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Park Seo Jun for Bench

Still on a high from tonight’s funmeet with Park Seo Jun!

He was so game in answering all the questions, playing games, and indulging the fans. He is so shy and down to earth and so sweet. I can tell he was so shocked and overwhelmed by the amount of screaming fans tonight. I hope he comes back next year for a regular fan meeting.

Lots of things happened tonight and i love Sam Oh as the host (though i’m not sure how much she knows about him). First, he answered questions about himself ala slumbook style.

Then they showed his mindmap using his ow handwriting – life, friends, family, filipino fans, travel, health and Itaewon class.

10 fans had a chance to directly ask him a question.

The crowd played Pinoy Henyo with him and he only got one answer right! (I think he got mental block but he was so cute and teasing the crowd)

A couple of fans played Park Park Seo Jun (and he also participated)

3 fans had the chance to receive a gift from him – pillow, voice recording and selfie.

PSJ shared some thiughts on his instagram posts.

One super lucky fan had a phone call with PSJ in front of everyone

He gave 100 VIP fans signed posters. He happily hugged, talked, shake hands and received gifts from the fans. (It could have been me if i had just waken up early!!)

He gave away free Bench shirts to the crowd.

He also took pictures with Ben Chan before finally giving his last message.

It was a super fun night! I loved all of his reactions. Really charming fellow. I wish him more succesful projects and more fame!

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The Accidental Detective (2015)

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Movie: The Accidental Detective (탐정: 더 비기닝)
Release Date: September 24, 2015
Runtime: 120 min.
Genre: Comedy / Crime / Private Detective
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Country: South Korea

Plot
Dae-Man is a private citizen who loves going to the police station to listen in on his friend and detective Joon So and Detective No talk about their cases and also giving his comments. he is a member of the online profiling club and loves trying to solve cases. One day, Joon So gets arrested for murder and Dae Man forces Detective No to team up and help prove Joon So’s innocence.

Review
I miss Kwon Sang Woo!! he used to be one of my fave actors way back when i was in my early 20s. what has happened to him? he seldoms has movies and dramas lately. I think comedy and action is really his forte. and i miss his cute lisp!

I dont really like Dae-man, if i were his wife i would also get angry at him every single day. However i can understand him – he doesn’t want to be a comic book rental owner. he wanted to be a police but failed because of his knees. he loves profiling and is good at it but he is too annoying. Detective has not even arrested him for obstructing or anything. I didn’t read the review or the story at all so I was racking my brains trying to solve the murders based on the clues that they have. My guess was actually the newbie detective. haha. the whole thing about the “murder exchange” was interesting concept but the way Dae Man explained it was too fast, i was trying to grasp how the whole thing worked. I understood Lee Yuma and Detective Ma, but who was that Han Tae Woong guy? (he looks so much like the arrogant detective i thought it was him) I kinda figures out Yong gyu in the end when i finally connected the dots.

I think between Dae Man and Detective No, it felt like it was Daeman was the brains and mouth and Detective No was following Dae man. but they made a good team. Both hilarious and the comedic timing was spot on! and when they decided to create the PI company together – yay! finally Dae Man will finally earn money while doing what he loves most! Looking forward to the sequel!

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The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)

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Movie: The Princess and the Matchmaker (궁합)
Release Date: February 28, 2018
Runtime: 110 min.
Genre: Period / Romantic-Comedy
Distributor: CJ Entertainment
Country: South Korea

Plot
Princess Songhwa (Shim Eun-Kyung) refuses her fate of marrying someone who matches her marital harmony. There are 4 men on her future husband list with different fate signs. Refusing her fate, she decides to leave the palace and find her husband by herself.

Seo Do-Yoon (Lee Seung-Gi) is a person who interprets marital harmony signs. He is very skilled at his craft and, consequently, selected as the one to read the marital harmony signs between Princess Songhwa and the 4 men on her husband list.

Cast
Lee Seung Gi – Seo Do Yoon
Shim Eun Kyung – Princess Songhwa
Yeon Woo Jin – Yoon Shi Kyung
Kang Min Hyuk – Kang Whi
Choi Woo Sik – Nam Chi Ho

Review
I watched it after i found that that Lee Seung Gi is coming to Manila for a fanmeeting. I’m not a big fan of LSG but i find that i always end up watching his dramas/movies/shows. On the other hand, I only know Shim Eun Kyung because of Miss Granny and i actually feel like her character and mannerisms are similar to Miss Granny. I guess it’s the actress’ style where she speaks loud or make witty retorts. (kind of like how Park Bo Young annoys me with her tiny cute voice)

I liked the first half the the movie when Princess was trying to meet the 4 husbands to be. They were hilarious and the love/hate between the princess and Seo Do yoon was funny. You just know they will end up together. But then the second half of the movie got dark and too rushed. Yeon Woo Jin is handsome but he is really good at being and looking evil. The movie didn’t really explain why the consort or Shi Kyung were colluding (are they lovers? i wasn’t sure what their relationship was).

But i did like the ending and how they were able to find a good way to resolve the story that makes sense during that period and still have the princess and a normal guy together. i think this is Lee Seung Gi’s first movie after he got out of the army and he wasn’t that cute here (he didn’t wear makeup and his face looked dark and rough). and this kind of helped me make up my mind that i’m not going to LSG’s fan meeting (boohoo!) I realized i’m not really a fan and i may not have a good time watching. (but if i get free tix i will go haha or if my friend who is a big LSG fan will go, i might accompany her to watch).

