[HanCinema's Film Review] "Luck.Key" 2016/10/15,
Hyeong-wook (played by Yoo Hae-jin) is a cool, stylish, skilled man whose work is violent in nature and of generally dubious legality. Jae-seong (played by Lee Joon) has very different plans in life- he's chronically out of money, and not doing so hot career-wise either. One random mishap at the bathhouse, though, ends up wildly reversing the fortunes of these men. All of a sudden both have to make sense of a wildly different life situation in "Luck.Key", a remake of the Japanese comedy film Key of Life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 24 (final) 2016/06/14,
And with a final episode that was a concoction of everything but the kitchen sink, "Jackpot" comes to and end. The show had a few highlights, but mostly it was messy. The finale emphasized the loneliness of the throne, the fight with politics to do what is best for a nation at large, and a friendship between brothers of different social standing. The buildup to the Musin rebellion was long and arduous, minor characters were left half-developed and our main characters suffered personality changes and strange character trajectories. The most beautiful moment of this final episode, and indeed in quite a few episodes, was the last scene of the brothers meeting in secret, enjoying one another's company and allowing a lonely king to have, if but for a moment, a true friend with whom he can feel a bit less lonely,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 23 2016/06/13,
The Musin rebellion is underway and In-jwa is desperate to make it happen - desperate enough to sacrifice people in order to achieve his endgoal of saving those very same people. King Yeongjo faces the same dilemma. Does he listen to Dae-gil's pleas and trust in the faithfulness of his people and in Dae-gil's master plan or does he use his troops to cut down the rebels and restore peace? In-jwa has, finally, gone off the deep end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 22 2016/06/07,
The story did jump ahead to focus on the Musin Rebellion and it chooses to skip a lot of what made King Yeongjo such an effective leader, instead painting him as ruthless while Dae-gil is the voice of reason and of the people. The personality change in Yeongjo (formerly Prince Yeoning) is troubling as was Dae-gil's shift from buffoon to cool-headed military leader. He lost most of what made him fun. There is a major time skip in this episode that is not clearly defined by the writer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 21 2016/06/06,
Episode 21 of "Jackpot" was riddled with action, blood, death, and promises for more of the same. Yeoning learns what a path to the throne is built on: sacrifice and tears. Dae-gil watches his brother suffer as he work to foil In-jwa at every carefully planned junction. While history lives on in this rendition of Yeongjo's life, it really isn't very interesting. The pace of the episode saves it from being overly dull. For the sake of the show it seems as if the timeline of historical events has been crunched into a shorter span of time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 20 2016/06/01,
This episode of "Jackpot" attempts to delve into the faction wars between Noron and Soron and works with historical rumors to do so. It's actually a very exciting time. Unfortunately, the plotting seems more like classroom gossip than the immense political tug-of-war than it really is. King Sukjong has finally passed and the four years of sickly Gyeongjong's reign begins,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 19 2016/05/31,
The seeds of doubt planted by In-jwa into the minds of the brothers have taken root. Although both young men want to believe in each other, the situations at hand render them unable to fully trust. It is this method by which In-jwa has succeeded time and time again in "Jackpot". I feel like a broken record when it comes to this show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 18 2016/05/24,
My frustration with show hasn't ceased, but at least it's just about to jump into some action. In-jwa has been incensed and finally takes a decisive course of action. This is welcome as the bonds between characters (save perhaps the brothers), is quite weak. Without any strong bonds between In-jwa and Dam-seo, or Dam-seo and the two brothers who love her, this episode truly fell flat as did her prolonged death scene. Attempts to stir tension remain unsuccessful attempts. At least this show boasts of a stellar cast. The show seems to be aiming to build up towards In-jwa's rebellion, which means we have two major deaths to get through and a King Yeongjo to crown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 17 2016/05/23,
Yi In-jwa and his nine lives are quite tiresome. The character sticks around beyond all reason. Rather than focus on his ridiculous mechanizations, why can't the show take some real historical happenings and buff them out for this rendition of King Sukjong's and Yeoning's lives? In any case, In-jwa is still here and fluctuating between the maniacal and the serene. Scenes of his omnipotence are punctuated by a few good moments of brotherly love, a death, and some massive political plans that don't feel very massive.
