[Funcurve Review] "Mrs. Cop 2" 2016/07/23,
Coming off of the popularity of the original "Mrs. Cop", "Mrs. Cop 2" quickly brings back the thrilling story of yet another ahjumma cop, this time, one with FBI training. Our heroine Go Yoon-jeong (Kim Seong-ryeong) returns to South Korea from the U.S. and is asked to fill in the spot left behind by our original squad chief Choi Yeong-jin (Kim Hee-ae), who is taking a break from police work,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Mrs. Cop" 2016/07/09, "Mrs. Cop" is an action thriller about a team of police officers that deal with violent crimes like murder. Our protagonist is the leader of this team, and we follow her in a rollercoaster ride to solve various cases while witnessing how she struggles to balance career and family at the same time.
I've never been one too keen for crime dramas. I find that it often follows the same formula: episodic storyline starring a ragtag team who strictly fights for justice, coupled with a bigger plot of corruption, the revelation of which becomes the ultimately climax, and justice always prevails in the end,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
SBS Drama Awards, quality or popularity? 2015/12/03, Source,
Who will be the last one to laugh at the SBS Drama Awards?
SBS maintains its reputation for being one of the most powerful drama broadcasting stations in 2015. It entertained viewers with various dramas and so did actors and actresses with their various transformations,...More
"Mrs. Cop" makes 12.0% 2015/08/25, Source,
SBS drama "Mrs. Cop" came in first of the line.
According to Nielsen Korea, "Mrs. Cop" recorded 12.0% on the 25th which is 0.4% higher than the previous episode. Choi Yeong-jin (Kim Hee-ae) struggled to kill a serial killer who only targets teenagers who have run away from home,...More
[Spoiler] "Mrs. Cop" Kim Hee-ae VS Kim Min-jong face each other 2015/08/10, Source,
Choi Yeong-jin (Kim Hee-ae) and Park Jong-ho (Kim Min-jong) came into conflict with the matter of the victim's suicide.
Yeong-jin investigated the case herself when she saw that the victim's mother wasn't accepting of her daughter's death. Yeong-jin found out that the victim had changed her phone number twice recently and had reserved tickets to a concert the next day and knew it wasn't suicide. She also heard that the victim was a devout Catholic and told Jong-ho, "Reinvestigate this case. It wasn't suicide",...More
Kim Hee-ae, "worried that I will tarnish my image"... SBS "Mrs. Cop" 2015/07/30, Source,
Actress will play a married Korean "Ajumma" cop.
On SBS' "Mrs. Cop" first being broadcasted on the 3rd of next month, Kim Hee-ae will play Choi Yeong-jin, a homicide detective. While she is a charismatic and experienced cop, the character is failing as a mother. While she has never properly celebrated her only daughter's birthday, she blames it on important cases always popping up. Inside, she is a mother who always thinks about her daughter and feels guilty,...More
The uprising of actresses older than their counterpart actor in recent dramas 2015/07/02, Source,
Dramas are full of couples where the female is older than the male. The percentage of this case has grown over the last 2~3 years and it's become a boom lately. This reflects the social change but a lack of 'variety in age range' is also seen as a cause for this.
There are currently 3~4 dramas that have 'older couples'. It's becoming a trend for mini series that represent each broadcasting station,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "C'est Si Bon" 2015/02/21,
The time is the sixties. The place- a hip sixties bar by the name of "C'est Si Bon". Hyeong-joo (played by Kang Ha-neul) and Chang-sik (played by Jo Bok-rae) are two talented young musicians who seem to genuinely despise each other. Enter Geun-tae (played by Jeong Woo), a somewhat less talented man who the other characters hope will even Hyeong-joo and Chang-sik out. It doesn't work. Ultimately these three are only able to form a functional folk band because of Ja-yeong (played by Han Hyo-joo). She doesn't join the band or anything. It's just, you know, Han Hyo-joo. She's pretty hot,...More
C'est Si Bon (2014) 2015/02/08, Source, "C'est Si Bon"
Genres: Drama and Romance
Running Time: 123 min.
