[Funcurve Review] "Producers" 2015/08/15,
Perhaps the most anticipated Korean drama of 2015, "Producers" drew huge attention from the media and the public thanks to its A-list cast and star-studded cameos. Besides the strong lead actors comprised of Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Kong Hyo-jin, Cha Tae-hyeon, and IU, there's an incredible number of Kpop idol appearances like TaeTiSeo of Girls' Generation, Sandara Park of 2NE1, Hani of EXID, and other hallyu stars like Kim Jong-kook, Lee Seung-gi, and Jang Hyeok. But more than the star power, the topic of the drama itself piqued my interest. "Producers" talks about the lives of a group of variety show television producers (PDs) of a major broadcasting company (KBS), shedding light on how they work tirelessly to devise hit programs and handle various work related situations. As an avid fan of Korean variety shows, I'm naturally excited to get a "behind-the-scenes" look at this profession,...More
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Jo Bo-ah 2015/06/06,
Entertainment is not an easy field to work in. As a woman, it is usually even harder. Young talents do not only need a breakthrough, but also to be supported during their first steps and nurtured into something great. This benefits everyone in the future. The same is true for the entertainment of South Korea. One such young talent who has shown potential and needs the opportunities to develop it is Jo Bo-ah,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets 2015/05/02, Jang Hyeok begins shooting in Taiwan, what does the Korean media think of the "Avengers"?, Fabien introduces a couple of new local releases, and the 16th Jeonju International Film Festival gets under way,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.06 ~ 2015.03.08 2015/03/09, "The Kingsman"'s reign continues unchallenged… Last weekend British spy flicks "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "The Imitiation Game" ruled at as the country's number one and two, claiming just under a million admission between them. The later lost its footing and fell to third, but Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman" managed to retain its place as Korea's film of choice despite the arrival of Ahn Sang-hoon's period drama, "Empire of Lust",...More
When will Sin Ha-gyoon succeed again? 2015/03/08, Source, Sin Ha-gyoon's first adult rated film "Empire of Lust" recorded 320,000 in the first week of its release and came in second at the box office. Despite the fact that it is adult rated, it only recorded half the record of "Kingsman: The Secret Service".
The results can only be disappointing as the movie was released in great anticipation with Sin Ha-gyoon's intense 'bed scene' alongside Jang Hyeok and Kang Ha-neul's performance. The audience gave a thumbs up to the actors' performance but they don't think the sexuality is sexual enough and the story is just not that great,...More
Empire of Lust (2015) 2015/03/07, Source, "Empire of Lust"
Genres: Drama and Epics
Running Time: 113 min.
Directed by: Ahn Sang-hoon
Starring: Sin Ha-gyoon, Jang Hyeok, Kang Ha-neul, Kang Han-na
Synopsis: During the volatile period of the Chosun Dynasty's founding, army commander Kim Min-jae keeps careful watch on the ambitious Prince YI Bang-won, who is not satisfied with his title as the fifth in line to the throne. Min-jae's life becomes entwined with that of Ga-hee, a beautiful gisaeng, when he spends a bewitching night with her and soon takes her as his concubine. But there is more to Ga-hee than what meets the eye. Beneath her noble exterior lies a woman who insinuated herself into Min-jae's life with a heartbent on vengeance,...More
Kang Han-na, "It took me 10 years" 2015/03/03, Source, Actress Kang Han-na writes in two journals every day. One is a journal for the actress and one is a personal daily one. It's a habit from university. She even wrote another diary while she was filming the movie "Empire of Lust". This would be impossible without passion for her work.
She learned endurance through ballet. She's the last one out of three sisters and started to learn ballet along with her sisters when she was 5 years old. Ten years after learning ballet she reached a wall and realized she couldn't step over the boundary. Quitting ballet was how she started to act,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Empire of Lust" 2015/02/28,
Min-jae (played by Sin Ha-gyoon) is a military man on a mission- to keep his eye on Bang-won (played by Jang Hyeok). Well, that's technically the plot anyway. While "Empire of Lust" goes to a lot of effort to nail everything about the background narrative to a specific historical time and place...it's actually surprisingly irrelevant to anything that actually happens. The main important movements in the story are mostly the machinations of Ga-hee (played by Kang Han-na) and Jin (played by Kang Ha-neul). The motivations, typically rape,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2015/02/28, K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★ "Dog Eat Dog": Two vigilantes get bitten back by a gang that targets Koreans abroad. (03/05) ★★★ "Barracks": A group of friends are lured into a private camp with a mad instructor who's out to get them. (03/05) ★★ "Granny's Got Talent": A foul-mouthed granny takes part in a national cussing contest. (03/05) ★★★★ "Empire of Lust": A Joseon commander has to mind a scorned prince as well as a conniving gisaeng during a volatile time in the Kingdom's founding. (03/05),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Drama Festival - Old Goodbye" 2014/11/09,
Soo-hyeok (played by Jang Hyeok) is a battered man who's made his livelihood by fighting others. Note that outside from one short action scene and a few brief snippets in flashback Soo-hyeok never actually acts violent at all. In the present day, at least, his attention is consumed entirely by his ex-wife Chae-hee (played by Jang Nara). Chae-hee is dying, and Soo-hyeok is all that she has left. Soo-hyeok, too, appears to be alone in the world for mostly unexplained reasons. We do, at least, eventually get a good idea why Chae-hee is alone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" 2014/09/09,
Romantic comedy has seen better days in Korean drama. The last couple of years have really been disappointing, with shows going overly dark for the genre and even going as low as to falsely advertise themselves as something with a lighter tone. That is not to say romantic comedy shows in the past have not had their issues, but they were also more realistic, as realistic as this type of work can be, and mostly light in tone, as the genre should be. 'Fated to Love You' brings some of those issues back, but it also brings back the sorely missed lightness,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 20 (final) 2014/09/08,
