[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" 2016/02/13,
"Healing dramas" is a term tossed around a lot lately. The idea is that dramas are no longer just about fleeting pleasures and fairytale stories, but about showing real human pain and soothing the viewers' soul through the characters working out their issues. Unfortunately, the term is just a way of sugar-coating the bad habit of every drama, even those in light genres turning into a tear-fest. "Bubble Gum" has a lot of quality to it, but it ends a different drama to what it starts out as,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 16 Final 2015/12/15,
Well, third time's a charm. This epilogue ends up really actually being an epilogue, because this is most definitely the final episode of "Bubble Gum". The minor leftover plot points are, if not dealt with satisfactorily, at least dealt with in such a way that there's a sense of closure. Beyond that it's just more of the filler I've come to expect from "Bubble Gum", although except for the driving scene very little of it involves Ri-hwan and Haeng-ah being cute,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 15 2015/12/14,
At this point "Bubble Gum" seems satisfied with just existing. If all you wanted to get out of this drama was cute romantic scenes between Lee Dong-wook and Jeong Ryeo-won, well, there's plenty of those lying around. What's completely absent is any sense of dramatic urgency. Even a visit to the wedding boutique ends up becoming a bit of a red herring, since nobody's actually getting married this episode and whole scene is mainly just an exercise in provoking memories,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 14 2015/12/08,
I finished this episode of "Bubble Gum" at a bit of a loss. Where is this drama even going anymore? I had to blink a few times wondering, was that the end? Are we done now? Because it really doesn't seem like there's anything left to do anymore. Ri-hwan and Haeng-ah are together. Seon-yeong's dementia appears to have kind of made her accept this I think? Also I'm still not totally sure who that fourth person is that they went to the beach with and there's only two episodes left,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 13 2015/12/07,
This episode is bookended by confrontations between Haeng-ah and Ri-hwan. The dramatic thrust, as usual, is that they take a long hard time to think about whether or not they want to go any further in this relationship. And of course, as Haeng-ah points out in the very beginning, Ri-hwan's actions certainly make it look like he worries about her as if she was a girlfriend, while verbally Ri-hwan insists that no such relationship can exist between them. For, you know, reasons,...More
Jeong Ryeo-won's goddess-like graduation pictures 2015/12/06, Source, Jeong Ryeo-won is currently starring in the new tvN drama "Bubble Gum" as Kim Heng-ah, a radio producer whose parents passed away early but lives life to the fullest.
Jeong Ryeo-won is completely consumed as Kim Heng-ah, even with the props. Pictures of Kim Heng-ah's graduation were taken recently. Jeong put on a robe with a bouquet of flowers in one hand and her graduation certificate in the other. She seems happy as she throws her graduation cap in the air,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 12 2015/12/01,
It's back to the characters in adult form for this episode of "Bubble Gum", and with that comes my general sense of ambivalence about the drama. Fortunately, we do get one very important fact established- what exactly is Seon-yeong's problem in regard to Ri-hwan getting together with Haeng-ah? Her reasons actually kind of make sense, and yet at the same time they're so horribly cynical that it's easy to see how this is a woman who once attempted to commit suicide,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 11 2015/11/30,
In a fairly radical turnabout, this episode ignores the present day adventures of Ri-hwan and Haeng-ah altogether, instead having the story take place entirely in flashback. I wasn't sure what to make of this creative decision at first, but upon further reflection "Bubble Gum" really did need the reprieve. The melodrama had become just about completely unbearable. At least in flashback mode there are decently long stretches of time between individual sad events,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 10 2015/11/24,
