[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 11 2014/07/18,
The title card gives away the ending. And while I'm fully assuming there's some sort of ridiculous gimmick involved to explain that this was all elaborately staged somehow, that's not enough to make the whiplash in "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" any more obnoxious. This is supposed to be a comedy. It has a silly premise, and for most of the drama they haven't even been dealing much with the question of how they got turned into old people. And now, at this of all times, we're supposed to be seriously worried about life and death situations?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 9 2014/07/04,
For the large part of this episode, it's unresolved as to whether Won-bin has actually turned traitor to the team or whether his actions at the previous cliffhanger were part of some more convoluted scheme. For most of the filler period until we finally get to the point that Won-bin's loyalties are cleared up once and for all, we're treated to jokes about Won-bin enjoying his young person body, mingled with hate and resentment toward all those people who treated him as a weird old guy before,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 8 2014/06/27,
The drama appears to have given up on being an episodic mystery altogether here, as the conflict is built entirely around the nefarious forces that are conspiring against the team due their fateful agebending shenanigans from the first episode. It takes a moment to actually get to his point. First the good guys have to engage in customary silliness over their dumb ideas to try and acquire an important lead. Then there's an excursion at the water park. Then we finally get to the actual story,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 6 2014/06/13,
If this drama's going to insist on making everything into a murder mystery, it at least manages to set the tone for the proceedings properly here by quickly introducing an element of silliness- a great deal of the invesigation revolves around a fortune teller. He's a pretty elaborately dressed one, too, and appears to have knowledge of events that should be impossible to know,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 5 2014/06/06,
The tone takes an odd shift here- opening sequence notwithstanding, the first third of the episode doesn't actually deal with a criminal investigation at all, but rather the team's attempts to figure out who the spy is. As usual, they all quickly get so caught up in their imaginations that...I can't think of a way to finish that sentence, and neither can the drama. For all the goofiness these zany antics inspire there's not really any obvious consequences,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 4 2014/05/30,
This episode the team is investigating a murder. Multiple murders, actually, which sullies the waters here right from the get-go. The essential conceit of this drama is that the investigation team, for all their comedic quirks and in spite of the fact that over half of them have been transformed into old men, are very good at their job. Yet here they're apparently so non-threatening that a murder unfolds right in front of them. That the murdered is eventually unveiled is besides the point. A team this good should be some kind of deterrant,...More
"Get It Beauty" with Yoo In-na 2014/05/30, Source,
It should come as no surprise that Korea, especially Seoul, is a very fashionable location. With any drama or variety show that a fan watches, there are usually trends or fashion items that he or she wants to emulate. From expensive brand-name clothing, to cutting-edge hairstyles, to enviable nail art, Korean celebrities have perfected the art of looking good 24/7,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" Episode 3 2014/05/23,
Oddly enough I never for a minute got the impression that the ghost was actually real. Apparently the willing suspension of disbelief can tolerate magic water that turns young people into old people, but ghosts too? Well that's just crazy. Although it's possible Joon-hyeok is just making a very persuasive argument. Not really an argument, actually, more like he mocks everyone else on the team for even entertaining such a ridiculous idea.
"Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team" is not, at this point, about much in the way of serious investigation,...More
Musical as next 'hallyu' 2012/09/19, Source,
A Korean production of the Czech musical "Jack the Ripper" in Tokyo, Sunday, was well received by the audience. / Courtesy of M Musical Company
By Kwon Mee-yoo A Korean production of musical "Jack the Ripper", successfully opened at the Aoyama Theater in Tokyo, Sunday. Despite the high price of 9,500-16,000 yen ($120-$200) a ticket, the first night starring Sungmin of Super Junior was sold out and some 1,200 audience members gave it a standing ovation. The show, revolving around a serial murder case in London in 1888, is originally a Czech musical, but Japan wanted to stage the Korean adaption. The Korean rendition has new characters and choreography, adding more of a spectacle to the show. "Hallyu", or Korean wave, stars such as Ahn Jae-wook and Sungmin attracted more than 40,000 foreigners to the show here following its Korean premiere in 2009,...More
Fans feel closer to stars at K-pop emporiums 2012/07/09, Source,
The window display of the K-pop themed cafe KSTORY in Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, featuring items that once belonged to stars/ Korea Times photo by Rachel Lee
As the K-pop craze heats up across Asia, Europe and Latin America, themed cafes are sprouting amid the hustle and bustle of Myeong-dong, or in the trendy streets of Gangnam in southern Seoul. These cafes offer a plethora of items related to K-pop stars. Imagine the Hershey's or M&M store in Times Square New York, but a K-pop version. The cafes have already spread outside the capital, and will soon go international to open in cities such as Bangkok,...More
Super Junior Expand Musical Range with 6th Album 2012/07/05, Source,
Super Junior pose at a press conference at a hotel in Seoul on Tuesday
Super Junior released its sixth album, "Sexy, Free & Single", on Tuesday and held a press conference to promote the launch. All 10 members, with the exception of Kim Hee-cheol, who is currently serving his mandatory military service, contributed to the album,...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
The Army Blues - Celebrity Enlistment 2011/11/19, Source,
It's already been one year since Kang Dong-won (my current obsession) entered the army. I am getting so depressed over this. How I miss my oppa... Oppaaa! Come back to me quick!!!
