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1 hour ago, Ameera Ali said:

Wow , What a view oppa enjoying at final :ph34r::D


I saw that scene and wondering, what the wardrobe department were thinking to put her in a white top for a scene involved getting wet thru and thru?? :ph34r:

 

At least we know Oppa is a gentleman....:phew:

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26 minutes ago, cenching said:


I saw that scene and wondering, what the wardrobe department were thinking to put her in a white top for a scene involved getting wet thru and thru?? :ph34r:

 

At least we know Oppa is a gentleman....:phew:


I was thinking how many time they shoot the scene :phew:

 

before she hug oppa his shirt in the neck is wet :joy: could be there a  practice scene  she warped her arm around his neck :D

 

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Obviously, they rehearsed many times....:lol: or they did many takes and the editors chose the best take. I prefer a girl wraps her arms around the boy’s neck though, it’s looks nicer but I think PHJ is too tall so it might looks JBA is a Tarzan hanging on a tree....:lol:

 

On a side note, JBA is one of the rare K celebrities whose got B&B yah? Butt & Boobs not Bed & Breakfast. Such a refreshing sight among the anorexic majority... 

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Park Hae Jin, Jo Bo Ah, And More Share Final Comments On “Forest”

Mar 19, 2020
by S. Park
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The cast of “Forest” bid farewell to their drama.

On March 19, Park Hae Jin, Jo Bo Ah, Noh Kwang Sik, and Jung Yeon Joo shared their thoughts as their drama came to an end.

Park Hae Jin portrayed cold-hearted male lead Kang San Hyuk for his first drama in three years. “I sincerely thank the viewers who loved the drama until now,” he said. “I also want to thank everyone for their hard work including the Chief Fire Officer, all of the directors and team leaders in Namyangju, Yangyang County, Sejong, and Hoengseong County, and all of the firefighters, staff, and actors who gave up their vacations to help. Good memories and bad memories all become memories in the end, and I will see you soon with a good project to repay you for your love.”

Jo Bo Ah appeared as doctor Jung Young Jae who overcame her inner pain. “Looking back, the actors, staff, and I worked as one falling into water and fighting fire together,” she said. “I was so thankful that viewers gave sympathy and interest, and I’ll work hard so that I can repay you for the love you gave Jung Young Jae.”

Noh Kwang Sik made his drama debut as an emergency rescue team member named Choi Chang. “It feels really bittersweet,” he said. “I couldn’t get a sense of when it might end and I can’t believe it now that the end is here. I had many concerns and difficulties because this is my first attempt at acting, but I just feel grateful that I was looked upon favorably.”

Jung Yeon Joo portrayed county office action officer Oh Bo Mi who made sure everyone followed the rules. “As memories from when filming ended last summer pop up, it feels so sad and bittersweet,” she said. “I want to thank the actors and staff again who worked so hard and thank viewers who gave endless love to ‘Forest.'”

https://www.soompi.com/article/1389209wpp/park-hae-jin-jo-bo-ah-and-more-share-final-comments-on-forest

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22 hours ago, 40somethingahjumma said:

 

All will be answered in subsequent episodes... ;)

 

The notion of developing an eco-resort is a cover story for what is essentially a man-made environmental disaster: arsenic contamination due to mining rare trace minerals. There is no plan to have a resort built on the mountain. KSH doesn't know that at first so he's busy trying to get all the stakeholders to sign off on it. 

 

Many of the long-term residents of the mountain have cancer symptoms or died from cancer. This is what JYJ is looking into.

 

The script is not the best sadly but it is reasonably clear from Episodes 13 and 14 (25-28) that Taesung have no intention of building a resort. The company has been secretly mining the mountain for over 2 decades.

Thanks for the clarification, @40somethingahjumma  Right- I knew that Taesung was up to something shady and had somehow been doing some kind of illegal dumping because of the arsenic in the water. What I didn't understand is why the drama was painting the character of SH as a bad person because he was interested in the development company. I guess they were trying to say he was a "corporate raider". I kept waiting for the drama to give a reason as to why the resort plans were negative- would destroy the forest, or disrupt the community (people forced to leave their homes) or  they get rid of the rescue station completely, or something like that. But the drama never did. Or why SH was a bad person- but the drama shows him acting responsibly for the most part. He always just wanted to relocate the rescue station, never get rid of it completely.  Then the drama script itself gives a positive reason for the rescue station to be moved. I don't think SH told anyone to try and fake results of the environmental impact study either. Instead he decides to make the resort an eco-resort and  tells his staff to find positive ways to solve any problems. That's why I was wondering if I missed something because it seemed to me that SH was not doing the usual tricks that a greedy developer would do, such as bribing government officials to fake environmental impact results. And I don't think any villagers had to leave their homes. I think the only block was the rescue station. Yet the drama kept painting the character of SH as shady and this eco-resort as negative. It just seemed strange to me why the concept itself was a bad idea. 

