[Spoiler] 'Yong Pal' Joo Won leaves Kim Tae-hee
On the 16th episode of SBS Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Yong Pal", Kim Taehyeon (Joo Won) decided to leave Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee).
Although Kim Taehyeon hid Han Do-joon (Jo Hyeon-jae) from Han Yeo-jin to protect her, Han Do-joon brought the fatal situation on himself and he ended up dying. Although Han Yeo-jin knew what was going to happen, she took advantage of Kim Taehyeon to punish Han Do-joon and protect her company,...More
Actors' salary this year 2015/09/03, Source,
Curiosity rose for actors' pay after actresses' pay was released last month. We've updated the ranks from highest paid actors to the lowest.
According to studies, the gap between actors and actresses isn't that large. In case of the actors, they are more highly paid as they have a strong fan base all over the world. The prices of actors continuously rise but the actresses fill in the gaps with fashion and beauty advertisements. After actors make it big with dramas, they make more money off extracurricular events such as foreign fan meetings and such so they make extra profits,...More
A time to reform the drama production environment 2015/09/03, Source,
Being at a drama set, it's obvious that many people are passionate and working hard on a drama. They struggle to make a single scene look better and are always busying themselves. This makes one keep silent or be in awe.
A drama production scene is like a warzone. The staff behind the camera work so hard to make the artists and storyline stand out. They spend a night up just for a scene that doesn't last a minute. This is because a drama is almost live-time. They take short naps, eat irregularly and suffer from various stress for a couple of months because of this,...More
[Spoiler] 'Yong Pal' Kim Tae-hee returns to hospital, ready to fight back 2015/09/03, Source,
On the 10th episode of SBS Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Yong Pal", Kim Taehyeon (Joo Won) was arrested by police for providing illegal medical visits outside hospital. Taehyeon refused to make statement for the reason that doctors were obligated to keep patients' information confidential.
Taehyeon was released from the police because there was someone among his patients, who had received his illegal medical service, helped him from behind,...More
[Spoiler] 'Yong Pal' Joo Won and Kim Tae-hee kiss
On the 8th episode of SBS' Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Yong Pal", Kim Taehyeon (Joo Won) and Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) kissed.
When Han Doo-joon (Jo Hyeon-jae) was going to hold Han Yeo-jin's funeral, Kim Taehyeon made Han Yeo-jin escape to a catholic church. Kim Taehyeon mentioned about Han Yeo-jin's deceased fiancé to her when leaving her there, "I don't want to be jealous of someone who's dead". He also left a cellphone with her, which was set to be for making only one phone call,...More
[Spoiler] 'Yong Pal' Joo Won and Kim Tae-hee's rooftop date
On the 7th episode of SBS' Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Yong Pal", Kim Taehyeon (Joo Won) and Han Yeojin (Kim Tae-hee) had a date on the rooftop of the hospital.
As soon as Kim Taehyeon woke up from his fatal condition due to the gun shot injury, he went to see Han Yeojin. Han Yeojin was covering her face with bandage while she was disguised as someone else under the name of Kim Migyeong, a patient in coma in intensive care unit,...More
[In-depth] "Yong Pal" Joo Won does the job 2015/08/18, Source, Joo Won did it. He debuted in 2010 with "Bread, Love and Dreams" and it's been 5 years since then. He's been busily starring in dramas and movies until now and it's all paying off. He started off as a promising actor and now he's made it big. He's got plenty more to show.
The SBS drama "Yong Pal" is flying high at the moment. It started off well with the first episode and then made it to 16.3% in just four episodes. It is the first drama this year to have reached such numbers in a situation where most can't even make it to 10%,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Yong Pal" 2015/08/15,
Drama fans who follow the domestic ratings for shows will know that the numbers have not been doing well in the last few years. Because of this slump, "Yong Pal" has been quite the pleasant surprise, with ratings most shows of its kind can only dream of nowadays. There is good reason for those ratings. The series has appealing drama and an intriguing story. Even so, there are issues which will cheapen it if continued,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Yong Pal" 2015/08/01,
The Korean drama industry is at a time where productions desperately try to mix every element imaginable in order to cover as many needs as possible. With ratings having severely declined over the past few years, many shows end up a mix of genres, tone and ideas. Occasionally that works, but some just become convoluted beyond repair. "Yong Pal" might be in danger of this, but its premise does have potential,...More
Kim Tae-hee... PR before Filming? 'Odd priorities?" 2015/07/28, Source, Kim Tae-hee (35) seems to be more active with pre-promotion than actually filming the show. It is an odd behavior. She will be returning to the small screen with SBS' Wednesday-Thursday drama "Yong Pal" after a 2 year absence.
