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[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Brings Gaslighting Ghosts in Second Teaser

2018/08/17 | Permalink

We finally get the big revelation about Lee Ji-ah's character in the second teaser released for upcoming horror drama "The Ghost Detective", and the lady is not playing around with her words. Leave your wishes for romance at the door, because it looks like our detective dearest has other things in mind...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "God's Quiz: Reboot" Confirms Ryu Deok-hwan, Releases Premise and Production Information

2018/08/17 | Permalink

When Ryu Deok-hwan took on "Miss Hammurabi" upon returning from his military service, I was ready to bid my dreams of more "God's Quiz" farewell, but Dramaland is kind to me this time. The actor has been confirmed for a return to "God's Quiz: Reboot" (working title), and it's officially time to feel the hype, and panic...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Jae-myung and Ji Soo Bond Over Love Woes in Upcoming Drama "Ping Pong Ball"

2018/08/16 | Permalink

If you don't have enough Yoo Jae-myung in your "Life" these days (yes, I just did that), then get ready for some more of him in jTBC's upcoming two-part project "Ping Pong Ball", where he reunites with Ji Soo in a world-weary bromance of kindred souls. The series has made its peek-a-boo with script reading stills...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Tae-joon and Choi Soo-young Couple up for "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama"

2018/08/16 | Permalink

Who needs healthy and functional relationships when you can hate each other's guts? Everyone, but that's not the answer this bickering romantic trope is looking for. Upcoming romantic comedy drama "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama" has landed Choi Tae-joon and Choi Soo-young as said bickering couple-to-be...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yeon Woo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi Courted for OCN's "Priest"

2018/08/15 | Permalink

We're drowning in priests lately, and OCN's upcoming addition after "Hand: The Guest" is "Priest", touted as Korea's first medical exorcism drama. The series has been courting Yeon Woo-jin as the titular priest, and actress Jung Yoo-mi might join up, fresh from her "Investigation Partners" run...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yo-won and Yoo Ji-tae Confirm Historical Drama "Different Dream"

2018/08/15 | Permalink

The confusing reports surrounding upcoming special project "Different Dream" have finally cleared up, and the series finally has its main cast, which will not include Lee Young-ae after all. The drama has offered its leading roles to Lee Yo-won and Yoo Ji-tae, and both actors have confirmed their participation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 8

2018/08/15 | Permalink

Jin-woo is finally pushed to some necessary limits, as his brother's involvement drags him to the spotlight of this battle. At the same time, a worrying twist has surfaced regarding Seon-woo, and I am hoping that the creators will not do what I fear. Seung-hyo is starting to see the value of this hospital's work among the organizational filth and personal ambitions of its top brass, but will his master allow him to achieve something for all...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ha-yoon's "Devilish Happiness" Releases Script Reading Stills

2018/08/14 | Permalink

"Devilish Happiness" brings news and images of its devilishly diverse cast. The upcoming romantic drama about a man who loses his memory on a daily basis and a has-been actress is certainly gathering some main and supporting darlings that tempt even me to give it a go...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Dreaded Hand Has Arrived in Latest Teasers for "Hand: The Guest"

2018/08/14 | Permalink

"The Hand is here" and Kim Jae-wook, Kim Dong-wook and Jung Eun-chae are ready to greet it in the latest two-version teaser for upcoming exorcism-shamanism drama "Hand: The Guest". What is this infamous Hand coming from "deep within the East Sea", and can you fight it with hard praying or a gun...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 7

2018/08/14 | Permalink

The time has come for Seon-woo to enter the fight for Sangkook University Hospital, and the plans hidden behind his involvement strengthen the front forming against the hierarchy's worst. No-eul gets a little wake up call about Seung-hyo's methods, which nonetheless seem to have some genuine concern behind them, at least on a personal level. Our president dearest is slowly waking up to the realities of healthcare that need his consideration...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Young-kyu Joins "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge" as Kim Yoon-jin's Husband

2018/08/13 | Permalink

Actor Song Young-kyu is back to us very swiftly, having been added to the cast of upcoming mystery drama "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge" as the husband of Kim Yoon-jin's heroine. I can already see the 'Suspect' sign on him going by his character description alone...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung In-sun Wields Danger in First Stills for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/08/13 | Permalink

Jung In-sun's Go Ae-rin is playing with fire in the first stills for upcoming romance drama "Terius Behind Me", said fire being dangerous firearms. The down on her luck mother of two is about to get an unlikely buddy, and judging by these stills, the man comes prepared and probably jumpy at all times...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fresh Casting Wave

2018/08/11 | Permalink

The casting season has hit us hard, and many known, but also newly announced upcoming projects have made their big news entrance. Today I give you but a smidgen of the names and dramas we can expect, while shows almost upon us have their promotional efforts in full swing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Goose Goes South"

2018/08/11 | Permalink

Woozoo (played by Kang Doo) is a company worker. I wasn't totally clear on what Woozoo's company actually does, but apparently they do a lot of business in Osaka, since that's where Woozoo hangs out for pretty much the whole movie. Almost all of the dialogue is in Japanese. Incidentally, Woozoo is a really weird way to transliterate that name. Usually it's just written in English as Woo-joo. That name has the same common meaning as universe, although the Chinese characters probably mean something more poetic than that...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Soseongri"

2018/08/11 | Permalink

In the outskirts of Daegu, roughly equidistant from Seongju, Gimcheon, and Gumi, "Soseongri" is a rural farming district that's not too different from most others in South Korea. The population consists almost entirely of old people. Director Park Bae-il asks the old women there about their life stories, and they tell it, in between long shots of their everyday life of wandering around from place to place...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Brings Chills and Thrills in First Teaser and New Stills

2018/08/10 | Permalink

I've been waiting for this teaser, and I'm not disappointed. "The Ghost Detective" goes for atmosphere, dark crimes and perhaps a glimpse at even darker punishments, as Choi Daniel uncovers a lot of natural and supernatural nastiness under the surface. The drama has also been releasing stills of its major characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Seung-heon is All About the Money in First Teaser for OCN's "The Player"

2018/08/10 | Permalink

Upcoming OCN drama "The Player" whips out the Konglish to let us all know that it's all about the 'Money, Steal, Action' in its first teaser. The video is not very descriptive, but it looks like an action-packed series along the lines of "38 Revenue Collection Unit", which makes me wonder how true its boasting about a fresh genre will be...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Young-ae and Yoo Ji-tae in Talks to Join Ambitious Historical "Different Dream"

2018/08/09 | Permalink

This project didn't properly register on my radar for quite a while, and news on it has been sketchy, at best. While the thought of Lee Young-ae and Yoo Ji-tae in a spy-themed sageuk does sound rather exciting, I do have major reservations about the creators. Personal worries aside, the latest news on "Different Dream" provides more information of the premise and the main characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ha-yoon Have a Challenging Love in "Devilish Happiness"

2018/08/09 | Permalink

Upcoming romantic drama "Devilish Happiness" has released a teaser poster featuring Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ha-yoon, along with some more character and production information. The series has also confirmed a simultaneous broadcast on MBN and Dramax, which should reportedly cover a bigger slice of the audience...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Ki-woong Joins "Prometheus" as Jin Goo's Adversary

2018/08/08 | Permalink

Upcoming ambitious project "Prometheus" has added another solid name to its cast of Ha Ji-won and Jin Goo, as actor Park Ki-woong has signed on to play somewhat of an enemy, or perhaps eventual frienemy to Jin Goo's character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Ji-hoon Courted for "Save Me" Writer's Fantasy Mystery, "Item"

2018/08/08 | Permalink

'HanCinema Writer Loses Composure Over Exciting Project' would have been my second title for this piece, as the news that writer Jeong I-do-I of "Save Me" has a new supernatural series coming out could only be topped by some promising casting plans that include someone like Joo Ji-hoon...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 6

2018/08/08 | Permalink

A surprising decision by Seung-hyo turns the tables and brings the planned strike to a halt, leaving everyone in "Life" wondering where to go from here, right before they find another obstacle in their way. What has begun as looking like an outrage-du-jour plot waiting for us gets a welcome injection of intrigue, as Seon-woo seems to have a lot more weighing on his shoulders than he lets on, opening a whole new can of works for the drama's mysteries...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 5

2018/08/07 | Permalink

As the hospital prepares for a strike to end what they see as upper management tyranny, Seung-hyo gets a taste of the differences between spotting problems, and understanding them. With the press and the public becoming aware of the ongoing situation, Jin-woo has an important meeting with a more impartial force that puts some things into perspective for him as well. Communication is what the characters of "Life" are in most dire need of...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Soo, Uhm Ki-joon, Seo Ji-hye and Kim Ye-won Confirm "Cardiothoracic Sugery"

2018/08/07 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Cardiothoracic Surgery" has its leads and some supporting additions, as Go Soo, Uhm Ki-joon, Seo Ji-hye and Kim Ye-won have confirmed their appearance. The series tells the story of a desperate surgeon caught in a dilemma described as 'two lives, only one heart', which definitely sounds like a difficult choice to face...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hee-sun, Kim Hae-sook and Kim Young-kwang Confirmed for "Room No.9"

2018/08/07 | Permalink

It's been 84 years! I've been waiting for confirmation on this cast for a while now, and we finally have it. Kim Hee-sun, Kim Hae-sook and Kim Young-kwang are now on board upcoming body-swap drama "Room No.9". It is the story of a lawyer and a death row inmate whose fate is switched, and of a man who holds the key to that fate...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hand: The Guest" Drops Ominous Second Teaser and First Stills

2018/08/06 | Permalink

I don't know about you, but after this teaser I'm extremely ready to do some cardio while noping hard out of whatever is going on in "Hand: The Guest". The video teases terrifying forces from the deep, yet I still don't know whether those are supernatural or not...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Daniel Gets Down and Dirty in First Stills for "The Ghost Detective"

2018/08/06 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" has seen better days and cleaner clothing, as Choi Daniel takes a proper dip in the mud for the upcoming supernatural mystery drama. The actor has been filming for what is reportedly a very important scene, and we get to enjoy the fruit of his hard labor...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 4

2018/08/06 | Permalink

Episode four of "Life" keeps pushing the envelope on how far Seung-hyo will go to have control, despite his obvious reservations. From stealing land built on blood and tears to using a human shield in order to control a rogue element within the hospital, the man is determined. As morally reprehensible as he is, he is up against equally sordid foes, which brings us to the theme of the day; cowardice in the face of responsibility...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 3

2018/08/05 | Permalink

What I thought was an expert at playing it safe is just a rebel without a plan, as Jin-woo lacks the necessary strategic thinking to handle the Pandora's box that he has single-handedly opened. More importantly, he lacks the conviction to do so. Once again, Seung-hyo does what he knows best, and brings Jin-woo face to face with these lackluster efforts. Seung-hyo is clearly winning, and Jin-woo needs to catch up...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 2

2018/08/05 | Permalink

The fight for Sangkook University Hospital has begun, and the arrival of someone probably already being burned in effigy by the staff brings a lot of nastiness to the surface. While Jin-woo struggles to find information and allies for his plans, the aforementioned Seung-hyo is already reworking the hospital from the ground up, eager to cut away the parts that do not suit his needs and the greater ambitions hidden behind them...More

[Orion's Drama News] Deep, Dark and Personal Investigations

2018/08/04 | Permalink

With a pile of recently released dramas in all manner of genre behind us, it is time I look to the future and its offerings; a search which brings me to ghostly detectives and mysterious cases. "The Ghost Detective", "Hand: The Guest" and "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge" bring us a range of crimes from the real to the supernatural...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 1

2018/08/04 | Permalink

"Life" starts with a thud, rather than a bang, and the ripples caused by one's tragic fall that sparks everything already brewing under the surface begin showing immediately. The drama's sleek, dark and intense first episode introduces its characters and their basic connections, but it wastes no time in setting up the main mystery, the power play, as well as some more surprising elements, fueling my excitement for the story...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Spy Gone North"

2018/08/04 | Permalink

Director Yoon Jong-bin wastes no time in having National Intelligence Service administrator Hak-seong (played by Cho Jin-woong) bully former intelligence operative Black Venus (played by Hwang Jung-min) into infiltrating the North Korean nuclear weapons program. "The Spy Gone North" takes place some twenty years ago, so the veracity of Hak-seong's nuclear tip is questionable from the very beginning. But the bigger problem is that Black Venus's cover story of engaging the North Korean government in trade deals starts to take on greater importance than his actual mission...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Illang : The Wolf Brigade"

2018/08/04 | Permalink

In the far-off year of 2029, reunificiation between South Korea and North Korea is imminent. There are riots in the street. So the South Korean government makes use of "Illang : The Wolf Brigade", a paramilitary task force that attacks anti-reunification terrorists. Jin-tae (played by Jung Woo-sung) leads the brigade. Cheol-jin (played by Minho) gathers intelligence for them. Our main character Joong-kyeong (played by Gang Dong-won) agonizes over his past role in the death of a large number of innocent schoolgirls, taking solace upon meeting the mysterious Yoon-hee (played by Han Hyo-joo) at Seoul Tower...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Young-shil Joins "The Third Charm" as Seo Kang-joon's Mother

2018/08/03 | Permalink

Actress Oh Young-shil has been cast in upcoming drama "The Third Charm", shortly following the addition of actors Min Woo-hyuk and Shin Do-hyun. The actress will be portraying male lead On Joon-yeong's (Seo Kang-joon) mother...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "100 Days My Prince" Releases Stills of Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun

2018/08/03 | Permalink

Following the release of its first teaser videos "100 Days My Prince" adds on to the OTP appeal with some new stills of Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun, as well as some information about their characters and their connection...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hyun-joon and Lee Yul-eum Become Siblings for "Dae Jang Geum is Watching"

2018/08/02 | Permalink

We have some new casting additions for upcoming series "Dae Jang Geum is Watching", a story about the struggles of daily life experienced by the iconic figure's 28th generation descendants, siblings Han San-hae, Han Jin-mi and Han Jeong-sik. Actors Lee Yul-eum and Kim Hyun-joon join Shin Dong-wook to form this trio...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hand: The Guest" Reveals Protagonists and Shamanistic Rituals in First Teaser

2018/08/02 | Permalink

After torturing us with motion posters from "Hand: The Guest" on social media, OCN has finally dropped a proper first teaser for the upcoming exorcism-themed drama. The video shows us an eerie, but imposing Korean shamanistic ritual, before it teases us with a glimpse of leads Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook and Jung Eun-chae...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ko Sung-hee Becomes the Latest Addition to "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge"

2018/08/01 | Permalink

Actress Ko Sung-hee follows up her roles in "Mother - Drama" and "Suits" with what appears to be a mysterious assistant character in the upcoming woman-centric mystery series "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge". She will be joining Kim Yoon-jin, Jung Woong-in and others recently confirmed...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Drops Dark and Creepy Posters Featuring Choi Daniel

2018/08/01 | Permalink

Turn these posters into essential oils and rub them all over me, because nothing makes this mortal coil's hungry soul happier than some good horror in Dramaland, as we need more solid series in the genre. "The Ghost Detective" (also known as "Today's Detective") has released some fine posters sparking the mystery through Choi Daniel's Lee Da-il...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Won-hae, Lee Jae-kyoon and Lee Joo-young Join "The Ghost Detective"

2018/07/31 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" gets some solid support in his paranormal endeavors, as actors Kim Won-hae, Lee Jae-kyoon and Lee Joo-young have signed on to play a trio assisting the protagonists in their ghostly escapades. The three join Choi Daniel, Park Eun-bin and Lee Ji-ah...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Woong-in and CNU Confirm Appearance in "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge"

2018/07/31 | Permalink

Actor Jung Woong-in and B1A4 member CNU have joined Kim Yoon-jin in her return after a 19 year Korean drama hiatus for upcoming woman-centric detective drama, "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge". The newly cast actors will be playing characters in law enforcement, adding on to the investigative power of the story...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-yang Considering Paparazzo Role for "Big Issue"

2018/07/30 | Permalink

Park Shin-yang might be getting much busier much sooner, as the actor has received an offer for the leading role of a paparazzo in upcoming SBS drama "Big Issue". The story centers around said paparazzo pursuing scandals, and you know that Park Shin-yang would rock that role...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hide and Seek - Drama" Releases Dark Fairy Tale Posters and Teaser

2018/07/30 | Permalink

I rarely get captivated by posters, given the amount of repetition and often uninspired concepts that go around, but "Hide and Seek - Drama" is definitely wooing my aesthetic appreciation. The upcoming weekend drama is all about that dark fairy tale vibe, going from hide and seek themed posters to smacking us over the head with it in its first teaser...More

[Orion's Drama News] Death Note Light

2018/07/28 | Permalink

Yours truly may be cursing the scorching heat with every fiber of her being, but all the upcoming drama goodies provide something to focus on. Today I give you a quick recap of news on "Revenge Note 2", a teen romance with a dire-sounding twist. We have new dramas, new goodies, and casting news as well...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days"

2018/07/28 | Permalink

While taking place immediately after the conclusion of "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" it soon becomes clear that "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days" has surprisingly little to do with the first movie's premise. I mean sure, Kang-rim (played by Ha Jung-woo), Seaman Mac (played by Joo Ji-hoon), and Deok-choon (played by Kim Hyang-gi) are still heralds who negotiate lost souls into their proper berth in the afterlife. But their new charge Soo-hong (played by Kim Dong-wook) is a sharp cookie who quickly notices the ethical inconsistencies in Kang-rim's legal advocacy...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Zak Storm"

2018/07/28 | Permalink

With minimum prompting Zak (voiced by Um Sang-hyun) grabs a necklace to use as an accessory for his surf stream video only to discover that it has the power to activate a portal to another dimension. Note that Zak found the necklace in question being used as a wall ornament. Now that's some questionable judgment when it comes to interior decorating. Most people who hang up guns on their walls at least have the sense not to have them loaded...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "100 Days My Prince" Releases First Script Reading Photos

2018/07/27 | Permalink

Upcoming pre-produced sageuk, "100 Days My Prince" has finally kicked off its official promotion, and it brings us quite the impressive cast gathering during its first script reading, which was held in March. Buckle up and count the darlings...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Terius Behind Me" Releases Teaser Posters of So Ji-sub in Poland

2018/07/27 | Permalink

"Terius Behind Me" certainly knows what the people want, and it delivers. The drama has released teaser posters of So Ji-sub as protagonist Kim Bon, but the setting and the importance its role will play in the story are where the juicy details lie...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ha Ji-won and Jin Goo's "Prometheus" Holds Open Audition for Rookie Actors

2018/07/26 | Permalink

Upcoming big budget drama "Prometheus" is looking for 10 new actors to join Ha Ji-won and Jin Goo in this story tackling inter-Korean relations. The production will be holding a public, open audition in order to find the fresh talent that they are looking for...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Min Woo-hyuk and Shin Do-hyun Join Seo Kang-joon and Esom on "The Third Charm"

2018/07/26 | Permalink

Actors Min Woo-hyuk and Shin Do-hyun have confirmed their appearance on upcoming 'realistic romance drama', "The Third Charm". The two join Seo Kang-joon and Esom on this story about four men and women who fall for one another's titular 'third charm'. Yang Dong-geun and Lee Yoon-ji have already confirmed their participation as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook's "Snowpiercer" Series Coming Next Year

2018/07/25 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" is getting a series adaptation with a new story, new cast and a global distribution. Netflix will be airing the series globally, while TNT will handle its distribution in the US. Joining Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook as executive producers will be Lee  Tae-hoon and Choi Doo-ho, who also worked on the film...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Releases Trailer and Highlight Videos

2018/07/25 | Permalink

Upcoming growth drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has released a teaser and nearly 12-minutes of highlight videos giving us a better look at the heroine and her beau's backstory, as well as the conflicts that will challenge their student and personal life moving forward. From campus enemies to parental disappointment, the two have a lot on their plate...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Kyung-nam-II Courted for "Fox Bride Star"

2018/07/24 | Permalink

Actor Kim Kyung-nam-II, whose most recent notable roles have been in "Prison Playbook" and "Come and Hug Me", has received an offer from upcoming airport-themed drama "Fox Bride Star", and apparently a number of other works as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Familiar Wife" Showcases Familiar Supporting Favorites

2018/07/24 | Permalink

Upcoming universe-flipping romance "Familiar Wife" has released stills and information for its supporting cast of characters, and there are a lot of familiar lovelies to be found here. This time around, we get to meet the people working at hero Cha Joo-hyeok's (Ji Sung) bank, from the high-ranked to the probably underpaid...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Dong-wook and Kwon Yuri Lead "Dae Jang Geum is Watching"

2018/07/23 | Permalink

Nothing weighs heavier than family pressure, except for having generations of an iconic figure's fame on your back. The hilariously titled "Dae Jang Geum is Watching" explores the idea of how the titular Dae Jang Geum's descendants are living in the present day...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Si-yoon and Park Byung-eun Have a Stare-Down for "Your Honor"

2018/07/23 | Permalink

I know a production is excited about its own cast when they let the photos speak for the scene, and the combined popularity of Yoon Si-yoon and Park Byung-eun is a solid reason for that confidence. The latest images from "Your Honor" show the two actors' characters clashing...More

[HanCinema's Photo] July 22, 2018 [2]

2018/07/22 | Permalink

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Throwback to the touching Jonghyun memorial at SM town. Fans from all over the world gather to show the talented SHINee member and his group support...More

[HanCinema's Photo] July 22, 2018 [1]

2018/07/22 | Permalink

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Beach and lighthouse in Sokcho...More

[Orion's Drama News] A Drama For Every Occasion

2018/07/21 | Permalink

We are in for a major wave of summer drama premieres this week, so prepare to greet a whopping eight of them. The shows are spanning across enough genres and tones to cover all manner of taste and moods, but I have attempted to divide them into meaty and lighter experiences. Join me in picking out new watch list additions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sunset in My Hometown"

2018/07/21 | Permalink

Hak-soo (played by Park Jung-min) is an aspiring rapper living in Seoul. He's actually really good, and reliably gets past the initial stage of the popular South Korean rap competition variety show Show Me the Money. The problem is that Hak-soo has a lot of feelings of unresolved rage toward his country bumpkin hometown of Byeonsan in Jeolla province. While this is good material for rap, the lack of emotional closure frustrates Hak-soo's ambitions. Fortunately circumstances contrive to force him back home, however temporarily...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Whispering"

2018/07/21 | Permalink

A gaggle of idiot high school friends have been worrying about Eun-ha (played by So Joo-yeon) who has been on the emotional outs following the death of her best friend Ji-eun (played by Lee Yoo-mi). So they do what any good friends would do, and take her out to a creepy abandoned amusement park on the outskirts of Ulsan. This culminates in a trip to an old haunted cavern that rather ominously bolted shut at the worst possible moment in the movie's cold open...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-yang Returns for "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2"

2018/07/20 | Permalink

In news that make my Ori-heart so very happy, "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2" is finally being produced, and actor Park Shin-yang has been confirmed for a return to his cheeky and unorthodox role as its leading and titular character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hot Blooded Priest" May Have Found Its PD

2018/07/20 | Permalink

I always take isolated news not shared by a number of portals and publications with a grain of salt, but if this News1 exclusive is accurate, then the upcoming priest-themed crime drama has found its PD in Lee Myeong-woo of "Whisper" and "Punch - Drama" fame...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Min-sung Makes Special Appearance in "Your Honor"

2018/07/19 | Permalink

Upcoming courtroom drama "Your Honor" has landed actor Jung Min-sung ("Land of Happiness", "Mother - Drama"), who has confirmed his guest role in it. The news comes with some basic information on his traits, and on his character connections...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OCN's "Priest" Changes PD, Continues Casting Efforts

2018/07/19 | Permalink

This is a bummer as far as my personal excitement goes, as PD Kim Seong-soo ("Save Me", "Genome Hazard") will not be helming upcoming medical exorcism drama "Priest". While a new PD has been found, the series is still in the casting process, and the names to have received offers so far give us a general idea of the production's goals...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Bad Guys: The Movie" Is a Thing, and I Have Been Living Under a Rock

2018/07/18 | Permalink

I'm not sure how a film based on drama "Bad Guys" managed to sneak up on me like this, but I only found out about it this week. The popular OCN series has received a less-than-popular spin-off, "Bad Guys : Vile City", which I have yet to see, but it's now getting a dedicated film as well. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but the news is promising...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Characters of "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Through New Posters

2018/07/18 | Permalink

We've already seen the basic descriptions for the four leads of upcoming 'inner growth' drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty", and the recently released character posters give us a little summary of what they're all about, with the news attached to them providing some more detail. Heroine Kang Mi-rae enters a wild campus life that will change her, hopefully for the better...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Risky Romance" Gets Too Close and Personal in Latest Teaser and Posters

2018/07/17 | Permalink

The leads of "Risky Romance" will have quite the character and approach differences to overcome, and when that approach includes invading one's personal space around the genital region, I imagine we're in for quite a ride. The series has released a new teaser of its bickering couple, as well as two posters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Your Honor" Marks a Fresh Start at Law and Order in New Posters

2018/07/17 | Permalink

Upcoming courtroom drama "Your Honor" has released two new posters of its first and second leads, teasing a sense of purpose for the ex-convict hero who becomes a judge in his identical twin's stead. The family's pariah has to become its prodigy when the latter mysteriously disappears...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Things Turn Violent in Latest "Familiar Wife" Stills

2018/07/16 | Permalink

I can't count the times when domestic abuse is presented as comedic, or worse, romantic in Korean drama, but I hope that "Familiar Wife" will be going for a more down to Earth approach in its universe-bending story. Ji Sung and Han Ji-min's couple has seen better, and less abusive days...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Brings a Word to the Wise in Sixth Teaser

2018/07/16 | Permalink

Money, power and the pressure of surviving and getting ahead in life tempt the best of us, but a hospital is where such desires can become deadly. Chun Ho-jin's Lee Bo-hoon warns his juniors of this amidst a major hospital power shift in the latest blood-soaked teaser for "Life"...More

[HanCinema's Photo] July 15, 2018 [2]

2018/07/15 | Permalink

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Mermaid Lovers Statue in Sokcho...More

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Traditional Korean food in Insadong...More

[Orion's Drama News] New and Sudden Futures

2018/07/14 | Permalink

Cute beginnings do not always lead to happy endings, as the couple of "Familiar Wife" knows all too well. Today I take a look at the upcoming drama's new goodies, as well as the more carefree cute beginnings of "Thirty But Seventeen". Many upcoming shows have their promotion in full swing, and some major casting news for big projects are popping up...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "I Have a Date with Spring"

2018/07/14 | Permalink

Director Gwi-dong (played by Kang Ha-neul) is hanging out in the woods with a busted arm eating a birthday cake and checking out his own profile on South Korean film websites. He made "Members of the Funeral", a reference to actual director Baek Sung-bin's first movie. But anyway, Gwi-dong is sad, pathetic and lonely looking. Then there's an ominous explosion and some weird hikers pop up out of nowhere. One of them claims to be a big fan of Gwi-dong's work, and asks to see his next scenario...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Herstory"

2018/07/14 | Permalink

Joong-sook (played by Kim Hee-ae) is a bespectacled Korean woman who runs a travel agency in the early nineties. Joong-sook's success as a small businesswoman has greatly elevated her social standing. The beautiful opening shot of "Herstory" depicts Joong-sook and her equals sitting on elevated chairs opposite a mirror, making them seem like giants compared to the adoring aspirational women on the other side of the table. But Joong-sook is no mere capitalist. Her housekeeper Jeong-gil (played by Kim Hae-sook) was a comfort woman during the Japanese Occupation, and Joong-sook wants justice...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jin Goo Joins Ha Ji-won in Action Spy Drama "Prometheus"

2018/07/13 | Permalink

Following Ha Ji-won's casting for upcoming ambitious series "Prometheus", actor Jin Goo has joined the production as a man holding a pivotal role in the story. Jin Goo will be playing Park  Hoon, a member of the North Korean embassy in Moscow, and a man who is swept by the tides of fate...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Familiar Wife" Turns the Tables and Worlds in Character and Group Posters

2018/07/13 | Permalink

The characters of "Familiar Wife" go through some major changes due to its hero's fate-altering decision, and the drama's newly released posters tease those changes, while giving us a peek into the thoughts of our leads. Things have definitely been better between the leading couple, but will a fancier timeline be what they really want...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Terrible Thoughts Take Over in Second Teaser for "Time - Drama"

2018/07/12 | Permalink

There's no silver lining in the lives of the "Time - Drama" characters as their current situation stands, and the drama's second teaser makes it inescapably clear. These people have complicated relationships, and it doesn't look like they're taking them some place pleasant...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Nam Sang-mi Pieces Memories Together in "Let Me Introduce Her" Posters

2018/07/12 | Permalink

Upcoming amnesia-themed mystery "Let Me Introduce Her" has released posters of its heroine and the characters whose jigsaw puzzle of an involvement she needs to piece together. All of it is done to answer that one simple, burning question. "Who could I be"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Min-sang-I Picks Another Doctor Role for "Thirty But Seventeen"

2018/07/11 | Permalink

Following his casting as a doctor in "Devilish Happiness", which marks a reunion with actor Choi Jin-hyuk after "Tunnel - Drama", Kim Min-sang-I lands another role as a healthcare professional, this time including psychology as well. The actor's agency has confirmed his appearance in upcoming romantic comedy "Thirty But Seventeen"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Risky Romance" Brings Us Color and Glitz in Character Posters

2018/07/11 | Permalink

Upcoming hormone-themed romantic comedy "Risky Romance" is introducing its characters through colorful and sparkly posters, and I've also gathered some details on the second leads to go with them. Don't be fooled by the genre, because everyone here seems to suffer in some way or other...More

[Lily's Take] Seo Eun-soo to Star in "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes"

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Actress Seo Eun-soo confirmed her appearance in upcoming drama, "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Witch Trio Brings Food, Superpowers and Romance to Humans in "Witch's Love"

2018/07/10 | Permalink

I've seen the word 'witch' used as a figurative character trait so often, that its literal use in upcoming MBN drama "Witch's Love" flew right under my radar, to use an appropriate idiom. The series is a fantasy romance about a chaebol of three years becoming tangled up with three witches who move into the apartment building he owns...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Thirty But Seventeen" Brings Confusion and Crushed Desserts in Latest Teaser

