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This Hong sisters fantasy drama is a modernized version of a classic Chinese novel "Journey to the West." The story depicts the journey of seeking true light in the dark world of 2017 where the evil gods are widespread.
[Orion's Drama News] Timeless Loves and Hectic Work 2018/04/28
Dramaland has a little bit of everything for everyone lately, and today I take a look at romance, work and crimes. If you are feeling really adventurous and in need of balance, you will hopefully find several goodies to watch this upcoming drama season. With the current season on the way and more new titles coming, we have a lot to look forward to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" 2018/04/28
There are few Korean drama writers more familiar to and loved by international audiences than Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran, but the sisters have been having a bit of a hit and miss career with dramas. "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi") is their first work for cable television, and an ambitious project full of potential for supernatural ensemble goodness during its conception. Delivery is a whole other matter, however,...More
Lee Seung-gi to MC "Produce 48" 2018/04/19, Source
Singer and actor Lee Seung-gi is now an MC for the audition program "Producer 48".
Lee Seung-gi debuted in 2004 and earned the nickname 'nation's little brother'. He soon rose to stardom as a singer, then as an actor and now an entertainer. He completed his National Service in October last year and returned with the tvN drama "A Korean Odyssey" and SBS TV show "My Master",...More
[Orion's Drama News] Layers of Drama 2018/03/10
Faced with one very promising season in Dramaland, I take a little breather to remember that there are bigger problems out there than a drama schedule, and most of them have piled onto the characters of "Let's Watch the Sunset", which is looking mighty busy in the dramatic element department. We also have casting and drama announcements carrying hope for the near future,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 20 Final 2018/03/07
There is no way but down in terms of dramatic escalation after a near-apocalypse, and the final episode of "A Korean Odyssey" tries to wrap up whatever loose ends it can without trying to top it. Worthy effort aside, the creators spend time reminiscing about events and characters which were, for the most part, kept as mere decoration to a story that could have been, but never really quite was,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 19 2018/03/05
The ground is shaking with the sounds of a waking dragon, but the plot in "A Korean Odyssey" shakes with it. The time has come for the epic battle, but there is so much to wrap up around it, that the episode feels like a mad dash to a finale the creators were not quite prepared for. With Oh-gong and Seon-mi each having self-sacrificial thoughts, a lot goes wrong within the story as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 18 2018/03/02
Ma-wang is having one of those good days again, and the silly old bull gets sentimental over Oh-gong's possible demise, which leads him to an experiment that ends with an important discovery. The time has come to solve the Geumganggo issue once and for all, but Seon-mi is closer to the truth of her mission and she chooses to bravely face it. Enter a round of who gets to be a better noble idiot,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 17 2018/02/28
It may have taken an entire series for "A Korean Odyssey" to get the ball on the doomsday rolling, and it is a very confusing, haphazardly done final act, but it is exciting nonetheless. While Seon-mi is still figuring out her powers and why she has such a bad feeling around Kang Dae-seong, Oh-gong starts an unorthodox plan to get closer to his enemy. Meanwhile, another trap has been set for Ma-wang, who needs a lot of help to think clearly once more,...More
[Press Release] tvN's Ratings for Weekend Primetime Lineup Double In Key Demo 2018/02/21
CJ E&M's flagship channel tvN's weekend primetime lineup for the first quarter 2018 already increased by 100 percent in Nielsen Korea key demo ratings -adults 20-49, compared to the previous quarter. tvN's strong weekend lineup, a mix of new variety shows and long-run signature series, has created synergy to capture the attention of viewers that reflected onto the ratings. In its weekend prime time slot -Friday to Sunday, 20:00-24:00 K.S.T. - Youn's Kitchen 2 leads the Friday night, passing the baton to Super TV, a reality show featuring legendary K-pop idol group Super Junior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 16 2018/02/20 "A Korean Odyssey" is trying to cover up holes with even bigger holes, but any effort to somehow make the story work is better than none, when we still have the final four episodes to go. Seon-mi discovers leftovers of Ah Sa-nyeo's powers in her, while a mysterious figure leaves a child with Oh-gong, urging him to visit them with Seon-mi and learn of her true past, as well as their possible future. Meanwhile, Ma-wang has insidious plans once more,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 15 2018/02/18
If episode fourteen of "A Korean Odyssey" was shaky, episode fifteen is floundering, as one baseless twist follows after another. With Ah Sa-nyeo in control of Seon-mi's body, the group have to find a way to the latter, while keeping the former busy. Meanwhile, General Winter is pushed to a corner due to his contract, forcing Summer Fairy to make a very important decision. The world is still ending, but I think even the creators have forgotten it by now,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Ruthless Marital Interrogations 2018/02/17
