HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 22

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The story did jump ahead to focus on the Musin Rebellion and it chooses to skip a lot of what made King Yeongjo such an effective leader, instead painting him as ruthless while Dae-gil is the voice of reason and of the people. The personality change in Yeongjo (formerly Prince Yeoning) is troubling as was Dae-gil’s shift from buffoon to cool-headed military leader. He lost most of what made him fun.

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HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 21

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Episode 21 of Jackpot was riddled with action, blood, death, and promises for more of the same. Yeoning learns what a path to the throne is built on: sacrifice and tears. Dae-gil watches his brother suffer as he work to foil In-jwa at every carefully planned junction. While history lives on in this rendition of Yeongjo’s life, it really isn’t very interesting. The pace of the episode saves it from being overly dull.

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HanCinema Feature: Top 8 Highlights of KCON New York

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The second year of KCON New York held July 24 and July 25 at the Prudential Center shaped up to be an incredible event that attracted 42,000 Hallyu fans, nearly two and a half times as many fans as its inaugural year of 17,000. Half of the fans in attendance came from outside the New York metro area. Not only did fan numbers swell, but the convention enjoyed double the sponsorship, over ninety booths, and triple the workshops and panels. HanCinema was on two of those panels and will also participate in panels at KCON LA July 29 through July 30. We also visited many of the booths at the convention and have fantastic, high-quality beauty items for giveaway. Check out the giveaway instructions at the bottom of this list of highlights to learn how to enter! And don’t worry, you will have more chances to win Korean beauty products! Keep following our KCON New York coverage to find out more!

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HanCinema Review: Beautiful Gong Shim Episode 14

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The conflict in Beautiful Gong Shim is quite contrived. Circumstances are such that the show should have a constant thread of tension weaving in and out of scenes and character development, but the tension flags and wanes on such a regular basis that it is no longer compelling.

The main source of this tension, or the lack of it, is Dan-tae’s childhood kidnapping and the family members involved. Pacing is slow in order to stretch out the mystery, but there isn’t enough material to span the next six episodes and so Dan-tae’s and Joon-soo’s investigations inch along, hitting small pebbles of discovery along the way that are neither satisfying or significant.

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HanCinema Review: Entertainers Episode 14

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Realization is the name of the game in episode 14 of Entertainers. Secrets are discovered in a flurry of activity that hurries the plot line along, but not always for the better. Some of the discoveries are made in ways that leave one puzzled as to how they came about. Others are emotively depicted. The juxtaposition between the good and the bad and this show has always been stark and obvious.

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HanCinema Review: Entertainers Episode 13

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Entertainers is such a mix of fabulous and puzzling that it bears watching. Ji Seong is killing it. This particular episode had so many feels that they almost blinded me to the shows inadequacies.

The most jarring part of the episode was the swift conclusion of Ha-neul’s false sexual assault accusations. He goes to a trial and forgives both Ji-yeong and Joo-han on behalf of himself and Jin-woo (Ahn Hyo-seop). It’s a whirlwind trial packed full of electric emotion and snap decision-making.

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HanCinema Review: Jackpot Episode 20

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This episode of Jackpot attempts to delve into the faction wars between Noron and Soron and works with historical rumors to do so. It’s actually a very exciting time. Unfortunately, the plotting seems more like classroom gossip than the immense political tug-of-war than it really is.

King Sukjong has finally passed and the four years of sickly Gyeongjong’s reign begins. Because of his poor health, Noron and Soron war for and against the installation of Yeoning as the successor to the throne, weaving in conspiracy theories as the basis of all arguments.

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