[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015/10/26, "The Phone" sends "The Martian" packing...
Kim Bong-joo's action thriller, "The Phone", starring Son Hyeon-joo and Eom Ji-won, was released last week and came out on top over the weekend as Korea's top pick. Kim's tale of a man struggling to make sense of his wife's death was allocated 794 screens around the country, and from those screenings managed to dislodge "The Martian" at the top of the pile with 613 thousand admissions going its way (31.7%). Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andy Weir's 2011 novel has already grossed $384 million worldwide, and since its release in Korea on the 8th of this month, "The Martian" has attracted nearly 4 million filmgoers ($28.5 million), 534 thousand of which came from this past weekend,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 24 (final) 2015/05/25,
This drama didn't quite end how I expected it would. I wanted fewer bow tied endings and a little more realism. It's not like I wasn't happy with how things turned it. It was all sweet and full of fuzzy warm feelings that were enjoyable to feel and enjoy. However, these sentiments didn't quite fit with the overall tone of the drama. "Unkind Women" was about these women findings themselves and learning to overcome their pasts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 23 2015/05/24,
The penultimate episode of "Unkind Women" was undeniably fantastic. There was so much resolved and the reactions to those resolutions were emotion-packed. At the same time, there are still a few issues that will linger into the finale and tide us over to the end. This show is about overcoming the past and this episode really proved that point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 22 2015/05/23,
Twenty-four episodes may be too long for this show. It is just getting around to introducing the climax: a cooking showdown that will involve every main character in the drama in some form or another. The tensions in the show are more contrived than ever save for a select few. One of those tensions is that between Hyeon-jeong and her father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 21 2015/05/22,
This episode was as disjointed as the last episode was cohesive - it jumped around all over the place! It was a desperate attempt to heighten excitement that ended in a mishmash of badly intercut scenes. There were some good moments, but the sloppy editing detracted from the juicier character beats. There was a montage of scenes that cut from Hyeon-jeong and Moon-hak to Mo-ran and Soon-ok that were so poorly planned that it severed the flow of the story and instead seemed spastic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 20 2015/05/21,
Episode 20 was a turning point for "Unkind Women". It highlights the changes that have gradually worked themselves into the story and into the characters. With four episodes left, the story is really about how the characters will come together and learn to overcome and appreciate life after all the hardships they have suffered. Soon-ok embodies this concept best,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 19 2015/05/20,
There is a lovely dynamic shift between our characters as they learn and grow. Also, it shifts as those who are too insecure and selfish continue to interfere in the lives of others. As time passes all of these unkind, supposedly unhappy women finally gain insight into themselves and their lives. They see they are content despite all of the trials that they must walk through because they have each other. The first example of this is the peculiar friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 18 2015/05/13,
I'm not a fan of the relationship between Mo-ran and Soon-ok's family. A lot of excuses are made in order for friendships to be had. The truth of her involvement with the family shakes them to the core and the way the situation is resolved is extremely unsatisfactory. I don't get the friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 17 2015/05/12,
The juxtaposition of the past and present continues as bitter memories fuel revenge in the present and interfere with the newest relationships. This is also the point in the drama where those who have done wrong begin to atone for their sins - most of them anyway. Wounds from the past have hardened Hyeon-ae and have negatively affected all of her relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 16 2015/05/10,
The first major showdown between Hyeon-ae and Hyeon-sook was fantastic. These two women are so powerful on screen and their rivalry is fraught with such delicious tension. It's the most engaging conflict in a show full of what are now all engaging conflicts. Some of them started out lukewarm, but they have all turned up the heat. Hyeon-ae seems to have had a past that is quite similar to Hyeon-sook's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 14 2015/05/08, "Unkind Women" is one complicated show. Relationships are tangled into knots that can only be undone by major ego crushing - this will almost definitely take another ten episodes to resolve. What saves this episode from being too melodramatic are the family moments. Hyeon-sook and Hyeon-jeong finally have their father back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 13 2015/05/08,
I'm not a fan of some of the twists and turns in this week's episode of "Unkind Women". They were overly dramatic. The construction of the web of relationships in the drama is already a bit difficult to believe, so turning Mo-ran into a desperate woman in the twilight of her life is too dramatic a move. There are enough coincidental and unbelievable events to fill a lifetime without the addition of her dramatics. Mo-ran has been seeking forgiveness from Soon-ok so that she can die in peace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 12 2015/05/06,
