[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 11 2016/01/17,
While the characterization in "Riders: Get Tomorrow" can be interesting, from a certain perspective, at the end of the day this is still a drama that requires the pretense of a plot. And that's where the conflict is ending up in preparation for the last episode. The rickshaw company has to struggle with financial backing, and once this problem is identified, the rest of the runtime is spent not quite solving it. Incidentally, don't watch the preview. It (probably) spoils the ultimate resolution,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 10 2016/01/10,
As meditation on how different personality types tend to gravitate toward completely different styles of romantic relationships, "Riders: Get Tomorrow" actually has a fair amount of interesting material. Up until now I always thought that Gi-joon was just kind of a creep when it comes to romance, but as we see with his mother this episode, Gi-joon does have a decent excuse for being clueless. The poor guy's used to seeing women in an adversarial light. Even when they seem nice they're probably being sneaky somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 9 2016/01/03,
The opening portion of this episode involves no rickshaws whatsoever, as the three main couples just spend time with each other in varying capacities. I was actually all right with that, because exploring these character relationships on a one-on-one level ends up telling us quite a bit about these people that we didn't know, and which matches up quite well with what we do know. For example, Yoon-jae not only knows how to fight, he also lacks the sense to know when to stop,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 8 2015/12/27,
In this episode "Riders: Get Tomorrow" explores what it means for someone to be a bad friend, and somewhat incidentally a bad employee. Yoon-jae broke off an appointment with Tae-ra to go out with So-dam instead. This was a very jerkish thing to do, especially since So-dam's first two choices were also people that Yoon-jae knew. Unlucky for Yoon-hae that he has this tendency to think of every possible encounter as being a date,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 7 2015/12/20,
There's less emphasis on rickshaws this episode as character motivation ends up hinging on the various romances. Consequently my feelings on "Riders: Get Tomorrow" trend toward the lukewarm as usual. I'm always a little puzzled by how this drama makes money out to be a big deal, and then we get plotlines where characters are obviously and explicitly spending their cash on rather frivolous projects. Did So-dam forget about her loan, or was that resolved when I wasn't paying attention?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 6 2015/12/13,
At this point I think the actual plot of "Riders: Get Tomorrow" really is just the various loveline entanglements. Which is unfortunate because there's still the same constant generally creepy element of how Gi-joon is trying to date So-dam without actually dating her. The whole incident with the rings should have been a wake-up call to Gi-joon that he really needs to stop acting like this. Instead, he contrives a complicated excuse to take her to a movie by claiming it as research. That movie is "Take This Waltz", in case you were wondering,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 5 2015/12/06,
As it turns out "Riders: Get Tomorrow" is now finally firmly in the whole rickshaw business stage, so throughout the entire episode we're getting snippets of how the rickshaw business is managed / mismanaged. See, Gi-joon is making the rather questionable decision of getting So-dam involved in the plot by hiring her to do a job it's not clear the rickshaw business actually needs- at least on a full-time basis. The quoted salary really was a tad high, and the dinner especially was unnecessary even if it could probably be written off as a business expense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 4 2015/11/29,
I swear that writer Park Sang-hee must have a bet with someone, somewhere to see how slowly she can pace this drama's writing. I can't come up with any other explanation for why it takes so long "Riders: Get Tomorrow" to set up the most rudimentary plot points. How is it possible that it's taken four episodes for Gi-joon to have anything resembling an actual conversation So-dam, his presumed love interest? What has the drama even been doing with itself up until this point?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 3 2015/11/22,
Tae-ra (played by Choi Yeo-jin) is a woman who attempted to commit suicide in Yoon-jae's presence for no good reason. Well, whether she had a good reason for trying to commit suicide is debatable, but it soon becomes clear that it was a poor decision on her part to drag Yoon-jae into that whole mess. As incredibly morbid as that character introduction sounds, the entire plotline regarding Tae-ra's recovery goes along all right- not too weepy, not too dark, and not inappropriately funny either,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 1 2015/11/08,
Gi-joon (played by Kim Dong-wuk), Yoon-jae (played by Choi Min-I), and Joon-wook (played by Yoon Joong-hoon) are all pushing thirty but they stubbornly refuse to grow up. The three of them still take their bikes out to the river and check out all the foxy ladies. Because what else are they going to go do with their lives? The job market stinks, and the occasional fantasy is about the only thing keeping these guys sane. That, and their ability to vent to friends about the often absurd problems common in their employment situations,...More
My Sister, The Pig Lady (2015) 2015/09/13, Source,
"My Sister, The Pig Lady"
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 103 min.
