[Funcurve Review] "Kill Me, Heal Me" 2015/09/12,
A Story to Die For
Mental- and cognitive disorder-based Korean dramas have been rising in popularity since 'It's Okay, That's Love''s success. 'Kill Me, Heal Me' is yet another one that explores the topic of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), commonly known as multiple personality disorder. Main hero Cha Do-hyeon (Ji Seong) is a third-generation chaebol who has memory lapse and seven different identities due to a traumatic childhood. Desperate to regain control of his life before being engulfed by his other personalities, Do-hyeon gets treated by a first year psychiatrist Oh Ri-jin (Hwang Jeong-eum). They eventually fall in love with each other only to realize that their lives have been tangled since a long time ago,...More
Ji Seong Talks About Adopting Multiple Identities 2015/03/21, Source,
For two months, actor Ji Seong lived with seven different selves as he played a character suffering from dissociative identity disorder in MBC TV drama "Kill Me, Heal Me", which concluded last Thursday. The identities include a pessimist, a 17-year-old high school girl, a seven-year-old girl, and a third-generation tycoon. The character seeks refuge in them because he was abused as a young boy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Kill Me, Heal Me" 2015/03/14,
Outrageous stories and complicated plots are a Korean drama staple. Especially in the last few years, even prime time works have been getting convoluted and messy in ways that are most characteristically associated with soap operas. When 'Kill Me, Heal Me' was announced and during its early episodes, it seemed to be going down the same path. In a surprising and admirable manner, however, this seemingly generic show has achieved something incredible. It tells a good story and tells it wonderfully,...More
Ji Seong and Hyeon Bin, a fateful choice 2015/03/09, Source, It's a war in the miniseries market.
Some get a few million for an episode and some get paid in the tens of millions. Choosing the right scenario is critical. One project might change someone's future and decide how much he or she is worth. Their fee lies on their decision and so does the number of advertisement contracts. Top stars also have to be sincere about what they decide to maintain their status,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Kill Me, Heal Me" 2015/01/17,
Having a character with seven personalities means there is plenty of room to keep things interesting. 'Kill Me, Heal Me' could be focusing on this unfortunate male lead's plight, playing up its strength. Ji Seong is doing good so far after all. At the moment, however, the show seems determined to shove as much as possible, however silly, into its plot and the question is, when will it be enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Kill Me, Heal Me" 2015/01/03,
Do you remember the good "old" days when a simple painful past or angst-producing trauma used to be enough to satisfy the "man-pain" quota in series? Well say goodbye to that this season, because one man's pain cannot compare to that of several, especially when conveniently packed for easy consumption. 'Kill Me, Heal Me' is another in the recent line or mental disorder dramas and it has a pretty ambitious story with a lot going on,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Confession" 2014/07/19,
Hyeon-tae (played by Ji Seong), In-cheol (played by Joo Ji-hoon), and Min-soo (played by Lee Gwang-soo) are the kinds of friends who get into trouble mostly so they can reaffirm their bonds of brotherhood by helping each other through a difficult situation. By and large this doesn't go too badly, and by the time we've skipped the opening and seen the three friends grow up, they're leading pretty much normal lives that are clearly empowered by their shared sense of bonds,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13 2014/07/14, Prime gives way to primates as a new king is crowned... "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", the sequel to the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", recently hit Korean shores and dislodged Bay's "Transformers" at the top of the pile. Matt Reeves' film captured more than 47% of the box office pie (1.3M admissions) over 919 screens to break the hat-trick "Transformers" was eyeing. Still, Bay's bombastic blockbuster held firm in third, while Jo Beom-goo's drama "The Divine Move" stayed umoved in second place with 925K (23%),...More
Confession (2014) 2014/07/12, Source, "Confession"
Genres: Crime and Drama
Running Time: 114 min.
Directed by: Lee Do-yoon
Starring: Ji Seong, Joo Ji-hoon, Lee Gwang-soo
Synopsis: Hyun-tae, In-chul and Min-soo are best friends since childhood. Hyun-tae works as a paramedic and has one daughter. He has a strong sense for justice. In-chul works as an insurance agent but is known as a swindler. Min-soo runs a small business. He relies on his two good friends like family. But their friendship is at risk when an act done with a good intention gets them into a crime,...More
Lee Bo-yeong and Ji Seong's wedding pictures revealed 2014/03/10, Source, Lee Bo-yeong revealed her wedding pictures for the first time on the SBS TV show "Healing Camp". She showed two pictures, one of herself and her husband at the wedding and one of herself in the waiting room. These pictures have never been released before.
