[Spoiler] 'Monster - 2016' Kang Ji-hwan has seizure when he hears Seong Yoo-ri's name 2016/06/28, Source,
On the episode 28 of MBC's "Monster - 2016", Gi-tan (Kang Ji-hwan) could recover his energy to fight back thanks to the help from Gi-ryang. Gi-tan returned to Korea and went to Il-jae's election campaign and declared a war against him.
Il-jae (Jeong Bo-seok) was shocked and could not figure out what to do next. Jae-man said, "He could try, but there's nothing he can do', underestimating Gi-tan. Seong-ae suspected that Chae-ryeong must be Il-jae's spy and copied Chae-ryeong's cellphone to monitor her. Chae-ryeong was caught while she was talking to Il-jae on the phone,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Slumps and Filming Ouchies 2016/05/21,
Since pre-production started getting more popular in drama, I have had hopes things will get better for their quality and the filming conditions. They have in some ways, but big industries will always have their problems, I guess. This week the "Beautiful Mind" mess continues over at KBS, we take a look at one pro of pre-production and check out upcoming titles and the expectations for them,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Rough Cut" 2016/05/21,
This film proved that Kim Ki-duk's presence in a movie is a pledge of success by its own self. This time, the Korean auteur penned the script, with Jang Hoon, the director, being one of the many assistants Kim had in his films, learning "the art" in "The Bow". The combination proved very successful, with "Rough Cut" recording more admissions than all of the previous Kim's films combined,...More
[Spoiler] 'Monster - 2016' Kang Ji-hwan refuses to cooperate with Claudia Kim 2016/05/02, Source,
On the episode 11 of MBC's "Monster - 2016", Gi-tan (Kang Ji-hwan) was stabbed with a knife by the thugs hired by Gwang-woo, while he was investigating to uncover Gwang-woo's corruption.
At the moment, Seong-ae (Claudia Kim) showed up, saved Gi-tan and escaped from the place with him after she brought the thugs under control. The two was running away and sneaked into an old shopping mall. Seong-ae became worried about Gi-tan because he was bleeding too much from the wounds. Seong-ae found thread and needles and did the first aid surgery on the wounds. Gi-tan had to endure the surgery without anesthesia,...More
Male star battle 2016/03/07, Source,
There's going to be a battle between broadcasting stations ground-wave and cable. Actors are going to be responsible for the four dramas. Unfortunately, actresses have been pushed out of the Monday and Tuesday game,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Death and Taxes 2016/03/05,
Welcome back to weekly drama news with writer and community manager Orion. During this week I keep piling on the upcoming drama goodies and speak about my followed shows, both of which will be regular categories here. I also address the elephant in the room (no, not me, the other one) called "Cheese in the Trap", which you will be able to read more about in my review next week,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Heartbreak Hotel" 2015/03/14,
One of the more uncomfortable parts of Korean culture for me is the way it tends to fetishize how Wonderful Life would be if people could just go to America. I'm not sure what many Korean people think American life is actually like, but we tend to treat each other like garbage, and the immigrants even worse than that. So it goes for John (played by Kang Ji-hwan). He's a young Korean man living in America who looks and acts, well, kind of like a petty low-class bum. His only really selling point is youth, and even that's not going to stick around for much longer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Big Man" 2014/06/28,
As far as premises go, Korean drama is not a very creative industry. Each genre has its own tropes it mostly refuses to budge from and having seen a few makes it easier to predict most. With melodrama, there are certain elements that are often there. A revenge story, a tragic romance where the woman is somehow connected to the villain's side, cartoonish antagonists, angst. "Big Man" sounded like a terribly soapy and silly work before it started. Yet somehow, it managed to become quite the pleasant surprise.
Kim Ji-hyeok (Kang Ji-hwan) is a simple man. Having been a petty criminal in the past, he is living a small life in a marketplace with the woman he calls mother, his biological parents having abandoned him as a baby. When Kang Dong-seok (Choi Daniel), a chaebol heir with a heart condition, needs a transplant to survive, his parents create a plan to kill Ji-hyeok and take his heart, which is a perfect match,...More
[HanCinema's Actor Spotlight] Kang Ji-hwan 2014/05/31,
The energy and effort that an actor puts into their performances are things that show on-screen. No matter how good someone is, lack of effort will not use their talent the best it can be used. And hard work can make up for some flaws by elevating everything around them. When it comes to an energetic performance, Kang Ji-hwan is second to none.
