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Friday, December 18, 2015

[mslee's thoughts] Park Bo Gum - The Cute, Innocent and Adorable Taek in Reply 1988

photos via Park Bo Gum's twitter
official twitter account for Reply 1988


This young actor has been catching a lot of attention in the drama series Reply 1988 with his cute character as Taek, the Baduk genius of the neighborhood where he grew up with supportive hyungs and the loud character of Hyeri as Deuk Sun along with their families.

At first I did not notice his silent character because he was portraying a much younger character besides the others. But as the drama develops, I noticed his cute side and after my heart broke because of early shipping between Sun Woo and Deuk Sun which failed, I wanted badly for Taek and Deuk Sun to end up even if my instinct already told me that the story would probably and most possibly go for Jung Hwan and Deuk Sun as the OTP.

I just love the pairing of Hyeri and Park Bo Gum in every scenes they have in the drama. Hyeri's character although most of the times loud, when it comes to Taek, she is like a noona, 
very caring and gets along with him. She could not resist him and his pleas even though she wanted to be pissed off just because she just could not.

Park Bo Gum's smiles melts mine and definitely the viewers. You just want to hug this young man every time he appears on the screens. And even though he appears young as Taek in the drama, when he speaks in a serious way, he looks matured and commanding, which I think is what's really coming from the real person and not the character.

Although I  must say that all the characters are interesting and look fresh, the chemistry between these young actors are amazing.

Look at these smiles from their faces!
Park Bo Gum certainly captures my eyes, and he just can't help it even though all are also cute.

I think this scene was my favorite in the latest drama series where Taek looks more determined to show his affection to Deuk Sun even though Jung Hwan has been noticing it and feeling a bit low and affected.

Well, there's still a lot of episodes in the series and looking forward for more "Taek" scenes, alone or with Deuk Sun. Whatever the outcome of the romance, whoever Deuk Sun ends up with, I think I will be shipping her with Taek until the end.

[It's not that I dislike Jung Hwan because he has his good chemistry with Deuk Sun.]

I'm sure I have seen Park Bo Gum in another drama but honestly, this is where he really captured my attention.

Will be seeing him in his future projects.


Park Hyung Sik Pictorial for ARENA

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Yoo Ah In Pictorial for ARENA

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[mslee's thoughts] GIF Episode 13 Six Flying Dragons Highlights

Short recap

Gil Tae Mi went to find the storyteller he was once had a fight with at Biguk temple. He wanted to confirm something because I think he had a feeling that the story teller was the one who killed Baek Yoon and most likely the famous venomous magpie

But then the one who faced him with his masked on was not the one he was looking for. He could tell by the way he stared deeply into those eyes that the one who stood in front of him was not the one he had fought with.

By that time, Ddang Sae was overlooking at them both, hiding in one of the rooms upstairs, holding on to his sword tightly, ready to make a move anytime if Gil Tae Mi pushes through with his search.

Gil Tae Mi decided it was not his lucky day to meet right storyteller and walked away in his annoyingly but certainly charismatic fashion. He saw Monk Jukryong and asked him to look for the storyteller but not to kill him. He wanted to see him alive.

Bang Won met with Sambong after his release at the interrogation room. He was battered and weak but he endured. He recognized with respect Sambong as a teacher and asked him to accept him as his student. Sambong knew by now the impulsiveness and recklessness inside Bang Won's mind. He remembered the boy who talked with too much conviction during the time he was captured by his colleagues to prevent him from appearing at the place where the Yuan envoys will be welcomed. 

He remembered then that as young as Bang Won was at that time, he already made him promised that whatever he would do that time would be the start of change which Bang Won desperately wanted to see. Because Bang Won was so against evil acts that made society suffer.

Until now Bang Won's mission and vision for this country was to destroy all the powerful people that's causing corruption and poverty to the people.

I think Sambong saw in Bang Won the determination he wanted for himself but it should be controlled, thus he would teach him how to follow order for their plans and vision to succeed. After all  Bang Won was a willing student.

Again, Lee In Gyeom was cunning enough to make  Hong In Bang felt inadequate even if he lost against Bang Won and Lee Seung Gye. He insinuated to Hong In Bang that the victory in the recent ploy and schemes went to the one who worked and planned behind the scenes whom he called the shadow.

Lee In Gyeom was somehow belittling the power and ability of Hong In Bang who went against him and joined forces with Lee Seung Gye to pass the Border Stabilization Plan by insisting that Hong In Bang was just like a piece in a chess game board that was used for the success for the plan.

Well, Lee In Gyeom had this ability to make a person he thinks below him to feel less of his true worth. Not that I mind him telling it to Hong In Bang's face though. I think as a true schemer and best at that, Lee In Gyeom's snide remark at Hong In Bang made the latter looked foolish.


Choi Young who had been an ally of Lee In Gyeom was asking why he pursued a war against Lee Seung Gye, thus letting himself lose in a humiliating way.

Now that everything had settled, the next step was to proceed with working with Hong In Bang until the desired result comes.
But Sambong did not anticipate that what happened to Bang Won would make the general rethink of his plans and association with Hong In Bang in the future. The general now wanted nothing to do with Hong In Bang, who was arrogant to make a little threat against him. Lee Seung Gye was determined not to work with Hong In Bang and Sambong needed to respect that and change his plans.

The time to accept his punishment in front of his father came. Bang Won admitted to his faults that led his family to be messed with, with those despicable people he loathes. But ironically and heart warming, Lee Seung Gye acknowledged Bang Won's actions that was ignited on by his passion for change. He also knew how his son had been disappointed by him during that time Bang Won witnessed how he vowed his head on front of Lee In Gyeom. It was at that time Bang Won was hurt and Lee Seung Gye knew he was never seen again with the same eyes by his son. He became a weak father to his son's eyes.

