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Yoon So-eun is a student at Seoul university and is in love with a co-student, Dong-hee. In her efforts to approach him, she shows a fake interest to attend a lesson regarding wireless radios, ending with her, actually owning one. A few days later, she listens to someone trying to communicate and she decides to answer. On the other line of the wireless is another student of the same university, Ji In. The two of them start talking on a regular basis and they end up becoming friends. She talks to him about her love for Dong-hee and Kim Min-joo, her best friend, and he for a girl who does not leave him alone, Hyeon-ji...More
An elderly taxi driver waits for fares near Seoul Station on Sept. 30, 2016.
The advanced age of taxi drivers in Seoul has recently become a hot issue after a number of them breathed their last behind the wheel.
According to the Korea Transportation Safety Authority, 19.5 percent of all taxi drivers in the nation were 65 or older at the end of last year, and in Seoul 51 percent are over 60...More
A park in Sangam-dong, Seoul is ablaze with autumn foliage. /Courtesy of the Seoul Metropolitan Government
This is the best time to enjoy the autumn foliage as trees and leaves turn their flaming colors.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Monday released some 100 places in Seoul where visitors can still enjoy the beauty of autumn foliage instead of going to the county side...More
The market capitalization of the nation's top 10 conglomerates has now surpassed 55 percent of the entire stock market.
According to the Korea Exchange on Monday, the total market cap of the top 10 conglomerates stood at W714.3 trillion (US$1=W1,141)...More
The number of part-time workers who work less than 17 hours a week has reached the highest level in five years.
According to Statistics Korea on Monday, 1.34 million people worked between one and 17 hours a week in the third quarter, up 91,000 workers compared to the same period last year. It was the highest quarterly figure since the third quarter of 2011...More
Jobseekers read a bulletin at a job fair in Seoul on Monday. /Newsis
One-third of Korea's unemployed people are university graduates, according to the latest government figures.
Statistics Korea on Monday said the total number of unemployed people in the country stood at 985,000 as of the third quarter of this year, and a record 32 percent of them or 315,000 were university graduates...More
Koreans have the highest calorie intake from alcoholic drinks among 24 countries, a recent study shows.
Quoting the study by market researcher Euromonitor International, the Guardian on Monday said, "The highest calorie intake from alcohol is in [Korea], with nearly 168 calories a person each day"...More
The population of Incheon will likely exceed the 3 million mark around Wednesday as the area around the capital continues to boom.
The city's population stood at 2,999,884 as of Monday, only 116 people short of the milestone. Its population has been increasing at a rate of 50 to 60 a day...More
The average height of a ninth-grade boy in Seoul has surpassed 170 cm for the first time, though Koreans as an ethnic group seem to have hit the ceiling of their growth potential...More
Tourists get off the cruise ship Quantum of the Seas in Incheon on Aug. 27, 2015.
The Justice Ministry will test a visa-free program for foreigners who visit the country from selected cruise ships until March next year, a spokesman said Friday...More
Brace yourselves for all kinds of romance, from the fantasy kind to the medical malpractice one as the next drama season gets going. On the romantic comedy front, "The Man In My House" and "Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo" have new goodies out and so do highly anticipated "The Legend of the Blue Sea" and "Goblin". On the other hand, "Romantic Doctor Kim Sa-bu" places healing over romance, at least for now...More
So-hye continues to be sick. While "Fantastic" is fairly ambivalent about So-hye's exact fate for some time, it's the same basic holding pattern the drama has had ever since So-hye had to be hospitalized. All there really is to do anymore is look at the various relationships between the main characters, and admire the depth and strength of their social bonds. Even when it leads to somewhat humorous scenes like So-hye and Hae-seong one-upping each other in the prior sacrifice department...More
If Gwan-soo has not met your quota for constant giggling annoyance, Seong-won proudly takes it upon himself to do so in episode nine of "The K2". Yoo-jin's "brother dearest" gives everyone a scare with Ahn-na and injures a frantic Yoo-jin's authority over her staff. The romance leads to a secret confession and probably a fair amount of tears to come as the antagonists tighten their grip on Ahn-na...More
"Incarnation of Jealousy" revolves around complex triangles and quadrangles of emotions that will be nearly impossible to resolve. Situations mirror each other in that choices must be made to move out of limbo, but those choices aren't easy.
Before we jump into the choices being made, let's cover a touchier subject: sexual tension...More
After twenty years in prison Yeong-il (played by Jin Yong-wook) has been released into the freedom of the outside world. This "freedom" largely consists in Yeong-il going to work everyday, operating a press machine to create flat metal surfaces for industrial use. Yeong-il's makes a hobby of trying to fix one old pressing machine in particular, which while old and somewhat dangerous, is still largely functional. The device is difficult to repair largely because it's from a bygone era. So, too, is Yeong-il's inability to adjust to the world...More
Hye-ri (played by Park Hyo-joo) is an investigative reporterand Seok-hoon (played by Lee Hyeon-wook) is her cameraman. Together they just sort of wander around the Korean countryside arbitrarily looking for news stories. Circumstantial evidence pointing to a business operation run by slave labor leads Hye-ri and Seok-hoon to a salt farm located on an isolated island, whose mentally infirm residents lead credence to the rumors. From there, it's a matter of collecting evidence and notifying the police. Or is it really that simple?...More
Jae-wook (played by Hwang Jeong-min) is "A Violent Prosecutor" who doesn't play by the rules. I mean really, the guy straight up tortures suspects, and locks them in cold rooms overnight hands bound. It's kind of a mixed message considering how the main villain, Assemblyman Kang (played by Kim Eung-soo) is an explicitly corrupt public official. Meanwhile, Chi-won (played by Kang Dong-won) is a petty con artist who, having been caught, ends up striking a deal with Jae-wook to use their powers for good rather than evil...More
Local independent films honoured at BIFF, KOBIZ's latest infographic puts Busan in the spotlight, Justin Lowe reviews Kim Seong-su's "Asura: The City of Madness" for the Hollywood Reporter, and learn about the history behind Korea's 'old Seoul' and the films that captured it...More
My Korean Kitchen has simple steps for making Korean-style BBQ ribs, The Korea Herald reveals what baseball fans enjoying putting down during a game, 10 Magazine shows us what unique dishes to track down in Jeju, and what does a South African think about South Korean food?...More
Check in with the Korea Herald to hear about upcoming cultural events, discover where to go in Seoul for the best beauty treatments, 10 Magazine puts the top hot springs in the spotlight, and find out what's happening around town with The Korea Times...More
The New York Times looks at how K-pop has infiltrated Korea's army culture, My Korean Husband's latest video takes your questions and tackles K-pop rivalries, the Korea Herald sounds off on Korea's chanting at sports events, and was Samsung's Note 7 a product of the country's "ppalli-ppalli" culture?...More
Catch Jeju's incredible "sea women" in a series of stunning images, the National Museum of Korea sheds light on the urbanisation of the Joseon dynasty, British photographer Nick Knight has his first exhibition in Korea, and enjoy some low-key snaps of Korea's tattoo culture...More
It has been almost 20 years since actress Seo Yoo-jeong, who currently appears in a weekday soap, made her debut in 1997. She is still shining as bright as she used to.
When asked how she has managed to hold on to her figure and looks, Seo said, "I used to work out a lot, but these days I don't have enough time to do so, due to the busy schedule of the soap", which started airing on terrestrial network KBS in May. "Instead, I try to take a walk whenever possible. One thing hasn't changed, though: A daily soap runs on a tight shooting schedule. I get exhausted easily", she added...More
Participants cook at a Korean food festival at COEX in Seoul on Friday...More
People gather for the launch of Apple's new iPhone at a store in Seoul on Friday...More
A couple take a selfie in the Namsangol Hanok Village in Seoul on Friday...More
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And now, Seol's in-laws move to force some last minute conflict in a predictably abortive attempt to scuttle a happy ending. Jin-sook's plan is pretty dumb. Really, So-hye should have mentioned the extortion attempt back when she was at the police station. Besides that even if it's not technically a breach of contract nobody going to want to work with Jin-sook when the best case scenario is that she's an idiot who keeps important information in a non-secure phone...More
Twenty Foreign Language Oscar® Contenders to Screen at Asian World Film Festival in Culver City
CJ Entertainment to Showcase Five Korean Films as Part of a Special Festival Track
Twenty films submitted to represent their countries in the Motion Picture Academy's Foreign Language Film category will be among the 34 motion pictures at the 2nd Annual Asian World Film Festival which runs from October 24 to November 1 at the ArcLight Theater in Culver City...More
Models walk the catwalk at a fashion show in a park in Seoul on Thursday...More
Tourists shop in Namdaemun Market in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Hide and Seek" (2013)
Directed by Huh Jung
With Son Hyeon-joo, Moon Jeong-hee, Jeon Mi-seon, Kim Won-hae, Jeong Joon-won, Kim Soo-an,...
What if there was a stranger in my house...?
Signals for hide and seek
Seong-soo (Son Hyeon-joo), a successful businessman who lives with the perfect family in a luxury apartment, has secrets and mysophobia about his one and only brother. One day, he goes to see his brother after a phone call about him missing and sees werid symbols all over the house and he meets Joo-hee (Moon Jeong-hee) who knows his brother...More
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Grab your nearest pillow, plushie, pet or child and prepare for a lot of toe-curling sweetness as our duo becomes a couple. Ji-seong navigates the world of the rich with his attachment to his new life intact. Seon-goo and Ma-ri are probably in need of anxiety medication and Bok-nam's possible fate threatens with dark times ahead. Our adorable pair need all the strength they can get...More
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The vicious circle of rationalization takes hold in this episode of "Road to the Airport"- and I was surprised to find that it actually motivates Soo-ah and Do-woo to make constructive long-term decisions rather than destructive ones. Major confrontations force them to realize that there are few things in life they genuinely care about at this point. All the same, given the general enmity Soo-ah and Do-woo feel toward their current spouses, they're making the tactically sensible decision not to try and solve their problems with more romantic love...More
Seolhyun was chosen as the most wanted model of 2016 along with Kim Woo-bin. Her healthy good looks still appeal to the public. Seolhyun was interviewed suddenly on the 20th at an awards ceremony hosted by the Korean Advertisement Committee.
