[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 6 2016/02/06,
Yoo-rim (played by Hwang Seung-eon) is Hye-rim's younger sister and I'm spotlighting her this time because she's the main character who tries to do something different this episode by being sneaky like a normal person instead of a psychic / psychological genius. It's lucky for her that Ji-ho is so fantastically ignorant he'll entertain any ridiculous proposal she comes up with just for the sake of science. Personally I suspect someone put pressure on the production team to work more kisses into the story somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 5 2016/02/05, Seong Joon is really good in the lead role here. Note how it's always (mostly) easy to tell whether or not Soo-hyeon is actually being sincere, and the main times there's ambiguity is when Soo-hyeon himself isn't totally sure what's going on. The only times Soo-hyeon is able to get Hye-rim's guard down is when he's making mistakes. His increasingly complicated lies just come off as increasingly suspicious. Besides, the premise of Soo-hyeon's experiment doesn't even make sense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 4 2016/01/30,
Most romantic comedies sublimate sexual tension into some kind of other non-gendered competition. "Madame Antoine" does the exact opposite. Soo-hyeon intentionally courts Hye-rim in the most weirdly unnecessary confrontational way possible. While Soo-hyeon is in theory running a scientific experiment, he interprets any intermediate results of the experiment very personally. As much as Soo-hyeon thinks in terms of petty revenge, he's really looking at a much more terrifying prospect- the notion that he is not the smartest man in the room,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 3 2016/01/29,
Hye-rim, being a generally observant woman, has little trouble cutting to the center of Soo-hyeon's scheme. Unfortunately, while Hye-rim is able to identify Soo-hyeon as the source of all the weird stuff that happened last episode, she's genuinely at a loss as to why Soo-hyeon would engage in such bizarre activities. What's more, because Seung-chan (played by Jinwoon) and Ji-ho (played by Lee Ju-hyeoung) are somewhat more naturalistic in their approach, Hye-rim is completely incapable of grasping the big picture,...More
[USA and Canada] DramaFever Launches New CJ E&M Movie Channel 2016/01/25, Source,
New Feature for DramaFever Premium Subscribers Brings Best Korean Films, On Demand, to Fans in the U.S. and Canada
DramaFever (dramafever.com), the leading online destination for international television shows, movies and concerts, and the leading Asian pop culture producer and distributor CJ E&M have announced the launch of DramaFever's "CJ E&M Movie Channel". Created as part of a previously-announced, multi-year licensing deal between the two companies, the CJ E&M Movie Channel will debut today, with two dozen films immediately available on demand to premium subscribers of DramaFever's OTT digital video network. Fans can access the channel at dramafever.com/movies, and for the first three days,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 2 2016/01/23,
It would seem that Soo-hyeon has made it his mission to teach Hye-rim a lesson. Not in the literally helpful way of better explaining psychology, but in the metaphorical sense of humiliating her. Soo-hyeon isn't just evil- he's petty evil, and his weirdly obsessive attitude is creepy, simplistic, and most gallingly of all, anti-scientific. Experiments, even obviously unethical ones, work best with subjects who don't know what's happening to them. For a laywoman, Hye-rim is actually pretty knowledgable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Madame Antoine" Episode 1 2016/01/22,
Soo-hyeon (played by Seong Joon) is a psychologist with an appallingly bad attitude. His scientific experiments are highly unethical, and to what end? So he can prove that love isn't real. Enter Hye-rim (played by Han Ye-seul), a fortuneteller who rather transparently uses cold reads to scam anyone who walks into her parlor. Yet Hye-rim is consistently able to make her patrons feel good about themselves- a fact which Soo-hyeon finds offensive, since the whole point of psychology is to make people appreciate their own depressed miserable existence,...More
Han Ye-seul, beautiful from every angle 2015/11/20, Source,
On November 20th, fashion magazine Elle has revealed that they had a pictorial photoshoot and an interview with Han Ye-seul, who has been selected as Chanels's new muse. Her first project for Chanel has been done with Elle.
Han Ye-seul pulled off the four different makeup looks on the day of photoshoot. Her signature vivacious and cheerful energy brought the delightful vibe to the set of pictorial shoot. She expressed her feeling about being selected as muse for Chanel. She said, "Words couldn't describe how happy I was. It's the brand you cannot resist if you're a woman",...More
The uprising of actresses older than their counterpart actor in recent dramas 2015/07/02, Source,
Dramas are full of couples where the female is older than the male. The percentage of this case has grown over the last 2~3 years and it's become a boom lately. This reflects the social change but a lack of 'variety in age range' is also seen as a cause for this.
There are currently 3~4 dramas that have 'older couples'. It's becoming a trend for mini series that represent each broadcasting station,...More
Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin, why the rush? 2015/05/17, Source, Bae Yong-joon proposed to Park Soo-jin on the 100th day of their relationship and they are getting married. They started seeing each other this February and he proposed to her on the 100th day. They even met each others' families.
The two of them knew each other from work and started having feelings for each other since February this year. Bae Yong-joon was attracted to Park Soo-jin's bright personality and consideration and she was attracted to his warmth and caring heart,...More
Han Ye-seul at the Paris fashion show 2015/03/10, Source, Han Ye-seul displayed the see-through look and stole the show.
