Monday, January 25, 2016

Drama Review - Awl

Korean drama has come a long way and at a very swift pace. Some things have not changed, of course. The adherence to certain production habits, thematic approaches as well as the reluctance to leave a desired comfort zone are still there, but works always appear from time to time that are willing to do something different. "Awl" is a series which, true to its name, goes beyond expectations in a most impressive, bold and inspiring way.

Lee Soo-in (Ji Hyeon-woo) works as a section manager at a store by supermarket chain Fourmis. When the company reaches the need for dismissals, it chooses to use underhanded methods in order to force workers into quitting. Soo-in refuses to harass his group and instead chooses to lead them in a fight against the illegal and unfair treatment. He reaches out to Goo Go-sin (Ahn Nae-sang), a labor union attorney for help in the upcoming struggle.

Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Review] "Awl".

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Drama Preview - Signal

Regular viewers of tvN may have noticed that the station likes to keep its usual actors and creators close. Here to take this one step further is "Signal", the approach of which brings back memories of the station's "Gabdong - The Serial Killer". The drama will be the second tvN show based on the Hwaseong serial murders, but unlike its predecessor it comes with a supernatural twist.


Detectives from the current timeline are able to communicate with one from the 80s through a set of walkie-talkies. Together they try to solve a case in the present and change the events of the past.

Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Signal".

Drama First Look - Cheese in the Trap

"Cheese in the Trap" has been a very eagerly expected show. Being based on a popular webtoon followed by devoted fans who clearly care deeply about the drama adaptation means that the series has a lot to prove. While mostly promoted as a standard romantic comedy with perhaps a slightly sinister twist, "Cheese in the Trap" has some interesting and quite surprising aspects to it at this point.

This is a romance piece, but at the same time functions as a slice-of-life show, with the characters' studies, work and different relationships all in the foreground. The main difference to typical shows of its type is that it reexamines a lot of what we take for granted or perceive as romantic in such works from a more realistic angle. In doing so, it subverts a lot of elements and gives audiences a different perspective.

Full Article: [HanCinema's First Look] "Cheese in the Trap".

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Drama Preview - Cheese in the Trap

The ever increasing popularity of Korean webtoons within and outside of Korea means drama adaptations of them are becoming a standard. These shows are also bringing in new genres, such as "Incomplete Life", "Last", "Awl" and more. At the same time, romance remains a drama staple and therefore a genre adapted often. "Cheese in the Trap" is tvN's latest live-action adaptation of a popular romantic webtoon.


Hong Seol (Kim Go-eun-I) is a hardworking poor student. She meets Yoo Jeong (Park Hae-jin), a senior who is a seemingly perfect and a good looking young man with a good personality. However, Yoo Jeong is also hiding a dark secret.

Full Article: [HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Cheese in the Trap".

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