Directed by: Jang Moon-il
Starring: Hwang Jeong-eum, Lee Jong-hyuk, Choi Yeo-jin
Synopsis: In a small coastal village where all the young men have left for city, Jae-hwa, Yoo-ja, and Mi-ja fight relentlessly everyday over Jun-seob, who manages the fishing boats and is the only man left in the village. Jae-hwa supports her family by raising pigs. But the pigs are running around the town every now and then in rut, and rumor has it that her mother is having an affair. While Jae-hwa is busy running here and there working, bringing the pigs in heat to mate, and fighting against this rumor, she secretly continues dating Jun-seob,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 12 2015/06/25,
The tone for the final episode is a surprisingly somber one- there are very few jokes, just serious questions. Namely, does this relationship have any future? Doesn't the very idea of living together without being married imply that this was always just going to be a temporary situation? The worst of it is that most of the crises are not prompted by actual relationship problems, but rather employment issues that would appear to make these relationships too inconvenient to continue over time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 11 2015/06/18,
The transition between opening monologue and opening sketch is actually fairly smooth this time. The joke, to the extent there's a joke at all, is simply that even when living with another person, while they're at home with you, you can still feel lonely. Smart phones are the obvious culprit. There's just something so imminently sad about a grown man who would rather look at pictures of cars than actually go out and do something with a car. And his girlfriend,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 10 2015/06/11,
The sketch comedy moves more even-handedly into hit-or-miss territory. Some of the jokes are funny and others are not so funny. That's a bit of a simplistic statement but then "The Lover" is a bit of a simplistic show, however much the voiceover tries to add pretension to the proceedings. I frequently get the impression that the production team comes up with the sketches before the voiceover, since it's rare for there to be a unifying theme. Or at least a normal theme. As far as I can tell the main obvious theme here is set decoration,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 9 2015/06/04,
The emphasis this episode shifts to moody voiceover. While I appreciate the token attempts made by "The Lover" for the sake of seriousness, these statements are increasingly getting rather out of proportion to the actual emotional seriousness of the drama. The story, to the extent "The Lover" even has a story, appears to have gotten mired in silly, petty arguments about nothing. With the right priming this can, as was the case in previous episodes, come off as amusing. Here it just seems childish,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 8 2015/05/28,
The opening sketch is just a tad long, even if the premise is reasonably funny. Fortunately, everything else mostly falls into the standard pattern of "The Lover"- to the extent this drama has a standard pattern at all. I get a disordinate amount of enjoyment just wondering how exactly "The Lover" is produced. It often feels like the characters who get showcased are chosen by the availability of their actors. Really, though, who cares about that? It's the jokes that matter here, and the main theme this time is how much nonsense a person will put up with from their significant other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 7 2015/05/21,
There are exactly four continuous scenes this episode. Even for a drama of below average length, that's really not very many. So for the first time, "The Lover" manages to make a misstep with its creativity. There's some laughs here, but the central joke in every single sketch has to be stretched out for so long that the drama just ends up feeling really awkward. Watching an awkward argument for a long time isn't really any more fun than being involved in an awkward argument for a long time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 6 2015/05/14,
One weird thing about older unmarried people is that they often seem to have some kind of philosophical problem with marriage. It's not that they hate marriage persay, it's just they find it sort of offensive when a younger, more obviously stupid person decides to get married even though they're obviously younger and stupid. And usually, of course, this is a relative. Like younger brothers. Younger brothers never have an easy time of it, really. I'm an older brother so I would know,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 5 2015/05/07,
