[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 29 2015/07/03,
The corruption of Jung-ho continues even though it results in losing the people in his life. His continued ignorance of his social situation makes him more pitiable than detestable. While he suffers as his world falls apart, In-sang struggles to acclimate to life away from his father's protective monetary comfort. The episode highlights the differences between those who pluck up the courage and try to change and those who refuse to change out of fear. In-sang chooses a new life situation where he must learn to adapt,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 28 2015/07/01,
Despite the unhappiness at home, Jung-ho continues to play in the political arena using money to buy him power and influence. In his selfish venture for more power, he doesn't that his son has been agonizing over which path he should take: staying in luxury and abiding by his father's law, or living with Beom and Jin-young and working hard to make ends meet. The decisions both men make also legally affect the other characters in the show, but that aspect of the drama is the dullest. Jung-ho plans to overwhelm Beom, Secretary Min, and the rest of the staff with insidiously clever legal proceedings and doesn't think about how his children, especially In-sang, view him or his actions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 27 2015/06/30,
This show is gearing towards the ending. It spirals inwards on itself, making the same plot moves over and over again. Jung-ho is selfish and hurts everyone around him. In-sang has several battles raging within him: his loyalty to his family, his greed over his inheritance, and his love for Beom. Beom is struggling with her pride and battling Jung-ho's incredible arrogance and power. That said, the curtain lifts a bit on Jung-ho's backdoor dealings and how he has maintained his wealth,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 26 2015/06/25,
The inability to adapt and change has cost Jung-ho what he needs most: people. One by one they leave him because of his severe superiority complex. What is sad is not that Jung-ho acutely feels the loss of his people, but that he feels offended by what he views as their desertion. Jung-ho's arrogance stands out in relief against a backdrop of disgruntled employees and family members,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 25 2015/06/21,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" is going through puberty much too late. It is episode twenty-five out of thirty and only now do Beom and In-sang start having major problems. These problems are only a point of intrigue rather than an integral part of the plot motion. The groundwork had been laid for issues to manifest much sooner between them. What annoys me most is that their fight is merely a tool to make the story last until the end of the drama's run. All the character development that I'd been hoping for in Beom and In-sang bursts forth from the emotional flood gates,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 24 2015/06/18,
The young couple has weathered the storm that is In-sang's parents together. Together they are strong and their sense or morality gives them a sturdy backbone. Jung-ho and Yeon-hee understand that together, In-sang and Beom cannot be swayed, so they work to rip them asunder. The bait that is dangled before In-sang is his substantial inheritance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 22 2015/06/14,
This is the episode of the underpaid and overworked hired help. Until recent episodes they have mostly made commentary on Jung-ho's and Yeon-hee's lives and decisions. Now they finally stand up for their rights as human beings and it throws the rich folk into a tizzy. Unfortunately that tizzy gets taken out on Beom. The new pressure on Beom allow her to prove her mettle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 21 2015/06/13,
As much as Je-hoon and Yeon-hee loved Beom before is as much as they find her worthless now. They turned into rabid animals as soon as Beom fell out of their favor. Their ability to flip flop is terrifying and not only do In-sang and Beom fear them, but so do the overworked, manipulated contracted workers. Je-hoon and Yeon-hee's marriage is built on pride and money,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 19 2015/06/12,
Despite the fact that Jung-ho and Yeon-hee display incredibly childish behavior, the people around them continue to cater to their every whim. It is a result of the fact that they have money and power born of inheritance and enough cunning to maintain it. Against these unfair circumstances do In-sang and Beom find themselves waging war. Those around them hold unique opinions as to whether or not they should even try to battle the power that be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through Grapevine" Episode 18 2015/06/11,
The children turn out to be the most conscious human beings and citizens while the parents act like spoiled children. It's an interesting dichotomy because while the children are intelligent and have good intentions, the immature parents have the wisdom of age. It is a delicate battle that In-sang and Beom fight to win control over their stifling lives. In-sang and Beom meticulously research the shady undertakings of Jung-ho's professional life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 17 2015/06/07,
This episode was chock full of the kind of plot material I've been waiting sixteen episodes for. Hypocrisy is exposed and Beom and In-sang finally begin to take measures to rid themselves of the foolishness brought upon them by Jung-ho. There were a couple of powerful, long awaited moments on the parts of In-sang and Beom,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 15 2015/05/26,
There is a broader goal in "Heard It Through the Grapevine", but it keeps getting lost in the episodic format of the show. The meshing of Beom's world and In-sang's world causes friction and change, which is quite interesting. Unfortunately the show has turned back to Jung-ho and Yeon-hee's childish antics. If they don't get their way they have a temper tantrum. Not all of the show was about Jung-ho and Yeon-hee's insecurities and obsession with status,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 13 2015/05/11,
This episode further explored Jung-ho and Yeon-hee's plan to separate Beom from her family. Her family is feeling the social pressure, especially Beom's sister Noo-ri. Relationships in the upper crust of society are complicated and neither Noo-ri nor her parents and uncle are ready to tackle them. The most obvious change in the family is that Noo-ri is pushing herself to equal Beom,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 12 2015/05/08,
Jung-ho and Yeon-hee have begun their assault on Beom's family - they plan to morph them into a socially acceptable unit of society with monetary bribes. It places a distinct wedge between Beom and her family. In fact, the staff begins to call her a miniature Yeon-hee. Beom is working so hard to please that she has begun to absorb the attitude of her in-laws,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 11 2015/05/04,