With this episode "Bubble Gum" firmly moves into ultra-sad melodramatic tragedy territory. To the credit of the production team it is a pretty slow burn. The opening scenes barely have any trace of melancholy, which is impressive given the generally dour nature of last episode's cliffhanger. The characters in general are taking Seon-yeong's erratic behavior in rather good sport. Although really, it's the new normal so why bother fighting it?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 9 2015/11/23,
The ambience in "Bubble Gum" is pretty consistently excellent. Director Kim Byeong-soo is consistently able to maintain a powerful dreamlike quality to the drama that persists so well, we're actually able to stay in focus pretty easily with Seon-yeong through the latter part of the episode as she slips forward and backward in time. Life as portrayed in "Bubble Gum" is less a series of concrete events and more a sort of continuum where life changes ever so slowly without anyone really realizing it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 8 2015/11/17,
I wasn't terribly thrilled with the somewhat contrived difficulties behind the Ri-hwan / Haeng-ah relationship last episode, in part because I wasn't feeling the chemistry. I've changed my mind on both points this time around. The first reason for this is Seon-yeong. As Ri-hwan's mother, Bae Jong-ok very effectively communicates the visage of a parent who makes a deliberate effort not to communicate. Seon-yeong acts like she has good reasons. But Ri-hwan is an adult, and she's still treating him like a child who needs to be protected,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 7 2015/11/16,
Now that "She Was Pretty" has ended its run, "Bubble Gum" appears to be trying to take the mantle of cute romantic drama with as little story progression as possible. It takes quite some time for us to finally get to some sort of conflict regarding the Haeng-ah / Ri-hwan relationship, and when we do that plot point ends up being implied incest. Which does make sense, considering how long Haeng-ah and Ri-hwan have been living like brother and sister,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 6 2015/11/10,
Haeng-ah and Ri-hwan have a very odd dynamic as lovers. They never really feel like lovers at all- they feel like friends who are making a self-conscious effort to act like lovers. Which is not a bad thing. Friends will put up with behavior that would be intolerable in a lover. And Ri-hwan, rather than sulk grumpily, is genuinely pretty good at having a fun time. But all of this can't erase the fact that the only real difference between Haeng-ah and Ri-hwan as lovers compared to Haeng-ah and Ri-hwan as friends is that whole ominous look down the alley,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 5 2015/11/09,
Late in this episode, a conversation is had regarding whether a kiss with a longtime platonic friend necessarily means that two are or can potentially be a romantic item. One particularly amusing part of the response is simply, if there's no romantic attachment, why did the kiss happen in the first place? This is the main essential question with which we should look at last episode's cliffhanger and this episode's aftermath. Why did Ri-hwan kiss Haeng-ah?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 4 2015/11/03,
Writer Lee Mi-na-I is so determined to not allow for any possible solutions to the character problems in "Bubble Gum" that even a straight-up fistfight accomplishes little more than maintenance of the status quo. From there it's on to grumpy people using slurred words to discuss their problems with same-sex friends. And this too has mostly the same effect. All anyone is able to say for sure is that they don't like anything about the current situation, with no real idea of how to change that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 3 2015/11/02,
Haeng-ah is an unusual character in that the actions which best illustrate her personality are not the ones where she interacts with other people, but rather where she's by herself. Haeng-ah is a fairly good case of arrested development. For a long time she's been floating in this weird space where she doesn't actually have to answer to any kind of familial authority. Ri-hwan, after all, is not her real brother, so consequently, he can't really discipline her,...More
Jeong Ryeo-won, "I'm sorry to Park Hyo-shin, it's not true" 2015/11/02, Source,
Actress Jeong Ryeo-won, who is currently in a scandal with singer Park Hyo-shin, expressed her thoughts.
