Ex-husband of Suicide Actress Found Dead 2013/01/07, Source, Choi Jin-sil kisses Cho Sung-min at a press conference to announce their marriage at a hotel in Seoul on July 19, 2000.
Former baseball player Cho Sung-min was found dead in his girlfriend's apartment in southern Seoul on Sunday morning. An autopsy on Monday morning determined his death as suicide.
Cho (40), who played in the Japanese all-star tournament during his days with the Yomiuri Giants, was the ex-husband of the actress Choi Jin-sil, who killed herself in 2008,...More
Choi Jin-sil, Choi Jin-yeong and now Jo Seong-min 2013/01/06, Source,
In addition to the suicide of the Choi Jin-sil and Choi Jin-yeong brother and sister, another tragic news is sweeping the nation and that is the death of Choi's ex-husabnd Jo Seong-min.
Jo was found dead in the bathroom of his girlfriend's apartment in Seoul on the 6th. According to the police, Jo sent a text to his girlfriend before he died saying, "Take care without me",...More
Sunfull 2012/09/29, Source, Counter cyberbullying with Sunfull By Rachel Lee In October 2008, a merciless tide of public opinion was a major reason that drove movie star Choi Jin-sil to take her own life. The most well-known victim of cyberbullying in Korea was also a mother of two. Her suicide is not an isolated incident. It is part of the country's growing problem with insidious chat room activity. In May 2010, a group of Internet users attacked rapper Tablo, whose Korean name is Lee Seon-woong. The members accused the 32-year-old of forging his Stanford degrees and argued that he did not graduate from the prestigious university. He presented his credentials, yet the group continued to attack the artist. As one of the most wired nations, almost every household in Korea is equipped with broadband Internet. But this freedom in exchange of information and opinion has made celebrities as well as ordinary people vulnerable to relentless online attacks known here as "akpeul", or vicious online replies. Min Byoung-chul, a renowned English educator and a professor of International Studies at Konkuk University, has been trying to combat it. In 2007, he started Sunfull, a non-profit organization formed to fight bullying and hateful comments posted on the Internet,...More
Why Do Many Celebrities Suffer from Mental Problems? 2012/01/10, Source,
Veteran comedian Lee Kyung-kyu (52), who regularly appears on several TV shows, recently confessed that he has been taking medication to treat panic attacks for four months. The revelation has instantly turned the spotlight on mental disorders or depressions many people in showbusiness are vulnerable to.
"I constantly felt like I was suffocating and felt scared of dying", Lee said. His fans were shocked by his confession, as Lee always exuded a happy-go-lucky persona on TV as an entertainer skilled at making viewers laugh,...More
Controversy over distorted Korean videos by China media 2011/08/26, Source,
One Chinese portal website has claimed that Korean celebrities who committed suicide appear on sex film and this has stirred public anger in Korea.
Maopu, the most popular website in China, has posted a video titled "Sexual favors by Korean celebrities". In the video, the dead celebrities are next to erotic movie actresses and compared to them,...More
Catchy works at Jeonju Film Fest 2011/04/21, Source,
A scene from "Nader and Simin, a Separation". The Iranian family drama, directed by the 2009 Berlinale Silver Bear winner Asghar Farhadi, will open the 12th Jeonju International Film Festival on April 28. / Courtesy of JIFF
By Lee Hyo-won
Like its iconic dish of mixed rice and vegetables, Jeonju becomes a "bibimbap" of indie films each year. The 12th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) will open April 28 for a nine-day run, ending May 6,...More
Popular actor and singer Park Yong-ha, 33, was found dead at home in southern Seoul Wednesday morning after,...More
Korean Wave: The New Generation 2010/04/23, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "Shining Inheritance" [SBS]
Korean dramas stir new waves in Japan
Fuji TV's program "Hallyu Alpha" (Mon-Fri 2:07~3:00), which started airing on January 11 in hopes of creating 'a new Hallyu generation', has been receiving positive feedback. Back in 2004, Fuji TV had arranged a program called "Saturday Hallyu Wide Hour", airing dramas such as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Sad Love Story" but had cancelled it due to low ratings. This time, "Hallyu Alpha" tried to differentiate itself from other programs by playing uncensored versions of dramas, providing bilingual broadcast (in Japanese and Korean) and adding special features such as exclusive interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes footage. MBC TV series "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" kicked off the program, followed by KBS' "Women in the Sun" in February,...More
Rain fell outside the Gangnam Severance Hospital as family and colleagues of the late actor Choi Jin-young bid their tearful farewell to the 39-year-old, Wednesday.
The funeral service took place at the hospital at 8 a.m. His mother Chung Ok-sook, and dozens of,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Jin-young's funeral brings much mourning 2010/03/30, Source,
The sky cried and people cried. Choi Jin-young has ended his life on this 38th year on earth. However, those who were left behind could not let him go just that easily. Many friends and family came together and mourned crying out his name.
Choi Jin-young's body has left the hospital with his mother and 50 friends and family following him in a procession so that Choi's body would not be lonely.
The funeral was in a Christian custom and many people came together with tears.
