Kwak Jeong-wook may not be a name we readily recall because he isn't a well-known leading man, but he is definitely a staple of the Korean drama and film acting pool. The young actor has had steady work since childhood and the experience manifests in his latest work. He has a vast emotional vocabulary on screen that makes him able to move from scene-stealing to barely present in moments.
When an actor rarely takes on leading roles, it can open him up to a variety of interesting and more unconventional roles, or it can limit him ...More
Romantic comedy with fantasy elements is common in Korean drama. The fantasy elements give a twist to a type with very little deviation from its formula and they offer some dramatic conflict. "The Idle Mermaid" (a.k.a 'Surplus Princess') aimed to be the odd one out from the start. With more of an ensemble approach and unapologetic quirkiness, it tried to be something new and fun. Despite being cut short due to bad ratings, it managed to do just that...More
Disaster movies are not really a huge genre in Korea. With budget and scale being an issue for those more into the action than the human element and those focusing on the human element limiting their destruction, it is a tricky type of film to pull off. "The Tower" is definitely in the former category of going for big visuals, big dangers, big everything. At the end of the day though, it offers more style than substance...More
As popular as the romantic comedy genre is in drama, Korean movies are not a medium that has really focused on it much. There are some nice films of course, but few and far between. When they get things absolutely spot on, however, it is a very entertaining and satisfying experience. 'Clash of the Families' takes a comedic turn at a Romeo and Juliet type of romance and its best qualities really make it one heck of a fun film...More
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