[Guest Review] "Norigae" 2014/01/10,
Although sort of an open secret, sex bribes within the South Korean entertainment industry have more recently become an indictment, not just on the industry as a whole, but on South Korea's treatment of women in general, particularly those in showbiz. How entertainment, and the desire for fame by the young, are unconsciously entwined with the power structures of big business and politics still seems, at least from a non-Korean perspective, to be a last vestige of one the misuses of Confucian morality. However, little seems to have changed for women's rights with the exposure of the issue, with sex scandals and first hand accounts of abuse popping up constantly,...More
Star-wannabes suffer exploitation 2012/04/19, Source, Female aspirants are still easy target of sexual assaults
By Kim Rahn
Stars can look good and seemingly show that having fame and wealth can mean they have everything they want. It's no wonder that so many teenagers hope to become entertainers.
But murkiness awaits the star-wannabes, including unfair contracts with entertainment agencies or other improper demands from those in power in the showbiz industry. For some female aspirants, demands for sex and sexual harassment are other issues they suffer from.
Many people in the entertainment industry say such "bad practices" no longer exist, but this is apparently not the case as seen by recent reports from small-sized agencies, which include the rapes of female trainees by an agency head. Also there was the 2009 suicide of actress Jang Ja-yeon who was forced to have sex with bigwigs she "entertained",...More
S. Korea's K-pop takes off in the west 2012/02/11, Source,
When pop sensation Girls' Generation recently provided the grand finale to the Late Show with David Letterman, a top slot on US television, it signalled that South Korea's entertainment industry had broken out of Asia and is now looking to make it big in the west.
Just days after making their first appearance on US network television with their hit single "The Boys", the band of nine telegenic women this week returned to France - where tickets for a 2011 concert sold out in 15 minutes - to sing on prime time television,...More
Jang Ja-yeon case, "Police knew but never investigated" 2012/01/05, Source,
There has been a statement offered saying that the National Intelligence Service (INS) got involved with the case of actress Jang Ja-yeon, who killed herself in 2009.
MBC reporter Lee Sang-ho, who is currently in charge of the program "Lee Sang-ho's News", claimed that the INS got involved with this case via Twitter on January 5th,...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
Controversy over distorted Korean videos by China media 2011/08/26, Source,
One Chinese portal website has claimed that Korean celebrities who committed suicide appear on sex film and this has stirred public anger in Korea.
Maopu, the most popular website in China, has posted a video titled "Sexual favors by Korean celebrities". In the video, the dead celebrities are next to erotic movie actresses and compared to them,...More
'CSI' meets 'House' in local medical thriller 2011/06/14, Source, Ryoo Deok-hwan stars as Dr. Han, a forensic specialist in the TV medical thriller "God's Quiz Season 2", which airs on Fridays on cable channel OCN. / Courtesy of OCN
By Kwon Mee-yoo
A doctor who has characteristics of both Gil Grissom from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" series and Gregory House from "House" has returned to the small screen to find rare diseases and solve crimes,...More
The late Jang Ja-yeon's letter analysis impending, 'curiosity amplified' 2011/03/13, Source,
As the handwriting analysis results are impending attention is being amplified.
The Bundang police department said, "We requested this matter urgent to NISI (National Institute of Scientific Investigation) so the results should be seen at the latest by early next week". It usually takes 2 weeks for the results to come out but this took less than a week.,...More
The late Jang Ja-yeon's letter, NISI results to be announced on 14th 2011/03/13, Source,
It looks like the result of the final handwriting analysis will be out on the 14th.
The Kyeonggi Bundang police department revealed, "The handwriting analysis by the National Institute of Scientific Investigation (NISI) usually takes about 2 weeks but this case was requested urgent so the results should be out early next week".,...More
Police said Wednesday they have seized dozens of original letters apparently written by the late actress Jang Ja-yeon during,...More
Police search 'Jang Ja-yeon's letters' informers prison cell 2011/03/08, Source,
The police searched the prison cell that belongs to Jeon, who claimed the late Jang Ja-yeon gave her letters to.
The Kyeonggi Police Department dispatched 2~3 investigators to the Gwangju prison facility where Jeon is being imprisoned and went about to secure documentation of any kind on the 9th at around 6 AM. They are going to search the cell and in case they find a letter they will request handwriting analysis immediately.,...More
Suicide Actress 'Forced into Sex with 31 Influential Figures' 2011/03/07, Source,
SBS 8 News has obtained 50 letters written by the actress Jang Ja-yeon suggesting she was forced into providing sexual services to 31 people on some 100 occasions. She wrote the letters to a friend from 2005 until her suicide in March 2009.
