Actors with 'honey vocal cord' in their 20s/30s 2015/09/14, Source,
'Honey vocal cord' as in sweet voice is an important charming appeal for actors to have.
Attractive voice highlights emotions in acting by delivering them more vividly and makes audience focus more on his acting. The young actors in his 20s and 30s with the sweet voice as well as the charming look are 'perfect guys',...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 20 2015/03/15,
The cliffhanger is resolved mostly unsurprisingly and uninspiredly. This much is to be expected given that "Family Outing" has now gone into full epilogue mode. Kkeut-soon has dementia, and as we see, it only really gets worse as times goes on. The main interesting hook here is that the dementia element actually does end up getting used in the larger storyline rather well- we finally get to see the full animated short than Dong-seok made, and it's probably not quite what you're expecting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 19 2015/03/14,
There isn't really much conflict left to speak of at this point. The main remaining article of contention is whether or not Joon-hee and Dong-seok will get together. And for what it's worth, Jeong-sook's opposition to the relationship comes off as pretty well-founded. Joon-hee can't exactly dispute that the way she's acted up until now has at all been appropriate. It's really just a question of whether or not her newfound sincerity is to be believed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 18 2015/03/08,
Whereas the last episode dealt with the more tangible questions of the future, like how the characters plan to live professionally once all the drama is over with, this one deals more sharply with personal issues. The heart to heart discussion between Jong-tae and Kkeut-soon is really sweet. While Kkeut-soon herself has always been really recalcitrant about candidly considering her own needs, there are multiple sequences here which establish why that's important too, and why that's the real meaning of family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 17 2015/03/07,
The abrupt disappearance of Kkeut-soon doesn't...create a crisis exactly, but her actions do make it quite clear that the inheritance game is soon to come to an end. Interestingly, in contrast to the antics that have characterized "Family Outing" to date, everyone's instructions are actually to behave like mature adults and plan for their long-term future. And it's hard to escape the fact that the family really is having fun, thinking about a future where they can live instead of bumming around from one paycheck to the next,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 16 2015/03/01,
The storyline is mostly simplified here. We have the core of the family unit generally arguing about the extent of Joon-hee's betrayal, and this is for a time interrupted by the marriage considerations of Dong-joo. While the advantage of this more streamlined storytelling is that it's fairly easy to figure out what's going on, it does lead into another rather awkward problem. I genuinely just really don't care,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 15 2015/02/28,
The difference between this episode of "Family Outing" and every other episode that's dangled the threat of exposing Joon-hee's true identity is that this time the drama actually goes through with it. There's not even much of an intermediate period of hand-wringing. Joon-hee just goes, you know what, forget it. I'm sick of acting like this. I'm going to say my apologies and just leave. It's a much easier thing for her to do now that there's other things in life that Joon-hee can enjoy aside from the con,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 14 2015/02/15,
There's almost something approaching a coherent theme here- mommy issues. First and most obviously foremost, Joon-hee confronts her birth mother. The process literally makes Joon-hee feel ill. It's clear that Joon-hee has suffered more from the separation than Joon-ah did. I imagine this is because, as a woman, Joon-hee has spent life more desperate for a feminine influence. It's actually an interesting contrast with Joon-ah, whose plaintive calls of mommy are clearly designed under the assumption that Kkeut-soon should be taking care of him, not be an actual parental figure,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 13 2015/02/14,
Near the beginning of this episode, we almost have a nice scene where the older family members have fun with their great grandchild. Then abruptly halfway through the tone completely changes to one of the very stark serious storylines again. I feel like this is what watching "Family Outing" is like writ large. Frequently it almost comes close to being somewhat enjoyable, then it's an abrupt jump away to one of the other myriad storylines, usually one of the overly serious ones,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 12 2015/02/08,
Luckily for Joon-hee, the reason Dong-seok's suspicious about Joon-ha is because of romantic jealousy more than because he genuinely suspects something. Unluckily for Joon-hee, for this same reason Dong-seok doesn't stop being suspicious just because she's able to hurriedly come up with an explanation that's maybe almost believable. As the title card notes- the difference between reality and sincerity is an important one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 11 2015/02/07,
So much for the strong points...this episode dips right back into the convolutions that typically have made "Family Outing" tiring to watch- a scam that doesn't make sense, an emphasis on debt collection, and jokes that just aren't funny. There really isn't anything amusing about a man bemoaning financial woes on top of a high rise building when many people do in fact make those kinds of frightening decisions on short impulsive notice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 10 2015/02/01,
