[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Producers" 2015/05/09,
Experimenting and taking risks is not typical behavior for the Korean drama industry. KBS2 has been making great, even if not very successful efforts in diversity and its new Friday and now also Saturday timeslot is one example. Taking things one step further, "Producers" uses a powerhouse cast and production team to create a possible mix of formats between variety and drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 16 Final 2015/03/31,
It should come as little surprise that for the final episode "Hogu's Love" goes for the obnoxious sitcom antics that have characterized the bulk of the drama's run rather than the emotional heart that's been far more lacking lately. The first segment of the episode is devoted to the immensely creepy plan by Hogu and friends to get him back together with Do-hee. Seriously? It's supposed to be reassuring that they deliberately trick Do-hee into thinking she's a homewrecker?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 15 2015/03/30,
The obnoxious narrative dip into melodrama "Hogu's Love" has taken over the last several episodes is justified here by...another narrative dip into melodrama that's supposed to explain Do-hee's motivation, but really just served to remind me how she's a complete cipher. For a character to behave irrationally isn't necessarily bad- there's irrational people in real life too. But these problems exist on a basic scriptwriting level too, and mainly just emphasize the way this story is deliberately designed to serve a certain point. That point being that rape babies are a gift from god,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 14 2015/03/24,
The episode opens up with two important clarifications to two relatively important tertiary characters. While it's nice for matters to be made transparent, I can't help but continue to feel irritated that almost all of the energy in "Hogu's Love" is dedicated to having characters explain things to each other. This is especially true given that the big plot twist this time isn't even that relevant. We could have learned the true circumstances of Do-hee's pregnancy several episodes ago, and it would have changed absolutely nothing save that there would have been more time to actually build up the romance that's threatened by the cliffhanger,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 13 2015/03/23,
Apparently Do-hee has always had a problem with refusing to clarify misunderstandings for no good reason. While this is still a terribly annoying character trait, "Hogu's Love" does get credit here for finally treating it as a bad thing. The emotional climax of this episode features Hogu giving Do-hee a serious piece of his mind. And while Hogu does inevitably feel bad for being such a jerk, Do-hee really did need the wake-up call. Saying "you didn't ask" isn't an acceptable justification when Do-hee responds to most questions with either misleading obfuscations or indignant bullying (usually it's both),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 12 2015/03/17,
The mystery behind the parentage of Do-hee's baby is mostly unveiled, and with that the narrative function of her character can now be easily identified. Do-hee is a melodrama protagonist. She's a basically good person who has run into some outrageous misfortunes. Do-hee is trying to do the right thing even if her self-confidence is trying. It would appear that all of the scenes we've seen so far of Do-hee's emotional vulnerability were not the woman acknowledging her own flaws, but rather Do-hee just being too hard on herself in the face of emotional crises,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 11 2015/03/16,
The opening of this episode is in a completely serious mode. Hogu has figured out how Do-hee located the adoptive parents, and promptly calls her out for believing in an obvious scam. It's a fairly strong scene. Do-hee's forced to come to terms with her own hopelessly wishful thinking, and Hogu is attacked for having such a high emotional stake in a situation that really doesn't concern him. Then, in a scene so short you'll miss it by blinking, they get the baby back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 10 2015/03/10,
Now that Kang-cheol has been all but definitively cleared in terms of not being the baby's father, I'm increasingly unsure what purpose he's actually supposed to be serving in the story. Most of this episode is just comedic hijinx at Kang-cheol's obvious expense. If he was the father I could call this just desserts. As stands, though, "Hogu's Love" is just acting kind of mean. Contrary to what was implied earlier on it looks like Kang-cheol is only involved with this case at all because he, too, has an unresolved emotional attachment to the baby's real father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 9 2015/03/09,
I've gone from loving this drama to hating it to now just being kind of continually perplexed. And this is pretty much entirely because of Do-hee. I keep wondering what exactly she would have done if Hogu hadn't bullied his way into helping her. Do-hee acts, in several scenes quite explicitly, like other people should just help her for no apparent reason. Her apologies especially come off as rather hollow, mainly because Do-hee has to struggle to even remember she's supposed to apologize in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 8 2015/03/03,
This time "Hogu's Love" tries to hit the middle ground between the absurdity of last episode and the profundity of the drama's opening sets. The effect is somewhat mixed, mostly because this episode is filler. One character learns an essential part of the story background- and that's really about it. Do-hee has a huge emotional epiphany at the end, but it's not completely clear why,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 7 2015/03/02,
