[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Chuncheon" July 7th-9th 2016/07/29, The Robot Studio is an annex to the Chuncheon Animation Museum, which I personally thought to be rather more informative. Though neither have histories written out in English, the history detailed at the Chuncheon Animation Museum mostly just deals with American animators whose stories I'd already heard before. Whereas the Robot Studio discusses lesser well known Japanese pop culture icons, like Tetsujin 28, aka Gigantor, asisstant to boy detective Shotaro, aka Jimmy. The American name changes were to help preserve the illusion that American invented all pop culture, everywhere,...More
"Winter Sonata 2" starts filming soon? 2016/07/13, Source,
There have been reports that the making of "Winter Sonata 2" has begun, but the production company claims there hasn't been any progress.
Pan Entertainment told Star Today that there haven't been any specific plans regarding the making of "Winter Sonata 2" and that the report about it beginning later this year isn't true,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Like for Likes" 2016/02/27,
If you're looking for a cute, feel-good film then look no further than "Like for Likes", a film directed by Park Hyeon-jin ("Lovers of 6 Years") and starring an incredibly gifted cast. It focuses on dating in the internet age where activity on social media can make and break relationships. The film released in South Korea February 17 and will open in New York February 25. In Korea, its first week resulted in fourth place at 12.2% on box office charts with 320,000 moviegoers. Afterwards, the film will screen in 17 major locations in North America,...More
[Interview #2] "Like For Likes" How Choi Ji-woo deals with criticism 2016/02/15, Source, Choi Ji-woo was recently interviewed in a café for the movie "Like for Likes" and she said, "I don't get hurt easily. I forget things quickly. Although, I think about what happened at night when I go to bed, but it doesn't last very long".
We asked if that was her character or did she develop this habit as an actress and she responded, "Most of it developed during my career. I just found a way to protect myself and experienced helped me",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 16 (Final) 2016/01/16,
Despite my annoyance with "Twenty Again", this finale did a lot of explaining and brought the drama to a satisfying close. No-ra figured out how she wanted to live her life, Hyeon-seok let her do it, and Woo-cheol figured out how to chase his dreams without stepping on others to do it. The other characters also came full circle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 15 2016/01/16,
I admit to being baffled by episode 15 of "Twenty Again". I just don't understand what No-ra is thinking. After all the romantic back and forth, and after how hard she's worked, it's difficult to fathom why she chose the path she did. Since the beginning, No-ra has worked towards figuring out who she is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 14 2016/01/10, "Twenty Again" hasn't been the fastest paced drama in the lineup. A lot of what has come to pass could've been trimmed down to move more quickly. But, we've finally arrived at the meaty romantic bits and where Woo-cheol and his mistress get their just desserts. Woo-cheol and his mistress have been playing a dangerous game, cheating behind No-ra's back and expecting everything to work out in their favor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 13 2016/01/10,
Episode 13 of "Twenty Again" focuses on realization, mostly on Woo-cheol's part. For nearly the entirety of his relationship with No-ra he has tried to mold her and their life to cater to his lofty career aspirations. Although his conscience pricked at him, he catered to his needs and hurt No-ra and his son on his path to achieving his goals. When Woo-cheol and No-ra met, he went out of his way to care for her and impress her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 12 2016/01/09,
Our main characters were twenty once, but it was a long time ago. Some of the powerful, virulent emotions that overtake youngsters have begun to plague the grown "adults" of "Twenty Again". No-ra hasn't felt the flutterings of a crush in twenty years. Woo-cheol hasn't felt intrigued by his wife in just as long. Hyeon-seok is reliving the love from his youth. These youthful emotions overtake the adults quickly, and they almost flounder save for the fact that their experience tempers them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 11 2016/01/01,
No-ra's journey thus far has been about growing up, exploring her independence, and rediscovering her passion from her youth. Although Hyeon-seok has had eyes only for her, it has not been the same for her. She's had the changes in her life, but her difficulties at home to deal with. Only now does a bright new romance occur to her as she discovers her burgeoning attraction for puppy-faced Hyeon-seok. It comes as a surprise to her when physical attraction hits her over the head,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 10 2016/01/01,
This is an episode of empowerment and realization for No-ra. She's experiencing what it's like to be a appreciated woman, a friend, and mother. She has always coasted through life in the background and has been undervalued by her family. But now she's changing that herself and proving herself a strong, viable woman. As she opens up, Hyeon-seok, Woo-cheol, and her son, Min-soo, all respond differently,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 8 2016/01/01,
The halfway point of "Twenty Again" is here and rather than a huge physical battle, we've come to the apex of a high-tension set of emotions. It's also where the characters begin to see No-ra for who she truly is, unfettered by the emotional shackles Woo-cheol gave her years ago.
It is not only No-ra that we begin to see more clearly, but Hyeon-seok as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 7 2015/12/12,
No-ra has finally grown a spine. She may not know exactly what she wants out of life, but she knows she wants to live it to its fullest and won't let Woo-cheol hinder her any further. Hyeon-seok, on the other hand, is a different story. When he and No-ra are around each other they revert to teenagerhood and fight like children with crushes – much like her Son Min-soo. We're almost to the halfway point and there should be some sort of shift in plot coming our way next episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 6 2015/12/06,
Twenty Again doesn't let anything fester for long – that is both its charm and its strength. The truth about No-ra's health is exposed, but not before we get an episode that is both fun and introspective. Each character gets to do a bit more soul searching. Or, in Woo-cheol's case, he slowly begins to learn that No-ra is no longer the complacent puppet wife that she was for the past twenty years. No-ra's inner twenty-year-old emerges in full force as she rebels against her husband and her life as it once was,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 5 2015/11/29,
The beauty of "Twenty Again" is that is never dwells on any single plot point for too long. It doesn't belabor the usual tropes. It grows as quickly as No-ra does as she learns more about herself from her new adventures as well as from the ever-attentive and temperamental Hyeon-seok
What makes this show good is not just a well-drawn out heroine with a clear path to walk, but also that those around her need to learn a few things themselves,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 4 2015/11/15,
Each episode feels like a fresh beginning in "Twenty Again" as the main characters experience new revelations that kickstart the hour. Newly armed with the (false) knowledge that No-ra is dying, Hyeon-seok decides to encourage and help her the way that she had done for him when he was a high schooler. No-ra, on the other hand, has a second chance at life with the realization that she does not have cancer and she's going to live. Ironically, the situation brings them closer because it softens Hyeon-seok and makes him more receptive to No-ra, while she opens up to the possibility of truly living her life. It's a situation that brings them both back to their twenty-year-old selves, sweet, eager, full-of-life, and ready to get living,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 3 2015/11/15,
The third episode finds childhood friends Hyeon-seok and No-ra still feeling each other out after having experiencing life separately for twenty years without maintaining their friendship. Life has changed them, but that doesn't stop Hyeon-seok from suffering intense curiosity at the secrecy No-ra displays upon their sudden reintroduction to one another. And No-ra, she is realizing that she's been living in a bubble as life has passed her by. It's not just the difficulties that she experiences as an older student, but the fact that she's never really been able to interact with others and watch the world grow. She's only watched her son grow up and her husband grow apart from her. That husband, Woo-cheol, is in love with another woman, and the couple is suited in personality and temperament save for the fact that he's still married,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Twenty Again" Episode 2 2015/11/01,
The pettiness of childhood has infiltrated the hearts and minds of No-ra, Hyeon-seok, Woo-cheol, and every other adult in "Twenty Again". It emphasizes the point that no matter how old a person may be, a twenty-year-old still lives inside her and can manifest at any time. Society makes it harder for someone older to behave like that twenty-year-old, but it happens nonetheless. The back story of No-ra's and Hyeon-seok's high school relationship is given and although much has changed in the twenty years since they last met, there is still something that remains: Hyeon-seok's feelings for her,...More
[Spoiler] 'Twenty Again' Choi Ji-woo finds out about shocking past
2015/10/09, Source, Choi Ji-woo became to learn about a shocking past. It was about Choi Woon-yeong's cruelly irresponsible demeanor.