While Korea is enjoying its lunar new year weekend, I am sitting here falling more and more in love with "Live". The drama has released quite a few new teasers. We have a lot of casting and other news this week, including the first trailer from "Mr. Sunshine", which is banking hard on its cinematography and cast,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 14 2018/02/14
With Ma-wang out for the count, General Winter snooping into his home freely and Ah Sa-nyeo putting on her best innocent demeanor, things are not looking good for our gods and monsters. More importantly, they are not looking good for Seon-mi, who begins exhibiting strange powers due to Ah Sa-nyeo's meddling. This combined with the fate predicted by the Saryeong bring about a cliffhanger that threatens the show's heroine greatly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 13 2018/02/13
Ah Sa-nyeo acts like a child in a candy store in episode thirteen of "A Korean Odyssey", and with good reason. With most of the group unaware of or underestimating her powers, the priestess gets to roam free and take advantage of everyone's already weak morality and personal wants. The one most in danger is Ma-wang, who thinks that she can help him without him or Seon-mi suffering major loses. If only things worked out as nicely with evil spirits,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 12 2018/02/05
An unfamiliar evil takes a familiar face in episode twelve of "A Korean Odyssey". The soul trapped in the coffin is here to claim what they want, and it will manipulate everyone in its power to get there. With the tensions between Oh-gong and Seon-mi rising due to their understanding of how fatal their bond can be, the group starts drifting apart. This is the absolute worst time for that, as well as for Ma-wang to start plotting once more,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 11 2018/02/04
It may have taken "A Korean Odyssey" half a series to get the ball rolling on the doomsday part of the story, but episode eleven gives said ball a good kick. Death is never far away in the life of Sam Jang and our familiar monsters, be it death for show, death among lovers or a very old death about to resurface. If it were not clear enough from the moment we first saw him, Kang Dae-seong's nature brings him closer to the supernatural and to bringing about the end of the world,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 10 2018/01/29
The big snag in everyone's plans is not as educating as I was hoping it would be, but at least some characters' true feelings for one another have been revealed. Seon-mi gets to experience life without her abilities and everyone else gets to experience life without Sam Jang, but this inconvenient for most and a potential death sentence for Boo-ja. Everyone is confused about the future, most of all Seon-mi,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 9 2018/01/28
I have been begging for some forward movement in the plot of "A Korean Odyssey" and a guest character brings about an even bigger change than I anticipated. The one thing that has been keeping our group of supernatural misfits together suddenly vanishes, and we are left with an uncertain future for everyone's fate as well as their relationships. I wanted to know what everyone truly thinks and feels about this situation, so bring on the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 8 2018/01/23
An ominous fate teasing was bound to happen at some point in such a series by these writers and "A Korean Odyssey" delivers it in this episode. There is a fallout between Seon-mi and Oh-gong, partially caused by Ma-wang, but based on the problems our two not-exactly-lovebirds have been trying to sweep under the rug. We start to see some of Oh-gong's honesty and change towards others, but the fates are cruel,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 7 2018/01/21
Prepare for another round of "Does he or doesn't he", as "A Korean Odyssey" continues to struggle with its lack of a main plot or any significant progress in character and world development. Episode seven is slower than usual and the creators are unfortunately back to treating the main romance as a conventional one, this time dangling the carrot of a love triangle with someone we do not even know,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 6 2018/01/16
Ask and you shall receive, and although "A Korean Odyssey" is still dawdling on and regurgitating a lot of its key concepts this time around, there is at least one major point of progress in the ever so shaky thing that is its main romance. Ma-wang is feeling the burn of his little tasting and we are slowly discovering some connections made by our self-centered group of supernatural misfits,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 5 2018/01/15
Seon-mi's burdens keep multiplying, as something happens to put our previously detached Bull Demon King in a much more invested position. After the big revelation of our heroine's mission, "A Korean Odyssey" takes a step back to look at her unique connection to Oh-gong. While the nature of this fake bond has been there for us to see, it is starting to dawn on Seon-mi that her needs tend to feed a dangerous and painful delusion of closeness on her end,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Stars Go Marching In 2018/01/13
