[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" 2017/02/11,
"Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" might sound like another round of hospital romance, but the deceptively titled series is a bit quirkier than you would expect. A human drama at its core, the story looks at the humanity in medicine and the ethical implications of it as a business. At the same time, the drama has trouble living up to that original potential, so let us look at it in more detail,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 19 2017/01/10,
Hurray for a fresh and interesting twist which fixes some of the mistakes of episode eighteen. "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" has pulled these before and it is good to see it do the same near the end, especially after the previous few shaky episodes and their erratic character developments. As Dong-joo comes to terms with his new information about the past, Doldam prepares for one last fight with the relentlessly shameless Yoon-wan,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 18 2017/01/10,
With Chairman Sin still unconscious and his daughter, Hyeon-jeong still being manipulated by Yoon-wan Doldam's future is put in grave danger. Reporter Oh is still looking into Teacher Kim's life as Boo Yong-joo and some secrets of the past are revealed, which cause great tension. They also temporarily sacrifice a character to the altar of plot progression, making the transition to the next episode crucial,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 17 2017/01/03,
Somebody give Yoon-wan a mustache to twirl and a cat to pet, because he is reaching high levels of cartoon villainy. The man is getting desperate and more dangerous. A nosy reporter with shady intentions shakes Teacher Kim while Woon-yeong finally gets a chance to shine as his top doctor's story comes to light and his future is endangered by everyone's favorite person to hate,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 16 2017/01/03,
As we reach the final episodes of the series, things get unsurprisingly fast paced and dire. The Doldam crew for Chairman Shin's surgery is doing their best to cut down on time while Yoon-wan tries to use the inevitable surgery as a means of asserting his position and destroying Teacher Kim. With time and aggressive hospital politics against them, the crew prepares for their biggest surgery yet,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss - And the Winner Is... 2017/01/02,
There were so many amazing kisses in 2016 to make us melt and swoon. It's time to see which of the couples had your favorite kiss! Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/31,
The couples that powered 2016's romantic inertia with their sweet interactions received your votes. It was a fierce competition and now it's time to reveal the winning couple. Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Scene Stealer - And the Winner Is... (and Giveaway!!!!) 2016/12/29,
Occasionally, there is an actor who blows us away with the power and intensity of his or her acting. These talented people are the "Scene Stealers", the people we can't help but watch when they are on screen. You have voted for your favorite and it's time to reveal who you chose! Thank you for joining us and helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 15 2016/12/27,
Gone are the days of exploring difficult matters of hospital ethics and injecting social commentary into subplots. "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" has become comfortable with its romance and its political power games, so much that there is little to distinguish it from any other similar drama at this point. Our villain is back and meddling, our new character has no real function in the plot yet and the story is gearing up for a big battle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 14 2016/12/21,
Love is in the air in episode fourteen of "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim", which is a far better thing to have airborne than MERS. The crisis is resolved and Seo-jeong has to make some decisions on her feelings. In-beom's bluff is called and Teacher Kim gives the young man some honest advice. The episode brings back familiar faces, but it also adds a new mysterious figure and probable enemy of Doldam and Teacher Kim,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 13 2016/12/19,
Episode thirteen of "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" tackles the highly dangerous MERS and the responsibility medical care professionals carry in such potential outbreak situations. Sadly, the episode also uses this serious topic to kick its romance into a forced high gear through the heavy hand of danger. Doldam is in major trouble and someone I thought we knew makes a horrible decision and betrays a colleague,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss in a Drama 2016/12/17,
The turning point and highlight of many-a-drama is the kiss. If we're lucky, there are more than one. But a kiss defines the boiling point of a K-drama relationship and is a beautiful thing to watch. There were many fine kisses in 2016. Vote for your favorite from December 17 to December 24. The results will be announced the last week of 2016!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/15,
A drama that can make its audience root for a couple, ship the couple, love the couple, cry with the couple, and laugh with the couple is a strong drama indeed. Romance is a huge driving factor in K-drama and it is only right to take a look at the best K-drama couples of 2016. From December 15 to December 22 vote for your favorite drama couple!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 12 2016/12/14,
The battle between the two hospitals rages on and Dong-joo finds himself in another dilemma over his latest patient. Things only become worse when a past mistake makes a haunting return and bares Dong-joo's shame for everyone to see. Different people give the young doctor their opinion and try to push him toward the right decision while Teacher Kim chooses to once again observe and respect his pupils' personal decisions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 11 2016/12/13,