On the 13th episode of tvN's "Twenty Again", Ha No-ra (Choi Ji-woo) accompanied her husband Kim Woo-cheol (Choi Woon-yeong) to a dinner meeting with a professor couple whom he used to work for in Germany. During the meeting, No-ra confirmed that Kim Woo-cheol had been hiding her existence for the entire four years while they had been staying in Germany. But it was ok because she was vaguely aware of it,...More
Choi Ji-woo attends classes 2015/08/12, Source,
tvN drama "Twenty Again" posted pictures of Choi Ji-woo attending university classes on the 12th.
She's listening to lectures with other students in very extreme fashions each day. One day she's perfectly made up and on another she's simply wearing a hat and casual clothes,...More
Choi Ji-woo confirmed for tvN's new weekend drama, 'Twenty Again' 2015/07/09, Source,
tvN has announced the next drama after currently running 'Oh My Ghostess' will be "Twenty Again", of which title was originally, 'Our Heaven' and the female lead of the drama has been decided to be Choi Ji-woo.
According to tvN on July 9th, Choi Ji-woo has been cast as the female lead of the drama.
"Twenty Again" is a romantic comedy about Ha No-ra, a woman, who has been living as an ordinary mom for the last 20 years since she became a mom at the age of 19 unexpectedly, and goes to university as a freshman for the first time in her life. It depicts her first time campus life and her efforts to adapt to the new environment and communicate with her young fellow students in their 20s,...More
Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin, why the rush? 2015/05/17, Source, Bae Yong-joon proposed to Park Soo-jin on the 100th day of their relationship and they are getting married. They started seeing each other this February and he proposed to her on the 100th day. They even met each others' families.
The two of them knew each other from work and started having feelings for each other since February this year. Bae Yong-joon was attracted to Park Soo-jin's bright personality and consideration and she was attracted to his warmth and caring heart,...More
'Winter Sonata 2' synopsis to unveil next month 2015/04/15, Source,
'Winter Sonata 2' is being planned. Its synopsis will come out next month.
A staff from the production company of "Winter Sonata", PAN Entertainment said on April 14th during the phone conversation with OSEN, "'Winter Sonata 2' is being planned. Producer Yoon Seok-ho will be responsible for the overall production and writers Yoon Eun-kyeong and Kim Eun-hee, who wrote the previous sequel, are in charge of the screenplay again. Director has not been decided yet. The first draft of the synopsis will be out next month",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 20 (final) 2014/09/19, "Temptation" has come to a hopeful end without resolving a lot of questions. Some of those questions don't need resolution, but some of them have become loose ends. Most of the focus was on Seok-hoon and Se-young's relationship and how it weathers the storm of her cancer. Se-young's cancer did give Hong-joo and Seok-hoon a chance to say goodbye at the silent behest of Se-young,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 19 2014/09/19, "Temptation"'s penultimate episode sketched the paths the characters are going to traverse at the end after all the trials and tribulations of the show. Three of the four main leads can now look back with perfect hindsight 20/20 vision and see their roles in causing the havoc that befell their lives. It doesn't completely dispel the bitterness, but it does give some sense of viewer satisfaction to see the growth. The other person, Min-woo, remains selfish to the end, a true villain of the story in which he imagined himself the hero. Min-woo's ego rules his life and thus far, he has run relatively unchecked,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 18 2014/09/13,
This episode of "Temptation" was another turning point. The characters laid bare their truest feelings and stopped the pretenses that made their relationships so twisted. Despite the medical dramatics, the honesty of emotion was very refreshing. Hong-joo has been a highlight for the past several episodes as she realizes that revenge harms her as much as it does Se-young and Seok-hoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 17 2014/09/12, "Temptation" is a whirlwind of deceit, lies, and omissions that keep the tension high and the characters and viewers in a constant state of confusion. There is so much betrayal that there is hardly a moment of respite. Not one character is truthful or forthcoming, which shrouds all of their doings in shadow. Hong-joo, despite her moment of clarity at the end of the last episode where she realized that she is in way above her head, has turned back towards Min-woo for another attempt to keep her marriage from falling apart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 16 2014/09/06,
Paths and minds have been twisted beyond repair in "Temptation". Trust has been willfully manipulated by all parties so that nobody trusts anybody else. It's very tense, but a wickedly clever way to keep the plot going. The tension causes fissures that grow into cracks, exposing the characters' true personalities and thoughts. It is a relief because up until now, it has been difficult to read many of them. The biggest character revelation was Min-woo's,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 15 2014/09/04,
Falling into temptation and seeking revenge are never what one expects. Temptation the noun is more than loving someone one shouldn't. It is also the desire to taste revenge, to ignore one's moral code for an expected feeling of satisfaction. "Temptation" the show is exploring the destruction that follows in the wake of taking the darker path. Instead of feeling satisfaction, Hong-joo is suffering just as much as her revenge makes Seok-hoon and Se-young suffer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 14 2014/08/30, "Temptation" is no longer at a standstill. The showdown between the three women has begun, and despite the fact that is is very ugly, it spikes the activity and interest levels upwards. No longer are the characters standing around a posturing. Things are happening and its much better than the wearying setup we were subjected to for the past few episodes. Unfortunately, "Temptation" took a very long time to warm up and switch gears,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 13 2014/08/27,
As "Temptation" weathers on, it becomes a more exacerbated version of what came before. Characters change, especially Se-young, but true growth avoids them in favor of more dramatic happenings like feverish revenge. It is sad because there are so many issues that were carefully placed earlier on in the drama, but they are woefully underdeveloped. The biggest issue that has been mishandled is that of Min-woo's children,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 12 2014/08/22, "Temptation" has stagnated in forward movement and become a massive gray area. Anger and hurt fuel half of the characters while the desire to avoid the problems at hand keeps the other half withdrawn from reality. The plot is made up of characters making constant, consistent mistakes without any sign of improving. Although the mistakes create tension between characters, they don't do much for plot movement. Hong-joo is a seething mass of righteousness and a desire for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 11 2014/08/21, "Temptation" is snowballing into a massive knot of churning emotions and erasing any clear line between right and wrong. Everyone is in an agitated state of mind and not thinking very clearly. This is when the fallout from the divorces can truly be seen, in the aftermath of the emotionally messy affair. It can best be seen in Hong-joo who is no longer a meek flower who never defends herself,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 10 2014/08/15, "Temptation" has firmly set up the secondary couples and the blame and the bitterness sets in. It is really the aftermath of divorce that moves the couples emotionally - the rebound effect. It is not only the couples who suffer, but their families. "Temptation" is slowly reaching out to encompass what happens to a family structure when cheating and divorce are involved, but focusing mostly on the illicit romance. That is the weakness of the show as well is its strength, the focus on the romance that neglects thorough development of other elements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 9 2014/08/13,
The relationships between the four main characters have made huge shifts after the married couple, Seok-hoon and Hong-joo, settle on divorce to solve their problems. The divorce highlights weaknesses in characters and how they deal with decision-making and their relationships. An emotionally tumultuous time isn't the best circumstance during which to make major decisions, but it often happens,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 8 2014/08/09,
Seok-hoon and Hong-joo's relationship continues to collapse while Min-woo and Se-young meddle in attempt to help. The more unstable the relationship becomes, the less rationality plays a role in decision-making, especially on Hong-joo's part. Hong-joo has officially snapped - she can no longer handle the stress of her crumbling marriage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 7 2014/08/07,
While "Temptation" is still full of moping and brooding, the characters are breaking out of their dark cycles and doing things - for better or for worse. Mostly for worse. Hong-joo, in particular, is cracking and becoming irrational and emotionally unstable. She's keeping things interesting as Seok-hoon and Se-young dance around their feelings for each other and Min-woo deals with his family issues. Almost every relationship in the show has some connection to Hong-joo and her instability,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 6 2014/08/05, The players take steps towards trying to fix the problems in their lives. While the solutions aren't the most well-advised, efforts are definitely being made. These efforts have taken the story from a mopey stall towards invigorating forward motion.
