[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" 2016/09/10,
Drama remakes of North American shows seem to be on the rise lately and there are as many expectations as there are worries. Summarizing multi-season shows into less than twenty episodes is not an easy task and there are many differences to consider. As someone who has not seen the original series, I look at "The Good Wife" as an independent work with its own strengths and flaws,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 16 Final 2016/08/29,
Joong-won and Hye-kyeong engage Tae-joon and his team in a final battle which tests everyone's character and most of all Joong-won's. It also tests his relationship with Hye-kyeong as well as her own resolve and confidence. The ending of "The Good Wife" is not what many will expect and the teasing for a possible second season is clear. Unfortunately, the series fails to make that teasing appropriate for its story thus far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 15 2016/08/27,
We are almost at the end of "The Good Wife", which looks like it will be a typical fight against an antagonist we have been expecting to take on the part for a long time. Tae-joon is determined to destroy Joong-won and while Hye-kyeong is happy with her decision, she faces problems at work in addition to Tae-joon's wrath. As we approach the final hour, the show's good and bad points become more pronounced,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 14 2016/08/21,
Episode fourteen of "The Good Wife" has Hye-kyeong make the most important decision about her current situation. Before that, we have a reappearance by lawyer Son Dong-wook and his brazen ways. Hye-kyeong and her family get a scare when Seo-yeon disappears, which also shows Dan and Joong-won where their place in Hye-kyeong's life is right now. Tae-joon is determined to destroy Joong-won, so things are about to get bad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 13 2016/08/21,
Hye-kyeong's brother, Kim Sae-byeok makes a surprise visit in episode thirteen of "The Good Wife" and brings things to light with his presence, including Hye-kyeong's feelings about her situation. Tae-joon lets Ji-hoon know why he is living separately and the boy struggles with the information. Meanwhile, Joon-ho is back and working with Tae-joon in a case which pits them against Hye-kyeong and where the person she is defending looks guilty,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 12 2016/08/14,
Hye-kyeong's problems never seem to end and now she has the additional one of her monster-in-law meddling and trying to turn her children against their mother. Hye-kyeong seeks legal advice about the situation and decides to address it personally as well. Dan finally reveals her feelings and thoughts before taking drastic steps to address her current situation. Tae-joon starts investigating Joong-won and Hye-kyeong makes a decision about her relationship with both men,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 11 2016/08/14,
The new information Hye-kyeong has been given proves to be just the thing to shake her back into placing her family and herself first. She has no time to deal with Dan yet, as she needs to explain the current situation to her children. Hye-kyeong's resolve and composure are further tested when she meets a formidable opponent in court and push her to a choice which might lead her astray,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 10 2016/08/07,
Hye-kyeong is met with a discouraging truth about her employment and that pushes her to a decision about her marriage. Dan encourages her to choose another path, but the truth of her involvement with the still selfish and controlling Tae-joon is revealed. Meanwhile, his case is picked up by her office and Myeong-hee gives Hye-kyeong the choice to represent her husband. Hye-kyeong struggles with her new situation and information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 9 2016/08/06, "The Good Wife" shifts its focus back to standalone legal cases and it is time for Hye-kyeong to defend someone who appears guilty. This leads to her bending the rules to help him and prove herself. With this case concluding, the competition between her and Joon-ho is resolved. Meanwhile, Tae-joon is being investigated for murder and Dan's involvement becomes more complicated. Joong-won makes a bold move for his love, but an outsider causes a misunderstanding,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 8 2016/07/31,
While Hye-kyeong is busy with this difficult case, we get a better look at Tae-joon and Joong-won, their thoughts and feelings for the lady as well as their morality. Some dark facts surface in episode eight and everything leads to a murder and a new crisis. In addition to her work, Hye-kyeong continues to deal with two men who have their own ideas about what she needs while she tries to keep her family afloat,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 7 2016/07/31,