She posted on her Instagram, "I was surprised to see this news. I didn't even know I was getting married. I am a fan of Park Hyo-shin. I go to his shows to hear him sing. However, I have never met him before and I don't even know his phone number",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 2 2015/10/27,
Ri-hwan (played by Lee Dong-wook) works in oriental medicine and is Haeng-ah's childhood friend- a position that has persisted in the present day. One part of their relationship that's really caught me off-guard is that Jeong Ryeo-won and Lee Dong-wook don't really have much romantic chemistry. What they have is friend chemistry. This is very significant, because they do have romantic chemistry with the second leads in this drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bubble Gum" Episode 1 2015/10/26,
Haeng-ah (played by Jeong Ryeo-won) works in radio. Her life is kind of...generic. That's not necessarily an insult, it's just been awhile since I saw the first episode of a drama without some kind of obvious hook. As of yet "Bubble Gum" lacks much in the way of clear overriding conflict or even philosopihcal ideas. The most distinctive part of Haeng-ah is quite literally her overalls. Although really, a person can wear whatever ridiculous clothes they want when their job doesn't involve being seen. Believe me, I would know,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Bubble Gum" 2015/10/24,
"Healing drama" is a term which has been used often, but has sadly not produced great results. While there are many efforts to balance romance and lightness with emotional burdens and troubles, few have been successful. Even so, "Bubble Gum" aims to be a fairytale for adults and a healing drama about people finding comfort in one another. Term association aside, things are looking good for the series,...More
"Bubble Gum" Lee Dong-wook, so caring 2015/10/19, Source, Lee Dong-wook became a Chinese medicine doctor who doesn't only treat illnesses but the patients' minds too.
He plays Park Ri-han, a handsome, skilled, and considerate Chinese medicine doctor. The original romantic comedy king is being highly anticipated for his role in the new tvN drama "Bubble Gum",...More
Jeong Ryeo-won's twist 2015/09/23, Source,
Behind-the-scene cuts of Jeong Ryeo-won were released on her Instagram.
Jeong looks as young as ever and she can be seen brushing her hair back. She looks young and innocent despite her age,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Castaway on the Moon": Fantastical! 2014/09/06, In the spotlight this week: Lee Hae-joon's "Castaway on the Moon"...
Lee's sophomore film gets straight to point and jumps off. Kim Seung-geun (Jeong Jae-yeong) owes $210,308 to "Happy Cash Private Loans", and he's about to commit suicide by jumping into the Han. He hangs up the phone and plunges into the murky river without further ado; a leap of faith that was not, however, enough to break his pitiful contract with life. He soon wakes up washed up on a small, uninhabited, island smack in the middle of Seoul's Han. Soaked and shell-shocked, Kim tries to get off the island to head towards Korea's famous, and gold-cast, '63' building on Yeouido: Seoul's steepest structure that would surely do a better job than that backstabbing bridge,...More
[HanCinema's Image Gallery] "Castaway on the Moon" 2014/09/06, A selection of stills from Lee Hae-joon's "Castaway on the Moon"…
This stunningly surreal drama stars Jeong Jae-yeong as a suicidal modern man trapped on an island in the middle of the Han River. Like Robinson Crusoe he's forced to survive, but unlike Defoe's character this curious castaway finds new purpose in the eye of the Seoul storm and aims to avade outsiders at all costs. A voyeuristic hermit (think Hikikomori), played by Jeong Ryeo-won, then takes notice of this new mad islander across the way, and eventually the two make contact and exchanged messages in a bottle and from the beachfront. It's cinematically crisp, funny and fantastical…Enjoy! [SPOILERS],...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King of Dramas" 2014/08/30,
Dramas are not averse to having self-referential meta material in them. We hear "like in dramas" said by drama characters often and some works might even parody others in direct or indirect ways. Like 2008 series "On Air", 'The King of Dramas' explores the world of the drama industry. Sadly for the latter, a lot of the issues it criticizes rear their ugly head both within its plot and through the drama itself by the end,...More
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Jeong Ryeo-won 2014/05/24,
Actors exist in all types of form and relation to their art. There are stars who do not necessarily possess skills and/or talent, there are those who go for more arthouse projects, those who put more effort into their acting, those who go for promoting their persona and more. Jeong Ryeo-won's career is all about growth.
Having gone from a singer in the now disbanded group 'Chakra' to a full time actress, which she has been for the last 12 years, Jeong has been through the process a lot of idols-to-actors do. Some actors show potential and achieve great performances from their debut. Some need to develop the skills to match their talent in time. Jeong seems to belong more in the latter category,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 20 (Final) 2013/12/25,
At long last, "Medical Top Team" has waded through its twenty episodes and reached a conclusion. It did not need twenty episodes to reach the all-too-happy ending, which was illogical albeit heartwarming.