There is little peace to be found for Doldam Hospital ever since the new staff arrived, and things keep escalating for the worse. A very delicate situation forms when the military becomes involved with a patient and Seo-jeong faces the threat of a lawsuit by the family of the DUI perpetrator. Meanwhile Teacher Kim tries to keep everything under control and observe how his two most trusted pupils react to the power games,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Scene Stealers - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/12,
In every drama there is that one actor who keeps us riveted whenever they come on screen. That actor is a "scene stealer" and worthy of note. From December 13 to December 20 you can vote for the actor who keeps you coming back for more!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 7 2016/11/29,
The battle between Geodae and Doldam is as vicious as expected and I fear these conflicts may be our new reality. Gone are the days of a tight-knit group of medical rejects fighting for patients with Dong-joo's whining as the only hindrance. If power games are not enough excitement for you, how about a hostage situation? Yes, cliche gangsters are everything a medical show needs,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 6 2016/11/22,
Episode six of "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" brings big changes. Teacher Kim's plans are still not entirely clear, but his personal demons start to show as Yoon-wan closes in on the hospital. The Teacher and Dong-joo become so busy with their personal plans and persistent enemies that they irresponsibly leave the hospital at the same time, forcing Myeong-sim, Seo-jeong and the staff to take desperate measures,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 5 2016/11/21,
Teacher Kim's past is finally revealed and his enemies close in on Doldam Hospital. Dong-joo becomes determined to learn from his unwilling mentor, but takes on more than he can handle to impress and follow him. Seo-jeong tries her best at her new job, but her routine is shaken by a surprising fan whose motives are still a mystery and whose involvement is worrisome,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 3 2016/11/14,
Oh boy, Dong-joo's journey back from the self-absorbed pity party he is throwing for himself is going to be a long one after all. Our spoiled antihero continues to place his own emotions and needs first, but Teacher Kim will have none of it. Seo-jeong wakes up, but an equally honest treatment from their mentor awaits her. Dong-joo has no time to reflect, as the ER floods with patients and he must make an important decision,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 2 2016/11/09,
Romantic male lead and viewers alike get a hefty dose of disillusionment in episode two of "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim", as it reminds us that it takes more for romance than one person who wants a mate. The time is five years later and Dong-joo has been reassigned to the small hospital of a rural area after being used by his peers. That is when he reunites with Seo-jeong and meets our titular character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Episode 1 2016/11/08,
Are you tired of romantic shows which hold the kiss hostage until the end? Getting sick of last minute forced drama? Have you had enough of slow burn love? Then "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" is here to save the day! We get forced kisses, forced drama, forced trucks of doom and other manner of over the top goodness right off the bat. What? This is not a romantic soap opera, you say? Oh... Well then we need to have a talk,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" 2016/11/05,
There are fans of romancing in the non-romantic genres and then there are those who wish to see stories without OTPs, but good dramas can be found on both sides. "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" is still a mystery in terms of where it belongs as a genre, but perhaps it can find its own identity.
Two doctors who work for selfish reasons, one for rivalry and the other for recognition, meet an oddball mentor and through their experiences with him rediscover the humanity in medicine,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" 2016/10/29, "Oh Hae-Young Again" is a romantic comedy with a serious undertone. Unlike most rom-coms, its overall feel isn't all bright and zany. The whole story is built on the premise of two switched fates between two girls of the same name and just how much that can affect their lives both positively and negatively. The drama has everything from beautiful cinematography, memorable moments to amazing characters, and a dreamy vibe to easily get lost in,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bring It On, Ghost" Episode 16 Final 2016/08/30,
The true ending to the huge fight is a slight improvement to what closed out the last episode, since it at least involves proper use of the artifact. But overall I still felt a pretty strong general sense of emptiness at the close of "Bring It On, Ghost". A few sympathetic encounters with his mother can't change the fact that Hye-seong did some pretty horribly evil things, spiritual posession or not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bring It On, Ghost" Episode 13 2016/08/22,
As "Bring It On, Ghost" inches ever closer to the climax the various supporting characters have to awkwardly move in order to discover what viewers learned a long time ago- that Hye-seong is a very bad man who is not to be trusted. It bears repeating. Watching Myeong-cheol, Cheon-sang, Im-ran, and the detectives uncover clues would be a lot more engaging if this wasn't just stuff we already knew. Actual new information would be nice,...More
Zico and Seolhyun's relationship revealed 2016/08/11, Source,
Zico and Seolhyun are two of today's hottest idol stars. They have recently admitted that they are seeing each other.