2018/07/10 | Permalink

I don't know what our heroine of "Thirty But Seventeen" would expect from a romantic first meeting, but no one would crush my choco pie with their careless glutes and get away with it lightly. The titular time-warped protagonist, Woo Seo-ri, has a confusing return to society following her coma of 13 years, and hero Gong Woo-jin's unconventional ways and rude bun buns aren't helping...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Terius Behind Me" Releases Script Reading Stills and Character Information

2018/07/09 | Permalink

Upcoming spy-themed romantic comedy drama "Terius Behind Me" has held its script reading, and we get some additional information on its cast and two of its guest stars. We also have stills of them entering their roles and giving us a first glimpse into the drama's promotional efforts...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Risky Romance" Gets Hot and Dangerous in Second Teaser

2018/07/09 | Permalink

I trust the science of "Risky Romance" about as much as I'd trust a butcher with brain surgery, but the series is very dedicated to its idea of raging hormones, which our heroine thinks are becoming a life-threatening danger to our hero. Her experiment includes invasion of privacy in all forms, and misunderstandings aren't far behind...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 31-32 Final

2018/07/08 | Permalink

Understanding what you need to hold on to and what to let go of is difficult, but that first step can make or break you. It is a step made by many characters in "Secret Mother", and one Jae-yeol could never take. There is little to be said and done about a past so tainted, but Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong have to build a future through its consequences. The ending is uplifting for some, tragic for others, and ultimately a result of their decisions and actions...More

[HanCinema's Photo] July 8, 2018 [2]

2018/07/08 | Permalink

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Fragments of the Berlin Wall displayed in Uijeongbu...More

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A tasty Mediterranean chicken bowl from Haebangchon is picture perfect...More

[Orion's Drama News] New Faces and Musical Places

2018/07/07 | Permalink

This week is all about adventure, but in two different definitions. I bring you the surprisingly action-packed teasers for "Let Me Introduce Her", an adventure to recover a mysterious past. "to.Jenny" brings us closer to the adventure that is life with some sweet tunes and some tumultuous youth. Join me for a look at them and other promising shows...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 29-30

2018/07/07 | Permalink

Denial is a force to be reckoned with in the hearts of humans, and it is an ongoing theme in "Secret Mother", as Jae-yeol falls deeper and deeper into a losing battle with his past. Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong need to be smarter as they prepare one final push to discover what happened that night. With the source of the phonecall confirmed and holding vital information, the heroines must face their demons in whichever form they meet them...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 16 (Final)

2018/07/07 | Permalink

For all the courtroom theatrics the final episode of "Lawless Lawyer" feels oddly anticlimactic. This is fairly unavoidable, though, considering we already know what Sang-pil's ace-in-the-hole is for proving Moon-sook's guilt. I really don't get why "Lawless Lawyer" felt the need to directly tell us that Hyeon-joo was saved right when it happened. I mean sure, her coming in to save the day would still have been fairly predictable, but at least it wouldn't have been one hundred percent obvious...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 15

2018/07/07 | Permalink

First the stand-off regarding Jae-i's kidnapping has to be resolved. I have to admit, I was rather disappointed to find that after all that scheming this was the best plan Oh-joo could come up with. His only back-up is this one guy who's not very competent and appears to be a named character but I can't remember him ever doing anything important prior to this episode. Oh-joo's actions in the closing scenes come off as even more perplexing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion"

2018/07/07 | Permalink

Highly presumptuous English title aside (the Korean one just uses the first two words), "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion" isn't the blatant sequel bait you're likely expecting. The movie's storytelling tradition is actually surprisingly out of date. We've got Ja-yoon (played by Kim Da-mi), who is obviously a witch, but does not seem to realize that she's a witch. Then we have to spend ninety minutes watching Ja-yoon pretend like she's not a witch before someone finally pops up to explain her backstory...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Cinema with You"

2018/07/07 | Permalink

The first episode of the three-part "Cinema with You" omnibus features Seon-mi (played by Kim Ye-eun), a woman who works at the guide desk in a large building somewhere in Daegu. Her existence is meaningless, and portrayed in black-and-white. Every morning she reaches a gangly arm out of a tiny hole in her door to grab her daily milk delivery. As opposed to just, you know, opening the door...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Thirty But Seventeen" Releases First Stills of Its Oddball Duo

2018/07/06 | Permalink

The unapologetically weird "Thirty But Seventeen" continues to play up its leading pair's unconventional existence in new stills of Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong. The two people have been living outside of our society for different reasons, and they have a long way to go before it feels familiar again...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung and Han Jin-min Meet Across Worlds in First Teasers for "Familiar Wife"

2018/07/06 | Permalink

Get your theorizing caps on, because the newly released teasers for "Familiar Wife" bring us a meeting of two people in two universes, and an intriguing detail opening a whole new can of possibility worms. It all starts with a fateful choice that brings about what Ji Sung's hero describes as "My life's only 'if'"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Time - Drama" Releases Bleak First Teaser and Poster

2018/07/05 | Permalink

Time seems to be exceptionally cruel for the protagonists of "Time - Drama", a group so full of angst that not even the Bg T itself can heal them. The series has released a very dark first teaser, along with a simple, but stylish poster to drive its concept home...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ha Ji-won Joins Big Budget Drama "Prometheus"

2018/07/05 | Permalink

In Greece we have a saying that goes "When you hear of many cherries, carry a small basket", which essentially means that you should not buy into hype. Upcoming big budget drama "Prometheus", which has now landed actress Ha Ji-won as its lead is asking for a gigantic basket, but can it deliver the cherries to fill it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Releases Campus Quartet Poster and First Teaser

2018/07/04 | Permalink

Upcoming inner growth drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has released a colorful and vibrant poster of its four leads and what defines them, at least to begin with, as well as its first teaser. The drama is about a heroine who undergoes plastic surgery to avoid bullying discovering real beauty through a university campus life that turns out very differently than what she had imagined...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Sang-wook and Lee Min-jung Reunite for "Fates and Furies"

2018/07/04 | Permalink

We have a "Sly and Single Again" reunion on our hands, as Lee Min-jung has accepted the role offered for upcoming melodrama "Fates and Furies", which has also cast Joo Sang-wook as its hero. It's definitely good for a production to have a duo that has already built rapport, so the two will hopefully bring that experience with them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Giants Clash in Fourth and Fifth Teasers for "Life"

2018/07/03 | Permalink

We're starting to get a clearer picture of all the alliances we can expect from "Life" to start with, as the two new teasers focused on Ye Jin-woo (Lee Dong-wook) and Goo Seung-hyo (Cho Seung-woo) reveal the conflicts brewing. Ideals and business clash, and secrets seem plentiful in this power game with people's lives at stake...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Body-swap Drama "Room No.9" to Follow "Mr. Sunshine" in September

2018/07/03 | Permalink

I'm still playing the guessing game on the main cast of "Room No.9", as all three potential leads have been courted for a while, but with no official confirmations involved at the time. Regardless, the drama now has its timeslot with tvN, as it is planning a premiere following "Mr. Sunshine" in September. The drama has released information on the characters along with the news...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Thirty But Seventeen" Takes a Turn for the Bizarre in First Teasers

2018/07/02 | Permalink

I'm not sure what my eyes just witnessed and my brain refuses to process, but kudos for the dedication to absurdity that these first teasers for "Thirty But Seventeen" are. Our teen-minded adult heroine has to face a new life and a new world following her coma of 13 years, but she also has to face a hero who seems to have enough on his plate already...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo Have a Meet-Clash in First Teaser for "Risky Romance"

2018/07/02 | Permalink

Leave it to Dramaland to take dire topics and turn them into romantic comedy material, the latest one being a behavioral imbalance caused by a car accident. This is the plight of "Risky Romance" hero, Han Seung-joo (Ji Hyun-woo), a man "injured by hormones". Enter hormone-obsessed heroine, Joo In-ah (Lee Si-young), and her goal to make sense of it all. How? Through dating, of course...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 27-28

2018/07/01 | Permalink

The mysterious phone call made by Hyeon-joo, or someone pretending to be her complicates what would have otherwise been a simple, albeit terrible indication of Jae-yeol's guilt. There are two possibilities for his crimes, and they are both equally tragic and horrifying. Jae-yeol has done something terrible, and we will soon find out who the main victim of it is. Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong have different goals, but the women know it is time for closure in "Secret Mother"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 25-26

2018/06/30 | Permalink

The sordid affairs of "Secret Mother" just keep getting nastier and nastier, but Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong are no longer in denial or running away. On the other hand, Jae-yeol is very much doing both things the more he is backed into a corner by the two women, and a voice of questionable origin on the phone is not enough to convince me that he has not directly harmed Hyeon-joo or even Min-ji. For the sake of his family, I hope he has done neither...More

[Orion's Drama News] Clean Homes and Messy Battlefields

2018/06/30 | Permalink

If you are still recovering from the preemption of dramas that has been going on during the past few weeks, rejoice at the fact that new shows are coming as the old ones rediscover their place. "Your House Helper" and "Mr. Sunshine" are premiering soon, while new and upcoming shows get more news, casting additions and promotional goodies. The summer and beyond is a promising season...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 14

2018/06/30 | Permalink

I like how even though we understand how Moon-sook's scam works, Soon-ja is still completely oblivious. As tempting as it is to write Soon-ja off as just being really dumb for failing to realize that Moon-sook set her up, it's worth noting that all of Moon-sook's cronies have been rationalizing Moon-sook's failure to act the same way. It's just that back then we (and they) were inclined to see Sang-pil as the real threat, such that Moon-sook's actions could be justified under the auspice of self-preservation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 13

2018/06/30 | Permalink

Now that Hyeon-joo is captured, Jae-i and Sang-pil have to race to save her. Well, not really. There's not as much urgency to Hyeon-joo's situation as we would expect because Moon-sook only wants Hyeon-joo liquidated under extremely specific circumstances. That's because Moon-sook actually doesn't really care about Hyeon-joo that much and never did. The Hyeon-joo situation is just an excuse to shake up Moon-sook's existing personnel...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ayla: The Daughter of War"

2018/06/30 | Permalink

Süleyman (played by Ismail Hacioglu) is a Turkish dandy hanging out with his buddies in Istanbul in late 1950. They decide to enlist to fight in the Korean War for nationalist pride. Why it would be patriotic for Turkish men to volunteer to fight in a random civil war on the opposite side of the planet is not discussed. Nor is it especially relevant. After some token scenes establishing that the North Koreans are indeed evil "Ayla: The Daughter of War" moves on to its core concept- the relationship between Süleyman and Ayla (played by Kim Seol), a young war orphan...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Student A"

2018/06/30 | Permalink

The original webcomic version of "Student A" is very soft and introspective. Keep that in mind while watching the film version, which has surprisingly low dramatic gravitas even in its most shocking moments. Sure, Mi-rae (played by Kim Hwan-hee) has an abusive home life. She also has little to no social life, and is completely absorbed in a dying MMORPG. Mi-rae ends up getting embroiled in a vicious plagiarism scandal, and the opening scene of "Student A" strongly implies that the movie will end with Mi-rae committing suicide. Yet for all that, Mi-rae is fine...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Releases Striking Character Posters for Yoo Jae-myung and Moon So-ri

2018/06/29 | Permalink

"Life" definitely knows how to make an impression, because stern Moon So-ri and blood-soaked Yoo Jae-myung are definitely bringing the drama and oomph I didn't feel from the posters for Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo. The latest images come with character information and some words from the actors...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Uhm Ki-joon Joins "Cardiothoracic Surgery" as Complex Villain

2018/06/29 | Permalink

Make way for the return of Uhm Ki-joon, whose time with the "Defendant" PD and writers has clearly formed a solid bond. The actor is reuniting with the creators for a reportedly nuanced villain working against Go Soo's hero in upcoming medical drama "Cardiothoracic Surgery"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Uhm Hyun-kyung and Kim Young-min Join the Sordid Affairs of "Hide and Seek - Drama"

2018/06/28 | Permalink

We have new faces joining Lee Yoo-ri and Song Chang-eui in "Hide and Seek - Drama", the outlandish story exploring the fate of the heiress to the nation's largest cosmetics conglomerate, and a woman who had to live that life in her stead, as well as the desires and secrets surrounding them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung Living the Hard Working Life in First Stills for "Familiar Wife"

2018/06/28 | Permalink

Life is a challenge for Cha Joo-hyeok, the hero of fantasy romance "Familiar Wife" played by Ji Sung. The man leads a humble life, which is about to take a turn for the extraordinary when a single choice made by him alters the fate he has been following so far. The drama has released stills of its hero living his old humble life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "to.Jenny" Brings Family and Music Together in Script Reading Stills

2018/06/27 | Permalink

Upcoming two-part musical drama "to.Jenny" brings us its lovely cast and some new information on the hero's family through some stills of the drama's script reading that took place in May. "to.Jenny" is a new type of music drama, which combines the excitement of a first love with indie music. It is about a man who expresses his first love through music, and a woman who chases her dreams while living a difficult life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ha Seok-jin Clears the Clutter in Poster and Trailer for "Your House Helper"

2018/06/27 | Permalink

Get ready to have your house and soul cleansed, by Ha Seok-jin, no less. "Your House Helper" is a "life healing" drama about a perfect man and professional house helper with the job of aiding women whose minds and homes are a mess due to their complicated lives...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Your Honor" Cast Brings Smiles to the Drama's Script Reading

2018/06/26 | Permalink

Big names bring big smiles to the table of "Your Honor", as the main and supporting cast have gathered in person and in character, slowly bringing the drama to life and giving us the first promotional goodies from the event in the form of stills. I'm really loving most of the actors I see here, and I hope that the experienced creators use them well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Nam Sang-mi Becomes an Amnesiac Heroine in First Stills for "About Her"

2018/06/26 | Permalink

I award "About Her" full cookie points in making its first stills as descriptive of the heroine's plight as possible, as Nam Sang-mi appears lost and dizzy in her amnesiac character. The reasons behind this confusion, as well as the drama's currently reported genre do perk up my interest by a smidgen...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Releases Character Posters for Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo

2018/06/25 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Life" has been steadily releasing a lot of impressive material, and this time around we get character posters for its two leading men, as well as more information on their roles. The battle between these two, their goals, ethics and ideology is already looking nasty, so get your sadistic viewer appetite going...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung and Han Ji-min Meet in First Poster for "Familiar Wife"

2018/06/25 | Permalink

We have all heard of life-changing decisions, but what if the concept became a bit too real? This is the idea upcoming romantic drama "Familiar Wife" tackles, as the two leads find themselves in an impossible situation brought about as a consequence of just one decision. The series gives us a peek at Ji Sung and Han Ji-min's OTP through its first poster...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 23-24

2018/06/24 | Permalink

I have rarely been so delightfully frustrated while watching a drama, as "Secret Mother" is hitting a lot of sweet spots with its relentlessly obscure truth. The things I thought I knew are looking much worse, but it only takes one ominous phone call to throw all those theories right back into the humble pile of speculation. Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong have a complicated truth to untangle, and it now includes yet another victim...More

[Orion's Drama News] Stylish Sunshine and Creepy Crimes

2018/06/23 | Permalink

Great things are approaching, be it in terms of scale or the warm fuzzies they create in my heart. Today I bring you a peek into the highly popular cast and the ambitious production of "Mr. Sunshine", before taking a look at the crimes and spirits of upcoming ghost-chasing drama "The Ghost Detective" and its lovely leads. My body and watch list are ready, Dramaland...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 21-22

2018/06/23 | Permalink

"Secret Mother" is finally back after a long absence, and the drama carries on taking its heroines' lives from bad to worse, but hopefully towards resolution. The contents of the warehouse are revealed, lies are crawling left and right, and there are now very few doubts left as to who has done what. Unfortunately for Yoon-jin, Eun-yeong, and everyone touched by the evil that is lurking, it looks like we have plenty of suffering left to go...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 12

2018/06/23 | Permalink

So Hyeon-joo is forcing Sang-pil not to tell Jae-i about the full situation. While Hyeon-joo's motherly concern is understandable, the woman could really use a comparable sense of self-preservation. For that matter, Sang-pil also should have shown more interest in Hyeon-joo's welfare for Jae-i's sake. Even if Hyeon-joo was going to continue to go undercover, imagine the drama that could have been avoided if Sang-pil had insisted on giving her a GPS device...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 11

2018/06/23 | Permalink

So Oh-joo's motivation for helping out Sang-pil is both a lot more complicated and a lot more simplistic than I was expecting. Like Moon-sook, Oh-joo is dismissing Sang-pil's potential as a threat. Which makes sense considering how easy it was to frame Sang-pil for murder. Why bother worrying about Sang-pil at all when Oh-joo has his own domestic problems to worry about? Not to mention, political problems in that people still tend to think of Oh-joo as being a thug?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Land of Sorrow"

2018/06/23 | Permalink

Fifty seven years ago South Korea's government created a forced labor camp in the coastal Seosan district to the southwest of Seoul. To populate this camp South Korea's government kidnapped people from the southeastern part of the country. Though some had expressed disagreeable political opinions in general these state-sanctioned kidnappings were random. "Land of Sorrow" tells the story of the people who worked the Seosan prison camp and through them, director Lee Jo-hoon tries to parse what exactly the purpose of camp was...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The End"

2018/06/23 | Permalink

The Korean title of "The End" directly translates as the couple that lives in the forest. By choosing this very generic English title writer/director Jeon Kyu-hwan has made "The End" nearly impossible to search for. Then again the couple that lives in the forest doesn't even show up for over half an hour. The extended cold open is just an unrelated short film about Joo-hee (played by Lee Joo-hee-I) a college student who must resort to increasingly sordid activities in order to make rent...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Byung-choon Joins "Bad Papa" as Chief Inspector and Lonesome Dad

2018/06/22 | Permalink

"Bad Papa" has slowly been adding to its cast, and the latest one to join is yet another father with woes, played by actor Kim Byung-choon. Hero Yoo Ji-cheol's (Jang Hyuk) involvement with the law seems to be a central element in the series, given its casting so far, and this papa ally might provide our Ji-cheol with some good influence...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Memories of the Alhambra" Releases First Stills of Hyun Bin

2018/06/22 | Permalink

Upcoming fantasy drama "Memories of the Alhambra" is dipping its toes in the promotional game with the release of its first stills for Hyun Bin's Yoo Jin-woo. They're not descriptive of any plot points or otherwise dramatic, but a first look doesn't really have to be, especially for a very marketable leading man...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Ji-ah Becomes a Mysterious Woman for "The Ghost Detective"

2018/06/21 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" proves its psychic abilities once more, because an otherworldly mysterious woman is just the kind of intriguing character to make my anticipation of this drama even stronger. Delusions of grandeur on my part aside, Lee Ji-ah leaves "My Mister" for a role I can't wait to dive into...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Seo Yi-sook, Uhm Hyo-sup and Sung Joo Become NIS Trio for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/06/21 | Permalink

We've been getting so many additions to the cast of "Terius Behind Me" lately, and the latest ones are an NIS agent trio involved in the mess that hero Kim Bon (So Ji-sub) has found himself in. Uhm Hyo-sup, Seo Yi-sook and Sung Joo have a different dynamic with our protagonist, and different motivations...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID Is Gangnam Beauty" Releases First Stills of Im Soo-hyang

2018/06/20 | Permalink

The titular shy beauty of "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has arrived in casual wear and a seemingly awkward encounter in the first stills released for the drama. Im Soo-hyang has shown promise in both sweet and bolder characters, so I'm curious how her Kang Mi-rae will change through her campus life, hopefully for the better...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Min-sang-I Reunites with Choi Jin-hyuk for "Devilish Happiness"

2018/06/20 | Permalink

"Devilish Happiness" definitely describes what I'm feeling right now, because "Tunnel - Drama" co-stars Kim Min-sang-I and Choi Jin-hyuk are reuniting for a hopefully less bloody state of affairs. Can we get a nice bromance out of them this time? Please and thank you, Dramaland...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin Chase Ghosts in Horror Thriller Drama "The Ghost Detective"

2018/06/19 | Permalink

Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin have accepted their roles in KBS 2TV's upcoming ghost-catching drama "The Ghost Detective", and its genre and premise get me all excited over the potential for a fun summer horror piece! The titular detective gets mixed up in some serious business, and there isn't exactly a handy guidebook for dealing with it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Bum-jin Joins "Twelve Nights" as Nightmare Boyfriend

2018/06/19 | Permalink

Travel-themed romance drama "Twelve Nights" is getting more names added to its cast, and this time around we have a "bad boy" character to be portrayed by Kim Bum-jin. His involvement makes me curious as to how the teased main romance is supposed to happen, so I guess we're in for some complicated relationship intrigue...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-kyung Joins Jang Hyuk in "Bad Papa"

2018/06/18 | Permalink

Our wannabe-good father of "Bad Papa" gets a partner tied to law enforcement, as actress Kim Jae-kyung has joined the series for the role of an investigator. Her involvement is still somewhat of a mystery, as a small number of descriptions for the drama contain a hint of the superheroic when it comes to our male lead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Tragedy Strikes and Intrigue is Brewing in Third Teaser for "Life"

2018/06/18 | Permalink

Terrible things are happening in the hospital setting of jTBC's "Life", and we seem to have a death in the family of hero Ye Jin-woo (Lee Dong-wook). The power play is on, with different characters showing different motivation behind their work in what should be a place of healing with no room for personal gain or ego...More

[Orion's Drama News] Good Eats and Clean Sheets

2018/06/16 | Permalink

Sometimes fortune favors me enough to provide some very satisfying news, and I think that the good food, and handsome cleaning men of this week are pretty much the definition of paradise. "Let's Eat - Season 3" brings back the nom noms, while "Your House Helper" and its dream man will be clearing homes, worries and our viewer souls. Casting news is still pouring in, and today I take a look at some new and upcoming leads...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 10

2018/06/16 | Permalink

So now Sang-pil is stuck in the hospital. Everyone comes by to cheer him up, not that Sang-pil needs much cheering up. I'd like to think this is mainly just a matter of his being smug. That incomprehensible Sang-pil made to just stab himself in the middle of a fight is actually give a really good explanation here. And of course, there's more of those romantic conversations between Sang-pil and Jae-i, where they emphasize their renewed commitment to each other through the mutual goal of the investigation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 9

2018/06/16 | Permalink

It's very obvious to us that Sang-pil did not murder Dae-woong, since we saw that whole scam play out directly. So all the usual noble hero wrongly accused stuff "Lawless Lawyer" is getting into right now? That's pretty well-worn. What's a lot more interesting is how all the other characters react to the accusations, because they don't know what really happened. Well, except Oh-soo, but even his storyline here hits some surprisingly unsuspected snags...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "On the Road, Khaosan Tango"

2018/06/16 | Permalink

Ji-ha (played by Hong Wan-pyo) is an aspiring director who travels to Thailand in order to research a film project. His idea involves a story about a Korean husband and wife who travel to Thailand and get separated. We never actually get to hear the end of this story, because the first time Ji-ha starts to get into details, another character interrupts him, saying that Thailand expatriates know all about this story and they hate it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action"

2018/06/16 | Permalink

Right away "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action" gets on my good side by reminding us how working dad Dae-man (played by Kwon Sang-woo) and former cop Tae-soo (played by Sung Dong-il)...actually kind of suck at business management. Sure, in "Accidental Detective" these two managed to solve an exceptionally complicated and high profile case. But a lot of that was through dumb luck, and besides that, who can afford to hire private detectives in this economy?...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyuk Becomes a "Bad Papa" Looking for Redemption

2018/06/15 | Permalink

I know that the disturbing daddy jokes write themselves by now, but let's get serious for a moment and look at this upcoming drama about a broken man reclaiming his life. Jang Hyuk apparently never sleeps, so he has confirmed his leading role as the titular character of MBC's upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama "Bad Papa"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung In-sun Joins So Ji-sub as Heroine of "Terius Behind Me"

2018/06/15 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Terius Behind Me" has finally secured both of its leads, and Jung In-sun is the civilian heroine whose luck is changed when stumbling on to the much more complicated hero. MBC previously confirmed that So Ji-sub had been cast as the legendary black ops spy, Kim Bon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Soo Accepts Lead in "Cardiothoracic Surgery" By the Makers of "Defendant"

2018/06/14 | Permalink

Go Soo has accepted the previously offered role to upcoming medical drama "Cardiothoracic Surgery", and with the production looking rather glad about it, it seems like a win-win situation for the actor and the creators of hit drama "Defendant". I'm still not into this premise or title, but good drama doesn't have to be fresh drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Kicks off Promotion with Script Reading Stills

2018/06/14 | Permalink

Upcoming outer and inner transformation drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has kicked off its production, and its first promotional boost comes in the form of script reading news and stills, revealing its youthful main cast and some fun supporting names. The jTBC drama aims high when it comes to its subject matter, which is good to see...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Woman-centric Mystery "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge" Lands Channel and Air Date

2018/06/13 | Permalink

Upcoming drama based on the works of Agatha Christie, "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge" has found its broadcasting station, and a rough premiere date has been set. The drama, which is still courting Kim Yoon-jin as its leading lady, has drawn my personal interest due to previously released information, although I have major reservations about its writer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyun-sung Joins Travel Romance Drama "Twelve Nights"

2018/06/13 | Permalink

There are some actors who feel omnipresent in Dramaland, and Jang Hyun-sung is one of them. The actor has officially joined upcoming travel romance drama "Twelve Nights", coming from the unlikely source of Channel A, and depicting a story of love through the shared adventures of its male and female lead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sung-cheol and Jung Chae-yeon Lead Musical Drama "to.Jenny"

2018/06/12 | Permalink

Love and music go hand in hand for upcoming drama "to.Jenny", which has confirmed Kim Sung-cheol of "Prison Playbook" drama-fame, and Jung Chae-yeon as its leads. The two will be using their acting and musical skills for a story of love for people and love for music...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Rookie Actor Yoon Jong-suk Joins OCN's "Hand: The Guest"

2018/06/12 | Permalink

Talk about straight-to-the-point news, because the casting of rookie actor Yoon Jong-suk in OCN's upcoming exorcism-themed drama "Hand: The Guest" is definitely not liberal with its information. All we know is that the actor is on board, joining co-stars Kim Jae-wook, Kim Dong-wook, Jung Eun-chae and Park Ho-san...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Gods Quiz" Finally Returns, Teases Reboot with "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/06/11 | Permalink

As usual, Dramaland continues to make me excited and terrified, often at the same time. Long-awaited sequel to the "God's Quiz" series, "God's Quiz: Reboot" is now officially in the works, and it has been teased as a reboot. Given the declining quality of the drama through "God's Quiz Season 3" and "God's Quiz Season 4", yours truly hopes that this is the case...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Nam-gil May Return as a Catholic Menace in "Hot Blooded Priest"

2018/06/11 | Permalink

"Hot Blooded Priest" has found its favorite titular bundle of disorders, as actor Kim Nam-gil is being courted for the leading role. I hear great things about the man, and having him play what sounds like an incredibly challenging character gives me hope about this production's intentions for its desired quality...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 19-20

2018/06/10 | Permalink

It feels good to get some confirmation on the morality of key persons in "Secret Mother", and unfortunately for Yoon-jin, Jae-yeol is at the terrible end of the spectrum. His mother finally reveals her goals, but I am having an alarming suspicion about the motivation behind them, which could make Yoon-jin's marriage even more painful. Eun-yeong gets a second chance at life, and perhaps her sister shares her luck...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 17-18

2018/06/09 | Permalink

I am rarely mentally outdone by a drama's mystery, and the fact that "Secret Mother" manages to keep me so delightfully confused, but not bewildered is commendable. Just when I think we are being given a major clue, it just adds on to the uncertainty. We are only half way in, and Yoon-jin is faced with several terrible possibilities, while Eun-yeong is struggling to wake up and share what she has witnessed...More

[Orion's Drama News] Looking to the Drama Future

2018/06/09 | Permalink

We may get a rare reprieve from the onslaught of drama goodies every time drama seasons change, but the future is being planned as we speak, and we have a lot of casting and potential casting news for upcoming works we can look forward to. Let's dive right in, starting with a first look at the cast of two upcoming shows...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 8

2018/06/09 | Permalink

The romantic storyline between Sang-pil and Jae-i has become a serious problem, albeit not for the reasons I was expecting. Out of context the romance actually works pretty well. There's drunken walks on the beach, extended climbs up stairs in heels, and even the pointless obfuscation of their relationship around the office is pretty cute. The main issue is that Sang-pil and Jae-i aren't really paying much attention to the villains right now, which is a pretty dumb move considering they both taunted the villains directly last episode...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 7

2018/06/09 | Permalink

Hyeong-man (played by Lee Dae-yeon) is the hapless corrupt prosecutor who Sang-pil and Jae-i rescued last episode. The only problem is, Hyeong-man didn't really want to be saved in the first place. And his newfound sense of moral clarity is accompanied by an equally strong desire to avoid taking orders from anyone, including Sang-pil and Jae-i. So after he leaves them some critical clues, Hyeong-man is on his own doomed solo attempt to take down Oh-joo single-handedly...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Home"

2018/06/09 | Permalink

Joon-ho (played by Lee Hyo-je) is a middle school student with a lot of problems that aren't his fault. Joon-ho loves soccer, but is bullied mercilessly when he underperforms- and whenever another excuse is handy. Joon-ho's mom Seon-mi (played by Kang Yeon-jeong) is always home late from work, having had a bit too much to drink and their apartment is falling apart. The main bright spot in Joon-ho's life is his adorable younger brother Seong-ho (played by Im Tae-poong) who is indirectly the source of much of this misery...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Her Husband and His Wife"

2018/06/09 | Permalink

Joo-mok (played by Lee Sang-hyun) is a ballet instructor. As a man, this sometimes makes him idly wonder if he is sufficiently masculine. This is especially a problem since Joo-mok's wife Soon-jong (played by Go Ae-ri) is a tough-as-nails police detective- the kind that chases down suspects and knocks them to the ground personally. Interestingly, Joo-mok's agitation is mostly abstract. He has no apparent self-confidence issues except when it relates to his wife. The guy drinks soda while his buddies drink soju for pity's sake...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Joo-yeon-I Joins "Devilish Happiness" as Ambitious Top Actress