The strongest part of the show was its medical aspect. The medicine was always clear with explanations given either in subtitles or verbally by the doctors,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top team" Episode 18 2013/12/15,
When desperation for ratings sinks in, a show will stop at nothing to gain viewer interest. In the case of "Medical Top Team", the production team decided to be as extreme as possible and make two major characters become ill. Other major characters are suffering from personality transplants. Joo-young and the assistant director are very different from how they were when the show began and it's not a good thing. Joo-young has made a pretty drastic shift from the woman she was when the show began,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Capital Scandal" 2013/12/14,
When Jeong Ryeo-won's character in 'The King of Dramas' wrote the drama all the characters were out to produce, it was pegged as a period noir romance set during the Japanese occupation and called 'Gyeongseong Morning'. For drama fans who found that drama within a drama interesting, it could be perhaps inspired by 2007 drama 'Gyeongseong Scandal' or 'Capital Scandal'. While not really noir in nature, the series does have a very unique style of presentation slightly similar to it and is an interesting mix of a period drama and romantic comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 17 2013/12/12,
This episode had more heart than the entire series put together thus far. Yes, dramatics were involved, but the stiffest of characters came alive under duress and I'm wondering why these dramatics hadn't happened earlier. Seung-jae's mother is very ill and that affects the entire cast of characters no matter their relations with one another. It draws the "Medical Top Team" back together, breaks Seung-jae's hard exterior and makes a human being out of the assistant director,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Strong Drama Women - The Examples 2013/12/07,
In the two previous pieces of the 'Strong Drama Women' trio, 'The Norm' and 'The Definition', I talked about how problematic and limiting the portrayals of women often are in Korean drama, with the rom-com drama being my main focus. When it is the genre most watched by and intended for women, it is surprising to see how little it sometimes thinks of them. But in my second piece, I talked about the existence of hope. And hope is here,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 16 2013/12/07,
This episode both improved in some ways and deteriorated in some ways. Put those two together, and we have a stagnating show. It really began to go downhill when Ba-wi left the show. Now it's left with insecure doctors, weak romance, too little humor and too much politics. It's saving grace is now the chemistry between the minor characters such as neurologist Jeong Hoon-min and radiologist Bae Sang-gyu. Their odd couple bromance is refreshing and heartfelt. Dr. Jo (Park Won-sang) can be grouped together with them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 15 2013/12/06,
"Medical Top Team" continues to stagnate despite the ever present political tensions and interpersonal issues. It's disappointing because there is potential in the cast, crew and script, but that potential is left unfulfilled.
The biggest gap is between the brilliance of the actors and the chemistry that they have. The cast is strong in talent, immaculate with line delivery and can express worlds with their eyes. However, the chemistry between most of the actors, like Jeong Ryeo-won and Joo Ji-hoon, is lukewarm at best. It's not just romantic chemistry, it's platonic chemistry as well. Although the actors are on screen together, there is no spark of intensity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 14 2013/11/27,
"Medical Top Team" is getting very preachy and it's spokesperson is Tae-shin. It's taking good and bad, ideal and real, and makes a very clear division between the two. It excludes all grey area, which just makes the drama seem unrealistic and difficult to relate to.
