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[Orion's Drama News] Crimes and Family Times

2019/03/16 | Permalink

We're back to stressing over fresh premieres assaulting our watchlist, as this week brings us the start, and goodies, of "Doctor Prisoner", "Kill It", "Confession - Drama" and "Mother of Mine". We have plenty more from shows further down the road, as well as some really fun casting news...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "1919 Yu Gwan-sun"

2019/03/16 | Permalink

Designed with the centennial of the March 1st Movement in mind, "1919 Yu Gwan-sun" serves an obvious purpose as a documentary. We may know Yu Gwan-sun by name, but who was she? And who were the women she collaborated with in prison? They were not always so well known. The opening scene depicts the writing of a New York Times article in 2018 that helped bring Yu Gwan-sun to prominence. "1919 Yu Gwan-sun" goes further, giving context to the lives of the other women who were in the Seodaemun prison who also defied Japanese authority...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Clean Up"

2019/03/16 | Permalink

Maybe it is a bit too early to say this, but "Clean Up" seems to be among the best independent Korean films of the year, and one of the most interesting movies that have been released from the country during the latest years...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Scarlet Innocence"

2019/03/16 | Permalink

After adapting the traditional tale of Hansel and Gretel in a modern, Korean setting, Yim Pil-sung decided to do the same with the classic Korean folktale Simcheongga, by creating an atmospheric, erotic thriller. Let us see how he fared...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Slow Video"

2019/03/16 | Permalink

The heavily bespectacled Jang-boo (played by Cha Tae-hyun) initially looks like a blind guy. However, narration and flashback soon makes it clear that Jang-boo's problem is not that his vision is too weak, but rather, that it's too awesome, because he can process everything in slow motion. Alas, actually using this power, or even just trying to use his eyesight to do boring normal everyday stuff, is burdensome to Jang-boo. So instead he uses this power to stalk Soo-mi (played by Nam Sang-mi) via closed circuit television...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Banker" Releases Teaser, Introduces Chae Si-ra, Yoo Dong-geun and Kim Tae-woo's Characters

2019/03/15 | Permalink

After enjoying the man himself, "The Banker" brings us the visuals and the information on his three fellow leads, portrayed by Chae Si-ra, Yoo Dong-geun and Kim Tae-woo. The series has also released a second teaser, so we get to meet the extended cast in brief, but glorious shots. I feel like I'm going to love-hate so many people here. This is drama happiness...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Addresses Media At Feminist Demonstration

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Yoon Ji-oh spoke at a feminist demonstration on the morning of March 15th at Gwanghwamun Square. In a statement directed at nearby press, she continued to emphasize the need for a continued investigation of Jang Ja-yeon's alleged suicide...More

[HanCinema's News] Police locate six of Jung Joon-young's phones

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Police claim to have acquired six phones related to illegal sexual videos produced and distributed by Jung Joon-young. The announcement was made on March 15th. Forensic investigation of the phones is underway...More

[HanCinema's News] Stills released of Nam Gyu-ri wearing a wedding dress in "A History of Jealousy"

2019/03/15 | Permalink

"A History of Jealousy" released on March 14th, and with it movie stills. In them we can Nam Gyu-ri wearing a wedding dress...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Joon-sang records song for "Liver or Die"

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Yoo Joon-sang is singing a song for the drama he's appearing in, "Liver or Die". The songwriter specifically crafted the song for Yoo Joon-sang, in light of his renewed popularity...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Seung-won to Serve Four Years in Prison for Drunk Driving

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Son Seung-won is going to jail for four years on drunk driving charges. This follows sustained outrage at the details of his case, where Son Seung-won was caught and then attempted to run away from authorities...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Kill It" Introduces Foreign Characters

2019/03/14 | Permalink

We've had all manner of casting news about OCN's upcoming "Kill It", the 'killer action' drama about a veterinarian hitman with a hidden past and a detective chasing a serial killer, and it looks like Dramaland is about to deliver another helping of non-Korean characters. Can the usual cringe be turned into a win...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Hyejin, Jun Hyun-moo, and Variety Show "I Live Alone" Top Good Data Report

2019/03/14 | Permalink

Interest in Han Hyejin, Jun Hyun-moo, and the variety show they appear in, "I Live Alone", is exploding. This is most likely a result of Han Hyejin and Jun Hyun-moo's recently announced divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Petition Demanding Police Protection for Yoon Ji-oh Hits 200,000 Signatures

2019/03/14 | Permalink

On March 13th a petition to the South Korean government demanding police protection for Yoon Ji-oh in regards to the Jang Ja-yeon investigation hit 200,000 signatures. This is the minimum threshhold at which the government must issue an official response as to their position on the subject...More

[HanCinema's News] Actor Turned Director Kim Yun-seok of "Underage" Cites Ha Jung-woo as Inspiration

2019/03/14 | Permalink

On March 13th at 11 AM a press conference was held at the Apgujeong CGV for the upcoming film "Underage". This is the first stint as a director for actor Kim Yun-seok...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind the Scenes Footage Released for "He Is Psychometric"

2019/03/14 | Permalink

Following the first week of "He Is Psychometric", tvN has released behind the scenes footage of the drama and hints of what is to come. Jinyoung and Shin Ye-eun have also discussed the context of what they were doing in these pictures...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-eon, Han So-hee, and Kwon Soo-hyun Join "Abyss"

2019/03/14 | Permalink

Lee Si-eon, Han So-hee, and Kwon Soo-hyun have been confirmed for "Abyss". The upcoming fantasy drama stars Park Bo-young as Se-yeon and Ahn Hyo-seop as Cha-min, a mismatched pair come back from the dead to track down a murderer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ji-hwan and Kyung Soo-jin Offered Time-Slip Drama "Joseon Survival"

2019/03/13 | Permalink

TV Chosun is bringing the time traveling theme back for a spin, and it's currently courting Kang Ji-hwan and Kyung Soo-jin for leading roles. "Joseon Survival" depicts the strong friendship between Jeong-rok, a courier and former national archery athlete, and Im Kkeok-jeong of the Joseon dynasty...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Posts "Doctor Prisoner" Image

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th, Namgoong Min posted a picture on his Instagram. In it, he has a downcast, moody expression, is wearing a suit, and is surrounding by moody, ambient red light. The picture was taken during the filming of "Doctor Prisoner"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Joon-young Removed From Agency Due to Seungri Scandal

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th Make Us Entertainment announced they were terminating their contract with Jung Joon-young. The decision follows revelations that Jung Joon-young was involved with taking clandestine sexual videos at Seungri's club, Burning Sun...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh in Tears in Instagram Broadcast

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th Yoon Ji-oh released a short Instagram broadcast. In it she breaks down in tears over fears of how new progress in the Jang Ja-yeon investigation may be covered up. But she also expresses gratitude to viewers whose interest in the case has caused the investigation into Jang Ja-yeon's death to be reopened...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Cho-hee Insists She Has No Involvement With Jung Joon-young Video Scandal

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th actress Oh Cho-hee posted a picture of herself and her dog on Instagram. The picture is captioned by an adamant denial of her involvement with Jung Joon-young's video scandal...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri Discusses Weight and New Movie on Radio Program

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th Nam Gyu-ri appeared on the radio program Cinetown with Park Seon-young. Nam Gyu-ri was last on the program a year ago. Park Seon-young observed that Nam Gyu-ri was looking much healthier than last year. Nam Gyu-ri confirmed that she had gained three kilograms, having weighed under forty kilograms during her last appearance...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Um Tae-goo, Chun Ho-jin, Esom, and Kim Young-min Join "Save Me 2"

2019/03/12 | Permalink

OCN's "Save Me 2" keeps the faith alive, as the Dramagods have brought the previously teased main cast together, and more. Um Tae-goo, Chun Ho-jin and Esom have confirmed their roles, and they are also joined by Kim Young-min in a very interesting character. The news also comes with some changes in previously released character descriptions...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" to Appear Via Video on Demand Services

2019/03/12 | Permalink

The big Korean movie of the winter finally becomes viewable in South Korean homes on March 13th. "Extreme Job" came out on January 23rd, but has been slow in reaching the secondary market because it was still making money in theaters...More

[HanCinema's News] "A History of Jealousy" Releases Stills of Nam Gyu-ri, Oh Ji-ho, and Kim Seung-hyun-I

2019/03/12 | Permalink

Still have been released for "A History of Jealousy", a mystery melodrama set to release on March 14th. This will be the first mainstream release for director Jung In-bong, whose only public directing credit to date has been on the omnibus film "The Way - 2017" about lonely elderly citizens...More

[HanCinema's News] Narsha Promotes Diet With Glamorous Instagram Shots

2019/03/12 | Permalink

On March 11th Narsha released some pictures on Instagram. In them, she is wearing a one piece swimsuit on the beach...More

[HanCinema's News] "My Only One" and Lead Actor Choi Soo-jong Rank At the Top of Latest Good Data Report

2019/03/12 | Permalink

On March 11th the Good Data Corporation released its latest weekly report on trends regarding dramas and drama actors. Based on analyzing references in social media, "My Only One" is the most popular drama and Choi Soo-jong the most popular actor...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Jae-yee Releases Stunning Wedding Photos

2019/03/12 | Permalink

On March 11th actress Go Jae-yee released photos of her wedding from December 30th of last year on SNS. She described the experience as unforgettable...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Dong-wook is Here to Clean House as "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo"

2019/03/11 | Permalink

We finally have the first stills from MBC's upcoming "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo", as we get to meet Jo "Palm Blast" Jin-gap (Kim Dong-wook) himself. The hero with a temper will be aiming it at workplace injustice, a very timely topic that could use some dedicated social satire dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Suwon Enjoying Increased Food Tourism Thanks to "Extreme Job"

2019/03/11 | Permalink

Yeom Tae-young, the mayor of Suwon, recently presented a congratulatory plaque to representatives of About Film. The production company behind "Extreme Job" sent four representative to the meeting, including two of the movie's writers. The meeting took place on March 11th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Se-yeon of "The Item" Salutes Fans in a Police Uniform

2019/03/11 | Permalink

On March 7th Jin Se-yeon uploaded a picture of herself to Instagram. She exhorts followers to be careful of yellow dust. The yellow dust season had been particularly bad in South Korea during that time...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Goo Transforms Throughout "Legal High"

2019/03/11 | Permalink

Jin Goo has been gaining traction for his work in "Legal High". In that drama, he plays the unstoppable lawyer Tae-rim who is constantly on the attack against enemy weaknesses. Yet he also deals with past trauma, and compensates with relaxation...More

[HanCinema's News] "Innocent Witness" Passes 2.4 Million Admissions

2019/03/11 | Permalink

According to the Korean Film Council, "Innocent Witness" had 35,860 admissions on Sunday. This brings it current total to 2,421,612. It's ranking was third for the day and fourth for the weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-eun and Na Hye-mi to Appear in New Daily Drama "Queen's Children"

2019/03/11 | Permalink

A representative from Na Hye-mi's agency confirmed that Na Hye-mi is in the final stages of agreeing to appear in "Queen's Children", the new daily drama from KBS. This follows reports last month that Lee Young-eun was also taking a role...More

[Orion's Drama News] Trust No One

2019/03/09 | Permalink

If you don't have enough stress in your life, "Confession - Drama" is here to help, and petty me is going to share some of its latest, anxiety-inducing goodies with you. The series is getting me all worked up, in a good way, and I already know I'm going to need those snacks and a clench-pillow when it's out. I have a giant teddy bear and I'm not afraid to use it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Resistance"

2019/03/09 | Permalink

Yu Gwan-sun (played by Go Ah-sung) was a real-life organizer in the March 1st Movement. Interestingly, writer/director Jo Min-ho does not depict Yu Gwan-sun's participation in that event so much. We do get a few full color scenes of Yu Gwan-sun with her family. But for the most part, "A Resistance" is the story of Yu Gwan-sun's life in prison following her arrest, set in bleak black-and-white as Yu Gwan-sun's patriotism is contrasted with her inevitably suffering for expressing it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong"

2019/03/09 | Permalink

So apparently, back during the Japanese Occupation of Korea, bicycle racing was a pretty big event. Right away we see a huge Olympic-style Stadium where the greatest athletes of the day compete for glory on the track via these newfangled inventions called bicycles. Then we get to the post-race, where a dozen odd members of the Korean Resistance are discussing whether their goals are best achieved with terrorism or improving the quality of their bicycle athletes...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Gagman" + Full Movie

2019/03/09 | Permalink

Lee Myung-se started his career under Bae Chang-ho, for the films "Hwang Jin-ie" ",Our Joyful Young Days" and "Dream - 1990". Thus, and having repeatedly cooperated with him and his "permanent" protagonist, Ahn Sung-ki, it was almost inevitable that he would cast them both for his directorial debut, a rather unusual comedy titled "Gagman"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] From Bad Guy to Cute Guy, Kim Sang-joong Becomes "The Banker" in First Teaser and Poster

2019/03/08 | Permalink

MBC's upcoming financial investigation drama, "The Banker", is gearing up for main promotions, and aside from a dark and moody character poster, we get an incredibly cheeky and cute first teaser. Goo-tak of "Bad Guys" is out, Dae-ho of "The Banker" is in, and you'd be a fool to mess with either...More

[HanCinema's News] Netflix's Upcoming Drama, "I Am Alone"

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Among Netflix's Korean upcoming drama projects is "I am Alone". The science fiction concept is intriguing. The story is about a lonely woman who finds solace through a hologram and its artificial intelligence...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Do-ah to get married on March 24th

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Lee Do-ah is getting married on March 24th. The Happy Married Company announced the news on March 6th, which is also when the wedding pictures were released. The wedding will take place in the Han Wedding Hall in Gangnam...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Ji-woo signs contract with Wayz Company

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Nam Ji-woo has signed with Wayz Company. The Canadian-born actor is best known for his appearances in short films, and has been called the Jung Woo-sung of short films on the festival circuit...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Min-joon signs with Family ENT

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Kim Min-joon has signed a contract with Family ENT. Originally a model, Kim Min-joon started his acting career in 2003 with a small role on "Damo". He has been a regular fixture in dramas and films since then...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh shares old photograph of Jang Ja-yeon

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Yoon Ji-oh, who released "The 13th Statement" on March 5th regarding the aftermath of Jang Ja-yeon's death, posted an old picture on March 7th. In the grainy old picture, Yoon Ji-oh can be seen smiling with Jang Ja-yeon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Reconstructing the Truth in Main Poster for "Confession - Drama"

2019/03/07 | Permalink

"Confession - Drama" draws nearer, and we've been getting a steady supply of investigative intrigue and star power through its promotional goodies. The series has now released its main poster featuring Lee Junho and Yoo Jae-myung, along with a short description of its concept...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Joo-hyuk Confirmed for "School Nurse Ahn Eun-young"

2019/03/07 | Permalink

Nam Joo-hyuk will appear in the Netflix drama "School Nurse Ahn Eun-young". His agency, YG Entertainment confirmed the news on March 6th. They said they were optimistic about shooting and expect a release in spring of next year...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Ji-hyun Is Sporty Chic in Latest Photoshoot

2019/03/07 | Permalink

Photos were recently released of Jeon Ji-hyun doing modeling work. She currently has a contract with the outdoorwear brand Nepa...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Dong-hwi Shares Commemorative Birthday Picture of "Extreme Job" for Lee Honey

2019/03/07 | Permalink

Lee Dong-hwi released a black-and-white picture on Instagram of the five principle cast members of "Extreme Job" standing and smiling together on March 7. The picture is labeled as a birthday greeting to Lee Honey, whose birthday was on March 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young Stills Released for "Her Private Life" script readings

2019/03/07 | Permalink

On March 7th, Management Soop (the word means forest in Korean) released photos of the ongoing "Her Private Life" script readings. In them, Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young can be seen showing cheerful chemistry...More

[HanCinema's News] Veteran Actor Cha Kwang-soo Discusses Life, Acting, and Devotion to His Wife

2019/03/07 | Permalink

On March 5th, veteran actor Cha Kwang-soo appeared on the MBC documentary 'People Are Good' to discuss his career. He also goes into his recent withdrawal from acting...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] IU and Yeo Jin-goo Assume Their Positions in the Ghostly "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/03/06 | Permalink

The Hong sisters' next tvN drama, "Hotel Del Luna", has been courting its leads for a while, but the two are finally on board, and we have an approximate release date. IU is leading as the ghostly hotel's ill-tempered, cursed owner, and Yeo Jin-goo leads as the elite hotelier placed in charge of it...More

[HanCinema's News] "He Is Psychometric" Preview Airs

2019/03/06 | Permalink

On March 5th, tvN broadcasted a preview episode of "He Is Psychometric". The purpose of the preview episode was to make an overview of the plot and characters and stoke viewer interest...More

[HanCinema's News] Ma Dong-seok Accepts Award as Model Taxpayer

2019/03/06 | Permalink

On March 4th, The NTS (National Tax Service) Seoul Regional Office has awarded Ma Dong-seok for being a model taxpayer. The occasion for this was the 53rd Taxpayer's Day Ceremony...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-hyuk Holds Fan Meeting in Taiwan

2019/03/06 | Permalink

On February 28th Choi Jin-hyuk held his second fan meeting in Taiwan. Official pictures were recently released...More

[HanCinema's News] "A Resistance" Sits on Top of the Box Office

2019/03/06 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "A Resistance" achieved 35,150 admissions on March 5th for a grand total of 870,315 admissions. It is currently at the top of the box office, although this position is unlikely to be maintained with the release of Captain Marvel...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Je-hoon and Ryu Jun-yeol Travel to Cuba

2019/03/06 | Permalink

JTBC released a behind-the-scenes look at Lee Je-hoon appearance with Ryu Jun-yeol on "Traveler". The video was released on the JTBC YouTube channel on March 6th...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Kingdom - Season 2" Unveils Ominous First Stills

2019/03/05 | Permalink

While we're still a long ways away from feasting on the second season of the zombie sageuk deliciousness called "Kingdom", the production of "Kingdom - Season 2" is kind enough to whet our appetite with a little photographic reminder of what is going on where we left off, and where we might be headed...More

[HanCinema's News] "Big Issue" Promises to Reveal a New Side of Han Ye-seul

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Han Ye-seul takes a new career turn as the hard-nosed editor of a paparazzi publication in "Big Issue". It's her first leading role since "Boy and Girl From the 20th Century", a drama where she played an actress who had an at times antagonistic relationship with the press...More

[HanCinema's News] tvN drama "Her Private Life" Dishes Character Details

2019/03/05 | Permalink

As "Touch Your Heart" enters its halfway point, details are emerging about "Her Private Life". The drama will follow "Touch Your Heart" in the Wednesday/Thursday timeslot on tvN...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Il-gook Triplets Cheer on Dad

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Song Il-gook is starting a new stage play today, The God of Carnage, which runs until March 24th at the Seoul Arts Center. The story concerns two sets of parents whose actions devolve into farcical chaos as they attempt to negotiate a scuffle between their children...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-young's Fashion is on Point in "Liver Or Die"

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Lee Si-young has been elevating "Liver or Die" with her fashion sense. Or at least, the drama's wardrobe department knows how to dress her...More

[HanCinema's News] Heo Joon-suk of "Extreme Job" Joins Cast of "Daughter - 2019"

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Heo Joon-suk is undergoing a major role reversal. In "Extreme Job", he had a bit role as the business-oriented nerd who persuades the hapless leads to franchise their fake fried chicken restaurant for malicious purposes...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sang-joong is a Hero on the Go in First Stills for "The Banker"

2019/03/04 | Permalink

MBC's upcoming drama "The Banker" has released some fun stills of Kim Sang-joong as its heroic protagonist, a man we are collectively not worthy of, but in dire need of. This gentleman of integrity is here to make things right, and he's doing it in style...More

[HanCinema's News] Casting announced for "I Hate Going to Work"

2019/03/04 | Permalink

"I Hate Going to Work", a drama about office life, has released casting information. The drama will star Kim Dong-wan, Han Soo-yeon, So Joo-yeon, and Kim Kwan-soo as company employees. Kim Dong-wan will star as Baek-ho, a legendary employee who has long been fast-tracked for promotion...More

[HanCinema's News] Professor Makes Positive Statements Regarding Song Hye-ko's Patriotism in Korean Media

2019/03/04 | Permalink

On March 4th professor Seo Kyoung-Duk, of Seongsin Women's University has been making the rounds lately, discussing the centennial of the March 1st Independence Movement. As per South Korea's He has also discussed Song Hye-kyo and her role in putting a proper Korean plaque near the entrance of the Yi Jun Peace Museum in the Hague...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Hits 16 Million Viewers, Breaks Record Set by "The Admiral: Roaring Currents"

2019/03/04 | Permalink

"Extreme Job" finally hit the 16 million viewer milestone today. As of March 4th, the film's total box office admissions total 16,029,822 viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Joon to appear in "Asdal Chronicles"

2019/03/04 | Permalink

Ha Joon has been announced as a latecomer for "Asdal Chronicles". He will appear in the second half of the drama as an allied warrior. What form this role may take is unclear, as all that is known of the drama is that it concerns power struggles in the ancient nation state of Gojoseon, which dates back to 33 BC...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ki-duk Film "Human, Space, Time, and Human" to Open Yubari Fantastic Film Festival

2019/03/04 | Permalink

The Yubari Fantastic Film Festival, which will run from March 7th to March 10th, will open with "Human, Space, Time and Human" by famed director Kim Ki-duk. This prominence is controversial, due to sexual misconduct allegations against the director...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fighting for the Painful Truth

2019/03/02 | Permalink

The new season is upon us, and while we wait for some romantic works to brew, I take a look at something more grounded in the often cruel reality. Today I share the first material out for "Beautiful World", and plenty more goodies from upcoming dramas, including some delicious casting news and possibilities...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Trade Your Love"

2019/03/02 | Permalink

In the cute animated opener for "Trade Your Love" we learn, among other things, that leading man Seong-seok (played by Kim Dong-wook) has a girlfriend. Hye-jin (played by Lee Chae-eun) is divorced, and thus unacceptable to Seong-seok's genteel family. This fact, coupled with how Seong-seok and leading lady Hae-joo (played by Ko Sung-hee) don't have much screentime together, quickly emphasizes how the contract marriage really is fake. Save for inertia, there's no real reason for Seong-seok and Hye-jin to actually go through with it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Second Half"

2019/03/02 | Permalink

We are introduced to Mr. Jo (played by Ryu Seung-soo) as he is driving and talking on the phone. From the beginning Mr. Jo is not a super likable character. This does not change when he arrives at South Korea's northeastern coast, and starts bitterly criticizing the promotional tactics at a local empty fish restaurant. By the time Mr. Jo arrives at his fancy hotel and meets the oddly familiar Min-ah (played by Esom) we still don't really know what the movie's about...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "My Heart"

2019/03/02 | Permalink

One of the most visually stunning films in Bae Chang-ho's filmography, "My Heart" was the product of his and his wife's (Kim Yu-mi, who is also the protagonist) combined writing effort, which resulted in a great story about the life of a woman from the 1920s until the 1960s...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Soo-jung, Jang Ki-yong, Lee Da-hee and Jeon Hye-jin-II Confirm "Search: WWW"

2019/03/01 | Permalink

TvN's upcoming "Search: WWW", a drama about modern women choosing to focus on work over becoming wives or mothers, has landed four impressive names for its cast. Following Im Soo-jung's confirmation, Jang Ki-yong, Lee Da-hee and Jeon Hye-jin-II join the party...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Suk-kyu Courted for OCN's "WATCHER"

