[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Bad Guys: City of Evil" 2017/12/09,
Santa Claus is not the only one coming to town this December, as our bad guys are arriving to clean it of the filth even they are too good for. "Bad Guys: City of Evil" is the spin-off-slash-sequel to OCN hit drama "Bad Guys" and as much as we may miss the old cast, perhaps the latest bad boys will have something good to show for.
Prosecutor Woo Je-moon (Park Joong-hoon) is a man who cares about results more than he does about the legality of the means. He and a team of criminals selected as a new form of law enforcers take on a powerful cartel,...More
[Videos] Three scintillating character trailers for "Bad Guys: City of Evil" 2017/11/07, Source,
Three teasers and three very different men with very different strengths are show through these trailers. One is a brilliant man with nothing but his intelligence; one is not quite the purest detective on the block; the third is a wild card of a man. The characterizations are intriguing and are making this look as sleek as the first while retaining its own flavor,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Man-Holing It Up 2017/07/22,
Dramaland is back to firing on all cylinders as new dramas are being announced and upcoming ones ramp up their promotional efforts. This week I take a little look at the surprisingly funny "Live Up to Your Name", I share my Ori-feels over "Mystery Queen 2" and also a few thoughts on my upcoming dramas. Here be manholes and hopes for a fun second half of my summer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/06/17,
People have different definitions about what constitutes a strong female character, but the creators of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" take on a literal spin in this romantic comedy setting. The series is packed with characters and different subplots as well as a murder mystery. At the end of the day, however, its problems are too big for its virtues to balance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 15 2017/04/23,
The events of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" climax in the penultimate episode, sticking the sadistic Jang-hyeon behind bars where he belongs and showing off that Bong-soon is made of greater stuffs than she first believed. Along with the positives, there were a few negatives, mainly in how the show arrived at this point. Those negatives are offset by the ridiculous cute chemistry between Bong-soon and Min-hyeok.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" 2017/04/22,
If there is one thing to say about "Fantastic" is that the drama has bold ideas. Combining the promise of a happy, light series with the premise of its lead dying of cancer is a very daring move, although one Dramaland has not succeeded very well in yet. Still, this drama tries to juggle the illness, romance and a hefty dose of family drama to go with,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 14 2017/04/20,
Bong-soon must get used to life without her strength, but it is more difficult than she thought. More than anything she needs the support of her loved ones, and luckily she gets exactly that. But she can't rest easy, not with an egomanical kidnapper on the lose and intent on revenge. Although this episode has deceptively adorable scenes, its heart lies with Bong-soon and her ability to become a hero.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 11 2017/04/15,
The love triangle blooms and dies rather quickly in this episode, but its demise is quite possibly one of my favorite shifts in a second lead that I've seen on Korean television. Accompanying the demise of Gook-doo's hope in starting a relationship with Bong-soon is the utter delight that is Min-hyeok courting Bong-soon. Around the dynamics of romantic relationships looms the ever present Jang-hyun, crafty kidnapper and man bereft of a moral compass,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 9 2017/04/04,
Bong-soon the heroine is starting to emerge from her shell with determination that bubbles from within and finessed training given by Min-hyeok. As she grows, those around her are starting to realize just what she's made of, whether for better or for worse. One of the most important realizations comes when Gook-doo witnesses Bong-soon's incredible strength first hand,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 8 2017/04/02,
Although Bong-soon has often repeated her desire to do right by the people of her neighborhood with her strength, that strength is often warped into a tool for needless violence. While she indeed grows, it's not enough to counter the discrepancies in what she and those around her do and what they say they will do. Added to this is the strange development of multiple characters. Despite all this, "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" does retain an element of cuteness, mostly due to Park Bo-young and the cutesy editing.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 7 2017/03/29,
Romance and mystery develop more fully this episode, but the development is disjointed. Characters grow in awkward spurts while revelations are made jarringly. The highlight of this choppy episode was Park Hyung-sik as a heartbroken Min-hyeok. We see the strength of his acting when he realizes he has been betrayed by his favorite brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 6 2017/03/15,
Our heroine now has the most important thing she could ever need: someone who believes in her. Min-hyeok, despite her dazzling, fearful displays of strength, sees her for who she is and believes in what she can do with her superpowers. Mixed with that is, of course, a goodly amount of bickering, moony eyes, and adorable puppy dog sound effects.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/03/11,
"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" takes many a viewer's wish for stronger female leads and translates it very literally. Aside from the super-human strength possessed by our heroine and a criminal element, this plays out like a typical romantic comedy. We have crushes, jealousy, male territoriality and many familiar plot devices and character types. This is not a particularly feminist work yet, but it lightly touches upon some interesting topics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 4 2017/03/06,
As we get to know our main characters better and the kidnapper snags another unfortunate woman. Bong-soon is definitely having to re-examine her super powers and her personality under this new employment, but she is not yet seriously involved with self-reflection. Min-hyeok, on the other hand, seems to take things lightly, but there is a dark side to his experiences that make him a weighty character. Min-hyeok is the meatiest character thus far with a backstory we can sympathize with and an adorable crush on the very unusual Bong-soon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/02/18,
I cannot count the times when fiction mistakenly believes a "strong woman" character means someone who behaves in a traditionally masculine manner, swears and hits people. "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" is clearly not of the same opinion, taking a different approach by giving us a heroine who seems as feminine as she does deadly.
Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) is a woman with super-human strength. She is hired as a bodyguard to a temperamental rich man called Ahn Min-hyeok (Park Hyung-sik). When they become involved in a serial murder case, the two end up cohabitating with Bong-soon's crush, detective In Gook-doo (Ji Soo) for protection,...More
Your favorite K-drama stars - Did you know they are best friends IRL? 2016/11/09,
To talk about South Korea's celebrity best friends irl (in real life), we can't forget the famous Song Joong-ki and Lee Kwang-soo duo! Their friendship started as they appeared together in a variety show called Running Man. These same age actors, brand new to the entertainment business, quickly grew very close to each other. Soon, they even acted together in a drama "Nice Guy" as best friends in the show. Since then, their friendship passed the stage of just "best friends", they are more like brothers at this point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 20 Final 2016/11/01,
At long last, Soo has left the palace. From there she...hangs out at a new house for awhile, enjoys some flashbacks, and then dies while King Gwangjong sulks like a grumpy teenager. Hilariously bad communication brings everything to an unnecessarily tragic end. Last-minute revelations end up affecting pretty much nothing, since the extended epilogue is just more flashbacks set to sad music. In short, this is about everything we could have reasonably expected from the finale of "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 19 2016/10/31,
Soo is really upset at King Gwangjong for killing people, apparently having forgotten that King Gwangjong was killing people all the time even back when he was still Prince So. One flashback even goes to the trouble of reminding us that Soo herself was at one point fairly freaked out about Prince So's stone cold demeanor. What's more, apparently everyone's high opinion of Soo's random utterances were enough to permanently poison the well against Prince So and make all this bad stuff inevitable. Somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 18 2016/10/25,
Apparently Goryeo is still in chaos even as Prince So has fully stepped in to his role as King Gwangjong. Yet rather than explore the potentially interesting political crisis "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" instead devotes most of its runtime to the slow, agonizing death of two of its minor characters. Why does it take so long for anyone to die in this drama? I wouldn't generally mind this so much except that, as was the case with Prince Eun and Soon-deok, neither of these characters was all that well-developed in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 17 2016/10/24,
It's the end for King Jeongjong, as the former Prince Yo melts down over...his mom I guess? I'm really not being sarcastic when I discuss how the elder brother has just straight up stolen his younger brother's character arc. It's kind of hard to feel sorry for King Jeongjong, though, when up until now he's just done explicitly evil stuff in pursuit of the throne and it's only now all of a sudden that the guy's starting to question why this was such a big priority,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 16 Final 2016/10/22,
So-hye continues to be sick. While "Fantastic" is fairly ambivalent about So-hye's exact fate for some time, it's the same basic holding pattern the drama has had ever since So-hye had to be hospitalized. All there really is to do anymore is look at the various relationships between the main characters, and admire the depth and strength of their social bonds. Even when it leads to somewhat humorous scenes like So-hye and Hae-seong one-upping each other in the prior sacrifice department,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 15 2016/10/21,
And now, Seol's in-laws move to force some last minute conflict in a predictably abortive attempt to scuttle a happy ending. Jin-sook's plan is pretty dumb. Really, So-hye should have mentioned the extortion attempt back when she was at the police station. Besides that even if it's not technically a breach of contract nobody going to want to work with Jin-sook when the best case scenario is that she's an idiot who keeps important information in a non-secure phone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 16 2016/10/18,
The last we saw of Prince Eun and Soon-deok they were in a no-win certain-to-die situation. This has not improved as Soo's prophecy predictably comes to pass, and for the rest of the runtime everyone just mopes around about this all upset. While I liked Prince Eun and Soon-deok well enough, it's a little off-putting how in death they are apparently far more important as characters than they ever were in life. I'm still a little lost as to how they ended up becoming the lynchpin to Prince Yo's final ascension to power as King Jeongjong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 14 2016/10/15,
