[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 16 Final 2016/10/25,
It's rather fitting that the relationship between Jeong-seok and Ha-na ends in much the same way that it began- with the two alleged leads making little meaningful contact with each other. It's rather telling how the romantic callbacks for these two kept referring to the same small batch of scenes, many of which were only a couple of episodes ago. Their love story is one with rather little cause, which makes it difficult to celebrate,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 15 2016/10/24,
At long last "Drinking Alone" has hit the point of serious self-reflection on the part of its characters- although for me this is too little too late. The grand output of Jeong-seok and Ha-na's relationship consits of a couple of decent dates at the tail end of Jeong-seok acting like a jerk. The way he keeps talking about "quality" is, I think, supposed to be cute but all it ever does is remind me how generally mean-spirited the man is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 14 2016/10/18,
Generally speaking "Drinking Alone", has been pretty clear that Jeong-seok is not the most likable guy on a personal level. But time and again, the typical Jeong-seok just leaves me thinking, this guy is a jerk. No one likes him, for good reason. That by the end of this episode someone has finally gotten the courage to say that to Jeong-seok's face does not change how "Drinking Alone" is mostly an exploration of how Jeong-seok is a jerk who rarely ever gets punished for his behavior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 13 2016/10/17,
At this point "Drinking Alone" is making a deliberate concerted effort to portray its characters in about as negative a light as possible. I can think of no other reason why Jeong-seok starts off his relationship with Ha-na by being a weird control freak, engages in some weird stalking of her, and then the episode concludes as if Jeong-seok has learned a serious life lesson. To most people this is just the bare minimum standard of being a decent partner,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 12 2016/10/11,
Jeong-seok has finally come to understand that he's a pretty big jerk. This is sort of acceptable. Jeong-seok then goes straight from that realization to stalking Ha-na. This is...not really acceptable. I'm just not a big fan of sexual harassment, is the thing here, and given how Ha-na does not have access to Jeong-seok's thought process, that's pretty much the only reasonable interpretation of his behavior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 11 2016/10/10,
...I was kind of expecting by this point in "Drinking Alone" that some effort would have been made to make Jeong-seok's character sympthetic. It wouldn't even have to be full on sympathy. I would be satisfied if he was at least making progress toward becoming a better person but if anything Jeong-seok's behavior has gotten worse. As the bathroom scene demonstrates, Jeong-seok is willing to make a greater effort to be a jerk than would be necessary to fulfill the standards of basic decency,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 10 2016/10/04,
This far in I'm honestly a little surprised at how much I don't like most of the characters in "Drinking Alone". To write that I dislike them is probably a little harsh, but all the same, I can't come up with any good reason for Jeong-seok and Ha-na to be together. Shoot, I can't think of any good reason for Jeong-seok to be together with anyone. Does he seriously need to obsess about quality every waking moment? That was never a charming personality trait in the first place, and now it's just plain annoying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 9 2016/10/03,
Jin-i gets a good chance for positive characterization quite quickly, as she's the one who has to wrangle a distraught drunken Ha-na somewhere the younger woman can sober up. Incidentally, I'm surprised Jin-i hooked up with her boyfriend at a motel when she has such a nice apartment. I'm less surprised that Jin-i and Ha-na's silly plan leads to an equally silly and comedic situation but what can I say, I'm a sucker for decent slapstick,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 8 2016/09/27,
Jeong-seok's dinner of choice has been getting incrementally more social. The nuances are a bit hard to explain but that food he's eating at the beginning this episode is generally intended to be eaten by multiple people, and we can see this reflected in the environs of the restaurant, which is very crowded and loud. Headphones or not Jeong-seok is out of his milleu. This is all a very effective symbolic representation of his warming up to Ha-na,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 7 2016/09/26,
The main particularly interesting aspect to Jeong-seok's character is the complicated way he drinks alcohol by himself, but "Drinking Alone" keeps undermining this by making him act weirdly lovey-dovey. What's worse is that Myeong, in additiion to being really nice, apparently has some pretty amazing abs. Surprisingly enough that scene isn't just eye candy. It's also a lead-up to a fairly impressive joke,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 6 2016/09/20,
Jeong-seok continues to leave me less-as-impressed as a character. It's not that he's a bad guy, or especially unlikable. The problem is he almost never actually does anything. Jeong-seok is, by his own life's plan, excessively passive, and he's also so successful that Ha-na can't even really approach him. This makes for a terribly unsatisfying romance, especially when more immediately pressing crises come up like Ha-na's inevitable embarrassing collapse on camera,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 5 2016/09/19,
