[HanCinema's Film Review] "Night Song" 2016/07/23,
Situated a bit to the north of Jeonju with its very own rail station, Samrye appears to be, from my cursory analysis of Naver maps, a random college town. Admittedly, I've never been there. In "Night Song", though, Samrye appears to be something else entirely- an all-encompassing void lacking in both loud sparkle and quiet contemplation. It is here that aspiring film director Seung-woo (played by Lee Seon-ho) meets waitress Hee-in (played by Kim Bo-ra) and they set off in search of...something,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - School 2015" Episode 3 2015/05/04,
It turns out that there is bullying at Eun-byeol's school- but it's so subtle that even after watching this episode I'm not sure to what extent it technically exists. The story of Yeong-eun (played by Kim Bo-ra) is very instructive in this regard. As it turns out she was the recipient not so much of the explicit bullying that Eun-bi suffered from, but of the rather more crippling loneliness of simply being ignored altogether,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Misaeng" 2013/07/27,
The six characters in the "Misaeng" omnibus live lives of quiet desperation. They all want something out of life. What they don't know is how to get it. Or, more accurately, they have difficulty motivating themselves to believe that they want something enough that they'll do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams. Circumstances and the so-called reality of the modern world have worn down their resistance to little more than a general ennui-based entropy.
This is all pretty existentially gloomy stuff. And none of the problems identified in this film ever actually get solved. What does happen is that the characters are all able to latch onto a small twinkle of hope- a realization that there is a difference between survival and living,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Suspect X" (aka "Perfect Number") 2013/06/22,
It's hard to cast a sympathetic light on a psychopathic killer, let alone keep it lit. In Bang Eun-jin's "Suspect X" (2012, aka "Perfect Number") Ryoo Seung-beom was the subject of that searchlight, playing a mild-mannered analytical genius/creepy stalker. The film was adapted from the Japanese novel "The Devotion of Suspect X" (2005), and marks the third instalment in Keigo Higashino's "Detective Galileo" series. In it Seung-beom plays Seok-go, a cunning voyeur who is infatuated with his beautiful neighbour Hwa-seon (Lee Yo-won). That fantasy of love quickly twists into a calculated invention when he hears murder through the walls one night,...More
[Spoiler] "Ugly Cake" covers suicide as car accident 2012/10/24, Source,
A bullied student's suicide was covered up as a car accident on the first episode of the MBC Special Drama "Ugly Cake".
Lee Se-jin was bullied by a friend in the same class called Kim Ye-bin (Joo Da-yeong). Lee Se-jin's mother discovered this fact and asked for an indication of this from the school and Kim Joo-hee (Kim Jeong-hwa) got orders from the principal to deal with it without making a big deal,...More
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