There's almost something of a recurring trend this episode- mothers. "The Lover" doesn't really have the thematic consistency to properly pull this off, but what do you want, this is mostly just a sketch comedy anyway. The jokes remain fresh, and that's what really matters. They also sometimes veer toward the vaguely gross, but honestly? Until I saw this episode I did not know it was possible to construct a dick in that manner, so points for novelty,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 4 2015/04/30,
There's more format tweaking this time- perhaps it was just my imagination but all the jokes this time seemed to take place in the context of longer, more drawn-out scenes. Additionally, the conceit about everything happening over the course of a single day is gone. What's more, the voiceover by Choi Yeo-jin, at least, has gotten even more reflective. The concept of unmarried couples living together is now to some extent treated with serious dramatic weight. With condom jokes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 3 2015/04/23,
The overall design is slightly tweeked this episode. Gone is the rather goofy English voiceover about couples shacking up before marriage. Instead, the framing device for most of the skits just ends up being the voices of the women in these relationships. The result is a somewhat surprising blend of emotional complexity. Even as "The Lover" looks at times amateurish, with actors seeming to break character in the course of certain jokes, by the end we're left with a rather sweet lingering feeling of why people get together romantically in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 2 2015/04/09,
One of the problems of having a drama built around gag comedy sketches is a lack of plot. I have no idea where "The Lover" is going as a narrative, so that means I have to evaluate it on terms of jokes. Whereas the first episode was definitely more hit-than-miss, this one either breaks even or loses out slightly. I can't say which it is for certain because several of the best jokes are stretched out for longer than they should be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 1 2015/04/02,
What is the difference between a married couple living together and a couple just living together? On a basic level it's just psychological. A married couple has already firmly decided that annoying personal habits are just part of a package. A non-married couple still isn't sure on that question. And so we get the basic premise of "The Lover"- it's a romantic comedy about a bunch of people living together, who annoy each other. Frequently in rather gross ways,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 20 2015/02/03,
Now that Hae-soo's story has been dealt with "Sensible Love" has lost almost all sense of urgency. The obvious irony of this is that Hae-soo, by design, quite literally never actually did anything. She was the emotional reference point for everything else that happened- and without that reference point, the other characters just sort of drift around aimlessly, making new friends and...that's really about it. They make new friends we're done,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 19 2015/02/02,
The overall theme this time concerns the meaning of life. More specifically, for what reason is life worth living? "Sensible Love" has often drawn a parallel between the apparently frivolous emotional pain of the three leads and Hee-soo, who had resigned herself to living out her empty shell of a life. The events of the last episode have been enough to give Hee-soo a choice. And the decision she ultimately makes is an unsurprising one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 18 2015/01/27,
It's to the credit of the drama's sound direction that "Sensible Love" continues to feel deep and meaningful, even as the plot itself moves into increasingly melodramatic territory rather at odds with the genuine, complicated human emotion that's been explored so far. The use of silence really is quite excellent- take the sheer loneliness emphasized by the empty house. Why the house is empty isn't all that clear. It stands to reason that someone should have stayed behind,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 17 2015/01/26,
The arbitrary, contrived nature of the current plot arc is still annoying- but "Sensible Love" itself soon acknowledges how completely unsatisfactory this resolution is. Hee-tae and Il-ri barely even talk together here, devoting almost all of their energy to just keeping Hee-tae's family from exploding under the stress of his mother's dementia. Multiple characters explicitly point out here that this really shouldn't be Il-ri's problem anymore. Hee-tae was the one pushing for her to leave, and he's shown no signs of adopting a more forgiving attitude,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 16 2015/01/20,
