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[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner

2016/07/16 | | Permalink

A new K-drama podcast launches, see how some Korean's are raising the country's consciousness on screen addiction, the country's pet cultural to be regulated, and find out what aspect of Korean culture foreigners find most challenging to adapt to...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2016/07/16 | | Permalink

Artnet interviews abstract painter Kwang-sho Shin, The Korea Times looks back at the life of Chun Kyung-ja (1924-2015), see how South Korea's version of Snapchat is taking off, and discover five Korean photographers worth getting to know...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mirror of the Witch" Episode 19

2016/07/15 | | Permalink

After Yeon-hee is predictably rescued due to a few convenient contrivances, "Mirror of the Witch" finally gets into serious material it should have been exploring a long time ago- serious self-reproachment. Progressing events finally proven to Hong-joo that her theory regarding the curse is at best rather flawed, indicating that at minimum, Hong-joo is not as smart as she thought. She still has to act, but there's a terrified sense of weakness to the villainess now that limits her powers of persuasion...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Uncontrollably Fond" Episode 4

2016/07/15 | | Permalink

The intersections of relationships and individual goals begin to clear up in episode 4 of "Uncontrollably Fond". And, rather than settling down, the personalities of the main leads remain as capricious as ever and are defined situationally. This episode was Kim Woo-bin's, however. Each scene he was in was laced with such intensity. Suzy has also been realistic as No  Eul.

I mentioned in the last review that Joon-yeong's illness had not been mentioned in a while and this episode addresses that in spades...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 8

2016/07/15 | | Permalink

Another pawn in the kidnapper's game is revealed, but I am starting to wonder what is and is not controlled by the mastermind and why they seem so forgiving of errors. Hye-in's "Wanted" is in danger of cancellation and our heroine finds unlikely allies. The show is increasingly being criticized for glamorizing violence and we find out Jeong-ho's true nature. Some things feel a bit odd and others clumsily presented, but "Wanted" has not dropped the ball yet...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Angang" June 25th-27th

2016/07/15 | | Permalink

While Angang is technically considered a part of Gyeongju, the township is actually closer to Pohang than it is to Gyeongju proper. Even so, it's only a bus Ride Away, and is filled with its own collection of artifacts, most notably Yangdong Village (양동마을). As tourist locations go Yangdong Village is a little weird. In practical terms it's just a normal Korean neighborhood with unusually old houses. People actually live there, surrounded by artwork that plays up the location's history...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 16 Final

2016/07/14 | | Permalink

Initially the plot for the final episode centers around a scheme to try and get Bonnie and Soo-ho back together. Eventually it turns out that this scheme was a complete waste of time with no payoff as Bonnie and Soo-ho meet in their own special way. The reunion is actually quite sweet and heartfelt. It does a good job integrating all the best parts of "Lucky Romance" to deliver an effective closing message about love. But none of this changes the fact that the entire first half of the episode was a complete waste of time...More

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