[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" 2015/03/28,
All kinds of characters have faced crime in OCN series. From coroners to simple detectives and from vampire prosecutors to superheroes. "Doctor Frost" takes a slightly different approach and looks at the individuals, rather than the crime itself alone. While less exciting than similar shows in terms of suspense and lacking a strong gimmick, it offers that unique exploration of crime through a different lens. That of what aids and breaks people's minds,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 10 2015/02/01,
Final episodes normally do lots of callbacks, and "Doctor Frost" is no different. Unfortunately, "Doctor Frost" decides to call back to all the least interesting parts of the drama, creating a finale that's about as uninspiring as most of the normal episodes. There's little to no actual psychoanalysis, as usual, and the final plot unfolds about as predictably as possible. Only the exact details and motivation of the villain are new, and these story points are rather uninspiring,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 9 2015/01/25,
In a word, this episode is perfunctory. "Doctor Frost" is setting up the finale, and so is deliberately putting all the various long-term fragments of the previous episodes into proper order. The woman from the last cliffhanger ends up not being a plot point except to the extent of motive. Remember the episode about false memories, the one where the true culprit got away? That's what's really going on here- psychoanalysis of a person we can't actually see just yet because it would ruin the surprise. Even if you've probably already guessed who it is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 8 2015/01/18,
The rather trivially simple theme this episode is just lying. Works for me. While a person doesn't need a doctorate to understand lying, it is a topic that pretty much everyone can relate to. And the set-up is, in fact, a perfect situation for exploring the difference. A man is physically accosting a woman on the street late at night. The implication of the situation is obvious. And yet right from the beginning I couldn't help but wonder, if this guy's really a villain, why did he stand around and wait for the police to show up?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 7 2015/01/11,
Writer Heo Ji-yeong appears to be going for weak synergy right now. The resulting product isn't exactly good but at least it's not terrible. What we have is less one story as it is three different plots of varying importance. Seong-ah meets up with a student who wants help in the romantic shyness department. Song-seon meets up with an old colleague known both to herself and Doctor Frost. And lastly, Tae-bong investigates a bizarre string of murders,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 6 2015/01/04,
Well, if nothing else, this episode of "Doctor Frost" marks a rather different story direction. There's no murder investigation this time- well, at least not of the recent variety. Doctor Frost and Song-seon are forced to confront the ghost of their recent history together. And the story does manage to be a reasonably sad one- if the basic plot of this episode were transposed onto a drama special it probably could have worked fairly well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 5 2014/12/21,
The mystery this episode involves a particularly interesting psychological phenomenon with all sorts of fun creative possibilities. Most detective procedurals work under the assumption that the human memory is a flawless mechanism for recreating past events. This, of course, isn't true at all. "Pinocchio" got a lot of mileage out of the fact that even a person who can't lie can still spread major falsehoods through making an erroneous assumption,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 4 2014/12/14,
On the plus side, this episode dispenses with murder. On the negative side, Doctor Frost is still mostly psychoanalyzing people who aren't actually in the room. So while the drama makes some progress in terms of clearly distinguishing itself from a standard crime procedural, it's still not really great. What's more the twist is pretty obvious- it's the Law of Conversation of Character in full force. You can probably guess what direction the story is going even if you don't know what that term means,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 3 2014/12/07,
With this episode "Doctor Frost" moves from being frustrating to just being kind of bland. This time the connection to the university psychology department is even more tenuous. The drama has increasingly little obvious correlation with the source material, or even with previous episodes. Why does it have to be flashbacks? Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to just show Doctor Frost going to the colored rooms?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 2 2014/11/30,
While I'm willing to tolerate some level of adherence to the crime procedural format, "Doctor Frost" really overdoes it this time. One of the main factors that made the webtoon so interesting was the very flexible structure of the mystery. Doctor Frost's skills are psychological, so the only mysteries he can unravel are the ones that involves psychoanalysis. And I hate to be picky, but it's kind of hard to psychoanalyze a corpse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 1 2014/11/23,