2018/06/08 | Permalink

Actress Lee Joo-yeon-I has found her new drama home following her current work in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum". She will be joining the cast of "Devilish Happiness" as a success-driven top actress. The drama is about a man who loses all memory of the previous day when he wakes up...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] UEE Courted for Weekend Drama "Only on My Side"

2018/06/08 | Permalink

UEE may be fresh off "My Husband Oh Jak-doo", but the actress is already on the lookout for a new role. News came out yesterday of an offer made to her by upcoming weekend drama "Only on My Side". If she accepts, she will be playing someone whose life is shaken by a terrible discovery...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Ara Offered Leading Role in Historical Drama "Haechi"

2018/06/07 | Permalink

Historical dramas are making a comeback to Dramaland's schedule, and Go Ara has been offered a leading role for upcoming sageuk adventure "Haechi". The actress is still considering the role she has been courted for, but we do have some basic story information, which was released alongside news of this casting offer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Darkness Envelops a Place of Healing in Second Teaser for "Life"

2018/06/07 | Permalink

The production of "Life" is not fooling around, and the drama's second teaser piles on the acting powerhouse that is this cast full of hope for this humble viewer. Everyone has enemies in this hospital, and there is blood on several hands, both in the literal and figurative sense...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Rookie Actor Yoo In-soo Signs On for "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" and "Life"

2018/06/06 | Permalink

It feels as if rookies are popping up like mushrooms sometimes, but for an industry often too attached to its stars regardless of their skills and talent, new options are always welcome. Fresh actor Yoo In-soo has been busy since his first work in 2017, and he has now signed on for "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" and "Life"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho Chases the Future Through the Past in "Life on Mars" Highlight Reel

2018/06/06 | Permalink

Hearing voices is probably scary enough without them being voices from the future you're missing while stuck in the past, so hero Han Tae-joo (Jung Kyung-ho) must be having quite the hard time in "Life on Mars". The 2-minute highlight reel gives us a look into the crime, the comedy and the supernatural of the drama's premise...More

[Lily's Take] Netizens Suspect Again That Kang Han-na and Darren Wang Are Dating

Source | 2018/06/05 | Permalink

Actress Kang Han-na is being questioned by netizens about whether she is dating Taiwanese actor Darren Wang. The question has arisen many times in the past as they were often seen together in public and abroad...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Introduces Its Magical Cast in Script Reading Stills

2018/06/05 | Permalink

The magical world of "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" is drawing closer, and its production is finally kicking off, and giving us the little teaser we all need. The drama has released script reading photos of its cast and crew, including leads Moon Chae-won, Yoon Hyun-min, Go Doo-shim and Seo Ji-hoon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Soo Considering Drama "Cardiothoracic Surgery" by "Defendant" Creators

2018/06/05 | Permalink

Go Soo might be making his drama comeback soon, as the actor has received an offer from upcoming SBS drama "Cardiothoracic Surgery", created by the PD and writer team behind hit series "Defendant" starring Ji Sung. Go Soo is reportedly considering the offer positively, while we also have some information on the drama itself...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Hyun-woo, Lee Si-young and More Attend "Risky Romance" Script Reading

2018/06/04 | Permalink

Hormone-focused romantic drama "Risky Romance" has held its script reading, and these stills bring us a look at the main and extended cast, which is looking rather lovely. As a fan of Lee Si-young who missed her on my screen, and as someone who really appreciated Ji Hyun-woo after "Awl", I think I'll dive in despite my reservations...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Writer Park Jae-beom-I Leads Investigative Comedy Drama "Hot Blooded Priest"

2018/06/04 | Permalink

In a Dramaland not so obsessed with the conventionally hot youth, Sung Dong-il would lead us all into the adventures of a Catholic priest with anger management issues, which is definitely the catchiest part of this upcoming project by writer Park Jae-beom-I. Personal casting wishes aside, the drama is at its very early stages, but it has been confirmed...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 15-16

2018/06/03 | Permalink

We have finally caught up to the night of Eun-yeong's fall, and the future is going to be mighty interesting. The past always comes back to bite you, and several people are now feeling its merciless jaws snapping at their back. Jae-yeol has a lot to hide, and if everything is as it appears to be, a lot of it is criminal as well. Yoon-jin has quite the work ahead of her, but will Eun-yeong be there for her or against her...More

[Orion's Drama News] Science Fiction and Office Friction

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Get your suspension of disbelief stretched and ready, because this next week brings us all manner of hard to swallow, but sweet to taste goodies. From robot romancing to time travel to bosses who seem too obtuse to run a company, we have it all. We also have a torrential pouring of casting news for upcoming dramas...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 13-14

2018/06/02 | Permalink

"Secret Mother" definitely means business as it approaches its mid-point, because all hell breaks loose in episodes thirteen and fourteen. We have some major, gigantic revelations for ourselves, but also ones happening between characters. With so many secrets brought to the surface, even new ones form, and the drama masterfully makes pinpointing guilty parties and their crimes delightfully challenging...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 6

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Earlier this week I read criticism about the sudden romance that popped up in "Lawless Lawyer" and thought to myself, was it really bad? Then I watched the drama myself and yeah, it was pretty weird. The first scene we get is Jae-i (played by Seo Ye-ji) confronting Sang-pil (played by Lee Joon-gi) over why there are pictures of her mother (as well as Jae-i herself) on Sang-pil's investigation board. Even when Sang-pil provides a reasonable explanation, it's still fairly creepy how he didn't tell her this sooner...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Believer"

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Won-ho (played by Cho Jin-woong) is a prosecutor who works in narcotics. We're first introduced to him via his bratty niece Soo-jeong (played by Geum Sae-rok). Then out of nowhere "Believer" jumps into drugs and death. Yeon-ok (played by Kim Sung-ryung) decides to cooperate with police after a business meeting fails to go as planned, and it isn't long before Won-ho is running a sting on international crime lords Ha-rim (played by Kim Joo-hyuk) and Bo-ryeong (played by Jin Seo-yeon), who are also loony drug addicts...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Papa Oranghutan"

2018/06/02 | Permalink

The opening scene of "Papa Oranghutan" features Korean pastor Park Cheol-yeon and several of his congregants decked out in traditional Malaysian hunting gear (think blowguns and foliage) hunting monkeys. Eh, I never liked monkeys anyway. The purpose of this sequence is to show off the extent to which Park Cheol-yeon is embedded with his congregation. Park Cheol-yeon is a guy who lives, thinks, and breathes the Malaysian jungle. His mission? To bring them the loving words of our savior Jesus Christ...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "After Diving Bell"

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Four years ago director Lee Sang-ho made "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" or, as it is called in Korean, Diving Bell, after the titular object which could have been used to expedite rescue efforts during the Sewol tragedy yet was left unused. "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" was rushed to reach an audience while Sewol was still in the public mind. "After Diving Bell" chronicles Sewol's evolution from a national tragedy to a cultural movement, with "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" itself being used as a cultural touchstone...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jinwoon Joins Face-Off Drama "About Her"

2018/06/01 | Permalink

Every male lead needs their sidekick or sidekick entourage, and singer-actor Jinwoon will cover that side for upcoming weekend drama "About Her", the story of a woman who tries to recover the memory she loses during a complete facial reconstruction surgery...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Yoon-jin Courted for Korean Drama Comeback with "Miss Ma: The Goddess of Revenge"

2018/06/01 | Permalink

My excitement for a drama has rarely been so quickly inflated and then deflated. Actress Kim Yoon-jin is being courted for a comeback to the Korean drama industry after a 19 year absence, and the work in question is a woman-centric drama. Everything looks great, but I have one major apprehension...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jin-yeop Joins Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo in "Risky Romance"

2018/05/31 | Permalink

We have a bit more information on upcoming medical romance "Risky Romance", including more information about the show's premise, which is worrying yours truly quite a bit. Before getting to that, actor Kim Jin-yeop has been cast as a fellow doctor alongside leads Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life on Mars" Shakes It to the Sounds of Park Nam-jung's Missing You

2018/05/31 | Permalink

I don't think I have words in any of the languages I speak and write to describe this video, but it's definitely very "Life on Mars"-y. The adaptation has been having a blast with its take on Korean 80s culture, and this humorous video tribute to Park Nam-jung's famous song Missing You is just a cherry on top of an already satisfying cake...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Je-hoon Courted for Medical Exorcism Drama "Priest"

2018/05/30 | Permalink

OCN continues on its streak of religious-themed works, and if "Hand: The Guest" is not enough to quench your thirst for them, "Save Me" PD Kim Seong-soo has something a little different for you. Courted for the drama's leading role is Lee Je-hoon, who is currently reviewing the offer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Releases Dramatic First Teaser of Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo

2018/05/30 | Permalink

I don't usually get excited over tiny glimpses of a work, but after having started writer Lee Soo-yeon-I's "Secret Forest" a couple of days ago, I'm very much ready to indulge in the hype of "Life". The series chooses to show off its two leads to start with, and I can't really blame them...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 11-12

2018/05/29 | Permalink

I never thought a fever would be a joyous event, but mine has jolted my memory, and possibly solved one of the big recent mysteries of "Secret Mother" so far. Episodes eleven and twelve of this suspenseful womance thriller start with a bang, end with a bang, and bring a lot of secrets, nastiness and important connections to the surface. It is time for our heroines to face the past and start unraveling it, even if it hurts them the most...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung, Han Ji-min and More Attend Script Reading for "Familiar Wife"

2018/05/29 | Permalink

Summer romance drama with a fate-bendy twist, "Familiar Wife", has made its first step into the pool of promotional waters, as the drama has released script reading stills revealing its main and extended cast. Joining Ji Sung and Han Ji-min are so many familiar faces, which make yours truly truly happy...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Joon and Choi Kang-hee Up for Romance in "Drama Special - A Very Midday Romance"

2018/05/29 | Permalink

I'll take this sweet casting, even for a little while, as Choi Kang-hee and Go Joon will team up for a one-act romance drama, "Drama Special - A Very Midday Romance". I really like the two separately, and while this seems like a simple enough love story, I'll definitely take a tale of them together...More

[Lily's Take] Viewers Feel Awkward About Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum Pairing in New Drama

Source | 2018/05/29 | Permalink

Actress Song Hye-kyo has confirmed that she will be returning to the drama world with a new drama, "Boyfriend (Tentative title)"...More

[Lily's Take] Im Si-wan Supports Park Hyung-sik From the Military

Source | 2018/05/29 | Permalink

Even though Im Si-wan is away diligently serving his country, his caring and thoughtful nature still stands strong...More

[Lily's Take] Namgoong Min Shows Affection for Hwang Jung-eum

Source | 2018/05/29 | Permalink

Actor Namgoong Min expressed his fond appreciation towards his drama partner Hwang Jung-eum as the two have recently reunited in the drama "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho has a Rude Awakening in New "Life on Mars" Teaser and Stills

2018/05/28 | Permalink

Our hero's adventure starts with a bang in "Life on Mars", that surely being the gunshot to the noggin shown in the video. The series has been teasing his time-traveling predicament more strongly with these latest promotional goodies. Is it time travel, a dream or something else entirely? I hope we get to know...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Cha Eun-woo, Kwak Dong-yeon and Lee Tae-sun May Join "My ID is Gangnam Beauty"

2018/05/28 | Permalink

Don't you just love it when the news is a jumbled mess? According to an exclusive bit of it, actors Cha Eun-woo, Kwak Dong-yeon and Lee Tae-sun might join Im Soo-hyang for this tale of finding one's own true beauty called "My ID is Gangnam Beauty"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 9-10

2018/05/26 | Permalink

Skeletons in the closet are very last century, so we keep them in our back yards these days. "Secret Mother" episodes nine and ten take a turn for the grim, and the list of suspects for the greatest of crimes aside from all the terrible parenting is starting to become uncomfortably small. Meanwhile, Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong start bonding more deeply, but our undercover sister is struggling with new information...More

[Orion's Drama News] High-Tech Entourage

2018/05/26 | Permalink

We take a break from the main couple of "Are You Human Too" this week, but it's time to meet its extended cast in new promotional goodies. We have had a couple of new dramas announced recently, and their casting efforts are under way. I am currently whooshing through new series, so this season is going well. I hope yours is too...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Thorn Flower" Episodes 1-3

2018/05/26 | Permalink

Earlier this week we learned that Kang Kyung-joon and Jang Shin-young are getting married, having met on the set of "Thorn Flower" some five years ago. I was a little curious about how this romance started and uh, wow. The first thing we see is Se-mi (played by Jang Shin-young) getting chased around by Hyeok-min (played by Kang Kyung-joon), who is trying to rape her. I get that Kang Kyung-joon is crazy handsome, and has an amazing chest, but wow, what a way to meet a guy...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The March for the Lost"

2018/05/26 | Permalink

At first glance "The March for the Lost" appears to be an experimental film, as writer/director Park Ki-bok shows us a bunch of weird abstract imagery- mostly imagery related to the 1980 Gwangu Uprising interspered with Swan Lake. Then we're in the present day. Hee-soo (played by Kim Kkobbi) is getting married, yet somehow or other her senile mother Myeong-hee (played by Kim Boo-sun) has escaped from what appears to be a mental institution with very bad security...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Meeting: Coffee Shop Chat"

2018/05/26 | Permalink

In "Meeting: Coffee Shop Chat" seven thirty-something men talk and act like men while wearing suits and drinking coffee at a café. That really is the entire movie. From the beginning some questions are begged. Why are they wearing suits, when half of them have jobs that don't even require suits? Also, why are they drinking coffee when these are clearly guys who usually talk about life over rowdy beers? Worry not- by the end, a very good explanation is given for these questions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Burning"

2018/05/26 | Permalink

Jong-soo (played by Yoo Ah-in) lives on a decrepit family farm in Paju and takes on lousy part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. Over the course of one such task, Jong-soo meets Hae-mi (played by Jun Jong-seo), who is also apparently from Paju, in about as bad a financial situation as Jong-soo, yet is also planning a trip to Africa. Hae-mi asks Jong-soo to look after her cat while she's gone. And so begins the first of many irrelevant mysteries in "Burning"- does Hae-mi indeed own a cat?...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Portrays A Battle of Convictions in Teaser Poster

2018/05/25 | Permalink

What are hospitals in Korean drama without their power struggles? We can't escape them, but upcoming drama "Life" embraces them. The teaser poster reveals some simple, but crucial information about the characters portrayed by Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo, while the writer comments on her intentions...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Si-yoon, Lee Yoo-young and Nara Cast in Drama "Your Honor"

2018/05/25 | Permalink

Say hello to a legal drama with a major dramatic twist, as Yoon Si-yoon, Lee Yoo-young and Nara have joined "Your Honor", a series where Yoon Si-yoon will play a double role as characters with a mysterious and complicated backstory. Should I be expecting courtroom makjang here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life on Mars" Indulges Our 80s Nostalgia with Themed Stills

2018/05/24 | Permalink

Gotta hand it to the "Life on Mars" production, they know how big of a thirst for the 80s feel nostalgia-bound audiences will be suffering from until this airs. The upcoming OCN drama has released stills showcasing its blast from the past world building, and they're glorious...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Dong-gun Courted by "Asadal Chronicles" - "Signal", "My Mister" PD Kim Won-seok Has Signed On

2018/05/24 | Permalink

"Asadal Chronicles" is piling on the ambitious quests, and its efforts have landed PD Kim Won-seok of "Incomplete Life", "Signal" and "My Mister" fame. Its casting spree continues, and there's finally a name that excites yours truly involved, as actor Jang Dong-gun is being courted by the production...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Rain and Lee Dong-gun Clash Over Tragedy in "Sketch - Drama"

2018/05/23 | Permalink

It looks like my conspiracy theory of the two male leads of "Sketch - Drama" locked in battle due to a common lover was wrong after all, but this just makes me more curious about the connection between the two. The drama has released stills of Rain and Lee Dong-gun when their characters had a happy life, but also stills of a confrontation in the more grim present...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook, Jung Eun-chae and Park Ho-san Join OCN's "Hand: The Guest"

2018/05/23 | Permalink

I choose to have dramamnesia over my past experience with the writers of "Hand: The Guest", because this cast is to die for and I want to enjoy it in its full glory. Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook and Jung Eun-chae have officially accepted their roles as the three heroes of OCN's upcoming exorcism-themed drama "Hand: The Guest", also known as "Hand: The Guest", while Park Ho-san has also joined them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" Releases Humorous Poster

2018/05/22 | Permalink

I'm not a fan of terrible rich men meeting poorer women and bickering their way to romance, but the naivete of the "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" hero is rather endearing. This is the type of oblivious man and go-getter woman story that I can appreciate, and they do look absolutely adorable in the drama's newly released poster...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Impressions - "Investigation Partners"

2018/05/22 | Permalink

Yours truly has taken another swing at a new drama, and this time I dive right into the cold and gory world of forensics, as well as the chaotic building of appealing truths explored by "Investigation Partners". Leave your needs for feel-good outcomes and ideal, genius characters at the door, because life is just never that easy, and this drama is not pretending that it is. At the same time, don't get too attached to reality for this one...More

[Lily's Take] Ryu Jun-yeol Is a Respectable Junior Among Veteran Actors

Source | 2018/05/22 | Permalink

At age 32, actor Ryu Jun-yeol is walking down a slightly different path than the average actors around his age...More

[Lily's Take] Lee El Heavily Criticized for Posting Kim Jae-wook's Photo

Source | 2018/05/22 | Permalink

Actress Lee El has been receiving harsh criticism from the viewers on her rash action...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Yoo-jung Updates Fans on Her Health Status

Source | 2018/05/22 | Permalink

Kim Yoo-jung stopped all activity due to her illness 3 months ago and she recently delivered the latest news and updates on her status for her fans...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Go-eun Gained 8kg For Her New Character in "Sunset in My Hometown"

Source | 2018/05/22 | Permalink

Actress Kim Go-eun will be greeting the viewers with her newly changed person in the upcoming movie, "Sunset in My Hometown"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 7-8

2018/05/21 | Permalink

Relationships continue to be strained, and the past comes back to the forefront in episodes seven and eight of "Secret Mother". Eun-yeong faces Yoon-jin's trauma head on, and Min-joon's repressed pain shakes his mother's resolve. The Daechi-dong trio are now fully on board the efforts to get rid of the admissions tutor, while Jae-yeol's own connections to key figures start being built...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix Drama "See You Again" Cancels Production

2018/05/21 | Permalink

We will sadly not be seeing "See You Again", as the once upcoming Netflix drama courting Lee Jong-suk and Kim Ji-won has abruptly announced the cancellation of its production. These situations are never pleasant to read about, and the reasons will probably never be clear, but the outcome is sadly the same nonetheless...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Nam Sang-mi and Kim Jae-won Lead Face-Off Drama "About Her"

2018/05/21 | Permalink

If you get a kick out of the outlandish plots we sometimes see in Korean drama, get ready for what looks like a modern soap with a twist. Nam Sang-mi and Kim Jae-won have joined "About Her", a drama about memory loss and a change of identity. Dramamnesia is back on the table...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 5-6

2018/05/20 | Permalink

Daechi-dong is drowning in secrets, and Eun-yeong is slowly dragging them out as "Secret Mother" develops. Yoon-jin is being shaken by the appearance of a witness, but her reluctance to involve those she cares about leave her with Jeong-wan as her only aid. What she does not know is that everyone is still very much involved. Meanwhile, we get to know the Daechi-dong families better, and boy are they one increasingly messed up bunch...More

[Orion's Drama News] Artificial Infatuation and All the Premieres

2018/05/19 | Permalink

New week, new goodies! We have a ton of new dramas premiering this upcoming week, and they cover all manner of genres. Before giving you a quick rundown on what freshness we have from them, "Are You Human Too" and its unconventional OTP demand our attention, as the series is starting its romance-filled promotion. My non-drama free time is slowly going bye bye. Bye bye, time...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Yeah, That's How It Is" Episode 30

2018/05/19 | Permalink

So an old kiss scene from "Yeah, That's How It Is" has been in the news lately, so I thought I'd check it out. This being episode thirty of a weekend drama, there's obviously a lot of context that I'm missing. "Yeah, That's How It Is" is an ensemble piece, and we don't actually get to see Se-joon (played by Jung Hae-in) or Na-yeong (played by Nam Gyu-ri) until about the nineteen minute point. But from that point on they're a constant fixture. The production team definitely recognized their excellent chemistry...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "LOVE+SLING"

2018/05/19 | Permalink

Initially the narrative arc of "LOVE+SLING" seems obvious. Seong-woong (played by Kim Min-jae-I) is an aspiring Olympic wrestler. He's coached by his father, the ever cheerful single dad Gwi-bo (played by Yoo Hae-jin), and is in an as-yet still platonic relationship with obvious love interest Ga-yeong (played by Lee Sung-kyung). They're childhood friends, what with Ga-yeong being the middle daughter of Gwi-bo and Seong-woong's neighbors Seong-soo (played by Sung Dong-il) and Mi-ra (played by Jin Kyung)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Haewon"

2018/05/19 | Permalink

In "Haewon" director Gu Jahywan takes us on a road trip to a series of sites wherein civilians were massacred in between the end of the Japanese Occupation and the close of the Korean War. Really, the opening subtitles spell the situation out pretty well. Everyone thought it was great that the Japanese were gone, but that hope didn't last long. The more the citizenry tried to express themselves democratically, the more the South Korean government became determined to stomp out dissent by any means necessary...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Gateless Gate"

2018/05/19 | Permalink

The opening scenes of "The Gateless Gate" dramatize the legendary historical event that led to the creation of the Zen Buddhist koans of the same name. After the dramatization, "The Gateless Gate" transitions into a documentary depicting eleven practitioners of Korean Buddhism who undergo a ritual inspired by the teachings of those koans. They isolate themselves into a small locked room with an adjoining yard for a thousand days, and spend that time meditating...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Chae Si-ra and Jo Bo-ah Challenge Stereotypes in "The Goodbye Has Left"

2018/05/18 | Permalink

"The Goodbye Has Left" seems determined to pull at our heartstrings and take its themes all the way, and I love it. Dramaland is giving us some great women's stories lately, and the production of "The Goodbye Has Left" delivers a hefty promise along with these new stills of Chae Si-ra and Jo Bo-ah...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Turns Its Comedic Clashing Physical

2018/05/18 | Permalink

I am as ready as can be to meet and fall in love with all the characters, central and supporting, permanent and guest of "Miss Hammurabi". If their chemistry works, we're in for a treat, and these latest stills of an accidental hug give us a taste of the more lighthearted side of things that we can expect...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong's Clash in New Stills for "Life on Mars"

2018/05/17 | Permalink

What is a show about police work without man-ego leading to some fine clashing, and things become heated to the point of getting physical in "Life on Mars". Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong's characters are three decades and two conflicting personalities apart, which is going to bring about some glorious man-battles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yoo-ri and Song Chang-eui Team Up for "Hide and Seek - Drama"

2018/05/17 | Permalink

This is quite the powerhouse pairing for fans of weekend dramas, as Lee Yoo-ri and Song Chang-eui recently confirmed their leading roles in upcoming series "Hide and Seek - Drama". The premise looks dramatic, the characters look intriguing, and the creators are looking good for it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 31-32

2018/05/17 | Permalink

We open up with a scheme on Do-chan's part to trick Tae-woong into buying a fake diamond. What possible purpose this scam could serve was not made clear to me. Was the idea to deprive Tae-woong of funds so that he would be unable to mount an effective legal defense? Except that the big breakthrough in the case comes from Tae-woong's goons just arbitrarily deciding to turn state's evidence against their boss so...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong's Confirm Unconventional Romance "Thirty But Seventeen"

2018/05/16 | Permalink

Teasing and maybes are fun, but it's good to have a confirmation to things, as certain as they may previously seem. Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong have officially confirmed their starring roles in "Thirty But Seventeen", the story of a woman who wakes up after a prolonged coma...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Doo-shim Becomes the Titular Fairy of "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/05/16 | Permalink

After the element of shapeshifting was teased during the drama's early casting stages, we didn't really read much about it, but "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" has now confirmed it by casting actress Go Doo-shim as an alternative form of its heroine...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 29-30

2018/05/16 | Permalink

Mr. Kim (played by Song Won-seok) is Tae-woong's right-hand man, and can usually be counted on to threaten people when Tae-woong himself is not available. Unfortunately Mr. Kim has never had much in the way of personality traits. Indeed, we know so little about Mr. Kim that attempts on the part of Joon-soo and Ha-ra to threaten him come off somewhat ambiguously. Before, when Tae-woong's associates were nabbed, their silence was assured by various extended implied blackmail...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Releases an Emotional and Contemplative Teaser

2018/05/15 | Permalink

The promotional campaign for "Miss Hammurabi", jTBC's upcoming human courtroom drama, has been mostly light in tone, but the show's latest teaser takes a more human, more heartfelt approach to the guilt of perpetrators, the pain of victims, and the moral struggle of the judicial officials who bind them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-bin Embraces the Challenge of a Demanding Role for "Sketch - Drama"

2018/05/15 | Permalink

Lee Sun-bin tackles a detective role with some hefty additional challenges in "Sketch - Drama", and along with new stills of her character, we get to read a little bit about her thoughts on this upcoming challenge and her preparation for it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Seo Ji-hoon Joins Moon Chae-won and Yoon Hyun-min in "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/05/14 | Permalink

A casting addition in the works for quite a while has finally been confirmed, and fresh audience darling Seo Ji-hoon will be joining "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" as a potential husband for heroine Moon Chae-won's titular fairy, a 699-year-old creature who is looking for the reincarnation of her husband in the modern age...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Healing Human Connections in First Teaser for "The Goodbye Has Left"

2018/05/14 | Permalink

The mother-in-law is perhaps one of the most dreaded, most mistreated women's figures in Korean drama, but it is also a family relation ripe with complexity. "The Goodbye Has Left" promises to be a work taking a closer, more human look at motherhood and these fragile bonds, and its first teaser is very promising...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 3-4

2018/05/13 | Permalink

The perfect facade of the Daechi-dong crowd is slowly starting to crumble, and past trauma puts those bearing it in a fight or flight mode in episodes three and four of "Secret Mother". Eun-yeong is getting closer to a truth different people seem to know different sides of, and she is starting to bond with Yoon-jin and Min-joon in the process. The gaping wound that this family has will need to grow bigger before it can close...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Exit" Episodes 3-4 (Final)

2018/05/13 | Permalink

Conceptually, "Exit" is a satire of the illogical means by which bad dramas attempt to brute force a happy ending since there's no way to resolve the conflict plausibly, especially when too little time remains to do so. At least, this is the most reasonable way to interpret how Kang-soo finally relocates the mother who abandoned him decades ago with an ambiguously abusive father. Every step of the way, said mother simply placidly reassures Kang-soo that everything will be all right...More

[Orion's Drama News] Deadly Love and Sketchy Incidents

2018/05/12 | Permalink

My romantic glands have had their fill for a bit, so today I take a look at upcoming crimes. "Sketch - Drama" has been releasing teasers for its predictive sketching and its angry men, while this week marks the premiere of two death-themed shows, "Come and Hug Me" and "Investigation Partners". Bring on the tragedy and feels...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 1-2

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Grab a self-care kit of calories and water, because "Secret Mother" is here to put us through the wringer. The mystery womance thriller does not fool around with its themes, and if the suspense of a whodunnit and who will make it through unscathed is not enough, wait until you dive into the almost surreal world of academic and social pressure that the featured families are drowning in...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "True Fiction"

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Usually when movies do psychopaths they're either of the disarmingly charming variety or they act like crazed lunatics every waking moment. "True Fiction" takes the seldom-traveled middle road. Kyeong-seok (played by Oh Man-seok) is an aspiring politician who doesn't respect boundaries. His mistress Ji-yeong (played by Lee Na-ra) helps him be a jerk, without actually liking him all that much to begin with. Then they meet Soon-tae (played by Ji Hyun-woo), a bestselling novelist who tells elaborate implausible stories in such a way that implies he is actually being truthful...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Intention"

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Jung Woo-sung narrates a reversal of format as "Intention" starts off on the moment the tragic accident was first reported (8:52 AM April 16th 2014) and works backwards. Eyewitness testimony from Sewol survivors indicates that around twenty minutes prior to that, Sewol made a lurch so sudden that crew members watched in shock as a refrigerator flew halfway across a room. Every minute lost was a nail in the coffin to the people who died that day. So why the delay in calling for help?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Stand By Me"

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Deok-goo (played by Jung Ji-hoon) is an elementary school student who's still reeling from separation anxiety. His father's dead, and his mother's been chased out of the house. The latter is the fault of Deok-goo's grandfather (played by Lee Soon-jae), who loves Deok-goo dearly, but is old enough to realize that he isn't really a feasible sole long-term guardian for a child as young as Deok-goo, even if his birth mother is Indonesian...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Releases Morbid Posters

2018/05/11 | Permalink

Gotta love a series which religiously sticks to its theme, and "Investigation Partners" is all about the grim and gruesome. The posters aren't all equally exciting, but there are some key elements that just amuse me greatly, in a slightly malevolent way...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life on Mars" Piles On the Whimsical 80s Flair in Main Posters and New Teasers

2018/05/11 | Permalink

Nothing makes one feel welcome like a work which doesn't take itself too seriously, and "Life on Mars" more than qualifies. The series has dropped a new, fun ride of a teaser pair, and its colorful, animated main posters are here to fill up that cup of retro happiness it gives us...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Past Trauma Resurfaces in Third Teaser for "Come and Hug Me"

2018/05/10 | Permalink

Relationships come with all manner of baggage, but "My father wants to murder you" is way up there on the list of romantic obstacles, and "Come and Hug Me" dives right into it in its latest teaser. The hero is caught between a rock and a hard place, between a dreaded past and the future he wants to have...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Eun-chae Is the Heroine of OCN's "Hand: The Guest"

2018/05/10 | Permalink

I choose to suffer temporary amnesia over the fact that "Hand: The Guest" is by the writers of "Entourage", because the upcoming exorcism drama has its leading lady, and I'm very happy with her. Jung Eun-chae (recently seen in "Return") has been confirmed as one of the three leads, taking on the role of a tough detective...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 27-28

