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  • Korean drama of the week "Heaven's Order"

    2016/02/18, Source
    Korean drama of the week "Heaven's Order" (2013) Directed by Jeon Woo-seong, Lee Jin-seo, Yoo Jong-seon Written by Choi Min-gi, Yoon Soo-jeong Network  : KBS With Lee Dong-wook, Kim Yoo-bin-I, Song Ji-hyo, Im Seulong, Park Ji-young, Song Jong-ho,... 20 Episodes - Wed, Thu 21:55 Synopsis The Joseon version of a Chaser about a medical practitioner who struggles to save his daughter from a terminal illness while being caught up in a plot to poison the human race,...More
  • Korean dramas starting today 2015/10/05 in Korea

    2015/10/05, Source
    Korean dramas starting today 2015/10/05 in Korea: "Six Flying Dragons", "Glamorous Temptation", and "Cheeky Go Go",...More
  • [Video + Photos] Added new third teaser video and posters for the Korean drama 'Cheeky Go Go'

    2015/09/29, Source
    Added new third teaser video and posters for the upcoming Korean drama "Cheeky Go Go",...More
  • [Video] Added second teaser video and updated cast for the Korean drama 'Cheeky Go Go'

    2015/09/21, Source
    Added second teaser video and updated cast for the upcoming Korean drama "Cheeky Go Go",...More
  • [Video] First teaser video released for the Korean drama 'Cheeky Go Go'

    2015/09/16, Source
    First teaser video released for the upcoming Korean drama "Cheeky Go Go",...More
  • [Photos] Added first stills of Chae Soo-bin and Lee Won-geun for the Korean drama 'Cheeky Go Go'

    2015/09/14, Source
    Added first stills of Chae Soo-bin and Lee Won-geun for the upcoming Korean drama "Cheeky Go Go",...More
  • Upcoming Korean drama "Cheeky Go Go"

    2015/09/05, Source
    Added the upcoming Korean drama "Cheeky Go Go"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
  • Jung Eun-ji to star in "Cheeky Go Go" with Chae Soo-bin

    2015/09/01, Source
    A Pink Jung Eun-ji is coming back for the first time in a year. She's starring in the new KBS 2TV drama "Cheeky Go Go",...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 19 (final)

    "Punch - Drama" is over and I'm feeling a little numb. What a ride it gave me. It was one of the strongest dramas I've seen, despite a few live shoot glitches. The writing was more than solid - it was inspired. The acting was heartfelt, the direction was clear and clean. Mostly, it was the impeccable writing and the ability of the writer/director pairing to keep the story, and me, on our toes, as each expectation was subverted, played upon and turned into another exciting event. With the constant tension and battles between Jung-hwan and his enemies, there was barely a second to breathe,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 18

    This drama is so good. The penultimate episode is upon us and I'm still gripping my arm rests. Jung-hwan's illness has almost gotten the best of him and former Minister Yoon has almost won. Almost - not quite. We still have one more episode to see who actually comes out on top. Even more than that though, Tae-joon and Jung-hwan have joined hands for one final ride up the glass elevator. The Tae-joon and Jung-hwan pairing, whether it be as partners or opposites, is such a rich match,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 16

    There are very few people in "Punch - Drama" who are not selfishly motivated to the point that they will sacrifice others as a means to an end. Jung-hwan was once a man like that, but has thankfully changed. Unfortunately, his opponents have no sense of loyalty and will choose sides based upon which is most advantageous. This wasn't always true,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 15

    The timeline in "Punch - Drama" is very literal. It isn't a marked calendar day when things are due. It is Jung-hwan's death, the most final of deadlines, and it's coming soon. Before he dies, he and Ha-kyeong have things to do, but their enemies know this as well. Jung-hwan's impending demise has not only changed him, but everyone around him,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 14

    The tension never dies in "Punch - Drama". Just when the good guys get a leg up on the pervasive corruption that endeavors to drag them down, the bad guys find a soulless way to quash them. Amongst the bloody political and personal battles are the most beautiful family scenes that center the show and keep it full of heart. Tae-joon is the mastermind behind the corruption,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 13

    The poison of greed spreads and corrupts more good people. Those who were once friends cannot be trusted any longer and it is time to turn back to family: Jung-hwan and Ha-kyeong turn towards each other in order to protect their own. Minister Yoon and Tae-joon are not above using Jung-hwan and Ha-gyeon's daughter, Ye-rin, as a means to their end,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 12