"Fated to Love You" has come to a heartwarming end. It was very neatly concluded. This finale's ending was the victim of a lack of material as it crawled along to the finish. Despite that, it was still satisfying to see Geon and Mi-young get their happy ending and live as a family with everyone who is important to them. The finale does not reflect the rest of the drama, which, in general, moved along at a decent clip. The episode was packed with sappy romantics and a reliving of the Macau incident that began the fated relationship,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 19 2014/09/06,
This episode was very slice-of-life in that it focused on a narrow scope. It dealt with two issues: Geon's illness and how it affected and continues to affect his family; and, Mi-young's mother inability to approve of their marriage. The simplicity of the plot made screen time for some very sweet interactions of our main couple with each other and with their loved ones. It could also be indicative of very little plot left to be had, but "Fated to Love You" is always at its best when it is adorable and winning. While having a parent oppose a marriage is nothing new to drama, having a mother as level-headed, open, and caring as Mi-young's mother is rare indeed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 18 2014/09/02,
Misunderstandings work themselves out in this episode of "Fated to Love You". All that is left is raw emotion and the core issues that spawned the misunderstandings. It's time for everyone for everyone to come to terms with Geon's inherited disease and what that disease has done to his family. With a little help from her friends, Mi-young has learned of Geon's illness and why he pushed her away,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 17 2014/09/01,
This episode of "Fated to Love You" really proved how strongly written the two main characters are written. Despite mistakes that they make and misunderstandings that they have, they retain the traits that make them endearing. It is those traits that will bring the estranged lovebird back together. It is this couple, and their supportive families, that carry the show. They are its core and strength when the secondary plot lines fail. It is also the incredibly ability of Jang Hyeok and Jang Nara to emote that keep the show emotionally tethered to its audience,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 16 2014/08/24,
This episode was the last episode of Geon's charade as Kim Young-ja, the "woman" who bought Mi-young's painting and gave her emotional support. It is also the end of this stage in this stage of their relationship, the stage where they're forced to reckon with lingering emotions and the repercussions of splitting so suddenly. While the relationship between Mi-young and Geon is full of nuance and development, the other relationships stall in wait for the last phase of the drama. It is good that Geon's Young-ja charade ended as it was just about to reach the end of its useful life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 15 2014/08/24,
Mi-young and Geon are dancing around each other now, trying to make heads or tails of their ill-defined relationship while everyone else watches and waits for the fated couple to work things out. Words are what trip the couple up along with their messy past. Both Mi-young and Geon are in denial about their feelings for each other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 14 2014/08/24,
"Fated to Love You" is in the midst of re-establishing the relationship between Geon and Mi-young - that is to say, they really don't have a relationship anymore. It is also now that we see that not all is well with Mi-young, and that Geon cannot seem to let her go. The episode is inwardly turned as it explores the troubles of not only Mi-young and Geon, but of their families and Daniel. Se-ra is still conspicuously underdeveloped. The biggest revelation this episode is the fact that Mi-young has a decided aversion to all things related to Geon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 13 2014/08/20,
"Fated to Love You" has come full circle since its beginning and is now continuing forward. The main couple has been molded by their experiences and they have come out stronger and a little wiser. Not only is there character development this episode, but the humor was brought back detracting from the gravity of the tragedies Mi-young and Geon have experienced. In the three years that have passed, Mi-young has become a famous artist, but still keeps her humble, kindly demeanor,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 12 2014/08/19,
"Fated to Love You" has taken a complete turn into darkness. The intensity of the turn was shocking, but very well executed. The episode could have been overworked and overly dramatic. Instead it was timed with finesse that maximized the major events as well as the smaller moments. The pacing and cinematography of the episode were its strengths,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 11 2014/08/16,
All the happiness in "Fated to Love You" wasn't fated to last any longer. Episode 11 was as heart-wrenching and intense as the Mi-young/Geon couple has been sweet for the past ten episodes. It was a difficult turning point based on the wearied plot trope of amnesia, but it was well-played. Geon loses his memory and spends the hour struggling to get it back and greatly hurting Mi-young in the process,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 10 2014/08/11,
Circumstances take a turn for the worst for the blissfully happy married couple. Although they are Happy Together, it is the world that refuses to leave them to their own devices. If it did, this wouldn't be quite as dramatic a drama. What is beautiful about this main coupling is the genuine affection between them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 9 2014/08/11,
"Fated to Love You" is too cute for its own good. It feels like the calm before the storm. Geon has seemingly dealt with his past, choosing Mi-young and their baby. Mi-young is growing stronger as well, bringing the couple closer. The only negatives in the show now are Yong and his scheming mother, and that the build up to the adorable happenings is ridiculously formulaic. The show follows very predictable routes to get to the warm and fuzzy adorable scenes, but when they arrive, the moments are very rewarding,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 8 2014/08/08,
