[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" Episodes 13-14 2017/12/05,
Closing up review season for the year with "Lookout". We get to know Bo-mi a bit more, while Kyung-soo proves his mettle, and Soo-ji continues to be a brave, headstrong, and impetuous woman. Then there is Do-han, who once seemed to have everything under control, but events are quickly slipping from his capable fingertips,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" 2017/11/04,
Hell hath no fury like a grieving revenge drama lead and "Lookout" takes this fury very seriously. Revenge is a team effort this time around, as the series unites several characters into one group after one very evil man and his equally disturbing hellspawn. A mysterious hidden leader and a heroine with a goal fight against these forces while trying to maintain their own humanity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" Episodes 9-10 2017/06/26,
Do-han has a lot to take care of in this pair of episodes of "Lookout". Soo-ji's headstrong influence is powerful enough to convince even the skeptical Bo-mi that what's right needs to be done. This pits our justice fighters directly against Chief Prosecutor Yoon who is wily enough to be a worthy opponent.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" Episodes 7-8 2017/06/25, "Lookout" is barreling forward with Soo-jin at the lead. This grieving mother is brave, intelligent, and determined to bring her daughter's killer to justice. Her independence throws a wrench in the plans of Do-han and keeps everyone else on their toes. It's hard not to love such a driven heroine who keeps us guessing at how she will escape each new situation. The focus of this pair of episodes is the search for Woo-sung, the man whose case incited cover ups and began Soo-jin's involvement with Chief Prosecutor Yoon and Chief Oh.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" Episodes 5-6 2017/06/12,
The band of freedom fighters of "Lookout" starts their work together with Soo-ji, Kyeong-soo, and Bo-mi under the orders of the mysterious leader, who turns out to be none other than smarmy Do-han. With his willingness to seek revenge without limit and Soo-ji's thirst to catch Yoon Si-wan and his crooked father, we have quite the pair of episodes on our hands.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" Episodes 3-4 2017/06/06,
After a fast-paced introduction, "Lookout" jumps into the catalyst that turns cop and mother Soo-ji into a grief-stricken woman thirsting for revenge. She storms down a path that is quite terrifying, especially when those surrounding the circumstances of her daughter's death are driven by selfish ambition and revenge. Please do remember that hour episodes are split into two so four half-hour episodes will air each week! Chief Prosecutor Yoon (Choi Moo-sung) is sketched as the man who wields all the power and the man who Do-han ultimately wishes to bring down.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Lookout" 2017/06/03,
Revenge is a dish best served with the culprit's head smashed into it or at least that is what our group of vigilantes in "Lookout" would all agree on. The action revenge drama about a mother working outside of the law in order to get justice for her daughter's death has touted an ensemble cast and action-based thrills. The first eight episodes are fast-paced, but it is the intriguing characters and dynamics set up which make it most enjoyable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lookout" Episodes 1-2 2017/05/30,
MBC's latest Monday/Tuesday drama "Lookout" is a 32 episode run, but don't let that number fool you. It is a part of a new test split that both MBC and SBS are trying. A single hour-long episode is chopped into two half-hour episodes and aired the same night. In terms of your time, you'll be spending 16 episodes with the characters and stories of "Lookout". It's just all in a different package. Despite the awkward cut that the split has thrown into the middle of this first episode, Director Son Hyeong-seok ("Two Weeks", "Personal Taste") and Writer Kim Soo-eun have delivered quite the riveting first two episodes.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Lookout" 2017/05/20,
Revenge stemming from the sense of injustice is not a new concept in Korean drama, but where there is usually one hero fighting for their personal cause, "Lookout" inserts a cast of characters working together for the justice they have all been denied. The cast off characters offers variety and the potential for a gripping story.
"Lookout" tells the story of people whose lives have been touched by crime and the lack of justice. Detective Jo Soo-ji (Lee Si-young), who tragically loses her daughter leads the team of vigilantes as they attempt to make justice in a world where corruption and dirty interests dictate who matters in the eyes of the law,...More
[Photos] "Lookout" Lee Si-young's first take 2017/04/23, Source, Lee Si-young is coming back with the actioned filled MBC drama "Lookout".
