The Best of Hidden Identity: Episode 5

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Checked out episode 5 of Hidden Identity, and I’m pretty impressed with how the “case of the week” is shaping up as part of the overall chase for the Ghost. This week’s baddie: Lee Moo Sung, a smuggling baddie who brought in two bombers who kidnapped and forced a computer genius to hack into the government systems.

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Choi Kwon and Sun Ah – Stealing the Producer Spotlight

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After watching the Producer Special episode again today, I think it is safe to say that Choi Kwon and Kim Sun Ah (no, not that one) managed to steal the spotlight from their better known cast mates. I’ve been curious about them, and while I may have seen them before (Choi in King 2 Hearts and Sun Ah in Answer Me 1997), I didn’t really remember them. There were other people in those shows that stole my heart.

However, it’s now safe to say that if I see them again, I’ll forever remember their roles in Producer. The two managed to make very small roles into very special ones, and the rest of the drama would not have been the same without them.

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The Best Moments of Hidden Identity

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Hidden Identity is exactly what I need right now – a crime thriller in the heat of the summer. It’s slick, and has a really high production quality, thus making it not feel like it’s been rushed. Starring Kim Bum, Yoon So Yi, Lee Won Jong, and Park Sung Woong, the drama follows a covert crime investigation unit that is above the law, and utilizes undercover operations to catch the most violent and dangerous criminals.

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Producer: A Review

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I’m going to admit that it is taking me some time to wrap my thoughts around this series. Though it was only six weeks, it definitely felt like the longest six weeks in my life. Overall, I mildly enjoyed the show and viewed it a bit more favorably in the end than I did in the beginning. It had its funny moments, surrounded by plenty of filler moments. I did not enjoy the fact that Producers was over an hour long for each episode just because it wanted to mimic a variety show format though!

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UPDATED: See You at KCON 2015!

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I’m so excited to be going to KCON 2015 – this time as a panelist! Last year I was just a starry-eyed attendee, but this year I actually get to participate!

KCON will be held on July 31-August 2 – three days! There will be two locations this year: Staples Center for the 2-night concert on Saturday and Sunday, and LA Convention Center for the actual convention. YAY IT’S INDOORS!

I’m most excited for the concert to see Shinhwa, so I really can’t wait to go. I also hope to see some of you there and say hi! For more details on KCON, you can visit their website here.

UPDATE:

I finally got my panel listings, so if you happen to stop by, come visit me here!

  1. The Rise of the Acting Idol
  2. Women in K-Drama
  3. Ultimate K-Drama Showdown: Originals vs. K-Drama Adaptations

I’ll be live tweeting the event @kaede_jun, so follow me there and hope to see you there!

 

A Review of the puzzling ‘Sense8’

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Sense8 is a Netflix original series by Andy and Lana Wachowski that follows eight gifted people with the ability to sense each other’s emotions and feelings, and experience moments in their lives. It premiered on Netflix a couple of weeks ago, and, with the few online teasers I saw, I only tuned in because it starred Bae Doona. I can’t help but be curious to see her acting in an English-speaking role.

[The following review will have spoilers, so be forewarned!]

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The Time That They Were (not) In Love?

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With just over two weeks before the premiere of ​The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days, SBS has found it the right time to change the title. The Korean title is “너를 사랑한 시간,” which Google translates to, “You loved hours.” A Korean translator says, “The Time I Loved You.” But SBS says the English title is “The Time We Were Not In Love.”

At least the one thing that’s consistent is ‘7000 Days’ is out of the equation.

I get that SBS probably wants to give a title that reflects the drama the most, but you’re telling us two very different things! Either they’ve been in love for a long time, or they never loved each other that entire time! What’s going on?! Pick something!

To those who’ve seen the original Taiwanese drama this is based off of, In Time With You, the two titles could make sense. But as someone who likes to rely on the English title telling me how to read and interpret the Korean title, this is confusing as heck.

Petty rant, over.

 

Lee Min Ho Chooses Another Film for Comeback

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Looks like Lee Min Ho isn’t returning to the small screen anytime soon. The actor, who’s pretty much got free rein to forever do commercials and movies if he’d like, is choosing a big-budget pan-Asian film called ‘Bounty Hunters’. Directed by Shin Tae Ra (or Terra Shin), who previously did ‘My Girlfriend is an Agent’ with Kang Ji Hwan, ‘Bounty Hunters’ will take place in Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and other major Asian cities. With a blockbuster-sized budget, this film can do anything.

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Hwajung: Episodes 13-14 Recap

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Queen Dowager: “Heaven is heedless.” Court Lady Jung: “One day the punishment from heaven will catch up to [Gwanghae].” You know it’s not easy to like characters when you see how much they misunderstand Gwanghae. I shake my head in pity because so far this drama is making me feel very biased rather than a more holistic view of the whole drama. Give me something to hate Gwanghae for, danggit!

On another note, these two episodes visually looked more like a soap opera (where it looks too real, and too smooth). Not sure if the drama started shooting at a higher frame rate or the lighting is not as soft, but it definitely bothered me in these two episodes more than in previous episodes.

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