• Jan 14, 2014 1 of 0 episodes seen 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  7
    • Story  5
    • Acting/Cast  6
    • Music  5
    • Rewatch Value  3
    A relatively watchable thriller with elements of horror. Beginning sequences offer up good ‘edge of your seat’ suspense, but things start to fall apart soon thereafter.

    The story is quite original in its premise and could have worked nicely in this genre had the plot not been so ill-conceived. There were too many plot holes & common sense failures. For the observant viewer an important, identifying detail about the villain is quite noticeable only a quarter way thru the movie, which makes the big reveal of who said villain is later on a rather anti-climactic experience.

    Acting wise, I was disappointed. With a guy like Son Hyun Joo -- one of South Korea’s finest character actors and my motivation for watching this movie -- if all
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  • Jan 12, 2014 18 of 18 episodes seen 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  5
    • Story  5
    • Acting/Cast  7
    • Music  5
    • Rewatch Value  3
    A drama filled with all the cliches & horrible drama tropes we all know and hate, and none of the charm I’ve come to associate with Kim Eun Sook dramas (Lovers, City Hall, A Gentleman's Dignity etc).

    I hate intense love triangles; I really wish they weren’t such a major part of so many dramas. Upon starting this drama I knew one was prominently featured, but I figured if anyone could pull it off in a sensible way maybe KES could (given that she had done a pretty decent job with the love triangle in Lovers). Well, I was wrong. This was one of the more nonsensical, nerve jarring love triangles I’ve ever had the displeasure to witness. It made absolutely no sense to the plot
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  • Dec 25, 2013 1 of 1 episodes seen 7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  2
    • Story  1
    • Acting/Cast  3
    • Music  3
    • Rewatch Value  1
    Anyone in the mood for a decent erotic drama film with a good story at its core should look elsewhere.

    The film makes a shoddy attempt at storytelling. A young man seeks to escape from his unhappy, monotonous life by taking refuge in a dream like world. Here he meets a nubile young thing who fulfills all his sexual desires. We're given hints of who these people are, but we never get to know them or why they come to be in the situation they're in. On the other hand, we're privy to their sexual exploits, ad nauseam.

    Hear me when I say Dream Affection is pure porn. With a budget.

    Given that there's essentially NO story to speak of, I don't even know why this
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  • Dec 23, 2013 54 of 54 episodes seen 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  7
    • Story  6
    • Acting/Cast  7
    • Music  7
    • Rewatch Value  5
    Your standard family drama. Love the first 20 or so episodes. Hilarious, filled with lots of family warmth, cute romance and a tolerable amount of drama that doesn’t go overboard. Not at first, anyway.

    You'll meet one of the wackiest drama husbands/dads ever. Best way to describe the guy is to imagine the bombastic personality of somebody like say … Hugo Chavez, only he's Korean.

    He runs his household with an iron fist and expects full submission from his wife and daughters, but there's no doubt that he loves his family. In fact, he's close to perfect husband material in many ways, but a dictator nonetheless. He, along with his wife, are the highlight of the show, believe it or not! Fans of the very cute
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  • Oct 3, 2013 1 of 1 episodes seen 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  10
    • Story  10
    • Acting/Cast  10
    • Music  10
    • Rewatch Value  8
    When I look at a picture like Woman in the Dunes I'm reminded of why I always wanted to become a filmmaker.

    A magnificent piece filmmaking the picture uses visual metaphors and allegory as a form of social commentary. What exactly is its message? You decide, but there's absolutely no doubt that every piece of cinematic tool is put to the most effective use in an effort to help you decipher what you will.

    The roles are well cast, the performances alternately heartfelt and disturbing, the story layered with symbolism and pregnant with meaning. The cinematography dazzling in its simplicity. Even more, what particularly struck me was how nature and sound became characters in their own right, enriching the film's atmosphere with a foreboding presence.

