[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] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 7 2016/06/04,
Despite the fact that "Beautiful Gong Shim" has a lot of the extra baggage found in most K-dramas, it's still one of the cutest shows I've seen in a long time. The main couple is so endearing in their interactions that it's easy to forget the extra malarky that surrounds them. This has everything to do with the writing, the chemistry between Namgoong Min and Minah, and both actors' knacks for delivering emotionally intense scenes. The typical K-drama setup where the evil mom interferes almost had me fuming out of my ears,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 5 2016/05/29,
Episode 5 of "Beautiful Gong Shim" was all about Dan-tae and his massive crush on Gong Shim. A crush is nothing new, but his awkward, childlike crush and the uniqueness of Dan-tae as a person is what makes his endearingly sweet and great drama material. It counterbalances the usual dose of chaebol backstories, family strife, and evil unnis. Speaking of evil unnis, Gong Mi gets a little taste of karma as she is framed and forced to resign,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Beautiful Gong Shim" 2016/05/28,
If you are feeling empty on the romantic comedy front, look no further, as "Beautiful Gong Shim" is here to provide all the things we love about them. Of course this means it includes a lot of the things that are problematic for less tolerant of certain frustrating cliches viewers, but this is not breaking news when it comes to dramas or romantic comedy.
"Beautiful Gong Shim" is not fresh in many ways. The character of Ahn Dan-tae (Namgoong Min) is not officially a jerk chaebol heir, but,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 4 2016/05/22,
There is a clear break between what is good and what is not so good in "Beautiful Gong Shim". What is good is so delightfully strong in content and execution while what is bad is draggy and dull. Any scene with Namgoong Min is fantastic. Family affairs are bogging the drama down and there may be more of it to come as families begin to interfere with more aspects of the plot. Dan-tae's grandmother is a wreck of a woman,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 3 2016/05/21, "Beautiful Gong Shim" just keeps getting better. Yes, there are the usual doses of selfish rich folk, conniving siblings, and sad backstories, but the balance between them and the hearty stories behind our leads is pitch perfect. And we finally get to dig into Gong Shim as more than just a woman to be pitied. She is so rich after this episode, and her interactions with quirky, tender-hearted Dan-tae are absolutely winning. We learn that Gong Shim has been neglected her whole life, as we suspected, in favor of her beautiful, smart, well-employed older sister,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Beautiful Gong Shim" Episode 1 2016/05/14,
SBS's new Saturday/Sunday twenty-episode drama "Beautiful Gong Shim" was much more than its lackluster promotion. It was zippy, fun, and put two unique characters at the helm, Gong Shim (Minah) and Ahn Dae-tae (Namgoong Min). I have to say that I hope neither of them change much, save maybe to fall in love with each other. It's rare to find such refreshingly frank and straightforward characters on Korean television. Gong Shim is the "ugly" younger sister,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Beautiful Gong Shim" 2016/05/07,
Finding a romantic comedy drama that does not go majorly dark and depressing or then lose its coherence completely is hard. "Beautiful Gong Shim" promises a return to the good ol' days, where people trying to hook up with people happily was possible without major physical and emotional scarring. There is still a mean grandmother in the mix, but that is a rom-com staple in Korean drama,...More
Seo Hyo-rim's lean body 2015/06/03, Source,
Actress Seo Hyo-rim is known for her healthy and sophisticated image.
She stood in front of the camera in a fitness look that compliments her body which is the result of Pilates,...More
Kim Seon-ah with the "Scent of a Woman" team 2012/01/01, Source,
Actress Kim Seong-ah revealed a picture with the SBS Drama "Scent of a Woman" team.
She posted a picture on her 'Me Today' site on January 2nd, "May 2012 bring you lots of luck. I am grateful for all the love you've given me all throughout last year and I am happy. Let go of everything in your hearts and start afresh. I hope for health and happiness in your lives".,...More
Which 'Flower' are you? Orchid 'Han Go-eun' or Sunflower 'Lee Ji-ah' or Rose 'Seo Hyo-rim' ? 2011/12/10,
Are you the type of woman who likes to hide your feelings and pretend to be strong but softhearted inside? Or maybe charming, mature and thoughtful match your personality?
