[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama Couple - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/28
The year of 2017 has seen some wonderful couples whose chemistry is sizzling and whose relationships draw us in and make us want to cheer for their happiness and success. Now you can choose for your favorite couple of the year out of sixteen amazing pairings,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama Villain of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! + Poster Giveaway 2017/12/17
An excellent drama villain is just as important as a winning hero or heroine. He or she helps to shape the life of a drama, reaching out and ensnaring hearts with inspired hatred, pity, and confusion. The year of 2017 saw some wonderful villains, deadly and manipulative, pitiable and terrifying, and it saw even great actors, young and old, who played them convincingly. Vote for your favorite villain from December 17 to December 31! Results for all categories will be revealed beginning December 30.
Don't forget to enter to win a "Splash Splash Love" poster at the bottom of this post,...More
Actor with a good image, Choi Tae-joon 2017/07/19
2017 have been a great year so far with many discoveries of great actors/actresses. Among them, we have actor Choi Tae-joon! Actor Choi Tae-joon debuted in 2001, and has been active in the entertainment industry since then, but his name has been more widely known in the last year or so,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Missing 9" 2017/06/17
During moments of utter despair, one's true character is often revealed. This is certainly the case for "Missing 9", a gripping disaster drama centering around a plane crash that leaves nine individuals, mostly celebrities, stranded on an uncharted island. The only known survivor at the beginning of the drama is Ra Bong-hee (Baek Jin-hee), the inexperienced and compassionate stylist of celebrity Seo Joon-oh (Jung Kyung-ho), and she suffers from temporary amnesia due to the trauma,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Bickering Pairs 2017/04/01
We have a drama opening week coming up and today I take a look at the odd partnership of detective and housewife in "Mystery Queen". I also scratch my head over "Chicago Typewriter" and where its plot will be headed with all of the elements it throws into the mix. We have a lot of casting news this week, so check out the "Upcoming Drama Goodies" section,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" 2017/04/01
"Survival " reality shows have been done in every way imaginable. Most look scripted and thankfully have limits their concepts cannot cross. So what if we take their core concept over to fiction, spice up the conflict, add a murderous participant and remove the outside world entirely? Welcome to "Missing 9"; an interesting idea which creates good entertainment, until it sadly becomes too derailed to enjoy,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Reverse Love and Busy Women 2017/03/25
Welcome to a week or writing woes and capable women. Today I take a look at "Chicago Typewriter" and its quirky characters before introducing some upcoming weekend and daily dramas about women's stories. I also share plenty of casting news and some media from upcoming dramas. Let us welcome the new drama season together,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Revenge All the Way 2017/03/11
While having too many promising upcoming dramas to choose from is a nice "problem" to have, it will mess with many a drama fan's schedule. Today I take a look at a promising development in drama production. I then give you news of a potentially innovative revenge drama, but also of good ol' regular revenge, as "Whisper" is fast approaching,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 16 Final 2017/03/10
The end is here for the survivors of a terrible crash. I am not referring to the plane one, but the crashing and burning of the plot for "Missing 9". The trial for Joon-oh takes place and Tae-ho becomes desperate as everyone groups against him. We all know what he does when he is desperate and perhaps this mirrors the creators' murder of their work during this slow burn towards the finish line,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 15 2017/03/08
There is no rest for the wicked and also the non-wicked, especially when there are two episodes to fill. It is time for the new villains we have already seen working their way into the story to take their place. Bong-hee and Joon-oh also meet the first big snag in their relationship when one decides to engage in the much loathed noble idiocy. Well, you lasted fourteen episodes, writer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 14 2017/03/04
Episode fourteen of "Missing 9" is a struggle in both the story and in the meta sense. Our heroes have little to do aside from getting the pivotal recording noticed and of course the method chosen makes little sense, but generates more drama than simply going to the police. At this point we are just waiting for the end and we can only watch as the creators drag the plot out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 13 2017/03/01
Never has a phone felt so important outside the context of aggressive product placement. Episode thirteen of "Missing 9" is all about the chase for this piece of mobile evidence. Tae-ho is starting to feel excluded by Do-pal and this only makes him more determined to get the device first. Our heroic duo stealth their way around the increasingly dangerous situation. When the phone contents are finally revealed, someone gets a nasty surprise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 12 2017/02/23
Whatever grievances I may have with "Missing 9", I have to say that the creators are good with swiftly addressing some. The comedy in episode twelve works and the excitement is back. Most importantly, so is Tae-ho's place as the main villain and just in time for a reunion he wishes never happened. Everyone is frantically chasing after the phone, which creates entertaining urgency,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 11 2017/02/22
