[HanCinema's Film Review] "RV: Resurrected Victims" 2017/10/28,
Seven years ago Myeong-sook (played by Kim Hae-sook) was murdered. From that day forward her son Jin-hong (played by Kim Rae-won) resolved to find justice, not only for his mother, but for everyone. Fortunately he was already a prosecutor by that time, so mostly he just became more determined to resolve criminal matters in the best interest of justice. Anyway, so Jin-hong is going about minding his own business when suddenly, he gets a phone call. Myeong-sook has come back to life- and then things take an unexpected turn for the violent,...More
Which Top Stars Starred in the School Series? 2017/07/23, Source,
The famous School Series is back! Starting from 1999 to 2002, and then from 2012 to 2013, and restarting the legacy in 2015, the School Series accompanied my generation's school years. Having 7 different seasons, some episodes have similarities considering the limit of the genre but nevertheless, it is still the program that attracts all the young viewers, and still the program that every young actors and actresses wishes to take part in,...More
[Lily's Take] Top Actors' Diet Secrets 2017/05/24,
For the actresses, diet is a destiny instilled into their lives that came along with the career, and the actors are no different when it comes to the battle of weight management,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Prison" 2017/04/08,
The year is 1995. Yoo-geon (played by Kim Rae-won) is a bad dude- so bad, he even gets a special color nametag on his prison jumpsuit. Soon after arrival Yoo-geon manages to get into a fight with top dog Chang-gil (played by Shin Sung-rok), who is also a bad dude that does not know the meaning of surrender. Once the baddest dude in the room has been established, it's then on to the baddest dude in the whole prison, Ik-ho (played by Han Suk-kyu) who takes the meaning of the term "bad dude" to a whole another level,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.31 ~ 2017.04.02 2017/04/03,
Foreign fairytale narrowly outplays "The Prison" for the top spot...
"Beauty and the Beast", Bill Condon's re-imagining of Disney's classic fairytale, fended off a flood of new entries last weekend to secure a second week at the top. Now in its third weekend, the film once again narrowly retained pole position by capturing 32.51% of the sales (650,185 admissions). That sum moves its bottom line in Korea now to over 4 million admissions ($30.1 million) and is currently the third highest-grossing film of the year behind "The King" (5.3 million) and "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million). Worldwide, "Beauty and the Beast" is closing in on a billion dollars in sales: $876.3 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.03.24 - 2017.03.26 2017/03/27,
A flood of new entries fail to subdue "Beauty and the Beast"...
Despite the flood of new entries, foreign and domestic, Disney's musical fantasy "Beauty and the Beast" narrowly retained pole position by capturing 40.98% of the sales. With the million admissions the film scored over the weekend, Bill Condon's remake now moves its total tally in Korea to 3.1 million, or $23.1 million; "Beauty and the Beast" is only 500,000 short of becoming the third highest-grossing film in Korea this year,...More
[Interview] Kim Rae-won from 'youth star' to 'actor' 2017/03/17, Source,
"All I had was passion and spirit in my 20s. I was proud of the title, 'youth star' and I only had eyes for what was mine. Now that I'm near 40, I want to be an actor. I want to act for real".
Actor Kim Rae-won spoke these words with sincerity and in a quiet tone. He's been in romance, comedy, mellow, action, noire and now criminal action. He's been successful so far and many may think he's quite an intelligent actor but that's not all,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mister Socrates" + DVD Giveaway 2016/12/17,
Dong-hyeok (played by Kim Rae-won) is a common street thug who is more skilled than most when it comes to the fine art of using physical intimidation and coercion to make other such hooligans do what he wants. Alas, all fun times must inevitably come to an end, and so Dong-hyeok comes under the tutelage of a nefarious criminal enterprise whose primary objective is to...force Dong-hyeok to get a decent education. Through physical intimidation and coercion, when necessary,...More
Winter dramas coming soon! 2016/11/24, Source,
Dramas for the winter are approaching fast. Daily dramas broadcast in the evenings will commence on the 28th and they aim for housewives with female characters with stories to tell.
