[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 18 (final) 2016/06/16,
The boys of Entertainer Band scraped and clawed their way from the bottom to the top, past obstacles of evil female idols, ambitious CEOs, slimy managers, and reformed souls. If you're looking for an underdog story with a touch of romance, a solid OST, some cute guys in a band, and a friendship-related family, then "Entertainers" is for you. The drama may not be the most cohesive in its follow through of the big issues, but it knows how to deliver emotional punches,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 17 2016/06/15,
The penultimate episode of "Entertainers" rounded out a persistent conflict of Seok-ho's, focused on the neglected romances, and revealed a few juicy morsels about the boys of Entertainer Band. Like the rest of the drama, this episode trudged along at a leisurely pace that highlighted the lack of material left to fill the two episode extension. Guilt is a heavy and pervasive emotion that weighed down Seok-ho and, in its incongruous way, spurred him to do right by his band,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 16 2016/06/09, "Entertainers" has fallen into a predictable pattern: the fallen will redeem themselves except for CEO Joon-seok, and not even that is set in stone. Characters aren't developing as much as reacting to events. Tears are the main staple of emotional provocation. While the situations the characters find themselves in are moving, and Ji Seong is great, it's starting to get dull. And I'm worried the last two episodes will be one big cheeseball romantic fest, or have a quick dash of excitement to keep audiences guessing. Like Seok-ho, Joo-han, and Jinu before him, Joon-ha, the singer who stole Ha-neul's older brother's song, is forced to reckon with his past and make the right decision,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 15 2016/06/09,
The elements of "Entertainers" that make it poignant are also its weak points. Ji Seong is powerful in his delivery of melodrama and tears, the crying is appropriately moving, and the conflict is well set-up, if a bit slow. And that's the crux of the matter: everything is a bit slow and tends to perseverate. In real life, tragedy is consuming and the person suffering from tragedy may take years to a lifetime to deal with that tragedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 14 2016/06/03,
Realization is the name of the game in episode 14 of "Entertainers". Secrets are discovered in a flurry of activity that hurries the plot line along, but not always for the better. Some of the discoveries are made in ways that leave one puzzled as to how they came about. Others are emotively depicted. The juxtaposition between the good and the bad and this show has always been stark and obvious. The plot elements of the show that were welcome, but seemed forced, were some of what I had been asking for earlier: follow through,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 12 2016/05/26,
The romance of "Entertainers" has finally kicked up a notch and sparked a few real flames. Seok-ho and Green have a few wonderful moments together. Yeon-soo's life is cracked open for us to peer at and understand that he really is as sweet as he seems to be. The characters are what make "Entertainers" worth the watch. The plot leaves something left to be desired. Rather than layering story elements and plot threads, the drama has laid out a few central conflicts and peeled away layers of it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 11 2016/05/25,
This episode of "Entertainers" was particularly heartwarming. As is the trend with the drama, things resolve a bit too easily and the media doesn't have enough power. Despite those faults, there is just something about Seok-ho and his boys that turns hearts into puddles of goo and defy all logic. There is something special about the brotherhood and family forged by the characters in "Entertainers",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 10 2016/05/19, "Entertainers" episode 10 was, simply put, the strongest it has ever been. The emotional beats were well-played, flowed into plot action, and then twisted into gripping turmoil. My complaints remain, but episode 10 effectively minimized them to nearly negligible. All of the inherent goodness of the relationships between our boys, Green, Min-joo, Seok-hoo, and Man-seok in "Entertainer Band" has built a solid emotional ground for the team to stand on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 9 2016/05/18,
The glitter of "Entertainers" has dulled a bit as the drama soldiers on, doing battle with backstories, overbearing mothers, tragic pasts, and personal foibles. The setup and premise of "Entertainers" is as solid as ever, but the resolutions of issues is a point of contention between me and this show. Jae-hoon's story was the central focus of episode 9,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 8 2016/05/12, "Entertainers" is getting messier in organization but that didn't stop it from tying with "Goodbye Mr. Black" at 8.6% for first place tonight. Indubitably, the spike upwards in ratings are due to the increased romantic presence in the storyline and with Ha-neul's direct confrontation with Jinu. The sexual assault scandal and how desperately the characters endeavor to hide or expose it provides a lot of raw plot fodder,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 7 2016/05/11,