Behind-the-scene cuts of the actress at the Valentino After-Show Party were released on her Instagram. She's wearing a black see-through outfit and looked radiant. She poses as if being seductive and even looks cute,...More
Han Ye-seul "I didn't want to leave" 2015/01/15, Source, "Birth of a Beauty" was popular even before it was released. Producer Lee Chang-min recalled Han Ye-seul leaving the set without permission during "Spy MyeongWol" and put her passport in his hands saying, "She's not going anywhere". It was a serious matter back then but the crew took it lightly and made a joke out of it.
"I received many text messages after the drama. The producer made me laugh and it made me feel good. I didn't want to leave the set. I don't think I've ever had this much fun on set before",...More
Han Ye-seul, "There's no illegal property deals" 2015/01/12, Source, Key East released a statement in regards to the reports that Han Ye-seul has been involved somehow with illegal foreign exchange. Han Ye-seul's name has been put on the list of the KBS exploratory report on suspicious illegal foreign exchange of plutocrats and celebrities resulting in 130 billion won.
Key East claimed, "Han Ye-seul has nothing to do with the foreign exchanges in property reported on the news. She owns a building in LA, USA in her own name since 2011 and she's reported her acquisition to the related national establishments",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 21 2015/01/11,
Unfortunately "Birth of a Beauty" can't quite escape the poor turn the writing took several episodes ago. When Tae-hee makes a boneheaded move in the middle of the episode, it's genuinely difficult to tell whether he's actually being an idiot or whether Tae-hee's simply behaving like an idiot in order to make a larger more complicated work. Part of this is by deliberate design to maintain dramatic tension, but the difference between these two explanations is so significant that it's enough to risk making this a genuinely bad final episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 20 2015/01/10,
The good news is that Tae-hee and Geum-ran are back together again, and immediately come up with an effective scheme to take down their enemies. The bad news...well, there is no bad news really. Normally it's a bit irritating when a drama has its heroes pull a magical solution out of nowhere, but "Birth of a Beauty" has amply demonstrated that the team of Tae-hee and Sara is so incredibly hyper-competent that no one else in this drama can even come close to matching them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 19 2015/01/04,
Last time Geum-ran finally got around to asking the question she should have asked several episodes ago. This time, she takes the long way around to finally taking the decisive action she should have taken several episodes ago. Once again, the good news is that Sara doesn't wallow in stupidity forever. And once again, the bad news is that she spends most of the actual runtime waffling on what to actually do for no particularly good reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 18 2015/01/03,
At the end of the episode, Geum-ran finally asks the stupidly obvious question she should have been asking this entire time. Who actually has the resources and motive to try and kill Tae-hee? I bring up this somewhat spoilery point now mostly as reassurance. It would appear that "Birth of a Beauty" is finally going to pivot back to its characters acting sensibly and intelligently for the drama's last showdown. Watching Geum-ran get manipulated here has just been embarassing. She should know better,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 17 2014/12/28,
Like Icarus, "Birth of a Beauty" has attempted glory by flying very close to the sunny tropes that provide life to other dramas, but also can cause them to melt. And like Icarus, "Birth of a Beauty" has finally gone in too deep. The forces keeping Tae-hee and Geum-ran apart at this point are so contrived as to mostly just be obnoxious. Incredibly, Chae-yeon seems to be the only character not encouraging these two to just ignore each other. Mostly that advice is coming from people who are supposed to be on Tae-hee and Geum-ran's side,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 16 2014/12/27,
The fairy tale metaphor this time extends to Sleeping Beauty, as the tension concerns whether or not Tae-hee will wake up. Obviously he does, although it takes almost the full episode for him to actually recuperate completely. As usual, the question isn't whether he will get better but how. And sure enough, through the sheer power of sincerity Geum-ran saves her lover. Not only that, she manages to clear up several misunderstandings with other possible allies regarding the true nature of her character,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 15 2014/12/20,
At first, I thought the outrageous speed with which Tae-hee is trying to set up a wedding is a little off-putting. Then I realized that, you know what, this guy loves plans. And a convoluted plan to set up a wedding on Christmas on short notice is exactly the kind of exciting convoluted prospect he can only ever hope to run into once in a lifetime. Tae-hee really is a fun protagonist. The man's just so upbeat, so in a hurry to get the job done, because why waste a single minute of this amazing experience called life for boring dramatic reasons?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 14 2014/12/14,
To go back to the fairy tale analogy- Geum-ran has already met Prince Charming once, and that didn't turn out too well. So in that context, it's easy to see why she's dramatically hesitating in the face of Tae-hee's increasingly ardent advances. The divide between fantasy and reality is so clearly delineated that up to the last minute I really had no idea whether Geum-ran was going to respond to Tae-hee's proposal with a yes or a no. Either one would be a valid decision- even if one would more obviously set up conflict,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 13 2014/12/13,
Tae-hee and Geum-ran actually have a serious fight here. Luckily, it's resolved quickly because the crisis was only really prompted by one thing- poor communication. Tae-hee didn't know that Sara actually ate the peanut-related cooking, and Sara failed to properly inform Tae-hee that she was going to need a ride since there was a good chance the allergy was going to quick in. They both made a mistake here, and the conflict directly arises from that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 12 2014/12/07,