By trying to hide her fake personality by using her true personality, Joon-hee has managed to accidentally deliberately give Dong-seok the impression that she's romantically interested in him. Which is true, but totally inconvenient for the sake of all these other schemes Joon-hee is trying to juggle at once. I really like how Joon-hee is genuinely, completely confused about what she actually wants, and the issue isn't really an external one. Whatever circumstances have forced Joon-hee into this situation, at this point it's just a lifestyle choice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 9 2015/01/31,
Joon-hee has progressed to doing the right thing for the wrong reasons. I guess it's an improvement over what she was doing before, but the whole issue regarding her potentially being exposed by Dong-seok really does outline the inherent silliness of the story. Dong-seok is easily dissuaded from believing Joon-hee's motives are sinister because it remains really hard for him to guess what her angle could possibly be. Joon-hee's actual dream of being a fashion designer is simply much more believable and workable than whatever it is she's trying to do subversively,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 8 2015/01/25,
One overly dramatic ends, then another one begins, and just as quickly ends. I doubt any of these plot points are gone forever, but the rapidity with which these characters depart really emphasizes how "Family Outing" utilizes the revolving door style of storytelling. While this can work for a sitcom, and particularly for jokes, in the context of criminal domestic behavior the effect is rather poor. I mostly just feel awkward watching these people bumble through awful emotional turmoil,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 7 2015/01/24,
The whiplash from the last cliffhanger is in full force here. I really need to make clear- a storyline about an awful crime that happened before Kkeut-soon left Korea has dramatic potential. There are also decent comedic stakes involved in having Joon-hee fake amnesia. Neither of these plot points at all mesh well with the other. We can't just go straight from furious, angry crying to wacky sitcom hijinx. It just feels awkward,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 6 2015/01/18,
Joon-hee, apparently having realized that her storyline is too ridiculously convoluted to keep track of, spends most of this episode panicking about how she can possibly keep her story straight when so many basic facts threaten to unravel the whole scheme. "Family Outing" actually manages to do a generally decent job with her...until the ending abruptly decides to have Joon-hee try to escape from this mess with one of the most infamous clichés in all Korean drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 5 2015/01/17,
Why does this drama have so many characters? The more I watch "Family Outing" the more this question bothers me. There's a huge cast here, but time and time again the only ones we really explore in any serious detail are Joon-hee and Dong-seok. The greater part of this episode is just a huge, apparently pointless derail into Dong-seok's backstory, specifically his first love. Isn't there enough going on here without having to drag even more characters into it? Even the police officer apparently relates to all this personally somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 4 2015/01/11,
It would be really nice if "Family Outing" would just stick to a single plot thread and fully develop it instead of just jumping around everywhere. Keeping track of everything that's going on is genuinely difficult. Take the guys who are hassling Joon-hee for money. Who are these people? How did they find Joon-hee? How much do they actually know about her? And more importantly, why do they wait several days before coming after her again?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 3 2015/01/10,
There's less comedy here as "Family Outing" moves into mostly straight-faced drama. Given the general absurdity of the situations involved I'm surprised no one was even really hamming it up for the camera. We're pretty clearly expected to take, at face value, the tragic circumstances of Kkeut-soon's departure from Korea, as well as the general reactions of other characters to discovering this information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 2 2015/01/04,
It would seem that Kkeut-soon knows exactly how pretty much everything works. One simple declaration and that's all it takes to change the expressions on her family members' faces from mildly hostile bewilderment to adoring affection. If Kkeut-soon is in any way bothered by the fact that this about-face is obviously a result of her willingness to solve problems by literally throwing money at them, she certainly isn't showing it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Family Outing" Episode 1 2015/01/03,
Kkeut-soon (played by Park Won-sook) is just returning to Korea after a long sojourn overseas. It isn't until the end of the episode that we find out why, but it's to the credit of the storyboarding of "Family Outing" that, given Kkeut-soon's behavior to date, this is actually a pretty rational explanation. Normally an obviously zany premise like this is just a thinly veiled excuse for wacky sitcom antics. For better or worse, Kkeut-soon appears to actually want to live in a sitcom,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 15 2014/10/13,
There's way more focus than usual on murders and murderous backstories here, mostly because the three leads are in absolutely no mood to discuss romance right now. Of the three Seong-gyeom has the best excuse. There's just so, so much going on his mind right now that being cute with Sang-hyo simply can't cut it any more. Relationship drama becomes a lot less fun once actual drama intrudes.
