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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 12

2014/10/17 | | Permalink

The bullying in this drama has always been a bit arbitrary, but that's been part of the point. The bullies aren't ever really motivated by much aside from general boredom- it's the main reason they never go away. Even in this episode we see that they spend a lot of their free time in PC Rooms. Again, not all that surprising given the low quality of the parenting we've seen so far...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "A Matter of Interpretation" by Lee Kwang-kuk

2014/10/17 | | Permalink

Yeon-shin (played by Shin Dong-mi) is a struggling actress who's just about completely run out of patience with her latest job, which appears to be managed by a guy who has absolutely no idea how staged theater is supposed to work. Forced to face the fact that her lifelong dreams of becoming an actress are unlikely to ever come to fruition, Yeon-shin instead faces inward, analyzing the literal dreams of her sleeping hours, seeking to find some evidence of past regret that's influencing the general malaise of her life right now...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Han River"

2014/10/17 | | Permalink

The homeless tramps in "Han River" are not fountains of peerless wisdom, initial appearances to the contrary. After the initial suicide jump dilemma is resolved mostly satisfactorily the movie proceeds to treat us to various scenes of these characters bumming around not doing anything particularly useful. Indeed, for all the feigned joviality on display here the tone is actually a pretty depressing one...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Timing" by Min Kyung-jo

2014/10/17 | | Permalink

While the obvious fantastic trapping of "Timing" is the existence of people with time manipulation superpowers, two other points need to be noted right away. In this universe shamans have very real, very measurable powers concerning future sight and illusions. Additionally, there are death messengers, normal mortals with the ability to aid departed spirits in their journey to the afterlife. It's a lot to take in, although Kang Full fans will recognize almost all of the mythology...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Love Never Fails" by Min Byeong-hoon

2014/10/15 | | Permalink

Eun-ah (played by Choi Jeong-won-I) is living in the past while her husband Sang-hyeon (played by Jang Hyeon-seong) is living in the present. That's not a metaphor, I think. It's just an unnecessarily confusing framing device that took me way too long to figure out. Most viewers could be forgiven for not even realizing that these two are married, considering how little screen time they have together...More

[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "Socialphobia" by Hong Seok-jae

2014/10/15 | | Permalink

Ha-yeong (played by Ha Yoon-kyeong) is a young woman who has made a reputation for herself online as a particularly vicious slanderer. Once Ha-yeong finds a target she doesn't like, she's ruthless and relentless about bringing them to justice. Of course, a lot of the time she's just slandering people viciously for no good reason. Consequently, when Ha-yeong finally goes a step too far, a posse forms to storm her house and then, well, then things get messy...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 22

2014/10/14 | | Permalink

And in the end, it looks like everything is going to hinge on a magic oboe. Strangely this is not the most ridiculous plot development to show up in "The Night Watchman's Journal". Really, it's not even close to high-ranking. I was somewhat annoyed that most of our information about the oboe came from a msin character's flashback, making it yet another result of information that's been withheld from the audience for no good reason. But at least it's easy enough to understand why the oboe is important.

Anyway, as far as pre-existing plot threads go, Do-ha has to be rescued. And once again, the closest thing anyone has to a guard in this drama is just a sturdy door...More

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