[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 4 2015/11/15,
Each episode feels like a fresh beginning in "Twenty Again" as the main characters experience new revelations that kickstart the hour. Newly armed with the (false) knowledge that No-ra is dying, Hyeon-seok decides to encourage and help her the way that she had done for him when he was a high schooler. No-ra, on the other hand, has a second chance at life with the realization that she does not have cancer and she's going to live. Ironically, the situation brings them closer because it softens Hyeon-seok and makes him more receptive to No-ra, while she opens up to the possibility of truly living her life. It's a situation that brings them both back to their twenty-year-old selves, sweet, eager, full-of-life, and ready to get living,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 3 2015/11/15,
The third episode finds childhood friends Hyeon-seok and No-ra still feeling each other out after having experiencing life separately for twenty years without maintaining their friendship. Life has changed them, but that doesn't stop Hyeon-seok from suffering intense curiosity at the secrecy No-ra displays upon their sudden reintroduction to one another. And No-ra, she is realizing that she's been living in a bubble as life has passed her by. It's not just the difficulties that she experiences as an older student, but the fact that she's never really been able to interact with others and watch the world grow. She's only watched her son grow up and her husband grow apart from her. That husband, Woo-cheol, is in love with another woman, and the couple is suited in personality and temperament save for the fact that he's still married,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 2 2015/11/01,
The pettiness of childhood has infiltrated the hearts and minds of No-ra, Hyeon-seok, Woo-cheol, and every other adult in "Twenty Again". It emphasizes the point that no matter how old a person may be, a twenty-year-old still lives inside her and can manifest at any time. Society makes it harder for someone older to behave like that twenty-year-old, but it happens nonetheless. The back story of No-ra's and Hyeon-seok's high school relationship is given and although much has changed in the twenty years since they last met, there is still something that remains: Hyeon-seok's feelings for her,...More
Choi Ji-woo confirmed for tvN's new weekend drama, 'Twenty Again' 2015/07/09, Source,
tvN has announced the next drama after currently running 'Oh My Ghostess' will be "Twenty Again", of which title was originally, 'Our Heaven' and the female lead of the drama has been decided to be Choi Ji-woo.
According to tvN on July 9th, Choi Ji-woo has been cast as the female lead of the drama.
"Twenty Again" is a romantic comedy about Ha No-ra, a woman, who has been living as an ordinary mom for the last 20 years since she became a mom at the age of 19 unexpectedly, and goes to university as a freshman for the first time in her life. It depicts her first time campus life and her efforts to adapt to the new environment and communicate with her young fellow students in their 20s,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 24 (final) 2014/12/14, "Secret Door" gave me the ending I want although that can't be said for everyone. I was looking for how Seon's life, and subsequent death, had meaning in the grand scheme of things. That is exactly what I was given. While the politics of the drama had a cyclical quality, the relationship between father and son drove the show to its bitter, and then hopeful, end. The ending made something good out of Seon's tragic death,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 23 2014/12/11,
This episode marks the beginning of the end. Seon has been trapped between his powerful convictions and the complexity of Joseon politics. Those who wish to retain power will do anything to keep it, which puts Seon at a severe disadvantage when he refuses to do wrong by his people. Throughout the drama, his father, King Yeongjo, has tried to teach him that to live and maintain power is to compromise. Compromise is not what Seon does. In comparison to the cruel, insane lecher that Crown Prince Sado is historically known to be, this fictionalized Sado is an idealistic hero who eventually will uphold his convictions at the cost of his life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 22 2014/12/10,
We're down to the wire. The last two episodes are ahead of us and the crown prince's fate is known. How it will be sealed is what "Secret Door" has to deliver. Seon is a hero in this rendition of Crown Prince Sado; a hero who is fighting forces greater than himself. Seon has been determined to maintain an academy of brilliant minds comprised of people deemed by the ruling class as traitors, criminals, and too low born to be allowed to study and become government officials,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 21 2014/12/09,
