HanCinema's Drama Review 'Who Are You - 2013'

HanCinema's Drama Review 'Who Are You - 2013'

Geon-woo and Detective Choi

The things that make "Who Are You - 2013" appealing are all associated with its other method in comparison to maximum dramas in the romance genre. For one, the series feels more like a mystery/suspense one. Yes, romance does have its position in it, principally for what it does for Si-on as an individual in the procedure of her healing, yet it's miles never the sole or greatest focus. whilst the 2 male leads are given a huge number of screen time and focus, this may be in the long run a sequence about Si-on and hence her story, which in itself is uncommon in Korean drama. The loss of standard tropes corresponding to a difference at school between the romantic pairing, lack of circle of relatives involvement and other such components also make this feel fairly trendy and surely no longer at the soapy side. While predictable in some parts, the series also delivers a couple of great twists by way of Si-on"s beyond and the development which caused it all, which stay one guessing all over all the time.

While the acting isn't similarly just right by all involved, Taecyeon in specific suffering to be watchable, the characters make for some interesting relationships. The most important pair are, above all else, partners and pals and it's stunning that the series does now not let the enchantment between them by some means exchange that. There is respect, there is being concerned and co-operation. The romance itself also is not presented in an overly fairytale-like manner, either characters acknowledging they are at the early stages of liking every other when it does kick in. The secondary characters are, with multiple exceptions, sensible in serving the plot and therefore feel like they belong. And here is the overall feeling the series gives. It had a tale to inform and did it, it felt coherent.

Si-on and Geon-woo opposed to gangsters

Of course, sure performances aside, as mentioned, the series does have its issues too. While the case-per-episode layout starts things off, it is instantly deserted in prefer of the central plot. While one of the previous instances do come again later on, in some ways, they most commonly feel like an creation and the format switch feels a bit of badly planned. it's also quite irritating that, regardless of Si-on being a robust individual that makes sense and capable despite her pain, she is victimized just about in each episode, to serve the plot and to have Geon-woo save her time and time again. it's the vintage damsel in misery trope and it sounds like a reasonable effort to sauce up the romance and carry Geon-woo, but an needless one, since characterization does it without the desire for turning Si-on into a punching bag for thrills.

"Who Are You - 2013" is a fascinating series, because its balance between its suspense-based primary plot and romance make for a paintings which is not as romance-heavy as what is generally beloved by drama fans, but also not a captivating ample mystery for the ones best invested in that. However, for audience who do like that balance and having a primary plot where either one of those points can co-exist and be equally important, "Who Are You - 2013" is a work value checking out. It is not anything brilliant, but it does many stuff neatly and is a nice change from the more formula-based dramas we mostly get from the medium.

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CNBLUEs Im Sorry Is One of 2013s Most Loved Songs in Taiwan

CNBLUEs Im Sorry Is One of 2013s Most Loved Songs in Taiwan

CNBLUE’s “I’m Sorry” Is One of 2013′s Most Loved Songs in Taiwan Idol band CNBLUE‘s “I’m Sorry” has been confirmed as the most loved Korean song in Taiwan last year.

According to an announcement made by FNC Entertainment on March 26, Taiwanese ranking show Hit FM recently revealed the top 100 favorite songs on 2013. CNBLUE confirmed their popularity by landing on the sixth spot on the list.

Out of the 100 most played tracks, 54 songs are sung in Chinese, 18 tracks are from Indonesia, and the rest are from various countries. A total of 17 Korean songs made it to the list, and CNBLUE’s “I’m Sorry” ranked the highest among them.

Hit FM 100 is an annually released Taiwanese chart that ranks the year’s hits. The lists tend to include a mix of Chinese, Korean, other Asian, and Western songs, and the songs are chosen through number of plays on the radio, the album sales, and an internet poll. This year, over 10 million people participated in voting for their favorite song.

In related news, CNBLUE is about to wrap up their promotions for their latest mini album “Can’t Stop.” They also took home the win on Music Bank this week.

CNBLUE’s “I’m Sorry” Is One of 2013′s Most Loved Songs in Taiwan


Taiwan Chooses CN Blues Im Sorry as the Most Loved Korean Song in 2013

Taiwan Chooses CN Blues Im Sorry as the Most Loved Korean Song in 2013

CN Blue’s I’m Sorry ranked as the most loved Korean song in Taiwan in 2013.