On one end I'm somewhat annoyed that the situation regarding Joon-gi continues to be stretched for time when it appeared to have largely been concluded last episode. But then again, isn't that what melodrama has always been about- stretching the pain out for as long as possible? It's a sensible strategy really, because death is at its most especially unpleasant when it lasts for a really long time. And even after that, grief is a factor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 13 2016/10/14,
The focus on So-hye's weirdly melodramatic disease symptoms is removed here for the sake of instead focusing on Joon-gi's more traditionally tragic melodramatic disease symptoms. The results are about what might be expected. The acting is unavoidably corny as the emphasis is instead placed on the inherent empathy of the situation. Friends don't like it when other friends are in for a bad time. Even if Hae-seong hates letting go of So-hye for even a moment, well, Joon-gi is a bro. And that's what bros are good for,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 15 2016/10/11,
Now that he's become King Jengjong, the royalist formerly known as Prince Yo immediately makes a point of taking out all potential threats to his rule. Which in all fairness sounds pretty reasonable. Consider that the last two kings fell victim to assassination attempts largely because they weren't paying careful attention to immediate domestic threats. Granted that threat was Prince Yo himself, but even so, he's clearly not a very popular guy right now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 14 2016/10/10,
At least a year has passed since the previous episode of "Scarlet Heat: Ryeo", as it is now the second year in the reign of King Hyejong (played by Kim San-ho). I never felt much need to discuss King Hyejong back when he was just the crown prince, and unfortunately, his new regal title is of no help in making the character any more important. King Hyejong has a few scenes of pointless paranoia, makes a very bizarre demand of Prince So, then inevitably falls victim to the machinations of Prince Yo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 12 2016/10/08,
So-hye has a form of brain cancer. Up until now I never really thought that the specific kind of cancer So-hye has was ever going to be all that important, since its usefulness as a plot device was in the generic way disease forced So-hye to reconsider her life. Well, here, So-hye ends up coming down with symptoms that I'm pretty sure are completely made up. So what we're left with is a woman in her thirties suddenly turning into a character from a very different kind of melodrama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 11 2016/10/07,
A disproportionate amount of the action in "Fantastic" takes place in the hospital. Granted the entire premise is that So-hye has a (possibly not) terminal illness, but matters do take a turn for the slightly silly when both leading men also end up needing medical care for completely unrelated problems. Then they have silly hospital-related adventures together as they bond, and aw, who doesn't love some good male bonding on-screen?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 13 2016/10/04,
A wide-angle camera shot better explains the cliffhanger for the last episode and...apparently Woo-hee was nowhere near King Taejo? What's more, the monarch had other more immediately pressing problems in the whole "staying alive" department, so that leaves Woo-hee's entire storyline as being completely pointless with no pay-off. Even so, other characters have to devote energy to saving Woo-hee, because Soo likes her, even though we don't actually know how or why Woo-hee and Soo are friends,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 12 2016/10/03,
Last episode's actions were so intense that apparently the entire cast needed to take a yearlong break. It's times like this I wish "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" was more clear about how much time has progressed in general. Of course Prince So and Prince Wook are still pining for Soo, but all the same, when nearly every character action in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is a careful calculation based on a long-term plan, how Soo fits into that is pretty essential information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 10 2016/10/01,
With So-hye out of the hospital, "Fantastic" enters into a fairly predictable holding pattern. Obviously Hae-seong is quite pleased to have her around again, and this is a significant booster to his mood. But the sacrifice dynamic has been reversed in a possibly more risky direction. Even doing his own stunts Hae-seong isn't in that much physical danger. So-hye, however, knows full well that her health is at risk, and has to make a conscious effort to ignore that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 9 2016/09/30,
