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[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Golden Cross"

2014/04/05 | | Permalink

After a series of rating failures and poor handling of their dramas' plots, KBS is having another go at things with 'Golden Cross'. With a typical melodrama plot and a cast of talented actors, the series does not sound like something fresh, but perhaps the road most traveled will be helpful in getting out of the slump they have gotten themselves into...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Gabdong - Memories of Murder"

2014/04/05 | | Permalink

This spring, tvN will be adding yet another more rare genre in its history which happens to be very popular this spring season. Following this suspense thriller trend, the channel gives us 'Gabdong - Memories of Murder', which is inspired by the real case of the Hwaseong serial killings on which Bong Joon-ho's movie "Memories of Murder" is also based...More

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

2014/04/05 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★  "My Boy": A brother with an impulse disorder dreams of visiting and playing with his brother in hospital while his mother struggles to pay the medical bills. (04/10) 

★★★★★  "Godsend": A woman who desperately wants a child tries to convince a pregnant woman not to have an abortion and allow her to raise the child. (04/10)

★★★★  "Guardian": A former firefighter is caught between a rock and a hard place when one of his children is kidnapped and he has to capture another child in exchange. (04/10)

★★★  "Girls, Girls, Girls": Three friends approaching thirty get together at a hotel and agree on a sexy challenge they must then prove. (04/10)

★★★★  "Thorn": A popular PE teacher has to deal with a fearless student who has confessed her love for him. (04/10)

★★★★  "Broken": A single father takes the law into his own hands after discovering the identity of his daughter's murders. (04/10)...More

[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Snowpiercer": Dreaming of a Wicked Wonderland

2014/04/05 | | Permalink

In the Spotlight this Week: Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer"...

2013 was a frantic and fascinating year for Korean cinema. In addition to the recording-breaking figures the domestic box office reported, it was a year that saw three of Korea's top directing talents venture into English-language films. First it was Kim Jee-woon that enticed Arnold Schwarzenegger to get back to bullets in "The Last Stand", Park Chan-wook took Wentworth Miller's sizzling debut script and summoned "Stoker", and then Bong Joon-ho adapted the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" and ran with it all the way to the bank. The results were three highly polished and enticing features that displayed the cinematic craftsmanship of three of Korea's most progressive and celebrated moviemakers. Within this talented trio, however, it was Bong Joon-ho's futuristic extravaganza "Snowpiercer" that gathered the most momentum, attracting more than 9.3 million viewers to its epically fantastical imagining of a not-so-distance dystopia...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer"

2014/04/05 | | Permalink

A selection of shots from Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer"...

Bong Joon-ho's epic extravaganza attracted over 9.3 million to its platform when it departed last August. It was a stunning reception for Bong's first English-language film that saw the French-inspired adaptation become one of the highest grossing Korean films of all time. "Snowpiercer" is a gorgeous and twisted imagining of a not-so-distant dystopia, a world where the survival of the human race rides on frozen tracks and the frigid enforcement of status and station. Enjoy! [SPOILERS]...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 20

2014/04/04 | | Permalink

The main conflict this episode is over the prospect of Jin-hee and Chang-min going to a movie. It's about as high stakes as it sounds, and the tension is oddly lacking for a penultimate episode. The movie is "Elegant Lies" by the way. It's difficult to guess how we're supposed to relate the story of that particular film to the proceedings here. I guess they're both about appreciating the things you love in life before they're gone forever?

It's as good a theme as any really, but none of the characters in "Emergency Couple" are in any immediate danger of leaving...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 11

2014/04/04 | | Permalink

"Sly and Single Again" is at its best when it focuses on comedy. It's witty, quick, fun, and transitions well in camera work, dialogue and between scenes. It is the heavier material that bogs it down.

This is not the fault of the actors who smoothly portray whatever the scene asks of them ...More

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