[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 20 Final 2014/02/27, "Kind Words" has come to an end after fighting, loving, screaming and truck loads of tears. What makes it different from other melodramas was the deep character exploration that happened. The point wasn't to make everyone cry, it was to explore a difficult subject, adultery, and that it did very well. As a Western reviewer with a different cultural background, I can't say that I agree with how this show wrapped up, but I do understand it. Family is the key unit of Korean culture and to have the linchpin of that family unit, the married couple, torn asunder creates huge havoc,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 17 2014/02/10, "Kind Words" took its first step towards too many tears this episode. It's been good on monitoring the angst and the quivering lips - until now. Many emotional breakdowns were to be expected, but this episode was tears overload. Despite that, it still managed to be a very solid drama, which is impressive going into the second to last week. The first reason for all of the tears is that two characters, Eun-jin and Min-soo, sink into despair and wallow in huge pools of pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" 2014/01/18,
Action and suspense series have not been a frequently used genre in Korean drama, but surprisingly, they have produced some very popular works. The fact that revenge and/or melodrama are typical parts of most of them is one part that perhaps helps the genre impress, but a lot of them have also aimed for a popular cast and polished appearance, even if their plots have their issues. From 'City Hunter' to 'Bridal Mask' to the series in question here, "Two Weeks", they all go for something different and impressive presentation,...More
[HanCinema's Year in Review] Raine's Top Six Picks of 2013 2014/01/04,
It is the end of another year in K-dramaland and time to look back and count how many hours I spent watching dramas, running my drama blog, and working on drama-related projects. Since I watched twenty-eight 2013 dramas, recapped three and reviewed nine, and delved into past dramas, that would give me a total of,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 8 2014/01/02,
The pacing in "Kind Words" is absolutely stellar. This episode saw two very important events that had been built up to, but that will also counter each other and produce misery. It was a brilliant play by the production team because the proceedings led seamlessly into the two big reveals. Those reveals and the potential agony and conflict they hold are fueling the forward motion of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 1 2013/12/11, "Kind Words" is a twenty-episode exploration of marriage and all the ways that it can go wrong. It reminds us that marriage isn't just an affair between two people, but between two families. This melodrama is directed by "Five Fingers"' Choi Hyeong-hun and penned by "Can We Get Married?"'s Ha Myeong-hee, both of whom manage to infuse some light-hearted moments into the dark subject material. In its first episode, "Kind Words" is an exploration of Korean society's views on marriage, divorce, adultery and a man and woman's roles in the family,...More
Lee Joon-gi says he grew up a lot after playing a father. 2013/10/18, Source,
I said I wouldnt take it. Im not even married and how could I play a father?
Lee Joon-gi, 31, an actor, declined the offer at first when he was asked to join MBC's "Two Weeks", a drama that ended at the end of last month. The role reminded of Son Hyeon-joo in the hugely popular SBS's "THE CHASER - Drama" in that he would play a man who fights for the sake of his daughter as a victim of false accusation. Lee said I thought it wouldnt do me any good even if I do it (acting) well. He changed his mind, however, after writer So Hyeon-kyeong persuaded him.
Lee said, I went there to say that I wont take the role but I talked with her over beer for four to five hours. My mind changed when So said, Ill make a differentiated character. You can grow into a good actor,...More
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