Kang started his career from theater and musicals. This really has put its mark on his acting, which is lively and utilizes his entire body. Kang throws himself into his performances. This makes him ideal for a number of things and especially physical action and comedy. In works like 'My Girlfriend is an Agent' and "Rough Cut", this is something which shows a lot. From slapstick comedy to taking a good punch, this energy really works for roles that are very much about being fully involved,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Coffee House" 2014/05/31,
Try to name a few romantic comedies where the problems that keep a couple apart are based on their own issues, rather than an outside force or noble idiocy. Forget disapproving mothers in law and the leads deciding that, although no one is forcing them, they need to give up the person they like for a while, for reasons. 'A Witch's Love' would be a recent example and although shaky in its handling of the love triangle and female lead lately, a good one. 'Coffee House' is another,...More
Kang Ji-hwan in "Big Man", a stylist, too? 2014/04/21, Source, Kang Ji-hwan has been analyzing his character for the new KBS 2TV drama "Big Man".
Pictures of the actor show that he's wearing a blue sweatsuit, sitting by the road as if it were his home. He is also wearing a camouflage vest that doesn't match his outfit at all, showing how unbalanced the character of Kim Ji-hyeok is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Capital Scandal" 2013/12/14,
When Jung 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
[Video] CJ ENTERTAINMENT Hits the Catwalk with Runway Cop 2012/06/22,
CJ Entertainment launches the hilarious comedy about fashion, "Runway Cop", for a limited engagement at CGV Cinemas in Los Angeles on June 29, 2012. The film is Director Sin Tae-ra's second action comedy flick, following his 2009 hit, "My Girlfriend is an Agent". He's about the get the biggest makeover of his life. Detective Cha has a belly about to burst and unbelievably bad hygiene. He's no model, but Cha's only interest is to get the bad guys, no matter what it takes. Then comes the mission to infiltrate drug deals taking place in the fashion industry, and he is assigned the impossible: transform into a runway model… in 2 weeks! With the pressure on, Detective Cha is about to undergo the biggest makeover of his life,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.06.01 ~ 2012.06.03 2012/06/03, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2012.06.01 ~ 2012.06.03)
"Men in Black III" still tops the charts but had three local flicks biting at its heels, making this past weekend a close race for the top spot. The sci-fi comedy is the third film in the series and sees the return of the popular duo of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, with Josh Brolin stepping in to share the limelight. The film added 533,134 to its admission count, putting it on 2,454,900 in just two weeks,...More
Art and Culture 2012/05/28, Source,
It's Monday and it's the start of a new week once again. The Cannes Film Festival has ended and our Michelle Kim has all of the results of the Cannes Film Festival and more movie updates for you to enjoy throughout the week and the weekend.
[Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul
So what do you have for us,...More
Nominees For The 2011 Seoul Drama Awards 2011/07/20, Source,
The preliminaries for the 2011 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA)have been conducted and the results are out!
The organizing committee for the SDAs announced on July 20th at 11 AM, the results of the preliminaries through a press conference. Under the theme of "Drama Road", this year's SDA ceremony has been confirmed to cover 204 works from 37 different countries,...More
'Don Quixote' eager to enter Broadway 2011/06/06, Source, Shin Chun-soo, president and CEO of OD Musical Company, speaks during an interview with The Korea Times. / Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul
This is the first in a series of interviews of heads of Korea's top theatrical companies. - ED.
