[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 11 2016/06/29,
So after that huge climactic kiss last episode Bonnie...is still looking for excuses to avoid the plot. Agh! Already I miss "Oh Hae-Young Again", with its characters always making a mutual effort to keep their romance alive. Bonnie is practically the living personification of all the reasons Soo-ho has to not like dating, because she insists on making everything so hard for reasons she won't explain. Bonnie is long overdue for a discussion with Goo-sin, since the shaman is pretty much the only character who can make Bonnie explain herself,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 10 2016/06/23,
One advantage of slow pacing is that when characters finally act dynamically to move the plot forward, it comes off as a genuine surprise. I was about as bewildered as Bonnie when apropos of nothing a love confession pops up, and had as little idea about what the proper response should be. Granted, her weirdly uncommunicative stance immediately afterwards was a little annoying, although Bonnie is so bad about communication in general that this isn't exactly a new character trait,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 9 2016/06/22,
Bonnie wears her heart on her sleeve, whereas Soo-ho is frequently cryptic with his feelings. The obvious difference between these two personality types is the main interesting aspect of "Lucky Romance", so I was relieved that this episode finally had these two engage in some extended casual conversations. This being an admittedly relative term. Bonnie getting emotional over her sister is casual for her, even if most people would rather do that in private rather than in front of their boss,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 8 2016/06/16,
A rather disproportionate amount of the romance in "Lucky Romance" quite literally seems to consist of Soo-ho talking to himself. Which is funny since Bonnie is the character more easily described as objectively crazy. Bonnie's ecstatic descriptions of her sister's improving condition go a tad too far considering what little actual progress Bo-ra has made. At the same time, no one is much in the mood to argue with her since for now Bonnie's behavior is approximately normal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 7 2016/06/15,
Bonnie continues to sulk about how Soo-ho sabotaged an intimate encounter which at best was going to result in an unauthorized video floating around the Internet and at worst was going to be a gang rape. Bonnie does tend to be frustrating like that- for all her powerful faith in the whims of fortune, Bonnie is rather unappreciative of actual people making a real direct effort to help her and tends to stick to the whole "have sex with a tiger" command very literally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 6 2016/06/09,
The major first part of this episode is, as usual, dedicated to Bonnie trying to avoid the plot. I don't mean her literal objective of trying to have sex with a virgin tiger, but rather Bonnie's general unwillingness to engage with Soo-ho. To be fair, Bonnie has been pretty tight-lipped with everyone about her rather puzzling motivation. Luckily for us Soo-ho is able to piece together Bonnie's plans without her knowing, and this really sets the story in motion once he finally meets up with Bonnie and attempts to set her straight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 4 2016/06/02,
Seol-hee (played by Lee Cheong-ah) is Geon-wook's manager and Soo-ho's ex...love interest. Yes, normally "girlfriend" is the word that would be used here, and it comes as little surprise that other characters assume that's what's going on when Seol-hee and Soo-ho meet on very stiff, awkward terms. I must admit, Seol-hee's character is a lot more interesting now that we know she had her own subversive motive for temporarily coming back to Korea, and it backfired because now it looks like Geon-wook doesn't want to leave,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 3 2016/06/01,
Goo-sin (played by Kim Jong-goo) is the shaman upon whom Bonnie is relying on for superstitious advice, which she really does need. Having spent almost all of her screen time finding increasingly complicated ways to avoid the plot, Bonnie complains to Goo-sin about the impossibility of the tiger hunt. Goo-sin is incredulous that Bonnie still hasn't figured out what to do yet since she runs into Soo-ho like, every other scene, so he ends up giving her another arbitrary instruction that will hopefully point her in the right direction,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 2 2016/05/26,
Now that the premise has been firmly established, it's easier to get a grip on Bonnie's character. She's very observant when it comes to spiritual matters- note the pantheon of holy images from radically different faiths. Yet when it comes to anything else in life Bonnie is aggressively unobservant to the point of being totally oblivious. Take pro tennis player Geon-wook (played by Lee Soo-hyeok). Most women would at least be a little curious as to why Lee Soo-hyeok is making faces at them but Bonnie is always in such a hurry to do nothing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 1 2016/05/25,
Bonnie (played by Hwang Jeong-eum) tries to survive in a generally brutal world by relying on sheer grit to force people into giving her what she's owed, and begging for work that utilizes her somewhat eclectic skill set. These experiences keep causing Bonnie to run into Soo-ho (played by Ryu Jun-yeol), an obsessively scientific man with his own past traumas. Ironically enough, mechanical processes themselves often fail Soo-ho at the worst possible moments, aggravating his mental issues,...More
3 points to watch out for "Lucky Romance" 2016/05/24, Source,
The new MBC drama "Lucky Romance" released three points to watch out for. "Lucky Romance" is proud to say that it sets itself apart from other romantic comedies with a different story, direction and performance by the cast.
