[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 31-32 Final 2017/07/18,
The final clean-up takes place pretty quickly. Really, once it's established that the right people were digging in just a little deeper, and that most of last time's cliffhanger was just a matter of dramatic license, there really isn't any direction for Gi-joon to go except for straight down. There is, naturally, also the gratification of seeing all the other villains brought in one by one and punished for their transgressions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 29-30 2017/07/17,
Now that enough of the conspiracy has been brought to light, the only real outstanding question is whether Ji-hoon will be brought to justice. Ji-hoon has always enjoyed the most protection because of all the people who have benefited from the allegations against the former Queen, Ji-hoon's boons have been the most subtle and obscured. All the same, Queen Jungjeon needed some sort of high level ally. And attempts at making Pil-yeong and Woo the fall guys run into some obvious logical problems,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 31-32 2017/07/11,
The backstory revelations end up going down a lot better than I was expecting, because the emphasis is less on the danger child Woo's actions have on adult Woo's relationships, and more on the central character flaw both Woos possess- arrogance. I was somewhat surprised to see that even as a child Woo was considered an all-star at the royal court, but this is consistent with what we've seen from the very first episode. Woo may well have been thought of as a good potential match for Princess Hyemyeong even at that time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 25-26 2017/07/10, Yoon Se-ah is very good as Queen Jungjeon. She's striking a very difficult balance- Yoon Se-ah is playing someone who is being a very fundamentally bad actor. Queen Jungjeon isn't using to anyone talking back to her, and is in constant panic mode, for all her bravado, that someone is going to find out that she is a fraud. Queen Jungjeon does manage to slow Princess Hyemyeong down a little bit with some key revelations, but we can tell just from the nervous way her haughty noblewoman laugh sounds that internally, Queen Jungjeon is freaking out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 23-24 2017/07/04,
Even the romantic action in "My Sassy Girl - Drama" is light, as Woo makes a breakthrough in the investigation and proceeds to try and avoid telling Princess Hyemyeong about it. This predictably leads to a brief interruption in their giddy love affair, as she is mad at him. But don't worry- slowly and surely, bit by bit, they come to another understanding as Woo makes it clear that he is one hundred percent on Princess Hyeomyeong's side and isn't going anywhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 21-22 2017/07/03,
The larger conflict is once again put on the back burner. Prince Darhan has gone home, leaving Woo and Princess Hyeomhyeong to swoon over each other privately. I like Woo's sense of diplomacy. He can ask for pretty much anything from royalty right now, and rather than getting greedy, Woo is sensible and basic in his desires. Woo, and Princess Hyeomhyeong for that matter, are quite patient and more than willing to live life a single day at a time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 19-20 2017/06/27,
By the end of episode twenty we get to the big exciting climax where Woo has figured out a way to expose a conspiracy. It's satisfying as expected, because even if there's no direct evidence implicating Gi-joon, his participation in the broader scheme can definitely be used to put his credibility into question somewhere down the line. But why did we need four episodes to get to this point? The conspiracy only had minimal exposition, and the remaining screentime has mostly just been about the love triangle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 17-18 2017/06/26,
Prince Darhan (played by Chris) is the main dominant presence here, and the man's bad news. He's really nice. Really, I just can't get enough of the guy smiling good-naturedly and engaging Princess Hyeomhyeong with all these corny pick-up lines. Best of all, Prince Darhan tends to just ignore Gi-joon, and doesn't especially care about the pomp and circumstances of royalty. Prince Darhan is quite the charming guy, save for the problem of Woo being Princess Hyeomhyeong's actual love interest,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 15-16 2017/06/20,
While Woo and Princess Hyemyeong have made great progress in terms of finally discovering that Gi-joon is behind the conspiracy, there remains one glaring problem. They can't do anything about it. All concrete evidence of Gi-joon's activities has been successfully destroyed. While Princess Hyemyeong is right that she has to do something, Woo is also right in pointing out that their position is far too weak to actually challenge Gi-joon on anything right now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 13-14 2017/06/19,
