[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 28 Final 2017/05/04,
The ending to "Saimdang: Light's Diary" is more anticlimactic than anything else. The bad guys are almost immediately brought to justice because one essential character changes sides, and CCTV footage which should have been exposed, I don't know, a dozen episodes ago suddenly pops up out of nowhere and decisively proves that Jeong-hak was a fink all along. Meanwhile, in the past, King Jungjong is sad because it has suddenly occurred to him that persecuting artists is bad,...More
Stars Who Have Lost/Gained Weight for Their Characters 2017/04/24, Source,
When actors and actresses give their all to the role they chose, they will put literally everything into their work. Such time is put into the effort of being one with their character including research, practice, and even changing their appearance,...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 Drama - And the Winner Is... 2017/01/01,
Dramas give viewers so much so anticipate, enjoy, hope for, ship, and more. You have voted for your favorite and it's time to see what you chose! 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
[Hot Takes from the Noonas] 2016 SBS Drama Awards fashion show 2016/12/31,
It's time for the year-end award ceremonies when the three major Korean broadcasters use trophies to reward their top performing actors and dramas. So, let's focus on what really matters: the red carpet fashion. Next up: the 2016 SBS Drama Awards!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama 2016/12/16,
The year of 2016 brought a whole lot of awesome to television and this list of nominees is the creme of the crop. From December 16 to December 23 you can vote for your favorite drama of the year. Results will be revealed during 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 Sageuk Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/14,
Sageuks, or Korean historical dramas, are a staple of Korean television. They reimagine the history of the Korean people, bringing kings and generals to life and allowing viewers immerse themselves in the rich backdrop of Korea's past. From December 14 to December 21 you can vote for your favorite Joseon-era drama.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Villain in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/14,
No drama is complete without a twisted bad guy or gal slinking around the story and messing things up for our heroes and heroines. This year has had more than its fair share of amazing villains and from December 14 to December 21 you can vote for your favorite!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 20 Final 2016/11/01,
At long last, Soo has left the palace. From there she...hangs out at a new house for awhile, enjoys some flashbacks, and then dies while King Gwangjong sulks like a grumpy teenager. Hilariously bad communication brings everything to an unnecessarily tragic end. Last-minute revelations end up affecting pretty much nothing, since the extended epilogue is just more flashbacks set to sad music. In short, this is about everything we could have reasonably expected from the finale of "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 19 2016/10/31,
Soo is really upset at King Gwangjong for killing people, apparently having forgotten that King Gwangjong was killing people all the time even back when he was still Prince So. One flashback even goes to the trouble of reminding us that Soo herself was at one point fairly freaked out about Prince So's stone cold demeanor. What's more, apparently everyone's high opinion of Soo's random utterances were enough to permanently poison the well against Prince So and make all this bad stuff inevitable. Somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 18 2016/10/25,
Apparently Goryeo is still in chaos even as Prince So has fully stepped in to his role as King Gwangjong. Yet rather than explore the potentially interesting political crisis "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" instead devotes most of its runtime to the slow, agonizing death of two of its minor characters. Why does it take so long for anyone to die in this drama? I wouldn't generally mind this so much except that, as was the case with Prince Eun and Soon-deok, neither of these characters was all that well-developed in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 17 2016/10/24,
It's the end for King Jeongjong, as the former Prince Yo melts down over...his mom I guess? I'm really not being sarcastic when I discuss how the elder brother has just straight up stolen his younger brother's character arc. It's kind of hard to feel sorry for King Jeongjong, though, when up until now he's just done explicitly evil stuff in pursuit of the throne and it's only now all of a sudden that the guy's starting to question why this was such a big priority,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 16 2016/10/18,