2019/02/28 | Permalink

This week is really out to destroy me with its casting news, and Han Suk-kyu's possible upcoming return to Dramaland after "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" is no exception to this sweet torture. The actor has been offered a role in OCN's "WATCHER", which would mark his first foray into cable dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] "Romance Is a Bonus Book" Releases Behind the Scenes Pictures

2019/02/28 | Permalink

The production company behind "Romance is a Bonus Book" released new behind the scenes pictures today. In them, we can see various cast members smiling...More

[HanCinema's News] Box Office Figures for Wednesday, February 27th

2019/02/28 | Permalink

Even with three new wide releases going into Korean Independence Movement Day weekend, "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" maintains its position on top of the South Korean box office. The Korean Film Council released figures showing that "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" had 167,802 admissions on February 28th, for a cumulative total of 1,570,571 admissions since its release on February 20th...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Shares Thankful, Thoughtful Note for Lee Na-young

2019/02/28 | Permalink

To commemorate the end of filming for "Romance is a Bonus Book", Lee Jong-suk released a black-and-white thank you note for Lee Na-young on Instagram. In it he expresses appreciation for all the work they've done together and for her outstanding abilities as an actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Pregnant Kim Tae-hee Is Gorgeous at a Photoshoot

2019/02/28 | Permalink

On February 27th some new behind the scenes pictures were released of Kim Tae-hee. In them, she is doing prep work for an advertising shoot for the cosmetics brand CellCure...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Actors Jang Jin-hee and Ha Chul Are Pumped in Training Photos

2019/02/28 | Permalink

 

On February 26th model and actress Jang Jin-hee uploaded pictures of herself and her "Extreme Job" co-actor and Jeet Kune Do practitioner Ha Chul training. In the photos, they can be seen at a studio...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-kyun and Jung Ryeo-won Offered Leads in "Prosecutor Civil War"

2019/02/27 | Permalink

The Dramagods... They listen... Or at least I hope that they do, because I need Lee Sun-kyun and Jung Ryeo-won to grace us with their presence in jTBC's upcoming legal slice-of-life drama, "Prosecutor Civil War". The story sounds very "Miss Hammurabi"-ish, and that frankly sounds lovely...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ki-woong Confirmed for "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"

2019/02/27 | Permalink

Sun and Moon Entertainment released a statement on February 27th. In it, Park Ki-woong was confirmed to be playing a role in "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" as the crown prince Yi Jin...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Star Lee Honey Appears in Nylon Photospread

2019/02/27 | Permalink

Lee Honey appears in a photoshoot in the March 2019 issue of Nylon. The concept for the photoshoot is Marilyn Monroe. This refers to the way she is posing rather than the style of her clothes, which are obviously modern...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Announces March 8th Date for Military Service

2019/02/27 | Permalink

A-Man Project, the agency representing Lee Jong-suk, put out an announcement on February 26th. In it, they confirmed that Lee Jong-suk would begin his mandatory two year military service on March 8th...More

[HanCinema's News] "Trade Your Love" Releases Colorful 12-Person Poster

2019/02/27 | Permalink

A new ensemble poster has been released to commemorate the theatrical release of "Trade Your Love" today on February 27th. In it, we can see the full cast as an ensemble. This is in contrast to previous promotional images which only emphasized the two lead characters...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-hyuk discusses "The Last Empress" on "We Will Channel You"

2019/02/27 | Permalink

On February 28th Choi Jin-hyuk will appear on the first corner of "We Will Channel You!", a talk show where the concept is built around a health club. He will discuss his work, and health with the hosts...More

[HanCinema's News] Chun Woo-hee Confirmed for "The Nature of a Melo"

2019/02/27 | Permalink

JTBC's new Friday/Saturday drama, "The Nature of a Melo", confirmed on February 25th that Chun Woo-hee would play the leading role. The ensemble piece, which will be directed by Lee Byeong-heon-I of "Extreme Job" fame, will also feature Jeon Yeo-bin and Han Ji-eun will also play central roles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Joon-hyuk Cast as Ji Jin-hee's Rival in "Designated Survivor: 60 Days"

2019/02/26 | Permalink

TvN's "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" is on a casting roll, and after finding his trusty political companion in Heo Joon-ho, Ji Jin-hee's Park Moo-jin finds his political rival in Lee Joon-hyuk. The actor has officially confirmed his participation in the drama, and he will be a charismatic rival giving the people exactly what they want, sounding too good to be true...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Da-hee to Appear in New Drama "Search: WWW"

2019/02/26 | Permalink

On February 26th tvN announced a new drama titled "Search: WWW", Lee Da-hee has also been named as the lead actress...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Hits 1.2 Million Dollars in United States

2019/02/26 | Permalink

As of February 25th "Extreme Job" has broken 1.2 million dollars in box office receipts in the United States. It is now #9 on the all-time chart for Korean films released in the United States...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Last Empress" Ranked #1 on Good Data for Last Three Weeks

2019/02/26 | Permalink

On February 25th the new Good Data rankings were released for the third week of February. Marking which dramas are trending the strongest, the rankings show "The Last Empress" in the #1 spot for the third straight week for topicality. As individual performers, Jang Nara ranks #1 and Shin Sung-rok ranks #3...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-ko Is Angelic in Newest Photo

2019/02/26 | Permalink

A newly released photo of actress Song Hye-ko has been getting around. In it, she is seen wearing a pretty white outfit and holding a microphone...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Devil Resurfaces in "Kill It" Character Posters

2019/02/25 | Permalink

OCN's 'signature killer action' drama, "Kill It", continues to kill it with its promotional goodies, having found its home in stylish black, fuchsia, blues and purples. Sleek and futuristic, the posters have more to hide when one looks at the taglines, as the infamous Devil character of "Kill It" makes their return...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-hyuk Strikes Back At Rumors Regarding "The Last Empress" Departure

2019/02/25 | Permalink

Choi Jin-hyuk's management company, G-Tree Creative has reacted negatively to rumors about Choi Jin-hyuk. They are threatening a legal response and have outlined a plan of attack if the rumors do not stop...More

[HanCinema's News] Korean Film Archive Announces Independence Day Screenings

2019/02/25 | Permalink

In honor of Korean Independence Day, which is on March 1st, the Korean Film Archive in the Mapo district of Seoul is planning on showing a litany of Japanese Occupation era films. Peace and Freedom, Regret and Unity...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hyoung-soo Resigns With Agency PrainTPC

2019/02/25 | Permalink

 

On February 25th PrainTPC (TPC stands for "Talented People Caring") announced they had come to an agreement with Park Hyoung-soo. The familiar face for smaller roles has resigned with his agency...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Passes 15 Million Viewer Mark

2019/02/25 | Permalink

 

Over the weekend "Extreme Job" passed the fifteen million viewer mark as was expected. However, it finally lost the top spot in the South Korean Box Office with the release of "Svaha: The Sixth Finger"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Young Features on Cover of 10 Star Magazine

2019/02/25 | Permalink

Jin Young appears on the recently released issue of 10 Star Magazine. In it he discusses the difficulties of balancing a music career with an acting one, and also appears in several photos...More

[Orion's Drama News] Raining Stars Again

2019/02/23 | Permalink

It feels like we've cruised right through February, but its penultimate week packs quite a punch in terms of drama news. Casting news are generous once more, and we have promotional goodies dropping by the figurative truck-of-doom-load. Guard your to-watch list, all ye who enter here...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Svaha: The Sixth Finger"

2019/02/23 | Permalink

Throughout a fairly disturbing opening sequence writer/director Jang Jae-hyeon show us the everyday life of Geum-hwa (played by Lee Jae-in-II), a teenage girl living in the centrally located rural county of Yeongwol. In Geum-hwa's life there are cults, suicide, sickness, shamans, that creepy thing that lives behind a door in the kennels. In one graphic moment we even see Geum-hwa's leg chomped at in utero. It's pretty freaky stuff...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "February"

2019/02/23 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "February" we see the twenty-something Min-kyeong (played by Jo Min-kyung) take abuse from her boss at the dumpling shop until finally, she can take no more and storms out. Min-kyeong's assertiveness in this scene is admirable. But as character study, "February" is soon in ominous territory. Sure, Min-kyeong's situation is sympathetic. We see her taking classes and engaging in light prostitution to make ends meet. Then we see how Min-kyeong treats her alleged friends and family...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Sub-zero Wind"

2019/02/23 | Permalink

For her debut, Kim Yu-ri put a lot on herself, by shooting a film that deals with a plethora of subjects, including Christianity, growing up, broken families and obsession, and unfolds in three different time axes. Let us see how she fared though...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Soo-jung Confirms Starring Role in TvN's "Search: WWW"

2019/02/22 | Permalink

Upcoming tvN drama "Search: WWW" has officially landed its lead, as actor Im Soo-jung makes her return to Dramaland following her work 2017's "Chicago Typewriter". "Search: WWW" is a fantasy drama about modern women who choose their careers over becoming wives or mothers...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Possessed" Teases Killer Beyond the Veil in 2-Minute Preview

2019/02/21 | Permalink

OCN's "Possessed" brings us crime-style meet-cutes and impossible killers this March, and we get to be teased by two whole minutes of it. The drama follows a psychic and a detective who have to tackle cases committed by the supernatural...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-jae From "The New World" to "Svaha: The Sixth Finger"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

The marketing behind "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" has released stills highlighting Lee Jung-jae's career trajectory. From being a gangster in "The New World" to a prince in "The Face Reader" to an assassin in "The Assassination" to, now, a paranormal investigator in "Svaha: The Sixth Finger", his career has had a lot of variance...More

[HanCinema's News] Rage and Vengeance Take Hold in "The Fiery Priest"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

Kim Nam-gil, in his role as Catholic priest Hae-il, has been taking further prominence in "The Fiery Priest". He has been effectively alternating between characteristic stoicism and holy righteousness...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Lee Soo-sung Discusses New On-demand Thriller "Road Kill"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

Director Lee Soo-sung, of the "Bullies" trilogy, appeared at a press conference on February 19th at the CGV in Yongan. The purpose of the press conference was to discuss his new movie "Road Kill"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Chung-ah Sports Cute Pink Fashion At "Everyone's Kitchen" Announcement

2019/02/21 | Permalink

Lee Chung-ah appeared at the Stanford Hotel on February 21st to kick off the rollout new television show. "Everyone's Kitchen" is a variety show that will appear on the Olive channel...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi Courtroom Stills for "Innocent Witness"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

The marketing behind "Innocent Witness", starring Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi, and directed by Lee Han, released stills of the film's climactic courtroom scene. In this scene, defense lawyer Soon-ho (played by Jung Woo-sung) grills witness with autism Ji-woo (played by Kim Hyang-gi) to try and get a not guilty verdict for his client...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Doctor Prisoner" Releases Stills and Character Information

2019/02/20 | Permalink

"Doctor Prisoner" is getting ready to shake the ward with star-studded stills and some more character information on our key players. The upcoming KBS 2TV drama is described as a prison and medical suspense piece about the life and death battle of a genius doctor who becomes a medical director at a prison after being ousted from his hospital...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Ji-hoon Uploads Photos for "The Item" on MBC Website

2019/02/20 | Permalink

On January 20th MBC uploaded some behind the scenes images of Joo Ji-hoon onto their website for "The Item". In the pictures, he is seen smiling, and holding up crude pictures he has drawn on a white board...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang So-ra appears at press conference for "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong"

2019/02/20 | Permalink

On February 20th Kang So-ra posted a humorous photo on Instagram. In it, we can see her mimicking Rain's extremely determined expression in the theatrical poster for "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Innocent Witness" Hits Million Viewer Milestone

2019/02/20 | Permalink

Director Lee Han and principle actors Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi released a celebratory picture. "Innocent Witness" passed the million viewer milestone today, so they have reason to be happy. The film achieved this in eight days after a slow start largely on the strength of word-of-mouth...More

[HanCinema's News] The curious failure of "Hit-and-Run Squad"

2019/02/20 | Permalink

"Hit-and-Run Squad" has failed to meet expectations. Though heavily promoted until its release on January 30th, with the release of "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" on February 20th, the screen presence of "Hit-and-Run Squad" has almost completely disintegrated. It is currently tracking at 1,825,750 admissions and is unlikely to break two million...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Dal-soo Struggles Without An Agency

2019/02/20 | Permalink

C-JeS Entertainment confirmed on February 20th that Oh Dal-soo still lacks new agency representation. As is such, they have to finish his existing contractual issues even though sexual assault allegations have rendered his name toxic...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ha-neul and Gong Hyo-jin Courted for "Camellia Blooms"

2019/02/19 | Permalink

Kang Ha-neul may still be in military service, but his work offers are coming in, and so is news about his potential future picks. After the actor was falsely reported as confirmed to co-lead "Camellia Blooms" alongside Gong Hyo-jin, his agency has clarified that it is only one of the offers received for review...More

[HanCinema's News] Stills of Injured Park Si-hoo and Character Relationship Chart Released for "Babel"

2019/02/19 | Permalink

New stills of Park Si-hoo in the hospital have been released as per his work in "Babel". He is being faced and comforted by Jang Hee-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Restaurant Releases New Flavor of Chicken Which Appeared in "Extreme Job"

2019/02/19 | Permalink

Life imitates art as Mattacco Chicken releases a new flavor of sticky chicken which appeared in "Extreme Job". The flavor, Suwon Galbi, is based on a regional form of barbeque cooking...More

[HanCinema's News] From "Incomplete Life" to "Kingdom" Jun Suk-ho Maintains Presence in Korean Dramas

2019/02/19 | Permalink

With "Kingdom" Jun Suk-ho has made yet another turning point in his career.

On February 19th Jun Suk-ho's agency Ace Factory released a statement praising their client's trajectory. They noted that following his appearance in "Kingdom" Jun Suk-ho has shown that he is willing to appear in all manner of projects...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Seung-heon Considers Offer for New Drama "The Great Show"

2019/02/19 | Permalink

Representatives from Song Seung-heon's agency Better ENT have confirmed that he is currently considering an offer to star in the new tvN drama "The Great Show". This would be his first major role since starring in "The Player" late last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain Shares Fashion-savvy New Photos With Fans

2019/02/19 | Permalink

Rain recently uploaded some new photos to Instagram. One is in color, with a jungle jacket. The other is in black-and-white, with a checkered pattern. He has the same serious look in both...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yeo Jin-goo Courted Alongside IU for "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/02/18 | Permalink

The news gave, and the news hath taken away, as it has been falsely reported that Yeo Jin-goo and IU have confirmed their roles for the Hong sisters' upcoming "Hotel Del Luna". There is a silver lining here, however, since Yeo Jin-goo's agency has stated that the actor has received the offer, and is currently reviewing it...More

[HanCinema's News] Today's Box Office (February 19th, 2019)

2019/02/18 | Permalink

The Korean Film Council has released box office figures for Monday. As expected, "Extreme Job" remains #1, with a total of 114,308 admissions. "Innocent Witness" however, is closing the gap with 94,251 admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest in Gang Dong-won's "Golden Slumber" Spikes

2019/02/18 | Permalink

On Sunday night (February 17th) the OCN television channel introduced "Golden Slumber" into its film rotation. The thriller, starring Gang Dong-won and Han Hyo-joo, scored surprisingly high internet search traffic during its airing...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain Mentions Wife Kim Tae-hee on Knowing Bros

2019/02/18 | Permalink

On Saturday night, February 16th, Rain made an appearance on the popular JTBC variety show Knowing Bros to promote his new film "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong" which will be released on February 27th. The film is about a legendary bicycle athelete from the Occupation era. Rain also discussed his relationship with his wife, Kim Tae-hee...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Da-hae Shares Pictures in Paradise

2019/02/18 | Permalink

It's snowing in Seoul today, but evidently Lee Da-hae is beating the weather by going traveling. It's not clear where she is, but it's hard not to envy her in light of Seoul's current snowfall...More

[HanCinema's News] "V.I.P" Enters Rotation on OCN

2019/02/18 | Permalink

At 12:30 A.M. today, "V.I.P" screened on the OCN cable television channel for the first time in the late night slot. The film, directed by Park Hoo-jung of "The New World" fame, stars Lee Jong-suk as a serial killer and other older stars as security personnel tasked with either protecting or apprehending him...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Fuses Bromance and Melodrama into "Romance Is a Bonus Book"

2019/02/17 | Permalink

Lee Jong-suk has been earning attention for his work on "Romance is a Bonus Book" and the drama's popularity has been catching. Lee Jong-suk has been nicknamed "chemistry fairy" by online fans for his work...More

[HanCinema's News] Ko So-young's Children Do Holed Coal Briquette Charity Work

2019/02/17 | Permalink

On February 16th, Ko So-young uploaded pictures of her children doing holed coal briquette charity charity work to her Instagram account...More

[HanCinema's News] "Innocent Witness" Does Well on Word-of-mouth

2019/02/17 | Permalink

While its numbers can't compare to the record-breaking "Extreme Job", "Innocent Witness" has been making a quiet impact on the box office, pulling together over 730,000 admissions over the weekend. The legal drama, which stars Jung Woo-sung as a middle-aged lawyer and Kim Hyang-gi as an autistic high school student, has been benefitting from word of mouth...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Hits #2 on All-time Box Office

2019/02/17 | Permalink

"Extreme Job" hit a major milestone over the last weekend as it passed 14.53 million admissions. This now puts the film at #2 on the all-time South Korean Box Office list. It has surpassed "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" and is now only outperformed by "The Admiral: Roaring Currents", whose 17.61 million admission record is unlikely to break...More

[HanCinema's News] Geum Sae-rok Makes an Impact in "The Fiery Priest"

2019/02/17 | Permalink

Although billed as secondary casting, Geum Sae-rok has attracted a lot of attention for her appearance in "The Fiery Priest" where she plays a rookie detective. This has largely been a matter of her character's fairly unique portrayal...More

[Orion's Drama News] Desperate Measures

2019/02/16 | Permalink

After another busy drama week, things quiet down in terms of premieres, and we get to take a step back and enjoy an abundance of promotional delicacies for upcoming dramas. It's also time for more dangerous loves and impossible makeovers, as next weekend marks the premiere of "Love in Sadness"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Innocent Witness"

2019/02/16 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "Innocent Witness" we see the alleged crime that autistic teenager Ji-woo (played by Kim Hyang-gi) saw. There are no frills- just a few seconds of struggle from far away. We can't really see what's happening, so how much Ji-woo saw is also left ambiguous. From there the movie switches gears to defense attorney Soon-ho (played by Jung Woo-sung), who tries to get access to Ji-woo because whatever she saw is the only eyewitness testimony...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale"

2019/02/16 | Permalink

While the titular Zombie (played by Jung Ga-ram) appears almost immediately in "The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale" his presence initially has little traction. A single zombie is mostly harmless, and easily avoided by rural locals who assume he must be some kind of drug addict or something. The titular family is rather more ominous- they're a bunch of loud grifters who hustle out-of-towners for all their hard currency. When Min-geol (played by Kim Nam-gil) returns home the implication is obvious. Whoever Min-geol was trying to scam in the city caught on to his schemes...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Hello God" + Full Movie

2019/02/16 | Permalink

After a Joseon film ("Hwang Jin-ie") and a romantic comedy ("Our Joyful Young Days"), it was time for Bae Chang-ho to return to the theme that resulted in his biggest commercial successes, the road movie, with "Hello God" sharing many similarities with "Whale Hunting"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Heo Joon-ho Joins Ji Jin-hee in "Designated Survivor: 60 Days"

2019/02/15 | Permalink

Actor Heo Joon-ho has joined upcoming tvN drama "Designated Survivor: 60 Days" alongside Ji Jin-hee. The drama, which is a remake of the ABC/Netflix series of the same title, is about the Minister of Environment finding himself in charge of the country for 60 days, following an attack that causes the demise of everyone higher up the chain of command...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong, Lee Seol and Lee El Confirmed for "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2019/02/14 | Permalink

It is a good day in Dramaland when such news pops up, and my excitement for "When the Devil Calls Your Name" is now getting more solid footing with these casting confirmations. The upcoming fantasy human melodrama is about a star composer whose soul contract with the Devil is about to expire...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Bo-ra and One Join "Her Private Life"

2019/02/13 | Permalink

It's a big world out there, but the world of Dramaland is surprisingly small. The world of tvN's "Her Private Life" gets much smaller, as actors Kim Bo-ra and One have been added to the list of roles who will be too close to our heroine's titular private life for comfort...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Esom, Um Tae-goo and Chun Ho-jin Offered Main Roles in OCN's "Save Me 2"

2019/02/12 | Permalink

In the words of "Save Me" antagonist Kang Eun-sil (Park Ji-young), "Our wishes will be fulfilled. I believe it". OCN's upcoming sequel/spin-off of the drama, "Save Me 2", is eying Esom, Um Tae-goo and Chun Ho-jin for the roles of its new leads, and all three actors are currently reviewing their offers...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Actor Song Geon-hee Follows Up "SKY Castle" With Netflix's "Love Alarm"

2019/02/11 | Permalink

Actor Song Geon-hee of recent "SKY Castle" fame has joined the cast of "Love Alarm", Netflix's upcoming original about an app by an unknown developer that lets the user know when someone who likes them is within a 10-meter radius, and about the people who still want to know the true feelings of themselves and others despite it...More

[Orion's Drama News] Winter Thrills

2019/02/09 | Permalink

If you are in the colder parts of the Northern hemisphere along with me, you probably need some warmth during this season. Worry not, as this upcoming week in Dramaland has action, romance, and all other manner of goodies to get your blood pumping and your drama list plumping...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Extreme Job"

2019/02/09 | Permalink

It becomes very clear very quickly in "Extreme Job" that the five cop team the movie is centered around is really not very competent. After making excuses to the suspect as to why they didn't make a better entrance, they immediately tip him off to possible escape routes and bungle further capture attempts. When Chief Go (played by Ryu Seung-ryong) finally comes up with an obvious plan, that goes wrong too and the case is "saved" by an embarrassing plot contrivance...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Harmony"

2019/02/09 | Permalink

Jeong-hye (played by Kim Yoon-jin) may be a killer, but she's also a loving mother who relishes every moment with her infant son in prison. The alarming contrast between those two tonal ideas is where most of the back-and-forth in "Harmony" comes from. This is a movie about the fundamental humanity of women in prison. Long before the whole prison women's choir hook of the plot comes up, the main hook here is about relationships between adult women...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Our Joyful Young Days" + Full Movie

2019/02/09 | Permalink

Continuing in his box office success of the 80's, Bae Chang-ho presented another commercially appealing film in 1987, with "Our Joyful Young Days" entailing all the elements the Korean audience cherished at the time (and still does, to a point)...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Confession - Drama" Releases First Teaser and Script Reading Stills

2019/02/08 | Permalink

Following script reading stills and updated cast information released earlier this month, "Confession - Drama" has now dropped its first teaser, giving us a little glimpse of its star power along with the rundown on its story's pivotal law...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Doctor Prisoner" Holds First Script Reading

2019/02/07 | Permalink

Promotions for KBS 2TV's upcoming "Doctor Prisoner" are finally kicking off, and we have stills from the first script reading. "Doctor Prisoner" is a hybrid prison x medical suspense drama about an ace surgeon, who was ousted from a large hospital, becoming the chief medical officer of a prison and engaging in a battle of life and death...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Fiery Priest" Releases Colorful and Comedic Character Posters

2019/02/06 | Permalink

"The Fiery Priest" has been piling on the goods lately, and the latest addition to its sleek promotional campaign is its character posters, and the oddball characters in them. From its titular hero to its creepy villain, this is the weirdest bunch, and I'm loving it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Kyu-hyung Potentially Completes Love Triangle for "Her Private Life"

2019/02/05 | Permalink

In what will be amazing news if and when confirmed by the actor's side, Lee Kyu-hyung might be joining Park Min-young and Kim Jae-wook in "Her Private Life", and as a fellow lead, no less! The three will reportedly be in a love triangle, so get those hearts ready to be broken either way...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Bo-ra and Lee Jong-won-I Lead Webdrama "Ghostderella"

2019/02/04 | Permalink

The age of ghostly love is not over yet in Dramaland, and we have a new addition in the form of "Ghostderella", a webdrama produced by Lifetime for its YouTube channel, and set to air this month. The ghost-themed romance stars Kim Bo-ra fresh off "SKY Castle", and Lee Jong-won-I...More

[Orion's Drama News] The Bright Road Ahead

2019/02/02 | Permalink

Another premiere-heavy week is coming our way, with 5 dramas starting that cover different genres, and even formats. We also have new drama announcements, goodies, and casting tidbits, including OCN's newly released 2019 lineup and a bunch of promotional goods from "The Fiery Priest"...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Maggie"

2019/02/02 | Permalink

Having a newcomer director and a newcomer protagonist in a movie is already a hard task, and Yi Okseop even took it a step further by implementing an episodic narrative that looks more like a collage of ideas than a compact movie. The result, however, is interesting...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Poem, My Old Mother"

2019/02/02 | Permalink

In the rural southwestern part of Korea some old women do household chores day in and day out. They clean up their modest homes, shovel out the snow, and manage their farming plots. It is admittedly preposterous how old women over the age of eighty insist on continuing to farm when they don't really have to. But then, the poets of "The Poem, My Old Mother" are creatures of habit, and that's what their poetry is about. Chores, mostly...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Attack the Gas Station!"

