[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 5 2018/03/19
The "This Is Not Real" wall from "Oh Hae-Young Again" makes a special appearance here. I love that wall. That whole area is a great shooting location. Like most small neighborhoods in Seoul, it's filled with hills- yet the scenery is quite a bit mroe picturesque than the average neighborhood. The architecture is very nice. And the layout makes it plausible that Oh Soo and Yoo-ri are always running into each other by accident, because shortcuts will do that,...More
Suzy, Seo Hyun-jin, and Han Ye-seul to come back 2017/08/22, Source
The best time after a long day is 10PM when you can lay in front of the TV after a shower and watch your favorite drama to end your day.
Stars who made a reputation for themselves in commercials and advertisements in 2017 are coming back with dramas later this year. Make sure to catch their dramas if you're a fan,...More
tvN dramas that lost to entertainment 2017/06/26, Source
tvN dramas were at the top when it came to quality and issue last year. They did better than most groundwave dramas and entertainment shows even parodied them.
However, this year, things don't look that bright for tvN dramas. Those that boasted the best cast and crew all failed miserably so far,...More
Spring Time Romcoms Under The Cherry Blossom 2017/03/31
Starting tomorrow, it will be April! The first day of Spring have already came by couple weeks ago, and I'm beginning to see those beautiful, pink cherry blossoms everywhere on the streets,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Conclusion of the First Annual HanCinema Awards 2017/01/08
The First Annual HanCinema Awards has concluded successfully thank to you, HanCinema Readers! With over half a million votes in fifteen categories, you let your voices be heard and we couldn't be more pleased! Thank you so much for joining us on this great adventure into film and drama!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss - And the Winner Is... 2017/01/02
There were so many amazing kisses in 2016 to make us melt and swoon. It's time to see which of the couples had your favorite kiss! Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/31
The couples that powered 2016's romantic inertia with their sweet interactions received your votes. It was a fierce competition and now it's time to reveal the winning couple. Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Ahjussi/Ahjumma Actor - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/31
Experience is a season that flavors our ahjumma and ahjussi actors with deep insight that manifests in their acting. You have voted for your favorite of these amazing actors and now it's time to tally up the count. Thank you for making the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Scene Stealer - And the Winner Is... (and Giveaway!!!!) 2016/12/29
Occasionally, there is an actor who blows us away with the power and intensity of his or her acting. These talented people are the "Scene Stealers", the people we can't help but watch when they are on screen. You have voted for your favorite and it's time to reveal who you chose! Thank you for joining us and helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss in a Drama 2016/12/17
The turning point and highlight of many-a-drama is the kiss. If we're lucky, there are more than one. But a kiss defines the boiling point of a K-drama relationship and is a beautiful thing to watch. There were many fine kisses in 2016. Vote for your favorite from December 17 to December 24. The results will be announced the last week of 2016!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Ahjumma/Ahjussi Actor in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/15
There are incredibly talented older actors in drama who deserve a chance to shine. They play the mothers, fathers, politicians, and bosses that we hate to love and love to hate. When we're lucky, they headline dramas and use their years of experience to deliver powerful performances. From December 16 to December 23 vote for your favorite ahjumma and ahjussi actors in drama.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/15
A drama that can make its audience root for a couple, ship the couple, love the couple, cry with the couple, and laugh with the couple is a strong drama indeed. Romance is a huge driving factor in K-drama and it is only right to take a look at the best K-drama couples of 2016. From December 15 to December 22 vote for your favorite drama couple!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Scene Stealers - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/12
In every drama there is that one actor who keeps us riveted whenever they come on screen. That actor is a "scene stealer" and worthy of note. From December 13 to December 20 you can vote for the actor who keeps you coming back for more!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" 2016/11/05
There are fans of romancing in the non-romantic genres and then there are those who wish to see stories without OTPs, but good dramas can be found on both sides. "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" is still a mystery in terms of where it belongs as a genre, but perhaps it can find its own identity.