The dark truth that connects the unfortunate young people in "Entertainer" is twisted by lies as those involved try to prevent it from surfacing, and wrecking havoc on their lives and careers. This truth may not be as riveting to viewers as it is to the characters as ratings came in lower this week at 7.8%. Whatever the reasons may be, the undercurrent of tension caused by the buried sexual assault scandal is palpable. This doesn't stop the Entertainer band family from growing closer and from opening up to each other. Now that we know the backstories of our main characters, the rest of the band is getting a little spotlight,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 6 2016/05/05, "Entertainers" is moving full-stead ahead as the drummer joins the band, Seok-ho finds the will to move forward, and the bad guys plan their nefarious deeds to cover up past nefarious deads. A little awkwardness in plot organization gums up the works, but the damage isn't too bad. The show is doing better in ratings as well - 8.3%. What was awkward in this episode was the attempt to speed up the pace by explaining a way a lot of time and the formation of the band and the album,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 5 2016/05/04, "Entertainers" comes in at 7.4% and delivers heavy feels, buckets of tears, and a whole lot of family fuzzies. The band of misfits that makes up Seok-ho's indie rock band has come together for the love of music, and because they found something special in each other. Sure, there are a few things that I questioned along the way, but Directors Hong and Lee paired with Writer Yoo deliver a powerful hour of entertainment. This drama doesn't waste time with keeping secrets,...More
TTS-Girls' Generation, CNBLUE Added to KCON 2016 LA Line-up #KCONLiveChat 2016/05/01, Source,
KCON 2016 presented by Toyota revealed today that the Billboard-topping girl group TTS and the pop-rock boy group CNBLUE will be joining the KCON 2016 Los Angeles lineup! Celebrating its fifth anniversary, KCON USA is the world's largest Korean culture convention and music festival. KCON NY is returning to the Prudential Center and will expand to two nights of concerts running June 24-25. KCON LA kicks off a month later and takes place July 29-31 at the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 4 2016/04/28,
Despite wavering ratings, "Entertainers" continues strongly. Ji Seong is just hitting this role out of the park. Kang Min-hyuk had the chance to really open up as Ha-neul truly lets himself feel the after effects of the horrors in his life. We get some backstory on Green. And that pesky mystery, it just keeps throwing curve balls at us. Honestly, I could just sit here all day and watch this fledgling band bicker and rehearse all day. The romance really isn't necessary...at all. You think I'm joking. When Seok-ho leans in close in order to make a point, Green is shaken by his nearness and overpowering masculinity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 3 2016/04/27,
As with all of the strongest dramas, "Entertainers" has begun to put together the one thing that always grabs at hearts and convinces the viewer to invest into it. It has created a family, a band family. A group of hurting misfits band together (pun intended) for the love of music, and will most certainly learn to love each other. Even ruthless Seok-ho is starting to show his gooey center. Perhaps that is helping the climbing rating - a 7.2%. While Seok-ho endeavors to pick his life and career up off of the ground, so do Ha-neul, Kyle (Gong Myeong), and Green,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 2 2016/04/21, "Entertainers" came in at 6.6%, but the rating does not reflect the quality of this show, its premise, or the performances of the cast. If episode 1 was dead on in its pacing and emotional delivery, then episode 2 can only be described as blowing the first episode out of the water. The desperation of hitting rock bottom gives birth to hope, and that's what Seok-ho and Ha-neul feel about their potential partnership. They have a long way to go, but I'm so excited to see them get there,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Entertainers" Episode 1 2016/04/20,
Wow. I really like "Entertainers". It delivered the necessary introductory episode with panache and Ji Seong hit his character Sin Seok-ho right out of the park. Hyeri as Green, who doesn't look like she's just recovered from a very serious disease, it just as powerful as she was in career-maker Answer Me 1988. Kang Min-hyuk as the quiet, brilliant Ha-neul seethes with intensity. The world crumbles around these three characters, Seok-ho, Green, and Ha-neul, starting them on a journey that I'm intensely looking forward to. The SBS drama came in at a decent 6.2% for its first episode, but what really made it work was the deft combination of humor, gravity, meta jokes, and swift setup,...More
CNBLUE to Release New Album in Mid-September 2015/08/31, Source,
Boy band CNBLUE will get together again in mid-September for the release of their second full-length album, after their mini-album released in February last year.
