K-pop girl group TWICE will make a debut in Japan in July. Their management agency JYP Entertainment said in a press release on Tuesday that TWICE will hold a showcase in Tokyo on July 2...More
10-member girl group Pristin make debut...More
Workers clean a plaza in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Wednesday...More
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Director Yoon Sang-ho can throw all the pretty lighting and musical cues at Lee Gyum and Saimdang as he wants. But at the end of the day, a single look of genuine meaningful concern from Won-soo about Saimdang's safety has a lot more impact than anything Lee Gyum has done over the entire course of the drama. I really like Yoon Da-hoon. He's pretty much the only actor in "Saimdang: Light's Diary" who consistently comes off as believable and sympathetic, although it does help that his character is written somewhat realistically...More
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Han Ji-min is the latest actress to turn down the female lead for "Watch out for this Woman". However, Ji Chang-wook's real life best friend, Choi Tae-joon has been offered a role in the drama.
"My Secret Romance" is about a man and a woman who have a one night stand but run into each other again 3 years later as a workaholic deputy director and his company nutritionist. Sung Hoon and Song Ji-eun take on the roles of the deputy director Cha Jin-wook and nutritionist Lee Yoo-mi...More
She's coming back with a drama for the first time in 2 years and it's her first comeback since she got married in 2016...More
Actor Lee Gwang-soo looks youthful.
Spring of 1987 was the peak of military dictatorship and the people from back then are ringing a bell to us in 2017.
"Ordinary Man" is about a detective named Kang Seong-jin (Son Hyeon-joo) who lived an ordinary life in 1987 but then gets involved in a national crisis that is a serial murder and begins losing his life as a whole. The turbulent period the people experienced in 1987 seems to overlap with 2017...More
Pictures came up from the scene on Facebook on the 22nd by the writer...More
Hodu Entertainment announced on the 22nd, "Their relationship was private so we don't know the details to their break up, but it seems as though they drifted apart due to so much work"...More
Ko Ah-seong seemed to have stomach pain and wondered if she was going to die.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Saimdang: Light's Diary", Min Chi-hyeong was mad that Black Flower was Hwieumdang. He abused her and threatened her, "Finding out the way to make the Koryeo paper is the only way you will live". Hwieumdang set out to get the secret...More
"Chief Kim" has 20% right before it.
Added episode 16 for the Korean drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na poses at a sponsored event to promote the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Tuesday...More
Visitors take a picture in a department store in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Azaleas are in bloom in Gangneung, Gangwon Province on Tuesday...More
The final showdown is upon us. Tae-goo's thirst for sadism wins over reason and his father's begging. Unleashed, Tae-goo is terrifying in the fact that he is unhinged and uncontrollable. Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok endeavor to shut him down for good, but his network is powerful.
Tae-goo, however, often works outside his network, giving Jin-hyeok and Kwon-joo a huge mess to clean up....More
I realized this episode, with some trepidation, that far from having a clear goal in mind Gil-dong's entire operation is little more than an organized crime outfit. Granted, they tend to go after people who probably deserve it. Even so, beating up people on the street who are rude little jerks seems a bit beneath the lofty visions of "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" and indeed, if we take the position that might makes right that uh, kind of validates the entire unjust system Gil-dong is supposed to be fighting against...More
It is a game of cat and mouse. Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok have cottoned onto Tae-goo's identity and the source of his power and insanity. Kim Jae-wook carries the episode on his very capable shoulders as he shoes that Tae-goo is a very terrifyingly unhinged man. Unfortunately, he has the power, money, and intelligence to mask his evil deeds from society....More
The country has 6.44 million temporary workers. They have Nowhere to Turn to even if they get discharged overnight. The government released a system of elementary school sports instructors in 2008 but most schools only employ them for 11 months. This is part of a scheme to avoid paying pension which becomes true if the position is filled for 12 months.
In 2012, 2014 and 2016 released a law forbidding the 'breaking down of contract' but it didn't work. It's spring but it's still winter for those without real jobs...More
"Radiant Office" is shaping up to be an office drama with a touch of chaebol, medical, and fantasy thrown into the mix. While the tone was peculiar, it wasn't unpleasant. The chemistry of the three contract workers, Ho-won, Gi-taek, and Kang-ho, is absolutely delightful. They start to navigate the murky waters of the hierarchical Korean workplace and find many similarities to the real world....More
Park Min-young takes on the role of Queen Dan-kyeong, the daughter of a man of authority who is one of the king's favorites and had to have the most political kind of romance. She's a character who just wants to marry the man she loves and live a normal life...More
The prologue for "DMZ, The Wild" is being released by MBC.
"DMZ, The Wild" is a documentary on the wildlife situation at the DMZ. The project took a year and 5 months to complete and its presenter Lee Min-ho and the crew took a look at the survival tactics and rules of the wild that exist on this forbidden piece of land...More
While it seems Amy is visiting the country for a while, attention goes back to why she was deported in the first place.
Amy was deported for continuous use of propofol and zolpidem...More
Actress Lee Seong-kyeong is the next 'spring goddess'.
She posted two pictures from her collection on Instagram...More
She's taking on the role of Kang Hae-jin a woman who puts her faith in something once she starts believing in it. She has a husband 6 years younger than her and puts him through law school. She also runs her father-in-law's failing restaurant and brings it back up...More
"I should have turned it down, but I had nothing else to say"
The new OCN drama hero Choi Jin-hyeok was spotted holding a victim child tightly in his arms...More
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People", So Bu-ri (Park Joon-gyoo) told Ga-ryeong that there was someone who wanted to marry her. He asked Hong Gil-dong if he would allow her to see who this man was...More
Uhm Ki-joon was mean and sly until the end.
The final episode of "Defendant" set a new record and ended in success.
Added episode 15 for the Korean drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"
Singer IU will release an album in about a year and a half.
It will be her fourth full-length album to be released in mid-April, her management agency said in a press release on Monday...More
Cha Jun-hwan (left) and Lim Eun-soo pose on arrival at Incheon International Airport on Monday after wrapping up the ISU World Figure Skating Championships...More
Staff at a regional election committee monitor online presidential campaign news in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Monday...More
Ja-won (played by Park Soo-yeong) is a sinister minister who for mysterious reasons gave Gil-dong a massive burn mark while the younger man was staying at Nok-soo's place. There are clear implications that Ja-won knows Gil-dong is far smarter and more dangerous than he lets on. Yet for all his apparent importance, I have not discussed Ja-won up until now because like so many characters in "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People", Ja-won never seems to do anything with his superior story knowledge...More
One factor of "Strong Family" that I rather like is the way it takes on people's imaginations. See, we are limited by personal experience. So when Ra-yeon runs across an old friend by chance, she starts thinking about bygone dreams from past years. Such dreams are inevitably painted in a fairly fantastical light. We're inclined to think of acting in terms of the polished final product we see on screen, not the rather monotonous and perfection focused process that goes into it...More
Several sources claim that they are seeing each other and it's a proven fact...More
STARRING: Han Seok-Kyu / Kim Rae-won / Lee Kyeong-yeong / Jung Woong-in / Jo Jae-yoon / Kim Seong-gyoon
WRITTEN/DIRECTED BY: Nah Hyeon
RELEASE DATE: March 31st, 2017 (A Well Go USA Entertainment release)...More
Singer and actress Suzy styled extreme denim fashion. She released a duet single with Park Won in February...More
Comedian Lee Gook-joo claimed she was going to take strong action on her cyber-bullies, and On Si-woo publicly criticized her.
Lee Gook-joo stated on SNS that she won't let her cyber-bullies get away with what they did to her and On Si-woo posted, "How does it feel being insulted online? How about the men you publicly embarrass? You would have been reported 10 times and more so you should be ashamed of yourself"...More
Hallyu star Lee Young-ae donated 150 million won to Kangwondo in wishing it a successful 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and to help the needy.
The donations were delivered to the Kangwon Sports Federation on the 20th...More
On the 20th, "The Liar and His Lover" showed Kang Han-gyeol (Lee Hyun-woo) a genius composer who is hiding himself and teenage girl Yoon So-rim (Joy) with a vitamin voice, falling in love with him at first sight...More
There is a shocking truth to Jo Yeo-jung's past.
On the seventh episode of the KBS 2TV drama "The Perfect Wife", it turned out that Lee Eun-hee (Jo Yeo-jung) had once had a crush on Sim Jae-bok's (Ko So-young) husband Koo Jeong-hee (Yoon Sang-hyeon)...More
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People", Yeon San-gun called Jang Nok-soo and said, "I want a prize. Your heart". Thanks to Yeon San-gun, Jang Nok-soo was able to repay the magistrate from her childhood for the tears she cried...More
Uhm Ki-joon started falling.
"Defendant" set a new record and came in first.
A trio of foreign beasts capture the podium...