- KBS 1TV "Shine Eun-soo",...More
[Guest Film Review] "Sunflower" 2016/10/08,
Tae-sik was a true delinquent during his high school years, having drooped out of school and constantly fighting, along with his two lackeys, Yang-gi and Chang-moo. Choi Do-pil was the leader of the local mob during that period, and was desperately trying to persuade Tae-sik to join their ranks. During his last effort, he attacked Tae-sik, along with his henchmen, wishing to kill him. However, they failed miserably as he injured one of them named Byeong-jin and killed another. The result was that Tae-sik was sent to prison and Choi Do-pil's gang was dismantled,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 20 Final 2016/08/23,
Myeong-hoon (played by Uhm Hyo-sup) has been the main antagonist of "Doctors". His character has been so thinly drawn I've never seen much point in discussing him, although in this, the final episode, I don't really have much choice. Practically the entire runtime is dedicated to Myeong-hoon getting sick and having to beg for forgiveness from Hye-jeong, not for any tangible reason, but because being at death's door Myeong-hoon's mood has taken a turn for the repentant,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 19 2016/08/22,
And at last we appear to have come to the real point of "Doctors"- that Hye-jeong is beautiful and perfect and everything should go her way just because. By the end of this episode we're about as close to an absolute happy ending for everyone possible without the matter being completely improbable. All the bad people get sick, and all the sick good people are well on their way to a clean recovery. Even Seo-woo gets moved to the sympathetic column, mostly for reluctantly deciding to hate her dad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 18 2016/08/22,
It remains unclear the extent to which Hye-jeong's obsession with revenge is supposed to be seen as sympathetic for not. It doesn't help that Hye-jeong manages to stupidly implicate herself almost immediately in a clear unambiguous threat. Later explained context doesn't really help the situation. Co-workers aren't supposed to use that kind of language with each other no matter how much enmity there may be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 17 2016/08/15,
Right away we get a reasonably full and clear explanation of just what happened to Hye-jeong's grandmother in surgery so long ago. The outcome of this scene left me a little confused. The surgical team screwed up. That much has never been in doubt. But they reacted poorly in the face of an unanticipated situation. While such failures are bad, they're also fairly inevitable. Doctors are only human after all. This is something Hye-jeong herself knows all too well, what with being put under disciplinary review for having committed a different kind of error,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 16 2016/08/09,
Upon further reflection the various spotlighted patients do in fact have some relation to the personal stories of the main doctors in "Doctors". It's just hard to tell because the timing is always so disjointed, and the doctors don't show any indication that the patients' stories have relevance to their own lives until pretty much the last possible minute. I was with Hye-jeong when Ji-hong was making the big announcement. Sure, I can appreciate the thought, but from Hye-jeong's perspective it really did come out of nowhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 15 2016/08/08,
I was caught off guard this episode by the almost complete lack of discussion of Hye-jeong's parental issues. Considering the big cliffhanger last time that seemed like the main obvious direction for "Doctors" to go. But alas, even Namgoong Min doesn't get much of a sendoff. His whole conflict is solved offhandedly with Ji-hong's political powers, there's thanks and farewells, and then it's back to the usual lack of plot that so often characterizes "Doctors",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 14 2016/08/02,
Min-ho (played by Jung Hae-kyun) is Hye-jeong's estranged father. I've never had much cause to discuss Min-ho because it's never been clear to me how important he was to Hye-jeong's story. It kind of seemed like Min-ho was just another obstacle Hye-jeong had to overcome, even though he has sympathetic character traits. Seo-woo, you may recall, has the same problem. Well, both the opening and the closing of this episode directly address the relevance of Min-ho's presence/absence in Hye-jeong's life- to powerful cathartic effect,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 12 2016/07/26,
After a sad, sweet scene where Ji-hong connects with his own childhood grief, it's three weeks later and as usual, nothing of substance appears to have changed. Hye-jeong and Ji-hong are still on somewhat icy terms, although they predictably come to a reconciliation by eventually talking out their problems. Considering how mild their interpersonal problems were in the first place, it's hard to get all that excited when a basic conversation is enough to smooth out the worries,...More
[Spoiler] 'Doctors' Kim Rae-won and Park Shin-hye share ardent kiss
On the episode 12 of SBS Monday & Tuesday drama, Yoo Hye-jeong (Park Shin-hye) visited Hong Ji-hong (Kim Rae-won)'s house.
