[Funcurve Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" 2016/11/26,
"Cinderella and the Four Knights" is a modern day Kdrama based on a book of the same name. While it draws certain plot devices and characterization like the step mother and pseudo maid lifestyle of our heroine from the original fairy tale premise, there is the feeling that it's an original story. This is mostly due to a mix of good actors and some great on-screen chemistry. I must commend the female cast of this drama in particular as they're all convincing in their various roles. The female lead Park So-dam stood out in particular considering the fact she's a relatively new face in the drama scene,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 14 2016/09/28,
Truths and lies whittle away at the happiness of our main characters, but not as much as the failing health of CEO Gramps. His lack of consciousness is a trigger for many to try to usurp power including his new wife, those in his company, and potentially our Kang cousins.
First, the CEO's wife digs her claws into the company and into Yoon-seong in order to attain her goals: money and power,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 13 2016/09/28,
The adorable manifestations of a mutually shared love never last long and that between Ji-woon and Ha-won lasts the length of this episode before its conclusion promises big changes on all fronts. Ha-won has quite conveniently forgotten her contract with CEO Gramps that contains the "no dating" clause, and now it comes back to get her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 12 2016/09/22,
There was a lot of progress in episode 12 and we have Ha-won and Ji-woon to thank, but especially Ha-won. The traits that the CEO hired her for came through for her again: her faith and tenacity. Her influence causes a waterfall effect in the behavior of the Kang cousins, making them problem solve and take charge of their own lives. As Ha-won deals with her own problems, although she wants someone to lean on, she proceeds to take care of things on her own,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 11 2016/09/21,
As anticipated, Hye-ji moving into Sky House causes problems, especially because her passive aggressive behavior towards Ha-won is rather viperous. The Kang cousins have trouble adjusting to her presence and the awkwardness makes Ha-won not only feel self-conscious, but lonely for the first time since she entered Sky House. That loneliness is such an interesting twist in her story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 10 2016/09/19,
Feelings are starting to escalate to a point of high tension because there is still a lot of denial even more deception running amuck. Tricksters lurk around those with money, and those with money are dealing with problems of their own. Luckily for us, our heroine is forthcoming with most things besides the emotions she doesn't quite understand. Ha-won chases after Ji-woon in the best way she knows how: with a mixture of third grade antics and brutal honesty,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 9 2016/09/17,
Love is in the air and with that love comes jealousy and complicated love lines. In a story as cute as this one those love lines aren't heinously annoying - just a tad annoying. The pairings of the Kang cousins and Ha-won are charming, and I like how Yoon-seong is slowly being integrated into the texture. Ha-won hurts herself this episode, which inspires a lot of reverse harem servitude and stirs up a lot of feelings,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 8 2016/09/09,
Well, I just have to say it. This show is ridiculously cute. Jeong Il-woo brought out the aegyo and Ha-won manages to soften up the Kang family and friends even more with her honesty and sincerity. Again, the episode really focuses on Hyun-min and his introspection, but it also focuses on relationship development and tossing in a few more obstacles for our heroes to surmount. The utterly horrible step-mother and step-sister are still scheming to hurt Ha-won as much as possible and plan to foist Ha-won off on a man who may or may not be her biological father,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 6 2016/08/31,
Now that it has been established that Ha-won is an important person in the Kang family we get to see how the boys go out of their way to protect her when school-aged kids turn mean, and when jealousy incites terrible behavior. As of yet, the Kang cousins haven't yet gone head to head romantically, but a declaration from one of them makes such an occurrence a bit difficult. The perfect stuffs of K-drama. The step-family has stepped in to meddle with Ha-won's life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 5 2016/08/31,
Love is in the air and it is Ha-won's earnest desire for the Kang cousins to live well that really touches them and makes their hearts flutter. Not only is she working for their benefit, but she also draws very clear lines with them, speaking her mind and keeping it real. This is a quality not found in the cousins' parents, grandfather, or any other people in their lives - its a winning quality that keeps their attention and makes it difficult to follow the "no dating" rule,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 4 2016/08/21,
The mission continues as Ha-won tries to get the three cousins to sit down for a meal. It proves a challenge as each cousin's wounds prevents him from giving the Kang family a chance. Ha-won eventually figures out that she has to get to know them in order to try and bring them closer together. In the process, they get to know her as well. It's not the smoothest "getting-to-know-you" that ever was, but that's what gives this show it's conflict. The three cousins are showing interest in her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 3 2016/08/21,
