[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 18 2016/05/24,
Deul-ho and Ji-wook are pulled towards their respective loved ones and away from justice. Eun-jo voices her worries over this and reminds Deul-ho and us what this series has been about. With only two episodes left, it is time for the fight against Yeong-il to get dirty and the dirt sadly touches our heroes as well. This is the first time "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" has missed some marks on its hero, but I hope the end brings justice back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 16 2016/05/17,
Get ready to feel happy, relieved, disappointed and worried. Get ready to feel a lot of things in today's episode, frankly, because a new villain has revealed themselves and they will not make the same mistakes Chairman Jeong has been making. It is time for some of our characters to decide on some really tough choices and a highly awaited conversation takes place between Hae-kyeong and Deul-ho. Also, adorable Soo-bin is back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 15 2016/05/16,
The case against Chairman Jeong Geun-mo is reaching a climax as his accomplices are cornered and his secrets are revealed. Some of our characters choose their sides clearly, others continue to be a mystery. Deul-ho is not above gloating, but he knows better than to trust an easy win. The more you back someone into a corner, the more they and those who can go down with them will lash out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 14 2016/05/11,
After a case fully dedicated to Chairman Jeong Geun-mo's financial transactions it is the turn of one related to the cost of human life lost to his dirty business practices. As Jeong becomes more reckless and obsessed with destroying our Superman, his accomplices start to worry over their involvement with him. Hae-kyeong goes head to head with Deul-ho and Eun-jo in court and her motives are being questioned by those around her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 13 2016/05/09,
Our plot and character development make great strides in episode thirteen of "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho". It is amazing how people show their true colors when push comes to shove and now we get to see who Deul-ho's and justice's true allies and enemies are. Are those revelations surprising? Not really, but some are so very satisfying, especially when Deul-ho's fate is at stake. We still need more information on the past, but the present is definitely delivering,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 11 2016/05/03,
Things get serious in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" as our main villain becomes more aggressive than ever. Eun-jo's step-father sparks a new case, new challenges and social commentary. Eun-jo herself reaches a boiling point, but now her time has hopefully come to get down to business. New adversaries surface and older ones falter as the chessboard rattles. Deul-ho's determination to risk everything is about to be challenged, but we know him pretty well by now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 10 2016/04/26,
Everyone give the flashback fairy a round of applause, because she is here and she brings a lot of backstory with her. Episode ten gives us a little look into Deul-ho's and Hae-kyeong's less than blissful life together, as well as his musical interrogation room meetings with Dae-soo. I find myself with more questions than answers, but the past is returning and maybe bringing those answers with it. Chairman Jeong's time has come yet again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 7 2016/04/18,
Deul-ho finally discovers his true calling beyond the case of Michael Jeong and Eun-jo incorporates herself in our team, which is always welcoming her presence. Episode 7 marks the opening of a case not related to our main villain, at least not so far. Most importantly, Deul-ho's triumphant return faces some problems, as he struggles between his role as a father and a newfound hero for the people,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 6 2016/04/13,
So many important and intense things happen in episode 6 that I actually needed a break and a glass of water before starting my work on this piece. Eun-jo has finally made her big decision about life as a lawyer and we are moving past the introduction. Ji-wook and Hae-kyeong just entered the delightful grey zone, there are wins, losses, regrets and redemption. The future of "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho"? Unknown, but I will be anticipating it with glee,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" Episode 3 2016/04/04,
The power of Byeon Ji-sik's words may have hit Deul-ho and Eun-jo hard, but it is surprisingly the latter, supposedly the more naive and oblivious of the two who understands what she feels and what this means to her first. Episode 3 continues with the trial, but we also get more backstory on some of our characters, including our guest father and son,...More
Lee Min-jeong to come back with SBS drama "Hello, My Precious" 2015/12/08, Source,
Actress Lee Min-jeong is coming back for the first time in 2 years with "Hello, My Precious".