While Hye-jeong took Jo In-joo (Yoo Da-in), who was drunk, to her home, she ended up visiting Hong Ji-hong's house. What had happened was that Hong Ji-hong turned cold towards her when he returned three weeks later after his father's death. Yoo Hye-jeong asked Hong Ji-hong why he had not been answering any phone calls. Hong Ji-hong answered he did not know he had phone calls and he had been waiting for her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 11 2016/07/25,
In-joo (played by Yoo Da-in) is Ji-hong's old friend, who can typically be relied on to show up when he's in trouble to offer herself as a marriage partner, since that solves problems for some reason. In-joo has not generally been a very relevant character, which is why I haven't discussed her up until now, but she does serve a very important role this episode. In-joo consistently acts like a doctor first and a cool person second, which in contrast to the rest of the cast, is the important priority order,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 10 2016/07/19,
Flashbacks sprinkled throughout this episode remind us of the difficult trials and tribulations Hye-jeong and Ji-hong wernt through back in the day that inspired them to get on to the medical career path. I find the inclusion of these flashbacks puzzling, since all they do is remind me that at one time "Doctors" was about people exceeding their own expectations to do good in the world rather than act all surly. And now the story is just a love triangle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 9 2016/07/18,
Hye-jeong and Ji-hong are still cute. That's about all the depth I can get out of their relationship, unfortunately. The closest we get to dynamic story action is that Hye-jeong pulls away for the sake of investigating her grandmother's death while Ji-hong offers unconditional support. And of course they still have time to go on dates anyway. The lack of much real conflict in that regard tends to be a bit stifling. It would be nice if Hye-jeong faced some serious resistance every once in awhile,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 8 2016/07/12,
Having apparently realized that too much energy has been extended on social relationships lately, the production team dedicates much of this episode to actual doctoring. First there's the accidental crisis Hye-jeong and Soo-cheol created by failing to observe proper traffic safety precautions, then there's the more built-up storyline regarding the prospective Olympic archer. Both operations go relatively smoothly with no real hitches,...More
[Spoiler] 'Doctors' Kim Rae-won anticipates hug from Park Shin-hye, he soon gets disappointed 2016/07/12, Source,
On the episode of 8 of SBS Monday & Tuesday drama, "Doctors", Hong Ji-hong (Kim Rae-won) became so happy too early when he expected a hug from Yoo Hye-jeong (Park Shin-hye).
Hong Ji-hong and Yoo Hye-jeong performed a successful surgery on Kim Soo-cheol (Ji Soo) to treat the injury from the car accident. Yoo Hye-jeong said, "I'm going to do something to you now. This is just a humanity act person to person" and then she approached Hong Ji-hong. Hong Ji-hong expected a hug from her while thinking about the hug he gave to her previously. So he was getting ready to hug her back. But Yoo Hye-jeong just straightened up the collars of Hong Ji-hong's gown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 7 2016/07/11,
The opening scene for this episode depicts Hye-jeong as a child listening to a fight between her father and a woman who is either Hye-jeong's mother or her stepmother. It's unclear. While the scene is effective in establishing context for Hye-jeong's actions immediately after her kiss with Ji-hong, the lack of full context illustrates the main greater problem in "Doctors". The drama never quite gives us all the information necessary for the story to be fully satisfying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 6 2016/07/05,
We get a brief glimpse of Ji-hong's deeper darker motivations in the opening set this episode. The short of it is that Ji-hong had reasons to get involved with medicine that did not involve the birthright of his adopted family. I like these moments where we see the way Ji-hong interacts with other people without it all having to tie back to Hye-jeong somehow, because they give a better sense of who Ji-hong is a person aside from just the usual charm,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 5 2016/07/04,
With this episode "Doctors" takes an unfortunate step towards unwanted perfection- Hye-jeong is super talented, right about everything, and only ever faces resistance by mean-spirited people who are either outright evil or secretly harbor a romantic crush. We're at the point where Hye-jeong's only conceivable flaw appears to be that she's too awesome. What happened to the bitter jerk from the first episode who engaged in petty shoplifting just for the fun of it?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 4 2016/06/28,
Upon closer examination, it turns out that Hye-jeong has gotten a tad bitter over the timeskip. Her temperament is as bad as it ever was, but now she has the excuse of being a medical professional. It's one thing for Hye-jeong to mouth off against belligerent gangsters. Fellow doctors are a different matter. Yoon-do (played by Yoon Kyun-sang) is clearly doing the best he can, and it's not fair for Hye-jeong to have such a huge superiority complex,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 3 2016/06/27,
Upon further consideration Ji-hong is...really not a very good teacher. Sure, he's cool and hip. But the man's advice is frequently filled with mutually incompatible platitudes rather than anything useful. Most importantly, though, Ji-hong is really bad when it comes to the idea of taking responsibility. Most of his screentime here is spent trying to obfuscate or avoid acknowledging any kind of personal error. That's not setting a good example, although fortunately the female characters in "Doctors" are able to manage all right on their own,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 2 2016/06/21,
As the first episode showed us who Hye-jeong was as a person, the second episode gives a powerful hint of who she could be, and what Hye-jeong is capable of given a genuine crisis situation. The entire medical emergency is tense and Hye-jeong, unrattled as she is thanks to her tough girl demeanor, quickly proves a worthy nurse to Ji-hong's medical administration. Ah, but the title of this drama is not "Nurses". but "Doctors", so Hye-jeong needs to get to work studying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctors" Episode 1 2016/06/20,
Hye-jeong (played by Park Shin-hye) is a doctor who plays by the rules, which she enforces violently when necessary. Right away "Doctors" makes a point of messing around with expectations. Watching the first scene I could visualize director Oh Choong-hwan and writer Ha Myeong-hee in a room together, coming up with new unusual ways to make Park Shin-hye surprising. Let's make her look old. Also let's make her a juveile delinquent, with action scenes. And most importantly of all, let's make her love interest Ji-hong (played by Kim Rae-won) an antagonistic presence,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Stars, Awards and Exports 2016/05/07,
Join me in a week of awards, casting additions and even some new drama announcements. This time around I contemplate the drama race for appeal in the Chinese market, which we all know is becoming a top priority of wannabe-popular series. I also present to you some of our links for the upcoming 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards and take a look at some of the freshly cast or confirmed actors for upcoming dramas,...More
[Asian Filmist Guest Post List] 5 Korean movies to watch from 2015 2016/05/07, Source,
While it is 2016 currently and Korean films are starting to pick up, it's good to look back at last year's films.
