[Funcurve Review] "Wanted" 2017/03/18,
Pursuit of Reality
"Wanted" is an SBS thriller drama starring veteran actors Kim Ah-joong as our multi-talented top actress Jeong Hye-in, Ji Hyun-woo as the intelligent and upright police officer Cha Seung-in, and Uhm Tae-woong as the capable yet extremely sobering PD Sin Dong-wook. The drama wastes no time and establishes the premise of the story and our character's relationships within the first two episodes. Our heroine Hye-in's son gets kidnapped on the day she announces her retirement from the entertainment industry,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" 2016/09/10, "Wanted" is a show which made big promises about its realism before release. This is a powerful statement for fiction and an industry so liberal with its bending of reality. The idea of combining a suspense thriller about a kidnapping with a twisted reality show is a solid one and the series does surprisingly well in some aspects. It is also held back by safe choices in others,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 16 Final 2016/08/19,
Hye-in, Seung-in and his team as well as the "Wanted" production crew prepare for one last show and one last effort to get Ham Tae-seob and SG Group for their wrongdoings. Joon-goo goes into a search for the nurse who might have Dr. Kim Bong-joon's research on the harmful nature of SG's germicide. This has been a long struggle and none have suffered more than SG's victims, who offer their support in this final show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 15 2016/08/17,
The penultimate episode of "Wanted" takes a look at the past and Ham Tae-yeong's involvement in the SG Group conspiracy. A lot of questions are answered and Hye-in discovers the reason why she carries some responsibility. This revelation feels rather unconvincing and certain important things remain unknown, but will hopefully be resolved in the finale. Joon-goo's tape might be the last piece of the puzzle and Dong-wook is the man who can assemble it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 14 2016/08/05,
The "Wanted" team struggles between Joon-goo's noble cause and twisted means of achieving it while Dong-wook turns out to be a fine choice for Joon-goo's plans. With pressure from SG Group and an unrelenting Tae-seob rising, Joon-goo takes desperate measures and manipulates some familiar faces to get his revenge. Hye-in still struggles to understand what her sin might be, but the show must go on and she must face two people who have wronged her at the same time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 13 2016/08/03,
Things look bleak in episode thirteen of "Wanted" and everyone suffers. A lot of things about the past are explained as we get to know our kidnapper and the path that brought him here. The people who bonded with Joon-goo are feeling betrayed and everyone on the good side is being hunted by SG Group, which has a tight grip on the police force. As the truth about SG's wrongdoings surfaces, Hye-in is brought closer to a difficult choice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 12 2016/07/29,
The kidnapper is finally revealed in episode twelve of "Wanted", but this only complicates the situation. There is also the possibility of an accomplice within the police and the investigation still does not have all the past culprits. The current mission is met with great resistance as SG Group starts to interfere with the show and put great pressure on its team. With the show's future and Hyeon-woo's safety now uncertain, time is running out for the "Wanted" team,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 11 2016/07/27,
Episode eleven of "Wanted" is packed with action and suspense, as Lee Ji-eun is put in danger when the criminals behind the seven-year-old case become desperate. The kidnapper and Na Soo-hyeon have a disagreement and the next mission is delivered to Hye-in. A life is lost and the kidnapper's plans for the reality show and their new target are about to meet great resistance. Meanwhile, the police still suspect the producers of "Wanted", adding another obstacle to the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 10 2016/07/22,
The body count surrounding "Wanted" is rapidly increasing as the show and authorities close in on the ones responsible for the deaths seven years ago. Lee Ji-eun seems to be a key person and the team tries to get as much out of her as possible before the show. Meanwhile, Dong-wook reveals his twisted motive for joining the production. The search for the kidnapper continues, but a crisis occurs when what seems to be a secret mission is initiated,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 9 2016/07/21,
Crisis hits the "Wanted" production when Ha Dong-min's lawyer and a member of their own staff are kidnapped by copycat criminals from the program's fan club. Episode nine takes a step back from Hyeon-woo's case to look at the consequences of such a reality show, but the kidnapper's behavior during this situation acts as an additional clue in the investigation for their identity. The time to find out Ha Dong-min and Kim Woo-jin's connection to all of this approaches,...More
[Spoiler] 'Wanted' Lee Jae-kyoon meets Hyosung: "I've got one last thing to do" 2016/07/21, Source,
On the episode 10 of SBS' Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Wanted", the kidnapper (Lee Jae-kyoon) disguised himself as a doctor and came to see the victim, Park Bo-yeon to apologized to her.