Now he vowed to Bang Won that he would never be a weak man or lower his head in front of evil person. Lee Seung Gye wanted bang Won to know that he would do it because he wanted to regain the lost faith his son had of him.

The arrogant Hong In Bang

He would never let people mock him because he owns Goryeo. I think Hong In Bang's failure to hold up his principles made him realize how weak he was and that made him even more determined to show that the reason he chose to be evil was to fight his weakness and show his enemies that he would be victorious in the end.

Now he just needed another means of support to make him stay in power against Lee Seung Gye.

It  was funny how Moo Hyul's expectation was crushed when Bang Woo ordered him and the rest to start training everyday and learn from scratch.

Because Moo Hyul had already saved Bang Won not once but twice! And he was promised that he was already holding a special position by Bang Won. lol!

Hong In Bang's next target was to associate himself with the famous and powerful clan Haedongap. These people weren't interested in politics but they go with the flow of whoever was in power to save keep the smooth sailing of their everyday lives.

Headongap Clan

Min Da Kyung

The intelligent daughter of the head of the Haedongap clan. Her wisdom could not be set aside. She speaks well and see through a situation that's coming.

Monk Jukryong convinced Hong In Bang that Haedongap would support him.

The chase to capture Dadng Sae started. He felt them even before they made their move. While  getting away, Ddang Sae was shot by a poisonous needle that would paralyze him. He had no way of fighting them. Gab Boon decided to separate from him as he hides. She told him that Hwasadan was just near and that was the most convenient place for hiding until he regained his energy. Hwasadan was off limits to those men chasing him because they were monks from Biguk temple, and enemy to Hwasadan. These two have their own intel that they sell. Hwasadan was more loyal to Lee In Gyeom while Monk Jukryong was to Hong In Bang.

Face off

Ddang Sae learned Yeon Hee was a double spy.

It was not a life he would have wanted her to live. 
But then, she knew who he really was. That he was the famous venoumous magpie.

Just like she was.

What started as innocent lives became like this. 
The will to stand up after that horrific day in their lives resulted to this.
Both chose a path that put their lives more at risk.
At what cause?


Thursday, December 17, 2015

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[mslee's thoughts] GIF Episode 13 Six Flying Dragons - Bang Won and Boon Yi

A story of love that could never be...

Although Boon Yi is a fictional character only, still it adds spice to the romantic side of the drama Six Flying Dragons. Boon Yi was or could be someone whom Bang Won had really met at the time, a faceless woman who could have left a memorable impression on someone like him who came from a noble class. The fictional character may not exist or did not exist in reality, still, Boon Yi represented the woman who could have been Bang Won's real true love during that time before he met his wife, and the future queen.

For this post, I decided to put a separate blog for Boon Yi and Bang Won's scenes in episode 13 where Bang Won confessed his feelings to her. It was also the episode where Boon Yi used her head over her heart, hurting Bang Won's feelings by rejecting him, already anticipating what would happen if she allowed herself to express her feelings and reciprocate his.

Because society would never allow them to be together. Unless she wanted to be a mistress which I think she would never let herself be even if she was a commoner belonging to low class.

After Bang Won was released from being interrogated...
Boon Yi met him showing her concern towards his safety and well being.

Cute scene while Bang Won was being treated.
Boon Yi was the one scolding the doctor for the way he treats Bang Won's wounds without care.

Even if their love story is fictional, I still want them to be together in times Bang Won needed strength. I think the chemistry between Boon Yi and Bang Won is so beautiful. It was not the kind of romance that sweep the viewers off their feet. It was the kind that give smiles while taking a break from the political aspect of the drama.

Boon Yi and Bang Won's story was simple, fresh, light and flutters the heart of the hopefuls and hopeless romantics of the series.

The way he showed her his affection certainly made me smile. Indeed, Bang Won was smitten by this girl.

And the way he declared she was his...

Should have flattered Boon Yi.
Of course she must have been.

I really hoped for this moment...

But painful flashbacks from the past brought back Boon Yi's sanity from the craziness of the situation.
How could she be happy?
When painful memories lingered in her mind, reminding her of his brother's ill fate with Yeon Hee.

If only love is as simple as this moment..
maybe Boon Yi would let herself succumbed to this beautiful moment.

The rejection was unexpected.

Yes, she had not yet moved on from the past. There's too much cruelty on their world for her to think something beautiful like Bang Won's affection for her could last.

I feel sorry for Bang Won. He was the kind of character that never waits. He always seize the moment. But only to be rejected with reasons not necessarily in connection with what they feel for each other.

Boon Yi knew where her place was. She knew they could never be anything because society dictates through their class distinction and that was a painful fact.

Bang Won is a noble man while she is a poor commoner.
Well even in this modern day, this problem still exist.... so I guess nothing has changed.

Boon Yi continued to serve Bang Won his needs. She took care of him. But it only made him a bit pissed off because of her stubborn heart.

bang Won wanted more than this kind of relationship with her and she was not giving in.

Still, Bang Won could not resist going after her. 

I love the way he told her he wanted her to be his beloved.
Someone he wishes to treasure.
But it only pains Boon Yi to hear him say it.

Because she could not give him the answer he wanted to hear...
even if she must have wanted to say it, too.


I think my heart broke in this episode. Well, my shipping heart because I see them as the OTP. Never mind the true historical events where Bang Won would have his real wife.

Because at this moment, at this part of the drama, Boon Yi was the one Bang Won loved.

Will there be more Boon Yi and Bang Won scenes like these?

This might be a sad romance still, it was a good, beautiful yet short glimpsed of Bang Won and Boon Yi's love story.