[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" 2017/10/28,
The idea of cloning is a highly controversial one and for good reason. South Korea has had its own advancement in and moral debates over it, making the lack of the topic's presence in drama fiction a surprising one. "Duel" does not really focus on the existential and other implications of human cloning, but it aims to be an action thriller experience with a related twist,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 16 Final 2017/07/23, "Duel" lets go of its love for twists and what we get instead is a predictable, but frankly appropriate ending to a long and arduous journey for our characters. With Deuk-cheon down, Seong-joon takes the lead. He and Seong-hoon have an honest talk for the first time since their childhood and our broken antihero finds some solace in his game-ending choices regarding the miracle cure and Sanyeong's involvement,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 15 2017/07/23,
The penultimate episode of "Duel" is filled with suspense, regret and hopelessness as Mi-rae's and therefore the twins' and Soo-yeon's lives are in danger. Seong-hoon is having a breakdown and is therefore unpredictable whilePark San-yeong will stop at nothing to succeed. Sadly for him, his rivals are equally tenacious and the time has come for the most risky move from Deuk-cheon and Jo-hye yet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 14 2017/07/16,
Tears and emotions are abundant in episode fourteen of "Duel" as our characters find themselves in relations that are confusing and hard to approach. Seong-joon's identity finally gets to him, but things are more dire for Seong-hoon, who is becoming increasingly unstable. Mi-rae's unique abilities surface, but time is not on anyone's side and some tough decisions may have to be taken,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 13 2017/07/16,
I have been feeling uncomfortable with the amount of twists thrown around in "Duel" lately, but even I could not have expected this dive into a sea of crazy that episode thirteen takes. Mi-rae's origins are revealed as far more complicated than expected and things are leading us to a showdown with Sanyeong. At the center lies Jo-hye, who makes a bold decision to end things,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 12 2017/07/10,
Laughter turns to tears and pressure as Soo-yeon joins Seong-joon and his brother in a race against time. Deuk-cheon uses his regained position to track the vaccine down and it is not an easy job when its caretaker has passed away. Jo-hye sets her plans in motion while our villains feel the same pressure to find a working cure. At the same time, Mi-rae's past starts surfacing and I have a feeling it holds some surprises,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 11 2017/07/09, "Duel" goes straight for the emotions this week and it has been a long time coming and never arriving. We have a series of reunions and revelations, some of them happy, others bittersweet and some pretty sordid. The clone brothers get to talk honestly for the first time while Deuk-cheon makes a promise to Seong-joon after recalling his past mistakes. Meanwhile, Jo-hye has hit the mother lode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 10 2017/07/03,
Things get too complicated for a series two thirds into its total duration, with some changes making me wonder whether the creators had been winging it by this point. We have a new pivotal character who turns everything we have known upside down, Deuk-cheon's connection to Seong-hoon is revealed and Seong Joon discovers some important information about his memories as he walks right into the lion's den to save Soo-yeon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 9 2017/07/01,
The cloned cat is out of the bag for several characters and with Seong-joon regaining important memories and information, the chase begins for Seong-hoon and the people behind him. The motive of our rich villainess is revealed and so is an unexpected secret of Lee Yong-seob which changes her plans and puts Soo-yeon back in harm's way. Meanwhile, Jo-hye's grip on the cloning case tightens,...More
Which Celebrity Club Would You Want to Join? 2017/06/30,
Everyone's got their squad, the circle of friends who support and love each other. Without them, our life would be a bit lonely, honestly. Now, the squad can be formed because of the common interest, or personalities. It could be the age, it could be the school and the classes you take. What about the K-celebrities? How did they form the squad they are in?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 8 2017/06/26,
It is a rare, slightly creepy, but also satisfying feeling when a show seems to be right behind you and your complaints and wishes. I asked for the villains' motivation and scientific explanation and "Duel" delivers. Deuk-cheon starts creating his own plans while Seong-joon and Mi-rae find some important answers. Things become tense as the past comes back to haunt several characters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 7 2017/06/24,
You spin me right round, "Duel" and not in a good way. The drama manages to explain things while raising more questions and while that is good with some parts of the plot, it is starting to get tiring when it comes to our villains and their plans. At least Deuk-cheon finally has proof of Soo-yeon's well-being, even if the joy is short-lived,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 6 2017/06/18,
It is about time our characters start getting a clue about the fact that this case involves human cloning and I am not surprised to see who the ones making this discovery are. Seong-joon's hinted poor health takes a turn for the worse, leaving Deuk-cheon and Mi-rae hoping for his recovery. Meanwhile, Jo-hye tightens her grip on the situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 5 2017/06/18,
It is a dog eat dog world out there, but when you have several dogs with unclear motivations and stories, it is as confusing a sight as it is a violent one. "Duel" manages to clear some things up while not really revealing much and I feel it is about time the clones start providing story when they meet, rather than just a lot of physical abuse for Seong-joon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 4 2017/06/13, "Duel" has a knack for providing answers only to raise more questions. Episode four is all about tracking down Choi Joo-sik, the subject of the 1993 experiments before Seong-hoon can get to him. Deuk-cheon's friends and the prosecution team keep dancing around each other as our two heroes get ready to infiltrate enemy lines. Mi-rae joins the game as shocking truths come to light,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 3 2017/06/12, "Duel" wastes no time in getting to the juicy bits and bringing the cloning element to the forefront along with Deuk-cheon's family drama. Two new characters with important information surface and one of them is our new second female lead. The other is a mysterious figure who leads my mind to confusing places and the two combined reveal a sinister past,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 2 2017/06/04,
Deuk-cheon discovers that a distraught father's testimony holds little value in the face of conclusive evidence as he tries to convince everyone of the impossible. Our suspect is traumatized and knows little about the situation himself, as good ol' dramamnesia keeps the mystery going. Meanwhile Jo-hye continues to exist as a mysterious force to be reckoned with when it comes to making progress,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Duel" Episode 1 2017/06/04,
The premiere episode of clone-themed suspense drama "Duel" wastes no time in getting the action going. Our lead drops large amounts of cash on a table as ransom for his kidnapped daughter, a mysterious woman arrives to offer more and the chase is on. "Duel" then takes a step back and shows us how we got to this point. Shady scientific practices, two men with the same appearance and bad decisions follow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Duel" 2017/05/27,
Clones are the latest trend in Dramaland and like any trend in this industry, this horse will be beaten long past its expiration. For now, the still fresh topic gets its first drama with "Duel". Whether the clones in what looks like any other crime and suspense drama will be more than a gimmick remains to be seen.