Upon closer consideration, I have to admit that the dementia plotline isn't a particularly encouraging one. Yeo-sa was not, as far as I noticed, displaying any particularly obvious symptoms until the doctor's visit. Now she's almost instantaneously transitioned to being unable to recognize her own husband. And yet Yeo-sa appears incapable of noticing the inherent contradiction of thinking her lover is a young man while her children are all adults. The same contradiction also showed up in "Pinocchio"- at the beginning, so there was no abrupt transition. "Pinocchio" also had more obvious comedic elements compared to the very serious story of "Sensible Love",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 15 2015/01/19,
Hee-tae still doesn't want to deal with life. It was perhaps inevitable, given all the stalling he's been doing, that another personal crisis would come up. And as expected there really aren't any good answers here. In contrast to the way he's been talking down to Il-ri lately, Hee-tae's unwillingness to talk about his mother's illness really is just a matter of there not being any good way to have this conversation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 14 2015/01/13,
I wouldn't hold it against anyone for giving up on "Sensible Love" at this point. While the concept is good and the performances excellent, by design the story pretty much has to constantly run around in circles. As expected, Hee-tae is still waffling on the question of what to do about Il-ri, which makes his big dramatic statement last episode about how he's not really having second thoughts about the divorce all the more ridiculous,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 13 2015/01/12,
Joon's attempts at reconciliation predictably end in failure. What's especially sad about what Il-ri and Joon are trying to do is that their obvious genuflection toward Hee-tae simply doesn't mean anything. They just want the situation to go back to what it was before their ill-conceived emotional affair, and Hee-tae simply won't have any of it. As usual, it's not because Hee-tae has any kind of alternative in mind. The man's almost completely governed by his own sense of inertia,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 12 2015/01/06,
It figures that apparently the only context where Gi-tae and Ee-ri can get along is when they're drunk. Another fact worth noting- while Gi-tae and Ee-nee have been consistently portrayed as an obviously immature beta couple, neither of them are really all that young. Gi-tae is the same age as Il-ri, even if his speech usually defers to her as if she's older than he is. All of this serves to underscore an essential point- it's context that determines maturity more than any specific inherent quality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 11 2015/01/05,
Il-ri's last-ditch effort to try and get Hee-tae to stop acting so heartless rather predictably fails. It fails in part because it's an obvious performance. Il-ri tries to show Hee-tae that she's sincere by directly and openly stating the facts of the situation to other people who can hold her to it. Yet to the very end Hee-tae stubbornly refuses to engage with Il-ri emotionally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 10 2014/12/30,
Hee-tae is continuing to delude himself into thinking that he can somehow just walk away from this marriage without there being any serious interpersonal consequences. As memorably demonstrated in one phone call, the rest of his family has absolutely no idea what's going on with Il-ri. To the contrary, they think things are going quite well. And Hee-tae himself is barely doing anything to defuse this notion as he hopelessly tries adjust Il-ri out of his life without hurting anyone else,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 9 2014/12/29,
The episode ends up not being as vicious as the last preview implied. Sure, there's definite violent bits going around, but it's like Hee-tae says. This kind of behavior really just isn't his personality. Hee-tae comes off less like a person who's actually angry so much as one who's acting angry because he's not really sure what the appropriate way is to deal with this kind of betrayal. All Hee-tae really knows for sure is that he has to do something,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 8 2014/12/23,
Hae-soo continues to be the best character, a fact that's frankly rather remarkable considering she can't actually directly affect any of the action. Her role in the story is mainly that of counterpoint. Il-ri and Joon may go on about their deep, reflective conversations considering insecurities regarding life and death. Hae-soo, meanwhile, faces far more tangible misery yet barely even complains. She just thinks how nice it would be to have a normal expressive life again. Beyond that, though, well...what is there to say?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 7 2014/12/22,
