[Orion's Drama News] Mellow Airport Flings 2016/09/03,
Autumn is here and its first week is a bit slow on the drama front, but not any less exciting than usual. "Exciting" is not the word I would use for poor Yoo In-na's nasty surprise from her Chinese drama, but I feel we will get many more in the future. "Road to the Airport" is finally giving us goodies to look at and plenty of other upcoming dramas take their first proper step into the spotlight,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Politics and Iffy Pairings 2016/08/13, "The K2" brings love for the country, the country's daughter and the country's power to our screens soon and "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is ruthlessly piling on the pretty with its new posters. "The Man In My House" is looking for leads to romance each other as newly met daughter and step dad, because Dramaland loves making us all daunted and confused. More goodies follow all of this and I close with my failure to marathon like I used to. Dramas, that is,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.05.27 ~ 2016.05.29 2016/05/30,
"X-Men: Apocalypse" muffles "The Wailing" for the win...
The ninth film in Marvel Comic's "X-Men" series ("X-Men: Apocalypse") arrived in Korea last Wednesday, dovetailing nicely with the success of "Captain America: Civil War". "X-Men: Apocalypse" sold 1.1 million admissions (51.2%) across 1,258 screens to oust Na Hong-jin's "The Wailing" and so denying it a third straight week at the top of tpile. Marvel's latest did this by securing nearly $9 million over the weekend with second place, "The Wailing", pulling in roughly half that,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Phantom Detective" 2016/05/21,
Director Jo Sung-hee's "Phantom Detective" is a play on the crime noir complete with anti-hero Hong Gil-dong (Lee Je-hoon), a decrepit town, deranged villains, and stylized filming that brings the world of the comic book to life. There are also two unlikely sidekicks, two little girls who rework Gil-dong's damaged psyche over the course of the film. "Phantom Detective" was released in Korea May 4, 2016 and 508,000 filmgoers (19.9%) sat down to watch a modern take of the classic Korean tale of "Hong Gil Dong,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Signal" 2016/05/14,
"Signal" is an intense crime thriller with a storyline that keeps your heart pounding to the very end. It's filled with heavy emotions all the way through, and is the perfect drama for inducing nail-biting adrenaline. What makes Signal even more intense is the time sensitivity of its cases. At first, our detectives solve cold cases with statutes of limitations that are about to expire. But as the drama moves along, the cases have to be solved before more bad things happen. As such, it constantly makes my heart race when time is almost up and our detectives have not found the answer they're searching for,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.05.06 ~ 2016.05.08 2016/05/09,
"Civil War" continues to dominate despite a host of new challengers...
Marvel's latest outing continued to reign supreme atop the Korea box office, but a string of new releases shuffled the rest of the pack considerably. This latest superhero flick was released in Korea late last month and topped the charts its frist weekend out by capturing over 90% of the box office pie. Over the weekend, Marvel's mighty movie added another 1.5 million admissions (64.8%) to bring it total tally now to 7.3 million ($52.7 million). Worldwide, "Captain America: Civil War" has, to date, banked an incredible $678.4 million,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Signal" 2016/03/19,
Having a love for suspense, mystery or any other genres outside of romance, family, period and melodrama can be hard when a Korean drama fan. Crime shows are aplenty now, but few really achieve great quality in an enthralling presentation. "Signal" is nothing new. The timeline communication element is reminiscent of works such as Hollywood film "Frequency" and the rest is a suspense and crime series. Yet what makes "Signal" work is something Korean drama creators tend to forget. Quality matters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Signal" 2016/02/06,
Crime shows are no longer something new in Korean drama, but they still largely follow a formulaic approach, such as any other genre. Placing style over substance is a common issue and especially some of the episodic dramas of the type seem repetitive. It is therefore fortunate that tvN's "Signal" not only seems to have a strong main plot, but that it is off to a great start with its two main features,...More
[Spottoon Review] Shall We Have Dinner Tonight? Drama Dream Cast 2016/01/30,
There have been rumors since last year that the webtoon Shall We Have Dinner Tonight? by See-In Park will be made into a drama. It makes complete sense since the story combines love and food in a thoughtful way that is bound to grab viewers. There hasn't been any significant casting news of late but we can't help but wonder who might bring these characters to life.
