[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/27,
As we near the end of the HanCinema Awards, it's time to introduce the category of "Best Drama". Starting today, December 27th, you have until January 10th to vote for your favorite of the year's top sixteen dramas. From fantasy to time travel to thriller to court room, 2017 has delivered and now it's time to hear what you thought of the year's offerings. Results will be released for each category starting December 30th. And now, let's take a look at the nominees for "Best Drama of 2017,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/26,
The leading man in a drama is the left hand to a leading actress' right in dramaland. He infuses a drama with charisma, energy, sensitivity, and a deep understanding of character and plot. The year of 2017 has seen many leading man who embody these qualities, but now its time for you to choose your favorites from December 26th to January 9th,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Drama Villain of 2017 - Cast Your Vote! + Poster Giveaway 2017/12/17,
An excellent drama villain is just as important as a winning hero or heroine. He or she helps to shape the life of a drama, reaching out and ensnaring hearts with inspired hatred, pity, and confusion. The year of 2017 saw some wonderful villains, deadly and manipulative, pitiable and terrifying, and it saw even great actors, young and old, who played them convincingly. Vote for your favorite villain from December 17 to December 31! Results for all categories will be revealed beginning December 30.
Don't forget to enter to win a "Splash Splash Love" poster at the bottom of this post,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Do Fear the Reaper 2017/09/23,
Even I cannot keep up with the torrential flow of drama news this week, but I have plenty to share and some of it is very exciting. Two dramas are premiering in the upcoming week and I take one last look at their pre-release goodies before wishing them and their viewers good luck and a good time. I also share the first glimpse into "Mad Dog" and thrilling new information about "Black". Join me for love, crime and smoke monsters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" 2017/09/23,
At times it feels like Korean drama has an endless supply of Evil Rich Guy™ characters doing horrible things to brooding male heroes in the revenge genre. It would be unfair to dismiss a work like "Falsify" due to its premise and its proximity to such stories alone, however. Armed with a great cast and a quartet of interesting characters, the drama has a lot to say,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 31-32 Final 2017/09/13,
It has been a long journey for our heroes and their friends, but this is the end of the path they have chosen and the time has come for punishments to reign supreme in "Falsify". Another secret ally is revealed and several lives end, but the series maintains its usual realistic approach when contemplating the troubles of the world. This means that our heroes will always have more work ahead,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 29-30 2017/09/12,
All things come to an end and this thankfully includes bad things. It is time for our heroes of "Falsify" to get some justice on behalf of those wronged and the already shaky team of villains is starting to lose its members. With the name of an elder being discovered and important decisions being made by pivotal characters, everything is ready for the finale, be it grand or realistic,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Nostalgia and Penny Pinching 2017/09/09,
Today I am feeling romantic in the traditional and contemporary sense, so I bring you a little journey to the past through new goodies on "Girls' Generation 1979". Nostalgia is sweet, but I also have goodies from three different upcoming romantic series, for those more into the lovey-dovey relationship type of sweetness. There are some exciting new promos from other dramas as well, so take a look at what I have gathered,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 27-28 2017/09/06,
With only a few episodes to go, "Falsify" enters the final stretch in our heroes' quest for the truth behind their enemies. The villains' plans are still elusive, but their choice of terrorism is revealed. While So-ra and Seok-min brave through their lack of power, Moo-yeong targets Nam Kang-myeong. The not-so-resurrected man has a strong connection to Tae-won, however and the latter has his own plans,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 25-26 2017/09/04,
There is no easy way out of the hole our heroes have dug themselves into, but they have no time for self-pity. Nam Kang-myeong is out there and Team Good needs to get him while handling the plethora of enemies actively and viciously working against them. It took a long time for all of our heroes to come together, but they are now stronger than ever,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Genres and Odd Romances 2017/09/02,
Stop your pumpkin carving (I know you are out there) and fill your time with more drama news as I take a look at more new things this week. First up is the brand new "Black" by OCN followed by a quick look at the changing landscape of the Korean drama industry. Lastly, I share the usual goodies, but not before I share news of a drama with an interesting premise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Argon" 2017/09/02,
How does one find the truth in a world plagued by corruption, bad reporting, flimsy journalistic ethics and the distortion brought on by the need for speedy news and social media hype? Getting to the bottom of events is harder than ever in this day and age. "Argon" is the story of a group which fights against this.
