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[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

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Three Days" Episode 10

2014/04/03 | | Permalink

The conclusion at corporate headquarters is about everything that can be reasonably expected. It says quite a bit about the way characters in this drama plan events that defeat keeps popping up in moments of practically absolute strength. "Three Days" takes place in a world where bravado and confidence are not great advantages. Anytime somebody takes a moment to be smug the weaker party is able to take advantage of that foolishness to shift the dynamics again.

The drama is able to do a decent job the closer it hews to standard action tropes...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Three Days" Episode 9

2014/04/02 | | Permalink

I suppose there's one concession I have to make to this drama- if security professionals in this universe were actually any good at preventing rogue agents from attacking secure installations and doing whatever they wanted, really, where would the tension come from? Yes, the particular plot device used to that end in this episode is a bit groanworthy. And it's especially annoying that most of the background is too dark for us to see what's happening. But it moves the plot forward.

Unfortunately for the most part the storyline is just standing still...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Gift - 14 Days" Episode 10

2014/04/02 | | Permalink

This show is getting good. Really good. It is finding all the right emotional beats and playing them for all they're worth. Our good guys get a leg up on fate, but fate is right on their heels. The truth of the past is what will stop Saet-byeol's death, but discovering that truth is what is difficult.

Dong-chan firmly believes in his brother's guilt - he believes Dong-ho killed Soo-jung, the love of Dong-chan's life...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Gift - 14 Days" Episode 9

2014/04/02 | | Permalink

As we head into the second half of the drama, a huge new piece of the puzzle has been found in "God's Gift - 14 Days", but it only raises more questions. The web that was complicated before became even more complex. Everyone is connected and everyone has intentions that are difficult to read save for Soo-hyeon's.

In place of those intentions, Soo-hyeon has some learning to do: what motherhood and life is really about...More

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