[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Park Hee-soon + DVD Giveaway 2015/06/20,
Actors vary a lot in their talent, skills, types of performances, popularity and even function in the industry their career develops in. There are many who might not be familiar or very familiar to foreign fans and especially drama fans, but whose work has been significant. They have helped the film and drama industries maintain a certain quality through their individual artistic efforts and choices. Park Hee-soon is such an actor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" 2015/06/20,
While crime shows are in general more realistic and handle more dire topics than for example fairytale romances, they do not necessarily explore their stories more deeply. Crime fluff does exist and has its own tropes that also become clichés. OCN has delivered many good dramas, but had not gone the extra mile into meaningful stories with a theme. Until 'Missing Noir M' came along. A show which elevates its genre and becomes a milestone for the channel's drama output,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 10 Final 2015/05/30,
First, just to make it totally clear, the final case of "Missing Noir M" is just another one-off case. We get some details regarding Soo-hyeon's backstory, but it's made quite clear that we're only getting all the answers if "Missing Noir M" is renewed for a second season. I'm not sure that's happening- to be honest I'm not sure I want it to happen, because while "Missing Noir M" has certainly had its strong points, right to the end the drama seems determined to make things as depressing as possible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 9 2015/05/23,
The cast helpfully explains what they've figured out regarding the mystery so far, and Soo-hyeon helpfully puts the clues together in such a way that we've at least got a basic narrative explaining what exactly has happened to date. In short, there wasn an incredibly elaborate scam perpetrated for the sake of extorting money from the woman who wanted to find her daughter again. This ends up going badly because, like most elaborate scams that involve large numbers of people, this one required that all the participants shut up and act predictably,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 8 2015/05/16,
Thirty years ago a mother lost her daughter. Miraculously, they were recently united, and their familial ties were confirmed on national television. Then the adult daughter disappeared again. "Missing Noir M" makes one thing clear right away- she was being chased by some sort of gang. The detectives don't see this information directly, but it's not actually much of a deduction. The continual question here is just- why?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 7 2015/05/09,
This episode didn't seem that depressing. Bear in mind I'm not sure whether this is objectively true or whether my standards have just been completely warped by the miserable tone "Missing Noir M" has been driving at lately. The opening scene appears to be underage prostitution for pity's sake, and there are murders involved. But at least we don't wallow in that too much. Even the ending, while initially annoying, did feel appropriate in long perspective,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 6 2015/05/02,
A video surfaces on the Internet of an obviously terrified woman begging for help. Obviously the question quickly arises as to whether or not the video is fake- but as far as the detectives of "Missing Noir M" are concerned, the important problem is simply to find her first and ask questions later. As usual, delving into the greater context of the case quickly manages to bring up some rather dispiriting, discouraging stories that are just, well, really grim,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 5 2015/04/25,
It's getting difficult to recommend "Missing Noir M" at this point. The issue isn't that the drama's getting bad exactly, but more than the stories are consistently really kind of dispiriting. This is even explicitly discussed at the end- technically this is once again another mostly happy ending where no one actually got hurt. Or at least, no one got hurt who didn't already mostly deserve it. Poetic justice is a pretty sorry recompense for serious loss though,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 4 2015/04/18,
This mystery's format somewhat disappointedly takes the same overall thrust as the last one. We discover, as expected, that the apparent victim in this case isn't quite so innocent as he may have initially appeared. What's more, there's a lot of lateral thinking involved here to figure out just how far this conspiracy extends, and how many characters have hidden agendas and past crimes that they're making a point of covering up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 3 2015/04/11,