Chae-yeon seems to have an actual plan. While the details aren't made clear it's fairly obvious that it's not a good plan. She's not actually working with anyone. Chae-yeon deliberately withholds information from Kang-joon, and the only reason I can think of for this is that she wants revenge on him, and Geum-ran, and is hoping that this will somehow result in her riding off with Tae-hee into the sunset. She's obviously not privy to the character development that we've already seen. Tae-hee's pretty much given up on revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 11 2014/12/06,
Tae-hee and Geum-ran remain fairly determined to not let the finer details of their revenge schemes get in the way of a fun and enjoyable romance. These two really do seem inseparable right now. I don't mean that in the lovey-dovey romantic sense of being in the same physical area. In fact, their willingness to be apart for significant periods of time is one of the factors that makes their being together so enjoyable. They trust and recognize that sometimes they need to separate in order to accomplish their greater goals,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 10 2014/11/30,
There's almost no movement on the actual plot here. By the end all Tae-hee has managed to do with the corporate board is restate what he said at last episode's cliffhanger, except with more convincing evidence this time. As it turns out, "Birth of a Beauty" has more important things to worry about this time- here we get full resolution on the question of whether or not Tae-hee and Geum-ran will be able to get together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 9 2014/11/29,
Last episode Chae-yeon discovered the terrible secret that Sara and Geum-ran are the same person. I noted at the time that there's doesn't seem to be a useful way for her to actually utilize this information, and this episode reaffirms that fact. Chae-yeon is acting awfully smug for a person who has no apparent plan whatsoever. By the end it's clear she's not even sure what Tae-hee and Sara's long term goal is, given the surprise Chae-yeon shows when one character is missing from an important meeting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 8 2014/11/23,
Tae-hee and Geum-ran realize something awkward at the beginning of this episode. Their romantic chemistry is so perfect, it's actually kind of difficult to justify them messing around with the revenge thriller plot. Seriously- everything that happens right up until they get involved in the story again is just pure comedy gold. I have no idea what point they were trying to make- I just know that Joo Sang-wook and Han Ye-seul have great chemistry together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 7 2014/11/22,
It took me a moment to realize what the purpose of the writing on the wall was given that Tae-hee and Geum-ran aren't actually aware of the main significant cause of the rift between Kang-joon and Chae-yeon. "Birth of a Beauty" manages to close most of the important information gaps by the end of the episode, so this isn't that big a deal, and for the most part, the plan remains intact. But fractures do appear, which means that the general humiliation of the villains probably isn't going to go on indefinitely,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 6 2014/11/16,
Why does Tae-hee like Sara? Up until now I've assumed (and the drama has heavily implied) that it's because of her new fabulous physical body- a plot point that takes on unsettling undertones considering he's the one who got her that body in the first place. But the ongoing plot thread of this episode seems to suggest something else. Tae-hee admires Sara mostly because she's just really steady,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 5 2014/11/15,
The question of why Geum-ran doesn't simply go to the police is resolved fairly quickly here. If she did that, then Tae-hee and Sara wouldn't be able to spend the next sixteen episodes mocking and humiliating Kang-joon and Chae-yeon. Somehow this doesn't seem like noble heroic behavior. Then again, all too many revenge dramas (looking at you "Shark") spend way too much time being moody only to waffle on the actual revenge part. Consequently, I approve the new bizarre change in direction for "Birth of a Beauty". Particularly since it happens to be funny,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 4 2014/11/09,
Well, it's happened again. "Birth of a Beauty" has accomplished yet another radical tonal shift, as we discover the exact nature of Geum-ran's accident...and sixteen episodes yet remain. I genuinely don't think I've ever seen a television drama move this fast before. Every episode is just the bare minimum of exposition necessary to cram in all the necessary plot twists, as well as the light comedy needed to add a bit of levity to the proceedings,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 3 2014/11/08,
The fairy tale element in "Birth of a Beauty" continues to bewilder. The "Cyrano Agency" of all things makes an appearance here, really underscoring the crazy lengths to which Tae-hee is willing to go in order to accomplish his revenge / get-together-with-Chae-yeon plan. I'm genuinely not sure which it is at this point. This adds a certain layer of irony to his conflict with Sara over what she wants. It doesn't seem to actually matter what their long term goal is since the first step in either case is "break Kang-joon and Chae-yeon up",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 2 2014/11/02,
...Apparently we're still setting up the premise, which isn't much to the drama's credit. The more the characters discuss the details of the plot, the more difficult it is for me to ignore the fact that the plot doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. All we really need to know for the drama to make sense is that Geum-ran got plastic surgery to take revenge on her husband and that Tae-hee has agreed to help her for some reason,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Birth of a Beauty" Episode 1 2014/11/01,
Sara (played by Han Ye-seul) is one of those amazing beauties you only see on-screen that manages to attract a giant crowd of onlookers through the sheer magnetic power of her appearance. This is a dumb joke and "Birth of a Beauty" takes it to a really weird extreme. That coupled with the lack of any apparent plot had me frequently scratching my head at the beginning of this drama, wondering what exactly the storyline was even supposed to be about,...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
Han Ye-seul and YG Teddy in a relationship 2013/11/24, Source,
Actress Han Ye-seul and YG producer Teddy (Park Hong-joon) are currently reported to be seeing each other.