It all starts out fun and games- the usual romantic hijinx as So-hye prepares to go into more serious treatment and Hae-seong simply reassures her. But the main plot quickly turns troublesome as Hae-seong is threatened by a scandal. To be honest it's kind of a silly scandal. The closest analog I can think of is what happened with Gary awhile back, and that was so obviously unverified Gary's agency didn't even respond to it until the guy in the video asked them to, because as a Gary fan he was deeply hurt by the idea that someone would use his tattoo to defame Gary,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 11 2016/09/27,
Prince So's solution to the assassination plot against his brother was, as we see recapped at the beginning of this episode, rather needlessly dangerous. It was only through sheer force of will that Prince So was able to prevent an immediate crisis from breaking out. The actions of the other actors in the carnival of Goryeo politics render that sacrifice meaningless anyway, even if for another day, Prince So is able to save his brother. But is this really a sustainable plan?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 10 2016/09/26,
There's some good use of close-ups here as we can see Prince So's make-up is slowly wearing off. It's a good metaphor- Prince So is somewhat less vicious with Soo's influence, and it's unmistakable how the more we see of the scar, the more it seems like Prince So is turning back to rage and hatred. Even Prince So himself is surprisingly cognizant of just how scary he is, and how this can be off-putting to Soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 8 2016/09/24,
A brief flashback fills us in on the question of how much Hae-seong knows, and also when he knew about it. It's noteworthy how just because Hae-seong is discretionary with the information he has doesn't necessarily mean that So-hye is happy with all the implications. While on the surface level it can seem rewarding to be dealing with a stand-up guy like Hae-seong, on the deeper level it can seem rather unfair if one and only one partner is making noble sacrifices,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 7 2016/09/23,
Mi-seon (played by Kim Jae-hwa) is the third best friend of So-hye and Seol- the one who everyone has to call when they're in trouble. Mi-seon never really has any plotlines of her own, she's just a useful shoulder to cry on. Consequently, her character offers some much needed perspective when it comes to difficult questions like, am I happy, and should I do such-and-such risky behavior considering the possible trade-offs?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 9 2016/09/20,
As usual Prince So doesn't have that much screentime. But continuing the trend from last episode, "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" very effectively manages to drive up the tension by making nearly everything the other characters do be a reaction to Prince So. While poor Prince So himself is fairly oblivious to most of what's going on, it's very easy to see what brings on his bad moods. Even when Prince So does good, people are too terrified over his very existence to act all that grateful,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 8 2016/09/19,
The soundtrack in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is really anachronistic, to the point it even manages to overshadow Soo. I'm not saying everything has to be traditional Korean musical instruments all the time. It's just a little off-putting when we're watching a traditional Goryeo ritual with everyone acting like standard characters in a classical costume drama, but then a modern pop song shows up and all of a sudden the immersion is ruined,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Fantastic" 2016/09/18,
Terminal illness is a common and very old theme in Korean drama, but like everything else rich with melodramatic potential, it has often been subjected to shallow and cheap treatment. Love for tears and tension over love for meaning is less common these days, however and so we see productions which make the effort to treat serious topics with more respect. It is too early for me to say "Fantastic" is such a production, but it is on the right path,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 6 2016/09/17,
While Jong-gi clearly skirts the line of medical ethics, all of his actions are very clearly in line with trying to calm So-hye down and see herself as a person whose life has value. It's very noteworthy how Jong-gi has gotten So-hye to go from mental breakdown in earlier episodes to participating in a support group this episode. The support group scene is wonderful, by the way, precisely because it really gets at how the mental toll of illness is just as bad as the physical, and how it really helps just to get positive encouragement from peers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 5 2016/09/16,
Joon-gi (played by Kim Tae-hoon) is So-hye's doctor. Given that So-hye is dying, that's a very awkward position to be in. While Joon-gi obviously wants So-hye to get better, So-hye's problems are just as much mental as they are physical at this point. In So-hye's general desperation to find some last minute meaning in life, she has been willing to latch onto any kind of validation possible- even if it means an obviously unethical relationship with her own physician,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 7 2016/09/13,