Woo and Princess Hyemyeong are largely sidelined for these two episodes. Indeed, the big climax barely even features them at all. Instead, Choon-poong (played by Shim Hyung-tak) pops out of nowhere to helpfully identify what's going on at the butcher shop. It's pretty clear Choon-poong wants us to think that he's an idiot, when he is in fact one of the more competent characters in a drama where nearly everyone is at least of above average intelligence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 11-12 2017/06/13,
It was only with these episodes that I noticed that the parents of the lead characters are also the principles in the related royal conspiracy plotline, and the parallels are noteworthy. King Huizong, like Princess Hyemyeong, is oblivious to the real threat facing the royal family, only seeing the surface level. Gi-joon, like Da-yeon, is very good at seeming nice and helpful when in fact his every action is mean-spirited and destructive. Pil-yeong (played by Jo Hee-bong), like Woo, is a smart guy with a good reputation who is struggling to figure out how deep this rabbit hole goes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 9-10 2017/06/12,
So I appear to have misread Joon-yeong's character. Apparently he's not Princess Hyemyeong's love interest at all, but rather the protagonist in the parallel storyline about trying to figure out who kidnapped Princess Hyemyeong and why. Joon-yeong has his work cut out for him. Not only is he dealing with an elaborate conspiracy far beyond his pay grade, but Princess Hyemyeong, the person who Joon-yeong is supposed to be protecting, isn't aware of the danger because as far as she knows the pawnbroker was acting alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 7-8 2017/06/06,
One of the better clarifications "My Sassy Girl - Drama" has been making lately is that there are in fact two Princess Hyemyeongs. The first one, the one that exists in the real world, quickly gets vindictive about perceived personal slights. But once the conflict is resolved, she is mostly willing to forgive and forget. By contrast the second Princess Hyemyeong, the one that exists in Gyeon-woo's imagination, continues her personal grudges forever, driving Gyeon-woo completely mad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 5-6 2017/06/05,
The opening of the fifth episode is an extended replay of the last scene of the fourth episode- and it really is a perfect example of how good editing can turn a borderline unwatchable sequence into a genuinely entertaining one. We get a lot more exposition about why the pawnbroker is a bad dude who got what was coming to him. More importantly, Princess Hyemyeong gets some badly needed positive personality traits. She made the mess here, not as a consequence of her being a fickle psychotic, but out of a genuine concern for justice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 3-4 2017/05/30, Oh Yeon-seo's central expression as Princess Hyemyeong is very appropriate. Even in pictographic form, she looks horrifically sinister. So all the time Gyeon-woo is talking about his efforts to try and meet her again, I'm just thinking to myself, do you really think that's a good idea? And predictably enough, upon finally actually finding Princess Hyemyeong, Gyeon-woo once again faces peril and disaster for no apparent cause,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Sassy Girl - Drama" Episodes 1-2 2017/05/29,
The first half of the first episode of "My Sassy Girl - Drama" consists entirely of an elaborate royal conspiracy. It involves nighttime, massive swordfights, escapes, a perilous childbirth scene, and is generally completely indistinguishable from a serious historical drama prologue. Then we flash forward ten years later and scholar Gyeon-woo (played by Joo Won) is trying to maintain balance on a boat while narrating about how cool and beloved he was back in China,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Wacky Switch" + DVD Giveaway 2016/12/31,
Dong-hwa (played by Jung Joon-ho) is following his dream in life to be a famous writer. Unfortunately Dong-hwa can't write for snot. Once family, friends and fate have conspired to make Dong-hwa surrender what little of his pitiful pride remains, the man reluctantly takes on a job as ghostwriter for Man-cheol (played by Son Chang-min), who has led a fairly interesting life. We start to see "A Wacky Switch" take place as it becomes clear these two have talents the other would find useful,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Father and Son: The Story of Mencius" + DVD Giveaway 2016/12/31,
In the cutthroat world of South Korean education, success goes to those who can score an apartment in a gentrified area with good schools. So it is with fishmonger Man-soo (played by Cho Jae-hyun), who following the story of Mencius, drags his son Sa-seong (played by Lee In-I) to Seoul in the hopes of getting him a better education. Alas, Sa-seong would rather just sing songs and hang out with local bad girl Hyeon-jeong (played by So Yi-hyun), whose own father figure Kang-doo (played by Son Chang-min) brought her to Seoul with the same gambit in mind,...More
Korean drama of the week "Heartless City" 2015/07/16, Source,
