Lim Ji-yeon's lovely legs 2015/03/26, Source, Actress Lim Ji-yeon attended the production presentation of SBS TV show "Law of the Jungle" on the 26th.
"Law of the Jungle in Indochina" is the 18th jungle survival happening in the Indochina peninsula,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 22 2015/02/17,
In it's last episodes "The King's Face" has curled into a complex, layered show that finally holds genuine tensions that do not feel contrived. Sixteen years have passed since Gwanghae became the Crown Prince and the warring factions in the government have a lot of fodder for battle. A strong point of the episode was the fact that it brought Ga-hee's actions full circle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 21 2015/02/14,
King Seonjo comes face-to-face with his own demons in the form of a man he once trusted: Do-chi. Like the king, Do-chi is filled with arrogance and the idea that he is invincible. Neither are prepared for their downfalls, which makes this episode and their crash to rock bottom the most engaging thus far. Do-chi has spent years manipulating and lying to people, building up his power base and hoping to bring about change in Joseon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 20 2015/02/14, "The King's Face" is picking up the pace as it nears the finish line. Intentions do not necessarily lead to desired results because they are thwarted by powerful emotions like jealousy and greed. As the characters settle into their newest roles, they grow bolder and that makes the show a lot more fun. Ga-hee, in particular, was much more lively than she has ever been,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 15 2015/02/01,
Episode 15 was, by far, the strongest episode of the drama. It brought together history, character development, and a large,exciting event that acted as an impetus for further development. That event is the reclamation of Hanyang, what is now Seoul, from the Japanese,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 14 2015/01/25,
War has made "The King's Face" much more interesting. The characters in this seem more like cardboard cutouts than people. They have goals and go through the motions, but rarely do we see the motivating through processes or emotions behind the action. Crown Prince Gwanghae's story is riveting in its natural form and that gives this story more weight than the fictionalized plot. The life is leaving "The King's Face" despite the intrigue of war and the heroics of Gwanghae,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 13 2015/01/20,
The Japanese have come and all the plot preparing comes together in a pointed effort to escape the wrath of the invasion. Constitutions are hardened against the horrors of war and Gwanghae is left as the de facto leader of Hanyang, Joseon's capital, as his father flees to save his own life. It is a test for everyone that shows their true colors. Gwanghae is left by King Seonjo to protect the palace and the people,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 12 2015/01/15,
War is upon King Seonjo, his family, and his country. Just the nature of war kicks up the excitement of "The King's Face" a notch. It's a well-known story, but the spin that the production team takes is what makes it either unique or just another story. King Seonjo notoriously leaves his people and flees north to protect himself,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 11 2015/01/08,
Pieces were forced into place in this episode of "The King's Face". It is almost the halfway mark and something large needs to happen or change - that event is a compounded national and character shift. The Japanese invasion has begun in earnest, and Ga-hee enters the palace, most likely for good. The changes are welcome. It's just that the changes felt as fluid as the Tinman's joints before Dorothy found him. The King's Face" tends to be overly dramatic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 10 2015/01/04,
Gwanghae is learning and growing by leaps and bounds as "The King's Face" just about hits its halfway mark. He has developed a concrete goal and political aspirations that pits him against many people, including his family. But the lessons he has learned thus far are making him more wary than the impetuous child of yore. "The King's Face" has a central focus of face reading and the idea that one cannot escape one's destiny,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 9 2015/01/01,
Young Prince Gwanghae is learning that knowledge and a passion to help his people isn't enough to actually help them. He gets trapped in the sticky web of politics and his immobility and his immobility causes his people to suffer. He begins to truly feel the weight of his position and the heart of the cause that Ga-hee and Do-chi fight for. While "The King's Face" isn't the most effective show, this episode certainly made its points clearly and smartly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 8 2014/12/29, "The King's Face" is slowly shaping Joseon's next king, Prince Gwanghae, for the heavy crown he will bear. Seo In-guk is charming as the young prince who is just discovering what he wants to do with the intelligence and political power that he was born with. His skill with face-reading helps him as he navigates the murky waters of backdoor politicking. In his time exiled from the palace, Gwanghae has learned of the sordid affairs that happen beyond the palace walls that keep palace officials afloat in gold and riches and their power honed towards magnifying their riches and positions rather than helping those who need it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 7 2014/12/22,
This episode was all about the lovers coming back together and the circumstances that conspire to keep them apart. Although the circumstances are political, it is the love story that fuels the episode while politics takes a decided back seat. What has bothered me about Gwanghae made itself clear in this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 6 2014/12/22,
The lovers are at odds, both emotionally and in duty, which is the heart of episode 6. Around them King Seonjo whose inner battle rages between loving his son and the fact that Gwanghae is the biggest threat to his crown; and Do-chi, whose position of power causes him grave heartache. Gwanghae has lived idly in the eyes of his father and others,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 5 2014/12/16, "The King's Face" is a rather disjointed drama. It takes the central idea that face reading is powerful enough to determine a man's destiny and tries to piece the different parts of the drama to that. The most important pieces that are tied together by face reading is that King Seonjo was not meant to be king and that Gwanghae is destined to be a great king. It puts father and son directly at odds, which is the main story played out by "The King's Face". The problems is that this main story doesn't quite have the support from the rest of the drama to make it feasible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 3 2014/12/04, "The King's Face" is a very visually lovely show. However, the general tone is so dramatic that it veers on seeming like a soap opera. It is not the acting, which is quite fine with the strong cast, but the direction couple with the dialogue. This tone keeps the weight of the show distant from the viewer and difficult to relate to.
