HanCinema Review: Descendants of the Sun Episode 1

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It’s finally here, folks! KBS‘s first pre-produced, star-studded drama Descendants of the Sun. The drama dominated the charts at whopping 14.3%. It’s Song Joong-ki‘s first drama after his mandatory military service, which is all too fitting. He as Soldier Yoo Si-jin is joined by Song Hye-kyo as war doctor Kang Mo-yeon, Jin Goo as Soldier Seo Dae-yeong, and as war doctor Yoon Myeong-joo, Kim Ji-won. From the trailers we knew that romance is the thread that will weave through the story, but war and it’s trials and horrors will drive the plot as it brings people together and tears them apart. We’ve been teased for months, and now, without further ado, I bring to you my review of episode 1.

Those fans who have been waiting for Song Joong-ki’s comeback will not be disappointed by the role he has chosen, his performance, and, of course, by his post-military body. But before I delve into his role, I have to say that the pre-production is evident. So far, I’m a major fan. The polish on this episode was buffed to a perfect shine. Yes, this is the first episode and it may not last, but even the cuts on the product placement were slick. Light, sound, color, and music were craftily coordinated in fight scenes or scenes full of tension. Camera cuts were well-thought out and the dialogue is well-timed with a touch of humor.

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SHINee’s “Odd” – An Album Review

by: Raine

Not that I’m biased as a Shawl, but this is one fantastic collection of music. The focus of SHINee’s fourth studio album is their longevity and success as a frontrunner in K-pop. The album does just that. It showcases their maturity and how far they have come since their debut in 2008. Song choice reflects their greatly increased technical abilities and musical understanding. Tone quality of their voices and the cohesiveness of the harmonies reflect their obvious comfort with each other as a group and how they’ve learned to balance their musical aesthetic.

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SHINee – an introduction to my review of live performances from 2008 to Now!

by: Raine

Shinee 08 to 13

  In case you didn’t know, I’m a SHINee fangirl. The biggest reason I’m a fangirl is because they have magic when they perform live that shows off their talents in singing, dancing and effervescing on stage and that they constantly and consistently improve over the years. So I’m going to review their live performances from 2008 to present to show you how awesomely they’ve changed from talented and raw, to talented and polished. Mind you, this is a review of LIVE performances, not recordings. They are fantastic in the studio. Continue reading

SHINee’s Everybody: A Reaction (YAAAAAAY!)

by: Raine and Lil’ Raine

(Note: Lil’ Raine is my little sister who I have gotten addicted to K-drama, K-pop and whose favorite Kpop group is SHINee…just like me! We decided to write some K-pop posts together! Here is the first of (hopefully) many!)

 

Raine: Initial reaction: Love the dance. Not sure about the song. The dance has amazing transitions. The song has…not so amazing transitions. The video and the effects are amazing, but I’m not sure why they’re smashing statues…

Taemin shirtless is kinda…AWESOME. *drool* Or as Lil’ Raine says “Taemin shirtless = win!”

Lil’ Raine: WIN! Continue reading