    Temptation truly has reached into the hearts of the most well-intentioned and morphed them into the people they've always dreaded they'd become - people like Lee Tae-joon. Minister Yoon has been eaten alive by greed and has been spit out as yet another self-serving political monster who masks her greed and twisted soul with pretty words of doing right by her people. This is the path that Tae-joon followed,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 23 (final)

    The finale matched "The King's Face" run in that it was disappointing and anticlimactic. Like the show, there were a few highlights, but those moments were not enough to save the finale or the show. Gwanghae, through wisdom and an ability to read faces, climbed to the throne by using his intelligence and compassion,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 22

    In it's last episodes "The King's Face" has curled into a complex, layered show that finally holds genuine tensions that do not feel contrived. Sixteen years have passed since Gwanghae became the Crown Prince and the warring factions in the government have a lot of fodder for battle. A strong point of the episode was the fact that it brought Ga-hee's actions full circle,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 21

    King Seonjo comes face-to-face with his own demons in the form of a man he once trusted: Do-chi. Like the king, Do-chi is filled with arrogance and the idea that he is invincible. Neither are prepared for their downfalls, which makes this episode and their crash to rock bottom the most engaging thus far. Do-chi has spent years manipulating and lying to people, building up his power base and hoping to bring about change in Joseon,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 20

    "The King's Face" is picking up the pace as it nears the finish line. Intentions do not necessarily lead to desired results because they are thwarted by powerful emotions like jealousy and greed. As the characters settle into their newest roles, they grow bolder and that makes the show a lot more fun. Ga-hee, in particular, was much more lively than she has ever been,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 19

    As inhibitions lower, the tension rises and that is the jolt that "The King's Face" needed. Characters make definite decision about their courses of action and that brings rivalries to the fore - rivalries make for intrigue and excitement. The best change was found in Do-chi,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 18

    Fresh blood has been brought onscreen in the form of the hilarious, life-filled Im Ji-kyu. He colors all the scenes he's in with humor, which doesn't fit the current tone of the show. It does, however, liven up "The King's Face". Im Ji-kyu plays Heo Gyun, a Joseon merchant who has traveled the lands north of Joseon, Manchuria and the Ming Empires, gathering information and making friends,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 17

    This episode of "The King's Face" vacillated between good and boring. The scenes that showed antagonism between the main characters had impact while the more romantic scenes were exceedingly dull. Romance between Gwanghae and Ga-hee has been nothing more than longing stares and soulful ballads,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 16

    Some aspects of "The King's Face" are strengthening, like the development of King Seonjo. He has finally become a 3-D character who is more than just a face on screen. Until now he has been a puppet character. The same is true for Do-chi who has sat on the backburner for quite some time. Most of the other elements have remained the same. What "The King's Face" lacks is intrigue,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 11

    Despite all the lies and corruption that pervade "Punch - Drama", what makes this show great is the honesty and rawness of the emotion it conveys. Very little about the show in writing or execution is haphazardly done. And, like with his previous dramas, Park Kyeong-soo delivers quality work well into the show's run time with his exploration into the darker side of humanity and loads of mind games. Oftentimes writing flags come mid run, but not "Punch -Drama". As the drama progresses, it digs further and further in Jung-hwan's psyche, and into the kinds of change the pressure he is under forces him to make in his thinking, in his person, in his lifestyle,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 15

    Episode 15 was, by far, the strongest episode of the drama. It brought together history, character development, and a large,exciting event that acted as an impetus for further development. That event is the reclamation of Hanyang, what is now Seoul, from the Japanese,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 10

    The waters are rushing quicker as "Punch - Drama" moves along. People are getting caught up in the churning depths of corruption and it doesn't matter how hard they struggle because they cannot extricate themselves from the dangerous river. Minister Yoon is the best example of being in far above her head,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 9

    "Punch - Drama" does nothing if give itself 100% to being a riveting, high-quality drama. It depicts the worst in people and the best in people. It shows how quickly people change and uses clever devices to do so. Sharing a meal has never held so much meaning. Food is a central device in "Punch - Drama",...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 14

    War has made "The King's Face" much more interesting. The characters in this seem more like cardboard cutouts than people. They have goals and go through the motions, but rarely do we see the motivating through processes or emotions behind the action. Crown Prince Gwanghae's story is riveting in its natural form and that gives this story more weight than the fictionalized plot. The life is leaving "The King's Face" despite the intrigue of war and the heroics of Gwanghae,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 8

