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[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Kim Myeong-min

2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Personal taste accounts for a large part of a person's preferences when it comes to art and entertainment. Our positive or negative emotions can make us blind to or more forgiving of flaws or then make us see flaws that are not there. When it comes to actors, everyone has favorites and those favorites are rarely the same. However, there are some performers who are good enough to both have and deserve the acknowledgment, if not admiration, of most viewers who experience their work. Kim Myeong-min seems to belong in that type of performers...More

[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Choi Woo-sik

2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Dramaland is always looking for stars. Whether new ones it tries to elevate to that status or already existing ones with the power to bring audiences, popularity trumps all when it comes to the Korean drama industry. Choi Woo-sik does not have the qualities the industry likes for its stars, but he has made his career so far by being someone who always manages to entertain, even if his roles are secondary. Often on the geeky or comic relief side, but not limited to it, his characters shape a likable image and capture the attention of those watching...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King of Dramas"

2014/08/30 | | Permalink

Dramas are not averse to having self-referential meta material in them. We hear "like in dramas" said by drama characters often and some works might even parody others in direct or indirect ways. Like 2008 series "On Air", 'The King of Dramas' explores the world of the drama industry. Sadly for the latter, a lot of the issues it criticizes rear their ugly head both within its plot and through the drama itself by the end...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 14

2014/08/30 | | Permalink

"Temptation" is no longer at a standstill. The showdown between the three women has begun, and despite the fact that is is very ugly, it spikes the activity and interest levels upwards. No longer are the characters standing around a posturing. Things are happening and its much better than the wearying setup we were subjected to for the past few episodes.

Unfortunately, "Temptation" took a very long time to warm up and switch gears...More

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

2014/08/30 | | Permalink

K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★ "My Brilliant Life": A young couple struggle with their son who has Progeria syndrome, a rare genetic defect that causes him to age rapidly. (09/03)

★★★★ "Tazza: The High Rollers 2": A skilled player enters the underground gambling world and puts his life at stake.. (09/03)

★★★★★ "Hill of Freedom": A Japanese man arrives in Korea to find his old lover. While he stays at a guesthouse, he encounters various people. (09/04)

★★★★★ "Golden Chariot in the Sky": Ppong-Ddol dreams of joining a band and gets inspired to start neighbourhood band that's in need of money.. (09/04)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miss Granny": Mind the Gap

2014/08/30 | | Permalink

In the Spotlight this Week: Hwang Dong-hyeok's "Miss Granny"…

In 2011 director Hwang Dong-hyeok adapted Gong Ji-young's "The Crucible" (aka "Silenced") into a 4.6 million admissions hit. It was a particularly meticulous melodrama that depicted the sexual abuse of a group of hearing impaired students at a school in Gwangju. The serious and cruel sanity of "The Crucible" was hard-hitting and rather thrilling; a sympathetic story that breathed cinematic life into Gong's popular novel and, in turn, placed the real-world tragedy firmly back in the public's consciousness...More

[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Miss Granny"

2014/08/30 | | Permalink

A selection of stills from Hwang Dong-hyeok's "Miss Granny"…

This magical melodrama cashed in on the Lunar New Year holiday earlier this year by attraction over 8.6M moviegoers, making it the highest grossing film until "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" recently came into power. Those who enjoyed "Miracle in Cell No.7" will no doubt appreciate Hwang's efforts here. Enjoy!...More

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