This is the episode where Ha-won and the three princes of Sky House are thrown together and forced to get used to each other by sheer proximity, and because of a mission passed down by CEO Kang. The princes flesh out their stereotypes, but still are not much more than their textbook definition. Where progress is made is in how Ha-won slowly learns about each prince. "Cinderella and the Four Knights" still very much seems like a live action shoujo/girl-aged manga, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's light-hearted, cute, and is a great way to pass the time. A character I haven't given much attention to is Yoon-sung, CEO Kang's right-hand man who executes his will and attempts to help Ha-won manage the rogue cousins,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 2 2016/08/16,
"Cinderella and the Four Knights"'s second episode is more introduction because we need to get Cinderella into the palace. In order to do that, the story beats to the ground with birth secrets, money woes, and contentious interactions with the three Kang cousins of Sky House. The cousins have no easy go at things either as their CEO Chaebol Granddaddy uses his money to buy their obedience. This is most likely going to be a theme and I have a feeling Cinderella will not only change the hearts of the cousins, but of their grandfather as well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Cinderella and the Four Knights" Episode 1 2016/08/16,
Pre-produced, manhwa-based "Cinderella and the Four Knights" is everything one would expect out of a fairytale inspired drama. It's a mix of the classic Cinderella, a bit of hardworking Candy, and a whole lot of typical drama tropes with chaebol grandfather's, monster inheritances, some fine acting, and some mediocre acting. I come at this drama not having read the source material, the manhwa by Baek Myo begun in 2011. HanCinema readers, if you have, please chime in and let me know what you think!,...More
Jeong Il-woo to Star in Thai TV Series 2016/06/08, Source, Jeong Il-woo has become the first Korean actor to star in a Thai drama. According to his management agency on Tuesday, Jeong left for Thailand on Sunday to shoot the drama. He plays the role of a PR manager at a large entertainment agency,...More
Hallyu Star Jeong Il-woo, quiet but going strong 2016/02/24, Source,
Actor Jeong Il-woo is proving his existence without promotional marketing or strategies. He last starred in the 2014 drama "The Night Watchman's Journal" and has been in China ever since, claiming the title for the next greatest Hallyu Star.
His popularity can be compared with his achievements. The Korea-Chinese collaborated drama "High-end Crush" made two hundred million hits. He is also starring in another Chinese drama broadcast on Chinese TV. He also starred in the SBS TV show "Running Man" as a guest every time they had an overseas plan. He was in the Shanghai episode as well as the Dubai episode which is coming up soon,...More
Jeong Il-woo and Paris Hilton take a selfie together 2015/10/13, Source,
On October 13th, Jeong Il-woo posted a photo of himself and Paris Hilton on his personal Instagram. They met during a fashion show event in Shanghai, China. The heartwarming photo of the handsome man and the beautiful woman drew attention.
The two brightly smiling took the selfie together. Paris Hilton leaning against on Jeong Il-woo's shoulder created such friendly scene in the photo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" 2014/10/25,
One would think it is easy to make fantasy for audiences. While other types of works need to rely on familiar concepts to hook viewers and keep the ball rolling, fantasy has the advantage of being able to wow with its world building, its creatures and the powers characters may have. 'The Night Watchman's Journal' certainly offers fantasy in volume, but it forgets one simple rule. Even fantasy needs structure and logic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 24 2014/10/21,
The drama ends unpredictably, mostly because all of the elements that make up the climactic battle and resolution hadn't been adequately foreshadowed. A significant part of the fight against the dragon ends up taking place in the spirit realm of all places. What is the spirit realm anyway? Everybody's always heading into it for one reason or another but aside from the occasional mock fight there's no obvious reason for the place to exist,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 23 2014/10/20,
This time Sadam's new power comes in the form of the ability to dominate the mind of security guards and force them to fight one another. Also he apparently has the ability to prevent anyone from commenting on this once the mental domination is over. It's been well established by now that nobody in the palace cares about random violent deaths, but even in that backdrop the inability of anyone to so much as point out the fact that Sadam is obviously some kind of evil wizard takes on pretty ridiculous proportions here. By the end of the episode he's practically reenacted the evil ritual that set the whole drama off while the entire royal court watches without comment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 22 2014/10/14,
And in the end, it looks like everything is going to hinge on a magic oboe. Strangely this is not the most ridiculous plot development to show up in "The Night Watchman's Journal". Really, it's not even close to high-ranking. I was somewhat annoyed that most of our information about the oboe came from a msin character's flashback, making it yet another result of information that's been withheld from the audience for no good reason. But at least it's easy enough to understand why the oboe is important.