The last we saw of Prince Eun and Soon-deok they were in a no-win certain-to-die situation. This has not improved as Soo's prophecy predictably comes to pass, and for the rest of the runtime everyone just mopes around about this all upset. While I liked Prince Eun and Soon-deok well enough, it's a little off-putting how in death they are apparently far more important as characters than they ever were in life. I'm still a little lost as to how they ended up becoming the lynchpin to Prince Yo's final ascension to power as King Jeongjong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 15 2016/10/11,
Now that he's become King Jengjong, the royalist formerly known as Prince Yo immediately makes a point of taking out all potential threats to his rule. Which in all fairness sounds pretty reasonable. Consider that the last two kings fell victim to assassination attempts largely because they weren't paying careful attention to immediate domestic threats. Granted that threat was Prince Yo himself, but even so, he's clearly not a very popular guy right now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 14 2016/10/10,
At least a year has passed since the previous episode of "Scarlet Heat: Ryeo", as it is now the second year in the reign of King Hyejong (played by Kim San-ho). I never felt much need to discuss King Hyejong back when he was just the crown prince, and unfortunately, his new regal title is of no help in making the character any more important. King Hyejong has a few scenes of pointless paranoia, makes a very bizarre demand of Prince So, then inevitably falls victim to the machinations of Prince Yo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 13 2016/10/04,
A wide-angle camera shot better explains the cliffhanger for the last episode and...apparently Woo-hee was nowhere near King Taejo? What's more, the monarch had other more immediately pressing problems in the whole "staying alive" department, so that leaves Woo-hee's entire storyline as being completely pointless with no pay-off. Even so, other characters have to devote energy to saving Woo-hee, because Soo likes her, even though we don't actually know how or why Woo-hee and Soo are friends,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 12 2016/10/03,
Last episode's actions were so intense that apparently the entire cast needed to take a yearlong break. It's times like this I wish "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" was more clear about how much time has progressed in general. Of course Prince So and Prince Wook are still pining for Soo, but all the same, when nearly every character action in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is a careful calculation based on a long-term plan, how Soo fits into that is pretty essential information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 11 2016/09/27,
Prince So's solution to the assassination plot against his brother was, as we see recapped at the beginning of this episode, rather needlessly dangerous. It was only through sheer force of will that Prince So was able to prevent an immediate crisis from breaking out. The actions of the other actors in the carnival of Goryeo politics render that sacrifice meaningless anyway, even if for another day, Prince So is able to save his brother. But is this really a sustainable plan?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 10 2016/09/26,
There's some good use of close-ups here as we can see Prince So's make-up is slowly wearing off. It's a good metaphor- Prince So is somewhat less vicious with Soo's influence, and it's unmistakable how the more we see of the scar, the more it seems like Prince So is turning back to rage and hatred. Even Prince So himself is surprisingly cognizant of just how scary he is, and how this can be off-putting to Soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 9 2016/09/20,
As usual Prince So doesn't have that much screentime. But continuing the trend from last episode, "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" very effectively manages to drive up the tension by making nearly everything the other characters do be a reaction to Prince So. While poor Prince So himself is fairly oblivious to most of what's going on, it's very easy to see what brings on his bad moods. Even when Prince So does good, people are too terrified over his very existence to act all that grateful,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 8 2016/09/19,
The soundtrack in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is really anachronistic, to the point it even manages to overshadow Soo. I'm not saying everything has to be traditional Korean musical instruments all the time. It's just a little off-putting when we're watching a traditional Goryeo ritual with everyone acting like standard characters in a classical costume drama, but then a modern pop song shows up and all of a sudden the immersion is ruined,...More
"Pretty princess' dilemma" Suzy VS IU 2016/09/15, Source,
'Well-rounded' means someone who is pretty all around. It also means someone who shows talent in everything they do.