A new beast arrived in Korea last Thursday and dislodged "Kong" at the top of the chart. With 66.86% of the box office pie, Bill Condon's musical drama "Beauty and the Beast" (Emma Watson, Dan Stevens) dominated proceedings by capturing 1.4 million admissions ($10.5 million). The film, a remake of Disney's 1991 live-action classic, after having also been recently released in America, has already banked $350 million worldwide (the film was produced for an estimated $160 million)...More
Actress Gong Hyo-jin was spotted in the middle of a collection.
Maybe it was the pressure. Rookie actor On Si-woo deleted his SNS.
On the 19th, On Si-woo criticized comedian Lee Gook-joo while mentioning a news link she was mentioned in...More
Visitors have fun at a festival of colors at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Sunday...More
Tulips are in bloom at an amusement park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday...More
Tourists pose at the Cheonggye Stream in Seoul on Sunday...More
"Voice" is barreling forward, showing Tae-goo in all of his wicked glory as Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok desperately try to identify him and bring him to justice. Unfortunately, the dregs of society continue to do evil and call their attentions away from the central conceit. If you're a bit squeamish, there are a few parts in this episode you may need to skim - I know I did.
First, Mozart's Lacrymosa returned after Tae-goo made his next big move....More
The murderer has been pinpointed, but he is far from being apprehended. He has Jin-hyeok and Kwon-joo in his sights and regards them with twisted fascination. Two steps behind, the Golden Time team struggles to keep up with the trail of blood and body parts he leaves behind. Kwon-joo's gift is proving useful, but will it be enough to catch this psycho with a self-declared mandate from the heavens?...More
Actor Lee Jong-suk posted a picture on Weibo with the words, "How are you? Don't catch a cold".
Top star Lee Hyo-ri is feisty in real life and maybe that's why she's feisty in drama too.
Kim So-eun vented.
Park Seong-hwan was supported by his daughter-in-law Ko Na-kyeong (Yoon Ah-jeong) to approach Yoo Ji-na and he was even going to let out his house to her when she needed a place to stay. His mother Seong Kyeong-ja (Jung Hye-sun) was furious and started to criticize Yoo Ji-na in front of him...More
They got their DNA's tested and made sure they were brothers. Lee Hyeon-woo then went to Han Hyeong-sup (Kim Chang-wan) who hid Han Seong-joon for 23 years and went ballistic. Eventually, he calmed down and called Han Seong-joon out...More
The weekend drama "Father is Strange" portrayed two very different lives of two couples.
"Father is Strange" set a new record.
The number one movie this week is "Beauty and the Beast"...More
"Voice" has found its heart. We finally peer into the inner workings of Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok as well as our bad guy, Tae-goo. A lot of back story and emotional underpinnings came to light and I have to say, "It's about time". After all of the excitement of the cases and running around, having some emotional weight added is much needed.
Tae-goo benefits from Kim Jae-wook's spot on portrayal of his insanity...More
Korean festivals see a surge in film submissions, Yoon Min-sik reviews Hong Sang-soo's latest ("On the Beach at Night Alone") for the Korea Herald, find out more about Jeong Da-hee's award-winning animated short film, and Pierce Conran explores the rise of prison dramas...More
Steam some skate at home with the Korea Herald and Korea Bapsang, My Korean Kitchen puts together a delicious sweet and sour pork dish, Kimchimari gets spoilt for choice at a Korean breakfast buffet, and discover the wonderful world of Korea's temple foods...More
Hit Seoul's hottest fashion districts with 10 Magazine, get a great guide to travelling around Seoul, the country's highest observation deck (The Seoul Sky) opens for business, and discover why Korea is fun for the whole family...More
Discover classic and contemporary Korean literature online, US consumers buy into Korea's 'skin first' beauty culture, see the role of identity politics in Korea's current political crisis, and why does Canada love K-pop so much?...More
Digital cameras and new technology put pressure on Korea's photo studios, Kyungah Ham smuggles embroidery out of North Korea to create incredible works of art, photographer Park Young-kyu captures women he encountered on a dating app, and explore Korea's Museum of Modern and Contemporary art from afar...More
An empty classroom in a high school in Seongju, North Geyongsang Province, which closed down after seniors graduated this year.
The low birthrate is now starting to shrink high-school classes across the nation and in some cases shutting down some subjects completely.
Education Ministry data last week show that the number of new students entering high school this year dwindled by around 60,000 or 11 percent. A total of 525,300 students finished middle school last year and are entering senior high school this year, compared to 591,845 last year. And next year, only 460,000 are expected, down another 12.2 percent...More
Visitors look at electric cars at an expo on Jeju Island on Thursday. /Newsis
Hyundai and Kia unveiled new electric cars at an expo on Jeju Island on Thursday.
Hyundai launched a newly modified electric version of the Ioniq, which is W1.6 million cheaper than the previous model at W40 million (US$1=W1,132)...More
Koreans take out their first loans in their 20s to cover university tuition and borrow more in their 30s to buy a home, while a person would have to save up all of their earnings for 11 years to afford an adequate apartment in Seoul, a study suggests.
Shinhan Bank analyzed the financial status of 10,000 Korean income earners and published the study on Thursday...More
The Maldives remains the most popular honeymoon destination for Koreans, followed by Hawaii, Bali, Europe and Phuket, according to ticket sales analysis by online travel agency Interpark Tour...More
A growing number of jobseekers are finally lowering their sights and applying to small and mid-sized companies instead of insisting on plum jobs with big conglomerates.
Some surveys suggest that eight out of 10 jobseekers are lowering their sights. Job portal Saramin polled 2,263 jobseekers, and 84 percent said they are willing to work for smaller companies...More
The job market is deteriorating amid a prolonged recession, according to Statistics Korea on Wednesday.
The total number of jobseekers reached 1.35 million in February, hitting a seven-year high. The rise was accelerated by those in their 60s or above, as some 54,000 of people in that age group lost their jobs over the last year, while the jobless rate for those in their 40s and 50s decreased slightly...More
Robert Kelly, a professor at Pusan National University, poses for a picture with his wife and kids at the school on Wednesday.
Robert Kelly, the unassuming academic who became an overnight viral sensation when his children interrupted a live webcam interview with the BBC, has spoken to the local press about his newfound fame.
Kelly, who teaches at Pusan National University in the southern city also spelled Busan, met the press Wednesday and thanked everyone for their enormous interest. He told reporters gathered at the university that he was pleased to be able to make people laugh...More
The arrivals hall of Incheon International Airport is quiet on Wednesday.
A ban on "zero-dollar" shopping tours to Korea by the Chinese National Tourism Administration went into effect on Wednesday, widely seen as retaliation against the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. in Korea.
Travel agencies also halted visa application services...More
Exports of Korean confectionery has surpassed imports for the first time thanks to growing popularity especially in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
Confectionery exports reached US$251.63 million in 2015, compared to $243.29 in imports, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Monday...More
Hello again, dear readers and welcome to another Saturday with yours truly. Today I take a look at the refreshing promotion for "Mystery Queen", provide some casting news and thoughts for "Circle" and also take a look at OCN's surprising turn to romantic comedy with "My Secret Romance". Another week, another batch of news and goodies...More
Dramaland has been meticulously churning out time travel and crime dramas lately so "Tunnel - Drama" is nothing revolutionary. At the same time, the idea of a detective from the past dealing with modern society after being time-thrown into it might just give this one a little fresh edge.
