[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 16 (Final) 2016/01/16,
Despite my annoyance with "Twenty Again", this finale did a lot of explaining and brought the drama to a satisfying close. No-ra figured out how she wanted to live her life, Hyeon-seok let her do it, and Woo-cheol figured out how to chase his dreams without stepping on others to do it. The other characters also came full circle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 15 2016/01/16,
I admit to being baffled by episode 15 of "Twenty Again". I just don't understand what No-ra is thinking. After all the romantic back and forth, and after how hard she's worked, it's difficult to fathom why she chose the path she did. Since the beginning, No-ra has worked towards figuring out who she is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 14 2016/01/10, "Twenty Again" hasn't been the fastest paced drama in the lineup. A lot of what has come to pass could've been trimmed down to move more quickly. But, we've finally arrived at the meaty romantic bits and where Woo-cheol and his mistress get their just desserts. Woo-cheol and his mistress have been playing a dangerous game, cheating behind No-ra's back and expecting everything to work out in their favor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 13 2016/01/10,
Episode 13 of "Twenty Again" focuses on realization, mostly on Woo-cheol's part. For nearly the entirety of his relationship with No-ra he has tried to mold her and their life to cater to his lofty career aspirations. Although his conscience pricked at him, he catered to his needs and hurt No-ra and his son on his path to achieving his goals. When Woo-cheol and No-ra met, he went out of his way to care for her and impress her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 12 2016/01/09,
Our main characters were twenty once, but it was a long time ago. Some of the powerful, virulent emotions that overtake youngsters have begun to plague the grown "adults" of "Twenty Again". No-ra hasn't felt the flutterings of a crush in twenty years. Woo-cheol hasn't felt intrigued by his wife in just as long. Hyeon-seok is reliving the love from his youth. These youthful emotions overtake the adults quickly, and they almost flounder save for the fact that their experience tempers them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 11 2016/01/01,
No-ra's journey thus far has been about growing up, exploring her independence, and rediscovering her passion from her youth. Although Hyeon-seok has had eyes only for her, it has not been the same for her. She's had the changes in her life, but her difficulties at home to deal with. Only now does a bright new romance occur to her as she discovers her burgeoning attraction for puppy-faced Hyeon-seok. It comes as a surprise to her when physical attraction hits her over the head,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 10 2016/01/01,
This is an episode of empowerment and realization for No-ra. She's experiencing what it's like to be a appreciated woman, a friend, and mother. She has always coasted through life in the background and has been undervalued by her family. But now she's changing that herself and proving herself a strong, viable woman. As she opens up, Hyeon-seok, Woo-cheol, and her son, Min-soo, all respond differently,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 8 2016/01/01,
The halfway point of "Twenty Again" is here and rather than a huge physical battle, we've come to the apex of a high-tension set of emotions. It's also where the characters begin to see No-ra for who she truly is, unfettered by the emotional shackles Woo-cheol gave her years ago.
