[Guest Film Review] "No Mercy" + DVD Giveaway 2016/07/30, Kim Hyeong-joon in his debut did what everyone was doing in S. Korea back in 2010. He shot a crime thriller with aesthetics similar to Hollywood, except the grotesque depiction of violence, which is a genuine trait of S. Korean cinema.
When the police discover a dismembered body near a river, they ask from coroner Kang, one of the leaders in the field to assist them in ascertaining the cause of death,...More
Han Hye-jin to come back 2016/04/27, Source,
Actress Han Hye-jin is getting her engine started.
The actress, who is currently residing in England, might be coming back soon as she's currently going through her options,...More
Han Hye-jin Gives Birth to Baby Girl 2015/09/14, Source,
Ki Sung-yueng, a midfielder for Swansea City in the English Premier League, and his wife Han Hye-jin had a baby girl on Sunday. "Han gave birth on Sunday evening at a hospital in Seoul. The mother and baby are in a good condition", Han's agency said in a press release,...More
More Fashion Models Branch Out 2015/08/20, Source,
Fashion models are increasingly branching out into acting, design and business ventures to expand their potential career arc. Jang Yoon-ju is one of Korea's top models but has constantly pushed beyond her modeling career. She has appeared on TV entertainment shows, released her own songs, and most recently appeared in the film "Veteran", which is on track to becoming a mega hit,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "26 Years" 2014/11/15,
Works that tackle grim history are never an easy thing to make. But when that history and its wounds are still fresh and the sociopolitical circumstances of the events the work is based on are not just something which had its closure, handling them becomes a very daring and very serious move. "26 Years" is a story based on a comic and on the true and bloody events of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising,...More
Korea Puts Up Youngest, Tallest Squad for World Cup 2014/05/10, Source,
Left to right, top to bottom: Manager Hong Myung-bo, goalkeepers Jung Sung-ryong, Kim Seung-gyu, Lee Bum-young; defenders Lee Yong, Kim Chang-soo, Kim Jin-soo, Yoon Suk-young, Kim Young-gwon, Hwang Seok-ho, Hong Jeong-ho, Kwak Tae-hwi; midfielders Ki Sung-yueng (Han Hye-jin's husband), Park Jong-woo, Ha Dae-sung, Han Kook-young, Son Heung-min, Kim Bo-kyung; strikers Park Chu-young, Koo Ja-cheol, Kim Shin-wook, Lee Keun-ho; midfielders Ji Dong-won, Lee Chung-yong /Newsis
The final 23-man roster for next month's World Cup was announced on Thursday by national football team manager Hong Myung-bo. "I think Korea has the toughest challenge among all the 32 countries competing in this World Cup, so I thought long and hard about how I could try to overcome the team's weaknesses in finalizing the roster", he said,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 20 Final 2014/02/27, "Kind Words" has come to an end after fighting, loving, screaming and truck loads of tears. What makes it different from other melodramas was the deep character exploration that happened. The point wasn't to make everyone cry, it was to explore a difficult subject, adultery, and that it did very well. As a Western reviewer with a different cultural background, I can't say that I agree with how this show wrapped up, but I do understand it. Family is the key unit of Korean culture and to have the linchpin of that family unit, the married couple, torn asunder creates huge havoc,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 19 2014/02/19,
Episode 19 of "Kind Words" was full of everything that I've been wanting from this show for a while. It had wonderful pacing, quick dialogue and moved our characters forward while still showing that they are damaged creatures. Some of it should've come earlier, but better late than never. This episode saw a lot of talking, reconnecting and quietly hashing out issues between Mi-kyung and Jae-hak, and Eun-jin and Seong-soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 18 2014/02/15,
As "Kind Words" nears its end, the journey becomes rickety. It feels like the production team is grasping at straws to extend the strife when it really doesn't need to. "Kind Words" is chock full of wonderful material, solid characters and tough situations to explore. This is where fighting for ratings really hurts a show. It starts working for the shock factor (higher ratings) rather than doing what would be organic on the parts of the characters and the plot progression. The insane emotional fluctuations this episode bumped "Kind Words" up a whole percentage point from 9.9% (20th place) to 10.9% (11th place) on the AGB Nielsen,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 17 2014/02/10, "Kind Words" took its first step towards too many tears this episode. It's been good on monitoring the angst and the quivering lips - until now. Many emotional breakdowns were to be expected, but this episode was tears overload. Despite that, it still managed to be a very solid drama, which is impressive going into the second to last week. The first reason for all of the tears is that two characters, Eun-jin and Min-soo, sink into despair and wallow in huge pools of pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 16 2014/02/05,
