[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 16 (Final) 2017/11/28,
The fuller context of Ji-ho's actions makes her look really dumb, at best, and actively sadistic at worst. How in the world was Se-hee supposed to interpret her behavior? The only justification I can come up with is that "This Life Is Our First Life" is satirizing what would actually happen in real life if one member of a couple just disappeared like that without communication. Except Ji-ho is never called out for the tangible and emotional damage her actions caused to Se-hee's life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 15 2017/11/27,
Ji-ho is so obsessively introspective here she effectively manages to talk herself out of a relationship with Se-hee. Her behavior is dumbounding, but at the same time, really weirdly logical. I can actually kind of see screenwriter Yoon Nan-joong inserting herself into the more philosophical contours of the conversation, openly wondering why the consumnation of romantic love has to be the only acceptable narrative happy ending. That Jeong-min is, herself, an example of a woman who achieved happiness without a man only further complicates this assumption,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 14 2017/11/21,
Jeong-min (played by Lee Chung-ah) is Se-hee's ex-girlfriend. She's also Ji-ho's career savior, having taken it upon herself to resolve the unforunate circumstances of Ji-ho's last writing job personally. The sheer goofy elaborateness of this coincidence, along with the obvious feminist undertones, are reminiscent of screenwriter Yoon Nan-joong's previous drama "Hogu's Love"- although I may have been primed to notice this due to the appearance of a couple of easter eggs referencing that work,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 13 2017/11/20,
For now, Se-hee and Ji-ho's life is mostly pleasant and domestic. In more dramatic news, it turns out that Won-seok's suggestion of breaking up with Ho-rang was not, as had been previously implied, simply the natural result of their communication breakdown being revealed in full focus by their watching an obscure art house play. That was definitely a part of it, but Won-seok had also discovered Ho-rang's horrible secret,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 12 2017/11/14,
The big climactic kiss that closed off the last episode is inevitably interrupted. I mean that not in the narrative sense, but the literal. Sooner or later any couple that is kissing must stop for some reason. From there, we segue into Ji-ho's internal monologue about how real life is different than dramas. Normally such kind of meta-narration is eye roll inducing but Ji-ho does bring up a good point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 5 2017/10/23,
The extent to which Se-hee and Ji-ho are smart and organized continues to impress me. I mean sure, it's really sterile and weird that Se-hee has this whole check list of things they have to do to get married, but that's just how he thinks, in terms of narrow short-term objectives in service of broader long-term goals. This, in turn, explains how and why Se-hee and Ji-ho are able to expedite the process so effectively, if only because Ji-ho is very good at following his lead,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 4 2017/10/17,
Ho-rang (played by Kim Ga-eun-I) is Ji-ho's second best friend. Ho-rang lacks much in the way of ambition. She just wants to love her boyfriend Won-seok (played by Kim Min-seok) forever and ever. Unfortunately, their reverie is broken up by something very...technical. If you have ever had a significant other that gets angry when you try to do nice things in the wrong way or vice-versa, you'll understand the conflict in their relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 3 2017/10/16,
In a fairly effective reversal, "This Life Is Our First Life" reminds us that just because montage and thematic framing make it obvious that Ji-ho and Se-hee are soulmates doesn't mean they're at that point. Mind, I am not using the term soulmates in a particularly romantic sense. Ji-ho and Se-hee are soulmates in that they have extremely similar life philosophies. They mainly want to go through their daily lives and unmolested and then come home to rest somewhere nice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 2 2017/10/10,
Faced with the tremendously awkward prospect of living with a member of the opposite sex which they are not especially attracted to, Se-hee and Ji-ho choose to address the situation in terms of fundamentals, rather than overthinking the whole gender issue. Ji-ho needs a quiet, clean place to focus on writing. Se-hee needs a functional roommate to help pay the bills and not destroy the apartment. They are so ideal it's obviously foolhardy for either of them to try to find an alternative elsewhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "This Life Is Our First Life" Episode 1 2017/10/09,
Ji-ho (played by Jung So-min) always hated feeling like she wasn't the priority back during childhood. While it's easy to blame her family, they're just not...malicious enough to really warrant hating. After all, her dad Jong-soo (played by Kim Byung-ok) is just a sloppy idiot. But when unexpected circumstances make Ji-ho realize that she's going to be even less appreciated than usual, that's when the woman pushing thirty realizes it's time to finally ditch the family home,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Little Brother" 2017/02/18,
Seong-ho (played by Jung Man-sik), Soo-kyeong (played by Lee Yo-won), Joo-mi (played by Esom) and Nak-i (played by Jung Joon-won) are the brothers and sisters of a rural family that spans several decades. They all live in the city now, plying their various trades- Seong-ho is a daycare driver, Soo-kyeong works in journalism, and Joo-mi struggles with various forms of retail work. Nak-i has no profession, being a late-born child, and upon the death of their father the other siblings awkwardly work together to figure out what to do with him,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2017/02/04,
Disney to distribute its first Korean film, Film Journal International reviews "The King", KoBiz's latest infographic looks at Lunar New Year winners past and present, and Marvel's "Black Panther" set to shoot a massive chase scene in "the city of film",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Queen of Crime" 2016/09/03,
Mi-kyeong (played by Park Ji-young) is a meddling mother. She's able to mind her own business now that her son Ik-soo (played by Kim Dae-hyeon-I) is safely away in Seoul studying for exams, but a strange incident at Mi-kyeong's own residence soon sends Mi-kyeong packing off to find out what Ik-soo is up to. No matter how much Ik-soo resists her presence, Mi-kyeong is unwilling to leave until she finds someone who can be brought up on criminal charges for something. She is "The Queen of Crime" after all,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Like for Likes" 2016/02/27,
If you're looking for a cute, feel-good film then look no further than "Like for Likes", a film directed by Park Hyeon-jin ("Lovers of 6 Years") and starring an incredibly gifted cast. It focuses on dating in the internet age where activity on social media can make and break relationships. The film released in South Korea February 17 and will open in New York February 25. In Korea, its first week resulted in fourth place at 12.2% on box office charts with 320,000 moviegoers. Afterwards, the film will screen in 17 major locations in North America,...More
[Interview #2] "Like For Likes" How Choi Ji-woo deals with criticism 2016/02/15, Source, Choi Ji-woo was recently interviewed in a café for the movie "Like for Likes" and she said, "I don't get hurt easily. I forget things quickly. Although, I think about what happened at night when I go to bed, but it doesn't last very long".