"Lookout" is an action drama about look outs who reveal the reality of the Republic of Korea today. An gang called Pasu is made up of a group of being whose lives are turned inside out overnight as a result of a crime. They overcome their pain and find justice by relying on each other,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Revenge All the Way 2017/03/11,
While having too many promising upcoming dramas to choose from is a nice "problem" to have, it will mess with many a drama fan's schedule. Today I take a look at a promising development in drama production. I then give you news of a potentially innovative revenge drama, but also of good ol' regular revenge, as "Whisper" is fast approaching,...More
Lee Si-young quits boxing due to shoulder injury 2015/09/22, Source,
It turns out that actress Lee Si-young, who competed in the national boxing competition as an active boxer, quit boxing in June.
According to her agency, Lee Si-young stopped training and ended her boxing career in June 2015. She'd been training for the second national competition, but in the end, she has decided to quit boxing after 6 years,...More
Lee Si-young and Gary's footage and rumors 2015/08/31, Source,
The crude manner of the public towards celebrities can't be overlooked anymore.
In addition to actress Lee Si-young's footage and rumors, this time it's Gary, a member Leessang. Rumors like this is critical to a celebrity and the same goes for the males too. Lee Si-young and Gary have both taken strict measures against those who started these rumors. Lee Si-young managed to track down the initial person who started the rumor and there's going to be No Mercy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Beautiful Bride" 2015/08/15,
A big part of what often keeps dramas or certain concepts in dramas superficial is the refusal to get real and get dirty. From romance to violence, everything is too black and white and too idealistic. Style and substance are not mutually exclusive, which is frequently overlooked in fiction and especially genres like action. "My Beautiful Bride" is a series which presents a grand romance in a suspense show, successfully combining genres others have failed to,...More
Lee Si-young, "The tabloid rumor of a private video is groundless. Will take stern measures". 2015/06/30, Source,
Actress Lee Si-young has spoken about the tabloid rumor insisting there is a private video of hers going around. She has siad the rumor is groundless and will take stern measures against such rumors.
Lee Si-young's agency JWide Company has announced through the press release in the morning on June 30th, "Even though everything written in the tabloid is all false and groundless and has never been confirmed, the tabloid rumor is spreading without any filtering and being recycled and amplified. This has already damaged Lee Si-young's reputation seriously and inflicted wound upon her",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "My Beautiful Bride" 2015/06/13,
Doing one thing and doing it well is just fine, but with channel OCN having successfully established its own style of series for a while now, branching out into different things is inevitable. "My Beautiful Bride" is an upcoming drama which adopts more of a regular drama programming form and focuses on a main plot, something the station's series have already attempted a few times. Done well, this might just be a milestone for the provider,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" 2015/02/07,
There are many things which can be deal breakers in drama. Mistakes are made due to lack of focus, direction or sometimes care and mistakes are made due to the restrictions and pitfalls of the medium. 'Sensible Love' has problems with its plot and was ultimately betrayed by its length. A disappointing failure to reach its full potential, the series nonetheless has some great things to show. Whether those are worth the process depends on the person watching,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 20 2015/02/03,
Now that Hae-soo's story has been dealt with "Sensible Love" has lost almost all sense of urgency. The obvious irony of this is that Hae-soo, by design, quite literally never actually did anything. She was the emotional reference point for everything else that happened- and without that reference point, the other characters just sort of drift around aimlessly, making new friends and...that's really about it. They make new friends we're done,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 19 2015/02/02,
The overall theme this time concerns the meaning of life. More specifically, for what reason is life worth living? "Sensible Love" has often drawn a parallel between the apparently frivolous emotional pain of the three leads and Hee-soo, who had resigned herself to living out her empty shell of a life. The events of the last episode have been enough to give Hee-soo a choice. And the decision she ultimately makes is an unsurprising one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 18 2015/01/27,
It's to the credit of the drama's sound direction that "Sensible Love" continues to feel deep and meaningful, even as the plot itself moves into increasingly melodramatic territory rather at odds with the genuine, complicated human emotion that's been explored so far. The use of silence really is quite excellent- take the sheer loneliness emphasized by the empty house. Why the house is empty isn't all that clear. It stands to reason that someone should have stayed behind,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 17 2015/01/26,