Jang Deuk-cheon (Jung Jae-young) is a detective with an ill daughter. One day he becomes entagled with two clones, one innocent and one evil, and his little girl is kidnapped. The detective begins a chase against great odds to solve the mystery of his situation and find his child before it is too late,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Reverse Love and Busy Women 2017/03/25,
Welcome to a week or writing woes and capable women. Today I take a look at "Chicago Typewriter" and its quirky characters before introducing some upcoming weekend and daily dramas about women's stories. I also share plenty of casting news and some media from upcoming dramas. Let us welcome the new drama season together,...More
Kim Jung-eun Feels More Attached to Charity Work for Babies After Marriage 2016/12/03, Source,
Actress Kim Jung-eun has been involved in volunteer work for abandoned babies and orphans since she became a goodwill ambassador for the Social Welfare Society, a government-funded charity, 16 years ago. Early this year, the charity started a campaign to help and raise awareness of single mothers and she is actively participating.
How has she been able to continue the work for 16 years despite her busy schedule?,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Forever the Moment" + DVD Giveaway 2016/02/27,
In preparation for the Athens Olympics, Hye-kyeong (played by Kim Jung-eun) does her best to put together a crack handball squad. In practice this just ends up being a bunch of middle-aged women from previous handball teams and some kids who haven't a chance to specialize in a different sport yet. As if this weren't frustrating enough, Hye-kyeong also ends up being forced to participate with Seung-pil (played by Uhm Tae-woong), a former lover who's also a jerk,...More
Kim Jung-eun to wed in March 2015/12/20, Source,
Actress Kim Jung-eun is getting married in 2016.
She's getting married in March next year. Both families have met and they are going to have a small wedding in the United States with only the closest of family and friends. She's currently in the United States preparing for her wedding,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 40 Final 2015/08/30,
Almost the entire dramatic thrust of this episode is on the resolution of the relationship between Deok-in and Yoon-seo. And you know, it's really cheating to just have that relationship improve over the course of a timeskip. We never actually got to see these two get closer, so why is this resolution supposed to have any serious impact? Why did all the interesting material get shunted into a part of the story that we never actually got to see?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 39 2015/08/29,
In the final stretch of "Make a Woman Cry", writer Ha Cheong-ok has decided to pretend like Eun-soo hasn't been the entire focus of the drama for about as long as I can remember. The cliffhanger is resolved just a tad too easily and with a tad too much easy forgiveness. Then practically out of nowhere Deok-in and Jin-woo start acting like the main characters again, having extended heartfelt conversations about loss, forgiveness, and being able to move on with life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 38 2015/08/23,
Deok-in solves the mystery of what really happened with the death- well, technically the cops solve it but they do convey through Deok-in their genuine appreciation for Eun-soo giving the tip that ultimately allowed them to crack the case. The look on Eun-soo's face throughout that exchange really is priceless. Apparently it's never occurred to her that a good deed can be its own reward. Eun-soo didn't get the result she was expecting, so instead of doom and destruction all that happens is reconciliation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 37 2015/08/22,
Eun-soo attempts to regain...whatever it is she thinks she lost by making a rather curious revelation to Deok-in. What Eun-soo fails to understand, as usual, is that most people think in terms beyond immediate personal gain and satisfaction. The accusations Eun-soo makes are enormously serious ones. It's difficult to imagine that Eun-soo would make up a lie so elaborate unless she had some kind of proof- but then, Eun-soo has told blatant lies before,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 36 2015/08/16,
Eun-soo's temper tantrum shows no sign of abating. Well, she is finally forced to stop being petty and selfish briefly, when one character finally manages to come up with a threat serious enough to force Eun-soo to cooperate on the question of Jin-han's wife instead of being constantly selfish. I'm tempted to call the theatrics over-the-top and unrealistic- the problem is, I've known people in real life like Eun-soo. Heck, in my worst moments, I've acted like Eun-soo myself. That's not an easy fact to acknowledge, but it's senseless to pretend like we're all rational actors in the real world,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 35 2015/08/15,
The story has long since moved past tensionless social battles. The last cliffhanger featured Jin-han losing his temper and making direct threats. And the cliffhanger here is even more pronounced. Eun-soo has finally managed to anger enough people severely enough that they're willing to respond with force instead of just letting her insult them for another day. The fact that Eun-soo has a defendable angle no longer matters. Eun-soo has been too deceptive and manipulative at this point for anyone to believe anything she says anymore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 34 2015/08/09,
Jin-han has clearly recovered some of his memories. It's not totally clear which ones or how many. But what we do know is that this recovery was prompted by Eun-soo's blatant attempt at emotional manipulation. Eun-soo has frequently demonstrated intelligence, but she appears either unwilling or unable to process the significance of this. Jin-han isn't rejecting his family because of his current wife. He's rejecting his family because they consider Eun-soo to be his de facto wife, and Jin-han is completely unwilling to tolerate Eun-soo's presence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 33 2015/08/08,
