[HanCinema's Film Review] "One Line" 2017/04/15,
The year is 2005. That's...kind of recent in nostalgia terms. Yes, those were the days back when everyone had fliptop phones and computers monitors were still the size of TVs- these being the days before flatscreen TVs. Anyway, Min-jae (played by Si Wan) is a college student who teams up with big time swindler Seok-goo (played by Jin Goo) to fight corporate greed by helping low-income people qualify for loans by manipulating bank systems in such a way that people are granted loans when they don't actually have proper credit for them,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.04.07 ~ 2017.04.09 2017/04/10,
"Beauty and the Beast" holds off "The Prison" to secure its fourth weekend at the top...
For the fourth straight weekend, Bill Condon's update on Disney's 1991 classic "Beauty and the Beast" (starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) has remained Korea's film of choice. The 347,085 admissions (26.96%) it claimed over the weekend pushes its total tally in Korea now 4.6 million ($33.2 million), making it the highest-grossing foreign film of the year, as well as the third highest overall ("Confidential Assignment" and "The King" are one and two respectively). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" has grossed nearly a billion dollars,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.31 ~ 2017.04.02 2017/04/03,
Foreign fairytale narrowly outplays "The Prison" for the top spot...
"Beauty and the Beast", Bill Condon's re-imagining of Disney's classic fairytale, fended off a flood of new entries last weekend to secure a second week at the top. Now in its third weekend, the film once again narrowly retained pole position by capturing 32.51% of the sales (650,185 admissions). That sum moves its bottom line in Korea now to over 4 million admissions ($30.1 million) and is currently the third highest-grossing film of the year behind "The King" (5.3 million) and "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" is closing in on a billion dollars in sales: $876.3 million,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 2 2017/03/21, "Radiant Office" is shaping up to be an office drama with a touch of chaebol, medical, and fantasy thrown into the mix. While the tone was peculiar, it wasn't unpleasant. The chemistry of the three contract workers, Ho-won, Gi-taek, and Kang-ho, is absolutely delightful. They start to navigate the murky waters of the hierarchical Korean workplace and find many similarities to the real world.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Radiant Office" Episode 1 2017/03/17, "Radiant Office" starts out heavily with the heroine and her new friends wanting to end their miserable lives of poverty and trying to succeed in an extremely competitive job market. Throw a terminal medical issue into the mix and we have some very, very sad young people. Much of the episode was introducing characters who ended up in tears. Despite the sadness, there was still some levity and some insight into the characters and the future workplace dynamic. Go Ah-seon is always a pleasure to watch onscreen and the same holds true for her portrayal of Eun Ho-won.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "New Trial" 2017/02/25,
Back in the year 2000, Hyeon-woo (played by Kang Ha-neul) was once a normal idiot kid who rode his motorcycle in an unsafe fashion. One accident later, Hyeon-woo is called to account for evidence found during a questionable search. In the modern day, Joon-yeong (played by Jung Woo) is an attorney who has the bad habit of making enemies pretty much everywhere he goes. Joon-yeong gets the chance to be constructive when he's handed Hyeon-woo's case,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Confidential Assignment" 2017/02/04,
Cheol-ryeong (played by Hyeon Bin) is a good North Korean officer who plays by the spirit of the rules. That is, until he fails to heed the literal words of commander Gi-seong (played by Kim Joo-hyeok), and ends up stuck in a disastrous firefight. Although that situation was rather preventable. Why is it that the good guys in the movies always give up their guns in a Mexican standoff? I mean yeah it's an obvious cinematic device, but in the real world no one ever does that for some fairly predictable reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 16 Final 2016/12/25,
The end of "Entourage" is here and it brings the convenience of an equus ex machina and a time jump. Yeong-bin has escaped to Busan without the group for some alone time while everyone back in Seoul is trying to handle the fallout and get the star and Ho-jin to make up. Eun-gap in particular becomes closer to the boys than ever and provides some valuable advice to Ho-jin,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 15 2016/12/25,
We are almost at the end of "Entourage", but it oddly feels like a beginning. Episode fifteen gives me the feeling that this season was perhaps meant as the first step on our characters' journey toward self-improvement, simply because of how little they have been developed and how late into the plot that development seems to accelerate. So let us see what we have here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 14 2016/12/18,
The torture never ends when working with Yeong-bin and his two most trusted people are starting to realize it. Ho-jin's work is getting harder and the things he has to do for it risk his weighing heavily on his conscience. While Joon and Turtle are off having awkward romances, Eun-gap and Ho-jin bear the weight of Yeong-bin's decisions and the time has come for the young man to face them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 13 2016/12/17,
"Im Hwa-soo" is finally in pre-production, but the troubles of Yeong-bin and his "Entourage" do not end there, as they need to work with the film's peculiar director, who even surpasses Yeong-bin in flimsy behavior. Meanwhile Eun-gap tries to gather up more actors for his agency, but he worries over a notorious playboy's condition to have Joy as his manager. That is when Idea's CEO enters and threatens the group's working life once more,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 12 2016/12/11,
