[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/08, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Set Me Free": A seventeen-year-old boy who grew up in a youth centre dreams of living a model life, but is angered when his father comes by to dump his sibling with him. (11/13)
★★★★ "Cart": A story of the things that happen to a non-contract employee at a supermarket after he is wrongfully dismissed and decides to stand up for it. (11/13)
★★★★ "A Dream of Iron": A visceral documentary that looks back on Korea's history of modernisation and the economic changes that occurred under President Park Jung-hee. (11/13)
★★★★ "The Youth": An omnibus film featuring five shorts about youthfulness, violence, and insensitivity by a variety of young directors. (11/13),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 12 Final 2014/08/03,
The opening clearly establishes that the cliffhanger from last time was not, in fact, a fake out. The bad guys really were that petty and vindictive, and the good guys really were just not smart enough to plan for a double cross. So, with no apparent usable evidence, and a dead forensic investigator that apparently no one cares about outside of the main team, how exactly is the story supposed to get resolved here?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 11 2014/07/27,
The drama converges into the final plot point here, as the opening helpfully illustrates the various parts of the story to date that are relevant to the incoming final proceedings. Jin-woo is, appropriately enough, immediately tossed into disarray by some bizarre revelations about the kid he's been intermittently caring for over the course of the season. We gets lots of answers- but obviously not enough to render the final episode a moot point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 10 2014/07/20,
The theme this time is motherhood. Jin-woo runs into the mother he was not expecting, and elsewhere in the team, a request comes down to help another mother who pretty obviously is taking the rap for her son's crime. Or is she? That's what the mystery boils down to- pretty standard set-up, and dealt with in the usual investigative style of the drama. The main hook, as usual, is the emotional resonance. This time of a mother's love,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 9 2014/07/13,
Well that was a pretty stupid resolution to the cliffhanger. Granted, we knew that Kyeong-hee wasn't actually going to die or anything, but it was all a dream? Really? I guess that makes me feel a little better about Jin-woo dropping what I assume was a decent cup of coffee. I bet it was good coffee too. Fortunately, for the rest of the episode we focus mainly on the current mystery, and the overarching storyline is largely confined to its own mysterious bits,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 8 2014/07/06,
The mystery this time involves an overabundance of clues. At one point Jin-woo even stares up at the giant clue board perplexed as to how all of these various elements could possibly fit together into a single coherent plot. In all honesty I'm not sure I fully understand all the complexities that were going on there, even if a decent attempt is made at an explanation. What this episode is really going for, though, is the catharsis of backstory,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 7 2014/06/29,
The drama is slowly gaining confidence in regards to the broader personal vendetta storyline. After the opening establishes the unsettling demise of the victim, we get right into Jin-woo and Kyeong-hee discussing personal matters (mostly just the kid Jin-woo' been hanging out with). This then tumbles right into a dangerous confrontation with that guy who looks really rugged and mean,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 6 2014/06/22,
While the last episode was content to wallow in exceptionally paranoid fantasies about the criminal element, this time "God's Quiz Season 4" goes the exact opposite direction and gives us a surprisingly relatable story about the miserable modern life of office workers. This episode was a bit of a shock to me. I suppose mainly because I'm not totally sure how anyone even pegged this as a murder in the first place. The poisoning involved here happens mainly because people think it sounds impossible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 5 2014/06/15,
This time the drama deals with a serial killer who throws women away in refrigerators. It's about as pleasant as it sounds, but really, anybody watching "God's Quiz Season 4" by this point must have a pretty decent tolerance for squeamishness. This is the most directly engaging episode so far- a crisis situation is laid out and the detectives have to race to capture the killer before he strikes again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 4 2014/06/08,
The format changes slightly this time. Instead of shocking the viewer with explicit images of blood in medical environment, it just implies horrible things have happened to people in a bloody medical environment. The main target of this abuse is a baby. Yes, that's the mildly political territory "God's Quiz Season 4" has decided to take us to this time, and it's about as pleasant as it sounds,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 3 2014/06/01,
The theme of this episode is dancing. I use that term rather loosely here- it may be the central plot point in terms of this mystery the team is working to solve, but regarding the troupe of detectives who are our continuing lead characters? I suppose there's one scene of metaphorical dancing, as a bit of social confusion ensues when someone arrives who's unaware of the pecking order. And there's literal dancing, in another scene of cute voyeurism,...More
[Hancinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 2 2014/05/25,
The drama continues with more angst about storyline events that happened between seasons involving characters I don't really know anything about. And that's the last I'm ever mentioning that. It's probably clear by now that the fourth season is probably not the ideal starting point for this drama. I'd just be repeating everything from the last review if I wanted to get into why this episode doesn't work, and that feels rather pointless.