By Kwon Mee-yoo
"Jekyll and Hyde" is one of the most popular musicals in Korea, drawing more than 620,000 people as of May. Don Quixote of the musical "Man of La Mancha" is one of the most sought-after roles among male musical actors. The musical "Grease" has been a nest for aspiring actors, nurturing top performers such as Oh Man-seok, Um Ki-joon and Kang Ji-hwan. In 2009, a revival of the musical "Dreamgirls" premiered in Korea, with state-of-the-art LED panels depicting the backdrop of the legendary Apollo Theater and also the airport where the Dreamgirls held a press conference,...More
'Lie to Me': new spin on rom-coms? 2011/05/08, Source, Kang Ji-hwan, left, and Yoon Eun-hye pose for a photo at a press conference for the new TV drama "Lie to Me" at the SBS headquarters in Mok-dong on May 3. The romantic comedy will premiere Monday to compete with other love stories showing on the small screen. / Yonhap
By Kwon Mee-yoo
May sees an influx of romantic comedies decorate the small screen, and "Lie to Me" throws its hat into the ring as it premieres tonight on SBS,...More
Art-house musical offers realism by the glass 2010/12/05, Source,
Left, Kim Hyung-joon, a member of the K-pop band SS501, performs in the original musical "Cafe-in", which runs at the Baekam Art Hall, southern Seoul, through Jan. 23. Right, a scene from the two-man show revolving around the growing love interest between a sommelier and a barista. / Courtesy of SH Creative Works
By Ines Min
While the word musical might most often inspire images of glamorous, large-scale productions on Broadway, those smaller art-house productions are able to produce the emotionally dense intimacy others seek. The Korean original "Cafe-in" fulfills the latter, as a clever romantic comedy proving its lasting power with the start of its second season late November,...More
Kim Hyung-joon speaks about 1st performance for "Cafe In" 2010/11/26, Source,
Official poster for musical "Cafe In" [S-Plus Entertainment]
SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon posted an update on his official Twitter site today about his thoughts on his first performance for musical "Cafe In".
Kim wrote "I felt nervous and a lot of pressure since this was first attempt at a musical role. I worked really hard as a new actor and I was really happy to see the audience enjoying the show. I will work harder to become a better musical actor"
The show's producer SH CREATIVE WORKS explained that the efforts Kim has put into his role showed during o,...More
[Hallyu] Move over girls, the boys are back! 2010/11/18, Source,
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong
By Han Sang-hee
It seems like only yesterday that young, handsome and talented male singers and actors paved the path for local television programs to debut overseas. The word "hallyu" has become a household term in so many Asian countries, including Japan, China and Thailand, and the torch has been passed to yet another group of talented stars, particularly K-pop girl groups. Just when fans may have thought the pretty girls have captivated Asia, the boys, both old and new, have jumped right back into the picture, but on a more diverse scale.
The females take over...
Currently, girl groups are doing a good job in continuing the hallyu craze. Some local press are even calling it the "second phase of hallyu", and the groups have music chart success, concerts and television shows to prove it,...More
Kim Hyung-joon says turned down Park Jung-min acting advice 2010/11/15, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon speaks to reporters during a press conference for musical "Cafe In" held at the show's rehearsal studio in Seoul, South Korea on November 15, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon has said he turned down Park Jung-min's offer to teach him acting.
The remark came during a press conference for Kim's musical "Cafe In" on Monday while responding to a reporter's question on how the members of his five-member boy band reacted when he was cast for the musical,...More
Kang Ji-hwan agency ends dispute with Kang's former rep 2010/09/14, Source,
Actor Kang Ji-hwan [S-Plus Entertainment]
Actor Kang Ji-hwan's agency S-Plus Entertainment and his former agency Jambo Entertainment have ended a months-long legal spat over Kang's working contract.
A press release issued by S-Plus on Tuesday stated that the two firms have found common ground on issues surrounding management of the actor's career, leading both S-Plus and Jambo to "put behind the legal battle stemmed from misunderstandings and a conflict of opinions and reach a positive conclusion",...More
SS501 Kim Hyung-joon joins Kang Ji-hwan agency 2010/08/27, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon [S-Plus Entertainment]
K-pop idol group SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon has signed with actor Kang Ji-hwan's agency S-Plus Entertainment, making him the third member of the five-man band to join a new talenthouse.
