[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 2 2016/11/06,
With episode one of "Entourage" being "no way but up" levels of unsatisfying, what we get from episode two qualifies as improvement. The series still plays like a work for teen-minded men of the "dudebro" variety, which is odd to see in an industry mostly aimed at women. Warming up to the characters in episode one is a challenge, since everyone is so juvenile and obnoxious. Thankfully, episode two somewhat begins to address this,...More
Lee Tae-im and Clara to make a comeback 2015/11/19, Source,
Actresses Lee Tae-im and Clara are coming back. The two of them were swept up in a wide issue of profanity and conflict with the management. The once sexy icons are now making an attempt to make a comeback.
Lee Tae-im was in the hot seat for swearing at a co-star of a TV show she was in. The footage of her profanity was released and parodies of it spread out. In the end, Lee Tae-im took 7 months off in self-reflection before she came back with the drama "You Will Love Me",...More
Clara VS Polaris, third trial on the 26th 2015/08/25, Source,
The third trial between Clara and Polaris will be held today (26th).
The first trial was initially supposed to be held on the 27th of April but was pushed back to the 27th of May. The second trial was held on the 1st of July. The third trial will be held on the 26th of June and Polaris's legal attorney claimed they will be bringing forth a CCTV footage of the conversation between Lee Gyu-tae and Clara,...More
Actress Cleared of Blackmail 2015/07/17, Source,
Prosecutors on Wednesday cleared actress Clara of blackmailing Lee Gyu-tae, the head of her former agency Polaris Entertainment. Instead, prosecutors indicted Lee for threatening the actress,...More
Clara to not make a comeback 2015/04/03, Source, Actress and singer Clara doesn't have any plans to make a comeback anytime soon.
Sources told TV Report, "She has no plans to get back to work. She's going to focus on the trial for now",...More
Clara, Father Charged with Blackmailing Ex-Agent 2015/03/17, Source,
Actress Claraand her father have been charged with blackmailing the head of her former agency, police said Monday. The father and daughter allegedly blackmailed the head of Polaris Entertainment when he refused to agree to end the contract with her. Clara wanted to quit the agency to join the company her father is running,...More
Clara sent to prosecutor's office on charge of blackmailing chairman of her agency 2015/03/16, Source, Clara was sent to prosecutor's office on a charge of blackmailing the chairman, Lee Kyu-tae, 66, of Polaris Entertainment, her ex-agency.
On March 16th, the Intelligence Crime Unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police said, "Sent the opinion about prosecuting Clara and her father, Lee, 64, to the prosecutor's office, on the charges of joint-blackmailing under Punishment of Violences, ETC. Act",...More
Clara clears things without a fuss 2015/03/12, Source,
Entertainer Clara seems to have gone through this one quietly without creating a fuss.
Her representatives announced that she'll be cancelling the contracts with some of the advertisement agencies, although she will keep some. There will be no fight,...More
Clara to meet with advertisers to minimize damage 2015/01/29, Source, Actress Clara's manager is going to meet with Clara's advertisement agents and deal with the problem personally.
Due to Clara's conflict with Polaris Entertainment and the exposure of the text messages she'd shared with the chairman, it has affected the images of certain companies she used to model for. They have decided to sue her for defamation,...More
Clara lies about age 2015/01/28, Source, Apparently, actress Clara lied about her age.
Several sources claim that her actual birth date is January 15, 1985, which is a year earlier than the date stated in her official profile,...More
Clara pays penalty for breach of contract 2015/01/27, Source, Actress Clara paid the full penalty herself.
Clara's former management before the current one claimed that she paid the penalty for breach of contract in full. "Despite the fact that she has nothing to do with us, our name keeps coming up in this matter",...More
Clara dropped her phone in water, text messages beyond recovery 2015/01/22, Source, SBS "TV News At Night" covered a story about Clara and the legal suit with her management. The news revealed the text messages that Clara claims to have felt sexual harassment from. According to her legal representatives, the text messages said things like, "I thought about you while drinking wine", "Let's have a good day tomorrow" and more.
Apparently Clara was put off by those messages and even felt sexually harassed by the fact that the chairman of her management texted her while drunk,...More
'Menstrual cycle', Clara feels humiliated 2015/01/20, Source, "What offended me the most was despite the fact that I said several times during the dispute, "I am not going to share my private life", he said, "The company deserves to know every single detail of your personal schedule including your menstrual cycle!" In my common sense, regardless of what reason, things like that shouldn't be said out loud".