It is not only No-ra that we begin to see more clearly, but Hyeon-seok as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 7 2015/12/12,
No-ra has finally grown a spine. She may not know exactly what she wants out of life, but she knows she wants to live it to its fullest and won't let Woo-cheol hinder her any further. Hyeon-seok, on the other hand, is a different story. When he and No-ra are around each other they revert to teenagerhood and fight like children with crushes – much like her Son Min-soo. We're almost to the halfway point and there should be some sort of shift in plot coming our way next episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 6 2015/12/06,
Twenty Again doesn't let anything fester for long – that is both its charm and its strength. The truth about No-ra's health is exposed, but not before we get an episode that is both fun and introspective. Each character gets to do a bit more soul searching. Or, in Woo-cheol's case, he slowly begins to learn that No-ra is no longer the complacent puppet wife that she was for the past twenty years. No-ra's inner twenty-year-old emerges in full force as she rebels against her husband and her life as it once was,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 5 2015/11/29,
The beauty of "Twenty Again" is that is never dwells on any single plot point for too long. It doesn't belabor the usual tropes. It grows as quickly as No-ra does as she learns more about herself from her new adventures as well as from the ever-attentive and temperamental Hyeon-seok
What makes this show good is not just a well-drawn out heroine with a clear path to walk, but also that those around her need to learn a few things themselves,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 4 2015/11/15,
Each episode feels like a fresh beginning in "Twenty Again" as the main characters experience new revelations that kickstart the hour. Newly armed with the (false) knowledge that No-ra is dying, Hyeon-seok decides to encourage and help her the way that she had done for him when he was a high schooler. No-ra, on the other hand, has a second chance at life with the realization that she does not have cancer and she's going to live. Ironically, the situation brings them closer because it softens Hyeon-seok and makes him more receptive to No-ra, while she opens up to the possibility of truly living her life. It's a situation that brings them both back to their twenty-year-old selves, sweet, eager, full-of-life, and ready to get living,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 3 2015/11/15,
The third episode finds childhood friends Hyeon-seok and No-ra still feeling each other out after having experiencing life separately for twenty years without maintaining their friendship. Life has changed them, but that doesn't stop Hyeon-seok from suffering intense curiosity at the secrecy No-ra displays upon their sudden reintroduction to one another. And No-ra, she is realizing that she's been living in a bubble as life has passed her by. It's not just the difficulties that she experiences as an older student, but the fact that she's never really been able to interact with others and watch the world grow. She's only watched her son grow up and her husband grow apart from her. That husband, Woo-cheol, is in love with another woman, and the couple is suited in personality and temperament save for the fact that he's still married,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 2 2015/11/01,
The pettiness of childhood has infiltrated the hearts and minds of No-ra, Hyeon-seok, Woo-cheol, and every other adult in "Twenty Again". It emphasizes the point that no matter how old a person may be, a twenty-year-old still lives inside her and can manifest at any time. Society makes it harder for someone older to behave like that twenty-year-old, but it happens nonetheless. The back story of No-ra's and Hyeon-seok's high school relationship is given and although much has changed in the twenty years since they last met, there is still something that remains: Hyeon-seok's feelings for her,...More
Choi Ji-woo confirmed for tvN's new weekend drama, 'Twenty Again' 2015/07/09, Source,
tvN has announced the next drama after currently running 'Oh My Ghostess' will be "Twenty Again", of which title was originally, 'Our Heaven' and the female lead of the drama has been decided to be Choi Ji-woo.
According to tvN on July 9th, Choi Ji-woo has been cast as the female lead of the drama.
"Twenty Again" is a romantic comedy about Ha No-ra, a woman, who has been living as an ordinary mom for the last 20 years since she became a mom at the age of 19 unexpectedly, and goes to university as a freshman for the first time in her life. It depicts her first time campus life and her efforts to adapt to the new environment and communicate with her young fellow students in their 20s,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" 2014/01/18,
Action and suspense series have not been a frequently used genre in Korean drama, but surprisingly, they have produced some very popular works. The fact that revenge and/or melodrama are typical parts of most of them is one part that perhaps helps the genre impress, but a lot of them have also aimed for a popular cast and polished appearance, even if their plots have their issues. From 'City Hunter' to 'Bridal Mask' to the series in question here, "Two Weeks", they all go for something different and impressive presentation,...More
[HanCinema's Year in Review] Raine's Top Six Picks of 2013 2014/01/04,
It is the end of another year in K-dramaland and time to look back and count how many hours I spent watching dramas, running my drama blog, and working on drama-related projects. Since I watched twenty-eight 2013 dramas, recapped three and reviewed nine, and delved into past dramas, that would give me a total of,...More
Lee Joon-ki says he grew up a lot after playing a father. 2013/10/18, Source,
I said I wouldnt take it. Im not even married and how could I play a father?
Lee Joon-ki, 31, an actor, declined the offer at first when he was asked to join MBC's "Two Weeks", a drama that ended at the end of last month. The role reminded of Son Hyeon-joo in the hugely popular SBS's "THE CHASER - Drama" in that he would play a man who fights for the sake of his daughter as a victim of false accusation. Lee said I thought it wouldnt do me any good even if I do it (acting) well. He changed his mind, however, after writer So Hyeon-kyeong persuaded him.