2019/02/02 | Permalink

The first images we see of "Attack the Gas Station!" are highly abstract. We see the gas station being attacked. But who would do such a thing, and why? Rather than tease out this mystery director Kim Sang-jin almost immediately gives a very blunt non-reflective answer. Everybody was bored and there was nothing better to do. The situation is further confused by the gas station attacking thugs deciding to stick around for awhile and terrorize the gas station's owners in the name of...justice?...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Winter's Night"

2019/02/02 | Permalink

As I have stated many times before, Hong Sang-soo's influence in the indie, art-house production of Korea is visible on all levels, and "Winter's Night" is not exactly an exception. A number of unique elements, here and there in the narrative, though, allow the film to be a work on itself, and a rather entertaining experience, at least for the art-house audience...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OCN Announces Story-Focused 2019 Drama Lineup

2019/02/01 | Permalink

OCN has been busy with its upcoming drama lineup, and we get a sneak peek at the results we are about to experience within this year. The channel mentions works we already know about, with one changing its title and premise, but we also have a new drama addition...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hyun-joo Courted for Social Justice Drama "Doctor Detective"

2019/01/31 | Permalink

It has been a while since KBS's "Miracle That We Met", and Kim Hyun-joo might be making her return to Dramaland this summer. The actor has received an offer for SBS's upcoming social justice drama, "Doctor Detective", which aims to passionately tackle social unfairness...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Banker" Reveals More of Extended Cast in Script Reading Photos

2019/01/30 | Permalink

MBC's upcoming drama "The Banker" is the gift that keeps on giving, and we have even more additions to its massive cast of veterans, rookies, and everyone in-between. The series held its script reading in early December, and now the production has released photos from the event...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Hae-in and Han Ji-min Confirm Noona Romance Drama "Spring Night"

2019/01/29 | Permalink

It takes some luck to become Son Ye-jin's leading man, and it takes some true Dramaland blessing to then move on to accompanying Han Ji-min. We have a case of noona out-noona in, as Jung Hae-in and Han Ji-min take on the leading roles in "Spring Night"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Si-wan Confirms Starring Role in OCN's "Strangers From Hell"

2019/01/28 | Permalink

I love swift confirmations, and Im Si-wan brings us one before his imminent discharge from military service. The actor has accepted the offer for the leading role in OCN's "Strangers From Hell", the drama adaptation of a popular webtoon, and the second entry to OCN's 'Dramatic Cinema' project after "Trap - Drama"...More

[Orion's Drama News] Material Obsessions

2019/01/26 | Permalink

The drama watchlist panic is setting in, as there's so much currently being released, or soon to come. Today I take a look at "The Item", which I am anticipating too fervently for my drama-health, and I bring you the usual goodies, casting bits and other fine pieces of upcoming dramaness...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission"

2019/01/26 | Permalink

During the latter years of the Japanese Occupation the Korean language is not quite banned. Still, the Japanese who rule Korea would rather their subjects not speak it. The chief exception to this rule is for language scholars who are studying Korean academically. Or at least, that's what they want the Japanese to think. In reality Gap-yoon (played by Kim Hong-pa) is putting together a team of cunning linguists to publish and distribute a secret dictionary...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pandora"

2019/01/26 | Permalink

Jae-hyeok (played by Kim Nam-gil) works at a nuclear plant in southeast part of Korea and is constantly badgering his family about moving away for the sake of better opportunities. A lot of people have been leaving southeast Korea over the last few years for exactly this reason, so weighing ambition and opportunity against tradition and home is a relevant social conflict. Alas, "Pandora" chooses a very different villain- the sinister specter of nuclear power...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Whale Hunting" + Full Movie

2019/01/26 | Permalink

Based once more on a story by Choe In-ho, Bae Chang-ho's "Whale Hunting" cemented his position as one of the most commercially successful Korean directors of the 80's, topping the box office in 1984. The titular phrase, during the years of dictatorship, meant yearning for something more than the financial progress that was the government's main goal, and in essence represented dissatisfaction with the then (everyday) life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo" Holds Script Reading

2019/01/25 | Permalink

Kim Dong-wook will be arriving as the justice-serving "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo" this spring, and he brings quite the cast with him. We can see some of the main and supporting actors in recently released stills from the drama's script reading, and I look forward to seeing this great ensemble's magic...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Si-wan Courted for Webtoon-Based OCN Drama "Strangers From Hell"

2019/01/24 | Permalink

Im Si-wan will be back with us shortly, and the actor is already getting offers for projects. One such offer comes for OCN's upcoming drama "Strangers From Hell", which is based on a popular thriller webtoon of the same title by writer Kim Yong-gi...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Trap - Drama" Releases Dramatic Character Posters

2019/01/23 | Permalink

After attacking the senses with some dramatic teasers and posters, "Trap - Drama" takes a step back to look at the essence of its characters through these latest additions to its promotional campaign. The released character posters keep things to a bare minimum, teasing our protagonists' main motivations...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Banker" Gathers Powerhouse Supporting Cast

2019/01/22 | Permalink

"The Banker" has somehow managed to sneak a preview video in, and its casting game is aggressively impressive. Joining Kim Sang-joong, Chae Si-ra and Yoo Dong-geun are Kim Tae-woo, Ahn Nae-sang, Seo Yi-sook, Kim Kyu-chul and Kim Young-pil. If there was ever a cast full of veteran glory...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-wook Offered Lead in "Her Private Life" Alongside Park Min-young

2019/01/21 | Permalink

Fans rejoice, for Kim Jae-wook might finally be getting that leading role in a rom-com we've all been chanting to the Drama Heavens in unison. The actor has been offered a leading role in tvN's upcoming "Her Private Life", where he will join Park Min-young, should she also accept her role offer...More

[Orion's Drama News] Awkward Proposals

2019/01/19 | Permalink

New upcoming dramas are being announced or given details left and right, and we have several additions this week. Before getting to that, I take a look at the new goodies from upcoming "camouflage romance" drama "Touch Your Heart", which is definitely out to get us with its OTP...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Revenger"

2019/01/19 | Permalink

Korean martial arts films are not exactly a common tendency for the country's cinema. But when one someone deals with the genre, as Lee Seung-won-III does here in his debut, well, the result is extremely generic, to say the least. Let us take things from the beginning, though...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "No Mercy - 2019"

2019/01/19 | Permalink

The opening scene, with its emphasis on a cool-looking Ford Mustang and Lee Si-young sporting a very attractive red dress, gives "No Mercy - 2019" a rather voyeuristic feel. But that only that lasts up until the point she finally engages someone in conversation. It doesn't end up going well for the guy under the car. And so the purpose of the film is quickly established. In-ae may look pretty, but she's not here to make friends...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Teacher, Mr. Kim"

2019/01/19 | Permalink

With "My Teacher, Mr. Kim" writer/director Jang Gyoo-seong sends a love letter to South Korea's dying rural communities. There's no creature comforts, and hardly any people. But then that's the main positive. Mr. Kim (played by Cha Seung-won) has an elementary school class in Seoul filled with a generic morass of indistinguishable children. Mr. Kim is a slacker at heart, and with so many teachers also floating around campus, who's going to notice a single guy not taking his job seriously?...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Deep Blue Night"

2019/01/19 | Permalink

Based on the homonymous novel by Choi In-ho, and shot in Lon Angeles, "Deep Blue Sea" was one of the first local movies to portray the eagerness of Koreans to immigrate to the US, which was considered the "Absolute" country to live in. Despite the radically different setting than his previous films, "Deep Blue Sea" was another huge commercial success, attracting more than 600,000 viewers, breaking box office records, and receiving many awards on both domestic and international stages, including the Grand Bell Film Award, the Paeksang Arts Award and an Asia Pacific Screen Award...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Faces of Justice in Character Posters for "Legal High"

2019/01/18 | Permalink

"Legal High" has released two character posters for Jin Goo and Seo Eun-soo, summarizing the essence our two leads of the law start off with. The two lawyers are like night and day in ethics and principles, but they will hopefully grow, and justice will prevail...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Item" Releases Cryptic Posters and Thrilling Character Teasers

2019/01/17 | Permalink

I've been blessed with "The Item" goodies again, and I must share this bliss with you. The series has released two teaser posters featuring mysterious symbols that will surely play a big role in the story, as well as two character teaser videos for Jin Se-yeon's crininal profiler and Kim Kang-woo's villain. February 11th can't come soon enough...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Hyuk-kwon and Min Sung-wook Join "Mung Bean Flower"

2019/01/16 | Permalink

After confirming Jo Jung-suk, Han Ye-ri and Yoon Si-yoon, upcoming historical drama "Mung Bean Flower" has added Park Hyuk-kwon and Min Sung-wook to its cast. The two actors play important characters on the sides of the ruling faction, and the peasant movement...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] An Unwelcome Crowd Gathers in "Possessed" Main Posters

2019/01/15 | Permalink

Something sinister lingers in these three new posters for OCN's upcoming 'soul-tracking thriller', "Possessed". The posters show us a duo that's shaping up to be quite the adorable hilarity, but the two don't seem to be alone in this horror-friendly elevator...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] IU Courted for Hong Sisters' Drama "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/01/14 | Permalink

The previously unnamed drama to be written by the Hong Sisters (Hong Jeong-eun, Hong Mi-ran) and helmed by PD Oh Choong-hwan ("While You Were Sleeping - 2017", "Doctors") is still courting IU for the lead, and we have some new information on the production. Following falsely reported casting confirmation news, tvN has clarified the drama's status...More

[Orion's Drama News] Heavy-Handed Justice

2019/01/12 | Permalink

The Dramaland choo choo is just blasting through goodies this week, as we have a ton of new promotional bits for shows airing soon, as well as some exciting casting news and fresh dramas on the horizon. We also get to meet the feisty lawyers of "Legal High" in brand new images and video...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Grown Up"

2019/01/12 | Permalink

The last time writer/director Jang Hye-yeong saw her mentally challenged younger sister Hye-jeong was...um, that detail's actually a bit unclear, come to think of it. We're explicitly told that that Hye-jeong was put in an assisted care facility at the age of thirteen, and that the subject of "Grown Up" is the decision made by writer/director Jang Hye-yeong to remove her sister from the facility and live together with her some seventeen years later. But an awful lot of the background is surprisingly vague...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Kick the Moon"

2019/01/12 | Permalink

The Korean title of "Kick the Moon" is Silla By Moonlight, a reference to the classic Occupation era song which romanticized the Silla Kingdom. The reference is intended to be ironic, as "Kick the Moon" depicts modern day Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla Kingdom, as being a hotbed of loudmouthed gangsters who speak in thick dialect. The film opens up with a legendary riot as Seoul high school students on a graduation trip decide to show off their toughness by challenging Gyeongju residents to a giant street fight...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Hwang Jin-ie" + Full Movie

2019/01/12 | Permalink

My exploration of Bae Chang-ho's cinema continues with a rather different film, since it takes place in the Joseon era, and focuses not on narrative, but on visuals, in a rather arthouse approach. Let us take things from the beginning though...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Se-young, Ryu Deok-hwan and Kim Kyung-nam-II Join "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo"

2019/01/11 | Permalink

"Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo" has been casting hard these last few days, and its confirmed additions so far are Park Se-young, Ryu Deok-hwan, and Kim Kyung-nam-II. The drama is about the titular former judo champion and PE teacher trying to live quietly as a labor inspector, but coming across, and eventually fighting the injustice he witnesses at his job...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Kye-sang and Ha Ji-won Courted for Drama by "Sorry, I Love You" Creators

2019/01/11 | Permalink

Actors Yoon Kye-sang and Ha Ji-won are currently considering roles in "Chocolate", an upcoming drama marking the reunion of writer Lee Kyeong-hee ("Uncontrollably Fond", "Very Good Times") and PD Lee Hyeong-min ("Miracle That We Met", "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon") following their collaboration in "Sorry, I Love You"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Romance is a Bonus Book" Releases Sweet Couple Stills

2019/01/10 | Permalink

After dropping a lovely couple poster, "Romance is a Bonus Book" delivers some sweet stills of Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk as Kang Dan-yi and Cha Eun-ho. Their on-screen couple look loving and comfortable, and I look forward to seeing the acting chemistry between these two...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Long Throw of the Law in First Teaser for "Legal High"

2019/01/10 | Permalink

We get our first look at the leads of "Legal High" in action, as the series has released its first teaser featuring Jin Goo and Seo Eun-soo. The two portray lawyers with very different work ethics, namely one without any, and one who values the concept greatly...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Danger Approaches in New Posters for OCN's "Trap - Drama"

2019/01/09 | Permalink

The hunt is on, and these new posters portray danger closing in on Lee Seo-jin and Sung Dong-il's characters in "Trap - Drama". The two play an anchorman caught in 'the cruelest trap', as the show's full title states, and a veteran detective on the case...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Junho and Yoo Jae-myung Confirm tvN's "Confession - Drama"

2019/01/09 | Permalink

In very exciting news, actors Lee Junho and Yoo Jae-myung have confirmed their appearance in tvN's "Confession - Drama", a story about looking for the truth hidden behind the boundaries of the 'double jeopardy' law. Double jeopardy refers to the principle where one cannot be tried for the same crime twice following either a conviction or an acquittal...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Item" Releases Stills of Joo Ji-hoon, Jin Se-yeon and Kim Kang-woo

2019/01/08 | Permalink

After the cool second teaser for "The Item", my itch for new content is met with some new stills for the protagonists and the antagonist of the drama. The production has released stills of Joo Ji-hoon, Jin Se-yeon and Kim Kang-woo in the three pivotal roles surrounding these supernatural objects...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Joon-Hee Takes the Wheel in "Possessed" Character Teaser

2019/01/08 | Permalink

We all know detectives are more often useless than they are capable in Dramaland, but Song Sae-byeok's Kang Pil-seong is engaged in an unfair battle in OCN's "Possessed". Enter Go Joon-hee's psychic, Hong Seo-jeong, who is here to take charge and help the poor soul. The two will be fighting an evil that commits crimes while possessing humans...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Ki-yong and Nana Lead OCN's "Kill It" as Killer and Detective

2019/01/07 | Permalink

OCN's "Kill It" has its leads, so open your peepers and take in the beauty that is Jang Ki-yong and Nana as its killer and detective duo. "Kill It" is a chase melodrama about a man who has to kill in order to find his family, and a woman who has to catch him in order to unravel the mystery behind her lover's death...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jo Jung-suk, Han Ye-ri, Yoon Si-yoon Confirm Historical Drama "Mung Bean Flower"

2019/01/07 | Permalink

SBS's upcoming sageuk formerly known by the working title "Ugeumchi" is now called "Mung Bean Flower", and it has confirmed Jo Jung-suk, Han Ye-ri and Yoon Si-yoon as its leads. The series tells the story of two half-brothers fighting on opposite sides during the Donghak Peasant Movement...More

[Orion's Drama News] In With the New

2019/01/05 | Permalink

As we put 2018 behind us and welcome 2019, it's time to look to the future for new and exciting things. Dramaland's new year promotional rush is upon us, and we have goodies for days. So sit back, relax, and join me for some good ol' hype...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Righteous Ties"

2019/01/05 | Permalink

The perpetually frustrated mobster Chi-seong (played by Jung Jae-young) spends the first scene in "Righteous Ties" reluctantly having to take responsibility for a single violent criminal act in order to preserve the interests of his gang. From here the narrative gets kind of murky. Where we might expect a stoic appraisal of criminal honor or possibly a farcical comedy about wacky adventures in a prison, writer Jang Jin somehow manages to do both halfway...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mr. Gam's Victory"

2019/01/05 | Permalink

In the early eighties, Mr. Gam (played by Lee Beom-soo) has a modest background. He works in a factory by day and helps with his mom's shop in the traditional market at night. The introduction of a color TV is a big deal for his family. Political agitation exists, but for Mr. Gam, it's the kind of thing he runs into by accident. But most importantly, the wealth of the eighties gives Mr. Gam a chance to fulfill his dream of being a baseball player...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Running Wild"

2019/01/05 | Permalink

Mixing an action thriller with a crime thriller is always a good idea, particularly when we are talking about Korean cinema, where the two genres are among the most popular and financially successful. Expectantly, the film was a commercial success in 2006. Let us take things from the beginning though...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Spring Turns to Spring" Releases "1-Person Poster" for Lee Yoo-ri and Uhm Ji-won

2019/01/04 | Permalink

"Spring Turns to Spring" goes for a 2-in-1 feature of its two body-swapping protagonists. Lee Yoo-ri and Uhm Ji-won star as very different women who one day find themselves leading completely different lives as the other person, and these latest posters tease that switch...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Legal High" Shares Photos of First Script Reading

2019/01/04 | Permalink

Upcoming remake drama "Legal High" has released images from its first script reading, along with more character information. The reading was held last month, and attending were PD Kim Jeong-hyeon-I, writer Park Seong-jin-I, actors Jin Goo, Seo Eun-soo, Yoon Park, Chae Jung-an, Jung Sang-hoon, Lee Soon-jae, Kim Byung-ok, Kim Ho-jung, Jang Yoo-sang and more...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Dong-wook Fights for the Have Nots as "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo"

2019/01/03 | Permalink

In what is surely a conspiracy against my fragile emotions, "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo" has cast Kim Dong-wook as the titular inspector with a strong sense of justice and a very short fuse. In addition to this casting news, and my raging love for it, we have more character information on this hero for the "have nots"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Romance is a Bonus Book" Releases First Stills of Lee Jong-suk

2019/01/03 | Permalink

After introducing us to our heroine played by Lee Na-young, "Romance is a Bonus Book" delivers the first stills for our hero, Lee Jong-suk's 'literary idol', star writer Cha Eun-ho. From book signing events to university lectures, Eun-ho is one busy genius with a clearly popular public persona...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Seo-jin Announces Tragedy in Character Teaser for "Trap - Drama"

2019/01/02 | Permalink

"Trap - Drama" brings injury, and then insult to injury, as protagonist Kang Woo-hyeon (Lee Seo-jin) has to suffer loss and entrapment on top of it. The latest character teaser by the series starts with the saddest news story of all time, where the victim doesn't know it's his own...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Kingdom" Brings a Different King of Uprising in Second Official Trailer

2019/01/02 | Permalink

My excitement for "Kingdom" seems to follow the increasing number of corpses and walking corpses in it, and this latest trailer spares no shuffling expenses. Whatever this illness is, it takes no hostages, and it definitely doesn't need a terrible politician making it worse...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 31-32 Final

2019/01/02 | Permalink

It's time to set things right for a better future, but "Feel Good To Die" saves one last twist for us. It's definitely an unexpected one I would usually not welcome at all, but this series has managed to get through everything else with dignity, and it does not disappoint this time either. Jin-sang, Roo-da, and their merry crew won't have an easy road ahead, but they will have good company on it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment" Releases Comic Style Poster

2019/01/01 | Permalink

The upcoming sequel season to "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho" is certainly making an impact with its promotional material up to date, and although its teasers have been getting increasingly dark, this poster is here for a little splash of color...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Possessed" Gets Spoopy in First Teaser

2019/01/01 | Permalink

Prepare for chills, thrills, and probably some good laughs from OCN's upcoming drama "Possessed", which has released its first teaser. Song Sae-byeok's Kang Pil-seong faces the horrors of the dark, and gets something a bit different than expected...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] A Big Brother's Feelings Go Unheard in Character Posters for "Liver or Die"

2018/12/31 | Permalink

Nothing is stronger than family love, but family hate comes very close to it. "Liver or Die" may have gone through a bit of an odd international title change, but the previously titular hero is still facing the same old problems with a family that just doesn't connect with him...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Supernatural Turns Personal in Teaser Video and Posters for "The Item"

2018/12/31 | Permalink

"The Item" is really kicking it up a notch with its second teaser, as it goes all out with the items, and what we can expect from them. We also get to see the very personal motivation of protagonist Kang Gon (Joo Ji-hoon) to catch the culprit, Kim Kang-woo's terrible Jo Se-hwang...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 29-30

2018/12/30 | Permalink

Even the most inspiring leaders can find it hard to convince a crowd when it comes to something they fear, and Jin-sang has not always been an inspiring leader in "Feel Good To Die". The man is trying his best to bring about change, and to help Roo-da remember, but some things can't be rushed, and some people can't be changed, as evident with In-han. Still, Jin-sang's efforts bear fruit, as Roo-da's fragmented flashbacks yield results...More

[Orion's Drama News] Out With the Old

2018/12/29 | Permalink

This is the last weekend piece of the year, and as we dive straight into a hopefully peaceful and happy 2019, I give you some of the last minute bits and pieces that Dramaland has to offer. We have casting and promotional goodies, and I have finally started "Memories of the Alhambra", because miracles do happen...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Take Point"

2018/12/29 | Permalink

In a delightfully cynical opening montage writer/director Kim Byeong-woo shows us how even in its most magnaminous moments, the United States is a comically fickle country whose leaders will sabotage long term peace deals in the name of dubious short term objectives. By the time we get to mercenary captain Ahab (played by Ha Jung-woo) we find out that the glue holding his team together is economic poverty and an absence of proper paperwork to live in the land of opportunity. So it is that they took on a high profile job...in the bunker...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Children Gone To Poland"

2018/12/29 | Permalink

North Korea sent a lot of war orphans to Poland during the Korean War. Allegedly, "Children Gone To Poland" is their story. In practice, the documentary has frustratingly little focus on those orphans. We barely hear anything about them before director Choo Sang-mi is already holding auditions for a young North Korean defector (Lee Song ends up being chosen) to go with her to Poland and find out more...More

[HanCinema Film Review] "The Flower at the Equator" + Full Movie

2018/12/29 | Permalink

Similarly with his debut, but also on a much higher level, Bae Chang-ho presents another multilayered drama about the human psyche, although this time the base is that of a thriller, instead of a social film, which seems to share some semblance with Hitchcock's style...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jo Wan-gi Joins "Possessed" as Playboy Fortune Teller