Once he disguised himself as a doctor, the kidnapper could go through the police security line without any problem. As he faced Park Bo-yeon, he hid the cruel side of a murderer and apologized to her saying gently, "I am sorry. This should not have happened to you",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 8 2016/07/15,
Another pawn in the kidnapper's game is revealed, but I am starting to wonder what is and is not controlled by the mastermind and why they seem so forgiving of errors. Hye-in's "Wanted" is in danger of cancellation and our heroine finds unlikely allies. The show is increasingly being criticized for glamorizing violence and we find out Jeong-ho's true nature. Some things feel a bit odd and others clumsily presented, but "Wanted" has not dropped the ball yet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 7 2016/07/14, "Wanted" has been raising more questions than it has been answering and everyone feels like a suspect. The creators choose to provide some answers in episode seven, giving viewers some pay-off for the guessing game we have been going through so far. Some connections between culprits and victims are explained, the nature of certain characters becomes clearer and the elephant in the room is addressed when the show comes under serious scrutiny for its deadly influence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 6 2016/07/08,
A couple of episodes back I said that "Wanted" is making me paranoid. The series is quick to reward and encourage this viewer mindset by proving my assumptions right. Hye-in's life faces danger in episode six and so does the show during her absence. New suspects and criminals surface while Hye-in's "allies" are preoccupied with their own agenda. We have a new murder in the present, one in the past and the first direct call from Hyeon-woo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 5 2016/07/07,
Deeper down the rabbit hole we go with "Wanted" and things are starting to get personal for more of the people involved. The kidnapper's goals and knowledge seem to reach far beyond Hye-in and Hyeon-woo while Seung-in's involvement might have been planned all along. Our heroine is reaching the limit of how long she can keep Hyeon-woo's identity a secret from the world and our suspect list grows bigger with every episode of the culprit's twisted reality show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 4 2016/07/01, "Wanted" is getting darker by the episode as everyone's wits and morality are being toyed with by someone who has clearly put a lot of thought into the reality show they have created. Hye-in has to manipulate, betray and increasingly expose herself to the world while everyone around her does their best to get their job done. A possible motive for the show's creation is revealed and the suspect list keeps getting bigger as more secrets are revealed,...More
[Spoiler] 'Wanted' Kim Ah-joong finds clues for her second mission 2016/06/30, Source,
On the episode 4 of SBS Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Wanted", Jeong Hyein (Kim Ah-joong) was given the second mission to complete. The request was to uncover that Ha Dong-min (Son Jong-hak), who used to be Hyeon-woo's physician, was a murderer.
While carrying out the mission, Professor Kim Woo-jin (Jeong Wook), who was a domestic violence offender, was murdered and a broadcasting jockey, Lee Jieun was arrested as an accomplice. Jeong Hyein knelt down in front of Lee Jieun and begged her to save Hyeon-woo's life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 3 2016/06/29, "Wanted" could have easily relied on suspense over a stock kidnapping story, but it is refreshing to see how bold its creators are in touching delicate social subjects through it. This time around domestic violence and its treatment by the law and press become a topic. We also find out more about our characters, including Seung-in and his presumably painful past. With the second mission being handed and Hyeon-woo's status being unconfirmed, Hye-in has a lot to deal with,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 2 2016/06/23,
Hye-in is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders as "Wanted", the show within this show kicks off. Everyone has a motive to keep the camera rolling and Hye-in knows full well that she has no true allies in this media circus. The first task has been given and there are casualties, increasing the involvement of the police. The drama takes advantage of its premise for some apt social commentary, making its imaginary world too close to ours for comfort,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 1 2016/06/23,
If you have already watched the first episode of "Wanted", please have a glass of water. If you have not, put the snacks down. There will not be any time for them. The series waits for no one and we are thrown in at the deep end right away. The kidnapping takes place and the show within the show is about to begin. There are a few issues with the writing and character introductions, but the atmosphere and suspense are spot on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Wanted" 2016/06/18,
The last SBS thriller about a mother looking for her child left audiences divided on the ending, but "Wanted" is here as a possible re-do for those who loved the general premise of the aforementioned "God's Gift - 14 Days". The latest drama certain has a lot going for it, but there are some production issues which might cause problems. Let us take a first look on what we have of it so far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" 2016/01/23,
