[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 13-14 2017/10/18
I had thought that entire stupid storyline about the fratricidal insurance fraud guy was over but for reasons unclear to me, "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" continues it. We get a better portrait of what the main characters were doing prior to the stabbing incident, and we also get to see Jae-chan take over the case from Hee-min. None of this is particularly interesting, since it's fairly impossible to imagine a person getting off from attempting to murder a police officer with witnesses,...More
Korean Star Cancels Fan Meet in China Amid THAAD Spat 2016/08/19, Source
A fan meet with actress Park Shin-hye scheduled on Sept. 10 in Shanghai has been canceled amid fears of anti-Korean sentiment amid an escalating spat over the stationing in Korea of a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery.
Beijing believes the battery is intended to keep its military might in check, and there is talk in China that the Korean Wave has turned into a "Korean Chill",...More
[HanCinema's Event Coverage] The Top 7 Things to Do at KCON 2016 2016/07/27
(Photo courtesy of CJ E&M)
It is D-2 days before KCON LA 2016 presented by Toyota and we're getting pumped here at HanCinema. The three day convention held at the staples center from July 29 to July 31 is going to be jam packed full of activities for Hallyu lovers. Here's a list of the top 7 things to check out and do while you're there,...More
Lee Jong-suk invited to Dior Homme event in Taiwan 2016/04/14, Source Lee Jong-suk has been invited to an event by the luxury brand Dior Homme and will pay a surprise visit to Taiwan in response to the invitation.
Lee Jong-suk's agency said on April 14th, "Lee Jong-suk has been invited by Dior Homme to represent Korea and will visit Taiwan. After he attended the official events by Dior Homme, he will have a photoshoot for a cover page of a famous fashion magazine in collaboration with Dior Homme. An interview is also included in his schedule on this day",...More
[Spottoon Review] Shall We Have Dinner Tonight? Drama Dream Cast 2016/01/30
There have been rumors since last year that the webtoon Shall We Have Dinner Tonight? by See-In Park will be made into a drama. It makes complete sense since the story combines love and food in a thoughtful way that is bound to grab viewers. There hasn't been any significant casting news of late but we can't help but wonder who might bring these characters to life.
The story is about two strangers named Doe-Hee and Hae-Kyung who become friends after being mistaken for a couple at a restaurant they both chose to dine alone in one night,...More
[Photos] Lee Jong-suk, "Park Bo-geom is appealing", "I like Taek" 2016/01/19, Source Lee Jong-suk was featured in the star magazine High Cut which is coming out on the 21st. He is dressed in comfortable T-shirts and other casual looks in some pictures and dressy suits in others. He looks as if he popped out of a cartoon as his features and long arms and legs stand out.
Lee Jong-suk talked about his worries as an actor in the following interview. He said, "Looking at my works, I always look like a boy. I wonder how I can be a man. An actor's image comes from the way he looks and I envy those with masculine features",...More
[Funcurve Review] "Pinocchio" 2015/10/31
"Pinocchio"'s got all the right ingredients for a promising Korean drama: a novel disorder that can naturally create conflicts, a cast of eye-candy actors who can actually act, and a classic revenge theme. At first glance, the drama seems to be centered around answering one key question that we're all dying to know: can someone with Pinocchio Syndrome (telling lies causes hiccups) live normally in a world where deception is common,...More
Jin Kyeong becomes a stepmom for So Ji-sub in 'Oh My Venus' 2015/10/13, Source
According to multiple sources in broadcasting circles, Ji Kyeong took on the role as So Ji-sub's stepmother in drama, "Oh My Venus".
Ji Kyeong's role in "Oh My Venus", Choi Hyeran is Yeong-ho (So Ji-sub)'s father Seong-cheol's new wife. Although she looks like an innocent good woman apparently, she slowly plots a plan to swallow Seong-cheol's company Gahong. However, when Yeong-ho returns to Korea from his overseas studying to inherit the business, a conflict arises between her and the son,...More
[Photos] Park Shin-hye steals hearts with her loveliness in Taiwan 2015/08/17, Source
Hallyu Goddess Park Shin-hye melted hearts with her loveliness in Taiwan. She spent two hours with her Taiwanese fans laughing, hugging and singing at her exclusive fan meeting. Park Shin-hye in the pictures is smiling ever so brightly at her fans. She's currently on tour as '2015 Dream of Angel' for the third year and this was her second visit to Taiwan. The fan meeting was held on the 16th of August where she sang a total of about 6 songs and related with the fans,...More
Lee Jong-suk gets cute with sliver in his foot 2015/05/02, Source
On May 1st, Lee Jong-suk posted on his personal Instagram, along with a photo of himself, "Haha... I've gone out first time in a while. I should not have. I got a sliver in my foot, boo hoo".
