[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 16 Final 2017/09/26,
The Boat to Salvation is a slippery devil and the time has come for a solid shake on its not-so-divine structure. All of our characters choose their alliances and enact their final wishes as our heroine marches to her salvation and our heroes steel themselves to help end this once and for all. There are no ideal endings in this world, but perhaps small victories are enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 14 2017/09/17,
It is a time of disillusionment for our heroes and villains alike and we know how the latter deal with it. While our infernal apostles fight for power, their instincts and observational skills are sadly impeccable. So-rin and Dong-cheol are in grave danger while Sang-mi does her best to keep up the act through thick and thin. Our saviors on the outside are ready to strike, but they are alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 12 2017/09/11,
The efforts of our heroine, heroes and their allies are starting to bear fruit as they inch closer to Guseonwon's shady operations and more people are starting to hear about the cult. Detective Lee stumbles upon some very suspicious connections during a case, but will he take the matter seriously this time? A personal disappointment aside, I am ready for the final stretch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 11 2017/09/10,
The more hopeful things get for our heroine the more twisted they get within Guseonwon. "Father" Baek's true nature and perhaps intentions are revealed along with some hidden, disturbing locations in the premises. Baek is not the only one with secrets, however. A certain Guseonwon birdie has a secret of their own. As Baek's grip tightens, our heroes need all the help they can get,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 10 2017/09/04,
As Guseonwon's grip on everyone tightens, allied forces are starting to make their move. Dong-cheol takes some drastic and dangerous measures while our doubting cult follower gains an important position of power near Sang-mi. Our heroine tries to openly resist one last time, but the moment has come for her to try other methods as the outside world chooses sides,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 9 2017/09/03,
No grand rescue is easy and while physical freedom is not quite here for our heroine, her outside support grants her the strength to claim herself back within her confines. The group once again clash with corruption and the political wheels of Muji are turning, leaving us guessing about the eventual moral alignment of several characters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 8 2017/08/27,
After a long and arduous journey, the time has come for the heroine of "Save Me" to find some hope. Our heroes reunite and rediscover themselves as a group despite the lingering bitterness, but their actions make Father Baek more aggressive. Another part of the story has been brewing in Muji and I wonder when and how it will all connect,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 7 2017/08/27,
While our heroes figure out how to be heroic, Sang-mi picks herself back up and makes the decision to lead the rescue. The "Spiritual Father's" plans are revealed as more twisted and menacing than previously hinted, while Apostle Kang's past starts crawling back as she feels the pressure. You take the cake for messed up people, Muji,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 15-16 2017/08/16,
There are oodles of justice and great conflict delivered in episodes fifteen and sixteen of "Falsify", as Seok-min and Moo-yeong's master plan falls into place for a killer showdown. Seong-sik makes his decision, Daehan takes its first major hit and So-ra finally gains Moo-yeong's trust as a fellow warrior in this battle, along with another chance to clear a young man's name,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 23 2016/11/15,
It is evident that at this point, at the penultimate episode, that "Incarnation of Jealousy" is going to forgo finishing out most of the smaller plot threads and will instead focus on the very interesting growth trajectory of Hwa-sin. For the sake of his character's exploration we forsake Jeong-won, blaze through Na-ri's growth, but watching Jo Jeong-seok pick through Hwa-sin's psyche is worth it. After revealing his deepest secrets on live television, Hwa-sin has finally come to terms with his disease and the fact that he is no less of a man for it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 22 2016/11/11,
