[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2015/10/25,
KOBIZ features ten Korean films that screened at BIFF 2015 to watch out for, The New York Korean Festival gets ready for their 13th edition, find out how Korean indies did this year, and how much do you know about Korea's cinema history?,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.09.04 ~ 2015.09.06 2015/09/07,
Marvel's "Ant Man" makes a move on "Veteran"...
After weeks of local delights dominating, Marvel's latest superhero film, "Ant Man" by Peyton Reed, has managed to outperform the home team's frontrunners to top the chart. "Ant Man" was allocated 946 screens around the country, and from that pool it was able to attract an impressive 1.1 million filmgoers to its cause (45.7%). Peyton's effort made its debut in Los Angeles back in June, and has already grossed over $383 million, but only arrived in Korea last Thursday,...More
The Office (2015) 2015/08/29, Source, "The Office"
Running Time: 111 min.
Directed by: Hong Won-chan
Starring: Ko Ah-seong, Park Seong-woong, Ryoo Hyeon-kyeong
Synopsis: Kim Byeong-gook works as a section chief at a company. He is a family man and reliable at his job, but one day, he kills his entire family and disappears. Detective Jong-hoon investigates the murder case and talks with Kim's co-workers at his office. His colleagues though are not very forthcoming with details. Jong-hoon checks the CCTV system and observes Kim returning to work after the murder, but he can't locate when he left the office,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 29 2015/07/03,
The corruption of Jung-ho continues even though it results in losing the people in his life. His continued ignorance of his social situation makes him more pitiable than detestable. While he suffers as his world falls apart, In-sang struggles to acclimate to life away from his father's protective monetary comfort. The episode highlights the differences between those who pluck up the courage and try to change and those who refuse to change out of fear. In-sang chooses a new life situation where he must learn to adapt,...More
The uprising of actresses older than their counterpart actor in recent dramas 2015/07/02, Source,
Dramas are full of couples where the female is older than the male. The percentage of this case has grown over the last 2~3 years and it's become a boom lately. This reflects the social change but a lack of 'variety in age range' is also seen as a cause for this.
There are currently 3~4 dramas that have 'older couples'. It's becoming a trend for mini series that represent each broadcasting station,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 28 2015/07/01,
Despite the unhappiness at home, Jung-ho continues to play in the political arena using money to buy him power and influence. In his selfish venture for more power, he doesn't that his son has been agonizing over which path he should take: staying in luxury and abiding by his father's law, or living with Beom and Jin-young and working hard to make ends meet. The decisions both men make also legally affect the other characters in the show, but that aspect of the drama is the dullest. Jung-ho plans to overwhelm Beom, Secretary Min, and the rest of the staff with insidiously clever legal proceedings and doesn't think about how his children, especially In-sang, view him or his actions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 27 2015/06/30,
This show is gearing towards the ending. It spirals inwards on itself, making the same plot moves over and over again. Jung-ho is selfish and hurts everyone around him. In-sang has several battles raging within him: his loyalty to his family, his greed over his inheritance, and his love for Beom. Beom is struggling with her pride and battling Jung-ho's incredible arrogance and power. That said, the curtain lifts a bit on Jung-ho's backdoor dealings and how he has maintained his wealth,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 26 2015/06/25,
The inability to adapt and change has cost Jung-ho what he needs most: people. One by one they leave him because of his severe superiority complex. What is sad is not that Jung-ho acutely feels the loss of his people, but that he feels offended by what he views as their desertion. Jung-ho's arrogance stands out in relief against a backdrop of disgruntled employees and family members,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 25 2015/06/21,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" is going through puberty much too late. It is episode twenty-five out of thirty and only now do Beom and In-sang start having major problems. These problems are only a point of intrigue rather than an integral part of the plot motion. The groundwork had been laid for issues to manifest much sooner between them. What annoys me most is that their fight is merely a tool to make the story last until the end of the drama's run. All the character development that I'd been hoping for in Beom and In-sang bursts forth from the emotional flood gates,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 24 2015/06/18,