The third point to watch out for is Hwang Jeong-eum's performance. She takes on the role of Bonnie Sim, a positive and cheerful character who falls for superstition. In the still cut of her, she's looking at the sky with a sad expression on her face,...More
Lee Soo-hyeok to star in "Lucky Romance" 2016/04/05, Source,
Actor Lee Soo-hyeok is starring in the new MBC drama "Lucky Romance" as Choi Gun-wook, a worldwide tennis player and rivals with the main character Je Soo-ho.
Choi Gun-wook went to Canada when he was young and became a rising star in tennis. After he becomes a worldwide star, he returns to Korea in glory and reunites with Sim Bonnie (Hwang Jeong-eum), his childhood neighbor and first love. He falls into a three-way romance with Je Soo-ho (Ryu Jun-yeol),...More
[Orion's Drama News] Powerhouse Pairings and Another Exclusive 2016/04/02,
Spring is fun, but summer is winking at us and throwing popular pairings at our faces. We are paying attention, summer. Join me as I give you some pretty exciting casting news, more upcoming drama goodies and ramblings. Also, Jasper Cho! No, I cannot actually give him to you, but you could have your question answered by him in our upcoming exclusive interview,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" 2016/01/09,
Based off of the same name manhwa series, "Scholar Who Walks the Night" falls squarely into the ever popular sageuk fusion Korean drama genre. It marries the ancient Joseon culture of the East with the blood-sucking vampires of the West to create a never-been-done-before fantasy story - a story centered around freeing the country and its people from the controls of a merciless vampire Gwi (Lee Soo-hyeok),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" 2015/12/19,
Tortured heroes, forbidden romances and cartoonish villains are nothing new. There is a standard formula by which such stories operate by now and there is an ever faithful audience for them. This does not mean such stories need be repetitive, however, nor does it mean they need to be unentertaining. "Scholar Who Walks the Night" does not reach its end unscathed, but let us look into its efforts until that point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 20 Final 2015/09/10,
After the usual moping...egads what is it with "Scholar Who Walks the Night" and excessive moping? Even in the final episode it feels like hardly a minute can go by before one character starts going on about the need to make sacrifices for the greater good. And as before, this discussion is less an essential thematic need so much as it is the writing team just stalling for time because this drama doesn't actually have that much plot to get through. I do wish "Scholar Who Walks the Night" had been shorter and punchier- that's where most of its strengths are anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 19 2015/09/09,
The actors in "Scholar Who Walks the Night" are really good sports. No matter how many times they discuss the exact same plot points over and over again, everyone manages to use the same level, serious tone of voice. I always appreciate it when actors are this determined to do justice to source material, regardless of whether or not the source material really deserves it. That much, at least, manages to keep the stakes high going into the final confrontation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 18 2015/09/03,
Gwi's plan to legitimize his rule of the world is, as to be expected, fatally flawed because Gwi vastly overestimates his own intelligence. Humans aren't complete idiots. The vampires showed up at the same time the Gwi rumors got serious, and no one can vouch for Gwi having done anything, well, not unnecessarily violent and selfish. By contrast, Seong-yeol has been the beneificiary of his own advertising campaign in the form of Yang-seon's novels. So that's what it comes down to- a war of vampire public relations,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 17 2015/09/02,
Everybody's plans end up blowing up in their faces. I have to admit, this is a heck of a lot more fun than things going wrong because the characters are passively stupid. Unfortunately Cheol-joong's actions remain unhampered. This is annoying mainly because Cheol-joong isn't really any smarter than any other character. Cheol-joong's only useful asset is the inexplicable loyalty of his minions. I can see the evil vizier turning soldiers against the lawful King for a lot of reasons, but to help out the vampire that keeps snacking on them? Really?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 16 2015/08/27,
