[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Signal" 2016/01/16
Regular viewers of tvN may have noticed that the station likes to keep its usual actors and creators close. Here to take this one step further is "Signal", the approach of which brings back memories of the station's "Gabdong - The Serial Killer". The drama will be the second tvN show based on the Hwaseong serial murders, but unlike its predecessor it comes with a supernatural twist,...More
Who is Yoon Kyun-sang from "Pinocchio"? 2015/02/03, Source
He was cold when he looked at the person who drove his father to death and he was warmer than anything when he addressed his little sibling. The only way he could stand out while not having many lines to say was his dark-toned jumpers and meaningful eyes. Still, he stood out. Many people welcomed this new face called Yoon Kyun-sang.
Yoon is a beneficiary from the SBS drama "Pinocchio" that ended last month on the 13th. He played Ki Jae-myeong, who killed to prove innocence of his father who was reportedly a criminal. Yoon Kyun-sang had to become the attacker and the victim and went down a different path from his brother Ki Ha-myeong (Lee Jong-suk),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Gabdong - The Serial Killer" 2014/07/26
There is a definite lack of variety in the topics Korean drama explores. There is also the issue of conforming, when some series attempt to break the mold only to be smacked back into it. While 'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' is not a perfect drama or one of the most exciting ones out there, it is to the creators' credit that they maintain its focus and tone throughout, resulting in a not brilliant, but good and most welcome attempt to be different and do it right.
'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' tells the story of a serial murder case the statute of limitations for which has expired. Ha Moo-yeom's (Yoon Sang-hyun) father was a suspect for the murders and after his death, Moo-yeom became obsessed with clearing his father's name. Along with his team and their new chief, Yang Cheol-gon (Sung Dong-il), who was convinced Moo-yeom's father was the murderer, they are trying to stop a new series of murders and find the killer, but also possibly the original Gap Dong,...More
[HanCinema's Idol Actors] Park Hyung-sik and Lee Joon 2014/07/12 Park Hyung-sik
Park Hyung-sik (Park Hyung-sik) is an idol who strives to excel. Best known for his work as a member of the boy group ZE:A - Children of Empire, he has dabbled in different performance arts such as musicals and the television scene of South Korea. The projects he chooses to take part in are varied and many, each providing unique challenges to the young talent.
The start of his career found him in cameos, but his first dive into serious acting was in 'Drama Special - Sirius'. Like many idol actors, the role was the younger version of the adult main lead. However, this role required him to play twin brothers with opposite personalities, troubled pasts, and a severely strained relationship. Park Hyung-sik's acting was piercing and heartfelt. Each character he played was a distinct and clear person, which is no easy feat even for the most seasoned of actors,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Gabdong - The Serial Killer" 2014/05/03
Being in keeping with both the male angst and suspense thriller theme of this drama spring, 'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' is now leaving the introduction phase. Here to bring a more twisted and character-driven look into the genre, 'Gabdong - The Serial Killer' so far manages to be very different in its approach to storytelling and how it handles its plot and characters. But while this approach is still working like a charm, it is more riddled with traps than a more traditional one, so it remains to be seen whether or not it works all the way through,...More
Acting idols: Im Si-wan vs. Lee Joon 2014/04/30, Source
The number of acting idols is increasing. Doesn't matter main role or not, there isn't a drama or movie without one. There have been negative reviews about them getting in the way of rookie actor and actresses. They're easily brought into the cast because of their fame as singers. However, these idols have proven to be much better prepared than imagined and therefore, people's views about them are changing.
- ZE:A's Im Si-wan, 10 million audiences,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "God's Gift - 14 Days" 2014/03/01
While Korean cinema often features female leads in active and well-written characters, dramas are having more trouble with that concept. Lee Bo-young's last drama , "I Hear Your Voice" was one of those dramas that featured a solid female lead and it looks like she is going for a second round in a woman-centric work. Needless to say, Dramaland can only benefit from this series being good,...More
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