[New Drama] "Laughter in Waikiki" 2017/12/02, Source, "Laughter in Waikiki" sounds like a dramatized version of "Real World" from what little we know: a group of people live in a guest house in Itaewon. Because this is a K-drama, I doubt there will be anything too racy and we'll get more comedy than "Real World" dramatics, but the '90s reality television lover in me can't help but go there,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 16 Final 2017/12/01,
All things must come to an end and the revenge of the "Mad Dog" team is finally complete. Hyeon-gi and Hong-joo do not give up easily, but we all know that the mad dogs never let go after they bite. The team fight the villains until the very last minute, but the resolution is sadly reached through the drama's bad habit of pulling its needed plot devices out of thin air,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 15 2017/12/01, "Mad Dog" is coming to an end and this means that heroes and villains alike can stop twiddling their thumbs and being selectively obtuse. Everyone gets things done, but not done too well, because wiretapping your office when you know beforehand that a villain is visiting would just be too smart. The Dog Team are juggling battle fronts with several antagonists, but it is unsurprisingly Hyeon-gi who becomes the most dangerous,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 14 2017/11/24,
It is a dog eat dog world out there and the "Mad Dog" team is going for the kill. The villains are confused and cornered, which means that they make mistakes and provide ample opportunity for our good boys and girl to get everything they need in place. It will not be an easy fight, considering the Powerful Opponents, but we know that the good ones always win in such stories,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 13 2017/11/23,
It is a time for bonding and retaliation from the "Mad Dog" team as the group of villains become too greedy and hasty for their own good. Hyeon-gi experiences betrayal and rejection while Hong-joo is about to get a taste of her own medicine. Team Good is reunited, but they need to be extra smart and extra sneaky as they go in for one final blow to take everyone down,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 12 2017/11/17,
Noo-ri's grave injury sparks another round of regret and guilt for the "Mad Dog" team's top dog and puppy, as they go into another fit of man-angst over the lives they may endanger due to their plans. There is no time to waste on self-pity, however, as their enemies close in and a new one is born to spice things up. Noo-ri's daddy dearest is more involved than we previously suspected, you see,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 11 2017/11/16,
I had been wondering when things would get deadly in "Mad Dog" and it looks like we have reached that point. Episode eleven is an odd one, because certain things which I was sure were established by now get turned upside down. Kang-woo and his dog team share the same unwavering determination and closeness, but their disorganized enemies become increasingly less tolerant of being toyed with,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 10 2017/11/09,
It is plot twist o'clock in episode ten of "Mad Dog" and boy, is it sudden. I suppose this is the way to go when Hyeon-gi has been brought out of his villain hibernation and Hong-joo has gone off the deep end, but I cannot help this nagging feeling of being taken for a ride. Min-joon's much expected change of heart happens in the same blink of an eye and our team cannot handle it all either,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 9 2017/11/08,
While our "Mad Dog" team are busy sulking over unsurprising betrayal and having romantic encounters, our villains finally get a bit of focus and something to do. The group is not as disorganized as they seem, but the black box they may be in possession of is the current major goal for our heroes. With Hyeon-gi's father now announced as dead, another formidable opponent will hopefully rise to the challenge that is keeping this plot afloat,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 8 2017/11/02,
Desperate times call for desperate measures and like a puppy behind his "Mad Dog" mentor, Min-joon has his own ideas about what he can do to top Kang-woo's undercover adventures. The team close in on the secrets behind Tae-yang Insurance's policy and they paint a very well-organized and deliberate picture. Our two heroes finally form a bond and the timing is perfect, as old friendships are about to be torn apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 7 2017/11/01,
The pilot of the tragic flight throws our leads quite the curve ball and the implications of his words come cascading down on them and the people they work with. The "Mad Dog" team has no time to lose and no intention of stopping, but neither does Min-joon. The young man attempts to go solo once more, but the game is now much bigger than his own regrets and his brother's life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 6 2017/10/27, "Mad Dog" drops some big revelations in episode six and although their logic does not quite stand, they radically shift the focus of the dog team's investigations while at the same time spurring major doubts about the story we have seen so far. The team follows Min-joon as he once more goes solo, but a surprising contact brings them back together and adds a new spark to the mystery,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 5 2017/10/26, "Mad Dog" continues to teeter between tedium and mediocrity as a chase begins to capture the unwilling shadows of the past. The chase itself may not be exciting, but episode five provides some development for supporting characters and their roles in the story, which balances the slower bits out. The friends and enemies of the "Mad Dog" team become clearer as our heroes rattle the cage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 4 2017/10/20,
