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

2015/07/02 | | Permalink

Romance starts in earnest in episode 5 of "Mask". It is the catalyst for change in Min-woo's brickwall personality and it is the one small happiness for Ji-sook in her new, masked life. Surrounding that romance is the darkness of intrigue, deceit, and the hunt for more money and power.

Seok-hoon is a master manipulator and revels in his conquests...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mask" Episode 4

2015/07/01 | | Permalink

"Mask" keeps the tension high as Ji-sook and Seok-hoon butt heads. Min-woo skirts on the fringes of their tense relationship, struggling with his illness and his ambition. Already the effects of Ji-sook's presence in his life are obvious, but they are not yet strong enough to distract for the incredible tension between Ji-sook and Seok-hoon.

As with any melodrama, Ji-sook is faced with scheming in-laws and never ending misfortunates...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 8

2015/07/01 | | Permalink

Romance blossoms in episode 8 of "Masked Prosecutor" and it's quite welcome amongst the darkness of the procedural happenings. It livens up Min-hee's character and also provides some conflict. The cards also continue to stack up against Dae-cheol at this halfway point of the drama and bring both him and Min-hee to critical decisions.

The path towards these decisions was decidedly clunky...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 28

2015/07/01 | | Permalink

Despite the unhappiness at home, Jung-ho continues to play in the political arena using money to buy him power and influence. In his selfish venture for more power, he doesn't that his son has been agonizing over which path he should take: staying in luxury and abiding by his father's law, or living with Beom and Jin-young and working hard to make ends meet. The decisions both men make also legally affect the other characters in the show, but that aspect of the drama is the dullest.

Jung-ho plans to overwhelm Beom, Secretary Min, and the rest of the staff with insidiously clever legal proceedings and doesn't think about how his children, especially In-sang, view him or his actions...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 4

2015/06/30 | | Permalink

Normally I really dislike it when a nominally sympathetic character in a story works unfailingly to prop up a lie. What makes Ji-an different in this regard is, in the first place, she knows full well that Hyeon won't cooperate if she just tells him the truth. Hyeon's willingness to be helpful is directly proportional to how much he gets to act like an uncooperative, mean-spirited jerk in the process. This is what Hyeon's personality has been like since childhood, and that's not going to change any time soon...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 27

2015/06/30 | | Permalink

This show is gearing towards the ending. It spirals inwards on itself, making the same plot moves over and over again. Jung-ho is selfish and hurts everyone around him. In-sang has several battles raging within him: his loyalty to his family, his greed over his inheritance, and his love for Beom. Beom is struggling with her pride and battling Jung-ho's incredible arrogance and power.

That said, the curtain lifts a bit on Jung-ho's backdoor dealings and how he has maintained his wealth...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 3

2015/06/29 | | Permalink

The culprit apparently apprehended, the police team comes up against a very serious problem- there's not much real evidence. For Hyeon that doesn't pose a problem. This isn't because Hyeon is a super detective who can pull evidence out of nowhere to bring criminals to justice. It's quite the opposite really. Hyeon's interest in crime is directly proportional to how interesting the crime is. And sadly, Hyeon simply isn't impressed by the current villain...More

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