[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/06/17,
People have different definitions about what constitutes a strong female character, but the creators of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" take on a literal spin in this romantic comedy setting. The series is packed with characters and different subplots as well as a murder mystery. At the end of the day, however, its problems are too big for its virtues to balance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 15 2017/04/23,
The events of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" climax in the penultimate episode, sticking the sadistic Jang-hyeon behind bars where he belongs and showing off that Bong-soon is made of greater stuffs than she first believed. Along with the positives, there were a few negatives, mainly in how the show arrived at this point. Those negatives are offset by the ridiculous cute chemistry between Bong-soon and Min-hyeok.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 14 2017/04/20,
Bong-soon must get used to life without her strength, but it is more difficult than she thought. More than anything she needs the support of her loved ones, and luckily she gets exactly that. But she can't rest easy, not with an egomanical kidnapper on the lose and intent on revenge. Although this episode has deceptively adorable scenes, its heart lies with Bong-soon and her ability to become a hero.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 11 2017/04/15,
The love triangle blooms and dies rather quickly in this episode, but its demise is quite possibly one of my favorite shifts in a second lead that I've seen on Korean television. Accompanying the demise of Gook-doo's hope in starting a relationship with Bong-soon is the utter delight that is Min-hyeok courting Bong-soon. Around the dynamics of romantic relationships looms the ever present Jang-hyun, crafty kidnapper and man bereft of a moral compass,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 9 2017/04/04,
Bong-soon the heroine is starting to emerge from her shell with determination that bubbles from within and finessed training given by Min-hyeok. As she grows, those around her are starting to realize just what she's made of, whether for better or for worse. One of the most important realizations comes when Gook-doo witnesses Bong-soon's incredible strength first hand,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 8 2017/04/02,
Although Bong-soon has often repeated her desire to do right by the people of her neighborhood with her strength, that strength is often warped into a tool for needless violence. While she indeed grows, it's not enough to counter the discrepancies in what she and those around her do and what they say they will do. Added to this is the strange development of multiple characters. Despite all this, "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" does retain an element of cuteness, mostly due to Park Bo-young and the cutesy editing.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 7 2017/03/29,
Romance and mystery develop more fully this episode, but the development is disjointed. Characters grow in awkward spurts while revelations are made jarringly. The highlight of this choppy episode was Park Hyung-sik as a heartbroken Min-hyeok. We see the strength of his acting when he realizes he has been betrayed by his favorite brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 6 2017/03/15,
Our heroine now has the most important thing she could ever need: someone who believes in her. Min-hyeok, despite her dazzling, fearful displays of strength, sees her for who she is and believes in what she can do with her superpowers. Mixed with that is, of course, a goodly amount of bickering, moony eyes, and adorable puppy dog sound effects.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/03/11,
"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" takes many a viewer's wish for stronger female leads and translates it very literally. Aside from the super-human strength possessed by our heroine and a criminal element, this plays out like a typical romantic comedy. We have crushes, jealousy, male territoriality and many familiar plot devices and character types. This is not a particularly feminist work yet, but it lightly touches upon some interesting topics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 4 2017/03/06,
As we get to know our main characters better and the kidnapper snags another unfortunate woman. Bong-soon is definitely having to re-examine her super powers and her personality under this new employment, but she is not yet seriously involved with self-reflection. Min-hyeok, on the other hand, seems to take things lightly, but there is a dark side to his experiences that make him a weighty character. Min-hyeok is the meatiest character thus far with a backstory we can sympathize with and an adorable crush on the very unusual Bong-soon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" 2017/02/18,
I cannot count the times when fiction mistakenly believes a "strong woman" character means someone who behaves in a traditionally masculine manner, swears and hits people. "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" is clearly not of the same opinion, taking a different approach by giving us a heroine who seems as feminine as she does deadly.
Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) is a woman with super-human strength. She is hired as a bodyguard to a temperamental rich man called Ahn Min-hyeok (Park Hyung-sik). When they become involved in a serial murder case, the two end up cohabitating with Bong-soon's crush, detective In Gook-doo (Ji Soo) for protection,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 12 Final 2015/07/24,
And so, "Orange Marmalade" ends rather anticlimatically. This much was unavoidable. The main problem with the story is that we stopped halfway through to do a mostly unrelated Joseon vampire plot. The tension between Si-hoo and Ah-ra is quite cute, but the effect is badly mollified by the fact that these two never really interacted with each other all that much in either the past or the present. The resolution of that subplot is a pretty classic case of what might have been,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 11 2015/07/17,
One thing that's nice about the characters in "Orange Marmalade" is that they consistently act like teenagers. Jae-min is really grumpy about having to completely rethink his hatred of vampires, and this shows in his now muddled relationship with Ma-ri. He still likes her, but he's mad that she lied to him, but she lied to him for good reason because Jae-min can plainly see how everybody treats vampires, including him, and so Ma-ri's behavior was sort of justified from that angle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 10 2015/07/10,
The completion of the Joseon storyline appears to have added some necessary perspective to Jae-min and Ma-ri in the present day. Sure, the premature dissolution of their teen romance is disappointing, but at least they didn't fall victims to a murderous war between vampires and humans. Be that as it may, Ma-ri has now been outed as a vampire. So now she has to suffer from the prejudice of her classmates,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 8 2015/06/26,
In a somewhat confusing twist, it would appear that we're still not done with the Joseon portion of "Orange Marmalade". Lately I've found it more and more difficult to relate the Joseon phase to the high school part of the drama, and this turnabout doesn't make matters any different. At this point "Orange Marmalade" legitimately appears to be a historical fantasy action thriller, with high stakes combat, political maneuvering and almost incidentally, a love triangle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 7 2015/06/19,
The whole star-crossed lovers thing has gotten to be a bit overdone. What makes it obvious is that quite a bit of the screentime is simply dedicated to Jae-min and Ma-ri moping about how they can't be together forever, and it's hard to escape the fact that this is a very modern romance narrative. That's not necessarily horrible on its own but given that this is the Joseon era I'd sort of expect that the possibility of concubinage would at least be discussed. Even if the vampire thing makes that obviously impractical,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 6 2015/06/12,
Bizarrely, the Joseon portion of "Orange Marmalade" actually feels more like a standard high school romance than the actual high school portion of the drama did. Back in the first four episodes the conflict was centered almost entirely around the fact that Ma-ri is a vampire, and vampires can't coexist with humans. Whereas in the Joseon portion, the vampire worldbuilding only really comes up when Ma-ri has to deal with inconveniences like her not having any idea how normal food works,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 5 2015/06/05,
This episode is less a continuation of the "Orange Marmalade" storyline as it is a completely new story with the same characters and concepts transported to the Joseon era. Like the title says right at the beginning- this is Season 2 Episode 1. Surprisingly the backdrop isn't quite as medieval as might be expected. Sure, the opening violent setpiece brings to mind a time period when normal people had way, way less patience for vampires. But beyond that, most of the vampires are relatively friendly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 4 2015/05/29,
First, a retraction. In my first review for "Orange Marmalade" I assumed, for no particularly good reason, that the drama is set in Seoul. This episode I finally realized that the setting is in fact the eastern portion of Jeju Island. This is an important clarification because let's be entirely honest here. The beautiful scenery is a pretty important aspect of the drama. Even when the actual plot hinges on the inherent tragedy of a teen vampire romance, it's the background ambience that's really beautiful and enchanting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 3 2015/05/22,
It would appear that "Orange Marmalade" has decided to take the more sensible route of having one normal-length episode instead of airing two somewhat shorter ones air right after the other. Well, good. The last two episodes only had about one episode worth of plot anyway, and this episode moves along quite zippily. By the end the particulars of the romance are clearly established, as well as countless other important, intriguing plot points,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episodes 1-2 2015/05/15,
Ma-ri (played by Seolhyun) is a teenage girl who also happens to be a vampire. People in "Orange Marmalade" tend to not like vampires, what with the whole blood sucking thing and war against humanity and all that. Trying to grow up in that environment, poor Ma-ri can't even be bothered to worry about normal hassles like perverts on the...tram? Subway? What exactly is that thing they keep riding on? In an alternate vampire universe, Seoul's public transportation developed in a slightly different way?,...More
Song Hye-kyo to star in "Bicha"? 2012/06/06, Source,
Actress Song Hye-kyo mentioned that it wasn't the right timing for her to mention anything about her starring in the drama "Bicha". Her agency told TV Report on the 7th, "We have read the script but we haven't organized or sorted out anything else". Director Lee Hyeong-min also said, "We are surprised as the drama was made an issue about casting even before production,...More
