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


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] Memory – 기억


Park Tae Suk (Lee Sung Min) is a ruthless lawyer who does whatever it takes to win his cases.  When he becomes diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he realizes how he’s taken everything he holds dear for granted and reevaluates his life and the choices he’s made.  He puts all of his energy into fighting one last case before his memory starts to fade away.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 3/28/16

Lee Sung Min has played a wide variety of supporting character roles over the course of his career.  Recently, I think we’ve been embracing him more in the lead roles, especially after playing the inspiring Section Chief Oh in Misaeng.  In his latest work, Memory, he plays a talented but heartless lawyer who would do anything for his clients.  And yet, the thing that draws me to Lee Sung Min is that when his character is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he manages to make us empathize with him.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 2/9/15

It seems like there’s an indie company that is following in the lead of the bigger companies and putting out a collaboration album. Shofar Music is a fairly new company which started in 2011 but they have about 5 indie artists that they manage: Kim Sa Rang, Kim Ji Soo, Vanilla Acoustic, Sweden Laundry and Letter Flow. For their first collaboration, most of the artists covered their fellow labelmate and they’ve done a pretty nice job. The company’s name comes from the Hebrew word for an ancient pipe instrument that’s been around for thousands for years. Like how people played music during celebrations, war and praise, the company’s aim is to share the human emotional experience through music.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 6/15/12

Today, I’m in the mood for some singer-songwriters. Both Kim Ji Soo and Juniel got their initial recognition from being on singing competition programs.

While Juniel won Niji Iro Supernova, Kim Ji Soo only made it into the top 6 of Superstar K2.  He was eliminated during the Michael Jackson competition.  Perhaps it’s because he sang “Ben”?  I’m sorry but that love song for a mouse just creeps me out.  Eeeeh, no.  But don’t feel bad for him because he’s been busy, what with Dream High 2 and releasing his 2nd mini album.  Although Kim Ji Soo released his album at the end of May and Juniel released hers the first week of June, I really wanted to take my time listening to the tracks several times.

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