So let's get into the objective strong points. The production values are excellent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 1 2014/05/18,
The opening is fairly boilerplate action detective stuff. There's a tense chase that unravels because in TV land criminals have a pretty unreasonable ability to shrug off bullet wounds. So everybody gets a little beat up and worn out. There's no serious drama going on here- "God's Quiz Season 4" is just clearly setting up the kind of program it wants to be- an episodic crime thriller with characters we all know and love.
Well, most of us know and love anyway,...More
Super Junior, Trendiest Hashtag For Korean Twitter Users In 2012 2012/12/27, Source,
Super Junior is a leading Hallyu group on and off the web. For this past year 2012, popular group Super Junior dominated the trending hashtags. From the total of seven Korean #1 trending topics for the year, one spot was taken by Olympic gold-medalist, Park Tae-hwan after his disqualification in the London Olympics which left many Koreans bewildered,...More
Dong Hae and Eun Hyuk of Super Junior to Sing Duet 2011/12/12, Source, Members of Super Junior, Lee Dong-hae and Eunhyuk, will form a duet group. According to SM Entertainment on December 9, Lee Dong-hae and Eun Hyuk will release their duet digital single album entitled "Oppa's Here" and begin their activities as a duet.
"Oppa's Here" is a retro disco song with exciting lyrics, and it has already elicited an explosive response from their fans after they performed the song for the first time at Super Junior's World Tour entitled "Super Show 4" in Seoul last month,...More
Super Junior to take Asia tour to Japan in February 2010/11/02, Source,
Boy band Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Popular Korean boy band Super Junior will perform in Japan next February, adding the country as one of the stops to their Asia tour which kicked off in mid-August.
The boys' agency SM Entertainment announced through a press release on Tuesday that Super Junior will take "SUPER SHOW 3" to Japan, holding concerts in Yokohama city's Yokohama Arena on February 18 to 19 which is expected to attract about a total 25,000 fans,...More
[PHOTOS] SM tour 2010/09/03, Source, Lee Dong-hae, Minho and Eunhyuk [SM Entertainment]
From left, Super Junior's Lee Dong-hae and SHINee's Minho goof off in front of a sleeping Super Junior member Eunhyuk in a plane at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on September 2, 2010 as they depart for the U.S. leg of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour" to be held in Los Angeles on September 4,...More
Super Junior-K.R.Y. wraps up Japan concert in success 2010/08/01, Source,
Super Junior-K.R.Y. performing at their concert held at Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, Japan on August 1, 2010. [SM Entertainment]
Super Junior-K.R.Y., the sub-unit of popular idol group Super Junior, successfully wrapped up their first live concert In Japan over the weekend.
Agency SM Entertainment explained in a press release on Monday that sub-group members Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung, performed in front of some 10,000 fans at the "SUPER JUNIOR K.R.Y. SPECIAL CONCERT IN JAPAN 2010" concert, held at Tokyo's International Forum in Japan on Sunday,...More
Kang Ta wraps up China concert in success 2010/07/28, Source,
Korean singer Kang Ta performing at his solo concert held in Beijing, China on July 24, 2010. [SM Entertainment]
Korean singer Kang Ta successfully wrapped up his solo concert in China over the weekend and donated all the proceeds to charity, according to his agency SM Entertainment.
SM said in a press release that the singer performed at the Wukesong Gymnasium on July 24 as part of the "KANGTA ASIA TOUR 2010 in Beijing", where he unveiled the title track from his upcoming Chinese album,...More
Hangeng accused of plagiarizing song by U-Know Yunho 2010/07/27, Source,
TVXQ singer U-Know Yunho (left) and former Super Junior member Hangeng [SM Entertainment]
Former Super Junior member Hangeng is heating up controversy with "Fire", his latest single release in China that has been accused of plagiarizing a song written by TVXQ leader U-Know Yunho.
Fans have suggested that "Fire", the new single by Hangeng who went solo after leaving Super Junior, plagiarized U-Know Yunho's composition "Checkmate", performed at 'TVXQ THE 3rd ASIA TOUR CONCERT-MIROTIC' held February 20 in Korea,...More
Kyuhyun says "had about 20% chance to live" 3 years ago 2010/07/14, Source,
Super Junior member Kyuhyun during a guest appearance on variety show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Super Junior member Kyuhyun has said that he had "about 20 percent or less of a chance to live" when he got involved in a serious car accident three years ago.