The story is about two strangers named Doe-Hee and Hae-Kyung who become friends after being mistaken for a couple at a restaurant they both chose to dine alone in one night,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Signal" 2016/01/16,
Regular viewers of tvN may have noticed that the station likes to keep its usual actors and creators close. Here to take this one step further is "Signal", the approach of which brings back memories of the station's "Gabdong - The Serial Killer". The drama will be the second tvN show based on the Hwaseong serial murders, but unlike its predecessor it comes with a supernatural twist,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Korean Cooking Class with Food Director Kim Su-jin-I 2015/11/21,
My trip to Korea was full of amazing opportunities. I went to the world-renowned BIFF 2015, saw multiple K-pop concerts, visited breathtaking historical sites both modern and ancient, and interviewed many fabulous people. But it was one woman's school and class that may have been the pinnacle of that experience: a Q&A and lesson with Chef and Food Director Kim Su-jin-I and Teacher Lee "Ellie" Hye-won of the Food & Culture Academy. The Q&A was a lesson in how Korean food embodies the spirit of its vivacious people and what makes Korean food unique. Then we, the members of Korea Joa 2015, got to make two quintessential Korean dishes: japchae and bulgogi. Those members with dietary restrictions learned how to make haemul jeon. Check the recipes out at the end of this piece,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - Suwon and Hwaseong Palace 2015/10/31,
Before the official Korea Joa 2015 schedule I had a chance to explore outside of Seoul in the lovely city of Suwon, which is about a forty minute bus ride from the capital. The city is completely walled and is the home of Hwaseong Fortress, Hwaseong Palace, eleven universities, and company headquarters such as Samsung Electronics. Public transportation is fantastic and I found the people to be kind and helpful to the perpetually lost and perplexed foreigner,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 24 (final) 2014/12/14, "Secret Door" gave me the ending I want although that can't be said for everyone. I was looking for how Seon's life, and subsequent death, had meaning in the grand scheme of things. That is exactly what I was given. While the politics of the drama had a cyclical quality, the relationship between father and son drove the show to its bitter, and then hopeful, end. The ending made something good out of Seon's tragic death,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 23 2014/12/11,
This episode marks the beginning of the end. Seon has been trapped between his powerful convictions and the complexity of Joseon politics. Those who wish to retain power will do anything to keep it, which puts Seon at a severe disadvantage when he refuses to do wrong by his people. Throughout the drama, his father, King Yeongjo, has tried to teach him that to live and maintain power is to compromise. Compromise is not what Seon does. In comparison to the cruel, insane lecher that Crown Prince Sado is historically known to be, this fictionalized Sado is an idealistic hero who eventually will uphold his convictions at the cost of his life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 22 2014/12/10,
We're down to the wire. The last two episodes are ahead of us and the crown prince's fate is known. How it will be sealed is what "Secret Door" has to deliver. Seon is a hero in this rendition of Crown Prince Sado; a hero who is fighting forces greater than himself. Seon has been determined to maintain an academy of brilliant minds comprised of people deemed by the ruling class as traitors, criminals, and too low born to be allowed to study and become government officials,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 21 2014/12/09,
Five years have passed since the start of "Secret Door's" timeline. King Yeongjo is older, frailer and more concerned with passing on his crown than protecting it. Seon is older, but still hoping and pushing for change. The ministers are fighting to keep the ways of old, which means finding ways to get rid of Seon. The ending of this story is known,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 20 2014/12/03,
This episode dispelled the sense of fatigue I felt while watchin the past few episodes. It focused on the real love story of the drama, that between father and son, and helped to strengthen the pulse of "Secret Door". The central conflict came back to the one established early on: differing ideas on how Joseon should be ruled,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 19 2014/12/02,
There are some hard lessons to learn in "Secret Door" for our young prince. His ideals have carried him this far, but the opposition has become near insurmountable unless he gives it. It is this point that steer all politicians onto gray moral ground. Without compromise, Seon will get no where. But that compromise comes at the expense of his people's rights. It's a hard lesson to learn. Watching Seon learn to navigate the political minefield is the strongest point of the show save for his loaded interactions with his father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 18 2014/11/27,
