[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" 2017/10/21,
The painfully small selection of science fiction works in Korean drama and the often unsuccessful and dull efforts of the industry when tackling new things made the anticipation for "Circle" quite nerve-wracking. While "Joseon X-Files - Secret Book" is a bit of a cult classic among fans, it left a lot to be desired. "Circle" chooses a different approach and it surprises in the most pleasant, satisfying of ways,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 12 Final 2017/06/28,
It is closure o'clock and our characters have to work for it. With Dong-geon and Human B in pursuit, the team must come up with a plan for exposing his wrongdoings while keeping everyone safe. There are hugs, there are tears, there is punishment and redemption as the system of control collapses before everyone's eyes. It has been a long journey for everyone and who knows what the future still holds,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 11 2017/06/27,
The end is almost here and episode eleven of "Circle" takes steps I did not think Korean drama writers would be bold enough for. In 2017, Woo-jin finds himself with few options for saving his brother and his friends. In 2037, Joon-hyeok and Jeong-yeon struggle with the truth staring at them on that stairwell. The titular "Circle" pushes everyone over the unknown edge of what defines us as individuals and as ourselves,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 10 2017/06/21,
If you already feel bad for the twin leads of "Circle", get ready for more pain, as a glimpse of false happiness, bonding and doubts comes crawling into their lives in episode ten. Dong-geon pushes Woo-jin to his limits in 2017 while Joon-hyeok and Jeong-yeon take on a very dangerous and possibly final plan to find Woo-jin in 2037,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 9 2017/06/19,
Episode nine of "Circle" answers a lot of questions about the chip technology's origins and it raises a few very dark ones about its current condition and Woo-jin's existence in 2037. In 2017, Beom-gyoon has been found only to be lost again as his memories are wiped by the bug and Dong-geon takes over Yong-woo's research on behalf of someone who has been running it in the shadows all along,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 8 2017/06/14,
It is time to meet our much teased Human B Chairman in episode eight of "Circle" and their identity is one I did not expect. In 2017, Woo-jin is being blackmailed with Beom-gyoon's life and sets out to find his father's data. In 2037, a formidable foe steps into the light and closes in on Jeong-yeon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 7 2017/06/13,
What was once a secret in "Circle" becomes common knowledge and what was once a fear comes closer to reality. In 2017, Woo-jin finds himself right in the center of Professor Han's operation and closer to danger the more he knows. In 2037, Joon-hyeok falters as he struggles with a dreadful possibility and Ho-soo's memories show him a different perspective,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 6 2017/06/07,
Jeong-yeon struggles with her identity as Byeol and the time has come for her to make a brave decision. Something happened in her past which was probably instigated by a key figure making a return to the story. In 2037, Joon-hyeok and Ho-soo dance around each other due to their opposing goals, a new suspicious ally for our hero surfaces and so does a worrying possibility,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 5 2017/06/05,
The ghosts of the past roam the future as it is time for many identities to be revealed. In 2017, Jeong-yeon and Woo-jin have a fallout over the past she is afraid to face. The old asylum gets many visitors in search of clues, including Detective Hong. In 2037, Joon-hyeok meets his Bluebird and discovers that he is being watched. The big question now is whether Woo-jin is still alive and whether that is a good thing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 4 2017/05/31,