Their managements announced that they were dependant on each other during hard times and eventually evolved into a relationship. They are only just getting to know each other,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Familyhood" 2016/07/02,
Joo-yeon (played by Kim Hye-soo) is a high-level actress in the Korean entertainment industry, but her star power has faded with age. Or maybe just her abrasive personality, it's kind of hard to tell. In any case, feeling very suddenly professionally unfulfilled in life, Joo-yeon has an epiphany during a visit to the home of her stylist Pyeong-goo (played by Ma Dong-seok). She likes families, and so Joo-yeon becomes determined to create a family through whatever means necessary,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 18 Final 2016/06/28,
I got the distinct impression for most of the last episode of "Oh Hae-Young Again" that writer Park Hae-yeong (yes, that is her real name) never really had a plan for finishing any of the drama's storylines. She just had these really great characters, and the interesting hook of the mysterious visions, and figured the rest would come naturally. Well, two extra episodes and an extended finale weren't enough. The ending of "Oh Hae-Young Again" is sloppy, coming up with new conflicts while only clumsily resolving the old ones,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 17 2016/06/27,
While "Oh Hae-Young Again" continues to mostly be filler, at this point it's surprisingly comforting filler. I like watching Do-kyeong and Hae-young be happy. Eric Moon and Seo Hyun-jin have really good cute chemistry. I like how Hae-young is most of the things that Do-kyeong is not, that she is loud and proud while he is quiet and loyal. Do-kyeong engages in an act of explicit heroism this episode and doesn't even bother to stick around and take credit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 16 2016/06/21,
To my great surprise, "Oh Hae-Young Again" actually does a really good job putting on the brakes and going "whoa now, looks like we need more episodes". Rumination is the order of the day, as characters ponder over whether or not they can really get a happy ending just by thinking happy thoughts. As it turns out Hae-young and Do-kyeong still have a lot of wreckage from past experiences floating around, and it's going to take more than a gentle push to solve these problems,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 15 2016/06/20,
Right away "Oh Hae-Young Again" gets on my good side by reminding me just what makes all its characters so charming. There's Hae-young with her optimism, Hoon and Anna with their exuberance, Soo-kyeong with her garbled French, Jin-sang with his paralyzed indecision, and Do-kyeong with his power to surprise the surpriser. I really do love the cast in "Oh Hae-Young Again". They all bring genuine charm to their characters, and this works to elevate roles that in the hands of a lesser performer would have been forgettable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 14 2016/06/14,
Now that Hae-young and Do-kyeong are back together again, "Oh Hae-Young Again" moves to cute filler material. On one end it's nice to get a reprieve considering how gloomy the drama has been lately. On the the other this is some of the weaker cute material we've gotten from the drama and much of it accidentally paints its characters in a bad light. Considering how Hae-young just had a hospital scare, it was really pretty insensitive to not phone her parents and tell them she'd be late. Then again why didn't they just try to call her?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 13 2016/06/13,
The last we saw of Do-kyeong, he was fervently racing to solve the great mistake of letting Hae-young go. Most of the tension this episode revolves around the horrifying possibility that their relationship has been overrated. Do-kyeong and Hae-young were just never meant to be. It's more of the usual from "Oh Hae-Young Again" in terms of frightening relatability, since in every break-up anywhere, it's only really over when both parties finally decide to give up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 12 2016/06/07,
At first it seems like life has merely moved on. Hae-young is grumpy at home, and Do-kyeong is obsessively perfectionist about the latest dangerous to reproduce sound effect. But the situation quickly takes a turn for the worse when Hae-young impulsively picks about the worst possible target on which to vent her frustrations. The result? Hae-young makes the big tragedy of her life seem like an epic joke,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 11 2016/06/06,