In the shared photo, Lee Jong-suk is surrounded by staffs and trying to take the sliver out. His sleeveless shirt revealed his arm muscles and broad back,...More
Lee Jong-suk, "Healed through 'Pinocchio'" 2015/03/02, Source Lee Jong-suk, who has proven himself as an actor equipped with both popularity and acting abilities, stood in front of camera for fashion magazine, "Marie Claire".
After completing all the schedules related to his drama, Lee Jong-suk took part in the pictorial shooting session in Los Angeles, US. In the pictorial, he presents a casual and natural style delivering the relaxed mood of the travel during his break away from work,...More
Graduation, relationship and marriage: Park Shin-hye's 20s report 2015/02/09, Source 'A successful actress since she was a child', 'One of the leading actresses in her 20s', 'Hallyu actress' and such are all modifiers for Park Shin-hye. If someone asked about her, the answer would be, 'a bright 26-year-old whose job is a celebrity'.
She's as normal as worrying about her school papers and dreaming of getting married one day. Ironically, the regularity of this actress is what makes her stand out in the world of showbiz,...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] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 1 2015/01/21
While watching the first episode of "Hyde, Jekyll and I", mentally I frequently found myself wondering how exactly this drama was pitched. It's less a coherent product than a bunch of apparently random fashionable tropes. Hyun Bin is in it, so let's use a concept vaguely similar to "Secret Garden". Product placement is popular, so let's set it at an amusement park. Dramas about mental illness are in vogue, that's good. Also "Mr. Go" is on retainer, so either we put him on screen somewhere or he'll just be a drain on the budget,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sensible Love" Episode 16 2015/01/20
Upon closer consideration, I have to admit that the dementia plotline isn't a particularly encouraging one. Yeo-sa was not, as far as I noticed, displaying any particularly obvious symptoms until the doctor's visit. Now she's almost instantaneously transitioned to being unable to recognize her own husband. And yet Yeo-sa appears incapable of noticing the inherent contradiction of thinking her lover is a young man while her children are all adults. The same contradiction also showed up in "Pinocchio"- at the beginning, so there was no abrupt transition. "Pinocchio" also had more obvious comedic elements compared to the very serious story of "Sensible Love",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 20 2015/01/15
The last case comes to a lightning fast conclusion- no surprises there, given that all the reporting in "Pinocchio" has been marked by sudden resolutions. Although it does help to underscore just how long it took for the final plot thread to be wrapped up. Still, if the cliffhanger represented excellent use of In-ha, the opening here makes a similar dramatic statement using Dal-po's own character traits. Simultaneously we can see how his confrontation is both revenge for the past as well as poetic justice by giving Ro-sa the chance to resolve matters in a way that doesn't destroy her family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 18 2015/01/14
We open up with the conversation between Dal-po and Cha-ok, emphasizing the latter's final sense of emotional frustration at having let herself get embroiled in such corruption. The end of the episode is...more or less the same thing, actually, although relatively little of the middle portions really have much to do with Cha-ok. "Pinocchio" appears to be stalling for time, given that at this point it shouldn't really take much for the storyline to resolve,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 19 2015/01/14
The creative decision to keep Beom-jo's thought process in the dark is a bit of a questionable one here, since the cliffhanger only has emotional urgency provided you have a big emotional attachment to his character. It's been a common problem lately, "Pinocchio" spreading too much of its characters around and just being overly balanced in their exposure. Admittedly, my estimation of the cliffhanger went up a bit when I realized the significance of using In-ha to deliver the message,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 17 2015/01/08
In-ha and Beom-ho end up deciding on confronting their parents with the evidence amassed. Beom-ho quickly tires of his ethical discussion, though it remains unclear what moral lesson he actually took from his mother's rationalizations. In-ha, by contrast, learns a significant bit of backstory along with Cha-ok's usual utilitarian arguments. The most interesting character ends up being the one about which we don't actually know very much- Dal-pyeong, In-ha's father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 16 2015/01/07
The first portion of the episode starts out with some romantic comedy- not any real discussion of the actual plot at all, just Dal-po and In-ha getting involved in a classic genre set-up designed for humor. Good use is made of the hiccups. Lee Jong-suk and Park Shin-hye really are cute together whenever the script calls for it. The entire bit is really more a scene of extended fanservice than anything else but a little light humor is always welcome. Especially when the situation will inevitably get worse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 15 2015/01/01