Korean drama of the week "Heartless City" (2013) Directed by Jang Yong-woo, Lee Jeong-hyo Written by Yoo Seong-yeol Network : jTBC With Jung Kyung-ho, Nam Gyu-ri, Lee Jae-yoon-I, Son Chang-min, Kim Yoo-mi, Choi Moo-sung,... 20 episodes - Sat, Sun 21:50 Formerly known as "Undercover" (언더커버, eon-deo-keo-beo) and "Cruel City" on HanCinema Synopsis Nam Gyu-ri sizzles and sways in this noir thriller about getting in too deep. When her best friend suffers a brutal fate while undercover in the crime underworld, Han Soo-min is driven to pick up where her friend left off. But in the shadows, there are no rules and no reason: Soo-min falls for the organization's king pin, who also happens to be the prime suspect of her friend's murder. With a betrayal at every corner, can Soo-min afford to trust the unjust? As with all things noir, expect seduction, femme fatales and mystery!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 21 - Final 2015/01/13,
The final episode changes genres somewhat, as almost the entirity of the runtime takes place in a courtroom. This shouldn't be that surprising, really, given that the characters are all prosecutors, but the shift is a somewhat odd one. Technically the trial is just a rehash of information that we already know. Even the final twist that helps the team take down the bad guys once and for all has been pretty obviously and clearly foreshadowed, though it's never actually stated outright until the final showdown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 20 2015/01/12,
Almost all of the outstanding questions regarding the past case are clearly answered here, and the explanations we get aren't terribly reassuring. In short, most of the terrible mistakes that resulted in tragedy were in fact well-meaning ones. In fact, on multiple levels the question is raised whether from a legal perspective the crimes were actually even that serious. Not that many people actually made a premeditated effort to commit capital offenses,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 19 2015/01/06,
You have probably noticed throughout this drama that every so often Dong-chi and Kang Soo get into a big fight with a huge mob of men who appear to be gangsters, although they have somewhat more legitimacy than that. The loose end resolved this episode regards the existence of this large mob. They're not really brought to justice exactly- that much will likely be beyond the scope of "Pride and Prejudice". The main point of this segment is to emphasize that these back room deals are being dealt with in the immediate sense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 18 2015/01/05,
Technically the story is in an epilogue phase right now. The main culprit has been apprehended. The lingering question is about the unaddressed coincidences. I appreciate that the characters in "Pride and Prejudice" aren't just taking a victory lap, even if that's obviously what Yeol-moo wants to do. The conspiracy to date has already been so outrageously complicated that it's hard to imagine the entire sequence of events could be unraveled so easily and so quickly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 17 2014/12/23,
And just like that, it's over. There was, in fact, a very good reason why Hee-man spent most of the last episode off camera. While it's gratifying to know that the bad guys aren't the only ones who uses heavy misdirection to manipulate the situation into their favor, at the same time it's a little aggravating realizing that a lot of the confusion in the story lately was in fact the result of screenwriting tricks designed to prevent too much information from becoming too obvious too quickly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 16 2014/12/22,
It's back to mostly internal soul-searching here, as the team analyzes evidence they already have rather than finding anything new. Oddly enough, even though Hee-man has been a huge factor lately, as well as the entire emotional impetus behind the cliffhanger, he's barely even present in this episode at all. The threat at this point is less the single person who may or may not be the mastermind as it is the gaggle of gangsters molling about,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 15 2014/12/16,
The questions brought up last episode are mostly answered here. Events have clearly been orchestrated in such a way to set up an obvious scapegoat. Technically this revelation is the cliffhanger, but such is the nature of "Pride and Prejudice" that it's much easier to work out what the drama's doing by going backward rather than forward. We've finally confirmed one suspiciously friendly character as being a villain, although this person's overall angle remains entirely unclear,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 14 2014/12/15,
It's another confusing episode- confusing in a good way, I guess, since the modus operandi of "Pride and Prejudice" at this point is to keep us guessing. So, for that matter, do the villains. There are strong indications right from the beginning that they actually do want Dong-chi to succeed, to some limited unknown extent. Help ends up coming from a rather unexpected place right before the situation appears to turn suddenly and harshly lethal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 13 2014/12/09,