According to the December issue of the female magazine Woman Sense, the two started dating after being introduced by a mutual friend. It was possible for them to get close quickly because of their background in the States before they started to work in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fantastic Couple" 2013/11/15, Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran are names any drama fan would probably know. Having produced hit series time and time again ("My Girl", 'You're Beautiful', 'Master's Sun'), these two ladies are nearly a sure bet for those who like the romantic comedy genre. While not without their problems and mistakes ("Big" mistakes), they are popular and profitable. They are also known for their 'Candy' (a term they themselves seem to love) characters. Poor women finding themselves in the arms of the usual rich and complex-ridden men. With "Fantastic Couple", the Hongs went for a reversal of this, producing what could be their most habit-breaking work,...More
Standard Contracts to Protect Entertainers from Exploitation 2013/08/03, Source,
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Tuesday came up with a recommended standard contract form for entertainers aiming to prevent major production companies and broadcasters from abusing young aspiring performers. The contract was hammered out with input from broadcasters, independent production companies and groups representing entertainers.
Actress Han Ye-seul in a scene from a TV soap opera aired in August 2011, when she went AWOL from the set complaining of the hectic shooting schedule (as seen in the photo above).
It will go into effect on Aug. 1 and aims to end so-called slave contracts that tie especially aspiring entertainers into unreasonable demands in the small print. A probe of such contracts found clauses that infringe on the freedom of contracted entertainers, for example by requiring them to take part in promotional activities for their management agencies for free or even constantly report their whereabouts to the agency,...More
Art and Culture 2012/03/14, Source,
It's Wednesday -- right in the middle of the work week -- and our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim is here to light up the day and give us the latest update on performances and entertainment. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young and hello to you all.
So what exciting news do you have for us this afternoon,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Penny Pinchers": Love on a budget 2012/02/25, Kim Jeong-hwan-III's "Penny Pinchers" is a rather charming romantic comedy that highlights some of hardships the youth of Korea have to tackle. Two young lives become intertwined as they find each other amidst Korea's highly competitive, and seemingly unforgiving, rat race. It's them against the world, but not before the lies and deceit between them is resolved in a heart-felt journey of self-discovery and compassion,...More
The ultimate Korean beauty 2012/01/15, Source,
Pictures of 'the ultimate Korean beauty', created by synthesizing the pictures of beautiful actresses and girl group members, have created a stir.
Two pictures titled 'The Ultimate Korean Beauty' popped up online recently. One is an imaginary face made up with the faces of beautiful actresses and the other of girl group members',...More
Secret marriage, lawsuits, rumors: stars make headlines 2011/12/28, Source,
Singer Seo Taiji, left, and actress Lee Ji-ah shocked the nation with their marriage history. / Korea Times file
By Noh Hyun-gi For the most, entertainers make us laugh with their talents. But they are often the scrutiny of the limelight themselves, prompting news, sometimes rumors and controversies. Here are the top entertainment news items that made headlines in 2011,...More
The Dark Side of Korean Drama - Part 2 2011/12/24,
As I said in my previous article, I decided to talk a bit about the various problems and cruelties of being a television actor, idol and celebrity in Korea. They are things that occupy my thoughts quite often, as a fan of Korean entertainment.
I was very glad to see people discussing the issues. The internet can get a bit heavy on the positive things sometimes, as a lot of fans seem to prefer denial and only talking about the good things, as reality can be too much to bare sometimes. But reality is not always bleak and problems have solutions too.
In this second and final part of my thoughts on the issue, I talk about the third big "culprit" of these problems, the audiences, and give a little closure and some ideas on how Korea could go about changing things for its entertainment,...More
The Dark Side of Korean Drama - Part 1 2011/12/17,
It's no big mystery, by now, that celebrities are having it rough in Korea. Singers and actors alike. These problems are also present in the kpop industry, but others are better equipped to talk about those than I. So I will be focusing on actors for this article, especially those who work in television. A tough place to be, for an artist. I will also talk about these issues in general, as well as in relation to the actors.
The problems with television are indeed many and they all have their reasons, their guilty parties and their own impact on the lives of the people they touch. They also have ways to be dealt with and people who can do that. People with power to effect change and improve both actors' lives and the industry as well. But I will talk a bit about the major problems in this post. The working conditions, the issue of quality, censorship and playing it safe and the spoiled and cruel audience,...More
Kdrama obstacles 2011/12/10, Source,
With 2011 going to its inevitable end, here comes the time of different statistics, charts and summaries. I will do it as well, because it's tempting, it is, but not right now, and since I re-submerged (is this even a word?) into Kpop crazy fandom and find it hilariously funny (if you don't take it seriously, it's Kpop after all), I will focus more on this than dramas. But dramas, don't worry, won't be orphaned at all. Oh no, too much happened in this particular world to let it be overlooked.
Right now, few of my observations. They are no by any means revolutionary, but I have the feeling I need to get it off my chest. I've been watching drama for 3 years straight without exception, day after day,...More
Han Ye-seul is Alice In Wonderland 2011/11/21, Source,
Actress Han Ye-seul transformed into 'Alice In Wonderland' for a collection in the December edition of "Allure".
The concept of this collection was "Alice's Party" and expresses a dreamlike and mysterious idea of Alice.,...More
Korean romantic comedies crash 2011/11/20, Source,
The results of recent Korean romantic comedy movies are not that good.
