[HanCinema's Film Review] "My Tutor Friend" 2015/01/02,
Soo-wan (played by Kim Ha-neul) is a college-aged tutor who crankily works to finance her education. Ji-hoon (played by kwon Sang-woo) is a high school student who's been held back three years because he's been too busy doing cool stuff like getting into fights and partying. Together, they study. And I guess eventually they also fight crime, via a last minute plot thread that kind of pops out of nowhere,...More
Kim Ha-neul's loyalty shot 2013/01/14, Source, Kim Ha-neul posted on her Facebook on the 13th, "I took these pictures after taking group pictures with my old time friends. It was a thoughtful moment".
Kim Ha-neul is smiling with her friends or making cute faces in the picture. Her bright smile is what draws attention. It's not like that of an actress but of a woman having a good time with her friends,...More
A look at the K-dramas of 2012 2013/01/01, Source,
This year was really a wild ride. It was my second full year as a k-drama watcher and my first full year blogging. Phew. Did 2012 go by as quickly for you as it did for me?
Some of it I loved, and some of it left me lukewarm. There were a few dramas I really wish I could obliterate from my memory. But the good ones made up for it, 'cause there were some GOOD dramas.
The reviews will be highly biased and highly noninclusive. It's about what I remembered at the end of the year 2012. How did these shows impact me? Am I still salivating? Or did I forget it existed until I had to write this thing?,...More
SM C&C Merges With AM Entertainment 2012/09/20, Source, SM Entertainment seems to be growing by the day. It's affiliate group, SM C&C, has just merged with talent agency giant AM Entertainment, home to some of Korea's A-list actors and actresses. According to an SM C&C rep on September 19th, talents like Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul, and Han Ji-min, have all joined SM C&C. With this movie, SM C&C is hoping to grow as a representative video contents and drama production center in Asia. This will just another strategic move on SM Entertainment's part, in addition to its ambitions of becoming a global acting management company,...More
[Film Review] "Blind" 2012/07/28, Source,
I'm going to try and stay as unbiased as possible in reviewing "Blind" (블라인드), because yes, it has my favorite Korean actress Kim Ha-neul in it. Not factoring that in though, what we have here is a pretty good suspense-thriller that asks the audience to suspend some disbelief in order to achieve maximum entertainment. I was able to do that and walked away fairly entertained.
Police cadet Soo-ah (Kim Ha-neul) is an angry woman when we first meet her. Why? Because her younger brother Dong-hyeon (Park Bo-geom), is at the club again preparing to enter a B-Boy dance competition with his friends. See, he promised to stop this hip-hop dancing and yet here he is about to shake his groove thing again and Soo-ah ain't havin' it! She drags him out of the club, going so far as to handcuff him to the handle on the inside of her van so he doesn't try to run off. The two are arguing during the drive home, with Dong-hyeon reaching for the handcuff keys and Soo-ah trying to stop him,...More
Jang Dong-gun Excited About New Drama 2012/05/25, Source,
Actor Jang Dong-gun is returning to primetime TV drama after a 12-year absence. He will appear in a weekend soap called "A Gentleman's Dignity", which is scheduled to air from Saturday night on SBS.
In the soap about the careers and love lives of urban professionals, he plays the role of an architect in his 40s who wants to remain single,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Blind" 2012/04/07,
Following in the footsteps of Terence Young's 1967 thriller "Wait Until Dark", Korean writer/director Ahn Sang-hoon's "Blind" is a suspenseful thriller that dapples in brilliance but ultimately falls victim to some of the ill short-comings of the Korean thriller genre.
Perhaps it was the fantastical premise of a blind women (Min Soo-ah played stoically by Kim Ha-neul) using her remaining senses to ultimately prevail over a malicious and sadistic serial rapist/murderer that caused me to hesitate on this one. Ahn Sang-hoon does have a number of tricks up his sleave that managed to, at least periodically, suspend my disbelief on the unlikelihood of all,...More
No Photoshop, just Kim Ha-neul 2012/01/24, Source,
Actress Kim Ha-neul showed off her long legs.