He was a beloved singer and an actor. He has debuted in 1987 as a commercial film model and was in the film with Lee Mi-yeon followed by a drama showing his face in many diffe,...More
Late actress Choi Jin-sil's actor brother commits suicide 2010/03/30, Source,
Photograph of late singer and actor Choi Jin-young [Asia Economic Daily]
Choi Jin-young, the singer and actor brother of late actress Choi Jin-sil, was found dead at his home yesterday after having committed suicide, according to Gangnam Police Station.
An official with Gangnam police said Choi's friend from school, identified only by her last name Jung, discovered the 39-year-old celebrity hanging himself from a cord hung from his projector on the ceiling of his room on Tuesday afternoon.
Paramedics arrived on scene after Jung and Choi's mother called the rescue squad but died prior to his arrival at Gangnam Severance Hospital, the official said,...More
Kim Beom's Movie Picks 2010/02/08, Source,
Actor Kim Beom [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Kim Beom has grown as an actor everytime we see him. The young boy that first appeared in 2006 TV series "Rude Women" as a child who takes good care of his single mom, made himself known to the public through MBC sitcom "High Kick!" and made his presence more prominent through just a few series of appearances in the beginning of "East of Eden" playing the child part of Hallyu star Song Seung-heon. It became certain last year that he had secured a position on the small screen when he made the hearts of many female viewers flutter through KBS drama "Boys over Flowers". Kim then showed how he had finally become a 'man' and one that is ready to play a lead role through SBS TV series "Dream - Drama". "Expressing a character is similar to trying on different clothes. The characters I played in 'Boys over Flowers' or 'Dream - Drama' were articles of clothing I tried on as a hanger or mannequin. They may not fit me initially since they may be too long or short but there comes a point when it fits you just right after some adjustment. That is when you look at yourself in the mirror and start being evaluated by others too for how you look in that item of clothing. Taking on a new role is like adding a new piece of clothing to your wardrobe so I must say that I'm very eager when it comes to work".,...More
The state human rights agency recommended Tuesday that the government withdraw a bill that would mandate Web sites that receive more than 100,000 hits daily to identify the authors of postings made on their bulletin boards, arguing it suppresses freedom of expressi,...More
Eom Tae-woong's Song Picks 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean actor EomEom Tae-woong [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Of the many actors who suddenly become unreachable superstars or who have a hard time getting out of their own characters, Eom Tae-woong is someone who has quietly walked his own path. After many years as a struggling actor, he played a dying man faced with a death sentence in KBS TV series "Drama City", which led to his role as a fantastic villain who was impossible to hate in "Sassy Girl, Chun-hyang". And after shooting "Revnege" and "Devil", in which he expressed a soul conflicted between the good and bad, between sin and punishment, he gained the nickname "the Eom force". His roles -- a free-spirited young man who falls in love with a woman twenty years his senior in the film "Family Ties", a cold elite coach for the National Women's Handball Team in "Forever the Moment", and a celebrity manager who is driven to the extreme in "Hand Phone" -- are so various and full of effort that one cannot easily make presumptions about him.
This year, he lived as Kim Yoo-shin in MBC TV series "Queen Seon-deok", a character which is most befitting for an actor like him. In describing this great general who helped Queen Seon-deok achieve unification of three countries, Eom says, "I can't say that my character is portraying the real General Kim Yoo-shin but I think this man was truly a "big man". He may seem brusque to women and inconsiderate to the general public, but he tried hard and went through agony to attain a big goal rather than a small one". His character was not allowed to show his emotions in the drama, but he recently expressed Yooshin's longing for Deok-man by singing a song called "Only One Person" for a special soundtrack for "Queen Seon-deok".,...More
Actress urn thief sentenced to 1.5 years in jail 2009/12/29, Source,
Late actress Choi Jin-sil [Livecode Entertainment]
A man who stole late actress Choi Jin-sil's urn from her tomb in August received a one year and six month jail term on Tuesday.
"The crime was planned elaborately and the method used was cruel", the Suwon District Court said of its reason for handing the ruling to the 41-year-old man identified only by his last name Park.
The court added that the thief destroyed the urn, left an eternal wound on the family of the deceased and yet did not repent on his wrongdoing. Choi's family had also requested Park be punished severely for his crime.,...More
Many say the Korean wave, or hallyu, is dwindling. Some say the fault is on promotion, while others argue about quality. For former entertainment reporter and now professor Hong Sung-kyu, it is the overall mindset that is preventing the wave from moving further. ,...More
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
Actress, Woo Seung-yeon, 25, was found dead in her home in Seoul in what appears to be a suicide, police s,...More
Young Actress Woo Found Dead 2009/04/28, Source, A young South Korean actress has been found dead at her home in southern Seoul in what appears to be a suicide, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, quoting a police source.
Brought up in a poor family she found herself on the fast track to fame at 20. She t,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Jin-sil's children still crying for mommy 2008/12/28, Source, Choi Jin-sil's father has been interviewed and said that his grandchildren cry when no one is looking.
