[Guest Film Review] "Because I Love You" 2017/08/19,
I have to admit, romantic comedy are among my least favorite genres, in a category that is chiefly addressed to women. "Because I Love You" however, proved quite entertaining in its presentation of the various aspects of love in the Korean society, through a characteristically light tone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 31-32 Final 2017/07/18,
The final clean-up takes place pretty quickly. Really, once it's established that the right people were digging in just a little deeper, and that most of last time's cliffhanger was just a matter of dramatic license, there really isn't any direction for Gi-joon to go except for straight down. There is, naturally, also the gratification of seeing all the other villains brought in one by one and punished for their transgressions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 29-30 2017/07/17,
Now that enough of the conspiracy has been brought to light, the only real outstanding question is whether Ji-hoon will be brought to justice. Ji-hoon has always enjoyed the most protection because of all the people who have benefited from the allegations against the former Queen, Ji-hoon's boons have been the most subtle and obscured. All the same, Queen Jungjeon needed some sort of high level ally. And attempts at making Pil-yeong and Woo the fall guys run into some obvious logical problems,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 31-32 2017/07/11,
The backstory revelations end up going down a lot better than I was expecting, because the emphasis is less on the danger child Woo's actions have on adult Woo's relationships, and more on the central character flaw both Woos possess- arrogance. I was somewhat surprised to see that even as a child Woo was considered an all-star at the royal court, but this is consistent with what we've seen from the very first episode. Woo may well have been thought of as a good potential match for Princess Hyemyeong even at that time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 25-26 2017/07/10, Yoon Se-ah is very good as Queen Jungjeon. She's striking a very difficult balance- Yoon Se-ah is playing someone who is being a very fundamentally bad actor. Queen Jungjeon isn't using to anyone talking back to her, and is in constant panic mode, for all her bravado, that someone is going to find out that she is a fraud. Queen Jungjeon does manage to slow Princess Hyemyeong down a little bit with some key revelations, but we can tell just from the nervous way her haughty noblewoman laugh sounds that internally, Queen Jungjeon is freaking out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 23-24 2017/07/04,
Even the romantic action in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" is light, as Woo makes a breakthrough in the investigation and proceeds to try and avoid telling Princess Hyemyeong about it. This predictably leads to a brief interruption in their giddy love affair, as she is mad at him. But don't worry- slowly and surely, bit by bit, they come to another understanding as Woo makes it clear that he is one hundred percent on Princess Hyeomyeong's side and isn't going anywhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 21-22 2017/07/03,
The larger conflict is once again put on the back burner. Prince Darhan has gone home, leaving Woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong to swoon over each other privately. I like Woo's sense of diplomacy. He can ask for pretty much anything from royalty right now, and rather than getting greedy, Woo is sensible and basic in his desires. Woo, and Princess Hyeomhyeong for that matter, are quite patient and more than willing to live life a single day at a time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 19-20 2017/06/27,
By the end of episode twenty we get to the big exciting climax where Woo has figured out a way to expose a conspiracy. It's satisfying as expected, because even if there's no direct evidence implicating Gi-joon, his participation in the broader scheme can definitely be used to put his credibility into question somewhere down the line. But why did we need four episodes to get to this point? The conspiracy only had minimal exposition, and the remaining screentime has mostly just been about the love triangle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 17-18 2017/06/26,
Prince Darhan (played by Chris) is the main dominant presence here, and the man's bad news. He's really nice. Really, I just can't get enough of the guy smiling good-naturedly and engaging Princess Hyeomhyeong with all these corny pick-up lines. Best of all, Prince Darhan tends to just ignore Gi-joon, and doesn't especially care about the pomp and circumstances of royalty. Prince Darhan is quite the charming guy, save for the problem of Woo being Princess Hyeomhyeong's actual love interest,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 15-16 2017/06/20,
While Woo and Princess Hyemyeong have made great progress in terms of finally discovering that Gi-joon is behind the conspiracy, there remains one glaring problem. They can't do anything about it. All concrete evidence of Gi-joon's activities has been successfully destroyed. While Princess Hyemyeong is right that she has to do something, Woo is also right in pointing out that their position is far too weak to actually challenge Gi-joon on anything right now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 13-14 2017/06/19,
Woo and Princess Hyemyeong are largely sidelined for these two episodes. Indeed, the big climax barely even features them at all. Instead, Choon-poong (played by Sim Hyeong-tak) pops out of nowhere to helpfully identify what's going on at the butcher shop. It's pretty clear Choon-poong wants us to think that he's an idiot, when he is in fact one of the more competent characters in a drama where nearly everyone is at least of above average intelligence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 11-12 2017/06/13,
It was only with these episodes that I noticed that the parents of the lead characters are also the principles in the related royal conspiracy plotline, and the parallels are noteworthy. King Huizong, like Princess Hyemyeong, is oblivious to the real threat facing the royal family, only seeing the surface level. Gi-joon, like Da-yeon, is very good at seeming nice and helpful when in fact his every action is mean-spirited and destructive. Pil-yeong (played by Jo Hee-bong), like Woo, is a smart guy with a good reputation who is struggling to figure out how deep this rabbit hole goes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 9-10 2017/06/12,
