[HanCinema's Digest] Food Lovers' Lane 2017/11/12,
My Korean Kitchen makes the most popular street dish around (tteokbokki), The Korea Times visits a beautiful boutique hotel to see and taste where modernity and traditional meet, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is coming to promote Cars and talk about the country's beer culture, and what did U.S. President Donald Trump eat during his recent trip to Korea?,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Woojoo's Christmas" 2016/10/15,
Three different women, all named Woo-joo, exist in about the same continuum when it comes to life choices. The thirty-something Woo-joo (played by Kim Ji-soo) is an entrepreneurial mother, who has given up a life centered around aesthetic appreciation for the sake of something more stable. The twenty-something Woo-joo (played by Heo Yi-jae) is debating how deep she wants to go into more romantic life goals, now that she better knows the emotional impracticalities. The teenage Woo-joo (played by Yoon So-mi) is also oddly hesitant about following her dreams, even though she's just starting out,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Romance - Movie" + DVD Giveaway 2016/02/20,
Depression can come in many forms. For veteran cop Hyeong-joon (played by Cho Jae-hyun), it's the feeling that he failed as a husband and a father, and that no amount of heroic behavior can ever redeem him. For the well-bred Yoon-hee (played by Kim Ji-soo), it's having the promise of a rich high society life with a devoted significant other and yet being incapable of flashing a sincere smile. These two are ready to give up on life- and then they find each other,...More
"Gangnam Blues" beats "Ode to My Father" 2015/01/21, Source,
"Gangnam Blues" gathered 150,000 audiences on the first day of its release and ranked first place.
According to the Korean Film Council, "Gangnam Blues" gathered 152,578 people on the first day of release with an accumulated numver of 163,400. Despite the fact that it's adult rated, it still came in first of the Box Office,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 20 Final 2014/02/27, "Kind Words" has come to an end after fighting, loving, screaming and truck loads of tears. What makes it different from other melodramas was the deep character exploration that happened. The point wasn't to make everyone cry, it was to explore a difficult subject, adultery, and that it did very well. As a Western reviewer with a different cultural background, I can't say that I agree with how this show wrapped up, but I do understand it. Family is the key unit of Korean culture and to have the linchpin of that family unit, the married couple, torn asunder creates huge havoc,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 19 2014/02/19,
Episode 19 of "Kind Words" was full of everything that I've been wanting from this show for a while. It had wonderful pacing, quick dialogue and moved our characters forward while still showing that they are damaged creatures. Some of it should've come earlier, but better late than never. This episode saw a lot of talking, reconnecting and quietly hashing out issues between Mi-kyung and Jae-hak, and Eun-jin and Seong-soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 18 2014/02/15,
As "Kind Words" nears its end, the journey becomes rickety. It feels like the production team is grasping at straws to extend the strife when it really doesn't need to. "Kind Words" is chock full of wonderful material, solid characters and tough situations to explore. This is where fighting for ratings really hurts a show. It starts working for the shock factor (higher ratings) rather than doing what would be organic on the parts of the characters and the plot progression. The insane emotional fluctuations this episode bumped "Kind Words" up a whole percentage point from 9.9% (20th place) to 10.9% (11th place) on the AGB Nielsen,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 17 2014/02/10, "Kind Words" took its first step towards too many tears this episode. It's been good on monitoring the angst and the quivering lips - until now. Many emotional breakdowns were to be expected, but this episode was tears overload. Despite that, it still managed to be a very solid drama, which is impressive going into the second to last week. The first reason for all of the tears is that two characters, Eun-jin and Min-soo, sink into despair and wallow in huge pools of pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 16 2014/02/05,
Almost all the nasty secrets have been aired and the angst is in full swing. What makes the angst, tears, yelling, and arguing bearable is the pace and the earnest reactions of the characters. There is plenty of blame to go around, but there is also understanding and compassion to temper the intensity of the hurt emotions. Han Groo led the episode in terms of raw passion. Her character, Eun-young, is forward and rudely earnest, which makes her pursual of the dirty truth even more difficult for her family, Min-soo's family, and for me to watch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 15 2014/02/02, "Kind Words" has divulged one of its biggest secrets and the fallout from it is massive, heartbreakingly massive. But that fallout happened in the most potent of ways that good television can deliver: the delayed delivery. To use words from my teenagerhood, "It hurts so good". Although this episode required impeccable timing and focused acting from everyone, Park Seo-joon as the anguished Song Min-soo was the standout,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 14 2014/01/29,
This episode was all about set-up for discovery of the largest secret on the show: the real relationship between Eun-young and Min-soo. And, although set-up was the main goal, there still managed to be some in depth explorations of characters as consequences set in and they have to deal with them. The character who is finally starting to deal with his role in the mess that is "Kind Words" is Jae-hak. Min-soo talked sense into him and Jae-hak can now see that it was his fault for breaking the marriage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 13 2014/01/28,