She exposed her chic body in the February edition of fashion magazine " Singles " recently. She displayed her slim figure in shorts, without her usual smile,...More
Why Do Many Celebrities Suffer from Mental Problems? 2012/01/10, Source,
Veteran comedian Lee Kyung-kyu (52), who regularly appears on several TV shows, recently confessed that he has been taking medication to treat panic attacks for four months. The revelation has instantly turned the spotlight on mental disorders or depressions many people in showbusiness are vulnerable to.
"I constantly felt like I was suffocating and felt scared of dying", Lee said. His fans were shocked by his confession, as Lee always exuded a happy-go-lucky persona on TV as an entertainer skilled at making viewers laugh,...More
Won Bin Becomes 'Actor of the Year' for Two Consecutive Years 2011/12/23, Source,
Gallup Korea conducted a survey to select the "Actor of the Year", and Won Bin has been chosen as the best actor for two years in a row. Gallup Korea said on December 22 that they had conducted a survey with 1,728 respondents from both men and women aged 13 or older across the nation from November 18 until December 6 to ask the best movie star of the year, and Won Bin obtained 11.3 percent of the votes. Gallup Korea let the respondents select two actors and counted the total votes,...More
[User Review Batch] Movies 2011 - Blind, Sector 7, Head 2011/12/10,
So, a while back I made some Korean Movies 2011 posts in my blog, talking about movies being released this year which drew my interest. There are a few more that popped up so I might need to make another post now, but at the same time, I'd like to start some mini-reviews of those I have seen.
For a couple of them, I might even do dedicated bigger reviews, but for now, this is good enough. I will probably do 3 movies each time, to keep things tidier and keep up with the releases, which vary a lot.
So, here is the first batch, featuring "Blind", "Sector 7" and "Head",...More
Busan critics name Tang Wei best actress 2011/12/01, Source,
By Lee Hyo-won
The Busan Film Critics Association (BCFA) has named Tang Wei best actress for her role in the local melodrama "Late Autumn - 2010". This marks the Chinese star's third honorable mention in Korea.
The 32-year-old Chinese actress is slated to attend the ceremony for the 12th BCFA Awards tonight at the Busan Cinema Center in the southern port city,...More
Park Hae-il, is a 3 combo set 2011/11/27, Source,
Actor Park Hae-il's shaved head is drawing lots of attention.
He won the Best Actor at the 32nd Cheongryong Movie Awards at the Peace Hall in Kyeonghee University on the 25th. He took off his fedora while giving his speech and revealed his shaved, bald head,...More
[Movie Review] The Blind Witness 2011/11/26, Source,
By Jason Yu from Green Tea Graffiti (guest posting)
------- Minor Spoilers Ahead -------
A serial rapist is loose on the streets of Seoul. Kidnapping young females, this perpetrator brutally rapes them before putting them out of their misery. As police issue a massive search for this sick criminal, a female witness is soon found. She unknowingly entered the killer's car one night, remembered exactly how the car smelt, felt the texture of the car seat, and even heard the killer's voice. Luckily, she escapes the rapist's grasp before she became his next victim. This witness is too good to be true. This sicko will be caught in no time. But there is only one problem: the witness is blind,...More
Kim Ha-neul VS Tang Wei 2011/11/24, Source,
Who will be the flower of this years Cheongryong?
The 32nd Cheongryong Movie Awards will be held on the 25th at the Kyeonghee University in the Peace Hall. The competition for the Best Actress seems to be more special and intense than usual.,...More
Korean romantic comedies crash 2011/11/20, Source,
The results of recent Korean romantic comedy movies are not that good.
After the craze for "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon" and "The Crucible" passed by this summer, there was a spill of romantic comedies, showing the sweet affection between lovers. Despite the fact that October and November is off-season for theaters, these films threw their hat into the ring with the excuse that the cold weather would give a reason for lovers to spend their time watching movies,...More
Jang Geun-seok Defends Slavish Portrayal of Men in 'You Pet' 2011/11/12, Source,
A Korean men's association has recently filed a legal petition to suspend screenings of "You Pet", a film the group has taken offense with due to its portrayal of male-female relationships. In the movie, gender relations are shown on par with that of a pet owner and her dog, they claim, calling this is "an insult to men's dignity as human beings".