The young couple has weathered the storm that is In-sang's parents together. Together they are strong and their sense or morality gives them a sturdy backbone. Jung-ho and Yeon-hee understand that together, In-sang and Beom cannot be swayed, so they work to rip them asunder. The bait that is dangled before In-sang is his substantial inheritance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 22 2015/06/14,
This is the episode of the underpaid and overworked hired help. Until recent episodes they have mostly made commentary on Jung-ho's and Yeon-hee's lives and decisions. Now they finally stand up for their rights as human beings and it throws the rich folk into a tizzy. Unfortunately that tizzy gets taken out on Beom. The new pressure on Beom allow her to prove her mettle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 21 2015/06/13,
As much as Je-hoon and Yeon-hee loved Beom before is as much as they find her worthless now. They turned into rabid animals as soon as Beom fell out of their favor. Their ability to flip flop is terrifying and not only do In-sang and Beom fear them, but so do the overworked, manipulated contracted workers. Je-hoon and Yeon-hee's marriage is built on pride and money,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 19 2015/06/12,
Despite the fact that Jung-ho and Yeon-hee display incredibly childish behavior, the people around them continue to cater to their every whim. It is a result of the fact that they have money and power born of inheritance and enough cunning to maintain it. Against these unfair circumstances do In-sang and Beom find themselves waging war. Those around them hold unique opinions as to whether or not they should even try to battle the power that be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through Grapevine" Episode 18 2015/06/11,
The children turn out to be the most conscious human beings and citizens while the parents act like spoiled children. It's an interesting dichotomy because while the children are intelligent and have good intentions, the immature parents have the wisdom of age. It is a delicate battle that In-sang and Beom fight to win control over their stifling lives. In-sang and Beom meticulously research the shady undertakings of Jung-ho's professional life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 17 2015/06/07,
This episode was chock full of the kind of plot material I've been waiting sixteen episodes for. Hypocrisy is exposed and Beom and In-sang finally begin to take measures to rid themselves of the foolishness brought upon them by Jung-ho. There were a couple of powerful, long awaited moments on the parts of In-sang and Beom,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 15 2015/05/26,
There is a broader goal in "Heard It Through the Grapevine", but it keeps getting lost in the episodic format of the show. The meshing of Beom's world and In-sang's world causes friction and change, which is quite interesting. Unfortunately the show has turned back to Jung-ho and Yeon-hee's childish antics. If they don't get their way they have a temper tantrum. Not all of the show was about Jung-ho and Yeon-hee's insecurities and obsession with status,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 13 2015/05/11,
This episode further explored Jung-ho and Yeon-hee's plan to separate Beom from her family. Her family is feeling the social pressure, especially Beom's sister Noo-ri. Relationships in the upper crust of society are complicated and neither Noo-ri nor her parents and uncle are ready to tackle them. The most obvious change in the family is that Noo-ri is pushing herself to equal Beom,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 12 2015/05/08,
Jung-ho and Yeon-hee have begun their assault on Beom's family - they plan to morph them into a socially acceptable unit of society with monetary bribes. It places a distinct wedge between Beom and her family. In fact, the staff begins to call her a miniature Yeon-hee. Beom is working so hard to please that she has begun to absorb the attitude of her in-laws,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 11 2015/05/04,
Episode 11 was strong than those of the past because something actually happened. And by "something", I mean that Jung-ho and Yeon-hee didn't just sit around plotting to take over the futures of In-sang and Beom. They set their plans into motion and the hired help quietly fights their corruption behind the scenes. Things happened! The major theme of the episode was class and how it divides In-sang's family from Beom's,...More
Lee Soo-hyeok looks superb in suit 2015/05/01, Source,
In the afternoon on May 1st, Lee Soo-hyeok posed for the press during the photo time at the 4th Moet Rising Star Award, which took place at the outdoor hall of Jeonju Fan Cultural Centre, North Jeolla Province.