This episode was a little awkward, but it was full of wonderful stuff all the same. The episodic format of the plot is working for now. It gives episode long examples of how hard Seon tries to do right by his people and change the system, and how mightily the system fights back. Yoon So-hee continues to be as effective as a piece of corrugated cardboard while Kim Min-jong finally gets to step up and really add to the plot texture. The greatest thing about Seon is that he has the innate ability to sweep others up in his passion, including those who are against him, like his father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 17 2014/11/25, "Secret Door" is both keeping its streak of excellence and taking a few jaunts into the unnecessary. The prince is very deeply involving himself in politics and making very dangerous, but clever, moves to reform the government towards equality of classes. His father and the reigning nobility are firmly against this, but that's what puts the meat and potatoes on "Secret Door"'s proverbial plate. Politics can quickly spiral into very boring stuffs in a drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 16 2014/11/17,
This is the episode where Seon shines. It is the result of well-laid plans on the writer's part and immense acting on Lee Je-hoon's part. The potential for Seon as a monarch is sky high, and he has proven that to his father, the Joseon officials and China. He has even proven it to the vengeful Ji-dam. What makes the episode so powerful is that Seon did not do anything impulsively like he led everyone around him to believe,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 15 2014/11/14,
Seon is back in the political arena with plans to change Joseon for the better. But those he faces are ready for him and they are much more experienced. Another formerly friendly face has now turned into that of an enemy and now the prince has fewer true allies than ever before. It's an engaging episode that mimics the fast-paced rhythm of the very first episode. It shoves us into the scary world of politics along with Seon who really doesn't know what hit him. While Seon is very clever and he is well-prepared, Minister Kim has the advantage of experience and no moral shackles,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 14 2014/11/14,
The inevitable time jump has happened and it has brought about some interesting changes for our Prince, his goals, and the king's desperate desire to keep his crown. Since the political slaughter and the revocation of the prince's governing powers, Seon has become more keen, more determined, and more wily. This change is mirrored in everyone, the sad effect of tragedy. The most interest change is in Seon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 13 2014/11/11,
This episode is particularly brutal, both emotionally and physically. After twelve episodes of Seon hoping that his father will do the right thing by his people, he is crushed by the reality of his father's ambitions. King Yeongjo himself is again confronted by how far he will go when motivated by fear and ambition. Ambition and power make a deadly combination as those beneath Yeongjo discover. That combination is enough to snuff out the lives of many and make Seon, the light and stalwart soldier of his people, waver,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 12 2014/11/03,
The relationship between Seon and is father is both simple and twisted. It guides this episode through the political game played. As it journeys through the obstacles of palace life, politics, and years of fearful living, it has difficulty remaining pure and true as this episode proves. As a result, Seon's heart is broken yet again.
There is a certain point when all of the heartbreak that Seon suffers is going to break down his spirit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 11 2014/11/02,
Seon has picked up some political savvy and realizes that in order to beat the powers that be, he has to play their game. He has not hurt an innocent to achieve his goal as his enemies would, but he does manipulate the system in a very satisfying retribution against the vile Minister Kim. It is now only a matter of time before this fight for the truth gets ugly, or rather, much uglier. It's already smeared with the blood of the innocent. The document that incriminates King Yeongjo and a group of highly ranked Norons has come to Seon's attention as the possible motivator behind all the deviancy that has happened thus far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 10 2014/10/28,
Manipulation of the most relationships allows for the politics of "Secret Door" to move forward. This kind of manipulation messes with commonly accepted morality and makes for intense, fascinating television. How can Seon win against those who are willing to forsake the lives of their loved one's for power? It is Minister Kim who shows a calculating thirst for power that dwarfs the kings ambitions to retain his throne,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 9 2014/10/24,
Thirst for power has consumed King Yeongjo's heart. He is such a fascinating and rich character. Despite the fact that he knows what he does is wrong and it goes against his conscience and his feelings for Seon, he does it anyway. He is willing to sacrifice even his own flesh and blood for the throne he gained through similar sacrifice. It seems like "Secret Door" is trying to make a martyr of Seon when history paints a darker picture,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 8 2014/10/19,
When the players in "Secret Door" are pushed to their limit, they turn into those they fear. It's a terrifying reality of the pressures of politics. Father turns against son. Mentor against student. Friend against friend. This is when Seon discovers the truths about those he trusts most and has to face reality: trust is something no one in his life is worthy of. Seon has relentlessly pursued the mystery of his friend Heung-bok's death despite the warnings of many,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 7 2014/10/14,