Kim Baek-jin (Kim Joo-hyuk) is an anchor who only accepts facts. Lee Yeon-hwa (Chun Woo-hee) is a contract worker who wants to be a reporter. The two are part of the investigative show "Argon". The show prevents the distortion of the truth like the element prevents oxidation,...More
[Video] Highlight video reveals the tense investigations to come in "Argon" 2017/08/31, Source,
The four minutes of the new "Argon" highlight video dig into the main characters who are passionate, intense individuals with differing ways on how to go about things. Even from this brief glimpse, the cast is quite suited to the fast-paced journalism world. The question now becomes, what will this eight-episode drama do to distinguish itself from the currently airing "Falsify"? It seems that it will veer a bit more towards the idyllic path of journalism rather than the dark, knitty gritty of "Falsify",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 23-24 2017/08/30,
The realization of their mistakes hits our Team Good like a ton of bricks and the situation gets out of control. Everyone's fingers are pointed at them, while the ghost they have been chasing takes on a very interesting form. The plans of the Elders are revealed as far more sinister than we could have imagined and Tae-won falters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 21-22 2017/08/29,
Our trio of justice gets closer and closer to Nam Kang-myeong, but it is a dangerous approach suspiciously approved and even encouraged by our villains. Tae-won gains the upper hand in his arrangements once more and his plans target our Team Good in a swift and ruthless manner, which the plot sadly employs a problematic approach to achieve,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Truth and Healing 2017/08/26,
New week, new drama goodies, but also a small change in content. There is so much to cover out there, but spam torture is not how I roll, so today's piece and probably pieces in the foreseeable future will include upcoming drama news I find interesting. My personal take on some of them remains, of course. Today I talk about "Argon", "Hospital Ship" and a different kind of healing dramas,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 19-20 2017/08/22,
Plans change and allegiances crumble as Tae-won finds himself cornered by heroes and villains alike. The man begins a mysterious game as our Team Good tries to make sense of what is going on and find more allies after So-ra's attack. A major breakthrough happens when a helpful hand from the past points Seok-min to the right direction, but Moo-yeong's involvement and personal goals may become a problem,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 17-18 2017/08/22,
Heroes and villains alike are starting to get bolder with their decisions in "Falsify". Moo-yeong finally learns of a painful truth necessary for moving forward and So-ra has a close call when she pushes the villains' buttons a bit too hard. Tae-won is feeling the heat as well, reminding us that no pawn is above betrayal from their masters,...More
[Orion's Drama News] New Season Adventures 2017/08/19,
Our collective HanCinema eyes may be on KCON this weekend, but there is plenty of news to share from the source of this beloved Hallyu. This week I give you goodies from the dramas which will mark the upcoming change in seasons. I also briefly talk about the casting changes of "Age of Youth 2" and share new promotional material from it as well. Additionally, I bring you casting news and a video from two short youth dramas along with other news,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 15-16 2017/08/16,
There are oodles of justice and great conflict delivered in episodes fifteen and sixteen of "Falsify", as Seok-min and Moo-yeong's master plan falls into place for a killer showdown. Seong-sik makes his decision, Daehan takes its first major hit and So-ra finally gains Moo-yeong's trust as a fellow warrior in this battle, along with another chance to clear a young man's name,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 13-14 2017/08/15,
Our hero never learns and his latest drastic measures are met with a swift and ruthless response from our villains. The series reveals a new side of Tae-won, the villain we know best, but I am worried about what this revelation entails. Seok-min and So-ra have a lot of work ahead, but someone's long awaited return may help,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Autumn Casting Galore 2017/08/12,
The summer is ending and it is back to business for everyone. This includes the casting directors of Dramaland, who are having a field day lately. There is so much to share about upcoming drama casting and promotional material, so get ready for a special news-heavy edition this week as I go through all the lovely new things,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 11-12 2017/08/08,
Team Good is finally on the same page and although they do not have group meetings yet, their joint investigation leads them back to familiar faces, some of which are too close for comfort. Seok-min continues his backstabbing tango with Tae-won and the latter is busy trying to turn the narrative against Aeguk with the help of his Noah lawyer accomplice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 9-10 2017/08/07,
