[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 21-22 2017/08/23,
The kidnapping storyline resolved so abruptly there's not actually all that much for "Man Who Dies to Live" to do when it comes to producing a serious climax. Count Said Faid Ali spends a lot of time just hanging out at his daughter's house, being eccentric as always, his presence being tolerated mostly just so that Ji-yeong can get some work done. The comedy is just more of the usual. It's fortunate that "Man Who Dies to Live" is so short, since we're just about at the limit when it comes to twists on Count Said Faid Ali acting like a psycho,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 19-20 2017/08/17,
It's instructive how the other Ji-yeong sort of ruined things for the married Ji-yeong. Upon first meeting the other Ji-yeong, Count Said Faid Ali had assumed that his long lost daughter would be justifiedly resentful at having her father show up at such a late date. Instead, the other Ji-yeong was almost worshipful in his presence. So it is that the married Ji-yeong must now struggle with how Count Said Faid Ali is literally a jerk obsessed with money, but emotionally, can be a kind and caring older man,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 17-18 2017/08/16,
In a radical twist, Count Said Faid Ali's monologue this time indicates that, apparently, he was the villain all along? It's hard to come up with any other explanation for his stating such explicitly selfish motives. Likewise, it's a bit alarming that Ji-yeong, who has only just now realized the full scope of the elaborate conspiracy, almost immediately comes to a horribly cynical conclusion that, absent Count Said Faid Ali's internal monologue, we might have thought was unfair,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 15-16 2017/08/10,
Poor Ho-rim. He's only just gotten out of the ill-advised plan the other Ji-yeong had to get close to Count Said Faid Ali, and is promptly dragged into Count Said Faid Ali's own elaborate plot to confess to the truth to his actual daughter, in an even more convoluted and goofy fashion. I am relieved that Ho-rim has been shown to be so unsympathetic so far. It makes it easy to laugh at his well-deserved suffering by Count Said Faid Ali's hands,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 13-14 2017/08/09,
Once again, "Man Who Dies to Live" surprises me by...completing giving up on its current premise. Ho-rim is too terrified by his wife's entirely justified reaction to her husband being kissed by another woman to consider keeping the charade up any further. This sets off a chain reaction that destroys all existing subplots- although to be fair it was by mutual decision, since the other Ji-yeong had also gotten uncomfortable and Count Said Faid Ali himself was tired of pretending like he didn't know about the whole farce,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 11-12 2017/08/03,
Eun-bi (played by Ko Bi-joo) is the daughter of Ji-yeong and Ho-rim. This, by extension, makes her the granddaughter of Count Said Faid Ali, which makes her yet another useful reference point for Count Said Faid Ali's return to Korea. Count Said Faid Ali lacks family and with it, familiarity. So it's touching to see Eun-bi react with genuine kindness with the (as far as she knows) complete stranger Count Said Faid Ali, especially because it parallels Count Said Faid Ali's own eccentric brand of do-gooding,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 9-10 2017/08/02,
Right away a brief soliloquy makes it clear that yes, Count Said Faid Ali is suspicious about the other Ji-yeong although as is to be expected, his reasoning takes the form of an obscure fairy tale rather than real world standards. Which works, oddly enough. We already know that the other Ji-yeong isn't really motivated by money anyway, so it's not like trying to suss the situation out logically would be of much use,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 7-8 2017/07/27,
So you know that trope, that comes up in dramas where a character is searching for their lost parents/child, where they run into each other by accident and talk about family issues? Yet somehow, the conversation is always just vague enough that they don't make the obvious connections? "Man Who Dies to Live", to my great relief, does not fall into this bad writing trap. The other Ji-yeong quickly realizes she is not Count Said Faid Ali's daughter, and the conflict continues from there,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 5-6 2017/07/26,