She takes on the role of Sin Da-hye, a proud wife who keeps her house spotless and is respectable to her father-in-law. She manages to stay happy with the allowance her husband gives her and knows how to style a cheap piece of clothing like a luxury brand. She does her hair herself but still looks like she's been to the salon and she's young and pretty,...More
[Spoiler] 'Warm and Cozy' Yoo Yeon-seok and Kang So-ra, it's getting sweeter
The 9th episode of MBC's Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Warm and Cozy" showed that things between Lee Jeongjoo (Kang So-ra) and Baek Geon-woo (Yoo Yeon-seok) were getting sweeter after Geon-woo noticed Jeongjoo's emotion towards him.
Lee Jeongjoo told him "Sleep on this bed from today". Baek Geon-woo being playful said, "Do we get to sleep together from today". Lee Jeongjoo became embarrassed and corrected him right away, "What I meant is you sleep here and I sleep there". Baek Geon-woo said, "I thought you were saying we are sharing one room from now on",...More
"Warm and Cozy" drops to 5% 2015/05/14, Source, According to Nielsen Korea, MBC drama "Warm and Cozy" recorded 5.6%. This is 0.7% lower than the previous episode.
"Warm and Cozy" is a Jeju dialect and starts from the story of the romance between an exasperated ant and a grasshopper who lacks affection. The story takes place in a restaurant in Jeju Island,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Warm and Cozy" 2015/05/09, Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran are among the most beloved Korean drama writers, especially for foreign fans. Their romantic comedies offer star power and successful pairings, lively and unique characters and a writing style many love. Despite a few bumps along the way, their shows are entertaining and well received. Their latest installment is "Warm and Cozy", a phrase which will hopefully describe viewer sentiment throughout,...More
Lee Min-ho's handsome picture 2015/03/19, Source, At Star 1 took pictures of stars congratulating it on its 3rd year anniversary.
At Star 1 revealed picturea of the actress and many more on its Facebook saying, "3rd year anniversary relays!",...More
[Spoiler] 'Incomplete Life' Si Wan chooses to wait before he leaps 2014/12/06, Source,
On the December 6th, 16th episode of "Incomplete Life", Jang Geu-rae (Si Wan) decides to give away his project plan from him before the company forces him to give up on the proposal.
The management of One International takes away the project plan from Jang Geu-rae, on which he has spent two months without much sleep. The excuse from them is because they cannot put someone who will leave the company soon in charge of such important project. All of the team members of Sales Team 3 resent with the decision that exclude someone while they have been stressing on "We". However, each individual was powerless in front of the reality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 20 (final) 2014/07/13,
The finale was everything that I wanted from "Doctor Stranger", mostly in that it was satisfying. The bad guys got their just deserts, and the lovers ended up together after many trials and tribulations. However, it makes me wish for better things from the rest of the drama that seemed to have taken a long jaunt down the rabbit hole. What was missing from the ending was the build up to it,...More
Kang So-ra to star in "Incomplete Life" 2014/07/13, Source,
Actress Kang So-ra is starring in "Incomplete Life".
