After minor roles in All In (2003), Dae Jang Geum (2003), Han had her breakout role in the revenge series Revenge in 2005. This was followed by her other memorable roles in period dramas Capital Scandal (2007) and Yi San (2007), contemporary dramas Cain and Abel (2009) and Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats (2011), and romantic comedy The Rooftop Prince (2012).
[USA] 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival begins November 11 2016/11/06, Source,
The 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Announces Lineup for November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image The Korea Society's New York Korean Film Festival returns to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image on November 11 to 13 for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema.,...More
[Interview] Kim Jee-woon with The Lady Miz Diva 2016/10/15, Source,
In the 5 years since our last chat with Director Kim Jee-woon, he made a full-fledged Hollywood film and then returned to South Korea to create his latest box office smash, "The Age of Shadows". Director Kim spoke with me about his spy thriller, based on real events during the Japanese occupation of Korea, as it premiered in New York City as part of Korean Movie Night.
We talked about his 20-year collaboration with acting legend Song Kang-ho, Oscar consideration, the influence of John Cassavetes and James Coburn, and he revealed the name of the lead actor for his long-awaited adaptation of "Jin-Roh". Oh, and his leading lady, Han Ji-min, makes a cute cameo.,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.10.07 ~ 2016.10.09 2016/10/10,
Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine" and "Breathe" trump "The City of Madness"...
It's been weeks since a foreign film topped the charts in Korea, but after entering the fray in second place last week, Tim Burton's dark fantasy drama, "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (starring Eva Green), managed to top the charts with 660,702 admissions (35.3%). Last weekend, Burton's latest, which is based on Ransom Riggs' 2011 novel of the same name, entered in second place with 23.5% of the sales from 810 screens, but an increase in screens to just under 900 helped propel the film to the top as its total tally in Korea moves to 1.9 million ($14.6 million),...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2016/10/01,
Pierce Conran goes through the impressive lineup for the 11th London Korean Film Festival, NPR looks at the fascinating history behind Korea's first cinema couple, KOBIZ reveals the country's favourite films over Chuseok in their latest infographic, and the Los Angeles Times reviews Korea's official Oscar submission: "The Age of Shadows",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Age of Shadows" 2016/09/10,
The time is 1923. Jeong-chool (played by Song Kang-ho) is a Korean man turned Japanese crimefighter. Unlucky for him, the main criminals the Japanese are chasing happen to be nationalist Korean terrorists, led by Woo-jin (played by Gong Yoo). Oddly enough Gye-soon (played by Han Ji-min) is the more identifiable leader, less because she's important and more because as the token woman Gye-soon stands out more obviously. Ditto the foreign guy, who has few lines and even less apparent motivation but who's noticeable because everyone has to talk to him in English,...More
[Video] Korean movie of the week "The Fatal Encounter" 2016/06/30, Source,
Korean movie of the week "The Fatal Encounter" (2014) Directed by Lee Jae-gyoo With Hyeon Bin, Jeong Jae-yeong, Jo Jeong-seok, Jo Jae-hyeon, Han Ji-min, Kim Sung-ryung,... Formerly known as "The King's Wrath" Prologue "The Fatal Encounter" is focusing on the story of politically embattled King Jeongjo (nicknamed the King of Misfortune), his dedicated servant Sang-chaek, and nefarious courtiers and assassins. Synopsis As the year 1777 opens, King Jeongjo enters the second year of his reign, which is consistently under threat from the opposing Noron and Soron factions. To successfully defend his royal power, Jeongjo draws upon his stores of courage and relies heavily on his loyal servant Sang-chaek. In a shocking twist, Sang-chaek turns out to be an assassin who was sent into service in order to kill Jeongjo. After witnessing King Jeongjo's capacity to justly rule the people, however, Sang-chaek comes clean about his true identity, and is banished from the court. As he leaves the palace, however, his eye catches sight of Sal-soo, the deadliest assassin in Joseon. Sang-chaek frantically returns to the court, only to find Sal-soo locked in combat with Jeongjo,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" 2016/06/25,
As someone who loves the idea of a drama based on the concept of multiple personality disorder, I expected quite a lot of dimensions and complexity from "Hyde, Jekyll and I". I was particularly looking forward to the great cast and what seemed like a promising story. Our hero Goo Seo-jin (Hyeon Bin) is a rich CEO of a powerful group while heroine Jang Ha-na (Han Ji-min) is a circus director, who finds herself falling for Seo-jin's alter ego - Robin, and eventually Seo-jin too. It's an unusual premise that combines many elements such as romance, thriller, comedy, and a very complicated "love triangle",...More
Viki to Co-produce First Original Series 'Dramaworld', Homage to Millions of International Fans of Asian Dramas 2015/09/18,
Groundbreaking New Show Premieres Early 2016 In Partnership with China's Jetavana Entertainment, Korea's EnterMedia Contents, Third Culture Content
Viki, the global TV site powered by fans, today announced its first Viki Original series, "Dramaworld". A 10-episode comedy-drama set in Los Angeles and Korea, the groundbreaking new show is written in English and Korean specifically for the fast-growing global fan base of Asian dramas. The show-which stars an international cast, including Korean drama actor Sean Richard and Justin Chon of the "Twilight" series and cameos from K-pop and K-drama celebrities Choi Si-won, Han Ji-min -will begin filming late September in Seoul and will debut worldwide exclusively on Viki.com and later on partner sites in early 2016,...More
Han Ji-min's relaxing moments in Paris 2015/07/14, Source,
On July 14th, Han Ji-min posted photos of herself on her personal Facebook saying, "It's been a while since the last posting. I'm in Paris currently. I am walking alongside the Seine enjoying the warm and cozy sunshine today. I hope you have a pleasant and happy day today".
