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Answer Me 1997: Episode 7-12

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Perfect teen drama, thy name is Answer Me 1997.

 Warning: This review contains spoilers.

Answer Me 1997 is winding down to its last four episodes, and the plot just gets thicker and thicker. The best and worst thing still so far about this drama is the reunion scenes. They make me crave for someone to drop the hint of who Shi-won ended up marrying, but at least they let us know that no one got lost along the way to 2012, so the viewers already knew that Papa Sung would be all right, but boy was Episodes 5 and 6 heart-wrenching anyways!

I thoroughly enjoy the dynamic between Papa Sung and Shi-won because its the typical father-daughter, parent-child, clash of the titans dynamic, but they are so funny together, and its clear that there is a lot of love between the two of them, although its mostly unspoken. So when Papa Sung was diagnosed with stomach cancer, their relationship was put to the test, and they slowly became more verbal about their love for each other. The scene where Papa Sung is praying to God for him to stay alive because Shi-won is still so young and still needs to be guided was one of the saddest scenes in the drama, and had me in tears. At least there was the blossoming love between Hak-chan and Yoo-jung to fill us with some light-heartedness to recover from the angst. It is also revealed that Hakjung will be a married couple soon in 2012; yay for fulfilled OTPs! Meanwhile, a storm within the relationships of Yoon-jae, Shi-won, and Tae-woong is brewing.

Episode 7 makes us realize that the end of high school and childhood is nigh as exams begin to approach, and career plans must be drawn and figured out with the guidance of their teachers. Tae-woong hands out some hard truths to the students and tries his best to help make the right choices in life, things he wasnt able to do himself because of a pesky thing called fate, and do things that they enjoy. Its an interesting stance, seeing as how driven South Koreas educational system is on people conforming to be the best, and not do something they love as individuals.

Meanwhile, the other teachers place their time in persuading the more apt students into going to good schools, not for themselves, but for boosting the schools reputation. Yoonjae, the schools star student, however, doesnt want to go to Seoul National University, but wants to follow in his late fathers footsteps and become a part of the National Air Force. Coincedentally so does the schools number two student, Jun-hee, to the dismay of the school. This episode is full of wonderful moments between Jun-hee and Yoon-jae, as we are shown how Jun-hee fell for him and as they try to enlist together, only for Yoon-jae to fail for the first time in his life because of his bad eyesight, thanks to having an even blinder optometrist. Jun-hee, not wanting to join in the air force without him, leaves with Yoon-jae and thus ends a beautiful OTP moment.

Trouble ensues for Shi-won, who has terrible grades and wont be able to be admitted to any university, especially the one of her dreams, Tony oppas university. Why cant fangirling be a paid, full-time job? But with luck, Shi-wons fangirling does give her a stroke of luck with her strong skills in writing fictionfanfiction. Tae-woong begins to help Shi-won after her fanfiction is read aloud hilariously by her homeroom teacher, by changing up her story and making it fit to enter in a writing contest, whose grand prize is admission to university. The closeness between both Tae-woong and Shi-won begins to make Yoon-jae jealous, and the tension builds as the three of them begin to make a love triangle.

As much as I like Yoonwon, Taewon is sweet because Tae-woong clearly enjoys helping Shi-won, and begins to want to take care of her as his feelings developed. Its tragic that Tae-woongs girlfriendShi-wons older sisterdied and Tae-woong might be trying to fulfill his relationship that was cut short through Shi-won, which might be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective, but doesnt make it any less tragic. Other than the development of his love for Shi-won, Tae-woong seems to be rethinking what hes done with his life, and for himself, as Yoon-jae is preparing to head off to university. As for the dynamics within the six friends, Hak-chan and Yoo-jung are constantly making up and breaking up because of Hak-chans bumbling, Yoon-jae and Shi-won continue to bicker at every moment, Jun-hee is holding back his feelings for Yoon-jae and Sung-jae is hopelessly hilarious as always.