So I appear to have misread Joon-yeong's character. Apparently he's not Princess Hyemyeong's love interest at all, but rather the protagonist in the parallel storyline about trying to figure out who kidnapped Princess Hyemyeong and why. Joon-yeong has his work cut out for him. Not only is he dealing with an elaborate conspiracy far beyond his pay grade, but Princess Hyemyeong, the person who Joon-yeong is supposed to be protecting, isn't aware of the danger because as far as she knows the pawnbroker was acting alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 7-8 2017/06/06,
One of the better clarifications "My Sassy Girl - Drama" has been making lately is that there are in fact two Princess Hyemyeongs. The first one, the one that exists in the real world, quickly gets vindictive about perceived personal slights. But once the conflict is resolved, she is mostly willing to forgive and forget. By contrast the second Princess Hyemyeong, the one that exists in Gyeon-woo's imagination, continues her personal grudges forever, driving Gyeon-woo completely mad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 5-6 2017/06/05,
The opening of the fifth episode is an extended replay of the last scene of the fourth episode- and it really is a perfect example of how good editing can turn a borderline unwatchable sequence into a genuinely entertaining one. We get a lot more exposition about why the pawnbroker is a bad dude who got what was coming to him. More importantly, Princess Hyemyeong gets some badly needed positive personality traits. She made the mess here, not as a consequence of her being a fickle psychotic, but out of a genuine concern for justice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 3-4 2017/05/30, Oh Yeon-seo's central expression as Princess Hyemyeong is very appropriate. Even in pictographic form, she looks horrifically sinister. So all the time Gyeon-woo is talking about his efforts to try and meet her again, I'm just thinking to myself, do you really think that's a good idea? And predictably enough, upon finally actually finding Princess Hyemyeong, Gyeon-woo once again faces peril and disaster for no apparent cause,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 1-2 2017/05/29,
The first half of the first episode of "My Sassy Girl - Drama" consists entirely of an elaborate royal conspiracy. It involves nighttime, massive swordfights, escapes, a perilous childbirth scene, and is generally completely indistinguishable from a serious historical drama prologue. Then we flash forward ten years later and scholar Gyeon-woo (played by Joo Won) is trying to maintain balance on a boat while narrating about how cool and beloved he was back in China,...More
[Orion's Drama News] In Sickness and In Inebriation 2016/08/27,
A lot of new shows are starting and many are coming up as summer comes to a close. "Drinking Alone" gives us a glimpse of its drinkers, lonely and not. Cancer-themed romantic comedy "Fantastic" will be starting soon and its promise is as undeniable as the oddity of the genre attached to its premise. "The K2" is a highly expected series and the creators know it, because they are all about the teasing. I also share other news and I have my picks for this drama season,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 12 Final 2016/06/13,
Dawn has arrived for "Vampire Detective" and with it come emotional scenes we were not granted during an entire series. Characters without emotions suddenly find them, characters with emotions overflow with them. Unfortunately, the drama's total lack of character development makes these scenes cheesy. The show also presents a twist related to "Vampire Prosecutor"; the series these creators clearly wish they were working on and the entire fandom of which wishes we were watching,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 11 2016/06/05,
If you felt Yo-na has been given too little love as a villain, say hello to a new one, as "Vampire Detective" believes such a twist is a good idea with two episodes left to go. On the bright side, some pieces of the past fall into place and relationships are explained. Much does not make sense, with character and plot inconsistencies being abundant, but at least we are on our way to some closure,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 10 2016/05/30,
I would not blame anyone for forgetting that "Vampire Detective" has a main plot, given we only see a few seconds of it in each episode, but it is finally here and so are some explanations about the past. Unfortunately, those explanations feel rushed, as do some important character decisions. Even though it is about eight episodes late, the backstory and character development we did not get for an entire series have been provided,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 5 2016/04/25,
While the vampire side of things remains benched, we have some welcome forward movement in character development in episode five, sparked by what is probably the most interesting guest character yet. The case itself is very entertaining and nicely presented, giving us plenty of suspects and inviting us to a guessing game. Worry not, Yo-na is still around and she is very eager to have a piece of San, figuratively and very literally so,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 4 2016/04/18,
You know, for being investigators and therefore quick-witted and curious by trade, our team are very slow to address San's condition. I understand initial denial, but his vampirism is starting to feel like a gimmick, when we are one third into this show without it having played a significant role. The episode's plot and some other parts of the main story thankfully progress much faster, however, as our villainess has come out to play,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 3 2016/04/11,
Our vampirically fortified team continues to coincidentally land cases related to the vampire underworld and San draws closer to his past. Episode 3 finally gives us a better look at our villain and solves a big question. Why hide the obvious from us? It turns out, our villain is hidden for excitement. Get ready for that feeling, as she might be making her grand entrance in the next episode,...More
[Photos] Kim Yoon-hye's vampire red lips 2016/01/19, Source,
Actress Kim Yoon-hye appeared to be critically beautiful in a pictorial of her in the fashion magazine COSMOPOLITAN.
