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Deals with the fancy life and love of Baek Pa-seon, the Choun's first female dish-maker. True character Baek Pa-seon rose to the highest position as the best pottery maker but was taken to Japan during the Japanese Invasion and promoted Chosun's pottery making.
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 29 2013/10/21
What little tension "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" had created with the Japanese presence in episode 28 was drained by the sudden change in focus on Jung's birth father Kang-chun. It would've been better had the episode intertwined the bloodline reveal and the Japanese invasion storylines to keep the momentum going. Instead, the entire episode focused on her discovering a secret that the viewers have known since episode one and it seemed like one big, hour-long, lame afterthought,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 28 2013/10/16
Let's talk history quickly before we get into this review because the show doesn't lay it down properly by itself. The Ministry of Culture supports the funding for "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" because ceramics hold a very important place in Korean, and indeed, in East Asian history. It was a national resource in Joseon and was prized as a sign of affluence and wealth by the Ming Dynasty (ancient China) and by Japan. Japan coveted Joseon's porcelain and kidnapped ceramicists, which will eventually be the fate of Yoo Jung, the heroine of "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi". The historical figure she is based on, Baek Pa-sun, was kidnapped and forced to create in Japan. She, along with the other kidnapped ceramicists, grew Japan's porcelain culture while Joseon's deteriorated because of the lost of its most masterful talents. It was a huge event in Korean history, especially since Japanese invasion continued to affect it into the 20th century. With all of this said, I'm extremely disappointed by "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi". It failed to establish the hefty importance of ceramics in Joseon,...More
"Marry Him If You Dare" drops 2013/10/15, Source
KBS 2TV drama "Choice of the Future" dropped in percentage and fought for second place.
According to Nielsen Korea on the 16th, the second episode of the drama rated 8.6%. This is 1.1% lower than the previous episode and makes it come in third,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 27 2013/10/10
The tensions that the writer has attempted to build for twenty-seven episodes came to a minor head when the king sentences Yook-do to death. This spurs a desperate attempt from his father, Kang-chun, to save his life and Kang-chun's efforts result in many past conflicts in the drama coming to light. "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" tried to set up many of the issues that came up this episode: Hwa-ryung versus Jung; Imhae versus Gwanghae; Kang-chun's fatherly love versus his strong sense of self-preservation; love versus duty. There is so much good material to explore, but it's been badly developed and therefore when the writer tries to make these issues come to a head and create tensions, the resulting drama is impotent and ineffective,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 26 2013/10/07
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is now truly a revenge story. The high stakes have made it exciting and have given the drama what it lacked: focus. Jung has transformed into a single-minded woman who is willing to risk a man's life to attain her goal. She is also willing to harm loved ones. This is quite a different Jung than the one we met in the beginning, but pain and suffering can turn people into ugly creatures. This is the first time that "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" has used ceramics in a truly effective way. Jung suggested a ceramics competition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 25 2013/10/02
After a week's hiatus due to Moon Geun-young's eye injury, "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" returns with a darker tone. The shift in Jung's attitude from being eternally optimistic to destructive revenge is welcome. She is convinced that the path she has chosen is the correct one despite the fact that it may hurt people she cares about. It's the best plot device the show has going for it. The romance is turning stale. Hwa-ryung's revenge is turning stale. Even Tae-do's formerly adorable puppy-like devotion to Jung is turning stale. The story needs Jung's breakdown and it has finally happened twenty-five episodes into a thirty-two episode drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 23 2013/09/18
This episode deflated any hopes I had at the end of episode 22. Then it rushed through some big reveals and stopped on a most peculiar episode ending. With nine episodes left, I can't realistically hope for improved story pacing, but it is still the one thing that would greatly improve the drama as a whole. The clever political trap Royal Consort Inbin set was sprung and cast aside in minutes by Prince Gwanghae's clever explanations and the king's gullibility. While Gwanghae is the prince who is most fit to wear the crown, it is completely unrealistic for his earnestness to move the very selfish and insecure king into pardoning him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 22 2013/09/12