Seok-hoon has decided to challenge his feelings for his wife Hong-joo and the deliberate temptress Se-young by forcing himself into a position where he sees Se-young everyday,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 5 2014/08/03,
The angst has begun in its fullest glory. Doubts have been seeded and have taken deep root in the hearts of the married couple. Also, affections are given where they shouldn't be given, pulling the couple further apart and making those around them take greater interest in what they shouldn't. The side stories are cute, but not cute enough to dampen the intensity of the angst. Hong-joo has taken the brunt of the emotional pain as she was betrayed by Seok-hoon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 4 2014/07/24,
Episode 4 of "Temptation" was cyclical. It mirrored episode 3's events in reverse and sported more manipulation and betrayal. The small feelings that were planted have started to grow insidiously like weeds and are affecting decisions. It is a distinct lack of communication that is causing the breakdown of what once were solid relationships and promoting the growth of unhealthy ones. Seok-hoon and Hong-joo are the main victims of a lack of communication,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 3 2014/07/24,
The illicit relationships that were formed in the first week of "Temptation" have now begun to develop at frightening speed. Each character has been hurt and is looking for the comfort and security that they can't find in their spouses, their family, or their work. Se-young is the only main character of the four who is experiencing her first love,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 2 2014/07/17,
Unlike it's premier, the second episode of "Temptation" delved deeply into the heart of the characters' issues and made for a much more interesting watch. It seems like the show was trying to bypass the setup as quickly as possible. Melodramas garner interest because of the moral dilemmas they inevitably posed, the the dilemmas in this show are worth exploring. Seok-hoon chooses to accept Se-young's proposal, which hinted at strong sexual implications that never played out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Temptation" Episode 1 2014/07/16, "Temptation" started with no lack of dramatics and speed. There was suicide, crippling debt, wandering eyes, illegitimate children, illness, chaebol heirs, a foreign vacation, and more - the necessities of every self-respecting melodrama - all packed into one hour. This set-up was quickly, efficiently done with very little spared for character development. It was incident after heavy-handed incident. Each character had a burden to shoulder and a sob story to share. Choi Ji-woo as the no-nonsense business woman Yoo Se-young led the pack with her layered performance,...More
Park Ha-seon to star in "Temptation" 2014/06/16, Source,
Actress Park Ha-seon is starring in the new SBS drama "Temptation".
She is Na Hong-joo, a patient and calm character who yields everything for her husband Cha Seok-hoon (kwon Sang-woo). She's used to resignation because of her poor family circumstances but meeting kwon Sang-woo was a miracle for her. She marries the man who shone light on her shadowy life and they get along very well. However, they come into conflict when they meet Se-yeong (Choi Ji-woo) in Hong Kong,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk's shift in generations 2014/02/12, Source,
A shift is quickly occurring amongst Hallyu Stars.
Actors Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are the four top Hallyu actors and they have been evolving at a rapid rate. They are leading the shift in generation from the primary Hallyu generation, which would be Bae Yong-joon and others. These new Hallyu stars have been expanding their fan population like LTE, which make them global stars because of their limitless boundaries between international and domestic fans.
A person in the media claims, "Unlike the Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo generation, the newer Hallyu stars have been appealing to the world with a more friendly approach in various works. They have been able to expand their fan base with real time VOD and development of technology and the Internet, as well as SNS services",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 20 (final) 2013/12/01, "Suspicious Housekeeper" has come to a bow-tied end. The Eun family has come to some very important realizations and so has Park Bok-nyeo. This show has a lack of clarity that stems mostly from the show's length. "Suspicious Housekeeper" is based on the Japanese dorama "Kaseifu no Mita", which I have not seen. The dorama, however, was only eleven episodes long. A short airing period requires more quickly moving plots. The Korean remake was nearly double the length. This allowed for a lot of wavering in character development and slow plot development. It also made for a lot of repetition. This is a normal pitfall for remakes and "Suspicious Housekeeper" fell into it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 19 2013/11/29, "Suspicious Housekeeper" has taken on a contemplative tone in its penultimate episode. She is now allowing herself to consider a future, and the decisions she has to make are difficult. The children's' aunt has a bigger role to play as has been hinted at throughout the series. The reformation of the Eun family is not yet complete and we have one episode left to send them off,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 18 2013/11/23,
This episode of the Suspicious Housekeeper focused on the long arm of Park Bok-nyeo and she's influenced and helped the people around her. They, in turn, want to help her regain her smile and her happiness. Before she can focus on herself, Bok-nyeo achieves her end with Seo Ji-hoon and the process was both exciting and aggravating. The dialogue and tensions between Bok-nyeo and Ji-hoon were spot on, but the settings and the atmosphere was off. He sets a fire and it doesn't spread. They aren't sweating,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 17 2013/11/20,
At long last it is time for Park Bok-nyeo to take action and she is every bit as clever as we knew she would be. However, it still feels like the drama has been running for too long. There is a lot of unnecessary back and forth and stagnation in character growth. Bok-nyeo should've confronted Ji-hoon three episodes ago,...More
[Spoiler] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Choi Ji-woo succeeds in revealing the truth 2013/11/18, Source, Choi Ji-woo managed to reveal that Song Jong-ho was stalker.