This drama is romance driven,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 2 2014/11/29,
A book can be judged by his cover, and apparently so can a king. The group searching for the new king who will bring equality to Joseon is basing its search on face reading. Because of her face, Ga-hee is searched out to be something she doesn't want to be. Because of his face, Gwanghae is an enemy of his father. In the world of "The King's Face", looks matter. In Ga-hee's case, the face reader is able to pin her for the type of woman for whom the king has been searching,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 1 2014/11/29, "The King's Face" opened with a fast-paced, visually pleasing and plot-thin first episode. All main characters were introduced with their major qualities and quirks and physiognomy, or face reading, is given its proper place at the top of the totem pole. Based upon this opener the drama could be beautiful and vapid, or beautiful and delve deeper than what was given in this first taste.
There is no doubt that "The King's Face" is a beautiful drama,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Daisy" 2013/12/20,
Every single character in this movie is a naive idiot who is incapable of learning from past experiences. As "Daisy" opens there's some hope that maybe this is actually the point. Portrait artist Hye-Young (played by Jeon Ji-hyeon) openly notes her lack of romantic experience in the initial voiceover. Romance in the mind of hitman Park-Yi (played by Jeong Woo-seong) is kind of sweet and yet, well, also kind of incredibly creepy. It's hard to imagine these two having any kind of future when their initial expectations start out this bizarre.
Then we meet Interpol agent Jeong-Woo (played by Lee Seong-jae) and he has the same ridiculous ideas, even though this older presumably more normal man should have grown up out of this nonsense a long time ago,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 20 (final) 2013/12/01, "Suspicious Housekeeper" has come to a bow-tied end. The Eun family has come to some very important realizations and so has Park Bok-nyeo. This show has a lack of clarity that stems mostly from the show's length. "Suspicious Housekeeper" is based on the Japanese dorama "Kaseifu no Mita", which I have not seen. The dorama, however, was only eleven episodes long. A short airing period requires more quickly moving plots. The Korean remake was nearly double the length. This allowed for a lot of wavering in character development and slow plot development. It also made for a lot of repetition. This is a normal pitfall for remakes and "Suspicious Housekeeper" fell into it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 19 2013/11/29, "Suspicious Housekeeper" has taken on a contemplative tone in its penultimate episode. She is now allowing herself to consider a future, and the decisions she has to make are difficult. The children's' aunt has a bigger role to play as has been hinted at throughout the series. The reformation of the Eun family is not yet complete and we have one episode left to send them off,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 18 2013/11/23,
This episode of the Suspicious Housekeeper focused on the long arm of Park Bok-nyeo and she's influenced and helped the people around her. They, in turn, want to help her regain her smile and her happiness. Before she can focus on herself, Bok-nyeo achieves her end with Seo Ji-hoon and the process was both exciting and aggravating. The dialogue and tensions between Bok-nyeo and Ji-hoon were spot on, but the settings and the atmosphere was off. He sets a fire and it doesn't spread. They aren't sweating,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 17 2013/11/20,
At long last it is time for Park Bok-nyeo to take action and she is every bit as clever as we knew she would be. However, it still feels like the drama has been running for too long. There is a lot of unnecessary back and forth and stagnation in character growth. Bok-nyeo should've confronted Ji-hoon three episodes ago,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 14 2013/11/09,
Both the anti-heroine and the bad guy become more twisted this episode. Bok-nyeo is feeling pressure from all sides. She has two conflicting desires to choose between. These intense desires are the focus of the episode in that they force her to take stock of her position and come to a decision,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 12 2013/10/31, "Suspicious Housekeeper" brought the focus back to family. It highlighted the beauty of having unconditional support and love by juxtaposing it with sociopath Seo Ji-hoon's selfish desire to have Park Bok-nyeo to himself. The battle between the Eun family and Seo Ji-hoon for Park Bok-nyeo has begun in earnest. Unfortunately, Seo Ji-hoon is crazy enough, clever enough and selfish enough to be a very dangerous opponent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 11 2013/10/29,
This show went where I didn't want it to go, but it didn't do it badly. It introduced a sociopath, which is usually a garden variety villain. What makes this particular sociopath interesting is the amazing acting of Song Jong-ho and the careful writing that makes his character keep the viewer doubting his identity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 10 2013/10/29,
Park Bok-nyeo is a housekeeper no longer. She is now a single-minded woman on a mission to obliterate the living demons from her past. After sharing her sad tale with the Eun family, she leaves them to chase down Song-hwa's new boss who resembles a man she thought was dead, Seo Ji-hoon. The story of Bok-nyeo's past is heart-breaking. She was neglected by her mother, studied hard to appease said mother, abused by her stepfather and stalked by a student she tutored, Seo Ji-hoon. He forced her to flee the country, where she met and married her husband. But Ji-hoon wouldn't leave her alone and her family died in a fire because of it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 9 2013/10/28,