Korean drama has come a long way and at a very swift pace. Some things have not changed, of course. The adherence to certain production habits, thematic approaches as well as the reluctance to leave a desired comfort zone are still there, but works always appear from time to time that are willing to do something different. "Awl" is a series which, true to its name, goes beyond expectations in a most impressive, bold and inspiring way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 12 2015/11/29,
Try as it might with the expanded eighty-minute runtime, the final episode of "Awl" can't really overcome the fact that the most potentially interesting part of the entire drama (the strike) ends up being condensed into a single episode. What's more, most of this runtime is just Soo-in sulking about his apparent failure after he refuses to use the main dynamic storyline event to press for an advantage against management,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 11 2015/11/28,
Manager Ko makes a big general mess of employee relations. I guess because...management is trying to provoke a strike? I really don't know anymore. Ever since Go-sin stopped giving lectures about the underlying causes behind labor disputes I've had a lot of difficulty figuring out what exactly the plan at corporate even is. They just seem to be stubbornly stamping their feet and refusing to acknowledge that a problem exists. Even if management could somehow win this is obviously a completely new labor environment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 10 2015/11/22,
Once again, don't watch the preview for this episode if you can help it. There's a spoiler for the cliffhanger. For "Awl" to do this twice in a row, I think, points to a bigger problem in the drama than just a bad preview editor. The reason the previews keep spoiling the cliffhangers here is that lately, in any given episode of "Awl" there has been very little in the way of dynamic action. At this point the union is in a waiting game, and corporate management can't really do anything active anymore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 9 2015/11/21,
First off, don't watch the preview for this episode if it can be avoided. The episode nine preview spoils the cliffhanger. I really hate it when dramas do that. I want some idea what's coming up next with the preview, but spoiling the cliffhangers just makes me want to give up on previews altogether, because it makes me feel like I wasted my time watching the episode. Although even on merits "Awl" does struggle in that department,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 8 2015/11/15,
The fight between the union and the company finally goes public. Why it was necessary for this fight to go public is not especially clear. As of yet the union hasn't really made any demands. What ends up sending management over the edge is, of all things, a dispute over uniforms. It's a battle that's entirely symbolic in nature because, as "Awl" notes, customers don't pay attention to stuff like what's actually written on the uniforms just so long as they can tell who's an employee and who's not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 7 2015/11/14,
Director Kim Seok-yoon makes the smart decision this time of putting the character building before the action this episode. Unfortunately the character building isn't all that relevant to the usual labor struggles, which at this point I think we just have to accept as "Awl"s main permanent problem. This isn't a story about characters so much as it is about labor movements. Which is appropriate because labor movements by definition aren't individual action, but mass collective actions mobilized due to a system of mass production which treats people like objects rather than people. To be honest I'm getting kind of sick of repeating that defense all the time,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Angry Mom" 2015/11/14,
A Force to Be Reckoned With
I'll be honest, when I first heard the premise of "Angry Mom", I thought it would be silly and cheesy. But I was absolutely wrong. "Angry Mom" gave me a thoughtful, emotional drama, complete with an amazing cast and great writing. All of the characters were well rounded and had their time to shine so that we can really get to know them. "Angry Mom" truly showcases how writing should be done: straightforwardly and naturally. The drama went above and beyond my expectations and deserves any and all acclaims it received,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 6 2015/11/08,
It turns out that Go-sin is all right after all, and starts the episode off with another elucidating metaphorical speech on worker's rights. This time he posits that the modern workplace is in itself an attack on a person's humanity. It's an interesting concept actually. You don't have to go too far to find articles, especially South Korean articles, that discuss work-related depression. I've suffered from that myself in fact. There's little room in conformist systems for acknowledging individuality, even as some cultures laud that as a virtue,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Awl" 2015/11/08,
