[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 16 2017/03/21,
I realized this episode, with some trepidation, that far from having a clear goal in mind Gil-dong's entire operation is little more than an organized crime outfit. Granted, they tend to go after people who probably deserve it. Even so, beating up people on the street who are rude little jerks seems a bit beneath the lofty visions of "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" and indeed, if we take the position that might makes right that uh, kind of validates the entire unjust system Gil-dong is supposed to be fighting against,...More
'DMZ, The Wild" accompanied by Lee Min-ho as presenter 2017/03/21, Source,
The prologue for "DMZ, The Wild" is being released by MBC.
"DMZ, The Wild" is a documentary on the wildlife situation at the DMZ. The project took a year and 5 months to complete and its presenter Lee Min-ho and the crew took a look at the survival tactics and rules of the wild that exist on this forbidden piece of land,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 14 2017/03/14,
For most of the early portion of this episode I thought Amogae's unusual moments of lucidity were a signal that maybe he was ready to rejoin the main story. Alas, it turns out what's actually happening is that Amogae is being given a tragically fitting eulogy. The overall positive tone when it comes to Amogae's past accomplishments and relationships is a bit out of step considering how by the end Amogae's three children are as estranged as ever,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 13 2017/03/13,
King Yeonsangun, now firmly convinced as to the existence of anti-royalist conspiracy, is now summoning political enemies. Of course the joke's on him- King Yeonsangun's real political enemies are the ones using bizarre gossip to detract attention from their own power plays. If it's any comfort I'm skeptical any of these people are going to survive the drama's entire runtime. Given King Yeonsangun's reputation as a general crazy person it seems rather inevitable that his paranoia will spin completely out of control,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 12 2017/03/07,
The focus is on King Yeonsangun here, as he gets embroiled with an exceptionally pedantic dispute regarding rules interpretation with his ministers. I have to admit that at minimum, this is a rather more innovative approach than just making King Yeonsangun a straight-up villain. We're watching King Yeongsangun burn himself out on technicalities, to the point that by the end it's not clear he or anyone else remembers the policy disagreement that prompted this legal battle in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 11 2017/03/06,
Well first of all I've just about completely given up trying to figure what we're supposed to be calling Nok-soo / Royal Consort Gong-hwa at any given moment, since apparently we weren't supposed to be calling her Nok-soo either. I'm trying to remember if anyone has ever actually called her by her original name or if it's always been generic terms of address. See, this is why I lean on promotional materials more than I probably should. Even official news articles are more likely to just refer to the character as Lee Honey,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 10 2017/02/28,
Recent victories notwithstanding Gil-dong and Amogae remain fairly well depressed by the apparent destruction of their entire family. The brief moments where we're reminded that they're having trouble moving on from the pain work a lot better than the full on episodes dedicated to this topic. It's really just a matter of the full facts finally sinking in. Amogae is completely broken down. With his wife, Amogae could at least console himself with the survival of their children. Now he barely even has that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 8 2017/02/21,
First a retraction- it would appear that Gonghwa is not yet a royal consort. Actually we're not even supposed to call her Gonghwa yet. Her name's still Nok-soo. Now see, this is what I mean about the pacing in "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" being a complete mess. We're still not at the point where basic information in the drama's promotional material is accurate yet. Yet yet yet. How is it that we're on the eighth episode and I'm still using that word so much?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 7 2017/02/20,
Gonghwa (played by Lee Honey) is a royal consort, although she spends most of this episode gallavanting around with Gil-dong. The only royalist plot developments happen near the end. Gonghwa is also the presumed love interest to Gil-dong, although Ga-ryeong (played by Chae Soo-bin) also makes a play for his affections, mostly by snickering in the background. Ga-ryeong is the presumed true love interest, although to date Gonghwa has been much more helpful when it comes to Gil-dong's actual goals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 6 2017/02/14,
As Gil-dong goes about his happy-go-lucky merchant life, Amogae soon finds himself on the wrong end of the deal. Which seemed sort of inevitable. Amogae is, after all, a con artist who has enemies, and really failed to appreciate the extent to which his act of mercy could backfire. Honestly, it was kind of a dumb move for Amogae to let the poor woman wander about on her own when only a single mistake on her completely amateurish part was necessary to bring about disaster,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 5 2017/02/13,
Gil-dong has taken Amogae's precautions too much to heart. He's just goofing around like a secondary character rather than the hero. Amogae, oddly enough, seems to be trying to avoid being the main character, even though his decisions drove all the action for the first four episodes. That's how we get to the main dramatic climax and aftermath here, which is just Amogae getting involved in a gang war while Gil-dong watches on helplessly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 4 2017/02/07,
His name finally cleared, Amogae now heads out into the wilderness to become...the leader of an organized criminal enterprise. The morality in "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" really is completely topsy-turvy. It took me awhile to fully appreciate last episode that hey, Amogae is trying to get away with cold-blooded murder, and it's only the overall messed up nature of the situation that makes him sympathetic. Note how the widow seemed to have been angling for petty spite rather than justified revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 3 2017/02/06,
Incredible though it may seem, Amogae has not actually lost faith in the justice of the legal system just yet. That's especially impressive considering how he spends most of this episode languishing in jail, suffering from the effects of torture. There certainly is a disconnect between what "justice" means depending on how well-connected a person is. It's almost as if the powers that be aren't actually interested in following the rule of law at all, and have to be shamed into doing so through public outrage,...More
Drama of the week Really Really Like You 2011/10/27, Source,
Drama of the week Really Really Like You (2006) Directed by Kim Jin-man Written by Bae Yoo-mi Network : MBC With Eugene, Ryoo Jin, Lee Min-ki, Yoon Seung-won, Yoo Tae-joon, Yoon Ji-hoo,... 34 episodes - Sat, Sun 19:50 Synopsis There's no 'nobody'. Everybody is once an important person to somebody. The Life Story of Beautiful-minded People; 'The true meaning and hope of life can be learned from ordinary people'. What makes Love Truly different from other stories is its characters; those who work in the Blue House (Korean presidential residence). This drama introduces the viewers the place considered mysterious and tabooed in TV dramas. It also features the people working inside the most unknown place in the country,...More
8 Korean Films Screen at China's Top Fest 2007/06/12, Source, Seven South Korean features and one short film will be presented at this year's 10th anniversary edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival. China's top film event opens June 16th for a nine-day run.
Of the seven features, two have been selected in competition sections. Director,...More
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