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Taereung National Village (MBC, 2005) recommended drama

Post by Ssang » Jul 15th, '06, 00:59

Taereung National Village (태릉선수촌 ), MBC 2005

Official Website: http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/best ... 13913.html


Starring: Lee Min Gi, Choi Jeong Yun, Kim Byeol, and Lee Seon Kyeon
Airdate: From October 29 to November 19

Episodes: 8 episodes, aproximately 30 minutes each

Summary by Yesasia: Set in the exhilarating and competitive world of Olympic sports. Lee Min Ki stars as Min Ki, a judo martial artist who never seems to have luck on his side. Bang Su Ah (Choi Jung Yoon), an expert archer, on the other hand, can claim to hold two gold medals already, but is still thirsty for further success. They are joined in the National Village by a young swimmer (played by Lee Sun Kyun) who lacks the confidence to reach the top of his game, and Jang Ma Roo (Kim Byul), an arrogant young gymnast who believes nobody can stop her from taking the gold medal. Intertwining their sporting achievements and failures with the struggles in their personal lives, Tae-Rung National Village will keep you hooked from the starting gun right through to the nail-biting photo finish.

Long Twitch Review (X gives it 8.5/10):
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태릉선수촌 (Taereung National Village)


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태릉선수촌 (Taereung National Village)
(TaereungSeonsuChon - lit. Taereung Players Village)
베스트극장 619회 (Best Theater No. 619) - MBC TV 2005
8 Episodes - 30 Minutes p.e.
Aired from October 29 to November 19, 2005 on MBC
Official Website

PD
이윤정 (Lee Yoon-Jung)

WRITER
홍진아 (Hong Jin-Ah), 홍자람 (Hong Ja-Ram)

CAST
이민기 (Lee Min-Gi) as Hong Min-Gi, 최정윤 (Choi Jung-Yoon) as Bang Soo-Ah, 이선균 (Lee Seon-Gyun) as Lee Dong-Kyung, 김별 (Kim Byeol) as Jung Maru, 백일섭 (Baek Il-Seop) as the Coach, 이혁재 (Lee Hyuk-Jae), 정현숙 (Jung Hyun-Sook), 최재환 (Choi Jae-Hwan), 이종수 (Lee Jong-Soo), 김지혜 (Kim Ji-Hye), 김호원 (Kim Ho-Won), 박진아 (Park Jin-Ah), 이풍운 (Lee Poong-Woon), 박수림 (Park Soo-Rim)

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THE SHOW
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Just like I always do, that night I was channel surfing around Midnight trying to catch sleep, when something caught my attention. This huge guy, must have been 7 foot tall at least, crying in a corner, still wearing his 씨름 (sshireum, a cross between Wrestling and Sumo) outfit. It was a rerun of one of those documentaries KBS (World) runs weekly, those 인간극장 (Human Theater) I never watch, as I always felt they beautify people's struggles to an almost offensive level, trying to jerk tears off us exploiting other people's problems. That man was one of the most promising athletes in what was a dying art, considered like the Korean equivalent of rodeo competitions by the mainstream audience. Turns out the guy was suffering a kind of stage every sportsman, every musician, writer, director, actor, everyone goes through. The slump. That moment when you lose all your confidence, when you think the world is against you, when giving everything up and choosing the easy way out seems like the most obvious decision to make. Turns out sshireum wasn't this guy's cup of tea, so instead of simply giving up, he found a new path, a new opportunity to become someone. A couple of years later that same man, Choi Hong-Man a.k.a. Techno Goliath, knocked out Sumo legend Akebono in a now very famous K-1 match, becoming a sort of national hero; even though Koreans were already becoming increasingly interested in martial arts competitions like K-1, his big wins led him to become a celebrity. A winner, so to speak. Yet, every time I see him, it all reminds me of that night, when he was crying in the corner, when everything seemed so hard, so distant, so impossible to reach.

