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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 15

2014/12/20 | | Permalink

At first, I thought the outrageous speed with which Tae-hee is trying to set up a wedding is a little off-putting. Then I realized that, you know what, this guy loves plans. And a convoluted plan to set up a wedding on Christmas on short notice is exactly the kind of exciting convoluted prospect he can only ever hope to run into once in a lifetime. Tae-hee really is a fun protagonsit. The man's just so upbeat, so in a hurry to get the job done, because why waste a single minute of this amazing experience called life for boring dramatic reasons?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Modern Farmer" Episode 19

2014/12/20 | | Permalink

The exact details of what's happening with Yoo-na and her management company are exposed here. While this information, the story from that angle moves in about as predictable a manner as possible, once again mostly leaving our main characters right where they started. I suppose it's an improvement over the meteor storyline, since there's at least some brief discussion of backstory and also one nice scene where Yoo-na firmly gives Min-gi a piece of her mind...More

[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Lee Beom-soo

2014/12/20 | | Permalink

Maintaining a steady career in entertainment is not an easy feat. Maintaining a steady and popular career across media and earning respect is even harder. People can become stars, but stars fade. And those who usually support these stars rarely get their chance at the spotlight. However, many actors manage to find their way around these issues and earn their spot and the prestige that comes with it. Lee Beom-soo is definitely one of those actors...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Giant"

2014/12/20 | | Permalink

When considering the genres of Korean drama, melodrama is without a doubt one of the major ones. Even shows not belonging purely in it include melodramatic tropes, concepts and even tone. From the downright soapy to the romantic to the more workplace oriented, melodrama comes in many forms. "Giant" offers a mix of elements and is not without its faults, but it is also nothing short of an epic series and great display of melodrama done well...More

[HanCinema's Feature] Korea's Top Five Favorite Films of 2014

2014/12/20 | | Permalink

2015 is nigh upon us, a fresh year with its own host of hits waiting to entertain and be enjoyed. There is still a little time before 2014 passes us by, and before it does I wanted to glance back and take stock of this year's most successful spectacles and see what rose to top in terms of ticket tallies.

Last year Korean cinephiles were treated to an array of awesome attractions ("The Face Reader", "Snowpiercer", "The Attorney", "Miracle in Cell No.7"), but still Bong Joon-ho's 2003 hit "The Host" remained the nation's cash king with over 13M admissions. It would take something supremely special (historic) to rally such record-breaking support and slay this iconic stub-guzzler...More

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