Sunday, July 5, 2015
When it was announced that 'Heartless City' writer Yoo Seong-yeol would be writing OCN's 'My Beautiful Bride', many of its fans started building their expectations. The former series had some very unique and nuanced characters and relationships, it was dark and yet beautiful and despite its eventual issues, it was a good piece of Korean television. 'My Beautiful Bride' is not entirely similar, but the quality is there and it has created an impressive start and reasons to anticipate its future.
OCN is known for its crime dramas, which is what is has exclusively been doing for quite some time. This series is no different and also features crime, but crime is not its main selling point. At least not right now. The series focuses more on its male lead, his unusual character and his quest to find his bride. It also focuses on their relationship and how everyone's past affects their actions, determination, misunderstandings and overall mindset in the present.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama First Look] "My Beautiful Bride".
It is truly the age of manhwa, webtoon and novel adaptations, and we have another one coming. MBC's 'Scholar Who Walks the Night' is based on a manhwa of the same name and it is a fantasy period piece involving revenge, gender bending and vampires. It sounds like a lot to deal with, but the drama will hopefully do it well and bring some summer entertainment.
After her father has been framed for treason, Jo Yang-seon (Lee Yoo-bi) disguises herself as a man in order to sell books. One day she meets Kim Seong-yeol (Lee Joon-ki), who happens to be vampire. Enter past loves, evil vampire antagonists and all manner of conflict will ensue.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Scholar Who Walks the Night".
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Korean drama is not really entertainment known for its fresh stories. Even when they appear to be, a lot of them are based on other works, such as manhwa, webtoons or even works in other countries. 'Late Night Restaurant' is itself based on a Japanese drama called 'Shinya Shokudo' and originally a manga. However, that does not change the fact that it can bring some much needed diversity to Korean drama.
The series is about a restaurant which is only open from midnight to 7am. Its owner and chef, a mysterious man called Master will cook dishes according to each customer's wishes. Along with the food, Master offers his company while the diners speak to him about what troubles them.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Late Night Restaurant".
TvN's new crime drama, 'Hidden Identity' is now done with its introductory episodes and has begun going into the main plot. Expectations for this show have been high, partly on a Hallyu level due to the participation of Kim Beom, but also because the promotion for the show has looked promising for fans of the genre and the way cable television treats it. 'Hidden Identity' has a few key issues right now, but it has enough good things to do well.
First things first, it is important to define the series. While the topic of a revenge plot for the male lead is present, this is far from a personal story. It is also not a character drama, for the most part. Perhaps the series will further develop its characters as time goes by, but it is a pure action and suspense thriller at the moment. This is not really a bad thing if done well, but it can harm this particular series in the future.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Hidden Identity".
More romance is arriving from tvN, a channel which by now has made romantic comedies its most notable genre. This time around, we have fantasy involved in the form of what sounds like quite an embarrassing ghost possession. With Park Bo-yeong making a return to dramas and a cast and premise which sound at the very least entertaining, we might be in for a fun summer rom-com.
Na Bong-seon (Park Bo-yeong) is a timid woman who works as a sous chef. She can also see ghosts. Kang Seon-woo (Jo Jeong-seok) is a confident man with a firm grip on reality and a top chef. He does not notice Bong-seon, who has a crush on him, until she becomes possessed by a ghost named Sin Soon-ae (Kim Seul-gi-I). The ghost of a woman who is very different to Bong-seon and very forward with her advances towards men.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Oh My Ghost".