Poor Tae-jin. He's pathetic and sympathetic yet...that doesn't matter to Hae-young. It doesn't matter to anyone's ex-girlfriend, or ex-boyfriend for that matter. Nobody wants to get back together with an ex out of pity. As "Oh Hae-Young Again" moves into the open information stage, and everyone finds out every essential detail of the major plot, that basic element of human nature is simply not enough to give Tae-jin any kind of serious leeway. This is true even as the dual Hae Young element vastly complicates the situation beyond Tae-jin's original assumptions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 10 2016/05/31,
Do-kyeong has lots of good reasons to be trying to get mental help right now. So it's a rather appropriate irony that, rather than discuss deeper root mental problems, visions of Hae-young always dominate the conversation. But worry not- we get an increasingly clear portrait of the psychological issues that make Do-kyeong the person he is. His inferiority complex, the superior attitude toward siblings, parental issues and of course, Do-kyeong's powerful reluctance to admit he likes Hae-young at all are forced front and center,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 9 2016/05/30,
While the other Hae-young has received a great deal of sympathetic characterization as of late, it's easy to lose sight of one important fact. The main Hae-young isn't aware of any of this. She hasn't been present for the scenes which explain the other Hae-young's personal issues. In many ways Hae-young is still a character in a completely different drama, the one several episodes back where the other Hae-young seemed like an obvious villain in spite of how unfailingly nice she acts in every possible circumstance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 8 2016/05/24,
Strictly speaking the way "Oh Hae-Young Again" replays footage from past episodes as flashbacks is a tad excessive. Do-kyeong's precognition is, itself, another form of this. But I'm always impressed at how these flashbacks accompany new information that puts these past events in radically different perspective. Way back in the first episode I thought Deok-hee came off as a bad mother. While subsequent events have better contextualized the relationship between Deok-hee and Hae-young, it's only here that Deok-hee realizes an alternate context makes her look much, much worse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 7 2016/05/23,
Jin-sang (played by Kim Ji-suk) is Do-kyeong's best friend, and symbolic of the greatest flaw in the love story between Do-kyeong and Hae-young. The foundation of their romance is a misunderstanding by Jin-sang that provoked an unnecessary and vindictive move on Do-kyeong's part, which neither Jin-sang nor Do-kyeong have been able to satisfactorily resolve. It's been easy to minimize that incident up until now. But with what we now know about Do-kyeong's mother Ji-ya (played by Nam Gi-ae), long-term psychological issues are becoming harder to ignore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 6 2016/05/17,
Where did Seo Hyun-jin get those ridiculous glasses? They're so dorky and cute. That's just another one of the little touches that make "Oh Hae-Young Again" a lot of fun to watch. Every seemingly irrelevant detail appears perfectly calculated to bring out the most attractive character traits. Even the other Hae-young gets the rock climbing scene, which makes her look incredibly cool even as I continue to struggle with how we're supposed to interpret her character,...More
[Spoiler] 'Oh Hae-Young Again' Eric hears Seo Hyun-jin's confession of one-sided love towards him
On the episode 6 of tvN's Monday & Tuesday drama, Park Do-gyeong (Eric Moon) accidentally heard the recording of Oh Haeyeong (Seo Hyun-jin)'s confession of her one-sided love.
Park Do-gyeong found out through Oh Haeyeong's mother that it was Oh Haeyeong's birthday on this day. Park Do-gyeong came over to Oh Haeyeong's side to have a drink to celebrate her birthday. When Oh Haeyeong left the spot to answer a phone call briefly, Park Do-gyeong turned on a recorder without thinking much and he accidentally happened to listen to a recording. It played Oh Haeyeong's confession of love towards him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 5 2016/05/16,
I really love how every single interaction between Hae-young and Do-kyeong, whether it be comedic, serious or awkward, works as a metaphor for their relationship as a whole. The opening scene manages to transition between all three in short order with each one being equally natural. Hae-young really is a positive influence on Do-kyeong, in that her ability to suffer through embarassing indignities prevents him from getting too hung up on his own personal issues,...More
[Spoiler] 'Oh Hae-Young Again' Seo Hyun-jin hugs Eric Moon in front of Jeon Hye-bin
On the episode 5 of tvN's Monday & Tuesday drama, "Oh Hae-Young Again", Assistant manager Oh Haeyoung (Seo Hyun-jin) hugged Park Dogyeong (Eric Moon) in front of Team manager Oh Haeyoung (Jeon Hye-bin) to show her close relationship with him.
