[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 18 Final 2017/12/11,
The much dreaded ending of another Choi Ran-I work has come and if I can give "Black" credit for something, that would be persistence in tackling whatever it does choose to tackle until the end. We get more answers than expected in the final episode and some are highly satisfying. Others are confusing and remain as plot holes. Sadly, the ending itself undoes a lot of the good in "Black",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 17 2017/12/10,
Finding out the truth we have already known does not make it easier for our Reaper dearest, and 444 has a lot of deeply personal things to tackle in the penultimate episode of "Black". A lot happened on that fateful night when the children became involved with Wang Young-choon's search for the tape and coming to terms with it all, but also with some dire new information is not an easy feat,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 16 2017/12/05,
I need a few weeks and possibly a lot of ice cream to fully process what is the most jarring and packed episode of "Black" yet. While our titular Reaper continues to struggle with his emotions and obligations as a supernatural being lying to his crush, the time has come to tackle the villain and his connection to almost all of what has happened so far. I have a lot of questions and I am not even sure what some are,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 15 2017/12/03,
You can never really prepare yourself for some surprises, but "Black" has at least been kind enough to set so much up for itself that anyone would see the inevitable cutting of corners happen. We confirm a lot of things in this episode and some are great to find out, but we also learn of possible truths that do not seem to fit quite as imagined. The same goes for the romance, which never stood a chance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 14 2017/11/26,
There is so much grief on the horizon of "Black" and with our good characters closer to the main villain than ever, deaths are an expected outcome. Ha-ram's fate is no longer known or secure and our heroine's decisions over her relationship with the titular Reaper will be adding another layer of tragedy to an already sordid case. Many questions are answered, but I am greedy for more,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 13 2017/11/25,
The puzzle of the past is slowly coming together in "Black" and with Man-ho nearly cornered, the true villain behind it all should be making their grand entrance soon. Ha-ram's fate is unknown, but new clues hint at more powers than seeing the shadows of death. Many different characters and clues come together in what may not be as coincidental a twist of fate as we imagined after all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 12 2017/11/20,
For all the teasing about consequences that "Black" has taken its sweet time to deliver, it sure is fast with getting to it after the latest warning. The reality of her meddling dawns on Ha-ram as she realizes the identity of the man she has saved while Black deals with his newfound sympathy. The past mysteries boil closer to the surface than ever, as Gwang-gyeon and Man-soo get on the case,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 11 2017/11/19,
New chapters are opening in "Black", but none are leading to good places. Man-soo is no longer a CEO and he finds a use I welcome, but also fear. Ha-ram has to face Soo-wan's desperate advances at who she thinks is Moo-gang, but our heroine has much bigger things to worry about right around the corner. I have a lot of questions, but my anticipation is intact and the will to wait for possible answers strong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 10 2017/11/13, "Black" feels like a fine day at the beach, right before the wind picks up and you feel your pretty hat flying away and the sand smacking you in the eyes. It is a wild ride and it sometimes feels exhausting, but it is fun. Everything fits when you dig deep enough. Gwang-gyeon comes closer to Moo-gang's secrets while Black is about to get a revelation of his own about the true identities of Reapers. Hopefully this will not break him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 9 2017/11/12,
Major story breakthroughs and a ruthlessly packed plot make episode nine of "Black" quite the exhausting, but also exhilarating ride. The big revelation we have been waiting for regarding the children's identities has dropped and as expected from this series, it complicates things further. Several identities are exposed, but sadly so is Ha-ram's impending doom to someone who can harm her. Our heroes have enemies everywhere, but romance waits for no one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 8 2017/11/06,
The main story of "Black" is never far behind when it comes to the individual ones in what feels like a smörgåsbord of related characters. Man-soo's rude awakening in episode seven is the focus this time around and the victim born from whatever happened in the room has to relive that night through people's judgment. Black continues to fight his emotions, but their source is starting to become clearer as we learn new things about Reapers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 7 2017/11/05,
I never thought a series like "Black" would give me too much to think about, but we are already at the half-way mark and I could easily write three times the length of episode reviews I usually do in order to convey all of my thoughts on the drama's packed plot. We have reached a turning point in Black's humanity and things are about to get even more complicated,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 6 2017/10/29, "Black" puts on its Halloween costume and nothing is scarier than the people involved with Moo-gang and Ha-ram. We have several returning faces who finally step up to take their place in this story, as Black's actions bring his new enemies as well as his target closer to him. Ha-ram struggles between two pushy bosses and her own life problems, which are about to multiply for our unfortunate heroine,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 5 2017/10/29,
The sordid past built by the very human shadows of Moojin gets a grand reveal, but there are many things in need of explanation in both layers of reality. Ha-ram is determined to save lives, but her actions may cause great problems for Black and the entirety of the underworld. Meanwhile, Gwang-gyeon's past connections lead him directly to a person with a very important role in current happenings,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 4 2017/10/23,
For every question answered "Black" has five new ones, but episode four manages to clear some things up, at least enough to get me excited over the future of what is still a very chaotic, but nicely packed story. Following the threads of our characters' past reveals complicated and deep connections, while Black has flashbacks of a mysterious character who may play a key role,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 3 2017/10/22,
The whimsical, yet harsh world of the dead comes to light in episode three of "Black", as we meet new Reapers and go through the events which lead our titular agent of demise into the body of Moo-gang. Ha-ram continues to work on her father's case and her ability draws in those who need to use it. The plot thickens and its rules become complicated. Will "Black" help us make sense of it all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 2 2017/10/16,
When "Black" started releasing its promotional materials, I was almost positive that I knew what the show would be like. Weeks later I find myself faced with copious amounts of Song Seung-heon's pixelated crotch in a series which may not quite make sense yet, but which is definitely doing new things and having fun unleashing them on us. You are weird, "Black". I kind of like that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 1 2017/10/15,
Dramaland is no stranger to romances starting through the ice breaker of "I see dead people", but "Black" may surprise folks who have been hoping or worrying that this would be another "Goblin". I am not sure what its story will be or if it will include romance at all, but so far it involves death, bonding and a lot of vomit. Welcome to the dark, gritty yet surprisingly humorous world of "Black",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Black" 2017/10/07,
Most human beings do not find the idea of death all that attractive, but if Korean drama is good at something, that would be persistent romanticizing of anything and everything. "Black" may be another handsome Reaper, but do not let that fool you. The series looks like a potentially solid mystery ride.