Yeoning is in a pivotal position right now, learning the inner workings of palace politics, the molasses-like speed of the political machine, and the extent of his own power,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 16 2016/05/17, "Jackpot" should've been slated for sixteen episodes. At this point we're at episode 16 and had the action been condensed into a shorter broadcasting period, perhaps the action would feel, well, more exciting. We have eight episodes to go and it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There is a bad guy; there are two brothers who have the potential to become deadly enemies; there are sick parents; and there are parents who aren't all dead.
Rather than the multiple stabbings that littered the first third of the drama, this second third of the drama is full of family angst and of the characters discovering their identities,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 15 2016/05/16, "Jackpot" has reached a stasis in ratings at 8.4%. Despite big reveals and a lot of action, these events lack the impact that is necessary to drawn in viewers. Predictability is a double-edged sword. It can heighten anticipation, but it can also deflate said anticipation if it is used too often. In the case of "Jackpot", the story holds no true angst or surprise. Both Yeoning and Dae-gil discovered their relationship with each other while In-jwa continues to have everything go his way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 14 2016/05/10,
Ratings go down for "Jackpot" as my opinion of it goes up. Isn't it funny how such things work? The brothers triumphed together last episode and this episode brought the expected troubles and downfall. Dae-gil, despite his luck, continues to be trampled upon by the driven In-jwa. Yeoning, despite his good intentions, is dragged down by those who love him. Also, he discovers that Dae-gil is his brother, which adds a dimension to his character and a stronger dynamic to his relationship with Dae-gil. Yeoning sticks to his beliefs, much as he did in real life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 13 2016/05/10, "Jackpot" came in at 8.7% for episode 13, maintaining it's percentage rating. The show, however, has improved from the hyperactive activity that defined its first few weeks. Now the plot steadily moves forward. It does this by adding characters and their personal intrigues and motivations, and letting the main cast react to them. This is all fine and well, but it does make the drama lose tension. Perhaps the biggest plot points at play now are the fact that the two brothers are now teammates, and that there are three women on Dae-gil's love radar,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 12 2016/05/03, "Jackpot" continues to hold steady in second place as its rating rises to 9.2%. Seol Im returns to add another wheel to the love quadrangle, but her character is rich and and example of a strong woman. Our brothers grow closer in a way that makes me think we're in for heartache in the future - it's too good to be true. Both brothers are rough and tough on the outside, but inwardly respect each other and their mutual goals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 11 2016/05/02,
It is in this episode, which came in second at 8.9%, that we really see the seeds of history taking root in our characters. Prince Yeoning, who later becomes one of the most favorably looked upon kings in history, begins his epic, lifelong battle against unfair taxation and the mistreatment of the lower class. Dae-gil, the son of Sukbin's who died according to historical documentation, walks towards a common goal with Prince Yeoning although they're coming from opposite sides of life. They are juxtaposed in this episode and begin a partnership that is fun, although changes are that it will be severed later. Yeoning battled the unfair distribution of wealth his entire life, so this episode is only the tip of the iceburg,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 10 2016/04/26,
This episode of "Jackpot" brought it up to 8.9% and into second place. There was some romance, a smidge of character growth, and plenty of revenge. Despite all fo that, I was extremely disinterested in the episode. It was very explanation oriented and lacked the action that defined earlier episodes. I never thought I'd say that. What was solid about this episode was the direction,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 9 2016/04/25, "Jackpot" came in at the bottom of the pack at 8.0%, but the quality of the show is better than it has been. There is plot movement, character development, action, and political happenings that aren't deadly dull. Not to say that the show doesn't have flaws, but the tone has settled alongside the no-longer-erratic pacing. The biggest flaw in the show is that both King Seokjong and In-jwa are nearly omniscient,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 8 2016/04/19,
