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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.12.05 ~ 2014.12.07

2014/12/08 | | Permalink

Scott's Epic Exodus Grounds "Interstellar"...

Nolan's "Interstellar" was November in Korea. It dictated terms and elevated itself well above the competition ("Fashion King", "Cart", "Fury", "Big Match"), each week and without fail. So successful was this space odyssey's reign, that its nearest challenger claimed no more than half of its black and bloated bottom-line each weekend.

It's not over yet, but the film has so far absorbed nearly 10 million admissions ($65.2M): a mega-milestone in Korea that currently only a dozen features can boast (all after 2003 starting with "Silmido"). "Snowpiercer" (9.3M), "The Face Reader" (9.1M), and "Iron Man 3" (9M) have all had a recent sniff, and "Interstellar" still needs a further 800K to buy into this elite club...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 12

2014/12/07 | | Permalink

Chae-yeon seems to have an actual plan. While the details aren't made clear it's fairly obvious that it's not a good plan. She's not actually working with anyone. Chae-yeon deliberately withholds information from Kang-joon, and the only reason I can think of for this is that she wants revenge on him, and Geum-ran, and is hoping that this will somehow result in her riding off with Tae-hee into the sunset. She's obviously not privy to the character development that we've already seen. Tae-hee's pretty much given up on revenge...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Modern Farmer" Episode 16

2014/12/07 | | Permalink

It would appear that the Hyeon-sik conflict has been resolved. I hope I'm wrong about this. But the ending gave me the distinct impression that the purpose of this plot point wasn't to explore the contradictions in Yoon-hee's character so much as it was to provide more fodder for the love triangle. I've never particularly liked the love triangle in "Modern Farmer" and this is one of the reasons for it. Yoon-hee has issues with communication and relationships, and we're not seeing any character growth on this point...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 3

2014/12/07 | | Permalink

With this episode "Doctor Frost" moves from being frustrating to just being kind of bland. This time the connection to the university psychology department is even more tenuous. The drama has increasingly little obvious correlation with the source material, or even with previous episodes. Why does it have to be flashbacks? Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to just show Doctor Frost going to the colored rooms?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Festival - Fitting"

2014/12/07 | | Permalink

Kyeong-hee (played by Seo Ye-ji) starts work in a tailor shop to support her family, but with a clear eye toward a future where they're all able to ascend to the educated genteel class. An obstacle appears in the form of Seong-hyeon (played by Heo Jeong-do). He also has ambitions. The man has an excellent eye for design. His plan for success, rather than ride the hopeful seventies breeze of modernized prosperity, is simply to become the best tailor he can be...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 4

2014/12/07 | | Permalink

"The King's Face" is tonally all over the place. It has lost what little stylistic cohesion it had in its first week. Luckily, there are a few saving graces such as the beautiful camera work and the new relationship between Prince Gwanghae and Do-chi, the independently-minded leader of the Daedong.

What stands out about "The King's Face" is that it hasn't yet settled into a groove...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 11

2014/12/06 | | Permalink

Tae-hee and Geum-ran remain fairly determined to not let the finer details of their revenge schemes get in the way of a fun and enjoyable romance. These two really do seem inseparable right now. I don't mean that in the lovey-dovey romantic sense of being in the same physical area. In fact, their willingness to be apart for significant periods of time is one of the factors that makes their being together so enjoyable. They trust and recognize that sometimes they need to separate in order to accomplish their greater goals...More

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