[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 16 Final 2016/03/12,
At long last "Madame Antoine" reaches the true form of Soo-hyeon's bad psychological attitude. It ends up being about his...dad. Wait, his dad? Have we even seen Soo-hyeon's dad up until now? I can barely even recall the man being discussed, yet now all of a sudden he's the villain upon whom we can safely blame every single problem. Even when a flashback eventually justifies this sentiment, I was caught a little off guard when right in the middle of a meal Soo-hyeon starts unloading following some very slight provocation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 15 2016/03/11,
Soo-hyeon gets his just desserts as Hye-rim finally (apparently) gives up on him. It's legitimately really hard to feel bad for the leading man here given that he's been begging for this treatment for pretty much the drama's entire run. Ironically enough, his main sympathetic moment here comes courtesy not of Hye-rim, but rather his mother. While it's easy to feel sympathetic to her in the present day, as Soo-hyeon points out, her actions caused some pretty huge psychological issues that can't simply be ignored,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 14 2016/03/05,
Another episode, another lecture on the importance of the experiment, another thinly-veiled revenge scheme that just comes off as psychologically unhealthy. Ironic, given how once upon a time the main high concept of "Madame Antoine" was a pretense toward somewhat serious psychological discussion. The main comfort at this point is that with two episodes left, there isn't really that much more erratic behavior to endure between Hye-rim and Soo-hyeon. Even if the preview hints at things going a tad too far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 13 2016/03/04,
For all Soo-hyeon's ominous voiceovers, it turns out that he doesn't really know what to do at this point with his hopelessly flawed study. I'm not sure, by the way, why the lynchpin for all this is a very specifically designed video. I always assumed that the clip we saw from the first episode was that woman's own personal spontaneous declaration of love, not the outcome of a very awkward sounding request. Even if Hye-rim wasn't familiar with the previous experiment Soo-hyeon discusses the request in a way that always sounds really suspicious,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 12 2016/02/27,
There are moments when "Madame Antoine" actually manages to be pleasant enough to be passable romantic comedy material. Ji-ho's obsessing over Yoo-rim is absolutely adorable, and the sheer absurdity of the visuals over their meeting in the cafe was a delight in and of itself. But time and again we're dragged back into reality and I'm forced to remember that the actual lead characters go through these horribly dramatic mood swings over the most trivial topics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 11 2016/02/26,
There's a great scene this episode where Ji-ho, apparently having changed his borderline autistic mind about which women he can like, attempts to start again with Yoo-rim. But Yoo-rim just gets angry at him. Why? Beause Ji-ho is borderline autistic and has been disregarding her feelings for pretty much the entire drama up until now. Yoo-rim behaves like any normal, sensible person would when faced with an obviously manipulative suitor. And that makes me wonder- why can't Hye-rim act like that? Are she and Soo-hyeon really going to go back and forth on who's really lying for the entire drama?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 10 2016/02/20,
Having finally obtained concrete information on Soo-hyeon's experiment, Hye-rim has to decide whether to attack quickly or slowly. Once she's made that decision, we're then treated to more of the usual doubting about whether Soo-hyeon is really that bad a guy or if there are some emotional truths mixed in with all the logical lies. This leads up to a cliffhanger where Hye-rim is surprised to learn information I thought she already knew, the next follow-up stage being more wackiness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 9 2016/02/19,
It's hard to take Hye-rim and Soo-hyeon's lovey dovey scenes all that seriously considering that Soo-hyeon is still conducting his mostly unscientific experiment. Why he's even bothering with that pretense at that point isn't clear- I'm pretty sure that for all the problems uncovered so far, taking an MRI test at the subject's demand seems pretty useless. This much is especially true considering that Hye-rim obviously has the ability to manipulate the results for whatever arbitrary outcome she wants,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 8 2016/02/13,
Soo-hyeon's insistence on rationalizing all of his actions in context of the experiment is seeming less like anything resembling a pretense of science and more a weird psychological fixation. He gives Hye-rim a major passionate kiss, and when she finallys recovers enough of her senses to fight him off, right away Soo-hyeon is back in defensive mode. That means more lying, mixed in with barely enough truth to be persuasive in the face of of Hye-rim's immediate inquisition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 7 2016/02/12,
Extended focus on the somewhat shaky premise of "Madame Antoine" has forced me to admit that Soo-hyeon's obsession with the experiment is a tad nonsensical, and the more he explains his reasons the less coherent the story's overall thrust sounds. Soo-hyeon's reasons for continuing the experiment simply aren't all that persuasive, and I find myself wondering why "Madame Antoine" even bothers with that angle when the production is obviously a classically styled romantic comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 6 2016/02/06,