Although Jackpot's rating lowered to 8.7%, it's plot has stabilized and become much more cohesive. Save for a few moments, it has ditched the exaggerated antics that defined it in its earliest episodes. There are a lackluster backstories for our characters, especially on the part of Dae-gil's teacher, Kim Che-geon (Ahn Kil-kang). These took a backseat to the huge learning curves that brothers Dae-gil and Yeoning are suffering through. Despite the fact that they walk similar paths, both brothers have distinct strengths and weaknesses based upon personality differences and in the way they were raised,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 7 2016/04/18, "Jackpot" has calmed in its erratic plot flailings and settled into a steadier pace, which was very welcome. It came it a 9.1%, higher than the last episode, but still behind its Monday competitors. The calmer pacing allowed for the actors to step out of the texture and show their abilities, especially Jang Geun-suk. What strengthened the episode was the parallels that it made between the two brothers, both keen and driven, but lacking in the skills to overcome their mutual enemy, Lee In-jwa,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 6 2016/04/12,
Ratings are dropping steadily for "Jackpot". Today's episode clocked in at 8.4% and I can't blame viewers. Besides the beautiful music and solid cast, this drama doesn't have a lot going for it right now. It's what I feared when I saw Writer Kwon at the helm. If you don't know what I mean, I'll explain it to you. "Jackpot" is full of potential,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 5 2016/04/11,
Although there was a strong sense of the ridiculous in "Jackpot"'s fifth episode, there was a touch of realism as well. It could be because of Yeo Jin-goo's spot on acting or a bit of logical writing from Kwon Soon-gyoo. Jang Geun-suk does well with what he is given, but I think we'll see better from him once his character loses the hysterics.
Most of this episode centered around In-jwa physically and emotionally breaking Dae-gil in order to motivate him to change his path in life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 4 2016/04/05,
Episode 4 of "Jackpot" saw some marked improvement in structure and intrigue, but the ratings don't reflect that. It dropped below "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho"'s 11.3% to a single-digit 9.5%. Perhaps it's the unexpected slapstick humor that threw viewers off. However what grabbed me was the sense of family scattered throughout the hour. Dae-gil and his father and adopted grandfather are a rather silly trio,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jackpot" Episode 2 2016/03/29, "Jackpot" is once again the highest rated of the new shows at 12.2% for episode 2. From the outside, the drama is all glitz and glitter: beautiful choreography, stunning naturescapes, keen camera storytelling. But its insides are messier: jumpy character sketches, repetitive themes, and illogical schemes. These may work themselves out with time as many introductory episodes can lack clarity in the rush to introduce the drama. This drama is going the way of most sageuk, or historical dramas, in that it is focusing on the backstory of the main characters before it delivers the handsome leads in their fullest glory,...More
SBS Drama Awards, quality or popularity? 2015/12/03, Source,
Who will be the last one to laugh at the SBS Drama Awards?
SBS maintains its reputation for being one of the most powerful drama broadcasting stations in 2015. It entertained viewers with various dramas and so did actors and actresses with their various transformations,...More
UEE, "I want to try a movie" 2015/08/04, Source, Singer and actress UEE says she wants to be in a movie next.
A finishing interview for the SBS drama "High Society" was held on the 3rd and she said, "I haven't done a movie yet. I would like to be in a movie even if it was a small role",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Treacherous" 2015/06/13,
The time is the early sixteenth century, and Korea is under the reign of King Yeongsan (played by Kim Kang-woo). His retainers are in a bit of an awkward position, what with King Yeongsan being a depraved maniac. The man's got delusions of being attacked by ninja assassins, personal grudges against horses, an obsession with uncomfortable nude model painting, and the occassional tendency toward violent graphic murder,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.22 ~ 2015.05.24 2015/05/25, "Mad Max" retains pole position...
The fourth film in the "Mad Max" series continued its reign atop the Korean box office, claiming additional 310K (31%) across 714 screens to move its total tally now to 1.8M ($15M). "Mad Max: Fury Road" has been peppered with praise from critics and filmgoers worldwide, and is quickly closing in on the estimated $150M it took to produce. Last weekend "Mad Max" (along with Spy) entered and dislodged Marvel's "Avengers" as the country's favourite flick; week two for George Miller's dusty dystopia saw that success continue as fans flocked to theatres to catch Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in action,...More
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
Actress Jo Yeo-jung awarded Best Supporting Actress of the Year 2015/01/29, Source,
On January 29th, actress Jo Yeo-jung was awarded Best Supporting Actress of the Year from the Film Awards of the Year hosted by Korean Film Reporters Association, for her role in "Obsessed".