Episode four of "Circle" packs quite a punch and brings about twists upon twists and delectable fake-outs. In 2017, Bluebird makes their appearance and the mystery of the blue bug and the alien become clearer. In 2037, the dreaded, but not surprising truth about Joon-hyeok's identity is revealed, new familiar faces from 2017 become visible and Ho-soo receives an offer from the care chip overlords,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 3 2017/05/29, "Circle" is a rollercoaster ride that never stops and if this is a result of its short duration, thank goodness Dramaland decided to try it. In 2017, Woo-jin and Jeong-yeon clear up some misunderstandings and unearth a disturbing secret about the suicide victims. In 2037, Joon-hyeok's suspicions are proven right, leaving him and Ho-soo struggling with their past and identities,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 2 2017/05/24, "Circle" once again proves that there is merit to a shorter series with an episode so packed that keeping up and grabbing onto every little tidbit of information is challenging. In 2017, Woo-jin gets a new study partner who challenges his hard-earned normalcy. In 2037, Joon-hyeok dives deeper into the stabilization chip and its true function. It looks like our seasoned hero holds the key to all mysteries,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Circle" Episode 1 2017/05/23, "Circle" enters the drama game today and expectations are high for a genre so rarely loved by Korean film and television. The episode introduces both timelines, their characters and the two mysteries which will unfold through their adventures. These mysteries are instantly engaging, the characters easy to feel attachment to and the pop culture references and homages abundant. There is a lot to talk about, so here we go,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Circle" 2017/05/20,
Aliens that do not come to Earth ready for romance with their reincarnated love from the Joseon dynasty have just not been a thing in Korean drama. Science fiction as a genre is a very rare one even in Korean cinema. Yet perhaps Dramaland is ready to tackle it as more than romance garnish for a change. Enter "Circle".
A mysterious disappearance and the arrival of extraterrestrial life in 2017, a mysterious murder in 2037. The story of "Circle" takes place in two timelines and it deals with a world experiencing its first alien contact and evolving through it. The citizens of the future attempt to end violence by controlling human emotion with its technology,...More
Join the Celebrity Sports Teams! 2017/03/31, Source,
When you are busy working in the entertainment industry, you must keep yourself healthy! And what better way is there to keep yourself healthy than enjoying a good sports, surrounded by your fellow star buddies?,...More
[Spoiler] "Mrs. Cop" Kim Hee-ae VS Kim Min-jong face each other 2015/08/10, Source,
Choi Yeong-jin (Kim Hee-ae) and Park Jong-ho (Kim Min-jong) came into conflict with the matter of the victim's suicide.
Yeong-jin investigated the case herself when she saw that the victim's mother wasn't accepting of her daughter's death. Yeong-jin found out that the victim had changed her phone number twice recently and had reserved tickets to a concert the next day and knew it wasn't suicide. She also heard that the victim was a devout Catholic and told Jong-ho, "Reinvestigate this case. It wasn't suicide",...More
Kim Hee-ae, "worried that I will tarnish my image"... SBS "Mrs. Cop" 2015/07/30, Source,
Actress will play a married Korean "Ajumma" cop.
On SBS' "Mrs. Cop" first being broadcasted on the 3rd of next month, Kim Hee-ae will play Choi Yeong-jin, a homicide detective. While she is a charismatic and experienced cop, the character is failing as a mother. While she has never properly celebrated her only daughter's birthday, she blames it on important cases always popping up. Inside, she is a mother who always thinks about her daughter and feels guilty,...More
CJ E&M's New Reality TV Show, Coo Coo Class 2013/12/27,
Introduces Five Mixed Vietnamese-Korean Children to Wonderful Vietnam - Five mixed Vietnamese-Korean children, including "Little Psy" Hwang Min-woo, travel throughout and experience Vietnam on nine-day tour - K-pop idol, Lee Gi-kwang, and popular actor, Kim Min-joon, star as caretakers of the children, with Vietnamese actress, Kha Ngan, also making guest appearance,...More
[Guest Post] Beast Shadow Music Video Review 2013/08/30,
The six member band Beast from South Korea made an exciting comeback on 19th July with their new song Shadow. Based on a dark, creepy theme, the track went viral among fans on the release day and didn't take long in topping the charts. Shadow showcases the kind of music that suits the band pretty well. Beast went away from usually summer hippie style and it worked well for them because the track reached number 1 on major Korean music websites,...More
Uhm Jung-hwa and Lee Gi-kwang 2012/05/18, Source, Uhm Jung-hwa and Lee Gi-kwang
What does the dancing queen and the guy with a pair of dancing shoes have in common? They both recently saw their personal twitter accounts get hacked.
