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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 11

2015/11/30 | | Permalink

In a fairly radical turnabout, this episode ignores the present day adventures of Ri-hwan and Haeng-ah altogether, instead having the story take place entirely in flashback. I wasn't sure what to make of this creative decision at first, but upon further reflection "Bubble Gum" really did need the reprieve. The melodrama had become just about completely unbearable. At least in flashback mode there are decently long stretches of time between individual sad events...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 17

2015/11/30 | | Permalink

After Bang-won's daring move last episode, there's not really much left to do but hunt In-bang down. Of course, the irony is kind of difficult to ignore. Yes In-bang was pondering treason but so are our heroes. What all of this is meant to establish is that one way or another the Goryeo regime is finished. The rest is little more than elaborate politicking meant to be used for the sake of moral authority. Well, there's that, and also securing the loyalty of the soldiers...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.11.27 ~ 2015.11.29

2015/11/30 | | Permalink

Local Delights Dominate as "Inside Man" and "The Priests" hold true at the top...

Woo Min-ho's "Inside Man" retained the top spot in the charts over the weekend and managed to increase its admissions share to 55.4%. The film, which stars Lee Byung-hun, Jo Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik, claimed 1.2 million admissions across 1,129 screens (up from last weekend's 1,075) to move its total tally to 3.5 million ($24 million). There was no real challenge to its dominance as its closest rival, "The Priests", earned the attention of just 237 thousand moviegoers (10.8%)...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 4

2015/11/29 | | Permalink

I swear that writer Park Sang-hee must have a bet with someone, somewhere to see how slowly she can pace this drama's writing. I can't come up with any other explanation for why it takes so long "Riders: Get Tomorrow" to set up the most rudimentary plot points. How is it possible that it's taken four episodes for Gi-joon to have anything resembling an actual conversation So-dam, his presumed love interest? What has the drama even been doing with itself up until this point?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 12

2015/11/29 | | Permalink

Try as it might with the expanded eighty-minute runtime, the final episode of "Awl" can't really overcome the fact that the most potentially interesting part of the entire drama (the strike) ends up being condensed into a single episode. What's more, most of this runtime is just Soo-in sulking about his apparent failure after he refuses to use the main dynamic storyline event to press for an advantage against management...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 5

2015/11/29 | | Permalink

The beauty of "Twenty Again" is that is never dwells on any single plot point for too long. It doesn't belabor the usual tropes. It grows as quickly as No-ra does as she learns more about herself from her new adventures as well as from the ever-attentive and temperamental Hyeon-seok

What makes this show good is not just a well-drawn out heroine with a clear path to walk, but also that those around her need to learn a few things themselves ...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/11/29 | | Permalink

Find out who walked away a winner at this year's Daejong Film Awards, Beyond Hallyu reviews "Alice In Earnestland", KOFIC releases their report for the month of October, and Bloody Disgusting selects their top five Park Chan-wook films...More

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