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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 20

2015/01/12 | | Permalink

Almost all of the outstanding questions regarding the past case are clearly answered here, and the explanations we get aren't terribly reassuring. In short, most of the terrible mistakes that resulted in tragedy were in fact well-meaning ones. In fact, on multiple levels the question is raised whether from a legal perspective the crimes were actually even that serious. Not that many people actually made a premeditated effort to commit capital offenses...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 13

2015/01/12 | | Permalink

Joon's attempts at reconciliation predictably end in failure. What's especially sad about what Il-ri and Joon are trying to do is that their obvious genuflection toward Hee-tae simply doesn't mean anything. They just want the situation to go back to what it was before their ill-conceived emotional affair, and Hee-tae simply won't have any of it. As usual, it's not because Hee-tae has any kind of alternative in mind. The man's almost completely governed by his own sense of inertia...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.01.09 ~ 2015.01.11

2015/01/12 | | Permalink

Yoon's "Ode" continues uncontested…

The Korean box office might not be roaring currently, quieted, perhaps, by the success of Yoon Je-kyoon's heartfelt war drama: "Ode to My Father". Since its released mid-December, "Ode to My Father" has held firm at the top of pile, and its arrival at the ten-million-views mark is dawning. The film added 1.1M stubs over the weekend, continuing its phenomenal run and pushing its total tally now to 9.6M ($69.7M). If, or rather when, it reached 10M admissions, it will become only the eleventh film in Korean film history to do so, placing it in Korea's pantheon of pictures; a hall of fame and fortune that includes such wonders as "Silmido" (the first of its kind), "Snowpiercer", "The Attorney", "The Thieves", and, more recently, "The Admiral: Roaring Currents"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 21

2015/01/11 | | Permalink

Unfortunately "Birth of a Beauty" can't quite escape the poor turn the writing took several episodes ago. When Tae-hee makes a boneheaded move in the middle of the episode, it's genuinely difficult to tell whether he's actually being an idiot or whether Tae-hee's simply behaving like an idiot in order to make a larger more complicated work. Part of this is by deliberate design to maintain dramatic tension, but the difference between these two explanations is so significant that it's enough to risk making this a genuinely bad final episode...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 4

2015/01/11 | | Permalink

It would be really nice if "Family Outing" would just stick to a single plot thread and fully develop it instead of just jumping around everywhere. Keeping track of everything that's going on is genuinely difficult. Take the guys who are hassling Joon-hee for money. Who are these people? How did they find Joon-hee? How much do they actually know about her? And more importantly, why do they wait several days before coming after her again?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 7

2015/01/11 | | Permalink

Writer Heo Ji-young appears to be going for weak synergy right now. The resulting product isn't exactly good but at least it's not terrible. What we have is less one story as it is three different plots of varying importance. Seong-ah meets up with a student who wants help in the romantic shyness department. Song-seon meets up with an old colleague known both to herself and Doctor Frost. And lastly, Tae-bong investigates a bizarre string of murders...More

[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Kang Dong-won

2015/01/10 | | Permalink

A desirable appearance and star appeal are things that feed one's popularity. For young male South Korean actors, the fastest way to fame is often through the female audience's hearts and the marketability they gain from them. However, this is not always as good as it sounds. Attractive stars usually have to work twice as hard for their acting to be seen above their looks and it does not always happen. Kang Dong-won has successfully gone from a simple heartthrob to someone valued for his talent...More

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