This episode of "Secret Door" was slower in pace than previous episodes, mostly because it focused on the sneaky ministers and greedy guards trying to manipulate the prince and the king. It is Seon's passionate drive to uncover the truth and the king's insane need to retain his crown that provides so much of the tension in the show. Those were not as prominent in this episode. When the king did make an appearance, however, it was completely charged by his obsession with the document that could dethrone him, and his terror at its potential discovery,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 6 2014/10/10, "Secret Door" is such a well-rounded show. It incorporates historical elements, moving character beats, intense character development, intricate background music, and beautiful cinematography to create a thickly textured plot fabric. We gain insight into the complex character that is King Yeongjo and into the very strictly structured palace life and politics that prevent royalty from having any kind of normal relationship. The precarious position of "king" is what keeps Yeongjo in a state of constant fear,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 5 2014/10/07,
What makes "Secret Door" such a rich drama is how is plays up both sides of every situation and every relationship. A murder mystery that could've been solved in two episodes span five as people insert themselves into the investigation, using it to achieve their own ends. It is not only an investigation, but a political vehicle. Or the relationship between father and son. King Yeongjo loves his son as a father, but as a king he sees Seon as a threat. It's a rich dichotomy that keeps the world of "Secret Door" full of intrigue. The twisted relationship between father and son is a favorite part of the show,...More
[Spoiler] "Secret Door" Lee Je-hoon saves Kim Yoo-jeong from losing her virginity 2014/10/07, Source,
In the SBS drama "Secret Door", Seo Ji-dam (Kim Yoo-jeong) found the late Sin Heung-bok's (Seo Joon-yeong) sketchbook in Chun Wol's (Kim Bo-ryeong) drawer and set out to find Lee Seon (Lee Je-hoon) despite the danger.
Lee Seon worried about her but Seo Ji-dam said, "The people are the pride of this country. His Majesty says he feels empty and I like that. I hope he learns how to be a king that way. I want to be a part of his rule even for a day. The words 'others' lives are just as precious as mine' are going to be my guidelines in life. That's being worthy of a subject who stands by a king who treasures others' lives as much as his own",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 4 2014/10/03,
A prince who felt all alone in life gains a few comrades he can trust in a world saturated with power-hungry people who would do anything to retain that power. He learns that greed can trump the pride of the most upstanding people and that to beat people who work behind the scenes, he has to work in secret himself. Lee Je-hoon is doing a magnificent job as Crown Prince Lee Seon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 3 2014/09/30,
The murder mystery is heavily under way as it creates layers of depth in the characters and in the plot that is fraught with tension. Father is pitted against son; Noron against Soron; truth against lies. Power warps even the most upright of men. Seon and Ji-dam fight it, but those with power will do anything to keep it, which allows manipulation and treachery to run rampant and foster deceit in nearly everyone. For now, Seon remains relatively unswayed by the temptation of power,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 2 2014/09/27,
The battle between the clever King Yeong-jo and his idealist son has begun in earnest after only one episode of intense setup. Yeong-jo is a wily, crafty old man who years on the throne and innate intelligence have kept him alive against nearly insurmountable odds. Against such a far-sighted man, Lee Seon has a very long a difficult battle ahead of him. The strange beauty in the on screen relationship between Yeong-jo and Seon is that there is affection between them, and Yeong-jo empathizes with his son,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Door" Episode 1 2014/09/26, "Secret Door" is based on one of the most famous stories in Korean history: the story of Crown Prince Sado and his father, King Yeongjo. It is a tragic tale that has been re-created many times. The circumstances surrounding the lives and deaths of the father and son pair are shrouded in mystery despite multiple (differing) accounts of Sado's contemporaries. "Secret Door" is putting its own spin on the story, which thus far is exciting and fast-paced. All the well-known figures in history have made their appearance, played by a remarkably strong cast,...More
Digital Video Network DramaFever Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Exclusive Fall Premieres 2014/09/19, Source,
Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres
DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles,...More
Lee Je-hoon Out of the Military 2014/07/25, Source,
Actor Lee Je-hoon finished his mandatory military service on Thursday morning after 21 months of duty at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency. He thanked fans for their patience and promised a strong comeback,...More
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon to come back 2014/07/17, Source,
The Department of DefeNational Servicee clock goes around and around. Some actors in their 20s are done with service and will be coming back soon.
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon who were admitted to National Service in 2012, are almost done. They are currently positioned at the 27 District Recruit Training Center and the Seoul Police PromotioNational Service Unit. Lee Je-hoon gets discharged first on the 24th of this month and Yoo Seung-ho this coming 4th of December,...More
[Spoiler] Fashion King: Episode 13 Recap 2013/05/10, Source,
Episode 12 dropped 0.4% to 9.4%.