However, cracks in the show have been showing during this early period of filming. Starting on the 27th, Kim Tae-hee is going around media outlets to promote herself prior to her scheduled comeback,...More
'Yong Pal' actor Joo Won shows off charismatic presence 2015/07/14, Source,
With the first episode scheduled on August 5th, "Yong Pal" has revealed Joo Won's still images full of the feel of mysteriousness.
SBS' new Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Yong Pal" is a large scale melodrama depicting the romance between Yong Pal', an unlicensed surgeon, whose skills are regarded the best especially among his clients from the dark society, and a wealthy heiress, who fell asleep in hospital,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Fashion King - Movie" 2014/12/13,
Gi-myeong (played by Joo Won) becomes determined to excel in fashion either to humiliate the bullies who torment him / win the affections of the girl he likes / just out of sheer love for fashion. "Fashion King - Movie" is never particularly clear about which specific motivation is actually important to Gi-myeong, and all of them are pretty underdeveloped. But that's not what the movie is about anyway. The premise of "Fashion King - Movie" is mostly just an excuse to show off increasingly elaborate and bizarre fashion setpieces, which are more about provoking reaction shots and color commentary than they are anything actually resembling a coherent point,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2014.11.07 ~ 2014.11.09 2014/11/10, "Interstellar" arrives and conquers…
Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi event "Interstellar" absorbed 73.2% (1.6M admissions) of the box office pie over the weekend; the $165M delight was given 1,342 screens to pool from (more than double any other), and dominated from there. Last weekend's number one, David Flynn's "Gone Girl", retreated to third with just 147K (6.6%), while Oh Ki-hwan's "Fashion King - Movie" entered the fray in second (284K - 11.5%). "Gone Girl" was enjoying pole position prior to Nolan's masterpiece and Oh Ki-hwan's K-comedy, but even so the film has only amassed 1.5M admissions ($11.3M) since its release late October,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2014/11/01, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Fire in Hell": A Buddhist monk succumbs to sin and is cruelly cornered by fate on his way to redemption. (11/06)
★★★★ "Entangled": A family of four are put under pressure after the youngest daughter's child dies as a result of the mother's deteriorating mental condition. (11/06)
★★★★ "Daughter": A woman struggles to free herself from her strict ascetic upbringing and wonders what the future holds for her own family. (11/06)
★★★ "Fashion King - Movie": A high school student plans to become a fabulous fashionista in order to attract the attention of the prettiest girl in school. (11/06)
★★★★ "Glory For Everyone": A touching documentary that follows a young soccer team and accounts their struggles against poverty and class. (11/06),...More
DramaFever's Second Co-production to Premiere Exclusively on October 13 - Both Online And on Korean TV Channel KBS2 2014/10/09,
Romantic Odd Couple Dramedy about Misfit Classical Musicians, "Tomorrow's Cantabile", is Based on Popular Japanese Manga Almonds to be Featured in Series Through Brand Integration Partnership DramaFever (www.dramafever.com), the top online video destination for international TV series and movies, and KBS will co-produce the highly anticipated Korean drama, "Tomorrow's Cantabile" (Naeil's Cantabile). Based on the popular Japanese manga, Nodame Cantabile, the series will premiere in the U.S., as well as throughout North and South America, exclusively on DramaFever on October 13. Each week, a new episode will stream on DramaFever - professionally subtitled in English, Spanish and Portuguese - within 24 hours of the original South Korean airing on KBS2. The subtitled episodes will later be available on DramaFever syndication partner Hulu,...More
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon to come back 2014/07/17, Source,
The Department of DefeNational Servicee clock goes around and around. Some actors in their 20s are done with service and will be coming back soon.