Detective Park Gwang-ho (Choi Jin-hyuk) travels thirty years into the future while in pursuit of a serial killer. In the present, he will have to work with detective Kim Seon-jae (Yoon Hyeon-min) and criminal psychologist Sin Jae-i (Lee Yoo-young) in order to reach his goal...More
Jae-hoon (played by Lee Byung-hun) is a fund manager currently living in South Korea having sent his wife Soo-jin (played by Gong Hyo-jin) off to Australia a year prior. A bad situation leaves Jae-hoon deciding to cross over the ocean himself to see what exactly Soo-jin has been up to, although for various reasons Jae-hoon is reluctant to try and approach her directly. He actually ends up talking more to Jin-ah (played by Ahn So-hee), a young traveler who like Jae-hoon has met a similar unwelcome fate...More
In the present day, In-yeong (played by Yoon Jin-seo) and Yoon-jo (played by Kim Min-seo) catch up on life over coffee. As it turns out, the main immediate event of relevance for In-yeong has been her meetings with Hee-soo (played by Oh Ji-ho), who she has only ever met at the coffee shop. To avoid inspiring the wrath of In-yeong's husband Won-yeong (played by Lee Seon-ho), In-yeong and Hee-soo have agreed to only ever be "Coffee Mates", even as they drift further and further into an obvious emotional affair...More
Min-sik (played by Jinyoung) is a teenager from a religious family that has recently relocated their ministry from the southeastern quarter of South Korea to Suwon. As an outsider, and not as religious a one as his parents, Min-sik soon falls in with the wrong crowd. Mutually, they all torment Ye-joo (played by Ji Woo), another outsider who, thanks to certain rumors, is unable to find any succor from her classmates...More
Despite its mediocre accomplishments in S. Korean box office, "Take Care of My Cat" received great reviews and went on screening in a number of festivals around the world, winning a plethora of awards...More
As we start 2017, we take a look at last year and see the state of Korean cinema of 2016. Fortunately, Korean films in 2016 were awesome...More
"Wanted" is an SBS thriller drama starring veteran actors Kim Ah-joong as our multi-talented top actress Jeong Hye-in, Ji Hyeon-woo as the intelligent and upright police officer Cha Seung-in, and Uhm Tae-woong as the capable yet extremely sobering PD Sin Dong-wook. The drama wastes no time and establishes the premise of the story and our character's relationships within the first two episodes. Our heroine Hye-in's son gets kidnapped on the day she announces her retirement from the entertainment industry...More
Added the upcoming Korean movie "National Duty : The Secret of the Ginoyuri Mission"'s page to HanCinema database...More
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Theatrical Version Tobot : The Attack and of the Robot Army"'s page to HanCinema database...More
In the drama, which centers on the hunt for a serial killer, Lee played a police officer working at an emergency dispatch center who brings a calm, cool-headed manner to solving cases...More
Students have fun during a school trip at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Friday...More
Youngsters take a selfie in the hanok village in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Friday...More
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The editing in "Voice" is just plain bizarre. I know I should be focused on the thrill and the chase, but the editing keeps jerking me out of the mood. Flashbacks occur in a strange, cyclical fashion that is more confusing than helpful or mood-inducing. Luckily, we have a powerhouse cast to guide us along even when the production can't....More
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"Radiant Office" starts out heavily with the heroine and her new friends wanting to end their miserable lives of poverty and trying to succeed in an extremely competitive job market. Throw a terminal medical issue into the mix and we have some very, very sad young people. Much of the episode was introducing characters who ended up in tears. Despite the sadness, there was still some levity and some insight into the characters and the future workplace dynamic.
Go Ah-seon is always a pleasure to watch onscreen and the same holds true for her portrayal of Eun Ho-won....More
"All I had was passion and spirit in my 20s. I was proud of the title, 'youth star' and I only had eyes for what was mine. Now that I'm near 40, I want to be an actor. I want to act for real".
Actor Kim Rae-won spoke these words with sincerity and in a quiet tone. He's been in romance, comedy, mellow, action, noire and now criminal action. He's been successful so far and many may think he's quite an intelligent actor but that's not all...More
Girl group EXID arrive at Incheon International Airport on Thursday on their way to a K-pop concert in Mexico...More
Children have fun at a flower event in a store in Seoul on Thursday...More
Girls take a selfie at Haeundae Beach in Busan on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Drama Special - Sirius" (2013)
Directed by Mo Wan-il
Written by Won Ri-oh
With Seo Joon-yeong, Ryoo Seung-soo, Eom Hyeon-kyeong, Sin Jeong-geun, Jo Woo-ri, Baek Won-gil,...
4 episodes - Sun 23:45
23rd part of the "Drama Special" series season 3
Chief of detective elite Do Sin-woo passes the bar exam and decides to become a policeman. He orders detectives old enough to be his father and risks his life to investigate a drug case. Usually he is cold hearted but he is persistent about the drug case...More
While the last episode closed with Ji-yoon promising sweet, sweet revenge against Jeong-hak for all the suffering he's put her though, the framing device this episode is pretty subdued. That's a bit of an odd way to put it, considering the highlight is a nun rocking out with her guitar but no, really, all that happens is that Ji-yoon and friends manage to smuggle the art out of the nightclub without Jeong-hak getting a clear idea of what exactly it is they're doing. I don't know either, really, but whatever, that part was cute at least...More
Mi-joo (played by Yoon So-hee) is Nan-hee's old friend, who is conventionally attractive without the help of a magic ring. Mi-joo is, somewhat counter-intuitively, actually the most interesting part of "Three Color Fantasy - Queen of the Ring" because she comes off as weirdly insecure. There are good backstory reasons for this, but beyond that, it's mostly just kind of odd to watch Mi-joo clearly need her looks for validation. It makes Nan-hee visibly uncomfortable...More
Kwon Sang-woo looks so young in front of the camera.
He recently featured in the style magazine called "High Cut"...More
Singer and actress Suzy cut her hair short.
Director Hong Sang-soo is going through some difficult times with the divorce from his wife.
According to sources, the divorce is currently on standstill. Apparently the wife hasn't been delivered the papers related to the divorce as she was 'unavailable' three times. Hong Sang-soo apparently submitted certified copies of an order of correction to court last month...More
Actress Han Chae-young brought up something she had kept inside for a long time.
On the upcoming episode of the KBS 2TV show "Slam Dunk 2" on the 17th, the team is going to visit "Music Bank" in order to show support for Hong Jin-yeong. Meanwhile, Han Chae-young is going to talk about the time she suffered because of her debuting drama "Autumn in my Heart"...More
Saimdang (Lee Young-ae) was able to escape Hwieumdang's (Oh Yoon-ah) death threat thanks to Lee Gyeom (Song Seung-heon). However, Chi-hyeong (Choi Chul-ho) who was able to avoid death thanks to Nam Gwi-in, went after Lee Gyeom and Saimdang who knew how to make Koryeo paper. Chi-hyeong and Lee Gyeom had a sword battle and Lee Gyeom was cut in the arm...More
"Chief Kim" came in first despite the drop.
Ko Ah-seong got a contract job.
Added episodes 34 and 35 for the Korean drama "Father, I'll Take Care of You"
A shopping street in Jeju popular among Chinese tourists is deserted on Wednesday...More
Visitors look at Tesla electric cars at the opening of the U.S. company's first Korean dealership in Hanam, Gyeonggi Province on Wednesday...More
Just past the midway mark and we finally get some insight into Hyeon-ho. Unfortunately that insight comes as a contrived threat. So far each cop on our Golden Time team has had such a threat. But we'll run with it and watch Yesung star in an episode...More
Our heroine now has the most important thing she could ever need: someone who believes in her. Min-hyeok, despite her dazzling, fearful displays of strength, sees her for who she is and believes in what she can do with her superpowers. Mixed with that is, of course, a goodly amount of bickering, moony eyes, and adorable puppy dog sound effects....More
As Saimdang sets off on her quest to find a plot device, Lee Gyum finds himself in the thick of the conspiracy. King Jungjong's family history is discussed in greater detail. Then the enforcers of the conspiracy catch up with Saimdang and they are only saved by the chance intervention of some guy who apparently has a past relationship with the street urchins. Then we're treated to a group of other tangentially related characters fussing about clothes in a lighthearted way...More
"Chief Kim" topped the charts once again.
"... a vivid and relatable tale". ~ Gary Goldstein, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Infusing its nightmarish scenario with bracing doses of satirical humor, Tunnel is smarter and more sophisticated than most Hollywood attempts at the genre".
~ Frank Scheck, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER...More
Added episode 14 for the Korean drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Tuesday indicted another woman on charges of falsely accusing singer-actor Park Yoo-chun of boy band JYJ of rape.
The 24-year-old woman, identified by her surname Song, had consensual sex with Park in the toilet of a hostess bar in Gangnam in December of 2015...More
A street in the normally busy Myeong-dong shopping district in Seoul is deserted on Wednesday...More
Although rather frivolous despite the subject matter, "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" does have a lot of heart. Park Bo-young is always a strong female lead and I like that her character juxtaposes her stature and femininity with her strength and desire to do right by her people....More
For most of the early portion of this episode I thought Amogae's unusual moments of lucidity were a signal that maybe he was ready to rejoin the main story. Alas, it turns out what's actually happening is that Amogae is being given a tragically fitting eulogy. The overall positive tone when it comes to Amogae's past accomplishments and relationships is a bit out of step considering how by the end Amogae's three children are as estranged as ever...More
The romantic comedy is set to air in April, and while it starts with a titillating premise, just how smutty could it be?
Thriller "Night of Memories" cranked in on the 11th.
Actor Yoo Yeon-seok's fan meeting One Fine Day sold out as soon as it opened.
The fan meeting is being held in Ehwa Women's University on the 1st of April. This is his second fan meeting since 2014...More
He was walking down the hall when he ran into Kang Joon-hyeok (Oh Chang-seok). Park Jeong-woo went to Kang Joon-hyeok's office and asked if believed Lee Seong-gyu (Kim Min-seok) really killed himself. Kang Joon-hyeok held up evidence and claimed there was nothing to suspect and Park Jeong-woo said, "Cha Min-ho, you know it was him"...More
Kim Sang-joong died.
