[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Giant" 2014/12/20,
When considering the genres of Korean drama, melodrama is without a doubt one of the major ones. Even shows not belonging purely in it include melodramatic tropes, concepts and even tone. From the downright soapy to the romantic to the more workplace oriented, melodrama comes in many forms. "Giant" offers a mix of elements and is not without its faults, but it is also nothing short of an epic series and great display of melodrama done well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Golden Cross" 2014/06/28,
Revenge dramas might be a common type, but they are also a very tricky genre to pull off well. While it is easy to pile misfortune onto the leads who will carry the aforementioned revenge out until audiences feel for them, going for more grey characters is harder. The villains are also an important element, since a lot of the dramatic tension and viewers' emotional investment relies on them keeping that feeling of injustice going. 'Golden Cross' succeeds in some aspects and fails in others, ultimately missing the mark for what could have been a great revenge story.
Kang Do-yoon (Kim Kang-woo) has a loving family of parents and a sister. He aspires to be a prosecutor and make a good living. When his sister is tricked into providing sexual favors for an important figure of the finance world named Seo Dong-ha (Jeong Bo-seok) and is murdered by him, Do-yoon's father is framed for it. As he begins to look into the case and plan his revenge for what was done to his family, Do-yoon meets the prosecutor in charge, Seo I-re (Lee Si-yeong), who also happens to be the daughter of the murderer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Golden Cross" 2014/04/05,
After a series of rating failures and poor handling of their dramas' plots, KBS is having another go at things with 'Golden Cross'. With a typical melodrama plot and a cast of talented actors, the series does not sound like something fresh, but perhaps the road most traveled will be helpful in getting out of the slump they have gotten themselves into,...More
Lee Si-yeong, from boxing to judo 2014/03/30, Source,
Actress Lee Si-yeong is coming back as a hot shot detective.
She stars in the new KBS 2TV drama "Golden Cross". Stills of the drama taken in Paju were released and she is suppressing a criminal with a flip on the back. It's hard to believe that this is her first time flipping someone over. The staff were worried about her opponent instead,...More
Attendance equals award... the absolute formula? 2014/01/01, Source,
The three broadcasting stations have completed their Drama Awards of the year 2013. However, there's disappointment in the way things have been run, lowering the authority of these awards. 'Sharing' and 'co-awarding' still exists and there's no denying the former-casting of winners.
Including Kim Hye-soo (KBS), Ha Ji-won (MBC) and Lee Bo-yeong (SBS), a total of 125 celebrities won awards and that's including overlapping awards,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Goddess of Fire Jeongi" Episode 20 2013/09/05,
"Goddess Of Fire Jeongi" is not getting better. The plot remains overly simplistic; the villains are caricatures with single-minded motivations; the acting is excessive. Elements of the story change to suit the situation so there is no consistency in the characters or plot. The problem-of-the-day in this episodes is an extension of the last: wooden bowls are causing a stomach illness in Joseon. The three princes are tasked to find the solution. Of course, Gwanghae meets up with Jung and discovers that ceramic bowls stop the illness because they do not foster fungus like the wooden bowls,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] "Thank You" List 2010/12/31, Source, There are things that cannot be expressed through annual awards ceremonies. The big trophies are not enough to describe the gratitude we feel for the dramas that contributed to brightening our days during the past year. This is why 10Asia is presenting the "Thank You" list in which we selected 10 memorable dramas. This is a shout-out to all those dramas that at time melted our hearts with highly appealing looks, made our hands and feet cringe yet leave our eyes and mouths smiling with famous lines, delighted us at the mere sight of some characters and left the single viewers green with jealously with the romance scenes. Let us thank all these dramas that took our emotions on a most exciting roller coaster ride. So thank you! Eye-Cleanser of the YearKBS2 TV "Sungkyunkwan Scandal": Jalgeum Quartet
There is a fairy tale in Korea in which a filial daughter volunteers to sacrifice herself to a sea god in order to cure her father of his blindness,...More
Giant: A Korean Drama Soap Opera About A Korean Family & Revenge 2010/12/17, Source,
The Korean drama soap opera about a Korean family, "Giant", wrapped up recently with a 40.1% rating after seven months of airing. The setting is Seoul, 1970 through 2010. It cost almost $9 million to make this Korean drama soap opera about a Korean Family. Casting was composed of great actors and actresses such as Lee Beom-soo (Lee Kang Mo), Park Jin-hee (Hwang Jeong-Yeon), Park Sang-min (Lee Sung-Mo), Jeong Bo-Suk (Jo Pil-Yeon). Even the supporting actors were well-known. Also, the director presented admirably suitable settings for each time period that many viewers claimed they could recall,...More
[REVIEW] SBS series "Giant" 2010/12/08, Source,
Cho Pil-yeon (Jeong Bo-seok) from SBS drama "Giant" [SBS]
How would the name Cho Pil-yeon (Jeong Bo-seok) be written in Chinese characters? How about "必 (necessity)" for "Pil" and "然 (obvious)" for "-yeon", which adds up to mean "inevitable?" It was pure coincidence that Manbo Plaza collapsed on the day he was at the hearing to be designated a prime minister of the country. However it was only a matter of time that Manbo Plaza, the pinnacle of all shoddy constructions, crumbled to rubbles or his account book of illegal funds testifying to his years of corruption got disclosed,...More
SBS "Giant" completes run after ruling TV charts for 10 weeks 2010/12/08, Source,
SBS drama "Giant" [SBS]
SBS series "Giant" finished its run on December 7 while remaining the nation's most-watched Monday and Tuesdays show for 10 consecutive weeks, according to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) on Wednesday.
