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  1. BinJin ❤ How it all started ❤ Close friends (The Negotiation Promo Period) ❤ Grocery shopping in LA... ❤ They decided to work together again (CLoY) ❤ After CLoY ❤ Match made in heaven... ❤ BINJIN CONFIRMS!!!!! ❤ After confirmation ❤ BINJIN IS GETTING MARRIED!!!!! ❤ THE WEDDING! ❤ After the wedding ❤ BINJIN FANFICTION ❤ The original BinJin LOL ❤ #BinjinGIF by Yoshi@binjinfeed - WORK IN PROGRESS - - IMPORTANT NOTICE - THE LINKS TO INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK VIDEOS ARE BROKEN DUE TO RULE CHANGES. THEY ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO YOUTUBE AND WILL BE REINSTATED IN DUE TIME. How it all started Jun - Aug, 2017 They met to work together for the first time in their career, filming "The Negotiation" movie. Photo Credit: binjinsgrocery2 - thanks for the brighter & sharper photos In the movie, they had only one scene together. However, it was reported that they often met for meals and drinks, together with the Director, to discuss their ideas for the movie and to build rapport. During an interview, HB said it was a pity that filming was mostly done via a monitor. "Because of this, we could only meet during lunch time, so it seemed like I was always looking forward to lunch time. (smiles)" - Hyun Bin, Single List Sep 19, 2018 They got to know each other. They clicked. "We are the same age and we have similar debut periods. There were things we knew without having to talk to each other... we could act well because of our trust in each other. It was great." - Son Ye Jin, The Negotiation Press Conference Aug 9, 2018 "I think we share a lot of similarities. As a result, we have many things we can talk about and we share similar views about a lot of things." - Hyun Bin, Esquire Korea with OMEGA Aug 21, 2019 "But because I know very well that she (SYJ) can fully lift these factors, and an actor who can make up for those deficiencies, that’s why I got so comfortable when I first heard that I was working with Son Ye-Jin. It’s a lot easier... But there’s a scene where Chae-Yoon meets Tae-Gu in the second half. That’s the only scene. When it come to that scene, hmm… I think it was a good scene. She took great care of me. I think it would be nice to have more of a scene like this." - Hyun Bin, The Negotiation DVD Commentary The Negotiation DVD Commentary with English subtitles & Transcript In the DVD Commentary, after Tae Gu killed her boss, Chae Yoon called him a psycho. SYJ revealed after that part, whenever they met on the set, HB would mimic her voice “a psycho”. HB said because when he read the script, he did not think his partner will act like that, he thought the partner would have screamed out loud, that was why he was impressed. Credit: Binnie Jinnie Couple on facebook In the Esquire Korea with OMEGA interview on Aug 21, 2019 (English translation), HB said that he was first amazed by SYJ's acting in that scene. Instead of exploding, she restrained her strong emotions. It was very different from what he expected. "...sometimes, if you encounter an unexpected acting from the other party, you will also feel a sense of thrill. When you are not able to predict how the other person will act or express herself, and you find yourself responding in an unexpected manner to complement or to react to the other person, it is very charming and thrilling. I think I saw that from Ye-jin. So I had wished to work with her again. I thought when that time comes, I want to be able to do so by being in the same space, looking at the eyes and breathing in the same air." They filmed for about 2 months from Jun to Aug 2017. Then SYJ went on to film "Be With You" and HB "Rampant". [Comment: You can feel the professional admiration that HB has for SYJ and the regret he has with the filming method. He is a sincere person so we can believe the things he says are his real thoughts and not for marketing. There may not be anything romantic at that time, but he probably realised that he was meeting an actress of an entirely different caliber and was looking forward to talk with her and learn from her. Just imagine him being excited to go for lunch every day... we would only be so fortunate if we also looked forward to lunch as eagerly every day 😉] Apr, 2018 In Apr 2018, the production had to replace one of the supporting actors [ref]. Thus, they met to re-shoot then. Jun, 2018 [Comment: Did they meet up in Europe in Jun 2018? 😉 A BinJin fanfic author had a very interesting idea on this which I love - read Chapter 5 Seafood bouillabaisse of 'Best Thing Ever - A Binjin Love Story' by GroceryGirl.] Aug 9, 2018 Vogue Korea's Photo Shoot took place on Aug 9, 2018 [credit to @balmaincouple] and was published in Sep 2018. Photos Behind The Scenes Scanned Images of the Printed Vogue Article by @sonyejinpics
  2. Broadcast station: JTBC, Netflix Schedule: Feb 16, 2022 - Mar 24, 2022 About the Show: The story tells of the romance and everyday lives of three friends who will be turning 40 soon. Cha Mi Jo (Son Ye-Jin) was born and raised by wealthy parents. Now 39-years-old, she works as a dermatologist at her own clinic in Gangnam. Jung Chan Young (Jeon Mi-Do) is one of Cha Mi Jo's close friends who works as an acting coach. Jang Joo Hee is (Kim Ji Hyun) a department store cosmetics manager. Due to her timid personality, she has yet to really experience a romantic relationship. Genre: Friendship, Romance, Drama
