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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blade Man" Episode 11

2014/10/23 | | Permalink

"Blade Man" is inconsistent. It can't decide which direction it wants to take with its plot and its tone and its character development. Perhaps it is due to the long periods of ineffective on-camera brooding. Or perhaps it is the constant time skips that gloss over all of the juicy writing points, leaving them to be explained after the fact in a way that feels more like reading a teleprompter than watching drama. However, where "Blade Man" excels is in the little moments of connection between characters, like the beautiful ones between Chang and Hong-bin.

After many episodes of Chang longing for his father's attention, he finally asks - and he is obliged...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 24

2014/10/21 | | Permalink

The drama ends unpredictably, mostly because all of the elements that make up the climactic battle and resolution hadn't been adequately foreshadowed. A significant part of the fight against the dragon ends up taking place in the spirit realm of all places. What is the spirit realm anyway? Everybody's always heading into it for one reason or another but aside from the occasional mock fight there's no obvious reason for the place to exist...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 2

2014/10/21 | | Permalink

At times the pacing in "Liar Game" is irritatingly slow- it takes a full two episodes for us to establish Woo-jin's motives, as well as clarify that he and Da-jeong are going to be going through this game show right until the end. I know it's a genre convention that the rough sallow lead character has to initially refuse a team-up with the optimistic one, but there's really no good reason for all of this to take so long, not when there's other more interesting material to get into...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 1

2014/10/21 | | Permalink

Woo-jin (played by Lee Sang-yoon) appears to live by a creed of general paranoia. Da-jeong (played by Kim So-eun) is mostly kind and trusting, although she's not an idiot. These two get together to...well, we don't actually get to that part. The actual team-up isn't going to happen until next episode, and the relationship between these two characters isn't really established at all. So far the drama has dedicated most of its energy to presenting itself as a very curious riddle...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 23

2014/10/20 | | Permalink

This time Sadam's new power comes in the form of the ability to dominate the mind of security guards and force them to fight one another. Also he apparently has the ability to prevent anyone from commenting on this once the mental domination is over. It's been well established by now that nobody in the palace cares about random violent deaths, but even in that backdrop the inability of anyone to so much as point out the fact that Sadam is obviously some kind of evil wizard takes on pretty ridiculous proportions here. By the end of the episode he's practically reenacted the evil ritual that set the whole drama off while the entire royal court watches without comment...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blade Man" Episode 10

2014/10/20 | | Permalink

There was so much staring, waiting, and soulful music this episode of "Blade Man" that it should've been a music video rather than an episode of K-drama. So little happened that most of the episode seemed like an attempt to fill the time slot. The lack of action and the abundance of face shots and moody lighting was probably an attempt to create a contemplative mood. But it backfired and made the episode drag instead.

There were a few important elements that were explored, but they could've been handled differently...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.10.17 ~ 2014.10.19

2014/10/20 | | Permalink

"My Love, My Bride" enjoys another weekend at the top...

Lee Myeong-se and Lim Chang-sang's remake "My Love, My Bride – 2014" retained pole position over the weekend and in the process moved its total tally onto 1.4M admissions ($10.6M). Last week a number of Korean features scored a top ten finish, but of those new entries only "My Love, My Bride – 2014", "Whistle Blower", and "Slow Video" remained competitive in the chart, while Shin Jae-young's "Manhole" and Lim Pil-seong's "Scarlet Innocence" fell promptly out of favour...More

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