Despite the fact that all the elements in "Medical Top Team" are strong, relatable, and relevant, it is now a stodgy drama. It spends most of it's time having the main characters huff, and puff, and posture rather than sit down and have meaningful conversations like the adults that they are,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 13 2013/11/25,
There was only so long that "Medical Top Team" could hold out before the idealistic few separated from those who are more practically minded. This causes some much needed character building within and outside of the hospital. Unfortunately, the politics still bog down the show because they are just plain boring. They are boring because the villains that mess with the political machine are boring. They are also boring because the real villain is the political machine itself. It's intangible and impossible to pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 12 2013/11/19,
"Medical Top Team" is beginning to lose its vigor. The characters are starting to become cogs in the political machine and character development is stagnating. The most interesting part of the show is now the minor stories that inject some humanity into the show. The rest is a slew of political games that are not interesting in the least because they are, in essence, a long string of tug-o-war games with no end in sight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 11 2013/11/18,
Another wrench is thrown into the works of the "Medical Top Team". At least it seems like a wrench with all of the sneering and posturing amongst the uppity-ups. The optimist in me still thinks that this wrench maybe be a valuable tool for Seung-jae to use to get his Top Team into a safe zone, but that may just be optimism talking,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 8 2013/11/05,
The fight between Seung-jae and the assistant director is in full swing. Each is hoping to curry favor with the emotionally unforgiving chairman. They are an interesting pair, Seung-jae and the assistant director, because she is what he may become in thirty years: jaded and unhappy. She seeks money and power to try and win the affection and respect that she never got from her negligent father-in-law or cheating husband. The assistant director's decision to focus on treating wealthy clients is one that Seung-jae, Joo-young and all of the other doctors have to consider,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 7 2013/11/04,
This episode was a tad bipolar in that part of it was a fuzzy, warm-feeling ending for Ba-wi and part of it was a tense political battle that had no respite. That bipolarity, however, reflects the general theme running through the show: idealism versus realism. Tae-shin represents idealism. He believes in making decision"Medical Top Team" solely based on what is best for the patient. The Seung-jae's father, the chairman of the hospital, is the representative of realism. The hospital is run using enormous amounts of donor money and those donors must be appeased. Sometimes that appeasement comes at the cost of patient care,...More
[Spoiler] "Medical Top Team" Jeong Ryeo-won 2013/10/31, Source, Jeong Ryeo-won is the resolver between kwon Sang-woo and Joo Ji-hoon. She's been standing in the middle of the two who are always in conflict with something and resolving things for them.
Yoo Na-yeon (Ko Won-hee) came to the hospital with a metal part stuck in her as she fell from a construction site. The top team was busy. At the same time, a man who had been in an accident came in and the team had to operate on the both of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 6 2013/10/29,
This episode was exactly what I asked of "Medical Top Team" in my last review: introspection, heavy character development plus the dramatic tension from the medical dilemmas. Tae-shin has to contend with himself, his worry for Ba-wi, his deep panic because of past conditioning and the limitations of being human. Seung-jae is still battling his illegitimate son issues and fighting his aunt, the assistant director, for power and favor from his father. And both he and Joo-young are struggling to balance their desires to help patients with the need to play the political game,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 5 2013/10/29,
While I really appreciated the intense drama of the first four episodes with dangerous operations and sick patients and hospital politics, it is all starting to be too much. Dramatics are good and well, but only if they are interspersed with other elements like episode three did so nicely. There are a few moments of quiet introspection, but they weren't powerful enough to balance out the intensity of the medical scenes. What I initially liked about "Medical Top Team" was its ability to blend the medical with character development. There was much less character development in this episode, which meant there was a lot less substance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 4 2013/10/23,
"Medical Top Team" has a filmlike finesse to the quality of its shots, dramatic timing and music selection that make it a pleasure to watch. It focuses on the small beats that give insight into the characters hearts. It isn't overly indulgent in emotional dialogue and instead relies on camera storytelling and clever verbal interactions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 3 2013/10/22,
This is a medical drama done right. It doesn't just throw out high-falutin' medical terms and insert tense situations just to force viewer interest. No, it manages to develop characters who feel real, infuse political tensions, and create life-and-death stakes in a world that is engaging and believable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 2 2013/10/14,
"Medical Top Team" is still setting up. The actual "Medical Top Team" is in the formation process and the candidates are a point of contention in the story. While the initial set-up in earlier episodes of K-drama is usually tedious, "Medical Top Team" tempers that tedium with juicy character development. It explores the fundamental ways in which doctors approach medicine. Some do it to preserve their pride; some to make money; others to help patients. It's exploring being a human in a medical setting rather than being a "medical" drama,...More
Ji Seong VS Kwon Sang-woo VS Lee Min-ho 2013/09/25, Source,
A new battle has begun between the three broadcasting companies now that Chuseok is over. Fierce new dramas take over Wednesday and Thursday nights with different genres.
