[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 Yeong-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] "D-Day" 2016/01/30,
The disaster genre is an ambitious one. For one, a pure disaster work can be very expensive to make, depending on the event which brings about said disaster. It is also one which depends a lot on sustaining suspense. Attempting such a work in the form of a Korean drama is quite the brave move on behalf of its creators. Whether this hybrid of a series counts as a success depends on how far one expects its bravery takes it,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Pinocchio" 2015/10/31,
"Pinocchio"'s got all the right ingredients for a promising Korean drama: a novel disorder that can naturally create conflicts, a cast of eye-candy actors who can actually act, and a classic revenge theme. At first glance, the drama seems to be centered around answering one key question that we're all dying to know: can someone with Pinocchio Syndrome (telling lies causes hiccups) live normally in a world where deception is common,...More
More Fashion Models Branch Out 2015/08/20, Source,
Fashion models are increasingly branching out into acting, design and business ventures to expand their potential career arc. Jang Yoon-ju is one of Korea's top models but has constantly pushed beyond her modeling career. She has appeared on TV entertainment shows, released her own songs, and most recently appeared in the film "Veteran", which is on track to becoming a mega hit,...More
Kim Hye-eun to star in "D-Day" 2015/06/23, Source, The new JTBC drama "D-Day" has been a hot topic since pre-production as it is a medical drama about rescue workers, emergency doctors and others needed in time of a natural disaster.
Kim Hye-eun plays the role of Kang Joo-ran, a doctor in charge of the emergency center at the Mirae Hospital. She is an individual who dreams of a revolution at the hospital and fights in her own way to protect her patients,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 20 2015/01/15,
The last case comes to a lightning fast conclusion- no surprises there, given that all the reporting in "Pinocchio" has been marked by sudden resolutions. Although it does help to underscore just how long it took for the final plot thread to be wrapped up. Still, if the cliffhanger represented excellent use of In-ha, the opening here makes a similar dramatic statement using Dal-po's own character traits. Simultaneously we can see how his confrontation is both revenge for the past as well as poetic justice by giving Ro-sa the chance to resolve matters in a way that doesn't destroy her family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 18 2015/01/14,
We open up with the conversation between Dal-po and Cha-ok, emphasizing the latter's final sense of emotional frustration at having let herself get embroiled in such corruption. The end of the episode is...more or less the same thing, actually, although relatively little of the middle portions really have much to do with Cha-ok. "Pinocchio" appears to be stalling for time, given that at this point it shouldn't really take much for the storyline to resolve,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 19 2015/01/14,
The creative decision to keep Beom-jo's thought process in the dark is a bit of a questionable one here, since the cliffhanger only has emotional urgency provided you have a big emotional attachment to his character. It's been a common problem lately, "Pinocchio" spreading too much of its characters around and just being overly balanced in their exposure. Admittedly, my estimation of the cliffhanger went up a bit when I realized the significance of using In-ha to deliver the message,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 17 2015/01/08,
In-ha and Beom-ho end up deciding on confronting their parents with the evidence amassed. Beom-ho quickly tires of his ethical discussion, though it remains unclear what moral lesson he actually took from his mother's rationalizations. In-ha, by contrast, learns a significant bit of backstory along with Cha-ok's usual utilitarian arguments. The most interesting character ends up being the one about which we don't actually know very much- Dal-pyeong, In-ha's father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 16 2015/01/07,
The first portion of the episode starts out with some romantic comedy- not any real discussion of the actual plot at all, just Dal-po and In-ha getting involved in a classic genre set-up designed for humor. Good use is made of the hiccups. Lee Jong-suk and Park Shin-hye really are cute together whenever the script calls for it. The entire bit is really more a scene of extended fanservice than anything else but a little light humor is always welcome. Especially when the situation will inevitably get worse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 15 2015/01/01,
This episode takes the form of a mostly dry investigative procedural, as the characters take different approaches to uncover the inaccuracies in Cha-ok's reporting. By the end we've mostly arrived in a pretty neat place- the inconsistency has been uncovered. While in the short term this most likely exonerates Chan-soo, more open questions like what actually caused the fire in the first place remain open, and will probably be pursued later on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 14 2014/12/25,
While I can appreciate the effort "Pinocchio" makes here in trying to expose corporate malfeasance, the current plot hook really only feels tangentially related to plausible journalism. Beom-jo doing a news story about his mother's company is...well, the guy really should have either been recused or not called up for the assignment at all. His very presence on the scene is a pretty harsh indictment of the journalistic integrity of his company,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 13 2014/12/24,
The situation with Chae-ok resolves a bit quicker than I was expecting. Unfortunately. The main interesting plot thread of "Pinocchio" right now is the long term situation regarding revenge via journalism. It's a pretty big step down to go from an actual possible case of ruined journalistic integrity to a rather goofy seasonal plotline regarding a Santa gone bad. And why exactly did In-ha provoke him in the first place anyway?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 12 2014/12/18,
Like the last big news story featured in "Pinocchio", this one is over in the blink of an eye. I don't know why I was expecting Jae-myeong's plan to be something more complicated- what we get instead is astonishingly simple and elegant, and captures the exact sense of narrative cohesion I was looking for. Jae-myeong and Ha-myeong fight back against journalism by turning the power of the press directly against Cha-ok. Now she's the one with a lot to answer for against a basically cruel and hostile audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 11 2014/12/17,