"Fated to Love You" is a modern day Cinderella with more depth and a prince who is dashing because of how well he treats his princess. He can't protect her from everything, but the protection and support he does give bolsters her and gives her strength to go out on her own. She in turn softens his heart and shows him what true kindness is, giving him the strength and will go protect her. There has been no doubt, for some episodes now, that Geon and Mi-young are attracted to each other and enjoy being together,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 7 2014/08/07,
"Fated to Love You" keeps up a lively pace into this seventh episode - it's also a lot of fun. Mi-young and Geon learn more about each other, learn that they like spending time with each other, and learn about the process of parenthood. They have a lovely partnership forming that will no doubt be trampled with with Se-ra comes back into the picture. While this episode began with a big misunderstanding, through humor and Geon's earnestness, not only do Mi-young and Geon grow closer, but Geon earns the respect of his in-laws,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 6 2014/08/04,
Family is key to "Fated to Love You". It is what brings the characters closer and makes this show hit so close to home for every viewer. Cohabitation hjinks have begun as well as burgeoning feelings on the part of the most reluctant character: Gun. He and Daniel warm to the kind-hearted Mi-young as she becomes more involved with becoming a mother. Gun has grown up in a broken family with dead parents, his father's mistress and son, and a very demanding extended family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated To Love You" Episode 4 2014/07/28,
"Fated to Love You" has hit a sweet balance between laugh-out-loud humor and the very serious matter of having a child. It confines the humor to transitional scenes and gives the heavier moments room to expand and then settle. Last episode dealt with the immediate reactions to pregnancy while this episode focused on the aftermath - the decisions a man and a woman face when a baby is created as the result of irresponsible behavior,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 3 2014/07/27,
"Fated to Love You" gets cuter by the episode. What makes it so fun is the mix of the serious and the goofy ways the characters deal with problems. The Korean drama's take also is more concise than the original, shortening some of the drawn out sequences that Taiwanese dramas prefer. This gives the show a brisk pace that suits the startling discoveries made this episode. What adds to the urgency of the pace is that the fun Geon/Mi-young pairing is not only full of chemistry, but that they are on opposite sides of a political battle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 2 2014/07/27,
From hijinx to understanding, "Fated to Love You has worked it's way across the emotional spectrum to bring the main couple into a commiserative friendship. Both of them have been hurt by love, and both of them find comfort in sharing that hurt. In order to make the couple sleep together, all sorts of things go wrong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated To Love You" Episode 1 2014/07/25,
The first episode of "Fated to Love You" was fun, whimsical, and full of the zany Taiwanese drama style while still remaining true to Korean drama style. The characters were wacky, but endearing, and the plot moved quickly towards the event that sets of the main couple's journey. From the get-go, "Fated to Love You" bolted out of the gates, giving us some over-the-top humor with male lead Lee Geon (Jang Hyeok) that was a milder version of the drawn out scenarios that Taiwanese dramas favor,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.04.11 ~ 2014.04.13 2014/04/14, "The Winter Soldier" stands his ground…
Marvel's second instalment of their "Captain America" series came out again on top this past weekend, pulling in additional 470,782 admissions (33.6%) to advance its total tally now to 3.3M. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" landed in Korea late March and has since remained the country's film of choice; an impressive feat given the continuous shuffling we've see at the box office this year. Globally, the film has amassed a monstrous $476M thus far and has been praised/enjoy by critics and fans alike,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/04/05, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "My Boy": A brother with an impulse disorder dreams of visiting and playing with his brother in hospital while his mother struggles to pay the medical bills. (04/10)
★★★★★ "Godsend": A woman who desperately wants a child tries to convince a pregnant woman not to have an abortion and allow her to raise the child. (04/10)
★★★★ "Guardian": A former firefighter is caught between a rock and a hard place when one of his children is kidnapped and he has to capture another child in exchange. (04/10)
★★★ "Girls, Girls, Girls": Three friends approaching thirty get together at a hotel and agree on a sexy challenge they must then prove. (04/10)
★★★★ "Thorn": A popular PE teacher has to deal with a fearless student who has confessed her love for him. (04/10)
★★★★ "Broken": A single father takes the law into his own hands after discovering the identity of his daughter's murders. (04/10),...More
"Iris 2" on IPTV as film 2013/12/18, Source, Jang Hyeok and Lee Da-hye's drama "IRIS 2" is being reborn into a 2-hour movie.
Tae Won Entertainment says the drama has been movie-fied and will be serviced on IPTV, cable, PPV and 100 or more internet sites,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.09.06 ~ 2013.09.08 2013/09/09, Lee Seung-joon-I's action comedy "The Spy" displaced the French-American caper thriller "Now You See Me See" as Korea's top film this past weekend. "The Spy", Lee's debut feature, claimed 842,457 admissions over 786 screens around the country, dominating proceedings by snatching 44.81% of the weekend's ticket sales. The film was unchallenged at the top, with second place, held by Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me", scoring just 265,347 (14%) over 414 screens. "The Spy" may be Lee's first feature in the director's chair, but he has worked on a number of successful films in the past, including the disaster epic "Haeundae" and the fast-paced action flick "Quick". Other Korean features such as "Hide and Seek", "Snowpiercer" and "The Flu" continued to stockpile ticket stubs, while Kim Ki-duk's disturbing domestic drama "Moebius" managed to secure a top ten finish in its first weekend out,...More
Jang Hyeok, "The army changed me" 2013/08/25, Source,
Actor Jang Hyeok loves the army.
