[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 21 2015/01/11,
Unfortunately "Birth of a Beauty" can't quite escape the poor turn the writing took several episodes ago. When Tae-hee makes a boneheaded move in the middle of the episode, it's genuinely difficult to tell whether he's actually being an idiot or whether Tae-hee's simply behaving like an idiot in order to make a larger more complicated work. Part of this is by deliberate design to maintain dramatic tension, but the difference between these two explanations is so significant that it's enough to risk making this a genuinely bad final episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 20 2015/01/10,
The good news is that Tae-hee and Geum-ran are back together again, and immediately come up with an effective scheme to take down their enemies. The bad news...well, there is no bad news really. Normally it's a bit irritating when a drama has its heroes pull a magical solution out of nowhere, but "Birth of a Beauty" has amply demonstrated that the team of Tae-hee and Sara is so incredibly hyper-competent that no one else in this drama can even come close to matching them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 19 2015/01/04,
Last time Geum-ran finally got around to asking the question she should have asked several episodes ago. This time, she takes the long way around to finally taking the decisive action she should have taken several episodes ago. Once again, the good news is that Sara doesn't wallow in stupidity forever. And once again, the bad news is that she spends most of the actual runtime waffling on what to actually do for no particularly good reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 18 2015/01/03,
At the end of the episode, Geum-ran finally asks the stupidly obvious question she should have been asking this entire time. Who actually has the resources and motive to try and kill Tae-hee? I bring up this somewhat spoilery point now mostly as reassurance. It would appear that "Birth of a Beauty" is finally going to pivot back to its characters acting sensibly and intelligently for the drama's last showdown. Watching Geum-ran get manipulated here has just been embarassing. She should know better,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 17 2014/12/28,
Like Icarus, "Birth of a Beauty" has attempted glory by flying very close to the sunny tropes that provide life to other dramas, but also can cause them to melt. And like Icarus, "Birth of a Beauty" has finally gone in too deep. The forces keeping Tae-hee and Geum-ran apart at this point are so contrived as to mostly just be obnoxious. Incredibly, Chae-yeon seems to be the only character not encouraging these two to just ignore each other. Mostly that advice is coming from people who are supposed to be on Tae-hee and Geum-ran's side,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 16 2014/12/27,
The fairy tale metaphor this time extends to Sleeping Beauty, as the tension concerns whether or not Tae-hee will wake up. Obviously he does, although it takes almost the full episode for him to actually recuperate completely. As usual, the question isn't whether he will get better but how. And sure enough, through the sheer power of sincerity Geum-ran saves her lover. Not only that, she manages to clear up several misunderstandings with other possible allies regarding the true nature of her character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 15 2014/12/20,
At first, I thought the outrageous speed with which Tae-hee is trying to set up a wedding is a little off-putting. Then I realized that, you know what, this guy loves plans. And a convoluted plan to set up a wedding on Christmas on short notice is exactly the kind of exciting convoluted prospect he can only ever hope to run into once in a lifetime. Tae-hee really is a fun protagonist. The man's just so upbeat, so in a hurry to get the job done, because why waste a single minute of this amazing experience called life for boring dramatic reasons?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 14 2014/12/14,
To go back to the fairy tale analogy- Geum-ran has already met Prince Charming once, and that didn't turn out too well. So in that context, it's easy to see why she's dramatically hesitating in the face of Tae-hee's increasingly ardent advances. The divide between fantasy and reality is so clearly delineated that up to the last minute I really had no idea whether Geum-ran was going to respond to Tae-hee's proposal with a yes or a no. Either one would be a valid decision- even if one would more obviously set up conflict,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 13 2014/12/13,
Tae-hee and Geum-ran actually have a serious fight here. Luckily, it's resolved quickly because the crisis was only really prompted by one thing- poor communication. Tae-hee didn't know that Sara actually ate the peanut-related cooking, and Sara failed to properly inform Tae-hee that she was going to need a ride since there was a good chance the allergy was going to quick in. They both made a mistake here, and the conflict directly arises from that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 12 2014/12/07,
Chae-yeon seems to have an actual plan. While the details aren't made clear it's fairly obvious that it's not a good plan. She's not actually working with anyone. Chae-yeon deliberately withholds information from Kang-joon, and the only reason I can think of for this is that she wants revenge on him, and Geum-ran, and is hoping that this will somehow result in her riding off with Tae-hee into the sunset. She's obviously not privy to the character development that we've already seen. Tae-hee's pretty much given up on revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 11 2014/12/06,