Episode 11 was strong than those of the past because something actually happened. And by "something", I mean that Jung-ho and Yeon-hee didn't just sit around plotting to take over the futures of In-sang and Beom. They set their plans into motion and the hired help quietly fights their corruption behind the scenes. Things happened! The major theme of the episode was class and how it divides In-sang's family from Beom's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 7 2015/04/20,
Jung-ho and Yeon-hee become more ridiculous in this episode. They are the center of the show with their immaturity and, dare I say, idiocy. This episode displays that their manicured appearance most definitely belies the children beneath. As of late, Jung-ho has become obsessed with losing hair,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 6 2015/04/09,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" seems to be, on the surface, a story about young love, teenage pregnancy, normal troubles with in-laws and socio-economic differences. In reality, it is about Jung-ho and Yeon-hee, the infantile, yet incredibly wealthy and socially influential parents of In-sang. It is about their inability to adjust to situations outside the status quo. The couple treats In-sang and his new wife, Beom, like dolls playing at being a family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 5 2015/04/06,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" is really a tale of two woefully clueless socialites who are blasted by a huge social dilemma and handle it terribly. Yeon-hee and Jung-ho do not know how to deal with In-sang's out-of-wedlock baby or his marriage to a common woman. This episode is the start of their attempt to conform the young couple to their standards and their ignorance in how to treat their family as humans rather than as a social concept. What makes this show so effective is not just the acting, but the music that accompanies the moments that most horrify Jung-ho and Yeon-hee,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 4 2015/04/02,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" feels like it is a ball of energy ready to explode - but it never does. In-sang's parents are a riot as caricatures of the rich and spoiled while In-sang and Beom are a rather perfect couple. Beom's family feels the most real and they are who ground this drama with their normalcy. Beom's family hasn't been in the foreground as much as In-sang's has, but they finally stepped up to bat and give In-sang and Beom the stability that they need,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 3 2015/03/25,
What "Heard It Through the Grapevine" does well is slice-of-life storytelling without becoming too trite. If the show continues this path of development, it will be difficult to make any larger changes without a tonal shift. For now, though, it's quite a wonderful way to exploit the satirical elements that have been soundly nestled throughout the show. In-sang's parents, Joon-ho and Yeon-hee, are the victims of this drama's satirical elements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 2 2015/03/09,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" has taken The Miracle of birth and used it masterfully to achieve multiple ends. It captures the agony of childbirth, the wonder of new life, the tumultuous emotions new parents feel, the social terror In-sang's parents feel, and also manages to capture the irony of the fact that In-sang's parents are unhappy during one of the most wonderful moments of their son's life. In-sang's parents are rich in wealth and social status, and yet they are unhappy at the birth of their grandson,...More
[Guest Review] "Secret Love Affair" Episodes 8 and 9 2014/05/30,
I continue to highly recommend the series "Secret Love Affair". The most recent* episodes I watched were the pair 8 & 9 that evolved in a natural, character driven manner. The ill matched, romantic pair had understandable forces pushing them together and apart. To me, the scenarios were mostly coherent and credible. However, I am still baffled by what might be the underlying motives of some of the key characters. In the first of these episodes the female protagonist uses the young male to partially alleviate some of the unreasonable pressures imposed upon her from multiple sources. In the second the pair are shown to be purposely oblivious to the dangers imposed by their forthright pursuit of their liaison,...More
'Little Son Ye-jin' Kyeong Soo-jin cast in JTBC "Secret Love Affair" 2014/01/19, Source,
Actress Kyeong Soo-jin is starring in the new JTBC drama "Secret Love Affair" which is to be broadcasted after the current drama "Can We Love??". She takes on the role of Park Da-mi, a girl who has a crush on the genius pianist Lee Seon-jae (Yoo Ah-in). She's a one-way character who has no eyes for anyone else but him. She's the life of the drama.
Kyeong Soo-jin said, "I am happy to have landed in such a good role in the New Year. I think this will be a chance for me to show my pure side. I already feel friendly with Park Da-mi as she is a very bright and cheerful character. I am so happy to be able to work with amazing people and learn from them",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Seol Kyeong-gu (Part 2) 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Seol Kyeong-gu [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una (Beck): And that is when you decided to take the civil service examination. Seol Kyeong-gu (Seol): Haha. Let me explain that to you. I was dying to leave the Hanyang Repertory. I'd already graduated but that place was an extension of school while I wanted to meet a larger variety of people. I didn't think they'd let me go for no reason so I lied that I'm going to take the civil service exam. (laugh) But what's so spontaneous about me is that although I had left because I didn't like it, I didn't have anything to do right away. And I needed money but I didn't want to ask my parents for it so I ended up asking a senior of mine to give me a part-time job putting up posters. The interesting thing is that I ended up staying in the industry. Of course, if I had really taken off, I might have ended up becoming human trash. (laugh) Anyway, I had been at the job for about a month and a half? I was suddenly asked if I would want to take part in the musical "Line 1". Mr. Kim Min-ki had seen me about, putting up the posters and asked me if I would want to take part thinking that I'm hardworking. That had been my audition for it. Me and actors from all walks of life with all sorts of experience rehearsed for three months and wow, it was so much fun. That was the start of "Line 1". It also did very well. Before I took on film "Girls' Night Out", I was making two million won per month and drove a Sephia. (laugh) But after "Line 1", I had no work at all. That's when scenarist Lee Seon-mi, who used to do plays, recommended me to writer Jeong Seong-joo. And that is how I got to become part of the cast for morning TV series "Sisters". I think I'm a very person when it comes to human relationships. Beck: Did you not think of taking on dramas after "Sisters"? Seol: Why wouldn't I have? I was also asked to quite a lot. Not official auditions but one-on-one. But you know how you get glanced at from head to toe? I really hated the look they gave me when they do that. So after "Girls' Night Out" and then "Rainbow Trout", a man called Lee Chang-dong called me. Beck: After he watched "Girls' Night Out"?,...More
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