She takes on the role of Ahn Yeong-i, a flawless but problematic amateur. She's a bold character who is up to task for anything, with sometimes being passionate or feminine. Even though she's a rookie, her adeptness at dealing with work makes other fellow male colleagues envious of her. She's also undefeatable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 19 2014/07/09,
"Doctor Stranger" has become completely erratic in its desperate attempt to remain valid and interesting. This penultimate episode was jumpy and piecemeal. But at the same time, it covered issues that should've been dealt with ages ago. In that way, it was satisfying. Almost all of the issues brewing in "Doctor Stranger" came to a head this episode. First was the relationship between Soo-hyeon and Jae-joon. He's been wrestling with what it means to be a doctor and how to deal with the delicate balance between being a doctor and exacting revenge. His character has been quite bipolar, but in this episode he was as he should've been: torn between guilt, his love for Soo-hyeon, and duty towards his parents. It was well-balanced and satisfying to see him dealing with his issues instead of blanketing them with anger,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 18 2014/07/02,
"Doctor Stranger" is on its last dregs as it heads into the final week of its run. There is a lot of action this episode, but it is anticlimactic as the build towards it has gone on far too long - it should've happened earlier. Much of the fault in this story lies in the planning in that the trajectory changes from week to week and the story has no longevity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 17 2014/07/02,
Although "Doctor Stranger"'s plot is more convoluted than ever, and the neverending, highly unethical medical competition shows no sign of ending, there was some decent character development that followed thee character's original trajectory. It was especially nice to see Hoon return to the man he was because it makes the writing more consistent and, let's face it, he's much more pleasant this way. What made Hoon such a fascinating character in the beginning was his efforts to overcome the five years he was trapped in the North Korean medical facility performing atrocities on human lives,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 16 2014/06/26,
"Doctor Stranger" is spinning on its wheels again, using the same plot tools over and over. It also relied heavily on a relatively ineffective love triangle this episode and distorted the characters even further. It seems that the characters exist as plot tools and are no longer entities of their own. The crux of the problems in "Doctor Stranger" is the lack of consistency in all elements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 15 2014/06/24,
"Doctor Stranger" has lost itself along the way. It began strongly. The plot had clear direction and the characters had paths to follow and things to learn. Now the show is having very serious mood swings that result in flip flopping character personalities, inconsistent plot development and an utter brutalization of morality and ethics. While some characters will inevitably have little sense of morality and ethics, for an entire cast of characters (save one) to have no concept of what is right and wrong is barely believable and hardly relatable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 14 2014/06/18,
That was it? After watching this episode, that's all I can say. After skirting the conspiracy for fourteen episodes, the expectations for its complexity and awesomeness were sizable. All of those expectations were deflated in under two minutes. The biggest disappointment this episode was how the writing of the conspiracy reveal, the character development, and the plot stepping stones was erratic and sloppy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 13 2014/06/18,
Alliances shift as the overwrought hospital competition (hopefully) comes to an end. Instead of focusing on the competition and hospital politics, the shows turns a querying eye towards the connection between Hoon's past and Jae-joon's past without serving up the reason as to why Hoon is so important to the "master" plan. What the "master" plan is has yet to be revealed. All the show has given us is that Hoon is important in saving the relationship between North and South Korea. That is my biggest quibble with this show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 12 2014/06/12,
This episode belonged to Han Jae-joon who has been barreling down his path of revenge, ignoring his conscience and the urgings of Soo-hyeon to do what is right. A case that is similar to his own past allows him to see that his single-minded revenge is turning him into Director Oh - a person who creates orphans and doesn't take responsibility for it. A person who considers the hospital's needs over a patient's needs. It's been long in coming, but the influences of Hoon and Soo-hyeon and his own past have come together and pushed Jae-joon towards what he really wants to be: a good doctor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 11 2014/06/11,