In the shared photos, Han Ji-min is showing her fresh smiles. Another photo shows Han Ji-min is enjoying her relaxing moments in a café. She looks ever beautiful in the photos,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Salut D'Amour" 2015/05/02,
Seong-chil (played by Park Geun-hyeong) is a grumpy old man who's stubbornly standing in the way of a redevelopment scheme for his local neighborhood. The other characters decide, somewhat elaborately, that the best way to get Seong-chil to fold is to develop a convoluted romantic storyline involving Geum-nim (played by Yoon Yeo-jeong). And so, we get a love story involving Seong-chil and Geum-nim,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.04.17 ~ 2015.04.19 2015/04/20, "Furious 7" stays ahead of the pack… "Furious 7" remained the South's favourite flick over the weekend by capturing 41% of the box office pie. James Wan's action outing attracted an additional 472K admissions over 813 screens to move its total tally now to 2.8M ($21.7M). Globally, the film has amassed over $1.1B, making it the seventh highest-grossing film of all time, just ahead of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and behind "Iron Man 3",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" 2015/04/11,
Romantic Korean drama is the most forgiving type there is. Many viewers will swear by their love for a particular actor and especially a main pairing. If that pairing is good, the series will be also, they say. If works like 'Hyde, Jekyll and I' achieve anything, it is to prove that writing does matter. No amount of star power or romantic scenes can carry a work alone. While not without its virtues, this series fails in its basics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 20 Final 2015/03/26,
The marriage ceremony at the beginning of this episode is an obvious symbolic representation of how Seo-jin and Robin will inevitably merge- it's the spiritual idea of two people becoming one. This notion has been alluded to a lot in the script lately, and it's here that "Hyde, Jekyll and I" finally pulls this idea off. There's only really fireworks in the literal sense. The main important aspect of the presentation here is subtlety,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 19 2015/03/25,
The tone this episode moves toward deathbed melodrama of all things. It's not exactly unprecedented. "Hyde, Jekyll and I" has been pretty consistent about treating Robin as if he is his own person, and not just an extension of Seo-jin's personality. And even if Robin himself is willing to accept that premise, that doesn't make the oncoming reality of his own "death" any less painful to bear. Nor does it make matters easier for Ha-na,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 18 2015/03/19,
Up until this episode, the tacit understanding has been that Seo-jin is the real person and Robin is the interloper. But Ha-na's declaration flips all of that on its head- now everybody thinks that Seo-jin is just a facade put on the for sake of the family corporation, and that Robin is the real dominant personality. It's a turn of events that would have driven Seo-jin insane at the start of "Hyde, Jekyll and I". But bizarrely enough, here, he actually seems kind of happy about it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 17 2015/03/18,
Seo-jin has made a major psychological breakthrough in terms of realizing his own general unhappiness, and how this directly relates to the way he's been acting like a jerk to everyone. Here's the problem. Seo-jin is the son of a jerk chaebol, who continues to be a jerk chaebol. While the other characters are happy that Seo-jin is doing better, no one particularly likes the man that much. In one particularly pathetic scene Seo-jin has to kill time at home, with little else to reflect upon save for the fact that his only real friend is in jail,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 16 2015/03/12,
So...last episode was the big climactic psychological brawl between Seo-jin and Tae-joo. Now that that's been resolved, what is this drama about exactly? To be entirely honest, I was kind of expecting this to be the last episode where everything just sort of wraps up, having forgotten that "Hyde, Jekyll and I" is in fact a twenty episode drama. In that light, it would seem we're heading into extended wrap-up mode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 15 2015/03/11,
The emphasis here is less on physical danger than it is on mental gymnastics. To date, Tae-joo has always been able to backpeddle his way out of failures because he was always watching from some secret compartment somewhere. Here, he has to directly negotiate with Seo-jin over the terms which will decide who was truly at fault for what happened at the kidnapping so long again. And the dramatic impetus ends up hinging on one question that to date hasn't really been addressed- why does Tae-joo even care in the first place?,...More
Han Ji-min VS Hani in pink blouses 2015/03/10, Source, Pink blouses make one look lovable and radiant. Add a skirt here and you have the perfect innocent look.
