Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Running Man… Run Don't Walk

Need something to brighten up your day? Watch Runningman right now!!
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Running Man is hands down my favorite korean variety show. Running Man is classified as an “urban action variety”. It was the first of it kind to have the members and guests complete mission on urban landmarks, as opposed to inside a studio or in the countryside, to win the race. 

Runningman at lotte world
runningman first episode times square

runningman at Alpensia Ski Resort

When I am having a bad day, watching the members and guests put in 100% of their effort to betray, beguile, and work together, making jokes along the way, in order to complete the mission relaxes me. 

jaesuks attack gary at lotte world
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The cast members started with Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin, Kim Jong-kook, Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Song Joong-ki, and Gary. It had a couple changes with the addition of Song Ji-hyo and Lizzy but now Lizzy and Song Joong-ki has left the show due to other obligations. Because this is a variety show and because of they way they film them, it feels very real-not like they are hiding behind a fake mask. As you watch the show, you get to know more and more about each member's personality and character like they are your best friend. 

Before watching the show,  I didn't know much about korean actors and actresses. Through the show, you will discover more korean entertainers and see your favorite celebrities' in a different light outside of their images when acting or when performing their song on music shows.

Jaesuk running inside train

I think what makes runningman especially enticing is that you feel like you're right beside them, taking in all the action. When one member is being chased, the background music along with the movement of the video makes me feel the excitement and nervousness that the member is feeling- like I am the one being chased. 

Below are some of the crazy task they have to complete- bungee jumping, diving, jump roping, crossing a bridge within 10minutes
kwangsoo diving on runningman
jump rope challengejihyo bungee jump at macau
runningman crossing bridge challenge

Even my sister who doesn't watch asian entertainment said she would actually like to watch running man. That's why I definitely recommend watching Runningman!!!

So far they already have ~190 something episode. It looks like a lot but you would get addicted and can't stop watching. I would start watching from episode 1 because their friendship, character and skills change over time. When this first started airing back in 2010, kwangsoo was a newbie and rarely talked. Now, you see him playing jokes on others and even attempting to rip off other people name tags.

Even if you think it's boring and that they like to inflict pain on each other at first, trust me continue watching. By episode 11-25 where they start the hide and seek race, this variety show should get your heart racing and you addicted.

P.S. For those who are tired of watching runningman and need some new excitement try episode 133. This episode amazed me. The ending had me squealing with delight. I definitely did not expect that ending. I have to say that the beginning of the episode was slow but trust me. Follow the story until the end and you will be amazed :)
 I'm not going to do a recap on it because I don't want to spoil it for you. If you're a recap type person, you can go to drama beans to read their recaps.

Join me on the adventure of korean entertainment.

Have fun watching!!!

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Sites to watch running man in english subtitles. ( in order of preference)
youtube- may not have all episodes but are easily accessible from any device
dramacool- has full episodes beginning with ep 86
kshowonline-  should have all episodes
dramafever- has HD episodes but lots of ads