Tae-hee and Geum-ran remain fairly determined to not let the finer details of their revenge schemes get in the way of a fun and enjoyable romance. These two really do seem inseparable right now. I don't mean that in the lovey-dovey romantic sense of being in the same physical area. In fact, their willingness to be apart for significant periods of time is one of the factors that makes their being together so enjoyable. They trust and recognize that sometimes they need to separate in order to accomplish their greater goals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 10 2014/11/30,
There's almost no movement on the actual plot here. By the end all Tae-hee has managed to do with the corporate board is restate what he said at last episode's cliffhanger, except with more convincing evidence this time. As it turns out, "Birth of a Beauty" has more important things to worry about this time- here we get full resolution on the question of whether or not Tae-hee and Geum-ran will be able to get together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 9 2014/11/29,
Last episode Chae-yeon discovered the terrible secret that Sara and Geum-ran are the same person. I noted at the time that there's doesn't seem to be a useful way for her to actually utilize this information, and this episode reaffirms that fact. Chae-yeon is acting awfully smug for a person who has no apparent plan whatsoever. By the end it's clear she's not even sure what Tae-hee and Sara's long term goal is, given the surprise Chae-yeon shows when one character is missing from an important meeting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 8 2014/11/23,
Tae-hee and Geum-ran realize something awkward at the beginning of this episode. Their romantic chemistry is so perfect, it's actually kind of difficult to justify them messing around with the revenge thriller plot. Seriously- everything that happens right up until they get involved in the story again is just pure comedy gold. I have no idea what point they were trying to make- I just know that Joo Sang-wook and Han Ye-seul have great chemistry together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 7 2014/11/22,
It took me a moment to realize what the purpose of the writing on the wall was given that Tae-hee and Geum-ran aren't actually aware of the main significant cause of the rift between Kang-joon and Chae-yeon. "Birth of a Beauty" manages to close most of the important information gaps by the end of the episode, so this isn't that big a deal, and for the most part, the plan remains intact. But fractures do appear, which means that the general humiliation of the villains probably isn't going to go on indefinitely,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 6 2014/11/16,
Why does Tae-hee like Sara? Up until now I've assumed (and the drama has heavily implied) that it's because of her new fabulous physical body- a plot point that takes on unsettling undertones considering he's the one who got her that body in the first place. But the ongoing plot thread of this episode seems to suggest something else. Tae-hee admires Sara mostly because she's just really steady,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 5 2014/11/15,
The question of why Geum-ran doesn't simply go to the police is resolved fairly quickly here. If she did that, then Tae-hee and Sara wouldn't be able to spend the next sixteen episodes mocking and humiliating Kang-joon and Chae-yeon. Somehow this doesn't seem like noble heroic behavior. Then again, all too many revenge dramas (looking at you "Shark") spend way too much time being moody only to waffle on the actual revenge part. Consequently, I approve the new bizarre change in direction for "Birth of a Beauty". Particularly since it happens to be funny,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 4 2014/11/09,
Well, it's happened again. "Birth of a Beauty" has accomplished yet another radical tonal shift, as we discover the exact nature of Geum-ran's accident...and sixteen episodes yet remain. I genuinely don't think I've ever seen a television drama move this fast before. Every episode is just the bare minimum of exposition necessary to cram in all the necessary plot twists, as well as the light comedy needed to add a bit of levity to the proceedings,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 3 2014/11/08,
The fairy tale element in "Birth of a Beauty" continues to bewilder. The "Cyrano Agency" of all things makes an appearance here, really underscoring the crazy lengths to which Tae-hee is willing to go in order to accomplish his revenge / get-together-with-Chae-yeon plan. I'm genuinely not sure which it is at this point. This adds a certain layer of irony to his conflict with Sara over what she wants. It doesn't seem to actually matter what their long term goal is since the first step in either case is "break Kang-joon and Chae-yeon up",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 2 2014/11/02,
...Apparently we're still setting up the premise, which isn't much to the drama's credit. The more the characters discuss the details of the plot, the more difficult it is for me to ignore the fact that the plot doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. All we really need to know for the drama to make sense is that Geum-ran got plastic surgery to take revenge on her husband and that Tae-hee has agreed to help her for some reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 1 2014/11/01,
Sara (played by Han Ye-seul) is one of those amazing beauties you only see on-screen that manages to attract a giant crowd of onlookers through the sheer magnetic power of her appearance. This is a dumb joke and "Birth of a Beauty" takes it to a really weird extreme. That coupled with the lack of any apparent plot had me frequently scratching my head at the beginning of this drama, wondering what exactly the storyline was even supposed to be about,...More
Lee Dong-wook grateful to fans for gift 2014/05/28, Source, Lee Dong-wook expressed his gratitude to those fans who brought him food to the drama set.
