[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 10 2016/12/04,
Yeong-bin and his "Entourage" have been through a lot lately and so they depart to Jeju for a little reprieve and a little tourist promotion on behalf of the drama. Joon and Turtle meet an interesting woman, to put it mildly and end up in trouble as usual. Meanwhile Idea's CEO Jo has a few things to say about Yeong-bin turning his back on their production and she pushes Eun-gap to a decision which may cost him his star,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 9 2016/12/03,
Yeong-bin is going through a major crisis and being the spoiled man-baby that he is, he drags everyone down with him. His friends and agent try to understand while making the best out of the situation, but his participation in the film and his career are in danger. In light of these events, Joon feels even more pressure about succeeding with his new variety show gig and helping out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 8 2016/11/27,
Well, it took half a series for "Entourage" to provide relatable content and it mostly comes from Eun-gap and Jo Jin-woong's performance, but I will take any comfort at this point. Our prickly agent goes through a big change and his top actor has relationship woes. Ho-jin has his hands full between dating and Yeong-bin's scandal and Joon goes through an identity crisis, so it is chaos all around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 7 2016/11/25,
Yeong-bin continues to be careless and irresponsible with his career and now So-hee joins in on the behavior giving everyone a headache. Joon and Turtle get themselves in trouble as usual, but they briefly reflect on their situation and life circumstances as well. Meanwhile Eun-gap tries to warn Ho-jin about the possible scandal Yeong-bin's secret dating can cause while still stressing over co-president Kang's shady movements in their company,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 6 2016/11/20,
Yeong-bin, his entourage and the entire production of his film have to deal with the aftermath of the star's confession to So-hee as he goes back into one of his moodswings defined by lack of professionalism. There is more tension between him and Ho-jin as the latter tries to handle the mess. Meanwhile Joon lands a role, but feels overpowered by a child actor, who also happens to be dating a furious Eun-gap's daughter,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 5 2016/11/18, "Entourage" continues to move forward in its slice-of-life way and this time things get more personal than business and industry related. Yeong-bin has a problem with Kang Ha-neul possibly working with So-hee in their film and Eun-gap is about to be stabbed in the back by his mentor. Meanwhile Joon and Turtle continue to be Joon and Turtle, living a life of immaturity and blaming it on bad luck,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 4 2016/11/14,
Yeong-bin takes one step forward and two steps back with his work choices, sending Ho-jin and Eun-gap into a blind panic and race to handle two different "battle fronts" at the same time. The group is also getting mixed messages from their desired production, causing their business to stall. Meanwhile, Joon buys into a fortune teller's words a bit too much and ends up suffering because of it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 3 2016/11/14, "Entourage" might be tanking in the ratings, but at least the series is focusing on the juicy bits after its premiere episodes and by juicy bits I mean industry shenanigans. If you have been wondering why casting news often get so messy and confusing, episode three offers a little glimpse into the complicated game of role assignment and business deals. We also get some humanity out of our cartoon characters, so not all hope is lost,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 2 2016/11/06,
With episode one of "Entourage" being "no way but up" levels of unsatisfying, what we get from episode two qualifies as improvement. The series still plays like a work for teen-minded men of the "dudebro" variety, which is odd to see in an industry mostly aimed at women. Warming up to the characters in episode one is a challenge, since everyone is so juvenile and obnoxious. Thankfully, episode two somewhat begins to address this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 1 2016/11/04,
Prepare for glamour, man-angst and a lot of male genitalia jokes as "Entourage" makes its grand entrance. The series is off to a loud start and as much as I would want to say that this is a good thing, episode one makes for rather weak first impressions. The series seems a little too eager to sell debauchery and flair, but at least its hinted human elements are promising,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Entourage" 2016/10/29,
We do not know whether remakes of North American series will become a lasting part of Korean drama, but with interest increasing between the entertainment of both countries, it is probably not something which will stop soon. TvN had a good run with "The Good Wife" and now the channel and studio return with "Entourage".
The series depicts a young actor's rise to fame as he navigates the world of entertainment after being scouted by an agent determined to make him into a star. He is joined in this adventure by his friends, who get to experience a new world as the actor gains popularity,...More
Ahn So-hee to star in "Entourage" 2016/10/03, Source, Ahn So-hee turned into a fall woman.
She was featured in High Cut October issue.
