T.O.P Kicked out of Police Service 2017/08/01, Source,
T.O.P of K-pop boy band Big Bang cannot continue his military duty as an auxiliary police officer after a drug conviction.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Monday said a disciplinary committee concluded that the rapper is unfit to continue his duty as a policeman. It will ask the Army to reassign him to another post,...More
Big Bang T.O.P policeman status revoked 2017/07/31, Source,
T.O.P, also known as Choi Seung-hyun, has been devoid of his policeman status due to his arrest for smoking marijuana. His military life will remain as a stain in his life.
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency committee confirmed that it was "unsuitable" after reviewing the possibility of his reinstatement on the 31st last month. As a result, the police will ask the army headquarters for the changeover. Upon receipt of the request, T.O.P shall be deprived of its duties and shall serve as a social worker or full-time reservist, completing his military service obligations,...More
T.O.P. Given Suspended Sentence for Smoking Marijuana 2017/07/21, Source,
T.O.P of boy band Big Bang was given a two-year suspended sentence for smoking marijuana.
T.O.P. was accused of smoking liquid marijuana, a highly concentrated form of the drug, at his home in Seoul in October last year with a 21-year-old aspiring singe,...More
TOP on probation and reenlisting screening 2017/06/30, Source,
Big Bang's TOP (Choi Seung-hyun) admitted to all charges. He said, "I've something I can't take back what I've done and I regret my actions".
His first trial was held on the 29th. Prosecutors asked for 10 months of jail time and 2 years of probation. They didn't explain why. TOP had only agreed to part of the charges until then but on this day he admitted to everything and pleaded for favors. The sentencing will take place on the 20th of July at 1:50PM,...More
Marijuana charges laid on T.O.P, first trial on the 29th 2017/06/07, Source,
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) is getting his first trial on the 29th this month.
According to legal sources, the first trial will be held on the 29th at 11:30AM. This trial requires the defendant's presence so it's likely that T.O.P will be there himself. However, there may be variables as T.O.P is currently in an unconscious state,...More
T.O.P's mother cries twice over police reports 2017/06/07, Source,
While her son is in critical condition, the police's irresponsible statement about his condition made T.O.P's mother cry out in pain.
T.O.P, also known as Choi Seung-hyun, was found unconscious at the Seoul District Office Division 4 on the 6th of June. He was taken to the ICU at the Ehwa University Mokdong Hospital,...More
T.O.P. Rushed to Emergency Room After Drug Overdose 2017/06/07, Source,
T.O.P. of boy band Big Bang has been hospitalized following an apparent drug overdose on Tuesday. Police said the singer is stable but in intensive care.
YG Entertainment said the rapper, whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, was found unconscious after taking anti-depressants in the barracks of the police unit where he has been conscripted to serve,...More
T.O.P. of Big Bang Booked for Smoking Dope 2017/06/02, Source,
T.O.P of boy band Big Bang
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of boy band Big Bang has been booked for smoking marijuana, police said Thursday.
T.O.P started his mandatory military service as an auxiliary police officer in February, his main duty being to promote the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency as a member of the police band,...More
Big Bang to Release 1st New Full-Length Album in 8 Years 2016/12/07, Source,
K-pop boy band Big Bang will release their third full-length album for the first time in eight years next Monday.
The album will contain previously released hit singles such as "Bang Bang Bang", "Loser", "If You" and "We Like 2 Party", as well as new songs,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2016/11/06,
My Korean Husband talk about Halloween in Korea, discover the dark side of Korea's intense gaming culture, iTech Post shares some the hottest Korean celebrities on Instagram, and UNESCO recommends that Korea's "Haenyeo" culture be recognised as an Intangible Heritage,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Photography and Art 2016/11/06,
See what local designers strutted their stuff at Seoul Fashion Week, Hyperallergic covers a recent exhibition in Seoul, The Culture Trip highlights 10 contemporary Korean artists to take note of, and did you see T.O.P. help Sotheby's break records at an auction in Hong Kong?,...More
T.O.P of Big Bang to Host Charity Auction 2016/09/20, Source,
Big Bang's T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) introduces a painting during a press event in Seoul on Monday for the upcoming Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong.
T.O.P of K-pop boy band Big Bang has been invited to curate a charity auction held by Sotheby's in Hong Kong on Oct. 3.
He himself selected 28 pieces of art to be put on sale at the auction, dubbed "#TTTOP". He revealed his wide knowledge of art at a press event in Seoul on Monday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "BIGBANG: 'MADE' TOUR" + Video 2016/07/09,
From spring of 2015 to spring of 2016 Big Bang went on an international tour to promote their album, Made. "BIGBANG: 'MADE' TOUR" chronicles the events of this tour in a nonlinear fashion, jumping around as necessary between production, performance, and break time. There's nothing that can really be called a narrative, just more of an overriding question- how is it that Big Bang can draw together such huge crowds from all over the world?,...More
[Webtoon] Dream Cast for Imitation! 2016/06/25, Source,
It is true that webtoons are a go-to source of inspiration for Korean dramas. Most recently, MBC expressed interest in creating a new TV drama based on Hee-Jung Park's Cat and Dog.
And Imitation, a webtoon about K-pop idols, could easily be the next inspiration for a film or a drama series, but who would be casted as its actors and actresses? Here are a few casting ideas that would be perfect!,...More
DramaFever Brings Guilt-Free Holiday Binging with New 'DF Minis' 2015/12/04, Source,
Exclusive Short-Form Series to Premiere throughout December
DramaFever (dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, is rolling out a slate of DF Minis for the holiday season that are so short and addictive, they are impossible not to gobble up. For each series, all approximately 10-minute episodes will premiere simultaneously for marathon viewing,...More
BIGBANG's MADE Tour coming to DramaFever 2015/10/28, Source,
DramaFever premieres first original production around K-pop megastars BIGBANG Cameras Followed the Korean Music Idols During "BIGBANG: MADE 2015 Concert" in the US DramaFever (dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, announced today their first original production, documenting the recently-concluded U.S. tour of one of the biggest bands in Korean pop music, BIGBANG. This is the first fully-original production of DramaFever, which in the past has co-produced two drama series – "The Heirs" (with Hwa & Dam Pictures) and "Tomorrow's Cantabile" (with Group 8) – and is its first to be unscripted. The documentary titled, BIGBANG: MADE 2015 Concert will premiere on 11/11/15 and be available to all users, free and ad-supported. For DramaFever's premium subscribers there will be a special sneak peek of the concert on 11/6/15,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Joa] 20th Busan International Film Festival + "Commitment" DVD Giveaway 2015/10/02,
On October 1st HanCinema attended the 20th Busan International Film Festival's (BIFF) red carpet, opening ceremony, and opening film. Stars and talents walked the red carpet, stayed to present, and then "Zubaan", an introspective Bollywood film directed by Mozez Singh, had its world premiere. Despite the intermittent rain and blustering wind typical of the Busan area, fans braved the weather in raincoats and Snoopy towels to catch glimpses of the stars.
Upon arrival, what strikes one most is the architecture of the Busan Cinema Center located in Centrum City,...More
Choi Min-sik, Yoo Hae-jin, Park Yoo-chun in Chungmuro 2014/12/08, Source,
Chungmuro was a male party. From successful movies to rookies, the event focused on actors who contributed to the film industry throughout the year. The best movies were awarded and rookies were introduced. It was disappointing that actresses didn't have much space to stand in.