Anyway, as far as pre-existing plot threads go, Do-ha has to be rescued. And once again, the closest thing anyone has to a guard in this drama is just a sturdy door,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 21 2014/10/13,
Sadam gains yet another power this episode- the ability to teleport faraway people to other faraway places. I'm assuming that the faraway part is an important part of the skill, since there have been plenty of times up until now where he could have used this power to get nearby people away from him. But really, the man's long term plans are so inscrutable it's impossible to tell whether his long range thinking has any kind of basis in logic.
As for the heroes, well, it's been another mostly unsuccessful day,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 20 2014/10/07,
The main characters are still having a lot of trouble with the whole work as a team thing. It should be really obvious by now that they accomplish a lot more through mutual cooperation than they do by just going it alone. For what it's worth, at least this time the success the villains have in cornering the main characters makes a bit more sense. These are actively, deliberately designed traps that the heroes can't reasonably be expected to predict. They could do a better job reactively, but at least the failures make sense.
One of the few highlights in this drama are the action scenes, mostly by virtue of the fact that they involve a decent understanding of battle logistics. I like Do-ha's whip. As presented it's not actually a violently weapon. Rather, she just uses it either to disarm or immobilize enemies, which is actually really important when ghost possessions are the main problem the characters are dealing with on a frequent basis,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 19 2014/10/06,
Once again noble stupidity rules the day. It's not great but it's at least better than regular stupidity, since the characters do have reasons for lying to each other. Even if the reasons aren't very good, there's at least a long term deliberate effort here that shows they're thinking about the possible consequences of their actions. Now if only they could go into actual fights with that kind of mind-set...given that we've already clearly established that Sadam can't be easily killed even by a group, it's inexplicable why characters take shots at him alone this time around,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 18 2014/09/30,
At this point it's hard to come to any reasonable conclusion about the characters in "The Night Watchman's Journal" save that they're all really, really dumb. So there are two Do-ha's, and the ghost detector is broken. Not only do the other leads fail to identify the fake Do-ha (apparently simply asking her personal questions was considered unreasonable) they don't bother to keep either Do-ha under guard. The results are predictable and stupid.
This wouldn't be so agitating except that the fake Do-ha doesn't act like the real Do-ha at all. She's very forward, sneaky, and winsome. These words that have never at any point defined the real Do-ha's personality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 17 2014/09/29,
Apparently Sadam has the power to create evil clones from ghost toupees. Just when I think his abilities can't get any more bizarrely weird "The Night Watchman's Journal" finds more ways to make his wizardry absurd even in the context of magic ghost hunting. For what it's worth, I didn't actually mind the trick he pulled earlier on. It's nice to finally get the question clearly answered of why the heroes don't just murder him outright, although again, considering how many enemies he has with access to assassins I'm surprised this is the first time it's happened.
Speaking of assassins, that's apparently the new plot hook, although of the many attempts made here only one actually succeeds,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 16 2014/09/23,
There's an actual story here, surprisingly enough. As usual it's pretty easy to point out the general inconsistencies. One would think that given the main characters have a ghost detecting machine, a guy whose entire job is a lifetime of experience of dealing with ghosts, and three actual ghosts with nothing better to do than stand guard at all hours, it would be pretty difficult to demonically possess one of the main characters. Still, one of these prevention devices does eventually work, even if it takes the whole episode.
The trajectory of the story here is actually a pretty passable one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 15 2014/09/22,
Sadam doesn't make much of an appearance here as "The Night Watchman's Journal" seems to be running an experiment to see how long this drama can move on without any kind of flashy actual villainous interference. It figures, really. Before it was all, let's kill people at random and start fires with magical ghost fires, but now that there's actually someone around paying attention to that stuff the action is mostly restricted to giant ghost congregations and passive combat.