After the craze for "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon" and "The Crucible" passed by this summer, there was a spill of romantic comedies, showing the sweet affection between lovers. Despite the fact that October and November is off-season for theaters, these films threw their hat into the ring with the excuse that the cold weather would give a reason for lovers to spend their time watching movies,...More
Medical dramas making comeback to small screen 2011/11/10, Source,
Medical dramas are returning to the small screen. The latest entry is KBS's "Brain", which will start Monday.
"Brain", set in a university hospital features four doctors and their mentor, rivalry and love.
Director Yoo Hyeon-gi teams up with script writer Yoon Kyeong-ah; formerly the duo worked together to make the popular KBS drama "Master of Study"".Ms. Yoon and I wanted to tell a story about the human mind; and in Western medicine's perspective, studying the human mind often means investigating the brain", said Yoo,...More
Double standards in K-Entertainment 2011/11/05, Source,
Some time ago, when Korea was in a frenzy of banning Kpop songs, I joked that maybe they should ban also the dramas. I take back my bad, bad joke.
It's been on my mind for a while, but was wondering whether I should bother and cause another stir. But since it's my evil nature, I decided I should. K-entertainment is full of double standards, and non-equal treatment. We got accustomed to it to the point of numbness. I guess we all remember the "Han Ye-seul gate", so to those who somehow slept through whole summer - short recapitulation. Shooting of the drama in usual korean circumstances - 2 hours of sleep per week, 4 meals per week but 100% efficiency. You may ask how actors do it? I have no idea, frankly,...More
"Flower Boys" color fall 2011/11/02, Source,
Actors in their 20s are here!
There was once shortage of actors in Chungmuro. There was worry that there wasn't going to be anyone in the next generation to follow Song Kang-ho, Kim Yoon-seok, Choi Min-sik and other established actors in their 40s. However, nowadays moviemakers are smiling. Young and fresh actors in their 20s are shaking up Chungmuro with their feisty spirit,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/08/25, Source, It's time for , where we bring you the entertainment industry's top 5 headlines of the week.
: Don't get too excited, but we have our unique Dami in the studio with us! Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] :
:So what do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] : Well, our first story revovles around Han-Ye-seul, the lead actress in the TV drama, "Spy MyeongWol", who created quite a furry by refusing to show on set for filming. The conflict died down once she agreed to return to the set of the show on the 18th. Let's go investigate the scene ourselves!,...More
Han Ye-seul has changed 2011/08/22, Source,
After all the ruckus, Han Ye-seul has returned to the drama site and has become the model student.
Han Ye-seul arrives first on site to prepare for the drama. Staff and fellow actors can't help but be surprised seeing her there first.,...More
Eric, "I'll take her back after advising her as an older person" 2011/08/18, Source,
KBS2 "Spy MyeongWol" Eric Moon requested the fans' support for Han Ye-seul who returned to shoot the drama.
Eric Moon posted on his Twitter on the 18th, "I hope you support Han Ye-seul. I wanted to point out the position of actors and staff at a lower position than the main actress as well as clear their accusations". This was an explanation for what he said on the previous day, "No one is going to be comfortable carrying out the drama like nothing happened. There was no 'incomplete scripts'. Improvement of the production is also important depending on who it's for".,...More
Eric's refutation to Han Ye-seul 2011/08/17, Source,
Actor Eric posted a long piece of writing that refutes the actions of Han Ye-seul who revealed her reasons for refusing to cooperate with KBS 2TV drama "Spy MyeongWol" was because of 'incomplete scripts' and 'conflicts'.
Eric spoke honestly on his Twitter and about Han Ye-seul returning on site on the 18th, "No one's mind would be at ease just pretending everything's going to be alright and resuming with the drama shoot".,...More
Actress Han Ye-seul returns from LA 2011/08/17, Source, Actress Han Ye-seul speaks to reporters, Wednesday, at the Incheon International Airport. / Yonhap
By Do Je-hae
Actress Han Ye-seul returned to Seoul Wednesday, two days after she left for the United States following an abrupt departure from a lead role in the KBS drama series "Spy MyeongWol".
Although her actions have caused a rupture in the drama schedule, she showed confidence in her decision to leave,...More
KBS: 'We Will Finish Drama by Employing Understudy for Han Ye-seul' 2011/08/16, Source,
KBS said that the KBS drama "Spy MyeongWol" will finish with a total of eighteen episodes, and they apologized to viewers for a recent broadcasting problem.
KBS officially apologized for a broadcasting problem of "Spy MyeongWol" caused by actress Han Ye-seul on August 16. They also revealed, "We will try to minimize the problems of drama production by adopting an understudy actress for Han Ye-seul, and we will try to keep our promise with viewers by finishing the drama until the end of the episode". A head of the KBS drama production department, Ko Young Tak, appeared at the press conference held at KBS in Yeoyuido, and said, "We will find out a new actress who can replace Han Ye-seul after discussing it with the drama production company,...More
AWOL Actress Willing to Return to Set 2011/08/16, Source,
/Courtesy of the Korea Times
The actress Han Ye-seul, who went absent without leave from the set of a soap opera and headed to the U.S., on Tuesday said she will return to complete filming the flop. Han has booked a flight scheduled to arrive at Incheon Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
Han's management agency Sidus HQ in a press release said the actress "expressed her intention to return to Seoul promptly and devote herself to the soap until filming is complete". It said she was "exhausted from the hectic shooting schedule and unable to think clearly. She apologizes for causing damage to many people with her sudden departure",...More
'The Han Ye-seul case' will it lead to a drama revolution? 2011/08/16, Source,
While everyone is waiting to see what happens to the Han Ye-seul case, there are voices that claim that the weak condition of the Korean drama environment is what caused this incident.