Lee said, I went there to say that I wont take the role but I talked with her over beer for four to five hours. My mind changed when So said, Ill make a differentiated character. You can grow into a good actor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Final Episode 16 2013/09/26,
The final episode of "Two Weeks" deals with crime and punishment. In terms of bringing the villains to justice, it's pretty much just stock action stuff. There are well-designed setpieces, and a bit of questionable story logic because Tae-san decides to involve himself. Obviously, Il-seok and Seo-hee are never going to stop trying to kill Tae-san, but still. As the opening title states, this is the day of the operation. Although I guess conceivably at this point Tae-san could still make the transplant even as a corpse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 15 2013/09/25,
When this episode started out and the characters started explaining the plan that led to last week's cliffhanger, I was a little annoyed. It seemed pretty obvious in retrospect what was going on. But the more they discuss the plan, and the further they got into other stages of the plan, I was genuinely impressed. This is actually a really great plan, since it finally takes a direct stab Il-seok's most glaring weakness- his insecure paranoia.
The heroes haven't seen too much of this, but it's been present in nearly all of his scenes. Il-seok makes a careful note of holding it back, but when he's with someone who knows how to push his buttons and isn't scared of him (like Seo-hee) it is really easy to get Il-seok to blow up and make mistakes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 14 2013/09/19,
Il-seok's plans encounter serious resistance from very unexpected places. I'm still not particularly thrilled with the direction the last episode decided to take- but the drama manages to recover and resolve from them well enough to keep me from staying too angry. If a drama must go in a stupid narrative direction, at least it can try to recover from it quickly and move on to more interesting ground.
The trouble is that "Two Weeks" doesn't really have too much more interesting ground to move onto,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 13 2013/09/18,
The episode starts out as being an interesting bit about the problems inherent in overconfidence. In rapid succession, characters who appear to have the upper hand are quickly taken out of it because they failed to anticipate the countermoves of their opponents. It's a neat turnabout to watch, as it really does call attention to the fact that these characters declare victory too quickly.
That's the charitable interpretation, anyway. In light of subsequent events though, I'm less certain that this is actually a statement about the characters so much as it is about the writer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 12 2013/09/12,
This episode starts off a little bit disorienting. After resolving the cliffhanger from last episode, there are a lot of sequences that aren't the story taking place in the present day, and it's a little difficult to keep track of who's doing what and what time in the chronological narrative of "Two Weeks". The emotional stuff is effective as usual, but it's nearly an unwelcome interruption given how much was promised in terms of actual, immediate storyline action.
The best way to understand this drama's themes in the context of this episode is in terms of tenacity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 11 2013/09/11,
A new dynamic appears this episode as our heroes decide to take on radically different tactics in order to bring the villains to justice. A lot of this drama is just hand-wringing on the part of the lead characters as to the choices they've made in the past and whether these were good and smart choices. Having established that, no, they probably weren't, a full-fledged plan now comes into focus that has genuine legs.
Metaphorically, nothing has actually changed. Tae-san is still on the run, and the drama establishes that, for all the character groth the heroes have been going through, the villains are the same cold, vicious people they were at the start,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 10 2013/09/05,
There's a lot of focus on In-hye this episode, as for the first time this drama, people start seriously challenging her choices and opinions. An excellent question is brought up here- why is she trusting Tae-san? From her perspective he's a vicious deadbeat. Now, we in the audience know that he's trying, and that his main objective is to stay alive along enough to give his daughter the transplant. But In-hye hasn't been watching this drama. She's taking all of his promises on faith.
Her worldview is further blasted when one character reveals essential story information to In-hye, causing her to suffer a major breakdown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 9 2013/09/04,
Tae-san doesn't really get much chance to enjoy the important plot points he discovered last episode before the full weight of these revelations sinks in. While it may have been unintentional, Tae-san's best friend in the world was murdered solely because the bad guys assumed he was a co-conspirator in Tae-san's scheme (which didn't actually exist). Remembering the last scenes where we saw these two together is just another reminder of the miserable life our lead character has been leading. Tae-San can make amends, but he can't undo the past and he knows it.