Actress Han Ji-min appeared wearing a pink blouse at the Lotte Department Store outdoor campaign 'Life If Beautiful'. She wore a pink blouse with black buttons and a matching black leather skirt,...More
Ji Sung and Hyeon Bin, a fateful choice 2015/03/09, Source, It's a war in the miniseries market.
Some get a few million for an episode and some get paid in the tens of millions. Choosing the right scenario is critical. One project might change someone's future and decide how much he or she is worth. Their fee lies on their decision and so does the number of advertisement contracts. Top stars also have to be sincere about what they decide to maintain their status,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 14 2015/03/05,
The police in this drama really aren't very competent. I haven't felt it necessary to discuss that aspect so far since there's so much else going on, but it's kind of unavoidable here. Tae-joo inexplicably manages to make a getaway and further his psychological schemes even longer. Which is unfortunate. While the whole Tae-soo story arc has certainly been interesting it definitely drags here, making me wish "Hyde, Jekyll and I" had at least one other meaningfully built up subplot,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 13 2015/03/04,
Tae-joo's decision to use Hee-ae as bait last episode was a pretty clear admission that he was willing to bet everything on his current psychological theory. As a result, his current attempts at backpedaling this episode just come off as kind of pathetic. Hee-ae barely even tries to argue with him this time. If Tae-joo isn't willing to accept Robin's decision as evidence that Seo-jin is seriously psychologically damaged, it's clear that nothing will ever get through to the man,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 12 2015/02/26,
While the psychological element was interesting in the initial introduction, in this follow-up episode the concept kind of drags. We're really just looking at the exact same character exploration as last time- Tae-joo schemes and rationalizes to himself about the best way to get revenge on Seo-jin. I rather suspect this is the real reason he's kept Hee-ae around for so long. Tae-joo has to argue this point with her if only to convince himself that he's still on the right track,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 11 2015/02/25,
Tae-joo has progressed from physical deathtraps to mental ones. It's an intriguing change of pace actually. Tae-joo has, just like us, witnessed Seo-jin going through undeniable character development. But Tae-joo is unwilling to admit that Seo-jin's mental state may be complicated somehow- so he instead comes up with rather elaborate logical justifications by which Seo-jin can still be the bad guy. And therefore, Tae-joo can still have his just revenge. No wonder Hee-ae looks so panicked. There's two mental patients at risk of relapsing here- three if you count Robin,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 10 2015/02/19,
This episode's surprisingly drawn out considering almost the entire runtime is just dedicated to Tae-joo's deranged revenge scheme. Seong Joon puts in a pretty good performance here. The man might be crazy, but he's crazy in an extremely logical way, and it's fun watching him stare at Seo-jin and Robin with just a kind of perplexed expression. Even though Tae-joo's desire for revenge is no less than it was before, at this point he's at least curious enough to see how this all plays out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 9 2015/02/18,
Now that Tae-joo has been outed as the true villain, "Hyde, Jekyll and I" has become substantially more cohesive. In the first place I've finally figured out what Seung-yeon and all the other corporate blokes are supposed to represent- not actual villains, but mild patsies. Their concerns about proper company management are in fact mostly reasonable. The Seo-jin / Robin conflict, and the inability of daddy Myeong-han to appropriately resolve it, are what's created the power struggle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 8 2015/02/12,
The mystery inexplicably becomes the most interesting part of the drama this episode. The answers we thought were so clearly delineated at the cliffhanger quickly become complicated by a glaring inconsistency in the suspect's story. "Hyde, Jekyll and I" manages to take story cues from "Doctor Frost" of all places, and quickly proves that it was the latter drama's execution of the elements that fell flat. As it turns out, subtle psychological manipulation can actually be quite the persuasive red herring,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 7 2015/02/11,
So now Seo-jin's motivation is to...help the circus out? I guess that works. It has very little to do with anything he's done so far but whatever. At least he has a goal now. Too bad the other characters still hate the circus for some reason. I mean, geez, you let just one gorilla out on a murderous rampage, and all of a sudden nobody wants to honor their contracts! Likewise, while it's nice to see some actual villains, it's also way too easy to see things from their point of view,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 6 2015/02/05,