  3. Crash Landing On You 사랑의 불시착 Director: Lee Jung Hyo Writer: Park Ji Eun Original Broadcast: December 14, 2019 to February 16, 2020 Starring: Hyun Bin Son Ye Jin Kim Jung Hyung Seo Ji Hye Background Crash Landing On You was always going to have a troublesome public perception issue on its hands. It was telling the story of a cross border romance between a North Korean military officer and a South Korean heiress in the modern day, and treat it as more of a romantic comedy rather than a melodrama or a tragedy as other works have done. The issue has to do with the fact that a Korea that has been divided for going on seven decades not only exists, but that North Korea is the most reclusive and repressive regime in the world today, with families still divided. The division of Korea is still a very sore point for many people in both North and South Korea, with a hope of reunification still a very hot topic. While the lengthy separation and development of the two Koreas has led to marked differences and cultural alienation, CLOY tackles the task of trying to humanize the North Koreans to a South Korean (and international) market. As such, its depiction of the North Korean village where most of it is set is to treat it as a bucolic rural village with comedic touches of black market trade, inconsistent public transportation, and village hierarchy based on the official positions of the husbands or other family members. The drama does make brief references to the beggar orphans who lead appalling lives as non-persons in NK and to the all-invasive, all-controlling state, but these references are marginalized or not referenced for most of the drama until near the end. As such, it does a good job of creating sympathetic North Korean characters, but it may do so at the expense of the most prominent of the South Korean characters who are depicted as greedy, suspicious, fake, back stabbers whose primary concern is for themselves. Not all South Korean characters are depicted as such, of course, but the ones who aren’t do not have much of a role. But, the question remains whether with this is as a backdrop, the romantic comedy worked as a plot, and actually, it does for a majority of the story. The OTP have good chemistry together making you want to root for them to be together and happy. Plus, they have the kind of dialogue which is both playful and earnest which makes them a fun watch and listen. Plot and Review - warning - major spoilers Commentary It may be my personal gripe that the ending doesn’t offer much of a resolution to whether they are able to be together or not. Given that this drama was a comedy, I thought that it would eke out a happy ending of some kind. I had wondered if the drama would tackle the idea of reunification in some future Korea which would finally enable the OTP to be together, or whether it would separate them, or just give them an unrealistic happy ever after ending somewhere even if it went agains their portrayed characters. But instead, the drama uses a bit of a cheat to delay that question of whether the OTP can truly be together. Again, it’s a clash of what the drama is trying to accomplish coming up against the realities of using a real world setting and scenario. Ultimately, this drama felt very busy and not very engaging when it wasn’t focusing on the central chemistry and romance of the OTP. Even the second lead romance felt as if it lacked spark and progression, despite some really emotionally touching moments, especially by Kim Jung Hyun as the amoral conman who actually turns out to be a pretty good guy, Goo Seung Joon. Goo Seung Joon had the only true moment that gave me pause in the final episodes as he’s running away from NK soldiers who want to take him in for questioning. There is a moment where he is hiding, and some NK street orphans are complicit in hiding him. GSJ comments that the orphan is also like him in that neither of them have any parents nor anyone to cry for them when they die. GSJ’s sparse back story as an orphan parallels CCG’s story of being an orphan, and is reflected in this moment with the nameless street orphan that GSJ addresses. However, this issue of orphans being disposable people whether they grow up in NK or SK isn’t really explored, but rather put into a pithy observation. Despite that, this drama really relies on the chemistry between Hyun Bin’s RJH and Son Ye Jin’s YSR. They actually demonstrated their chemistry before in the cat-and-mouse thriller of The Negotiation, and their romance sparks are good enough that it’s created a legion of real life shipper fans as well. HB’s comedic timing was shown to great effect in Secret Garden, but it is more refined here and burnished with his action star credentials as well as his generally acclaimed dramatic acting skills. Son Ye Jin slides easily into her role here as one which is similar to roles that she has done before in her diverse repertoire of roles. Both visually and chemistry-wise, they do make a great OTP. It is in the actual story itself that I found flaws in depiction, execution, and satisfaction. It is hard to separate out the real world aspects that this drama doesn’t reflect as it pertains to their romance if it had been real. While I watched it the first time wondering how they planned to resolve their various issues, the ending left me unsatisfied enough that I don’t really feel the need to watch it again, even for the great OTP chemistry. Ratings: Plot/story 6 Cast/acting 9 Production Value 8 Rewatch Value 3 Overall 7