According to King Kong Entertainment, a food van was sent to the set of the MBC drama "Hotel King" at a resort in Pyeongchang, Gangwondo on the 29th. The atmosphere around the set was lively as everyone was able to enjoy various types of healthy food,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 11 2013/10/29,
This show went where I didn't want it to go, but it didn't do it badly. It introduced a sociopath, which is usually a garden variety villain. What makes this particular sociopath interesting is the amazing acting of Song Jong-ho and the careful writing that makes his character keep the viewer doubting his identity,...More
Actor Joo Ji-hoon signs with Bae Yong-joon agency 2011/01/05, Source,
Actor Joo Ji-hoon [KEYEAST]
Actor Joo Ji-hoon has signed with top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon-owned entertainment firm KEYEAST, according to the agency on Wednesday.
According to a press release by KEYEAST, Joo, who is currently serving in the army to fulfill Korea's two-year mandatory military duties, finalized a contract with the firm early this month ahead of resuming his acting career in November when he is set to be discharged,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "PRESIDENT" 2010/12/10, Source,
From left, KBS TV series "President" cast members Jay, Ha Hee-ra, Wang Ji-hye, Ha Hee-ra, Sungmin, Choi Soo-jong. [KBS]
"SBS TV series 'Daemul - Big Thing' bothers you, right?" This was the first question the production team for KBS drama "President" received at a press conference held ahead of the drama's premiere on December 15. It was not that hard to guess that question would come up sooner or later. After all, both dramas are about politics with both main characters striving to become presidents and to top it off, they will air on same day and time slot. This practically stole attention to the fact that it will be the first time in 19 years that actor Choi Soo-jong and actress Ha Hee-ra, married in real life, have come together as couple in the upcoming show as well, as president and the first lady, to be more precise. But Choi, who will play the role of Jang Il-joon assures that the two dramas "are entirely different dramas". So how will the two differ? "Daemul - Big Thing" versus "President" and President Seo Hye-rim (Ko Hyeon-jeong) versus President Jang Il-joon. Which candidate gets chosen will be up to the voters, no, the TV viewers,...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
Son Ye-jin says relieved Lee Min-ho "not young-looking" (1) 2010/03/26, Source, For Son Ye-jin, it is a drama where she will play the most comical character since her debut. For Lee Min-ho, it is a drama he chose after long consideration for his comeback role since KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers". For Kim Ji-seok-I, it is the last drama he will take on before entering the Korean military. For Wang Ji-hye, it is her first step toward creating a new image and for Im Seulong, it is his debut as an adult actor. Will the MBC series [tentatively titled] "Personal Taste" be remembered as a special drama that fulfills the taste of the public, just as it is turning into a special drama for the actors, each for his personal reasons? Below are excerpts from the Q&A session at the press conference for "Personal Taste".
Korean actress Son Ye-jin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: How did you choose to do "Personal Taste"? Son Ye-jin (Son): Up till now, I have played characters that were older than my actual age. I don't really look old, but I had come to choose older parts because I was trying to show my serious, deep side. The film "White Night" was very hard on me psychologically and physically, so I wanted to do a fresh, young drama befitting my age for my next work. So it wasn't hard to choose "Personal Taste",...More
Son Ye-jin says relieved Lee Min-ho "not young-looking" (2) 2010/03/26, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin pose at the press conference for their upcoming MBC TV series tentatively titled "Personal Preference" in English, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 25, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]Q: If you were to compare your character [in "Personal Taste"] with Wang-son from "The Slave Hunters"? Kim Ji-seok-I (Kim): First of all, the two are different genres and the two are different characters. If Wang-son was the youngest character who was comic and provided fun to the drama, Chang-ryeol is a main character who has to lead the story. And he is also different from Wang-son in terms of appearance, so people might feel like they are seeing a little of Wang-son in the character, I expect viewers to quickly fall in love with Han Chang-ryeol. Han Chang-ryoel is the most luxurious character that I have ever played. What is crafty about a person's mind is that, when I was working on "The Slave Hunters", I wanted to do a modern drama. But now, with so many things to worry about including my appearance, I've come to think that dramas are all the same,...More
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