Sports Dramas have been one of Korean Cinema and TV Dramas favourite staples ever since the beginning. From the basketball-tinted romantic escapades of 마지막 승부 (The Final Match) to the curious history of Korean baseball in YMCA 야구단 (YMCA Baseball Team), sports is a quick way to create a sense of catharsis. You just need a look at recent major sporting events, like last year's Champions League Final, when the team (AC Milan) up 3-0 at first half ended up losing the match in an incredible u-turn, to underdogs Liverpool. Drama, pathos, winning, losing. Every country has its own stories to tell, its own favourite sports -- like Laagan for cricket in India -- and sometimes something beyond sports to talk about. Yet, we rarely get to see the losers, the also-ran, those who work hard for years to reach that competition, do their thing, and go home with only the satisfaction conquering their own inner demons gives them. Because if you don't get medals, people rarely remember you; if you don't win, you're forgotten. That's why the biggest catharsis in sports dramas is winning, not De Coubertin's motto of 'just participating'. That's why Sports Dramas rarely understand what 'sports' mean to people, focusing instead on the Drama generated by the sporting achievement. At the end of the day, every sportsman, from the winners to those who finish the race as the ending credits are rolling down, is a person. A person who worked hard to get where he or she is, who needed people to help him get there, who were there when that slump came, softening the blow. Because behind the medals, the rankings, disqualifications and records there's people. Not machines built for success, but creatures prone to making mistakes, losing and gaining confidence in a moment, and especially using those experiences to grow, mature. Become someone even when the race is over.

Even TV Dramas, entire genres can suffer a slump. The brand image of a genre of shows which became incredibly influential in the early 80s had been suffering a slump which lasted more than half a decade, and risked collapse. What once was an incubator for fresh new talent, new ideas, new technologies constantly changing the TV Drama landscape had become a shell of its former shelf. A victim of the routine, the status quo. Neither good or bad, infuriatingly bad or excitingly good... just there. After 22 years of existence, MBC's once flagship show 베스트극장 (Best Theater) reached what looked to be the fatal end of a long slump. After over 600 shows, Best Theater was relegated to the worst possible time: late Saturday Night, around Midnight. Who would possibly watch a TV Drama without stars at 11:40 pm? Youngsters would be out having fun, older people and children in bed. Best Theater started recording almost embarrassing ratings, in the low single digit, often beat down by reruns of shows like Human Theater, straight to video flicks with Steven Seagal, and Midnight debates about the environmental benefits of placing flower pots on your balcony. And one day they decided to give up, as the station couldn't deal anymore with mediocrity which had lasted for a good 3 to 5 years, depending on when you threw in the towel. It only lasted six months, but before October of last year, the illustrious history of Best Theater experienced a depressing footnote. Fade to black. The end.

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Many things which influenced every sector of Korean culture happened between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, last but not least the dawn of Korea's Fifth Republic, after Park Jung-Hee's assassination. It was late 1980 when KBS started its first colour broadcasts, Byun Jang-Ho's 미워도 다시 한번 '80 (Love Me Once Again '80) further milked the 'Love Me Once Again' cash cow which started in the late 60s, becoming the biggest hit of the year in Chungmuro, and Jackie Chan films were recording box office results which would make today's HK releases in Korea run away in embarrassment. Always the first to bring forth new innovations in the TV world, MBC set the decade on fire right from the beginning, as 1981 saw the first installment of a group of landmark shows, telling the story of Korea's various troubled Republics. Written by Kim Gi-Pal and produced by the great Go Seok-Man, 제1공화국 (The First Republic) was an instant success, with Choi Buram playing President Lee Seung-Man, Lee Young-Hoo playing national hero Kim Goo, and the megatons of controversy you could expect. Political Dramas started to appear en masse after that show, as MBC continued with the controversial 여간첩 김수임 (Female Spy Kim Soo-Im), which brought writer and producers tons of insults for their portrayal of Communists. If we got the entire scope of 'Republics' show until last year's 제5공화국 (The Fifth Republic), and even Dramas portraying touchy subjects and controversial periods like 여명의 눈동자 (Eyes of Dawn), 모래시계 (The Sandglass) and the like, we can't forget the success of those early trials by MBC.