The dog fight continues as Kang-woo and his team follow Min-joon's lead while at the same time investigating him and his potential motive. The case of Kang Eun-joo's husband clearly has foul play involved and the revelation of her past further fuels the need of the "Mad Dog" bunch for information. Meanwhile, romantic woes start to surface in the lives of leads and antagonists alike,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 3 2017/10/19,
A cat and mouse game is great, but a slow burning fight between two mad dogs is not too shabby when the progress is decent. Kang-woo and his "Mad Dog" team turn Min-joon into their investigation's target; a move which the young man welcomes, even if he is met with more challenge than he anticipated. Meanwhile, a new face has surprising ties to the protagonists' past,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 2 2017/10/13,
Nothing makes me feel more sadistic as a viewer than that sigh of relief upon seeing characters suffer. As cruel as the reaction would be in real life, fiction needs that raw humanity in order to be interesting and eventually cathartic for what is essentially a detached spectator. "Mad Dog" was off to a shaky start, but I really like what I see this time around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 1 2017/10/11,
Mad dogs never let go and our pack's leader makes that obsessive and fierce nature of his clear as he leads a team of misfits into fraud-fueled adventures. If white-collar crime does not seem appealing, worry not. The drama is clearly going for very big crimes involving physical harm and death for the victims, so bring on the anger, tears and hopefully solid catharsis,...More
[Photos] Edgy new posters for "Mad Dog" 2017/10/08, Source, "Mad Dog" is looking more and more exciting with each new morsel of promo material. These posters look more like crime drama adverts than insurance fraud. Based on the high-action teasers, "Mad Dog" has no intensions of boring its audiences. It's going for intrigue and it certainly has my attention. Only two more days before we can see the plot in action,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Mad Dog" 2017/10/07,
There is that saying about death and taxes and while action comedy "38 Revenue Collection Unit" focused on the latter, this seems to be where its core similarities to "Mad Dog" end. The upcoming drama has a dark tone and some grim content as well as a good cast, which may bring a solid story of justice to life.
Choi Kang-woo (Yoo Ji-tae) is a former detective whose new mission is to weed out those who commit fraud through his work as an insurance fraud investigator. He teams up with different characters, including a scam artist, in order to bring victims justice by any means necessary,...More
[Orion's Drama News] PPL and Amnesiac Chaebols 2016/09/10,
Another week, another batch of news to fill the void in my heart as I wait for my new dramas. Overly dramatic statements aside, this week I consider the difference between good and bad PPL (product placement) through some translated pieces about the type of PPL and its numbers. "Shopping King Louis" has dropped plenty of cute goodies for us and "Woman with a Suitcase" is packing her bags for Dramaland with stills and a teaser,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Ex-Girlfriends' Club" 2015/05/23,
Love triangles, squares and other manner of romantic geometry are a staple of Korean drama. They have a set of tropes that go with them and they entertain people when done well. For a series which would under normal drama circumstances be a love pentagon, however, 'Ex-Girlfriends' Club' breaks the mold in the type of dynamics found between the characters. This is an interesting enough feature to speak of and will perhaps become the show's strength down the road,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother's Choice" Episode 2 2014/10/13,
So-yeong has been forced into the choice that makes up the drama's title. She can either do what's right as a woman, and support the victim of a terrible crime, or she can do what's right by her son, which is prevent this incident from ruining his life. So-yeong chooses to do the wrong thing, and while it takes some time for her to face actual repercussions, in the immediate sense, the way she betrays herself as a woman is palpable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother's Choice" Episode 1 2014/10/12,
This drama aims to discuss a very difficult, very politically incorrect question. How does a woman in the modern world, with all the right trappings of feminism reconcile the fact of these beliefs with increasably unshakable evidence that her son is, in fact, one of those people who would do something so horrible as to violate and terrorize a woman against her will? Let's not pretend for the moment that correct political beliefs produce perfectly egalitarian children. It's a nice sentiment but it defies the sheer scale at which these crimes continue to occur,...More
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