[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 12 2015/11/29,
Try as it might with the expanded eighty-minute runtime, the final episode of "Awl" can't really overcome the fact that the most potentially interesting part of the entire drama (the strike) ends up being condensed into a single episode. What's more, most of this runtime is just Soo-in sulking about his apparent failure after he refuses to use the main dynamic storyline event to press for an advantage against management,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 11 2015/11/28,
Manager Ko makes a big general mess of employee relations. I guess because...management is trying to provoke a strike? I really don't know anymore. Ever since Go-sin stopped giving lectures about the underlying causes behind labor disputes I've had a lot of difficulty figuring out what exactly the plan at corporate even is. They just seem to be stubbornly stamping their feet and refusing to acknowledge that a problem exists. Even if management could somehow win this is obviously a completely new labor environment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 10 2015/11/22,
Once again, don't watch the preview for this episode if you can help it. There's a spoiler for the cliffhanger. For "Awl" to do this twice in a row, I think, points to a bigger problem in the drama than just a bad preview editor. The reason the previews keep spoiling the cliffhangers here is that lately, in any given episode of "Awl" there has been very little in the way of dynamic action. At this point the union is in a waiting game, and corporate management can't really do anything active anymore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 9 2015/11/21,
First off, don't watch the preview for this episode if it can be avoided. The episode nine preview spoils the cliffhanger. I really hate it when dramas do that. I want some idea what's coming up next with the preview, but spoiling the cliffhangers just makes me want to give up on previews altogether, because it makes me feel like I wasted my time watching the episode. Although even on merits "Awl" does struggle in that department,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 8 2015/11/15,
The fight between the union and the company finally goes public. Why it was necessary for this fight to go public is not especially clear. As of yet the union hasn't really made any demands. What ends up sending management over the edge is, of all things, a dispute over uniforms. It's a battle that's entirely symbolic in nature because, as "Awl" notes, customers don't pay attention to stuff like what's actually written on the uniforms just so long as they can tell who's an employee and who's not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 7 2015/11/14,
Director Kim Seok-yoon makes the smart decision this time of putting the character building before the action this episode. Unfortunately the character building isn't all that relevant to the usual labor struggles, which at this point I think we just have to accept as "Awl"s main permanent problem. This isn't a story about characters so much as it is about labor movements. Which is appropriate because labor movements by definition aren't individual action, but mass collective actions mobilized due to a system of mass production which treats people like objects rather than people. To be honest I'm getting kind of sick of repeating that defense all the time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 6 2015/11/08,
It turns out that Go-sin is all right after all, and starts the episode off with another elucidating metaphorical speech on worker's rights. This time he posits that the modern workplace is in itself an attack on a person's humanity. It's an interesting concept actually. You don't have to go too far to find articles, especially South Korean articles, that discuss work-related depression. I've suffered from that myself in fact. There's little room in conformist systems for acknowledging individuality, even as some cultures laud that as a virtue,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 5 2015/11/07,
The first portion of this episode deals with the quasi-legal Kafkaesque nightmare that is directed arbitration. Basically, most corporations (and these days, universities) have a system in place to insure proper cause for dismissal. Such arbitration vaguely resembles a legal system but it is not actually a legal system. Lawyers can't help you there. Joon-cheol (played by Yesung) actually has a slight advantage compared to most in that. He at least had some idea ahead of time what the charges were going to be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 4 2015/11/01,
As it turns out, "Awl" is still in the preparation phase. I'm trying to be patient here but there's definitely times when the drama feels more like a lecture on the nature of labor markets than it does an actual story in its own right. Which is part of the point. Labor markets are a complicated subject so of course Go-sin has to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining how these issues work. As has been noted frequently, workers are very ignorant about these issues even though it's literally a matter of their livelihood,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 3 2015/10/31,
To date So-jin (played by Kim Ga-eun-I) has not had that much to do in "Awl" except hang around Goo-sin's office. This episode it's revealed that she in fact has a very important role to play- as Soo-in's love interest. This initially seems kind of silly given that "Awl" is literally a drama about labor relations and unions. About the last incentive I'd expect to hear is that you can meet pretty girls while labor organizing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 2 2015/10/25,
Soo-in continues to wait with mounting dread for the situation to finally culminate in disaster. The constantly recurring analogy of the animal trapped in the headlights is an appropriate one. The paradoxical aspect of all this is that the episode practically happens in slow-motion, and yet Soo-in is constantly incapable of taking any sort of decisive action to just try and resolve the situation himself. It goes against all Soo-in's training- but not his instincts, ironically enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 1 2015/10/24,
The time is summer, 2003. At a grocery store, the employees all have a good mutual working environment. A visit by a bunch of men in suits seems to confirm that the employees are, in fact, doing their job correctly and that there's nothing to worry about. Then there's the manager Soo-jin (played by Ji Hyeon-woo). He seems unnecessarily gloomy. Then we get the flashbacks explaining just why it is that Soo-jin has such a pessimistic outlook- and realize that his overall estimation of the true situation is almost certainly correct,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - Taste of Curry" 2014/01/26,
Yoo-mi (played by Jeon Hye-bin) has achieved her dream of opening a curry shop. Suddenly, with no apparent explanation, a slightly younger man appears by the name of Kyeong-po (played by Hyeon Woo). Kyeong-po takes an immense interest in the curry shop, as well as in Yoo-mi personally. The central mystery of the drama is who Kyeong-po is and why he's suddenly flitted into Yoo-mi's life.