A detective possessed by a Reaper (Song Seung-heon) and a woman who can predict death (Go Ara) in the form of shadows team up and try to save lives through their unique skills. The two fight against the rules of life and death as well as the consequences of their actions,...More
[Video] Heart-pounding, creepy new teaser for OCN's "Black" 2017/09/29, Source,
Holy smokes, folks! This is one intense teaser and really has me hyped to watch the drama. In it we witness the horror that Go Ara's character lives with as she sees the shadows of death. I really can't blame the woman for keeping sunglasses on at all times. But, there is hope when she meets the cop-turned-reaper who encourages her to do something about what she sees. She shortens her bangs and takes off her glasses. And...,...More
Digital Video Network DramaFever Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Exclusive Fall Premieres 2014/09/19, Source,
Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres
DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles,...More
KCON Taps Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as First Two Headliners for 2014 2014/05/22, Source,
Largest K-Pop Fan Convention Grows to Two Concert Nights withMore Artists than Ever Before
KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, continued its tradition of bringing the biggest and most exciting artists to the U.S., by naming Girls' Generation and Bangtan Boys as the first artists added to the two-day convention's concert line-up.
This year's celebration will increase the number of marquee acts spreading the music over two nights, creating two separate outstanding concerts. For a second year in a row, the concerts again will be produced by #1 K-pop chart show, M COUNTDOWN, which is known for drawing the hottest names in Korean pop music. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks,...More
"The First Lady" in process of casting 2013/06/24, Source,
"The First Lady" production explained the rumors of falling through.
A media reported in the morning of the 25th that the movie "The First Lady" fell through right after the sexual offense case caused by one of the spokesman in the Blue House. It claimed that the government had ordered any filming about the President Park Geun-hye,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Company Man" on the Edge of Freedom... 2013/02/16, Film:"A Company Man"Director/Writer:Lim Sang-yoonStars: So Ji-sub, Lee Mi-yeon, Kwak Do-won, Lee Kyung-young & Kim Dong-junReview Score: 3.5 / 5
"Don't take it personally" are the words Lim Sang-yoon's hero proclaims as he gives his young and enthusiastic partner the bad news of his expulsion from 'the company'. In "A Company Man" debutant writer/director Lim Sang-yoon probes Korea's obsessive desire with white-collar jobs that are perceived to be the measure of success and status. This ideologically charged film demonstrates the creative and cinematic talents of Lim as he questions Korea's current social discourse on modern measures of success, wealth, and personal responsibility.
Writer/director Lim Sang-yoon's first feature may not have set the box office on fire when it was release in the latter half of 2012, but what stands out most here is his creative competency and mastery over the more technical aspect of cinema and narrative. The popular So Ji-sub plays Hyeong-Do, a highly trained and slick assassin who comes to question his role and future within the underground company he has so faithfully served,...More
More Young Singers Migrate to Movies 2012/11/01, Source,
From top, Kim Dong-jun, Kim Jae-joong and Seulong
Idol singers no longer seem satisfied with merely appearing on stage and in TV dramas. Recently, more idol group members are getting involved in moviemaking, with Kim Dong-jun of boy band ZE:A currently receiving the most attention for his supporting role in "A Company Man", which was released on Oct. 11. Viewers have heaped praise on the 20-year-old for his movie debut, posting comments on local movie websites about how he was able to acquit himself well in both action scenes and those that require emotional depth. They say he deserved more on-screen time beyond that of a supporting role,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/20, Source,
And now it's time for our daily arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. In the Thursday edition, she brings us the latest on new and upcoming movies from Korea and abroad. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what movies do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, today I'll tell you about three new movies starring three of Korea's most respected vetran actresses -- Jo Min-soo, Yum Jung-ah and Lee Mi-yeon. Take a look. Older actresses don't always get the most exciting roles, but this fall, three veteran actresses are front and center as the stars of some of the season's most highly anticipated films,...More
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