It's the same stuff over and over. It's saving grace is some mystical power that catches the attention and the heart and invests you. Perhaps it's the hot men. Perhaps it's the need to figure this hot mess of a drama out. I'm not sure,...More
[Spoiler] Fashion King: Episode 12 Recap 2013/05/10, Source,
Episode 11 eeked up a tad to 9.8%. It's negligable. As is my love for this show at the moment. This recap was really hard to start. I just didn't want to do it. The show is so confusing. But then it sucks me in. Then I get annoyed. Then I squee. Help. I need therapy to watch it,...More
[HanCinema at JIFF] Q&A with director Yoong Jong-Chan of "Paparoti" 2013/04/26,
After the screening of "Paparoti" on April 26th, Yoong Jong-Chan was available to take questions about the movie. Below is a paraphrased transcript of the session. Film critic Choi Gwang-Hee moderated the exchange and also answered questions. The statements of both are combined here for the sake of convenience.
Q: In promotional materials for the movie, scenes in a swimming pool are clearly visible. Why was this not in the final cut?
A: We ended up replacing it with the toilet scene, which served the same purpose in the story. We felt that the swimming pool scene went too far with its content, and the actors were also uncomfortable having to bare so much skin,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.05 ~ 2013.04.07 2013/04/08, Jo Dong-oh's action thriller "Running Man" is off to a good start as it snatched the top spot in its first weekend out. The film claimed 501,908 (30.89%) admissions over 568 screens, only just pushing outs its closest rival "G.I. Joe 2" which came close itself with 464,619 (30.49%). "Running Man" stars Sin Ha-gyoon as Cha Jong-woo, a young man who accidentally gets caught up in a murder case and soon finds himself on the run because of it. This week's chart saw a number of new entries both local and foreign, in addition to some regular faces that have made the top ten their own the last few months. But overall admissions were low, with only the top two films seeing much action in this quieter week at the movies,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.03.29 ~ 2013.03.31 2013/04/01,
The second G.I. Joe film has hit the Korean peninsula and, with help of Lee Byung-hun as 'Storm Shadow' no doubt, has managed to secure first position. "G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation" snatched 708,267 admissions (43%) over 761 screens to make it only the second foreign film this year to make it to number one. The Korean actor Lee Byung-hun ("Masquerade" and "I Saw the Devil") shows that he still has quiet some pull with fans as the Korean public, after a relatively quiet March, have warmly welcomed his latest action efforts.,...More
[Hancinema's Box Office Review] 2013.03.15 ~ 2013.03.17 2013/03/18,
For the first time this year a foreign film has managed to claim the top spot in Korea's weekend box office. With 423,336 admissions, Jonathan Levine's "Warm Bodies" is the first outside entry to make it all the way to the top. However it does so with the lowest ticket count for first place this year. "Warm Bodies" is an adaptation from Isaac Marion's book of the same name; it's a paranormal romance that takes a zombie's perspective as he pursues his living love interest. "Warm Bodies" claimed 26.0% of the total ticket sales with the help of 475 screenings around the country. There were a string of new releases last week that caused a serious reshuffle in this weekend's top ten, including Yoon Jong-chan's "Paparoti", the Oscar winner "Lincoln", as well as the Italian animation "Gladiators of Rome" in 3D,...More
[Spoiler] Fashion King: Episode 11 2013/03/09, Source,
Episode 10 dropped a percentage point to 9.6%. I can't really blame viewers. This show is suffering from severe multiple personality disorder. So this website is called "Raine's Dichotomy". I think my emotions this episode really embody that. Brain versus heart. I was dreading writing this recap because I really didn't think I knew what to write besides exactly what happened. My brain was completely appalled. My heart was moved,...More
Fashion King: Episode 10 Recap 2013/03/08, Source,
Episode 9 came in at 10.6%. This show is really bobbing and weaving in ratings, just like the plot and the character development. After this episode, I have no idea what will happen. This episode was all about Ga-young for me. Sin Se-kyeong seriously stepped up her game,...More
[Spoiler] "Fashion King": Episode 9 Recap 2013/03/06, Source,
Ratings rose according to AGB Neilsen from 9.0% to 9.7% for Episode 8. I bet it has to do with the OTP finally getting some screen time together and showing a bit of chemistry.. This is the episode where Young-gul and Ga-young's romance could've started. But a few monkey wrenches get thrown in. I'm sure we will have a whole mess of misunderstandings caused by secrets and lack of communication starting next episode. As for this one, I should hate Jae-hyuk. I really should. And I should think Young-gul's jealousy is stupid because he doesn't say anything to Ga-young. Should. But these boys are too cute. An-na is pathetic. Ga-young needs to step up and affect change herself instead of riding the tide,...More
