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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 13

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

I've come around to the portrayal of Hideyoshi as being a crazy madman mostly because the more I think about it, the more applicable this depiction is to anybody who tries to declare war on another country. A person pretty much has to be deranged on some level to think that it's possible to bend an entirely different culture to his personal will. To some extent it's certainly possible to accomplish this via force, but time and again history has shown such efforts to be inevitably doomed to failure...More

[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Super Daddy Yeol"

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

Creating a heartwarming story about human pain, desperation and the bonding between strangers is no easy task. When the plot devices which bring the people in question together are also outrageous, it takes extra effort to really solidify the motivations, emotions and troubles of the characters in order to make those outrageous devices feel human. 'Super Daddy Yeol' is not such a show at the moment. In fact, it has achieved the exact opposite through its clumsiness and mishandling of its important points...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost"

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

All kinds of characters have faced crime in OCN series. From coroners to simple detectives and from vampire prosecutors to superheroes. "Doctor Frost" takes a slightly different approach and looks at the individuals, rather than the crime itself alone. While less exciting than similar shows in terms of suspense and lacking a strong gimmick, it offers that unique exploration of crime through a different lens. That of what aids and breaks people's minds...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Foulball"

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

The Goyang Wonders were an independent baseball team that operated in Korea from 2011 to 2014. What that means is that they were not affiliated with the official national leagues, either on the major or minor level. Their professional output consisted entirely of training baseball players who had either been undrafted or released from teams, and giving them an occasional friendly match with a league team in order to show off their skills to scouts for actual real teams. Hence the documentary's title- when you hit a "Foulball", you're not one. You still get another chance to hit...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Ring of Life"

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

Every four years during the Olympics a large number of athletes in normally obscure sports appear to come out of nowhere. Never mind the top finishers- just getting to the Olympics is a trying ordeal. The bottom half that never even make it past the first round had to work hard just to even be an early loser. "The Ring of Life" that demonstrates this struggle. But more importantly it depicts the process. Boxing is a physically daunting and demanding sport. Why go for that in the face of a normal life?...More

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