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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 3

2014/02/24 | Permalink

Apparently this drama is still setting up the premise and storyline. For some reason I assumed that Se-ro already knew all the same basic background information of the plot that we did. But no, it pretty much takes him the whole episode to get all that information straightened out in his head. Which puts a bit of an odd spin on the man's actions up until that point. Particularly in regards to Yeong-won.

Basically, Se-ro is being the cool aloof type, the kind that gets plastered all over bad romance novels. What I can't figure out is whether he's trying to be cool and seductive or if he's just trying to be a jerk to throw Yeong-won off the trail and make her suspicious or something. Trying to make sense of this in context of the latest family scheme is no help. I'm already pretty sure that whatever The Scam is it's not going to make any more sense than the first one did.

So right now the actual content of this drama is still kind of, well, just barely passable I suppose. How about the production end of things? Everything's really bright. I mean, literally speaking, there's lots of very clear, clean shots and for the most part the sun is used to provide the light. At one point there's a shot so incredibly bright it made my eyes squint. It was like looking at the sun, except on a screen.

The shots tend to be wide too, and there's lots of information in there. I'm just not sure what most of it is supposed to mean yet. Obviously, Se-ro is feeling terribly guilty. Meanwhile Tae-oh comes off as oddly vaguely sinister. And there's lot of discussion of diamonds but we're never actually looking at them. All this information feels like it's supposed to be relevant somehow, however, these facts have been in evidence from the first episode so none of this really feels new.

Still, "The Full Sun" is pretty enough to look at, and since the drama doesn't spend a lot of time obsessing over mechanics, it can be good for some nice casual watching. The sense of impending doom, the cinematography, and the quality of the music reminds me of "Shark". Not as good as "Shark", but given that "The Full Sun" seems to have an actual ending that it's building up to, I think the advantages more or less break even on that point.

Review by William Schwartz

"The Full Sun" is directed by Bae Kyeong-soo, Kim Jung-hyun-III, written by Heo Seong-hye and features Yoon Kye-sang, Han Ji-hye and Cho Jin-woong.

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