Eun-soo is at it once again with her terrible and blatant emotional manipulation. But the blowback ends up being more immediate than anticipated. Hyeon-seo has always been a thoughtful, considerate young man, and meeting his father answers a lot of questions. Namely, why Hyeon-seo is thoughtful and considerate when everyone else in his family is so mean. Jin-han is thoughtful and considerate too. He doesn't go for all or nothing. Which is why for all Eun-soo's outrage, Hyeon-seo really is satisfied with just a heartfelt hug,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 32 2015/08/02,
As expected, the cliffhanger simply ends in another lack of confrontation with Jin-han. Don't worry- by the end of the episode serious progress is finally made to actually integrate the Jin-han character with everything else that's happening in the story. I just can't help but be a little annoyed at this point at the extent to which Jin-han doesn't really participate in a story that's pretty much all about him. Particularly since this plot point revolves around the rich family's business decisions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 31 2015/08/01,
The story is still just about completely centered around Jin-han- although we're still not that much closer to his actually participating. From Deok-in, we do get an explanation that indicates her icy attitude toward Eun-soo wasn't just a function of the latter woman's terrible personality. There's an excellent logistical reason why Eun-soo shouldn't be the one to confront Jin-han, at least not in the immediate sense. And also Jin-woo is working at the company now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 30 2015/07/26,
Technically speaking I think Hong-ran is supposed to be the bad guy right now. She knows where Jin-han is, and is withholding this information from the rest of her family out of sheer spite. There's just one problem- Eun-soo has proven herself to be a substantially more unlikable person. It's actually pretty enjoyable just watching Eun-soo squirm, because this isn't a problem she can't solve through browbeating and threats. Not like that ever solved any problems in the first place, mind you,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 29 2015/07/25,
Jin-han (played by Choi Jong-hwan) is the long-lost eldest brother of the Choi family, and the not-exactly-husband of Eun-soo. He's gotten amnesia and now lives a humble existence selling street food with his wife. Strictly speaking "Make a Woman Cry" hasn't actually confirmed that this person is Jin-han, but he's currently listed as such on MBC's official website. And besides, given how much of the conflict lately has been about Jin-han, it would be pretty ridiculous if the snack guy wasn't actually Jin-han after all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 28 2015/07/19,
I really don't think we need any more exposition on how Eun-soo is a genuinely terrible person. "Make a Woman Cry" is overdoing it at this point. It's not just making her look evil but also kind of socially retarded. Deok-in didn't accept the proposal from Tae-hwan when he was acting nice about it, so why in the world would she accept it from Eun-soo in full-on bitch mode? Eun-soo's back-up plan is equally terrible, and predictably falls apart completely by the end of the episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 27 2015/07/18,
The conflict takes on the fairly traditional trappings of money versus remorse this episode. To some extent I think Deok-in is bein unfair to Tae-hwan. Obviously it's a somewhat insulting gesture to try to make up for the death of someone's son by giving them money, but what else is Tae-hwan supposed to do? The guy's not exactly overflowing with fatherly warmth and affection. Expressing sympathy through financial gifts is probably the best way Tae-hwan knows how to articulate himself,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 26 2015/07/12,
Last episode's cliffhanger promised a lot of tears- and that's exactly what we get here. Deok-in has a complete breakdown. She loses interest in everything- her social position, her relationships, all of them become absolutely meaningless in light of the new information Deok-in now has about her son's death. There's nothing for the other characters to do except look on awkwardly in silence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 25 2015/07/11,
Eun-soo's attempts at playing detective have at this point completely torpedoed any hope of her character being seen as sympathetic. I kind of want to see something terrible happen to her son, because short of that, it really doesn't seem like there's anything else that could make Eun-soo realize that taunting a woman about her dead child is only a few hairs short of outrageous cartoonish evil,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 24 2015/07/05,
Eun-soo has this really bad habit of using a threatening tone of voice even when she's not actually trying to act threatening. The weird part is that it quickly becomes clear that Eun-soo doesn't actually know anything about what's going on with Jin-woo. She just seems to be gossiping with Deok-in for no apparent reason, except to try and hurt Deok-in emotionally. So that character, at least, remains mostly unsympathetic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 23 2015/07/04,
It's all well and good for Jin-woo to say that he'll love and support Deok-in no matter what- but at this point "Make a Woman Cry" is forcing the issue of how they have very different perspectives on relationships and trauma. Jin-woo is unwilling to acknowledge that his previous marriage was a failure, on account of the fact that it didn't end in divorce. Whereas Deok-in takes death much more seriously, and realizes that even the best intent can't salvage an awful overall situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 22 2015/06/28,
Deok-in's attempt to get a clear explanation of Jin-woo's behavior doesn't go that well. Part of the issue is just that Jin-woo doesn't want to tell her what's really going on, so he simply tells Deok-in about his emotional state instead. This isn't really much more helpful- just because Jin-woo wants to see her even though he doesn't actually want to see her just means...what exactly?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 21 2015/06/27,