My last review for "Hogu's Love" was a bit harsh. It's not that I think my opinion was wrong so much as my expectations were probably unfair. First and foremost, "Hogu's Love" is a comedy. While the drama does have its moments of emotional tenderness those aren't the main selling point. As if to provide a pointed reminder of this fact, the entire first half of this episode is just Kang-cheol in apparently irrelevant flashback mode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 6 2015/02/24,
The good news is that we find out Do-hee's motivation for keeping the baby. The bad news is that her motivation is horrifically naive and idealistic magical thinking. The worst news is that "Hogu's Love" is expecting us to think that Do-hee has somehow made a noble choice. Do-hee opens up about her reasons to the one character most likely to call her out on being selfish and short-sighted- and he fails to do so. To the contrary, this man agrees to help Do-hee when only a few scenes prior he'd been wailing in agony because Do-hee really, truly has managed to make a huge mess of everything for more people than she could possibly know,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 5 2015/02/23,
As per the format we've seen thus far, Hogu starts out all happy-go-lucky, elated by recent events, until the reality of Do-hee brings him down a peg. Up until now I haven't minded Do-hee's unlikability so much because it seemed like we were going to get some character growth. But...I have to admit that after this episode, I have my doubts. In the first place it's a bit annoying that the big insult ends up being both unintentional and illogical. I eat those snacks all the time, and they cool down pretty fast,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 4 2015/02/17,
To date, the obvious explanation for Do-hee's reckless decision to bring a child into the world is that she just wanted a salve for her own loneliness. Hogu inadvertently discovers here that her motivation is actually quite different- and even more sad. Up until now I thought that Do-hee at least understood she was unhappy, but the poor woman hasn't even figured out that much. No wonder the episode ends with Hogu's pathetic sobbing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 3 2015/02/16,
We open up with the exciting hook from the cliffhanger. Then it's straight to Hogu losing his marbles after a violent altercation at the squid shop. Very tantalizing, "Hogu's Love"- avoiding the interesting material to mess around in flashbacks (and flashbacks in flashbacks), just whetting viewer interest all the more for some actual exposition regarding the relationship between Hogu and Do-hee. Well, I can forgive that actually, for two reasons. In the first place, the framing device sets up a lot of funny jokes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 2 2015/02/10,
There's not really much to explain about Do-hee. The woman has cruised through most of her life by using confidence and competence to intimidate people into following her orders. That's why she's so outrageously attractive to men. So it should come as little surprise that her ex-boyfriend Kang-cheol (played by Seulong) shares most of Do-hee's personality traits. That romance probably seemed like a much better idea before they realized a relationship can only have one dictator. And even that's one too many,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hogu's Love" Episode 1 2015/02/09,
Do-hee (played by UEE) is a professional swimmer in a real grumpy mood. We don't find out why she's in a grumpy mood until near the end of the episode, because amazingly, the advertising team behind "Hogu's Love" has managed to hide an essential part of the premise. In retrospect it actually manages to seem pretty obvious, but all the same, watch this episode ignorant if at all possible,...More
Lee Si-eon in "Hogu's Love" 2015/02/08, Source, Lee Si-eon in the new tvN drama "Hogu's Love", is concentrating on his script in a car. He's sporting a hairstyle that will soon be the Sin Chae-yeong look.
Lee Si-eon's role of Sin Chae-yeong is a cartoon genius from heaven who debuted with a band and has been in first place for everything such as number of hits, comments and star reviews. However, he's like a fool in real life and doesn't know anything about romance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Hogu's Love" 2015/02/07,
TvN has made a beloved genre out of its light and youthful romantic comedies. They have humor, likable young and older stars, good production value and they offer all the things viewers love about the pure version of these dramas. 'Hogu's Love' follows the same formula of upbeat quirkiness, but switches enough things around to potentially be quite a little unique show of its own,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Full House" 2013/10/11,
Depending on how big of a drama watcher you are, you might know a little or a lot about the 2004 hit series "Full House". This romantic drama starring Song Hye-kyo and Rain was quite the success during its original run, ending with ratings that reached a 42% peak with its last episode and becoming popular abroad, even resulting in a number of remakes made in other countries.
The premise of "Full House" is nothing new at this point. It is about the well covered topic of a business deal type of marriage leading to true love,...More
"Iris 2" to be Directed by Pyo Min-soo 2012/09/23, Source,
Director Pyo Min-soo is going to take control of "IRIS 2".