# Acting God: Choi Min-sik
It's not an overstatement to say that it was Choi Min-sik's year with his greatest hit being "The Admiral: Roaring Currents". He took on the role of Admiral Yi Sun-shin and 17.6 million people have watched it. The movie re-wrote Korean movie history. This syndrome brought about historical movies once more and there was even debate about the social role of these kinds of generation movies. Choi Min-sik has a record breaking movie on his hands,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/08/30, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "My Brilliant Life": A young couple struggle with their son who has Progeria syndrome, a rare genetic defect that causes him to age rapidly. (09/03)
★★★★ "Tazza: The Hidden Card": A skilled player enters the underground gambling world and puts his life at stake.. (09/03)
★★★★★ "Hill of Freedom": A Japanese man arrives in Korea to find his old lover. While he stays at a guesthouse, he encounters various people. (09/04)
★★★★★ "Golden Chariot in the Sky": Ppong-Ddol dreams of joining a band and gets inspired to start neighbourhood band that's in need of money.. (09/04),...More
6th Annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival Announces Full Line-up 2014/04/25, Source,
The sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival (TFEFF) will be held in two central London venues over ten days from Friday 23 May to Sunday 1 June, showing 23 films including International and European premieres. The festival is one of the UK's biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema, boasting an electrifying mix of movies from emerging and established artists across a range of genres. The 2014 edition will open on Friday 23 May with the UK premiere of ON THE JOB, the latest ground-breaking work from Erik Matti which premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2013 in the 'Directors' Fortnight'. The closing film of the festival, screened on Sunday 1 June, will be the International premiere of JUDGE! with special guest appearance from director Akira Nagai,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.08 ~ 2013.11.10 2013/11/11,
"Thor: The Dark World" has lit up the top of the Korean box office once again, claiming 655,484 (37%) over 711 screens to advance its total tally now to just over 2 million admissions. Marvel Comic's epic sequel has already grossed $327 million, almost doubling its production budget of $170 million as comic fans, kids, and cinephiles continue to pour in to the theatres to watch Mr. Odinson save the Earth day once again. The highest local flick came in the form of Park Hong-soo's "Commitment", an action drama that tackles Korea's fractured national identity and has Choi Seung-hyun's character torn between higher powers and those he holds dear. "Commitment" is the Park's debut feature and in it he enlisted the help of director/screenwriting Kim Soo-yeong ("Color of Woman", "Vampire Cop Ricky"). Last week no less than six Korean features found themselves in the top tier, however November's second weekend was less forgiving and forcefully ejected "Days of Wrath", "Hwayi : A Monster Boy", and "Top Star" from proceedings,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Commitment" 2013/11/02,
There's a swift brutality to the action scenes in "Commitment" that really demands attention. When young North Korean spy Myeong-hoon (played coldly by Choi Seung-hyun) decides he needs to torture and probably kill someone, he wastes no time with trickery and gets right down to the fundamentals. The resulting beatdowns are intense and hard-hitting, really evoking the sense that we're in the same room as people who are fighting to the death.
This contrasts nicely with Myeong-hoon's life as a high school student,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/02, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Red Family": A coming-of-culture drama about a family of North Korean spies misfiring undercover (11/06)
★★★★★ "Commitment": The son of an ex-North Korean spy is torn between higher powers as he fights for those he loves.(11/06)
★★★★ "I Love You, Jin-yeong!": A struggling writer gets romantically involved with a director who offers to make her dreams come true. (11/07)
★★★★★ "The Weight": A tragic telling of the life of a hunchbacked mortician and his transgendered stepsister.(11/07)
★★★★ "Passion Flower": A dying man hires a caregiver to help him, but soon their relationship flourishes beyond their expectations. (11/07)
★★★★ "Steel Cold Winter": A small-town outcast and big-city newbie find each other and form a fatalistic bound out in the country. (11/07),...More
Get T.O.P in the New Years 2012/12/03, Source,
Big Bang T.O.P comes back with drama in four years
To choose from 4 projects
Big Bang's member and actor T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) is coming back as an actor in 2013. This is his first come back in 4 years after the 2009 "IRIS" so everyone is curious to see what he comes back with. He is currently in concerning happily about 3~4 other projects besides "The Graduate",...More
More Young Singers Migrate to Movies 2012/11/01, Source,
From top, Kim Dong-jun, Kim Jae-joong and Seulong
Idol singers no longer seem satisfied with merely appearing on stage and in TV dramas. Recently, more idol group members are getting involved in moviemaking, with Kim Dong-jun of boy band ZE:A currently receiving the most attention for his supporting role in "A Company Man", which was released on Oct. 11. Viewers have heaped praise on the 20-year-old for his movie debut, posting comments on local movie websites about how he was able to acquit himself well in both action scenes and those that require emotional depth. They say he deserved more on-screen time beyond that of a supporting role,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/28, Source,
It's finally Friday and our Michelle Kim is here to give us updates on arts and culture events coming up this weekend over the Chusok holidays. And I hear she has news about a new book being release and a concert tour by one of K-pop's hottest idol groups. Hello, Michelle. [Reporter : ] Hello, Conn-young. So what do you have for us today[Reporter : ] I'm sure most of you have read at least one of the Harry Potter books. The Harry Potter phenomenon may have come to an end, but the billionaire celebrity author behind the popular series, JK Rowling, is back at it. She's released a newest book, this time targeted towards adults,...More
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/07/11, Source,
Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)., left, and and G-Dragon perfom on the first night of the "Big Bang Alive Tour 2012" at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium, Seoul, Friday. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
Visibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records By Kwaak Je-yup Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
Taetiseo's 'Twinkle' Soars Up Charts as Girls' Generation Branches Out 2012/05/01, Source,
Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, on Monday released the music video for "Twinkle", the title track of their first mini-album. The group, comprising Tae-yeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, will perform for the first time on cable music channel Mnet on May 3.
Earlier last Friday, the group revealed teaser images of Taeyeon on YouTube, followed by clips of the other two members -- which garnered 11.47 million total hits as of Monday,...More
Big Bang Returns with Concert Tour 'Alive' 2012/03/06, Source,
Big Bang held the first concert of their world concert tour that presents live music along with a fictional story like a movie. There was an introductory comment, saying, "The world's best band had been kept in a freezer since 85,000 years ago, and it is the time that the entire world wants their music. It is time for Big Bang to return". The lights were all turned off, and the subtitles in LED lights appeared as if announcing the return of a superhero in a science fiction movie. The capsules in which the Big Bang members boarded appeared on the stage, and the five group members woke up and began to move right after the live music came on. The 13,000 audience members stood up from their seats and began dancing to the music while holding yellow cheering tools, and the venue heaved with the audience jumping up and down. It was the first scene of Big Bang's first world concert tour entitled "2012 Big Show-Alive", which was held at Olympic Gymnasium on March 2,...More
Big Bang not so 'Alive' 2012/03/05, Source,
Visibly ill band disappoints despite int'l backing, new records
Even before the concert, all five members of Big Bang reeked of fatigue. The press conference preceding the evening show Friday was meant to celebrate the 25-city 16-nation world tour they were about to embark on, but instead, G-Dragon, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)., Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri were demure, even aloof. They sneezed and coughed sporadically,...More
Which Idol Star Owns The Most Expensive Home? 2012/01/25, Source,
Top stars in Korean entertainment work hard, and earn quite large sums for their hard work. Reports on some of the most successful stars living in the most expensive homes have been revealed in the past. Legendary singer Cho Young-nam has been rumored to be at the top of the list with a villa worth $5.2 million. However, what about the younger generation of idol stars?,...More
Winners of 2011 Melon Music Awards 2011/11/25, Source,
The 2011 Melon Music Awards took place on November 24th at the Seoul Olympic Park Stadium, awarding some of the hottest acts in k-pop. After its first run in 2009, the MMA has established itself as one of the biggest music award ceremonies in the country, up in the ranks of the Mnet Asian Music Awards, Golden Disk Awards, and Seoul Music Awards. Winners are determined through a calculation of 80% digital sales and 20% online votes,...More
Double standards in K-Entertainment 2011/11/05, Source,
Some time ago, when Korea was in a frenzy of banning Kpop songs, I joked that maybe they should ban also the dramas. I take back my bad, bad joke.