On the surface level anyway. The more relevant and interesting question is why Yoo-mi opened up a curry shop in the first place. Curry is a pretty specific kind of food. Not everyone knows how to make it,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.06.28 ~ 2013.06.30 2013/07/01,
Marc Forster's "World War Z" continues its reign at the top of the Korean box office. Forster's post-apocalyptic horror cleared 933,807 (46%) admissions during its second weekend appearance, giving Brad Pitt's latest 3.1M admissions to take to the bank. The film cost $190M to produce and has already comfortably grossed $259M worldwide ($124M of which came from its own U.S. screenings). Last week the film easily dislodged Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly" at the top, pulling in over 800,000 tickets more than Jang's highly successful second feature. This week the Korean showing was a little limp, with only "Secretly and Greatly" and Kim Yong-gyoon's "Killer Toon" making the grade.
Summertime is horror time in Korea, and with that comes Kim's new film "Killer Toon" starring Lee Si-yeong, Eom Gi-joon and Kim Hyeon-woo. The film opened its account with 390,729 (18.6%) admissions and follows the webcomic creator Ji-yoon (played by Lee Si-yeong),...More
"Ugly Alert" Kim Hyeon-woo's drunk act 2013/05/30, Source,
Actor Kim Hyeon-woo has mesmerized viewers with his lame cuteness. He appears in the SBS drama "Ugly Alert" as a pretty boy and recently took a scene where he acted drunk.
Kim Hyeon-woo takes on the role of Kang Cheol-soo, senior to Gong Hyeon-seok (Choi Tae-joon) and a long term public exam student. He will be in romance with Gong Jin-joo (Kang Byeol) in the future. On the eighth episode of this drama, Cheol-soo became so drunk he couldn't even walk and Jin-joo had to come and get him at the police station,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Hyeon-woo 2010/02/02, Source,
Actor Kim Hyeon-woo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Interview with actor and singer Kim Hyeon-wooMy name isKim Hyeon-woo. Now, I just go by Hyun-woo. I was born on January 18, 1985. For my birthday this year, my fans surprised me by bringing a cake on set. This is the first time something like this has happened to me. I have an older sister who is nine years older than me. She's married and has two children who are three and five-years-old. The two see me as the pushover uncle. They're always taking my money, toys, my keroro figure and stickers I collected from eating bread. When I was younger, I use to have an old lady's perm. I had hated the perm back then because it was similar to my mom's and my grandmother's. Then upon going into shoot for "Pasta", my stylists decided to test out the old pop-star hairstyle which is long and curly. They kept cutting my hair shorter and shorter, ending up in my creating my current style which I like. I wore my school uniform for my interview at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. I figured that my uniform would be better than any other attire. The professor who interviewed me asked, "Why are you wearing your school uniform?" to which I answered, "I don't have any money". And I acted as if I had all the confidence in the world, making my interview last eight minutes long compared to others' interviews which took three minutes maximum. Thankfully, I got accepted but I'm currently on a leave from school. My fellow actor, No Min-woo who plays the role of Philip, and I have appeared in several other projects together including the film "A Frozen Flower" and MBC TV series "Tae Hee, Hye Kyo, Ji Hyun". So others might have thought we auditioned together for the role of chefs from Italy, but I hadn't even know he had tried out. So when we had the first meeting for "Pasta", Min-woo called me in the parking lot and I thought to myself, "No...it couldn't be".,...More
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