Mar78 is the first (and we sure hope isn’t the last) to take up our invitation to join in the fun — to express her hopes and wishes of what PSH’s comeback Korean drama “Neighborhood Hero” (NH) will be like.
PSH as Jason Bourne, another famous secret agent
I think that Baek Shi Yoon (BSY) will be very different from what he was in the past — from being a cold man, he will now get involved with people in the neighborhood and everyday situations. He will be involved in their lives to help those in need. All this will make him a more human person.
BSY and the young man work together in a bar, but in their spare moments they will fight evil and will solve others’ problems. They will have some tense moments, but they will also spend some good times together, so we will have the opportunity to see PSH´s beautiful smile.
I imagine that although he is the bar owner, he is not laid back and could be a barman or maybe a pianist. Suddenly I’m imagining someone like the “Piano Man”* by Billy Joel, who knows the stories of the people of the bar. In NH, BSY will know stories about the bad guys who live around and their victims, or simply, the stories of the neighborhood people. Of course, there will be a woman, perhaps a singer or a waitress who is so in love with BSY, but he wants nothing to do with women because in the past he had very bad experiences with them, maybe a wife or a girlfriend who left him for another man. About his looks, maybe jeans, boots, and a small beard, or long hair or curly short hair hidden under a cap.
It could be just a simple little bar, with no pianist or singer. If it is something more sophisticated and large, it could be something like Once in a Blue Moon in FH.
* Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” (partial lyrics)
It’s nine o’clock on a Saturday The regular crowd shuffles in There’s an old man sitting next to me Makin’ love to his tonic and gin …..
Now Paul is a real estate novelist Who never had time for a wife And he’s talkin’ with Davy, who’s still in the Navy And probably will be for life
And the waitress is practicing politics As the businessmen slowly get stoned Yes, they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it’s better than drinkin’ alone
Sing us a song you’re the piano man Sing us a song tonight Well we’re all in the mood for a melody And you got us feeling alright
PSH is the winner again in Stages 298 and 299 of #8 voting site (that ended at midnight 2015.08.22 and 2015.08.29 respectively) — 119th and 120th in a row!
PSH is now the undisputed champion of this site. He has set the record of MOST CONTINUOUS WINS for this site, surpassing former champion Bae Yong Jun. He received 30,538,123 votes on August 22 and 60,617,910 million votes on August 29 (New TOP 7), 16+ million and 9+ million votes respectively more than 2nd place Kim Jong Kook.
It’s Kim Jong Kook in 2nd place again — for the 19th and 20th time, now matching No Min Woo’s record.
These are the 119th and 120th weeks in a row PSH has won this competition. Last 119 times he defeated Jang Geun Suk x 5, Kim Hee Chul x 4, Moon Geun Young, G-Dragon x 4, Kim Hyun Joong x 5, Wu Yi Fan (Kris) x 14, Oh Se Hun x 12, So Ji Sub, Hwang Ji Tao, Lee Min Ho x 13, Lee Jun Ki, Kim Soo Hyun x 13, Lee Jong Suk, Rain, Mayu Watanabe x 2, No Min Woo x 20, and Kim Jong Kook x 20.
PSH’s cumulative votes are 2,208,333,512, now 1,040 million more than the ex-all-time winner BYJ who has altogether 95 gold ups. PSH has 120 (Stages 180 to 299).
PSH is the KING of votes, whether for a single stage or cumulative.
Single stage TOP 8
1. Park Si Hoo – 137,497,897 (Stage 278)
2. Park Si Hoo — 126,684,206 (Stage 279)
3. Jang Geun Suk – 73,179,279 (Stage 135)
4. Wu Yi Fan – 72,479,206 (Stage 135)
5. Park Si Hoo – 63,912,077 (Stage 284)
6. Park Si Hoo – 61,893,105 (Stage 280)
7. Park Si Hoo – 60,617,910 (Stage 299)
8. Park Si Hoo – 56,502,997 (Stage 277)
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XS is not “extra small” but “ex-spy” or “ex-secret agent” “bar / girl” is not “bargirl” but his bar, his girl
Our imagination is still running wild, so we’ll continue where we left off yesterday with “Sihoo Bond?”
The little we have on PSH’s upcoming Korean drama on OCN, “Neighborhood Hero”, indicates his character Baek Shi Yoon is a bar owner. In “Sihoo Bond?” yesterday, we speculated his “bar” is probably a pojangmacha – small tented restaurant on wheels, or roadside street stall – where locals go for snacks and drinks (mainly soju – rice liquor) after work.
