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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 13

2015/02/27 | | Permalink

Seon-woo is his usual fumbling self here, making threats he knows he can't deliver on while handcuffed to a woman he knows full well will split at the first opportunity. It's surprising then, that Gi-cheol is the one who manages to come off as not really in control here. The strain of having to juggle so many moving pieces is getting to the man. Hye-rim even manages to get a late stab at his psyche- although overall I'm afraid she doesn't have that much to do...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 8

2015/02/27 | | Permalink

Well I'll be darned. "Sing Again, Hera Gu" is one of the last dramas I'd expect to have a coherent, self-contained philosophical thread over the course of a single episode and yet here we are. Kudos to the production team- the theme here is confession, specifically of the romantic variety. Nearly every single character gets entangled in one of these somehow, and as the ending helpfully notes, what determines success or failure in this context isn't necessarily genuineness, but rather timing...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 12

2015/02/26 | | Permalink

While the psychological element was interesting in the initial introduction, in this follow-up episode the concept kind of drags. We're really just looking at the exact same character exploration as last time- Tae-joo schemes and rationalizes to himself about the best way to get revenge on Seo-jin. I rather suspect this is the real reason he's kept Hee-ae around for so long. Tae-joo has to argue this point with her if only to convince himself that he's still on the right track...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 11

2015/02/25 | | Permalink

Tae-joo has progressed from physical deathtraps to mental ones. It's an intriguing change of pace actually. Tae-joo has, just like us, witnessed Seo-jin going through undeniable character development. But Tae-joo is unwilling to admit that Seo-jin's mental state may be complicated somehow- so he instead comes up with rather elaborate logical justifications by which Seo-jin can still be the bad guy. And therefore, Tae-joo can still have his just revenge. No wonder Hee-ae looks so panicked. There's two mental patients at risk of relapsing here- three if you count Robin...More

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

2015/02/24 | | Permalink

Writer Park Jae-beom-I appears to have a rather curious fixation with not allowing the vampire part of the drama and the medical part of the drama to actually interact in any way. It's a perplexing creative decision- what's the point of having a vampire surgeon who can use his vampire powers to affect surgical outcomes if he never actually does it? Would "Good Doctor" have been entertaining if its main character only acted autistic outside of the operating room? Granted, that drama had its problems. But at least it was structurally sound...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 6

2015/02/24 | | Permalink

The good news is that we find out Do-hee's motivation for keeping the baby. The bad news is that her motivation is horrifically naive and idealistic magical thinking. The worst news is that "Hogu's Love" is expecting us to think that Do-hee has somehow made a noble choice. Do-hee opens up about her reasons to the one character most likely to call her out on being selfish and short-sighted- and he fails to do so. To the contrary, this man agrees to help Do-hee when only a few scenes prior he'd been wailing in agony because Do-hee really, truly has managed to make a huge mess of everything for more people than she could possibly know...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.02.20 ~ 2015.02.22

2015/02/24 | | Permalink

Agents rule and "Ode" revitalised…

Kim Seok-yoon's "Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island" held on to enjoy another weekend as Korea's choice film, claiming 1.2M admissions (30.5%) over 817 screens to once again outplayed Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" at the top of the pile. Kim's latest, which was released on the 11th, now moves onto 3.1M and is on target to overtake the 4.7M stubs the 2011 original scored...More

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