    "Punch - Drama" is a drama that is constantly in a state of change. The law that once guided some of the most righteous people means little when family is at stake. People switch sides; they become crueler and harder. Jung-hwan is working to uncover truths he spent year burying in order to save his family before his time runs out. It takes one decision to change one's path entirely,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 13

    The Japanese have come and all the plot preparing comes together in a pointed effort to escape the wrath of the invasion. Constitutions are hardened against the horrors of war and Gwanghae is left as the de facto leader of Hanyang, Joseon's capital, as his father flees to save his own life. It is a test for everyone that shows their true colors. Gwanghae is left by King Seonjo to protect the palace and the people,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 7

    Justice is a central theme in "Punch - Drama" that has not yet been fulfilled, but who lies in wait for its time to shine. Ha-kyeong believes wholeheartedly in justice while those around her are in various states of cheating it. Another potent theme in "Punch - Drama" is humanity, and how it is found in all people, even the most corrupt villain. Tae-joon is the star of this episode,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 12

    War is upon King Seonjo, his family, and his country. Just the nature of war kicks up the excitement of "The King's Face" a notch. It's a well-known story, but the spin that the production team takes is what makes it either unique or just another story. King Seonjo notoriously leaves his people and flees north to protect himself,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 6

    "Punch - Drama" isn't losing speed. In fact, it's getting more exciting as each episode passes. The episode raced by, fraught with emotion, and ended with a scene that was like a punch in the gut. That is no small feat when the character who are the most effective are the villains. Before he dies, Jung-hwan is just trying to take care of business,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 5

    "Punch - Drama" has made me love being wrong. I thought Jung-hwan had changed for good. Nope. He has just changed sides, but uses the same ol' dirty tricks, doing the right thing the wrong way. His daughter motivated the initial change, but it will be up to Ha-kyeong to remind him that he once had a conscience. And that, my friends, is real intrigue. Bring it on. What I love about "Punch - Drama" is the set up,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 11

    Pieces were forced into place in this episode of "The King's Face". It is almost the halfway mark and something large needs to happen or change - that event is a compounded national and character shift. The Japanese invasion has begun in earnest, and Ga-hee enters the palace, most likely for good. The changes are welcome. It's just that the changes felt as fluid as the Tinman's joints before Dorothy found him. The King's Face" tends to be overly dramatic,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 4

    All those years Jung-hwan walked the wrong path have finally come to an end. Kim Rae-won made every second Jung-hwan was on screen electrifying. Jung-hwan has always been a deliberate man so when he takes the entire episode's length to decide his course of action, the outcome is profoundly deep and powerful. In the end, it is Ha-kyeong who gets to him,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 3

    "Punch - Drama" gets more riveting with every episode as the drama delves deeper into the past, thickens up the plot of the present, and further muddies the future. Jung-hwan is on the brink of death, so this episode highlighted his past and the present doings of those around him, namely Ha-kyeong, Tae-joon, and Kang-jae. Ha-kyeong still loves Jung-hwan despite his greed and inability to break away from the sickly symbiotic relationship with Tae-joon,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 10

    Gwanghae is learning and growing by leaps and bounds as "The King's Face" just about hits its halfway mark. He has developed a concrete goal and political aspirations that pits him against many people, including his family. But the lessons he has learned thus far are making him more wary than the impetuous child of yore. "The King's Face" has a central focus of face reading and the idea that one cannot escape one's destiny,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 2

    "Punch - Drama" is action-packed every second of the way. Jung-hwan doesn't react the way most terminal patients would in any drama or real life situation, which is was makes him a riveting character. The other characters feel just as tangible as he does despite their very selfishly driven, partially hidden and vaguely motivated agendas. What is beautiful about this show is the way the past, present and future are linked by small, everyday things as well as the larger events of the show,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 9

    Young Prince Gwanghae is learning that knowledge and a passion to help his people isn't enough to actually help them. He gets trapped in the sticky web of politics and his immobility and his immobility causes his people to suffer. He begins to truly feel the weight of his position and the heart of the cause that Ga-hee and Do-chi fight for. While "The King's Face" isn't the most effective show, this episode certainly made its points clearly and smartly,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 8

