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[HanCinema's News] Following Success of "Parasite" Expectations Are High for Song Kang-ho and "The King's Letters"

2019/06/25 | Permalink

While Song Kang-ho has already had a big hit this year in the form of "Parasite", his real major movie this year is "The King's Letters". Song Kang-ho will play the role of King Sejong, and depict the unseen agony and loneliness he went through for the sake of producing the Korean alphabet...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Nara Cast for "Itaewon Class"

2019/06/25 | Permalink

On June 25th jTBC confirmed that Kwon Nara was joining the cast of "Itaewon Class", an upcoming drama based on the popular webtoon of the same title. She is expected to play the role of Oh Soo-ah...More

[HanCinema's News] First Episode of "Love Playlist - Season 4" Scores Over a Million Views

2019/06/25 | Permalink

"Love Playlist - Season 4" has been attracting attention. The YouTube based drama has hit a million views in its first three days. The numbers are comparable to two other recent dramas that appear on the Playlist YouTube channel - "The Best Ending" and "A-TEEN 2". The rather tantalizing subtitle for "Playlist - Season 4" is 'The Worst Case Scenario for seeing your ex-boyfriend'...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Doing a Photoshoot in Paris

2019/06/25 | Permalink

Since the conclusion of "Her Private Life" Kim Jae-wook has been scarce. Pictures were recently released showing that the actor has been doing a photoshoot in Paris for the Spring/Summer 2020 collection of the English menswear brand Alfred Dunhill Limited...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast of "The Secret Life of My Secretary" Comments on their Experience Working on the Drama

2019/06/25 | Permalink

"The Secret Life of My Secretary" finished its run on July 25th. In the lead-up to the final episode, the main cast released comments talking about their experience on the drama, which concerns a mismatched romance between a cool tormented boss and his more lively secretary...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Yeo-jung Talks About her Work in "Parasite" and "Beautiful World"

2019/06/24 | Permalink

Jo Yeo-jung is an actress who fades in and out of public consciousness. While she had a leading role in the 2010 film "The Concubine" and the 2012 drama "Haeundae Lovers", for the most part she has built her reputation off of high profile secondary roles. This year, those roles have been the Palme d'Or winning film "Parasite" and the social consciousness oriented jTBC drama "Beautiful World"...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri Discusses her Role in "Different Dreams"

2019/06/24 | Permalink

Nam Gyu-ri's agency has released excerpts of a recent interview she has done. In the accompanying photo she can be seen wearing a white one piece dress and a short hairstyle...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-sung Confirmed Intoxicated at Time of Death

2019/06/24 | Permalink

A recent police report has confirmed that Han Ji-sung was intoxicated at the time of her death last month. The peculiar accident had Han Ji-sung stop her car in the middle of the Incheon Expressway, allegedly so that her husband could urinate. She was struck by a taxi while standing near the vehicle...More

[HanCinema's News] Media Push for Korean Summer Films Begins

2019/06/24 | Permalink

Major press conferences for the big three domestic blockbusters will be occurring one after another this week. "The King's Letters" will have its push at 11AM on June 25th at the Dongdaemun Megabox. "The Divine Fury" will hold its conference at 11AM on June 26th at the Konkuk University Lotte Cinema. "Exit - Movie" will start at 11AM on June 27th at the Apgujeong CGV...More

[HanCinema's News] Five Different Genres for Mise-en-Scene Short Film Festival's Honorary Judges

2019/06/24 | Permalink

The Mise-en-Scène Short Film Festival, which starts on June 27th, has made a point of selecting five well known actors from genre films as honorary judges. Ju Ji-hoon, Moon So-ri, Go Ah-sung, Ryu Deok-hwan, and Lee Si-young all correspond to different diverse genres in the Korean film industry today, and help emphasize the industry's breadth of genre diversity...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Black Summer"

2019/06/22 | Permalink

Ji-hyeon (played by Woo Ji-hyun) works at the film department of an unnamed university. It's mostly technical stuff, but he has creative aspirations. So it is that he meets Geon-woo (played by Lee Gun-woo-I), an actor with whom Ji-hyeon has many things in common. They're both adrift in life. They both have estranged relationships with their families. They like social drinking, but are quickly bored by conversational drinking. They're not particularly physically affectionate with their girlfriends. They're also mentally and sexually attracted to each other...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Citizen Roh"

2019/06/22 | Permalink

On February 25th South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun retired from the presidency and into private life. His administration had begun with high hopes but had ultimately been mired entirely in political gridlock. Consequently, Roh Moo-hyun was a lonely man who felt like he had failed his supporters. Weirdly enough, Roh Moo-hyun actually seems happier and more productive doing community development in his rural hometown village of Bonga than when he was in theory the most powerful man in the country, simply because he can actually see himself making tangible progress...More

[HanCinema's News] Three Korean Drama Remakes to Premiere in Japan in July

2019/06/21 | Permalink

Last year "Signal" was remade for the Japanese market, premiering in April. The time travel investigation aspect of the story was a good draw for viewers, the drama was reasonably popular in the ratings, and the Korean origin of the story was by no means obscured - BTS provided the film's opening song...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Pil-mo's Fake TV Relationship With Seo Soo-yeon Quickly Blossomed into Real Romance

2019/06/21 | Permalink

News of Seo Soo-yeon's pregnancy has further highlighted the surprising speed of her relationship with Lee Pil-mo. Originally the two met each other on the variety program 'Taste of Love'. There was clearly more going on there than the usual flirting, as was confirmed when Lee Pil-mo bluntly admitted to Seo Soo-yeon that he was thinking about marrying her...More

[HanCinema's News] "Master and Man - Movie" Heralds the Era of Madness

2019/06/21 | Permalink

Marketing has started for "Master and Man - Movie", the latest film from director David Cho that literally translates as the era of madness. The movie is set to open in theaters on July 18th, although the run is currently expected to be limited. The sexually charged drama will make most of its money through streaming...More

[HanCinema's News] JTBC's Strong Start to 2019 Turning Ambiguous

2019/06/21 | Permalink

JTBC was fortunate to start off 2019 with a major success. "SKY Castle", a drama about mothers trying to get their children into top universities, started with a meager 1.7% rating only to exceed 20% in later episodes. The drama quickly became a cultural touchpoint, and firmly established cable networks as equal competitors to their broadcast counterparts...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Se-kyung Talks About her Return to Historical Dramas

2019/06/21 | Permalink

Shin Se-kyung is returning to historical dramas with "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", where she plays a woman who struggles to be a scholar in the patriarchal Joseon era. The "Six Flying Dragons" and "Deep-rooted Tree" star recently did a photo shoot and interview in Singles where she talks about why she chose the role...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Apologizes Again for Suicide Attempt

2019/06/20 | Permalink

Content warning: The following text handles topics of depression and suicide.

On June 17th Goo Ha-ra posted a picture and comment to Instagram. The comment reads, I'm sorry and thank you. I'll work hard to show you my best self going forward...More

[HanCinema's News] Won Jin-ah Talks About her Schoolgirl Voice and "Long Live the King"

2019/06/20 | Permalink

Won Jin-ah has a big weekend ahead of her. "Long Live the King" opens at the box office. It's her first starring role in a major motion picture, as the labor right minded lawyer So-hyeon. She's been talking a lot about how to make the character work...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Pil-mo's Wife Is Pregnant

2019/06/20 | Permalink

K-star Entertainment has confirmed that Lee Pil-mo's newlywed wife is pregnant. The two were married on February 9th. The news follows unconfirmed rumors in April to the same effect...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Yoo-mi Jokes About Putting on Weight in Bridal Fitting Video

2019/06/20 | Permalink

On June 18th comedian Kang Yoo-mi uploaded a video to her YouTube channel of her doing a bridal gown fitting for her upcoming August wedding. In the video she jokes about verbally and even adds subtitles emphasizing that she's put on a bit of weight, up to 62 kilograms now...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Kap-soo Briefly Hospitalized During the Shooting of "Chief of Staff"

2019/06/20 | Permalink

Actor Kim Kap-soo was hospitalized on June 18th for a collapsed lung. The medical incident happened during the shooting of "Chief of Staff". The surgery went by easily without complications, and Kim Kap-soo was able to quickly return to work...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Do-hyun's Role on "Arthdal Chronicles" Unveiled

2019/06/19 | Permalink

Kim Do-hyun's agency, Curo Holdings, has finally revealed the identity of the character the actor is to play on "Arthal Chronicles". Starting in Part 2 of the drama, Kim Do-hyun will play the role of Shorjagin, a character in a newly formed tribe that drives much of the new conflict...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Inspires With "The Wind Blows"

2019/06/19 | Permalink

"The Wind Blows" has dramatically improved in the ratings this week, jumping from 3.88% on June 11th to 6.24% on June 18th. The spike has largely been atributed to the strength of Kim Ha-neul's acting as well as her character's arc. Mild spoilers follow...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Bomin Cast for "Melting Me Softly"

2019/06/19 | Permalink

Choi Bomin of the South Korean boy band Golden Child has been cast for the latest drama from screenwriter Baek Mi-kyeong, "Melting Me Softly". The drama has attracted considerable interest, as it will be the first project for lead actor Ji Chang-wook since his return from mandatory military service...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Yeon-soo Inspires Criticism With Instagram Remarks

2019/06/19 | Permalink

Ha Yeon-soo has once again upset fans with her attitude on Instagram. On June 18th, she put up a picture of a traditional wall scroll, saying that it was for sale and that it had been made last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Im Si-wan Accused of Getting Special Treatment During Mandatory Military Service

2019/06/19 | Permalink

On June 17th a commenter who claimed to have spent eight months in the same unit as celebrity Im Si-wan made a social media post about the celebrity. He prefaced his statements by writing that he's not sure how harsh this sounds, but that he isn't interested in discussing the matter further with reporters or anyone else beyond this one comment...More

[HanCinema's News] North Korean News Site DPRK Today Responds to "Parasite"

2019/06/18 | Permalink

On June 18th the North Korean news site DPRK Today published a piece praising "Parasite". Specifically, the piece claims that the film is an excellent dramatization of the corruption inherent in capitalist culture, where lower classes have to live without hope or future...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho Photographed on his Way to France

2019/06/18 | Permalink

On June 18th Lee Min-ho arrived at Incheon International Airport in order to go to France and do some work for Berluti. South Korean media was on hand to photograph the event...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS Dramas in a Slump

2019/06/18 | Permalink

Following the exceptional performance of "The Fiery Priest", which hit ratings of 20%, SBS now finds itself in a slump. All three of its evening prestige dramas put together, "The Secret Life of My Secretary", "Absolute Boyfriend", and "The Nokdu Flower", are barely managing half that performance...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Set to Begin Part 2 Among Uncertainty

2019/06/18 | Permalink

"Arthdal Chronicles" was first pitched and promoted as being a story to be told in three parts, each one six episodes long. Now that the first six episodes have ended and "Arthdal Chronicles" is set to begin part two, uncertainty abounds as to whether the drama will be able to maintain viewers or whether they will take advantage of the break to simply give up watching entirely...More

[HanCinema's News] So Ji-sub Denies Real Estate Transaction Related to Upcoming Marriage

2019/06/18 | Permalink

Following reports that So Ji-sub purchased a five million dollar home back in November, speculation was prompt suggesting that So Ji-sub was already planning for marriage even back then...More

[HanCinema's News] January to May Period of 2019 Best Ever at South Korean Box Office

2019/06/17 | Permalink

In a report released on June 17th the Korean Film Council revealed that the January to May period of 2019 was the best ever for the South Korean box office, with record ticket sales of 86.47 million. This is a small, but noticeable uptick from 2018's 81.25 million sales, as well as 2017's 82.1 million sales, and particularly 2016's 77.6 million sales...More

[HanCinema's News] First Lee Byung-hun and Now Kim Tae-hee Have Bought Houses in the United States

2019/06/17 | Permalink

First Lee Byung-hun bought a two million dollar house in Los Angeles. Now, Kim Tae-hee has also bought a two million dollar house in Irvine. Speculation has been mounting as to why, or whether these two high profile real estate transactions are mere coincidence...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Wins Top Award at the Sydney Film Festival

2019/06/17 | Permalink

Following his Palme d'Or win director Bong Joon-ho has had another successful outing at the Sydney Film Festival. "Parasite" won the top prize there, earning him a cash prize of around forty thousand dollars...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Underperforms Its 45 Million Dollar Budget

2019/06/17 | Permalink

On June 15th "Arthdal Chronicles" hit its lowest point yet in the ratings, 5.787% in its fifth episode. Even granting its rebound to 7.226% the following night, the drama's performance has been quite poor relative to the high quantity of money invested in it...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Sung-yoon Appears in "I Am Not a Robot"

2019/06/17 | Permalink

Jang Sung-yoon's Instagram

Jang Sung-yoon is currently appearing in the Naver tcvast webdrama "I Am Not a Robot". The actress has most notably appeared in "SKY Castle", where she played the younger version of lead character Han
Seo-jin, who was played by Yum Jung-ah...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Boy and Sungreen"

2019/06/15 | Permalink

Boy (played by Ahn Ji-ho) is the kind of sensitive young man who is deeply affected by emotional moments in strange independent films. Sungreen (played by Kim Joo-ah) is the kind of outspoken young woman who wants to create such moments herself in her own films, even as Sungreen sleeps through the ones she actually watches. Together, they get wrapped up in a mystery that begins to consume all their spare time...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "0.0MHz"

2019/06/15 | Permalink

So-hee (played by Jung Eun-ji) is a young woman working as a barista who's trying her best to avoid thinking about her shamanistic background. Alas, cute shy boy Sang-yeop (played by Lee Sung-yeol) manages to talk her into going on a location shoot at a rundown yet legendary location for malicious spiritual possession. Bad things can be safely predicted whenever the local frequency goes down to "0.0MHz" although it takes some time for our plucky band of five to figure this out...More

[HanCinema's News] MBC's Evening Dramas Playing It Safe in Terms of Content and Getting Safe Results

2019/06/14 | Permalink

In MBC's current 9:00 weekday evening drama block, two very different strategies are at play. On one end, "Investigation Partners Season 2" is anchored by rough chemistry, as its leads seeks to unravel grisly cases and work together as a team. At the other end, "One Spring Night" shows off sweet chemistry, working more traditionally as a romance...More

[HanCinema's News] "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" Building up Hype

2019/06/14 | Permalink

The latest drama from Channel A, "Love Affairs in the Afternoon" has been building up a lot of interest. Part of this is just due to the deliberately racy content and promotional images. Of course, a lot of this marketing is probably reasonably accurate. The drama represents a bold stride by Channel A into the dramamaking business, within which it is not well known...More

[HanCinema's News] May Box Office Best Ever for Domestic South Korean Films

2019/06/14 | Permalink

The Korean Film Council just released their full report about May at the South Korean box office. According to the report, May 2019 was the best May ever for Korean films at the South Korean box office. The total number of patrons for May this year was 8.61 million, a 69.1% jump from last year...More

[HanCinema's News] SBS Expected to Experience Upswing Over Next Few Months

2019/06/14 | Permalink

SBS stock has become a hot commodity for investors due to its frequently undulating performance. More than other networks SBS's financial performance is heavily tied to whatever dramas or variety shows it is airing right now. Though relatively weak at the moment, there is cause for optimism in SBS's upcoming schedule...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Nam-gil to Hold First Fan Meeting in Seven Years

2019/06/14 | Permalink

On June 13th C-JeS Entertainment announced on SNS that Kim Nam-gil will be holding a fan meeting on this coming June 29th. The post also asked fans what they wanted from the event, and for their own personal situations, as it was being held for their benefit. Seats will be awarded according to simple applications that can be filed between June 14th and June 21st...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Jin-young Photographed at Press Event for "Chief of Staff"

2019/06/13 | Permalink

In anticipation of "Chief of Staff" beginning on June 14th, the production company held a press conference on June 13th at the Imperial Palace Hotel in the Nonhyun section of Gangnam...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrities Celebrate South Korea's Advancement to U-20 World Cup Final

2019/06/13 | Permalink

The mood on South Korean social media has been very ebullient following South Korea's victory over Ecuador in the U-20 World Cup Semifinals. As they face Ukraine in the finals on June 15th, celebrities have been expressing their support...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin Talk More About Women

2019/06/13 | Permalink

On the SBS variety show 'Master in the House' Lee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin have been talking a lot about relationships. Lee Seung-gi talked about how they seem very difficult, and how it seems like a long time since he spoke to a woman on the phone...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun at Home

2019/06/13 | Permalink

Following the opening of her exhibition 'A World Without You is Darkness for Me' more attention is being paid to Ku Hye-sun's home life. Ku Hye-sun has discussed how the title (but not the original concept) of the exhibition was prompted by the death of her dog...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Is Back in Seoul

2019/06/13 | Permalink

Following a vacation with his personal staff and his girlfriend, Jin Ah-reum, after the end of "Doctor Prisoner", Namgoong Min has returned to South Korea...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Gun-joo of "The Best Ending" Cast for "Suddenly One Day"

2019/06/12 | Permalink

MBC has confirmed that Jung Gun-joo, who achieved popularity last month for his work in the webdrama "The Best Ending", has been cast for "Suddenly One Day". The new drama, which is planned to release in September, centers around high school student Dan-oh (played by Kim Hye-yoon) and how she inspires romance in a private cram school...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Has Strongest Korean Opening Ever at the French Box Office

2019/06/12 | Permalink

On June 12th CJ ENM released figures stating that over the five day period from its release on June 5th to June 9th "Parasite" sold 259,737 tickets in the French market. This places the film as the second highest performing one in France over that time period, second to 'Dark Phoenix', which sold a little less than twice that many tickets...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bong-sik Cast for "Hell Is Other People"

2019/06/12 | Permalink

Hyun Bong-sik has been cast for "Hell Is Other People", the latest thriller from OCN. The drama is based on a popular webtoon about a strange dormitory complex in Seoul. The drama has attracted strong attention, as Im Si-wan and Lee Dong-wook have been cast in the lead roles...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Tops Good Data Report for Dramas, "One Spring Night" for Actors

2019/06/12 | Permalink

"Arthdal Chronicles" is enjoying its second straight week on top of the Good Data report. Since its premiere on June 1st "Arthdal Chronicles" has attracted considerable attention in social media metrics. This particular report was based on data collected from the period spanning June 3rd to June 9th...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Discusses her Life and her Departed Dog at Art Exhibition

2019/06/12 | Permalink

Though highly acclaimed as an actress, Ku Hye-sun has suffered much criticism for her work as an author, a director, and now an artist. But then, her motto from ten years ago has been to work artistically through the power of denial, which she continues with her new exhibition at the Jinsan Gallery in the Mapo district of Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Embroiled in Plagiarism Controversy

2019/06/11 | Permalink

Following an investigation by the SBS News Program 'Curious Stories Y' Yoon Ji-oh is under suspicion of having plagiarized art for her book 'The Thirteenth Witness'. Investigators for 'Curious Stories Y' found the tiger illustration that appears in the third edition of the book to be very suspiciously similar to this image by artist Peter Finnie, which is available for sale on a stock photo website...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Faces Controversy Over Favorable Screening Treatment

2019/06/11 | Permalink

After twelve days of availability in wide release, "Parasite" has amassed 7.2 million admissions. Though impressive, the film has nonetheless come under fire for receiving unusually high representation in screenings following its Palme d'Or win, which may have artifically improved its box office performance, as consumers did not have other options in favorable timeslots...More

[HanCinema's News] Sun-Woo Sun to Get Married in July

2019/06/11 | Permalink

Multiple sources have confirmed that Sun-Woo Sun is getting married on July 14th at the New Hilltop Hotel in the Gangnam district of Seoul. The 44-year-old bride to be will be marrying Lee Soo-min, an action choreographer, who is described as having a warm heart...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi Posts Instagram Photo of Himself With Dog

2019/06/11 | Permalink

On June 11th actor Lee Seung-gi posted an Instagram photo of himself with his pet dog Perro on a big grassy roof. Lee Seung-gi is well known among his fans for his love of this dog, and frequently discusses Perro in media appearances...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Seung-gi Talks With Lee Seo-jin About Relationships

2019/06/11 | Permalink

On June 9th Lee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin discussed relationships on the SBS variety show 'Master in the House'. The conversation was prompted by Lee Seo-jin's plans to soon go to the Aomori prefecture in Japan. Lee Seo-jin looked out the window and talked about how love was only for three months, and about how it was better to pass life by as friends as the other housemates laughed...More

[HanCinema's News] Suzy Tops DCInside Poll of Which Celebrity Looks the Best When They Wake up Without Makeup

2019/06/11 | Permalink

The results of the latest 'Exciting DC' celebrity poll have been released. This time the query was, which celebrity do you think is the most lovely when they wake up in the morning without makeup? The winner was Suzy, with 29.4% of the total vote...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Dry Sex Scene Inspiring Controversy Given Film's 15 Age Rating

2019/06/10 | Permalink

Following another strong weekend where "Parasite" cracked the seven million viewer mark ",Parasite" has come under controversy for its favorable age limit rating of fifteen. This is in spite of a scene that involves dry humping, which is commented on in-film as being inappropriate for a child to watch...More

[HanCinema's News] Joo Woo-jae Wins Modeling Award

2019/06/10 | Permalink

Joo Woo-jae, a model who has recently started to become more involved as an actor, recently won the 2019 Asian Modeling Award for Best New Actor...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Yun-seok and Jo in-sung Considering Ryoo Seung-hwan's New Movie "Escape"

2019/06/10 | Permalink

On June 10th persons close to Kim Yun-seok and Jo In-sung have said that they are positively considering signing on for director Ryoo Seung-hwan's new movie "Escape". This would be the first collaboration between the actors, and also their first appearance in a Ryoo Seung-hwan film...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Eun-chae Rumored for "The King: Forever Sovereign"

2019/06/10 | Permalink

Jung Eun-chae's Instagram

On June 10th a person representing Jung Eun-chae confirmed that the actress was considering accepting a role in "The King: Forever Sovereign". The process is still in early stages - Jung Eun-chae had attended meetings and accepted materials relevant to the project, but neither side has expressed a definite sign of interest...More

[HanCinema's News] "Joseon Survival" Starts Out With 1.25% Ratings

2019/06/10 | Permalink

The new TV Chosun drama "Joseon Survival" premiered over the weekend and drew in ratings of 1.255% on Saturday night and a slight increase to 1.288% on Sunday night. Though these ratings may look poor, "Joseon Survival" aired in the late night 10:50 PM timeslot, which has historically always had trouble attracting high ratings...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Goodbye My Love, NK"

2019/06/08 | Permalink

Following the Korean War young ambitious North Korean communists who had managed to survive the war were on the prowl for educational opportunities abroad, which the North Korean government gladly facilitated. Eight such Koreans went to attend the Moscow Film School so that they could learn how to make proper revolutionary film. But their situation takes a turn for the strange after the August Faction Incident in 1956, when political purges back home mostly nullify any chance they have of going back to North Korea...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Long Live the King"

2019/06/08 | Permalink

Se-chool (played by Kim Rae-won) is a gangster who is obviously in the wrong movie. Rather than just do his job, and break up the labor strike in Mokpo port, Se-chool instead decides to try and impress labor organizer So-hyeon (played by Won Jin-ah) and Bo-yoon (played by Choi Moo-sung), a respected working class man who's running for the legislature. They are naturally perplexed by Se-chool's dogged efforts to prove that he is a very nice guy...More

[HanCinema's News] The Cast of "Parasite" Discuss the Film's Strong Points

2019/06/07 | Permalink

"Parasite" continues its powerful streak at the South Korean box office. Viewers for the film make up half the reservations going into the weekend, where the movie is sure to break the seven million viewer mark. While much attention has been paid to the influence of director Bong Joon-ho, the film's strong cast have their own opinions as to why the movie is doing wel...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo in-sung to Attend Lotte Cultureworks Screenings of "The King"

2019/06/07 | Permalink

Actor Jo In-sung has been announced as the next special guest for Lotte Cultureworks' 'Happy Ending Star Chair' program. The purpose of the program is to connect actors with spectators through watching one of the actor's movies together. The program will take place at 7:00 PM at Lotte World Tower in southeast Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Eun-ji's Debut Film as a Director, "Not the Lips" Begins Filming

2019/06/07 | Permalink

On June 4th "Not the Lips" began filming. The film is Jo Eun-ji's debut as a director. It stars Ryu Seung-ryong as a successful author in his late forties who is currently in a slump and Oh Na-ra as an aspiring author in her early forties...More

[HanCinema's News] "Abyss" Failing to Meet High Expectations

2019/06/07 | Permalink

"Abyss" began its run with a strong cast headed by Park Bo-young and Ahn Hyo-seop with an equally intriguing concept revolving around soul swapping, revitalization, and criminal investigations. But since showing strong 3.858% ratings with its first episode, by the tenth episode "Abyss" had sagged down to 2.251%, its worst performance to date...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-ho Makes Special Appearance in "Search: WWW"

2019/06/07 | Permalink

As "Search: WWW" begins its run a familiar face can be seen acting in a villainous role. Choi Jin-ho, who played a malicious bureaucrat in "Mr. Sunshine", now plays a similar role in "Search: WWW" as the sinister lawmaker Seung-tae, who takes an interest in the working Internet search engines for the sake of smearing political opponents...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Media Captures Park Min-young on her Way Out of the Country

2019/06/05 | Permalink

On June 5th Park Min-young left South Korea for Los Angeles to do a photo shoot with Marie Claire magazine. South Korean media was on hand to take pictures of the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Character Correlation Chart for "Perfume"

2019/06/05 | Permalink

Interest has been building up about the new KBS2 drama "Perfume". To help keep track of the many characters in the drama, KBS2 has released a character correlation chart. The chart refers only to the names of the characters, and not those of the actors...More

[HanCinema's News] October Wedding Rumored for Kim Min-joon and G-Dragon's Sister

2019/06/05 | Permalink

Following the revelation that Kim Min-joon has been dating G-Dragon's sister, speculation is mounting about the timing. While Kim Min-joon's agency quickly acknowledged the relationship following its revelation on an SBS Entertainment News program, they also said that they were being careful, because G-Dragon's sister is considered a normal person and not a celebrity...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Has Renewed Interest in Other Bong Joon-ho Films

2019/06/05 | Permalink

In a statement released on June 5th a representative from the online streaming service Watcha Play claimed that in the top five movies requested between June 1st and June 3rd, three films from director Bong Joon-ho have emerged in the top five. "Mother - 2009", "Memories of Murder" and "Snowpiercer" were those movies...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" Making Impact Internationally

2019/06/05 | Permalink

Following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" has been moving around on positive word of mouth internationally. Rights to screen the film have been sold to 174 countries and the movie is also making the rounds on film festivals throughout the summer...More

[HanCinema's News] "A Place in the Sun" Experiences Ratings Drop After "Left-handed Wife"

2019/06/04 | Permalink

In its first day "A Place in the Sun" achieved ratings of 10.4%. This marks a significant drop from its predecessor, "Left-handed Wife", and its final episode's ratings of 15.8%, especially considering that "A Place in the Sun" has the benefit of Oh Chang-suk as a leading man...More

[HanCinema's News] Osan Promoting Itself as Shooting Location for "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/06/04 | Permalink

On June 3rd the city of Osan started promoting "Arthdal Chronicles" styled tours on its homepage. Much of "Arthdal Chronicles" was filmed in the northwestern part of Osan, and a tour of the various shooting locations takes roughly five hours...More

[HanCinema's News] Ku Hye-sun Mourns Passing of Ahn Jae-hyun's Maternal Grandfather

2019/06/04 | Permalink

On June 4th Ku Hye-sun posted a photo from her wedding reception on Instagram. While the individual faces are difficult to make out, it is clear that one of the elderly men in the picture is Ahn Jae-hyun's maternal grandfather. The picture is captioned, "I love you, grandpa"...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind the Title of "Perfume"

2019/06/04 | Permalink

The word "Perfume" refers to a pleasant fragrance that is applied in sprinkled liquid form, usually to a person. This is fairly straightforward in English, but in the original Korean the drama's title is not a standard Korean word. It's a directly translated English cognate, that is pronounced more like 'peo-pyum' to better accomodate its presence in the Korean alphabet...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Won-hee Suspected of Having Had Plastic Surgery in the Last Year

2019/06/04 | Permalink

Following her reemergence as the lead character in the new drama "Perfume" Go Won-hee is suspected of having gotten plastic surgery done for the part. Her eyes, specifically, are alleged to have a different appearance compared to what Go Won-hee looked like in "Your House Helper" and "Laughter in Waikiki" last year...More

[HanCinema's News] "Arthdal Chronicles" Set to Premiere With Over Sixty Branded Products

2019/06/03 | Permalink

While "Arthdal Chronicles" only started airing on June 1st, the success of the drama is so presumed that the production has already arranged over sixty collaboration deals with various companies to make branded products. On June 3rd it was announced that these products would be unveiled on June 10th...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Sends Message to Fans in Instagram Post About End of "Her Private Life"

2019/06/03 | Permalink

On June 1st Kim Jae-wook posted a picture and message to Instagram. In a caption, he talks about how he was happy to have lived for three months as Ryan Gold in the drama "Her Private Life"...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min and Jin Ah-reum Vacation in Hawaii

2019/06/03 | Permalink

Namgoong Min's Instagram and Jin Ah-reum's Instagram

Following the conclusion of his popular drama "Doctor Prisoner" Namgoong Min has set off to Hawaii for a well-deserved vacation with his girlfriend, Jin Ah-reum. The two have been posting photos of themselves on Instagram in regards to this traveling...More

[HanCinema's News] Megabox Announces English Subtitled "Parasite" Screenings in Seoul

2019/06/03 | Permalink

Last weekend was huge for "Parasite", as the Palme d'Or winner cracked over three million admissions at the domestic box office. Because of the movie's didactic reputation distribution companies are already preparing for a possible second wind from both word of mouth and interested repeat consumers...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Hye-won Cast for "Designated Survivor: 60 Days"

2019/06/03 | Permalink

On June 3rd King Kong by Starship Entertainment announced that Oh Hye-won would be appearing in the upcoming drama "Designated Survivor: 60 Days". The drama is about a national emergency wherein environmental minister Park Moo-jin (played by Ji Jin-hee) has to take control over the country when all his outranking superiors are killed in an explosion...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Parasite"

2019/06/01 | Permalink

The term "Parasite" is an inherently disgusting one. It calls to mind a lower organism that sucks off the life energy of a superior one. But biologically speaking parasites aren't so bad. In fact, they often have symbiotic relationships with their hosts, providing useful benefits in exchange for resources the host isn't even using. So it is with the lower class family in "Parasite" who worm themselves into the lives of a wealthy family so as to escape the drudgery that comes with having to fold pizza boxes for a living...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fatal Intuition"

2019/06/01 | Permalink

Jang-woo (played by Joo Won) and his younger sister Eun-ji (played by Ryu Hye-young) are drifters who wander about the southeastern region of South Korea in search of work. Jang-woo tends to self-sabotage these efforts either by being overly protective of Eun-ji or overly paranoid of the locals and more typically a combination of both. Then they meet Si-eun (played by Lee Yoo-young), a woman who possesses supernatural predictive powers and the unfortunate destiny that implies...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Boasts Commanding 568,107 Viewers after First Day at Box Office

2019/05/31 | Permalink

Figures released by the Korean Film Council show that "Parasite" is doing extremely well at the South Korean box office in the wake of its Palme d'Or win at the Cannes Film Festival. "Parasite" has sold 568,107 tickets solely off of its opening Thursday...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Go-eun, Lee Ji-ah and Han Ji-min Attend Choo Ja-hyun's Wedding

2019/05/31 | Permalink

On May 30th Kim Go-eun uploaded some photos to Instagram of her attending Choo Ja-hyun's wedding. Lee Ji-ah and Han Ji-min can also be seen in the pictures. Attached to the pictures is the comment from Kim Go-eun, that the event was so beautiful...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Caps Off Successful Run of "Her Private Life"

2019/05/31 | Permalink

On May 30th "Her Private Life" finished its run. Ryan Gold (played by Kim Jae-wook) overcomes his trauma and is able to start his writing work again. Through his love of Deok-mi (played by Park Min-young) he is able to live happily. While this is the end of a two month journey for Ryan Gold, for Kim Jae-wook, it's only the beginning of a significant career shift...More

[HanCinema's News] "0.0MHz" Opens as First South Korean Horror Film of the Year

2019/05/31 | Permalink

While overshadowed by the commanding performance of "Parasite" on its opening day, "0.0MHz" is creating its own niche as the first domestic South Korean horror film of the year. The movie is based off of a webtoon of the same title...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young Caps Off Successful Run of "Her Private Life"

2019/05/31 | Permalink

Park Min-young's prowess as a leading actress in a romantic comedy was once again proven with "Her Private Life". The drama, which ended on May 30th, starred Park Min-young in the title role as a curator who is an otaku in her free time...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin-I Shows off Traditional Korean Fashion in the United States

2019/05/30 | Permalink

On May 27th Kim Hyo-jin-I appeared at a Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetary in the United States. She was the star model of the Lee Soon Hwa Hanbok Fashion Show that took place that day...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Urges Sympathy for Refugees

2019/05/30 | Permalink

Jung Woo-sung's Instagram

Jung Woo-sung has been outspoken lately in his role as South Korean representative for migrant issues at the Seoul branch of the United Nations. He held a press conference and made statements about Rohingya refugees from Myanmar...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ji-tae Appears at Event Aimed to Provide Safe Drinking Water in Rwanda

2019/05/30 | Permalink

The international relief organization Worldvision in coordination with the Korea Ginseng Corporation have held a convention on providing safe drinking water to Rwanda. Yoo Ji-tae was present at the event, and offered his support...More

[HanCinema's News] Figures Indicate "One Spring Night" May Follow "Her Private Life" as Popular in Online Screenings

2019/05/30 | Permalink

On May 30th figures released by CJ ENM offer a glimpse of how the drama market is changing so as not to be driven entirely by terrestrial ratings. In the figures, "Her Private Life" can be seen as having a commanding cumulative twelve million petitions for rewatch over its first three weeks, with the second and third weeks showing dramatic increases...More

[HanCinema's News] Lead Cast of "Her Private Life" Comments on the Drama's End

2019/05/30 | Permalink

"Her Private Life" ended on May 30th. To commemorate the event the various cast members of the drama had their photos taken while holding up the final scripts...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Bong Joon-ho Working Late Nights to Promote "Parasite"

2019/05/29 | Permalink

On May 29th director Bong Joon-ho gave an interview discussing his return from the Cannes Film Festival. Straightaway Bong Joon-ho noted that the atmosphere for the returning cast and crew felt more like that of a successful sports team than of filmmakers. There were more reporters than he was expecting...More

[HanCinema's News] Choo Ja-hyun Wedding Coincides With Son's First Birthday

2019/05/29 | Permalink

While Choo Ja-hyun made big news with the public release of her wedding photoshoot, the delayed ceremony is only a confirmation of her preexisting relationship with Yu Xiaoguang. The two registered themselves as married back in January of 2017 and had a son in June of last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin Posts Photo of Her Son on Instagram

2019/05/29 | Permalink

On May 29th Kim Hyo-jin posted a photo of her son on Instagram. In the picture he can be seen fiddling with a sliver of clover. According to the caption, he is trying to fashion it into a ring...More

[HanCinema's News] Other Celebrities Offer Encouragement and Support to Goo Ha-ra in Wake of Suicide Attempt

2019/05/29 | Permalink

Goo Ha-ra's Instagram

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Following Goo Ha-ra's cryptic "Goodbye" message on May 26th other celebrities were seen chiming in to encourage Goo Ha-ra to have a more hopeful outlook. Han Jung-soo, Yoo Ho-jin-I, and Bada were all major names to reach out to her quickly...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ha-neul Returns With "The Wind Blows"

2019/05/29 | Permalink

Kim Ha-neul, the Queen of Melos as she has been nicknamed, has returned to the small screen with "The Wind Blows". This marks her first drama appearance in three years, the last one being "Road to the Airport" in 2016.