Pay note to the fact that, even though we're technically still in flashback mode, it's obvious that "Sensible Love" too is taking place at Christmastime. This would seem to imply that we're about to get out of flashback mode- except I'm not really sure what season it was when we started. At any event, given the major information that Hee-tae gets regarding his wife, it would seem like some major dramatic action is going to have to happen sooner or later,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 6 2014/12/16,
Il-ri is desperate for approval. Tempting as it may be to call it love, that's all I can really see when the woman shows up on-screen agonizing over making the right impression on Joon. I don't think it even matters that it's Joon. Il-ri will accept approval from any possible direction. In some ways it's a natural consequence of the woman's general isolation. I think the issue is less sexual as it just loneliness. Il-ri doesn't have any friends,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 5 2014/12/15,
The divide between real life and what seems to be a fantasy continues to remain an ominous presence in the story. Take particular note of the dual scenes where Il-ri takes her problems to Hee-soo. In both cases, Hee-soo is just sort of perplexed at how ridiculous the situation sounds. It's an aspect of real-life relationships that a lot of people don't like discussing for the exact reason presented here. Il-ri feels less like a person undergoing genuine emotional strife and more like a child acting out a delusional fantasy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 4 2014/12/09,
With these reviews I've been guessing and hypothesizing about whether or not Il-ri and Hee-tae can really be said to love each other. Then both of them come out and admit to having had the same insecurities about their relationship for pretty much the exact reasons I've described. This revelation doesn't make me feel smart for being right. It makes me feel a little ashamed, honestly, because it's honestly not clear whether the relationship would be in any trouble at all except that they're meta-analyzing it and wondering if they've somehow done love incorrectly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 3 2014/12/08,
The courtship between Il-ri and Hee-tae reaches an abrupt denouement here. To be entirely honest I was expecting the drama to just skip past this part and go right to the post-wedding period, but the courtship section is so short that's pretty much exactly what happens anyway. Their relationship really does just seem to be a simple matter of, hey, we're not teacher and student anymore, nothing creepy, let's get hitched,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 2 2014/12/02,
Il-ri's sheer dedication to romantic tropes is both adorable and worrisome. She makes it clear here that in no uncertain terms Hee-tae is her destiny. What came off as cute in the first episode is more troublesome here mainly because it's obvious that Il-ri's following a drama-style playbook without actually having the life experience necessary to realize that these tropes are just the stuff of fantasy. This is just a high school crush that she will one day grow out of,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 1 2014/12/01,
Director Han Ji-seung really loves trees. Seriously, just look at the cinematography here. Maybe it's just the location scouting, but I can't recall ever seeing that many trees in the same (suburban) place before. And it's not just in plant form that we find these behemoths in every frame. Wood also plays a large part in the background proceedings. The texture, the color, the simple serene beauty of nature- that, thematically, is what the camerawork is telling us about the story of "Sensible Love",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 21 Final 2014/04/05,
In the first episode of "Emergency Couple" a specific point was made of the fact that the emergency room is a terrible place for relationships, and the interns were distraught at what the experience was going to do to their social lives. I bring this up now to note that there was almost no evidence of this throughout the drama's run. The doctors have consistently had an inordinate amount of conveniently timed social meetings with each other, and this episode is no different.
The fundamentals are strong, as usual. In terms of the romantic comedy genre "Emergency Couple" continues to hit all the right notes, having moments that are cute and funny,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 20 2014/04/04,
The main conflict this episode is over the prospect of Jin-hee and Chang-min going to a movie. It's about as high stakes as it sounds, and the tension is oddly lacking for a penultimate episode. The movie is "Elegant Lies" by the way. It's difficult to guess how we're supposed to relate the story of that particular film to the proceedings here. I guess they're both about appreciating the things you love in life before they're gone forever?