According to Taiwanese radio music program called Hit FM, CN Blue’s I’m Sorry ranked number six on the 100 songs single chart in 2013.

Out of the 100 songs, 54 were Chinese songs, 18 were international pop and 17 were Korean songs.

Out of all 17 Korean songs, I’m Sorry composed by CN Blue Jung Yong Hwa ranked the highest on the chart.

Taiwan Chooses CN Blue’s ‘I’m Sorry’ as the Most Loved Korean Song in 2013

Hit FM’s 100 songs single chart is a chart that selects 100 of the most loved songs in Taiwan, and it includes tunes from all around the globe. The chart is ranked based on the number of broadcast appearance, album sales as well as online voting.

This year, over 10 million people participated in voting, and CN Blue was the highest-ranking K-pop artist on the chart, going shoulder to shoulder with the other renowned artists around the globe.

Photo credit: FNC Entertainment, Taiwan’s Hit FM screen capture


Taiwan Radio Program Hit FM Reveals CNBLUE 'I'm Sorry' To Be Most Loved K-Pop Song For 2013

Taiwan Radio Program Hit FM Reveals CNBLUE 'I'm Sorry' To Be Most Loved K-Pop Song For 2013

Taiwan Radio Program Hit FM Reveals CNBLUE 'I'm Sorry' To Be Most Loved K-Pop Song For 2013 Band CNBLUE"s song, "I"m Sorry," was chosen as the most loved K-pop song in 2013 in Taiwan.

On March 26, FNC Entertainment stated that Taiwan radio program, Hit FM, revealed that CNBLUE"s song, "I"m Sorry" was ranked number 6 on the 2013 100 Song Single Chart with Chinese and pop songs combined.

This chart had 54 Chinese songs, 18 international songs and 17 Korean songs.

Out of the 17 Korean songs, CNBLUE"s song had the highest ranking and gained much interest in Taiwan.

On the other hand, CNBLUE has recently finished promotions for their new album, Can"t Stop.

They will be holding their solo concert tour starting in April.


 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

I did not watch every single drama that aired in Korea in 2013, but out of the ones I had watched, there was one that I was obsessed with that I already wrote about last week and one that I still don"t know how I managed to finish. For this week, I will finally unveil (I know the week-long wait must have been torture) which drama I was most disappointed with in 2013. Keep in mind once again that I did not watch every drama so this is what I consider the worst drama of 2013 out of the ones I"ve watched (SPOILERS BELOW).

SEE ALSO: [OP-ED] My Favorite Drama of 2013


There was a lot of hype for this drama and honestly... I think the only reason I managed to finish SBS"s "Heirs" was because of the eye candy. The production crew knew what they were doing. Not only did they attract attention to their production by hiring good-looking people but they also managed to keep the viewers because of the actors--not even the characters, really. Ah, the characters…


By characters, I mean Eun Sang. When I watch a drama, I want a female protagonist with whom I could relate, someone I could respect and root for throughout the drama. I did not get this with Eun Sang--rather, I was wondering why the heck these boys were chasing after someone who was such a flat and boring character. To me, this was one of the most detrimental elements of the drama.

Kim Tan I could kind of understand because they had that whole out-of-the-world experience together in California, but Young Do? He"s this badass who does not care an iota what people think about him and he ends up falling for the most lifeless character ever?

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

(Yes, Young Do... don"t do this...there are better women out there for you.)

I can count with one hand how many times this girl stands up for herself (very disappointing), but I do not have enough hands and feet to count how many times she cries or does her victimized expression. Of course she is the victim, but rather than feeling sorry for her, I"m frustrated. I would really like to see Park Shin Hye expand her roles by moving away from the victimized character to a stronger, tougher one some time. She did say she wanted to play a cop some time and that would be awesome! As for Kim Tan, he could stop with the cheesy, cringe-worthy lines, too.

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013  The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013  The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013  The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

(She is a very pretty cryer though... I would just be like...)

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

The characters were far from developed. Did Rachel change? No, she is still pretty much a bitter, mean loner. Why is she like that anyway? Yeah, her mom is kind of manipulative and neglectful, but that does not convince me as to why she is the way she is. In addition, what are her feelings toward Kim Tan anyway? We get that she initially liked his older brother, but when and how and why did this switch occur?