This is what Clara claims to be the most sexually humiliating thing her agency chairman said to her,...More
Clara's record of lies: Is it habitual? 2015/01/19, Source, Amidst the issue of text messages between Clara and her agency president, her record of lies has been brought to surface.
A community site posted something titled, "Clara's collection of lies - Is she a liar?". The netizen who posted this claims Clara has lied several times on TV,...More
Clara filed claim to rescind contract against her agency for causing sexual shame
2015/01/14, Source, Clara filed a claim to rescind the contract with her agency, P.. On January 14th, she said she had felt sexual shame due to the language and behavior by the CEO of her agency.
Clara had made an exclusive contract with the agency in June of last year until 2018. Clara claimed the CEO of her agency, Lee, caused her to feel sexual shame; she had notified the agency to cancel the contract in September. The claim made now is to confirm the contract is void,...More
[Drunken Talk] Clara, "Too honest for my own good" 2015/01/12, Source,
Sexy icon Clara met with "Drunken Talk".
With some beer, Clara became bolder than she already is. The release of "Casa Amor, Exclusive for Ladies" made her slightly tense but the drink allowed her to settle down a little.
She's frank. Her 'cool' answers surprised the reporter. She's very optimistic and answers everything with a smile. She experienced painful years of no-fame in her early years but she's now the sexiest icon there is and this didn't happen because of a lucky ball she threw at a game. We asked her what we wanted to know about her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 21 Final 2014/04/05,
In the first episode of "Emergency Couple" a specific point was made of the fact that the emergency room is a terrible place for relationships, and the interns were distraught at what the experience was going to do to their social lives. I bring this up now to note that there was almost no evidence of this throughout the drama's run. The doctors have consistently had an inordinate amount of conveniently timed social meetings with each other, and this episode is no different.
The fundamentals are strong, as usual. In terms of the romantic comedy genre "Emergency Couple" continues to hit all the right notes, having moments that are cute and funny,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 20 2014/04/04,
The main conflict this episode is over the prospect of Jin-hee and Chang-min going to a movie. It's about as high stakes as it sounds, and the tension is oddly lacking for a penultimate episode. The movie is "Thread of Lies" by the way. It's difficult to guess how we're supposed to relate the story of that particular film to the proceedings here. I guess they're both about appreciating the things you love in life before they're gone forever?
It's as good a theme as any really, but none of the characters in "Emergency Couple" are in any immediate danger of leaving,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 19 2014/03/29,
This episode is devoted to Chang-min's hands. It's pretty much exactly as dirty as it sounds too. The humor in "Emergency Couple" can get crude sometimes, but it helps a lot that ithe drama's heart is in the right place, even if Chang-min is not very good at finding Jin-hee's. The same brand of cheesiness as usual, then. But now that I can empathize with the leads the general tone comes off a lot better
I do think Chang-min and Jin-hee have learned a little bit from their ordeals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 18 2014/03/28,
The loveline between Jin-hee and Chang-min is getting to be a little corny. Sure, it's sweet at times, but the dialogue strains itself with all the cliches. An attentive viewer will note that the dynamic between these two has been completely reversed from what it was earlier. Now instead of Chang-min trying to persuade a skeptical Jin-hee, an enlivened Jin-hee is trying to convince Chang-min that they can start again.
I do like that the characters themselves acknowledge the breadth of the cliches at this point,...More
[Hancinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 17 2014/03/22,
The opening of this episode extends the basic morose sequence we had last time, as the fallout from Tae-seok's stay in the hospital is finalized, and the consequences come into effect. There isn't much more going on here than there was in the last episode. "Emergency Couple" is in the awkward place of trying to wring drama out of a character we don't actually know all that much about. The best that can be hoped for is interesting character interactions- but everyone acts about the way we'd expect them to at this point.
