[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-Hole" 2017/11/25, "Man-Hole" is not the kind of work one would expect a lot from. Having promoted itself as the wacky, comedic tale of a man who believes in the imaginary friendzone a bit too hard and seeks to undo it made it seem like a light story about a romantic man-baby. Surprisingly, the series is much more complex and it is as mixed as my feelings for it, touching upon greatness and failure alike,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 16 (final) 2017/10/04,
Despite the dip below 2.0% in ratings according the Nielsen Korea, the last two episodes were actually the strongest of "Man-Hole"'s run. Pacing was brisk, characters had direction, and a few answers were delivered. Sadly, a few interesting elements were only pulled in during the last episodes, but it is what it is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 15 2017/10/03,
Insight is finally given into the inner workings of our villain, Jae-hyun, but also into Pil, who has too long just been a crazy many chasing a woman who is not quite sure she wants to be with him. It definitely feels as though the show is trying to wind up as people start mobilizing once they believe Pil is correct about Jae-hyun,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 14 2017/09/30,
Jae-hyun may not yet be outed to the world, but Pil, Soo-jin and Goo-gil see him for the monster that he is. The problem is no longer about who believes Pil's claims that Jae-hyun is a nut job; it's how to stop the nut job who everyone in the neighborhood believes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 13 2017/09/30,
Jae-hyun's true nature cannot be contained by his kind facade and his world starts to crumble. While bad for him, it's good for Pil and the gang and the good citizens of the neighborhood because Jae-hyun is a violent sociopath. Now if only the rest of the drama was as exciting as catching Jae-hyun currently is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 12 2017/09/23,
Things are a bit of a jumbled mess in the land of "Man-Hole". Pil is stuck in the future, in 2018, with a married Soo-jin, a violent offender in the neighborhood, broken up couples, and a Seok-tae who is on the brink of discovering Pil's truth about the manhole. And yet, despite all this excitement, the drama isn't all that exciting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 11 2017/09/23, "Man-Hole" endeavors to break from its slump, but has a hard time doing so. The mechanism of action isn't quite as solid as it once was with traveling all throughout the time line, not just from past to present. Reasons behind changes in behavior are muddied and Pil still hasn't quite grown up as much as he should,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 10 2017/09/20,
Although Pil is still spazzy, it is in this episode that we see that he is learning to care for more than just his own love. He cares about Jin-sook even if that caring doesn't equate to the same kind of love that she feels for him. But these two aren't the only ones who suffer from love woes and we see that love lines are still as complicated as ever,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 9 2017/09/13,
What "Man-Hole" lacks is depth. We are told that the characters are sincere in their feelings, but those feelings are conveyed well to the audience. Jae-hyun is the most effective character and that is only because he is a menacing figure,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 8 2017/09/04,
There is good and bad to every relationship and what is wrong between the couples and friends surfaces in episode 8 of "Man-Hole". Part of the reason for the reveal is that Pil has grown up throughout his time travels. He's a little less thoughtless in his actions and more considerate not only towards Soo-jin, but his friends. He still has a long way to go, but it's a start,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 7 2017/08/31,
The affection that I'd started to build for "Man-Hole" last week has waned this week. Watching Pil and Soo-jin hem and haw over confessing their feelings to each other is getting old. Adding Jin-sook's unrequited love compounded that sentiment. What the manhole had built in terms of anticipation last week it dissipated this week,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 6 2017/08/30,
Episode 6 of "Man-Hole"wasn't as impactful as episode 5 was, perhaps because the change in tone had already been made. Or perhaps it was because it was more of Pil running around. What did happen was that another set of manhole rules came into play and Pil's friends witnessed the magic of the manhole,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 5 2017/08/30,
Feelings are often realized when it's too late and when words and hearts can no longer be shared. This is what Pil, Soo-jin, and their friends realize in the latest reality that the manhole has wrought,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] Man-hole Episode 4 2017/08/22,
Bong Pil has gone down the rabbit hole - er, manhole - once again. With a new set of time travel rules piled atop the old, we have even more factors at play, including Pil's growing determination to take care of and win his woman,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] Man-hole Episode 3 2017/08/22,
Bong Pil may be a lazy son-of-a-gun in his original life, but he's clever enough to quickly figure out how the manhole affects his life. It's not always for the better as episode 3 proves. Rather than a lazy neighborhood bum, time travel through the manhole has changed him into a dangerous thug, feared by his friends, disowned by his family, and estranged from the woman he loves,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Man-Hole" 2017/08/19,
Do you ever come across a drama which is "bad", but in a good way? A drama which is a big mess, but one that is self-aware and wears its identity proudly? "Man-Hole" is this odd type of drama and whatever it lacks in production, story and character quality it makes up for in zaniness and pure, glorious fun. Perhaps we have something nice here after all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-hole" Episode 2 2017/08/11,
The nervous energy that pervaded the first episode of "Man-Hole" was dialed back in the second. Although Pil ran around like a chicken with his head cut off in this episode's past, it is Soo-jin that we take a look at and her teenaged feelings for our spastic hero,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Man-Hole" 2017/08/05,
Time is cruel and human insecurities crueler, as the hero of "Man-Hole" and his unique relationship with his best friend are about to show us. Time travel is everywhere in Korean drama, but what if it were not as convenient and built for fixing things as we are used to? "Man-Hole" is about to show those pitfalls.
