[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" 2017/07/08,
Korean drama loves its escapism and light entertainment, so a series treating those as gospel is nothing new. This escapism, however, knows the audience it goes for. "Entourage" is an odd case of a series which feels inherently inappropriate for Korean drama and that is sadly the least of its problems. Let us take a look at this regretful mess in full,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Bubble Bursting 2017/06/17,
"Bride of the Water God 2017" really really wants to sell its main pairing and so the teasers keep piling up. We also have some new information about other characters this week as well as other news, especially a lot of casting and potential casting ones. Check them out in the latter half of this piece,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Reverse Love and Busy Women 2017/03/25,
Welcome to a week or writing woes and capable women. Today I take a look at "Chicago Typewriter" and its quirky characters before introducing some upcoming weekend and daily dramas about women's stories. I also share plenty of casting news and some media from upcoming dramas. Let us welcome the new drama season together,...More
5 worst dramas of the year 2016 according to OhmyNews 2016/12/26, Source,
There have been a variety of dramas in 2016. Those mentioned at the end-of-year awards are dramas that were popular and ones that people liked. However, there have been terrible ones too. Despite the names of the cast, there are dramas that viewers choose as the worst dramas of 2016. We take a look at 5 of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 16 Final 2016/12/25,
The end of "Entourage" is here and it brings the convenience of an equus ex machina and a time jump. Yeong-bin has escaped to Busan without the group for some alone time while everyone back in Seoul is trying to handle the fallout and get the star and Ho-jin to make up. Eun-gap in particular becomes closer to the boys than ever and provides some valuable advice to Ho-jin,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 15 2016/12/25,
We are almost at the end of "Entourage", but it oddly feels like a beginning. Episode fifteen gives me the feeling that this season was perhaps meant as the first step on our characters' journey toward self-improvement, simply because of how little they have been developed and how late into the plot that development seems to accelerate. So let us see what we have here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 14 2016/12/18,
The torture never ends when working with Yeong-bin and his two most trusted people are starting to realize it. Ho-jin's work is getting harder and the things he has to do for it risk his weighing heavily on his conscience. While Joon and Turtle are off having awkward romances, Eun-gap and Ho-jin bear the weight of Yeong-bin's decisions and the time has come for the young man to face them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 13 2016/12/17,
"Im Hwa-soo" is finally in pre-production, but the troubles of Yeong-bin and his "Entourage" do not end there, as they need to work with the film's peculiar director, who even surpasses Yeong-bin in flimsy behavior. Meanwhile Eun-gap tries to gather up more actors for his agency, but he worries over a notorious playboy's condition to have Joy as his manager. That is when Idea's CEO enters and threatens the group's working life once more,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 12 2016/12/11,
Careers are booming in episode twelve of "Entourage", but Joon's has become the most stable one. After a dare, Turtle accepts a job as his manager, but the new star has tough mentoring to give. Meanwhile Eun-gap tries to help Yeong-bin while the latter continues doubting his choice to leave his agent. Ok-ja is relentless and I have a feeling we have yet to see how far she can go in order to win,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 11 2016/12/10,
Yeong-bin is going through another break up, but this time it is with Eun-gap as his agent. Episode eleven of "Entourage" is all about how the two men cope with the end of a long partnership, with Eun-gap obviously being the one shaken more. As Yeong-bin goes between potential agents and Eun-gap deals with his loss, Joon has his own little crisis when his manhood endangers his variety show filming,...More
[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 Cho 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
[Orion's Drama News] Genius Frauds and Red Carpets 2016/10/29,
The next drama season has arrived and we have a lot of goodies to look forward to. "Entourage" begins airing next Friday and it has gone on the promotional offensive hard. Videos keep flooding out, interviews are given and the bromance is strong. "Legend of the Blue" sea will be with us on the 16th and we get a good look at its leading gentleman this week,...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
[Photos] Cho Jin-woong's outstanding act 2016/07/04, Source,
Everyone is talking about Cho Jin-woong and his performance in the movie "The Hunt".
"The Hunt" is about a 16 hour chase of hunters who go up a mountain they should have kept out of and a hunter named Ki-seong who saw something he shouldn't have seen. Cho Jin-woong takes on the role of Dong-geun, the head of the hunters' group and his twin brother Myeong-geun. These characters have a tremendous amount of desire and passion,...More
[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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