Two doctors who work for selfish reasons, one for rivalry and the other for recognition, meet an oddball mentor and through their experiences with him rediscover the humanity in medicine,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" 2016/10/29 "Oh Hae-Young Again" is a romantic comedy with a serious undertone. Unlike most rom-coms, its overall feel isn't all bright and zany. The whole story is built on the premise of two switched fates between two girls of the same name and just how much that can affect their lives both positively and negatively. The drama has everything from beautiful cinematography, memorable moments to amazing characters, and a dreamy vibe to easily get lost in,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 11 2016/06/29
So after that huge climactic kiss last episode Bonnie...is still looking for excuses to avoid the plot. Agh! Already I miss "Oh Hae-Young Again", with its characters always making a mutual effort to keep their romance alive. Bonnie is practically the living personification of all the reasons Soo-ho has to not like dating, because she insists on making everything so hard for reasons she won't explain. Bonnie is long overdue for a discussion with Goo-sin, since the shaman is pretty much the only character who can make Bonnie explain herself,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 18 Final 2016/06/28
I got the distinct impression for most of the last episode of "Oh Hae-Young Again" that writer Park Hae-yeong (yes, that is her real name) never really had a plan for finishing any of the drama's storylines. She just had these really great characters, and the interesting hook of the mysterious visions, and figured the rest would come naturally. Well, two extra episodes and an extended finale weren't enough. The ending of "Oh Hae-Young Again" is sloppy, coming up with new conflicts while only clumsily resolving the old ones,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 17 2016/06/27
While "Oh Hae-Young Again" continues to mostly be filler, at this point it's surprisingly comforting filler. I like watching Do-kyeong and Hae-young be happy. Eric Moon and Seo Hyun-jin have really good cute chemistry. I like how Hae-young is most of the things that Do-kyeong is not, that she is loud and proud while he is quiet and loyal. Do-kyeong engages in an act of explicit heroism this episode and doesn't even bother to stick around and take credit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lucky Romance" Episode 10 2016/06/23
One advantage of slow pacing is that when characters finally act dynamically to move the plot forward, it comes off as a genuine surprise. I was about as bewildered as Bonnie when apropos of nothing a love confession pops up, and had as little idea about what the proper response should be. Granted, her weirdly uncommunicative stance immediately afterwards was a little annoying, although Bonnie is so bad about communication in general that this isn't exactly a new character trait,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 16 2016/06/21
To my great surprise, "Oh Hae-Young Again" actually does a really good job putting on the brakes and going "whoa now, looks like we need more episodes". Rumination is the order of the day, as characters ponder over whether or not they can really get a happy ending just by thinking happy thoughts. As it turns out Hae-young and Do-kyeong still have a lot of wreckage from past experiences floating around, and it's going to take more than a gentle push to solve these problems,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 15 2016/06/20
Right away "Oh Hae-Young Again" gets on my good side by reminding me just what makes all its characters so charming. There's Hae-young with her optimism, Hoon and Anna with their exuberance, Soo-kyeong with her garbled French, Jin-sang with his paralyzed indecision, and Do-kyeong with his power to surprise the surpriser. I really do love the cast in "Oh Hae-Young Again". They all bring genuine charm to their characters, and this works to elevate roles that in the hands of a lesser performer would have been forgettable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 14 2016/06/14
Now that Hae-young and Do-kyeong are back together again, "Oh Hae-Young Again" moves to cute filler material. On one end it's nice to get a reprieve considering how gloomy the drama has been lately. On the the other this is some of the weaker cute material we've gotten from the drama and much of it accidentally paints its characters in a bad light. Considering how Hae-young just had a hospital scare, it was really pretty insensitive to not phone her parents and tell them she'd be late. Then again why didn't they just try to call her?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 13 2016/06/13
The last we saw of Do-kyeong, he was fervently racing to solve the great mistake of letting Hae-young go. Most of the tension this episode revolves around the horrifying possibility that their relationship has been overrated. Do-kyeong and Hae-young were just never meant to be. It's more of the usual from "Oh Hae-Young Again" in terms of frightening relatability, since in every break-up anywhere, it's only really over when both parties finally decide to give up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 12 2016/06/07
At first it seems like life has merely moved on. Hae-young is grumpy at home, and Do-kyeong is obsessively perfectionist about the latest dangerous to reproduce sound effect. But the situation quickly takes a turn for the worse when Hae-young impulsively picks about the worst possible target on which to vent her frustrations. The result? Hae-young makes the big tragedy of her life seem like an epic joke,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 11 2016/06/06
Poor Tae-jin. He's pathetic and sympathetic yet...that doesn't matter to Hae-young. It doesn't matter to anyone's ex-girlfriend, or ex-boyfriend for that matter. Nobody wants to get back together with an ex out of pity. As "Oh Hae-Young Again" moves into the open information stage, and everyone finds out every essential detail of the major plot, that basic element of human nature is simply not enough to give Tae-jin any kind of serious leeway. This is true even as the dual Hae Young element vastly complicates the situation beyond Tae-jin's original assumptions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 10 2016/05/31
Do-kyeong has lots of good reasons to be trying to get mental help right now. So it's a rather appropriate irony that, rather than discuss deeper root mental problems, visions of Hae-young always dominate the conversation. But worry not- we get an increasingly clear portrait of the psychological issues that make Do-kyeong the person he is. His inferiority complex, the superior attitude toward siblings, parental issues and of course, Do-kyeong's powerful reluctance to admit he likes Hae-young at all are forced front and center,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 9 2016/05/30