But as the end of school year approaches and D-Day is fast-approaching, the laidback and simpler time of their friendship draws to a close, and things become serious. Shi-won gets into college, and with the end of exams, Yoon-jae plucks up the courage and plans to reveal his feelings for Shi-won, through a puppy that looks like him and he named after himself no less, but all of that goes to hell when his brother confesses to him that he likes Shi-won as well. Despite his feelings, Yoon-jae wants his brother to be happy, with all the things in life hes sacrificed to make Yoon-jae have a good life, and doesnt confess. Meanwhile, Tae-woong, once Yoon-jae passes his exams, says carpe diem and quits his teaching job to start an online business through a site called I Like School.

And thus Yoon-jae steps aside and lets his brother go on his path to happiness. Backing away from Shi-won is a symbol of Yoon-jaes growing maturity, but the coldness and the anger he feels towards Shi-won shows that Yoon-jae is still unable to let go of his feelings and they impede upon his ability to move on, and fully grow up. These scenes break my heart the most because Shi-won is clearly unable to look at Yoon-jae beyond being her oldest friend, and is hurt and confused by how hes rejecting her. As much as I understand that this is for the sake of tension and it is a drama, I cant help but frustrated by wanting them to just talk it out. But I think that is the luxury of being an outsider looking in, and dramatic irony rubbing it in my face. Eventually, Tae-woong confesses to Shi-won and they end up being sort of a couple, much to Yoon-jaes and my dismay.

To break up the tension, the writers and PD give us Hakjung to be the more simple relationship, in terms of structure, but that they constantly go back and forth between being complicated and just plain hilarious, Sung-jae lightens up the mood whenever hes around, and other than the bromance between Yoon-jae and Jun-hee, my favourite, for comedic sake, bromance is between Sung-jae and Hak-chan. Sung-jae is more or less everyones punching bag, even for sweet ol Hak-chan. There is a sweet story of how Papa and Mama Sung came to be a couple, all because younger Mama Sung confused which person was the crush of her best friend, Yoon-jae and Tae-woongs future mother, and becomes a messenger between the two of them until the messenger and younger Papa Sung fall in love. Fate brings the two sets of friends together, revealing how the two families became intertwined.

That side-story, along with Jun-hee giving up Yoon-jaethe puppy to a little girl who lost a dog who just like him, were the sweetest parts in Episode 9 and relief from the angst between Yoon-jae and Shi-won. The creative team behind Answer Me are great at balancing the various feels of the drama and managing to keep well-paced despite the storys layers. Episode 10 had us learning about the reasons why the men of Answer Me 1997 love their crushes and/or significant others.

Most of them choose their looks, for lack of being able to put anything to words due to being put on the spot, but Jun-hee continues to be the perfect male K-drama charactergay or straightby saying, through voice-over, that he loves Yoon-jae simply because hes Yoon-jae, and if he knew so easily why  he loved him, hed be able to stop. Cue tears and endless sobbing. But Sung-jae definitely had the funniest answer for his new-found love in Eun Gak-ha by saying that he loved her because of her chest. A true gentleman. Personally, I dont mind that Yoon-jae, Hak-chan, and Tae-woong used pretty as the reason why they liked Shi-won and Yoo-jung respectively, especially when they added that they were pretty to them. Meaning that everything about them is pretty, or nice to them, so regardless of what another person might say, theyre pretty to them and thats really all that matters.

Episode 11 and 12 might be the best episodes yet in terms of drama and angst, with school concluding and everyone preparing to set off on their own paths. Shi-won gets into trouble by almost being attacked by a serial rapist but is rescued by Yoon-jae.

I didnt like the build-up to this scene where everyone tells Shi-won to call Yoon-jae or use him as a chaperone home, but Shi-won doesnt listen and says that shes fine on her own, and nearly gets raped as a result. It felt like it was saying that see this is what happens when you dont listen to your parents/women walk home alone at night. I might be looking at it too deeply but it was something that bothered me. But Yoon-jae coming to save Shi-won, in pyjamas and despite falling and scrapping himself, which seemed so heart-warming because Yoon-jae will always be there for Shi-won. I think the acting was well-done for Yoon-jae who played the emotions of fear and relief perfectly, and this scene is when Shi-won begins to realize Yoon-jaes feelings for him.

