[Orion's Drama News] You've Got Male 2017/11/11,
Dramaland's love for all manner of plots involving law enforcement is quite obvious, but boy do we have a lot of goodies about detectives, real and fake, this week. Crime and punishment is very manly lately and today I take a look at some upcoming naughty boys once more. We also have the releases of first teasers for many new dramas. Things are looking quite promising for the upcoming months,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Just Keep Swimming 2017/11/04,
The big ol' drama machine never stops spinning and this is true throughout what has been an eventful and no doubt emotionally charged week for many. Today I look at the new goodies from "Untouchable" and "Prison Playbook" as we go into the season of manly bonding. Silly Ori gets a bit serious this week, as I close with what I feel is important for us all to remember,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Romantic Plumbing 2017/06/24,
Keeping well hydrated is a necessity for those of us currently experiencing a very hot summer and Water Gods could surely help. Yes, it is I, the queen of bad excuses for why I am about to drown you in "Bride of the Water God 2017" news again. Fans, come right in. Non-fans, I do have more news for you,...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
Won Bin may come back soon as discussion for his next work has begun 2015/01/25, Source,
Whether or not actor Won Bin may come back this year from the five year break has been drawing attention. It is because he started discussing with a few film producers since the end of last year.
According to a source from movie industry on January 25th, Won Bin resumed in-depth discussions about offers received from several movies. The offers include a period drama as well as an action blockbuster such as spy films,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 16 Final 2014/09/11,
Now that Jae-yeol's conflict has been mostly resolved, what else is there for the drama to do? We're not going to see the long, drawn-out recovery process, since that would be boring even if it's obviously important. And yes, it needs to be noted that there are in fact two timeskips here, and while Jae-yeol appears to have dealt with his problems by the time we get to the true ending, there's nothing particularly magical or unrealistic about his portrayal of happiness.
It's the kind of happiness we see that bothers me. Surprise surprise, now that the main interesting dramatic issue of "It's Okay, That's Love" has been resolved, it's right back to all the little annoyances that drove me crazy for the majority of the drama's run,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 15 2014/09/10,
This episode is all about false reassurance. Jae-yeol takes minor recovery in his condition as justification for early release with...well, not bad consequences exactly. There's no significant disaster this episode that forces another serious reevaluation. It's more a matter of Jae-yeol just taking a hard look at himself and discovering the situation is exactly as dire as the doctors say. Everything is meticulously scripted and shot to lead to this shining moment of self-discovery.
It's a huge building moment of humility for him. Remember that this is the same Jae-yeol who has an unimpeachable reputation as a dreamboat. His aggressive borderline illegal behavior has, to date, only ever gotten him good things in regards to his relationship with Hae-soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 14 2014/09/04,
Provided you saw the preview last episode, it's pretty easy to guess every major storyline event that happens this episode. Consequently, up until Jae-yeol finally gets committed, the proceedings are pretty uninspiring, and at their worst even invoke shades of the sociopathy that has defined the drama up until this point. Jae-yeol may not be consciously dangerous, but he's definitely a threat to himself and others and it's easy to feel sorry for the passerby minding their own business who got stuck into this, even if we never see them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 13 2014/09/03,
Pretty much the entirity of this episode is devoted to the seriousness of Jae-yeol's mental condition, and I have to admit I was actually fairly surprised at how tastefully this was handled. So far the drama's exploration of psychiatric conditions has been pretty superficial. I guess that since Jae-yeol's a main character, though, there's a sort of gravity to what he's experiencing that for once requires everyone to actually act like a serious professional and calmly discuss the best way of getting him treatment.
Hae-soo undergoes a lot of conflict here, since it quickly becomes obvious that she will have to betray Jae-yeol's trust in the short term in order to get him long term treatment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 12 2014/08/28,
Jae-yeol and Hae-soo still spend a disproportionate amount of energy discussing marriage- but note the change in context. This isn't an abstraction. They aren't talking about this on a radio show like this was some kind of expert discussion. These are personal conversations in a casual atmosphere that deal with their situation on an individual level. There's actual genuine rapport here that's surprisingly effective.
It's a good demonstration of how "It's Okay, That's Love" is getting at least some of the genre fundamentals down correctly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 11 2014/08/27, Source,
Lot of talk about marriage this episode, and I have to admit, there's times I'm impressed at the new creative methods this drama keeps coming up with to agitate me. Secular discussion of the abstract concept of marriage tends to be a pretty lousy discussion prompt to begin with, but it's particularly annoying here given that neither of our main characters have any idea what a healthy marriage actually looks like. We just get a bunch of empty philosophizing, and even that's practically ignored by the cliffhanger.