Bong Pil (Kim Jae-joong) is an unemployed man who has been harboring a one-sided crush on his best friend, Soo-jin (UEE) for 28 years. When he discovers he can travel through time using a manhole, he tries to use its unpredictable powers to stop his crush's upcoming wedding,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Night Light" 2017/05/20,
"Night Light" is a melodrama that attempts to shows us how people, when desperate, can change both their values and goals. Our heroines come from two entirely different backgrounds, yet share the same ambitions driven by different motivations. Lee Se-jin (UEE) works two part-time jobs to make ends meet and eager to turn her life around. While her polar opposite, Seo I-kyeong (Lee Yo-won), is rich and powerful, filled with endless greed. The two leading ladies begin to work together and we quickly see why it's never a good idea to mix personal life with business and the consequence when you do,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 20 Final 2017/01/24,
Of all the flaws that have dominated "Night Light", by far the most glaring is just that no one ever seems to do anything. The few times this drama manages to pull off anything approaching excitement is when action is involved. Usually courtesy of Tak, who gets all the fight scenes. But by and large, the characters are content to just talk about stuff they're going to do rather than actually do anything remotely flashy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 19 2017/01/23,
With I-kyeong having thoroughly humiliated the previous villain into complete irrelevance, it's difficult to take the few remaining bad guys in "Night Light" all that seriously. Even all the rumblings about a possible spy are largely undercut by the fact that I-kyeong herself barely seems to care about the potential danger, and the problem goes away just as soon as she decides to put some actual effort into solving it. Se-jin, meanwhile, has learned to just accept that this is who I-kyeong is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 18 2017/01/17,
In a somewhat refreshing change of pace Se-jin actually ends up working against I-kyeong instead of against her. That Se-jin's original plan would go so poorly was predictable. That the story itself would end up acknowledging this is much more surprising, and we appear to be going into the final stretch of episodes with I-kyeong as a genuinely sympathetic character. This nice, even as it calls unfortunate attention to the fact that so much of "Night Light" up until now has been a complete waste of time that didn't work in service to this point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 17 2017/01/16,
I never would have thought, during the early episodes of "Night Light", that I-kyeong was going to emerge as the most sympathetic character. The thing is, she's already won. I-kyeong is just making normal business deals now. Yet Se-jin and Gun-woo still hover in the background wanting to bring her down for...some reason. Se-jin's attempts at backroom deals here are a lot shadier than anything I-kyeong has done in recent memory, so it's hard to want her to succeed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 16 2017/01/10,
I realized, near the end of this episode, that part of the reason why "Night Light" is so boring is that the production team is very bad at figuring out terms of scale. When the early episodes play with Russian Roulette and violent hostage situations, the tension is real and powerful. People get mad and offended for good reason. Whereas here...a simple police investigation is treated like some sort of huge betrayal, when there's little indication of meaningful long term consequences,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 15 2017/01/09,
Once again, "Night Light" delivers on the goods with...more elongated scenes of I-kyeong discussing business plans with characters who at this point are only really borderline antagonistic. Even when the story moves to a crisis involving the medical security of a hospitalized old man, it's really hard to feel sorry for anyone. I-kyeong doesn't play nice, but she does play fair. Why do Se-jin and Gun-woo feel compelled to interfere with that, just because they're not into the whole cutthroat businessperson jam?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 14 2017/01/03,
Enough of I-kyeong's plan has been brought into operation that we can finally get exposition of her motivation without potentially ruining it. I-kyeong, though, has not been fighting for the reasons we had assumed. It's hard to tell whether the truth is better or worse than what we've assumed. On one end the lack of emotion in I-kyeong's decision making process makes her pliable to reason. But then where does that leave Se-jin and Gun-woo, whose only arguments have ever really been emotional ones?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 13 2017/01/02,
An unexpected snag comes up to interfere with I-kyeong's plans. To the credit of writer Han Ji-hoon, I-kyeong doesn't respond with the increasingly annoying cliché of "I anticipated your every move". I-kyeong is genuinely surprised to meet resistance. But she expresses only the most minimum concern and never drops the poker face for a second. I-kyeong has to consider whether she has the right counters to the situation, and alter the plan accordingly if necessary. In the end, this is just business after all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 12 2016/12/27,
