Just Bananas About: Week of 10/24/16

Even though we only had one episode Moon Lovers that aired last week, I have to admit that it didn’t bother me as much.  While I completely relished the fact that 3 episodes aired in the first week, there was something about the fact that each week ended with an odd numbered episode that kept throwing me off.  Like I missed watching an episode by the time Monday rolled around.  Anyways, even though we only had one episode last week, it was jammed packed with a lot of drama and romance.

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[Review] Detective Hong Gil Dong: Disappeared Village/Phantom Detective – 탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을


Detective Hong Gil Dong (Lee Je Hoon) works at an illegal detective agency with his foster sister, President Hwang (Go Ah Ra).  Following the legacy of their late father, they work to take down the evil, corrupt people fo the world.  However, Hong Gil Dong has his own mystery that he wants to solve: find the killer who murdered mother and exact revenge on him.

It’s been 20 years since he witnessed Kim Byung Duk (Park Geun Hyung) kill his mother and he tracks him down to a small hut in the countryside.  Instead of finding Kim Byung Duk, he discovers that several men have kidnapped him and left behind his two young granddaughters, Kim Dong Yi (Noh Jung Eui) and Kim Mal Soon (Kim Ha Na).  He offers to help them find their grandfather not disclosing his own motives for the search but the two girls end up becoming his unlikeliest sidekicks.

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[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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