[Guest Film Review] "Once Upon A Time in Highschool" + Video 2016/07/09,
There three elements that drew my attention in this particular title.
1. The social comment regarding the S.Korean educational system during the 70's, with the obligatory, Japanese-type uniforms for the students, and the military-like discipline.
2. The allegory for the political situation in the country, since in 1978, when the story begins, the election was rigged in favor of General Park, who was murdered the next year, when the film's story ends.
3. The awful reviews it received internationally, which resulted in many countries forbidding its screening, although the fact did not bother Koreans from watching it, since it cut more than 3 million tickets in the country,...More
Lee Jeong-jin to star in "Eun Ha" 2015/04/27, Source, Actor Lee Jeong-jin is starring in the movie "Eun Ha".
"Eun Ha" is the heart aching love story of a prison guard whose stateless lover is in prison for murder and loses his wife. The movie deals with a unique subject material and psychological portrayal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 20 (final) 2014/09/19, "Temptation" has come to a hopeful end without resolving a lot of questions. Some of those questions don't need resolution, but some of them have become loose ends. Most of the focus was on Seok-hoon and Se-young's relationship and how it weathers the storm of her cancer. Se-young's cancer did give Hong-joo and Seok-hoon a chance to say goodbye at the silent behest of Se-young,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 19 2014/09/19, "Temptation"'s penultimate episode sketched the paths the characters are going to traverse at the end after all the trials and tribulations of the show. Three of the four main leads can now look back with perfect hindsight 20/20 vision and see their roles in causing the havoc that befell their lives. It doesn't completely dispel the bitterness, but it does give some sense of viewer satisfaction to see the growth. The other person, Min-woo, remains selfish to the end, a true villain of the story in which he imagined himself the hero. Min-woo's ego rules his life and thus far, he has run relatively unchecked,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 18 2014/09/13,
This episode of "Temptation" was another turning point. The characters laid bare their truest feelings and stopped the pretenses that made their relationships so twisted. Despite the medical dramatics, the honesty of emotion was very refreshing. Hong-joo has been a highlight for the past several episodes as she realizes that revenge harms her as much as it does Se-young and Seok-hoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 17 2014/09/12, "Temptation" is a whirlwind of deceit, lies, and omissions that keep the tension high and the characters and viewers in a constant state of confusion. There is so much betrayal that there is hardly a moment of respite. Not one character is truthful or forthcoming, which shrouds all of their doings in shadow. Hong-joo, despite her moment of clarity at the end of the last episode where she realized that she is in way above her head, has turned back towards Min-woo for another attempt to keep her marriage from falling apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 16 2014/09/06,
Paths and minds have been twisted beyond repair in "Temptation". Trust has been willfully manipulated by all parties so that nobody trusts anybody else. It's very tense, but a wickedly clever way to keep the plot going. The tension causes fissures that grow into cracks, exposing the characters' true personalities and thoughts. It is a relief because up until now, it has been difficult to read many of them. The biggest character revelation was Min-woo's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 15 2014/09/04,
Falling into temptation and seeking revenge are never what one expects. Temptation the noun is more than loving someone one shouldn't. It is also the desire to taste revenge, to ignore one's moral code for an expected feeling of satisfaction. "Temptation" the show is exploring the destruction that follows in the wake of taking the darker path. Instead of feeling satisfaction, Hong-joo is suffering just as much as her revenge makes Seok-hoon and Se-young suffer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 14 2014/08/30, "Temptation" is no longer at a standstill. The showdown between the three women has begun, and despite the fact that is is very ugly, it spikes the activity and interest levels upwards. No longer are the characters standing around a posturing. Things are happening and its much better than the wearying setup we were subjected to for the past few episodes. Unfortunately, "Temptation" took a very long time to warm up and switch gears,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 13 2014/08/27,
As "Temptation" weathers on, it becomes a more exacerbated version of what came before. Characters change, especially Se-young, but true growth avoids them in favor of more dramatic happenings like feverish revenge. It is sad because there are so many issues that were carefully placed earlier on in the drama, but they are woefully underdeveloped. The biggest issue that has been mishandled is that of Min-woo's children,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 12 2014/08/22, "Temptation" has stagnated in forward movement and become a massive gray area. Anger and hurt fuel half of the characters while the desire to avoid the problems at hand keeps the other half withdrawn from reality. The plot is made up of characters making constant, consistent mistakes without any sign of improving. Although the mistakes create tension between characters, they don't do much for plot movement. Hong-joo is a seething mass of righteousness and a desire for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 11 2014/08/21, "Temptation" is snowballing into a massive knot of churning emotions and erasing any clear line between right and wrong. Everyone is in an agitated state of mind and not thinking very clearly. This is when the fallout from the divorces can truly be seen, in the aftermath of the emotionally messy affair. It can best be seen in Hong-joo who is no longer a meek flower who never defends herself,...More
SBS drama foreshadows, 'Kiss' 2014/08/19, Source,
SBS dramas kiss scenes are being called the must-see points.
