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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 10

2014/07/11 | | Permalink

The drama appears determined to make the viewer lose any sort of confidence in the narrative design underlying "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team". We start with a flash forward to a preposterously ridiculous super evil villain cliche- one that's portrayed with the utmost seriousness. There's no joke here. It's just, choose wisely Joon-hyeok bwa ha ha did I mention that I'm evil...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 1

2014/07/11 | | Permalink

Seul-bi (played by Kim Sae-ron) is an angel who works every day observing humans, yet still thinks about human interactions in terms of television dramas. There's a bizarrely cheery attachment to her attitude, because specifically speaking, her job involves watching humans die. Yet even at a very tense moment of attempted suicide Seul-bi continues her running commentary about whether or not the situation accurately matches exciting dramatic standards...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Man on High Heels"

2014/07/11 | | Permalink

Ji-wook (played by Cha Seung-won) is a very sad police detective. He does typical violent action movie stuff, confronting large numbers of gangsters, fighting them openly in huge combative setpieces. But that's not why he's sad. Ji-wook is sad because deep down he knows that he's really a woman, and he wishes ever so much that he could do all those things that women do. Like wear women's clothes. And...uh...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Navigation"

2014/07/11 | | Permalink

This movie is all about standard horror movie staples. Unlikable young people who spend just enough time being obnoxious that we in the audience want to see them die horribly? Check. A malicious supernatural presence whose reason for being is never clearly explained? Check. Camerawork that implies everything we're seeing was actually filmed by either one of the main characters or some other camera that happened to be nearby? Check...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "One Night Only"

2014/07/11 | | Permalink

The cliche of that one amazing romantic night that changes everything is a pretty common one. Of course, those of us who live in reality know better than to actually believe that, but the various characters of "One Night Only" are young people who only have dreams to cling on to. This is because like most young people in the developed world today, they really don't have much in terms of long term prospects...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "You're Surrounded" Episode 17

2014/07/11 | | Permalink

"You're Surrounded" was all about the truth in episode 17. The key players are fully informed and yet their hands are tied by the system, by corruption, and by the dastardly deeds of the powerful and greedy. While the pace of this episode was decidedly slow, the amount of wonderful introspection made up for it.

The episode focused on revealing the pasts of Dae-goo and Tae-il, addressing painful issues and making a few statements...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 19

2014/07/09 | | Permalink

"Doctor Stranger" has become completely erratic in its desperate attempt to remain valid and interesting. This penultimate episode was jumpy and piecemeal. But at the same time, it covered issues that should've been dealt with ages ago. In that way, it was satisfying.

Almost all of the issues brewing in "Doctor Stranger" came to a head this episode. First was the relationship between Soo-hyeon and Jae-joon. He's been wrestling with what it means to be a doctor and how to deal with the delicate balance between being a doctor and exacting revenge. His character has been quite bipolar, but in this episode he was as he should've been: torn between guilt, his love for Soo-hyeon, and duty towards his parents. It was well-balanced and satisfying to see him dealing with his issues instead of blanketing them with anger...More

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