[Orion's Drama News] Timeless Loves and Hectic Work 2018/04/28
Dramaland has a little bit of everything for everyone lately, and today I take a look at romance, work and crimes. If you are feeling really adventurous and in need of balance, you will hopefully find several goodies to watch this upcoming drama season. With the current season on the way and more new titles coming, we have a lot to look forward to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Prison Playbook" 2018/04/28
There are all manner of slice-of-life stories out there, but it is a genre not as loved by Korean drama as it is by other industries. The famous "Reply" series' creators take a bold step in creating "Prison Playbook", a slice-of-life story you never knew you absolutely needed in your life. From the most mundane luxury of a hot shower, to the bonding forming in a place where privacy and freedom are a concept of the past, the drama dives right into its themes,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Culinary Wooing and Impending Lawsuits 2018/04/21
Nothing beats the torture of food-themed Korean drama when one is on a calorie deficit, but today I swallow my pain (and a piece of cake) to bring you new goodies from "Wok of Love". Stylish food is followed by stylish violence and a duo clashing in lawsuit-worthy ways for "Lawless Lawyer", while we have plenty of new stills and videos from other upcoming works, as well as and casting news,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Timely Drama Resurrections 2018/03/31
I don't know what the Easter bun bun brings you this year, but happy holidays to those celebrating. Today I share another kind of appropriately scheduled resurrection with you in the form of the upcoming premiere for drama "Miracle That We Met"; the story of a man waking up in another, dead man's body. In other news, Dramaland is on another casting rampage,...More
[Spoiler] "Prison Playbook" Ends on a High 2018/01/18, Source
No one expected the drama to be this good. "Prison Playbook" ends on the 18th and it is the most searched drama on portal sites.
The stories of the people in Room 6 were craftily shaped and captured the viewers' attention. Kim Je-hyuk (Park Hae-soo) who was about to be released from prison was on the verge of danger because of chief Yeon (Joo Seok-tae),...More
[Orion's Drama News] Stars Go Marching In 2018/01/13
2018 has entered with a bang and that includes some big celebrity names returning to Dramaland for ambitious projects. We have a few such news bits this week that you can read more about and I also take a look at fresh material for "Children of a Lesser God". Between casting news, trailers and a hefty dose of stills, we have another busy week in Dramaland,...More
[Lisa's Drama Casting Bites] No Numbing Needed for This News 2018/01/11
Thursday casting news bites are plentiful, raining down from drama gods and promising good things. Dramaland always does that, promises good things on which it sometimes delivers. However, today's casting is looking quite juicy, and I'm happy to see these actors getting work,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Teasers and Stylish Temptations 2018/01/06
Take a big step into a hopefully lovely 2018 to view all the upcoming drama goodies we can enjoy for yet another year. Dramaland has gone on a promotional spree after the slow holiday season and we have a lot of new teasers for several series coming up. As I look to future dramas for my picks, I am ever so slightly tempted to watch "Misty" on my free time,...More
[HanCinema Awards] HanCinema's Top Drama Picks of 2017 - And the Winner Is... 2018/01/03
Between all of the fun variations of fantasy dramas, the court dramas, the beautiful love lines, and the exciting villains, the 2017 drama offering was rich, which made choosing our favorites here at HanCinema was not easy. But we presented you with our favorite six dramas of the year and you voted for your favorites of our favorites,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama Kiss - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/29
It's that time, folks. We're on the last category of the 2017 HanCinema Awards and it's a sexy one: Best Kiss in a 2017 Drama. It's the moment when our couples finally express their feelings for each other in steamy form,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/27
As we near the end of the HanCinema Awards, it's time to introduce the category of "Best Drama". Starting today, December 27th, you have until January 10th to vote for your favorite of the year's top sixteen dramas. From fantasy to time travel to thriller to court room, 2017 has delivered and now it's time to hear what you thought of the year's offerings. Results will be released for each category starting December 30th. And now, let's take a look at the nominees for "Best Drama of 2017,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/26
The leading man in a drama is the left hand to a leading actress' right in dramaland. He infuses a drama with charisma, energy, sensitivity, and a deep understanding of character and plot. The year of 2017 has seen many leading man who embody these qualities, but now its time for you to choose your favorites from December 26th to January 9th,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Drama - Scene Stealers of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/21
This year has been hot with amazing dramas. Strong leads and strong stories guide them. And every once and a while, a drama has something extra special: a scene stealer. A person who is so exceptional on screen that one can't help but be riveted by his or her performance. The year of 2017 has seen quite a few of these amazing actors so without further ado, let's check out the captivating nominees,...More
[HanCinema Awards] HanCinema's Top Drama Picks of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/19
It's been a great year for dramas and we at HanCinema have gotten to enjoy many of them. We watch, review, analyze, follow news, read your reactions, and enjoy the fruits of dramaland. During all the time we spend in dramaland, a few 2017 dramas have spoken to each of us personally. William, our resident film and drama critic; Orion, our drama reviewer, news hoarder, and daily rambler; and me, Lisa, your friendly managing editor, have all gathered to share our favorite dramas of the year. Let's check out which dramas we each picked as our top two and then we'd love to hear about yours,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Taking the Stage 2017/12/09
The time has come for short dramas to shine and today I take a look at two premiering this very weekend. I also share casting news from two others as well as my hope for the future of these and perhaps full length dramas as well. I am also getting busy with dramas again, so bring on all I have time for, Dramaland,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Prison Playbook" 2017/12/09
Get ready for the most exciting life in a cell and I am not being facetious here. "Prison Playbook" is slice-of-prison-life in and out, with its dangers, sorrows, joys, bonding and even a good bit of humor. I was not sure what I was signing myself up for with this, having had no experience with the creators aside from hearing of their OTP baiting in the "Answer Me" dramas. So let us take a look at how they tackle something like this,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Knights, Multitaskers and Goodbyes 2017/12/02
We are officially in Christmas month and this means that we can consider everything a present and feel so very coddled. Today I look at the lovely selection of diverse dramas coming out next week and share new goodies from dramas we will be seeing shortly. I am ready for my drama presents and I hope we get a lot of good shows,...More
[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Bo-young's "Mother - Drama" Holds First Script Reading 2017/11/23
Be still, my heart, as "Mother - Drama" is finally making its approach. The work is based on a Japanese series of the same title about a school teacher who kidnaps an unfortunate child in hopes of providing her with a better life away from her abusers.