Kim Ha-neul first started her career off as a model in 1996, eventually obtaining a debut as the lead actress in "Bye June" back in 1998. The movie did not do well, but after a popular appearance in the music video 'To Heaven' by Jo Sung Mo her profile improved dramatically...More

[HanCinema's News] Lawmaker Praises Class Consciousness and Contractual Regularity in "Parasite"

2019/05/28 | Permalink

South Korean parliamentary representative Shin Dong-geun praised "Parasite" on April 28th. In a statement he said that the movie was a proper exposition of the real circumstances of laborers in South Korea who struggle with insufficient finances...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Apologizes to Fans for Suicide Attempt

2019/05/28 | Permalink

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On May 28th Goo Ha-ra sent a message to her fans through the Japanese periodical Sankei Sports. Goo Ha-ra stated that she had caused a bit of a ruckus and apologized to her fans for making them worry about her...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Bong Joon-ho Discusses "Parasite" at Press Conference

2019/05/28 | Permalink

Fresh off of winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, director Bong Joon-ho appeared at a press conference on May 28th in anticipation of "Parasite"'s May 30th domestic release in South Korea.

Director Bong Joon-ho talked about the long career his journey has taken, mentioning how his career started some twenty five years ago when he directed a short omnibus film about eccentric class conflict. Bong Joon-ho described "Parasite" as an evolution of his thoughts on that matter, about the eternal struggle between rich and poor...More

[HanCinema's News] "One Spring Night" knocks "Her Private Life" from top of Good Data Report

2019/05/28 | Permalink

After a slow start "One Spring Night" is quickly accumulating excellent buzz. The Wednesday/Thursday MBC drama ranked at the top of the latest Good Data report, which analyzed social media trends in dramas for the fourth week of May. Lead actors Han Ji-min and Jung Hae-in ranked in the first and second spots for individual performers...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Joo-bin Finds Agency Representation

2019/05/28 | Permalink

Yoon Joo-bin has signed a contract with Sidus HQ. The news follows a strong positive reception to Yoon Joo-bin's appearance on the music program 'King of Masked Singer', where various incognito Korean celebrities do musical setpieces before an audience and studio panel who can only speculate as to who is under the mask...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Seventh South Korean Film to Be Honored at Cannes Film Festival

2019/05/27 | Permalink

"Parasite" made history at the Cannes Film Festival this year by winning the Plame d'Or. Although "Parasite" was the first South Korean film to be granted the festival's highest honor, it is the seventh South Korean film to be granted some honor...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Survives Suicide Attempt Thanks to Quick Action

2019/05/27 | Permalink

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Fans were in shock when Goo Ha-ra posted the cryptic message 'Goodbye' on her SNS at 12:40 in the morning on May 26th. Goo Ha-ra's manager immediately tried to get in touch with her, failed, then hurried to her home where she found Goo Ha-ra unconscious on the floor amidst the remnants of smoke. Goo Ha-ra was quickly moved to the hospital. Her manager described Goo Ha-ra as having shown recent symptoms of depression...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Wooshik Posts Black-And-White Photo With Bong Joon-ho After Palme D'Or Win

2019/05/27 | Permalink

On May 26th Choi Wooshik unveiled a black-and-white photo of himself with director Bong Joon-ho of "Parasite" on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The photo is captioned, 'extremely cool'...More

[HanCinema's News] Projections for "Parasite" at Domestic Box Office Improve Following Palme D'Or Win

2019/05/27 | Permalink

Following the unexpected victory of "Parasite" at the Cannes Film Festival, box office prospects for the film in South Korea have improved substantially. A representative from CJ ENM has compared the movie's current reservation rates to "Train to Busan" and "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" in terms of pre-release vigor...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-sun Apologizes Eight Months Too Late

2019/05/27 | Permalink

On May 27th Han Ji-sun sent a message through her agency. Han Ji-sun said that she had prayed for forgiveness from the taxi driver and his passengers. Han Ji-sun also said that she was reflecting on what she had done. This was her first public apology for the incident over the last eight months...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "KIM-GUN"

2019/05/25 | Permalink

In 2015 a South Korean right-wing group claims that some six hundred demonstrates in the Gwangju Uprising were actual North Korean special forces operatives. This conclusion was arrived at through digital facial analysis software. So begins the search for the titular "KIM-GUN", one distinctive young man from those pictures whose apparently unknown identity is used as proof of concept for the conspiracy theory...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Untouchable Lawmen"

2019/05/25 | Permalink

Seong-gi (played by Jang Gwang) is the charismatic leader of an extremely goofy cult that combines grandiloquent religious sermons with vaguely sexy Kpop inspired dances. South Korean police are at a loss as to the best way to deal with Seong-gi's awesome political powers. So they fight fire with fire, enlisting bombastic fighter cop Jeong-jin (played by Im Chang-jung) and horndog lover cop Yoo-min (played by Choi Daniel) to take Song-gi down. Conveniently, since both Jeong-jin and Yoo-min are loose cannons, their questionable methods can be easily disavowed...More

[HanCinema's News] Beauty Queen Heo Eun to Appear in "Angel's Last Mission: Love"

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Heo Eun has been confirmed to appear in "Angel's Last Mission: Love". The news follows Heo Eun's successful run as Secretary Yoo on the popular daily drama "Get Out of the Way, Fate"...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ji-sun fired from "The Secret Life of My Secretary"

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Following prolonged outrage over her drunken abuse of a taxi driver, Han Ji-sun has left "The Secret Life of My Secretary". The assault incident occurred last September when she hailed a taxi in the Gangnam district of Seoul outside of a movie theater. She then proceeded to attack the driver upon entering...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew of "Parasite" to Appear at Stage Greetings in Seoul

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Following critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, the cast and crew will appear at stage greetings in Seoul on June 1st and 2nd next weekend to promote "Parasite"...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Relaxes Following the End of "Doctor Prisoner"

2019/05/24 | Permalink

Following interviews where he emphasized the difficult working schedule of "Doctor Prisoner", Namgoong Min is, true to his word, relaxing and spending time with old friends...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Ye-ryun Coming Out in Public Again After Giving Birth

2019/05/24 | Permalink

On May 24th Cha Ye-ryun, along with Han Chae-young and Son Tae-young, attended the opening anniversary event of the Vunque flagship store in Gangnam. South Korean media was on hand to document the event in photographs...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Hye-sun's Training for her Role as a Ballerina in "Angel's Last Mission: Love"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

In "Angel's Last Mission: Love" Shin Hye-sun plays the fallen ballerina, Yeon-seo, who becomes blinded in an accident. But before the drama gets to that part, Shin Hye-sun can be seen doing her own stunts in various ballet scenes...More

[HanCinema's News] "Angel's Last Mission: Love" Criticized for Poor Computer Graphics

2019/05/23 | Permalink

While a ratings success so far and the top drama in its timeslot, "Angel's Last Mission: Love" has been criticized for its computer graphics. A scene where the titular angel, played by L, goes underwater after a submerged vehicle has been a particular sore spot for its apparently crude design...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Down to 62 Kilograms Following "Doctor Prisoner"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

In an interview Namgoong Min has described "Doctor Prisoner" as being a long journey, and how he had lived his life as the titular doctor for the last seven months ever since he got a hold of the first script. Apparently there have been health consequences to this obsession, as Namgoong Min has also said his weight had gotten down to 62 kilograms...More

[HanCinema's News] "One Spring Night" Compared to "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

Since the conception of "One Spring Night" as a project it has been compared to "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" as a possible spiritual successor project. After all, both dramas share the same lead actor, Jung Hae-in, and the same director, Ahn Pan-seok. Both dramas have similar themes of a happy present day compared to an ambivalent romantic future - "One Spring Night" is only really missing Son Ye-jin to top it all off...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Yoo-jin, Ki Do-hoon, and Nam Gi-ae Join "Catch the Ghost!"

2019/05/23 | Permalink

Casting details are emerging about "Catch the Ghost!", which will air on tvN sometime in August. The drama stars Moon Geun-young and Kim Seon-ho as subway police officers caught up in supernatural shenanigans...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Bo-ah to Hold Fan Signing Event

2019/05/22 | Permalink

On May 24th Jo Bo-ah is scheduled to hold a fan-signing event at the Seongseo Homeplus in Daegu. The event is being sponsored by the women's clothing brand Love Soos, for whom Jo Bo-ah is a model...More

[HanCinema's News] Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin Reunite Their Careers With "Emergency Love Landing"

2019/05/22 | Permalink

Fans have been pining for Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin to take the stage together in a romance ever since a real-life romantic relationship was rumored after their appearance together in the 2018 film "The Negotiation". With the announcement of their involvement in "Emergency Love Landing", that's exactly what's going to happen...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Seung-ho Considers Appearing in "Superstar Miss Lee"

2019/05/22 | Permalink

On May 22nd Yoo Seung-ho's agency, Base Company, announced that the actor is currently mulling over an offer to star in "Superstar Miss Lee". The planned drama is based off of a webtoon of the same title, where the plot revolves around soul swapping between the female protagonist and an actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Joon-sang Holds Hands With his Kids At the Airport

2019/05/22 | Permalink

On May 22nd Hong Eun-hee posts a picture on Instagram of her husband, Yoo Joon-sang, holding the hands of their two children as they walk through the airport. Though his face is not visible, the outlines of Yoo Joon-sang's distinctive haircut are clearly visible...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min, From Modest Beginnings to Villain to Anti-hero

2019/05/22 | Permalink

The last couple of weeks have marked a breather for Namgoong Min. The dedicated actor wrapped up a successful run on "Doctor Prisoner" and is now considering his next project. The famously meticulous Namgoong Min has also been interviewed about his career to date...More

[HanCinema's News] Bae Hae-sun Makes Special Appearance on "The Secret Life of My Secretary"

2019/05/21 | Permalink

Bae Hae-sun has made a special appearance on "The Secret Life of My Secretary". In the drama she plays a brief, but critical role as Doctor Park, a neurology specialist from the United States who checks in on the mental condition of the lead character Dominic, who is played by Kim Young-kwang...More

[HanCinema's News] How So Ji-sub and Jo Eun-jung First Met

2019/05/21 | Permalink

On May 21st the SBS Entertainment News program 'One Night' released behind the scenes footage of the first known meeting between So Ji-sub and Jo Eun-jung. They met at the time for work reasons - Jo Eun-jung was interviewing So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jin for their then-upcoming movie "Be with You"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Go-eun to Quit Language School in Los Angeles to Prepare for "The King: Forever Sovereign"

2019/05/21 | Permalink

Early this year Kim Go-eun started going to a foreign language school in Los Angeles. This was made possible by her relatively light schedule as of late. Since "Goblin" finished back in 2016, Kim Go-eun's only projects have been the movie "Sunset in My Hometown" and the as-yet unreleased film "Yoo-Yeol's Music Album"...More

[HanCinema's News] Good Fashion Sense Push Kim Jae-wook, Park Min-young, and "Her Private Life" to the Top of Good Data Report

2019/05/21 | Permalink

The top slots in the Good Data report are unchanged from last week. That means for the third week in a row, "Her Private Life" has been the most popularly trending drama on South Korean social media. Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young similarly maintain pole position as the most popular actors currently headlining an evening drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Spiritual Support Campaign Seeks to Improve Diversity of Roles for Women At South Korean Box Office

2019/05/21 | Permalink

A recent spate of South Korean films headlined by women has inspired a spiritual support movement in South Korea. The tagline is, it might be difficult to watch this movie, but I still support it. And this sentiment is expressed by buying tickets for movies which the buyer may not actually be able to see...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Transitions Once Again on "Her Private Life"

2019/05/20 | Permalink

On the twelfth episode of "Her Private Life" Kim Jae-wook's character, Ryan Gold, started telling Deok-mi (played by Park Min-young) some of his hidden backstory. This marks what is likely the final cycle of Ryan Gold's character arc. From being aloof, to being highly romantic, Ryan Gold is now shown to have his personality swings in part due to melodramatic backstory...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest in Korean Films Spikes At Cannes Film Market

2019/05/20 | Permalink

In addition to the more highly publicized screening portion of the Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes fiilm market has also been in full swing. Films like "Parasite", "Exit - Movie", and "Forbidden Dream" have also been in negotiation for international distribution rights...More

[HanCinema's News] "Miss and Mrs. Cops" and "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" Pass Million Viewer Admissions Over Weekend

2019/05/20 | Permalink

In its first five days "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" achieved an impressive 1,480,647 viewer admissions. The film has taken advantage of a South Korean market which has not had a serious criminal gangster movie for quite some time. The press "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" has gotten for appearing in the Midnight screening at the Cannes Film Festival was another likely factor to its success...More

[HanCinema's News] Ma Dong-seok on Why He Does Action Movies

2019/05/20 | Permalink

Thanks to "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" Ma Dong-seok is once again in the spotlight as possibly the most distinctive recognizable South Korean actor working today, at least as far as body type goes. In interviews Ma Dong-seok has also been talking about just why that is, that he's such a major action movie icon...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Successfully Concludes First Fan Meeting Since Return

2019/05/20 | Permalink

On May 19th Ji Chang-wook spent an emotional two hours with his fans at the Blue Square iMarket Hall. The title of the meeting was "Early Spring, Late Night". Tickets for the event sold out as soon as they went on sale, confirming Ji Chang-wook's enduring popularity...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil"

2019/05/18 | Permalink

In 2005, "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" opens up on a dark stormy night. Kyeong-ho (played by Kim Sung-gyu) doesn't seem right in the head- an impression soon confirmed when he flips out randomly after an apparent automobile accident. Then, in turn, we are introduced to the impatient, hotheaded cop Tae-sook (played by Kim Moo-yul) and the exceptionally patient, eternally calm gang leader Dong-soo (played by Ma Dong-seok) and their own particularly violent solutions to generally minor problems...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miss and Mrs. Cops"

2019/05/18 | Permalink

The opener to "Miss and Mrs. Cops" is filmed like a grainy old kung fu movie. The action befits the cinematographic style. Mi-yeong (played by Ra Mi-ran) is right away shown to be a tough middle-aged broad who wants to bring in crooks peacefully, but will use violence when she gets suitably cranky. By the time we get to the present day, and the more traditionally pretty woman cop Ji-hye (played by Lee Sung-kyung), there's an obvious personality clash between old and new...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Removed From JYJ's Facebook Page

2019/05/17 | Permalink

C-JeS Entertainment is removing all official past traces of Park Yoo-chun's career. On the official Facebook page for the musical group JYJ, of which Park Yoo-chun is the titular Y (for his given name, Yoo-chun), only Kim Jae-joong and Kim Joon-soo remain in the main page...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Young-joo to Appear in "Golden Garden"

2019/05/17 | Permalink

Jung Young-joo has been confirmed as a cast member for "Golden Garden". The weekend mystery drama is currently scheduled to begin in July on MBC following the conclusion of "Different Dreams"...More

[HanCinema's News] Confirmation of Han Ji-sung's Being Intoxicated At Time of Death Raises More Questions

2019/05/17 | Permalink

Following a report by CBS No Cut News that Han Ji-sung had a blood alcohol level of .1% at the time of her death questions have been raised about the story her husband gave to explain their strange behavior in the early morning of the accident. He claims to have not known whether she was intoxicated...More

[HanCinema's News] Filming Conditions for "Miss and Mrs. Cops" Quite Hot

2019/05/17 | Permalink

The success of "Miss and Mrs. Cops" at the South Korean box office has been a relief for the cast and crew of the film. The shooting last year was more difficult than anticipated thanks to a record heat wave over the summer, the worst in 111 years. Ra Mi-ran has said that the filming was extremely hot, and that memories of that hot shoot were permanently seared into her memory...More

[HanCinema's News] Ok Taecyeon Sends Video Greeting to Fans Following Release From Mandatory Military Service

2019/05/17 | Permalink

On May 16th Ok Taecyeon sent out a video greeting to his fans on Naver V Live. This is Ok Taecyeon's first contact with the public since the end of his mandatory military service, and happened on the same day as his release...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Jeong Jeong-hwa Promises "Absolute Boyfriend" Will Differ From Japanese Original

2019/05/16 | Permalink

At a press conference for "Absolute Boyfriend" on May 15th director Jeong Jwong-hwa had a lot to say about the adaptation of the famed Japanese comic book. He said that the production would show a disposition to pure, jagged love...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young Contrasts Multiple Styles of Otaku Archetypes

2019/05/16 | Permalink

Park Min-young's character on "Her Private Life", Deok-mi, is broadly shown as having two lives - the public life of a normal respectable person, and the private life of an otaku. But even inside the otaku distinction, there is a further delineation between the cute, lollipop homegirl style and the more sinister black paparazzi style...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook's Black Jacket Shows Confession Etiquette

2019/05/16 | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook's fashion choices in "Her Private Life" have taken a turn for the stately. Lately he has been seen wearing an all black outfit. This symbolically coincides with his character, Ryan Gold, taking a more assertive role in his relationship with Deok-mi, played as always by Park Min-young...More

[HanCinema's News] Worldwide Profile of South Korean Film on Upswing

2019/05/16 | Permalink

Thanks in part to its appearance at the Cannes International Film Festival "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" has already been sold to 104 countries ahead of its South Korean premiere. The film's distribution company, AceMakerMovieWorks has said that a three minute promotional video was enough to get a top dollar sale from Taiwan. Other international markets and airplane companies soon followed...More

[HanCinema's News] "Miss and Mrs. Cops" Given Spiritual Support at Box Office

2019/05/16 | Permalink

On Tuesday May 14th "Miss and Mrs. Cops" passed the latest Avengers film to briefly become the number one film at the South Korean box office for that day. That position was quickly lost thanks to the appearance of "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil" on May 15th, but at over 800,000 admissions "Miss and Mrs. Cops" has been doing decently enough...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon So-ri and Park Hyung-sik Talk About "Juror 8" on Radio Program

2019/05/15 | Permalink

On May 15th Moon So-ri and Park Hyung-sik appeared on the radio program 'Sister Radio' on SBS. They were on to talk about their new movie, "Juror 8", which opened that same day.

During the interview Moon So-ri promised special surprises in case "Juror 8" achieved certain achievemnts in terms of viewership. She said that at the two million viewer mark, Park Hyung-sik would do something. At the three million viewer mark, she and Jo Han-chul would do something. And the five million viewer mark, the whole cast would do an interview with Park Hyung-sik in a military uniform and film it...More

[HanCinema's News] "Chief of Staff" Already Confirmed for Second Season

2019/05/15 | Permalink

"Chief of Staff" is still a month away from starting, but the drama has already been confirmed for a second season "Chief of Staff - Season 2". Sources close to the drama's production have confirmed that both seasons are being produced simultaneously in ten episode parts. This underscores tremendous confidence in the drama's likely performance...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Il-woo Talks About his Experience on "Haechi"

2019/05/15 | Permalink

Two weeks after the end of "Haechi" Jung Il-woo has been making rounds in interviews talking about his career. Life has been busy for him since repatriating into the normal South Korean population in late November. Jung Il-woo had to do charity work, rather than mandatory military service, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Joon-ki Talks About "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/05/15 | Permalink

As "Arthdal Chronicles" nears its beginning, Song Joong-ki has been talking about his role as the drama's lead character. In "Arthdal Chronicles" Song Joong-ki plays Eun-seom, a young man living in the land of Arth during the time of heroes with a secret destiny...More

[HanCinema's News] "Absolute Boyfriend" Premieres in Its Fourth Version

2019/05/15 | Permalink

Fourteen years after the completion of the original Japanese comic book, "Absolute Boyfriend" now has a Korean version. After the Japanese comic, the Japanese drama, and the Taiwanese drama, this is now the fourth version of the story...More

[HanCinema's News] Ra Mi-ran Headlines First Lead Film Role in "Miss and Mrs. Cops"

2019/05/14 | Permalink

While Ra Mi-ran is among the most memorable faces working in the South Korean entertainment industry today, the breadth of her filmography belies how minor her roles usually are. Ra Mi-ran usually plays mothers, servants, or functionaries. But with "Miss and Mrs. Cops", Ra Mi-ran is the star of the movie in a role specifically written for her...More

[HanCinema's News] Popularity of Kiss Scenes Pushes "Her Private Life" to Top of Good Data Report

2019/05/14 | Permalink

In the latest Good Data Report "Her Private Life" continues its second straight week in the top position. Additionally, lead actors Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young continue their reign as number one and number two on the list of most popular actors, though their positions have reversed...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hyung-sik and Yoo in-na Top DCInside Poll of Stars Most Likely to Cure Insomnia

2019/05/14 | Permalink

With 36.3% of the total vote Park Hyung-sik has topped a DCInside poll about which celebrity is the best cure for insomnia. The odd phrasing is most likely meant to imply that the celebrity in question is good at putting an agitated person at ease. Yoo In-na was second place with 22.1% of the vote. Cha Eun-woo was number three with 14.2% of the vote. The rest of the list all polled under ten percent...More

[HanCinema's News] "Juror 8" Apologizes for Illegal U-Turn.

2019/05/14 | Permalink

En route to an early stage greeting event in Daegu, a car carrying "Juror 8" cast members was photographed taking an illegal U-turn. As the pictures started to spread through social media, "Juror 8" had to issue an apology for the car's actions...More

[HanCinema's News] Ham Sung-min to Appear in "Voice 3"

2019/05/14 | Permalink

On May 14th Origin Entertainment confirmed that their client Ham Sung-min would be appearing in "Voice 3". He'll be playing a young person who was hurt in his youth over the storyline that will appear in the third and fourth episodes of the drama this week...More

[HanCinema's News] Characters in "Mother of Mine"

2019/05/13 | Permalink

With its latest ratings breakthrough of 32.6% "Mother of Mine" is attracting a lot of attention. So for viewers not caught up with the drama, a basic rundown of its characters and story may be in order...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Baek Sang-hoon Has Left KBS Likely in Relation to "The King: Forever Sovereign"

2019/05/13 | Permalink

Director Baek Sang-hoon has left the KBS television network. During his time as a PD for KBS Baek Sang-hoon was responsible for such hits as "Descendants of the Sun" and "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds". He was recently announced as the director for Lee Min-ho's upcoming drama "The King: Forever Sovereign" along with screenwriter Kim Eun-sook...More

[HanCinema's News] Women Viewers Drive Success of "Miss and Mrs. Cops" and "Inseparable Bros" At the Box Office

2019/05/13 | Permalink

Over the past weekend "Miss and Mrs. Cops" has amassed 511,571 admissions. "Inseparable Bros" over the same three day period had 258,085 admissions. This places them second and fourth for overall admissions that weekend, driven largely on the strength of female viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Baek Soo-hee Cast for "The Nature of a Melo"

2019/05/13 | Permalink

PF Company has confirmed that their new actress Baek Soo-hee will be appearing in the highly anticipated upcoming drama "The Nature of a Melo" from writer/director Lee Byeong-heon-I. Baek Soo-hee will play Ji-yeong, the younger sister of lead character Jin-joo, who is going to be played by Chun Woo-hee...More

[HanCinema's News] Inquiry into Cause of Han Ji-sung's Accident Looks to Be Prolonged

2019/05/13 | Permalink

In the absence of reliable eyewitness accounts it seems likely that it will be some time, if ever, before a satisfying explanation is offered for the traffic accident that caused Han Ji-sung's death. Her husband, who was in the car with her, has been unable to offer any explanation for why it was parked in the middle of the road...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Inseparable Bros"

2019/05/11 | Permalink

Se-ha (played by Shin Ha-kyun) is a surprisingly cynical, shifty guy considering that he's bound to a wheelchair. The opening backstory of "Inseparable Bros" quickly gets into why- Se-ha was dumped at a charity home for the mentally infirm. The chronically alcoholic Father Park (played by Kwon Hae-hyo) accepted Se-ha in exchange for a modest bribe, although oddly enough he's a pretty nice guy. All the same it's Dong-goo (played by Lee Kwang-soo) with whom Se-ha shares a special, brotherly bond...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Night Before Strike"

2019/05/11 | Permalink

From the beginning sequence of "The Night Before Strike" the movie wears politics on its sleeve. This is a film about the importance of labor unions, and how they're the only thing standing between the employees and oppressively miserable working conditions. The men and women who work at Dongdung Metal have a good sense of camaraderie. In one particularly adorable sequence we see two of them engaging in pillow talk, apparently totally naked beneath the covers. But the power of friendship is no cure for being forced to work into the wee hours of morning to meet production quotas...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook's Romantic Energy Elevates "Her Private Life"

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook has been attracting a lot of attention for his performance in "Her Private Life". The drama is a romantic comedy between Kim Jae-wook's character, Ryan Gold, and Park Min-young's character, Seong Deok-mi. The drama explores their getting to know each other through a backdrop of otaku styled obsessiveness running a gamut from nerdy pop culture to respectable art...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ye-ron to Debut in "Chubby Romance - Season 2"

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Kim Ye-ron, the younger sister of Kim Sae-ron, is set to make her adult acting debut in the webdrama "Chubby Romance - Season 2". The webdrama is a sequel to the first "Chubby Romance", and continues the story of teenager Soo-rin (played by Saetbyeol) learning about accepting herself as who she is...More

[HanCinema's News] Black Box Specialist Analyzes Footage of Han Ji-sung Accident

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Following the release of the black box footage of the traffic accident that killed Han Ji-sung, experts have been analyzing the footage and offering insight. One such expert is lawyer Han Moon-cheol, who appears on the SBS news program 'Man in Black Box'. He has made a Youtube video discussing the footage and has also appeared on the cable news channel YTN to share his findings...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Departs for Fan Meeting in Japan

2019/05/10 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye was spotted by a Newsen photographer at Gimpo International Airport on May 10th. Sources indicate that she was on her way to a fan meeting in Japan...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Yoo-jung, Park Shin-hye Top DCInside Poll of Who Looks Pure in Any Clothes

2019/05/10 | Permalink

With a commanding 51.7% of the total votes cast Kim Yoo-jung easily won a recent DCInside poll of who dresses the best. The exact wording was, who looks well matched and pure wearing anything, even a school uniform...More

[HanCinema's News] Actress Han Ji-sung Dies in Highway Accident

2019/05/09 | Permalink

 

On May 6th actress Han Ji-sung died in a car accident on the Incheon International Airport Highway at 3:52 in the morning. The news was confirmed by persons relevant to the event on May 8th. Until that time she was known only to be a woman in her twenties...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Maximizing Sex Appeal on "Her Private Life"

2019/05/09 | Permalink

Kim Jae-wook's been attracting attention for his acting work in "Her Private Life". Mainly what he's been doing has been to communicate passion nonverbally. His hands, eyes, and torso are being effectively utilized to communicate a passionate, crazy attitude shimmering beneath the surface...More

[HanCinema's News] Former "Love Match" Co-stars Kang Eun-bi and Ha Na-kyung Feud

2019/05/09 | Permalink

Several years ago Kang Eun-bi and Ha Na-kyung starred in the erotic comedy film "Love Match" which was designed for the South Korea On Demand Television market. Since then their lives have drifted in different directions- but an impromptu attempt to reunite the two on afreecaTV ended disastrously...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Do-guk Confirmed for "Investigation Partners Season 2"

2019/05/09 | Permalink

On May 9th BIS Entertainment announced that Lee Do-guk would be appearing in MBC's upcoming drama, "Investigation Partners Season 2". He will be playing the Chief Public Prosecutor Kal Dae-cheol, the new superior officer of prosecutor Ji-han, one of the main characters who is played by Oh Man-seok...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Go-eun Attends Chanel Event Despite Controversy

