jTBC Sageuk My Country Premieres to Solid 3.5% Average Ratings and Decent Reviews

This weekend saw the premiere of jTBC sageuk drama My Country, the latest sageuk we’ll see this year and hopefully turns out to be the best we’ve had so far. The ratings are solid for the second largest cable network coming it at 3.512% and 3.846% for the first and second episodes. Early reviews are promising but more for the veteran actors including Jang Hyuk in a key supporting role to the hot blooded youngsters played by Yang Se Jong, Seolhyun, and Woo Do Hwan. The babies are getting criticism for their screen presence and enunciation which is always a problem with less experiences actors in sageuk and a frequent sore point for K-viewers. For those who rely on subtitles this isn’t a problem but domestic viewers need to be able to quickly understand conversations for speech is key in sageuks with the formal and historical cadences harder to immediately pick up. Continue reading

Yang Se Jong, Seolhyun, and Woo Do Hwan are Fully in Character as Charismatic Leads of jTBC Sageuk Drama My Country

With Arthdal Chronicles finished, there’s only two sageuks left for 2019 and only one that is more similar in sweeping scope. jTBC has been nicely promoting My Country with stylish posters and character teasers, and through it all male lead … Continue reading

Jang Hyuk Adds Veteran Gravitas to Sageuk Drama My Country with Young Leads Yang Se Jong, Seolhyun, and Woo Do Hwan

Being a veteran K-actor or actress has the additional perk of picking even supporting roles that can end up more critical to the narrative. One needn’t always be the lead to scene steal and my gut tells me Jang Hyuk … Continue reading

Asia Artist Awards 2018 Delivers True Popularity Contest Winners and Typical K-fashion Styles

The Asia Artist Awards are the true purveyors of a popularity contest and if it wasn’t for actors and actresses getting random awards along with the idol and pop stars I’d probably not cover it. This year the highlight was … Continue reading

2018 Grand Bell Awards Fetes Burning as Best Film and Departed Kim Joo Hyuk Wins Best Supporting Actor

I can’t say the 2018 Grand Bell Awards (Daejong Awards) were all that exciting mostly because K-movies haven’t really excited me in recent years. There is still envelope pushing and creativity for sure but the days of Old Boy and … Continue reading