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Meat-Heavy Diet Linked to Depression

Source | 2016/02/14 | | Permalink

A study shows that eating vegetables is better for beating the blues than wolfing down meat.

A team of researchers at Daedong Hospital in Busan and Seoul National University College of Medicine showed that Koreans who have a heavy meat diet like westerners tend to be more susceptible to depression...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 8

2016/02/13 | | Permalink

Soo-hyeon's insistence on rationalizing all of his actions in context of the experiment is seeming less like anything resembling a pretense of science and more a weird psychological fixation. He gives Hye-rim a major passionate kiss, and when she finallys recovers enough of her senses to fight him off, right away Soo-hyeon is back in defensive mode. That means more lying, mixed in with barely enough truth to be persuasive in the face of of Hye-rim's immediate inquisition...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jang Yeong-sil - Drama" Episode 12

2016/02/13 | | Permalink

Yeong-sil has learned a valuable lesson from the constant apparently unnecessary attempts on his life. While it's great that Yeong-sil has managed to gain an official scientific position within the Joseon, nobody likes him. The other scientists don't really have a good reason for doing so, but that's besides the point. Pecking orders aren't based on logic. Up until now science has been a means of social advancement in Korea, and King Sejong can't change that overnight...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum"

2016/02/13 | | Permalink

"Healing dramas" is a term tossed around a lot lately. The idea is that dramas are no longer just about fleeting pleasures and fairytale stories, but about showing real human pain and soothing the viewers' soul through the characters working out their issues. Unfortunately, the term is just a way of sugar-coating the bad habit of every drama, even those in light genres turning into a tear-fest. "Bubble Gum" has a lot of quality to it, but it ends a different drama to what it starts out as...More

[Funcurve Review] "She Was Pretty"

2016/02/13 | | Permalink


If you've ever seen the American movie, "The Truth About Cats and Dogs", then the premise of "She Was Pretty" will be immediately familiar to you. A below-average looking girl asks her gorgeous best friend to pose as her when she reunites with the man that she secretly had a crush on as a child. Since this is a somewhat novel storyline in the Korean drama world, I was intrigued by how "She Was Pretty" would execute the mistaken identity plot. Honestly, I was hoping that the mistaken identity would only be used as a hook or a comedic twist. Unfortunately, it serves as the central tension, for which the drama becomes both predictable and prolonged...More

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