Now Playing 2014/08/29, Source, "Night Flight" (19)
Drama/ 134/ Korean In the indie film scene, director Lee Song-hee-il is well known, especially for making distinctive queer films. His representative filmography includes "Going South" and "No Regret", which revolve around the issue of sexual minorities and the hardships they face in society. This time, the prominent director focuses on gay high school boys as the film's protagonists and sheds light on the brutal bullying these teenagers face every day at school. Yong-ju (Kwak Si-yang) and Ki-woong (Lee Jae-joon) used to be best buddies in middle school, but as they entered high school, their interests started to diverge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Idle Mermaid" Episode 4 2014/08/28,
I've been pretty patient about the drama's slow pacing up until now but this episode really pushes the limit. Yes, we do make a fair bit of plot progress by the end. The trouble is that in the meantime an inordinate amount of time is spent on build-ups and deliveries to plot points I honestly don't really care about. Isn't this supposed to be a romantic comedy? Ergo, there should be a lot of romantic bits mixed in with the comedy, especially given this is literally a life-and-death situation?
The most effective humor here turns to be of the platonic irrelevant variety. Try as I might, for example, it's pretty hard to picture Ahn Kil-kang as a mermaid, even when the drama goes to the trouble of showing him in full costume,...More
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