After the usual requisite moping about regarding whether Seong-yeol is terrible for being a vampire or whether he should be allowed to love or blah blah blah we finally get to some exciting action. Remember the plan that everyone has been talking about for forever, the one that we never actually get to see? Well we get to see part of it here. And goodness, is it ever relieving to finally find our good-aligned characters on the same page even if strictly speaking they don't actually know what's going on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 15 2015/08/26,
I think Gwi's just making these evil schemes up as he goes along. Really. The guy never seems to have an actual plan. He's always being surprised and simply responds by terrorizing as many people as possible without any regard to how this is supposed to fit it to his long term designs. More often than not Gwi just expects other people to do his dirty work for him, then he doesn't even bother to check up to see if they did it correctly. One might think that an immortal invincible vampire would be a tad more patient and farsighted,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 14 2015/08/20,
Seong-yeol continues to sulk. Admittedly for better reason than usual, since Yang-seon now seems to be genuinely frightened of him, for good reason. From my end, well, maybe it's just that all the vampire-induced massacres, but I feel kind of desensitized to the problems in Seong-yeol's love life. The main plot, namely the new round of anti-Gwi plans, continue to lack much inspiration. Although interestingly Gwi's own plan isn't really all that good,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 13 2015/08/19,
The premise at the start is somewhat interesting. Everyone managed to escape from Gwi last night, but now the operating assumption is that they only have one day before Gwi manages to locate and murder them all the following night. Much as I dislike spoilers I feel compelled to point out that this alarm ends up being a false one. No one ends up preparing for Gwi all that effectively. What's more Gwi barely even seems to care about the fact that a serious attempt was made to kill him, one that might have worked better if the king's snipers were better shots,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 12 2015/08/13,
After nearly a full drama of little-to-no actual plot, this episode almost manages to overdo it. The heroes have extended conversations with each other- not just each other even, but one of the villains too, and working together they come up with a plan to finally take on Gwi. Obviously this doesn't work out too great but even so! Finally! Vampire action plots and scheming in the vampire action drama! It's been so long since there's just been a good fight, you know?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 11 2015/08/12,
Apparently the last couple of episodes weren't enough of a downbeat tone for director Lee Seong-joon. This one too, at least initially, continues to have its character mope around in general angst and depression over death. Maybe it's heartless for me to think this, but Seong-yeol and Yang-seon really need to move on. Death isn't some new surprising occurence in this drama. It's hardly fair to prioritize a couple of deaths more just because the main characters happened to know them personally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 10 2015/08/06,
Even though Jang-seon isn't actually in jail anymore this episode of "Scholar Who Walks the Night" somehow manages to be even more lurid and depressing than the last one. Granted, after the ending of the last episode we could hardly have expected this one to be all sparkly vampires and rainbows, but even so. I can only tolerate so much abuse of the lead heroine before it just gets to be incredibly offputting. The camp elements are pretty much completely absent here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 9 2015/08/05,
This episode is thoroughly bogged down in the "Jang-seon is in jail" storyline. While this doesn't go on forever, Jang-seon is so heavily restricted here it's a little difficult to ignore the extent to which her character is basically a damsel in distress. About the only saving grace is that this isn't her fault. If Jo-saeng hadn't been acting in such a boneheaded way this whole time they'd already all be out by now, and the general gruesomeness of the cliffhanger could have been avoided,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 8 2015/07/30,
Jo-saeng (played by Jeong Gyoo-soo) is Yang-seon's adoptive father, though he pretends to be her father by birth. He's also the main reason why the plot regarding the book hasn't gone anywhere. Jo-saeng has spent most of the runtime acting unhelpful because he's seen what vampires can do and is completely terrified at the prospect of getting involved at the storyline at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 7 2015/07/29,