Joon-oh is back, but the road to justice in "Missing 9" is long and treacherous. Before getting to work on it, our newfound hero needs to get back home through "less than legal" means. Hilarity ensues and true to the nature of this drama's comedy, some of it is appropriate and some of it is not. Meanwhile new evidence against our second villain pop up and the chase for it begins,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Worry Worry Worry 2017/02/18
Today I take a look at the rise of office dramas and express my worries about Korean drama and the topic of trends. I also give you an introduction and my less-than-enthused reaction to another minor-adult romance coming up. I am not sure where Dramaland will go with those, but I will personally not follow. What are your own thoughts on the subject,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 10 2017/02/17
More dead ends and bitter developments take place in episode ten of "Missing 9" as everyone's favorite idol psychopath somehow becomes the most powerful person in Korea and China. The survivors are being hunted and Bong-hee's allies keep dramatically shrinking in numbers. Unfortunately the episode completely drops the ball in some aspects, making its otherwise tense plot unsatisfying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 9 2017/02/15
It is time to clench body parts and remember to take deep breaths, because episode nine of "Missing 9" piles on the tension and urgency. A boat has noticed the survivors and with a storm approaching, the clock is ticking. In the present, Bong-hee and Tae-yeong hit a dead end. Just as Bong-hee starts to feel hopeless, news about the fate of two more survivors surfaces,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 8 2017/02/10
At the rate Tae-ho plans murders it is quite fortunate that "Missing 9" should more realistically be called "Missing Many". The deadly star has some strong media play abilities and he is determined to get Bong-hee. One more survivor returns, but they are not exactly helpful. With the investigative committee still clutching at its new narrative, Bong-hee is left with only her fierce determination and Tae-yeong as her weapons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 7 2017/02/09
Tae-ho is busy plotting in the present as much as he was in the past and new hints point to a bloody history for the star long before the island incidents. The investigators are torn between whose story is more convenient to publicize while our tour through the island group's fate brings a new person with a lot of valuable information to the camp. Tae-ho's cover back in the past is in danger and he becomes desperate,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Hallyu Army Blues 2017/02/04
The new drama season has begun and more are coming up, including office/terminal illness drama "Radiant Office", which is gathering quite the cast. In more general drama news, I briefly contemplate the issue of Hallyu stardom in relation to military service, as 2017 marks the departure of many stars and the need for quick replacements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 6 2017/02/02
With one crisis averted another one takes its place, as there is apparently no rest for the wicked and also Bong-hee. Her memories paint a picture of Tae-ho playing Whack-A-Survivor on the island and it feels like the body count will only keep rising. Relationships of the past change forever and more survivors pop up in the present, which means we will have other perspectives to consider in the future,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 5 2017/02/02
If you feel that "Missing 9" has not really been delivering on the despair and tensions, episode five says hi. It also says that people are going to die and then graciously delivers on that promise. In the past, Tae-ho is an unhinged terror. In the present, Tae-yeong is an unhinged brother looking for answers. So have a seat, grab a pillow and enjoy the episode, preferably before reading about it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 4 2017/01/27
Our "Missing 9" may no longer be entirely missing, but episode four reveals that they were not nine to begin with. So-hee may be unreliable, but at least part of her experiences may be true, as a certain someone starts plotting something wicked. The big revelation about So-hee's death takes place, although if there is anything "Missing 9" has taught me it is that truth is subjective,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 3 2017/01/25
Reunions and new acquaintances take place in episode three of "Missing 9" and things take a turn for the deadly when a killer is revealed among the survivors. Tae-yeong reaches out to Bong-hee as her memories begin to show her gruesome images and bring a mysterious anxiety to the surface. One thing is clear; nature is not the only element of threat found on that island,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 2 2017/01/19
Relief, despair, frustration and every other imaginable entry in the gamut of human emotion is felt by our stranded duo of idol and stylist, as Bong-hee manages to regain the part of her memories taking place immediately after the crash. Survival is the name of the game and Joon-oh is just not very good at it. Meanwhile, a body is washed ashore in the present and the mystery of what happened on the island becomes more complicated,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Missing 9" Episode 1 2017/01/19 "Missing 9" starts out with a bang, that is, the sound of an exploding plane engine. Episode one starts us off four months after the crash and it provides our witness, who claims total loss of her memories after the painful event. The episode then introduces us to the diverse cast of characters, their basic relationships and a little backstory before diving, quite literally, into the dire situation at hand,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Missing 9" 2017/01/14
"How about we take a few pampered celebrities with big egos and put them in the same group", thought the production of "Missing 9". "Now how about we throw them and regular folks into one of the toughest survival environments", they continued. Well, what we get is hopefully an original story full of raw humanity and suspense.
