[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites 2017/07/02,
Enjoy your favorite cup of coffee in the company of rare animals at these novelty cafes, visit "The Garden of the Morning Calm" in Gyeonggi Province (as seen on "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds"), Dennis Rodman visits North Korea again, and hear what foreigners had to say about Korea's national parks and hiking trails,...More
Historical Drama's Flower, Hanbok 2017/05/29, Source,
Hanbok is South Korea's traditional clothing, characterized by vibrant colors and simple lines without pockets. Hanbok usually refers specifically to clothing of the Joseon period. I'm personally fascinated by Hanbok dresses, and often times have to rewind and pause whenever the heroin of the historical drama appears on the screen, just so I can fully enjoy and appreciate their beauty in colorful Hanboks. Which Hanbok captured your eyes in the dramas you've seen?,...More
Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo and EXO engage 2016 Hallyu fans 2017/03/01, Source, Lee Min-ho, Song Hye-kyo and EXO are the stars that gained the most Hallyu fans last year.
The list for the 12th Soompi Awards was released. This event decides its winners according to votes of Hallyu fans all over the world.
The most competing part of the Soompi Awards was 'Artist of the Year'. Girl group Twice was tough competition. The result was EXO for their continuous hit songs "Lotto", "Lucky One" Monster" and "For Life",...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Travel Bug Bites 2017/02/26,
10 Magazine reveals five beautiful places in Seoul to go for some peace and quiet, Rebecca Ilham visits the location from of one her favourite dramas ("Moonlight Drawn by Clouds"), get a crash course on Seoul before heading over, and enjoy Eric Ian Chan's travel blog about some of the lesser-visited spots to enjoy during Korea's winter months,...More
Park Bo-gum and Song Joong-ki's bromance 2017/02/12, Source,
Actor Park Bo-gum met 4,000 of his Thai fans.
He had his "2016 - 2017 Asian Tour" in Thailand and he said, "Although I arrived in Thailand very late, I was surprised to see so many fans waiting for me. I am grateful for you waiting for me, but you shouldn't stay out so late. I still feel your love for me",...More
Park Bo-gum successfully completes Japanese fan meeting 2017/02/05, Source, Park Bo-gum's Japanese fan meeting was a success.
Park Bo-gum is currently in the middle of his 2016-2017 Asian Tour Fan Meeting and he had is Tokyo fan meeting on the 4th with 5,000 or so fans. Park Bo-gum played the piano and sang for his fans. He spoke in Japanese himself and communicated with the crowd. He said, "We can't see it but we are connected in this realistic world that is more movie-like than a movie. I want to be a long-serving actor",...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss - And the Winner Is... 2017/01/02,
There were so many amazing kisses in 2016 to make us melt and swoon. It's time to see which of the couples had your favorite kiss! Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/31,
The couples that powered 2016's romantic inertia with their sweet interactions received your votes. It was a fierce competition and now it's time to reveal the winning couple. Thank you so much for helping to make the First Annual HanCinema Awards a success.,...More
[Hot Takes From the Noonas] 2016 KBS Drama Awards fashion show 2016/12/31,
It's time for the year-end award ceremonies when the three major Korean broadcasters use trophies to reward their top performing actors and dramas. So, let's focus on what really matters: the red carpet fashion. Last up: the 2016 KBS Drama Awards!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Drama - And the Winner Is... 2016/12/27,
Today is the day to reveal two fierce categories. The first of those is "Best Actor in a Drama. Six of the hottest actors on Korean and international television vied for your votes. HanCinema thanks you for your support and for joining for the First Annual HanCinema Awards.,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Kiss in a Drama 2016/12/17,
The turning point and highlight of many-a-drama is the kiss. If we're lucky, there are more than one. But a kiss defines the boiling point of a K-drama relationship and is a beautiful thing to watch. There were many fine kisses in 2016. Vote for your favorite from December 17 to December 24. The results will be announced the last week of 2016!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Couple in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/15,
A drama that can make its audience root for a couple, ship the couple, love the couple, cry with the couple, and laugh with the couple is a strong drama indeed. Romance is a huge driving factor in K-drama and it is only right to take a look at the best K-drama couples of 2016. From December 15 to December 22 vote for your favorite drama couple!,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/11,
This year has been a powerhouse year for good drama and for its leading men. Young actors shot to stardom. Some made comebacks after returning from the military. Others continue on a glorious climb upwards on the Hallyu walk of fame.,...More
"tvN Awards" Lee Il-hwa uncrowned 2016/10/10, Source, Lee Il-hwa who played a mother in the "Answer" series, didn't get an award at the "tvN Awards" which was held for the first time in 10 years on the 9th.
