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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 13

2015/08/19 | | Permalink

The premise at the start is somewhat interesting. Everyone managed to escape from Gwi last night, but now the operating assumption is that they only have one day before Gwi manages to locate and murder them all the following night. Much as I dislike spoilers I feel compelled to point out that this alarm ends up being a false one. No one ends up preparing for Gwi all that effectively. What's more Gwi barely even seems to care about the fact that a serious attempt was made to kill him, one that might have worked better if the king's snipers were better shots...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law" Episode 2

2015/08/18 | | Permalink

Myeong-seok (played by Ryoo Soo-yeong) is a mathematics professor and In-yeong's husband, for the sake of the television program. He's kind of grumpy. Myeong-seok is interesting for being an aloof math genius in a way that's not commonly portrayed. He's perfectly capable of being social. It's just, all Myeong-seok really cares about is math. His temperament is the exact opposite of In-yeong's in pretty much every concievable way. Which would seem to doom any hope of this variety program actually working out...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law" Episode 1

2015/08/17 | | Permalink

In-yeong (played by Dasom) is a girl group singer who has fallen on hard times. Nobody likes her girl group anymore. Also In-yeong is kind of a jerk, who has a really bad habit of making smelly farts. But all is not lost- in the world of Korean broadcasting, there is constant demand for variety shows featuring low-level celebrities in comical pseudo-realistic situations. Like marriage. For basically random business-related reasons, In-yeong is offered a shot at a comeback provided she become "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law" to a well-known traditional cookery...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.08.14 ~ 2015.08.16

2015/08/17 | | Permalink

"Veteran" watches from above as "The Assassination" makes history...

Ryoo Seung-wan's crime drama "Veteran", Choi Dong-hoon's "The Assassination", "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation", and "Minions" all retained their place as Korea's films of choice at the top. Last weekend, these four managed to capture over 90% of the box office pie and have all now retained their place with 83% of the interest going their way. Once again "Veteran" led the charge, and actually managed to outdo itself in week two by attracting an impressive 2.2 million filmgoers to its screens. With this past weekend done and dusted, Ryoo's popular flick moves its total tally now to 6.6 million, or $44 million...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 36

2015/08/16 | | Permalink

Eun-soo's temper tantrum shows no sign of abating. Well, she is finally forced to stop being petty and selfish briefly, when one character finally manages to come up with a threat serious enough to force Eun-soo to cooperate on the question of Jin-han's wife instead of being constantly selfish. I'm tempted to call the theatrics over-the-top and unrealistic- the problem is, I've known people in real life like Eun-soo. Heck, in my worst moments, I've acted like Eun-soo myself. That's not an easy fact to acknowledge, but it's senseless to pretend like we're all rational actors in the real world...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 6

2015/08/16 | | Permalink

The nature of the ghostly possession gives "Oh My Ghostess" a nice blend of episodic and climactic formats. Soon-ae and Bong-seon develop depending on who is in control of Bong-seon's body whilst the rest of the action continues to flow forward. The tension comes from the developing (probable) murder mystery, the developing romance that alternates between Soon-ae and Seon-woo, and Bong-seon and Seon-woo, and the characters overcoming personal milestones.

Seon-woo has a large person hurdle to jump over: he was bullied as a kid and still harbors grudges against the bullies ...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh My Ghostess" Episode 5

2015/08/16 | | Permalink

As many laughs as the past four episodes have given us, episode five of "Oh My Ghostess" gives us just as much heart. We get our timid heroine back and watch her struggle through her reality: she's lost two weeks and feels more lost than ever.

This episode is a testament to Park Bo-yeong's acting as she reverts to Bong-seon and gives us further insight into the terrified young woman ...More

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