Careers are booming in episode twelve of "Entourage", but Joon's has become the most stable one. After a dare, Turtle accepts a job as his manager, but the new star has tough mentoring to give. Meanwhile Eun-gap tries to help Yeong-bin while the latter continues doubting his choice to leave his agent. Ok-ja is relentless and I have a feeling we have yet to see how far she can go in order to win,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 11 2016/12/10,
Yeong-bin is going through another break up, but this time it is with Eun-gap as his agent. Episode eleven of "Entourage" is all about how the two men cope with the end of a long partnership, with Eun-gap obviously being the one shaken more. As Yeong-bin goes between potential agents and Eun-gap deals with his loss, Joon has his own little crisis when his manhood endangers his variety show filming,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 10 2016/12/04,
Yeong-bin and his "Entourage" have been through a lot lately and so they depart to Jeju for a little reprieve and a little tourist promotion on behalf of the drama. Joon and Turtle meet an interesting woman, to put it mildly and end up in trouble as usual. Meanwhile Idea's CEO Jo has a few things to say about Yeong-bin turning his back on their production and she pushes Eun-gap to a decision which may cost him his star,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 9 2016/12/03,
Yeong-bin is going through a major crisis and being the spoiled man-baby that he is, he drags everyone down with him. His friends and agent try to understand while making the best out of the situation, but his participation in the film and his career are in danger. In light of these events, Joon feels even more pressure about succeeding with his new variety show gig and helping out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 8 2016/11/27,
Well, it took half a series for "Entourage" to provide relatable content and it mostly comes from Eun-gap and Cho Jin-woong's performance, but I will take any comfort at this point. Our prickly agent goes through a big change and his top actor has relationship woes. Ho-jin has his hands full between dating and Yeong-bin's scandal and Joon goes through an identity crisis, so it is chaos all around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 7 2016/11/25,
Yeong-bin continues to be careless and irresponsible with his career and now So-hee joins in on the behavior giving everyone a headache. Joon and Turtle get themselves in trouble as usual, but they briefly reflect on their situation and life circumstances as well. Meanwhile Eun-gap tries to warn Ho-jin about the possible scandal Yeong-bin's secret dating can cause while still stressing over co-president Kang's shady movements in their company,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 6 2016/11/20,
Yeong-bin, his entourage and the entire production of his film have to deal with the aftermath of the star's confession to So-hee as he goes back into one of his moodswings defined by lack of professionalism. There is more tension between him and Ho-jin as the latter tries to handle the mess. Meanwhile Joon lands a role, but feels overpowered by a child actor, who also happens to be dating a furious Eun-gap's daughter,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 5 2016/11/18, "Entourage" continues to move forward in its slice-of-life way and this time things get more personal than business and industry related. Yeong-bin has a problem with Kang Ha-neul possibly working with So-hee in their film and Eun-gap is about to be stabbed in the back by his mentor. Meanwhile Joon and Turtle continue to be Joon and Turtle, living a life of immaturity and blaming it on bad luck,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 4 2016/11/14,
Yeong-bin takes one step forward and two steps back with his work choices, sending Ho-jin and Eun-gap into a blind panic and race to handle two different "battle fronts" at the same time. The group is also getting mixed messages from their desired production, causing their business to stall. Meanwhile, Joon buys into a fortune teller's words a bit too much and ends up suffering because of it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 3 2016/11/14, "Entourage" might be tanking in the ratings, but at least the series is focusing on the juicy bits after its premiere episodes and by juicy bits I mean industry shenanigans. If you have been wondering why casting news often get so messy and confusing, episode three offers a little glimpse into the complicated game of role assignment and business deals. We also get some humanity out of our cartoon characters, so not all hope is lost,...More
Your favorite K-drama stars - Did you know they are best friends IRL? 2016/11/09,
To talk about South Korea's celebrity best friends irl (in real life), we can't forget the famous Song Joong-ki and Lee Gwang-soo duo! Their friendship started as they appeared together in a variety show called Running Man. These same age actors, brand new to the entertainment business, quickly grew very close to each other. Soon, they even acted together in a drama "Nice Guy" as best friends in the show. Since then, their friendship passed the stage of just "best friends", they are more like brothers at this point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 2 2016/11/06,
With episode one of "Entourage" being "no way but up" levels of unsatisfying, what we get from episode two qualifies as improvement. The series still plays like a work for teen-minded men of the "dudebro" variety, which is odd to see in an industry mostly aimed at women. Warming up to the characters in episode one is a challenge, since everyone is so juvenile and obnoxious. Thankfully, episode two somewhat begins to address this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 1 2016/11/04,
Prepare for glamour, man-angst and a lot of male genitalia jokes as "Entourage" makes its grand entrance. The series is off to a loud start and as much as I would want to say that this is a good thing, episode one makes for rather weak first impressions. The series seems a little too eager to sell debauchery and flair, but at least its hinted human elements are promising,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Entourage" 2016/10/29,
We do not know whether remakes of North American series will become a lasting part of Korean drama, but with interest increasing between the entertainment of both countries, it is probably not something which will stop soon. TvN had a good run with "The Good Wife" and now the channel and studio return with "Entourage".