What makes the action scenes in "Make a Woman Cry" feel odd is that, first and foremost, this is a family drama. It's been over a dozen episodes since Deok-in has ever fought anyone. It's one of the odder parts of her background as a cop. In a more conventional story this stuff would show up all the time. But purporting as it does to be at least partially be a representation of real family life, "Make a Woman Cry" has to show much more restraint in this department,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 20 2015/06/21,
The rich family conflict between Jin-myeong and Hong-ran finally comes to a head. Their differences have become so irreconcilable that divorce would appear to be inevitable. The irony of the situation is rather obvious- all this time we've had families arguing over divorce and whether or not this should be the proper basis for long term decisions. And yet here, Hong-ran is treated like the bad guy because...well, as far as I can tell because she's not a blood relative,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 19 2015/06/20,
Jin-woo isn't at all sure how to deal with the information he learned from his son. In the immediate sense all Jin-woo really knows is that he has to continue making a sincere emotional effort to help Deok-in out, because this new information doesn't change the basics of their emotional bond. Deok-in is a woman who's always trying very hard to do the right thing, and not always succeeding. Particularly when it comes to Kyeong-cheol,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 18 2015/06/14,
Kyeong-cheol comes off surprisingly sympathetically considering that he's basically a whiny child. The confrontation at the rich family's house doesn't go the way he was hoping, and when given the chance, Kyeong-cheol unwinds by literally having a temper tantrum. Watching Kyeong-cheol is kind of like watching a kid who has just been told that life isn't fair, after having been told point blank that the authority figures are going to do things in a hypocritical way,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 17 2015/06/13,
After establishing that the last cliffhanger was for real, "Make a Woman Cry" quickly takes the focus off of the rich family and gets back to the more interesting character/situation- Deok-in and her birth mother meeting up with Deok-in's in-laws. It's a situation that slowly moves from awkward to just plain painful. On a basic level Deok-in just can't relate to her birth mother. And her birth mother, too, really doesn't appreciate that this is Deok-in's actual family she's condescending to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 16 2015/06/07,
The greater theme this episode is well-meaning lies. Surprisingly enough this is actually well-integrated into all three spotlighted storylines. I can't tell whether this was intentional or just a coincidence, but mostly I'm just relieved that the rich family storyline has been given some much needed comparative context. It turns out all the characters are likely to sink or swim together on these problems,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 15 2015/06/06,
Deok-in's struggle with her birth mother continues. It's a bit of a heartbreaking situation, because "Make a Woman Cry" is delving into the reality of what these reunions usually mean for people. There's no magical moment of understanding- just this lingering sense of regret that this was how life turned out because for whatever reason, a mother was not able to be a mother. Even though Deok-in and her mother are mostly on the same page in the ambiguity department, that doesn't make their meetings any less awkward,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 14 2015/05/31,
In a bit of a fakeout, Deok-in doesn't confront her mother right away. Instead, she retreats to Jin-woo, admitting that there's some things she can't handle. And Jin-woo responds...by wristwatch. I can't tell whether that was supposed to be weirdly clunky product placement or whether director Kim Geun-hong just needed to include some kind of visual clue that Jin-woo the school teacher comes from a wealthy family. I'm inclined toward the former explanation personally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 13 2015/05/30,
It's another episode mostly focused on the rich family. I didn't dislike this one as much as usual, though. I'm not really sure it's because I actually care about what the rich family is doing so much as it is I'm just used enough to their antics by now that there's not much apparent point to complaining. I do somewhat empathize with Hyeon-seo, who's stubbornly taken sick mainly because his mom's such a jerk,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 12 2015/05/24,
Kyeong-cheol has many flaws, but the worst of them has to be that the guy's just not that smart. Last cliffhanger he "discovered" that Deok-in was having an affair with Jin-woo. A more farsighted person might have realized that Deok-in finding a boyfriend is a good thing. It makes Deok-in less likely to try to cling to the marriage. Which, consequently, would make it easier for Kyeong-cheol to get a divorce and finally marry Jin-hee. So how does Kyeong-cheol use this information?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 11 2015/05/23,
This episode opens up with another dumb rich person argument...of course. Well, they're not all dumb. I find I'm liking the Eun-soo / Hyeon-seo conflict. A well-to-do mother wanting to keep her son from getting involved with some woman without a pedigree, that much I can easily understand. Eun-soo no doubt has an inferiority complex about marrying into wealth. But there's just something awfully petty about Eun-soo trying to keep Hyeon-seo from hanging around Kyeong-tae. You pay no mind to that boy, he's from a lower economic class,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 10 2015/05/17,
The general ambiguity of Jin-hee's character is played up a lot here. As has been noted multiple times now, her request is a reasonable one. Deok-in and Kyeong-cheol don't have a marriage anymore, and both of them know it. The problem is that Jin-hee is a total jerk. Deok-in is totally correct when she points out that Jin-hee can't expect people to just give her whatever she wants because she apologizes. Deok-in is also correct in noting that Jin-hee's immaturity will almost certainly prove a major barrier in any kind of marriage, and that she's not properly anticipating how hard marriage will be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 9 2015/05/16,