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People", Ga-ryeong (Chae Soo-bin) told Amoge (Kim Sang-joong), "I won't become a Hong. Then I'll be blood related to Gil-dong"...More
Added episode 13 for the Korean drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"
"I don't know if this is the right place to unveil this, but we're in love", said Hong (56), who filed for divorce from his wife in November. "We truly love each other in our own way"...More
Girls enjoy warm weather at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Monday...More
King Yeonsangun, now firmly convinced as to the existence of anti-royalist conspiracy, is now summoning political enemies. Of course the joke's on him- King Yeonsangun's real political enemies are the ones using bizarre gossip to detract attention from their own power plays. If it's any comfort I'm skeptical any of these people are going to survive the drama's entire runtime. Given King Yeonsangun's reputation as a general crazy person it seems rather inevitable that his paranoia will spin completely out of control...More
I've been coming to accept that "Strong Family" is rather hopelessly mundane. It's just a story about an idiot dad who's always trying to desperately to be cool and failing, in various degrees. But it's because Cheon-il is always making that effort that he's an easy guy to root for. It's also still reasonably amusing how Cheon-il does occassionally manage to solve problems by accident, or says stuff so stupid that it wraps all the way around to being funny again...More
According to Good Day Cooperation, Park Bo-young from the JTBC drama "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" came in first as issue maker in drama. Second came Ji Sung from "Defendant" and third came Hyung Sik from "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon"...More
There just might be a Seo Taiji anniversary concert.
It just so happens that Seo Taiji met with concert officials since the beginning of this year and has been planning the layout of his concert. Word has it that it might be happening in fall this year...More
Singer and actor Hyung Sik was chosen as the male celebrity whose kisses are most wanted on White Day.
Online communities did a research on male celebrities whose kisses are most wanted on March 12th and 13th...More
It was Kim Hee-seon Magic. The 5% wall that everyone thought was impossible, was broken down.
The episode of "Knowing Brothers" on the 11th set a new record of 5.333%. It's the first time in a year and 3 months that "Knowing Brothers" was able to step over 5%...More
The premiere of the movie "On the Beach at Night Alone" was held on March 13. Hong Sang-soo, Kim Min-hee, Seo Young-hwa, Kwon Hae-hyo, Song Seon-mi and Park Ye-joo were present. This is the first time Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee appeared in front of the press since their scandal broke out. The spotlight was on them...More
Park Bo-young had gone through a diet.
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People", there was a royal assembly for the first time in history. Choong Won-goon (Kim Jung-tae) believed Gil-dong (Yoon Kyun-sang) will state his innocence...More
Seong-gyoo (Kim Min-seok) was killed.
On the latest episode of the SBS drama "Defendant", Min-ho manipulated the knife that Jeong-woo (Ji Sung) had. Jeong-woo surrendered himself with his daughter and told the police that Kang Joon-hyeok (Oh Chang-seok) also knew the real criminal...More
"Defendant" set another record.
"Kong" and "Logan" battle it out at the top...
Jordan Vogt-Roberts's reboot of the iconic King Kong character in "Kong: Skull Island" (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John Goodman) arrived last Wednesday and climbed to the top of the chart with 49.14% of the box office pie. (Interestingly, one of the films that Vogt-Roberts said influenced him was Bong Joon-ho's "The Host".) From 984 screens, "Kong" attracted 823,219 admissions ($6.1 million) during its first weekend out in Korea. Worldwide, "King" has already recouped an estimated $142.6 million of the $185 million it took to produce; the film was released in the US last Friday...More
A woman walks in a mask in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Sunday as the capital is blanketed by haze...More
A couple take a selfie under cherry blossoms in Busan on Sunday...More
Episode 8 was the first episode that was truly engaging. Perhaps it was the entrance of actor Kim Jae-wook or the fact that the core mystery is bubbling to the surface. In any case, "Voice" seems to have finally found its voice. It's about time....More
Park Bo-geom met with 4,000 fans in Seoul for the 2016-2017 Asian Fan Meeting.
The fan meeting was held on the 11th and Park Bo-geom appeared saying, "I missed you". He revealed pictures he took from various cities and discussed his experiences with fans from other countries...More
Actor Lee Dong-wook held '2017 Asia Tour in Seoul' on the 12th.
The event was held at the Seoul Blue Square Samsung Card Hall with 1,500 fans. The fan meeting was 3 hours long...More
Choi Kang-hee was seen at work.
The number one movie this week is "Kong: Skull Island"...More
The graph is about love, work and Gap-soon's moments of hell and heaven...More
This is what happens when you're too pretty.
The romance moments in the JTBC drama "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" set the record this weekend.
The latest episode of the drama recorded 8.7% on the 11th...More
"You're Too Much" increased slightly.
Netflix scoops up an exciting Joseon zombie series, read Pierce Conran's review of "Single Rider" on Modern Korean Cinema, KoBiz examines Korean filmgoer's shift in viewing habits, and know the real independence fighters behind their cinematic counterparts...More
Make your own gochujang in record time with Kimchimari, Beyond Kimchee has a stunning seafood dish to try at home, get an update about the state of Korea's "craft beer fever", and is one of Korea's top dog meat markets on its way out?...More
Take a walk on the wild side along the DMZ, discover Korea's golfing culture and its exclusive courses, 10 Magazine has some tips for souvenirs for friends and family back home, and take note of these exciting upcoming festivals and events with the Korea Herald...More
Go with Grace into the heart of Korea's underground beauty scene, K-pop stars feel the pressure from trying relationships with China, traditional Korean wrestling (ssireum) is fighting to stay standing, and is the hanbok underappreciated on the world stage?...More
Long-lost seals from Korea's Joseon era returned, nurture your creative nature in Korea with these 8 hands-on activities, see some beautiful tattoos where ink is still taboo, and Jeju's "woman of the sea" are beautiful living treasures...More
There are now more funerals than weddings in Korea as the birthrate remains at a record low and many baulk at the cost of getting married. Last year, the number of marriages and deaths was about even and this year, deaths are expected to outpace nuptials...More
About half the people who change jobs go to work for a competitor of their previous employer's, an online poll suggests.
Employment portal Job Korea recently polled 926 workers and found that 47.8 percent of those who had changed jobs moved to rival companies. Some 40.2 percent said they were offered a better job by a competitor...More
People in their prime productive years from 30 to 50 are largely responsible for the dramatic surge in household debt to W1,300 trillion, a majority of them on high incomes (US$1=W1,160).
People in their 30s and 40s accounted for around 80 percent of the W74 trillion increase in household debt in 2014 and 2015. And those in the top 20 percent of the income bracket accounted for 51 percent...More
Seaweed soup is now most associated with birthdays and mothers who have just given birth, but originally it was a seasonal dish that people ate around this time of the year...More
The proportion of women who reached executive positions at the nation's top 30 conglomerates this year stood at just 2.4 percent, according to industry tracker CEO Score on Wednesday...More
Korea placed 23rd out of 80 in this year's Best Countries rankings by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday.
The survey asked 21,000 people in 36 countries around the world to rate countries based on nine categories -- adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, heritage, movers, open for business, power and quality of life...More
Line Friends, a subsidiary of Korea's largest portal site Naver, will open a store in New York's Time Square in July. The company is the character brand of Naver's messaging app Line...More
The Fair Trade Commission has amended the contracts of some of the country's top talent mills with aspiring starlets after investigating what are often slave-like conditions in their stables.
The FTC on Tuesday said it reviewed contracts at the top eight agencies with assets over W12 billion -- Cube, DSP Media, FNC, Jelly Fish, JYP, LOEN, SM and YG. The watchdog embarked on the probe last December as the number of trainees increased dramatically amidst the popularity of audition reality shows...More
Incheon International Airport was named the best airport in the world for an unprecedented 12th year running in the 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards by the Airports Council International.
The award came despite a luggage glitch that held up traffic for several hours on one occasion and a security hole that allowed two Chinese passengers to sneak through the barriers...More
While having too many promising upcoming dramas to choose from is a nice "problem" to have, it will mess with many a drama fan's schedule. Today I take a look at a promising development in drama production. I then give you news of a potentially innovative revenge drama, but also of good ol' regular revenge, as "Whisper" is fast approaching...More
"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" takes many a viewer's wish for stronger female leads and translates it very literally. Aside from the super-human strength possessed by our heroine and a criminal element, this plays out like a typical romantic comedy. We have crushes, jealousy, male territoriality and many familiar plot devices and character types. This is not a particularly feminist work yet, but it lightly touches upon some interesting topics...More
Dae-ho (played by Ko Soo) is a reporter with legal troubles who struggles to make time for family. Then, one day at the amusement park, Dae-ho loses something very precious to him and is haunted by nightmares, slowly being driven mad. That is, until he learns about neurology researcher So-hyeon (played by Kang Hye-jeong), who is working to unlock the power of the "Lucid Dream" to reconstruct in fuller detail the mysteries of the subconscious...More
In the first few scenes of "Recording", Yeon-hee (played by Kim Hye-yeon-I) introduces the basics of the premise. Some very stupid puns are made about Yeon-hee's aspirations in life, and also about the name of her boyfriend Min-cheol (played by Choi Hyun-woo-I). Then we meet the third wheel of their relationship, Min-cheol's best friend and aspiring film director Woo-seok (played by Seo Jin-won-III), who has questionable taste in t-shirts. Then, finally the premise hits you. Yeon-hee is dying and "Recording" is the last commemoration of her life...More
Marinette (voiced by Yeo Min-jeong-I) is an unorganized, generally clumsy multiracial high school student living in Paris who can transform into a superhero called Ladybug. Along with her more suave, handsome, and wealthy classmate Adrien (voiced by Nam Do-hyeong), who transforms into a superhero called Cat Noir, they fight supervillains created by Hawk Moth (voiced by Hong Si-ho). The overall purpose of these battles is kind of vague, as befits the Super Sentai format, although it does help that the villains are just normal people Marinette and Adrien meet who enter into contracts with Hawk Moth upon having a very bad day...More
The film is based on the homonymous Japanese novel and had already been adapted into a Japanese movie in 1999. However, the film was not as successful as the producers expected, and this led to this particular edition, a Japanese-Korean co-production...More
Actress Kang Ye-won is hoping her humorous side will once again lure cinemagoers, this time in a comedy about secret agents.
