[Photos] Kim Hee-seon's graceful and elegant step
Actress Kim Hee-seon is entering the photo wall event at Stella McCartney's first visiting event in Korea, which took place at Boon The Shop in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on May 20th.
The event was to celebrate the opening of the popup store for The World of STELLA at BOONTHESHOP and to introduce the autumn 2015 collection by the brand,...More
Typecasting Proves a Boon to Han Ji-hye's Career 2015/01/31, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye has the golden touch when it comes to MBC weekend TV dramas, most recently establishing herself as a favorite in the drama "The Legendary Witch", which started airing in late October. Despite a fairly predictable story and a stereotypical character who withstands hardships early in life before going on to achieve success, the audience has grown steadily as the drama approaches its conclusion,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 16 Final 2014/04/08,
Why does Se-ro hate himself? We've seen evidence of the fact that he hates himself throughout the entire run of "The Full Sun", but he's been so wrapped up in Yeong-won's problems that Se-ro has never really stopped to question his motivation. In the opener to this episode, Yeong-won finally forces him to engage on this point. And it really is the one essential moment that the drama has been building up to.
Se-ro has constantly felt guilty and frustrated. The problem is he's never had anybody to talk to about these feelings, because everyone he's emotionally close to has been directly promoting the behavior that's been making him so miserable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 15 2014/04/07,
As fun as all this circular emotional grandstanding is, inevitably, something does have to happen in order for "The Full Sun" to actually end. And that something ends up being a chase over documents that are somhow really essential to exposing the fakery behind all the schemes of the drama. I'm not sure what these documents are supposed to do or how any of the characters were able to find them or each other. So the mechanics of that story hook fall down a little flat.
The rest of the drama, though, is as strong as ever. We finally learn what Kang-jae's motivation has been this whole time, and it's pretty disappointing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 14 2014/04/01,
Take note of the rather anticlimactic car chase that opens the episode up. The characters are driving at moderately fast speeds. There's no real reason for this to turn into any kind of serious confrontation. And then, almost out of nowhere, something very serious happens that makes Kang-jae wonder what exactly he's even doing anymore. It's only for a brief moment, yet the sentiment remains. Kang-jae clearly has had multiple reasons to reconsider his course of action, yet stubbornly plows ahead anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 13 2014/03/31,
Yeong-won comes into her own this episode as far as personal agency goes. Instead of weeping in frustration at the sidelines, she insists on taking a personal stake in the greater storyline. This affects her character quite a bit. For most of this drama Yeong-won has just been a passive observer in a plot that she hasn't been allowed to participate in, because her family is pretty terrible about giving her confidence about anything except technical diamond work.
Here, Yeong-won straight up apologizes for her own failures. Technically speaking, of course, Yeong-won's only fault has been placing trust in a family that doesn't deserve it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 12 2014/03/25,
When watching the opener to this episode, take a moment to consider the situation Yeong-won is in. She does not want to trust Se-ro. But I'm starting to wonder when she ever trusted anyone. Yeong-won may have had a bubbly happy existence with her fiance at the beginning of the drama, yet those scenes increasingly feel like the exception to a life that's really been pretty morose outside of diamonds.
What makes this conflict particularly heartbreaking is that Yeong-won's cynical aloof attitude toward intimacy is probably the best course of action, all things considered,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 11 2014/03/24,
Se-ro gets stuck in a corner regarding bad revelations, so he responds in kind, throwing more bad revelations out at other characters fairly randomly in an effort to to just put an end to the story once and for all. This does not go well, mostly because the con artists and Yeong-won's family simply get another chance to prove that they aren't rational actors, and throw their own shocking revelations at one another in a desperate attempt to...uh...
I give "The Full Sun" a lot of grief for building the plot around a scam that doesn't really make much sense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama review] "The Full Sun" Episode 10 2014/03/18,
Yeong-won is, at this point, running into bad information about Se-ro practically by accident. It's difficult to take her new discoveries seriously from a perspective of storyline mechanics. The woman is quite literally discovering new information just from being in the right place at the right time. Well, maybe it would be more accurate to say the wrong place at the wrong time, given that Yeong-won isn't exactly thrilled by the discoveries.
"The Full Sun" is making a point of sticking to the harsh emotional cruelty of these discoveries,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 9 2014/03/17,
Yeong-won's family are kind of like reverse mobsters. Whereas actual mobsters try to make a point of separating business from personal vendettas, Yeong-won's family are attacking her in ways that simply don't even make sense, and are paying the price for it by having everything backfire so spectacularly. So far all they've managed to do is alienate the woman and make her more angry. Not much of an accomplishment.