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon who were admitted to National Service in 2012, are almost done. They are currently positioned at the 27 District Recruit Training Center and the Seoul Police PromotioNational Service Unit. Lee Je-hoon gets discharged first on the 24th of this month and Yoo Seung-ho this coming 4th of December,...More
Joo Won cast for "Passion Heaven" 2014/05/06, Source,
Actor Joo Won is starring in the Korea-Chinese collaborated movie "Passion Heaven".
"Passion Heaven" is a collaboration by China Films and Wiehwa Entertainment, the most famous entertainment in China,...More
Catch Me 2013/12/22, Source, "Catch Me"
Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 115 min.
Directed by: Lee Hyeon-jong
Starring: Joo Won, Kim Ah-joong
Synopsis: Ho-tae is a profiler and elite cop who has absolute confidence in arresting criminals. Staking out to arrest a serial killer one day, Ho-tae happens to witness a hit-and-run accident. He follows the driver home and finds out that the driver is Jin-sook, the first girl he ever loved. Ho-tae starts to have strong feelings for her. His investigation principle is shaken down to the root, however, when Ho-tae discovers that she is the famed thief who's long been on the wanted list,...More
Kim Ah-joong's photo shoot behind cut 2013/12/15, Source,
Actress Kim Ah-joong's street photo collection have been revealed.
She modeled for the issue of fashion magazine "Grazia" taken in the streets of Itaewon. She was seen in jeans and a T-shirt which brought out the cuteness that was always hidden behind sexiness. She's either sitting on the streets or surrounded by staff,...More
[HanCinema's Column] Kdrama Fandom - Accepting Creative Decisions 2013/12/07,
The persistence and aversion to change of the majority of kdrama fans is nothing new. Neither is our overall preference for romance, handsome young men and the less challenging sides of entertainment. However, where one would think there are limits to how strong and forceful that behavior can get, we are often surprised to find out it gets worse,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Catch Me" 2013/12/07,
In "Bridal Mask", Joo Won played the role of a policeman secretly fighting against his own government for the sake of Korean nationalism. The drama is loaded with the ambiguities this situation brings up, and how the title character feels like trash for causing untold emotional suffering to his best friend. In "Catch Me", Joo Won plays the role of Ho-tae, a policeman secretly fighting against his own government because his ex-girlfriend's name comes up in the investigation and he wants to protect her because...uh...
Yeah, I'm not actually sure what the positive qualities are of Jin-sook (played by Kim Ah-joong),...More
Joo Won in long hair 2013/11/28, Source,
Still cuts from the movie "Catch Me" were revealed with Joo Won in long hair.
Joo Won looks cute in long hair and is wearing a checked shirt that makes him look like the innocent art school boy he is. Kim Ah-joong next to him is wearing a feminine, patterned blouse with laced pants. They are a campus couple,...More
Actor Joo Won returns to musical Ghost 2013/11/05, Source,
It is just Joo Won (26). It is not right to call him otherwise for the inaugural performance of Broadway Musical Ghost opening on Nov. 24. All eyes are on him who returns to a musical in four years after Spring Awakening. More than 70 percent of the tickets on days when he performs are sold.
He did not seem to be aware of such popularity. I met him at a cafe in the chic neighborhood of Apgujeong on Monday morning and he said, sipping a green grape juice like an innocent resident who he starred in a drama "Good Doctor", I met (Lee) Chang-hee who acted with me in Alta Boys where I debuted six years ago, and he said I remain the same. I didnt change at all. I really liked that,...More
Joo Won, "I like being on scene" 2013/10/15, Source,
Actor Joo Won has been running the race without a break and he claims he feels good on-site.
"It's only right to take a break when you are tired and need rest but I can't imagine resting",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 20 (Final) 2013/10/08,
I really like the music in this drama. It primes the viewer well to anticipate certain emotions, and this time around that emotion was vague melancholy. What at first seems to be a problem that will necessitate a serious climactic surgery just ends up giving way to more discussion of feelings, as characters state out their various emotional positions for the last time.