In the pictures, she is wearing oversized coats with wide pants, flower patterns, high-waist pants, jogger pants and other trendy items,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Horror Stories 3" 2016/06/18,
Am ominous opening titles informs us that in the distant future, the world is in ruins. Cut to a space elevator, which quickly escapes the planetary surface, arriving in celestial orbit with a terrifying and beautiful view of what lies beneath. This the cinematic power of the mere framing device of "Horror Stories"- The Girl from Mars. Director Min Gyoo-dong takes the throwaway portion of an anthology and turns it into something genuinely otherworldly and creepy. And the individual stories are just as good,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "DongJu, The Portrait of A Poet" 2016/04/09,
Once upon a time DongJu (played by Kang Ha-neul) was a young poet living under Japanese Occupation, one place or another. The thirties, sadly enough, were the apex of empire-building the world over, and there are certain ethical questions DongJu runs up against constantly. Is it morally acceptable to help the Japanese Empire in any capacity? Is it ethically sound to be a poet rather than a doctor in an age where doctors seem way more important? Is it wise to express political opinions at all? How far can one go in the name of resistance before fighting back becomes foolhardy?,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.03.18 ~ 2016.03.20 2016/03/21,
"Zootopia" gets more screens and scores...
"Zootopia" was released in Korea mid-February and for the first three weeks it sat in third place; after its America release, however, the film shot to number one. This past weekend "Zootopia" (also known as "Zootropolis") banked another 358 thousand admissions ($2.5 million) to bring its total tally in Korea now to 2.8 million ($18.7 million; 30%). Worldwide, Byron Howard and Rich Moore's "Zootopia" has grossed over $591 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.03.11 ~ 2016.03.13 2016/03/14,
Disney's "Zootopia" claws its way to the top...
Walt Disney's "Zootopia" arrived in Korea mid-February and for the first three weeks it has steadily occupied third place. Films like "A Violent Prosector", "Deadpool", and "Spirits' Homecoming" have managed to outperform Disney's latest, the company's 55th animated feature, but the film found new impetus in the wake of its American release (March 4) and has now climbed to the top of Korea's box office during its fourth week out,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Tinker Ticker" 2015/04/04,
Why do terrorists exist? Something often lost in discussions about terrorism is that the people who carry out these acts generally aren't crude fundamentalists. Most of them actually have fairly good educations, and have been exposed to modern Western ideals on modern Western terms. So it is with Jeong-goo (played by Byeon Yo-han) and Hyo-min (played by Park Jeong-min-I). These young men make and detonate bombs as a protest against modern culture. The perverse part of it is, they hate modernity precisely because they understand that it's terrible based on direct personal experience. That experience being office work,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Heartbreak Hotel" 2015/03/14,
One of the more uncomfortable parts of Korean culture for me is the way it tends to fetishize how Wonderful Life would be if people could just go to America. I'm not sure what many Korean people think American life is actually like, but we tend to treat each other like garbage, and the immigrants even worse than that. So it goes for John (played by Kang Ji-hwan). He's a young Korean man living in America who looks and acts, well, kind of like a petty low-class bum. His only really selling point is youth, and even that's not going to stick around for much longer,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "MAD SAD BAD" 2014/05/10,
The first portion of "MAD SAD BAD" is a story about high school in the modern age. Seung-ho (played by Lee David) is a fairly lonely and pathetic teenage boy. He socializes mainly through a chatting cell phone function. The monotony of his life is given a sudden shock by a text message from Woo-bi (played by Son Soo-hyeon), who claims that she's suffering from abuse and singles Seung-ho out of the chatting group for aid.
This segment plays like a mystery, except there's not really any invesigation. Everyone just takes Woo-bi's claims at face value, eventually leading up to a final confrontation,...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
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound…. 2014/01/18, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "When A Man Loves A Woman": A terminally ill low-level thug finds love and hope as he faces the end. (01/22)
★★★★★ "Stray Dogs": A reporter who lives an extreme life stumbles upon a countryside village and unravels the hideous secrets behind it. (01/23)
★★★★ "Miss Granny": A cranky grandmother wakes up to find herself in her younger body, then joins her grandson's band to live young once again.(01/23)
★★★★ "The Dinner": A trouble family, each with their own cross to bear, struggle to survive when further misfortune falls upon them all.(01/23)
★★★★ "Hot Young Bloods": Four country teens get caught up in romance, jealousy, and violence as their love and lust boils over. (01/23),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Bleak Night 2011/09/17, Yoon Sung hyun's first feature film "Bleak Night" is an unadulterated examination of distress among the Korean youth. Yoon's rough aesthetic, jarring chronology, and realistic characterisations pull together in a piece that questions the social self and personal consequence.
Korea's suicide rates have doubled in the last ten years, according to statistics released by the Korean government this year, and a large number of these personal tragedies involved the Korean youth. The film handles this subject matter in a very deliberate and personal manner,...More
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