...For whatever reason, I was expecting the cliffhanger of the last episode to have more impact on Seo-jin than on Ha-na. Seo-jin doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who receives that kind of compliment very often. And from Ha-na's perspective she's already practically dating Robin. Isn't liking a guy kind of a precondition to dating him? This really shouldn't come off as some sort of big revelation, and I'm rather confused as to why every character here insists on treating it as such,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 5 2015/02/04,
Disappointingly, very little of this episode actually takes place inside the house, as most of the runtime is dedicated to Ha-na and Robin going out on dates. In a sort of counter-intuitive way, "Hyde, Jekyll and I" is mainly managing to explain why these kinds of cute romantic moments really need better context in order to function correctly. Seo-jin is the only character involved in any actual plot, and his main motivation is just to avoid contact with Robin,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" 2015/01/31,
'Hyde, Jekyll and I' is the latest series in the recent mental illness trend. While it opened with some potential for a clearer focus and character exploration, it sadly soon found itself struggling with slow pacing, lacking plot progression and characterization and an overall underwhelming presentation. If this is just a slow burn, it might turn out for the best, but it has not delivered in terms of initial excitement,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 4 2015/01/29,
Seo-jin still hasn't learned his lesson. Once again the man tries to solve his problems by fiddling around with contract negotiations. To be entirely honest I'm sick of all the contract discussions, so I'm hoping the end of the episode honestly foreshadows that Seo-jin is going try to find another way to deal with Ha-na. There's just something terribly annoying about this drama having something as interesting as a circus only for us to never actually to get watch a circus performance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 3 2015/01/28,
All right, I'm on to this drama. Ha-na exists less as a character with her own distinctly designed motivations as she does a plot device intended to provoke Seo-jin's conflict with Robin. In terms of spectacle Ha-na is also important because two people are necessary to have bright colorful escapades around an abandoned amusement park. There's an awful lot of stuntwork here for a drama that's allegedly supposed to function largely as a romantic comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 2 2015/01/22,
Why did it have to be a criminal invesigation? I'd just as soon pretend the entire final sequence of the first episode didn't happen, but that's pretty much impossible when "Hyde, Jekyll and I" is outright insisting on turning the invasion and attack into a serious plot point. Much is made of the missing cameras, but what about the missing people? No one saw this guy come in? There wasn't a guard? How do we go from a completely filled lecture hall in the middle of the day to absolutely nothing?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 1 2015/01/21,
While watching the first episode of "Hyde, Jekyll and I", mentally I frequently found myself wondering how exactly this drama was pitched. It's less a coherent product than a bunch of apparently random fashionable tropes. Hyeon Bin is in it, so let's use a concept vaguely similar to "Secret Garden". Product placement is popular, so let's set it at an amusement park. Dramas about mental illness are in vogue, that's good. Also "Mr. Go" is on retainer, so either we put him on screen somewhere or he'll just be a drain on the budget,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Fatal Encounter": K-King in a Cage + Watch movie [USA & Canada] 2014/11/08,
There were numerous 'fatal encounters' around King Jeong-jo's first year in office; his reign (1776-1800) was riddled with factional rot and close-quarters corruption, and his accession was both immediate and threatening. It was a transitional period twisted by royal bloodshed and unruliness, the perfect personal and political storm for a visionary leader to stand steadfast and serve, or else risk becoming a feeble footnote to fortitude in Joseon's journals.
Lee Jae-gyoo's "The Fatal Encounter" recounts the chaotic genesis of the 'King of Misfortune', and depicts a resolute (real-world dreamy) ruler determined to settle the sins and debts of his father(s). In particular, the film centres on one assassination attempt, that of Jeongyuyeokbyeon, and starts its story hours before a preordained bloodshed occurs under ominously stormy skies,...More
[HanCinema's Busan International Film Festival Movie Review] "The Fatal Encounter" 2014/10/11,
From the film's very bleak, poorly lit opening, the tone is very clearly set that "The Fatal Encounter" has no intention of being a happy uplifting movie about the triumph of good over evil during a very dark time in Korea's history. Without ruining too much of the ending, it's really more of a triumph of general disgust over evil, because why would anyone need that much evil can we at least not murder children. Is that too much to ask? King Jeongjo (played by Hyeon Bin) is less a beacon of hope so much as he is the only guy in the movie with a more noble motivation than just bolstering the people who like him,...More
Korean Super Star Actor Hyeon Bin's Much Awaited Comeback Period Film "The Fatal Encounter" Hits N. American Theaters May 23rd! 2014/05/07, Source,
Prologue "The Fatal Encounter" is focusing on the story of politically embattled King Jeong-Jo (nicknamed the King of Misfortune), his dedicated servant Sang-chaek, and nefarious courtiers and assassins.