Best 5 Issues to Wrap up the Entertainment Industry in 2012 2013/01/01, Source,
The year 2012 in the Korean entertainment industry was a delightful one, filled with the stars' actions and words which made the public laugh and cry. It is now time to check out the Korean entertainment world and what took place in 2012. Lets check out the best 5 hot issue makers right this minute! The weddings of the stars are in the spotlight every year and the press competition is extremely fierce. In 2012, Hyeon Yeong, comedian Jeong Joon-ha and many other celebrities tied the knot. In particular, we could meet the top star guests at celebrity weddings, and they are always in the spotlight. And on November 30th! Multi-entertainer Ha Ha and singer Byul tied the knot,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ghost Sweepers" 2012/12/30,
There's many directions a story can go when ghosts and exorcists get involved. There's the always reliable horror element, taking advantage of the human fear of the unknown. There's tragic character study because hey, death is kind of depressing, you know? And then there's the wacky slapstick comedy, which can go all sorts of fun directions since ghosts aren't beholden to such inconveniences as the laws of physics. "Ghost Sweepers" is a movie that attempts to do all three,...More
[HanCinema's Film Story] Life by Design: Remembering Love in "Architecture 101" 2012/09/29, Film: "Architecture 101"
Director: Lee Yong-joo-IStars:Eom Tae-woong, Han Ga-in, Lee Je-hoon and SuzyReview Score: 4.5 / 5
Also Try: "Cyrano Agency" and "Come Rain Come Shine"
There is something incredibly romantic about building and designing a home. Perhaps it is that it requires two, rather distinct, forces working together to produce something both are happy with. Whether it's the outside architecture and structure of a house, or the warmth and familiarity of its interior, the idea of a home emerging from seemingly nothing is worth the sleepless nights it took to dream.
The first home my family had in South Africa was this dream for me. It was grand and spacious, and every care was taken so that it would cater to all of our families needs. It had bedrooms for all, an expansive playroom, a cottage for granny, even a swimming pool and a tennis court next to the rabbit cages outside. Live was good, and it felt like it had always been designed to be so,...More
'Cold War' to Open Busan Film Fest Next Month 2012/09/20, Source,
The 17th Busan International Film Festival will be held for 10 days from Oct. 4 to 13. A total of 304 films from 75 countries will be screened at 37 screens at Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae and seven theaters in downtown Busan,...More
Fashion King: Episode 8 Recap 2012/09/11, Source,
Episode 7, according to AGB Nielson, dropped to 9.0%, decreasing by 1.4%. I'm not sure if I disagree. The menfolk, besides the sexiness, were severely unlikable. An-na, too. In fact, Ga-young was the only likeable one and she was a little bit pathetic. This episode really started to show some solid character development. Jae-hyuk masks his wounded pride and loneliness in violence, money and power. Ga-young is faced with trials and again shows some gumption. Young-gul is learning to care for someone besides himself. An-na...is a bump on a log...a really, really pretty bump.,...More
Lee Je-hoon's final burst of flame before NS in October 2012/08/23, Source, Three movies…promotional ambassador for the Korean Film Festival
Actor Lee Je-hoon who starts National Service on the 25th of October is using up his energy and being admitted without a break. He signed up for conscripted police work at "Whistle" which is the Seoul Police Agency Promotions Foundation and before he does, he's going to make two movies and another one in the two and something months he's got left.
Lee Je-hoon is currently busy making "I Am Paparoti". He was so eager to select this project he postponed NS for this. Apparently all of Lee Je-hoon's scenes are being taken ahead of others before he leaves,...More
China to Host Korean Film Festival 2012/08/22, Source,
A Korean film festival will be held in China to mark the 20th anniversary of South Korea and China establishing diplomatic ties. The Korean Film Council said the festival will be held from August 29th to October 16th in Beijing and Shanghai,...More
[Spoiler] [Raine's Recaps] Fashion King: Episode 6 Recap 2012/08/17, Source,
Episode 5 rose in ratings, 10.1%. Now that the plotline is settling in, I think the ratings will be a bit better. I'm not sure about them rising yet.