  4. Personal Taste 개인의 취향 [2010] aka Personal Preference Director: Son Hyung Suk, Noh Jong Chan Writer: Kim Hee Ju Based on the novel Personal Taste by Lee Se In Cast: Son Ye Jin, Lee Min Ho, Kim Ji Seok, Wang Ji Hye Genre: Romantic Comedy Some background: Lee Min Ho was coming off an impressive leading man turn in the coming of age drama Boys Over Flowers when he chose this rom-com Son Ye Jin. In BoF, LMH had made the man-child character of Gun Jun Pyo the most riveting element of that series alongside a cast of other newbie actors. In Personal Taste, LMH had to act alongside an actress who was already an established and beloved star who was also 5 years older than himself, where he turned in a credible, though not stellar performance. Son Ye Jin already had done a number of film and drama roles which were more melodramatic and intense. She went from playing a sweet, innocent ingenue which earned her the nickname of Korea’s First Love to roles in weightier works playing strong, ambitious, morally ambiguous women. She wanted to have a fun, light-hearted role and so chose Personal Taste. The title Personal Taste is a play on the FL’s name Gae In which is also a word that means “personal” or “individual”, so this drama really is about Gae In’s choices and preferences. The set up and review: Personal Taste is a romantic comedy where both the romance and the comedy result primarily from the cohabitation of the ML and the FL when they are both very different personalities and how they become friends and ultimately fall in love. Park Gae In (Son Ye Jin) is the daughter of a famous architect, living in a traditional Korean home (named SangGoJae) that he had designed and built for his family to live in. Her mother has died in a tragic accident in that house for which GI blames herself, while her father has moved to live and work in England after the accident. GI herself is an independent designer of furniture trying to establish herself with mixed success with a long time boyfriend who she’s hoping to marry. Jeon Jin Woo (Lee Min Ho) is a young, ambitious architect who has launched his own firm, and is hoping to make a name for his fledgling firm by winning a contest to build the new DAAM Art Center. He hears that the head of the selection committee is a particular admirer of GI’s father and SangGoJae, and thus tries to gain entrance to SangGoJae though GI does not allow anyone into her private home. GI’s long-term boyfriend Han Jang Ryul (Kim Ji Seok) is not very supportive of GI, and breaks up with her in a pretty mean fashion. His main quibble seems to be that GI is too receptive and too willing to be with him and do things for him. However, it turns out that the real reason JR breaks up with GI is that he’s been having an affair with GI’s best friend and roommate Kim In Hee (Wang Ji Hye) behind GI’s back and is about to marry her. GI finds out because she attends her friend’s wedding, even though she has not been invited to it, and causes a ruckus upon finding out that IH and JR are about to get married. This disrupts the wedding, causing the wedding couple to have a falling out and the wedding itself to be cancelled. JW happens to be at the wedding as a guest since he is in competition with JR’s father who owns a well established architectural and construction firm which used to be owned by JW’s father. Confused and amused yet? All of these troubles cause IH to reject JR after all, and ultimately decide that she’s really interested in JW instead. Btw, IH is the personal executive assistant of the man who is in charge of deciding on the architect for the DAAM Art Center Project. JR, after being rejected by IH, finally realize how supportive, loving and forgiving GI has always been, and decide that he wants to get GI back. Not to mention, JR’s father upon finding out that GI is the daughter of the celebrated architect who is revered by the DAAM Project reviewers demands that JR make up with GI. In the midst of all this though, JW has managed to rent IH’s old room from GI who agrees based on a previous misunderstanding that JW is gay, and thus not violating any prohibitions born of modesty and propriety. And, thus the cohabitation starts as does the main love square. It’s actually a love mess as there are subplots with a girl who is living in JW’s house with his mother calling herself his fiancee who is in turn being chased by one of JW’s staff, as well as the gay senior executive (a significant cameo by movie star Ryu Seung Ryong) associated with the DAAM Project (IH’s boss) who is also attracted to JW. And, this leads to my first and possibly biggest issue with this drama. The base plot is very thin, so they’ve made the relationships stretch and twist beyond all boundaries of coincidence and reason, even by kdrama standards. Not to mention, they’ve written the second leads without a shred of conscience or morals but in a very matter of fact way, at least until nearly the end. For instance, the second female lead tries to move back into SangGoJae with GI after her marriage attempt flops. The second male lead thinks he has a right to GI despite having betrayed her with her best friend even to the point of marrying the friend, but doesn't