Directed by: Kim Hyeon-seok
Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Jeong Woo, Han Hyo-joo, Kim Hee-ae
Synopsis: In the late 1960s, C'est Si Bon is the music bar where every acoustic band's dream lies. There Geun-tae, a naïve country boy, meets the young musical prodigies Hyung-joo and Chang-sik, and forms the band named after it -- the C'est Si Bon Trio. As the three young artists bicker over their music, beautiful socialite Ja-young enters the picture and becomes their muse, and a series of moving love songs come from it. Geun-tae's pure-heartedness wins Ja-young over but when she accepts a once-in-lifetime opportunity for a shot at an acting career, they part ways. After 20 years, the untold story of their love, song, and youth at C'est Si Bon is finally brought to light,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Elegant Lies": The Life(s) Left Behind 2014/09/20, In the spotlight this week: Lee Han's "Elegant Lies"...
Suicide, particularly that of Korea's youth, is a troubling thread woven deep into the South's cinema; a zealous zeitgeist of modern Korean cinema that reflects a troubling truth. This sensitive (and statistically significant) subject matter has been present in a remarkable number of modern films, and earlier this year director Lee Han treated us to perhaps the most cathartic and cinematic daydream of suicide and bullying this side of the Korean wave,...More
Kim Seong-ryeong vs. Kim Hee-ae 2014/06/02, Source,
They are just as active as any actress in her twenties. The performance of these two actresses in their forties shines just by the challenge itself.
Both being born in the year 1967, Kim Seong-ryeong and Kim Hee-ae have been busy going back and forth movies and dramas and even commercials. Kim Seong-ryeong has recently been chosen as the curry model and challenged Kim Hee-ae who was the curry queen for the last 7 years,...More
[Guest Review] "Secret Love Affair" Episodes 8 and 9 2014/05/30,
I continue to highly recommend the series "Secret Love Affair". The most recent* episodes I watched were the pair 8 & 9 that evolved in a natural, character driven manner. The ill matched, romantic pair had understandable forces pushing them together and apart. To me, the scenarios were mostly coherent and credible. However, I am still baffled by what might be the underlying motives of some of the key characters. In the first of these episodes the female protagonist uses the young male to partially alleviate some of the unreasonable pressures imposed upon her from multiple sources. In the second the pair are shown to be purposely oblivious to the dangers imposed by their forthright pursuit of their liaison,...More
Kim Hee-ae Returns to Silver Screen After Two Decades 2014/03/12, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-ae is set to return to the silver screen after a 21-year absence with "Elegant Lies", which is due to hit theaters on Thursday. Her last movie before this was "The 101st Proposal" in 1993. Kim has been active in TV dramas and recently seen her fanbase grow following her appearance on the tvN reality show "Sisters Over Flowers",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Elegant Lies" 2014/03/08,
Cheon-ji (played by Kim Hwang-ki) is a middle school student, who lives with her mother and older sister. Cheon-ji is in that awkward period of life where everything around her seems to be changing but Cheon-ji, personally, has no idea what to do and is feeling very ambivalent, often even hostile to the people who appear interested in being her friend. Given the way events play out, it's hard to fault her for this. Then Cheon-ji goes and kills herself.
...That last sentence kind of came out of nowhere didn't it? One of the taglines for most suicide prevention groups is that it can happen to anyone, even someone who's apparently doing very well in life,...More
'Little Son Ye-jin' Kyeong Soo-jin cast in JTBC "Secret Love Affair" 2014/01/19, Source,
Actress Kyeong Soo-jin is starring in the new JTBC drama "Secret Love Affair" which is to be broadcasted after the current drama "Can We Love??". She takes on the role of Park Da-mi, a girl who has a crush on the genius pianist Lee Seon-jae (Yoo Ah-in). She's a one-way character who has no eyes for anyone else but him. She's the life of the drama.