...And once more, it's back to the rich family. There's something terribly frustrating about a drama that insists on only being interesting half the time. The main issue is that most of these people just come off like jerks. Which isn't necessarily bad. Deok-in is definitely a pushy, bossy jerk. But she never comes off that badly because we can see the emotional heart underlying Deok-in's motivation. That's mostly gone any time the action shifts to the big house,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 8 2015/05/10,
Unfortunately the focus shifts ever so slightly to the rich family again. I'm really not interested in their petty, destructive arguments. There's just no sense of urgency. At best, we're just looking at a bunch of petty, emotional jerks be petty, emotional jerks to each other. On a basic level none of these people are really all that sympathetic. Bear in mind that to some extent most of the characters in this drama are at least somewhat unsympathetic- the humanity comes in trying to unravel their personal situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 7 2015/05/09,
The cliffhanger ends up going rather anticlimatically. There's no larger discussion this episode regarding bullying or proper filial piety. It's just kind of a weird opening gag about how sometimes punches go wrong and then it's time for everyone to go scooting off. Beyond that one punch, by the way, this episode is mostly a pretty nonviolent one. At least from Deok-in's end. She's had a stressful enough time lately to not be going around looking for trouble,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 6 2015/05/03,
One of the more interesting parts of the relationship between Deok-in and Jin-woo is that she's the heroic figure who gets stuff done, where as he's the dork who has to ask for help. So the ending of the last episode, as we see here, was a bit of a shock to Deok-in. No one ever comes to rescue her. The fact that Jin-woo isn't very good at helping out is really sort of besides the point. It's been awhile since anyone ever actually tried to help Deok-in tangibly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 5 2015/05/02,
This episode is the one where the title really hits an accurate mark. While Deok-in might be a hard-boiled ex-detective who's good in a fight, ultimately, we constantly see that all she really wants to do is cry. It's not something Deok-in can do with her husband's family, because to a large extent they expect Deok-in to just be a pillar of support. It is something that she can do with Jin-woo, mostly because he happens to be there when she breaks down,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 4 2015/04/26,
So, Kyeong-cheol (played by In Gyo-jin) is Deok-in's estranged husband. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that he's estranged from his entire family. Deok-in still lives with her relatives by marriage, while Kyeong-cheol has been hanging out with the rich family. Deok-in's new girlfriend, Jin-hee (played by Hann E-seo), is pushing for marriage- a task made inconvenient by the fact that Kyeong-cheol's family refuses to acknowledge that the marriage is over, on account of the fact that they really like Deok-in. And also Jin-hee is Jin-woo's brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 3 2015/04/25,
The formulaic nature of "Make a Woman Cry" puzzles me. It's mostly because this isn't really a genre combination that makes a whole lot of sense. The ex-cop who solves crimes by beating the living snot out every single low-life in punching range is the kind of trope I expect to see in a hard-boiled action movie. Somehow I was expecting Deok-in's investigation to involve more actual investigating and less excessive violence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 2 2015/04/19,
I really like the way that Kim Jung-eun manages her fight scenes. They just look so...casual. Deok-in doesn't resort to any especially outrageous theatrics. She just hits her opponents hard as quickly as possible. Although admittedly there are a few moments there where it looks like Deok-in was dodging hits more out of luck than skill. There's just something terribly appealing about an older woman with a harsh tongue and no patience for nonsense punching her way out of trouble,...More
[Spoiler] "Make a Woman Cry" Kim Jung-eun cries at the thought of her son 2015/04/19, Source, Deok-in (Kim Jung-eun) tried to save some children who were being bullied and got involved in the fight herself. She blocked an attack from the opposing side and even displayed some fancy martial arts moves. The police arrived as she was dominating the bad guys but they all ran away. She managed to avoid any misunderstandings thanks to an acquainted police officer and they talked over some drinks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Make a Woman Cry" Episode 1 2015/04/18,
Deok-in (played by Kim Jung-eun) is an ex-cop who runs a snack shop next to the local school. Jin-woo (played by Song Chang-eui) is a math teacher who does his best to keep his students in line. Together, they fight bullying. Well, eventually. They don't actually know each other as the drama opens- a fact Deok-in takes memorable advantage of in one scene to teach those kids a lesson in plausible deniability,...More
Art and Culture 2013/01/03, Source,
And now it's time for our daily arts and culture update with our Michelle Kim. Let's see what she has for us today. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Coffee and Buddhist temples might seem like an odd combination. When you think of coffee, you think of caffeine and the high energy it bestows and when you think of a Buddhist temple, it's calm and cups of tea that come to mind. But at a Buddhist temple in Gangwon Province, an area famous for its coffee festival, the monks are the baristas and the coffee is just part of the experience. Take a look at this for more details. At a Buddhist temple in the midst of Gangneung's Man-wel Mountain , a group of monks is busy roasting coffee in a brazier fired up by charcoal. The roasted coffee beans cool as they are winnowed like rice. The beans are then put into a millstone to be ground,...More
Shin Hyun-joon, "I've changed while I hosted 'Celebrity News'" 2012/12/03, Source,
Actor Shin Hyun-joon showed much affection for his KBS 2TV program "Celebrity News".