Thanks for all the support for these recaps everyone! This episode, however, drove me a little bonkers. I want to take out both men, or lock them in cages so they can do no more harm and can be used only for me to look at,...More
[Spoiler] [Raine's Recaps] Fashion King: Episode 4 Recap 2012/07/14, Source,
by: Raine At the ratings are back up at 9.2% for episode 3. I'm not sure if it's cause Love Rain has caused such a negative commotion or what. Perhaps having Yoo Ah-in naked in every episode contributes a point percentage point per ab appearance? This episode was still wild and crazy plot-wise but we've come to expect that and I think I might stop commenting on that...maybe. That kiss was hot and we got to see Yu-ri's acting chops and how they get the foursome back to Korea...sort of,...More
[Spoiler] [Raine's Recaps] Fashion King: Episode 3 Recap 2012/07/13, Source,
by: Raine Last weeks ratings dropped from 10% for episode 1 to 8.9% for episode 2 and it's really not hard to see why. I think I'm probably one of the only people enjoying myself. Why? It's THAT ridiculous. I'm trying to figure out what's going on and when I can't, I just make fun of it and wait for "Rooftop Prince" on Wednesday! This week was a bit better than last week but it's still setting up background. Yoo Ah-in is carrying the show on his very sexy, often nekkid, shoulders,...More
[Spoiler] [Raine's Recaps] Fashion King: Episode 2 2012/06/25, Source,
This episode takes the crazy amalgamation of loan sharks, replica fashion, impoverished heroines, chaebol second leads, evil mothers and one ups it. It was sort of all over the place. We have too many different elements floating around that I'm not sure where they came from. But I do know one thing - EVERYTHING is connected. How they will manage to do it in a believable fashion, I do not know. Or maybe they won't.
That said, it was entertaining. Yoo Ah-in was hysterical/heart-breaking. Kwon Yoo-ri finally made her appearance, albeit briefly. She was pretty good actually! *thumbs up* Ga-young's character got WAY more interesting and I'm falling in love with actor Lee Je-hoon. Waiter, bring me one of those,...More
[Raine's Recap] Fashion King: Episode 1 2012/06/21, Source,
So it wasn't really what I expected it to be although it was predictable. I can say that it was a fun opener after the first fifteen minutes. They certainly laid down quite a few tropes. But you know what, that's cool. Just don't throw the other half of the book at us later.
[Spoiler] "Dummy Mommy", sad ending? 2012/05/06, Source,
"Dummy Mommy" foresaw a wave of tears as Ha Hee-ra also got terminally ill as well as Kim Hyeon-joo.
On the sixteenth episode of the SBS weekend drama "Dummy Mommy" aired on the 6th, Kim Seon-yeong (Ha Hee-ra) was diagnosed with brain steam tumor.
Kim Seon-yeong found the doctor when she started vomiting because of the massive headaches she had. She was diagnosed with brain stem tumor and it was so bad that she couldn't even go under surgery,...More
Art and Culture 2012/03/29, Source,
It's Thursday and I know that many of you are just waiting for the weekend to arrive so you can sleep in, get some rest, and also to check out the latest art and culture events. So here we are with our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim to give us the latest updates. Hello, Michelle.
[Reporter : ] Hello, Conn-young.
So what do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Well you know, it's springtime and the weather is amazing, flowers are blooming, and love is in the air. Appropriately enough, the theaters are filling up with the romantic movies these days and one of them is about first love. Here is one that may make you reminisce about your first love,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source, With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byeong-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
K-Celebrities now VCR2 2012/01/26, Source,
On January 19th, a very special concert in Seoul featured Han Hyo-joo, Lee Je-hoon, and Hyorin! The audience members got to watch movies, talk with the stars, and listen to music. Let's check it out.
It's a weekday night, but this theater in Seoul is filled with excited fans. They're all headed to the same place!,...More
South Korean Box Office in 2011 2012/01/14, Source, Korean cinema expert Darcy Paquet looks back at the results of 2011's box office with some unexpected hits and misses, the rise of independent features, and how audiences confirmed they value story over spectacle.