The only witness of a terrible incident describes her story. She and eight other people from the same entertainment agency went through a plane crash and became stranded on an island. The witness and one mysterious corpse are all that is left to help untangle the mystery of everyone's fate,...More
[Orion's Drama News] New Year, New Dramas 2017/01/07
Another year gone, another batch of fresh dramas approach. I hope 2017 has made a promising start for you, readers and let us all hope it will be good on the drama front as well. This week I talk about "The Perfect Wife" and the upcoming shows of jTBC before sharing my usual news summary,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Year End Ramblings 2016/12/31
Happy New Year everyone! May your dramas be enjoyable and their ratings kind. This is a slow news week, as you can imagine, but I do have a couple of interesting things to discuss and show you. I talk about pre-production woes and make you mourn over Namgoong Min's hair. Grab a beverage, get cozy and join me in this last piece for the year,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Science Fiction Hype 2016/12/24
I hope you are feeling jolly today and that you have ridiculous amounts of holiday food. Ori-santa may not have Christmas-related content, but I ho-ho-hope my drama news will do. Today I talk science fiction in Dramaland that is not gimmicky aliens in love with actresses. I also take a look at exciting drama news from tvN and share more despair from "Missing 9",...More
[Orion's Drama News] Holding on for Dear Life 2016/12/17
Welcome to the jungle, as I look at upcoming dramas about survival. First up we have an actual jungle and the fight to live in "Missing 9". Then I tune into "Voice" and its fight for the survival from a killer's plans. The actual and urban jungles are ruthless, but so is the corporate one, as office drama "Chief Kim" will be demonstrating,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Mothers and Castaways 2016/12/10
Welcome to another week of news with Orion. No, I do not speak about myself in the third person often. There's just some drama news this week which is exciting and terrifying, so I need to distance myself a little. First up we have the return of much beloved actress Lee Bo-young with two potential series. Both sound good and I would be sad if neither is. More worries spring from my new interest in "Missing 9", but time waits for no one, so the regular news are here as well,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Student Trials and Flower Knights 2016/11/26
The holiday season is near and what better way to celebrate than with young, pretty people dying? Okay, I may have picked the theme for this week a bit haphazardly, but I believe that the fresh talent of "Solomon's Perjury" and the pretty boys of pretty-boy sageuk "Hwarang" still qualify as good Christmas presents for many. We also have "Goblin" and its homoerotic salt shaker, so Dramaland has been slow, but definitely not boring,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Goblins, Trials and Errors 2016/11/19
2016 has almost ended and so we can officially start salivating over its last few dramas and what comes in 2017. After a long journey, "Defendant" finally has its cast and premiere month. Before that, "Goblin" aims to provide impressive visuals and captivating fantasy romance while "Solomon's Perjury" brings a group of fresh faces to familiar social struggles and injustice. It looks like we get a lot of diversity in the upcoming months,...More
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