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Han Hyo Joo 한효주 - [ON AIR: Happiness (2021) Fri/Sat: 10:40PM KST]


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Trailer is out for Happiness :)

 

 

Coming November 5. So far, VIU and iQiyi are carrying it outside of Korea. If you'd like to see it on Viki, please send them a request! (Or do it for those of us who don't have VIU and iQiyi?) https://support.viki.com/hc/en-us/articles/360034633713-Request-a-TV-Show-or-Movie

 

Additional poster added today: 

 

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TVN has an anniversary celebration going on and will be posting something about Happiness on Oct 12 as well. 

 

Also, it looks like they're finally going to air The Sun Does Not Move in Korea. The article says October, but I'm not sure exactly when. See https://www.news1.kr/articles/?4454650

 

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It's sort of hard to keep up with Hyo Joo these days. She has SO MUCH going on!

 

 

Most recent trailer for Happiness. Airs on November 5 on TVN and TVING. Also carrying it are Viki, VIU, iQiyi, and...I think some others. (Some will air the next day to allow time for subtitling.) HJ has posted some stills from the upcoming drama on her IG, which you can find here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVnGI3tBmmz/

 

Then, there is finally an official release date for Pirates: Goblin Flag, which will be Lunar New Year 2022. (See http://www.nspna.com/news/?mode=view&newsid=534802) This should be good; I read recently that Korea is now at 70% for vaccinations, so add in a holiday and people will be wanting to go to the theaters again and see movies. Yay! 

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Then we have Moving, with the official cast now set (they have been filming for a while already, so I sort of forgot there wasn't an official confirmation yet). But Disney Plus Korea posted this yesterday on their IG as well: 

 

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(See https://www.instagram.com/p/CVl-OqnDkdX/)

 

And script reading: 

 

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Meanwhile she keeps posting throwbacks to her past works as well as past travels. And, last week Elle magazine was soliciting questions to ask her and Park Hyung Sik for an interview to promote Happiness. As Happiness comes out in a week, I would expect to see something about this pretty soon? 

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Happiness Press Conference, Hyojoo looks stunning in Pink, love her cardigan and channel ear rings :love:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CVuM94SJJ72/?utm_medium=copy_link

 

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A quick 4 min Preview from Happiness, just exceeds our expectations within no span of time...:issohappy:

 

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CVxPEr4A_Ge/?utm_medium=copy_link

 

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Ahhhh I really just love Hyo Joo's acting! Yoon Sae Bom reminds me a little of Oh Yeon Joo (ie both are impulsive), although of course the story is completely different and the characters are different people, too. (The pen-stabbing at the beginning, though...heh.) 

 

You can really tell that she has been inhaling action and training action for the past several years. It's effortless.

 

While watching the first episode of Happiness, I couldn't help but notice that her character is different from many female drama leads, and her acting is also different. I like that this character has been written to be quite active. I don't think that a character has to be loud or pushy or aggressive to be active--saving your loved one's life through drawing is also an active choice, plotwise. It's not about muscles, it's about who is driving the change and therefore the plot in the story. Sometimes you get dramas where all the activity is in the character description, but then they aren't allowed to DO anything in the actual plot. But impulsive Sae Bom here is doing things that make the story develop further. I like that. 

 

Actingwise, I can think of many actors/actresses who have carefully sculpted faces that are just sort of static. In contrast, one of the things that I have always loved about  HJ's acting is that so much is in her face, and in minute facial expressions. I remember Lee Jong Suk commenting once about her ability to bring a lot of feeling into even lines that were just regular, not about anything particularly momentous, through her eye expressions, and I'm really noticing it in this one, too. While I can think of a couple of people whose acting may remind me of her a little bit, really, she has a unique acting style that is all her own.   

 

Anyway, it's a promising first episode. I'm so glad to see Hyo Joo back in Kdramaland!

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1 hour ago, bimini said:

Anyway, what are we all thinking of Happiness so far?!

The script is good; I love that her character gets to DO things. Not just action scenes (which she is amazing in), but in large and small ways, she is driving the plot. It's refreshing. And she's doing an awesome job bringing Sae Bom to life. Sae Bom is just a little crazy, lol. The chemistry between all three leads is good, too. I think it's well cast. They're all distinct and they play off of each other well. I found the picture they hung up instead of a wedding picture hysterical. There's just a nice balance between jumpscare zombies, and these funny scenes that keeps it from being too heavy.

 

I went poking around on DC to see people's reactions in Korea, and they seem quite positive. They like the pacing and feel the story is refreshing and they want to keep watching. Which is good to hear!

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On 11/7/2021 at 1:48 PM, frozentundra said:

The script is good; I love that her character gets to DO things. Not just action scenes (which she is amazing in), but in large and small ways, she is driving the plot. It's refreshing. And she's doing an awesome job bringing Sae Bom to life. Sae Bom is just a little crazy, lol. The chemistry between all three leads is good, too. I think it's well cast. They're all distinct and they play off of each other well. I found the picture they hung up instead of a wedding picture hysterical. There's just a nice balance between jumpscare zombies, and these funny scenes that keeps it from being too heavy.