Recently, the four members have been focusing on their individual careers,...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
CNBLUE to hold arena tour in Japan 2012/07/19, Source,
Korean rock band CNBLUE will undertake an arena tour of Japan in October. The four-member group is to give nine performances in six cities including Niigata, Osaka, Hiroshima and Saitama. According to their agency FNC Entertainment on Wednesday, the tour is to start at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya on Oct. 2 and run through Oct. 21. Some 100,000 are expected to attend the concerts,...More
World grows smaller for boy band CNBLUE 2012/04/17, Source,
Members of the four-strong boy band CNBLUE pose for the camera at a gallery of the Korea Foundation in downtown Seoul. The popular group have recently released their EP titled "Ear Fun". / Courtesy of enewsworld
This is the first of a 15-part series on the stars and trends in "hallyu", or the Korean Wave, which is gaining global popularity particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED.
By Kwaak Je-yup Since their 2009 debut in Korea, CNBLUE have been one of the few rock bastions in the ultra-competitive local music scene dominated by danceable electro-pop,...More
CNBLUE to open Linkin Park's concert in Japan this weekend 2011/09/07, Source,
Korean rock band CNBLUE have been chosen as the opening act to Linkin Park's upcoming concert in Japan, according to the official website of Linkin Park and CNBLUE's official Japanese website.
The respective websites revealed on Wednesday that CNBLUE will warm up the crowd before Linkin Park takes the stage at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan on September 10 as part of their nationwide tour titled "A THOUSAND SUNS JAPAN TOUR 2011".,...More
CNBLUE tops Taiwan music chart again 2011/06/08,
Members of Korean rock band CNBLUE
By Chung Min-uck
Korean rock band CNBLUE has topped the music chart in Taiwan again with their second album.
The four-member band ranked No. 1 with the newly released album "Thank You" on the Taiwan G-music's international chart for the first week of June,...More
CNBLUE to embark on concert tour in Japan next week 2011/01/06, Source,
CNBLUE members Jung-shin, Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk and Kang Min-hyuk [FNC Music] Korean rock band CNBLUE will hit the road for a four-city concert tour in Japan, starting with their first show this weekend.
FNC Music announced in a press release on Thursday that the group will kick off their "Zepp Tour", beginning with a show in Osaka on Sunday followed by three more stops including Fukuoka on January 11, Nagoya on January 13 and Tokyo three days later,...More
[10ASIA EXCLUSIVE] K-pop idols' Wants & Hopes for 2011: CNBLUE & FTIsland 2010/12/17, Source, [** This will be part of a series of weekly interviews to be published throughout December on what Korea's hottest idol stars want and hope for in the year 2011.]
CNBLUE and FTIsland [FNC Music]
Two of Korea's hottest rock bands, CNBLUE and FTIsland, have several things in common: they are both managed by talenthouse FNC Music, they won their first award on a televised music show in just two weeks into their debut, they are known for their pretty looks and are widely popular throughout Asia. Start with CNBLUE, the four-member idol band composed of Jeong Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Lee Jung-shin and Kang Min-hyuk, who in 2009, kicked off their singing career in Japan first. They then received a boost to their debut in Korea when leader and main vocalist Jung starred in popular TV series "You're Beautiful" through which he shot to fame just a couple of months before CNBLUE officially appeared in the local music scene,...More
Pop idols not enough for 'Acoustic' 2010/10/28, Source,
A scene from "Acoustic" starring Sin Se-kyeong. The omnibus film inspired by Hongdae's indie music scene also features members of pop bands CNBLUE and 2AM. /Courtesy of Kino Eye DMC
By Lee Hyo-won
The last thing you want in a film celebrating the indie music spirit is something that feels manufactured, and this is unfortunately what can be said of the K-pop idol-fueled omnibus collection "Acoustic",...More
CNBLUE sees another sold out concert 2010/10/27, Source,
Official poster for CNBLUE's second concert "Feel the BLUE" [FNC Music]
Another one of Korean rock band CNBLUE's concerts have sold out, according to their agency FNC Music on Wednesday.