In an interview with SBS "E! News" recently, Jang Hyeok spoke about the positive effect the army has had on him. He said, "I entered the army in 2004 after an unfortunate event. I feel like I found Jeong Yong-joon again there",...More
HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.08.16 ~ 2013.08.18 2013/08/19,
It was an all Korean affair at the box office this past weekend, with the top four performers all boasting Korean origins. Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer", last week's number one, fell to third in what was a highly competitive weekend at the top. But it was Huh Jung's thriller "Hide and Seek" that came away with the highest honours, opening its account with 1,353,185 (34.2%) admissions. Following Huh's debut effort with 970,229 (24.4%) was the disaster movie "The Flu", director Kim Seong-su's third major feature. "Snowpiercer" and "The Terror Live" filed in at third and forth respectfully, ultimately making the top four an exclusively Korean affair that held almost 90% of all the ticket sales,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Flu" 2013/08/18,
Ji-goo (played by Jang Hyeok) is a rescue worker obsessed with talking to and about women. His latest target is In-hae (played by Soo-ae), a divorced doctor who is doing some very important medical work of some kind but also has a daughter. This daughter, Mir (played by Park Min-ha) is an object that exists to get in trouble and create crisis. What these characters all have in common is that they are horribly obnoxious and unlikable.
I guess technically speaking they're also connected to "The Flu", a dangerous disease that soon gets out of hand in the city of Bundang. But, the only part I really noticed was how obnoxious these characters are,...More
The Flu (2013) 2013/08/16, Source,
Genres: Drama and Disaster
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Kim Seong-su
Starring: Jang Hyeok, Soo-ae, Yoo Hae-jin
Synopsis: A man is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a hospital in a small city. In less than 24 hours since the death of the first patient, more similar cases are reported all over the city. Fatalities rise rapidly even before the government can react properly to the virus. The airborne virus turns the city in utter chaos and as a desperate measure the government shuts the city down to prevent further outbreaks that could spread to rest of the country and the world,...More
Jang Hyeok, "I felt useless during military service evasion" 2013/08/08, Source, Jang Hyeok appeared on an MBC program and said, "I felt pathetic during the military service evasion program".
Jang Hyeok's exemption from the military was cancelled when he was included in the issue of evasion. He started off with, "How could one word... there were wrongs, people knew they were wrong but still did it and people found out about it but I still went to the army according to sequence. Still, I was quite upset",...More
Jang Hyeok, "The Flu" 2013/07/10, Source,
Will actor Jang Hyeok who is attempting at a blockbuster movie for the first time, gain some profit from the entertainment program he's starring in?
Jang Hyeok is looking forward to the release of his movie "The Flu" on the 15th of August and it looks like MBC TV program "Real Man" is enhancing the value of the movie. Apparently, expectations are high for the aftermath as well,...More
On a different scale "Iris 2" 2012/12/27, Source,
Pictures of the drama "IRIS 2" from different foreign locations have been coming up online recently.
The actors and actresses in the pictures look like as if they are taking photos for a collection,...More
Lee Dong-geon parts ways with agency 2012/10/08, Source,
Actor Lee Dong-geon closed contracts with his current agency and is looking forward to coming back as a free man.
Lee Dong-geon and his current agency Mask Entertainment are discussing contract cancellation matters right now. An entertainment spokesperson revealed, "The two decided to end it here for their future. All the contract procedures will be taken care of within this week",...More
"Iris 2" to be Directed by Pyo Min-soo 2012/09/23, Source,
Director Pyo Min-soo is going to take control of "IRIS 2".
Pyo created the dramas, "Lie", "Full House", "Worlds Within" and others, earning himself the Baek Sang Grand Prize, Rookie Prize, the best drama chosen by the year 2000 media reporters, the best program chosen by viewers and more. He has been impressing people with his unique imagery and emotions so far but this time will take on the task of a spy action blockbuster drama,...More
[Guest Post] Top 4 Korean Actors on Television 2012/09/21,
Korean television is home to some of the most gifted actors in the world. Korean dramas, in particular, tend to put on display some of the best talents. And for those who want to watch Korean programming but live in the US, Direct TV offers international programming packages so you can watch the best shows and the top 4 Korean television actors,...More
KBS "'School' to be made into a drama" 2012/08/23, Source,
KBS drama "School", also known as the gateway to becoming a star is coming out soon.
A KBS spokesperson explained, "We are currently talking about the drama with the thought of airing on television. Meetings have been going on but nothing official has been confirmed yet",...More
K-celebrities now 2 2012/02/23, Source,
Introducing the greatest love story of our time
If you're expecting a typical lovey-dovey story between Ha Jeong-woo and Kong Hyo-jin, you're in for a real surprise.
This is no ordinary love story!
"Love Fiction" presents the audience with the good and bad of love and relationships in the real world,...More
Ahn So-hee of Wonder Girls 2012/02/23, Source, Ahn So-hee (Hangul: 안소희; Hanja: 安昭熙; born June 27, 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, model and MC. She is a member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jang Hyeok and Jo In-seong are coming 2012/02/22, Source, "Snowpiercer", "The Flu", "Kwon Bob" great masterpieces
Top stars and veteran directors attempt at another leap hand in hand
Blockbusters are still in depression ever since 2009 movie "Haeundae". A failure in a large scale blockbuster can sometimes lead to a change in the investing environment. Still, the challenge continues. Top stars and veteran directors dream of another rebirth in Korean blockbusters,...More
'Deep-rooted Tree' writers thank King Sejong 2011/12/26, Source, Park Sang-yeon, left, and Kim Yong-hyeon are the writers of "Deep-rooted Tree", an epic drama revolving around the creation of "Hangeul" by King Sejong. / Yonhap
By Noh Hyun-gi
A peaceful era is the ultimate goal of governance but that could require some hellish work on the part of the ruler, especially when the work also involves creating "Hangeul" or Korean alphabet.