This episode was 100% about Hwa-sin and Jo Jeong-seok as Hwa-sin tries to absorb the fact that he is impotent. He also struggles to come to terms with his masculinity in a heart-breaking way that culminates in one of the rawest, truest moments in the entire drama. The other characters fall into second place behind him. Na-ri is supportive, but nothing sensational. Jeong-won is barely present. The reporter mothers have a few cute interactions together, but nothing more. It is truly all about Hwa-sin. He wonders if having breast cancer and being impotent makes him less of a man, which is a sad reversal of the question that many female cancer victims ask themselves,...More
[USA] 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival begins November 11 2016/11/06, Source,
The 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Announces Lineup for November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image The Korea Society's New York Korean Film Festival returns to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image on November 11 to 13 for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 20 2016/10/29,
It is finally in episode 20 when we see how much Hwa-sin has grown up and how much growing up Na-ri still has to do. But all of this is part of relationships and moving through life and we see it most clearly in the growing romantic relationship between Hwa-sin and Na-ri. Hwa-sin and Na-ri officially begin to date in this episode and it's as cute as audiences hoped for,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 19 2016/10/27,
The incarnation of jealousy has manifested in Na-ri in this episode, bringing the title into fruition. Not only that, but jealousy shows up in different relationships all over the drama and makes for quite the heated hour. The wily emotion makes its rounds and spices up the episode for the better. The show has felt a little clunky as of late and it's finally picking up the pace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 16 2016/10/18, "Incarnation of Jealousy" has become a battle of the jealous in a very literal sense. Jeong-woo and Hwa-sin have not stopped fighting over Na-ri's attentions despite her explicit plea for them to stop. Most of the episode is dealing with the trios antics and a few big, long-awaited reveals.
The back and forth between the best friends is becoming wearisome, especially because Na-ri is not happy about it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 15 2016/10/16, "Incarnation of Jealousy" is in full blown "jealousy and turmoil" mode with breakups, fights, tears, and irrational drinking, heartbroken leads. There is also quite a hilarious cameo by Lee Sun-kyun that rounds out the episode quite nicely. Before we get to that delightful tidbit, let's review the rest of the episode. After Na-ri cheats on both Hwa-sin and Jeong-won, she breaks up with both of them by telling them the truth, feeling horribly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 14 2016/10/11,
Episode 14 of "Incarnation of Jealousy" is jammed full of raw emotions. Na-ri rallies and proves what she is made of at work while with Hwa-sin she emotionally crumples. Hwa-sin is more certain than ever about what he wants, and it isn't what he thought it would be. Jeong-won is painfully caught in the middle, wanting something that his mother doesn't support and that he ultimately can't have: Na-ri,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 13 2016/10/06,
As truths come to light, those who learn them and share them are forced to reckon with them. Love and dating and how they interact with the career paths of our character are the focus this episode. Social hierarchies dictate the moves of some characters, and squish the dreams of others. All throughout, love weaves its tendrils and keeps a vice-like grip on her victims. Jeong-won's mother, a powerful figure in broadcasting, has decided Jeong-won should not date Na-ri and only date the woman of her choosing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 12 2016/10/03, "Incarnation of Jealousy" is more than a love story; it's a story of friendship. Nothing made that clearer than this episode. Jeong-won and Hwa-sin are so endearing in their friendship that I wish we had more of them throughout the drama. The romance is compelling, but not in the way their friendship is. Even when fighting pangs of sharp jealousy, the two gentlemen are more concerned about whether or not they're still friends than who won the fight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 11 2016/10/02,
Hwa-sin wants to act on his feelings, but his conscience and his friendship with Jeong-won prevents him. His desire to be honest with his friends causes plenty of problems. Mix that together with the two moms vying for Ppalgang's attention, awkward love trios sprinkled throughout, and broadcast station politics and we have one exciting episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 10 2016/09/28,
