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Premium prices reflect some surprising trends

Source | 2015/05/24 | | Permalink

The premium price for PC rooms (Internet cafes) mounted, while the price for Japanese restaurants fell in Seoul and metropolitan areas - Gyeonggi and Incheon.

In the Korean real estate market, "premium" refers to the money a new tenant of a store traditionally pays to the previous lessee. It is neither monthly rent nor a security deposit to the landlord...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 29

2015/05/23 | | Permalink

During the sixties and seventies, the Park Chung-hee regime strongly pushed Yi Sun-shin as a model of the truly noble quintessential Korean man- a soldier who was great because he won battles, and was unfortunately and tragically persecuted by jealous, incompetent civilian officials. I bring this up because at this point it's clear that "Jing Bi-rok" is trying to push a more nuanced interpretation of that political environment. Ironically, it would seem that the eventual paranoia regarding Yi Sun-shin wasn't actually so much a problem with Koreans or the Japanese so much as the...Chinese allies?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let the Girl Cry" Episode 11

2015/05/23 | | Permalink

This episode opens up with another dumb rich person argument...of course. Well, they're not all dumb. I find I'm liking the Eun-soo / Hyeon-seo conflict. A well-to-do mother wanting to keep her son from getting involved with some woman without a pedigree, that much I can easily understand. Eun-soo no doubt has an inferiority complex about marrying into wealth. But there's just something awfully petty about Eun-soo trying to keep Hyeon-seo from hanging around Baek-soo. You pay no mind to that boy, he's from a lower economic class...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 9

2015/05/23 | | Permalink

The cast helpfully explains what they've figured out regarding the mystery so far, and Soo-hyeon helpfully puts the clues together in such a way that we've at least got a basic narrative explaining what exactly has happened to date. In short, there wasn an incredibly elaborate scam perpetrated for the sake of extorting money from the woman who wanted to find her daughter again. This ends up going badly because, like most elaborate scams that involve large numbers of people, this one requires that all the participants shut up and act predictably...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" Episode 14

2015/05/23 | | Permalink

Looking back I think I may have misjudged where "My Unfortunate Boyfriend" is going. The current narrative thrust is less about an actual confrontation between Tae-woon and Hee-cheol and more about catharsis as all the characters come to terms with their responsibilities, and what their decisions have to do with their future. What's happening in their professional lives is almost entirely incidental to how these storyline movements affect them on the personal level...More

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