For many people, the end of last year was the era of Star Wars, since episode 7 came out. However, while Star Wars was watched by many Koreans here in Seoul, 2015 Korean films held their own. In fact, another movie, the Himalayas, outsold the famed science fiction film on opening week,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Powerhouse Pairings and Another Exclusive 2016/04/02,
Spring is fun, but summer is winking at us and throwing popular pairings at our faces. We are paying attention, summer. Join me as I give you some pretty exciting casting news, more upcoming drama goodies and ramblings. Also, Jasper Cho! No, I cannot actually give him to you, but you could have your question answered by him in our upcoming exclusive interview,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Punch - Drama" 2015/12/19,
The Last Fight for Justice
If you enjoy politics, scandals, power struggles, and a little drama, then you're in for a treat - "Punch - Drama" has it all. "Punch - Drama" isy a Korean drama portraying the lives of modern day prosecutors. It explores how they cope with the constant clash between ideals versus reality and scrutinizes the paths they choose in response to temptations and survival.
The drama gives each character a distinctive and essential purpose in the overall storyline. There are the obvious good guys, like main heroine Sin Ha-kyeong (Kim Ah-joong), who believes upholding the law and punishing crime is their sacred duty. There are the obvious bad guys, like main villain Lee Tae-joon (Cho Jae-hyun), who does whatever it takes to advance his own career. But then there are also those who are more ambiguous,...More
SBS Drama Awards, quality or popularity? 2015/12/03, Source,
Who will be the last one to laugh at the SBS Drama Awards?
SBS maintains its reputation for being one of the most powerful drama broadcasting stations in 2015. It entertained viewers with various dramas and so did actors and actresses with their various transformations,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 19 (final) 2015/03/23,
"Punch - Drama" is over and I'm feeling a little numb. What a ride it gave me. It was one of the strongest dramas I've seen, despite a few live shoot glitches. The writing was more than solid - it was inspired. The acting was heartfelt, the direction was clear and clean. Mostly, it was the impeccable writing and the ability of the writer/director pairing to keep the story, and me, on our toes, as each expectation was subverted, played upon and turned into another exciting event. With the constant tension and battles between Jung-hwan and his enemies, there was barely a second to breathe,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 18 2015/03/16,
This drama is so good. The penultimate episode is upon us and I'm still gripping my arm rests. Jung-hwan's illness has almost gotten the best of him and former Minister Yoon has almost won. Almost - not quite. We still have one more episode to see who actually comes out on top. Even more than that though, Tae-joon and Jung-hwan have joined hands for one final ride up the glass elevator. The Tae-joon and Jung-hwan pairing, whether it be as partners or opposites, is such a rich match,...More
[Interview] On Joo-wan, "I like a person who arouses curiosity" 2015/03/11, Source, There's someone who rode the rollercoaster in this year's drama "Punch - Drama". On Joo-wan played investigator Lee Ho-seong who guarded Sin Ha-kyeong (Kim Ah-joong) in the beginning and then later stood in the middle of corruption. He smiles shyly as he says, "I took myself back to the middle. I am realizing more and more that communication is most important no matter what role you are in". Now 12 years into his career, the actor seems like he's still maturing and says he feels like he's caught a lucky break.
Q: Did you predict the success of "Punch - Drama"?
"The grown-ups in my hometown love it. They think it's the best thing that's ever happened to me. I had my trust in the producer and writer",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 16 2015/03/10,
There are very few people in "Punch - Drama" who are not selfishly motivated to the point that they will sacrifice others as a means to an end. Jung-hwan was once a man like that, but has thankfully changed. Unfortunately, his opponents have no sense of loyalty and will choose sides based upon which is most advantageous. This wasn't always true,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 15 2015/03/05,
The timeline in "Punch - Drama" is very literal. It isn't a marked calendar day when things are due. It is Jung-hwan's death, the most final of deadlines, and it's coming soon. Before he dies, he and Ha-kyeong have things to do, but their enemies know this as well. Jung-hwan's impending demise has not only changed him, but everyone around him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 14 2015/03/02,
The tension never dies in "Punch - Drama". Just when the good guys get a leg up on the pervasive corruption that endeavors to drag them down, the bad guys find a soulless way to quash them. Amongst the bloody political and personal battles are the most beautiful family scenes that center the show and keep it full of heart. Tae-joon is the mastermind behind the corruption,...More
Kim Rae-won, "I am seeing someone..." 2015/03/01, Source, Kim Rae-won claimed that he was seeing someone although it wasn't enough to say that he was in an actual relationship. He claims it's more developed than a flirting stage and she's a regular office worker.