She's been through a lot this year. Even before the group AOA could start their 'Good Luck' performances, they were criticized for historical awareness and had to stop. Seolhyun also broke up with Zico last September. Still, she seemed fine and she thinks 2016 wasn't all that hard...More
Pictures from "The Man In My House" show Soo-ae holding a shovel and Kim Yeong-kwang looking at her. Soo-ae is holding a shovel in a pink outfit and they don't match. She looks like she's headed somewhere in the dead of the night. It looks like she's been drinking too...More
Ahn Kil-kang takes on the role of Kim Bok-joo (Lee Seong-kyeong), Kim Chang-gul. Kang Ki-yeong is Bok-joo's uncle Kim Dae-ho, Choi Moo-seong is Haneol Physical Education University Weightlifting coach Yoon Deok-man and Jang Young-nam is coach Choi Seong-eun. Jeong In-ki is Jeong Joon-hyeong's (Nam Joo-hyeok) father and Lee Jeong-eun-II, his mother...More
Kim Yoo-jeong posted a picture on her Instagram saying, "Naver Star Spot Live! It was nice to see everyone on V App. I hope you look forward to the movie "Because I Love You" on the 16th of November!"...More
The three actors takes on the role of Kim Sa-bu, Kang Dong-joo and Yoon Seo-jeong. The line-up alone puts faith in viewers and anticipation levels keep rising...More
"Incarnation of Jealousy" came in first.
BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, ranked 26th on the Billboard 200 album chart updated on Tuesday with its new album "Wings"...More
Bora of girl group Sistar poses at a fashion event at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Participants simulate an earthquake during an evacuation drill in Seoul on Wednesday...More
A couple enjoy zip-lining in Gangjin, South Jeolla Province on Wednesday...More
Jae-in is a bit of a jerk, and oddly enough, I'm actually mostly all right with that. Mainly this is just a matter of the guy not being all that malicious. Jae-in treats Da-hyeon the same way he treats most people in his life, and at minimum this does give him some credit for consistency. There's an odd sort of philosophical quality to Jae-in's conversations with Da-hyeon, where they're talking about the abstract quantity of dating rather than each other...More
Right away Soo-ah acts impulsively this episode...for the sake of Hyo-eun. This caught me a little off-guard. After last episode I had thought inattention to Hyo-eun was being built up as a potential pratfall to Soo-ah's increasing intimacy with Do-woo but no, apparently Soo-ah is just as self-aware of the obvious life lessons flying around "Road to the Airport" as the rest of us and is capable of making important life decisions accordingly...More
Things take a turn for the romantic in episode eight of "Shopping King Louis" as our leads return to their not-so-cozy apartment following the successful capturing of the local serial killer. Louis/Ji-seong starts climbing up the ladder of life and makes some money, which gives him the confidence to approach Bok-sil. With the drama now at its eighth episode, dark times will be ahead, but perhaps this one can manage them...More
They started off young and grew up to become 'one top' actors and actresses that have their own dramas. They have always been actors and the statuses they are in shine more than anyone else...More
Actor Song Joong-ki was spotted in public.
Several pictures of the handsome actor came up online...More
"Woman with a Suitcase" is losing it's steam the more it goes along. The root of the problem is the lack of chemistry between the leads and the looseness with which the main intrigue is treated. There is so much potential buried within the premise, but after seven episodes the show still hasn't found its stride.
The biggest lack is the relationship between Bok-geo and Geum-joo...More
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Road to the Airport", Soo-ah (Kim Ha-neul) quits her job after she feels peace at the sight of a marriage couple laundering bed sheets. She calls her work to quit.
She tells Do-woo (Lee Sang-yoon) this and asks for comfort and he puts a pillow in Ko-taek's room. Soo-ah lays on it and Do-woo lays besides her. He then makes her do laundry and says, "I thought you wanted to do this?"...More
Is there another romantic comedy like "Incarnation of Jealousy"?
"Incarnation of Jealousy" Pyo Na-ri (Kong Hyo-jin) suspected Lee Hwa-sin (Jo Jeong-seok) of breast cancer and it turned out to be true. The two characters shared a hospital room together and this itself is unusual. Pyo Na-ri, Lee Hwa-sin and Ko Jeong-won (Ko Kyeong-pyo) started a three way relationship and along with Hong Hye-won (Seo Ji-hye) and Geum Soo-jeong (Park Hwan-hee)....More
"Incarnation of Jealousy" came in first despite the fact that it dropped in numbers.
Actor Song Kang-ho has received the top cultural award given by the Shin Young-kyun Arts and Culture Foundation.
Participants enter Deoksu Palace during a press tour in Seoul on Tuesday, ahead of the annual night tour event...More
The last we saw of Prince Eun and Soon-deok they were in a no-win certain-to-die situation. This has not improved as Soo's prophecy predictably comes to pass, and for the rest of the runtime everyone just mopes around about this all upset. While I liked Prince Eun and Soon-deok well enough, it's a little off-putting how in death they are apparently far more important as characters than they ever were in life. I'm still a little lost as to how they ended up becoming the lynchpin to Prince Yo's final ascension to power as King Jeongjong...More
The Golden Tree legal family is starting to learn to work as a team and the only person who feels removed is Bok-geo. His jealousy over Geum-joo's attentions and his secrecy about his old case have inserted a wall between him and the others. That's okay, though. We got enough wonderful material coursing through the veins of this show to take us a long way.
One aspect of the show I am not enjoying, although I do love it for the most part, is the very dominant Bok-geo flirtation with Geum-joo...More
Generally speaking "Drinking Alone", has been pretty clear that Jeong-seok is not the most likable guy on a personal level. But time and again, the typical Jeong-seok just leaves me thinking, this guy is a jerk. No one likes him, for good reason. That by the end of this episode someone has finally gotten the courage to say that to Jeong-seok's face does not change how "Drinking Alone" is mostly an exploration of how Jeong-seok is a jerk who rarely ever gets punished for his behavior...More
The magazine featured him in the F/W look, wearing knitted sweaters, suits and leather jackets...More
Miss A Suzy is coming back as a singer.
She's releasing her first solo album at the end of this year or early next year...More
Yoo Yeon-seok becomes a ill-tempered 'dust spoon' doctor in "Romance Doctor Kim Sa-bu".
Yoo Yeon-seok is a brilliant doctor who has never lost the top title before and an bad-tempered man named Kang Dong-joo. He experiences the biggest risk of his life until he meets Kim Sa-bu (Han Seok-Kyu) and Yoon Seo-jeong (Seo Hyeon-jin) in a hospital on the outskirts of the city...More
Still cuts of Soo-ae from the new KBS 2TV drama "The Man In The House" were released.
This is the first time in 4 years Oh Yoon-ah is making a KBS appearance. She'll be out with "Oh My Geum-bi" first as "Saimdang, the Herstory" is a pre-produced drama that will only be released next year...More
The script reading for "Night Light" took place on the 19th.
"Night Light" is about the battle of those who want to become owners of the night light. Three men and women jump into the furnace of power and wealth to reach the top of an endless mountain. Seo Yi-kyeong (Lee Yo-won) is the crystal of desire. Then there's Park Gun-woo (Jin Goo) who loves her and Lee Se-jin (UEE) who wants to get rid of poverty in her life...More
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Woman with a Suitcase" on the 18th, Joo Jin-mo and Lee Joon fought for Choi Ji-woo. Seok-woo confessed his feelings to Geum-joo and kissed her at a gay bar that they went to for work. A gay man had approached Seok-woo so he told him that Geum-joo was his girlfriend.
Seok-woo kissed her after the gay man left and he tried to tell her how he felt about her but lost his chance as she started talking about something else. Beok-geo had just dropped Hye-joo at Geum-joo's house and saw Seok-woo with Geum-joo. This made him jealous...More
"Incarnation of Jealousy" has become a battle of the jealous in a very literal sense. Jeong-woo and Hwa-sin have not stopped fighting over Na-ri's attentions despite her explicit plea for them to stop. Most of the episode is dealing with the trios antics and a few big, long-awaited reveals.
The back and forth between the best friends is becoming wearisome, especially because Na-ri is not happy about it...More
"Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" ended happily with eighteen episodes.
Park Bo-geom (Lee Yeong) and Kim Yoo-jeong (Hong Ra-on) overcame several obstacles and met a happy ending. Lee Yeong became king and forgave Hon Ra-on of all her sins. Hong Ra-on was free and reunited with Lee Yeong not as an eunuch but as herself...More
"Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" ended in first place.
Girl group I.O.I perform at a showcase of their new album in Seoul on Monday...More
Kyungri of girl group Nine Muses poses ahead of a ceremonial pitch at a baseball game between Nexen Heroes and LG Twins in Seoul on Monday...More
Junior students give their seniors flowers to wish them good luck in the college entrance exam at a high school in Seoul on Monday, 30 days ahead of the exam...More
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At this point "Drinking Alone" is making a deliberate concerted effort to portray its characters in about as negative a light as possible. I can think of no other reason why Jeong-seok starts off his relationship with Ha-na by being a weird control freak, engages in some weird stalking of her, and then the episode concludes as if Jeong-seok has learned a serious life lesson. To most people this is just the bare minimum standard of being a decent partner...More
Yoo Hae-jin's humor worked. He's been on a roll with the movie "Luck Key". The movie recorded 2 million hits in just 4 days of release and this is unusual for a comedy movie. Yoo Hae-jin stands in the middle of this success.
We interviewed the actor recently in Seoul. Without him, this movie wouldn't have been possible...More
Shinwha's Eric and actor Park Bo-geom came in first for getting the most attention on TV.
It's been 12 years since she started acting since she was young and she's become one of the most elite teenage actresses. In the upcoming movie, she plays Scully, a girl with her head in the clouds...More
Uhm Jung-hwa has been sexy throughout her 25 years career.
Kwak Dong-yeon didn't die.
"Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" set a new record.
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"Lucky.Key" opens its account and scores...
Lee Gye-byeok's sophomore film, "Lucky.Key", was officially released on Thursday and shot to the top by capturing 68.2% of the box office pie. Lee's drama, which stars Yoo Hae-jin, Lee Joon and Jo Yoon-hee, attracted 1.6 million filmgoers from 1,158 screens to dislodge Tim Burton's dark fantasy flick from pole position...More
A community festival is held in Itaewon, Seoul on Saturday...More
Mannequins are covered with umbrellas in front of a hanbok shop in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Sunday...More
Je-has is a man on a mission and while he and the writer still seem undecided on what it is, at least our hero gets things done and thinks reasonably. Episode eight presents a big turning point in the story. Ahn-na has great work ahead of her and she is not as fragile or as immature as others think, which means Yoo-jin is now the one at a disadvantage...More
The script reading for the new SBS drama "The Legend of the Blue Sea" was held.
She told Sin Jae-soon that the best thing she could do at this point to keep the relationship going with her husband was to have another child...More
There's no other celebrity that gives so much to his fans. Actor Ji Chang-wook melted his fans at his fan meeting with a friendly approach.