In the film, a highly-educated single woman in her 30s played by Kim Ha-neul lives with a younger dancer played by Jang Geun-seok. In exchange for accommodation and food, the young dancer calls the woman "master" and loyally obeys her. The movie is based on a Japanese comic book that was hugely popular in Japan and Korea,...More
Actress Kim Ha-neul to Be Teacher for a Day at Alma Mater 2011/11/10, Source,
Actress Kim Ha-neul will be a teacher for a day at her alma mater when she lectures 700 sophomore and junior students at Keumok Girls High School in Seoul on Friday.
Her lecture will include memorable incidents during her days at the school, her worries as an adolescent, how she started dreaming about becoming an actress and how she strove to achieve that goal,...More
Viewer Review - Too Beautiful To Lie 2011/11/05, Source,
Some things to know about my review:
- My reviews are subjective and my opinions based on my own general likes and dislikes, unclouded by obsessions.
- They usually don't have major or ending spoilers, but if they do, they will come with a warning.
- If I like a movie enough to write about it, I write a lot about it. My reviews are huge.
- I don't take myself too seriously so my reviews reflect that. It's light reading. A lot of it, but light.
"Too Beautiful To Lie" begins by introducing the heroine of the story, Ju Yeong Ju. She is in prison for fraud and is up for parole. A parole she manages to get granted by totally deceiving the committee with her great "Drama Queen" acting skills. She is on her way to her sister's wedding when she meets Choi Hee Cheol on the train, after an awkward (mostly for him) situation,...More
Jang Geun-seok "busy busy" to Daegu 2011/11/03, Source,
Accrued exhaustion from movie promoting and performances...
Couldn't extend drama schedules so enforced shooting...
One of the busiest stars in the entertainment business, Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok is suffering from his murderous schedule,...More
"Flower Boys" color fall 2011/11/02, Source,
Actors in their 20s are here!
There was once shortage of actors in Chungmuro. There was worry that there wasn't going to be anyone in the next generation to follow Song Kang-ho, Kim Yoon-seok, Choi Min-sik and other established actors in their 40s. However, nowadays moviemakers are smiling. Young and fresh actors in their 20s are shaking up Chungmuro with their feisty spirit,...More
VCR2 Weekly star scene 2011/10/20, Source, It's the battle of the stars! Arirang Today set off to get a closer look at the 48th Daejong Film Festival. Our first stop: the red carpet.
Hours before the event, the sidelines of the red carpet were already filling up with fans determined to get a glimpse of their favorite star.
[Interview : ] "Why did you bring the flowers
[Interview : ] "I'm a fan of the actor Lee Je-hoon. I want to give these to him".
[Interview : ] "What do you like about Lee Je-hoon
[Interview : ] "He's very talented at portraying whatever character he is given. He's a fantastic actor",...More
The Front Line top winner at Korea's Grand Bell Awards 2011/10/19, Source, By KOFIC Staff
"The Front Line" won Best Film at the 48th Grand Bell Awards on Monday, Oct. 17. In addition to this top award, director JANG Hun's Korean War drama snapped up a total of four awards - Best Planning LEE Woo-jung, Best Lighting for KIM Jae-min and Best Cinematography for KIM Wu-hyeong.
The film is about North and South Korean soldiers battling over a small patch of mountainous terrain and the complicated relationships that grow between them. The Front Line is also the Republic of Korea's entry to the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film nominations,...More
Jang Geun-seok Hoping to Conquer Asia with New Album 2011/10/13, Source,
Actor and singer Jang Geun-seok released his first EP album for China and Southeast Asia on Wednesday.
Jang, who has built up a huge following in Japan since his debut, is expected to attract more fans from across Asia with his first mini album "The Lounge H vol. 1" when it is released in the region,...More
Hallyu stars behind the scenes seen at BIFF 2011/10/09, Source,
The night in Busan was heated up this year again. Movie fans and crowds gathered here and there in Busan catching up and enjoying themselves. The stars were no exception and many were spotted with drinks in their hands all over the city.