No murders this time as "Missing Noir M" moves into its second case. Now, see, this is what I like about the writing in this drama. Lee Yu-jin shows excellent restraint in just making the crisis about a missing person without having to drag increasingly outrageous crimes into the equation. Certainly the set-up is intriguing enough- an abandoned car, obvious signs of furtive activity, and it all ties back to...an apparently unremarkable married salaryman?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 2 2015/04/04,
The immediate problem our intrepid detectives come up with this episode is simply a lack of suspects. It's like Soo-hyeon says- pretty much everybody in the picture is dead, so what exactly are they supposed to be investigating? As it turns out, there is one somewhat windy trail that eventually leads the team to the culprit. And as is usually the case with a well-crafted mystery, everything seems so obvious in retrospect I'm not actually sure why it took so long for the team to figure out what happened,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing Noir M" Episode 1 2015/03/28,
Soo-hyeon (played by Kim Kang-woo) is a US-trained investigator who's very good at math puzzles. Dae-yeong (played by Park Hee-son) is a mostly standard grizzled street cop. Together they...well, they solve mysteries more than they fight crime. The whole reason Soo-hyeon's been dragged out to the field in the first place is because he's implicated in a bizarre crime. The perpetrator of these criminal actions (played by Kang Ha-neul) is apparently interested in matching wits with Soo-hyeon. I guess because in prison he has nothing better to do,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Missing Noir M" 2015/03/21,
Fans of "Special Affairs Team TEN" will not be getting their third season yet, but those who appreciated the style of the drama will be getting a consolation piece. The production team of the aforementioned series is back with 'Missing Noir M'. The premise this time around involves missing persons, rather than the usual dead ones, and also a dynamic duo of very different characters working together and solving the presented mysteries,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Evasive Inquiry Agency" 2014/01/18,
Trying to describe 'Evasive Inquiry Agency' with terms or similar examples for drama fans is impossible. As rare as other types and genres are in Korean drama, this series is just on a league of its own. If one could roughly compare it to anything, it would be Scooby Doo. Mysteries, villains, four silly and endearing characters who form a group to discover the truth and hopefully cash in,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/12/21, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Suspect": A North Korean spy is betrayed by his country and colleague and is on the run until he can make sense of it all. (12/24):
★★★★ "A Clear Night": A daughter tries to track down the mysterious young girl in her grandfather's picture. She heads to Gochang with a friend/producer and starts to unravel the history behind her and him. (12/26)
★★★★ "Did You Hear She Sings?": A story about the difference of perspectives between a young woman's eyes and those around her. (24/26),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Suspect" 2013/12/14,
Director Won Sin-yeon appeared to have two important creative priorities for "The Suspect". First, make almost every shot a close-up shot. Even the action scenes. No, especially the action scenes. Being able to get a full clear picture of what's going on just isn't as much fun as having close-up shots all the time. Second, make sure that the camera's always shaking. Because, you see, this is an action movie. Everything's always shaking.
It's difficult to evaluate the merits of this movie mostly because of the splitting headache it gave me,...More
Park Si-yeon and Kim Go-eun-I, who reveals more? 2012/04/19, Source,
▶ Newly wed Park Si-yeon, Exposure ★★★☆☆. Stimulation ★★★★★
Park Si-yeon's exposure in "The Scent" was shocking indeed. She took on the role of a mysterious beauty who seduces a detective in charge of a murder case.
She exposed her chest and important parts as well as her whole entire body with nothing to cover it in a shower scene, although it was her back only. Her well known beauty body seduced the audience,...More
How erotic? Beyond adult rated 2012/03/27, Source,
The screens are bound to become much heated up. Various movies with shocking exposure scenes are continuously being released. The message behind the movies by Jeong Ji-woo, Kim Dae-seung and Lim Sang-soo are very much looked forward to as much as the exposure levels.