Jealousy blooms in full force and begins to inform bigger decisions for Hwa-sin than just his stalker-like tendencies. His emotions grow larger and more powerful than his ego and can no longer be ignored or excused away. As Hwa-sin gets a handle on his feelings, Jeong-won and Na-ri are growing closer through time spent together, earnest conversation, and rather adorable interactions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 8 2016/09/23,
This episode was Hwa-sin's and the struggles he faces between his unwanted feelings for Na-ri, and the implications of having breast cancer. Surrounding his plight is Ppalgang's sad situation and all the people rotating around her like planets around a sun. What I love most about this show is how deeply it is layered,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 9 2016/09/23,
Last week's episode left us with a very emotionally confused Hwa-sin, but he finds himself trapped even deeper into an emotional mire he doesn't know how to extricate himself from. Around him Jeong-won and Na-ri deal with the problems that come their way while he watches with pain in his eyes. The decisions he makes are indicative of how much he's grown over the past five weeks; and also of how much his jealousy has grown. We know that Hwa-sin has it hard,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 7 2016/09/17,
Episode 7 of "Incarnation of Jealousy" is about doing wrong and the consequences of doing so. Will our characters right their wrongs? Pout about the outcomes? Ignore the advice of those closest to them? Ignore their own feelings? In this episode, it's a little bit of everything. Let's start with an unusual character, Ppalgang. She is an important character in that she is the center around which many people rotate,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 6 2016/09/15,
Each episode of "Incarnation of Jealousy" has a gimmick and something to give it weight. This episode's weighted subject matter sends the genre into black comedy and gives Hwa-sin a great amount of screen time to work out his personal issues. Whereas last episode made use of fart jokes as a vehicle to talk about the hefty effect of cancer on one's life, to provide a lot of humor, and to have Na-ri bond with Jeong-woo, this episode's funny schtick centered around brassieres,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 5 2016/09/15,
The relationship between Hwa-sin and Na-ri is just so utterly delightful that it carries the entire show on its back. They are both quirky adults stumbling through life and battling the obstacles as best they can. On their journey they are joined by a great host of characters who fill out the story very nicely, especially on the comedy side. The hilarity keeps taking me by surprise, and I absolutely love it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 4 2016/09/06,
What is beautiful about "Incarnation of Jealousy" is how it explores very real issues and still manages to be engaging, funny, and heartwarming. Even though I dislike Hwa-sin's behavior, I empathize with his plight. Even though I think Na-ri does wrong, I still root for her. It is the flaws of the characters, in their histories, and in their present decisions that make the characters and the stories relatable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 4 2016/09/05,
Empress Yoon (played by Park Ji-yeong) is the closest thing Prince So has to a parental figure. Unlucky for him, she's a huge jerk. After his murderous rampage last episode I never thought I'd feel sorry for Prince So but, well, this episode does a surprisingly good job humanizing the guy. We can see that his generally vile behavior is, twisted though it may seem, really just a desperate if inevitably doomed to fail effort on his part to gain some level of normal emotional satisfaction,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Queen of Crime" 2016/09/03,
Mi-kyeong (played by Park Ji-yeong) is a meddling mother. She's able to mind her own business now that her son Ik-soo (played by Kim Dae-hyeon-I) is safely away in Seoul studying for exams, but a strange incident at Mi-kyeong's own residence soon sends Mi-kyeong packing off to find out what Ik-soo is up to. No matter how much Ik-soo resists her presence, Mi-kyeong is unwilling to leave until she finds someone who can be brought up on criminal charges for something. She is "The Queen of Crime" after all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Incarnation of Jealousy" Episode 3 2016/09/01, "Incarnation of Jealousy" has taken on the idea of identity and how that is shaped whether it be by gender, career, or social status. Both Na-ri and Hwa-sin suffer identity crises on a strangely parallel journey as they try to redefine themselves after a period of hardship. Hwa-sin's dilemma mirrors one that many women with cancer of the breast and reproductive organs suffer,...More
"Incarnation of Jealousy" Seo Ji-hye to star as announcer 2016/08/15, Source, Seo Ji-hye becomes a self-conceited and bold announcer in the new SBS drama "Incarnation of Jealousy".
