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Detective Gook-Seo (played by Kang Shin-il) finds himself reunited with convicted criminal Tae-Ho (played by Park Joo-hyeong), who has just been released from prison after seven years. There's this sense of fearful tension in the air for the most of the drama- it's not that Tae-Ho is dangerous, exactly. In fact, we see relatively little of the man throughout the drama's runtime. What we're left with, for the most part, is Gook-Seo's general sense of fear.
Now, given that Gook-Seo doesn't seem to believe Tae-Ho will actually hurt him physically, this begs the question of why exactly he's frightened at all...More
The main conflict this time is that Seul-Gi just has a sudden freakout about her indefinite, undefined living situation. As far as I can tell nothing actually provokes this- which is exactly what kids can do. There's not necessarily a reason for them to suddenly turn grumpy. It's just a thing that happens when, for whatever reason, they started thinking long-term and get apprehensive.
What makes this more interesting in terms of the drama's broader plot is the way characters react to this. Seul-Gi's scared because she doesn't know what's going on- in fact, none of the characaters have any idea what's going on...More
This episode goes for a change of scenery and a rather extreme time-skip- I know I've been complaining about how the drama seemed stuck in summertime but I didn't think it would go this far. Although it's an appropriate enough step to take- if anything has been made clear it's that our various main characters are really bad at confessing their feelings of love, so it's understandable that it takes a momentous event to actually make them step up their game. Even if it's just a holiday.
Yes, that's right- we finally get to love confessions and I have to admit, they were well worth the wait...More
Internationally renowned violinist Richard Yongjae O'Neill puts a lot of mental effort behind managing an international children's orchestra in South Korea. The kids all, through the various multiracial underpinnings of their births, have had to suffer some in life, but O'Neill believes firmly that through the power of music, they can heal past these problems, as did he. Although obviously there are some gaps that can never be fulfilled...More
K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Fake": A lowly drunk in a rural village tries to expose the corruption of those in power during the villagers' relocation. (11/21)
★★★★ "Marriage Blue": An omnibus melodrama that follows four couples struggling with conflict as their wedding dates draw nearer. (11/21)
★★★★ "Youth Talk": Two young couples attempt to deal with the lemons life throws at their love (11/21).
★★ "House With A Good View - Voyeuristic Desire": A sexy melodrama about the extreme lengths some will go to win over their love interest. (11/20)
★★★★ "Precious Love": A touching story about the love that can be found at the bottom of a barrel. (11/21)
When Kim Joo-won wore his Italian hand-made sequined tracksuit, it became an instant hit and buyer favorite. When the cappuccino kiss took place, selcas with foam mustaches flooded the internet. "Secret Garden" is undoubtedly one of the most popular romantic Korean dramas of the last few years and the way in which it cemented itself into pop culture and skyrocketed the careers of many in its cast make it a milestone for the industry...More
I noticed during the ending credits that, before getting to the traditional list of all cast members and character names, this film goes out of its way to describe its main character simply as Mother (played by Han Hye-sook). The woman has a name, of course, and it's mentioned in the subsequent actual credits sequence- but it's appropriate that she is initially described in this limited way, since in the context of the film, that's all she really is. Just a mother.
Most of this movie can be easily described as just being about the daily everyday adventures of a mother and her son as they go about their everyday lives...More
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