The characters are entering a period of convergence. One villain is explicitly and surprisingly given a face when he has an unexpected encounter with Dong-chi while he's out investigating with Yeol-moo. It's odd to see how in many ways the bad guys are in fact enabling the investigation through their hurried attempts at trying to pull a last-minute cover-up. It makes the lead characters notice activitiy in areas they might not otherwise see,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 12 2014/12/08,
Note the way the characters talk to each other in this drama. It only got serious recently, and it was barely present at the beginning at all, but the only way I can really describe their tone is just hostile politeness. This reaches its most ridiculous point when, right after a huge massive streetfight, a character no one even recognizes shows up and starts speaking in the same measured tone. It's not even really sarcasm, just...a middle ground between open hostility and formality?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 11 2014/12/02,
While I can understand why investigations into the case of Yeol-moo's brother are inconsistent, keeping track of theoretically ongoing investigations is a somewhat more complicated hassle. I like what "Pride and Prejudice" is doing on a thematic level. It's taking a simple case of sexual harassment and relating it to larger, systemic abuses of power rather than some ill-defined notion of patriarchy. All the same it's a little difficult to give that plot thread the full attention it deserves when the drama keeps zig-zagging around romance and parental issues,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 10 2014/12/01,
Enough clues have been put together in regards to the overall mystery that Yeol-moo and Dong-chi are able to make serious progress here. Oddly, they're only really putting together one clue that us viewers have already been aware of for some time. But it's clear from how emotional Yeol-moo gets that this is the difference between theory and practice for them. They might actually be able to find out what happened to her brother. They've been groping about in the dark for so long that it's a shock for them to actually hit something solid,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 9 2014/11/25,
Very little seems to actually be happening at this point in "Pride and Prejudice". I hope you liked the cliffhanger from last time because this episode just restates it. The situation has been thoroughly analyzed in pretty much every way imaginable. The main lingering unanswered questions are how and why, and without even a side investigation for anyone to focus their talents on, the lack of answers here is a bit annoying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 8 2014/11/24,
This episode is a look at what the investigators do in their off-hours when work is obviously on their mind. For Yeol-moo and Dong-chi this is, unsurprisingly, to go over in minute detail all the information they have regarding what happened to Yeol-moo's brother. Other characters actually let loose a little, and surprisingly enough, it's the ones that are having fun who end up causing the mess that no one's sure what to deal with,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 7 2014/11/17,
I'm appreciating the odd home life of the investigators more and more lately. These characters have a very stressful job, not so much because they're dealing with criminals, but because they're constantly forced to stop and admit that there aren't really any more obvious clues at the moment. Coming from that circumstance, it's really nice to be able to come home and just do normal human interaction stuff for awhile. Talking to a kid, for example, is fun, even if I'm increasingly unsure that the kid should even be there,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 6 2014/11/11,
Last episode's accident takes on immediate focus here, and for a time "Pride and Prejudice" once again does a great job reminding us what the difference is between TV investigators and real one. I'm genuinely not sure I've ever consumed a piece of fiction where one of the good guys accidentally kills a criminal, and this is actually treated like a bad thing. Usually their buddies bend over backwards to say it wasn't their fault, and anybody so impertinent as to suggest the loss of human life is always tragic regardless of circumstance is branded as a naïve do-gooder,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 5 2014/11/10,
We open up with an exploration of Dong-chi's involvement with Yeol-moo's little brother's case. No information is hidden here for the sake of dramatic impact later on, even if the entire set-up to begin with was a fairly fantastic coincidence. Even though we know how the story's going to end, there's quite a bit of tension going on with young Dog-chi. On a basic level, this is the story of his greatest failure, even if at the time he was just a kid with no way to know how to handle this kind of crisis situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 4 2014/11/04,
For all the hoopla regarding the technical problems involved in pursuing the current case, the actual mystery resolves with relatively little real difficulties. The clue that ends up bringing everything together ends up being an observation regarding additional evidence that was implied to have existed by some of the CCTV footage, but which the characters haven't investigated because it's a bit of a lateral thinking puzzle. In all fairness given the sheer quantity of CCTV footage on display here it's understandable that no one thought of this sooner,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 3 2014/11/03,