2019/05/09 | Permalink

South Korean press was on hand to cover Kim Go-eun as she appeared at a promotional event at the Chanel Flagship Store in Gangnam for The New J12 Watch. She looked glamorous and cheerful in her glittering two piece outfit...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kang Yoon-sung Talks About "Long Live the King"

2019/05/08 | Permalink

Director Kang Yoon-Sung is looking to maintain his hot streak. He was the mastermind behind 2017's surprise mega-hit "The Outlaws", which featured Ma Dong-seok and Yoon Kye-sang as leaders of warring factions of cops and criminals. The movie garnered several best new director awards for Kang Yoon-Sung - it was his first feature film...More

[HanCinema's News] Ki Do-hoon to Appear in "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/05/08 | Permalink

Ki Do-hoon has been confirmed to appear in "Arthdal Chronicles". He will be playing Yang-cha, the junior member of the military unit led by Tagon, the antagonistic lead character played by Jang Dong-gun...More

[HanCinema's News] "Different Dreams" Comes Under Scrutiny

2019/05/08 | Permalink

With a huge budget of 200 billion won (~17 million US dollars) expectations have been high for "Different Dreams". But a lot of the reaction to the drama has been muted. With a first weekend of ratings hovering in the range of 5-7%, the drama's long term viability is an open question...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sa-rang Talks About Her Appearance on "Abyss"

2019/05/08 | Permalink

While she's not the lead actress in "Abyss" Kim Sa-rang's brief appearance in the drama's leading role has fueled speculation about her return to acting. Following her breakout role as second lead in "Secret Garden" Kim Sa-rang has had a very subdued career over the last ten years, her only major credit being as the lead in "My Love Eun-dong"...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hee-sun Outranks Song Hye-kyo, Others on Toutiao List of Most Beautiful Korean Women

2019/05/08 | Permalink

The Chinese company Toutiao has released a list of the most beautiful Korean women. The list is based on aggregate social media collected across Chinese social media. The list has proven something of a surprise as it is dominated by older women...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Secret Life of My Secretary" Compared to Other Recent Dramas

2019/05/07 | Permalink

"The Secret Life of My Secretary" is struggling to gain a solid viewership. The new SBS drama recorded ratings of only 3.2% and 3.6% on its opening day on Monday. A likely culprit is the drama's conceptual similarity to "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim", creating suspicion among viewers that the former is ripping off the latter...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Photographed At Airport

2019/05/07 | Permalink

South Korean media was on the scene as Ji Chang-wook left the country on the morning of Monday, May 7th at Incheon International Airport...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook Looking Good in "Her Private Life"

2019/05/07 | Permalink

In his role as Ryan Gold on the tvN drama "Her Private Life" Kim Jae-wook has had to embrace a wildly different fashion style than he did for his previous drama, "The Guest - Drama". Here, Kim Jae-wook has to seem a little crazy, as befits the drama's premise of crazy romance, but he must nonetheless remain a convincing foil to Park Min-young's character Deok-mi who is, privately, a dedicated otaku...More

[HanCinema's News] The Women Victims of 'Burning Sun'

2019/05/07 | Permalink

Actresses such as Han Hyo-joo, Jung Eun-chae, and Kim Go-eun have all suffered damage to their reputations owing to peripheral exposure to the 'Burning Sun' scandal. The rumor mill has been the main culprit for their career troubles than any concrete allegations...More

[HanCinema's News] Wheesung Returns to Public Life Following Abuse Allegations

2019/05/07 | Permalink

Wheesung's Instagram

With his attendance cleared for the 7th Annual Korean Art and Culture Awards it would appear that Wheesung has returned to public life following allegations last month. During that time, on April 16th, the media personality Amy alleged that Wheesung had threatened her...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "To My River"

2019/05/04 | Permalink

Jin-ah (played by Kang Jin-ah) is a poet. Her life is generally dull and academic, but peaceful. At least part of this is by design. It soon becomes clear that Jin-ah is in a state of suspended grief over an accident involving her long-term boyfriend Gil-woo (played by Kang Gil-woo) who is stuck in a coma following an accident that happened shortly after they had a big fight on the Han River. Incidentally, the Han River is where Jin-ah and her friends, in better days at least, spent most of their free time...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "LOGBOOK"

2019/05/04 | Permalink

Once the Sewol ferry started sinking, and the boat became submerged, it was inevitable that a certain class of trained professionals would get involved. I am referring do the deep sea divers, to whom director Bok Jin-oh has dedicated "LOGBOOK". Divers of this skill level are hired for a wide variety of tasks- and in this particular case that task was, unfortunately, to retrieve corpses for proper burial...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Ye-ri and Choi Won-young Direct Opening Ceremony of 20th Jeonju International Film Festival

2019/05/03 | Permalink

On May 2nd the Jeonju International Film Festival began its twentieth annual installment. Han Ye-ri and Choi Won-young were on hand to emcee the opening ceremony, as well as head up the red carpet with its one hundred and seventy six actors and directors walking past for the benefit of cameras...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Noh Do-cheol Talks About Sequel Seasons and "Investigations Partners Season 2"

2019/05/03 | Permalink

As "Investigation Partners Season 2" is coming close to release, more material has been incoming about the new drama. Director Noh Do-cheol in particular has been open about his hopes for the sequel series, having recalled fondly his work some thirteen years ago on the vampire sitcom "Hello Franceska", which also went into a second season...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon So-ri Talks About Being a Judge on "Juror 8"

2019/05/03 | Permalink

"Juror 8" is coming out in South Korean theaters on May 15th. The movie is based on the real-life first South Korean jury trial that took place back in 2018. At a press conference on May 2nd at the Apgujeong CGV in Seoul Moon So-ri had took some time to talk about her character...More

[HanCinema's News] The Reason Behind "Doctor Prisoner"'s Preemption

2019/05/03 | Permalink

On May 2nd KBS2 aired two recap episodes of "Doctor Prisoner" in place of the twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth episodes that had been planned in the schedule. Nonetheless, "Doctor Prisoner" maintained the top spot in the ratings for the night, beating out both "The Banker" and "Big Issue" handily...More

[HanCinema's News] "Inseparable Bros" Tracking Well Compared to Other South Korean Films About Mentally Challenged

2019/05/03 | Permalink

In its first two days in theaters "Inseparable Bros" has attracted 241,612 viewers. While these numbers may seem weak in comparison to the latest Avengers movie "Inseparable Bros" is doing well compared to other recent films about mentally challenged persons in South Korean society which proved to be sleeper hits...More

[HanCinema's News] Jang Ki-yong Acceptance Speech for Baeksang Awards

2019/05/02 | Permalink

At the 55th Baeksang Awards on May 1st Jang Ki-yong won the best new actor role for his work on "My Mister" and "Come and Hug Me". Of course, in current popular consciousness Jang Ki-yong is better known for his leading role in "Kill It", which recently ended...More

[HanCinema's News] Moon Mason Is Growing up

2019/05/02 | Permalink

Moon Mason, the cute child star of "Making Family", is quickly blossoming to an equally adorable teenager. He recently appeared on the tvN variety show 'Thought of Children', and in addition to his youthful appearance, he is also now a bit of a genius with languages, speaking four of them...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Da-mi Favorite of Cameras At Baeksang Art Awards

2019/05/02 | Permalink

As a nominee for Best New Actress, Kim Da-mi was sure to appear for the 55th Baeksang Awards, even if she ultimately did not come home the winner. However, South Korean press took special notice of Kim Da-mi at the event anyway, owing to her unusual fashion choices...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Moved to Prosecutorial Custody

2019/05/02 | Permalink

At 10:00 AM on May 3rd the plan is for Park Yoo-chun to be sent to prosecutorial custody. The announcement comes as prosecutors have moved quickly to build a case against Park Yoo-chun. Consequently, it is no longer necessary for him to stay in jail pending a full summation of the charges against him...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung's Acceptance Speech At 55th Baeksang Art Awards

2019/05/02 | Permalink

On May 1st Jung Woo-sung accepted the best film award for "Innocent Witness" at the Baeksang Film Awards. In his acceptance speech, Jung Woo-sung expressed nervousness about speaking right after Kim Hye-ja. He mentioned thinking about not accepting the award too quickly, then expressed thanks...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Abandoned by DCInside Fans

2019/05/01 | Permalink

On April 30th Park Yoo-chun's DCInside gallery posted a final letter. In the letter, his fans state that they looked to the heavens. They prayed. At Park Yoo-chun's press conference one fan even sincerely screamed for succor. But in the end they were only hurt once more...More

[HanCinema's News] Japanese Video Rental Store TSUTAYA Publishes List of Most Popular Korean Dramas

2019/05/01 | Permalink

After sparking the Korean wave back in the mid-2000's, it would seem that the Japanese market still has fond nostalgia for Korean drama produced in that era. These are findings of a list published by the Japanese video rental store chain TSUTAYA, which to this day still makes decent income by renting out Korean dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] Pastor Publishes Letter Comparing "The Witch : Part 1. the Subversion" to Pressure Faced by Korean Children

2019/05/01 | Permalink

On April 30th pastor Oh Yun Taek of the Daegu Best Holiness Church published a letter in the Kukmin Ilbo. The letter starts out with a quote from "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion", which reads that I was frightened of your children with strange powers and didn't want to raise them. I wanted to send you back out and not keep you here. I could not be your mother. But you were still children. Just like any other children. And so I wanted to raise you to be pretty...More

[HanCinema's News] An Woo-yeon Forced to Quit "The Banker" Due to Mandatory Military Service

2019/05/01 | Permalink

An Woo-yeon's Instagram

On April 30th An Woo-yeon was forced to report for mandatory military service. This is awkward, as he is currently appearing in "The Banker". At twenty eight years of age, An Woo-yeon knew he would have to go into military service soon, but was expecting he would be able to finish the drama first...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Hyun-kyung Takes Legal Action Against Online Trolls

2019/05/01 | Permalink

Oh Hyun-kyung's Instagram

On April 30th Oh Hyun-kyung's agency announced that the actress would be taking legal action against online trolls. They stressed that while Oh Hyun-kyung had considered taking a more non-aggressive approach, defamation that had started to include her family had made the situation intolerable for her...More

[HanCinema's News] "Home for Summer" Off to a Strong Start

2019/04/30 | Permalink

On March 29th KBS1 started its new early evening drama "Home for Summer". The drama did well on its first night, earning a 22% overall viewer rating...More

[HanCinema's News] Stars Returned From Military Service Offer Reprieve for 'Burning Sun'

2019/04/30 | Permalink

The 'Burning Sun' scandal has rocked the South Korean entertainment industry, destroying careers and tarnishing the worldwide image of the South Korean entertainment brand. So it's fortunate timing that so many major male stars are now returning from mandatory military service, apparently clean from scandal...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Tae-san Cast for "Okay! Madam" and "Homme Fatale"

2019/04/30 | Permalink

Epic Entertainment has confirmed that their client, Park Tae-san, will appear in two major comedy films currently in production...More

[HanCinema's News] The Slick Chaos That Was "Kill It"

2019/04/30 | Permalink

On April 28th "Kill It" closed out its twelve episode run on OCN with a 2.546% rating. The technically well-made highly visual cable drama was in many ways to be a proving ground for Nana's attempt to move from being a singer to being an actress. This was successful, to the extent Nana was able to land a leading role in the upcoming broadcast drama "Justice"...More

[HanCinema's News] 'Nana' Thanks Jang Ki-yong for Work on "Kill It"

2019/04/30 | Permalink

On April 29th Nana posted a black-and-white photo of herself and Jang Ki-yong to Instagram. It was taken on the last day of filming for "Kill It". Nana and Jang Ki-yong are holding congratulatory bouquets and smiling at the camera...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Posts More Travel Pictures of England

2019/04/29 | Permalink

Park Shin-hye posts some pictures of herself on Instagram on April 27th. The caption reads, thank you for the closed eye pictures, Seung-hoon...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook Announces Fan Meeting

2019/04/29 | Permalink

On May 19th at 6:00 PM Ji Chang-wook will hold his first fan meeting since his discharge from military service. The title of the event is 'Late Spring, Early Night' and it will be held at Blue Square iMarket Hall...More

[HanCinema's News] Photos Released of Bridal Chamber Guests at Lee Jung-hyun's Wedding

2019/04/29 | Permalink

On April 27th Lee Jung-hyun posted a large number of pictures related to her wedding. In the pictures, Lee Jung-hyun can be seen in her wedding dress taking pictures with various guests, including celebrities such as Son Ye-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Sung Hyun-ah's Father Passes Away

2019/04/29 | Permalink

On April 27th Sung Hyun-ah announced on social media that her father passed away. She wrote that he died of old age at daybreak. Sung Hyun-ah then proceeded to relay some text conversations she had with him beforehand, writing that she loved the dad who gave her life...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Romang"

2019/04/27 | Permalink

At first glance "Romang" is just a look at the modern day lives of old people in South Korea. Nam-bong (played by Lee Soon-jae) is a gruff, grumpy old taxi driver. Mae-ja (played by Jung Young-sook) is his long-suffering wife. Their son Jin-soo (played by Jo Han-chul), his wife Jeong-hee (played by Bae Hae-sun) and their adorable daughter Eun-ji (played by Lee Ye-won-I) are a presence, but they have their own lives. Besides that, Nam-bong and Mae-ja soon discover they have problems which the younger generation can't solve...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Roh Moo-hyun and the Fools"

2019/04/27 | Permalink

Supporters of the late South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun are under no illusions that he was a particularly smart man, nor that they were particularly wise to follow him. "Roh Moo-hyun and the Fools" traces how this was his main appeal. In a South Korean political system that had since time immemorial championed realpolitik over basic human empathy and decency, Roh Moo-hyun was a nutcase who refused to sneer at those who were different than him...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook and Kim Dong-wook's Pre-existing Relationship

2019/04/26 | Permalink

Lately Kim Jae-wook and Kim Dong-wook have been a major presence in Korean dramas. They are, respectively, the male leads of "Her Private Life" and "Special Labor Inspector, Mr. Jo". But the two go back a long ways- they're the same age, and got their first big break in the same drama, "Coffee Prince", where they played supporting roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-ah Appears in "Possessed"

2019/04/26 | Permalink

Lee Young-ah has a special appearance in the final story arc of "Possessed". She plays a cute, loving, and overly curious nun who becomes embroiled in the investigation led by the drama's main characters...More

[HanCinema's News] More Details on Seungri and Park Han-byul's Husband's Illegal Activities Released

2019/04/26 | Permalink

Seoul police have released more specific details about Park Han-byul's husband Yoo's dealings with Seungri, and alleged prostitution. They say that, in association with Seungri he contracted seventeen women to assist in entertaining an entourage of between seven and nine Japanese investors...More

[HanCinema's News] "He Is Psychometric" Director's Commentary

2019/04/26 | Permalink

As "He Is Psychometric" enters its final stretch, more attention is being paid to earlier episodes to see about the drama's recurring themes. Director Kim Byeong-soo had made a point before the drama even began of the importance of metaphors and deduction...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Arrested

2019/04/26 | Permalink

On April 26th at 2:30 in the afternoon Park Yoo-chun arrived at court in Suwon in regards to charges of using drugs...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh's Security Detail in State of Ambiguity Following Yoon Ji-oh's Return to Canada

2019/04/25 | Permalink

Following Yoon Ji-oh's abrupt return to Canada on April 24th questions have arisen about Yoon Ji-oh's recent GoFundMe account. The account was created on April 19th and has been promoted by Asian Boss in a YouTube video that has received over 1.2 million views as of this writing...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Continues to Deny Drug Use in Spite of Test Results

2019/04/25 | Permalink

On April 25th Park Yoo-chun's lawyer announced that his client is still maintaining innocence of the drug charts. This is in spite of a positive drug test, which even the lawyer seemed to admit would make such a defense untenable...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Min-ho's Release From Mandatory Military Service Cheered by Foreign Fans

2019/04/25 | Permalink

On April 25th a large number of foreign fans appeared at the Suseo Community Center in Seoul to welcome Lee Min-ho's return. South Korean media was on hand to take pictures of the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Joong-ki Set to Change Image With "Asthdal Chronicles"

2019/04/25 | Permalink

Following the release of new still images from "Arthdal Chronicles" attention has been called to Song Joong-ki's new appearance. Formerly a nice guy with a pale complexion, Song Joong-ki is now tanned, muscular, yet still oddly youthful in his new role in "Arthdal Chronicles" which we know will involve a lot of horse riding...More

[HanCinema's News] Character Chart Released for Upcoming "Different Dreams"

2019/04/25 | Permalink

"Different Dreams" has released a character chart outlining the relationship between the drama's large cast. Red lines represent antagonistic relationships, blue lines are allies, and yellow lines are love interests...More

[HanCinema's News] Somber Mood At the Funeral Procession for Goo Bon-im

2019/04/24 | Permalink

In April 23rd in the morning Goo Bon-im's friends and families transferred her remains to a funeral home in Incheon. The South Korean media outlets TV Daily and Sports Today were on site to make limited, tasteful documentation of the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Kwang-soo Does Photoshoot and Interview for Nylon

2019/04/24 | Permalink

On April 23rd Lee Kwang-soo featured in a Nylon photoshoot and interview. In the issue Lee Kwang-soo discusses his new movie, "Inseparable Bros" among other topics, and the photo spread also emphasizes his more traditionally attractive demeanor as a model...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Min-ah Once More Drawing Attention as Kim Woo-bin's Girlfriend

2019/04/24 | Permalink

Because Shin Min-ah has a successful career of her own, and will soon appear in "Chief of Staff" in May it's sometimes easy to forget that she's in a relationship with former hearththrob turned chronically ill patient Kim Woo-bin. Their relationship in particular drew attention when it was first announced four years ago, as the then 31-year old Shin Min-ah was five years Kim Woo-bin's senior...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Hye-ryun Talks About her Mom

2019/04/24 | Permalink

On April 23rd Jo Hye-ryun opened up about her mother on the mbceveryone variety program 'Video Star'. Jo Hye-ryun discussed how she was raised in a household of eight brothers and sisters, where there was always yelling and begging for money...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Leaves Country Amidst Legal Controversy

2019/04/24 | Permalink

Yoon Ji-oh was spotted leaving South Korea at the Incheon International Airport on April 24th. This news comes soon after Yoon Ji-oh sent an apologetic message to supporters about canceling this week's physical campaign to raise awareness for the Jang Ja-yeon investigation, instead compromising for a mere online one...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Fiery Priest" Hits Top Spot in Good Data Report for Fourth Straight Week

2019/04/23 | Permalink

"The Fiery Priest" remained at the top in the latest edition of the Good Data Report, covering popularity trends in scripted Korean dramas through the third week of April. This is the fourth straight victory for "The Fiery Priest" in the Good Data Report...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Receives Supportive Message From Jung Woo-sung

2019/04/23 | Permalink

On April 23rd Yoon Ji-oh revealed a text exchange between her and actor Jung Woo-sung that took place on April 17th. In the exchange, Jung Woo-sung expresses support for her cause to bring attention to the Jang Ja-yeon investigation...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook to End Military Service on April 27th With No Fanfare

2019/04/23 | Permalink

On April 22nd Ji Chang-wook's agency released a statement. In the statement, they said that Ji Chang-wook is thankful to those who are waiting for him, and that he is currently scheduled to end his twenty one month mandatory military service safely on April 27th...More

[HanCinema's News] "Door Lock" Wins Best Thriller Award At Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

2019/04/23 | Permalink

On February 21st the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF) announced the winners of their various competitions. Among them was "Door Lock", from director Lee Kwon and starring Gong Hyo-jin, which won in the best thriller category...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Nam-gil Smiles for Cameras on Way to Vacation

2019/04/23 | Permalink

On April 22nd Kim Nam-gil departed for his celebratory vacation in Kota Kinabalu with the rest of the cast and crew of "The Fiery Priest" following the drama's stellar performance...More

[HanCinema's News] Cast and Crew of "The Fiery Priest" Depart on Reward Vacation Following Drama's Stellar Performance

2019/04/22 | Permalink

On April 22nd a person close to the production of "The Fiery Priest" confirmed that the cast and crew of the drama departed from Incheon International Airport on that day for Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. The trip is their bonus for the drama's exceptionally high performance in ratings...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Bon-im Dies From Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, Which Kim Woo-bin Also Has

2019/04/22 | Permalink

On April 21st at 4:50 AM Korean time, actress Goo Bon-im died after a protracted battle with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. This is the same disease that Kim Woo-bin is suffering from, causing a spike in interest related to the disease and those who suffer from it...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Shin-hye Visits her Older Brother in England

2019/04/22 | Permalink

On April 20th Park Shin-hye posted a photo on Instagram of herself at a pier with her brother. While Park Shin-hye herself is easily visible in the picture, her brother's back is facing the camera, most likely to protect his privacy as a non-celebrity...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Si-ah Donates Feminine Products to Commemorate Daughter's Birthday

2019/04/22 | Permalink

On April 22nd Jung Si-ah's agency, Management Koo, revealed that on April 19th the actress donated feminine products to a family charity service for her daughter's birthday. This is the third time Jung Si-ah has made this kind of donation for this reason...More

[HanCinema's News] Park So-dam Shines At Press Conference for "Parasite"

2019/04/22 | Permalink

On April 22nd a press conference was held at the Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul for the upcoming Bong Joon-ho film "Parasite". South Korean media was on hand to memorialize the event with pictures of the stars, including Park So-dam...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Watching"

2019/04/20 | Permalink

Yeong-woo (played by Kang Ye-won) is a put-upon woman in her late thirties who works in an office building. Even though it's almost Christmas, it's also crunch time, so she has to spend a lot of time at work after hours. This attracts the attention of younger security guard Joon-ho (played by Lee Hak-joo) who keeps engaging her in mildly creepy conversation. Then there's all those edited in shots we get of somebody paying very close attention to everything that happens in the building via CCTV...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Memories of a Dead End"

2019/04/20 | Permalink

The backstory of "Memories of a Dead End" reads like a typical romance. Korean girl Yoo-mi (played by Choi Soo-young) goes to school in Japan, meets the man of her dreams, and they promise to get married when she comes back. But alas, a fairy tale ending is not forthcoming. Once Yoo-mi's dreams are shattered, she's left wandering Nagoya by herself, wondering what to do with a life that no longer has a plan, until finally settling in at a guest house appropriately named End Point...More

[HanCinema's News] Lim Ju-hwan and Roh Jeong-eui Cast for "The Great Show"

2019/04/19 | Permalink

Lim Ju-hwan and Roh Jeong-eui have been tapped to appear in "The Great Show". The politically themed drama set to air on tvN later this year is aiming to be about how politics is spectacle for the electorate...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Hak-joo to Appear in "Justice"

2019/04/19 | Permalink

Lee Hak-joo has been cast for the upcoming KBS drama "Justice". The news was revealed through Lee Hak-joo's agency, SM C&C...More

[HanCinema's News] How Joo Jin-mo Met his Future Wife

2019/04/19 | Permalink

Following news of Joo Jin-mo's imminent marriage, many have wondered how Joo Jin-mo met his bride to be. Min Hye-yeon is a family doctor who has made many appearances in a professional capacity on television variety shows, where she has sat on panels...More

[HanCinema's News] Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's Films Suffer Popularity Drop

2019/04/19 | Permalink

Hong Sang-soo and his girlfriend Kim Min-hee are beginning to suffer diminishing returns at the box office. "Hotel by the River" has not met the standards set by Hong Sang-soo's previous films, having only scored over 6,300 domestic admissions at the time of this writing...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Announces Candlelight Vigil for Departed Jang Ja-yeon

2019/04/19 | Permalink

On April 18th Yoon Ji-oh announced on Instagram that she was personally facilitating a candlelight vigil for Jang Ja-yeon in the near future. The announcement clarifies another Instagram post from April 15th, which was unclear about how the candlelight vigil would be funded or organized...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Hyo-jin and Yoo Ji-tae's New Baby Appears on Instagram

2019/04/18 | Permalink

On April 17th Kim Hyo-jin released the first public image of her second-born son on Instagram. Kim Hyo-jin mentioned meeting him on the 15th, and wrote that it was hard to believe she was now a mother of two...More

[HanCinema's News] Yang Ki-won Deletes Social Media Account, Sparking Speculation He Was the Actor Involved in Drug Incident

2019/04/18 | Permalink

Yang Ki-won recently deleted his social media account, sparking speculation that he could be the anonymous 'movie actor Yang' that was arrested at three A.M. on April 12th near a hotel in Gangnam. CCTV footage of the event shows a man acting crazy and frightening in the street...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Hyo-jin, Moon Chae-won, and Joo Sang-wook Audited

2019/04/18 | Permalink

On April 16th Moon Chae-won and Joo Sang-wook were revealed to be targets of an audit by the National Tax Service. This follows earlier news on April 11th that Gong Hyo-jin is also being subjected to an audit...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Je-yeon of "The Fiery Priest" to Appear in "Angel's Last Mission: Love"

2019/04/18 | Permalink

On April 18th Lee Je-yeon's agency, Magnum Entertainment, confirmed that the actor would be appearing in "Angel's Last Mission: Love" next month. This will be his first project once "The Fiery Priest" has finished...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" to Be Screened in Competition At 72nd Cannes Film Festival

2019/04/18 | Permalink

On April 18th "Parasite" was confirmed to be appearing in competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. This marks the fifth such appearance for director Bong Joon-ho. The first four were "The Host" in 2006, "TOKYO!" in 2008, "Mother - 2009" in 2009, and "Okja" in 2017...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Ji-tae Stills Released for "Different Dreams"

2019/04/17 | Permalink

On April 17th the upcoming MBC drama "Different Dreams" released still cuts of Yoo Ji-tae's character. In them, he can be seen handling a firearm and also riding a horse...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Ara Recovering From Ankle Injury on Set of "Haechi"

2019/04/17 | Permalink

On April 15th Go Ara posted a picture of herself on the set of "Haechi". In the picture, she can be seen drinking water while sitting in a wheelchair. Go Ara is riding a wheelchair after an incident last month where she hurt her ankle...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Submits to Police Questioning

2019/04/17 | Permalink

On April 17th Park Yoo-chun made himself available to give testimony to Suwon police. Park Yoo-chun's surrendering was announced ahead of time and South Korean media were on hand to photograph the event...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Moo-yul Puts on Fifteen Kilos and Trains Hard for Role in "The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil"

2019/04/17 | Permalink

Kim Moo-yul has trained hard for his role in the upcoming "The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil". In the film, Kim Moo-yul plays the titular cop, who ends up having to work with the titular gangster, played by Ma Dong-seok, to catch the devil, Kim Sung-gyu...More

[HanCinema's News] "Her Private Life" Tops Nielsen Ratings

2019/04/17 | Permalink

On April 17th CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea released their latest report about the most influential dramas on social networks. The report, which covers the second week of April, showed "Her Private Life" on the top with a 271.5 CPI rating...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hae-jin and Other Persons From "Secret - 2019" Do Volunteer Work in Wake of Gangwon Fires

2019/04/16 | Permalink

As of April 15th all filming and preparation of "Secret - 2019" has been put on hold. The staff and actors of the drama have instead decided to do charity work in areas afflicted by the Gangwon fires for the foreseeable future...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee So-yeon Appears in Bnt Photospread, Discusses "Dong Yi" and Ji Jin-hee

2019/04/16 | Permalink

Lee So-yeon has done a photo spread for bnt. The theme is romantic synchronization, with a variety of shots designed to highlight a light colored top against a similarly bright background, from a variety of angles. The star of "Protect the King" also does an interview...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Min-si Greets Yellow Dog on Instagram

2019/04/16 | Permalink

On April 14th Go Min-si made an Instagram post featuring her and a yellow dog on the street. The dog is wearing a collar, but Go Min-si's caption reads like they are a stranger. She writes, hi, who are you, my name is Min-si...More

[HanCinema's News] Pak Min-young on Top of Latest Good Data Report

2019/04/16 | Permalink

On April 15th the Good Data Corporation published the latest Good Data Report for the second week of April. "Her Private Life" immediately made a big impression on social media as lead actress Park Min-young ranked number one for performers that week. Her leading man, Kim Jae-wook, was number four...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrities Commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Sewol Tragedy

2019/04/16 | Permalink

On April 16th a special television broadcast commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Sewol tragedy. Many celebrities commented upon the event on their SNS accounts. Jung Woo-sung, Jeon Do-yeon, Ryu Deok-hwan, Namgoong Min, Go Kyung-pyo, Moon Jung-hee, Jang Mi-inae, Yoon Se-ah, Kim Bup-rae, Yoo Byung-jae, Jang Sung-kyu, Hyosung, Solbi, and others are among those who expressed support for Sewol survivors...More

[HanCinema's News] Yang Se-jong Denies Connection to Illicit Drugs

2019/04/15 | Permalink

On April 13th, portal sites started to show a spike in popularity for searches related to Yang Se-jong's name. The cause of the searches dates to a car accident near a hotel in the Gangnam district in Seoul, where the driver, an anonymous actor, was found to test positive for methamphetamines...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Byeong-gyu and Kim Bo-ra Are a Couple

2019/04/15 | Permalink

It all started with "SKY Castle". The popular drama from earlier this year cast both Jo Byeong-gyu and Kim Bo-ra in minor roles. Rumors flared when a behind the scenes video showed them being very friendly with each other. Denials were strong, even going as far as Jo Byeong-gyu's social media account...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Seung-ah and Kim Moo-yul Celebrate Four Year Wedding Anniversary

2019/04/15 | Permalink

On April 4th, Yoon Seung-ah commemorated her four year wedding anniversary with Kim Moo-yul on Instagram. She posted a black-and-white wedding photo of that day, where the bride and groom can be seen smiling and happy at their outdoor ceremony...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Yoo-chun Hires Attorney in Anticipation of Possible Drug Charges

2019/04/15 | Permalink

On April 15th, Park Yoo-chun's agency, CJS Entertainment, sent out a statement. In the statement, they assert that Park Yoo-chun has hired an attorney and that planned cooperation with the police will take place with legal advice...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Chang-suk and Yoon So-yi Cast for "A Place in the Sun"

2019/04/15 | Permalink

The upcoming KBS2 drama "A Place in the Sun" has confirmed that Oh Chang-suk and Yoon So-yi will star in the leading roles. This will be Yoon So-yi's first leading role in a drama since "Women By Nature" in 2014. She was more recently seen in a supporting role as the nanny in "The Last Empress"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Another Child"

2019/04/13 | Permalink

In the opening scene to "Another Child" we see teenage girl Yoon-ah (played by Park Se-jin) sneakily peering in at a house party. The mother of the house, Yeong-joo (played by Yum Jung-ah) asks her own teenage daughter Joo-ri (played by Kim Hye-joon) what the deal is, and if she knows that other girl. Joo-ri says not really, and they don't know each other that well, but we soon see that fate has forced these two increasingly crabby girls into a family situation neither one of them wants...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Haunting Hitchhike"

2019/04/13 | Permalink

At the beginning of "A Haunting Hitchhike" Jeong-ae (played by Roh Jeong-eui) and her best friend Hyo-jeong (played by Kim Bo-yoon) impulsively take a trip out to the countryside. They're out looking for parental validation, of a sorts. Their adventure starts girlishly enough, with one giggly scene on the bus being an obvious standout. But then the story takes a dark tur, as Jeong-ae and Hyo-jeong begin to grasp that being out on their own in the darkness in the middle of nowhere is not an ideal position...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Han-chul Cast for "Perfume"

2019/04/12 | Permalink

On April 12th Noon Company announced than Jo Han-chul, who is represented by the agency, will appear in "Perfume" later this year. The fantasy romance will start in June and is headlined by Shin Sung-rok and Go Won-hee...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Won-hee Appears in bnt Photospread and Interview

2019/04/12 | Permalink

Go Won-hee appears in the most recent issue of bnt, which came out on April 5th. In the photospread she is modeling a three color concept- black, white, and pink outfits in different styles to better emphasize her common features...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Sung-hoon to Join "Justice"