This episode had the most interesting political plot thus far. It was well executed, didn't seem to be a string of lucky coincidences and really put Gwanghae and Jung into tough situations that cannot be figured out with a mere clever, single-step solution. Royal Consort Inbin and her followers devised a way to frame Gwanghae of being disloyal to the king. While they'd tried on several occasions to plan something similar, those plans only had a single step and were ineffective. This time there were several intricate pieces to the plan that truly seemed insulting to the prideful king. Each piece was feasible, and therefore believable, and when they came together, they really did put Gwanghae in a tough spot,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 21 2013/09/11
There are powerful emotions at play that could potentially up the stakes in "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi": jealousy and anger. Both are two of the most unpredictable emotional states and could potentially make some great conflict. The chances that the show will capitalize on that potential are slim to none and despite the futility of it, I will hope that the show will improve,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 20 2013/09/05
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is not getting better. The plot remains overly simplistic; the villains are caricatures with single-minded motivations; the acting is excessive. Elements of the story change to suit the situation so there is no consistency in the characters or plot. The problem-of-the-day in this episodes is an extension of the last: wooden bowls are causing a stomach illness in Joseon. The three princes are tasked to find the solution. Of course, Gwanghae meets up with Jung and discovers that ceramic bowls stop the illness because they do not foster fungus like the wooden bowls,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 19 2013/09/04
Jung was kicked out of Punwon Kiln because of her blindness and the change of environment was one of the best moves the writer has made thus far. It removed Jung temporarily from politics and allowed her creative freedom. Even more than that, it allowed her to live without pretense and with no stress. It fits her established personality better. The way she came to be a ceramicist outside of Punwon Kiln, however, is the most frustrating aspect of the episode. Jung's eyesight is cured by a miracle. The story is already simplified to the most basic of storylines so the introduction of a miracle is just an unneeded panacea that borders on the ridiculous. It makes it seem like the writer didn't know how to cure Jung quickly enough to get her doing ceramics again. But the miracle was unneeded. It would've been fine to have a short time jump that shows her living blind and slowly recovering. Suffering is a great tool for character growth and change,...More
Moon Geun-young, yet to graduate 2013/09/03, Source Moon Geun-young has been attending Sungkyungwan University since 2006 and the semester ended on the 4th of August but she hasn't managed to graduate yet.
She hasn't earned the three credits necessary to complete her course. This includes, voluntary work, self recreational activities and license for a foreign language or IT. Otherwise she won't be acknowledged as a graduate,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 18 2013/08/28
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" had an opportunity to strengthen its story and wasted it. The fact that Jung is Eul-dam's daughter angers Kang-chun, but it also foils a lot of political plans. Instead of using this fact to create some tense political intrigue and beefing up the drama, the writer slaps together all the themes highlighted in the story thus far and attempts to make a point: perseverance is key to success. It is a nice message, but it is so clumsily delivered that it has no poignancy. Jung has been fighting Kang-chun's and the Punwon Kiln's beliefs that women cannot be ceramicists. Kang-chun planted gun powder to cause a kiln accident and make it seem like Jung's bad luck as a woman,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 17 2013/08/28
Life and death stakes always create more tension and those stakes are exactly what this show needed. Kang-chun has discovered Jung's true identity and has made plans to kill her like he killed her father, Yoo Eul-dam. It's predictable, but the exasperatingly long reveal of the truth is finally over and watching the players make their moves is somewhat interesting. Hwa-ryung, Jung's childhood friend, has succumbed to her jealousy of Jung. She has made it her goal to beat Jung and will do anything to accomplish it. Hwa-ryung has always been a plot pawn, but this new turn is tiresome,...More
[Spoiler] "Good Doctor" rises to first place 2013/08/27, Source
According to Nielsen Korea, on the 28th, the eighth episode of KBS 2TV drama "Good Doctor" rated 18.4%. This is 1.0% higher than the seventh episode.
