[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 16 Final 2017/09/26,
The Boat to Salvation is a slippery devil and the time has come for a solid shake on its not-so-divine structure. All of our characters choose their alliances and enact their final wishes as our heroine marches to her salvation and our heroes steel themselves to help end this once and for all. There are no ideal endings in this world, but perhaps small victories are enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 15 2017/09/24,
There are not enough middle fingers in the world to express how I feel about Guseonwon and this marks a job well done by "Save Me". Every open end comes together and clashes into a smörgåsbord of final week thrills as things finally veer out of control for heroes and villains alike. Death, disillusionment, camaraderie and hope form the final battle for our heroes' future,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 14 2017/09/17,
It is a time of disillusionment for our heroes and villains alike and we know how the latter deal with it. While our infernal apostles fight for power, their instincts and observational skills are sadly impeccable. So-rin and Dong-cheol are in grave danger while Sang-mi does her best to keep up the act through thick and thin. Our saviors on the outside are ready to strike, but they are alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 13 2017/09/17,
The closer Sang-mi and her saviors get to the truth and to a semblance of victory the more alert out villains become and this creates some situations which may soon end lives. Sang-hwan finally gets somewhere with his pleas for some official support and Guseonwon's sordid past starts surfacing once more. There are things "Save Me" has not delivered, but ample suspense is not one of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 12 2017/09/11,
The efforts of our heroine, heroes and their allies are starting to bear fruit as they inch closer to Guseonwon's shady operations and more people are starting to hear about the cult. Detective Lee stumbles upon some very suspicious connections during a case, but will he take the matter seriously this time? A personal disappointment aside, I am ready for the final stretch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 11 2017/09/10,
The more hopeful things get for our heroine the more twisted they get within Guseonwon. "Father" Baek's true nature and perhaps intentions are revealed along with some hidden, disturbing locations in the premises. Baek is not the only one with secrets, however. A certain Guseonwon birdie has a secret of their own. As Baek's grip tightens, our heroes need all the help they can get,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 10 2017/09/04,
As Guseonwon's grip on everyone tightens, allied forces are starting to make their move. Dong-cheol takes some drastic and dangerous measures while our doubting cult follower gains an important position of power near Sang-mi. Our heroine tries to openly resist one last time, but the moment has come for her to try other methods as the outside world chooses sides,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 9 2017/09/03,
No grand rescue is easy and while physical freedom is not quite here for our heroine, her outside support grants her the strength to claim herself back within her confines. The group once again clash with corruption and the political wheels of Muji are turning, leaving us guessing about the eventual moral alignment of several characters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 8 2017/08/27,
After a long and arduous journey, the time has come for the heroine of "Save Me" to find some hope. Our heroes reunite and rediscover themselves as a group despite the lingering bitterness, but their actions make Father Baek more aggressive. Another part of the story has been brewing in Muji and I wonder when and how it will all connect,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 7 2017/08/27,
While our heroes figure out how to be heroic, Sang-mi picks herself back up and makes the decision to lead the rescue. The "Spiritual Father's" plans are revealed as more twisted and menacing than previously hinted, while Apostle Kang's past starts crawling back as she feels the pressure. You take the cake for messed up people, Muji,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 6 2017/08/21,
The world of "Save Me" may be cruel, but our fighters for justice are starting to take form. The appearance of new characters and the continued development of established ones creates suspense over who will be an enemy of our heroes and who an ally. The bigger Guseonwon gets, the more people start wondering about it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 5 2017/08/20, "Save Me" continues to surpass my expectations and subvert tropes at every turn, as Sang-mi's world becomes more hopeless and more absurd with each passing day. The monsters of Guseonwon are starting to show their true faces as our heroine continues to push their limits, but our group of saviors is getting closer to her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 4 2017/08/13,
When Sang-mi's family starts to rapidly fall apart, the cult of Guseonwon is right there to push them over the edge. "Save Me" continues to build the tragedy of the victims involved and things are about to reach a breaking point when we reunite with our characters three years later. A stronger, more determined and proactive Sang-mi will see to that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 3 2017/08/12, "Save Me" once more proves that it does not cower away from difficult subject matter and this means that our characters get no breaks from their plight. Things keep happening which create more victims and more perpetrators and which reveal the true faces of the people involved. I do not know where the time jump will lead us, but it will not be a happy place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 2 2017/08/06,
Heroes are rare and not all of them are powerful or successful. This reality is brought to the forefront through a grim incident in today's episode of "Save Me". Sang-mi's suspicions about the cult keep growing with every forced smile and every crack in the church crew's facade. The twins are under immense pressure and the group who can help them starts to drift apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 1 2017/08/06,
It takes a lot to make someone with my film experience feel uncomfortable and "Save Me" manages it. The premiere episode packs the kind of punch we rarely see in Korean drama. The atmosphere is oppressive, the production quality great and prepare a cold shower for how sullied you will feel after meeting some of these characters. Episode one is all about exposition and preparing us for the present,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Save Me" 2017/07/29,
South Korea was shaken quite badly by last year's political scandal and the absurd nature of its cult element has been widely discussed. It is only a matter of time before Dramaland takes a bigger dive into the dark side of religion after occasionally dipping its toes in it and "Save Me" might take that plunge.
Four young men struggling to get by in their challenging lives reunite with an old acquaintance who asks for their help. The woman and her family are being held captive by a religious cult. The four young men band together in order to save her and expose the cult's true face,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Genome Hazard" 2014/05/30,
Ishigami (played by Hidetoshi Nishijima) is having a bad day...huh, those names are pretty Japanese aren't they? "Genome Hazard" is another international co-production. The film is directed by Kim Seong-su and the female lead is played by Kim Hyo-jin. Other than those two central crew members and a plot arc that takes place in South Korea, this is predominantly a movie about Japanese people doing Japanese things like speaking in Japanese,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/05/24, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Genome Hazard": An atypical sci-fi adventure based on a Japanese novel by Shiro Tsukasaki. (05/29)
★★★★★ "A Hard Day": A detective tries to conceal his crime but has to deal with a single witness who threatens his plan. (05/29)
★★★★ "Rosa": A dramatic tale of a Russian woman who dreams of becoming a ballerina but has to overcome the brutal reality of being a escort girl in Korea. (05/29)
★★★★ "A Touch of Unseen": An intense and disturbing debut that follows two sisters and their sexually abusive encounters with a supernatural stalker. (05/29)
★★ "Young Mother 2": A young graduate down on his luck breaks into the working world, but seduction creeps in threatens to derail his career. (05/29)
★★★ "One Summer Night": A college student confesses his love, but instead of it being reciprocated he's sent to confront the girl's past lover. (05/29),...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
Korea Film Festival to Be Held in China 2006/10/20, Source, The Korean Film Festival will be held in Beijing and Shanghai from Friday through Sunday, after the CJ China Film Festival was held in the two biggest Korean cities of Seoul and Busan last month. The,...More
The festival will feature films in various genres by South Korean and Korean-American filmmakers, including short films, documentaries and anime films. The film "Run,...More
Korean filmfest kicks off in L.A. 2006/09/28, Source, The Los Angeles Korean International Film Festival kicks off its one-week run Friday at the Laemmle Sunset 5 Theater in West Hollywood, featuring an array of contemporary Korean and Korean-American films.
The third annual festival starts with an opening night presentation of director,...More
Wild Beasts Lurk in the Hearts of Men 2006/01/05, Source, Wolves in the wild don't roar in anger like lions do. But if they are caged, they will ram themselves against the bars again and again until they are bloody. Confinement reveals a beast's true nature.
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