[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 12 Final 2016/06/13,
Dawn has arrived for "Vampire Detective" and with it come emotional scenes we were not granted during an entire series. Characters without emotions suddenly find them, characters with emotions overflow with them. Unfortunately, the drama's total lack of character development makes these scenes cheesy. The show also presents a twist related to "Vampire Prosecutor"; the series these creators clearly wish they were working on and the entire fandom of which wishes we were watching,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 11 2016/06/05,
If you felt Yo-na has been given too little love as a villain, say hello to a new one, as "Vampire Detective" believes such a twist is a good idea with two episodes left to go. On the bright side, some pieces of the past fall into place and relationships are explained. Much does not make sense, with character and plot inconsistencies being abundant, but at least we are on our way to some closure,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 10 2016/05/30,
I would not blame anyone for forgetting that "Vampire Detective" has a main plot, given we only see a few seconds of it in each episode, but it is finally here and so are some explanations about the past. Unfortunately, those explanations feel rushed, as do some important character decisions. Even though it is about eight episodes late, the backstory and character development we did not get for an entire series have been provided,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 9 2016/05/23,
This time around, our detective trio tackles another mystery and warns about some of the dangers of being famous on the internet. Episode eight was not perfect, but it was a solid attempt at creating emotional investment and it lacked major plot holes. Episode nine is not only a haphazard attempt at criticizing online broadcasters while being a "light" story, its conclusion sadly makes about as much sense as an octopus wearing a thong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 8 2016/05/16,
Muism (Korean shamanism) is a popular theme in Korean film and television. The clash of tradition and modernism, religion and science and the prominence of scammers conning the desperate make for interesting drama. "Vampire Detective" has its own take on the topic this week and it almost coveys it well. Unfortunately, some of its choices end up sabotaging its own point. Being almost-good is a recurring theme in the drama, but I wish it could cross that line,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 7 2016/05/09, "Vampire Detective" finally delivers on the vampire part, but the results are sadly less exciting than they sound. Episode seven attempts to humanize our villainess and reveals her origins to us. San meets an old friend who is very different from what he remembers and our other leads take a break while he works this new case. We also meet an unexpected guest star who reveals an interesting fact about the drama. Any "Vampire Prosecutor" fans here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 6 2016/05/02,
If you enjoy murder mysteries, then welcome to some Cluedo-like fun in episode six of "Vampire Detective", as our team tries to solve a death of the past. The incident is personal to Goo-hyeong and this means we finally get to see him act like a human being instead of a womanizing cardboard cutout. Yo-na is still around, but neither San or we know what she wants. She is sadly falling victim to plot stretching, which will hopefully end soon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 5 2016/04/25,
While the vampire side of things remains benched, we have some welcome forward movement in character development in episode five, sparked by what is probably the most interesting guest character yet. The case itself is very entertaining and nicely presented, giving us plenty of suspects and inviting us to a guessing game. Worry not, Yo-na is still around and she is very eager to have a piece of San, figuratively and very literally so,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 4 2016/04/18,
You know, for being investigators and therefore quick-witted and curious by trade, our team are very slow to address San's condition. I understand initial denial, but his vampirism is starting to feel like a gimmick, when we are one third into this show without it having played a significant role. The episode's plot and some other parts of the main story thankfully progress much faster, however, as our villainess has come out to play,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 3 2016/04/11,
Our vampirically fortified team continues to coincidentally land cases related to the vampire underworld and San draws closer to his past. Episode 3 finally gives us a better look at our villain and solves a big question. Why hide the obvious from us? It turns out, our villain is hidden for excitement. Get ready for that feeling, as she might be making her grand entrance in the next episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 2 2016/04/03,
Tensions rise and dangers multiply as our hero is faced with some frightening changes to his body and perception. "Vampire Detective" is progressing quite steadily, focusing on different cases and going deeper into the main story in the process. Gyeo-wool plants her roots into the team and the ever intriguing relationship between San and Goo-hyeong is looking more and more complex,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Vampire Detective" Episode 1 2016/03/28, "Vampire Detective" starts out with a bang and a bite, as our heroes and villains are introduced, mysteries are opened and relationships established. The series offers a lot of action and crime solving, but there is more than meets the eye to the story and characters involved in it. I have questions, a lot of them and if a series can create enough investment for one to have them, I call that a solid start,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.01.24 ~ 2014.01.26 2014/01/27, "Frozen" remains solid at the top but local flicks still dominated...