Kyu-hyeon is a kid who couldn't sing by nature because of an infection in his body. He tried to commit suicide but connected with Si-on (Joo Won) in the end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 16 2013/08/22
Second lead vengeance finally came into play this episode and it wasn't pretty. In fact, it was completely unwelcome although I expected it to happen since the first episode. Hwa-ryeong tells villain Kang-chun Jung's identity in order to exact revenge on Jung for "taking everything that Hwa-ryeong wants". What this means is that due to factors that are out of Jung's control, Hwa-ryeong is punishing her. It is just another horrible way for the writer to create problems for Jung. There are enough problems inherent in her social and political situation without throwing in second lead meddling. It's one of my least favorite plot devices. The only positive result of this is that Kang-chun now knows that Jung is his mortal enemy Yoo Eul-dam's daughter,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 15 2013/08/20
As "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" nears the middle of its run, it has yet to settle into a pace that will make it last for the long haul. It is still highly episodic and unclear about where it wants to lead its audience. The only aspect of the story that is sure is the romance. There are people who are attracted to each other and who have to struggle to overcome socio-political barriers in order to love. Other than that, Jung wants to become a ceramicist and the show gives us nothing about why that is important in the long run. Instead, it is haphazardly tying that to the political struggle in the palace between the three princes by using Punwon Kiln and ceramics as the battlegrounds and ammunition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 13 2013/08/13
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" will never keep you on your toes. It makes it very obvious what problem the entire cast will deal with next. Early this episode Jung promised to keep her identity a secret from Kang-chun and by the end, he'd figured out who she was because she was foolish enough to talk about her creative father and then use her real family name. That said, this episode had some semi-juicy character development and character tensions that centered around Gwanghae. He finally doesn't cave around Jung and stops following her around like a lovesick puppy. He acts on his anger at her and it's a good thing in terms of plot and realism,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 12 2013/08/08
This episode was all about Jung and Gwanghae's growing relationship. Other events were incidental like the Ming envoy accepting expensive Joseon relics as bribes and getting caught or Kang-chun forbidding to trade with Hwa-ryeong's trading company unless she quits. These characters and "subplots" seem to only exist to support Jung and Gwanghae's romance. I quote "subplots" because they're not even independent plot threads. They're half-mutated alien creatures that minimally resemble a subplot. Early on in the episode when speaking with Prince Shin-sung, Gwanghae accidentally discovers Tae-do's real name and recognizes it. (He had been calling Tae-do "Bodyguard" until that point.) Gwanghae immediately realizes that the woman he met in Punwon Kiln is Jung acting under a new identity: Tae-pyung,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 11 2013/08/07
This episode really delivered some powerful character developments for Tae-do who attempted to make some headway with Jung, despite the contrived plot elements that got in the way. However, it allowed Kim Bum to take the helm and carry the episode. He makes this drama interesting where it would otherwise be boring. His portrayal of Tae-do's devotion to Jung is pure and passionate. Tae-do carries the intensity of his love for Jung into the other parts of his life. The interactions he has with Gwanghae, Hwa-ryeong and everyone else crackle with the electricity of his strength of character. It's drama gold. Unfortunately for the rest of the drama, it is unable to keep up with Kim Bum's performance. The plot is linear,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 10 2013/08/01
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" likes to center each episode around an object of contention. And by center, I mean that everything and everyone in the entire episode eats, sleeps and breathes that object. While I understand that the show is about a ceramicist and there will be a lot of focus on ceramics, pottery and goods, revolving the welfare of Joseon around a teacup is too much. But let's go with it because we're not getting anything else,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 9 2013/07/31
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" continues to plod along as it has been: predictably and with very little excitement. This episode centers around another ceramic piece. Not only does every plot point hinge upon it, but the political welfare of Joseon hinges upon it as well. It's wearisome and this lack of complexity in the story and the characters drags the drama down. There is no novelty, no fresh twist. All stories in books and scripts are based on variations of a basic few. What makes them different is the presentation and "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi"'s presentation is nothing new: A foreign threat issues a pottery challenge and Joseon must comply. Along the way, Jung is determined to do the right thing and help out. She gets thrown together with Gwanghae who subsequently discovers that she is a girl. Sounds like every other cross-dressing drama out there,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 8 2013/07/25
Boatloads of things happen in this episode and none of them are surprising. And yet, the show continues to be interesting. It has mostly to do with pacing. Relationships grow quickly. Problems are zippily created and encompass nearly the entire cast. There is always an underlying tension - it's too bad that it's obvious how each tension will resolve. Our heroine Jung finally learns the true identity of our hero Gwanghae, but he is still oblivious to the fact that she is his childhood love. No one from her past has recognized her straight away; that, and she's posing as a man,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 7 2013/07/24
This show is a fun and entertaining watch. It is made to be enjoyed in the moment and is a good way to pass time. The formulaic plot lines, dialogue and characters are both its strengths and its weaknesses. There is no need to think or strain while watching - the hour breezes by. However, for a reviewer looking for substance and intrigue, "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is sorely lacking. Episode 7 consisted of a ceramic pot ruining the day; Imhae causing trouble and blaming it on Gwanghae; Royal Consort Inbin trying to seat her son on the throne by using Kang-chul; Jung getting in trouble and either Tae-do or Gwanghae saving her,...More
[Spoiler] "Shark" comes last 2013/07/22, Source "Shark" is having a hard time stepping over a two digit score and came in last.
