[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 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
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 1 2014/07/23,
Farming, far from the romantic pursuit it's usually framed as in fiction, tends to be repetitive, boring hard work. In the modern world this isn't really that big a deal. Practically all work is repetitive, boring and hard. The difference is that in most jobs there's a boss to yell at us when we're doing things wrong, to keep us grounded in reality. In "Golden Tower", the farmers that make up the local community are mostly unsupervised. Consequently, when something, anything unusual happens, they go completely bonkers,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Marriage Blue" 2013/12/06,
I-ra (played by Ko Joon-hee) is a wedding planner who finds herself in an awkward position after discovering she's pregnant. The father is Dae-bok (played by Lee Hee-joon), and the relationship isn't currently at a place where a long-term commitment feels appropriate. Dae-bok, to his credit, panics upon receiving the news, not because he's scared of being a father, but because he realizes from I-ra's diffident attitude that she doesn't feel the relationship has any kind of future. Dae-bok moves desperately to try and change her mind,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.22 - 2013.11.24 2013/11/25, Korea Proves Fire Retardant as "Friends 2" holds True...
Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" held onto the top spot despite the arrival of the engrossing "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". "Catching Fire" smashed the U.S. box office record for a November release, grossing a grotesque $161.1M as fans flooded the theatres to catch the second instalment of "Hunger Games" trilogy. However a slow Korean market proved incombustible in the face of this fiery U.S. action-adventure, choosing instead to re-elect Kwak's popular sequel as it moved onto 2.3 million admissions in its second weekend out,...More
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