It's as good a theme as any really, but none of the characters in "Emergency Couple" are in any immediate danger of leaving,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 19 2014/03/29,
This episode is devoted to Chang-min's hands. It's pretty much exactly as dirty as it sounds too. The humor in "Emergency Couple" can get crude sometimes, but it helps a lot that ithe drama's heart is in the right place, even if Chang-min is not very good at finding Jin-hee's. The same brand of cheesiness as usual, then. But now that I can empathize with the leads the general tone comes off a lot better
I do think Chang-min and Jin-hee have learned a little bit from their ordeals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 18 2014/03/28,
The loveline between Jin-hee and Chang-min is getting to be a little corny. Sure, it's sweet at times, but the dialogue strains itself with all the cliches. An attentive viewer will note that the dynamic between these two has been completely reversed from what it was earlier. Now instead of Chang-min trying to persuade a skeptical Jin-hee, an enlivened Jin-hee is trying to convince Chang-min that they can start again.
I do like that the characters themselves acknowledge the breadth of the cliches at this point,...More
[Hancinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 17 2014/03/22,
The opening of this episode extends the basic morose sequence we had last time, as the fallout from Tae-seok's stay in the hospital is finalized, and the consequences come into effect. There isn't much more going on here than there was in the last episode. "Emergency Couple" is in the awkward place of trying to wring drama out of a character we don't actually know all that much about. The best that can be hoped for is interesting character interactions- but everyone acts about the way we'd expect them to at this point.
Much more interesting material abounds as the episode continues its discussions of the divorce themes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 16 2014/03/21,
Almost the entirity of this episode is built around the drama of whether or not Chang-min's father is going to survive his stay at the hospital. The ability of this conflict to inspire any kind of real tension is greatly damaged by how long the action goes on- there are multiple false starts that end up inconclusive. Also I'd have a much easier time caring about this person if the drama actually explored his character in much detail. Oh Tae-seok is played by the always excellent Kang Shin-il but that's about all that's going on here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 15 2014/03/15,
I'm pretty sure that real hospitals have policies against ex-patients making repeat visits for social purposes. Especially if those ex-patients are bearing gifts, or trying to make administrative requests. Obviously, "Emergency Couple" is not dealing with a real hospital, but this disconnect between life and drama shows really badly in episodes like this. It establishes all too clearly that the drama is creating conflict artificially, and the ensuing outbursts are just painful to watch. Also it makes the poor baby cry. And just when I'd been admiring how good an actor that baby is, too,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 14 2014/03/14,
The drama gets a much needed boost in the characterization department with the appearance of patients. No, not plot devices which exist solely to demonstrate the medical abilities of the main cast, which is all we've seen so far. Actual people. Specifically, a little boy who has self-worth issues thanks to a lack of parents, and a priest who's rather crabby about young people these days and the lack of respect they show to the institution of marriage.
The relevance of these scenes is indirect, obviously, and I doubt we're going to see either of these people ever again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 13 2014/03/08,
...And now it would seem "Emergency Couple" has moved on to boilerplate romantic drama territory. There's not really much in the way of jokes anymore. The only particularly funny one this time around is a bit of simple wordplay. I actually really wanted to know more about that guy who was brought into the hospital. How many job-related accidents can a person in that profession have that necessitate going to the emergency room?
But no, the doctoring this time around is terribly casual, almost blase really,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 12 2014/03/07,
So I...guess this is just a romantic comedy now? That's about the only way I can interpret the events of this episode. Chang-min appears to have just about completely forgotten the events that led up to his divorce. Jin-hee seems to have some vague memory of what happened, and is certainly putting up more resistance to the idea. But no matter how I try to cut it, "Emergency Couple" is definitely trying to make a case that these two works together as a couple,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 11 2014/03/01,
Well, the drama's finally come up with something for Ji-hye to do- Ji-hye, the ex-girlfriend doctor of Cheon-soo, in case you've forgotten. Weird factoid for today- Choi Yeo-jin, the actress playing Ji-hye, is actually younger than Song Ji-hyo, who plays Jin-hee. I'm not sure whether this age difference is also intended to be reflected in the characters, but in any event, the fact that Ji-hye can only be in her mid-thirties at the most makes her new plot thread all the stranger.