Pyo created the dramas, "Lie", "Full House", "Worlds Within" and others, earning himself the Baek Sang Grand Prize, Rookie Prize, the best drama chosen by the year 2000 media reporters, the best program chosen by viewers and more. He has been impressing people with his unique imagery and emotions so far but this time will take on the task of a spy action blockbuster drama,...More
On the set of SBS TV series "Coffee House" 2010/06/04, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" cast Park Si-yeon, Kang Ji-hwan and Ham Eun-jung take part in a shoot on the show's set in the city of Paju of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Step by step, ooh baby~ Gonna get to you girl~ As New Kids On The block's hit song "Step By Step" plays in the background, actresses Park Si-yeon and Ham Eun-jung swing their arms while stepping on the on the step machine. The always-chic Park Si-yeon is all smiles as she takes her steps to the rhythm of the music while Han Eun-jung, with a water bottle in her hand, appears to be closer to hopping rather than walking on the machine,...More
Kang Ji-hwan says "Coffee House" is adventure 2010/06/01, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo and cast members Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jung and Jung Woong-in pose during a press conference on the set of the show in the city of Paju in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A collaboration of director Pyo Min-soo and scenarist Song Jae-jung. Even at first glance, SBS TV series "Coffee House" seems like a hybrid drama. And the show, which Pyo himself had said would be "between a sitcom and drama", revealed it contains characters who cannot be classified as being simply funny or serious -- Lee Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan) hides his fussy personality behind his gentle smile and Han Ji-won (Jung Woong-in) believes he stands alone in the center of the world. That is why "Coffee House", now into its fifth episode, may be sort of a challenge that its crew and actors are taking on. They revealed what that challenge means for them and how they hope to be perceived during a press conference held at its set in the city of Paju in the Gyeonggi Province on Monday,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Coffee House" - Episode 1 2010/05/18, Source,
From left, director Pyo Min-soo, actors Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jung and Jung Woong-in of TV series "Coffee House". [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
An ounce of romance, another ounce of comedy and three ounces of fantasy are what usually make up a romantic comedy. Thanks to viewers' fantasy that the main character of a drama 'does not have to worry about making a living and has looks good enough to get him by anywhere', Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), a young and good-looking free-spirited best-selling novelist who is so fickle that he will decide not to attend his own book signing event for no particular reason, regards an unproperly sharpened pencil as a more serious issue than a signing contract,...More
Kang Ji-hwan wants "to break Mon-Tues TV ratings record" 2010/05/12, Source,
Cast of SBS' "Coffee House" Kang Ji-hwan (left) and Park Si-yeon (right) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
SBS' "Coffee House" is the second 'House' series from director Pyo Min-so and even in its production stage it is already causing a stir among the audience with its stars including Kang Ji-hwan's return to the small screen and the debut of T-ara member Ham Eun-jung as the leading actress. Ham plays the role of Seung-yeon who is an amateur in life living with no set goals while preparing for the level 9 public official test and after she meets a perfectionist novelist Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), decides to endure the pain in order to become a professional. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for the new drama "Coffee House" with Korean actors Kang Ji-hwan, Ham Eun-jung, Park Si-yeon and Jung Woong-in. 10: Could you explain a bit about the characters you will be playing? Kang Ji-hwan (Kang): I will be playing the role of Jin-soo who is a novelist. He is the most unusual and sort of four-dimensional type of character I have ever played before. I've been putting a lot of effort to give my character more personality by meeting with the director a lot of times since the planning stages of the drama,...More
Pyo says "Coffee House" is "in between sitcom and drama" 2010/05/12, Source,
"Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Joint press interview with director Pyo Min-soo of SBS TV series "Coffee House" Director Pyo Min-soo described the characters in upcoming SBS TV series "Coffee House" as people who "are free from certain restrictions". As a matter of fact, all his previous dramas were too different and various to be put into a single category. While KBS TV series "Full House" and MBC's "What Star Did You Come From" were romantic comedies, KBS' "In-soon is Pretty" was a unique drama which told about a character growing up and "The World That They Live In" in many angles shed light onto the loves and heartbreaks that characters working at a TV broadcasting station experience. In "Coffee House", director Pyo Min-soo tries to "prove that this drama is different from previous ones" by bringing realistic elements of a sitcom into the show such as incorporating the actor's real-life personalities and props. Through female character Seung-yeon's (played by Ham Eun-jung) transformation from an amateur to a professional working woman, Pyo tries to show a type of professional who is able to enjoy pain. At the drama's press conference held on May 10, the director shared his insight on how he tried to differentiate "Coffee House",...More
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