Even as intimidators they're pretty incompetent,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 8 2014/03/11,
At this point even the characters don't actually care about the elaborate con artist scheme anymore. I'm kind of astonished at the extent to which everyone in this drama is such a romantic busybody. Given the circumstances of the situation it's not exactly inconceivable that Se-ro and Yeong-won would want to hook up. But no, a good con artist is supposed to avoid emotional attachments. Also Yeong-won isn't allowed to be happy.
Normally the phrase "isn't allowed to be happy" refers to a narrative conspiring to create tragedy in a person's life for no good reason. But in this case it really is just a matter of characterization,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 7 2014/03/10,
The focus this time is on how terrible Yeong-won's family is. We've had lots of exposition up until now about what a terrible family it is- lots of talk about secret past motivations or stuff that happened off-screen. But it's been falling pretty flat since there's been very little in the actual performances to get across what makes these people so terrible. This episode, all that changes, as we suddenly get a portrait of a family that genuinely doesn't even like each other that much.
It seems kind of silly to me that they've all been putting up this effective facade for what, years? Decades? And it's only now that the con artists show up that they're having trouble keeping it up?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 6 2014/03/04,
I have trouble keeping track of the secrets in this drama. Some of them seem really obvious but half the characters don't know them yet. Others kind of come out of nowhere, and then, once more, I'm stuck trying to guess how many characters have figured this out and at what point a sudden revelation is going to pop out and spin everything on its head. Basically, while I think I know what's going on here, I'm never really sure.
The weird thing is, described abstractly like this, "The Full Sun" actually sounds kind of exciting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 5 2014/03/03,
We finally get a good grasp on what the greater con artist plan is. And it's a pretty dumb plan, as expected. However, it's not dumb in the metatextual sense, in that it requires all the characters to be idiots. It's a perfectly workable plan that will probably achieve the con artists' goals in the short term. The problem is that in the long term the plan will almost certainly result in all of them being viciously murdered. Stealing diamonds is one thing, but messing around with loved ones?
I actually like this bit about the con artists,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 4 2014/02/25,
Let's consider Yeong-won's character for a moment. In the first episode she was fairly bright and optimistic about life. The woman was dead-set on the whole marriage issue and was willing to persevere in the most difficult circumstances to get what she wanted. Even though Yeong-won's trade of choice is quite literally diamonds, her life is surprisingly lacking in cutthroat tendencies.
Well, was anyway. Yeong-won in the present day is a wholly different character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 3 2014/02/24,
Apparently this drama is still setting up the premise and storyline. For some reason I assumed that Se-ro already knew all the same basic background information of the plot that we did. But no, it pretty much takes him the whole episode to get all that information straightened out in his head. Which puts a bit of an odd spin on the man's actions up until that point. Particularly in regards to Yeong-won.
Basically, Se-ro is being the cool aloof type, the kind that gets plastered all over bad romance novels,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 2 2014/02/18,
Se-ro (played by Yoon Kye-sang) finds himself in an awkward position. The guy just wants to have another talk with his dad Do-joon (played by Lee Dae-yeon), but ends up finding some guy clearly being held prisoner against his will for reasons not particularly clear. The frustration in this moment is palpable. Se-ro is angry on multiple levels- mostly just for the clear slight against himself, finding that his father is engaged in unnecessary criminal enterprises.
And then there's the gunshot. Once more it's not at all clear what's going on with the storyline here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Full Sun" Episode 1 2014/02/17,
Yeong-won (played by Han Ji-hye) is a woman whose lifelong dream has been to attend an international jewlery convention and win the grand prize for best jewlery or something. Is there anybody who can relate to this? Granted, I'm a guy, and I'm not a big fan of diamonds considering where most of them come from. At the same time, though, "The Full Sun" does almost nothing insofar as explaining why an unengaged person (no pun intended) should care about a bunch of shiny rocks.
The focus, rather, is on explaining how the events in this drama conspired to cause a tragic unnecessary death,...More
"The Full Sun", 3 observation points 2014/02/05, Source,
The new KBS 2TV drama "The Full Sun" has revealed its 3 observation points.