Park Bok-nyeo's past is coming to haunt her in many forms. The children and Sang-chul are rabidly curious about her and keep questioning her; her mother-in-law's right-hand man threatens her; she meets a face from her past that makes her break her composure for the first time in the drama. All put together, this makes the mystery of Bok-nyeo unravel at a nice pace. Around her, the Eun family is starting to rebuild their ties,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 8 2013/10/19,
This was Sang-chul's episode to learn and grow. It took a couple of large events to knock some sense into him, but he finally realizes how he feels about his kids. He's chosen his path and now he has to walk it. Helping him with no small amount of antagonism is Bok-nyeo, the suspicious housekeeper. While she disapproves of his cheating and of how he's neglected his family, it's obvious she wants the family to reunite and live well together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 7 2013/10/17,
In response to Han-gyeol's kill order, Bok-nyeo ties her up and terrifies her, but doesn't kill her. Sang-chul ordered Bok-nyeo to protect Han-gyeol at all costs. After the emotion dies down, Bok-nyeo points out in her usual monotone that Han-gyeol doesn't have the courage to die - if people could die because they wanted to, Bok-nyeo wouldn't be in this world. It's the most emotion the suspicious housekeeper has revealed in seven episodes and it's a juicy morsel. She also explains that her boss, the quirky woman with a crush on Han-gyeol's grandfather, told her that everyone has A Reason to Live. She's still looking for it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 6 2013/10/16,
Episode 6 was oldest child Han-gyeol's turn to cross over to the dark side and break down. She asks Bok-nyeo how to punish her father and the reply is to ruin herself - it is a parent's worst nightmare. She decides to do it; she will break herself in order to punish her father. The problem with that is the fact that she is already as broken as her siblings are. It makes her vulnerable to manipulation by a player at school, to cruel words uttered by unthinking relatives, and to the Korean society's strict social standards,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 5 2013/10/12,
There is something special about "Suspicious Housekeeper". It is compelling and heartfelt. It makes use of stereotypes and tropes without losing the characters' humanity to formula. Rather, it uses formulaic setups to emphasize the human condition. Despite the fact that a character may fall into a typical mold, he still feels and he still and he's still a human being.
"Suspicious Housekeeper" has spent these early episodes on developing each sibling, which is a setup that is normally tedious, but I like to explore each of the children and how the appearance of Bok-nyeo "Suspicious Housekeeper" affects them. This episode focused on the second child, Eun Doo-gyul,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 4 2013/10/09,
"Suspicious Housekeeper" continues to explore just how far Bok-nyeo will go with an order she is given. Not only does it seem like she will carry through with a death order, but she is capable of delving deep into emotional issues without saying a word. This ability unravels people and forces them to find a way to put their lives back together. Bok-nyeo's expressionless facade and lack of emotional and verbal affect challenges the other characters to find their own answers. In that way, she becomes a mirror for whoever is speaking with her. The person with her is left to think of how others would respond to his or her actions. She is a stony conscience for the motherless family of four that she works for,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 3 2013/10/03,
"Suspicious Housekeeper" starts to shed light in earnest on the dysfunctional Eun family. It's clear that the father, Eun Sang-cheol, is the heart of the problems and the key to turning the family around. Although his character is detestable, it's full of wonderful material to explore throughout the drama. He is selfish, doesn't care for his children, doesn't truly regret his wife's suicide and he's still pining after the woman he cheated on his wife with. Despite all of this, he is drawn to his four children, which is his saving grace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 2 2013/09/26,
Bok-nyeo's effects are already strongly felt in the Eun family. Her extremes are forcing them to take action and reckon with themselves and their decisions. The oldest son, Doo-gyeol played by lively Chae Sang-woo, stops Bok-nyeo from walking Hye-gyeol into the river. The incident makes him suspicious of the housekeeper and those suspicions lead him to follow her around for a day with his younger siblings. They discover little save for the fact that there is quite a story behind their unsmiling housekeeper. This situation shows how close the siblings are and how well they work together despite their quibbling,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Public Enemy" 2013/04/13,
Cops and robbers are often defined in terms of absolute good and evil. Granted, there's such a thing as a bad cop or a good criminal- but the crimes themselves are a clearly set line. Bad cops only become truly bad when they break a law, and good criminals only become truly good when they stop breaking laws. Mind, only "important" laws count for these distinctions. Technicalities and noble law-breaking are perfectly fine,...More
S. Korean Actress Ko So-Young 2011/11/19, Source,
poses for camera at the "2011 Style Icon Awards" ceremony held at CJ E&M Center in Seoul's Sangam-dong on Nov. 3, 2011.