    "The King's Face" is slowly shaping Joseon's next king, Prince Gwanghae, for the heavy crown he will bear. Seo In-guk is charming as the young prince who is just discovering what he wants to do with the intelligence and political power that he was born with. His skill with face-reading helps him as he navigates the murky waters of backdoor politicking. In his time exiled from the palace, Gwanghae has learned of the sordid affairs that happen beyond the palace walls that keep palace officials afloat in gold and riches and their power honed towards magnifying their riches and positions rather than helping those who need it,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 1

    The first episode of "Punch - Drama" began solidly by giving us a main character, Park Jung-hwan (Kim Rae-won) who is more of a villain than a hero. In fact, he is all villain. He sacrifices everything that makes him human in order to gain what he desires. He is the lapdog of a corrupted, twisted, powerful politician and he knows it. His updstanding ex-wife knows it. The question is, how is his cancer diagnosis going to factor into "Punch - Drama"? Currently, it could take him out and the world would be better for it. Writing this strongly built first episode is Park Kyeong-soo ("Empire of Gold"",THE CHASER - Drama") who penned solid characters and plenty of mystery,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 7

    This episode was all about the lovers coming back together and the circumstances that conspire to keep them apart. Although the circumstances are political, it is the love story that fuels the episode while politics takes a decided back seat. What has bothered me about Gwanghae made itself clear in this episode,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 6

    The lovers are at odds, both emotionally and in duty, which is the heart of episode 6. Around them King Seonjo whose inner battle rages between loving his son and the fact that Gwanghae is the biggest threat to his crown; and Do-chi, whose position of power causes him grave heartache. Gwanghae has lived idly in the eyes of his father and others,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 5

    "The King's Face" is a rather disjointed drama. It takes the central idea that face reading is powerful enough to determine a man's destiny and tries to piece the different parts of the drama to that. The most important pieces that are tied together by face reading is that King Seonjo was not meant to be king and that Gwanghae is destined to be a great king. It puts father and son directly at odds, which is the main story played out by "The King's Face". The problems is that this main story doesn't quite have the support from the rest of the drama to make it feasible,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 4

    "The King's Face" is tonally all over the place. It has lost what little stylistic cohesion it had in its first week. Luckily, there are a few saving graces such as the beautiful camera work and the new relationship between Prince Gwanghae and Do-chi, the independently-minded leader of the Daedong. What stands out about "The King's Face" is that it hasn't yet settled into a groove,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 3

    "The King's Face" is a very visually lovely show. However, the general tone is so dramatic that it veers on seeming like a soap opera. It is not the acting, which is quite fine with the strong cast, but the direction couple with the dialogue. This tone keeps the weight of the show distant from the viewer and difficult to relate to. This drama is romance driven,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 2

    A book can be judged by his cover, and apparently so can a king. The group searching for the new king who will bring equality to Joseon is basing its search on face reading. Because of her face, Ga-hee is searched out to be something she doesn't want to be. Because of his face, Gwanghae is an enemy of his father. In the world of "The King's Face", looks matter. In Ga-hee's case, the face reader is able to pin her for the type of woman for whom the king has been searching,...More
  • [HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King's Face" Episode 1

    "The King's Face" opened with a fast-paced, visually pleasing and plot-thin first episode. All main characters were introduced with their major qualities and quirks and physiognomy, or face reading, is given its proper place at the top of the totem pole. Based upon this opener the drama could be beautiful and vapid, or beautiful and delve deeper than what was given in this first taste. There is no doubt that "The King's Face" is a beautiful drama,...More
  • Korean drama starting today 2014/11/19 in Korea

    2014/11/19, Source
    Korean drama starting today 2014/11/19 in Korea: "The King's Face",...More
  • "My Spring Days", Kam Woo-sung finds out about Soo-yeong's fate

    2014/10/23, Source
    Kam Woo-sung found out that Choi Soo-young was about to die. On the fourteenth episode of the MBC drama "My Spring Days", Lee Bomi (Choi Soo-yeong) was showing reverse symptoms of the heart that she had been donated by Kang Dong-ha's (Kam Woo-sung) late wife Yoon Soo-jeong (Min Ji-ah),...More
  • Korean drama starting today 2012/02/12 in Korea

    2012/02/12, Source
    Korean drama starting today 2012/02/12 in Korea "Drama Special - Little Girl Detective",...More
  • Upcoming Korean "Drama Special - Little Girl Detective"

    2012/02/03, Source
    Added the upcoming Korean "Drama Special - Little Girl Detective"'s page to HanCinema database,...More

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