Things arent peachy within Hakjung as Hak-chans shyness gets the best of him and he ends up telling his mother that Yoo-jung is just a girl, and not his girlfriend right after he introduced himself to Yoo-jungs childhood friends as her boyfriend, after hours of being too shy to meet them. Hak-chan just loves digging himself into deeper trouble. Yoo-jung is terribly hurt and they break up, but they reconcile after Hak-chan reveals proudly that he likes Yoo-jung to her class after losing a bet with Yoon-jae and Jun-hee that Jo Sung-mo wouldnt be good-looking.

Episode 12 is the end of the 90s and the end of the teenage story arc, with Yoon-jae confessing to no avail, Hakjung imploding because Hak-chan has to study abroad but didnt tell Yoo-jung until the last minute, and Shi-won losing her best friend, all on Shi-wons birthday. Episode 12 was heart-wrenching as the six friends drifted apart on not-so great terms. We dont get a graduation ceremony at the end, because that would just be an awkward and painful event, and Shi-won leaves for Seoul with only her mother and father wishing her off. Shi-wons train ride into Seoul is used to fast-forward into 2005, and the 21st century, where Shi-won is a junior writer and meets Yoon-jae at a cafe by chance. We get to see Tae-woong back at school and teaching, after selling of his stocks in his online business. The episode ends with many loose ends like what happened between 1999 and 2005 for all of the characters, are Tae-woong and Shi-won still together, and will Yoon-jae and Shi-won reconcile?

Episodes 7-12 leaves us with a lot of tensionand unanswered questions leading up to the final four episodes. The transition between the lighter earlier episodes flowed well as the characters struggled with maturity and taking the next steps into adulthood, leaving reason for the seriousness to come into play. The love lines are complicated but none of them drag the drama down or seem tedious, because of the writing, pacing, and the acting. The motivations of each of the characters relationships are clearly drawn out and the complications are understandable, especially with the Shi-won,Tae-woong and Yoon-jae love triangle. Never have I been so torn with a love triangle. Everyone just wants to make the other happy, and the theme of sacrifice hangs heavy in the drama, and although everyone wants to keep their relationships intact, life goes on and people have to make choices. Yoon-jae giving up his friendship with Shi-won breaks that theme, by him hurting the one he loves the most, because hes finally making a decision for himself, to make everything hurt less for him, and its selfish and painful.

Its a contrast to Jun-hees handling of his unrequited love, as he accepts it and is able to move on and maintain his friendship with Yoon-jae, despite how painful it might be. Does it mean that Yoon-jae was less mature than Jun-hee? Yes, but I think his decision to break off his ties with Shi-won was cathartic for him and the only way he knew how to move on and get on with his life. Unlike Jun-hee, Yoon-jae confessed directly to Shi-won and I think it was the best decision was to separate and rethink without having to go through the awkward rebuilding of their relationship.

The relationship between Hak-chan and Yoo-jung, as they have issues, I think that theyre the least complicated relationship in the drama because a) we know that they end up together b) they arent lodged in a mess of a love triangle, despite their relationship maturing from innocent love and stupid breakups, to miscommunication and bigger breaks. The drama would be a lot moresimpler and easy to solve if only they could straighten things out and be more open with each other, but those are the problems with youth isnt it? Being unable to put things to words and settling things out before they get out of hand.

The last two episodes of Answer Me 1997 have been extended, and they will both one-hour in length and air on two separate weeks. The subbing for this drama is as slow as ever, even at the most crucial episodes. Its times like this that I wish I knew Korean so I could help out, and hopefully theyll be out soon. How is everyone liking Answer Me 1997 so far? Are you Team Taewon or Team Yoonwon (Yes, I went there)? Im Team JunJae, or more like Seoya. Im going down with this ship, even though its all but fizzled out and its inevitable that it wont happen, sigh. So, then Ill leave you with All For You, the duet that Seo In-guk and A Pinks Eunji released for the drama as a sign of who I want Shi-won to end up with. (sorry Tae-woong!)