He said that he wanted to make her his girlfriend,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 13 2015/02/23,
The poison of greed spreads and corrupts more good people. Those who were once friends cannot be trusted any longer and it is time to turn back to family: Jung-hwan and Ha-kyeong turn towards each other in order to protect their own. Minister Yoon and Tae-joon are not above using Jung-hwan and Ha-gyeon's daughter, Ye-rin, as a means to their end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 12 2015/02/20,
Temptation truly has reached into the hearts of the most well-intentioned and morphed them into the people they've always dreaded they'd become - people like Lee Tae-joon. Minister Yoon has been eaten alive by greed and has been spit out as yet another self-serving political monster who masks her greed and twisted soul with pretty words of doing right by her people. This is the path that Tae-joon followed,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" 2015/02/14,
It's the seventies, and South Korea is well into an ambitious jobs program. First, bulldoze anything that doesn't look like a modern building and come up with skeevy business deals to build something respectable instead. Next, recruit the homeless people created by this process into either the police, the military or the mob. It doesn't really matter which- they're all pretty much the same really. Oh, you don't think that's such a good idea? Well shut your pie hole we have the guns. Now take this wooden plank and go beat up those democracy activists,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 11 2015/02/03,
Despite all the lies and corruption that pervade "Punch - Drama", what makes this show great is the honesty and rawness of the emotion it conveys. Very little about the show in writing or execution is haphazardly done. And, like with his previous dramas, Park Kyeong-soo delivers quality work well into the show's run time with his exploration into the darker side of humanity and loads of mind games. Oftentimes writing flags come mid run, but not "Punch -Drama". As the drama progresses, it digs further and further in Jung-hwan's psyche, and into the kinds of change the pressure he is under forces him to make in his thinking, in his person, in his lifestyle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 10 2015/02/01,
The waters are rushing quicker as "Punch - Drama" moves along. People are getting caught up in the churning depths of corruption and it doesn't matter how hard they struggle because they cannot extricate themselves from the dangerous river. Minister Yoon is the best example of being in far above her head,...More
Kim Rae-won Likes to Push Himself to the Limit 2015/01/26, Source,
Actor Kim Rae-won is living as a prosecutor these days, as the star of the SBS TV series "Punch - Drama". The drama revolves around Kim's character, who undergoes a transformation from a Machiavellian figure who'll do anything to achieve his goals into a seeker of justice for himself and his family, after learning that a brain tumor has left him with just two months to live. The show is very popular -- and keeping Kim busier than ever,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 8 2015/01/25,
"Punch - Drama" is a drama that is constantly in a state of change. The law that once guided some of the most righteous people means little when family is at stake. People switch sides; they become crueler and harder. Jung-hwan is working to uncover truths he spent year burying in order to save his family before his time runs out.
It takes one decision to change one's path entirely,...More
Gangnam Blues (2014) 2015/01/24, Source,
Genres: Action and Drama
Running Time: 135 min.
Directed by: Yoo Ha
Starring: Lee Min-ho, Kim Rae-won
Synopsis: Jong-dae and Yong-ki grew up in an orphanage like real brothers. After they leave the orphanage, they make a living by picking up paper and empty bottles. Jong-dae then becomes involved in a struggle of interests over development in Gangnam, the southern part of Seoul. In the process, he lives with Gil-su and Seon-hye as they accept Jong-dae like a family member. Meanwhile, Yong-ki joins Seoul's most powerful criminal organization and fights over the lands in Gangnam,...More
'Gangnam Blues' blasts off being expected to surpass 700,000 viewers in four days 2015/01/23, Source,
It is getting more excited with the film, 'Gangnam Blues'.
According to the statistics by the integrated electronic system for movie tickets of Korean Film Council, 'Gangnam Blues' ranked top for the daily box office result on January 23rd by brining 148,043 moviegoers to the total of 751 theaters. Its accumulated number of viewers reached 440,213.
As the movie, "Big Hero", which was released on the same day, brought 99,732 through 697 theaters with the accumulated number of viewers of 277,028, the gap between the movies became bigger,...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
[Spoiler] 'Punch - Drama' Kim Rae-won bursts into tears, "I want to live" 2015/01/20, Source,
On the 11th episode of SBS drama, 'Punch - Drama', it featured the deep sorrow and tears of Park Jeong-hwan (Kim Rae-won)'s family after they found out about his illness with limited life expectancy.
