[Funcurve Review] "Yong Pal" 2015/12/26,
"Yong Pal" is a medical romance drama that centers around how a talented mercenary doctor known as Yong Pal ends up helping a 'sleeping beauty' chaebol heiress in distress, and thereby changing both of their lives forever. The drama takes place at a hospliital full of corrupt, power hungry people that our heroes must navigate around to save themselves,...More
[Interview] Kim Tae-hee, "I can't possibly be prettier than this" - Part 2 2015/11/03, Source, Kim Tae-hee looked like she had a lot to say. Her comeback drama the SBS "Yong Pal" is over so she looked relaxed on the outside but her mouth didn't stop moving.
The drama gained popularity in the beginning with a viewing percentage of more than 20%, but towards the end, the story became confusing with Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) getting liver cancer and such. She laid down for at least 6 episodes before she had her whole face bandaged, then she was back in the patients' uniform because of liver cancer. She played the role of a very stranger character and the actress herself knows this. The ending became unknown but she doesn't resent anyone or anything. "I knew that I would be laying down when I chose the drama. I am not upset. Oh, and it's not easy to be laying down. It was hot when we shot those scenes and I almost got bedsores",...More
Kim Tae-hee... PR before Filming? 'Odd priorities?" 2015/07/28, Source, Kim Tae-hee (35) seems to be more active with pre-promotion than actually filming the show. It is an odd behavior. She will be returning to the small screen with SBS' Wednesday-Thursday drama "Yong Pal" after a 2 year absence.
However, cracks in the show have been showing during this early period of filming. Starting on the 27th, Kim Tae-hee is going around media outlets to promote herself prior to her scheduled comeback,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.11.21 ~ 2014.11.23 2014/11/24, "Interstellar" and Co. Conquer…
Christopher Nolan's sublime "Interstellar" once again held steady at the top as Nolan's cosmic cinemascope added another 1.2M admissions (54.6%) to its Korean cause. Since its released on the sixth, "Interstellar" has banked $49.2M, about a ninth of the film's worldwide bottom line (which is nearing $450M). Its recent performance in Korea saw it surpassed "The Attorney" and its allotted 5.6M ($37.6M); and in doing so, becomes Korea's fifth highest grossing film of year,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/15, K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★★ "Late Spring": A sculptor loses his zest for life after being diagnosed with a progressive disorder, but with the help of those around him he finds new meaning and purpose. (11/20) ★★★★ "He Who Loves the World": A documentary detailing reverend Son Yang-won (1902-1950, known as 'the Saint with the heart of Jesus') and his selfless caring of patients during the Korean War. (11/20) ★★★ "Mot": A group of teenagers celebrating their last winter vacation leaves one of them dead and the other missing, years later they reunite to discover the truth. (11/20) ★★★★ "Dad for Rent": A lazy, unemployed dad, supported by his wife, gets outed by his daughter when she puts him up for rent online. (11/20),...More
Korean drama of the week "Queen of Reversals" 2014/08/14, Source,
Korean drama of the week "Queen of Reversals" (2010) Directed by Jeong Dae-yoon, Kim Nam-won Written by Park Ji-eun Network : MBC With Kim Nam-joo, Jeong Joon-ho, Chae Jeong-an, Park Si-hoo, Kim Hye-jeong, Ha Yoo-mi,... 31 episodes - Mon, Tue 21:55 Synopsis A romantic comedy that revolves around the life of a thrifty housewife who overcomes the setbacks in her life. She once believed that marrying a man she loved would bring all the happiness she could ever want in life. However, after facing a string of obstacles just to marry her boyfriend, she finds that married life is not a bowl of cherries. Nothing in life turns out the way she imagined it would. All she wanted was a steady paycheck, a reasonable mortgage that she and her husband could afford, happy children, and a devoted husband. But life has a way of throwing curve balls at you and so it goes. Unexpected events in her life push her and her family to the brink. But after hitting the pits, she rises to emerge stronger than ever,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" 2014/07/05,
Korean dramas sometimes try stepping out of their limited genres and tropes, but also out of their format, even if more rarely. Trying something new is never easy and unfortunately, the more those attempts fail, the less willing the decision makers might be to give them another chance. However, effort and small successes count. 'A New Leaf' develops in a way very different to most dramas and while the one major flaw behind its efforts ultimately makes it feel like a failure, it gets some very important things right.
