[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bringing Tibet Home" 2016/09/10,
Tenzing Rigdol is a Tibetan artist who lives in New York. Way back in 2011, following the death of his father, Tenzing Rigdol decided to construct an art installation made of Tibetan soil in India. The task proved to be more difficult than expected. Smuggling a few water bottles of Tibetan soil across the border, that's one thing, but Tenzing Rigdol needed much, much more than that,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Mrs. Cop 2" 2016/07/23,
Coming off of the popularity of the original "Mrs. Cop", "Mrs. Cop 2" quickly brings back the thrilling story of yet another ahjumma cop, this time, one with FBI training. Our heroine Go Yoon-jeong (Kim Sung-ryung) returns to South Korea from the U.S. and is asked to fill in the spot left behind by our original squad chief Choi Yeong-jin (Kim Hee-ae), who is taking a break from police work,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Mrs. Cop" 2016/07/09, "Mrs. Cop" is an action thriller about a team of police officers that deal with violent crimes like murder. Our protagonist is the leader of this team, and we follow her in a rollercoaster ride to solve various cases while witnessing how she struggles to balance career and family at the same time.
I've never been one too keen for crime dramas. I find that it often follows the same formula: episodic storyline starring a ragtag team who strictly fights for justice, coupled with a bigger plot of corruption, the revelation of which becomes the ultimately climax, and justice always prevails in the end,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - SMTown Coex Artium 2015/12/19,
S.M. Entertainment is one of the triumvirate of entertainment companies along with YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. Some of the most famous acts in K-pop are housed under S.M. such as my personal bias SHINee as well as Girls' Generation, Super Junior, f(x), EXO, Red Velvet, BoA, and TVXQ. This list is by no means inclusive of the immensely talented acts found under the S.M. name. Many of the members have been spotted in dramas and films. And some people represented under S.M. are not musicians, but actors such as Go Ara and Kim Min-jong,...More
Kim Hee-ae, "worried that I will tarnish my image"... SBS "Mrs. Cop" 2015/07/30, Source,
Actress will play a married Korean "Ajumma" cop.
On SBS' "Mrs. Cop" first being broadcasted on the 3rd of next month, Kim Hee-ae will play Choi Yeong-jin, a homicide detective. While she is a charismatic and experienced cop, the character is failing as a mother. While she has never properly celebrated her only daughter's birthday, she blames it on important cases always popping up. Inside, she is a mother who always thinks about her daughter and feels guilty,...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 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 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
Wang Bit-na in "Secret Door" 2014/07/13, Source, Wang Bit-na is starring in the SBS TV "Secret Door".
This drama is about the conflict between King Yeongjo who aimed for ultimate power and Prince Sado who desired a fair world. This drama recreates the mystery of a family murder which happened more than 500 years ago,...More
A look at the K-dramas of 2012 2013/01/01, Source,
This year was really a wild ride. It was my second full year as a k-drama watcher and my first full year blogging. Phew. Did 2012 go by as quickly for you as it did for me?
Some of it I loved, and some of it left me lukewarm. There were a few dramas I really wish I could obliterate from my memory. But the good ones made up for it, 'cause there were some GOOD dramas.
The reviews will be highly biased and highly noninclusive. It's about what I remembered at the end of the year 2012. How did these shows impact me? Am I still salivating? Or did I forget it existed until I had to write this thing?,...More
"Iris 2" to be Directed by Pyo Min-soo 2012/09/23, Source,
Director Pyo Min-soo is going to take control of "IRIS 2".
Pyo created the dramas, "Lie", "Full House", "Worlds Within" and others, earning himself the Baek Sang Grand Prize, Rookie Prize, the best drama chosen by the year 2000 media reporters, the best program chosen by viewers and more. He has been impressing people with his unique imagery and emotions so far but this time will take on the task of a spy action blockbuster drama,...More
Kim Min-jong and Jang Dong-gun, who's getting married? 2012/08/05, Source,
Spoilers outgrow with 2 more episodes to go
With everything done and over on the 31st of last month, SBS weekend drama "A Gentleman's Dignity" is fighting with spoilers. With the final episode being postponed last weekend because of the London Olympics, the drama crew are doing everything they can to hide the finale. Viewers are expecting the drama to end in a happy ending. However, the end of the four characters is barely visible,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Athena" 2010/12/03, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "ATHENA" [Taewon Entertainment]
"I don't want "ATHENA" to merely surpass "IRIS". I want it to stand up to comparison in the global market", production company Taewon Entertainment chief Jeong Tae-won said of the difference between KBS TV series "IRIS" and its spin-off "ATHENA" at the press conference for the latter held on November 30. But it is impossible not to compare the two to explain what sort of drama "ATHENA" is since it is based on the sucess of "IRIS", as well as the trial and error it went through, and the story itself takes off where "IRIS" left off,...More
Lee Ji-ah says did not use double for action sequences 2010/11/30, Source,
Actress Lee Ji-ah takes part in the press conference for upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" held at the Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 30, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has said she has not used a body double for any of the action scenes in the upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" so far.