First, it's the fancy scale. The first part of the drama starts off in Thailand. Based in the beaches of a hotel, the Bangkok Jewelry fair and the garden set of jewelry brand Bel Lafair are ready for viewing, and following are chasing action scenes and gun shooting scenes,...More
Han Ji-hye's front and back, shocking 2014/01/21, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye is coming up with something shocking. The dress she's wearing for the filming of the new KBS2TV drama "The Full Sun" has a shocking back.
The still cut of her on the 21st shows her as jewelry designer Han Yeong-won. The dress she is wearing looks elegant and graceful and the twist at the back makes one stare in awe,...More
South Korean Actress and Model Han Ji-Hye 2011/02/19, Source,
The South Korean actress and model Han Ji-hye was born on June 29, 1984. She made her debut in 2001 in dramas before taking up a lead role in Sweet 18.
Born Lee Ji-hye, she used the stagename "Han Ji-hye" upon learning that her real name would cause confusion among fans with an older actress, Lena Lee, who has the same Korean name as Han,...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
Actress Han Ji-hye to star in new historical drama 2010/12/15, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye [10Asia]
Actress Han Ji-hye will star in a historical drama set to go on air next year, according to her management staff on Wednesday.
An official in charge of Han's career confirmed today that Han has been cast in a new MBC historical drama named "The Duo" ("Jiakpae" translated into "mate") which will go on air every Mondays and Tuesdays starting February of next year,...More
[REVIEW] "Drama Special - Pianist" 2010/11/30, Source,
KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" [10Asia/ Chae Ki-won]
No talent can blossom without financial backup and love can become servile when penniless. For part-time piano instructor In-sa (Han Ji-hye) who is hard pressed even by her own students to prove her skills by playing Chopin on the spot, dream is just another word for failure. But failure is a foreign concept for 21-year- old Je-ro (Minho) who has never had any dreams. So when In-sa asked Je-ro about his dream all he could say was that it has never crossed his mind. True to his words, he was never passionate about anything. How wonderful it would be if the love between a pure genius and a woman who recognizes him for his gift could wash away all their past wounds. But life is just not that simple,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Han Ji-hye 2010/11/18, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Han Ji-hye now has seven years of acting experience under her belt, a career long enough to consider KBS TV series "Sweet 18", the first TV series she played the female lead, a drama from her past. And it may have seemed like she came to a brief halt when she showed similar acting skills in film "My boyfriend is type-B" and "Sweet 18", but she expanded the range of characters she plays through MBC drama "East of Eden" and film "Blades of Blood". The reckless high school girl who had no particular dream in "Sweet 18" has matured into a woman who helps a young man achieve his dreams in KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" and a reliable senior to SHINee member Minho who is taking his first shot at acting. 10: You're standing in front of the camera for the first time in a year since getting married. Han Ji-hye: I actually went to a lot of events such as film festivals but the last time I appeared in a TV series was "East of Eden". I really missed acting a lot during the short time I was on the break so I was thinking I'd be happy to be whatever role I was given. That's when I was offered this role so I'm taking part in filming for the drama thinking that I'm shooting a short film,...More
On the set of KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" 2010/11/18, Source,
From left, actress Han Ji-hye and SHINee member Minho shoot a scene for KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" at Incheon, South Korea on November 18, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"200 SHINee fans follow us around so it's really hard to shoot the drama". Well, 200 may be an exaggeration. But then again, of course there will be fans wherever Minho goes. That is why we expected the set of KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" to be somewhat hectic but luckily, the Eulwangri Beach in the Jung-gu district of Incheon, where the shoot was well under way, was peaceful,...More
SHINee Minho to make acting debut through KBS drama 2010/11/09, Source, Minho from boy band SHINee [Zoom Agency]
Minho, a member of a popular boy band SHINee, will make his acting debut through "KBS Drama Special", a 24-part single-episode omnibus series showing on the major public network.
According to a press release distributed by PR agency Zoom on Tuesday, Minho will appear as Oh Je-ro, a man in his twenties who is gifted in music, in the show's final episode titled "Drama Special - Pianist" set to go on air November 20,...More
'Married Goddess' Han Ji-hye showed off her beauty once again 2010/10/21, Source, Han Ji-hye, who got married on September 21st, revealed her fall, winter photoshoot. Han Ji-hye showed off her different allures in different concepts.
