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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fabricated City"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

Watching "Fabricated City" is like watching a "Hackers" and "The Fast and The Furious" mash up studded with the biggest names in Korean entertainment. Director Park Kwang-hyeon ("Welcome to Dongmakgol", "No Comment") and his team create a world that mimics an fast-paced game, geared towards action and adventure more than depicting reality. Headlining this tale is Ji Chang-wook of "The K2" and "Healer". Ji is known for his work in action-packed dramas and that experience serves him well as Kwon Yoo, a genius gamer, a taekwondo master, and a man falsely accused of a grotesque murder...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "New Trial"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

Back in the year 2000, Hyeon-woo (played by Kang Ha-neul) was once a normal idiot kid who rode his motorcycle in an unsafe fashion. One accident later, Hyeon-woo is called to account for evidence found during a questionable search. In the modern day, Joon-yeong (played by Jung Woo) is an attorney who has the bad habit of making enemies pretty much everywhere he goes. Joon-yeong gets the chance to be constructive when he's handed Hyeon-woo's case...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Seven Years-Journalism without Journalist"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

In 2008, shortly following the election of Lee Myung-bak, the new President appointed a new head for the MBC television network, which is a publically owned broadcast corporation. Actions by various persons connected to Lee Myung-bak soon started a marked shift in MBC's editorial tone- one that was decidedly less critical of government actions and scandals in general. Through time and tide, journalists became more critical of these actions, eventually culminating in a general strike. "Seven Years-Journalism without Journalist" uses on-site footage of these protests over the years to explain these events...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miracle on Jongno Street"

2017/02/25 | | Permalink

One factor about gay media in South Korea that reather fascinates me is how homosexuality never seems to be that big an issue. I mean, obviously the gay people themselves are aware of the larger stigmas, but this is always secondary to the work they produce which is a celebration of people rather than gayness. So it is with "Miracle on Jongno Street", a documentary which goes over four different gay lives who are united in their sense of overall community...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 12

2017/02/23 | | Permalink

Whatever grievances I may have with "Missing 9", I have to say that the creators are good with swiftly addressing some. The comedy in episode twelve works and the excitement is back. Most importantly, so is Tae-ho's place as the main villain and just in time for a reunion he wishes never happened. Everyone is frantically chasing after the phone, which creates entertaining urgency...More

[Hancinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 10

2017/02/23 | | Permalink

The entirity of the plot this episode rests on a scam designed by Headmistress Choi to humiliate Saimdang. But the plucky Saimdang, to her credit, is able to enlist the help of a large gang of pathetic street bums to complete the supposedly impossible task. It also helps that Lee Gyeom, bless his heart, is able to secretly help Saimdang in the night, like those little elves in fairy tales that help good-hearted souls through the difficult privations of life...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 20 (final)

2017/02/23 | | Permalink

We got Our Happy Ending. King Jinheung ascends the throne with the support of his hwarang and, more importantly, his friend and fellow visionary, Seon-woo. While this was intensely satisfying, the perfectly sculpted endings for the other characters and relationships were less satisfying. Let's take a look at the end of "Hwarang".

Ji-dwi, now Jinheung, had come head-to-head with the man who was both his greatest rival and is his greatest friend, Seon-woo...More

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