The trouble is giant ghost congregations aren't really an action so much as they are just this thing that kind of exists, and it's hard to be all that impressed by something that pretty much just amounts to the casting director finding lots of extras, dressing them up in Joseon era clothing, and then have them all stand around looking at stuff,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 14 2014/09/16,
I liked the shocked expression and reactions Sadam goes into here, realizing that someone is actually fighting him on the whole sneaky ghost business. Given everything that's happened up until now it's understandable that the man is fairly perplexed. It's also understandable that his own counter-initiatives to take down the main characters prove less than inspiring,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 13 2014/09/15,
The early part of this episode doesn't even bother focusing on the heroes at all. It's just Sadam's wacky schemes and all the other villainous or semi-villainous characters are trailing behind in his wake, either impotently watching him do spooky evil stuff or impotently fuming about the fact that they can't stop him from doing spooky evil stuff. For quite some time it certainly seems that the writers have decided they don't actually have anything interesting for the heroes to do so, well, let's focus on the characters with actual motivation.
Then something amazing happens,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 12 2014/09/09,
The alleged main characters in this drama barely ever actually do anything. At first I thought it was just the usual poor writing, but this episode manages to almost become interesting when Sang-hyeon just decides, you know, maybe we should actually be proactive about the whole ghosts skulking in the night murdering innocent people thing. His efforts aren't terribly successful but at least the guy's trying. Story of his life really,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 11 2014/09/08,
At this point I'm genuinely not sure whether "The Night Watchman's Journal" is actually improving in terms of storytelling or whether I'm just relieved that the action isn't as bad and inexplicable as it used to be. They're still the nagging problem of a lack of build-up. On an episode to episode basis it seems like most of what we see could easily be skipped. One plot twist in particular should have come up some time ago,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 10 2014/09/03,
The drama seems to have finally decided that it's time for the lead characters to actually make an active effort to do stuff. Their goals aren't really very clearly defined, and Do-ha pretty much disappears, but hey, it's something. There's fights this episode! The good guys and bad guys are facing off against each other instead of messing around with this constant infighting, so at least we have an actual conflict to pay heed to now.
The storyline's also relatively easy to follow, as Sadam's techniques become more clearly defined. There's blowback to the lousy way he's been operating so far, and his efforts at a counterattack meet some form of resistance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 9 2014/09/02,
Well, apparently the whole thing with the fire ghosts was just an elaborate excuse to have the characters do a fight and rescue in the fire. This episode Sadam is right to using a whole new weapon- ghost assassinations. No, not like before, when he had a ghost kill someone. No, now he's having ghosts or spirits possess people, making them kill other people, making more ghosts, which go in a jar for some reason I'm not even going to bother trying to suss out.
I'd like to care about this, I really would. The problem is even our actual main characters don't seem to be particularly interested in what Sadam's doing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 8 2014/08/26,
This episode nearly, very very nearly, almost manages to be some decent historical ghost busting action. Part of it is just anticipation. Now that Lee-rin has the titular journal, presumably rules are going to get established about how the ghosts work and it will be up to the team to counter the Ghastly influence. That certainly seems to be the direction "The Night Watchman's Journal" appears to be going- a specific point is made of the fact that the ghost causing all the trouble this time has a specific etymological name. Alas, any such action will have to wait until next time, as the drama once again decides to just force everything to spin around in a circle as the heroes run around helter skelter with very little idea of what they're supposed to do when they finally reach the objective,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 7 2014/08/25,
This drama's really obsessed with having its characters run into each other by coincidence. My best guess as to why is because the writers are still really determined to not have all the characters cooperate just yet, although there really isn't any good reason for this. It's painfully obvious at this point that they're all facing the same enemy. Fortunately they do manage to figure this out by the end of the episode, so from this point forward we're probably not dealing with that specific plot thread.
Other important revelations include us finding out what Do-ha's bracelet is for and why it was so important she get it back,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 6 2014/08/19,
Do-ha is treated rudely by nearly every single person she meets. This isn't for any rational reason, like her ridiculous outfit. On multiple occasions this episode she saves other characters for practically no reason at all. Yes, Do-ha does have the sort of distant hope that maybe they'll help her out, but for the most part it's just, Do-ha acts nice and helpful, and the other person responds by telling her to bugger off. Sadam was more thoughtful and considerate to Do-ha than any of the people she's actually supposed to be working with.
"The Night Watchman's Journal" is really taking this whole bit about stalling the plot way too far,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 5 2014/08/18,
This episode opens up with Lee Rin again trying to avoid ghosts. I'll admit there is some humor to be had in the sheer extremity of his efforts. At the same time, it's extremely aggravating that the characters in "The Night Watchman's Journal" are making such a strong effort to avoid actually doing anything. It's hard to have a drama about ghosts when a substantial portion of the cast refuses to acknowledge that ghosts exist and interrupt the characters that can see them.