2018/05/10 | Permalink

As Tae-woong recuperates from his vigorous physical assault at Do-chan's hands, there's discussion of how alarming it is that this time, Do-chan was actually seriously going after Tae-woong. And yet Tae-woong recovers from his real injury about as quickly as he did from the fake one. And despite the implication being made that Tae-woong needs to take the situation more seriously, by and large the man just acts the same as he always did...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin May Join Horror Thriller Drama "The Ghost Detective"

2018/05/09 | Permalink

Since the potential casting of the other recently announced horror drama is keeping me away like the plague, I'm very happy to bring you a potentially lovely casting for a new horror thriller drama called "The Ghost Detective". The series is courting Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin as leads, both of whom are considering the offer positively...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Moon Chae-won Joins Yoon Hyun-min in "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/05/09 | Permalink

After staying in female lead limbo for a while following Kang So-ra's turning down of the role, "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" has found its heroine in actress Moon Chae-won, who will be joining Yoon Hyun-min as the new titular fairy looking for the modern version of that someone special...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 25-26

2018/05/09 | Permalink

Tae-woong's status as a credible villain continues to plummet. The whole scheme involving his elaborate fake injury was bad enough. Tae-woong's schtick has been his ability to single-handedly run a room even when other people who technically outrank him are inside. Fake pity doesn't really work with that. Besides that issue Tae-woong's grudge with Do-chan has become increasingly petty and personal, such that Tae-woong no longer much acts like the leader of a criminal empire...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Jin-hyuk, Song Ha-yoon and Hoya Cast in "Devilish Happiness"

2018/05/08 | Permalink

Dramas love their amnesia, and the more they try to spice it up, the more complex it gets. The latest installment to this love is "Devilish Happiness", which has cast Choi Jin-hyuk, Song Ha-yoon and Hoya. The series is about a man who can only retain one day in his mind...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo In-na Courted for Drama Comeback in "Hitting on the Blind Boss"

2018/05/08 | Permalink

Yoo In-na may be returning to Dramaland two years after her work in "Goblin", and it is the regrettably titled drama "Hitting on the Blind Boss" which has offered its heroine to the actress. The series is about a man suffering from prosopagnosia, otherwise known as face blindness...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Bloody Ties Surface in Third Teaser for "Secret Mother"

2018/05/07 | Permalink

If I had to summarize this teaser, it would be "rich people bleed a lot", because there are a lot of crimes happening here, and the suspects for each one are plentiful. "Secret Mother" is really piling on the dirty secrets of the past, with a medical "accident", missing persons and probably a lot of death involved...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ships are Sailing in New Poster and Teaser for "Miss Hammurabi"

2018/05/07 | Permalink

Romance is never far behind in Korean drama, and it's making a little peek-a-boo in the latest poster for "Miss Hammurabi", which is followed by the more overtly "shippy" third teaser. Everyone looks cute, and since we've already established their lack of professionalism, a possible romance won't be messing with much...More

[Orion's Drama News] Love and War

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Rejoice, fellow romantic comedy fans who would prefer that your rom-coms do not include terminal illnesses and serial killers! We have some promising, seemingly "innocent" romantic comedy dramas coming up. If thrillers are your poison, there are plenty of those out there. "Lawless Lawyer" and "Secret Mother" begin next weekend. Let us breathe in that delicious variety while our must-watch list weeps...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Exit" Episodes 1-2

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Kang-soo (played by Choi Tae-joon) has a sympathetic backstory. He's deep in debt, thanks to his father Jeong-man (played by Woo Hyun) and works this debt off by doing odd jobs for loan shark Tae-bok (played by Park Ho-san). Unfortunately Kang-soo is also not very smart, especially when it comes to money. We see Kang-soo make frivolous purchases large and small, effectively making his poverty cyclical. So it is that Kang-soo searches for an "Exit" to his dilemma, however exotic that solution may be...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Shadows in the Palace"

2018/05/05 | Permalink

The time is eighteen century Joseon. There's been a murder at the royal palace. Medical examiner Cheon-ryeong (played by Park Jin-hee) can tell that much from the condition the body is in, but is currently under pressure from Chief Maid Gam-cheol (played by Kim Sung-ryung) that the death is to be recorded as a suicide, owing to a delicate political situation between the Queen Dowager (played by Ye Soo-jung) and the royal concubine Bin (played by Yoon Se-ah). Predictably, Cheon-ryeong concludes that these are not mere coincidences...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Portrait of a Beauty"

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Yun-bok (played by Kim Gyu-ri) is a talented young painter in the Joseon era. Unfortunately, she is also a woman. The first plan Yun-bok's family comes up with is to just have her brother take credit for the art. That doesn't go well. So it's with a sense of resignation that we see Yun-bok going about her career, studying under master painter Hong-do (played by Kim Young-ho), and falling in love with Kang-moo (played by Kim Nam-gil), knowing that inevitably, Yun-bok's ambitions are doomed...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Memories of the Sword"

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Hong-i (played by Kim Go-eun) is a talented young martial artist living in the Goryeo era. Hong-i is so jazzed about being able to achieve an obviously impossible acrobatic feat over a sunflower that she celebrates by running off into town and impulsively entering a martial arts tournament. But before we get to know Hong-i too well, her mother Wol-so (played by Jeon Do-yeon) and archenemy Yoo-baek (played by Lee Byung-hun) take over the movie, with Hong-i only making fleeting appearances...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho Dons 80s Detective Fashion for "Life on Mars"

2018/05/04 | Permalink

My eyes and senses are very pleased with these stills of Jung Kyung-ho in his retro outfit for "Life on Mars". The series about a modern detective being slingshot to 1988 doesn't shy away from baggy clothes and big hair, making me happy with every bit of the era it embraces...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Joon-han Joins Kim Jung-hyun and Seohyun in "Time - Drama"

2018/05/04 | Permalink

"Prison Playbook" darling, Kim Joon-han has chosen quite an interesting project once more. The actor will be joining Kim Jung-hyun and Seohyun in "Time - Drama", which is the story of a man who spends his last hours fighting for the sake of a woman whose life is ruined...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Come and Hug Me" Releases Beautiful Contrasting Posters

2018/05/03 | Permalink

I seem to have missed something major about "Come and Hug Me" during my break from checking its promotional news out, which means that its posters landed on me like a ton of bricks. I did not expect this connection between the characters, and I'm now left wondering how it will all work out...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Wok of Love" Brings Its Foodie Love Triangle to Life in New Posters

2018/05/03 | Permalink

Beloved actors, food and romance sounds about right in terms of the medicine we could all use sometimes, and "Wok of Love" (also known as "Greasy Melo") is going all out in teasing us with the aforementioned elements. Its love triangle game is strong, and as much as I dislike the trope, I can't help but appreciate the parts that form it here...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 23-24

2018/05/03 | Permalink

Do-chan and his dad finally meet up for the first time in ages- and with that, the two conspire to become an impeccably effective con artist team. Unfortunately there's very little follow-up to this. It's never completely clear how Mister Ppeong is going to be able to assist Do-chan when Do-chan already seems to be doing well enough on his own. This ignoring that Tae-woong has finally gotten suspicious enough about the relationship between Joon-soo and Do-chan to run some tests...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Gets Snazzy in Main and Character Posters

2018/05/02 | Permalink

This drama has filled a pool with style and we're all drowning in it. "Lawless Lawyer" continues its devotion to flair and atmosphere with dynamic, in-your-face gorgeous posters for its leads. The star power is humbling enough already, but you know we all love some good visuals...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo Take On "Risky Romance"

2018/05/02 | Permalink

On a normal day, nothing makes me run away faster than romance mixed into a medical drama, but with Lee Si-young in it, my fan honor demands a look-see. The actress has joined this upcoming drama as its lead, along with actor Ji Hyun-woo, whom I also like quite a lot, especially after an amazing performance in "Awl"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 21-22

2018/05/02 | Permalink

So Joon-soo was working with Do-chan all along. That's unavoidable, since Joon-soo is trying to cover up the fact that he's violently ill- a fact of which we are quickly reminded. Now Do-chan has to take up the mantle again, and pretend to be Joon-soo. While I can kind of get everyone at the office being accepting of Joon-soo's abrupt personality changes, Tae-woong's tacit acceptance of Joon-soo is starting to make the drama's chief villain come off as a lot less threatening than he used to be...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Tae-woo Stills and a Key Connection Revealed for "Secret Mother"

2018/05/01 | Permalink

I'm not sure if I can claim any sort of victory over potentially being right on my guesses for a series so eager to reveal so much of its backstory, but I'll let out a little "I knew it!" nonetheless. "Secret Mother" has released stills of Kim Tae-woo, as well as information on actress Ji An's return to Dramaland in perhaps the most pivotal role in the series...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Warns of Deceit in First Teaser

2018/05/01 | Permalink

The first teaser for "Investigation Partners", MBC's upcoming investigative mystery drama, is a case of something appearing simple at first turning foreboding and interesting. The teaser introduces both leads, and reveals their different reaction to their grim joint cause...More

[Lily's Take] Park Min-young to Star in Netflix Original Detective Variety Show, "Busted!"

Source | 2018/05/01 | Permalink

On May 4th, a Netflix Original Korean Detective Variety Show "Busted!" will greet the viewers all around the world...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kidnappings and Buried Truths in Second Teaser for "Secret Mother"

2018/04/30 | Permalink

A clearer image of our main characters' backstory is starting to form in the second teaser for "Secret Mother", as the previously teased kidnapping of the heroine's daughter is featured. Meanwhile, the increasing unease of the neighborhood mothers with the admissions caretaker may be leading them to criminal acts of their own...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Ji-won Courted for "Asadal Chronicles" and "See You Again"

2018/04/30 | Permalink

So this is what it looks like when a woman holds such casting power. Actress Kim Ji-won is currently being courted for two high profile dramas at the same time, as well as two reunions with actors Song Joong-ki and Lee Jong-suk. Whichever choice she takes, there's going to be major hype in her and our future...More

[Lily's Take] Shin Hyun-soo and Jo Woo-ri Break Up After 4 Months

Source | 2018/04/30 | Permalink

Actor Shin Hyun-soo and actress Jo Woo-ri have ended their 4-month relationship...More

[Lily's Take] Park Han-byul Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Boy

Source | 2018/04/30 | Permalink

Actress Park Han-byul has officially become a mother...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.20 - 2018.04.22

2018/04/30 | Permalink

Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" arrives and rules...

Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War", one of the most anticipated films of the year, hit Korea last Wednesday across a massive 2,553 screens nationwide. The nineteenth film in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which began with "Iron Man" almost exactly a decade ago, captured an unprecedented 95.11% of the sales over the last weekend of April...More

[Lily's Take] Han Ye-seul Spotted at the Hospital for Treatment

Source | 2018/04/29 | Permalink

On April 29th, a news program aired an episode focusing exclusively on actress Han Ye-seul's recent medical accident...More

[Lily's Take] Song Joong-ki Attends His Best Friend's Wedding

Source | 2018/04/29 | Permalink

Actor Song Joong-ki made a public appearance for the first time in a long time...More

[Lily's Take] 8 Celebrities Who Were Bullied Growing Up

Source | 2018/04/29 | Permalink

Someone once said that school is a small society. In such society, there's always social ranking – those who are 'in' and those who are 'out'...More

[Orion's Drama News] Timeless Loves and Hectic Work

2018/04/28 | Permalink

Dramaland has a little bit of everything for everyone lately, and today I take a look at romance, work and crimes. If you are feeling really adventurous and in need of balance, you will hopefully find several goodies to watch this upcoming drama season. With the current season on the way and more new titles coming, we have a lot to look forward to...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Prison Playbook"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

There are all manner of slice-of-life stories out there, but it is a genre not as loved by Korean drama as it is by other industries. The famous "Reply" series' creators take a bold step in creating "Prison Playbook", a slice-of-life story you never knew you absolutely needed in your life. From the most mundane luxury of a hot shower, to the bonding forming in a place where privacy and freedom are a concept of the past, the drama dives right into its themes...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

There are few Korean drama writers more familiar to and loved by international audiences than Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran, but the sisters have been having a bit of a hit and miss career with dramas. "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi") is their first work for cable television, and an ambitious project full of potential for supernatural ensemble goodness during its conception. Delivery is a whole other matter, however...More

[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Park Hyung-sik

Source | 2018/04/28 | Permalink

Is there anybody else out there who almost fainted after watching this fine actor in the new KBS drama "Suits"? That sounded really dramatic of me, but I'm not exaggerating. Park Hyung-sik gets more and more handsome after each drama that he stars in. I thought it was impossible for him to get cuter after his last show, "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon", but he did...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" Revisited

2018/04/28 | Permalink

I'm a bit embarrassed as to the flippant tone in my original review for "Gangnam Blues". Everything I wrote about the movie was accurate. Most people liked to discuss Lee Min-ho's status as a massive star and writer/director Yoo Ha's status as a noir film auteur, so the absurdity aspect seemed like a more unique and interesting angle. But three years and a couple of rewatches later, I've come around to seeing "Gangnam Blues" in a far more serious and relevant light- as a tacit, dark, and mostly true origin story as to where the glitz in Hallyu Wave really came from...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "So I Married An Anti-Fan"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

Fang Miao Miao (played by Yuan Shanshan) is an incompetent Chinese paparazzi. No, seriously, from the very first scene we see that Fang Miao Miao is very bad at taking salacious photographs in a subtle, non-suspicious manner, which is kind of an essential skill in the paparazzi business. She also resorts to violence at the slightest excuse. When Korean star Hou Zhun (played by Chanyeol) comments on how Fang Miao Miao should be in jail, that just ends up begging the question. Why isn't Fang Miao Miao in jail anyway?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Making Family"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

A pretty animated sequence opens up "Making Family" and explains the childish logic by which Tae-bong (played by Moon Mason) understands how he was created- via sperm donation. Tae-bong is not to be underestimated. The adorable ragamuffin has a highly adapatable scheme by which he plans to discover the identify of his birth father Julien (played by Aarif Rahman). Meanwhile, Tae-bong's mother Mi-yeon (played Kim Ha-neul), struggles to find her lost son...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bad Sister"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

Ershan (played by Ivy Chen) is a Chinese astrologer. No, no, "Bad Sister" takes place in the modern day, and oddly enough, I can believe that Ershan is paid serious money just to rig up astrology charts. Especially since as far as "Bad Sister" is concerned, Ershan's charts appear to be completely accurate. It's Ershan's personality that causes trouble, as the woman gets to know older amateur astronomer Joon-ho (played by Ji Jin-hee), who thinks little of Ershan's vocation...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Removed Character Descriptions Heighten the Intrigue of "Secret Mother"

2018/04/27 | Permalink

Nothing adds stress onto a thriller like knowing everyone is out to get everyone, and this is the picture that I got when I looked at the character descriptions and connections for "Secret Mother". The descriptions have since been altered and all potential spoilers have been removed, but I love indulging, so here we go...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Crew of "Investigation Partners" in New Stills

2018/04/27 | Permalink

I wanted stills of the "Investigation Partners" leads at work, and I get just that. The drama has been releasing images of all its characters out there doing the thing they do best, and we get a tiny bit more information on Lee Yi-kyung's hottie detective as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Supernatural Retro Investigation Drama "Life on Mars" Releases Script Reading Stills

2018/04/26 | Permalink

I've been having the time of my drama-life following the "Life on Mars" production, and I love what I am seeing so far. The drama's latest official promotion comes with the script reading stills showing familiar and new faces, through a look at its extended cast...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Sketch - Drama" Releases First Stills of Lee Dong-gun, Lee Sun-bin and Jung Jin-young

2018/04/26 | Permalink

"Sketch - Drama" has been giving us more information and introductory stills for its four leads, and since I've already talked about Rain's Kang Dong-soo, today I bring you his three co-stars. The roles of Lee Dong-gun, Lee Sun-bin and Jung Jin-young all seem to carry a special something about them...More

[Lily's Take] Oh Yoon-ah, Lee So-yeon and Kang Ye-won to Hold Charity Bazaar

Source | 2018/04/26 | Permalink

Actresses Oh Yoon-ah, Lee So-yeon, and Kang Ye-won have gathered to share their compassion for those in need...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 19-20

2018/04/26 | Permalink

Joon-soo doesn't do anything all that helpful in regards to Do-chan's big egg heist. Do-chan's big egg heist doesn't really do much either, though. Do-chan just gets yet another opportunity to act really smug. There's a very episodic feel to the schemes lately. There aren't any long-term consequences, so it's difficult to feel very invested in the endings. Tae-woong's criminal enterprise still doesn't seem to be suffering very much in terms of structural consequences, considering how many of his underlings end up in jail...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Introduces Quirky Judges in First Teaser

2018/04/25 | Permalink

The three weirdo judges of "Miss Hammurabi" are finally getting some video to match their descriptions, handily delivered by Ryu Deok-hwan's character in the drama's first teaser. We have a stickler for the rules, a justice-driven fighter, and someone with a short fuse. Yep, the courtroom will be on fire, alright...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Namgoong Min, Hwang Jung-eum and More Attend Script Reading for "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

2018/04/25 | Permalink

Upcoming romantic comedy drama "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum" has released its first script reading stills, giving us a nice peek at the extended cast, as well as our beloved leading darlings themselves, Namgoong Min and Hwang Jung-eum...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 17-18

2018/04/25 | Permalink

The immediate question begged by Joon-soo's apparent betrayal is whether it's sincere. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth episodes, we are given every reason to believe that Joon-soo is indeed working against his prior motives of justice. Well, sort of. While Do-chan is fighting the good fight, he has no respect for the rules. Nominally this isn't a big deal. But remember that Joon-soo's entire authority for going after Tae-woong in the first place is that Tae-woong doesn't play by the rules...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Joon-gi Looks Fresh for Fan Meeting in Japan

Source | 2018/04/25 | Permalink

On April 25th, actor Lee Joon-gi posted a photo on his official Instagram account while he was visiting Japan...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Sa-rang Injures Leg in Italy

Source | 2018/04/25 | Permalink

Actress Kim Sa-rang got into a big accident while traveling through Italy. She is currently back in Korea and receiving treatment...More

[Lily's Take] So Yi-hyun and Her Daughter Share Adorable Bunny-face Selfies

Source | 2018/04/25 | Permalink

Actress So Yi-hyun was spotted with her adorable second daughter...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-wook, Kim Dong-wook May Take "Voice" PD Kim Hong-seon-I's "Hand: The Guest"

2018/04/24 | Permalink

Two folks in this group are certainly the most publicly desirable duo to work-elope after "Voice" and make something new together, and if Kim Dong-wook joins them, I can already hear the happy fan-cries. According to reports, Kim Jae-wook and Kim Dong-wook might be taking on leading roles for Kim Hong-seon-I's upcoming religious-themed drama, "Hand: The Guest"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser for "Life on Mars" Delivers a Look Into Life Without Pants

2018/04/24 | Permalink

I don't even need to know the "how" or "why", because nothing sets the tone of a series quite like Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong, Oh Dae-hwan and rookie No Jong-hyun chasing a fool down sans several clothing items. "Life on Mars" is here with crimes against humanity and fashion in this first entertaining teaser...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 39-40

2018/04/24 | Permalink

There are no big dramatics for the final episode of "Shall We Kiss First", which instead focuses on the joyful monotony of daily life. Moo-han may have the occasional scary moment, but he is still able to persist normally, and in fact makes a continued point of doing so. The whole storyline with the cat is great because the old Moo-han would have just decided this wasn't worth the effort. But now? He sees inconvenience, too, as a part of life...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 16 (Final)

2018/04/24 | Permalink

Explanations have never been a strong part of "That Man Oh Soo" and I never had any expectations otherwise for the final episode. I figured there would be some weird loophole used to explain how Oh Soo could save Yoo-ri without killing himself, when Oh Soo had already initiated the whole noble suicide process. But what exactly that loophole was, um...I'm still not sure. Somehow "That Man Oh Soo" manages to get to the end without explaining what happened even to Yoo-ri, so of course we get nothing either...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Seung-gi Looks Like a Prince in an All-white Suit

Source | 2018/04/24 | Permalink

Actor Lee Seung-gi wowed his fans in a stylish all-white suit...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Jae-won and Chae Soo-bin to Host the Opening of Jeonju International Film Festival

Source | 2018/04/24 | Permalink

For the opening of the 19th Jeonju International Film Festival, actor Kim Jae-won and actress Chae Soo-bin were selected as the emcees...More

[Lily's Take] Update on Han Ye-seul's Heartbreaking Medical Accident

2018/04/24 | Permalink

Since Han Ye-seul openly conveyed her feelings regarding a medical accident that occured, the hospital finally released an official apology...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Heo Joon-ho's Double Nature in "Come and Hug Me"

2018/04/23 | Permalink

Far be it from me to trust the handling of mental illness in Korean drama, but I can't deny how exciting it is to have another serial killer who isn't a conventionally attractive young man in fine suits. Heo Joon-ho brings different charms to his character for "Come and Hug Me", a man who is definitely not designed to be fawned over...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Secret Mother" Reveals Wicked Intentions in First Teaser

2018/04/23 | Permalink

Much has been teased about the mysterious college admissions caretaker of "Secret Mother", but it looks like she can't hold a candle to the ever vigilant, ever ready for a fight women of the neighborhood she enters. The first teaser is quite the entrance for Lisa Kim...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Soo-ro Picks Kim Sung-ryung as One of Korea's Top 3 Beauties

Source | 2018/04/23 | Permalink

Actor Kim Soo-ro picked actress Kim Sung-ryung as one of Korea's 3 most beautiful women...More

[Lily's Take] Yoo Hae-jin and Kim Min-jae's Greatest On-Screen Father-Son Relationship

Source | 2018/04/23 | Permalink

As the movie "LOVE+SLING" anticipates its May 9th release, main cast members Yoo Hae-jin and Kim Min-jae-I appeared on the Naver V-Live broadcast...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 37-38

2018/04/23 | Permalink

I like how Soon-jin is treating Moo-han's stay in the hospital as a stay in the hospital while Moo-han is acting like this is hospice care. Of course Moo-han's outlook has not actually changed in any meaningful way. He's spent the entire drama in self-imposed hospice care, it's just a lot more obvious now because everything is out in the open. Which also adds a morbid sense of humor even to scenes as mundane as Soon-jin eating some fried chicken...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 15

2018/04/23 | Permalink

All right, so there appears to have been another angle to the night stalker subplot. Not that this is all that important. Oh Soo resolves it over a single disaffected scene, wherein he ominously implies that civil liberties don't matter when it comes to crooks. I would have thought it would make more sense to have Yoo-ri solving crimes, what with her being a cop and all. Although Yoo-ri is busy elsewhere here, what with all the moping around over her having lost another boyfriend...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.20 - 2018.04.22

2018/04/23 | Permalink

"Rampage" reigns while local documentary "Intention" rises...

The Rock's "Rampage" remained unmoved at the top of the pile over the second last weekend of April. The film, based on the classic video game by Midway Games, arrived in the Land of the Morning Calm two weeks ago. From 886 screens nationwide, "Rampage" claimed 34.17% of the sales (363,703 admissions, or $3 million) and moved its total tally to 1.2 million: $10.2 million. Worldwide, director Brad Peyton's action adventure film has earned just over a quarter of a billion US dollars (the film was produced for $120 million)...More

[Lily's Take] Han Ji-min and Her Older Sister Look Exactly Alike

Source | 2018/04/23 | Permalink

Actress Han Ji-min took a selfie with her beautiful older sister, Han Sang-min...More

[Lily's Take] Son Na-eun Taking a Break Due to Ankle Injury

Source | 2018/04/23 | Permalink

Member of the K-pop girl group, Apink and an actress, Son Na-eun is under treatment for an old ankle injury...More

[Lily's Take] Baek Sung-hyun's Update on His Coast Guard Enlistment Duty

Source | 2018/04/23 | Permalink

Actor Baek Sung-hyun updated his fans on his recent news...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 16 Final

2018/04/22 | Permalink

After two whole seasons of "Mystery Queen", it is time for "Mystery Queen Season 2" to wrap everything up, or at least provide us enough answers to make the slow trudge through some confusing, often lacking in direction content to have been worth it. It may be the time for that, but the disappointing second season of this beloved show chooses to explain next to nothing, while creating more questions and pulling key episode plot points out of a magician's hat...More

[Orion's Drama News] Culinary Wooing and Impending Lawsuits

2018/04/21 | Permalink

Nothing beats the torture of food-themed Korean drama when one is on a calorie deficit, but today I swallow my pain (and a piece of cake) to bring you new goodies from "Wok of Love". Stylish food is followed by stylish violence and a duo clashing in lawsuit-worthy ways for "Lawless Lawyer", while we have plenty of new stills and videos from other upcoming works, as well as and casting news...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Blue Mouthed Face"

2018/04/21 | Permalink

Seo-yeong (played by Jang Liu) is being crushed under the weight of having to work miserable jobs in order to pay for her mother's medical expenses. Her physically handicapped older brother Yeong-joon (played by Jin Yong-wook) is capable of working, but business at the small sewing company where he works is not going well. The relationship between brother and sister is further strained by vile suggestions Seo-yeong pushes in order to deal with their poverty...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Farming Boys"

2018/04/21 | Permalink

The three young men spotlighted in "Farming Boys" are wwoofers. That is, they're participate in WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunites on Organic Farms), an organization of farms which take on foreigners as temporary workers. That "Farming Boys" never actually explains what a wwoofer is is the most obvious omission in the documentary's educational purpose. Although there's also all the traveling they apparently did in Southeast Asia, which is mentioned in the epilogue but doesn't appear anywhere else in the movie...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "All Day Candles"

2018/04/21 | Permalink

The Gwanghwamun Candlelight Rallies were mass protests every Saturday from late 2016 to early 2017 demanding the removal of President Park Geun-hye from office. The first short docuemntary of the "All Day Candles" omnibus, "Square@People" (directed by Kim Hwan-tae) is a dialog between two organizers of the Candlelight Rallies explaining the origins of the rallies, and relating the rise of the rallies to ongoing political events at the time...More

[Lily's Weekly Highlight] Kim Sun-ah

2018/04/21 | Permalink

The drama "Shall We Kiss First" describes itself as a "Real Adult Romance". What better person to portray the inexperienced love story of an experienced adult than our dear actress Kim Sun-ah? Here she is, making yet another drama to become one of our favorites...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 15

2018/04/20 | Permalink

With Secretary Kim out in the open and probably mildly intimidated by the ones trying to force him out, the ever so hyped up figure starts making mistakes. Wan-seung also gets a rude wake up call in regards to his brother, however, when they meet on opposite sides of the latest murder case. Seol-ok moves past her grief for Min-joo, but Kim's efforts to create a scapegoat for the case might just cost him dearly...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Mi-hee, Lee Hye-young-I and More Leading the "Post-Mom" Era of Emergent Characters

2018/04/20 | Permalink

If you've been reading my ramblings or followed me on social media long enough, you know that women's characters are important to me. Korean drama has had an odd relationship with them. Despite originally being marketed mainly to us, and despite the fact that the majority of drama writers are still women, the focus of the content has disproportionately been on the leading men...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-young Joins "100 Days My Prince"

2018/04/20 | Permalink

Actor Kim Jae-young has joined upcoming historical drama "100 Days My Prince" as a man who has a unique and informed position in the mystery surrounding the titular husband's murder attempt and fate. The actor will be tackling his first role in a sageuk...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Secret Mother" Completes Cast Lineup, Reveals New Information

2018/04/19 | Permalink

The main bulk of the cast for "Secret Mother" has been completed, and although news has been reporting on things we already know quite a lot, we get some surprising twists this time around, as well as some quick descriptions for the new faces on board. It looks like some of the basics we've known are changing...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Releases Stills of Go Ara as Idealistic, Bold Judge

2018/04/19 | Permalink

Being overly emotional and idealistic as a judge may not be the wisest approach, but that certainly means little to Park-Cha Oh-reum, the character Go Ara will be portraying for "Miss Hammurabi". We have new stills of the character on the clock and off, as well as some more information on her approach and personality...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 15-16

2018/04/19 | Permalink

In episode fifteen, we see Do-chan swagger in with a nice suit, completely in his element as the guy who is always running a con, to the point he'll even say so directly. Then, in episode sixteen, we see Tae-woong walk down the stairs in a typically loud brightly colored outfit, knowing full well that everyone takes orders from him and that's what matters. Here are two very different, yet equally effective ways of running a room...More

[Lily's Take] 5 Dramas Celebrating Their 10th Anniversary This Year

Source | 2018/04/19 | Permalink

Dear HanCinema readers, I'm taking you on a stroll down memory lane...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Wok of Love" Reveals Beloved Artists in Script Reading Stills

2018/04/18 | Permalink

The script reading still collage from "Wok of Love" is a sight that soothes the soul as much as the delicacies teased in its teasers. Aside from a main cast made up of kittens, rainbows and unicorns in terms of soul satisfaction, the supporting ensemble is just lovely...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix Drama "See You Again" Courts Lee Jong-suk and Kim Ji-won

2018/04/18 | Permalink

We've seen very little news about upcoming Netflix piece "See You Again", but it looks like the drama is planning quite the enticing casting for itself. The series, which will be fully pre-produced, has offered leading roles to Lee Jong-suk and Kim Ji-won, who are both currently reviewing their offer...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 13-14

2018/04/18 | Permalink

The investigation has stalled here, mostly as a result of mutual disinterest. Ha-ra already has enough high-level crooks that there's not really much impetus to go chasing after any more right this minute. Meanwhile, Tae-woong has been so spooked by recent reversals he's decided to hold back. Well, not really. It turns out that Tae-woong has been running a pretty long con on Jeong-pil, which somewhat awkwardly puts the more publicly powerful man in the position of technical victim...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mistress" Teases Murderous Schemes in Main Trailer

2018/04/17 | Permalink

It looks like the ladies of "Mistress" have a lot to hide, some of it being in the form of a dead body. The main teaser for the upcoming sensual mystery thriller has been released, and we get a closer look at its gentlemen, and the grim secrets behind its heroines' connection...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Sketch - Drama" Releases Tense First Stills of Rain

2018/04/17 | Permalink

Here he is, ladies and gentlemen. Our crime and time fighting leading detective has been revealed in these first stills from upcoming series "Sketch - Drama". The hero looks plain, or at least as plain as they can make someone like Rain appear, and it looks like we're not catching him at a good time...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 20 (final)

2018/04/17 | Permalink

The ending to "Laughter in Waikiki" goes a lot better than I was expecting mainly because recent episodes have surged in quality. The immature, obnoxious Dong-goo who was always picking fights with Joon is gone. The more restrained Dong-goo we have now isn't just funnier, he's also a lot more introspective. Sure, he's a bit of a jerk to Yoon-ah's ex-boyfriend (played by Kim Jin-woo), but then by his own admission, Yoon-ah's ex-boyfriend deserved it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episode 35-36

2018/04/17 | Permalink

For these episodes, if I just de-emphasize the content of the dialog, ignore the scenes at the candy company, and instead just focus on the ambience, there's that same beautifully bittersweet tone which characterized the first half of the drama's run. When the increasingly artificial conflict between Moo-han and Soon-jin is de-emphasized, we can see these two as lonely, older people who are filled with regrets. They fix that feeling by trying to act without regrets for whatever time they have left...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 14

2018/04/17 | Permalink

So the night stalker storyline appears to have been resolved almost entirely by accident. I can't decide whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. On one end this plot was undeveloped from the very beginning, so I'm glad it's out of the way. But on the other end, the remaining storylines aren't that much better. Eventually the issue with the murderous magic tea is explained...in the preview. I can't figure out why this basic worldbuilding has been held back for so long...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Yi-kyung and Jung in-sun Confirmed to Be Dating

Source | 2018/04/17 | Permalink

Actor Lee Yi-kyung and actress Jung In-sun confirmed their relationship status...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Releases First Stills, Casts Song Young-kyu

2018/04/16 | Permalink

The leading duo of "Investigation Partners" are looking comfy in their roles already, and the series has also brought on a new frienemy or possibly even antagonist. We have the first look at Jung Jae-young and Jung Yoo-mi in character, along with the confirmed aforementioned addition of actor Song Young-kyu to the drama...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 13

2018/04/16 | Permalink

So right away we get an extended flashback wherein Oh Soo as a child learns about the terrible power of the magic tea. But because these scenes are taken from the vantage point of a child, the explanation for why the magic tea is so dangerous is completely dumbed down and censored. Consequently, Oh Soo's journey to find a cure is bereft of context. We can't even guess at loopholes because so far as the script is concerned this tea just kills people, end quote...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Hye-young-I and Choi Min-soo Bring Charismatic Villainy to "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/04/16 | Permalink

Move over or be knocked over by the combined charisma of Choi Min-soo and Lee Hye-young-I, as we get a first look into what their antagonists in "Lawless Lawyer" are all about. We have stills as well as additional character information painting a grim picture for our heroes...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 19

2018/04/16 | Permalink

I like the storylines where Joon-ki is forced to do weird stuff for the sake of his acting career. Because actors do really weird things, compared to other jobs. The whole executive meeting where everyone has to brainstorm ideas for the first pitch is great, because we could tell they were going to come up with something weird. Just not that kind of weird. Although it's a letdown how after all that practice we never actually get to see Joon-ki do that very strange first pitch...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 33-34

2018/04/16 | Permalink

There's an interesting moment in the thirty-fourth episode where reference is made to the candlelight rallies. For most of the candy company plot in "Shall We Kiss First" I'd actually been thinking the same thing. The superpowered corporation that can obliterate obstacles by waving a magic public relations wand is a dinosaur of a trope at this point, and calls attention to just how corny the story in "Shall We Kiss First" really is. Especially since Moo-han himself was their public relations wand and knows all their secrets...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.13 - 2018.04.15

2018/04/16 | Permalink

The Rock's "Rampage" rules...