But of course, political dramas weren't the only thing they revolutionized. Beginning in March 1983, the station started what would become a legendary 8 year long 사극 (sageuk, Historical Drama), that 조선왕조 500년 (500 Years of Joseon Dynasty) which changed Historical Dramas forever, thanks to PD Lee Byung-Hoon and writer Shin Bong-Seung's usual majestic work. If that weren't enough, the early 80s saw the beginning of what would become THE family Drama, that 전원일기 (Lifetime in the Country) which lasted almost 20 years, written by Kim Jung-Soo of 장미와 콩나물 (Roses & Beansprouts) and 한강수 타령 (Ode to the Han River). Yet, while all those Dramas and genres found a new paradigm, it was simply a fresh new approach to old formulas. MBC had one final card to play around the end of 1983, when on November 6 the most revolutionary show in Korean TV history began airing, with a very ambitious catchphrase: "문학과 영상의 만남 (Where Literature and Images Meet)". Starting with 백색인간 (White People), adapted from Kim Sung-Jong's novel, MBC 베스트셀러 극장 (MBC Bestseller Theater) started broadcasting. If the title feels slightly familiar, then that was the intention of its makers: combining original novels (domestic and foreign) as their foundation, mixed with audiovisual techniques usually associated with the film world was what separated these shows from the rest of the Dramas airing on TV. 90 Minutes long and employing new technologies for TV like Eng Cameras, full location shooting (instead of the usual theater-like set), negative film cutting, more focus on lighting and editing. It was like a film, in the comfort of your home.

Although the decline in viewership Korean Cinema faced in the 70s throughout most of the 80s was mostly caused by structural changes and political influence, the advent of shows like Bestseller Theater helped dig Chungmuro's grave. The technology was there, the stars were there (White People starred popular Lee Jung-Gil and Jung Ae-Ri, as an example), and it was free. But those weren't just technical matters, as the themes portrayed, thanks to the sources used, were much more mature, intriguing and thought provoking. It seemed like nothing could go wrong, until 1990. The show format moved from 90 to 70 Minutes, changing the title to 베스트극장 (Best Theater), and even though the format still remained an 'incubator' for new PD, writers and actors, it focused more and more on the 'training' aspects, than its controversial and revolutionary themes. With TV Dramas entering another Golden Age after Eyes of Dawn and movies slowly coming back into the mainstream, the once charming nature of Best Theater inexorably slowed down to a crawl. The show which once attracted movie directors like Park Chul-Soo, Min Byung-Cheon and more had become a lazy display of everything which was wrong with the format. Dropping the 'original novel/bestseller' format to simply focus on one-two episode shows to open the door for young producers and writers was clearly not working anymore. And after declining ratings, with some shows hitting the 1 or 2% share during the busiest periods, MBC took a drastic decision in 2005. After over 20 years of continued broadcast, Best Theater would end its run at 618 Episodes.

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October 2005. With very little fanfare, MBC restarts Best Theater after a six month long absence. They took their time to reflect long and hard about their mistakes, and even though they'd still have to contend with the worst possible slot (Saturday Night, 11:40 pm), the show finally experienced its rebirth. I admit 태릉선수촌 (Taereung National Village) didn't sound too exciting at first. And let's be honest, I'm not even that much of a sports fan. I like practicing sports, but the idea of spending a couple of hours looking at primadonnas who get paid the equivalent of a third world country's monthly GDP is not exactly my idea of fun. And Olympic Games and the like are the same, when athletes stop being people and become cardboard cutouts with a flag on their chest. Taereung didn't look too different from other sports Drama, and its cast didn't make much of an impression on me. I had seen Lee Min-Gi in the sitcom 레인보우 로망스 (Rainbow Romance) and the popular Daily Drama 굳세어라 금순아 (Be Strong, Geum-Soon), and he didn't exactly excite me there; as for Choi Jung-Yoon, despite debuting in the late 90s between TV Dramas and films, her only role of note so far was her good performance as the 'bad girl' in 옥탑방 고양이 (Attic Cat). Finally, I knew very little about young Kim Byeol, except that she was cast in Lee Jae-Yong's upcoming 다세포 소녀 (Dasepo Naughty Girls), and while Lee Seon-Gyun did show some talent in films like 알포인트 (R-Point), I still wasn't too fond of his acting style.