"Delight, Dynamic, Delicious" was held on the 15th at the Seoul Nanji Park. Around 2,000 fans from Korea, Japan and China gathered around for the 4 hour fan meeting...More
The third trial of Park Yoo-hwan's marriage annulment is being held on the 17th.
On the episode of the MBC drama "Blow Breeze" on the 16th, Sin-ae was at the beach with Hee-dong. Hee-dong saw her wearing a ring and he said, "I haven't seen that one before". Sin-ae answered, "It was my mother's. It's big for me but I always have it with me"...More
Ko Eun-sook (Park Joon-geum) thought her daughter Min Hyo-won (Lee Se-yeong) and Kang Tae-yang (Hyeon Woo) were seeing each other on the sixteenth episode of the KBS 2TV drama "The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop".
Min Hyo-won and Kang Tae-yang were out on market research and she made him try on some outdoor items. The employees of the store said he looked good and Min Hyo-won couldn't believe how much attention he drew from the women as she thought he was a playboy...More
"The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop" came in first this weekend and it even set a record.
"Incarnation of Jealousy" is in full blown "jealousy and turmoil" mode with breakups, fights, tears, and irrational drinking, heartbroken leads. There is also quite a hilarious cameo by Lee Seon-gyoon that rounds out the episode quite nicely. Before we get to that delightful tidbit, let's review the rest of the episode.
After Na-ri cheats on both Hwa-sin and Jeong-won, she breaks up with both of them by telling them the truth, feeling horribly...More
Working in the legal profession has always been important to Geum-joo. She's good at it, and she finds it fulfilling. But events as of late have made her question her work's role in her life and how it fits in. Mix that together with Bok-geo's burgeoning feelings for her and his secrets, and with Seok-woo's likability and we have one entertaining show.
Seok-woo has joined Golden Tree and the romantic triangle is starting to heat up...More
Asian Film Festival puts the best that BIFF has to offer in the spotlight, KOBIZ's latest infographic highlights the top indie films of 2016, Variety sits down with BIFF's director to talk about the turmoil, and Variety explores the challenges of crowdfunding in Korea...More
21 photos to inspire you to visit the Land of the Morning Calm, the Lonely Planet puts Jeonju in the spotlight, discover what cultural events are happening later this year with the Korea Herald, and the Telegraph wonders what it's like being a tourist in the world's most secretive state: the DPRK...More
My Korean Kitchen helps us make a delicious and nutritious noodle stir fry, hear what Korea's 'philosopher chef' has to say about eating and living well, Zen Kimchi puts local franchises in the spotlight, and the Best Ever Food Review Show explores the palatability of pupa on Korea's streets....More
My Korean Husband gives us an inside look at life in Seoul, learn how Korea's online feminist are making waves, get some tips for navigating Korea's business culture, and can you fall in love with a culture that's not your own?...More
Citizens in Seoul venture out to identify praiseworthy pieces of street art, check out these great spots in Busan to snap up a storm, a British sculpture discusses Korea's maturing art identity, and learn more about how issues of art censorship disputed the country's biggest film festival...More
Men watch a demonstration in a cooking class.
More and more young men are taking cooking classes as a hobby as traditional gender roles erode even in conservative Korea.
CJ Cheiljedang began offering cooking classes specifically tailored for men last year. A class consists of 18 men, and four to five times more people apply every time. The majority are single men in their 20s and 30s...More
Chinese lanterns hang outside at a restaurant in Yeonnam-dong, Seoul on Oct. 7.
Chinese property investors are turning their sights on Seoul after swarming the southern resort island of Jeju.
According to Seoul city officials on Wednesday, Chinese nationals own 4,139 lots or a combined 171,614 sq.m in Seoul as of end-June this year, nearly double in terms of the number of lots from two years ago and up nearly one-third in square meters. Over the same period, real estate owned by U.S. citizens rose just one percent and by Japanese 3.4 percent...More
Korea's exports in the first 10 days of this month plummeted 18.2 percent compared to the same period of last year.
Exports fell for 20 months running, which was longer even than the stagnation during the 1997 Asian financial crisis, but rebounded in August, raising cautious hopes of a recovery. But they fell again in September and have been declining sharply since...More
The Cheomseongdae observatory in Gyeongju, North Gyeognsang Province is quiet on Wednesday. /Yonhap
The tourism industry in the historic city of Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang Province has taken a knock after the earthquake last month compounded by damage from typhoon Chaba.
Only about 570,000 tourists visited Gyeongju in September, down almost half from a year earlier, according to the city government...More
Golfers pose for a photo at a hotel in Incheon on Wednesday. From left, Lydia Ko, Park Hee-young, Ryu So-yeon, Lee Min-jee, Hur Mi-jung, Alison Lee and Sandra Gal...More
Posco has been named the top steelmaker for its management of climate issues among 14 global steelmakers, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project on Tuesday.
Saab in Sweden placed second, followed by ThyssenKrupp in Germany and Hyundai Steel in Korea. ArcelorMittal, the world's leading steel company, ranked fifth, and Japan's largest steelmaker Nippon Steel Corporation placed sixth...More
Korea's household debt has reached 90 percent of the nation's GDP for the first time, prompting financial authorities to consider drastic measures.
According to the Bank of Korea on Wednesday, household debt stood at a whopping W1,435 trillion at the end of the second quarter, compared to a GDP of W1,594 trillion (US$1=W1,124)...More
About 15 convenience stores per day are newly opened nationwide.
According to a report released by the Fair Trade Commission, there were a total of 29,612 convenience stores as of the end of last year. Over 5,500 of them were newly opened last year...More
Search and shopping patterns suggest Chinese tourists are becoming more sophisticated as a younger generation don their backpacks when they head to Korea.
The trendy Hongik University neighborhood in western Seoul ranked No. 1 among places Chinese tourists to Korea searched for on the Internet...More
Seongsan Sunrise Peak on Jeju Island swarms with visitors on Oct. 8, 2013.
Visitors to Jeju Island's UNESCO World Heritage sites of Mt. Halla and Seongsan Sunrise Peak will have to book in advance from next year to prevent overcrowding...More
A tourist poses for a picture in Seoul on Sept. 24, 2016.
Chinese tourists who visit Korea these days seem much more sophisticated in their shopping than earlier tour groups.
Instead of being herded through downtown shopping centers and duty-free shops, they tended to split up into small groups or pairs and venture out further in the capital to Gangnam and other areas...More
Children brace themselves against the cold at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Sunday.
Chilly weather continued on Monday after autumn arrived with a vengeance over the weekend, heralded by last week's devastating typhoon...More
Dramaland news is in full swing and we are back on track. This week brings us not-dad and not-daughter shenanigans from "The Man In My House", which I still feel mighty apprehensive about. "Entourage Korea" is getting a Hallyu boost and "Go-ho's Starry Night" is somehow managing the reverse by getting a Korean premiere after overseas success. Join me and the news I share for another drama-wild week...More
On one end I'm somewhat annoyed that the situation regarding Joon-gi continues to be stretched for time when it appeared to have largely been concluded last episode. But then again, isn't that what melodrama has always been about- stretching the pain out for as long as possible? It's a sensible strategy really, because death is at its most especially unpleasant when it lasts for a really long time. And even after that, grief is a factor...More
"Beautiful Mind" is a medical melodrama about a doctor who suffers from the inability to feel emotions, and a cop who is working towards justice. Their paths cross through their mutual involvement in the mysterious deaths happening at the hospital. Through their interactions, they learn to look at the world through each other's eyes. Overall, despite the episode truncation at the end, "Beautiful Mind" left me with a good impression of the acting, writing and general plot...More
Hyeong-wook (played by Yoo Hae-jin) is a cool, stylish, skilled man whose work is violent in nature and of generally dubious legality. Jae-seong (played by Lee Joon) has very different plans in life- he's chronically out of money, and not doing so hot career-wise either. One random mishap at the bathhouse, though, ends up wildly reversing the fortunes of these men. All of a sudden both have to make sense of a wildly different life situation in "Luck.Key", a remake of the Japanese comedy film Key of Life...More
Three different women, all named Woo-joo, exist in about the same continuum when it comes to life choices. The thirty-something Woo-joo (played by Kim Ji-soo) is an entrepreneurial mother, who has given up a life centered around aesthetic appreciation for the sake of something more stable. The twenty-something Woo-joo (played by Heo I-jae) is debating how deep she wants to go into more romantic life goals, now that she better knows the emotional impracticalities. The teenage Woo-joo (played by Yoon So-mi) is also oddly hesitant about following her dreams, even though she's just starting out...More
Official South Korean state propaganda when it comes to North Korean defectors is pretty straightforward. South Korea is the obviously superior country, ergo, any and all North Koreans can and should flee here at the first possible opportunity. In reality the lower-class conditions North Korean defectors are stuck with in South Korea are often so bad as to make North Korea seem nicer by comparison. "Spy Nation" delves into an even more bizarre potential problem for would-be defectors- the tendency of the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) to use illegal measures to try and bully defectors into confessing that they're spies...More
In the 5 years since our last chat with Director Kim Jee-woon, he made a full-fledged Hollywood film and then returned to South Korea to create his latest box office smash, "The Age of Shadows". Director Kim spoke with me about his spy thriller, based on real events during the Japanese occupation of Korea, as it premiered in New York City as part of Korean Movie Night.
We talked about his 20-year collaboration with acting legend Song Kang-ho, Oscar consideration, the influence of John Cassavetes and James Coburn, and he revealed the name of the lead actor for his long-awaited adaptation of Jin-Roh. Oh, and his leading lady, Han Ji-min, makes a cute cameo.
Acting since she was in high school, Han Ji-min long ruled the Korean dramaverse with shows like Padam Padam and Rooftop Prince, and made her mark in features like Detective K and The Fatal Encounter. In Director Kim Jee-woon's Japanese invasion spy thriller, "The Age of Shadows", Han reveals a gritty side as the lone lady in a nest of Korean freedom fighters, showing viewers she's much more than just a pretty face.
The 00's decade signaled a trend where romantic films were injected with supernatural and/or mystery elements, in order to stand out from the plethora of entries in the category. "Ditto" and "Il Mare" are two distinct samples, as is the case with "Addicted".
