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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.11.21 ~ 2014.11.23

2014/11/24 | | Permalink

"Interstellar" and Co. Conquer…

Christopher Nolan's sublime "Interstellar" once again held steady at the top as Nolan's cosmic cinemascope added another 1.2M admissions (54.6%) to its Korean cause. Since its released on the sixth, "Interstellar" has banked $49.2M, about a ninth of the film's worldwide bottom line (which is nearing $450M). Its recent performance in Korea saw it surpassed "The Attorney" and its allotted 5.6M ($37.6M); and in doing so, becomes Korea's fifth highest grossing film of year...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 8

2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Tae-hee and Geum-ran realize something awkward at the beginning of this episode. Their romantic chemistry is so perfect, it's actually kind of difficult to justify them messing around with the revenge thriller plot. Seriously- everything that happens right up until they get involved in the story again is just pure comedy gold. I have no idea what point they were trying to make- I just know that Joo Sang-wook and Han Ye-seul have great chemistry together...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 1

2014/11/23 | | Permalink

It soon becomes clear why "Doctor Frost" has spent so long in production. They had to work on the soundtrack. Seriously, just listen to that. It's pretty hip stuff. There's mind-bending music for mind-bending investigative games, cool tunes for cool walks, crazy stuff for when the mental patient finally manages to lose their marbles. Director Seong Yong-il is clearly going for a certain level of ambience here, and it's succeeding...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Modern Farmer" Episode 12

2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Two new characters arrive on the scene this episode. One knows that she's a bit of an imposition, but is in such a miserable state right now that it just can't be helped. The other knows that she's a bit of an imposition, but doesn't really have the personality type to actually care about any of that stuff. While these two never meet, the parallel is an obvious one. Mostly all of this is just a vehicle for jokes, though...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Festival - Guitars and Hot Pants"

2014/11/23 | | Permalink

Tae-joo (played by Kim Da-hyeon) once was a member of an up-and-coming band. After a rather preventable accident it's a time-skip to the present day where his prospects are a bit more dismal. Tae-joo has given up the fame of the high life and instead just gives out vocal lessons. Thanks to his connections in the entertainment industry, Yae-joo does get the occasional high-level client. In this case, Anna (played by Han Seung-yeon), a girl band lead singer who can't sing...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 7

2014/11/22 | | Permalink

It took me a moment to realize what the purpose of the writing on the wall was given that Tae-hee and Geum-ran aren't actually aware of the main significant cause of the rift between Kang-joon and Chae-yeon. "Birth of a Beauty" manages to close most of the important information gaps by the end of the episode, so this isn't that big a deal, and for the most part, the plan remains intact. But fractures do appear, which means that the general humiliation of the villains probably isn't going to go on indefinitely...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Modern Farmer" Episode 11

2014/11/22 | | Permalink

By this point "Modern Farmer" has picked up about a dozen subplots that I can see, and this episode helpfully adds even more. I'm not complaining, exactly, since none of these stories are all that bad. It just gets kind of awkward having the drama so crammed full of plots that some of them get at most one short scene of exposition. We never do find out how Gi-joon got out of the closet. Seemed like a wasted opportunity for a joke, personally...More

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