Yes, the drama script doesn't make it clear that what is actually really bad is Taesung Group getting the land, Taesung building a resort.  The actual eco-resort idea is not in and of itself a bad concept. 

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10 hours ago, cenching said:

@Ameera Ali

Obviously, they rehearsed many times....:lol: or they did many takes and the editors chose the best take. I prefer a girl wraps her arms around the boy’s neck though, it’s looks nicer but I think PHJ is too tall so it might looks JBA is a Tarzan hanging on a tree....:lol:

 

On a side note, JBA is one of the rare K celebrities whose got B&B yah? Butt & Boobs not Bed & Breakfast. Such a refreshing sight among the anorexic majority... 

 

I thought she was wearing an undershirt. You have an eagle eye. :o@Ameera Ali  But still it was less revealing compared to her other dramas & movie. And her hand can reach anywhere. :D

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I prefer her body type not anorexic type. I think it's because she works out and eats just right.

 

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8 hours ago, cenching said:

I can say that Forest is absolutely a bizarre drama. It's made me feel that they have few writers assigned to write different parts, each didn't get the same memo and then they tossed it together without proper "glue". The editing also crappy.

I suspect not only do they have multiple writers, they probably have multiple editors too... Hello, what happened to the bloody head of KSH? 

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29 minutes ago, ktcjdrama said:

I suspect not only do they have multiple writers, they probably have multiple editors too... Hello, what happened to the bloody head of KSH? 

 
We should crossed our fingers that they don’t have multiple Directors then...:crazy: 

 

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Those under water scenes are hilarious. JBA seems to have a thing with water in her dramas. In Innocent Thing, her first scene was jumping from high platform to the pool, then as a mermaid now water trauma...:lol: She is an excellent swimmer though...

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@cenching Same thought here. Even in My Strange Hero, she had underwater scene. :D

 

People are complaining with the storyline. But I'm complaining about the lack of kissing scene in the end (I got spoiled since their 1st kiss). 

KSH was asking for a kiss but I guess she whispered: "Let's do it at home instead. So you better hurry run the bicycle after me." :mrgreen:

 

 

 

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Ep31

 

At hospital. YJ and team members are waiting for surgeon. Surgeon comes out says surgery was successful but he lost a lot of blood. Tonight would be the critical period.  Alarms go off in room and hospital staff working on a patient. Morning comes and YJ walks in.  She asks someone, “are you awake?”  Camera land in - it’s not SH?  Looks like TL?  
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VIP hospital room. SH is bandaged up. Flashback to fire and being shot. Voiceover- KSH is still sedated and not awake yet.  YJ is talking to Hospital Director (?) who was also the surgeon. He tells her SH’s CT doesn’t show any problems and he thinks SH will be fine. YJ tells him about what happened and how the fire was the result of arson. She says it was because of the water contamination scandal and it was revenge. She says SH is in danger right now and asks him to help. 
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CEO and ED watch TV news about the fire and find out that SH is still alive.  ED says he’s tried to find out which hospital SH was in but has so far no luck. Nobody by that name is a patient.  ED says maybe he died.  CEO says they need to make sure that SH is dead. 
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SH in hospital. YJ by his side. She tells him to sleep and rest up. She remembers he’s always had problems sleeping so why not take the opportunity now to make up for it.  She says when SH opens his eyes, she will be there waiting. 
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Miryeong Hospital - burnt.  YJ, Nurse, Dr Park and Director at a meeting to talk about the future. Director tells them whilst the hospital is being rebuilt, they can work at the regional hospital in the interim.  Once outside, Dr Park is muttering to himself about how he’s totally necessary in the scheme of things.  YJ says she wants to check up on the blood tests of the villagers. 
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Director gets a phone call from CEO with instructions.  He hangs up and finds out if the Miryeong villager blood tests are out yet.  News report seems to imply it’s all been dealt with (covered up).  CEO looks pleased as he meets with another man (his dad?).  He says they need SH to die for the scandal to be completely buried. CEO fronts press and tells them it’s all been fabricated and he has nothing to do with the scandal. 
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SH wakes up. YJ asks if he recognizes her. Doctor comes in and says it’s not serious.  The doctor addresses YJ by another name. SH looks surprised.  She tells him they had to use fake names to conceal his identity. He asks if she’s his guardian. She replies Of course, not just now but forevermore. She hugs him. She says he can lean on her.  She tells him to just stay safe from now on and not to risk his life for her anymore. He promises to heed her advice henceforth. 
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TL in hospital. SH and YJ visit. TL wakes up. TL says he’s in a fair bit of pain and tells him not to make it any worse by quitting (his job).
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SH back at hotel with Sec. Sec says YJ refused to let him visit for fear it would break the cover.  He was worried sick. SH says get ready for the take down of CEO. 
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Rescue HQ. Members discuss about the contamination. They mentioned soil sample tests didn’t raise any red flags.  CC says the villagers drank water poisoned by the soil and ended up sick/diseased yet their blood results didn’t show anything either.  They all think something is amiss. They wished TL and SH were around.  SH walks in. He asks if they were talking about him.  They are pleased to see him. SH has a meeting with them. He tells them how all the facts about the pollution has been covered up.  He asks if they know of anyone currently who’s had cancer recently or in the past. CC says no one in the Rescue Team drinks bore/mountain water. They ask CC if he can think of anyone seeing he’s lived there for the longest. CC wonders if his dad got tested.