The pacing continues to be slow here. We still don't find out what Jae-myeong's plan actually is- mostly to drive up interest for the next episode, where it should be displayed in full, clear detail. For the most part this is just a negotiation- Jae-myeong tries to convince Dal-po that they need to follow through on revenge, however unpleasant the prospect may be. Well, technically he's trying to convince Ha-myeong. Therein lies the conflict. To which name does our character owe more loyalty- Dal-po or Ha-myeong?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 10 2014/12/11,
In terms of narrative structure this episode is mostly identical to the last one. There's little in the way of actual storyline movement except for the sudden surprising revelation at the end. Instead, we have character reactions to an as-yet mostly static situation. Mostly from In-ha, who is not at all happy with what her mother did to Dal-po. Although the question does come to mind- would she be as angry about this if Cha-ok had just destroyed a random family, rather than the one of someone In-ha cares about personally?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 9 2014/12/10,
Jae-myeong is a hero. But you may note that almost none of the characters we see celebrating in the early portions of the episode are happy because a young boy was saved. No, they're happy because this is a huge news story, and the entire incident was caught on camera. Even in positive moments like this "Pinocchio" revels in showing off the darker parts of news journalism. It seems to force people into thinking selfishly, even if normally they're perfectly ethical individuals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 8 2014/12/04,
The love story in "Pinocchio" is all right. Lee Jong-suk and Park Sin-hye have good chemistry together. I kind of have to remind myself of this sometimes, because the overall story is so tangentially related to the romance that it's easy to forget. To the credit of the production team, the whole scene in the street with all the snow, and the actual argument of what the relationship of the main two characters is? Pretty spectacular looking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 7 2014/12/03,
Incredibly, after an entire episode of intense investigation, trickery, and hypothesizing, the entire news report that the characters have been battling over is resolved within the course of just a few minutes. Such is the nature of news broadcasting. So much effort put into a short story that may reach a huge population. And yet most of those people probably won't even remember the broadcast in a few days. And as for the ones that will...well...,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 6 2014/11/27,
While Jae-myeong lurks somewhat ominously in the background, for the foreseeable future it looks like the drama's just going to be team In-ha and team Dal-po working against each other to get to the bottom of mysteries. It should be note, of course, that none of our main characters are actually detectives. So even if "Pinocchio" seems to have the appearance of a police procedural, by the end it's quite clear that their motivation is something else entirely. If we do get an explanation of what actually happened in the big scoop this week, that discovery will mostly be incidental,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 5 2014/11/26,
The cliffhanger last episode has forced a split between Dal-po and In-ha. It's a weirdly amicable split though. Yes, In-ha is pretty upset about Dal-po's ruining her dream for no apparent reason, but even then her frustrations are played for comedy rather than tragedy. The implication is that In-ha realizes her condition makes reporting impractical, and if even Dal-po agrees with that statement, then there simply isn't any hope for her dream at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 4 2014/11/20,
Having thoroughly established what it means to be a bad parent, this time "Pinocchio" works out what it means to be a good parent. Dal-po and In-ha may be adults, but they're still living at home, and this crazy idea of becoming reporters is a bit hard to reconcile with what their fathers expect from them. Or is it? While the turnabout here is technically surprising from the perspective of our leads, in broad perspective it's not all that difficult to see at all. Parents don't exist to be pleased by their children. They're their to help their kids out, and that's exactly what happens here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 3 2014/11/19,
The theme this episode is how to deal with the shattering of obviously hopeless dreams. The opening doesn't even have any real tension. We know that Dal-po is dreaming, he knows that he's dreaming, but gosh, wouldn't it just be wonderful if the first two episodes were only a mere hallucination? Unfortunately that's simply not how it works. And ultimately it's In-ha that bears the brunt of that, as she convinces herself that Cha-ok really is a loving mother who's been out of contact for justifiable work reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 2 2014/11/13,
Right after snapping back to the quiz show it's straight into another flashback- but don't worry, this one only goes back into recent history and deals exclusively with the adult cast, even if they're all garbed in high school uniforms. Dal-po is a bit of a lazy slob- or so it seems. Frequently this episode we get a good look at the young man's keen deductive mind. The way he's easily able to size up even faraway situations somewhat strains belief- but again, I'm willing to give "Pinocchio" leeway in this department since the contrivance matches up with the greater themes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 1 2014/11/12,
Dal-po (played by Lee Jong-suk) is doing a TV quiz show in the present day. No, wait, sorry, about a decade ago. As of the first episode we still haven't made it to the actual plot yet. It's all just background, most of which takes place in another flashback, where young Dal-po (played by Nam Da-reum) experiences increasingly extreme melodramatic tragedies. At several points I wondered whether these flashbacks would have gone down better later on in the drama- that's a heck of a way to start a story out, with an extreme emphasis on overwrought desolation,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.01.24 ~ 2014.01.26 2014/01/27, "Frozen" remains solid at the top but local flicks still dominated...