S-Plus made the announcement through a press release on Friday, saying the firm "will provide its unstinting support to Kim Hyung-joon so he may pursue his activities in all fields of entertainment including singing and acting beyond Asia",...More
Kim Hyun-joong says SS501 has not disbanded 2010/08/26, Source,
Actor Kim Hyun-joong speaks during a press conference for MBC TV series "Naughty Kiss" held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong has said his boy band SS501 has not disbanded, playing down rumor that its five members will go separate ways since their contract with their former agency has ended and some have signed with new management,...More
SS501 Kim Hyung-joon may sign with Kang Ji-hwan agency 2010/08/19, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon [DSP Media]
Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon is looking into signing with actor Kang Ji-wan's agency S Plus Entertainment.
An official at S Plus told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Wednesday that they are reviewing whether to sign an exclusive contract with the singer which will support his activities in Korea, although emphasizing "nothing has been decided",...More
Kang Ji-hwan says will act in musical "Cafe In" Japan show 2010/08/04, Source,
Actor Kang Ji-hwan (far left) speaks during a press conference for musical "Cafe In" held at Art One Theater in Seoul, South Korea on August 3, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Kang Ji-hwan, producer of upcoming musical "Cafe In", has said he will take part in the production also as a member of the cast when it shows in Japan.
Kang made the remark during a press conference for the musical in Seoul on Tuesday, saying he will be the producer for the show's run in Korea but both producer and actor for its run in Japan,...More
Original musical production "Rocky Horror Show" to run in Korea 2010/07/15, Source,
Official poster for musical "Rocky Horrow Show" [Show Dream Company]
The original cast of famed stage musical "Rocky Horror Show" will perform in Korea starting next month, according to the show's producer Show Dream Company.
Show Dream announced in a press release that they will be presenting the original production of "Rocky", in collaboration with the British crew including the show's creator Richard O'Brien, director Christopher Luscombe and Australian production company TML Enterprises,...More
Kim Ha-neul heats up Japan fan meeting 2010/06/30, Source,
Korean actress Kim Ha-neul performing at her fan meeting held in Tokyo, Japan on June 26, 2010. [J. One Plus Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has successfully wrapped up her first-ever solo fan meeting in Japan over the weekend, according to her agency J. One Plus Entertainment on Wednesday.
J. One Plus explained in a press release that the actress held a fan event titled "Kim Ha-neul's Love Letter", which was hosted by Yamaha A&R and held at Tokyo's Ginza Yamaha Hall on June 26. Tickets for the event are said to have sold out in 15 minutes after going on sale on the Internet last month,...More
Lee Ji-ah graces cover of both Korea and China CeCi 2010/06/24, Source,
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah on the cover of fashion magazine CeCi [CeCi]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has simultaneously graced the cover of the July issue of a fashion magazine in Korea and China, according to a press release from KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that the July issue of CeCi and CeCi China both featured Lee on the cover page of the magazine as well as a photo spread inside,...More
Character Study: Lee Jin-soo in "Coffee House" 2010/06/07, Source, Character study - The man who drives me crazy
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan, who plays the character Lee Jin-soo in TV series "Coffee House" [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Lee Jin-soo in TV series "Coffee House"
"How can he be so famous, rich, capable, handsome, friendly, well-manned and modest? How can he be this perfect?" That was the impression Kang Seung-yeon had of best-selling writer Lee Jin-soo before she started working as his secretary. Lee Jin-soo would flash her a gentle smile and insist on using the highest form of honorifics when speaking to his much-younger secretary, saying "I could not speak down to you -- you may be younger but you are still an adult". Well, that all changed when she took the job,...More
On the set of SBS TV series "Coffee House" 2010/06/04, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" cast Park Si-yeon, Kang Ji-hwan and Ham Eun-jeong take part in a shoot on the show's set in the city of Paju of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Step by step, ooh baby~ Gonna get to you girl~ As New Kids On The block's hit song "Step By Step" plays in the background, actresses Park Si-yeon and Ham Eun-jeong swing their arms while stepping on the on the step machine. The always-chic Park Si-yeon is all smiles as she takes her steps to the rhythm of the music while Han Eun-jung, with a water bottle in her hand, appears to be closer to hopping rather than walking on the machine,...More
Kang Ji-hwan says "Coffee House" is adventure 2010/06/01, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo and cast members Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jeong and Jung Woong-in pose during a press conference on the set of the show in the city of Paju in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A collaboration of director Pyo Min-soo and scenarist Song Jae-jung. Even at first glance, SBS TV series "Coffee House" seems like a hybrid drama. And the show, which Pyo himself had said would be "between a sitcom and drama", revealed it contains characters who cannot be classified as being simply funny or serious -- Lee Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan) hides his fussy personality behind his gentle smile and Han Ji-won (Jung Woong-in) believes he stands alone in the center of the world. That is why "Coffee House", now into its fifth episode, may be sort of a challenge that its crew and actors are taking on. They revealed what that challenge means for them and how they hope to be perceived during a press conference held at its set in the city of Paju in the Gyeonggi Province on Monday,...More
Kang Ji-hwan to star in Korean original musical in Japan 2010/05/26, Source,
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan [S-Plus Entertainment]
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan has been cast in an original Korean musical production titled "Caffeine", which he also co-produced, as the production sets sail for its first overseas run in Japan.
