TvN and OCN Decisively Lead Multi-Season Dramas 2019/07/01, Source
Cable has braved some drastic challenges to differentiate themselves from other channels. The settling down of season dramas was a change led by cable. Thus, other seasonal dramas are being created, and eyes are on whether other changes and development can be made.
Cable introduced season dramas first. The flexible production environment of cable has become the backdrop for new challenges,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Spiritual Unrest 2019/04/13
Get ready for the heebiest of jeebies, at least if you're as disturbed by the dark side of organized religion, and pseudoreligion, as I am. "Save Me 2" has some intense new goodies, and we have a generally promotion-heavy week for Dramaland,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" 2018/03/17
In a rare, yet beautiful moment of inspiration to tackle a different type of criminal activity, OCN brings us "Save Me"; a drama about a terrible cult meeting its match in a woman whose sheer strength and resilience will set her free. Taking a breaking from the procedural, "Save Me" portrays the slow and silent crime of this cult's manipulation, and the human decency it takes to brings that crime to light,...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 - 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] Best Actress in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/25
Leading ladies are the heart of K-dramas. A strong actress can carry a drama from beginning to end and 2017 had more than its fair share of talented women, making it a rich year for the leading ladies. Vote for your favorite leading lady from December 25th to January 8th! Results for all categories will be released beginning on December 30th,...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
[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
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama OST of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/16
Music has the power to make you recall your favorite kiss, emotional beat, character, or scene, even if you only hear a few notes of the song. That's the reason why K-drama OSTs are so important. When certain music plays, you know something is going to happen. In honor of the power of the drama OST, we bring you this newest category. You can vote for your favorites from December 16 to December 30! Results for all categories will be revealed beginning December 30,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Black" 2017/10/07
Most human beings do not find the idea of death all that attractive, but if Korean drama is good at something, that would be persistent romanticizing of anything and everything. "Black" may be another handsome Reaper, but do not let that fool you. The series looks like a potentially solid mystery ride.
A detective possessed by a Reaper (Song Seung-heon) and a woman who can predict death (Go Ara) in the form of shadows team up and try to save lives through their unique skills. The two fight against the rules of life and death as well as the consequences of their actions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 16 Final 2017/09/26
The Boat to Salvation is a slippery devil and the time has come for a solid shake on its not-so-divine structure. All of our characters choose their alliances and enact their final wishes as our heroine marches to her salvation and our heroes steel themselves to help end this once and for all. There are no ideal endings in this world, but perhaps small victories are enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 15 2017/09/24
There are not enough middle fingers in the world to express how I feel about Guseonwon and this marks a job well done by "Save Me". Every open end comes together and clashes into a smörgåsbord of final week thrills as things finally veer out of control for heroes and villains alike. Death, disillusionment, camaraderie and hope form the final battle for our heroes' future,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Do Fear the Reaper 2017/09/23
Even I cannot keep up with the torrential flow of drama news this week, but I have plenty to share and some of it is very exciting. Two dramas are premiering in the upcoming week and I take one last look at their pre-release goodies before wishing them and their viewers good luck and a good time. I also share the first glimpse into "Mad Dog" and thrilling new information about "Black". Join me for love, crime and smoke monsters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 14 2017/09/17
It is a time of disillusionment for our heroes and villains alike and we know how the latter deal with it. While our infernal apostles fight for power, their instincts and observational skills are sadly impeccable. So-rin and Dong-cheol are in grave danger while Sang-mi does her best to keep up the act through thick and thin. Our saviors on the outside are ready to strike, but they are alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 13 2017/09/17
The closer Sang-mi and her saviors get to the truth and to a semblance of victory the more alert out villains become and this creates some situations which may soon end lives. Sang-hwan finally gets somewhere with his pleas for some official support and Guseonwon's sordid past starts surfacing once more. There are things "Save Me" has not delivered, but ample suspense is not one of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 12 2017/09/11
The efforts of our heroine, heroes and their allies are starting to bear fruit as they inch closer to Guseonwon's shady operations and more people are starting to hear about the cult. Detective Lee stumbles upon some very suspicious connections during a case, but will he take the matter seriously this time? A personal disappointment aside, I am ready for the final stretch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 11 2017/09/10
The more hopeful things get for our heroine the more twisted they get within Guseonwon. "Father" Baek's true nature and perhaps intentions are revealed along with some hidden, disturbing locations in the premises. Baek is not the only one with secrets, however. A certain Guseonwon birdie has a secret of their own. As Baek's grip tightens, our heroes need all the help they can get,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Nostalgia and Penny Pinching 2017/09/09
Today I am feeling romantic in the traditional and contemporary sense, so I bring you a little journey to the past through new goodies on "Girls' Generation 1979". Nostalgia is sweet, but I also have goodies from three different upcoming romantic series, for those more into the lovey-dovey relationship type of sweetness. There are some exciting new promos from other dramas as well, so take a look at what I have gathered,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 10 2017/09/04
As Guseonwon's grip on everyone tightens, allied forces are starting to make their move. Dong-cheol takes some drastic and dangerous measures while our doubting cult follower gains an important position of power near Sang-mi. Our heroine tries to openly resist one last time, but the moment has come for her to try other methods as the outside world chooses sides,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 9 2017/09/03
No grand rescue is easy and while physical freedom is not quite here for our heroine, her outside support grants her the strength to claim herself back within her confines. The group once again clash with corruption and the political wheels of Muji are turning, leaving us guessing about the eventual moral alignment of several characters,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Genres and Odd Romances 2017/09/02
