[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 12 2017/10/27,
So "Single Wife" ends up concluding the logical direction it took with the previous episode that barely touched on the main conflict at all, and brings upon a final glorious comeuppance against In-hwa. I remain baffled just as much as I did last time as to what exactly happened to the premise. We had certainly received hints that In-hwa was a corporate vulture, but those barely even registered as a subplot. Now Hyo-rim and some bald guy I'm not even sure has a name have to work together to bring her dad back to stop her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 11 2017/10/26,
So you might have noticed that I abruptly stopped writing reviews for "Single Wife" a month ago. This is because I had gone to the United States, and recent episodes of "Single Wife" could not be streamed there. Back in South Korea, I'm a bit surprised to find that the final stretch of plot feels rather abrupt. In-hwa, having mostly had a background role as the mean potential mother-in-law, is apparently responsible for all the malaise in Ra-hee and Jae-min's relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 10 2017/09/21,
So Ra-hee and Min-hong are finally at court, and it looks like they can get the divorce finalized. It doesn't happen, obviously, and this scene is supposed to represent how Min-hong still has feelings for Ra-hee and won't give up on her so easily. This is likely to eventually contrast with how Jae-min will eventually give up on Ra-hee entirely because of her inability to come clean with him on the full situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 9 2017/09/20,
Min-hong, having finally figured out what Ra-hee is up to, lapses into alcoholic depression. I mean it doesn't go on forever, just a single night as far we can tell. Then it's on to revenge. But even that is pretty light. Right at the moment I thought Min-hong was going to do something explicitly petty and mean instead he turns right around and confronts Ra-hee on how she's accepted Jae-min's marriage proposal without fully cluing him in to what's going on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 8 2017/09/14,
Once again Ra-hee tries my patience with more unnecessary antagonism. Min-hong straight up explicitly offers to finalize the divorce right away in exchange for a temporary, meaningless concession on Ra-hee's part and what does she do? Act all huffy and offended. Even bearing in mind that Min-hong has to finalize the divorce eventually, behavior like this is why he is in no hurry to do so. Who knows if Ra-hee will just be fickle and change her mind again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 7 2017/09/13,
So now Min-hong is working at Ra-hee's company. So, technically, all the main characters in "Single Wife" are now working at the same company. It's a good thing we get to see Min-hong's portfolio right away because in spite of this fact, no one at this company ever seems to do any actual work. Far from working, all we really see anyone doing is having concluding work dinners once work is finished,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 6 2017/09/07,
So dinner ends up going about as well as expected. We could already have guessed, after all, that In-hwa already hated Ra-hee without actually knowing anything about her. The whole previous marriage issue is just an excuse. It's kind of hard to blame her, considering that Jae-min was acting like he had something to be ashamed of simply by being with her in the first place and being very unnecessarily taciturn about it with his family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 5 2017/09/06,
So Min-hong has gone missing and everyone has freaked out, going to look for him. It should come as little surprise that Min-hong himself is completely oblivious to everything that has happened. The guy just went to the mountains because he wanted some time to himself. That Min-hong should find this to be an unremarkable desire is of little surprise. Min-hong accepted Ra-hee's demand that he not go to Seoul pretty easily, so why would anyone freak out about him?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 4 2017/08/31,
Ra-hee makes a serious effort to embrace the inherently campy nature of "Single Wife" by coming up with a more elaborate scheme to get rid of Min-hong than anything yet tried. What Ra-hee does is, she makes a list of all the personal habits Min-hong despises the most, and does them intentionally to try and provoke him into initiating a final break-up. It's a pretty good extended montage, hitting all the beats from obvious nasty habits everyone hates to ones peculiar to Min-hong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 3 2017/08/30,
It's odd Min-hong is continuously the most sympathetic character when he's so nosy, and annoying, and also literally the only reason "Single Wife" has any conflict at all. Mainly it's just that Min-hong is so darn cute and well-meaning. He's not even remotely jealous or suspicious. Shoot, Min-hong isn't even upset that Ra-hee freaks out about the prospect of him touching her. As far as Min-hong is concerned, everything should be done in such a way to maximize Ra-hee's comfort and happiness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 2 2017/08/24,
Now that we know who Ra-hee and Min-hong are in a vacuum, it's time to piece together how exactly their relationship fell apart in such a specific way that her attempting to remarry is such a big problem. Min-hong doesn't just want to hold on to Ra-hee. He genuinely doesn't seem to understand that they broke up at all. And in all fairness, the flashbacks we get don't really come off as total dealbreakers. They do tend to make Ra-hee look selfish, which is why she's so uncomfortable having them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Single Wife" Episode 1 2017/08/23,
Ra-hee (played by Uhm Hyun-kyung) has it all. She has a successful job in the furniture design industry, makes appearances on talk shows to promote herself as a hard-working woman, and a rich boyfriend by the name of Jae-min (played by Kwak Hee-sung) who obviously likes her. Phrased that way, Ra-hee's life doesn't really sound all that impressive. But weirdly enough, that's the tone the production team has chosen for the first episode, as we wait for Ra-hee's vague happiness to be threatened by past failures,...More
[Spoiler] "Defendant" The real culprit was Uhm Ki-joon, faces Ji Seong in prison 2017/02/14, Source, Uhm Ki-joon committed another murder and was on the verge of having his identity revealed. Ji Seong gave up on his appeal and was planning an escape as he was being moved to another prison as a death-row convict but he recalled Uhm Ki-joon was the one who ordered the manipulation of killers.
On the eighth episode of the drama "Defendant", Park Jeong-woo (Ji Sung) gave up his appeal despite Seo Eun-hye's (Kwon Yoo-ri) persuasion. Park Jeong-woo told Seo Eun-hye Seong-gyu's sister already died and the house he moved was no other than the house right in front of his. Park Jeong-woo said, "The little sister Seong-gyu was talking about was Ha-yeon",...More
[Orion's Drama News] Goblins, Trials and Errors 2016/11/19,
2016 has almost ended and so we can officially start salivating over its last few dramas and what comes in 2017. After a long journey, "Defendant" finally has its cast and premiere month. Before that, "Goblin" aims to provide impressive visuals and captivating fantasy romance while "Solomon's Perjury" brings a group of fresh faces to familiar social struggles and injustice. It looks like we get a lot of diversity in the upcoming months,...More
Park Si-yeon in "Greatest Marriage" poster 2014/09/11, Source,
A killer poster of "Greatest Marriage", based on the subject of 'Miss Mom' (women who don't want to marry but have children), has been released. Unlike unmarried women who have children but are not married for various reasons, financially stable women who refuse to get married reflect the social status of women today. In the patriarchal society, if a woman has children and concentrates only on housework, it will cut off their social experience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - The Unwelcome Guest" 2013/11/17,
Detective Gook-seo (played by Kang Shin-il) finds himself reunited with convicted criminal Tae-ho (played by Park Joo-hyung), who has just been released from prison after seven years. There's this sense of fearful tension in the air for the most of the drama- it's not that Tae-ho is dangerous, exactly. In fact, we see relatively little of the man throughout the drama's runtime. What we're left with, for the most part, is Gook-seo's general sense of fear.
Now, given that Gook-seo doesn't seem to believe Tae-ho will actually hurt him physically, this begs the question of why exactly he's frightened at all,...More
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