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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 3

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

The problem with a drama having a very effective documentative historical style is that, well, sooner or later it just feels like you're stuck in school. While a normal story would just use the existing characterization to establish that Korea is headed toward disaster, "Jing Bi-rok" is stuck in extended build-up mode. King Seonjo doesn't know that he's making such huge mistakes because, for quite some time, there won't be any immediate negative consequences. The Japanese, for now, are just focusing on their hand-to-hand combat...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life Tracker Lee Jae-goo" Episode 1

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

Jae-goo (played by Park Yong-woo) is a lawyer who's trying his best to ignore the fact that he's kind of a terrible person. The first we see of the man he's hassling the members of a funeral about their willingness to sue whatever amorphous entity they think may be responsible for the unfortunate death. The angry attack he receives in kind is unsurprising. Equally plausible is the fact that the next potential client he finds, while probably deserving of some sort of compensation, isn't exactly the most charming young woman...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Best Romance"

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

It is a popular opinion that a well paired romantic couple is the single most important thing for romantic comedy in Korean drama. Even if everything else is bad, surely fun and cute interactions will save it. Sadly, a boat full of holes is doomed to sink, no matter how much one cheers it on. The same goes for any story and genre, including romantic comedy in film. 'The Best Romance' is a light, sometimes fun movie, but it also has a great flaw...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "C'est Si Bon"

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

The time is the sixties. The place- a hip sixties bar by the name of "C'est Si Bon". Hyeong-joo (played by Kang Ha-neul) and Chang-sik (played by Jo Bok-rae) are two talented young musicians who seem to genuinely despise each other. Enter Geun-tae (played by Jeong Woo), a somewhat less talented man who the other characters hope will even Hyeong-joo and Chang-sik out. It doesn't work. Ultimately these three are only able to form a functional folk band because of Ja-yeong (played by Han Hyo-joo). She doesn't join the band or anything. It's just, you know, Han Hyo-joo. She's pretty hot...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Avian Kind"

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

Jeong-seok (played by Kim Jeong-seok) is searching for his wife (played by Jeong Han-bi), who in flashback frequently discusses her wish to undergo a mysterious surgery. Why does she want the surgery? Well, that's...a good question actually. There were about a dozen conversations in "The Avian Kind" I could count that discussed the surgery, but nothing that could be reasonably interpreted as an explanation for why all these women want to be radically transformed...More

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

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★ "Gi-Hwa": A childish father dying of cancer and his angry estranged son hit the road together. (02/26)
★★★★ "The Maidroid": A overworked man receives help around the house from an attractive bot. (02/26)
★★★★ "The Avian Kind": After searching years for his missing wife a novelist is contacted by a woman who says she can help. (02/26)
★★★ "Boarding House" : A freshman living in a boarding house with other women gets visited by his first love. (02/26)...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Han Gong-ju" @ 24fps

2015/02/21 | | Permalink

Lee Su-jin's "Han Gong-ju" @ 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

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