While "Reply 1994" shared the spotlight with the other characters so it was hard not to be emotionally invested with each one of their stories, "Heirs" had the spotlight stolen by the secondary characters. I was more concerned about whether Ha Neul"s parents would ever understand him and whether Young Do would finally reunite with his mother. I absolutely adored Bo Na and Chan Young"s characters so I watched the drama for their adorable moments, too.

2. The Relationships

If "Reply 1994" was filled with vivid and memorable characters that created a complicated but heartwarming web of relationships and connections, "Heirs" was filled with the most stinted and questionable relationships that made no sense to me.

I think the drama would have been much better if it had focused on the friendships within the high school rather than the "passionate high-teen romance" they were so keen on portraying. I loved the episodes near the end in which the teenagers actually interacted and acted their age! Like when Eun Sang and Bo Na went to meet up with the cute male high school students but got caught by Kim Tan and Chanyoung with the help of Hyo Shin sunbae. That was funny and adorable. I wanted to see more things like that--but in the ending, nothing happens with their relationships. There"s no real progress, which made me wonder why I watched this drama, then.


I knew the story was going to be pretty generic when I started the drama, but I still thought it would be cute and enjoyable. Who doesn"t love the whole stereotypical thing once in a while? They are stereotypes for reasons--no matter how many times they"re used, they hit the same chord in people"s hearts so I thought it would be a nice watch during my spare time. Boy was I wrong. It was cliche in a way that made me face palm to the extreme. Just pick some cliches--don"t just saturate the drama with all of it. There was a makover near the end and to top it all off, a double wrist grab.


Of course, this drama still had some good points; I mean, I did watch all 20 episodes (an amazing feat in my opinion). I don"t want to just bash it without talking about some of the highlights. Some I already mentioned. First, it did have a pretty good cast.  Kim Woo Bin was amazing; he is really good at bringing out the angst in his character and his gaze just says everything (honestly, I think 80% of why I watched this drama to the end was because of this guy).

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

Lee Min Ho did a great job acting like the sensitive, hopeful younger brother--especially because it made him appear as small as he felt even though he was physically large. It was a nice dichotomy between how he acted in school (intimidating guy you do not mess with) and how he acted at home (the baby of the house who wants more attention). Second, the OST. The OST was moving and nice, but rarely do dramas go wrong with OSTs. Third, the dialogue. While the writer did use very unoriginal cliches to propel most of the story forward, she creates amazingly witty dialogues among characters. The tete-a-tetes were all pretty sweet, but a drama can never rely solely on those. Fourth, Bo Na and Chan Young (so cute and may be the other 20%).

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

You all probably watched more dramas or different ones than I did, so which ones would you choose as your favorite and which would you choose as the most disappointing of 2013?


 My Favorite Drama of 2013

My Favorite Drama of 2013

 My Favorite Drama of 2013

I think it"s pretty safe to say that I did not watch every single drama that aired in Korea in 2013, but out of the ones I did watch, there was one that I was obsessed with. There was another one I cannot believe to this day that I even finished considering how terrible it was but I"ll get to that next week. This week is a focus on the good and keep in mind once again that I did not watch every drama so this is what I consider the best drama of 2013 out of the ones I"ve watched (SPOILERS BELOW).

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This has to be tvN"s "Reply 1994" for a couple of reasons. Generally, the writing was absolutely superb, the episodes were edited in a way that heightened anticipation and each revelation. Not to mention, the OST was nostalgic and superb.

1. THE CHARACTERS The characters are so vivid, colorful, alive, unique, and genuine. I mean, of course K-Dramas are fun to watch because of the typical quirky girl and the cool guy who could freeze you with his stare but still look hot at the same time. After a while, though, it can get kind of old, which is why this drama is so refreshing! You feel like you could be there in the boarding house with them, drinking with them on weekends and trying to sneak into clubs on weeknights. Where else will you find a character like Yoon Jin, who initially looks small and vulnerable, but turns out to be this violent character who curses like no other? How about the idiotic brother figure Trash, who actually turns out to be this genius sweetheart? This drama doesn"t have main characters--it deeply explores each one"s inner thoughts and conflicts so you feel like you"re inside their mind rather than watching them passively on your screen.

