[Funcurve Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" 2016/11/26,
"Cinderella and the Four Knights" is a modern day Kdrama based on a book of the same name. While it draws certain plot devices and characterization like the step mother and pseudo maid lifestyle of our heroine from the original fairy tale premise, there is the feeling that it's an original story. This is mostly due to a mix of good actors and some great on-screen chemistry. I must commend the female cast of this drama in particular as they're all convincing in their various roles. The female lead Park So-dam stood out in particular considering the fact she's a relatively new face in the drama scene,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 14 2016/09/28,
Truths and lies whittle away at the happiness of our main characters, but not as much as the failing health of CEO Gramps. His lack of consciousness is a trigger for many to try to usurp power including his new wife, those in his company, and potentially our Kang cousins.
First, the CEO's wife digs her claws into the company and into Yoon-seong in order to attain her goals: money and power,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 13 2016/09/28,
The adorable manifestations of a mutually shared love never last long and that between Ji-woon and Ha-won lasts the length of this episode before its conclusion promises big changes on all fronts. Ha-won has quite conveniently forgotten her contract with CEO Gramps that contains the "no dating" clause, and now it comes back to get her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 12 2016/09/22,
There was a lot of progress in episode 12 and we have Ha-won and Ji-woon to thank, but especially Ha-won. The traits that the CEO hired her for came through for her again: her faith and tenacity. Her influence causes a waterfall effect in the behavior of the Kang cousins, making them problem solve and take charge of their own lives. As Ha-won deals with her own problems, although she wants someone to lean on, she proceeds to take care of things on her own,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 11 2016/09/21,
As anticipated, Hye-ji moving into Sky House causes problems, especially because her passive aggressive behavior towards Ha-won is rather viperous. The Kang cousins have trouble adjusting to her presence and the awkwardness makes Ha-won not only feel self-conscious, but lonely for the first time since she entered Sky House. That loneliness is such an interesting twist in her story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 10 2016/09/19,
Feelings are starting to escalate to a point of high tension because there is still a lot of denial even more deception running amuck. Tricksters lurk around those with money, and those with money are dealing with problems of their own. Luckily for us, our heroine is forthcoming with most things besides the emotions she doesn't quite understand. Ha-won chases after Ji-woon in the best way she knows how: with a mixture of third grade antics and brutal honesty,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 9 2016/09/17,
Love is in the air and with that love comes jealousy and complicated love lines. In a story as cute as this one those love lines aren't heinously annoying - just a tad annoying. The pairings of the Kang cousins and Ha-won are charming, and I like how Yoon-seong is slowly being integrated into the texture. Ha-won hurts herself this episode, which inspires a lot of reverse harem servitude and stirs up a lot of feelings,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 8 2016/09/09,
Well, I just have to say it. This show is ridiculously cute. Jung Il-woo brought out the aegyo and Ha-won manages to soften up the Kang family and friends even more with her honesty and sincerity. Again, the episode really focuses on Hyun-min and his introspection, but it also focuses on relationship development and tossing in a few more obstacles for our heroes to surmount. The utterly horrible step-mother and step-sister are still scheming to hurt Ha-won as much as possible and plan to foist Ha-won off on a man who may or may not be her biological father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 6 2016/08/31,
Now that it has been established that Ha-won is an important person in the Kang family we get to see how the boys go out of their way to protect her when school-aged kids turn mean, and when jealousy incites terrible behavior. As of yet, the Kang cousins haven't yet gone head to head romantically, but a declaration from one of them makes such an occurrence a bit difficult. The perfect stuffs of K-drama. The step-family has stepped in to meddle with Ha-won's life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 5 2016/08/31,
Love is in the air and it is Ha-won's earnest desire for the Kang cousins to live well that really touches them and makes their hearts flutter. Not only is she working for their benefit, but she also draws very clear lines with them, speaking her mind and keeping it real. This is a quality not found in the cousins' parents, grandfather, or any other people in their lives - its a winning quality that keeps their attention and makes it difficult to follow the "no dating" rule,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 4 2016/08/21,
The mission continues as Ha-won tries to get the three cousins to sit down for a meal. It proves a challenge as each cousin's wounds prevents him from giving the Kang family a chance. Ha-won eventually figures out that she has to get to know them in order to try and bring them closer together. In the process, they get to know her as well. It's not the smoothest "getting-to-know-you" that ever was, but that's what gives this show it's conflict. The three cousins are showing interest in her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 3 2016/08/21,
This is the episode where Ha-won and the three princes of Sky House are thrown together and forced to get used to each other by sheer proximity, and because of a mission passed down by CEO Kang. The princes flesh out their stereotypes, but still are not much more than their textbook definition. Where progress is made is in how Ha-won slowly learns about each prince. "Cinderella and the Four Knights" still very much seems like a live action shoujo/girl-aged manga, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's light-hearted, cute, and is a great way to pass the time. A character I haven't given much attention to is Yoon-sung, CEO Kang's right-hand man who executes his will and attempts to help Ha-won manage the rogue cousins,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 2 2016/08/16,