The arbitrary, contrived nature of the current plot arc is still annoying- but "Sensible Love" itself soon acknowledges how completely unsatisfactory this resolution is. Hee-tae and Il-ri barely even talk together here, devoting almost all of their energy to just keeping Hee-tae's family from exploding under the stress of his mother's dementia. Multiple characters explicitly point out here that this really shouldn't be Il-ri's problem anymore. Hee-tae was the one pushing for her to leave, and he's shown no signs of adopting a more forgiving attitude,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 16 2015/01/20,
Upon closer consideration, I have to admit that the dementia plotline isn't a particularly encouraging one. Yeo-sa was not, as far as I noticed, displaying any particularly obvious symptoms until the doctor's visit. Now she's almost instantaneously transitioned to being unable to recognize her own husband. And yet Yeo-sa appears incapable of noticing the inherent contradiction of thinking her lover is a young man while her children are all adults. The same contradiction also showed up in "Pinocchio"- at the beginning, so there was no abrupt transition. "Pinocchio" also had more obvious comedic elements compared to the very serious story of "Sensible Love",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 15 2015/01/19,
Hee-tae still doesn't want to deal with life. It was perhaps inevitable, given all the stalling he's been doing, that another personal crisis would come up. And as expected there really aren't any good answers here. In contrast to the way he's been talking down to Il-ri lately, Hee-tae's unwillingness to talk about his mother's illness really is just a matter of there not being any good way to have this conversation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 14 2015/01/13,
I wouldn't hold it against anyone for giving up on "Sensible Love" at this point. While the concept is good and the performances excellent, by design the story pretty much has to constantly run around in circles. As expected, Hee-tae is still waffling on the question of what to do about Il-ri, which makes his big dramatic statement last episode about how he's not really having second thoughts about the divorce all the more ridiculous,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 13 2015/01/12,
Joon's attempts at reconciliation predictably end in failure. What's especially sad about what Il-ri and Joon are trying to do is that their obvious genuflection toward Hee-tae simply doesn't mean anything. They just want the situation to go back to what it was before their ill-conceived emotional affair, and Hee-tae simply won't have any of it. As usual, it's not because Hee-tae has any kind of alternative in mind. The man's almost completely governed by his own sense of inertia,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 12 2015/01/06,
It figures that apparently the only context where Gi-tae and Ee-ri can get along is when they're drunk. Another fact worth noting- while Gi-tae and Ee-nee have been consistently portrayed as an obviously immature beta couple, neither of them are really all that young. Gi-tae is the same age as Il-ri, even if his speech usually defers to her as if she's older than he is. All of this serves to underscore an essential point- it's context that determines maturity more than any specific inherent quality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 11 2015/01/05,
Il-ri's last-ditch effort to try and get Hee-tae to stop acting so heartless rather predictably fails. It fails in part because it's an obvious performance. Il-ri tries to show Hee-tae that she's sincere by directly and openly stating the facts of the situation to other people who can hold her to it. Yet to the very end Hee-tae stubbornly refuses to engage with Il-ri emotionally,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 10 2014/12/30,
Hee-tae is continuing to delude himself into thinking that he can somehow just walk away from this marriage without there being any serious interpersonal consequences. As memorably demonstrated in one phone call, the rest of his family has absolutely no idea what's going on with Il-ri. To the contrary, they think things are going quite well. And Hee-tae himself is barely doing anything to defuse this notion as he hopelessly tries adjust Il-ri out of his life without hurting anyone else,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 9 2014/12/29,
The episode ends up not being as vicious as the last preview implied. Sure, there's definite violent bits going around, but it's like Hee-tae says. This kind of behavior really just isn't his personality. Hee-tae comes off less like a person who's actually angry so much as one who's acting angry because he's not really sure what the appropriate way is to deal with this kind of betrayal. All Hee-tae really knows for sure is that he has to do something,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 8 2014/12/23,
Hae-soo continues to be the best character, a fact that's frankly rather remarkable considering she can't actually directly affect any of the action. Her role in the story is mainly that of counterpoint. Il-ri and Joon may go on about their deep, reflective conversations considering insecurities regarding life and death. Hae-soo, meanwhile, faces far more tangible misery yet barely even complains. She just thinks how nice it would be to have a normal expressive life again. Beyond that, though, well...what is there to say?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 7 2014/12/22,
Pay note to the fact that, even though we're technically still in flashback mode, it's obvious that "Sensible Love" too is taking place at Christmastime. This would seem to imply that we're about to get out of flashback mode- except I'm not really sure what season it was when we started. At any event, given the major information that Hee-tae gets regarding his wife, it would seem like some major dramatic action is going to have to happen sooner or later,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 6 2014/12/16,