2018/12/28 | Permalink

We know that Go Joon-hee's Hong Seo-jeong is the real psychic deal in OCN's upcoming exorcism-themed drama "Possessed", but actor Jo Wan-gi is here to cover the other side of this superpowered coin, meaning the side that just doesn't have them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Have Nots Fight the Haves in New Drama "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo"

2018/12/28 | Permalink

MBC and writer Kim Ban-di of "Angry Mom" are collaborating once more, and social commentary continues to be their jam. Joined by PD Park Won-gook ("Ruler: Master of the Mask", "Working Mother, Babysitter Father"), they will be taking the fight for justice to the workplace with "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 27-28

2018/12/28 | Permalink

Jin-sang's joy over Roo-da's newfound not-deadness is understandably hard to contain, but this causes some issues in the workplace, especially when he has to find ways to reenact certain situations that he would rather not have to repeat. With a mission to bring Roo-da up to speed with what has happened being Jin-sang's latest project, can he spark that same change in people that Roo-da tried so hard to accomplish...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Spring Turns to Spring" Releases Stills of Lee Yoo-ri and Uhm Ji-won

2018/12/27 | Permalink

"Spring Turns to Spring" brings us stills fresher than spring, as acting heavyweights Lee Yoo-ri and Uhm Ji-won are here to grace our screens through some stills, and have us look forward to some fine acting in this woman-centric body swap drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix's "Kingdom" Releases Grabby Character Posters

2018/12/27 | Permalink

Netflix's zombie sageuk, "Kingdom", has released individual character posters for its main and supporting cast, and the undead menace that surrounds these characters, ready to strike. The news attached also gives us some basic information on the alliances we can expect...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Romance is a Bonus Book" Releases Teaser Posters

2018/12/26 | Permalink

Lee Na-young and Lee Jong-suk are living the book life in newly released teaser posters for upcoming tvN drama "Romance is a Bonus Book". The series follows the romance of a genius writer and editor, and a famous copywriter who fakes her credentials in order to find a lower level job...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Vagabond" Confirms Release Date, Reveals Stills of Lee Seung-gi and Suzy

2018/12/26 | Permalink

We finally get our first look at Lee Seung-gi and Suzy's "Vagabond", and we even get a release date to sweeten the deal. The series is the next project by the trio of PD Yoo In-sik, and writers Jeong Kyeong-soon-I and Jang Yeong-cheol, who worked together on "Giant", "Salaryman" and "Incarnation of Money"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 25-26

2018/12/26 | Permalink

The empty space left by Roo-da in "Feel Good To Die" hits everyone hard, and everyone reacts to it differently. At the end of the day, however, it is Roo-da's life that affected these people the most, and changed how they treat themselves and others. Jin-sang takes a considerable blow, given the burden he has to try and change his savior's fate. We know where it all started, and where it can all end...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Good, The Bad, The Shameless of "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment"

2018/12/25 | Permalink

"Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment" has been breezing through its promotion nice and steady, and we have new stills from Lee Min-ji's Good, Go Hyun-jung's Bad, and Park Shin-yang's Shameless. The man of the hour is back, and he still has no fear...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Crowned Clown" Puts on Its Winter Best for New Poster

2018/12/25 | Permalink

There is always time for love in Korean dramas, and that includes sageuk royalty. "The Crowned Clown" has released a sweet poster featuring Yeo Jin-goo and Lee Se-young as the clown-in-king's-clothing, and the queen...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Touch Your Heart" Shares Holiday Mood in First Teaser and Poster

2018/12/24 | Permalink

If all you want for Christmas is another helping of this "Goblin" pair, "Touch Your Heart" grants your wish. The series has released a short, but lovable teaser, along with a simple, sweet poster of its leads, portrayed by Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-na...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim So-hyun and Her Merry Men Confirm Netflix's "Love Alarm"

2018/12/24 | Permalink

One of the many Korean drama Netflix exclusives, "Love Alarm", has been chugging along in production, and we have confirmations for the heroine, and all the men after her heart. Kim So-hyun will be taking the lead, joined by Song Kang, Jung Ga-ram, and Shin Seung-ho...More

[Orion's Drama News] Royally Entertained

2018/12/22 | Permalink

Award shows are plentiful as we inch closer to the new year, but the Dramaland news machine always finds a way to chug along. This week I have a surprisingly diverse group of goodies for "The Crowned Clown", along with exciting stuff coming in 2019, and beyond...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Swing Kids"

2018/12/22 | Permalink

At the Geoje Prison Camp during the Korean War Gi-soo (played by Do Kyung-soo) is a North Korean Communist who actively resists against the American invaders of his country. "Swing Kids" never actually explains that this is why Gi-soo is such a hardcore partisan, instead going into how he is moved by the inherently inspiring nature of swing dancing. If you think that's bad wait until you get to Pan-rae (played by Park Hye-soo), whose material concerns of providing food for her orphaned siblings are also sidelined by the inherently inspiring nature of swing dancing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Drug King"

2018/12/22 | Permalink

Archival footage explains how the Japanese discovered meth, and decided to use it during World War II to make their soldiers sharp for the war effort. This predictably resulted in a lot of veterans becoming drug addicts in the decades after the war, and facing local crackdowns, Japanese crime lords turned to suppliers in South Korea to pick up the slack. So it is that in the seventies bumbling fishmonger dad Doo-sam (played by Song Kang-ho) tries to get in on the action...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "People in the Slum" + Full Movie

2018/12/22 | Permalink

Bae Chang-ho's debut feature was not an easy one to make. Although the source material, Lee Dong-chul's semi-autobiographical novel, was a best seller, Bae had to face government censors, which, at a time when Chun Doo Hwan's regime was at a fool bloom after a violent suppression of civil unrest, were at the pick of their power and of their strictness. Even before the start of production, the script was rejected five times and the censors listed 60 elements that they wanted changed. The requested changes included the film's title, the attitude of policemen towards the slum residents, and a husband pulling on his wife's hair during a fight...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Crossing Beyond"

2018/12/22 | Permalink

When one hears about a film that is the official one of the Winter Olympics (in this case of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics,) and that the director is appointed to shoot it, one is, inevitably, led to think that the effort would be one of glorification, almost completely stripped of objectivity, a promotional work, in essence. And although these elements are still present, Yi Seung-Jun has managed to shoot a documentary that is much more than a promotional piece, by focusing on stories of actual people, not all of which are characterized by athletic triumphs...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] JTBC to Remake US Series "Younger"

2018/12/21 | Permalink

JTBC is going after those US remakes hard, and its continued love for women-centric stories makes yours truly a happy puppy. Next up on the remake slate is TV Land series "Younger", the story of a divorced woman in her 40s trying to re-enter the job market by pretending to be in her 20...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Yu-mi and Lee Kyoung-mi Join Forces for Netflix's "School Nurse Ahn Eun-young"

2018/12/21 | Permalink

Netflix is cruising through drama productions lately, and its latest sounds like a story after my own heart. The global platform will be producing "School Nurse Ahn Eun-young", a drama adaptation of a novel by the same name about a school nurse with a side-job of exorcism...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Romance is a Bonus Book" Releases First Stills of Lee Na-young

2018/12/20 | Permalink

"Romance is a Bonus Book" gives us a first look at its in-drama content, and we're finally meeting heroine Kang Dan-yi, portrayed by Lee Na-young. This marks a comeback for the actor following a lengthy drama hiatus, so it's going to be an interesting reacquaintance for her...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Liver or Die" Introduces Mess of a Family in First Teaser

2018/12/20 | Permalink

Get ready for the blood-bound chaos that is the Lee family in upcoming KBS 2TV drama "Liver or Die". The series has released its first teaser, and we get to see just what kind of a mess the titular, poor Poong-sang has to deal with...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix's "Kingdom" Releases Official Trailer and Heap of New Stills

2018/12/19 | Permalink

Netflix's upcoming blockbuster zombie sageuk, "Kingdom", has been promoting pretty steadily, and we've got plenty of new stills. The series has also released its official trailer, which gives us a better look at the undead menace, and the three characters facing it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hye-ja and Han Ji-min's "The Light in Your Eyes" Holds Script Reading

2018/12/19 | Permalink

"The Light in Your Eyes" is living up to its name with its cast and creators, and yours truly was surprised to see the names of the latter. The drama is being brought to us by PD Kim Seok-yoon, and writers Kim Su-jin and Lee Nam-gyoo, who have worked together on several projects between them, including "Awl" and "My Wife Is Having an Affair"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Possessed" Launches Promotion With Script Reading Stills

2018/12/18 | Permalink

OCN's upcoming 'soul-tracking thriller', "Possessed", has managed to sneak Yeon Jung-hoon's confirmation right past me, but he's here, and ready to rock the channel once more, this time as a villain. He joins Song Sae-byeok and Go Joon-hee in this ever so popular genre of Korean drama as of late...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Crowned Clown" Releases Dramatic Character Posters

2018/12/18 | Permalink

"The Crowned Clown" is going all out with the visuals once more, as the drama has released some beautiful character posters for Yeo Jin-goo's double role as a clown and a king, Lee Se-young's queen, and Kim Sang-kyung's Chief Royal Secretary; a pivotal role in the switch of the identical men...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Hee-soon, Choo Ja-hyun, Oh Man-seok and Jo Yeo-jung Cast in Drama "Beautiful World"

2018/12/17 | Permalink

JTBC is on a roll with "SKY Castle", and its follow-up aims to follow suit. "Beautiful World" has cast Park Hee-soon, Choo Ja-hyun, Oh Man-seok and Jo Yeo-jung as rival parental pairs in a case of school violence. Writing this is Kim Jee-woo and she is once again joined by PD Park Chan-hong, following their collaboration in works such as "Memory", "Shark" and "Devil"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na and Others Attend "Touch Your Heart" Script Reading

2018/12/17 | Permalink

"Touch Your Heart" is here to touch our hearts, as the series has released script reading stills featuring its lovely cast ensemble. The drama is a 'camouflage work romance' between a top lawyer and his secretary, who is a hallyu actress in disguise. It will be following "Encounter" on tvN in January, so get them hearts ready...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 23-24

2018/12/16 | Permalink

The imminent disaster I was afraid of in "Feel Good To Die" comes a bit too soon for my heart, but in a series about a time loop, a lot is negotiable. The question is, what will we be left with at the end? MW Chicken's power games reach a culmination that has been a long time coming, and a rocky road leads Joon-ho to some correct decisions, but the damage against Jin-sang has been done, and something far more dire follows...More

[Orion's Drama News] When the Casting Director Calls Your Name

2018/12/15 | Permalink

The casting deities are restless, and many upcoming dramas are really going all out on their leads and supporting folks alike. I'm eager to see some of these works, so pray to said deities that 2019 doesn't let us down...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 21-22

2018/12/15 | Permalink

The harsh realities of Jin-sang's past behavior, and of his emotions for Roo-da start hitting him pretty hard, but company matters and a new enemy are getting in the way of these things developing more adequately. With only a few episodes left to go, it feels like a disaster is imminent, but the time loop's origins have to be tackled at some point, and Jin-sang has to face the person behind them...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Door Lock"

2018/12/15 | Permalink

Sans context it's easy to mistake the villain of "Door Lock" as the spouse of Kyeong-min (played by Gong Hyo-jin). The more context we get, though, the clearer it is that Kyeong-min is a very harried woman who barely even has time to get up in the morning, let alone have a boyfriend- or more immediately relevantly, notice that anything suspicious is going on. It's only by random coincidence that Kyeong-min realizes something strange is afoot regarding her mechanical door lock...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Unstoppable"

2018/12/15 | Permalink

Don't let that ominous theatrical poster or the similarly imposing title fool you. "Unstoppable" is a surprisingly light-hearted movie. I mean sure, Dong-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) is built like a tank and his wife Ji-soo (played by Song Ji-hyo) does inevitably get kidnapped. But up until that point, "Unstoppable" is a very domestic film, where the leading man eschews violence for the sake of respectability, to the point that even Dong-cheol's partner gets annoyed at his excessive passivity. Adorably cute domestic squabbles follow...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "The General's Mustache" + Full Movie

2018/12/15 | Permalink

Based on the homonymous novel by Lee O-young, "The General's Mustache" presents a rather unusual approach to the crime drama, as it initially starts as a usual entry in the category, but eventually turns into an existential, social film filled with philosophical but also melodramatic elements...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Ki-yong Might Join Im Soo-jung for "Search: WWW"

2018/12/14 | Permalink

Jang Ki-yong is becoming quite the sought-after name following his quite successful year, and he has another role offer to add alongside the previously reported on OCN drama "Blue Eye". The actor is being courted for another lead, this time in "Search: WWW" alongside Im Soo-jung...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Liver or Die" Releases Heartbreaking Teaser Poster for Yoo Joon-sang

2018/12/14 | Permalink

Thank you, KBS 2TV. I needed some soul-crushing pain in my morning. Upcoming family drama "Liver or Die" believes our heart is optional, and aims to break it with this first teaser poster for the series. Ouch, drama. Beautiful ouch...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Woo Do-hwan, Yang Se-jong Offered Main Roles in Historical Drama "My Country"

2018/12/13 | Permalink

Sageuk brothers in opposing arms might just become an upcoming trend, if this and "Mung Bean Flower" are any indication. Woo Do-hwan and Yang Se-jong are being offered leading roles in jTBC's "My Country", a historical drama about three men and women trying to protect their love while caught in the whirlpool of history...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Seol, Park Sung-woong, Lee El Courted for Drama "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2018/12/13 | Permalink

Pray to the Dramagods, or in this case the Dramadevil, for this casting, because Jung Kyung-ho, Lee Seol, Park Sung-woong and Lee El in one work sounds glorious. The four are now officially courted for tvN's "When the Devil Calls Your Name", an 'occult human melodrama' about a man who needs to capture three souls in order to save his own from the Devil...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Park, Chae Jung-an, Jung Sang-hoon Up For "Legal High"

2018/12/12 | Permalink

The upcoming Korean drama adaptation of the Japanese hit "Legal High" has confirmed Jin Goo and Seo Eun-soo as its leads, and has since then added Yoon Park, Chae Jung-an and Jung Sang-hoon to the mix. With these news names and their character info on board, the main cast is taking form...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Hyun-min and Ko Sung-hee Courted for Netflix Drama "I Am Alone"

2018/12/12 | Permalink

The A.I. trend is not done yet, and the latest installment brought to us by Netflix, "I am Alone", is eyeing Yoon Hyun-min and Ko Sung-hee as leads, both of whom are reviewing their respective role offers positively. Get ready for lonely hearts and flawless hotties...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment" Releases First Teaser

2018/12/11 | Permalink

In the words of the man himself, "It's a miracle!" Park Shin-yang is back in action as Deul-ho in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment", as we finally get a first video look at the series through its new teaser. Life is rough for our hero, but we know he thrives under any circumstances...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Liver or Die" Introduces Extended Cast in Script Reading Stills

2018/12/11 | Permalink

The world-weary Poong-sang of "Liver or Die" brings quite the entourage with him. The upcoming KBS 2TV drama, which is premiering in January, has revealed its lovely cast ensemble in recent stills from its October 31st script reading...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jinyoung, Shin Ye-eun and More Join TvN's "He Is Psychometric"

2018/12/10 | Permalink

Dramaland gains more superpowers, as tvN adds "He Is Psychometric" to its line-up. The series has also been on a casting and basic character info spree, adding Jinyoung and Shin Ye-eun as main leads, joined by Kim Kwon, Kim Dasom, No Jong-hyun, Go Yoon-jung and Jang Eui-soo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sang-joong, Chae Si-ra and Yoo Dong-geun Star in Drama "The Banker"

2018/12/10 | Permalink

Previously teased back in April, "The Banker" is finally becoming a reality, and Kim Sang-joong is going to be joined by fellow heavyweights Chae Si-ra and Yoo Dong-geun in this adventure. Now this is the type of casting that makes life beautiful, isn't it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 19-20

2018/12/09 | Permalink

I wasn't sure if it was even coming, but the romantic element is here to stay in "Feel Good To Die", and I can no longer enjoy Jin-sang's suffering as much. With the time loop gone, our heroes are in real danger from now on, and In-han's next sickening pet project keeps them busy at work as well. Roo-da's involvement is what moves her two merry men, but will they find their own motivation someday...More

[Orion's Drama News] Ghosts From the Past

2018/12/08 | Permalink

Revenge is best served cold, and by very angry Korean drama protagonists. The upcoming week marks the premiere of "My Strange Hero", and I have some final preview goodies to share, along with our usual assortment of Dramaland news and material...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Respect"

2018/12/08 | Permalink

In a move that is awfully bold given the documentary's inherently esoteric subject matter, director Shin Jae-hee takes his twelve interviews with South Korea's most well-known rappers and has them talk about something a lot more abstract. Namely, what "Respect" means in the context of South Korea's rapping community. Now, when I call "Respect" esoteric, I don't just mean to foreigners. South Koreans in general also don't know that much about what the country's rapping subculture is like...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "roooom"

2018/12/08 | Permalink

In the opener to "roooom" apartment complex supervisor Sang-pil (played by Kim Jin-soo) negotiate reduced moving fare, set the bottom floor café in order, and finally walk up the stairs to deal with an errand for a tenant before being taken for a rude surprise. This single extended shot is highly mundane and even intriguing. I'd never really thought about what life was like for an apartment complex supervisor. Alas, Sang-pil is quickly abandoned as "roooom" instead becomes a more typical omnibus where each of the four short films deals with a different stage of love...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "The Last Witness"

2018/12/08 | Permalink

Based on the homonymous, and quite successful novel by Kim Seong-jong, including elements of crime thriller with a historic twist about North Korean POWs, and featuring a big budget and an impressive cast headed by Lee Jung-jae and Ahn Sung-ki, "The Last Witness" had all the elements to become a masterpiece. Let us see if it succeeded though...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama" Releases Stills of OTP and Han Ji-an

2018/12/07 | Permalink

We have a brand new look into the main pairing of the ambitious "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama", as we get fresh stills from what looks like a poster making shoot. Yes, I've been waiting for the moment when I could make this pun. The series has also released some more in-drama ones of Han Ji-an in character, along with information...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Ji-hoon Witnesses the Extraordinary in First Teaser for "The Item"

2018/12/07 | Permalink

Sneaky "The Item" is sneaky, releasing a teaser right after my latest piece. The series makes its promotional entrance, and what a grand entrance it is. In its first teaser, "The Item" presents us with its February release date, Joo Ji-hoon's hero, a series of mysterious and disturbing events, and an intriguing monologue...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 17-18

2018/12/07 | Permalink

The half-way mark of "Feel Good To Die" brings about dramatic changes, and it's time for Roo-da and Jin-sang to hit the next phase of their journey. The romantic, business and supernatural elements of the series all hit major turning points, and while we bid the Garibong franchise farewell for now, the challenges up ahead are more demanding, and more perilous. A change in the time loop creates new rules to work by, and new threats...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Jin-ho Joins "The Item" as Villainous Assistant Prosecutor

2018/12/06 | Permalink

You know someone fits a type when you don't even need to read the title to know what his character's moral alignment will be, and Choi Jin-ho sure fits the type he will be playing once more. Following his latest appearance on "Mr. Sunshine", the actor joins Joo Ji-hoon and Kim Kang-woo in upcoming drama "The Item" as a villain...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-yang Re-Starts Fresh in First Stills for "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment"

2018/12/06 | Permalink

Our favorite fellow leads and supporting darlings may be gone between "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho"'s first and second seasons, but the titular oddball hero remains, and he has come full circle after stepping on the wrong feet, which we know he does habitually. Say hello to chaotic Deul-ho...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Ki-yong Positively Considering Killer Role for OCN's "Blue Eye"

2018/12/05 | Permalink

After "My Mister" and "Come and Hug Me", it looks like Jang Ki-yong x Angst are a popular OTP, so OCN is here to cover our needs for more suffering with "Blue Eye". Jang Ki-yong's agency has stated that the actor has received the offer for the killer protagonist, and is considering it positively. The series is said to follow "Trap - Drama" after "Priest"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Min-young Offered Fangirl Role for TvN's "Her Private Life"

2018/12/05 | Permalink

I don't think anyone has topped Ji Sung's Yona from "Kill Me, Heal Me" as a worthy fangirl icon, but Park Min-young might take a swing at it in upcoming tvN drama "Her Private Life", which is based on the web novel "Noona Fan Dot Com". The actress is currently considering her offer, and the drama is slated for release in the first half of 2019...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] IU Courted for Still Uncertain Hong Sisters' TvN Drama

2018/12/04 | Permalink

Things have been quiet on the Hong sister (Hong Jeong-eun, Hong Mi-ran) front since Jun Ji-hyun received a role offer for the upcoming tvN drama in October, but singer and actor IU is now in the same position. A role has been offered, but the very production is still an uncertainty...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix's "Kingdom" Releases Riveting Poster Featuring Joo Ji-hoon

2018/12/04 | Permalink

You need a pretty exciting poster for a project as big as Netflix's upcoming zombie-themed sageuk "Kingdom", and I'd say Joo Ji-hoon as a Crown Prince one blade slice away from a zom zom would be it. The show's poster makes the proximity of the undead menace crystal clear...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Seung-ho's "My Strange Hero" Earns His Title by Crashing a Wedding

2018/12/03 | Permalink

We have new stills from Yoo Seung-ho in character for upcoming SBS drama "My Strange Hero", in what I hope is an actual wedding crashing, and not some fever dream said hero is having. I need these little joys in life, you see, and unrequited love fits the character's all around unlucky existence...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Crowned Clown" Reveals the Face of a King in New Poster

2018/12/03 | Permalink

"The Crowned Clown" is all about the breathtaking visuals in its first official material after the previously released stills. This week gives us the first teaser with some fine "Duelist" vibes, and this beautiful poster featuring Yeo Jin-goo stuck between two forms...More

[Orion's Drama News] Different Strokes

2018/12/01 | Permalink

We finally get one of those rare weeks of a drama smorgasbord, with four very different shows premiering in one week. There's a little bit for everyone coming up, so if you have your romances all sorted, take these on for something different...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 15-16

2018/12/01 | Permalink

"Feel Good To Die" works fast, as we find out the identity of the shoving hands and, surprise surprise, it's someone we know well. The reasons behind their involvement are tragic, but perhaps they hold the key to this time loop. Meanwhile, In-han and Si-baek become worse by the second, and Roo-da now has two eager suitors and helpers in her fight to save tomorrow...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Young-ju"

2018/12/01 | Permalink

In the wake of her parents' sudden deaths, the still teenage but technically an adult Young-joo (played by Kim Hyang-gi) takes care of her teenage but still not technically an adult brother Young-in (played by Tang Joon-sang). "Young-ju" isn't quite as melodramatic as that description makes it sound. The first scene has quite a bit of levity, and subsequent scenes drag that tone down only because not teenage but technically adult characters persist in being unhelpful authority figures...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Default"

2018/12/01 | Permalink

The 1997 Asian Financial Crisis was a watershed moment in South Korean history. The exact causes of the crisis remain ambiguous. The middle steps, though, are well explained by Jeong-hak (played by Yoo Ah-in) in an ominous setpiece that makes the ambitious young businessman look like a con artist selling a pyramid scheme. In short, starting with the withdrawal of foreign investors, huge pillars of the South Korean economy start to crumble. Financial analyst Si-hyeon (played by Kim Hye-soo) also anticipates the crisis- and her attempts to mitigate the damage are predictably ignored...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "A Tale of Legendary Libido"