What makes "Kind Words" such a strong show is that despite a few plot tricks, the character growth is steady, on-the-mark, and endearing. These are real people, suffering real hardships, and making decisions that we, the viewers, face everyday. It's relatable even if our sins are not those committed in the show. Let's start with the plot tricks. "Kind Words" has a way of engineering the plot to foster coincidences and then subverting that expectation. When Min-soo was looking for a place to stay, it seemed as though that place would be Eun-jin's father's building. It wasn't,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 12 2014/01/23, "Kind Words" continues to challenge conventional thoughts on relationships, how to perceive them, and how to deal with them. Its quiet look into family live as it exists in society is inspired as well as the portrayal of its highly flawed characters. The show carries the viewer along and makes the journey towards the answers a satisfying watch. One of the most delightful characters in the show is Eun-jin's and Eun-young's mother, Kim Na-ra (Go Doo-shim). She's a wonderfully expressive and colorful character who seems particularly human, like Mi-kyeong does. Both women have wild, but understandable, swings in mood and opinion, but always manage to support those they love,...More
Kim Ji-soo Draws on Personal Heartache in Adultery-Themed Soap 2014/01/21, Source,
Actress Kim Ji-soo is drawing female viewers from their 30s to 60s to the SBS drama "Kind Words", which airs twice a week. As the soap approaches its halfway point, it is rising in popularity due to its in-depth portrayal of extramarital affairs in a way that is mature and subtle rather than exploitative. "It does not simply deal with affairs, but also the rehabilitation of wounded hearts in times of tension when such affairs happen. It deals with their psychological struggles and emotional changes in quite a sophisticated way", said drama critic Yoon Seok-jin,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 11 2014/01/20, "Kind Words" struggles with power plays this episode because the characters feel helpless. Trust has been broken and no one knows how to regain it. They try to resurrect relationships and families on the basis of social propriety rather than trust, and it fails them. Solutions to the spousal cheating issues elude everyone. Eun-jin's father even cries over how hopeless the situation is. Should the couple who has suffered from infidelity split up to preserve the sanity of the damaged party? Or, should the damaged party abide by Korean social code: family and community before the individual,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 10 2014/01/09,
The intense tears have begun and "Kind Words" manages to keep them relevant to the theme of the show without catering to dramatic effect. It's a surprising strength of the show because the material calls for pain and tears and could easily become overwrought. Instead, "Kind Words" thoughtfully and honestly explores human emotion, opinion and reaction.
Although "Kind Words" is strong for the most part, there are a few exposition vehicles that are a little cumbersome in the show, like Eun-jin and Mi-kyung's cooking teacher involving herself and providing commentary that foreshadows the next plot move,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 9 2014/01/08,
The question posed by episode 9 of "Kind Words" is "Why cheat in the first place if you can't handle the consequences?" To answer it, there are a lot of apologies, a lot of fights and a lot of people trying to come to terms with Eun-jin and Jae-hak's affair. It's not just between them. The affair snakes its nasty arm out into the lives of everyone around them.
What I love about this show isn't the subject matter. That I hate. If asked my personal opinion on what to do in all of these situations, I'd react differently than every person in the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 8 2014/01/02,
The pacing in "Kind Words" is absolutely stellar. This episode saw two very important events that had been built up to, but that will also counter each other and produce misery. It was a brilliant play by the production team because the proceedings led seamlessly into the two big reveals. Those reveals and the potential agony and conflict they hold are fueling the forward motion of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 7 2013/12/30,
What I find absolutely amazing about "Kind Words" is that I severely dislike the premise and yet I still am moved to tears by these characters and their situations. The drama has fleshed out the families into people I root for to succeed despite the grievous social crimes they have committed. They deserve their just dues, but I still want them to find personal resolution,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 6 2013/12/29, "Kind Words" continues to skillfully navigate the murky waters of family and human error. Time continues to pass, people continue to love and err, and problems accrue that must be dealt with. The beauty of it all is watching people come to realizations and change because of them.
The groundwork in this episode was laid down by Eun-jin's family. Spirits are high with the reunification of Eun-jin and Sung-soo and the happy family scenes are peppered over the hour as reminders of why the trials of love and marriage are fought so desperately. The joys of a happy family are worthy, bountiful rewards that no one wants to lose. In the case of Mi-kyeong and Min-soo, they haven't experienced the joy of family; not really,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 5 2013/12/28, "Kind Words" delves deeper into human emotion and how it is subject not only to the emotions of others, but also to circumstance. Despite trying one's hardest, solutions aren't always clear, approaches to conflict resolution differ and there is no way to please everyone. People have to live as best they can and the characters of "Kind Words" are trying to do so with fervor.
