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[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13

2014/07/14 | | Permalink

Prime gives way to primates as a new king is crowned...

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", recently hit Korean shores and dislodged Bay's "Transformers" at the top of the pile. Matt Reeves' film captured more than 47% of the box office pie (1.3M admissions) over 919 screens to break the hat-trick "Transformers" was eyeing. Still, Bay's bombastic blockbuster held firm in third, while Jo Beom-goo's drama "The Divine Move" stayed umoved in second place with 925K (23%)...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 9

2014/07/13 | | Permalink

Well that was a pretty stupid resolution to the cliffhanger. Granted, we knew that Kyeong-hee wasn't actually going to die or anything, but it was all a dream? Really? I guess that makes me feel a little better about Jin-woo dropping what I assume was a decent cup of coffee. I bet it was good coffee too. Fortunately, for the rest of the episode we focus mainly on the current mystery, and the overarching storyline is largely confined to its own mysterious bits...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 20 (final)

2014/07/13 | | Permalink

The finale was everything that I wanted from "Doctor Stranger", mostly in that it was satisfying. The bad guys got their just deserts, and the lovers ended up together after many trials and tribulations. However, it makes me wish for better things from the rest of the drama that seemed to have taken a long jaunt down the rabbit hole.

What was missing from the ending was the build up to it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "You're Surrounded" Episode 18

2014/07/13 | | Permalink

And the hits just keep coming, giving this show a darker edge than before. Dae-goo struggles to come to terms with all the information he and his team dig up, and the bad guys dive deeper into moral depravity.

It's baffling how much power Assemblyman Yoo has to ruin lives, take lives, and manipulate the system...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - Our Erotic Love"

2014/07/13 | | Permalink

Dong-chan (played by Lee Seon-gyoon) is the kind of man who's destined to suffer indignity because he's always so dignified so much of the time. The accident wasn't bad enough, the humiliation wasn't bad enough, no, it also turns out that nobody at work can function unless Dong-chan's around to keep order. It's no wonder the man hates fun so much, even when women come on to him for no apparent reason...More

[HanCinema's Idol Actors] Hyung Sik and Lee Joon

2014/07/12 | | Permalink

Hyung Sik

Park Hyung-sik (Hyung Sik) is an idol who strives to excel. Best known for his work as a member of the boy group ZE:A - Children of Empire, he has dabbled in different performance arts such as musicals and the television scene of South Korea. The projects he chooses to take part in are varied and many, each providing unique challenges to the young talent.

The start of his career found him in cameos, but his first dive into serious acting was in 'Drama Special - Sirius'. Like many idol actors, the role was the younger version of the adult main lead. However, this role required him to play twin brothers with opposite personalities, troubled pasts, and a severely strained relationship. Hyung Sik's acting was piercing and heartfelt. Each character he played was a distinct and clear person, which is no easy feat even for the most seasoned of actors...More

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

2014/07/12 | | Permalink

 K-Films Coming Soon:

★★★★★ "Santa Barbara": A struggling music director and an advertising exec get romantically involved, but their work relationship creates a wedged between them. (07/17)

★★★★★ "Non-Fiction Diary": A documentary about the notorious JIJON Clan killers and their horrific crimes. (07/17)...More

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