[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 4 2014/08/13,
It turns out that farm life is still boring. I honestly don't care how often "Golden Tower" repeats that joke just as long as it keeps being funny. The setting for the drama continues to be extremely well-suited to the kind of scattershot parody that's become the backbone of the humor. Absent any other circumstance, the imagination of a farmer will get carried away. And so it is that moving into a new, old decrepit home turns out to be a questionable idea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 3 2014/08/06,
Well, I certainly wasn't expecting a parody of "You are my Sunshine", but OK, sure. That movie was concerned, after all, with the ill-suited romantic prospects of rural farmers. And it's not like "Golden Tower" is going shot-for-shot on this. It's really more the romantic tropes, situations, and dialogue that reference "You are my Sunshine" than any of the actual plot. Especially since it's pretty clear from the beginning that the situation is too good to be true- they woudn't have hired a guest star if this storyline was actually going to go anywhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 2 2014/07/30,
Part of the trouble with farming these days is that people have an unrealistically romantic view of it. Farming has changed in the last several hundred years. But even then it's difficult work with dubious economic viability. Modern farmers try to take advantage of the former to deal with the latter by acting pretty much the same way they do in this episode- pretending like they're emulating a traditional way of life for the benefit of tourists,...More
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