As the cliche goes, never judge a book by its cover... but I did exactly that, avoiding this 'rebirth' of Best Theater even when I had the chance to, before writing my year end Best Of list. What I expected was the usual 사각관계 (love rectangle), this time taking place at the National Athletes Village in Taereung (which was not only the location where the show was shot, but also the foundation for its title). I guessed maybe they'd thrown in some 'rags to riches' story about a poor girl rising in the ranks to become gold medalist. 대~한민국. (Dae~hanminguk. You know the chorus... Hurray for Korea!) Tah tah tatah tah. But while most of the mainstream audience in Korea did just the same, as the show didn't exactly record good ratings, those who did watch the show were impressed, so much that several Internet cafe wrote petitions to get the DVD release we can enjoy today, and this little 8 Episode Drama ended up on many critics' Year End Top 10. The first thing which started arousing my interest was that this show was produced by Korea's first ever female PD, that Lee Yoon-Jung who not only already worked in shows like 매직 파워 알콜 (Magic Power Alcohol) (another Best Theater), but especially on last year's excellent Omnibus Drama 떨리는 가슴 (Six Love Stories). The show was written by the Hong sisters, Jin-Ah and Ja-Ram, responsible for shows like 반울림 (Banullim) and the 학교 (School) series, so I finally decided to give it a chance. The cliche was right after all, as this little show managed to defy every single expectation I could possibly have, and become one of my favourite of 2005.

The first big change from your usual sports Drama is that Taereung focuses on the meaning of sports for the average person, it doesn't simply focuses on the RPG-style elements of certain Historical Dramas. The growth we experienced in the show is not just the athletes improving in their own disciplines -- Judo for Min-Gi, Gymnastics for Maru, Swimming for Dong-Kyung, Archery for Soo-Ah -- but maturing as a person first. An instead of focusing on the 'team', we get to experienced every single characters' various emotional stages, from the determination shown during training to the depression during their slump, to the will to continue fighting despite failures, injuries, losses. It's not an ode to the Gold Metal, but a bittersweet look at how hard reaching the elite for athletes can be, how stressful it is to maintain that level, how much pressure you go through from peers, coaches, parents, friends to keep making your country proud. The best thing Taereung does is stripping those athletes of their status as some kind of superstar elevated on a pedestal, presenting them as people first, instead.

Soo-Ah showed before she could reach the top, but a simple bad year, a slight injury, a small loss of concentration can destroy everything she built over the years, as confidence is always the first to run away; despite his energy and determination, 'Best Hong' (as he calls himself) Min-Gi can't win a match to save his life, and although young Maru seems poised for success, getting there without burning steps is the key. Even Dong-Kyung, as mature as he can be, has to deal with a slump, and the consequences that come with it. Four people, four different sports, four different stories. But they all feel close to home, it's something you can relate to, because the show focuses on people first. Think of it as a sort of Korean Hoop Dreams, although cultural and social backgrounds obviously change. But at the core is the same sensibility, that medals, that contract, that win is not always what counts.

