[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 20 Final 2014/03/05, "Miss Korea" has tied up each and every loose end and delivered a finale that is adorned with smiles, warm feelings and a hopeful message. It has stayed true to its feel-good mood and has proven itself to be a breezy watch. While "Miss Korea" lacked in any sort of real plot development, what it managed to do was make me feel good while watching it. Lee Seon-kyeon and Lee Yeon-hee had wonderful chemistry, which made them easy to root for. In fact, the entire cast had an easy rapport that was reminiscent of "Pasta",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 19 2014/02/26, "Miss Korea" made quiet allies of Ma Ae-ri and Hyung-joon and kept the "feel-good" mood that this director/writer pair is so wonderful at portraying. Logic is not strong in this show, but as it nears the end of its run, it brings home the message of warm, loving relationships between people and helping each other through crisis. The best thing about this episode was that Ae-ri put Ji-young in her place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 18 2014/02/24, "Miss Korea" is moving into contrived territory. It's forcing its plot down a narrow path, warping characters and events in order to cater to the plot's endgoal. None of it feels organic save for Ji-young's precocious attitude and the adorable cast chemistry. But no amount of cuteness or swoon-worthy moments can save a drama from inconsistent writing. Each character in the story is now working for (or against) the promotion of Vivi's lipgloss, the complimentary makeup product to the BB cream stolen by rival company, Bada Cosmetics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 17 2014/02/19,
Quite a few issues came to a head this episode and new ones surfaced in order to carry us to the end of this drama. The strongest parts, though, dealt with the issues that have been peppered throughout the show. They were finally given some solid airtime and a chance to work themselves out. The major issue dealt with was that of education level and how that affects all kinds of relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 16 2014/02/18,
When watching for enjoyment, the criticism a show must weather is much less harsh that of a critic watching for quality of the different elements that comprise a good drama. "Miss Korea" is a show that is best in the watching. It has many issues that reach a large number of people, but it doesn't follow through well on any of them. The big issues in this show (the IMF crisis, the industry of the beauty pageant, re-establishing a broken relationship, family, the institute of familyhood) are fantastic, juicy issues that people love to watch unfold,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 15 2014/02/16, "Miss Korea"'s characters suffer huge fallout as their financial difficulties finally catch up to them. It happens in tandem with the "Miss Korea" competition, which is a great move in terms of tension buildup. "Miss Korea" seems to finally have a grasp on how to create tension and effectively act on it. Yes, there are still some overly indulgent scenes, but overall, this was the most engaging episode of the show's run. It is a bit sad to say, but I'm glad to see that the repercussions for Hyung-joon's bad choices and his company's bad choices are heavy this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 14 2014/02/05,
This episode of "Miss Korea" was all about hope, which foreshadows something very bad happening very soon. But, until the worst happens, we can revel in the beauty of the sweet interactions between characters and the triumphs of the just against the corrupt. Team Ji-young fights the system along with the other presidents who find the handling and organizational choices of the "Miss Korea" competition unjust,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 13 2014/02/03, "Miss Korea" now has its characters contending with the harsh realities of competing in a beauty competition for money and prestige: everyone is out to get a piece of pageant pie and will do anything to get it. In the middle of the fray is Ji-young who has no shortage of enemies, but who also has a team of support surrounding her. Seon-saeng is truly one of Ji-young's supporters now. The makeshift team that has banded together to make Ji-young Miss Korea has become his family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 12 2014/01/31,
The "Miss Korea" competition is underway and trust is no where to be found as allegiances and alliances break and change. Despite the intensity of life at the training camp, the girls, especially Ji-young, find things to make them smile. In this social war-like situation, it's a good lesson to impart. In the "Miss Korea" competition, these girls are never given a moments respite from the tension. They share rooms with their competitors and are in constant fear of ridicule and sabotage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 11 2014/01/31,
