[HanCinema's Drama Review] "You're Surrounded" Episode 13 2014/06/27,
"You're Surrounded" is a character driven story that makes wonderful use of the plot to bring out the best, and the worst, of the characters on screen. It addresses the situations that bring people closer and highlights the beauty in human connection. It also shows how the darker aspects of human nature can snowball into something terrible. While the plot of "You're Surrounded" is not the most inspired plot to grace the small screen, The Way It Is constructed gives clear motivations to all characters,...More
Korean literature in French: 'No Matter Where You Are' 2014/03/09, Source,
There is a new piece of literature being much read by French audiences these days: the full-length novel "No Matter Where You Are" (unofficial translation), penned by Lee Seung-u. The novel was first published in French by Paris-based publisher Editions Zulma in 2012. Last year, the novel was also included in the prestigious Folio series, a collection of world-class literary works by Editions Gallimard, another leading French publisher. With that inclusion, the writer has now become the first Korean to have two of his many works placed in the honorable series, the other being his 2000 novel "The Private Life of Plants",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heartless City" 2014/03/08,
Korean drama titles are often on the silly side and depending on genre, might not even hold any meaning. For those who like the title of 'Heartless City', you will be pleased to know it is a very accurate one. This is not a happy series. But it is also not melodramatic in the usual over the top way. 'Heartless City' is a dark, noir-like suspense series about less than lovable characters. There really is no happy way to portray the underworld, drug trafficking and crime. But the series goes all out in its characterization, attempting to show how such a life affects people and how dirty and indeed heartless the world really is. And it does this quite well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Answer Me 1994" Episode 20 2013/12/27,
Romantic separation is the byword this time around, as the relationship between Na-Jeong and Rubbish is (apparently) fully severed. The scene where this gets established carries a lot of emotional punch. As we saw earlier, they never really technically broke up. It was just that their sustained interest couldn't survive Na-Jeong spending extended time working overseas. They're still both clearly heavily emotionally invested in each other, but once again, they've pretty much moved on.
Something "Answer Me 1994" has done very well is using the setting of the nineties, and the limited technology therein, to establish limitations,...More
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