Here's what we've know about Ji-hye up until now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 10 2014/02/28,
Poor Jin-hee. It's never a particularly fun time when mooching relatives, having burned all their other bridges some way or another, force themselves on a household using "but think of the baby!" as an excuse. I like the frustration the early portion of this episode gives off. Of course Jin-hee's mad but she can't be that mad. It's not like her younger sister, younger sister's husband, and baby are awful people or anything. They're just messy idiots.
Not much is really done with that focus this time around though. For the most part the emphasis is on that simple expression- what do you care? Chang-min is suddenly taking every hypothetical romantic infraction against Jin-hee bizarrely personally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 9 2014/02/22,
The main conflict this time is kind of dumb. However, it's dumb mainly because the original storytelling device itself is also dumb. Yes, "Emergency Couple" has finally forced its main characters to question the logic of their pretending to be strangers. Pretty good timing too. This kind of plotting goes down much easier on the edge of jokes than it would on the end of a serious dramatic conflict.
Case in point- the whole thing with the baby. It's hard to tell whether the baby is really dying as opposed to just crying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 8 2014/02/21,
The drama appears to have finally settled on a consistent tone- light romantic comedy drama. The emphasis is now on how Jin-hee and Chang-min react to specific, clearly defined situations rather than their just generally overreacting to everything. "Emergency Couple" is now actively pushing the Jin-hee / Cheon-soo loveline, and the tonal shift is coming at the best possible time. The romance simply wouldn't be plausible if Jin-hee was acting the same way she did in previous episodes. Here the scenes, and the related flashbacks to scenes in previous episodes, come off as cute,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 7 2014/02/14,
Jin-hee has, as usual, gotten herself into a big unnecessary mess by overreacting. What makes the opening of this episode different, though, is that she actually faces meaningful consequences. Of course her sister makes a clean getaway. And of course the people who actually run the club have no interest in helping Jin-hee track her down. That's not even getting into the general embarassment factor. Yes, Jin-hee has good reason to be mad- that doesn't excuse her failure to act diplomatically though.
I'm not sure how but this mess of an event goes a long way to helping rehabilitate the characterization,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 6 2014/02/08,
We get more exposure of the supporting cast than usual here, and I find that as characters, the other interns tend to be a lot more tolerable than our two leads. They just have a much better sense of restraint. This episode one of them does a lot of talking with Chang-min's mom. And that's all it is, just talking. As horribly unreasonable and unlikable as Chang-min's mother has been throughout the drama, it's totally possible to get her to be cooperative just by being polite and non standoffish.
It's too bad Jin-hee is having such trouble with this restraint,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 5 2014/02/07,
I really hope "Emergency Couple" just up and ditches the whole Jin-hee and Chang-min are pretending to be complete strangers angle. The misunderstandings it creates among their co-workers are much worse than whatever benefits they think they're reaping by not having to acknowledge each other publically. And the downsides of this should be really obvious by now, given how much time they have to spend negotiating with each other in private over random trivialities.
What's most puzzling to me about this drama is how little time anyone spends actually doing their job,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 4 2014/02/01,
Cheon-soo (played by Lee Pil-mo) is the mean superior in this drama. His main shtick is being extremely unnecessarily harsh on the interns, or really anyone who needs it, in order to establish that it is really super important for everyone to take this job as seriously as possible. Lee Pil-mo does good work here, and there's nothing wrong with the character directly. The problem is that every other character in this drama is of such questionable competence that most of the time I find myself wondering why Cheon-soo never follows through on his threats,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 3 2014/01/31,
...And so we get right into the sexual tension. Honestly this storyline development is a fairly annoying one. Remember that until the last episode, none of these characters had ever met each other in a working environment before. And for the most part no one did much work in that second episode either. We're still very much in the early phase of the drama where people are still feeling each other out.