In the aftermath of a major battle recovery is slow- well, not that slow given that Seong-yeol and Gwi are vampires, but this definitely appears to be a cycle that repeats fairly frequently. Seong-yeol is only able to outsmart Gwi enough to force another stalemate- they both live to fight another day. Which as far as Seong-yeol is concerned is a loss, because another day as a vampire is another day he has to suck blood from the living and, well, Seong-yeol doesn't like doing that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 6 2015/07/23,
Gwi very quickly seems to forget that the reason he captured all the booksellers wasn't to spread a message of anti-literacy- Gwi's goal was in fact to get more information about Yang-seon. And he quickly gives that up to just do more obviously evil stuff that serves little apparent purpose except to force cover-ups and make people like Gwi even less than they already do. By the end of the episode Gwi isn't doing much better. He's once again easily bamboozled by Seong-yeol and manages to forget to take precautions against his most glaring weakness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 5 2015/07/22,
Seong-ryeol does a lot of watching. Really, it seems to be his main special ability. He always has a perfect view of whatever scheme Gwi is planning at any given moment- that much would seem to be Gwi's special weakness. But for the most part Seong-ryeol has his eyes focused on Yang-seon this episode. It really does seem like a pity that Seong-ryeol has the power to read really fast but mostly just ends up waiting for people to finish doing stuff rather slowly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" 2015/07/19,
There is nothing quite like a romantic fantasy drama for the summer and MBC seems to have taken its intended type of show quite seriously with 'Scholar Who Walks the Night'. It offers vampires, doppelgangers, damsels and rescues, romance and mystery, and of course the quite important beautiful men. None of those elements will work without an engaging plot, however, so let us see how the drama is faring with that part so far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 4 2015/07/16,
Poor Seong-yeol. I mean, I know it's a big genre convention that the brooding romantic vampire has to hate who he is, and regret the mistakes of the past, but still. Running into Myeong-hee does a number on Seong-yeol's brain here. It's a trauma only amplified by flashbacks which indicate that Seong-yeol didn't even really manage to knock Gwi out temporarily- at that point Gwi let Seong-yeol leave the throne room alive (or undead if you want to be technical) mainly out of pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 3 2015/07/15,
One of the odder quirks about "Scholar Who Walks the Night" is that the villain is kind of incompetent. Sure, he can beat the tar out of pretty much anybody in a fight- that's why Seong-yeol is walking the night instead of trying to take Gwi down in hand-to-hand combat. The problem is that Gwi's ultimate goal is largely political in nature, and he has two kinds of allies- not terribly competent henchmen, and political power players who are smarter than the overly ambitious vampire,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 2 2015/07/09,
Yang-seon (played by Lee Yoo-bi) is a cross-dressing book merchant. It quickly becomes very obvious why that is- apparently even in the Joseon era, selling books required lots of borderline perverted gamesmanship. Yang-seon is completely stoked to find any source of new book material, no matter how obviously ridiculous. No, actually, the more ridiculous the better. That's what drags the clients in- the promise of preposterous sexy stories,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night" Episode 1 2015/07/08,
Seong-yeol (played by Lee Joon-ki) is a warrior scholar with a special interest in vampires. Matters take a turn for the disastrous when one such vampire by the name of Gwi (played by Lee So-hyeok) decides to make a serious effort to take over the world. The young lady Myeong-hee (played by Kim So-eun) ends up getting caught in the middle of this. Which is unfortunate, since Seong-yeol and Myeong-hee get along rather adorably together,...More
Lee Soo-hyeok, a vampire 2015/06/22, Source, Actor Lee Soo-hyeok took a picture of himself that resembles the vampire in the movie "Twilight".
He posted this picture on Twitter on the 23rd saying, "I'm on the roof. Good night". His small face and clear features stand out in the moonlight,...More
Lee Soo-hyeok looks superb in suit 2015/05/01, Source,
In the afternoon on May 1st, Lee Soo-hyeok posed for the press during the photo time at the 4th Moet Rising Star Award, which took place at the outdoor hall of Jeonju Fan Cultural Centre, North Jeolla Province.