Lee posted up on his twitter on May 17th, "I don't know who did it, but it seems that somebody other than myself has used my ID. I hope something like this doesn't happen again. Please",...More
Korean celebrities criticized for racism 2012/03/09, Source,
A screen shot of Lee Lee Gi-kwang, a member of boy band BEAST who appeared in a local TV program in blackface in 2010
NEW YORK ― For many Koreans, "blackface" gags may simply be old-school comedy with no harm behind it _ but not so much for African-Americans.
And with a series of blackface performances by Korean celebrities spreading online, their animosity toward Koreans as a whole is rising,...More
K-celebrities now 2 2012/02/09, Source,
[SOV] [Interview : Yang Yo-seop, Member of BEAST] "From now on, BEAST is going to get a bit more wild! Here we go!"
[SOV] [Interview : ] "Breathe in, breathe out! Jang Hyeon-seung!"
[Interview : ] "Breathe in, breathe out! Yong Jun-hyeong!"
Now let's go meet the powerful boy band BEAST at the opening concert of their world tour,...More
How Do Idol Group Members Get Paid? 2011/04/19, Source, With the plethora of idol groups out there on the scene, one can't help but wonder: how much money do these "kids" make? Sure they gain popularity through their respective groups, but it's a known fac,...More
Song Seung-heon: 'I Feel More Responsibility About Acting' 2011/03/02, Source,
"I have to continue to strive to improve my acting ability". - Song Seung-heon
Actor Song Seung-heon is one of the so-called "Hot People" because he is a representative "pretty man" and Hallyu star, who is very popular in the Asian region. And he became a romantic actor with his appearance in the MBC TV drama "My Princess", which had finished airing on February 24, by playing an elite diplomat and heir of a chaebol named Park Hae Young. Song came to a restaurant located in Nonhyundong for an interview the very next day after the drama aired its last episode, and talked about many things regarding himself, now 16 years after his debut.
Q: Did you have a good sleep? I heard that you had a killer filming schedule for "My Princess".
A: On February 24 when the last episode aired, I filmed the drama until six in the evening and then we had a culminating party right away. Even though I did not drink a lot of alcohol, I was completely out of it, maybe because I was too tired. I heard that my manager had tried to wake me up in front of my house for almost one hour. But today I woke up early at seven in the morning. I could not get enough sleep for the last two months, so I could not sleep more in the morning. Since I could not watch the last episode yesterday due to the party, I just watched the last episode,...More
BEAST's Yo-seop asks fans to apologize 2011/01/07, Source,
BEAST member Yo-seop [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean boy band BEAST member Yo-seop has asked fans to apologize for their hateful comments.
Yo-seop posted a comment on his Twitter (http://twitter.com/helloimys) saying, "It takes time for people to get over thoughtless remarks that others say. It doesn't matter how or who it's done to but it's just not right to hurt someone deeply. You should apologize or should I?",...More
BEAST to hold encore concert next month 2011/01/06, Source,
Concert poster for boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
Boy band BEAST will hold a series of encore concerts for the first concert they held in Korea last month, according to the boys' agency Cube Entertainment on Thursday.
Cube announced through a press release today that BEAST will put on two encore concerts at the Gymnastics Stadium of the Olympic Park on February 18 and 19 in response to the heated attention they had received by fans at their December concert,...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
Kang Ho-dong scores grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards 2010/12/31, Source,
Kang Ho-dong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainer Kang Ho-dong scored the grand prize at the year-end SBS Entertainment Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on Thursday. Kang was given the top honor for his role as the emcee for popular SBS variety shows "Steel Heart" and "Star King", making it his fifth grand prize win during a year-end show,...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
BEAST unveils final track from digital album "My Story" 2010/12/24, Source,
Boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
The final track from boy band BEAST's digital album "My Story" will be unveiled today, announced Cube Entertainment on Friday.