"My Way"'s Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and director Kang Je-gyu found the street vendor area after the opening ceremony on October 6th. The three drank soju all night and talked endlessly. Fans and citizens who were surprised by the bodyguards that appeared out of nowhere, were surprised again by Jang Dong-gun and Joe Odagiri,...More
Jang Geun-seok: 'I Focused All My Energy on Filming Kiss Scene' 2011/10/07, Source,
During the production presentation of the movie "You Pet", which was held in Lotte Cinema Picadiri on October 5, actor Jang Geun-seok -- who is very popular in Japan -- remarked about a kiss scene with actress Kim Ha-neul, "I filmed a kiss scene for the first time during my acting career. We usually just place our lips on the other actor's lips when we film a kiss scene on TV, but you might be able to see a huge difference when you watch our movie. We focused all our energy on filming the kiss scene". His comment created a friendly atmosphere during the production presentation, which is usually very formal,...More
Kim Ha-neul's Fashion Week with TVXQ 2011/09/14, Source,
Actress Kim Ha-neul attended the New York Fashion Week.
She was invited as the Korean representative to the Lacoste 12SS Collection that was held in Lincoln Center in New York on Septmeber 10th. This show was the highlight of the fashion industry as it was the first collection of new creative director Philippe Oliviera.,...More
'Blind' sees promising potential 2011/08/18, Source,
Actress Kim Ha-neul appears as a visually impaired woman who witnesses a hit-and-run in the thriller "Blind". / Courtesy of NEW
By Lee Hyo-won
Physical disabilities craft the most interesting protagonists and the edgiest thrillers. Characters readily fall into dangerous traps, simple cat-and-mouse chases become complicated, and viewers sigh with a greater sense of relief when they manage to escape despite the odds.
There have been films such as "Mute Witness", "Wait Until Dark" and "Julia's Eyes", and Korean cinema finally sees new possibilities for the genre in Ahn Sang-hoon's "Blind", in which a visually impaired young woman must deal with a serial rapist-killer,...More
Kim Ha-neul 'I Filmed 'Blind' with Great Effort' 2011/08/08,
Actress Kim Ha-neul played a visually impaired woman named Soo Ah in the thriller movie "Blind".
Not many actresses have appeared in various genres of work -- from a romantic comedy to a horror movie -- like Kim Ha-neul. She has recently earned the new name tag of "real actress" with her appearance in the thriller movie "Blind", which will be released on August 11. "Blind" is the first thriller movie for her. A reporter met Kim Ha-neul, who has been expanding her acting scope, at a café located in Samcheongdong. She introduced the movie by saying, "I am satisfied with the fact that I could complete the long journey with Soo Ah. "Blind" is the only work that I do not want to evaluate with any standard". Her comment was quite unexpected considering her thirteen years of acting experience,...More
PiFan paves way for eerie fantasies 2011/07/12, Source,
For its 15th anniversary, PiFan will offer an encore screening of "Save the Green Planet" by Jang Joon-hwan. / Courtesy of PiFan
15th film festival presents 221 films from July 14 to 24 in Bucheon
By Lee Hyo-won
The monsoon rain does little to dissuade gumboot-clad youths from enjoying summer festivals, and overcast skies have proved to be particularly timely for an annual showcase of the goriest, most eerily fascinating films.
The Puchon (Bucheon) International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), Asia's foremost event for fantastic cinema, opens in the Gyeonggi Province city Thursday, and the 15th edition invites 221 films from 34 countries,...More
Versatile Actresses Fill Big Screen 2011/07/07, Source,
She is remembered most recently for her macabre role as a bloodsucking vampire. Now Kim Ok-bin is back this time as a cold hearted sniper in the movie "Gojijeon", or "The Front Line". The movie is set amid the fierce battle of the Korean War and Kim is cast as an officer for the North Korean military. Her notoriety is said to strike fear in the hearts of her adversaries,...More
Kim Ha-neul, Ha Ji-won and Kim Ok-bin extreme transformation 2011/06/12, Source,
It looks like we'll be able to see actresses fling their bodies for extreme change this coming summer on screens.
