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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 16

2014/11/14 | | Permalink

After the big magical blow-up at the end of the last episode I was expecting, well, a big magical blow-up to in some way make up the plot of this one. But apparently all that happened as a result of our three leads jostling over Seul-bi's mysterious wrist was...Woo-hyeon and Seong-yeol., and spend a lot of time bickering. So, nothing new...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mot"

2014/11/14 | | Permalink

In rustic Korea, a band of students celebrate their final winter vacation. Then something bad happens, and the remainder of the runtime is devoted to the basic moral conflict about how these young people fell into a bad situation and didn't exactly act particularly noble in the immediate aftermath. There's nothing too extreme or vicious here- technically speaking the moral moment of truth is caused by inaction, not a deliberate effort. Still, that doesn't make the characters themselves feel any better about the situation, so they just wallow...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "He Who Loves the World"

2014/11/14 | | Permalink

Son Yang-won was born in 1902- auspicious circumstances to be sure, for anyone familiar with Korean history. From the very beggining, "He Who Loves the World" makes it clear that there was no shortage of people in Son Yang-won's time who needed help and ministering. Even today it would seem that director Kwon Hyeok-man had no trouble finding poor and downtrodden people who needed a helping hand from Son Yang-won. This is all the more remarkable considering that the man died in 1950. The testimonies here are almost exclusively from octogenarians, or older...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 15

2014/11/14 | | Permalink

Seon is back in the political arena with plans to change Joseon for the better. But those he faces are ready for him and they are much more experienced. Another formerly friendly face has now turned into that of an enemy and now the prince has fewer true allies than ever before. It's an engaging episode that mimics the fast-paced rhythm of the very first episode. It shoves us into the scary world of politics along with Seon who really doesn't know what hit him.

While Seon is very clever and he is well-prepared, Minister Kim has the advantage of experience and no moral shackles...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 14

2014/11/14 | | Permalink

The inevitable time jump has happened and it has brought about some interesting changes for our Prince, his goals, and the king's desperate desire to keep his crown. Since the political slaughter and the revocation of the prince's governing powers, Seon has become more keen, more determined, and more wily. This change is mirrored in everyone, the sad effect of tragedy.

The most interest change is in Seon...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 2

2014/11/13 | | Permalink

Right after snapping back to the quiz show it's straight into another flashback- but don't worry, this one only goes back into recent history and deals exclusively with the adult cast, even if they're all garbed in high school uniforms. Dal-po is a bit of a lazy slob- or so it seems. Frequently this episode we get a good look at the young man's keen deductive mind. The way he's easily able to size up even faraway situations somewhat strains belief- but again, I'm willing to give "Pinocchio" leeway in this department since the contrivance matches up with the greater themes...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blade Man" Episode 16

2014/11/13 | | Permalink

"Blade Man" has shifted focus from Hong-bin's trials and tribulations to the ripple effect that Tae-hee's appearance has caused in the lives of everyone in the show. Her death had casted a quiet pall over everyone's lives and that in and of itself was effective motivation for character growth. Bringing her back to life has skewed the plot.

Despite the new plot direction, the effect of Tae-hee's appearance has forced changes in some of the characters, most notably Se-dong ...More

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