[HanCinema's Film Review] "Twenty" 2015/04/11,
I'm just gonna come out and say it- being twenty really sucked. Goodness knows culture tries to convince us that this was the greatest time of our lives, but the simple reality is that when we were twenty, we had no idea how the world really worked. And yet, we were just barely smart enough to think we had a grasp on what was going on, even if it was obvious that we did not. So it is with Chi-ho (played by Kim Woo-bin), Dong-woo (played by Junho) and Kyeong-jae (played by Kang Ha-neul). They became friends under peculiar circumstances, and these are the circumstances in which their relationships continue to awkwardly exist,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 12 Final 2015/03/27,
Almost the entirity of this episode is dedicated to the musical show where the titular team makes their debut. There's plenty of musical numbers and very little plot- which is fine by me, since I'm rather tired of discussing my irritations with the plot. Weirdly enough, aside from the cliffhanger most of the important story points were actually resolved last episode. The secondary love line, the coming out story, and the ever-annoying Scarlett are now well in the past. That leaves the primary love line and the archvillain Je-gook. And these plot points aren't really resolved by deliberate character action so much as just by random accident,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 11 2015/03/20,
Just when I thought "Sing Again, Hera Gu" couldn't get any more dumb and petty, the central conflict ends up being about security issues of all things. How did Se-jong even get into that office in the first place? Does the secretary just wave in everybody who she recognizes even if they're no longer clients? Why does Je-gook have a button on his desk that sets off the fire alarm- in what possible context could that be useful? Do bands regularly have guitar burnings in his office?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 10 2015/03/13,
The villains in "Sing Again, Hera Gu" are very petty. I honestly can't think of any other way to describe their behavior. Je-gook, a man who's supposed to be a power player in the world of music, seriously dedicates resources and witnesses here to commit a crime that practically amounts to a high school prank. They've got him dead-to-rights for burglary and vandalism- if the accomplices have any sense they'll sell out the famous dude to avoid jail time. At least, that's what our characters could do, if they would just call the police,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 9 2015/03/06,
As much as I enjoy parodies over the inherent absurdity involved in scripted television, I'm not sure "Sing Again, Hera Gu" is really in any position to be giving lectures over what constitutes comically bad writing. The big dramatic event this episode ends up turning into a rather petty, dumb scam that accomplishes very little except making Hera feel somewhat ill. For the record, an incident like this would probably provoke an investigation by the trade guilds. There are very serious regulations involved in who's allowed entry onto a set,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 8 2015/02/27,
Well I'll be darned. "Sing Again, Hera Gu" is one of the last dramas I'd expect to have a coherent, self-contained philosophical thread over the course of a single episode and yet here we are. Kudos to the production team- the theme here is confession, specifically of the romantic variety. Nearly every single character gets entangled in one of these somehow, and as the ending helpfully notes, what determines success or failure in this context isn't necessarily genuineness, but rather timing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 7 2015/02/20,
The direction in "Sing Again, Hera Gu" makes the drama look like a music video. That's not necessarily an insult, it's just that realizing this helps me to understand somewhat why the plot frequently takes such radical terms. In music videos, no one really cares about situations being overly melodramatic because they're so short. Car crashes, lovelorn crooning, secret conspiracies- heck, most music videos only even have vague verbal references to their "story" at all, relying mostly on visuals. So why should an Mnet drama be any different?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 6 2015/02/13,
Unfortunately there's not really much music this time. The main song is at the beginning, and it's more a standard music video than a real dance number. Instead, there's a lot more regarding the romance. Ray helpfully recaps us on the plot from his perspective- he came to Korea to meet his twin, but his twin is dead. His dream lives on, though, for the love of music and the love of Hera. While Ray was always on board with first plank of the plan, it's only just now that he can see the appeal of the second,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 4 2015/01/30,
So, the dark secrets regarding Se-chan and his separated twin brother are...not really explained that well actually. Well, sometimes people get babies confused. It happens. I mean let's be honest most babies look identical anyway. Actually I find myself wondering about their father...no, never mind. I don't want to know. If he's not in the picture that means he'll probably re-enter the story in a comically melodramatic way and "Sing Again, Hera Gu" is already constantly trying my patience with exaggerated tragedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 3 2015/01/23,
Apparently the first two episodes were just a prologue- the plot actually starts now, as He-ra tries to fulfill Se-chan's last wishes and bring the band back together. Note that the main important storyline point the drama needed to establish for this to work was just to show the six lead characters being buddies, but up until this episode they've barely even shared any screen time. Well, whatever. I'm mostly just relieved that "Sing Again, Hera Gu" has stopped with the excessive melodrama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 2 2015/01/16,
If I didn't know better I'd think this drama was deliberately trying to antagonize me. This episode has the exact same flaws and virtues that I discussed last time- except there's more flaw and less virtue. We have one really good, really fun song to start the episode out out. Then there's a big conversation about betrayal and the three characters not in the love triangle are almost completely sidelined as the whole episode turns into serious emotional drama about characters who have little defined motivation outside of childhood flashbacks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 1 2015/01/09,
Usually it takes multiple episodes for a drama to have issues with pacing and build-up, yet somehow "Sing Again, Hera Gu" manages to screw this up right from the start. First we get the actual auditions, then a huge ridiculously long portion that goes over the drama's love triangle in minute, tiring detail, and finally we get back to the music competition just in time for a cliffhanger right when things are about to get interesting. I'm not terribly surprised to learn that this drama has three credited writers and two directors, only one of whom seems to have any serious prior experience,...More
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Period Films of All-Time 2014/01/10,
Korean period features are big business that, when done right, really do bring in the big bucks. The past few years, in particular, have yielded some stellar titles that have seriously resonated with local audiences. This trend is set to continue in 2014 as a host of new historical dramas and action flicks are lining up to try and capture the public's imagination by re-framing the past in unique and exciting ways. Some of the historical films to look out for in 2014 include: "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant", "A Touch of Zen", "Pirates", "The Huntresses", and "Battle Of Myeongryang"; but before we usher in these new historical yarns, here's a quick look at the five highest grossing Korean period films of all-time that this year's entries will hope to challenge,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Grand Heist": Catch it When you Can! 2013/01/12, Film: "The Grand Heist"" 바람과 함께 사라지다 (Ba-lam-gwa Ham-gge Sa-ra-ji-da)
Director: Kim Joo-hoStars:Cha Tae-hyun, Oh Ji-ho, Min Hyo-rin & Lee Chae-youngReview Score: 4 / 5
Kim Joo-ho's first major feature "The Grand Heist" came into the charts last year when "The Thieves" had just hit its stride. Despite coming up against the likes Choi Dong-hoon's record-breaking hit, along with a few other money-makers both foreign and domestic, the film pulled together 4,909,937 admissions without ever being number one. That's a tally worthy of forth place in the list of highest grossing Korea films of 2012. A list led by "The Thieves" (12,983,182), followed by "Masquerade" (12,319,390), and that places Kim's heist flick almost two million behind "A Werewolf Boy" (6,654,390).
