[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 8 2016/05/12, "Entertainers" is getting messier in organization but that didn't stop it from tying with "Goodbye Mr. Black" at 8.6% for first place tonight. Indubitably, the spike upwards in ratings are due to the increased romantic presence in the storyline and with Ha-neul's direct confrontation with Jinu. The sexual assault scandal and how desperately the characters endeavor to hide or expose it provides a lot of raw plot fodder,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 7 2016/05/11,
The dark truth that connects the unfortunate young people in "Entertainer" is twisted by lies as those involved try to prevent it from surfacing, and wrecking havoc on their lives and careers. This truth may not be as riveting to viewers as it is to the characters as ratings came in lower this week at 7.8%. Whatever the reasons may be, the undercurrent of tension caused by the buried sexual assault scandal is palpable. This doesn't stop the Entertainer band family from growing closer and from opening up to each other. Now that we know the backstories of our main characters, the rest of the band is getting a little spotlight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" 2016/03/12,
Like all adaptations of successful original works, "Cheese in the Trap" had been under quite a bit of scrutiny in the time leading to its airing date. Things eventually turned out well and everyone was happy. Unfortunately, everything went awry again when the controversy sprung up. The drama's troubles started way before that, however. "Cheese in the Trap" deserves to be looked at like any other work, isolated from outside production debacles and scandals. When looking at it that way, its problems begin way before the infamous ending. What do I think about said ending? Well, read on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 16 Final 2016/03/01,
Given all the fuss about how "Cheese in the Trap" was preproduced, I'm a little surprised that the finale manages to fall into traps generally associated with the live shooting system. Characters make major decisions in the blink of an eye, critical plot information falls out of nowhere, huge life-threatening accidents terrify half the cast, and the epilogue just sort of tapers off into mundane life with no real kick. "Cheese in the Trap" is the rare drama that manages to feel too short- I feel like we're missing at least four episodes of context here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 15 2016/02/29,
With Seol's encouragement at his back, Jeong is finally able to make a sincere effort to not take a scorched earth policy to his enemies. This ends up not being all that helpful. Jeong's icy personality has always been the real problem rather than the way he lashes out, because Jeong has always been pretty good about only lashing out against people who deserve it. So unfortunately this potentially interesting character conflict doesn't have much hope of being resolved, given how this is the penultimate episode and all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 14 2016/02/23,
Second leads never have it easy in dramas, but In-ho knows more than most that he really is in a completely impossible position. At best all he can do now is try not to act creepy. In-ho forces Seol to acknowledge the awkwardness and makes a request that's probably more unreasonable than it sounds. His position is a pretty good argument for why it's better to just keep your mouth shut when it comes to confessing to someone you like and see on a regular basis,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 13 2016/02/22,
In my first review for "Cheese in the Trap" I incorrectly described Seol's friend Eun-taek as being the boyfriend of her best friend Bo-ra. My assumption was presaged on how they act ridiculously flirty around each other, such that I was surprised to finally realize they weren't actually dating. Why? Well, because Bo-ra's mostly arbitrary requirements regarding possible boyfriends rule Eun-taek out. In this episode, that issue is finally realized,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 12 2016/02/16,
I struggle with trying to decide whether the Yeong-gon storyline is overdone or not. The thing is, there are people in real life who will do that- just keep doing the same action and somehow expecting different results, not realizing that certain effects are cumulative. In this case, even after getting an opportunity to smooth social relations over with fellow students who have turned very cold to Yeong-gon over his stalking behavior, Yeong-gon is still at risk of being sabotaged by an unseen enemy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 11 2016/02/15,
Early on Seol ends up choosing which antagonistic character to support when a fight unexpectedly breaks out. What's significant about Seol's thought process is that she could just choose not to get involved. But in the end Seol makes a moral decision to the effect that that deliberately manipulative behavior is more deserving of public censure than performing worse on the arbitrary metric of social rules,...More
[Spottoon Review] Cat and Dog Drama Dream Cast! 2016/02/07, Source,
The webtoon Cat and Dog is set to be made into a drama this year on MBC and it's time to starting dreaming of the perfect cast to embody these characters!