The emphasis this episode is on office politics rather than an actual mystery. I suppose it was inevitable, really. Yeol-moo is still a greenhorn investigator, and what with all the general heroism of the first two episodes, she hasn't really had a chance yet to appreciate the fact that they can't save everyone. What's more, even mostly sympathetic characters can come off quite heartlessly when placed in a situation where they can either go home or follow-up on mostly useless clues,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 2 2014/10/28,
I really admire just how professional all the characters in "Pride and Prejudice" are. Yeol-moo and Dong-chi, rather than trying to keep their past relationship a secret for no good reason, are completely open about the situation. Yes, it's mildly embarrassing, but someone was going to figure it all out sooner or later. This also allows for other characters to have their personalities fleshed out by reacting to this unexpected situation. Typically, this too is done professionally. All around the investigative team is a class act,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pride and Prejudice" Episode 1 2014/10/27,
This drama quite literally wastes no time with introductions. It barely even offers any explanation as to the premise. Dong-chi (played by Choi Jin-hyuk) is an experienced criminal investigator. Yeol-moo (played by Baek Jin-hee) is a rookie criminal investigator who used to date him. OK, all the character relationships are cleared up? Then let's shut up about everyone's personal lives and get right to the mystery!,...More
[Spoiler] "Good Day" ends on a happy note 2014/10/05, Source,
The final episode of SBS weekend drama "Good Day" showed Han Song-jeong (Kim Mi-Sook) getting married with Nam Goong-yeong (Son Chang-min) and finding her own happiness.
Song-jeong's first daughter Da-ae (Hwang Woo-seul-hye) cried when her stepson Eun-chan (Jeong Jae-min) called her 'mom' and Song-jeong's second daughter Da-jeong (Park Se-young) successfully gave birth. Song-jeong told Da-jeong who had been through the pain of child-birth, "You've just met the greatest friend you'll ever have, I told you how happy I am because of you three",...More
Celebrities Pitch in to Back Candidates in General Election 2012/04/03, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae (second right) and her husband pose with Saenuri Party's candidate Chung Jin-suk (second left) on his campaign site.
As the April 11 general elections approaches, celebrities are rolling up their sleeves to support their favorite candidates. Candidates with connections in showbusiness say they are receiving a huge boost in their campaigns.
Actress Lee Young-ae and her husband appeared at a political campaign rally for Chung Jin-suk, a former senior secretary for political affairs at Cheong Wa Dae. Lee and her husband are friends of Chung, who is running on the ruling Saenuri Party's ticket,...More
Stars spice up campaigns 2012/04/03, Source,
From top left: Lee Young-ae, Song Il-gook, Choi Myung-gil Chung Mong-joon of the ruling Saenuri Party, right, the incumbent representative for Seoul's Dongjak B constituency who is standing again in the April 11 parliamentary elections, greets citizens on their way to work with his nephew Chung Dae-sun and his wife Noh Hyun-jung, a former KBS anchor, in front of Joongang University Hospital, Monday. / Yonhap
By Park Si-soo
Several candidates are running a star-studded campaign in the lead-up to the April 11 National Assembly elections. This is made possible due to their personal ties with movie stars, TV presenters and beauty contest winners, triggering a sense of jealousy among their rivals,...More
Teenage stars into 'dignified' actors 2008/06/26, Source, No matter how much time has passed, important friends and friendship don't change. It's the same for Sports Seoul, which has cried and laughed with its readers for 23 years. The stars who covered the pages of Sports Seoul also stayed with the readers. June 22 1985. Let's take a look at the stars who have grown after the first publication of Sports Seoul.
Hwang Shin-hye, who rose to stardom with 1986 MBC drama "First Love", had perfect looks to the point that she was called a 'computer beauty'. Although it's been 20 years since her debut, she still shows off her beauty and perfect body with a fitness video and photo shoots. You can't find any indication that 23 years have passed, and the only thing old about her previous picture is her hairstyle.,...More
All three major television networks will start new weekend dramas for the entire family in February.
KBS will air "Mom's Dead Upset", which deals with four-generations living together and the va,...More
Japanese-Born TV Star in 'Reverse Export' 2006/02/24, Source, The Japanese-born actress Yoo Min (27) is preparing for a triumphant return her homeland via the small screen. At a press conference on Thursday, Yuko Fueki, as her birth certificate reads, confirmed she has signed a contract with the influential m,...More
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