The concept of realism is often a difficult one to define, but also something which the receiving audience of fiction has different ideas on from person to person. Korean drama is mostly homogeneous in its output and served audience and realism is sacrificed for the sake of idealistic solutions and easy to follow plots. Even so, series that tackle ugly realities for what they are exist. Some even do it wonderfully. So far, "Awl" manages both,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 5 2015/11/07,
The first portion of this episode deals with the quasi-legal Kafkaesque nightmare that is directed arbitration. Basically, most corporations (and these days, universities) have a system in place to insure proper cause for dismissal. Such arbitration vaguely resembles a legal system but it is not actually a legal system. Lawyers can't help you there. Joon-cheol (played by Yesung) actually has a slight advantage compared to most in that. He at least had some idea ahead of time what the charges were going to be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 4 2015/11/01,
As it turns out, "Awl" is still in the preparation phase. I'm trying to be patient here but there's definitely times when the drama feels more like a lecture on the nature of labor markets than it does an actual story in its own right. Which is part of the point. Labor markets are a complicated subject so of course Go-sin has to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining how these issues work. As has been noted frequently, workers are very ignorant about these issues even though it's literally a matter of their livelihood,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 3 2015/10/31,
To date So-jin (played by Kim Ga-eun-I) has not had that much to do in "Awl" except hang around Goo-sin's office. This episode it's revealed that she in fact has a very important role to play- as Soo-in's love interest. This initially seems kind of silly given that "Awl" is literally a drama about labor relations and unions. About the last incentive I'd expect to hear is that you can meet pretty girls while labor organizing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 2 2015/10/25,
Soo-in continues to wait with mounting dread for the situation to finally culminate in disaster. The constantly recurring analogy of the animal trapped in the headlights is an appropriate one. The paradoxical aspect of all this is that the episode practically happens in slow-motion, and yet Soo-in is constantly incapable of taking any sort of decisive action to just try and resolve the situation himself. It goes against all Soo-in's training- but not his instincts, ironically enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 1 2015/10/24,
The time is summer, 2003. At a grocery store, the employees all have a good mutual working environment. A visit by a bunch of men in suits seems to confirm that the employees are, in fact, doing their job correctly and that there's nothing to worry about. Then there's the manager Soo-jin (played by Ji Hyun-woo). He seems unnecessarily gloomy. Then we get the flashbacks explaining just why it is that Soo-jin has such a pessimistic outlook- and realize that his overall estimation of the true situation is almost certainly correct,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Awl" 2015/10/18,
Arriving soon to JTBC and adding yet another genre to the channel's output is "Awl". "Awl" is so far marketed as a type of office drama and while it has not generated much international buzz, it seems there is some good talent and a popular work behind it with a faithful fan following. Whether this almost obscure series will gain more attention after it stars airing remains to be seen,...More
"The Stone" Cho Dong-in mesmerizes the film industry 2014/06/10, Source,
Rookie actor Cho Dong-in from the film "The Stone" has impressed the film industry with his Park Hae-il-like looks and originality, as well as the film's uses on the subject matter involving a game of delivering a message about life.
After a successful press conference and VIP premiere, "The Stone" is currently trending because of Cho Dong-in, who took on the role of Min-soo, an amateur but genius 'go' player. Having some knowledge about the game of 'go' is what got him this role and a successful completion of "The Stone" with Kim Roi-ha and Park Won-sang. He delivers a life story with the game of 'go' and shows some action in the movie as well,...More
Best 5 Issues to Wrap up the Entertainment Industry in 2012 2013/01/01, Source,
The year 2012 in the Korean entertainment industry was a delightful one, filled with the stars' actions and words which made the public laugh and cry. It is now time to check out the Korean entertainment world and what took place in 2012. Lets check out the best 5 hot issue makers right this minute! The weddings of the stars are in the spotlight every year and the press competition is extremely fierce. In 2012, Hyun Young, comedian Jung Joon-ha and many other celebrities tied the knot. In particular, we could meet the top star guests at celebrity weddings, and they are always in the spotlight. And on November 30th! Multi-entertainer Ha Ha and singer Byul tied the knot,...More
Ji Hyun-woo dispatched to Wonju 2012/10/10, Source, Ji Hyun-woo who joined National Service in August has been dispatched to Wonju in Kangwon-do.