Il-ri is desperate for approval. Tempting as it may be to call it love, that's all I can really see when the woman shows up on-screen agonizing over making the right impression on Joon. I don't think it even matters that it's Joon. Il-ri will accept approval from any possible direction. In some ways it's a natural consequence of the woman's general isolation. I think the issue is less sexual as it just loneliness. Il-ri doesn't have any friends,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 5 2014/12/15,
The divide between real life and what seems to be a fantasy continues to remain an ominous presence in the story. Take particular note of the dual scenes where Il-ri takes her problems to Hee-soo. In both cases, Hee-soo is just sort of perplexed at how ridiculous the situation sounds. It's an aspect of real-life relationships that a lot of people don't like discussing for the exact reason presented here. Il-ri feels less like a person undergoing genuine emotional strife and more like a child acting out a delusional fantasy,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Descendants of Hong Gil-dong" 2014/12/13,
Family is very important in South Korea, but also in its entertainment. It often plays a big role in many genres. 'Descendants of Hong Gil-dong' combines a family comedy with action and adds to it an ensemble cast capable of handling both. The trick to making such combinations work is making each one matter in the progression of the other. The end result here is pretty satisfying,...More
What about 'daddy' Uhm Tae-woong? 2014/12/11, Source,
'Eom Force' has been a long time nickname of his. Uhm Tae-woong usually plays a strong and charismatic male character in movies such as "Revenge", "Wolf", "Devil" and dramas "The Equator Man" and "Sword and Flower". His recent movie was no different. He played the typical 'tough guy' and stood out by having a unique personality in most movies, which is why he has an even fan base from both women and men.
However, his image has started to change ever since he got married. He's become friendlier and nicer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 4 2014/12/09,
With these reviews I've been guessing and hypothesizing about whether or not Il-ri and Hee-tae can really be said to love each other. Then both of them come out and admit to having had the same insecurities about their relationship for pretty much the exact reasons I've described. This revelation doesn't make me feel smart for being right. It makes me feel a little ashamed, honestly, because it's honestly not clear whether the relationship would be in any trouble at all except that they're meta-analyzing it and wondering if they've somehow done love incorrectly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 3 2014/12/08,
The courtship between Il-ri and Hee-tae reaches an abrupt denouement here. To be entirely honest I was expecting the drama to just skip past this part and go right to the post-wedding period, but the courtship section is so short that's pretty much exactly what happens anyway. Their relationship really does just seem to be a simple matter of, hey, we're not teacher and student anymore, nothing creepy, let's get hitched,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 2 2014/12/02,
Il-ri's sheer dedication to romantic tropes is both adorable and worrisome. She makes it clear here that in no uncertain terms Hee-tae is her destiny. What came off as cute in the first episode is more troublesome here mainly because it's obvious that Il-ri's following a drama-style playbook without actually having the life experience necessary to realize that these tropes are just the stuff of fantasy. This is just a high school crush that she will one day grow out of,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 1 2014/12/01,
Director Han Ji-seung really loves trees. Seriously, just look at the cinematography here. Maybe it's just the location scouting, but I can't recall ever seeing that many trees in the same (suburban) place before. And it's not just in plant form that we find these behemoths in every frame. Wood also plays a large part in the background proceedings. The texture, the color, the simple serene beauty of nature- that, thematically, is what the camerawork is telling us about the story of "Sensible Love",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Sensible Love" 2014/11/29,
Extramarital affairs are not a happy topic for anyone involved. However, as it is a very common issue in any society, it is one worth exploring. The problem is that the nature of entertainment is to be what the word implies; entertaining. This can make it present such topics with lack of the necessary depth and respect. TvN's 'Sensible Love' or 'Valid Love' is therefore a gamble,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Clash of the Families" 2014/10/18,
As popular as the romantic comedy genre is in drama, Korean movies are not a medium that has really focused on it much. There are some nice films of course, but few and far between. When they get things absolutely spot on, however, it is a very entertaining and satisfying experience. 'Clash of the Families' takes a comedic turn at a Romeo and Juliet type of romance and its best qualities really make it one heck of a fun film,...More
Torch Relay Begins for Incheon Asian Games 2014/08/17, Source,
Actress Lee Si-young carries the torch in a relay for the Incheon Asian Games in the port city on Wednesday.
