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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blade Man" Episode 13

2014/10/29 | | Permalink

This episode of "Blade Man" was a cross between solid character development and a wretched attempt to include all K-drama tropes into one show. "Blade Man" has a way of creating moments that reach out and pull my heart strings. And then it has ways of banishing those moments instantaneously.

Let's start with the bad...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 2

2014/10/28 | | Permalink

I really admire just how professional all the characters in "Pride and Prejudice" are. Yeol-moo and Dong-chi, rather than trying to keep their past relationship a secret for no good reason, are completely open about the situation. Yes, it's mildly embarrassing, but someone was going to figure it all out sooner or later. This also allows for other characters to have their personalities fleshed out by reacting to this unexpected situation. Typically, this too is done professionally. All around the investigative team is a class act...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 4

2014/10/28 | | Permalink

While "Liar Game" can't really overcome the basic silliness of the Keynesian Beauty Contest which makes up the second round, it certainly tries. There's all sorts of backstabbing and double-dealing that's actually fairly compelling. For the most part everyone here is a complete stranger. So figuring out who to trust and who not to trust pretty much boils down to paying close attention to what any individual wants (or doesn't want) us to see...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blade Man" Episode 12

2014/10/28 | | Permalink

I don't know what to make of "Blade Man" anymore. It's focus keeps wavering and it picks up and drops plot threads seemingly at random. What happened to Hong Bin's powers? Why do they not appear for whole episodes at a time? Why do his powers only manifest in part? What is up with Madame Yoon and why does she not feel scarier?

All of these questions stem from one core problem: a distinct lack of follow-through...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 10

2014/10/28 | | Permalink

Manipulation of the most relationships allows for the politics of "Secret Door" to move forward. This kind of manipulation messes with commonly accepted morality and makes for intense, fascinating television. How can Seon win against those who are willing to forsake the lives of their loved one's for power?

It is Minister Kim who shows a calculating thirst for power that dwarfs the kings ambitions to retain his throne...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 1

2014/10/27 | | Permalink

This drama quite literally wastes no time with introductions. It barely even offers any explanation as to the premise. Dong-chi (played by Choi Jin-hyeok) is an experienced criminal investigator. Yeol-moo (played by Baek Jin-hee) is a rookie criminal investigator who used to date him. OK, all the character relationships are cleared up? Then let's shut up about everyone's personal lives and get right to the mystery!...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 3

2014/10/27 | | Permalink

I really like the "Liar Game" show-within-a-show. Everything about it just looks so amazingly cool and slick. While the exposition so far has mostly been annoying, this episode actually makes the worldbuilding fairly compelling by actually showing us the stuff they put on television to explain everything to the audience. I actually feel kind of guilty because while this is an obviously rad game show it's also kind of evil and cruel in that the losers are saddled with enormous debts. This is probably supposed to be part of the point...More

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