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[HanCinema Awards] Best Actress in a Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2017/12/25,
Leading ladies are the heart of K-dramas. A strong actress can carry a drama from beginning to end and 2017 had more than its fair share of talented women, making it a rich year for the leading ladies. Vote for your favorite leading lady from December 25th to January 8th! Results for all categories will be released beginning on December 30th,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" 2017/07/08,
Time travel is by now a Korean drama staple which has been combined with many genres. Sadly for fans of this aspect, it mostly functions as a gimmick to spice up familiar stories. "Tunnel - Drama" does not break the mold in that regard, but the time bending crime series has a lot of good to offer,...More
tvN dramas that lost to entertainment 2017/06/26, Source,
tvN dramas were at the top when it came to quality and issue last year. They did better than most groundwave dramas and entertainment shows even parodied them.
However, this year, things don't look that bright for tvN dramas. Those that boasted the best cast and crew all failed miserably so far,...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
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 16 Final 2017/05/21,
All good things come to an end and new things begin, even if "Tunnel - Drama" likes to mix the "when" part of it up. Jin-woo is arrested and our characters get closure in the present. It is a time of regret, relief and redemption, but also a time of goodbyes as Gwang-ho decides to take one last run through the titular tunnel in hopes of reuniting with his family in his own time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 15 2017/05/20,
The clock is ticking as Mok Jin-woo keeps Jae-i alive while he tries to get the location of his fountain pen out of her. The police team mobilizes every person they can get without making the investigation open. Unfortunately, a closed investigation does not help when the killer has a direct line to their office. The team must understand Jin-woo's past to find his location and time is running out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 14 2017/05/14,
It is not easy discovering that your rugged resilience and athletic running can bend time, but that is exactly the unwanted ego trip our Gwang-ho receives in episode fourteen of "Tunnel - Drama". We have tearful reunions, awkward shifts in relationship dynamics and a killer who knows a bit too much for comfort. The team has to find evidence against him and guess where that evidence can be found,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 13 2017/05/14,
Gwang-ho has returned to his life, but there is a lot of work to be done in the past and present of "Tunnel - Drama". As our time traveling hero struggles to create a case against Mok Jin-woo at a time where technology is still underdeveloped, our team in the present start a search for their partner and look into the reason for his disappearance. Despite Gwang-ho's return, the present is not changing and we soon find out the why,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Trolling Teasers 2017/05/06,
Between awards and the upcoming elections, we are witnessing some pretty intense in their respective venue weeks . If you appreciated my ramblings on the dramas I am looking forward to last week, then you are in the right article. Selfish Ori returns and I bring teaser woes along with the usual news,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 12 2017/05/01,
Our two killers finally meet and Jeong Ho-yeong starts a new game upon his departure in episode twelve of "Tunnel - Drama". The police close in on Mok Jin-woo's identity as he also closes in on who Gwang-ho really is. Just as things are about to become solved, another impossible occurrence surfaces, leaving our hero with new obstacles for the next episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 11 2017/04/30,
Gwang-ho's realization of Jae-i's identity hits him like a ton of bricks, but time is of the essence even for time travelers, as Jeong Ho-yeong's arrest means that evidence needs to be found. As Jae-i assumed, the criminal's mother seems to be a key figure and so the importance of guardian and society influence is a concept which is present throughout the episode. Meanwhile, Mok Jin-woo is eying a new chess buddy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 10 2017/04/24,
Our killers get increasingly frustrated in episode ten of "Tunnel - Drama", as the only person on the side of the law who can understand their signatures is Jae-i. Aside from delivering a timeline and recap of the murders, the episode also presents our killers with some surprises. After a conflict with Gwang-ho, Jae-i makes a bold and very dangerous decision about her involvement in the case,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 9 2017/04/23,
A frightening, yet not unanticipated twist is finally delivered in episode nine of "Tunnel - Drama" and it is about to cause many new concerns for our leads and new questions for us. The time has also come to learn more about Jeong Ho-yeong's past and the focus starts to shift toward finding out what drives him and what has caused the particular preferences that seem to govern his M.O,...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
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 8 2017/04/16,
Grab a hanky and brace for a very personal, very emotional episode of "Tunnel - Drama". Seon-jae can no longer doubt Gwang-ho's identity and so our in-the-know duo becomes a trio. In the process of wrapping up a new case, Gwang-ho picks up on Yeon-sook's trail and finally gets to know her fate. Meanwhile, Jae-i notices the change of M.O in the serial killings just as Jeong Ho-yeong begins again, a decision which seems to be related to Seon-jae's contact with him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 7 2017/04/15,
It is revelations galore in episode seven of "Tunnel - Drama" as the modern Gwang-ho's connection to our leads becomes clearer. Gwang-ho's identity is compromised as Seon-jae refuses to let go. Meanwhile, hidden parts of Jae-i's past are about to make their entrance, and it looks like Gwang-ho's protective behavior towards her is exactly what surely many of us will have guessed it to be by now,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 6 2017/04/10,