Although the number crunchers in Hollywood estimate that US theatrical admissions sank to their lowest level since 1995, things were not so gloomy in Korea. With an estimated 160 million tickets sold (more precise figures will become available at a later date), it appears that Korea has approached or broken the modern-day record for admissions. In 2010, total admissions stopped at 146.8 million. In monetary terms, 2011 was certainly the best year ever, given the 3D surcharge and rising average ticket prices. Americans may be growing tired of the theatrical movie-going experience, but young Koreans still crowd the multiplexes,...More
[Giveaway] "The Front Line" DVD First Press Limited Edition 2011/12/01, Source,
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Check for the red ribbons on HanCinema and sign in with Facebook, share, like, tweet, plus pages, post comments or just browse on HanCinema and you will earn points, the winner will be the first to obtain 5000 points, no time limit,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Front Line": Making a Mountain out of a Mole Hill 2011/11/26, Jang Hoon's "The Front Line" has achieved much since its release in July. The war drama snatched up four awards from KAFC (Korean Association of Film Critics), another four from the Daejong Film Awards, two technical awards from the Blue Dragon Film Awards, had some 2,949,198 viewers watch it while on the circuit, and it was selected as South Korea's official submission to the Academy Awards. The film was also screened at a number of film festivals around the world but what is it about "The Front Line" that lets it stand tall among other, possibly more substantial and intimate, Korean War films?,...More
Eom Tae-woong: 'I Play Strong Character After Long Interval' 2011/11/18, Source, Eom Tae-woong made a comeback as a strong man with his appearance in the movie "SIU" by playing a detective named Kim Seong Beom, who investigates the internal corruption at s police station, after abandoning his images of s warm and considerate man. He said, "I have come to play a strong character after a long interval. I have played delicate and warm characters up to now in dramas, and it was my first time to play this strong character in s movie".,...More
The Front Line wins big at Korean Critics Awards 2011/11/14, Source,
Director JANG Hun's "The Front Line" was the big winner at the 31st Korean Association of Film Critics (KAFC) Awards. The ceremony was held at the Seoul Press Center on the evening of Friday, Nov. 11.
South Korea's submission to the Academy Awards best foreign language film nominations, The Front Line snapped up a total of four KAFC awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best New Actor,...More
VCR2 Weekly star scene 2011/10/20, Source, It's the battle of the stars! Arirang Today set off to get a closer look at the 48th Daejong Film Festival. Our first stop: the red carpet.
Hours before the event, the sidelines of the red carpet were already filling up with fans determined to get a glimpse of their favorite star.
[Interview : ] "Why did you bring the flowers
[Interview : ] "I'm a fan of the actor Lee Je-hoon. I want to give these to him".
[Interview : ] "What do you like about Lee Je-hoon
[Interview : ] "He's very talented at portraying whatever character he is given. He's a fantastic actor",...More
The Front Line top winner at Korea's Grand Bell Awards 2011/10/19, Source, By KOFIC Staff
"The Front Line" won Best Film at the 48th Grand Bell Awards on Monday, Oct. 17. In addition to this top award, director JANG Hun's Korean War drama snapped up a total of four awards - Best Planning LEE Woo-jung, Best Lighting for KIM Jae-min and Best Cinematography for KIM Wu-hyeong.
The film is about North and South Korean soldiers battling over a small patch of mountainous terrain and the complicated relationships that grow between them. The Front Line is also the Republic of Korea's entry to the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film nominations,...More
Yoo Ah-in: 'I Can Do Everything in Front of Camera' 2011/10/17, Source,
Actor Yoo Ah-in, who played the protagonist named Wan Deuk in the movie "Punch", said during an interview on October 13, "There are things that I have to give up simply because I am an actor, but I can do everything and I can give up everything in front of a camera while filming. I do not feel scared even though I am actually a timid person. I can even die as an actor". He looked very serious while saying, "Attitude and viewpoint are important".,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Bleak Night 2011/09/17, Yoon Sung hyun's first feature film "Bleak Night" is an unadulterated examination of distress among the Korean youth. Yoon's rough aesthetic, jarring chronology, and realistic characterisations pull together in a piece that questions the social self and personal consequence.
Korea's suicide rates have doubled in the last ten years, according to statistics released by the Korean government this year, and a large number of these personal tragedies involved the Korean youth. The film handles this subject matter in a very deliberate and personal manner,...More
Gay movie "Just Friends?" 'youth watch able' 2011/04/20, Source,
There has been a judgment from the court of appeal that the Korea Media Rating Board's (aka KMRB) decision on making the gay movie "Just Friends?" x-rated to youth is unjust.
The 5th department in the Seoul High Courts said, "X-rating preventing to youth from watching "Just Friends?" is prejudice to homosexuals" and ruled out the plaintiff.,...More
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