[Orion's Drama News] Student Trials and Flower Knights 2016/11/26,
The holiday season is near and what better way to celebrate than with young, pretty people dying? Okay, I may have picked the theme for this week a bit haphazardly, but I believe that the fresh talent of "Solomon's Perjury" and the pretty boys of pretty-boy sageuk "Hwarang" still qualify as good Christmas presents for many. We also have "Goblin" and its homoerotic salt shaker, so Dramaland has been slow, but definitely not boring,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life" 2014/12/26,
In 2013, Infinite went on a grand world tour. And I guess because these guys are pretty much on camera all the time, apparently there was enough random backstage footage lying around that director Kim Jin-soo-II was able to splice together a full documentary, complete with interviews from the band members. Collected in a large number of mostly unrelated vignettes, "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life" tells the story of what Infinite is like when they're not performing,...More
Hallyu's two face in China? 2014/12/14, Source,
50 million, 120 million and 200 million won per episode; this is the cost of the Korean drama publication rights in China.
The entertainment industry is smiling at the breeze of Hallyu in China. The enormous Chinese market is no doubt an attraction compared to the limited Korean market.
The more Hallyu enters the Chinese market, the dependence on Chinese capital is rising. When the breeze turns into a chilling wind, no one will know how the situation will turn out,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/29, K-Films Coming Soon:★★★ "Highway Stars": A documentary that follows the world's first Buddhist jazz band, the "Udambara", during the 1970s. (12/04)
★★★ "Five Eagle Brothers": A comedy about five brothers in the village of Duksoori who are famous for their sibling rivalry. (12/04)
★★★★ "Seasons Romance": A chapterized drama that depicts the lives of men, woman, and then their romantic synthesis. (12/04)
★★★★ "My Sister": A music student visiting his sister in Seoul finds her dead. It looks like suicide, but the more he and the detective dig, the more shocking and heartbreaking her death becomes. (12/04)
★★★ "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life": The K-pop group "Infinite" share their experiences on tour, as well as the things they've kept bottled up during their rise to fame. (12/04)
★★★ "The Hospice": A chilling documentary that reveals how the patients, their family, and staff members of a hospice handle death and the void it creates. (12/04),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 5 2014/03/15,
It's that time, folks. Petty revenge rears it's head and Jung-woo is its target. Ae-ra has creative ways to attack Jung-woo that keep this show funny while allowing it to explore their past and the issues behind their antagonism. After the cruel trick Jung-woo pulled last episode, he suffers through most of this one, which makes for one funny episode. It also establishes the longevity and the quality of his relationship with his sassy Secretary Gil. There was also a meta moment where Secretary Gil (who is played by L from Infinite) turns on Infinite's "Destiny" to soothe Jung-woo's troubles away. There is also a message of " fate " going on with the lyrics of the song, but I won't dig in that far,...More
"Old Boy" 10th anniversary poster 2013/11/13, Source,
The movie "Old Boy" which was released on November 21st just 10 years before today, is being re-released as a re-mastered version.
Being released on the same date it did 10 years ago, "Old Boy" came out with a new poster. The two men's act of revenge on the 10 year-old poster is nowhere to be seen and the L in 'old' is replaced with a hammer that is to be remembered from the movie. The font for 'old' has also been encrypted with '10' instead,...More
Scandalous world of showbiz 2013/10/01, Source,
Rumors of celebrity relationships have been added day after day. On Wednesday, two models, Kim Woo-bin and Yoo Ji-an, were reported as a couple while Thursday saw two more romantic rumors -- idol star Sulli of the girl group FX and singer Choi Ja of Dynamic Duo, and Soyeon of the popular girl group Tiara and singer Oh Jong-hyeok. Friday added one more couple of idol star L of the boy group Infinite and an ordinary woman.
Though Sulli (19) and Choi Ja (33) denied their romantic relationships, many netizens believe they are a couple based on pictures of them posted on the Internet in which they walk hand in hand. Because of the 14-year age gap, a netizen commented, Choi Ja is a true winner! Another netizen said, Sulli used to say that she adores a man like a father. The father-like man must have been Choi Ja,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Master's Sun" Episode 2 2013/08/09,
"Master's Sun" is getting stronger and earned it's 1% increase in ratings. It's starting to find it's stride although it's not quite there yet. The Hong Sisters seem to be struggling for a tone that balances the horror with romcom and the mystery. Along with that, they are trying to juggle the pacing and exposure of guest characters and stories. There ended up being too much air time spent on the ghost-of-the-day and not enough on developing the relationships between the main characters. The ghost-of-the-day story could definitely have been cut down and still have been just as interesting and served it's purpose. Despite all that, this episode still held strong and was a fun, enjoyable watch. The ghosts showed marked improvement as well and Jin Hyeok's directorial hand was tighter and more efficient. Only one ghost had horrible makeup that made him look like Heath Ledger's Joker,...More
INFINITE - New Hallyu Idols 2011/10/29, Source,
Lot and lot of new groups are being called "new Hallyu" or "the future of Hallyu", but only time will tell which ones can actually make it. I was hesitant to write about any of them, not too sure if I write about a craze that will not live long. But the group I am going to introduce today has few distinctive traits that set them apart from others. This may become their undoing, but at the same time this may be their strongest asset.
The group consists of 7 members: Kim Seonggyu, Jang Dongwu, Nam Wuhyeon, Lee Howon (Hoya), Lee Seongyeol, Kim Myeongsu (L), and Lee Seongjong. They are managed by Woollim Entertainment, the same label of Epic High and Nell. Yes, I guess, that would be the first trait that sets them apart. Neither of those groups is typical Kpop, although Epic High is highly (nomen-omen) popular,...More
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