According to a press release by his agency S-Plus Entertainment on Wednesday, the actor will be performing in 23 shows in Japan, from October 16 to November 7,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Coffee House" - Episode 1 2010/05/18, Source,
From left, director Pyo Min-soo, actors Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jeong and Jung Woong-in of TV series "Coffee House". [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
An ounce of romance, another ounce of comedy and three ounces of fantasy are what usually make up a romantic comedy. Thanks to viewers' fantasy that the main character of a drama 'does not have to worry about making a living and has looks good enough to get him by anywhere', Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), a young and good-looking free-spirited best-selling novelist who is so fickle that he will decide not to attend his own book signing event for no particular reason, regards an unproperly sharpened pencil as a more serious issue than a signing contract,...More
Kang Ji-hwan wants "to break Mon-Tues TV ratings record" 2010/05/12, Source,
Cast of SBS' "Coffee House" Kang Ji-hwan (left) and Park Si-yeon (right) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
SBS' "Coffee House" is the second 'House' series from director Pyo Min-so and even in its production stage it is already causing a stir among the audience with its stars including Kang Ji-hwan's return to the small screen and the debut of T-ara member Ham Eun-jeong as the leading actress. Ham plays the role of Seung-yeon who is an amateur in life living with no set goals while preparing for the level 9 public official test and after she meets a perfectionist novelist Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), decides to endure the pain in order to become a professional. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for the new drama "Coffee House" with Korean actors Kang Ji-hwan, Ham Eun-jeong, Park Si-yeon and Jung Woong-in. 10: Could you explain a bit about the characters you will be playing? Kang Ji-hwan (Kang): I will be playing the role of Jin-soo who is a novelist. He is the most unusual and sort of four-dimensional type of character I have ever played before. I've been putting a lot of effort to give my character more personality by meeting with the director a lot of times since the planning stages of the drama,...More
Pyo says "Coffee House" is "in between sitcom and drama" 2010/05/12, Source,
"Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Joint press interview with director Pyo Min-soo of SBS TV series "Coffee House" Director Pyo Min-soo described the characters in upcoming SBS TV series "Coffee House" as people who "are free from certain restrictions". As a matter of fact, all his previous dramas were too different and various to be put into a single category. While KBS TV series "Full House" and MBC's "What Star Did You Come From" were romantic comedies, KBS' "In-soon is Pretty" was a unique drama which told about a character growing up and "The World That They Live In" in many angles shed light onto the loves and heartbreaks that characters working at a TV broadcasting station experience. In "Coffee House", director Pyo Min-soo tries to "prove that this drama is different from previous ones" by bringing realistic elements of a sitcom into the show such as incorporating the actor's real-life personalities and props. Through female character Seung-yeon's (played by Ham Eun-jeong) transformation from an amateur to a professional working woman, Pyo tries to show a type of professional who is able to enjoy pain. At the drama's press conference held on May 10, the director shared his insight on how he tried to differentiate "Coffee House",...More
[10LINE] Actor Jang Geun-seok 2010/04/23, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actress Lee Yoon-ji, actress Ha Ji-won, actor Kang Ji-hwan, actress Park Shin-hye and actor Yoo Seung-ho [10Asia]
Jang Geun-seok From an early age, the world of entertainment was his workplace. He was surrounded only by adults. Even at a young age he made a lot of money and his wish was to have a "normal part-time job". He spent his teenage years as an 'idol' who acts.
