[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 16 (final) 2015/08/02, "Masked Prosecutor" has come to an end. It has been quite the journey that concludes pleasantly. Everyone gets what they deserve, including our hero. Justice is had, but what is missing from this show is the feeling of justice and satisfaction. "Masked Prosecutor" went through the motions of working the law, catching the villains, dealing with impossible family and childhood loves, but that magnetic spark that makes a drama special and attractive to the viewer was missing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 15 2015/08/02,
Everything in the action of episode 15 tells us that exciting things are afoot. There are trials, brothers at odds, secret identities uncovered, and romantic antics. A lot happens and yet very little is felt. It's action devoid of emotion. Action for action's sake. Action to attempt to salvage the drama. The acting on the part of Eom Ki-joon and Joo Sang-wook is stellar,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 14 2015/08/02,
This is an episode of choices and realization that centers around Dae-cheol. The character arcs move in relation to his personal journey, which is lazy writing or perhaps desperate writing as we head into the final week of "Masked Prosecutor". Dae-cheol is heart broken several times in this episode as his living family continue to disappoint him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 13 2015/07/26, "Masked Prosecutor" has taken a darker twist than I had anticipated. While jarring, it hurtles forward with such conviction that I've almost forgotten that it doesn't quite fit. Most of this next direction rests heavily on Hyun-woong's shoulders and therefore on the very capable Eom Ki-joon's shoulders. His character has stepped forward from the shadows only to be doused in a darkness of his own making,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 11 2015/07/17, "Masked Prosecutor" is both better and worse this episode. It is very engaging on an emotional level and focuses more on the core relationships in the show rather than the faulted procedural happenings. The relationship between Dae-cheol and Min-hee in both of its incarnations is endearing because Min-hee has stopped fighting her feelings for both Dae-cheol and his masked alter ego,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 10 2015/07/13,
Episode 10 was all about backing the bad guys into the corner. This means it focused on the procedural aspect of the show. The procedural aspect of "Masked Prosecutor is, by far, the weakest part of the drama. Therefore, this episode was decidedly weak. Dae-cheol and his helpers figure out how to back Sang-taek and his cronies (who include Hyun-woong) into a proverbial corner,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 9 2015/07/08,
After the midway point of "Masked Prosecutor" Min-hee began to fill out as a character. In this episode especially she shows significant growth as her past comes to haunt her and she loses the composure for which she has been known. Alongside her walks Dae-cheol and his sidekick Ho-sik propels him into realization: he must use the mask for justice and not for revenge. I've been hoping to see Dae-cheol to learn to be powerful as a prosecutor, but the show wants him to fight on the side of justice rather than use the mask for personal reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 8 2015/07/01,
Romance blossoms in episode 8 of "Masked Prosecutor" and it's quite welcome amongst the darkness of the procedural happenings. It livens up Min-hee's character and also provides some conflict. The cards also continue to stack up against Dae-cheol at this halfway point of the drama and bring both him and Min-hee to critical decisions. The path towards these decisions was decidedly clunky,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 6 2015/06/21, "Masked Prosecutor" has such potential that it is not living up to. Dae-cheol hides behind his mask because he feels impotent as a prosecutor. The story is about how he grows up. Min-hee also hides behind a less literal mask, one of a driven, hard woman who works for justice and who leaves little time for herself to be happy. Neither of these characters are compellingly written,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 5 2015/06/17,
The villain gains the upper hand in this episode because he is cunning enough to stay two steps ahead of our heroes. This episode shows how far-reaching his power and how difficult it is to battle someone with no conscience. Each of the main characters, Dae-cheol, Min-hee, Hyun-woong, and even Ri-na, is effected by Sang-taek's clever mechanizations,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 4 2015/06/10,
The web of corruption and lies that Dae-cheol and Min-hee are fighting grows wider by the episode. This was quite the exciting hour as Dae-cheol discovers how deeply his past and his father's past ties into the current landscape of abuse of power, and Min-hee suspects him to be the Masked Vigilante. There's also a bit of romantic interest budding on her part. Nothing says excitement like a sprinkle of love a dash of murder. What intrigues me most about Dae-cheol is that he's not just leading a double life, he's actually leading a triple life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 3 2015/06/07,