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So thanks to all that, the athletes at Taereung stop becoming a familiar face popping on our TVs once every four years, and become characters we can relate to. Characters that feel like friends you know, people you've met. It's not a simple excuse to develop the usual love story between characters, an axiom where only the background changes, and the modus operandi remains the same. Yes, there's romance in Taereung, but it has none of that anxiety, that sense of impeding doom (if you don't love me, I'm gonna kill myself!) every single decision taken in Trendy Dramas create. By dropping all the false pretenses, by showing even the 'elite' are not machines without feeling, built from their youth for success, able to shake off failure in a couple of weeks. They're prone to making mistakes, being selfish, immature, sometimes even acting like cowards, because that's life. And the fact instead of 'love' as a simple, pure, innocent feeling developing between two people, Taereung shows several shades of gray: Soo-Ah enjoys going out with Dong-Kyung, for his maturity and because she feels comfortable with him, but she doesn't find that nervousness, that unpredictability which comes from Min-Gi. Min-Gi himself feels a strong attraction to Soo-Ah, but can't forget the strong friendship he shares with Maru. When he realizes he's losing Soo-Ah, Dong-Kyung doesn't just act like the usual 'antagonist' on TV Dramas, instead reacting like a mature person would. Yes, sometimes it feels like things you could read in a 순정만화 (romance comic for girls), but thanks to the relaxed way the writers and PD approach the story it all feels fresh, exciting... real?

What helps is not only the writing (great dialogue), but the rhythm and pacing given by PD Lee, which differs considerably from other 단막극 (one-two act specials). Even if we're dealing with 8 really short episodes, she manages to balance character development, the usual training and matches, romance, comedy, some intelligent and mature Drama, all in a very solid package which constantly entertains. Camerawork feels like a well shot independent film more than a TV Drama, and the soundtrack, by Dream Pop band Tearliner, is exceptional. Although I still think 네 멋대로 해라 (Ruler of Your Own World) and its 'who's who' of Hongdae indie rock is still the paradigm here, Taereung uses dozens of different songs, with different genres and moods, fitting pretty much perfectly with the images. We go from Queen to Manhattan Transfer; from Duke Ellington to Stereophonics, from Tearliner to Lee Seung-Hwan. If they could make an OST out of this (it would be quite extensive, and probably hard to put together copyright-wise), it would be a must buy. But of course it's the acting that stands out. One minute Lee Min-Gi looks like a character from a Yaguchi Shinobu film the other he feeels like a mature, real young guy trying to get through all his problems. Choi Jung-Yoon gives what can be easily considered her best performance to date, parts vibrant energy and 'comfortable' sex appeal. And of course Lee Seon-Gyun is a big surprise, essaying what's probably the most mature 'bad guy' of 2005. Yet, if we take out the usual gold by Baek Il-Seop, who could play characters like his 'Coach' here in his sleep, the most impressive performance here is from young Kim Byeol. She really feels like a 16 year old, tiny but full of vigour; cute and silly but never going overboard; showing that transition happening at her age in an almost perfect way.

Nothing incredible happens in Taereung, and you probably have seen it all. But two weeks after finishing the show, I still miss those characters: I miss the quirky and silly charm of Min-Gi, the maturity and calm of Dong-Kyung, the down-to-earth personality of Soo-Ah, and of course Maru's irresistible energy. That's a sign of an incredibly well written show, which deserves a series of its own, like the shows' many fans have been asking for the last few months. This 'rebirth' of Best Theater didn't lead to epochal changes, as the shows keeps recording low ratings, but if anything it has helped its makers. Lee Seon-Gyun, Lee Min-Gi, Kim Byul and Choi Jung-Yoon have gained many hardcore fans, the team behind the show has signed a contract for another two series of four episodes (unrelated to Taereung, but given the quality of this show, there's tons of potential here), and mostly importantly it's very likely we'll see Min-Gi, Soo-Ah and Co. gracing the big screen by late 2006 or early 2007 at worst. For me personally, Taereung had a strong effect, bringing me back to Best Theater in a way I never expected. Because just like Min-Gi changes his name from 'Best Hong' to 'Special Hong', these shows were never about becoming the best. They never cared about medals, ratings, prizes. They just needed to be special...