Two brothers, race-driver Dae-jin and carpenter Ho-jin live happily in the same house along with the wife of the latter, Eun-soo. One day, both siblings get into traffic accidents at the same time, although in different incidents...More
Former figure skater Kim Yu-na poses after receiving a presidential commendation given to athletes in Seoul on Friday...More
Participants gather for a walking event in front of Dongdaemun in Seoul on Friday...More
The focus on So-hye's weirdly melodramatic disease symptoms is removed here for the sake of instead focusing on Joon-gi's more traditionally tragic melodramatic disease symptoms. The results are about what might be expected. The acting is unavoidably corny as the emphasis is instead placed on the inherent empathy of the situation. Friends don't like it when other friends are in for a bad time. Even if Hae-seong hates letting go of So-hye for even a moment, well, Joon-gi is a bro. And that's what bros are good for...More
Episode seven of "The K2" is not very plot-heavy, but the relationship between Ahn-na and her father is explored, which has been a long time coming. We also learn more about Yoo-jin and Ahn-na's characters, how they feel about each other and how they have been shaped by their attachment to Se-joon. Je-ha's role is shaping into that of an observer and a disruptor of the messed up reality everyone has accepted for so long...More
The rooftop incident initiates an investigation and Joong-won's troubles multiply when he takes both Louis/Ji-seong and Bok-sil in. The two men start realizing the love triangle they are in, which of course leads to love rival hijinks. The rooftop incident and Ji-seong's patch-covered run grant him temporary television exposure and finally bring his presence to light for his family. I see all kinds of excitement in our future...More
Added main trailer and new poster for the Korean movie...More
Actor Park Bo-geom will appear at a signing event in central Seoul next Wednesday for fans of his TV series.
Golfer Pak Se-ri takes a selfie with friends and fans after her retirement match in Incheon on Thursday...More
Women pose in a sunflower field in Jangseong, South Jeolla Province on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Golden Cross" (2014)
Directed by Hong Seok-goo, Lee Jin-seo
Written by Yoo Hyeon-mi
Network : KBS
With Kim Kang-woo, Lee Si-yeong, Eom Gi-joon, Han Eun-jeong, Jeong Bo-seok, Park Won-sang,...
20 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00
A drama about a man's revenge after losing his family due to a plot that framed him...More
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It's impressive how quickly "Road to the Airport" has gone from making Soo-ah and Do-woo's situation look romantic to making it look like a horribly bad idea. Soo-ah is, by nature, such a forthright person that she simply lacks the proper energy necessary to maintain any kind of romantic affair. It's a weird contrast to Jin-seok, whose main natural resistance to extramarital entanglements is his tendency to get bored very quickly with silly women who want to get entangled with married men...More
Jeon Ji-hyeon is having fun.
Designer shoe brand SUECOMMA BONNIE released the full version of the 2016 F/W collection...More
The movie "Luck.Key" came in first on its first day.
The "tvN 10th Anniversary Awards" was held on the 9th.
Kim Hye-soo, Park Bo-yeong, Seo Hyeon-jin, Hyeri, Ye Ji-won, Heo Young-ji and other actresses were on the Red Carpet in stunning dresses. Kim Hye-soo drew attention on her with an amazing dress that complimented her curves and Hyeri with a nude toned dress. We take a look at 7 female stars who heated up the Red Carpet...More
- Jo In-Seong, this is what a star looks like
On the seventh episode of the drama "Shopping King Louis", Bok-sil started living with Louis (Seo In-guk) and Joong-won (Yoon Sang-hyeon) after her house was robbed. Louis became jealous when Bok-sil expressed her gratitude towards Joong-won. On the other hand, Joong-won spoke nastily to Bok-sil but acted kind to her...More
Someone knocked on his workplace door and Seo Do-woo thought it was his friend and told that person to come in. However, it was Choi Soo-ah...More
Kong Hyo-jin's heart dropped.
"Shopping King Louis" is showing potential.
CL of girl group 2NE1 debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first English-language single, "Lifted", which ranked 94th in this week's Billboard rankings.
This is the first time that a Korean female singer has made an entry on the U.S. chart...More
Visitors look at second hand books at a bazaar at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Oct. 12, 2016...More
International students learn to make kimchi at a festival in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province on Wednesday...More
Models pose at a street fashion show in Seoul on Wednesday...More
As Do-woo has to deal with the fallout from a second funeral, I do find myself wondering whether "Road to the Airport" is taking matters a bit far in the whole "make Do-woo sad" department. In order to maintain sympathy for the lead characters as they edge into an affair, Do-woo really has to break down completely with regards to emotional support. Given how unresponsive Hye-won was when it came to her own daughter, it's little surprise the woman is similarly unhelpful with the death of her mother-in-law...More
Our adorable duo get to spend some time apart and re-evaluate their relationship when Joong-won steps in and kicks the romantic shenanigans up a notch. Ma-ri steps up her antagonist game, but the people looking for Louis/Ji-seong will not rest either. Meanwhile, Bok-sil discovers some valuable information about Bok-nam and detective Nam makes progress in finding Ji-seong's roots. A dangerous figure stalks our couple's home, causing a suspenseful event...More
...So apparently, even though the first episode of "Something About 1% - 2016" was pretty close to an hour, subsequent episodes appear to be only thirty minutes. This requires a change of strategy when it comes to reviews, since a single episode lacks enough content for a full review. But it also requires more managed expectations. "Something About 1% - 2016" is aiming fairly low in the narrative storytelling department...More
Actress Moon Chae-won had a good time with her fans.
The couple got married in 2013 and got pregnant the same year but unfortunately she had a miscarriage...More
He appeared on the MBC Power FM "Music Camp"...More
Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I is giving a shot at bowling.
According to the Korean Professional Bowling Association, he's applied for a selection match for this year's pro bowling...More
Actor Song Joong-ki was spotted at reservist training.
He was spotted in the military uniform and he still looks good without a flaw...More
The casting for the MBC drama "Shopping King Louis" was a miracle.
On the fifteenth episode of the SBS drama "Incarnation of Jealousy", Pyo Na-ri (Kong Hyo-jin) confessed that she loved Lee Hwa-sin (Jo Jeong-seok) and Ko Kyeong-won (Ko Kyeong-pyo) and bid them goodbye...More
"Incarnation of Jealousy" came in first.
Ryeowook of boy band Super Junior poses for a picture with fans before entering boot camp in North Chungcheong Province on Tuesday...More
Models promote newly harvested chestnuts in a store in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Now that he's become King Jengjong, the royalist formerly known as Prince Yo immediately makes a point of taking out all potential threats to his rule. Which in all fairness sounds pretty reasonable. Consider that the last two kings fell victim to assassination attempts largely because they weren't paying careful attention to immediate domestic threats. Granted that threat was Prince Yo himself, but even so, he's clearly not a very popular guy right now...More
Episode 14 of "Incarnation of Jealousy" is jammed full of raw emotions. Na-ri rallies and proves what she is made of at work while with Hwa-sin she emotionally crumples. Hwa-sin is more certain than ever about what he wants, and it isn't what he thought it would be. Jeong-won is painfully caught in the middle, wanting something that his mother doesn't support and that he ultimately can't have: Na-ri...More
Jeong-seok has finally come to understand that he's a pretty big jerk. This is sort of acceptable. Jeong-seok then goes straight from that realization to stalking Ha-na. This is...not really acceptable. I'm just not a big fan of sexual harassment, is the thing here, and given how Ha-na does not have access to Jeong-seok's thought process, that's pretty much the only reasonable interpretation of his behavior...More
"Giving Happiness" is about a mother who raised her child with love, protecting it from its cruel birth mother. Son Seung-won plays Lee Gun-woo, the son of a broadcasting station chairman who grew up with everything he wants but has a kind heart. He meets Eun-hee who he falls in love with...More
Ki Tae-yeongposted a picture of his daughter on his Instagram...More
Actress Kim Hyo-jin is with her son Soo-in.
She posted a picture on Instagram saying, "He's still sleepy from his nap. We prayed in the chapel"...More
Actor Yoo Seung-ho is coming back with a drama for the first time in a year.
The KBS 2TV drama "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" has two more episodes to go.
According to a media source, the seventeenth and eighteenth episodes are in the making right now and speculations about the ending are squeezing out...More
They were hiding away from the eyes of the emperor. Park Soon-deok (Z.Hera) handed Wang Eun (Baekhyun) a sling gun and told him she'd gotten it before she fled from the house. Wang Eun also took out an accessory...More
Song Ji-hyo spoke her thoughts about having an affair.
Super Junior Ryeo Wook enlisted for the military.
He said goodbye to fans and joined the training camp on the 11th...More
Cha Geum-joo thought of a way to find the operation footage of the doctor who caused the medical accident. She dressed up as a bar madam and went to the doctor to ask him for his 'tabs'...More
According to Nielsen Korea, "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" came in first with 18.8%.
This is 0.9% more than the previous episode of 17.9%...More
Visitors take a picture in a silver grass field in Seoul on Monday...More
At least a year has passed since the previous episode of "Scarlet Heat: Ryeo", as it is now the second year in the reign of King Hyejong (played by Kim San-ho). I never felt much need to discuss King Hyejong back when he was just the crown prince, and unfortunately, his new regal title is of no help in making the character any more important. King Hyejong has a few scenes of pointless paranoia, makes a very bizarre demand of Prince So, then inevitably falls victim to the machinations of Prince Yo...More
...I was kind of expecting by this point in "Drinking Alone" that some effort would have been made to make Jeong-seok's character sympthetic. It wouldn't even have to be full on sympathy. I would be satisfied if he was at least making progress toward becoming a better person but if anything Jeong-seok's behavior has gotten worse. As the bathroom scene demonstrates, Jeong-seok is willing to make a greater effort to be a jerk than would be necessary to fulfill the standards of basic decency...More
tvN10 Awards Drama Winners...More
They are dressed in fancy Hanboks. They have a hand on one side of their face and their beauty is just radiant...More
Actress Han Seung-yeon is starring in the movie "Frame In Love".
"The Flower in Prison" is debating an extension of one episode.
While "Go-ho's Starry Night" is being scheduled for the weekends on SBS, it's already been viewed over 10 million times in three weeks in China.
"Go-ho's Starry Night" is a collaboration by Korea's Kim Jong Hak Production and China's Sohu Dot Com. Prior to release in Korea, the drama was released as a web-drama on Sohu Dot Com and Sohu TV...More
The cast and crew of the KBS 2TV drama "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" are going on vacation to Cebu, Philippines.
The vacation is reward for a high viewing percentage. Schedules are being adjusted and it is likely they'll be leaving on October 21st for four days and five nights. "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" has been in the lead ever since the seventh episode...More
Cheondung was interviewed by Goo Ji-hyeon (Jin Kyeong) and Cha Geum-joo (Choi Ji-woo) at Golden Tree for a lawyer position. He was asked about a case he received beforehand and how he would handle it. He took out a picture...More
Wang So decided to get married with Princess Haja as insane Hye-jong (Kim San-ho) tried to send his young daughter to a different empire but he couldn't tell Hae-soo. Wang So postponed telling Hae-soo that he loved her and she was disappointed when she heard he was getting married...More
On the fifteenth episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds", Lee Yeong (Park Bo-geom) and Hong Ra-on (Kim Yoo-jeong) chose to break up with each other while hiding their true feelings...More
"Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" came in first despite the slight drop.