Trying to keep track of character knowledge writ large is also getting to be a pretty big headache,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 4 2014/08/12,
Well the tone is at least consistent now. The king's still crazy, but since super dark and evil stuff isn't happening the ghost related antics go down a lot better. In all honesty these jokes still aren't particularly funny. Mostly they just highlight the essential problem with the character of Lee Rin (played by Jeong Il-woo). He doesn't have much motivation beyond just not wanting to be harassed by ghosts. If Lee Rin wasn't such a jerk his situation would probably come off as sympathetic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 3 2014/08/11,
And now the drama transitions into action comedy. This would probably come off a lot better except that the beginning of this episode is still dealing with Hae-jong's insanity, and the transition is an awkward one. One minute we're going from an insane rampage and mass executions, then the next it's wacky ghost adventures. In the exact same episode "The Night Watchman's Journal" uses the fact that most people can't see ghosts both to demonstrate insanity and also to make jokes,...More
[KDrama.com Spotlight] "The Night Watchman's Journal" - First Impressions 2014/08/08, Source,
MBC has been excitedly teasing their newest Monday/Tuesday drama, "The Night Watchman's Journal" for months. From a superstar cast, to a refreshing genre in K-drama - sci-fi - this drama was on a lot of people's watch lists. So, after the first two episodes, what's the verdict? First of all, the CG effects are far better than I was expecting. Since it's a weekday drama, I doubted that MBC had the budget to keep the effects interesting but I was proven wrong! So far they have only had two scenes where heavily CG-ed events happen - both battles with ghostly creatures,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 2 2014/08/05,
Well, the last preview was pretty misleading. In the first place, we still don't get to see the grown-up versions of the kids. All the better since these kids are really cute, even if they spend most the episode enduring tragic childhood stuff. The simple fact of the matter is the children can't do anything yet- they're too small and powerless,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Night Watchman's Journal" Episode 1 2014/08/04,
The episode starts out on the positive end, giving a basic explanation of the mystical magical universe our characters inhabit. Then we move on to the most adorable party- a bunch of children wearing small little kid hanboks and playing around just having such a wonderful time. They're so cute! I know it's not going to last since next episode they'll turn into adults. I just really wish someone would make an actual drama about kids in the Joseon era playing games wearing those adorable little costumes,...More
Jeong Il-woo, "Acting is forever" 2014/04/17, Source,
With one year left to go before he joins the army, actor Jeong Il-woo is pretty cheerful. He appeared in the MBC drama "Golden Rainbow" for most of the early 2014 and in June, he's headed to Brazil with "Infinity Challenge" as part of a cheer squad. He's also lined up with fan meeting events and another piece of work at the end of the year. He sat down and spoke about being an actor with My Daily.
"Pressure about going to the army? I don't think it's a big deal if I work before I go and serve my duty well. I don't want to pressure myself before I go. Many asked me why I chose something as long as "Golden Rainbow" when it could be one of the last few [dramas] I act in before I go. But I think being an actor is a forever-job. That's why I don't worry. I am working with the mind that I can build bit by bit for a long time",...More
[Spoiler] "Golden Rainbow" Jeong Il-woo hugs UEE 2013/12/29, Source,
A comical scene was displayed on the 28th as Baek-won (UEE) went to get Do-yeong (Jeong Il-woo) who was lost, from the police station after hearing that he was looking for her and drove his car as he was pretending to have lost his memory.
They arrived at the place Do-yeong input into the navigation system which was a small mountain in the middle of the city and he hugged her from the back, saying, "How much closer can we get?",...More
2012 MAMA To Feature B.o.B. & Adam Lambert 2012/11/21, Source,
Both recognized internationally, pop singer Adam Lambert and hip hop singer-songwriter-producer B.o.B. will both be attending the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). According to the Director of MAMA Han Dong-cheol, the entire world will be able to enjoy performances by these two acts at the awards ceremony which will be taking place on November 30th at the Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Center (HKCEC),...More
"Untouchables" with the F4 2012/03/08, Source,
F4 or 4 handsome boys appeared at the VVIP stars and friends movie premiere for the French movie "Untouchables".