Five years have passed since the start of "Secret Door's" timeline. King Yeongjo is older, frailer and more concerned with passing on his crown than protecting it. Seon is older, but still hoping and pushing for change. The ministers are fighting to keep the ways of old, which means finding ways to get rid of Seon. The ending of this story is known,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 20 2014/12/03,
This episode dispelled the sense of fatigue I felt while watchin the past few episodes. It focused on the real love story of the drama, that between father and son, and helped to strengthen the pulse of "Secret Door". The central conflict came back to the one established early on: differing ideas on how Joseon should be ruled,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 19 2014/12/02,
There are some hard lessons to learn in "Secret Door" for our young prince. His ideals have carried him this far, but the opposition has become near insurmountable unless he gives it. It is this point that steer all politicians onto gray moral ground. Without compromise, Seon will get no where. But that compromise comes at the expense of his people's rights. It's a hard lesson to learn. Watching Seon learn to navigate the political minefield is the strongest point of the show save for his loaded interactions with his father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 18 2014/11/27,
This episode was a little awkward, but it was full of wonderful stuff all the same. The episodic format of the plot is working for now. It gives episode long examples of how hard Seon tries to do right by his people and change the system, and how mightily the system fights back. Yoon So-hee continues to be as effective as a piece of corrugated cardboard while Kim Min-jong finally gets to step up and really add to the plot texture. The greatest thing about Seon is that he has the innate ability to sweep others up in his passion, including those who are against him, like his father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 17 2014/11/25, "Secret Door" is both keeping its streak of excellence and taking a few jaunts into the unnecessary. The prince is very deeply involving himself in politics and making very dangerous, but clever, moves to reform the government towards equality of classes. His father and the reigning nobility are firmly against this, but that's what puts the meat and potatoes on "Secret Door"'s proverbial plate. Politics can quickly spiral into very boring stuffs in a drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 16 2014/11/17,
This is the episode where Seon shines. It is the result of well-laid plans on the writer's part and immense acting on Lee Je-hoon's part. The potential for Seon as a monarch is sky high, and he has proven that to his father, the Joseon officials and China. He has even proven it to the vengeful Ji-dam. What makes the episode so powerful is that Seon did not do anything impulsively like he led everyone around him to believe,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 15 2014/11/14,
Seon is back in the political arena with plans to change Joseon for the better. But those he faces are ready for him and they are much more experienced. Another formerly friendly face has now turned into that of an enemy and now the prince has fewer true allies than ever before. It's an engaging episode that mimics the fast-paced rhythm of the very first episode. It shoves us into the scary world of politics along with Seon who really doesn't know what hit him. While Seon is very clever and he is well-prepared, Minister Kim has the advantage of experience and no moral shackles,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 14 2014/11/14,
The inevitable time jump has happened and it has brought about some interesting changes for our Prince, his goals, and the king's desperate desire to keep his crown. Since the political slaughter and the revocation of the prince's governing powers, Seon has become more keen, more determined, and more wily. This change is mirrored in everyone, the sad effect of tragedy. The most interest change is in Seon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 13 2014/11/11,
This episode is particularly brutal, both emotionally and physically. After twelve episodes of Seon hoping that his father will do the right thing by his people, he is crushed by the reality of his father's ambitions. King Yeongjo himself is again confronted by how far he will go when motivated by fear and ambition. Ambition and power make a deadly combination as those beneath Yeongjo discover. That combination is enough to snuff out the lives of many and make Seon, the light and stalwart soldier of his people, waver,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 12 2014/11/03,
The relationship between Seon and is father is both simple and twisted. It guides this episode through the political game played. As it journeys through the obstacles of palace life, politics, and years of fearful living, it has difficulty remaining pure and true as this episode proves. As a result, Seon's heart is broken yet again.