A harder turn toward serious romance this episode sours me somewhat on "Drinking Alone". It's mainly an issue of Jeong-seok being too ridiculously passive to be plausible as a romantic lead. What's more, Ha-na is such a cipher I'm actually hard-pressed to see why Jeong-seok should like her romantically at all. Now, Myeong, he has a very good reason to like Ha-na. She's his teacher. What more reason does he need?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 4 2016/09/13,
The main problem with Jeong-seok repeating his proper drinking rules all the time is that it becomes easier to see the flaws in his thinking. Jeong-seok's happiness appears to be entirely dependent on other people not showing up and annoying him. So he has to live like a hermit, except that Jeong-seok's job literally just involves talking to people and his hobby necessitates going out to public places. And even at home Myeong is hanging around being an annoying little brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 3 2016/09/12,
Ha-na (played by Park Ha-seon) is the obvious foil to Jeong-seok. Whereas Jeong-seok is an antisocial jerk who is nonetheless high on the respect chain in the teaching profession, Ha-na is the exact opposite. She lacks much in the way of authority or reputation, and is in point of fact not much older than the students she's supposed to be instructing. If Jeong-seok is a reminder of how our betters can be rude and snooty, Ha-na shows us that simply having a title does not necessarily make a person competent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 2 2016/09/06,
Now that the basic shock of the premise has worn off "Drinking Alone" isn't quite as interesting as it was initially, although there are still plenty of moderately engaging bits. The production team appears to be sticking with the format of framing each episode around Jeong-seok pointedly enjoying his quiet peaceful meals. This is more a point of comparison than it is a matter of plot, because the absurdly stressful situations that pop up at work really are best dealt with via silent time alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drinking Alone" Episode 1 2016/09/05,
Jeong-seok (played by Ha Seok-jin) is an educational lecturer of wide repute. He despises people. And bizarre though this may seem, "Drinking Alone" does not seem terribly interested in disagreeing with him. When Jeong-seok describes how wonderfully ideal it is to spend an evening drinking by oneself, there's a real Yoon Doo-joon quality to how absolutely devoted Jeong-seok is to this idea of good food and liquor. It's just that, in stark contrast to Dae-yeong of "Let's Eat", Jeong-seok does not believe this is a sentiment that can or should be shared,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Salut D'Amour" 2015/05/02,
Seong-chil (played by Park Geun-hyeong) is a grumpy old man who's stubbornly standing in the way of a redevelopment scheme for his local neighborhood. The other characters decide, somewhat elaborately, that the best way to get Seong-chil to fold is to develop a convoluted romantic storyline involving Geum-nim (played by Yoon Yeo-jeong). And so, we get a love story involving Seong-chil and Geum-nim,...More
Hwang Woo-seul-hye is different 2015/04/13, Source, Actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye is happy these days. That's because of the movie "Salut D'Amour". She's been in this biz for 7 years now. It's been a short career but she hasn't had the chance to bring it all out yet. "Salut D'Amour" was a lucky break for her.
"I usually get offered similar characters. I am not complaining, but I have always waited to meet a new character like the one in "Salut D'Amour". I don't know how they trusted me with this role. I am so grateful",...More
[Spoiler] "Good Day" ends on a happy note 2014/10/05, Source,
The final episode of SBS weekend drama "Good Day" showed Han Song-jeong (Kim Mi-Sook) getting married with Nam Goong-yeong (Son Chang-min) and finding her own happiness.
Song-jeong's first daughter Da-ae (Hwang Woo-seul-hye) cried when her stepson Eun-chan (Jeong Jae-min) called her 'mom' and Song-jeong's second daughter Da-jeong (Park Se-yeong) successfully gave birth. Song-jeong told Da-jeong who had been through the pain of child-birth, "You've just met the greatest friend you'll ever have, I told you how happy I am because of you three",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - Our Erotic Love" 2014/07/13,
Dong-chan (played by Lee Seon-gyoon) is the kind of man who's destined to suffer indignity because he's always so dignified so much of the time. The accident wasn't bad enough, the humiliation wasn't bad enough, no, it also turns out that nobody at work can function unless Dong-chan's around to keep order. It's no wonder the man hates fun so much, even when women come on to him for no apparent reason,...More
Hwang Woo-seul-hye, the most beautiful pharmacist 2014/05/29, Source, Hwang Woo-seul-hye is a stubborn pharmacist named Jeong Da-ae in "Good Day" and her hairstyle is quite a trend between women in their 20s and 30s.
Unlike other pharmacists, she's determined and clumsy at the same time. In every episode, she wears cute ribbons in her hair to emphasize loveliness or even matches big sized ribbons to match her outfit for the day and such. The accessories defines the what could have been simple outfits,...More
Marbling 2014/01/17, Source, "Marbling"
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 99 min.