According to Cube, the full version of BEAST's song "Lights Go On Again" will be available on numerous online music sites later on today. The short version of the song was released on the group's fourth mini-album of the same name in early November,...More
BEAST unveils 3rd track from new duo unit album 2010/12/23, Source,
Picture of BEAST members Hyun-seung and Lee Gi-kwang for "let it snow" [Cube Entertainment]
Korean boy band BEAST, set to pursue their singing activities as three separate duo units, have unveiled the final duet track from their upcoming album today.
A press release from Cube Entertainment announced that Hyun-seung and Lee Gi-kwang's R&B pop song "let it snow" from their new album "My Story" was revealed along with a teaser of the music video as well as their performance of the song during their concert on their official fan webpage and YouTube channel,...More
Park Jin-young says BEAST's Lee Gi-kwang was too good to be JYP singer 2010/12/22, Source, Park Jin-young on variety program "Win Win" [KBS]
Park Jin-young, famed producer and founder of top Korean agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE), has said he failed BEAST member Lee Gi-kwang from his agency because the young idol star was aware of how good his own dancing and singing skills were even when he was a trainee under him.
Park made the remark on a pre-recorded session of KBS' variety program "Win Win" which went on air on Tuesday while explaining why he was unable to make a singer out of Lee Gi-kwang who is now one of the most popular members of hit idol group BEAST,...More
1st track from BEAST duo unit album revealed 2010/12/21, Source,
Picture of BEAST members Yoon Doo-joon and Dongwoon for "When the Door Closes" [Cube Entertainment]
Boy band BEAST, set to pursue their singing activities as three separate duo units, will reveal the first track from their new album today.
An official from their agency Cube Entertainment told 10Asia over the phone, "The first track from their upcoming album 'My Story' is the ballad whose translated title is 'When the Door Closes' from Yoon Doo-joon and Dong-woon. The other songs from other units Hyun-seung and Lee Gi-kwang and Yo-seop and Jun-hyung will be unveiled later this week",...More
BEAST to launch activities as duo units 2010/12/20, Source,
Boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
Boy band BEAST will launch their activities as duo units starting tomorrow, according to the band's agency Cube Entertainment on Monday.
A press release by Cube announced that members Yo-seop and Jun-hyung's hip-hop number "Thanks To" will be released at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by Hyun-seung and Lee Gi-kwang's R&B number "Let It Snow" the next day, and Yoon Doo-joon and Dong-woon's ballad duet whose title can be translated as "When the Door Closes" another day after,...More
BEAST holds first concert - Part 1 2010/12/14, Source,
Boy band BEAST performs at their concert "WELCOME TO THE BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 12, 2010. [Cube Entertainment]
"From a recycled group to a rediscovered group". This was the phrase written on the video shown at boy band BEAST's first-ever concert titled "WELCOME TO THE BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Park in Seoul on Sunday. Every member of the group composed of Yoon Doo-joon, Hyun-seung, Jun-hyung, Yo-seop, Dong-woon and Lee Gi-kwang experienced all sorts of mishaps before debuting as BEAST in October of last year -- from debuting in a different group which failed to see success to being booted off a reality show to the agency closing its doors due to failed business,...More
BEAST holds first concert - Part 2 2010/12/14, Source,
Boy band BEAST performs at their concert "WELCOME TO THE BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 12, 2010. [Cube Entertainment]
Q: Is there anyone you talked to or received help from when you were having a hard time while preparing for the concert since you were all very busy? Yo-seop: We always talk to each other a lot rather than talk to anyone else in particular. Yo-seop: The members of our group talk to each other a lot and we were eased of a lot of our worries after talking with our dancing teachers about the concert so I think we tend to talk and resolve things amongst ourselves,...More