There is a certain point when all of the heartbreak that Seon suffers is going to break down his spirit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 11 2014/11/02,
Seon has picked up some political savvy and realizes that in order to beat the powers that be, he has to play their game. He has not hurt an innocent to achieve his goal as his enemies would, but he does manipulate the system in a very satisfying retribution against the vile Minister Kim. It is now only a matter of time before this fight for the truth gets ugly, or rather, much uglier. It's already smeared with the blood of the innocent. The document that incriminates King Yeongjo and a group of highly ranked Norons has come to Seon's attention as the possible motivator behind all the deviancy that has happened thus far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 10 2014/10/28,
Manipulation of the most relationships allows for the politics of "Secret Door" to move forward. This kind of manipulation messes with commonly accepted morality and makes for intense, fascinating television. How can Seon win against those who are willing to forsake the lives of their loved one's for power? It is Minister Kim who shows a calculating thirst for power that dwarfs the kings ambitions to retain his throne,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 9 2014/10/24,
Thirst for power has consumed King Yeongjo's heart. He is such a fascinating and rich character. Despite the fact that he knows what he does is wrong and it goes against his conscience and his feelings for Seon, he does it anyway. He is willing to sacrifice even his own flesh and blood for the throne he gained through similar sacrifice. It seems like "Secret Door" is trying to make a martyr of Seon when history paints a darker picture,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 8 2014/10/19,
When the players in "Secret Door" are pushed to their limit, they turn into those they fear. It's a terrifying reality of the pressures of politics. Father turns against son. Mentor against student. Friend against friend. This is when Seon discovers the truths about those he trusts most and has to face reality: trust is something no one in his life is worthy of. Seon has relentlessly pursued the mystery of his friend Heung-bok's death despite the warnings of many,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 7 2014/10/14,
This episode of "Secret Door" was slower in pace than previous episodes, mostly because it focused on the sneaky ministers and greedy guards trying to manipulate the prince and the king. It is Seon's passionate drive to uncover the truth and the king's insane need to retain his crown that provides so much of the tension in the show. Those were not as prominent in this episode. When the king did make an appearance, however, it was completely charged by his obsession with the document that could dethrone him, and his terror at its potential discovery,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 6 2014/10/10, "Secret Door" is such a well-rounded show. It incorporates historical elements, moving character beats, intense character development, intricate background music, and beautiful cinematography to create a thickly textured plot fabric. We gain insight into the complex character that is King Yeongjo and into the very strictly structured palace life and politics that prevent royalty from having any kind of normal relationship. The precarious position of "king" is what keeps Yeongjo in a state of constant fear,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 5 2014/10/07,
What makes "Secret Door" such a rich drama is how is plays up both sides of every situation and every relationship. A murder mystery that could've been solved in two episodes span five as people insert themselves into the investigation, using it to achieve their own ends. It is not only an investigation, but a political vehicle. Or the relationship between father and son. King Yeongjo loves his son as a father, but as a king he sees Seon as a threat. It's a rich dichotomy that keeps the world of "Secret Door" full of intrigue. The twisted relationship between father and son is a favorite part of the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 4 2014/10/03,
A prince who felt all alone in life gains a few comrades he can trust in a world saturated with power-hungry people who would do anything to retain that power. He learns that greed can trump the pride of the most upstanding people and that to beat people who work behind the scenes, he has to work in secret himself. Lee Je-hoon is doing a magnificent job as Crown Prince Lee Seon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 3 2014/09/30,
The murder mystery is heavily under way as it creates layers of depth in the characters and in the plot that is fraught with tension. Father is pitted against son; Noron against Soron; truth against lies. Power warps even the most upright of men. Seon and Ji-dam fight it, but those with power will do anything to keep it, which allows manipulation and treachery to run rampant and foster deceit in nearly everyone. For now, Seon remains relatively unswayed by the temptation of power,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 2 2014/09/27,
The battle between the clever King Yeong-jo and his idealist son has begun in earnest after only one episode of intense setup. Yeong-jo is a wily, crafty old man who years on the throne and innate intelligence have kept him alive against nearly insurmountable odds. Against such a far-sighted man, Lee Seon has a very long a difficult battle ahead of him. The strange beauty in the on screen relationship between Yeong-jo and Seon is that there is affection between them, and Yeong-jo empathizes with his son,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 1 2014/09/26, "Secret Door" is based on one of the most famous stories in Korean history: the story of Crown Prince Sado and his father, King Yeongjo. It is a tragic tale that has been re-created many times. The circumstances surrounding the lives and deaths of the father and son pair are shrouded in mystery despite multiple (differing) accounts of Sado's contemporaries. "Secret Door" is putting its own spin on the story, which thus far is exciting and fast-paced. All the well-known figures in history have made their appearance, played by a remarkably strong cast,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sign" 2014/09/13,