 My Favorite Drama of 2013

 My Favorite Drama of 2013

 My Favorite Drama of 2013

 My Favorite Drama of 2013

2. THE RELATIONSHIPS This drama doesn"t just focus on the romance--it does a really good job of exploring and putting to the test all other relationships. Like that between friends, between a parent and a child, between a married couple, between siblings, and more. It makes you emotionally invested, especially by making everything so realistic. Remember that awful silence at the table as the family cryptically talked about going back to their hometown and you just know it"s because of some anniversary relating to the young son who passed away? Remember that awful moment in Trash and Na Jung"s relationship when they had passed the honeymoon phase and was entering into the infamously difficult long-distance relationship? "Reply 1994" doesn"t really sugarcoat things--it shows all the frictions and tensions, but more importantly, how the characters deal with these hardships and overcome them. Overall, this drama has a certain amount of depth that many other dramas lack. (In an additional note, love the narrations that talk about a specific theme or lesson for each episode).

 My Favorite Drama of 2013

 My Favorite Drama of 2013

Whoa, how"d I forget the bromance.

 My Favorite Drama of 2013  My Favorite Drama of 2013

3. THE SETTING Obviously, this drama is unique in that it is a retro drama that starts in 1994 and gradually moves forward to present time. I was too young to remember 1994 all that much, but this drama still makes me feel like I belong somehow because everything seems to have been perfectly researched and incorporated--popular dramas, trends, technology, you name it. It actually made me want beepers to come back--that"s how much my mind had been taken over by this setting and it seemed so cute the way they call it a "삐삐" (bbee bbee). I kept wanting to talk in their dialect and whenever I even read Korean, I was reading in my mind with that dialect. It was crazy. The drama did an amazing job of bringing that time period back to life.

4. THE MYSTERY WHO IS THE DAMN HUSBAND, DAMN IT?! This was a genius way to get people hooked. The drama would keep dropping hints about the possible husband in the present-time scenes. Not to mention, you would be on either Team Trash or Team Chilbong so there was that intensity to it--you were most likely rooting for one or the other, which was complete torture. Even though I was pretty sure it was going to be Trash in the end, I was still really nervous it might not be (guess which team I was on)! Somehow, juxtaposing the past with present in which we know for sure she married one of the characters puts you more on the edge of your seat.

 My Favorite Drama of 2013  My Favorite Drama of 2013

5. CONS Honestly, a few things. I skipped large segments at a time, partly because I was eager to get to the mystery of who the husband was and partly because I had no idea what was going on and it could get a bit tedious. I think those parts were more for people who were actually capable of remembering most of the 90s. Plus, I never actually lived in Korea so I don"t know where all these places are located and what they"re known for so a lot of that was just lost on me.

Well there you have it, the reasons why "Reply 1994" was my favorite drama of 2013. Stay tuned for next week when I reveal what I thought was the Most Disappointing K-Drama of 2013! Meanwhile, a lot of you probably watched more dramas than I did, so which one was your favorite of 2013 and why?


"I Hear Your Voice" and "The Heirs" Sweep Awards at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards

"I Hear Your Voice" and "The Heirs" Sweep Awards at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards

I Hear Your Voice and The Heirs Sweep Awards at the 2013 SBS Drama AwardsLee Bo Young has been having a great year, and she was the undisputed star at yesterday’s 2013 SBS Drama Awards.

She took home the Daesang Award, the highest award given to an actor or actress, for her outstanding performance as public defender Jang Hye Sung in the drama “I Hear Your Voice.” This is her first Daesang Award since she made her acting debut in 2003.

Lee Bo Young also walked away with the Producers’ Award and the Top 10 Stars Award.

She was emotional in her acceptance speech, holding back tears as she said, “There were many outstanding nominees tonight so I’ll think of this as an award for the ‘I Hear Your Voice’ team. I never thought I’d be able to win a Daesang, but I got a little greedy since this was such a good drama. My husband said to me that I have to forget ‘I Hear Your Voice’ so that I can move forward, but it is a precious and happy memory for me that I will bury it in my heart and work hard to become a better actress.”

“I Hear Your Voice” clinched awards in 6 categories, including the Daesang Award. Lee Da Hee took home a New Star Award, while Lee Jong Suk received the Top 10 Stars Award and an Excellence Award for his efforts.

