[HanCinema's Film Review] "Someone Behind You" 2018/04/14
Ga-in (played by Yoon Jin-seo) is a likable high school student from a good family who's a crackerjack fencer. These combat skills prove helpful against the major supernatural threat in "Someone Behind You" although it's not quite what she's expecting. Sure, there are plenty of freaky hallucinations, but the reason why the movie is called "Someone Behind You" is because the real threat always ends up being one and only one person who's in the same room as Ga-in at any given time,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.28 - 2017.07.30 2017/07/31 "The Battleship Island" already the fifth highest grossing film of the year...
Director Ryoo Seung-wan ("Veteran", the third highest grossing Korean film of all time) captures life inside Japan's notorious WWII labour camp on Hashima Island in his latest, record-breaking blockbuster, "The Battleship Island". Before World War II broke out in Europe, Japan was mining underwater coal on a 16-acre island southwest of the city of Nagasaki and conscripting hundreds of Koreans, among others prisons of war, to toil away in treacherous conditions. "The Battleship Island" tells the story of a few hundred gritty Koreans who risked it all to escape what is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.21 - 2017.07.23 2017/07/24
Nolan's "Dunkirk" arrives and conquers...
Christopher Nolan's critically acclaimed "Dunkirk" was released in Korea last Thursday and comfortably came out on top over the weekend. Many are already heralding it as one of the best war films ever and arguably Nolan's best. The film was shot on IMAX 65mm and is the first feature film to use IMAX cameras as hand-held cameras. From 1,245 screens, Nolan's epic depiction of "the Miracle of Dunkirk" sold 1.1 million admissions (46.53%), or $8.75 million. Its successful arrival meant "Spider-Man: Homecoming" was unable to claim a third straight weekend at the top,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.14 ~ 2017.07.16 2017/07/17
"Spider-Man" soars unchallenged, slow start for "Cars 3"...
Marvel's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (starring Tom Holland) retained the top spot in Korea for a second weekend by capturing 64.36% of the sales from 1781 screens. The 1.4 million admissions it claimed swelled the reboot's total tally to 5.9 million ($42.7 million), making it the second-highest grossing film of the year behind "Confidential Assignment" (7.8 million), as well as the highest grossing foreign film ahead of "Beauty and the Beast" (5.1 million). Worldwide, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" has already brought in $469 million,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.07.07 - 2017.07.09 2017/07/10
Marvel's new "Spider-Man" reboot given screens and soars...
America's 'friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man' swiftly swung into pole position over the weekend by capturing 82.74% of the box office sales. "Spider-Man: Homecoming", the second movie reboot of Marvel's iconic web-slinger, scored 2.6 million admissions ($19.1 million) from a massive 1,965 screens around the country, dislodging Lee Joon-ik's "Anarchist from Colony" at the top and becoming the seventh highest grossing film of year,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Real" 2017/07/08
Tae-yeong (played by Kim Soo-hyun) is a man in a suit who owns a casino and can always be found chewing gum. The first act of "Real" has him talking to psychiatrist Jin-gi (played by Lee Sung-min) about some sort of...thing that happened. This framing device ends up being dropped completely as Tae-yeong ends up embroiled in some sort of...thing involving his exact duplicate (also played by Kim Soo-hyun) who is differentiated from the original by a crystal mask, then padding, and finally glasses. Then they do lots of other...things that are highly sexy, violent, and colorful, but otherwise largely incomprehensible,...More
Kim Soo-hyun Looks to Last Film Before Military Service 2017/06/28, Source
Actor Kim Soo-hyun talked up his latest film at a press event early this week ahead of its release on Wednesday.
The much-anticipated film, "Real", is an action noir about a conspiracy involving Asia's biggest casino and drew attention even before its release due to superior action sequences and an R-rated love scene with co-star singer-turned-actress and former f(X) member Sulli,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Secret Romance" Episode 7 2017/05/08
One of Yoo-mi's more comforting qualities is her sincere desire to be helpful. At least, that's the sense I got from the odd scene where Jin-wook contrives a work-related reason for him to cook dinner for Yoo-mi, and Yoo-mi simply looks at the entire situation like it was an actual job and not merely a thinly veiled excuse for Jin-wook to spend time with her. Although I suppose it helps that Jin-wook himself probably believes his own ridiculous excuses,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "W" Episode 13 2016/09/01
Cheol's two reactions to the discovery that his world is a webtoon are completely opposite of one another. This is entirely a matter of context. The first Cheol discovered the existence of the "Real" world through standard deductions as a part of his normal everyday work, and the revelation destroyed him. This Cheol hit absolute rock bottom, to the point of contemplating suicide- so the existence of a "Real" world to him was a form of salvation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "W" Episode 12 2016/08/31
For once, an episode of "W" ends without a shocking revelation prompting an intense cliffhanger. To date director Jeong Dae-yoon has done a very good job keeping the excitement quotient so high that the general craziness of the overall proceedings has never been in question. But this time, with Cheol focused as he is on life in the "Real" world, rather than his revenge fantasy, well, the more magical aspects of the story are more difficult to ignore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "W" Episode 11 2016/08/25