The torch for the Incheon Asian Games has begun travelling in Korea as it arrived from India on Wednesday. The flame was first lit last Saturday at New Delhi Stadium in India, where the sporting event was held for the first time in 1951. Upon arrival in Incheon through Weihai, China, it was combined with another flame that was lit on Mt. Mani, Ganghwa Island, on Tuesday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Divine Move" 2014/07/19,
Tae-seok (played by Jung Woo-sung) may be a high level Go player but the guy's also a bit of a wimp. His limitations become all too clear when an important play by proxy game with a gangster ends in disaster. Tae-seok, left for dead and eventually imprisoned, only has one path available to him. He leverages his Go skills to learn how to fight like a gangster, finally coming up with a plan and a team to emasculate the gang boss both by beating him at Go and also in a fistfight,...More
Jung Woo-sung, "I watch out for female looks" 2014/07/07, Source, Jung Woo-sung mentioned his ideal type of woman.
He said, "Of course I want to get married. I was thinking around my mid 40's, but it's not like I can decide on what's exactly going to happen. Everyone feels lonely at some point. However, I don't think I am that lonely – I try not to be",...More
The Divine Move (2014) 2014/07/04, Source,
"The Divine Move"
Genres: Action and Crime
Running Time: 118 min.
Directed by: Jo Beom-goo
Starring: Jung Woo-sung, Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Beom-soo, Lee Si-young
Synopsis: Professional Go player Tae-suk loses his brother to infamous underground gambler Sal-su after losing a high-stake game. He is framed for the murder of his own brother and is locked up in prison. He vows for revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his seven-year sentence, he gets in touch with his brother's former associates to get back at Sal-su and his men,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Cross" 2014/06/28,
Revenge dramas might be a common type, but they are also a very tricky genre to pull off well. While it is easy to pile misfortune onto the leads who will carry the aforementioned revenge out until audiences feel for them, going for more grey characters is harder. The villains are also an important element, since a lot of the dramatic tension and viewers' emotional investment relies on them keeping that feeling of injustice going. 'Golden Cross' succeeds in some aspects and fails in others, ultimately missing the mark for what could have been a great revenge story.
Kang Do-yoon (Kim Kang-woo) has a loving family of parents and a sister. He aspires to be a prosecutor and make a good living. When his sister is tricked into providing sexual favors for an important figure of the finance world named Seo Dong-ha (Jung Bo-suk) and is murdered by him, Do-yoon's father is framed for it. As he begins to look into the case and plan his revenge for what was done to his family, Do-yoon meets the prosecutor in charge, Seo I-re (Lee Si-young), who also happens to be the daughter of the murderer,...More
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Lee Si-young 2014/06/28,
An actor's image is a very important thing in South Korea and when it comes to dramas, role choices very often shape viewers' opinions about the artist. Or at the very least, the viewers' general feelings towards them. There are cases of stars who might avoid taking on roles that do not advance a cool and poised persona and comedy is not something everyone dares to touch, especially in physical comedy form.
Lee Si-young is someone whose image is a bit different and whose role choices have never been about how graceful she can look, but about how fun she can be. Having been active for no longer than 6 years, Lee has been in a variety of drama and movie roles, quite often within the romantic comedy genre,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/06/28, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Divine Move": Tae-suk is framed for his brother's murder after losing a high-stakes game of Go and vows revenge. (07/03)
★★★ "One Night Only": Two short dramas ("Night Bug" and "One Night") by directors Kim Jho Kwang-soo and Kim Tae-yong-I. (07/03)
★★★★★ "Mourning Grave": A boy able to see ghosts is stigmatised for it. He moves to rural school and befriends a female ghost but soon his classmates start disappearing around him. (07/03)
★★★ "BLACKDEAL": A documentary by Lee Hoon-kyu about public service and privatization in the developed world. (07/03)
★★★★ "Navigation": Three members of movie club take a trip to an isolated village and get lost. They witness a terrible accident and then follow a mysterious navigation device they find. (07/03),...More
[Guest Post] Must-watch Korean movies of 2013 2014/05/23,
If you thought that Hollywood and Bollywood were the only two major film making giants on the planet, you ought to think over again. The film industry has grown far and wide and today it is not just these two major film making phenomenon creating blockbusters every passing year. One such remarkable film industry is the Korean film industry. In recent years, the Korean film industry has grown by leaps and bounds in terms of the acting potential of the actors, the meticulously crafted scripts that make the movie going experience a fascinating one. To top it off, visual effects are essentially gaining an upper hand in almost every movie making them increasingly appealing to not just the Korean audiences but audiences worldwide. Given below is a list of the top Korean films released in 2013 that you cannot give a miss,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Golden Cross" 2014/04/05,
After a series of rating failures and poor handling of their dramas' plots, KBS is having another go at things with 'Golden Cross'. With a typical melodrama plot and a cast of talented actors, the series does not sound like something fresh, but perhaps the road most traveled will be helpful in getting out of the slump they have gotten themselves into,...More
Lee Si-young, from boxing to judo 2014/03/30, Source,
Actress Lee Si-young is coming back as a hot shot detective.
