[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 6 2014/08/27,
It's back to form here as "Golden Tower" gets back to its more relatable subject matter- problems that could only ever possibly exist in a rural area. It's funny how that works, really. I think it's because the drama's very good at not being pretentious. There always seems to be a new variation on a dumb joke that they haven't done yet and it suckers me in with a new laugh every time. "Golden Tower" is, if nothing else, a great mood reliever.
The focus here is actually less on the farming as it is on school. The troubles the teachers have to go through and the way the community as a whole is able to respond to this. And this ends up tying in with adult illiteracy. Yes that's a thing- what a lot of people in the developed world don't get is that the only reason we all read is because words are literally everywhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 5 2014/08/20,
The preview from the last episode promised a lot more focus on some of the more one-off gimmicky characters here. I imagine this was at least partially done to give the main cast some time to rest, since the more central characters don't make much of an appearance. Unfortunately all of this mainly works to underscore an essential strength of the drama that's missing here- there's just not that much farming.
There are some outrageous antics to be sure, with the usual emphasis on parody, but without the main social thread this episode of "Golden Tower" just isn't particularly engaging,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 4 2014/08/13,
It turns out that farm life is still boring. I honestly don't care how often "Golden Tower" repeats that joke just as long as it keeps being funny. The setting for the drama continues to be extremely well-suited to the kind of scattershot parody that's become the backbone of the humor. Absent any other circumstance, the imagination of a farmer will get carried away. And so it is that moving into a new, old decrepit home turns out to be a questionable idea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 3 2014/08/06,
Well, I certainly wasn't expecting a parody of "You are my Sunshine", but OK, sure. That movie was concerned, after all, with the ill-suited romantic prospects of rural farmers. And it's not like "Golden Tower" is going shot-for-shot on this. It's really more the romantic tropes, situations, and dialogue that reference "You are my Sunshine" than any of the actual plot. Especially since it's pretty clear from the beginning that the situation is too good to be true- they woudn't have hired a guest star if this storyline was actually going to go anywhere,...More
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