One of the strongest aspects of "Kind Words" is how it presents characters and then really digs deeply into them. A person who is detestable becomes pitiable with a few revelations. An admirable person became fearful in defense of a loved one. A child who seems strong is really broken on the inside when her parents fight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 4 2013/12/24, "Kind Words" is a very detailed exploration of family, marriage, adultery and divorce that manages not to be cumbersome, preachy or overbearing. The two extended families involved encompass a variety of views on life and present them in an interesting fashion. It's a drama that is just as much about the idea of family and marriage as it is about the characters. The characters struggle through marriage and family and repeat mistakes of loved ones,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 3 2013/12/18, "Kind Words" could've taken the mystery and made it overly dramatic. That would've ruined the show. Instead, it forced people to open up and talk, and scream, and cry. When marriage and divorce are on the line, those things are necessary, and "Kind Words" knows that.
Episode 3 surprised me. Seong-soo and Eun-jin open up to each other and really communicate, something that is rarely seen in K-drama. Eun-jin and her mother have an honest-to-goodness fight that really hashes out differences and allow the women to work out their issues,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 2 2013/12/11, "Kind Words" is still very strongly in the introductory phase. Family members introduced in the first episode were given more screen time and assigned the roles of reducing marital stress. A bit of a mystery was introduced as well, but it isn't pleasant nor a venue that the show should have taken to create interest. Eun-jin has been receiving threatening letters and physical threats. It is linked to her adultery and has her concerned for the welfare of her family. She may not get along well with her husband, but she cares for his well-being,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 1 2013/12/11, "Kind Words" is a twenty-episode exploration of marriage and all the ways that it can go wrong. It reminds us that marriage isn't just an affair between two people, but between two families. This melodrama is directed by "Five Fingers"' Choi Hyeong-hun and penned by "Can We Get Married?"'s Ha Myeong-hee, both of whom manage to infuse some light-hearted moments into the dark subject material. In its first episode, "Kind Words" is an exploration of Korean society's views on marriage, divorce, adultery and a man and woman's roles in the family,...More
Kim Ji-soo in "Kind Words" 2013/11/14, Source, Kim Ji-soo who is coming back to ground-wave drama for the first time in 2 years has blended into her character indeed.
In the role of Song Mi-kyeong, a woman who attempts so hard to turn the heart of her husband around, had her first scene taken in Paju last week,...More
KBS' Highest-Paid Stars Revealed 2012/08/28, Source, Shin Dong-yupShin Dong-yup was the highest-paid entertainer at terrestrial network KBS last year. Sin earned a total of W609.5 million (US$1=W1,137) as presenter of "Immortal Songs 2" and host of a talk show titled "Hello Counselor", according to data submitted by KBS on Monday to Democratic United Party lawmaker Jun Byung-hun of the National Assembly's Culture, Sports, Tourism, Broadcasting and Communications Committee,...More
Art and Culture 2012/08/08, Source,
It's Wednesday and..you guessed it, it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. But before we get into the latest celebrity updates, I hear she has information about an exhibition in London that she would like to tell us about first. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what's happening in London,...More
"Love Again" viewing percentage goes up 2012/05/02, Source,
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 3rd, the third episode of "Love Again" rated 1.86%. This is 0.488% higher than the second episode.
"Love Again" started off with a decent percentage of 1.786% but fell slightly on the second episode. Then the third episode showed it didn't have a long way to go until 2%,...More
Actress Kim Ji-soo Donates Stem Cells to Leukemia Sufferer 2011/08/23, Source, TV actress Kim Ji-soo has donated her hematopoietic stem cells to a leukemia patient. "She was told by a general hospital in Seoul that there was a patient with a matching genotype, so she donated her hematopoietic stem cells to the patient", a spokesman for her agency Namoo Actors said Monday. "She's been recuperating at home since she left hospital",...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Horror drama , "M" returns! 2009/02/13, Source, Back in 1994, Sim Eun-ha has been the main character for this horror drama "M" fifteen years ago!
"M" is about a mystery case that has to do with an abortion. Sim is a feminine character who is possesed by ghosts and has received much popularity through this role.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Ji-soo wipes away orphans' tears 2008/09/28, Source, Actress Kim Ji-soo wipes away orphans' tears.
She has stayed in Cambodia since 21 until now at a farm countryside near the border and volunteered to help 3 orphans.
She met the 3 brothers and sisters who lost their father 6 years ago and their mother 2 months ago. In addition to their misfortune, the three young ones have also experienced a bad flood,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] " 'Woman of the Sun', viewers sympathetic of Lee Ha-na's character " 2008/06/25, Source, KBS2TV's drama 'Women in the Sun' is about Sa-Weol (Lee Ha-na)'s undeserved, difficult life.