It soon becomes clear why "Doctor Frost" has spent so long in production. They had to work on the soundtrack. Seriously, just listen to that. It's pretty hip stuff. There's mind-bending music for mind-bending investigative games, cool tunes for cool walks, crazy stuff for when the mental patient finally manages to lose their marbles. Director Seong Yong-il is clearly going for a certain level of ambience here, and it's succeeding,...More
[Guest Post] Must-watch Korean movies of 2013 2014/05/23,
If you thought that Hollywood and Bollywood were the only two major film making giants on the planet, you ought to think over again. The film industry has grown far and wide and today it is not just these two major film making phenomenon creating blockbusters every passing year. One such remarkable film industry is the Korean film industry. In recent years, the Korean film industry has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of the acting potential of the actors, the meticulously crafted scripts that make the movie going experience a fascinating one. To top it off, visual effects are essentially gaining an upper hand in almost every movie making them increasingly appealing to not just the Korean audiences but audiences worldwide. Given below is a list of the top Korean films released in 2013 that you cannot give a miss,...More
"The Fatal Encounter" attitude towards mass media 2014/04/27, Source,
A staff member of "The Fatal Encounter" crew said, "Lee Jae-gyoo? He drinks beers at home all day". The criticism from mass media have put the director and cast in a sense of shame. The unexpected reviews of the movie have been made public for the past 3~4 days.
The movie was nicknamed, "Hyeon Bin's comeback" and "Lee Jae-gyoo's meaningful movie" but everyone's reaction towards the movie was cold. 'Too much has been put into the movie', 'Complicated stories and organization of characters' and such are parts of the reviews,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" 2014/03/29, A selection of shots from Hong Sang-soo's "Nobody's Daughter Haewon"...Hong Sang-soo's "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" is a meandering masterpiece that ebbs and flows in much the same course as Hong's previous pronouncements. Its slow examination of the human condition is intoxicating; a dreamy drape over the awkward realities of relationships that won't appeal to all and that only a minority will mind. The Korean auteur's 14th entry was also fittingly featured in Cahiers du Cinéma's top 10 films of 2013, and attracted some award-winning attention for actress Jeong Eun-chae who plays a dreamy inkslinger with a passion for passing out on reality. The film is singed with the director's cinematic signatures as it woolgathers its way through the magical conditions of being-in-a-world. Enjoy! [spoilers],...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" 2013/09/22,
Hae-Won (played by Jeong Eun-chae) craves intimacy. The weird part is that it's fairly clear, looking at her daily life, that opportunities for intimacy surround her. There are plenty of people in Hae-Won's life who want to talk with and spend time with her. The trouble is that whenever Hae-Won actually gets involved in one of these long walks of light discussion, the conversation is stifled by positivity.
For what it's worth, this isn't entirely Hae-Won's fault. Her conversation partners are just as guilty of this as she is. But it's rather unmistakable that Hae-Won is seeking out and choosing people to reenforce this prison of good feelings, however obvious it is that it's not making her happy,...More
Viewer Review - Haunters 2011/10/15, Source,
Some things to know about my review:
- My reviews are subjective and my opinions based on my own general likes and dislikes, unclouded by obsessions.
- They usually don't have major or ending spoilers, but if they do, they will come with a warning.
- If I like a movie enough to write about it, I write a lot about it. My reviews are huge.
- I don't take myself too seriously so my reviews reflect that. It's light reading. A lot of it, but light.
I have started with Gang Dong-won movies, using my newly acquired obsession for inspiration and since I like them a lot. Which is why you won't be seeing a review about "Temptation of Wolves", which was frankly god-awful,...More
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source, The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress and model Jeong Eun-chae 2010/11/16, Source,
Actress and model Jeong Eun-chae [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Interview with Korean actress and model Jeong Eun-chaeMy name isJeong Eun-chae. I was born on November 24, 1986. Oh, come to think of it, it's almost my birthday. I didn't know that time was going by because I've been doing two years worth of work during the past two months. I studied abroad in London when I was 15 years old. My whole family lived there for two years when I was about four or five years old. My father was there because of his job and at the time both my parents really liked the country and decided that they would send their child to study there when they get older,...More
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