[HanCinema's Film Review] "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life" 2014/12/26,
In 2013, Infinite went on a grand world tour. And I guess because these guys are pretty much on camera all the time, apparently there was enough random backstage footage lying around that director Kim Jin-soo-II was able to splice together a full documentary, complete with interviews from the band members. Collected in a large number of mostly unrelated vignettes, "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life" tells the story of what Infinite is like when they're not performing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 20 Final 2014/12/19,
Rather than just generic hand-wringing about whether or not Woo-hyeon and Seul-bi will get together in the end, this episode "High School - Love On" finally comes up with a concrete conflict- memory loss. Not the best plot device but the quality of this drama has been so subpar lately that I'll take it. Obviously we know that they're going to get together by the end. The fun is just watching Woo-hyeon and Seul-bi interact together, being all lively and cute. Just like the earlier episodes of the drama, which as referenced here, sure were a lot more fun than the more recent stuff,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 19 2014/12/12,
With this episode "High School - Love On" moves into the final stretch. The opening title spells out in full clarity that we've just about reached the point where Woo-hyeon and Seul-bi will separate, although, as the drama's first scene noted, they are almost certainly going to reunite. Consequently most of the focus here is on tying up the drama's spare plotlines. Which is a problem, because most of these plot points aren't well-defined enough to have coherent resolutions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 18 2014/12/05,
As it turns out neither Seul-bi nor Woo-hyeon is particularly ill, although it is established and exposed to most of the rest of the cast that they are in some sort of strange, literally symbiotic relationship. It bears repeating- of all the possible ways "High School - Love On" could have utilized the fantastic design of the premise, this really does rank among the least interesting. The worst part about the mysterious wrist is that it reduces Seul-bi to an almost completely passive character. There just isn't all that much for her to do when she devotes so much energy to hiding her wrist,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/29, K-Films Coming Soon:★★★ "Highway Stars": A documentary that follows the world's first Buddhist jazz band, the "Udambara", during the 1970s. (12/04)
★★★ "Five Eagle Brothers": A comedy about five brothers in the village of Duksoori who are famous for their sibling rivalry. (12/04)
★★★★ "Seasons Romance": A chapterized drama that depicts the lives of men, woman, and then their romantic synthesis. (12/04)
★★★★ "My Sister": A music student visiting his sister in Seoul finds her dead. It looks like suicide, but the more he and the detective dig, the more shocking and heartbreaking her death becomes. (12/04)
★★★ "GROW: Infinite's Real Youth Life": The K-pop group "Infinite" share their experiences on tour, as well as the things they've kept bottled up during their rise to fame. (12/04)
★★★ "The Hospice": A chilling documentary that reveals how the patients, their family, and staff members of a hospice handle death and the void it creates. (12/04),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 17 2014/11/28,
The drama almost manages to approach an interesting conflict here, in a brief conversation where Seul-bi questions Woo-hyeon's apparently unshakable resolve when it comes to just resenting his mother forever. After that, though, "High School - Love On" continues to push into contrived territory. I'm not even sure what the conflict is supposed to be at this point. Problems manifest and get solved so quickly that it's hard to tell which plot points we were supposed to be paying attention to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 16 2014/11/14,
After the big magical blow-up at the end of the last episode I was expecting, well, a big magical blow-up to in some way make up the plot of this one. But apparently all that happened as a result of our three leads jostling over Seul-bi's mysterious wrist was...Woo-hyeon and Seong-yeol., and spend a lot of time bickering. So, nothing new,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 15 2014/11/07,
Cliffhanger of the last episode notwithstanding, we do not, in fact, open up with a confrontation here. Apparently Seul-bi's presence alone is enough impetus to get Woo-hyeon to compromise with his mother. It's not exactly the kind of progress that Ji-hye was hoping for, but anything that gets Woo-hyeon to willingly spend time in her presence is a win for the older woman. Their relationship here thaws somewhat- not a whole lot, but "High School - Love On" has never been particularly interested in doing anything in a hurry,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 14 2014/10/31,
There's been relatively little actual storyline movement in "High School - Love On" lately. I've had difficulty remembering the actual important plot events in recent episodes and this one too is pretty limited in scope. Seul-bi moves out of Woo-hyeon's home- really probably the right decision, all things considered. And that's really all that happens. All the rest of the conflict is derived almost entirely from the tension between Woo-hyeon and Seong-yeol over Seul-bi's ultimate fate,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 13 2014/10/24,
This episode initially focuses on Woo-hyeon's pride. He hasn't taken the discovery of his mother well. To be a little more specific, Woo-hyeon is actively refusing to acknowledge Ji-hye or the help she can give him because in Woo-hyeon's estimation, him and his grandmother have been slaving away to make ends meet on their own this entire time, and Ji-hye didn't even bother to show up for the funeral. His estimation is unfair and doesn't take into account the whole picture, but why should he?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 12 2014/10/17,
The bullying in this drama has always been a bit arbitrary, but that's been part of the point. The bullies aren't ever really motivated by much aside from general boredom- it's the main reason they never go away. Even in this episode we see that they spend a lot of their free time in PC Rooms. Again, not all that surprising given the low quality of the parenting we've seen so far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 11 2014/10/10,