She showed a total of 4 different looks in the photoshoot, Military, Romantic Bohemian, Feminine, and Party looks. For each dress, she changed her hairstyle and make-up to make concepts more perfect. Her short-cut makes her look even younger.,...More
[PHOTO] Han Ji-hye speaks at PIFF's Soiree Francaise 2010/10/11, Source, Han Ji-hye [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Actress Han Ji-hye speaks at the annual Soiree Francaise of the ongoing 15th Pusan International Film Festival at the Hanundae Grand Hotel in Busan, South Korea on October 8, 2010. She was appointed publicity ambassador for Cinefrance, a program through which the French cultural center in Korea promotes French cinema,...More
The opening ceremony will be held at an open-air cinema at Suyoung Bay in the port city at 7 p.m. and,...More
Han Ji-hye chosen PR ambassador for French event at PIFF 2010/10/06, Source,
Korean actress Han Ji-hye [Trophy Entertainment]
Top Korean actress Han Ji-hye has been chosen as a PR ambassador for France's themed night event during Asia's largest film fest Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF).
On Thursday, Trophy Entertainment announced that Han will be the publicity ambassador for Cinefrance, part of the 12th annual Soiree Francaise, to be held at the Emerald Hall in the Haeundae Grand Hotel on October 9,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ji-hye's classic resort look 2010/08/07, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye will be getting married on September 21st in Hawaii.
Before her wedding, she had time to be in Indonesia Bali for a fashion photoshoot.
She is enjoying the summer sun and is wearing a bikini for the concept, "Jet setter".
Han seems very sexy and womanly in this classic resort look. The actress said that she had been busy with work schedule that it has been hard to find a vacation time. Through this phot,...More
Han Ji-hye to wed prosecutor in September 2010/08/05, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye [Trophy Entertainment]
Top Korean actress Han Ji-hye will get married to her prosecutor boyfriend in September, according to her agency on Thursday.
Through a press release, Trophy Entertainment announced that the 26-year-old actress will wed her boyfriend of almost two years, at a hotel in Hawaii on September 21,...More
Han Ji-hye says shooting Chinese drama "Embroidery" was "precious" 2010/06/09, Source,
Korean actress Han Ji-hye (left) and Chinese director Huang Jian-zhong [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actress Han Ji-hye has said that filming Chinese TV drama "Heavenly Embroidery" (working title) with noted director Huang Jian-zhong was a "precious" experience, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment.
The actress, who plays the female lead in the 26-episode drama, shared her sentiments after wrapping up three months of on location shoot through a press release distributed Tuesday,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Baek Seong-hyeon 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Baek Seong-hyeon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name is Baek Seong-hyeon. I was born on January 30, 1989. I currently live in Gwangmyeong-si which is in the Gyeonggi Province. It's a lot better living there now because I can drive but before Gwangmeyong was a kingdom in itself. You had to take care of everything within the city -- from daily necessities to enjoying a cultural life. It's kind of unfortunate that the distance keeps me from becoming close with my fellow actors. It's not a big deal going out to Seoul but after having a couple of drinks, getting back home becomes a problem,...More
Traces of Lee Joon-ik's work in "Blades of Blood" 2010/04/20, Source,
The cast of "Blades of Blood" from left to right: Hwang Jeong-min, Baek Seong-hyeon, Cha Seung-won and Han Ji-hye [Movie Production company Haneul]
They have all dreamt about the moon that escaped from the clouds. Lee Mong-hak (played by Cha Seung-won) wants to shine as the king who renews the rotten Chosun period and Hwang Jeong-hak (played by Hwang Jeong-min) hopes he can clear away clouds by blocking Lee Mong-hak who took away his conviction and the life of his friend. Kyeon-ja (played by Baek Seong-hyeon) wants to overcome the pent-up anger he feels towards Lee Mong-hak who killed his father. And Baek Ji (played by Han Ji-hye) simply wants to walk under the moonlight with the person she loves. However, Kyeon-ja screams "Have you once in your life ever lived in a world like that" and fail to step under the moon's brilliant light. Traces of the war and laughter from "Hwangsanbul" and love and tragedy from the "The King and the Clown", both productions by Lee Joon-ik, can easily be found in his new pic "Blades of Blood". The film resembles “Hwangsanbul” in how the most serious situation and tragedy is melted away by humor and "The King and the Clown" when Kyeon-ja cries in a thunderous voice towards the craziness occuring in the palace. However, it is difficult to declare that "Blades of Blood" is director Lee's final masterpiece, just like the saying that it is hard to create a beautiful face with the perfect features. The conflicts amongst the characters are dull enough to seem trite and it cannot be concealed by the beautiful scenery or lyrical music. Will "Blades of Blood" be able to become a different moon for the audience who has already experienced and found joy from the prominent historical drama like "Slave Hunters?" The movie opens in local theaters on April 29,...More
Han Ji-hye's Song Picks 2010/04/08, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
Actress Han Ji-hye claimed 2008 was her best year. Not just because of the consecutive success of KBS TV series "Likeable or Not" and MBC's "East of Eden", but because she discovered what is important to Han Ji-hye as a being, not as a celebrity. Both shows came about through the joint effort of its entire cast, not just a few actors, and such an environment taught Han to harmonize work and other activities she had forgotten about while living as an actress. An easy-going shooting schedule allowed Han to work five days a week, a time during which she made time for herself, learning English conversation, going on drives at night and going snowboarding,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Han Ji-hye in a new movie 2010/03/23, Source, Han Ji-hye is at the press meeting for her movie, "Blades of Blood".