Synopsis As the year 1777 opens, King Jeong-jo enters the second year of his reign, which is consistently under threat from the opposing Noron and Soron factions. To successfully defend his royal power, Jeong-jo draws upon his stores of courage and relies heavily on his loyal servant Sang-chaek. In a shocking twist, Sang-chaek turns out to be an assassin who was sent into service in order to kill Jeong-jo. After witnessing King Jeong-jo's capacity to justly rule the people, however, Sang-chaek comes clean about his true identity, and is banished from the court. As he leaves the palace, however, his eye catches sight of Sal-soo, the deadliest assassin in Joseon. Sang-chaek frantically returns to the court, only to find Sal-soo locked in combat with Jeong-jo,...More
The Fatal Encounter (2014) 2014/05/03, Source,
Genres: Epics and Drama
Running Time: 136 min.
Directed by: Lee Jae-gyoo
Starring: Hyeon Bin, Jeong Jae-yeong, Han Ji-min
Synopsis: In 1777, King Jeong-jo bears a perilous palace life with his dedicated court servant, Gap-soo, amidst opposition and threats from those around with political ambitions. Eul-soo, a member of a secret assassin group, receives orders to kill Jeong-jo. Gap-soo, who had also been in the same secret assassin ring as Eul-soo, later confesses to Jeong-jo about his dark past and his motive for coming into the palace. To Gap-soo's surprise, Jeong-jo orders him to just leave the palace. However, Gap-soo finds out that there is another assassin besides him and frantically returns to the court,...More
"The Fatal Encounter" attitude towards mass media 2014/04/27, Source,
A staff member of "The Fatal Encounter" crew said, "Lee Jae-gyoo? He drinks beers at home all day". The criticism from mass media have put the director and cast in a sense of shame. The unexpected reviews of the movie have been made public for the past 3~4 days.
The movie was nicknamed, "Hyeon Bin's comeback" and "Lee Jae-gyoo's meaningful movie" but everyone's reaction towards the movie was cold. 'Too much has been put into the movie', 'Complicated stories and organization of characters' and such are parts of the reviews,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/04/26, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Target": An ex-mercenary killer is framed for the murder of a renowned corporate leader. He is accompanied by an ordinary doctor who is desperate to save his abducted pregnant wife and together they embark on a dangerous 36-hour pursuit. (04/30)
★★★★★ "The Fatal Encounter": King Jeong-jo attempts to protect his royal powers from the conflict of two factions: Noron and Soron. (04/30),...More
Han Ji-min Grunges Out But Still Adorable in New Movie 2014/01/16, Source,
Actress Han Ji-min has enjoyed unfailing popularity over the years for her portrayal of angelic characters in movies and TV soaps. The 32-year-old has further endeared herself to the public for her humanitarian and charity work off-screen. Her ability to shine in any role is evident once again in her latest incarnation as a soju-drinking indie band singer in the movie "Plan Man", which is due to be released on Thursday. Despite the character's disheveled look and shock of unkempt hair, Han comes across as being as sweet and lovable as ever,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/01/04, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Plan Man": An obsessive-compulsive businessman has his world turned upside down when he serendipitously meets a spunky young indie band member. (01/09)
★★★★ "Yoon Hee": A North Korean refugee has to fight against a self-injuring blackmailer after they were involved in an accident together. (01/09),...More
Heroine Han Ji-min talks about new movie 'Plan Man' 2014/01/02, Source,
What if actress Han Ji-min, the goddess of innocence, gets not just easy-going but also dirty? The move "Plan Man" to be premiered next Thursday is a story of a man (played by actor Jeong Jae-yeong) who is obsessed with cleanness and meticulously plans everything by seconds. And So-jeong played by Han Ji-min is an underground singer whose character is right opposite. Some women audiences may feel displeased watching her in a comfortable shirt chew grilled beef intestines with a drink. Now, she is not just pretty but also tries to get the easy-going image.
- Hahaha, I sometimes pretend to be innocent. But I am not in reality,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Plan Man" 2013/12/28,
The public descriptions of this movie are somewhat misleading. Jeong-seok (played by Jeong Jae-yeong) is indeed a man who plans every single part of his life. But the titular "Plan Man" is not some starry-eyed movie ideal of charming wackiness. His obsessive compulsive disorder is a genuine sickness, and the movie treats it as such. From the beginning we see Jeong-seok attending therapy sessions, and much of the supporting cast shares in the general pain of knowing that they're being psychologically irrational, but not really able to do anything about it.