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YJ is treating SH at the hotel. She tells him to take it easy.  She says she didn’t think he could’ve done what he did. That he would keep following up on the scandal in spite of his injuries. She tries to apologize again. SH stops her. He says she didn’t misunderstand him. He comes clean and said he did think about hiding the truth. He says even now his desire to uncover everything stems from his wanting personal revenge rather than altruism. She says if he really thinks he’s so selfish. SH doesn’t reply.

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Rescue HQ. CC rings up hospital to ask about his dad’s test results. He finds out about the cancer. 
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YJ talks to Director about the blood test results. I think they concoct a plan to uncover everything whilst pretending they found nothing wrong? 
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CC‘s dad meet up with ED. They talk business. Dad asks why the whole fire from the past affair has been dug up again (in the News)? ED pats him down thinking he’s recording the conversation. Dad says you were the ones who asked me to start the fire to get the Villagers off the mountain. He didn’t know anything about the soil pollution.  He was tricked into believing there was something to be mined which would earn him a lot of money?  He starts to rant about the past fire and how it killed SH’s sister. CC is standing at the door and overhears it. He is devastated. His dad turns to see him.  CC glares at him, turns and walks away. Dad gives chase. 
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Back at their house. CC and his dad talk. CC wonders how he never saw it before. He asks what he should do now with the information. Dad says if he gives himself up to the Police if CC would forgive him.  CC asks how he could live with himself. He talks about the cancer. CC says he’s family. He would always be by his side. CC sobs and hugs his dad. 
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SH visits TL. SH tells him his symptoms (forgetfulness) were not the result of his alcoholism but because of the blood poisoning. SH asks about his friend who died in the fire long ago if he was with a little girl. He asked if TL saw anything out of the ordinary then. TL tells him it wasn’t just their helicopter that he heard but there was another helicopter in that area too. SH bumps into CC at the waiting room of the hospital. They walk outside and talk.  CC says he’s stumped by his situation now. CC says he finds it hard to forgive his dad himself, he can’t expect SH to. He apologizes to SH and his sister for his father’s wrongs. SH says is dad needs to do the apologizing personally. 
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CEO and ED. ED says someone’s no longer picking up their phone. He gets another phone call and someone tells him SH has reappeared. They plot to deal with him.

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List of people who died in 1994 fire. BM and YJ look through it. BM says she visited every family and finds out that all the funeral expenses were covered by a particular company.  And they were all cremated.  The name of the company is the same as the one ED was in when YJ met him. YJ tries to ring ED and finds his number has been disconnected.

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YJ fixing SH’s bandage. Reminds him to take his painkillers. She seems preoccupied so SH asks her what’s up. She asks him about ED and how he’s involved in the pollution. She tells him what she’s found out. He tells her he’ll fix it. YJ refuses to let him do it on his own. She says she wants to fix it her way and not rely on his way of doing things. He agrees.  YJ leaves. CC’s dad arrives at the hotel.  SH opens a safe and takes all the notes (?) out. He calls someone to meet up. 
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At deserted spot. SH meets with ED and his goons. They tie SH up and CEO appears. CEO shows him YJ’s signature on a document to conceal all the evidence of the poisoning. CEO threatens to kill him

 

END

 

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I havent watch the episode with subs yet. Havent search either is available or not. I didnt study the map of the said land. Most probably the land that they want to acquired from the villagers is the forgotten one (the old Miryeong village that was burn down). Now, the villagers are living at the relocation land. 