Kyeong Soo-jin said, "I am happy to have landed in such a good role in the New Year. I think this will be a chance for me to show my pure side. I already feel friendly with Park Da-mi as she is a very bright and cheerful character. I am so happy to be able to work with amazing people and learn from them",...More
Lee Mi-yeon Reveals Hidden Charms on Reality Show 2013/12/11, Source,
Cable channel tvN's latest reality show "Sisters Over Flowers", which began airing on Nov. 29, has served as a shot in the arm for the career of actress Lee Mi-yeon. In the show, Lee shows her boundless energy, free-spirited personality and friendly attitude while traveling abroad with other veteran actresses,...More
"Noonas Over Flowers" Available in US on Hulu from December 2nd! 2013/11/27,
New Season of Hit Reality Show Follows Top South Korean Actresses Backpacking Through Eastern Europe New Episodes Available Every Monday tvN is back with the second season of its hit star backpacking reality show, now called Noonas Over Flowers, airing on November 29th in South Korea. Following the breakout success of last season's Grandpas Over Flowers which featured four elderly male actors traveling together in Taiwan, Na Yong-suk PD returns with South Korea's top actresses,...More
Lee Seung-gi not at all like Lee Seo-jin 2013/11/11, Source,
Producer Na told stories of the epilogue of "Sister Over Flowers" in Croatia.
He said, "The female members were much more sensitive and friendly. It was definitely different from being with the grandfathers",...More
Actress Ko Ah-ra Becomes a Pole Vaulter in Film 2012/01/03, Source, 22-Year-Old Actress Gain 5-kg Weight for Film
South Korea's gracefully beautiful actress Ko Ah-ra has turned into a track and field athlete.
The 22-year-old actress appeared in a press conference for film preview "Pacemaker" held at Lotte Cinema's theater in Seoul's Jayang-dong on Jan. 3, 2012.
In the movie directed by Kim Dal-joong she appears as a pole vaulter representing South Korea.
She said that she practed with 8-kg dumbbell to appear in the film. She also gained a weight of 5 killo grams to fit in with the character needed in the film,...More
Stars moving to general service channels, celebrity casting success 2011/10/08, Source,
Founded ahead of the year's end, general service channels have been announcing star-studded casts one after another. Recruiting stars is the first stage of attracting attention to newly founded channels, which is a prerequisite for success. Because of this, expending resources to establish star-recruitment power is a natural move. First target: star broadcast TV producer General service channels' first targets were broadcast television entertainment producers. Given the enormous amount of know-how required to create a drama, this meant battling with broadcasters over a short period of time and securing the production talent that would give them the best chance for a successful launch,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
Money, ambition and love blend in 'Midas' 2011/02/22, Source,
A scene from the new SBS drama "Midas" / Courtesy of SBS
By Kwon Mee-yoo
SBS aims to reign the local drama scene again with money, ambition and love all intertwined in the series "Midas".
The drama will examine people's thoughts on money and desire, rather than feature normal happenings of everyday life,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Best and Worst dresser this season 2008/11/02, Source, The weather has become very cold these days yet, the stars come in their dresses!
No pain no gain! The fashionista must bear the cold weather to show their best outfits.
For the last few awards ceremonies, the best and worst dresser have been picked.
Best dresser is,...More
Teenage stars into 'dignified' actors 2008/06/26, Source, No matter how much time has passed, important friends and friendship don't change. It's the same for Sports Seoul, which has cried and laughed with its readers for 23 years. The stars who covered the pages of Sports Seoul also stayed with the readers. June 22 1985. Let's take a look at the stars who have grown after the first publication of Sports Seoul.
Hwang Sin-hye, who rose to stardom with 1986 MBC drama "First Love", had perfect looks to the point that she was called a 'computer beauty'. Although it's been 20 years since her debut, she still shows off her beauty and perfect body with a fitness video and photo shoots. You can't find any indication that 23 years have passed, and the only thing old about her previous picture is her hairstyle.,...More
Stars to Come Out for Hallyuwood Start Festival 2008/05/27, Source, A star-studded event is planned for the Hallyuwood Start Festival, which celebrates the groundbreaking of Hallyuwood in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. The festival is to be held on May 29th and some 20 entertainers are invited to mark the meaningful event.
The celebrities who will attend the festival,...More
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