While idol stars have been standing out in all genres of the entertainment biz, there are those who act as well as they sing. However, Suzy and IU can't get around the criticism that they can't act. What can be the problem?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 7 2016/09/13,
Soo begins her adjustment to palace life under the harsh eye of Lady Oh (played by Woo Hee-jin). It's hard to feel sorry for Soo because while aspects of her new life are obviously unpleasant, they're also fairly unremarkable considering this is Goryeo. You know, none of the other maids get to have pick me ups in the form of handsome princes chasing them around every few scenes. Although I'll admit getting mad at Soo for giving immediate medical attention to the man angrily demanding immediate medical attention was kind of silly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 6 2016/09/12,
I'm having trouble grasping how much time has progressed in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo". Last episode had all this beautiful winter scenery and yet this episode there's...none? Does that mean that Soo has been in Goryeo for several months? Because it sure doesn't feel like it's been that long. Mainly this is a consequence of the story having slowed to a crawl, as politics take a backseat to everything revolving around Soo for no good reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 5 2016/09/06,
Lady Hae (played by Park Si-eun) is Prince Wook's wife. She doesn't really do anything, I just thought it was worth acknowledging her existence since it puts Prince Wook in a fairly unusual situation as second lead. Normally we feel sorry for him getting the short end of the stick in a love triangle, since he's always such a nice guy, but hey! When Soo inevitably breaks Prince Woo's heart, he still has his wife, and she's really nice too,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 4 2016/09/05,
Empress Yoon (played by Park Ji-young) is the closest thing Prince So has to a parental figure. Unlucky for him, she's a huge jerk. After his murderous rampage last episode I never thought I'd feel sorry for Prince So but, well, this episode does a surprisingly good job humanizing the guy. We can see that his generally vile behavior is, twisted though it may seem, really just a desperate if inevitably doomed to fail effort on his part to gain some level of normal emotional satisfaction,...More
[Spoiler] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Lee Joon-gi and IU, love like the first snow 2016/09/05, Source,
On the fifth episode of the SBS drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo", Wang So (Lee Joon-gi) started to feel for Hae-soo (IU) who was the only one who approached him when others were afraid of him.
Wang So went ballistic when his tower crashed and Hae-soo tried to calm him down. She was surprised to find blood on him and Wang So said, "Yes, that's blood. The blood of those I killed today". He tried to push her away but she still worried about his wounds and said, "I hear this is the kind of place where one has to hold a sword from a young age and kill to survive. Still, wanting to live is not a crime",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 3 2016/08/30,
At first, it seems like it's finally starting to dawn on Soo that Goryeo is a pretty vicious world. Then the danger passes and she's mostly back to her normal happy-go-lucky self, even if the neck scar is a constant reminder as to what will happen if she steps out of line again. The attitude is actually rather oddly appropriate- everyone else in Goryeo has to deal with the prospect of death on a constant basis, but if they worried about that twenty four seven there'd be no time for sexy bath parties,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 2 2016/08/30,
The pacing in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" really is top notch. While I still psychologically recognize the obvious discordance between the political powerplay scenes and Soo's vastly more simplistic interpretation of plot, the tones are quite well balanced. We go from one to the other without any real sense of whiplash. Prince So is an uncommunicative jerk with his brothers, and he's also an uncommunicative jerk with Soo. But in both cases Prince So is also the main guy who's all about getting things done even if it means his hands get dirty in the process,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" Episode 1 2016/08/29,
Soo (played by IU) is a woman in the modern world with relationship problems. She also quickly gets into the unfortunate situation of being in close proximity to a child who cannot swim yet somehow manages to make his way into improbably deep water without anyone noticing. From there, Soo is plunged into the Goryeo era, where the King's many children, in addition to having sexy baths together, also engage in major political plots. Prince Wook (played by Kang Ha-neul) is the clear heir apparent while Prince So (played by Lee Joon-gi) has a chronically bad attitude due to childhood trauma,...More
[Orion's Drama News] In Sickness and In Inebriation 2016/08/27,
A lot of new shows are starting and many are coming up as summer comes to a close. "Drinking Alone" gives us a glimpse of its drinkers, lonely and not. Cancer-themed romantic comedy "Fantastic" will be starting soon and its promise is as undeniable as the oddity of the genre attached to its premise. "The K2" is a highly expected series and the creators know it, because they are all about the teasing. I also share other news and I have my picks for this drama season,...More
IU looks like a doll at airport 2016/08/19, Source, IU arrives at the Incheon International Airport in the afternoon on August 19th in order to depart to Chengdu, China for her concernt schedule.