A number of actors and actresses and other entertainers took part in the event.
Ko So-young was born on Oct. 6, 1972. She graduated from Chung-Ang University with a major in Drama & Cinema. She was known as one of South Korea's "ideal women".
Ko was born in Seoul, South Korea. She attended an all-female high school before gaining early admission to Chung-Ang University, where she studied computer science,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
S. Korean Actress Lee Da-hae 2011/01/05, Source,
The 26-year-old South Korean actress Lee Da-hae (李多海) is seen attending "2010 KBS Grand Acting Award Ceremony held at the lcal TV's Hall on Seoul's Yoido Island on Dec. 31, 2010.
Recently Lee has drawn a number of Chinese fans. She boats of 200,000 followers for her Chinese-language Twitter site, her management company recently told local media.
The company said that it took four weeks for her to gather over 200,000 Chinese fans on Wei-Bo site,...More
Super Junior to sing theme song for new film 2010/05/12, Source,
Official poster of the movie "On the Pitch" [CJ Entertainment]
Members of Korean idol group Super Junior will be singing the main theme song for upcoming sports film tentatively titled "Dreams Come True", according to its producer on Wednesday.
CJ Entertainment stated in a press release that Super Junior members Shindong, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, Yesung and Sungmin had prepared the song since its planning stages a year ago,...More
Why not enjoy traditional Chuseok games at the theater? Lotte Cinema is offering moviegoers not only the latest films but also games in its multiplex theaters, Sept. 24-26.
Jegichagi is a simple game of kicking a jegi, a feathered ball, with your inner heal, keep,...More
Korean films line up for Chuseok holiday 2007/07/20, Source, The summer season has been dominated by Hollywood blockbusters, but a wide collection of Korean films are lining up for a release during the Chuseok holiday in September.
The holiday, which will effectively last from September 22 to 26, is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year at th,...More
Movie star Lee Seong-jae will invite 300 children in need to Canadian bubble artist Fan Yang's "White Bubble Show".
Every year, the show has offered free admission to disadvantaged children. A total of,...More
Acting Range 2006/07/20, Source, "I have never chosen the drama I would act, but the right cast and script in that drama", said Lee Seong-jae, who this time will star in a drama about honest lawyer Roh Yoon-jae, who was adopted to Canada. Roh Yoon-jae will be involved in an,...More
Jeon Ji-hyeon Vehicle Aims Straight for the Tear Ducts 2006/03/19, Source, The only way for a romantic tearjerker with an obvious storyline to avoid failure is to put as much emphasis as possible on the adorable couple. If people just can't keep their eyes off the gorgeous hunk and the stunning girl, no matter how jealous they may be of either, and if on top of that the we,...More
Was Ji Kang-hun, an escaped convict in the late 1980s, a hero or merely a criminal? The upcoming local film Holiday poses this question in its fictionalized account about the controversial figure who is ofte,...More
In the original "Public Enemy" released in 2002, actor Seol Kyeong-gu played an aimless corrupt detective chasing the serial killer who murdered his parents. In the sequel, he portrays a prosecutor of sp,...More
Korean Films Bookend Udine Film Fest 2004/04/27, Source, By Paolo Bertolin
UDINE, Italy - Udine, a small town in North Eastern Italy, has fast become the capital of East Asian cinema in the West. The sixth Far East Film Festival (FEFF), the biggest film festival promoting knowledge and appreciation of Asian popular cinema outside,...More
The money is flowing in, but there is no one to act.
This is the current atmosphere at Choong Moo Ro (film district). According to the Bank of Korea, the movie industry's 2003 sales were some 3.7780 trillion won. This is a rapid growth with sales more than triple 1997's 1.257,...More
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