I started the award-winning original a while back and I think the Korean remake is a good motivator for me to finish it, because I did not cut my time with it short due to lack of interest,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Juggling Work and Romance 2017/11/18
Love is in their air and so is the bickering that comes with it, as "Jugglers" makes some giggle-worthy and endearingly embarrassing first impressions. Where would Dramaland be without its mixed genres lately, however. Today I take a little look at dramas about to premiere and offer the usual goodies. I also have some very exciting and fun news for those who enjoy the weekly ramblings of yours truly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Prison Playbook" 2017/11/18
It takes all kinds of communities to make our world and a prison one is not the kind we often imagine when hearing the word. "Prison Playbook" is brought to us by the creators of the "Answer Me/Reply" series and it is time we get acquainted to such a community through a baseball star turned criminal overnight.
Kim Je-hyeok (Park Hae-soo) is a baseball superstar who has it made. In a surprising twist, the celebrity becomes a convicted criminal and has to adjust to prison life. The series follows him as he experiences his new home and new network behind bars,...More
[Orion's Drama News] You've Got Male 2017/11/11
Dramaland's love for all manner of plots involving law enforcement is quite obvious, but boy do we have a lot of goodies about detectives, real and fake, this week. Crime and punishment is very manly lately and today I take a look at some upcoming naughty boys once more. We also have the releases of first teasers for many new dramas. Things are looking quite promising for the upcoming months,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Just Keep Swimming 2017/11/04
The big ol' drama machine never stops spinning and this is true throughout what has been an eventful and no doubt emotionally charged week for many. Today I look at the new goodies from "Untouchable" and "Prison Playbook" as we go into the season of manly bonding. Silly Ori gets a bit serious this week, as I close with what I feel is important for us all to remember,...More
[Photos] Two gorgeous new posters for Park Hae-soo and Jung Kyung-ho's "Prison Playbook" 2017/11/01, Source
"Prison Playbook" has released posters that are artfully planned. The first depicts guard and convict walk in different directions, but are highly aware of each other. Both are in sharp focus while the prison they are in blurs in the background. This brings the characters to life as does the question floating betwee them: Life doesn't end in here, right? The same line courses beside Park Hae-soo's face in the second where he is pitted against the same background, but looking wary of the camera. Beautifully done. I'm intrigued,...More
[Photo] Baseball and prison in new poster for "Prison Playbook" 2017/10/20, Source
The poster for "Prison Playbook" looks like just another promotion for a sports drama, but then there are key elements that morph it into something really interesting like the handcuffs on the pitcher's left hand or the fence and concrete walls of the prison that stands side-by-side with the stadium seats. One of our characters, I assume a lead, is probably a baseball player, or former baseball player. With the PD from the "Answer Me" series at the helm, I don't mimd not having any details. Don't let me down, PD Sin,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Man-Holing It Up 2017/07/22
Dramaland is back to firing on all cylinders as new dramas are being announced and upcoming ones ramp up their promotional efforts. This week I take a little look at the surprisingly funny "Live Up to Your Name", I share my Ori-feels over "Mystery Queen 2" and also a few thoughts on my upcoming dramas. Here be manholes and hopes for a fun second half of my summer,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Resurrections and False Prophets 2017/07/15
The new drama season is upon us and it brings all manner of goodness. We have romance, crime, mystery and of course the much beloved fantasy thrown into the mix. Today I share goodies from and some thoughts on "School 2017" and "Reunited Worlds". I also present to you my chosen upcoming dramas for episode reviews and share drama news for this week, which includes plenty of casting announcements. We have a busy season ahead,...More
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