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[HanCinema's Film Review] "Our Happy Time" + DVD Giveaway

2014/04/11 | | Permalink

Yoo-jeong (played by Lee Na-young) chronically attempts to commit suicide mostly out of spite. While suicidal people generally act in such a way because they believe the world would be better off without them, Yoo-jeong holds no such illusions. Her self-inflicted wounds are not a cry for help, but a deliberate sensation reminding the woman that there is no hope, love, or genuine empathy in her life. There is only pain, and Yoo-jeong has been brought up in such a way that viciousness is about the only form of communication she can register as being valid.

Condemned prisoner Yoon-soo (played by Kang Dong-won) has about as bleak an outlook as Yoo-jeong does...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Three Days" Episode 12

2014/04/10 | | Permalink

So apparently Do-jin is just straight up a completely crazy person. I had thought this drama was being a bit over the top with the whole evil corporate action stuff but other corporate types involved in the evil scheme actually manage to call Do-jin out for going too far. On some level the problems with Do-jin's plans really shouldn't be that hard to explain. If the police have found the bombs, it stands to reason they have evidence which will probably wreck the whole false flag operation part of the death and destruction. Without that, there's not really much point to the bombs in the first place from a corporate perspective.

It's actually a fairly interesting metaphor. Old school political types just shoot the breeze with crazy ideas that might equal financial and electoral success...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Gift - 14 Days" Episode 12

2014/04/10 | | Permalink

"God's Gift - 14 Days" has reunited Soo-hyeon and Dong-chan and sped up the story's pacing to breakneck speed. They begin to make some headway as they outsmart fate, tap into all of the key players, and take small steps towards unmasking and catching Saet-byeol's kidnapper (and potential two-time murderer.)

The planning involved in this show is truly made evident in this episode...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Three Days" Episode 11

2014/04/09 | | Permalink

Nobody can trust anyone in this drama. Normally that would be good for a narrative about about political machinations and dark backroom deals, but unfortunately the narrative behind "Three Days" is just black and white enough that these plot points come off as belaboured. Do we really have to go through Tae-kyeong being paranoid about who to trust again. That gimmick is getting really old, mainly because he's always getting talked out of it so easily.

In a lot of ways the bad guys were actually doing Tae-kyeong a favor when they tried to bump off Cha-yeong...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 44

2014/04/09 | | Permalink

Episode 44 of "Empress Qi" was very inconsistent. It focused on Ta-hwan and his fears of inadequacy. Those fears make him easily manipulated by everyone. While this is a solid focus, the execution was messy.

Empress Hudu only appears once in the entire episode despite the fact that she's supposed to be a power hungry woman who will do anything to attain it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 16 Final

2014/04/08 | | Permalink

Why does Se-ro hate himself? We've seen evidence of the fact that he hates himself throughout the entire run of "The Full Sun", but he's been so wrapped up in Yeong-won's problems that Se-ro has never really stopped to question his motivation. In the opener to this episode, Yeong-won finally forces him to engage on this point. And it really is the one essential moment that the drama has been building up to.

Se-ro has constantly felt guilty and frustrated. The problem is he's never had anybody to talk to about these feelings, because everyone he's emotionally close to has been directly promoting the behavior that's been making him so miserable...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Gift - 14 Days" Episode 11

2014/04/08 | | Permalink

There is no doubt. "God's Gift -14 Days" has found it's stride and it's a breakneck race to the finish between Dong-chan and Soo-hyeon, and fate. Saet-byeol's murderer is a clever man, part of law enforcement, and has managed to turn people who were supposed to be Soo-hyeon's closest allies into people she cannot trust. Fate is on his side.

What makes this unknown murderer, the mysterious tattooed man, so terrifying is that he seems to have manipulated his way through everything throughout the drama...More

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