Jeong Beom-sik's sleeper hit "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" was denied a third-straight week at the top of the pile with the arrival of "Rampage" and John Krasinski's "A Quiet Place". Based on the video game series by Midway, "Rampage" follows a primatologist (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and an albino gorilla who, due to rogue experiments by a greedy genetics company, grows to King Kong proportions. The film arrived in Korea last Thursday and claimed pole position over the weekend with 608,122 admissions ($4.9 million, or 35.19%) from 909 screens...More

[Lily's Take] Go Ara, L, and Sung Dong-il Become the Ultimate Judge Trio

Source | 2018/04/16 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Miss Hammurabi" released a new still cut of the three judges in action...More

[Lily's Take] "Come and Hug Me" J Jang Ki-yong and Jin Ki-joo Spotted Under Beautiful Blossoms

Source | 2018/04/16 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Come and Hug Me" released a series of beautiful, romantic still cuts...More

[Lily's Take] Ha Ji-won Becomes Hallyu Ambassador for 2018 KBEE

Source | 2018/04/16 | Permalink

Actress Ha Ji-won was selected as one of the hallyu ambassadors for 2018 KBEE (2018 Korea Brand & Entertainment Expo, Moscow)...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fresh Goodies and Mouthwatering Yums

2018/04/14 | Permalink

As the new drama season approaches, the upcoming titles are starting to up their teasing game with all manner of media, character information and casting sprees. Today I share a line of new video teasers, as well as script reading photos and the additional cast and character information that comes with them. Things are looking promising and pleasantly diverse in Dramaland...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 14

2018/04/14 | Permalink

There are enough secrets in "Mystery Queen Season 2" to make one's head spin, but it looks like we might be solving them all in what now feels like a series ending. Any developments happening here will still leave a lot to be desired, but there is one specific twist which is at the very least unpredictable and genuinely sad at the same time. Wan-seung is about to discover some more terrible things about his life and his past. Let us hope he can handle it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

"Mother - Drama" is the kind of work that one enters with a suspicious mind and a hardened heart, as adaptations and remakes carry an unfortunate stigma. What one leaves this series with, however, is much more valuable and fulfilling than I could have imagined going into it. "Mother - Drama" gathers a great cast to tell a simple, human, personal story of a bond that can do terrible damage when bad, and hold someone up for life when good...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

Why take revenge alone when you can do it in a group with unlimited funds and technology? "Mad Dog" takes the basic premise of a revenge story, it adds a ragtag group of heroic stereotypes, and some equally standardized villains to produce its take on a Korean drama classic. This should have been entertaining, at the very least, but when my only take away is how much I love properly used ties, I would say something went wrong...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Duck Town"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

Suseong Lake is a location in Daegu. It's just a normal lake, and as is common in South Korea, there are swan boats that people can use to paddle around. It's the job of Hee-jeong (played by Lee Se-young) to manage those swan boats, although she has dreams of bigger and better things. Like transferring to a university in Seoul. Why does Hee-jeong want to go to Seoul so badly? Well uh...it's a goal in search of a motivation. But at least it keeps her from going suicidal...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Someone Behind You"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

Ga-in (played by Yoon Jin-seo) is a likable high school student from a good family who's a crackerjack fencer. These combat skills prove helpful against the major supernatural threat in "Someone Behind You" although it's not quite what she's expecting. Sure, there are plenty of freaky hallucinations, but the reason why the movie is called "Someone Behind You" is because the real threat always ends up being one and only one person who's in the same room as Ga-in at any given time...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Wife is a Gangster 3"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

Ah-ryeong (played by Shu Qi) is the heir to a Cantonese criminal empire. In the opening setpiece of "My Wife is a Gangster 3" she and her father Lim (played by Ti Lung) are attempting to make nice with a rival gang but it doesn't go so well, since apparently some people find the idea of a woman mafia heir to be an object of amusement. So Ah-ryeong gets sent off to Korea under the protection of Gi-cheol (played by Lee Beom-soo) and his crew. They're really more incompetent chaperones though, since Lim can take care of herself...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 13

2018/04/13 | Permalink

The time has come to pull back the curtain on the woman we know as Hee-yeon in "Mystery Queen Season 2", and the stage set behind it is not surprising. Some long-held suspicions are proven true about other characters as well. Our leads remember that Hyun-soo's case exists again, after wrapping up the latest disappearance case, which also comes to an unsurprising ending. It looks like this season will be the final one, so prepare for a lacking ending...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Dae-Hwan Joins "Life on Mars" as Tacky Detective, Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photos

2018/04/13 | Permalink

The cast of "Life on Mars" is looking mighty beautiful, and even a terrible perm on Oh Dae-hwan cannot stifle my joy of seeing him here. The actor has accepted the role of a detective, and has already begun filming after completing his transformation...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Tae-joon Considering Second Male Lead Role in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

2018/04/13 | Permalink

We may have a sort-of-love rival for the titular handsome guy or "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum", as actor Choi Tae-joon is reportedly reviewing the role of the heroine's friend-but-not-quite. The actor's agency has confirmed the offer, but stressed that he is only considering the newly described character...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Jong-suk Donates 100 Million KRW to the Children in Crisis

Source | 2018/04/13 | Permalink

Actor Lee Jong-suk is one of many Korean celebrities who frequently seek after opportunities to share his fortune and help those who are in need...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Voice" PD Kim Hong-seon-I Planning Religion-themed Crime Drama "Hand: The Guest"

2018/04/12 | Permalink

I was highly excited over the potential validity of this lonely piece of news hidden away in the Daum feed, but upcoming OCN drama "Hand: The Guest" does have two buzzkill elements about it. Regardless, the channel seems to be into its religious themes lately, so I suppose this would become the latest installment...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Reveals Script Reading Stills with Impressive Extended Cast

2018/04/12 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Life" has gathered quite the cast for itself, and we now get to bask in its glory through newly released script reading stills. I love every image and every name here, because I know the value they bring to any work, let alone one by solid creators...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 11-12

2018/04/12 | Permalink

Do-chan's motivation is a mystery not just to Ha-ra, but also to his team of con artists. While there's no major conflict about this yet, I mostly just liked the moment where they're eating cheap pizza and talking about all the money they're going to get, while apparently unable to tell the difference between different kinds of premium cheap pizza. The con artists in "Switch - Change The World" are not a particularly discriminating lot when it comes to the finer things in life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Sketch - Drama" Releases Script Reading Stills and Character Information

2018/04/11 | Permalink

Upcoming supernatural action drama "Sketch - Drama" has released script reading stills, along with more information on its main characters' names and descriptions. The script reading included actors Rain, Lee Dong-gun, Lee Sun-bin, Im Hwa-young, the recently added Jung Jin-young and more, as well as the drama's creators...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Seung-gi May Join Shin Sung-rok in "Vagabond"

2018/04/11 | Permalink

After having originally stated that he had not received a script for the series, and given his busy schedule with "A Korean Odyssey", I had mostly scratched Lee Seung-gi's name off the "Vagabond" map. It turns out that the actor may be joining Shin Sung-rok in it after all, since his agency has officially entered the consideration stage...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 9-10

2018/04/11 | Permalink

Right away there's a snag to Do-chan's brilliant deduction. He can't really explain where the idea came from. More importantly it's a bad idea for him to explain where the idea came from, because the main factor inhibiting the villains right now is that they're not sure how their criminal enterprise has been compromised. It was a nice touch, watching Ha-ra drag Do-chan away from the cameras since nearly anything he could say for a multitude of reasons could put them at a future disadvantage...More

[Lily's Take] Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun Confirm Appearance in "100 Days My Prince"

Source | 2018/04/11 | Permalink

Actor and a member of the K-pop group "EXO", Do Kyung-soo, and actress Nam Ji-hyun made the final confirmation that they will be starring in the upcoming drama, "100 Days My Prince"...More

[Lily's Take] Yoon Doo-joon to Continue His Role in "Let's Eat - Season 3"

Source | 2018/04/11 | Permalink

An actor and a member of the popular K-pop boy group, "HIGHLIGHT", Yoon Doo-joon confirmed his appearance in "Let's Eat - Season 3"...More

[Lily's Take] Im Soo-jung Wants to Host a Talk Show With Her Name

Source | 2018/04/11 | Permalink

Actress Im Soo-jung revealed that her dream is to host a talk show with her name...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hae-sook May Join Kim Hee-sun and Kim Young-kwang in Body-Swap Drama "Room No.9"

2018/04/10 | Permalink

My wishes might be answered, as body swap drama "Room No.9" is courting the brilliant Kim Hae-sook to join its main cast, which may also include Kim Hee-sun and Kim Young-kwang. All three actors are currently reviewing their offers. If Kim Hae-sook accepts, she will be playing the death row inmate her co-lead swaps mortal coils with...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim So-yeon and Kim Tae-woo Complete the Main Cast of "Secret Mother"

2018/04/10 | Permalink

We have the final two casting confirmations for "Secret Mother", with Kim So-yeon and Kim Tae-woo having accepted their previously offered roles. Everyone looks suspicious, and plenty seem to have secrets, so join me in taking a swing at the hidden truths of this womance mystery thriller about a college admissions caretaker entering the home of a woman who holds the secret to her child's death...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 18

2018/04/10 | Permalink

There's a very good establishing scene starting out this episode wherein we see what it's like for Joon-ki, having co-workers with loads of fangirls. It's only natural for Joon-ki to feel deficient in this environment. And so begins a very weird storyline wherein Joon-ki is extremely slow to catch on to obvious hints that the current guest star is very creepy. This then naturally leads into Joon-ki's own behavior taking a turn for the bizarre...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 12

2018/04/10 | Permalink

Right when I thought "That Man Oh Soo" was done with hospital scenes we end up right back there again. Thankfully the trip to the hospital is not a long one, although the main thing that happens there is a mildly amusing gag involving one character being confused by how Yoo-ri appears to have multiple identical boyfriends. He doesn't say anything about Oh Soo and Ji-won being identical. That's just what I was thinking during that scene...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 31-32

2018/04/10 | Permalink

It's hard to imagine there was once a time when I was genuinely enthralled with the brisk pacing in this drama. Time was we were always getting new, meaningful revelations about Moo-han and Soon-jin's backstory. Now they just keep having moments over whether or not they should be breaking up or moving out or whatever. There's only so many times a couple can have that argument before their entire relationship starts to come off as incredibly fickle...More

[Lily's Take] Ahn Sung-ki Announces His Son's Marriage in May

Source | 2018/04/10 | Permalink

Actor Ahn Sung-ki's made an announcement that his oldest son, Ahn Davin, will be getting married in this May...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Min-suk Expresses Affection for His Family

Source | 2018/04/10 | Permalink

Actor Kim Min-suk openly expressed his love for his family on Instagram...More

[Lily's Take] "Suits" Jang Dong-gun and Park Hyung-sik Are the Best Bromance Ever

Source | 2018/04/10 | Permalink

On April 25th, one of the most highly anticipated dramas of 2018, "Suits", will air its first episode...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Come and Hug Me" Focuses on Team Effort, Releases Script Reading Stills

2018/04/09 | Permalink

It is time to take our first look into upcoming romance drama "Come and Hug Me", the story of two people separated due to a murder in their past, and looking for comfort and hope in an imperfect relationship. The drama held two script readings in late March and early April, now providing us with stills of the known and new cast members...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Ups the Tension in New Stills and First Teaser

2018/04/09 | Permalink

There does not seem to be a dull day in the lives of the feisty lawyers in "Lawless Lawyer", as the leads seem to get into quite a suspenseful and emotionally charge situation in these latest stills. The hero and heroine get some skinship going, but it's definitely not the happy fun times kind...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 17

2018/04/09 | Permalink

In a nice change of pace, the storylines in this installment of "Laughter in Waikiki" are structured like mysteries, where we as viewers are invited to guess at possible resolutions to apparently inexplicable situations. Take the first and most prominent storyline. By all accounts Yoon-ah's confession to Dong-goo was completely sincere. So what to make of her attitude? We are given the clear impression that Joon-ki and Doo-sik's assumptions are wrong, because they are idiots. But clearly an explanation of some sort is forthcoming- and it's a good one...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 11

2018/04/09 | Permalink

The affected voice Oh Soo talks with now is starting to drive me crazy. It makes him sound weirdly effeminate. Although that's really just part and parcel for Oh Soo's whole personality change, wherein he is just too unconditionally nice and lovey-dovey all the time. That's not romantic, it's just corny. Romances are effective because we see characters get together in spite of their flaws, and even loving each other all the more because of them. Now? Oh Soo has no flaws, and is even explicitly described as virginal. Now there's an odd trait for a leading man...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 29-30

2018/04/09 | Permalink

Heartless though it may be for me to write this, I really don't care about Soon-jin's dead daughter. In narrative terms, the daughter is only relevant to the extent that she caused Soon-jin's trauma, creating the Soon-jin that exists in the present. The daughter has never been a character in her own right for us to care about. Indeed, by centering so much of the action around the lawsuit, "Shall We Kiss First" actually makes it more difficult for Soon-jin to let go of the past...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.04.06 - 2018.04.08

2018/04/09 | Permalink

Local horror narrowly retains pole position amid stiff competition...

The low-budget horror "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" by director Jeong Beom-sik managed to hold off serious challenges from both "Ready Player One" and the recently released local comedy-drama "What a Man Wants" to retain the top stop. Jeong's surprise hit outplayed Steven Spielberg's adaption last weekend with 40% of the sales (983,018 admissions), and with the 513,673 (27%) admissions the film scored here, its total tally now stands at 2.2 million ($16.7 million)...More

[Lily's Take] Kang Kyung-joon and Jang Shin-young Celebrate Their Fifth Anniversary

Source | 2018/04/08 | Permalink

The celebrity couple actor Kang Kyung-joon and actress Jang Shin-young celebrated their 5th anniversary since they started dating...More

[Lily's Take] Kwon Yuri's Cute Dates to View Cherry Blossoms

Source | 2018/04/08 | Permalink

Actress and a member of K-pop girl group Girls' Generation, Kwon Yuri, enjoyed a peaceful outing with her puppies...More

[Lily's Take] Choi Bool-am's Yearns for Acting Even After 60 Years

Source | 2018/04/08 | Permalink

Veteran actor Choi Bool-am is challenging himself for yet another role to push towards his never-ending dreams and to inspire the young actors in the field...More

[Orion's Drama News] Brutal Trials and Remade Styles

2018/04/07 | Permalink

I have the best dressed news for you today, as our theme is all about justice in fancy outfits. "Lawless Lawyer" has introduced its two leads and their violent ways in expensive fashion, while "Suits" takes its title very seriously, and very literally, with its promotional goodies. In a twist surprising even to me, "Mistress" has just popped up on my interest radar...More

[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Lee Soon-jae

Source | 2018/04/07 | Permalink

This week's star highlight is quite special. Exploring the great actor Lee Soon-jae's life and career means exploring the history of K-drama. He is the great actor that every celebrity in Korea looks up to and about whom no one would hesitate even for a second to say that he is indeed the greatest actor in Korea...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Microhabitat"

2018/04/07 | Permalink

Once upon a time, Mi-so (played by 'Esom') had friends. There was no specific falling out that splintered their social circle. They all just moved on. But not Mi-so. She's happy cleaning apartments, scoring some smokes, sipping whiskey at a favorite bar and maybe playing an aggressive game of pattycake with her boyfriend Han-sol (played by Ahn Jae-hong). Sadly, an increase in living expenses has made this lifestyle increasingly untenable. So Mi-so seeks out her old friends, in hopes of finding a solution...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "I'll Just Live in Bando"

2018/04/07 | Permalink

Joon-goo (voiced by Lee Seung-haeng) is an acting professor. Well no, actually, he's an adjunct acting professor. Which means he's basically a normal professor except that he's paid less and doesn't have job security. Though popular with his students, their sincere praise of Joon-goo's acting abilities tends to stoke Joon-goo's dreams. Sure, the guy's in his forties and supporting a family. But don't television dramas need short, homely, middle-aged balding characters too?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Like a French Film"

2018/04/07 | Permalink

The four short movies in the "Like a French Film" omnibus all deal with obstructed love. The nature of that obstruction changes from piece to piece. For an aging mother (played by Lee Young-ran), it's entirely her decision. For the bartender (played by Lee Yoo-mi), it's sincere disinterest. For the internationally inclined couple of So-yeon (played by Kim Soy) and Steve (played by Steven Youn), it's fate. For Soo-min (played by Shin Min-chul) it's...circumstance?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 12

2018/04/06 | Permalink

"Mystery Queen Season 2" manages to get more confusing the more it reveals, but an actually challenging standalone case has appeared to bring back some of the sorely lacking mystery challenge of the series. The fact that it does this in a satisfying manner is a pleasant change from the season-long mystery's nature delivering very little pay-off. As for said mystery, Inspector Woo and Wan-seung go deeper, but we still do not know where...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Young-pil Joins Drama "Life on Mars"

2018/04/06 | Permalink

After confirming its premise and three main leads, the Korean drama adaptation for "Life on Mars" has entered the supporting casting rounds, with Kim Young-pil having now officially joined the project. His character sounds like a mix of an antagonist and a comedic relief, so we get a little cheeky element added...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mistress" Releases Posters Teasing Mystery Thriller Spin

2018/04/06 | Permalink

Despite my alarms over this drama blaring, a woman-centric OCN show is something I need at least one good look at, and the character posters released for "Mistress" are simply too intriguing to pass. A series about relationship intrigue might feel like an unusual choice for the channel, but there is a twist...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 11

2018/04/06 | Permalink

The wave of guest stars continues, but at least the latest one has been teased before, and he brings a case as a present. At the same time, standalone cases are now a distraction from a main story aching to happen, which thankfully gets a good chunk of plot dedicated in episode eleven of "Mystery Queen Season 2". While Wan-seung and Seol-ok are still largely in the dark, we finally take a peek behind the curtain...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Fantasy Romance Drama "About Time" Holds Its First Script Reading

2018/04/05 | Permalink

It was about time to start getting the goods on "About Time", and yes, I am horrible. The drama has held its first script reading, and we have new stills as well as character information for some of our new faces. "About Time" is the story of a woman who can see people's lifespans and a man who can stop her own...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Releases Stills of First Script Reading

2018/04/05 | Permalink

After all the conflicting, changing and delayed information released from "Investigation Partners", we finally get a glimpse at the confirmed members of the cast, who attended its script reading at the MBC Dream Center in Ilsan in late March. Between the leads and the supporting members, we have quite the diverse group...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 7-8

2018/04/05 | Permalink

The first five minutes of episode seven are a recap of "Switch - Change The World" so far along with the full cliffhanger from last time, now with an explanation. I can't decide whether the production team is trying to cut costs or if they really are that self-indulgent about how clever the turnabout was. It was a decent turnabout. Do-chan may not be a real prosecutor but he's definitely observant. But personally I'm more concerned about the ongoing effort to murder Joon-soo...More

[Lily's Take] Yeo Jin-goo's Adorable Childhood Photo

Source | 2018/04/05 | Permalink

Actor Yeo Jin-goo's childhood picture was revealed and soon became viral...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Nam-joo Changed Everything About Herself for "Misty"

Source | 2018/04/05 | Permalink

From sophisticated suits to her refined wavy hair accompanied with a sharp gaze, actress Kim Nam-joo is Ko Hye-ran herself. There's no other actress who could've played the professional anchorwoman Ko Hye-ran better than Kim Nam-joo did...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sang-joong Considers Leading Drama "Auditor Nozaki"

2018/04/04 | Permalink

First of all, oooooooooooh. Now that that's out of the way, we may have some exciting new drama happenings soon, as actor Kim Sang-joong is reportedly considering a leading role in "Auditor Nozaki", the Korean drama remake of popular Japanese manga and its Japanese drama adaptation, "Auditor  Nozaki Shuhei"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Seo Ye-ji Smacks the Law into People in New Stills for "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/04/04 | Permalink

After Lee Joon-gi's thug-tastic fighting images, Seo Ye-ji takes the battle, and the smacks, to court in these latest stills for "Lawless Lawyer". The actress shows a new image of herself this time around, which she has also commented on. It looks like this feisty duo have more in common than we thought...More

[Lily's Take] So Ji-sub to Star in a New Variety Show By Na Young-seok

Source | 2018/04/04 | Permalink

Actor So Ji-sub and producer and a director Na Young-seok came together to create a new variety show called "The Small House in the Forest"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 5-6

2018/04/04 | Permalink

Seong-doo (played by Kwon Hwa-woon) is Tae-woong's ruthless enforcer. The original plan was just to kill Joon-soo outright, but the apparent failure of the first assassination attempt coupled with Joon-soo's confusing behavioral changes afterwards have left the villains of "Switch - Change The World" struggling to figure out the best course of action. Obviously there is some sort of hustle going on here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Jae-young and Jung Yoo-mi Confirm "Investigation Partners"

2018/04/03 | Permalink

After some back and forth happening between premise and characters, we finally have our hero and heroine for "Investigation Partners", as well as their respective actors in Jung Jae-young and Jung Yoo-mi. Both artists have confirmed their leading roles, joining a cast of supporting characters we'll soon see expanding...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Hyun Bin Accepts Leading Role in "Memories of the Alhambra"

2018/04/03 | Permalink

The leading, and previously courted man has been found for "Memories of the Alhambra", as actor Hyun Bin has accepted the main role. The series is a fantasy melodrama about investment company president Yoo Jin-woo, who goes on a business trip to Granada, and becomes involved in a strange incident at an old hostel run by heroine Jung Hee-joo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 16

2018/04/03 | Permalink

Right away we start out with a reckoning. Dong-goo rather sensibly demands an explanation for the elaborate web of lies Joon-ki and Seo-jin have devised to ineffectively avoid publicly acknowledging that they have a relationship. Even granting that the characters in question are all adults, and owe each other no explanations, what Joon-ki and Seo-jin did was very hurtful. But then Dong-goo chooses to have a temper tantrum and any ambiguity in that situation is lost...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 27-28

2018/04/03 | Permalink

There's a lot more of Soon-jin pretending like she doesn't know what Moo-han is up to here. Couple that with Moo-han agonizing in general about leaving Soon-jin alone and not telling her everything and well, "Shall We Kiss First" is pretty hopelessly depressing. The drama is also fairly pointlessly depressing. Since the main chararacters are not communicating honestly with each other, the plot has slowed to a crawl. Only the legal case takes on much prominence...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 10

2018/04/03 | Permalink

Oh Soo's intonation is now so chipper I barely recognize him as being the same character. It's not just the weird way he talks. I remember Oh Soo as being a generally crabby young man who doesn't especially care what other people think, yet has a kind heart in spite of that. Oh Soo in full-on lovey-dovey mode is a substantially less interesting character, since he just does that aggressive romantic comedy pursuit thing that's supposed to be cute but frequently comes off as stalking behavior...More

[Lily's Take] Park Seo-joon and Hyolyn Are the Best of Friends

Source | 2018/04/03 | Permalink

Actor Park Seo-joon and singer Hyolyn shared a picture of themselves, spending time together outside on a beautiful day...More

[Lily's Take] Fans Hope to See Handsome Lee Yi-kyung in Romantic Drama

Source | 2018/04/03 | Permalink

Actor Lee Yi-kyung's recent selfies shook the hearts of the fans as he is becoming more and more handsome each day...More

[Lily's Take] Cho Min-ah's Update on Her Health Problems

Source | 2018/04/03 | Permalink

Actress and a singer Cho Min-ah posted her concerns about her health and fans are sending their support on her journey...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Releases First Stills of Lee Joon-gi

2018/04/02 | Permalink

Upcoming rough 'n tough "Lawless Lawyer" has revealed stills of the titular badass played by Lee Joon-gi. The actor looks sleek, but deadly, with a little hint of cheeky in one photo. The stills reveal different sides of the character, while teasing the battle-filled goodness we can expect from an actor talented in action acting...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Jae-rim Confirms Appearance in "Secret Mother"

2018/04/02 | Permalink

After Song Yoon-ah's confirmation for "Secret Mother", Song Jae-rim joins her as perhaps the only ally to her heroine's plight. The actor has confirmed his role as a detective who will play a key role in sorting out what looks like a very messy family's past...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 15

2018/04/02 | Permalink

Dong-goo's latest devious scheme to insure that Yoon-ah and Joon don't spend any time together involves organizing a workshop for the guest house. Which involves them going to...another guest house, where they act as guests on vacation. At times like this I can't help but think about how badly "Laughter in Waikiki" has been wasting its own premise. How does one successfully manage a guest house anyway? Surely there are better ways to find guests than to just drag them in from off the street...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 25-26

2018/04/02 | Permalink

There's several minutes of happiness as "Shall We Kiss First" focuses on events immediately preceding the cliffhanger before getting back to where the story left off- with Soon-jin discovering the pen and all of its horrible implications. Not that this has any apparent effect on her relationship with Moo-han. Soon-ji appears to be making a deliberate point of not destroying her relationship with Moo-han, when you'd think some form of revenge would be on her mind...More

[Lily's Take] Yoon Si-yoon and Yang Se-hyung Are Yura's Mentors

Source | 2018/04/02 | Permalink

A member of the popular K-pop girl group, Girl's Day's Yura has successfully showed her capability as an actress yet again in the drama "Radio Romance"...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Soon-jae's 53 Years of Loyalty and Love for his Wife

Source | 2018/04/02 | Permalink

Actor Lee Soon-jae shared a romantic side of him that we rarely see...More

[Lily's Take] Han Chae-young's Eyes Full of Love for Her Son

Source | 2018/04/02 | Permalink

Actress Han Chae-young revealed a picture of her son...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 9

2018/04/02 | Permalink

More of a big deal is made out of how Yoo-ri is having a hard time because of her mother's illness, yet is so fortunate to have not one but two men eager to offer emotional support at the slightest notice. That melodrama doesn't last very long, though, since the surgery ends up going well. I never especially liked the sick mother storyline, but the sheer anticlimax of its ending was a little much for me. The pacing was just not as good as it coud have been...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Seung-gi and BoA Argue Over the Topic of Maturity

Source | 2018/04/02 | Permalink

Actor Lee Seung-gi and BoA held a debate over the topic of one's maturity in the showbiz...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.03.30 - 2018.04.01

2018/04/02 | Permalink

"Gonjiam" rises and outplays "Ready Player One" over Easter weekend...