The affectionate and kiss scenes from the drama "It's Okay, That's Love" starring Jo In-Seong and Kong Hyo-jin draw attention first. They have become the most affectionate couple these days with 8 kisses and elegant actions of love. Now that they've started dating the level has gone up and intimacy has become part of their daily lives. Even after arguing on a trip to Okinawa, they forgot about it soon and shared a kiss so deep and tingling that even the audience felt it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 10 2014/08/15, "Temptation" has firmly set up the secondary couples and the blame and the bitterness sets in. It is really the aftermath of divorce that moves the couples emotionally - the rebound effect. It is not only the couples who suffer, but their families. "Temptation" is slowly reaching out to encompass what happens to a family structure when cheating and divorce are involved, but focusing mostly on the illicit romance. That is the weakness of the show as well is its strength, the focus on the romance that neglects thorough development of other elements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 9 2014/08/13,
The relationships between the four main characters have made huge shifts after the married couple, Seok-hoon and Hong-joo, settle on divorce to solve their problems. The divorce highlights weaknesses in characters and how they deal with decision-making and their relationships. An emotionally tumultuous time isn't the best circumstance during which to make major decisions, but it often happens,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 8 2014/08/09,
Seok-hoon and Hong-joo's relationship continues to collapse while Min-woo and Se-young meddle in attempt to help. The more unstable the relationship becomes, the less rationality plays a role in decision-making, especially on Hong-joo's part. Hong-joo has officially snapped - she can no longer handle the stress of her crumbling marriage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 7 2014/08/07,
While "Temptation" is still full of moping and brooding, the characters are breaking out of their dark cycles and doing things - for better or for worse. Mostly for worse. Hong-joo, in particular, is cracking and becoming irrational and emotionally unstable. She's keeping things interesting as Seok-hoon and Se-young dance around their feelings for each other and Min-woo deals with his family issues. Almost every relationship in the show has some connection to Hong-joo and her instability,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 6 2014/08/05, The players take steps towards trying to fix the problems in their lives. While the solutions aren't the most well-advised, efforts are definitely being made. These efforts have taken the story from a mopey stall towards invigorating forward motion.
Seok-hoon has decided to challenge his feelings for his wife Hong-joo and the deliberate temptress Se-young by forcing himself into a position where he sees Se-young everyday,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 5 2014/08/03,
The angst has begun in its fullest glory. Doubts have been seeded and have taken deep root in the hearts of the married couple. Also, affections are given where they shouldn't be given, pulling the couple further apart and making those around them take greater interest in what they shouldn't. The side stories are cute, but not cute enough to dampen the intensity of the angst. Hong-joo has taken the brunt of the emotional pain as she was betrayed by Seok-hoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 4 2014/07/24,
Episode 4 of "Temptation" was cyclical. It mirrored episode 3's events in reverse and sported more manipulation and betrayal. The small feelings that were planted have started to grow insidiously like weeds and are affecting decisions. It is a distinct lack of communication that is causing the breakdown of what once were solid relationships and promoting the growth of unhealthy ones. Seok-hoon and Hong-joo are the main victims of a lack of communication,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 3 2014/07/24,
The illicit relationships that were formed in the first week of "Temptation" have now begun to develop at frightening speed. Each character has been hurt and is looking for the comfort and security that they can't find in their spouses, their family, or their work. Se-young is the only main character of the four who is experiencing her first love,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 2 2014/07/17,