Models promote candies and chocolates at a store in Seoul on Friday...More
Visitors try out LG's new smartphone at a shop in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Friday...More
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The end is here for the survivors of a terrible crash. I am not referring to the plane one, but the crashing and burning of the plot for "Missing 9". The trial for Joon-oh takes place and Tae-ho becomes desperate as everyone groups against him. We all know what he does when he is desperate and perhaps this mirrors the creators' murder of their work during this slow burn towards the finish line...More
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Korea Cable TV Awards 2017 drama winners list...More
Celebrity couple Sean and Jeng Hye-yeong donated W100 million to Holt Children's Services (US$1=W1,160).
The couple, who are known for their charitable activities, visited the adoption agency Wednesday to deliver the donation to help children in need, their agency YG Entertainment said on Thursday...More
Break dancers perform at the sky deck of the newly-opened Lotte World Tower in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean movie of the week "Coin Locker Girl" (2014)
Directed by Han Jun-hee
With Kim Hye-soo, Kim Go-eun-I, Eom Tae-goo, Park Bo-geom, Ko Kyeong-pyo, Lee Soo-kyeong-I,...
Also known as "China Town"
Il-yeong (Kim Go-eun-I) was abandoned in the number ten locker in a subway station right after she was born. The movie depicts the world that Il-yeong has been coping with while being raised as a member of a crime organization by Boss (Kim Hye-soo) also called " Mom ", who has been a practical ruler of the China Town...More
One of the factors that really accentuates the sheer badness of "Saimdang: Light's Diary" is that every so often, there is that actually genuinely good emotional scene that makes you wish the whole drama could be like that. Here, that scene is Saimdang's calm, sad, and poignant letter to her husband, asking him to take responsibility for the children while she goes off to deal with an important task. It reads like the kind of thing the real Saimdang might have written, as part of a very mature adult relationship with her spouse...More
Nan-hee (played by Kim Seul-gi-I) is a college student with a problem. She's unattractive. By which I mean, she is not a tall model, which is a kind of arbitrary standard. Nan-hee has a great personality after all. No really, she's quite feisty and driven to succeed. It's just, her only apparent goal at the moment is to be conventionally attractive. But as it happens, Nan-hee's mother Je-hwa (played by Hwang Jeong-min-I) is in possession of a magical ring that can enchant a single man into thinking she's the most beautiful woman in the world...More
An action movie made up of females is finally out.
"Part-Time Spy" is a fun and unique collaboration between part-time and voice-phishing. Jang Yeong-sil (Kang Ye-won) who lives a part time life, becomes a part-time spy and goes undercover in a voice-phishing company to save the company that she works for. She meets undercover cop Na Jeong-ahn (Han Chae-ah) there...More
The poster for actor Yoo Yeon-seok's fan meeting for One Fine Day is out.
Details of the fan meeting were released along with the poster and his agency announced that many things for being planned for a wonderful day with the fans...More
Lee Joon-ki meets candy Banibani in Firenze.
Pictures of Jeon Ji-hyeon were released.
"Missing 9" is over.
MBC drama "Missing 9" ended in last place.
Added episodes 32 and 33 for the Korean drama "Father, I'll Take Care of You"
Actress Han Chae-ah admitted she is seeing the son of Korean football legend Cha Bum-kun about a week after she denied the dating rumors.
Speculation arose after Han posted several intimate photos of her and Cha's second son Cha Se-jji on her social networking account...More
Popera tenor Lim Hyung-joo was named as a voting member of the Grammy Awards.
He is the first Asian popera singer to hold such an honor, his management agency DGNcom said on Wednesday...More
Visitor look at cushions at a home design fair at COEX in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Light snow falls in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Wednesday...More
There is no rest for the wicked and also the non-wicked, especially when there are two episodes to fill. It is time for the new villains we have already seen working their way into the story to take their place. Bong-hee and Joon-oh also meet the first big snag in their relationship when one decides to engage in the much loathed noble idiocy. Well, you lasted fourteen episodes, writer...More
Well the preview was a lie- for the fifth straight episode there's no framing device or context for "Saimdang: Light's Diary", although the story arcs are rather neatly bisected into two distinct portions. First, Lee Gyum goes on an expedition with King Jungjong which is allegedly about exotic artwork but practically seems to be more about Dick Cheney inspired hunting expeditions. Second, Saimdang is drawn into a tussle at the Joseon Parent Teacher Association because her son got into a fight...More
"Tunnel - Drama" is an investigations drama about tracking down a series of killings for 30 years in the hopes of saving people. The characters in the drama fight with their hearts, not their minds and they use humanity to save people...More
The drama starts on the 20th of March and it's about a genius song writer named Kang Han-gyeol (Lee Hyun-woo) and a teenager named Yoon So-rim (Joy) with a vitamin voice. The drama is directed by Kim Jin-min-I from "Bitter Sweet Life" and "Time Between Dog and Wolf - Drama"...More
Kim Dong-wuk takes on the role of a handsome doctor named Seo Hyeon in the new MBC drama "Radiant Office". He is a mysterious character behind the good looks and forms a weird relationship with Ko Ah-seong (Eun Ho-won) and Lee Dong-hwi (Do Ki-taek)...More
Actor Yoon Je-moon apologized for his frequent DUIs.
JTBC "Knowing Brothers" did it again.
Han Chae-ah admitted to seeing Cha Se-jji at the press conference of the movie "Part-Time Spy". She apologized for not having talked about it with her agency first. Kang Ye-won said, "Han Chae-ah thought so much about it and she made a difficult decision"...More
Will Choi Tae-joon admit his faults.
"Chief Kim" showed a slight drop.
Added episode 12 for the Korean drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"
Girl group Brave Girls pose at a showcase for their new album in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Students attend a job fair at Ewha Womans University in Seoul on Tuesday...More
Girls bundle up against the spring chill in Gwangju on Tuesday...More
The focus is on King Yeonsangun here, as he gets embroiled with an exceptionally pedantic dispute regarding rules interpretation with his ministers. I have to admit that at minimum, this is a rather more innovative approach than just making King Yeonsangun a straight-up villain. We're watching King Yeongsangun burn himself out on technicalities, to the point that by the end it's not clear he or anyone else remembers the policy disagreement that prompted this legal battle in the first place...More
Everything in "Voice" seems to be interconnected. Cops are kidnapped regularly. One crime network seems to have power over every case Kwon-joo and Jin-hyeok touch. It's a little far-fetched, but we're gonna roll with it. The team is working together although individual talents aside from Kwon-joo's haven't really been showcased yet.
I was hoping we'd immediately see Kwon-joo tapping into her team for more than regular research, especially when Jin-hyeok is taken...More
And the team is set. We have all of the players that Kwon-joo initially requested and they're all supportive of the cause. More important than this is that Jin-hyeok is devoted to the caused, convinced by their most recent cases that Kwon-joo's hearing is the real deal. The pair is developing a rhythm together that will be important to discovering the truth behind their mutual tragedies....More
Is it Hyung Sik and Park Bo-young's fantastic chemistry, or a light-hearted storyline about a female superhero that's bringing in the viewers? Either way, the latest episode of "Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" garnered a rating of 8.3%, and is heading towards setting a new record for cable network JTBC....More
"Bleak Night - Drama" is the story of a group of people who get together to overcome their pain of having lost their loved ones to crime. This action thriller with slight touch of fantasy portrays the reality of Korea...More
"The Perfect Wife" added mystery to its story. Sim Jae-bok (Ko So-young) found the body of Jeong Na-mi (Lim Se-mi) who her husband Koo Jeong-hee (Yoon Sang-hyeon) had an affair with. The affair was just a tool to show how unfortunate Jae-bok was.