Soo begins her adjustment to palace life under the harsh eye of Lady Oh (played by Woo Hee-jin). It's hard to feel sorry for Soo because while aspects of her new life are obviously unpleasant, they're also fairly unremarkable considering this is Goryeo. You know, none of the other maids get to have pick me ups in the form of handsome princes chasing them around every few scenes. Although I'll admit getting mad at Soo for giving immediate medical attention to the man angrily demanding immediate medical attention was kind of silly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 6 2016/09/12,
I'm having trouble grasping how much time has progressed in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo". Last episode had all this beautiful winter scenery and yet this episode there's...none? Does that mean that Soo has been in Goryeo for several months? Because it sure doesn't feel like it's been that long. Mainly this is a consequence of the story having slowed to a crawl, as politics take a backseat to everything revolving around Soo for no good reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 4 2016/09/10,
The production team continues with the very wise decision to be more about drama than forced comedy. We see this episode even more clearly that Hae-seong, as utterly obnoxious as he can be given the opportunity, is really just looking for the chance to be a good guy. It's uncanny how well Hae-seong is able to compose himself during action scenes. While ostensibly acting is the actual important part of his job, note how Hae-seong does not appear to be using a stunt double. That's dedication which can't easily be faked,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 3 2016/09/09,
There's some badly needed sympathetic characterization for So-hye and Hae-seong this episode as they respond to the aftermath of the big kiss at the last cliffhanger. In contrast to the normal romantic comedy implications of that trope, "Fantastic" instead gets into the issues of self-worth that provoked So-hye and Hae-seong into acting that way. So-hye has, of course, been in a generally rotten mood since getting her bad medical prognosis. Hae-seong, however, has really bad insecurities when it comes to his lack of acting talent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 5 2016/09/06,
Lady Hae (played by Park Si-eun) is Prince Wook's wife. She doesn't really do anything, I just thought it was worth acknowledging her existence since it puts Prince Wook in a fairly unusual situation as second lead. Normally we feel sorry for him getting the short end of the stick in a love triangle, since he's always such a nice guy, but hey! When Soo inevitably breaks Prince Woo's heart, he still has his wife, and she's really nice too,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 4 2016/09/05,
Empress Yoon (played by Park Ji-young) is the closest thing Prince So has to a parental figure. Unlucky for him, she's a huge jerk. After his murderous rampage last episode I never thought I'd feel sorry for Prince So but, well, this episode does a surprisingly good job humanizing the guy. We can see that his generally vile behavior is, twisted though it may seem, really just a desperate if inevitably doomed to fail effort on his part to gain some level of normal emotional satisfaction,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 2 2016/09/03,
Seol (played by Park Si-yeon) is So-hye's old friend, and a bit of a wreck. Literally, even, considering the last episode's cliffhanger, and the woman's precarious life situation isn't much better. We very quickly go from Seol giving standard reassurances to So-hye to seeing her get in a huge fight with her current partner to even bigger existential crises as violence and base hostility quickly become the order of the day,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic" Episode 1 2016/09/02,
So-hye (played by Kim Hyun-joo) is a drama writer. Her sense of confidence and competence is well-displayed metaphorically in the opening action scene of "Fantastic". To succeed in the cutthroat world of drama production, So-hye has had to be the best of the best. But no matter how good she is, every so often So-hye has to rely on the help of such disreputable persons as Hae-song (played by Joo Sang-wook). A handsome and arrogant actor, to date the only notion we have that Hae-song may be a good person is the man's genuine love toward his grandmother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 3 2016/08/30,
At first, it seems like it's finally starting to dawn on Soo that Goryeo is a pretty vicious world. Then the danger passes and she's mostly back to her normal happy-go-lucky self, even if the neck scar is a constant reminder as to what will happen if she steps out of line again. The attitude is actually rather oddly appropriate- everyone else in Goryeo has to deal with the prospect of death on a constant basis, but if they worried about that twenty four seven there'd be no time for sexy bath parties,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 2 2016/08/30,