    I
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  • Sep 16, 2013 12 of 12 episodes seen 9 of 10 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  9
    • Story  7
    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  7
    • Rewatch Value  9
    Aishiteiru to Ittekure can be summed up like this: before the 8th and after the 8th. I stayed up until 4am watching this drama & in its first 8 episodes Aishiteiru is an absolute gem. Simply superb! Everything I look for in a romance.

    First let me start off by saying Etsushi Toyokawa as the handsome, deaf-mute artist Sakaki Kohji will stir your heart. A wonderfully emotive actor, I just love performers who can express a million feelings with only their eyes and this guy totally nails it. It’s not possible to look at him and not be moved. I thought the female lead went a little overboard with all the ‘aegyo’, but thankfully she toned it down a bit toward the second act. Once things
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  • Sep 15, 2013 17 of 17 episodes seen 11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  8
    • Story  7
    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  6
    • Rewatch Value  6
    A drama that literally takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotional twists and turns, Que Sera Sera revolves around 4 young people, all dealing with their own personal struggles, and how they overcome and grow.

    Kang Tæ - Joo is a suave, unrepentant lady's man who goes about his romantic liaisons with cool practicality. He's your regular joe with high ambitions. He sees the beautiful rich women who fall over themselves for his manly charms and good looks as his ticket to bigger and better things. He’s a realist, with little patience for idealistic folly.

    Some people have described him as a jerk, but to me he isn't. He never misleads the women in his life about his intentions nor does he try to
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  • Sep 12, 2013 9 of 9 episodes seen 9 of 11 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  7
    • Story  6
    • Acting/Cast  7
    • Music  7
    • Rewatch Value  5
    Story wise my first Chinese drama felt a lot like my first Taiwanese drama, Autumn's Concerto, but with better production values and music.

    Whoever lit the set on this show did a wonderful job. There's nothing overly unique about the cinematography, but the pictures looked sexy, very cinematic.

    Great direction of the camera too. With very short episodes the story doesn't have much room to develop, but the choice of shots were effectively used to enhance the dramatic effect of the scene. In particular the numerous high angle shots made the subjects seem more desperate, vulnerable, passionate or whatever emotion the scene tried to evoke.

    I haven't seen such high production values on an Asian TV show in a long time.

    Acting was average. No standouts,
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  • Sep 10, 2013 1 of 1 episodes seen 7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  7
    • Story  7
    • Acting/Cast  8
    • Music  6
    • Rewatch Value  6
    The movie had very a Allenesque quality about it (that is, similar in style to films made by Woody Allen), and since I like most Allen films Changing Partners worked really well for me. There were the crisp, clean visuals; the nicely groomed protagonists set to play against the backdrop of an upscale, sophisticated Seoul; marital discord and a darkly comedic commentary on the gamble of love. Somehow, while this story has been heavily explored in other films, Changing Partners offers a more palatable treatise, one that surprises you with its subtle depth.

    The cast was great. In particular Lee Dong-gun in the role of the emotionally detached workaholic. Veteran actress Uhm Jung-hwa doesn’t always convince me with her efforts and this time around she almost
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  • Aug 12, 2013 1 of 1 episodes seen 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    • Overall  9
    • Story  9
    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  4
    • Rewatch Value  4
    This heartbreaking, raw, gritty tale takes us into a day in the life of a North Korean defector’s struggle for survival in a brutally capitalistic Seoul.

    For Seung-Chul, a quiet, unassuming, hard working, church going man, it is a world away from the derelict backwater that is his hometown of Musan in the communist North. He longs for a life of small pleasures and dignity, but faces a harsh reality he never saw coming.

    Working for pittance amid rampant discrimination and heartless bastardry, his life reflects the dismal hopelessness faced by many escapees from the North. Nevertheless, Seung-Chul makes a brave effort to rise above his circumstances and not lose hope. But when an entire system seem to conspire against him, he finds himself in bind
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