Moet Rising Star Award invites new movie actors and new directors and presents awards to the winners, who are selected based on the meaningful activities by the rising stars,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 7 2015/04/20,
Jung-ho and Yeon-hee become more ridiculous in this episode. They are the center of the show with their immaturity and, dare I say, idiocy. This episode displays that their manicured appearance most definitely belies the children beneath. As of late, Jung-ho has become obsessed with losing hair,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 6 2015/04/09,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" seems to be, on the surface, a story about young love, teenage pregnancy, normal troubles with in-laws and socio-economic differences. In reality, it is about Jung-ho and Yeon-hee, the infantile, yet incredibly wealthy and socially influential parents of In-sang. It is about their inability to adjust to situations outside the status quo. The couple treats In-sang and his new wife, Beom, like dolls playing at being a family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 5 2015/04/06,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" is really a tale of two woefully clueless socialites who are blasted by a huge social dilemma and handle it terribly. Yeon-hee and Jung-ho do not know how to deal with In-sang's out-of-wedlock baby or his marriage to a common woman. This episode is the start of their attempt to conform the young couple to their standards and their ignorance in how to treat their family as humans rather than as a social concept. What makes this show so effective is not just the acting, but the music that accompanies the moments that most horrify Jung-ho and Yeon-hee,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 4 2015/04/02,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" feels like it is a ball of energy ready to explode - but it never does. In-sang's parents are a riot as caricatures of the rich and spoiled while In-sang and Beom are a rather perfect couple. Beom's family feels the most real and they are who ground this drama with their normalcy. Beom's family hasn't been in the foreground as much as In-sang's has, but they finally stepped up to bat and give In-sang and Beom the stability that they need,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 3 2015/03/25,
What "Heard It Through the Grapevine" does well is slice-of-life storytelling without becoming too trite. If the show continues this path of development, it will be difficult to make any larger changes without a tonal shift. For now, though, it's quite a wonderful way to exploit the satirical elements that have been soundly nestled throughout the show. In-sang's parents, Joon-ho and Yeon-hee, are the victims of this drama's satirical elements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heard It Through the Grapevine" Episode 2 2015/03/09,
"Heard It Through the Grapevine" has taken The Miracle of birth and used it masterfully to achieve multiple ends. It captures the agony of childbirth, the wonder of new life, the tumultuous emotions new parents feel, the social terror In-sang's parents feel, and also manages to capture the irony of the fact that In-sang's parents are unhappy during one of the most wonderful moments of their son's life. In-sang's parents are rich in wealth and social status, and yet they are unhappy at the birth of their grandson,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Elegant Lies": The Life(s) Left Behind 2014/09/20, In the spotlight this week: Lee Han's "Elegant Lies"...
Suicide, particularly that of Korea's youth, is a troubling thread woven deep into the South's cinema; a zealous zeitgeist of modern Korean cinema that reflects a troubling truth. This sensitive (and statistically significant) subject matter has been present in a remarkable number of modern films, and earlier this year director Lee Han treated us to perhaps the most cathartic and cinematic daydream of suicide and bullying this side of the Korean wave,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Brand New Life" 2014/05/10,
Jin-hee (played by Kim Sae-ron) is a sad, angry child. She doesn't look like one for the first several minutes of the movie- Jin-hee's genuinely having a lot of fun on a day out with her dad, whose face is oddly obscured. But there's a rather ominous foreboding in the languid way this man interacts with his daughter. That and the absence of sound, which gives the impression of a dead world. Or at least, one that's soon to be dead.
"A Brand New Life" is a very judgmental film, but surprisingly, it doesn't come off as overbearing or cruel, even though writer / director Ounie Lecomte is herself a Korean adoptee who was adopted at a late age,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Elegant Lies" 2014/03/08,
Cheon-ji (played by Kim Hwang-ki) is a middle school student, who lives with her mother and older sister. Cheon-ji is in that awkward period of life where everything around her seems to be changing but Cheon-ji, personally, has no idea what to do and is feeling very ambivalent, often even hostile to the people who appear interested in being her friend. Given the way events play out, it's hard to fault her for this. Then Cheon-ji goes and kills herself.