Maybe Baek Shi Yoon’s “bar” is not a roadside tent but located in a building, in which case it may look something like the establishment where Jung Jae Young first appears in COM. The detective is drinking, or getting drunk, in this rather shabby joint, the interior matching his unkempt appearance and the frustration in him.
Even though the synopsis of “Neighborhood Hero” so far released did not mention a woman, we are sure there must be one (or even more) in Baek Shi Yoon’s past. Can you imagine James Bond without the Bond girls? Girls and guns go together in a secret agent’s life. This girl (we speculate) is someone from the past, probably someone he loved very much who died because of him, which is why he is now a confirmed bachelor. There has to be some kind of love interest. Even Jung Jae Young has a girlfriend in the past (which accounts for those embarrassing romantic scenes in COM — the girl is lovely but JJY is obviously embarrassed), but that is pivotal to the plot. A dashing secret agent must be involved in some romantic relationships. PSH will be wasted if he’s not given the chance to showcase his amorous side.
There’s a young man in “Neighborhood Hero” whom Baek Shi Yoon takes under his wing and trains in the special skills of a secret agent, according to sketchy details released so far in news reports. That means this is some sort of buddy drama (if girls are a thing of the past for BSY.) In most of PSH’s previous dramas, he was the queen’s or princess’s man, the moon revolving round the sun. Here in NH he is his own man – the hero, and he takes on a protégé. In COM he teamed up with Jung Jae Young and in that movie he was the young man. In his new drama he will be the master with an apprentice. We wish fervently OCN will cast someone we like in NH, some “fresh young meat” who can act a little. We’ve not watched any K-drama since February 2013, but someone told us Jung Jae Young’s current drama “Assembly” tanked because the young actor who plays opposite JJY cannot act, so there’s no interaction at all. Not only is PSH the King of Reversals (he can reverse the situation to take the upper hand), he can also “lead” another actor into their relationship. Just compare Moon Chae Won’s acting in the first 10 episodes of TPM with the later episodes: she comes alive from Episode 11 and completely dissolves into her character after consorting with PSH for 10 episodes (learning experience). As long as the second male lead (the young man) is willing to be led by PSH, the pairing in NH should be dynamite.
XS Bark Shi Yoon is probably not loaded. Spies are not known to make a lot of money, unless they betray their country by selling state secrets. Operating a neighborhood bar is not exactly a very lucrative business. So let’s say BSY is not a rich man, though not living hand-to-mouth. PSH has said before that he wanted to play a poor man, even a country bumpkin. He has always been cast as a rich man’s son in his past dramas. In 2012 (before CDDA) he jumped at the opportunity to make “Poor boy makes it rich” (our translation), a Chinese movie or drama (we forgot which) that was stillborn.
What will PSH look like as Baek Shi Yoon in the present? No designer suits (a la Jean Thierry Cha in CDDA), no stylish outfits (a la Seo In Woo in PP), no cashmere jackets/overcoats (a la Lee Kang Suk in FH). He will wear ordinary street clothes that will let him blend in with his neighborhood (he does not want to draw attention to himself because of something in his past.) He may even grow a beard! A real beard, not the artificial stick-on kind at the end of TPM or “Iljimae”. Come to think of it, PSH has always been clean-shaven. We’re never seen him with a mustache or beard.
Will his Japanese (and other) fans see a 5-day stubble on PSH at Ise-Shima on September 4? NH starts shooting in September, but they can always shoot the early (flashback) scenes first when BSY is still the handsome clean-cut spy. The drama is scheduled to air in early 2016, so there’s plenty of time for PSH to grow a beard (if indeed role calls for one — to make him look a little down and out.)
So much for this episode of NH^^
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The Japan Official Fan Club has announced that PSH will take part in the 2015 Gimje Horizon Festival.
PSH will participate as a public relations ambassador.
Fans are invited to join PSH in one of the three major traditional festivals of Korea, this being the 17th year of the Gimje Horizon Festival.
• Local participation deadline: September 7 – 30, 2015
• Local participation dates: October 9 – 11, 2015 (Friday to Sunday, 2 nights 3 days)
-Event date: October 10, 2015 (Saturday)
-Event location: 2015 Gimje Horizon Festival venue area
● Tour highlights
(1) Park Si Hoo welcome greeting
(2) Park Si Hoo handshake or high five
(3) Group photo with Park Si Hoo
(4) Enjoy traditional games such as kite-flying with Park Si Hoo
(5) Enjoy the Gimje Horizon Festival
(6) Sightseeing in a traditional Hanok (Korean) village (Guided tour participants only)