The "Real" world in "W" is starting to resemble a horror story. Granted, all there really is to worry about is Seong-moo's freaky make-up and the whole hands popping through computer screens issue, but even that is more than enough to get across that the situation is legitimately scary. Even if, as Yeon-joo quickly discovers, these are actually relatively easy problems to overcome as long as she keeps her wits about her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "W" Episode 6 2016/08/04
Recent events have led "W" to a bit of an impasse. Cheol figures out a way to "solve" all the problems mentioned by Seong-moo, but as expected this solution is completely unsatisfying from a narrative standpoint. It also brings up all sorts of weird issues with quantum mechanics and zen philosophy. Can Cheol really "die" if he's not alive in the first place? To what extent does Cheol even exist if his actions are defined by the "Real" people who observe him?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "W" Episode 4 2016/07/28
One of the factors that makes Cheol such a fascinating protagonist is that he is legitimately really smart. Even though the guy's a character in a genre thriller comic, Cheol thinks like an actual real person. When crazy bizarre contrivances jump out of nowhere for the sole apparent purpose of killing him, Cheol merely notes that there is no such thing as coincidence. And he's right, even if the real answer is much stranger than Cheol could have ever possibly imagined,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "W" Episode 1 2016/07/20
Cheol (played by Lee Jong-suk) is an Olympic level marksman who is framed for a horrible crime, wallowing away in despair before finally becoming determined to locate the true perpetrator. Cheol is also a fictional character in a webtoon by Seong-moo (played by Kim Eui-sung), who is also the father of Yeon-joo (played by Han Hyo-joo), a clumsy doctor who juggles medical responsibilities with an active social position as the daughter of a famous webtoon artist. Matters take a turn for the weird when Yeon-joo is left alone with a manuscript that appears to clumsily kill Cheol off,...More
[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON New York 2016 Beauty Booths + 3 Beauty Giveaways 2016/07/09
KCON New York 2016 presented by Toyota featured over ninety booths in the outdoor convention, and many of them were beauty booths. HanCinema stopped by the booths to chat with the businesses that bring Korean beauty products and skin care to New York and the rest of the world outside beauty-forward South Korea. Let's take a look a four amazing companies that set up booths at the Prudential Center June 24 and June 25 for KCON New York 2016! Don't forget to check out the instructions at the bottom of the article to enter our giveaway. Three mystery beauty gift bags are up for grabs this go 'round,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jang Yeong-sil - Drama" Episode 5 2016/01/16
After a weird opening setpiece where Yeong-sil's personal problems and the greater political situation randomly come into violent agreement, we get a few interesting scenes of Yeong-sil trying to make a go of life with palace scientists. Yeong-sil ends up making enemies by stupidly expressing his opinion and then backing it up with factual evidence. That's a really big problem in a scientific infrastructure where qualifications are considered more relevant than facts,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites 2015/11/01
Experience the "Real" Jeju with guided walks with expert eyes, would you take you dog to a coffee shop if you could, find out why Apgujeong is the place to visit if you're into K-culture, and who's keen to run a marathon in North Korea?,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Crybaby Boxing Club" 2015/10/24
As "A Crybaby Boxing Club" opens up, we first get some important context for what it's like to be a long-term Korean resident in Japan. A significant portion of the Japanese population hates you, to the point they have marches demanding that you leave. In all fairness, they do bring up an interesting point. Why exactly would a Korean person, who fully identifies with the Korean culture, willingly choose to live in Japan some several decades after their ancestors migrated there? The answer is a simple political one. There's no such thing as Korea. There's North Korea and South Korea, but neither are the "real" Korea,...More
"Producers" experiments with 'documentary' 2015/05/07, Source 'It was like a docu-drama' is what a manager of an actor said.
The drama seems that much "Real". "Producers" that's being released on the 15th is about the real things that happen in a broadcasting station. According to various sources, there is even a story about a real KBS Producers,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Glittering Hands" 2015/04/18
Director Lee-kil Bo-ra and her brother were born into a deaf family, although they both have functional ears. "Glittering Hands", on the most basic possible level, is just a home movie of their family life. Obviously Lee-kil Bo-ra didn't plan this project from childhood, so outside of recent years she just shows us brief snippets. There's old photo albums of what her parents were like when they were younger, and the story of their courtship. Mostly though, Lee-kil Bo-ra doesn't do the talking- her parents speaks for themselves, in sign language,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "QUO VADIS" 2014/12/19
Michael Moore (played by Lee Jong-yoon) comes to Korea to get an explanation as to how the Church is doing. He then proceeds to run around trying to ambush South Korea's megachurch leaders into interviews because they're otherwise impossible to talk to. This in itself is not surprising. Scandals have rocked the larger megachurches in South Korea as of late, and there's little in the way of apparent culpability or remorse among the leadership for these actions,...More
Female singer IU rules Mnet chart for 2nd week 2010/12/21, Source
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's recent hit song "Good Day" topped cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the week of December 13 to 19, making it her second consecutive win.
"Good Day" is the title track to IU's second EP album "Real" whose lyrics is about a girl confessing her feelings to a guy. The teenage singer has won attention particularly for the high pitch she reaches at the end of the song,...More
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