Past collides with present as Dae-cheol fervently dives into revenge for his father. So much of what fueled his father's sad turns in life remains and continues to fester in positions of power. It is in this third episode that we also see his half-brother, Hyeon-woong, start to question his place in life and his father's past corruptions. Min-hee is the most vaguely developed main character, but as she is caught up in the thick of Dae-cheol's investigation, she will hopefully get her own development. As Dae-cheol explores his father's past and suffers the grief of losing him, we get to experience alongside him how difficult and unfair life was for his father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 1 2015/06/02,
While "Masked Prosecutor" was tonally undecided in its first episode, it did deliver a compelling backstory and give impetus to watch the next episode. The cast is strong and the younger generation performs so well that it makes me hope to see them for many more trips to the past. This first episode mostly focused on how the main characters came to choose their current careers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sign" 2014/09/13,
While OCN might be the current king of the crime in Korean drama, crime as a topic, premise and even genre for shows is nothing new for the industry. Series with crime as their genre or an integral part of them might not appear often, but attempts have been made with various results. "Sign" is a big attempt at pure crime and achieves some new things, but its problems and lack of a solid main plot ultimately fail it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] Goddess Of Fire Jeongi Episode 1 2013/07/06,
MBC's newest drama, "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi", is of the paint-by-numbers variety. While this isn't a bad way to open up a show, it's very safe, I was hoping for something attention grabbing. I was excited to watch because of the stellar casting and because it was written by Kwon Soon-gyoo, who also wrote the powerhouse drama, "Warrior Baek Dong-soo". But until the child cast appeared about halfway through this first episode, the show was intensely dull, despite its cinematic beauty and the lovely soundtrack. The political mechanizations and the family history could have been cut down to five minutes and still contain all the information necessary,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Sign" - 1st Episode 2011/01/06, Source,
SBS TV series "Sign" [SBS]
SBS TV series - Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:55 p.m.
The first episode of "Sign" kicked off by showing the most intensive moment of the story. Yoon Ji-hoon (played by Park Shin-yang) takes away a body that was to be autopsied by another doctor, leaving Lee Myung-han (Jeon Kwang-ryeol) enraged and searching the National Forensic Service to look for him. Da-kyung (Kim Ah-joong), who had been arguing with Yoon, finds herself joining him in the autopsy room,...More
Lee Kyung-kyu wins grand prize at KBS Entertainment Awards 2010/12/26, Source,
Comedia Lee Kyung-kyu [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean comedian Lee Kyung-kyu won the grand prize at the KBS Entertainment Awards held over the weekend.
At the awards ceremony held at KBS' Open Hall on Saturday, Lee was awarded the top honor for his role as emcee of KBS variety show segment "What Makes A Man", part of entertainment program "Happy Sunday", which is one of the most-watched shows in the country,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoon Si-yoon - Part 2 2010/10/08, Source,
Actor Yoon Si-yoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]10: Is that why then? Some people make those around them feel uncomfortable while they're working hard but that's doesn't seem like what Tak-goo was like.Yoon Si-yoon: He's someone that's just happy to do what he does. I never had to act the emotion of him being nervous when he gets results. He just did what he did, he got the results, and 'wow, I'm done', is what it was for him. And he only feels happiness because he enjoyed the process of what he did. The reason he smiled and jumped about after the competition wasn't because he won but because he could make bread out of boiled barley that the child who helped him gave him. That's why Tak-goo isn't a hero. He's just a kid who likes normalities,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] "Swallow the Sun" in risk? 2009/07/06, Source, Ji Seong and Seong Yoo-ri are in the new SBS Wednesday Thursday drama, "Swallow the Sun".
The filming in LA has been finished and on the way back to Korea, 4 staff members are found to have symptoms of the Swine Flu! This has become the emergency issue regarding the staff members.
The airing of the episodes have not been changed, however, they are taking precautions in health for all members of the drama staff.
The 4 staff with the flu symptoms will be treated in the hospital for a week.,...More
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