May 12, 2012

Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 – Episode 9 Korean Drama review

Vampire Prosecutor wearing black shadesEpisode 9 of Vampire Prosecutor Season 1 is a tale of gangland infighting and seriously dysfunctional family relationships. Which is kind of the same thing, isn’t it? It opens with a ridiculously obscure scene, jam-packed with confusing intercuts, shifting camera angles and flashbacks, that is supposed to set up the whole storyline, but only makes sense after you have seen the rest of the episode – twice!
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched yet, stop here.

March 12, 2012

Lovers - Korean Drama review

Lovers, aka Lover (연인) was a popular 20-episode SBS Korean drama series from 2006. The series is best known for the performances of its stars, Lee Seo Jin and Kim Jung Eun, and rightly so. However, credit is also due to the intelligent direction, which allowed much of the emotional action to take place without unnecessary dialogue.

The love quadrangle at the center of Lovers is plagued with guilt, reversals, and agonizing ambivalence, making it one of the most realistic portrayals of that scenario that I’ve ever seen. Although we root for the hero and heroine, the other man and woman are also real people with real pain. This sympathy for all of the characters involved keeps Lovers moving and engaging even when the characters are stuck, and is one of the things I like best about Korean drama. MORE…