And the cat is out of the bag. Everyone knows that Cheol-hee is alive. It wreaks havoc on Soon-ok's family as each person struggles to digest the information was best they can. On top of that world shattering revelation, relationships hit turning points. This is all to be expected at this point in the drama - we are halfway through and that's where things begin to change. The first major change we see is between Roo-oh and Ma-ri,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 11 2015/05/04,
This was the strongest episode by far. For all the annoying interconnections between people that can be a weakness, this show timed its reveals so well that those interconnections ended up becoming strengths. Along with the reveals came many insights into a rich past that brought viewers closer to the characters on screen Perhaps the strongest story was that of Hyeon-jeong's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 10 2015/05/04, "Unkind Women" is plugging along at a decent clip. Relationships are in full bloom and conflicts have been exposed. We see deeper into characters that were only two-dimensional. The ante has been raised and the going is good. The major turn of the episode is that many conflicts come to a head and are exposed, whether to the characters themselves or just to the audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 9 2015/05/03,
Each unkind woman has begun to forge a new path in life. Their lives did not go the way they expected, but that doesn't mean that life is over. In fact, even the oldest woman is finding new life in friendship. As they try to take control of their lives, the past comes back to haunt them - whether or not is succeeds is a matter left to be seen. Soon-ok and Mo-ran have found a comfortable ground upon which they can stand and relate to each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 8 2015/04/25,
Relationships that are too intertwined in dramas can be annoying. They are too convenient and make a world rather insular. However, when an anticipated revelation or meeting occurs, that insular world magnifies the effect - that is what "Unkind Women" has done. We've been waiting for Doo-jin to find out what sort of woman his beloved stepmother and for the worlds of the women in Soon-ok's household to collide with Hyeon-ae's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 7 2015/04/25,
For the most part, "Unkind Women" is an engaging show. The relationships are fulfilling, the acting is relaxed, and most of the story, despite relying on the past, moves forward. There is one relationship triangle that drags the rest of it down: the relationship between Soon-ok, Mo-ran, and Cheol-hee. The entire situation is awkward and lacks the conviction of the other relationships and their situations. Perhaps I'm just not sure how to interpret the situation between Mo-ran and Soon-ok,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 6 2015/04/24,
The pacing of the different storylines is "Unkind Women"'s strong suit. This is a large cast and the slow introduction during the first few episodes allows for all of them to develop individually. Where it weakens is how interconnected all of the characters are. It's easier to build an insulated world, but that becomes quite cliche. At this point, we know the women of "Unkind Women" pretty well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 4 2015/04/14,
The setup stage of "Unkind Women" is winding down and we're getting to the meat and potatoes of the story. We're seeing behind the curtain and discovering what makes these women tick: the pain, the stories, the relationships. First, I'll lay down what doesn't please me in order to get it out of the way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 3 2015/04/13, "Unkind Women" is a story about overcoming the past and the heavy emotional burden it can place on a human soul. All of the women in Soon-ok's family have challenges to face that are caused by wounds long since healed and scarred that have reopened to cause more pain. These women have to learn to lead their lives again. And on the way, we get some beautiful moments. Chae Si-ra as Hyeon-sook is a grounding force of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 2 2015/04/05, "Unkind Women" is zipping right along, feeding us backstory and humor and relationships that are full of heart. Although the story is a tad jumpy, the characters and their situations are easy to relate to and fun to watch. Hyeon-sook continues to be the most engaging character with her quirkiness, fiery-temper and significant background information,...More
[Spoiler] 'Unkind Women' Song Jae-rim and Lee Han-na go on a date in library
On the March 25th episode of KBS's "Unkind Women", Ma-ri (Lee Ha-na) and Roo-oh (Song Jae-rim) met in a library. Roo-oh came back after he finished working as a gumdo referee and sent a text message to Ma-ri, "My tie looked the best probably because you tied it for me" and "I'd like to buy you food for it.
The two promised to see each other in a library later. Roo-oh arrived at the library early and was looking at Ma-ri from distance. Roo-oh, whose heart was already throbbing, approached Ma-ri while he was covering his face with newspaper and sat in front of her. He started playing with Ma-ri's feet under the desk,...More
Kim Ji-seok-I to star in "Unkind Women" 2015/01/14, Source, Kim Ji-seok-I is starring in the drama "Unkind Women" as Lee Doo-jin. He is an announcer who is known for his background, family wealth, good personality and perfection which also got him the job without much difficulty.
Not only that, he is good looking, confident and smart. He is responsible for getting Jeong Ma-ri (Lee Ha-na) fired from her teaching job and slowly falls in love with her. He comes into conflict with his step brother Lee Roo-oh (Song Jae-rim),...More
Rom-Com Queen Lee Ha-na Returns to Airwaves 2014/07/26, Source,
Actress Lee Ha-na has returned to television in a new romantic comedy after a five-year absence. The 32-year-old plays a clumsy office worker in the tvN drama "The King of High School Manners".