The singer spoke about his 2007 accident during a guest appearance on SBS variety show "Steel Heart", which aired Tuesday evening and also featured bandmates Siwon (Choi Si-won), Donghae (Lee Dong-hae), Leeteuk, Eunhyuk and Shindong (Sin Dong-hee),...More
Wonder Girls return to Seoul, delay Hawaii concert 2010/06/25, Source,
Korean pop group Wonder Girls on the cover of their latest album "2 Different Tears" [JYP Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls have delayed their Hawaii concert due to the death of Sun's father yesterday, according to agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Friday.
JYPE announced in a press release that the girls' Honolulu concert, originally scheduled for June 25 and 26, has been delayed to July 16 and 17,...More
Super Junior to release repackaged album next week 2010/06/22, Source,
Korean idol group Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Korean idol group Super Junior will be releasing a repackaged album next week which contains four new tracks including the follow-up single "No Other", according to their agency SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
SM announced in a press release that the digital sound source for "No Other" will be released on Friday through various music sites including Bugs, Cyworld, Dosirak and Melon with the album due out in stores three days later,...More
Super Junior says "we could go for 20-30 more years" (1) 2010/05/25, Source,
From left, Super Junior members Donghae (Lee Dong-hae), Ryuwook, Eunhyuk, Yesung, Leeteuk, Shindong (Sin Dong-hee), Siwon (Choi Si-won), Sungmin, Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol) and Kyuhyun. [SM Entertainment] Q: There are a few members missing this time. How does it feel? Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol): Of course we're sad. I also suffered from a bit of depression because of such incidents and I had a very hard time. Q: A lot has happened within the team. Shindong, you confessed your love through your new album. How did your agency respond? Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol): I think they only let it out because they didn't know what it means. (laugh) Shindong (Sin Dong-hee): If I had written it in Korean, I think they would've asked me to do it next time. (laugh) Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol): I had talked about this earlier with Leeteuk but if a fan had bought an album, saw that Shindong(Sin Dong-hee) had written a code so crack it to see he had asked someone to marry him... We're lucky if the fan doesn't rip up the album. (laugh) Shindong(Sin Dong-hee) actually kept apologizing to us before we gave our comeback performance for "BONAMANA". Leeteuk: There could've been mixed responses to what he did but we're grateful that there have been a lot of good articles on it. Shindong (Sin Dong-hee): I've become a romantic guy thanks to them. I'm thankful,...More
Super Junior says "we could go for 20-30 more years" (2) 2010/05/25, Source,
Donghae (Lee Dong-hae left) and Sungmin [SM Entertainment] Q: Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, Shindong, the three of you are regulars on SBS talk show "Steel Heart". But it must be difficult trying to head a segment of the program for several minutes.Leeteuk: We seen quite a number of photographs get ripped up (laugh) but the more it happens, the public wants to see more intense photos while the celebrities want to hide more. We were able to understand what a hard time comedians must have. And it's usually hard to maintain a segment for more than three months. We're into our ninth month now and it's very tough. So I'm thinking we should come up with something different. Q: Isn't it difficult getting the guests to display their talents on the show?Leeteuk: (Sigh and laugh) It's really difficult. And many of them say they don't want to so we have to keep persuading them. Eunhyuk: I had never been that interested in variety shows but I started taking part in it little by little because it sounded like so much fun when I listened to it,...More
Members of Super Junior pose for W Korea magazine 2010/05/18, Source,
Super Junior members from left to right: Eunhyuk and Leeteuk [W Korea]
Korean idols Super Junior have posed for a 10-page spread in fashion magazine W Korea, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
A press release from SM stated that the boys took part in a shoot for the June issue of W Korea, displaying the pop image of each member donning colorful eye make-up and hairstyles to show off their individual personalities,...More
Super Junior to release teaser video for new album tomorrow 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean idol group Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Korean idol group Super Junior will be releasing a teaser video tomorrow for their upcoming fourth album, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM announced in a press release that the teaser video will be unveiled Friday on the group's official website (http://superjunior.smtown.com), as well as on various portals and web-based music providers,...More
U-Know Yunho featured in Shanghai Expo video 2010/05/03, Source,
Korean idol U-Know Yunho star of "Chorus City" [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop idol U-Know Yunho has been featured as the main star in a video to be shown throughout the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, according to his agency SM Entertainment on Monday.
The video, a 12-minute long clip titled "Chorus City", has been showing at the South Korea pavilion of the Expo which kicked off on Saturday, delivering the message of friendship and harmony between Korea and China,...More
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