Kim Ha-neul, who has been pulling off various characters all this while, will attempt at blind acting for the first time in "Blind" (releasing August 11th). It appears that she has experienced blindness through exhibits, visiting special schools, learning how to read Braille and even learning how to walk with a seeing dog.,...More
Jang Geun-seok Releases Makkoli Wine Commercial 2011/03/28, Source, By: LB of Ani.me
Keeping himself plenty busy, actor Jang Geun-seok has recently signed on to be the official spokesman for the Korean rice wine, Makkoli in Japan. Breaking into the role, the actor has already released his very own commercial in Japan courtesy of Suntory. In the commercial, Jang uses his fluent Japanese in order to teach a young female bar patron on how to ìdeliciously drink makgeolli,...More
Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Seung-ho will act together in the movie 'Blind' 2010/11/01, Source,
The movie that stimulates all five senses, "Blind" will feature Kim Ha-neul and Yoo Seung-ho as the main characters; the reason for this selection is because both of them have acting skill and star quality.
The movie "Blind" is a human thriller that has a unique setting, the only witness of a horrible murder is a person who is visually impaired. Last year, the scenario of this movie won the best prize and top popularity prize in '2009 Hit By Pitch' held by Producer Guild of Korea, due to it's top quality story line and the degree of completion.,...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
So Ji-sub to release a photo essay 2010/08/24, Source,
Korean actor So Ji-sub from his book "The Journey of So Ji-sub" [51K]
Korean actor So Ji-sub will be releasing a photo essay about his travels during the summer of 2010, according to his agency 51K Entertainment on Tuesday.
51K announced that the book titled "The Journey of So Ji-sub" will feature photographs and stories from his summer trip to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and various regions in the Gangwon Province, the eastern region of Korea,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Ha-neul - Part 1 2010/08/06, Source, Kim Ha-neul [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: At the last press conference for "Road No. 1", you had said you don't know whether you'd be able to pull off the role of your character Soo-yeon but once the drama started, it felt as if I was watching an angel.Kim Ha-neul: She's full of love. And she knows how to love. 10: It's to the extent that it seems transcendental. You embrace characters like Soo-hyuk (played by Kim Jin-woo) who is a nuisance and look after Myung-ho with whom you are not related in any way.Kim Ha-neul: I don't know. I myself fully understand and sympathize with her. The situation has been expressed in a slightly dramatic way but wouldn't anyone in her situation do what she is doing? And don't you feel sorry for Soo-hyuk? In how he is trapped inside an ideology,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim Ha-neul - Part 2 2010/08/06, Source, Kim Ha-neul [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: Is it the first time you've immersed yourself in the character this much?Kim Ha-neul: Extremely speaking, I could say it's the first time. 10: Then did you try to stay your character even when the camera wasn't rolling?Kim Ha-neul: I definitely wanted to stay immersed rather than come out of it but the breaks in between were longer than I had expected them to be. I repeated the cycle of shooting for a few days then resting for a few so it was hard for me, whereas the guys kept shooting without any breaks. And even when I did feel like I needed to rest, I couldn't let go of Soo-yeon completely because then I would have a hard time trying to become her again when I go back into shoot. Even the male actors had a hard time going back to being their characters when they finally got the time to take about three days of break,...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
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest 2010/07/02, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
Park Yong-ha's coffin borne out of St. Mary's Hospital 2010/07/02, Source,
Korean actor So Ji-sub carries a photograph of the late actor Park Yong-ha during the coffin-bearing ceremony held at St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, Korea on July 2, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
The coffin for the late Korean actor Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide two days ago, was borne out of St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul earlier this morning amidst a sea of celebrities and fans attending the ceremony.