It's been on my mind for a while, but was wondering whether I should bother and cause another stir. But since it's my evil nature, I decided I should. K-entertainment is full of double standards, and non-equal treatment. We got accustomed to it to the point of numbness. I guess we all remember the "Han Ye-seul gate", so to those who somehow slept through whole summer - short recapitulation. Shooting of the drama in usual korean circumstances - 2 hours of sleep per week, 4 meals per week but 100% efficiency. You may ask how actors do it? I have no idea, frankly,...More
GD&TOP Plans Japanese Debut 2011/09/14, Source,
Two of the hottest faces in k-pop will be re-debuting in Japan...under a different group.
Big Bang members G-Dragon and TOP (Choi Seung-hyun) will be introducing their sub-unit duo GD&TOP in the neighboring country by dropping the single "Oh Yeah" on November 9th. Also included will be the song "High High", both previously released tracks in Korea,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Korean cineastes sweep Asian Film Awards 2011/03/22, Source,
From left, actor Ha Jung-woo, the winner of Best Actor award, Youn Yuh-jung, the winner of Best Supporting Actress award, and director Lee Chang-dong, the winner of Best Director award, pose with their trophies at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, Monday. / AP-Yonhap By Lee Hyo-won
HONG KONG ― South Korean cineastes shone at the Asian Film Awards Monday, winning Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Editing.
The fifth edition of the awards, held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Film Festival, featured a tough competition among some of the most renowned Asian cineastes and the red carpet event beamed brighter than ever with the attendance of top stars. Yet it was marked by many absences in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquakes in Japan, and ovations were respectful rather than enthusiastic,...More
Big Bang ranks 3rd on Billboard's world album chart 2011/03/09, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Korean boy band Big Bang's new mini-album "Tonight" ranked third on the World Albums of the Billboard Chart after sweeping the nation's major online music charts.
YG Entertainment said the album, which was released in Korea on Feb. 24, is seeing success on its U.S. debut after being listed at No. 7 in the Heatseekers Album Chart for artists that have newly arrived in the top 100 of the Billboard Chart,...More
Strong Korean Representation among Asian Film Awards Nominations 2011/02/19, Source, "Poetry" Nominated for Best Film, Best Director & Best Screenplay
The 5th Asian Film Awards, to be presented March 21 in Hong Kong, is already starting to create buzz around its nominees.
The Awards' website explains: "Launched in 2007, the Asian Film Awards (AFA) is a pioneering program honoring filmmakers with outstanding achievements in the field of Asian cinema. The AFA is the only platform in the world that brings together the best cinematic talents of Asia, drawing film fans and professionals from all across the globe. The AFA Presentation Ceremony takes place as part of the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong Opening Gala,...More
G-Dragon and Top: 'Rappers Acknowledge Our Instinctive Hip Hop' 2011/02/07, Source, G-Dragon and Top released a duet album, which has already sold as many as 150,000 copies, and four songs included in the album became great hits. Two members of the group Big Bang, G-Dragon (Kwon Ji-yong, 23) and Top (Choi Seung-hyun, 24), who we met at a café in Yeouido for an interview, discussed their first duet album entitled "GD&TOP", saying, "We had made music using our heads before, but this time, we made songs using our hearts. G-Dragon, who has sharp voice, and a rapper Top, who has heavy and low voice, created a beautiful harmony like a tenor and bass in vocal music. Big Bang has shown popular songs including rapping, but two members added various genre songs like electronic, disco, and rock to hip hop base in their duet album. They even included a song that sounds like underground music. As they included various music genres in their album, a sense of confidence could be found in their album,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] 71-Into the Fire 2011/01/29, Before I watched "71-Into the Fire" (directed by John H. Lee), I was a little sceptical. Maybe it was that Choi Seung-hyun (T.O.P from the Korean group Big Bang) was leading the charge in the film. I saw that the film did well in the theatre but I wasn't going to read too much into that when such a huge pop idol was up on screen; a ploy, I thought, to lure in his many followers and cash in on some media hype. Having now watched the film I can say that all my doubts have been laid to rest.,...More
Big Bang to return with new album 2011/01/17, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Popular group Big Bang will release a new album and hold a concert next month, YG Entertainment announced Monday.
The five-member iconic boy band has been preparing the new album for the past two years and it will be released on Feb. 24. The band will officially return to its fans in a large-scale concert "2011 Big Show" slated for Feb. 25 to 27 at the Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park which can accommodate some 40,000 spectators,...More
GD and T.O.P emerges atop Mnet music channel 2011/01/07, Source,
Male unit GD&T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [YG Entertainment]
Boy bang Big Bang unit GD&T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)'s song "HIGH HIGH" came on top on weekly music show "M! CountDown" yesterday, a weekly music show aired by music cable channel Mnet.
"We thank everyone who has shown us love and support", the duo said in their acceptance speech after receiving the winning trophy at the live stage at CJ E&M Center in Sangam-dong of Seoul on Thursday,...More
IU "Good Day" stays atop Gaon chart for 4th week 2011/01/06, Source,
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
For teenage singer IU, every day during the month of December turned out to be a good day as she took her fourth win in a row on Gaon weekly singles chart with her song "Good Day" for the week of December 26 to January 1.
A song with vibrant melody and high pitch ending that expresses a girl's anticipation and excitement of confessing her feelings to a boy, "Good Day" from IU's second EP album "Real" has been sweeping both online and offline charts of various music sites since its release in early December,...More
2011: Year Of Male Idol Duos? 2011/01/05, Source, It's safe to say that 2010 was dominated by girl groups and female solo singers. Well, that trend may be coming to an end with the new year of 2011.