The continuation and sort of resolution to the relationship between Shi-On and Yoon-Seo is sweet and endearing. The conflict they face is a bit of a last minute one, but then that's the point and central irony,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 19 2013/10/07,
The central romantic subplot in "Good Doctor" for the most part reaches its conclusion this episode as Si-On and Yoon-Seo become a couple. It's all very cute stuff- I really appreciate the music in this drama which does a lot for setting and highlighting the mood. It accentuates the extended culmination of this relationship in a way that really works well with the build-up we've been seeing throughout the drama's entire run.
I like that the drama chooses to have all of this happen right now, rather than at the very end of the last episode, because it's genuinely interesting stuff mulling over exactly what kind of a couple Si-On and Yoon-Seo are supposed to be- what they would do when they're together, how they would express affection,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 18 2013/10/01,
It occurs to me that even though "Good Doctor" is quite explicitly a medical drama, and most of its cliffhangers end on medical emergencies of some sort, the doctors in this show spend relatively little time actually doing medical stuff. Important surgeries are usually done within a few minutes, and there's rarely ever any kind of fallout or long-term implications. Do-Han's stab wound was glossed over when it first happened- and even now that it's become a plot point again the problem is resolved almost as quickly,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 17 2013/09/30,
Shi-On has for the most part given up on directly approaching Yoon-Seo about his feelings at this point, since he already confessed and now she has to do something. Yoon-Seo, like a good romantic lead, tries to probe him, but since Shi-On keeps interpreting her actions on the surface level he doesn't give her the emotional reactions she's hoping for. And it's fun watching her fail. It's a neat subversion on typical romantic comedy dynamics that they don't work simply because the target doesn't know what they are.
The episode as a whole does lots of comic relief along these lines. It's incredibly goofy and dumb and yet still fun and cheerful,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 16 2013/09/24,
It turns out the dramatic severity of the last episode's cliffhanger was completely out of line with its influence on the actual storyline. The entire situation is resolved almost instantaneously with no fallout whatsoever. It's pretty disappointing- goofy as that entire plotline was it did have the potential to go somewhere interesting. I guess I should be thankful it doesn't turn into something stupid, at least.
There are more cute moments scattered throughout this episode, and the various plotlines move at a reasonably balanced pace, in line with the general plot,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 15 2013/09/23,
This drama's always been about Shi-On's character development, but this is the first episode we get where his actual behavior takes significantly larger strides toward confidence. He doesn't cower anymore, or at least doesn't do so as much. In his social interactions, Shi-On seems to have made up his mind what he's going to say, and that he's going to say it regardless of how it may make him look socially. Because, let's face it, he's always going to be the autistic guy, but better to actually at least state his opinions, since they are important ones.
I really like the sheer bluntness in the way Shi-On speaks. Most of the time he just makes dumb matter-of-fact statements,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 14 2013/09/17,
The medical crisis that came up at the end of the last ciffhanger is resolved a little more quickly than I liked. "Good Doctor" has good material when it's working with actual conflicts of doctors being put into difficult situations and being forced to perform with whatever abilities or limited skills, so this plot development, while interesting, resolves itself a bit quickly. I'd like to see more along these lines.
A larger focus is taken this episode as to the question of Shi-On and the interactions his filial relationship. We find out what happened to his mother and, I have to admit, I can see why that experience would turn Shi-On off on the whole concept of parents altogether,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 13 2013/09/16,
The drama dips back into emotional territory again. This time, however, it actually makes sense that Shi-On is the only character who's engaging with it, what with the problem being his family. And it might be more appropriate to write that he's not engaging with it- there's hints this episode that Shi-On's amnesia, rather than just being typical Korean drama trauma, is actually a deliberate act of will on the part of his autistic personality to protect himself from pain.
It's easy to see why he would want to do that, even outside of the justification he gives to Yoon-Seo. Shi-On's work this episode is substandard, and Do-Han notices it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 12 2013/09/10,
Some great interpersonal dynamics comes up this episode. It's actually been foreshadowed for awhile that the relationship between Shi-On and Do-Han would be moving in this direction- it's just been overshadowed by the very poor patient-of-the-week plots and Shi-On's zig-zagging autism symptoms. Still, a pleasant surprise is a pleasant surprise, and watching and considering these character interactions is a genuine treat.