Actor So Ji-sub, a close friend of Park, led the coffin-bearing procession while carrying a photograph of the deceased, followed by Park's parents, family members and fellow actor friends. Several celebrities broke out into tears and started sobbing loudly,...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
[REVIEW] TV series "Road No.1" - Premiere episode 2010/06/25, Source,
A scene from TV series "Road No.1" [MBC]
"Road No.1" - Premiere episode (MBC TV, 9:55 PM)
The blood of a fellow soldier runs beside a man who has survived death by a thread. The shaking hand which will never be able to paint again. The look in the eye of a betrayed man who leaves the woman he loves in the fire. The wheeled cannon tank approaching the two men, who face a war before battling each other over one woman. These are several scenes that sum up the premiere episode of TV series "Road No.1",...More
Kim Ha-neul says "Road No. 1" once-in-a-decade drama 2010/06/21, Source, Kim Ha-neul poses during a photo session of a press conference for MBC TV series "Road No. 1" held at Sangmyung University in Seoul, South Korea on June 18, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The prospect of having to wear shabby clothes and a grubby face in upcoming war drama "Road No. 1" did little to daunt actress Kim Ha-neul who thinks its script is one that comes along "once-in-a-decade".
The 32-year-old actress made the remark during a press conference held at Sangmyung University in Seoul on Friday as she responded to reporters' questions about how she decided to take on a role in the 20-part TV series set in times of the Korean War,...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
Kim Ha-neul to hold 1st fan meeting in Japan in June 2010/05/24, Source,
Korean actress Kim Ha-neul for her first Japanese fan meeting "Love Letter" [J.One Entertainment]
Korean actress Kim Ha-neul will hold her first-ever solo fan meeting in Japan on June 26, according to her agency J.One Entertainment on Monday.
J.One announced in a press release that the actress will be flying to Japan in June for the event titled "Love Letter" to hosted by Japanese company Yamaha A&R at the Ginza Yama Hall in Tokyo,...More
Korean movie star Kim Ha-neul is holding her first fan meeting in Japan, according to her agency J.One Plus,...More
Kim Ha-neul says "first time receiving such a moving script" 2010/05/13, Source,
Cast members of MBC's "Road No. 1" left to right: Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Ha-neul and So Ji-sub [MBC]
'The promise of friendship and love that is fulfilled 60 years later' is the main copy for upcoming MBC series "Road No. 1" which is set to air on June 23. The drama shows the the turbulent times of the Korean War, but its story revolves around the three main characters Jang-woo (played by So Ji-sub), Soo-yeon (played by Kim Ha-neul) and Tae-ho (played by Yoon Kye-sang) who experience love and friendship during the chaos of the war. The audience is probably expecting more from the three actors since the star-studded cast is already bringing enough attention to the drama. Will the stars be able to pull off the roles of ordinary characters Jang-woo, So-yeon and Tae-ho who are faced with the war? Below are the excerpts from the press conference attended by actors So Ji-sub, Kim Ha-neul and Yoon Kye-sang. 10: The faces of the male actors have gotten very tanned -- it shows that you were faced with many hardships. Both of you look rugged as well. So Ji-sub (So): I have gotten very tanned and also have heavy makeup on. I lost three kilograms and some of my muscles too because unlike in other productions, I can't have the image of being in shape. Yoon Kye-sang (Yoon): I play the role of an elite military officer, who among his troops, gets hit by the most grenades because he has to fail in order for Jang-woo to rise in the ranks. There are many scenes where I fall and I think a lot of them will turn out well from seeing how rough my hands have gotten,...More
So Ji-sub transforms in "Road No. 1" , says producer (1) 2010/05/13, Source,
From left, producer Kim Jin-min-I, actors Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Ha-neul and So Ji-sub, and producer Lee Jang-soo pose during a photo session of a press conference for upcoming MBC TV series "Road No. 1" held at the drama's set in the Chungcheong Province of South Korea on May 12, 2010. [MBC]
MBC TV series "Road No. 1" which is set to premiere June 23, has set out on a road which no other show has taken before. It is a full-fledged 20-episode war drama being produced in time with the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and went into shoot with the goal of completing production of the entire show before going on air, a decision made while in its planning stages from three years ago. The two actually do not go separately. It is a blockbuster aiming for good quality, and hence, decided to complete production in advance to avoid facing time constraints. But every new road taken is unfamiliar and difficult to take. That is why more than ever, we become more curious about the intentions and direction the producers want to take with the show. Below are excerpts from a press conference held at the drama's set in the Chungcheong Province where the show's producers Lee Jang-soo and Kim Jin-min-I sat down to talk about the process of making the show and walking a path never taken before,...More
Poster for new TV series "Road No. 1" revealed 2010/04/22, Source,
Korean actor So Ji-sub in an official poster for new TV series "Road No. 1" [MBC]
The official posters for upcoming television series "Road No. 1", starring Hallyu stars So Ji-sub and Kim Ha-neul, were unveiled today.
