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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 12

2015/03/17 | | Permalink

The mystery behind the parentage of Do-hee's baby is mostly unveiled, and with that the narrative function of her character can now be easily identified. Do-hee is a melodrama protagonist. She's a basically good person who has run into some outrageous misfortunes. Do-hee is trying to do the right thing even if her self-confidence is trying. It would appear that all of the scenes we've seen so far of Do-hee's emotional vulnerability were not the woman acknowledging her own flaws, but rather Do-hee just being too hard on herself in the face of emotional crises...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 9

2015/03/16 | | Permalink

...Well, add car accidents to the list of things that "Blood" has somehow managed to make uninteresting. You know what would have been nice? If Ri-ta could have figured out this vampire stuff through inductive reasoning, or snooping, or an unrelated medical investigation. The fact that it's taken her this long to figure out what's wrong with Ji-sang when there have been so many obvious clues just makes her look kind of dumb...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 11

2015/03/16 | | Permalink

The opening of this episode is in a completely serious mode. Hogu has figured out how Do-hee located the adoptive parents, and promptly calls her out for believing in an obvious scam. It's a fairly strong scene. Do-hee's forced to come to terms with her own hopelessly wishful thinking, and Hogu is attacked for having such a high emotional stake in a situation that really doesn't concern him. Then, in a scene so short you'll miss it by blinking, they get the baby back...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.13 ~ 2015.03.15

2015/03/16 | | Permalink

"The Kingsman" falls to "The Deal"...

British spy flick "Kingsman: The Secret Service" was finally, and narrowly, dethroned at the top of the pile over this past weekend. The action comedy has been reigning atop the Korean box office for a few weeks now, but was finally outplayed by Son Yong-ho's crime thriller "The Deal", starring Kim Sang-kyeong, Kim Seong-gyoon, and Park Seong-woong...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 18

2015/03/16 | | Permalink

This drama is so good. The penultimate episode is upon us and I'm still gripping my arm rests. Jung-hwan's illness has almost gotten the best of him and former Minister Yoon has almost won. Almost - not quite. We still have one more episode to see who actually comes out on top. Even more than that though, Tae-joon and Jung-hwan have joined hands for one final ride up the glass elevator.

The Tae-joon and Jung-hwan pairing, whether it be as partners or opposites, is such a rich match...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 20

2015/03/15 | | Permalink

The cliffhanger is resolved mostly unsurprisingly and uninspiredly. This much is to be expected given that "Family Outing" has now gone into full epilogue mode. Kkeut-soon has dementia, and as we see, it only really gets worse as times goes on. The main interesting hook here is that the dementia element actually does end up getting used in the larger storyline rather well- we finally get to see the full animated short than Dong-seok made, and it's probably not quite what you're expecting...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 10

2015/03/15 | | Permalink

Something exciting almost manages to happen here- I feel somewhat guilty having to state that. "Jing Bi-rok" establishes, as usual, that while all of the people with real power are just messing around with political games, the actual ordinary population is genuinely in panic mode. From their perspective, this isn't an epic adventure narrative. The possibility of invasion means the possibility of widespread death and destruction. And that's very, very bad...More

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