Now that Se-jin and Gun-woo have teamed up that sad, sparsely decorated office is...still pretty sad and sparsely decorated actually. In spite of the fact that they're the main characters, Se-jin and Gun-woo have almost no convincing drive. They're barely even slowing I-kyeong down. These two are so hilariously ineffective that at one point I-kyeong bails them out of trouble for the sole purpose of insuring that everyone's attention is diverted in the right direction without getting hung up on subplots,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 11 2016/12/26,
The tone takes a turn for the somewhat mundane here as I-kyeong uses business acumen to further drive a rift between the various members of the Park family without their really having any idea what's going on. The tendency of characters to underestimate I-kyeong is one of the finer subtle plot points in "Night Light". One reason it's so easy is because I-kyeong doesn't really have any kind of decisive victory to claim credit for. That makes them think they can come out on top of the double cross later on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 10 2016/12/20,
Moo-sam (played by Lee Jae-yong-I) is the new acting chairman of the Park family's conglomerate, and it is with her political maneuvering to make this possible that I-kyeong has finally managed to advance major substantative change in the high level corporate power dynamics of "Night Light". Moo-il (played by Jung Han-yong), the former chairman and Gun-woo's father, is down but not out. And it looks like I-kyeong is counting on it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 9 2016/12/19,
I-kyeong's plan somewhat manages to come into focus this episode, and to the drama's credit it is a mostly logical escalation of all we've seen I-kyeong do so far. Rather than act in an apparently decisive manner, I-kyeong intends to needle all the antagonistic presences into going after each other. Considering how many of them are genuinely horrible people, all I-kyeong is really doing is conspiring to get them into the same room and destroy each other. Then, presumably, I-kyeong will pick up all the pieces,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 8 2016/12/13,
Tak (played by Jung Hae-in) works for I-kyeong's crew as the general errand guy- driving, fights, what have you. He gets annoyed enough this episode to briefly take his fortunes elsewhere, as I-kyeong's vaguely antagonistic behavior has been starting to frustrate him. Tak is the character I empathize with the most at this point, because I too would rather be doing something else right this moment instead of trying to keep track of "Night Light"'s glacial pacing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 7 2016/12/12,
And so, once again, I-kyeong's elaborate plan...doesn't really start just yet. We're still in the phase of manipulations so incredibly subtle it's impossible to guess what I-kyeong is trying to do in the short term, let alone the long. The woman has a pretty insane sense of patience. I-kyeong wants the job done right or she doesn't want it done at all- hence the (hopefully) final test where I-kyeong determines just how much resolve Se-jin has in the face of impossible odds,...More
[Interview] Kim Nam-gil, "My current interest is the Blue House" 2016/12/12, Source,
Pandora's Box is open. "Pandora" was released on the 7th and an estimated audience of 1.5 million went to see the movie over the weekend. In the middle of it all is actor Kim Nam-gil. He plays Jae-hyeok who throws himself in the middle of a nuclear explosion to save his family. He's no Hollywood hero. He's just an ordinary man.
As we met Kim Nam-gil for an interview, he didn't look sophisticated or comical. He just wore a black shirt with a cap and we listened to what he had to say about the movie,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 6 2016/12/06,
At the end of this episode I had an annoying moment of realization. Technically the story hasn't actually started yet. We're still in the set-up. I-kyeong is still "training" Se-jin who, true to form, is slow to adjust when past actions catch up to her and the younger woman is completely unsure as to the extent she can or should lie. Nothing turns out too badly but ultimately all we've learned is another important aspect of the backdrop- the rules can change, if temporarily, provided enough money changes hands,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 5 2016/12/05,
After a fairly dramatic cliffhanger "Night Light" fails to deliver on much of that promise this episode. The general personalities of its characters do not gain any new dimensions here. Even the big central scheme ends up being fairly lackluster, since all it really amounts to is Se-jin acting cool and confident thanks to the afterglow from I-kyeong's aura. While that's all well and good, Se-jin was able to do plenty of that before she ever even met I-kyeong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 4 2016/11/29,
We finally get some detail into Gun-woo (played by Jin Goo). Technically he's I-kyeong's love interest and rival, although that's a very misleading way to describe his character. The main obvious reason for this is that I-kyeong is stone cold and mean to everyone. She was like that even in flashback. But Gun-woo is the antithesis to I-kyeong in other ways too. He thinks constructively. Moreso in flashback, obviously. In the present day, though, Gun-woo hates the game more than he does any of the players,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 3 2016/11/28,
