Pinterest
NewsLetter DailyWeekly
 
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 6

2013/08/13 | 1451 views | Permalink

This episode marks a departure from the series so far, in that it's relatively normal. There's not that much in the way of ghosts, ill-conceived ill-executed murder attempts, and contrived plotting. For the most part this is just the story of what happens when Si-On and Geon-Woo go on a company retreat. It's light-hearted comedic fare, with the occassional reference to the greater ghost storyline as, uncharacteristically, the two of them stop acting combative for the sake of being combative.

I give this drama a hard time for its absurdity, and for the most part it's well-deserved. A convoluted illegal plot does show up this episode. And true to form, the villain, rather than behave in a way that makes any kind of logical sense, comes up with an elaborate death trap that's both easy to escape and easy to notice by any random investigator. It's ridiculous just how bad these plans are, especially considering how powerful the villain ends up being.

But if I strip all that away and look at this drama in terms of its basic elements, without wondering about it's consistently inconsistent rules and characters, there's a lot to admire here. The camerawork is quite good and encapsulates everything in each given scene that we need to see. The characters are given excellent profile and are always easy to recognize. The outside is convincingly nighttime with no apparent flaws. Even the previous episodes with goofy ghost scenes are filmed quite effectively- it's the context that renders them nonsensical.

So Yi-hyun and Ok Taecyeon also have excellent chemistry. They play well off of each other. Yes, sometimes they try too hard and it feels like they have no idea what to do with the nonsensical script. Their characters are nonetheless well-defined, and their acting in this episode, without the contrivances overshadowing everything else, is actually quite good. They feel like they belong in a show about ghosts and terrible pasts that makes more logical sense.

The general unprofessionalism with which every character treats their job is on display here as well, and while I don't know if this is actually the script's intent, the actors seem to be running with the idea and not even putting up the pretense of being competent police officers unless a scene directly calls for their doing something heroic. Even though this episode feels very different from everything else so far, I still like it quite a bit. If a story must have mood whiplash, better to have it swing between individual episodes then constantly oscillating within the same one.

Review by William Schwartz

"Who Are You - 2013" is directed by Jo Hyeon-tak, written by Moon Ji-yeong and features So Yi-hyun, Ok Taecyeon and Kim Jae-wook.

Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 6"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Related movies/dramas

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss


 

 

 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.

Settings

Remove ads

Sign up

Sharing

Activate

Spoilers

Visible, hide

Movie of the week

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations