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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law" Episode 6

2015/09/01 | | Permalink

Never mind what I've written about Choon-ja so far. Her character, too, moves beyond any reasonable point of redemption this episode with a bizarrely conservative spiel about how it's impossible to be a wife, mother, cookery assistant, and teacher all at the same time. I might have found this speech sympathetic except that as far as we've seen Se-mi has had zero logistical trouble juggling these various tasks- the end of the last episode was really more Dong-seok's fault. It's not like he does anything important during the day after all...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law" Episode 5

2015/08/31 | | Permalink

I'm struggling at this point trying to figure out what exactly the point is supposed to be to "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law". Is the drama really just supposed to be a standard romantic comedy between In-yeong and Myeong-seok, with no other frills? That much wouldn't be...terrible or anything, but their romance is among the most least interesting topics here, and the jokes we get don't really have that much variance. Even the kiss was more just, eh, that happened. There wasn't any urgency...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.08.28 ~ 2015.08.30

2015/08/31 | | Permalink

"Veteran" pushes past 10 million as local delights dominate...

Ryoo Seung-wan's "Veteran" added another million admissions (43%) over the weekend to write its total tally into the history books. For the past month Ryoo's popular crime drama has remained the country's film of choice and now moves onto an incredible 10.8 million admissions ($71.6 million). Only ten other Korean films have managed this impressive feat, including "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" (17.6), "Ode to My Father" (14.2), "The Thieves" (12.9), "Miracle in Cell No.7" (12.8), and "Masquerade" (12.3). The success of Ryoo's film has bumped "The King and the Clown" (10.5) out of this exclusive top ten, and soon "Veteran" will challenge "The Host" (10.9), "Haeundae" (11.3), "The Attorney" (11.3), and even this week's number three, Choi Dong-hoon's "The Assassination" (12.1). Each weekend since its release "Veteran" has managed to capture over 40% of the box office pie, and, to state the obvious, it's no done yet!...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 40 Final

2015/08/30 | | Permalink

Almost the entire dramatic thrust of this episode is on the resolution of the relationship between Deok-in and Yoon-seo. And you know, it's really cheating to just have that relationship improve over the course of a timeskip. We never actually got to see these two get closer, so why is this resolution supposed to have any serious impact? Why did all the interesting material get shunted into a part of the story that we never actually got to see?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 11

2015/08/30 | | Permalink

"Oh My Ghostess" has its flaws, but they are overpowered by its strengths. The balance between Jo Jeong-seok, Park Bo-yeong, and Kim Seul-gi-I is such a delicately struck balance that it seems almost natural to imagine ghosts and ghost possession as a part of everyday life.

Man, woman, and ghost struggle to come to terms with the events in the lives (or life after death), and in that struggle they are more relatable than ever...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 10

2015/08/30 | | Permalink

This was Soon-ae's episode. Her tunnel-vision ended at her goal: have sex and be freed of her ghostly body into heaven. She did not see what it would cost to attain that goal and the knowledge of leaving and losing love that she never had while living is painfully present. And that's what good angst is all about.

Soon-ae falls in love with the earthly life she is borrowing from Bong-seon...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 9

2015/08/30 | | Permalink

"Oh My Ghostess" grows both more whimsical and more dire as it progresses into deeper plot territory. The mystery of Soon-ae is slowly being unearthed, but as that happens, new bits of information crop up that create more questions. While that happens, Soon-ae and Bong-seon are discovering what love is like, especially with an agenda driving the already potent emotion.

Episode 9 is nothing if cute...More

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