While I get all this character development and can appreciate it, Tae-san's guilt complex does hobble the narrative a bit, since he knows the likely location of the evidence that's the source of all his problems, but is extremely hesitant to move to acquire it since this might well end up in more collateral damage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 8 2013/08/29,
There have been a lot of flashbacks lately going back to how the relationship between Tae-san and In-hye started out. I haven't been sure what to make of these cute romantic interludes. It's difficult to imagine the two getting back together over the course of the series, if only because Tae-san is spending every waking moment just trying to stay alive. A daily schedule like that doesn't leave much room for rekindling a romance with a basically hostile ex.
In this episode, we get a clue behind why these flashbacks keep coming up- they're context for Tae-san's survival instinct, which to date has sometimes felt inconsistent. In these early interactions with In-hye, though, we see that Tae-san's strategy for dealing with In-hye, if we can even call it that, involves almost no concern for his immediate safety,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 7 2013/08/28,
The drama takes a dynamic turn as several main characters are forced into a multi-layered confrontation. It's very effective stuff, and exemplifies the very best in dramatic tension for this kind of genre fiction. We've always known that the stakes were high, but this is the first episode where the situation is dangerous enough that it's genuinely difficult to see how anyone is going to get out of it alive.
For that matter, it's difficult to see why characters aren't already dead. Tae-san immediately makes that connection, and a lot of fun is had here watching his mind work a mile a minute trying to process the new information fast enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 5 2013/08/21,
The drama has run into a bit of a holding patterm. It's still the same consistent quality of entertainment, it's just a little too consistent. In the last two episodes Tae-san made a daring escape, tried to recover from his wounds, and was able to get on the offensive somewhat by trying to track down evidence that would clear him and prove the involvement of greater nefarious powers.
This episode covers nearly the exact same ground. Tae-san makes another narrow escape, struggling to survive against an enemy that clearly wants him dead when he needs to survive for at least the next two weeks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 4 2013/08/15,
In the last episode Tae-san's effort to stop behaving like an animal backfired badly. As he struggles to recover from this blunder, Tae-san now works to strike a middle ground between being a complete dirtbag but still being human enough to remember the basically selfless nature of his mission. The competency gap between the two episodes is striking. Tae-san actually gets time enough to recover before embarking on the next plan.
Something I really like about the structure of this story is that Tae-san is not a superhuman who can survive without food, sleep, or urination. These have all been consistent conflicts over the past two episodes, and it's fairly clearly implied that during the hours the drama skips he's doing all that boring resting stuff we don't actually need to watch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 3 2013/08/14,
Tae-san proves this episode that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, he's a very intelligent man when properly motivated. His deductive powers are completely in character, too- his giant moment of insight comes courtesy of a twenty-year old American movie that's relevant to his current dilemma. Everything else is just him making sweeps of his environment for whatever random objects will help him evade the next checkpoint.
The conflict is well-developed here. It's a pretty common trope for good guy escapees to be trying to escape from good guy police for one reason or another,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 2 2013/08/08,
The emotional aspects of this drama take a backseat as the more action-oriented aspects of the story come into focus. As a thriller, it looks like "Two Weeks" is going to play around a lot with information management. While we don't know all the details yet, it's fairly clear that there's some sort of spy game going on between two major powers who want to keep their activities secret. Tae-San and the normal police officers are caught up in the action mainly out of circumstance.
What's interesting about the major powers is that, rather than being all-powerful and all-knowing, these are clearly organizations being run by very mortal people who are capable of making miscalculations and mistakes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 1 2013/08/07,
Jang Tae-san (played by Lee Joon-ki) is a rather boorish, unpleasant man. He bullies, gambles, and carouses his way through life in a way that seems to imply that he's satisified and having fun, yet which ultimately feels rather empty. Tae-san is more masculine, I guess, than most of the people he interacts with, given that they're typically either scared of or attracted to him. And yet it's hard to see much joy in his life when Tae-san doesn't even seem to have any apparent emotional reaction to getting laid. Mostly because he can't remember it.