We asked if that was her character or did she develop this habit as an actress and she responded, "Most of it developed during my career. I just found a way to protect myself and experienced helped me",...More
Zion.T - Esom, deny the romance rumors... "No truth to the rumors" 2015/07/24, Source,
Zion.T and Esom denied the romance rumors.
According to an insider at Zion.T's management firm, Amoeba Culture, who talked to TV Report, "according to Zion.T himself, the two are just friends. The romance rumors are false" and "it is true that they had traveled to Jeju Island but they were with other friends and not alone with each other",...More
Scarlet Innocence (2014) 2014/10/03, Source,
Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 112 min.
Directed by: Yim Pil-sung
Starring: Jung Woo-sung, Esom
Synopsis: Deok-yi, a 20-year-old woman working at an old amusement park, gets to know Hak-kyu, a university professor who has moved to her small town from Seoul because of a scandal. Mutual attraction leads the pair into a lusty affair but when the fall semester begins, Hak-kyu returns to his family in the city. Deok-yi refuses to let the relationship die, and a confrontation between them turns tragic when Hak-kyu's wife commits suicide. Eight years later, Hak-kyu, now blind and estranged from his daughter, befriends a new neighbor, Se-jeong. He gladly accepts her help without realizing that she is in fact Deok-yi and that she is on a quest to destroy his life,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/09/27, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Slow Video": A boy struggles to face the world due to his extreme visual acuity, but after 20 years of staying home watching dramas he finally decides to give the world another chance. (10/02)
★★★★ "Jungle Shuffle": A collaborative animation between Korea and Mexico that follows two best friends in the Lacedon jungle as they try to save a princess. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Scarlet Innocence": A married university professor is seduced then harassed by a fatale femme who threatens to derail his whole life. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Mizo": A sexually abused girl is dumped by her foster parents and then tracks down her biological father to punish him for abandoning her. (10/02)
★★★★★ "Whistle Blower": A journalist uncovers and blows the whistle on the illegal and deceitful happenings around Dr. Lee's stem-cell research. (10/02),...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Santa Barbara" 2014/09/05,
Jeong-woo (played by Lee Sang-yoon) works as an independent freelance music writer. Conventionally speaking this would make him cool, except that we see what work is actually like for Jeong-woo and, well, it's kind of dorky. It involves lots of phone calls, moving around boring local areas and arguing over the ridiculous motivations that need to be discussed ad nauseum with his clients. He doesn't have much of a social life, either, so naturally Jeong-woo soon takes an interest in the attractive Soo-kyeong (played by Yoon Jin-seo), who he meets, like everyone else Jeong-woo meets, through work meetings,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Man on High Heels" 2014/07/11,
Ji-wook (played by Cha Seung-won) is a very sad police detective. He does typical violent action movie stuff, confronting large numbers of gangsters, fighting them openly in huge combative setpieces. But that's not why he's sad. Ji-wook is sad because deep down he knows that he's really a woman, and he wishes ever so much that he could do all those things that women do. Like wear women's clothes. And...uh,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Unconventional Korean Dramas 2014/02/01,
Being a movie fan making a jump to dramas can be a daunting experience. The two are very different in many ways. From budget to tropes, from acting to directing, they are worlds apart. While there are genres even Korean films do not often touch, Korean drama is much more limited in its diversity. Sageuk, melodrama, dailies, romantic comedies, the types and formats of series are limited,...More
Actors help 'Hindsight' keep focus 2011/08/25,
Actors Song Kang-ho, left, and Shin Se-kyung appear in a scene from "Hindsight", the latest film by Lee Hyun-seung. / Courtesy of CJ E&M Pictures
By Lee Hyo-won
In the 1990s, Lee Hyun-seung shot to stardom with the visually lush "Blue In You" (1992) and became a household name with another striking film, "Il Mare" (2000), which went on to become the first local flick to be remade in Hollywood (into "The Lake House", a 2006 piece starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock).
"Hindsight" takes the director's art-school pedigree to new heights, by featuring even more breathtaking, color-coded visuals set to signature soundtracks from his previous two films,...More
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