[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Save Me" 2017/07/29,
South Korea was shaken quite badly by last year's political scandal and the absurd nature of its cult element has been widely discussed. It is only a matter of time before Dramaland takes a bigger dive into the dark side of religion after occasionally dipping its toes in it and "Save Me" might take that plunge.
Four young men struggling to get by in their challenging lives reunite with an old acquaintance who asks for their help. The woman and her family are being held captive by a religious cult. The four young men band together in order to save her and expose the cult's true face,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Blood" 2015/02/14,
The thematic shift for dramas is already happening and the new topic is vampirism. An interesting topic, certainly and one which has done well for Korean television before, most recently and notably through OCN's "Vampire Prosecutor" series. "Blood" is being brought to viewers by KBS2 and there are certainly a few less than promising elements about it, but also some encouraging ones. For better or for worse, it is kicking off the vampire trend,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 10 2015/02/01,
Final episodes normally do lots of callbacks, and "Doctor Frost" is no different. Unfortunately, "Doctor Frost" decides to call back to all the least interesting parts of the drama, creating a finale that's about as uninspiring as most of the normal episodes. There's little to no actual psychoanalysis, as usual, and the final plot unfolds about as predictably as possible. Only the exact details and motivation of the villain are new, and these story points are rather uninspiring,...More
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Park Joon-myun and Lee Mi-do 2014/11/15,
As lovely as it would be to live in a world where popular entertainment is all about representation and inclusion, this is sadly not the case. Presentation matters in any industry where popularity and glamour play a part. Looks and marketability matter. Depending on the specific industry or type of work, it can sometimes be all that matters. We live in a world where gender inequality is also a reality. Men can still lead works if not strictly within the category most popular in terms of visual appeal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz Season 4" Episode 1 2014/05/18,
The opening is fairly boilerplate action detective stuff. There's a tense chase that unravels because in TV land criminals have a pretty unreasonable ability to shrug off bullet wounds. So everybody gets a little beat up and worn out. There's no serious drama going on here- "God's Quiz Season 4" is just clearly setting up the kind of program it wants to be- an episodic crime thriller with characters we all know and love.
Well, most of us know and love anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Special Affairs Team TEN" (Seasons 1 and 2) 2014/03/29,
OCN's dive into the crime genre has produced a few solid shows over the last few years. Since all of them are within the investigative and crime genre, their premises are what the channel relies on to entice viewers and freshen things up. Although mostly no more than gimmicks, these features do bring another dimension to crime fighting. Han Jin Woo's fight with his past and himself ("God's Quiz"), Min Tae-yeon and his larger-than-life vampirism ("Vampire Prosecutor") etc. "Special Affairs Team TEN" is ironically not 'special' in any way. There is no real gimmick here. What this drama relies on instead is a more realistic and cold approach to crime,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "God's Quiz" 2014/02/15,
Most of OCN's crime series are very similar in the types of protagonists they have. Both "Vampire Prosecutor" and 'Special Affairs Team TEN' have slightly brooding tortured male leads. 'Ghost Seeing Detective Cheo Yong' also goes for a male lead with a painful past and 'The Virus' is no exception. "God's Quiz" does have its darker main plot and painful past too, but it being within the medical as well as crime genre and its nerdy and more on the relaxed (at least on the surface) side lead is where this series differs from the rest of OCN's works,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Unconventional Korean Dramas 2014/02/01,
Being a movie fan making a jump to dramas can be a daunting experience. The two are very different in many ways. From budget to tropes, from acting to directing, they are worlds apart. While there are genres even Korean films do not often touch, Korean drama is much more limited in its diversity. Sageuk, melodrama, dailies, romantic comedies, the types and formats of series are limited,...More
User Review - God's Quiz Season One 2011/12/03,
Some things to know about my review:
- My reviews are subjective and my opinions based on my own general likes and dislikes, unclouded by obsessions.
- They usually don't have major or ending spoilers, but if they do, they will come with a warning.
- If I like a movie enough to write about it, I write a lot about it. My reviews are huge.
- I don't take myself too seriously so my reviews reflect that. It's light reading. A lot of it, but light.
As I mention on my blog version about this, "God's Quiz" is a crime series which spanned two seasons and aired on the cable channel OCN. The one airing "Vampire Prosecutor" at the time this is written.
The series is about a man called Han Jin Woo (played by Ryu Deok-hwan), who is an all around awesome medical examiner sent to work with a team of his peers to solve crimes or deaths. His supervisor and partner in cri- I mean solving crime is talented and professional detective Kyung Hee (played by Yoon Joo-hee who can recently be seen in "Ojak Brothers"). Each episode consists of a different plot and crime, while there is still a main plot to this,...More
Korean Cable Television - A Mirror World 2011/10/22, Source,
OCN's "God's Quiz"
Up until a few months ago, when I first caught sight of "God's Quiz", I was not aware of cable channels in South Korea. Not even of their existence, let alone the works they produce. Which meant that the aforementioned series came as quite a shock to me. For one thing, it wasn't a melodrama, a romantic comedy or a sageuk, as it feels that public television does not know any other genres, save for the occasional exceptions. Or at least they don't get promoted as well as the same ol' same ol'.
This was a crime/medical series. Not only that, but it didn't feature a cast comprised of hot men and women sporting the most expensive and fancy clothes and being the center of everything simply because of their looks,...More
Little Wonders - The Child Actors of South Korea 2011/10/08, Source, Shim Eun-kyung - "Hansel and Gretel"
The way people perceive of child actors can be guessed by the term itself. "Child actor" instead of "actor", as it is for everyone else. Whether the world likes it or not, Western cinema, and mainly Hollywood, is the one that is available everywhere and so in our faces that we are often having trouble finding anything else. So the usual idea people have about child actors as well, comes from Hollywood.
We see children as adorable amateurs who can't really act, but are still endearing and cute for trying. We usually tend to forgive or ignore their performances in works because they seem to have no guidance or much effort put in them,...More
'CSI' meets 'House' in local medical thriller 2011/06/14, Source, Ryu Deok-hwan stars as Dr. Han, a forensic specialist in the TV medical thriller "God's Quiz Season 2", which airs on Fridays on cable channel OCN. / Courtesy of OCN
By Kwon Mee-yoo
A doctor who has characteristics of both Gil Grissom from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" series and Gregory House from "House" has returned to the small screen to find rare diseases and solve crimes,...More
Investigative drama to deal with rare diseases, humanity 2010/10/06, Source,
A scene from the new investigative drama series "God's Quiz". The cable show starts airing at 10.p.m. on Oct. 8. / Courtesy of OCN
By Han Sang-hee
Crime scenes, autopsies and stern faced criminalists and surgeons working together to catch a suspect: If this description reminds you of the popular television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", tune in to the new Korean version titled "God's Quiz" on cable network OCN,...More
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