2019/04/12 | Permalink

On April 10th the KBS2 drama "Justice" confirmed that Park Sung-hoon is joining "Justice". The crime-themed drama has already confirmed Choi Jin-hyuk, Son Hyun-joo, and Nana as cast members...More

[HanCinema's News] Yeon Min-ji Cast for "Perfume"

2019/04/12 | Permalink

On April 8th Yeon Min-ji's agency SE M&M confirmed that the actress would appear in "Perfume". The fantasy romance will start airing in June, and has cast Shin Sung-rok and Go Won-hee in the lead roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Full Ratings Report for Wednesday April 10th

2019/04/12 | Permalink

On April 10th the latest Nielsen ratings for Wednesday/Thursday dramas came out. In overall ratings, "Get Out of the Way, Fate" was first with a 20.4% rating. "Left-handed Wife" was second with a 15.5% rating. And "Doctor Prisoner" was third with a 15.2% rating for its second episode...More

[HanCinema's News] Video and Audio Evidence of Crimes Related to Jung Joon-young Confirmed to Exist

2019/04/11 | Permalink

On April 11th, Seoul police revealed that they have audio and video evidence of Choi Jong-hoon, Roy Kim, and others discussing and committing criminal acts. In a briefing, police stated that they were currently investigating a proper course of action in response to this...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Tae-joon's Agency Comments on Why He Left "Hotel Del Luna"

2019/04/11 | Permalink

In a statement, Choi Tae-joon's agency commented on why he left "Hotel Del Luna". They said that the decision to leave was prompted by discussion of the character he was going to play, and that there was a gap between his expectations and the reality of the part...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Yoo Is Suave at an Advertising Shoot

2019/04/11 | Permalink

On April 9th, Management Forest released photos of Gong Yoo in his normal relaxed visage at an advertising shoot. At the shooting location, various appliances are visible...More

[HanCinema's News] Ju Ji-hoon Thanks Lee Sung-min for Coffee Truck

2019/04/11 | Permalink

"The Item" only recently finished, but Ju Ji-hoon is already hard at work for "Kingdom - Season 2" on Netflix. Consequently, Lee Sung-min sent him a coffee car. Ju Ji-hoon thanked Lee Sung-min on Instagram for his efforts...More

[HanCinema's News] "Haechi" Lead Actor Jung Il-woo Poses With Mom on Set

2019/04/11 | Permalink

On March 10th, "Haechi" lead actor Jung Il-woo posted a photograph of himself decked out in full regal costume with his mother, who was visiting the set that day. The family resemblance is clear...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Ha-kyun's Career Takes New Turn as Lee Kwang-soo's Brother on "Inseparable Bros"

2019/04/10 | Permalink

Shin Ha-kyun has long had a reputation as a "god of acting" over his twenty year career for the wide variety of his forty odd character roles. In "Inseparable Bros", he takes on yet another unusual role as the physically handicapped Se-ha, who is entirely reliant on his mentally handicapped brother Dong-goo for movement...More

[HanCinema's News] "Hotel Del Luna" Releases More Cast Details, Including Choi Tae-joon's Replacement

2019/04/10 | Permalink

On April 9th, "Hotel Del Luna" released casting details. IU and Yeo Jin-goo were already known as the leads, and Choi Tae-joon was known to have a supporting role. However, Choi Tae-joon has since left the project, and his part will now be played by Lee Do-hyun...More

[HanCinema's News] Glowing Character Posters Released for "Abyss"

2019/04/10 | Permalink

The new drama "Abyss" has released character posters for its three principle characters. In the posters, all three of them can be seen holding a mysterious glowing orange orb...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Cuddles Her Pet Cat

2019/04/10 | Permalink

On April 10th, Song Hye-kyo posted a black-and-white video on Instagram. In the video, she is seen lovingly holding her pet cat with paintings appearing in the background...More

[HanCinema's News] Sung Ki-yoon cast for "A Moment at Eighteen"

2019/04/10 | Permalink

Sung Ki-yoon will appear in the upcoming youth drama "A Moment at Eighteen" on JTBC. The drama, about which little is currently known, purports to be an emotional and realistic coming-of-age story about various eighteen-year-old youths...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Sang-hyuk Gets Married, Donates Money to Wildfire Relief, and Joins Variety Show

2019/04/09 | Permalink

Kim Sang-hyuk has had a busy week. First, on April 7th he got married to online shopping mall CEO Song Da-ye. Then he and his wife quickly announce participation in charity efforts related to Gangwon wildfires, and they also join the variety show 'The Wife's Taste'...More

[HanCinema's News] Roy Kim Returns to Korea

2019/04/09 | Permalink

At dawn on April 9th, Roy Kim returned to South Korea. The news comes from Roy Kim's agency, which said that the action was taken on advice from a lawyer...More

[HanCinema's News] "Persona" Given An April 11th Release Date on Netflix

2019/04/09 | Permalink

Netflix has confirmed that its new omnibus series, "Persona", starring IU, will be available to watch on April 11th. More specifically, the show will upload at 5 PM KST on the official Netflix website...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Joo-bin Caught Using Fake Identification

2019/04/09 | Permalink

On April 9th, SWMP confirmed that a legal review is under way for actor Lee Joo-bin. They said she is being investigated for embezzlement after having tried to use a fake ID to do business on a website dealing in secondhand goods...More

[HanCinema's News] Nana Confirmed for "Justice"

2019/04/09 | Permalink

Nana has accepted her offer to appear in "Justice". It is now confirmed that Nana will play the role of Yeon-ah, an investigator who was once romantically involved with the lead character. That character, attorney Tae-kyeong, will be played by Choi Jin-hyuk...More

[HanCinema's News] Celebrity Recommendations for "Listen to Your Heart. the Beautiful Mind"

2019/04/08 | Permalink

Soo Ae, Lee Yeon-hee
Directors Heo Jin-ho and Kim Tae-yong

Ahead of the April 18th release date for "Listen to Your Heart. The Beautiful Mind" celebrities have been speaking out in support of the documentary. The movie comes from Ryu Jang-ha and Son Mi, the director/scriptwriter duo behind "Hello Schoolgirl", and deals with an orchestra made of up various handicapped people of all ages...More

[HanCinema's News] "her Private Life" Releases Stills of Airplane Scene

2019/04/08 | Permalink

New stills of "Her Private Life" provide some context for the relationship of Ryan (played by Kim Jae-wook) with Deok-mi (played by Park Min-young. Through three separate pictures we can see Ryan giving a disgusted, side-eyed look at Cindy (played by Kim Bo-ra), who appears to be taking a photo of Si-an (played by One) on her phone...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Woo-hyuk-II to Appear in "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2019/04/08 | Permalink

A representative from Neos Entertainment confirmed on April 8th that Choi Woo-hyuk-II would be appearing in the upcoming drama "When the Devil Calls Your Name". He will be playing the young version of Choong-ryeol, who aspires to be a singer. The older version of Choong-ryeol (played by Kim Hyung-mook) is the modern day agent for the drama's main character, Harib, played by Jung Kyung-ho...More

[HanCinema's News] Acting Duties Pass From Husband Lee Sang-woo to Wife Kim So-yeon

2019/04/08 | Permalink

"Touch Your Heart" finished on March 28th. This was the end for Lee Sang-woo's work reasonably intensive role as second lead. But just as he stops working, his wife Kim So-yeon has started her own second lead work in "Mother of Mine" on March 23rd...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ha-na of "Love in Sadness" Perfect Pair with Her Pet Parakeet

2019/04/08 | Permalink

Park Ha-na of "Love in Sadness" is raising a pet parakeet. She released a cute picture on Instagram showing herself posing cheek-to-cheek with her pet...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Birthday"

2019/04/06 | Permalink

As "Birthday" opens up, we see the middle-aged Jeong-il (played by Sol Kyung-gu) on an airplane, looking pensive as he comes back to South Korea. This sense of nervousness is soon justified by a strange setpiece wherein Jeong-il he tries to go home, but his wife Soon-nam (played by Jeon Do-yeon) simply stands silently behind the door. Jeong-il doesn't know for sure whether Soon-nam's rejecting him, or if she can even hear him. Yet somehow the tone of the scene indicates that the possibility of the former is oddly logical for him...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Visitors - 2019"

2019/04/06 | Permalink

Soo-hyeon (played by Jung Ho) is a North Korean defector who works in a sparsely populated public library. Life is pretty boring in there, although every so often his boss will pop and complain about some trivial problem. Life takes a turn for the weird when Soo-hyeon starts having serial abstract conversations with other defectors who coincidentally happen to be visiting the library. And then, of course, there's the framing device of Detective Kim (played by Park Gi-ryoong) who's trying to figure out where Soo-hyeon disappeared to, and also the recurring setpiece of the fish in the fishbowl with weird colors...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Ki-hyun denies involvement with Jung Joon-young scandal

2019/04/05 | Permalink

Some persons of interest remain unnamed in the Jung Joon-young investigation. One such person, the movie actor Mr. Shin, is a pseudonym used for convenience and privacy. Speculation has centered around Shin Ki-hyun as a possibility for Mr. Shin's identity, based on videos from last year where he appeared with Jung Joon-young, Roy Kim, and others as part of an entourage...More

[HanCinema's News] Roy Kim fans push for his dismissal from agency

2019/04/05 | Permalink

On April 4th the DCInside fan group for Roy Kim published a letter publically asking Stone Entertainment to dismiss him from the agency. The letter follows revelations that Roy Kim is now under investigation for taking an active role Jung Joon-young's illegal sexual video chat rooms...More

[HanCinema's News] "Laughter in Waikiki 2" is trending

2019/04/05 | Permalink

"Laughter in Waikiki 2" is the highest trending Monday/Tuesday drama according to the latest Good Data report. "Laughter in Waikiki" held a 40.22% plurality of references in the study...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min and Kim Byung-chul pose in bromantic selfie

2019/04/05 | Permalink

On April 4th Namgoong Min posted a picture on Instagram. In the picture, a smiling Namgoong Min is seen holding arms with his fellow actor Kim Byung-chul. The attached comment says that they get along great. It is signed I-jae and Min-sik, after the names of their characters on "Doctor Prisoner"...More

[HanCinema's News] Choo Ja-hyun gushes about husbands at "Beautiful World" press conference

2019/04/05 | Permalink

At a press conference for "Beautiful World" on April 4th Choo Ja-hyun spoke positively of her co-star, Park Hee-soon. She also made reference to her real-life husband, Yu Xiaoguang. The specific quote was, in real life as well as in dramas I've been lucky with husbands.

The statement is somewhat ironic, given the dark context of "Beautiful World". In the drama Choo Ja-hyun and Park Hee-soon play parents who are dragged into school violence as their son becomes involved in an assault case...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young Says Kim Jae-wook Is Like a Girlfriend at Press Conference for "Her Private Life"

2019/04/04 | Permalink

On April 3rd, a press conference was held for "Her Private Life" at the Imperium Hotel in the Gangnam district of Seoul. During this conference, former "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" star Park Min-young described her relationship with co-actor Kim Jae-wook...More

[HanCinema's News] Goo Ha-ra Admits to Double Eyelid Surgery

2019/04/04 | Permalink

On March 31st, Goo Ha-ra made an Instagram post. In a response to this post, a commenter stated that Goo Ha-ra looked better before her surgery. Goo Ha-ra then replied to the comment saying that the procedure was medically necessary...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Young-kwang Supports Promotional Event for Watches

2019/04/04 | Permalink

On March 4th, actor Kim Young-kwang appeared at the Han Cafe in the Apgujeong region of the Gangnam district for a presentation related to the Maurice Lacroix watch brand. South Korean media was on site and captured many pictures of his presence...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Seon-kyu Receives Offer to Appear in "Victory" With Song Joong-ki

2019/04/04 | Permalink

On April 4th, someone close to production for "Victory" stated that Jin Seon-kyu had received an offer to appear in the film. Jin Seon-kyu and his agency are believed to be considering the offer...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Min-young Appears in First Look Photospread

2019/04/04 | Permalink

Ahead of her new drama, "Her Private Life", Park Min-young appears to be aiming to set a romantic mood. Or at least, that's the impression given by the 173d issue of the fashion magazine First Look...More

[HanCinema's News] Roy Kim Acknowledges Involvement in Jung Joon-young Chatrooms

2019/04/03 | Permalink

Roy Kim is confirmed to have participated in the illegal sexual video chatrooms set up by Jung Joon-young. Roy Kim has long been speculated to have been involved in some way, as his friendship with Jung Joon-young is public and goes back a long way...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Well-suited for Role on "Doctor Prisoner"

2019/04/03 | Permalink

Many factors can be attributed to "Doctor Prisoner"'s impressive rise in the ratings. Fashion sense is one of them. In addition to hairstyles, Namgoong Min's choice of suits has also come under scrutiny and is a popular Internet search term...More

[HanCinema's News] Actress Choi Yoo-song Confirmed for "Beautiful World" and "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2019/04/03 | Permalink

Actress Choi Yoo-song has been confirmed for roles in both "Beautiful World" and "When the Devil Calls Your Name". The news comes as "Beautiful World" is about to premiere on Friday, April 5th, on JTBC...More

[HanCinema's News] Official English Subtitles Provided for Informational Video About Resistance Fighter Yu Gwan-sun

2019/04/03 | Permalink

Back in February, the production team for "A Resistance" produced a short informational video of Korean revolutionary leader Yu Gwan-sun, who led pro-independence protests from a Japanese prison and died for her efforts. On April 1st, a new version of the video was released with English subtitles added in...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Jung-woo, Im Si-wan, and Bae Sung-woo Confirmed for "Boston 1947"

2019/04/03 | Permalink

Ha Jung-woo, Im Si-wan, and Bae Sung-woo have been cast for the upcoming filmed "Boston 1947". The news was confirmed by those responsible for making the film on April 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Yong Jun-hyung Begins Military Service in Wake of Scandal

2019/04/02 | Permalink

At noon on April 2nd, Yong Jun-hyung quietly began his mandatory military service at an undisclosed location absent publicity. His agency sent out a statement stating that he only wants to have a normal, anonymous life there...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Nam-hee Joins "Secret - 2019"

2019/04/02 | Permalink

Veteran actor Lee Nam-hee has joined "Secret - 2019". The upcoming tvN drama stars Park Hae-jin and Jo Bo-ah, deals with a mysterious forest wherein afflicted persons may find healing...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min's Hairstyle in "Doctor Prisoner" Making Waves

2019/04/02 | Permalink

While many factors can be used to explain the success of "Doctor Prisoner", few are eclectic as Namgoong Min's hair. Searches for Namgoong Min's hairstyle and suit have been trending. Like everything else regarding the drama, this image has been specially crafted around the design of his character, prison doctor Yi-je...More

[HanCinema's News] Gong Myung Photoshoot and Interview With the Star

2019/04/02 | Permalink

Gong Myung ("Extreme Job", "Homme Fatale") appears in the April issue of The Star. In the pictures he can be seen showing a sort of harmless boy next door image. The emphasis on his youth and friendliness, emphasized by brightly colored clothes and very friendly expressions...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Announces New Book Talk

2019/04/02 | Permalink

On March 2nd Yoon Ji-oh announced on Instagram that she was holding a new book talk on April 14th, to replace a canceled one on March 30th. She was apologetic for all the effort put into the endeavor by herself and concert planners, as well as for anyone who had been hoping to come...More

[HanCinema's News] DC Inside Poll Names Yoo Seung-ho as Best Child Actor

2019/04/01 | Permalink

The community portal website DCInside and the trend search company MyCeleb ran a poll from March 17th to March 23rd asking who was the biggest child actor. Yoo Seung-ho won the poll with 32.3 percent of the overall vote...More

[HanCinema's News] Yang Hyun-min of "Extreme Job" Marries Choi Cham-sa-rang

2019/04/01 | Permalink

Yang Hyun-min and Love Choi Cham-sa-rang have married after an eleven year courtship. The groom, age 37, recently played the role of the villain in "Extreme Job". The bride, aged 32, is also an actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang Daniel, Jungkook, and Yoo Yeon-seok Top DC Inside Poll of Desired Vacation Partners

2019/04/01 | Permalink

On March 31st, the community portal website DCInside and the trend search company My Celebs ran a poll. The topic of the poll was, "Which celebrity would you want to drink mojitos with in the Maldives?"...More

[HanCinema's News] Police Apologize to Yoon Ji-oh

2019/04/01 | Permalink

On April 1st, the chief of Seoul police apologized to Yoon Ji-oh for their failure to secure her safety. He promised that going forward she would be under twenty-four hour protection. Yoon Ji-oh has consistently stated that she has concerns for her own safety for trying to raise awareness and speak out about what she knows in regards to the death of Jang Ja-yeon...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korea Media Loves Son Eun-seo

2019/04/01 | Permalink

On March 27th, Son Eun-seo ("Spring Turns to Spring", "The Villagers") went to the Banyan Tree Club and Spa for an event promoting the new cosmetics brand 'Eluv'. South Korea media was on hand to commemorate the event photographically...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Money"

2019/03/30 | Permalink

Il-hyeon (played by Ryu Jun-yeol) is a numbers nerd who already looks the part. Through voiceover and montage, we then see Il-hyeon's dorkiness even more thoroughly- he's an ambitious junior stockbroker who wants to make lots of money because he thinks bigger numbers are better than smaller numbers. Il-hyeon then predictably gets suckered into an obvious scam where in the short-term anyway his numbers do awesome...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The King of the Border"

2019/03/30 | Permalink

In the promising opening to "The King of the Border" Yoo-jin (played by Kim Sae-byuk) get off an airplane in Poland and then proceeds to ignore people. There's a lot of great dark travel comedy here. A person like Yoo-jin, when she goes to another country, does so because she specifically does not want to talk to people from her own country anymore. The escalating sequences that follow are amazing, as we see Yoo-jin forced to become more blunt about how she wants to be left alone...More

[HanCinema's News] "Big Issue" Won't Air New Episodes Next Week

2019/03/30 | Permalink

On March 29th a representative from MBC Star confirmed that "Big Issue" would not be airing new episodes next week. This means no new episodes on April 3rd or April 4th...More

[HanCinema's News] Seo Eun-soo Confirmed for "King Maker"

2019/03/29 | Permalink

Seo Eun-soo has joined the cast of "King Maker". The film is about an ambitious man who dreams of being president and the dark support he receives in the background of a turbulent election season...More

[HanCinema's News] Jo Woo-ri Does Photo Shoot and Interview with bnt Collezione

2019/03/29 | Permalink

Jo Woo-ri appears in a fashion shoot for bnt Collezione magazine. There is also an interview, where the star of "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" discusses her career trajcetory as of late...More

[HanCinema's News] Script Reading Photos Released for New Drama "Chief of Staff"

2019/03/29 | Permalink

It's been ten years since actor Lee Jung-jae appeared in a drama. He'll be making his comeback in "Chief of Staff" which will air on JTBC sometime in May...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Dong-wook Says He Will Never Forget his Character on "Touch Your Heart"

2019/03/29 | Permalink

On March 29th Lee Dong-wook sent a message through SNS. He talked about his love for "Touch Your Heart" and how he would never be able to forget about his character and thanked everyone who loved the drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Joon-gi Interviews and Covers for The Star Magazine

2019/03/28 | Permalink

The April edition of The Star Magazine features Lee Joon-gi on the cover. The theme is called 'Lee Joon GI in THAILAND'. The promoted image is one of freedom, confidence, and swagger. This piece marks The Star's six year anniversary, and also features an interview...More

[HanCinema's News] Screenwriter Jo Jeong-seon Opens Up About "Mother of Mine"

2019/03/28 | Permalink

The screenwriter of "Mother of Mine", Jo Jeong-seon, has been talking about the characters she writes. The drama has already hit 28.2% ratings in its first week on the strength of its mother/daughter centered drama...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Jin-young cast for "Chief of Staff"

2019/03/28 | Permalink

On March 28th, the production company behind "Chief of Staff" confirmed that Jung Jin-young would be joining the drama. The drama is a behind the spotlight look at political power struggles that centers around the titular aide, played by Lee Jung-jae...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Light in Your Eyes" Tops Latest Good Data Report

2019/03/28 | Permalink

On March 26th, the latest Good Data report was released. In it, "The Light in Your Eyes" jumped to the top of the rankings in its last week on air. "Doctor Prisoner" in its first week managed to hit number two...More

[HanCinema's News] "My First Client" Unveils Theatrical Poster

2019/03/28 | Permalink

Lee Dong-hwi and Yoo Sun are primed to appear in the new movie "My First Client". The film deals with a ten year old boy who stands accused of murder...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Thanks Yoo Joon-sang for Sending Coffee Car to "Doctor Prisoner" Set

2019/03/27 | Permalink

On March 27th "Doctor Prisoner" released a photo taken on set. In the photo, Namgoong Min is scene making a humorous mimicking pose next to a promotional image of Yoo Joon-sang from "Liver or Die"...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Cho-rong Greets Fans on Instagram

2019/03/27 | Permalink

Park Cho-rong recently posted an Instagram photo. It was taken on March 1st, while she was on her way to a fan meeting in Olympic Park in southeastern Seoul...More

[HanCinema's News] "Myung Bean Flower" Script Reading Photos Released

2019/03/27 | Permalink

"The Nokdu Flower" is coming. The drama had its first script readings back in January. The story takes place during a peasant rebellion in 1894, shortly before Japan used the spectre of peasant rebellions to effectively take control of Koea.
The director of the project is Sin Kyeong-soo, known for his work on "Deep-rooted Tree" and "Six Flying Dragons"...More

[HanCinema's News] Shin Ye-eun Shares Cute Photo

2019/03/27 | Permalink

Shin Ye-eun posted a selfie on Instagram. The picture is intended to be ironic. It contrasts the real Shin Ye-eun's smiling face with a disposable coffee cup bearing her likeness for promotional reasons...More

[HanCinema's News] "Juror 8" Releases New Poster Starring Moon So-ri and Park Hyung-sik

2019/03/27 | Permalink

A new poster has been released for the upcoming film "Juror 8". The film is based on the real-life story of the first jury trial which took place in South Korea in 2008. Moon So-ri plays the part of judge, while Park Hyung-sik is the titular "Juror 8"...More

[HanCinema's News] Dexter Studios Gets Six Million Dollars to Produce VFX for "Mt. Baekdu"

2019/03/26 | Permalink

The special effects for "Mt. Baekdu", the latest film starring Ha Jung-woo, Suzy, and Lee Byung-hun, will be handled by Dexter Studios. The contract is for seven billion won, or about six million dollars...More

[HanCinema's News] Five Korean Films to Be Screened At Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase

2019/03/26 | Permalink

This year five Korean films were selected for the Hawaii International Film Festival's Spring Showcase. The films are: "The Dude in Me", "Extreme Job", "Innocent Witness", "MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission", and "Money"...More

[HanCinema's News] Professor Contextualizes Severity of Cha Tae-hyun's Gambling on Golf Games

2019/03/26 | Permalink

On the March 24th episode of Journalism Talk Show J on KBS1, the topic of discussion was sensibility in reporting on the Burning Sun investigation. In one segment, Professor Jung Joon-hee of Chungang University explained why Cha Tae-hyun was facing such stiff consequences for the seemingly minor allegation of gambling with friends on golf games...More

[HanCinema's News] "Doctor Prisoner" Tops Nielsen Report for Most Influential Television Programs

2019/03/26 | Permalink

On March 26th, CJ ENM and Nielsen Korea released their most recent report for most influential television programs. "Doctor Prisoner" topped the list at number one, followed by variety show "I Live Alone" at number two...More

[HanCinema's News] Ji Chang-wook's Image Appears in Connection With 'Burning Sun'

2019/03/26 | Permalink

An episode of the investigative journalism program 'Unanswered Questions' has been under harsh scrutiny for showing a photo of Ji Chang-wook in a mosaic related to the 'Burning Sun' investigation. SBS has had to remove the relevant episode from their Video On Demand service in light of complaints...More

[HanCinema's News] Former TV Chosun President Claims He Did Not Try to Bury Jang Ja-yeon Investigation

2019/03/25 | Permalink

In a statement, former TV Chosun President Bang Jung-oh insisted he was free of wrongdoing in the Jang Ja-yeon case. The statement follows a KBS News at 9 Report on March 21st that claims he had help from police to delete an incriminating phone call made between him and Jang Ja-yeon...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Kim Tae-eun-III Confirms Jung Joon-young Acted Inappropriately on "The Lovers"

2019/03/25 | Permalink

In light of Jung Joon-young's involvement in taking secret sex tapes of women in the Burning Sun nightclub scandals, more attention is being paid to Jung Joon-young's past work. One such case is Jung Joon-young's role on "The Lover", an omnibus Mnet drama from 2015...More

[HanCinema's News] "Parasite" Aims for 72nd Cannes Film Festival

2019/03/25 | Permalink

The official schedule for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival is expected next month. "Parasite", the latest from director Bong Joon-ho, is expected to make an appearance. The main question is whether it will be in or out of competition...More

[HanCinema's News] Soo Ae's Contract With Star J Entertainment Is at an End

2019/03/25 | Permalink

On March 25th, Star J Entertainment announced that its contract with Soo Ae would end on March 31st. She first signed with the agency back in 2001. Soo Ae's most recent drama projects with them include "Mask" and "The Man In My House". She also did the films "Run-off" and "High Society - Movie"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Money" Breaks a Million Viewers in First Four Days

2019/03/25 | Permalink

Since its release on March 20th, "Money" has handily jumped past the million viewer mark. Cast members put together a cheerful photo for fans to celebrate the milestone, which occurred at seven 'o clock PM KST on Saturday, March 23rd...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A History of Jealousy"

2019/03/23 | Permalink

For all the movie's dark, essentially melodramatic marketing, "A History of Jealousy" initially plays out as a mostly cute romance. Soo-min (played by Nam Gyu-ri) and Won-ho (played by Oh Ji-ho) meet again after a long time at a social event with three of their other friends. So of course, happy memories flow forth about how they first met ten years ago in happier times. Back then they had more mundane problems, like trying to evade police brutality...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Back from the Beat"

2019/03/23 | Permalink

Min-gyoo (played by Kwak Min-gyoo) is a delivery guy who's always practicing for his dream job of being a DJ. "Back from the Beat" explores Min-gyoo's overall mood. Min-gyoo has a passive personality and fairly modest dreams. His girlfriend, art instructor Si-eun (played by Kim Si-eun) is at times annoyed with him for not asserting himself better. But for the most part they have a happy understanding relationship with minor spats that are easily smoothed over...More

[HanCinema's News] Abyss holds script reading

2019/03/22 | Permalink

In anticipation of filming the cast of "Abyss" has started script readings. Photos of the script readings have been released by tvN. In them we can that the actors are alternatively animated and thoughtful in regards to the material...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri becomes jazz singer in "Different Dreams"

2019/03/22 | Permalink

On March 22nd the upcoming drama "Different Dreams" released a still photo for Nam Gyu-ri's character. In the drama, she plays a jazz singer from the Japanese colonial era of Korean history...More

[HanCinema's News] Kwon Nara makes an impact in "Doctor Prisoner"

2019/03/22 | Permalink

Kwon Nara has been making a strong impression on Doctor Stranger. In the drama she plays So-geum, an assertive doctor who knows how to make care of herself...More

[HanCinema's News] More Details on Choi Jong-hoon bribery allegations

2019/03/22 | Permalink

On March 21st SBS News at 8 revealed more details as to the bribery allegations against Choi Jong-hoon. The investigation stems, as expected from the 'Burning Sun' chat logs...More

[HanCinema's News] New Promotional Video released for Shinheung Military Academy

2019/03/22 | Permalink

TenAsia has released a promotional video for Shinheung Military Academy on YouTube. The video consists of an interview with cast members in full costume made on March 5th, followed by performance clips...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh to Start Using AfreecaTV Streaming Service

2019/03/21 | Permalink

On March 20th, Yoon Ji-oh announced on SNS that she would be making broadcasts from AfreecaTV in the future. She cited problems with the way Instagram and YouTube deal with later editing of live broadcasts...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung Currently Attending Florence Korea Film Fest

2019/03/21 | Permalink

The Florence Korea Film Fest begins today on March 21st. Actor and director Jung Woo-sung is a guest of the film festival. He was photographed leaving for the film festival on March 19th...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean President Moon Jae-in Jokes About Success of "Extreme Job"

2019/03/21 | Permalink

On March 21st South Korean President Moon Jae-in attended an official function at the Euljiro branch of the Industrial Bank of Korea, where he met with and encouraged the bank's employees. They discussed the bank's investments, which include "Extreme Job". Moon Jae-in also created the bank's regular customers...More

[HanCinema's News] "Inseparable Bros" Official Promotional Event Opens

2019/03/21 | Permalink

On March 21st at the Apgujeong CGV in Gangnam the official rollout for "Inseparable Bros" was held. Shin Ha-kyun, Lee Kwang-soo, and Esom were all in attendance. Simple questions and photo time was also allotted...More

[HanCinema's News] Police Bribery Suspected in Choi Jong-hoon's Drunk Driving Incident

2019/03/21 | Permalink

It has been determined that Choi Jong-hoon's drunk driving incident from three years ago was not properly reported to higher authorities, even though he was apprehended by police. Bribery is believed to be the reason for this...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Releases Official English Statement

2019/03/21 | Permalink

On March 21st HanCinema obtained Yoon Ji-oh's as of yet unpublished official English language statement. Yoon Ji-oh fled to Canada five years ago out of fear for her safety in South Korea. The statement is written in her hand and transcribed without correction here...More

[HanCinema's News] "My Only One" and "The Light in Your Eyes" Top Good Data Report in Their Final Weeks

2019/03/20 | Permalink

As expected, "My Only One" remained at the top of the Good Data report in its final week, marking off its third straight ranking as number one. "The Light in Your Eyes" in its final week was a surprisingly close number two. While "My Only One" had an overall percentage of 16.24 (out of 100%), "The Light in Your Eyes" had 14.53% of social media mentions of the studied dramas...More

[HanCinema's News] MBC Releases Promotional Trailer for "The Banker"

2019/03/20 | Permalink

On March 20th MBC released an extended promotional trailer for "The Banker". Though the name may sound simple, the drama is promising to be a dynamic one. Stills from the drama give lead actor Kim Sang-joong a crazed look as the titular auditor Dae-ho - a high-performing manager who gets wrapped up in conspiracies and investigations...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Tae-hyun Officially Dismissed From Radio Star

2019/03/20 | Permalink

Cha Tae-hyun will no longer appear on MBC Radio's late night talk show 'Radio Star'. The announcement was made by MBC on March 20th...More

[HanCinema's News] Speculation Mounts About Authenticity of Jung Joon-young's 'Golden Phone'

2019/03/20 | Permalink

On March 19th, the SBS program 'Night of TV Entertainment' revealed suspicious circumstances in the turnover of Jung Joon-young's 'Golden Phone' to authorities. Namely, the program noted how Jung Joon-young re-entered South Korea from the United States on March 12th, but was not searched at that time...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Clarifies Statement Regarding Jang Ja-yeon and the "Casting Couch"

2019/03/20 | Permalink

On March 19th, Yoon Ji-oh appeared on the news program 'Tonight with Kim Je-dong' to discuss the Jang Ja-yeon case. Come March 20th, Yoon Ji-oh posted extended thoughts on the topics discussed during her interview, namely her use of the term 'casting couch'...More

[HanCinema's News] MBC News Anchor Wang Jong-myung Apologizes for Treating Yoon Ji-oh Rudely During Interview

2019/03/19 | Permalink

The MBC Newsdesk program issued an apology on March 19th for the way anchor Wang Jong-myung interviewed Yoon Ji-oh on the March 18th broadcast. Over a six-minute thirty-second live interview, he asked her four times to divulge names of people associated with the Jang Ja-yeon case...More