Jeong-hwan's mother, (Song Ok-sook) noticed he was diagnosed with terminal illness and said, "I lived relying on you after your father had passed away. If you leave, who would open the door of my room? Jeong-hwan, stay with me for one more year, just one more year. Let's go and see Ye-rin at her school admission ceremony and have lots of watermelon this summer. And let's eat so much songpeyon you missed last year. Take off your prosecutor's uniform and stay with your mom just one more year". As she said the words, big tears rolled down on her cheeks helplessly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 7 2015/01/19,
Justice is a central theme in "Punch - Drama" that has not yet been fulfilled, but who lies in wait for its time to shine. Ha-kyeong believes wholeheartedly in justice while those around her are in various states of cheating it. Another potent theme in "Punch - Drama" is humanity, and how it is found in all people, even the most corrupt villain. Tae-joon is the star of this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 6 2015/01/14,
"Punch - Drama" isn't losing speed. In fact, it's getting more exciting as each episode passes. The episode raced by, fraught with emotion, and ended with a scene that was like a punch in the gut. That is no small feat when the character who are the most effective are the villains. Before he dies, Jung-hwan is just trying to take care of business,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 5 2015/01/08,
"Punch - Drama" has made me love being wrong. I thought Jung-hwan had changed for good. Nope. He has just changed sides, but uses the same ol' dirty tricks, doing the right thing the wrong way. His daughter motivated the initial change, but it will be up to Ha-kyeong to remind him that he once had a conscience. And that, my friends, is real intrigue. Bring it on.
What I love about "Punch - Drama" is the set up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 4 2015/01/04,
All those years Jung-hwan walked the wrong path have finally come to an end. Kim Rae-won made every second Jung-hwan was on screen electrifying. Jung-hwan has always been a deliberate man so when he takes the entire episode's length to decide his course of action, the outcome is profoundly deep and powerful. In the end, it is Ha-kyeong who gets to him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 3 2015/01/04,
"Punch - Drama" gets more riveting with every episode as the drama delves deeper into the past, thickens up the plot of the present, and further muddies the future. Jung-hwan is on the brink of death, so this episode highlighted his past and the present doings of those around him, namely Ha-kyeong, Tae-joon, and Kang-jae. Ha-kyeong still loves Jung-hwan despite his greed and inability to break away from the sickly symbiotic relationship with Tae-joon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 2 2015/01/01,
"Punch - Drama" is action-packed every second of the way. Jung-hwan doesn't react the way most terminal patients would in any drama or real life situation, which is was makes him a riveting character. The other characters feel just as tangible as he does despite their very selfishly driven, partially hidden and vaguely motivated agendas. What is beautiful about this show is the way the past, present and future are linked by small, everyday things as well as the larger events of the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 1 2014/12/29,
The first episode of "Punch - Drama" began solidly by giving us a main character, Park Jung-hwan (Kim Rae-won) who is more of a villain than a hero. In fact, he is all villain. He sacrifices everything that makes him human in order to gain what he desires. He is the lapdog of a corrupted, twisted, powerful politician and he knows it. His updstanding ex-wife knows it. The question is, how is his cancer diagnosis going to factor into "Punch - Drama"? Currently, it could take him out and the world would be better for it. Writing this strongly built first episode is Park Kyeong-soo ("Empire of Gold"",THE CHASER - Drama") who penned solid characters and plenty of mystery,...More
[Spoiler] 'Punch - Drama' Kim Ah-joong consistent in front of love and justice 2014/12/22, Source, Kim Ah-joong has been showing a great performance since she took on the role as Sin Ha-kyeong, who shines with her just and humane aspects in SBS drama, 'Punch – Drama'. Kim Ah-joong looked outstanding keeping her stance consistent with love and justice in the 3rd episode.
The episode showed the previous sweet, romantic relationship between Sin Ha-kyeong and Park Jeong-hwan (Kim Rae-won). In the scene, Sin Ha-kyeong proposed Park Jeong-hwan first, appealing with her confident image as a woman. Her impressive idea that one can be happy only with love and belief without money and fame touched viewers' hearts,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Little Hero" 2013/01/18,
Il-Han (played by Kim Rae-won) is a bitter musical director who feels his talents are being wasted on a live-action children's program. Through the intercession of his friends, Il-Han gets a spot on a variety show where he (and four other professionals in the industry) take the role of mentoring young, talented children for an elimination-style competition to see who can pull off the biggest Broadway-style showtunes showstoppers. Il-Han is enchanted by the voice of Yeong-Gwang (Ji Dae-han-I)- discovering only too late that his charge is half-Filipino,...More
[HanCinema's Weekend Box Office Review] 2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13 2013/01/13, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2013.01.11 ~ 2013.01.13)
Jo Jun-kyoo's "Man on the Edge" has entered the chart sporting tops honours with 796,000 admissions. This is Jo's sixth film since his 2001 debut "My Wife Is a Gangster", and now Jo returns to the comedy-gangster genre and has been welcomed by the Korean public and fans. This meant that last week's number one, Kim Ji-hoon's "The Tower", had to take a step back but in the process still moved passed the 4 million admissions mark. Two new Korean films also entered the top ten, as well as the fantasy epic "Cloud Atlas",...More
[User Review] Finding Mr. Destiny 2011/11/12, Source,
Did I say I love colors in Korean movies? I do. "Finding Mr. Destiny" has similar color palette to that of "Antique", but without such cold blue hues as the latter. The literal title is "Finding Mr. Kim Jongwuk" (김종욱 찾기) and basically it's about it. But it would be very hard to describe this movie in one sentence.