2018/12/01 | Permalink

I have to admit that comedies are not exactly my favorite genre. However, occasionally I do indulge in the category, and "A Tale of Legendary Libido", with its description of a sexually charged, filled with gags one seemed like a nice enough choice. Let us see if it lived up to its "hype", though...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ki-doong Takes On "Romance is a Bonus Book" as Mood Setting Newbie

2018/11/30 | Permalink

Kang Ki-doong is back as a social butterfly rookie in tvN's upcoming "Romance is a Bonus Book", starring Lee Jong-suk and Lee Na-young. We've already seen the actor attending the script reading, but since it's common for casting and character info to hit news after it, we now we get additional information on his role specifically...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The "Just Dance" Crew Meets the Stage in Third Teaser

2018/11/30 | Permalink

The excitement mixed with jitters is palpable in the third teaser for upcoming youth drama "Just Dance", as we're thrown right into the moment where the group is up next for their performance. Before the ladies go out and knock em' dead, their beloved teacher and dancesport coach, has some important words to share...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 13-14

2018/11/30 | Permalink

Death wishes, time loops and very nasty corporate greed are bad enough, but Jin-sang and Roo-da's odd connection in "Feel Good To Die" is about to bring more trouble for the two, as the former's obtuseness strikes again. The project to corrent Jin-sang's perception issues and social skills is under way, but everything from business to romantic interests is flaring up...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Ha-kyun and Kim Gun-woo Have a Staredown in New Stills for "Less Than Evil"

2018/11/29 | Permalink

Shin Ha-kyun's bad detective has it rough, if the only way to get things done against killers is to have one breathing down your neck. The criminal selection will surely be plentiful in "Less Than Evil", and we have new stills teasing a conflict with the Big Bad the protagonist is so eager to catch...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Memories of the Alhambra" Gets Wide Netflix Release

2018/11/29 | Permalink

Netflix availability is a formidable beast, but we're lucky with clearer announcements at times, and "Memories of the Alhambra" gets good news coverage on equally solid availability. Many a drama fan will get to enjoy the series through the global platform, and not long after first broadcast, too...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My Strange Hero" Releases Romantic Poster With Yoo Seung-ho and Jo Bo-ah

2018/11/28 | Permalink

We're slowly getting to see all the past nastiness that the protagonist of "My Strange Hero" has gone through in the latest teasers, revealing the tragic event which resulted in him being framed and kicked out of school. The drama's poster takes a sweeter, more feel-good approach with a hopeful message and a depiction of youthful love...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Jin-hee Offered Lead in Drama Remake of "Designated Survivor"

2018/11/28 | Permalink

Ji Jin-hee might be leading what sounds like an exciting project, if done right, as tvN will be remaking ABC/Netflix drama "Designated Survivor", starring Kiefer Sutherland. Ji Jin-hee is currently busy considering a contract renewal with HB Entertainment, so a 'considering' is all we get, but the offer is at least out...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hae-sook and Choi Myung-gil Offered Weekend Drama "Mother of Mine"

2018/11/27 | Permalink

We got some exciting news gracing Korean portals, as actors Kim Hae-sook and Choi Myung-gil have been offered starring roles in upcoming KBS 2TV weekend drama "Mother of Mine". There's really no way you can go wrong with these two, and I hope that they accept their offers soon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OnStyle Drama "Chubby Romance" Tackles Self-Love and Body Image

2018/11/27 | Permalink

Could it finally be the time for a cute romance starring a larger gal in a successful OTP, without caveats, and magical weight loss solutions? I can't help but feel terrified and excited, as upcoming OnStyle drama "Chubby Romance" tackles the topic through an adorable protagonist...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment" Gets a Massive Cast Update

2018/11/26 | Permalink

Well, this escalated quickly. I look away for one second, and "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment" has run off with half of this industry's supporting darlings. So strap in for this major casting update, which I bring with some basic character info for you, along with my thoughts at the end...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Kyu-han Joins "The Crowned Clown" as Genius Mathematician

2018/11/26 | Permalink

We can never have enough geniuses in Dramaland and Lee Kyu-han will be joining "The Crowned Clown" as one, in what is his first role in a historical drama since his debut. "The Crowned Clown" is a story about a jester (Yeo Jin-goo) used as a substitute for, and by, the king, a man he looks identical to...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 11-12

2018/11/25 | Permalink

Jin-sang finally admitted that he's not really okay, and his small stickler heart grew three sizes that day. Fate™ in "Feel Good To Die" is a cruel mistress, and this chicken empire's Grinch gets a taste of his own medicine from a position built for humbling. With the Garibong store being a complete mess, and Roo-da away from the action, our death-prone boss finally understands how demanding this time loop conundrum is...More

[Orion's Drama News] Love Six Ways to Sunday

2018/11/24 | Permalink

We have a premiere-heavy week coming up, and it's all about that romance, be it the happy, or the tragic kind. We have modern romance, historical romance, sci-fi mystery romance, all the delicious types. Now we just have to pick if we want sad tears, happy tears or both...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Village of Haze" + Full Movie

2018/11/24 | Permalink

Winner of the Baeksang award for Best Film and by the Korean Association of Film Critics for Best Actor, "Village of Haze" (aka "Village in the Mist") is a great sample of the legendary Im Kwon-taek's contemporary filmography...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Long Farewell"

2018/11/24 | Permalink

On the southeastern edge of Seoul, real-estate speculation spans out from the Gangnam district and slowly threatens to encompass all the region with the same hideous conformity of modern style apartment buildings. While "A Long Farewell" deals with one particular neighborhood affected by these market forces, the embellishment is mine. Director Raya has actually made a very abstract documentary- the kind you might expect to find at an art museum played on permanent loop...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Intimate Strangers"

2018/11/24 | Permalink

Seok-ho (played by Cho Jin-woong) and his wife Ye-jin (played by Kim Ji-soo) have dinner parties with their five friends every so often. This time around Ye-jin finally has the gumption to suggest a game that will, for one night only, destroy all their privacy. "Intimate Strangers" is as much about secrets between partners as it is secrets between friends. Observe how Se-kyeong (played by Song Ha-yoon) is always jokingly ribbing her older more experienced husband Joon-mo (played by Lee Seo-jin) about his past womanizing...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Attitudes and Aspirations Clash in Stills for "Just Dance"

2018/11/23 | Permalink

The drama adaptation of the "Dancesport Girls" documentary film, "Just Dance", has been consistently releasing goodies of its lovely young cast, and the caring teacher, Lee Kyoo-ho, portrayed by Kim Kap-soo. This dance club is not going to be a smooth ride for the girls, and we have some awkward stills and information showing why...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Ye-seul and Joo Jin-mo Wooed for Leading Roles in "Big Issue"

2018/11/23 | Permalink

"Big Issue", which has been courting actor Joo Jin-mo for a while, has now added Han Ye-seul into its courship, as the series has offered the actress a starring role. Following her falsely reported confirmation, Han Ye-seul's agency clarified that she is only considering the work, and that nothing has been confirmed...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 9-10

2018/11/23 | Permalink

The truth hurts, especially when it has created supernaturally fine-tuned mechanisms to confirm your own flaws to your face on a repeated, daily basis. "Feel Good To Die" gives tough love like that. Jin-sang meets an enemy from the past, but he also gets to confirm just how many he has in the present. What's surprising about this whole process is just how obtuse our leading menace has been about it all. Roo-da has a long way to go with this one...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kwon Nara Offered Woman on a Mission Role for "Doctor Prisoner"

2018/11/22 | Permalink

Following a solid 2018 with "My Mister" and "Your Honor", actress Kwon Nara might be making a return next year with "Doctor Prisoner", the drama which has offered the leading, titular role to Namgoong Min, who is also still considering his offer. Get ready for prison-themed revenge, because this is Dramaland, and revenge is what people have for breakfast...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jo Jung-suk and Yoon Si-yoon Offered Period Drama "Mung Bean Flower"

2018/11/22 | Permalink

I was just talking about how few turn of the century dramas we get in my "Hymn of Death" piece a few days ago, and now the Dramagods deliver, as actors Jo Jung-suk and Yoon Si-yoon are being courted for period drama "Mung Bean Flower"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Less Than Evil" Releases High-Octane Main Posters

2018/11/21 | Permalink

Crime noir makes Ori a happy woman, and "Less Than Evil" (also known as "Less Than Evil") is finally on a promotional roll with its material. The latest, main posters are all style and flair, showcasing the characters, the setting and the less-than-peaceful deeds to be committed by criminals and law enforcement alike...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jin Goo and Seo Eun-soo Courted for JTBC's "Legal High" Remake

2018/11/21 | Permalink

Jin Goo and Seo Eun-soo might have an on-screen meet-up soon, as the two are being courted for jTBC's upcoming adaptation of "Legal High". Following a news piece confirming the casting, the channel had to step in and clarify that it's not a done deal, but that the offer has, in fact, gone out...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Byun Hee-bong up for Villain Role in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment"

2018/11/20 | Permalink

According to one exclusive piece by StarNews, veteran actor Byun Hee-bong will be making his return to the small screen after 2016 drama "Blow Breeze", joining Park Shin-yang and Go Hyun-jung in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment". The actor will be portraying a villain...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Se-young Becomes a Dignified Queen for "The Crowned Clown"

2018/11/20 | Permalink

We've met the king and the clown of "The Crowned Clown" through Yeo Jin-goo's first stills, and now it's time to meet our queen, portrayed by Lee Se-young. Given the premise, the woman is going to have quite a predicament on her hands, emotionally and politically...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Touch Your Heart" Casts Son Sung-yoon, Jang So-yeon, Park Kyung-hye and Kim Hee-jung-I

2018/11/19 | Permalink

The supporting cast for Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-na's "Touch Your Heart" is shaping up nicely, and this time around we get four lovely ladies. Actors Son Sung-yoon, Jang So-yeon, Park Kyung-hye and Kim Hee-jung-I are here to bring some office goodness to this romance about a lawyer and a hallyu star disguised as a secretary...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Hye-sun Brings Turn of the Century Grace in "Hymn of Death" Stills

2018/11/19 | Permalink

Upcoming three-part drama "Hymn of Death" has released stills of Shin Hye-sun as Yoon Sim-deok, Korea's first notable female soprano, and the heroine to a tragic tale of underappreciated art and doomed romance...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 7-8

2018/11/17 | Permalink

There is always a flow to an ebb, and several of the "Feel Good To Die" characters get to experience new consequences to their actions, while more trouble is brewing. If you thought we had enough antagonists, think again, because our fourth lead is here, and she brings terrible intentions with her. What is more exciting, however, is that another person finally joins Roo-da in her journey through finicky time...More

[Orion's Drama News] Love Doesn't Hurt, but Dramas Do

2018/11/17 | Permalink

Prepare for fear, love and sadness in all forms, because we need a good scare and a good cry once in a while. Or, in the case of this upcoming week, a good scare and a good cry several times in seven days. Join me in picking your poison, or splurge on several...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Rikidozan"

2018/11/17 | Permalink

Sin-rak (played by Sol Kyung-gu) was just a kid on a farm in Korea during the thirties, until circumstances conspire to send him to Japan during the forties and begin a career as a sumo wrestler. While Sin-rak had an excellent physique and a fair amount of talent, ultimately, he lacked discipline. Well, as an ethnically Korean man living in Japan Sin-rak also had to contend with racism. But in the end Sin-rak's personality, an odd mix of quick temper coupled with excessive theatricality, proved a better fit for a far more eccentric sort of athletic career...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ode to the Goose"

2018/11/17 | Permalink

Gunsan is a sad, lonely town on South Korea's western coast that is very pretty to look at but communicates almost nothing of substance. That dispiriting appraisal is also accurate when it comes to the named characters of "Ode to the Goose" as we consider leading man Yoon-yeong (played by Park Hae-il), who spends so much time thinking about what to say he barely ends up talking at all. Then Song-hyeon (played by Moon So-ri) talks just to fill the silence but avoids talking about what she actually wants. Their faux day trip date to Gunsan, consequently, goes about as well as might be expected...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Possible Faces"

2018/11/17 | Permalink

Winner of the Citizen Critics' Award at Busan International Film Festival in 2017, "Possible Faces" is a genuine art-house portrait that focuses on presenting the lives of its ordinary characters with as much realism as possible...More

[Hancinema Film Review] "Hotel by the River"

2018/11/17 | Permalink

In his latest endeavors, festival-favorite Hong Sang-soo has transferred his virtues to the monochrome world, "taming" at the same time his auteur style, which has become much more approachable. "Hotel by the River" is a testament to the fact...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Waikiki Brothers"

2018/11/17 | Permalink

Yim Soon-rye's "Little Forest" may be one of the (festival) hits of the season, but the director has a quite a filmic past, with "Waikiki Brothers" being one of the most interesting samples...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Body Swapping Drama "Spring Turns to Spring" Casts Lee Yoo-ri, Uhm Ji-won, Lee Jong-hyuk and More

2018/11/16 | Permalink

After a round of casting courtship, actors Lee Yoo-ri, Uhm Ji-won and Lee Jong-hyuk will be forming a powerhouse trio for "Spring Turns to Spring", a fantasy comedy following the body swapping of a self-centered anchor, and an actress turned congressman's wife who only cares about her family. It tells the story of how these two women will recover their true selves...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Ha-kyun Wreaks Havoc in Teaser Posters for "Less Than Evil"

2018/11/16 | Permalink

It's time to really dig into the 'Bad' part of "Less Than Evil", as the drama has released teaser posters oozing with deadly charisma and fine Shin Ha-kyun -ness. Antiheroes are a challenging archetype, but if the series pulls this off, we're in for a treat with this lead firmly on the wheel...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Last Empress" Goes All Out on Drama for Third Teaser

2018/11/15 | Permalink

Yes, you've watched makjang and yes, you've watched sageuk, but have you watched a modern empire with all the drama plus cheesy villains, burning cars and firearms? "The Last Empress" is here to cover all your needs for royal mayhem and thrills with a teaser almost as unhinged as its characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Stills of Yeo Jin-goo's Double Role for "The Crowned Clown"

2018/11/15 | Permalink

The series based on 2012 film "Masquerade" has thankfully been renamed from "Gwang-hae, The Man Who Became King", and with more creative freedom moving forward, the drama now called "The Crowned Clown" presents its first sneak peek at our two main characters, portrayed by Yeo Jin-goo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 5-6

2018/11/15 | Permalink

The smallest thing can feel like a world changing event when you want it badly enough, and we finally start to see change in Jin-sang's perception of his work, and role in the team. Roo-da is the one who experiences the biggest changes so far, however, and she discovers the lack of ideal solutions that life often brings us face to face with. She has a lot on her plate, but she also makes many mistakes...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Bo-mi, Lee Min-ji, Lee Tae-hwan Cast in Drama "Farmers' Academy"

2018/11/14 | Permalink

Actors Yoon Bo-mi, Lee Min-ji and Lee Tae-hwan will be bringing us the hopes and dreams of farm-loving youth in "Farmers' Academy", an upcoming mini drama currently in the making by SBS and its mobile platform, Mobidic. We don't have details on Yoon Bo-mi aside from her confirmation for a leading role, but we have character information for the other two actors...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Soo-jung Courted for Woman-centric Drama "Search: WWW"

2018/11/14 | Permalink

While the details on this upcoming drama's production are still sketchy at this point, "Search: WWW" is cast-hunting, and an offer by the drama has gone out to Im Soo-jung. "Search: WWW" is a fantasy series about the success stories of 21st century women who choose to not become wives or mothers, and simply focus on working hard without discrimination and obstacles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Less Than Evil" Releases Sleek Concept Art Teaser

2018/11/13 | Permalink

The production of "Less Than Evil" showcased its storyboard-style character concept art last week, and now we get to see it applied on the drama's first teaser. The stylish video looks like it could double as opening credits with some modifications, so let's hope there's more to this series than style...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Romance is a Bonus Book" Reveals Script Reading Stills and Characters

2018/11/13 | Permalink

"Romance is a Bonus Book", which was previously known as "Romance Supplement", has released stills of its extended cast during the drama's script reading, and we get some basic information on their roles. Let's meet the staff of the drama's setting, fictional publishing house 'Gyeoroo'...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Liver or Die" Completes Line-up for Five Siblings

2018/11/12 | Permalink

The family of "Liver or Die" is now complete, according to several news pieces. The production has reportedly cast Yoo Joon-sang, Oh Ji-ho, Jeon Hye-bin, Lee Si-young and Lee Chang-yup as the previously reported siblings, starting from oldest to youngest in the aforementioned order...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Children of Nobody" Drops Beautiful Chilling Poster

2018/11/12 | Permalink

Try as I may, I sometimes can't contain my excitement over solid promotional campaigns, especially given how erratic and badly delivered many of them are. "Children of Nobody" has been doing an excellent job at it so far, and this stunning, eerie poster is another one for the 'yes' pile...More

[HanCinema's Photo] November 11, 2018 [2]

2018/11/11 | Permalink

Deokbeokki and fried vegetables, ddeok, and japchae...More

[HanCinema's Photo] November 11, 2018 [1]

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Fall foliage in Uijeongbu...More

[Orion's Drama News] A Call for Help

2018/11/10 | Permalink

This week brings us casting news, and goodies from many an upcoming drama. My mystery-loving heart is particularly interested in "Children of Nobody" and the otherworldly child in need of saving at the center of it. My horror-loving heart is also disturbed by it. Fun fun fun...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Courtesy to the Nation"

2018/11/10 | Permalink

Back in 1991 protest by self-immolation was a recurring form of expression by those who considered the country's new leaders to be indistinguishable from the old ones. In the truly bizarre case of Kim Ki-sul, one such suicidal protestor, the government attempted to deflect attention away from Kim Ki-sul's pro-democracy message by prosecuting Kang Ki-hoon, one of his colleagues, for helping Kim Ki-sul commit suicide by writing his suicide note. "Courtesy to the Nation" is a documentary that goes over the case from inception to long overdue appeal in 2014...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Myeoneuri - My Son's Crazy Wife"

2018/11/10 | Permalink

Director Shin Ho-bin is a married to a woman he did not necessarily plan to get married to, prior to her getting pregnant. Life between the three of them is actually pretty pleasant, albeit eccentric, given the goofy way she talks and the equally goofy outfits she wears around town on her bike. The main tension in the relationship comes from Shin Ho-bin's mom, who constantly finds fault with her daughter-in-law. If the English title "Myeoneuri - My Son's Crazy Wife" sounds bad, the original insult, B-Grade Daughter-in-Law, is even worse...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Grain in Ear"

2018/11/10 | Permalink

The second feature of festival favorite Zhang Lu is one of his most acclaimed works, winning awards in Cannes, Busan and Vesoul, and presented in festivals all over the world. The film deals with the Korean Chinese (Zhang Lu's ethnicity) one of the recognized ethnic minorities in China, comprising about 2.7 million citizens. Korean Chinese are spread throughout the country, and their group situation is consequently invisible to other Chinese, though many have difficulties integrating into society...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "This Charming Girl"

2018/11/10 | Permalink

Winner of a number of awards, particularly for Lee Yoon-ki and the protagonist, Kim Ji-soo, "This Charming Girl" was an impressive debut for a director who still holds the interest of the public, with films like his latest, "One Day"...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "Jealousy Is My Middle Name"

2018/11/10 | Permalink

The Korean art-house scene is influenced to a very high degree by Hong Sang-soo, through a number of mentorships and efforts to "copy" his style. Park Chan-ok debut feature, which falls under the first category, is one of the most successful efforts, as it netted her awards from a number of domestic and international festivals, including Tokyo, Rotterdam and Busan, with the success extending to the protagonist, Park Hae-il...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 3-4

2018/11/09 | Permalink

A new persistent day dawns on deputy Lee Roo-da, along with an opportunity to learn something new. Roo-da is tired, and now she has the very focused, very personal loathing of her terrible boss working against her. Escape seems like an appealing solution, but as her supernaturally governed feud with Baek Jin-sang grows, so does her understanding of the intricacies in keeping this magnet of death and ruin alive...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Won-jong and Jo Han-sun Join OCN's "Possessed"

2018/11/09 | Permalink

It looks like Lee Won-jong did not get his fill of evil spirits with OCN's "The Guest - Drama", because he's right back with us in the channel's upcoming "Possessed". His latest comedic sidekick is joined by Jo Han-sun in a slightly more suspicious role...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet Yoo Seung-ho's Downtrodden Hero in First Stills for "My Strange Hero"

2018/11/09 | Permalink

The titular Bok-soo (revenge) of "My Strange Hero" makes his not so grand entrance through fresh drama stills. The protagonist of this revenge-themed fluffy romance has seen better days, because falling from one's pedestal to a low paying delivery job is painful like that...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix's "Kingdom" Unleashes Zombie Terror in First Teaser and Stills

2018/11/08 | Permalink

If you ever wondered whether Joseon royalty would be able to fight off a zombie outbreak, you are about to find out, as Netflix's upcoming blockbuster drama "Kingdom" gets a cool first teaser and some impressive stills of its cast, and its undead menace...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Children of Nobody" Reveals Mysterious Child in Second Teaser

2018/11/08 | Permalink

Kim Sun-ah's heroine seems to be walking a lonely road in "Children of Nobody", as she questions the existence, and the purpose of a mysterious little girl in a green dress. The drama's first teaser set the tone with gruesome death hiding just past innocent child's play, and the plot now thickens...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Feel Good To Die" Episodes 1-2

2018/11/08 | Permalink

Some feel that death is the end, others feel it is but a transition, but for the heroine of "Feel Good To Die" it is the most annoying pause button. The drama follows her otherwise normal office life and common woes experienced under a grating boss, but we are thrown into its supernatural twist right off the bat. Can heroine Lee Roo-da save her boss, and save the day from repeating...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Just Dance" Shares Poster and Thoughts

2018/11/07 | Permalink

A newly released poster gives us a first look at the gals and guy of "Just Dance", which is based on documentary "Dancesport Girls". The series is a growth story about finding hope in hopelessness while reaching for a common goal. The drama's production shares more on the poster and drama's themes...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] 2PM's Lee Junho Courted for TvN Drama "Confession - Drama"

2018/11/07 | Permalink

Lee Junho may have found his follow up project to "Wok of Love", and it sounds like an intense, and probably highly melodramatic one. The actor is being courted to lead upcoming tvN drama "Confession - Drama", which explores the concept of double jeopardy; the principle that one cannot be tried for the same crime twice following either a conviction or an acquittal...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Children of Nobody" Releases Stills of Kim Sun-ah and Lee Yi-kyung

2018/11/06 | Permalink

We have our first look at the two leads of "Children of Nobody", as the production has released stills of Kim Sun-ah and Lee Yi-kyung. The series is going right for the jugular, with traffic related mayhem and investigations clearly related to our very distraught heroine...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Han-byul, Ryu Soo-young, Wang Bit-na up for "Love in Sadness"

2018/11/06 | Permalink

Upcoming MBC melodrama "Love in Sadness", which is courting Ji Hyun-woo as its lead has added three more names to its casting efforts. Fly-up Entertainment agency's Park Han-byul, Ryu Soo-young and Wang Bit-na are reportedly on the final stages of coordinating their appearance in the drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Disgruntled Staff of "Feel Good to Die"

2018/11/05 | Permalink

The workplace can sometimes feel like a battlefield, and the "Feel Good To Die" folks are definitely ready for a fight in these character posters. Everyone has their own little office setting, their tools of the brutal trade, and a tagline summarizing their original essence...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-suk and Shin Hye-sun Portray Tragic Romance in "Hymn of Death" Posters

