[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/08, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Set Me Free": A seventeen-year-old boy who grew up in a youth centre dreams of living a model life, but is angered when his father comes by to dump his sibling with him. (11/13)
★★★★ "Cart": A story of the things that happen to a non-contract employee at a supermarket after he is wrongfully dismissed and decides to stand up for it. (11/13)
★★★★ "A Dream of Iron": A visceral documentary that looks back on Korea's history of modernisation and the economic changes that occurred under President Park Jung-hee. (11/13)
★★★★ "The Youth": An omnibus film featuring five shorts about youthfulness, violence, and insensitivity by a variety of young directors. (11/13),...More
Veteran Talent Scout Goes Extra Mile to Find Budding Stars 2013/03/04, Source,
Top stars like IU, Kara's Goo Ha-ra and miss A's Suzy lead the K-pop scene at different entertainment agencies, but all have one thing in common: being spotted by Lee Ji-young at JYP Entertainment. Over her 10-year career, the casting manager has earned a reputation for her on-target instinct in identifying new stars. "This is my 10th year looking for new talent in showbiz. I have probably seen more than 200,000 people in auditions", said Lee, who started her career at SM Entertainment in 2004 before moving to JYP a year later.
Others discovered by Lee include 2PM, 2AM, 4minute's Kim Hyun-a and JiHyun, and Sistar's Hyorin and Dasom,...More
Reconsider, K-pop skeptics! 2012/05/31, Source, Fivesome 4minute leading 'Korean Invasion' By Kwaak Je-yup Critics may have downplayed the phenomenal spread of Korean pop music overseas, but this uncanny story of five-member girl group 4minute makes a strong counterargument. At the beginning of the year, a clip of Italian pop singer Alex Palmieri's performance caused quite a stir around the web. Why? Because the track in the video, "Disco Music" from his album "Move", was a beat-by-beat copy of the Korean group's 2009 single",...More
Girl power fuels 4minute 2012/05/30, Source, 5-member act makes bold sounds, sexiness their own
By Kwaak Je-yup Even from the first note of their debut single, it is easy to tell: 4minute is not just another girl group. The sounds and words are wild and free - uninhibited - a rarity in an industry that prefers to keep all material fine-tuned for maximum listener friendliness.
Since their debut in June 2009, the five member group has conspicuously gone against the grain, keeping their distance from the sweet, girlish or cutesy formula that works so well for the competition,...More
Who are 4minute? 2012/05/30, Source,
Members of Korean girl group 4minute pose in a promotional photo. The "little girl" concept is seemingly out of character for the three-year-old act most associated with thumping beats, athletic choreography and provocative costumes. / Courtesy of Cube Entertainment
By Rachel Lee With their bouncy, boisterous character, 4minute are known to us for hits such as "Hot Issue", and "Heart To Heart". The five-member K-pop girl group were formed by Cube Entertainment in 2009,...More
PGA champion Yang to lead youth templestay program 2012/04/21, Source,
Ven. JiHyun, left, and Yang Yong-eun pose for a promotional photo at Jogye Temple in central Seoul in October 2011. / Courtesy of Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism
By Kwaak Je-yup
PGA Tour golfer Yang Yong-eun, the first Asian to win a major championship, will mix Buddhist teachings and golf techniques this weekend to promote the Templestay program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
The two-day session, starting Saturday will take place at Silleuk Temple in Yeoju, Gyeonggi Province, and will invite 20 young golfers to join Yang. The amateur athletes will also receive golf lessons from Yang,...More
Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News' 2011/03/15, Source,
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
K-Pop Idols Participate in Fashion Show in Japan 2011/02/25, Source,
Idol group members were invited to the biggest wedding fashion show in Japan and presented live performances.
Korean idol group members and a Japanese star designer created a splendid performance. Members of Supernova, Beast, and 4 Minute participated in the biggest fashion show stage entitled "YUMI KATSURA PARIS 2011 GRAND COLLECTION IN TOKYO" held twice at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on February 23 and appeared both as models wearing costumes designed by the world renowned wedding fashion designer, Yumi Katsura, and as singers,...More
4minute member JiHyun to make acting debut 2010/11/18, Source, JiHyun from girl band 4minute [Cube Entertainment]
JiHyun, the leader of popular girl group 4minute, will make her acting debut through a TV series broadcast on public network SBS.
The group's agency Cube Entertainment announced through press release today that Nam will play the sassy law student Shin Seon-hae in the new drama titled "It's Okay, Daddy's Girl" (tentative title) that will succeed Monday and Tuesday series "Doctor Champ" which ended its run two days ago,...More
4minute scores first win on Mnet televised music program 2010/06/18, Source,
Female K-pop idols 4minute [Cube Entertainment]
Korean female idols 4minute scored their first win on Mnet's televised music program on Thursday with their latest song "HUH".
The female quintet took the crown from previous week's winner "Love" from boy band CNBLUE on Mnet's music show "M! Countdown", after having giving their first stage comeback performance on the show on May 20,...More
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