Three ladies from currently airing drama, "Me Too, Flower!", provokes me to invite you discover your flower personality. Flower personality? Yes! If you're not familiar with this term, let me clue you in. Perhaps sometimes you notice when a charming yet smart boy presents a red rose for a girl of his dream, but a yellow or white flower to put on his grandmother grave. Does it ring a bell? That's because conscious or unconsciously, people understand that flower or its colour has different meaning and creates different impression,...More
Top Actresses Join Charity Drive 2011/02/16, Source,
Some of Korea's most glamorous actresses gathered on Tuesday to help youngsters who are the main support of their household. The 2nd Pink Wings Campaign is hosted by fashion magazine Vogue Girl and Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store,...More
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source, The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...More
Say NO to dental plaque! 2010/11/10, Source,
In its efforts to raise awareness of the importance of oral hygiene, Korean Dental Association in cooperation with Oral-B recently held the inauguration ceremony for the supporters for OQ (Oral Health Quotient) campaign against dental plaque. The event took place on November 8 at the Seoul Plaza Hotel,...More
[INTERVIEW] KBS drama "SungKyunKwan Scandal" writer Kim Tae-heui - Part 2 2010/11/05, Source,
Writer Kim Tae-heui [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: After episode 15, it seemed that you were trying to insert more stories into the drama and that caused some trouble to the flow of the drama. What do you regret the most? Kim Tae-heui: I still don't know whether it was because I added “Geumdeungjisa” then rushed in having to wrap up the latter half of the story, or whether I should have just dealt with it probably and made the story longer. But I was worried that may lower the ratings for the show. (laugh). I tend to make my scripts long so most of the portions edited beforehand in the script was usually about Geumdeungjisa. It's something I'll reflect upon now and in the future when I do the next project. 10: But on the other hand, I believe there was a reason you included Geumdeungjisa episode in the drama, as a writer. Kim Tae-heui: A girl in disguise as a boy didn't seem strong enough of an impact for the story. I was also worried with what else I should keep up the tension of the story after Yoo-hee's gender is revealed. And Geumdeungjisa was necessary in turning the original story into a drama. For example Hongbyeokseo (the red messenger) in the book tells a lot about problems in society but in doing the same thing in drama, it could be easily forgotten so I needed something to bring all the main characters together. Also, by linking it with King Jeongjo's reform plan I thought I could make the story much richer,...More
KBS' "Music Bank" to be broadcast to 54 countries 2010/08/27, Source,
KBS' music program "Music Bank" hosts Seo Hyo-rim and Song Joong-ki [Official "Music Bank" website]
KBS' Friday music program "Music Bank" will be broadcast live to 54 countries around the world, according to the official website of "Music Bank" on Friday.
The official website announced that today's show will be seen live for the first time ever in 54 different countries for a special episode titled "Live Music Bank K-Pop Special" later tonight,...More
[REVIEW] TV series Good Days when the Wind Blows 2010/02/03, Source,
The cast of KBS daily drama "Good Days when the Wind Blows" [KBS]
"Good Days when the Wind Blows" - Premiere episode, KBS TV (8:25 PM)
There is a consistent rule in a daily dramas, especially in ones produced by major broadcaster KBS. The rule starts off with the existence of a certain type of female lead character who is poor with no family -- or one who is better off not having one at all -- but has a cheerful and sturdy personality. The capable, hard-working man from a loving family who lives with his parents and grandparents, and the cool, rich guy who says he is not interested in becoming the heir to the family business are also must-have characters. The plot must not be too complicated or too realistic either as it is viewed by housewives on a daily basis. A business company is depicted as a place where character Yeon-shil (played by Nah Yeong-hee), who owns the company and bosses her husband around, will utter "Please speed up the new product development and contribute to the sales growth of our company", to Dae-han (played by Jin I-han), a new team leader under the age of thirty. Romance is played out comedically, almost.,...More
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