While the literal plot is I-kyeong educating Se-jin on the finer points of what exactly is this concept we call "money", metaphorically, there's a frequently educational tinge to the presentation of "Night Light". Writer Han Ji-hoon seems to be speaking to us more than he is telling a story- and the lessons are valuable. Time and again we see that what makes the rich people in this drama powerful is precisely that they do not throw their weight around unless they absolutely have to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 2 2016/11/22,
Se-jin is pretty well-seduced by the glamorous cool promised through I-kyeong's slick in-charge attitude. Of course, this predictably goes badly because really, if the job was so easy I-kyeong would have just done it herself. So what we're left is a tense and frightening hostage situation as Se-jin desperately tries to negotiate herself out of certain disaster. I-kyeong's hilariously blasé reaction to the entire sordid affair is, unsurprisingly, pretty enraging. At least until Se-jin gets back to her normal job,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 1 2016/11/21,
I-kyeong (played by Lee Yo-won) is a brutally tough businesswoman. Se-jin (played by UEE) is a street tough who's good at business. Together they...have an antagonistic countenance as part and parcel of an ominous flashforward before the action rewinds to a week earlier. It's fairly evident that "Night Light" is planning to toss us into the middle of a high-stakes upper class financial war, but as of yet, the exact motivations of its characters are left unclear,...More
"Night Light" Lee Yong-won and UEE behind the scenes 2016/11/20, Source, Lee Yo-won and UEE have contrasting expressions in the pictures. In the picture, Lee-kyeong takes a liking to Se-jin who has done her work well and meets her again to give her a bigger mission. This scene was released previously in the teaser in which Lee Kyeong introduced herself and asked Se-jin, "Ask yourself if you want to be me, even for a little while".
Lee Yo-won has UEE standing in front of the mirror and is holding a red dress in front of her. UEE seems to be deep in thought with the dress in front of her. However, Lee Yo-won is smiling as if she's reading UEE's thoughts on wanting to spread out her passion. UEE recognizes something deep inside of her that is about to erupt,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Marriage Contract" 2016/08/13,
"Marriage Contract" is a romance melodrama about an unlikely pair - a rich chaebol heir and a single mom - who enter a contractual marriage for mutual benefits, only to eventually fall in love with each other. On the surface, it may seem like the drama is putting the romantic relationship at its center, but upon a deeper look, it actually reflects the effects of familial relationships of various sorts at its core. "Marriage Contract" gives us unique angles regarding the importance of family, as told from the perspectives of a son, a step-dad, a brother, a single mom, a mother-in-law, a child. It teaches us a lesson that the definition of family is not by blood, but rather, how much you support and care about each other even if you're not related biologically,...More
A Stranger in My House! Yoo Hyeon-sook once again gets a Live-Action Drama! 2016/07/16,
Image: SpottoonYoo Hyeon-sook, the Queen of Korean Dramas, will now get her third new live-action drama, inspired by her webtoon, 'A Stranger in My House', which is a completed comedy webtoon consisting of a total of 60 episodes.
"Back to her hometown after her mother's death, Nari meets her new 'step' dad, who she never knew about, and he's younger than her! Things go out of hand as they start living together but with an unexpected help of her new 'dad' there develops a bond that is stronger than anything",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 16 Final 2016/04/24,
The balance between inevitable tragedy and familial contentment is rather off as the ending to "Marriage Contract" is frustratingly open-ended. It's not even ambiguous or anything- most of the conflicts are straight up left unresolved, and there's no epilogue. Just a recap of what's happened. For a sense of perspective, the last we see of Seong-gook, he's randomly throwing things. We don't get to see what happened to Jeong-hoon at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 15 2016/04/23,
There's this real magnetic quality we get from Lee Seo-jin and UEE. No matter how bad the situation gets, no matter how obvious it is that this story will have a tragic ending, as long as Ji-hoon and Hye-soo are together, they will not give up. "Marriage Contract" is their story of sheer determination. It hits all the harder because we've seen Ji-hoon and Hye-soo alone and know that absent positive reenforcement they struggle to achieve the simplest tasks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 14 2016/04/17,
Ji-hoon has been beset by small annoyances for most of "Marriage Contract"'s run. In the early stages Hye-soo and Eun-seong were a major part of these annoyances, but they at least meant well. Now, with a better understanding of the warmth of Hye-soo's spirit, Ji-hoon has finally asked himself whether it's worth dealing with a family that puts such disproportionate effort into trying to cut each other down. From there, the story is a question of how, no matter the diagnosis, for the moment Ji-hoon would rather spend every possible moment with Hye-soo and Eun-seong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 13 2016/04/16,