Almost all the nasty secrets have been aired and the angst is in full swing. What makes the angst, tears, yelling, and arguing bearable is the pace and the earnest reactions of the characters. There is plenty of blame to go around, but there is also understanding and compassion to temper the intensity of the hurt emotions. Han Groo led the episode in terms of raw passion. Her character, Eun-young, is forward and rudely earnest, which makes her pursual of the dirty truth even more difficult for her family, Min-soo's family, and for me to watch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 15 2014/02/02, "Kind Words" has divulged one of its biggest secrets and the fallout from it is massive, heartbreakingly massive. But that fallout happened in the most potent of ways that good television can deliver: the delayed delivery. To use words from my teenagerhood, "It hurts so good". Although this episode required impeccable timing and focused acting from everyone, Park Seo-joon as the anguished Song Min-soo was the standout,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 14 2014/01/29,
This episode was all about set-up for discovery of the largest secret on the show: the real relationship between Eun-young and Min-soo. And, although set-up was the main goal, there still managed to be some in depth explorations of characters as consequences set in and they have to deal with them. The character who is finally starting to deal with his role in the mess that is "Kind Words" is Jae-hak. Min-soo talked sense into him and Jae-hak can now see that it was his fault for breaking the marriage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 13 2014/01/28,
What makes "Kind Words" such a strong show is that despite a few plot tricks, the character growth is steady, on-the-mark, and endearing. These are real people, suffering real hardships, and making decisions that we, the viewers, face everyday. It's relatable even if our sins are not those committed in the show. Let's start with the plot tricks. "Kind Words" has a way of engineering the plot to foster coincidences and then subverting that expectation. When Min-soo was looking for a place to stay, it seemed as though that place would be Eun-jin's father's building. It wasn't,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.01.24 ~ 2014.01.26 2014/01/27, "Frozen" remains solid at the top but local flicks still dominated...
The Oscar-nominated animation "Frozen" held its form at the top of the pile to secure its second weekend as number one. Despite the string of popular local features Walt Disney's winter wonderland was able to pack on another 1.2 million admissions (36.2%) to advance its total tally now to 3.1 million ($22.2M). However "Miss Granny", "Hot Young Bloods", "When A Man Loves A Woman" (aka "Man In Love"), and Yang Woo-seok's popular drama "The Attorney" all followed in close formation with respectable figures to collectively capture 59.3% of the ticket sales,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 12 2014/01/23, "Kind Words" continues to challenge conventional thoughts on relationships, how to perceive them, and how to deal with them. Its quiet look into family live as it exists in society is inspired as well as the portrayal of its highly flawed characters. The show carries the viewer along and makes the journey towards the answers a satisfying watch. One of the most delightful characters in the show is Eun-jin's and Eun-young's mother, Kim Na-ra (Ko Doo-sim). She's a wonderfully expressive and colorful character who seems particularly human, like Mi-kyeong does. Both women have wild, but understandable, swings in mood and opinion, but always manage to support those they love,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 11 2014/01/20, "Kind Words" struggles with power plays this episode because the characters feel helpless. Trust has been broken and no one knows how to regain it. They try to resurrect relationships and families on the basis of social propriety rather than trust, and it fails them. Solutions to the spousal cheating issues elude everyone. Eun-jin's father even cries over how hopeless the situation is. Should the couple who has suffered from infidelity split up to preserve the sanity of the damaged party? Or, should the damaged party abide by Korean social code: family and community before the individual,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "When A Man Loves A Woman" 2014/01/18,
Tae-Il (played by Hwang Jeong-min) is a gangster. No, this is not a gangster movie- the main character just happens to be a gangster. It took me awhile to get past this stumbling block in the plot. For most of the opening salvo of this movie, Tae-Il just does boring everyday gangster stuff like hassling people for payments, with no hint of a broader crime-based storyline. All that really happens long term are his awkward come ons to Ho-Jeong (played by Han Hye-jin), a woman who for some time regards him with base hostility.