During an office dinner meeting on this day, the Assistant manager Oh Haeyoung was compared to Team manager Oh Haeyoung blatantly. When she was leaving the dinner meeting while feeling offended badly, she was very happy to find Park Dogyeong standing there. She shouted, "Excuse me. I have to leave now. Someone is here to pick me up. Honey!" And then she ran towards Park Dogyeong and hugged him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 4 2016/05/10,
The sheer goofy awkwardness of Hae-young's new living arrangement is played for maximum laughs. I like how for all the obvious problems the secret doorway causes, Hae-young never considers just, you know, moving to another apartment. It's not even that she likes Do-kyeong all that much just yet. Hae-young is a woman who would rather try to avoid problems piecemeal instead of trying to deal with them in a single fell swoop. It's a character flaw that's well disguised by the general comedic design of "Oh Hae-Young Again",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 3 2016/05/09,
Hae-young is easy going to the point of excessive strain. She seems capable of taking any bizarre revelation in random stride, yet the minute any of her ideas are challenged, Hae-young lets loose a vicious hook. I like how Do-kyeong reels from her verbal hits for exactly the wrong reasons. While Hae-young is overreacting, she's overreacting to Do-kyeong's overreacting, and Do-kyeong's own hidden motives that he can't admit out of sheer guilt and shame,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 2 2016/05/03,
From Do-kyeong's perspective Hae-young frequently comes off as unexpectedly frightening. It's mostly in the weird stone-faced way that Seo Hyun-jin delivers her lines. It's hard to tell whether Hae-young is being flirtatious or viciously sarcastic. Often it's not clear that Hae-young herself has any idea how other people interpret her actions. Hae-young is at her most attractive when she outwardly expresses the least concern about what other people think,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 1 2016/05/02,
Hae-young (played by Seo Hyun-jin) is an administrative restauranteur with chronically rotten luck who shows neither determination nor despair at her many setbacks in life. Do-kyeong (played by Eric Moon), a sound effect designer for movies. Not a composer, a sound effect designer. His sister Soo-kyeong (played by Ye Ji-won) is Hae-young's boss, and both siblings share the same penchant for cruel behavior to subordinates in the name of getting the job done right,...More
Kwon Yul, "I would like to try a cooking show" 2015/06/04, Source, The character Lee Sang-woo from "Let's Eat - Season 2" is definitely the perfect guy. He's got the looks, skills, personality and a pure heart. He's the perfect prince. Lee Sang-woo is also similar to actor Kwon Yul in several ways and he nods his head at this statement.
"I share some common ground with Sang-woo. We are both sincere when it comes to meeting people and we take some time to get comfortable with someone. We're only keeping weight on our manners and not being watchful",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 17 2015/06/01,
To further emphasize the way "Let's Eat - Season 2" is moving into conclusion mode, there's actually more character relationship montages than food porn sequences this episode. What makes this particularly weird, though, is the two of the chaarcter relationship montages appear to be ironic. It's like writer Lim Soo-mi is explicitly telling us- no, as a matter of fact, these two particular storylines never actually went anywhere, and the only reason these characters are waxing on romantically on the subject is because they're just kind of lonely,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 16 2015/05/26,
Last episode was such a huge flash in the dramatic department that "Let's Eat - Season 2" was more-or-less fully destined to let itself down this episode, if only because of the disappointing reality of characters having to face consequences for their actions. In light of everything that's happened there's not really much to do except sulk in front of the police and hope that eventually everything manages to take a turn for the better. Everyone else is just trying to stretch the plot out. With food porn, when possible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 15 2015/05/25,
The tonal shift this episode is to serious drama- we're not looking at anything super-weepy or anything, but the immediate reactions of the characters are fairly appropriate. While Jeom-i has never been a terribly important character, she's always been friendly and likable in her own way. And this was just in dealing the other residents of the building. There's something humbling about realizing that Jeom-i actually has an actual family- and that of course, every other character has an actual family too. That they don't talk to as much as they should,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 14 2015/05/19,