The Oscar-nominated animation "Frozen" held its form at the top of the pile to secure its second weekend as number one. Despite the string of popular local features Walt Disney's winter wonderland was able to pack on another 1.2 million admissions (36.2%) to advance its total tally now to 3.1 million ($22.2M). However "Miss Granny", "Hot Young Bloods", "When A Man Loves A Woman" (aka "Man In Love"), and Yang Woo-seok's popular drama "The Attorney" all followed in close formation with respectable figures to collectively capture 59.3% of the ticket sales,...More
Hot Young Bloods 2014/01/25, Source,
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Lee Yeon-woo
Starring: Park Bo-yeong, Lee Jong-suk, Lee Se-yeong, Kim Yeong-kwang
Synopsis: Set in a countryside town in the 1980s, Joong-gil is the biggest heartthrob in his school. Yeong-sook, the girlfriend of the school's toughest bully, has a crush on Joong-gil, but he shows her no interest. One day, a new girl, So-hee moves into town and Joong-gil has a crush on her. Yeong-sook thinks So-hee as her rival and picks a fight with her. Yeong-sook's boyfriend, suspicious of ties between Yeong-sook and Joong-gil, also harasses So-hee to instigate Joong-gil. This forces Joong-gil to stand up for So-hee,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hot Young Bloods" 2014/01/18,
It's the eighties in rural Chungcheong. These are violent times- remember that there was a tight-fisted dictatorship going on. If any message is clearly imparted to the teen students here, it's that violence is a good way of letting off youthful energy. That's certainly the opinion of Yeong-sook, at any rate. Park Bo-yeong infuses the perpetually angry, mean looking young woman with a sense of brimming rage. She's straight up looking for fights to get into. It would be funny if she wasn't so scary-looking.
Yeong-sook sets her sights on Joong-gil (played by Lee Jong-suk), a young man who has made it his goal to kiss every girl in the class, and has developed all manner of smooth talking and magic fingers to bring out the aura of Casanova that lies in his soul,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound…. 2014/01/18, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "When A Man Loves A Woman": A terminally ill low-level thug finds love and hope as he faces the end. (01/22)
★★★★★ "Stray Dogs": A reporter who lives an extreme life stumbles upon a countryside village and unravels the hideous secrets behind it. (01/23)
★★★★ "Miss Granny": A cranky grandmother wakes up to find herself in her younger body, then joins her grandson's band to live young once again.(01/23)
★★★★ "The Dinner": A trouble family, each with their own cross to bear, struggle to survive when further misfortune falls upon them all.(01/23)
★★★★ "Hot Young Bloods": Four country teens get caught up in romance, jealousy, and violence as their love and lust boils over. (01/23),...More
Kim Seong-min hugs a woman in "Can We Get Married?" 2012/10/08, Source,
Actor Kim Seong-min was seen hugging a woman.
Kim Seong-min has started making the new JTBC drama "Can We Can Married?". His role is a play boy plastic surgeon names Do-hyeon. In a recent shoot, he shot a scene where he met his girlfriend without his wife knowing. This scene was where she came all the way to his hospital and tried to win his heart over. Kim Seong-min seemed thrilled at the fact that this was his first drama in 2 years,...More
[Video] CJ ENTERTAINMENT Hits the Catwalk with Runway Cop 2012/06/22,
CJ Entertainment launches the hilarious comedy about fashion, "Runway Cop", for a limited engagement at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 29, 2012. The film is Director Sin Tae-ra's second action comedy flick, following his 2009 hit, "My Girlfriend is an Agent". He's about the get the biggest makeover of his life. Detective Cha has a belly about to burst and unbelievably bad hygiene. He's no model, but Cha's only interest is to get the bad guys, no matter what it takes. Then comes the mission to infiltrate drug deals taking place in the fashion industry, and he is assigned the impossible: transform into a runway model… in 2 weeks! With the pressure on, Detective Cha is about to undergo the biggest makeover of his life,...More
Kim Yeong-kwang joins "Love Rain" 2012/02/15, Source,
Former model and current actor Kim Yeong-kwang is going to appear in the Hallyu drama "Love Rides The Rain".
He is going to be taking on the role of senior Han Tae-seong who has had a crush on Hana (Yoona) in the year 2012 for a long time in the KBS 2TV drama "Love Rain". This drama is about love in two generations of the 1970s and 2012,...More
[INTERVEW and PHOTOS] Model/Actor Kim Yeong-kwang 2010/04/21, Source,
Model/Actor Kim Yeong-kwang [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Kim Yeong-kwang. I was given the name by my mother. My English name is Young Kim. I had considered using Victor or Glory in the beginning. But when I first wrote my name at an overseas agency, I just wrote Young. I think Yeong-kwang would be too difficult and Kwang Kim would sound weird. My birthday is January 11, 1987. I am 23 years old and look a bit old for my age. My father and grandfather are both 182,3 cm tall. I look a lot like my grandfather. I have an older sister who looks exactly like my mother,...More
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