The fact that Tae-Il keeps pursuing Ho-Jeong, and does not take no for an answer, made me uncomfortable for awhile. But then I started thinking,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound…. 2014/01/18, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "When A Man Loves A Woman": A terminally ill low-level thug finds love and hope as he faces the end. (01/22)
★★★★★ "Stray Dogs": A reporter who lives an extreme life stumbles upon a countryside village and unravels the hideous secrets behind it. (01/23)
★★★★ "Miss Granny": A cranky grandmother wakes up to find herself in her younger body, then joins her grandson's band to live young once again.(01/23)
★★★★ "The Dinner": A trouble family, each with their own cross to bear, struggle to survive when further misfortune falls upon them all.(01/23)
★★★★ "Hot Young Bloods": Four country teens get caught up in romance, jealousy, and violence as their love and lust boils over. (01/23),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 10 2014/01/09,
The intense tears have begun and "Kind Words" manages to keep them relevant to the theme of the show without catering to dramatic effect. It's a surprising strength of the show because the material calls for pain and tears and could easily become overwrought. Instead, "Kind Words" thoughtfully and honestly explores human emotion, opinion and reaction.
Although "Kind Words" is strong for the most part, there are a few exposition vehicles that are a little cumbersome in the show, like Eun-jin and Mi-kyung's cooking teacher involving herself and providing commentary that foreshadows the next plot move,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 9 2014/01/08,
The question posed by episode 9 of "Kind Words" is "Why cheat in the first place if you can't handle the consequences?" To answer it, there are a lot of apologies, a lot of fights and a lot of people trying to come to terms with Eun-jin and Jae-hak's affair. It's not just between them. The affair snakes its nasty arm out into the lives of everyone around them.
What I love about this show isn't the subject matter. That I hate. If asked my personal opinion on what to do in all of these situations, I'd react differently than every person in the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 8 2014/01/02,
The pacing in "Kind Words" is absolutely stellar. This episode saw two very important events that had been built up to, but that will also counter each other and produce misery. It was a brilliant play by the production team because the proceedings led seamlessly into the two big reveals. Those reveals and the potential agony and conflict they hold are fueling the forward motion of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 7 2013/12/30,
What I find absolutely amazing about "Kind Words" is that I severely dislike the premise and yet I still am moved to tears by these characters and their situations. The drama has fleshed out the families into people I root for to succeed despite the grievous social crimes they have committed. They deserve their just dues, but I still want them to find personal resolution,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 6 2013/12/29, "Kind Words" continues to skillfully navigate the murky waters of family and human error. Time continues to pass, people continue to love and err, and problems accrue that must be dealt with. The beauty of it all is watching people come to realizations and change because of them.
The groundwork in this episode was laid down by Eun-jin's family. Spirits are high with the reunification of Eun-jin and Sung-soo and the happy family scenes are peppered over the hour as reminders of why the trials of love and marriage are fought so desperately. The joys of a happy family are worthy, bountiful rewards that no one wants to lose. In the case of Mi-kyeong and Min-soo, they haven't experienced the joy of family; not really,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 5 2013/12/28, "Kind Words" delves deeper into human emotion and how it is subject not only to the emotions of others, but also to circumstance. Despite trying one's hardest, solutions aren't always clear, approaches to conflict resolution differ and there is no way to please everyone. People have to live as best they can and the characters of "Kind Words" are trying to do so with fervor.
One of the strongest aspects of "Kind Words" is how it presents characters and then really digs deeply into them. A person who is detestable becomes pitiable with a few revelations. An admirable person became fearful in defense of a loved one. A child who seems strong is really broken on the inside when her parents fight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 4 2013/12/24, "Kind Words" is a very detailed exploration of family, marriage, adultery and divorce that manages not to be cumbersome, preachy or overbearing. The two extended families involved encompass a variety of views on life and present them in an interesting fashion. It's a drama that is just as much about the idea of family and marriage as it is about the characters. The characters struggle through marriage and family and repeat mistakes of loved ones,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 3 2013/12/18, "Kind Words" could've taken the mystery and made it overly dramatic. That would've ruined the show. Instead, it forced people to open up and talk, and scream, and cry. When marriage and divorce are on the line, those things are necessary, and "Kind Words" knows that.
