[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
Korean actresses no longer pretend to be pretty, weak, ingenuous 2013/11/11, Source,
Korean actresses have changed. They are giving up pretending to be pretty, weak and ingenuous.
Kim Seon-ah, model-turned actress who is 170 centimeters (near six feet) tall plays the role of a woman paralyzed from waist down in the movie "The Five" that will be released Thursday. Instead of showing off her slim legs, she rides an electric wheelchair with both legs tied up. A woman who lost her husband and daughter by a murderer, she is a vengeful person. To show such emotions, Kim has disheveled hair, and her face is bruised since she fights with the murderer.
Jeon Do-yeon in "Way Back Home" plays a woman who is falsely accused of carrying drugs and is locked up in a jail in a foreign country. She doesn`t give off charm of a femme fatal. Ha Ji-won performs a swordsmanship action at "Chosun`s Angels" that will be released in early next year,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.10.18 ~ 2013.10.20 2013/10/21,
The sci-fi thriller "Gravity" has struck the Korean box office to become the first foreign film to take gold since "Now You See Me" back in August. Alfonso Cuarón's spacey drama snatched 45% (714,419 admissions) of the total ticket sales to outplay last week's number one "Hwayi : A Monster Boy" by some margin. "Gravity" (which stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) has already made $284M worldwide and its international popularity managed to secure foothold for it in the Korean market. Jang Joon-hwan's action thriller "Hwayi" scoped up 365,175 (18.8%) over 552 screens to advance its total now to just under 2 million admissions, while two new Korean entries ("Fasten Your Seatbelt" and "Queen of the Night") quietly crept into fourth and fifth respectfully with less than 300,000 stubs between them,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/12, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Fasten Your Seatbelt": A plane headed to Tokyo from Gimpo with a Hallyu star on board flies into an unexpected storm and becomes in danger of crashing. (10/17)
★★★★ "Queen of the Night": A romantic comedy about a timid husband named Yeong-soo discovering the eventful past of his beautiful and perfect wife Hee-joo. (10/17)
★★★ "Neverdie Butterfly": Life starts getting better for a bullied boy when he meets his old middle school friend, but the school bully has other plans for them. (10/17)
★★ "Vacation": Three glamorous and privileged women go on a seductive vacation with three men they've targeted. (10/17)
★★★ "Silk Flower": A documentary that follows national shaman Kim Keum-hwa through various performances around the world as an artist. (10/17),...More
Song Seung-heon returns to small screen 2012/05/15, Source, Song Seung-heon walks down a street during a visit to Vietnam to shoot a television program this January.(Courtesy of Korea Foundation)
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon is coming back to his fans through the small screen.
Despite 16 years passing since his debut, Song, 35, remains as handsome and single as ever, coupled now with better acting ability. As one of the pioneers of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, his popularity continues to the rise, both in Korea and overseas,...More
World's Love for Podaegi 2012/02/11, Source,
Brad Pitt! Gwen Stefani! Madonna!
Hollywood stars are in love with podaegi, or Korean-style baby carriers!
Celebrities are not the only fans, either. Podaegi is, in fact, causing a hype among mothers worldwide.
Video clips on the internet show the great popularity of podaegi around the world. Some users even give instructions on how to use it,...More
[Star ESI 1] Star's past, since when were they pretty? 2011/05/01, Source,
"Since when were so pretty?"
There are many pretty women on TV. We wonder if they are 'pretty from birth' or 'medically pretty'. We can check the truth from their graduation or debut pictures through the Internet. Among the pretty women are those from a beauty contest or were a child actor. There are also those who fired up male students hearts in uniforms. There are also pretty women who have peculiar experiences and are favorites by the public and in online shopping malls.,...More
Top Actresses Join Charity Drive 2011/02/16, Source,
Some of Korea's most glamorous actresses gathered on Tuesday to help youngsters who are the main support of their household. The 2nd Pink Wings Campaign is hosted by fashion magazine Vogue Girl and Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/02/09, Source,
Now moving onto to our "Weekly Star Scene", we're going to give you a look at this week's hottest news in entertainment.