Jeong Beom-sik's "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" enjoyed a successful limited release last weekend (fifth with 54,780 admissions) and has risen to the top of the chart following its official released last Wednesday. From 1,124 screens around the country, "Gonjiam", Jeong's second feature-length film as the sole director after "Casa Amor, Exclusive for Ladies" (2015), earned 39.62% of the sales, or 983,045 admissions ($7.6 million). The local horror/mystery managed to outplay Steven Spielberg's action-packed adaptation "Ready Player One"...More

[Lily's Take] Jeon Hye-bin Flies to Japan to Enjoy Cherry Blossoms

Source | 2018/04/01 | Permalink

Actress Jeon Hye-bin took the spring cherry blossom viewing to another level...More

[Lily's Take] Jo Yeo-jung's Cultural Night Out

Source | 2018/04/01 | Permalink

Actress Jo Yeo-jung was greatly impressed by a ballet she attended and expressed her excitement for the unforgettable night...More

[Lily's Take] Yoo In-na Shares Her Tips on Flirting and Blind Dates

Source | 2018/04/01 | Permalink

Actress Yoo In-na has transitioned into a dating coach in the new variety show "Blind Date Cafe"...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Moon-shik to Play Hwang Jung-eum's Dad in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

Source | 2018/04/01 | Permalink

Actor Lee Moon-shik confirmed his appearance in the upcoming drama, "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"...More

[Orion's Drama News] Timely Drama Resurrections

2018/03/31 | Permalink

I don't know what the Easter bun bun brings you this year, but happy holidays to those celebrating. Today I share another kind of appropriately scheduled resurrection with you in the form of the upcoming premiere for drama "Miracle That We Met"; the story of a man waking up in another, dead man's body. In other news, Dramaland is on another casting rampage...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Seven Years of Night"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

It is time to take a look at the depths human darkness and pain can reach in "Seven Years of Night"; the story of a broken man spiraling down his own abyss, and a predator out for revenge. Boasting great performances by Ryu Seung-ryong and Jang Dong-gun, what might seem as a standard revenge piece at first, reveals itself as the fierce battle of the characters against their own demons, whether they are open to facing them or not...More

[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Lee Bo-young

Source | 2018/03/31 | Permalink

If I am given a choice to choose just one actress that I'd like to switch places with for even one day, I'd choose Lee Bo-young. I would be thrilled to be her, a woman with such a beautiful face, extraordinary acting skills, wealth, adorable daughter, and happily married to not just anybody, but Ji Sung! Even though I may never be able to switch places with this graceful actress, I sure hope that I can be as happy and accomplished as her when I'm almost forty...More

[Lily's Take] So Ji-sub Receive "This Year's Honorable Tax Payer" Award

Source | 2018/03/31 | Permalink

This year, the Korean government awarded twenty-four people, including actor So Ji-sub, 랙 "This Year's Honorable Tax Payer"...More

[Lily's Take] Shin Ha-kyun Had Trouble Playing a Role of a Married Man

Source | 2018/03/31 | Permalink

Actor Shin Ha-kyun, who is known as one of the finest, most remarkable actors in K-drama and K-cinema industry, has shared that he has experienced difficulty in portraying his latest character...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Hong-ki, Park Sung-kwang, and Se7en's Friendship

Source | 2018/03/31 | Permalink

A most unexpected trio has proved their friendship online...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Gi-kwang's Fans Donates to Pediatric Cancer Foundation Under His Name

Source | 2018/03/31 | Permalink

Singer and an actor Lee Gi-kwang celebrates his 28th birthday this month, and the fans decided to do a good deed in order to add a special meaning to this star's special day...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

The Gonjiam Mental Hospital has a suitably horrific backstory regarding the abuse of mental patients, and there are plenty of eerie pictures floating around the Internet of the abandoned building's creepy interior. The disappearance of a couple of teenagers whose last known activity was investigating the site for kicks and giggles has further improved the Gonjiam Mental Hospital's mystique. So it is that Ha-joon (played by Wi Ha-joon) puts together a team to investigate the facility and posts their findings via a live online stream...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Be With You"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

The opening to "Be with You" is a cute animated story about a penguin mother who has gone away to the cloud country, but returns home for one last stretch before finally leaving again forever. The book's author, Soo-ah (played by Son Ye-jin) gave the book to her elementary school aged son Ji-ho (played by Kim Ji-hwan-I) shortly before her death. Ji-ho religiously anticipates the circumstances under which Soo-ah will return while his now single father Woo-jin (played by So Ji-sub) tries to hold the household together...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Field Day"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

The Korean title of "A Field Day" literally means "exercise meeting" and has multiple contextual interpretations. It can refer to a sports festival at a school. It can also refer to labor action. It can also refer to political protests. The point is, "A Field Day" is a day when you exert yourself to win. That's the moment the movie is building up to, when for various convoluted reasons, husband Cheol-goo (played by Yang Ji-woong), wife Mi-soon (played by Lee Jung-bi), brother-in-law Min-seok (played by Choi Hyuk), and father Soon-dol (played by Park Chan-young) find themselves aligned with different factions in a labor strike...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 10

2018/03/30 | Permalink

While Seol-ok and Wan-seung are busy being confused about the ring, I am busy being confused about everything in "Mystery Queen Season 2". Hee-yeon's identity is still a mystery, as she can be anyone from a random person, to Hyun-soo, to someone involved with Kim. We still have no reasoning behind her plans, but perhaps Wan-seung's brother dearest has plans of his own. As confusing as it is, at least the main plot is finally moving...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 9

2018/03/30 | Permalink

We enter the second part of "Mystery Queen Season 2" with a shocking revelation about Ji-seung, but definitely not the kind I was expecting. The main story is being given by the drop, but at least our probably-antagonists are making more major moves. Meanwhile, Seol-ok and Wan-seung solve another case before focusing on the mystery of the missing ring, while Kyeong-mi makes her return, and Inspector Woo gets ready to dive into Hyun-soo's mystery...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Heo Yool Shares Her Thoughts on "Mother - Drama"

2018/03/30 | Permalink

It is the start of a hopefully nurturing and inspiring career for young actress Heo Yool, as her performance in "Mother - Drama" captured many hearts and moved a lot of opinions. This promising star, and formidable co-lead in her very first work has been going through a round of interviews lately, talking about her co-stars, the series, her every day life, and the challenges of filming...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yi-kyung, Park Eun-suk and Stephanie Lee Attached to Revamped Drama "Investigation Partners"

2018/03/30 | Permalink

The latest barrage of news and changes in plans for the non-romantic "Investigation Partners" have my head spinning, so like the terrible and petty person that I am, I'm going to take you down with me. The drama's production has been confirmed by MBC, but a lot has changed, and we have a rain of casting proceedings going on...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Sung-rok Returns as Lead in Drama "Vagabond"

2018/03/29 | Permalink

Actor Shin Sung-rok is making a speedy return to Dramaland after the other "Return", as the actor has accepted a leading role in drama "Vagabond", the latest piece by the creators of "Giant" and "Salaryman". PD Yoo In-sik is on board as well, which makes me hopeful for another solid collaboration...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Gathers an Impressive Main and Supporting Cast

2018/03/29 | Permalink

The cast of "Life" gives me life, as we have quite the ensemble to be reckoned with here. The upcoming medical drama has gathered up many familiar names who will support the leads and elevate their characters, hopefully to something excellent...More

[Lily's Take] "Strongest Deliveryman" Family's Friendship Is Forever Strong

Source | 2018/03/29 | Permalink

The cast of the drama "Strongest Deliveryman" is holding their precious friendship strong even after the drama's end...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 3-4

2018/03/29 | Permalink

While Do-chan and his team may have initially felt ever so smart for having outwitted the cops, the victory proves pointless almost immediately. In addition to there being yet further interference from still another faction, it turns out that Ha-ra had a back-up plan in case Do-chan turned rogue. Naturally, she still feels the need to swear profusely that the con artist who her colleagues warned her against trusting in the first place ever so predictably tried to double cross the investigation...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Come and Hug Me" Gathers Up Supporting Cast

2018/03/28 | Permalink

Actors Seo Jung-yeon, Kim Kyung-nam-II, Yoon Jong-hoon, Kwon Hyuk-soo and Choi Ri are joining "Come and Hug Me", the story of people who were separated due to a murder incident seeking comfort in imperfect relationships. Some of the cast added has some short, but interesting descriptions...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Ji-young Tackles Yanbian Region Dialect in "Wok of Love"

2018/03/28 | Permalink

Great news for fans of Park Ji-young, as the actress makes her return to the side of writer Seo Sook-hyang after "Incarnation of Jealousy". She will be playing the chef who dominates the kitchen of the Chinese restaurant, which is the main setting of the drama "Wok of Love"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 1-2

2018/03/28 | Permalink

Joon-soo (played by Jang Geun-suk) is a high profile prosecutor in the thick of a huge investigation. Joon-soo is so in the thick of the investigation that "Switch - Change The World" doesn't even bother to explain what exactly it is that he's been doing. So we're mostly on the same page as prosecutor Ha-ra (played by Han Ye-ri), who understands what Joon-soo was trying to do in broad strokes, but is in a bit of a fix when a mysterious car crash incapacitates Joon-soo indefinitely...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 12 (Final)

2018/03/28 | Permalink

So it turns out that Tae-yeong had correctly sussed out the fitness center scam pretty much the exact same way I did. Which makes the opening summation of the previous episode's events fairly anticlimactic. "539 Yeonnam-dong" has been very bad when it comes to properly utilizing cliffhangers. Stories should always be self-contained when possible. Putting the summation and only the summation off until next week just gives viewers more time to figure it our on their own, and that's no fun...More

[Lily's Take] Park Seo-joon and Woo Do-hwan Unite in New Movie

Source | 2018/03/28 | Permalink

Actors Park Seo-joon and Woo Do-hwan selected the upcoming movie "The Divine Fury" as their next work...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Soon-jae Filmed "Stand By Me" Without Pay

Source | 2018/03/28 | Permalink

Actor Lee Soon-jae is one of the most respected veteran actor in K-drama world and it's not just because of his age or the amount of experience he has in the field, but because of his character and integrity...More

[Lily's Take] Park Hyung-sik Thanks Yoo Ah-in for His Thoughtful Gift

Source | 2018/03/28 | Permalink

Actor Park Hyung-sik expressed his gratitude in his own adorable way on his SNS...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Releases Photos of First Script Reading

2018/03/27 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Lawless Lawyer" is finally giving us a peek into its production, and it's such a delight knowing all of these actors, and everyone not yet pictured, will be working together. Script reading photos are usually an official kick off for promotional campaigns, so my grabby hands are waiting for what the future brings...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-bin and Im Hwa-young Join "Sketch - Drama"

2018/03/27 | Permalink

We have two promising new additions to "Sketch - Drama", as Lee Sun-bin and Im Hwa-young will be joining Rain and Lee Dong-gun for some clairvoyant investigations. The two actresses have both confirmed roles in the force, with Lee Sun-bin taking on the female lead previously reported on...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 8

2018/03/27 | Permalink

So apparently Jin-woo also owns a car. Why does everyone own a car except Yoo-ri anyway? Maybe she has to spend all her money on medical bills, or possibly looking after her teenage sister who spends all her time coming up with complicated bullying schemes instead of studying. Soo-jeong is less proportionately important to the story than you'd think. Although then again, there's so little story in "That Man Oh Soo" there's not much for her to do anyway...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 23-24

2018/03/27 | Permalink

One nice aspect to "Shall We Kiss First" is that the drama doesn't waste a lot of time stringing us along with important revelations while insisting on maintaining the ignorance of the main characters. Simply being confronted by people who want to talk about his horrible secrets is enough to force Moo-han into letting his guard down. We actually see Moo-han legitimately frightened by the threat of Soon-jin leaving. Note the quivering in his voice, and the highly abstract nature of the movie he watches, which is only identified by film company...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 14

2018/03/27 | Permalink

I was inititally fairly excited about the return of Joon-ki's terrible car. That was one of the better gags of the earlier episodes, with near perfect set-up and delivery. Unfortunately, the follow-up leaves a lot to be desired. The car literally just starts going around in circles. There's frustratingly little physical humor to speak of. I'm not asking for elaborate stunts or anything, I was just hoping that Soo-ah and Doo-sik were going to have to work together to reclaim the cell phone...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Impressions - "My Mister"

2018/03/26 | Permalink

I've been posting about "My Mister" so much in these dailies, so I'm pretty sure nobody is surprised by the fact that I created a new type of piece for a first look at the drama's premiere week. Leave your wishes of ideal living, romantic fulfillment, and knights in shining armor at the door, folks, because "My Mister" offers no perfect people and no easy solutions so far...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Yoon-ah Confirms Leading Role in "Secret Mother"

2018/03/26 | Permalink

We finally get a hint of this much teased secret held by the titular mother of "Secret Mother", as the upcoming mystery thriller womance has gained one part of its leading duo, along with more character information. Song Yoon-ah will be gracing Dramaland with her performance again, as she has confirmed her appearance in it...More

[Lily's Take] Cha in-pyo and Shin Ae-ra to Reveal Their Daily Life

Source | 2018/03/26 | Permalink

Before Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo surprised the world with their love story, there were three legendary celebrity couples in the K-drama world: Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young, Choi Soo-jong and Ha Hee-ra, and Cha In-pyo and Shin Ae-ra...More

[Lily's Take] Shin Eun-kyung Files for Personal Bankruptcy

Source | 2018/03/26 | Permalink

Actress Shin Eun-kyung is filing for her bankruptcy because she is unable to pay her taxes that amounts to about 800 million won (about 744 thousand USD)...More

[Lily's Take] Lee El's Standard for Relationships

Source | 2018/03/26 | Permalink

Actress Lee El is getting ready to greet the viewers with the upcoming movie "What a Man Wants". "What a Man Wants" has already gathered attention before the movie has even release its trailer as this adult comedy boasts of the finest actors and actresses as the main cast members...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 13

2018/03/26 | Permalink

Dong-goo's character is substantially improved here because he's actually trying to avoid being a completely petty jerk for once. I liked the conversations with Yoon-ah, where Dong-goo clearly wants to abuse his power as landlord, but gives up when suitable excuses for trying to keep Yoon-ah away from Joon are not forthcoming. The excuse Dong-goo comes up with in the second storyline is so on-the-spot it's hard to hate him for premeditation. And besides, Dong-goo ends up getting what's coming to him...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 21-22

2018/03/26 | Permalink

So the honeymoon's over. Granted, the honeymoon was pretty sad, so that phrase doesn't quite mean what it usually implies here. Instead what we get is Moo-han and Soon-jin transitioning to basic domesticity. Or at least, that's what Soon-jin thinks is happening. Normally domesticity is for the long term. Instead, Soon-jin is making a life for herself that will predictably get wrenched away and leave her right back where she started...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 7

2018/03/26 | Permalink

I finally figured out what critical advantage Oh Soo has that has been allowing him to eclipse Jin-woo as a romantic rival. Oh Soo owns a car. That's really about it. Yoo-ri is frequently forced into having to get help from Oh Soo entirely thanks to the fact that he owns a car and apparently taxis are hard to come by in this neighborhood. Transparently absurd as this fact may be in the romantic comedy context, a funny joke is still a funny joke however unintentionally...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.03.23 - 2018.03.25

2018/03/26 | Permalink

"Pacific Rim" sequel narrowly outplays local drama "Be with You"...

Director Steven S. DeKnight's "Pacific Rim: Uprising", the sequel to Guillermo del Toro's 2013 kaiju blockbuster, entered the fray last Wednesday and came out ahead of last week's number one, "Be with You". From 1,143 screens, "Uprising" topped the chart with $5.2 million from 655,193 admissions (39.76%). The fantasy melodrama "Be with You" (starring So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jun), director Lee Jang-hoon-I's debut, had 57 more screens to pool from, but the 577,032 admissions (33.88%) it walked away with at the end of the weekend were not enough to secure a second straight week at the top...More

[Lily's Take] Yoo Ah-in May Attend the Cannes Festival With "Burning"

Source | 2018/03/25 | Permalink

As the movie "Burning" prepares to enter the Cannes Film Festival for Palme d'Or prize, "Burning"'s main actor, Yoo Ah-in, will most likely to walk down the red carpet of this international film festival...More

[Lily's Take] Jang Dong-gun's Image Change Terrified His Wife Ko So-young

Source | 2018/03/25 | Permalink

Actor Jang Dong-gun shared a funny story behind his image change for the upcoming movie "Seven Years of Night" in an interview...More

[Lily's Take] Cha Tae-hyun's Fan Meeting With Fans of 20 Years

Source | 2018/03/25 | Permalink

Actor Cha Tae-hyun held a very special fan meeting with his official fan club, AGAPE...More

[Orion's Drama News] Mixed Goods and Fashionable Bromances

2018/03/24 | Permalink

The smörgåsbord of dramas continues onto this upcoming week, as we have different genres and approaches to choose from. The following weekdays see the premiere of "A Poem a Day", "Switch - Change The World", and "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food", covering the medical, the legal and the romantic genres for a rich selection, while "Suits" is getting its foot in the promotional door...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Notebook from My Mother"

2018/03/24 | Permalink

Ae-ran (played by Lee Joo-sil) is a grandmother who runs a small shop selling side dishes. Ae-ran is an obsessive perfectionist when it comes to how her livelihood is organized, to the point it seems unlikely that her apprentice Yoon-ja (played by Kim Sun-hwa) will ever be able to manage the shop herself. Of course, since Ae-ran owns the shop, possession if it would pass down to her adult son Gyu-hyeon (played by Lee Jong-hyuk). Well, also to her daughter Hye-won (played by Lee Young-ah), but Gyu-hyeon is the main perspective character here as Ae-ran's family comes to terms with her dementia...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bullies"

2018/03/24 | Permalink

Yeong-ho (played by Lee Seung-yong who looks way too old for the part) is a transfer student. There are bullies at his new high school who hustle money from weaker students via intimidation. There's a surprisingly complicated hierarchy at play here, such that I initially thought "Bullies" was going to be about the hierarchy. Alas, these dynamics are ultimately left unexplored as Yeong-ho instead runs up against mid-level enforcerer Gi-tae (played by Go Jin-soo). Long ago, these two were friends...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Cheese in the Trap - Movie"

2018/03/24 | Permalink

Having seen the "Cheese in the Trap" drama I already knew what to expect from the film version. Seol (played by Oh Yeon-seo) is a college student who is convinced that popular man on campus Jeong (played by Park Hae-jin) is secretly evil. Oddly enough this does not prevent her from entering into a relationship with him. The key difference between the two versions is that the world of the film version is quite a bit more dangerous. Several characters are straight up psychotic, to the point that Seol's concerns of being caught in a trap come off as well warranted...More

[Lily's Take] Son Ho-jun Becomes a Barista With Best Friend Yoo Yeon-seok For Charity

Source | 2018/03/24 | Permalink

Actor Son Ho-jun challenged himself to become a barista...More

[Lily's Take] Gong Hyo-jin's Vibrant Spring Photoshoot

Source | 2018/03/24 | Permalink

Actress Gong Hyo-jin became a spring goddess as she took a spring-themed photoshoot for the fashion magazine, W...More

[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Jung Hae-in

Source | 2018/03/24 | Permalink

I daresay, in 2018, the hottest young actor of K-drama world is none other than the actor Jung Hae-in. He seems to have everything: the handsome face, fit body, great acting skills, cute image, outstanding fashion sense, gentleman-like personality… the list could go on and on...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 8

2018/03/23 | Permalink

Disaster keeps following Seol-ok, and as regretful as it is to have guest reigning supreme over the rest of the main and supporting cast half way into the season, this is the hand we have been dealt and we must roll with it. The Noryang-dong crew sans Park Ki-beom are unlucky enough to be participating in our heroine's boarding school, which is seeing a sudden increase in murdered bodies. Wan-seung and Seol-ok are on the case, but without backup...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong Courted for "Thirty But Seventeen"

2018/03/23 | Permalink

You know a production is eager to get the casting process going when the casting news gets more exposure than the premise itself, and this is the case with upcoming drama "Thirty But Seventeen", which is currently trying to sign Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong up for the leading roles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] J Jang Ki-yong, Heo Joon-ho and Jin Ki-joo Lead "Come and Hug Me"

2018/03/23 | Permalink

We're quite used to love triangles, but a murder one is definitely on the rarer side. J Jang Ki-yong, Heo Joon-ho and Jin Ki-joo have confirmed their appearances in drama "Come and Hug Me", a story about a romance developing under the shadow of a serial killer and a tragic past...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 7

2018/03/22 | Permalink

The ever so elusive Kim has made a move, at least as far as I can tell. Ji-seung is arrested, and perhaps we will be finding out why the seemingly oblivious older brother or the company itself poses a threat to the mysterious figure. Meanwhile, Seol-ok and Wan-seung solve the Noryang-dong case, but our heroine is about to foolishly stumble onto another one, against what should have been her better judgment. Hello, remote crimes...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong and Go Ah-sung On Board "Life on Mars"

2018/03/22 | Permalink

Yes. All the yeses. Every of the yes. This is casting goodness right here, and I can't wait to have Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong and Go Ah-sung grace my screen in an interesting backwards time travel story. The actors have confirmed their roles in "Life on Mars", a retro investigative drama about a detective from 2018 finding himself in 1988 and trying to recover his memory. We have character descriptions and a few words from the actors as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Kyu-hyung Confirms Role as Lee Dong-wook's Brother in "Life"

2018/03/22 | Permalink

Previously considering, actor Lee Kyu-hyung has now confirmed his reunion with writer Lee Soo-yeon-I and his co-stars from "Secret Forest" for medical drama "Life". The actor will be playing Ye Seon-woo, Ye Jin-woo's (Lee Dong-wook) younger brother, and we have a bit more information on him now that the actor has signed up...More

[Lily's Take] Ko Chang-seok and Ra Mi-ran's Cute Couple Chemistry

Source | 2018/03/22 | Permalink

Veteran actor Ko Chang-seok and actress Ra Mi-ran show off their endearing couple chemistry in the new drama, "Miracle That We Met"...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Dong-jun and Ko Sung-hee in a Relationship

Source | 2018/03/22 | Permalink

The news was released that actor Kim Dong-jun (26) and actress Ko Sung-hee (28) have been in a relationship for 3 months now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Tae-woo and Song Jae-rim Might Join Song Yoon-ah and Kim So-yeon in "Secret Mother"

2018/03/21 | Permalink

The ladies possibly joining upcoming mystery thriller "Secret Mother" may have possibly found their gents, as Kim Tae-woo and Song Jae-rim join the consideration game of positively reviewing roles for the drama. Additionally, we have some new character information about all the main characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] A Small Reprieve in "My Mister" Main Poster

2018/03/21 | Permalink

It looks like not everything is gloomy in the lives of the main characters of "My Mister". Perhaps joining forces will be a very rewarding experience that will truly turn things around for them. The drama has released its main poster, featuring a cozy, happy moment between the leads...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 11

2018/03/21 | Permalink

The storyline here is dominated entirely by the appearance of a rival fitness center next to the one that I-na manages. I spent most of the runtime wondering how a neighborhood that can barely support one fitness center could possibly support two, especially when the new one is offering extremely good incentive packages to customers and inflated salaries to staff. So yeah, the ending is kind of predictable...More

[Lily's Take] IU and Kang Han-na's Sweet Friendship

Source | 2018/03/21 | Permalink

"My Mister" began its monumental opening and all the fans who anticipated "My Mister" for months finally got to see the first episode. Actress Kang Han-na also joined the group as she took a picture of herself watching the first episode of "My Mister" at home...More

[Lily's Take] "Return" Gets Two Episode Extension Due to Popularity

Source | 2018/03/21 | Permalink

"Return" announced that there will be a two-episode extension...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Tae-im Retires Due to Pregnancy

Source | 2018/03/21 | Permalink

Three days ago, news of the actress Lee Tae-im retiring early from showbiz shook both Korean and international K-drama fans...More

[Lily's Take] Park Hyung-sik's Friendship With Park Seo-joon and V

Source | 2018/03/21 | Permalink

Singer and an actor Park Hyung-sik mentioned his good friends Park Seo-joon and V in an interview...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Character Posters Full of Life's Challenges for "My Mister"

2018/03/20 | Permalink

Nobody is having it easy in "My Mister", a drama about three middle aged brothers with problems, and one woman who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. The melancholic, emotive posters carry a quote from each character that describes the core of their existence...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim So-yeon Considers Leading Mystery Thriller "Secret Mother"

2018/03/20 | Permalink

While actress Song Yoon-ah is still in consideration for the role of the mother with a secret, Kim So-yeon is now entering the game as a possibility for the role of the drama's titular "Secret Mother". The actress's agency has confirmed the offer, and the fact that the actress is positively considering it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 12

2018/03/20 | Permalink

In what has to be the weirdest gimmick yet, "Laughter in Waikiki" presents us with the character of Chang-ho (played by Kim Byung-se) whose main trait is that he gives endlessly complicated and pointless rambling answers to mundane questions. Does that really count as a joke? Boring the audience to death with nonsense? That sounds like the exact opposite of a joke. Which I'll admit, on a conceptual level, is an interesting if obviously stupid idea...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 19-20

2018/03/20 | Permalink

I can actually mostly empathize with Moo-han's unwillingness to tell Soon-jin how sick he is. I kind of wish I didn't know either. Knowing the full extent of Moo-han's illness creates a fantastically depressing undercurrent to everything Moo-han and Soon-jin do regardless of how outwardly cheerful they are. Their whole trip to the countryside is actually pretty fun outside of that one factor. And then there's the ending. I mean yikes...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 6

2018/03/20 | Permalink

There's a scene early on where Yoo-ri and Jin-woo go to Oh Soo's tea shop. Or is it a café? Oh Soo serves them coffee and claims that he doesn't have anything else, but it's possible Oh Soo is just lying because he doesn't want them there in the first place. Yoo-ri and Jin-woo then leave without drinking their coffee. That ninety second scene was, as far as I can tell, completely pointless, even if it was frequently on the edge of being almost interesting...More

[Lily's Take] Han Hye-jin's Husband Supports Her Comeback After 4 Years

Source | 2018/03/20 | Permalink

Actress Han Hye-jin makes a grand comeback with a new drama "Let's Watch the Sunset"...More

[Lily's Take] Yoon Kye-sang Humbly Denies Being Called a Top Actor

Source | 2018/03/20 | Permalink

After "The Outlaws" became a huge hit, actor Yoon Kye-sang, who played the main villain in the movie, became one of the hottest actors in the K-cinema world...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Soo-hyang Courted for "My ID is Gangnam Beauty"

2018/03/19 | Permalink

Societal expectations about gender roles and appearance are as timely a topic as ever, and upcoming webtoon-based drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" seems to dive right into their influence. Actress Im Soo-hyang has been offered the leading role in this story about rediscovering self-esteem through love...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Hye-young-I and Choi Min-soo Join "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/03/19 | Permalink

There is a Dramagod, and they have brought us quite the powerful actor duo for what sounds like downright villainous roles in "Lawless Lawyer". Lee Hye-young-I and Choi Min-soo join Lee Joon-gi and Seo Ye-ji, making this a casting so packed with charisma that I worry over my emotional well-being...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 11

2018/03/19 | Permalink

Yoon-ah has some pretty sensible reasons for rejecting Dong-goo's love confession. I'd be impressed, except that Yoon-ah's newfound sense of maturity is somewhat at odds with the generally naive way her character has been portrayed up until now. Also there's the tonal issue of Dong-goo's personality. Soo-ah also provided very good reasons for breaking up with Dong-goo, yet Dong-goo has completely failed to take those criticisms to heart, much as he fails to really listen to Yoon-ah's criticisms...More

[Lily's Take] Bong Tae-gyu Expresses Affection for His Wife Hasisi Park

Source | 2018/03/19 | Permalink

Actor Bong Tae-gyu openly expressed his immense love for his wife, Hasisi Park...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 17-18

2018/03/19 | Permalink

Considering how the final scene ends up being a wedding the sheer scale of the depression in "Shall We Kiss First" here is pretty harsh. Moo-han just mopes around listlessly, refusing to accept Soon-jin's attempts to cheer him up because, mostly because Moo-han knows that he is behaving selfishly. Which is the main irony. Soon-jin by far stands to gain the most from marrying a rich man who is soon to die, yet Moo-han feels the need to shield her from that...More

[Lily's Take] Gong Hyo-jin Finishes Filming "Door Lock"

Source | 2018/03/19 | Permalink

Gong Hyo-jin's upcoming thriller "Door Lock" finished up its three-month long...More

[Lily's Take] Romantic Posters of "Pretty Sister Who Buy Me Food" Revealed

Source | 2018/03/19 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" revealed three posters of actress Son Ye-jin and actor Jung Hae-in together...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 5

2018/03/19 | Permalink

The "This Is Not Real" wall from "Oh Hae-Young Again" makes a special appearance here. I love that wall. That whole area is a great shooting location. Like most small neighborhoods in Seoul, it's filled with hills- yet the scenery is quite a bit mroe picturesque than the average neighborhood. The architecture is very nice. And the layout makes it plausible that Oh Soo and Yoo-ri are always running into each other by accident, because shortcuts will do that...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 16 Final

2018/03/18 | Permalink

Life has brought Soo-jin and Hye-na a long way in a very short amount of time in "Mother - Drama", but nothing feels longer than the time spent apart. After Yeong-sin's peaceful passing, a considerable amount of time goes by, and many things change. What does not change is the love between our heroines, and the fact that they need each other. With Hye-na facing great difficulty, and Soo-jin unable to let go, the brave mother makes another bold decision...More

[Lily's Take] Song Ji-hyo Clarifies Her Relationship With Kim Jong-kook to His Mother

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

Actress Song Ji-hyo clarified the numerous rumors floating around regarding her relationship with with singer and an actor Kim Jong-kook...More

[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Shin Hye-sun

2018/03/18 | Permalink

"My Golden Life" had its grand finale on March 11th and its journey has come to an end. "My Golden Life" made us laugh and cry every weekend for the past 6 months as we watched our beloved characters struggle and overcome troubles throughout the 52 episodes...More

[Lily's Take] Jo Hyun-jae to Marry Girlfriend of 5 Years

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

Amid all the saddening news dominating K-drama newsfeeds, actor Jo Hyun-jae brings something to celebrate with the announcement that he will be ringing the wedding bells this month...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Young-ha Deletes SNS After Sexual Harassment Accusation