It's time for the "Miss Korea" boot camp and all the hard work, strict rules, hazing, underhanded dealings, loneliness and tears that it brings. The contestants, their handlers and a few vultures that hover around the competition will try anything to reap the benefits of the prestigious national event no matter the expense to those involved. The struggle to achieve a crown is belied by the glitz and glam of "Miss Korea". The shiny appeal of "Miss Korea" is fueled by tears and by greed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 10 2014/01/26,
Now that the "Miss Korea" pageant has begun in earnest, "Miss Korea" the show has stepped up its game and has finally become truly interesting. There is juicy character development, complicated schemes of ambitious pageant competitors and a few good old-fashioned cat fights. Not a moment is wasted once Ji-young is crowned third runner up along with a co-competitor for that co-competitor and her handler to turn cruel,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 9 2014/01/24,
The strained relationships between lovers takes the forefront in this episode of "Miss Korea". There is attraction between the couples and a desire to be together. What is missing, however, is trust. That concept can be taken from the personal to the national level as South Korea suffers financially through the IMF. Hyung-joon lost Ji-young's trust long ago, yet the attraction between them keeps drawing them together. The show is attempting to explore how to repair broken trust, but keeps both characters from acknowledging their mistakes, taking responsibility and having a real conversation to work out all of their differences,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 8 2014/01/15, "Miss Korea" is going the route of the self-indulgent. It wallows too much in flashback, tears and its attempts to create a mood that has long been established. There are so many awesome moments that are ruined by overkill. This show is doing a wonderful job of establishing how twisted and difficult the world of pageantry is with the vicious competition, bullying and painful attempts to make beautiful women even more beautiful. It's a subject that deserves to be addressed in a popular medium like drama on a powerhouse station like MBC with a star-studded cast who can make the social commentary come to life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 7 2014/01/12, "Miss Korea" alternates between the adorable, the serious and the nonsensical. The romance between Ji-young and Hyung-joon is engaging. It addresses important issues like how women sees themselves, plastic surgery and the IMF. But then the way Hyung-joon and Ji-young interact after their history is completely confusing. Let's start with the romance. Lee Seon-gyoon and Lee Yeon-hee have delightful chemistry and their onscreen pairing is fun to watch. They are lovers from the past who did not end off well the first time trying to re-establish what they deem a working relationship. What confuses that relationship is their history, which is to be expected,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 6 2014/01/03, "Miss Korea" stepped up its game. It started to effectively address big issues inherent with the time period (the IMF crisis) and Miss Korea pageant. It was the first episode that was engaging for the bulk of the episode rather than having only a handful of solid moments.
One thing that keeps the tone of the drama from being consistent is the way in which Hyung-joon and Ji-yeong relate to each other. Currently, they have a friendly, bickering relationship. It is supposedly laced with some underlying pain and hostility from the past that doesn't seem to really have an impact,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 3 2013/12/30,
Although Miss Korea gives off a dark feel because it's set in 1997 during the IMF Crisis and because of the rocky relationship between all the main players, the drama still breezes by. It doesn't have much substance despite all the stakes that have been and continue to be set. The show is relying on character development because the plot is weak,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 2 2013/12/29, "Miss Korea" is slow coming out of the gate. It is clearly in set-up territory. Despite that, it still has potential. The stakes that have been established are ones that are easy to back and the characters are loveable enough.
The heroine, Oh Ji-yeong, carries the show and its potential on her shoulders. She is a strong heroine with insecurities about her appearance that don't seem to fit her rough personality,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Writer & Actor of the Year 2010/12/31, Source, ────── Writer of the Year: Kim Su-hyun ──────
Writer Kim Su-hyun [10Asia]
It is still Kim Su-hyun. Her SBS TV series "Life is Beautiful" may have seen slightly lower ratings than her previous works and the various controversies surrounding the show for the fact that it dealt with homosexuality, one of the hottest issues of debate in Korean society, may have left little space for it to be evaluated properly. But paradoxically, this showed that Kim, who has been a symbol in Korean TV writing history for over 40 years now, is "proof that she, headed into her seventies, still makes dramas that have an actual impact on reality, are controversial, and are 'real'",...More
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