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[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Little Monk" + Giveaway

2014/04/18 | | Permalink

This movie depicts the dark side of Buddhism. I don't mean anything so cliched as monks driven mad by spiritual rights, jumping headfirst into the most grotesque hedony imaginable. "A Little Monk" goes into much more ambiguous territory, by giving us characters who don't actually seem to like Buddhism all that much, and yet they appear to have been forced into the faith by circumstance and don't really have any way of getting out...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Gift - 14 Days" Episode 13

2014/04/16 | | Permalink

"God's Gift - 14 Days" has added a thick political backdrop to Saet-byeol's kidnapping and it changes the playing field entirely. Rather than battling a single, manipulative man, Dong-chan and Soo-hyeon now face an enemy who very well may be backed by the president of South Korea.

At this point, it is difficult to discern exactly who is involved in the crimes of Saet-byeol's kidnapping and the murder of Dong-chan's late girlfriend...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 45

2014/04/16 | | Permalink

"Empress Qi" is pulling out all the stops as it nears the end of its run. It flails it's arms as it grabs for some logical purchase, but finds none. Characters grapple with stability, who they want to be and what they've become.

The biggest issue lies with Ta-hwan...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 14

2014/04/14 | | Permalink

The number one form of communication in "Sly and Single Again" is eavesdropping. Most of the important plot points shared between characters this episode were accidentally overheard and observed. It has happened quite a bit before as well, but this episode had an abundance of eavesdroppers.

Jung-woo is the primary eavesdropper, which makes sense because he tends to stalk Ae-ra in a fashion that could become creepy...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.04.11 ~ 2014.04.13

2014/04/14 | | Permalink

"The Winter Soldier" stands his ground…

Marvel's second instalment of their "Captain America" series came out again on top this past weekend, pulling in additional 470,782 admissions (33.6%) to advance its total tally now to 3.3M. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" landed in Korea late March and has since remained the country's film of choice; an impressive feat given the continuous shuffling we've see at the box office this year. Globally, the film has amassed a monstrous $476M thus far and has been praised/enjoy by critics and fans alike...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 13

2014/04/12 | | Permalink

The episode is reminiscent of the earlier stages in most Korean romcoms even though the drama is in its later stages. The main couple is flirting and growing closer while everyone else  and their situations conspire against them. The second leads are become more angst-ridden by the moment.

While the angst works for Seung-hyun, it does not work as well for his sister. Seung-hyun was aimless until he met Ae-ra. Now his love for her and his competitive spirit towards Jung-woo have sparked his forward motion...More

[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

2014/04/12 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★★ "Han Gong-ju": A student struggles to escape her past at a new school in this compelling debut drama. (04/17) 

★★★★ "One Summer Night": A romantic tale about broken hearts, abandonment, and newly confessed love. (04/17)

★★★ "God's Eye View": A missionary group are abducted by Islamic rebels and fear their faith is slipping away. (04/17) 

★★★★ "Uigwe, the 8-Day Festival 3D": The KBS Documentary team that recorded the 8 books of Joseon's 22nd King Jeong-jo's 8-day festival revives this event in Korea's very own 3D technology. (04/17) 

★★★ "KaTalk Project": Eleven upcoming Korean Art School students have gathered together to show modern children the definition of fun in art. (04/17) 

★★★★ "The Legacy": A struggling law student has to deal with academic pressures, his dying father, and a would-be sibling who suddenly appears. (04/17) 

★★★★ "Make Your Move": A top dancer falls in love with a rival club's sister and has to deal with the consequences. (04/17)...More

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