Already, two duos have been sweeping the music c,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 1 2011/01/04, Source, G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Not everybody can express their thoughts through music. And not everybody can organize and speak of the result of the thoughts they have gained from making music. But G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) are musicians who can do both. They spoke only of their music throughout our interview with them and talked about the thoughts they injected into their music. Whether you agree with their music or not, we recommend you read this interview to hear what the two have to say about their music. This is what it means for these two young men in their early 20s, regarded as idols stars, to make their own music and present it to people. 10: How does it feel having to work together during Christmas time? (laugh) T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): We feel sorry for each other. (laugh),...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 2 2011/01/04, Source, G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]10: I think the other units would've been interesting as well. G-Dragon: But it turned out that they're all busy with their individual activities and appearing on variety shows. (laugh) Only T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and I had some time to kill so we ended up working together and producing the most songs together. (laugh) But our other projects were getting pushed back so Yang suggested we try various experiments for Big Bang's music in the mean time and then have Big Bang's album itself contain songs with all five of our voices instead of in units. So that's why Seungri's song, which was actually supposed to go into Big Bang's album, will be released in his upcoming solo album and we're releasing our songs separately as well. 10: So it seems like your album came about by coincidence but how did you two actually make music together? It seems like you two had entirely different interpretations of "BABY GOOD NIGHT"? G-Dragon: He has changed his name to e.knock now but that song was made when I was over at Kush's house. I was just hanging out with him when he played the arrangement for "BABY GOOD NIGHT" he'd made, asking me what I thought about it,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang's G-Dragon and T.O.P unit - Part 3 2011/01/04, Source,
T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon [Lee Jin-hyuk, Chae Ki-won/10Asia]10: But "HIGH HIGH" and "OH YEAH" were not composed by you two although they're the title tracks to your album. T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): When we first started working together, we wanted to do more heartwarming music. But we needed to take the public into consideration to a certain extent and our CEO thought the same as well so we asked Teddy for his help. We set the direction the details to the songs would take but we somewhat needed to go with a style that people are familiar with. G-Dragon: There actually hadn't been that many of Teddy's songs in Big Bang's albums so far. We always talk about this with Teddy as well but it had been hard to work with him because composers with strong musical tendencies don't work with each other a lot. But we came to realize that we couldn't stay like this so we had talked with him from six months ago and reached a conclusion. (laugh) When we get a song from Teddy, he'll pass a song to us after he comes up with the structure for it. He'll take his hands off of it completely. Then we'll talk again to him again to share our opinions. I think these are the two songs we worked on together properly,...More
IU's "Good Day" takes charge of Mnet chart for 4th week 2011/01/04, Source,
Singer IU in music video "Good Day" [Loen Entertainment]
The New Year opened with IU's song "Good Day" on top of Mnet music chart as of December 27 to January 2.
This is the fourth week in a row that "Good Day", the title track to female singer IU's EP album "Real", has topped cable music channel Mnet's weekly singles chart,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Pt. 1 2010/12/30, Source,
Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
During the performance of their new song "Knockout", T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), during most of the time, either stood still or moved slowly when he rapped while his partner G-Dragon moved wildly around the stage. But no one would dare say he moves less for their performance of "Knockout" only becomes complete when G-Dragon's swiftness is combined with T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)'s heaviness along with the presence of their unique characters that are as different as their hairstyles. Furthermore, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) has the ability to 'eat up' the audience with the most unexpected movements. He once used to be one of the five members of Big Bang who worried over his lack of dancing skills but he can now capture people's attention without so much as moving a muscle. Here is T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)'s remarks about performing on stage, his thoughts and his confidence. 10Asia will publish its interview with both T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon tomorrow,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Pt. 2 2010/12/30, Source,
Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: You are in a sense, unrealistic, aren't you? Big Bang members aren't exactly the ordinary lot. T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun): I do think that. Sometimes when I have a drink with G-Dragon we do feel great about how everything is going in our daily lives but lonely at the same time. Although there are things hard to handle at our age and things that we have missed out on, we also achieved just as much, which makes us think that we live in a dream world. Sometimes even we have trouble identifying whether we live in dream or reality,...More
Big Bang to hold "BIG SHOW" and embark on Japan tour in 2011 2010/12/30, Source,
Korean idols Big Bang [Official Big Bang website]
K-pop idols Big Bang next year will hold their annual "BIG SHOW" in Korea as well as embark on a concert tour in Japan, according to YG Entertainment on Thursday.
Yang Hyun-suk, CEO and founder of YG, announced on their official blog site (http://www.yg-life.com) that Big Bang will take the stage for their concert titled "BIG SHOW" at the Olympic Park Stadium from February 25 to 27,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang G-Dragon Pt. 1 2010/12/29, Source, The reporters of 10Asia spent three days, starting December 24 till 26, working. It was the weekend that included Christmas. However, who cares about working? During those three days, we watched the performance by G-Dragonand T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), we interviewed them on the set of their show and took pictures of them on stage. We just feel bad for them having to spend Christmas with the two who said they feel bad for each other. Below are the excerpts from 10Asia's interview with G-Dragon.
Big Bang member G-Dragon [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: You seem to have some dark bags under your eyes. (laugh) G-Dragon: Yes, I performed all night yesterday as well. (laugh),...More
Big Bang G-Dragon poses with BEAST Hyun-seung on "M! CountDown" 2010/12/24, Source,
BEAST member Hyun-seung (left) and Big Bang member G-Dragon (right) [M! CountDown's official Twitter site]
A photograph of Big Bang member G-Dragon and BEAST member Hyun-seung in the waiting room of Mnet's music cable channel show "M! CountDown" has been unveiled.
The official "M! CountDown" Twitter site revealed the picture of G-Dragon showing the rabbit ears sign with his hand while having his right arm around Hyun-seung with a comment below saying, "G-Dragon, where is your fellow member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun)? Here is a reunion photo with close friend Hyun-seung",...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
[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 2 2010/12/22, Source,
Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: You recently played a middle school student in "Happy Maker Soonjung". How was that? Kim Yoo-jung: It was fun because I got to wear a uniform but I don't think there's much difference in terms of the acting. 10: What do you think it'll be like when you go to middle school? Kim Yoo-jung: I think I'll have a lot of fun. People say it's when you have the most fun. Oh, except for the studying. (laugh) Middle schools these days have snack bars, right? But not in Ilsan! And they study more than kids do in Seoul. Elementary schools in Seoul only test you in Korean language, math, social studies and science, and although it may differ depending on your principal, in the city of Goyang you get tested in English and the arts and physical education as well,...More
[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 3 2010/12/22, Source,
Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]10: What is the first role you played that you felt the fun in acting? Kim Yoo-jung: I wanted to act well in "Haeundae" and "All For Love" left a strong impression on me. I enjoyed working on "The Chaser" as well but I think I had the most fun with acting in "Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho". I came to think that I would like to act for the rest of my life. 10: I guess you had fun on set although the drama itself was sad and scary. Kim Yoo-jung: It was so much fun that I'd like to go back to those times! The crew treated me very well, they would always give me good food, and the actors were very nice as well. Mr. Jang Hyun-sung in particular is like a real dad and friend. He's filming a new daily drama these days but he said the set isn't as cheerful without me and that he thought of me while eating meat so he called me, asking for me to join them. (laugh) And I like the director for "Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho" the most as well. He's always smiling and was very cute. He looks like a fox when he smiles,...More
Female singer IU rules Mnet chart for 2nd week 2010/12/21, Source,
Singer IU [Loen Entertainment]
Female singer IU's recent hit song "Good Day" topped cable music channel Mnet's singles chart for the week of December 13 to 19, making it her second consecutive win.