It was Choi's birthday last 24th and many have visited her grave. Although no one talked about it to the kids, they have surely cried in remembrance of their mother.
Recently, Choi's ex-husband has given up parental rights to the children and her brother has taken custody of them.,...More
[YEAR-END REVIEW] Celebrity suicides shock the nation in 2008 2008/12/23, Source, A string of celebrity suicides in 2008 has sent shockwaves across the nation, gripping devout fans and raising fears of copycat suicides. The suicide of an iconic actress this year has also provoked political bickering over whether to penalize cyberspace libel.
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Jin-yeong difficult to hide his grief for his sister's death 2008/11/27, Source, Actor Choi Jin-yeong filmed a music video recently, however it might not even shed light in public.
Choi has been the main character for singer Jo Jang-hyeok's 6th album. However, the director of this music video said that Choi's face expressions were not good. Even with editing, Choi's face was just not good. His emotions and his physical state did not seem fit for the whole film.
Most of it is because of his grief over his sister(Choi Jin-sil)'s death and complications that followed it.,...More
This year's Blue Dragon Awards' best film honor went to ",...More
Blue Dragon Award Goes to Sports Drama 2008/11/21, Source, The 2008 Blue Dragon Awards chose a sports drama about the silver medal-winning Korean women handball Olympic team as the best movie of the year. In the award ceremony at the KBS Hall in Yeouido, Seou,...More
Blue Dragon Film Awards Return 2008/11/20, Source, The 29th Blue Dragon Film Awards ceremony is on Thursday evening at the KBS Hall in Yeouido, Seoul. The award has been around for some 45 years and has an interesting history.
Actor Shin Seong-il holds the record for the most awards, winning for 10 consecutive years, from the first in 1963 until,...More
Eleven Internet users were arrested and 2,030 caught during the police's investigation of online articles featuring groundless rumors or defamation last month, the National Police Agency said Monday. It marks a 117 percent gain from the same period a year earlier. ,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Jin-yeong adopts Choi Jin-sil's two children? 2008/10/30, Source, The deceased Choi Jin-sil's ex-husband and her brother actor Choi Jin-yeong are arguing about the guardianship over her children. Meanwhile, Choi Jin-yeong has planned to adopt the two children.
After the funeral, Choi Jin-yeong said that he wished to place the names of the two children under his name on the official papers.
Even now, the two children are staying at their uncle's house. Choi hopes that through the adoption, that the children will be comforted and loved.
However, more official actions must be taken to make everything set in stone. As Jo Seong-min divorced Choi Jin-sil in 2004, he lost custody of the kids. And now, after the death of the children's mother, Jo can regain custody of the children.,...More
The 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) closed Friday with the premiere of the South Korean film "I Am Happy" directed by,...More
Curtain falls on Pusan film fest 2008/10/09, Source, The 13th Pusan International Film Festival, which featured 315 films from 60 countries, will wrap up its nine-day run today in the southeastern port city of Busan with the closing film "I Am Happy", directed by Korean filmmaker,...More
Transgender Jang found dead 2008/10/07, Source, Transgender Jang Chae-won, 26, who became a familiar face after appearing on a popular TV program, was found dead on Friday at her Seoul home in an apparent suicide, the police said.
Quoting her friends, the police said Jang had struggled after breaking up with her boyfriend recently. The police,...More
Seoul to toughen Web monitoring 2008/10/03, Source, As the suicide of a star actress is sounding alarm bells on malicious online rumor-mongering, the central government is moving to enforce even tougher rules on messages posted on the internet.
The Korea Communications Commission said it will expand the verification system whereby users who post c,...More
[ChanMi's take] Choi Jin-sil's radiating face 2008/10/03, Source, Let's not remember Choi Jin-sil for her tragic death, but rather for her great movies and beauty!
She was a mother, daughter, sister, and friend... to us she remains a star that will never fade away.
Here are some of her recent pictures. She was 40 years old but her beauty was just as she was in her 20s.,...More
The suspected suicide of top actress Choi Jin-sil has driven the nation into shock. Behind her ever-cheerful image and smile lies the dark side of a star who captured the hearts of Koreans for two decades.
BUSAN _ The 13th Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday evening with the world premiere of "The Gift to Stalin" in this southern port city. It is Asia's largest cinema event, featuring a record number of 315 films from 60 countries inc,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Jin-sil found dead in the bathroom! 2008/10/02, Source, Devastating news!
Actress Choi Jin-sil was found dead at her home. The police are investigating this supposed suicide and there has been no will found.
6:15 AM on the 2nd, police say that Choi has been found by her mother in the bathroom hanging on the shower booth. Choi's mother said that the bathroom door has been locked for too long and when she unlocked it, she found her daughter dead.,...More
Agencies are clearly worried. While the stars ostensibly enjoy wealth and f,...More
Eclectic performances for 2007 2007/01/02, Source, Although this year's local performing arts market revolved around musicals, critics say that 2006 was a success with growth recorded in market size as well as the fan base ranging from teens to middle-aged groups. On the back of continuing interest in the cultural sector, performing arts productions,...More
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