Unlike America and Japan where they air a drama after having completely finished shooting it, Korea has been shooting and broadcasting nearly all at the same time for reasons such as ratings.
In a lucky case, some dramas are aired with 4 or so episodes pre-shot but then again the script doesn't come out and there are cases where the drama is edited only hours before the actual broadcast,...More
After much ado, actress Han to return to drama 2011/08/16, Source,
Actress Han Ye-seul arrives in Los Angeles, Tuesday. / Korea Times photo by Lee In-ho
By Chung Ah-young
Han Ye-seul, a leading actress on the KBS drama series "Spy MyeongWol", will return to a drama shoot amid controversy over her abrupt departure, according to her agency.
Sidus HQ said Tuesday that Han will return to the set from Los Angeles as soon as possible and will do her best until the drama ends.
"She was exhausted due to the hectic schedule so that she couldn't judge things properly, damaging others. We're sorry about that", the statement said. "We talked to Han on the phone at 2 p.m. and she said she will be back as soon as she gets a return ticket _ at least by Aug. 18",...More
Han Ye-seul Walks Away from Soap Opera Flop 2011/08/15, Source,
Actress Han Ye-seul has sent tongues wagging by missing two days of filming for a soap opera and going to the U.S. The KBS TV drama "Spy MyeongWol" is a love story between a beautiful North Korean spy and a Korean Wave star, but it tanked in the ratings and was criticized for its absurd premise.
KBS was forced to cancel the 11th episode scheduled to run on Monday night because Han absconded and instead aired highlights from previous episodes. Han left Korea on Monday afternoon aboard a Korean Air flight bound for Los Angeles, booking the ticket using her American name Leslie Kim. The actress was born in Los Angeles and her family still lives there,...More
[Exclusive] Han Ye-seul's mother's arrival 2011/08/15, Source, Han Ye-seul's mother who lives in LA arrived in Korea to take care of matters regarding Han Ye-seul's refusal to shoot the drama and unnoticed absence. However, regardless, it seems Han Ye-seul has departed for the States.
According to the entertainment biz on the 16th, her mother arrived at Incheon International Airport in the morning. She is well known for her active participation in her daughter's career. It looks like the management has decided to hold hands with the management Sidus HQ to resolve things.,...More
weekly star scene 2011/07/14, Source, Show transcript
Up next is , our round up of the top 5 stories from showbiz in the past week.
: We have our lively, energetic Dami here in the studio with us. Hello, Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Sean and Hi 건영. It's nice to have you back!
: I'm glad to be back! What sort of news do you have for us today,...More
Drama explores inter-Korean love story 2011/07/12, Source,
From left, actors Eric Moon, Han Ye-seul and Lee Jin-wook pose during a press conference for "Spy MyeongWol" last week in Seoul. / Courtesy of KBS
By Kwon Mee-yoo
True love is often said to be borderless, but the DMZ dividing the North from the South on the Korean peninsula might be a tough one.
A new KBS drama bringing together a beautiful North Korean spy who falls in love with a top South Korean "hallyu" or Korean wave, actor starts today,...More
Han Ye-seul's Car Accident Video to Be Analyzed 2011/05/11, Source,
Actress Han Ye-seul (30, real name Kim Ye Seul) had caused a car accident, and Kangnam police station, which has been investigating her car accident, asked the National Institute of Scientific Investigation on May 9 to thoroughly analyze the video that shows the car accident,...More
Actress Charged in Hit-and-Run Accident 2011/05/06, Source, Han Ye-seul
Actress Han Ye-seul has been charged with a hit-and-run offense. According to Seoul Gangnam Police on Wednesday, Han has been charged with hitting a 36-year-old man identified only by his surname Do in the lower back with the rearview mirror of her Porsche on Tuesday morning at the entrance to the parking lot of an apartment building in Samseong-dong and fleeing the scene,...More
Popular actress Han Ye-seul has been booked for an alleged hit-and-run, but strongly denied the allegation, claiming that th,...More
Han Ye-seul officially explains "hit and run" 2011/05/04, Source, Han Ye-seul's management Sidus HQ revealed their official statement about the hit and run accident she is being booked fo.
They mentioned, "We would like to let you know that the contents of the previous report is slightly different from the truth and we apologize for the bad news".,...More
Soo-ae, No. 1 actress to pull off a dramatic change 2011/03/31, Source,
Actress Soo-ae was chosen to be the one actress that might go along with a dramatic change.
With the release of movies "Paris, the Days We Loved" and "Emmanuel Vear" in which she dramatically exposes herself, a survey under the title, 'Which Korean actress could pull off a complete change?' was carried out. The first place was given to Soo-ae.,...More
South Korean actress Han Ye-Seul 2011/01/05, Source, South Korean actress Han Ye-seul has recently been photographed by the local media. Her photos will be released on the local mobile phone services.