Much more interesting material abounds as the episode continues its discussions of the divorce themes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 16 2014/03/21,
Almost the entirity of this episode is built around the drama of whether or not Chang-min's father is going to survive his stay at the hospital. The ability of this conflict to inspire any kind of real tension is greatly damaged by how long the action goes on- there are multiple false starts that end up inconclusive. Also I'd have a much easier time caring about this person if the drama actually explored his character in much detail. Oh Tae-seok is played by the always excellent Kang Shin-il but that's about all that's going on here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 15 2014/03/15,
I'm pretty sure that real hospitals have policies against ex-patients making repeat visits for social purposes. Especially if those ex-patients are bearing gifts, or trying to make administrative requests. Obviously, "Emergency Couple" is not dealing with a real hospital, but this disconnect between life and drama shows really badly in episodes like this. It establishes all too clearly that the drama is creating conflict artificially, and the ensuing outbursts are just painful to watch. Also it makes the poor baby cry. And just when I'd been admiring how good an actor that baby is, too,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 14 2014/03/14,
The drama gets a much needed boost in the characterization department with the appearance of patients. No, not plot devices which exist solely to demonstrate the medical abilities of the main cast, which is all we've seen so far. Actual people. Specifically, a little boy who has self-worth issues thanks to a lack of parents, and a priest who's rather crabby about young people these days and the lack of respect they show to the institution of marriage.
The relevance of these scenes is indirect, obviously, and I doubt we're going to see either of these people ever again,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 13 2014/03/08,
...And now it would seem "Emergency Couple" has moved on to boilerplate romantic drama territory. There's not really much in the way of jokes anymore. The only particularly funny one this time around is a bit of simple wordplay. I actually really wanted to know more about that guy who was brought into the hospital. How many job-related accidents can a person in that profession have that necessitate going to the emergency room?
But no, the doctoring this time around is terribly casual, almost blase really,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 12 2014/03/07,
So I...guess this is just a romantic comedy now? That's about the only way I can interpret the events of this episode. Chang-min appears to have just about completely forgotten the events that led up to his divorce. Jin-hee seems to have some vague memory of what happened, and is certainly putting up more resistance to the idea. But no matter how I try to cut it, "Emergency Couple" is definitely trying to make a case that these two works together as a couple,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 11 2014/03/01,
Well, the drama's finally come up with something for Ji-hye to do- Ji-hye, the ex-girlfriend doctor of Cheon-soo, in case you've forgotten. Weird factoid for today- Choi Yeo-jin, the actress playing Ji-hye, is actually younger than Song Ji-hyo, who plays Jin-hee. I'm not sure whether this age difference is also intended to be reflected in the characters, but in any event, the fact that Ji-hye can only be in her mid-thirties at the most makes her new plot thread all the stranger.
Here's what we've know about Ji-hye up until now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 10 2014/02/28,
Poor Jin-hee. It's never a particularly fun time when mooching relatives, having burned all their other bridges some way or another, force themselves on a household using "but think of the baby!" as an excuse. I like the frustration the early portion of this episode gives off. Of course Jin-hee's mad but she can't be that mad. It's not like her younger sister, younger sister's husband, and baby are awful people or anything. They're just messy idiots.
Not much is really done with that focus this time around though. For the most part the emphasis is on that simple expression- what do you care? Chang-min is suddenly taking every hypothetical romantic infraction against Jin-hee bizarrely personally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 9 2014/02/22,
The main conflict this time is kind of dumb. However, it's dumb mainly because the original storytelling device itself is also dumb. Yes, "Emergency Couple" has finally forced its main characters to question the logic of their pretending to be strangers. Pretty good timing too. This kind of plotting goes down much easier on the edge of jokes than it would on the end of a serious dramatic conflict.
Case in point- the whole thing with the baby. It's hard to tell whether the baby is really dying as opposed to just crying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 8 2014/02/21,
The drama appears to have finally settled on a consistent tone- light romantic comedy drama. The emphasis is now on how Jin-hee and Chang-min react to specific, clearly defined situations rather than their just generally overreacting to everything. "Emergency Couple" is now actively pushing the Jin-hee / Cheon-soo loveline, and the tonal shift is coming at the best possible time. The romance simply wouldn't be plausible if Jin-hee was acting the same way she did in previous episodes. Here the scenes, and the related flashbacks to scenes in previous episodes, come off as cute,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 7 2014/02/14,
Jin-hee has, as usual, gotten herself into a big unnecessary mess by overreacting. What makes the opening of this episode different, though, is that she actually faces meaningful consequences. Of course her sister makes a clean getaway. And of course the people who actually run the club have no interest in helping Jin-hee track her down. That's not even getting into the general embarassment factor. Yes, Jin-hee has good reason to be mad- that doesn't excuse her failure to act diplomatically though.