Moet Rising Star Award invites new movie actors and new directors and presents awards to the winners, who are selected based on the meaningful activities by the rising stars,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" 2015/02/07,
There are many things which can be deal breakers in drama. Mistakes are made due to lack of focus, direction or sometimes care and mistakes are made due to the restrictions and pitfalls of the medium. 'Sensible Love' has problems with its plot and was ultimately betrayed by its length. A disappointing failure to reach its full potential, the series nonetheless has some great things to show. Whether those are worth the process depends on the person watching,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 20 2015/02/03,
Now that Hae-soo's story has been dealt with "Sensible Love" has lost almost all sense of urgency. The obvious irony of this is that Hae-soo, by design, quite literally never actually did anything. She was the emotional reference point for everything else that happened- and without that reference point, the other characters just sort of drift around aimlessly, making new friends and...that's really about it. They make new friends we're done,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 19 2015/02/02,
The overall theme this time concerns the meaning of life. More specifically, for what reason is life worth living? "Sensible Love" has often drawn a parallel between the apparently frivolous emotional pain of the three leads and Hee-soo, who had resigned herself to living out her empty shell of a life. The events of the last episode have been enough to give Hee-soo a choice. And the decision she ultimately makes is an unsurprising one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 18 2015/01/27,
It's to the credit of the drama's sound direction that "Sensible Love" continues to feel deep and meaningful, even as the plot itself moves into increasingly melodramatic territory rather at odds with the genuine, complicated human emotion that's been explored so far. The use of silence really is quite excellent- take the sheer loneliness emphasized by the empty house. Why the house is empty isn't all that clear. It stands to reason that someone should have stayed behind,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 17 2015/01/26,
The arbitrary, contrived nature of the current plot arc is still annoying- but "Sensible Love" itself soon acknowledges how completely unsatisfactory this resolution is. Hee-tae and Il-ri barely even talk together here, devoting almost all of their energy to just keeping Hee-tae's family from exploding under the stress of his mother's dementia. Multiple characters explicitly point out here that this really shouldn't be Il-ri's problem anymore. Hee-tae was the one pushing for her to leave, and he's shown no signs of adopting a more forgiving attitude,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 16 2015/01/20,
Upon closer consideration, I have to admit that the dementia plotline isn't a particularly encouraging one. Yeo-sa was not, as far as I noticed, displaying any particularly obvious symptoms until the doctor's visit. Now she's almost instantaneously transitioned to being unable to recognize her own husband. And yet Yeo-sa appears incapable of noticing the inherent contradiction of thinking her lover is a young man while her children are all adults. The same contradiction also showed up in "Pinocchio"- at the beginning, so there was no abrupt transition. "Pinocchio" also had more obvious comedic elements compared to the very serious story of "Sensible Love",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 15 2015/01/19,
Hee-tae still doesn't want to deal with life. It was perhaps inevitable, given all the stalling he's been doing, that another personal crisis would come up. And as expected there really aren't any good answers here. In contrast to the way he's been talking down to Il-ri lately, Hee-tae's unwillingness to talk about his mother's illness really is just a matter of there not being any good way to have this conversation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 14 2015/01/13,
I wouldn't hold it against anyone for giving up on "Sensible Love" at this point. While the concept is good and the performances excellent, by design the story pretty much has to constantly run around in circles. As expected, Hee-tae is still waffling on the question of what to do about Il-ri, which makes his big dramatic statement last episode about how he's not really having second thoughts about the divorce all the more ridiculous,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 13 2015/01/12,
Joon's attempts at reconciliation predictably end in failure. What's especially sad about what Il-ri and Joon are trying to do is that their obvious genuflection toward Hee-tae simply doesn't mean anything. They just want the situation to go back to what it was before their ill-conceived emotional affair, and Hee-tae simply won't have any of it. As usual, it's not because Hee-tae has any kind of alternative in mind. The man's almost completely governed by his own sense of inertia,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 12 2015/01/06,
It figures that apparently the only context where Gi-tae and Ee-ri can get along is when they're drunk. Another fact worth noting- while Gi-tae and Ee-nee have been consistently portrayed as an obviously immature beta couple, neither of them are really all that young. Gi-tae is the same age as Il-ri, even if his speech usually defers to her as if she's older than he is. All of this serves to underscore an essential point- it's context that determines maturity more than any specific inherent quality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 11 2015/01/05,
Il-ri's last-ditch effort to try and get Hee-tae to stop acting so heartless rather predictably fails. It fails in part because it's an obvious performance. Il-ri tries to show Hee-tae that she's sincere by directly and openly stating the facts of the situation to other people who can hold her to it. Yet to the very end Hee-tae stubbornly refuses to engage with Il-ri emotionally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 10 2014/12/30,
Hee-tae is continuing to delude himself into thinking that he can somehow just walk away from this marriage without there being any serious interpersonal consequences. As memorably demonstrated in one phone call, the rest of his family has absolutely no idea what's going on with Il-ri. To the contrary, they think things are going quite well. And Hee-tae himself is barely doing anything to defuse this notion as he hopelessly tries adjust Il-ri out of his life without hurting anyone else,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 9 2014/12/29,