Episode 3 surprised me. Seong-soo and Eun-jin open up to each other and really communicate, something that is rarely seen in K-drama. Eun-jin and her mother have an honest-to-goodness fight that really hashes out differences and allow the women to work out their issues,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 2 2013/12/11, "Kind Words" is still very strongly in the introductory phase. Family members introduced in the first episode were given more screen time and assigned the roles of reducing marital stress. A bit of a mystery was introduced as well, but it isn't pleasant nor a venue that the show should have taken to create interest. Eun-jin has been receiving threatening letters and physical threats. It is linked to her adultery and has her concerned for the welfare of her family. She may not get along well with her husband, but she cares for his well-being,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kind Words" Episode 1 2013/12/11, "Kind Words" is a twenty-episode exploration of marriage and all the ways that it can go wrong. It reminds us that marriage isn't just an affair between two people, but between two families. This melodrama is directed by "Five Fingers"' Choi Hyeong-hun and penned by "Can We Get Married?"'s Ha Myeong-hee, both of whom manage to infuse some light-hearted moments into the dark subject material. In its first episode, "Kind Words" is an exploration of Korean society's views on marriage, divorce, adultery and a man and woman's roles in the family,...More
Han Hye-jin leaves to London 2013/07/29, Source, Han Hye-jin has left for English to be with her soccer player husband Ki Seong-yong. She's completed the last episode of "Healing Camp" and completed filming of the movie "When A Man Loves A Woman". She's going to be residing in England for the time being to take care of her husband. She will be back in time for the movie premiere and will be active in Korea when it's decided what she'll star in next,...More
Eom Ji-won Dating Architect 2013/07/16, Source, Eom Ji-won (left) and Oh Young-wook
Actress Eom Ji-won is in a romantic relationship with architect Oh Young-wook. "The two met through a mutual friend and recently started dating", her agency Chaeum Entertainment said on Monday. "They don't have any specific plans" to get married,...More
Han Hye-jin, Ki Sung-yueng Announce Wedding Date 2013/05/29, Source, Han Hye-jin (left) and Ki Sung-yueng
Actress Han Hye-jin has announced that she will wed Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng on July 1. "I'm getting married on July 1. We promised to tie the knot and become one", she tweeted. "Ki can only make time for our wedding during his vacation. If we miss [the opportunity] this year, we'll have to wait until next year, so we thought this time would be best in consideration of the importance of the next [football] season for him",...More
Ki Sung-yueng Denies Shotgun Marriage 2013/05/21, Source,
Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng posted his thoughts about his upcoming marriage to actress Han Hye-jin on his Facebook account on Friday. Ki, who will tie the knot with the actress in July, wrote, "I fell in love with her at first sight and instantly thought of marrying her". "Things have gone smoothly ever since, and we decided to get married in a flash", he said, denying online rumors that Han is pregnant and their hasty wedding plans have something to do with that,...More
Han Hye-jin, Ki Sung-Yueng to Wed This Summer 2013/05/13, Source,
Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng will wed actress Han Hye-jin, eight years his senior, in July, just months after they went public with their relationship in March. Han's management agency said on Friday that they decided to tie the knot in July in consideration of their work schedules, dispelling rumors of a shotgun wedding due to the sudden nature of the announcement. "The relatively short dating period had no bearing on their decision to tie the knot", the agency said,...More
Ki Sung-Yueng proposes to Han Hye-jin? 2013/04/08, Source,
Soccer star Ki Sung-Yueng revealed pictures of a candle lit event he prepared for her and the media is talking about marriage once again.
Ki Sung-Yueng posted a picture of candles lit in the shape of a heart with his girlfriend Han Hye-jin's initials 'HJ' next to it on his Kakao Story. This account is only meant for friends and family and therefore people speculate that he must've proposed to her,...More
Art and Culture 2012/11/30, Source,
It's finally Friday and our Michelle Kim is here for our final arts and culture segment of the week. And today, she has an exhibition preview and a movie update for us. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul So what will you start us off with[Reporter : ] Today, I'll tell you about the new exhibition by artist Kim Jung-wook. I had an opportunity to sit down with her earlier this week and talk with her about her work. Take a look at this to see images from both the exhibition and the interview,...More
CJ Entertainment America to release Korean Movie on DVDs and Blu-rays in the USA 2012/06/08,
If the last time you checked, Korean filmmaking was all about horror ... It may be time to check again! While pan-Asian filmmakers still know how to produce a superior scarefest (and do!), American movie-goers – and critics – are also taking note of the regions' dramas, romantic fare, comedies and music.
