[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bad Family" 2014/03/22,
When it comes to the concept of family, Korean dramas usually go for a traditional approach. Biological nuclear families. The types of parents we see in them are also very few. Sometimes, they seem to be there just to oppose a union, nag and bring humor or then melodrama. But sometimes, a drama will step out of those tropes and offer something new. "Bad Family" is all about the most unconventional step-family one could imagine. It also turns out to be a great piece on what makes a family and what is important in human relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Special - Something Like That" 2013/10/16,
Joon-Hee (played by Song Ha-yoon) is a sweet lonely woman. She has little in the way of friends and family and has difficulty opening up to people, but is a very sunny cheerful person when she wants to be. Joon-Hee ends up picking a place of questionable appropriateness to start trying to open up- at the first year memorial of her old co-worker Tae-Soo (played stone-cold by Jo Yeon-woo), where she proceeds to try and get close with his surviving family members,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 7 2013/07/10,
It happened. Someone broke. Na-ri completely snapped and went off the deep end. It was horrifying, yet amazing. Lee Young-yoo as Go Na-ri carried this episode on her small, but very capable shoulders. Na-ri has been bullying Ha-na and Bo-mi in attempt to take the limelight off of herself. She stole one friend's wallet and took secret swimsuit photos of another and blamed both incidents on Ha-na. As a result, Ha-na has been wrongfully terrorized and ostracized. I've been waiting for Ha-na's name to be cleared, but I've also feared it, just as Na-ri has. If Na-ri comes clean, the animosity of the kids will turn on her. Her rich, demanding, school board mother will be disappointed. Ma will inflict some unknown punishment. Ha-na's name does get cleared near the end of the episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] The Queen's Classroom Episode 2 2013/06/16,
"The Queen's Classroom" is absolutely riveting. It has a magnetic emotional draw that is created by a combination of excellent writing, music, directing and acting. Especially the acting, which is essential in a character-driven drama. These kids are simply amazing. Most dramas rest on the shoulders of adults, but this one rests firmly on the shoulders of a classroom of twelve-year-olds. That's quite a task for such a young cast. Their leader, Ko Hyun-jung, brings frightening life to her well-written character, the mysterious and cruel Ma Yeo-jin. Ma is darkly clever and uses that to terrorize her students. When one student, Go Na-ri (Lee Young-yoo), takes courage and tells her school board mother about the things happening in the classroom, the kids take hope that their school situation will improve,...More
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