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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 15

2015/03/30 | | Permalink

The obnoxious narrative dip into melodrama "Hogu's Love" has taken over the last several episodes is justified here by...another narrative dip into melodrama that's supposed to explain Do-hee's motivation, but really just served to remind me how she's a complete cipher. For a character to behave irrationally isn't necessarily bad- there's irrational people in real life too. But these problems exist on a basic scriptwriting level too, and mainly just emphasize the way this story is deliberately designed to serve a certain point. That point being that rape babies are a gift from god...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 13

2015/03/30 | | Permalink

Ji-sang has this rather odd determination to solve all his problems with violence, even though he's not actually all that good at fighting. In all fairness Jae-wook is equally determined to have his goons provoke violent confrontations, again not for any particularly good reason. I get the impression that writer Park Jae-beom-I doesn't really have any idea how vampires could react to each other short of just fighting...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.27 ~ 2015.03.29

2015/03/30 | | Permalink

"Twenty" starts, and scores…

Lee Byeong-heon-I's "Twenty" entered the fray last Wednesday and dominated proceedings over the weekend by capturing 48% of box office pie. The film, which stars Kim Woo-bin, Junho and Kang Ha-neul, attracted an impressive 852K filmgoers across 925 screens to end the weekend at the top; albeit during a quiet week in terms of turnout...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 14

2015/03/29 | | Permalink

We take a brief break from the actual Japanese invasion to focus on the reaction of the Korean government. As expected, King Seonjo is taking the situation rather poorly. Everyone is, really. But the worst of it is knowing that none of the people in political power have any real idea of what's happening. They're learning about the invasion through information dispatches. And the biggest problem soon identifies itself not as the Japanese persay but rather mass desertion on the part of the Korean forces...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 1

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

Soo-hyeon (played by Kim Kang-woo) is a US-trained investigator who's very good at math puzzles. Dae-yeong (played by Park Hee-son) is a mostly standard grizzled street cop. Together they...well, they solve mysteries more than they fight crime. The whole reason Soo-hyeon's been dragged out to the field in the first place is because he's implicated in a bizarre crime. The perpetrator of these criminal actions (played by Kang Ha-neul) is apparently interested in matching wits with Soo-hyeon. I guess because in prison he has nothing better to do...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "The Girl Who Sees Smells"

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

From mental illnesses to senses, 'The Girl Who Sees Smells' is here with a premise which is at the very least fresh. Not everything is as sugary as its promotional material, however, and it is very difficult to really get a feel for the actual work due to how its marketing and probable story tone will differ. Even so, there is promise here at the moment...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 13

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

I've come around to the portrayal of Hideyoshi as being a crazy madman mostly because the more I think about it, the more applicable this depiction is to anybody who tries to declare war on another country. A person pretty much has to be deranged on some level to think that it's possible to bend an entirely different culture to his personal will. To some extent it's certainly possible to accomplish this via force, but time and again history has shown such efforts to be inevitably doomed to failure...More

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