While OCN might be the current king of the crime in Korean drama, crime as a topic, premise and even genre for shows is nothing new for the industry. Series with crime as their genre or an integral part of them might not appear often, but attempts have been made with various results. "Sign" is a big attempt at pure crime and achieves some new things, but its problems and lack of a solid main plot ultimately fail it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 20 (final) 2013/12/01, "Suspicious Housekeeper" has come to a bow-tied end. The Eun family has come to some very important realizations and so has Park Bok-nyeo. This show has a lack of clarity that stems mostly from the show's length. "Suspicious Housekeeper" is based on the Japanese dorama "Kaseifu no Mita", which I have not seen. The dorama, however, was only eleven episodes long. A short airing period requires more quickly moving plots. The Korean remake was nearly double the length. This allowed for a lot of wavering in character development and slow plot development. It also made for a lot of repetition. This is a normal pitfall for remakes and "Suspicious Housekeeper" fell into it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 19 2013/11/29, "Suspicious Housekeeper" has taken on a contemplative tone in its penultimate episode. She is now allowing herself to consider a future, and the decisions she has to make are difficult. The children's' aunt has a bigger role to play as has been hinted at throughout the series. The reformation of the Eun family is not yet complete and we have one episode left to send them off,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 18 2013/11/23,
This episode of the Suspicious Housekeeper focused on the long arm of Park Bok-nyeo and she's influenced and helped the people around her. They, in turn, want to help her regain her smile and her happiness. Before she can focus on herself, Bok-nyeo achieves her end with Seo Ji-hoon and the process was both exciting and aggravating. The dialogue and tensions between Bok-nyeo and Ji-hoon were spot on, but the settings and the atmosphere was off. He sets a fire and it doesn't spread. They aren't sweating,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 17 2013/11/20,
At long last it is time for Park Bok-nyeo to take action and she is every bit as clever as we knew she would be. However, it still feels like the drama has been running for too long. There is a lot of unnecessary back and forth and stagnation in character growth. Bok-nyeo should've confronted Ji-hoon three episodes ago,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 14 2013/11/09,
Both the anti-heroine and the bad guy become more twisted this episode. Bok-nyeo is feeling pressure from all sides. She has two conflicting desires to choose between. These intense desires are the focus of the episode in that they force her to take stock of her position and come to a decision,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 12 2013/10/31, "Suspicious Housekeeper" brought the focus back to family. It highlighted the beauty of having unconditional support and love by juxtaposing it with sociopath Seo Ji-hoon's selfish desire to have Park Bok-nyeo to himself. The battle between the Eun family and Seo Ji-hoon for Park Bok-nyeo has begun in earnest. Unfortunately, Seo Ji-hoon is crazy enough, clever enough and selfish enough to be a very dangerous opponent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 11 2013/10/29,
This show went where I didn't want it to go, but it didn't do it badly. It introduced a sociopath, which is usually a garden variety villain. What makes this particular sociopath interesting is the amazing acting of Song Jong-ho and the careful writing that makes his character keep the viewer doubting his identity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 10 2013/10/29,
Park Bok-nyeo is a housekeeper no longer. She is now a single-minded woman on a mission to obliterate the living demons from her past. After sharing her sad tale with the Eun family, she leaves them to chase down Song-hwa's new boss who resembles a man she thought was dead, Seo Ji-hoon. The story of Bok-nyeo's past is heart-breaking. She was neglected by her mother, studied hard to appease said mother, abused by her stepfather and stalked by a student she tutored, Seo Ji-hoon. He forced her to flee the country, where she met and married her husband. But Ji-hoon wouldn't leave her alone and her family died in a fire because of it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 9 2013/10/28,
Park Bok-nyeo's past is coming to haunt her in many forms. The children and Sang-chul are rabidly curious about her and keep questioning her; her mother-in-law's right-hand man threatens her; she meets a face from her past that makes her break her composure for the first time in the drama. All put together, this makes the mystery of Bok-nyeo unravel at a nice pace. Around her, the Eun family is starting to rebuild their ties,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 8 2013/10/19,
This was Sang-chul's episode to learn and grow. It took a couple of large events to knock some sense into him, but he finally realizes how he feels about his kids. He's chosen his path and now he has to walk it. Helping him with no small amount of antagonism is Bok-nyeo, the suspicious housekeeper. While she disapproves of his cheating and of how he's neglected his family, it's obvious she wants the family to reunite and live well together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 7 2013/10/17,
In response to Han-gyeol's kill order, Bok-nyeo ties her up and terrifies her, but doesn't kill her. Sang-chul ordered Bok-nyeo to protect Han-gyeol at all costs. After the emotion dies down, Bok-nyeo points out in her usual monotone that Han-gyeol doesn't have the courage to die - if people could die because they wanted to, Bok-nyeo wouldn't be in this world. It's the most emotion the suspicious housekeeper has revealed in seven episodes and it's a juicy morsel. She also explains that her boss, the quirky woman with a crush on Han-gyeol's grandfather, told her that everyone has A Reason to Live. She's still looking for it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 6 2013/10/16,
Episode 6 was oldest child Han-gyeol's turn to cross over to the dark side and break down. She asks Bok-nyeo how to punish her father and the reply is to ruin herself - it is a parent's worst nightmare. She decides to do it; she will break herself in order to punish her father. The problem with that is the fact that she is already as broken as her siblings are. It makes her vulnerable to manipulation by a player at school, to cruel words uttered by unthinking relatives, and to the Korean society's strict social standards,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 5 2013/10/12,
There is something special about "Suspicious Housekeeper". It is compelling and heartfelt. It makes use of stereotypes and tropes without losing the characters' humanity to formula. Rather, it uses formulaic setups to emphasize the human condition. Despite the fact that a character may fall into a typical mold, he still feels and he still and he's still a human being.