Now that he knows the details of Hye-soo's medical condition, Ji-hoon has also discovered a compromise to constantly pining over an apparently uninterested Hye-soo. He will let her go just as soon as there's some assurance Hye-soo will survive her nearly terminal illness. It's exactly the psychological focus that Ji-hoon needs. Deep down Ji-hoon feels emotional gratitude to Hye-soo, and as a man with lots of money, does not consider a basic financial reward to be proper recompense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 12 2016/04/10,
While I've liked the melodramatic love story in "Marriage Contract", the drama has about reached the point where it's gotten a tad repetitive. This episode marks the second straight one where Hye-soo spends nearly the entirity of the runtime simply turning Ji-hoon down without explanation. Even granting that Hye-soo has her reasons, it takes such an extended slog for the dynamic to change with new information that by the end I mostly felt exhausted,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 11 2016/04/09,
Much as he's smarting from Hye-soo's rejection, Ji-hoon is still dealing with too many problems with regard to his mother to take in the insult all at once. He's suspicious of Hye-soo's motives, but absent concrete evidence, Ji-hoon is hesitant to respond too strongly. Well, evidence or affection anyway. It's pretty hard to escape how brightly Ji-hoon lights upon being reminded of Eun-seong and her kitties in nearby proximity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 10 2016/04/03,
Whether Hye-soo had a financial motive in latching on to Ji-hoon as she did last episode is a debatable point. What is clear, though, is that Hye-soo's no fool. Whatever her personal feelings are, the idea that she's after Ji-hoon for his money is a legitimate one. And honestly, Hye-soo does need money. The debt collectors may be gone, but right now, Hye-soo still needs to provide for Eun-seong's future. That means getting the expensive medical treatment Hye-soo needs by whatever means necessary,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 9 2016/04/02,
Mi-ran's escape is short-lived- as it turns out, Ji-hoon has a very good idea of where she's planning to go. Really, there's only one place Mi-ran can go, feeling so humiliated and ashamed about the sacrifices her son is willing to make. Mi-ran goes to see her parents- to whom her own filial loyalty was less than inspiring. In practice and form, Ji-hoon ends up taking a much needed break from the dysfunction of his family to try and enjoy some time with his mother. Hye-soo and Eun-seong tag along to help,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 8 2016/03/27,
Now that Seong-gook has a good idea of what Ii-hoon is doing, the older man feels that it's necessary to create order and force Ji-hoon to make proper personal sacrifices for the greater good. This, of course, is complete nonsense, but Ji-hoon lacks the force of will necessary to really fight about this point. After all, provided it's possible that Ji-hoon can have everything he wants, isn't that close enough to happiness?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 7 2016/03/26, Right away another secret is exposed- Hye-soo is sick. While Hye-soo is not sick in such a way as to be an impediment to Mi-ran's surgery, the hospital scene and the trip home gives Ji-hoon an excellent chance to be sensitive and caring in a way we haven't really seen yet- to Hye-soo. Bit by bit he's seeing her less as a financial instrument and more as a person who deserves to be treated with decency and respect, if only because Hye-soo is all alone. She needs somebody,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 6 2016/03/20,
Hye-soo isn't really anywhere near actually doing the transplant surgery yet and she's already constantly getting exposed. This is an aspect of the pacing in "Marriage Contract" I rather appreciate. I was expecting the surgery would be rushed and the drama would be about everything after that. Instead it looks like we're in the opposite situation- the tension is based on whether or not the liver transplant surgery will happen at all. Which makes sense, because doctors try not to rush this kind of thing if it can be avoided,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 5 2016/03/19,
The thaw between Ji-hoon and Eun-seong continues. Whether Ji-hoon is actually a good person at heart remains a metter of debate, but in short order Hye-soo lays out several compelling arguments for why the guy at least deserves a chance. However incidental his motivation may have been, Ji-hoon did a huge favor for Hye-soo and her daughter. What's more, he clearly appreciates the sacrifice Hye-soo is willing to make for the sake of Mi-ran. So, too, does Mi-ran appreciate the degree to which Ji-hoon and Hye-soo want the older woman to remain alive,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 4 2016/03/13,
While Ji-hoon has done a diligent job of preparing every possible angle of his fake marriage story, ultimately, it's unsurprising to see that the most basic questions are the ones that easily trip him up. Ji-hoon struggles with the question of how to make a proper effort. What ultimately moves Ji-hoon to the right direction is unexpectedly realizing he has something in common with Eun-Seong. Both are fiercely protective of their mothers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 3 2016/03/12,
