16 episodes - Fri, Sat 23:00
Also known as "Squad 38"
This comedy crime show is a drama depicting the process how a chief officer of revenue collection unit with Seoul City and a fraudster work together to collect all of the unpaid taxes from high income taxpayers.
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Bad Guys : Vile City" 2017/12/09,
Santa Claus is not the only one coming to town this December, as our bad guys are arriving to clean it of the filth even they are too good for. "Bad Guys : Vile City" is the spin-off-slash-sequel to OCN hit drama "Bad Guys" and as much as we may miss the old cast, perhaps the latest bad boys will have something good to show for.
Prosecutor Woo Je-moon (Park Joong-hoon) is a man who cares about results more than he does about the legality of the means. He and a team of criminals selected as a new form of law enforcers take on a powerful cartel,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Mad Dog" 2017/10/07,
There is that saying about death and taxes and while action comedy "38 Revenue Collection Unit" focused on the latter, this seems to be where its core similarities to "Mad Dog" end. The upcoming drama has a dark tone and some grim content as well as a good cast, which may bring a solid story of justice to life.
Choi Kang-woo (Yoo Ji-tae) is a former detective whose new mission is to weed out those who commit fraud through his work as an insurance fraud investigator. He teams up with different characters, including a scam artist, in order to bring victims justice by any means necessary,...More
[Funcurve Review] "38 Revenue Collection Unit" 2017/04/29,
Swindle to the End
In "38 Revenue Collection Unit", the mantra of the 38 Tax Collection Division, a government unit in charge of collecting taxes, is - "Trace to the end, must be collected". Yet while the working class diligently pays their taxes, the wealthy elites are living outside of the law and keeping all the money to themselves with the help of their intricate web of power cahoots. That is, until the gangster-looking yet righteous Baek Seong-il (Ma Dong-seok), National Tax Service Division 3's chief, decides to join hands with a young slick-tongued conman named Yang Jeong-do (Seo In-guk), to go after them,...More
Seo In-guk to join military today (28th) 2017/03/27, Source,
Singer and actor Seo In-guk will be joining the military today (28th) as rank-and-file.
He will join the army recruit training at division 5 in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggido. After 5 weeks of basic military training, he will serve full time in the military,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage" Episode 13 2016/12/17,
"Im Hwa-soo" is finally in pre-production, but the troubles of Yeong-bin and his "Entourage" do not end there, as they need to work with the film's peculiar director, who even surpasses Yeong-bin in flimsy behavior. Meanwhile Eun-gap tries to gather up more actors for his agency, but he worries over a notorious playboy's condition to have Joy as his manager. That is when Idea's CEO enters and threatens the group's working life once more,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "38 Revenue Collection Unit" 2016/08/20,
Tax evasion might not sound exciting, but any concept can be turned into a wild and entertaining ride with the right people involved. "38 Revenue Collection Unit" chooses to tell such a story in a more dramatic form and its talented cast and crew manage it mostly well. Nevertheless, the drama sadly crumbles under the weight of some major problems at times, which makes it hard to love.
Baek Seong-il (Ma Dong-seok) is a good-natured and honorable tax collector who does his best to keep his team going and collect taxes fairly. Yang Jeong-do (Seo In-guk) is a con artist with a painful past and big plans for the future,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Politics and Iffy Pairings 2016/08/13, "The K2" brings love for the country, the country's daughter and the country's power to our screens soon and "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is ruthlessly piling on the pretty with its new posters. "The Man In My House" is looking for leads to romance each other as newly met daughter and step dad, because Dramaland loves making us all daunted and confused. More goodies follow all of this and I close with my failure to marathon like I used to. Dramas, that is,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Warm Romances and Cold Shoulders 2016/08/06,
The summer-to-fall dramas are gearing up for release as the next drama season draws near. Fully pre-produced sageuk drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" has dropped an impressive video filled with all the lovely things fans have probably been drooling over during its production. Speaking of Chinese stories and pre-production, I briefly consider the fate of this method in a future shaped by tensions between the countries. Lastly, I share goodies from "Incarnation of Jealousy" and other dramas,...More
[Orion's Drama News] All the Dramas 2016/07/30,
My partner in not-crime, Lisa is busy over at KCON and I am here feeling lonely with a plethora of drama news. So I figure, what better therapy to loneliness is there than to share them all with you? I usually focus on specific noteworthy happenings and news, but today I switch it up. I feature three upcoming dramas and their news before piling on even more drama-ness with the usual upcoming drama goodies section. Let me pamper you,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Production Pains and New Romances 2016/07/23,
Today I talk about the always sad, always frustrating episode cutting and its latest victim, "Beautiful Mind". Ha Seok-jin is a busy man and he has two upcoming romantic dramas, so I share some media from those. Those looking for some romantic works between 35+ folks of similar age have three new dramas arriving soon which might interest them. Miscellaneous news are here, as usual and while I have been too busy to keep up with my own dramas, I can guarantee you it is because we have good things coming up at HanCinema,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Romance, Youth and Talent 2016/07/16,