tvN celebrated its 10th year anniversary with an award giving ceremony on the 9th. Those who mattered were invited to the event and obviously the "Answer" series casts were the most welcomed,...More
[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON New York 2016 Beauty Booths + 3 Beauty Giveaways 2016/07/09,
KCON New York 2016 presented by Toyota featured over ninety booths in the outdoor convention, and many of them were beauty booths. HanCinema stopped by the booths to chat with the businesses that bring Korean beauty products and skin care to New York and the rest of the world outside beauty-forward South Korea. Let's take a look a four amazing companies that set up booths at the Prudential Center June 24 and June 25 for KCON New York 2016! Don't forget to check out the instructions at the bottom of the article to enter our giveaway. Three mystery beauty gift bags are up for grabs this go 'round,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
Park Bo-gum's shy confession on Rose Day 2016/05/14, Source, Park Bo-gum turned into a man of flowers.
On May 13th, jewelry brand, J.Estina posted a photo starring their model Park Bo-gum on their official Instagram and also wrote, "Park Bo-gum's sweet proposal. Following after Rose Day on May 14th, Coming-of-age Day is arriving on May 16th. For those who will turn into a twenty year old lady from a girl on this day, we are revealing a swoon-worthy photo of Park Bo-gum",...More
Park Bo-gum's Life in Loan Shark's Shadow Revealed 2016/03/02, Source, Park Bo-gum, who shot to fame in the hugely popular tvN soap "Answer Me 1988", was until recently a bankrupt struggling to get out from under his father's debt, it has been revealed. The revelation came as a shock to viewers who have grown used to his pretty-boy image. In 2008, when Park was just a teenager, his father borrowed W300 million from a loan shark to start a business and had the boy co-guarantee the debt (US$1=W1,238),...More
[Funcurve Review] "Remember You" 2016/02/27,
"Remember You" is an interesting mystery thriller with a captivating story told almost to perfection with great dialogue and an even better cast. This story is particularly good because it isn't built solely on the romance between our lead characters. Instead, it uses them as devices to help answer the many questions raised by the main premise of the drama - mysterious murders and how those murder cases are all connected,...More
[Spottoon Review] Cat and Dog Drama Dream Cast! 2016/02/07, Source,
The webtoon Cat and Dog is set to be made into a drama this year on MBC and it's time to starting dreaming of the perfect cast to embody these characters!
The plot centers around an brooding actor named Seul Woo and young girl named Young Woo who were arranged to be married when Young-Woo was just a baby. Now all grown up, the time has come for their marriage to take place even though they are essentially strangers and total opposites of each other,...More
[Interview #2] "Answer Me 1988" Hyeri, "Deok-seon in shackles?" 2016/01/27, Source, Hyeri is a leading actress in her 20s. She found the perfect role for her in "Answer Me 1988" and that's Deok-seon.
She could easily become arrogant as she is one of the most wanted stars in the entertainment business but she's deeper than that. "I realized as I was in the middle of "Answer Me 1988" that the more I am prepared, the better the results are. So I think it's better to take the time to get ready for something instead of doing it in a hurry",...More
[Spoiler] 'Answer Mee 1988' Park Bo-gum listens to Hyeri only 2015/12/18, Source,
On the 13th episode of tvN's weekend drama, 'Answer Me 1988', Deok-seon ('Hyeri') took care of Taek (Park Bo-gum) while he was getting ready for his baduk competition.
