[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 18 2016/07/12,
After far too long, Dan-tae and Joon-soo have finally joined hands as they have always been meant to do. Their short stint at enemies was contrived and ineffective. Their brotherhood is much more powerful when it is in full bloom and in the light of cooperation and friendship. Writer Lee Hee-myeong's strength is found in the sweet, kind, and/or funny interactions between characters. Where that strength wanes is in conflict. Part of the issue centers around the fact that Joon-soo's uncle is, as I've said before, an impotent villain,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 17 2016/07/10, "Beautiful Gong Shim" has all the right trappings to be a great drama, but it manages to lose steam in every aspect but the romance between Gong Shim and Dan-tae, which is sweet and winning. Dan-tae has uncovered a huge truth, but his methods have been driven by rage and pain. Joon-soo has uncovered the same truth, but reacted by escaping. The two cousins, once close because of their mutual kindness and enjoyable differences, are now drawn apart by their family drama. This show seems to be trying to pull them back together, but not without wrenching them apart in rather ridiculous ways first,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 16 2016/07/03,
The truth is stuck and it won't come out. Misunderstandings fuel all plot movement and its more than mildly infuriating. It's an attempt to pit Joon-soo and Dan-tae against each other when both men are really much too intelligent to let the mechanizations of the not-so-bright uncle tear them apart. Although emotionally driven, Dan-tae is a lawyer and should be able to figure out the truth. He probably will, but the show chooses to let misunderstandings linger and fester. Joon-soo's uncle sees Joon-soo with Dan-tae and purposefully tries to wrench the cousins apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 15 2016/07/03, "Beautiful Gong Shim" is a blend of zesty chemistry between the leads and and deadweight mystery. Gong Shim and Dan-tae are refreshing together in their honesty and unconditional love. The mystery is so clunky and the villains are so ineffective that the plot lacks genuine intrigue. Joon-soo's uncle is at the core of the kidnapping case, but the man is such an ineffective villain that drawing out the kidnapping case any longer would be stretching the plot beyond thin,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 14 2016/06/28,
The conflict in "Beautiful Gong Shim" is quite contrived. Circumstances are such that the show should have a constant thread of tension weaving in and out of scenes and character development, but the tension flags and wanes on such a regular basis that it is no longer compelling. The main source of this tension, or the lack of it, is Dan-tae's childhood kidnapping and the family members involved,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 13 2016/06/27,
This episode answered many of the questions I have been posing, but in strange bursts of emotional exposition and flashbacks. Rather than work linearly, the show has chosen to reveal answers as strangely placed afterthoughts. This plot structure isn't the problem; it's the fact that the use of it made a lot of character behavior for the past two episodes completely baffling. Dan-tae has revealed himself to his grandmother, which explains his distinct lack of emotional response to finding his long lost family after he discovered his identity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 12 2016/06/20,
As tensions at the company escalate in tandem with Dan-tae's executive pin investigation, his eyes of suspicion include his bromantic buddy, Joon-soo. No one is safe as Dan-tae delves to the bottom of his kidnapping and into his father's attack, including Dan-tae himself. He is so reckless in regards to the emotional well-being of those around him that it's a good thing Gong Shim has decided to stick to him like glue. The course of events in the show is predictable and only balanced by the significant character strides made by Gong Shim,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 11 2016/06/18,
As Dan-tae takes off down the road of the weary, weighed down by his birth secret and the complications associated with it, Gong Shim becomes the breath of fresh air that he once was. Her blossoming love for Dan-tae, the man who never judged her and saw her as she was is allowing her to do the same for him. Unfortunately, he feels he's not in the place to accept her feelings and thus begins the angst. The episode focuses on Dan-tae's mission to discover who was at the scene of his father's attack and while his dogged pursuit is admirable, the circumstances in which he finds himself are utterly comical rather than full of the gravity they should be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 9 2016/06/12,
This was Dan-tae's episode as he explored the murky waters of his past. Although a little on the slow side, the episode allowed for Dan-tae to naturally flow through a hefty emotional cycle. It also gave Gong Shim ample opportunity to realize her affections for Dan-tae and to shower him with them. At this point I expect for the chaebol trappings to be fitted to Dan-tae and hamper his signature slovenly style,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 10 2016/06/12,
As Dan-tae tackles the deception that shrouds his kidnapping twenty-six years ago, we are treated to a B-rated detective mystery. The story is crafted around isolated events and the intrigue is instigated by the less-than-thrilling mechanizations of Joon-soo's uncle and his mother. Luckily, the chemistry between Dan-tae and Gong Shim is fiery and their scenes are adorable.