She is also working as a model.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1982,...More
Song Joong-ki, Han Ye-seul cast in new film 2010/12/14, Source,
Actor Song Joong-ki (left) and actress Han Ye-seul [Filament Pictures]
Actor Song Joong-ki and actress Han Ye-seul have been cast as the main stars of a new film, according to a press release by distributor Filament Pictures.
In the upcoming movie whose title can be translated into "Although I Was Born", Song will appear as a pathetic college graduate who is dependent on his mom who works in a restaurant and Han a penny pincher who denounces all activities involving spending money including believing in a religion, going to the hospital and dating,...More
Jay Park officially signs with SidusHQ 2010/07/16, Source,
Korean singer Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Jay Park, former leader of boy band 2PM has signed an exclusive contract with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
SidusHQ released a statement on Friday, explaining that they signed Park on officially as of July 15, the same day that mother company iHQ's Jung Hoon-tak returned to his position as C.E.O. in the firm,...More
Jay Park likely to sign with SidusHQ 2010/07/08, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer Jay Park, the former leader of boy band 2PM, is likely to sign with SidusHQ, one of the largest talent agencies in Korea.
"We are currently in final stages of negotiations with Park regarding an exclusive contract", a high-ranking official at SidusHQ explained on Thursday, adding that a decision is expected to be made next week since talks are "going in a positive direction",...More
Rain says "Im Soo-jeong is my ideal woman" 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean entertainer Rain appears on talk show "Steel Heart" [SBS]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed that actress Im Soo-jeong is his ideal type of woman.
The 27-year-old singer and actor made the remark while appearing as a guest on popular SBS talk show "Steel Heart" which aired on April 4.
On the show, Rain was offered to take part in a segment called "Surprise Ideal Woman World Cup", selecting Im as his ideal woman among many female celebrities including,...More
Rain says "Love Song" based on own experience - Part 2 2010/04/06, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain at the press conference at the KT Building [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: How long will you promote your album and do you have any plans on appearing in variety programs? Rain: Since my debut I had received lots of love through variety programs. I want to show everything that I can while promoting this album because I intended on going back to my original resolution and work hard on this release. As long as the audience don't feel uncomfortable about it, I want to be in as many variety shows as possible. I plan on promoting my album for about two months before I begin shooting a drama and movie. I have an upcoming tour in Japan so I will be visiting several cities in the country but I think I'll be able to manage both by going back and forth till early May,...More
Rain's "Love Story" music video to be released today 2010/04/02, Source,
Scenes from Rain's music video "Love Story" with actress Han Ye-seul [J.Tune Entertainment]
The music video for Asian pop star Rain's new single "Love Song" is set to be unveiled today at 1 p.m., according to his agency on Friday.
A press release from J. Tune Entertainment explained that the music video featuring Korean actress Han Ye-seul will first be revealed on multimedia video player GomPlayer at 1 p.m. followed by a wide release on all online music websites an hour later,...More
Rain's new ballad "Love Song" tops online music charts 2010/03/31, Source,
Korean singer Rain and actress Han Ye-seul on the cover of "Love Song" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Korean singing sensation 'Rain"s new ballad "Love Song" has topped several online music charts since its release yesterday, according to his agency J.Tune Entertainment on Wednesday.
"Song" from 'Rain"s upcoming special album "BACK TO BASICS" is at the No.1 spot on the websites of online music providers Bugs and Melon, as well as social networking site Cyworld,...More
Rain unveils ballad single "Love Song" from new album 2010/03/30, Source,
Korean singer Rain and actress Han Ye-seul in a music video for "Love Song" [J. Tune Entertainment]
Korean entertainer Rain has revealed his new single "Love Song" over night, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Tuesday.
J. Tune explained in a press release that "Love Song", the title track from his upcoming special album "BACK TO THE BASIC", was unveiled at midnight last night on various web-based music sites,...More
Han Ye-seul stars in new Rain music video 2010/03/24, Source,
Singer/actor Rain and actress Han Ye-seul during the shoot for "BACK TO BASIC" [J.Tune Entertainment]
Actress Han Ye-seul has shot a music video with Asian pop sensation Rain for the singer's upcoming special album due out April 1.
'Rain"s agency J. Tune Entertainment said Wednesday that the two shot the video from Sunday till today in Seoul's Gangnam and Songdo districts,...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Will it Snow for Christmas?" 2010/01/14, Source,
From left, actor Ko Soo and actress Han Ye-seul pose during a photo session of a press conference for SBS TV series "Will It Snow for Christmas??" held at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 25, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Written by Kang Myoung-seok Not once in his life has he not been the smartest in his class. He is also good-looking and can fight well. He still misses the girl he loved when he was in his teens. And he is a man of integrity who will be straightforward to the daughter of his company's chairman. Kang-jin (played by Ko Soo) in SBS TV series "Will It Snow for Christmas??" is not a man. He is a mythical character in existence for the women and the drama is the alter for that myth. When Kang-jin reveals the muscles on his forearms to execute the miracle of driving a nail into Ji-wan's (played by Han Ye-seul) wall, people around him will give their testimony on their sighting. Even Tae-joon (played by Song Jong-ho), the top elite in the Bumseo Group, commits an irregularity out of fear of Kang-jin, the chairman's daughter Woo-sun (played by Sun Woo-sun) praises Kang-jin for his honesty and sturdiness while the owner of the cafe at which Ji-wan works says he would want Kang-jin to be his nephew-in-law.