Stop your pumpkin carving (I know you are out there) and fill your time with more drama news as I take a look at more new things this week. First up is the brand new "Black" by OCN followed by a quick look at the changing landscape of the Korean drama industry. Lastly, I share the usual goodies, but not before I share news of a drama with an interesting premise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 8 2017/08/27
After a long and arduous journey, the time has come for the heroine of "Save Me" to find some hope. Our heroes reunite and rediscover themselves as a group despite the lingering bitterness, but their actions make Father Baek more aggressive. Another part of the story has been brewing in Muji and I wonder when and how it will all connect,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 7 2017/08/27
While our heroes figure out how to be heroic, Sang-mi picks herself back up and makes the decision to lead the rescue. The "Spiritual Father's" plans are revealed as more twisted and menacing than previously hinted, while Apostle Kang's past starts crawling back as she feels the pressure. You take the cake for messed up people, Muji,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Truth and Healing 2017/08/26
New week, new drama goodies, but also a small change in content. There is so much to cover out there, but spam torture is not how I roll, so today's piece and probably pieces in the foreseeable future will include upcoming drama news I find interesting. My personal take on some of them remains, of course. Today I talk about "Argon", "Hospital Ship" and a different kind of healing dramas,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 6 2017/08/21
The world of "Save Me" may be cruel, but our fighters for justice are starting to take form. The appearance of new characters and the continued development of established ones creates suspense over who will be an enemy of our heroes and who an ally. The bigger Guseonwon gets, the more people start wondering about it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 5 2017/08/20 "Save Me" continues to surpass my expectations and subvert tropes at every turn, as Sang-mi's world becomes more hopeless and more absurd with each passing day. The monsters of Guseonwon are starting to show their true faces as our heroine continues to push their limits, but our group of saviors is getting closer to her,...More
[Orion's Drama News] New Season Adventures 2017/08/19
Our collective HanCinema eyes may be on KCON this weekend, but there is plenty of news to share from the source of this beloved Hallyu. This week I give you goodies from the dramas which will mark the upcoming change in seasons. I also briefly talk about the casting changes of "Age of Youth 2" and share new promotional material from it as well. Additionally, I bring you casting news and a video from two short youth dramas along with other news,...More
Woo Do-hwan to star in "Mad Dog" 2017/08/17, Source
Woo Do-han is in his first leading role in KBS 2TV's "Mad Dog". He is taking on the role of Kim Min-joon, also known as Doctor Kim. He is a German adoptee who was a former fraud. He is many things: a young man with good looks who looks handsome in a suit suit; he is confident and carefree while he laughs like a man; and he's smart and sensual,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 4 2017/08/13
When Sang-mi's family starts to rapidly fall apart, the cult of Guseonwon is right there to push them over the edge. "Save Me" continues to build the tragedy of the victims involved and things are about to reach a breaking point when we reunite with our characters three years later. A stronger, more determined and proactive Sang-mi will see to that,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Autumn Casting Galore 2017/08/12
The summer is ending and it is back to business for everyone. This includes the casting directors of Dramaland, who are having a field day lately. There is so much to share about upcoming drama casting and promotional material, so get ready for a special news-heavy edition this week as I go through all the lovely new things,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 3 2017/08/12 "Save Me" once more proves that it does not cower away from difficult subject matter and this means that our characters get no breaks from their plight. Things keep happening which create more victims and more perpetrators and which reveal the true faces of the people involved. I do not know where the time jump will lead us, but it will not be a happy place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 2 2017/08/06
Heroes are rare and not all of them are powerful or successful. This reality is brought to the forefront through a grim incident in today's episode of "Save Me". Sang-mi's suspicions about the cult keep growing with every forced smile and every crack in the church crew's facade. The twins are under immense pressure and the group who can help them starts to drift apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me" Episode 1 2017/08/06
It takes a lot to make someone with my film experience feel uncomfortable and "Save Me" manages it. The premiere episode packs the kind of punch we rarely see in Korean drama. The atmosphere is oppressive, the production quality great and prepare a cold shower for how sullied you will feel after meeting some of these characters. Episode one is all about exposition and preparing us for the present,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Save Me" 2017/07/29
South Korea was shaken quite badly by last year's political scandal and the absurd nature of its cult element has been widely discussed. It is only a matter of time before Dramaland takes a bigger dive into the dark side of religion after occasionally dipping its toes in it and "Save Me" might take that plunge.
Four young men struggling to get by in their challenging lives reunite with an old acquaintance who asks for their help. The woman and her family are being held captive by a religious cult. The four young men band together in order to save her and expose the cult's true face,...More
Summer breakers this year 2017/07/24, Source
OCN drama "Save Me" is about to make the hairs stand on your body.
"Save Me" is a drama based on a false religious group in which four men struggle to save their beloved first love. This is the first drama to balance false religion,...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
6 Eye-catching Actors Born in 1992 You Should Be Aware of! 2017/06/23, Source
Lately there have been many fresh faces that caught my attention while I watch K-dramas. As if to laugh at my current (overflowing) collection of my favorite actors, Korean showbiz keeps on finding great, handsome actors and pushing them my way. Well, what can I do? I'll always have enough room in my heart and my phone gallery storage for these good looking actors,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Bubble Bursting 2017/06/17
"Bride of the Water God 2017" really really wants to sell its main pairing and so the teasers keep piling up. We also have some new information about other characters this week as well as other news, especially a lot of casting and potential casting ones. Check them out in the latter half of this piece,...More
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