We get some much needed "awww" here as the married Ji-yeong and Ho-rim get a cute moment together. Because I mean really, "Man Who Dies to Live" skirts dangerously close to having us straight up root for their divorce. It's comforting to know that Ho-rim does, indeed, have some positive qualities. It's just a shame that in his greedy quest for money and power Ho-rim must tell increasingly bizarre and elaborate lies in order to guarantee Count Said Faid Ali's continued interest in the bank,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 3-4 2017/07/20,
The other Ji-yeong (played by Lee So-yeon) is, at present, the most likely suspect for Count Said Faid Ali's daughter, although this is based on limited information. Count Said Faid Ali's information is filtered through Abdullah Mohammad Waliwala (played by Jasper Cho), and we've been getting hints that he is not to be trusted. It's just that Count Said Faid Ali is too eccentric to notice. Observe his bizarrely complicated plan for eventually meeting his daughter that in the short term just involves spending a lot of time with Ho-rim,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man Who Dies to Live" Episodes 1-2 2017/07/19,
Count Said Faid Ali (played by Choi Min-soo) is The Sheik- not literally, but that's the character type he aspires to. Such clichés about the Middle East are more than a little antiquated. It's hard to escape the sheer cartoonishness of Count Said Faid Ali's supervillain palace, complete with sexy women in blasphemous swimsuits that couple headscarves with cleavage. By the end of the sandstorm it's pretty thoroughly established that Count Said Faid Ali is from a pretty weird world,...More
Today's Photo: June 6, 2015  2015/06/06, Source,
Actress Kim Hyo-jin poses at a promotional event for a cosmetics brand in Seoul on Friday.
On June 5, Korean celebrities attended 'Fresh Real Rose Festival', an outdoor event for Lotte Department store. The place was decorated with 3,000 roses,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untold Scandal" 2014/09/19,
It's extremely tempting to view the crazy sumptuous games at play in "Untold Scandal" here as some sort of commentary on repressed Joseon sexuality. Director Lee Jae-yong certainly has enough fun with it from a cinematographic point of view. The sex is is hot and sensuous. If you're going into this movie expecting Bae Yong-joon to have lots of erotic fun times with many ample bosoms on display, you will not be disappointed. The film is exactly as advertised,...More
Singer Lee to Return to Stage After Law School 2012/08/16, Source,
Singer Lee So-eun, who debuted in high school but put down the microphone in 2009 to go to the U.S. to study law, is getting ready to return to the stage. She will give a solo concert in Seoul on Sept. 1. The 30-year-old singer has recently graduated from Northwestern University Law School in Chicago and found a job with a law firm in New York,...More
"Dong Yi" upholds No.1 spot on TV charts 2010/07/14, Source, Dong Yi (left: Han Hyo-joo) and Jang Hee-bin (right: Lee So-yeon) from the historical drama "Dong Yi-Jewel in the Crown" [MBC]
Ratings for MBC drama "Dong Yi" saw a slight decline this week but maintained its title as the most-watched Monday and Tuesday primetime drama in the country for the 14th consecutive week.
Figures from TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics) on Wednesday revealed that viewership ratings for "Dong Yi" stood at 29.1 percent on July 12 and 29.7 percent the following day, recording an average 1.7 percentage point drop compared to last week,...More
"Dong Yi" stays No. 1 show for sixth week 2010/05/19, Source,
"Dong Yi" actress Han Hyo-joo and Lee So-yeon [MBC]
Ratings for historical epic "Dong Yi" turned to a decline this week but maintained its position at No. 1 on TV charts for the sixth consecutive week.
Figures released by TNS Media Korea revealed that "Dong Yi", into its ninth week of showing, reported an average viewership rating of 25.3 percent on Monday and Tuesday, the figure falling by 1.9 percent from last week's average,...More
"Dong Yi" claims top spot on Mon-Tues nights again 2010/05/12, Source,
Official poster of "Dong Yi" [MBC]
MBC epic series "Dong Yi" reigned TV charts with high viewership ratings again, proving to be no match up against other dramas shown in the Monday and Tuesday prime time slot.