We have our entertainment reporter Lee Dami joining us in the studio. Hello, Dami. What sort of news have you brought us today
[Reporter : ] Haha. Hello Sean, and hello 건영. I'm very excited to see you guys too! I have a feeling that 건영 is going to enjoy today's segment,...More
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
Korean drama "Strike Love" in talks for Japanese remake 2010/04/28, Source,
Official drama poster of "Strike Love" [MBC]
Korean baseball drama "Strike Love", being broadcast in Japan since mid-March, is in discussions for a Japanese remake, according to the show's producer Green City Pictures Inc. on Wednesday.
An official from Green City Pictures stated in a press release that "nothing is final yet but we are in talks with two production companies in Japan for selling over rights for a remake",...More
Korean TV series "Strike Love" to air in Japan 2010/01/28, Source,
The cast of TV series "Strike Love" [Green City Pictures]
MBC's baseball drama "Strike Love" is set to premiere in Japan in March, according to the show's producer Green City Pictures Inc. on Thursday.
The sports drama -- which originally aired in Korea in May 2009 -- will be broadcast on Fuji TV-One starting March 18 and on Fuji TV-Two a week later, Green City announced in a press release.
"It is our differentiated strategy to air the show on two channels at almost the same time", an official at Green City was quoted as saying. "We plan to sequentially release the series through the Internet, media broadcasts as well as DVDs".,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Kim Min-jeong cuts her hair for her agent role 2009/10/17, Source, The first episode for the new drama "Hero - Drama" will be released this November 11th. Kim Min-jeong is the main character who is a cute and confident agent.
Kim cut her hair so short for this role! Her character can beat up any criminal and has charisma as much as any hot male agent. She is the team leader and has great sense of justice and responsibility.
Usually, her characters are always the intelligent and bright character that this short cut style in her hair makes a bold difference to,...More
The box office can be as difficult to predict as the stock market, and South Korean cinema in particularly is suffering amid the global financial crisis. ",...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Kim Min-jeong becomes a fashionista in "The Scam" 2009/01/28, Source, Kim Min-jeong becomes a financial manager for the wealthy politicians and businessmen, even their hidden money! She is a perfectionist and a workaholic financial manager, Yoo Seo-yeon in this new film, "The Scam".
She is a woman who can handle money business and dirty work with perfection where money is key to power and fame, thus, she definitely needs to look it!
Kim works with a stylist Kim Noori who is a famous movie costume designer.
The character meets political leaders and wealthy elites for her career, thus, she needs a professional look and bold character to fulfill her work as she wears career woman outfits. Inside this facade, she is a woman with a gentle charisma. Her hairstyle is also clean with her hair up in a bun. Her luxurious accessories also bring her a bold and feminine point in her outfit.,...More
Acting Range 2006/07/20, Source, "I have never chosen the drama I would act, but the right cast and script in that drama", said Lee Seong-jae, who this time will star in a drama about honest lawyer Roh Yoon-jae, who was adopted to Canada. Roh Yoon-jae will be involved in an,...More
An Uneven 'Quest' for Something More 2006/03/03, Source, One day while investigating a fake painting, Yoon Seo (Han Seok-Kyu), a renowned Chosun-era scholar, comes across a dirty book secretly circulated among the lower class. Yoon Seo starts writing erotic novels himself and later asks ranking gove,...More
Andre Kim's collection lights up Hawaiian night 2006/02/17, Source, HONOLULU, Hawaii - Korea's veteran designer Andre Kim lit up the Hawaiian night as more than one thousand fashion fans flocked here Wednesday to watch top Korean movie stars and models parade down the catwalk in Kim's lavish costumes.
The show held in the Hilton Hotel Coral Ballroom was jointly o,...More
The movie "Forbidden Quest" seems to want to express satire and the art of deviation, but by putting forth tragic love, it ends up being a story about neither. This movie is the directing debut of screenwriter,...More
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