[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Ex-Girlfriends' Club" 2015/05/23,
Love triangles, squares and other manner of romantic geometry are a staple of Korean drama. They have a set of tropes that go with them and they entertain people when done well. For a series which would under normal drama circumstances be a love pentagon, however, 'Ex-Girlfriends' Club' breaks the mold in the type of dynamics found between the characters. This is an interesting enough feature to speak of and will perhaps become the show's strength down the road,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Ex-Girlfriends' Club" 2015/05/02,
Romantic comedy in Korean drama most often deals with budding relationships. The draw is the idea that two strangers meet, fall in love and this love is what entertains viewers. Even if those characters are connected in their childhood or by fate, which are popular tropes. However, some shows also deal with love beyond the original attraction and also rekindled love. 'Ex-Girlfriends' Club' appears to belong in the latter category,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 10 2015/02/01,
Final episodes normally do lots of callbacks, and "Doctor Frost" is no different. Unfortunately, "Doctor Frost" decides to call back to all the least interesting parts of the drama, creating a finale that's about as uninspiring as most of the normal episodes. There's little to no actual psychoanalysis, as usual, and the final plot unfolds about as predictably as possible. Only the exact details and motivation of the villain are new, and these story points are rather uninspiring,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 9 2015/01/25,
In a word, this episode is perfunctory. "Doctor Frost" is setting up the finale, and so is deliberately putting all the various long-term fragments of the previous episodes into proper order. The woman from the last cliffhanger ends up not being a plot point except to the extent of motive. Remember the episode about false memories, the one where the true culprit got away? That's what's really going on here- psychoanalysis of a person we can't actually see just yet because it would ruin the surprise. Even if you've probably already guessed who it is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 8 2015/01/18,
The rather trivially simple theme this episode is just lying. Works for me. While a person doesn't need a doctorate to understand lying, it is a topic that pretty much everyone can relate to. And the set-up is, in fact, a perfect situation for exploring the difference. A man is physically accosting a woman on the street late at night. The implication of the situation is obvious. And yet right from the beginning I couldn't help but wonder, if this guy's really a villain, why did he stand around and wait for the police to show up?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 7 2015/01/11,
Writer Heo Ji-yeong appears to be going for weak synergy right now. The resulting product isn't exactly good but at least it's not terrible. What we have is less one story as it is three different plots of varying importance. Seong-ah meets up with a student who wants help in the romantic shyness department. Song-seon meets up with an old colleague known both to herself and Doctor Frost. And lastly, Tae-bong investigates a bizarre string of murders,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 6 2015/01/04,
Well, if nothing else, this episode of "Doctor Frost" marks a rather different story direction. There's no murder investigation this time- well, at least not of the recent variety. Doctor Frost and Song-seon are forced to confront the ghost of their recent history together. And the story does manage to be a reasonably sad one- if the basic plot of this episode were transposed onto a drama special it probably could have worked fairly well,...More
Lee Yoon-ji, "I can't stop working out" 2014/12/28, Source, Lee Yoon-ji was chosen to model in Beauty+ January issue. She's currently starring in the OCN drama "Doctor Frost" as a cold and urban psychiatric professor named Song Seon.