For all their sense of righteousness our three heroes spent a long time in denial about their capabilities and past mistakes, but the good thing about being in a group is that you always have others keeping you in check. Moo-yeong, Seok-min and So-ra have some much needed reunions and sharing of information when Seon-woo's case takes a regretful turn for the worse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 7-8 2017/08/01,
There are not enough closets for all the skeletons Noah Law Firm has been keeping and the latest case involves a living victim whose life is in the hands of Moo-yeong and Aeguk. Our heroes are about to get a proper taste of what fighting for others entails when those with significant power wield it against you. The question is, when will our heroes reach out to one another,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 5-6 2017/07/31,
Moo-yeong is proven right in his worry over Daehan's dedication to the truth and So-ra is furious, albeit no longer surprised about the prosecution's manipulation. Moo-yeong makes his move and stages a special trial for Park Eung-mo, but its grim ending shakes things up for our leads. This commotion sparks some reunions which not everyone is ready for, but which need to happen,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 3-4 2017/07/26,
A few disappointments, betrayals and downfalls later, the leads of "Falsify" find themselves down on their luck and right back where things started, as the case of Park Eung-mo brings them closer to the people behind him. Goo Tae-won is enjoying his position of power and our heroes are still naive in many ways, but the foundations under the powerful criminals are beginning to shake,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Falsify" Episodes 1-2 2017/07/25, "Falsify" opens with several grim reminders that all are not, in fact, equal before the law and that what we know as the truth is only the most well-backed version of it. We are introduced to Han Moo-yeong, a rogue journalist who is trying to infiltrate the underworld in search of someone special. Rewind to five years ago, and we see how things got to this point,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Man-Holing It Up 2017/07/22,
Dramaland is back to firing on all cylinders as new dramas are being announced and upcoming ones ramp up their promotional efforts. This week I take a little look at the surprisingly funny "Live Up to Your Name", I share my Ori-feels over "Mystery Queen 2" and also a few thoughts on my upcoming dramas. Here be manholes and hopes for a fun second half of my summer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Falsify" 2017/07/22,
The time has come to once again tap into our unlimited reserves of hate for the corrupt rich as "Falsify" brings more revenge on the Korean drama table. This time around the struggle involves the world of journalism; a welcome twist to the usual business- and law-related takes. Let me guide you through my current thoughts.
Han Moo-yeong (Namgoong Min) is a reporter who uses his own methods in order to reveal the truth about the death of a loved one. When the law no longer supports justice and the press hides the truth, the only measures that work exist outside of the norm,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Resurrections and False Prophets 2017/07/15,
The new drama season is upon us and it brings all manner of goodness. We have romance, crime, mystery and of course the much beloved fantasy thrown into the mix. Today I share goodies from and some thoughts on "School 2017" and "Reunited Worlds". I also present to you my chosen upcoming dramas for episode reviews and share drama news for this week, which includes plenty of casting announcements. We have a busy season ahead,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Bubble Bursting 2017/06/17,
"Bride of the Water God 2017" really really wants to sell its main pairing and so the teasers keep piling up. We also have some new information about other characters this week as well as other news, especially a lot of casting and potential casting ones. Check them out in the latter half of this piece,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Timeless Kitsch 2017/05/27,
Get your baggy jeans and hoop earrings ready, because "The Best Hit" is here to bring back everything we find embarrassing and sometimes secretly still love from the 90s. Today I take a look at this quirky upcoming title before sharing the usual collection of weekly news. I have also started two of my three new dramas for this exciting season,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Closing the Investigation 2017/04/22,
Park your life woes at the door and let them think about what they did, because today I talk drama production problems and the sad cancellation of "Housewife Detective". Fret not, however, as the usual and much happier news of image and video goodies as well as casting announcements are here just like every week,...More
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