The episode ends up not being as vicious as the last preview implied. Sure, there's definite violent bits going around, but it's like Hee-tae says. This kind of behavior really just isn't his personality. Hee-tae comes off less like a person who's actually angry so much as one who's acting angry because he's not really sure what the appropriate way is to deal with this kind of betrayal. All Hee-tae really knows for sure is that he has to do something,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 8 2014/12/23,
Hae-soo continues to be the best character, a fact that's frankly rather remarkable considering she can't actually directly affect any of the action. Her role in the story is mainly that of counterpoint. Il-ri and Joon may go on about their deep, reflective conversations considering insecurities regarding life and death. Hae-soo, meanwhile, faces far more tangible misery yet barely even complains. She just thinks how nice it would be to have a normal expressive life again. Beyond that, though, well...what is there to say?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 7 2014/12/22,
Pay note to the fact that, even though we're technically still in flashback mode, it's obvious that "Sensible Love" too is taking place at Christmastime. This would seem to imply that we're about to get out of flashback mode- except I'm not really sure what season it was when we started. At any event, given the major information that Hee-tae gets regarding his wife, it would seem like some major dramatic action is going to have to happen sooner or later,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 6 2014/12/16,
Il-ri is desperate for approval. Tempting as it may be to call it love, that's all I can really see when the woman shows up on-screen agonizing over making the right impression on Joon. I don't think it even matters that it's Joon. Il-ri will accept approval from any possible direction. In some ways it's a natural consequence of the woman's general isolation. I think the issue is less sexual as it just loneliness. Il-ri doesn't have any friends,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 5 2014/12/15,
The divide between real life and what seems to be a fantasy continues to remain an ominous presence in the story. Take particular note of the dual scenes where Il-ri takes her problems to Hee-soo. In both cases, Hee-soo is just sort of perplexed at how ridiculous the situation sounds. It's an aspect of real-life relationships that a lot of people don't like discussing for the exact reason presented here. Il-ri feels less like a person undergoing genuine emotional strife and more like a child acting out a delusional fantasy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 4 2014/12/09,
With these reviews I've been guessing and hypothesizing about whether or not Il-ri and Hee-tae can really be said to love each other. Then both of them come out and admit to having had the same insecurities about their relationship for pretty much the exact reasons I've described. This revelation doesn't make me feel smart for being right. It makes me feel a little ashamed, honestly, because it's honestly not clear whether the relationship would be in any trouble at all except that they're meta-analyzing it and wondering if they've somehow done love incorrectly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 3 2014/12/08,
The courtship between Il-ri and Hee-tae reaches an abrupt denouement here. To be entirely honest I was expecting the drama to just skip past this part and go right to the post-wedding period, but the courtship section is so short that's pretty much exactly what happens anyway. Their relationship really does just seem to be a simple matter of, hey, we're not teacher and student anymore, nothing creepy, let's get hitched,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 2 2014/12/02,
Il-ri's sheer dedication to romantic tropes is both adorable and worrisome. She makes it clear here that in no uncertain terms Hee-tae is her destiny. What came off as cute in the first episode is more troublesome here mainly because it's obvious that Il-ri's following a drama-style playbook without actually having the life experience necessary to realize that these tropes are just the stuff of fantasy. This is just a high school crush that she will one day grow out of,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 1 2014/12/01,
Director Han Ji-seung really loves trees. Seriously, just look at the cinematography here. Maybe it's just the location scouting, but I can't recall ever seeing that many trees in the same (suburban) place before. And it's not just in plant form that we find these behemoths in every frame. Wood also plays a large part in the background proceedings. The texture, the color, the simple serene beauty of nature- that, thematically, is what the camerawork is telling us about the story of "Sensible Love",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Sensible Love" 2014/11/29,
Extramarital affairs are not a happy topic for anyone involved. However, as it is a very common issue in any society, it is one worth exploring. The problem is that the nature of entertainment is to be what the word implies; entertaining. This can make it present such topics with lack of the necessary depth and respect. TvN's 'Sensible Love' or 'Valid Love' is therefore a gamble,...More
The King of High School Manners 2014/06/20, Source, Seo In-guk is a very hot actor in Korea these days. His breakout performance was in "Answer to 1997" and his fans have been waiting patiently for him to nab another drama lead role ever since. Luckily, the wait is over. "The King of High School Manners" (aka High School King of Savvy, King High School of Life Conduct) is the story of Lee Min-seok, your average high school athlete who prefers to play hockey over keeping up with his academics. He is very popular among the female students at his school due to his status as the star hockey player. He's the complete opposite of his older brother, Lee Hyeong-seok, who moved to Germany 8 years ago to pursue his studies and create a very successful life for himself - at the cost of abandoning Min-seok alone in Korea,...More
[Photos] 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Red Carpet 2013/07/18, Lee Byung-hun
The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will take place from July 18 to July 28 in Gyeonggi Province. On the themes of love, fantasy and adventure, a total of 230 films -- 135 features and 95 shorts -- from 44 countries will be screened this year.