Based in the background of a vintage hotel, this pictorial is made-up with shadows on her face and bright red lips. She pulled off a suit-look with her lean body and even wore a "H" line skirt without flaw,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 5 2014/12/21,
The mystery this episode involves a particularly interesting psychological phenomenon with all sorts of fun creative possibilities. Most detective procedurals work under the assumption that the human memory is a flawless mechanism for recreating past events. This, of course, isn't true at all. "Pinocchio" got a lot of mileage out of the fact that even a person who can't lie can still spread major falsehoods through making an erroneous assumption,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 4 2014/12/14,
On the plus side, this episode dispenses with murder. On the negative side, Doctor Frost is still mostly psychoanalyzing people who aren't actually in the room. So while the drama makes some progress in terms of clearly distinguishing itself from a standard crime procedural, it's still not really great. What's more the twist is pretty obvious- it's the Law of Conversation of Character in full force. You can probably guess what direction the story is going even if you don't know what that term means,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 3 2014/12/07,
With this episode "Doctor Frost" moves from being frustrating to just being kind of bland. This time the connection to the university psychology department is even more tenuous. The drama has increasingly little obvious correlation with the source material, or even with previous episodes. Why does it have to be flashbacks? Wouldn't it be a lot more fun to just show Doctor Frost going to the colored rooms?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 2 2014/11/30,
While I'm willing to tolerate some level of adherence to the crime procedural format, "Doctor Frost" really overdoes it this time. One of the main factors that made the webtoon so interesting was the very flexible structure of the mystery. Doctor Frost's skills are psychological, so the only mysteries he can unravel are the ones that involves psychoanalysis. And I hate to be picky, but it's kind of hard to psychoanalyze a corpse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 1 2014/11/23,
It soon becomes clear why "Doctor Frost" has spent so long in production. They had to work on the soundtrack. Seriously, just listen to that. It's pretty hip stuff. There's mind-bending music for mind-bending investigative games, cool tunes for cool walks, crazy stuff for when the mental patient finally manages to lose their marbles. Director Seong Yong-il is clearly going for a certain level of ambience here, and it's succeeding,...More
[Photos] Lee Yoon-ji in a wedding dress 2014/09/22, Source,
Bride-to-be Lee Yoon-ji has completed her wedding photos. She looks elegant and sophisticated in her pictures.
Although she had a filming on the same day, Lee Yoon-ji didn't appear to be tired when she arrived at the studio to take her wedding pictures. She worked hard to make good pictures and looked good in any dress,...More
Who is the queen of the year? 2013/10/02, Source,
What's the exposure code at BIFF this year?
The 18th Busan International Film Festival is opening its festival door with the movie "The Blessing" on the 3rd of October.
The highlight of all openings is the relay of female stars' dresses. Domestic and foreign actresses alike will be decorating the red carpet with sexy to abstruse fashion,...More
TV dramas use similar names for main characters 2013/09/12, Source,
Jang Tae-san, Jang Tae-joo, Jang Tae-ha
They sound like names for brothers, but they are characters appearing in different TV dramas in Korea. Jang Tae-san (played by Lee Joon-ki) is the main character in MBC TVs Wednesday and Thursday drama series "Two Weeks". He is a fugitive who is mistakenly charged for murder, and struggles to save his daughter. Jang Tae-joo (played by Ko Soo) is the main character in SBS TVs Monday and Tuesday drama series "Empire of Gold", and is an ambitious man who seeks a hostile takeover of a chaebol enterprise to take revenge for his father who died due to false allegations.
Jang Tae-ha (played by Park Sang-min) is a character of hard-headed conglomerate owner on MBC TVs weekend drama series Scandal. They come to have similar names because all of them are serious and strong characters, and the screenplay writers sought to pick names suitable for such characters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Love Manipulation: Cyrano" Episode 2 2013/05/28,
The second episode slows down a bit as the action descends into cat-related hijinx. Unfortunately, this really isn't as interesting as it may sound. Even by the standards of the first episode it's difficult to sort out the importance of the cat in the overall scheme, and the chase scene that results just doesn't ring with quite the same urgency as the elaborate subway plot of the first episode. Or the more direct and effective cloak-and-dagger skulking about in this one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama review] "The Great Seer" 2013/02/15,
In times of yore, people commonly believed in crazy stuff like geomancy- the study of geographical formations and their relation to divination or feng shui. While this sounds weird enough today, a thousand years ago this was serious science with important political considerations at the higher forms of government. "The Great Seer" tells the story of soothsayers and their role in the rise of the Joseon era.