Presumably this would be a lot more tolerable if I found these characters sympathetic or even particularly intelligent, but really, the drama's just tiresome on this point. Jae-yeol and Hae-soo seem to spend a lot more time talking about relationships than they do actually having a relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 10 2014/08/21,
We get into more of Jae-yeol's tragic past in this episode, as the murder is shown in almost complete detail, at least from Jae-beom's perspective. But was it a murder? The more I think about it the less sense the whole situation makes. Their father was a known abuser. This can be corroborated, making it trivially easy for any half decent lawyer to make a claim of self defense. And even if Jae-beom refused to make that defense by insisting he didn't do anything, at the very least it would be a mitigating factor in sentencing. Add that in to Jae-beom being a minor and the lenient nature of the Korean criminal justice system in general...
Look, what I'm getting at here is that this entire portion of the plot only makes sense from a screenwriting perspective. Trying to apply any lateral logic to the situation at all just serves to demonstrate how little sense any of it makes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 9 2014/08/20,
The Jae-yeol / Hae-soo loveline moves into a strong position of security here. The Okinawa trip concludes, and our leads return to Korea with a clear sense of mutual respect and understanding. For the most part this is just the natural progression of the sequence of events from the last episode. It's just a matter of a few serious chats, an airing out of various psychological issues, and there it is- intimacy.
There is not, at this point, anything that could be considered a serious emotional obstacle to the relationship. All of that was mainly on Hae-soo's end anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 8 2014/08/14,
This episode is mostly just a fun date, so there's not a whole lot of objectionable material. It really does do wonders for the Jae-yeol / Hae-soo romance to just have them away from other people for a change. Without any targets to provoke for the most part these two are able to behave like sensible human beings who are more focused on one another's needs and happiness than in petty oneupsmanship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 7 2014/08/13,
In the opening of this episode, in the aftermath of a mental patient's escaping due entirely to the fault of Dong-min, Hae-soo completely fails to notice that a man is being beaten by a baseball bat and dragged away right in front of her. Jae-yeol, for his part, rather than get help, manages to escalate the fight in such a way that it completely destroys a nearby unrelated private space. The situation is a terrifying one- not from the perspective of the drama, but rather from the onlookers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 6 2014/08/07,
The romance narrative has now moved into the push the other person away, not sure what to do next phase. Which is a very good phase to get into, since I, at least, needed time apart from the antics of these two. Hopefully the next time we get into an intimacy upgrade there will be some genuine affection involved rather than the skeevy pick up techniques that Jae-yeol has been using so far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 5 2014/08/06,
We're finally moving into the stage of the Jae-yeol / Hae-soo relationship where one of them actually starts acting like they like the other. Obviously it would be better if both of them would act like that, but I'll take what I can get. This episode gets one decent laugh near the start where Hae-soo, apparently still in her candid camera reverie, obviously has a complete tonal shift in the way she anticipates Jae-yeol's arrival,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 4 2014/07/31,
The cliffhanger of the last episode was mildly creepy. The opening of this episode continues in that direction, quickly becoming really creepy. I genuinely have no idea how to view Jae-yeol's actions here. Are these gestures supposed to be romantic? Then why do they feel so vaguely threatening? I might be able to accept this kind of playfulness from long separated lovers but these two quite literally met each other only a few episodes ago. I'm surprised Hae-soo puts up with it, considering how she never puts up with anything else,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 3 2014/07/30,
The drama continues to struggle against its main obstacle- the general unlikability of the main characters. I get that their antics are supposed to be cute, but most of the time I just end up thinking that these are not people I would ever want to be roommates with. Hae-soo takes vicious snipes and Jae-yeol chooses to escalate them. Living with one of them would be difficult enough- both at the same time is just plain worrisome,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 2 2014/07/24,
Jae-yeol and Hae-soo have a natural dislike of each other, among countless other obstacles, and "It's Okay, That's Love" is doing everything it can to slowly whittle these hindrances down. First up is the inconvenient fact of how both Jae-yeol and Hae-soo currently have significant others. The drama wastes no time in destroying both these relationships quite spectacularly. I mean, wow, yeah they were in the way, but wasn't this a little harsh?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "It's Okay, That's Love" Episode 1 2014/07/23,
To the uninitiated viewer, the initial events of "It's Okay, That's Love" will probably come off as pretty scatalogical. We get a prison, a giant massive party, what looks like the set for some kind of commercial, a hospital, and finally, a television variety show, all of this before the drama's even had much of a chance to explain what's actually going on. It's not literally a commercial, by the way. That was just an assumption I made based on how sexily that particular scene was shot,...More
Jung Woo-sung swoons women 2012/05/16, Source, Jung Woo-sung transformed into a romantic outsider.
Jung Woo-sung was seen in a star style magazine called "High Cut". He appeared strong and warm at the same time with a tough leather jacket and white background. His outstanding length and expressions added to a high quality photo shoot. His Cartier bracelet and rings gave the impression of a 'royal prince',...More
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.04.22-2011.04.24) 2011/04/25, Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.04.22~2011.04.24)
Screaming into number one is the high octane and adrenaline packed "Fast Five". Staring the cool Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Ludacris and a host of others in thrill ride that surely won't disappoint action junkies. Justin Lin directs this lasted film in the "Fast and the Furious" series with 396,071 moviegoers rushing into Korean cinemas for it.,...More
Noh Hee-kyeong, creates fantasy drama 2011/03/16, Source,
Writer Noh Hee-kyeong is in planning a new drama with director Kim Kyoo-tae from "IRIS".
This new drama (produced by CJ E&M, MI) starts from the question, "Are miracles given by God or made my humans?", a miracle drama about fantasy becoming real and real becoming fantasy. About a man who lives when he wants to dies and dies when he wants to live.,...More
On the set of KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" 2010/11/12, Source,
Actor Bang Joong-hyun and actress Kim Gyu-ri act a scene from KBS "Drama Special - Just Say It!" at the broadcaster's drama center in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on November 8, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
KBS series "Drama City" which featured short, omnibus stories for the past 14 years in Korea, finished its run in 2008. Two years and two months passed since then and during that time, dramas adapted from comic books or online novels rose to the mainstream, leaving even less space for short dramas to make a comeback. Then on May 15, single-episode series did make a comeback through 24-part KBS Drama Special's first episode "Drama Special - Red Candy" by veteran scriptwriter Noh Hee-kyeong. The 23rd episode of the six month-long series titled "Drama Special - Just Say It!" will go on air on November 13. [Editor],...More
Actress Park Si-yeon's Song Picks 2010/08/05, Source,
Actress Park Si-yeon [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
There are many words in this world which can be used to describe a beautiful woman but the adjective which probably best suits actress Park Si-yeon is 'alluring'. The clean-cut contour of her face and deep eyes which became known first through her participation in the Miss Korea competition in 2000 and then a cosmetics commercial, continues to retain its classical beauty ten years later. That may be why the characters Park played were women who drove many men to their destruction and misfortune,...More
[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actress Jung So-min 2010/06/22, Source, Interview with actress Jung So-min
Korean actress Jung So-min [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Jung So-min. My friends and I had a contest to pick out my stage name but I myself chose the name. I was born on March 16, 1989. I am a junior at the Korea National University of Arts majoring in acting but I'm currently taking a semester off. My family consists of my mom, dad and my little brother who is a senior in high school. I get into fights with my brother but they don't last for more than five minutes. We hang out a lot because I really like him and I'm glad he doesn't think I'm annoying. (laugh) I learned ballet from elementary school until middle school. I had to quit because my parents were against it and I started to learn Korean traditional dance when I was in high school. If I continued to dance I probably would have done work relating to visiting other countries to spread the Korean traditional dance,...More
Youn Yuh-jung's Movie Picks 2010/06/07, Source,
Actress Youn Yuh-jung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
To some generations, Youn Yuh-jung may be just another elderly actress whom they cannot quite tell apart from the late Yeo Woon-gye or Jeon Yang-ja. But to most viewers or moviegoers, Yoon is an irreplaceable actress. And with such a coarse voice too! "Many people have unique voices these days but back in the days, [my voice] was considered very bizarre. I heard this later on but people had said I won't make it because of my voice. Now that I think of it, I've overcome quite a lot of obstacles. (laugh)" But Yoon is an actress who has proved that what an actor needs is not perfect eyesight but the tentacles to sense even the drop of a needle, and not a clear and ringing voice but even if it is a single line that is spoken, a sound which will sound alive and move people's hearts,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS' "Drama Special - Red Candy" 2010/05/17, Source,
Director Hong Seok-goo, scenarist Noh Hee-kyeong, actress Park Si-yeon and actor Lee Jae-ryong of KBS' "Drama Special - Red Candy" [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"I honestly like that girl. The girl with the red candy, I really like her". The drama begins with the shabby-looking Jae-bak (played by Lee Jae-ryong) stumbling down the center of downtown. Jae-bak, in his 40s, is living a boring and stifling life as a salesman of a small publishing company, father to two children of which one is a son in high school and daughter which came much later along, and frequently mentions divorce to his wife. His only pleasure in life is gazing at Yoo-hee, (played by Park Si-yeon) an employee of an associated company, who rides the same subway as him every day and night,...More
The interesting thing is that the pair is goi,...More
East Asian TV writers to meet in Busan 2006/06/05, Source, About 70 renowned TV drama writers from East Asian countries including Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan will gather in Busan on June 14 for a three-day conference.
The "East Asian Broadcast Writers' Conference" has been organized by the Korea Foundation for Asian Culture Exchange and the Korean Rad,...More
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