Kim Seok-joo (Kim Myeong-min) is a very successful, but also very cynical and cold lawyer. After being involved in an accident that costs him his memory, he has to deal with his return to work and reacquaintance with his life and the person he used to be. Faced with his own cruelty and the cutthroat business of defending the corporate and financial elite, he begins to reassess his values and present,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A New Leaf" Episode 8 2014/05/22,
The drama takes a brief break from the legal proceedings to delve into Seok-joo's currently unknown past. The whole thing about a missing fiance sounds horribly contrived- but like a lot of the amnesia elements in "A New Leaf", it's actually pretty well integrated with Seok-joo's non-communicative standoffish character. As far as we can tell the main reason nobody can tell Seok-joo what's going on is because he never shared information about his personal life with anyone. Whether he had a good reason for this is as yet unknown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "A New Leaf" 2014/04/19,
Amnesia is such a tricky thing in dramas. Much like a sworn enemy, it always pops up to ruin a work's credibility, lower its quality and save writers from their own inability to enrich their story. Also, it does not sit too well with many viewers. MBC's 'A New Leaf' takes a slightly different approach, making the recovery and reacquaintance with one's life after it its premise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Wrap-up 2014/02/08,
Every once in a while, and thankfully more and more often, a drama will come out which tries a progressive approach to the themes it handles and/or the very formula of Korean drama. In bigger or smaller ways, be it through their plot, their message, their characters or premise, they go for something new, even in the confines of a very limiting industry like the Korean drama one. 'The Prime Minister and I' went all out in being fresh, mature and endearing. Unfortunately and despite all its efforts and virtues, it eventually became a reminder that this industry rarely welcomes deviations and that drama writing is far from a polished art,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 17 Final 2014/02/04,
I've been thinking ever since Na-yeong came back that it seems like the drama's writers aren't doing much with her. It's only this episode that I realized in some sense there's not much for Na-yeong to do. Her brother and his wife are glad to have her back. But an adult sibling doesn't rely on or need a sister as much as a man and his kids need their wife and mother. The question of abandonment is a strong one, and I could see here how the survivors ended up feeling ambivalent.
Mind, it took a bit of squinting to get there. "The Prime Minister and I" doesn't deal much with this issue directly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 16 2014/02/03,
The drama takes a turn for the somber this time as characters mull over the latest dramatic developments and continue to prevent anyone else from doing anything. Yes, it would appear that "The Prime Minister and I" has received a single episode extension- and while nothing here is really wasted time, it still feels like the narrative is tap dancing around the the main question of what's going to happen with Na-yeong. The drama is very evasive regarding what anyone's long term plans are.
In the short term one thing is quite clear. Kwon Yool wants Da-jeong to stick around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 15 2014/01/28,
The trouble with having a climax that's about people realizing their revenge schemes were a dumb idea is that...well...there's not really much of an exciting climax. All the potentially exciting dangerous plot stuff is what the bad guys are now trying to cancel, and for the most part they're succeeding. It's honestly kind of comical watching so many cast members working so frantically to prevent anything from happening.
The exception to this is Kwon Yool, who remains blissfully unaware of anything that's going on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 14 2014/01/27,
The more vengeance related elements of the drama are starting to fizzle out. It really stinks for In-ho to have gone through all this trouble to try and set up this plan, only to find out now at the last minute that it was all for nothing. It's not that anything has actually happened to endanger the schemes or anything. There's just new information that's come up, pretty much out of nowhere, which calls the rationale of everything that's happened on the spy end of the plot into question.
Mind, there are still some unanswered questions. I can buy that Na-yeong survived the accident, but why was everyone so sure she was dead when the body was never found? How has she been getting along this whole time?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 13 2014/01/21,
Strangely, even though the last episode dealt with the aftermath of an assassination attempt, it's this time that we actually see characters reacting with a genuine sense of alarm. Kwon Yool, rather than brushing off Da-Jeong's confession with the brusque casualness so often seen with emotionally closed off men in fiction, actually gives a serious considered response to her statement. And he puts a lot of thought into it too. The entire scene in the theater is a very rough one emotionally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 12 2014/01/20,
No, the cliffhanger from last time has not completely changed "The Prime Minister and I" into a medical drama where everyone spends their time at the hospital. There wasn't actually a lot of drama on that point even at the time, given that the previews clearly showed Kwon Yool up and walking about. The man's still a little sore from his injury, but for the most part he's able to go about his daily life unimpeded.