There is plenty of awkwardness to go around between Hye-kyeong and Tae-joon, but also between her and Joong-won. Both relationships get rattled and become re-defined. Her co-workers all sense something is going on and each has their own reactions to the firm's hot topic. Hye-kyeong and Joon-ho take on the task to defend a fellow lawyer in a murder case, but Hye-kyeong finds out that the culprit is none other than Jo Gook-hyeon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 6 2016/07/24,
A new case opens in "The Good Wife" and it tackles euthanasia and abortion at the same time, which give the series a bigger load than it can ultimately handle. Dan enters the game between Sang-il and Tae-joon while Hye-kyeong and Joong-won are busy with the case. Jae-moon makes a return and his condition is worsening, causing conflict with Joong-won over the past. His fragile emotional state leads to a mistake involving Hye-kyeong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 5 2016/07/23, "The Good Wife" smacks us with a big twist in episode five, which changes a great deal about what we have known so far. It personally worries me in regards to the future, but perhaps it will be a good thing. The legal case this time involves Hye-kyeong's past social circle and with Tae-joon home, it just brings more sad memories to the surface. Meanwhile, Joong-won steps up his game and faces Tae-joon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 4 2016/07/17,
Episode four of "The Good Wife" is definitely an improvement on the last one, as it balances its pacing and goes through the things we need to know before moving on. This time we have two cases which give us much needed exposition and a hefty dose of characterization. There is a lot more to Tae-joon, Joong-won and Sang-il than we see and they all sadly have a self-serving interest in Hye-kyeong's matters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 3 2016/07/16,
A new case is opened and a new guest character comes with it in episode three of "The Good Wife", but they do more for the main plot and characters than act as a client. Tae-joon is briefly released from jail and his little excursion provides some dark revelations about his personality. There is a lot going on here and the pacing is starting to generate a lot of confusion by propelling everything forward,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 2 2016/07/11,
We have another case involving women in episode two of "The Good Wife" and this time the crime is rape. Hye-kyeong's emotional bonding to her first client served her well, but she falters when she must defend someone who makes her uncomfortable. Our empathetic heroine's principles are challenged, the pressure starts affecting her and we learn that she may have a dark secret to answer for. To make matters worse, her husband keeps interfering with her work,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Good Wife" Episode 1 2016/07/10, "The Good Wife" starts with a focus on the present and gives us only the bare essentials of the past. Episode one establishes the scandal and we flash forward to a point where our heroine has a husband in jail, nothing but her phone contract to her name and a family to support. We are introduced to some key characters and our lead gets her first court case. It is a packed, straightforward and stylish premiere for the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "The Good Wife" 2016/07/02,
Remakes and adaptations are a bit of a painful subject for Korean drama. Be it based on an original webtoon, a novel or a film, there is many a failure out there. TvN is not deterred by this, as they bring us two dramas based on popular North American series, one of which is "The Good Wife". Let us take a first look at this quite daring effort for the industry,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 8 2015/11/25,
For the final episode of "Because It's the First Time", Tae-oh ruins everything. Well, he doesn't really. Part of the point of being twenty is that you can make big mistakes and it doesn't really make that much of a long-term difference, because there's always tomorrow. As the soundtrack constantly sunnily reminds us, every day is a new day. And besides, Tae-oh will always have his friends even if he almost managed to alienate half of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 7 2015/11/18,
In this episode's first segment (eighteen by the drama's internal counting mechanism) Tae-oh makes a concerted effort to push his romantic advantage with Se-hyeon. What makes Tae-oh's efforts so adorable and endearing is that he still lacks confidence. This is mainly because Tae-oh never sees the way that Se-hyeon smiles when he makes overtures. The expression on Se-hyeon's face as she meets Tae-oh's friends for the first time is priceless. It's obvious that for all her being a coy mistress, Se-hyeon really does enjoy spending time with Tae-oh,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 6 2015/11/11,
