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“Call It Like You See It” – An Upcoming OCN Thriller


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Having been off the grid most of the summer, I was blindsided by the news that Jang Hyuk is slated to star in the OCN crime-thriller “Call it Like You See it.”

I should’ve known you can’t keep Jang Hyuk down! The main cast was announced in July and the drama is set to tentatively star Jang Hyuk, Choi Soo Young, And Jin Seo Yeon. Since it will premiere in February, 2020, there’s not much buzz on it. Right now the attention is on Netflix’s Exclusive, “My Country: The New Age” – which premieres October 4th worldwide and is close to wrapping up production.

“Call It Like You See It” will be directed by “Voice” PD Kim Hong-Seon, marking a reunion with Jang Hyuk. It will be written by Go Young Jae and Han Ki Hyun. With only a little info to go on, I feel like it’s in the same vein as “Voice” and has an intriguing plot.

According to info on Han Cinema

“Call It Like You See It” is a tracking thriller about an eccentric genius profiler, a detective with the ability to remember anything they have seen even once, and a serial killer who thought they were dead.”

A character having a photographic memory is a drama trope that’s almost run out of steam, but we’ll see how they employ it. I like when shows break out the special effects by giving us glimpses into their mind and thought processes. Similar to BBC’s “Sherlock.”

There’s no shortage of genius Criminal Profilers, especially eccentric ones. Could they be anything but in dramas? I found no official word on Jang Hyuk’s character, but I can see him as the Profiler or killer. He’s played eccentric geniuses before, in the underrated drama, “Beautiful Mind” and he also starred as a Joseon Era Sherlock Holmes type in “Tree With Deep Roots.” Rumor has it he’s playing the Detective, which is still a fascinating part since he’ll possess a powerful gift of the mind. (And we may get a lot of “hawt” deep concentration scenes!)

I’m not sure how I’d feel about Jang Hyuk as a serial killer, but I’m not doubting his ability to play one. There’s no right or wrong way. Jang Hyuk is drawn to charismatic roles and real life history is full of charismatic killers. It would display new facets of his acting skills we haven’t quite seen before. That’s something he strives for.

I like the twist in the synopsis. Usually law enforcement believes they’ve gotten rid of the killer “once and for all,” only to have them return and wreak havoc all over again. Maybe our heroes are vigilantes that go “underground” to catch the killer by staying a step ahead of them? They may have personal vendettas after being left for dead and possibly lost loved ones in the attacks.

There’s a lot to speculate at this point. We’ll keep you posted!

OCN is a formidable Network when it comes to crime/action/thriller genres and they’ve been on top of their game with quality shows for years. “Call It Like You See It” is sure to be an exciting and intense Winter drama.

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Jang Hyuk’s new Sageuk: “My Country” (나의 나라)


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It’s been a long while since we’ve posted, and since Jang Hyuk’s starred in a drama! We’ve all missed him, and hopefully he’d gotten a well-deserved break after starring back-to-back in “Money Flower,” “Wok of Love,” and “Bad Papa.” Not to mention cameos here and there and a role in the Crime film, “Ordinary Person.”

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Jang Hyuk gives off Lee Daegil “Chuno” vibes here. Fans are thrilled he grew out his hair.

Jang Hyuk again takes on the mighty role of Joseon’s third King, Lee (Yi) Bang Won (The future King Taejong). He played the King in the 2015 film, “Empire of Lust.”

Jang Hyuk’s not the lead in “My Country” (JTBC Network) (To many fans’ disappointment) but he is listed as a Main role. Since it’s a multi-episode drama, it’ll be exciting to watch how he develops King Taejong’s personality with the distinct nuances he always brings to his performances.

Whatever happens, King Taejong’s presence will be influential to the story.

The drama’s main plot revolves around young best friends in a tumultuous time period – the fall of the Goryeo era into the early years of the long-standing Joseon era.

Seo Hwi (Yang Se-Jong) is a righteous warrior, the son of a powerful commander who goes through grievous trials. Nam Sun-Ho (Woo Do-Hwan) is an intelligent young man born from the lower class. His dream of joining the military is crushed when his father gets embroiled in corruption and his poor background becomes an obstacle. The best friends have misunderstandings and develop clashing opinions, leading them to become enemies.

This wouldn’t be a proper Kdrama without a love-triangle or a romantic entanglement. Enter the beautiful Seol Hyun (Han Hee-Jae). She’s described as a skilled martial artist and resourceful, intelligent woman ahead of her time who possibly holds classified information.

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Lee Bang Won was crowned King in Joseon’s 8th year. The political upheavals that got him to the throne could put the ex-best friends at greater odds while fighting for freedom and country.

These are just speculations, we’ll all have to watch and learn together!

“My Country” began filming back in March, 2019. Pre-produced dramas are on the rise. This system allows for better and compelling stories and acting, as the writers, cast, and crew don’t fall prey to the whims of Producers and fickle audiences necessitating last-minute plot changes. Just from the trailers, we can expect high production values and beautiful cinematography.

Having the talented Jang Hyuk in a major role will surely elevate what promises to be an exciting historical drama of friendships, enmity, love, and war as Korea pushes through the birth pangs of a new, astounding era in their legendary history.

“My Country” (나의 나라) premieres Friday, October 4th, 2019.

***Note to Fans – “My Country” is a Netflix Exclusive that will launch globally on that date.  They are the only streaming site with Korean Language content to air it. For those of us without Netflix, hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to watch it elsewhere.

