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  • Baek Hyun-joo Joins "The King: Eternal Monarch" as Lee Min-ho's Chief of Staff

    2020/04/17, Source
    Actress Baek Hyun-joo is starring in the new SBS drama "The King: Eternal Monarch" as Lee Gon's (Lee Min-ho) chief assistant Mo. Baek Hyun-joo is an active actress who starred in recent dramas such as "When the Camellia Blooms", "Nobody Knows" and "Hi Bye, Mama!",...More
  • From Jin Seo-yeon to Lee Joo-young, 8 Actresses Feature in Gender Free Pictorial

    2020/03/03, Source
    Pictorials and interviews of actresses were released in the March issue of Marie Clare ahead of the release of "Gender Free Season 3", a video project in which female actors play characters in movies or plays usually played by male actors,...More
  • Baek Hyun-joo to Star in "Hi Bye, Mama!" and "Nobody Knows"

    2020/01/28, Source
    Actress Baek Hyun-joo is going from the tvN drama "Hi Bye, Mama!" to the new SBS drama "Nobody Knows". "Hi Bye, Mama!" is a fantasy drama centering around a woman named Cha Yoo-ri (Kim Tae-hee) who leaves behind a husband, Jo Kang-wha (Lee Kyu-hyung), and a child, but returns for forty nine days as a ghost. Baek Hyun-joo appears as the lunch lady of the daycare center Kang-hwa's daughter goes to,...More
  • "When the Camellia Blooms" Ong-Vengers, "It Was Fun"

    2019/11/28, Source
    The Ong-Vengers from the recently ended KBS drama "When the Camellia Blooms" each had something to say. Kim Mi-hwa-I, who played Jae-yeong, said, "Dramas usually focus on the main characters, but "When the Camellia Blooms" made sure the supporting actors got their time".,...More
  • Korean drama starting today 2016/02/29 in Korea

    2016/02/29, Source
    Korean drama starting today 2016/02/29 in Korea "TV Novel: Rain of Flowers in my Heart",...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 12

    Try as it might with the expanded eighty-minute runtime, the final episode of "Awl" can't really overcome the fact that the most potentially interesting part of the entire drama (the strike) ends up being condensed into a single episode. What's more, most of this runtime is just Soo-in sulking about his apparent failure after he refuses to use the main dynamic storyline event to press for an advantage against management,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 11

    Manager Ko makes a big general mess of employee relations. I guess is trying to provoke a strike? I really don't know anymore. Ever since Go-sin stopped giving lectures about the underlying causes behind labor disputes I've had a lot of difficulty figuring out what exactly the plan at corporate even is. They just seem to be stubbornly stamping their feet and refusing to acknowledge that a problem exists. Even if management could somehow win this is obviously a completely new labor environment,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 10

    Once again, don't watch the preview for this episode if you can help it. There's a spoiler for the cliffhanger. For "Awl" to do this twice in a row, I think, points to a bigger problem in the drama than just a bad preview editor. The reason the previews keep spoiling the cliffhangers here is that lately, in any given episode of "Awl" there has been very little in the way of dynamic action. At this point the union is in a waiting game, and corporate management can't really do anything active anymore,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 9

    First off, don't watch the preview for this episode if it can be avoided. The episode nine preview spoils the cliffhanger. I really hate it when dramas do that. I want some idea what's coming up next with the preview, but spoiling the cliffhangers just makes me want to give up on previews altogether, because it makes me feel like I wasted my time watching the episode. Although even on merits "Awl" does struggle in that department,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 8

    The fight between the union and the company finally goes public. Why it was necessary for this fight to go public is not especially clear. As of yet the union hasn't really made any demands. What ends up sending management over the edge is, of all things, a dispute over uniforms. It's a battle that's entirely symbolic in nature because, as "Awl" notes, customers don't pay attention to stuff like what's actually written on the uniforms just so long as they can tell who's an employee and who's not,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 7

    Director Kim Seok-yoon makes the smart decision this time of putting the character building before the action this episode. Unfortunately the character building isn't all that relevant to the usual labor struggles, which at this point I think we just have to accept as "Awl"s main permanent problem. This isn't a story about characters so much as it is about labor movements. Which is appropriate because labor movements by definition aren't individual action, but mass collective actions mobilized due to a system of mass production which treats people like objects rather than people. To be honest I'm getting kind of sick of repeating that defense all the time,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 6

    It turns out that Go-sin is all right after all, and starts the episode off with another elucidating metaphorical speech on worker's rights. This time he posits that the modern workplace is in itself an attack on a person's humanity. It's an interesting concept actually. You don't have to go too far to find articles, especially South Korean articles, that discuss work-related depression. I've suffered from that myself in fact. There's little room in conformist systems for acknowledging individuality, even as some cultures laud that as a virtue,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 5

    The first portion of this episode deals with the quasi-legal Kafkaesque nightmare that is directed arbitration. Basically, most corporations (and these days, universities) have a system in place to insure proper cause for dismissal. Such arbitration vaguely resembles a legal system but it is not actually a legal system. Lawyers can't help you there. Joon-cheol (played by Yesung) actually has a slight advantage compared to most in that. He at least had some idea ahead of time what the charges were going to be,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 4

    As it turns out, "Awl" is still in the preparation phase. I'm trying to be patient here but there's definitely times when the drama feels more like a lecture on the nature of labor markets than it does an actual story in its own right. Which is part of the point. Labor markets are a complicated subject so of course Go-sin has to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining how these issues work. As has been noted frequently, workers are very ignorant about these issues even though it's literally a matter of their livelihood,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 3

    To date So-jin (played by Kim Ga-eun) has not had that much to do in "Awl" except hang around Goo-sin's office. This episode it's revealed that she in fact has a very important role to play- as Soo-in's love interest. This initially seems kind of silly given that "Awl" is literally a drama about labor relations and unions. About the last incentive I'd expect to hear is that you can meet pretty girls while labor organizing,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 2

    Soo-in continues to wait with mounting dread for the situation to finally culminate in disaster. The constantly recurring analogy of the animal trapped in the headlights is an appropriate one. The paradoxical aspect of all this is that the episode practically happens in slow-motion, and yet Soo-in is constantly incapable of taking any sort of decisive action to just try and resolve the situation himself. It goes against all Soo-in's training- but not his instincts, ironically enough,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl" Episode 1

    The time is summer, 2003. At a grocery store, the employees all have a good mutual working environment. A visit by a bunch of men in suits seems to confirm that the employees are, in fact, doing their job correctly and that there's nothing to worry about. Then there's the manager Soo-jin (played by Ji Hyun-woo). He seems unnecessarily gloomy. Then we get the flashbacks explaining just why it is that Soo-jin has such a pessimistic outlook- and realize that his overall estimation of the true situation is almost certainly correct,...More
  • Korean dramas starting today 2015/10/24 in Korea

    2015/10/24, Source
    Korean dramas starting today 2015/10/2,...More
  • "Awl" Hyun Woo, Yesung and Park Si-hwan at the market

    2015/09/16, Source
    Actors Hyun Woo, Yesung and Park Si-hwan were seen at Prumi Mart. Pictures of the cast in Prumi Mart, the background of the drama were released prior to the first episode of the drama on the 17th,...More

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