The film is set during Korea's favoured Chosun period, and here the royal family have control over the production and distribution of ice. In Kim's telling ice becomes a highly sought-after commodity that represents the indulgence and decadence of the rich and powerful, as well as the hopes and needs of the weak and in need. Jo Myung-soo, a royal nobleman played by Nam Kyung-eup, decides to put in motion plans that would give him exclusive rights and power of the ice trade. However, to do this he needs to take care of the resourceful and reckless Deok-moo (Cha Tae-hyun), and his dutiful father, as well Dong-soo (Oh Ji-ho), a skilled and incorruptible public office who watches over the ice warehouse and its workers,...More
K-Pop Festival in Incheon Promotes 2014 Asian Games 2012/09/18, Source,
The nation's largest K-pop festival took place at Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon on Sept. 9. Organized by the Incheon city government, the concert was held to promote the host city of the 2014 Asian Games and boost its tourism industry and the regional economy. Admission tickets to the annual concert were provided free of charge.
The Munhak World Cup Stadium in Incheon is packed with fans for the nation's biggest K-pop festival on Sept. 9.
The venue of Incheon K-Pop Concert 2012 was packed with K-pop fans from home and abroad. Information booths and dedicated entrances were set up to help spectators from foreign countries, including Asia, France, Spain and the U.K., and foreign guides were on hand to make sure things went smoothly,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.07.20 ~ 2012.07.22 2012/07/23, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review
The third film in Christopher Nolan's Batman series has arrived in Korea and was welcomed by a massive reception of 1,992,257 admissions! "The Dark Knight Rises" was flagged to challenge the likes of Marvel's "The Avengers" for the 2012 crown; But despite this amazing admissions count, can "The Dark Knight Rises" continue with this first weekend momentum all the way to the top? In the face of Mr. Nolan's much anticipated blockbuster, Park Jeong-woo's "Deranged" was convincingly shoved off the podium; claiming just 15.70% (494,866) of the total tickets sales at the weekend,...More
Wonder Girls Launch World Tour 2012/07/13, Source, The Wonder Girls launched the first leg of their Wonder World Tour 2012 on July 5th in Seoul, in the midst of five thousand fans. The Seoul concert was held at Jamsil Gymnasium, with the girls performing many of their hit songs like "Be My Baby", "Tell Me", "Nobody" and their latest "Like This".
The Wonder Girls were the first girl group to hold a solo concert in 2009, and were keen on showing how much they had matured at the latest concert. Rather than focusing on the visual elements and special effects, the girls showed off their voice through their live performances,...More
[SDA] Long VS Mini dress 2011/09/01, Source,
How was the red carpet during the summer?
The "Seoul Drama Awards 2011" was successfully held in Seoul KBS Hall on the 31st. Despite the steaming weather, many stars made an appearance on the red carpet outside.,...More
'Sunny - 2010 - 2010' brims with 1980s retro fun 2011/05/05, Source,
A scene from the teen drama "Sunny - 2010", which evokes the nostalgia of 1980s pop culture and the wonders of youth / Courtesy of CJ E&M
By Lee Hyo-won
Whether you feed on contemporary gum-pop or remain strictly '80s, the iridescently "retro-licious" film "Sunny - 2010" will brighten up your day. Besides, 2NE1 sports the double denim look Madonna pulled off back then,...More
Top Actresses Join Charity Drive 2011/02/16, Source,
Some of Korea's most glamorous actresses gathered on Tuesday to help youngsters who are the main support of their household. The 2nd Pink Wings Campaign is hosted by fashion magazine Vogue Girl and Gangnam branch of Shinsegae Department Store,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Min Hyo-rin's new NYLON shoot 2010/02/18, Source,
Actress Min Hyo-rin has been in the fashion magazine NYLON.
The drama "Triple" had starred Min as a young high school girl with no makeup.
However, in this fashion photoshoot, she has transformed into a Etude model for cosmetics!
She looks more mature and lovable with her new look.
The LED lipstick is visible and is bright. The pink, p,...More
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