Jang Han-na Child actress who played the role of Jeong Nan-jeong for SBS drama "Yeoincheonha". Jang Geun-seok played the role of Jeong's half-brother. Jang began his career in entertainment when he beat the odds of 1:25,000 to win first place in a beautiful child contest. However, his parents were not able to pay much attention to his career because they were busy with their fish farm business in Danyang in the North Chungcheong Province,...More
Police start grilling Kang Ji-hwan and former agency 2010/03/24, Source,
Actor Kang Ji-hwan [S Plus Entertainment]
Police have started cross-examination of actor Kang Ji-hwan and the head of his former agency Jambo Entertainment regarding a legal spat over the actor's working contract.
The two parties on Tuesday convened at the Gangnam Police Station for a questioning session held in response to a civil suit filed by Kang's current management firm S Plus Entertainment against Jambo on charges of embezzlement and document forgery,...More
Super Junior Kim Hee-cheol makes radio DJ comeback 2010/03/22, Source,
Boy band Super Junior member Kim Hee-cheol poses during a press conference announcing major broadcaster SBS' revamped radio schedule at the public network's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea on March 22, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band Super Junior member Kim Hee-cheol will be returning as a radio DJ for SBS Power FM (107.7 MHZ) starting next week for the first time in four years.
"I am very thankful that I have been asked to take be a DJ again... I will do my best", the 26-year-old singer said at a press conference announcing SBS' revamped radio schedule,...More
Director Jang Hoon's Movie Picks 2010/03/16, Source,
Director Jang Hoon [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
There are two men. Whether they have their backs turned or are facing each other, they are enemies. They stand together only because they need to, and the distance between them fails to narrow. Gang-pae (played by So Ji-sub) and Soo-ta (Kang Ji-hwan) met in "Rough Cut" to shoot a film and Han-gyu (Song Kang-ho) and Ji-won (Gang Dong-won) meet in "Secret Reunion" to find what they have lost. Yet while Gang-pae and Soo-ta end up scarring each other deeply, Han-gyu and Ji-won find peace.
The man who made these men meet, made them fight and then reconcile, is director Jang Hoon. He has returned with his second directorial feature "Secret Reunion", again telling the story of two male characters as he did with "Rough Cut" but things are different this time,...More
Kang Ji-hwan's rep takes legal action against former agency 2010/01/20, Source,
Actor Kang Ji-hwan [Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Kang Ji-hwan's new agency has pressed charges against Kang's former agency Jambo Entertainment which last week accused the actor of breaching his contract valid for several more months.
S Plus Entertainment had announced two weeks ago that they signed with the 32-year-old actor. Jambo stepped forward, however, claiming that Kang had violated his exclusive contract with them intact till August and hinted at taking legal action.,...More
Kang Ji-hwan may face lawsuit by former agency 2010/01/11, Source,
Actor Kang Ji-hwan [Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Kang Ji-hwan is on the verge of being sued by talenthouse Jambo Entertainment which claims Kang signed a contract with a new agency although his current contract with Jambo is valid for several more months.
Kang's new agency, S Plus Entertainment, had announced through a press release last Friday that they had signed with the 32-year-old actor. Kang had reportedly sent a contents-certified letter last month to Jambo, asking to be freed from his contract to which he is legally bound till August this year.
"The statement by another company regarding Kang shows he has signed a dual contract which is violation of the terms of agreement mentioned in our exclusive contract with him", Jambo stated in a press release later in the day.,...More
Actor Kang Ji-hwan signs with new agency 2010/01/08, Source,
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan has signed with a new agency, according to a press release by S Plus Entertainment on Friday.