Enjoy the Official Trailers:

Money Flower Fan-Video ~ All The Same To Me


 

 

The other night I was struck with inspiration after hearing the 2008 song “All The Same To Me” by Anya Marina. (And became an instant fan!) I’d watched someone’s tribute to their favorite Ladies of Film Noir from the 40’s & 50’s.

Money Flower has been on my mind this week and I thought the song would be a perfect match. There’s a definite gloomy noir theme to both the drama and the song that blend well. It’s jazzy and sensuous with a hint of pop fun.

For those unfamiliar with the term, Film Noir is defined as – A style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder.

I love making videos so when that urge hits I jump on it and get into a creative zone. I didn’t have many distractions so I was able to create it in two days. Hopefully I’ll be inspired to make more Kdrama videos. I’d only made two many years ago for Chuno, one for Lee Daegil and one for Song Tae Ha.

My regret is that the Chuno clips were subpar because Youtube didn’t have full HD yet. I shudder when I remember the very early years with only 240p! You can watch the new video at 1080HD. Youtube and I aren’t friends these days as they’d removed a lot of my content for other fandoms. So here’s hoping they keep up my Kdrama videos!

 

Jang Hyuk’s Boxing Philosophy


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In “Bad Papa” (currently airing) Jang Hyuk plays Yoo Ji Chul, a former Championship Boxer with a wife and 17 year-old daughter. He’d suffered a number of setbacks in his life and became a Detective, but his heart wasn’t in the job. His life-long passion’s boxing and supporting his estranged family is his number one priority.

Ji Chul finds an opportunity to make money, but resorts to taking stolen pills that are in a testing phase. While deadly to others, the blue pills enhance Ji Chul’s natural abilities to super-heroic proportions within a three-minute window. He not only becomes a hero after saving a family in a bus wreck, he returns full-force to Boxing and wins back his titles, respect, and family.

There’s plenty of dark moral issues to deal with. By taking the pills, Ji Chul’s cheating in the ring big time and lying to his family and friends. He’s covering up murder, and the pills may slowly be killing him.

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One of the blue pill’s not-so-pretty side effects!

Ji Chul’s getting red flags and warnings from all sides to stop, especially from his own twisted conscience, but the lure’s too great…

And that’s where we’ve left off biting our nails for the upcoming episodes!

Most fans know that Jang Hyuk has practiced and excelled in Jeet Kune Do , a form of Martial Arts created by the legendary Bruce Lee. But Jang Hyuk’s also been a semi-professional boxer for just as long. Meaning, while he doesn’t have a career in boxing, it’s more than just a hobby.

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(Check out those skills in a gif from Robbers.)

Jang Hyuk’s dream was to play a Boxer, and his wish was granted fully with Bad Papa. But past roles featured boxing as well. In Robbers (2008) Jang Hyuk played Oh Joon, a former boxer turned con-man. The focus isn’t on his old boxing career, however, it’s falling in love and redemption.

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He was a boxer in the drama short Old Goodbye with Jang Nara. And lets not forget in the recent Wok of Love he played his character Chil-Sung’s doomed father, appearing on a retro-Boxing poster and in a quick flashback in the boxing ring.

In an interview for The Korea Times after Money Flower ended, Jang Hyuk likened boxing to being on a drama or movie set. He’s carried over boxing principles to help guide him while filming.

“A set is like two actors hiding what they have and facing each other in the ring. Under immense tension, they exchange punches and counter punches. If there is no tension while shooting a drama, how can we expect it to draw viewers?”

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Ji Chul snaps back to reality after causing his opponent a grave injury.

We all know how Jang Hyuk amps up the tension in any scene. With just a twist of his mouth or a flicker in his eye he deftly reveals the deeper emotions within his characters. No one can ever accuse him of playing cardboard cut-out roles.

One of the biggest lessons he’s learned from boxing is fierce endurance. Even when conditions on the set are troublesome, or he’s exhausted and wants to give up and go home, he continues to fight his way to the end of the film shoot. Jang Hyuk’s passionate about doing his best at all times, and it shows in all his performances.

Read the full interview by Park Jin-Hai at The Korea Times:

“Every film set is my Boxing Ring”

Greetings Fans!


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Hey everyone! I’m LadyG. I was graciously made a co-Administrator here on “Stuck on Hyuk,” so I’d like to introduce myself. You may also know me as the writer of the “Dream Dramas” (Similar to Kdrama Fanfic) for one of our other favorite Kdrama blogs – The Fangirl Verdict

In a nutshell, I’m from New York City. Born and raised in Brooklyn. I love retro and vintage TV, movies, music and topics, Asian Dramas, world history, classic movies, art, reading, research, writing, cooking, and lots of eating and sleeping! I’m shy,  an introvert, but I can be really funny – I lean toward dark, observational, and slapstick humor, but I always strive to remain positive and light.

Stuck on Hyuk is now on Twitter (@RoyalHyukness)

I have an Instagram Account where I’ll be posting all sorts of – how do i describe it? – Phone art designs for all my favorite Asian Drama actors, and other topics of interests. Find me at fangirl_fancies and also as an Administrator on the Stuck on Hyuk Facebook Page where you can download the artwork.

I hope to help the admins breathe new life into the blog by sharing what I can find and create for all the fans to enjoy. You’re worth it, and I know Jang Hyuk thinks you are too.

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