2018/11/05 | Permalink

We have release dates, and two beautiful posters for upcoming three-act drama "Hymn of Death". The short is a remake of 1991 film "Death Song", both depicting the real, tragic romance between Korea's first notable soprano, Yoon Sim-deok, and her playwright lover, Kim Woo-jin. The film and the drama carry the title of Yoon Sim-deok's iconic song...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 31-32 Final

2018/11/05 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" comes to a sad ending, but not in a conventionally sad way. After Da-il's decision, everyone begins to rebuild, but the trauma of what happened is conveniently left out. Along with a twist pretty much seen coming a mile away, it clearly reveals where the series faltered, but it sadly takes its original messages with it, making this an ending sadder than I could have expected...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 29-30

2018/11/04 | Permalink

It is nearly time to pull the plug on a story that has dragged past its heroes' own mental and emotional capacity, but also past its plot's capabilities. With very few solutions provided by the writing aside from more of the same, a devastating call is made. At the same time the return of some of our heroes' earlier traits feels almost like a homage to the original potential that "The Ghost Detective" once had...More

[HanCinema's Photo] November 4, 2018 [2]

2018/11/04 | Permalink

Yook-jeong Restaurant serving thick cut pork barbecue in Gangnam, Seoul...More

[HanCinema's Photo] November 4, 2018 [1]

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The Sidus Entertainment Building in Gangnam, Seoul...More

[Orion's Drama News] Pleasant Dreams and Cruel Realities

2018/11/03 | Permalink

Two of my most anticipated dramas are premiering this week, so today I take a look at "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter", and "Feel Good To Die". If you need your angst, I've got just the thing for you, because "SKY Castle" is looking like a dark, dramatic and hopefully brilliant look into the dirty laundry of the complex-ridden rich...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Grass"

2018/11/03 | Permalink

Writers tend to be socially isolated weirdos. Or at least, that's the stereotype, so one point of clichéd advice frequently given to aspiring creative types is to go the a café and watch normal people interact. There's just one problem. The kind of people who hang around cafés aren't really any more normal than aspiring writers, and frequently tend to be aspiring writers themselves. This is the lesson which Ah-reum (played by Kim Min-hee) repeatedly fails to learn as "Grass" progresses from one random out-of-context conversation to another...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beautiful Vampire"

2018/11/03 | Permalink

Five hundred year old vampire Ran (played by Jung Yeon-joo) is mostly incompetent. While your typical modern vampire is a wealthy genius heading up a conspiracy...Ran is a bit of an idiot. Her only useful talent is makeup, which doesn't pay much on a low profile. But hey, it does let her look pretty sparkly and beautiful. And really, who needs power when you can confidently strut out of your small apartment every day, confident you won't be burned by the sun?...More

[Hancinema's Film Review] "The Land of Seonghye"

2018/11/03 | Permalink

Winner of the Grand Prize of the Korean Competition in the 2018 Jeonju International Film Festival, "The Land of Seonghye" is a very realistic portrait of the difficulties young Korean people face nowadays, professionally and personally...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Nam Da-reum Joins TvN Drama "Goodbye My Life"

2018/11/02 | Permalink

Nam Da-reum may be a favorite for heroes' younger selves, but the actor's next piece goes to the hopefully soon growing pile of more central roles. The young actor has been cast in "Goodbye My Life", a drama about a father's desperate attempt to leave his son with coping mechanisms, albeit actual mechanical ones...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "SKY Castle" Introduces Ambitious Wives and Husbands

2018/11/02 | Permalink

Rarely do Korean drama audiences tire of the rich and their usually messy lives, and "SKY Castle" is about to dive into one said mess of sadly very realistic proportions. The drama, which tackles the obsession of high society with achieving higher tiers of social prestige through its children's academic prowess, introduces its messy adult leads...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Top Star Yoo Baek" Boasts Island Charm and Goats in Main Poster

2018/11/01 | Permalink

Get ready for some quaint beauty and some island adventures, as the titular star of "Top Star Yoo Baek" experiences a blast from the past during his stay on a remote island. The series, which is premiering on November 16th on tvN, has released a poster giving off an almost 80s vibe while introducing its three leading characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Shows Off Adorable Mother-Daughter Duo

2018/11/01 | Permalink

"Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" continues to make yours truly a happy woman, and it's a lovely mother and daughter bond that pulls at my heartstrings this time around. The drama has released stills of its titular fairy and her lovely child...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Morality is Negotiable for the Leads of "Less Than Evil"

2018/10/31 | Permalink

Upcoming criminal drama "Less Than Evil" has published stills of its four main characters, and the information attached to them is showing some good promise in terms of moral fluidity. Based on BBC hit "Luther", I have a feeling that old and new fans would have it no other way. Can the Korean drama adaptation carry this connection gracefully...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Crowned Clown" Showcases Meticulously Gathered Cast

2018/10/31 | Permalink

Tvn's next historical, "The Crowned Clown", has been in the works for quite some time, and it has an impressive ensemble to show for. According to the production, this whole thing has taken two years of meticulous planning, so there's definitely a lot of thought put into the series. I hope that this hard work, and this lovely cast will pay off...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Fusion Sageuk "Haechi" Casts Jung Il-woo, Kwon Yool, Go Ara and Park Hoon

2018/10/30 | Permalink

"Haechi", which previously courted Go Ara, has now found its main cast in Jung Il-woo, Kwon Yool, the aforementioned Go Ara and Park Hoon. "Haechi" is a fusion historical series about a group of heroes trying to reform the Saheonbu, the Goryeo and Joseon equivalent of modern day's prosecutors' office, through the format of a pleasant adventure...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Demonic Powers Take Root in Latest "Priest" Teaser

2018/10/30 | Permalink

If you haven't had enough crackling of bones and irresponsible rearranging of interior decor with something like "The Guest - Drama", OCN has got you covered with upcoming show "Priest". The demons are here, they have powers, they are angry, and they need a chiropractor and Jesus...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Fiery Priest" Confirms Leads, Casts Go Joon as Villain

2018/10/29 | Permalink

"The Fiery Priest" will be gracing our screens with the previously reported cast of main characters, as actors Kim Nam-gil, Kim Sung-kyun and Lee Honey have accepted their offered roles as our angry priest, his detective partner, and our mystery prosecutor. Adding on to the cast is Go Joon, who will transform into a villain...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Warrior Princess Baek Jin-hee Saves the Day in "Feel Good To Die" Poster

2018/10/29 | Permalink

I swear, "Feel Good To Die" is after my own heart with its humor, and its latest poster goes straight into the pile that is my love for it. I'm usually the first to call out the problematic stereotype, and very real social burden, of women being expected to figuratively carry the weight of men's complexes, but this literal princess-carrying gives me hope for this story...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 27-28

2018/10/29 | Permalink

Who knew that Da-il body slamming Hye with his ethereal manbeauty would prove to be such a great solution? I was too quick to put my faith in the plot and characters last time around, because "The Ghost Detective" has sadly reached the point where everyone has a serious case of the stupid. Some promising progress made in the previous episodes has gone back a 100 steps as a sacrifice to the altars of stalling, and romance...More

[HanCinema's Photo] October 28, 2018 [2]

2018/10/28 | Permalink

Authentic Italian pizza at Giannis Nappoli in Gangnam, Seoul...More

[HanCinema's Photo] October 28, 2018 [1]

2018/10/28 | Permalink

Assorted jeon, or Korean pancakes, and makgeolli in Uijeongbu...More

[Orion's Drama News] Scary Evil Hoomans

2018/10/27 | Permalink

I wish I had some spooky drama news for you in light of the upcoming festivities of Halloween, but if the horror that is the ugly side of human nature will do, I got plenty of it. "Less Than Evil", the Korean remake of hit BBC drama "Luther", has dropped a few videos, with the lightest in tone somehow being the one that creeps me out the most...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Rampant"

2018/10/27 | Permalink

The opening scenes of "Rampant" rather effectively set the mood- a late night raid on a Dutch merchant ship in Korean waters leaves one of the pirates badly spooked after he gets mauled by a crazy person. Then we see that in addition to carrying a crazy person, the Dutch ship was also carrying a lot of guns. All of this is relevant to the machinations of minister Ja-joon (played by Jang Dong-gun), but when Prince Cheong (played by Hyun Bin) gets back from a long sojourn in China, all he sees is an empty wrecked town and no royal guard to meet him...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Good Morning President"

2018/10/27 | Permalink

Presidents are just normal human beings like you and me. In "Good Morning President" writer/director Jang Jin takes this banal idea to its natural conclusion. What if presidents were so normal, that they were like characters in situation comedies? What if dignified elder statesman Jeong-ho (played by Lee Soon-jae) had a preternatural obsession with the lottery? What if young hot-shot Hi-wook (played by Jang Dong-gun) kept getting distracted by bodily functions? What if the efficient businesswoman Kyeong-ja (played by Go Doo-shim) had to deal with her bumbling idiot husband Chang-myeon (played by Im Ha-ryong) unintentionally fomenting disaster?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "M"

2018/10/27 | Permalink

As we saw recently in the article about "Nowhere To Hide", Lee Myung-se has a tendency of taking films that could be easily categorized as genre ones, and present them in a unique way, mostly through his visuals and narrative style. This tendency finds its apogee in "M", a film whose basic premise is that of the psychological thriller, but its presentation, completely different...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Joon-sang, Lee Si-young and Jeon Hye-bin Courted for "Liver or Die"

2018/10/26 | Permalink

Quite the cast is being wooed for upcoming drama "Liver or Die", which is courting Yoo Joon-sang, Lee Si-young and Jeon Hye-bin as its leads. The drama is about a lonely, pitiful middle-aged man who has never lived for himself. It takes an honest and straightforward approach in portraying the private family problems of a man who didn't lead the normal life he wanted to...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Kap-soo and Jang Sung-bum Cast in "Just Dance"

2018/10/26 | Permalink

Documentary-based drama "Just Dance" has now completed its main cast, as actor Kim Kap-soo will take on the role of the teacher giving the titular ladies dance, and life lessons. Joining him on the flip-side of educator prowess is Jang Sung-bum as a bad teacher who has issues with the dancesport (competitive ballroom dancing) group...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sae-ron Courted as Park Shin-yang's Partner in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment"

2018/10/25 | Permalink

Kim Sae-ron might have landed her next role with "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment". The actress is being courted to join Park Shin-yang's titular Jo Deul-ho as a lawyer partner with a unique skill set. If she accepts, she will be playing Yoon  So-mi, the daughter of an investigator who worked with Deul-ho during his first term as a prosecutor...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "God's Quiz: Reboot" Releases Trailer, Introduces Kim Joon-han

2018/10/25 | Permalink

Diving right into the nitty-gritty of it all, the new trailer for "God's Quiz: Reboot" shows us new cases and new faces. While beloved characters return, the video teases Kim Joon-han as the leader of a team utilizing a new type of Artificial Intelligence, which will be the big 'It' difference between this season and the previous ones...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] JTBC Remakes BBC Drama "Doctor Foster"

2018/10/24 | Permalink

Dramaland is no stranger to remakes, and BBC Studios series have been all the rage as of late. JTBC will be remaking "Doctor Foster", a series about a woman who suspects that her husband is having an affair. The original aired two seasons in 2015 and 2017, and it was also broadcast in South Korea through KBS 2TV...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Hyun-woo Courted for "Love You in Sadness", Remake of Japanese Drama

2018/10/24 | Permalink

Actor Ji Hyun-woo is fresh off "Risky Romance", but he may be ready to tackle "Love in Sadness", an MBC melodrama based on Japanese series "Beautiful Person" (also known as the romanized "Utsukushii Hito") by writer Nojima Shinji. While a jTBC exclusive reports him as confirmed, Newsen has the actor currently finalizing his participation...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Yong-woo Talks About His Casting and Role in "Priest"

2018/10/23 | Permalink

"Priest" has released new stills of Park Yong-woo, along with a few words from the actor on his work and role choices. Following his return to full feature drama after 2012 series "My Love, Butterfly Lady", Park Yong-woo, who has predominately been a film actor for many years, gives us a look into what we can expect of his exorcist character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My Strange Hero" Releases Script Reading Photos, Introduces Supporting Cast and Characters

2018/10/23 | Permalink

"My Strange Hero" has held its script reading, and we have new information on its supporting characters, along with promotional stills on what is a very exciting cast. "My Strange Hero" is an upcoming 'healing school romance' about a man named Kang Bok-soo (Yoo Seung-ho) returning to school for revenge after he was expelled by being framed as a bully during his teens...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Fantasy Blockbuster "The Item" Holds Script Reading

2018/10/22 | Permalink

Upcoming fantasy blockbuster "The Item" has released stills of its script reading, and we have more character information along with new names. "The Item", which is based on a webtoon of the same name, is about two men and women with tangled fates, who dig into the conspiracies and secrets around ordinary objects with special powers...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Hyun-min and Seo Ji-hoon Talk Casting and Roles for "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/10/22 | Permalink

Upcoming fantasy romantic comedy "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" has released stills of the two men who could be the reincarnation of the titular woodcutter that his also titular fairy wife is waiting for. The news bring us some words from the actors, who chatted about their casting in the drama, and their characters as people...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 25-26

2018/10/21 | Permalink

In another round of "The Ghost Detective" pulling a "Weekend at Bernie's" with Da-il's body, the biggest threat to his future remains the man himself. Team Good tries to catch up to Hye and their own friend in a race for his life, and an unlikely ally surfaces, along with a pretty great, even if rushed through twist. With his health running out, and no guarantees that his plan would even work, will Da-il listen to his team...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 23-24

2018/10/21 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" has not been doing well on the pacing since it turned into a treasure hunt for Da-il's body, but it is Da-il's soul that is harder to capture. The group is struggling, Da-il is not listening to their input, and Hye is preparing traps our Team Good is just aching to fall into. With death seemingly almost inevitable for someone, who will that someone be? Can we end this without grand sacrifices...More

[HanCinema's Photo] October 21, 2018 [2]

2018/10/21 | Permalink

The KOCCA building in Gangnam, Seoul...More

[HanCinema's Photo] October 21, 2018 [1]

2018/10/21 | Permalink

Cute cafe, Bread Comma, in Hongdae, Seoul...More

[Orion's Drama News] Mood-Lifting Adventures

2018/10/20 | Permalink

It is a sad drama week for many, following DramaFever's abrupt closure, and I know a lot of folks are not feeling great right now. There's little I can say to help, but I hope that a quick look into some bright upcoming shows will lift your mood as we all tackle our drama future...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Butterfly"

2018/10/20 | Permalink

In the southeastern region of of Korea, an elderly man returns to his rural home. In truth he probably can't stay there long and family will come back for him in two weeks. The old house holds great nostalgic value for him. Over eight decades, the man lived there with his wife, taking care of her when he could barely take care of himself. "Butterfly" is a documentary chronicle of the end of their shared life, as we wait for the old woman to die on her own terms...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Public Enemy Returns"

2018/10/20 | Permalink

It's oddly appropriate that right away in "Public Enemy Returns" we see big screen South Korean cop icon Cheol-joong face off against a bunch of elementary school students. They no longer respect law enforcement because of what they see in the movies, and Cheol-joong himself is a prime example of how police in South Korean film at the time were depicted as petty corrupt buffoons. Gangsters, meanwhile, were seen as cool, which is how teenage knuckleheads Ha-yeon (played by Lee Min-ho), Hee-chan (played by Lee Jae-won-I), and Seong-jin (played by Koo Seong-hwan) get wrapped up in the criminal underworld...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Nowhere to Hide"

2018/10/20 | Permalink

I have repeatedly mention that the new "Golden Era" of Korean cinema was headed by the plethora of great crime thrillers that were released during the 00's and the 10's ("Mother - 2009", "The Chaser", "I Saw the Devil", Park Chan-wook, etc). However, the genre also had successes before that time, as "Nowhere To Hide", which won a number of awards both locally and internationally, eloquently proves. Furthermore, Lee Myung-se's film manages to stand out from the vast plethora of similar titles due to its presentation, which actually uses the crime thriller aspect as a base for artistic "experimentations"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Youth Drama "Just Dance" Gathers Up Main Cast

2018/10/19 | Permalink

We have an exciting, woman-centric project coming up, and a fresh main cast has been chosen for it. "Just Dance" is an 8-episode growth drama about a group of young women performing dancesport (competitive ballroom dancing) against the backdrop of Geoje city's declining shipbuilding industry...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Elite-focused Black Comedy "SKY Castle" Holds Script Reading

2018/10/19 | Permalink

Upcoming drama exploring the outrageous elite, "SKY Castle", has held its script reading, and we have some stills of its powerhouse cast to enjoy. The amount of beloved Dramaland names in this is no joke, and the premise sounds like just the kind of thing we need when it comes to mentally dealing with the insanity that is the filthy rich...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ji-hwan and Baek Jin-hee Clash in First Teaser for "Feel Good To Die"

2018/10/18 | Permalink

Get ready to meet a team manager from Hell, and the assistant manager who wants to change him. Kang Ji-hwan and Baek Jin-hee have quite the showdown in the first teaser for "Feel Good To Die". The drama's supernatural element makes all manner of things possible, including carrying out all your boss fantasies. No, not the kinky ones. At least not for assistant manager Lee...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Sae-byeok and Go Joon-hee Confirm Leading Roles in OCN's "Possessed"

2018/10/18 | Permalink

The Dramagods have been kind again, as Song Sae-byeok and Go Joon-hee have accepted their respective offers to become the leads in OCN's upcoming "Possessed". Reportedly taking a more light-hearted approach than OCN's usual fare, "Possessed" is described as a human story, and a comic thriller...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Han-na Offered Leading Role for "Laughter in Waikiki 2"

2018/10/17 | Permalink

Following the success of underdog hit "Laughter in Waikiki", jTBC is gearing up for a second season, and actress Kang Han-na has been offered the lead. There is not a lot of information out on "Laughter in Waikiki 2", but it will kick into production soon, with a release date in the first half of next year...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "God's Quiz: Reboot" Releases Ensemble Posters

2018/10/17 | Permalink

The latest crew of "God's Quiz" is back with new cases and new challenges in "God's Quiz: Reboot". The series has released two main posters featuring the ensemble gathered around Han Jin-woo (Ryu Deok-hwan), along with the familiar tagline of 'Big brain on big data. Dissecting the truth'...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Feel Good To Die" Releases Stills of Baek Jin-hee and Kang Ji-hwan

2018/10/16 | Permalink

Upcoming office drama with a twist, "Feel Good To Die", has released stills of its two leads. Based on a webtoon of the same name, "Feel Good To Die" is an office drama about a haughty team leader named Baek Jin-sang (Kang Ji-hwan), and deputy Lee Roo-da (Baek Jin-hee), who is trying to help him turn over a new leaf...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Sung Hyuk Joins "Trap - Drama" as Villain

2018/10/16 | Permalink

Say goodbye to the sweet General Winter and the lovely Summer Fairy, because Sung Hyuk follows "A Korean Odyssey" up with something more sinister. The actor has been cast as a villain in OCN's upcoming "Trap - Drama", the story of a man who is caught in an unexpected trap after experiencing a tragedy with his family...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Na-young Joins Lee Jong-suk in "Romance is a Bonus Book"

2018/10/15 | Permalink

Lee Na-young is coming back to Dramaland, joining Lee Jong-suk in romantic comedy "Romance is a Bonus Book". This is definitely not the return I was expecting from the actress, who has been absent from Korean drama for 8 years since her work in "The Fugitive Plan B". While the genre threw me off, her character is one many will find almost painfully relatable...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Releases Fun Character Posters

2018/10/15 | Permalink

"Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" is gaining some impressive ground in the race for the Ori-heart, and its entertaining, beautiful promotional efforts are definitely the key to said heart. The drama has released character posters of our titular fairy, her woodcutter candidates, and her adorable daughter...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 21-22

2018/10/14 | Permalink

The closer we get to Da-il's body, the further away it is, as what our titular hero feels may be a solution is almost at the hands of our villains. "The Ghost Detective" has reached a point where a lot feels like a delay to the inevitable, whatever said inevitable may be. There may be miraculous solutions yet, and we have plenty of time to discover them. I hope they bring answers on all of our players with them...More

[Orion's Drama News] New Arrivals and Happy Returns

2018/10/13 | Permalink

Join me for another week of drama goodies, including the latest batch of casting news from the ever-so-busy Dramaland. We have actors making their comebacks, while others skip to their next piece in no time at all. We are being spoiled left and right...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miss Baek"

2018/10/13 | Permalink

Sang-ah (played by Han Ji-min) is a cynical woman who focuses on survival, rather than thinking about a long-term future. Sang-ah's mean and bitter outlook is largely justified by the brutal and impoverished environment she lives in. Sang-ah's boyfriend, cop Jang-seop (played by Lee Hee-joon) is constantly witness to the senseless brutality committed by people who live on the margins. And Ji-eun (played by Kim Si-ah) is an elementary age student who is a living victim to that brutality...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Autumn, Autumn"

2018/10/13 | Permalink

While "Autumn, Autumn" premiered at the Berlin Film Festival back in 2017 and apparently even had a limited release in the United States shortly after, it was only last month that the film finally received a domestic release in South Korea. The success off "The First Lap" probably has something to do with it- writer/director Jang Woo-jin-II did a lot of production work for that generally well-regarded film. As for "Autumn, Autumn" though, I'm not actually sure what this movie is even about...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Water Mill" + Full Movie

2018/10/13 | Permalink

Lee Man-hee-I is one of the most significant Korean directors that worked in the 60 and the 70s', with films like the present one, "The Marines Who Never Returned", "Late Autumn" (a now lost film which has been remade a number of times in Korean cinema), "Break up the Chain" and many more. "A Water Mill" is among his greatest works...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kwak Dong-yeon Becomes a Villain for "My Strange Hero"

2018/10/12 | Permalink

You know what a villain usually means in romantic works, so say hello to the third person in this love triangle, or at least a possessive, revenge-fueled one. I'm still wrapping my head around love sparked out of fire and fury, but I'll get there eventually. Actor Kwak Dong-yeon will be the evil side of this love geometry for "My Strange Hero"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jun Ji-hyun Considering Next Work, Including Hong Sisters Drama

2018/10/12 | Permalink

Dramaland rejoice, because Jun Ji-hyun will be coming back next year. Following a false news report on Korean portals, the actress's agency released a clarifying statement, dropping the facts on what was earlier reported as her participation in a currently unnamed drama by Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran ("A Korean Odyssey", "Warm and Cozy", "Master's Sun") for tvN...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Make Room for Ryu Deok-hwan's Big Brain in "God's Quiz: Reboot" Posters

2018/10/11 | Permalink

Ryu Deok-hwan is back as Han Jin-woo, the tortured medical genius with a miracle brain that has been through its share of trouble. Said trouble never ends, it seems, as Jin-woo makes a triumphant return to new adventures in "God's Quiz: Reboot", which has released posters of its hero...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Priest" Breaks Out the Prayers in New Character Teaser

2018/10/11 | Permalink

Floating from demon energy is not a pleasant situation to be in, but the exorcists of "Priest" are here, and they bring the Prayer to Saint Michael with them. The newly released teaser shows us an exorcism taking place in the drama's hospital setting, while its heroes try to do what they do best...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 19-20

2018/10/11 | Permalink

With Hye somehow managing to find a nastier helper than Jeon Deok-joong, and Da-il's soul being in bigger danger than his body, Team Good of "The Ghost Detective" is starting to feel the strain of their responsibilities. At the same time, help arrives from new, surprising places, but at this dire point in time, the group would and should take anything they can get. Can sacrifices be avoided? Probably not, but everyone will try...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Sang-wook, Han Jung-hyun and Kim Hyung-mook Join "Bad Guys: The Movie"