Bok-nyeo pretended to have a good time with Do-hyeong in her hometown. She then knocked him out cold and tied him up. Then she put a camera in front of him and made him confess that he was guilty. She also mentioned that he was Seo Ji-hoon and that he was connected to detective Lee Tae-sik somehow. She said he would be here to reveal his secret identity. However, Do-hyeong refused til the end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 14 2013/11/09,
Both the anti-heroine and the bad guy become more twisted this episode. Bok-nyeo is feeling pressure from all sides. She has two conflicting desires to choose between. These intense desires are the focus of the episode in that they force her to take stock of her position and come to a decision,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 12 2013/10/31, "Suspicious Housekeeper" brought the focus back to family. It highlighted the beauty of having unconditional support and love by juxtaposing it with sociopath Seo Ji-hoon's selfish desire to have Park Bok-nyeo to himself. The battle between the Eun family and Seo Ji-hoon for Park Bok-nyeo has begun in earnest. Unfortunately, Seo Ji-hoon is crazy enough, clever enough and selfish enough to be a very dangerous opponent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 11 2013/10/29,
This show went where I didn't want it to go, but it didn't do it badly. It introduced a sociopath, which is usually a garden variety villain. What makes this particular sociopath interesting is the amazing acting of Song Jong-ho and the careful writing that makes his character keep the viewer doubting his identity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 10 2013/10/29,
Park Bok-nyeo is a housekeeper no longer. She is now a single-minded woman on a mission to obliterate the living demons from her past. After sharing her sad tale with the Eun family, she leaves them to chase down Song-hwa's new boss who resembles a man she thought was dead, Seo Ji-hoon. The story of Bok-nyeo's past is heart-breaking. She was neglected by her mother, studied hard to appease said mother, abused by her stepfather and stalked by a student she tutored, Seo Ji-hoon. He forced her to flee the country, where she met and married her husband. But Ji-hoon wouldn't leave her alone and her family died in a fire because of it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 9 2013/10/28,
Park Bok-nyeo's past is coming to haunt her in many forms. The children and Sang-chul are rabidly curious about her and keep questioning her; her mother-in-law's right-hand man threatens her; she meets a face from her past that makes her break her composure for the first time in the drama. All put together, this makes the mystery of Bok-nyeo unravel at a nice pace. Around her, the Eun family is starting to rebuild their ties,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 8 2013/10/19,
This was Sang-chul's episode to learn and grow. It took a couple of large events to knock some sense into him, but he finally realizes how he feels about his kids. He's chosen his path and now he has to walk it. Helping him with no small amount of antagonism is Bok-nyeo, the suspicious housekeeper. While she disapproves of his cheating and of how he's neglected his family, it's obvious she wants the family to reunite and live well together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 7 2013/10/17,
In response to Han-gyeol's kill order, Bok-nyeo ties her up and terrifies her, but doesn't kill her. Sang-chul ordered Bok-nyeo to protect Han-gyeol at all costs. After the emotion dies down, Bok-nyeo points out in her usual monotone that Han-gyeol doesn't have the courage to die - if people could die because they wanted to, Bok-nyeo wouldn't be in this world. It's the most emotion the suspicious housekeeper has revealed in seven episodes and it's a juicy morsel. She also explains that her boss, the quirky woman with a crush on Han-gyeol's grandfather, told her that everyone has A Reason to Live. She's still looking for it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 6 2013/10/16,
Episode 6 was oldest child Han-gyeol's turn to cross over to the dark side and break down. She asks Bok-nyeo how to punish her father and the reply is to ruin herself - it is a parent's worst nightmare. She decides to do it; she will break herself in order to punish her father. The problem with that is the fact that she is already as broken as her siblings are. It makes her vulnerable to manipulation by a player at school, to cruel words uttered by unthinking relatives, and to the Korean society's strict social standards,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 5 2013/10/12,
There is something special about "Suspicious Housekeeper". It is compelling and heartfelt. It makes use of stereotypes and tropes without losing the characters' humanity to formula. Rather, it uses formulaic setups to emphasize the human condition. Despite the fact that a character may fall into a typical mold, he still feels and he still and he's still a human being.
"Suspicious Housekeeper" has spent these early episodes on developing each sibling, which is a setup that is normally tedious, but I like to explore each of the children and how the appearance of Bok-nyeo "Suspicious Housekeeper" affects them. This episode focused on the second child, Eun Doo-gyul,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 4 2013/10/09,
"Suspicious Housekeeper" continues to explore just how far Bok-nyeo will go with an order she is given. Not only does it seem like she will carry through with a death order, but she is capable of delving deep into emotional issues without saying a word. This ability unravels people and forces them to find a way to put their lives back together. Bok-nyeo's expressionless facade and lack of emotional and verbal affect challenges the other characters to find their own answers. In that way, she becomes a mirror for whoever is speaking with her. The person with her is left to think of how others would respond to his or her actions. She is a stony conscience for the motherless family of four that she works for,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 3 2013/10/03,
"Suspicious Housekeeper" starts to shed light in earnest on the dysfunctional Eun family. It's clear that the father, Eun Sang-cheol, is the heart of the problems and the key to turning the family around. Although his character is detestable, it's full of wonderful material to explore throughout the drama. He is selfish, doesn't care for his children, doesn't truly regret his wife's suicide and he's still pining after the woman he cheated on his wife with. Despite all of this, he is drawn to his four children, which is his saving grace,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Suspicious Housekeeper" Episode 2 2013/09/26,
Bok-nyeo's effects are already strongly felt in the Eun family. Her extremes are forcing them to take action and reckon with themselves and their decisions. The oldest son, Doo-gyeol played by lively Chae Sang-woo, stops Bok-nyeo from walking Hye-gyeol into the river. The incident makes him suspicious of the housekeeper and those suspicions lead him to follow her around for a day with his younger siblings. They discover little save for the fact that there is quite a story behind their unsmiling housekeeper. This situation shows how close the siblings are and how well they work together despite their quibbling,...More
Celebrities Favor Gangnam Luxury Condos 2013/06/28, Source,
Actor Jeong Woo-seong is moving into a luxury condominium in the affluent Gangnam area of southern Seoul where his friend and fellow actor Lee Jeong-jae has already bought a unit.
The condo, currently under construction, is in Samseong-dong. It stands 16 stories high and contains only 18 units between 155 and 293 sq.m. Units cost between W2 billion and W5.5 billion (US$1=W1,151),...More
Choi Ji-woo does charity work for her birthday 2013/06/11, Source,
Actress Choi Ji-woo did some charity work for her birthday at an orphanage in Incheon on the 10th.
She babysat and took care of about 100 children from newborns to 7 year olds. She looked after kids below 24 months old in the morning and then took care of the rest until later in the afternoon. She also presented them with 20 bicycles,...More
Japan fans pay tribute to late Park Yong-ha 2012/06/27, Source,
The late Park Yong-ha
By Kwaak Je-yup Thousands of Japanese fans of the late entertainer Park Yong-ha marked the two-year anniversary of his death with memorials in Tokyo and Seoul. According to press reports, the temporary seven-day memorial set up until Tuesday drew nearly 8,000 visitors to its location at the Space Shower TV in the popular Shibuya neighborhood in the Japanese capital,...More
"Hallyu", Korean wave, will not last 5 years 2012/05/18, Source,
Top, Girls' Generation, a popular K-pop group, pose with actor and co-guest Bill Murray on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on January 31. / Bottom left, K-pop girl group T-ara take part in a photo shoot. / Bottom right, Lee Byung-hun poses for the cameras at a press launch for a TV drama.
