[HanCinema's Film Review] "Flying Boys" + DVD Giveaway 2017/01/14,
Min-jae (played by Yoon Kye-sang), Chang-seob (played by On Joo-wan), and Dong-wan (played by Lee Joon-gi) are three high school students who struggle with normal high school problems, like the desire not to get beat up every day, get into a good school, and have fun in general. As movie protagonists go they're actually relatively nebbish. Min-jae in particular is a giant weenie, yet he is also the main character, always struggling to find the courage to talk to local cool girl Soo-jin (played by Kim Min-jeong),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 24 (final) 2015/05/25,
This drama didn't quite end how I expected it would. I wanted fewer bow tied endings and a little more realism. It's not like I wasn't happy with how things turned it. It was all sweet and full of fuzzy warm feelings that were enjoyable to feel and enjoy. However, these sentiments didn't quite fit with the overall tone of the drama. "Unkind Women" was about these women findings themselves and learning to overcome their pasts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 23 2015/05/24,
The penultimate episode of "Unkind Women" was undeniably fantastic. There was so much resolved and the reactions to those resolutions were emotion-packed. At the same time, there are still a few issues that will linger into the finale and tide us over to the end. This show is about overcoming the past and this episode really proved that point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 22 2015/05/23,
Twenty-four episodes may be too long for this show. It is just getting around to introducing the climax: a cooking showdown that will involve every main character in the drama in some form or another. The tensions in the show are more contrived than ever save for a select few. One of those tensions is that between Hyeon-jeong and her father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 21 2015/05/22,
This episode was as disjointed as the last episode was cohesive - it jumped around all over the place! It was a desperate attempt to heighten excitement that ended in a mishmash of badly intercut scenes. There were some good moments, but the sloppy editing detracted from the juicier character beats. There was a montage of scenes that cut from Hyeon-jeong and Moon-hak to Mo-ran and Soon-ok that were so poorly planned that it severed the flow of the story and instead seemed spastic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 20 2015/05/21,
Episode 20 was a turning point for "Unkind Women". It highlights the changes that have gradually worked themselves into the story and into the characters. With four episodes left, the story is really about how the characters will come together and learn to overcome and appreciate life after all the hardships they have suffered. Soon-ok embodies this concept best,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 19 2015/05/20,
There is a lovely dynamic shift between our characters as they learn and grow. Also, it shifts as those who are too insecure and selfish continue to interfere in the lives of others. As time passes all of these unkind, supposedly unhappy women finally gain insight into themselves and their lives. They see they are content despite all of the trials that they must walk through because they have each other. The first example of this is the peculiar friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 18 2015/05/13,
I'm not a fan of the relationship between Mo-ran and Soon-ok's family. A lot of excuses are made in order for friendships to be had. The truth of her involvement with the family shakes them to the core and the way the situation is resolved is extremely unsatisfactory. I don't get the friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 17 2015/05/12,
The juxtaposition of the past and present continues as bitter memories fuel revenge in the present and interfere with the newest relationships. This is also the point in the drama where those who have done wrong begin to atone for their sins - most of them anyway. Wounds from the past have hardened Hyeon-ae and have negatively affected all of her relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 16 2015/05/10,
The first major showdown between Hyeon-ae and Hyeon-sook was fantastic. These two women are so powerful on screen and their rivalry is fraught with such delicious tension. It's the most engaging conflict in a show full of what are now all engaging conflicts. Some of them started out lukewarm, but they have all turned up the heat. Hyeon-ae seems to have had a past that is quite similar to Hyeon-sook's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 14 2015/05/08, "Unkind Women" is one complicated show. Relationships are tangled into knots that can only be undone by major ego crushing - this will almost definitely take another ten episodes to resolve. What saves this episode from being too melodramatic are the family moments. Hyeon-sook and Hyeon-jeong finally have their father back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 13 2015/05/08,
I'm not a fan of some of the twists and turns in this week's episode of "Unkind Women". They were overly dramatic. The construction of the web of relationships in the drama is already a bit difficult to believe, so turning Mo-ran into a desperate woman in the twilight of her life is too dramatic a move. There are enough coincidental and unbelievable events to fill a lifetime without the addition of her dramatics. Mo-ran has been seeking forgiveness from Soon-ok so that she can die in peace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 12 2015/05/06,
And the cat is out of the bag. Everyone knows that Cheol-hee is alive. It wreaks havoc on Soon-ok's family as each person struggles to digest the information was best they can. On top of that world shattering revelation, relationships hit turning points. This is all to be expected at this point in the drama - we are halfway through and that's where things begin to change. The first major change we see is between Roo-oh and Ma-ri,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 11 2015/05/04,
This was the strongest episode by far. For all the annoying interconnections between people that can be a weakness, this show timed its reveals so well that those interconnections ended up becoming strengths. Along with the reveals came many insights into a rich past that brought viewers closer to the characters on screen Perhaps the strongest story was that of Hyeon-jeong's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 10 2015/05/04, "Unkind Women" is plugging along at a decent clip. Relationships are in full bloom and conflicts have been exposed. We see deeper into characters that were only two-dimensional. The ante has been raised and the going is good. The major turn of the episode is that many conflicts come to a head and are exposed, whether to the characters themselves or just to the audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 9 2015/05/03,
