Dear My Friends: First Impressions

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There’s a line in Dear My Friends where they say that no one is interested in the stories of the old people. And that’s probably true. But this drama is highlighting it and telling you – old people have many stories to tell. Old people have just as much drama as young people do in K-dramas. And thanks to No Hee Kyung for really highlighting that and giving these veteran actors and actresses their time to shine.

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Running Man: Episode 229

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Our 229th Running Man adventure starts with guest Lee Seung Gi getting his very own spy mission. He is to eliminate all the members and guest Moon Chae Won in secret – a classic Running Man spy mission. But he won’t be alone – famed grump Lee Seo Jin will be joining him to complete the mission. True to form, Seo Jin doesn’t seem to be too thrilled about it, and suggests that Seung Gi eliminate him first. They will only be able to eliminate the other members when the two spies are together, but if anyone else catches on, they will fail the mission.

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Running Man: Episode 228

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After an unplanned hiatus, Kaedejun’s Running Man coverage is back for a fresh start in 2015! I won’t call it a resolution, because I have a history of not keeping those, but I am fully planning on forging forward with recaps this year. To bridge the gap a little from my last Running Man recap this past fall, I’ll just say that I think the show has been having a really great past couple of months. 2014 started with a lot of cooking-related shows that were fun for the first time or two, then had me wondering if the show was taking a turn for the more tame concepts. Then around the second half of the year, the show had a marked return to classic Running Man style and it’s been a blast!

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An Interview with the cast of Dong Yi

Dong Yi has been enjoying high ratings (in the 20s range) and will prove to be a tough competitor for the newer dramas Giant and The Nation’s Orders (also known as Call of the Country). It keeps getting compared to Dae Jang Geum, especially since the director Lee Byung Hoon also did that series. But what makes this drama different is the fact that the king Suk Jong and the mistress Jang Hee Bin have been completely reinvented. For example, the king (played by Ji Jin Hee) is now a more charismatic king who engages with the servant ladies and disguises himself to see how the commoners really live. Jang Hee Bin (played by Lee So Yeon) was also re-visualized by making her more of a deeper, thoughtful ‘villain’ than the outright spiteful woman that Mishil from Queen Seon Deok was. That’s also a nice change from her former character in Angel’s Temptation and helps distance her from playing that kind of villain. And Park Ha Sun has been able to show a tougher side to the usually gentle Queen Inhyeon.

The following is an excerpt from the cast interviews. The stars present were Ji Jin Hee, Lee So Yeon, Han Hyo Joo, Bae Soo Bin (as Chun Soo), Park Ha Sun, Jung Jin Young (as Official Seo), Lee Kwang Soo (as Young Dal), and Lee Hee Do (as Hwang Joo Shik).

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