"'Hallyu' will cool down in four years".
Six out of 10 foreigners believe the recent fad for Korean culture - K-pop, movies and TV dramas and soap operas - will decline over the next few years,...More
English book on Korean TV dramas published 2011/12/12, Source,
A new book on the development of Korean TV dramas has been published in English, the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) said Monday.
"K-DRAMA: A New TV Genre with Global Appeal" is a comprehensive guide to the past and present of Korean television dramas, which have been gaining popularity outside Korea as well, particularly since 2000.
The 114-page book covers a wide range of topics related to the genre,...More
Actresses' graduation pictures, who looks the best? 2011/08/29, Source,
A post about the actresses' graduation pictures is an issue.
A combined picture of several actresses' graduation pictures was posted online recently under the title, "The best graduation pictures of those who were outstanding in the past as well".,...More
Remembering Park Yong-ha 2011/06/27, Source,
To commemorate the first anniversary of the late actor Park Yong-ha's death, various memorial events are being held in Japan. / Korea Times file
Memorial wave for late hallyu star continues
By Chung Ah-young
Although the late hallyu star Park Yong-ha died a year ago, his popularity is not waning in Japan,...More
Choi Ji-woo leaves on a trip with "1 Night 2 Days" 2011/04/28, Source,
KBS2 "Happy Sunday-1 Night 2 Days" is leaving on a trip with Choi Ji-woo and other top female actresses.
According to the productions, "1 Night 2 Days" will proceed with the "Actress Special" recording on the 6th and 7th. Actresses that are cast for the program with the 6 member will participate in dinner and sleeping 'lucky or unlucky' games and experience the wake up missions as well. Aiming for the 'men's road trip' concept, "1 Night 2 Days" casting female guests is a first after Shin-ji in the Dokdo special years ago.,...More
To support the United Nations World Food Program (WFP)'s recovery efforts in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, actor,...More
More celebrity donors rush to help Japan quake victims 2011/03/15, Source,
Actor Song Seung-heon donated 200 million won for emergency relief in earthquake-stricken Japan. / Korea Times file
By Lee Hyo-won
An increasing number of local artists and cultural organizations, including "hallyu" celebrities and religious groups, are making donations to earthquake-struck Japan.
On Monday evening, actor Song Seung-heon, popular in the neighboring country through TV soaps, donated 200 million won for emergency relief to the Salvation Army Korea Territory, said the organization,...More
Park Yong-ha's Mother Releases Memoir of Her Son 2011/03/11, Source,
The late actor and singer Park Yong-ha's mother has published a memoir about her son. Published through a contract with a Japanese publisher, Park's mother Oh Young-ran's 260-page book details the family's close relationships and love for Park, Japan's Sankei Sports reported,...More
Hyeon Bin joins Marine Corps 2011/03/07, Source,
Actor Hyeon Bin shouts before joining the Marine Corps training camp in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, Monday, to begin his 21-month military service. / Korea Times photo by Lee Sung-duk
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Heartthrob actor Hyeon Bin, 29, joined the Marine Corps training camp in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, Monday, to begin his 21-month military service,...More
It was 2003, and Japanese viewers – by the droves – were enchanted with ",...More
Choi Ji-woo to come back with "Medical College" 2011/01/26, Source,
Actress Choi Ji-woo is about to set out on a Korea-Japan home theater trawl.
A person in the outsourcing productions said in an interview with Sports Korea on the 24th, "Choi Ji-woo was satisfied after reading the synopsis for "Medical College". The drama is going to start shooting as soon as we adjust some minor schedules and complete the lead male cast".,...More
Choi Ji-woo to Make Guest Appearance in Japanese Drama 2011/01/11, Source,
Choi will appear in a Japanese drama after a five-year break since her appearance in the drama "Rondo".
Hallyu star actress Choi Ji-woo will appear in a Japanese TV drama after a five-year break. Major entertainment newspapers including Nikkan Sports reported on January 9 that the star actress Choi Ji-woo would make a guest appearance in TBS's new drama "Winter Cherry Blossoms", in which a member of the star group SMAP, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, would appear as the protagonist,...More
'Rabbit' celebrities to make leaps in 2011 2010/12/31, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are considered skillful and diligent, though not very patient in Korean traditional beliefs, following the traits of real rabbits, a small but clever animal.
The hottest rabbit star could be singer and actor Lee Seung-gi who was born in 1987, turning 24 this year,...More
Stars Born in Year of Rabbit 2010/12/23, Source,
As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
Actresses Choosing To Be Managed By Family 2010/12/13, Source,
Many of today's top actresses are choosing to keep business and family mixed together. Rather than entrusting the management of their careers to professional, already established companies, they've been employing their family members.
Take top actress Ko Hyeon-jeong, who set up her own entertainment agency with her brother Ko Byung-cheol, called IOK Company. There's also Hallyu star Choi Ji-woo who set up C,JW Company with her brother as the CEO,...More
Book on Korean Wave adopted as textbook for universities abroad 2010/12/09, Source,
Cover of "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption:Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" [Hong Kong University Press]
A new book on the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, has been adopted as a textbook for universities abroad.
The English book titled "Korean Masculinities and Transcultural Consumption: Yonsama, Rain, Old Boy, K-Pop Idols" was selected as one of the main textbooks for the media classes at Goldsmiths, University of London in England and the University of Melbourne in Australia,...More
Bae Yong-joon to hold photo session with fans in Japan 2010/10/19, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon has invited his Japanese fans to a photo session in December.
According to a report in a Japanese newspaper today, Bae invited 600 fans to the official photograph session of the first of the "Miso Project" series titled "Message! to Asia" established by Japan's DATV (Digital Adventure TV), set to be held at the Tokyo Dome on December 14,...More
Mourning Over Andre Kim's Death 2010/08/16, Source,
The late Andre Kim is talking with the actress Kim Hee-seon at the fashion show held in Seoul in 2001.
People in the entertainment industry were mourning over the news of Andre Kim's death while saying, "A great star in Korea has fallen".
The late Kim had been involved in the entertainment industry and formed close family-like relationships with many stars during his life. In particular, actors such as Kim Hee-seon, Cha In-pyo, Jang Seo-hee, Choi Ji-woo, Ryoo Si-won, and Cha Seung-won had shared special affection for Kim and each other for a long time, and they had been loved by fans for appearing on the catwalk at Kim's fashion shows, and they looked deeply shocked by the news that Kim had passed away on August 12,...More
The funeral parlor of Seoul National University Hospital rang with the sobbing cries of friends coming to pay their respects to the late fashion icon, Andre Kim.,...More
Iconic designer André Kim passes away 2010/08/13, Source,
Room where late fashion designer André Kim's wake service is being held at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea on August 12, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Econmic Daily]
Korea's iconic fashion designer André Kim died Thursday after having suffered from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was 74,...More
Andre Kim was considered the first male Korean designer, and an unofficial ambassador of Korean fashion to the world.
