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Korean Parents Still Fork Out Huge Sums for Public Education

Source | 2016/09/25 | | Permalink

Private costs for public education have fallen below two percent of GDP for the first time since 1996, but Korea still ranks third in the OECD for the amount parents have to fork over.

The costs include tuition, lunches and other expenses from kindergarten to university. The higher the proportion shouldered by parents and students, the poorer the standing of a country's education system...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fame and Hightailing Mermaids

2016/09/24 | | Permalink

Chuseok is behind us and I come bearing gifts. Humble gifts, but it is the thought that counts? The much awaited mermaid and her beau have been sighted in what is the first few filming photos from "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and you get to know a little more about co-star Sin Hye-seon. I also contemplate the gravity of pop culture through the success of "Descendants of the Sun". Lastly, there are many new dramas in our future to look out for and I check some out...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 8

2016/09/24 | | Permalink

A brief flashback fills us in on the question of how much Hae-seong knows, and also when he knew about it. It's noteworthy how just because Hae-seong is discretionary with the information he has doesn't necessarily mean that So-hye is happy with all the implications. While on the surface level it can seem rewarding to be dealing with a stand-up guy like Hae-seong, on the deeper level it can seem rather unfair if one and only one partner is making noble sacrifices...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Showdown"

2016/09/24 | | Permalink

Kang-ho (played by Lee Jeong-jin) and Poong-ho (played by Lee Joo-seung) are brothers who have always fought. Not in the general normal way brothers fight, but in actual straight-up fistfights. Kang-ho has usefully parlayed this skill into becoming an action movie detective, which is like a regular detective except they get into a lot more massive Hong Kong style action sequences. Through the mysterious disappearance of an Indonesian immigrant, the brothers run across Jae-hee (played by Oh Ji-ho), a wealthy businessman who beats people into disability and/or death mostly just for the fun of it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Moonlight Palace"

2016/09/24 | | Permalink

Joo-ri (voiced by Kim Seo-yeong) is a young girl participating in a simple traditional children's play at Changdeok Palace. On the approach of adolescence, Joo-ri is of course mortified by the prospect of her parents coming to watch and embarrass her. Yet paradoxically, Joo-ri also dreams of dancing in the spotlight herself- this is the first of many wonderful animated fantasty sequences from director Kim Hyun-ju-I, and these only increase in prominence as a chance encounter thrusts Joo-ri into the spirit realm, with all the joys and danger that experience entails...More

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