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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 13

2014/03/31 | | Permalink

Yeong-won comes into her own this episode as far as personal agency goes. Instead of weeping in frustration at the sidelines, she insists on taking a personal stake in the greater storyline. This affects her character quite a bit. For most of this drama Yeong-won has just been a passive observer in a plot that she hasn't been allowed to participate in, because her family is pretty terrible about giving her confidence about anything except technical diamond work.

Here, Yeong-won straight up apologizes for her own failures. Technically speaking, of course, Yeong-won's only fault has been placing trust in a family that doesn't deserve it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 40

2014/03/31 | | Permalink

"Empress Qi" is adept at throwing in plot twists and maneuvering characters and their desires into places that will have the most dramatic impact. What it lacks is the ability to fully develop characters and make their sincerity clear.

Seung-nyang is in a difficult place. Her loyalties are divided between her child, her caring for Ta-hwan, and her Goryeo heritage ...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.03.28 ~ 2014.03.30

2014/03/31 | | Permalink

"Captain America" strikes, "Noah" sinks...

Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" sunk to second as Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" rallied 1.1M admissions to its cause. The American superhero opened to a massive 1,106 screens to capture 61% of the market and dislodge the biblical epic from pole position. Last weekend "Noah" opened its account with 950K, but was unable to see out the storm and managed just 326,746 (16.6%) stubs here in week two. Only three local films featured in the top ten ("Elegant Lies", "Miss Granny", and "Monster - Movie") as Korea's volatile box office continued its fickle favouring of new entries...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 40 Final

2014/03/30 | | Permalink

And so, it all comes down to a final negotiation. Eun-soo with Joon-goo's family, over the fate of the baby. Don't expect any emotional fireworks here- the same as all along throughout this drama, Eun-soo refuses to indicate any sign of weakness. She represses all her emotions, and it's only in one final flourish that she lets the pain out. And after that, it's all over. The misery of the past forty episodes has finally come to an end as Eun-soo finds her answer.

I liked the answer actually. It's a bit of a weaselly way of dealing with the mystery of the title...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 19

2014/03/29 | | Permalink

This episode is devoted to Chang-min's hands. It's pretty much exactly as dirty as it sounds too. The humor in "Emergency Couple" can get crude sometimes, but it helps a lot that ithe drama's heart is in the right place, even if Chang-min is not very good at finding Jin-hee's. The same brand of cheesiness as usual, then. But now that I can empathize with the leads the general tone comes off a lot better

I do think Chang-min and Jin-hee have learned a little bit from their ordeals...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "She Gets Married Thrice" Episode 39

2014/03/29 | | Permalink

It bears repeating- for a drama that received an eight episode extension, "She Gets Married Thrice" is hurrying to the ending awfully fast. There have been some massive character shifts over the course of the several month timeskip. It's nice that Chae Rin can soak with her sister-in-law in a preposterously opulent bathtub but it would be nice if we'd actually seen them getting closer and bonding instead of just skipping over all that stuff. This drama's put so much effort into crushing hope that it's rather rude to just skip over a bunch of happy bonding to get to sad stuff again...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "See, Beethoven"

2014/03/29 | | Permalink

The entirity of "See, Beethoven" takes place in a coffee shop. I just need to get that warning out of the way because it's important to emphasize- this movie is about three women talking in a coffee shop, and for the most part that's all we ever see, save for occasional interruption. This is an exciting world where people do exciting things. We just don't actually get to see them because the movie's perspective character is a man who does not actually know any of the three women having the lively conversation...More

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