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[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art

2016/08/20 | | Permalink

Hear how artist Haegue Yang is passionately unconventional in her approach to her work-life, The Korea Herald has a packed arts and entertainment calendar to diarise, learn more about the history of pottery in Korea, and photographer Lee Myoung-ho captures space-time his own way...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 16 Final

2016/08/19 | | Permalink

Hye-in, Seung-in and his team as well as the "Wanted" production crew prepare for one last show and one last effort to get Ham Tae-seob and SG Group for their wrongdoings. Joon-goo goes into a search for the nurse who might have Dr. Kim Bong-joon's research on the harmful nature of SG's germicide. This has been a long struggle and none have suffered more than SG's victims, who offer their support in this final show...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Uncontrollably Fond" Episode 14

2016/08/19 | | Permalink

This episode really touches on the plays of power. Money buys power. Health allows one to wield power. Friendship helps to guide power. Connections manipulate power. These concepts are neither new to the show or to the workings of society, but they are highlighted in ways that force the characters to act. Most of the same ol' shenanigans continue throughout this episode and leave me with little to talk about.

Joon-young waffles between living by his standards of guilt, or by the pull of his love for Eul...More

[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Bucheon" July 26th-27th

2016/08/19 | | Permalink

I first saw festival director Park Jae-dong on the Busan red carpet. At the time I was baffled as to why such an important person was wearing a Batman costume. That question was cleared up at the opening ceremony for the Bucheon International Comics Festival (부천국제만화축제). The Batman costume is actually a kind of prop intended to imply that Park Jae-dong has supernatural powers which, among other things, allow him to give commands to a gigantic animatronic robot. Ceremony mingled with the weird as the program jumped between robot skits and award ceremonies...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "W" Episode 9

2016/08/18 | | Permalink

My main takeaway from "W" at this point is that good writing is hard. Much like the last time Cheol tried to "solve" the problems created by Seong-woo's inability to finish the story in a convincing, compelling fashion, this time too we're left with a resolution that's just kind of...blech. In a lot of ways this is a problem with the serial detective format in general. If the main character devotes all of his energy to solving episodic crimes with no progression in the main plot, it's pretty inevitable that the final personal backstory case is going to be a letdown...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Uncontrollably Fond" Episode 13

2016/08/18 | | Permalink

"Uncontrollably Fond" has one goal: keep the tension high. Two major secrets are fueling that tension, the truth about Joon-young's health and the truth surrounding his birth. All other tensions stem from that and other similar secrets. Scenes and action wades through problems caused by these secrets while Eul remains a plucky heroine despite Joon-young's treatment of her.

Eul is convinced that Joon-young still loves her, and she would be right...More

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

2016/08/17 | | Permalink

The shrouded static villain is weirdly sympathetic in a way, because its entire existence is the arbitrary creation of a Godlike figure who never bothered to impart any meaningful personality traits onto his creation. I can't help but see this character as being the personification of fan rage. Sure, we've only been watching "W" for seven episodes, but the in-universe fanbase has been waiting years only to be suddenly told that plot arc isn't going to end because now the story's a romance...More

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