Sunday, December 20, 2015
Tortured heroes, forbidden romances and cartoonish villains are nothing new. There is a standard formula by which such stories operate by now and there is an ever faithful audience for them. This does not mean such stories need be repetitive, however, nor does it mean they need to be unentertaining. "Scholar Who Walks the Night" does not reach its end unscathed, but let us look into its efforts until that point.
Jo Yang-seon (Lee Yoo-bi) is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to sell books and help her family. One day she meets Kim Seong-yeol (Lee Joon-ki), a vampire looking for an important book. Gwi (Lee Soo-hyeok) is a merciless vampire who has control of the palace and kills humans at will. Seong-yeol believes that the book he needs from Yang-seon can stop Gwi and end his reign and long history of murder and abuse.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Scholar Who Walks the Night".
Monday, December 7, 2015
When "Imaginary Cat" was announced, the idea behind it seemed pretty straightforward. There is a cute cat and there is a cute actor and they would be cute for audiences together for some episodes. This is not the kind of drama to really raise one's expectations over. It is therefore a surprise, a pleasant one, that the series has quite a bit more to it than simple fanservice.
Those who are looking for the fanservice alone will not be disappointed. The drama has some humor, a lot of cute cat and human antics, copious amounts of cat petting and Yoo Seung-ho being cute. However, the series actually handles some serious topics through its characters, human and feline. Loss, abandonment, fear, trauma, insecurity, hope and more are all slowly being explored and revealed as part of these people's and cats' lives.
Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Imaginary Cat".