She stars in the new KBS 2TV drama "Golden Cross". Stills of the drama taken in Paju were released and she is suppressing a criminal with a flip on the back. It's hard to believe that this is her first time flipping someone over. The staff were worried about her opponent instead,...More
Lee Si-young Won't Box at Incheon Asian Games 2014/03/29, Source,
Actress and boxer Lee Si-young will not participate in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games in September as she failed to enter the final tryouts on Tuesday. She also missed the previous two tryouts. "She didn't have enough time to build up her skills for the bout", said Kim Won-chan, manager of Incheon City boxing team. "But we will keep working on her conditioning with the aim of getting her into the World Championships on Jeju Island in November",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips" 2013/07/20,
The minute this movie opens, the screen explodes with outrageous vintage colors and visual design. It was several minutes before I could fully process what was going on. The premise behind "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips" is pretty straightforward. The title sums up all you really need to know. But even though the concept is strong enough on its own, director Lee Wonsuk is determined lay out as much of the plot in as stylish and mind-bending a way as he can think of.
That's definitely the strong point of this movie, is that it just has so much fun with its vintage backdrop, that the cheery mood becomes infectious. The characters in the movie know exactly how dumb the idea of using guys with secret tips sounds,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.06.28 ~ 2013.06.30 2013/07/01,
Marc Forster's "World War Z" continues its reign at the top of the Korean box office. Forster's post-apocalyptic horror cleared 933,807 (46%) admissions during its second weekend appearance, giving Brad Pitt's latest 3.1M admissions to take to the bank. The film cost $190M to produce and has already comfortably grossed $259M worldwide ($124M of which came from its own U.S. screenings). Last week the film easily dislodged Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly" at the top, pulling in over 800,000 tickets more than Jang's highly successful second feature. This week the Korean showing was a little limp, with only "Secretly and Greatly" and Kim Yong-gyun's "Killer Toon" making the grade.
Summertime is horror time in Korea, and with that comes Kim's new film "Killer Toon" starring Lee Si-young, Uhm Ki-joon and Hyun Woo. The film opened its account with 390,729 (18.6%) admissions and follows the webcomic creator Ji-yoon (played by Lee Si-young),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Killer Toon" 2013/06/28,
Writer Ji-Yoon (played by Lee Si-young) seems to finally be making it as an artist. After signing a contract to put out a webcomic, she quickly rises to the top of the web rankings with her viscerally frightening horror comic. Ji-Yoon's success takes a rather dark turn when it's discovered that her drawings are near perfect replicas of actual crime scene photos and situations. This gives way to a rather bizarre and macabre mystery, as Ji-Yoon and the police race to unravel the reason for her drawings' apparent predictive abilities.
The highlight is, without a doubt, the ultra-stylized transitions between Ji-Yoon's artwork and the actual events pertaining to the crime. I can't really do these sequences justice with mere words,...More
Killer Toon (2013) 2013/06/28, Source,
Genres: Thriller and Horror
Running Time: 104 min.
Directed by: Kim Yong-kyun
Starring: Lee Si-young, Uhm Ki-joon
Synopsis: A series of murders resembling a horror webcomic occur and a detective goes out to unravel the terrifying truth of the comics,...More
Lee Si-young's glamorous body 2013/05/28, Source,
Actress Lee Si-young posted on her Me Today on the 27th, "Hello in a long time. I want to deliver news to you more often than I do. I am well. I am working out and making films. It seems like it's going to rain all day today. I hope you have a good day listening to the sound of rain".
