[Review] Hwarang: The Beginning – 화랑: 더 비기닝

WEARING OUT THE FLOWER BOYS’ SPIRIT

After the death of the previous king, Queen Ji Soo (Kim Ji Soo) has been ruling the Silla Kingdom as regent in place of her young son, who she’s kept tucked away from enemies and assassins who are eager to seize power for themselves.  When Kim Sam Maek Jong (Park Hyung Shik) comes of age, he has grown weary of waiting for his mother to cede the regency.  In order to solidify their power, Queen Ji So creates an elite force made up of the sons of the noble families of Silla to cut across the existing power factions and bind their loyalties to the throne.  Despite Queen Ji So’s objections, Sam Maek Jong secretly enlists as a member as well as Moo Myung (Park Seo Joon), a commoner with a birth secret that even he’s not aware of.

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[Review] Solomon’s Perjury – 솔로몬의 위증

LAW & ORDER

On Christmas morning, the body of a young, male student, Lee So Woo (Seo Young Joo), is found on the campus of an elite high school.  Although the police rule his death as a suicide, an anonymous note circulates around the school which insinuates that his death was actually a murder committed by the class bully, Choi Woo Hyuk (Baek Chul Min).

Go Seo Yun (Kim Hyun Soo), Class 2-1’s class president and ace student, becomes determined to take matters into her own hands by conducting an independent trial amongst the students in order to get at the truth.

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Happy 6th! And Goodbye, For Now…

It’s been 6 years since I began this journey on Musings of a Chunkeemonkeeato.  I’ve had some incredible experiences over those years, including making an internet community of new friends, going to KCON in LA and NY, sharing aspects of my culture and gushing about the world of entertainment, specifically Korean television, movies and music.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 7/14/17

There’s a very important announcement that I’ll be making tomorrow.  Please be sure to stay tuned.  However, as I was preparing for that, it just made me reminisce about the blog in general.  The oddball thing is when I reminisce about myself sometimes it’s accompanied by a soundtrack playing in my head.  There’s really no theme this week other than having today’s playlist being a Summer Flashback Friday.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/10/17

Sometimes it seems like if you’ve seen one corruption drama, you’ve seen them all but I can’t help but be left on the edge of my seat whenever I watch Forest of Secrets.  If you haven’t been watching this drama, I strongly encourage it as it feels timely but I also feel like the show allows the viewers to come to their own conclusions about the characters guilt or innocence.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 7/7/17

Fridays can be especially hard in the summers.  Here’s hoping that these retro will make you forget that you’re stuck indoors.  If you’re outdoors, here’s hope that these tracks have you grooving to all the pleasures of summer!

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/3/17

Music is such a powerful medium.  And so, when I saw that Yoo Hee Yeol was doing another music program on JTBC, it made me wonder if this was meant to be the program that followed Sugar Man which ended last year.  Despite not having Yoo Jae Suk beside him, the fact that Yoon Do Hyun and Lee Sora would be joining intrigued me in and of itself.  Begin Again takes its name from the music film starring Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine but takes these established musicians to the streets in foreign countries where they’ll have to sing in front of audiences that may not be familiar with who they are.

It didn’t seem out of character to me that Yoo Hee Yeol and Yoon Do Hyun would agree to do the program but it was highly surprising that Lee Sora agreed to do it.  After all, she’s been pretty much of a recluse for the last 6 years and hasn’t released anything new since then.

Having said that, the three musicians, with their differing styles, got together to practice and go on this adventure.  Noh Hong Chul will act as their road manager and I’d imagine that he will also provide amusing commentary.  The first destination for the group is Dublin, Ireland.  Immediately, the group can’t help but think of Once as Glen Hansard’s character in the film was that of a struggling musician, busking in the streets.

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