G&A is now working with CJ Entertainment America, the U.S. arm of Asia's premier entertainment company and Korea's #1 filmmaker and distributor, CJ Entertainment & Media (CJ E&M). Since 1995, CJ E&M has provided original, award-winning content; is a prominent investor in entertainment co-ventures with such U.S. companies as 1492 Pictures, DreamWorks and IMAX; and has been a key force in popularizing Korean and Pan-Asian cinema around the world,...More
Kim Kang-woo reveals wife and son 2012/05/28, Source,
Actor Kim Kang-woo revealed a picture of his wife and son.
He posted on his Twitter on the 28th, "Someone asked me what my "Taste of Money" is. That person expected a grand answer from me but I said, "Taste of money for me is when I feed my wife and son delicious things with the money I worked hard to earn"",...More
Today's Photo: June 14, 2011 2011/06/14, Source,
Actress Han Hye-jin poses at a press event for the Asian Dream Cup at Incheon International Airport on Monday before heading to the charity soccer event. The event, organized by Park Ji-sung's JS Foundation, will be held in Vietnam on Wednesday. Han is helping to promote the event,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/06/01, Source,
Once again it's time for weekly star scene, your update of the latest comings and goings in entertainment.
: We have our oh so unique reporter Dami in the studio with us! Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hello 건영 and Sean! Now we recently there has been some exciting news about a big star couple! ^.~ That's right! I am talking about Yoo Jin and Ki-Tae-yeong. The announced to a roomful of press that they will be tying the knot this year! Let's go ahead and join everyone at the scene of the press conference where both stars were all smiles in announcing their big day!,...More
Naul "I will marry Han Hye-jin in 1-2 years" 2011/05/22, Source,
Well known as a member of Brown Eyed Souls and boyfriend of actress Han Hye-jin, Naul spoke about his plans for marriage.
On the MBC FM4U "Starry Night" (91.9Mhz), Naul said, "I am thinking of marriage this year or the next" at a question from co-worker and friend Echo Bridge. He continued, "I am thinking about the song for the wedding but I don't think I'll be singing at my own wedding".,...More
Han Hye-jin reveals sexy shoulders 2011/05/16, Source,
Actress Han Hye-jin revealed her elegance and sexiness.
She showed off her fascinating beauty in the photo collection for make up brand Coreana on the 17th. She revealed one side of her shoulder until her collarbone. Her complexion is fine with no blemish whatsoever.,...More
[Star ESI 1] Star's past, since when were they pretty? 2011/05/01, Source,
"Since when were so pretty?"
There are many pretty women on TV. We wonder if they are 'pretty from birth' or 'medically pretty'. We can check the truth from their graduation or debut pictures through the Internet. Among the pretty women are those from a beauty contest or were a child actor. There are also those who fired up male students hearts in uniforms. There are also pretty women who have peculiar experiences and are favorites by the public and in online shopping malls.,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2011/02/09, Source,
Now moving onto to our "Weekly Star Scene", we're going to give you a look at this week's hottest news in entertainment.
We have our entertainment reporter Lee Dami joining us in the studio. Hello, Dami. What sort of news have you brought us today
[Reporter : ] Haha. Hello Sean, and hello 건영. I'm very excited to see you guys too! I have a feeling that 건영 is going to enjoy today's segment,...More
T-ara dance tune claims No.1 on Mnet singles chart 2010/11/30, Source,
Girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]
A new dance number by a girl group T-ara has come out the winner on last week's Mnet singles chart.
The seven-member girl band's song "Why Are You Like That" featuring electrical guitar and bass sounds, was ranked on top of music cable channel Mnet's weekly singles chart from November 22 to 28,...More
[PIFF] Hoping that moment will be about Busan 2010/10/08, Source,
Actor Won Bin, actress Kim Sae-ron and director Lee Jeong-beom of film "The Man From Nowhere" walk the red carpet of the opening ceremony for the 15th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan, South Korea on October 7, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Second visit to Busan and first time covering the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). It is experience that is embarrassing to even be considered short. But instead feeling discouraged by the Busan natives and reporters who cover PIFF every year, the fireworks which went off at the start of the festival were watched with ease and excitement. It was probably from the anticipation felt from getting to meet directly with actors and directors who turned up at the show with their films as precious as their own child, and the satisfaction felt from being amongst the huge crowd seated at the venue,...More
Han Hye-jin holds first fan meeting in Japan 2010/08/04, Source,
Korean actress Han Hye-jin [Namoo Actors]
Korean actress Han Hye-jin held her first fan meeting in Japan last weekend, according to her agency Namoo Actors on Wednesday.