"Deep-rooted Tree", a 24-episode drama that recently concluded on SBS, grippingly depicted the struggles of King Sejong (1397-1450) in the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910). Based on a two-part historical novel of the same name, the drama drew ratings of over 20 percent,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011 2011/11/26, Highest Grossing Korean Films of 2011
2011 has produced a range of successful Korean films that have captured the public's imagination, tugged at their heartstrings, caused a few laughs, and asked some serious questions. Although the year is not quite done, the big films of the year have largely had their say at the box office. This week I wanted to take a look at the top domestic films of 2011 and see just what type of films captured the public's interest in 2011,...More
Box office, Sept. 22 - Oct. 4 2011/10/07, Source,
- "The Crucible" tops the charts and raises voices of protest
The two weeks lasting from Sept. 22 to Oct. 4 were witness to a remarkable box office phenomenon in the form of the film "The Crucible". Based on a shocking real-life incident in which young students at a school for the deaf were sexually assaulted by their teacher and principal, the film has outraged and mobilized viewers, who are demanding that justice be served and new laws be passed to protect vulnerable children. The popular phenomenon surrounding the film, including extensive coverage by the news media, has caused many to take note of the power and influence of the film medium,...More
2PM to tour Japan in December 2011/09/15, Source,
K-pop group 2PM
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group 2PM will give concerts across four Japanese cities in December.
The band will kick off the tour with concerts on Dec. 5 and 6 in Osaka-jo Hall, Osaka and will continue to give shows at Gaishi Hall, Nagoya, Dec. 8 and Saitama Super Arena on Dec. 14. The tour will wrap up at Marine Messe, Fukuoka, Dec. 17,...More
Cha Seung-won 20's Choice 'Hottest Six Pack' 2011/07/07, Source,
Actor Cha Seung-won (41) has been chosen as the best body beating younger actors in their 20's.
The Mnet 20's Choice Awards was held on the 7th at the Walker Hill Hotel outdoor poolside River Park. In the falling rain, many stars made appearances and heated up the atmosphere.,...More
"Midas" fails to switch competition... remains 12.6% 2011/03/15, Source,
SBS drama "Midas" is about to cry because of its stationary rating.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 16th, "Midas" on the 15th recorded a national average of 12.6%. This is 0.3% less than 12.9% previously. It hasn't been able to get out of the 12% range and failed to switch around the competition.,...More
Money, ambition and love blend in 'Midas' 2011/02/22, Source,
A scene from the new SBS drama "Midas" / Courtesy of SBS
By Kwon Mee-yoo
SBS aims to reign the local drama scene again with money, ambition and love all intertwined in the series "Midas".
The drama will examine people's thoughts on money and desire, rather than feature normal happenings of everyday life,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Drama and Director of the Year 2010/12/31, Source, Just like the results on year-end awards ceremonies, no choice will be supported by everyone. A drama cannot be considered 'better' just because more people have seen it nor can it be considered 'proper' just because more people like it. The drama, director, writer and actor of the year picked by the reporters and critics of 10Asia are strictly based on personal taste. The value of KBS TV series "The Slave Hunter" will not diminish just because KBS drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" beat it out by one vote to take the title of drama of the year. And the fact that while last year, actress Ko Hyeon-jeong received an overwhelming number of the votes for her role in MBC's "Queen Seon-deok" for best actress, but that this year Jang Hyeok and many other names were mentioned, may be proof that the Korean drama industry depicted on a larger variety of people. But one thing 10Asia can tell you for sure is that our writers have observed and loved Korean dramas during the past year like no other. So please, just sit back and enjoy.
―― TV Series of the Year: KBS "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" ――
From left, main cast of KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" Yoo Ah-in, Song Joong-ki, Park Min-yeong and Micky Yoochun. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
KBS TV series "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" may be "not the most well-made drama but most meaningful drama" (Yoon Hee-seong) of the year,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Writer & Actor of the Year 2010/12/31, Source, ────── Writer of the Year: Kim Su-hyun ──────
Writer Kim Su-hyun [10Asia]
It is still Kim Su-hyun. Her SBS TV series "Life is Beautiful" may have seen slightly lower ratings than her previous works and the various controversies surrounding the show for the fact that it dealt with homosexuality, one of the hottest issues of debate in Korean society, may have left little space for it to be evaluated properly. But paradoxically, this showed that Kim, who has been a symbol in Korean TV writing history for over 40 years now, is "proof that she, headed into her seventies, still makes dramas that have an actual impact on reality, are controversial, and are 'real'",...More
Who Grabbed the Spotlight in 2010? 2010/12/31, Source,
From left, Kim Yu-na, Lee Chung-yong, Ji So-yun, Jeong Da-rae, and Son Yeon-jae
Sporting events were a big source of energy and pleasure for Koreans this year as young rising athletes shone in major world competitions.