At a young age, Kim said he was always interested in the art,...More
Photo of Lee Wan in military revealed 2010/08/04, Source,
Actor Lee Wan [Republic of Korea Army website]
A new photograph of actor Lee Wan, in his third week of training as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory military duties, has been revealed on the Korean Army's website.
The Nonsan military camp in South Chungcheong Province on Tuesday posted a photo of the 26-year-old actor on a section titled 'Search for Faces We Miss' on its official website (http://www.army.mil.kr),...More
Court orders Kwon Sang-woo to pay 7 mln won fine 2010/07/29, Source, kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo has been fined seven million won by a court for fleeing the scene of an accident in which Kwon collided into several vehicles in mid-June.
Judge Kim Se-jong of the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday handed a summary order of seven million won, equivalent to nearly 6,000 dollars, to the 33-year-old actor for the incident,...More
Kwon Sang-woo fined 5 mln won for car accident 2010/07/13, Source,
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo, who was indicted on charges of fleeing after colliding his car into several vehicles over a month ago, has received a fine of five million won for the incident.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office announced Tuesday that they have summarily indicted the actor for violating traffic laws on the count of not taking immediate action after an accident,...More
Lee Wan enters Korean military today 2010/07/12, Source,
Korean actor Lee Wan makes a salute before entering the military training camp in Nonsan, South Korea on July 12, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Wan, the younger brother of top Korean actress Kim Tae-hee, entered the Korean army today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory military services.
"I am not trembling or nervous", the actor told reporters prior to entering the Nonsan military training camp around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon. "I was scared even up until two days ago but now I feel calm",...More
The death of Park Yong-ha came as a shock to everyone. Park was a well-known actor and singer in the South Korean entertainment,...More
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
Police announce Park Yong-ha committed suicide 2010/06/30, Source,
Chief investigator Kwak Jeong-hee at Gangnam Police Station gives a briefing on singer and actor Park Yong-ha's death on June 30, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.
Police have officially announced suicide is the cause of singer and actor Park Yong-ha's death. Park was 32.
Chief investigator Kwak Jeong-hee at Gangnam Police Station gave a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, declaring that Park died of suffocation early in the day after hanging himself from the cord of his camcorder's charger that he had hung to the top of his bedpost,...More
Kwon Sang-woo likely to receive fine for car accident 2010/06/28, Source, kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Actor kwon Sang-woo, who was belatedly known to have been indicted on charges of fleeing after colliding his car into several vehicles more than two weeks ago, is expected to receive a fine for the incident.
"There is a high possibility the case will be closed with Kwon receiving just a fine", an official at Seoul's Gangnam Police Station told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Sunday, saying that the case was turned over to prosecutors as an incident in which Kwon did not take immediate action for the damage he inflicted,...More
Kwon Sang-woo indicted for hit-and-run accident 2 wks ago 2010/06/25, Source,
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
The police have booked Korean actor kwon Sang-woo without physical detention for a hit-and-run accident that happened two weeks ago.
According to Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Thursday, the actor had been driving on the wrong side of the road near Cheongdam-dong on June 12, around 2:55 a.m. and collided into a parked car when he was discovered by the police,...More
Jang Geun-seok named celebrity supporter for Korea's tourism 2010/06/24, Source,
Korean actor Jang Geun-seok [Tree J. Company]
Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok will be offering his star power to help promote Korea's tourism as a celebrity supporter for the "2010-2012 Visit Korea" campaign, according to his agency Tree J. Company on Thursday.
Tree J. explained in a press release that the actor, who attended the "Inspiring Night in Korea" event organized by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), was one of the five people who were selected for the campaign and received a pendant from Korea's First Lady Kim Yoon-ok at the ceremony,...More
[INTERVIEW Part 1] Kwon Sang-woo "thirsty" for "Fire" success 2010/06/23, Source,
Actor kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo has said he is "thirsty" to see the success of his new film "71-Into the Fire", hoping the war pic will outshine the reputation of his former big screen hits.
"The movies I've starred in for the past eight years had all done well up till two years ago so I am thirsty for the success of this one", Kwon said of his expectations for "Fire" during an interview with Asia Economic Daily.
"In the end, it's up to the heavens but I do hope it breaks my previous record and that it becomes the highest grossing movie this year", the actor added,...More
Kwon Sang-woo to cheer on Korean soccer team with son 2010/06/17, Source,
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star and avid soccer fan kwon Sang-woo will be cheering on the Korean soccer team, who plays the Argentinians tonight in the 2010 World Cup games, with his son Rookie and other family members.
"I think he was planning to watch tonight's game with friends but I am not sure because he hasn't been feeling well recently", a source close to the actor told Asia Economic Daily over the phone. "For now, I was told that he was going to cheer for the game with his family",...More
"Winter Sonata" musical to open in Korea in December 2010/06/16, Source,
Poster for the Japanese version of "Winter Sonata" musical [White Company]
Drama turned musical "Winter Sonata" will open in Korea in December, according to a press release from the musical's producer White Company on Wednesday.
White Company announced in a press release that the musical adaptation of the 2002 hit series "Winter Sonata" will run at Busan's Citizen's Hall from December 23 to 26 and then at the Chungmu Art Hall in Seoul from February 9 to March 6 of the following year,...More
Kim Seon-ah meets with 2,000 fans at Taiwan fan meeting 2010/06/15, Source,
Korean actress Kim Seon-ah at her Taiwan fan meeting [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Seon-ah held her first Taiwan fan meeting over the weekend which attracted some 2,000 fans, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Tuesday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the event, held at the Taiwan International Convention Center on June 12, was also attended by 50 leading Chinese media outlets including ELTATV and ETTV,...More
Choi Ji-woo attends "Africa in My Heart" exhibit with fans 2010/06/14, Source,
Hallyu star Choi Ji-woo receives a thank-you award from an official at World Vision Korea. [World Vision]
Hallyu star Choi Ji-woo attended a charity photo exhibit titled "Choi Ji-woo, Africa in My Heart" with her fans over the weekend, according to global non-profit organization World Vision on Monday.
World Vision explained through a press release that the actress showed up at the exhibition on Saturday, which displayed a collection of photos from her week-long trip to Swaziland last March,...More
Park Shin-hye's Song Picks 2010/06/14, Source, Park Shin-hye [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
It is though the small screen that viewers have watched Park Shin-hye grow up. The little girl who first drew people's attention with her innocent expressions on the music videos of Lee Seung-hwan's "Are You in Love" and "Flower" in 2003, soon caught on the radar of famed TV directors such as Lee Jang-soo and Hwang In-roi. She did not have much acting experience nor did she undergo training, but she left a strong impression with her role as the younger version of actress Choi Ji-woo's character in SBS TV series "Stairway to Heaven" which earned her the reputation as a promising teen actress. She then took on roles with more weight in her succeeding productions but failed to fall under the pressure and rather showed steady development,...More
Kim Seon-ah to hold fan meeting in Taiwan this weekend 2010/06/11, Source,
Korean actress Kim Seon-ah [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Seon-ah will be visiting Taiwan this weekend to host her first-ever fan meeting in the country, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Friday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the actress, who left for Taiwan this morning, will be carrying out various activities in the country as part of celebrating the success of her SBS TV series "THE CITY HALL",...More
Actress Choi Ji-woo: 'I Was Happy While Helping Others' 2010/04/13, Source,
Star actress Choi Ji-woo participated in charity work in Africa and a program entitled "Choi Ji-woo Stands on the Dark Land" aired on April 13 at 12:20 am on MBC TV to show her activities in Africa.
