[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 16 Final 2016/12/13,
I like the music in "The Man In My House". Well, the happy stuff anyway. When Na-ri and Nan-gil are being cute with each other, the sound design is a lot of what helps prevent the scenes from feeling actively confrontational, which really, they are a lot of the time. Compared to when they flirt and when they really fight, the main difference in tone with the Na-ri/Nan-gil relationship is decided by the musical cues. My preference has always been for the comedic ones, because the dramatic scenes just drag,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 15 2016/12/12,
Seong-gyoo (played by Noh Yeong-gook) is Na-ri's long time absentee father who has for some nefarious reason chosen to try and re-enter Na-ri's life. Na-ri, as is typical, responds to Seong-gyoo's intrusion with sensible mistrust. Na-ri will hear Seong-gyoo out and even help him as necessary but in the end, she's not changing any serious decisions just because of Seong-gyoo's weak politicking. That's part of the trouble with having such a sensible heroine- Na-ri evades danger before it even happens, making for a less than exciting drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 14 2016/12/06,
The gangster plotline is resolved very quickly. Well, allegedly anyway. Na-ri does make some pretty good points when it comes to Nan-gil's extracurricular activities. It's not just that the guy disappears- the real issue is that Nan-gil consistently does so without explanation, so Na-ri doesn't have a clue how dangerous the overall situation really is. Granted, Na-ri being so out of the loop on the main plot in general is one of the more annoying issues that has plagued "The Man In My House" lately,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 13 2016/12/05,
Having solved a problem with some fairly gratutitous violence, Nan-gil quickly goes back to...sulking. It's hard to believe that for the first half of "The Man In My House" Nan-gil was the guy with the ridiculous upbeat attitude, never much caring how much he irritated the people around him so long as it was in the name of love. Not just with Na-ri, but with every other character too Nan-gil is frustratingly non-communicative and generally incapable of participating in genuine large-scale collaborative efforts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 12 2016/11/29,
Na-ri and Nan-gil continue to sulk. This is so disconnected from their own relationship and most of the story I actually had trouble remembering why they were so upset with each other, when the big event that caused the rift was just last episode. Now, there is the usual interference from the gangsters. Although at this point it's a wonder anyone pays attention to those guys at all. They're not even trying to hide their obvious agenda anymore, so why should anyone listen to them?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 11 2016/11/28,
The extended context for last episode's cliffhanger teases hope that perhaps Nan-gil and Na-ri actually discussed what she would do at trial directly. Unfortunately, that moment never comes. Nan-gil and Na-ri dance around the question of what their long-term future is going to look like, then proceed to spend the rest of the episode pretending not to care about each other while other characters try and pick up the slack,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 10 2016/11/22,
After the big confrontation we find out the evidence is ambiguous and unreliable. So Na-ri and Nan-gil stop caring and discuss a more pressing matter- if the bad guys' plan involves annulling Nan-gil's marriage to Na-ri's mother, is that good since it means Na-ri is no longer dating her stepfather? It's times like this that "The Man In My House" feels like two completely different plots. One has a gangster conspiracy. The other is a bog standard romance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 9 2016/11/21,
Even when the story's not moving forward in "The Man In My House", it's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of character relationships. Weirdly enough, these tend to be centered around pretty much everyone who is not Na-ri, who remains largely oblivious to everything that happens around her. We find out this is a longstanding condition, since apparently important information regarding Na-ri's father was withheld from her because...yeah, I can't come up with any satisfactory reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 8 2016/11/15,
My opinion regarding "The Man In My House" has slowly but steadily trended toward lukewarm. The drama is not terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it's inescapable at this point how the story moves at a glacial pace to little apparent effect. The few clear villains in the property development scheme make spare appearances. And when one does show up at the cliffhanger, it's to deliver a horrifically contrived coincidence that would be laughable except that I do still have some sympathy for these characters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 7 2016/11/14,
Does Nan-gil like Na-ri? That's been phrased as the huge dramatic question lately, yet as is often the case, Na-ri instead seems to be projecting her own ambiguous feelings on to Nan-gil. Of course, it helps that Nan-gil's answers are similarly cryptic, implying dramatic changes in Na-ri's personality that neither we nor Nan-gil actually know about because we've only seen Na-ri in a fairly limited context. There's only one way to resolve this problem. By going on a date,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 6 2016/11/08,