Figure skating star Kim Yu-na secured her leading status in February by winning the gold medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics with the highest score ever by a female figure skater at 228.56 points. AP spoke of "a women's figure skating performance that likely will be remembered as one of the best of all time",...More
Koreans who shine in 2010 2010/12/27, Source, Politics
In the June 2 local elections, Kim Moon-soo of the ruling Grand National Party was reelected as governor of Gyeonggi Province, defeating Rhyu Si-min, the opposition's unified candidate and a close confidant of the late former President Roh Moo-hyun.
Since then, Kim, with the image of a hard-working administrator, has enjoyed solid support in his province, emerging as a potential candidate for the next presidency.
As governor, he has pushed for an ambitious project to build an underground high-speed train, the GTX, short for Great Train Express. The express train, once completed by 2017, will link satellite cities and the capital, running up to 200 kilometers per hour,...More
SidusHQ to release 2011 love project calendar 2010/12/20, Source,
Image of SidusHQ's "2011 Love Project Hanbok Calendar" [SidusHQ]
Top Korean talenthouse SidusHQ will release a love project calendar featuring all 34 of their stars, according to the agency on Monday.
SidusHQ announced in a press release that the calendar titled "2011 Love Project Hanbok Calendar", including photographs of SidusHQ stars such as Jay Park, Song Joong-ki, Eom Ki-joon and Jang Hyeok dressed in the Korean traditional costume hanbok, will go on sale starting today till the end of January,...More
Lee Da-hae holds surprise fan meeting for fans in China 2010/12/01, Source,
Korean actress Lee Da-hae (middle) with fans at a surprise meet-and-greet in China. [DBM Entertainment]
Korean actress Lee Da-hae met with her fans in China through a surprise meet-and-greet over the weekend, according to her agency DBM Entertainment on Wednesday.
DBM said Lee on Saturday arranged a last-minute fan meeting for some 300 of her fans who had unexpectedly gathered to see her at the 2010 China Fashion Awards (CFA) held in Beijing after setting the get-together through her official Weibo [China's version of Twitter] account,...More
Three Actors from 'The Slave Hunters' Visit Japan 2010/10/01, Source,
"The Slave Hunters" will be broadcast on the Hallyu channel MNet from November 1, and the video files will be ready for rental service at the TSUTAYA shops in all parts of the country beginning October 22.
The actors appeared on the talk show held at the outdoor stage in the Shinjuku Station Square located right in front of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo on September 27,...More
Rain says done lifetime's worth of running for "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/27, Source,
Korean singer and actor Rain poses during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Asian pop sensation Rain, who is constantly on the run as a fugitive in upcoming TV series "The Fugitive Plan B", has said he has had to run so much that he has probably done a lifetime's worth of running.
In the romantic comedy investigative action series about a conspiracy involving a hefty sum of money going missing in times of the Korean War 60 years ago, Rain plays Gee-woo, a private detective at an international secret agency who becomes pegged as the murderer of his own old friend,...More
The Seoul International Drama Festival, to be held from Sept. 1 to 10, will likely provide drama lovers a little bit more than just enjoying the storylines and characters.
First launched in 2006, the annual event will bring various events, showcases and a red carpet event invi,...More
"Slave Hunters" top 'Hallyu' content at Seoul Drama Awards 2010/08/23, Source,
Official logo for Seoul International Drama Awards 2010 [Seoul Drama Awards]
Last year's smash hit MBC TV series "The Slave Hunters" will receive the most recognitions for its contribution to the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, at this year's Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA).
The Seoul Drama Awards Organizing Committee announced through a press conference on Friday that the drama itself, its producer Kwak Jeong-hwan and the show's main star Jang Hyeok played the largest role in contributing to the spread of Korean content overseas,...More
Decision on Jay Park drama casting yet to come 2010/08/04, Source, Jay Park [Asia Economic Daily]
The decision on former boy band 2PM leader Jay Park appearing in a drama tentatively titled "Secret Garden" has yet to be made, according to his agency on Wednesday.
SidusHQ stated through a press release that negotiations regarding Park's casting for the upcoming SBS TV series had been "going positively" and they are now waiting for a response from the show,...More
Ha Ji-won cast as female lead in new SBS drama 2010/07/21, Source,
Korean actress Ha Ji-won [Wellmade StarM]
Korean actress Ha Ji-won, who is returning to small screen after four years, will play the female lead in a new SBS weekend drama tentatively titled "Secret Garden", according to an official related to the show on Wednesday.
"Ha has been set to play female character Gil La-im. She has finished negotiating on the details of the contract", the official explained,...More
Kim Ji-seok-I enters Korean military today 2010/05/24, Source,
Korean actor Kim Ji-seok-I speaks to reporters before entering the Korean military [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Ji-seok-I entered the Korean army today as part of fulfilling the country's mandatory two-year military services.