Here, she takes on the image of a very innocent and pure woman.
This film is a movie that was a animation film on the Japanese colonization. The story is on Lee Mong-hak who wishes to be a king despite the chaos and trials of this period. A blind man who fights against Lee to keep the world just through battles that mak,...More
Actress Han Ji-hye cast for new Chinese drama 2010/02/24, Source,
Korean actress Han Ji-hye [Yedang Entertainment]
Korean actress Han Ji-hye has been tapped to play the lead female role in a new Chinese drama, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Wednesday.
Han will play the role of Chun Chae-hee, a young woman with a strong passion for embroidery in search of her mother, in the 26-part drama to be helmed by top Chinese director Huang Jianzhong of "As You Wish" and "Good Woman".,...More
Jeans Brands Woo Top Stars for Ads 2009/10/15, Source, Jeans brands seem to be replacing cosmetics as the most coveted prize among Korea's advertising contracts. Traditionally, becoming the " face " of cosmetics brands was the recognition of bona fide sta,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ji-hye's sexy photoshoot 2009/04/16, Source, Beginning of April, Han Ji-hye has taken some model shoots for the Numero magazine.
She was in Firenze Italy for this shoot. She has become a goddess from the myths in those long flowy designer dresses.
Numero Korea's fashion editor has said that she has the pose and the emotion control as the actress should carry.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ji-hye in search of designer shoes? 2009/03/21, Source, Han Ji-hye has left for Italy to learn about design.
She will be in Italy for two weeks starting 23rd where she will be meeting shoe designers and learn about designing shoes. She has been into this field and had a passion for it. Now, she is so excited to meet these well known shoe designers!
Her story of meeting and learning from shoe designers will be shown on the cable channel Olive.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ji-hye with short hair! 2009/02/22, Source, What a transformation for Han Ji-hye!
She has modeled for the magazine, Cosmopolitan's March edition taking on the Mod look.
Han's image had been changed to black eyeliner, smoky makeup and cynical short hair.
Han had also taken on the pink chiffon dress to make her feminine also.,...More
[ChanMi's take] Han Ji-hye vs. Victoria Beckham! 2009/01/01, Source, Two stars, one dress! Who looks better?
Han Ji-hye wore this cute heart shape dress for the MBC Acting Awards this 30th.
Victoria Beckham wore this one shoulder dress to the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York last June.
The two both look sexy in the dresses! But who is your best pick?,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Best and Worst dresser this season 2008/11/02, Source, The weather has become very cold these days yet, the stars come in their dresses!
No pain no gain! The fashionista must bear the cold weather to show their best outfits.
For the last few awards ceremonies, the best and worst dresser have been picked.
Best dresser is,...More
Various origins of female stars… 'Miss Korea' group falters 2008/03/13, Source, On a breezy spring day in March 2008, the entertainment investigation team of Sports Khan sensed an emergency. The argument between female stars about their influence has become fierce, almost to the point of battle. Accordingly, under the supervision of Detective Choi, the entertainment investigati,...More
Stars aligning for the Year of the Rat 2008/02/06, Apart from being famous worldwide, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Al Gore and Zinedine Zidane have one other thing in common -- they were born in the Year of the Rat, according to the traditional zodiac system still widely used in Korea.
With the first day of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, rats, the first a,...More
Perhaps a reflection of the growing awareness of an increasingly multiracial Korea, a growing number of foreign faces are appearing on Korean television. More and more Korean dramas are casting foreign-born actors and actresses, although in supporting roles,...More
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