"Good Day" is the title track to IU's second EP album "Real" whose lyrics is about a girl confessing her feelings to a guy. The teenage singer has won attention particularly for the high pitch she reaches at the end of the song,...More
G-Dragon and T.O.P take pictures on set of music video 2010/12/21, Source,
Pictures of Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) (left) and G-Dragon (right) [T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon's official me2today site]
Boy band Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) have revealed photographs of themselves from the set of their upcoming music video.
Earlier today, the two, who began their singing activities as a duo unit this month, posted a picture of themselves on each of their official me2day sites (Korean version of Twitter), with both their hands in the air while riding Segways and a comment below saying, "The music video shoot is finished today!!",...More
G-Dragon and T.O.P hold world premiere showcase for duo unit 2010/12/15, Source,
From left, Big Bang members T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon pose during a photocall of the world premiere showcase for their new duo unit album "GD & TOP" held at major shopping complex Times Square in Yeongdeungpo of Seoul, South Korea on December 14, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A world premiere which went on air live through YouTube. This may sound somewhat grandiose but the stage that G-Dragon (GD) and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) of boy band Big Bang stepped on ahead of releasing their album as a unit was small and simple. Instead, they revealed snippets of each song listed in the album and explained the background to them. To the fans who were looking forward to a fancy comeback performance, this showcase in the format of a talk show may have come off as long-winded but their choice rather came off as the best method to express their affection for the album. And like the two said, them having worked on each of the songs will be like a welcome rain to fans who have long waited for Big Bang's comeback to the local music scene,...More
G-Dragon, T.O.P and LeeSSang to perform at Xmas party 2010/12/07, Source,
Poster for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" [SK Telecom]
Some of the biggest names in the K-pop scene will be performing on stage at a Christmas party hosted by a communications company in Korea.
A press release from the party's publicist Prain Inc. announced Tuesday that Big Bang members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), rap duo LeeSSang and Se7en will take the stage at a club in Kangnam of Seoul for SK Telecom's "Christmas T Social Party" held on December 24,...More
YG holds agency concert over the weekend 2010/12/07, Source,
YG Family Concert [YG Entertainment]
YG Family Concert: YG Has Come a Long Way
"Eun-joo, I love you", a man confessed during the "YG Family Concert" held in Jamsil Olympic Gymnastic Stadium in Seoul on December 5. It is the man who sang "Smoke of The Devil" but not it's original singer Yang Hyun-suk, the owner of YG Entertainment ("YG" in short) but Seung-ri from boy band Big Bang. Before and after that, another Big Bang member Dae-sung sang Wheesung's "With Me" and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and G-Dragon performed Jinusean's "Phone Number". Till the very end of the show, the first generation of YG singers such as Yang, Jinusean and Teddy did not appear on stage but the three-hour concert was already packed enough with hit songs by singers such as Gummy, Se7en, Big Bang, 2NE1 and PSY. 15 years has passed since YG Entertainment has launched and it has certainly grown large,...More
Korean War Movie - "71-Into the Fire" 2010/12/04, Source,
The Korean War movie, "71-Into the Fire" is based on the true story of 71 students who fought hundreds of North Korean soldiers in front of a middle school in Po-hang, a significant place for safeguarding the other place where the main South Korean army was battling, during the Korean War.The Leading characters in this Korean war movie are played by Cha Seung-won (Park Mu Rang), kwon Sang-woo (Ku Kap Jo), Choi Seung-hyun (Jung Bum), and Kim Seung-woo (Kang Suk-Dae). The fancy castings caught audiences' attention even before the Korean war movie was made,...More
2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA): Live in Macao 2010/11/29, Source,
Boy band Big Bang members perform at the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) at the Cotai Arena in the Venetian hotel on Macau on November 28, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
"Muscle!" was what a fan from Hong Kong said as soon as she was asked what she finds most attractive about boy band 2PM. And when a girl, who would scream outright just by the mention of Nichkhun's name, was asked whose muscles she thinks are the best, without hesitation she blurted out "Taecyeon!" Numerous female fans from around Asia who like Korean idol stars for specific images crowded the lobby of the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macao where the red carpet event for the 2010 Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA) was held. But the cheering was not reserved only for good looking guys. A 19-year-old Chinese girl, who introduced herself as a big fan of Big Bang and in love with all its members, went equally wild at the sight of girl group 2NE1 and imitated the "Abracadabra" dance by Brown Eyed Girls saying they were the group outside YG Family that she loves. Hence in such an atmosphere, it may be only natural that these fans are interested not only in the Korean stars but also Korean culture,...More
YG Entertainment announces Big Bang comeback 2010/11/28, Source,
Announcement of the comeback of boy band Big Bang [Official YG Entertainment blog]
Top Korean agency YG Entertainment has announced that boy band Big Bang will make their long-awaited comeback to the local music scene, as their original five-member band and also through solo and duo albums.
YG's CEO and founder Yang Hyuk-suk wrote on the official YG Life blog site (http://www.yg-life.com) on Monday that members G-Dragon and T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) will be the first to return, releasing songs "High High" and "Oh Yeah" on December 15 as a duo while their full-length album, featuring 11 tracks, will hit stores a week later,...More
Movie version of TV series "IRIS" to be released next week 2010/11/19, Source,
Poster of TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
The movie version of Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" will be released next week.
A press release from the show's producer Taewon Entertainment announced Friday that "IRIS: THE MOVIE" will be available for download through contents distribution company cine21i on November 22,...More
Big Bang's new single enters Oricon chart at No. 5 2010/08/26, Source,
Korean idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, Taeyang, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idol Big Bang's latest Japanese single has placed at fifth on the prestigious Oricon daily music chart, according to Japanese publication Oricon Style on Thursday.
Oricon Style reported that according to Oricon's daily chart, the five-member boy band's fifth Japanese single "Beautiful Hangover", released in the country yesterday, entered the music chart at No. 5,...More
Big Bang may release new album in Oct or Nov 2010/08/20, Source,
Korean pop idols Big Bang (from left to right): Daesung, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), Taeyang, G-Dragon and Seungri [Official Big Bang website]
Korean idols Big Bang may be making a comeback to the local music scene in October or November, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Friday.
An official from YG told 10Asia over the phone, "There are plans for the boys to release a new album but it is tentative -- it will depend on the progress of the album",...More
Se7en wins on M! Countdown with "Better Together" again 2010/08/06, Source,
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en, returning to the local music scene after three years and eight months, took the No. 1 spot on Mnet's televised music show "M! Countdown" with his latest single "Better Together" once again this week.
The singer, up against Korean songstress G.Na's song "I'll Back Off", scored his second consecutive win on the cable music channel's Thursday evening show,...More
Special screening of "71-Into the Fire" held in U.S. 2010/07/29, Source,
Official movie poster for "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean war film "71-Into the Fire" has been shown in three cities in North America, according to movie's producer Taewon Entertainment on Thursday.
A press release from Taewon announced that special screenings for the film were held in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta on July 27, three days ahead of its premiere in fourteen other cities in the United States,...More
Se7en says U.S. foray was "not a failure but a new challenge" 2010/07/21, Source,
Korean singer Se7en [YG Entertainment]
Korean singer Se7en has said that his attempted foray into the U.S. pop market over the past few years was "not a failure but a beginning of a new challenge".