While the other Hae-young has received a great deal of sympathetic characterization as of late, it's easy to lose sight of one important fact. The main Hae-young isn't aware of any of this. She hasn't been present for the scenes which explain the other Hae-young's personal issues. In many ways Hae-young is still a character in a completely different drama, the one several episodes back where the other Hae-young seemed like an obvious villain in spite of how unfailingly nice she acts in every possible circumstance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 8 2016/05/24
Strictly speaking the way "Oh Hae-Young Again" replays footage from past episodes as flashbacks is a tad excessive. Do-kyeong's precognition is, itself, another form of this. But I'm always impressed at how these flashbacks accompany new information that puts these past events in radically different perspective. Way back in the first episode I thought Deok-hee came off as a bad mother. While subsequent events have better contextualized the relationship between Deok-hee and Hae-young, it's only here that Deok-hee realizes an alternate context makes her look much, much worse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 7 2016/05/23
Jin-sang (played by Kim Ji-suk) is Do-kyeong's best friend, and symbolic of the greatest flaw in the love story between Do-kyeong and Hae-young. The foundation of their romance is a misunderstanding by Jin-sang that provoked an unnecessary and vindictive move on Do-kyeong's part, which neither Jin-sang nor Do-kyeong have been able to satisfactorily resolve. It's been easy to minimize that incident up until now. But with what we now know about Do-kyeong's mother Ji-ya (played by Nam Gi-ae), long-term psychological issues are becoming harder to ignore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 6 2016/05/17
Where did Seo Hyun-jin get those ridiculous glasses? They're so dorky and cute. That's just another one of the little touches that make "Oh Hae-Young Again" a lot of fun to watch. Every seemingly irrelevant detail appears perfectly calculated to bring out the most attractive character traits. Even the other Hae-young gets the rock climbing scene, which makes her look incredibly cool even as I continue to struggle with how we're supposed to interpret her character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 5 2016/05/16
I really love how every single interaction between Hae-young and Do-kyeong, whether it be comedic, serious or awkward, works as a metaphor for their relationship as a whole. The opening scene manages to transition between all three in short order with each one being equally natural. Hae-young really is a positive influence on Do-kyeong, in that her ability to suffer through embarassing indignities prevents him from getting too hung up on his own personal issues,...More
[Spoiler] 'Oh Hae-Young Again' Seo Hyun-jin hugs Eric Moon in front of Jeon Hye-bin
On the episode 5 of tvN's Monday & Tuesday drama, "Oh Hae-Young Again", Assistant manager Oh Haeyoung (Seo Hyun-jin) hugged Park Dogyeong (Eric Moon) in front of Team manager Oh Haeyoung (Jeon Hye-bin) to show her close relationship with him.
During an office dinner meeting on this day, the Assistant manager Oh Haeyoung was compared to Team manager Oh Haeyoung blatantly. When she was leaving the dinner meeting while feeling offended badly, she was very happy to find Park Dogyeong standing there. She shouted, "Excuse me. I have to leave now. Someone is here to pick me up. Honey!" And then she ran towards Park Dogyeong and hugged him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 4 2016/05/10
The sheer goofy awkwardness of Hae-young's new living arrangement is played for maximum laughs. I like how for all the obvious problems the secret doorway causes, Hae-young never considers just, you know, moving to another apartment. It's not even that she likes Do-kyeong all that much just yet. Hae-young is a woman who would rather try to avoid problems piecemeal instead of trying to deal with them in a single fell swoop. It's a character flaw that's well disguised by the general comedic design of "Oh Hae-Young Again",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 3 2016/05/09
Hae-young is easy going to the point of excessive strain. She seems capable of taking any bizarre revelation in random stride, yet the minute any of her ideas are challenged, Hae-young lets loose a vicious hook. I like how Do-kyeong reels from her verbal hits for exactly the wrong reasons. While Hae-young is overreacting, she's overreacting to Do-kyeong's overreacting, and Do-kyeong's own hidden motives that he can't admit out of sheer guilt and shame,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 2 2016/05/03
From Do-kyeong's perspective Hae-young frequently comes off as unexpectedly frightening. It's mostly in the weird stone-faced way that Seo Hyun-jin delivers her lines. It's hard to tell whether Hae-young is being flirtatious or viciously sarcastic. Often it's not clear that Hae-young herself has any idea how other people interpret her actions. Hae-young is at her most attractive when she outwardly expresses the least concern about what other people think,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Oh Hae-Young Again" Episode 1 2016/05/02
Hae-young (played by Seo Hyun-jin) is an administrative restauranteur with chronically rotten luck who shows neither determination nor despair at her many setbacks in life. Do-kyeong (played by Eric Moon), a sound effect designer for movies. Not a composer, a sound effect designer. His sister Soo-kyeong (played by Ye Ji-won) is Hae-young's boss, and both siblings share the same penchant for cruel behavior to subordinates in the name of getting the job done right,...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] Drama Fights and Trolling Rumors 2016/04/23
We have had quite an eventful week in Dramaland. KBS, SM C&C and SBS are getting into a fight while actors and the fate of a drama are caught in the middle, rumors become news only to be refuted and we have a casting which is already dividing viewers. As usual, upcoming drama goodies and my personal drama updates are included, so join me in a recap of the craziness,...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] Battle of the OTPs 2016/03/26
The Monday-Tuesday prime time dramas are approaching and we have casting confirmations, promotional material and more for a lot of works. Busy time for us busy drama fans. I am also happy to introduce some new drama related content I will be handling for the site starting soon. Join me in my ramblings and drop a comment to let me know how your drama week went,...More
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