He had an interview with the reporters of "Celebrity News" in Seoul on the 3rd, and said, "I have changed while hosting "Celebrity News". There is a star who treats reporters badly. I have started to differentiate those who do and don't. I remember their names",...More
"Ooh La La Couple" Shin Hyun-joon and Kim Jung-eun 2012/09/19, Source,
The two leading characters of the new KBS2 "Ooh La La Couple" were captured inn a picture.
In the couple picture, they are wearing a matching blue jacket and a pink sweater. They are arm in arm in one and another is one of them back to back. They seem like a happily married couple in the first and enemies in the next,...More
Song Seung-heon returns to small screen 2012/05/15, Source, Song Seung-heon walks down a street during a visit to Vietnam to shoot a television program this January.(Courtesy of Korea Foundation)
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon is coming back to his fans through the small screen.
Despite 16 years passing since his debut, Song, 35, remains as handsome and single as ever, coupled now with better acting ability. As one of the pioneers of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, his popularity continues to the rise, both in Korea and overseas,...More
"Hanbando - Drama" tension goes up, ratings go down 2012/02/27, Source,
Viewing percentages for TV Chosun drama "Hanbando - Drama" have dropped.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 28th, the seventh episode of "Hanbando - Drama", aired on February 27th, rated 0.886%, which is 0.257% less than the sixth episode,...More
Raising curtain to abundant year in musicals 2012/01/02, Source,
(Above picture:A scene from the Broadway hit "Wicked", which will come to Korea in May / Courtesy of Andrew Ritchie)
The year 2012 is going to be full of musical joy as a long list of touring, licensed and homegrown musical productions - from the longest-running musical in the world to a theater version of Korean wave drama - wait to be staged.
Touring productions coming to Korea
One of the musicals receiving the highest expectations for 2012 is "Wicked", which will come to Blue Square in Hannam-dong from May to October. The Broadway extravaganza explores what happened before Dorothy entered the Land of Oz and the relationships between the Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good and the Wizard of Oz,...More
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Idol Groups to Have Showdowns in New Year 2011/01/05, Source,
Idol groups are fighting fierce battles from the start of the new year by releasing new albums. Many idol groups including star idol groups such as TVXQ, Seungri from Big Bang, and JYJ, and newcomer groups such as MBLAQ, Secret, Dalmatian, Infinite, and Dalshabet will release new albums. Usually, singers do not release new albums in January and February after finishing their activities at the end of the last year, but this year will be different because star singers and new singers are all beginning to have showdowns from the beginning of the year. The team leader of the Music Business Department at Mnet Media said on January 2, "Singers tended to release new albums in September or October in the past, but recently they are actively performing all year round by releasing single albums and mini albums. Idol groups regardless of their popularity all think that they will be forgotten if they do not have activities, so they release new songs one after another without taking a long break",...More
Park Shin-yang cast as male lead in upcoming series 2010/09/03, Source,
Korean actor Park Shin-yang [Apollo Pictures]
Korean actor Park Shin-yang will be returning to the small screen as the male lead in an upcoming television series, according to the show's producer Apollo Pictures on Friday.
Apollo announced that Park will be playing the role of Yoon Ji-hoon, who conducts autopsies at a state-run institute of scientific investigation, in the new medical drama tentatively titled "Heaven",...More
[JIMFF] Opening ceremony of the 6th JIMFF 2010/08/16, Source,
From left, Korean rock band YB lead vocalist Yoon Do-hyun and actress Kim Jung-eun emcee at the opening ceremony of the 6th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival held at the city of Jecheon in North Chungcheong Province, South Korea on August 12, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
After having seen several nights of summer nights hot enough to melt the asphalt on the ground, rock artist Yoon Do-hyun and actress Kim Jung-eun, emcees of the opening ceremony of the 6th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, brought a cool breeze with them,...More
Kim Jung-eun's Movie Picks 2010/04/21, Source,
Actress Kim Jeong-eun [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"Ambition" is not the first word that pops into mind when one hears the name Kim Jung-eun. Despite the sensational debut she made as a queer patient with a shaved head in MBC TV series "Sunflowers", the image she has established as a star is the actress who is always cheerful and full of life. She was the short-tempered yet loveable, and slightly aggressive yet kind-hearted youngest daughter of the mafia in film "Marrying the Mafia" (2002). And after SBS drama "Lovers in Paris", the audience identified her with her character Tae-young which brought her much glory and fame yet also summed up her ten-year career with an image she said she "wanted to overcome". That is when she came across "Close to You", a film through which she could attain her desire. Kim Jung-eun became In-young who was no Cinderella and had no reason in her life to laugh out loud,...More
Many of them are so called "well-made movies" that are both ente,...More
[PREVIEW] Movie "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" 2010/01/29, Source,
Actors Jin Goo (left) and Kim Jung-eun in "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" [IROOM Pictures]
"Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" - An appetizer for people with no appetite
At an official banquet in Japan, the Japanese prime minister brings out kimchi and bulgoggi for the Korean president who has not had Korean food in a long time. As soon as the Korean president compliments that the food was unlike anything he had tasted in Korea, the Japanese prime minister catches him off guard, saying "This is Japanese kimuchi and yakiniku. I am glad you liked it". The on-screen president -- like his real-life counterpart -- is a man of tremendous drive and launches a kimchi competition to globalize the Korean dish. At this point, one can predict that "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" will lead the story through food competitions just as in the previous film "Le Grand Chef". The genius cook Jang-eun (played by Kim Jung-eun), who made kimuchi and yakiniku at the Japanese Prime Minister's residence, takes part in the competition out of pride. And another genius cook Sung-chan (played by Jin Goo), who grew up with Jang-eun at the famous Korean restaurant Choonyang-gak, participates in the kimchi competition to prevent Choonyang-gak from closing down and being sold off.,...More
"Le Grand Chef 2" to open Korean film fest in LA 2010/01/28, Source,
Movie poster of Korean film "Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle" [Iroom Pictures]
Korean film "Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle" ("Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War") has been chosen to open a Korean film fest in Los Angeles this coming March.
