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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 19

2015/05/20 | | Permalink

There is a lovely dynamic shift between our characters as they learn and grow. Also, it shifts as those who are too insecure and selfish continue to interfere in the lives of others. As time passes all of these unkind, supposedly unhappy women finally gain insight into themselves and their lives. They see they are content despite all of the trials that they must walk through because they have each other.

The first example of this is the peculiar friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - School 2015" Episode 8

2015/05/19 | | Permalink

In a somewhat surprising twist, it would appear that the main potential victim of Eun-bi being exposed is not Eun-bi herself, but rather I-an. His normally static character arc comes into sharp relief here as I-an deliberately chooses to believe that Eun-bi is Eun-byeon, regardless of how much of his experiences with her post-amnesia simply don't add up. Right when I was wondering if I-an ever had this much fun on dates with the real Eun-byeon, a flashback helpfully pops up to tell us that no, he did not...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 14

2015/05/19 | | Permalink

As if to reprimand me for doubting its seriousness, the mystery plot of "Let's Eat - Season 2" ends on a pretty shocking cliffhanger, particularly so coming right after a super cute date sequence. Not just shocking, either, but overall well-integrated, because the mystery plot and the main Soo-ji plot share one important commonality. Both are being interrupted by unnecessary snooping. Of course Jeom-i is snooping- that's what old ladies do. But why is Soo-ji so obsessed about Dae-yeong's imaginary girlfriend?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 14

2015/05/19 | | Permalink

This episode really highlights how much the pressures on Beom have changed her, and the family dynamic along with her. The change is realistic given her situation, but I'm dying to see more of how she is feeling and thinking.

Beom comes off so coldly now...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - School 2015" Episode 7

2015/05/18 | | Permalink

The cliffhanger this episode and the cliffhanger from last episode are more-or-less the same. But "Who Are You - School 2015" doesn't quite fall into repetition because these repeated plot points establish something very important- that the drama's conceit isn't really sustainable. Even if So-yeong appears to have been subdued, the fact that Eun-bi can't recover Eun-byeon's memories means that this ruse can't go on forever however much Eun-bi and her new mother want it to...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 13

2015/05/18 | | Permalink

No, nobody is actually moving around dead bodies in briefcases. Again, "Let's Eat - Season 2" might have fooled me on that point except that the first season of "Let's Eat" tried to pull the exact same stunt. Although admittedly the question of what's going on with all that money is a pretty potent one. It's not really all that interesting compared to the question of how Soo-ji is planning to manage all her financial affairs. But it's decent as far as subplots go...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.15 - 2015.05.17

2015/05/18 | | Permalink

"Chronicles of Evil" and "Mad Max" dislodges "The Avengers"...

While Cannes is playing host to the top stars and filmmakers from around the world, the South Korean public came out in droves over the weekend to catch two new features that recently made their way onto the chart. Baek Woon-hak's thriller "Chronicles of Evil" and George Miller's remake of "Mad Max" were the must-see films, and between them the capture over 70% of the box office pie; in the process removing "The Avengers" from its previous privileged position as South Korea's number one...More

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