Unlike it's premier, the second episode of "Temptation" delved deeply into the heart of the characters' issues and made for a much more interesting watch. It seems like the show was trying to bypass the setup as quickly as possible. Melodramas garner interest because of the moral dilemmas they inevitably posed, the the dilemmas in this show are worth exploring. Seok-hoon chooses to accept Se-young's proposal, which hinted at strong sexual implications that never played out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 1 2014/07/16, "Temptation" started with no lack of dramatics and speed. There was suicide, crippling debt, wandering eyes, illegitimate children, illness, chaebol heirs, a foreign vacation, and more - the necessities of every self-respecting melodrama - all packed into one hour. This set-up was quickly, efficiently done with very little spared for character development. It was incident after heavy-handed incident. Each character had a burden to shoulder and a sob story to share. Choi Ji-woo as the no-nonsense business woman Yoo Se-young led the pack with her layered performance,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/12, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Fasten Your Seatbelt": A plane headed to Tokyo from Gimpo with a Hallyu star on board flies into an unexpected storm and becomes in danger of crashing. (10/17)
★★★★ "Queen of the Night": A romantic comedy about a timid husband named Yeong-soo discovering the eventful past of his beautiful and perfect wife Hee-joo. (10/17)
★★★ "Neverdie Butterfly": Life starts getting better for a bullied boy when he meets his old middle school friend, but the school bully has other plans for them. (10/17)
★★ "Vacation": Three glamorous and privileged women go on a seductive vacation with three men they've targeted. (10/17)
★★★ "Silk Flower": A documentary that follows national shaman Kim Keum-hwa through various performances around the world as an artist. (10/17),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pieta" 2013/03/09, Film:"Pieta"Director/Writer:Kim Ki-dukStars: Jo Min-soo & Lee Jeong-jinReview Score: 4.5 / 5
I remember walking through the streets of Cheonggyecheon, the claustrophobic and sun-starved alleys seemed like a grubby labyrinth forgotten in time. Although the area was bombarded with a $900 million urban renewal project, the grit and significance of the district will not as quickly be forgotten. If you care to venture a little further in, past the new statues, restaurants, up the stream as far as your legs will take you, you will slowly begin to hear the sound of metal, machines, and the madness that still haunts Korea's capital.
It is here where Kim Ki-duk has dragged us in his 18th film "Pieta", a savagely visceral experience with morals as twisted as metal being shaped. In Kim's film it is home to the desperate and needy, the forgotten and helpless, families and broken men,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pieta" 2013/01/18,
A general rule of movies is that no matter how violent, sociopathic, or outright hostile to other human beings our masculine hero is, the fact that he's very good at beating people up always guarantees that he has some friends somewhere. Sure, he might need to soften up a little. Maybe get a love interest to show how he's really sweet on the inside. Besides, his ability to beat people up is pretty cool. Even villains are often viewed in a positive light by the audience thanks to this,...More
Paju Prepares for Annual Documentary Film Festival 2012/09/23, Source,
An international documentary film festival will begin its seven-day run in the demilitarized zone on Friday. In its fourth year, "DMZ Docs" is being co-hosted by Gyeonggi Province and Paju city. The opening ceremony will be held in Dorasan Station in the civilian control zone. It will be attended by Governor Kim Moon-su, also head of the organizing committee, actor Cho Jae-hyun, executive committee chair, and the boy band 2AM, who are serving as promotional ambassadors,...More
Golden Lion Winner Explains 'Shabby' Venice Outfit 2012/09/13, Source,
Film director Kim Ki-duk, who won the Golden Lion award for best picture at the 69th Venice International Film Festival with his latest film "Pieta", held a press conference upon his return to Korea along with starring actors Jo Min-soo and Lee Jeong-jin on Tuesday. "Perhaps those cinema fans who have silently lent me their support over the years would be the most delighted" that he won the award, he said. "When I go abroad, I'm often told that my films are popular in Europe, but not in Korea. But I always stress that this is not the case, and that there are also fans who love my films in Korea". Jo added, "I heard that "Pieta" isn't being screened in many theaters in Korea, but people can only understand why it won the Golden Lion by watching it,...More
Director Kim Ki-duk takes Venice 2012/09/09, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk shows the Golden Lion he won for his movie "Pieta" at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Italy, Saturday. Kim's bleak-morality tale became the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the three major international film festivals. He surprised the audience at the awards ceremony by singing the traditional Korean folk song "Arirang" on stage to thank the jury. AP-Yonhap
"Pieta" becomes first Korean movie to win Golden Lion award By Kim Ji-soo Maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", a brutal mother-and-son drama, won the Golden Lion for best movie at the 69th Venice Film Festival, Saturday,...More
'Pieta' filled with bloody revenge 2012/09/06, Source, Jo Min-soo, left, and Lee Jeong-jin star in a scene from director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", which is a strong contender for the Golden Lion prize at the 69th Venice film fest.
