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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 20 (final)

2014/09/08 | | Permalink

"Fated to Love You" has come to a heartwarming end. It was very neatly concluded. This finale's ending was the victim of a lack of material as it crawled along to the finish. Despite that, it was still satisfying to see Geon and Mi-young get their happy ending and live as a family with everyone who is important to them. The finale does not reflect the rest of the drama, which, in general, moved along at a decent clip.

The episode was packed with sappy romantics and a reliving of the Macau incident that began the fated relationship...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pirates"

2014/09/08 | | Permalink

The main characters in "Pirates" don't follow the rules. This is the very first thing we learn about them. We're introduced to Sa-jeong (played by Kim Nam-gil) as a mess ensues from his refusing to obey orders without question. Yeo-wol (played by Son Ye-jin) is a little better about falling into line, but even she has limits. From the very beginning our leads are well-established and sympathetic as characters, even as they're obviously cutthroats who make a living through violent thievery...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.09.05 ~ 2014.09.07

2014/09/08 | | Permalink

Fresh Faces move in as "Pirates" and "The Admiral" take a bow…

Kang Hyeong-cheol's comedy drama "Tazza: The High Rollers 2" slotted straight into first over this past weekend by dislodging "Pirates" at the top of the box office pile. The film is the second feature based on Huh Young-man's manhwa of the same name, and after eight years fans can finally enjoy this second, star-studded, instalment.

"Tazza 2" claimed over 836K admissions (28.3%) over 890 screens to take gold with the help of actors Choi Seung-hyeon, Sin Se-kyeong, Kwak Do-won, Lee Honey, and Yoo Hae-jin. Last weekend's number one, Lee Seok-hoon's period romp "Pirates", seems to have finally reached it peak as it slipped to fourth with just 275K (8.7%)...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Joseon Shooter"

2014/09/06 | | Permalink

If there is a type of work in Korean drama that has the potential to be ambitious and thrilling, that is sageuk. If there is a premise that has the potential to be an emotional rollercoaster and give audiences a riveting journey, that is a revenge plot. With both of those characteristics, 'The Joseon Shooter' had everything it needed to be one fun ride. While ultimately a pretty good series, some things sadly kept it from being quite the epic it could have been...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 19

2014/09/06 | | Permalink

This episode was very slice-of-life in that it focused on a narrow scope. It dealt with two issues: Geon's illness and how it affected and continues to affect his family; and, Mi-young's mother inability to approve of their marriage. The simplicity of the plot made screen time for some very sweet interactions of our main couple with each other and with their loved ones. It could also be indicative of very little plot left to be had, but "Fated to Love You" is always at its best when it is adorable and winning.

While having a parent oppose a marriage is nothing new to drama, having a mother as level-headed, open, and caring as Mi-young's mother is rare indeed...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 16

2014/09/06 | | Permalink

Paths and minds have been twisted beyond repair in "Temptation". Trust has been willfully manipulated by all parties so that nobody trusts anybody else. It's very tense, but a wickedly clever way to keep the plot going. The tension causes fissures that grow into cracks, exposing the characters' true personalities and thoughts. It is a relief because up until now, it has been difficult to read many of them.

The biggest character revelation was Min-woo's...More

[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

2014/09/06 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★ "Wrestling": A sexy comedy about a professor and his female student. (09/11)

★★★★ "A Record of Sweet Murder": An accused serial killer escapes a psychiatric facility and gives an old friend, who's now a journalist, an exclusive they'll never forget. (09/11)

★★★★ "Toxic Desire: Addiction": A psychologically scared doctor gets caught up with a beautiful woman who's being watch by the cops for a recent murder. (09/11)

★★★★ "The Wicked": A seemingly introverted office worker with a mysterious past has her inner evil awoken when her boss pushes her over the edge. (09/11)...More

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