And the immediate conclusion we get about why Jin-hee works so hard to save Chang-min's life is that she likes him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 2 2014/01/25,
The perspective shifts this time around from Chang-min to Jin-hee. Jin-hee has broken the cardinal rule of pretty much any social relationship ever- make a good first impression. In retrospect it probably would have been a better idea for her to show up late with a doctor's note rather than stumble out into the middle of the introduction still wearing her dirty clothes from last night. Not just Chang-min, but all of the other interns are icy toward Jin-hee, probably because they don't think she'll be around that long,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 1 2014/01/24,
What most immediately jumps out about the lead characters in "Emergency Couple" is that they're not particularly likable. They're not unlikable, exactly, but from the very beginning there's a sort of seething resentment and aggression that's rather unsettling. Chang-min (played by Choi Jin-hyeok) is trying to push product. Jin-hee (played by Song Ji-hyo) is trying to avoid conflict. Neither character is particularly good at what they do. This leads to a spectacular breakdown where they inevitably vent their frustrations on the one person who they can most easily hurt- each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I Need Romance (2011)" 2012/11/30,
I first caught a glimpse of "I Need Romance" by chance while flipping channels. I noticed that the camera was constantly focused on the lead actress, who was doing an fantastic job emoting. I immediately realized from the context and direction that she was seeing various random men as her ex-boyfriend- what's more, this was happening in a very funny way. The actress was overreacting and clearly playing the overall situation for laughs. Earlier this week I saw a similarly intriguing scene wherein characters act very dignified in a largely empty courtroom- then a comic situation erupts outside only when all the lawyers are gone. Because of the different characters in the scene, it was several minutes before I realized this was the same show. From there, I resolved to see it to the end, in spite of my (at the time) limited Korean,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/05/03, Source,
It's time for our "weekly star scene" where we bring you the hottest entertainment news from the past week!
: I know, it's not our usual Wednesday. But, we wanted to brighten your day a day earlier this week. We have in the studio, our one and only Lee-Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hello 건영 and Hello Sean! I don't know about you guys, but it always makes me proud to see Korean stars being appreciated by fans and media around the world. Which is why I have gathered news about some of our favorite Hallyu stars for today's "Weekly Star Scene". Let's check them right away!,...More
Yoo Jae-seok wins grand prize once again at MBC Entertainment Awards 2010/12/30, Source,
Korean variety show host Yoo Jae-seok [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainment show host Yoo Jae-seok won the grand prize for the second consecutive year at the MBC Entertainment Awards held last night.
At the awards ceremony held at MBC's Dream Center located in Ilsan, Gyeong-gi Province, Yoo was awarded the top honor for his role as emcee for MBC's variety shows "Infinite Challenge" and "Come Over", making it his seventh award during a year-end program,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Best and Worst dressed actresses are...? 2009/02/28, Source, The 45th Baek Sang Arts Award has been open this 27th. The TV programs, dramas, and movies have been considered for the arts awards. Many stars have attended and the red carpet also had all the stars. Many stars wore dresses in the cold weather!
Of course, best and worst dressers were picked!
The season's trend was color. Many stars wore different colored dresses different from the last years when white dresses were most popular.
Best dresser was Moon Geun-young with her white and sophisticated mini one piece!
While Yoon Eun-hye was picked worst dresser because she tried to be overly sexy with ehr hair and makeup that she looked awkward. This would be her second year as the worst dresser.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Yeo-jin's sexy red dress! 2009/01/09, Source, She is a super elite model and actress. Choi Yeo-jin's hot bodyline is revealed in her sexy red dress!
Choi went to Bali Indonesia where she had her shoot, "Story of Woman".
She transforms from innocent and naive image to the bold and femme fatale sexiness.
Choi tried has modeled for 200 clothing and luxurious accessories in her modeling career.,...More
Various origins of female stars… 'Miss Korea' group falters 2008/03/13, Source, On a breezy spring day in March 2008, the entertainment investigation team of Sports Khan sensed an emergency. The argument between female stars about their influence has become fierce, almost to the point of battle. Accordingly, under the supervision of Detective Choi, the entertainment investigati,...More
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