I'm not sure how but this mess of an event goes a long way to helping rehabilitate the characterization,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 6 2014/02/08,
We get more exposure of the supporting cast than usual here, and I find that as characters, the other interns tend to be a lot more tolerable than our two leads. They just have a much better sense of restraint. This episode one of them does a lot of talking with Chang-min's mom. And that's all it is, just talking. As horribly unreasonable and unlikable as Chang-min's mother has been throughout the drama, it's totally possible to get her to be cooperative just by being polite and non standoffish.
It's too bad Jin-hee is having such trouble with this restraint,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 5 2014/02/07,
I really hope "Emergency Couple" just up and ditches the whole Jin-hee and Chang-min are pretending to be complete strangers angle. The misunderstandings it creates among their co-workers are much worse than whatever benefits they think they're reaping by not having to acknowledge each other publically. And the downsides of this should be really obvious by now, given how much time they have to spend negotiating with each other in private over random trivialities.
What's most puzzling to me about this drama is how little time anyone spends actually doing their job,...More
Jo Yeo-jung and Clara's power 2014/02/03, Source,
They are Jo Yeo-jung and Clara indeed.
"Working Girl" is being sold at high costs even before the making. This is the result of the glamorous stars that stimulate the curiosities of men and women. According to the film industry, the crew of "Working Girl" has completed attracting investments for production costs under the condition of IPTV and DVD publication rights and sales. It's standard procedure but "Working Girl" investments are more than half of the production costs alone. This is definitely unusual,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 4 2014/02/01,
Cheon-soo (played by Lee Pil-mo) is the mean superior in this drama. His main shtick is being extremely unnecessarily harsh on the interns, or really anyone who needs it, in order to establish that it is really super important for everyone to take this job as seriously as possible. Lee Pil-mo does good work here, and there's nothing wrong with the character directly. The problem is that every other character in this drama is of such questionable competence that most of the time I find myself wondering why Cheon-soo never follows through on his threats,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 3 2014/01/31,
...And so we get right into the sexual tension. Honestly this storyline development is a fairly annoying one. Remember that until the last episode, none of these characters had ever met each other in a working environment before. And for the most part no one did much work in that second episode either. We're still very much in the early phase of the drama where people are still feeling each other out.
And the immediate conclusion we get about why Jin-hee works so hard to save Chang-min's life is that she likes him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 2 2014/01/25,
The perspective shifts this time around from Chang-min to Jin-hee. Jin-hee has broken the cardinal rule of pretty much any social relationship ever- make a good first impression. In retrospect it probably would have been a better idea for her to show up late with a doctor's note rather than stumble out into the middle of the introduction still wearing her dirty clothes from last night. Not just Chang-min, but all of the other interns are icy toward Jin-hee, probably because they don't think she'll be around that long,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Emergency Couple" Episode 1 2014/01/24,
What most immediately jumps out about the lead characters in "Emergency Couple" is that they're not particularly likable. They're not unlikable, exactly, but from the very beginning there's a sort of seething resentment and aggression that's rather unsettling. Chang-min (played by Choi Jin-hyuk) is trying to push product. Jin-hee (played by Song Ji-hyo) is trying to avoid conflict. Neither character is particularly good at what they do. This leads to a spectacular breakdown where they inevitably vent their frustrations on the one person who they can most easily hurt- each other,...More
Clara Makes Generous Pledge to Breast Cancer Patients 2013/09/13, Source,
Actress Clara donated W15.7 million (US$1=W1,085) to the Community Chest of Korea to help cancer patients with their medical expenses for breast reconstruction surgery. She delivered the money -- W10 million from her own pocket and W5.7 million raised through a campaign for breast cancer patients -- to the charity organization in Seoul on Thursday,...More
Clara speaks about the comments by Gong Ji-yeong 2013/07/08, Source,
Actress Clara spoke about the criticism made by novelist Gong Ji-young about female celebrities' excessive exposure.
Gong posted on her Twitter, "When I look at female celebrities competing for more exposure and plastic surgery, I think of female unemployment. It looks like they really have nothing to make money of. Even women on TV and media are competing for more exposure",...More
Pororo Beats Psy and Other Celebrities in Google Search Results 2013/07/06, Source,
Google Korea on Monday released a top 10 list of the most-searched words in the first half of this year, as well as the most popular entries in each category including TV programs and celebrities. No. 1 on the overall list was the hugely popular animation "Pororo the Little Penguin", followed by the MBC show "Infinite Challenge". Ryu Hyun-jin, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball, was third,...More
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