Only the top 1% of celebrities and stars attended the movie premier of "Untouchables" on the 7th at CGV in Cheongdam,...More
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop - Some Cable Freshness 2011/11/12,
This new romantic comedy series has started airing over at tvN, a Korean cable channel. Big whoop, you'd tell me. Another rom-com from Korea. What's new, right? Quite a lot, I will say to you. Because romantic comedy is a very good genre to play "spot the difference" between the government controlled public television (for the most part, because there have been wonderful exceptions) and the corporate owned cable television.
For those who do not know of this, here is the short explanation. Public television is controlled by people and laws that use dated and sometimes even fascist ideology and practices when it comes to content. This means that, in public television, gay characters are not tolerated, a divorced woman is tainted and has no right to live, work and love and people are virgins until after their wedding, even if they are 30+ years old. Ok, not on all series, but these are some of the extreme and quite common issues that will seem plain weird and creepy to anyone living in the modern world.
We've had some fine and scary examples of that form of attempted (and often achieved) censorship lately, when the Korean Communications Commission and the Korean Advertisers Association started making a fuss about things which they deem harmful for audiences and which any person living in a modern society would consider plain crazy.
"A Thousand Kisses" has been one of the latest targets of the KCC
And as I say in my articles on cable tv, these limitations do not seem to exist much there. Whether they exist in the real Korea or not, I do not know, but they are definitely not traits of a modern version of the world. And a romantic series is the best way to illustrate that. Because those are usually for teen audiences and receive a lot of "treatment" from these moral government committees.
I shall refer to Korea as Korea from now on and for the entire article. But there is another Korea here... The one that exists in public television and is sometimes the version these pseudo-prude fossils want people to accept as "how things should and must be",...More
Jeong Il-woo reveals pet dog Ahwoo 2011/06/02, Source, Jeong Il-woo who played 'the scheduler' on SBS drama "49 Days" revealed his pet dog which was a gift from the fans.
Ahwoo is a pet dog he received from the fans as a gift at his fan meeting last year. He expressed his gratitude by naming the dog 'Ahwoo', meaning he will make the pet dog his younger brother.,...More
Jeong Il-woo "The scheduler was an adventure for me" 2011/05/19, Source, Jeong Il-woo from the SBS drama "49 Days" which ended on the 19th gave his thoughts.
After having finished all of the scheduler's roles, he said, "I can't believe it's already over. I was a scheduler that managed a 49-day traveler but I think it was a 49-day adventure for me. They went by quickly but now that I've completed my journey I am so happy and thrilled".,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Jeong Il-woo cast as male lead in upcoming SBS drama 2011/01/05, Source,
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo has been cast as the male lead in an upcoming SBS drama, making it his return to the small screen after over a year.
N.O.A Entertainment announced in a press release today that Jeong will take on the role of Song E-soo, who takes the souls of people as the moment after they die, in the new series tentatively titled "49 Days",...More
Jeong Il-woo holds fan meeting in Japan over weekend 2010/11/08, Source,
Still shots of Jeong Il-woo at his fan meeting in Japan [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo met with thousands of fans for his second fan meeting in Japan over the weekend.
A press release from his agency N.O.A Entertainment announced Monday that Jeong flew into Japan on November 6 and held his fan meeting at the Yamano Hall to celebrate the launch of his official fan club in the country the next day,...More
Jeong Il-woo to hold fan meeting in Japan over the weekend 2010/11/04, Source,
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean heartthrob Jeong Il-woo will meet with his fans in Japan for the second time over the weekend.
A press release from his agency N.O.A Entertainment announced Thursday that the star will hold a fan meeting which will be attended by about 1,000 fans at the Yamano Hall on November 11 in celebration of the launch of his official fan club in Japan,...More
Jeong Il-woo to hold fan meeting next month 2010/08/25, Source,
Actor Jeong Il-woo [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean heartthrob Jeong Il-woo will hold a fan meeting on his birthday next month, the first time in two years that the actor will be meeting with his fans.
Jeong's agency N.O.A Entertainment said Wednesday that the event will take place at the Broadhall in Seoul on September 5, the weekend prior to Jeong's actual birthdate of September 9,...More
Jeong Il-woo warns fans of Twitter impersonator 2010/07/08, Source,
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo's picture posted on his fake Twitter page [Jeong's fake Twitter page]
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo is the latest celebrity victim to have his online identity stolen by a Twitter impersonator, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Thursday.