Na-mi suddenly appeared in front of Jae-bok and broke up with Jeong-hee and she even quit her job. She tried to tell Jae-bok something she couldn't say before but Choi Deok-boon (Nam Gi-ae) threatened her not to. She disappeared without a trace...More
Yoon Kyun-sang arranged a footing for his revenge on Kim Jeong-tae.
On the latest episode of the MBC drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People", Gil-dong (Yoon Kyun-sang) learned that Yeon San-goon's (Kim Ji-seok-I) wrath was grandpa Sejo and tried to tie Choong Won-goon (Kim Jung-tae) into this...More
It's like someone turned on the lights.
"Defendant" achieved the highest rating once again and could shatter the 30% milestone.
"Battleship Island", a war film based on the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1944 and 400 or more Koreans that were conscripted into slave labor will be released in the U.S. by CJ Entertainment this summer...More
Added episode 11 for the Korean drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"
Choiza (left) and Sulli
Korean baseballers warm up for a match against Israel in the World Baseball Classic in Seoul on Monday...More
A woman bundles up against spring chill in Gwanghwamun, Seoul on Monday...More
Well first of all I've just about completely given up trying to figure what we're supposed to be calling Nok-soo / Royal Consort Gong-hwa at any given moment, since apparently we weren't supposed to be calling her Nok-soo either. I'm trying to remember if anyone has ever actually called her by her original name or if it's always been generic terms of address. See, this is why I lean on promotional materials more than I probably should. Even official news articles are more likely to just refer to the character as Lee Honey...More
"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" is a crazy mix of silly, danger, romance, and the unbelievable. Since Bong-soon fought the gangsters, her strength has been difficult to control. Combine that with her new job for Min-hyeok, Gook-doo's out-of-control worry, and an incongruent but very dangerous kidnapper/murderer on the loose, this show has gotten pretty exciting very quickly....More
Koo Hye-seon is being criticized for her awkward acting in "You're Too Much", her first drama since "Blood". Not even the good will generated by her marriage and popular reality show can soften the blow.
Baek-il (played by Bae Yoo-ram) is Cheon-il's brother, who around the house wears a matching, and equally ridiculous looking blue tracksuit to match Cheon-il's red one. Don't get too used to him though. Baek-il is an obvious temporary guest star, there to remind us about the importance of having dreams, even unambitious ones, in your early thirties. Which does thematically tie into the overall idea of "Strong Family", which is that you can extraordinary simply by being extremely ordinary...More
As we get to know our main characters better and the kidnapper snags another unfortunate woman. Bong-soon is definitely having to re-examine her super powers and her personality under this new employment, but she is not yet seriously involved with self-reflection. Min-hyeok, on the other hand, seems to take things lightly, but there is a dark side to his experiences that make him a weighty character.
Min-hyeok is the meatiest character thus far with a backstory we can sympathize with and an adorable crush on the very unusual Bong-soon...More
Behind the scene cuts of the making were released...More
Pictures of the ceremony were released on the 7th...More
Sulli, and Choiza are no more.
They broke up recently according to Star News and their agencies have confirmed it...More
Ryu Hyun-kyung has been acting for 22 years. However, she claims she's got more to go.
Dramas are getting shorter.
Usually dramas are 16 to 20 episodes long but from this year, 'miniseries' are getting to as short at 8 or 10 episodes...More
She posted this on her Instagram and said, "They are such loveable brothers"...More
Park Bo-geom wore a suit.
He modeled for a suit fashion brand and styled it his own way for this upcoming spring...More
Singer and actor Lee Joon-ki met 25,000 fans during his Asia tour.
Eom Hyeon-kyeong betrayed Eom Ki-joon.
New arrivals "Logan" and "Bluebeard" capture 64% of the sales...
The tenth instalment in the "X-Men" film series, James Mangold's "Logan" (Hugh Jackman), dislodged last weekend's number one, Split, by capturing 632,997 admissions (38.55%). Marvel's latest had its premiere back in February at the Berlin International Film Festival and recently arrived in Korea to 954 screens around the country. Critics have praised the film for its acting and general handling of perhaps the series's most beloved superhero, Wolverine, and it's already surpassed its production costs of $97 million; currently, the film has grossed $104.7 million worldwide...More
Pedestrians walk past a clothes store in Myeong-dong, Seoul on Sunday...More
Visitors enjoy rail biking in Gokseong, South Jeolla Province on Sunday...More
A child leaps on stepping stones across a stream in Seoul on Sunday...More
Actor Gang Dong-won apologized for the issues about his pro-Japanese ancestor.
Actress Kim So-eun changed.
The number one movie this week is "Logan"...More
Despite So-joon (Lee Je-hoon) and Ma-rin's (Shin Min-a) efforts, Sin Seong-gyu (Oh Kwang-rok) died. Doo-sik (Jo Han-cheol) tried to stop Kim Yong-jin (Baek Hyeon-jin) from becoming a killer but he couldn't change the future.
Viewers are saying, "Things happened just as fate wanted them to", "I can't help but thinking you can't change fate" and more...More
Ryu Hwa-young appeared as a pretty yoga instructor.
"You're Too Much" is increasing.
Singles eat at least two meals a day alone and enjoy drinking alone as well, and often live in one-bedroom flats measuring just 16 to 33 sq.m, according to a report by KB Financial Group's research center.
They live in small rental flats that they can afford on their own income rather than buying a house that would require them to turn to their parents for help. And they prefer to live close to their workplaces as they do not need to care about factors like good schools and safe streets that trouble people with children...More
Parents with young children spend around one-third of their income or W1.07 million a month on raising their kids, according to a recent poll (US$1=W1,144)...More
Some four out of 10 Koreans eat pork at least once a week, according to a recent straw poll.
In the poll of 737 people by the Rural Development Administration, some 38.5 percent of respondents said they eat pork more than once a week...More
Yaksik, made by steaming sticky rice with chestnuts, jujubes and pine nuts and seasoned with soy sauce or honey, was traditionally a dish served only on festive occasions...More
Pink is the color this spring as the fashion sections of department stores erupt in sunnier hues...More
Koreans will get 69 holidays next year, one more day than this year. If Saturdays are counted, however, there will be 119 off days, the same as this year...More
A woman from Hong Kong has her ID photo taken in a studio in Sincheon, Seoul.
Tourists from China and Hong Kong love having their ID photos taken in Korea because of the flattering magic studios here perform in no time.
Kim Jing-sung, who own a photo studio in Sinchon Seoul, said he has 15 to 20 Chinese customers a day. "Most of them bring photos of Korean or Chinese celebrities and ask their ID photos to be taken that way", he added...More
Korea's household debt swelled to a record W1,344 trillion last year, up by an unprecedented W141.2 trillion from the year before (US$1=W1,132).
The 11.7 percent growth rate of household debt is four times higher than Korea's 2.6 percent economic growth rate...More
Fewer than 40 percent of young people in Seoul are optimistic about their careers, according to a survey by Citi Foundation. Seoul ranked the lowest among major cities around the world when it comes to the ratio of positive outlooks at only 38 percent.
The foundation conducted the survey among 18 to 24-year-olds in 25 cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Singapore and Tokyo...More
Seoul ranks 24th among 87 world cities in terms of the price of renting a home.
San Francisco tops the list with a staggering W 5,595 per square foot in 2017 Rental Affordability Index released by U.K. property website Nested on Sunday (US$1=W1,132)...More
The second passenger terminal at Incheon International Airport will open in October this year with a capacity to handle 18 million passengers annually. Construction is slated for completion next month...More
Hello once again, folks. I am back with more drama news gathered over the past two weeks. Today I take a look at fresh material from "Radiant Office", I figuratively salivate over an upcoming drama by writer Kim Eun-hee-I of "Signal" fame and I also take a look at "Mystery Queen" and her ajumma detective adventures...More
Episode fourteen of "Missing 9" is a struggle in both the story and in the meta sense. Our heroes have little to do aside from getting the pivotal recording noticed and of course the method chosen makes little sense, but generates more drama than simply going to the police. At this point we are just waiting for the end and we can only watch as the creators drag the plot out...More
Moon-young (played by Kim Tae-ri, the underappreciated actual female lead in "The Handmaiden") is a taciturn student who compulsively records nearly every moment she spends outdoors. Why Moon-young acts in such a peculiar manner is the main mystery of "Moon Young", although the minimalist nature of the production is such that the answers offered are, by design, unimpressive. The film closes out with a surprise encounter on the subway that is, more than anything else, rather ominous...More
Ga-yeong (played by Jeong Ka-young, who is also the director) is a quirky film-obsessed girl who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend Jeong-hoon (played by Kim-Choi Yong-joon) by spending extended periods of time alternating between complicated stories about nothing and offering herself up for sex. Incidentally, no actually goes to the beach in "Bitch On the Beach". The entire black-and-white film plays out in a moderately impressive apartment save for one brief scene which exists for a single purpose. To establish that to anyone without Jeong-hoon's nostalgia-tinted glasses, Ga-yeong is really quite annoying...More
Way back in 2006, Yun-hyeok was a man in his early twenties who was diagnosed with cancer. Considering Yun-hyeok's slavish devotion to physical fitness the diagnosis seemed an especially cruel joke played on him by the universe. Through time and tide, Yun-hyeok has to decide what to do with his apparently limited time in life. He ends up deciding to achieve his lifelong dream by whatever means necessary, and competes in the 2009 Tour de France. "Le Tour: My Last 49 Days" is a documentary of footage shot by friends who went with Yun-hyeok on his final journey...More
Filled with a good blend of suspense, mystery and just enough action, Healer was a surprisingly well executed and thought out drama.