IU is headed to the departure room,...More
Ji Soo traveling with his mother 2016/08/14, Source, Ji Soo is traveling with his mother. On August 14th, Ji Soo has shared his selfie he took with his mother on his personal Instagram. The caption says "With My Mom♥".
The revealed photo shows Ji Soo traveling with his mother in Hong Kong. His beautiful mother looking younger than her age is drawing attention. She looks elegant in the long dress,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Politics and Iffy Pairings 2016/08/13, "The K2" brings love for the country, the country's daughter and the country's power to our screens soon and "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is ruthlessly piling on the pretty with its new posters. "The Man In My House" is looking for leads to romance each other as newly met daughter and step dad, because Dramaland loves making us all daunted and confused. More goodies follow all of this and I close with my failure to marathon like I used to. Dramas, that is,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Warm Romances and Cold Shoulders 2016/08/06,
The summer-to-fall dramas are gearing up for release as the next drama season draws near. Fully pre-produced sageuk drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" has dropped an impressive video filled with all the lovely things fans have probably been drooling over during its production. Speaking of Chinese stories and pre-production, I briefly consider the fate of this method in a future shaped by tensions between the countries. Lastly, I share goodies from "Incarnation of Jealousy" and other dramas,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Recurring Trends and Great Ladies 2016/07/09,
What would Dramaland be without its love for trends? The answer is "probably better", but let us not go into the value of those trends for now. They are here and they will join us for the next drama season. Coming up are loves across time and universes as well as two major "reverse harem" productions. I will also talk about tvN as a star magnet and give you the usual weekly news,...More
Suzy vs IU, two best friends take up challenge to pre-filming production 2016/06/29, Source, Suzy and IU, the two best friends are returning to the small screen through two different dramas produced on the pre-filming system.
As the dramas are produced through the 100% pre-filming system and will be broadcast in Korea and China at the same time, the anticipation has been raised even higher. While the two stars, who experienced acting for the first time for their roles in "Dream High", 2011, will they be able to earn a happy scorecard through the upcoming dramas?,...More
[Orion's Drama News] "Go Ahead, (Re)Make My Day" 2016/06/11,
It is a week of popularity giants and remakes, as star-studded summer and autumn dramas are already being compared on premise, production and participants. I also take a little look at news on the emerging trend of recreating popular North American series as Korean dramas. Not that the industry has no alternatives or does not remake enough things already, as evident by the third topic I share news of today,...More
Song Ji-hyo shows off slim waist and ab on runway
2016/05/04, Source, Song Ji-hyo showed off her slim waist on runway in a Chinese fashion show.
Designer fashion brand, Katiacho has announced a fashion variety show integrated with hallyu stars and fashion & beauty industry, 'Very Korean', which is sponsored by Kore Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and KOFICE, was held in BIFT Park in Beijing, China successfully,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Powerhouse Pairings and Another Exclusive 2016/04/02,
Spring is fun, but summer is winking at us and throwing popular pairings at our faces. We are paying attention, summer. Join me as I give you some pretty exciting casting news, more upcoming drama goodies and ramblings. Also, Jasper Cho! No, I cannot actually give him to you, but you could have your question answered by him in our upcoming exclusive interview,...More
The keyword this year is 'romance' 2016/03/31, Source,
The keyword is romance. The three ground-wave broadcasting stations are coming up with romantic comedy and melodramas.
11 out of 17 dramas that are due to be released this year are romantic dramas,...More
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