Ji was given basic military training for 4 weeks before being dispatched. A picture of the troop was revealed and attention has been focused on the base that he's been put in,...More
Ji Hyun-woo and Yoo In-na are in a relationship 2012/06/18, Source,
Actress Yoo In-na (30) opened her heart to actor Ji Hyun-woo's (28) love confession. While she didn't show a response to his public love request, she accepted it and enjoyed a late-night date with her younger boyfriend in the end.
Ten days after the love propose on the 17th, Ji and Yoo were seen together in a park in Bundang, Kyeonggido. It seems their love from the tvN drama "Queen In-hyeon's Man" came true in real life. Their date was as sweet and romantic as the movie. They walked the park in front of her house, hand in hand. They made eye contact and laughed like people in love,...More
Film to portray making of K-pop idols 2011/10/06, Source,
The main cast of "Mr. Idol" pose for the camera during a promotional event last week in Seoul. From left, Ji Hyun-woo, Jay Park, Jang Seo-won and 1kyne. / Courtesy of Cinergy/Lotte Entertainment By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop is all the rage as the media has taken notice of fan bases in Europe and beyond, and a new movie will focus on the making of an idol band.
The press junket for "Mr. Idol" (working title) was held in Seoul last week, ahead of a fan meeting in Busan this weekend during the course of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF). The country's largest cinema event kicked off Thursday and continues through Oct. 16,...More
Shin Ae-ra, Lee Bo-young, Seo Young-hee take over the screens 2011/07/07, Source, Select after this |
'Returned singles' will take over the home screens.
MBC drama "Indomitable Daughters-In-Law" currently on air, is telling the success and love story of a 'returned single' Oh Young0sim (Shin Ae-ra) whose husband recently passed away.
Oh Young-sim who was married into the family of Manwoldang, a house with a tradition of 300 years, witnessed her husband having an affair and suddenly became a widow as her husband passed away while she was preparing for divorce,...More
"Dong Yi" continues to lead Mon-Tue dramas 2010/05/06, Source,
Official poster of "Dong Yi" [MBC]
MBC TV series "Dong Yi" continued to bring in high ratings this week, taking the lead in the rivalry amongst shows in the Monday and Tuesday primetime slot.
Research firm TNS Media Korea revealed that "Dong Yi", into its seventh week of showing, recorded an average viewership rating of 22 percent on May 3 and 4, decreasing a slight 0.1 percent from last week,...More
"Dong Yi" steams past competition on Mon-Tue nights 2010/04/28, Source,
A scene of Dong Yi (played by Han Hyo-joo) from "Dong Yi" [MBC]
MBC's traditional TV series "Dong Yi" remained the top Monday and Tuesday night drama as its ratings continued to steam forward this week, according to statistics on Wednesday.
Research firm TNS Media Korea revealed that "Dong Yi", now into its sixth week of showing, scored an average rating of 22.1 percent on April 26 and 27 to record its highest rating to date and a 2.7 percent jump from the previous week,...More
"Dong Yi" keeps strong lead on Mon-Tue dramas 2010/04/21, Source,
Official drama poster of historical epic "Dong Yi" [MBC]
MBC TV series "Dong Yi" continued to score high ratings this week, maintaining a strong lead amongst dramas aired on Monday and Tuesday nights.
According to statistics released by AGB Nielsen Media Research on Wednesday, viewership ratings for the historical show stood at 19.2 percent on Monday while dropping one percent the following day. The show had recorded average ratings of 18.4 percent last week,...More
"Dong Yi" takes over "Rich" 2010/04/13, Source,
MBC historical drama "Dong Yi" [MBC]
MBC TV series "Dong Yi" made noticeable progress in ratings this week, beating out KBS' "Birth of a Rich Man" from the top spot of dramas aired on Monday and Tuesday nights.
According to statistics released by TNS Media Korea on Tuesday, the prime time show jumped in viewership ratings by three percent from its previous episode to 17.2 percent, the highest figure the show has seen since its premiere late last month,...More
[2007 Drama Highlights] Best Kiss scenes 2007/12/27, Source, The drama market of 2007 had been flooded with a large number of high-quality dramas, range from large-scaled dramas of billion dollars worth production cost to much smaller-scaled, but of rich conten,...More
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