This movie was based on the musical play under the same title and done by the same director Chang You-jeong. After the musical, she directed the movie as well. Perhaps this is why little me was happy seeing musical performance inside the movie, ohohoho!,...More
Writer Kim Su-hyun's worries are over 2011/08/04, Source, Kim Su-hyun returns to home screens with a mellow drama in four years and says she thought "My worries are over" after the second reading.
She uploaded on her Twitter on the 1st saying, "I returned home thinking there's no way it's going to fail after six hours of reading the script until the fifth episode. The middle aged actors were good and the younger ones did quite better than the first reading".,...More
Find The Hidden Jokes and Puns In Korean Dramas 2011/01/10, Source, These days, there's more to drama watching then drooling over the good looking characters and getting immersed into the intricate plots. There's now the fun of looking for the hidden messages or puns that the writers and directors are throwing into the mix. Drama viewers have been enjoying the art of deciphering these hidden codes. All in all, it's been creating a closer relationship between the viewers and the creative minds behind each project: directors, writers, producers, and of course the actors,...More
SHINee Jonghyun and Shin Se-kyung spotted dating 2010/10/27, Source,
Boy band SHINee member Jonghyun and actress Shin Se-kyung [10Asia]
Popular boy band SHINee member Jonghyun and actress Shin Se-kyung have been spotted dating by a local media outlet.
Local sports daily Sports Seoul on Wednesday carried a report revealing photographs of the two on a date on October 20 along with confirmations by their agencies that they have romantically involved for about a month now,...More
KBS is seeking to bring about a change in the sluggish teenage program scene with its new series,...More
Kim Rae-won's Movie Picks 2010/05/12, Source,
Actor Kim Rae-won [SBS]
Kim Rae-won is a man of few words but also leads an honest and upright life. He goes to church every Sunday and will not answer to questions with more than a polite 'Yes' or a 'No'. But Kim, who exudes the prudence of someone in his 30s rather than the vigor of someone in his 20s, finally went back to being his age when asked about his favorite movies. The tone of his low-to-mid ranged voice heightened by a notch and his words failed to keep flowing. Even the staff expressed their astonishment, saying they have never seen him talk so much before,...More
[10LINE] Actress Moon Geun-young 2010/05/06, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Im Soo-jung, actor Kim Rae-won, actor Park Gun-hyung, actor Kim Joo-hyuk and actress Lee Mi-sook [10Asia]
Moon Geun-young Star. Icon. Nation's little sister. Now we call her by her name "Geun-yeong".
Shin Ae-dukMoon Geun-young's grandmother. As a child, Moon began her day watching morning dramas with her grandmother and at nights would fall asleep while talking with her grandmother on what happened during the day with her parents being busy working. Her grandmother told her, "In life, people go through various ups and downs but I don't want you to think about that too much and rather work on refining yourself and grow up to become an intelligent actress". Moon Geun-young's mother told her that the money she makes "is not our money" and suggested in donating it as "a way of investing your love to society". One of the biggest reasons that Moon was able to act from a young age until now without faltering is because of the unconditional support she received from her family,...More
The popular TV drama "Rooftop Room Cat" ("Cat on the Roof") will be turned into a play and staged,...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
[ChanMi's movie news] "Insadong Scandal" coming soon! 2009/02/18, Source, Uhm Jung-hwa's sexy and mysterious pose is so attractive!
Will she be the epitome of a femme fatale character?
The film "Insadong Scandal" will be released this 19th!
Uhm will be the powerful owner of a well known art gallery as well as the antagonist, Bae Tae-jin. This will be Uhm's first film where she comes out as the antagonist.
Uhm has a short wave for her hairstyle with dark eyeliners and red lipstick. She has the complete look of an evil lady.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Rae-won, artist? 2008/12/18, Source, Actor Kim Rae-won is obsessed with art these days!
He said that he is crazy about movies, art, Lee Kang-joon (his character), and acting!