Korean Melodrama - "Bad Man" 2010/12/04, Source, "Bad Man"' is a melodrama about a modern-day man's hidden desires and his revenge on his father's family. There are many twists in the story so that it draws audiences' attention. However, contrarily, because of the many twists, the audience can easily get confused. This Korean melodrama soap opera was issued before it was aired, because it made a contract with NHK (Japanese broadcast) ahead of time. Thus, the casting of Han Ga-in (Moon Jae In) and Kim Nam-gil (Shim Geon Wook) also attracted people's interest. Despite the popularity of all the actors and actresses, the Korean melodrama did not earn a high audience rate (9.3%),...More
Han Ga-in's Song Picks 2010/09/06, Source,
Actress Han Ga-in [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The phrase 'ideal woman' pops into mind before 'actress'. Han Ga-in has always been every man's ideal woman -- from when she appeared on the news by chance in high school as a top student in her class dreaming to major in medicine to when she was the Olivia Hussey-resembling high school girl in plaited pigtails (in film "Once Upon A Time In Highschool") to when she was crowned 'queen of tears' playing her character who agonizes over her past from the days she was single (in KBS TV series "Terms of Endearment"). Her facial features and bright eyes which stand out even without any fancy make-up, placed her on the list of bywords for beautiful women since the beginning stages of her career,...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
On the set of SBS TV series "Bad Man" 2010/06/18, Source,
Korean actors Kim Nam-gil (left) and Han Ga-in on the set of SBS TV series "Bad Man" [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"Bad Man" - This is a TV drama, not a fashion shoot
One by one, plants that had been lined up on a long terrace are taken away. As Gun-wook (played by Kim Nam-gil) and Jae-in (played by Han Ga-in) appear through the front door, over fifty cameras simultaneously go off with flashes. This is taking place at a luxurious house with a spacious garden in the Gi-heung district of Yong-in, Gyeonggi province -- the house setting of President Hong (played by Jun Gook-hwan) on the set of SBS TV series "Bad Man",...More
Kim Jae-wook says Kim Nam-gil "like a time bomb" - Part 1 2010/05/20, Source, "Cold revenge, fiery ambition, fatal love" The catch phrase for new SBS TV series "Bad Man" set to first air on May 26 is strong. The story of a man and a woman who dream of climbing the social ladder and the children of a conglomerate family who fall for their temptation. But at the press conference for this passionate melodrama, one could feel the charm of each actor which increased the anticipation for the show, rather than being a somber setting. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for "Bad Man" with Kim Nam-gil (as Shim Gun-wook) who created the mood with his constant jokes, the well-mannered and honest Han Ga-in (as Moon Jae-in), the experienced 20-year veteran actress Oh Yun-soo (as Hong Tae-ra) and Kim Jae-wook (as Hong Tae-sung) who would give clear distinctive subjective answers to questions.
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil at the press conference for TV series "Bad Man" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Character Shim Gun-wook is introduced as a 'Mr. Perfect'. I think it would have been inevitable to keep telling yourself that while in shoot. Was there anything in particular that you prepared for this character?,...More
Kim Jae-wook says Kim Nam-gil "like a time bomb" - Part 2 2010/05/20, Source, Q: I think you've lost a bit more weight. Is it because of the hernia?Kim Nam-gil: Hm, because director Lee gives me a hard time? (laugh) I actually slept after eating ramen at five in the morning so it's a relief to hear that. (laugh) I lost weight once for film "Lovers Vanished and just didn't have to gain weight after shooting "Queen Seon-deok" for six, seven months. I'm not trying to lose weight but I just do and there are also scenes where I have to take off my clothes so... Q: How was it working with director Lee Hyeong-min? Kim NG: I miss director Park Hong-gyoon from "Queen Seon-deok". Park was someone who is into the details but director Lee is also like that but to the extent that I felt like I was suffocating. So I called director Park recently and told him I miss him. (laugh)
Actor Kim Jae-wook [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: There are articles mentioning your military entry. How do you think this will pan out?,...More
SBS drama "Bad Man" to premiere August 2 2010/04/21, Source,
The cast of upcoming melodrama "Bad Man" [SBS]
New SBS TV series "Bad Man" is scheduled to hit airwaves on August 2, according to Korean broadcasting company SBS on Thursday.
An official from SBS explained that the 20-part drama, which stars Korean actors Kim Nam-gil and Han Ga-in, will begin its run on the small screen on Monday and Tuesdays nights during the latter half of the year.
"Bad Man" will succeed to romantic comedy "Coffee House", starring actors Kang Ji-hwan and Park Si-yeon, which will run after current show "Oh! My Lady" goes off the air,...More
NHK to co-produce and air Korean drama "Bad Man" 2010/02/17, Source,
Actor Kim Nam-gil [Star J Entertainment]
Major Japanese broadcaster NHK has decided to co-produce and air SBS drama "Bad Man" even ahead of its run in Korea.
According to Good Story on Wednesday, NHK has agreed to jointly produce the drama set to air in May in Korea and also broadcast the series on Japanese public TV in 2011.,...More
TVXQ's Hero Debuts as Actor 2009/11/10, Source, "Acting was a new experience for me. If I had more time, I would have done better", said Hero from the music group TVXQ at a news conference after the,...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
Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...More
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