[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 9 2017/01/18,
It is both an episode of angst and progress that greets us this week. Aro must try to come to terms with the fact that her real brother died and that Seon-woo is just a stand in. At the same time, the hwarang unintentionally become closer. The stuffs that hold it together are flimsy, but mindlessly enjoyable like most of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 8 2017/01/16,
As the queen tries to build up the hwarang, her opponents just as quickly attempt to tear them down. Meanwhile romance flowers between the beautiful young men and women of Silla and complicates matters for those with political aims. Aro is one of those young people in love, confused by her emotions for her brother as much as she is confused by the clear indicators that he may not be who she thinks he is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 7 2017/01/11, "Hwarang" episode 7 explores the meaning of what it means to be king. Various points of view of presented and explained throughout the episode while the cringeworthy romance between Seon-woo and Aro continues to grow and Ji-dwi engages in a battle of will with his power-hungry mother. The struggle between factions and royal family members is nothing alien to the sageuk,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 6 2017/01/04,
Very little plot development happened this week. It was basically an introduction into live in the Hwarang training center where class politics dictates the behavior of the boys training to be useful Hwarang. As they struggle to set a social balance, they start to see past the rigid structures that society created. However, it is just a start. Besides, there's a lot of silliness that needs to happen between plot points in "Hwarang" and we can't forgo that!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 5 2017/01/03, "Hwarang" is a light adventure tale that is intermingled with fauxcest, pretty boys, and lots of epic battles. It's a cross between a 2000s American rom-com film and manga reverse harem stories. Unfortunately these aspects of the drama detracted from the character development. Rather than growth, the drama focused on sensationalism. It's makes for an entertaining hour, but one without much substance.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 4 2016/12/27,
Episode 4 of "Hwarang" had a distinct taste of 2010's "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" with its action, sports, K-pop, beautiful boys, and the appearance of Kim Kwang-gyoo playing a similar role. These elements were present before, but came together to create some serious 2010 nostalgia. Not only do we get a major drama throw back, but we start to see how the young men who become the Hwarang relate to their parents, each other, and the political powers that be.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 3 2016/12/26,
Youth places limits on characters and defines many quarrels in "Hwarang". Youthfulness equates to weakness in Silla as the adults control the political landscape and pass their rivalries down to their children who can do little but act out. Each of the flower boys and Aro feel the helplessness of their age,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 2 2016/12/21,
The second episode of "Hwarang" was much slower than the first with the action circling around the motivation for Moo-myeong's revenge driving the plot.
Moo-myeong spends most of the episode looking very handsome with even better hair and very, very distraught over the lost of his friend, the cameo from Lee Kwang-soo,...More
The keyword this year is 'romance' 2016/03/31, Source,
The keyword is romance. The three ground-wave broadcasting stations are coming up with romantic comedy and melodramas.
11 out of 17 dramas that are due to be released this year are romantic dramas,...More
Ko Ah-ra shares selfie on her birthday 2016/02/12, Source,
Actress Ko Ah-ra shed a glimpse on her recent daily life.
On February 12th, Ko Ah-ra posted a photo of herself on her personal Instagram, saying "Fans, thank you always for so much love. I wish you many blessings in the year of 2016. Please send me much support this year again. I love you. February 11th birthday",...More
SBS Drama Awards, quality or popularity? 2015/12/03, Source,
Who will be the last one to laugh at the SBS Drama Awards?
SBS maintains its reputation for being one of the most powerful drama broadcasting stations in 2015. It entertained viewers with various dramas and so did actors and actresses with their various transformations,...More
Actors' salary this year 2015/09/03, Source,
Curiosity rose for actors' pay after actresses' pay was released last month. We've updated the ranks from highest paid actors to the lowest.
According to studies, the gap between actors and actresses isn't that large. In case of the actors, they are more highly paid as they have a strong fan base all over the world. The prices of actors continuously rise but the actresses fill in the gaps with fashion and beauty advertisements. After actors make it big with dramas, they make more money off extracurricular events such as foreign fan meetings and such so they make extra profits,...More
UEE, "I want to try a movie" 2015/08/04, Source, Singer and actress UEE says she wants to be in a movie next.