Each unkind woman has begun to forge a new path in life. Their lives did not go the way they expected, but that doesn't mean that life is over. In fact, even the oldest woman is finding new life in friendship. As they try to take control of their lives, the past comes back to haunt them - whether or not is succeeds is a matter left to be seen. Soon-ok and Mo-ran have found a comfortable ground upon which they can stand and relate to each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 8 2015/04/25,
Relationships that are too intertwined in dramas can be annoying. They are too convenient and make a world rather insular. However, when an anticipated revelation or meeting occurs, that insular world magnifies the effect - that is what "Unkind Women" has done. We've been waiting for Doo-jin to find out what sort of woman his beloved stepmother and for the worlds of the women in Soon-ok's household to collide with Hyeon-ae's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 7 2015/04/25,
For the most part, "Unkind Women" is an engaging show. The relationships are fulfilling, the acting is relaxed, and most of the story, despite relying on the past, moves forward. There is one relationship triangle that drags the rest of it down: the relationship between Soon-ok, Mo-ran, and Cheol-hee. The entire situation is awkward and lacks the conviction of the other relationships and their situations. Perhaps I'm just not sure how to interpret the situation between Mo-ran and Soon-ok,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 6 2015/04/24,
The pacing of the different storylines is "Unkind Women"'s strong suit. This is a large cast and the slow introduction during the first few episodes allows for all of them to develop individually. Where it weakens is how interconnected all of the characters are. It's easier to build an insulated world, but that becomes quite cliche. At this point, we know the women of "Unkind Women" pretty well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 4 2015/04/14,
The setup stage of "Unkind Women" is winding down and we're getting to the meat and potatoes of the story. We're seeing behind the curtain and discovering what makes these women tick: the pain, the stories, the relationships. First, I'll lay down what doesn't please me in order to get it out of the way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 3 2015/04/13, "Unkind Women" is a story about overcoming the past and the heavy emotional burden it can place on a human soul. All of the women in Soon-ok's family have challenges to face that are caused by wounds long since healed and scarred that have reopened to cause more pain. These women have to learn to lead their lives again. And on the way, we get some beautiful moments. Chae Si-ra as Hyeon-sook is a grounding force of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 2 2015/04/05, "Unkind Women" is zipping right along, feeding us backstory and humor and relationships that are full of heart. Although the story is a tad jumpy, the characters and their situations are easy to relate to and fun to watch. Hyeon-sook continues to be the most engaging character with her quirkiness, fiery-temper and significant background information,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/01, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Fire in Hell": A Buddhist monk succumbs to sin and is cruelly cornered by fate on his way to redemption. (11/06)
★★★★ "Entangled": A family of four are put under pressure after the youngest daughter's child dies as a result of the mother's deteriorating mental condition. (11/06)
★★★★ "Daughter": A woman struggles to free herself from her strict ascetic upbringing and wonders what the future holds for her own family. (11/06)
★★★ "Fashion King - Movie": A high school student plans to become a fabulous fashionista in order to attract the attention of the prettiest girl in school. (11/06)
★★★★ "Glory For Everyone": A touching documentary that follows a young soccer team and accounts their struggles against poverty and class. (11/06),...More
[Spoiler] "Golden Rainbow" Jeong Il-woo hugs UEE 2013/12/29, Source,
A comical scene was displayed on the 28th as Baek-won (UEE) went to get Do-yeong (Jeong Il-woo) who was lost, from the police station after hearing that he was looking for her and drove his car as he was pretending to have lost his memory.
They arrived at the place Do-yeong input into the navigation system which was a small mountain in the middle of the city and he hugged her from the back, saying, "How much closer can we get?",...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Three Brothers" - Final episode 2010/06/16, Source, "Three Brothers" - Final episode (KBS2 TV, 7:55 PM)
The final episode of "Three Brothers" would make a good example of a collection of all the cliches that could be seen in the finale of a family drama. It being a show that focused on characters' conflicts throughout its 70-episode run, the drama poured out cheesy, conventional solutions as it rushed to work out all the problems; trashy mother-in-law Gwa-ja (played by Lee Hyo-choon) threw herself into doing community service, as if she had to do more to be forgiven than just reconciling with her family; while Soon-kyung (played by Park In-hwan), who had been feeling helpless since retiring from work, restored his authority as the man of the house by setting up a counseling office to help ex-convicts adjust to society; Gun-gang (played by Ahn Nae-sang) helped Chung-nam (played by Do Ji-won) achieve her belated dream of going to college,...More
Attack on TV Star Renews Old Fears 2008/02/21, Source, A violent attack on popular TV entertainer No Hong-chul just two months after actress Lee Seung-shin was assaulted by a stalker has again struck fear in Korea's entertainment industry.
Police said that a man identified only by his surname Kim waited for No in front of No's apartment in Apgujeong,,...More
While film is an old Western tradition, Koreans have long relied on horror flicks to cool the summer heat. And as the summer season lurks just around the corner, serial killers, freaks and ghosts are out in full force to chill moviegoers.
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