Speaking to a group of reporters and fans in front of Nonsan training camp on Monday, Kim remarked that actor Jang Hyeok, his co-star in the recent hit drama "The Slave Hunters", had told him that he "will be the first to visit [Kim] in the military",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Oh Ji-ho - Part 1 2010/04/09, Source,
Korean actor Oh Ji-ho [photographed by Lee Jin-Hyeok/10Asia] Oh Ji-ho says "I learned how to really use my eyes" on 'The Slave Hunters' The time has come finally to bid farewell to KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters". What kind of ending will come for this extraordinary drama -- which showed off fantastic imagery from the start, breaking records in viewership rating with terrifying speed and at the same time carried a fairly weighty political discussion? One does not know but one thing is for sure; that the key belongs to character Song Tae-ha (played by Oh Ji-ho), who had lived his life being loyal to his master but now dreams of making a better world. Now that even one of his enemies Dae-gil (played by Jang Hyeok) has decided to help him, what kind of dream does he have and how will he achieve them? And what has Oh Ji-do dreamed and achieved during the eight months that he spent portraying Song Tae-ha and unveiled his new possibilities? In a joint press interview held on March 24 -- the day before the final episode of "The Slave Hunters" --- the actor talked about the past eight months he spent working on the show,...More
[REVIEW] Final episode of "The Slave Hunters" 2010/03/30, Source,
The cast and crew of KBS2 TV series "The Slave Hunters" at their wrap-up party. [Lee Jin-Hyeok/10Asia]
"The Slave Hunters" - Final episode (KBS2 TV, Wednesday/Thursday evenings 9:55 P.M.)
When you think about it, all the men in "The Slave Hunters" were main characters in each of their small stories. Dae-gil (played by Jang Hyeok) was a slave hunter who was searching for Eon-nyeon (played by Lee Da-hae), and the revolt of Tae-ha (played by Oh Ji-ho) and Eop-bok (played by Kong Hyeong-jin) ended without having really achieved a single thing. The men in "The Slave Hunters" all failed at pursuing what they wanted and died as losers. It could be due to their helplessness, which in a narrow sense, comes from powerful authorities exercising tyranny on the weak and, in a bigger sense, that even Chosun's top military officer Tae-ha was laid in a reality where he too could not help but run away from,...More
Son Ye-jin says relieved Lee Min-ho "not young-looking" (1) 2010/03/26, Source, For Son Ye-jin, it is a drama where she will play the most comical character since her debut. For Lee Min-ho, it is a drama he chose after long consideration for his comeback role since KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers". For Kim Ji-seok-I, it is the last drama he will take on before entering the Korean military. For Wang Ji-hye, it is her first step toward creating a new image and for Im Seulong, it is his debut as an adult actor. Will the MBC series [tentatively titled] "Personal Taste" be remembered as a special drama that fulfills the taste of the public, just as it is turning into a special drama for the actors, each for his personal reasons? Below are excerpts from the Q&A session at the press conference for "Personal Taste".
Korean actress Son Ye-jin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: How did you choose to do "Personal Taste"? Son Ye-jin (Son): Up till now, I have played characters that were older than my actual age. I don't really look old, but I had come to choose older parts because I was trying to show my serious, deep side. The film "White Night" was very hard on me psychologically and physically, so I wanted to do a fresh, young drama befitting my age for my next work. So it wasn't hard to choose "Personal Taste",...More
Son Ye-jin says relieved Lee Min-ho "not young-looking" (2) 2010/03/26, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin pose at the press conference for their upcoming MBC TV series tentatively titled "Personal Preference" in English, held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 25, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]Q: If you were to compare your character [in "Personal Taste"] with Wang-son from "The Slave Hunters"? Kim Ji-seok-I (Kim): First of all, the two are different genres and the two are different characters. If Wang-son was the youngest character who was comic and provided fun to the drama, Chang-ryeol is a main character who has to lead the story. And he is also different from Wang-son in terms of appearance, so people might feel like they are seeing a little of Wang-son in the character, I expect viewers to quickly fall in love with Han Chang-ryeol. Han Chang-ryoel is the most luxurious character that I have ever played. What is crafty about a person's mind is that, when I was working on "The Slave Hunters", I wanted to do a modern drama. But now, with so many things to worry about including my appearance, I've come to think that dramas are all the same,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Jang Hyeok - Part 1 2010/03/11, Source,
Korean actor Jang Hyeok [photographed by Lee Jin-Hyeok/10Asia]
Jang Hyeok says "The Slave Hunters" is a story about Lee Dae-gil growing up "I would have something to say if it was about martial arts..". said Jang Hyeok before the interview, as if he were an action star who was in love with martial arts. But by the time the interview ended, I found out that to Jang Hyeok, talking about martial arts meant that he would talk about everything -- his acting and his life. Like a martial arts master finds enlightenment through martial arts, Jang Hyeok was devoting himself to his life through acting. He understands his character by melting martial arts into the acting, and reflects upon his life by analyzing the character. For Jang Hyeok to play Dae-gil in the KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters", it means the same as that he will pour out all of his life. See what and how much enlightenment he has gained from portraying Dae-gil,...More
Actress Lee Da-hae attends Hollywood party 2010/02/23, Source,
Korean actress Lee Da-hae poses with the animated character PUCCA at its launching party held in Los Angeles of the United States on February 18, 2010. [VOOZ Co.]
Korean actress Lee Da-hae attended a party in Los Angeles last week, mingling with some of Hollywood's hottest stars, according to the party's host VOOZ Co.
The party, hosted jointly by VOOZ and Warner Brothers, celebrated the launching of the animated character PUCCA in North America. VOOZ is a character development company which created PUCCA.
"We had sent a special invitation to Lee because her lively and Asian image resembled that of PUCCA", an official at VOOZ explained.,...More
Lee Da-hae to attend Warner Brothers party in Hollywood 2010/02/17, Source,
Korean actress Lee Da-hae attends a Warner Brothers party [DBM Entertainment]
Korean actress Lee Da-hae is scheduled to attend a party hosted by major Hollywood studio Warner Brothers, according to her agency DBM Entertainment on Wednesday.
