Jive Monkey Playlist: 8/3/15

There are a lot love songs out there and K-Pop is no exception.  And yet, there is something charming about love songs that are pure and innocent especially when you can’t be next to the one you love.  Two artists recently made a comeback and today’s tracks feature their tender and sweet sides.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/31/15

I was never an avid watcher of Healing Camp but an occasional watcher especially when there was a guest I was interested in.  However, I wondered what the show would do without Lee Kyung Kyu and Sung Yu Ri.  Well, this week I found out and I’m cautiously optimistic.

Kim Je Dong is a great variety show personality but I was skeptical as to whether he could carry this program on his own because Lee Kyung Kyu’s personality was so strong as he lead the team of hosts.  Sung Yu Ri added that sweet, girl-next-door dynamic to the group while Kim Je Dong brought the wit.

For the new format, Kim Je Dong leads a group of 499 audience members.  Together, they are the new MC’s and get to ask questions to the celebrity.  However, the audience members aren’t told ahead of time who the guest is which is the most intriguing part of the new format.  As much as guests are used to going on a press tour and being asked questions, they often get the same questions over and over again that it can get trite fast but opening up the questions to the audience and not even telling them who the guest is so that the audience members can’t really prepare opens up a new door.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 7/27/15

Oh My Ghost continues to delight me.  This week, we finally get some forward movement with some of our main characters an equally enjoyable jazz soundtrack.

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[Review] The Royal Tailor – 상의원

FASHION KING, TAILOR-MADE

Jo Dol Seok (Han Suk Kyu) tailored clothes for three generation of kings before finally becoming the head of the royal attire department at the palace.  Although he was born as a lowly commoner and forced to learn the trade as a young child, Dol Seok saw an opportunity to become the best tailor in the nation and perhaps one day raising his social status.  He has always been a stickler for principle so he takes an aversion to Lee Gong Jin (Go Soo), a young designer who adapts the traditional design of hanbok into something practical yet fashionable.

Gong Jin falls for the Queen (Park Shin Hye) who seeks his help in fixing the King’s (Yoo Yun Suk) royal robe.  Eventually, he’s hired to join the department as a royal tailor and it ignites Dol Seok’s jealousy.  As the two designers try to outdo each other, it causes a scandal that rocks the nation.

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[Review] Whistle Blower – 제보자

CRUCIFYING THE TRUTH

TV news producer Yoon Min Chul (Park Hae Il) gets a scoop on story that a sterility clinic is illegally buying ovum.  When he digs further, he realizes that globally revered scientist Dr. Lee Jang Hwan (Lee Kyung Young) is involved.  Dr. Lee has gained widespread acclaim after announcing that he is able to clone human stem cells in an effort to cure cancer, among other diseases.  Yoon’s producer tells him to bag the story as it would be difficult to take down such a revered figure.  However, he changes his mind after receiving an anonymous call from Shim Min Ho (Yoo Yun Suk), a young scientist who once worked with Dr. Lee and whose wife still works at Dr. Lee’s laboratory.  This film is based on the true story of Dr. Hwang Woo Suk and the people who uncovered the truth to the public.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/24/15

I got into King of Masked Singers only a few weeks back but even I couldn’t help up but get swept up into guessing the singers behind each mask. One question that’s been plaguing audiences is the identity of CBR Cleopatra. The answer has finally been revealed this week. If you haven’t seen the episode or don’t want to be spoiled, be warned. Spoilers Abound.

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