[HanCinema's News] Warrant Expected for Jung Joon-young's Arrest on March 21st

2019/03/19 | Permalink

On March 19th the Seoul Police Department announced that they would be issuing arrest warrants soon for charges related to the ongoing Burning Sun nightclub scandal. The announced warrants are for Jung Joon-young and the nightclub employee Mr. Kim, and will be deployed on March 21st...More

[HanCinema's News] "Mother of Mine" to Fill the Big Shoes of "My Only One"

2019/03/19 | Permalink

On March 19th at the Imperial Palace Hotel, KBS2 began the official rollout for "Mother of Mine". The new weekend drama will start in the 8 PM KST timeslot previously occupied by "My Only One"...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-kyo Posts Instagram Photo

2019/03/19 | Permalink

On March 16th, Song Hye-kyo posted a new photo on Instagram. In it, she is dressed in modest, all black, and appears to be gazing off at something in the distance...More

[HanCinema's News] Cha Tae-hyun's Seven Years of Work on 2 Days & 1 Night Now in Flux

2019/03/19 | Permalink

Following revelations that he participated in sports gambling, Cha Tae-hyun's future is now unknown. As of March 19th, KBS has still not answered questions or posted information about the future of the variety show that makes his reputation, 2 Days & 1 Night...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Joon-young Case Leads Investigators to Cha Tae-hyun Gambling Allegations

2019/03/18 | Permalink

On March 16th 'News at 9', on KBS1 revealed another co-conspirator in the ongoing Jung Joon-young scandal. Cha Tae-hyun, most famous for his appearances in the Sunday variety show '2 Days and 1 Night', has appeared in Jung Joon-young's phone logs participating in gambling on golf games...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean President Holds Briefing on Jang Ja-yeon and 'Burning Sun'

2019/03/18 | Permalink

On March 18th in the afternoon, South Korean President Moon Jae-in underwent an hour long report on the Jang Ja-yeon investigation as well as the 'Burning Sun' investigation centered around Jung Joon-young. In a statement, he expressed disappointment about how these cases were handled...More

[HanCinema's News] "My Only One" Hits Six Year Ratings Record

2019/03/18 | Permalink

While "My Only One" failed to reach the 50% ratings record as some were anticipating this weekend, it did manage to hit a six year record for domestic broadcasts. The final number was 48.5%. To put this number into context, this means that approximately thirteen million people were believed to have watched it...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Media All Over Park Shin-hye's New Style

2019/03/18 | Permalink

On March 17th Park Shin-hye attended an event for promoting the clothing brand Mojo S. Phine. There was also a fan signing as well as a photozone available...More

[HanCinema's News] South Korean Box Office in February Up 50% Compared to Last Year

2019/03/18 | Permalink

On March 18th the Korean Film Council released its data for the South Korea's February box office. According to their figures, attendance rates increased by 43% and overall revenues increased by 50%, boosted in large part by "Extreme Job"...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "1919 Yu Gwan-sun"

2019/03/16 | Permalink

Designed with the centennial of the March 1st Movement in mind, "1919 Yu Gwan-sun" serves an obvious purpose as a documentary. We may know Yu Gwan-sun by name, but who was she? And who were the women she collaborated with in prison? They were not always so well known. The opening scene depicts the writing of a New York Times article in 2018 that helped bring Yu Gwan-sun to prominence. "1919 Yu Gwan-sun" goes further, giving context to the lives of the other women who were in the Seodaemun prison who also defied Japanese authority...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Slow Video"

2019/03/16 | Permalink

The heavily bespectacled Jang-boo (played by Cha Tae-hyun) initially looks like a blind guy. However, narration and flashback soon makes it clear that Jang-boo's problem is not that his vision is too weak, but rather, that it's too awesome, because he can process everything in slow motion. Alas, actually using this power, or even just trying to use his eyesight to do boring normal everyday stuff, is burdensome to Jang-boo. So instead he uses this power to stalk Soo-mi (played by Nam Sang-mi) via closed circuit television...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh Addresses Media At Feminist Demonstration

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Yoon Ji-oh spoke at a feminist demonstration on the morning of March 15th at Gwanghwamun Square. In a statement directed at nearby press, she continued to emphasize the need for a continued investigation of Jang Ja-yeon's alleged suicide...More

[HanCinema's News] Police locate six of Jung Joon-young's phones

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Police claim to have acquired six phones related to illegal sexual videos produced and distributed by Jung Joon-young. The announcement was made on March 15th. Forensic investigation of the phones is underway...More

[HanCinema's News] Stills released of Nam Gyu-ri wearing a wedding dress in "A History of Jealousy"

2019/03/15 | Permalink

"A History of Jealousy" released on March 14th, and with it movie stills. In them we can Nam Gyu-ri wearing a wedding dress...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoo Joon-sang records song for "Liver or Die"

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Yoo Joon-sang is singing a song for the drama he's appearing in, "Liver or Die". The songwriter specifically crafted the song for Yoo Joon-sang, in light of his renewed popularity...More

[HanCinema's News] Son Seung-won to Serve Four Years in Prison for Drunk Driving

2019/03/15 | Permalink

Son Seung-won is going to jail for four years on drunk driving charges. This follows sustained outrage at the details of his case, where Son Seung-won was caught and then attempted to run away from authorities...More

[HanCinema's News] Han Hyejin, Jun Hyun-moo, and Variety Show "I Live Alone" Top Good Data Report

2019/03/14 | Permalink

Interest in Han Hyejin, Jun Hyun-moo, and the variety show they appear in, "I Live Alone", is exploding. This is most likely a result of Han Hyejin and Jun Hyun-moo's recently announced divorce...More

[HanCinema's News] Petition Demanding Police Protection for Yoon Ji-oh Hits 200,000 Signatures

2019/03/14 | Permalink

On March 13th a petition to the South Korean government demanding police protection for Yoon Ji-oh in regards to the Jang Ja-yeon investigation hit 200,000 signatures. This is the minimum threshhold at which the government must issue an official response as to their position on the subject...More

[HanCinema's News] Actor Turned Director Kim Yun-seok of "Another Child" Cites Ha Jung-woo as Inspiration

2019/03/14 | Permalink

On March 13th at 11 AM a press conference was held at the Apgujeong CGV for the upcoming film "Another Child". This is the first stint as a director for actor Kim Yun-seok...More

[HanCinema's News] Behind the Scenes Footage Released for "He Is Psychometric"

2019/03/14 | Permalink

Following the first week of "He Is Psychometric", tvN has released behind the scenes footage of the drama and hints of what is to come. Jinyoung and Shin Ye-eun have also discussed the context of what they were doing in these pictures...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-eon, Han So-hee, and Kwon Soo-hyun Join "Abyss"

2019/03/14 | Permalink

Lee Si-eon, Han So-hee, and Kwon Soo-hyun have been confirmed for "Abyss". The upcoming fantasy drama stars Park Bo-young as Se-yeon and Ahn Hyo-seop as Cha-min, a mismatched pair come back from the dead to track down a murderer...More

[HanCinema's News] Namgoong Min Posts "Doctor Prisoner" Image

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th, Namgoong Min posted a picture on his Instagram. In it, he has a downcast, moody expression, is wearing a suit, and is surrounding by moody, ambient red light. The picture was taken during the filming of "Doctor Prisoner"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Joon-young Removed From Agency Due to Seungri Scandal

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th Make Us Entertainment announced they were terminating their contract with Jung Joon-young. The decision follows revelations that Jung Joon-young was involved with taking clandestine sexual videos at Seungri's club, Burning Sun...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh in Tears in Instagram Broadcast

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th Yoon Ji-oh released a short Instagram broadcast. In it she breaks down in tears over fears of how new progress in the Jang Ja-yeon investigation may be covered up. But she also expresses gratitude to viewers whose interest in the case has caused the investigation into Jang Ja-yeon's death to be reopened...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Cho-hee Insists She Has No Involvement With Jung Joon-young Video Scandal

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th actress Oh Cho-hee posted a picture of herself and her dog on Instagram. The picture is captioned by an adamant denial of her involvement with Jung Joon-young's video scandal...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Gyu-ri Discusses Weight and New Movie on Radio Program

2019/03/13 | Permalink

On March 13th Nam Gyu-ri appeared on the radio program Cinetown with Park Seon-young. Nam Gyu-ri was last on the program a year ago. Park Seon-young observed that Nam Gyu-ri was looking much healthier than last year. Nam Gyu-ri confirmed that she had gained three kilograms, having weighed under forty kilograms during her last appearance...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" to Appear Via Video on Demand Services

2019/03/12 | Permalink

The big Korean movie of the winter finally becomes viewable in South Korean homes on March 13th. "Extreme Job" came out on January 23rd, but has been slow in reaching the secondary market because it was still making money in theaters...More

[HanCinema's News] "A History of Jealousy" Releases Stills of Nam Gyu-ri, Oh Ji-ho, and Kim Seung-hyun-I

2019/03/12 | Permalink

Still have been released for "A History of Jealousy", a mystery melodrama set to release on March 14th. This will be the first mainstream release for director Jung In-bong, whose only public directing credit to date has been on the omnibus film "The Way - 2017" about lonely elderly citizens...More

[HanCinema's News] Narsha Promotes Diet With Glamorous Instagram Shots

2019/03/12 | Permalink

On March 11th Narsha released some pictures on Instagram. In them, she is wearing a one piece swimsuit on the beach...More

[HanCinema's News] "My Only One" and Lead Actor Choi Soo-jong Rank At the Top of Latest Good Data Report

2019/03/12 | Permalink

On March 11th the Good Data Corporation released its latest weekly report on trends regarding dramas and drama actors. Based on analyzing references in social media, "My Only One" is the most popular drama and Choi Soo-jong the most popular actor...More

[HanCinema's News] Go Jae-yee Releases Stunning Wedding Photos

2019/03/12 | Permalink

On March 11th actress Go Jae-yee released photos of her wedding from December 30th of last year on SNS. She described the experience as unforgettable...More

[HanCinema's News] Suwon Enjoying Increased Food Tourism Thanks to "Extreme Job"

2019/03/11 | Permalink

Yeom Tae-young, the mayor of Suwon, recently presented a congratulatory plaque to representatives of About Film. The production company behind "Extreme Job" sent four representative to the meeting, including two of the movie's writers. The meeting took place on March 11th...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Se-yeon of "The Item" Salutes Fans in a Police Uniform

2019/03/11 | Permalink

On March 7th Jin Se-yeon uploaded a picture of herself to Instagram. She exhorts followers to be careful of yellow dust. The yellow dust season had been particularly bad in South Korea during that time...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Goo Transforms Throughout "Legal High"

2019/03/11 | Permalink

Jin Goo has been gaining traction for his work in "Legal High". In that drama, he plays the unstoppable lawyer Tae-rim who is constantly on the attack against enemy weaknesses. Yet he also deals with past trauma, and compensates with relaxation...More

[HanCinema's News] "Innocent Witness" Passes 2.4 Million Admissions

2019/03/11 | Permalink

According to the Korean Film Council, "Innocent Witness" had 35,860 admissions on Sunday. This brings it current total to 2,421,612. It's ranking was third for the day and fourth for the weekend...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Young-eun and Na Hye-mi to Appear in New Daily Drama "Home for Summer"

2019/03/11 | Permalink

A representative from Na Hye-mi's agency confirmed that Na Hye-mi is in the final stages of agreeing to appear in "Home for Summer", the new daily drama from KBS. This follows reports last month that Lee Young-eun was also taking a role...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Resistance"

2019/03/09 | Permalink

Yu Gwan-sun (played by Go Ah-sung) was a real-life organizer in the March 1st Movement. Interestingly, writer/director Jo Min-ho does not depict Yu Gwan-sun's participation in that event so much. We do get a few full color scenes of Yu Gwan-sun with her family. But for the most part, "A Resistance" is the story of Yu Gwan-sun's life in prison following her arrest, set in bleak black-and-white as Yu Gwan-sun's patriotism is contrasted with her inevitably suffering for expressing it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong"

2019/03/09 | Permalink

So apparently, back during the Japanese Occupation of Korea, bicycle racing was a pretty big event. Right away we see a huge Olympic-style Stadium where the greatest athletes of the day compete for glory on the track via these newfangled inventions called bicycles. Then we get to the post-race, where a dozen odd members of the Korean Resistance are discussing whether their goals are best achieved with terrorism or improving the quality of their bicycle athletes...More

[HanCinema's News] Netflix's Upcoming Drama, "I Am Alone"

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Among Netflix's Korean upcoming drama projects is "I am Alone". The science fiction concept is intriguing. The story is about a lonely woman who finds solace through a hologram and its artificial intelligence...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Do-ah to get married on March 24th

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Lee Do-ah is getting married on March 24th. The Happy Married Company announced the news on March 6th, which is also when the wedding pictures were released. The wedding will take place in the Han Wedding Hall in Gangnam...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Ji-woo signs contract with Wayz Company

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Nam Ji-woo has signed with Wayz Company. The Canadian-born actor is best known for his appearances in short films, and has been called the Jung Woo-sung of short films on the festival circuit...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Min-joon signs with Family ENT

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Kim Min-joon has signed a contract with Family ENT. Originally a model, Kim Min-joon started his acting career in 2003 with a small role on "Damo". He has been a regular fixture in dramas and films since then...More

[HanCinema's News] Yoon Ji-oh shares old photograph of Jang Ja-yeon

2019/03/08 | Permalink

Yoon Ji-oh, who released "The 13th Statement" on March 5th regarding the aftermath of Jang Ja-yeon's death, posted an old picture on March 7th. In the grainy old picture, Yoon Ji-oh can be seen smiling with Jang Ja-yeon...More

[HanCinema's News] Nam Joo-hyuk Confirmed for "School Nurse Ahn Eun-young"

2019/03/07 | Permalink

Nam Joo-hyuk will appear in the Netflix drama "School Nurse Ahn Eun-young". His agency, YG Entertainment confirmed the news on March 6th. They said they were optimistic about shooting and expect a release in spring of next year...More

[HanCinema's News] Jun Ji-hyun Is Sporty Chic in Latest Photoshoot

2019/03/07 | Permalink

Photos were recently released of Jeon Ji-hyun doing modeling work. She currently has a contract with the outdoorwear brand Nepa...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Dong-hwi Shares Commemorative Birthday Picture of "Extreme Job" for Lee Honey

2019/03/07 | Permalink

Lee Dong-hwi released a black-and-white picture on Instagram of the five principle cast members of "Extreme Job" standing and smiling together on March 7. The picture is labeled as a birthday greeting to Lee Honey, whose birthday was on March 2nd...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young Stills Released for "Her Private Life" script readings

2019/03/07 | Permalink

On March 7th, Management Soop (the word means forest in Korean) released photos of the ongoing "Her Private Life" script readings. In them, Kim Jae-wook and Park Min-young can be seen showing cheerful chemistry...More

[HanCinema's News] Veteran Actor Cha Kwang-soo Discusses Life, Acting, and Devotion to His Wife

2019/03/07 | Permalink

On March 5th, veteran actor Cha Kwang-soo appeared on the MBC documentary 'People Are Good' to discuss his career. He also goes into his recent withdrawal from acting...More

[HanCinema's News] "He Is Psychometric" Preview Airs

2019/03/06 | Permalink

On March 5th, tvN broadcasted a preview episode of "He Is Psychometric". The purpose of the preview episode was to make an overview of the plot and characters and stoke viewer interest...More

[HanCinema's News] Ma Dong-seok Accepts Award as Model Taxpayer

2019/03/06 | Permalink

On March 4th, The NTS (National Tax Service) Seoul Regional Office has awarded Ma Dong-seok for being a model taxpayer. The occasion for this was the 53rd Taxpayer's Day Ceremony...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-hyuk Holds Fan Meeting in Taiwan

2019/03/06 | Permalink

On February 28th Choi Jin-hyuk held his second fan meeting in Taiwan. Official pictures were recently released...More

[HanCinema's News] "A Resistance" Sits on Top of the Box Office

2019/03/06 | Permalink

According to figures released by the Korean Film Council, "A Resistance" achieved 35,150 admissions on March 5th for a grand total of 870,315 admissions. It is currently at the top of the box office, although this position is unlikely to be maintained with the release of Captain Marvel...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Je-hoon and Ryu Jun-yeol Travel to Cuba

2019/03/06 | Permalink

JTBC released a behind-the-scenes look at Lee Je-hoon appearance with Ryu Jun-yeol on "Traveler". The video was released on the JTBC YouTube channel on March 6th...More

[HanCinema's News] "Big Issue" Promises to Reveal a New Side of Han Ye-seul

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Han Ye-seul takes a new career turn as the hard-nosed editor of a paparazzi publication in "Big Issue". It's her first leading role since "Boy and Girl From the 20th Century", a drama where she played an actress who had an at times antagonistic relationship with the press...More

[HanCinema's News] tvN drama "Her Private Life" Dishes Character Details

2019/03/05 | Permalink

As "Touch Your Heart" enters its halfway point, details are emerging about "Her Private Life". The drama will follow "Touch Your Heart" in the Wednesday/Thursday timeslot on tvN...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Il-gook Triplets Cheer on Dad

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Song Il-gook is starting a new stage play today, The God of Carnage, which runs until March 24th at the Seoul Arts Center. The story concerns two sets of parents whose actions devolve into farcical chaos as they attempt to negotiate a scuffle between their children...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Si-young's Fashion is on Point in "Liver Or Die"

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Lee Si-young has been elevating "Liver or Die" with her fashion sense. Or at least, the drama's wardrobe department knows how to dress her...More

[HanCinema's News] Heo Joon-suk of "Extreme Job" Joins Cast of "Daughter - 2019"

2019/03/05 | Permalink

Heo Joon-suk is undergoing a major role reversal. In "Extreme Job", he had a bit role as the business-oriented nerd who persuades the hapless leads to franchise their fake fried chicken restaurant for malicious purposes...More

[HanCinema's News] Casting announced for "I Hate Going to Work"

2019/03/04 | Permalink

"I Hate Going to Work", a drama about office life, has released casting information. The drama will star Kim Dong-wan, Han Soo-yeon, So Joo-yeon, and Kim Kwan-soo as company employees. Kim Dong-wan will star as Baek-ho, a legendary employee who has long been fast-tracked for promotion...More

[HanCinema's News] Professor Makes Positive Statements Regarding Song Hye-ko's Patriotism in Korean Media

2019/03/04 | Permalink

On March 4th professor Seo Kyoung-Duk, of Seongsin Women's University has been making the rounds lately, discussing the centennial of the March 1st Independence Movement. As per South Korea's He has also discussed Song Hye-kyo and her role in putting a proper Korean plaque near the entrance of the Yi Jun Peace Museum in the Hague...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Hits 16 Million Viewers, Breaks Record Set by "The Admiral: Roaring Currents"

2019/03/04 | Permalink

"Extreme Job" finally hit the 16 million viewer milestone today. As of March 4th, the film's total box office admissions total 16,029,822 viewers...More

[HanCinema's News] Ha Joon to appear in "Arthdal Chronicles"

2019/03/04 | Permalink

Ha Joon has been announced as a latecomer for "Arthdal Chronicles". He will appear in the second half of the drama as an allied warrior. What form this role may take is unclear, as all that is known of the drama is that it concerns power struggles in the ancient nation state of Gojoseon, which dates back to 33 BC...More

[HanCinema's News] Kim Ki-duk Film "Human, Space, Time, and Human" to Open Yubari Fantastic Film Festival

2019/03/04 | Permalink

The Yubari Fantastic Film Festival, which will run from March 7th to March 10th, will open with "Human, Space, Time and Human" by famed director Kim Ki-duk. This prominence is controversial, due to sexual misconduct allegations against the director...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Trade Your Love"

2019/03/02 | Permalink

In the cute animated opener for "Trade Your Love" we learn, among other things, that leading man Seong-seok (played by Kim Dong-wook) has a girlfriend. Hye-jin (played by Lee Chae-eun) is divorced, and thus unacceptable to Seong-seok's genteel family. This fact, coupled with how Seong-seok and leading lady Hae-joo (played by Ko Sung-hee) don't have much screentime together, quickly emphasizes how the contract marriage really is fake. Save for inertia, there's no real reason for Seong-seok and Hye-jin to actually go through with it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Second Half"

2019/03/02 | Permalink

We are introduced to Mr. Jo (played by Ryu Seung-soo) as he is driving and talking on the phone. From the beginning Mr. Jo is not a super likable character. This does not change when he arrives at South Korea's northeastern coast, and starts bitterly criticizing the promotional tactics at a local empty fish restaurant. By the time Mr. Jo arrives at his fancy hotel and meets the oddly familiar Min-ah (played by Esom) we still don't really know what the movie's about...More

[HanCinema's News] "Romance Is a Bonus Book" Releases Behind the Scenes Pictures

2019/02/28 | Permalink

The production company behind "Romance is a Bonus Book" released new behind the scenes pictures today. In them, we can see various cast members smiling...More

[HanCinema's News] Box Office Figures for Wednesday, February 27th

2019/02/28 | Permalink

Even with three new wide releases going into Korean Independence Movement Day weekend, "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" maintains its position on top of the South Korean box office. The Korean Film Council released figures showing that "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" had 167,802 admissions on February 28th, for a cumulative total of 1,570,571 admissions since its release on February 20th...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Shares Thankful, Thoughtful Note for Lee Na-young

2019/02/28 | Permalink

To commemorate the end of filming for "Romance is a Bonus Book", Lee Jong-suk released a black-and-white thank you note for Lee Na-young on Instagram. In it he expresses appreciation for all the work they've done together and for her outstanding abilities as an actress...More

[HanCinema's News] Pregnant Kim Tae-hee Is Gorgeous at a Photoshoot

2019/02/28 | Permalink

On February 27th some new behind the scenes pictures were released of Kim Tae-hee. In them, she is doing prep work for an advertising shoot for the cosmetics brand CellCure...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Actors Jang Jin-hee and Ha Chul Are Pumped in Training Photos

2019/02/28 | Permalink

 

On February 26th model and actress Jang Jin-hee uploaded pictures of herself and her "Extreme Job" co-actor and Jeet Kune Do practitioner Ha Chul training. In the photos, they can be seen at a studio...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Ki-woong Confirmed for "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung"

2019/02/27 | Permalink

Sun and Moon Entertainment released a statement on February 27th. In it, Park Ki-woong was confirmed to be playing a role in "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung" as the crown prince Yi Jin...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Star Lee Honey Appears in Nylon Photospread

2019/02/27 | Permalink

Lee Honey appears in a photoshoot in the March 2019 issue of Nylon. The concept for the photoshoot is Marilyn Monroe. This refers to the way she is posing rather than the style of her clothes, which are obviously modern...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Announces March 8th Date for Military Service

2019/02/27 | Permalink

A-Man Project, the agency representing Lee Jong-suk, put out an announcement on February 26th. In it, they confirmed that Lee Jong-suk would begin his mandatory two year military service on March 8th...More

[HanCinema's News] "Trade Your Love" Releases Colorful 12-Person Poster

2019/02/27 | Permalink

A new ensemble poster has been released to commemorate the theatrical release of "Trade Your Love" today on February 27th. In it, we can see the full cast as an ensemble. This is in contrast to previous promotional images which only emphasized the two lead characters...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-hyuk discusses "The Last Empress" on "We Will Channel You"

2019/02/27 | Permalink

On February 28th Choi Jin-hyuk will appear on the first corner of "We Will Channel You!", a talk show where the concept is built around a health club. He will discuss his work, and health with the hosts...More

[HanCinema's News] Chun Woo-hee Confirmed for "The Nature of a Melo"

2019/02/27 | Permalink

JTBC's new Friday/Saturday drama, "The Nature of a Melo", confirmed on February 25th that Chun Woo-hee would play the leading role. The ensemble piece, which will be directed by Lee Byeong-heon-I of "Extreme Job" fame, will also feature Jeon Yeo-bin and Han Ji-eun will also play central roles...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Da-hee to Appear in New Drama "Search: WWW"

2019/02/26 | Permalink

On February 26th tvN announced a new drama titled "Search: WWW", Lee Da-hee has also been named as the lead actress...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Hits 1.2 Million Dollars in United States

2019/02/26 | Permalink

As of February 25th "Extreme Job" has broken 1.2 million dollars in box office receipts in the United States. It is now #9 on the all-time chart for Korean films released in the United States...More

[HanCinema's News] "The Last Empress" Ranked #1 on Good Data for Last Three Weeks

2019/02/26 | Permalink

On February 25th the new Good Data rankings were released for the third week of February. Marking which dramas are trending the strongest, the rankings show "The Last Empress" in the #1 spot for the third straight week for topicality. As individual performers, Jang Nara ranks #1 and Shin Sung-rok ranks #3...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Hye-ko Is Angelic in Newest Photo

2019/02/26 | Permalink

A newly released photo of actress Song Hye-ko has been getting around. In it, she is seen wearing a pretty white outfit and holding a microphone...More

[HanCinema's News] Choi Jin-hyuk Strikes Back At Rumors Regarding "The Last Empress" Departure

2019/02/25 | Permalink

Choi Jin-hyuk's management company, G-Tree Creative has reacted negatively to rumors about Choi Jin-hyuk. They are threatening a legal response and have outlined a plan of attack if the rumors do not stop...More

[HanCinema's News] Korean Film Archive Announces Independence Day Screenings

2019/02/25 | Permalink

In honor of Korean Independence Day, which is on March 1st, the Korean Film Archive in the Mapo district of Seoul is planning on showing a litany of Japanese Occupation era films. Peace and Freedom, Regret and Unity...More

[HanCinema's News] Park Hyoung-soo Resigns With Agency PrainTPC

2019/02/25 | Permalink

 

On February 25th PrainTPC (TPC stands for "Talented People Caring") announced they had come to an agreement with Park Hyoung-soo. The familiar face for smaller roles has resigned with his agency...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Passes 15 Million Viewer Mark

2019/02/25 | Permalink

 

Over the weekend "Extreme Job" passed the fifteen million viewer mark as was expected. However, it finally lost the top spot in the South Korean Box Office with the release of "Svaha: The Sixth Finger"...More

[HanCinema's News] Jin Young Features on Cover of 10 Star Magazine

2019/02/25 | Permalink

Jin Young appears on the recently released issue of 10 Star Magazine. In it he discusses the difficulties of balancing a music career with an acting one, and also appears in several photos...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Svaha: The Sixth Finger"

2019/02/23 | Permalink

Throughout a fairly disturbing opening sequence writer/director Jang Jae-hyeon show us the everyday life of Geum-hwa (played by Lee Jae-in-II), a teenage girl living in the centrally located rural county of Yeongwol. In Geum-hwa's life there are cults, suicide, sickness, shamans, that creepy thing that lives behind a door in the kennels. In one graphic moment we even see Geum-hwa's leg chomped at in utero. It's pretty freaky stuff...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "February"

2019/02/23 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "February" we see the twenty-something Min-kyeong (played by Jo Min-kyung) take abuse from her boss at the dumpling shop until finally, she can take no more and storms out. Min-kyeong's assertiveness in this scene is admirable. But as character study, "February" is soon in ominous territory. Sure, Min-kyeong's situation is sympathetic. We see her taking classes and engaging in light prostitution to make ends meet. Then we see how Min-kyeong treats her alleged friends and family...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jung-jae From "The New World" to "Svaha: The Sixth Finger"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

The marketing behind "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" has released stills highlighting Lee Jung-jae's career trajectory. From being a gangster in "The New World" to a prince in "The Face Reader" to an assassin in "The Assassination" to, now, a paranormal investigator in "Svaha: The Sixth Finger", his career has had a lot of variance...More

[HanCinema's News] Rage and Vengeance Take Hold in "The Fiery Priest"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

Kim Nam-gil, in his role as Catholic priest Hae-il, has been taking further prominence in "The Fiery Priest". He has been effectively alternating between characteristic stoicism and holy righteousness...More

[HanCinema's News] Director Lee Soo-sung Discusses New On-demand Thriller "Road Kill"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

Director Lee Soo-sung, of the "Bullies" trilogy, appeared at a press conference on February 19th at the CGV in Yongan. The purpose of the press conference was to discuss his new movie "Road Kill"...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Chung-ah Sports Cute Pink Fashion At "Everyone's Kitchen" Announcement

2019/02/21 | Permalink

Lee Chung-ah appeared at the Stanford Hotel on February 21st to kick off the rollout new television show. "Everyone's Kitchen" is a variety show that will appear on the Olive channel...More

[HanCinema's News] Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi Courtroom Stills for "Innocent Witness"

2019/02/21 | Permalink

The marketing behind "Innocent Witness", starring Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi, and directed by Lee Han, released stills of the film's climactic courtroom scene. In this scene, defense lawyer Soon-ho (played by Jung Woo-sung) grills witness with autism Ji-woo (played by Kim Hyang-gi) to try and get a not guilty verdict for his client...More

[HanCinema's News] Ju Ji-hoon Uploads Photos for "The Item" on MBC Website

2019/02/20 | Permalink

On January 20th MBC uploaded some behind the scenes images of Ju Ji-hoon onto their website for "The Item". In the pictures, he is seen smiling, and holding up crude pictures he has drawn on a white board...More

[HanCinema's News] Kang So-ra appears at press conference for "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong"

2019/02/20 | Permalink

On February 20th Kang So-ra posted a humorous photo on Instagram. In it, we can see her mimicking Rain's extremely determined expression in the theatrical poster for "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong"...More

[HanCinema's News] "Innocent Witness" Hits Million Viewer Milestone

2019/02/20 | Permalink

Director Lee Han and principle actors Jung Woo-sung and Kim Hyang-gi released a celebratory picture. "Innocent Witness" passed the million viewer milestone today, so they have reason to be happy. The film achieved this in eight days after a slow start largely on the strength of word-of-mouth...More

[HanCinema's News] The curious failure of "Hit-and-Run Squad"

2019/02/20 | Permalink

"Hit-and-Run Squad" has failed to meet expectations. Though heavily promoted until its release on January 30th, with the release of "Svaha: The Sixth Finger" on February 20th, the screen presence of "Hit-and-Run Squad" has almost completely disintegrated. It is currently tracking at 1,825,750 admissions and is unlikely to break two million...More

[HanCinema's News] Oh Dal-soo Struggles Without An Agency

2019/02/20 | Permalink

C-JeS Entertainment confirmed on February 20th that Oh Dal-soo still lacks new agency representation. As is such, they have to finish his existing contractual issues even though sexual assault allegations have rendered his name toxic...More

[HanCinema's News] Stills of Injured Park Si-hoo and Character Relationship Chart Released for "Babel"

2019/02/19 | Permalink

New stills of Park Si-hoo in the hospital have been released as per his work in "Babel". He is being faced and comforted by Jang Hee-jin...More

[HanCinema's News] Restaurant Releases New Flavor of Chicken Which Appeared in "Extreme Job"

2019/02/19 | Permalink

Life imitates art as Mattacco Chicken releases a new flavor of sticky chicken which appeared in "Extreme Job". The flavor, Suwon Galbi, is based on a regional form of barbeque cooking...More

[HanCinema's News] From "Incomplete Life" to "Kingdom" Jun Suk-ho Maintains Presence in Korean Dramas

2019/02/19 | Permalink

With "Kingdom" Jun Suk-ho has made yet another turning point in his career.