The series depicts a young actor's rise to fame as he navigates the world of entertainment after being scouted by an agent determined to make him into a star. He is joined in this adventure by his friends, who get to experience a new world as the actor gains popularity,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Luck.Key" 2016/10/15,
Hyeong-wook (played by Yoo Hae-jin) is a cool, stylish, skilled man whose work is violent in nature and of generally dubious legality. Jae-seong (played by Lee Joon) has very different plans in life- he's chronically out of money, and not doing so hot career-wise either. One random mishap at the bathhouse, though, ends up wildly reversing the fortunes of these men. All of a sudden both have to make sense of a wildly different life situation in "Luck.Key", a remake of the Japanese comedy film Key of Life,...More
"tvN Awards" Lee Il-hwa uncrowned 2016/10/10, Source, Lee Il-hwa who played a mother in the "Answer" series, didn't get an award at the "tvN Awards" which was held for the first time in 10 years on the 9th.
tvN celebrated its 10th year anniversary with an award giving ceremony on the 9th. Those who mattered were invited to the event and obviously the "Answer" series casts were the most welcomed,...More
Ahn So-hee to star in "Entourage" 2016/10/03, Source, Ahn So-hee turned into a fall woman.
She was featured in High Cut October issue.
In the pictures, she is wearing oversized coats with wide pants, flower patterns, high-waist pants, jogger pants and other trendy items,...More
[Orion's Drama News] The Weight of Representation 2016/07/02,
It is time for some much hyped dramas to make an entrance and two of them are premiering this week. Before getting to that, however I will take a first look at "Incarnation of Jealousy" and its fresh material. I will also give my two cents on an upcoming series and its potential casting which I find highly problematic. Closing this piece are the usual upcoming drama goodies and followed shows,...More
Jin Goo and his wife expecting second child 2016/05/17, Source, Jin Goo will become a dad of two children. An associate with his agency, BH Entertainment told Dispatch on May 17 on the phone, "Jin Goo and his wife are expecting second child" and "His wife is four months pregnant".
Jin Goo married his non-celebrity wife, four years younger than him, in September, 2014. They welcomed their first child, a son in June last year,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Sound of a Flower" 2015/12/19,
The time is the mid-nineteenth century. Chae-seon (played by Suzy) has been brought up in a gisaeng house since she was a child, following a desperate plea by her dying mother to try and provide Chae-seon with some kind of future. Chae-seon has been no stranger to grief in her life. And from this, she takes a strong interest in pansori, a traditional form of guttural singing. For Chae-seon, pansori is the salve that eases the burden of living, and she wants to share in that. Even if it's an art reserved only for men,...More
[Spoiler] 'Answer Mee 1988' Park Bo-geom listens to Hyeri only 2015/12/18, Source,
On the 13th episode of tvN's weekend drama, 'Answer Me 1988', Deok-seon ('Hyeri') took care of Taek (Park Bo-geom) while he was getting ready for his baduk competition.
Deok-seon announced that nobody would be allowed to enter Taek's room. Taek was occupied with preparing for his baduk final match so much that he even forgot about eating. Moo-seong (Choi Moo-sung) said, 'He didn't have dinner last night and skipped breakfast this morning. You go and get him here". Deok-seok said, 'I'm also hesitant to talk to him when he's preparing for a match',...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beauty Inside" 2015/09/05,
Woo-jin (voiced by Yoo Yeon-seok) is a man with a unique problem- every time he wakes up in the morning, Woo-jin is an entirely new person. Young, old, man, woman, beautiful, ugly, Korean, foreigner. To some extent there are advantages to this. We see early on that whenever Woo-jin hits the sweet spot of young / man / beautiful / Korean, he goes out with his buddy Sang-baek (played by Lee Dong-hwi) to hit the bars and get laid. One night stands are quite easy when a changing face makes it quite literally impossible for any woman to ever have any hope of finding him again,...More
Lee Dong-hwi, the attractive man from 'Beauty inside' 2015/08/21, Source, Lee Dong-hwi in the movie, "Beauty Inside" is a business partner with the main character, Woo-jin, who manufacture furniture together.
He is also Woo-jin's only friend, who knows the secret that Woo-jin's appearance changes every morning. He is a dependable friend for Woo-jin as he truly understands Woo-jin's trouble and supports him with bright smiles and by staying next to him,...More
The chemistry between two people 2014/04/03, Source,
In "Very Good Times", So-sim (Yoon Yeo-jeong) and Yeong-choon (Choi Hwa-jung) are an odd pair. They are a wife and a concubine living under the same roof and they've become a strange pair since their toxic husband is out of the picture. The two women run a pork chop shop to make a living for their troublemaking family and they seem like a married couple themselves. If So-sim is a curt but deep-thinking husband, Yeong-choon is a perky and cute wife,...More
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