November 1, 2012

Masquerade – a Korean film review

Masquerade - Lee Byung Hun dressed in a royal red robe and seated on a gilded throne;Masquerade is a costume drama set in the royal court of 17th century Korea. Although the film was supposedly inspired by Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, it’s more nearly a remake of the American 1993 Kevin Kline/Sigourney Weaver film, Dave.

A jaded leader, surrounded by political intrigue and assassination threats, hires a working-class lookalike to cover more frequent visits to a favorite concubine than his neglected queen would approve of. He suddenly falls ill, and his stand-in has to go full-time while he recovers. MORE…

September 29, 2012

Damo - Episode 3 - Korean drama recap

Ha Ji Won as Chae Ohk;The third episode of Damo continues to develop the back stories of Hwangbo and Chae Ohk, and their conflict over Chae Ohk’s safety comes to a head. While the Left Police Bureau engages in a sting operation to lure out counterfeiters, the audience sees signs that the counterfeit operation is just the tip of the iceberg.

SPOILER ALERT: Stop here if you haven’t watched yet.
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September 11, 2012

Damo with Lee Seo Jin - Watch with me!

Damo – Episode 1

Something about fall puts me in the mood for sageuk. SO many episodes, though! Do I want to be watching the same drama until spring? But I found just the thing in my DramaFever queue.

Damo (다모), an MBC drama from 2003, is positively petite by sageuk standards, at a mere 14 episodes. I’m curious to see some of Lee Seo Jin’s earlier work, and I always appreciate a storyline that revolves around a Spunky Heroine.
SPOILER ALERT: stop here if you haven’t watched yet
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September 7, 2012

Iron Age sageuk – do you know the name?

I’m hoping my readers can help me identify an Iron Age sageuk I saw a few episodes of last year. I think it was set in early 3 kingdoms times (that’s Korean Three Kingdoms, of course, not Chinese), around the 4th century. The plot centered on a race to develop iron forges. The location may have been the kingdom of Gaya/Kaya.

From the production values, I’d say it was filmed after 2000.

Ring any bells?