These somewhat dark overtones notwithstanding, "Plan Man" is nonetheless still accurately described as a comedy, and a fairly effective one at that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Capital Scandal" 2013/12/14,
When Jung Ryeo-won's character in 'The King of Dramas' wrote the drama all the characters were out to produce, it was pegged as a period noir romance set during the Japanese occupation and called 'Gyeongseong Morning'. For drama fans who found that drama within a drama interesting, it could be perhaps inspired by 2007 drama 'Gyeongseong Scandal' or 'Capital Scandal'. While not really noir in nature, the series does have a very unique style of presentation slightly similar to it and is an interesting mix of a period drama and romantic comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Strong Drama Women - The Examples 2013/12/07,
In the two previous pieces of the 'Strong Drama Women' trio, 'The Norm' and 'The Definition', I talked about how problematic and limiting the portrayals of women often are in Korean drama, with the rom-com drama being my main focus. When it is the genre most watched by and intended for women, it is surprising to see how little it sometimes thinks of them. But in my second piece, I talked about the existence of hope. And hope is here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Rooftop Prince" 2013/01/12,
Korean costume dramas tend to have a huge air of seriousness about them. This is probably thanks in large part to the crazy looking costumes, which call a lot of direct attention to how overly dignified the situation is. They still have their moments of humor, but ultimately even in more comedic takes on the drama there's still going to be more viewer emphasis on the serious elements out of sheer habit. "The Rooftop Prince" takes the inventive approach of, if not making an actual costume drama, at least taking stock characters from the genre and forcing them into a situation where they can't be serious, no matter how hard they may try- the modern Korean peninsula.
Lee Gak (played by Micky Yoochun) is a Joseon-era prince embroiled in the regular intrigues of court who, in order to solve a murder, ends up forming an entourage of skilled servants and accidentally winding up in the future,...More
Han Ji-min in a dress before the awards 2013/01/02, Source,
Actress Han Ji-min took a picture of herself before the Awards and posted it on a blog recently.
She is wearing a black tube top dress and is sitting on the stairs. She is at the hair salon she went to get ready in before the "2012 SBS Awards",...More
Korean drama of the week "The Rooftop Prince" 2012/09/27, Source,
Korean drama of the week "The Rooftop Prince" (2012) Directed by Sin Yoon-seob Written by Lee Hee-myeong Network : SBS With Micky Yoochun, Han Ji-min, Lee Tae-seong, Jung Yoo-mi, Lee Min-ho-I, Choi Woo-shik,... 20 episodes - Wed, Thu 21:55 Synopsis Tae-mu returns to Korea alone, claiming that his cousin and future heir of the company, Tae-yong, had gone missing. Meanwhile, Kang's personal assistant Se-na runs into her long-lost step-sister Bak-ha for the first time in 20 years at her step-father's funeral. Two years after Tae-yong went missing in New York, four men dressed in Chosun era garments, fall onto Bak-ha's delivery truck. Homeless and having nowhere to go, the four men decide to stick with Bak-ha One of them claims that he is the Crown Prince of Chosun. One day, Crown Prince Yi Gak sees Bak-ha's step-sister Se-na who is the spitting image of his late Crown Princess,...More
SM C&C Merges With AM Entertainment 2012/09/20, Source, SM Entertainment seems to be growing by the day. It's affiliate group, SM C&C, has just merged with talent agency giant AM Entertainment, home to some of Korea's A-list actors and actresses. According to an SM C&C rep on September 19th, talents like Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul, and Han Ji-min, have all joined SM C&C. With this movie, SM C&C is hoping to grow as a representative video contents and drama production center in Asia. This will just another strategic move on SM Entertainment's part, in addition to its ambitions of becoming a global acting management company,...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
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
Ko Hyun-jung attempts for a new historical drama 2011/08/10, Source,
While top stars are getting ready to star in general service channel dramas, Ko Hyun-jung is as well.
Ko Hyun-jung has currently confirmed drama B from broadcasting company A on the inside and is tuning later schedules. The drama she will be in is a historical which company A is grandly preparing for the national founding day. It is known that she has been offered the best there is.,...More
"Detective K" at the Hawaii International Film Festival 2011/03/09, Source,
South Korea's hit movie "Detective K" will be screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival's 2011 Spring Showcase, which runs from April 1 to 7 in Honolulu.
The comedy-mystery filmed helmed by veteran comedy director Kim Seok-yoon will be shown on April 2 and 7, at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 Theatres & IMAX. "Detective K" is one of the four Korean films at the festival, that will feature 30 films from over 10 countries.The final movie line-up can be viewed here,...More
"Detective K" invades the United States 2011/03/02, Source,
Korean hit movie "Detective K" will invade the shores of America! According to Showbox, the film's international distributor, the comedy-mystery movie will premiere in Los Angeles on March 4. On March 11, it will be screened in selected CGV and AMC theaters in the following cities: San Francisco, New Jersey, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Washington, North Wales, Dallas and Hawaii,...More
Joseon's great detective comes to Canada 2011/02/23, Source,
After its premiere in Los Angeles, USA on March 4, Korean blockbuster "Detective K" will head to Vancouver, Canada on March 11.
