[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sing Again, Hera Gu" Episode 6
By William Schwartz | Published on
Unfortunately there's not really much music this time. The main song is at the beginning, and it's more a standard music video than a real dance number. Instead, there's a lot more regarding the romance. Ray helpfully recaps us on the plot from his perspective- he came to Korea to meet his twin, but his twin is dead. His dream lives on, though, for the love of music and the love of Hera. While Ray was always on board with first plank of the plan, it's only just now that he can see the appeal of the second.
Don't expect anything too definite about whether we're actually getting a loveline in that direction though. I mean that mainly in terms of chemistry. Goodness knows the trip tries to oversell the tragedy of a missed appointment. This might have come off better except that hardly a few scenes later the story moves on to an actual tragedy. And I can't help but feel a little perturbed that no one's all that concerned about the person who just died.
Oddly enough this didn't actually bother me so much. Probably this is because "Sing Again, Hera Gu" has been so ridiculous in the past that I've just sort of innoculated myself to a certain level of tonal dissonance. That, and other subplots remain interesting enough that I don't have to shake my fist angrily at the one part of the episode that seems rather cold-hearted.
Scarlett, for example, is continuing to pester Se-jong for attention even though the guy has stated in about the most explicit terms possible that he's just not interested. Consider how this relates to the diffident way he was acting around Hera earlier in the drama. It's increasingly obvious that Se-jong's constant hesitation was a result of his trying to main a spirit of brotherly love. The guy can actually be pretty blunt when he wants to be. Which is pretty much all the time since Se-jong genuinely seems to hate his co-workers.
Take that as another high point- the general absurdity of the contract. Se-jong is slowly starting to reach the breaking point. His bosses clearly took the wrong message from Se-jong's declaration last episode and are failing to appreciate the fact that as a famous public figure, Se-jong can do all sorts of damage that doesn't necessarily violate the contract. This is perhaps why it's so easy to root for the actual main team in "Sing Again, Hera Gu" - they actually like each other. Public relations disasters are a lot easier to avoid when everyone has a good working relationship.
Review by William Schwartz
"Sing Again, Hera Gu" is directed by Ahn Joon-yeong and Kim Yong-beom, written by Je Yoon-sin, Jeong Soo-hyeon and Sin Myeong-jin and features Min Hyo-rin, Kwak Si-yang, Jin Young, Henry, Park Kwang-sun and Yoo Seong-eun.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.