[HanCinema's Event Coverage] KCON 2017 LA draws record-breaking 85,000 2017/08/27,
Last weekend HanCinema attended KCON 2017 USA presented by Toyota in Los Angeles, which drew a record-breaking 85,000 people to the three-day event. Located at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center, KCON LA was mostly definitely chock full of activity for Hallyu lovers,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Foreign Actor - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/12,
More and more foreign faces grace the film and drama world in Korea. Actors from all over the globe take roles in drama and film and are getting recognition for it in Korea. From December 12 to December 19 you can vote for your favorite foreign actors!,...More
[HanCinema's Exclusive Interview] Sam Okyere 2016/03/12,
Hello everyone! I'm very pleased to present HanCinema viewers an exclusive interview with rising Ghanaian star, Sam Okyere. Sam is a humble, intelligent man who is a go-getter and knows how to make things happen. He's worked hard to become the successful Korean entertainer and t.v. personality that he is and HanCinema got to hear all about it first hand. Now you will, too,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Moorim School" Episode 14 2016/03/01,
I'm still trying to sort through what just happened in "Moorim School"'s episode 14. The plot was relatively straightforward, but I have no idea what the show is trying to tell me about the characters. I thought a while of how to analyze this and this is what I've come up with: Chi-ang is supposed to be divided by his loyalty as a son to his morally-impaired father and by his love for his friends who have seen him (according to exposition) through thick and thin. We're shown a montage of him with Si-woo compiled mostly of their first days together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Moorim School" Episode 13 2016/02/29,
All of the clunky mechanizations of "Moorim School" have cobbled themselves together to reveal several truths and leave our characters reeling. The school is in utter chaos as per the bad guys' nefarious plans. The kids are struggling to come to terms with the revelations and they are not yet ready to reach out for help and comfort. While the individual brooding and thinking and crying is actually well-deserved, the sequence of events that lead up to these depressing activities is awkwardly formed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Moorim School" Episode 7 2016/02/01,
Episode 7 of "Moorim School" is the strongest episode by far. There was major character development and in the mystery that has only been hinted at before. A breath of fresh air has touched this drama and blown it away from the painful setup that characterized the first six episodes. While the teachers and Yeop-jeong could use much more development, Chi-ang, Ha-o, and the mysterious coma man, Chae Yoon, saw some honest-to-goodness screentime,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Moorim School" Episode 2 2016/01/16,
"Moorim School" episode 2 plays out like a typical school drama with bullies, puppy love, competition, and burgeoning hopes and dreams and comes in with a shaky Nielsen rating of 4%. It is heavily laden with character stereotypes and a predictable plotline. But what it does have going for it is the inclusion of the international cast and the promise of intrigue. The elements of mystery surround Si-woo's past and mystical abilities, Chi-ang's family issues, and the story behind Moorim itself,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Intimate Enemies" 2015/07/04,
Ji-noo (played by Ryoo Seung-bum) is always clad in his distinctive helmet as he does jobs for...I think he's supposed to be working for some sort of corporation but they act like the mob. I don't mean that metaphorically. Their response to the disappearance of important money is literally to bludgeon people until they're so disfigured they need special make-up for the rest of the movie. Anyway, what Ji-noo does isn't that important anyway. Na-mi (played by Go Joon-hee) runs a junk yard. Her much more important contribution to the story is to show off her butt,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 6 2014/08/27,
It's back to form here as "Golden Tower" gets back to its more relatable subject matter- problems that could only ever possibly exist in a rural area. It's funny how that works, really. I think it's because the drama's very good at not being pretentious. There always seems to be a new variation on a dumb joke that they haven't done yet and it suckers me in with a new laugh every time. "Golden Tower" is, if nothing else, a great mood reliever.
The focus here is actually less on the farming as it is on school. The troubles the teachers have to go through and the way the community as a whole is able to respond to this. And this ends up tying in with adult illiteracy. Yes that's a thing- what a lot of people in the developed world don't get is that the only reason we all read is because words are literally everywhere,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 4 2014/08/13,
It turns out that farm life is still boring. I honestly don't care how often "Golden Tower" repeats that joke just as long as it keeps being funny. The setting for the drama continues to be extremely well-suited to the kind of scattershot parody that's become the backbone of the humor. Absent any other circumstance, the imagination of a farmer will get carried away. And so it is that moving into a new, old decrepit home turns out to be a questionable idea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 2 2014/07/30,
Part of the trouble with farming these days is that people have an unrealistically romantic view of it. Farming has changed in the last several hundred years. But even then it's difficult work with dubious economic viability. Modern farmers try to take advantage of the former to deal with the latter by acting pretty much the same way they do in this episode- pretending like they're emulating a traditional way of life for the benefit of tourists,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Tower" Episode 1 2014/07/23,
Farming, far from the romantic pursuit it's usually framed as in fiction, tends to be repetitive, boring hard work. In the modern world this isn't really that big a deal. Practically all work is repetitive, boring and hard. The difference is that in most jobs there's a boss to yell at us when we're doing things wrong, to keep us grounded in reality. In "Golden Tower", the farmers that make up the local community are mostly unsupervised. Consequently, when something, anything unusual happens, they go completely bonkers,...More
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