As if to reprimand me for doubting its seriousness, the mystery plot of "Let's Eat - Season 2" ends on a pretty shocking cliffhanger, particularly so coming right after a super cute date sequence. Not just shocking, either, but overall well-integrated, because the mystery plot and the main Soo-ji plot share one important commonality. Both are being interrupted by unnecessary snooping. Of course Jeom-i is snooping- that's what old ladies do. But why is Soo-ji so obsessed about Dae-yeong's imaginary girlfriend?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 13 2015/05/18,
No, nobody is actually moving around dead bodies in briefcases. Again, "Let's Eat - Season 2" might have fooled me on that point except that the first season of "Let's Eat" tried to pull the exact same stunt. Although admittedly the question of what's going on with all that money is a pretty potent one. It's not really all that interesting compared to the question of how Soo-ji is planning to manage all her financial affairs. But it's decent as far as subplots go,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 12 2015/05/12,
Contrary to what was implied by the preview, Dae-yeong and Sang-woo actually just start out by discussing their problems like adults and giving honest answers. It feels absurd for me to be surprised by this- of course that's what non-crazy friends do in that kind of situation. It's just...you know, the wacky plotting of television dramas is usually more prone to contrived misunderstandings. Writer Lim Soo-mi is above all that, though. She focuses on the important stuff in life. Like balancing checkbooks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 11 2015/05/11,
This episode opens up with an extended mountain hike- that naturally ends with food porn. I'm surprised "Let's Eat - Season 2" doesn't do this more often really. Just have a completely random datelike activity end in food porn because that's what the viewers wants. But then again, Soo-ji never really pays attention to food because she's too head-over-heels with Sang-woo to actually notice her first love in life. With Dae-yeong, though, food and petty arguments is what they're all about,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 10 2015/05/05,
The humor this episode consists primarily of callbacks- namely to the entire incident with the bike. The extent to which the characters are willing to tell ridiculous lies for reasons that don't really make much sense is the larger thematic point. Sure it's fun to watch everybody squirm in the near term. But in the long term, why are they lying exactly? What exactly is the end game for a bunch of relationships that are founded upon the idea of silly deceit?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 9 2015/05/04,
In a mildly genre-bending twist, last episode revealed that Soo-ji's goal of a relationship with Sang-woo was actually much easier to accomplish then was expected. So...what exactly are the characters supposed to do for the remaining ten episodes? It soon becomes clear that from this point on, rather than being about Soo-ji being terrible at romance, we're now going to get a story about Soo-ji and Sang-woo being mutually terrible at romance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 8 2015/04/28,
Now that Dae-yeong has accidentally exposed the drama's premise to Sang-woo, there's not really any getting around the general sense of awkwardness. I like how Sang-woo seems generally perplexed at the idea that women would have any romantic interest in him. To be entirely honest I'm kind of confused on that point too, but then it's not like love is supposed to be easily understood or anything like that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 7 2015/04/27,
The slow pace of the plot catches up to the characters here. I can't help but find it rather inherently amusing that Dae-yeong and Soo-ji are acting like they have all the time in the world to get her together with Sang-woo, when from the very beginning every single work meeting Soo-ji and Sang-woo have had has referenced the blind date that Sang-woo keeps trying to avoid. Well, that's the problem with romantic fantasies really. They're a lot more fun than actually trying to date,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 6 2015/04/21,
Soo-ji's incremental progress toward a relationship with Sang-woo here is foiled by...rental payments. Good, good, more absurdity. I mean it's not really that absurd. Pretty much everybody has to struggle with the rent, especially in the wake of a dumb impulse purchase. But this isn't the kind of real-life issue that normally shows up in dramas. Fiction tends to focus on concept rather than reality. Yet as "Let's Eat - Season 2" shows here, a lot of mileage can be accomplished just by watching Soo-ji squirm over the rent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 5 2015/04/20,
The mystery of the person who lives on the roof of the building is resolved appropriately- with a revelation as to the very serious financial penalties involved in building an illegal add-on to an apartment building. All right, that's somewhat ridiculous- which is good, because self-ridicule is always where "Let's Eat - Season 2" has been at its strongest. Most of the characters are at their most amusing when their perception of reality is challenged by their own apparent cluelessness.