So, given all this, what was the point of the attack from a narrative perspective? As of yet it's not clear who attacked Kwon Yool or why. Nor do any of the characters seem to have any idea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 11 2014/01/14,
The political and romantic edges of the plot brush up against each other here, as we've barely even started out and Kwon Yool makes a statement that appears to be completely at odds with his serenade. I really like the sense of mystery Lee Beom-soo is able to pull off here. His actions are consistently inexplicable to Da-Jeong, to the point she can't really guess why his emotions keep turning around the way they do. Even we in the audience are a little befuddled until the flashback explanation comes up.
Excellent use of flashbacks here, by the way. Evidently Da-jeong has been doing lots of stuff in the Kwon household while we haven't been looking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 10 2014/01/13,
Has it really been 100 days? I'm asking that literally- I don't really remember how this drama has been keeping track of time. At the beginning there was this kind of confusing thing where we started in the present, then flashed back two months earlier, then somewhere we must have gotten caught back up again but it's hard to tell where exactly. It's a problem with the tone of the storylines, which feel urgent and unresolved so it's hard to figure out a precise timeline.
Fortunately, this kind of stuff really isn't that relevant to appreciating "The Prime Minister and I" as a whole,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 9 2014/01/07,
I guess Kwon Yool must have dismissed most of his bodyguards while we weren't paying attention- it's the only reason I can come up with for how he's able to keep popping up out of nowhere in places where no one is expecting to see him. Not to mention the rather shoddy security at the banquet which opens this episode up. That could have had rather unfortunate political implications. Not to mention career problems- even tabloid reporters know better than to try and play gotcha with world leaders,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 8 2014/01/06,
I have to admit, the romance in this drama can get pretty adorable. The cliffhanger last time honestly strained believability a bit- Kwon Yool was there in time to save her, but nobody in his security crew was? Still, it's hard to get annoyed about a story development that forces Da-Jeong to play the doting wife, and also ends up with such an adorably cute little drawing on the cast.
At its best "The Prime Minister and I" has lots of neat little magical qualities that are somewhat silly but also endearing. Note the scene where Man-Se greets his older brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 7 2013/12/30,
The plot kind of moves forward this episode. By the end of this episode every character has clear motivations. But more importantly, they have clear expectations of each other. This is significant, because even if we don't know exactly why Joon-Ki seems to have it in for Kwol Yool, the fact that other characters believe he should be acting a certain way helps beg the question of why he's pushing so hard with the political machinations. It creates tension without wrecking the mystery.
In more general terms of characterization, we also get to see Kwol Yool in a much needed state of weakness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 6 2013/12/24,
There's more spy antics this episode, though again they're lacking much punch and excitement. Again, if "The Prime Minister and I" wants to get into this kind of territory, the drama needs to stake out a clear villain, or else the tension doesn't make any sense. I think the writer is trying to play up the motivations as being a mystery to be finally solved, but this really just doesn't work when we need somebody to root for in the meantime.
Fortunately this aspect of the plot is dropped relatively quickly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 5 2013/12/23,
Now that the wedding is over and done with, Da-Jeong and Kwon Yool are in the thick of their manufactured relationship. Some fun scenes happen at home- most particularly with that ridiculous outfit Da-Jeong keeps wearing around the home. I'll admit it's pretty looking, but what's it even supposed to be? A hanbok? A dress? Some kind of weird fusion houserobe? I was quite relieved when another character straight up asked for her to explain her wardrobe.
Unfortunately, outside of this moment there's relatively little personality clash, making for a rather weak episode that fails to make good use of the strength of its cast,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 4 2013/12/17,
We start out this time with an exploration of public face versus private face. Note how Kwon Yool is extremely rude and pushy to Da-Jeong whenever they're alone together, but whenever there's an audience, he's much better at keeping himself polite and decent. Yet even in these moments he's nowhere near plausible as her lover. The crux of the entire deception lies on the assumption that they're more intimate behind closed doors. Yep, this is definitely a situation that qualifies as comedic irony.
More interestingly, we see this influence reflected in Kwon Yool's children. It's the first clear clue we're given of what kind of values he's instilled in them. Well, the older two anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 3 2013/12/16,
This drama seems to spend an awful lot of time just hanging out in Da-Jeong's imagination. Her ridiculous assumptions about Kwon Yool's intentions toward her just keep getting weirder. It's a nice touch that even outside the context of tabloids, she still thinks about Kwon Yool in headline grabbing terms. Unsurprisingly, Kwon Yool considers her a massive inconvenience in the household. Da-Jeong is a constant reminder that who he actually is as a person is completely divorced from how the public sees him.
