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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entourage"

Korean drama loves its escapism and light entertainment, so a series treating those as gospel is nothing new. This escapism, however, knows the audience it goes for. "Entourage" is an odd case of a series which feels inherently inappropriate for Korean drama and that is sadly the least of its problems. Let us take a look at this regretful mess in full.

As someone who has not watched the original series I cannot be sure about the story or approach in it. What I do know is that it is male-centric in story and from what I read in target audience as well. The Korean "Entourage" is a work which mostly seems built for offering cheap thrills and giggles to teen- and teen-minded men, making it feel very removed from the typical Korean drama viewer.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic"

If there is one thing to say about "Fantastic" is that the drama has bold ideas. Combining the promise of a happy, light series with the premise of its lead dying of cancer is a very daring move, although one Dramaland has not succeeded very well in yet. Still, this drama tries to juggle the illness, romance and a hefty dose of family drama to go with.

Lee So-hye (Kim Hyun-joo) is about to write her most ambitious drama when she is told that she is terminally ill with cancer. So-hye struggles with her illness and a budding romance with Ryoo Hae-seong (Joo Sang-wook), an old acquaintance and terrible star actor who becomes the lead in her drama. As you can tell by the premise, this is a romantic drama at heart, although its desired romantic comedy label is at odds with its premise.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Tunnel - Drama" Episode 9

A frightening, yet not unanticipated twist is finally delivered in episode nine of "Tunnel - Drama" and it is about to cause many new concerns for our leads and new questions for us. The time has also come to learn more about Jeong Ho-yeong's past and the focus starts to shift toward finding out what drives him and what has caused the particular preferences that seem to govern his M.O.

In the most unsurprising twist ever, coroner Mok Jin-woo (Kim Min-sang-I) is our original killer, giving us a lot of new things to consider. It has been clear that he is hiding things and although this is the most obvious twist, it is not a disappointing one, since the mystery is not the drama's sole appeal. I am curious to see his own story and even more so how he managed to hide his identity and still be hired by the police for his job.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 15

The events of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" climax in the penultimate episode, sticking the sadistic Jang-hyeon behind bars where he belongs and showing off that Bong-soon is made of greater stuffs than she first believed. Along with the positives, there were a few negatives, mainly in how the show arrived at this point. Those negatives are offset by the ridiculous cute chemistry between Bong-soon and Min-hyeok.

It is that very chemistry that has carried this show from start to finish. Each moment the main couple spends together is delightful and keeps this rather light-hearted crime rom-com from sinking. Despite my quibbles, I really have enjoyed my time with Bong-soon and her story. Let's get a few quibbles out of the way first. Firstly, why did Bong-soon allow so much time to pass before she suggested nabbing Jang-hyeon? Her pursuit of this psychopath always seemed lukewarm despite the fact that she was directly threatened and her friend was kidnapped. That lack of urgency detracted from the procedural aspect of the drama as well as from her growth as a super hero type. Focus on the romance in this case detracted from the time that could've been used to develop Bong-soon as a heroine. Proof of this is when Bong-soon, Min-hyeok, and Gook-doo finally apprehend Jang-hyeon. The scene spent most of the time following Gook-doo rather than on Bong-soon's final capture, which felt anticlimactic. While I'm glad she had a team to work with, the entire sequence felt anticlimactic.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" Episode 16 (Final)

We've made it to the final episode of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" and what an eventful journey it has been. From silly gangsters, to doppelgangers, to evil kidnappers, to the strong woman herself, this drama has fit in a little of just about everything. Let's talk about the finale and send off this drama with happy hearts.

Jang-hyeon is jailed to his fury. The process of getting him to jail was anticlimactic, but it pales in comparison to the happenings of Bong-soon's new life. Now she is in a happy relationship and has decided to use her strength for good. She goes out of her way to help and begins to suffer the side effects of heroism: problems in regular life. These problems are not addressed in the slightest. Instead, they're left to be addressed by the characters after the show has ended. How does Bong-soon deal with work and hero-ing? How does Min-hyeok deal with his twin baby super hero girls? How does society deal with the mysterious help that it's been receiving? All of that is left open-ended, which isn't bad. What we do know is that Bong-soon's family and Min-hyeok support her, her powers, her work in society, and her happiness.