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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 7

2014/12/03 | | Permalink

Incredibly, after an entire episode of intense investigation, trickery, and hypothesizing, the entire news report that the characters have been battling over is resolved within the course of just a few minutes. Such is the nature of news broadcasting. So much effort put into a short story that may reach a huge population. And yet most of those people probably won't even remember the broadcast in a few days. And as for the ones that will...well......More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 20

2014/12/03 | | Permalink

This episode dispelled the sense of fatigue I felt while watchin the past few episodes. It focused on the real love story of the drama, that between father and son, and helped to strengthen the pulse of "Secret Door".

The central conflict came back to the one established early on: differing ideas on how Joseon should be ruled...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 11

2014/12/02 | | Permalink

While I can understand why investigations into the case of Yeol-moo's brother are inconsistent, keeping track of theoretically ongoing investigations is a somewhat more complicated hassle. I like what "Pride and Prejudice" is doing on a thematic level. It's taking a simple case of sexual harassment and relating it to larger, systemic abuses of power rather than some ill-defined notion of patriarchy. All the same it's a little difficult to give that plot thread the full attention it deserves when the drama keeps zig-zagging around romance and parental issues...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 2

2014/12/02 | | Permalink

Il-ri's sheer dedication to romantic tropes is both adorable and worrisome. She makes it clear here that in no uncertain terms Hee-tae is her destiny. What came off as cute in the first episode is more troublesome here mainly because it's obvious that Il-ri's following a drama-style playbook without actually having the life experience necessary to realize that these tropes are just the stuff of fantasy. This is just a high school crush that she will one day grow out of...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 19

2014/12/02 | | Permalink

There are some hard lessons to learn in "Secret Door" for our young prince. His ideals have carried him this far, but the opposition has become near insurmountable unless he gives it. It is this point that steer all politicians onto gray moral ground. Without compromise, Seon will get no where. But that compromise comes at the expense of his people's rights. It's a hard lesson to learn.

Watching Seon learn to navigate the political minefield is the strongest point of the show save for his loaded interactions with his father...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 1

2014/12/01 | | Permalink

Director Han Ji-seung really loves trees. Seriously, just look at the cinematography here. Maybe it's just the location scouting, but I can't recall ever seeing that many trees in the same (suburban) place before. And it's not just in plant form that we find these behemoths in every frame. Wood also plays a large part in the background proceedings. The texture, the color, the simple serene beauty of nature- that, thematically, is what the camerawork is telling us about the story of "Sensible Love"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 10

2014/12/01 | | Permalink

Enough clues have been put together in regards to the overall mystery that Yeol-moo and Dong-chi are able to make serious progress here. Oddly, they're only really putting together one clue that us viewers have already been aware of for some time. But it's clear from how emotional Yeol-moo gets that this is the difference between theory and practice for them. They might actually be able to find out what happened to her brother. They've been groping about in the dark for so long that it's a shock for them to actually hit something solid...More

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