Except for Dae-yeong. He knows that he's clueless, and doesn't really care. Which makes it all the more easier for him to identify where other people are going wrong. I'm really kind of impressed at this point seeing how little Soo-ji understands of men. Every time the three leads of this drama are together it's just Dae-yeong hurriedly trying to run damage control before Soo-ji accidentally reveals how unattractive she really is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 4 2015/04/14,
The main interesting thing to happen this episode is that the love triangle is established. Weirdly, the center of this triangle is not Soo-ji, which would make logical sense, but rather...well, nobody in particular because again, it's not clear whether Dae-yeong and Soo-ji are supposed to be getting together or not. Bizarrely, it's the platonic relationship between Dae-yeong and Sang-woo that ends up being the focus. Sang-woo doesn't appear to be gay. But at the very least, he's definitely queer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 3 2015/04/13,
This episode jumps right away to the finer more important points of the plot- Dae-young teaching Soo-ji how to act like an attractive woman. I'm not sure which part's funnier actually. There's the apparently sexless Dae-young being a complete master of romantic interaction. And then there's Soo-ji not having the slightest clue about what he's talking about. She completely whiffs Dae-young's softball attempt to try and get her alone in the same general area as Sang-woo,...More
Hit Muk-bang Themed Drama "Let's Eat" Returned For Second Season 2015/04/10,
CJ E&M's hit Muk-bang (eating scene) themed drama "Let's Eat" has returned to the small screen for a second season. Its premiere episode was aired Korea's general entertainment channel tvN on April 6. Hailed as one of the country's popular cable TV dramas in 2014, "Let's Eat" has propelled the "Muk-bang" (eating scene) TV trend. It is a romantic comedy about a single guy who loves to browse his favorite foods on the blog site called '"Let's Eat"' to relieve stress from work,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 2 2015/04/07,
The first season of "Let's Eat" only aired one episode a week. "Let's Eat - Season 2", by contrast, is airing by the more standard two episode per week schedule. And it's this episode I quickly saw one of the more obvious disadvanatages of the more standardized intensive drama schedules- it kind of messes up the pacing. Whereas the first season of "Let's Eat" had to accomplish basic facts rather quickly, "Let's Eat - Season 2" mostly just runs in place. There's a lot of filler here- and we've only just established the basics of the premise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 1 2015/04/06,
Dae-yeong (played by Yoon Doo-joon) has been forced to escape from Seoul due to his usual bizarre habit of managing to obtain unwanted extreme emotions from women he only wants to know casually. While we get several memorable flashbacks indicating part of what happened, the big question of why he broke up with Soo-kyeong remains unresolved. Whether it will ever be answered is unclear- although the implication is definitely that it was an interesting story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 6 2013/07/18,
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is moseying right along. It gives us tons of cute. It gives us some political intrigue. It gives us a few solid relationships. These things save it from being pedantic because this predictable plotline needs some saving. Not one scene held surprise because the outcome was obvious. However, the acting and the adorable character relationships keep the show together. Rather than fight over a jar, this time the royal consort Inbin and her minions wage war against Prince Gwanghae over a jade belt. It's always something. Jar, jade belt. Po-tay-toh, po-tah-toh. The bad guys win this round: Gwanghae is demoted from head of the Punwon Kiln to second in command,...More
Seo Hyun-jin becomes a reporter 2013/05/12, Source,
Actress Seo Hyun-jin was cast for the movie "N.L.L - War of Yeon Pyeong" according to Jump Entertainment.
"N.L.L - War of Yeon Pyeong" is based on the true story of the North attacking the South in the second Yeon Pyeong sea war during the World Cup Semi Finals on the 29th of June in 2002. Seo Hyun-jin's role of Joo Min-jeong is a very hard worker with passion for reporting news and falling in love with Yoon Yeong-ha (Jung Suk-won),...More
Ex-Teen Singer Reinvents Herself as Soap Actress 2012/05/05, Source,
When Seo Hyun-jin made her debut as the lead vocalist of girl group M.I.L.K., she thought she would immediately be catapulted to stardom. However, the girl group soon fell by the wayside due to fierce competition among manufactured bands, which led to one of the members quitting before the outfit completely disbanded in 2003.
But almost a decade later, Seo is back in the spotlight, not as a singer but as an actress. By playing the role of an overly ambitious chef who will go to any length to keep her place in the kitchen in the MBC weekend drama, "Feast of the Gods", Seo has finally captured the attention she has craved for so long,...More
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