By Kwaak Je-yup What can wash our sins away? In Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", it is our own blood. Having premiered at the Venice Film Festival and opened in selected theaters in Seoul this week, the latest work by Korean cinema's enfant terrible may draw reference from Christian art's depiction of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus but nobody in the film abides by the religious values. They go directly against them, in fact. A debt collector goes around the dilapidated industrial area around Cheonggye Stream, downtown Seoul, to cripple the debtors for insurance money. The impoverished victims and their family members resort to suicide and vengeance. There is no room for pity or mercy. If Mary were to star in the film, she would go hang the sons of Jerusalem's leaders and then kill herself to repent,...More
Kim Ki-duk's 'Pieta' in competition at Venice 2012/08/29, Source,
Director Kim Ki-duk, left, speaks at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. Kim's latest work "Pieta", starring actress Jo Min-soo, center, and actor Lee Jeong-jin, will vie for the top prize Golden Lion at the 69th Venice Film Festival which kicked off Wednesday. / Yonhap
By Rachel Lee, Kwaak Je-yup It's the time of the year again when the world's finest film directors and stars flock to an island in north eastern Italy. The Venice Film Festival, the oldest event of its kind in the world, opened Wednesday on the island of Lido, and veteran director Kim Ki-duk will represent Korea for the main competition. "I would like to see and learn how other directors look at today's society", said Kim at a press conference on Wednesday in Seoul. "It will provide new perspectives".,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Wonderful Radio" 2012/05/19, Film: "Wonderful Radio" (also known as "Love On-Air")
Director:Kwon Chil-in ("Loveholic – Movie" and "Singles")
Stars:Lee Min-jeong, Lee Jeong-jin, Lee Gwang-soo and Kim Jwong-tae
Review Score: 5.5/10
Also try: "Dancing Queen" & "Sunny - 2010"
There is hardly a short supply of Korean romantic comedies out there. With each new wave of new Korean film being released there always seems to be one or two that are slipped into the mix. Earlier this year, Kwon Chil-in threw his "Wonderful Radio" into the batched and the result was a lukewarm reception from viewers that had many questioning the film's originality, casting and the performances of the actors involved. This is not to say the film failed to entertain or pull moderately decent numbers at the box office, but rather it struggled to position itself as a standout film within Korea's already saturated rom-com category,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08 2012/01/09, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08)
It has been four weeks at the top now for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and the big budget espionage flick has banked a total of 6,243,796 admissions here in Korea. This past weekend saw it add 477,851 to that as the film continues to be a big crowd pleaser,...More
Lee Min-jeong's "Wonderful Radio" Ranks 2nd At Box Office 2012/01/09, Source,
After hitting theatres on January 5th, Lee Min-jeong's new movie "Wonderful Radio" has been faring well, ranking in at number two this past weekend.