RATING: 8.5/10

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DVD - Korean Version (No Subtitles)

It's really a shame this was dumped in the market with no fanfare, no extras, and especially no subtitles. It's just around 4 hours of TV, so it wasn't even that much of a investment in terms of time (subtitling, delaying release) and money. There's always the hope either YesAsia Entertainment or someone else will pick this up and subtitle it, but I doubt it. There's no stars, no 'winning' Korean wave formulas, and no big thrills. But this is one of the best little shows of last year, and it deserves an audience. If I had the time, I'd even do subtitle for this thing, but then again watching Dramas on your PC is not exactly the best way to enjoy it. Still, a really big surprise, and now I wish I had seen it before writing my year end review for TV Dramas. It would certainly have made my Top 10. Hell, it would fight for the Top 5.

» Posted by X at April 1, 2006 10:25 PM
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TNV is another notable drama from 2005 which not many people seem to have watched. Good dramas with good stories, acting, and characters, for drama fans with good taste are few and far between, so try to see this anyway you can and hopefully it gets subbed eventually. It's only 4 hours in total duration.

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Post by Serentiy01 » Oct 8th, '06, 01:39

I watched this drama for Lee Min Ki and he was superb in it. :thumright: Too bad, there aren't English subtitles because I didn't understand what they were saying. :-(

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Post by creidesca » Oct 10th, '06, 13:19

been trying to find a translator for this short drama ever since January, but every time I thought I had a translator on board, an excuse comes up and I never hear a word from them again =(

I'm happy with the DVD set I bought ...not too many Best Theatres get released on DVD...I wonder if YA will ever try subbing it. I don't get why Yesasia doesn't sell it on it its US site (considering they have the boxset for Sad Love Story on the US site and that's from a Korean distributor as well)...is it because it's not subbed?!

Why didn't MBC just release the drama with subtitles...when they had the drama submitted to the 2006 Seoul Drama Awards one of the requirements was that it be subbed for the judges to be able to view it...so an e-sub supposedly already exists...why let it go to waste?
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Post by Serentiy01 » Oct 10th, '06, 19:17

Creidesca, do you know if there are Chinese subbed episodes? :unsure: If so, we can maybe find a Chinese translator.

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Post by oiro16 » May 22nd, '07, 16:08

min ki's hair look weird in this show..haha

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Post by creidesca » May 22nd, '07, 16:28

I'd like to help provide the OST for this drama...so far I have the 3 albums from Tearliner, from which tracks from these albums were used, however, there are other music and vocals from others that were also featured in the drama. Would someone be able to kindly help out in finding these tracks...of course there were many tracks that weren't identifiable by the original poster of the topic?

from EP 1-2, credits to min ki's dc gallery:

Ralph Kirshbaum - (바흐) Suite for solo cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008- Menuetto I & II
Michiya Haruhata - Silver Unicorn [just got this now]
Michiya Haruhata - Red bird
queen - I Was Born To Love You
queen - Don't Stop Me Now
Paul Pennell - Lona (Passion_Dance)

캔디캔디 주제가 (Korean ver.)
H.O.T. - 캔디 [just got this now]
Beth Orton - Central Reservation (Original Version) [just got this now]
Maximilian Hecker - Everything Inside Me Is Ill [just got this now]
Beth Orton - Feel To Believe [just got this now]
Morcheeba - Fear and Love [just got this now]
모던쥬스 - 사랑을 시작해도 되겠습니까 [just got this now]
Dynamic 4 - Sheridan

from EP 3-4, credits to min ki's dc gallery:

Doris Day - It had to be you
Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing [just got this now]
Skeewiff - Theme From Dave Allen
Duke Ellington - Take the ‘a’ train [just got this now]
Dynamic 4 - Magician
Top gun OST 中 - Top gun anthem [just got this now]