2018/10/10 | Permalink

The spin-off film based on popular OCN drama "Bad Guys", "Bad Guys: The Movie", is coming along nicely, and there have been some casting additions since the main new and old characters were announced. We have three supporting cast members, as well as the fine news that writer Han Jeong-hoon is on board...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Releases Quirky Family Portrait Posters

2018/10/10 | Permalink

I've seen my share of odd families in Dramaland, but we're about to witness something truly fresh with "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter". The drama is graciously preparing us in the form of new posters teasing its heroine's family relations, and the fantasy element of their nature in a cute, inspired way...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "A Pledge to God" Holds Script Reading, Talks Themes

2018/10/09 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "A Pledge to God", which is a story about two sets of parents crossing the boundaries of morality for their children, has added Oh Yoon-ah, Lee Chun-hee and more alongside Han Chae-young and Bae Soo-bin. Its script reading stills show us the main and extended cast, while we also have some comments from the show's creators on its goals...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OCN's "Priest" Releases First Stills of Yeon Woo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi

2018/10/09 | Permalink

Science and religion clash in OCN's upcoming medical exorcism drama, "Priest", and so do their representatives. Yeon Woo-jin's priest and Jung Yoo-mi's doctor will have a lot to process as their worlds come together in a Catholic hospital about to witness a spike in creepy patients. The drama has released its first stills of the two leads...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Elijah, Kim Jung-tae and Kim Yoonji Join "The Last Empress"

2018/10/08 | Permalink

I said that I'd be back with more on the supporting cast of "The Last Empress", and here are three members of it. Lee Elijah and Kim Jung-tae have confirmed their imperial roles in this modern monarchy drama, while Kim Yoonji joins our heroine's side as a fellow musical actress and rival. If you missed the post on the premise and main cast, you can check it out here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-yang and Go Hyun-jung Lead "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment"

2018/10/08 | Permalink

According to several news reports, a KBS official has confirmed the participation of Park Shin-yang and Go Hyun-jung in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment". Our already confirmed hero is joined by our villain, and we also get more information on the drama's premise and the two characters...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 17-18

2018/10/07 | Permalink

With Da-il's body possibly back in the race for survival, and Hye becoming more of a threat as we go along, a lot changes for our heroes. Between navigating the emotional maze of what this means for their relationships and future, and trying to keep Hye's manipulation at bay, Team Good is juggling a lot, and so is the plot. A very soapy twist is tossed into the mix, but I hope that we will avoid it...More

[Orion's Drama News] Dealing With Gods and Monsters

2018/10/06 | Permalink

Dramas love their larger-than-life concepts, and we have some newly added upcoming dramas that take theirs to the extreme. Get ready to deal with grand sacrifices, the literal selling of souls, and one woman's battle against a whole empire. And by "get ready" I mean "suspend your disbelief and grab the snacks"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dark Figure of Crime"

2018/10/06 | Permalink

Detective Km Hyeong-min (played by Kim Yun-seok) investigates cold cases in Busan. This work leads him to cross paths with local thug Tae-oh (played by Joo Ji-hoon), a very unpleasant man who brags about violent things he probably never did. And that's where the conflict in "Dark Figure of Crime" comes from. Hyeong-min is willing to deal with the devil if it means bringing closure to the family members of missing persons, and Tae-oh is that devil...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Soul-Mate"

2018/10/06 | Permalink

Going by promotional materials one would probably be inclined to think of "The Soul-Mate" as being a typical supernatural odd couple buddy cop comedy. Jang-soo (played by Ma Dong-seok) is a beefy middled-aged judo instructor. Tae-jin (played by Kim Young-kwang) is the currently incorporeal young cop who only Jang-soo can see. Together, they fight crime. In actuality Jang-soo and Tae-jin spend a ridiculous amount of time engaging in petty bickering before the ghost thing comes up at all...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Early Rain" + Full Movie

2018/10/06 | Permalink

The film that launched Moon Hee's career is a testament to its times (1966), particularly regarding the youths of the country and their search for an identity after the Korean war, when the whole country was experiencing a crisis on all fronts...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 15-16

2018/10/05 | Permalink

In what is another two episodes of writer Han Ji-wan-I toying with our heart, "The Ghost Detective" smacks us right across the feels with a twist we may have seen coming a mile away, but which could have still never come. There is room for a fake-out yet, but a lot could possibly change about how the story moves forward regardless. With Hye's mayhem escalating, and new figures of interest popping up, we have a lot going on here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Upcoming Drama "The Last Empress" Gathers Impressive Main Cast

2018/10/05 | Permalink

According to coverage by jTBC, previously courted Jang Nara, Shin Sung-rok, Choi Jin-hyuk and Shin Eun-kyung have been confirmed to join "The Last Empress"; a "Princess Hours"-like story about a modern day monarchy, but with a more sinister twist. JTBC has information on the premise and the leads, but I'll return with more on the supporting cast next week...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Seung-hoon Joins "The Item" as Jin Se-yeon's Colleague

2018/10/05 | Permalink

Actor Oh Seung-hoon has been cast in "The Item", the upcoming drama about objects with special powers. He joins the crew as a detective, and a colleague of Jin Se-yeon's character, Shin So-yeong...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Top Star Yoo Baek" Releases Script Reading Photos, Teases Bickering Romance

2018/10/04 | Permalink

The city and the island folk meet in the script reading for upcoming island rom-com, "Top Star Yoo Baek". The series has released photos of the event, and we can see many actors from its lovely casting ensemble, in what was reportedly a very pleasant event...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Releases Main and Character Posters

2018/10/04 | Permalink

It is time to say hello to "Ms. Ma, Nemesis", as the drama will be premiering this weekend. The series has released elegant character posters, along with a similarly themed ensemble one. The images are packed with information on what we can expect from the drama and its protagonists...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Matrimonial Chaos" Releases Casual 4-Lead Character Posters

2018/10/03 | Permalink

After all the partying going on in previously released posters for "Matrimonial Chaos" (previously known as "The Best Divorce"), it's a nice change of mood to see these four character for who they really are, and the drama opts for a look into their daily lives to achieve it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho to Reportedly Lead Soul-Selling Drama "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2018/10/03 | Permalink

Leave it to Jung Kyung-ho to go for interesting projects and characters! According to an exclusive piece by jTBC, the actor will lead "When the Devil Calls Your Name", a drama about a genius composer who has sold his soul to the Devil. The series will be out on tvN in the first half of 2019, and it will be produced by Min Jin-gi ("Circle", "Golden Tower"), and written by Noh Hye-yeong ("Please Come Back, Mister", "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips")...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Kyung-ho Joins Lee Seo-jin, Sung Dong-il and Im Hwa-young in "Trap - Drama"

2018/10/02 | Permalink

"Trap - Drama" has a new cast member, as actor Yoon Kyung-ho has joined the production. Part of OCN's upcoming 'Dramatic Cinema' project, "Trap - Drama" is a thriller following the story of a national anchor who is caught in an trap after experiencing a tragedy while traveling with his family. The 'Dramatic Cinema' project will combine the high quality of films, and the packed storytelling of dramas...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Taking a Look at the "Memories of the Alhambra" Cast in Script Reading Stills

2018/10/02 | Permalink

If you want a good look at an extensive cast before casting news are even out for some of them, a script reading is the place to get it. "Memories of the Alhambra" is a suspense romance drama about investment company president Yoo Jin-woo going on a business trip to Granada, and becoming involved in a strange incident at an old hostel run by heroine Jeong Hee-joo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lim Ju-hwan Joins "Different Dreams" As Japanese Prosecutor in Love

2018/10/01 | Permalink

The cast of upcoming special project "Different Dreams" is shaping up nicely, and it looks like actor Lim Ju-hwan will be taking our heart for a spin alongside Lee Yo-won and Yoo Ji-tae. The actor has been confirmed as a Japanese character with Korea-friendly principles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Chae-young and Bae Soo-bin Fight for Their Children in "A Pledge to God"

2018/10/01 | Permalink

Han Chae-young and Bae Soo-bin will be leading MBC's upcoming weekend human melodrama, "A Pledge to God", which will be dealing with some pretty heavy subject matter. The series tells the story of two married couples who make choices beyond the ethics and morals of this world in order to save their dying children...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 30, 2018 [2]

2018/09/30 | Permalink

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Tasty hummus and roasted squash salad at Plant Cafe Seoul located in Itaewon...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 30, 2018 [1]

2018/09/30 | Permalink

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Me-made Magnum bar at newly opened Magnum Seoul in Gangnam...More

[Orion's Drama News] Gathering Up the Acting Squads

2018/09/29 | Permalink

The post-Chuseok news dump is a marvelous thing, and we have plenty of pieces from it. Upcoming dramas are gearing up, and they're fortifying their appeal with all manner of acting goodness, but also new teasers, posters, as well as fun information on what we can look forward to...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fengshui"

2018/09/29 | Permalink

In the final scene of "Fengshui" we see elderly feng shui expert Jae-sang (played by Cho Seung-woo) recounting to a couple of guys in suits about how he and his fellow geomancer Ha-eung (played by Ji Sung) witnessed the destruction of the Joseon government over a bizarre dispute concerning royal gravesites. This epilogue really should have been the framing device. "Fengshui" has a transparently ridiculous storyline that makes a lot more sense if you know ahead of time that the whole thing is a metaphor for the late Joseon government's absurdly skewed priorities...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Boing The Play Ranger: Super Secret Transformation"

2018/09/29 | Permalink

So apparently way back in 2013 a new children's cartoon appeared on South Korean television called Boing The Play Ranger. The setting is Playville, where all the residents are based off of playground toys. The titular Boing (voiced by Jeon Tae-yeol) is a spring-based riding lion. And apparently some five years after Boing The Play Ranger first premiered the cartoon is only just now getting an origin story depicting how Boing became a play ranger in the first place...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 13-14

2018/09/28 | Permalink

There is no bigger cautionary tale about the value of communication than a superpowered walking dead terrorist going loose as a result of its lack, and "The Ghost Detective" crew has just learned that. Episodes thirteen and fourteen start showing some internal logic issues, and I am worried about what the romantic angle might be doing to our leads, but the drama's emotional core and compelling mysteries hold everything together...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yi-kyung Leads "Children of Nobody" Alongside Kim Sun-ah

2018/09/28 | Permalink

In a definitely surprising casting twist, Lee Yi-kyung, everyone's recent comedic sidekick darling, has been cast as the male lead in upcoming drama "Children of Nobody", the story of a woman searching for the truth after her life falls apart. He will be joining Kim Sun-ah in this work by the writer of "The Village: Achiara's Secret"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-Suk Lands First Romantic Comedy Lead With "Romance is a Bonus Book"

2018/09/28 | Permalink

I may not be able to hear the joyful screams of Lee Jong-suk fans as the actor enters his first leading role in a romantic comedy drama, but I can definitely feel them. Lee Jong-suk will be leading tvN's upcoming publishing house rom-com "Romance is a Bonus Book", which will air in the first half of 2019...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Won-hyung Joins OCN's "Priest" as Jung Yoo-mi's Adversary

2018/09/27 | Permalink

A more appropriate title for this piece would be 'Jang Won-hyung Joins "Priest" as Sexist Piece of Trash', but I'm trying to ease you into this character, because I'm charitable like that. Jung Yoo-mi's Ham Eun-ho will have more than demons to fend off, that's for sure...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jo Bo-ah Joins Yoo Seung-ho in Cheerful Revenge Rom-Com "My Strange Hero"

2018/09/27 | Permalink

I've seen my share of dysfunctional romances in Korean drama, but a romantic comedy based on revenge against the other party is really pushing that envelope. Jo Bo-ah has joined "My Strange Hero" as said party, the first love of Yoo Seung-ho's character, and the target of his revenge. Here's hoping for a huge misunderstanding...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Where Stars Land" Talks Airport Setting, Releases New Stills

2018/09/26 | Permalink

We've seen many a last minute romantic chase happening at Incheon International Airport, but the location has never been given the chance to shine. "Where Stars Land" aims to change that, making the airport its main setting. The drama has released stills of its four leads in their workspaces, along with information on what we can expect from it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Do-hyun Joins "The Item" as Jin Se-yeon's Boss

2018/09/26 | Permalink

Actor Kim Do-hyun, who was most recently seen in "Life" and "Investigation Partners", will be joining Joo Ji-hoon, Kim Kang-woo, Jin Se-yeon and Kim Yoo-ri in "The Item", the upcoming series about ordinary objects with supernatural powers...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Matrimonial Chaos" Celebrates Separation in Couple Posters

2018/09/25 | Permalink

Marriage is often seen as a blessed thing, but for people who have had enough, so is divorce. The odd separated-but-not-really approach previously teased by "Matrimonial Chaos" might not necessarily be such a case, but the main characters sure seem thrilled about it on these new couple posters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Cast of "Terius Behind Me" Shares Thoughts on Drama's Appeal

2018/09/25 | Permalink

With "Terius Behind Me" being almost at our Dramaland doorstep, viewers can finally allow the hype to flow through them, and the drama's cast is here to help. We have new stills of the four main characters, as well as some thoughts by their actors on what they feel will make this series special...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Releases Main Character Stills and Information

2018/09/24 | Permalink

The plot thickens, as we find out more about the titular Ms. of "Ms. Ma, Nemesis", as well as her two co-leads, with the information accompanied by stills. The drama, which is based on Agatha Christie's work, is about a woman hiding her identity while trying to clear her name...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Deok-hwan Has Trouble Coming Back in Second Teaser for "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/09/24 | Permalink

Step aside, because Han Jin-woo has returned for "God's Quiz: Reboot", and he has enough trouble making said return without us in the way. The series has released a 'comeback fail' teaser, firmly holding on to the cheeky approach that made "God's Quiz" and its hero so much fun...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 23, 2018 [2]

2018/09/23 | Permalink

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Fresh chocolate milk with hand shaved chocolate twigs at Dedot in Haebangchon...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 23, 2018 [1]

2018/09/23 | Permalink

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Freshly cut jokbal, or pig's feet, in Namyeong...More

[Orion's Drama News] Matters of the Heart

2018/09/22 | Permalink

Chuseok may be putting the country in a promotional pause, but the heart does go on, and this upcoming week aims straight for ours. Be it romance, life and death situations, or some fantasy soul searching, we have options. I love me some options...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Great Battle"

2018/09/22 | Permalink

In the first epic war scene of "The Great Battle" high-ranking Goguryeo warrior Sa-mool (played by Nam Joo-hyuk) experiences a disastrously loss against Tang forces led by Emperor Taizong (played by Park Sung-woong), who boast superior numbers, tactics, and technology. In the aftermath Goguryeo command blames the loss on Ansi Fortress general Man-chun (played by Jo In-sung), who failed to reenforce them. So Sa-mool is sent to assassinate him. No on asks why Man-chun chose to disobey orders- although this question is at the heart of what "The Great Battle" has to say about the meaning of war and nationalism...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "After Spring"

2018/09/22 | Permalink

The three highlighted survivors in the "After Spring" omnibus embody haunted existences as they are trapped by memories of lost loved ones. Sin-ae (played by Jun Mi-sun) lives in desperation for some means, any means, of seeing her daughter again to make right their strained final encounter. Sang-won (played by Yoo Jae-myung) lives in quiet terror of what he could not make right with his own daughter. Suk-ho (played by Jun Suk-ho) doesn't live at all- he barely even moves from the house, so paralyzed the man is by grief regarding his dead wife...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Cast of OCN's "Priest" in Script Reading Photos

2018/09/21 | Permalink

"Priest" wastes no time, and it doesn't have much time to waste, frankly. The series recently confirmed its main cast, and now we get to see them and their fellow members in brand new script reading stills. I see some fun names in here, and I hope we get more character information soon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Terius Behind Me" Breaks Out the Formal Attire for New Posters

2018/09/21 | Permalink

I'm not sure what event the cast of "Terius Behind Me" is attending in these posters, but if they've broken out the formal wear to meet us, I'm flattered. Butter me up more, series. I like being pampered. The new posters for "Terius Behind Me" featuring So Ji-sub, Jung In-sun, Son Ho-jun and Im Se-mi aren't the prettiest, but we take what we can get, and then complain about it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 11-12

2018/09/21 | Permalink

There is a lot to unpack in episodes eleven and twelve of "The Ghost Detective", as we have new characters and new revelations piling up on top of fast-paced developments. Da-il and Yeo-wool learn more about their abilities, but that knowledge comes with burdens they might not be ready to bear. How far can our heroes and their friends go to protect one another and everyone out there facing such a formidable enemy...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hee-sun and Kim Hae-sook Raise the Tension in New "Room No.9" Stills

2018/09/20 | Permalink

Kim Hee-sun and Kim Hae-sook will be gracing our screens in "Room No.9" soon, but their soul-swapping characters are less than thrilled to be in each other's company. The series has released some new stills showing us exactly how their relationship starts off...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Seo-jin, Sung Dong-il and Im Hwa-young Join OCN's New Project with "Trap - Drama"

2018/09/20 | Permalink

OCN has been gunning for film quality for a long time, and its new 'Dramatic Cinema' project will open with "Trap - Drama"; a hard-boiled thriller following the shocking story of national anchor Kang Woo-hyeon, who is caught in the titular trap. The series has cast Lee Seo-jin and Sung Dong-il as leads, with Im Hwa-young joining the lineup as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Everyone Loves Differently in Character Posters for "The Third Charm"

2018/09/19 | Permalink

The charming quartet of "The Third Charm" all have a different approach to love and romance, which is now being teased through newly released character posters. From the sentimental to the spontaneous, and from the romantic to the pragmatic, it looks like these pairings will be facing plenty of challenges...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Matrimonial Chaos" Teases Special Marital Arrangements in Official Poster.

2018/09/19 | Permalink

Korean drama can get more stale than week-old bread with its romance at times, but if you are looking for something on the fresh side, "Matrimonial Chaos" might try, and its new official poster brings the rules of this conveniently reversible not-divorce with it. Maybe this won't be as fresh after all...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 9-10

2018/09/19 | Permalink

I am fully invested in this whirlwind mystery that is "The Ghost Detective", as the series goes deeper into what now feels like a big web of connected lives and deaths. Da-il is discovering new abilities and dangers, Team Good is now complete, a new character seems to hold vital information, and with a hint of romance being created, our two heroes are about to meet new challenges...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yeon Woo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi and Park Yong-woo Lead OCN's "Priest"

2018/09/18 | Permalink

OCN's upcoming medical exorcism drama, "Priest", has confirmed actor Park Yong-woo alongside already courted Yeon Woo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi, completing its main cast. "Priest" is about doctors and exorcists working together in order to protect people who are dear to them. It will portray supernatural phenomena taking place in at a Catholic hospital of Southern Seoul in 2018...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub and Jung In-sun Are Worlds Apart in Latest Teaser for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/18 | Permalink

We've been thoroughly exposed to agent Terius as a weird father figure to the children of "Terius Behind Me", but the latest teaser focuses on the leading duo and their very different lives taking place in close proximity. Can their connection provide both with a welcome change in their routine...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-won and Kim Ki-doo Join "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/09/17 | Permalink

Actors Kim Jae-won and Kim Ki-doo have finally joined hands with "God's Quiz: Reboot", and will be joining the old crew as new members. Kim Jae-won's character sounds too nice to be so, while Kim Ki-doo sounds like a major tsundere. We love a good tsundere...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Yoon-jin Fights to Clear Her Name in First Teaser for "Ms. Ma, Nemesis"

2018/09/17 | Permalink

The titular Ms. Ma of "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" is here, and her served jail time as the killer of her daughter has taught her some formidable skills. The drama's first teaser shows off its leading lady and her plight of being framed, her newfound badassery, and her clashing with the detective who arrested her...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 16, 2018 [2]

2018/09/16 | Permalink

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Refreshing strawberry and vanilla rose-shaped icecream in Myeongdong...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 16, 2018 [1]

2018/09/16 | Permalink

Healthy, rich-tasting avocado salad at La Ferme in Hannam-dong...More

[Orion's Drama News] Starry Flights

2018/09/15 | Permalink

It's time for some travel, or at least transit, as upcoming airport romance "Where Stars Land" has made its promotional entry to the drama game. Said game is currently going strong, as we have teasers, stills and other goodies from many upcoming series. I see more tough choices in my future...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Monstrum"

2018/09/15 | Permalink

The opening scene of "Monstrum" definitely gives the impression that it's not the titular monster we should be worrying about. Long before we hear its ominous growls the film is witness to the spectacle of a senseless massacre- royal soldiers against civilians. The lone survivor of this scene, Myeong, grows up into Hyeri, and has learned several fine investigative arts from her adoptive father and Yoon-gyeom (played by Kim Myung-min) and his comic relief sidekick Seong-han (played by Kim In-kwon), which are put to the test as they investigate the monster's path of destruction...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Omok Girl"

2018/09/15 | Permalink

Ba-dook (played by Park Se-wan) is a former Go prodigy turned early twenty-something ronin, who has to make a living via odd part time jobs of various dignity levels. A chance encounter with An-kyeong (played by An Woo-yeon) leads Ba-dook to become interested in Gomoku, a simplified variant of Go where the objective is to get five stones of your color in a row. Gomoku is a more complex game than Ba-dook gives it credit for, and must train for her ultimate goal- a surprisingly good payout for second place...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 7-8

2018/09/14 | Permalink

The Woman in Red has finally met worthy challengers in "The Ghost Detective", and she is one mighty sore loser. With her psyche becoming more unstable, and our heroes a bigger thorn in her ghostly side, things are about to escalate. A new character appears, and the time has come for Sang-seob to learn of Da-il's current situation, which gives birth to a Subway product placement scene I never thought could make me cry...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Dae Jang Geum Is Watching" Holds Script Reading, Teases Deliciousness

2018/09/14 | Permalink

Love, food, and love for food are all great things to have, and they are also great tools to torture audiences with, a skill Korean drama has mastered all too well. Upcoming tale of foodie descendants, "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma" has held its script reading, and announced its intentions for said torture...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Hyo-joo Competes With Ryu Deok-hwan in "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/09/14 | Permalink

I was just feel-smacked with Park Hyo-joo's special appearance in "The Guest - Drama", and it looks like the actress carries on with OCN. As previously announced in news about upcoming "God's Quiz: Reboot", she will be playing a main role as a new character in this fifth installment of the series...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 5-6

2018/09/13 | Permalink

Serial killers are scary, but serial killers with superpowers are terrifying. "The Ghost Detective" brings more twists, leaving our heroes with little time to process what is happening to them, and what has happened in their now shared past. The Woman in Red has a lot of secrets, and I am starting to wonder if several of the characters we have met so far are part of a common, supernaturally skilled group...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Where Stars Land" Releases Character Posters and New Teasers

2018/09/13 | Permalink

"Where Stars Land" has changed a number of times since its originally released premise, but the drama now about employees over at Incheon International Airport has a solid direction, and we have two new teasers, and four character posters to get more information from...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Kang-woo Confirms Villain Role in "The Item"

2018/09/13 | Permalink

"The Item" has finally secured all three leads, as Kim Kang-woo has confirmed his villain role of an The Item-obsessed sociopath. The news has released just a bit more information about his character, and the way he goes about making the The Items his, which involves a lot of murder. It's time we bid farewell to the cutie of "My Husband Oh Jak-doo"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 16 Final