This episode takes the form of a mostly dry investigative procedural, as the characters take different approaches to uncover the inaccuracies in Cha-ok's reporting. By the end we've mostly arrived in a pretty neat place- the inconsistency has been uncovered. While in the short term this most likely exonerates Chan-soo, more open questions like what actually caused the fire in the first place remain open, and will probably be pursued later on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 14 2014/12/25
While I can appreciate the effort "Pinocchio" makes here in trying to expose corporate malfeasance, the current plot hook really only feels tangentially related to plausible journalism. Beom-jo doing a news story about his mother's company is...well, the guy really should have either been recused or not called up for the assignment at all. His very presence on the scene is a pretty harsh indictment of the journalistic integrity of his company,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 13 2014/12/24
The situation with Chae-ok resolves a bit quicker than I was expecting. Unfortunately. The main interesting plot thread of "Pinocchio" right now is the long term situation regarding revenge via journalism. It's a pretty big step down to go from an actual possible case of ruined journalistic integrity to a rather goofy seasonal plotline regarding a Santa gone bad. And why exactly did In-ha provoke him in the first place anyway?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost" Episode 5 2014/12/21
The mystery this episode involves a particularly interesting psychological phenomenon with all sorts of fun creative possibilities. Most detective procedurals work under the assumption that the human memory is a flawless mechanism for recreating past events. This, of course, isn't true at all. "Pinocchio" got a lot of mileage out of the fact that even a person who can't lie can still spread major falsehoods through making an erroneous assumption,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 12 2014/12/18
Like the last big news story featured in "Pinocchio", this one is over in the blink of an eye. I don't know why I was expecting Jae-myeong's plan to be something more complicated- what we get instead is astonishingly simple and elegant, and captures the exact sense of narrative cohesion I was looking for. Jae-myeong and Ha-myeong fight back against journalism by turning the power of the press directly against Cha-ok. Now she's the one with a lot to answer for against a basically cruel and hostile audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 11 2014/12/17
The pacing continues to be slow here. We still don't find out what Jae-myeong's plan actually is- mostly to drive up interest for the next episode, where it should be displayed in full, clear detail. For the most part this is just a negotiation- Jae-myeong tries to convince Dal-po that they need to follow through on revenge, however unpleasant the prospect may be. Well, technically he's trying to convince Ha-myeong. Therein lies the conflict. To which name does our character owe more loyalty- Dal-po or Ha-myeong?,...More
"Pinocchio" preview: Lee Jong-suk is officially a reporter 2014/12/15, Source
Stills were released of Lee Jong-suk in a neat suit while holding a microphone.
In the pictures, he's reporting the news with a mic that has the logo, YGN. He looks very neat and sophisticated and has successfully turned into a reporter. This contrasts to the time when he was a junior reporter, with his messy hair, going around and collecting news,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 10 2014/12/11
In terms of narrative structure this episode is mostly identical to the last one. There's little in the way of actual storyline movement except for the sudden surprising revelation at the end. Instead, we have character reactions to an as-yet mostly static situation. Mostly from In-ha, who is not at all happy with what her mother did to Dal-po. Although the question does come to mind- would she be as angry about this if Cha-ok had just destroyed a random family, rather than the one of someone In-ha cares about personally?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 9 2014/12/10
Jae-myeong is a hero. But you may note that almost none of the characters we see celebrating in the early portions of the episode are happy because a young boy was saved. No, they're happy because this is a huge news story, and the entire incident was caught on camera. Even in positive moments like this "Pinocchio" revels in showing off the darker parts of news journalism. It seems to force people into thinking selfishly, even if normally they're perfectly ethical individuals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 8 2014/12/04
The love story in "Pinocchio" is all right. Lee Jong-suk and Park Shin-hye have good chemistry together. I kind of have to remind myself of this sometimes, because the overall story is so tangentially related to the romance that it's easy to forget. To the credit of the production team, the whole scene in the street with all the snow, and the actual argument of what the relationship of the main two characters is? Pretty spectacular looking,...More
Park Shin-hye Gets 7 Million Weibo Followers 2014/12/04, Source
Actress Park Shin-hye has gained over 7 million Weibo followers, making her the first Korean actress to reach that number as her popularity continues to grow in China. Her latest TV series "Pinocchio" has been a hit in China, with more than 170 million views on China's Youku video sharing site after just six episodes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 7 2014/12/03
Incredibly, after an entire episode of intense investigation, trickery, and hypothesizing, the entire news report that the characters have been battling over is resolved within the course of just a few minutes. Such is the nature of news broadcasting. So much effort put into a short story that may reach a huge population. And yet most of those people probably won't even remember the broadcast in a few days. And as for the ones that will...well...,...More