While I personally loved episode 11 of "Doctor Stranger", from a critical standpoint it reeked of inconsistency. What I loved was how cleverly the humor was use, the odd-couple bromance between Dr. Moon and Hoon, the slapstick antics. What puzzled me was the drastic change in tone this episode had compared to the last ten. The focus of the episode was on the humor and the antics that stem from Hoon's devil-may-care attitude and Dr. Moon's negligible sense of morality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 10 2014/06/05,
"Doctor Stranger" delivers some answers amongst a whole set of new questions. It's delving deeper into the political conspiracies while the characters become more entrenched in their issues. Jae-joon's tragic past is highlighted and Park Hae-jin is a standout as he brings Jae-joon's tortured soul to life. After Hoon wins the morally dubious surgical competition, the fallout of the losing wrecks havoc on several relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 9 2014/06/04,
As "Doctor Stranger"'s tone grows more unsteady, the characters become more intriguing. Most of that can be attributed to the cast who is, as a whole, absolutely winning. The plot, however, continues to degrade into an utterly confusing mess. There are so many questions floating about that it's hard to keep track of them all. Plot complication is good, but only when there is an adequate amount of resolution. There are so many deceptions and hard-to-follow alliances that the show is getting very confusing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 8 2014/05/28,
Questionable morality is the name of the game in this episode of "Doctor Stranger". The competition between the two surgical teams has always struck me as wrong, but it is this episode that highlights just how reprehensible it is. It also shows us that Hoon knows what it is to be a good doctor; it is innate in him. Unlike the others, he ignores politics, the competition and all of the red tape to do right by his patients. That makes him a lot of enemies. Hoon's first new enemy is Jae-joon into whom we gained insight this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 7 2014/05/28,
It's time for Park Hoon to take stock of his place in life. This episode forced him to consider his path forward and take a hard look at his past. Up until now, he's skirted issues concerning himself and focused on his search for Jae-hee. Other characters have agendas for Hoon to follow, but whether he chooses to follow is his decision. He's always been a wild card. Hoon is so volatile because of how he grew up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 6 2014/05/23,
"Doctor Stranger" doesn't fancy giving answers, only questions. Park Hoon's presence at Myung Woo University Hospital is a mattern of concern for nearly everyone, good and bad. However, the ambiguity behind each person's reasoning is yet another mystery. Jae-hee is the predominant mystery. She is clearly working with Jin-soo and "Doctor Stranger" is doing a great job of making her a very dubious character. She's oddly detached from everything as though she is running off of a spoon fed version of her life instead of her own memories. We viewers know her mostly through Hoon's eyes: a smiling, sweet, laughing woman who loved him as desperately as he loved her. She got shot for him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 5 2014/05/20,
There is a lot about "Doctor Stranger" that requires the viewer to suspend reality and expectations. There is much more that speaks directly to the soul and makes it laugh, cry, and writhe with curiosity. The bulk of that speech is carried by the spot on performances of the cast and how the writing of each character makes them easy to relate to and understand. Now that "Doctor Stranger" has settled around Myung Woo University Hospital and the main characters have had four episodes of introduction, the story is beginning to settle into the real mystery: Jae-hee's presence in the hospital and why she is there in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 4 2014/05/15,
Jae-hee plays a bigger role this episode while still managing to remain a complete mystery. Hoon, on the other hand, continues to walk his own path, skirting the rules and following the lead of his volatile emotions. However, his walk is given pause in the face of Soo-hyeon's pain. Hoon seems intent on doing whatever it takes to find Jae-hee, including operating on a patient who is in pain and will most likely not make it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 3 2014/05/13,
Park Hoon is a man who does what he wants when he wants to do it. That is, until his conscience in the form of his father's last words begins to nag him. His character is a strange amalgamation of characteristics that range from egotistical to sympathetic. It's as confused as he is after years of struggling. His struggles have finally brought him to Myung Woo University Hospital in Seoul, where we knew he would end up from "Doctor Stranger"'s promotional material,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Stranger" Episode 2 2014/05/07,
"Doctor Stranger" has a special way of weaving in cinematic, humorous, and moving aspects into one, powerful storyline that is neither choppy nor awkwardly put together. It's an exciting fusion of multiple elements, including a charged political storyline, while still manging to be thoroughly character driven. The first half of the drama runs much like an action flick. Park Hoon is motivated by his father's death and by the need to save his lost love. He is desperate to escape the North Korean government that traps him. During the rigorous chase through Budapest, the show includes medical, romantic, and action scenes into Hoon's long escape,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Returning to the Sunny side of Love. 2013/07/27,
Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jeong) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyeok). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010",...More
[Hancinema's Box Office Review] 2013.03.15 ~ 2013.03.17 2013/03/18,
For the first time this year a foreign film has managed to claim the top spot in Korea's weekend box office. With 423,336 admissions, Jonathan Levine's "Warm Bodies" is the first outside entry to make it all the way to the top. However it does so with the lowest ticket count for first place this year. "Warm Bodies" is an adaptation from Isaac Marion's book of the same name; it's a paranormal romance that takes a zombie's perspective as he pursues his living love interest. "Warm Bodies" claimed 26.0% of the total ticket sales with the help of 475 screenings around the country. There were a string of new releases last week that caused a serious reshuffle in this weekend's top ten, including Yoon Jong-chan's "Paparoti", the Oscar winner "Lincoln", as well as the Italian animation "Gladiators of Rome" in 3D,...More
Idol Fans Express Love with Custom-Made Boxed Lunches 2012/11/02, Source,
As fans have become more active in expressing their affection for popular stars, the market for special boxed lunches is enjoying a boom. Sending costly lunches to their idols is becoming a hot trend, and industry insiders say the market is now worth W20 billion (US$1=W1,091), up 50 percent from a year ago. Idol groups' fan clubs, which mostly comprise middle and high school students, make up the bulk of demand, and prices range from W150,000 to W200,000 per set. Eel, tteokgalbi (Korean beef grilled as patties), salmon and shrimp usually constitute the main dishes, along with fresh fruit, a fancy cake and a flask of tea,...More
CJ Entertainment Proudly Presents Sunny 2012/08/18, Source,
A Real Friend is Hard to Find ... Impossible to Forget
Heartwarming, Critically Acclaimed Film Comes Home to DVD Aug. 21st
"Wickedly funny ... A sassy celebration of sisterhood with heart, soul and humor". - The Hollywood Reporter,...More
10th NEW YORK KOREAN FILM FESTIVAL (NYKFF) @ BAM Rose Cinema 2012/02/08, Source, Friday, February 24 - Sunday, February 26
The Korea Society presents the 10th New York Korean Film Festival with new releases showcasing the popular and prolific in Korean film. In cooperation with partners BAM Cinématek and CJ Entertainment, this 10th festival features blockbusters, cutting-edge action, drama, and comedy at BAM Rose Cinema.
New York Korean Film Festival will present the following films,...More
'Dream High Season 2' To Begin 2012/01/19, Source,
"Dream High 2" will air its first episode on January 30.
The KBS drama "Dream High", which gained great popularity, will air its second season under the title of "Dream High 2" from January 30. Many idol stars will appear as the cast members like the first season, but it will present a different storyline featuring confrontation between the students at Kirin Art School. The previous season mainly presented how the young students at Kirin Art School developed their dreams of becoming stars, but the second season will mainly deal with the confrontations between students who have already become stars and students who want to become stars,...More
[Giveaway] "Sunny - 2010" DVD First Press Limited Edition 2011/11/28, Source,
Win a copy of "Sunny - 2010" DVD 3-Disc (Theatrical Cut + Director's Cut) (First Press Limited Edition), English subtitled.
One copy to be won, anybody can enter. No purchase necessary.
Check for the red ribbons on HanCinema and sign in with Facebook, share, like, tweet, plus pages, post comments or just browse on HanCinema and you will earn points, the winner will be the first to obtain 5000 points no time limit !,...More
Kang So-ra Soars to Stardom with 'Sunny - 2010' 2011/05/28, Source,
"Sunny - 2010'", the story of seven high school friends who rediscover the best moments of their life at a reunion 25 years later, has attracted over 2 million moviegoers in the two weeks since its release. Kang So-ra, who plays one of the heroines in the film and is the main driving force of the film's popularity, said, "The number of my Twitter followers, which was under 100, soared to over 600 on the release of the film, and most of them are women fans",...More
[INTERVIEW] Korean actress Kang So-ra 2010/07/27, Source,
Actress Kang So-ra [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name isKang So-ra. I was born on February 18, 1990. I was born early in the year so according to the Lunar calendar, I am a year older, which makes it easier for me to become friends with people born in 1989 but a bit weird to have people born in 1990 call me unni [older sister in Korean], so it's a bit difficult. I published a martial arts novel when I was in fifth grade. The publication was based on a character named Ajin from a martial arts website and this one member whose ID was Nokcheon rooted a lot for me. It's sad that I don't have a copy of it,...More
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