[Review] W – 더블유


Kang Chul (Lee Jong Suk) is a former Olympic gold medalist in shooting who is accused of murdering his entire family.  After proving his innocence, he creates the W Network in order to solve cases using facts and hope that it’ll help him to find and seek revenge on the mysterious killer who ruined his life.  Unbeknownst to him and in a parallel universe, Chul is actually the main character in a popular webtoon series titled, “W”.

As a failed webtoon artist, alcoholic and divorcee, Oh Sung Moo (Kim Eui Sang) gains popularity with “W”.  However, he begins to notice that his drawings sometimes change on their own and comes to the realization that he may not be in control of his own work.

Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) is a resident doctor and Sung Moo’s daughter.  Upon hearing that her father has disappeared, she goes to her father’s studio in search of him.  However, she is pulled into another world and comes across a dying Chul.  Immediately her medical training kicks in and she saves his life but she inadvertently finds herself caught up within the webtoon narrative.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 10/21/16

Today, I’m featuring some women of the K-Indie music scene.  Though their styles are very different, both artists write their own music.  They are very expressive and poetic as they describe whirlwind of feelings and emotions.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 10/17/16

There is an interesting new game show that premiered last night called Society Game.  It’s a game that requires you to use your brain, strength and intuition in order to make it through to the end.  There are 22 contestants from all different walks of life, which includes students, athletes, models, doctors, businessmen and etc.  They will live together in a hut for 2 weeks and the member that makes it all the way to the end will win a prize sum of 100 million won (~approx. $100,000).

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 10/14/16

In the Fall, I noticed that I tend to listen to a lot of ballads and music that generally has a slower tempo.  I swear I’m not depressed or anything but there’s something about the cooler weather or approaching the end of the year that makes you more reflective.  However today, I’m flipping the script as the cooler temps don’t stop me from listening to upbeat music.

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[Review] Operation Chromite/Incheon Landing – 인천상륙작전


Following the outbreak of the Korean War on June 25th, 1950, the North Korean Army held superiority, both in manpower and military equipment, over the South Korean forces.  So much so that the South Korean forces were pushed all the way back to Busan.  General Douglas MacArthur (Liam Neeson) envisions an amphibious assault to retake the city of Seoul through the marshy lands of Incheon.  However, before he is able to do so, he recruits 8 members of the Korean Liason Office to take on a secret spy mission behind enemy lines.  Heading the covert operation is Jang Hak Soo (Lee Jung Jae) whose mission to obtain intel from the North Korean military offices of Rim Gye Jin (Lee Bum Soo) and provide aid from behind enemy lines so that MacArthur’s daring operation could succeed.

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[Review] The Good Wife – 굿와이프


When Kim Hye Kyung’s (Jeon Do Yeon) husband, Prosecutor Lee Tae Joon (Yoo Ji Tae), is sent to jail after a public scandal involving sex and corruption, Hye Kyung returns to her law practice so that she can take care of her family.

She’s hired by MJ Law Firm as a first year, run by an old law school buddy, Seo Joong Won (Yoon Kye Sang), and his sister, Seo Myung Hee (Kim Seo Hyung).  Not only must Hye Kyung deal with her personal problems in the spotlight but she also faces stiff competition from young lawyers at MJ as well as other lawyers who want to win their cases against her.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 10/10/16

So I’ve been preoccupied with watching Korean dramas and variety shows (and trying to procrastinate too long in writing reviews for them – sigh) that I haven’t really been keeping up with American or British shows like I used to.  However, if you’ve been feeling Downton Abbey withdrawal, there are a number of shows this Fall to look forward to.  One of them won’t air until November but ITV’s Victoria has made its bow on the first season.

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