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine" and "Breathe" trump "The City of Madness"...
It's been weeks since a foreign film topped the charts in Korea, but after entering the fray in second place last week, Tim Burton's dark fantasy drama, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (starring Eva Green), managed to top the charts with 660,702 admissions (35.3%). Last weekend, Burton's latest, which is based on Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel of the same name, entered in second place with 23.5% of the sales from 810 screens, but an increase in screens to just under 900 helped propel the film to the top as its total tally in Korea moves to 1.9 million ($14.6 million)...More
"Won't the reporters get bored if I gave the same answers?"
A month ago, when Park Eun-bin was interviewed by many media sources, that's what she said when she was asked if she was tired. "I tried to make my responses different but that doesn't always work". She laughed a very innocent laugh. The mysterious Song Ji-won had become 25 years old Park Eun-bin...More
The Association of Korean Independent Film&Video is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year. Independent Film Exclusive theater Indie Space, Seoul Independence Film Festival, Seoul Art Cinema, Indie Forum and other organizations study independent film policies, production support and distribution. It aims for independence from authority by shedding off conventional formulas...More
Actress of 30 years Kim Hye-soo was matchless at the "tvN Awards".
She won the Best Actress Award at this event...More
Jo Jin-woong took home the Grand Prize at the "tvN Awards".
Lee Il-hwa who played a mother in the "Answer" series, didn't get an award at the "tvN Awards" which was held for the first time in 10 years on the 9th.
tvN celebrated its 10th year anniversary with an award giving ceremony on the 9th. Those who mattered were invited to the event and obviously the "Answer" series casts were the most welcomed...More
Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Hye-jin were a couple. They were blessed by everyone. However, they broke up and are not together anymore although they still seem to get along.
The "tvN 10th Anniversary Awards" was held on the 9th at KINTEX Ilsan. This is the first tvN awards ever and everyone was excited...More
Actress Jo An is getting married to someone 3 years older than her.
She's getting married on the 28th of this month at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul...More
The drama "Monarch" is being revised in MBC.
The cast is also in debate and the broadcast date should be early next year...More
KBS 2TV drama "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" is reassuring fans with a special episode on the 18th.
Visitors have fun at the annual herb festival in Sancheong, South Gyeongsang Province on Sunday...More
Shoppers try on mufflers at a department store in Seoul on Sunday...More
Youngsters pose at a fashion show marking Hangeul Day in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Sunday...More
Pedestrians walk in the cold in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Sunday...More
Korean dramas often make me wonder if there is a ghost writer involved and I get this feeling a lot with "The K2". We are showered in heavy subjects, great drama and layered characters, but then it all disappears with one ridiculous element, such as magical smooches which take away the swelling of severe allergic reactions. The good news is, episode six of "The K2" delivers more of the former than the latter, making it almost an hour well spent...More
The number one movie this week is "Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children"...More
Korea Portal explores why Kim Jee-woon's latest film is a unique addition to his filmography, Slash Film flags two South Korean films from the recently concluded Fantastic Fest in Austin, Pierce Conran tracks the appearance of trains in modern Korean cinema, and catch all the winners from the 2016 edition of the DMZ Korean International Documentary Film Festival...More
My Korean Kitchen shows us how to prepare a popular sweet and sour side dish, Al Jazeera explores Korea's love of food in a short documentary, learn where and what to eat from one blogger's food adventures, and discover thirteen delicious vegan dishes...More
Lonely Planet looks at the best slopes to hit in Korea, read all about a nature-loving travel blogger's two week trip, see why the village that brought us bibimbap is one of the best travel destinations in Asia, and explore Korea's "hidden gem" that's tucked away in the mountains...More
The Korean Herald explores how a new law has drastically changed Korea's dining scene, K-cultural fans in New Zealand gear up for a month-long Korean festival, read why Indonesians are falling in love with all things Korean, and avoid any cultural shocks with Mindful Banter Travel...More
South Korea's largest art fair is coming soon to Seoul, enjoy a captured moment from the UN's multimedia archives from 1950, Street Art Utopia has an extensive collective of Korean street art to marvel at, and see some of the beautiful creations of a florist qua tattoo artist...More
A growing number of young people are developing "call phobia" which makes them reluctant to make voice calls and rely only on text messages.
The development puts a new spin on an older generation's complaint that phone calls were replacing meetings in person...More
Kahiyang Ayu, the eldest daughter of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, is visiting Korea with 36 officials from Bogor Agricultural University.
Ayu is a fan of Korean pop culture and food...More
Some lawyers and accountants are struggling despite their traditionally "safe" profession, and the wage gap even within these occupations is widening.
Some 4,609 professionals except doctors reported annual incomes of less than W24 million or W2 million a month, according to data the National Tax Service submitted on Thursday to the Minjoo Party lawmaker Park Kwang-on (US$1=W1,113). That amounts to 13.8 percent of the 33,319 professionals tallied...More
The number of single households has soared to 7.39 million, accounting for more than one-third of all households. That makes them the biggest group of households ahead of couples and nuclear families for the ninth year running.
The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs announced household statistics on Thursday showing that 34.8 percent of the total 21.2 million households consist of just one person...More
More and more young people hire clothes just like cars and hotel rooms.
Lotte Department Store opened a dress hire outlet at its main branch in downtown Seoul in August, which rents out high-end clothes and handbags for W100,000 to W300,000 a day (US$1=W1,108)...More
Pre-orders of commemorative coins for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will be available at commercial banks until Friday...More
From mid-November, earthquake alerts will be texted to everyone within range if the tremor measure 4 or higher on the Richter scale, the Ministry of Public Safety and Security said Tuesday...More
Drivers over 65 are proliferating even faster than the country is aging, which is already the fastest pace in the world. Their number increased from 705,400 in 2005 to about 2.29 million in 2015, according to the Korean Road Traffic Authority.
But the elderly population grew from 4.37 million to 6.62 million over the same period...More
Nearly one-fifth of companies in Korea have discriminated against older jobseekers, a recent survey by job search portal Saramin suggests.
Saramin polled 576 companies that posted job ads on the portal and asked them if they have a set of hiring criteria that are not revealed to applicants. Some 40.3 percent said yes...More
The exterior of Korea's tallest building, the new 123-story Lotte World Tower in southern Seoul, has been completed.
Lotte said Monday it completed the exterior of the 555 m-tall building by installing 42,000 windows. The site was chosen 30 years ago but construction did not start until 2010...More
Older people's quality of life gets rapidly worse when they retire, not because they feel the pinch very keenly or their health deteriorates but because they become estranged from their children.
The Korea Employment Information Service studied the changes in income and happiness among 2,234 people over 45 who remained employed or retired during the eight years since 2006 or made the painful switch...More
Between ruthless weather and award ceremonies, Korea and Korean entertainment have been rather busy this past week. On the other hand, my news offerings for you today are humble, which is a nicer way of saying we are a little low on the news. This is not true if you are eager to see "Man to Man", however, because said men seem impervious to slow news...More
So-hye has a form of brain cancer. Up until now I never really thought that the specific kind of cancer So-hye has was ever going to be all that important, since its usefulness as a plot device was in the generic way disease forced So-hye to reconsider her life. Well, here, So-hye ends up coming down with symptoms that I'm pretty sure are completely made up. So what we're left with is a woman in her thirties suddenly turning into a character from a very different kind of melodrama...More
"The K2" was off to quite a worrying start, but the drama has now settled in to its routine. Said routine includes some very nasty people and some generally nice people all mixed up in the former's power games. Yoo-jin gets a hefty dose of her reality when the time comes to claim her company's shares, our CCTV romance is taking its sweet time forming and the drama seems to have found a balance in its tone and flow...More
In rural North Korea Cheol-woo (played by Ryoo Seung-beom) is a fairly unremarkable fisherman who lives with his wife and daughter. Cheol-woo has to cross a checkpoint every day to go to work because he lives perilously close to the Demilitarized Zone. Far from having especially tight security, the North Korean border fence is actually fairly ramshackle, and because Cheol-woo knows the guards personally, they are hesitant to follow strict policy when an accident forces Cheol-woo's boat adrift. And there starts Cheol-woo's unfortunate journey to South Korea's modernland...More
Da-hye (played by Song Hye-kyo) lives happily with her boyfriend Sang-woo (played by Ki Tae-yeong). A freakish turn of events separates the couple. Da-hye deals with the trauma by trying to forgive the person responsible for what happened to Sang-woo, although this process turns out to be surprisingly unsatisfying and pointless. That much is a fairly accurate description of "A Reason to Live" as a whole. Some of its ideas are good, but almost nothing of consequence is done with them...More
Yoon Yeo-jeong, Lee Mi-sook, Ko Hyeon-jeong, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Min-hee, and Kim Ok-bin all play...themselves, in "Actresses", who are also all somewhat confusingly given credit as screenwriters. This is because director Lee Jae-yong intentionally produced "Actresses" without a script. Which makes sense. The whole raison d'être of the film is to answer a hypothetical "what-if" situation. Specifically, what if all these famous actresses had to get together for a photo shoot. What would they talk about?...More
Tae-sik was a true delinquent during his high school years, having drooped out of school and constantly fighting, along with his two lackeys, Yang-gi and Chang-moo. Choi Do-pil was the leader of the local mob during that period, and was desperately trying to persuade Tae-sik to join their ranks. During his last effort, he attacked Tae-sik, along with his henchmen, wishing to kill him. However, they failed miserably as he injured one of them named Byeong-jin and killed another. The result was that Tae-sik was sent to prison and Choi Do-pil's gang was dismantled...More
Suspicion leads to hysteria when rural villagers link a series of brutal murders to the arrival of a mysterious stranger in the supernatural thriller "The Wailing", debuting on digital September 6, and on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 4 from Well Go USA Entertainment...More
SES, one of the most popular girl groups of the 1990s, will reunite next year to mark the 20th anniversary of their debut.