The pacing in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" really is top notch. While I still psychologically recognize the obvious discordance between the political powerplay scenes and Soo's vastly more simplistic interpretation of plot, the tones are quite well balanced. We go from one to the other without any real sense of whiplash. Prince So is an uncommunicative jerk with his brothers, and he's also an uncommunicative jerk with Soo. But in both cases Prince So is also the main guy who's all about getting things done even if it means his hands get dirty in the process,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 1 2016/08/29,
Soo (played by IU) is a woman in the modern world with relationship problems. She also quickly gets into the unfortunate situation of being in close proximity to a child who cannot swim yet somehow manages to make his way into improbably deep water without anyone noticing. From there, Soo is plunged into the Goryeo era, where the King's many children, in addition to having sexy baths together, also engage in major political plots. Prince Wook (played by Kang Ha-neul) is the clear heir apparent while Prince So (played by Lee Joon-gi) has a chronically bad attitude due to childhood trauma,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Fantastic" 2016/08/27,
"Terminal illness" and "comedy" do not exactly seem to match outside of the black comedy genre, yet Dramaland keeps trying to make it happen. Unfortunately, it usually fails. Even so, "Fantastic" is another drama which promises laughs and fluffy romance, along with great female friendship and other interesting concepts. The series does have promise and if it succeeds where many others have failed, it will be a pleasant surprise,...More
Ji Soo traveling with his mother 2016/08/14, Source, Ji Soo is traveling with his mother. On August 14th, Ji Soo has shared his selfie he took with his mother on his personal Instagram. The caption says "With My Mom♥".
The revealed photo shows Ji Soo traveling with his mother in Hong Kong. His beautiful mother looking younger than her age is drawing attention. She looks elegant in the long dress,...More
[Spoiler] 'Doctors' Kim Rae-won anticipates hug from Park Shin-hye, he soon gets disappointed 2016/07/12, Source,
On the episode of 8 of SBS Monday & Tuesday drama, "Doctors", Hong Ji-hong (Kim Rae-won) became so happy too early when he expected a hug from Yoo Hye-jeong (Park Shin-hye).
Hong Ji-hong and Yoo Hye-jeong performed a successful surgery on Kim Soo-cheol (Ji Soo) to treat the injury from the car accident. Yoo Hye-jeong said, "I'm going to do something to you now. This is just a humanity act person to person" and then she approached Hong Ji-hong. Hong Ji-hong expected a hug from her while thinking about the hug he gave to her previously. So he was getting ready to hug her back. But Yoo Hye-jeong just straightened up the collars of Hong Ji-hong's gown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 7 2016/07/11,
The opening scene for this episode depicts Hye-jeong as a child listening to a fight between her father and a woman who is either Hye-jeong's mother or her stepmother. It's unclear. While the scene is effective in establishing context for Hye-jeong's actions immediately after her kiss with Ji-hong, the lack of full context illustrates the main greater problem in "Doctors". The drama never quite gives us all the information necessary for the story to be fully satisfying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 1 2016/06/20,
Hye-jeong (played by Park Sin-hye) is a doctor who plays by the rules, which she enforces violently when necessary. Right away "Doctors" makes a point of messing around with expectations. Watching the first scene I could visualize director Oh Choong-hwan and writer Ha Myeong-hee in a room together, coming up with new unusual ways to make Park Sin-hye surprising. Let's make her look old. Also let's make her a juveile delinquent, with action scenes. And most importantly of all, let's make her love interest Ji-hong (played by Kim Rae-won) an antagonistic presence,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "One Way Trip" 2016/06/11,
Yong-bi (played by Ji Soo), Sang-woo (played by Suho), Ji-gong (played by Ryu Jun-yeol), and Doo-man (played by Kim Hee-chan-I) are four friends on the cusp of adulthood. After some basic explanation establishing the situation of the four young men in life as well as their basic personalities, they set off on an adventure mostly for the sake of relieving stress. Leaving the confines of high school may be grounds for excitement, yet it is also an exercise in suddenly realizing the world is a dangerous place with tragic long term consequences,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.03.25 ~ 2016.03.27 2016/03/28,
"Batman v Superman" overruns "Zootopia"...
