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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 5

2014/11/26 | | Permalink

The cliffhanger last episode has forced a split between Dal-po and In-ha. It's a weirdly amicable split though. Yes, In-ha is pretty upset about Dal-po's ruining her dream for no apparent reason, but even then her frustrations are played for comedy rather than tragedy. The implication is that In-ha realizes her condition makes reporting impractical, and if even Dal-po agrees with that statement, then there simply isn't any hope for her dream at all...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 9

2014/11/25 | | Permalink

Very little seems to actually be happening at this point in "Pride and Prejudice". I hope you liked the cliffhanger from last time because this episode just restates it. The situation has been thoroughly analyzed in pretty much every way imaginable. The main lingering unanswered questions are how and why, and without even a side investigation for anyone to focus their talents on, the lack of answers here is a bit annoying...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 12

2014/11/25 | | Permalink

Well, "Liar Game" does at least manage to explain why the story took a sudden turn for bizarre conspiracies- we have to find out next season. Normally that's a pretty lousy cop out, especially since it's not clear whether they'll actually make another season, but it does explain why Woo-jin and Do-yeong's backstory has suddenly become so important. They're only one part of a much larger universe...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 17

2014/11/25 | | Permalink

"Secret Door" is both keeping its streak of excellence and taking a few jaunts into the unnecessary. The prince is very deeply involving himself in politics and making very dangerous, but clever, moves to reform the government towards equality of classes. His father and the reigning nobility are firmly against this, but that's what puts the meat and potatoes on "Secret Door"'s proverbial plate.

Politics can quickly spiral into very boring stuffs in a drama...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 8

2014/11/24 | | Permalink

This episode is a look at what the investigators do in their off-hours when work is obviously on their mind. For Yeol-moo and Dong-chi this is, unsurprisingly, to go over in minute detail all the information they have regarding what happened to Yeol-moo's brother. Other characters actually let loose a little, and surprisingly enough, it's the ones that are having fun who end up causing the mess that no one's sure what to deal with...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Liar Game" Episode 11

2014/11/24 | | Permalink

The good news is that all the games this time around are fairly easy to understand. The bad news is they're so easy to understand that "Liar Game" really has to contrive the situation in order to plausibly get Do-yeong to come out ahead. He's not really succeeding based on the power of his bluffs so much as he is by apparently understanding the structure of the game and the way odds are defined much better than any other character. It's somewhat plausible, but it does tend to make our main characters look like chumps...More

[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

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