TNmS' statistics showed that "Giant" marked an average viewership rating of 36.7 percent this week, posting a mark of 40.1 percent in particular for its finale episode yesterday, the first time for the show to breach the 40 percent mark. AGB Nielson Media Research said "Giant" scored an average score of 35.4 percent,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Ji-seok-I 2010/01/19, Source, Interview with the actor who appeared in 2009 hit film "Take Off" and most recently starred in movie "Lady Daddy" opposite actress Lee Na-young.
Korean actor Kim Ji-seok-I [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name isKim Ji-seok-I. My real name is Kim Bo-suk. When I first debuted as a singer with my real name, many people confused me with senior actors Jeong Bo-seok and Kim Bo-seong. The CEO of the agency I was at came up with the part 'Ji' for my name. He was also the one who came with actress Choi Ji-woo's name. I was born on April 21, 1981. My family is composed of my parents, my older brother who is two years old than me and younger brother who just took his college entrance exams. My older brother and I have different brain structures. He is a member of Mensa and he also attended Oxford and KAIST. I wasn't too bad at my studies either but I wanted my parents to acknowledge me as much as they did my brother. That was the real reason I started acting. My parents emphasized education and because of that I was lucky to have attended middle and high school in England. I was able to play soccer on vast green fields, but at the time I didn't appreciate it. I still dream about those green fields sometimes. What I got out of my studies in England was a sense of professionalism and autonomy. I enjoyed the system where from a young age, you are able to study in the field that you wanted to pursue without someone forcing you.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Na-young (Part 2) 2010/01/14, Source,
Actress Lee Na-young [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Is it because you have to enter into a world that has already been established?Lee Na-young (Lee): Of course. The character Lee Na-bong that I played in "High Kick Through The Roof" doesn't have a story like the other characters have. That's why it's even more embarrassing to enter that family-like world and leave it after shouting a few words. I think I'll watch it later on. If the response is good, I'll watch it within the next couple of days but probably much later on if it's quiet. 10: What are you most worried about? Lee: That I might not be funny. I really wanted to deliver the element of 'fun' to the audience through "High Kick Through The Roof". [Upon hearing the sound of people's laughter outside] Ah... They're probably laughing because Mr. Jeong Bo-seok is funny. What do I do... I'm so ashamed. I think I become ashamed much easier than I used to. 10: Why do you think that's happening? Lee: I don't know. But I say I'm embarrassed much more than I used to. Whatever it is, even with taking photographs, it's so embarrassing. What do you think is the reason?,...More
Yoo Jae-seok wins grand prize at MBC Entertainment Awards 2009/12/30, Source,
Korean variety show host Yoo Jae-seok [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainment show host Yoo Jae-seok won the grand prize at the MBC Entertainment Awards held last night. Yoo won the year's top honor at the awards, held yesterday at Seoul's MBC Open Hall, for the first time since last winning the same title in 2006. This is his fifth win overall at MBC's annual event. His rival Kang Ho-dong, who won the title at KBS Entertainment Awards on Saturday, did not win any awards at MBC but reportedly congratulated Yoo on his big win of the night.,...More
Kim Tae-sik wins AAIFF Emerging Director Award 2007/08/07, Source, The 30th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) closed its 10-day run July 28th with director KIM Tai-sik picking up one of the events main awards. The Emerging Director in Narrative Feature Award was given to KIM for his feature debut ",...More
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