Manhattan Transfer - The Offbeat of Avenues
Take That - Back for good [just got this now]
Wilco - Far, Far Away [just got this now]
Elvis Presley - For The Good Times [just got this now]
Andy Williams - Happy heart [just got this now]
Stereophonics - Don't Let Me Down

from EP 5-6, credits to min ki's dc gallery:

Paul Pennell - When I'm with you
The Verve - Bittersweet symphony [just got this now]
Julienne Taylor - I Don't Wanna Talk About It

Trevor Jones - Will And Anna
Zade - Beauty of her soul
Radiohead - High and dry [just got this now]
허윤정 - Tristango La Passione (Cello Blossom)
Fiona Apple - Across the universe [just got this now]

from EP 7-8, credits to min ki's dc gallery:

Led Zeppelin - Immigrant song
Kenny Loggins - For the first times [just got this now]
Keane - Bedshaped [just got this now]

Yuji Toriyama - Shining Monument [just got this now]
이승환 - 물어본다 [just got this now]
(미삽입곡) 김민기- 봉우리

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It's interesting that 2-5 of the above tracks, Min Ki had on his cyworld playlist
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Family, to the Nth Power
C-dramas in need of transcribing of ENG subs.

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Post by creidesca » May 26th, '07, 05:46

Ack, I can't believe I didn't realize it the first time. Took me till the 2nd time viewing EP 1-2 w/ the e-subs to figure out that Min-Ki was definitely sick that day he got the nosebleed in the competition. Figures why the Director quickly showed him the thermometer and after he left, Director looked at the thermometer again...explains the 'fuziness' Min Ki was dealing w/ before he got the nosebleed, and then the other coach talking to the Director and the Director telling him that Min Ki's body temp was over 100 degrees that day.
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Post by Serentiy01 » May 28th, '07, 06:20

creidesca wrote:Ack, I can't believe I didn't realize it the first time. Took me till the 2nd time viewing EP 1-2 w/ the e-subs to figure out that Min-Ki was definitely sick that day he got the nosebleed in the competition. Figures why the Director quickly showed him the thermometer and after he left, Director looked at the thermometer again...explains the 'fuziness' Min Ki was dealing w/ before he got the nosebleed, and then the other coach talking to the Director and the Director telling him that Min Ki's body temp was over 100 degrees that day.
Yes, it was quite crazy~! :O I don't know why he gets sick everytime there is a tournament. :lol At least, the director tricked him and Min Ki did his best. :thumright:

I love it whenever the director throws an imaginary "power ball" and Min Ki pretends that he is struck by it and stuff. :mrgreen:
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Post by fizzlex3mh » Dec 6th, '08, 02:48

Brilliant drama. Perfect soundtrack and perfect casting. Minki is charming as always and Choi Jung Yoon is so natural and beautiful. I never thought Lee Seon-kyun was very attractive, but TNV made me have second thoughts. And finally, Kim Byul. I think I may have a crush on her. She is so so so SO adorable. I didn't think a drama this short could make me care about the characters or develop a story that didn't feel rushed (this is the problem I have with K-movies) but I was so painfully wrong. This show was cute, fun, and addicting and I fell deeply in love with every. single. character.

Everyone should watch this. It's only 4 hours long, so there is no excuse not to! :D

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Post by kobe23 » Dec 6th, '08, 10:35

After reading Mister X's monster review of this mini-series about 2 years ago I have always looked forward to watching this but never got around to it. I guess I was just waiting for someone to write a mini-review. Thank you fizzle :)

Can't wait to see Choi Jung Yoon in action and if YOU can have a crush on Kim Byul, what would happen to me? :scratch:

and slightly off-topic, but anyone know what happened to Ssang? He used to start some nice posts about really good dramas that weren't very well known (eg. Soulmate). Haven't seen him post for a while.

edit: forgot to mention it, but err...Ssang seems to like CJY too, since like 90% of the screencaps are of her. The guy has good taste :)

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