[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 24 (final) 2015/05/25,
This drama didn't quite end how I expected it would. I wanted fewer bow tied endings and a little more realism. It's not like I wasn't happy with how things turned it. It was all sweet and full of fuzzy warm feelings that were enjoyable to feel and enjoy. However, these sentiments didn't quite fit with the overall tone of the drama. "Unkind Women" was about these women findings themselves and learning to overcome their pasts,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 23 2015/05/24,
The penultimate episode of "Unkind Women" was undeniably fantastic. There was so much resolved and the reactions to those resolutions were emotion-packed. At the same time, there are still a few issues that will linger into the finale and tide us over to the end. This show is about overcoming the past and this episode really proved that point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 22 2015/05/23,
Twenty-four episodes may be too long for this show. It is just getting around to introducing the climax: a cooking showdown that will involve every main character in the drama in some form or another. The tensions in the show are more contrived than ever save for a select few. One of those tensions is that between Hyeon-jeong and her father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 21 2015/05/22,
This episode was as disjointed as the last episode was cohesive - it jumped around all over the place! It was a desperate attempt to heighten excitement that ended in a mishmash of badly intercut scenes. There were some good moments, but the sloppy editing detracted from the juicier character beats. There was a montage of scenes that cut from Hyeon-jeong and Moon-hak to Mo-ran and Soon-ok that were so poorly planned that it severed the flow of the story and instead seemed spastic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 20 2015/05/21,
Episode 20 was a turning point for "Unkind Women". It highlights the changes that have gradually worked themselves into the story and into the characters. With four episodes left, the story is really about how the characters will come together and learn to overcome and appreciate life after all the hardships they have suffered. Soon-ok embodies this concept best,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 19 2015/05/20,
There is a lovely dynamic shift between our characters as they learn and grow. Also, it shifts as those who are too insecure and selfish continue to interfere in the lives of others. As time passes all of these unkind, supposedly unhappy women finally gain insight into themselves and their lives. They see they are content despite all of the trials that they must walk through because they have each other. The first example of this is the peculiar friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 18 2015/05/13,
I'm not a fan of the relationship between Mo-ran and Soon-ok's family. A lot of excuses are made in order for friendships to be had. The truth of her involvement with the family shakes them to the core and the way the situation is resolved is extremely unsatisfactory. I don't get the friendship between Soon-ok and Mo-ran,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 17 2015/05/12,
The juxtaposition of the past and present continues as bitter memories fuel revenge in the present and interfere with the newest relationships. This is also the point in the drama where those who have done wrong begin to atone for their sins - most of them anyway. Wounds from the past have hardened Hyeon-ae and have negatively affected all of her relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 16 2015/05/10,
The first major showdown between Hyeon-ae and Hyeon-sook was fantastic. These two women are so powerful on screen and their rivalry is fraught with such delicious tension. It's the most engaging conflict in a show full of what are now all engaging conflicts. Some of them started out lukewarm, but they have all turned up the heat. Hyeon-ae seems to have had a past that is quite similar to Hyeon-sook's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 14 2015/05/08, "Unkind Women" is one complicated show. Relationships are tangled into knots that can only be undone by major ego crushing - this will almost definitely take another ten episodes to resolve. What saves this episode from being too melodramatic are the family moments. Hyeon-sook and Hyeon-jeong finally have their father back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 13 2015/05/08,
I'm not a fan of some of the twists and turns in this week's episode of "Unkind Women". They were overly dramatic. The construction of the web of relationships in the drama is already a bit difficult to believe, so turning Mo-ran into a desperate woman in the twilight of her life is too dramatic a move. There are enough coincidental and unbelievable events to fill a lifetime without the addition of her dramatics. Mo-ran has been seeking forgiveness from Soon-ok so that she can die in peace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 12 2015/05/06,
And the cat is out of the bag. Everyone knows that Cheol-hee is alive. It wreaks havoc on Soon-ok's family as each person struggles to digest the information was best they can. On top of that world shattering revelation, relationships hit turning points. This is all to be expected at this point in the drama - we are halfway through and that's where things begin to change. The first major change we see is between Roo-oh and Ma-ri,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 11 2015/05/04,
This was the strongest episode by far. For all the annoying interconnections between people that can be a weakness, this show timed its reveals so well that those interconnections ended up becoming strengths. Along with the reveals came many insights into a rich past that brought viewers closer to the characters on screen Perhaps the strongest story was that of Hyeon-jeong's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 10 2015/05/04, "Unkind Women" is plugging along at a decent clip. Relationships are in full bloom and conflicts have been exposed. We see deeper into characters that were only two-dimensional. The ante has been raised and the going is good. The major turn of the episode is that many conflicts come to a head and are exposed, whether to the characters themselves or just to the audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 9 2015/05/03,
Each unkind woman has begun to forge a new path in life. Their lives did not go the way they expected, but that doesn't mean that life is over. In fact, even the oldest woman is finding new life in friendship. As they try to take control of their lives, the past comes back to haunt them - whether or not is succeeds is a matter left to be seen. Soon-ok and Mo-ran have found a comfortable ground upon which they can stand and relate to each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 8 2015/04/25,