Deok-seon announced that nobody would be allowed to enter Taek's room. Taek was occupied with preparing for his baduk final match so much that he even forgot about eating. Moo-seong (Choi Moo-sung) said, 'He didn't have dinner last night and skipped breakfast this morning. You go and get him here". Deok-seok said, 'I'm also hesitant to talk to him when he's preparing for a match',...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 16 Final 2015/08/11,
The essential conflict in "Remember You" boils down to feelings and logic. Hyeon is a man without feelings who struggles when memories of past events force him to come to term with feelings. The detectives, by contrast, are perfectly at ease with feelings but have always needed help when it comes to dealing with the basic logic necessary to make deductions and come up with effective plans for catching criminal perpetrators. "Remember You" is able to achieve convincing catharsis on one of these points,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 15 2015/08/10,
The conflict this episode is mainly philosophical as the resolution of last episode's cliffhanger centers around motive. It's interesting watching the characters themselves try to puzzle this information out. We've already been made privy to Joon-young's thought process- but how exactly are the other characters supposed to be able to suss this out? Ji-an's conclusions, while obviously wrong, make sense given the information that she has access to. So Ji-an ends up trying to find more information,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 14 2015/08/04,
The walls seem to be closing in on Joon-young. And yet the man himself doesn't even seem to notice what's happening. Or maybe he just doesn't care. It's hard to tell the difference. Joon-young doesn't act like a man who literally knows everything that happens at every time. Even his internal monologues have less to do with actually killing people and more to do with motivation. Which, as per usual, is totally incomprehensible yet weirdly logical at the same time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 13 2015/08/03,
The cliffhanger from last time was naturally a fake out- although there's still plenty of high stakes danger in the opening portion. Right now Hyeon is struggling with whether he should be his normal haughty self, or give into emotions and admit that the person Hyeon cares the most about is in trouble. It's a fascinating contrast because Hyeon really is at his most effective when playing socipathic mind games. But what's the point of sociopathic mind games if there's no deep emotional hook?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 12 2015/07/28,
How does a man who doesn't feel react when hit with emotional discoveries? The question kind of sounds like a riddle, which makes the experience of watching this episode of "Remember You" a somewhat odd one. Watching Hyeon cry is, well, a little awkward. On one level I want to criticisize Seo In-guk's performance. But then on the other end I remember that he's been perfectly capable so far as the man with the unchanging, steel cold expression,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 11 2015/07/27,
After a brief bit of flirtation establishes that no, Hyeon hasn't suffered a major personality shift just because of romantic chemistry, "Remember You" gets into some pretty serious stuff. The subtitle this episode is "birth of a monster", and the ensuing backstory is stone cold primarily because of the philosophical issues it raises. Everyone knows that abuse can turn a child into a monster, but sheer indifference?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 10 2015/07/21,
One of the reasons why "Remember You" takes an unpredictable amount of time to get through any given case is because the difficulty the detectives have solving any given case is directly proportional to how difficult the case is. That sentence probably seemed kind of long-winded and repetitive- but for formatted drama television this is genuinely a really unusual concept. And in "Remember You", it completely messes around with any sort of expectations we can have for any given episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 9 2015/07/20,
The last case was apparently resolved just as quickly as it looked. This is another one of the more uneven qualities of "Remember You"- it really is impossible to tell how long any given investigation is going to last. Right away we're given more hints as to another incoming crime, and sure enough, it isn't too long before the situation heats up until we get to a cliffhanger that just gives off a portent of disaster,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 8 2015/07/14,
Hyeon isn't really in love with Ji-an just yet. We can tell because throughout the entire crisis at Ji-an's apartment, Hyeon continues to think logically and ask reasonable questions about the suspicious occurrences on their date. Naturally these questions carry over into the apparent attack- what motive could anyone have to put Ji-an in danger? And more relevantly, why would Seon-ho be nearby? It's like Hyeon says- there's never really any such thing as coincidence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 7 2015/07/13,
The first two mysteries in "Remember You" didn't have much of an emotional catharsis, but that's not an option this time. As Hyeon himself admits in narration, his involvement in this case isn't a matter of curiousity or justice. Hyeon sees himself as the accused murderer, and is completely unwilling to acknowledge the prospect that biology is destiny. It's for this reason that Hyeon keeps making missteps. His deductive mind is as powerful as ever, but Hyeon wants a specific conclusion. And more importantly, he's admitted that to himself,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 6 2015/07/07,
Apparently enough clues have surfaced that Hyeon has bee able to identify the true culprit behind the cases we've seen to date. It certainly didn't seem that way to me, but then I'm not a genius criminal investigator. And as per Hyeon's usual disregard of proper narrative structure, his explanation of how he unraveled the mystery comes at the beginning of he episode rather than the end. The true villain begrudgingly gives Hyeon a few more inexplicable clues before making a quick getaway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 5 2015/07/06,
Ji-an and Hyeon continue their secret investigation. This entire plotline invokes a lot of ambivalent feelings for me. On one end, it's wrong for Hyeon to hide from the police. On the other end Hyeon is fairly obviously doing this simply because it's more fun to work against the police than it is to work with them. Considering how easily bamboozled they are it's hard to blame him. Ji-an delivers a plausible explanation in a very implausible way and her co-workers still don't bother to question it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 4 2015/06/30,
Normally I really dislike it when a nominally sympathetic character in a story works unfailingly to prop up a lie. What makes Ji-an different in this regard is, in the first place, she knows full well that Hyeon won't cooperate if she just tells him the truth. Hyeon's willingness to be helpful is directly proportional to how much he gets to act like an uncooperative, mean-spirited jerk in the process. This is what Hyeon's personality has been like since childhood, and that's not going to change any time soon,...More
[Spoiler] 'Remember You' Seo In-guk takes off shirt to reveal his brain muscles 2015/06/30, Source,
KBS 2TV's Monday & Tuesday drama, "Remember You" revealed a still image, in which Seo In-guk revealed his tanned muscles of his broad shoulders. Seo In-guk plays Lee Hyeon, a genius profiler in the drama.