DC's much-anticipated superhero brawl, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", has made millions over the past few days as filmgoers and comic book fans around the world flocked to their closest theatres to catch these two iconic titans clash. In Korea, the film was released on Thursday and was given an incredible 1,696 screens, from which it attracted 1.1 million admissions to capture 68% of the box office pie. Worldwide, "Batman v Superman" has already grossed over $424 million,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Cheeky Go Go" 2016/03/12,
Upon first sight, "Cheeky Go Go" is your typical high school drama set in an overly competitive school, Sevit High School. Your typical high school drama begins with typical characters - the offbeat, misfit students along with the cool, rich, and smart ones - and typical storyline of pitting these completely different kids against each other to create conflict and drama,...More
'One Way Trip', the most anticipated film chosen by netizens: Suho and Ryu Jun-yeol effect? 2016/03/12, Source,
Movie, 'Glory Day' was chosen as the most anticipated film by netizens. On March 11th, the movie was ranked top on the survey by Max Movie asking about the most anticipated movies in March. Also, tickets for the special screening events 'Glory Attack' scheduled on March 15th and 16th were sold out.
According to 'Glory Day', this movie grabbed the first place with the dominating 60% votes on the survey done by Max Movie since March 10th, asking which movie the voter wants to watch most in the fourth week of March. This result is ahead the Hollywood blockbusters 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' and 'Hail, Caesar!', of which release dates overlap the same period,...More
Kim So-hyun, the epitome of youthful purity 2016/01/19, Source, Kim So-hyun showed off all-grown-up sophistication. On January 19th, she posted her profile photo on her personal Instagram. The visual reminds you of a main character from a romance cartoon. The emotionless look on her face matches well the grown-up image of the profile photo.
Her see-through bang draped down on the forehead looks natural. Her big eyes and clear-cut face features make her look like a doll. Kim So-hyun said, "I finished the "Pure Love - Movie" screening showcase in Daegu and am going down to Busan. See you in Busan",...More
Kim So-hyun unveils new profile image 2016/01/15, Source, Kim So-hyun showed off her mature look. On January 15th, she posted her new year's profile picture on her personal Instagram. She exudes the chic urban girl's appeals.
Kim So-hyun is fully charismatic in the black outfit from head to toe and with the loose messy hairstyle. Her thick makeup and strong red lip color look hot,...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
[Spoiler] 'Cheeky Go Go' Lee Won-geun surprises Jung Eun-ji with a kiss
On the November 3rd episode of KBS 2TV's 'Cheeky Go Go', Yeol was injured while he was trying to save Yeon-do when she was falling pushed by Soo-ah. Yeol fell unconscious and was admitted to a hospital. Yeon-doo cried at the bedside in Yeal's hospital room. Yeon-doo mumbled to Yeol, "Just wake up, I'll take a revenge".
Yeal opened his eyes at the moment and asked, "How". Yeon-do hesitated a little and then kissed him on the cheek saying "Like this",...More
Kim Ji-suk, a handsome teacher in 'Cheeky Go Go' 2015/09/17, Source,
KBS 2TV's new Monday & Tuesday drama, 'Cheeky Go Go' has unveiled the still images featuring Kim Ji-suk on the filming set.
Kim Ji-suk's role, Yang Tae-beom is a graduate of Sebit High School, where he now works as a teacher on contract terms. Yang Tae-beom takes care of delinquent students on the list, scolds the students and sometimes gets tough on them; however he has a soft and caring mind inside him,...More
Ji Soo in 'Cheeky Go Go' 2015/09/15, Source,
Actor Ji Soo is all set to captivate women drama fans' hearts.
The highly anticipated KBS 2TV's new Monday & Tuesday drama, 'Cheeky Go Go', a sequel of KBS' school series, has unveiled Ji Soo's still images, revealing his soft side inside him,...More
N, Chae Soo-bin, Ji Soo, Jung Eun-ji and Lee Won-geun join for 'Cheeky Go Go'
KBS 2TV's new Monday & Tuesday drama, 'Cheeky Go Go', which is KBS' second school story this year and is anticipated to continue the fame of the school series, well-known for creating new stars, have cast new rising stars in addition to Jung Eun-ji and Lee Won-geun.
First of all, group VIXX member N (Real name Cha Hak-yeon) will pay the leading role, who will fuel woman drama fan's hearts. His character, Ha Dong-jae is one of the top students academically however he is an oddball whose mentality stays at the level of an elementary school student. He will ooze unexpected appeals with twist. It is known that he will be in the middle of the youthful and sensational romance,...More
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