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  • Today's Photo: October 18, 2019 [3]

    2019/10/18, Source
    Actress Kim Ye-won poses at a promotional event for a fashion brand in Seoul on Thursday,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 12

    The tone for the final episode is a surprisingly somber one- there are very few jokes, just serious questions. Namely, does this relationship have any future? Doesn't the very idea of living together without being married imply that this was always just going to be a temporary situation? The worst of it is that most of the crises are not prompted by actual relationship problems, but rather employment issues that would appear to make these relationships too inconvenient to continue over time,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 11

    The transition between opening monologue and opening sketch is actually fairly smooth this time. The joke, to the extent there's a joke at all, is simply that even when living with another person, while they're at home with you, you can still feel lonely. Smart phones are the obvious culprit. There's just something so imminently sad about a grown man who would rather look at pictures of cars than actually go out and do something with a car. And his girlfriend,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 10

    The sketch comedy moves more even-handedly into hit-or-miss territory. Some of the jokes are funny and others are not so funny. That's a bit of a simplistic statement but then "The Lover" is a bit of a simplistic show, however much the voiceover tries to add pretension to the proceedings. I frequently get the impression that the production team comes up with the sketches before the voiceover, since it's rare for there to be a unifying theme. Or at least a normal theme. As far as I can tell the main obvious theme here is set decoration,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 9

    The emphasis this episode shifts to moody voiceover. While I appreciate the token attempts made by "The Lover" for the sake of seriousness, these statements are increasingly getting rather out of proportion to the actual emotional seriousness of the drama. The story, to the extent "The Lover" even has a story, appears to have gotten mired in silly, petty arguments about nothing. With the right priming this can, as was the case in previous episodes, come off as amusing. Here it just seems childish,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 8

    The opening sketch is just a tad long, even if the premise is reasonably funny. Fortunately, everything else mostly falls into the standard pattern of "The Lover"- to the extent this drama has a standard pattern at all. I get a disordinate amount of enjoyment just wondering how exactly "The Lover" is produced. It often feels like the characters who get showcased are chosen by the availability of their actors. Really, though, who cares about that? It's the jokes that matter here, and the main theme this time is how much nonsense a person will put up with from their significant other,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 7

    There are exactly four continuous scenes this episode. Even for a drama of below average length, that's really not very many. So for the first time, "The Lover" manages to make a misstep with its creativity. There's some laughs here, but the central joke in every single sketch has to be stretched out for so long that the drama just ends up feeling really awkward. Watching an awkward argument for a long time isn't really any more fun than being involved in an awkward argument for a long time,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 6

    One weird thing about older unmarried people is that they often seem to have some kind of philosophical problem with marriage. It's not that they hate marriage persay, it's just they find it sort of offensive when a younger, more obviously stupid person decides to get married even though they're obviously younger and stupid. And usually, of course, this is a relative. Like younger brothers. Younger brothers never have an easy time of it, really. I'm an older brother so I would know,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 5

    There's almost something of a recurring trend this episode- mothers. "The Lover" doesn't really have the thematic consistency to properly pull this off, but what do you want, this is mostly just a sketch comedy anyway. The jokes remain fresh, and that's what really matters. They also sometimes veer toward the vaguely gross, but honestly? Until I saw this episode I did not know it was possible to construct a dick in that manner, so points for novelty,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 4

    There's more format tweaking this time- perhaps it was just my imagination but all the jokes this time seemed to take place in the context of longer, more drawn-out scenes. Additionally, the conceit about everything happening over the course of a single day is gone. What's more, the voiceover by Choi Yeo-jin, at least, has gotten even more reflective. The concept of unmarried couples living together is now to some extent treated with serious dramatic weight. With condom jokes,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 3

    The overall design is slightly tweeked this episode. Gone is the rather goofy English voiceover about couples shacking up before marriage. Instead, the framing device for most of the skits just ends up being the voices of the women in these relationships. The result is a somewhat surprising blend of emotional complexity. Even as "The Lover" looks at times amateurish, with actors seeming to break character in the course of certain jokes, by the end we're left with a rather sweet lingering feeling of why people get together romantically in the first place,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 2

    One of the problems of having a drama built around gag comedy sketches is a lack of plot. I have no idea where "The Lover" is going as a narrative, so that means I have to evaluate it on terms of jokes. Whereas the first episode was definitely more hit-than-miss, this one either breaks even or loses out slightly. I can't say which it is for certain because several of the best jokes are stretched out for longer than they should be,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Lover" Episode 1

    What is the difference between a married couple living together and a couple just living together? On a basic level it's just psychological. A married couple has already firmly decided that annoying personal habits are just part of a package. A non-married couple still isn't sure on that question. And so we get the basic premise of "The Lover"- it's a romantic comedy about a bunch of people living together, who annoy each other. Frequently in rather gross ways,...More
  • [Video] Added new teaser trailer and posters for the Korean drama 'The Lover'

    2015/03/19, Source
    Added new teaser trailer and posters for the upcoming Korean drama "The Lover",...More
  • Upcoming Korean drama "The Lover"

    2015/02/27, Source
    Added the upcoming Korean drama "The Lover"'s page to HanCinema database,...More

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