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[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

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Piano"

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

Ji-soo (played by Uhm Jung-hwa) is an assertive ambitious woman who has recently come to accept the fact that she'll never be a world-renowned pianist. It's not her fault- Ji-soo has the talent, but inevitably her working class family ran out of the funds necessary to support this dream. So now Ji-soo has to accept a substitute fantasy- to simply be the piano teacher of a child who will later become a world-renowned pianist. But this aspiration, too, is hobbled by the fact that Ji-soo lacks access to young virtuosos. Also she doesn't particularly like children...More

[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets

2015/03/28 | | Permalink

"What's Korean Cinema?" tackles Lim Pil-seong's "Hansel and Gretel", Wildflower Film Awards Korea nominees announced, Dramafever lists Korea's top period dramas of the 2000s, and Bae Doona walks away with Best Actress prize at AFA...More

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