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[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound...

2015/01/17 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★★ "Gangnam Blues": Two long-time friends get caught-up in gangland politics over development interests in Gangnam during the 1970s. (01/21)
★★★★ "Clearer Than You Think": A omnibus animation containing various stories from director Ha Ji-won. (01/22)...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" @ 24fps

2015/01/17 | | Permalink

Kim Han-min's "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" @ 24fps…

There are so many films flashing furiously past our eyes nowadays that it's hard to remember some of the devilish details, moments, and ideas from our favourite features. Add to that all the music videos, T.V. series, news broadcasts, digital advertisements, YouTube playlists and gaming, and it might well start to feel like there's an insurmountable backlog of compelling content, and you'd be right (sooner or later). Our lifetime is slowly being replaced by digital dream streams that if we were to watch all the classics, the critically acclaimed, personal recommendations and cultural must-sees, our lives would no longer have a convincing anchor in reality, and screen-time would be our only time...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Torment in the Paradise"

2015/01/17 | | Permalink

On the basic level "Torment in the Paradise" is just a standard travel documentary. Choi Mi-ra goes to Jeju Island mainly for sightseeing purposes, although the barge she's on is also carrying a quantity of books intended for use in library kiosks in the small town of Gangjeong. Gangjeong is the kind of small peaceful village that travelers often love to go to- it's a friendly place with beautiful scenery and a simple layout. This makes for a welcome respite from the clamor of city life...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 4

2015/01/16 | | Permalink

Storyline progress is mostly slow here. Certain facts became obvious to us as viewers last episode, and it's only through continued exposure that the characters themselves are able to figure this out. Hye-rim remains determined to try and save Seon-woo without actually explaining to him what's going on, and predictably only really succeeds in uncovering details of her son's healthy personal life. Apparently Seon-woo's strategy to avoid blackmail is to not have any dark secrets he can be blackmailed over...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Spy - Drama" Episode 3

2015/01/16 | | Permalink

Apparently the emphasis "Spy - Drama" has put on romance was deliberately in the service of the story. This is in fact a battle between the power of spying and the power of love. A battle which so far love is mostly losing. While Hye-rim and Woo-seok are perfectly capable of communicating with each other, in terms of the spy world their success here is pretty limited. At best, they can manage a negotiation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 2

2015/01/16 | | Permalink

If I didn't know better I'd think this drama was deliberately trying to antagonize me. This episode has the exact same flaws and virtues that I discussed last time- except there's more flaw and less virtue. We have one really good, really fun song to start the episode out out. Then there's a big conversation about betrayal and the three characters not in the love triangle are almost completely sidelined as the whole episode turns into serious emotional drama about characters who have little defined motivation outside of childhood flashbacks...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Con Artists"

2015/01/16 | | Permalink

Ji-hyeok (played by Kim Woo-bin) is a master thief, relying on technical skills to steal valuables and replace them with forgeries right under peoples' noses. Inevitably he gets entrapped by President Jo (played by Kim Young-cheol) and is forced to commit a master heist. Emphasis on "inevitably". "The Con Artists" takes its sweet time actually getting Ji-hyeok and President Jo into the same room together. So much time is spent on building the characters up that the actual grand heist itself barely takes a few scenes to completely finish...More

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