Kim Yoon-hye is far from being innocent and girly in these pictures as she has on red lipstick and an outfit that reveals the top of her shoulders. She styles a burgundy shirt and beret which aren't easy to pull off,...More
Young Actress Spooks Viewers with Chilling Movie Role 2013/11/09, Source,
Actress Kim Yoon-hye is giving audiences a chill with her striking performance as a cold and aloof high school girl in director Choi Jin-seong's romantic thriller "Steel Cold Winter", which was released on Thursday. "I've heard many times that I look cold or mysterious. A few years ago, I played the role of another psychopathic student in a TV drama, so people may think I'm a kind of cold-hearted or gloomy person. But the reality is far from that", said the 22-year-old actress,...More
Steel Cold Winter 2013/11/08, Source,
"Steel Cold Winter"
Genres: Romance and Mystery
Running Time: 109 min.
Directed by: Choi Jin-seong
Starring: Kim Yoon-hye, Kim Si-hoo, Lee Tae-hee
Synopsis: Yoon-soo was a student at one of the best schools in Seoul, who carries unbearable burden of leading one of his friends to commit suicide after his trivial remark turned into a vicious rumor. His father moves his family to Ijeon-li, a rural village, for him,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/02, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Red Family": A coming-of-culture drama about a family of North Korean spies misfiring undercover (11/06)
★★★★★ "Commitment": The son of an ex-North Korean spy is torn between higher powers as he fights for those he loves.(11/06)
★★★★ "I Love You, Jin-yeong!": A struggling writer gets romantically involved with a director who offers to make her dreams come true. (11/07)
★★★★★ "The Weight": A tragic telling of the life of a hunchbacked mortician and his transgendered stepsister.(11/07)
★★★★ "Passion Flower": A dying man hires a caregiver to help him, but soon their relationship flourishes beyond their expectations. (11/07)
★★★★ "Steel Cold Winter": A small-town outcast and big-city newbie find each other and form a fatalistic bound out in the country. (11/07),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Steel Cold Winter" 2013/10/25,
From the outset, "Steel Cold Winter" presents a lot of unspoken mysteries. When we see a high school student out alone skating, still in her school uniform, with a blank expression on her face, that image alone begs a lot of questions. Try guessing what these questions are yourself. The imagery in the film is very strong and it can actually be quite fun trying to figure out the vague possible solutions to such clearly defined setpieces.
Then the movie takes a few turns and shots at the concept of rumors,...More
[Photos] 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Red Carpet 2013/07/18, Lee Byung-hun
The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will take place from July 18 to July 28 in Gyeonggi Province. On the themes of love, fantasy and adventure, a total of 230 films -- 135 features and 95 shorts -- from 44 countries will be screened this year.
Many actors and actresses attended and walked down the festival's glamorous red carpet before entering the pavilion,...More
Kim Yoon-hye cast in "Girl" 2013/01/13, Source,
Produced by Choi Jin-seong, "Girl" is invested and distributed by CH E&M.
Choi Jin-seong is a famous producer who received awards such as the Busan International Film Festival Image Fund, the Korean Movie Awards Short Film Award, the Italia Turin Queer Film Festival's Grand Award and more,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ghost Sweepers" 2012/12/30,
There's many directions a story can go when ghosts and exorcists get involved. There's the always reliable horror element, taking advantage of the human fear of the unknown. There's tragic character study because hey, death is kind of depressing, you know? And then there's the wacky slapstick comedy, which can go all sorts of fun directions since ghosts aren't beholden to such inconveniences as the laws of physics. "Ghost Sweepers" is a movie that attempts to do all three,...More
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