On February 19th Jun Suk-ho's agency Ace Factory released a statement praising their client's trajectory. They noted that following his appearance in "Kingdom" Jun Suk-ho has shown that he is willing to appear in all manner of projects...More

[HanCinema's News] Song Seung-heon Considers Offer for New Drama "The Great Show"

2019/02/19 | Permalink

Representatives from Song Seung-heon's agency Better ENT have confirmed that he is currently considering an offer to star in the new tvN drama "The Great Show". This would be his first major role since starring in "The Player" late last year...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain Shares Fashion-savvy New Photos With Fans

2019/02/19 | Permalink

Rain recently uploaded some new photos to Instagram. One is in color, with a jungle jacket. The other is in black-and-white, with a checkered pattern. He has the same serious look in both...More

[HanCinema's News] Today's Box Office (February 19th, 2019)

2019/02/18 | Permalink

The Korean Film Council has released box office figures for Monday. As expected, "Extreme Job" remains #1, with a total of 114,308 admissions. "Innocent Witness" however, is closing the gap with 94,251 admissions...More

[HanCinema's News] Interest in Gang Dong-won's "Golden Slumber" Spikes

2019/02/18 | Permalink

On Sunday night (February 17th) the OCN television channel introduced "Golden Slumber" into its film rotation. The thriller, starring Gang Dong-won and Han Hyo-joo, scored surprisingly high internet search traffic during its airing...More

[HanCinema's News] Rain Mentions Wife Kim Tae-hee on Knowing Bros

2019/02/18 | Permalink

On Saturday night, February 16th, Rain made an appearance on the popular JTBC variety show Knowing Bros to promote his new film "Race to Freedom: Um Bok Dong" which will be released on February 27th. The film is about a legendary bicycle athelete from the Occupation era. Rain also discussed his relationship with his wife, Kim Tae-hee...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Da-hae Shares Pictures in Paradise

2019/02/18 | Permalink

It's snowing in Seoul today, but evidently Lee Da-hae is beating the weather by going traveling. It's not clear where she is, but it's hard not to envy her in light of Seoul's current snowfall...More

[HanCinema's News] "V.I.P" Enters Rotation on OCN

2019/02/18 | Permalink

At 12:30 A.M. today, "V.I.P" screened on the OCN cable television channel for the first time in the late night slot. The film, directed by Park Hoo-jung of "The New World" fame, stars Lee Jong-suk as a serial killer and other older stars as security personnel tasked with either protecting or apprehending him...More

[HanCinema's News] Lee Jong-suk Fuses Bromance and Melodrama into "Romance Is a Bonus Book"

2019/02/17 | Permalink

Lee Jong-suk has been earning attention for his work on "Romance is a Bonus Book" and the drama's popularity has been catching. Lee Jong-suk has been nicknamed "chemistry fairy" by online fans for his work...More

[HanCinema's News] Ko So-young's Children Do Holed Coal Briquette Charity Work

2019/02/17 | Permalink

On February 16th, Ko So-young uploaded pictures of her children doing holed coal briquette charity charity work to her Instagram account...More

[HanCinema's News] "Innocent Witness" Does Well on Word-of-mouth

2019/02/17 | Permalink

While its numbers can't compare to the record-breaking "Extreme Job", "Innocent Witness" has been making a quiet impact on the box office, pulling together over 730,000 admissions over the weekend. The legal drama, which stars Jung Woo-sung as a middle-aged lawyer and Kim Hyang-gi as an autistic high school student, has been benefitting from word of mouth...More

[HanCinema's News] "Extreme Job" Hits #2 on All-time Box Office

2019/02/17 | Permalink

"Extreme Job" hit a major milestone over the last weekend as it passed 14.53 million admissions. This now puts the film at #2 on the all-time South Korean Box Office list. It has surpassed "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" and is now only outperformed by "The Admiral: Roaring Currents", whose 17.61 million admission record is unlikely to break...More

[HanCinema's News] Geum Sae-rok Makes an Impact in "The Fiery Priest"

2019/02/17 | Permalink

Although billed as secondary casting, Geum Sae-rok has attracted a lot of attention for her appearance in "The Fiery Priest" where she plays a rookie detective. This has largely been a matter of her character's fairly unique portrayal...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Innocent Witness"

2019/02/16 | Permalink

In the opening scene of "Innocent Witness" we see the alleged crime that autistic teenager Ji-woo (played by Kim Hyang-gi) saw. There are no frills- just a few seconds of struggle from far away. We can't really see what's happening, so how much Ji-woo saw is also left ambiguous. From there the movie switches gears to defense attorney Soon-ho (played by Jung Woo-sung), who tries to get access to Ji-woo because whatever she saw is the only eyewitness testimony...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale"

2019/02/16 | Permalink

While the titular Zombie (played by Jung Ga-ram) appears almost immediately in "The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale" his presence initially has little traction. A single zombie is mostly harmless, and easily avoided by rural locals who assume he must be some kind of drug addict or something. The titular family is rather more ominous- they're a bunch of loud grifters who hustle out-of-towners for all their hard currency. When Min-geol (played by Kim Nam-gil) returns home the implication is obvious. Whoever Min-geol was trying to scam in the city caught on to his schemes...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Extreme Job"

2019/02/09 | Permalink

It becomes very clear very quickly in "Extreme Job" that the five cop team the movie is centered around is really not very competent. After making excuses to the suspect as to why they didn't make a better entrance, they immediately tip him off to possible escape routes and bungle further capture attempts. When Chief Go (played by Ryu Seung-ryong) finally comes up with an obvious plan, that goes wrong too and the case is "saved" by an embarrassing plot contrivance...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Harmony"

2019/02/09 | Permalink

Jeong-hye (played by Kim Yoon-jin) may be a killer, but she's also a loving mother who relishes every moment with her infant son in prison. The alarming contrast between those two tonal ideas is where most of the back-and-forth in "Harmony" comes from. This is a movie about the fundamental humanity of women in prison. Long before the whole prison women's choir hook of the plot comes up, the main hook here is about relationships between adult women...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Poem, My Old Mother"

2019/02/02 | Permalink

In the rural southwestern part of Korea some old women do household chores day in and day out. They clean up their modest homes, shovel out the snow, and manage their farming plots. It is admittedly preposterous how old women over the age of eighty insist on continuing to farm when they don't really have to. But then, the poets of "The Poem, My Old Mother" are creatures of habit, and that's what their poetry is about. Chores, mostly...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Attack the Gas Station!"

2019/02/02 | Permalink

The first images we see of "Attack the Gas Station!" are highly abstract. We see the gas station being attacked. But who would do such a thing, and why? Rather than tease out this mystery director Kim Sang-jin almost immediately gives a very blunt non-reflective answer. Everybody was bored and there was nothing better to do. The situation is further confused by the gas station attacking thugs deciding to stick around for awhile and terrorize the gas station's owners in the name of...justice?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "MAL-MO-E: The Secret Mission"

2019/01/26 | Permalink

During the latter years of the Japanese Occupation the Korean language is not quite banned. Still, the Japanese who rule Korea would rather their subjects not speak it. The chief exception to this rule is for language scholars who are studying Korean academically. Or at least, that's what they want the Japanese to think. In reality Gap-yoon (played by Kim Hong-pa) is putting together a team of cunning linguists to publish and distribute a secret dictionary...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pandora"

2019/01/26 | Permalink

Jae-hyeok (played by Kim Nam-gil) works at a nuclear plant in southeast part of Korea and is constantly badgering his family about moving away for the sake of better opportunities. A lot of people have been leaving southeast Korea over the last few years for exactly this reason, so weighing ambition and opportunity against tradition and home is a relevant social conflict. Alas, "Pandora" chooses a very different villain- the sinister specter of nuclear power...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "No Mercy - 2019"

2019/01/19 | Permalink

The opening scene, with its emphasis on a cool-looking Ford Mustang and Lee Si-young sporting a very attractive red dress, gives "No Mercy - 2019" a rather voyeuristic feel. But that only that lasts up until the point she finally engages someone in conversation. It doesn't end up going well for the guy under the car. And so the purpose of the film is quickly established. In-ae may look pretty, but she's not here to make friends...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Teacher, Mr. Kim"

2019/01/19 | Permalink

With "My Teacher, Mr. Kim" writer/director Jang Gyoo-seong sends a love letter to South Korea's dying rural communities. There's no creature comforts, and hardly any people. But then that's the main positive. Mr. Kim (played by Cha Seung-won) has an elementary school class in Seoul filled with a generic morass of indistinguishable children. Mr. Kim is a slacker at heart, and with so many teachers also floating around campus, who's going to notice a single guy not taking his job seriously?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Grown Up"

2019/01/12 | Permalink

The last time writer/director Jang Hye-yeong saw her mentally challenged younger sister Hye-jeong was...um, that detail's actually a bit unclear, come to think of it. We're explicitly told that that Hye-jeong was put in an assisted care facility at the age of thirteen, and that the subject of "Grown Up" is the decision made by writer/director Jang Hye-yeong to remove her sister from the facility and live together with her some seventeen years later. But an awful lot of the background is surprisingly vague...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Kick the Moon"

2019/01/12 | Permalink

The Korean title of "Kick the Moon" is Silla By Moonlight, a reference to the classic Occupation era song which romanticized the Silla Kingdom. The reference is intended to be ironic, as "Kick the Moon" depicts modern day Gyeongju, the capital of the Silla Kingdom, as being a hotbed of loudmouthed gangsters who speak in thick dialect. The film opens up with a legendary riot as Seoul high school students on a graduation trip decide to show off their toughness by challenging Gyeongju residents to a giant street fight...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Righteous Ties"

2019/01/05 | Permalink

The perpetually frustrated mobster Chi-seong (played by Jung Jae-young) spends the first scene in "Righteous Ties" reluctantly having to take responsibility for a single violent criminal act in order to preserve the interests of his gang. From here the narrative gets kind of murky. Where we might expect a stoic appraisal of criminal honor or possibly a farcical comedy about wacky adventures in a prison, writer Jang Jin somehow manages to do both halfway...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Mr. Gam's Victory"

2019/01/05 | Permalink

In the early eighties, Mr. Gam (played by Lee Beom-soo) has a modest background. He works in a factory by day and helps with his mom's shop in the traditional market at night. The introduction of a color TV is a big deal for his family. Political agitation exists, but for Mr. Gam, it's the kind of thing he runs into by accident. But most importantly, the wealth of the eighties gives Mr. Gam a chance to fulfill his dream of being a baseball player...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Take Point"

2018/12/29 | Permalink

In a delightfully cynical opening montage writer/director Kim Byeong-woo shows us how even in its most magnaminous moments, the United States is a comically fickle country whose leaders will sabotage long term peace deals in the name of dubious short term objectives. By the time we get to mercenary captain Ahab (played by Ha Jung-woo) we find out that the glue holding his team together is economic poverty and an absence of proper paperwork to live in the land of opportunity. So it is that they took on a high profile job...in the bunker...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Children Gone To Poland"

2018/12/29 | Permalink

North Korea sent a lot of war orphans to Poland during the Korean War. Allegedly, "Children Gone To Poland" is their story. In practice, the documentary has frustratingly little focus on those orphans. We barely hear anything about them before director Choo Sang-mi is already holding auditions for a young North Korean defector (Lee Song ends up being chosen) to go with her to Poland and find out more...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Swing Kids"

2018/12/22 | Permalink

At the Geoje Prison Camp during the Korean War Gi-soo (played by Do Kyung-soo) is a North Korean Communist who actively resists against the American invaders of his country. "Swing Kids" never actually explains that this is why Gi-soo is such a hardcore partisan, instead going into how he is moved by the inherently inspiring nature of swing dancing. If you think that's bad wait until you get to Pan-rae (played by Park Hye-soo), whose material concerns of providing food for her orphaned siblings are also sidelined by the inherently inspiring nature of swing dancing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Drug King"

2018/12/22 | Permalink

Archival footage explains how the Japanese discovered meth, and decided to use it during World War II to make their soldiers sharp for the war effort. This predictably resulted in a lot of veterans becoming drug addicts in the decades after the war, and facing local crackdowns, Japanese crime lords turned to suppliers in South Korea to pick up the slack. So it is that in the seventies bumbling fishmonger dad Doo-sam (played by Song Kang-ho) tries to get in on the action...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Door Lock"

2018/12/15 | Permalink

Sans context it's easy to mistake the villain of "Door Lock" as the spouse of Kyeong-min (played by Gong Hyo-jin). The more context we get, though, the clearer it is that Kyeong-min is a very harried woman who barely even has time to get up in the morning, let alone have a boyfriend- or more immediately relevantly, notice that anything suspicious is going on. It's only by random coincidence that Kyeong-min realizes something strange is afoot regarding her mechanical door lock...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Unstoppable"

2018/12/15 | Permalink

Don't let that ominous theatrical poster or the similarly imposing title fool you. "Unstoppable" is a surprisingly light-hearted movie. I mean sure, Dong-cheol (played by Ma Dong-seok) is built like a tank and his wife Ji-soo (played by Song Ji-hyo) does inevitably get kidnapped. But up until that point, "Unstoppable" is a very domestic film, where the leading man eschews violence for the sake of respectability, to the point that even Dong-cheol's partner gets annoyed at his excessive passivity. Adorably cute domestic squabbles follow...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Respect"

2018/12/08 | Permalink

In a move that is awfully bold given the documentary's inherently esoteric subject matter, director Shin Jae-hee takes his twelve interviews with South Korea's most well-known rappers and has them talk about something a lot more abstract. Namely, what "Respect" means in the context of South Korea's rapping community. Now, when I call "Respect" esoteric, I don't just mean to foreigners. South Koreans in general also don't know that much about what the country's rapping subculture is like...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "roooom"

2018/12/08 | Permalink

In the opener to "roooom" apartment complex supervisor Sang-pil (played by Kim Jin-soo) negotiate reduced moving fare, set the bottom floor café in order, and finally walk up the stairs to deal with an errand for a tenant before being taken for a rude surprise. This single extended shot is highly mundane and even intriguing. I'd never really thought about what life was like for an apartment complex supervisor. Alas, Sang-pil is quickly abandoned as "roooom" instead becomes a more typical omnibus where each of the four short films deals with a different stage of love...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Young-ju"

2018/12/01 | Permalink

In the wake of her parents' sudden deaths, the still teenage but technically an adult Young-joo (played by Kim Hyang-gi) takes care of her teenage but still not technically an adult brother Young-in (played by Tang Joon-sang). "Young-ju" isn't quite as melodramatic as that description makes it sound. The first scene has quite a bit of levity, and subsequent scenes drag that tone down only because not teenage but technically adult characters persist in being unhelpful authority figures...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Default"

2018/12/01 | Permalink

The 1997 Asian Financial Crisis was a watershed moment in South Korean history. The exact causes of the crisis remain ambiguous. The middle steps, though, are well explained by Jeong-hak (played by Yoo Ah-in) in an ominous setpiece that makes the ambitious young businessman look like a con artist selling a pyramid scheme. In short, starting with the withdrawal of foreign investors, huge pillars of the South Korean economy start to crumble. Financial analyst Si-hyeon (played by Kim Hye-soo) also anticipates the crisis- and her attempts to mitigate the damage are predictably ignored...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Long Farewell"

2018/11/24 | Permalink

On the southeastern edge of Seoul, real-estate speculation spans out from the Gangnam district and slowly threatens to encompass all the region with the same hideous conformity of modern style apartment buildings. While "A Long Farewell" deals with one particular neighborhood affected by these market forces, the embellishment is mine. Director Raya has actually made a very abstract documentary- the kind you might expect to find at an art museum played on permanent loop...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Intimate Strangers"

2018/11/24 | Permalink

Seok-ho (played by Cho Jin-woong) and his wife Ye-jin (played by Kim Ji-soo) have dinner parties with their five friends every so often. This time around Ye-jin finally has the gumption to suggest a game that will, for one night only, destroy all their privacy. "Intimate Strangers" is as much about secrets between partners as it is secrets between friends. Observe how Se-kyeong (played by Song Ha-yoon) is always jokingly ribbing her older more experienced husband Joon-mo (played by Lee Seo-jin) about his past womanizing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Rikidozan"

2018/11/17 | Permalink

Sin-rak (played by Sol Kyung-gu) was just a kid on a farm in Korea during the thirties, until circumstances conspire to send him to Japan during the forties and begin a career as a sumo wrestler. While Sin-rak had an excellent physique and a fair amount of talent, ultimately, he lacked discipline. Well, as an ethnically Korean man living in Japan Sin-rak also had to contend with racism. But in the end Sin-rak's personality, an odd mix of quick temper coupled with excessive theatricality, proved a better fit for a far more eccentric sort of athletic career...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ode to the Goose"

2018/11/17 | Permalink

Gunsan is a sad, lonely town on South Korea's western coast that is very pretty to look at but communicates almost nothing of substance. That dispiriting appraisal is also accurate when it comes to the named characters of "Ode to the Goose" as we consider leading man Yoon-yeong (played by Park Hae-il), who spends so much time thinking about what to say he barely ends up talking at all. Then Song-hyeon (played by Moon So-ri) talks just to fill the silence but avoids talking about what she actually wants. Their faux day trip date to Gunsan, consequently, goes about as well as might be expected...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Courtesy to the Nation"

2018/11/10 | Permalink

Back in 1991 protest by self-immolation was a recurring form of expression by those who considered the country's new leaders to be indistinguishable from the old ones. In the truly bizarre case of Kim Ki-sul, one such suicidal protestor, the government attempted to deflect attention away from Kim Ki-sul's pro-democracy message by prosecuting Kang Ki-hoon, one of his colleagues, for helping Kim Ki-sul commit suicide by writing his suicide note. "Courtesy to the Nation" is a documentary that goes over the case from inception to long overdue appeal in 2014...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Myeoneuri - My Son's Crazy Wife"

2018/11/10 | Permalink

Director Shin Ho-bin is a married to a woman he did not necessarily plan to get married to, prior to her getting pregnant. Life between the three of them is actually pretty pleasant, albeit eccentric, given the goofy way she talks and the equally goofy outfits she wears around town on her bike. The main tension in the relationship comes from Shin Ho-bin's mom, who constantly finds fault with her daughter-in-law. If the English title "Myeoneuri - My Son's Crazy Wife" sounds bad, the original insult, B-Grade Daughter-in-Law, is even worse...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Grass"

2018/11/03 | Permalink

Writers tend to be socially isolated weirdos. Or at least, that's the stereotype, so one point of clichéd advice frequently given to aspiring creative types is to go the a café and watch normal people interact. There's just one problem. The kind of people who hang around cafés aren't really any more normal than aspiring writers, and frequently tend to be aspiring writers themselves. This is the lesson which Ah-reum (played by Kim Min-hee) repeatedly fails to learn as "Grass" progresses from one random out-of-context conversation to another...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Beautiful Vampire"

2018/11/03 | Permalink

Five hundred year old vampire Ran (played by Jung Yeon-joo) is mostly incompetent. While your typical modern vampire is a wealthy genius heading up a conspiracy...Ran is a bit of an idiot. Her only useful talent is makeup, which doesn't pay much on a low profile. But hey, it does let her look pretty sparkly and beautiful. And really, who needs power when you can confidently strut out of your small apartment every day, confident you won't be burned by the sun?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Rampant"

2018/10/27 | Permalink

The opening scenes of "Rampant" rather effectively set the mood- a late night raid on a Dutch merchant ship in Korean waters leaves one of the pirates badly spooked after he gets mauled by a crazy person. Then we see that in addition to carrying a crazy person, the Dutch ship was also carrying a lot of guns. All of this is relevant to the machinations of minister Ja-joon (played by Jang Dong-gun), but when Prince Cheong (played by Hyun Bin) gets back from a long sojourn in China, all he sees is an empty wrecked town and no royal guard to meet him...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Good Morning President"

2018/10/27 | Permalink

Presidents are just normal human beings like you and me. In "Good Morning President" writer/director Jang Jin takes this banal idea to its natural conclusion. What if presidents were so normal, that they were like characters in situation comedies? What if dignified elder statesman Jeong-ho (played by Lee Soon-jae) had a preternatural obsession with the lottery? What if young hot-shot Hi-wook (played by Jang Dong-gun) kept getting distracted by bodily functions? What if the efficient businesswoman Kyeong-ja (played by Go Doo-shim) had to deal with her bumbling idiot husband Chang-myeon (played by Im Ha-ryong) unintentionally fomenting disaster?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Butterfly"

2018/10/20 | Permalink

In the southeastern region of of Korea, an elderly man returns to his rural home. In truth he probably can't stay there long and family will come back for him in two weeks. The old house holds great nostalgic value for him. Over eight decades, the man lived there with his wife, taking care of her when he could barely take care of himself. "Butterfly" is a documentary chronicle of the end of their shared life, as we wait for the old woman to die on her own terms...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Public Enemy Returns"

2018/10/20 | Permalink

It's oddly appropriate that right away in "Public Enemy Returns" we see big screen South Korean cop icon Cheol-joong face off against a bunch of elementary school students. They no longer respect law enforcement because of what they see in the movies, and Cheol-joong himself is a prime example of how police in South Korean film at the time were depicted as petty corrupt buffoons. Gangsters, meanwhile, were seen as cool, which is how teenage knuckleheads Ha-yeon (played by Lee Min-ho), Hee-chan (played by Lee Jae-won-I), and Seong-jin (played by Koo Seong-hwan) get wrapped up in the criminal underworld...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Miss Baek"

2018/10/13 | Permalink

Sang-ah (played by Han Ji-min) is a cynical woman who focuses on survival, rather than thinking about a long-term future. Sang-ah's mean and bitter outlook is largely justified by the brutal and impoverished environment she lives in. Sang-ah's boyfriend, cop Jang-seop (played by Lee Hee-joon) is constantly witness to the senseless brutality committed by people who live on the margins. And Ji-eun (played by Kim Si-ah) is an elementary age student who is a living victim to that brutality...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Autumn, Autumn"

2018/10/13 | Permalink

While "Autumn, Autumn" premiered at the Berlin Film Festival back in 2017 and apparently even had a limited release in the United States shortly after, it was only last month that the film finally received a domestic release in South Korea. The success off "The First Lap" probably has something to do with it- writer/director Jang Woo-jin-II did a lot of production work for that generally well-regarded film. As for "Autumn, Autumn" though, I'm not actually sure what this movie is even about...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Dark Figure of Crime"

2018/10/06 | Permalink

Detective Km Hyeong-min (played by Kim Yun-seok) investigates cold cases in Busan. This work leads him to cross paths with local thug Tae-oh (played by Ju Ji-hoon), a very unpleasant man who brags about violent things he probably never did. And that's where the conflict in "Dark Figure of Crime" comes from. Hyeong-min is willing to deal with the devil if it means bringing closure to the family members of missing persons, and Tae-oh is that devil...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Soul-Mate"

2018/10/06 | Permalink

Going by promotional materials one would probably be inclined to think of "The Soul-Mate" as being a typical supernatural odd couple buddy cop comedy. Jang-soo (played by Ma Dong-seok) is a beefy middled-aged judo instructor. Tae-jin (played by Kim Young-kwang) is the currently incorporeal young cop who only Jang-soo can see. Together, they fight crime. In actuality Jang-soo and Tae-jin spend a ridiculous amount of time engaging in petty bickering before the ghost thing comes up at all...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fengshui"

2018/09/29 | Permalink

In the final scene of "Fengshui" we see elderly feng shui expert Jae-sang (played by Cho Seung-woo) recounting to a couple of guys in suits about how he and his fellow geomancer Ha-eung (played by Ji Sung) witnessed the destruction of the Joseon government over a bizarre dispute concerning royal gravesites. This epilogue really should have been the framing device. "Fengshui" has a transparently ridiculous storyline that makes a lot more sense if you know ahead of time that the whole thing is a metaphor for the late Joseon government's absurdly skewed priorities...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Boing The Play Ranger: Super Secret Transformation"

2018/09/29 | Permalink

So apparently way back in 2013 a new children's cartoon appeared on South Korean television called Boing The Play Ranger. The setting is Playville, where all the residents are based off of playground toys. The titular Boing (voiced by Jeon Tae-yeol) is a spring-based riding lion. And apparently some five years after Boing The Play Ranger first premiered the cartoon is only just now getting an origin story depicting how Boing became a play ranger in the first place...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Great Battle"

2018/09/22 | Permalink

In the first epic war scene of "The Great Battle" high-ranking Goguryeo warrior Sa-mool (played by Nam Joo-hyuk) experiences a disastrously loss against Tang forces led by Emperor Taizong (played by Park Sung-woong), who boast superior numbers, tactics, and technology. In the aftermath Goguryeo command blames the loss on Ansi Fortress general Man-chun (played by Jo In-sung), who failed to reenforce them. So Sa-mool is sent to assassinate him. No on asks why Man-chun chose to disobey orders- although this question is at the heart of what "The Great Battle" has to say about the meaning of war and nationalism...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "After Spring"

2018/09/22 | Permalink

The three highlighted survivors in the "After Spring" omnibus embody haunted existences as they are trapped by memories of lost loved ones. Sin-ae (played by Jun Mi-sun) lives in desperation for some means, any means, of seeing her daughter again to make right their strained final encounter. Sang-won (played by Yoo Jae-myung) lives in quiet terror of what he could not make right with his own daughter. Suk-ho (played by Jun Suk-ho) doesn't live at all- he barely even moves from the house, so paralyzed the man is by grief regarding his dead wife...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Monstrum"

2018/09/15 | Permalink

The opening scene of "Monstrum" definitely gives the impression that it's not the titular monster we should be worrying about. Long before we hear its ominous growls the film is witness to the spectacle of a senseless massacre- royal soldiers against civilians. The lone survivor of this scene, Myeong, grows up into Hyeri, and has learned several fine investigative arts from her adoptive father and Yoon-gyeom (played by Kim Myung-min) and his comic relief sidekick Seong-han (played by Kim In-kwon), which are put to the test as they investigate the monster's path of destruction...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Omok Girl"

2018/09/15 | Permalink

Ba-dook (played by Park Se-wan) is a former Go prodigy turned early twenty-something ronin, who has to make a living via odd part time jobs of various dignity levels. A chance encounter with An-kyeong (played by An Woo-yeon) leads Ba-dook to become interested in Gomoku, a simplified variant of Go where the objective is to get five stones of your color in a row. Gomoku is a more complex game than Ba-dook gives it credit for, and must train for her ultimate goal- a surprisingly good payout for second place...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Butterfly Sleep"

2018/09/08 | Permalink

Ryoko (played by Miho Nakayama) is an aging Japanese novelist who has spent her career shying away from interaction with readers. But now? She's teaching a graduate class on creative writing. It's quite some time before we find out what, exactly, is the real reason for the change in her attitude. Until then, Ryoko gets acquainted with Chan-hae (played by Kim Jae-wook), a Korean transfer student who struggles to pay his tuition...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Into the Night"

2018/09/08 | Permalink

The Monotones are an independent rock band operating out of Seoul. Well, they were anyway. While much of the drama of "Into the Night" centers around whether the band will survive the filming of the documentary (which took place in 2015), the fact that they won top rock prize at the Korean Music Awards in 2016 and successfully produced albums renders the survival question a moot point. Then, right before "Into the Night" received an official domestic release in March, the band collapsed...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "On Your Wedding Day"

2018/09/01 | Permalink

In 2005, rowdy yet well-meaning South Korean teenager Woo-yeon (played by Kim Young-kwang) is living in Gangreung when he becomes smitten with Seung-hee (played by Park Bo-young), a spunky transfer student. "On Your Wedding Day" chronicles their love story through 2005 and 2007 and 2012, before finally ending on a twist in 2018- Seung-hee is getting married, just not to Woo-yeon...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "High Society - Movie"

2018/09/01 | Permalink

Tae-joon (played by Park Hae-il) is a well-liked college professor who does mild advocacy for labor-related causes. His wife Soo-yeon (played by Soo Ae) deals in art. They have a boring but functional marriage. That's not an intentional construction. "High Society - Movie" takes outrageous setpieces like one man setting himself on fire, another man dressing up like a Mexican wrestler to beat up on snitches, and an extended racist sex scene featuring excessive lube then somehow manages to make all that seem incredibly dull...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Soldier's Mementos"

2018/08/25 | Permalink

Young naïve farmhand Jang-goon (played by Maeng Se-chang) is sent to war. While Jang-goon and his fellow soldiers are decked out in gear reminiscent of the Korean War and frequently watch planes fly overheard, there's also the occasional moment where we see a giant blue beautiful planet hanging in the sky. This sort of begs the question- in a film environment where Korean War stories are considered relevant and cutting edge, why did director Kim Jae-han choose to make a deliberately generic war movie?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Witness"

2018/08/25 | Permalink

The first thing we see suspicious-looking cap-wearing Tae-ho (played by Kwak Si-yang), we learn that he failed to knock out his would-be murder victim. We then learn that Tae-ho does not know how to tie a proper knot. So right from the beginning, Tae-ho comes off looking rather incompetent. It was with great irritation that I realized that for the rest of the movie Tae-ho would demonstrate superhuman powers including, but not limited to, teleportation, omniscience, immunity to physical damage, and invisibility...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Land of Happiness"

2018/08/18 | Permalink

The first scene in "Land of Happiness" depicts an unfortunate series of events on the subway, back in the days before walls were installed to separate commuters from the tracks. The silent grainy closed circuit television footage is hauntingly effective, and appears multiple times through the duration of the film. But equally haunting is the distant look on the face of Min-soo (played by Ji Yong-suk), a man so spiritually unnerved it's interfering with his job of washing cars- not exactly a profession that requires people skills...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Haunted House: The Secret of the Cave"

2018/08/18 | Permalink

One of the more popular cartoons on South Korea's Tooniverse channel is...apparently called Haunted House. That's a bad name. The main gimmick of the series is that it actually takes place in a relatively modern haunted apartment complex. The protagonists, spunky older sister Ha-ri (voiced by Kim Yeong-eun) and her chubby younger brother Doo-ri (played by Kim Chae-ha) work together with the small, big-eyed green goblin Sin-bi (voiced by Jo Hyeon-jeong) to catch ghosts. The meaning of Sin-bi's name doubles as mysterious or haunted in Korean, so the title is also a pun...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Goose Goes South"

2018/08/11 | Permalink

Woozoo (played by Kang Doo) is a company worker. I wasn't totally clear on what Woozoo's company actually does, but apparently they do a lot of business in Osaka, since that's where Woozoo hangs out for pretty much the whole movie. Almost all of the dialogue is in Japanese. Incidentally, Woozoo is a really weird way to transliterate that name. Usually it's just written in English as Woo-joo. That name has the same common meaning as universe, although the Chinese characters probably mean something more poetic than that...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Soseongri"

2018/08/11 | Permalink

In the outskirts of Daegu, roughly equidistant from Seongju, Gimcheon, and Gumi, "Soseongri" is a rural farming district that's not too different from most others in South Korea. The population consists almost entirely of old people. Director Park Bae-il asks the old women there about their life stories, and they tell it, in between long shots of their everyday life of wandering around from place to place...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Spy Gone North"

2018/08/04 | Permalink

Director Yoon Jong-bin wastes no time in having National Intelligence Service administrator Hak-seong (played by Cho Jin-woong) bully former intelligence operative Black Venus (played by Hwang Jung-min) into infiltrating the North Korean nuclear weapons program. "The Spy Gone North" takes place some twenty years ago, so the veracity of Hak-seong's nuclear tip is questionable from the very beginning. But the bigger problem is that Black Venus's cover story of engaging the North Korean government in trade deals starts to take on greater importance than his actual mission...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Illang : The Wolf Brigade"

2018/08/04 | Permalink

In the far-off year of 2029, reunificiation between South Korea and North Korea is imminent. There are riots in the street. So the South Korean government makes use of "Illang : The Wolf Brigade", a paramilitary task force that attacks anti-reunification terrorists. Jin-tae (played by Jung Woo-sung) leads the brigade. Cheol-jin (played by Minho) gathers intelligence for them. Our main character Joong-kyeong (played by Gang Dong-won) agonizes over his past role in the death of a large number of innocent schoolgirls, taking solace upon meeting the mysterious Yoon-hee (played by Han Hyo-joo) at Seoul Tower...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days"