The relationship between Ji-hoon and Hye-soo remains icy. They don't like each other very much, and it's easy to see why. Ji-hoon legitimately has trouble so much as processing Hye-soo's motivation, which is suitably ironic given that he himself is motivated entirely by motherly love. It's just that in Ji-hoon's eyes, saving Mi-ran is more a goal he should be striving for than one of emotional merit. Ji-hoon's pointed verbal attack against Mi-ran at the end really stings in part because he's right. The situation is in fact her fault. Mi-ran is a hard character to pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 2 2016/03/06,
My mistake- Ji-hoon isn't really a chef, he just runs the restaurant. Kind of. Ji-hoon's best friend Ho-joon (played by Kim Kwang-kyu) manages the restaurant on a day by day basis, so Ji-hoon is more the money guy. The lack of official responsibility on Ji-hoon's part probably has a lot to do with his brooding attitude. The man evidently loves music- consider the excellent ambience. Yet with nothing else in life to focus on, Ji-hoon can only stare helplessly at the face of his mother's imminent death. And how Ji-hoon, like his mother, has given up on having people to care about,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 1 2016/03/05,
Ji-hoon (played by Lee Seo-jin) is a handsome high-tier chef in his late thirties, and heir to a decent family fortune. While Ji-hoon is an eminently eligible bachelor he's not that interested in relationships because, well, Ji-hoon doesn't really want much in life except what he already has. What's more, Ji-hoon can be paranoid when it comes to that stuff. That is what ends igniting his to date antagonistic interactions with Hye-soo (played by UEE), a widowed young mother with financial troubles,...More
Lee Seo-jin and UEE to headline MBC's 'Marriage Contract' 2016/01/12, Source, Lee Seo-jin and UEE have joined for MBC's new weekend special drama, 'Marriage Contract' (working title). The production team has made an official announcement, "Lee Seo-jin and UEE have been cast as the leads for 'Marriage Contract' (working title)".
'Marriage Contract' (working title) is a classic melodrama to take over the airtime of 'My Daughter, Geum Sa-Wol' after the popular drama finishes. The new drama depicts the process of finding the true meaning of love by a man, whose best value of his life is money only, and a woman who is standing at the edge of a cliff in her lif,...More
SBS Drama Awards, quality or popularity? 2015/12/03, Source,
Who will be the last one to laugh at the SBS Drama Awards?
SBS maintains its reputation for being one of the most powerful drama broadcasting stations in 2015. It entertained viewers with various dramas and so did actors and actresses with their various transformations,...More
UEE and Yunho in relationship? UEE's agency denies 2015/09/03, Source, UEEs agency denied the dating rumor that she might be possibly dating Yunho.
An associate from Pledis Entertainment, UEEs agency talked to OSEN on September 3rd, with regards to UEEs visit to Yunho's dismissal ceremony out of new recruits training camp, which happened on the 27th of last month,...More
UEE, "I want to try a movie" 2015/08/04, Source, Singer and actress UEE says she wants to be in a movie next.
A finishing interview for the SBS drama "High Society" was held on the 3rd and she said, "I haven't done a movie yet. I would like to be in a movie even if it was a small role",...More
Choi Wooshik, "I enjoyed the intimacy with Seulong" 2015/04/08, Source, "Hogu's Love" dealt with sensitive matters in society such as single mothers, homosexuality and rape. Choi Wooshik even worried about the scenario in which Do Do-hee (played by UEE) gets raped and has a baby.
"I wondered how the viewers would take it in. The writer and producer also worried a lot about this part. It was shocking for me too. I was also worried about how Ho-goo would accept this truth about Do-hee",...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
Actress Loses Lawsuit Against Herbal Clinic 2015/03/16, Source,
The Seoul Central District Court on Sunday ruled that a herbal clinic did not infringe on actress UEE's rights by using her photos on its blog. The clinic posted four photos of the svelte actress to advertise the benefits of its diet regimen, prompting UEE to sue the clinic for W20 million (US$1=W1,129) for using her image without permission,...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
UEE's club dance in "Night of TV Entertainment" 2015/02/26, Source,
Since the recent episode of SBS' entertainment news show, "Night of TV Entertainment" has aired UEEs club dance, she emerged as a number one woman who people would want to dance with in a club.
After the broadcast of the show, 'UEE"s club dance has been drawing attention and netizens are buzzing about it. 'UEE"s sexy dance, showing off her unique healthy beauty in bloom and her outstanding curves, earned male fans' heart,...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 First Look] "Hogu's Love" 2015/02/21,
It is difficult to pinpoint what gives a work a heart. Perhaps one way to look at it is that works made to entertain are about facing your audience and asking "How can I make them like me?", while works made to tell a story are about asking "How can I say something worth saying?". The latter will, if handled by talented people, reach viewers in a way being preoccupied with fleeting pleasures and manufactured investment will not. 'Hogu's Love' is so far telling a story and has made one impressive start at it,...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
UEE, bikini through white one-piece dress 2014/05/21, Source,
After School's UEE revealed her body through her white dress.