The show's poster is in three different versions featuring each of its main characters; Jang-woo (played by So), Soo-yeon (played by Kim) and Tae-ho (played by Yoon Kye-sang).
The war drama has been garnering much hype prior to its airing due to its blockbuster scale and star-studded cast, led by So who is making his comeback to the small screen since last year's "Cain and Abel" (SBS),...More
"Road No. 1" sold to Japan before release in Korea 2010/04/16, Source,
MBC's war drama "Road No. 1" has been purchased by a Japanese media group ahead of its premiere in Korea, according to Logos Films on Friday.
"Road No. 1", set during the Korean War, was attained by Hakuhodo Media Partners, one of the largest media and content business companies in Japan, although only 60 percent of the drama has been shot.
An associate from Hakuhodo is said to have explained that it purchased "Road No. 1" because the series was based on a gripping storyline, a strong script and enthusiastic performances by its actors including Hallyu star So Ji-sub,...More
[10LINE] Actor Kang Dong-won 2010/04/09, Source,
Clockwise from top center: actor Jo Han-seon, actor Won Bin, director Lee Myeong-se, director Choi Dong-hoon and actor Song Kang-ho [10Asia]
Kang Dong-won "Just talking about you is cool and you're handsome and all I can say is that I love you a lot. That's the truth". -from the movie "M". Being handsome is important but you need something more than just the looks. Just like actor Kang Dong-won. Ha Jung-hwa He was Kang Dong-won's physical education teacher from middle school. Kang wrote a letter thanking Ha in the magazine "Good Friend". When he was younger he was smart and athletic and he reached the height of 180cm after growing 25 cm during his middle school years,...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
Gong Yoo wraps up Japan fan meeting in success 2010/03/02, Source, Gong Yoo performs at his fan meeting held in Japan on February 26 and 28, 2010 [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actor Gong Yoo successfully wrapped up his fan meetings in Japan over the weekend, his first in three years since being discharged from the military last December, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment.
The actor met with some 7,000 fans -- including those from Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan -- at the fan meetings held in Kobe on February 26 and Yokohama two days later.
"I am truly grateful to fans who remembered me and waited for me for the past two years", the actor was quoted as saying. "I will repay them for their continued support with good work".,...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
Kim Ha-neul featured in fashion spread for ELLE 2010/01/19, Source,
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul poses in ELLE fashion spread [ELLE Korea]
Hallyu star Kim Ha-neul has been featured in an editorial for fashion magazine ELLE Korea, according to a press release by the monthly publication on Tuesday.
The actress, who was photographed wearing various "romantic gypsy style" clothes, even offered some fashion styling and traveling tips for the readers.
"Blue jeans is a must-have item for traveling because it goes with anything and keeps you from worrying", the actress explained. "But sometimes, preparing a special wardrobe can increase the fun you have at the location you travel to".,...More
Gong Yoo wraps up first fan meeting since military discharge 2010/01/11, Source,
Korean actor Gong Yoo performs for fans at his fan meeting on January 10 [N.O.A. Entertainment]
Korean actor Gong Yoo successfully wrapped up a fan meeting which is his first since being discharged from the military last month, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment
The actor met with some 1,000 fans -- including those from Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan -- at the fan meeting , which was held at Seoul's Yonsei University on January 10.,...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
This year's lineup of dramas proved to be interesting. There were young, handsome characters attracting female fans ("Boys over Flowers", KBS), smart housewives took over households and offices (",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Edgy Kim Ha-neul 2009/12/24, Source,
Actress Kim Ha-neul has revealed her life outside her celebrity works!