2018/07/28 | Permalink

While taking place immediately after the conclusion of "Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds" it soon becomes clear that "Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days" has surprisingly little to do with the first movie's premise. I mean sure, Kang-rim (played by Ha Jung-woo), Seaman Mac (played by Ju Ji-hoon), and Deok-choon (played by Kim Hyang-gi) are still heralds who negotiate lost souls into their proper berth in the afterlife. But their new charge Soo-hong (played by Kim Dong-wook) is a sharp cookie who quickly notices the ethical inconsistencies in Kang-rim's legal advocacy...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Zak Storm"

2018/07/28 | Permalink

With minimum prompting Zak (voiced by Um Sang-hyun) grabs a necklace to use as an accessory for his surf stream video only to discover that it has the power to activate a portal to another dimension. Note that Zak found the necklace in question being used as a wall ornament. Now that's some questionable judgment when it comes to interior decorating. Most people who hang up guns on their walls at least have the sense not to have them loaded...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Sunset in My Hometown"

2018/07/21 | Permalink

Hak-soo (played by Park Jung-min) is an aspiring rapper living in Seoul. He's actually really good, and reliably gets past the initial stage of the popular South Korean rap competition variety show Show Me the Money. The problem is that Hak-soo has a lot of feelings of unresolved rage toward his country bumpkin hometown of Byeonsan in Jeolla province. While this is good material for rap, the lack of emotional closure frustrates Hak-soo's ambitions. Fortunately circumstances contrive to force him back home, however temporarily...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Whispering"

2018/07/21 | Permalink

A gaggle of idiot high school friends have been worrying about Eun-ha (played by So Joo-yeon) who has been on the emotional outs following the death of her best friend Ji-eun (played by Lee Yoo-mi). So they do what any good friends would do, and take her out to a creepy abandoned amusement park on the outskirts of Ulsan. This culminates in a trip to an old haunted cavern that rather ominously bolted shut at the worst possible moment in the movie's cold open...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "I Have a Date with Spring"

2018/07/14 | Permalink

Director Gwi-dong (played by Kang Ha-neul) is hanging out in the woods with a busted arm eating a birthday cake and checking out his own profile on South Korean film websites. He made "Members of the Funeral", a reference to actual director Baek Sung-bin's first movie. But anyway, Gwi-dong is sad, pathetic and lonely looking. Then there's an ominous explosion and some weird hikers pop up out of nowhere. One of them claims to be a big fan of Gwi-dong's work, and asks to see his next scenario...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Herstory"

2018/07/14 | Permalink

Joong-sook (played by Kim Hee-ae) is a bespectacled Korean woman who runs a travel agency in the early nineties. Joong-sook's success as a small businesswoman has greatly elevated her social standing. The beautiful opening shot of "Herstory" depicts Joong-sook and her equals sitting on elevated chairs opposite a mirror, making them seem like giants compared to the adoring aspirational women on the other side of the table. But Joong-sook is no mere capitalist. Her housekeeper Jeong-gil (played by Kim Hae-sook) was a comfort woman during the Japanese Occupation, and Joong-sook wants justice...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 16 (Final)

2018/07/07 | Permalink

For all the courtroom theatrics the final episode of "Lawless Lawyer" feels oddly anticlimactic. This is fairly unavoidable, though, considering we already know what Sang-pil's ace-in-the-hole is for proving Moon-sook's guilt. I really don't get why "Lawless Lawyer" felt the need to directly tell us that Hyeon-joo was saved right when it happened. I mean sure, her coming in to save the day would still have been fairly predictable, but at least it wouldn't have been one hundred percent obvious...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 15

2018/07/07 | Permalink

First the stand-off regarding Jae-i's kidnapping has to be resolved. I have to admit, I was rather disappointed to find that after all that scheming this was the best plan Oh-joo could come up with. His only back-up is this one guy who's not very competent and appears to be a named character but I can't remember him ever doing anything important prior to this episode. Oh-joo's actions in the closing scenes come off as even more perplexing...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion"

2018/07/07 | Permalink

Highly presumptuous English title aside (the Korean one just uses the first two words), "The Witch : Part 1. The Subversion" isn't the blatant sequel bait you're likely expecting. The movie's storytelling tradition is actually surprisingly out of date. We've got Ja-yoon (played by Kim Da-mi), who is obviously a witch, but does not seem to realize that she's a witch. Then we have to spend ninety minutes watching Ja-yoon pretend like she's not a witch before someone finally pops up to explain her backstory...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Cinema with You"

2018/07/07 | Permalink

The first episode of the three-part "Cinema with You" omnibus features Seon-mi (played by Kim Ye-eun), a woman who works at the guide desk in a large building somewhere in Daegu. Her existence is meaningless, and portrayed in black-and-white. Every morning she reaches a gangly arm out of a tiny hole in her door to grab her daily milk delivery. As opposed to just, you know, opening the door...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 14

2018/06/30 | Permalink

I like how even though we understand how Moon-sook's scam works, Soon-ja is still completely oblivious. As tempting as it is to write Soon-ja off as just being really dumb for failing to realize that Moon-sook set her up, it's worth noting that all of Moon-sook's cronies have been rationalizing Moon-sook's failure to act the same way. It's just that back then we (and they) were inclined to see Sang-pil as the real threat, such that Moon-sook's actions could be justified under the auspice of self-preservation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 13

2018/06/30 | Permalink

Now that Hyeon-joo is captured, Jae-i and Sang-pil have to race to save her. Well, not really. There's not as much urgency to Hyeon-joo's situation as we would expect because Moon-sook only wants Hyeon-joo liquidated under extremely specific circumstances. That's because Moon-sook actually doesn't really care about Hyeon-joo that much and never did. The Hyeon-joo situation is just an excuse to shake up Moon-sook's existing personnel...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Ayla: The Daughter of War"

2018/06/30 | Permalink

Süleyman (played by Ismail Hacioglu) is a Turkish dandy hanging out with his buddies in Istanbul in late 1950. They decide to enlist to fight in the Korean War for nationalist pride. Why it would be patriotic for Turkish men to volunteer to fight in a random civil war on the opposite side of the planet is not discussed. Nor is it especially relevant. After some token scenes establishing that the North Koreans are indeed evil "Ayla: The Daughter of War" moves on to its core concept- the relationship between Süleyman and Ayla (played by Kim Seol), a young war orphan...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Student A"

2018/06/30 | Permalink

The original webcomic version of "Student A" is very soft and introspective. Keep that in mind while watching the film version, which has surprisingly low dramatic gravitas even in its most shocking moments. Sure, Mi-rae (played by Kim Hwan-hee) has an abusive home life. She also has little to no social life, and is completely absorbed in a dying MMORPG. Mi-rae ends up getting embroiled in a vicious plagiarism scandal, and the opening scene of "Student A" strongly implies that the movie will end with Mi-rae committing suicide. Yet for all that, Mi-rae is fine...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 12

2018/06/23 | Permalink

So Hyeon-joo is forcing Sang-pil not to tell Jae-i about the full situation. While Hyeon-joo's motherly concern is understandable, the woman could really use a comparable sense of self-preservation. For that matter, Sang-pil also should have shown more interest in Hyeon-joo's welfare for Jae-i's sake. Even if Hyeon-joo was going to continue to go undercover, imagine the drama that could have been avoided if Sang-pil had insisted on giving her a GPS device...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 11

2018/06/23 | Permalink

So Oh-joo's motivation for helping out Sang-pil is both a lot more complicated and a lot more simplistic than I was expecting. Like Moon-sook, Oh-joo is dismissing Sang-pil's potential as a threat. Which makes sense considering how easy it was to frame Sang-pil for murder. Why bother worrying about Sang-pil at all when Oh-joo has his own domestic problems to worry about? Not to mention, political problems in that people still tend to think of Oh-joo as being a thug?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Land of Sorrow"

2018/06/23 | Permalink

Fifty seven years ago South Korea's government created a forced labor camp in the coastal Seosan district to the southwest of Seoul. To populate this camp South Korea's government kidnapped people from the southeastern part of the country. Though some had expressed disagreeable political opinions in general these state-sanctioned kidnappings were random. "Land of Sorrow" tells the story of the people who worked the Seosan prison camp and through them, director Lee Jo-hoon tries to parse what exactly the purpose of camp was...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The End"

2018/06/23 | Permalink

The Korean title of "The End" directly translates as the couple that lives in the forest. By choosing this very generic English title writer/director Jeon Kyu-hwan has made "The End" nearly impossible to search for. Then again the couple that lives in the forest doesn't even show up for over half an hour. The extended cold open is just an unrelated short film about Joo-hee (played by Lee Joo-hee-I) a college student who must resort to increasingly sordid activities in order to make rent...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 10

2018/06/16 | Permalink

So now Sang-pil is stuck in the hospital. Everyone comes by to cheer him up, not that Sang-pil needs much cheering up. I'd like to think this is mainly just a matter of his being smug. That incomprehensible Sang-pil made to just stab himself in the middle of a fight is actually give a really good explanation here. And of course, there's more of those romantic conversations between Sang-pil and Jae-i, where they emphasize their renewed commitment to each other through the mutual goal of the investigation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 9

2018/06/16 | Permalink

It's very obvious to us that Sang-pil did not murder Dae-woong, since we saw that whole scam play out directly. So all the usual noble hero wrongly accused stuff "Lawless Lawyer" is getting into right now? That's pretty well-worn. What's a lot more interesting is how all the other characters react to the accusations, because they don't know what really happened. Well, except Oh-soo, but even his storyline here hits some surprisingly unsuspected snags...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "On the Road, Khaosan Tango"

2018/06/16 | Permalink

Ji-ha (played by Hong Wan-pyo) is an aspiring director who travels to Thailand in order to research a film project. His idea involves a story about a Korean husband and wife who travel to Thailand and get separated. We never actually get to hear the end of this story, because the first time Ji-ha starts to get into details, another character interrupts him, saying that Thailand expatriates know all about this story and they hate it...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action"

2018/06/16 | Permalink

Right away "The Accidental Detective 2: In Action" gets on my good side by reminding us how working dad Dae-man (played by Kwon Sang-woo) and former cop Tae-soo (played by Sung Dong-il)...actually kind of suck at business management. Sure, in "Accidental Detective" these two managed to solve an exceptionally complicated and high profile case. But a lot of that was through dumb luck, and besides that, who can afford to hire private detectives in this economy?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 8

2018/06/09 | Permalink

The romantic storyline between Sang-pil and Jae-i has become a serious problem, albeit not for the reasons I was expecting. Out of context the romance actually works pretty well. There's drunken walks on the beach, extended climbs up stairs in heels, and even the pointless obfuscation of their relationship around the office is pretty cute. The main issue is that Sang-pil and Jae-i aren't really paying much attention to the villains right now, which is a pretty dumb move considering they both taunted the villains directly last episode...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 7

2018/06/09 | Permalink

Hyeong-man (played by Lee Dae-yeon) is the hapless corrupt prosecutor who Sang-pil and Jae-i rescued last episode. The only problem is, Hyeong-man didn't really want to be saved in the first place. And his newfound sense of moral clarity is accompanied by an equally strong desire to avoid taking orders from anyone, including Sang-pil and Jae-i. So after he leaves them some critical clues, Hyeong-man is on his own doomed solo attempt to take down Oh-joo single-handedly...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Home"

2018/06/09 | Permalink

Joon-ho (played by Lee Hyo-je) is a middle school student with a lot of problems that aren't his fault. Joon-ho loves soccer, but is bullied mercilessly when he underperforms- and whenever another excuse is handy. Joon-ho's mom Seon-mi (played by Kang Yeon-jeong) is always home late from work, having had a bit too much to drink and their apartment is falling apart. The main bright spot in Joon-ho's life is his adorable younger brother Seong-ho (played by Im Tae-poong) who is indirectly the source of much of this misery...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Her Husband and His Wife"

2018/06/09 | Permalink

Joo-mok (played by Lee Sang-hyun) is a ballet instructor. As a man, this sometimes makes him idly wonder if he is sufficiently masculine. This is especially a problem since Joo-mok's wife Soon-jong (played by Go Ae-ri) is a tough-as-nails police detective- the kind that chases down suspects and knocks them to the ground personally. Interestingly, Joo-mok's agitation is mostly abstract. He has no apparent self-confidence issues except when it relates to his wife. The guy drinks soda while his buddies drink soju for pity's sake...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Lawless Lawyer" Episode 6

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Earlier this week I read criticism about the sudden romance that popped up in "Lawless Lawyer" and thought to myself, was it really bad? Then I watched the drama myself and yeah, it was pretty weird. The first scene we get is Jae-i (played by Seo Ye-ji) confronting Sang-pil (played by Lee Joon-gi) over why there are pictures of her mother (as well as Jae-i herself) on Sang-pil's investigation board. Even when Sang-pil provides a reasonable explanation, it's still fairly creepy how he didn't tell her this sooner...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Believer"

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Won-ho (played by Cho Jin-woong) is a prosecutor who works in narcotics. We're first introduced to him via his bratty niece Soo-jeong (played by Geum Sae-rok). Then out of nowhere "Believer" jumps into drugs and death. Yeon-ok (played by Kim Sung-ryung) decides to cooperate with police after a business meeting fails to go as planned, and it isn't long before Won-ho is running a sting on international crime lords Ha-rim (played by Kim Joo-hyuk) and Bo-ryeong (played by Jin Seo-yeon), who are also loony drug addicts...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Papa Oranghutan"

2018/06/02 | Permalink

The opening scene of "Papa Oranghutan" features Korean pastor Park Cheol-yeon and several of his congregants decked out in traditional Malaysian hunting gear (think blowguns and foliage) hunting monkeys. Eh, I never liked monkeys anyway. The purpose of this sequence is to show off the extent to which Park Cheol-yeon is embedded with his congregation. Park Cheol-yeon is a guy who lives, thinks, and breathes the Malaysian jungle. His mission? To bring them the loving words of our savior Jesus Christ...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "After Diving Bell"

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Four years ago director Lee Sang-ho made "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" or, as it is called in Korean, Diving Bell, after the titular object which could have been used to expedite rescue efforts during the Sewol tragedy yet was left unused. "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" was rushed to reach an audience while Sewol was still in the public mind. "After Diving Bell" chronicles Sewol's evolution from a national tragedy to a cultural movement, with "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" itself being used as a cultural touchstone...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Thorn Flower" Episodes 1-3

2018/05/26 | Permalink

Earlier this week we learned that Kang Kyung-joon and Jang Shin-young are getting married, having met on the set of "Thorn Flower" some five years ago. I was a little curious about how this romance started and uh, wow. The first thing we see is Se-mi (played by Jang Shin-young) getting chased around by Hyeok-min (played by Kang Kyung-joon), who is trying to rape her. I get that Kang Kyung-joon is crazy handsome, and has an amazing chest, but wow, what a way to meet a guy...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The March for the Lost"

2018/05/26 | Permalink

At first glance "The March for the Lost" appears to be an experimental film, as writer/director Park Ki-bok shows us a bunch of weird abstract imagery- mostly imagery related to the 1980 Gwangu Uprising interspered with Swan Lake. Then we're in the present day. Hee-soo (played by Kim Kkobbi) is getting married, yet somehow or other her senile mother Myeong-hee (played by Kim Boo-sun) has escaped from what appears to be a mental institution with very bad security...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Meeting: Coffee Shop Chat"

2018/05/26 | Permalink

In "Meeting: Coffee Shop Chat" seven thirty-something men talk and act like men while wearing suits and drinking coffee at a café. That really is the entire movie. From the beginning some questions are begged. Why are they wearing suits, when half of them have jobs that don't even require suits? Also, why are they drinking coffee when these are clearly guys who usually talk about life over rowdy beers? Worry not- by the end, a very good explanation is given for these questions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Burning"

2018/05/26 | Permalink

Jong-soo (played by Yoo Ah-in) lives on a decrepit family farm in Paju and takes on lousy part-time jobs in order to make ends meet. Over the course of one such task, Jong-soo meets Hae-mi (played by Jeon Jong-seo), who is also apparently from Paju, in about as bad a financial situation as Jong-soo, yet is also planning a trip to Africa. Hae-mi asks Jong-soo to look after her cat while she's gone. And so begins the first of many irrelevant mysteries in "Burning"- does Hae-mi indeed own a cat?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Yeah, That's How It Is" Episode 30

2018/05/19 | Permalink

So an old kiss scene from "Yeah, That's How It Is" has been in the news lately, so I thought I'd check it out. This being episode thirty of a weekend drama, there's obviously a lot of context that I'm missing. "Yeah, That's How It Is" is an ensemble piece, and we don't actually get to see Se-joon (played by Jung Hae-in) or Na-yeong (played by Nam Gyu-ri) until about the nineteen minute point. But from that point on they're a constant fixture. The production team definitely recognized their excellent chemistry...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "LOVE+SLING"

2018/05/19 | Permalink

Initially the narrative arc of "LOVE+SLING" seems obvious. Seong-woong (played by Kim Min-jae-I) is an aspiring Olympic wrestler. He's coached by his father, the ever cheerful single dad Gwi-bo (played by Yoo Hae-jin), and is in an as-yet still platonic relationship with obvious love interest Ga-yeong (played by Lee Sung-kyung). They're childhood friends, what with Ga-yeong being the middle daughter of Gwi-bo and Seong-woong's neighbors Seong-soo (played by Sung Dong-il) and Mi-ra (played by Jin Kyung)...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Haewon"

2018/05/19 | Permalink

In "Haewon" director Gu Jahywan takes us on a road trip to a series of sites wherein civilians were massacred in between the end of the Japanese Occupation and the close of the Korean War. Really, the opening subtitles spell the situation out pretty well. Everyone thought it was great that the Japanese were gone, but that hope didn't last long. The more the citizenry tried to express themselves democratically, the more the South Korean government became determined to stomp out dissent by any means necessary...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Gateless Gate"

2018/05/19 | Permalink

The opening scenes of "The Gateless Gate" dramatize the legendary historical event that led to the creation of the Zen Buddhist koans of the same name. After the dramatization, "The Gateless Gate" transitions into a documentary depicting eleven practitioners of Korean Buddhism who undergo a ritual inspired by the teachings of those koans. They isolate themselves into a small locked room with an adjoining yard for a thousand days, and spend that time meditating...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 31-32

2018/05/17 | Permalink

We open up with a scheme on Do-chan's part to trick Tae-woong into buying a fake diamond. What possible purpose this scam could serve was not made clear to me. Was the idea to deprive Tae-woong of funds so that he would be unable to mount an effective legal defense? Except that the big breakthrough in the case comes from Tae-woong's goons just arbitrarily deciding to turn state's evidence against their boss so...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 29-30

2018/05/16 | Permalink

Mr. Kim (played by Song Won-seok) is Tae-woong's right-hand man, and can usually be counted on to threaten people when Tae-woong himself is not available. Unfortunately Mr. Kim has never had much in the way of personality traits. Indeed, we know so little about Mr. Kim that attempts on the part of Joon-soo and Ha-ra to threaten him come off somewhat ambiguously. Before, when Tae-woong's associates were nabbed, their silence was assured by various extended implied blackmail...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Exit" Episodes 3-4 (Final)

2018/05/13 | Permalink

Conceptually, "Exit" is a satire of the illogical means by which bad dramas attempt to brute force a happy ending since there's no way to resolve the conflict plausibly, especially when too little time remains to do so. At least, this is the most reasonable way to interpret how Kang-soo finally relocates the mother who abandoned him decades ago with an ambiguously abusive father. Every step of the way, said mother simply placidly reassures Kang-soo that everything will be all right...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "True Fiction"

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Usually when movies do psychopaths they're either of the disarmingly charming variety or they act like crazed lunatics every waking moment. "True Fiction" takes the seldom-traveled middle road. Kyeong-seok (played by Oh Man-seok) is an aspiring politician who doesn't respect boundaries. His mistress Ji-yeong (played by Lee Na-ra) helps him be a jerk, without actually liking him all that much to begin with. Then they meet Soon-tae (played by Ji Hyun-woo), a bestselling novelist who tells elaborate implausible stories in such a way that implies he is actually being truthful...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Intention"

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Jung Woo-sung narrates a reversal of format as "Intention" starts off on the moment the tragic accident was first reported (8:52 AM April 16th 2014) and works backwards. Eyewitness testimony from Sewol survivors indicates that around twenty minutes prior to that, Sewol made a lurch so sudden that crew members watched in shock as a refrigerator flew halfway across a room. Every minute lost was a nail in the coffin to the people who died that day. So why the delay in calling for help?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Stand By Me"

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Deok-goo (played by Jung Ji-hoon) is an elementary school student who's still reeling from separation anxiety. His father's dead, and his mother's been chased out of the house. The latter is the fault of Deok-goo's grandfather (played by Lee Soon-jae), who loves Deok-goo dearly, but is old enough to realize that he isn't really a feasible sole long-term guardian for a child as young as Deok-goo, even if his birth mother is Indonesian...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 27-28

2018/05/10 | Permalink

As Tae-woong recuperates from his vigorous physical assault at Do-chan's hands, there's discussion of how alarming it is that this time, Do-chan was actually seriously going after Tae-woong. And yet Tae-woong recovers from his real injury about as quickly as he did from the fake one. And despite the implication being made that Tae-woong needs to take the situation more seriously, by and large the man just acts the same as he always did...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 25-26

2018/05/09 | Permalink

Tae-woong's status as a credible villain continues to plummet. The whole scheme involving his elaborate fake injury was bad enough. Tae-woong's schtick has been his ability to single-handedly run a room even when other people who technically outrank him are inside. Fake pity doesn't really work with that. Besides that issue Tae-woong's grudge with Do-chan has become increasingly petty and personal, such that Tae-woong no longer much acts like the leader of a criminal empire...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Exit" Episodes 1-2

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Kang-soo (played by Choi Tae-joon) has a sympathetic backstory. He's deep in debt, thanks to his father Jeong-man (played by Woo Hyun) and works this debt off by doing odd jobs for loan shark Tae-bok (played by Park Ho-san). Unfortunately Kang-soo is also not very smart, especially when it comes to money. We see Kang-soo make frivolous purchases large and small, effectively making his poverty cyclical. So it is that Kang-soo searches for an "Exit" to his dilemma, however exotic that solution may be...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Shadows in the Palace"

2018/05/05 | Permalink

The time is eighteen century Joseon. There's been a murder at the royal palace. Medical examiner Cheon-ryeong (played by Park Jin-hee) can tell that much from the condition the body is in, but is currently under pressure from Chief Maid Gam-cheol (played by Kim Sung-ryung) that the death is to be recorded as a suicide, owing to a delicate political situation between the Queen Dowager (played by Ye Soo-jung) and the royal concubine Bin (played by Yoon Se-ah). Predictably, Cheon-ryeong concludes that these are not mere coincidences...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Portrait of a Beauty"

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Yun-bok (played by Kim Gyu-ri) is a talented young painter in the Joseon era. Unfortunately, she is also a woman. The first plan Yun-bok's family comes up with is to just have her brother take credit for the art. That doesn't go well. So it's with a sense of resignation that we see Yun-bok going about her career, studying under master painter Hong-do (played by Kim Young-ho), and falling in love with Kang-moo (played by Kim Nam-gil), knowing that inevitably, Yun-bok's ambitions are doomed...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Memories of the Sword"

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Hong-i (played by Kim Go-eun) is a talented young martial artist living in the Goryeo era. Hong-i is so jazzed about being able to achieve an obviously impossible acrobatic feat over a sunflower that she celebrates by running off into town and impulsively entering a martial arts tournament. But before we get to know Hong-i too well, her mother Wol-so (played by Jeon Do-yeon) and archenemy Yoo-baek (played by Lee Byung-hun) take over the movie, with Hong-i only making fleeting appearances...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 23-24

2018/05/03 | Permalink

Do-chan and his dad finally meet up for the first time in ages- and with that, the two conspire to become an impeccably effective con artist team. Unfortunately there's very little follow-up to this. It's never completely clear how Mister Ppeong is going to be able to assist Do-chan when Do-chan already seems to be doing well enough on his own. This ignoring that Tae-woong has finally gotten suspicious enough about the relationship between Joon-soo and Do-chan to run some tests...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 21-22

2018/05/02 | Permalink

So Joon-soo was working with Do-chan all along. That's unavoidable, since Joon-soo is trying to cover up the fact that he's violently ill- a fact of which we are quickly reminded. Now Do-chan has to take up the mantle again, and pretend to be Joon-soo. While I can kind of get everyone at the office being accepting of Joon-soo's abrupt personality changes, Tae-woong's tacit acceptance of Joon-soo is starting to make the drama's chief villain come off as a lot less threatening than he used to be...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gangnam Blues" Revisited

2018/04/28 | Permalink

I'm a bit embarrassed as to the flippant tone in my original review for "Gangnam Blues". Everything I wrote about the movie was accurate. Most people liked to discuss Lee Min-ho's status as a massive star and writer/director Yoo Ha's status as a noir film auteur, so the absurdity aspect seemed like a more unique and interesting angle. But three years and a couple of rewatches later, I've come around to seeing "Gangnam Blues" in a far more serious and relevant light- as a tacit, dark, and mostly true origin story as to where the glitz in Hallyu Wave really came from...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "So I Married An Anti-Fan"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

Fang Miao Miao (played by Yuan Shanshan) is an incompetent Chinese paparazzi. No, seriously, from the very first scene we see that Fang Miao Miao is very bad at taking salacious photographs in a subtle, non-suspicious manner, which is kind of an essential skill in the paparazzi business. She also resorts to violence at the slightest excuse. When Korean star Hou Zhun (played by Chanyeol) comments on how Fang Miao Miao should be in jail, that just ends up begging the question. Why isn't Fang Miao Miao in jail anyway?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Making Family"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

A pretty animated sequence opens up "Making Family" and explains the childish logic by which Tae-bong (played by Moon Mason) understands how he was created- via sperm donation. Tae-bong is not to be underestimated. The adorable ragamuffin has a highly adapatable scheme by which he plans to discover the identify of his birth father Julien (played by Aarif Rahman). Meanwhile, Tae-bong's mother Mi-yeon (played Kim Ha-neul), struggles to find her lost son...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bad Sister"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

Ershan (played by Ivy Chen) is a Chinese astrologer. No, no, "Bad Sister" takes place in the modern day, and oddly enough, I can believe that Ershan is paid serious money just to rig up astrology charts. Especially since as far as "Bad Sister" is concerned, Ershan's charts appear to be completely accurate. It's Ershan's personality that causes trouble, as the woman gets to know older amateur astronomer Joon-ho (played by Ji Jin-hee), who thinks little of Ershan's vocation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 19-20

2018/04/26 | Permalink

Joon-soo doesn't do anything all that helpful in regards to Do-chan's big egg heist. Do-chan's big egg heist doesn't really do much either, though. Do-chan just gets yet another opportunity to act really smug. There's a very episodic feel to the schemes lately. There aren't any long-term consequences, so it's difficult to feel very invested in the endings. Tae-woong's criminal enterprise still doesn't seem to be suffering very much in terms of structural consequences, considering how many of his underlings end up in jail...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 17-18

2018/04/25 | Permalink

The immediate question begged by Joon-soo's apparent betrayal is whether it's sincere. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth episodes, we are given every reason to believe that Joon-soo is indeed working against his prior motives of justice. Well, sort of. While Do-chan is fighting the good fight, he has no respect for the rules. Nominally this isn't a big deal. But remember that Joon-soo's entire authority for going after Tae-woong in the first place is that Tae-woong doesn't play by the rules...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 39-40

2018/04/24 | Permalink

There are no big dramatics for the final episode of "Shall We Kiss First", which instead focuses on the joyful monotony of daily life. Moo-han may have the occasional scary moment, but he is still able to persist normally, and in fact makes a continued point of doing so. The whole storyline with the cat is great because the old Moo-han would have just decided this wasn't worth the effort. But now? He sees inconvenience, too, as a part of life...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 16 (Final)

2018/04/24 | Permalink

Explanations have never been a strong part of "That Man Oh Soo" and I never had any expectations otherwise for the final episode. I figured there would be some weird loophole used to explain how Oh Soo could save Yoo-ri without killing himself, when Oh Soo had already initiated the whole noble suicide process. But what exactly that loophole was, um...I'm still not sure. Somehow "That Man Oh Soo" manages to get to the end without explaining what happened even to Yoo-ri, so of course we get nothing either...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 37-38

2018/04/23 | Permalink

I like how Soon-jin is treating Moo-han's stay in the hospital as a stay in the hospital while Moo-han is acting like this is hospice care. Of course Moo-han's outlook has not actually changed in any meaningful way. He's spent the entire drama in self-imposed hospice care, it's just a lot more obvious now because everything is out in the open. Which also adds a morbid sense of humor even to scenes as mundane as Soon-jin eating some fried chicken...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 15

2018/04/23 | Permalink

All right, so there appears to have been another angle to the night stalker subplot. Not that this is all that important. Oh Soo resolves it over a single disaffected scene, wherein he ominously implies that civil liberties don't matter when it comes to crooks. I would have thought it would make more sense to have Yoo-ri solving crimes, what with her being a cop and all. Although Yoo-ri is busy elsewhere here, what with all the moping around over her having lost another boyfriend...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Blue Mouthed Face"

2018/04/21 | Permalink

Seo-yeong (played by Jang Liu) is being crushed under the weight of having to work miserable jobs in order to pay for her mother's medical expenses. Her physically handicapped older brother Yeong-joon (played by Jin Yong-wook) is capable of working, but business at the small sewing company where he works is not going well. The relationship between brother and sister is further strained by vile suggestions Seo-yeong pushes in order to deal with their poverty...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Farming Boys"

2018/04/21 | Permalink

The three young men spotlighted in "Farming Boys" are wwoofers. That is, they're participate in WWOOF (World-Wide Opportunites on Organic Farms), an organization of farms which take on foreigners as temporary workers. That "Farming Boys" never actually explains what a wwoofer is is the most obvious omission in the documentary's educational purpose. Although there's also all the traveling they apparently did in Southeast Asia, which is mentioned in the epilogue but doesn't appear anywhere else in the movie...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "All Day Candles"

2018/04/21 | Permalink

The Gwanghwamun Candlelight Rallies were mass protests every Saturday from late 2016 to early 2017 demanding the removal of President Park Geun-hye from office. The first short docuemntary of the "All Day Candles" omnibus, "Square@People" (directed by Kim Hwan-tae) is a dialog between two organizers of the Candlelight Rallies explaining the origins of the rallies, and relating the rise of the rallies to ongoing political events at the time...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 15-16

2018/04/19 | Permalink

In episode fifteen, we see Do-chan swagger in with a nice suit, completely in his element as the guy who is always running a con, to the point he'll even say so directly. Then, in episode sixteen, we see Tae-woong walk down the stairs in a typically loud brightly colored outfit, knowing full well that everyone takes orders from him and that's what matters. Here are two very different, yet equally effective ways of running a room...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 13-14

2018/04/18 | Permalink

The investigation has stalled here, mostly as a result of mutual disinterest. Ha-ra already has enough high-level crooks that there's not really much impetus to go chasing after any more right this minute. Meanwhile, Tae-woong has been so spooked by recent reversals he's decided to hold back. Well, not really. It turns out that Tae-woong has been running a pretty long con on Jeong-pil, which somewhat awkwardly puts the more publicly powerful man in the position of technical victim...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 20 (final)

2018/04/17 | Permalink

The ending to "Laughter in Waikiki" goes a lot better than I was expecting mainly because recent episodes have surged in quality. The immature, obnoxious Dong-goo who was always picking fights with Joon is gone. The more restrained Dong-goo we have now isn't just funnier, he's also a lot more introspective. Sure, he's a bit of a jerk to Yoon-ah's ex-boyfriend (played by Kim Jin-woo), but then by his own admission, Yoon-ah's ex-boyfriend deserved it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episode 35-36