The drama moves into another holding pattern here of relatively little actually happening, as characters get angry at each other without really bothering to explain why. Not that I begrudge them for this- if adults can engage in this kind of childish bickering, of course high school students can too. The central bone of contention is Seul-bi. Interestingly Seul-bi is evasive here. It's not that she dislikes her love interests so much that they have no idea who Seul-bi really is. Nor, for that matter, does she. A visit ends up being made for Seul-bi to get a grasp on the new rules of her existence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 10 2014/10/03,
Now the bullying situation actually resolves itself. I'm sure I've written that multiple times by now but this time it looks like the situation is actually going to stick as Seul-bi receives a direct apology from her tormentors. Another reason why is because the bullies don't actually stop being bullies. They simply redirect their attention somewhere else. It's just as vicious and just as mean, and consequently "High School - Love On" effectively sells the message that no one has actually learned anything from the experience. They've just redirected it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 9 2014/09/26,
This episode continues the theme of grief from last time. This is, naturally, entirely appropriate. It's not like a teenager can recover from the death of his closest and, for all practical purposes, only family member after just a brief moment. The death of Woo-hyeon's grandmother really hangs over the drama. It's not something that can be reversed, and because it caught the young man so off-guard he just isn't the mood to do anything anymore,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 8 2014/09/12,
It's another case of awkward mood whiplash this episode, but any criticism of this is muted by the trueness to life. Death doesn't sit around waiting patiently for bullying subplots to fully resolve in a satisfactory way. It just kind of barges in. This isn't a matter helped by relatives who keep their medical conditions a secret for no good reason. And yes, while the whole thing is kind of stupid, at the same time, it's all totally plausible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 7 2014/08/29,
The drama takes an immediate dark turn toward serious bullying issues here. This isn't the casual poorly planned impulsive stuff "High School - Love On" has taken on so far. There's an actual deliberate, maliciously detailed plan here to tear Seul-bi down. And the worst of it is that there's one huge glaring flaw in the entire enterprise. Assuming Seul-bi stole the cell phone, why would she willingly take it out of her backpack for the entire class to see?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 6 2014/08/22,
I must admit, the previews from last episode definitely fooled me here. It was hard to imagine what possible context could explain the scenes that clearly showed Woo-hyeon and Seul-bi together doing date-like stuff and clearly being called a couple by their classmates. Then we actually get to those scenes and it's just, oh right, this is high school. That place where being teased by peers is really common and it's common to go on social outings that obviously seem like dates even if they're not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 5 2014/08/15,
This episode marks an abrupt shift from bullying to romance. Like, so fast I wasn't even sure what was happening at first. Not only is the romance in full perspective it also moves really, really fast, with plot points being fully resolved and put into complete focus by the time we get to the cliffhanger. I had to double check to make sure that this is, in fact, a twenty episode drama. The production team has already decided they're tired of the sexual tension? Huh?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 4 2014/08/08,
A lot of fluff this time around, but it's difficult to complain when the drama does such a good job being cute. Kim Sae-ron in particular- there's just so many things in the human world that Seul-gi finds inherently fascinating and apparently has not yet seen before. It seems absurd on first thought, but on further reflection, it makes sense. I can't remember for the life of me the last time I ever actually saw someone chewing bubble gum in real life or on television,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 3 2014/08/01,
We're literally dealing with a life-and-death situation at the beginning of the episode and even though Seul-gi knows the stakes, when the danger's passed she immediately turns into flippant how does this compare to television mode. It's discomforting to realize that Seul-gi sees this situation the exact same way we do. Yeah it would be bad if her friend died but Seul-gi's not actually scared just wants to get to the next part of the story. It's to the credit of Kim Sae-ron that this actually manages to come off as cute instead of grotesquely weird. Well, maybe a little bit of both,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 2 2014/07/18,
Seong-yeol (played by Lee Sung-yeol ...again, original) is actually not that bad a person. This episode makes it very clear that while he's undergoing typical adolescent mood swings and rebelling against his parents while trying to go it on his own, Seong-yeol does have some clear moral standards. Or at the very least, he's conscious that he should have moral standards, and won't just remain in the same situation indefinitely doing nothing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "High School - Love On" Episode 1 2014/07/11,
Seul-bi (played by Kim Sae-ron) is an angel who works every day observing humans, yet still thinks about human interactions in terms of television dramas. There's a bizarrely cheery attachment to her attitude, because specifically speaking, her job involves watching humans die. Yet even at a very tense moment of attempted suicide Seul-bi continues her running commentary about whether or not the situation accurately matches exciting dramatic standards,...More
INFINITE - New Hallyu Idols 2011/10/29, Source,
Lot and lot of new groups are being called "new Hallyu" or "the future of Hallyu", but only time will tell which ones can actually make it. I was hesitant to write about any of them, not too sure if I write about a craze that will not live long. But the group I am going to introduce today has few distinctive traits that set them apart from others. This may become their undoing, but at the same time this may be their strongest asset.
The group consists of 7 members: Kim Seonggyu, Jang Dongwu, Nam Wuhyeon, Lee Howon (Hoya), Lee Seongyeol, Kim Myeongsu (L), and Lee Seongjong. They are managed by Woollim Entertainment, the same label of Epic High and Nell. Yes, I guess, that would be the first trait that sets them apart. Neither of those groups is typical Kpop, although Epic High is highly (nomen-omen) popular,...More
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