2018/03/18 | Permalink

Actor Lee Young-ha has been accused of sexual harassment after being named by an alleged victim from 35 years ago. While the media is trying to procure a statement from the actor, the actor remains unavailable and deleted his Facebook account...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Tae-im Permanently Leaves Showbiz

2018/03/18 | Permalink

Actress Lee Tae-im suddenly announced her early retirement from showbiz...More

[Lily's Take] Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun's Daily Life Full of Love

Source | 2018/03/18 | Permalink

One of the cutest celebrity couples of K-drama world, Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun, updated fans on their daily life...More

[Orion's Drama News] Tough Living and Hard Conning

2018/03/17 | Permalink

We have some variety in tone for upcoming dramas, as this next week is all about bonds and suffering. "Let's Watch the Sunset" and "My Mister" are about to premiere, so get those tissues and your emotions ready. Changing things up is "Switch - Change The World", which will bring us law vs. lawless shenanigans in two weeks' time. After this week, we can probably use some lighter fun...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

In a rare, yet beautiful moment of inspiration to tackle a different type of criminal activity, OCN brings us "Save Me"; a drama about a terrible cult meeting its match in a woman whose sheer strength and resilience will set her free. Taking a breaking from the procedural, "Save Me" portrays the slow and silent crime of this cult's manipulation, and the human decency it takes to brings that crime to light...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Vanished"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

The first character we see in "The Vanished" is a security guard at the morgue. He's only vaguely paying attention to the closed circuit television when a sudden blackout turns everything just a little spooky. By the time the police arrive discrete facts are at a minimum. The corpse of recently departed rich corporate bigshot Seol-hee (played by Kim Hee-ae) has mysteriously disappeared. Also her husband professor Jin-han (played by Kim Kang-woo) was applying fake tears at the memorial service...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Parallel"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

Sledge hockey is a Paralympic sport that's pretty much the same as regular hockey except that the players (who typically do not have functioning legs) move around on sledges propelled by sticks in their hands. It's an exceptionally aggressive sport, even compared to regular hockey, since the athletes are constantly swinging their arms around and moving a lot faster than you'd think would be possible without legs. "Parallel" is the story of the South Korean sledge hockey team and their experience at the 2012 Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in Norway...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Singing with Angry Bird"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

When orchestra conductor Kim Jae-chang first arrived in Mumbai in India, his hair was still black. Several years later, it has shades of white. The children in Kim Jae-chang's choir have nicknamed him Angry Bird, on account of his round head and also because he gives them loud loving instructions in broken English spoken via an Italian accent. Once "Singing with Angry Bird" gets Kim Jae-chang's background out of the way, it's on to the children's choir itself...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 6

2018/03/16 | Permalink

"Mystery Queen Season 2" is finally settling into its investigative roots, and this time around we have minimal distractions. Those minimal distractions also come in the form of a certain wavy-haired weirdo haunting the police department's forensics lab, which adds a lovely new touch to the proceedings. Seol-ok and Wan-seung are carefully sorting through an increasingly confusing list of suspects, with Yoon Mi-joo's freedom on the line...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mother - Drama" Nominated for 1st Cannes International Series Festival

2018/03/16 | Permalink

In some surprising and exciting news, "Mother - Drama" has been selected as a competitor for the first ever CANNESERIES, Cannes International Series Festival. My cynicism over awards and dislike for the support Cannes has shown for problematic figures aside, this is a great opportunity for Korean content abroad...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Forced Body Swapping Contracts in First Teaser for "Miracle That We Met"

2018/03/16 | Permalink

When "Miracle That We Met" was first announced as a series about a man with two wives and two families, I assumed we had a very elaborate cheater on our hands. It's definitely not the kind of premise I would go for, or a type of character I'd want to follow through said juggling of two unsuspecting women and several children. Boy, was I wrong on that one...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 15

2018/03/16 | Permalink

The time has come for Yeong-sin to exit the stage in "Mother - Drama", but there are matters that need closure, and secrets that she needs to address with her family. While Soo-jin, I-jin and Hyeon-jin face the new information, and the idea of a future without their parent, Hye-na is determined to make another daring trip to her mother. Soo-jin is faced with the terrifying feat of providing Hye-na with strength for a future she may not be in for a while...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun and Lee Ji-hoon-I Reunite for "Hymn of Death"

2018/03/15 | Permalink

In recent news of a casting director really loving "School 2013", former co-stars of the series, Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun and Lee Ji-hoon-I have all been cast in the upcoming short drama "Hymn of Death". The series is based on the real and tragic story of Yun Sim-deok, Korea's first notable woman soprano...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Jae-myung Reunites With "Secret Forest" Crew for "Life"

2018/03/15 | Permalink

I can hear the satisfied sobs of "Secret Forest" fans over this news, as actor Yoo Jae-myung will make his return to the side of its writer, as well as Cho Seung-woo once more. The actor joins the hospital crew of "Life", making the cast even more delightful and the aforementioned fans no doubt very grateful...More

[Lily's Take] Song Joong-ki to Display Artwork for an Exhibition

Source | 2018/03/15 | Permalink

Actor Song Joong-ki will be taking his first steps as an artist...More

[Lily's Take] Park Hae-jin Cherish his Role Yoo Jeong in "Cheese in the Trap" Series

Source | 2018/03/15 | Permalink

Actor Park Hae-jin has returned to us as the mysterious and romantic Yoo Jeong yet again. It is so rare for a drama to become a movie and what is even more rare is for an actor to be casted for the same role in both versions. Though, it is extremely hard to imagine Yoo Jeong who is not played by Park Hae-jin...More

[Lily's Take] So Ji-sub Wants to Get Married After Filming "Be With You"

Source | 2018/03/15 | Permalink

"Be with You" was released in Korean theaters March 14th and audiences are already writing many positive reviews on the movie...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 5

2018/03/14 | Permalink

Seol-ok is determined to study diligently, but cram school is a ruthless place. Things become more challenging when a temptation in the form of a crime happens nearby, sparking our heroine's usual hound-like fixation for crime solving. Episode five takes a step back from the main plot and a lot of the main characters, but we have new and guest stars popping up left and right. Can "Mystery Queen Season 2" fit all of this and its main story in...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Namgoong Min and Hwang Jung-eum Confirm "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

2018/03/14 | Permalink

We finally have the double confirmation from Namgoong Min and Hwang Jung-eum for the cheekily titled "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum", which gives us quite the exciting duo to work with. The two will be leading this series full of disappointment in, and eventually the rediscovery of love...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Powerful Second Teaser Released for "My Mister"

2018/03/14 | Permalink

I haven't been following "My Mister" very closely, so upon hearing that heroine Lee Ji-an (IU) has had a tough life, I assumed that it referred to the usual type of a young woman's problems. The promotional material released tells an entirely different story, however, and it looks like Ji-an has quite the dire burdens to bear...More

[Lily's Take] TVXQ's Yunho and Changmin Started Instagram for Their Fans

Source | 2018/03/14 | Permalink

Yunho and Changmin's stylish photoshoot was revealed through men's lifestyle magazine Leon...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 10

2018/03/14 | Permalink

The follow through on Bong-tae's asexuality is disappointing. Asexuality just means that Bong-tae has a minimal sex drive. It doesn't preclude the prospect of Bong-tae entering into a relationship with romantic feelings, it just means that Bong-tae can't get aroused very easily. Then again the main evidence we've been given regarding Bong-tae's condition was a test administered while he was watching pornography. Maybe Bong-tae just doesn't like pornography...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] J Jang Ki-yong Offered Leading Role in "Come and Hug Me"

2018/03/13 | Permalink

After news of "Come and Hug Me" courting Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk, who have both since declined the offer, not a lot was heard from the drama. The casting wheel is turning again, however, and this time J Jang Ki-yong has been offered the position of the drama's male lead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] More Bonding in Latest Stills for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/03/13 | Permalink

If there's one thing which makes me hopeful that "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" may treat an otherwise terribly mistreated trope like the noona romance well, it is in seeing how lively and present its heroine looks when she is with well-fed beau...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Sae-ron Enjoys a Vacation in Bali

Source | 2018/03/13 | Permalink

Actress Kim Sae-ronrecently visited the beautiful island of Bali to enjoy some time off from her work and soak in the sunshine and water of the paradise on earth...More

[Lily's Take] Celebrities With or Without Fringe: Which Is Better?

Source | 2018/03/13 | Permalink

As spring approaches and the snow is melting, it is time for a fresh start, cleaning out the old, and perhaps even a style change...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 15-16

2018/03/13 | Permalink

One aspect of Soon-jin's characterization that's been kind of glazed over is how she was initially interested in Moo-han solely for his money. Well, that's not true, Soon-jin's weirdly self-conscious seductress pep talk monologues have been a fairly constant staple of the drama's comic relief. It's just easy to forget that because whenever Soon-jin is talking to Moo-han directly, she's being perfectly sincere. Soon-jin has started to rely on Moo-han as a crutch in her weaker moments...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 4

2018/03/13 | Permalink

Of the many random chance meetings Oh Soo and Yoo-ri get into, one of them actually results in their relationship progressing beyond mild mutual annoyance. Oh Soo discovers that Yoo-ri likes cats. Apparently Oh Soo likes cats too. How cute! I also like cats! Unfortunately Ga-na then manages to sabotage that moment and we're right back where we started, with Oh Soo and Yoo-ri always being in the same place at the same time and resenting each other for it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Ye-ri Invading Jang Geun-suk's Personal Space in "Switch - Change The World"

2018/03/12 | Permalink

I can't blame Han Ye-ri's character for the disbelief in these latest stills from "Switch - Change The World", or Jang Geun-suk's for that matter. Clone/lookalike/soul-swapping-oddity dramas are all the rage lately, with many actors and actresses tackling two or several characters. In the case of this series, Jang Geun-suk juggles two...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Joong-ki Courted for Drama by "Six Flying Dragons" Writers

2018/03/12 | Permalink

This is as high profile as you get, and I can already smell the ratings if this were to happen. Song Joong-ki has been offered the leading role to historical drama "Asadal Chronicles", a Studio Dragon and KPJ co-production for tvN made by the writers of "Deep-rooted Tree" and "Six Flying Dragons"...More

[Lily's Take] Han Go-eun's First Appearance in "Shall We Kiss First"

Source | 2018/03/12 | Permalink

Actress Han Go-eun's still cut was released for her first appearance in the drama "Shall We Kiss First"...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Yoo-young Speaks About Late Boyfriend Kim Joo-hyuk

2018/03/12 | Permalink

As Lee Yoo-young resumes her work, she appeared in public for the first time since she was seen at actor Kim Joo-hyuk's funeral...More

[Lily's Take] Son Ye-jin and So Ji-sub Are Fond of Their On Screen Son

2018/03/12 | Permalink

 

On March 12th, a VIP Premiere viewing was held for the movie "Be with You". At the event, main cast members attended the viewing and held a short interview before the movie was played. In one of the picture taken from the event, it is apparent how much actress Son Ye-jin and actor So Ji-sub adore child actor Kim Ji-hwan-I who plays the character Ji-ho, their son...More

[Lily's Take] Jo Sung-kyu Criticizes Industry After Jo Min-ki's Funeral

Source | 2018/03/12 | Permalink

Actor Jo Sung-kyu visited Jo Min-ki's funeral service and paid his respect to the actor. Upon his visit, he left a keen remark on the hypocrisy of the Korean showbiz and his remark became trending news along with another remark he left back when he visited Kim Joo-hyuk's funeral few months ago...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 3

2018/03/12 | Permalink

So apparently the whole thing with the magic tree suddenly dying because of...uh...I assume because Yoo-ri drank Oh Soo's magic tea doesn't become an ongoing crisis. Oh Soo's grandfather Man-soo (played by Park Geun-hyung) simply solves the problem with his own magic powers, warning Oh Soo that next time the younger man will have to do it himself. So what we have is a possible future conflict, not something that's happening right now...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 13-14

2018/03/12 | Permalink

So the dog dies. That was, of course, inevitable. What was less inevitable is that something serious happens while Soon-jin was doing silly stuff with Moo-han. Naturally, she apologizes, even though this wasn't her fault. But how does Moo-han respond? He doesn't actually. Moo-han just looks on in his usual defeatist stone-faced silence. There's no anger, no guilt, nothing. Moo-han has long since decided that this was just the way things have to be. If Soon-jin wants to apologize, that's her business...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.03.09 - 2018.03.11

2018/03/12 | Permalink

Local thriller "The Vanished" and the new "Tomb Raider" reboot take the top spots...

Lee Chang-hee's "The Vanished", his debut, arrived last Wednesday and topped the Korean box office during its first weekend out. "The Vanished" follows a detective (Kim Sang-kyung) and a married couple (Kim Kang-woo and Kim Hee-ae) as they probe the mysterious disappearance of cadavers from the National Institute of Science Research. From 919 screens nationwide, Lee's thriller claimed 519,991 admissions (32.84%), or $4 million, to supplant Hong Chang-pyo's "The Princess and the Matchmaker" at the top...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 4

2018/03/11 | Permalink

Wan-seung and Seol-ok are faced with the difficult case of an underage arsonist, made worse by his selfish and negligent parents. The trauma of the little girl and her mother greatly affects Seol-ok, and memories of her own parents make her determined to get justice. Meanwhile, Wan-seung's father is released from prison, and the mysterious Mr. Kim keeps a close eye on him and his elder son. As we learn more about our new characters, a sinister possibility surfaces...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 3

2018/03/11 | Permalink

The case of the cheesy arsonist becomes much more complicated when a copycat is discovered, sending Wan-seung and Seol-ok into a chase without any support from the precinct eager to keep them out of their way. The duo use their existing allies, and they rope in a new one with some promising skills. Meanwhile, Inspector Woo has come across the trail of the mysterious Hyun-soo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 14

2018/03/11 | Permalink

Never have victories felt so disappointing, as a lot of things are set right in episode fourteen of "Mother - Drama", but with "right" not being closer to the reality our heroines wanted. A lot of pain, regret and relief come to the surface, and a lot of scores are settled. Yet the reality of things remains, and that reality will not tolerate the reunion of a victim and a kidnapper. However, Hye-na and Soo-jin go through their respective, separate journeys with only each other in mind...More

[Lily's Take] Jung Il-woo and Yoo Ah-in's SNS Posts for Jo Min-ki Anger Netizens

Source | 2018/03/11 | Permalink

Actors Jung Il-woo and Yoo Ah-in are under fire for their SNS posts as there are active arguments about actor Jo Min-ki's death online...More

[Lily's Take] Shin Hye-sun Celebrates the Ending of "My Golden Life" With Fellow Cast Members

Source | 2018/03/11 | Permalink

As "My Golden Life" rings the bell of its finale, cast and staff members of "My Golden Life" held a celebratory dinner together...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Tae-sung Thanks Fans for Watching "My Golden Life"

Source | 2018/03/11 | Permalink

"My Golden Life" aired its final episode and actor Lee Tae-sung shared his gratitude towards fans for being loyal viewers...More

[Lily's Take] G-Dragon Settles in Nicely Along With his Fellow Soldiers

Source | 2018/03/11 | Permalink

A picture of BIGBANG's leader, G-Dragon, in the military was released online...More

[Orion's Drama News] Layers of Drama

2018/03/10 | Permalink

Faced with one very promising season in Dramaland, I take a little breather to remember that there are bigger problems out there than a drama schedule, and most of them have piled onto the characters of "Let's Watch the Sunset", which is looking mighty busy in the dramatic element department. We also have casting and drama announcements carrying hope for the near future...More

[Lily's Take] The Flight Attendant Uniform - Which Actress Wore It Best?

2018/03/10 | Permalink

Drama "The Good Witch" started last weekend and it got off to a good start with a 11.7% viewer rating. Actress Lee Da-hae plays the role of a flight attendant in "The Good Witch" and she looks stunning in that sleek flight attendant outfit and hairdo...More

[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Yoon Doo-joon

Source | 2018/03/10 | Permalink

Any "Radio Romance" watchers out there? If so, you are probably falling in love with Yoon Doo-joon right now, aren't you? I know, he is perfectly handsome, charming and sexy...More

[Lily's Take] Go Hyun-jung's Reputation With Fellow Actors and Actresses

Source | 2018/03/10 | Permalink

Recently, actress Go Hyun-jung has been highlighted in the news due to a large scandal. She was accused of attacking the staff members and the director on the set of "Return", which ended with her leaving the drama...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Little Forest"

2018/03/10 | Permalink

Hye-won (played by Kim Tae-ri) was raised on a small farm out in the countryside. As a teenager, Hye-won had ambitions to do something greater with her life, but after going to college and getting various jobs in the city...well, nothing Hye-won did seemed to have much point. So Hye-won moved back into her old home, all alone. Well, she does have a couple of friends her own age. Eun-sook (played by Jin Ki-joo) is the woman. Jae-ha (played by Ryu Jun-yeol) is the man. There's also a dog. And there's also the most important friend of all- delicious fresh food...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gate"

2018/03/10 | Permalink

So-eun (played by Jung Ryeo-won) has a problem. Everyone in her apartment building has been getting ensnared in ba dcontracts from loan shark Min-wook (played by Jung Sang-hoon) and his gang of obvious crooks, so So-eun decides to take a stand against them. Neighborhood ex-cop Gyoo-cheol (played by Im Chang-jung) also insists on helping, though that ridiculous yellow track suit and subservient attitude makes him rather non-threatening...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Princess and the Matchmaker"

2018/03/10 | Permalink

Deep into his reign, King Yeongjo (played by Kim Sang-kyung) faces a serious crisis. There's no rain, which means a bad harvest, which mean food shortages, which means bad times for everyone in Joseon. There's only one possible solution- marry off the homely Princess Song-hwa (played by Shim Eun-kyung) to someone with a particularly well correlated marital horoscape. It falls to Do-yoon (played by Lee Seung-gi), a prodigy horoscope technician, to find a match that will maximize the approval of the heavens and bring about the much needed rain...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 13

2018/03/09 | Permalink

Separation and the choices we make when faced with it is the theme in episode thirteen of "Mother - Drama", as our mother and daughter duo feel the law closing in on them, and the possibility of them being torn apart becoming more and more of a reality. Soo-jin and Hye-na do their best to tackle that possibility, and they meet a father and son duo who have a similar experience. Meanwhile, detective Chang-geun presses on, despite being visibly conflicted...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-suk Considering Drama Based on Yun Sim-deok's Story

2018/03/09 | Permalink

This is quite an exciting fresh announcement, as SBS will be making a two-part series based on the 1991 film "Death Song", which in turn is based on the tragic tale of Yun Sim-deok, the first notable female soprano in Korea. With Lee Jong-suk being courted for a role, the drama, titled "Hymn of Death", is becoming high profile in many ways...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Surprise Reunions in Second Teaser for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/03/09 | Permalink

The cutesy "noona courting" continues in the second teaser for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food". This time around, Joon-hee (Jung Hae-in) is happily riding a bicycle around a playful Jin-ah (Son Ye-jin), while we hear a voice-over of them chatting about the time he first saw her upon returning to Korea...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hee-sun Offered Body-Swap Drama "Room No.9"

2018/03/08 | Permalink

What is this influx of woman-centric dramas, and where do I sign up for more? Actress Kim Hee-sun has been offered one with a rather interesting body swapping premise, and it's all quite dramatic. The actress is considering a lead in "Room No.9"; the story of a lawyer and a death row inmate who switch souls...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-kyun and IU's World-weary Posters for "My Mister"

2018/03/08 | Permalink

"My Mister" has caused quite a stir as a work. Between the possibility of an age gap romance, which doesn't sit well with everyone, and the change in a main role from actor Oh Dal-soo to actor Park Ho-san, the production has not seen much of a break. Regardless, promotion moves along, and it has two very nice posters to show for...More

[Lily's Take] Han Chae-ah to Become a Bride in May

Source | 2018/03/08 | Permalink

Actress Han Chae-ah announced her marriage to the national hero, Cha Bum-kun's youngest son, Cha Se-jji...More

[Lily's Take] Ha Ji-won on the Cover of a Malaysian Magazine

Source | 2018/03/08 | Permalink

Actress Ha Ji-won again showed the power of Hallyu, the Korean Wave, as she was selected as the cover model of a popular fashion magazine in Malaysia...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 20 Final

2018/03/07 | Permalink

There is no way but down in terms of dramatic escalation after a near-apocalypse, and the final episode of "A Korean Odyssey" tries to wrap up whatever loose ends it can without trying to top it. Worthy effort aside, the creators spend time reminiscing about events and characters which were, for the most part, kept as mere decoration to a story that could have been, but never really quite was...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Tae-hoon Is a Workaholic Doctor for "Let's Watch the Sunset"

2018/03/07 | Permalink

If we're going to suffer through a collapsing marriage leading to eventual death, we might as well suffer with a cast capable of carrying the material, and Kim Tae-hoon is no stranger to death. So much death. All of the death. "Let's Watch the Sunset" has released stills of the actor in his character, doctor Jang Seok-joon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Yoon-ah Considering Weekend Thriller "Secret Mother"

2018/03/07 | Permalink

Allow me to thank the Dramagods in advance, simply for the joy that is this news. Actress Song Yoon-ah is currently reviewing an offer to appear in upcoming SBS thriller "Secret Mother". Despite being a weekend drama on a public station, this sounds all manner of dark and potentially twisted...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 9

2018/03/07 | Permalink

Soo-ri is back again, providing us with more reminders of why I-na doesn't especially like her mother. Overall the portrayal is a bit more nuanced this time. Soo-ri starts out with a fairly serious problem and petitions Bong-tae for help. While Soo-ri naturally has an ulterior motive in mind, and the original motive isn't quite what it looks like, fundamentally, her situation remains sympathetic. So for all I-na's frustrations when it comes to her mother, we can see how a lot of this is tied up in just bog standard worry...More

[Lily's Take] Why Didn't Oh Yeon-seo Watch the "Cheese in the Trap" Drama?

Source | 2018/03/07 | Permalink

Actress Oh Yeon-seo revealed that she has not watched the drama version of "Cheese in the Trap"...More

[Lily's Take] Yoona and Minho Are the Visual Pair of SM Entertainment

Source | 2018/03/07 | Permalink

Yoona and Minho proudly displayed their good looks on social media...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Let's Watch the Sunset" Releases Dramatic Character Posters

2018/03/06 | Permalink

Upcoming melodrama "Let's Watch the Sunset" has revealed some nice visuals of its four leads with new character posters, and the show's dramatic concepts ooze right out of the images and taglines. There is so much going on in the series, that I wonder how the creators will cover it all...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-bin Considering Now-Supernatural "Sketch - Drama"

2018/03/06 | Permalink

Jeez, series, you sure love instantly fulfilling wishes. I was just yesterday wondering what badass lady we could get to join Rain and Lee Dong-gun in "Sketch - Drama", and my question might just be getting answered soon. Rising actress Lee Sun-bin is considering quite an interesting role tied to the drama's name...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 10

2018/03/06 | Permalink

Soo-ah gets a really good storyline this episode, and it looks to be a continuing one- she's now on a stake out at the convenience store, and is shocked to discover what Doo-sik has to deal with there. I was too. I refuse to believe that people act like that at convenience stores. But then, I've never worked at one. And neither has Soo-ah. Luckily, it turns out that Soo-ah can use her powers of being a mean girl for good instead of evil, even if the closing tagline was kind of ambiguous...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 11-12

2018/03/06 | Permalink

At long last something happens to Kyeong-soo that leaves me feeling somewhat sympathetic to his situation. He ends up getting confronted by Soon-jin's sister Hee-jin (played by Shin So-yul) and their mother Geum-soon (played by Sung Byung-sook). Remember all that toxic clingy behavior Kyeong-soo has been engaging with in regards to his ex-wife? Apparently Hee-jin and Geum-soon are of the opinion that Kyeong-soo is actually not being clingy enough...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 2

2018/03/06 | Permalink

I like how Yoo-ri is short. I mean, women are short in general, but it's rare to see a drama actually take advantage of this thematically. Since Yoo-ri broke her heels as part of that horrible, horrible day, Yoo-ri has to be aggressive with Oh Soo to get what she wants. it's an accurate metaphor for Yoo-ri's character as a whole. The first we see saw of her Yoo-ri was going after the weights really are and now we know why she compensates so much. It turns out Yoo-ri is a police officer...More

[Lily's Take] "A Korean Odyssey" Defends Against Alleged Plagiarism

Source | 2018/03/06 | Permalink

One of the most famous scriptwriter duos of the K-drama world, Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran (aka the Hong Sisters), is under fire for heavy plagiarism accusation regarding their most recent drama, "A Korean Odyssey"...More

[Lily's Take] Gong Hyo-jin and Park Seo-joon's Special Appearance in "Be with You"

Source | 2018/03/06 | Permalink

The "Be with You" team revealed that actress Gong Hyo-jin and actor Park Seo-joon will be the making a cameos in the movie...More

[Lily's Take] "What a Man Wants" Lee El Sheds Her Usual Sultry Look

Source | 2018/03/06 | Permalink

Actress Lee El shared her efforts to completely change up her image for her new character in the upcoming movie "What a Man Wants"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 19

2018/03/05 | Permalink

The ground is shaking with the sounds of a waking dragon, but the plot in "A Korean Odyssey" shakes with it. The time has come for the epic battle, but there is so much to wrap up around it, that the episode feels like a mad dash to a finale the creators were not quite prepared for. With Oh-gong and Seon-mi each having self-sacrificial thoughts, a lot goes wrong within the story as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Kyu-hyung Considering Reunion With "Secret Forest" Writer

2018/03/05 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Life" has been seeing some nice forward movement with its cast, and its latest potential addition is none other than recent audience favorite, Lee Kyu-hyung. If the actor accepts the offer, he will be reuniting with writer Lee Soo-yeon-I and actor Cho Seung-woo. The role he is being courted for is Ye Jin-woo's (Lee Dong-wook) younger brother...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Dong-gun Joins Rain in "Sketch - Drama"

2018/03/05 | Permalink

On March 5th, Lee Dong-gun's agency, FNC entertainment, confirmed that the actor has accepted the second male lead role in jTBC's "Sketch - Drama", an investigative action drama about people fighting to change the future. He joins actor Rain, who accepted the main role a while back...More

[Lily's Take] "Anu and Huyga" Posters Featuring Ahn So-hee and Yeon Woo-jin

Source | 2018/03/05 | Permalink

Actress Ahn So-hee and actor Yeon Woo-jin's special posters were revealed for the upcoming movie "Anu and Huyga"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 9

2018/03/05 | Permalink

So Soo-ah is now my favorite character, solely because she points out the sheer stupidity of Dong-goo trying to keep his feelings for Soo-ah a secret for no good reason. Actually a lot of this episode is better than usual because there's a lot more shame. Observe how Joon-ki eventually realizes he was being a jerk to Seo-jin for no good reason. I mean come on, the stove wasn't working. That's not the fault of the first person to notice it...More

[Lily's Take] Yoo In-young's Doll-like Features

Source | 2018/03/05 | Permalink

Actress Yoo In-young shared her beautiful, doll-like features with the world...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 9-10

2018/03/05 | Permalink

Considering their story for most of episode nine is just an extended bed scene it's surprising just how mundane and boring Moo-han and Soon-jin are together. Their relationship is not terribly romantic but in a nutty way it's actually kind of the platonic ideal of married life. They have trouble sleeping. They embarrass themselves. Yet oddly enough none of that really matters. They both just kind of shrug their shoulders and go, whatever, life could be worse...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 1

2018/03/05 | Permalink

It takes quite some time for "That Man Oh Soo" to actually get to its own premise. Yes, obviously, Oh Soo (played by Lee Jong-hyun) is supposed to get romantically entangled with Yoo-ri (played by Kim So-eun), some way or another. The drama is a romance after all. But these characters are far more reactive than proactive. The first major thing we see Oh Soo do is break up with a woman by proxy as a stand in for his brother Ga-na (played by Heo Jung-min), who's just a tad immature...More

[Lily's Take] Jung Hae-in's First Fan Meeting in Taiwan

Source | 2018/03/05 | Permalink

Actor Jung Hae-in successfully won the hearts of his Taiwanese fans as his first fan meeting ended with huge success...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.03.02 - 2018.03.04

2018/03/05 | Permalink

Homegrown dramas dethrone Marvel's "Black Panther"...