UEE modeled for the fashion magazine Cecci June issue. Pictures were taken in Krabi, Thailand of UEE wearing a black one-piece dress with a white long dress over it or legs revealed in short pants,...More
UEE's bodyline 2014/04/27, Source,
Everyone's attention is on UEE's frame.
Pictures of her were posted recently on an online community center,...More
Uee Having Fun Learning the Ropes as an Actress 2014/04/11, Source, UEE, a member of K-pop girl band After School, seems to be gaining confidence as an actress and hopes to build her career even further after appearing in a couple of dramas.
She recently wrapped up filming the MBC drama "Golden Rainbow", in which she played one of the main characters in the drama, showing how she has evolved from playing minor roles,...More
[Spoiler] "Golden Rainbow" Jung Il-woo hugs UEE 2013/12/29, Source,
A comical scene was displayed on the 28th as Baek-won (UEE) went to get Do-yeong (Jung Il-woo) who was lost, from the police station after hearing that he was looking for her and drove his car as he was pretending to have lost his memory.
They arrived at the place Do-yeong input into the navigation system which was a small mountain in the middle of the city and he hugged her from the back, saying, "How much closer can we get?",...More
"Jeon Woochi - Drama" Ahn Yong-joon as a young king 2012/10/11, Source,
Actor Ahn Yong-joon has been cast for the new KBS drama "Jeon Woochi - Drama" as a young king who was put on the throne.
The young king is the younger sibling from a different mother of the previously dethroned king and a character who held onto his life during his time in the army. He couldn't take over complete power even after becoming king so he acts like he's loose, irresolute and weak,...More
"Ojak Brothers" end in success 2012/02/19, Source,
"Ojak Brothers" -- a show about dreams, love and family unity, ended in success and with its highest ratings yet.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 20th, KBS 2TV weekend drama "Ojak Brothers" placed first out of all weekend dramas with a viewing percentage of 36.3%,...More
"Ojak Brothers" rates 33.6% 2012/01/15, Source,
KBS 2TV weekend drama "Ojak Brothers" came in first place among all weekend dramas.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on January 16th, the December 15th episode of "Ojak Brothers" drew in 33.6% of viewers. This is 5.5% more than the previous episode's 28.1% on the 14th,...More
S. Korean Singer "G.NA" in NYC 2011/11/14, Source,
Korean-Canadian singer "G.NA" showed her near perfect body in a recent photoshoot held in New York City.
Gina Choi (최지나), better known by her stage name G.NA, is a Korean Canadian singer under Cube Entertainment, born on Sept. 13, 1987. She released her first mini-album, Draw G's First Breath, on July 14, 2010. She graduated from Fraser Heights Secondary School,...More
UEE "bottomless golf fashion" 2011/08/15, Source, UEE's cutie but healthy beauty golf fashion is the hot topic.
UEE is Seong Mi-soo who dreams of becoming the golf queen in the tvN drama "BIRDIE BUDDY". She wears short mini skirts and picket shirts as her golf fashion in the drama and is drawing attention.,...More
Best Bikini Bods In The Biz? 2011/08/01, Source,
It's summer time and what epitomizes summer more than getting into your swimsuits for fun at the beach?
Amidst the many Korean celebrities boasting enviable figures, a list was compiled by a panel of 5,000 from the research site Tillion, of some of the best bikini bods in the biz,...More
How Do Idol Group Members Get Paid? 2011/04/19, Source, With the plethora of idol groups out there on the scene, one can't help but wonder: how much money do these "kids" make? Sure they gain popularity through their respective groups, but it's a known fac,...More
Which Girl Band Will Rule the Charts in 2011? 2011/01/15, Source,
The year 2010 was the year of girl groups, with over 50 of the manufactured combos including Girls' Generation, Kara, 2NE1, and Wonder Girls competing for the top position. The trend is likely to continue and even intensify in the new year with many new groups such as Dalshabet and 5dolls waiting in the wings.
The Chosun Ilbo selected 13 girl groups based on music portal Bugs' and KBS2 Music Bank's annual top charts at the end of last year, and analyzed their star power in five categories -- stage presence, fan loyalty, capability of each member, power of management, and performance in 2010 -- to predict what the year 2011 will be like for them. The result showed four strong powerhouses, five in the middle, and four at the weaker end,...More
After School reveals new song and photos from upcoming album 2010/12/07, Source,
Photo of After School for "LOVE LOVE LOVE" [Pledis]
Korean girl group After School revealed the title track and new photos from their upcoming Christmas album today.
Their agency Pledis announced Tuesday that the full-version of "LOVE LOVE LOVE" from the girls' album "HAPPY PLEDIS The 1st Album" was released online and hit stores today along with new photos of the group in Christmas party attire,...More
After School releases teaser for new song 2010/12/02, Source,
Korean girl group After School [Pledis]
A segment of the title track to Korean female idol group After School's Christmas album was surprise revealed yesterday.