His life undergoes a harsh turnabout when his ex-girlfriend Seo In-hye (played by Park Ha-seon) arrives,...More
Jo Min-ki to join "Two Weeks" 2013/06/09, Source,
Actor Jo Min-ki is starring in the new MBC drama "Two Weeks" as a businessman named Moon Il-seok.
"Two Weeks" is about Jang Tae-san (Lee Joon-ki) who lives a meaningless life before he is framed for murder and then finds out he has a daughter who has leukemia and struggles to save her. Jo Min-ki's role of Moon Il-seok is one who has prepared everything to settle down as a major but legal businessman,...More
[TV Antenna] 'Repairing House of Love' corner and more 2011/03/02, Source,
▲ Experiencing Life on Site starts 'Repairing House of Love'
KBS is starting a new corner, "Repairing the House of Love" in celebration of the 50th year of 2TV program "Experience Life on Site". The ice hockey team that got the bronze medal in the 2011 Winter Asian Games will be appearing. They will repair the house of a granny that lives in Yangpyeong, by a big road. KBS forecast reporters Kim Hye-seon and Noh Eun-ji go to a rabbit farm. They go through a battle with twenty thousand rabbits.,...More
Jeong Il-woo cast as male lead in upcoming SBS drama 2011/01/05, Source,
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo has been cast as the male lead in an upcoming SBS drama, making it his return to the small screen after over a year.
N.O.A Entertainment announced in a press release today that Jeong will take on the role of Song E-soo, who takes the souls of people as the moment after they die, in the new series tentatively titled "49 Days",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 1 2010/06/09, Source,
Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] Actress Kim So-yeon says "feels like I am back at the starting line" Out of three Wednesday/Thursday evening dramas, which all premiered on the same day last March, SBS TV series "Prosecutor Princess" never scored the No. 1 viewership rating during its run. However, the show remained a well-made drama till the end with its tight storyline and unique characters played by all the right actors. It would not be an exaggeration to say that actress Kim So-yeon, who played the title character, displayed such impressive acting skills that it might perhaps be the biggest achievement anyone has made in the first half of the year. Even though it wasn't the so-called 'possessed acting', Kim So-yeon created an interesting chemistry seen in the perfect match-up of an actress and her character. After a long hiatus and challenging times, the actress, who used to be the representative star of trendy dramas in the 90s, is back at a brand new starting line. And she is more hungry for acting now more than ever, she says. 10Asia interviewed Kim So-yeon, whose sincerity shone through during the interview and was moving at unsuspecting moments,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 2 2010/04/19, Source, 6. Work and Love, Love and Work: The story for all three stories are set at the workplace
"Prosecutor Princess": It is impossible to perfectly reenact the process of investigation that prosecutors carry out unless the program is a reality documentary. However, "Prosecutor Princess" adds an abundance of detail into depicting the daily life of a civil servant. The show has received reviews that even regular office workers can relate to the portrayal of the job description of a rookie prosecutor. "Princess" could become a good example of an office drama if it lays out the process of investigations with common sense.
"Personal Taste": One can't really say it is specialized. The drama does not explain through what process a house is designed, how to trim the different kinds of wood in order to make furniture, or what the necessary preparations are in carrying out a bidding. The scenes where Park Gae-in takes part in a furniture exhibition and has Jun Jin-ho cut the acrylic from a blind in order to avoid an emergency situation adds onto the sense of reality in telling the difficulties one struggles as an employee.
"Cinderella's Sister": Everyone gathers together at the makgeolli brewery called "Daesungdoga". However, this Goo Dae-sung's world of abundance and is one of the things that Song Gang-sook wants, but it does not display any characteristics as a work place. One might forget that it is a brewery, if it did not show the scene of Goo Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) drinking the residue left after rice liquor is drained before going to school. As a whole, the story of the self righteous self-made owner, the femme fatale-like new lady of the house, and the naive yet talkative workers and large family all seem like trite set-ups,...More
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