Seo Ji-hye is Hong Hye-won, the daughter of the Senior Secretary to the President for Public Affairs and a new anchor for the 7PM news. She's intelligent and sophisticated looking as she is a strong career woman. However, in her 29 years of life, she hasn't had one ordeal to deal with and she doesn't believe people are equal, making her self-conceited and has a mingled reputation,...More
[Orion's Drama News] The Weight of Representation 2016/07/02,
It is time for some much hyped dramas to make an entrance and two of them are premiering this week. Before getting to that, however I will take a first look at "Incarnation of Jealousy" and its fresh material. I will also give my two cents on an upcoming series and its potential casting which I find highly problematic. Closing this piece are the usual upcoming drama goodies and followed shows,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "One Step More to the Sea" 2013/11/22,
I really admire the men in "One Step More to the Sea". Granted, they're not the main characters, but there's a persistence in their actions, a genuine desire for intimacy that breaks a lot of stereotypes about ideal masculinity. They're these kind figures with a surprising sense of restraint that makes for some inviting romantic subplots absent all the discomforting baggage common in genre films about love.
The main storyline in this film has a similar kind of easy, soft feeling that does a lot to relax the nerves,...More
"The Emperor's Concubine" ranks first place in bookings 2012/06/05, Source,
With just one day to go, "The Emperor's Concubine" showed signs of success by becoming the most booked movie.
According to the Korean Films Commission on the 5th, "The Emperor's Concubine" showed a 19.9% of advance sales in tickets. Expectations in this movie is really high as this is director Kim Dae-seung's first piece of work in 6 years and the cast are about to go through a major change in acting,...More
'No one can act against self-interest' 2012/06/05, Source, Kim Dae-seung, director of the film "The Emperor's Concubine ", opening today in theaters nationwide, says the characters' self-serving pursuits mirror the social ills of today. / Korea Times photo by Kwaak Je-yup
Its characters may don the royal garb of centuries ago, but "The Emperor's Concubine ", released today, is a thinly-veiled critique of modern Korean society, according to director Kim Dae-seung. Much has been said in the local media about the ample nudity and the theme of carnal desire in the film, but Kim asks the audience to look beyond the libido,...More
[Spoiler] "Romance Town" Sung Yu-ri, life is but a dream 2011/06/16, Source, Sung Yu-ri's lucky ticket turned out to belong to the housemaids.
On KBS 2TV drama "Romance Town", Soo-jeong (Lee Kyung-shil) found out that Soon-geum (Sung Yu-ri) had won the lottery.
Soo-jeong suspected but didn't have proof, so she checked the CCTV of the convenient store Soon-geum bought her lottery tickets from and found out she had bought two. After checking that Soon-geum put the housemaids' lottery ticket in the right pocket and her own ticket in the left pocket, Soo-jeong calls on Soon-,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Housemaid - 2010" 2011/02/12,
As soon as I had finished watching "The Housemaid - 2010" (2010, Im Sang-soo), I became eager to watch the 1960s original. I was surprised to find that it differs rather drastically from its modern remake. In fact, one can barely call the 2010 version a remake at all. Despite the dramatic differences, both films are worthy of praise and warrant examination as products of their respective eras.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Seo Woo - Part 1 2010/04/28, Source,
Korean actress Seo Woo posing during her interview 10Asia [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The day before shooting ended at 5 a.m. in the morning. The shoot continued again later on the same day at 11 a.m. During the afternoon the outdoor shoot was put to a halt due to the rain. For half the day she waited in the car for the rain to stop. Things resumed at around 9 p.m. The temperature suddenly dropped on the open set of KBS' "Cinderella's Sister" which is built next to a lake. While shooting the drama, it repeats the feeling of being on the field or on a stakeout. Seo Woo, well-known for her role in the critically acclaimed movie "Paju" which won awards and opened at several prestigious international film festivals including the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) and at the Rotterdam Film Festival, sat down to speak with 10Asia about her current role as Hyo-seon in "Cinderella's Sister",...More
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