With Shi-On, we finally get back to the idea that he is a person who needs somebody to help take care of him. Not just one person- everybody needs to help look out for Shi-On, because it is just way too easy for him to mess things up and offend people, even when he's acting as basically inoffensive as possible,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 11 2013/09/09,
I think it's safe to write at this point that "Good Doctor" has completely squandered its chance to be a series that makes an intelligent, meaningful statement about autism. Try as I might I can't detect any sort of consistency in Shi-On's behavior that can meaningfully be applied to a real world person. One moment he's smoothing practical strangers over with meaningful words, and the next he's compeltely shy and nervous in front of colleagues he's met before.
Fortunately the more obnoxious parts of the story have been removed. The atrocious patients-of-the-week that have made this drama painful to watch finally leave the hospital,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 10 2013/09/03,
The drama seems to have forgotten most of what it's been doing the last several episodes, which is fine by me, since those episodes were just painful to watch. Shi-On is now back to being a man of fairly limited abilities. And yes, he is still solving problems with words- but not emotional ones. Just simple logical statements about the environment which he can observe and comment on.
These moments work a lot better than his amateur psychologist bit. In the first place, it ties into his original characterization as being a poor communicator,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 9 2013/09/02,
The last cliffhanger was solved about the way I was expecting. Shi-On, a man who I keep reminding myself is supposed to be autistic, resolves the problem by using his words. Not only that, his words succeed where everyone else's words fail. Autistic people are not good at using words. They are not good at guessing how other people react emotionally, and normally tend to avoid trying.
I'm not trying to bring real-world expertise into this review when I write that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 8 2013/08/27,
Apparently this drama is about the power of love. This makes almost no sense- if there's anything autistic people have difficulty doing, it's expressing love in a way that neuro-typicals understand. This is probably the single most popularly well-known fact about autistics- their parents really stress out from the lack of apparent attachment, and this gulf between what they were expecting and the reality of their children is very emotionally painful.
It doesn't make much sense just in the context of the drama, either. From the very beginning, it was Shi-On's analytical skills that were supposed to make him ideal for the profession,...More
[Spoiler] "Good Doctor" rises to first place 2013/08/27, Source,
According to Nielsen Korea, on the 28th, the eighth episode of KBS 2TV drama "Good Doctor" rated 18.4%. This is 1.0% higher than the seventh episode.
Kyu-hyeon is a kid who couldn't sing by nature because of an infection in his body. He tried to commit suicide but connected with Si-on (Joo Won) in the end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 7 2013/08/26,
There's lots of genuine, good emotional performances this episode as Shi-On is forced into leaving the hospital. His position as a doctor and as a person is put under scrutiny as characters attempt to make the argument that the hospital is better off with him, in spite of Shi-On's apparent screw-ups. Particular point seems to be made of the fact that it's only the administrators who particularly seem to want him to go.
Unfortunately, none of this can reverse the horribly contrived nature of this entire plot in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 6 2013/08/20,
There's plenty of cuteness this episode as Shi-On tries to negotiate with an adorable wolf boy about accepting medical care. Joo Won is still doing a superb job at his portrayal- it's noteworthy how, even though he's the only person the wolf boy has actually physically hurt, Shi-On still isn't scared. He just doesn't process the emotion the same way that the other docotrs do. That, coupled with his willingness to look completely ridiculous in front of other professionals, adds a very useful dimension to his character.
Unfortunately this storyline takes a very contrived turn by the time we get to the cliffhanger, one that's both annoying and feels rather pointless,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 5 2013/08/19,
The drama takes a very focused turn this episode. A lot of the story so far has been about fallout from reckless doctor decisions, but this is the first time we're actually forced to watch the situation play out in the long term with little to no distraction. And it's Yoon-Seo that goes through the wringer here- certainly appropriate since autistic spectrum Shi-On can't internalize the degree of the screw up quite as well.