The first drama to be mentioned is the KBs 2TV drama "Secrets".
"Secrets" was pre-sold to Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Asian countries even before it was shown in Korea and it tells the story of a man who falls in love with the woman who kills his lover,...More
[Guest Review] "Castaway on The Moon" 2013/03/15, Source,
"Castaway on the Moon" is a brilliant new take on the 'castaway' theme. Imagine your life is in the dumps. I don't mean that you broke a nail or your dog ran away; I mean you lost all of your money, you're in foreclosure, and everything else in your life is simply going all down the tube. Some people step up and deal with it vis-à-vis, others jump off bridges to put a quick end to the suffering,...More
Eom Tae-woong's wedding pictures with bride Yoon Hye-jin 2013/01/10, Source,
Actor Eom Tae-woong and bride Yoon Hye-jin revealed their wedding photos from their wedding that was held on the 9th at the Seoul Conrad Hotel.
In the pictures, the two are looking at each other with huge smiles. Despite the fact that the bride is 3 months pregnant, she still has a slim body with shining beauty,...More
Kim Myeong-min: "Intense filming made me lose weight" 2013/01/03, Source,
Korean actor Kim Myeong-min lost 4 kilos during the course of filming of his latest TV project, "The King of Dramas".
In a exclusive interview with Kim Myung Min International, the 40-year-old actor revealed, "When I stepped on the scale a few days before Christmas Day, I found out that I was only 63 kilos". The actor said, he was 67 kilos when the cameras started rolling in mid-September last year,...More
G-Dragon Voted Best-Dressed Celebrity of the Year 2012/12/25, Source,
Pop star G-Dragon was the best-dressed celebrity of 2012. The Chosun Ilbo asked 25 fashion designers and stylists who they felt were the leading trendsetters of the year. The top 15 advanced to the second round of voting, where the top 10 were decided. G-Dragon of K-pop group Big Bang came first with 10 votes. He established himself as a fashionista early in his career with a wide range of styles from street fashion to luxury and is said to be capable of making any piece of clothing his own,...More
[Video] Teaser for "The King of Dramas" released 2012/10/10, Source,
SBS has released the teaser trailer of its upcoming drama, "The King of Dramas". The 22-second video was shown right after the closing credits of TV series "Faith" on 8 October.
The teaser features Kim Myeong-min who has completely transformed to the drama's money-obsessed character, Anthony Kim. He is shown giving a lecture onstage, making big gestures as he stresses the importance of money in the field of drama production,...More
First shoot of "The King of Dramas" postponed 2012/09/10, Source,
As the main cast of the upcoming SBS drama "The King of Dramas" has been finalized, the drama's production team has scheduled the first shoot on 10 September. However, filming will not take place as scheduled, but is postponed to a later date this month. This was confirmed by by MM Entertainment, management agency of actor Kim Myeong-min, who topbills the drama,...More
Choi Si-won joins "The King of Dramas" 2012/09/08, Source,
Super Junior member, Si-won is set to join Kim Myeong-min in "The King of Dramas".
Kim Myeong-min's management, MM Entertainment has confirmed that Siwon is one of the 3 lead actors of the upcoming TV series. Siwon will be playing the role of Kang Min, a top hallyu actor described as egoistic, rude and hot-tempered. In addition, he has poor educational background and cannot even write his own Chinese name!,...More
Goddess's swearing? It's alright in the movies 2012/03/14, Source,
Actress Han Ga-in surprises you in the movie "Introducing Architecture". She gets drunk and swears, "This is bullX, this X" and cries. Of course this situation is closer to a self-lamentation that brings out sympathy for her and there is a difference from just swearing and acting.