The diary-like letters mention that she was frequently forced to entertain men at drinking parties or provide sexual favors since 2007, and reveal 31 names of figures from entertainment business, producers, financial executives, and journalists. She was apparently forced to service these men, whom she describes as "devils", on over 100 occasions,...More
Park Yong-ha still not let go by Japanese fans 2010/07/21, Source,
The late Korean actor Park Yong-ha [photographed by Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
Japanese fans have still not let Park Yong-ha go
"We pray for the soul of Park Yong-ha from the bottom of our hearts. We are truly grateful for your bright smile". As Japan still continues to commemorate late Korean actor Park Yong-ha who took his own life on June 30, TBS' television show "KinSma" hosted by Nakai Masahiro, the leader of popular J-pop group SMAP, featured a special one-hour episode for Park on July 9. The relationship between the actor and the show began in July 2006 when Park stepped in as a temporary emcee for "KinSma". The special episode featured interviews with Japanese celebrities who had been close to Park, including producer Tsunku who created [J-pop girl band] Morning Musume and popular emcee Utsumi Midori who is famous for her connections with Korean stars, as well as showing Park's activities in Japan. A video letter from the late actor's fan Ishibashi Etsuko, who is suffering from an incurable disease, made viewers eyes well up with tears,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
As one of the most wired countries in the world, it is hard for anyone h,...More
Watchdog to Tackle Rights of Female Entertainers 2009/04/28, Source, South Korea's human rights watchdog plans to launch an investigation into the human rights conditions of female entertainers following the recent suicide of an actress believed to have been sexually exploited, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday.
In an announcement of its investigation plan for 2,...More
Police are expanding their investigation into the smuggling and use of drugs involving movie stars and models.
In the latest drug bust of entertainers, police booked popular film star,...More
Young Actress Woo Found Dead 2009/04/28, Source, A young South Korean actress has been found dead at her home in southern Seoul in what appears to be a suicide, Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday, quoting a police source.
[ChanMi's star news] Joo Ji-hoon arrested for...! 2009/04/25, Source, The handsome star, Joo Ji-hoon (27) was caught with drug abuse!
The celebrity network is in surprise and shock! The stars life has been quiet after the death of the actress Jang Ja-yeon from "Boys over Flowers". However, there is another shock in this world. It is more a hot sopic because the star has actually personally acquired the drug abuse.
He has been a hot star as a model and an actor in "Princess Hours" along with other hits in musicals and film.
Joo Ji-hoon was also supposed to star in the new drama, "Tokyo Tower" starting next month. However, this drug scandal has brought his career to a disaster.
It is known that he has been in a slump and depression for not having any more hit dramas of film after his first success of "Princess Hours".
Other models and movie stars have been arrested for the same reason along with him which is for buying ecstacy from Japan.,...More
9 Booked Over Actress Jang Ja-yeon Suicide 2009/04/24, Source, Police said Friday that they have booked nine people in an unfolding probe into the suicide of an actress amid allegations she was forced to provide sexual favors by her former agent.
Moon Da-bin, 15, is a middle-school student at Chungshin Girls' Middle School in Seoul. Among 36 of her classmates, half wish to enter show business to become singers, musical stars or television drama actors. Students have shifted from doctors, lawyers and teache,...More
"Actress forced to carnality" read the headlines. The writing on the wall is clear; something has to be done for the safety of starlets. Can Jang's death ope,...More
[ChanMi's star news] A star's suicide, a day of shock. 2009/03/15, Source, Actress Jang Ja-yeon's suicide has brought up the issue of sleeping with VIPs for guarantee in the field.
She has been spotted as one of the antagonists in the drama "Boys over Flowers".
Jang has had a sad past of losing her parents 10 years ago in a car accident. In addition to his trauma, she has barely received any love from fans until her late 20s as an actress, increasing hate comments because of her character in the drama, and losing a close male friend.
She has had a troubling time with recontracting with the entertainment company.
The content of her will also left specific dates and names where she was abused and humiliated.
Jang's funeral has been full of grief and sadness for all.,...More
Police have started investigating the authenticity of a note actress Jang Ja-yeon allegedly left before comm,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Even Jang Ja-yeon's manager is suicidal after her receiving the will!
2009/03/13, Source, The new actress Jang Ja-yeon's manager who had her will tried to commit suicide.
He had been in great shock and distress after his actress had died and left him a will containing all the reasons that she did that.
He is now held in the hospital recovering.
Mr. Yoo had been in the police station all day taking care of Jang's suicide questionaire that he had been in distress. He feels like he did not do well as a manager and wasn't able to protect her from all the things that she went through.
Jang and Yoo were supposed to meet in a few days to talk, but she had committed suicide before their appointment.
He said that all he could do was listen to her problems.
It is known that Jang had been asked to serve alcohol to a certain director as well as encouraging to spend the night with him. She had taken psychiatric therapy because of this and for all the threat calls and texts. She has also been through physical abuse and humiliation.
Jang Ja-yeon, may you rest in peace.
And let's hope for Mr. Yoo's quick emotional and physical recovery.,...More
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