Lee Si-young in the picture is wearing a white vest with a skirt and she is smiling brightly at the camera,...More
Lee Si-young in jeans and tank top 2013/02/12, Source, Lee Si-young posted "I'm late but Happy New Year and I hope you guys have a great year. The movie is out on the 14th! I might be there somewhere" along with a picture.
Lee Si-young is wearing a white tank top with skinny jeans. Her lean body without any excess fat proves she is a boxer indeed,...More
Actress Lee Si-young to Don Boxing Gloves for Team Incheon 2013/01/29, Source,
Actress Lee Si-young will join the boxing team of Incheon City, and the Incheon Sports Council said it will have a joining ceremony at Incheon City Hall on Thursday morning to hammer out all the details. At present, four boxers including Shin Jong-hun, a member of the national team, officially fight for Incheon. Lee will train with them and participate in bouts,...More
Hyun Woo joins "Stories" 2012/10/07, Source,
Actor Hyun Woo joined "Stories".
"Stories" is about a mysterious murder case surrounding a web-toon and a web-toon artist under the theme of a 'revengeful spirit',...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Couples": Destined Love for Better or Worse... 2012/02/11,
Now, I am not usually the type to gorge myself on such things, but when I came across Jeong Yong-ki's 2011 film "Couples" I just had to see what he had in store in the romantic comedy department. I am happy to report that I enjoyed Yong-ki's offering and it is definitely worth a watch for anyone looking for a light-romantic comedy that, while still playing on a tried and tested structure, manages to feel fresh and enduring. With Valentines Day just around the corner, this might just be the romantically inclined cinematic candy to mark the occasion,...More
Lee Si-young: 'Director Makes Me Control Myself'
Actress Lee Si-young, who never holds back while acting to present comical scenes in the KBS drama "Wild Romance", looks the most beautiful now compared to her previous dramas. Her natural appearance, such as her frizzy hair right after waking up, untidy makeup, loose clothes, and during hand-to-hand combat with men, looked completely ruined as an actress, but she looks the most beautiful and lovely in those scenes in her current drama. Lee Si-young (30) has been greatly praised for her appearance in "Wild Romance" (written by Park Yeon-seon and directed by Bae Kyeong-soo) by playing Yoo Eun Jae. Lee Si-young said, "Actually I am ready to present more comical acting in the drama, but the director is stopping me and making me control myself as he still regards me as the female protagonist (laugh), but Lee Dong-wook and I are always agonizing over how to produce laughter on the film set among the staff members. When the staff members laugh after looking at our acting, we become energized",...More
'Boxing Actress' Lee Hopes to Take on More Action-Packed Roles 2012/01/18, Source,
Since debuting four years ago, actress Lee Si-young has scaled impressive heights in her acting career and played lead roles in numerous hit TV dramas and movies. In the new KBS TV drama "Wild Romance", which began airing recently, she again finds herself the star of the show as a bodyguard tasked with protecting a baseball player who has received death threats.
"I had my long hair cut short to better suit the role of this tough character", Lee said. When asked whether it was hard to act in another action drama after just wrapping up the soap "Poseidon", where she played a Coast Guard commando, Lee said the role had made her more interested in seeking out similar kinds of characters,...More
Oh Jung-se gets married to childhood friend after 19 years 2011/10/17, Source,
Actor Oh Jung-se is getting married to his childhood partner after 19 years of being in a relationship.
He made an appearance on MBC's "Nollowa" on the 17th and was asked if he was still single to which he replied, "I have been married for 5 years. I married by partner from grade 6 after 19 years of being in a relationship".,...More
Actress Lee Si-young to Help Youngsters 2011/08/10, Source,
Actress Lee Si-young has been named a promotional ambassador for young people by Gyeonggi Province.
Lee will appear in promotional materials and video clips created by organizations in the province to support adolescents and children for a period of one year,...More
S. Korean Actress Lee Si-young 2011/06/11, Source,
Cute and sexy South Korean actress Lee Si-young poses for the camera in a recent event promoting a local inner wear fashion brand "Bodyguard MW".