The strongest parts of this series, without a doubt, are the ones that focus on the geomancy. Even though the internal logic sounds weird, in the context of the times it's actually perfectly understandable why geomancy is considered such a respected science,...More
Korean Director Honors Steve Jobs with iPhone Movie 2012/02/20, Source,
Korean filmmaker Chin Won-suk aired his 13-minute film "992" at Macworld -- the world's largest exhibition featuring the latest Apple products -- in San Francisco on Jan. 27. The short feature was filmed on the latest version of the iPhone, some five years after the first version of the best-selling handset was released.
The short is named after the New Balance running shoes favored by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Until 2009, Apple used Macworld to unveil its latest products, and Jobs regularly took to the stage to present his latest gadgets to the world,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Couples": Destined Love for Better or Worse... 2012/02/11,
Now, I am not usually the type to gorge myself on such things, but when I came across Jeong Yong-ki's 2011 film "Couples" I just had to see what he had in store in the romantic comedy department. I am happy to report that I enjoyed Yong-ki's offering and it is definitely worth a watch for anyone looking for a light-romantic comedy that, while still playing on a tried and tested structure, manages to feel fresh and enduring. With Valentines Day just around the corner, this might just be the romantically inclined cinematic candy to mark the occasion,...More
Lee Yoon-ji, "My thighs got a good response" 2011/10/27, Source,
Actress Lee Yoon-ji mentioned her dress she wore at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and said that she has a complex about her thighs.
In the KBS 2TV program "Happy Together" on October 27th she said, "When I go to the public bath with my family, I can find them easily because they are the ones with thick legs. I tried really hard to lose weight on my thighs",...More
Oh Jung-se gets married to childhood friend after 19 years 2011/10/17, Source,
Actor Oh Jung-se is getting married to his childhood partner after 19 years of being in a relationship.
He made an appearance on MBC's "Nollowa" on the 17th and was asked if he was still single to which he replied, "I have been married for 5 years. I married by partner from grade 6 after 19 years of being in a relationship".,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" 2010/12/28, Source,
Casts from KBS series "Dream High" : Starting from left JOO, Wooyoung, Eom Gi-joon, Taecyeon, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, Ham Eun-jeong, Lee Yoon-ji, IU etc., [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia
Co-produced by Bae Young-joon of KEYEAST and Park Jin-young of JYP Entertainment and starring members from idol groups 2PM, T-ara and miss A and female singer IU, it is obvious what KBS TV series "Dream High" wishes to be -- a drama which shows how the 'dream factory' really works along with the hardships young trainees go through to become a star, a drama about young people, and a drama where idols stars are the main characters. "Dream High" shows where it is headed to from the beginning with the story starting in the year 2018 with a man named 'K' from Korea sweeping the Grammy awards to become a world star and Jung Ha-myung (Bae Young-joon), the director of Kirin High School of Art, reminisces on the time when he himself was a freshman at the school,...More
[10LINE] Actor Jang Geun-seok 2010/04/23, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Lee Yoon-ji, actress Ha Ji-won, actor Kang Ji-hwan, actress Park Shin-hye and actor Yoo Seung-ho [10Asia]
Jang Geun-seok From an early age, the world of entertainment was his workplace. He was surrounded only by adults. Even at a young age he made a lot of money and his wish was to have a "normal part-time job". He spent his teenage years as an 'idol' who acts.
Jang Han-na Child actress who played the role of Jeong Nan-jeong for SBS drama "Yeoincheonha". Jang Geun-seok played the role of Jeong's half-brother. Jang began his career in entertainment when he beat the odds of 1:25,000 to win first place in a beautiful child contest. However, his parents were not able to pay much attention to his career because they were busy with their fish farm business in Danyang in the North Chungcheong Province,...More
While swimming in the sea or cruising along in your car...
have you ever seen your life flash before your eyes?
How does one feel in that frantic moment?
And how does one's life change compared to life before that pivotal mo,...More
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