Dan-tae may be an awkward, slovenly fellow, but part of that act is a facade,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 8 2016/06/05, "Beautiful Gong Shim" is about finding the truth in this episode. The truth about the past; the revelation of truth; discovering the truth about oneself. The show doesn't do anything revolutionary, but there are some great moments that keep it moving forward and from being totally predictable. Gong Mi has predictably begun to be trapped by her own web of lies,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother's Choice" Episode 2 2014/10/13,
So-yeong has been forced into the choice that makes up the drama's title. She can either do what's right as a woman, and support the victim of a terrible crime, or she can do what's right by her son, which is prevent this incident from ruining his life. So-yeong chooses to do the wrong thing, and while it takes some time for her to face actual repercussions, in the immediate sense, the way she betrays herself as a woman is palpable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother's Choice" Episode 1 2014/10/12,
This drama aims to discuss a very difficult, very politically incorrect question. How does a woman in the modern world, with all the right trappings of feminism reconcile the fact of these beliefs with increasably unshakable evidence that her son is, in fact, one of those people who would do something so horrible as to violate and terrorize a woman against her will? Let's not pretend for the moment that correct political beliefs produce perfectly egalitarian children. It's a nice sentiment but it defies the sheer scale at which these crimes continue to occur,...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
Oh Hyun-kyung cries barefoot 2013/09/05, Source,
Actress Oh Hyun-kyung is currently starring in the KBS 2TV weekend drama "The Wang Family" as Wang Soo-bak, the eldest daughter.
She started crying during a scene in the drama and even the passers-by couldn't help but watch in awe. Her realistic crying made a baby cry as well and caused an NG,...More
[Spoiler] Ji Sung, "Show us what you got" 2012/11/15, Source, Ji Sung entered the government office which is going to be the main stage of the drama thanks to his ability to chance risk into chance.
Ji Sang is being chased by the royal forces because he pretended he was the healer Lee Han-ba and tried to see the royal family tree. Soo Ryeon-gye (Oh Hyun-kyung) was also looking for him because he knew the something he shouldn't,...More
'Right to be forgotten' matters in Internet Age 2012/02/15, Source,
Increasing privacy infringement on the Internet has set off a campaign to uphold the "right to be forgotten", which allows users to demand information about them be deleted by social networking websites. / Korea Times file
People plagued by endless lifespan of online data By Park Si-soo Human beings have a limited memory. Yet the invention of the Internet has prolonged it eternally, creating a fresh form of social headache that didn't exist in the bygone unconnected era. Many celebrities here are haunted by articles and photos they posted on social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook,...More
Bae Doona was "worried over bad singing" 2010/07/28, Source,
Korean actor Seo Ji-seok, director Kim Min-sik, actress So I-hyeon, actor Lee Chun-hee, actress Bae Doona, actress Oh Hyun-kyung and actor Lee Jong-won at the press conference for upcoming weekend drama "Gloria" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on July 28, 2010. [10Asia/Lee Jin-hyuk]
'Family' is the core of weekend dramas. The typical family drama is about an extended family with various characters that fight, reconcile and live happily ever after. However, upcoming MBC weekend drama "Gloria" is more about relationships among people who share the same lifestyle rather than family ties. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for new drama "Gloria" attended by its cast, director and scenarist. Q: Unlike typical weekend dramas, in which an extended family usually appears, it seems that "Gloria" focuses on the dreams of characters who are in their thirties. Director Kim Min-sik (Kim): I wanted to create a light and cheerful weekend drama,...More
Various origins of female stars… 'Miss Korea' group falters 2008/03/13, Source, On a breezy spring day in March 2008, the entertainment investigation team of Sports Khan sensed an emergency. The argument between female stars about their influence has become fierce, almost to the point of battle. Accordingly, under the supervision of Detective Choi, the entertainment investigati,...More
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