Kang Jung-ho of the Pittsburgh Pirates speaks to reporters on arrival at Incheon International Airport on Friday...More
International students take part in a Korean writing contest at Yonsei University in Seoul on Friday, ahead of Hangeul Day...More
Visitors pose in a reed field at Haneul Park in Seoul on Friday...More
A disproportionate amount of the action in "Fantastic" takes place in the hospital. Granted the entire premise is that So-hye has a (possibly not) terminal illness, but matters do take a turn for the slightly silly when both leading men also end up needing medical care for completely unrelated problems. Then they have silly hospital-related adventures together as they bond, and aw, who doesn't love some good male bonding on-screen?...More
"Woman with a Suitcase" is moving right along. Nothing loses steam as the episodes plow forward. Characters' backgrounds have bits and pieces revealed. Those same characters grow, however painfully. The case of the episode is interesting and full of fun twists and moral dilemmas that everyone tackles in different ways. What a refreshingly mature and fun drama this is.
Perhaps the only downside to the drama is Bok-geo's very dominant personality and his penchant for abusing his legal powers over Geum-joo...More
This week sadly brings us only one episode and one major cliffhanger, but things move forward in "Shopping King Louis". Our titular character has secret enemies and helpers, he makes progress as a person and our romance finally has proper sparks going. We also get to know more about Bok-sil's life and fears. The budding romance brings budding rivalry, as Joong-won and Louis/Ji-seong begin the battle for Bok-sil's affection...More
Jang Geun-seok started tracking down Aphrodite.
Eom Tae-woong is denying that he was involved with prostitution.
Stylist Chae Han-seok posted a picture on his Instagram.
In the picture, Song Joong-ki is wearing a cap backwards and looking good. Chae Han-seok is standing next to him with a V. Song Joong-ki has his arms crossed and is making a face that makes him look like a menace...More
The cast of "Is This Money?" showed their friendship.
Pictures of the drama and cast were released on the 7th...More
On the second episode of Drama X "Something About 1% - 2016", Lee Jae-in (Ha Seok-jin) was troubled by his grandfather Lee Gyoo-cheol (Joo Jin-mo-I) who kept forcing him to marry Kim Da-hyeon (Jeon So-min)...More
The passenger argued, "I asked for a blanket, why is that so difficult?" Song Mi-jin replied, "We can't give you a blanket before take-off sir, " to which the passenger yelled, "Tell the captain to come out and apologize to me!"...More
The Busan International Film Festival opens in the southern port city on Thursday.
This year's Busan International Film Festival kicked off its 10-day run on Thursday, just a day after typhoon Chaba caused heavy damage along Busan's coastline as it ripped through southern Korea on Wednesday...More
Foreign residents take part in a Korean quiz contest in Seoul on Thursday, ahead of Hangeul Day...More
Women pose at Haneul Park in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Whatcha Wearin'??" (2012)
Directed by Byun Sung-Hyun
With Ji Seong, Kim Ah-joong, Shin So-yul, Kang Kyeong-joon, Kim Seong-oh, Jeong Soo-yeong,...
Also known as "Whatcha Wearin'??"
I'm an impatient girlfriend who wants to marry a man then I mistakingly call a stranger. I'ts an exciting, disastrous, sulky episode pleasantly described as a eye popping, exhilarating Rated R romance...More
There's a very great look, near the beginning of this episode, on Do-woo's face. What's he looking at? The reaction on Soo-ah's face as she takes in another good look at scenery. Ever since Annied died this is something that has been missing from Do-woo's life- someone who likes looking at things simply for the sake of looking at things. As an architect Do-woo is a strong appreciator of aesthetic. So it's with a keen sense of irony that he comes to realize no one else in his life pays attention to that stuff...More
As truths come to light, those who learn them and share them are forced to reckon with them. Love and dating and how they interact with the career paths of our character are the focus this episode. Social hierarchies dictate the moves of some characters, and squish the dreams of others. All throughout, love weaves its tendrils and keeps a vice-like grip on her victims.
Jeong-won's mother, a powerful figure in broadcasting, has decided Jeong-won should not date Na-ri and only date the woman of her choosing...More
The 21st Busan International Film Festival commenced on October 6 and will run for 10 days. 301 films from 69 countries will be introduced this year and 123 World Premieres and International Premieres will be screened in 5 theaters. More photos of celebrites at the Red Carpet Event after the jump...More
Singer and actress Uhm Jung-hwa is set to return to the stage after an eight-year absence from the music scene.
Uhm signed a contract with Mystic Entertainment to release a new album and has been preparing for a year. She is now putting the final touches on the album...More
Cheng Xiao of girl group Cosmic Girls throws a ceremonial pitch at a baseball match in Suwon on Wednesday.
Cheng Xiao, one of the Chinese members of girl group Cosmic Girls, threw a spectacular ceremonial pitch at a baseball match in Suwon on Wednesday...More
Models eat persimmons in a store in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Students hurry to school amid torrential rain brought by typhoon Chaba in Ulsan on Wednesday...More
Workers repair submerged roads at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Wednesday, after typhoon Chaba hit the area...More
Jae-in (played by Ha Seok-jin) is a hotel manager who is very well-tuned to making sure he is running the best high-class hotel possible. Jae-in is less accomodating to his staff, or people in general really. Through complicated legal shenanigans Jae-in's eccentric grandfather Gyoo-cheol (played by Joo Jin-mo-I) tries to bully Jae-in into marrying ordinary schoolteacher Da-hyeon (played by Jeon So-min), for silly reasons...More
Once more we're left to stark contrasts about how Soo-ah and Hye-won react to grief. Well, really, we don't actually know if Hye-won is reacting to grief, something else, or just a combination of all these factors. What we do know is that Hye-won is legitimately acting really weird, and Do-woo is increasingly bothered by her attempts to straight-up expunge Annie's existence from all living memory. Observe how her attempt at seduction is just...very awkward...More
One of Asia's biggest film festivals, the BIFF is being held from the 6th of October to the 15th. 301 films from 69 countries will be introduced this year and 123 World Premieres and International Premieres will be screened in 5 theaters. The following are 3 films that shouldn't be missed.
Movie stars are going to decorate the Red Carpet this year.
The Busan International Film Festival is opening its curtains on the 6th for ten days. The event has gone through conflicts between Busan City and the committee as well as a storm that hit Busan on the 5th, a day before the opening. However, several national and international stars are going to attend to make it a successful opening...More
The BIFF is finally opening after all unfavorable favors.
The 21st Busan International Film Festival is opening its curtains on October 6 for 10 days. 301 films from 69 countries will be introduced this year and 123 World Premieres and International Premieres will be screened in 5 theaters...More
He said, "I don't like looking at old pictures but the people in here are special to me and I've been looking for this picture"...More
Actor Lee Gwang-soo had a fan meeting on the 1st of October in Myeongdong, Seoul.
Pictures were released on his official Facebook page...More
Park Jeong-soo cried because her son has breast cancer.
"Incarnation of Jealousy" maintained its throne.
There is something that is so wonderfully introspective and real about "Woman with a Suitcase". It is rooted in the fact that Geum-joo is a delightful human being, a powerhouse paralegal, and confident, but also a little closed off to the opinions of others because she's lost sight of her sense of justice. It is Seok-woo who reminds her of the humanity inherent in the law and Bok-geo who gives her the means with which to practice it. These elements come together to form a great drama.
In this episode, Geum-joo is in fine form...More
Boy band SHINee pose at a press junket for their new album in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Girls pose for a selfie with art installations for a charity campaign at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Tuesday...More
A wide-angle camera shot better explains the cliffhanger for the last episode and...apparently Woo-hee was nowhere near King Taejo? What's more, the monarch had other more immediately pressing problems in the whole "staying alive" department, so that leaves Woo-hee's entire storyline as being completely pointless with no pay-off. Even so, other characters have to devote energy to saving Woo-hee, because Soo likes her, even though we don't actually know how or why Woo-hee and Soo are friends...More
"Cinderella and the Four Knights" was an adorable ride from beginning to end. Our Cinderella and her Kang cousins went through a lot, learned a lot, and grew a lot closer throughout the sixteen episodes. Ha-won got her prince, and the other prince's got their happy endings. The ride wasn't a smooth one, but it was very enjoyable.
This show's largest flaw was a lack of follow through...More
This far in I'm honestly a little surprised at how much I don't like most of the characters in "Drinking Alone". To write that I dislike them is probably a little harsh, but all the same, I can't come up with any good reason for Jeong-seok and Ha-na to be together. Shoot, I can't think of any good reason for Jeong-seok to be together with anyone. Does he seriously need to obsess about quality every waking moment? That was never a charming personality trait in the first place, and now it's just plain annoying...More
Singer Jessi finally met her ideal man Ha Jeong-woo.
She posted a picture on her Instagram standing with him...More
TV Chosun "Wonderful Day" featured actress Kim Soo-mi.
She talked about how she became an actress. She said she cried after hearing poet Han Yong-woon's poem about not being able to call a country 'my own' from her father. Then she wanted to become a writer but after her parents passed away, she wasn't able to pay for college. Her professor told her to go to MBC to meet a friend of his and that was a producer who offered her an audition...More
Actor Lee Min-ho recently filmed a commercial for Georgia, a Coca-Cola brand coffee. The commercial presents him as a smooth fall guy.
Myeong Se-bin is a woman who erased memories of her first love, Kim Seung-soo is a man who is trapped in the memories of his first love, Wang Bit-na is the new 'bad girl' and Park Jeong-cheol is sweet gentleman...More
She posted a picture on her Instagram on the 5th...More
The new JTBC drama "Man to Man" started its 4-month long journey with a script reading on the 3rd.
Producer Lee Chang-min-I, writer Kim Won-seok-II, Park Hae-jin (Kim Seol-woo), Park Seong-woong (Yeo Woon-gwang), Kim Min-jeong (Cha Do-ha), Yeon Jeong-hoon (Mo Seung-jae), Chae Jeong-an (Song Mi-eun), Cheon Ho-jin (Congressman Baek), Jang Hyeon-seong (Deputy Jang), Lee Si-eon (Chairman Ji), Oh Na-ra (Sharon Kim) and others were present on this day...More
"Woman with a Suitcase' Choi Ji-woo is trapped.
The crime thriller "Asura: The City of Madness" has hit the 2-million mark in cinema attendance since its release last Wednesday.
The number of viewers exceeded 2 million on Monday, just six days after its release, according to the Korea Film Council...More
Actress Han Ji-min has been appointed as a promotional ambassador for this year's Persons with Disabilities Film Festival.