"Suspicious Housekeeper" has spent these early episodes on developing each sibling, which is a setup that is normally tedious, but I like to explore each of the children and how the appearance of Bok-nyeo "Suspicious Housekeeper" affects them. This episode focused on the second child, Eun Doo-gyul,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 4 2013/10/09,
"Suspicious Housekeeper" continues to explore just how far Bok-nyeo will go with an order she is given. Not only does it seem like she will carry through with a death order, but she is capable of delving deep into emotional issues without saying a word. This ability unravels people and forces them to find a way to put their lives back together. Bok-nyeo's expressionless facade and lack of emotional and verbal affect challenges the other characters to find their own answers. In that way, she becomes a mirror for whoever is speaking with her. The person with her is left to think of how others would respond to his or her actions. She is a stony conscience for the motherless family of four that she works for,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 3 2013/10/03,
"Suspicious Housekeeper" starts to shed light in earnest on the dysfunctional Eun family. It's clear that the father, Eun Sang-cheol, is the heart of the problems and the key to turning the family around. Although his character is detestable, it's full of wonderful material to explore throughout the drama. He is selfish, doesn't care for his children, doesn't truly regret his wife's suicide and he's still pining after the woman he cheated on his wife with. Despite all of this, he is drawn to his four children, which is his saving grace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 2 2013/09/26,
Bok-nyeo's effects are already strongly felt in the Eun family. Her extremes are forcing them to take action and reckon with themselves and their decisions. The oldest son, Doo-gyeol played by lively Chae Sang-woo, stops Bok-nyeo from walking Hye-gyeol into the river. The incident makes him suspicious of the housekeeper and those suspicions lead him to follow her around for a day with his younger siblings. They discover little save for the fact that there is quite a story behind their unsmiling housekeeper. This situation shows how close the siblings are and how well they work together despite their quibbling,...More
So Ji-sub's trip to Japan with "Ghost - Drama" 2012/09/24, Source,
A special previewing event was held at the Nerima Culture Center Hall on the 24th by KNTV in celebration of airing the Korean "Ghost - Drama". Director Kim Hyeong-sik and So Ji-sub appeared on stage.
Kim said, "I wanted to convey the fact that how we use the internet affects the society in various ways and the power of cyber is threatening but it only exists because humans created it",...More
"Ghost - Drama" So Ji-sub "It's not hard" 2012/05/24, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub is coming back with a drama for the first time in a long time. He is Kim Woo-hyeon, an elite police cyber investigator who deals with cyber crime.
At the press premier of SBS "Ghost - Drama" in Seoul on the 22nd at 2 PM, So Ji-sub said, "I tried looking for something easy at first but this drama isn't. I am still anxious because it's an elite role. It's original and I thought it was a good subject for the generation we are in today so I decided I'll do it".
"Ghost - Drama" is about the digital generation and cyber crimes that happen through the computer and cell phones which we all know but aren't familiar with. Some said it was going to be tough. So Ji-sub said, "We are working hard to make sure viewers understand what they ware watching",...More
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