The Oscar-nominated animation "Frozen" held its form at the top of the pile to secure its second weekend as number one. Despite the string of popular local features Walt Disney's winter wonderland was able to pack on another 1.2 million admissions (36.2%) to advance its total tally now to 3.1 million ($22.2M). However "Miss Granny", "Hot Young Bloods", "When A Man Loves A Woman" (aka "Man In Love"), and Yang Woo-seok's popular drama "The Attorney" all followed in close formation with respectable figures to collectively capture 59.3% of the ticket sales,...More
Hot Young Bloods 2014/01/25, Source,
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Lee Yeon-woo
Starring: Park Bo-yeong, Lee Jong-suk, Lee Se-yeong, Kim Young-kwang
Synopsis: Set in a countryside town in the 1980s, Joong-gil is the biggest heartthrob in his school. Yeong-sook, the girlfriend of the school's toughest bully, has a crush on Joong-gil, but he shows her no interest. One day, a new girl, So-hee moves into town and Joong-gil has a crush on her. Yeong-sook thinks So-hee as her rival and picks a fight with her. Yeong-sook's boyfriend, suspicious of ties between Yeong-sook and Joong-gil, also harasses So-hee to instigate Joong-gil. This forces Joong-gil to stand up for So-hee,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Hot Young Bloods" 2014/01/18,
It's the eighties in rural Chungcheong. These are violent times- remember that there was a tight-fisted dictatorship going on. If any message is clearly imparted to the teen students here, it's that violence is a good way of letting off youthful energy. That's certainly the opinion of Yeong-sook, at any rate. Park Bo-yeong infuses the perpetually angry, mean looking young woman with a sense of brimming rage. She's straight up looking for fights to get into. It would be funny if she wasn't so scary-looking.
Yeong-sook sets her sights on Joong-gil (played by Lee Jong-suk), a young man who has made it his goal to kiss every girl in the class, and has developed all manner of smooth talking and magic fingers to bring out the aura of Casanova that lies in his soul,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound…. 2014/01/18, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "When A Man Loves A Woman": A terminally ill low-level thug finds love and hope as he faces the end. (01/22)
★★★★★ "Stray Dogs": A reporter who lives an extreme life stumbles upon a countryside village and unravels the hideous secrets behind it. (01/23)
★★★★ "Miss Granny": A cranky grandmother wakes up to find herself in her younger body, then joins her grandson's band to live young once again.(01/23)
★★★★ "The Dinner": A trouble family, each with their own cross to bear, struggle to survive when further misfortune falls upon them all.(01/23)
★★★★ "Hot Young Bloods": Four country teens get caught up in romance, jealousy, and violence as their love and lust boils over. (01/23),...More
"Hot Young Bloods" showcase 2014/01/14, Source,
The "Hot Young Bloods Showcase" was held on the 9th at Gunguk University at 7PM. This was an invitation to those waiting for the movie to be released to attend and talk about the movie with Park Bo-yeong, Lee Jong-suk, Lee Se-yeong and Kwon Hae-hyo. The numerous media and expecting audiences proved the popularity of the movie.
The Brave Ones opened the ceremony with their hit songs and promotion videos of previews, character cuts and laughter was screened especially. The cast also kept everyone entertained with their hilarious jokes and comments,...More
Park Bo-yeong "I was bullied in school" 2012/06/04, Source,
Actors and actresses who started acting as a kid spoke honestly about their fame.
Lee Se-yeong explained on the MBC TV program "Nollowa", "Many schoolmates misunderstood me in high school and university because they didn't know me. They were then surprised that I was just normal when we got closer",...More
A fight for love always sounds romantic, but what if the battle field is an elementary school and the two rivals in love are a female teacher and her 12-year-old student trying to win the heart of a good-looking teacher? A new local comedy successfully takes the fu,...More
With their exaggerated relationships and overblown plots, there's something unrealistic, immature and, for many of us, slightly addictive about the romances portrayed in popular television dramas. "Ahopsal Insaeng (,...More
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