Mind, this is probably a good thing. Kwon Yool is just a really mean guy. It's a nice touch that for all of Da-Jeong's ridiculous fears, Kwon Yool actually ends up threatening her over something much more mundane and ridiculous,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 2 2013/12/10,
The drama's still working on justifying its rather absurd premise. For what it's worth, the escalations are convincing enough I might actually buy this storyline even if it wasn't framed by the knowledge that Kwon Yool and Da-Jeong are eventually moving into a sham marriage. There's just this great sense of mounting disaster as reactions keep piling up to the latest step in the scheme that forces our leads to keep going on with the charade.
We've finally found something that Da-Jeong is actually good at- making up ridiculous yet plausible stories on the spot. So far there isn't anything that could really be pinned down as an inconsistency,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Prime Minister and I" Episode 1 2013/12/09,
As far as tabloid reporters go, Da-Jeong (played by Yoona) is pretty incompetent. The first we see of the woman attempting to do her job, we find that she is using what can best be described as the largest, loudest camera available for a task that requires stealth. Her sense of subtlety is practically non-existent. Da-Jeong doesn't seem to appreciate that working for an outfit with a name as ridiculous as Scandal News means she can't even give out her business card without being mocked. Peers and interviewees both view her with thinly veiled disdain.
Most of the humor in this first episode comes from Yoona's ability to sell Da-Jeong as an optimistic, cheerful, aggressive woman who is aiming her efforts very poorly at living a dream which she should really just give up,...More
[User Review] Queen of Reversals 2011/12/03, Source,
The review of this drama was postponed and postponed for over half a year and when I finally gave it a green light – I forgot to bring the series with me for my vacation break. The quick re-watch was necessary.
I remember I had huge problems with starting to watch this series last year. I like (*cough*euphemism*cough*) Park Si-hoo, but the topic was absolutely out of my range of tolerance. Oh, how grave mistake! When I yielded, I was glad I started on this one.
The plot is simple and highly tricky, and it reveals nothing of the real series, so those of you who didn't have the chance to watch it or don't like spoilers, please refrain from reading, because my reviews are full of spoilers. They are also subjective, biased, and all of the insights (I hope) are based on my own personal Idaho experience, this is why I usually do reviews only of those dramas/movies that somehow "clicked" with me. If they don't, I drop them mercilessly, like I did with "Secret Garden" and "City Hunter". This is why I pour so many thoughts into them and maybe this is why I over-interpret them. But, as Umberto Eco said once, if an over-interpretation can be proven, it's not over-interpretation,...More
SBS "Athena" leads for 2nd week on primetime chart 2010/12/22, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS series "ATHENA" scored the highest among Mondays and Tuesdays prime time TV series for the second week in a row but saw a considerable drop in its ratings.
According to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS), spy-action thriller "ATHENA" posted an average rating of 20 percent this week, a 6.5 percent plunge from its previous two episodes,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] So Ji-sub's hot shower scene! 2009/02/17, Source, So Ji-sub has the body!
He filmed a shower scene for the new drama "Cain and Abel". So has been a swimmer before he became a star.
Now, he is an actor taking the character of Cho-in who is taking a shower to wake up from the alcohol intoxication.
The nude is unnecessary for the scene, however, he is definitely drawing a lot of attention through this scene. It is known that he dropped 4 kg for this character.
The drama is about the power struggle for the hospital. A genius doctor faces dilemma in his life that determines his destiny.
So Ji-sub costars with Shin Hyeon-joon, Chae Jeong-an, Han Ji-min, and Kim Hye-sook!,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Stars show up at Lee Eon's funeral 2008/08/23, Source, Many stars who have worked with him in dramas have showed up at the funeral on his way to be burried. Fans and coworkers show much sadness at this tragic event.
Lee Eon has been in a motorcycle accident on the 21st and did not survive it. He was only 27 years old. This tragedy is talked about everywhere.,...More
It is in Seoul Non-hyeon, and it is a complex worth more than 20 billion won, and Lee Hyori has gotten a vil,...More
I want to have the nose of Han Ga-in and the eyes of Kim Tae-hee!! 2008/02/07, Source, "Challenge, 8 vs 1", the follow up of SBS entertainment show, "Ya-shim-man-man" is becoming a hot hit since last week with its unusual survey topics. Last week's topic was "Which body parts of celebrities are most commonly chosen by aesthetic plastic surgery patients?" which was answered by 50 plast,...More
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