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Korea's Trade Surplus with China, U.S. Plummets

Source | 2016/06/26 | | Permalink

Korea's current account surplus from trade with China and the U.S. dropped almost 20 percent last year.

The decline is partly due to sluggish economies in China and the U.S., but Korea's overall current account surplus actually rose around 25 percent in 2015 to US$105.9 billion thanks to low global oil prices...More

Samsung, LG to Roll Out Cheaper Smartphones

Source | 2016/06/26 | | Permalink

Samsung, LG and Pantech are rolling out several low- to mid-priced smartphones later this month.

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy On7, and LG will launch its latest X Series phone. Pantech, once among Korea's top three smartphone makers, is also set to unveil a new cheaper smartphone...More

[Orion's Drama News] From Rags to Mega-Riches

2016/06/25 | | Permalink

This week I talk KCON New York and HanCinema's attendance there. I also take a look at the super rich, super smart, super talented and all around perfect character of Lee Jong-suk in "W" and what he might mean in terms of how we write and experience fiction and Korean dramas. Before my upcoming drama goodies and personal watch list, I talk Dramaland ladies and introduce upcoming drama "Lady with Class"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mirror of the Witch" Episode 14

2016/06/25 | | Permalink

Now that the jar has been destroyed Hong-joo is forced to switch gears to her previous plan to maintain power- King Seonjo's physical illness. Which kind of begs the question of why Hong-joo ever even needed two plans in the first place. King Seonjo mostly liked Hong-joo back when he first invited her to the palace. Now he doesn't, thanks to all the politicking involved with Hong-joo's second plan. We can go back even further than that and wonder why Hong-joo needed to kill the crown prince at all since making him sick would have been a lot more efficient...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective"

2016/06/25 | | Permalink

After delivering some fun and original dramas like "Bad Guys", "Missing Noir M" and "My Beautiful Bride" in the last few years, OCN was well on its way to placing a love of gimmicks and repetitive concepts aside. Sadly for the channel and for viewers, "Vampire Detective" is a return of those issues simultaneously plagued by lack of vision and bad writing. Perhaps its few good elements can be used better in the future...More

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