Lee Bo Youngs fellow contender for the Daesang Award, Jo In Sung, received the Special Award as recognition for his work in SBS dramas such as “Spring Days,” “Piano,” “What Happened in Bali” and “That Winter, The Wind Blows.” He made fond reference of the drama, saying, “Young-ie, who opened her eyes not too long ago, should be watching this so I want to say thank you to Young-ie. Young-ie, oppa got an award.” Jo In Sung also took home the Top 10 Stars Award. His Young-ie, “That Winter, The Wind Blows” co-star, Song Hye Gyo, who was not present, was given a Top Excellence Award.

 “The Heirs” received multiple awards, proof of how well the drama has done with the TV audience. Kang Min Hyuk, Kim Ji Won and Choi Jin Hyuk took home New Star Awards, while event MC Kim Woo Bin received the Top 10 Stars Award.

Lee Min Ho received five awards, the Top 10 Stars Award, Popularity Award, Top Excellence Award, Best Dressed Award, and Best Couple Award with Park Shin Hye. Park Shin Hye didn’t fare too barely herself; claiming a Top 10 Stars Award and Excellence Award for her role in “The Heirs” in addition to the Best Couple Award. 

Celebrities who were noticeably absent included Go Soo (“Empire of Gold”), Gong Hyo Jin (“Master’s Sun”), Kim Tae Hee and Yoo Ah In (“Jang Ok Jang, Living By Love”), Kwon Sang Woo and Soo Ae (“Queen of Ambition”). They did not receive any awards that night.

I Hear Your Voice

New Star – Lee Da Hee Mini-Series Drama – Jung Woong In Producer Award – Lee Bo Young Top 10 Stars – Lee Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk Excellence Award, Mini-Series Drama – Lee Jong Suk Daesang – I Hear Your Voice

The Heirs

New Star – Kang Min Hyuk, Kim Ji Won, Choi Jin Hyuk Mid-Length Drama – Kim Sung Ryung Best Couple – Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye Top 10 Stars – Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin and Lee Min Ho Popularity Award – Lee Min Ho Excellence Award, Mid-Length DramaPark Shin Hye Top Excellence Award, Mid-Length Drama – Lee Min Ho

Master’s Sun

New Star – Seo In Guk, Kim Yoo Ri Mini-Series Drama – Kim Mi Kyung Top 10 Stars – So Ji Sub Top Excellence Award, Mini Series Drama – So Ji Sub For the full list of award recipients, please click here.


2013 SBS Drama awards winners list

2013 SBS Drama awards winners list

2013 SBS Drama awards winners list

Daesang: Lee Bo Young

Special Award: Jo In Sung

Male Best Excellence (Mini-Series): So Ji Sub

Female Best Excellence (Mini-Series): Song Hye Kyo

Male Best Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Lee Min Ho

Female Best Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Lee Yo Won

Male Best Excellence(Long Drama): Jeon Kwang Ryul

Female Best Excellence (Long Drama): Nam Sang Mi

Male Excellence (Mini-Series): Lee Jong Suk

Female Excellence (Mini-Series): Sung Yuri

Male Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Sung Dong Il

Female Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Park Shin Hye

Male Excellence (Long Drama): Kim Ji Hoon

Female Excellence(Long Drama): Wang Bit Na

Popularity Award: Lee Min Ho

Teen Star Award: Jo In Sung, So Ji Sub, Kim Woo Bin, Lee Yo Won, Lee Min Ho, Lee Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk, Park Shin Hye, Nam Sang Mi, Song Hye Gyo

Lifetime Achievement Award: Kim Soo Mi

PD Award (chosen by all PDs): Lee Bo Young

Best Couple: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye

Best Supporting Actor (Mini-Series): Jung Woong In

Best Supporting Actress (Mini-Series): Kim Mi Kyung

Special Acting Award: Kim Mi Suk, Jung Eun Woo

Special Actor (Weekend Drama):Jang Hyun Sung

Special Actress (Weekend Drama): Jang Yeong Nam

Special Actor (Mini-Series): Lee Hyo Jung

Special Actress (Mini-Series): Kim Sung Ryoung

New Star Award: Lee Da Hee, Kang Min Hyuk, Kim So Hyun, Seo In Guk, Kim Yoo Ri, Jung Eun Ji, Lim Ju Hwan, Kim Ji Won, Kang So Ra, Choi Jin Hyuk