The plot centers around an brooding actor named Seul Woo and young girl named Young Woo who were arranged to be married when Young-Woo was just a baby. Now all grown up, the time has come for their marriage to take place even though they are essentially strangers and total opposites of each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 10 2016/02/02,
Even though "Cheese in the Trap" was filmed completely in advance of airing, I get the impression that the editing part of the production team still messes around with the presentation. A scene from the episode nine preview only shows up now in episode ten, and the timing is much better given how the drama will be on break next week. Min-soo finally breaks down. And even after having apparently "won", Seol is not in any kind of victorious mood. There's just no cause for it, when Jeong isn't around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 9 2016/02/01,
We open up with a replay of the class presentations. Seol has learned her lesson, and decides that it's better for her to be a cruel jerk than risk everyone's academic prospects on Professor Kang's whims. The gambit works, as far as the classroom is concerned. Unfortunately, such smart strategizing is of less help in Seol's personal life. The same can be said of just about every other character in "Cheese in the Trap", as they take stupid actions based on logical yet flawed premises,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 8 2016/01/26,
Min-soo (played by Yon Ji-won) used to be an apparently irrelevant background character in Seol's class, but she became more noteworthy last episode by taking the somewhat creepy step of trying to perfectly mimic Seol's personal appearance. This episode expands greatly on Min-soo's motivation. She's lonely, she wants friends, doesn't know how to get them, but Seol seems to be nice and she also has positive personality traits. Who does this remind you of?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 7 2016/01/25,
Yeong-gon (played by Ji Yoon-ho) is Seol's stalker. Initially he just comes off here as a somewhat vicious villainous character and after some flashbacks...well, Yeong-gon still doesn't come as particularly sympathetic. What makes these scenes awkward is that as obviously appropriate as it is for us to hate Yeong-gon, acting antagonistic doesn't really help. Yeong-gon has somewhat perversely managed to convince himself that his behavior isn't actually aggressive. So both sides of this dispute see it as based on one-sided attacks,...More
Seolhyun and Seo Kang-joon to leave to Jungle 2016/01/21, Source, Seolhyun and eo Kang-joon, the two stars whose popularity is on the uptrend, are leaving to the jungle soon. The combination of these two gorgeous looking stars is to be a first class cast for the SBS' variety travel show, 'Law of the Jungle'
According to an associate in the broadcasting company on January 21st, the two will join the new season of the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 6 2016/01/19,
The opening dream sequence demonstrates a lot of the contradictions at play in "Cheese in the Trap". Seol is paranoid that there's something not quite right about Jeong, yet the fears in her imagination frequently have little if anything to do with Jeong's actual character conflicts. Jeong is sweet and thoughtful even when Seol isn't around- but only when thinking about Seol. That's because Jeong genuinely doesn't seem to like any other character in "Cheese in the Trap",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 5 2016/01/18,
Some very dark story elements come into play in this episode of "Cheese in the Trap". Surprising though it may seem, they don't actually have that much to do with Jeong, our oftentimes spooky first male lead, but rather In-ho, the second male lead who seems to be much more on the level. Director Lee Yoon-jeong appears to be making the point here that superficial appearances can be deceiving, and the point is well taken,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 4 2016/01/12,
I've seen the whole "awkward first date" trope play out so many times in fiction that I'm used to it being, well, theatrical, with everything going horribly wrong. Seol and Jeong's first date is more...real-life awkward. Like, the movie they end up going to watch is a little weird, there's odd little nitpicks about pricing which they don't discuss. There's never a conversation about actual date stuff. In short, Seol and Jeong don't seem to have any idea what they're doing. Why is that?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 3 2016/01/11,
In-ho (played by Seo Kang-joon) is the last central character in "Cheese in the Trap", and like the other characters in this drama In-ho struggles to serve any particularly obvious purpose in the story. This is mostly because "Cheese in the Trap" is quite light in the story department, something I appreciate much better now having read the first few chapters of the webtoon. One interesting change I've noticed- in the webtoon, Jeong is noticably less creepy and suspicious. At the beginning anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 2 2016/01/05,
What a difference a mere change in tone can make...gone are the eerie, mysterious ominous musical chords that director Lee Yoon-jeong had been using to imply that Jeong is a creepy little sneak who's up to no good. Granted, Jeong still smiles like a serial killer but it's hard to be mad at a guy who's so aggressively nice. Jeong even manages to act pushy in a way that doesn't seem all that pushy by ackowledging how he's being a tad too forward,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cheese in the Trap" Episode 1 2016/01/04,
Seol (played by Kim Go-eun-I) is a normal everyday college student, who has to deal with normal everyday college student pressures like being pressured to eat weird food, avoiding tardy penalties in class, and racing with other students to enroll in favored classes as quickly as possible. That may not sound like much in the way of conflict or excitement but then that's kind of the whole point of college- dealing with light responsibilities as long-term preparation for real ones,...More
Surprise appeal to female fans 2015/12/06, Source,
The actor group Surprise appeared on the new JTBC TV show "Taste of Others" and stole the hearts of their female fans.