The festival in its 17th year will hold the opening ceremony at a theater in Hapjeong-dong in Seoul on Nov. 4...More
Singer Rain was presented an award for his contribution to promote K-pop worldwide as one of the best stars in the 2000s at a festival held in Busan on Saturday...More
Lanterns are on display at an annual lantern festival in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province on Oct. 3, 2016...More
Models promote chrysanthemum pots in a store in Seoul on Monday...More
Tourists read a map in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Monday...More
A woman takes a photo in a flower field in Seoul on Monday...More
Last episode's actions were so intense that apparently the entire cast needed to take a yearlong break. It's times like this I wish "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" was more clear about how much time has progressed in general. Of course Prince So and Prince Wook are still pining for Soo, but all the same, when nearly every character action in "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" is a careful calculation based on a long-term plan, how Soo fits into that is pretty essential information...More
Jin-i gets a good chance for positive characterization quite quickly, as she's the one who has to wrangle a distraught drunken Ha-na somewhere the younger woman can sober up. Incidentally, I'm surprised Jin-i hooked up with her boyfriend at a motel when she has such a nice apartment. I'm less surprised that Jin-i and Ha-na's silly plan leads to an equally silly and comedic situation but what can I say, I'm a sucker for decent slapstick...More
"Incarnation of Jealousy" is more than a love story; it's a story of friendship. Nothing made that clearer than this episode. Jeong-won and Hwa-sin are so endearing in their friendship that I wish we had more of them throughout the drama. The romance is compelling, but not in the way their friendship is.
Even when fighting pangs of sharp jealousy, the two gentlemen are more concerned about whether or not they're still friends than who won the fight...More
"Woman with a Suitcase" wastes no time in moving past introductions and getting to the heart of the show: the alliances and the battles that Geum-joo has to forge and wage along her long road up. Ma-seok gets more than a few minutes of screen time and we see Geum-joo's telltale smarts and tenacity carry her through her transition back into the real world.
After serving a year of jail time, Geum-joo comes back to divorce papers, no home, and no money...More
Ahn So-hee turned into a fall woman.
She was featured in High Cut October issue.
In the pictures, she is wearing oversized coats with wide pants, flower patterns, high-waist pants, jogger pants and other trendy items...More
Lee Min-jeong's beauty stood out even in Florence, Italy.
She headed to Florence after her work was done in Milano on the 26th of September. She was invited to Shoe For Star which is an honorary invitation only given to those very few celebrities and she was able to visit the HQ in Florence...More
She posted a picture on her Instagram on the 3rd...More
Jung Seung-hwan is going to sing the "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" OST.
A footage of the couple's kiss scene has been released.
Who is 'IU"s lover?
The three-way relationship reached the peak in the SBS drama "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo".
Jo Min-ki (Wang Gun) shooed IU (Hae-soo) from Damiwon telling her never to appear in front of the princes again. When Lee Joon-ki (Wang So) had left the palace, Hae-soo snuck out but Kang Ha-neul (Wang Wook) found out and cried when he saw that she was gone...More
"Moonlight Drawn by Clouds" continues its journey in 1st place.
"The Age of Shadows" falls to "The City of Madness"...
Kim Seong-su's fourth film, "Asura: The City of Madness", arrived at the end of last month and has risen to the top of Korea's box office during the first weekend of October. The film, which stars Jeong Woo-seong, Hwang Jeong-min, Joo Ji-hoon and Kwak Do-won, captured 43.8% of the box office pie (1 million admissions from 1,278 screens) to claim the top spot from last weekend's winner, Korea's official Oscar submission, "The Age of Shadows"...More
Eom Tae-woong's rape investigation is about to go a long way.
Young women welcome visitors to a festival at COEX in Seoul on Sunday...More
Tourists take a selfie at a lantern festival in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province on Saturday...More
Hwa-sin wants to act on his feelings, but his conscience and his friendship with Jeong-won prevents him. His desire to be honest with his friends causes plenty of problems. Mix that together with the two moms vying for Ppalgang's attention, awkward love trios sprinkled throughout, and broadcast station politics and we have one exciting episode...More
All conflicts come to a head in this penultimate episode of "Cinderella and the Four Knights". Hyun-min finally starts to push himself to be something besides passive; Ha-won is forced to reckon with her situation; the Kang cousins come together to save something important to them. Even Yoon-seong is not what he seems.
By this point, Ji-woon has changed the most due to Ha-won's presence...More
"Woman with a Suitcase" is the story of a woman who has it all: brains, beauty, knowledge, tenacity, and a keen intuition. All she's missing is the society's seal of approval the test results to catapult her into a position of respect. This first episode is her story and how she, her sister, and those around her deal in the very tricky business of the law and the people who seek to manipulate to their will.
Kwon Eum-mi (Gapdong) is no stranger to penning procedurals or mystery, and has set up quite the story...More
Je-ha's encounter with someone who has wronged him in the past motivates him into accepting the job as a JSS bodyguard. Our hero has to fight through the dislike and distrust of other members as he begins his work, which is none other than keeping an eye on Ahn-na. Meanwhile Yoo-jin and Gwan-soo have the most polite confrontation over their hostilities. We get new characters, shower fights and a lightness in tone as we move into the main story...More
2016 APAN Star Awards Winners...More
The APAN Star Awards, hosted by Lee Honey and Sin Dong-yup on October 2nd, is a part of the 2016 DMC Festival which being held from October 1st to the 11th. All channels and dramas were in the spotlight for this event and 16 candidates were nominated for the Grand Prize.
More photos of actresses on the Red Carpet event after the jump...More
The APAN Star Awards, hosted by Lee Honey and Sin Dong-yup on October 2nd, is a part of the 2016 DMC Festival which being held from October 1st to the 11th. All channels and dramas were in the spotlight for this event and 16 candidates were nominated for the Grand Prize.
More photos of actors on the Red Carpet event after the jump...More
More than 50,000 university students have apparently postponed graduation plans amid a tough job market.
An Min-suk, a lawmaker with the Minjoo Party, obtained data from the Education Ministry that show 17,744 seniors officially postponing graduation in the first semester this year...More
Devotees of Korean-style pop from all corners of the globe are set to strut their stuff in a festival in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province on Friday...More
Women accounted for more than two-thirds of candidates who passed this year's exam for the diplomatic academy, and three male candidates only passed because of a gender equality quota.
The Ministry of Personnel Management on Thursday said 29 out of the 41 successful candidates were women.
Both the candidate who scored the highest and the youngest one to pass were also women...More
Over 8 million spectators filled the stadiums to watch professional baseball games this season. This is the first time Korea's professional baseball league has reached the mark in its 35-year history.
The record turnout has been attributed to a combination of factors including the expansion to a 10-team league and the construction of new stadiums...More
Korea came 26th out of 138 nations in global competitiveness rankings published by the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.
Korea rose to 11th place in 2007 but dropped to 26th in 2014 and seems marooned there...More
One in three couples who divorced last year had been together for more than 20 years.
The divorce rate among mature couples hit a record at 29.9 percent in 2015, according to Supreme Court annals published recently...More
Tourists have chosen N Seoul Tower with its panoramic views as the top sightseeing spot in the capital.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government conducted an online poll from Sept. 1 to 20 asking foreign and Korean tourists to choose the top 20 sightseeing attractions in the capital...More
Some 37 companies will be exempted from regulations on conglomerates on Friday. They include 25 private companies like Kakao and Harim as well as 12 state-run companies such as KEPCO.
The Fair Trade Commission on Tuesday said a revision of relevant laws means a company will be considered a conglomerate only if the combined assets of subsidiaries exceed W10 trillion, up from the current threshold of W5 trillion...More
A majority of professional military officers staunchly think of North Korea as the enemy, but among their conscripted men the proportion is less than half.
According to figures from the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses published by Saenuri lawmaker Kim Hack-yong on Tuesday, 64.6 percent of officers regard North Korea as the enemy but only 47.4 percent of enlisted servicemen...More
Arirang TV began broadcasting in the U.K. on Tuesday via British satellite stations Sky UK and Freesat.
Some 6.6 million households there can now watch the English-language channel at all hours of the day and night. This now makes Arirang TV available in 106 countries...More
Chinese visitors take photos of QR codes for discounts at the Lotte Department Store in Sogong-dong, Seoul on Tuesday.
A quarter of a million Chinese visitors are expected in Korea starting this weekend as China celebrates its weeklong national holiday.
The Korea Tourism Organization expects 40,000 more Chinese tourists than last year and projects that they will spend over W600 billion (US$1=W1,099)...More
The most searched dish by Chinese tourists who visited Korea last month was budae jjigae or spicy sausage stew.
The Korea Tourism Organization on Monday said it analyzed Dianping data of 200,000 Chinese tourists who used the app in Korea in August, and budae jjigae was the most searched dish with 23.46 percent...More
The trees started wearing their flaming autumn colors on Mt. Seorak on Monday, the Korea Meteorological Administration said. That was three days later than last year and a day earlier than on average...More
Seoul wealthiest taxpayers are still concentrated south of the Han River in Seoul, the area now world-famous as Gangnam, but other districts are coming up fast.
Lawmaker Kim Jong-min analyzed tax collection data in Seoul compiled by the National Tax Service in terms of gift, inheritance, real estate tax and capital gains tax and found that the highest amounts were collected in the three districts of Seocho, Gangnam and Songpa that make up what is mostly referred to as Gangnam...More
Lawmakers on Monday discussed asking a small contingent of Chinese police to be stationed on Jeju Island to help with violent crime involving the ever-growing numbers of Chinese tourists on the resort island.
Minjoo Party lawmaker Kang Chang-il mooted the idea in a National Assembly audit of the Foreign Ministry on Monday, citing the recent murder of a Korean woman by a Chinese tourist and a violent assault by a group of Chinese tourists at a restaurant...More
Workers assemble a car on a production line at Hyundai's plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. /Courtesy of Hyundai Motor
The production volume of Korean automakers is now bigger overseas than at home...More
The number of foreigners residing in Korea illegally has grown steadily over the past few years.
According to Justice Ministry data, as of July there were more than 213,000 undocumented immigrants or people who overstayed their visas. That's up 27 percent from six years ago, and accounts for more than 10 percent of the foreign population here...More
More than 65,000 schoolkids in Korea need counseling and treatment for emotional problems, recent data shows. Some 9,624 are considered at risk of suicide and require urgent treatment.
According to a report to lawmaker Ahn Min-seok, the Education Ministry conducted mental health checkups on about 2 million elementary, middle and high school students early this year, and found that 65,558 or 3.2 percent need special attention...More
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Korea dropped for the first time last month. The Korea Tourism Organization on Friday said 873,771 Chinese tourists visited Korea in August, down five percent from the previous month.
Industry insiders fear the decline may stem from growing anti-Korean sentiment in China over the stationing of a U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here...More
Hollywood star Drew Barrymore visited Korea recently and quietly checked out the cosmetics market here.