She is in the ELLE fashion magazine and has been interviewed about what she does in her free time from her busy celebrity life.
Kim has been the fashion advisor for ELLE last month!,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Kim Ha-neul and Ji Jin-hee in a new melodrama film 2009/11/16, Source, "Paradise" is one of the 7 global project telecinemas that are being produced with top actors, top Japanese writer, and famous drama director.
The 5th project "Paradise" has its teaser poster released !
It is about a man who wants to be a woman's happiness, a woman who has a beautiful face but a secret hidden behind her, and a girl who closed her heart toward the world.
The woman is Mikyeong who just came out of a prison acted by Kim Ha-neul and wishes to live a new life in an island.,...More
Convergence of movie and TV drama continues to evolve 2009/11/05, Source, Simultaneous production of drama and its theatrical version increases efficiency
Generalization of digital shooting breaks down barriers of human resources & technology
Respect of different ways of producing broadcast programs and movies brings higher efficiency
Blue Dragon Award Goes to Sports Drama 2008/11/21, Source, The 2008 Blue Dragon Awards chose a sports drama about the silver medal-winning Korean women handball Olympic team as the best movie of the year. In the award ceremony at the KBS Hall in Yeouido, Seou,...More
[ChanMi's take] Kim Ha-neul's handsome brother 2008/11/05, Source, Actress Kim Ha-neul's brother has been a hot issue.
Kim Ha-neul and her brother's picture together has been posted online. The two seem very close and comfortable siblings as they make silly faces and act bored in the pictures.
The fans say that out of all celebrity's siblings, Kim's is the most handsome!
Doesn't he look like he could be a star himself?,...More
The New Year will be another one full of drama, as broadcasters prepare unique stories to grab audiences' attention. Korean dramas have always been at the forefront of domestic entertainment, for if a certain drama gains popularity, the actors ride,...More
Entertainment in 2007 was all about versatility. Fans could watch news anchors dance and sing, while some singers created their own shows and even starred in movies. Among these talented and ambitious celebri,...More
Forbidden love in 'One Fine Day' 2006/07/17, Source, If Romeo and Juliet had not been the son and daughter of mortal enemies, and if their families had given their blessing to these young lovers - Romeo might have found himself a prettier girl, and Juliet would possibly have tired of her shilly-shally lover anyway. Consequently, the love story that ha,...More
Kim: It feels as if the lines that I exchange with Kwon Sang-woo match up with each other smoothly. When I read my lines and my partner answers back, there is a sense of sauciness. If the sauce is tasty, that is chemistry,...More
It's 6:00 a.m. on November 13 in the lobby of the Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel. Over 100 Japanese women in their thirties and forties fill the lobby despite the early morning hour. They are waiting for "Dongon-sang", better known as the Korean actor Lee Dong-gun.
[Local and Foreign Films With English Subtitles] 2004/06/17, Source, ▣ Kunyo-rul Mitji Maseyo (Too Beautiful to Lie) (2004)
Saturday at noon
Seoul Selection Bookstore
Even in this world of distrust, it would be difficult for any man to resist the charms and superb beauty that Yong-ju (played by,...More
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have any you ever seen her new drama 90 Days to Love? it's so good! Her co-star is Kang Ji-hwan from the drama Fireworks...it's soooooooooo good!!!! omg...there like such good actors and they have such good chemistry...so good...
I love it when her facial expression on the screen. She so cute! She use tons of cute facial expression when she act! Anyway I hope you make more movie with Kwon Sang Woo or Kang Dong Won because I feel that you have very good chemistry when exchanging line with them :)
i hope to see her in a new drama...her last "staines glass" was not so good..it was shown the same time with "sad sonata" and "emperor of the sea"...as you can see "emperor " was a hit and hopefully she will have a new series which her fans will love.
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