According to Nielsen Korea on the 23rd, KBS 2TV drama "Shark" on the 22nd rated 9.7%. This is 0.1% lower than the sixteenth episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 6 2013/07/18
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is moseying right along. It gives us tons of cute. It gives us some political intrigue. It gives us a few solid relationships. These things save it from being pedantic because this predictable plotline needs some saving. Not one scene held surprise because the outcome was obvious. However, the acting and the adorable character relationships keep the show together. Rather than fight over a jar, this time the royal consort Inbin and her minions wage war against Prince Gwanghae over a jade belt. It's always something. Jar, jade belt. Po-tay-toh, po-tah-toh. The bad guys win this round: Gwanghae is demoted from head of the Punwon Kiln to second in command,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 5 2013/07/16
The adult cast makes its appearance and it was worth the wait. While the child cast was good, it lacked nuance. They said and did all the right things, but the characters were not living, breathing people. They were young actors going through the motions. When the adults came on screen, it was a breath of fresh air. Jung, Tae-do, and Imhae became living, breathing people who were easy to watch. Only young No Young-hak really matched his adult counterpart, Lee Sang-yoon, in bringing Prince Gwanghae to life. The transition between them was the most fluid,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 4 2013/07/15
This episode also centered around a jar; two, in fact. But there was a lot more motion to the storyline, the politics and the character development, which made it much more enjoyable to watch. Our heroine is finally pushed towards her calling and the hero starts to truly feel the weight of his royal status. King Taejo's jar has been broken, fixed and presented to the king as of the jar-centric events last episode. But villain Kang-chun's righteous son, Yook-do (Oh Seung-yoon), admits that the jar was broken - a treasonous action. What follows is the bad guys' attempt to get rid of Gwanghae via treason jar and the king's attempts to save him by placing the blame on Eul-dam. It is the beginning of Jung's transformation into the artist that made history,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" Episode 3 2013/07/11
This episode was about a jar. No, I'm not kidding. From beginning to end, there was not one scene that did not revolve around this jar. And guess what: it's coming back next episode, too. Why would the production team spend an entire episode on a jar? The only conclusion I can fathom is to show that Jung is so awesomely talented that she can fix an ancestral jar. But doesn't history already tell us that? Admittedly, the episode is not just about the jar,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" Episode 2 2013/07/08
After sifting through the over-simplified, yet messily executed political situation, I found the second episode of "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" more interesting than the first. As with the first episode, the scenes with the young actors are the most enjoyable to watch. They're the most emotionally poignant. But, the politics bogged the rest of the episode down - it took a while to sift through the mire. The political fieldin this story is a well-known one: princes compete for the crown, supported by different political factions. The fight for power is full of underhanded tactics and deception. In the case of the "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi", the Queen's faction supports her biological son, the youngest prince, and try to get him named as heir apparent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" Episode 1 2013/07/06
MBC's newest drama, "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi", is of the paint-by-numbers variety. While this isn't a bad way to open up a show, it's very safe, I was hoping for something attention grabbing. I was excited to watch because of the stellar casting and because it was written by Kwon Soon-gyoo, who also wrote the powerhouse drama, "Warrior Baek Dong-soo". But until the child cast appeared about halfway through this first episode, the show was intensely dull, despite its cinematic beauty and the lovely soundtrack. The political mechanizations and the family history could have been cut down to five minutes and still contain all the information necessary,...More
Han Go-eun in a relationship? 2013/06/24, Source
While news has it that actress Han Go-eun is seeing someone, her agency doesn't have a clue.
Han Go-eun's spokeperson told TV Daily on the 25th, "We haven't confirmed about this matter and we at the office, didn't know. We have to find out what's going on",...More
Moon Geun-young and Park Gun-hyung taking up pottery lessons 2013/06/24, Source
The new MBC drama "Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is taking care of everything from cast to props to live up to the name of being a 'well-made drama'.
With the first broadcast just around the corner, on the 1st of July, Moon Geun-young and Park Gun-hyung have been busy with pottery lessons in theory and practically. It is also known that the drama will be using the pottery of the potter Han Il-sang as props.
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is based on the first female potter of the 16th century and her life's story. The subjects of pottery, restoration and potters has been introduced in dramas for the first time in Korean drama history so it should induce the interests of many viewers. The background of the drama which is the Chosun Times, seems simple and normal but it's not an overstatement to say that the ample white porcelain is the fruit of that culture,...More
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