Namoo announced in a press release that Han met with some 700 local fans at the fan meeting, held July 25 at the Ion Cosmetics Theater 'BRAVA' in Osaka, Japan,...More
Kim Kang-woo to wed actress Han Hye-jin's sister 2010/05/25, Source,
Korean actor Kim Kang-woo [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Kang-woo will be marrying his longtime girlfriend next month, who is also the older sister of actress Han Hye-jin.
In a phone call with Asia Economic Daily on Monday, Kim's agency Namoo Actors explained that the actor will wed his girlfriend Han Moo-young, who runs an online shopping mall, in a private ceremony at Seoul's Myeong-dong Cathedral on June 18,...More
Han Hye-jin's Song Picks 2010/01/18, Source,
She created a friendly image for herself, playing an energetic, curly-haired young woman in a daily family drama. She then took on the female lead role in a traditional drama, which scored a 50 percent viewership rating. She also experienced failure after appearing in a trendy drama about a professional working woman, which saw low ratings. This is who actress Han Hye-jin is. During a career which could hardly be described as a long one, there are also probably not that many actors who have played such various roles and received such a variety of responses from viewers as Han has. But what makes her so interesting is not just that she has appeared in not-so-easy-to-define dramas in the past. What is important is that she, who has appeared and worked and gone through many experiences, is still working, in the present tense. After SBS drama "Terroir" ended, she took on the role of an intelligent female detective in the film "No Mercy", which recently opened in theaters, and is currently traveling throughout the country to shoot SBS TV series "Jejoongwon". What is even more important is that she who wants to keep working and working.,...More
[PREVIEW] Film "No Mercy" 2010/01/06, Source, "No Mercy" - Can you have mercy on the film's ending?
Actors Seol Kyeong-gu (left) and Ryoo Seung-beom in "No Mercy" [Cinema Service]
A chopped-up body of a young woman is found at the mouth of the Keum River. Korea's top forensic investigator Kang Min-ho (played by Seol Kyeong-gu) is brought in to look into the cruel, horrendous crime method. His medical advice and detective Min Seo-young's (played by Han Hye-jin) deduction lead to the arrest of a prime suspect -- an environmental activist named Lee Sung-ho (played by Ryoo Seung-beom). Lee's confession wraps up the first part of the movie but this is where the real story of film "No Mercy" begins. Lee Sung-ho, who has kidnapped Kang Min-ho's daughter, demands that Kang prove his innocence. During the process of carrying out Lee's orders, Kang finds the connection between Lee and a criminal case for which he was a witness years ago.,...More
Actors save lives on set of TV series "Jejoongwon" 2010/01/06, Source, SBS TV series "Jejoongwon" is set during the latter era of the Joseon Dynasty -- a time period never before handled in a Korean drama. It also revolves around Jejoongwon which is the first hospital in South Korea's history to use Western medicine. These elements topped with the collaboration of its scenarist Lee Ki-won, writer of MBC's hit medical series "White Tower", and producer Hong Chang-wook, who garnered a strong fanbase through his SBS drama "The Scale of Providence", leaves little space for hasty presumptions. 10Asia visited the set of "Jejoongwon" a week ahead of its premiere to get a closer look and a better understanding of the medical-historical drama.