Promotion has started for "Cinderella and the Four Knights" and I share the goodies that have been released. I also talk about the importance of shows like "Age of Youth" and share news and media from it. You might want to sit down for this next one, because I reveal a shocking truth, which is that actors actually act. This world-changing revelation is followed by the usual drama news and personal drama picks,...More
[Orion's Drama News] The Weight of Representation 2016/07/02,
It is time for some much hyped dramas to make an entrance and two of them are premiering this week. Before getting to that, however I will take a first look at "Incarnation of Jealousy" and its fresh material. I will also give my two cents on an upcoming series and its potential casting which I find highly problematic. Closing this piece are the usual upcoming drama goodies and followed shows,...More
[Orion's Drama News] From Rags to Mega-Riches 2016/06/25,
This week I talk KCON New York and HanCinema's attendance there. I also take a look at the super rich, super smart, super talented and all around perfect character of Lee Jong-suk in "W" and what he might mean in terms of how we write and experience fiction and Korean dramas. Before my upcoming drama goodies and personal watch list, I talk Dramaland ladies and introduce upcoming drama "Woman of Dignity",...More
[Orion's Drama News] "Go Ahead, (Re)Make My Day" 2016/06/11,
It is a week of popularity giants and remakes, as star-studded summer and autumn dramas are already being compared on premise, production and participants. I also take a little look at news on the emerging trend of recreating popular North American series as Korean dramas. Not that the industry has no alternatives or does not remake enough things already, as evident by the third topic I share news of today,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "38 Revenue Collection Unit" 2016/06/11,
Due to the chosen focus of OCN and the occasional production in other stations, the crime genre has received quite a boost in the last few years. At the same time, it needs fresh core ideas to evolve, rather than quickly abandoned gimmicks. The production team behind "38 Revenue Collection Unit" chooses to focus on something not usually the main topic of crime shows, however. This summer, they bring us to the world of tax evasion,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Rising Actresses and Consolation Cheese 2016/05/28,
Some major titles are coming our way and this week is rich with announcements. With many series approaching about younger characters, we get to experience the new wave of actresses tasked with bringing the roles of young women back in the spotlight. "Cheese in the Trap" fans are in for some odd, but potentially good news and we have script reading photos from some upcoming series along with the usual news,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Slumps and Filming Ouchies 2016/05/21,
Since pre-production started getting more popular in drama, I have had hopes things will get better for their quality and the filming conditions. They have in some ways, but big industries will always have their problems, I guess. This week the "Beautiful Mind" mess continues over at KBS, we take a look at one pro of pre-production and check out upcoming titles and the expectations for them,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Auditions and Conflicting Illusions 2016/05/14,
Some new dramas are or will shortly be available to us and the next batch of upcoming ones is in the making. Aside from the usual role confirmations, rejections and possibilities, it has been a relatively quiet week in Dramaland. Today I speak about a few noteworthy developments and my followed dramas, a section which I have been neglecting a bit,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Stars, Awards and Exports 2016/05/07,
Join me in a week of awards, casting additions and even some new drama announcements. This time around I contemplate the drama race for appeal in the Chinese market, which we all know is becoming a top priority of wannabe-popular series. I also present to you some of our links for the upcoming 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards and take a look at some of the freshly cast or confirmed actors for upcoming dramas,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Rom-coms, Psychos and Youth 2016/04/30,
Have you been missing good ol' rom-coms, folks? You know, the kind where people do not cry for sixteen episodes and get some form of terminal illness. Well, let us see if those will be making a return and take a look at some recent drama trends while we are at it. More upcoming drama goodies are out, including some for new titles. Even less eventful weeks are full in Dramaland,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Age Gaps and Noodles 2016/04/16,
I do not always pick complex subjects, but when I do, I pile them on. This week I briefly talk about disability and age gaps in upcoming dramas, although the topics deserve much more discussion than I can spare them here. You also get more promotional goodies, as we look into some dramas from the new season. I have my picks. They are many. Send help,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Death and Taxes 2016/03/05,
Welcome back to weekly drama news with writer and community manager Orion. During this week I keep piling on the upcoming drama goodies and speak about my followed shows, both of which will be regular categories here. I also address the elephant in the room (no, not me, the other one) called "Cheese in the Trap", which you will be able to read more about in my review next week,...More
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