Hence, it seems it will start snowing if Kang-jin says so, and everyone who exists within the world of "Will It Snow for Christmas??" is in love with him. It would not be an overstatement to say that Ji-wan and Kang-jin's role in the drama is to show that they have to break up although they love each other and Tae-jun is considered a cowardly man the moment he starts competing with Kang-jin. The balance between the characters crumble and when Kang-jin disappears from the screen, the remaining characters are busy confessing their emotions about him rather than moving the drama forward with their own stories.,...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
Busan - The 14th edition of the Pusan (Busan) International Film Fstival (PIFF) kicked off Thursday with glitz and glam. Some 150 star cineastes and VIP guests walked the red carpet, sizzling up the cool autumn evening at the seaside resort.
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.
When Stars Bank on Advertising Only 2009/09/05, Source, Despite numerous box office bombs and once-in-a-blue-moon TV soap appearances, some actors and actresses enjoy wild successes as commercial models, firmly establishing an aura of mystery even among ce,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ye-seul, rising Asian Star! 2009/03/15, Source, U.S. film magazine, Variety has picked Han Ye-seul as the rising Asian Star.
She has become a topic in the Hong Kong International Film Festival on this coming 22nd.
For Korea, Han has been picked as the star to be known around the world!
Her English name, Leslie Kim is born in the U.S and is originally a model where her popularity started. She has acted through dramas, movies, and cosmetics commercials. She is a beauty as well as talented actress!
Variety has praised her for her perfect English which gives her a head start from other stars.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ye-seul, afraid of getting wrinkles! 2009/03/07, Source, She said that she likes her age now, 28 rather than being in the young 20s, but her big concern recently has been getting wrinkles around her eyes!
Han Ye-seul said that she is diligent in applying eye cream!
She has been interviewed for Section TV for which she has been asked her experience in turning 28!
Han has shared her experience with meeting Tom Cruise at a Cocktail party in Hollywood!
Han said that if she were to be in a Hollywood film, she wants to be in a historical film just because of the fabulous makeup and costumes!
Of Course, with Han's perfect English skills she can do it!,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Best and Worst dressed actresses are...? 2009/02/28, Source, The 45th Baek Sang Arts Award has been open this 27th. The TV programs, dramas, and movies have been considered for the arts awards. Many stars have attended and the red carpet also had all the stars. Many stars wore dresses in the cold weather!
Of course, best and worst dressers were picked!
The season's trend was color. Many stars wore different colored dresses different from the last years when white dresses were most popular.
Best dresser was Moon Geun-young with her white and sophisticated mini one piece!
While Yoon Eun-hye was picked worst dresser because she tried to be overly sexy with ehr hair and makeup that she looked awkward. This would be her second year as the worst dresser.,...More
LGE seeks expansion in air-con market 2009/01/06, Source, LG Electronics, the world's top maker of consumer air conditioners, said yesterday that it will bring its leadership into the commercial market and attempt to become a leading player within five years,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ye-seul takes all 'New Movie Star Award' in 4 Film Festivals? 2008/11/28, Source, Actress Han Ye-seul has been nomitated for 'New Movie Star Award' for her film "Miss Gold Digger" this coming 4th. She has been awarded for this film with the same award for the last 3 film festivals this year!
If she is really awarded the same award for "Korean Grand Film Awards Festival" then she will be the first and only actress to receive all 4!
At the "Blue Dragon Film Festiva" she said that she feels like she has received the heavens and that rather than her popularity reaching the heavens she wants her acting skills to be deeply rooted in her life.,...More
Blue Dragon Award Goes to Sports Drama 2008/11/21, Source, The 2008 Blue Dragon Awards chose a sports drama about the silver medal-winning Korean women handball Olympic team as the best movie of the year. In the award ceremony at the KBS Hall in Yeouido, Seou,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Ye-seul, Hollywood calls her! 2008/10/14, Source, Top star Han Ye-seul is being called from Hollywood! This is a fortunate dilemma for her!
She has been in the PIFF this month where foreign producers from around the world came and asked her to consider coming to their company. However, Han is currently filming the drama "Tazza" so she could not make any time yet.
America's major studio even brought her a scenario of a movie for her too look over. The costarring actor is also a well known star around the world.,...More
Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...More
South Korea's esteemed 45th Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Festival held in southern Seoul, showcased the latest local box office trends, with its stronghold of original thrillers, stylistic period pieces and experimental projects. While superstars grabbed the limelight,...More
Kim Tae-hee 'Eyes', Han Ga-in 'Nose', Song Hye-kyo 'Mouth' 2008/06/26, Source, It's a world full of beauties. If you turn on the television, the screen is vividly filled with well-defined faces. The internet is full of regular people who are known for their beautiful faces or bodies. Beauty marketing is everywhere, and it has been a long time since beauty has become a way to j,...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
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
Entertainment in 2007 was all about versatility. Fans could watch news anchors dance and sing, while some singers created their own shows and even starred in movies. Among these talented and ambitious celebri,...More
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