Many actors and actresses attended and walked down the festival's glamorous red carpet before entering the pavilion,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Horror Stories 2" 2013/06/14,
In "Horror Stories 2" we're treated to a small collection of horror movies. They don't really have anything to do with each other, thematically or otherwise. There's not much point getting attached to any of the characters, since relatively few of them survive beyond their original thirty-minute runtimes. And even the ones that do we never see them again. So, all that's left is to judge this movie as the sum of its parts.
The first story, The Cliff, brings horror to a rather mundane level as two friends run into trouble on a mountain. The prominent use of a Snickers bar is troublesome,...More
[Video] CJ ENTERTAINMENT Hits the Catwalk with Runway Cop 2012/06/22,
CJ Entertainment launches the hilarious comedy about fashion, "Runway Cop", for a limited engagement at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 29, 2012. The film is Director Sin Tae-ra's second action comedy flick, following his 2009 hit, "My Girlfriend is an Agent". He's about the get the biggest makeover of his life. Detective Cha has a belly about to burst and unbelievably bad hygiene. He's no model, but Cha's only interest is to get the bad guys, no matter what it takes. Then comes the mission to infiltrate drug deals taking place in the fashion industry, and he is assigned the impossible: transform into a runway model… in 2 weeks! With the pressure on, Detective Cha is about to undergo the biggest makeover of his life,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.06.01 ~ 2012.06.03 2012/06/03, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.06.01 ~ 2012.06.03)
"Men in Black III" still tops the charts but had three local flicks biting at its heels, making this past weekend a close race for the top spot. The sci-fi comedy is the third film in the series and sees the return of the popular duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with Josh Brolin stepping in to share the limelight. The film added 533,134 to its admission count, putting it on 2,454,900 in just two weeks,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "JSA - Joint Security Area" 2011/02/26, Park Chan-wook's "JSA - Joint Security Area" made huge waves at the Korean box office during the early weeks of its release. The film became the highest grossing film at the time with a million eager moviegoers flocking to see it in its second week. A DVD of the film was even presented to Kim-Jong-Il during the 2007 Korea Summit, an interesting political gesture that resonates with the filmmaker's attempt to humanise the Korean conflict.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Lee Soo-hyeok 2010/11/01, Source,
Actor Lee Soo-hyeok [Photo by Lee jin-hyuk, 10Asia]
My name isLee Soo-hyeok. It's actually Lee Hyeok-soo and I had been using both names for quite a while until I decided to settle with Lee Soo-hyeok. My parents and old friends who've known me for a long time call me by my old name Hyeok-soo but I don't mind being addressed as Soo-hyeok either because it has been my name that I have gotten used to for quite some time now. It's Hyeok as in the Chinese character “赫” meaning 'brilliance' and Soo “秀” as in 'outstanding.”' I was born on May, 31, 1988. I have lived mainly in Seoul and the Gyeonggi Province. My family is composed of my parents and a four year younger sister. She will take the college entrance exam this year so my dad threw a party for a one day and I bought the cake for it. Due to our age difference, I haven't had the chance to get very close with her but I've been trying to be more considerate to her for the past few years,...More
2NE1 reveals music video for new track today 2010/11/01, Source,
Clip from 2NE1's music video "I'm Hurt" [YG Entertainment]
Korean idols 2NE1 unveiled the full-length music video for their new song on their official YouTube channel today.
The music video for R&B track "I'm Hurt" from their first full-length album, features the girls donning clothes, make-up and hairstyles in a fantasy-like theme. Member Sandara Park acts in the video with model and actor,...More
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