The comedy-mystery period movie that stars Kim Myeong-min in the title role, will be shown at the SilverCity Coquitlam Cinemas in Vancouver. The screening is sponsored by the City of Vancouver, JoongAng Ilbo and CJ Entertainment,...More
"Detective K" entertains 3 million viewers in 2 weeks 2011/02/11, Source,
Korean blockbuster "Detective K" has crossed the 3 million viewer mark just two weeks after its domestic debut.
According to statistics released by the Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS), the fusion movie garnered a total of 3,081,533 moviegoers as of February 10th with ticket sales amounting to more than 23 billion won. "Detective K" has been enjoying the top spot in Korean box office since its release on January 27,...More
"Detective K" easily stays at the top spot on Day 2 2011/01/29, Source, "Detective K" continues to hold the top spot in the box office on its second day with a 10.5% lead against Hollywood movie, Gulliver's Travels. The comedy-mystery period movie took 32.8% of the audience share with 115,406 admissions on day two, bringing a total of 228,316 admissions so far, according to Korea's Nationwide Computerized Box Office Data System (KOBIS). The fusion movie raked in more than 1.5 million KRW in two days,...More
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source, The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...More
Han Ji-min: 'I Played Sexy and Mysterious Character' 2011/01/21, Source,
Actress Han Ji-min stars in the movie "Detective K". She explained why she had decided to appear in "Detective K" at a recent interview with Yonhap News, saying, "I had done many historical works so far, so I actually wanted to appear in a modern drama, but I found the script very exciting and began to have curiosity about the character whom I will play. She will not appear in many scenes, but I wanted to challenge myself by trying to play this attractive character",...More
Actors enliven uncanny period adventure 2011/01/20, Source,
Actors Oh Dal-soo, left, and Kim Myeong-min in a scene from the Joseon-era crime adventure "Detective K"
By Lee Hyo-won
Equipped with an eagle eye and undyingly loyal sidekick, he's something of a Sherlock Holmes storming through 18th-century Korea. But Kim Myeong-min's "Detective K" in the namesake film is often mistaken for a quack - even his mustache serves not so much for stroking gracefully while perusing keen insights, but rather to highlight his offhanded quirks (and perhaps a comical resemblance to Salvator Dali),...More
[Star Interview] Han Ji-min "Marriage? With someone bright and healthy" 2011/01/17, Source, "Look at this picture. Isn't it cute?"
Actress Han Ji-min showed a picture in her cell phone before the interview. It was a picture of a boy with big eyes. It was her nephew born on the 28th of December. Her sister had given birth and he was just adorable and amazing. As she is in her thirties now she would naturally think about marriage. Almost at the end of the interview she spoke about her thoughts about marriage.,...More
Taiwan, brace yourself for "Detective K"! 2011/01/11, Source,
Upcoming Korean movie "Detective K" has been sold to Taiwan!
Judy Ahn, Showbox's Head of International Business Department, told MyungMin International that Taiwan's Catchplay has bought the rights to screen the latest Kim Myeong-min flick. However, since the movie is currently in post-production and has not yet been released in Korea, it is still not known when the movie will be shown in Taiwan,...More
[HS] Stars donate 8.3 mil. won in charity auction of possessions 2011/01/07, Source,
By Park Yeon-kyung
Seoul City said Tuesday that it donated 8.33 million won of proceeds from a charity auction of stars' possessions to the needy.
A pair of wool boots donated by Goo Ha-ra, 20, a member of popular five-member idol group Kara, sold for 840,000 won, the highest among the belongings stars put up for auction at the hope-sharing campaign jointly conducted by Web portal Nate last October,...More
Kim Myeong-min promotes "Detective K" 2011/01/02, Source, Kim Myeong-min is all set to start his promotional activities for his new movie, "Detective K".
The activities will kickoff on January 3rd with a Movieweek photoshoot and interview together with Han Ji-min. Other magazines scheduled for the week are Allure (with Han Ji-min) and Bazaar. In addition to the magazine shoots and interviews, he will meet with reporters from online and print media starting January 10th,...More
'Detective K' mixes wit and tradition 2010/12/21, Source,
By Han Sang-hee
Detective mysteries can be compelling in any period, and the new film "Detective K" hopes that adding a bit of "hanbok", Korean dress, and a traditional flair from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) will win the hearts of viewers.