The program covered what she did in Swaziland. Choi Ji-woo visited the Madlangamphisi region in Swaziland where the international relief organization World Vision has been helping to develop the area, and implemented a hand pump by herself. Also, she taught children about sanitation and hygiene using animation,...More
Choi Ji-woo to hold autograph session in Seoul this week 2010/03/23, Source,
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo will be holding an autograph session in Seoul on Friday, according to cosmetics brand Shiseido on Tuesday.
The actress will be meeting fans and signing autographs at a fan event, to be held at Seoul's Lotte Department Store on March 26.
The event, sponsored by Japanese cosmetics brand Shiseido which Choi endorses, will celebrate the launch of "Jiwoo Serum", a new product named after the actress,...More
Bae Yong-joon Visits Fans in Hospitals 2010/03/17, Source, Bae Yong-joon visited hospitals to see his fans injured from an accident on the set of the drama "Winter Sonata".
The Hallyu star went to the hospitals to visit 30 fans who had been hospitalized. They had been injured from a sudden gust of wind while they visited the film set of the animated version of "Winter Sonata" in Jeongdongjin, Gangneung in Gangwondo province on March 12,...More
Choi Ji-woo to reach out to less fortunate in Swaziland 2010/03/03, Source,
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo will be visiting the Kingdom of Swaziland in South Africa to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate.
Documentary producer With Culture explained in a press release that Choi traveled to Swaziland for a week-long stay starting Tuesday to help install a hand pump as part of her effort to help children undergoing difficulties in the drought-stricken region.,...More
Eight Korean films to show at Berlin film fest 2010/02/10, Source,
Korean films "Actresses" (left) and "The Naked Kitchen" (Right)
Eight Korean films -- including "Actresses", "The Naked Kitchen" and "A Brand New Life" -- are up for presentation at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, which kicks off in Germany on Thursday.
This year, the film festival -- which is considered one of the most prestigious film events in Europe alongside Cannes, Venice and Rotterdam -- will show more than 400 films from around the world.
In addition to the following Korean movies invited to the film fest, two Asian productions have also been selected for the opening and closing films; "Apart Together", directed by Chinese filmmaker Wang Quan'an to open the event while Japanese film "Younger Brother" by Yoji Yamada will close the festival on February 21.,...More
Bae Yong-joon to promote Korea in TV commercial 2010/02/08, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [KEYEAST]
An official television commercial featuring Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon in a Korean tourism campaign is set to air in Japan and throughout the world, according to his agency.
The actor, who last October was appointed PR ambassador to promote Korean tourism, appeared in a special commercial to promote Korea and the "2010-2012 Visit Korea Year" campaign, KEYEAST said in a press release.,...More
Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo reunite for Winter Sonata anime 2010/02/01, Source,
Actor Bae Yong-joon (left) and actress Choi Ji-woo [KEYEAST]
Top Hallyu stars Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo will be reuniting as co-stars in the final scene for Japanese animation "Winter Sonata~ Another Story~", according to a press release by Bae's agency KEYEAST.
KEYEAST explained that the two actors -- who provided voice-overs for their famous fictional characters in "Another Story~"-- are set to make an actual appearance in the ending scene for the animated version of their hit TV series "Winter Sonata".
"More Japanese viewers are becoming interested in the animation with every episode", an executive at the animation production company was quoted as saying. "So the producers and actors agreed to shoot an actual [non-animation] ending scene to repay the viewers for their support of the series".,...More
Lee Wan denies rumors of entering military in March 2010/01/25, Source,
Korean actor Lee Wan [SBS]
Korean actor Lee Wan has denied rumors that he will be entering the Korean military in March, according to his agency Logos Film on Monday.
An official at Logos explained that talks of Lee voluntarily taking up the two-year military service is "not true" and that he is actually planning to hold a fan meeting in Japan in March. He also added that the 26-year-old is "in considering joining the army sometime around the end of this year or early next year".,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Ji-seok-I 2010/01/19, Source, Interview with the actor who appeared in 2009 hit film "Take Off" and most recently starred in movie "Lady Daddy" opposite actress Lee Na-young.
Korean actor Kim Ji-seok-I [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name isKim Ji-seok-I. My real name is Kim Bo-suk. When I first debuted as a singer with my real name, many people confused me with senior actors Jeong Bo-seok and Kim Bo-seong. The CEO of the agency I was at came up with the part 'Ji' for my name. He was also the one who came with actress Choi Ji-woo's name. I was born on April 21, 1981. My family is composed of my parents, my older brother who is two years old than me and younger brother who just took his college entrance exams. My older brother and I have different brain structures. He is a member of Mensa and he also attended Oxford and KAIST. I wasn't too bad at my studies either but I wanted my parents to acknowledge me as much as they did my brother. That was the real reason I started acting. My parents emphasized education and because of that I was lucky to have attended middle and high school in England. I was able to play soccer on vast green fields, but at the time I didn't appreciate it. I still dream about those green fields sometimes. What I got out of my studies in England was a sense of professionalism and autonomy. I enjoyed the system where from a young age, you are able to study in the field that you wanted to pursue without someone forcing you.,...More
Bae Yong-joon's new wine drama gets cancelled 2010/01/06, Source,
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Bae Yong Joon's much-hyped drama adaptation of famed Japanese comic "Waterdrops of God" has cancelled production, according to his agency KEYEAST. KEYEAST, where Bae is one of the major shareholders, explained yesterday that they "had no choice but to cancel production of the TV series because it seemed difficult to produce the show with the current product placement (PPL) market conditions in Korea". The main reason for cancellation appears to have been Korea's strict regulations regarding PPL in television dramas. According to current regulations, specific wine brands and product names are prohibited from showing on network TV. This creates a problem in delivering the story since all the wines that appear in the original comics are authentic.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Hot news! Choi Ji-woo has a lover! 2009/02/17, Source, She has been seen dating a 6 years younger man, Lee Jin-wook!
The Asia's star Choi Ji-woo (34) is dating the actor Lee Jin-wook who is 28 years old. They have first met through the drama "Air City" and has been in good terms until now. The two have been seen together on a date.
The two stars have been seeing each other for two years now. Although they were busy, they made time for their moments together. Of course because of their well known faces, the two could only date at night or in the car.,...More
Is Korean TV Losing its Competitive Edge? 2008/12/29, Source, Korean soap operas were the pinnacle of the Korean Wave that swept Asia. According to the Korean Broadcasting Institute (KBI), soap operas are still the most popular exported Korean TV program, accounting for 90 percent of TV programs exported in the first half of this year or US$53 million.
The global economic crisis and corresponding local business sentiments are spreading over to the entertainment sector. Planned dramas are being dropped from production while top celebrities are willingly reducing their paychecks.
