Sb Mid Year Review The Crossover Potential Of K Indie

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SB Mid-Year Review: The Crossover Potential of K-Indie
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SB Mid-Year Review: The Crossover Potential of K-Indie

As the Hallyu Wave continues to spread across the world, it seems a goal for many Korean artists is to make a strong impression in the States and Europe. Though K-pop has been inundated with group acts and solo stars vying for the title of first to crack the market, their peers that fly more under the radar in their home country seem to be strategically making connections, as weve seen more bands have more tours in venues across the US. And while we all want to see these artists to get their due respect and recognition, what we fell in love with is their music.

SB Mid-Year Review, 2017: Debuts
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SB Mid-Year Review, 2017: Debuts

Each year, more and more rookie groups and artists join the Korean music scene. With so many new faces in the first half of 2017, our panel found it tough to pick their favourites for the Mid-Year Review of 2017s debuts. Even with the exclusion of sub-unit and solo debuts of already-active idols, there was quite the array artists to choose from, including debuting rappers, big company girl groups, and smaller agency debuts that managed to capture our attention. Check out Camiele, Janine and Los discussion of the first half of the years new faces, and dont forget to leave your top picks in the comment section!

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man to Man" Episode 5

"Man to Man" may have a dark side, but it's really just a story about three people who are growing up. In between all of that are corrupt officials doing dirty deeds to acquire lofty positions, burgeoning love triangles, and bouts of situational humor. It is the last that surprises me most, especially with the dark subject matter that surrounds Seol-woo's life as a ghost agent.

The events that tied the episode together were the romantic happenings between Seol-woo and Do-ha. Placed once again with Woon-gwang and his gang for a top secret mission, Seol-woo uses romance as his guise. What he doesn't realize -- at least not fully -- is that romance is going to get the better of him. He thoroughly enjoys winning over Do-ha who is absolutely smitten with him. Her displays of adorable confusion over his feelings for her and over which decision she should make regarding him are worthy television moments. It is the tension of the push and pull that makes for entertaining romance and we get plenty of it here.

[HanCinema's Drama Review]
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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Ruler: Master of the Mask" Episodes 11-12

The opening swordfight gives the impression that "Ruler: Master of the Mask" has decided to be an action swashbuckler about Prince Seon fighting for justice against a corrupt regime. Instead, we get a story arc about international trade with Japan. When I saw that Prince Seon had a whole gang of confederates I was sure he was going to, I don't know, steal the tax money or something. But no, he just approaches Hwa-goon to ask for a loan.

That's what Hwa-goon has been up to the last five years. She's a merchant now. It's unclear whether she still works with Dae-mok. My guess is not, because her idea to become the Queen is a lot more viable now that Prince Seon has been replaced by a compliant puppet. Mostly. The other Seon has a brief angry scene where he gets morally indignant about legislation that hits a little close to home.

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[Spoiler] "The King's Case Note" Review

A: The genius King and the top student of the National Intelligence Exam create a duo to solve mysterious cases in town.

A: Comic + Action + Crime investigation! Kind of reminds me of "Detective K" and "The Grand Heist".

A: Lee Sun-kyun (The King), Ahn Jae-hong (The Note), Kim Hee-won (Evil chief), Jung Hae-in (The King's handsome bodyguard), etc.

What's the chance of you liking the movie? =70%

1. The plot of the movie is clear and on point. If you are a person who likes a neat storyline, this will satisfy you. Sick of a sloppy scenario with unresolved hints? The introduction, development, turn and conclusion is a clean cut on this one.