The remark came on Tuesday during a press conference for the action-packed drama which is a spin-off to last year's hit blockbuster series "IRIS" as she responded to a reporter's question on shooting her action sequences,...More
Cha Seung-won returns to Korea for health reasons 2010/09/16, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Taewon Entertainment]
Actor Cha Seung-won, who departed for Japan over the weekend to film upcoming TV series "ATHENA", has returned to Korea following a deterioration in his health.
An official with the show's producer explained that the model-actor flew back to Korea on September 13, a day after he had left for Japan, and is currently being treated for his illness,...More
[PHOTOS] SM tour 2010/09/03, Source, Lee Dong-hae, Minho and Eunhyuk [SM Entertainment]
From left, Super Junior's Lee Dong-hae and SHINee's Minho goof off in front of a sleeping Super Junior member Eunhyuk in a plane at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on September 2, 2010 as they depart for the U.S. leg of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour" to be held in Los Angeles on September 4,...More
Will 'Athena' Exceeds Popularity of 'IRIS'? 2010/09/01, Source,
The spy-action drama "ATHENA", in which actor Jung Woo-sung and actress Soo-ae will appear as the male and female protagonists, will be broadcast from this coming winter in December on SBS. The drama is a spin-off of the original "IRIS" drama and it is based on the original story of the KBS drama "IRIS", which had aired last year on KBS. "ATHENA" is very similar to the original "IRIS" as the production company Taewon Entertainment, which had produced "IRIS", will also produce this drama, and it has been equipped with an all-star cast and large-scale action and melodramatic storyline. But the backdrop of the drama has been expanded from the Korean peninsula and Asian countries into the whole world, and the relationships among cast members have become more complicated,...More
After Stevie Wonder wowed fans with his popular tunes, powerful vocals and unforgettable stage presence, local K-pop groups are following suit with a festival to keep the musical w,...More
BoA to make special appearance in TV series "Athena" 2010/08/11, Source,
Korean pop star BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop star BoA will be making a special guest appearance in the spin-off of last year's blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to her agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.
SM announced in a press release that in upcoming action drama "ATHENA", BoA will be playing the role of a top female singer who will be faced with a hostage situation by terrorists before her concert, while being protected by her bodyguard Jung-woo (played by Jung Woo-sung),...More
"SMTOWN LIVE" concert to be six hours long, says SM 2010/08/05, Source,
Official poster for upcoming "SMTOWN LIVE" concert featuring SM artists [SM Entertainment]
The upcoming "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour In Seoul" concert featuring numerous SM artists including BoA, Girls' Generation and Super Junior will be one of great scale and length.
Agency SM Entertainment (SM) announced in a press release on Thursday that the joint world tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and other major Asian cities, will be about six hours long and feature a total of some 80 songs by the artists,...More
Kim Seung-woo joins TV series "Athena" cast 2010/08/03, Source,
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo in an official poster for TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo, who starred in blockbuster TV series "IRIS" last year, has joined the cast of its upcoming spin-off series "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the actor will be reprising his role from the original series, playing North Korea's top intelligence agent Park Chul-young who holds the key secrets to solving the mysteries left behind by "IRIS",...More
Sensation over six of singer Lee Hyori's songs, apparently plagiarized by Bahnus, is about to snowball as more,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 3 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: You're well-known as being a producer who works closely with the actors. There are many actors who like you or you get along with and you run a management agency too. Jeong Tae-won: I always think of myself as their older brother. And that I should make the sacrifices for them first since I'm their older brother. But when I make new attempts, I expect them to engage in them for their faith in me rather than for the money. On the outside, Taewon [Entertainment] is perceived as a company which is overflowing with money but our organs are the only things that aren't held [as security]. (laugh) Every project is difficult in the beginning but the actors have always helped since they know their older brother is going to make a movie, not buy land, by making money. (laugh) Both "IRIS" and "71-Into the Fire" are also productions which would have been difficult to make without that trust. When a movie doesn't do well, the actors are the first people I feel sorry for. I wheedled them into doing it but I would leave a scratch in their life due to that film. It remains a debt in my heart. And I want to do whatever I can to repay that debt,...More
The Blue Returns after 14 Years 2009/05/06, Source, The Blue, the hottest male duo of the 1990s, is coming back to the music scene after 14 years by releasing a mini album titled, "The Blue, The First Memories", on May 14th. Their last album was their second regular album released in 1995. The Blue is a project group made up of actors,...More
Jinju to hold Korea Drama Festival 2005/09/29, Source, The City of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province will hold the "Korea Drama Festival 2005", modeled after international drama and video culture festivals.
The festival will take place Oct. 7 and serve as a springboard for the "Korea Drama Festival & Awards" to be launched next year. The festival will,...More
With a combination of bad martial arts and even worse potty jokes, the new comedy "Nangman Chagaek (Romantic Assassins)" takes humor back to a more elementary level _ as in third or fourth grade. The film is a slapstick affair that overwhelms you with its stream of truly tasteless tal,...More
Toilet humor smells like roses 2003/12/03, Source, Not enough facial gyrations and farting noises in your life? Now, thanks to the magic of cinema, you can just sit back and be transported to a wondrous land brimming with facial gyrations, farting noises and romance.
You didn't expect much from director Yun Je-gyun, who unloaded one of the worst f,...More
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