It's effective stuff- as I mentioned in my last review, the problem with "Good Doctor"'s plots so far is that they've been too exotic and there's no baseline,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 4 2013/08/13,
The drama does a better job engaging the audience this episode, though in a bit of a roundabout way. The previous political and mortal crises are largely done away with as two new conflicts emerge. "Good Doctor" is still trying too hard to arouse interest in the audience through extreme situations, but at least this time there's a thematic relevance that's actually appropriate to the basic storyline of Shi-On adjusting to be a doctor.
One crisis, for example, is the first one to genuinely raise the question of whether Shi-On belongs in the hospital. So far the indistinct mob calling for his dismissal has been overreacting- it's a pity they hadn't been more subdued before, because this is a far more appropriate time for righteous outrage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 3 2013/08/12,
The drama isn't exactly exciting me at this point. All the appropriate pieces are here to make something, I'm just not at all sure what. This episode's ongoing crisis of the baby on life support feels curiously mundane, as if it's just a general breather from the political conflicts which, likewise, feel more like genre staples than they do something that's thematically relevant. So our characters have gotten mixed up in selfless, selfish alliances. That's interesting, I guess, but not terribly memorable.
What continues to be more interesting are Si-On's motivations and life lessons. He is, at least partially, wrapped up in the visage of the naive newbie who doesn't understand the bureaucracy behind medicine,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 2 2013/08/06,
Cliffhangers normally have a pretty cynical bend to them, and the first episode of "Good Doctor" was no exception, with Shi-On awkwardly standing over Yoon-Seo's bed, brushing his teeth while she wakes up. Corny as this set up is, we quickly get another excellent glimpse into Shi-On's character. Even though Yoon-Seo is normally the focused victim in the context, Shi-On is obviously at a complete loss as to what he's supposed to be doing.
I really love Joo Won's performance in these scenes, because he very much acts like a man who's had to deal with these awkward encounters his whole life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Good Doctor" Episode 1 2013/08/05,
This drama starts out rather gloomily. Bullying, horrible injures, and death are a constant presence. The more significant factor, though, quickly turns out to be Park Shi-On (played by Joo Won). Even as a young child, Shi-On seems incredibly detached from the world around him. There's an emotional distance between him and all these trauamtic events that's puzzling, and to a certain extent inexplicable.
To other characters, anyway. It's obvious to us in the audience, who live in more enlightened times, that Si-On is on the autistic spectrum,...More
Joo Won in "Good Doctor" 2013/07/07, Source,
Actor Joo Won was seen on site for the new KBS 2TV drama "Good Doctor". He stars in the role of a growth disorder patient named Park Si-on.
He is about to touch the nation's hearts. In the picture, he looks very sincere. What is to come from this actor is highly anticipated by many,...More
Joo Won leads in KBS "Green Mass" 2013/05/27, Source,
Actor Joo Won has been cast for the upcoming KBS 2TV drama "Green Mass".
Joo Won takes on the role of a pediatric resident Park Si-on. In the human medical drama "Green Mass", Park Si-on is the son of a minor who was abusive and therefore Si-on suffers autism and development disability but is taken care of at a health center and not a children's facility,...More
[Video] First Annual DramaFever Awards Winners Announced 2013/04/26, Source,
Award recipients thank fans for their support exclusively on DramaFever NEW YORK, NY [April 26, 2013] - DramaFever announced the winners of its first annual DramaFever Awards today, highlighting the best of Korean drama in 2012. Fans cast over 550,000 votes for their favorite nominees in categories ranging from Drama of the Year to Best Bromance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Bridal Mask" 2013/01/26,
As popular as masked heroes with secret identities are in popular culture, there's surprisingly little real analysis of how this psychically affects the person wearing the mask. Try to imagine yourself treating a person that you genuinely love in a completely different, possibly even violent antagonistic way, solely because you're wearing a mask. Even if you could stomach that kind of lie and deceit, how do you think that would make your loved one feel? What if you discovered that a person who you love was antagonizing you under an assumed identity? Would the reason even matter? Would that make the betrayal any less painful?,...More
"Bridal Mask" rates 18% 2012/08/01, Source,
KBS 2TV drama "Bridal Mask" rated the highest score yet as the other dramas were cancelled due to the Olympics 2012 broadcasts.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 2nd, "Bridal Mask" on the 1st of August rated 18.0%. This breaks the record of 16.8% on the 19th last month,...More
Joo Won and Jin Se-hyeon's "Bridal Mask" not aired 2012/07/26, Source,
The soccer game between Korea and mexico for the Olympics caused all the programs during that time schedule to be cancelled.