Or, like my country  - the early settlement in new development area have two types of land ; a house lot and another for their farm. When the company/government decided to develop the land, they buy back the farm land. So, the settlers never lost their home and received generous money for the farm. 

 

Anyway, it just an idea for the buy out issue. The only problem is the 119 rescue that has to be relocated becoz they want the land. 

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On 3/20/2020 at 12:09 AM, cenching said:

At least the cinematography and mountain setting are fab, those greenery and their house are breathtaking. Love love the aerial shots....I did professional photography as a hobby so I really appreciate Forest's cameramen....:wub:

 

Yeah, this is the main reason I keep watching this drama, despite the various plot issues.

 

Watched the finale, pretty much everything is explained and resolved, though I still find it odd that Kang SH, an M&A specialist in his early 30s, can have the wealth and power against a chaebol goup, and that CC's dad, involved in part of Taesung's misdeeds, would be totally ignorant of the contamination matter.

 

But when the real world out there is so tubulent, like what @nonski and the rest of us are experiencing, the complaints about a drama's plot don't matter anymore, and I am glad at least watching this drama can provide space for relaxation amid the coronavirus pandemicStay safe, practise social distancing, wear a mask in public area if resources allow, wash your hands throughly and disinfect your belongings/ clothings whether you go home.... I trust most of you have already known the drills and BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL!

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I still haven't watched this week's final episodes coz of incomplete subs... -_-  Anyways, I read a comment / review of Forest from a kdrama watcher's point of view. I cut it short so if anyone would want to read the whole thing then I included the link below.

Let's reminisce with the 2 OSTs as bgm...   :wub:

 

 

 

 

 

"... Onto the real meat of the show. My three favorite elements of the show were indeed how they dealt with three elements: earth, water, and fire. EARTH: The forest scenes were consistently BEAUTIFUL. I was consistently HOMESICK and longing for a few days trekking in too-cold-right-now mountainous forests with trees and moss and critters aplenty, some streams simply necessary to complete the fun of being in the forest!

The WATER, both the obvious stream scenes (gah, her "baptism" with her new birth being her biological parents' loved daughter once more was SO LOVELY I gasped quite a bit-the back and forth from then and now was edited perfectly!) and even the pool one... the camera team did a fantastic job with it. The sound was captured wonderfully, wherever they captured it from!

Then we have FIRE... Wow, they did justice to both the beauty and terror of fire and the difficult man vs nature fight to contain it! It constantly impressed me. I was crying every time the kids, whether in flashbacks or even in court, were caught in that fire. I could feel Kang's fury, his absolute agony, and his sense of guilt though thankfully that dissipated as he caught the REAL killer. I still feel a bit wounded having seen them out there, ESPECIALLY now that we've seen a tiny bit more of them out there, of that tree where they snuck things, etc. I appreciate how they spent so much time making sure to accurately show its intense danger, to show realistic ways and likewise outcomes of rescues/escaping fires.

Another excellent area addressed over the whole show: how the writer/director paid attention to MISTAKES, human mistakes, made by rescue teams and how easy it is to make one, how dangerous it can be (ie Yeong Jae in the pool, the ropes not being properly tied, etc). They become a team, a unit, because if any single task, tiny or large, is not done exactly right someone is likely to die. Whoever they consulted with, excellent work (and great work listening and applying it, writer).

I LOVED the escape scene where he poured water on a blanket and clothing and ran with her breaking the glass and escaping...

 I can still feel the pain of everyone in the village. I can also still feel the realism in no one coming forward unless there's a huge benefit/payout, something much bigger than anyone can get from the evil one they work for! At least Kang and his assistant were clever, properly clever, and FINALLY someone had the sense to have his hospitalization be in another name, duh! (Kdramas have made me wary of too many in white coats, bad given my job but I'll just have to quiz anyone I see with a syringe and any "medication.")

I think this is a 7-7.5/10 for me... It definitely had some weaknesses, but if only for the earth-water-fire (and wind carrying the fire, the secret force of all the others that can kill or create!) and some really lovable characters and some love that fostered healing and healing that facilitated love, it was a good watch overall. Some stuff was kinda dull, but most of it was beautiful enough to ignore the somewhat blehh moments. :)    " 

 

 

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