울지않는 새 (The Bird That Sheds No Tears)

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울지않는 새 (The Bird That Shed No Tears)

tvN – 100 Episodes
A Story Plant Production
Timeslot: Monday to Thursday Morning, 09:40 PM
Genre: Revenge Thriller
Format: 1080i Dolby Digital 2.0 – 40 Minutes
Runs from: 2015/May/04~

WITH 오현경 (Oh Hyun-Kyung) as Cheon Mi-Ja; 홍아름 (Hong Ah-Reum) as Oh Honey; 강지섭 (Kang Ji-Seop) as Park Seong-Soo; 김유석 (Kim Yu-Seok) as Oh Nam-Gyu; 백승훈 (Baek Seung-Hoon) as Cheon Su-Chang; 장도윤 (Jang Do-Yoon) as Oh Min-Gi; 이경심 (Lee Gyeong-Shim) as Hong Su-Yeon; 최상훈 (Choi Sang-Hoon) as Park Do-Joon; 주민하 (Ju Min-Ha) as Park Seong-Hee; 백승희 (Baek Seung-Hee) as Oh Yoo-Mi;

CREW Production Director 김평중 (Kim Pyeong-Joong) Main Writer 여정미 (Yeo Jung-Mi) Executive Producer 구본근 (Gu Bon-Geun) 김양 (Kim Yang) Planning 최진희 (Choi Jin-Hee) 박지영 (Park Ji-Young) Chief Producer 이찬호 (Lee Chan-Ho) Producer 성용일 (Seong Yong-Il) 소재현 (So Jae-Hyun) Creative Director 김지형 (Kim Ji-Hyung) Director of Photography 곽일균 (Kwak Il-Gyun) Lighting 홍명수 (Hong Myung-Soo) Editor 오동희 (Oh Dong-Hee) Music 정상훈 (Jung Sang-Hoon) Action Choreography 정윤헌 (Jung Yoon-Heon) Assistant Writer 이현지 (Lee Hyeon-Ji) Assistant Producer 정진철 (Jung Jin-Cheol) 김예지 (Kim Ye-Ji)

RATINGS
AGB Nielsen Nationwide
HIGHEST: 1.38% (05/06 - E03)
LOWEST: 0.94% (05/04 - E01)
AVERAGE: 1.17%

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SYNOPSIS

A 10 billion won insurance murder case causes Oh Ha-Naui (Hong Ah-Reum) to lose everything. She sets out to take revenge upon Chun Mi-Ja (Oh Hyun-Kyung) who caused her misfortune. [AsiaWiki]

FIRST LOOK

Those who have been reading my daily drama “reviews” (for lack of a better term) know that in an effort to give everything a chance I tend to endure the canon's most inane shenanigans – at least for a short while, generally reacting with irony. It would be a lot more interesting to pick the entire format (or we could even call it genre at this point) apart and analyze how just about everyone in Korea who cares to talk about dailies shows utter contempt for them, and yet they still garner the best ratings on TV – save for a few lucky formats, like KBS2's weekend makjang. Reality says that with a few very elusive exceptions, there have only been about a half dozen quality dailies in the last twenty years, the rest often going from the shamelessly formulaic to the utterly reprehensible. Their nearly unrivaled rating success and the disarming decline everything else on Korean TV has been experiencing shows that while “soap” fans are responding just as well as they used to, people interested in something a little more serious have had to find other entertainment venues – sure enough, they did.

In this landscape where dailies have pretty much become interchangeable, tvN seems to be the only channel trying to establish some kind of production pattern that goes beyond featuring the usual two-three narrative checkpoints that feature prominently in today's daily canon: they're a bit more cinematic than usual (as most network shows scream the fact they're being shot on the cheap in a sound stage); unlike network dailies, where casting beyond the leading three-four names becomes an afterthought and the same fifteen-twenty faces keep making the rounds, you're more likely to see eclectic casting choices here (or at least something hinting at the fact a casting director did any actual work beyond filling blanks); storytelling seems to show a little more confidence in its means, even though we're more or less dealing with the same themes as network TV.

All this helps tvN and CJ E&M make a point, that their dailies are a little more polished and perhaps export-friendly – as there's clearly a market for soaps, especially in South America. The problem is that at this point they're never going to reach out of their self-imposed glass ceiling, no matter how hard they try to distance themselves from the pack. This show, despite being generally better than the disgrace that animates network TV's airwaves on a daily basis, is hardly different: not a full 15 seconds pass and the show already throws histrionics at us, in an effort to identify to its purveyors as unabashed makjang. That afterwards it backtracks and tries to establish a modicum of skeletal structure matters very little, since the same narrative decadence and simplistic dynamics run through its veins.

At the end of the day, it's like a boar trying to dress up as a swan. That a few decent performances and better than average (for a daily) production try to mitigate that feeling is only a meager consolation.

Maybe that's how they want daily dramas to go on. On the cheap, in every sense of the word.

ACTING GRADES

66 김유석 (Kim Yu-Seok)
65 홍아름 (Hong Ah-Reum)
65 주민하 (Ju Min-Ha)
65 최상훈 (Choi Sang-Hoon)
62 이경심 (Lee Gyeong-Shim)
60 백승희 (Baek Seung-Hee)
57 강지섭 (Kang Ji-Seop)
55 장도윤 (Jang Do-Yoon)
52 오현경 (Oh Hyun-Kyung)
47 백승훈 (Baek Seung-Hoon)

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~ Last Update: 2015/05/08