The singer made the remark at a press conference, held Wednesday at a club in Seoul's trendy Cheongdam-dong district, which celebrated the July 21 release of his mini-album titled "Digital Bounce",...More
MC Mong and Taeyang shine atop Mnet charts 2010/07/06, Source,
Korean rapper MC Mong (left) and Big Bang member Taeyang (right) [IS Entermedia Group/Official Taeyang website]
Korean rapper MC Mong has topped the Mnet's singles chart with his recent duet "Hurts Like Death" with female singer Mellow for the first week of July.
According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the rapper pushed back previous week's winner Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), taking his first win on the music char,...More
IU and Seulong remains victorious on Gaon's singles chart 2010/07/01, Source,
2AM member Seulong and singer IU [LOEN Entertainment]
Korean idols IU and 2AM's Seulong have claimed another victory on Gaon's singles chart with their latest collaboration "Nagging" for the third week of June.
According to data released by Gaon on Thursday, the singers celebrated their third win on the music chart during the week of June 20 to 26,...More
"71-Into The Fire" to open in 14 U.S. cities next month 2010/06/30, Source,
Official movie poster for "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean war epic "71-Into the Fire" is set to open in fourteen major U.S. cities including New York and Los Angeles on July 30, according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Wednesday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the war pic will be showing at AMC, the biggest theater chain in the U.S., and MPARK4 Cinema theaters in various cities including Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington,...More
T.O.P bows into top spot on Mnet's chart with "Turn It Up" 2010/06/29, Source,
Big Bang member T.O.P [YG Entertainment]
Big Bang member T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) bowed into the top spot on Mnet's singles chart with his latest single "Turn It Up" during the final week of June.
According to data released by the cable music channel on Tuesday, the rapper knocked out last week's winners Untouchable to score his first win on the music chart,...More
"Knight and Day" makes debut at No. 1 in local theaters 2010/06/28, Source,
Hollywood action comedy "Night & Day" [20th Century Fox]
Newly released Hollywood action comedy "Knight & Day" made its debut at No. 1 in Korean theaters over the weekend, knocking last week's winner "71-Into the Fire" down the chart.
Figures from the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday showed that "Knight and Day", which opened in theaters on June 24, was estimated to have brought in 465,145 admissions during the weekend of June 25 to 27,...More
[INTERVIEW] Kwon Sang-woo - Part 1 2010/06/25, Source, kwon Sang-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
kwon Sang-woo is back to wearing a school uniform. He who placed films "My Tutor Friend" and "Once Upon A Time In Highschool" atop the local box office with roles as a high school student, is back as a student soldier full of rebelliousness in "71-Into the Fire" about the Korean War. Now a father of a son, a school uniform might have not been the right character for him to play. But in "71-Into the Fire", based on the true story of 71 student soldiers who fought against one of the most elite troops of the North Korean army, Kwon's eyes and expressions are the very eyes and expressions of a student soldier full of vehemence. The wailing directed to the oppressive system of Korean high schools that his character Hyun-soo let out in "Once Upon A Time In Highschool", has taken on an intensity that goes between life and death to save his country and his colleagues. 10Asia sat down to speak with Kwon who says the sacrifices the student soldiers made was "noble and heartbreaking",...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
[INTERVIEW Part 2] Kwon Sang-woo eyeing acting roles in China 2010/06/23, Source, kwon Sang-woo [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor kwon Sang-woo, one of the most successful stars in both Korea and Japan, has turned his eyes to China as he sets out to expand his acting career to a wider audience in Asia.
During an interview with Asia Economic Daily, the 33-year-old Hallyu star explained he is "looking into a film or drama role for next year in the Greater China region", and that "talks are currently in process",...More
"71-Into the Fire" enters box office at No. 1 2010/06/21, Source,
Official movie poster for "Into Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean war epic "71-Into the Fire" successfully bowed into the top spot on the local box office over the weekend, pushing back two-week winner "A Story of Bangja" down the chart.
Figures by the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) released on Monday revealed that the newly released picture, which opened in theaters on June 16, attracted 809,229 moviegoers during the weekend of June 18 to 20,...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Part 1 2010/06/17, Source,
Singer and actor T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
'A rapper with the face of a wolf yet the soul of a lamb'. This exquisite sentence a fan wrote on the Internet may be the most clear description of T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun). He is a rapper with sharp eyes and a tough voice but has the sentimentality to like Damian Rice and Labelle. And he is a member of one of Korea's top idol groups but was once a boy who fought against his inner insecurities. That is why it is useless to ask what sort of actor T.O.P wants to be or what project he has planned next as a rapper. Because as he has been doing from his teen years and continues to do so, he will write lyrics to express himself while sitting at his desk. And he said he chose to take on the role of Oh Jang-beom in "71-Into the Fire" because he felt he was looking at himself. 10Asia sat down with the 24-year-old singer and actor to talk about his acting, rapping and Choi Seung-hyun. 10: How does it feel doing an interview alone, without members of your group Big Bang? T.O.P: I didn't have to talk a lot when I'm with them because there are those who are good at speaking but I have to talk a lot now. I think they'll make me talk a lot when I go back as a member of Big Bang so I think I should do a poor job of speaking at interviews. (laugh),...More
[INTERVIEW] Big Bang T.O.P - Part 2 2010/06/17, Source,
Singer and actor T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] 10: What kind of music did you listen to? T.O.P: I listened only to classical music for six months while shooting "71-Into the Fire". I listened to a lot of Labelle. And I've been listening to Nine Inch Nails recently. I switch back and forth. (laugh) 10: Labelle is so elegant that women usually like it more. T.O.P: There's a very feminine side to me. I'll write manly lyrics, those that will suit my voice but I think I also understand women's sentimentality to a certain point too. I think such aspects influence my rapping and acting too. 10: What's the difference between rapping and acting? T.O.P: When I'm with Big Bang, I show who I am as TOP but when I'm acting, I think I show who I am as 24-year-old Choi Seung-hyun. Of course, both are me and both enjoy music. But I think TOP is an imaginary character who I had been picturing in my mind. He's another me that is not quite me. On the other hand, I am myself while doing this interview and a lot of the me you see right now is reflected into my acting,...More
Big Bang T.O.P releases teaser video for new solo single 2010/06/15, Source,
Big Bang member T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun) for his solo single "Turn it Up" [YG Entertainment]
Big Bang member T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun) has released a teaser video for a new solo single, according to a press release from his agency YG Entertainment on Thursday.
YG announced in a press release that the teaser video for his solo single "Turn it Up", featuring the singer portraying a luxurious appeal in various suits and accessories, was unveiled on various online music sites today,...More
Big Bang's "IRIS" single ranked No. 5 on Oricon chart 2010/06/10, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang's new single "Tell Me Goodbye" has made the top five on Japan's prestigious Oricon music chart on the day of its release.
According to estimates released by Oricon on Thursday, the boy band's latest single "Goodbye" landed at No. 5 in the singles chart upon its local release on June 9,...More
A star-studded, big budget war movie comes in time for the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War on June 25, 1950, leading the array of anticipated summ,...More
Big Bang reveals 4th Japanese single 2010/06/09, Source,
Big Bang's 4th Japanese single "Tell Me Goodbye" [YG Entertainment]
Korean boy band Big Bang released their fourth Japanese single today, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Wednesday.