DBM announced that "The Slave Hunters" actress -- the only Asian actor to be invited to the event -- will be leaving for Los Angeles today to attend a character launching party hosted by Warner Brothers.
The agency further explained that officials at Warner seemed "very interested in Lee Da-hae" during their visit to Korea early this year, saying they were impressed with "not only her acting skills but also her fluency in English and Chinese".,...More
A sneak peak into the set of "The Slave Hunters" 2010/02/11, Source,
Actor Jang Hyeok acts out a scene for KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters" at Unju Temple in the South Jeolla Province of South Korea on January 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-Hyeok/10Asia]
On a cold winter day in January, director Kwak Jung-hwan of KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters" was at Unju Temple in the South Jeolla Province. It is the place, mentioned in the tenth episode, which Dae-gil (played by Jang Hyeok) guessed correctly right away when told Tae-ha (Oh Ji-ho) went to where a statue of Buddha lies on its back facing the sky. "There is a statue of Buddha laid on the ground and facing the sky in the Unju Temple. It is said to contain the unfulfilled hopes of the commoners. I couldn't not go to shoot there after hearing that story", Kwak explained of his reason in choosing the temple as a location which would also symbolize Tae-ha's yet-to-be opened world and the dream of the slaves.,...More
"Three Brothers" on top once again 2010/02/08, Source,
KBS2 weekend drama "Three Brothers" [KBS]
KBS2 weekend drama "Three Brothers" has once again dominated TV ratings charts for the sixth consecutive week as the most-watched TV program in the country, according to polls on Monday.
Weekly statistics from TNS Korea and AGB Nielsen Media Research indicated that "Three Brothers" ranked atop the charts for the first week of February with viewership ratings of 38.2 percent and 35.9 percent, respectively.
The No. 1 show focuses on the lives of three brothers and the happenings of their family, love and everyday lives.,...More
Three Brothers maintain rule on TV charts 2010/02/01, Source,
Current No. 1 drama "Three Brothers" [KBS2]
KBS weekend drama "Three Brothers" topped last week's TV ratings charts, remaining the most popular televised show in Korea for the fifth consecutive week, according to polls on Monday.
Statistics by TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielsen Media Research showed that "Three Brothers" took the No. 1 spot on both charts between January 25 and 31, scoring viewership ratings of 38.2 percent and 35.4 percent, respectively.,...More
Jang Hyeok: 'I was Drawn to the Duality of Dae-gil' 2010/01/25, Source,
A reporter straightforwardly asked actor Jang Hyeok (34), "Do you feel good or bad if people say your acting skills have improved?" Jang has generally played main characters for 12 years since debuting in 1988.
Jang replied earnestly, as usual, "Of course it makes me feel good. However, my performance did not improve all of sudden, but it has been gradually improving until now, even though people cannot catch up on my improvement".
The reporter met Jang, who stars in the KBS 2TV "The Slave Hunters", which has recorded 30 percent viewer ratings, at a cafe in Apgujung-dong on January 20. He has received favorable evaluations by appearing the drama.
Jang said, "The drama fans' attention makes me feel good to know that my work is appreciated, but it still has not hit me yet. The viewer rating of my latest drama 'Scoundrels' was under 10 percent".,...More
[REVIEW] Premiere episode of KBS2 TV series "The Slave Hunters" 2010/01/07, Source,
A scene from KBS TV series "The Slave HuntersChuno" [KBS]
"The Slave Hunters" - First episode, KBS2 TV (Wed/Thu, 9:55 P.M.)
The chaser and the chased. TV series "The Slave Hunters" started with the story of the chaser, Dae-gil, played by actor Jang Hyeok. The drama opened with the scene of Dae-gil's chuno gang chasing after slaves on the run and several supporting characters appearing thereafter, but it wrapped up its first episode impressively -- maintaining its focus by concentrating its story on Dae-gil.
The show proves through just a single episode that Dae-gil is a character who is multidimensional enough to lead on the story, as is shown when the image of him as someone considered less than a human being for his job as a cruel and evil man hunting chuno, overlaps with the image of him letting loose the slaves he had caught, and overlaps once again with his past. Unlike most historical dramas, "The Slave Hunters" does not use history as its plot.,...More
This year's lineup of dramas proved to be interesting. There were young, handsome characters attracting female fans ("Boys over Flowers", KBS), smart housewives took over households and offices (",...More
(PREVIEW) KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters" 2009/12/22, Source,
The cast and producer Kwak Jeong-hwan of KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters" pose during a photo session of a press conference held at a CJ CGV theater on December 21, 2009. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia] In times when one who slaughters animals was called a butcher and looked down upon, a The Slave Hunters was considered even more lowly than beasts for their job of hunting down human beings. But Dae-gil (played by Jang Hyeok) decides to become such a The Slave Hunters to make a living after he becomes the only one left of his once-wealthy upper class household which has exterminated from a fire set by a servant under his control. Dae-gil, who takes on the boss of the top Chuno gang of the Joseon Dynasty, composed of Jang-goon (Han Jeong-soo) who ruins both himself and his family after failing to pass the military service examination and former thief Wangsoni (Kim Ji-seok-I), one day receive a request to capture Tae-ha (Oh Ji-ho), a man slave in government employ, who has taken flight. Dae-gil, who must catch Tae-ha in order to maintain his reputation for the job and also to accumulate wealth in preparation for his old age, becomes involved in the mission he must complete while avoiding the threat of a mass of servants who have formed a society.,...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.