[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 9 2014/09/17,
I've mentioned before that a lot of what makes "Golden Tower" work so well is the fact that it typically doesn't have much in the way of villains. This episode is a pretty good demonstration of why. For most of the runtime the focus is on the guy with glasses who, for whatever his general reasons, is being a bad person and we're just sort of waiting for him to get his inevitable comeuppance. He works fine as a background character but in full focus the man's just really unpleasant to watch.
"Golden Tower" has always worked best as an ensemble comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 8 2014/09/10,
Well, Chuseok is over but "Golden Tower" is still using that weird 2/3s of an episode format so I guess we'll just have to get used to it. While the pool table action is still being shot from somewhat frustrating angles, it quickly becomes clear that this excuse for cue stick tomfoolery was really just leading to a heartwarming message about the importance of brotherly love.
No, not that kind of brotherly love. Well, actually, kind of yes. Of the several similarly silly storylines running in this episode of "Golden Tower", two are an obvious humorous juxtaposition, as they deal with the same basic emotional issue from completely opposite poles of sincerity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 7 2014/09/03,
Apparently Chuseok is now kind of like Valentine's Day? I know that sounds a little absurd on its face, but think about it. This is a rural district with an obvious deficiency in possible romantic partners, and parents who are pretty insistent that the family legacy continue. Of course love stories are going to take a central part of that, even if it comes off as absurdly melodramatic as in an exhortation from the deathbed.
As usual "Golden Tower" continues to have a good sense of humor about all this. There's actually two deathbed exhortations here, and the second one is even more absurd,...More
[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
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