However, looking at it closely, movies are a special space for actresses. Even those who are called 'goddesses' are allowed to swear in movies with the excuse of 'trying out something new'. Actress Jeong Ryeo-won characterized into the granddaughter of a great company chairman with red hair and heavy make up, swearing all the time in the SBS drama "Salaryman" but they were all censored,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.27 ~ 2012.01.29 2012/01/30, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.27 ~ 2012.01.29)
After just week at the top Lee Seok-hoon's "Dancing Queen" has given way to Chung Ji-young's interesting new film "Unbowed". This week's number one has created some controversy in the news as it is based on a true story of math professor who was accused of shooting a judge with a crossbow in 2007. It's a fifty-fifty split this week with both local Korean films and international releases find a place in the top ten. However the top three are local hits that have grabbed the lion's share of public interest,...More
'Salaryman', comic tribute to breadwinners 2011/12/26, Source,
From left, Lee Beom-soo, Jeong Ryeo-won, Hong Soo-hyeon and Jeong Kyeo-woon pose at the press conference for "Salaryman" in Mok-dong, Seoul on Thursday. / Korea Times
By Noh Hyun-gi
Korean corporate life is unique yet similar to the Japanese office culture and something Westerners may find tricky to decipher. Promising to provide a glimpse into that singular world, a new drama, "Salaryman", combines comedy and action in a plot featuring corporate spies. Actor Lee Beom-soo plays the main character Yu Bang, who after years of unemployment, volunteers to be a lab mouse for Cheonha, a pharmaceutical conglomerate led by Jin Si-hwang played by veteran actor Lee Deok-wha,...More
VCR1 K-Celebrities 2011/12/09, Source,
Now We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
Can it be true[Interview : Eom Tae-woong, Actor] "I uploaded that wedding photo. We took it on the set of our movie, and we looked really great together, as the movie intended".
It turned out that the photo was taken as part of filming for the upcoming movie "Never Ending Story". In the movie, Eom Tae-woong and Jeong Ryeo-won will play a dying couple,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "In Love and the War": Cross-border Love and an Elephant. 2011/11/19,
I remember looking at the film poster for "Hello Ghost" and seeing the stamp on it that read: "2010 Happy Comedy". A comedy is was, but it was also a deeply saddening tale that tickled the tear ducts. Happy tears, for sure, but it was not the emotion I was expecting to feel. Having had that experience, I now view Korean film posters with a pinch of salt in terms of how accurately they capture a film's emotive essence. "In Love and War" looks to be all cheers and chuckles but the filmmakers are definitely aiming for a specific emotional reaction from their audience outside of the it's silliness and comedic posturing,...More
Eom Tae-woong: 'I Play Strong Character After Long Interval' 2011/11/18, Source, Eom Tae-woong made a comeback as a strong man with his appearance in the movie "SIU" by playing a detective named Kim Seong Beom, who investigates the internal corruption at s police station, after abandoning his images of s warm and considerate man. He said, "I have come to play a strong character after a long interval. I have played delicate and warm characters up to now in dramas, and it was my first time to play this strong character in s movie".,...More
Ma Dong-seok "I have a girlfriend of 3 years" 2011/09/27, Source,
Actor Ma Dong-seok revealed that he has a girlfriend of 3 years.
In an interview with 'E Daily Star in' he said, "We've been seeing each other for 3 years". It looked like he couldn't lie to the reporter whom he thought asked the question knowing the answer. He just laughed it over.,...More
The best combination of a couple? 2011/04/17, Source,
This year started off with human drama ("Late Blossom") or comedy dramas ("Suicidal Forecast"). It's not easy to see a heart trembling mellow flick. Which couple from the mellow flicks that are due this later half of this year, are audiences looking forward to see the most?