On Friday, the actress posted three photos on her social network account of stores that appear to be in Seoul's Myeong-dong shopping district. In two of the photos she poses in front of cosmetics stores; in another she examines a local cosmetic product...More
Korea was overtaken by India in the first seven months of the year and dropped to sixth place in terms of car production.
If the trend continues, Korea will no longer rank among the top 5 automakers for the first time in 12 years...More
With the late 2016 and early 2017 dramas rearing their teasing head out for us to see and get psyched over, news are plentiful. First up I share some goodies and my confusion from "happy cheating" drama "My Wife Is Having an Affair". I briefly consider the role of cable television in diversity through a recent article and talk pre-production and China once again. Happy new month and into it we go...More
With So-hye out of the hospital, "Fantastic" enters into a fairly predictable holding pattern. Obviously Hae-seong is quite pleased to have her around again, and this is a significant booster to his mood. But the sacrifice dynamic has been reversed in a possibly more risky direction. Even doing his own stunts Hae-seong isn't in that much physical danger. So-hye, however, knows full well that her health is at risk, and has to make a conscious effort to ignore that...More
The man we will now know as Je-ha is in quite a dire situation in episode three of "The K2" and he will need all the help he can get in a world of monsters. After rescuing Yoo-jin from a mysterious attack and clearly affecting her emotionally, he finds himself offered a job as her bodyguard. Meanwhile the vultures gather around the injured Yoo-jin, ready to gloat and capitalize on the event for their political gain...More
Gang-jae (played by Park Hyeok-kwon) is trapped in the closet. That's not a metaphor for his being gay, I mean he's literally trapped in the closet and it's quite some time before "A Break Alone" gets around to explaining the context for this initial dark, incomprehensible scene. That context though, soon proves to be generally depressing. Gang-jae is one of those married men who, for no particularly good reason, becomes obsessed with a nearby sexually attractive woman...More
Former cop Do-kyeong (played by Jeong Woo-seong) lays out the basic theme of "Asura: The City of Madness" pretty clearly in the opening narration panorama above his local wasteland. People are terrible. And we should hate them all. Every last one. Especially Sung-bae (played by Hwang Jeong-min), the crooked mayor who Do-kyeong works for on account of needing the money. All right, then, what about the anti-corruption unit, led by Cha-in (played by Kwak Do-won)? Never mind, he's just as savage as Sung-bae. Maybe action rookie Seon-mo (played by Joo Ji-hoon) can inspire some optimism? Ha ha, no...More
The most immediately striking feature of "Breathing Underwater" is how it's a nature documentary where the predators are humans. Observe the beautiful underwater sequences where black-garbed women divers in Jeju masterfully swim through vibrant underwater ecosystems, only to grab or stab prey animals and then come to the surface, putting the defeated creatures in bright floating containers. If you've ever wondered where South Korea's ridiculous variety in seafood comes from, well, the women divers have a lot to do with that...More
The film is based on the true story of a 70-year-old angler, who killed four women between August and September 2007, in Bosung.
Hyeon-ah is a young actress who travels to the countryside with a director who has promised her a role in his next film. Eventually, they stop in a village to eat. Unfortunately, the seemingly peaceful and polite owner, Pan-gon is paranoid murderer who, almost immediately, kills the director and chains the girl in a cage in his basement. Her sister, Hyeon-jeong, who is worried when she does not communicate with her for days, goes to the village and starts searching for her. The local police officers show no will to help her. She, however, starts suspecting Pan-gon after a while...More
So first of all, if you're looking for a list of everywhere I've been to on this trip, just scroll down to the bottom and you can find links to all the Korea Diaries I've written this year. I'm going to remain in South Korea until mid-October, but for the moment we feel this is enough writing about the more obscure parts of the country...More
Pierce Conran goes through the impressive lineup for the 11th London Korean Film Festival, NPR looks at the fascinating history behind Korea's first cinema couple, KOBIZ reveals the country's favourite films over Chuseok in their latest infographic, and the Los Angeles Times reviews Korea's official Oscar submission: "The Age of Shadows"...More
Jamie Oliver kicks off his new "Superfood" series with some Korean spice on a volcanic island, The Korea Times explores the rise of craft beer and its effects on local tastes, see what snack was trending in Korea over Chuseok and how you can make it yourself with My Korean Kitchen, and hear how the chairwoman of the Korean Food Foundation wants to keep refining Korean cuisine with the times...More
Discover Korea during the winter months ahead of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, follow a biker crew as they ride from Busan to Seoul, read about Changdeokgung Palace and its "Secret Garden", and Pacific Holiday puts South Korea in the spotlight...More
Explore three of Seoul's most popular districts with Nom Adventure, Changdong is on its way to becoming the new K-pop "Mecca", Seoul Design Week gives us a taste of the near future, and get to know more about Korea's million-dollar gaming industry...More
Sun Mu turns North Korean propaganda on its head, enjoys some beautiful photographs of the deserted grounds from the Yeosu Expo, see one daring photographer's definition of a self-portrait, and The Culture Trip has ten contemporary Korean artists you really should get to know...More
Added final episode 16 for the Korean drama 'Cinderella and the Four Knights'
Genres: Action and Crime
Running Time: 132 min.
Directed by: Kim Seong-su
Choi attended a press event for the new soap in Seoul last week...More
Singer HyunA arrives at Incheon International Airport on Friday on her way to a photo shoot in Italy...More
Participants attend the opening ceremony of the annual mask dance festival in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province on Friday...More
People look at an art installation at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Friday...More
It all starts out fun and games- the usual romantic hijinx as So-hye prepares to go into more serious treatment and Hae-seong simply reassures her. But the main plot quickly turns troublesome as Hae-seong is threatened by a scandal. To be honest it's kind of a silly scandal. The closest analog I can think of is what happened with Gary awhile back, and that was so obviously unverified Gary's agency didn't even respond to it until the guy in the video asked them to, because as a Gary fan he was deeply hurt by the idea that someone would use his tattoo to defame Gary...More
Like a puppy waiting for the mail person, I am always excited by the possibility that a drama will avoid repetitive plot devices and major drops in quality. Much like said puppies, I also sadly set my expectations too high for the eventual pay off. "Shopping King Louis" is still a delightful show, but we are now introduced to certain familiar and frustrating concepts. I am not panicking just yet, however, as I also see its good sides persevere...More
Looking back on this Korea Diaries project, what's always struck me as the most interesting landmarks are not the special tourist sites, but the very normal physical locations where people go in and out doing their daily business. Like this completely unremarkable narrow covered market. When I think about imminently coming back to the United States, it's weird to think that I'm not going to be able to see these anymore...More
This year's Busan International Film Festival will start its 10-day run next week.
Some 300 films from 69 countries will be screened at the annual event, which opens on Oct. 6 with the Korean film "A Quiet Dream" directed by Zhang Lu. The movie revolves around a young woman who runs a small bar and the young men who try to win her heart...More
Horan of the trio band Clazziquai has been booked without detention for drunk driving, Gangnam police said Thursday.
She hit a cleaning vehicle near Seongsu Bridge in Seoul on Thursday morning while driving under the influence. The driver of the cleaning vehicle was taken to hospital with a minor injury...More
Buckwheat flowers are in bloom in Namhae, South Gyeongsang Province on Thursday...More
Tourists look around a traditional outdoor market in Seoul on Thursday...More
Volunteers lay flowers at the National Cemetery in Seoul on Thursday, ahead of Armed Forces Day...More
Korean drama of the week "Fated to Love You" (2014)
Directed by Kim Hee-won-II, Lee Dong-yoon
Written by Jo Jin-gook, Joo Chan-ok
Network : MBC
With Jang Hyeok, Jang Nara, Choi Jin-hyeok, Wang Ji-won, Jeong Eun-pyo, Choi Dae-cheol,...
20 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00
A remake of a Taiwanese drama from the year 2008. A normal and non-existant woman spends a night with an heir to a wealthy family...More
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While It's tempting to just write Hye-won off as being evil, I have trouble doing so because Hye-won's situation is very complex. And besides that, no one especially wants to confront a grieving mother, especially Do-woo, who is not Annie's biological father. But even if Hye-won's failings as a mother are defendable, her failures as a wife most certainly are not. Scene by scene, Do-woo continues to suffer and Hye-won simply obliviously refuses to so much as acknowledge him...More
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"Shopping King Louis" falls back into old habits in episode three, as our poor duo settle into their new home and start making money. A new character enters Ji-seong's and Bok-sil's life, the lady of the house gets a big promotion and things move forward with our plot as Ji-seong slowly starts to remember fragments of his life. Meanwhile, Ma-ri questions her sighting of Ji-seong and so does her father, who is hiding a not-so-secret truth...More
tvN is where movie actors appear often. Kim Hye-soo and Jo Jin-woong in "Signal", Yoo Ji-tae and Jeon Do-yeon in "The Good Wife" are some examples. Their appearance alone is enough to get the public excited. It is interesting, to see those you only see in movies, on TV.
When a trusted actor or actress appears in a drama, expectations go up. We assume they won't choose a cheesy script and that hasn't been proven wrong yet...More
The nominees of the Asia Pacific Star Awards were released on the 29th.
The APAN Star Awards is a part of the 2016 DMC Festival being held from the 1st of October to the 11th. All channels and dramas are the objects of this event and 16 candidates are nominated for the Grand Prize...More
The eight month long "Monster - 2016" wasn't easy for veteran actor Kang Ji-hwan as well. He had to take on the weight of a lead character, the heavy story line, the frequent action scenes and the injuries that came along with it. "Monster - 2016" was a lot of pressure for him. However, he stood strong and "Monster - 2016" ended successfully.
In an interview with the actor, he said, "I don't know how time went by while filming "Monster - 2016". It's been about ten days now. I've never done a 50 episode drama before and it was tough mentally and physically but there were good people around me to help me through it"...More
Pictures of the lovely couple increase anticipation for the drama and people just can't wait for its release...More
Brown Eyed Girls Narsha is getting married.
A picture of herself in a wedding dress from November 2011 came to attention...More
Actor Lee Min-jeong posted a picture on her SNS.
She's looking somewhere far and she looks as radiant as ever...More
Louis (Seo In-guk) gave Ko Bok-sil (Nam Ji-hyeon) an idea. Based on his suggestion, Bok-sil gave Baek Ma-ri (Im Se-mi) an idea too. However, Ma-ri only copied Bok-sil's idea. Ko Bok-sil was devastated when she returned home but Louis was standing at the bus stop with an umbrella for her...More
Kim Ha-neul cried.
"Incarnation of Jealousy" came in first.
Source | 2016/09/29 | |