[Press Release] 13th Annual Soompi Awards Winners Announced 2018/04/16, Source
13th ANNUAL SOOMPI AWARDS WINNERS REVEALED GOT7 Wins #TwitterBestFandom Award After Voting Category Trends Worldwide for Eight Hours The Full Might of K-pop and K-drama Fandom Emerges with 163 Million Votes Sent from 190 Countries, Delivering Over 1.8 Billion Impressions from Young, Diverse and Active Fan base Soompi, the world's leading source for news on pop-culture coming out of Korea and Asia, announced the winners of its 13th Annual Soompi Awards, an audience-driven award show that recognizes the best in K-Pop, Korean Drama and Fandom from around the globe,...More
[Lily's Weekly Highlights] Jung Hae-in 2018/03/24, Source
I daresay, in 2018, the hottest young actor of K-drama world is none other than the actor Jung Hae-in. He seems to have everything: the handsome face, fit body, great acting skills, cute image, outstanding fashion sense, gentleman-like personality… the list could go on and on,...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 Couple - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/28
The year of 2017 has seen some wonderful couples whose chemistry is sizzling and whose relationships draw us in and make us want to cheer for their happiness and success. Now you can choose for your favorite couple of the year out of sixteen amazing pairings,...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 Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Final Episodes 31-32 2017/11/16
Jae-chan doesn't really have much of case against Yoo-beom. Even if he can prove that Yoo-beom is lying about Joo-an having drugged him too, Joo-an is a serial killer with good reason to want Yoo-beom dead. So Yoo-beom could still claim self-defense, arguing that he was just trying to preserve his reputation with the lie. That Yoo-beom eventually ends up getting sent to life in prison for a completely different crime underscores this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 29-30 2017/11/15
Joo-an (played by Lee Eun-woo) is the true culprit behind a serial killing spree that Detective Choi and then-prosecutor Yoo-beom incorrectly pinned on an innocent man a long time ago in the backstory. The story behind these events is so incredibly potentially interesting that it was with a groan that I realized we were instead just going to get more flashbacks explaining what the deal was with that solider who went on a rampage, and how this created an unbreakable romantic bond between Jae-chan and Hong-joo somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 27-28 2017/11/09
Detective Choi (played by Kim Won-hae) has up until now been a minor supporting character who I had been mentally classifying as the same tier of importance as Hyang-mi. Last episode's revelations that he, too, has apparently been receiving dream prophecies has greatly improved Detective Choi's relevance. Unfortunately, none of the actual main characters are clever enough to catch on to that essential dynamic of the case, so these revelations are mainly for our benefit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 25-26 2017/11/08
The only dream premonition we get this time takes the form of an episode preview. At least, that's the only way I can think of to interpret it, since it seems designed entirely for our benefit rather than that of the main characters. It's a pretty specific premonition too, one that you'd think would be easy to avert. Jae-chan and Hong-joo just need to avoid going to suspicious places in the middle of the night alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 23-24 2017/11/02
There's a strong emotional scene where the father of the soon-to-be-dead victim cries when his son is finally taken off life support. That scene immediately made me realize that, rather than the explicitly contrived binary choice between autopsy and organ donation, "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" could have instead done a more traditional, dad doesn't want to take his son off life support because of imaginary hope that he'll wake back up. While not terribly original, such a plotline would have at least been plausible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 21-22 2017/11/01
Last storyline, a woman with a medical condition falls at home and hits her head on the table, prompting police, doctors, and the press to assume that the delivery boy murdered her. This storyline, a man with his arm in a sling publically accuses a professor of illegal acts, and shortly thereafter falls down an elevator shaft that had to have been physically pried open with two working hands. So naturally, police, doctors, and the press all assume it was an accident,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 19-20 2017/10/26
Hyang-mi (played by Park Jin-joo) works in the prosecutor's office with Jae-chan. Her only real purpose in the story is to provide office gossip commentary on Jae-chan's career path. At least, that was her only purpose. Now, Hyang-mi has decided that Jae-chan is actually super cool and awesome. This leads to some funny scenes wherein we get to see Jae-chan express this newfound love of Jae-chan in very cute ways while Jae-chan, dork that he is, accidentally encourages her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 17-18 2017/10/25
Hak-yeong (played by Baek Sung-hyun) is Woo-tak's old friend, who may or may not have murdered a minor celebrity. That question remains ambiguous even if the three main leads have concluded he was not responsible. At least, that would be my interpretation if the drama was not from their point of view. I mean sure, Yoo-beom is a sneak abusing the situation for his own ends but from a non-supernatural perspective he does make perfectly legitimate points about Jae-chan's questionable judgment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 15-16 2017/10/19
