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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 reacts to his new birthday clay dolls 


Jang Hyuk’s DC Gallery fans met with Jang Hyuk while he was filming final episodes of Money Flower to give him his belated birthday present. It’s a tradition now! The beautiful clay dolls created based on his characters. 

Please visit DC Gallery to see more pictures of our doll carrying dolls 😋 and to take a closer look at the details of each doll

http://m.dcinside.com/view.php?id=janghyuk&no=80482&page=1


This year, we want to give a special thanks to those of you who visit our blog and contributed with the DC Gallery fans to make it happen. THANK YOU SO MUCH! ❤️ Jang Hyuk was soooo happy with his dolls, as you will see in the pictures. 


This year the characters are Moo Jin Hyuk from Voice and Gyu Nam from Ordinary Person. 



I don’t remember the exact words but I was told that he observed and admired the dolls details. He even insisted that he wanted to show them off at the filming site 😍 So cute! He said that he loves and keeps these dolls in a special place in his house. he expressed that he realizes that these in particular must take a lot of dedication and he fully appreciates the great amount of thought put behind them. 

Interview: “I would rather get criticisms as I move forward”.


This translation was done and posted by Prettysup on Soompi Jang Hyuk’s thread (which I encourage you to vsit. The fans there are awesome)

https://forums.soompi.com/en/topic/3100-jang-hyuk-%EC%9E%A5%ED%98%81/?do=findComment&comment=21001938

Original article: http://news.jtbc.joins.com/article/article.aspx?news_id=NB11586856

Actor Jang Hyuk sets new goal through Lee Mi-sook and Lee Soon-jae.


On the 8th Feb, Jang Hyuk carried out an interview after the end of MBC weekend drama “Money Flower” at a cafe in Sangsadong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul. 

Jang Hyuk said, “I set a new goal for myself through this work. In another 20 years, my acting career life will be 40 years old. Lee Mi-sook already has 40 years, and Lee Soon-jae has 60 years. I have been going on for over 20 years now. Once I endure another 20 years, constantly building characters and integrating with people, then would I be able to achieve the age of Lee Mi-sook and Lee Soon-jae. I have a goal to become an actor as unique and as enthusiastic as they are. There were so many things to learn.”

He added, “As I looked at their interpretations, I was surprised that such interpretation is possible! The attitude of how they work truly influenced their juniors. Lee Soon-jae is a real master of acting, he is able to control the amount to let go and withhold precisely, which was due to his experience and age.”

In ‘Money Flower’ Jang Hyuk played the role of Kang Pil-joo, who intentionally approached Lee Mi-sook (Jung Mal-ran) and Jang Seung-Jo (Jang Boo-cheon) to seek a revenge he had been planning for 20 years. 


More interview snipets:

SPOILER ALERT

I started shooting after receiving only 3 episodes of the script, so it was filmed without knowing what is going to happen next. When we were deliberating whether this drama is going to have a happy or sad ending, the director says, “I will not shoot a drama about dead people”, so the ending reflects the writer’s idea. From my point of view, getting back the name Jang Eun-cheon means a complete ending. In the last episode, there was actually a scene which Pil-joo and Mo-hyun look at each other, but it was edited out. If they have looked at each other, it would mean a new beginning. Editing this out leaves viewers with a lingering expectation.

Park Se-young is a very hardworking junior. When we were acting in ‘Beautiful Mind’ she would ask me which feeling should she portray? After I replied her, she can portray it within one second, and has been maintaining this way since then. This time it is also the same, she is really a very sincere person, well taken care of, has a good up-bringing, works hard to improve herself, and has a very good attitude towards her work.

My biggest turning point was enlisting in the army. After leaving, getting married and having kids, i was already in my 30s. Now I am in my 40s. I feel that I should take on more projects at this age in order to enrich my experience. It is only through more challenging roles and genre that I can widen my spectrum. It is just like the competitors who are taking part in the boxing match this year, those who had many sparring matches will find it easier. In this way then we can continue to move forward, otherwise we will be forever at the same spot. As compared to remaining at the same spot, I would rather get criticisms as I move forward.

I hope that viewers can trust my acting, as it is impossible for humans not to make mistakes. When i was young, I carved the words “passion” on my chair, hoping not to lose that as I grow up. That is the reason why seniors can last so long in the acting field. They say “When you are acting, your skills only count 30%, and your attitude counts for 70%. Only with a positive attitude can you continue for a long time.

Frankly speaking, of course I hope to win prizes, but it is not something I would ponder upon. Thinking back, I have gotten second place many times, but because of the fact that there is always someone better than me, it spurs me on further. It would be stressful if I aim to meet everyone’s expectations, I hope that I can be an actor who sets my own pace.

Q : Will there be a second season for Money Flower?

A : I do not know, but the writer does not seem to have this intention.