We open up with an exploration of Dong-chi's involvement with Yeol-moo's little brother's case. No information is hidden here for the sake of dramatic impact later on, even if the entire set-up to begin with was a fairly fantastic coincidence. Even though we know how the story's going to end, there's quite a bit of tension going on with young Dog-chi. On a basic level, this is the story of his greatest failure, even if at the time he was just a kid with no way to know how to handle this kind of crisis situation...More
When we last left off, all the characters' basic motivations toward matchmaking had been pretty clearly established, and some of them have been more successful than the others. We start off with a couple of the men trying to figure out why they've been doing so poorly. They do in fact get an explanation, but it's oddly unsatisfying. Mostly this is because, much like this drama's done so far, the commentary here mainly just seems to be on how arbitrary and mostly useless the dating process...More
Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi event "Interstellar" absorbed 73.2% (1.6M admissions) of the box office pie over the weekend; the $165M delight was given 1,342 screens to pool from (more than double any other), and dominated from there.
Last weekend's number one, David Flynn's "Gone Girl", retreated to third with just 147K (6.6%), while Oh Ki-hwan's "Fashion King - Movie" entered the fray in second (284K - 11.5%). "Gone Girl" was enjoying pole position prior to Nolan's masterpiece and Oh Ki-hwan's K-comedy, but even so the film has only amassed 1.5M admissions ($11.3M) since its release late October...More
Soo-hyeok (played by Jang Hyeok) is a battered man who's made his livelihood by fighting others. Note that outside from one short action scene and a few brief snippets in flashback Soo-hyeok never actually acts violent at all. In the present day, at least, his attention is consumed entirely by his ex-wife Chae-hee (played by Jang Nara). Chae-hee is dying, and Soo-hyeok is all that she has left. Soo-hyeok, too, appears to be alone in the world for mostly unexplained reasons. We do, at least, eventually get a good idea why Chae-hee is alone...More
The conflict takes two main forms this time. First is the natural crisis arising because Han-cheol rather idiotically decided to help Soo-yeon with her obviously suspicious nighttime skulking about. It's kind of am ambivalent situation. Han-cheol really should just get a clue and take no for an answer, but Soo-yeon is reluctant to push hard on this point because if pretty much any character aside from Han-cheol finds out what she's been doing they're actually going to investigate further...More
Well, it's happened again. "Birth of a Beauty" has accomplished yet another radical tonal shift, as we discover the exact nature of Geum-ran's accident...and sixteen episodes yet remain. I genuinely don't think I've ever seen a television drama move this fast before. Every episode is just the bare minimum of exposition necessary to cram in all the necessary plot twists, as well as the light comedy needed to add a bit of levity to the proceedings...More
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The fairy tale element in "Birth of a Beauty" continues to bewilder. The "Cyrano Agency" of all things makes an appearance here, really underscoring the crazy lengths to which Tae-hee is willing to go in order to accomplish his revenge / get-together-with-Chae-yeon plan. I'm genuinely not sure which it is at this point. This adds a certain layer of irony to his conflict with Sara over what she wants. It doesn't seem to actually matter what their long term goal is since the first step in either case is "break Kang-joon and Chae-yeon up"...More
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