The 29-year-old boxer-turned actress also works as a singer.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.25-2011.03.27) 2011/03/28,
Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.03.25~2011.03.27)
Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" creeps up to the top spot with 173,231 admissions. The critically acclaimed film stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. It's the story of King George VI's as he overcomes personal obstacles to fulfill his duty of taking up the throne of England.,...More
Actress Lee Si-young Wins Boxing Championship Title 2011/03/18, Source, Lee Si-young in 'overwhelming moment'
Lee perfectly triumphed in a referee stop contest (RSC) in the third round.
Actress Lee Si-young (29, belonging to Hong Soo Hwan's Star Boxing) performed well at the 7th Women's National Amateur Championships for Rookies and surprisingly won the championship title. Lee Si-young perfectly dominated Sung So Mi (belonging to Cheng-Am High School in Suncheon) in the 48-kilogram final held at the Andong Gymnasium by winning the match via RSC after fighting only one minute and 40 seconds in three rounds. In amateur boxing, the referee announces the RSC when the score differential between the two boxers is more than 15 points,...More
Chungmuro, the girls are coming 2011/03/02, Source,
Actresses in their 20s are heading for a shift in generation on Korean screens.
Last year, Chungmuro went through 'lead actress famine'. This year it's different. Yoon Eun-hye, Park Min-young, Lee Si-young, Kim Ji-won and other strongly characterized actresses have got the lead roles in movies for the first time since their debuts. Based on their popularity they gained so far, they are taking the next step and taking a challenge in movies.,...More
Lee Kyung-kyu wins grand prize at KBS Entertainment Awards 2010/12/26, Source,
Comedia Lee Kyung-kyu [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean comedian Lee Kyung-kyu won the grand prize at the KBS Entertainment Awards held over the weekend.
At the awards ceremony held at KBS' Open Hall on Saturday, Lee was awarded the top honor for his role as emcee of KBS variety show segment "What Makes A Man", part of entertainment program "Happy Sunday", which is one of the most-watched shows in the country,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Si-young back on track! 2010/06/05, Source,
It was known that Lee Si-young had been taking sleeping pills and worried her fans.
She is back on KBS show for entertainment news as the MC in a bright and cheerful mood!
Lee promised that she will take care of herself more knowing that there were people worrying about her after seeing a,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Si-young getting rained? 2010/05/06, Source,
Her concept seems to be lonely in Spring showers?
Actress Lee Si-young is in a style magazine 'TV&STYLE' May issue as the cover model.
She is the woman in the rain shooting for 12 hours for this photoshoot. It would be too cold for her to bear being wet for such a long time but she showed professionalism,...More
"Old Partner" wins Best Picture at Max Movie Awards 2010/02/10, Source, "Old Partner" director Lee Chung-ryoul (left) and producer Ko Young-jae at the 7th Max Movie Awards on February 9, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean documentary "Old Partner" won the trophy for best picture at the 7th Max Movie Awards on Tuesday.
"Partner" also took the prize for best movie poster at the annual event, which hands out its awards based on a survey on movie fans. A total 753,277 people participated in the survey conducted from January 5 through February 2 this year.
The acclaimed indie film -- which attracted over three million viewers in Korea during its limited theatrical release -- is about an old farmer couple and their lifelong friendship with an old partner, a 40-year-old ox.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Si-young and Jun Jin separated 2009/09/03, Source, Singer and entertainer Jun Jin and actress Lee Si-young have announced their separation of their relationship of 6 months.
Many people are saying that their separation is not surprising because it was probably the "We Got Married" program that led to their surge of feelings for each other that when they exited the program their feelings subdue,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Star couple! Jun Jin and Lee Si-young! 2009/06/27, Source, They were in a TV program, "We Got Married" where they met as coworkers, but now they are a couple!
Pretending to be a couple has developed their love for each other!
Lee Si-young was very unique and had her own attractiveness that Jun Jin was drawn to!
Jun said that Lee was a very different person but very fun to be around in the beginning.
Now they are more alike than ever and seem to be very in love!,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Lee Si-young in a new film! 2009/02/08, Source, New rising actress, Lee Si-young will be the main character for the new omnibus film, "Five Senses of Eros".
It is about 5 different characters who have different personalities and traits and share their most intimate lives.
Lee is one of the female high school students who takes on a challenge in a game of changing their boyfriend or girlfriend.
It would be only for a day that these 3 couples would change their partners which reveal,...More
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