YG announced in a press release that their single "Tell Me Goodbye", featuring the combination of their signature vocals and rap with a calming piano melody, went on sale in Korea today,...More
"IRIS" soundtrack concert attracts fans in Japan 2010/06/03, Source,
The cast of TV series "IRIS" attend its celebratory concert in Japan [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" recently confirmed its popularity in Japan at sold-out concerts featuring the main cast and singers who participated on the drama's soundtrack.
According to a press release by the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday, major Japanese broadcaster TBS had organized a series of concerts titled "Dramatic Live Stage" as part of promoting the show's current prime-time airing in the country,...More
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun had to apologize to his Japanese fans for delays and confusion over his concert,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Korean movie lacking Korean pride? 2010/06/01, Source,
Movie, "71-Into the Fire" to be released on June 16th had its press meeting at Stanford University in California, USA. At the press release, the 400 students and Korean Americans came together to watch this film and give their critiques. A famous critic, Scott Fonas gave a thumbs up on kwon Sang-woo's acting!
He said that the acting was as memorable as James Dean's acting. The rebellious glare with the cigarette gave the,...More
Big Bang scores triple win at Japan MTV Music Awards 2010/05/31, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performing at their concert "2010 Big Show" held in Seoul on January 31, 2010. [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang scored a triple win at the MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced through a press release Saturday that the five-member boy band picked up trophies for Best New Artist Video for "Gara Gara Go!!", their second single in Japan, and Best Pop Video for third single "Koe o Kikasete" at the award ceremony, held at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium on Saturday,...More
"71-Into the Fire" to premiere in Korea on June 16 2010/05/27, Source,
Movie poster of Korean war pic "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
The premiere date for Korean war film "71-Into the Fire" has been pulled up by a day to June 16, according to the film's producer Taewon Entertainment on Thursday.
An offical at Taewon explained that they decided to move up the film's release to Wednesday, instead of the usual Thursday, on high anticipation for the film,...More
Big Bang first Korean dance group at Japan music fest 2010/05/26, Source,
Big Bang members Seung Ri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP (Choi Seung-hyun) and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Boy band Big Bang will be the first Korean dance group to take the main stages of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival 2010 in August, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment.
YG announced in a press release that the group is set to perform on the Ocean Stage of the Maishima Summer Sonic site in Osaka on August 7 and on the Marine Stage of the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo the following day,...More
T.O.P says visits amusement parks wearing masks 2010/05/25, Source,
Korean singer and actor T.O.P at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire" [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Choi Seung-hyun, better known as T.O.P from idol group Big Bang, has said that he sometimes visits amusement parks with his bandmates wearing masks.
Speaking at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire", held Monday at Seoul's Lotte World Garden Stage, the pop idol remarked, "When I feel stifled, I come [to amusement parks] to have a good time without people knowing. People don't recognize me because I wear a mask when I come",...More
"71-Into the Fire" sold to four additional countries 2010/05/24, Source,
Official poster for film "71-Into the Fire" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean film "71-Into the Fire" has been sold to another four countries including the U.K., Germany, Singapore and Russia at a film market in France held concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival which ended over the weekend.
The film had been picked up even ahead of its promotional screening at the market by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group which distributes to German speaking countries in Europe and Benelux,...More
The Korean War (1950-53) has unfortunately been dubbed "The Forgotten War" overseas, but for Koreans the deep scar it left behind is still sorely fel,...More
TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (1) 2010/05/12, Source,
From left, actors Kim Seung-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), kwon Sang-woo and Cha Seung-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "71-Into the Fire" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
In August of 1950, when the Korean War was well under way, a letter was found in the pocket of student soldier Lee Woo-geun who died while fighting in a battle to defend the Nakdong River. The letter, which the 16-year-old had failed to send off to his mother, read the following: "Mother, I killed a person. It was such a brutal death. Why do we have to go into war? I'm thinking frightening thoughts. I wish the war would end quickly and feel your warm embrace". Film "71-Into the Fire" starts with this letter. What leads the film is not its blockbuster scale which cost the production 11.3 billion won, nor its extravagant cast. The camera operates in order to shed light onto the existence of student soldiers who took part in the meaningless war yet have failed to be remembered for their sacrifice,...More
TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (2) 2010/05/12, Source, kwon Sang-woo [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: kwon Sang-woo, this is the first time in a while that you got to wear a school uniform for a movie. You're even the same age as Choi Seung-hyun in the film. (laugh) Kwon: I almost wasn't cast for the movie because of my age. (laugh) My character Koo Kap-jo is assigned to a squadron for student soldiers as he chooses to take part in the war instead of being sent to a Youth Detention Center. He distresses Oh Jang-bum (played by Choi Seung-hyun) as he tries to motivate him to become squadron leader. Kim: Me and Cha were worried a lot when Kwon was cast. Because he's closer to our age now. (laugh) But I saw on the monitor how he would actually look younger than Choi at times. (laugh) He's the right man for the part and like he himself says, there is no movie where he has worn a school uniform but hasn't done well, so we're looking forward to how "71-Into the Fire" will do too. Q: kwon Sang-woo and Choi Seung-hyun, you fight each other a lot too in the movie. Wasn't it uncomfortable having to shoot the scene up against a senior? Choi: I was able to learn because he was always teaching me a lot and he would help me relax when I'm nervous. It felt as if I was shooting those actions scenes with a martial arts director because he gave off the vibe of an expert,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] T.O.P also known as Choi Seung-hyun now a movie star! 2010/05/11, Source,
Press release for "71- Into the Fire" has been held on the 10th. At this place Choi Seung-hyun has been in the film and is honored to make his first debut through this action film.
He has been in his debut drama "I Am Sam" and "IRIS" and his acting has been critiqued over and over.
However, he took a bold step in this film where he has to show great wave of emotions in war scenes. But since his role isn't the main character, let's hope his smaller role will be appla,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: "71-Into the Fire" is in post-production right now. What was it like filming the movie? It must have not been easy -- I saw photos taken on set which basically seemed like ruins.Cha Seung-won: I didn't see a single woman on set the whole time we shot "71-Into the Fire". kwon Sang-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and I thought 'Wow this is too much'. (laugh) You'll probably be able to tell from the photos but When you see the behind-the-scenes pictures all you see are men. 10: Maybe that's why Choi Seung-hyun received so much attention. (laugh) Cha: We all like him very much. There is no reason not to like him. He had a really tough time on set after having been an idol group singer. He would say hello at lunch, sit next to me and eat covered in make-up which makes him look messy. And when I ask him if filming is bearable, he would say he likes it. He's a really good guy,...More
"IRIS" season 2 starts pre-production 2010/04/20, Source,
Official poster for KBS TV series "IRIS" Season 1 [Taewon Entertainment]
Pre-production work for the second season of blockbuster TV series has kicked off amidst much hype and anticipation among fans, according to production company Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon explained in a press release that "IRIS" producers have started the casting process for the next season, even talking with agents for the actors from the first season such as Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon and considering a new face to appear in the series as well,...More
Big Bang to sing Japanese soundtrack for "IRIS" 2010/04/16, Source,
Big Bang members Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang will sing the main theme song for the Japanese release of the hit TV series "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports on Friday.