Nicole To Make Long-Awaited Comeback In Korea

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Nicole To Make Long-Awaited Comeback In Korea

Nicole To Make Long-Awaited Comeback In Koreakminjungee April 29, 2016 0 Nicole might bemaking a return in Korea someday in the following couple of months!

According to her firm B2M Entertainments statements on April 30, Nicole has been running on new songs, with the functionof creating a comeback next month. The nametune has yet to be decided, so her comeback is alsodriven from May just to June depending at the situation.

Former KARA member Nicole made her solo debut in November 2014 with her first mini album First Romance, and its title track, Mama. If she releases a new album in the primarypart of this year as planned, it'll mark her comeback to the Korean music scene in one and a half of years.

Seo Kang-joon rents a complete amusement park for his fans

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Seo Kang-joon rented all of the venue of Lotte International gamble for this event. He may begetting ready performances and a degree inviting special visitors for his fans. They are going to also invite the charity organizations for youngsters and the developmentalso isappropriate for families as well.

An go along with Seo Kang-joon's firm said, "We've planned this matchto precise our appreciation in opposition to our fans" and "Since we are getting ready especialoccasionsother from the former concert. I am hopingwe will be in a position to have a super time together".

Seo Kang-joon's We Like 2Night will take position at Lotte World Adventure from 10:30 PM on May 20th to five AM on May 21st. The participants will be capable ofexperience the ready performances in addition the amusement park rides freely all through the fan meeting.

Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany To Unlock Solo Album In May

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Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany To Unlock Solo Album In May

She these days finalized the arrangements for her album. For a three-day period, beginning April 25, Tiffany filmed the tune video for her identify track, and participated in a photo shoot for the album. Her new album will feature songs of many various genres that wouldshow off Tiffanys authentic charms and musicality. The singer plans on proceeding to preparechallengingso asto turn a more bestfunctionality onstage.

First, Tiffany used to befirstlymeant to make her solo debut closing fall, yet it becomenot on time for more than one months all the manner through the production stage. In the end, the release of her solo album was driven back for around six months.

During the ones six months, there were also several conflicting reports about if and when she would release a solo album. The singer was even stuck up in dating rumors with rapper Gray, when in reality she was running alongside AOMG manufacturers on her solo album.

Giveaway: Win Tickets to look SHINee Are living in Chicago

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Giveaway: Win Tickets to look SHINee Are living in Chicago

Giveaway: Win Tickets to peer SHINee Are living in Chicagoknims April 29, 2016 0 Girls and gentlemen, as you know we've got a momentous instance on our hands. SHINee is having their first solo fanmeet in the U.S. in the very fortunatetown of Chicago on Might 8th and tickets are on sale now here on Ticketmaster.

If you’re a SHINee fan, how are you in a position tonow not attend the fanmeet  and displaythe gang support? More enhancealmost certainly equals more displayssomeday and, as any individual who isn’t in Chicago, I’d actually appreciate the opportunity to get  some SHINee concerts in the future.

But, if you’re in the space and can’t spare the money for tickets correct now, we'vean awesome opportunity to win them! All you will need do is spread the notice about the show!

Yoo Ah-in stars on duvet of Hong Kong men's magazine

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In the revealed pictorial, Yoo Ah-in's trendy charms grabbed the eyeof girls fans. The informalglance is entire alongside a white blouse and jacket matched with a couple of dark jeans. His dreamy eyes and the appearance on his face are swoon-worthy.

Industry Insiders Call Their Best Feminine Vocalists

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Industry Insiders Call Their Best  Feminine Vocalists

Industry Insiders Call Their BestFeminine Vocalistsorionight April 29, 2016 0 There aren’t very many young female vocalists in the K-pop world, in spite of the call for for them in the industry. Thankfully, there are the ones few singers, either idol staffcontributors and soloists, who are regarded as vocalists with true musicianship. Here are the pinnacle3 female vocalists in their 20s selectedby ability of industry insiders.