A 10-second snippet of "LOVE LOVE LOVE" from the girls' Christmas album "HAPPY PLEDIS The 1st Album" was unveiled yesterday on radio show "Bang Bang School" hosted by After School sub-unit Orange Caramel which can be heard every Wednesday night on their official website,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] UEE, first time as a main character! 2010/08/03, Source,
Singer UEE will be the main character in the drama "Buddy Buddy" however, this drama is not being aired!
The drama had been a hot issue for the fans it also costarred Lee Yong-woo and even received praise through the press meeting.
But, 6 months after this, the drama had not been aired, yet.
The still cuts have been released and the 20 episode mini series is being awaited for.,...More
[ChanMi's take] UEE vs Lee Na-young! 2010/05/25, Source,
Outfits are strange, it always changes how you wear it. It can be very original or very plain and it changes again when different people wear it.
It is the case for UEE and Lee Na-young. The two are wearing the same trench coat in two different events. Lee wore this last year for a movie press release and UEE wore this for the fashion magazine VOGUE's March photoshoot.
Lee's goddess image and UEE's sexy style are very different in expressing this style.
This coat is a Burberry's 2010 Spring/Summer collection outfit. There has only been one coat that came to Korea and this charismatic coat with cotton fabric is very special. Its detail in the edges have been worked on very meticulously. The one-piece like trench coat was wo,...More
[ChanMi's take] Son Ye-jin vs UEE 2010/04/29, Source,
The see through look has started last year 2009 and is being continued to this year. The flashy trend is no more but just in the steady sellers for those who want to be bold.
Rather, the feminine look is by see through look for which Son Ye-jin and UEE have taken.
Son Ye-jin has worn ths see through peach colored dress for the d,...More
[10LINE] Actor Jang Geun-suk 2010/04/23, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Lee Yoon-ji, actress Ha Ji-won, actor Kang Ji-hwan, actress Park Shin-hye and actor Yoo Seung-ho [10Asia]
Jang Geun-suk From an early age, the world of entertainment was his workplace. He was surrounded only by adults. Even at a young age he made a lot of money and his wish was to have a "normal part-time job". He spent his teenage years as an 'idol' who acts.
Jang Han-na Child actress who played the role of Jeong Nan-jeong for SBS drama "Yeoincheonha". Jang Geun-suk played the role of Jeong's half-brother. Jang began his career in entertainment when he beat the odds of 1:25,000 to win first place in a beautiful child contest. However, his parents were not able to pay much attention to his career because they were busy with their fish farm business in Danyang in the North Chungcheong Province,...More
"Cinderella's Sister" is not quite the fairy tale, says Taecyeon (2) 2010/03/25, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon attends a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "Cinderella's Sister" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 24, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: Chun Jung-myung, have you gotten used to the atmosphere on set?Chun Jung-myung (Cheon): I think I got the hang of things quite faster than I usually do because up until part of the fourth episode, we've been shooting on rotation so being able to meet up with everyone and act with them has helped. I also tend to prepare a lot in advance, read my script a lot and I had constantly kept in touch and met up with the other actors so that has also helped me to understand my character more quickly. I've become better at anticipating what will be in the next script I get. I used to get the hang of things into the second half of a drama in the past so I'm glad it's happened faster this time,...More
[ChanMi's star news] UEE in new photoshoot 2010/02/22, Source,
Singer in a girl group called After school and an actress, UEE is showing off her chic charisma.
The young character casual brand has asked UEE to be in their 2010 Spring advertisement shoot. Her first photoshoot shows her perfect pose and expression that brings a lot of interest to her!
She has the body and charisma! Her cute face in usual images is diff,...More
Uee to advertise 7 Jeans with China's Chi-ling Lin 2010/02/09, Source,
Korean pop singer UEE in 7 Jeans ad campaign [7 For All Mankind]
Korean singer UEE of girl band After School has been selected to advertise a popular designer jeans brand with Chinese actress Chi-ling Lin, according to global denim brand 7 For All Mankind.
UEE and Lin will be featured in the 2010 worldwide campaign for the brand with each star promoting the product to her home country market.,...More
Yoo Jae-suk wins grand prize at MBC Entertainment Awards 2009/12/30, Source,
Korean variety show host Yoo Jae-suk [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainment show host Yoo Jae-suk won the grand prize at the MBC Entertainment Awards held last night. Yoo won the year's top honor at the awards, held yesterday at Seoul's MBC Open Hall, for the first time since last winning the same title in 2006. This is his fifth win overall at MBC's annual event. His rival Kang Ho-dong, who won the title at KBS Entertainment Awards on Saturday, did not win any awards at MBC but reportedly congratulated Yoo on his big win of the night.,...More
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