The Chosun Ilbo met Lee on set in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, on Monday. "I cannot deny that I'm good at playing bubbly roles in rom coms", she said confidently, adding that she reevaluated her career during her time off. "I thought a lot about what fans want to see from me during the break",...More
The King of High School Manners 2014/06/20, Source, Seo In-guk is a very hot actor in Korea these days. His breakout performance was in "Answer to 1997" and his fans have been waiting patiently for him to nab another drama lead role ever since. Luckily, the wait is over. "The King of High School Manners" (aka High School King of Savvy, King High School of Life Conduct) is the story of Lee Min-seok, your average high school athlete who prefers to play hockey over keeping up with his academics. He is very popular among the female students at his school due to his status as the star hockey player. He's the complete opposite of his older brother, Lee Hyeong-seok, who moved to Germany 8 years ago to pursue his studies and create a very successful life for himself - at the cost of abandoning Min-seok alone in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dance of Time" 2013/11/23,
The documentary opens with a woman, beautifully silhouetted by the beach at sunset, in an entrancing rhythmic dance. While watching this the viewer is also exposed to similarly well-matched Cuban dance music. We don't actually learn much from this opening shot, nor from the various interviews, discussions, and further performances by the singers and dancers who practice this artform. Rather, we get a strong sense of the cultural identity that defines these individuals,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "R2B: Return to Base": Come Rain, Come Shine? 2012/12/15,
Film: "R2B: Return to Base" (R2B: 리턴투베이스)Director: Kim Dong-weonStars:Rain, Sin Se-kyeong, Yoo Joon-sang, Kim Sung-soo, Lee Ha-na & Lee Jong-sukReview Score: 3 / 5
Also Try: "The Red Scarf", "71-Into the Fire" or "Taegukgi"
Shin Sang-ok's 1964 film "The Red Muffler" was the first film to be released nationally in Japan and, prior to its release there, it was also shown at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Taipei. It was this acclaimed classic, this "expertly-filmed motion picture", that inspired Kim Dong-weon's 2012 action drama "R2B: Return to Base". The film was made with $10,000,000 and Time magazine's 2011 'most influential person' and Korean superstar Rain. However, it also had the unfortunate luck of being released alongside Choi Dong-hoon's record breaking "The Thieves", as well as the historical comedy "The Grand Heist" (which itself brought in close to 5 million admissions)-it lasted three weeks before it fell off the radar.
"R2B: Return to Base" is, if anything, a great spectacle. There are incredibly gorgeous jet fighter scenes that seem to mirror the complexity and intensity of the stories told by some of the WWII veterans on the History channel; its star, Rain, is involved in a number of retro-style music montages as well as an angry/passionate topless locker-room brawl; and there is a love story in there somewhere that keeps you from feeling cheated. It's high-speed entertainment that catches the eye and quickens the pulse, but does little for the genre in Korea and even less for Rain's filmography,...More
20,000 Audience Members Gather for Rain's Free Concert 2011/10/11, Source, Rain (real name Jeong Ji Hoon, 29) gave a shout during his last concert before he joins the military -- held on Youngdong street in Samsungdong on October 9 -- saying, "Life is like a highway, and you have to stop by the resting area".
Gangnam District Office hosted the "Gangnam Hallyu Festival" which was held on Youngdong street by blocking seven lanes out of a total of 14 lanes, and singer Rain made a grand finale at the festival, which was his last concert before he joins the military,...More
Rain gets preview of military life in new film 2011/10/10, Source,
BUSAN - Rain will be entering the military to complete his mandatory two-year service for Korean men this week, but the mega pop star says he has already had an intense preview of army life through his upcoming air force movie.
"I experienced seven months of life in the barracks while shooting the movie", said the 29-year-old Friday about "Soar into the Sun". "It was painful not being able to eat whenever I wanted". The press junket for the film, which is slated for theater release in 2012, marked one of his last public appearances,...More
[16th BIFF] Big 3 actors: a drink, a kiss of the hand, a picture 2011/10/09, Source,
How did they enjoy Busan?
All the in-demand actors and actresses were at the 16th Busan International Film Festival. They all want to enjoy a romantic film festival night at Busan and we took a look at the big 3 actors.
This is his third BIFF in a row. His attendance was due to his movie "My Way". At the opening ceremony, Jang Dong-gun stepped on the red carpet with fellow actor Joe Odagiri from Japan. There were many stars who appeared alone or in male-female pairs, but these two appeared as male-male,...More
[20 Korean Films to Look Out for Second Half of 2011] "Soar into the Sun" 2011/07/16, Source, Flying the Sky with Rain
"Soar into the Sun"
Directed by Kim Dong-weon
By NA Won-jung
The film's story is related to the original "Red Muffler", directed by the legendary Korean director SHIN Sang-ok in 1964. The original film used the Korean War as its background, dealing with the passion and the love of F-86 Saver jet fighter pilots, and bringing in the most audiences in Seoul at the time and won countless domestic film awards in the process. The new version of Red Muffler reflects the changes in time and deals with the pilots of the new F-15K fighters, yet it still brings the nostalgia from 47 years ago,...More
The best combination of a couple? 2011/04/17, Source,
This year started off with human drama ("Late Blossom") or comedy dramas ("Suicidal Forecast"). It's not easy to see a heart trembling mellow flick. Which couple from the mellow flicks that are due this later half of this year, are audiences looking forward to see the most?
