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  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 20 Final

    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

    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

    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

    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] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 16

    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] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 15

    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

    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] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 13

    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

    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] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 11

    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

    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] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 9

    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

    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 Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 7

    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

    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] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 5

    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

    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] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 3

    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

    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

    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
  • Korean drama starting today 2016/08/29 in Korea

    2016/08/29, Source
    Korean drama starting today 2016/08/29 in Korea "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
  • [Video] EXO Baekhyun, Chen, and Xiumin's 'For You' OST teaser released for the Korean drama 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo'

    2016/08/22, Source
    EXO Baekhyun, Chen, and Xiumin's 'For You' OST teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
  • [Video] Second teaser video released for the Korean drama 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo'

    2016/08/15, Source
    Second teaser video released for the upcoming Korean drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
  • [Video + Photos] Added new posters and motion poster videos of Kang Ha-neul and Hong Jong-hyun for the Korean drama 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo'

    2016/08/10, Source
    Added new posters and motion poster videos of Kang Ha-neul and Hong Jong-hyun for the upcoming Korean drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
  • [Video] Added new poster and motion poster video for the Korean drama 'Scarlet Heart: Ryeo'

    2016/08/09, Source
    Added new poster and motion poster video for the upcoming Korean drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
  • [Video] 1st teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo"

    2016/08/01, Source
    1st teaser released for the upcoming Korean drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
  • "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Lee Joon-gi and IU's global ritual

    2016/02/10, Source
    Director Kim Kyoo-tae, writer Jo Yoon-yeong and the staff and cast of "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" were at a ritual for the fantasy romance drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" on the 11th. Pictures show Kim Kyoo-tae, Jo Yoon-yeong, staff members, Lee Joon-gi and IU as well as people from NBC Universal and YG Entertainment at the ritual,...More
  • Upcoming Korean drama "Moon Lovers"

    2016/01/02, Source
    Added the upcoming Korean drama "Moon Lovers"'s page to HanCinema database,...More