KBS 2TV drama "Bridal Mask" was cancelled. The episode on the 25th ended with Mok-dan realizing Bridal Mask was Lee Kang-to (Joo Won). There was big disappointment in the cancellation as there were many who were curious as to what happened next,...More
"Bridal Mask" resumes a week after bus accident 2012/04/23, Source,
"The Equator Man" sequel drama "Bridal Mask" on the KBS 2TV resumed filming a week after the bus falling accident.
TV Report reported that the shoot resumed on the 24th at Paju, Kyeonggido. A staff claimed, "Along with the grieving for the one who passed away, we thought it was only right that we resume shooting and create a great drama",...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
"Ojak Brothers" end in success 2012/02/19, Source,
"Ojak Brothers" -- a show about dreams, love and family unity, ended in success and with its highest ratings yet.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on February 20th, KBS 2TV weekend drama "Ojak Brothers" placed first out of all weekend dramas with a viewing percentage of 36.3%,...More
"Ojak Brothers" rates 33.6% 2012/01/15, Source,
KBS 2TV weekend drama "Ojak Brothers" came in first place among all weekend dramas.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on January 16th, the December 15th episode of "Ojak Brothers" drew in 33.6% of viewers. This is 5.5% more than the previous episode's 28.1% on the 14th,...More
Joo Won: 'I Achieved My Dream with Rookie Male Actor Award' 2012/01/11, Source, Joo Won has gained popularity with his appearances in "Bread, Love and Dreams" and "Ojak Brothers".
Joo Won's first drama "Bread, Love and Dreams" had recorded almost 50 percent viewer ratings and his second drama "Ojak Brothers", in which he presents a sweet love story of the so-called "Tae-Ja couple", has recorded almost 30 percent viewer ratings. His characters in those two dramas are completely different. Goo Ma Joon, whom he played in "Bread, Love and Dreams", was an heir of a chaebol with a dark and distorted personality and Hawng Tae Hee, whom he is playing in "Ojak Brothers", is a diligent and trustworthy detective. Joo Won said, "I think that I am a very lucky person. I could appear in good works up to now, and the harmony with other cast members and the staff members seems to be perfect". Joo Won garnered the "Rookie Male Actor Award" at the year-end awards ceremony at KBS last year, and he has been cast as the protagonist in the blockbuster drama "Bridal Mask" that will begin airing from May. He said, "I think that I do not deserve such a good opportunity even though I really appreciate it. I want to present best acting like other excellent senior actors",...More
Son Ye-jin's "Spellbound" weekday audience rate 2011/12/07, Source, Son Ye-jin's "Spellbound" beat "The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 1" and has taken its place in the top spot at the box office.
According to the Korean Film Council, "Spellbound" gathered 78,604 admissions as of December 7th and stood tall in first. With an average number of 60~70 thousand admissions during the week, it has accumulated 717,195 admissions,...More
'SIU' falls into traps of cop movie cliches 2011/12/01, Source, Eom Tae-woong, left, and Joo Won appear in a scene from the cop movie "SIU". / Courtesy of Cinergy/Lotte Entertainment
By Lee Hyo-won
From the "Two Cops" franchise and the "Public Enemy" series to most recently "The Apprehenders", Korean cinema seems to have seen its fair share of cop movies, but "SIU" is proving to be entertainment that sells well despite its flaws.