3rd DramaFever Awards to take place on Feb. 5 at Hudson Theater in NYC 2014/12/03, Source
Fans to pick international tv favorites at the 3rd annual DramaFever awards presented by Toyota Online Voting Now Open With Winners – including in Seven New Categories - to be Unveiled February 5 at Hudson Theater Event in New York City The 3rd Annual DramaFever Awards presented by Toyota will take place at the Hudson Theater at the Millennium Broadway Hotel amidst the bright lights of New York City's Times Square on Thursday, February 5th 2015,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 6 2014/11/27
While Jae-myeong lurks somewhat ominously in the background, for the foreseeable future it looks like the drama's just going to be team In-ha and team Dal-po working against each other to get to the bottom of mysteries. It should be note, of course, that none of our main characters are actually detectives. So even if "Pinocchio" seems to have the appearance of a police procedural, by the end it's quite clear that their motivation is something else entirely. If we do get an explanation of what actually happened in the big scoop this week, that discovery will mostly be incidental,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 5 2014/11/26
The cliffhanger last episode has forced a split between Dal-po and In-ha. It's a weirdly amicable split though. Yes, In-ha is pretty upset about Dal-po's ruining her dream for no apparent reason, but even then her frustrations are played for comedy rather than tragedy. The implication is that In-ha realizes her condition makes reporting impractical, and if even Dal-po agrees with that statement, then there simply isn't any hope for her dream at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 4 2014/11/20
Having thoroughly established what it means to be a bad parent, this time "Pinocchio" works out what it means to be a good parent. Dal-po and In-ha may be adults, but they're still living at home, and this crazy idea of becoming reporters is a bit hard to reconcile with what their fathers expect from them. Or is it? While the turnabout here is technically surprising from the perspective of our leads, in broad perspective it's not all that difficult to see at all. Parents don't exist to be pleased by their children. They're their to help their kids out, and that's exactly what happens here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 3 2014/11/19
The theme this episode is how to deal with the shattering of obviously hopeless dreams. The opening doesn't even have any real tension. We know that Dal-po is dreaming, he knows that he's dreaming, but gosh, wouldn't it just be wonderful if the first two episodes were only a mere hallucination? Unfortunately that's simply not how it works. And ultimately it's In-ha that bears the brunt of that, as she convinces herself that Cha-ok really is a loving mother who's been out of contact for justifiable work reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 2 2014/11/13
Right after snapping back to the quiz show it's straight into another flashback- but don't worry, this one only goes back into recent history and deals exclusively with the adult cast, even if they're all garbed in high school uniforms. Dal-po is a bit of a lazy slob- or so it seems. Frequently this episode we get a good look at the young man's keen deductive mind. The way he's easily able to size up even faraway situations somewhat strains belief- but again, I'm willing to give "Pinocchio" leeway in this department since the contrivance matches up with the greater themes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Pinocchio" Episode 1 2014/11/12
Dal-po (played by Lee Jong-suk) is doing a TV quiz show in the present day. No, wait, sorry, about a decade ago. As of the first episode we still haven't made it to the actual plot yet. It's all just background, most of which takes place in another flashback, where young Dal-po (played by Nam Da-reum) experiences increasingly extreme melodramatic tragedies. At several points I wondered whether these flashbacks would have gone down better later on in the drama- that's a heck of a way to start a story out, with an extreme emphasis on overwrought desolation,...More
"Pinocchio", will it succeed? 2014/09/28, Source
Another drama based on the media has yet to come.
Media-based dramas aren't a preferable kind since their track record hasn't been a successful one,...More
Park Shin-hye mesmerizes fans 2014/09/21, Source
Actress Park Shin-hye revealed a picture she took with her Thai fans.
On the 22nd, she tweeted, "I am returning to Korea from Thailand. I appreciate the good memories my Thai fans have given me. Thank you for being at the airport. I couldn't even say goodbye properly",...More
Digital Video Network DramaFever Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Exclusive Fall Premieres 2014/09/19, Source
Hefty Line-up of the Hottest New Asian Series Includes Romance, High School and Period Dramas – Made Available for the First Time in the U.S. with English Subtitles and within 24 Hours of their International TV Premieres
DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, today announced a fall lineup that includes four exclusive premieres along with a large crop of other highly anticipated Asian drama series. All will premiere on DramaFever within 24 hours of the original international airings, and with professional subtitles,...More
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