Relationships that are too intertwined in dramas can be annoying. They are too convenient and make a world rather insular. However, when an anticipated revelation or meeting occurs, that insular world magnifies the effect - that is what "Unkind Women" has done. We've been waiting for Doo-jin to find out what sort of woman his beloved stepmother and for the worlds of the women in Soon-ok's household to collide with Hyeon-ae's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 7 2015/04/25,
For the most part, "Unkind Women" is an engaging show. The relationships are fulfilling, the acting is relaxed, and most of the story, despite relying on the past, moves forward. There is one relationship triangle that drags the rest of it down: the relationship between Soon-ok, Mo-ran, and Cheol-hee. The entire situation is awkward and lacks the conviction of the other relationships and their situations. Perhaps I'm just not sure how to interpret the situation between Mo-ran and Soon-ok,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 6 2015/04/24,
The pacing of the different storylines is "Unkind Women"'s strong suit. This is a large cast and the slow introduction during the first few episodes allows for all of them to develop individually. Where it weakens is how interconnected all of the characters are. It's easier to build an insulated world, but that becomes quite cliche. At this point, we know the women of "Unkind Women" pretty well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 4 2015/04/14,
The setup stage of "Unkind Women" is winding down and we're getting to the meat and potatoes of the story. We're seeing behind the curtain and discovering what makes these women tick: the pain, the stories, the relationships. First, I'll lay down what doesn't please me in order to get it out of the way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 3 2015/04/13, "Unkind Women" is a story about overcoming the past and the heavy emotional burden it can place on a human soul. All of the women in Soon-ok's family have challenges to face that are caused by wounds long since healed and scarred that have reopened to cause more pain. These women have to learn to lead their lives again. And on the way, we get some beautiful moments. Chae Si-ra as Hyeon-sook is a grounding force of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Unkind Women" Episode 2 2015/04/05, "Unkind Women" is zipping right along, feeding us backstory and humor and relationships that are full of heart. Although the story is a tad jumpy, the characters and their situations are easy to relate to and fun to watch. Hyeon-sook continues to be the most engaging character with her quirkiness, fiery-temper and significant background information,...More
Veteran Actress 'Goes Wild' in New TV Series 2015/03/28, Source,
Actress Chae Si-ra is taking on a challenging role in a TV series which recently started airing. Her efforts not to be afraid of looking ugly seemed to pay off as the drama was off to a good start with a favorable viewers' response. In the KBS drama "Unkind Women", which features three women from different generations, she plays a housewife who leads a tough life after she was expelled from high school, had a baby at 19, and lost all her money in the stock market,...More
Chae Si-ra Cements Relationship with Vatican 2015/01/14, Source,
Actress Chae Si-ra has had a long-standing relationship with the Vatican. "I went to the Vatican for my honeymoon and was a PR ambassador for the papal visit in summer last year", she recalls. "I also had the great honor to host the live broadcast of Pope Francis' arrival". Now she has done the voiceover for the Korean edition of the documentary film "The Vatican Museums 3D" featuring masterpieces in 1,400 rooms in 24 galleries covering 3,000 km in all,...More
[Spoiler] "Five Fingers" Hong Woo-jin dies 2012/10/14, Source,
Hong Da-mi (Jin Se-yun) and Song Nam-joo (Jun Mi-sun) couldn't be any happier that he was slowly recovering. Kim Jeong-wook (Jeon No-min) who is Woo-jin's superior, told them to go home and get some rest while he stayed at the hospital.
They headed home saying they were going to get Woo-jin's things. Kim Jeong-wook left his seat to take a walk with his assistant and in the meantime, someone came into the room and he was someone under the orders of Chae Yeong-rang (Chae Si-ra),...More
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
Today's Photo: May 13, 2011 2011/05/13, Source,
Celebrity couple Kim Tae-wook and Chae Si-ra speak after being appointed promotional ambassadors for family affairs by the Ministry of Gender and Family Affairs in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis,...More
"Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)" is the famous line uttered by Julius Caesar that served as the inspiration for celebrity makeup artist Lee Kyung-min's cosmet,...More
Lee Byung-hun scores triple wins at KBS Acting Awards 2010/01/04, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun at 2009 KBS Acting Awards [KBS]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun won three awards -- including the grand prize -- at the 2009 KBS Acting Awards, held at KBS Open Hall on December 31. Lee was awarded the top acting prize of the year for his role in blockbuster drama "IRIS" and also won the Best Couple and Netizens' Choice awards. "I started acting at KBS", said the actor in his acceptance speech. "When I had just debuted at KBS I heard about the acting awards.. I wondered if I would ever be able to go up on that stage. The very next year, I won the Best New Actor award". He went on to say, "And now I've won Grand Prize on this stage. I'm very touched". He thanked the staff, actress Su-ae who -- believing Lee would win -- sent him a congratulatory text message in advance and his mother.,...More
Teenage stars into 'dignified' actors 2008/06/26, Source, No matter how much time has passed, important friends and friendship don't change. It's the same for Sports Seoul, which has cried and laughed with its readers for 23 years. The stars who covered the pages of Sports Seoul also stayed with the readers. June 22 1985. Let's take a look at the stars who have grown after the first publication of Sports Seoul.
Hwang Shin-hye, who rose to stardom with 1986 MBC drama "First Love", had perfect looks to the point that she was called a 'computer beauty'. Although it's been 20 years since her debut, she still shows off her beauty and perfect body with a fitness video and photo shoots. You can't find any indication that 23 years have passed, and the only thing old about her previous picture is her hairstyle.,...More
Star siblings, different as sun and shade 2008/04/10, Source, If there is shade, there is also a sunny spot. The entertainment industry also has its share of light and shade. It is especially prominent where siblings are both in the industry.
Young and glamorous stars in a typical "Cinderella-like" love story that have spurred hallyu, or the Korean Wave, are struggling to hold onto the viewers. Instead, soap operas targeting the older crowd, especially the "ajumma", a,...More
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