2018/09/13 | Permalink

To quote someone we all know and love, "Life" finds a way, and this is the best possible outcome we can hope for in regards to the future of Sangkook University Hospital, as well as our own world. The drama has been through a rough patch lately, but it bows out as gracefully as it can manage, leaving no magical solutions behind, but leaving us and its own characters some valuable food for thought...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Third Charm" Showcases Its Long-Spanning Romance in New Couple Stills

2018/09/12 | Permalink

"The Third Charm" is piling on the OTP goodness, and this time it's here to charm us with a romance that grows with time, along with the two people in it. The stills of Seo Kang-joon and Esom's characters provide a look into the changes that the couple goes through, which is in itself a very fresh concept in Korean drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Sae-byeok Might Lead "Possessed" as Ghost-Fearing Detective

2018/09/12 | Permalink

I'm already feeling sorry for this character, and he hasn't even been cast yet. Actor Song Sae-byeok may soon land his first leading role in a drama, having been offered the possessed detective in "Possessed". The sweet man with a tough demeanor sounds like he's going to have trouble adjusting to his new, double life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub Receives a Heart Sticker Badge in Second Teaser for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/11 | Permalink

Agent Terius has been given the greatest honor of all in the form of a cutesy heart sticker, and the added training of two very energetic children tugging at his arms, and his heartstrings. The latest teaser for "Terius Behind Me" is after our hearts and hormones once more...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Bad Papa" Reveals his Secret in 90s Style Retro Teaser

2018/09/11 | Permalink

If you thought dad jokes are cringe-worthy, wait until you see shameless dad self-promotion in its full 90s style, retro glory. The innovative, colorful, but surprisingly sombre new teaser for "Bad Papa" gives us a taste of the picture-perfect life that never was...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 15

2018/09/11 | Permalink

We are approaching some form of closure for "Life", but the ship of what was a cohesive whole has sailed long ago. Character alliances and interpersonal, but also work relationships change in unexpected ways, and the drama is trying to stretch all of its resolutions to the very last minute. Perhaps this is the series that "Life" wanted to be all along, but it sadly did not get to it soon enough...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho and Yoo In-na Up for Romance in "Touch Your Heart"

2018/09/10 | Permalink

Pray hard to the Dramagods and dust off your on-screen shipping urges, because we might be getting quite the adorable drama OTP. Actors Jung Kyung-ho and Yoo In-na could soon be leading "Touch Your Heart", a romance between a top lawyer and a top actress disguised as a secretary...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Ji-hoon and Jin Se-yeon Confirm "The Item", Possibly Joined by Kim Kang-woo

2018/09/10 | Permalink

Joo Ji-hoon is finally making his return to Korean drama through "The Item", the upcoming story about items with special powers, and he is joined by Jin Se-yeon. While there are no widespread confirmations yet, an exclusive piece states that actor Kim Kang-woo is also up for a leading role. Will this be the main trio of "The Item"...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 9, 2018 [2]

2018/09/09 | Permalink

SMTOWN pop-up store in Lotte Department Store in Myeongdong...More

[HanCinema's Photo] September 9, 2018 [1]

2018/09/09 | Permalink

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Beautiful summer flower drinking in the sunlight...More

[Orion's Drama News] Everybody Gets a Drama

2018/09/08 | Permalink

This upcoming week offers a little bit of everything, as we have four premieres in entirely different genres and even platforms. I focused on gloom and doom dramas last week, so this time I'm going to lift your spirits with the adorable shenanigans of "Terius Behind Me". I could use an endearing rom-com right about now...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Butterfly Sleep"

2018/09/08 | Permalink

Ryoko (played by Miho Nakayama) is an aging Japanese novelist who has spent her career shying away from interaction with readers. But now? She's teaching a graduate class on creative writing. It's quite some time before we find out what, exactly, is the real reason for the change in her attitude. Until then, Ryoko gets acquainted with Chan-hae (played by Kim Jae-wook), a Korean transfer student who struggles to pay his tuition...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Into the Night"

2018/09/08 | Permalink

The Monotones are an independent rock band operating out of Seoul. Well, they were anyway. While much of the drama of "Into the Night" centers around whether the band will survive the filming of the documentary (which took place in 2015), the fact that they won top rock prize at the Korean Music Awards in 2016 and successfully produced albums renders the survival question a moot point. Then, right before "Into the Night" received an official domestic release in March, the band collapsed...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Samsung's Sci-Fi Web Drama "Ambergris" Releases Trailer and Posters

2018/09/07 | Permalink

This forever thirsty for science fiction in Korean entertainment puppy has mixed feelings about Samsung's upcoming dystopian web drama featuring Kim Sohye, Yang Dong-geun and Shin Goo, "Ambergris". Can a promotional campaign deliver some good drama sci-fi for my longing heart? Crossing all my crossables...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub Meets His New Masters in Second Teaser for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/07 | Permalink

There's no time for brooding and remembering one's dark past when the overlords come a-calling, and agent Kim Bon's new bosses are persistent. In what is an incredibly cute, and promising teaser, "Terius Behind Me" gives me everything I've been wanting in terms of the dynamics between the agent and his neighbors...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 3-4

2018/09/07 | Permalink

Take me out for detective trash day, because I did not see this twist coming, especially so early on. Sadly, neither did our poor Da-il. What happens in episodes three and four will likely change a lot about the story that "The Ghost Detective" and Yeo-wool will be in need of adjusting to, while somehow making it all work to their advantage. Can this lovely duo crack the case, and what future awaits them after this major shift...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Moon Chae-won's "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Confirms Release Date

2018/09/06 | Permalink

Pre-produced drama "Gyeryong Fairy Tale", which is now going by the English title "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter", has revealed its premiere date. The upcoming fantasy piece starring Moon Chae-won, Yoon Hyun-min and Seo Ji-hoon will be with us very shortly, so get your dramappetite going...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Maze Runner" Star Ki Hong Lee Joins "Prometheus" as CIA Agent

2018/09/06 | Permalink

"Prometheus" is coming along nicely on the casting front, as the drama has now added Korean-American Hollywood actor Ki Hong Lee in its lineup, and has officially brought the United States front into the story of the two Koreas. The actor will be playing a secret agent with the CIA, Frank Lee...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 1-2

2018/09/06 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" is here to sink his figurative teeth into the case, and his physical ones into demons. In what is one of the most exciting premieres I've seen in a while, the resilient, highly intelligent, spirit-biting detective and his resourceful, stubborn sidekick are up against a terrible foe working with - or perhaps on - equally terrible living persons. Join me for good ol' horror and mysteries...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Nam-gil, Kim Sung-kyun and Lee Honey Courted for "The Fiery Priest"

2018/09/05 | Permalink

I don't think I can scream "TAKE IT!" harder over a potential cast, because Kim Nam-gil, Kim Sung-kyun and Lee Honey teaming up to wash the law and religion of all sins sounds like too beautiful a dream. The dream might be turning into a reality, as all three actors are now positively considering their role offers...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung In-sun Springs Into Hardcore Action as Single Parent for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/05 | Permalink

Secret agents are impressive, but you haven't seen skill until you see a single parent juggle two kids and a household. As the younger demon-child of one, I'm very looking forward to Jung In-sun's Go Ae-rin and her domestic superpowers in "Terius Behind Me", which we can see in brand new stills...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 14

2018/09/05 | Permalink

People have been keeping things to themselves for a long time at Sangkook University Hospital, but my guess about Seung-hyo's noble intentions might have picked up on a plan or backup plan devised even longer before the president's arrival. Jin-woo is finally facing things out in the open and head on, but we have a lot to get through in a small amount of time. Can "Life" wrap it all up, and does it even want to...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Jae-myung and Ji Soo Brood Together in First Teaser for "Ping Pong Ball"

2018/09/04 | Permalink

The bromantic ship of forlorn lovers is sailing in upcoming two-part drama "Ping Pong Ball", and the first teaser featuring the world-weary duo portrayed by Yoo Jae-myung and Ji Soo has been released. The video is simple, understated and human, as the two share their imminent romantic rejections...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyuk Enters the Ring for "Bad Papa"

2018/09/04 | Permalink

Jang Hyuk and martial arts are a match made in hard work heaven, something "Bad Papa" would very much like to remind us in these first stills of our has-been and will-be hero. While the once best boxer goes through a slump following a questionable defeat that cost him everything, we'll no doubt be getting a great return...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 13

2018/09/04 | Permalink

After dropping that confusing cliffhanger last week, "Life" opts for a little break from the power play kerfuffle in episode thirteen. What is obviously a move to stall plot progression leaves room for focus on matters outside of Sangkook University Hospital. While some of them are welcome, the series is increasingly scrambling for drama in all the disappointing places. Can "Life" find its way back before the end...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Joon-hee and Yeon Jung-hoon Courted for OCN's "Possessed"

2018/09/03 | Permalink

Are you sick of exorcisms yet? If yes, too bad, because OCN has more spirit shenanigans in store for us. If you're complete suckers for the supernatural like I am, welcome, although there might be a bit of a cringeworthy twist in this one. OCN's latest addition is drama "Possessed", which is currently wooing Go Joon-hee and Yeon Jung-hoon for main roles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub's Secret Agent Resurfaces in "Terius Behind Me" Stills

2018/09/03 | Permalink

I've been wondering where the hero of "Terius Behind Me" has been lately, and he's finally back with a teaser, and these brand new stills. As tempting as it is to admire a man in a fine suit, the setting of this scene being a funeral kills that urge, but it does pique my curiosity about the agent's return to action...More

[Orion's Drama News] Ghosts of the Past

2018/09/01 | Permalink

The past comes back to haunt the characters of today's featured dramas in different ways, and I start off with the reunion of a father and his daughter in "My Only One". If you're looking for actual hauntings, fear not – or rather be afraid – because "The Ghost Detective" is premiering this upcoming week, and its chilling mystery deepens...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "On Your Wedding Day"

2018/09/01 | Permalink

In 2005, rowdy yet well-meaning South Korean teenager Woo-yeon (played by Kim Young-kwang) is living in Gangreung when he becomes smitten with Seung-hee (played by Park Bo-young), a spunky transfer student. "On Your Wedding Day" chronicles their love story through 2005 and 2007 and 2012, before finally ending on a twist in 2018- Seung-hee is getting married, just not to Woo-yeon...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "High Society - Movie"

2018/09/01 | Permalink

Tae-joon (played by Park Hae-il) is a well-liked college professor who does mild advocacy for labor-related causes. His wife Soo-yeon (played by Soo Ae) deals in art. They have a boring but functional marriage. That's not an intentional construction. "High Society - Movie" manages to take wacky setpieces like one man setting himself on fire, another man dressing up like a Mexican wrestler to beat up on snitches, and an extended racist sex scene featuring excessive lube then somehow manages to make all that seem incredibly dull...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Player" Delivers Fraud on a Budget in New Posters and Teaser

2018/08/31 | Permalink

Upcoming money-stealing drama "The Player" is all about the style and coolness in its new poster, but it's also time to remember that our stylish criminals are working on certain restrictions. The newly released teaser brings their pride right back down to Earth, at least for about two minutes...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Reveals a Chilling Mystery in Highlight Video

2018/08/31 | Permalink

Get ready to be spooked and intrigued as we head into this new season, because "The Ghost Detective" is going all out with the chill factor and mystery cases. The upcoming horror drama has released a 6-minute highlight video featuring some yummy horror imagery, and an introduction to the conflict which will likely shape the drama's main story...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lim Ju-hwan Confirms Novelist Role in "Drama Special - The Long Farewell"

2018/08/30 | Permalink

Lim Ju-hwan will be joining "Drama Special - The Long Farewell", which now has a premise, as well as a leading lady in Jang Hee-jin. Lim Ju-hwan plays a novelist, and Jang Hee-jin will be playing his girlfriend and an editor at his publishing company...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser for "Room No.9" Takes Us to the Beginning

2018/08/30 | Permalink

The titular room must carry quite the supernatural energy on it, or then the people in it do. The first teaser for upcoming soul-swap drama "Room No.9" is simple, short, and sweet, while at the same time showing us its concept and the three main leads...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 12

2018/08/30 | Permalink

I am not sure where "Life" has run off to, but its place is now taken over by a suspense thriller about Evil Rich Dudes™. The series has gone through a major shift in tone and focus during the last two episodes, and the pivotal decisions that come with it feel rushed and forced. If this is what we can expect from the final four episodes, I wonder why it was not introduced sooner, and more smoothly...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Hyun-Jung Considering Comeback with Park Shin-yang's "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment"

2018/08/29 | Permalink

Go Hyun-jung may be returning to Dramaland soon, as the actress has received an offer from upcoming drama "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment". The first season, "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho", is about a has-been prosecutor getting out of a rut and becoming a lawyer for the powerless, while fighting for personal revenge at the same time...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Descendants of the Sun" Darling, Jasper Cho Turns Villainous in "Terius Behind Me"

2018/08/29 | Permalink

Jasper Cho of "Descendants of the Sun" fame is back with a deadly role, as he turns into a trained killer for "Terius Behind Me". The drama has released stills of his character out to assassinate someone in Poland, and I wonder if this is the incident that will get our hero's loved one killed...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 11

2018/08/29 | Permalink

Crimes have been abundant in "Life", but its characters are faced with the most dangerous one yet, as political and company conspiracies start seeping into Sangkook University Hospital. Someone close to Jin-woo becomes involved, raising the tensions between him and Seung-hyo, as well as the sacrifices which may have to be made in order to fight this new, and very powerful set of foes. I just hope that this will not turn "Life" into the typical drama of its kind...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meeting the Heroes of "The Guest - Drama" Through Character Posters

2018/08/28 | Permalink

The ghost-busting trio of "The Guest - Drama" come from different walks of life, and from a different approach to the supernatural, but these three badasses definitely look like they can handle anything thrown their way. The drama has released character posters, along with a summary of what each character is all about, and a fact I didn't previously know about...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Romantic Comedy "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama" Holds Script Reading

2018/08/28 | Permalink

Choi Tae-joon and Choi Soo-young's upcoming rom-com "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama" is preparing quite the universal release extravaganza, but the production is otherwise proceeding as usual, and we have script reading photos from the lovely cast, along with some words from PD Kang Cheol-woo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Deok-hwan, Yoon Joo-hee and Park Jun-myun Reunite for "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/08/27 | Permalink

Praised be the Dramagods, for they have not forsaken us! "God's Quiz: Reboot" is bringing back all the previously teased darlings of seasons past, as Yoon Joo-hee and Park Jun-myun join Ryu Deok-hwan on another adventure, with a fresh crew under the familiar creator...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Faces Buried Anger in Main Posters + Bonus Posters

2018/08/27 | Permalink

Every ghost has unfinished business in fiction, but when that business is loaded with heaps of postmortem anger, it's usually bad news for a lot of living people. "The Ghost Detective" has released two main posters, and they explore the grievances left unresolved...More

[Orion's Drama News] Cuteness for the Ages

2018/08/25 | Permalink

Sageuk has seen better days, but with all these "100 Days My Prince" goodies coming up, I am not so sure it has seen cuter ones. Today I bring you said goodies from the sweet OTP that Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun will bringing us shortly. We also have some fun teasers from a variety of shows, and more, with one particular piece of potential casting news having made my week...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Soldier's Mementos"

2018/08/25 | Permalink

Young naïve farmhand Jang-goon (played by Maeng Se-chang) is sent to war. While Jang-goon and his fellow soldiers are decked out in gear reminiscent of the Korean War and frequently watch planes fly overheard, there's also the occasional moment where we see a giant blue beautiful planet hanging in the sky. This sort of begs the question- in a film environment where Korean War stories are considered relevant and cutting edge, why did director Kim Jae-han choose to make a deliberately generic war movie?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Witness"

2018/08/25 | Permalink

The first thing we see suspicious-looking cap-wearing Tae-ho (played by Kwak Si-yang), we learn that he failed to knock out his would-be murder victim. We then learn that Tae-ho does not know how to tie a proper knot. So right from the beginning, Tae-ho comes off looking rather incompetent. It was with great irritation that I realized that for the rest of the movie Tae-ho would demonstrate superhuman powers including, but not limited to, teleportation, omniscience, immunity to physical damage, and invisibility...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Seung-soo Joins "Top Star Yoo Baek" as Mother-Like Figure

2018/08/24 | Permalink

The romantic island adventures of a has-been celebrity sound like quite the fun and refreshing premise for a romantic comedy, and the titular hero of "Top Star Yoo Baek" now has a partner for said adventures. Actor Ryu Seung-soo has joined the drama as Yoo Baek's no doubt overbearing friend...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Seung-heon's Conman Introduces Team in Cheeky "The Player" Teaser

2018/08/24 | Permalink

Just as I'm getting ready to dismiss "The Player" as a try-hard comedy action series, the latest teaser drops with a hefty, welcome dose of self-awareness. Song Seung-heon's conman introduces his team and their unique skills, but it's the little extra segment at the end that really wins me over...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 10

2018/08/24 | Permalink

The never ending power play of "Life" hits a deciding moment, as the new Director steps into power, and new games of pull and push begin between the hospital's ethical integrity and Hwajeong Group's ambitions. Jin-woo and his allies are up against powerful  opponents with what feels like the battle equivalent of a butter knife, and the personal crises that they face make everything all the more challenging...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hundred Million Stars from the Sky" Releases Foreboding First Teaser

2018/08/23 | Permalink

Well, this is certainly looking dire. The upcoming Korean drama remake for Japanese series "One Million Stars Falling from the Sky" has released its first, grim teaser, which feels a bit like opening credits. It also looks about as dark as I would expect, going from the descriptions I'm finding. If you're looking for happy, cutesy romances, you might want to make a speedy exit now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sun-ah Considering Drama by "Two Weeks" PD and "The Village: Achiara's Secret" Writer

2018/08/23 | Permalink

Be still my heart, because I don't think I can handle this news. Actress Kim Sun-ah may be making a comeback in "Children of Nobody". The project, which sounds like a dark and gritty mystery, has given me three names I absolutely want to see together. Give this to me, Dramaland. Give this to me now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Guest - Drama" Releases Infernal Posters

2018/08/22 | Permalink

I'm still not sure if the Hell our three heroes will go through is metaphorical or real, but the newly released posters for OCN's upcoming exorcism drama, "The Guest - Drama" are certainly piling on the scary red and fire. Our psychic, our priest, and our detective have a grand battle with a far-reaching evil ahead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Se-young Courted for "The Crowned Clown" Alongside Yeo Jin-goo

2018/08/22 | Permalink

Upcoming drama remake of film "Masquerade", "The Crowned Clown" is now courting its leading man and leading woman, as Lee Se-young has joined the casting game along with Yeo Jin-goo. Should they accept, the two will play the queen and king...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Third Charm" Holds Charming Script Reading

2018/08/21 | Permalink

Upcoming romance drama "The Third Charm" has held its script reading, and it has released stills of the main and extended cast. Seo Kang-joon and Esom play characters in an epic love story of a romance spanning twelve years...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong and Bae Doona Return for "Kingdom - Season 2"

2018/08/21 | Permalink

It looks like the first season of upcoming zombie sageuk "Kingdom" has gone down well in the test screening phase, because the Netflix original starring Joo Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong and Bae Doona will be returning for "Kingdom - Season 2". I'll never say no to sageuk zombies, or more sageuk zombies...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 9

2018/08/21 | Permalink

There is no helping those who will not help themselves, and the elite of Sangkook University Hospital are too busy fighting over the Director position to care about what it will mean for their organization. Jin-woo's newfound confidence pushes him a little further, which motivates Kyeong-moon to take a stand that is about to turn sour. Will our young doctor finally stop expecting others to make the sacrifices he should be partially shouldering himself...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Woo-gyeom Joins "Bad Papa" as Victim of an Accident

2018/08/20 | Permalink

"Bad Papa" gets another addition to the mayhem caused by the experimental super drug that turns our hero from a has-been to a newly charged badass. Shin Woo-gyeom is joining the party, and he will have quite an interesting connection to the whole thing, as well as Jang Hyuk's character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Releases Script Reading Photos and More Character Information

2018/08/20 | Permalink

The crew of "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" will be with us shortly, bringing an exciting story with them. The cast recently attended the script reading, and the new character descriptions get my anticipation firing on all cylinders. "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" follows a woman accused of murdering her daughter using sharp reasoning to reveal the truth...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fun Combos and Great Expectations

2018/08/18 | Permalink

With a torrent of new dramas upon us and casting news on future projects popping up left and right, I take a look at something new and potentially refreshing. "Big Forest" will be a combination of variety stars in a drama setting, and I might have to check it out. Dramaland is determined to drown me in content, and I am diving in without hesitation...More

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

2018/08/18 | Permalink

The first scene in "Land of Happiness" depicts an unfortunate series of events on the subway, back in the days before walls were installed to separate commuters from the tracks. The silent grainy closed circuit television footage is hauntingly effective, and appears multiple times through the duration of the film. But equally haunting is the distant look on the face of Min-soo (played by Ji Yong-suk), a man so spiritually unnerved it's interfering with his job of washing cars- not exactly a profession that requires people skills...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Haunted House: The Secret of the Cave"

2018/08/18 | Permalink

One of the more popular cartoons on South Korea's Tooniverse channel is...apparently called Haunted House. That's a bad name. The main gimmick of the series is that it actually takes place in a relatively modern haunted apartment complex. The protagonists, spunky older sister Ha-ri (voiced by Kim Yeong-eun) and her chubby younger brother Doo-ri (played by Kim Chae-ha) work together with the small, big-eyed green goblin Sin-bi (voiced by Jo Hyeon-jeong) to catch ghosts. The meaning of Sin-bi's name doubles as mysterious or haunted in Korean, so the title is also a pun...More

[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 "The Guest - Drama" 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 Dreams"

2018/08/15 | Permalink

The confusing reports surrounding upcoming special project "Different Dreams" 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 "The Guest - Drama"

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 "The Guest - Drama". 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 "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" 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 "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" 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 "Squad 38", 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 Dreams"

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 Dreams" 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, "The 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 "Two Lives One Heart" 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] "The Guest - Drama" 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 "The Guest - Drama". 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", "The Guest - Drama" and "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" 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 Yeol-eum Become Siblings for "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma"

2018/08/02 | Permalink

We have some new casting additions for upcoming series "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma", 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 Yeol-eum and Kim Hyun-joon join Shin Dong-wook to form this trio...More

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

2018/08/02 | Permalink

After torturing us with motion posters from "The Guest - Drama" 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 "Ms. Ma, Nemesis"

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 "Ms. Ma, Nemesis". 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 "Ms. Ma, Nemesis"

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, "Ms. Ma, Nemesis". 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 "Where Stars Land"

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 "Where Stars Land", 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 "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma"

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 "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma" 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: Crime and Punishment"

2018/07/20 | Permalink

In news that make my Ori-heart so very happy, "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2: Crime and Punishment" 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] "The Fiery 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

[HanCinema's Photo] July 15, 2018 [1]

2018/07/15 | Permalink

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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 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 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 "Hundred Million Stars from the Sky"

Source | 2018/07/11 | Permalink

Actress Seo Eun-soo confirmed her appearance in upcoming drama, "Hundred Million Stars from the Sky"...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

[HanCinema's Photo] July 8, 2018 [1]

2018/07/08 | Permalink

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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 "Two Lives One Heart" 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 "Two Lives One Heart"...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 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 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 "Two Lives One Heart" By the Makers of "Defendant"

2018/06/14 | Permalink

Go Soo has accepted the previously offered role to upcoming medical drama "Two Lives One Heart", and with the production looking rather glad about it, it seems like a win-win situation for the a