It's fascinating how "The Man In My House" can spend so much time having its characters repostulate complicated theories of each other's motivation while still having them be so incredibly ignorant of basic character relationships. Part of this is by design. Right now only Deok-bong knows what the relationship is between Na-ri and Nan-gil, and even if Nan-gil is loud and proud of the connection, Na-ri wants to hide it. Why? Because information is power, and thus needs to be hoarded,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 5 2016/11/07,
Right away the great mystery behind Nan-gil's motivation is fully cleared up- and it ends up being really, really corny. Weirder than that it's actually kind of oddly consistent. Considering how outspoken Nan-gil has been around Na-ri it initially seems completely inconsistent that he's maintained a comical and borderline creepy lifelong obsession with Na-ri. Yet it does make sense because of course Nan-gil has never seen Na-ri as a person but as a metaphorical representation of the family Nan-gil could have if he's a good little boy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 4 2016/11/01,
Intriguing parallelisms are the order of the day in this episode of "The Man In My House". First up- what does a proper woman do when a man is too drunk to even walk? Na-ri, for all her obvious enmity with Nan-gil, does manage to do the initially decent thing and only gets up to sneaky stuff later on. Meanwhile, Yeo-joo continues to try and maliciously sabotage Dong-jin's life. I'd feel sorry for him except, you know, the cheating. Exactly what quality of woman was he expecting would agree to cheat on her co-worker?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 3 2016/10/31,
Every so often Nan-gil has a very dangerous scene. We see the tattoos, we see what the guy's like when he's mad, and all of a sudden it seems like all of Na-ri's worst conspiracy theories have been validated. Then there's most of the rest of the drama, where Nan-gil acts like a bit of a clumsy goof, and doesn't even seem remotely dangerous. That's the essential contradiction at play in "The Man In My House". Which one is the real Nan-gil?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 2 2016/10/25,
Nan-gil (played by Kim Young-kwang) is a restauranteur who is also Na-ri's...father? That can't be right. He's younger than she is. And also Na-ri has never met Nan-gil even though he claims to have been married to Na-ri's mother. Even more perplexing, Nan-gil is somehow privy to multiple in-jokes only known to Na-ri and her mother, which leaves the baffled Na-ri wondering whether Nan-gil is who he says he is or if this isn't just some sort of elaborate scam,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Man In My House" Episode 1 2016/10/24,
Na-ri (played by Soo Ae) is a senior flight attendant for whom life appears to be decent. Sure there's always the occasional jerk on the plane who needs to be dealt with, but Na-ri is a real trooper for her co-workers, even the somewhat ethically dubious Yeo-joo (played by Jo Bo-ah). Na-ri's boyfriend Dong-jin (played by Kim Ji-hoon-I) is clearly committed to her, and Na-ri has a good relationship with her family. Until the timeskip anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - Funny Woman" 2015/04/03,
Eun-hee (played by Moon Ji-in) is a woman who dreams of being a comedienne- specifically, she's already working backstage at a national comedy TV program, so for Eun-hee it's really just a matter of finally getting the chance to run a skit out front. In service to this point, Eun-hee ends up making a rather bizarre request to judge Jeong-woo (played by Kim Ji-hoon-I). Jeong-woo hates fun, though, and persists in mocking Eun-hee using his most neutral tone of voice,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Unconventional Korean Dramas 2014/02/01,
Being a movie fan making a jump to dramas can be a daunting experience. The two are very different in many ways. From budget to tropes, from acting to directing, they are worlds apart. While there are genres even Korean films do not often touch, Korean drama is much more limited in its diversity. Sageuk, melodrama, dailies, romantic comedies, the types and formats of series are limited,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Joseon X-Files - Secret Book" 2014/02/01,
Korean science fiction drama. Well there is something you do not see a lot of right there. Science fiction as a genre has really not been attempted much by Korean cinema either and Korean drama is no different with this particular genre. So the fact that a series like 'Joseon X-Files - Secret Book' even exists is a bit of a Dramaland miracle, but the fact that is a mostly well-made and interesting series is an even bigger surprise. The series aired on tvN in 2010 and has two directors and eight writers,...More
Art and Culture 2012/04/16, Source, It's the start of a new week once again and finally the weather is warming up. When it gets this warm outside, many of us want to just go out and enjoy exhibitions, concerts, and new movies. To help us, confused souls, stay on track in arts and culture Michelle Kim joins me in the studio. Hello, Michelle.
[Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young
What do you have for us today ?
[Reporter : ] There's the phrase "Dogs are a man's best friend" and as an owner of two dogs, I very much agree with this. Well to give us an artistic insight on the subject of man, animals, and nature as well, I have two exhibitions for you. Here are the details,...More
Stars Being Released From The Military In 2012 2012/02/17, Source,
Following the discharge of actor Lee Joon-gi from the military, much attention is being focused on other male stars expected to make their returns this year.
Lee first enlisted back on May 3, 2010, having served in the public relations department in the Ministry of National Defense. He was recently discharged on February 16th, and has already been busy with a fan meeting on the same day at Sang Myung University. 2,000 of his fans came out to greet him,...More
2012 discharges and comebacks 2012/02/13, Source,
There are several stars who are being discharged from National Service this year.
Lee Joon-gi is first. He is going to be completing his duties at the National Public Relations and is being discharged on the 16th. He will start working in Korea as soon as he is out.
There is going to be a fan meeting in Seoul Samg Myeong Art Hall on the day of his discharge and he is going to release his new single "Deucer" in Japan next month. Another fan meeting titled, "Coming Back Lee Joon-gi" will be held in Japan,...More
This year's box office was unusually crowded with hard-boiled thrillers and action films, with bubbly 3D animation providing some comic relief. While the temperature may be dropping,...More
Actor Kim Ji-hoon-I enters military today 2010/10/04, Source,
Actor Kim Ji-hoon-I salutes fans ahead of entering the Nonsan military training camp in the South Chungcheong Province of South Korea on October 4, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Ji-hoon-I entered a training camp today as part of fulfilling the country's two-year mandatory military services,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Wish Upon a Star" 2009/12/28, Source,
From left, actress Choi Jung-won and child actor Park Ji-bin, Lee Yoo-ri-I, Joo Ji-won and Chun Bo-geun pose during a press conference for SBS TV series "Wish Upon a Star" held at the SBS headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on December 28, 2009. [SBS]
SBS Monday and Tuesday TV series "Wish Upon a Star" Scenarist: Jung Ji-woo Producer: Jeong Hyo Cast: Choi Jung-won, Kim Ji-hoon-I, Shin Dong-wook, Chae Yeong-in Premiere Date: January 4, 2009 at 8:50 P.M.
"A drama which will reveal the new direction SBS dramas will take on in time with the 20th anniversary of the company's establishment", chief producer Kim Young-seob said of TV series "Wish Upon a Star" during a press conference held Monday. And his statement holds true as for the first time, SBS plans to air hour-long dramas back to back on Mondays and Tuesdays starting 8:50 P.M. January 4 next year. This may be why "Wish Upon a Star" has seemingly taken on a relatively safe plot. By now viewers are used to how a poor employee (Jin Bbalgang, played by Choi Jung-won) who believes life is 'one shot' becomes romantically involved with a cold-hearted lawyer (Min Kang-hoon, played by Kim Ji-hoon-I) after serving as his maid. The story of how Choi has to support her four younger siblings had been added onto the storyline. The plot is easy enough for viewers in and past their middle ages -- hence, it seems the role of "Wish Upon a Star" will be to form ground during a new time slot by recording steady ratings with its somewhat verified story.,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Choi Jung-won returns! 2009/12/19, Source,
Actress Choi Jung-won becomes a mom?
The new drama "Wish Upon a Star" stars Choi as the main character for which she took a funny poster with a baby on her back.
Choi is Red Jin who is the Financial Consultant at the JK Life Insurance Company who has to raise her younger siblings, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet. They all have rainbow color names! The parents are acted by Lee Young-bum and Yoo Ji-in.
She has the youngest Violet on her back in the poster with milk bottles a,...More
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