The actor had reportedly sent a contents-certified letter last month to his former agency, Jambo Entertainment, asking to be freed from his contract. Kang is legally bound to Jambo - his agency of six years - til August.,...More
Kim Ha-neul launches online magazine on official website 2010/01/06, Source,
Korean actress Kim Haneul's online magazine [J. One Plus]
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has launched an online magazine on her official website (www.joneplus.co.kr/kimhaneul), according to a press release by agency J. One Plus Entertainment.
"We plan to provide new and refreshing information about Kim Ha-neul on a monthly basis thru the Kim Ha-neul Magazine", an official at J. One Plus was quoted as saying. He further explained that the magazine site, launched on Tuesday, will be a place for communication with the fans and electronic commerce with businesses affiliated with the actress.,...More
Gang Dong-won says envies Song Kang-ho's animal instincts 2010/01/06, Source,
From left, actor Song Kang-ho, director Jang Hoon and actor Kang Dong-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "Secret Reunion" held at the Plaza Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on January 5, 2009. [Lee Ji-hyuk/10Asia] A former South Korean intelligence agency official and a North Korean spy sent to South Korea. In most films, such a setting would end as a tragedy or result in a clash of ideologies as was the case in films "Shiri" or "JSA - Joint Security Area". These characters, who have been trained for the good of their country, will confront each other brutally or will have to face numerous conspiracies as was the case with the NSS agents in KBS TV series "IRIS". But "Secret Reunion" is a film which seems to be set on providing a new form of enjoyment through its characters. Unlike its poster showing a resolutely determined Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won, a preview video revealed at a press conference for the film on Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel drew frequent bursts of laughter from the audience. Lee Han-gyu (played by Song) who looks better as the owner of a detective agency than the national intelligence service from which he has been expelled, and North Korean spy Song Ji-won (played by Kang) who still flaunts his outstanding looks on screen despite the director's efforts to do his best to "make him not look like a model", start living together for different purposes. Lee employes Song to win a prize money given for catching spies and Song starts working at Lee's agency to make money to return to the North. Each character, both of whom have been ousted by their organizations, will try to use the other as a tool to reclaim their original positions but the wall between them starts collapsing. "Secret Reunion", which focused on the individual changes the two characters go through regardless of their different ideologies, is set for release on February 4. Below are excerpts from the press conference attended by Song, Kang and director Jang.
Actor Song Kang-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: What sort of film is "Secret Reunion"? Jang Hun (Jang): A South Korean man in the National Intelligence Service meets with a North Korean man sent to the South as a spy. The film is about the two men who start out as enemies but change after seeing the humane sides to each other while living together.,...More
Kang Ji-hwan's Movie Picks 2009/12/23, Source,
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan [photographed by Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
There are usually two ways that male actors can have a competitive advantage on television and movie screens. He can be drop-dead gorgeous or have drop-dead fantastic acting skills. Of course, not all actors fulfill either one requirement completely, but in most cases one could tell how much an actor satisfied each requirement. But what makes Kang Ji-hwan interesting is that one cannot quite discern exactly how handsome or how great of an actor he is.
Of course, Kang Ji-hwan has an attractive smile and is a very detailed actor. But his appeal comes from that certain something that goes beyond good looks and good acting skills. In other words, there are other actors who are more attractive and more talented than he is, but one cannot easily think of any actor that is better suited for roles in the following movies -- Hong Gil-dong in "Hong Gil-dong", Sunwoo Wan in "Capital Scandal" and Jae-joon in "My Girlfriend is an Agent". This isn't simply because he played these characters well. For parts like Hong Gil-dong, who trudges around with a knapsack and a pole, and the cheesy, immature Modern Boy who is busy seducing women in a midst of societal chaos [in "Capital Scandal"), Kang's looks and acting are a perfect fit for making such comic book-ish characters come to life. Few actors can pull off a really difficult role but it is just as rare to find an actor like Kang, who can play around with interesting characters. So it comes as no surprise that Kang would recommend such comical, imaginative movies as below.,...More
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