Topping the list is the leader of Girls’ Generation. With her solo debut with “I” in 2015, Taeyeon used to be given the opportunity to blow their own horns her vocal skills. Industry insiders overwhelmingly chose her as Korea’s top female vocalist, with 19.44 % of the votes going to her.

Insiders showered her with such praises as, “She’s a vocalist with unrivaled visuals and timbre,” “Her solo album turned intostuffed with songs that were utterlyother from the standard Girls’ Generation concept, and her vocal spectrum is extremely wide,” and, “I was shocked at how without problems Taeyeon can sing with her distinct voice and long breath phrases.”

Spoiler 'Memory' Lee Sung-min starts pleasant revenge

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Lee Chan-moo (Jeon No-min) have been committing such so much offurther crimes to hidethe reality his son Seung-ho had killed Dong-woo 15 years ago. He even hired Tae-seok at the Taeseon Law Company and made him to paintings equally a defense attorney for the corrupted lawsuit comparable to Sin Yeong-jin (Lee Ki-woo)'s case. When Park Tae-seok discovered he had been living as a slave of cash without knowing the truth, he shuddered at his stupid beyond life.

After Na Eun-seon heard everything, she flopped to the floor and broke down in tears. She yelled, "I'm going to kill him appropriate now. I are no longertaking a look for law even". Park Tae-seok told her, "I've been living like trash. But, I am goingto exploitthe whole lot left to me to show the truth for Dong-woo".

Video Photos Added new trailer and stills for the Korean film 'Dear..Lena'

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"Dear..Lena" (2016)Directed by way of Chae Heon-jeongWith Park Gi-rim, Kim Jae-man, Ko Hee-gi, Ryoo Si-hyeon, Choi Ho-joong, Park Ran-II,...SynopsisOur silly tale...of other peoplestuffed with hurtLena is a Koryeo girl who lives in Russia. She has a pain that she can never overcome. Where she chose to reside is her mother's land and her country. Soon-goo is an blameless guy who waits for her as he harvests green tea. He comes to a decision to take her in yet he can notassist feeling uneasy...The watercolor of lonely people...Release date in Korea : 2016/05/26

Go Hyun Jung Suffers 3rd Stage Burns; Plans On Proceeding Drama Shoot Regardless

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Go Hyun Jung Suffers 3rd  Stage Burns; Plans On Proceeding Drama Shoot Regardless

They stated, Go Hyun Jung suffered third degree burns on her hands and feet. She was once injured whilstlooking aftera private matter, now notthroughout filming. She is latelybeneathremedy and is recovering. Even if she changed into injured, she strongly insisted on continuing with the filming. We are operating on adjusting her agenda and continuing the shoot. This drama is a pre-recorded drama and because weve already filmed numerous it already, her damagewon'thave an effect on our filming schedule.

Meanwhile, tvNs Dear My Pals centers around lively, immature youths as they grow and be informedclasses about life. It's going to air on Mightthirteen at 8:30 p.m. KST.

Spoiler 'Ms. Mood and Nam Jung-gi' Lee Yo-won vs Yeon Jeong-hoon, and Yoon Sang-hyeon throws one heavy punch

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As Wook Da-jeong (Lee Yo-won) used to bedisappointed with his pompous attitude, she stated angrily, "It's disgusting. After placing some investment into it, you are calling us a family, I did not know here's your taste?" and "I despise the onesmaximum who act awesome with the money that isn't even his". Lee Ji-sang asked Nam Jung-gi (Yoon Sang-hyeon) for advice, "What must ane do to win Wook Da-jeong's heart?"

Nam Jung-gi asked him back, "Don't you suspect making the real efforts to make the work atmosphere for the employees to experience their work may work?" Lee Ji-sang cynically responded, "Then raising salary will work. It iscash after all".

However, Nam Jung-gi said, "Well, what I mentioned is happiness. Money is incorporated in it yetit isn't all" and "Pride, feeling content and taking phase in comradeship operatingin combination and also produce just right products, it's anything called happiness". Wook Da-jeong commented, "You can notpurchasethose money. Do not you think?"