Jo Yeo-jung said during her acceptance speech, "There were times I was afraid of even reading a news article each time after I finished a movie. But later I learned to be able to wait for it anticipating what story I could deliver this time. I'm very happy and grateful I could even receive an award now,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Obsessed": Smoke and Servitude 2014/11/22,
In the spotlight this week: Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed"...
I prefer the more literal title, "Human Addiction", than the psychotically suggestive: "Obsessed". It allows for the romantic fall of love into tragedy, the latter (while still fitting) is more outwardly aggressive, dangerous and unstable. Set in 1969, Kim Dae-woo's latest steamy classic (remember, this is the erotic creativity than (re)imagined "The Servant") spies Colonel Kim Jin-pyeong (Song Seung-heon) living in a small a military camp; he's a recognised war hero from Vietnam who will soon to be prompted to general and shipped to Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.30 ~ 2014.06.01 2014/06/02, Marvel's mutants hold strong for now…
Marvel's mutants secured a second straight week at the top over the weekend by adding another 834K (37.8%) to its cause. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" entered the chart on the 22nd, where it managed to dislodge Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed", and has since remained Korea's film of choice. Last week the film claimed 1.4M, but the wealth was spread more evenly this time around as Kim Seong-hun's "A Hard Day" and Angelina Jolie's latest "Maleficent" entered the fray and sapped some of its steam,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Obsessed" 2014/05/31,
The part about "Obsessed" that most immediately commands attention is the set design. The military families in this film live in a distinctly American styled backdrop. Everything, from their clothing to their houses to the way they spend their free time, appears determined to mimic the lifestyles of Americans living in that same time period. Couple that with the backdrop of the Vietnam War, and the parallel becomes rather unmistakable.
There is one crucial difference, though,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.05.16 ~ 2014.05.18 2014/05/19, Korean's torn between romance and rampage...
There was an intense tussle at the top over the weekend as the American giant "Godzilla" took on Kim Dae-woo's "Obsessed". While Gareth Edward's monster remake seized the lion's share of the pie (23.8% from 438,487 admissions), it was Kim's third feature that seduced the majority of filmgoers into the cinemas with over 445K tickets sold (23.5%). It was relatively fair game as both films opened their accounts with over 600 screens to pool from, but the local talent teased out a narrow victory over the gargantuan ghost and ultimately put more bums on seats,...More
Obsessed (2014) 2014/05/16, Source, "Obsessed"
Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 132 min.
Directed by: Kim Dae-woo
Starring: Song Seung-heon, Lim Ji-yeon, Jo Yeo-jung, On Joo-wan
Synopsis: Set in 1969 at the end of the Vietnam War, elite officer and war hero Col. KIM Jin-pyeong is about to get promoted to general. He is a constant subject of jealousy, with the commander for a father-in-law and a beautiful wife. But in truth, his affection for his wife has subsided and he is suffering from post-traumatic disorder from the war. One day, Jin-pyeong encounters Ga-heun, the wife of a captain under him, and falls into a fatal and obsessive love affair that forces him to give up everything he has achieved,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/03, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★ "MAD SAD BAD": A 3D omnibus movie about a man who becomes a zombie for no apparent reason and falls in love with a woman. (05/15)
★★★ "Sage Solutions": A documentary by Tae Jun-seek about the responsibility and questionable ethics of the Korean Press. (05/15)
★★★★★ "Obsessed": A Vietnam War hero returns home to praise and promotion but suffers PTSD as a result, affecting his marriage, career, and future. (05/15)
★★★ "Campus S Couple": A one-night stand turns awkward when a couple realise they're in the same college. Things get more complicated on campus when another confesses their childhood love. (05/15)
★★★ "The Groin": Set during the Joseon dynasty, three men who don't believe in love make a bet to woo a married woman known for her chasity. (05/15),...More
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