[PHOTOS] BEAST first concert 2010/12/14, Source,
BEAST [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
BEAST poses during a photocall of a press conference held ahead of their first concert titled "WELCOME TO BEAST AIRLINE" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on December 12, 2010,...More
Yoon Doo-joon says will "somehow manage with nude scenes" - Part 2 2010/12/08, Source, Yoon Doo-joon [MBC]Q: There was a scene where you're laying down just in your underwear at home after being discharged from the military and you're mistaken as a pervert. Were you wearing your own underwear? Yoon Doo-joon: A brand provided it for me. (laugh) When I saw the script I thought I would at least wear shorts but I really wore just boxers although I wore two. 10: We heard there's also a scene where you take up a part-time job as a nude model. Yoon Doo-joon: I model for a college art class. We'll be shooting that scene tomorrow. I don't know what I'm going to do -- I didn't know I'd be taking off all of my clothes. I don't have time to sleep days to start with but I haven't been able to sleep at all because I'm so worried about the scene. Oh well, I guess it'll pass somehow,...More
Girls' Generation and BEAST top TV music programs 2010/12/05, Source,
Korean boy band BEAST [Cube Entertainment]
Korean idols Girls' Generation and BEAST scored wins on televised music programs over the weekend, placing on the No. 1 spot with their latest songs.
On KBS' Friday music show "Music Bank", the nine-member girl group was crowned winners for the fifth consecutive week with their title track "Hoot" while on SBS' Sunday program "Inkigayo", BEAST won their first Mutizen Award with " Beautiful ",...More
Trainee picture of JYP Entertainment artists revealed 2010/12/03, Source,
Trainee picture of JYP Entertainment artists [Online celebrity website]
Some of the biggest names in the K-pop industry stirred the Internet on Friday after a picture of them during their years as a trainee at JYP Entertainment (JYPE) was unveiled.
Various online websites revealed 2AM's Jo Kwon, 2PM members Taecyeon and Junho, Wonder Girls member Sohee, current BEAST member Lee Gi-kwang and solo songstress JOO from years ago when they were training at JYPE,...More
Park Hwi-soon "guarantees high ratings" for "Hot Brothers" (2) 2010/05/25, Source, Park Hwi-soon (left) and Lee Lee Gi-kwang [MBC] Q: Putting Park Myung-soo, Kim Gu-ra and Tak Jae-hoon is a new combination. How does it feel? Park Myung-soo: It is always difficult to create a new picture and new laughs. That is why the union of a new cast members is important. These days, doing the show with Kim Gu-ra and Jae-hoon has brought a new source of humor because they can make you laugh by just saying something. I hadn't worked with the younger cast members before either, but I think a lot of things will change depending on how the older guys do on the show. Kim Gu-ra: The viewers have already pegged us as the strong, funny characters. While I was shooting the fourth episode, I realized that the key issue was how much each person contributes to the show. In the case of "Daemang" on "Sunday Sunday Night", the segment had outstanding cast such as Kim Yong-man and Shin Jung-hwan. But "Hot Brothers" is different. I appear on the segment with these guys but I am on a different level compared to them, in terms of salary and circumstances. I thought -- for the first time that I have been doing variety programs -- that I should start taking other people into my consideration,...More
[REVIEW] MBC "Hot Brothers" - 2nd episode 2010/05/25, Source,
A scene from MBC variety show "Hot Brothers" [MBC]
Variety show "Hot Brothers" - 2nd episode (MBC TV, 5:20 PM)
It only aired once and did not reappear for seven weeks. We are talking about a segment named "Hot Brothers" which is part of MBC's variety show "Sunday Sunday Night".And while everyone was waiting for "Infinite Challenge" and "We Got Married" to air, also shown in the same Sunday evening time slot, memories that viewers had of the first episode of "Hot Brothers" were slowly fading away, as well as the possibility that "Sunday Sunday Night" would recover its reputation from its heydays,...More
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