Starring Kim Myeong-min ("Beethoven Virus", MBC, 2008) and Han Ji-min ("Yi San", MBC, 2008), the period piece brings to screen the smart yet wacky detective Tam-jeong, who is on a special mission for King Jeongjo. He befriends a dog seller played by the talented Oh Dal-soo ("Thirst", 2009) and starts to expose a plot that revolves around the beautiful femme fatale Gaek-ju, played by Han,...More
G20 Committee Enlists Celebrities to Help Promote G20 Summit 2010/10/21, Source, And with only 20 days left until the G20 Seoul Summit the organizing committee formed a team of celebrities to help raise public awareness about the important global meeting.
A launch ceremony held at COEX on Thursday opened with a heart pounding drum performance and welcome remarks from Sakong Il,...More
Writer Kang Eun-kyeong: 'Yoon Si-yoon Is Miraculous Actor' 2010/09/17, Source,
The writer of the KBS 2TV drama "Bread, Love, and Dreams", Kang Eun-kyeong, highly praised the actor Yoon Si-yoon, who performed the protagonist of the drama, by saying, "Yoon Si-yoon is a miraculous actor. Thanks to his powerful acting, viewers loved the drama and cheered for the drama's success".
At an interview with a reporter held on September 14, she said, "I think that the actor Yoon Si-yoon's sincere acting might be transferred to the viewers, which helps to record the high viewer ratings. Thanks to his sincere and heart-warming acting, viewers could feel like cheering for him while watching the drama",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ji-min can be sexy, too! 2009/04/22, Source, LG fashion suit brand Mastro's summer line 'Gelato' picked Han Ji-min as their model!
The lovable and feminine image has been Han Ji-min until now, but this new challenge for her brings great interest by fans. How will she change?
Since 2006, the Maestro brand has picked Soo-ae as their female model to partner with a male model. Her change has been a hit, also!,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Han Ji-min's no makeup! 2009/03/07, Source, She acts as a refugee from North Korea.
Han Ji-min wears no makeup for the drama, "Cain and Abel".
She had also cut her long pretty hair for this drama.
Han is Yeong-ji who is a guide in China who had run away from North Korea. She never loses hope and lives boldly! Han's great acting make the drama flow well and her character wearing no makeup with lose clothing and the dialect perfect her role!,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] So Ji-sub's hot shower scene! 2009/02/17, Source, So Ji-sub has the body!
He filmed a shower scene for the new drama "Cain and Abel". So has been a swimmer before he became a star.
Now, he is an actor taking the character of Cho-in who is taking a shower to wake up from the alcohol intoxication.
The nude is unnecessary for the scene, however, he is definitely drawing a lot of attention through this scene. It is known that he dropped 4 kg for this character.
The drama is about the power struggle for the hospital. A genius doctor faces dilemma in his life that determines his destiny.
So Ji-sub costars with Shin Hyun-joon, Chae Jeong-an, Han Ji-min, and Kim Hye-sook!,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Han Ji-min in 'Cain and Abel' 2008/12/20, Source, Han Ji-min will be returning on February 2009 through 'Cain and Abel' for which she has been in China for the filming.
Her hair grew long and pretty but she had to cut it short for the drama! Just before she got a haircut, poised for the camera, thus producing this picture.
You will see her photos on the magazine Numero Korea's January edition!,...More
[ChanMi's take] Han Ji-min's family, lovely 2008/10/23, Source, They look so much alike! They are all lovely.
Actress Han Ji-min is known to beliving with her big family, her grandparents, parents, and siblings. Just as she has the face of an angel, her heart is so kind and pure.
She is still sharing her room with her sister and is an obedient daughter.
Doesn't she look exactly like her sister and mother?,...More
I want to have the nose of Han Ga-in and the eyes of Kim Tae-hee!! 2008/02/07, Source, "Challenge, 8 vs 1", the follow up of SBS entertainment show, "Ya-shim-man-man" is becoming a hot hit since last week with its unusual survey topics. Last week's topic was "Which body parts of celebrities are most commonly chosen by aesthetic plastic surgery patients?" which was answered by 50 plast,...More
[2007 Drama Highlights] Best Kiss scenes 2007/12/27, Source, The drama market of 2007 had been flooded with a large number of high-quality dramas, range from large-scaled dramas of billion dollars worth production cost to much smaller-scaled, but of rich conten,...More
Historical accounts are usually associated with heavyweight textbooks and a big yawn. But fresh interpretations by hot young actors are sending viewers on a delightful blast to the past through television. Monarchs are far from middle-aged, bald and pot-bellied _ yo,...More
Young and glamorous stars in a typical "Cinderella-like" love story that have spurred hallyu, or the Korean Wave, are struggling to hold onto the viewers. Instead, soap operas targeting the older crowd, especially the "ajumma", a,...More
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