understand why GI won't fall back into his arms. There is another friend of GI’s who points out how appalling and shameless their actions are, but GI, being the warm-hearted saint that she is, harbors no real ill will towards either of the SL’s. It means some serious suspension of belief through the various plots and counterplots that feels exhausting rather than giving much sense of emotional engagement or payoff. The characters themselves feel expediently written rather than with any internal consistency. So, the characters do things in order to progress the plot as it is or to get the laugh rather than because there is any sense that the characters would actually act the way they do because its inherent to their nature. The directing is just okay, not intrusive but also not memorable, and with a few weird angles on shots that just served to confuse me. That is also true of the production in general. Perhaps we’ve become used to much better directing, editing and cinematography now, whereas this feels like standard tv fare of its time. Unfortunately, that leads to this drama looking and feeling outdated as well. SangGoJae is a beautiful house, although the tragic flaw in its design that is at the heart of the reason GI loses her mother feels more like a materials flaw than an actual design flaw which seems simplistic given the status of the architect and builder. As written, the dialogue is also on the simplistic side which leads to awkward interactions which made me think that perhaps I would have enjoyed this drama better if I did not understand Korean since I found myself giggling at a number of the serious mood scenes. SYJ as a veteran at least tried to do more with her line deliveries and emoting. LMH, as the newer, younger actor was not so fortunate. Leading to such not-so-classic exchanges as this scene where GI has somehow gotten an ill JW out of a car and into a bed by herself and is now nursing him with a cloth to his head): GI:Jin Woo-sshi, are you back to your senses? JW: Gae In-sshi GI: How could a person be so foolish until your body becomes like this? JW: Don’t worry about a guy like me. GI: Who’s worrying? JW: I’m okay, so please go now. GI: How can you say that you’re okay when you’re in this state? JW: Your father will be worried. So, go. GI: Did anyone say that I was going to live here? Turn over now, so that I can change your wet cloth (that she had placed on his forehead to try to break his fever). JW: Go. JW: I said go. GI: Fine, I understand. Since your fever seems to have been reduced anyway. (she gets up, only for JW to grab her arm) JW: Don’t go. GI: Let go. JW: Don’t go. Meant to be dramatic and romantic, this scene just made me laugh. LMH feels outmatched in this drama by the veteran actors Son Ye Jin and Ryu Seung Ryong in his scenes with them. His character JW is presented as a rather taciturn man, private, tidy, orderly, and keeping his own counsel. So, he generally has fewer lines than his co-stars. This was both a blessing and a curse since it took a lot of burden off him when he was in most scenes of this drama, but at the same time meant that he needed to be able to emote more without over-acting, a feat that he couldn’t quite pull off here. With his striking good looks, and his character of being a forward thinking architect, the costume department also dress him up in some questionable fashions which did not necessarily do him any favors. As might be expected by my remarks in the previous paragraph, the mismatch of acting experience and delivery also led to some questionable chemistry between the two leads. GI does her best to be winsome and sweet and feisty, and makes it extremely unbelievable that any man wouldn’t find her adorable even in her “frumpy” phase. JW is tall, good looking, principled, talented, as well as being a good housekeeper and cook. While GI shows us how she’s falling in love with JW, we’re given some scenes of JW brooding and are meant to accept that is because he finds himself thinking about GI which then becomes love. That’s probably a bit harsh since there are some couple-y montages where the OTP are doing friend things and being comfortable together. It just feels too much like we’re being told rather than because I was falling in love as they were falling in love. I found myself rooting for the OTP anyway, mostly because GI was so in love with him rather than because I actually felt that the couple were so meant to be together. Of the two second leads, they feel wasted in a lot of ways in this drama. Both of the second leads are rather petty and childish in their determination to go after what they want through most of this drama. Having said that, neither of the second leads are completely evil and have their moments of redemption at the end after being frustrated in their attempts time after time. In general, I think this drama is good to watch if LMH is your oppa, and you feel the need to watch every one of his projects. He does a much better job with another tall, good looking, talented man with few words character in City Hunter. SYJ has done better work both before and after this project. Having said that it’s also just a mostly light bit of fluff with some really gorgeous people, so probably good to watch on a bored, rainy day. Plot/story 4 Cast/acting 7 Production value 5 Re-watch value 5
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