons? 


Characters
All the actors did an amazing job portraying their characters. The characters have depth and is interesting but....sometime....they dont make sense. 
1. JinWoo - He is a savvy businessman, who is smart and confident. I understand that his confidence can be strip away as things are getting out of hand. But in dealing with the lawsuit and stuff....He is smarter than what he is doing. He blames the game for Cha's death...but technically he did "kill" the guy with his own hand. There is no evidence but he is a murderer all through and through. Towards the end, he acts like he is innocent and heroic and he is for trying fixing things but as for the incident...the truth is he killed Cha. The death was a result of his action no matter how much he want to blame the game. On dealing with the father and the ex wife....I thought he was smarter but nope he just let things get out of hand because he ignores them. It was a disappointment to see the "smart" side of him in the beginning just disappears. 
2. Hee-Ju. Sigh. Can you do anything else other than cry cry and cry? I want to love her character, her character was supposed to be strong for having to deal with so many things in life alone....but all she does is cry. I expect a stronger Hee-Ju, someone who cry at times but can take things in her own hand to support Jin Woo, not just someone to let him borrow a car or being a flower pot. 


Endings
The conclusion to most was alright.....it wasn't satisfying though. 
What i mean is the "ending" of each character. 
1. The professor Cha should have a worse ending than just getting kill by his son. He should have to face all the things he did. His death was too easy. It felt disappointing. 
2. Hee-Ju annoying "friend" is still there, I don't see an apology or attitude change towards JinWoo. He was just there to create conflict, causes trouble and is still there. They should kill him off seriously. 
3. The second ex wife....that ending for her was ok. But she deserve worse plus a slap in the face. 


Sigh. Maybe I think about it too much. 
but with all un-answer questions, plot holes, and disappointing endings. It make the show a lot less enjoyable. I like the show and it's concept but as a drama itself, I don't think its the "great". It's good and enjoyable show, but it's not great. There are so many things it could have done better to make it great. But it didn't and its a disappointment. 

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The casts gives their thanks to all whom supported them ...it's over :(

 

 

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i still couldnt bring myself to watch ep 16 to avoid the heartbroken lol. For my benefit I will just imagine that PSH in the end will play the game, meet JW and embrace in game lol 

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On 1/22/2019 at 12:10 PM, Celi67 said:

SJJ please go back to college and learn how to write. 

 

I am happy to tell you that your wish is a reality.
SJJ did return to school.
However, not in college, but in university.
And as a dramaturgy professor.

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