[Funcurve Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" 2016/11/26,
"Cinderella and the Four Knights" is a modern day Kdrama based on a book of the same name. While it draws certain plot devices and characterization like the step mother and pseudo maid lifestyle of our heroine from the original fairy tale premise, there is the feeling that it's an original story. This is mostly due to a mix of good actors and some great on-screen chemistry. I must commend the female cast of this drama in particular as they're all convincing in their various roles. The female lead Park So-dam stood out in particular considering the fact she's a relatively new face in the drama scene,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 14 2016/09/28,
Truths and lies whittle away at the happiness of our main characters, but not as much as the failing health of CEO Gramps. His lack of consciousness is a trigger for many to try to usurp power including his new wife, those in his company, and potentially our Kang cousins.
First, the CEO's wife digs her claws into the company and into Yoon-seong in order to attain her goals: money and power,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 13 2016/09/28,
The adorable manifestations of a mutually shared love never last long and that between Ji-woon and Ha-won lasts the length of this episode before its conclusion promises big changes on all fronts. Ha-won has quite conveniently forgotten her contract with CEO Gramps that contains the "no dating" clause, and now it comes back to get her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 12 2016/09/22,
There was a lot of progress in episode 12 and we have Ha-won and Ji-woon to thank, but especially Ha-won. The traits that the CEO hired her for came through for her again: her faith and tenacity. Her influence causes a waterfall effect in the behavior of the Kang cousins, making them problem solve and take charge of their own lives. As Ha-won deals with her own problems, although she wants someone to lean on, she proceeds to take care of things on her own,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 11 2016/09/21,
As anticipated, Hye-ji moving into Sky House causes problems, especially because her passive aggressive behavior towards Ha-won is rather viperous. The Kang cousins have trouble adjusting to her presence and the awkwardness makes Ha-won not only feel self-conscious, but lonely for the first time since she entered Sky House. That loneliness is such an interesting twist in her story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 10 2016/09/19,
Feelings are starting to escalate to a point of high tension because there is still a lot of denial even more deception running amuck. Tricksters lurk around those with money, and those with money are dealing with problems of their own. Luckily for us, our heroine is forthcoming with most things besides the emotions she doesn't quite understand. Ha-won chases after Ji-woon in the best way she knows how: with a mixture of third grade antics and brutal honesty,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 9 2016/09/17,
Love is in the air and with that love comes jealousy and complicated love lines. In a story as cute as this one those love lines aren't heinously annoying - just a tad annoying. The pairings of the Kang cousins and Ha-won are charming, and I like how Yoon-seong is slowly being integrated into the texture. Ha-won hurts herself this episode, which inspires a lot of reverse harem servitude and stirs up a lot of feelings,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 8 2016/09/09,
Well, I just have to say it. This show is ridiculously cute. Jeong Il-woo brought out the aegyo and Ha-won manages to soften up the Kang family and friends even more with her honesty and sincerity. Again, the episode really focuses on Hyun-min and his introspection, but it also focuses on relationship development and tossing in a few more obstacles for our heroes to surmount. The utterly horrible step-mother and step-sister are still scheming to hurt Ha-won as much as possible and plan to foist Ha-won off on a man who may or may not be her biological father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 6 2016/08/31,
Now that it has been established that Ha-won is an important person in the Kang family we get to see how the boys go out of their way to protect her when school-aged kids turn mean, and when jealousy incites terrible behavior. As of yet, the Kang cousins haven't yet gone head to head romantically, but a declaration from one of them makes such an occurrence a bit difficult. The perfect stuffs of K-drama. The step-family has stepped in to meddle with Ha-won's life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 5 2016/08/31,
Love is in the air and it is Ha-won's earnest desire for the Kang cousins to live well that really touches them and makes their hearts flutter. Not only is she working for their benefit, but she also draws very clear lines with them, speaking her mind and keeping it real. This is a quality not found in the cousins' parents, grandfather, or any other people in their lives - its a winning quality that keeps their attention and makes it difficult to follow the "no dating" rule,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 4 2016/08/21,
The mission continues as Ha-won tries to get the three cousins to sit down for a meal. It proves a challenge as each cousin's wounds prevents him from giving the Kang family a chance. Ha-won eventually figures out that she has to get to know them in order to try and bring them closer together. In the process, they get to know her as well. It's not the smoothest "getting-to-know-you" that ever was, but that's what gives this show it's conflict. The three cousins are showing interest in her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 3 2016/08/21,