...That last sentence kind of came out of nowhere didn't it? One of the taglines for most suicide prevention groups is that it can happen to anyone, even someone who's apparently doing very well in life,...More
Snowpiercer 2013/08/02, Source,
Genres: Drama and Sci-Fi
Running Time: 125 min.
Directed by: Bong Joon-ho Starring: Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, Ko Ah-seong
Synopsis: In a new Ice Age where it's been frozen for 17 years, Snowpiercer is the only place for survivors. The tail section is like the slums filled with people who are cold and hungry, while the front section contains the chosen ones who indulge in alcohol and drugs amidst luxurious surroundings. The world inside the train is far from equal. In the 17th year of the train's infinite course, Curtis, the young leader of the tail section, stirs up a riot that has been brewing for a long time,...More
Moon Geun-young: 'I Do Not Think That I Return to My Previous Image' 2010/11/04, Source,
Actress Moon Geun-young, who had revealed a new side by playing a cold character in the drama "Cinderella's Sister", will make a comeback to the small screen by playing a pleasant and lovely character in the KBS drama "Marry Me, Mary!"
Moon will play the female protagonist named Wi Mary who gets married twice in KBS's new Monday and Tuesday drama "Marry Me, Mary!" The character Mary represents the people in the so-called "880,000 won generation", who have to live life with only a small income. She had to take time off from university because she could not pay for the tuition, and she worked at a variety of occupations in temporary positions. But she never lost hope while living a difficult life. The optimistic and cheerful character Mary is contrasted to the cold and selfish character Eun Jo, whom Moon played in her previous drama "Cinderella's Sister",...More
Ha Jeong-woo's paintings shown at Seoul art fair 2010/04/27, Source,
Painting by Korean actor Ha Jeong-woo [Seoul Open Art Fair]
Korean actor Ha Jeong-woo is currently showing three of his paintings at the Seoul Open Art Fair 2010 (SOAF), the biggest art event in Korea.
The actor, who held his first individual art exhibition last month, is featured in a special exhibit titled "With ☆ Invitation" along with several Korean celebrities such as actors Eom Tae-woong, Ko Ah-seong, pop artist Nancy Lang and singer Bbaek Ga of K-pop group Koyote,...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Master of Study" 2010/02/24, Source,
The cast of TV series "Master of Study" [KBS2]
"Master of Study" - Final episode (KBS2 TV, 9:55 PM)
TV series "Master of Study" was never a well-made drama, not even at the end. Out of respect to its target viewers perhaps, the story may have been overly one-dimensional and moved forward without creating much trouble, but it created occasional moments of boredom and the students' teacher and heroic human rights lawyer Kang Seok-ho (played by Kim Soo-ro) ended up remaining on a predictable path. The parting scene between Hahn Soo-jung (played by Bae Doona) and Kang Seok-ho even displayed soap-opera qualities while providing no rationale.,...More
"Master of Study" proudly exits small screen 2010/02/23, Source,
Official poster for TV series "Master of Study" [KBS2]
KBS TV series "Master of Study" ended its run with a bang yesterday, scoring the highest ratings the show has ever seen during its two-month airing.
According to daily statistics released by research firms TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielsen Media Research, "Master of Study" scored national viewership ratings of 26.8 and 25.1 percent, respectively, for its final episode last night.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Hyun-woo - Part 1 2010/02/22, Source,
Actor Lee Hyun-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Lee Hyun-woo may be a 16-year-old teenage boy barely entering the fifth year of his acting career but he has quietly and steadily been gaining experience to already hold over a dozen film and drama roles under his belt. And his efforts have started to pay off since last month, with his prime time KBS TV series "Master of Study" scoring the highest viewership ratings amongst all televised Monday and Tuesday shows. Lee is gaining increasing popularity as one of the main cast members, also including popular actors Yoo Seung-ho and Ko Ah-seong, in "Master of Study" about a determined lawyer who offers to teach five rebellious students and get them accepted into the country's most prestigious college. 10Asia talked to Lee to ask about his acting career and future ambitions.,...More
"Master of Study" most-watched Mon-Tue night show 2010/02/17, Source,
Official poster for hit TV series "Master of Study" [KBS2]
KBS2 TV series "Master of Study" has topped the television ratings chart in its time slot this week, according to daily statistics released by research firms TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielsen Media Research.