Tae-oh somehow manages to be both completely logical and completely illogical at the same time. First he spells out to Song-yi all sorts of rational reasons how she relies on him way too much considering this is a platonic friendship and they both have significant others now. Then Tae-oh immediately does the selfless noble thing again, for no good reason. No wonder Song-yi takes advantage of him all the time. Tae-oh practically begs her to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 5 2015/11/04,
Song-yi continues to do what she does best- act as unattractive as possible. I can't help but find it rather amusing that Ji-an's attempts at depth and romantic impression are constantly foiled by, well, by the fact that Song-yi acts like a child. Because she is one. All the characters are because they're only twenty years old. I seem to mention this fact a lot but it's pretty hard to avoid because the mental age of the characters is in fact the main source of almost all the comedy in "Because It's the First Time",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 4 2015/10/28,
Do you ever remember being twenty years old and having really stupid dreams? Like, a dream where you just do something in real life that comes off real poetic and cool and romantic, like a scene in a drama? All right, I'll admit it- I have dreams like that even today, although I'm old enough and cynical enough to know they're probably not ever going to happen. But then that's the beauty of "Because It's the First Time". Its characters are young enough to still be dumb enough to believe in these dreams. And then of course an unexpected curveball makes this dream unattainable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 3 2015/10/21,
I can't decide whether "Because It's the First Time" actually wants its two leads characters to get together or not. With Tae-oh, Song-yi keeps alternating between being a jerk and being emotionally needy, all while insisting there's no mutual attraction. I've seen the whole "combative relationship is proof they should be together" countless times...in fiction. When I see it happen in real life usually they just genuinely dislike each other but don't have any better friends. Tae-oh and Song-yi look more like a real couple than a fictional one in that regard,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 2 2015/10/14,
The title cards for each episode of "Because It's the First Time" aren't really descriptive. They're more like punch lines that only make sense after the joke has been told. It's like a stand-up comedy routine where the comedian straight up tells you what the punchline of the joke is going to be, but it takes him so long to get to that point that by the punchline comes up you've forgotten that he told you the joke in advance, so it becomes funny again grabbing it from memory and realizing how the delivery of the joke was misleading,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 1 2015/10/07,
The structure of "Because It's the First Time" is, somewhat confusingly, much closer to that of a web drama that what we usually see even from cable TV dramas. This episode consists of three mostly self-contained segments, with the main running thread being the hideout and angst of Tae-oh (played by Minho), a young person who struggles with the fact that he is young and stupid. There's five friends, the main important one being Song-yi (played by Park So-dam), who acts as a love interest with her own personal angst issues,...More
Korean drama of the week "Heartless City" 2015/07/16, Source,
Korean drama of the week "Heartless City" (2013) Directed by Jang Yong-woo, Lee Jeong-hyo Written by Yoo Seong-yeol Network : jTBC With Jeong Kyeong-ho, Nam Gyu-ri, Lee Jae-yoon-I, Son Chang-min, Kim Yoo-mi, Choi Moo-sung,... 20 episodes - Sat, Sun 21:50 Formerly known as "Undercover" (언더커버, eon-deo-keo-beo) and "Cruel City" on HanCinema Synopsis Nam Gyu-ri sizzles and sways in this noir thriller about getting in too deep. When her best friend suffers a brutal fate while undercover in the crime underworld, Han Soo-min is driven to pick up where her friend left off. But in the shadows, there are no rules and no reason: Soo-min falls for the organization's king pin, who also happens to be the prime suspect of her friend's murder. With a betrayal at every corner, can Soo-min afford to trust the unjust? As with all things noir, expect seduction, femme fatales and mystery!,...More
[HanCinema's Year in Review] Raine's Top Six Picks of 2013 2014/01/04,
It is the end of another year in K-dramaland and time to look back and count how many hours I spent watching dramas, running my drama blog, and working on drama-related projects. Since I watched twenty-eight 2013 dramas, recapped three and reviewed nine, and delved into past dramas, that would give me a total of,...More
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