N.O.A said in a press release that they have discovered that Jeong had a Twitter account opened up by an impersonator, similar to incidents recently reported by actors Lee Min-ho and Kim So-eun,...More
Actor Jeong Il-woo will make his stage debut in a revival of the play "Beautiful Sunday" written by Japan,...More
[FOCUS] The 16 stars of 2009 - Part 1 2009/12/31, Source, Meeting a star, especially one who is at the peak of their career, is exciting and thrilling even for reporters. Hence we at 10Asia also share our opinions on the celebrity we interview amongst ourselves, re-living the emotions we felt while exchanging dialogue with a top actor or artist. But the most exciting moment is when the star we all know, emerges as someone with distinctions of their own during the interview. An interview becomes not work, but a memory of an encounterance with someone when that celebrity turns from a star in the media to a person we are engaged in a conversation with. For the first time in a year, 10Asia reveals those memories with the public.
Singer Shin Hye-sung [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The reason the interview with Shin Hye-sung could have seemed easy is solely because the conversation was not about him as a singer but concentrated on his then new album "Keep Leaves". "It's easy to make an album if you devote a lot of attention to the title track and the first few songs on an album, and then add on a few whatever songs to the end. But I just didn't want to do that. Because it's mine". Whether you call it his strong sense of identity as a musician or his stubbornness as an artist from the album generation, he had not released an album -- a double album to be precise -- 'just for the sake of it'. And the entire process moved in tune with his intention "to do the best job possible". An actor or musician becomes real when he or she focuses on the outcome and not their name value. That is why Shin Hye-sung is a real musician who is not consumed by the fact that he is a former idol group member.
Actor Jeong Il-woo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Three things you notice when you meet Jeong Il-woo in person: he is taller than you would expect him to be, he has a good voice and he has pretty facial features. He has matured much more than in 2007 when he was still shy after shooting to stardom through MBC sitcom "High Kick!".,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Yoon Eun-hye returns to TV! 2009/07/25, Source, Yoon Eun-hye has been away from us for 2 years, now she is returning through a new KBS drama, "My Fair Lady".
The first filming has started! The scene was about Yoon's character receiving orders from the social services to take care of children in orphanages. She is also in the scenes of shooting for leisure.
Yoon's character is brought up like a princess in a high class family and she is loved,...More
[ChanMi's take] Slimmer Jeong Il-woo! 2009/01/23, Source, He lost 8 kg!
Through "Iljimae Returns - Moon River" Jeong Il-woo shows his different masculinity.
The first and second episodes have been aired this 20th and 21st where we can see Jeong's hard work in losing 8 kg to fit the role.
He has been running 7km every day to make his fit body! Say goodbye to his cute and rounder childish look and hello to his slimmer and sharper image!
We can see him as a model and a heroir character!
On the first episode, he comes out in a black coat with skinny jeans! And in his costume as a fighter, with his 184cm height, he looks even more attractive with his new hot body!,...More
Young star Jeong Il-woo is back as the stylish and righteous warrior Iljimae, the Joseon Kingdom's Robin Hood. Originally a comic strip, it has been made into dramas most recently last year. But MBC is aimin,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] The secret of being number 1 casting star 2008/07/12, Source, Before being officially casted for a drama there are many compromises and processes to follow. Although there might be a star that the producing staff wants it doesn't mean they will get the star. The star may be "perfect" for the role, but we in fact the star who took on this lead role is actually the 3rd or 4th actor/actress approached.,...More
Stars' Campus Life? Students before entertainers 2008/04/03, Source, Stars are wonderful and handsome. They seem to be fantastic inside or outside the TV. However, away from the camera, they are just normal people. Especially entertainers who go to school are simply students.
For these stars, pictures of their school life are becoming big news. The reason is becau,...More
"My Love" is a montage film that weaves together four different love stories like the popular romantic comedy "Love Actually". If the British flick is like a mosaic,...More
[MOVIE REVIEW] 'My Love' nowhere near 'Love Actually' 2007/12/13, Source, "My Love" attempts to mimic the famous romantic comedy formula set by "Love Actually" (2003), and the effort itself deserves some attention because the Christmas holiday season is just around the corner, and young Korean couples are keen to watch sweet, feel-good films with the snow falling.
The winter holiday season is here, with decorative lights warming up the nippy evenings and carol tunes flowing out from record shops ― and of course, colorful movie posters adorning the faces of movie theaters. Here are several films to complete the year-end,...More
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