"The Scent" which is being released on the 11th of April is a multi genre movie which will fulfill the five sense of the audience. Based on a story about an adultery-specialist detective (Park Hee-soon) who gets involved with a murder case at a scene and is framed for it, meets a widow with extreme appeal and Park Si-yeon is compared with Sharon Stone here,...More
Kim So-yeon: 'I Seem to have Begun Acting 18 Years Since Debut' 2012/03/09, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon (32), who has made a comeback after a fifteen-year break with the movie "Gabi", said, "I want to play different characters such as a femme fatale, comic character and character who will experience sad love. I have had too long of a break up to now (laugh)". Asked about the characters that she wants to play, she answered with lightning speed as if she had been waiting for movies for a long time. She will appear in "Gabi" after her long break,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011 2011/11/26, Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011
2011 has produced a range of successful Korean films that have captured the public's imagination, tugged at their heartstrings, caused a few laughs, and asked some serious questions. Although the year is not quite done, the big films of the year have largely had their say at the box office. This week I wanted to take a look at the top domestic films of 2011 and see just what type of films captured the public's interest in 2011,...More
Box office, Sept. 22 - Oct. 4 2011/10/07, Source,
- "The Crucible" tops the charts and raises voices of protest
The two weeks lasting from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4 were witness to a remarkable box office phenomenon in the form of the film "The Crucible". Based on a shocking real-life incident in which young students at a school for the deaf were sexually assaulted by their teacher and principal, the film has outraged and mobilized viewers, who are demanding that justice be served and new laws be passed to protect vulnerable children. The popular phenomenon surrounding the film, including extensive coverage by the news media, has caused many to take note of the power and influence of the film medium,...More
[20 KOREAN FILMS TO LOOK OUT FOR SECOND HALF OF 2011] "Gabi" 2011/07/02, Source,
Intelligence Chase over Coffee "Gabi" Directed by Jang Yoon-hyeon
By RA Jegy
It's the end of 19th century, and Gojong, King of Josoen flees to the Russian legation to save himself from foreign threats. The king comes into contact with western culture during his stay there, and tastes coffee for the first time in his life. After he returns to the palace, Gojong continues to enjoy coffee, while an assassination attempt takes place to kill the king by poisoning his coffee to prevent him from establishing the Korean Empire,...More
Kim So-yeon comes back to movie screens with "Gabi" 2011/03/21, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon is at the verge of returning to movie screens in six years.
She is adjusting her casting as the lead actress in the movie "Gabi" (Produced by Ocean Film). This movie is based on an original by Kim Tak-hwan and is a mystery case surrounding the very first baristas in the Chosun times. It's about a woman who used to serve coffee to the Emperor Gojong, who enjoyed drinking coffee.,...More
Moon Geun-young says "trying to be less friendly" 2010/07/21, Source,
Korean actress Moon Geun-young and actor Eom Gi-joon [10Asia/Chae Ki-won]
The second project of the series of plays produced by talent agency Namoo Actors and Aga Entertainment will feature Moon Geun-young and Eom Gi-joon. The theatrical play "Closer" was written by Patrick Marber and became a huge movie hit in 2004 with Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. The play premiered in Korea in 2005 with a cast of Nam Seong-jin, Park Hee-soon, Kim Yeo-jin, Son Byeong-ho and Yoon Ji-hye. It was performed eight times on stage and known as the main repertoire of Aga Entertainment, receiving a lot of love from the public. Unlike other works where it 'romanticizes' love, "Closer" points out the cynicism and cold aspects of it. The play reflects on how "with their own laws of love everyone breaks apart" and the selfishness and coldness of four modern urbanites. Compared to previous productions of "Closer" that had been adapted to fit the Korean sentiments, the 2010 version will be close to the original play with the same inclination and feeling to the London show. Below are the excerpts from the press conference with the cast and director of the Korean adaptation of the play "Closer",...More
The box office can be as difficult to predict as the stock market, and South Korean cinema in particularly is suffering amid the global financial crisis. ",...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Kim Min-jeong becomes a fashionista in "The Scam" 2009/01/28, Source, Kim Min-jeong becomes a financial manager for the wealthy politicians and businessmen, even their hidden money! She is a perfectionist and a workaholic financial manager, Yoo Seo-yeon in this new film, "The Scam".
She is a woman who can handle money business and dirty work with perfection where money is key to power and fame, thus, she definitely needs to look it!
Kim works with a stylist Kim Noori who is a famous movie costume designer.
The character meets political leaders and wealthy elites for her career, thus, she needs a professional look and bold character to fulfill her work as she wears career woman outfits. Inside this facade, she is a woman with a gentle charisma. Her hairstyle is also clean with her hair up in a bun. Her luxurious accessories also bring her a bold and feminine point in her outfit.,...More
Korea Film Awards Honor Year's Bests 2008/12/04, Source, The 7th Korea Film Awards honored the year's top filmmakers Thursday night. In a ceremony held at Sejong Cultural Center and aired on MBC this year's hit "The Chaser" came away with the most number of awards. A chilling story about a merci,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] New movie, "My Friend, My Wife" 2008/11/05, Source, A new revolutionary movie has been introduced to the public!
Recently, many movies who have hot issues and scandalous scenes are being rated highly. Here, a husband who is between his best friend and wife who have sexual relationship with each other is being portrayed. In this film, a human's mysterious psychology and ambitions are the main theme.,...More
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