TNS reported that the Monday and Tuesday evening drama scored national viewership ratings of 24.7 (on Feb. 16) and 21.3 percent, respectively, on each of its episode this week.,...More
Master of Study set reveals it truly has achieved it all 2010/02/05, Source,
Actors Lee Hyun-woo (left) and Yoo Seung-ho smile on the set of KBS TV series "Master of Study" in Su-won of Gyeonggi Province in South Korea on January 22, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"First place, Bong-goo. Second, Hyun-jung. Third, Chan-doo. Mmm, how about these two? Last place is likely to go to Pul-ip". This is not the time where mid-term report cards are being handed out. As the crew organize the desks and finish prepping to shoot a new scene at the Su-won set of KBS TV series "Master of Study", the students in a special class of Cheonha University start to take their seats, one by one. Director Yoo Hyeon-gi ranks the students by their order of entrance but he does not scold them severly like [main character] Kang Seok-ho does. Director Yoo Hyeon-gi simply blinks his eyes when, to his surprise, Ko Ah-seong comes in first, followed by Yoo Seung-ho who is wearing only a T-shirt. "Why did you take off your clothes? Did you work out? You are in shock from filming the scene where you did a hand-stand, huh?" When Yoo Seung-ho -- who cannot help panting after doing shoulder exercises in the classroom next door -- responds by giving the director a grin, Lee Hyun-woo grins, Jiyeon grins, Ko Ah-seong grins and Lee Chan-ho grins as well. My, taking a photograph of this moment would be like watching the best high-teen drama.,...More
Master of Study creator meets with TV series cast 2010/02/01, Source,
Japanese comic artist Mita Norifusa meets with the cast of "Master of Study" [3HW]
Japanese comic artist Mita Norifusa recently met with the cast of popular KBS TV series "Master of Study", the small screen adaptation of his famous comic series.
Norifusa dropped by the show's set during his visit to Korea last week, talking to some of the cast members and having dinner with the actors and crew.
He is said to have thanked Korean actor Kim Soo-ro -- who plays the lead role Kang Seok-ho -- for portraying the character well and asked him to keep up the good work. Kim returned the compliment by handing the artist a gift, which included a DVD of his previous TV series "Our School E.T".,...More
"Master of Study" creator compliments Korean TV series 2010/01/29, Source,
Original creator of "Master of Study" Mita Norifusa [Asia Economic Daily]
Japanese comic artist Mita Norifusa praised KBS' TV adaptation of his "Master of Study" series during his recent visit to Korea.
The artist explained during a press conference, held Thursday at Seoul's Palace Hotel, that he watches the Korean drama of the same name in Tokyo on a real-time basis through Internet broadcast.
"It is energetic and entertaining", the artist was quoted as saying of the show. "The characters in have depth. I am satisfied".,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] "Master of Study", a new moving drama? 2010/01/05, Source,
The new drama, "Master of Study" has been released! The characters are the students of Byeonmoon High School and the teacher, Kang Seok-ho acted by Kim Soo-ro.
The teacher tries to have his students form a special class as a project to have them enter Cheon-ha University.
Yoo Seung-ho is Hwang Baek-hyeon, the troublemaker of the high school who lives with his elderly grandmother. Baek-hyeon denies the offer to be in the special class for future university preparations, however, decides to take this challenge. The special class must consist of at least 5 students and Yoo,...More
[MOVIE REVIEW] Upbeat spin on Korean men 2007/08/30, Source, For the family. For the company. For the future. There is almost always some excuse for not doing something that we really want to do. We proudly call it "sacrifice" that is necessary for our happiness. After all, our true wishes will be realized some day if we gladly persevere present suffering.
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