Directed by: Ahn Cheol-ho
Starring: Hwang Woo-seul-hye, Sa Hee
Synopsis: Mal-hee is a university professor who is the perfect nerd when it comes to dating men. She has long been in one-sided love with her old friend. Her friend Se-young, a nude photographer, comes to teach her how to seduce a man into bed,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Marbling" 2014/01/11,
Mal-hee (played by Hwang Woo-seul-hye) is a thirty three year old statistics teacher who's never even so much as kissed a guy. But honestly, the woman has bigger problems than that. Her father is...well, the guy's not a monster or anything, but his presence looms ominously over the film, even though he's absent for most of it. This is a man with a much more libertine sex life, in spite of his age. But he's apparently incapable of discussing matters of amour with his daughter, leading to some warped perspectives considering her value as a woman.
And all of these awful ideas are only confirmed with the arrival of Se-yeong (played by Sa Hee), a much more sexually adventurous art instructor who is, in a word, horribly unlikable and repulsive,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/01/11, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Murderer": A killer is laying low until one day a girl who knows who he is appears in front of him and awakens his killer instinct. (01/16)
★★★★ "Marbling": A virgin professor takes advice from a nude painter on getting the man she desires. (01/16)
★★★ "Hype Nation 3D": A South Korean dance crew battle it out to prove who has what it takes to be the best. (01/16)
★★★ "Taste": A hotshot hunk loses his job and finds himself at home surrounded by four curious neighbours. (01/16),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Festival - The Sleeping Witch" 2013/10/25,
Ah-Mi (played by Hwang Woo-seul-hye) was in a horrible accident sixteen years ago and wakes up to discover that she now lives in a completely different world and is in her early thirties. This revelation...doesn't exactly have the dramatic impact on her psyche that I might expect. For most of this drama, all anyone can think about is the mystery of what specifically happened on that night sixteen years ago. A man died at the time, and no one seems to know why he was in the room with Ah-Mi,...More
Who is the queen of the year? 2013/10/02, Source,
What's the exposure code at BIFF this year?
The 18th Busan International Film Festival is opening its festival door with the movie "The Blessing" on the 3rd of October.
The highlight of all openings is the relay of female stars' dresses. Domestic and foreign actresses alike will be decorating the red carpet with sexy to abstruse fashion,...More
Busan film festival opens to star-studded fanfare, Always 2011/10/07, Source, By KOFIC Staff
Despite some concern over construction delays at the Busan Cinema Center, the 16th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has opened at the new dedicated venue on schedule and with a galaxy of local and international stars on the red carpet. The festival opened Oct. 6 with the world premiere of Song Il-gon's ill-fated love story Always, starring So Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo.
The film had sold out in seven seconds and the director and his stars were greeted with huge cheers as they stepped onto the Busan Cinema Center's red carpet with festival director LEE Yong Kwan. Song declared, "This is a great honor in my life",...More
On the set of "Drama Special - Our Erotic Love" 2010/06/01, Source,
Actor Lee Seon-gyoon takes part in a shoot for "Drama Special - Our Erotic Love" at the KBS building in the city of Sokcho of Gangwon Province on May 16, 2010. [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Dong-chan (played by Lee Seon-gyoon) is a producer at broadcasting company MBS' Seoul office. But he who was receiving the spotlight as a promising producer in the investigative reporting division of the news department, is assigned a post in the suburbs one day. And the program he is put in charge of is "My Heartwarming Hometown". The manager of his team tries to console him by saying they "do programs for Seoul once or twice a month" but all in vain. There is no way his words will reassure Dong-chan who emphasizes the importance of the media's function as a watchdog. Then Dong-chan experiences the most tragic accident of his life while at a beef soup restaurant -- the hot soup ends up wounding his 'private part'. And the main culprit is none other than Nam-hee (played by Hwang Woo-seul-hye), the reporter for "My Heartwarming Hometown",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye 2010/04/07, Source, Interview with actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye
Actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Hwang Woo-seul-hye. My real name is Hwang Jin-hee but when I became an actress, my mom went to the naming center and came up with this name. There were other names I could choose from but I liked the vibe 'Seul-hye' gave off. I was born on August 10, 1979 and my hometown is Seoul. I don't know about other things but I have perseverance. I'm the type that works really hard on the things I enjoy like I did with jazz dance and yoga. The biggest advantage of yoga is that it helps relieve stress and stabilizes the mind and soul. When I dance to loud music for jazz dancing, it helps get rid of my gloominess,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Hwang Woo-seul-hye on BAZAAR 2010/03/22, Source,
Actress Hwang Woo-seul-hye is in the sexy and mysterious concept photoshoot.
She has turned into a fashionable New Yorker who loves solitude.
Hwang is wearing one piece tunics, sequin mini dress, leather short pants, spoty jackets, and other costumes. The classic American styles make her look like she's a city girl and,...More
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