2018 has entered with a bang and that includes some big celebrity names returning to Dramaland for ambitious projects. We have a few such news bits this week that you can read more about and I also take a look at fresh material for "Children of a Lesser God". Between casting news, trailers and a hefty dose of stills, we have another busy week in Dramaland,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 4 2018/01/08
Well, I asked for a main story and for Seon-mi's purpose in it, and episode four of "A Korean Odyssey" delivers. It turns out that our heroine has a much heavier burden to bear than expected and she needs her group of merry monsters to help her carry it. Seon-mi starts bonding with the group, but the reality of Oh-gong's forced connection to her leaves her feeling lonely as a challenging future approaches,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 3 2018/01/07 "A Korean Odyssey" is back this week and although the messy production and the injury that was caused due to it should never be forgotten or treated lightly, it looks like enough measures have been taken to keep the related authorities pleased for now. Story-wise, we are starting to get hints about the why of it all and the role of Seon-mi's fate in it, but we also meet new characters and backstories,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Teasers and Stylish Temptations 2018/01/06
Take a big step into a hopefully lovely 2018 to view all the upcoming drama goodies we can enjoy for yet another year. Dramaland has gone on a promotional spree after the slow holiday season and we have a lot of new teasers for several series coming up. As I look to future dramas for my picks, I am ever so slightly tempted to watch "Misty" on my free time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 2 2017/12/26
The plot thickens and by that I mean the new ways in which every character here tries to backstab one another. This is the only story to speak of at the moment and while the romance is apparently getting started, we still do not know what role Seon-mi's existence as Sam Jang will play. "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi) is fun in a cheesy way, but we need more story and it has to come soon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 1 2017/12/25
It has been a while since the Hong sisters were in any way exciting and while "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi") is not exactly wowing with its first episode, the drama presents the workings of what could be a really fun story. We have a case of every man and beastie for themselves, as we meet a lot of characters, none of them anything but self-serving and with some pretty hefty behavioral and personality issues. I pity our heroine already,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Cohabitations and Holiday Creeps 2017/12/23
Trends, trends, trends everywhere! As we look to the holiday season and beyond, the dramas of 2018 pop around the corner to give us a glimpse of what the first season will be like. The latest trend is share houses and we have three shows coming up with the theme. "A Korean Odyssey" premieres today as well, so I am juggling my decisions and getting into the hype. Have a great holiday and drama season, folks,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Taking the Stage 2017/12/09
The time has come for short dramas to shine and today I take a look at two premiering this very weekend. I also share casting news from two others as well as my hope for the future of these and perhaps full length dramas as well. I am also getting busy with dramas again, so bring on all I have time for, Dramaland,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Knights, Multitaskers and Goodbyes 2017/12/02
We are officially in Christmas month and this means that we can consider everything a present and feel so very coddled. Today I look at the lovely selection of diverse dramas coming out next week and share new goodies from dramas we will be seeing shortly. I am ready for my drama presents and I hope we get a lot of good shows,...More
[Orion's Drama News] You've Got Male 2017/11/11
Dramaland's love for all manner of plots involving law enforcement is quite obvious, but boy do we have a lot of goodies about detectives, real and fake, this week. Crime and punishment is very manly lately and today I take a look at some upcoming naughty boys once more. We also have the releases of first teasers for many new dramas. Things are looking quite promising for the upcoming months,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Just Keep Swimming 2017/11/04
The big ol' drama machine never stops spinning and this is true throughout what has been an eventful and no doubt emotionally charged week for many. Today I look at the new goodies from "Untouchable" and "Prison Playbook" as we go into the season of manly bonding. Silly Ori gets a bit serious this week, as I close with what I feel is important for us all to remember,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Family Fallout 2017/10/28
The past week has been full of award ceremonies and attire rankings, but no dress is pretty enough to stop the Dramaland machine, which brings a ton of casting and other news with it. Today I take a first look at "Untouchable", a drama about brotherly angst between Jin Goo and Kim Sung-kyun. If this is "Last" all over again, I must prepare my feels,...More
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