She said, "I was busy with a drama so I couldn't prepare for the wedding at all. I couldn't afford to browse through invitation designs. Ji Seong did everything for me and I was thankful",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Blood Rain" 2013/12/06,
There's a fair degree of medieval brutality in "Blood Rain". This is a movie in which we watch multiple people viciously murdered in about the most uncomfortable way possible. What really enhances the misery of these scenes is that they're just long enough that some slight thread of hope comes up that maybe, just maybe, this won't end as horribly as it looks. Of course, that's not how grisly death by torture works. Anyone who puts that much effort into a death trap is smart enough to build one that won't screw up.
What really enhances the discomfort in these scenes is that all the characters, whether they be the investigators, the criminals, or just the random townspeople, show themselves to be fully capable of this brutality without so much as flinching about the aftermath,...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
"Secrets" Lee Da-hee's airport fashion 2013/09/24, Source, Lee Da-hee stars in the upcoming KBS 2TV drama "Secrets" as elite woman Sin Se-yeon and she appeared at the airport with minimal clothes.
Lee Da-hee is walking out of the airport with her hands full of luggage in the picture. She is wearing a knitted, checkered shirt which reveals her midriffs slightly with a white-tone necklace to stand out,...More
[HanCinema's Drama review] "The Great Seer" 2013/02/15,
In times of yore, people commonly believed in crazy stuff like geomancy- the study of geographical formations and their relation to divination or feng shui. While this sounds weird enough today, a thousand years ago this was serious science with important political considerations at the higher forms of government. "The Great Seer" tells the story of soothsayers and their role in the rise of the Joseon era.
The strongest parts of this series, without a doubt, are the ones that focus on the geomancy. Even though the internal logic sounds weird, in the context of the times it's actually perfectly understandable why geomancy is considered such a respected science,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.12.07 ~ 2012.12.09 2012/12/10, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.12.07 ~ 2012.12.09)Jo Geun-hyeon's drama "26 Years" managed to hold onto another first place position at the box office this past weekend. Heun-hyeon's latest entered the chart at the end of last month where it was the choice film with almost 700,000 admissions. Its second week almost matched that performance with 606,882, putting it on a total admission count of 1,815,882. In addition to Geun-hyeon's "26 Years", the romantic comedy "My P.S Partner" was released along with the new and improved "Dredd 3D",...More
"The Great Seer" restarts on the 9th 2012/12/09, Source,
MBC drama "The Great Seer" can be seen next week without delay.
The Korean Entertainers and Actors Labor Union requested the SBS Production Center to pay up the delayed appearance fees. Therefore the shoot was stopped and the episode on the 12th was about to go blank,...More
[Spoiler] Ji Seong, "Show us what you got" 2012/11/15, Source, Ji Seong entered the government office which is going to be the main stage of the drama thanks to his ability to chance risk into chance.
Ji Sang is being chased by the royal forces because he pretended he was the healer Lee Han-ba and tried to see the royal family tree. Soo Ryeon-gye (Oh Hyun-kyeong) was also looking for him because he knew the something he shouldn't,...More
[TV Antenna] 'Repairing House of Love' corner and more 2011/03/02, Source,
▲ Experiencing Life on Site starts 'Repairing House of Love'
KBS is starting a new corner, "Repairing the House of Love" in celebration of the 50th year of 2TV program "Experience Life on Site". The ice hockey team that got the bronze medal in the 2011 Winter Asian Games will be appearing. They will repair the house of a granny that lives in Yangpyeong, by a big road. KBS forecast reporters Kim Hye-seon and Noh Eun-ji go to a rabbit farm. They go through a battle with twenty thousand rabbits.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Ji Seong - Part 1 2010/07/27, Source,
Actor Ji Seong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]10: It seems you often have to put on make-up that makes you look like to have a cold sore, just like you did for today's shoot. Did you know you'd be playing such a role that is so physically straining?Ji Seong: I had heard from the screenwriter and director from when I first got to look at the synopsis. 10: You must've had to prepare for it a lot then.Ji Seong: I had exercised regularly and although there was rumor that I was preparing for a skin-baring scene, I actually didn't have time to [work out] once we started filming. Other than that I had a lot of action and horse-riding scenes so I had to prepare for those a lot,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Ji Seong - part 2 2010/07/27, Source,
Actor Ji Seong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: It often shows through the indifferent expression you put on when playing the role of King Su-ro that I can tell that you don't easily let your character's emotions lift up. One can't tell that he's someone who is suffering from a tragedy just by looking at his expression. Even when he's saving his queen Heo Hwang-ok (played by Seo Ji-hye) and cutting bamboo trees, rather than giving a piercing look, he just quite casually swings around his sword.Ji Seong: He rather has fun with it. We set Su-ro as a character who is always at ease, no matter what situation he is in. He would have such a hard time if he took every single situation seriously. It's not even a life that he wanted for himself. However, you'll be able to tell once you watch the show this week but he again changes in the way he expresses his emotions. The way he accepts emotions changes so the way he expresses them changes too,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Song Chang-ee - Part 2 2010/04/22, Source,
Actor Song Chang-ee [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 10: Tae-sup is a very quiet character. He isn't loud and doesn't say what is unnecessary but it's impressive to see how you depict his emotions so delicately through your eyes or expressions.Song Chang-ee: I think a lot about the situation that is laid out in the script and why that situation is occuring. For example, when Tae-sup becomes flustered running into his uncle after he parts with Kyung-soo in front of his house but hears that his grandfather had been sick, I have to instinctively act surprised. When he is with his mother, he'll clash and get angry with her but suddenly smile for her too, and sometimes he will just brush past Ho-sup (played by Lee Sang-yoon) but also quarrel with him. It's important to show the subtle changes a character's emotions undergo depending on who he or she is with and under what circumstances, but I think it's even more so in the case of Tae-sup. It might not be caught on camera that well sometimes because the changes are so subtle, but it's fun expressing those details,...More
Actor Ko Joo-won cast in upcoming series "Kim Soo Ro" 2010/04/19, Source,
Korean actor Ko Joo-won [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Ko Joo-won has been tapped to star in upcoming MBC weekend series "Kim Soo Ro", according to Ko's agency Open-World Entertainment on Monday.