Actors Sean Richard and Park Yong-woo act out a scene for SBS TV series "Jejoongwon" on set at the broadcaster's studio in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province of South Korea on December 30, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A blond man sits at the door of a woman's room. He has an unidentifiable hose-like object stuck in one of his ears. A man sitting next to him says, "A tenth of 30 centimeters down from the neck, then another tenth of 30 centimeters to the left". That is when the woman sitting on the other side of the door starts moving. She places her hand, holding a stethoscope, to the chest of another woman whose jacket is undone. When the woman places the stethoscope to the other woman in accordance with the Korean man's directions, the blond man from the United States gives his diagnose of the patient's presumed illness. This sight where three people -- American and Korean, male and female -- cling to this single lady brought up in a good family, helps us predict what "Jejoongwon" will show its viewers. Such a scene is from times when a married woman from a good family would get beaten up by her husband for reading a book. Yoo Suk-ran (played by Han Hye-jin), who learns English and medicine, plays the friend of such a woman in the drama and will remark, "The King himself said discrimination no longer exists regarding status", although the world has yet to accept freedom of status. The same situation will apply to foreigner Allen (Sean Richard) who has come from the U.S. to spread Western medicine and Hwang Jung (Park Yong-woo) who learns medicine from Allen whilst concealing the he is actually of low status with his occupation as a butcher. That is how "Jejoongwon", through a single scene, portrayed the medicine, the time period and the way people live during such times.,...More
This year's lineup of dramas proved to be interesting. There were young, handsome characters attracting female fans ("Boys over Flowers", KBS), smart housewives took over households and offices (",...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Jejoongwon" 2009/12/24, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Jejoongwon" main cast Park Yong-woo, Han Hye-jin and Yeon Jeoung-hoon pose during a photo session of a press conference held at the SBS building in Seoul, South Korea on December 23, 2009. [SBS]
SBS Monday & Tuesday TV series "Jejungwon" Scenarist: Lee Ki-won Producer: Hong Chang-wook Cast: Park Yong-woo, Yeon Jeong-hoon, Han Hye-jin, etc Premieres January 4, 2010 at 10 P.M.
It seems that SBS TV series "Jejoongwon" should lable itself more as a medical drama rather than a historical drama. And it is not just because its scenarist Lee Ki-won had written MBC's hit medical series "White Tower" or because the story revolves around Jejungwon, South Korea's first hospital which used Western medicine during the latter era of the Joseon Dynasty. A video containing a preview of "Jejoongwon" shown at a press conference held Wednesday, focused most of its story on medicine -- a life-long rivalry exists between Yeon Jung-hoon and Park Yong-woo, who play the role of doctors at Jejungwon in the drama, because of several surgical operations which split their fates while one's mother and the other's father are both in situations where they cannot receive proper medical treatment.,...More
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Ryoo Seung-beom says acting is not like ping pong 2009/12/23, Source,
From left, director Kim Hyeong-joon-I, actress Han Hye-jin and actors Ryoo Seung-beom and Seol Kyeong-gu pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "No Mercy" held at a CJ CGV theater in Seoul, South Korea on December 22, 2009. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: This film garnered interest because of the acting standoff between Seol Kyeong-gu and Ryoo Seung-beom more than anything. How would you evaluate each other's acting?Seol Kyeong-gu (Seol): The characters we each played were like water and oil -- they never become involved with each other. That's why we both spent a lot of time consumed in our own thoughts. Our roles were completely cut off from each other so after wrapping up shooting of "No Mercy", we said that next time we should try appearing in a film where we communicate well. Ryoo Seung-beom (Ryoo): I saw the movie for the first time today. And I know it sounds cheesy to say this here but I thanked Seol after seeing the movie. You may call it a standoff but acting isn't like ping pong so I worried a lot on set. I was worried what the final product would look like but I think the film speaks for itself. I think a certain force from Seol, who played the role of Kang Min-ho, embraced everything.,...More
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
Beauty Queen Honey Lee to Captivate Japan 2007/06/14, Source, Beauty pageant winner Honey Lee will play the traditional Korean instrument gayageum at the "Love Sonata 2007 Revival Japan" concert to be held at the Super Arena Stadium on July 24th.
Her performance in Japan is particularly meaningful, as she will be joined by her mother, a master singer design,...More
Lead actors of popular local epic drama will visit Pyongyang around the middle of the month. They plan to visit the part of the original territory of the ancient Kor,...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source, Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
Korea drama fest kicks off today 2006/10/26, Source, The first Korea Drama Festival kicks off its four-day run today in the southern city of Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, with a number of Korean TV stars attending the event.
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i read from another site that she and her boyfrend doesn't engage in kissing?
others find it ridiculous because they've been going on for years and that han jye jin does not have any problem kissing her co-stars on screen.
well personally if that's true, i commend her. it's just so nice to know that upright celebrities do exist, however naive that sounds.hehehe innocence and sexiness preserved! yeah! =)
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