This is the episode where Ha-won and the three princes of Sky House are thrown together and forced to get used to each other by sheer proximity, and because of a mission passed down by CEO Kang. The princes flesh out their stereotypes, but still are not much more than their textbook definition. Where progress is made is in how Ha-won slowly learns about each prince. "Cinderella and the Four Knights" still very much seems like a live action shoujo/girl-aged manga, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's light-hearted, cute, and is a great way to pass the time. A character I haven't given much attention to is Yoon-sung, CEO Kang's right-hand man who executes his will and attempts to help Ha-won manage the rogue cousins,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 2 2016/08/16,
"Cinderella and the Four Knights"'s second episode is more introduction because we need to get Cinderella into the palace. In order to do that, the story beats to the ground with birth secrets, money woes, and contentious interactions with the three Kang cousins of Sky House. The cousins have no easy go at things either as their CEO Chaebol Granddaddy uses his money to buy their obedience. This is most likely going to be a theme and I have a feeling Cinderella will not only change the hearts of the cousins, but of their grandfather as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 1 2016/08/16,
Pre-produced, manhwa-based "Cinderella and the Four Knights" is everything one would expect out of a fairytale inspired drama. It's a mix of the classic Cinderella, a bit of hardworking Candy, and a whole lot of typical drama tropes with chaebol grandfather's, monster inheritances, some fine acting, and some mediocre acting. I come at this drama not having read the source material, the manhwa by Baek Myo begun in 2011. HanCinema readers, if you have, please chime in and let me know what you think!,...More
TTS-Girls' Generation, CNBLUE Added to KCON 2016 LA Line-up #KCONLiveChat 2016/05/01, Source,
KCON 2016 presented by Toyota revealed today that the Billboard-topping girl group TTS and the pop-rock boy group CNBLUE will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup! Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY is returning to the Prudential Center and will expand to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON LA kicks off a month later and takes place July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Lisa's Diary - M! Countdown 2016/01/09,
Music shows are one of K-pop's most important forms of artist exposure and fanservice. They showcase the new acts, the returning acts, and give fans one more way to connect to their idols. There is a music show every day of the week and artists often hit many of them in order to promote new singles, mini-albums, and albums. Internationally, they allow fans to see their idols live on a weekly basis. In Korea, attending music shows is an involved process that gives fans many opportunities to see their bias groups live. I was lucky enough to attend a live broadcast of Mnet's M! Countdown episode # 446 on October 8, 2015,...More
CNBLUE to Release New Album in Mid-September 2015/08/31, Source,
Boy band CNBLUE will get together again in mid-September for the release of their second full-length album, after their mini-album released in February last year.
Recently, the four members have been focusing on their individual careers,...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
CNBLUE to hold arena tour in Japan 2012/07/19, Source,
Korean rock band CNBLUE will undertake an arena tour of Japan in October. The four-member group is to give nine performances in six cities including Niigata, Osaka, Hiroshima and Saitama. According to their agency FNC Entertainment on Wednesday, the tour is to start at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya on Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 21. Some 100,000 are expected to attend the concerts,...More
Juniel tries to make girl rock mark on K-pop scene 2012/06/08, Source,
Can a teen girl rocker make a dent on the music scene dominated by dance pop troupes? Nineteen-year-old Juniel thinks so. "I have my own identity, my own style, my own voice", she told a room full of reporters at her debut showcase Thursday in Seoul. "I don't' have to compete with girl groups".,...More
World grows smaller for boy band CNBLUE 2012/04/17, Source,
Members of the four-strong boy band CNBLUE pose for the camera at a gallery of the Korea Foundation in downtown Seoul. The popular group have recently released their EP titled "Ear Fun". / Courtesy of enewsworld
This is the first of a 15-part series on the stars and trends in "hallyu", or the Korean Wave, which is gaining global popularity particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED.
By Kwaak Je-yup Since their 2009 debut in Korea, CNBLUE have been one of the few rock bastions in the ultra-competitive local music scene dominated by danceable electro-pop,...More
CNBLUE to open Linkin Park's concert in Japan this weekend 2011/09/07, Source,
Korean rock band CNBLUE have been chosen as the opening act to Linkin Park's upcoming concert in Japan, according to the official website of Linkin Park and CNBLUE's official Japanese website.
The respective websites revealed on Wednesday that CNBLUE will warm up the crowd before Linkin Park takes the stage at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan on September 10 as part of their nationwide tour titled "A THOUSAND SUNS JAPAN TOUR 2011".,...More
[10ASIA EXCLUSIVE] K-pop idols' Wants & Hopes for 2011: CNBLUE & FTIsland 2010/12/17, Source, [** This will be part of a series of weekly interviews to be published throughout December on what Korea's hottest idol stars want and hope for in the year 2011.]
CNBLUE and FTIsland [FNC Music]
Two of Korea's hottest rock bands, CNBLUE and FTIsland, have several things in common: they are both managed by talenthouse FNC Music, they won their first award on a televised music show in just two weeks into their debut, they are known for their pretty looks and are widely popular throughout Asia. Start with CNBLUE, the four-member idol band composed of Jeong Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min-hyuk, who in 2009, kicked off their singing career in Japan first. They then received a boost to their debut in Korea when leader and main vocalist Jung starred in popular TV series "You're Beautiful" through which he shot to fame just a couple of months before CNBLUE officially appeared in the local music scene,...More
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