Sankei reported that the boy band will be singing a ballad titled "Tell Me Goodbye", which will be featured in the show's broadcast next Tuesday on Japanese channel TBS,...More
Top Japanese actors provide voice-overs for "IRIS" 2010/04/05, Source,
Official poster for Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Two of Japan's top actors are on board to provide voice-overs for the local version of Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports over the weekend.
Sankei reported Saturday that noted Japanese actors Fujiwara Tatsuya and Kuroki Meisa will lend their voices for the shows' two main characters, originally played by top Korean stars Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee,...More
On the set of film "71-Into the Fire" 2010/03/31, Source,
The cast of film "71-Into the Fire": (from left) Korean actors Cha Seung-won, kwon Sang-woo, T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun) and Kim Seung-woo [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Film "71-Into the Fire" - Four flowers blooming on ruined grounds
Quite often there are sets which have many sideshows. And sometimes you may even see sets where there are good actors in a flock. But it is truly rare to come across a set which stimulates all five of your senses. The set for film "71-Into the Fire", which is being shot at Hapcheon Image Theme Park, was one of such cases. What first greeted reporters on the set of a city in ruins was not the fancy cast -- which includes actors Cha Seung-won, T.O.P. (Choi Seung-hyun), kwon Sang-woo and Kim Seung-woo -- but the smell of smoky gunpowder, sounds of gunfire loud enough to cause tinnitus and the vibrations from on-set explosions which spread through the air and one's entire body. Such things are what is probably needed to reproduce a war setting, however incomplete it may be,...More
Actor Kwon Sang-woo to make singing debut in Japan 2010/02/16, Source,
Actor kwon Sang-woo [MAC]
Korean actor kwon Sang-woo will debut as a singer in Japan, according to a report on Monday.
Daily Japanese sports paper Sankei Sports reported that Kwon will make his singing debut in Japan after releasing a DVD on February 19.
The DVD, titled "DREAM IN JAPAN", will contain the actor's Japanese songs as well as footage from his latest visit to the country.
The newspaper also quoted the actor as saying, "I would like to start my nationwide tour in Japan as soon as possible".,...More
IRIS set to air during prime time in Japan 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS" is set to air during prime time on Japanese television, according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.
Taewon said Japanese broadcaster TBS announced the Korean TV series will run Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m., a slot usually assigned to domestic TV dramas.
Artist View, the show's marketing promoter in the country, explained that such programming is proof that Japanese people are looking forward to watching a Korean blockbuster action drama, not just Hallyu fans expecting to watch a Korean dramas and its cast.,...More
Big Bang wraps up Big Show in success 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean idol group Big Bang performs at the "2010 Big Show" in Seoul [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang successfully wrapped up their Seoul concert over the weekend, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Monday.
The five-member group performed in front of some 13,000 fans at the "2010 Big Show - Big Bang concert" , held at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on January 31.
"This is a wonderful day because we get to enjoy it with the fans who we love and adore", the group had said during the concert. "We didn't get to be with you last year because we were all involved in individual activities. We are grateful that you are still here with us".,...More
[10LINE] Kim Hyun-joong 2010/01/11, Source,
Clockwise from top center, musician Seo Taiji, SS501 member Kim Hyung-jun, singer Lee Hyori and Kim Hyun-joong's character Yoon Ji-hoo from KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers". [10Asia]
Kim Hyun-joong Truth #1: He is a good-looking idol. He is a guy you would go out with regardless of his age. He is someone so pretty that he is likely to appear in a romance comic. Truth #2: He was a runaway teenager who has experienced almost every part-time job out in the world. He is the most four-dimensional celebrity in Korea. He is a rock mania who body would squirm at the cheesy lines he had to say in hit TV series "Boys over Flowers". Truth #3: He is a happy-go-lucky sort of person, unpredictable and hence, we become increasingly curious. Attracted.
Seo TaijiKim Hyun-joong's favorite musician. The first record Kim ever bought was Seo Taiji & Boys' second album. Kim had enjoyed his studies so much up till elementary school that he would wake up at 6 A.M. everyday to study but after listening to Seo Taiji's music, he gave up on his studies to become a bassist in a rock band. That is why Kim took a one year leave during his high school days, went to a new school and ran away from home because his parents were against him pursuing music. Up to this point, it may look like he walked the typical path many rockers take on in order to achieve their dreams. But Kim worked part-time at a fried chicken restaurant and did manual labor to buy his own guitar, then worked again for about a year after running away from his house a second time. He made about a total 100 million won working part-time jobs. "I taught myself (how to live in society) by making money earlier than others", Kim said of how important he considers this time period. This is why as soon as he debuted as a member of SS501, he believed "time is money".
SS501 The five-member group Kim is a member of. He passed his audition for the group after simply being asked his height, weight and address. It may be because of this but according to member Park Jung-min-I, Kim played hard to get, not being sure of whether being a member of an idol group was the path he should take. But Kim sets his heart on becoming part of the band after looking at the numerous fans looking forward to SS501's debut. Thereafter, the whole group appears in various reality shows and pursues a music career in Japan simultaneously. But they do not care about looking pretty and have promised to never receive expensive gifts from fans, making them the idols they are yet also the guys next door with good morals. They did not gain stardom instantaneously but continue to solidify their fanbase. On a side not, SS501 stands for the 'sun' and "STAR", as well as 'five become one', but also a name intended to be typed easily on mobile phones and the computer.,...More
Dae-sung to replace T.O.P. in new Song Ji-na drama 2010/01/04, Source,
Big Bang member Dae-sung [Asia Economic Daily]
Dae-sung, member of popular boy band Big Bang, will replace T.O.P., the rapper of the same group, to star in a new TV series by famed writer Song Ji-na.
"Dae-sung will take off his acting career starting by making an appearance in 'Zero Plus'", an official at the group's agency YG Entertainment told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Monday.
T.O.P., whose real name is Choi Seung-hyun, had originally been tapped to play the main character but decided to withdraw from the drama due to a conflict of schedule. He had made his acting debut in 2007 drama "I Am Sam" and last appeared in hit blockbuster drama "IRIS" alongside Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee.,...More
Convergence of movie and TV drama continues to evolve 2009/11/05, Source, Simultaneous production of drama and its theatrical version increases efficiency
Generalization of digital shooting breaks down barriers of human resources & technology
Respect of different ways of producing broadcast programs and movies brings higher efficiency
In the past, original soundtrack albums were just a little extra something that came with a television drama. Now, however, more viewers and drama makers are starting to realize their importance and potential.
One of the most popular drama soundtracks lately ha,...More
[ChanMi's take] TOP aka Choi Seung-hyun vs. Lee Min-ho! 2009/02/08, Source, Choi Seung-hyun also known as TOP who is an actor and a rapper for the hot boy group, Big Bang has been in a TV program with this suit on!
The young hot actor who is receiving a lot of popularity through the drama "Boys over Flowers" has also worn this checkered suit for a photoshoot!
I mean, they both look really good in the outfit. But if you had to choose, who do you think looks better? It's your pick!,...More
Pop group Big Bang indeed offered a "Big Show" at the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium Friday night. With more than 13,000 fans attending, the group captivated the audience with spectacular settings, their stage presence and songs.
Boy band Big Bang seems to have it all, from loving fans, stylish fashion trends, easy-to-memorize songs and the members' distinctive characteristics. Now, the ambitious group is expanding their talents in ot,...More
Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...More
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