Open-World announced through a press release that Ko will be playing the role of King Ijinashi, the first king of state Daegaya, a major chiefdom of the Gaya confederacy during the Korean Three Kingdoms period.
Ijinashi was in constant battle against King Su-ro, the founder and ruler of the state of Geumgwan Gaya in the 5th century, to be played by actor Ji Seong,...More
Ji Seong to star in new TV series "Kim Soo Ro" 2010/03/05, Source,
Korean actor Ji Seong [Namoo Actors]
Korean actor Ji Seong has been set to star in a 20 billion won blockbuster TV series titled "Kim Soo Ro", according to his agency Namoo Actors.
Namoo announced Thursday that the actor has been cast to play the lead role in the upcoming MBC drama, playing the historic figure Kim Su-ro who founded and ruled the state of Geumgwan Gaya in the 5th century.,...More
Asian Model Awards 2010/01/18, Source, Lee Byung-hun receives prize at Asian model awards
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Lee Byung-hun gives his acceptance speech after receiving the award for top Asian star at the 2010 Asia Model Festival Awards held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on January 15, 2010.,...More
A passionate tale of lovers follows in the heels of "THE CITY HALL", the Cinderella story of public offi,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] "Swallow the Sun" in risk? 2009/07/06, Source, Ji Seong and Seong Yoo-ri are in the new SBS Wednesday Thursday drama, "Swallow the Sun".
The filming in LA has been finished and on the way back to Korea, 4 staff members are found to have symptoms of the Swine Flu! This has become the emergency issue regarding the staff members.
The airing of the episodes have not been changed, however, they are taking precautions in health for all members of the drama staff.
The 4 staff with the flu symptoms will be treated in the hospital for a week.,...More
The year 2009 is now finally around the corner, and it is about time to prepare for the New Year. The past year was an interesting one, and readers can now preview what is planned in 2009.
Historical Dramas on the Rise: The three major networks are pl,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Ji Seong in "All In 2"? 2008/12/03, Source, Actor Ji Seong is considering to be in the new drama "Con Man's World".
It is known that the staff for this new drama has picked Ji Seong as the best actor for the main character, Kim Jeong-woo.
After the drama "New Heart" he has been getting a lot of cast requests. And "Con Man's World" is being considered out of the many.
More news soon to come whether he will be in this drama, or not!,...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
The Ideal Young Korean Male -- Revealed 2007/06/28, Source, A plastic surgeon has published a composite image of the ideal male Korean face. Rhee Seung-chul, the head of plastic surgery at Hanil General Hospital, made the image from the faces of 16 Korean Wave,...More
Following the career of a celebrity is part of the fun of being a fan. However, one of the consequences of falling for a 20-something celebrity is having to part with him when it comes that time in a,...More
Directed by British filmmaker Daniel Gordon, the 2004 documentary tells a story of two female North Korean gymnasts who dedicate themselves to the Mass Games. Gordon, the first foreigner to shoot a documentary in Pyon,...More
Ji Seong Joins Army 2005/06/08, Source, Actor Ji Seong, who drew attention by choosing to be a soldier instead of a public service agent when he was drafted to serve his country, entered army boot camp in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, on June 7.
Fashion show serves to mend Korea-Japan ties 2005/05/09, Source, KORIYAMA, Japan - A fashion show by a renowned Korean designer rattled this usually-quiet city as thousands of Japanese flocked here to catch a glimpse of Korean TV stars on the catwalk as well as a lavish and extravagant show by Andre Kim.
The gala, held Saturday at the Big Palette Convention Ce,...More
With his good looks and warm smile, Park Yong-woo is known for portraying the "good guys" in television dramas and films. But as an actor, Park says he finds himself often limited by this image and constantl,...More
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