Surprise put the guard down and showed national television how they get up in the morning and eat together in the living room unlike their usual-perfect-selves,...More
Han Hyo-joo in mini dress
On June 4, actress Han Hyo-joo is entering the venue for the press conference of movie 'Beauty Inside". The event took place at Apgujeong CGV in Shinsa-dong, Seoul.
"Beauty Inside" is a unique fantasy love story between Woo-jin, a man who turns into a different person every morning, and Yi-soo, a woman, who falls in love with the man,...More
[Spoiler] 'Splendid Politics' Prince Gwang Hae, Cha Seung-won's charismatic first appearance 2015/04/13, Source,
On the first episode of MBC's new Monday & Tuesday drama, "Splendid Politics", actor Cha Seung-won's appeared as Prince Gwang Hae and showed off his absolutely overwhelming charismatic presence.
Prince Gwang Hae asked an eunuch at the construction site of the Changdeokgung palace, "When will the last stage of the construction for Jeongjeon be complete". The eunuch answered it would be by the end of this month. Prince Gwang Hae said, "Great, Changdeokgung will finally make its appearance. Try to make it complete earlier. His Majesty wants to see it as soon as possible",...More
'This is Family' actor Seo Kang-joon's intense masculine image in pictorial 2015/02/27, Source,
Actor Seo Kang-joon, who was recognized for his stable acting performance and the impressive presence for his role, Yoon Eun-ho in the popular drama, "This Is Family" has presented different sides from his usual images.
Seo Kang-joon showed off his versatile images in the pictorial for "Bazar" March issue, from the witty facial expression to the gentle presence. According to the staff on the set, he pulled off the outfits in various colors and with busy patterns perfectly, which enhanced the level of perfection of the pictorial,...More
Seo Kang-joon in 5 different sets 2015/01/26, Source, Actor group Surprise member Seo Kang-joon modeled for an ad.
Pictures of the actor show him looking pouty or doing something funny with a prop. He's also looking sincerely into the camera and charismatic in another. He's able to look cute and chic at the same time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 5 2014/03/15,
It's that time, folks. Petty revenge rears it's head and Jung-woo is its target. Ae-ra has creative ways to attack Jung-woo that keep this show funny while allowing it to explore their past and the issues behind their antagonism. After the cruel trick Jung-woo pulled last episode, he suffers through most of this one, which makes for one funny episode. It also establishes the longevity and the quality of his relationship with his sassy Secretary Gil. There was also a meta moment where Secretary Gil (who is played by L from Infinite) turns on Infinite's "Destiny" to soothe Jung-woo's troubles away. There is also a message of " fate " going on with the lyrics of the song, but I won't dig in that far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 2 2014/03/08,
"Sly and Single Again" is still in the setup stages, but it has a wonderful levity to it that enhances humor without detracting from the heavier issues. Characters are introduced and fleshed out while Ae-ra and Jung-woo are in the sometimes amusing and sometimes heart breaking process of being forced back together. Both Ae-ra and Jung-woo have valid reasons to be angry and bitter over their marriage (which were revealed this episode,) but neither half of the broken couple truly understands the pain of the other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 17 2013/11/20,
At long last it is time for Park Bok-nyeo to take action and she is every bit as clever as we knew she would be. However, it still feels like the drama has been running for too long. There is a lot of unnecessary back and forth and stagnation in character growth. Bok-nyeo should've confronted Ji-hoon three episodes ago,...More
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