"The reason we have chosen this film to open at the festival is that kimchi represents the specialty of the country and the feelings and sensitivity of a Korean", an official with the Korean Film Festival in Los Angeles (KOFFLA) explained through a press release on Thursday.
A premiere event will also be held for "Kimchi Battle" and the film will be shown at the Egyptian Theater during the fest to be held from March 4 to 7.,...More
Korea is home to sharp tongued power-bloggers that infiltrate the farthest "matjip" (reputed restaurants) with DSLR cameras in hand. It's no surprise that "Sikgaek",,...More
Korean film "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" to open in U.S. too 2010/01/27, Source,
Movie poster for "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" [IROOM Pictures]
Korean film "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" -- which opens in Korea tomorrow -- will also be released in theaters throughout the United States next month, according to the movie's producer IROOM Pictures on Wednesday.
IROOM Pictures explained that the film will open February 12 at AMC theaters in 20 major U.S. cities including New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. AMC, one of the largest movie theater chains in the country, is expected to show the Korean culinary flick on 25 to 30 of its movie screens.,...More
Kim Jung-eun says "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" is about people 2010/01/25, Source,
(From left) The cast of "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" Jin Goo, Lee Bo-hee, Kim Jung-eun and director at the film's press conference at the Myung-dong Lotte Cinema on January 21, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Press conference for film "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War"
You will be desperately hungry for a steamy hot bowl of rice or ramen noodles cooked in a nickel-silver pot after watching this film. From what has been revealed at the film's press conference, held at Myung-dong Lotte Cinema on Thursday, "Le Grand Chef - Kimchi War" has succeeded in living up to its title by deliciously showing various kinds of kimchi. At a kimchi competition which aims to globalize the Korean dish called kimchi, main character Sung-chan (played by Jin Goo) and his archrival Jang-eun (played by Kim Jung-eun) present various types of kimchi. The sight of these dishes so strongly stimulates the viewers' sense of taste that they are likely to cringe when, in the film, the judges say, "What a profound, mysterious taste".,...More
Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Hyori share grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards 2009/12/31, Source,
Korean entertainers Lee Hyori (left) and Yoo Jae-suk at SBS Entertainment Awards [SBS]
Korean entertainers Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Hyori shared the grand prize at the year-end SBS Entertainment Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on Wednesday.
Yoo, who won the same title yesterday at MBC, was so nervous and ecstatic that he could not carry on with his speech.
"I don't know how to express my gratitude", said Yoo in his acceptance speech. "This is too big of an award for me. I won a big award yesterday and I don't know if I should keep receiving these awards. Thank you so much, I can't think of what to say. Can Hyo-lee go first?",...More
The format of music programs has come a long way in Korea, where the love of Korean pop music is quickly extending to an interest in television music programs. With more than five music shows airing each week on various channels, these shows are now becoming trade,...More
2008 packed surprises 2008/12/11, Source, Data released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) on December 2, revealed a number of modest budgeted films in the top five of most successful films in 2008. However, the list is lead by the big budget blockbuster ",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee-Kim couple farewell trip at Japan? 2008/12/03, Source, It is known that the Lee Seo-jin and Kim Jung-eun have been to a farewell trip to Japan 3 weeks ago before their breakup!
The two have been seen close and happy on their trip flight to Japan that no one could ever guess that they were going to break up soon after! It is known that Kim has received a breakup call around October 29th.
All condolences and best wishes to the broken hearted!,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Seo-jin and Kim Jung-eun end the relationship 2008/11/22, Source, Kim Jung-eun and Lee Seo-jin have been in love with each other for two years.
On the 22nd, the entertainment company that Kim is in reported that the couple have broken up at the end of October. It is known that Lee called Kim through the phone and ended the relationship. Kim has no choice but to go back to work on the new drama "General Hospital 2".
Lee Seo-jin is taking care of his mother alone after his father passed away, and that there has been some arguments between the two which led to an issue that could not be solved. The best way was to have the couple break up.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Go Ara picked best model by Kwangjoo citizens! 2008/10/23, Source, Actress Go Ara and actor Lee Sun-kyun has been picked the best models for this year. The two stars have attended the KAA ceremony, "2008 Korea Kwangjoo Festival- Kwangjoo Night Awards".
They have been picked because of how they present the products they model for in commercials with amiable and attractive ways. It is a picky process with 3 steps to go through to be chosen the best model in commercial films.