 

I went poking around on DC to see people's reactions in Korea, and they seem quite positive. They like the pacing and feel the story is refreshing and they want to keep watching. Which is good to hear!

I agree with all that you said! I love that the drama is centralized around YSB and that her character comes off as fully-realized already within 2 episodes. We know what motivates her and behind that tough counter-terrorism specialist who pushes her trainees hard, she's got a personable side as well. I especially love her friendships with the female characters, such as the little girl and Jisoo (can we even call that a friendship yet haha). I hope we get to see more of her action scenes and since we all know YSB is a capable person, I better not see any scenes of Yi-hyun coming in and being her savior~! 

 

I was so anxious about how it would be received domestically and honestly, with how crappy tvN/TVing has promoted it, I was expecting low premiere ratings so I was pleasantly surprised that it performed better than its predecessor, Yumi's Cells. I think tvN is realizing they have a potential surprise hit in their hands and are starting to properly promote it a little better. I'm seeing them showing reruns more (which had decent ratings of 1.66 in Seoul and 1.283 nationwide on 11/11 and aired after tvN's newest drama Melancholia whose 2nd episode had 2.459 in Seoul and 2.407 nationwide). I've been gauging reactions on the qoo and it's looking like it's got strong word of mouth. With so many new dramas premiering this week, it'll be interesting to see how it fares. I don't expect it to be a breakout hit with so much competition, but here's to hoping the quality of the show remains good and ratings stay stable at the very least! 

 

It's too bad it's a TVing original and not available on Netflix cuz it's totally something they would've picked up and gotten popular imo. 

 

Also, not sure how credible Mydramalist is, but on their Happiness page, they have Kim Eui Sung listed as a guest star! 

 

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You know, a while back I saw Kim Eui Sung listed on the Korean wiki page for it, and then later that was removed. So I always wondered... I would love it if he did show up! Even fairly recently he mentioned her on his IG as his daughter; it would be cool for a 3x reunion. (Just checked again. Still not there. Dang. Maybe he could show up as a surprise??)

 

I LOVE the little girl. Like Sae Bom, she has character in mini format. The other residents of the apartment are all complete weirdoes, lol. Chemistry  between the main three is good and I like that their characters are all so very distinct. It makes me want to watch more to find out how they will all get along.

 

Tons of positive reaction to this one--yeah, I think TVN is surprised. I don't know what they were thinking for not promoting it more in the first place, but I expect ratings to rise. It's good--and not just because I'm a particular fan!

 

 

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Hmmm hopefully Kim Eui Sung is a surprise guest appearance. That would be amazing to see him and HJ reunited again! Imagine he plays as her dad again haha

 

I think tvN just placed all their eggs into the Jirisan basket but I think also BH Ent might have struck a deal with them/TVing too cuz at least 3 of their artists (KGE, HHJ, HJM) have TVing originals, and so far Yumi's Cells has had the most promotion (which makes sense cuz KGE is the most bankable star atm) 

 

Anyway, I live-streamed today's episode. I have... some thoughts... lol. Gonna wait for English subtitles and then reassess my opinions ha

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Okay watched with subs and

 

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I didn't like YSB's characterization in this episode. I felt like she was heavily utilized as just a plot device. I was initially annoyed during the live-stream when she jumped right in to save her friend, but after watching it with subs I can understand it kind of makes sense and is within her character.

 

But the bathroom scene with the infected neighbor? That really annoyed me cuz I didn't understand why she let her go when she's a trained counter-terrorist specialist. Like how was she OK with possibly endangering other people by letting her free. I know the reasons why (infected neighbor seemed only interested in harming her husband), but YSB didn't know that for certain and it just doesn't make sense to me why she did that. Why put others in danger no matter how crappy they are? 

 

Also, Idk I felt like she kept flip-flopping between viewing the infected as humans and constantly threatening HTS that she'll expose him cuz how they're being treated is inhumane, but then she also agreed with the housing manager/representative that they should keep the incident a secret amongst the residents because she so badly wants to keep her home? And also why was she mad at Ji-soo? I didn't understand why she was acting self-righteous? Like Ji-soo said, she lost 5 of her colleagues too. 

 

Another complaint! I'm disappointed that she had to be saved by Yi-hyun twice! I was really hoping she was gonna perform some cool stunt with the shower head attachment in the bathroom but nope. Maybe she's only trained in handling guns in her field of work so can't improv as well as Yi-hyun? IDK. Like I'm fine with Yi-hyun being her savior here and there, as long as it's reciprocated cuz I wanna see capable, smart YSB protecting her home too.

 

End rant. haha

 

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Okay, today's episode was a lot better lol. We got the cool but still always impulsive SB again. Still disappointed that the writer chose that way to write her character to set up certain plot points last episode but I'm happy about this series again lol. Excited for next week's episodes! 

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