Following the life of Seo Jeong-hoo (Ji Chang-wook) aka Healer, the series begins with an introduction to his dangerous yet thrilling occupation as a so called "Night Courier", doing almost anything for money as long as it didn't involve killing. Pulled out of his lifestyle of isolation and dreaming of living on an island somewhere, he then meets Chae Yeong-sin (Park Min-young) our female lead...More
Kim Hee-soo, a single, jobless woman in her thirties sets out to find her ex-boyfriend, Jo Byeong-woon, who owes her $3,500. However, it turns out that he is also broke at the moment, although he assures her that he can get the money by the end of the day. Not sure about his honesty, since he has been owing her the money for more than a year, she decides to follow him in his quest to find it from a series of friends and acquaintances, most of which turn out to be women. As the story becomes a road trip through Seoul's streets and neighborhoods, the duo's past and present is revealed...More
Decider puts forward three South Korean films the Oscar's missed, KoBiz tracks those familiar faces in the works of Hong Sang-soo, the Jakarta Post has four foreign films about North Korea, and take a zoom in on one of Korea's top film and tourist destinations: Jeju...More
My Korean Kitchen makes cucumber boats packed with crab salad, The Korea Times explores the country's latest food fad, take advantage of oyster season in Korea with the Korea Herald's "Home Cooking" section, and explore Hongdae's street food after hours with Sweet and Tasty TV...More
Hit the slopes at Korea's "Dragon Valley", top Korean hotels make their debut in Forbes new travel guide, 10 Magazine reveals six outdoor activities to enjoy this spring, and The Korea Herald shines a light on one of Korea's ageing traditional markets...More
The Korea Times reviews Moon Jae-in's new book about his political vision, Korea Expose holds no punches against Korea's education culture, get to know the bestselling Zen Buddhist who's sold millions of copies worldwide, and do North and South Korean even speak the same language anymore?...More
A top Korean fashion designer takes on American hip-hop, sculpture Choi Xooang boldly traverses the uncanny valley, see North Korean in 3D, and see how one self-taught photographer nurtured his photographic heart in Seoul...More
People float paper ships on a stream in Seoul on Friday...More
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Actress Go Ara is ready to take on new challenges, having recently left her longtime management agency, at which she started her 15-year acting career.
Flowers are in full bloom on Jeju Island on Thursday...More
U.S. alpine skier Lindsey Vonn speaks to reporters in Jeongseon, Gangwon Province on Thursday, ahead of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup scheduled for the weekend...More
Children plant flowers in a square in Seoul on Thursday...More
Korean drama of the week "Marry Him If You Dare" (2013)
Directed by Kwon Kye-hong, Yoo Jong-seon
Written by Hong Jin-ah
Network : KBS
With Yoon Eun-hye, Lee Dong-geon, Jeong Yong-hwa, Han Chae-ah, Choi Myeong-gil, Oh Jung-se,...
16 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00
Formerly known as "Choice of the Future" on HanCinema
The story and work and love of a producer, a writer, an announcer and the people working around the broadcasting service...More
The two main conflicts are resolved one after another in the final two episodes of "Three Color Fantasy - Vivid Romance" starting with the most important one- the relationship between In-seong and So-ra. Much as we've had time to reflect on who In-seong and So-ra are as people and how they relate to one another, so too have In-seong and So-ra realized that they really miss each other. It's only realizing the inadequacy of their substitutes that In-seong and So-ra can truly appreciate this...More
Lee Gyum's investigation into the drama's backstory continues. It's a little impressive, after a certain point, how everything about this conspiracy keeps leading back to Saimdang somehow. Meanwhile, Saimdang herself is just left pondering the next steps of her colored paper empire while Lee Gyum charges forward heedlessly, ignorant of the danger to himself or his horses, to inform Saimdang that their initial separation was the result of malicious forces rather than a random quirk of fate. Swordfights are involved...More
"I woke up at 4AM this morning. I can't sleep when I think about "Bluebeard". I had nightmares while I was filming. In the nightmare, I was on stage giving my speech when the audience walked out with scary expressions on their faces. I shook with fright before I woke up. This is the first time in 20 years I've been this nervous about a movie...More
Go Ara started acting as a child. Now she's grown up and a young woman.
Middle aged actor Min Wook passed away due to cancer.
He was diagnosed with cancer a year and a half ago and passed away on the 1st of March. He made his debut through KBS in 1969 and starred in various dramas. His recent drama was the 2010 KBS 2TV drama "Marry Me, Please"...More
"Tomorrow With You" started on the 3rd of February. Lee Je-hoon (Yoo So-joon) is a handsome and wealthy time traveler who runs into Shin Min-a (Song Ma-rin) and falls in love with her. However, the viewing percentage keeps dropping...More
Lee Won-geun looks simply great in a policeman's uniform.
Sim Jae-bok was an outstanding worker but she dropped out of university and was a married woman with two kids. Therefore she couldn't get the permanent position at work. She knew there was nothing she could do about it but she said to her boss, "If you know I've worked hard and know I've done well, then shouldn't you pick me? Did you fire me because I didn't finish university and because I'm married?"...More
"Chief Kim" set a record.
Added episodes 30 and 31 for the Korean drama "Father, I'll Take Care of You"
KBS has been losing to SBS in the Monday and Tuesday 22:00 ratings war since Fall 2016, and there is no relief in sight.
Cheerleaders perform at a basketball match between Mobis Phoebus and SK Knights in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Youngsters attend a weekly rally in support of victims of sex slavery in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Wednesday...More
A children's choir perform at a March 1 Independence Movement Day event in Seoul on Wednesday...More
Incredible though this must sound apparently the saga of the colored paper manufacturing scheme still isn't done yet. In fact, it's actually the foundation for an international political conspiracy that ties into every ridiculous plot point "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has come up with so far. Yes, that's right, all the fires, the fight scenes, the frivolous arrests, Headmistress Choi's petty grudge against Saimdang, even Headmistress Choi's title all tie into this conspiracy somehow...More
Never has a phone felt so important outside the context of aggressive product placement. Episode thirteen of "Missing 9" is all about the chase for this piece of mobile evidence. Tae-ho is starting to feel excluded by Do-pal and this only makes him more determined to get the device first. Our heroic duo stealth their way around the increasingly dangerous situation. When the phone contents are finally revealed, someone gets a nasty surprise...More
The list for the 12th Soompi Awards was released. This event decides its winners according to votes of Hallyu fans all over the world.
The most competing part of the Soompi Awards was 'Artist of the Year'. Girl group Twice was tough competition. The result was EXO for their continuous hit songs "Lotto", "Lucky One" Monster" and "For Life"...More
Song Hye-kyo and professor Seo Kyoung-duk distributed 10,000 guide books to Korean historical sites in Tokyo.
These guide books have been made in Korean and Japanese and introduces many Korean historical sites such as the 2.8 Declaration of Independence, the bomb throwing of Lee Bong-chang and more...More
Those who were once famous in the 1990s are coming back with dramas. Jeon Do-yeon the 'Queen of Cannes' came back with the tvN drama "The Good Wife" for the first time in 11 years. Lee Young-ae came back with the SBS drama "Saimdang: Light's Diary" for the first time in 12 years. Ko So-young who married actor Jang Dong-gun is back with "The Perfect Wife" for the first time in 10 years. Women In Culture agents Kim Jeong-eun, Jang Seon-hee and Lee Ji-hoon became curious; why do these actresses, who are back for the first time in 10 or so years, all coming back as good mothers or strong wives?...More
Choi Tae-ho misunderstood that Jang Do-pal (Kim Beop-rae) spread his pictures on the day Sin Jae-hyeon (Yeon Je-wook) was killed. Choi Tae-ho asked if his pictures were outline and told him a reporter came by asking questions...More
Lee Gyeom asked where they were from and threatened to have them in hail. However, this didn't have any effect on them and they made things even more hostile around Saimdang and Lee Gyeom...More
Namgoong Min made a satisfactory comment.
