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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 11

2014/07/27 | | Permalink

The drama converges into the final plot point here, as the opening helpfully illustrates the various parts of the story to date that are relevant to the incoming final proceedings. Jin-woo is, appropriately enough, immediately tossed into disarray by some bizarre revelations about the kid he's been intermittently caring for over the course of the season. We gets lots of answers- but obviously not enough to render the final episode a moot point...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 3

2014/07/27 | | Permalink

"Fated to Love You" gets cuter by the episode. What makes it so fun is the mix of the serious and the goofy ways the characters deal with problems. The Korean drama's take also is more concise than the original, shortening some of the drawn out sequences that Taiwanese dramas prefer. This gives the show a brisk pace that suits the startling discoveries made this episode.

What adds to the urgency of the pace is that the fun Geon/Mi-young pairing is not only full of chemistry, but that they are on opposite sides of a political battle...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 2

2014/07/27 | | Permalink

From hijinx to understanding, "Fated to Love You has worked it's way across the emotional spectrum to bring the main couple into a commiserative friendship. Both of them have been hurt by love, and both of them find comfort in sharing that hurt.

In order to make the couple sleep together, all sorts of things go wrong...More

[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Kim Seong-oh

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

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The elusive stardom being what it is and standards to reach it being what they are, it is often easy to see why a certain actor does not reach that level. Depending on the industry, the issue can be anything from skills to appearance and popularity. Sometimes, however, even those who seemingly have enough to make better progress during their career lack that breakthrough role or a hand in showing what they can do. One actor who is slowly climbing up that ladder to the spotlight is Kim Seong-oh.

Kim started in theater in 2000 and has since worked his way through movies and dramas, initially taking very small roles as a cameo or extra. Kim has therefore worked as characters who barely had much presence or even a name. It was with 2010's "Secret Garden" and also 'The Man From Nowhere' that Kim got more attention in both cinema and the drama industry. His likable Assistant Kim in the former and heartless criminal Jong-seok in the latter not only gave him more screen time, but were also very different types of roles, giving a two-in-one boost to his career within the same year...More

[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Song Joong-ki

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

Song Joong-ki is one of the rawest talents to ever grace the small and big screens of South Korea. Every emotion he portrays on screen is rooted in his gut: strong, visceral, real. His good looks may have won him entrance onto the competitive K-drama and K-film playing field, but his skills have kept him on top.

What makes Song stand out as an actor is his keen intelligence and his deep understanding of his roles...More

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

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★★ "Roaring Currents": A historical epic that depicts the legendary exploits of one of the world's greatest navel strategists, Admiral Yi Sun-Shin. (07/30)

★★★★ "HARU": A psychiatrists whose marriage is waning has to treat his wife's daughter and begins to fantasise about about their relationship. (07/31)

★★★★ "The Suffered": A woman visiting her sick father gets to close to a mysterious man with dangerous consequences. (07/31)...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Gabdong - The Serial Killer"

2014/07/26 | | Permalink

Ji-wool and Maria

There is a definite lack of variety in the topics Korean drama explores. There is also the issue of conforming, when some series attempt to break the mold only to be smacked back into it. While 'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' is not a perfect drama or one of the most exciting ones out there, it is to the creators' credit that they maintain its focus and tone throughout, resulting in a not brilliant, but good and most welcome attempt to be different and do it right.

'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' tells the story of a serial murder case the statute of limitations for which has expired. Ha Moo-yeom's (Yoon Sang-hyeon) father was a suspect for the murders and after his death, Moo-yeom became obsessed with clearing his father's name. Along with his team and their new chief, Yang Cheol-gon (Seong Dong-il), who was convinced Moo-yeom's father was the murderer, they are trying to stop a new series of murders and find the killer, but also possibly the original Gap Dong...More

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