Having drawn over 550,000 viewers as of Tuesday since opening last week, the box office topper shows the grace of having a convincing script, allowing actors to shine and sticking close to the rules of a given genre, without being afraid to throw something else into the picture. The latter, however, proves to be a trap as well, as some grossly miscalculated narrative elements end up becoming cliches that weigh down the intrigue,...More
Joo Won Makes Red Bean Bread for His Fans in Japan 2011/11/22, Source,
Actor Joo Won held his first fan meeting at Jeff Tokyo in Odaiba, Japan on November 20. He was scheduled to hold his fan meeting last May, but the meeting had been delayed due to the earthquake that struck eastern Japan. As a former musical actor, he appeared on the stage while singing the title track of the ost to "Bread, Love and Dreams". And he continued to sing songs such as Hirai Ken's song "Hitomiotojite" and the song "This Is The Moment", which is the theme song of the musical work "Jekyll & Hyde". He said, "I have been very nervous from the morning with the thought that I will meet my fans in person, so I could not eat anything",...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
Hyeon Bin: 'I Will Fully Enjoy Berlin International Film Festival' 2011/02/18, Source,
Two main actors of the movie "Come Rain Come Shine"Press conference for "Come Rain Come Shine"
Actor Hyeon Bin expressed his feeling about his participation in the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, which began February 10, during the press conference for the "Come Rain Come Shine" held at the Wangsibri CGV on February 14. He said, "It has been a privilege for me that I have been invited to the festival, and more honorably, I am visiting there with my two movies. I am taking a rest at this moment when I completed the first stage of my acting career. It is very meaningful that I can see and feel something very good at the Berlin International Film Festival. Even though the schedule in Berlin is so tight, I will fully enjoy the moment. Whether I can win any award or not will be decided by the plan of Nature",...More
Hyeon Bin: 'I Feel No Fear About Joining Marines' 2011/02/14, Source, Hyeon Bin enthusiastically played the male protagonist named Hoon in the movie "Late Autumn - 2010".
Actor Hyeon Bin, who appeared in "Late Autumn - 2010" with Chinese actress Tang Wei, said, "I hope that I can become a more mature and strong person in the military". This year, Hyeon Bin has been enjoying the most success since his debut. The SBS drama "Secret Garden", in which he appeared, recorded high viewer ratings of around 30 percent, and his movies "Late Autumn - 2010" and "Come Rain Come Shine" were officially invited to the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. He has been spending the busiest time by holding promotional activities for his movies and filming various TV commercials, but he will join the Marine Corps on March 7. He will leave the screen at the time he has received the greatest love by people. During an interview with Hyeon Bin held at the Wangsibri CGV, he said, "I have no fear about joining the military",...More
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source, The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...More
'Rabbit' celebrities to make leaps in 2011 2010/12/31, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are considered skillful and diligent, though not very patient in Korean traditional beliefs, following the traits of real rabbits, a small but clever animal.
The hottest rabbit star could be singer and actor Lee Seung-gi who was born in 1987, turning 24 this year,...More
Stars Born in Year of Rabbit 2010/12/23, Source,
As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
S.M. The Ballad unveils music video for title track 2010/11/30, Source,
S.M. The Ballad [SM Entertainment]
SM Entertainment's new ballad group S.M. The Ballad has unveiled the music video to the title track from their new album.
The official music video for S.M. The Ballad's title track "Longing For You", featuring actors Joo Won and Lee Yeon-hee, was released on various online music site yesterday,...More
Korean Food – Centered TV Drama – "Bread, Love and Dreams" 2010/11/26, Source,
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a food-centered television drama from Korea!
"King of Baking, Kim Tak-gu" also known as "Bread, Love and Dreams" is a story of how a determined young man, Kim Tak-gu, manages to become the best baker in Korea. Throughout the 30 episodes of the Korean food-centered TV drama, he faces many trials on his journey, spanning the 1970s to the 1990s, beginning with his mother's past, through his childhood, and his adulthood, successes and challenges,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Joo Won 2010/09/29, Source,
Korean actor Joo Won [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name isJoo Won. My given name is Moon Joon-won. My father came up the name Joo Won for me after I made it into college. It means 'what the Lord wants and what I should do for the Lord'. I was born in Seoul on September 30, 1987 but I currently reside in Yong-in. My family is composed of my parents and my brother who is five years older than me. My brother and I are the type of siblings that if we don't talk outside of the house you wouldn't think we were related. One can say that my brother is a 'real man' because he is well-built and has a tough personality, whereas I am thinner and the soft type,...More
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