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Park Seo Jun fun meet

So i just saw this. Even without buying anything from Bench, i am willing to pay VIP to see PSJ. But now that i saw the totally unrealistic and crazy mechanics, i’m not sure if i can grab 10k worth of Bench items and pay within one hour. I mean seriously, do they want a stampede inside their store? Can i pay now, choose items later?

Any fan girls out there who can give the best strategy? Patron ticket is also not bad. But i want to see PSJ upclose! Esp since this fun meet probably would not have the usual perks like group photo or hitouch.

Note to even organizers can you bring him back next year for a proper fanmeeting?

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Second Love (2015)

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Drama: Second Love (セカンド・ラブ)
Network: TV Asahi
Episodes: 7
Release Date: February 6 – March 20, 2015
Runtime: Friday 23:15 – 24:15
Country: Japan

Plot
Kei is a 28 year old contemporary dancer, who used to win awards and worked in a foreign dance company, but is now struggling to to pass auditions. He is currently working as a loader in a fishing company. One day he failed another audition and wanted to die, but he sees Yui Nishihara in the middle of a bridge, stretching her arms to the sun like a goddess and was captivated by her.

Meanwhile, Yui is in her 30’s and a teacher at prestigious female high school. She is having an affair with an older colleague who has a wife and a child. She also lives and supports her mother. She is not happy with her current situation. Kei goes to the school where Yui works and hands her his name and number. Yui took courage and met up with Kei. What happens next will change both of their lives.

Cast
Kazuya Kamenashi – Kei Taira
Kyoko Fukada – Yui Nishihara

Review
Yay! I actually tried watching different Korean/taiwanese dramas but couldn’t find the drama that will get me hooked. I tried watching Marriage Not Dating – the lead girl was annoying and Hotel King – Lee Dong Wook is gorgeous but i heard the story is bad, so I didn’t continue. I also tried watching 2 other taiwanese dramas but they were too cheesy.
So I ended up watching Second Love. I saw one reviewer totally trash this drama but i actually liked this drama a lot. I have expected japanese dramas to be more fast paced than the korean dramas so while i was suprrised that they were already sleeping together by the end of episode one and moving in together by end of episode 2 (or 3), it was okay for me since i know this show also has 7 episodes.
I think despite the relationship that seems fast forwarded, it was still able to tell the complete story. Boy meets girl, fall in love, move in together, boy becomes busy, girl feels bad, they fight and break up, years later they meet up and got back together.

the story was realistic. the guy is younger and girl is older – obviously they are at different points of their lives. The guy is still trying to jumpstart his career while the girl is settled and wants a family. of course they will clash. I dont blame Kei – he has worked so hard to redeem himself as a dancer and be respected and earn money that if i were his girlfriend, i would have encouraged him too and supported him coz i also want him to succeed. But i also understand Yui – she wants to settle down and Kei can still earn money and dance in Japan, why does he have to go overseas to work and leave her? But i love that both of them were mature and sensible. Even though it was painful, they knew they had to let each other go, especially for Yui, since she wasn’t selfish to Kei and at the same time, she didn’t break like her mother.

As for Kei, sometimes i wanted to shout at him. I dont know if it’s just bad acting but Kazuya had the same expression in almost every scene, i dont know what he is feeling or thinking most of the time. Kei loves Yui and yet ignored her when he became busy. and he kept insisting that he loves her and without Yui he wouldn’t be here right now (is it really love or he is just thankful)? it should not have come as a surprise to him when Yui broke up with him and refused to go with him. When the actor cried, that’s the only time i saw that Kei actually loved Yui too. But alas, i thought it wasn’t the right time for them.
A year later Kei comes back and realizes that work he did was great but it wasn’t meaningful because Yui was not beside him. he found her and begged her to take him back and i’m glad Yui resisted. kei can’t just come back as if nothing happened. Yui has her own life now, one that she is actually happy with and it doesn’t make sense for her to drop it and follow kei. (she didn’t do it before so why should she do it now?) this happened in episode 6 so i was actually scared that they will not end up together. They said their last goodbyes and went their separate ways for the second time. Super happy that by episode 7 they were finally together. at the right time. at the right place. at the right mindset.

There were several side characters that were both interesting and frustrating.

First is Yui’s mother. I hated her for being so dependent on Yui and being so selfish, not wanting Yui to have her own life. but it was nice to see that in the end, when Yui was sad and broken hearted, it was her mother who helped pick up the pieces and protected her.

Second is Naginagi, the older guy Yui had an affair with. First off, what the heck did Yui see in him? He’s not even good looking! Second, while he was nice enough to “hand” Yui over to Kei, i could understand when he got terrifying at Yui. His wife and kids left him and now that he’s free to be with Yui, Yui doesn’t want him anymore. And he sees Yui looking so sad. If i were Nagi, i would probably feel angry too. and i realized he must have really loved Yui that much. I’m glad they became friends in the end.

Now, on the other hand, Kei’s ex girlfriend is an annoying know it all meddling b*tch. I can’t believe the gall of her, talking to Yui like that. and I wish Kei was able to talk to Ayako and tell her to back off. He should know Ayako is ruining his relationship. Though i know Ayako means well, she still does not have the right to break Yui like that.

Fourth, the older lady teacher with the younger boyfriend. I thought she was cool! i’m glad Yui had someone she can talk to. I would also love a cool “sister” like her.

Lastly, the school girl who likes Yui. I honestly think she was unnecessary to the whole story. Like who cares about her?

Oh and i also found out that the two leads are actually dating in real life! That must be why there were sleeping scenes in every episode. Either i have not watched a lot of Jdramas lately or this was an exception.

Overall, this was a simple fast paced story – dont think too much about it and just enjoy the story and romance.