FNC stated in a press release that all 4,000 tickets for the group's second concert "Feel the BLUE" to be held on December 18 at the Grand Peace Palace at Seoul's Kyung Hee University, have been sold after going on sale yesterday,...More
SHINee Jonghyun and Sin Se-kyeong spotted dating 2010/10/27, Source,
Boy band SHINee member Jonghyun and actress Sin Se-kyeong [10Asia]
Popular boy band SHINee member Jonghyun and actress Sin Se-kyeong have been spotted dating by a local media outlet.
Local sports daily Sports Seoul on Wednesday carried a report revealing photographs of the two on a date on October 20 along with confirmations by their agencies that they have romantically involved for about a month now,...More
CNBLUE tops weekly music charts in Taiwan 2010/08/17, Source,
CNBLUE members Jung-shin, Lee Jong-hyun, Jeong Yong-hwa and Kang Min-hyuk [FNC Music]
Four-member rock band CNBLUE has topped two weekly music charts in Taiwan with their mini-album "Bluetory", according to their agency FNC Music on Tuesday.
FNC announced in a press release that the group's Korean mini-album "Bluetory" took the No. 1 spot on Taiwan's G-Music and Five Music weekly music chart during the week of August 6 to 12, placing ahead of Super Junior's fourth full-length record "BONAMANA" and SS501's first Japanese single "Kokoro",...More
CNBLUE's Japan concert sells out 2010/08/12, Source,
CNBLUE members Jung-shin, Lee Jong-hyun, Jeong Yong-hwa and Kang Min-hyuk [FNC Music]
Tickets for Korean rock band CNBLUE's three concerts in Japan have been sold out, according to their agency FNC Music on Thursday.
A press release from FNC announced that the shows to be held at Hatch in Osaka (September 16), Bottom Line in Nagoya (September 18) and Shibuya-AX in Tokyo (September 20) have sold out,...More
CNBLUE's Singapore concert a sellout 2010/08/03, Source,
CNBLUE members Jung-shin, Lee Jong-hyun, Jeong Yong-hwa and Kang Min-hyuk [FNC Music]
Tickets for Korean rock band CNBLUE's Singapore concert have been sold out, according to their agency FNC Music on Tuesday.
FNC announced in a press release that tickets for the show to be held on August 21 at the University Cultural Centre Hall, sold out within a minute of going on sale online on Sunday,...More
CNBLUE holds first concert in front of 3,000 fans 2010/08/02, Source,
CNBLUE leader Jeong Yong-hwa (top left), bassist Jung-shin (top right), guitarist Lee Jong-hyun (bottom left) and drummer Kang Min-hyuk (bottom right) at their concert on July 31 held at the AX Hall. [FNC Music]
Four-member Korean band CNBLUE rocked out for fans from near and afar at their first-ever concert yesterday, according to their agency FNC Music on Monday.
A press release from FNC announced that the rock band took stage at the AX Hall for their concert titled "Listen to the Blue" on July 31 in front of some 3,000 fans from Korea, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan,...More
Eight K-pop idols to host Mnet music show 2010/02/17, Source,
Idol group 2PM member Nichkhun [10Asia]
Eight Korean pop idols -- namely Nichkhun, Junho, Chansung (of 2PM), Jo Kwon, Jinwoon (2AM), Kang Min-hyuk (C.N.Blue), Lee Joon and G.O (MBLAQ) -- have been selected to host cable music channel Mnet's weekly music show starting Thursday.
Mnet explained yesterday that the popular idol group members -- newly nicknamed "MCD GUYZ" -- will team into groups of three or fours and take turns co-hosting popular music show "M countdown" each week.,...More
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