For the past two weekends, the latest dimension in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ("Black Panther") has ruled proceedings, but Hong Chang-pyo's debut feature, "The Princess and the Matchmaker", and Yim Soon-rye's "Little Forest" both arrived last Wednesday and denied "Black Panther" a third straight weekend at the top of the Korean box office...More

[Lily's Take] Jung Yong-hwa's Farewell Message as He Heads Off for Military Service

2018/03/04 | Permalink

Actor and singer Jung Yong-hwa shared a short farewell message on his personal SNS...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Sung-ryung's Timeless Photoshoot

Source | 2018/03/04 | Permalink

Actress Kim Sung-ryung revealed a beauty photoshoot that defines the meaning of dazzling enchantment...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Seung-gi's Handsome Selfie

Source | 2018/03/04 | Permalink

Actor Lee Seung-gi conveyed his gratitude to the fans for all the support he's been getting and presented a tantalizing photo of him as a fan service...More

[Lily's Take] Jo Jung-suk and Kim Jae-wook's Hidden Talents

Source | 2018/03/04 | Permalink

Actor Jo Jung-suk and Kim Jae-wook shared their hidden talents when they appeared in the talk show, "Life Bar"...More

[Orion's Drama News] Dramaland in Bloom

2018/03/03 | Permalink

Spring is arriving in Dramaland, and with it come all manner of romances. Some are not happy at all, which seems to be the case for "The Great Seducer" and its terrible game of love. The series has released new promotional goodies, and so has a happier romance, "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food". At least our spring will be balanced...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 12

2018/03/03 | Permalink

There are no easy or happy solutions for Hye-na and Soo-jin's situation, as the system favoring biological parents would surely turn a blind eye to what Ja-yeong has done. With the situation Seol-ak has set up escalating and the police being but a breath away, Soo-jin has to make quick and desperate choices. The police want results, but Detective Chang-geun is starting to get a clearer picture of the loyalty the pair inspires in people...More

[Lily's Take] 6 Celebrities and Their Special Hobbies

Source | 2018/03/03 | Permalink

It's trivia time! Did you know that in the drama "Korean Odyssey", our dear P.K's outrageous fashion was all created by the actor Lee Hong-ki himself? It is said that Lee Hong-ki styled himself in every episode with his own clothing that he brought to the set...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Soon-jae Speaks Up About the Recent Scandals in Korean Showbiz

Source | 2018/03/03 | Permalink

Veteran actor Lee Soon-jae shared his opinion on the trending news of the #MeToo movement that has caught fire in Korea...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Guest House"

2018/03/03 | Permalink

Jung-woo (played by Kim Sungje) is an actor. Since acting work is not generally reliable, Jung-woo works at his family guest house out on South Korea's northeastern coast. One day, Jung-woo's older sister Seon-woo (played by Baek Seon-woo) instructs Jung-woo to show Japanese tourist Hiroko (played by Chisun) around Gangreung, since Seon-woo is busy doing work related to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Jung-woo is not the best tour guide, since he does not speak Japanese, and Hiroko does not speak Korean...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Puzzle"

2018/03/03 | Permalink

Do-joon (played by Ji Seung-hyun) is a respected, successful corporate type. He even wrote a book! Everyone wants to hang out with Do-joon, especially women. He has a good relationship with his staff. And yet there's something missing from Do-joon's life. His wife and daughter are gone, because Do-joon is paying for them to live overseas, so night after night, Do-joon is bored out of his mind, eating instant noodles and watching old family videos. Then, in short order, life for Do-joon suddenly becomes very violent. A clown suit is involved...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Live Again, Love Again"

2018/03/03 | Permalink

In "Live Again, "Love Again" two storylines take alternate turns in focus. The first is about Vietnamese barista Mi (played by Chi Pu), a piano player living in Ho Chi Minh City who composes music and posts it on YouTube. She's suffering from strange nightmares (or memories? It's never really all that clear) about a run-in with a South Korean soldier during the Vietnamese War. Then there's Pil (played by San E), a popular South Korean recording artist who's in a slump because he keeps thinking about his ex-girlfriend Yoon-hee (played by Jung Chae-yeon)...More

[HanCinema's GIF Reel] The Bromance is Real

2018/03/03 | Permalink

Cha Seung-won and Lee Seung-gi are an epic bromance because the relationship spans across dramas and spills into the world outside dramaland. These two are always cracking each other up off screen and fostering the most adorable love/hate relationships on screen like in "You're Surrounded" or "The Greatest Love". In this particular GIF that Orion lovingly made, Cha Seung-won's character in "A Korean Odyssey", King Wooma or Woo Ma-wang, is conspicuously waiting for Lee Seung-gi's Son Oh-gong to walk safely through the door. Of course, prideful Ma-wang would never admit it, but come on now. Look at that face. That's a man ecstatic to reunite with his bro...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 11

2018/03/02 | Permalink

Motherhood is a wonderful and terrible thing in "Mother - Drama" and in life, and the time has come to witness some of its most damaging aspects in the lives of those who need it to grow. With the police hot on her track, Soo-jin tries to get herself together and save Hye-na, while the little girl tries to hold on. The deciding factor here is Ja-yeong, who makes a decision I never thought she would even consider...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 18

2018/03/02 | Permalink

Ma-wang is having one of those good days again, and the silly old bull gets sentimental over Oh-gong's possible demise, which leads him to an experiment that ends with an important discovery. The time has come to solve the Geumganggo issue once and for all, but Seon-mi is closer to the truth of her mission and she chooses to bravely face it. Enter a round of who gets to be a better noble idiot...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jeong Jae-yeong Considering MBC Drama "Investigation Partners"

2018/03/02 | Permalink

Actor Jung Jae-young may be dealing with the law once more, but upcoming drama "Investigation Partners" takes a different route than clone chase thriller "Duel". The upcoming title is about a prosecutor and a forensic scientist joining hands to catch a culprit, which is as generic a premise as one would expect during such early announcements...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Adorable Teaser for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/03/02 | Permalink

And buying you food is all she's going to do unless you find the courage to confess, good man! The first teaser is out for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food", and the title makes a bit more sense now, in a most adorable way at that! Jung Hae-in's Seo Joon-hee may be smooth at work, but he clearly needs some help in the romance department...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 2

2018/03/01 | Permalink

It is time for us to meet the cheesy arsonist seen in the highlight reel, as he is the first culprit Seol-ok gets to practice her newfound authority through. Life is not easy or glamorous for her and Wan-seung, and there are more enemies and rivals around than there are currently allies. Friends from the past are cold, while new faces enter the game, some friendly and some overly so. Then again, you do not get proposed to by drunk strangers every day...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyuk, Jung Ryeo-won and Junho Considering Drama "Wok of Love"

2018/03/01 | Permalink

Just rub this greasy news all over me, because I'm already sold on this potential trio. Junho, Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo-won have all been offered roles in upcoming drama by writer Seo Sook-hyang of "Pasta" and "Incarnation of Jealousy". If they accept, they will be starring in this foodie romance aptly named "Wok of Love"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Live" Releases Two More Lovely Posters

2018/03/01 | Permalink

I just love what "Live" is doing with its promotional posters, and the latest round is another case of well-designed slice-of-life goodness. These are not complicated or featuring anything but the often mundane everyday happenings of police life, but this is what makes them so lovely...More

[Lily's Take] "Switch - Change the World" Script-reading Session Full of Passion

Source | 2018/03/01 | Permalink

The main cast of the upcoming drama "Switch - Change The World": Jang Geun-suk, Han Ye-ri, Jung Woong-in, Lee Jung-gil, Choi Jae-won, and Jo Hee-bong have gathered together for a passionate script-reading session...More

[Lily's Take] Seo Woo Shares Her Trauma Caused by Anti-fans

Source | 2018/03/01 | Permalink

On March 1st, actress Seo Woo appeared on a talk show "Happy Together" and shared her trauma regarding anti-fans...More

[Lily's Take] Heo Young-ji and Ha Hyun-woo in a Relationship

Source | 2018/03/01 | Permalink

Actress Heo Young-ji and the vocalist of a South Korean indie rock band Guckkasten, Ha Hyun-woo, revealed that they are in a relationship...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 17

2018/02/28 | Permalink

It may have taken an entire series for "A Korean Odyssey" to get the ball on the doomsday rolling, and it is a very confusing, haphazardly done final act, but it is exciting nonetheless. While Seon-mi is still figuring out her powers and why she has such a bad feeling around Kang Dae-seong, Oh-gong starts an unorthodox plan to get closer to his enemy. Meanwhile, another trap has been set for Ma-wang, who needs a lot of help to think clearly once more...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 1

2018/02/28 | Permalink

The time for crime solving with a hefty dose of chaos and cutesy romantic antics has come, as "Mystery Queen Season 2" brings back all the things we love, and adds a fresh and thrilling wrapping. The episode wastes no time in getting us all caught up with where everything and everyone stands, and there are a lot of things currently happening in our heroes' lives, including the most awkward and sweet romance...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Seo-joon in, Park Min-young Considering "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim"

2018/02/28 | Permalink

We're finally having some forward movement in webtoon-based drama "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim", which had previously been courting actor Park Seo-joon. The actor has now confirmed his role as the leading man, but the good news comes in pair form, as actress Park Min-young is now considering the role of the titular Secretary Kim...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Hyun Bin Considering Sci-Fi Drama "Memories of the Alhambra"

2018/02/28 | Permalink

Previously announced drama "Memories of the Alhambra" might be getting its leading man soon, as Hyun Bin is currently reviewing an offer for the role. The sci-fi drama with a powerhouse creator duo would definitely get an extra boost with a quality actor behind it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 8

2018/02/28 | Permalink

The normally broad storylines of "539 Yeonnam-dong" are condensed into just two this time. Bong-tae's confrontation with the mysterious masked villain is comically anticlimactic, as we end up lingering on Bong-tae still tied up for a moment and feeling a little ridiculous at the lack of drama. Going forward Bong-tae makes no progress in any kind of relevant investigation, instead running across a small child who happens to be I-na's daughter Chae-won...More

[Lily's Take] "Cheese in the Trap - Movie" Character Posters Show 100% Synchronization

Source | 2018/02/28 | Permalink

"Cheese in the Trap - Movie" team revealed the character posters of the four main cast members and the netizens were pleasantly surprised at how perfectly in sync they are with the original characters...More

[Lily's Take] Park Ho-san Replaces Oh Dal-soo in "My Mister"

Source | 2018/02/28 | Permalink

Actor Oh Dal-soo finally admitted to sexual assault and apologized to the public. As Oh Dal-soo left the upcoming drama "My Mister", actor Park Ho-san was selected to take over his role in the drama...More

[Lily's Take] Park Bo-gum and Kim Sejeong's Refreshing Photoshoot With Coca-Cola

Source | 2018/02/28 | Permalink

Actor Park Bo-gum and actress Kim Sejeong were selected as the brand models for Coca-Cola brand in 2018...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Jong-suk Holds Bazaar to Help Children in Need

Source | 2018/02/28 | Permalink

Actor Lee Jong-suk is leading the community by setting a good example...More

[Lily's Take] "Along With the Gods: the Last 49 Days" Will Remove Oh Dal-soo's Scenes

Source | 2018/02/28 | Permalink

After Oh Dal-soo admitted his crimes, the movie and drama industry took a huge hit. There were four movies featuring the actor and all four of them have already finished the filming process, ready to be released in the theaters this year...More

[Lily's Take] Bae Jong-ok's Graceful Photoshoot

Source | 2018/02/28 | Permalink

Veteran actress Bae Jong-ok is truly an actress capable of everything. She's active in dramas, movies, musicals, and even singing! She stands out in everything she works on...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Joon-gi and Seo Ye-ji Confirm "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/02/27 | Permalink

Some good news for Lee Joon-gi and Seo Ye-ji fans today! The actors have confirmed their roles in upcoming revenge drama, "Lawless Lawyer". As previously reported, the series is about a lawyer who prefers using his fists, rather than the law, to seek revenge from the corrupt powerful. After witnessing his mother's cruel death as a child, revenge becomes his sole motivator...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Gets Lovey Dovey in Highlight Reel

2018/02/27 | Permalink

Well, this is a thing now! "Mystery Queen Season 2" has released a 4 and a half minute highlight reel showing us new and exciting adventures for Seol-ok, Wan-seung and co, but also hinting as a little cute romance budding between the two. Has spring finally come for the queen and her tsundere in every aspect of the phrase...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 7-8

2018/02/27 | Permalink

What with all the sexual propositions and the preview where Soon-jin is blurred out and naked, you'd think "Shall We Kiss First" was taking a turn for the raunchy. Actually the intimacy is more subdued and weird than that. To start out with, Moo-han and Soon-jin end up going to a themed love hotel and make fun of the generally peculiar devices other people apparently use to arouse themselves...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 8

2018/02/27 | Permalink

There's one really funny gag this episode - the climax of Joon-ki's mukbang storyline ends with the guest house earning a lot of money. How Joon-ki was able to get success out of such a fundamentally stupid idea, well, that's where the humor comes from. There's also really good synthesis to the joke, because other characters and plotlines are also involved, and one accidental revelation from the broadcast sets up another storyline...More

[Lily's Take] "Cheese in the Trap - Movie" Park Hae-jin and Park Ki-woong Are Good Friends

Source | 2018/02/27 | Permalink

It looks like another great bromance has been born through the upcoming movie, "Cheese in the Trap - Movie"...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Si-eon in a Relationship With Seo Ji-seung

Source | 2018/02/27 | Permalink

Actor Lee Si-eon recently started a relationship with fellow actor Seo Ji-seung...More

[Lily's Take] Oh Dal-soo Formally Leaves "My Mister"

Source | 2018/02/27 | Permalink

Actor Oh Dal-soo's alleged sexual harassment scandal grows worse as new truths starts to come to the light...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Misty" Seo Ji-hoon up for "Life on Mars"

2018/02/26 | Permalink

This is some very lovely news, or rather will be, if actor Seo Ji-hoon accepts. According to a piece by Starnews, OCN has stated that the actor is considering completing the main cast of "Life on Mars" as the team's youngest detective. "Life on Mars" is about a detective ending up in the past following a serious accident...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Hae-in for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/02/26 | Permalink

Upcoming romantic drama "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" has shared stills of its leading man, Jung Hae-in, in the role of the titular "me" being bought food with a side order of love. The character looks bright and ready to take on the world, which should make for a nice foil to the world-weary heroine...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 7

2018/02/26 | Permalink

So apparently Soo-ah's new boyfriend was a con artist, and Soo-ah is forced to endure even further humiliation before being able to show enough humility to move into guest house. Was I supposed to feel like Soo-ah deserved this? Now, if Dong-goo's roomates expressed consternation about Soo-ah moving because they always disliked her, that would be one thing. But "Laughter in Waikiki" is acting like Soo-ah is an unsympathetic character simply for breaking up with Dong-goo in the first place, when all of her reasons for doing so have since been vindicated...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 5-6

2018/02/26 | Permalink

So Moo-han has finally figured out that Soon-jin is the woman who lives in the apartment underneath his, with whom he has been fighting over the whole leak issue. That's one coincidence on top of the blind date. A second one pops up in episode six in the form of Moo-han's estranged daughter, the now teenaged I-deun (played by Jung Da-bin), who's riding in first class. As Soon-jin notes, the main mystery behind I-deun is how she could have been raised in such a way as to become such a little monster...More

[Lily's Take] "Be with You" So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jin Are Adorable Together

Source | 2018/02/26 | Permalink

Actor So Ji-sub and actress Son Ye-jin are bringing the audience a heart-fluttering romance this year with the upcoming movie "Be with You"...More

[Lily's Take] National Mother Kim Mi-kyung Sides with her Daughter in "Grand Prince"

Source | 2018/02/26 | Permalink

Famous for being one of the actresses named as a 'National Mother' for all the mother roles she is given, actress Kim Mi-kyung will be presenting another mother character who treasures her children...More

[Lily's Take] Oh Dal-soo Denies the Sexual Harassment Accusations

Source | 2018/02/26 | Permalink

Actor Oh Dal-soo gave his official statement of denial regarding the accusation on his alleged harassment on February 26th. However, there are more victims who've stepped forward with claims against him...More

[Lily's Take] Nam Joo-hyuk's Surprises Fans with an Event

Source | 2018/02/26 | Permalink

Actor Nam Joo-hyuk's fan-signing event was held in celebration of his 25th birthday...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.02.23 - 2018.02.25

2018/02/26 | Permalink

"Black Panther" still rules...

The King of Wakanda, "Black Panther", continued its reign atop Korea's box office this past weekend by securing 43.34% of the sales. From 1,242 screens (down from 1,620), the eighteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe added 708,800 admissions ($5.7 million) to bring its total gross in Korea now to $35.8 million (4.4 million admissions). Director Ryan Coogler's recording-breaking blockbuster is now the highest-grossing foreign film of the year in Korea and the third overall; worldwide, since its release in America just after Valentine's Day, "Black Panther" has amassed an impressive $548.9 million...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 10

2018/02/25 | Permalink

Our heroines have been through a long and arduous journey, but the nature of their bond, and the beast stalking them would not remain at bay forever. Hye-na's guilt-ridden escape and the law's discovery of Soo-jin's actions pushes everyone to reveal their honesty enough for the bonds between them to show themselves for how strong and irreplaceable they really are. With Soo-jin and Hye-na officially on the run and in danger, is a happy ending possible...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Honey Shares Her Olympic Finale Performance Experience

Source | 2018/02/25 | Permalink

As the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics held its magnificent finale, honoring all the countries and athletes who've participated, actress Lee Honey presented a beautiful finale performance...More

[Lily's Take] "My Mister" Fate Uncertain as Oh Dal-soo Remains Silence

2018/02/25 | Permalink

Actor Oh Dal-soo still has not responded to any interviews or press conference requests regarding the sexual harassment charge that surfaced a few days ago...More

[Lily's Take] Park Hye-soo Enjoys Her Vacation in Japan

Source | 2018/02/25 | Permalink

Actress Park Hye-soo updated fans on her current whereabouts as she's been taking a break from acting...More

[HanCinema's GIF Reel] Topless in Waikiki

2018/02/25 | Permalink

This week in dramaland we had hilarity in the house of Waikiki as suits the title of the drama, "Laughter in Waikiki". What made this week so special was how our three stooges earned their chuckles: with a strip tease and big grins...More

[Orion's Drama News] Returning Queens and Casting Waves

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Dramaland is ramping up its drama news for the year, and this week brings us a lot of high profile casting announcements as well as new goodies from series coming soon. This week also marks the premiere of "Mystery Queen Season 2", so check out some new goodies from it, along with my preview...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Bring me all the terrible crimes and cheese villains, because "Mystery Queen Season 2" is here, and it brings familiar and new faces into new and exciting adventures. Our beloved crime solving duo has evolved, and so have the cases they tackle. Ready for another round...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Golden Slumber"

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Life has never been more exciting, or more terrifying for Kim Geon-woo (Gang Dong-won). This deliveryman's routine as an ordinary, and even model citizen is upturned by a conspiracy using him as its puppet, fueling a journey of survival, nostalgia and strengthening bonds. Noh Dong-seok's "Golden Slumber" is a chase thriller, but there is a surprising amount of heart in it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead"

2018/02/24 | Permalink

So apparently in the universe of "Detective K" vampires are real. I was a little surprised that the cold open makes this so explicit, since one obvious solution to the movie's central mystery is that all this stuff about vampires was just an elaborate scam. But then, from the beginning Yeoju Wol-yeong (played by Kim Ji-won) is portrayed explicitly as an amnesiac with super strength and other vampire-like powers...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Heung-boo: The Revolutionist"

2018/02/24 | Permalink

The story of Heung-boo and Nol-boo is a traditional Korean folk tale about a couple of brothers, one rich and mean, the other poor and well-meaning. One day the poor brother gains his good fortune through a bird that rewards his kindheartedness with a magic seed. Obviously the magical parts of the Heungboochun were made up. But the class conflict elements behind the story were no doubt influenced by real life. "Heung-boo: The Revolutionist" posits Heung-boo (played by Jung Woo) as being a popular nineteenth century author. The film then depicts where the idea came from, and how the story was received by the public...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Accidental Detective" with Video

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Dae-man (played by Kwon Sang-woo) loves mysteries, and blogs about them. Unfortunately, Dae-man has struggled to turn his passion into something that actually pays money, and runs a rental shop in order to make ends meet. The situation is even worse than it sounds, because Dae-man also has a wife Mi-ok (played by Seo Young-hee) and two children, one of whom is still a baby. Meanwhile, detective Tae-soo (played by Sung Dong-il) has been shut out of his own department for wanting to pursue alternate theories to a high profile murder case. Together, they fight crime...More

[HanCinema's Important Announcement] Don't Miss A Post From HanCinema on Facebook Desktop

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Jun Ji-hyun would cry, and so would we! Facebook has made changes, and it's hiding good posts from pages like ours from your News Feed. Don't miss another HanCinema post! Keep calm and follow this text and photo guide to keep seeing our site on Facebook, on desktop...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 9

2018/02/23 | Permalink

After a long run and the shedding of their own share of emotional baggage, Soo-jin and Hye-na must face their greatest obstacle in "Mother - Drama" yet, the judgment and decision of their mothers. Ja-yeong's past and her issues are laid bare for us and others to see, leaving the little girl with more decisions she should be too young to make. Meanwhile, Yeong-sin must find quick solutions for the entirety of her family, which will be deeply affected by this...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung and Han Ji-min for Fantasy Romance "Familiar Wife"

2018/02/23 | Permalink

This is one powerful drama pairing, if I've ever seen one. Ji Sung and Han Ji-min will be playing husband and wife on tvN's upcoming fantasy romance drama "Familiar Wife". Get your supernatural urges going, because the series seems to be going for a literal lifechanging marriage...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub's "Terius Behind Me" Releases Premise and Details

2018/02/23 | Permalink

Well, that was fast! I was wondering what type of series So Ji-sub's "Terius Behind Me" would be and news came out outlining its premise right after I posted my thoughts yesterday. The details include the genre, character names and more, so if productions can read minds, they definitely tapped into mine! Let's take a look at what we got then...More

[Lily's Take] Cha Myung-wook Passes Away At Age 47

Source | 2018/02/23 | Permalink

Actor Cha Myung-wook passed away on February 21st...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Upcoming Drama "Vagabond" Does Not Get Lee Seung-gi

2018/02/22 | Permalink

In a case of news smacking me like a ton of bricks, Lee Seung-gi has refuted media claims that he would star in upcoming drama "Vagabond". My first thought was "Good, humans need sleep", my second was clouded by me having a hype-induced gasping session upon reading who the creators of "Vagabond" are...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub Joins Drama "Terius Behind Me" by "Shopping King Louis" Writer

2018/02/22 | Permalink

Fans of So Ji-sub rejoice, because the actor has confirmed his role in upcoming drama "Terius Behind Me", marking his return to Dramaland after his work in "Oh My Venus" two years ago. Even more exciting for me is that this upcoming title is by writer Oh Ji-yeong-I of the absolutely adorable "Shopping King Louis"...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Eung-kyung's Impressive Beauty Throughout Her Career

Source | 2018/02/22 | Permalink

Actress Lee Eung-kyung, who is currently starring in the drama "Reverse", has trended in the news over the last two days...More

[Lily's Take] Im Si-wan Sighted as a Docent for PyeongChang Olympics

Source | 2018/02/22 | Permalink

Actor Im Si-wan took a break from his daily military duty as he put down the solider uniform and changed into a dandy docent, or guide, outfit...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Won-geun Will Be King in Upcoming Movie "Feng Shui"

Source | 2018/02/22 | Permalink

After the movie "Misbehavior", Lee Won-geun's name spread in the movie industry and now he is challenging himself to a historical movie as a King in "Feng Shui"...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Hyori Sends Coffee Truck to 'IU' At "My Mister" Set

Source | 2018/02/22 | Permalink

Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon couple sent a heartwarming gift of a coffee truck to support IU while she is filming the upcoming drama, "My Mister"...More

[HanCinema's Important Announcement] Don't Miss A Post From HanCinema on Facebook Mobile.

2018/02/22 | Permalink

Facebook has made changes and it's hiding good posts from pages like ours from your News Feed. Don't miss another HanCinema post! Keep calm and follow this text and photo guide to keep seeing our site on mobile. Desktop instructions can be found here...More

[Lily's Take] Seo Kang-joon Cast for New Drama "Something About Us"

Source | 2018/02/22 | Permalink

Actor Seo Kang-joon's agency, Fantagio revealed that the actor is confirmed to star in the upcoming drama, "Something About Us"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet Cute and Marriage in New Teaser and Stills for "My Husband Oh Jak-doo"

2018/02/21 | Permalink

A hardworking PD marrying a mountain man due to pressing circumstances is one heck of an ice-breaker for introducing a contract marriage drama, which is a genre that divides folks by default. The good thing about "My Husband Oh Jak-doo" is that the two people meet-marrying are equal outcasts about to embark on a weird and romantic journey...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Crime and Comedy in New "Mystery Queen Season 2" Trailer

2018/02/21 | Permalink

It's not every morning that I wake up this happy, but a brand new trailer for "Mystery Queen Season 2" will do that. The drama finally reveals much more than we had previously seen, and what it reveals is laced with action, comedy and the great mysteries faced by power duo Seol-ok and Wan-seung...More

[Lily's Take] Jang Geun-suk's Determination Going into Drama "Switch - Change The World"

Source | 2018/02/21 | Permalink

Actor Jang Geun-suk revealed a photoshoot for fashion magazine Vogue Korea, and the theme was centered around his new character in the upcoming drama, "Switch - Change The World"...More

[Lily's Take] Son Ye-jin's Still Cuts in "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

Source | 2018/02/21 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" revealed few still cuts of actress Son Ye-jin in the drama...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 7

2018/02/21 | Permalink

So apparently that whole hospital scene that I thought was a cliffhanger was actually just the framing device for this episode. It did not, as has been implied, have any relation with the events of the previous episode. I really don't like these kinds of editing gimmicks. You can't just do a dramatic cliffhanger like that out of nowhere, there has to be some level of build-up first or the whole thing just comes off like a cheap trick...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 3-4

2018/02/21 | Permalink

I really like the way Soon-jin flirts with Moo-han. Although...is flirt really the right word? Mostly Soon-jin just keeps trying to pick fights with him, and any time it looks like he's about to give up for good, Soon-jin simply switches her attitude entirely and acts over-interested. We can see the genuine confusion in Moo-han's eyes. He's not at all sure how to interpret Soon-jin's behavior. Really, Moo-han isn't sure he's curious enough to try either...More

[Lily's Take] So Ji-sub's Fan Meeting in Japan Ends in a Success

Source | 2018/02/21 | Permalink

Actor So Ji-sub spent a very happy and special time in Japan for his fan meeting last week...More

[Lily's Take] Actor Park Bo-gum Graduated From University

2018/02/21 | Permalink

On February 21st, actor Park Bo-gum posted a picture on his Twitter account with a caption saying, "For all of those who congratulated me in graduating college, thank you! 2018.02.21"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 16

2018/02/20 | Permalink

"A Korean Odyssey" is trying to cover up holes with even bigger holes, but any effort to somehow make the story work is better than none, when we still have the final four episodes to go. Seon-mi discovers leftovers of Ah Sa-nyeo's powers in her, while a mysterious figure leaves a child with Oh-gong, urging him to visit them with Seon-mi and learn of her true past, as well as their possible future. Meanwhile, Ma-wang has insidious plans once more...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Loud and Hidden Changes of "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/20 | Permalink

We have new stills of the intrepid duo of "Mystery Queen Season 2" out this week, and they raise some questions about where our two leads currently are in life and at work. While Wan-seung seems mostly the same, our tsundere's career has been teased as getting much juicier. Seol-ok's style and demeanor have changed entirely, but I suspect our lovely queen is also largely the same...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Harmonious Living in "Live" Group Poster

2018/02/20 | Permalink

This is just the most lively, most energetic scene, and I feel all happy and warm inside. Upcoming Noh Hee-kyeong drama "Live" has released its group poster featuring main and supporting cast members, and everyone fits together so nicely in this unglamorous, yet lively environment...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 6

2018/02/20 | Permalink

So Yoon-ah ends up having a really good time at cooking class. So good in fact that...men hit on her? I mean sure Yoon-ah is cute and all, but she's also totally open about being a single mother. You'd think that would be a bit of an alarm bell. Which is not to say that single mothers are inherently unattractive or anything, but what kind of guy charges ahead in a situation like that while knowing so little else about her...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 1-2

2018/02/20 | Permalink

The opening to "Shall We Kiss First" is spoken poetry against the lonely backdrop of a beach, discussing the concept of solitude as it relates to the road of life. Then we see Soon-jin (played by Kim Sun-ah) sarcastically talking to a plant about how lucky it is to have a short lifespan, free of worries. Then we realize that her upstairs neighbor Moo-han (played by Kam Woo-sung) has a sick dog. These are fundamentally sad characters, then Soon-jin gets caught up in a jazzy chase sequence...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Short" Episode 4

2018/02/20 | Permalink

As expected, the remainder of what little plot "Short" has wraps up fairly predictably. Ho-yeong and Eun-ho realize that, even if they sort of hate each other, almost all of their friends are mutual, so they really need to keep their squabbling limited to just trying to outdo each other on the ice. Everyone agrees to just help each other out, in whatever goals they have. The happy ending is not one of accomplishment so much as it is of promise...More

[Lily's Take] Park Hyung-sik Thanks Fans for Attending Hong Kong Fan Meeting

Source | 2018/02/20 | Permalink

Actor Park Hyung-sik expressed his gratitude for his fan meeting in Hong Kong for both domestic and international fans...More

[Lily's Take] "My Mister" Still Cuts of Lee Sun-kyun, Oh Dal-soo, and Song Sae-byeok

Source | 2018/02/20 | Permalink

The upcoming drama "My Mister" team released the official still cuts for the first time this week...More

[Lily's Take] Lee Da-in-II Expresses Her Love for Towards Kyun Mi-ri and Lee Yoo-bi

Source | 2018/02/20 | Permalink

On February 20th, actress Lee Da-in-II joined the fashion magazine @Star1 for a short interview along with a colorful photoshoot...More

[Lily's Take] Kim Tae-ri Explains Why She Chose "Little Forest"

Source | 2018/02/20 | Permalink

On February 20th, "Little Forest" team held a press conference for the movie's promotion...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang So-ra Courted for Romantic Fantasy Drama "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/02/19 | Permalink

I've seen overly busy premises before, but actress Kang So-ra is being courted for one heck of a potentially enraging head-scratcher. The actress is currently reviewing an offer by romantic fantasy drama "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter", which is based on a webtoon about a 699-year-old being waiting for a loved one. Now that's some ridiculous dedication. Wait until you read whom it's for...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser and Stills From "Let's Watch the Sunset"

2018/02/19 | Permalink

"Let's Watch the Sunset" does not beat around the bush with its melodramatic value, because you don't get much more melodramatic than having consecutive grand statements made to the tunes of A Great Big World's "Say Something". The drama's first teaser is sombre and very informative, as it sets the basic conflicts and introduces the characters who go through them...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 5

2018/02/19 | Permalink

Right away there's some badly needed continuity - Seo-jin is still really depressed that her job interview was actually just a pretext for the guy in charge of hiring to creepily hit on young women who want jobs. So in turn, the other residents of the Waikiki Guest House try to cheer her up. All they do is repeat the same proverb at her with different examples in freezing weather. Which is funny enough on its own, but then they keep suffering from bizarre elaborate failure...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Short" Episode 3

2018/02/19 | Permalink

As we know, Ho-yeong and Eun-ho are motivated to win largely through spite, or in their more sympathetic moments, as a kind of ploy to maybe impress Ji-na. While those do not seem like very good reasons to be on the national short track team, Hoon manages to come up with an even worse one. He wants Eun-ho to win for the sole sake of family honor. Which in addition to being arrogant, is also strategically questionable. You can't just assume that Korean short track athletes are the best...More

[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2018.02.16 - 2018.02.18

2018/02/19 | Permalink