According to statistics released by TNS Media Korea, ratings for "Dong Yi" rose from 25.8 on Monday to 28.5 percent the following day, indicating that the show may soon breach the 30 percent mark since first airing on March 22,...More
Ji Jin-hee says "happy to break stereotype" as a king 2010/05/07, Source, Joint press interview with the cast of MBC TV series "Dong Yi"
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee on the set of TV series "Dong Yi" [MBC]Ji Jin-hee says he is "happy to break stereotype" playing a king The introduction of the "adorable King Sook-jong" was a landmark event for MBC TV series "Dong Yi" and the history of traditional dramas on the small screen. King Sook-jong is shown as a king who showers his royal blessings upon his servant court ladies with a bright smile, and one who runs around freely when he goes outside the palace walls for the first time. While the new character might have been born from director Lee Byeong-hoon's reinterpretation and writer Kim I-yeong's script, it was actor Ji Jin-hee who completed the transformation. We met the actor, who is showing new potential as a comic actor through KBS TV series "He Who Can't Marry" and film "Runaway from Home", at the joint press interview held May 6 on the Yong-in set of "Dong Yi",...More
Han Hyo-joo says she "hold fast" to her role in "Dong Yi" 2010/05/07, Source, MBC's "Dong Yi" is a big obstacle for new dramas "Giant" by SBS and “Secret Agent Miss Oh" by KBS that are premiering next Monday. "Dong Yi", which took off to a slow start with low ratings, has solidified its position after the airing of several episodes to see its ratings breach the 20 percent mark. The drama full of distinctive characters including Chun-soo (Bae Soo-bin), Dong Yi (Han Hyo-joo) and Jang Hee-bin (Lee So-yeon) have been main driving force behind the show's recent surge in popularity. Below are the excerpts from the interview on the open set of "Dong Yi". 10: At the first press conference, you were worried about the cold. How is the weather now? Jung Jin-young (Jeong): It's the same as it was before. The weather was below zero two weeks ago.
Korean actress Lee So-yeon (left) and actor Bae Soo-bin (right) [MBC]
10: Doesn't Chun-soo have the hardest time, even though the rest of the cast has a rough time too. Bae Soo-bin (Bae): The most difficult scene for me was when I fell from the cliff,...More
Jang Seo-hee wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards 2010/01/04, Source,
Korean actress Jang Seo-hee at SBS Drama Awards [SBS]
Korean actress Jang Seo-hee won the grand prize at the SBS Drama Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on December 31.
Jang was awarded the top honor for her role in "Temptation of Wife", which was one of the most-watched and most controversial dramas of the year for its sensational storyline.
"I didn't want to cry. I wanted to be cool about receiving [the award]".. said Jang in her acceptance speech. "I thought I wouldn't be able to win this because of the genre. I would like to thank writer Kim Soon-ok... I was in a slump for three years but she helped me make a comeback".,...More
[ChanMi's take] Lee So-yeon VS Kim Si-hyang! 2009/07/15, Source, The two beauties are wearing the same dress!
This so called 'Tarzan' dress is a very popular for its one shoulder style this year. Many fashionistas are wearing this in different ceremonies and events!
The dress gives a bright and cheerful image as well as a sexy look for the stars who wear this.
Who do you think looks best in these? Kim Si-hyang of Lee So-yeon?,...More
[ChanMi's take] Lee Jin vs Lee So-yeon 2008/08/28, Source, There must be a shortage of dresses out there in the fashion world! Why do so many Korean celebrities wear the same outfits that other stars have already worn? Lee Jin and Lee Seo-yeon wore the same black one-piece with a white ribbon.,...More
It is not too much to say that 2005 was the year of Daniel Henney. The model-turned-actor gained the status of a national heartthrob by playing angel-hearted doctor Henry Kim in last year's mega-hit televisi,...More
In New MBC Drama, A Good Wife and Mother Marries a Braggart 2005/10/07, Source, The phrase "a good wife and wise mother" is no longer the ideal model for a woman nowadays. In a world where women's' rights are respected and their advancement in society encouraged, the traditional good wife and wise mother model is equivalent to unilateral sacrifice and subordination for an incre,...More
Admiral Yi Sun-shin moves nation 2005/08/15, Source, An armada of Japanese warships gather around the Myeongryang Straits in September 1597. Intoxicated with the overwhelming victory a year before over the Joseon fleet commanded by Won Gyun, they expect to wipe out the remnants of Joseon naval forces in the upcoming battle. As warships from both sides,...More
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