Sunday, March 29, 2015
From mental illnesses to senses, 'Sensory Couple' is here with a premise which is at the very least fresh. Not everything is as sugary as its promotional material, however, and it is very difficult to really get a feel for the actual work due to how its marketing and probable story tone will differ. Even so, there is promise here at the moment.
Choi Moo-gak (Park Yoo-chun) and Oh Cho-rim (Sin Se-kyeong) are connected to the same case. Moo-gak became a police officer after losing his sister to the Barcode Murderer and Cho-rim is the sole survivor of the murderer's attacks. While the incident has left Moo-gak with dulled senses and emotions, Cho-rim can visualize smells, but has no memory of her life before it. Together they try to crack the case which changed their lives.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Preview] "The Girl Who Sees Smells".
All kinds of characters have faced crime in OCN series. From coroners to simple detectives and from vampire prosecutors to superheroes. 'Doctor Frost' takes a slightly different approach and looks at the individuals, rather than the crime itself alone. While less exciting than similar shows in terms of suspense and lacking a strong gimmick, it offers that unique exploration of crime through a different lens. That of what aids and breaks people's minds.
The titular Doctor Frost (Song Chang-ee) was given his nickname due to the condition he developed after being in a car accident as a child. While he can understand emotions and "read" people, he cannot feel sympathy or experience those emotions himself. Working as a bartender by night and also aiding the police with investigations, he decides to take on an additional job as a professor of psychology. Joined by his cheerful and emotive assistant, Yoon Seong-ah (Jeong Eun-chae), they solve cases by looking at the individuals and their mental and behavioral problems.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Doctor Frost".
Creating a heartwarming story about human pain, desperation and the bonding between strangers is no easy task. When the plot devices which bring the people in question together are also outrageous, it takes extra effort to really solidify the motivations, emotions and troubles of the characters in order to make those outrageous devices feel human. 'Super Daddy Yeol' is not such a show at the moment. In fact, it has achieved the exact opposite through its clumsiness and mishandling of its important points.
One of the first things that viewers would probably wonder about would be if this is a romantic comedy when the female lead is dying of cancer and how that can possibly work. Oddly enough, the series has kept its light tone throughout the first four episodes. Some of it is done by annoying measures, such as the overuse of bad comedy and sound effects, showing complete lack of faith in the actors' comedic skills, but there is nonetheless some effort there. Keeping its light tone, however, comes at a cost. The cost is that many serious issues which should have been handled with responsibility are laughed off.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Super Daddy Yeol".
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Fans of 'Special Affairs Team TEN' will not be getting their third season yet, but those who appreciated the style of the drama will be getting a consolation piece. The production team of the aforementioned series is back with 'Missing Noir M'. The premise this time around involves missing persons, rather than the usual dead ones, and also a dynamic duo of very different characters working together and solving the presented mysteries.
Gil Soo-hyeon (Kim Kang-woo) is a genius former FBI agent who returns to Korea to lead a missing persons unit and uncover a mystery. His partner is Oh Dae-yeong (Park Hee-soon), a veteran detective who goes by hunches and a less fussy approach to get his work done. The two clash as they cooperate and solve the toughest of missing persons cases and serious crimes.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Missing Noir M".
For all the variety and expansion of genres that the last few years have developed in Korean drama, romantic comedy is one which has suffered due to those changes. What used to be stereotypical, but also simple stories has given way to convoluted plots and dwindling comedy. 'Heart to Heart', however, stands out as an old-school rom-com with a modern approach. Sadly, it is also a reminder that trends usually have their way by the end.
Cha Hong-do (Choi Kang-hee) has a phobia of facing people and suffers from constant blushing. Since losing her grandmother, she has been disguising herself as an old woman to find work. Go I-seok (Cheon Jeong-myeong) is a psychologist who begins to have black-outs during counseling which Hong-do seems able to prevent. The two strike a deal. Hong-do will work for I-seok and in return, he will attempt to cure her so that she can confess to the man she likes.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Heart to Heart".