Weirdly, the best possible argument right now for Sang-hyo and Hae-yeong getting back together is their complete lack of ability to meaningfully engage on this front,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 14 2014/10/07,
So Hae-yeong finally seems to be making some significant character development. Unfortunately, this character development basically involves him realizing that he's been a bit of a pig about bullying Sang-hyo into keeping up the whole marriage facade, but the marriage facade itself is the only reason these two ever have any reason to spend time together, so of course she has to talk him into keeping it up just a little while longer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 13 2014/10/06,
This episode is so heavily wrapped up in the question of Sang-hyo's love triangle it's often difficult to remember that technically there's supposed to be a lot of other stuff going on. The titular hotel itself feels less like an actual important location as it does that place where Sang-hyo goes to work. And also some people died there. Whoever the killer is I rather doubt the revelation will be an impressive one, given how much focus is given to Sang-hyo's wacky comedic antics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 12 2014/09/30,
While I can understand why Sang-hyo agreed to Hae-yeong's request, this episode really seems to undercut the recent point of "My Secret Hotel", which is that Hae-yeong has lost out because the sincerity of his emotions can't really override the fact that the guy's basically a selfish jerk. The drama continues to provide a somewhat compelling argument that Sang-hyo probably shouldn't end up together with either of the male leads, given that they have such obvious unresolved issues. Also one or both of the might be murderers.
For the sake of Hae-yeong, there is something of an argument to be made here that he and Sang-hyo can actually get along fairly functionally and effectively if they're working for the pursuance of some greater goal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 11 2014/09/29,
The focus is still almost totally on the romance…or is it? After the apparently sincere and emotionally heartfelt cliffhanger (which this episode wisely opens with), for most of the runtime we actually seem to be right back to the same lukewarm Seong-gyeom that we've seen for most of "My Secret Hotel". On top of everything else he spends a lot of time acting in a very suspicious way, and as of yet there's still no satisfactory explanation as to why.
What particularly makes this feel so odd is that a lot of the episode is actually taken from the perspective of He-yeong. Several scenes take place entirely in his imagination, which begs a lot of questions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 10 2014/09/23,
This episode is technically just another retread of the love triangle dynamic we've seen throughout the course of most of this drama, but because some definite questions get asked and clear character points are established, this is at least a useful episode for establishing who these characters are right now in the story. Although truth be told it's a pretty simple dynamic- everybody likes Sang-hyo and nobody likes Hae-yeong.
I did almost kind of feel sorry for Hae-yeong this episode. He appears to be at an impasse in regards to his childish behavior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 9 2014/09/22, Source,
We finally see Seng-gyom demonstrate some clear emotion here. Whether this is because of love or the whole murder thing's just getting totally out of control is hard to tell. That's part of the trouble with "My Secret Hotel" having, by design, such strong tonal whiplash. Whether or not this is all intentional is more difficult to say. Jumping between honeymoons and murder investigations doesn't exactly leave much middle ground for consideration of what just happened.
Part of the trouble, I think, is Soo-ah. When she ran off with the chauffeur I was fully expecting that it would be several episodes before we saw her again, if ever. Her entire relationship with Hae-yeong has been exposed as being, on multiple levels, an elaborate farce,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 8 2014/09/16,
Sadly "My Secret Hotel" does not live up to the insane expectations created by the last episode. It's mostly back to business as usual here, though the script does make frequent references to how utterly nutty the last episode's plot developments were. We've got Sang-hyo frequently asking whether it was all just a dream. I don't generally like when dramas point out their own absurdities like this but in this case it's warranted,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 7 2014/09/15,
There are almost no murder mystery elements at all in "My Secret Hotel" this episode as the romantic tribulations take on full focus. Now, so far the romantic aspects of this drama have not impressed me very much. Mostly it's because they seemed a little overwrought, not to mention mildly creepy in the context of the situation. But this time, "My Secret Hotel" takes all of these various loveliness to their obviously insane conclusions, and I'm still kind of aghast that the drama had the guts to take the story in such a ridiculous direction.
This is full on satire about modern wedding culture and its relationship to romance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 6 2014/09/02,
The main focus this time is on Sang-hyo's love life, as every other plot point takes a backseat. For a drama that's mostly interesting from an intellectual perspective, this is not a good thing. I can understand why her relationship with Hae-yeong didn't work out, and how it was in a weird place, but that only makes the way everybody acts nostalgic about it here all the more perplexing. There wasn't really that much to be nostalgic about.
This might be a silly thing to admit, I know, but I was actually kind of hoping this drama would show us more of the ins and outs of actual wedding planning. There's been lots of murderous scheming and screwball chases over alleged romantic liasons, even plenty of discussion about the way hotels can be affected by bad public relations,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 5 2014/09/01,
We appear to have solved the mystery of why Hae-yeong is together with Soo-ah. No, it's not because she demonstrates any kind of positive character traits this episode. It's because Hae-yeong clearly enjoys being chased around. This is a bit of a non-intuitive thing to realize here, given that he frequently acts agitated and annoyed every time a woman comes after him, but it becomes rather obvious when Hae-yeong finally gets a moment to himself that he really does kind of get off on being suddenly waylaid by a woman begging him for something.