■ "Always" Se Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo,...More
Sappy drama muddles Korean War comedy 2011/04/14, Source,
Actor Kim Joo-hyeok, right, plays the role of a North Korean military officer that becomes fond of a remote South Korean village his troops captured. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won
Not too long ago one would have been charged with treason for portraying a North Korean in a sympathetic light onscreen, let alone having characters "sleep with the enemy",...More
44 Korean Films at the 2009 Marrakech International Film Festival 2009/11/19, Source, In a celebration of Korean film, a record 44 will screen at this year's 2009 International Film Festival of Marrakech. In addition, representatives from Korean government organizations, the Korean film industry: producers, directors, actors and film festival delegates will be in attendance. The fes,...More
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
In the past, original soundtrack albums were just a little extra something that came with a television drama. Now, however, more viewers and drama makers are starting to realize their importance and potential.
One of the most popular drama soundtracks lately ha,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Castaway on the Moon" stars Jeong Ryeo-won! 2009/05/12, Source, Actress Jeong Ryeo-won is in the film, "Castaway on the Moon" where she is taking a major transformation!
The movie is to be released on the 14th which Jeong acts as Miss Kim whose whole world is the small dark room. She looks very lonely and wears no makeup with dark circles under her eyes.
She has lost even more weight for this role and when she read over the scenario just once, she was casted right away!
Jeong takes off the city fashionista look and takes on the complete opposite role!
She has practiced living in a small tent alone to act how more real living in a small space with disheveled hair and unkept looks.
Let's see how this actress has changed inb this film!,...More
[ChanMi's take] Jeong Ryeo-won vs. top model 2009/04/13, Source, Jeong Ryeo-won is as slim as the runway models. And of course being a fashionista Jeong would only wear designer brands from foreign countries at big events.
Jeong wore the Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti's 2009 Spring/Summer Milano collection dress at the film press conference. She seems taller and more dressed up with bold accessories. She wore her hair up as she loves to and makes her neck seems slender. She has lost even more weight for the new film so her bodyline is skinnier than ever!
The model, on the other hand took a more unique step. The layered hair is given volume and to match the skirt color, she wore a leather strap heel.,...More
South Korean cinema offers only a handful of releases this month, but a big lineup of homegrown films awaits moviegoers in April.
Some 10 domestic titles are slated for release next month, of which a majority are mainstream franchises that will play in theaters,...More
[ChanMi's take] Jeong Ryeo-won, too skinny? 2009/03/20, Source, The actress' no makeup pictures have motivated many women to keep their no makeup skin as clear and clean as possible until now.
However, her losing too much weight also brings concern that she is too skinny!
Sometimes, she looks deathly pale and sick!
Compare her to her pictures from last year! Let's hope that Jeong Ryeo-won is healthy and happy!,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Jeong Ryeo-won lowers salary for new drama 2008/11/15, Source, Jeong Ryeo-won is challenged to a new drama. The drama is titled, "Princess Ja Myung Go" where she will be the Jamyeong Princess. However, she said that she will take the lower salary for her role in the drama. She said that the bad economy has made the entertainment industry suffer which brought her to this decision to help out.
Her pay from role in the 2007 drama "Cain and Abel" was the same as for this one, which is low for a star demanded by drama casters everywhere. Her pay in a drama was risen dramatically since the 2006 drama "What Planet Are You From?",...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
Movie Releases This Week 2007/09/21, Source, Time now to check movies in cinemas.
There are two Korean movies getting attention this week: a drama and a romantic comedy.
There is also a Hollywood action thriller based on a novel.
Lee Jeewon has details.
The first love and its tragic consequence.
This theme has been dealt with for ages in,...More
Korean films line up for Chuseok holiday 2007/07/20, Source, The summer season has been dominated by Hollywood blockbusters, but a wide collection of Korean films are lining up for a release during the Chuseok holiday in September.
The holiday, which will effectively last from September 22 to 26, is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year at th,...More
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
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jeong ryeo won is very beautiful!!!! she's so gorgeous! i really like her cute face and the way she acts in my name is kim sam soon!.. although she's so slim... she's still so cute!!! lots of boys here in philippines admire her so much!!..i wish i was like her..hehe
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