In the new movie, "Insadong Scandal" Kim is the art recovery specialist. Kim has been learning art before the filming starting with how to hold a brush, making traditional ink paint, and more. He has been hearing lectures about Korean art recovery also.,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] New film, "Insadong Scandal" 2008/11/14, Source, It's been 15 years since she has been in acting and this is her first time that she is the antagonist! Uhm Jung-hwa an Kim Rae-won meet at a new film set. The film is titled, "Insadong Scandal" where Kim is a Art recovery specialist.
Last 10th, the film has been started to be filmed in front of the cold winter sea where the chilly wind is blowing. The actors and actresses show their passion in this film withstanding the cold. This is the first time that Uhm and Kim are working together.,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] What's wrong in this picture? 2008/07/12, Source, Although it's embarrassing for the producers to make such mistakes in the screens, for the audience its entertaining!
For the picky and quick audience, they captured the scenes and posted them online!
SBS "Iljimae" has recently been a 'victim' of these audiences. On episode 14, as Yong-ih (Lee Joon-gi) hides behind a brick wall, there are English letters written on the brick!,...More
Stars to Come Out for Hallyuwood Start Festival 2008/05/27, Source, A star-studded event is planned for the Hallyuwood Start Festival, which celebrates the groundbreaking of Hallyuwood in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. The festival is to be held on May 29th and some 20 entertainers are invited to mark the meaningful event.
The celebrities who will attend the festival,...More
Most Korean dramas start airing after the shooting of first a few episodes. Thus the general practice has been that production gets busier and busier, with the dramas eventually rushing to the end with obviously lower quality than before.
The New Year will be another one full of drama, as broadcasters prepare unique stories to grab audiences' attention. Korean dramas have always been at the forefront of domestic entertainment, for if a certain drama gains popularity, the actors ride,...More
Sankei Sports reported on the 20th that Hallyu Star,...More
The Ideal Young Korean Male -- Revealed 2007/06/28, Source, A plastic surgeon has published a composite image of the ideal male Korean face. Rhee Seung-chul, the head of plastic surgery at Hanil General Hospital, made the image from the faces of 16 Korean Wave,...More
SIEM REAP, Cambodia _ A top-class Korean designer dazzled Cambodian dignitaries and citizens as well as Korean residents here with a fantasy-filled fashion show staged at a world-famous stone temple Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Under the title of "Fantasia", the two-day fashion show will be presented under six themes--"Angkor Toward 21st Centrury-Gyeonggju Expo", "Passi,...More
Andre Kim showcases 2007 collection at Angkor Wat 2006/12/11, Source, Korea's top designer Andre Kim is to launch his 2007 fashion collection this evening at Angkor Wat, a temple inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is the first time a designer will hold a fashion show at Cambodia's national treasure - one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
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
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
Unicef charity fashion show held 2005/12/14, Source, Korea's veteran designer Andre Kim held a fashion show last night at Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel Convention Center as part of the Unicef Charity Dinner Show for Aids Orphans, an event organized by the Korean Committee for Unicef.
Kim, who serves as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, presented "Andre,...More
Kim plans to visit Japan this time to promote his compilation album entitled "Multibox Sympathy" produced by Won Entertainment and Seongwoong Music. Kim will hold tw,...More
Kim Rae-won starts up to penetrate Japan 2005/12/09, Source, Hallyu - a Korean wave - top star Kim Rae-won had a massive fan meeting on Dec. 4 in Tokyo to promote his photo book "Pure". It was a great success with 2 thousand participants at the fan meeting hosted by KNTV, a Korea specialized TV channel i,...More
36 Reporters to Go on 'Halyu' Tour 2005/03/04, Source, A group of Taiwanese reporters will visit Korea to meet "hallyu (Korean wave)" stars at the invitation of Korea Foundation for Asian Culture Exchange (KOFACE), an organization to boost cultural exchanges among Asian countries.
In the tour co-hosted by the foundation and Video Land, one of Taiwan',...More
'My Little Bride' traces travails of newlyweds 2004/04/03, Source, When a 24-year-old college student marries a 16-year-old high school girl (yes, it's legally possible in Korea), does the match set the stage for an intriguing story full of complicated psychosocial conflict?
Double Dose of Melodrama Comes to Theaters 2003/11/27, Source, By Joon Soh
This year has brought some interesting thrillers, horror flicks and comedies, but it's time to get back to the meat and potatoes of the local film industry: the melodrama.
Opening in theaters this week are two additions to the genre that, being tasteful and understa,...More
Korean films sell well at MIFED 2003/11/21, Source, Korean international sales companies saw strong business at the recent MIFED film market in Milan, Italy. A large number of Korean films were sold to other territories, with strong interest being shown in titles Old Boy, Untold Scandal, Legend of the Evil Lake and others.
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