This episode gives a very clear sense of why Sang-hyo and Hae-yeong broke up. I don't just mean the flashback, although that's a good demonstration of the basic weirdness of their relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 4 2014/08/26,
Geum-bo has rapidly become my favorite character in this drama. He doesn't bother with any old tired hardboiled detective nonsense. Geum-bo investigates crimes because of his natural curiousity about the greater world. He doesn't even pretend like all of his questions are actually related to the investigation. This also make him a great source of exposition, as we get access to personal character clues that in most mysteries wouldn't get exposed until near the end.
Now, part of this is due to the unusual way "My Secret Hotel" is structured in the first place. Technically it's a mystery, but our main characters are suspects, not investigators. This makes for an odd sort of narrative storytelling where the plot is only really advanced when Geum-bo is on screen, and he's a relatively minor character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 3 2014/08/25,
...And it's right back to the present, where we're stuck with the aftershock of murder. On first glance the two episode flashback doesn't seem to have accomplished that much. We really don't know all that much about the main characters. This is at least partially by design, since for all we know Sang-hyo and Hae-yeong were responsible for the killing. About the only character we can clear as a suspect right now is Soo-ah, because she's the only person publically upset about the fact that a dead man fell from the ceiling into the wedding reception.
This is why the first two episodes are important, looking in retrospect. Remember how everyone was completely stoic and unreacting in the face of an obviously upset Sang-hyo? They're displaying the exact same lack of emotion now that there's a murder investigation going on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 2 2014/08/19,
Well, we've finally got a good hook on what's motivating Hae-yeong- petty spite. This episode makes it clear that the guy doesn't even particularly like his girlfriend that much. Soo-ah (played by Lee Young-eun) is the very definition of fun, playful, and happy. And Hae-yeong refuses to notice unless she literally throws it in his face. And even then he just awkwardly turns away. It's obvious that he's only doing this marriage thing to watch Sang-hyo squirm.
"My Secret Hotel" actually comes up with a pretty good justification why the drama started two weeks ahead in the first and went into flashback here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Hotel" Episode 1 2014/08/18,
Hae-gyeong (played by Jin I-han) is getting married. But he doesn't seem terribly enthusiastic about it. Sang-hyo (played by Yoo In-na) is a wedding manager who takes the news personally, although in the present day she seems to be all right with what's going on. Also there's a dead body involved all of this somehow. "My Secret Hotel" doesn't appear to be in any hurry to tell us what that's all about.
There's all of the elements necessary here to make "My Secret Hotel"...well...something. Unfortunately having watched the first episode I'm mostly just perplexed as to how many clearly defined concepts could come off so blandly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Empress Qi" Episode 25 2014/02/01, "Empress Qi" has gone back to what it does best: focusing on smaller events and milking them for the most plot and character development that can possibly be had. At its halfway mark, that is exactly what this drama needed to do. This show does not do well with change or with overly dramatic elements. It's grandeur is best shown in the quieter moments. This episode saw Seung-nyang competing amongst eleven other women to become Ta-hwan's consort, which gets her where she needs to be to become the titular "Empress Qi",...More
[REVIEW] TV series Good Days when the Wind Blows 2010/02/03, Source,
The cast of KBS daily drama "Good Days when the Wind Blows" [KBS]
"Good Days when the Wind Blows" - Premiere episode, KBS TV (8:25 PM)
There is a consistent rule in a daily dramas, especially in ones produced by major broadcaster KBS. The rule starts off with the existence of a certain type of female lead character who is poor with no family -- or one who is better off not having one at all -- but has a cheerful and sturdy personality. The capable, hard-working man from a loving family who lives with his parents and grandparents, and the cool, rich guy who says he is not interested in becoming the heir to the family business are also must-have characters. The plot must not be too complicated or too realistic either as it is viewed by housewives on a daily basis. A business company is depicted as a place where character Yeon-shil (played by Nah Yeong-hee), who owns the company and bosses her husband around, will utter "Please speed up the new product development and contribute to the sales growth of our company", to Dae-han (played by Jin I-han), a new team leader under the age of thirty. Romance is played out comedically, almost.,...More
For constant 10 years, we hope to be young 2008/12/11, Source, Seven youths who had been worked based on 'Youths of Movie Producing Workshop' got 10th year. 'Youths Film', which has been consisted of producers, planners, and prospective producers, will be co-operative with The Korea Association of Cinematheques to make 10th anniversary film festival from 5th to,...More
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