A finishing interview for the SBS drama "High Society" was held on the 3rd and she said, "I haven't done a movie yet. I would like to be in a movie even if it was a small role",...More
Hyung Sik, "Open relationship? If I were to marry her..." 2015/08/04, Source, Actor and member of ZE:A - Children of EmpireHyung Sik is innocent about love. He's passionate like Romeo and Juliet and he says he wants to put everything on the line for his romance. He was very much like Yoo Chang-soo from the recent SBS drama "High Society".
Hyung Sik thinks he'd get married if he found the one he loved and he would show her everything about him from weaknesses to strengths. "Open relationship? If she was the one I'd marry then I think it's alright to expose our relationship. When will I get married though? When I am capable of taking care of my own family? I would like to get married when I find the one I love. I don't believe in waiting to get married when you love someone. I want to make that person mine rather than lose her",...More
[Spoiler] "This Is Family" Yoo Dong-geun starts filial piety 2014/11/02, Source,
On the twenty-third episode of the KBS 2TV weekend drama "This Is Family", Cha Soon-bong (Yoo Dong-geun) held hands with Byeon Woo-tak.
Cha Soon-bong cried to himself when a conflict arose between his sister Cha Soon-geum (Yang Hee-kyeong) and his children on the anniversary of his wife's death. Cha Soon-geum was infuriated when Cha Soon-bong pre-wrote his will for Cha Kang-jae (Yoon Park). When Soon-geum yelled at Kang-jae for making him write out his will and Cha Kang-jae yelled back at her, they stabbed a dagger through Cha Soon-bong's chest,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Nine: Time Travelling Nine Times" 2014/08/23,
There are a lot of issues with the Korean drama industry and the fact that new ideas can rarely escape the confines of the drama formula is one of the big ones. Romance is almost inescapable and overly melodramatic tropes and devices turning cliche are another such element. Even good writing cannot always escape those and often does not even try. 'Nine: Time Travelling Nine Times' is a series which had great potential and has many virtues, but it also has a few problems, its biggest issue being that it fails to incorporate a solid romance into its plot and goes cheap with its melodrama,...More
[HanCinema's Idol Actors] Hyung Sik and Lee Joon 2014/07/12, Hyung Sik
Park Hyung-sik (Hyung Sik) is an idol who strives to excel. Best known for his work as a member of the boy group ZE:A - Children of Empire, he has dabbled in different performance arts such as musicals and the television scene of South Korea. The projects he chooses to take part in are varied and many, each providing unique challenges to the young talent.
The start of his career found him in cameos, but his first dive into serious acting was in 'Drama Special - Sirius'. Like many idol actors, the role was the younger version of the adult main lead. However, this role required him to play twin brothers with opposite personalities, troubled pasts, and a severely strained relationship. Hyung Sik's acting was piercing and heartfelt. Each character he played was a distinct and clear person, which is no easy feat even for the most seasoned of actors,...More
[HanCinema's Year in Review] Raine's Top Six Picks of 2013 2014/01/04,
It is the end of another year in K-dramaland and time to look back and count how many hours I spent watching dramas, running my drama blog, and working on drama-related projects. Since I watched twenty-eight 2013 dramas, recapped three and reviewed nine, and delved into past dramas, that would give me a total of,...More
"The Heirs" napping
The cast of "The Heirs" are struggling with sleep.
Images of the cast trying to make most of their 5 minutes of shut eye to re-energize themselves, were revealed on the 26th of November,...More
Ji Seong VS Kwon Sang-woo VS Lee Min-ho 2013/09/25, Source,
A new battle has begun between the three broadcasting companies now that Chuseok is over. Fierce new dramas take over Wednesday and Thursday nights with different genres.
The first drama to be mentioned is the KBs 2TV drama "Secrets".
"Secrets" was pre-sold to Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Asian countries even before it was shown in Korea and it tells the story of a man who falls in love with the woman who kills his lover,...More
[Weekender] Summer musical treats 2011/07/07, Source,
"Romance of their Own"
From Broadway classics to K-pop jukebox musical
By Kwon Mee-yoo
The summer is usually considered a slow season for musicals but a wide variety of hot shows are here this season. From Broadway classics to jukebox musicals featuring K-pop, offering spectacles to tempt people to spend their vacations in theaters.
Classics with modern touch
Broadway classics "Guys and Dolls" will raise its curtain at LG Arts Center in southern Seoul on Aug. 2,...More
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