[HanCinema's Digest] Culture Corner 2016/06/25,
The Korea Times shines the light on the "hidden promoters" of Korean literature, Julie Ricevuto explores body shaming and beauty culture in Korea, Help Go Abroad has some useful tips for expats to avoid any serious culture shock, and "American Ninja Warrior" to challenge locals later this year,...More
Actress Kang Soo-yeon to Helm This Year's Busan Film Fest 2015/07/07, Source,
Actress Kang Soo-yeon was appointed Monday as the co-executive director of this year's Busan International Film Festival, which marks its 20th anniversary. Kang has been involved in promoting Asia's largest film festival since 1998 as a member of the executive committee, and has helped actors, both local and overseas, to connect with the festival,...More
Ford's Korean Chief Designer 'Untroubled by Identity' 2014/10/05, Source,
Soo Kang, who led the interior design of Ford's Lincoln four-door luxury sedan, says she considers herself a designer first and an Asian woman second. "When I work, I never think of my identity as an Asian woman", she says, explaining that picking out a person's nationality or background is just a hindrance to new possibilities,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Master's Sun" Episode 5 2013/08/22,
"Master's Sun" continues to improve. The ghosts are becoming more interesting even though the way they involve themselves with Gong-shil is contrived. But the heart of the story lies with Gong-shil, Joong-won, Kang Woo and even airheaded Yi-ryeong who are developing into wonderful, zany, heartwarming characters.
Gong-shil is a constant source of amusement because she is always flirting with Joong-won and Kang Woo, but her intentions with each man are completely different. She physically needs Joong-won to live. Being with him allows her the most basic of human necessities: sleep,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Master's Sun" Episode 4 2013/08/16,
And here we have it, folks. A Hong sisters episode at its best. The story finally hit it's stride and I'm fully invested in it and the characters. Everything that I asked for in the last review was satisfied by this episode - except for the terrible ghost makeup.
Horrible makeup aside, I have to say I loved everything about this episode, including the second female lead, Tae Yi-ryung. Unlike in other shows, the second lead doesn't have an inordinate amount of power to make the female lead feel miserable. Yes, Yi-ryung makes Gong-shil feel embarrassed, but the embarrassment does not give Yi-ryung any real leverage over Gong-shil. It's a welcome change in first and second female lead dynamics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Master's Sun" Episode 3 2013/08/15,
"Master's Sun" is a fun show despite its creepy premise. The Hong sisters are great at delivering solid, fun, and quirky characters while also making these characters loveable. Relationships having always been the Hong Sisters' strong suit. Take the infamous relationship between Ae-jung and Pil-joo from Best Love. It was based in friendship and beautifully, naturally formed. Or the fun-loving friendship between Jeremy and Mi-nam in You're Beautiful - they didn't have a ton of screen time together, but they were still memorable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Master's Sun" Episode 1 2013/08/08,
It's that time of year again. The Hong sisters, Hong Mi-ran and Hong Jeong-eun, are back with a new drama. They are known for their witty dialogue and heartfelt characters like in popular dramas "You're Beautiful" and "The Greatest Love". This summer, along with "City Hunter"'s director Jin Hyeok, they bring us Master's Sun, a horror romcom starring Best Love's Gong Hyo-jin as Tae Gong-shil, a woman who can see terrifying ghosts and loses sleep because of them. Opposite her is the money-loving, dyslexic Joo Joong-won played by the charismatic So Ji-sub. The opening of the show immediately throws you into Gong-shil's world: dark and eerie. She walks through life feeling afraid, which is a very captivating premise. The orchestral accompaniment and creaking sound effects initially add to the mood, but then become overpowering. And then the first ghost appears and it's a CG nightmare,...More
Why Did Violinist Clara-Jumi Kang Model for a Cosmetics Brand? 2011/12/09, Source, Clara-Jumi Kang, the German-born Korean violinist who won the prestigious Sendai International Violin Music Competition and International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, was recently chosen to model for a domestic cosmetics brand.
The 24-year old said she accepted the offer in order to "purchase a new bow". A professional violinist needs a specific bow to play works by Mozart and Shostakovich, and a good bow costs more than W60 million (US$1=W1,131).
Kang, who spoke with the Chosun Ilbo in downtown Seoul on Wednesday, said, "But my real concern is to get my hands on a top-quality Stradivarius or a Guarneri within three years",...More
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