■ "Always" Se Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo,...More
Rain, manly, he could go to Air Force 2011/04/06, Source, Rain (Jeong Ji-hoon) spoke about his feelings about his movie "Soar into the Sun" (directed by Kim Dong-weon).
On the 6th, Rain put up some pictures and wrote on his Twitter, "I enjoy filming. Fighter planes! I can't express the impression but I feel it's going to be the best Air Force movie...^^. I am excited. I introduce the F15. I will show you the set any chance I get. See you again!",...More
Rain and Sin Se-kyeong "Soar into the Sun" extreme casting 2011/02/28, Source,
Movie "Soar into the Sun" is thing of the issue with its powerful lead and supporting cast.
This movie is an air action blockbuster about the Korean Air Force pilots and their risky missions to resolve the volatile situations at the Korean Peninsula. The megaphone is in the hands of director Kim Dong-weon and this will be the first time in Korea for pilots to be the subject matter and first time for air battle scenes.,...More
Top Actresses Join Charity Drive 2011/02/16, Source,
Some of Korea's most glamorous actresses gathered on Tuesday to help youngsters who are the main support of their household. The 2nd Pink Wings Campaign is hosted by fashion magazine Vogue Girl and Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store,...More
Han Hyo-joo named festival lady for music fest GMF2010 2010/07/16, Source,
Korean actress Han Hyo-joo [photographed by Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Han Hyo-joo has been selected as the festival lady for this year's Grand Mint Festival (GMF2010), to be held in Seoul in October.
Mint Paper, who hosts the event, announced Thursday that they have chosen the 23-year-old actress to be the face of GMF2010, saying her "bright, wholesome image as well as her passion for music clicks with Grand Mint Festival",...More
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
The format of music programs has come a long way in Korea, where the love of Korean pop music is quickly extending to an interest in television music programs. With more than five music shows airing each week on various channels, these shows are now becoming trade,...More
Korea Music Awards Honor Top Singers 2009/03/12, Source, Jang Ki-ha and trio bank My Sister's Barbershop have won the most awards at the sixth Korea Music Awards. At the award ceremony held in Daehakro in Seoul, Jang received three awards – the best song of,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ye-seul takes all 'New Movie Star Award' in 4 Film Festivals? 2008/11/28, Source, Actress Han Ye-seul has been nomitated for 'New Movie Star Award' for her film "Miss Gold Digger" this coming 4th. She has been awarded for this film with the same award for the last 3 film festivals this year!
If she is really awarded the same award for "Korean Grand Film Awards Festival" then she will be the first and only actress to receive all 4!
At the "Blue Dragon Film Festiva" she said that she feels like she has received the heavens and that rather than her popularity reaching the heavens she wants her acting skills to be deeply rooted in her life.,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] " 'Woman of the Sun', viewers sympathetic of Lee Ha-na's character " 2008/06/25, Source, KBS2TV's drama 'Women in the Sun' is about Sa-Weol (Lee Ha-na)'s undeserved, difficult life.
Shown in the 9th episode, Sa-Weol, born as Ji-Young and the long lost daughter of Jeong-Hee doesn't know that the lady who tips her at the mall for helping her 'false' daughter shop for clothes and hold her bags to the cafe is really Jeong-Hee, her real mother. And Do-Young (Kim Ji-soo) who just finds out that Sa-Weol is her real sister just watches this happening without saying anything because Sa-Weol doesn't remember her past. So Do-Young decides to let her live as she does. Sa-Weol, as she returns home murmurs to herself that she misses her mother.,...More
In conclusion, the interrelationship is inverse proportion according to the trend in 2007 box-office success in Korean film industry. Among the 100 movies released this year, only 4 movies had more than,...More
[2007 Drama Highlights] Best Kiss scenes 2007/12/27, Source, The drama market of 2007 had been flooded with a large number of high-quality dramas, range from large-scaled dramas of billion dollars worth production cost to much smaller-scaled, but of rich conten,...More
Inspired by the phenomenally popular comic series of the same name, "Le Grand Chef" (Sikgaek) offers an "Iron Chef"-style edge that dashes through an explosively colorful array of Korean dishes. Revolvi,...More
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