If you turn your eyes away from his perfect body, you can notice there's another man in the same space. While he came back to Korea after such a long stay in US, he does not have any friends other than the curator of the museum, close enough, in front whom he would not mind taking off his shirt. Why the two men were in the space and he took his shirt off stirs up curiosity in viewers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 3 2015/06/29,
The culprit apparently apprehended, the police team comes up against a very serious problem- there's not much real evidence. For Hyeon that doesn't pose a problem. This isn't because Hyeon is a super detective who can pull evidence out of nowhere to bring criminals to justice. It's quite the opposite really. Hyeon's interest in crime is directly proportional to how interesting the crime is. And sadly, Hyeon simply isn't impressed by the current villain,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 2 2015/06/23,
The chain of events that explains how Hyeon came into his present-day position as an eccentric professor are mostly clearly defined. His motivations are what's more difficult to grasp. In most dramas the death of a father and the disappearance of a younger brother would be the spur to a lifetime of seeking revenge. Yet bizarrely, Hyeon doesn't even seem to be taking these events all that personally. It's the psychology of motivation that keeps Hyeon engaged rather than any kind of emotional attachment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Remember You" Episode 1 2015/06/22,
Hyeon (played by Seo In-guk) is a strange man who investigates unusual events just for the fun of it, and likes to mess around with people without ever changing his eerily vacant expression. Ji-an (played by Jang Nara) is a perky detective who is easily provoked by actions obviously intended to stupefy her. Together they...don't actually fight crime just yet. After a rather peculiar opener most of the runtime is dedicated to Hyeon's backstory,...More
Kim Go-eun-I and Kim Hye-soo don't mind the "Avengers" 2015/04/20, Source, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" ticket sales has reached 90% and it's expected to clean sweep. However, there's something coming up that doesn't mind Hollywood. It's as mighty as "Iron Man", it's as strong as "Thor" and it's as scary as "The Hulk".
We're talking about Kim Hye-soo and Kim Go-eun-I. "Coin Locker Girl" has come out at last. The production presentation went over well and the audience cheered for the cast who challenged "The Avengers",...More
Where did Go Kyung-pyo's lines go in "Roaring Currents"? 2014/07/22, Source,
Actor Go Kyung-pyo's lines disappeared. He's become the most wanted with various appearances in dramas and movies, but all there is in "Roaring Currents", is him gazing at the fleet. Where are his lines?
"Roaring Currents" which is being released on the 30th, is the story of General Yi Sun-shin and his people when they fought 330 Japanese fleets with just 12 ships. The production cost 15 billion won and 6 months to film,...More
[Film Review] "Blind" 2012/07/28, Source,
I'm going to try and stay as unbiased as possible in reviewing "Blind" (블라인드), because yes, it has my favorite Korean actress Kim Ha-neul in it. Not factoring that in though, what we have here is a pretty good suspense-thriller that asks the audience to suspend some disbelief in order to achieve maximum entertainment. I was able to do that and walked away fairly entertained.
Police cadet Soo-ah (Kim Ha-neul) is an angry woman when we first meet her. Why? Because her younger brother Dong-hyeon (Park Bo-gum), is at the club again preparing to enter a B-Boy dance competition with his friends. See, he promised to stop this hip-hop dancing and yet here he is about to shake his groove thing again and Soo-ah ain't havin' it! She drags him out of the club, going so far as to handcuff him to the handle on the inside of her van so he doesn't try to run off. The two are arguing during the drive home, with Dong-hyeon reaching for the handcuff keys and Soo-ah trying to stop him,...More
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