A popular web-toon and fantasy romance drama about a world in which vampires and humans exist together. The drama also holds a message about the prejudice towards weaker people in society.
[Lily's Take] From A Boy to A Man! Actor Yeo Jin-goo 2017/07/26
I've been hearing how good the drama "Circle" was and wanting to watch the drama for a long time already. However, like I mentioned in few other posts, I'm a "Binge-watch-the-whole-season-in-3-days" type of a girl rather than the "Patiently-wait-for-the-new-episode-every-week" type,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Incheon" July 15th-19th 2016/08/05 Many people think of Incheon as being that place where the airport is. Actually, the area generally described as Incheon locally consists of the coastal area to the immediate southwest of Seoul. This area does incidentally contain the Incheon International Airport, but only because Incheon is considered the official administrating province of most of the South Korea's northwesterly islands. Aside from this general factoid, there's no particular reason for you to have heard of Incheon. I only went there at all because of the Women's Film Festival in Incheon (WFFI). Even the above picture is just ground art for the local cultural product development center,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Orange Marmalade" 2016/04/23
"Orange Marmalade" is a high school musical drama with a lot of heart and a double dose of sweetness, wrapped in the classic setting of the perpetual conflict between vampires and humans. The drama is packed with everything from romance and comedy, to suspense and melodrama. Even though it's based on a fantasy-themed webtoon, the drama does a good job of humanizing our characters and making them sweet and emotionally accessible. Even the vampires seem so human that it's easy to relate to them. For instance, our heroine's parents' constant worry over whether or not she's doing well in school warms my heart to pieces,...More
How Seolhyun Became a Star in a Single Year 2016/01/02, Source
This year's most searched celebrity on top portal Naver was Seolhyun of girl band AOA, who also debuted as an actress. She was especially popular among young men. Her lead comes as something of a surprise since she was largely obscure for the first three years after AOA got started in 2012,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] Korean Folk Village 2015/11/28
The day that Korea Joa 2015 visited Korean Folk Village (한국민속촌) was wonderfully sunny without suffering from the sun's heat. It was the ideal day to walk around and attempt to see all of the 243 acres of land where Joseon era homes, businesses, goods, food, and drink are preserved and reproduced for the modern day public. Despite modern-day amenities like Baskin Robbins 21 and vending machines, the spirit of the Village remains in tact and it is exactly that spirit that captured members of Korea Joa 2015,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 12 Final 2015/07/24
And so, "Orange Marmalade" ends rather anticlimatically. This much was unavoidable. The main problem with the story is that we stopped halfway through to do a mostly unrelated Joseon vampire plot. The tension between Si-hoo and Ah-ra is quite cute, but the effect is badly mollified by the fact that these two never really interacted with each other all that much in either the past or the present. The resolution of that subplot is a pretty classic case of what might have been,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 11 2015/07/17
One thing that's nice about the characters in "Orange Marmalade" is that they consistently act like teenagers. Jae-min is really grumpy about having to completely rethink his hatred of vampires, and this shows in his now muddled relationship with Ma-ri. He still likes her, but he's mad that she lied to him, but she lied to him for good reason because Jae-min can plainly see how everybody treats vampires, including him, and so Ma-ri's behavior was sort of justified from that angle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 10 2015/07/10
The completion of the Joseon storyline appears to have added some necessary perspective to Jae-min and Ma-ri in the present day. Sure, the premature dissolution of their teen romance is disappointing, but at least they didn't fall victims to a murderous war between vampires and humans. Be that as it may, Ma-ri has now been outed as a vampire. So now she has to suffer from the prejudice of her classmates,...More
Suzy VS Seolhyun, two top 20s actresses compete 2015/07/01, Source While AOA's Seolhyun is being looked at as one of the hottest girl these days, a rivalry has formed between her and Miss A's Suzy. Seolhyun is expanding her territory as an actress while Suzy seems to be stuck where she is.
Their competitive composition can be clearly seen in the advertisement industry. While Suzy has been the top model in her 20s for most ads until now, Seolhyun has grown so quickly and is taking over,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 8 2015/06/26
In a somewhat confusing twist, it would appear that we're still not done with the Joseon portion of "Orange Marmalade". Lately I've found it more and more difficult to relate the Joseon phase to the high school part of the drama, and this turnabout doesn't make matters any different. At this point "Orange Marmalade" legitimately appears to be a historical fantasy action thriller, with high stakes combat, political maneuvering and almost incidentally, a love triangle,...More
Why a vampire? 2015/06/23, Source They have sharp teeth and survive on human blood. However, they look just like humans so there's no telling them apart until they start doing something vampire-ish. The fact that people who are bitten by them also turn into vampires show that blood is the source of life of humans. Why did 'vampires' become a favorite subject between artists?
"Orange Marmalade" is based on a Naver Web-toon and it can be seen every Friday. Seolhyun, from AOA, plays in the role of Baek Mi-ri and Yeo Jin-goo is Jung Jae-min,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 7 2015/06/19
The whole star-crossed lovers thing has gotten to be a bit overdone. What makes it obvious is that quite a bit of the screentime is simply dedicated to Jae-min and Ma-ri moping about how they can't be together forever, and it's hard to escape the fact that this is a very modern romance narrative. That's not necessarily horrible on its own but given that this is the Joseon era I'd sort of expect that the possibility of concubinage would at least be discussed. Even if the vampire thing makes that obviously impractical,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 6 2015/06/12
Bizarrely, the Joseon portion of "Orange Marmalade" actually feels more like a standard high school romance than the actual high school portion of the drama did. Back in the first four episodes the conflict was centered almost entirely around the fact that Ma-ri is a vampire, and vampires can't coexist with humans. Whereas in the Joseon portion, the vampire worldbuilding only really comes up when Ma-ri has to deal with inconveniences like her not having any idea how normal food works,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 5 2015/06/05
This episode is less a continuation of the "Orange Marmalade" storyline as it is a completely new story with the same characters and concepts transported to the Joseon era. Like the title says right at the beginning- this is Season 2 Episode 1. Surprisingly the backdrop isn't quite as medieval as might be expected. Sure, the opening violent setpiece brings to mind a time period when normal people had way, way less patience for vampires. But beyond that, most of the vampires are relatively friendly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 4 2015/05/29
First, a retraction. In my first review for "Orange Marmalade" I assumed, for no particularly good reason, that the drama is set in Seoul. This episode I finally realized that the setting is in fact the eastern portion of Jeju Island. This is an important clarification because let's be entirely honest here. The beautiful scenery is a pretty important aspect of the drama. Even when the actual plot hinges on the inherent tragedy of a teen vampire romance, it's the background ambience that's really beautiful and enchanting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episode 3 2015/05/22
It would appear that "Orange Marmalade" has decided to take the more sensible route of having one normal-length episode instead of airing two somewhat shorter ones air right after the other. Well, good. The last two episodes only had about one episode worth of plot anyway, and this episode moves along quite zippily. By the end the particulars of the romance are clearly established, as well as countless other important, intriguing plot points,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Orange Marmalade" Episodes 1-2 2015/05/15
Ma-ri (played by Seolhyun) is a teenage girl who also happens to be a vampire. People in "Orange Marmalade" tend to not like vampires, what with the whole blood sucking thing and war against humanity and all that. Trying to grow up in that environment, poor Ma-ri can't even be bothered to worry about normal hassles like perverts on the...tram? Subway? What exactly is that thing they keep riding on? In an alternate vampire universe, Seoul's public transportation developed in a slightly different way?,...More
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