My wish to be given time for processing all of our information is granted, because episode six of "Tunnel - Drama" takes a break from exploring the persons involved in the standalone cases and instead uses its new crime to progress the main plot and tease at more possible killers. I see suspects everywhere, some of which are faces we know from the past and some of which might still be hidden,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 5 2017/04/09,
Isolation is the prominent theme in episode five of "Tunnel - Drama" and the series uses it to reveal its cards about some topics which have been teased. Seon-jae's identity is provided and we now see his issues clearly. While investigating a case cut off from the world, our characters have to deal with some of their own demons and approach the hidden culprit not only with evidence, but their own humanity in mind,...More
[Orion's Drama News] New Horizons 2017/04/08,
If I were covering celebrity gossip, then this season and all of its dating and wedding news would give me quite a lot of material. Strangers' love life is not what excites me, however, so I bring you news of future Netflix goodness as I contemplate a new type of Korean drama productions at our doorstep. The usual news follow, of course,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 4 2017/04/04,
We take a small break from the serial killings in "Tunnel - Drama" as Gwang-ho and the station group try to solve a series of break ins and a related murder. Seong-sik confronts Gwang-ho with his confession and that brings about a bigger need for caution on their part. Episode four also provides us with some much needed backstory for Jae-i and Seon-jae. The identity of the Gwang-ho born in 1988 is revealed and the serial killer resurfaces,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Bickering Pairs 2017/04/01,
We have a drama opening week coming up and today I take a look at the odd partnership of detective and housewife in "Mystery Queen". I also scratch my head over "Chicago Typewriter" and where its plot will be headed with all of the elements it throws into the mix. We have a lot of casting news this week, so check out the "Upcoming Drama Goodies" section,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 3 2017/04/01,
It is starting to dawn on our protagonist that perhaps there is a reason behind his impossible situation. Episode three of "Tunnel - Drama" is all about ghosts from the past and Gwang-ho thinks that catching them will be his ticket back home. Seon-jae and Jae-i form a rapport as they try to find the killer while our hero is left to fend for himself. As he starts making the connection between the past murders and the current one, Seong-sik becomes suspicious,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 2 2017/03/27,
The time travel element is introduced in episode two of "Tunnel - Drama" and it comes with some unnerving albeit helpful manifestations for our stranded detective. Gwang-ho deals with the shock of his current situation while at the same time trying to fit in and keep up. We get a new main character who is shrouded in mystery, but familiar people and faces from the past are also complicating the mystery and Gwang-ho's confusion,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 1 2017/03/26, "Tunnel - Drama" wastes no time and throws our kind detective, Park Gwang-ho, right into the deep end. A series of murders take place in the otherwise peaceful area of Hwayang and while no one in the force can even fathom the possibility of a serial killer, our hero starts to pick up on the similarities as more and more women die at the hands of the elusive murderer no one can close in on,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Reverse Love and Busy Women 2017/03/25,
Welcome to a week or writing woes and capable women. Today I take a look at "Chicago Typewriter" and its quirky characters before introducing some upcoming weekend and daily dramas about women's stories. I also share plenty of casting news and some media from upcoming dramas. Let us welcome the new drama season together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Tunnel - Drama" 2017/03/18,
Dramaland has been meticulously churning out time travel and crime dramas lately so "Tunnel - Drama" is nothing revolutionary. At the same time, the idea of a detective from the past dealing with modern society after being time-thrown into it might just give this one a little fresh edge.
Detective Park Gwang-ho (Choi Jin-hyuk) travels thirty years into the future while in pursuit of a serial killer. In the present, he will have to work with detective Kim Seon-jae (Yoon Hyun-min) and criminal psychologist Sin Jae-i (Lee Yoo-young) in order to reach his goal,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Revenge All the Way 2017/03/11,
While having too many promising upcoming dramas to choose from is a nice "problem" to have, it will mess with many a drama fan's schedule. Today I take a look at a promising development in drama production. I then give you news of a potentially innovative revenge drama, but also of good ol' regular revenge, as "Whisper" is fast approaching,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Worry Worry Worry 2017/02/18,
Today I take a look at the rise of office dramas and express my worries about Korean drama and the topic of trends. I also give you an introduction and my less-than-enthused reaction to another minor-adult romance coming up. I am not sure where Dramaland will go with those, but I will personally not follow. What are your own thoughts on the subject,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Hallyu Army Blues 2017/02/04,
The new drama season has begun and more are coming up, including office/terminal illness drama "Radiant Office", which is gathering quite the cast. In more general drama news, I briefly contemplate the issue of Hallyu stardom in relation to military service, as 2017 marks the departure of many stars and the need for quick replacements,...More
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