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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 11

2015/03/23 | | Permalink

After a shockingly violent cliffhanger where a furious Ji-sang physically accosts Jae-wook, this hard-hitting action is followed up by...their going into Jae-wook's office to discuss the finer points of ethics in regards to using terminally ill human test subjects for dangerous experimental treatment. This is why you have trouble making friends Ji-sang. That really should have been your first reaction. Although admittedly the cliffhanger probably would not have been quite so exciting...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 13

2015/03/23 | | Permalink

Apparently Do-hee has always had a problem with refusing to clarify misunderstandings for no good reason. While this is still a terribly annoying character trait, "Hogu's Love" does get credit here for finally treating it as a bad thing. The emotional climax of this episode features Hogu giving Do-hee a serious piece of his mind. And while Hogu does inevitably feel bad for being such a jerk, Do-hee really did need the wake-up call. Saying "you didn't ask" isn't an acceptable justification when Do-hee responds to most questions with either misleading obfuscations or indignant bullying (usually it's both)...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.20 ~ 2015.03.22

2015/03/23 | | Permalink

"Whiplash" for the win...

Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" rose to the top of the pile over the weekend having entered the fray last weekend in fourth. The film, which is based on Damien's experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band, claimed 374K (24%) over 574 screens to top the chart, brining its total tally in Korea now to 825K, or $5.9M...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 19 (final)

2015/03/23 | | Permalink

"Punch - Drama" is over and I'm feeling a little numb. What a ride it gave me. It was one of the strongest dramas I've seen, despite a few live shoot glitches. The writing was more than solid - it was inspired. The acting was heartfelt, the direction was clear and clean. Mostly, it was the impeccable writing and the ability of the writer/director pairing to keep the story, and me, on our toes, as each expectation was subverted, played upon and turned into another exciting event.

With the constant tension and battles between Jung-hwan and his enemies, there was barely a second to breathe ...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 12

2015/03/22 | | Permalink

Seong-ryong appears to have lost all hope of trying to resolve the situation through meaningful diplomacy, and has shifted to reluctantly accepting that clandestine military preparations are the only hope the country has of getting through the war. King Seonjo, still refusing to acknowledge that the war is even going to happen, insists on terrorizing Seong-ryong for his impudence. On that end it's more of the same from "Jing Bi-rok". War is portrtayed as an inevitable outcome of political psychology gone wrong...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 11

2015/03/21 | | Permalink

We finally get some action...in the previews. Yes, we're in for yet another episode of general political dysfunctionality. King Seonjo is still chronically depressed, Hideyoshi is still putting the last touches on the invasion plan of Korea, and the Chinese continue to be about as unhelpful as possible. In all fairness they're probably not taking Hideyoshi seriously because his plan is kind of impossible. Japan couldn't even take over China several hundred years later with modern weaponry after China had been reduced to a giant opium den by Western powers. The country's just too darn big...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Missing Noir M"

2015/03/21 | | Permalink

Fans of "Special Affairs Team TEN" will not be getting their third season yet, but those who appreciated the style of the drama will be getting a consolation piece. The production team of the aforementioned series is back with 'Missing Noir M'. The premise this time around involves missing persons, rather than the usual dead ones, and also a dynamic duo of very different characters working together and solving the presented mysteries...More

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