2018/04/17 | Permalink

For these episodes, if I just de-emphasize the content of the dialog, ignore the scenes at the candy company, and instead just focus on the ambience, there's that same beautifully bittersweet tone which characterized the first half of the drama's run. When the increasingly artificial conflict between Moo-han and Soon-jin is de-emphasized, we can see these two as lonely, older people who are filled with regrets. They fix that feeling by trying to act without regrets for whatever time they have left...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 14

2018/04/17 | Permalink

So the night stalker storyline appears to have been resolved almost entirely by accident. I can't decide whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. On one end this plot was undeveloped from the very beginning, so I'm glad it's out of the way. But on the other end, the remaining storylines aren't that much better. Eventually the issue with the murderous magic tea is explained...in the preview. I can't figure out why this basic worldbuilding has been held back for so long...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 13

2018/04/16 | Permalink

So right away we get an extended flashback wherein Oh Soo as a child learns about the terrible power of the magic tea. But because these scenes are taken from the vantage point of a child, the explanation for why the magic tea is so dangerous is completely dumbed down and censored. Consequently, Oh Soo's journey to find a cure is bereft of context. We can't even guess at loopholes because so far as the script is concerned this tea just kills people, end quote...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 19

2018/04/16 | Permalink

I like the storylines where Joon-ki is forced to do weird stuff for the sake of his acting career. Because actors do really weird things, compared to other jobs. The whole executive meeting where everyone has to brainstorm ideas for the first pitch is great, because we could tell they were going to come up with something weird. Just not that kind of weird. Although it's a letdown how after all that practice we never actually get to see Joon-ki do that very strange first pitch...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 33-34

2018/04/16 | Permalink

There's an interesting moment in the thirty-fourth episode where reference is made to the candlelight rallies. For most of the candy company plot in "Shall We Kiss First" I'd actually been thinking the same thing. The superpowered corporation that can obliterate obstacles by waving a magic public relations wand is a dinosaur of a trope at this point, and calls attention to just how corny the story in "Shall We Kiss First" really is. Especially since Moo-han himself was their public relations wand and knows all their secrets...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Duck Town"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

Suseong Lake is a location in Daegu. It's just a normal lake, and as is common in South Korea, there are swan boats that people can use to paddle around. It's the job of Hee-jeong (played by Lee Se-young) to manage those swan boats, although she has dreams of bigger and better things. Like transferring to a university in Seoul. Why does Hee-jeong want to go to Seoul so badly? Well uh...it's a goal in search of a motivation. But at least it keeps her from going suicidal...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Someone Behind You"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

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 Film Review] "My Wife is a Gangster 3"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

Ah-ryeong (played by Shu Qi) is the heir to a Cantonese criminal empire. In the opening setpiece of "My Wife is a Gangster 3" she and her father Lim (played by Ti Lung) are attempting to make nice with a rival gang but it doesn't go so well, since apparently some people find the idea of a woman mafia heir to be an object of amusement. So Ah-ryeong gets sent off to Korea under the protection of Gi-cheol (played by Lee Beom-soo) and his crew. They're really more incompetent chaperones though, since Lim can take care of herself...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 11-12

2018/04/12 | Permalink

Do-chan's motivation is a mystery not just to Ha-ra, but also to his team of con artists. While there's no major conflict about this yet, I mostly just liked the moment where they're eating cheap pizza and talking about all the money they're going to get, while apparently unable to tell the difference between different kinds of premium cheap pizza. The con artists in "Switch - Change The World" are not a particularly discriminating lot when it comes to the finer things in life...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 9-10

2018/04/11 | Permalink

Right away there's a snag to Do-chan's brilliant deduction. He can't really explain where the idea came from. More importantly it's a bad idea for him to explain where the idea came from, because the main factor inhibiting the villains right now is that they're not sure how their criminal enterprise has been compromised. It was a nice touch, watching Ha-ra drag Do-chan away from the cameras since nearly anything he could say for a multitude of reasons could put them at a future disadvantage...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 18

2018/04/10 | Permalink

There's a very good establishing scene starting out this episode wherein we see what it's like for Joon-ki, having co-workers with loads of fangirls. It's only natural for Joon-ki to feel deficient in this environment. And so begins a very weird storyline wherein Joon-ki is extremely slow to catch on to obvious hints that the current guest star is very creepy. This then naturally leads into Joon-ki's own behavior taking a turn for the bizarre...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 12

2018/04/10 | Permalink

Right when I thought "That Man Oh Soo" was done with hospital scenes we end up right back there again. Thankfully the trip to the hospital is not a long one, although the main thing that happens there is a mildly amusing gag involving one character being confused by how Yoo-ri appears to have multiple identical boyfriends. He doesn't say anything about Oh Soo and Ji-won being identical. That's just what I was thinking during that scene...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 31-32

2018/04/10 | Permalink

It's hard to imagine there was once a time when I was genuinely enthralled with the brisk pacing in this drama. Time was we were always getting new, meaningful revelations about Moo-han and Soon-jin's backstory. Now they just keep having moments over whether or not they should be breaking up or moving out or whatever. There's only so many times a couple can have that argument before their entire relationship starts to come off as incredibly fickle...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 17

2018/04/09 | Permalink

In a nice change of pace, the storylines in this installment of "Laughter in Waikiki" are structured like mysteries, where we as viewers are invited to guess at possible resolutions to apparently inexplicable situations. Take the first and most prominent storyline. By all accounts Yoon-ah's confession to Dong-goo was completely sincere. So what to make of her attitude? We are given the clear impression that Joon-ki and Doo-sik's assumptions are wrong, because they are idiots. But clearly an explanation of some sort is forthcoming- and it's a good one...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 11

2018/04/09 | Permalink

The affected voice Oh Soo talks with now is starting to drive me crazy. It makes him sound weirdly effeminate. Although that's really just part and parcel for Oh Soo's whole personality change, wherein he is just too unconditionally nice and lovey-dovey all the time. That's not romantic, it's just corny. Romances are effective because we see characters get together in spite of their flaws, and even loving each other all the more because of them. Now? Oh Soo has no flaws, and is even explicitly described as virginal. Now there's an odd trait for a leading man...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 29-30

2018/04/09 | Permalink

Heartless though it may be for me to write this, I really don't care about Soon-jin's dead daughter. In narrative terms, the daughter is only relevant to the extent that she caused Soon-jin's trauma, creating the Soon-jin that exists in the present. The daughter has never been a character in her own right for us to care about. Indeed, by centering so much of the action around the lawsuit, "Shall We Kiss First" actually makes it more difficult for Soon-jin to let go of the past...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Microhabitat"

2018/04/07 | Permalink

Once upon a time, Mi-so (played by 'Esom') had friends. There was no specific falling out that splintered their social circle. They all just moved on. But not Mi-so. She's happy cleaning apartments, scoring some smokes, sipping whiskey at a favorite bar and maybe playing an aggressive game of pattycake with her boyfriend Han-sol (played by Ahn Jae-hong). Sadly, an increase in living expenses has made this lifestyle increasingly untenable. So Mi-so seeks out her old friends, in hopes of finding a solution...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "I'll Just Live in Bando"

2018/04/07 | Permalink

Joon-goo (voiced by Lee Seung-haeng) is an acting professor. Well no, actually, he's an adjunct acting professor. Which means he's basically a normal professor except that he's paid less and doesn't have job security. Though popular with his students, their sincere praise of Joon-goo's acting abilities tends to stoke Joon-goo's dreams. Sure, the guy's in his forties and supporting a family. But don't television dramas need short, homely, middle-aged balding characters too?...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Like a French Film"

2018/04/07 | Permalink

The four short movies in the "Like a French Film" omnibus all deal with obstructed love. The nature of that obstruction changes from piece to piece. For an aging mother (played by Lee Young-ran), it's entirely her decision. For the bartender (played by Lee Yoo-mi), it's sincere disinterest. For the internationally inclined couple of So-yeon (played by Kim Soy) and Steve (played by Steven Youn), it's fate. For Soo-min (played by Shin Min-chul) it's...circumstance?...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 7-8

2018/04/05 | Permalink

The first five minutes of episode seven are a recap of "Switch - Change The World" so far along with the full cliffhanger from last time, now with an explanation. I can't decide whether the production team is trying to cut costs or if they really are that self-indulgent about how clever the turnabout was. It was a decent turnabout. Do-chan may not be a real prosecutor but he's definitely observant. But personally I'm more concerned about the ongoing effort to murder Joon-soo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 5-6

2018/04/04 | Permalink

Seong-doo (played by Kwon Hwa-woon) is Tae-woong's ruthless enforcer. The original plan was just to kill Joon-soo outright, but the apparent failure of the first assassination attempt coupled with Joon-soo's confusing behavioral changes afterwards have left the villains of "Switch - Change The World" struggling to figure out the best course of action. Obviously there is some sort of hustle going on here...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 16

2018/04/03 | Permalink

Right away we start out with a reckoning. Dong-goo rather sensibly demands an explanation for the elaborate web of lies Joon-ki and Seo-jin have devised to ineffectively avoid publicly acknowledging that they have a relationship. Even granting that the characters in question are all adults, and owe each other no explanations, what Joon-ki and Seo-jin did was very hurtful. But then Dong-goo chooses to have a temper tantrum and any ambiguity in that situation is lost...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 27-28

2018/04/03 | Permalink

There's a lot more of Soon-jin pretending like she doesn't know what Moo-han is up to here. Couple that with Moo-han agonizing in general about leaving Soon-jin alone and not telling her everything and well, "Shall We Kiss First" is pretty hopelessly depressing. The drama is also fairly pointlessly depressing. Since the main chararacters are not communicating honestly with each other, the plot has slowed to a crawl. Only the legal case takes on much prominence...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 10

2018/04/03 | Permalink

Oh Soo's intonation is now so chipper I barely recognize him as being the same character. It's not just the weird way he talks. I remember Oh Soo as being a generally crabby young man who doesn't especially care what other people think, yet has a kind heart in spite of that. Oh Soo in full-on lovey-dovey mode is a substantially less interesting character, since he just does that aggressive romantic comedy pursuit thing that's supposed to be cute but frequently comes off as stalking behavior...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 15

2018/04/02 | Permalink

Dong-goo's latest devious scheme to insure that Yoon-ah and Joon don't spend any time together involves organizing a workshop for the guest house. Which involves them going to...another guest house, where they act as guests on vacation. At times like this I can't help but think about how badly "Laughter in Waikiki" has been wasting its own premise. How does one successfully manage a guest house anyway? Surely there are better ways to find guests than to just drag them in from off the street...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 25-26

2018/04/02 | Permalink

There's several minutes of happiness as "Shall We Kiss First" focuses on events immediately preceding the cliffhanger before getting back to where the story left off- with Soon-jin discovering the pen and all of its horrible implications. Not that this has any apparent effect on her relationship with Moo-han. Soon-ji appears to be making a deliberate point of not destroying her relationship with Moo-han, when you'd think some form of revenge would be on her mind...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 9

2018/04/02 | Permalink

More of a big deal is made out of how Yoo-ri is having a hard time because of her mother's illness, yet is so fortunate to have not one but two men eager to offer emotional support at the slightest notice. That melodrama doesn't last very long, though, since the surgery ends up going well. I never especially liked the sick mother storyline, but the sheer anticlimax of its ending was a little much for me. The pacing was just not as good as it coud have been...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

The Gonjiam Mental Hospital has a suitably horrific backstory regarding the abuse of mental patients, and there are plenty of eerie pictures floating around the Internet of the abandoned building's creepy interior. The disappearance of a couple of teenagers whose last known activity was investigating the site for kicks and giggles has further improved the Gonjiam Mental Hospital's mystique. So it is that Ha-joon (played by Wi Ha-joon) puts together a team to investigate the facility and posts their findings via a live online stream...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Be With You"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

The opening to "Be with You" is a cute animated story about a penguin mother who has gone away to the cloud country, but returns home for one last stretch before finally leaving again forever. The book's author, Soo-ah (played by Son Ye-jin) gave the book to her elementary school aged son Ji-ho (played by Kim Ji-hwan-I) shortly before her death. Ji-ho religiously anticipates the circumstances under which Soo-ah will return while his now single father Woo-jin (played by So Ji-sub) tries to hold the household together...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Field Day"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

The Korean title of "A Field Day" literally means "exercise meeting" and has multiple contextual interpretations. It can refer to a sports festival at a school. It can also refer to labor action. It can also refer to political protests. The point is, "A Field Day" is a day when you exert yourself to win. That's the moment the movie is building up to, when for various convoluted reasons, husband Cheol-goo (played by Yang Ji-woong), wife Mi-soon (played by Lee Jung-bi), brother-in-law Min-seok (played by Choi Hyuk-I), and father Soon-dol (played by Park Chan-young) find themselves aligned with different factions in a labor strike...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 3-4

2018/03/29 | Permalink

While Do-chan and his team may have initially felt ever so smart for having outwitted the cops, the victory proves pointless almost immediately. In addition to there being yet further interference from still another faction, it turns out that Ha-ra had a back-up plan in case Do-chan turned rogue. Naturally, she still feels the need to swear profusely that the con artist who her colleagues warned her against trusting in the first place ever so predictably tried to double cross the investigation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 1-2

2018/03/28 | Permalink

Joon-soo (played by Jang Geun-suk) is a high profile prosecutor in the thick of a huge investigation. Joon-soo is so in the thick of the investigation that "Switch - Change The World" doesn't even bother to explain what exactly it is that he's been doing. So we're mostly on the same page as prosecutor Ha-ra (played by Han Ye-ri), who understands what Joon-soo was trying to do in broad strokes, but is in a bit of a fix when a mysterious car crash incapacitates Joon-soo indefinitely...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 12 (Final)

2018/03/28 | Permalink

So it turns out that Tae-yeong had correctly sussed out the fitness center scam pretty much the exact same way I did. Which makes the opening summation of the previous episode's events fairly anticlimactic. "539 Yeonnam-dong" has been very bad when it comes to properly utilizing cliffhangers. Stories should always be self-contained when possible. Putting the summation and only the summation off until next week just gives viewers more time to figure it our on their own, and that's no fun...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 8

2018/03/27 | Permalink

So apparently Jin-woo also owns a car. Why does everyone own a car except Yoo-ri anyway? Maybe she has to spend all her money on medical bills, or possibly looking after her teenage sister who spends all her time coming up with complicated bullying schemes instead of studying. Soo-jeong is less proportionately important to the story than you'd think. Although then again, there's so little story in "That Man Oh Soo" there's not much for her to do anyway...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 23-24

2018/03/27 | Permalink

One nice aspect to "Shall We Kiss First" is that the drama doesn't waste a lot of time stringing us along with important revelations while insisting on maintaining the ignorance of the main characters. Simply being confronted by people who want to talk about his horrible secrets is enough to force Moo-han into letting his guard down. We actually see Moo-han legitimately frightened by the threat of Soon-jin leaving. Note the quivering in his voice, and the highly abstract nature of the movie he watches, which is only identified by film company...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 14

2018/03/27 | Permalink

I was inititally fairly excited about the return of Joon-ki's terrible car. That was one of the better gags of the earlier episodes, with near perfect set-up and delivery. Unfortunately, the follow-up leaves a lot to be desired. The car literally just starts going around in circles. There's frustratingly little physical humor to speak of. I'm not asking for elaborate stunts or anything, I was just hoping that Soo-ah and Doo-sik were going to have to work together to reclaim the cell phone...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 13

2018/03/26 | Permalink

Dong-goo's character is substantially improved here because he's actually trying to avoid being a completely petty jerk for once. I liked the conversations with Yoon-ah, where Dong-goo clearly wants to abuse his power as landlord, but gives up when suitable excuses for trying to keep Yoon-ah away from Joon are not forthcoming. The excuse Dong-goo comes up with in the second storyline is so on-the-spot it's hard to hate him for premeditation. And besides, Dong-goo ends up getting what's coming to him...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 21-22

2018/03/26 | Permalink

So the honeymoon's over. Granted, the honeymoon was pretty sad, so that phrase doesn't quite mean what it usually implies here. Instead what we get is Moo-han and Soon-jin transitioning to basic domesticity. Or at least, that's what Soon-jin thinks is happening. Normally domesticity is for the long term. Instead, Soon-jin is making a life for herself that will predictably get wrenched away and leave her right back where she started...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 7

2018/03/26 | Permalink

I finally figured out what critical advantage Oh Soo has that has been allowing him to eclipse Jin-woo as a romantic rival. Oh Soo owns a car. That's really about it. Yoo-ri is frequently forced into having to get help from Oh Soo entirely thanks to the fact that he owns a car and apparently taxis are hard to come by in this neighborhood. Transparently absurd as this fact may be in the romantic comedy context, a funny joke is still a funny joke however unintentionally...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Notebook from My Mother"

2018/03/24 | Permalink

Ae-ran (played by Lee Joo-sil) is a grandmother who runs a small shop selling side dishes. Ae-ran is an obsessive perfectionist when it comes to how her livelihood is organized, to the point it seems unlikely that her apprentice Yoon-ja (played by Kim Sun-hwa) will ever be able to manage the shop herself. Of course, since Ae-ran owns the shop, possession if it would pass down to her adult son Gyu-hyeon (played by Lee Jong-hyuk). Well, also to her daughter Hye-won (played by Lee Young-ah), but Gyu-hyeon is the main perspective character here as Ae-ran's family comes to terms with her dementia...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Bullies"

2018/03/24 | Permalink

Yeong-ho (played by Lee Seung-yong who looks way too old for the part) is a transfer student. There are bullies at his new high school who hustle money from weaker students via intimidation. There's a surprisingly complicated hierarchy at play here, such that I initially thought "Bullies" was going to be about the hierarchy. Alas, these dynamics are ultimately left unexplored as Yeong-ho instead runs up against mid-level enforcerer Gi-tae (played by Go Jin-soo). Long ago, these two were friends...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Cheese in the Trap - Movie"

2018/03/24 | Permalink

Having seen the "Cheese in the Trap" drama I already knew what to expect from the film version. Seol (played by Oh Yeon-seo) is a college student who is convinced that popular man on campus Jeong (played by Park Hae-jin) is secretly evil. Oddly enough this does not prevent her from entering into a relationship with him. The key difference between the two versions is that the world of the film version is quite a bit more dangerous. Several characters are straight up psychotic, to the point that Seol's concerns of being caught in a trap come off as well warranted...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 11

2018/03/21 | Permalink

The storyline here is dominated entirely by the appearance of a rival fitness center next to the one that I-na manages. I spent most of the runtime wondering how a neighborhood that can barely support one fitness center could possibly support two, especially when the new one is offering extremely good incentive packages to customers and inflated salaries to staff. So yeah, the ending is kind of predictable...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 12

2018/03/20 | Permalink

In what has to be the weirdest gimmick yet, "Laughter in Waikiki" presents us with the character of Chang-ho (played by Kim Byung-se) whose main trait is that he gives endlessly complicated and pointless rambling answers to mundane questions. Does that really count as a joke? Boring the audience to death with nonsense? That sounds like the exact opposite of a joke. Which I'll admit, on a conceptual level, is an interesting if obviously stupid idea...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 19-20

2018/03/20 | Permalink

I can actually mostly empathize with Moo-han's unwillingness to tell Soon-jin how sick he is. I kind of wish I didn't know either. Knowing the full extent of Moo-han's illness creates a fantastically depressing undercurrent to everything Moo-han and Soon-jin do regardless of how outwardly cheerful they are. Their whole trip to the countryside is actually pretty fun outside of that one factor. And then there's the ending. I mean yikes...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 6

2018/03/20 | Permalink

There's a scene early on where Yoo-ri and Jin-woo go to Oh Soo's tea shop. Or is it a café? Oh Soo serves them coffee and claims that he doesn't have anything else, but it's possible Oh Soo is just lying because he doesn't want them there in the first place. Yoo-ri and Jin-woo then leave without drinking their coffee. That ninety second scene was, as far as I can tell, completely pointless, even if it was frequently on the edge of being almost interesting...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 11

2018/03/19 | Permalink

Yoon-ah has some pretty sensible reasons for rejecting Dong-goo's love confession. I'd be impressed, except that Yoon-ah's newfound sense of maturity is somewhat at odds with the generally naive way her character has been portrayed up until now. Also there's the tonal issue of Dong-goo's personality. Soo-ah also provided very good reasons for breaking up with Dong-goo, yet Dong-goo has completely failed to take those criticisms to heart, much as he fails to really listen to Yoon-ah's criticisms...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 17-18

2018/03/19 | Permalink

Considering how the final scene ends up being a wedding the sheer scale of the depression in "Shall We Kiss First" here is pretty harsh. Moo-han just mopes around listlessly, refusing to accept Soon-jin's attempts to cheer him up because, mostly because Moo-han knows that he is behaving selfishly. Which is the main irony. Soon-jin by far stands to gain the most from marrying a rich man who is soon to die, yet Moo-han feels the need to shield her from that...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 5

2018/03/19 | Permalink

The "This Is Not Real" wall from "Oh Hae-Young Again" makes a special appearance here. I love that wall. That whole area is a great shooting location. Like most small neighborhoods in Seoul, it's filled with hills- yet the scenery is quite a bit mroe picturesque than the average neighborhood. The architecture is very nice. And the layout makes it plausible that Oh Soo and Yoo-ri are always running into each other by accident, because shortcuts will do that...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Vanished"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

The first character we see in "The Vanished" is a security guard at the morgue. He's only vaguely paying attention to the closed circuit television when a sudden blackout turns everything just a little spooky. By the time the police arrive discrete facts are at a minimum. The corpse of recently departed rich corporate bigshot Seol-hee (played by Kim Hee-ae) has mysteriously disappeared. Also her husband professor Jin-han (played by Kim Kang-woo) was applying fake tears at the memorial service...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Parallel"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

Sledge hockey is a Paralympic sport that's pretty much the same as regular hockey except that the players (who typically do not have functioning legs) move around on sledges propelled by sticks in their hands. It's an exceptionally aggressive sport, even compared to regular hockey, since the athletes are constantly swinging their arms around and moving a lot faster than you'd think would be possible without legs. "Parallel" is the story of the South Korean sledge hockey team and their experience at the 2012 Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in Norway...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Singing with Angry Bird"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

When orchestra conductor Kim Jae-chang first arrived in Mumbai in India, his hair was still black. Several years later, it has shades of white. The children in Kim Jae-chang's choir have nicknamed him Angry Bird, on account of his round head and also because he gives them loud loving instructions in broken English spoken via an Italian accent. Once "Singing with Angry Bird" gets Kim Jae-chang's background out of the way, it's on to the children's choir itself...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 10

2018/03/14 | Permalink

The follow through on Bong-tae's asexuality is disappointing. Asexuality just means that Bong-tae has a minimal sex drive. It doesn't preclude the prospect of Bong-tae entering into a relationship with romantic feelings, it just means that Bong-tae can't get aroused very easily. Then again the main evidence we've been given regarding Bong-tae's condition was a test administered while he was watching pornography. Maybe Bong-tae just doesn't like pornography...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 15-16

2018/03/13 | Permalink

One aspect of Soon-jin's characterization that's been kind of glazed over is how she was initially interested in Moo-han solely for his money. Well, that's not true, Soon-jin's weirdly self-conscious seductress pep talk monologues have been a fairly constant staple of the drama's comic relief. It's just easy to forget that because whenever Soon-jin is talking to Moo-han directly, she's being perfectly sincere. Soon-jin has started to rely on Moo-han as a crutch in her weaker moments...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 4

2018/03/13 | Permalink

Of the many random chance meetings Oh Soo and Yoo-ri get into, one of them actually results in their relationship progressing beyond mild mutual annoyance. Oh Soo discovers that Yoo-ri likes cats. Apparently Oh Soo likes cats too. How cute! I also like cats! Unfortunately Ga-na then manages to sabotage that moment and we're right back where we started, with Oh Soo and Yoo-ri always being in the same place at the same time and resenting each other for it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 3

2018/03/12 | Permalink

So apparently the whole thing with the magic tree suddenly dying because of...uh...I assume because Yoo-ri drank Oh Soo's magic tea doesn't become an ongoing crisis. Oh Soo's grandfather Man-soo (played by Park Geun-hyung) simply solves the problem with his own magic powers, warning Oh Soo that next time the younger man will have to do it himself. So what we have is a possible future conflict, not something that's happening right now...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 13-14

2018/03/12 | Permalink

So the dog dies. That was, of course, inevitable. What was less inevitable is that something serious happens while Soon-jin was doing silly stuff with Moo-han. Naturally, she apologizes, even though this wasn't her fault. But how does Moo-han respond? He doesn't actually. Moo-han just looks on in his usual defeatist stone-faced silence. There's no anger, no guilt, nothing. Moo-han has long since decided that this was just the way things have to be. If Soon-jin wants to apologize, that's her business...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Little Forest"

2018/03/10 | Permalink

Hye-won (played by Kim Tae-ri) was raised on a small farm out in the countryside. As a teenager, Hye-won had ambitions to do something greater with her life, but after going to college and getting various jobs in the city...well, nothing Hye-won did seemed to have much point. So Hye-won moved back into her old home, all alone. Well, she does have a couple of friends her own age. Eun-sook (played by Jin Ki-joo) is the woman. Jae-ha (played by Ryu Jun-yeol) is the man. There's also a dog. And there's also the most important friend of all- delicious fresh food...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Gate"

2018/03/10 | Permalink

So-eun (played by Jung Ryeo-won) has a problem. Everyone in her apartment building has been getting ensnared in bad contracts from loan shark Min-wook (played by Jung Sang-hoon) and his gang of obvious crooks, so So-eun decides to take a stand against them. Neighborhood ex-cop Gyoo-cheol (played by Im Chang-jung) also insists on helping, though that ridiculous yellow track suit and subservient attitude makes him rather non-threatening...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Princess and the Matchmaker"

2018/03/10 | Permalink

Deep into his reign, King Yeongjo (played by Kim Sang-kyung) faces a serious crisis. There's no rain, which means a bad harvest, which mean food shortages, which means bad times for everyone in Joseon. There's only one possible solution- marry off the homely Princess Song-hwa (played by Shim Eun-kyung) to someone with a particularly well correlated marital horoscape. It falls to Do-yoon (played by Lee Seung-gi), a prodigy horoscope technician, to find a match that will maximize the approval of the heavens and bring about the much needed rain...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 9

2018/03/07 | Permalink

Soo-ri is back again, providing us with more reminders of why I-na doesn't especially like her mother. Overall the portrayal is a bit more nuanced this time. Soo-ri starts out with a fairly serious problem and petitions Bong-tae for help. While Soo-ri naturally has an ulterior motive in mind, and the original motive isn't quite what it looks like, fundamentally, her situation remains sympathetic. So for all I-na's frustrations when it comes to her mother, we can see how a lot of this is tied up in just bog standard worry...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 10

2018/03/06 | Permalink

Soo-ah gets a really good storyline this episode, and it looks to be a continuing one- she's now on a stake out at the convenience store, and is shocked to discover what Doo-sik has to deal with there. I was too. I refuse to believe that people act like that at convenience stores. But then, I've never worked at one. And neither has Soo-ah. Luckily, it turns out that Soo-ah can use her powers of being a mean girl for good instead of evil, even if the closing tagline was kind of ambiguous...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 11-12

2018/03/06 | Permalink

At long last something happens to Kyeong-soo that leaves me feeling somewhat sympathetic to his situation. He ends up getting confronted by Soon-jin's sister Hee-jin (played by Shin So-yul) and their mother Geum-soon (played by Sung Byung-sook). Remember all that toxic clingy behavior Kyeong-soo has been engaging with in regards to his ex-wife? Apparently Hee-jin and Geum-soon are of the opinion that Kyeong-soo is actually not being clingy enough...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 2

2018/03/06 | Permalink

I like how Yoo-ri is short. I mean, women are short in general, but it's rare to see a drama actually take advantage of this thematically. Since Yoo-ri broke her heels as part of that horrible, horrible day, Yoo-ri has to be aggressive with Oh Soo to get what she wants. it's an accurate metaphor for Yoo-ri's character as a whole. The first we see saw of her Yoo-ri was going after the weights really are and now we know why she compensates so much. It turns out Yoo-ri is a police officer...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 9

2018/03/05 | Permalink

So Soo-ah is now my favorite character, solely because she points out the sheer stupidity of Dong-goo trying to keep his feelings for Soo-ah a secret for no good reason. Actually a lot of this episode is better than usual because there's a lot more shame. Observe how Joon-ki eventually realizes he was being a jerk to Seo-jin for no good reason. I mean come on, the stove wasn't working. That's not the fault of the first person to notice it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 9-10

2018/03/05 | Permalink

Considering their story for most of episode nine is just an extended bed scene it's surprising just how mundane and boring Moo-han and Soon-jin are together. Their relationship is not terribly romantic but in a nutty way it's actually kind of the platonic ideal of married life. They have trouble sleeping. They embarrass themselves. Yet oddly enough none of that really matters. They both just kind of shrug their shoulders and go, whatever, life could be worse...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "That Man Oh Soo" Episode 1

2018/03/05 | Permalink

It takes quite some time for "That Man Oh Soo" to actually get to its own premise. Yes, obviously, Oh Soo (played by Lee Jong-hyun) is supposed to get romantically entangled with Yoo-ri (played by Kim So-eun), some way or another. The drama is a romance after all. But these characters are far more reactive than proactive. The first major thing we see Oh Soo do is break up with a woman by proxy as a stand in for his brother Ga-na (played by Heo Jung-min), who's just a tad immature...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Guest House"

2018/03/03 | Permalink

Jung-woo (played by Kim Sungje) is an actor. Since acting work is not generally reliable, Jung-woo works at his family guest house out on South Korea's northeastern coast. One day, Jung-woo's older sister Seon-woo (played by Baek Seon-woo) instructs Jung-woo to show Japanese tourist Hiroko (played by Chisun) around Gangreung, since Seon-woo is busy doing work related to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Jung-woo is not the best tour guide, since he does not speak Japanese, and Hiroko does not speak Korean...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Puzzle"

2018/03/03 | Permalink

Do-joon (played by Ji Seung-hyun) is a respected, successful corporate type. He even wrote a book! Everyone wants to hang out with Do-joon, especially women. He has a good relationship with his staff. And yet there's something missing from Do-joon's life. His wife and daughter are gone, because Do-joon is paying for them to live overseas, so night after night, Do-joon is bored out of his mind, eating instant noodles and watching old family videos. Then, in short order, life for Do-joon suddenly becomes very violent. A clown suit is involved...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Live Again, Love Again"

2018/03/03 | Permalink

In "Live Again, "Love Again" two storylines take alternate turns in focus. The first is about Vietnamese barista Mi (played by Chi Pu), a piano player living in Ho Chi Minh City who composes music and posts it on YouTube. She's suffering from strange nightmares (or memories? It's never really all that clear) about a run-in with a South Korean soldier during the Vietnamese War. Then there's Pil (played by San E), a popular South Korean recording artist who's in a slump because he keeps thinking about his ex-girlfriend Yoon-hee (played by Jung Chae-yeon)...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "539 Yeonnam-dong" Episode 8

2018/02/28 | Permalink

The normally broad storylines of "539 Yeonnam-dong" are condensed into just two this time. Bong-tae's confrontation with the mysterious masked villain is comically anticlimactic, as we end up lingering on Bong-tae still tied up for a moment and feeling a little ridiculous at the lack of drama. Going forward Bong-tae makes no progress in any kind of relevant investigation, instead running across a small child who happens to be I-na's daughter Chae-won...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Shall We Kiss First" Episodes 7-8

2018/02/27 | Permalink

What with all the sexual propositions and the preview where Soon-jin is blurred out and naked, you'd think "Shall We Kiss First" was taking a turn for the raunchy. Actually the intimacy is more subdued and weird than that. To start out with, Moo-han and Soon-jin end up going to a themed love hotel and make fun of the generally peculiar devices other people apparently use to arouse themselves...More