Go Ara has won the votes with 43.1 percent. Her innocent and bright image in commercials for,...More
Celebrity Volunteer Group Reaches Out to Disabled Children 2008/10/02, Source, "People who Care", a volunteer organization made up of celebrities, has set out to help children with disabilities. The volunteer group held a special ceremony to mark the beginning of its new sisterhood with the Social Welfare Society and the Amsa Rehabilitation Center on September 29.
BUSAN _ The 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday evening with the world premiere of "The Gift to Stalin" in this southern port city. It is Asia's largest cinema event, featuring a record number of 315 films from 60 countries inc,...More
Pusan film festival kicks off today 2008/10/01, Source, The 13th Pusan International Festival will kick off its 9-day run today in the southeastern port city of Busan with a Kazakh film, "The Gift to Stalin", directed by Rustem Abdrashev.
The opening ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Yachting Center, Busan, and will present the premiere of the,...More
New York Korean Film Festival this August 2008/07/18, Source, The seventh edition of the New York Korean Film Festival is set to run August 22 – 31. Sponsored by KOFIC and The Korea Society, the event will screen more than 15 recent Korean features, of which 14 have been finalized for the line-up.
Highlights include one of the top-grossing Korean films of,...More
The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Sparkles with Stars 2008/04/24, Source, Korean TV and film stars gathered together for The 44th PaekSang Arts Awards Thursday evening in Seoul. The Awards honors filmmakers, TV actors and actresses, producers and programs that made distinguishing marks in the field of visual media arts.
In the film category, the grand prize went to More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
Revealing of stars who are different inside and out 2008/03/27, Source, It is not an exaggeration when we say stars live on their "image". It is because the public image they portray can determine their success or failure. Controlling one's image is that important. This sometimes becomes a double-edge sword to stars. If there are stars who are met with public favor thro,...More
Top star Ji Sung and Lee Bo-young are the main characters in this romance. These two have been meeting with good intentions from last November and are no,...More
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source, Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More
[Style] The 4 female actors "stepping out of their comfort zones" 2008/02/14, Source, "Stepping out of the comfort zones"
Literally, an actor makes their living through their outer image. Thus they undergo an endless changes and transformation in order to unfold their hidden charms. Recently, the female actors who had been hidden under the tag of being 'sexy' or 'innocent' took a cr,...More
This Week in Movies 2008/01/11, Source, Now a look at what's playing in cinemas this week.
A true story about a journey to victory takes a women's handball team to the Athens Olympics.
And an animation-slash-romantic comedy places a fairytale princess on the streets of New York.
Finally, we have a new drama about investigators that's h,...More
Kim Hye-soo is Eleventh Mom 2007/11/20, Source, A woman with bad health and a broken bank account lived just to pity herself, until she met a young boy who had it worse than she did.
The woman is the 11th mother for the boy, whose stepmothers ha,...More
Korean Films Enter Fukuoka Asian Film Festival 2007/06/28, Source, The 21st Fukuoka Asian Film Festival opens June 29th and will run through July 8th in Fukuoka, Japan. This film festival started in 1987 to discover and nurture new filmmakers from all over Asia. This year, 14 films from nine nations will be introduced at the festival.
When celebrities start dating or fall in love, they usually take pains to hide their relationships from the public eye. It's hard enough having a relationship, but it's even harder when the media is following your every move.
Rain Gets a Baby Shower 2006/11/10, Source, The workaholic K-pop superstar Rain is participating in a photography exhibition to help children without families. The Love Photography Exhibition has been held annually since 2003 by the Social Welfare Society and photographer Cho Sei-hon to help ch,...More
7th JIFF Wrap-up and Awards 2006/05/30, Source, The 7th Jeonju International Film Festival wrapped Friday May 5th after a 9 day run. Unlike the frenetically paced and glamour-intensive Pusan International Film Festival, JIFF offered movie-goers a leisurely and audience-friendly atmosphere along with innovative programming from the world of indepe,...More
The 7th Jeonju International Film Festival wrapped Friday May 5th after a nine-day run. Unlike the frenetically paced and glamour-intensive Pusan International Film Festival, JIFF offered movie-goers a leisurely and audience-friendly atmosphere along,...More
For MBC television network, which had been struggling with low viewer ratings and bribery scandal, the huge success of "My Lovely Samsoon" - "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" gave the company a much-,...More
Kim Sam-soon, portrait of single woman in Korea 2005/06/25, Source, If Carrie Bradshaw of the "Sex and the City" represents a 30-something-girl in New York, and similarly Bridget Jones in London, here comes Seoul's heroine, with somewhat a boorish name, Kim Sam-soon.
Upon completion of four weeks of basic training, So wi,...More
2004 good for movies, gloomy in performing arts 2004/12/29, Source, The year 2004 has been good for movies and musicals, but other culture areas like performing arts and K-pop suffered due to the long drawn-out economic slump that forced consumers to trim budgets for entertainment activities. Here are the sector-by-sector summaries of what happened this year.
[Local Films With English Subtitles] 2004/11/04, Source, ■ `New Korean Connection'
Korean Film Archive
Critically acclaimed feature and short films from the last five years are being shown at the theater of the archive, located in Seoul Arts Center, southern Seoul. All screenings are free. Located near Nambu Bus Terminal Station, s,...More
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