Shown in the 9th episode, Sa-Weol, born as Ji-Young and the long lost daughter of Jeong-Hee doesn't know that the lady who tips her at the mall for helping her 'false' daughter shop for clothes and hold her bags to the cafe is really Jeong-Hee, her real mother. And Do-Young (Kim Ji-soo) who just finds out that Sa-Weol is her real sister just watches this happening without saying anything because Sa-Weol doesn't remember her past. So Do-Young decides to let her live as she does. Sa-Weol, as she returns home murmurs to herself that she misses her mother.,...More
[MOVIE REVIEW]'Solace' twists melodrama to its advantage 2006/11/27, Source, Sometimes, we watch films to satisfy our burning (yet often unfulfilled) desire for a better world - a cheap entertainment that whets our insatiable appetite for a sugarcoated fantasy that we hope will help replace our cheaper reality.
If you take a look at the posters of upcoming movies, you may be struck by the similarities. If you read their plot summaries, you may even get the impression that you have read the same outline twice.
It's true that movies in the same genre share many similarit,...More
The Season's Great Movie Kisses 2006/11/16, Source, Fall is closing in, and with it comes the time for bittersweet melodrama in the movie theaters. Lovers meet like ships passing in the night, unforgettable memories are born, tear-moistened hankies fre,...More
Uhm Ji-won Rediscovered 2006/10/27, Source, "After I finish my vacation, I think my heart may be filled with trees". Screenplay gems seem to stick in the memory forever, and with the way actress,...More
PUSAN _ The 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) will finish tonight its nine-day festival. Thousands have enjoyed a range of films and avidly greeted the stars when they saw them walking on the red carpet or even bumped into them on the streets.
[ChanMi's star news] Thee beauties! 2006/10/12, Source, The 11th Pusan International Film Festival will be held this 12th.
Three Korean beauties will be MCs for this event: Kim Ji-soo, Moon Geun-young, and Uhm Ji-won.
The 140 nation's 245 films will be reviewed at this festival. That means a lot of foreigners who will see our stars!
Kim, Eom, and Moon are great representative actresses for this event!,...More
Fireworks light up the night sky during the opening ceremony of the 11th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) at the Yachting Center in Haeundae, southeastern port city of Pusan, Thursday. More than 6,000 festivalgoers and celebrities packed the venue. The nine,...More
PIFF Unveils the Main Guest Listing 2006/10/01, Source, Busan — PIFF unveiled the main guest listing for its 11th edition that includes numerous internationally renowned names in film industry. The award-winning director Istavan SZABO and Bruno DUMONT are coming to the fest as president and jury of New Currents, respectively.
Oscar Winning Director to Attend Pusan Festival 2006/09/22, Source, The Pusan International Film Festival has released its list of domestic and foreign guests headlined by acclaimed Hungarian director Istvan Szabo .
Szabo's 1981 film "Mephisto" won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Veteran Hong Kong actor,...More
11th PIFF Announces Line-Up 2006/09/21, Source, Last week in Seoul at an unusually crowded press conference, Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) director Kim Dong-ho and his team, presented an impressive line-up of premieres, programs, and celebrity events, all to take place during its,...More
PIFF to continue growing with film market 2006/09/14, Source, An Asian Film Market, a four-day full-scale market covering financing, production, post-production and sales of Asian films, will be launched at this year's Pusan International Film Festival.
The festival's organizing committee hosted a press conference at the Convention and Exhibition Center of,...More
What nude scenes mean for actresses 2006/03/27, Source, Just two decades ago, it was rare for movie fans to see actresses do nude scenes because of strict censorship and most stars were hesitant about undressing for the camera.
But as the domestic moviemaking trend took an innovative turn towards liberal expression, nude scenes no longer made much new,...More
First off, a special screening event, entitled 'New Korean Cinema', is prepared in the Philadelphia International Film Festival to be opend on April 7, this year.
According to The Philadelphia Film Society,...More
Kim Ji-soo Meets President Roh at Luncheon 2005/03/31, Source, Actress Kim Ji-soo attended a Blue House luncheon held for representatives from various cultural circles including cinema, performance, and publishing. After meeting President Roh Moo-hyun at the the luncheon, Kim had a short conversation with F,...More
"Yeojah, Jeong-hye (This Charming Girl)" begins with the heroine (Kim Ji-soo) cleaning the patio of her home, tending and watering her plants, delicately wiping the floor. Jeong-hye, 29, works at,...More
Ji-soo, (32), will appear on the big screen for the first time since her debut 13 years ago. The movie is "This Charming Girl", directed by Lee Yoon-ki, scheduled to open on March 10. In the movie,,...More
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this movie, romance is a very great movie to watch, buy, and cry for... the lead actror & actress did a great job... i totally cry for this movie. one of the best korean movies that i've seen. hope there will be many more movies like this & definitly for sure will be a hit...
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