"Cinderella and the Four Knights"'s second episode is more introduction because we need to get Cinderella into the palace. In order to do that, the story beats to the ground with birth secrets, money woes, and contentious interactions with the three Kang cousins of Sky House. The cousins have no easy go at things either as their CEO Chaebol Granddaddy uses his money to buy their obedience. This is most likely going to be a theme and I have a feeling Cinderella will not only change the hearts of the cousins, but of their grandfather as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 1 2016/08/16,
Pre-produced, manhwa-based "Cinderella and the Four Knights" is everything one would expect out of a fairytale inspired drama. It's a mix of the classic Cinderella, a bit of hardworking Candy, and a whole lot of typical drama tropes with chaebol grandfather's, monster inheritances, some fine acting, and some mediocre acting. I come at this drama not having read the source material, the manhwa by Baek Myo begun in 2011. HanCinema readers, if you have, please chime in and let me know what you think!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 11 2016/01/17,
While the characterization in "Riders: Get Tomorrow" can be interesting, from a certain perspective, at the end of the day this is still a drama that requires the pretense of a plot. And that's where the conflict is ending up in preparation for the last episode. The rickshaw company has to struggle with financial backing, and once this problem is identified, the rest of the runtime is spent not quite solving it. Incidentally, don't watch the preview. It (probably) spoils the ultimate resolution,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 10 2016/01/10,
As meditation on how different personality types tend to gravitate toward completely different styles of romantic relationships, "Riders: Get Tomorrow" actually has a fair amount of interesting material. Up until now I always thought that Gi-joon was just kind of a creep when it comes to romance, but as we see with his mother this episode, Gi-joon does have a decent excuse for being clueless. The poor guy's used to seeing women in an adversarial light. Even when they seem nice they're probably being sneaky somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 9 2016/01/03,
The opening portion of this episode involves no rickshaws whatsoever, as the three main couples just spend time with each other in varying capacities. I was actually all right with that, because exploring these character relationships on a one-on-one level ends up telling us quite a bit about these people that we didn't know, and which matches up quite well with what we do know. For example, Yoon-jae not only knows how to fight, he also lacks the sense to know when to stop,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 8 2015/12/27,
In this episode "Riders: Get Tomorrow" explores what it means for someone to be a bad friend, and somewhat incidentally a bad employee. Yoon-jae broke off an appointment with Tae-ra to go out with So-dam instead. This was a very jerkish thing to do, especially since So-dam's first two choices were also people that Yoon-jae knew. Unlucky for Yoon-hae that he has this tendency to think of every possible encounter as being a date,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 7 2015/12/20,
There's less emphasis on rickshaws this episode as character motivation ends up hinging on the various romances. Consequently my feelings on "Riders: Get Tomorrow" trend toward the lukewarm as usual. I'm always a little puzzled by how this drama makes money out to be a big deal, and then we get plotlines where characters are obviously and explicitly spending their cash on rather frivolous projects. Did So-dam forget about her loan, or was that resolved when I wasn't paying attention?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 6 2015/12/13,
At this point I think the actual plot of "Riders: Get Tomorrow" really is just the various loveline entanglements. Which is unfortunate because there's still the same constant generally creepy element of how Gi-joon is trying to date So-dam without actually dating her. The whole incident with the rings should have been a wake-up call to Gi-joon that he really needs to stop acting like this. Instead, he contrives a complicated excuse to take her to a movie by claiming it as research. That movie is "Take This Waltz", in case you were wondering,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 5 2015/12/06,
As it turns out "Riders: Get Tomorrow" is now finally firmly in the whole rickshaw business stage, so throughout the entire episode we're getting snippets of how the rickshaw business is managed / mismanaged. See, Gi-joon is making the rather questionable decision of getting So-dam involved in the plot by hiring her to do a job it's not clear the rickshaw business actually needs- at least on a full-time basis. The quoted salary really was a tad high, and the dinner especially was unnecessary even if it could probably be written off as a business expense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 4 2015/11/29,
I swear that writer Park Sang-hee must have a bet with someone, somewhere to see how slowly she can pace this drama's writing. I can't come up with any other explanation for why it takes so long "Riders: Get Tomorrow" to set up the most rudimentary plot points. How is it possible that it's taken four episodes for Gi-joon to have anything resembling an actual conversation So-dam, his presumed love interest? What has the drama even been doing with itself up until this point?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 3 2015/11/22,
Tae-ra (played by Choi Yeo-jin) is a woman who attempted to commit suicide in Yoon-jae's presence for no good reason. Well, whether she had a good reason for trying to commit suicide is debatable, but it soon becomes clear that it was a poor decision on her part to drag Yoon-jae into that whole mess. As incredibly morbid as that character introduction sounds, the entire plotline regarding Tae-ra's recovery goes along all right- not too weepy, not too dark, and not inappropriately funny either,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Riders: Get Tomorrow" Episode 1 2015/11/08,
Gi-joon (played by Kim Dong-wook), Yoon-jae (played by Choi Min-I), and Joon-wook (played by Yoon Joong-hoon) are all pushing thirty but they stubbornly refuse to grow up. The three of them still take their bikes out to the river and check out all the foxy ladies. Because what else are they going to go do with their lives? The job market stinks, and the occasional fantasy is about the only thing keeping these guys sane. That, and their ability to vent to friends about the often absurd problems common in their employment situations,...More
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