On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Chief Kim", while Seo-yool (Junho) broke apart the accounting department, Kim Seong-ryong (Namgoong Min) said he will go back to being the trashy Kim Seong-ryong...More
Added episode 10 for the Korean drama "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People"
Category Winners Include K-Drama's 'The Legend of the Blue Sea', 'Descendents of the Sun' and K-Pop's GOT7, EXO, BTSSoompi, the leading source for Korean pop culture news and fandom and a division of global streaming service Viki, today announced the winners of its 12th Annual Soompi Awards, which generated a jaw-dropping 96 million online fan votes over four weeks, more than doubling last year's numbers and underscoring the continued growing popularity of Korean entertainment around the world. The awards are sponsored by Spottoon, a premium webtoon library...More
U.S. alpine skier Lindsey Vonn poses for a photo in front of mascots for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday...More
Recent victories notwithstanding Gil-dong and Amogae remain fairly well depressed by the apparent destruction of their entire family. The brief moments where we're reminded that they're having trouble moving on from the pain work a lot better than the full on episodes dedicated to this topic. It's really just a matter of the full facts finally sinking in. Amogae is completely broken down. With his wife, Amogae could at least console himself with the survival of their children. Now he barely even has that...More
"Now I want to solve the question I've been having as an actress".
Actress Go Ara refreshed her stance as an actress in her late 20's. About a month ago, she left her home ground SM Entertainment and moved her agency to the Artist Entertainment. This new agency is a heavy actor-based agency covering some of the big shots such as Jung Woo-sung, Lee Jung-jae and Ha Jung-woo...More
Lately there's been a good web-dramas coming around. Web dramas are great because it's usually consists short length episodes and the episodes itself isn't many either...More
Some couples show such a perfect chemistry that they are summon back together again in another drama!...More
They appeared in different looks from innocent, sexy and charismatic...More
Korea Institute for company reputation measured consumers' participation and communication in brands by analyzing 30,207,652 big data of 20 brands from the 27th of January to the 29th of February...More
"The Perfect Wife" increased in numbers.
Actress Song Ji-hyo is the new goddess.
She recently worked with fashion and lifestyle magazine Allure for a photo collection. Allure Korea released behind-the-scenes footage of the making...More
The Valentino Women's Boutique Free Opening event was held on the 28th...More
Actress Kim Yoo-jeong was seen looking dazed.
She posted this picture on her Instagram on the 28th...More
Yoon Kyun-sang exchanged humiliation for revenge.
Ahjumma is a Korean word for a married, or marriage aged woman...More
Praise the screenwriter Kim Eun-sook, who steals women's hearts with her fingertips!! Her famous works include "Lovers in Paris", "The Heirs", "Secret Garden", "Descendants of the Sun" and "Goblin"....More
To have an actor or actress be judged purely on acting skill goes without saying, but for these two brand new actresses, it wasn't so easy....More
Athletes pose on arrival at Incheon International Airport on Monday after wrapping up the Asian Winter Games in Obihiro, Japan...More
Young women look at the old-style Korean typeface at the National Hangeul Museum in Seoul on Monday...More
Children draw taegeukgi or the national flag at a district office in Gwangju on Monday, ahead of March 1 Independence Movement Day...More
The direction in "Strong Family" is fairly unusual for a situation comedy. Observe how the camerawork is always in close quarters. We're always getting a clear look a the expressions of the various characters, yet never a clear overall glance of the rooms that they're in. The lack of emphasis on set design is odd considering the production team keeps reminding us that there's a fourth wall- by having characters talk directly at us...More
At long last "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" has dispensed with the tragic backstory and gotten back to what made this drama interesting in the first place- the prospect of elaborate schemes. Now that Gil-dong finally has a good idea of what he wants to, the first step is to use his mighty strength to gain the full respect and command of Amogae's various friends. Then it's a matter of finding the right pressure points on those in power, and striking...More
She posted a picture on her Instagram on the 27th saying, "I'm sorry I couldn't be with you till the end, but I'm glad it's finally over"...More
TV Report reported that the two are officially dating. They acted out a couple who ended up getting married...More
Jo In-Seong has a list of good friends.
Actor Jo Jin-woong talked about working with Kim Hye-soo.
"V App - Actor What Chat" featured Jo Jin-woong on the 27th...More
What are the cast of the tvN drama "Goblin" doing now?
"Goblin" ended on the 21st of January with 20%. The drama brought about a syndrome and left people talking about it all the time. The syndrome continues as fans wonder what the casts are doing now...More
Forbes Korea released the 2017 version of "Korea Power Celebrity 40" list...More
"Koo Jeong-hee! How could you?!"
"The Perfect Wife" started off with 3.9%.
M. Night Shyamalan's Split breaks local films' reign...
For the first time this year since "Your Name", a foreign film has stepped up and claimed pole position in Korea's box office. Local delights have been dominating since mid-January ("Confidential Assignment", "The King", and "Fabricated City"), but M. Night Shyamalan's new film, Split (starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley), arrived last Wednesday and came out on top during its first weekend out...More
Girls enjoy warm weather at Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul on Sunday...More
Climbers show a huge taegeukgi or national flag on Mt. Bulam in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, ahead of March 1 Independence Movement Day...More
"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" hurries past the introductory material and jumps straight into the dark deeds that throw the three main leads together. Min-hyeok is elucidated and is much more than his materialistic exterior. The same is true for Gook-doo who isn't all steely work ethic. We will certainly learn more as the violent murder mystery unfolds....More
Min Hyo-joo (Goo Jae-yee) decided to go to Belgium to study with the invitation she received. Before that, she visited Ko Eun-sook (Park Joon-geum) and told her she could stay at her house while she was gone. Ko Eun-sook teared up as she said, "You can come back whenever you feel it's too tough".
Kang Tae-yang (Hyun Woo) and Min Hyo-won (Lee Se-yeong) were enjoying their newly married life. They didn't spend a moment apart and they spent their time drawing pictures on the roof and kissing each other goodbye to work...More
"Strong Woman Do Bong-soon" is off to an adorable start. Chemistry between Hyung-sik as Ahn Min-hyeok and Park Bo-young as the titular Do Bong-soon is strong even if the story outline is pretty commonplace. The look of the drama is like a shoujo manga come to life complete with adorable female lead with a superpower, a smiling chaebol, and a brooding cop (In Gook-doo played by Ji Soo.)...More
The number one movie this week is Split...More
2017's greatest blockbuster yet, "The Prison" is out with two posters.
When Lee Yeong-ae didn't appear on the final episode of "The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop", rumors spread that she might be sick.
The women have become the 'perfect wives' as they are ordinary housewives who manage to carry out all their duties even after getting off a long day of work...More
Hyeri is going to be in the first movie of her life.
Actor Lee Jong-suk successfully managed to hold fan meetings in 7 cities and 5 countries and Thailand was the final stop.
He met 3,000 fans in Thailand on the 25th of February...More
On the latest episode of the tvN drama "Tomorrow With You", So-joon found out that Gun-sook (Kim Ye-won-I) was the one who spread rumors about him and Gi-doong to Ma-rin and arranged a dinner with Gun-sook and Yong-jin.
He was caring and kind to Ma-rin in front of them. However, So-joon turned cold once Ma-rin went to the bathroom. He said to Gun-sook, "Will I have time to look at someone else when I'm with Ma-rin? Be nice to her"...More
Kim So-eun was ignored by her in-laws and her family.
On the final episode of the MBC weekend drama "Blow Breeze", Ma Cheong-ja (Lee Hwi-hyang) and Park Sin-ae (Lim Soo-hyang) went to prison and Hwang Geum-sil (Geum Bo-ra) decided to become a monk...More
KBS 2TV drama "The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop" ended in first place.
Kyu Hyun Kim reviews Yeon Sang-ho's animated survival horror "Seoul Station", KoBiz looks ahead at some of the big-budget films moviegoers can look out for, catch the highlights of Korea's film industry with KOFIC's official 2016 report, and Pierce Conran takes a hard look at "Fabricated City"...More
My Korean Kitchen pairs pancakes with kimchi, Netflix's Chef's Table features Korea's top temple cook, check CJ Food World to sample the best of the best under one roof, and Daily NK reveals what food help North Koreans get through the harsh winter months...More
10 Magazine reveals five beautiful places in Seoul to go for some peace and quiet, Rebecca Ilham visits the location from of one her favourite dramas ("Moonlight Drawn by Clouds"), get a crash course on Seoul before heading over, and enjoy Eric Ian Chan's travel blog about some of the lesser-visited spots to enjoy during Korea's winter months...More
Find out where to go all around Korea to learn the language, Lee Min-ho honoured for helping to boost Korea's image, a new report puts South Korea at the top globally in terms of life expectancy, and 10 Magazine has some great suggestions about where to learn Taekwondo in Seoul...More
Glamour UK reveals their love for Korean nail art, The Korea Times looks at the 'meaningless' works of Lee Wan, Luxuo explores Seoul's art scene, and the Russian news agency Sputnik reports on life in North Korea...More
Korea is experiencing a demographic upheaval this year. The number of births plunged to 406,300 last year, a strong indication that it will further fall to below 400,000 as early as this year.
The economically active population aged 15-64 will start shrinking for the first time this year and country will become an aged society with the proportion of people over 65 exceeding 14 percent of the population...More