The perplexing creative decision to downplay dream prophecies in favor of flashbacks continues here. Honestly, my main takeaway so far is that the lead characters have rather shockingly bad memories, that they apparently went through all these traumatic events together as teenagers yet are incapable of recognizing one another in the modern day. It's not at all clear what these flashbacks are even building up to, given the generally vague connection to the current case,...More
[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
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 11-12 2017/10/12
After the previous big lawyer storyline was resolved fairly realistically without having to go to trial, I was optimistic for writer Park Hye-ryeon's further legal plots. Unfortunately, the new case takes some massive steps backwards. First of all, the trial we see is obviously based on American jurisprudence. The notion of reasonable doubt, the 1% factor Yoo-beom keeps discussing, does not exist in South Korean law,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 9-10 2017/10/11
Now that the last major crisis has passed, Hong-joo comes off as kind of creepy. In the absence of genuine threats, she just harasses the guy at the chicken restaurant and pre-stalks Jae-chan at work. While this behavior can sometimes be cute, what we're left with is the impression that Hong-joo really needs a hobby. Or even better, a job that makes relevant use of her inherent nosiness. Cue backstory, where it's finally explained what Hong-joo's previous profession was, and why she quit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 7-8 2017/10/05
So Woo-tak really is a good guy after all. But how could we ever be in doubt? He has a disproportionate love of Batman. Also, Woo-tak has an adorable happy dog with an adorable happy name. And in general, as Jae-chan, Hong-joo, and the rest of us finally get to know the kind of guy Woo-tak is, he also comes off as the immature baby of the group. Even though all of them are, apparently, twenty-eight years old. I'm assuming the story takes place in early 2017, what with all the recurring snow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 5-6 2017/10/04
For a side story character, So-yoon is surprisingly compelling. Observe how, while being completely sympathetic herself, So-yoon embodies both of her parent's flaws. Like her father, So-yoon is inclined to fly into a rage at other people defying her, regardless of who's at fault. Likewise, So-yoon also shares her mother's unfortunate propensity toward magical thinking. Hence, Seong-won and every other central character gets dragged into So-yoon's story, to their detriment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" Episodes 3-4 2017/09/28
One half of the story for these two episodes of "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is about how a young Hong-joo first attempted to use her powers of prophecy to do good and predictably failed spectacularly. I state this explicitly because "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" itself is rather unnecessarily vague about the larger purpose of this subplot, and it's not clear to me why it was presented as a twist ending. Following early dialogue where Jae-chan suggests the possible existence of other soothsayers, I got the impression that story was contemporaneously about a new supporting character,...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
[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
Suzy is the icon of pretty 2017/08/29, Source
Singer and actress Suzy posted a picture on her SNS saying, "Rest, rest, my rest day". In the picture, Suzy is looking at the camera while pulling a bicycle. Her long wavy hair and flawless skin make her stand out even more. She is wearing a blue blouse with a red bag and matching red boots,...More
Suzy, Seo Hyun-jin, and Han Ye-seul to come back 2017/08/22, Source
The best time after a long day is 10PM when you can lay in front of the TV after a shower and watch your favorite drama to end your day.
Stars who made a reputation for themselves in commercials and advertisements in 2017 are coming back with dramas later this year. Make sure to catch their dramas if you're a fan,...More
[Photos] IU's response to the watermelon seed on Suzy's wrist 2017/05/23, Source
Singer and actress Suzy has a big mole on her right wrist. This stands out more when she wears something sleeveless. The mole is known as 'Suzy's mole' or 'Suzy's wrist mole'.
She appeared on a TV show in 2012 with Jo Kwon from 2AM and while playing a game of spitting watermelon seeds, Jo Kwon pointed out that a seed landed on her wrist and caused laughter in the studio. He really thought the mole was a watermelon seed,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Cable Love and Spunky Housewives 2017/02/11
Welcome to another round of me rambling your Saturday away and sharing new drama information and media. Today I briefly talk about the concept of cable vs. ground-wave and what I feel is a problematic perception when contemplating it. I also share goodies from "The Perfect Wife", including its first lively teaser, and more drama news,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Student Trials and Flower Knights 2016/11/26
The holiday season is near and what better way to celebrate than with young, pretty people dying? Okay, I may have picked the theme for this week a bit haphazardly, but I believe that the fresh talent of "Solomon's Perjury" and the pretty boys of pretty-boy sageuk "Hwarang" still qualify as good Christmas presents for many. We also have "Goblin" and its homoerotic salt shaker, so Dramaland has been slow, but definitely not boring,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Goblins, Trials and Errors 2016/11/19
2016 has almost ended and so we can officially start salivating over its last few dramas and what comes in 2017. After a long journey, "Defendant" finally has its cast and premiere month. Before that, "Goblin" aims to provide impressive visuals and captivating fantasy romance while "Solomon's Perjury" brings a group of fresh faces to familiar social struggles and injustice. It looks like we get a lot of diversity in the upcoming months,...More
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