Various video and audio productions from capitalist countries are becoming more widely available in North Korea, with the authorities becoming more lenient on those enjoying such contents. Previously North Koreans could be subject to life-long jail terms or even ca,...More
[How Much?] – Stars' pay 2008/04/17, Source, We're curious about the highest paid stars. How much money do Korean stars really make? We'll reveal it all.
The salary of the stars that come out in "On Air" is not just a story in a drama. We'll go through the best top 7 high paid stars.,...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source, Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More
Some fans send presents and letters to their favorite stars, shouting their names and wishing they could get a closer look at them. But little they may know about the special meanings to the names of their favorite stars hold.
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
Beauty Queen Honey Lee to Captivate Japan 2007/06/14, Source, Beauty pageant winner Honey Lee will play the traditional Korean instrument gayageum at the "Love Sonata 2007 Revival Japan" concert to be held at the Super Arena Stadium on July 24th.
Her performance in Japan is particularly meaningful, as she will be joined by her mother, a master singer design,...More
Beauty Hallyu on the Way 2007/05/29, Source, Korean beauty salons are going overseas. The level and quality of Korean parlors are now on par with big name foreign shops. The fashion styles of Hallyu stars like singer Rain, actor,...More
Seoul to make Hallyu map to entice tourists 2007/01/14, Source, Surrounded with hip-hop clubs, some Latin bars and live band clubs, Hongdae (the area around Hongik University) is a famous spot with young Koreans and foreigners, especially on weekends. This area is popular not only for those who love clubbing but also for the Korean drama ",...More
Ahn's representatives at Motis (Ahn's management c,...More
Korean wave arrives in Central, South America 2006/11/27, Source, Newspapers have published reports about the recent Korean culture boom, or hallyu, sweeping over East Asian countries. Though some critics claim hallyu works only in Asia, such phenomenon, however, is not solely based on the similarity or common feelings that Asians share.
The Japanese press all reported on the success of the fan meeting. They said that this was the first,...More
Fans Crowd Tokyo Dome to Meet Korean Idol 2006/05/04, Source, The streets of downtown Tokyo were all but empty on Thursday, the start of Japan's longest holidays nicknamed "golden week". But the Tokyo Dome, the home stadium of baseball team Yomiuri Giants, was crowded with women from all over the island country to see Korean actor,...More
SBS said on Mar. 7, "Fuji TV, a terrestrial network in Japan, will air the drama ',...More
Tide Begins to Turn on Korean Wave 2006/03/07, Source, The Korean wave looks to be receding, as Japanese terrestrial TV broadcasters cut the number of Korean dramas in their programming. According to a report on the "Reality and Prospect of Korean Dramas on Japanese TV" published by Korean Broadcasting Institute on Tuesday, the number of Japanese terres,...More
According to the Internet version of The Mainichi Shimbun on Dec. 29, hallyu stars,...More
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
Kwon passed the sales profit $10 million in Japan with his recent films of "The Beast" and "Cheongchun Manhwa" (the title means ",...More
Actress Choi Ji-woo Stars in Joint Korean-Japanese TV Drama 2005/12/20, Source, A press conference introducing a joint Korean-Japanese television drama entitled "Circle Dance Music-Rondo" produced by TBS TV, a Japanese television network, was held at Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on the afternoon of Dec. 19. The drama stars,...More
Korean Soap Operas Debut on U.S. Network TV 2005/12/01, Source, "Imagine Asian TV", a 24-hour cable TV station that specializes in Asian programs as a part of Imagine Asian Entertainment, was established in June of 2004 as the first 24-hour Asian American television network in the U.S.
On November 30, 2005, Imagine Asian TV announced plans to broadcast two of,...More
Art exhibition boosting Korean Wave 2005/11/29, Source, The Korean Wave, the Asian craze for Korean pop culture, seems unwavering. Korean sculptor Jeong Jin-hong's "The Central Exhibition of the Korean Wave" is a success in Osaka, Japan.
For this, NHK's documentary team had an intensive interview with him by visiting Korea two times. Th,...More
Choi Ji-woo Collapses from Overexertion 2005/07/08, Source, Major hallyu star Choi Ji-woo collapsed from overexertion on the afternoon of July 6 in her apartment. She lost consciousness for a moment and was rushed to a nearby hospital. The actress was released on the morning of July 7 and is currently r,...More
Choi Ji-woo to Stage Solo Concert 2005/06/10, Source, Actress Choi Ji-woo will hold a solo concert entitled "Ji-woo's Secret Garden" on June 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Little Angels Art Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. A person close to Choi said on June 10 that the actress has been rehearsing for,...More
Fans of Snubbed Beauties Up in Arms 2005/04/06, Source, With the cable TV channel m.net selecting a list of Korea's 10 most beautiful women to mark the company's 10th anniversary, fans of stars who were left off are launching severe protests on the Internet. Using Internet balloting and expert opinion, m.net selected a list of Korea's 10 representative b,...More
Kyonggi Province will develop a multi-complex showbiz village called "Hallyu-wood" to expand the current popularity of Korean culture sweeping Japan, China and Southeast Asia.
"We will turn 990,000 square meters of land in the city of Koyang in Kyonggi Province,,...More
Choi Ji-woo Becomes New Face of Dior 2005/01/20, Source, Choi Ji-woo has been chosen as the official face of cosmetics house Christian Dior that also saw her voted Japan's most popular Korean star.
Paris-based Christian Dior said Thursday it picked the actress as the face of its "Snow Pure" product,...More
What is All the Fuss About? 2005/01/10, Source, Korean "hallyu" stars have stolen the spotlight in the entire Asian region, including China, Japan and Taiwan. The New York Times has recently called the "hallyu" star Bae Yong-joon a "2.3 billion dollar man", and an influential Japanese week,...More
Korean Designer Andre Kim Puts the Stars on the Catwalk 2004/11/17, Source, Korea's high-profile fashion designer Andre Kim showcased his designs for 2005 this week. Actors and athletes also joined him for a unique awards ceremony.
Korean designer Andre Kim has been creating fashions ever since he debuted in 1962. His distinctive and opulent style combining futuristic wit,...More
Keeping the 'Korea Wave' washing onto Asian shores 2004/08/26, Source, When President Roh Moo-hyun invited Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and his delegation for a luncheon meeting last September, something unexpected happened. After a moment of calm, the Vietnam officials stood up one by one and started to line up in front of a woman, asking her to sign their,...More
It's never a good sign when the trailer for a movie ends up being the best thing about it. But the one-minute promotional film for "Nuguna Pimilun Itda (Everybody has Secrets)" has all the mischi,...More
'Everybody Has a Secret' to reveal secrets 2004/07/24, Source, "Secrets" are something that everyone seems to have, and it raises the question, can knowing a secret lead to happiness? Then does that mean that a greater secret is greater happiness?
Kwon Sang-woo Melts Hearts in China 2004/04/18, Source, kwon Sang-woo showed just how attractive he is in a fashion show of the world's best designer, Giorgio Armani, held in Shanghai, China on Saturday.
The show was the first fashion show that Giorgio Armani held in Asia, and many Asian and Hol,...More
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