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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Modern Farmer" Episode 2

2014/10/19 | | Permalink

When last we left off, Min-gi (played by Lee Hong-gi) had finally convinced all the old members of the band to team up on his scheme to get rich by farming. This includes Kang Hyeok (played by Park Min-woo), who quite literally showed up at the last minute. At the beginning of this episode Min-gi is clearly agitated by the presence of this interloper, mostly because he hasn't figured out yet that his terrible plan will require as many helpers as he can find.

If the first episode was vague on this point, the second episode of "Modern Farmer" clears everything up...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - The Search for Battle"

2014/10/19 | | Permalink

Soo-han (played by Han Juwan) is a fervent scholar, doing as much reading and research as he can. Weirdly, even though "Drama Special - The Search for Battle" is set in the seventeenth century at the height of Confucian thought, the question constantly comes up as to why Soo-han even bothers. He lives a culture that venerates education and free-thinking in theory, but every time he tries to apply this knowledge practically the authorities in power attempt to brutalize him...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 8

2014/10/19 | | Permalink

When the players in "Secret Door" are pushed to their limit, they turn into those they fear. It's a terrifying reality of the pressures of politics. Father turns against son. Mentor against student. Friend against friend. This is when Seon discovers the truths about those he trusts most and has to face reality: trust is something no one in his life is worthy of.

Seon has relentlessly pursued the mystery of his friend Heung-bok's death despite the warnings of many ...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Modern Farmer" Episode 1

2014/10/18 | | Permalink

The drama gets immediately to answering that all-important question- how does a band of idols end up working on a farm of all things? I'd just as soon not ruin the answer to that, since the basic explanation of the premise is by far the best part of the episode. Suffice to say, it has less to do with how these specific idols are bad people as it does wth the entire idol band format in the first place. The story here isn't just a gimmick- "Modern Farmer" actually looks like it has something to say in terms of famous lifestyles...More

[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Kwak Jeong-wook

2014/10/18 | | Permalink

Kwak Jeong-wook may not be a name we readily recall because he isn't a well-known leading man, but he is definitely a staple of the Korean drama and film acting pool. The young actor has had steady work since childhood and the experience manifests in his latest work. He has a vast emotional vocabulary on screen that makes him able to move from scene-stealing to barely present in moments.

When an actor rarely takes on leading roles, it can open him up to a variety of interesting and more unconventional roles, or it can limit him ...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid"

2014/10/18 | | Permalink

Romantic comedy with fantasy elements is common in Korean drama. The fantasy elements give a twist to a type with very little deviation from its formula and they offer some dramatic conflict. "The Idle Mermaid" (a.k.a 'Surplus Princess') aimed to be the odd one out from the start. With more of an ensemble approach and unapologetic quirkiness, it tried to be something new and fun. Despite being cut short due to bad ratings, it managed to do just that...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Tower"

2014/10/18 | | Permalink

Disaster movies are not really a huge genre in Korea. With budget and scale being an issue for those more into the action than the human element and those focusing on the human element limiting their destruction, it is a tricky type of film to pull off. "The Tower" is definitely in the former category of going for big visuals, big dangers, big everything. At the end of the day though, it offers more style than substance...More

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