Yoo-rim (played by Hwang Seung-eon) is Hye-rim's younger sister and I'm spotlighting her this time because she's the main character who tries to do something different this episode by being sneaky like a normal person instead of a psychic / psychological genius. It's lucky for her that Ji-ho is so fantastically ignorant he'll entertain any ridiculous proposal she comes up with just for the sake of science. Personally I suspect someone put pressure on the production team to work more kisses into the story somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 5 2016/02/05, Sung Joon is really good in the lead role here. Note how it's always (mostly) easy to tell whether or not Soo-hyeon is actually being sincere, and the main times there's ambiguity is when Soo-hyeon himself isn't totally sure what's going on. The only times Soo-hyeon is able to get Hye-rim's guard down is when he's making mistakes. His increasingly complicated lies just come off as increasingly suspicious. Besides, the premise of Soo-hyeon's experiment doesn't even make sense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 4 2016/01/30,
Most romantic comedies sublimate sexual tension into some kind of other non-gendered competition. "Madame Antoine" does the exact opposite. Soo-hyeon intentionally courts Hye-rim in the most weirdly unnecessary confrontational way possible. While Soo-hyeon is in theory running a scientific experiment, he interprets any intermediate results of the experiment very personally. As much as Soo-hyeon thinks in terms of petty revenge, he's really looking at a much more terrifying prospect- the notion that he is not the smartest man in the room,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 3 2016/01/29,
Hye-rim, being a generally observant woman, has little trouble cutting to the center of Soo-hyeon's scheme. Unfortunately, while Hye-rim is able to identify Soo-hyeon as the source of all the weird stuff that happened last episode, she's genuinely at a loss as to why Soo-hyeon would engage in such bizarre activities. What's more, because Seung-chan (played by Jinwoon) and Ji-ho (played by Lee Joo-hyung) are somewhat more naturalistic in their approach, Hye-rim is completely incapable of grasping the big picture,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 2 2016/01/23,
It would seem that Soo-hyeon has made it his mission to teach Hye-rim a lesson. Not in the literally helpful way of better explaining psychology, but in the metaphorical sense of humiliating her. Soo-hyeon isn't just evil- he's petty evil, and his weirdly obsessive attitude is creepy, simplistic, and most gallingly of all, anti-scientific. Experiments, even obviously unethical ones, work best with subjects who don't know what's happening to them. For a laywoman, Hye-rim is actually pretty knowledgable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 1 2016/01/22,
Soo-hyeon (played by Sung Joon) is a psychologist with an appallingly bad attitude. His scientific experiments are highly unethical, and to what end? So he can prove that love isn't real. Enter Hye-rim (played by Han Ye-seul), a fortuneteller who rather transparently uses cold reads to scam anyone who walks into her parlor. Yet Hye-rim is consistently able to make her patrons feel good about themselves- a fact which Soo-hyeon finds offensive, since the whole point of psychology is to make people appreciate their own depressed miserable existence,...More
"The Love of Pygmalion" wins grand prize at 2010 Korea Contents Award 2010/12/20, Source,
"The Love of The Love of Pygmalion" [BeeTV]
Mobile drama "The Love of The Love of Pygmalion", which stars Korean actors Kim Jun and Kim Jae-wook, won the grand prize at 2010 Korea Contents Award today.
Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), the host of the ceremony, announced in a press release Monday that "The Love of Pygmalion" won the grand prize under the digital content category during the 2010 Korea Contents Awards held at Nuritkum Square in Seoul,...More
[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 1 2010/08/20, Source, Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"I don't know where he went. Whether he went to the countryside by himself, whether he went to meet his mother, or he might've been on his way to commit suicide". This was Kim Jae-wook's explanation of his character Hong Jae-wook from SBS TV series "Bad Man" who left alone, leaving everything behind. This man who had always been the first to take on the most 'hot' and trendy roles as proven in MBC drama "Coffee Prince" and film "Antique", always turned his back on the spotlight headed towards him. And he then showed a new side to him through "Bad Man" by playing an heir of a conglomerate who is temperamental and acts the way he pleases, yet on the inside is actually craving for affection. But despite his jobs as being a model, actor and musician, the most attractive aspect to Kim is Kim Jae-wook himself. 10Asia took a peak into the interesting world that this 27-year-old man lives in. 10: It's been about two weeks since shooting for "Bad Man" has ended. How have you been since then?Kim Jae-wook: It feels like it's been more than a month. I did nothing but sleep. I'm tired no matter how much I sleep and the fatigue won't go away,...More
Nam Gyu-ri to return as singer through Japanese soundtrack 2010/03/18, Source,
Singer/Actress Nam Gyu-ri [VOV]
Korean singer and actress Nam Gyu-ri has been set to sing the theme song for a Japanese TV series, the first time she is returning to the music scene in nearly a year.
Her agency Eyagi Entertainment announced Thursday that the artist recently finished recording the Korean and Japanese versions of the theme song to mobile drama "Please Remember to Me the Love of Pygmalion ~Kimi~" produced jointly by Japan's major entertainment firm Avex and mobile telecommunications service provider NTT DoCoMo,...More
Kim Jun to make comeback in new TV series 2010/02/23, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Jun [Planet 905]
Korean actor Kim Jun will make a comeback to the small screen in a new TV series, his first since starring in last year's smash hit "Boys over Flowers", according to his agency on Wednesday.
Planet 905 announced in a press release that the actor will play the lead role in a drama tentatively titled "The Love of Pygmalion", to be co-produced by Korean and Japanese production companies.,...More
Convergence of movie and TV drama continues to evolve 2009/11/05, Source, Simultaneous production of drama and its theatrical version increases efficiency
Generalization of digital shooting breaks down barriers of human resources & technology
Respect of different ways of producing broadcast programs and movies brings higher efficiency
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