According to the latest movie statistics on January 9th, "Wonderful Radio" attracted 281,296 people over the weekend of January 6-8, placing them at 2nd. The 1st place spot was taken by the Hollywood blockbuster "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol", starring Tom Cruise, having attracted 477,851 people over the same period,...More
Actor Lee Jeong-jin's Song Picks 2010/12/01, Source,
Actor Lee Jeong-jin [10Asia/Chae Ki-won]
"You might end up kissing your acting career good bye". This is what veteran comedian Lee Kyung-kyu said to actor Lee Jeong-jin when he first appeared on KBS variety show "Happy Sunday" in March 2009. At the time he was being admitted as one of the regular members of the show's segment "What Makes a Man" and it was a joke thrown to Lee who would be the youngest among the crew fit to be called a middle-aged men's club but not completely groundless given his position at the time. It was true that Lee belonged in the heartthrob category, good looking enough to star as a hero in the MBC drama "I Love You, Don't Cry" (2009) but at the same time still lacking in presence outside the screen. His joining the variety program also posed risk to weakening the weak presence he had at the time. But after a year and a half we all know that it was all unnecessary concern,...More
Actor Lee Jeong-jin's Movie Picks 2010/11/18, Source, Lee Jeong-jin [10Asia]
"I am actor Lee Jeong-jin and I'm still best-known for 2004 film 'Once Upon A Time In Highschool'", said the actor at the press conference for his new film "Troubleshooter" that premiered in September. It is not that he did not star in other films during the past six years. In film "Mapado" (2005) he evoked laughter by appearing in embarrassing 'mompe' pants (loose-fitting attire usually worn by old woman) and practically betraying his former career as a model and in MBC drama "9 End 2 Outs" (2007)" he offered his viewers with a different form of fun by playing a character full of twists called Byun Hyung-tae who looks like a perfectly charming guy only on the surface. And although he acted like a loser in the drama, writing down all the misdeeds his girlfriend makes and even fighting with her physically if necessary, he was still able to win women's hearts by being there when his girlfriend needed him the most. Nonetheless, it is the 2004 film "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" that stands as the most important character to refer to when describing actor Lee. Nothing could stop his character, the charismatic Woo-sik, who could scare off his opponents with just a few words. And he was the same when he had to leave school after losing in a fight against his rival or falling in love, knowing no hesitation. Just like Eun-joo (Han Ga-in) had chosen Woo-sik over the gentle, exemplary student Hyun-soo (kwon Sang-woo), it is this captivating aura that made Lee unforgettable to the audience,...More
Rain: 'I Will Join the Army Next Year' 2010/09/30, Source, Rain will play a flirty private investigator in the KBS drama, "The Fugitive Plan B".
Singer and actor Rain (real name Jung Ji Hoon), who will make a comeback to the small screen after a five-year break by appearing in the KBS 2TV Wednesday and Thursday drama "The Fugitive Plan B", spoke up about the rumors of his upcoming military duty.
At the production presentation of the drama "The Fugitive Plan B" held at the Lotte Hotel in Sogongdong on September 27, Rain said, "The time to join the army might be around next year",...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/28, Source,
From left, upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" main cast Rain, Lee Na-young and Daniel Henney pose during a photocall of a press conference for the drama held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Gee-woo (played by Rain), an international investigator who has his smirking eyes hidden behind sunglasses, receives a request by Jini (played by Lee Na-young) one day to seek out Melchidec, a questionable character. Mutual trust is most important in an investigator-client relationship but for a certain reason, the two end up not trusting each other. And as soon as he accepts her request, Gee-woo, accused of killing his own colleague, starts being chased by detective Do-soo (played by Lee Jeong-jin),...More
Rain says done lifetime's worth of running for "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/27, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Asian pop sensation Rain, who is constantly on the run as a fugitive in upcoming TV series "The Fugitive Plan B", has said he has had to run so much that he has probably done a lifetime's worth of running.
In the romantic comedy investigative action series about a conspiracy involving a hefty sum of money going missing in times of the Korean War 60 years ago, Rain plays Gee-woo, a private detective at an international secret agency who becomes pegged as the murderer of his own old friend,...More
A comic clash between 2 men and 5 elderly women 2005/03/12, Source, Comedy is one of the most favored genres in the Korean film industry. Moviegoers tend to favor slapstick, and though its intelligence level is often sub-zero, bigger and easier ticket sales bolstered by meaningless laughs and giggles are what producers and investors want.
"Are We That Bizarre on the Farm and on the Bed?" 2005/03/03, Source, "Mapado", or "The Island Named Mapa", slated for release on March 11, is quite a challenging film: the main characters in this movie, which purportedly targets an audience in their twenties, are middle-aged with nothing particular to enhance their appeal. They are Yeo Un-kye (aged 64),,...More
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is that you i saw attending the premier night of kwon sang woo"s "running wild"? i saw you on arirang tv showbiz extra..you look good and handsome as ever..its nice to see you once in a while attending movie functions...hope you are ok at the military and i guess we have to wait for 2 years..
as alex hong of love story at harvard,you are handsome and gorgeous..i have to wait for 2 years to see you act again but i dont mind waiting for you...hey is it true that our love one is a member of fin.k.l?i hope so because you look good together.
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