Oh come on, how can I not joke about this? It's begging for it! And since I have been thinking about the issue of army due to this "anniversary" and what with others now enlisting as well, I thought I'd make a little article about it. My blog version of this is a bit more Kang Dong-won oriented (a few more paragraphs on that), but I'd like to mainly talk about the issue here,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/09/08, Source, : It's time for Weekly Star Scene, where we bring you the week's five hottest stories from the Korean Entertainment industry!
: Hold onto your seats, because we have our very own Dami here in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Sean and 건영~!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, we get updates about stars' everyday activities all the time, and do you guys happen to where the paparazzi find their information,...More
Kim Hee-cheol, Off To The Military 2011/09/01, Source, Kim Hee-cheol of Super Junior gave a greeting of gratitude to his fans before starting up his mandatory military duties.
Right before entering into the training facility on September 1st at 1 PM, Kim showed off his newly shaven head after saying,,...More
TVXQ #1 in Vietnam 2011/07/25, Source,
TVXQ doesn't just dominate in Korea and Japan, but Vietnam too!
According to the Korea Culture Business Exchange Organization and the "Best Fan Forever" contest website, TVXQ was the number one group, chosen by 90,898 Vietnam internet voters,...More
[Star ESI 3] Male celebs... "I was pretty one time..." 2011/05/01, Source,
Only women can be pretty? Men would be disappointed to hear that. Kim Hee-cheol, Jang Geun-seok, Lee Joon-ki and more have been called "prettier men than women" for dressing up as women on TV or in movies. The pictures are of men that make women jealous.
★ Unchanging appearance
They say "Sandalwood is fragrant even in seed leaf". Jang Geun-seok is the one and only male celebrity who is from the "Pretty Child Contest". His smile from then is hard to distinguish if he is a boy or a girl. There is a reason for stealing 'nunas' (elder sister) hearts. The term 'pretty' is well suited for him.,...More
How Do Idol Group Members Get Paid? 2011/04/19, Source, With the plethora of idol groups out there on the scene, one can't help but wonder: how much money do these "kids" make? Sure they gain popularity through their respective groups, but it's a known fac,...More
Super Junior Heechul wants to go crazier this year 2011/01/06, Source,
Members of "Kind of Psycho yet Charming by the day" [Super Junior's Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol)'s official Twitter]
Boy band Super Junior member Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol) has said he wants to "go crazier" this year on his official Twitter website (http://twitter.com/Heedictator).
The 28-year-old singer uploaded a photo just hours after the new year began, showing him celebrating with the members of his celebrity friend group whose name is translated into 'Kind of Psycho yet Increasingly Charming', known to be composed of,...More
After debuting on Ingigayo on November 6, 2005, Super Junior has risen the,...More
Super Junior to take Asia tour to Japan in February 2010/11/02, Source,
Boy band Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Popular Korean boy band Super Junior will perform in Japan next February, adding the country as one of the stops to their Asia tour which kicked off in mid-August.
The boys' agency SM Entertainment announced through a press release on Tuesday that Super Junior will take "SUPER SHOW 3" to Japan, holding concerts in Yokohama city's Yokohama Arena on February 18 to 19 which is expected to attract about a total 25,000 fans,...More
Super Junior-K.R.Y. wraps up Japan concert in success 2010/08/01, Source,
Super Junior-K.R.Y. performing at their concert held at Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, Japan on August 1, 2010. [SM Entertainment]
Super Junior-K.R.Y., the sub-unit of popular idol group Super Junior, successfully wrapped up their first live concert In Japan over the weekend.
Agency SM Entertainment explained in a press release on Monday that sub-group members Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung, performed in front of some 10,000 fans at the "SUPER JUNIOR K.R.Y. SPECIAL CONCERT IN JAPAN 2010" concert, held at Tokyo's International Forum in Japan on Sunday,...More
Super Junior to release repackaged fourth album today 2010/06/28, Source,
Korean idol group Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols Super Junior will release their repackaged fourth album today, according to their agency SM Entertainment.
A press release from SM on Friday had announced that the repackaged album will go on sale today featuring four new tracks that have been available online, as well as 11 songs from the original record,...More
Wonder Girls return to Seoul, delay Hawaii concert 2010/06/25, Source,
Korean pop group Wonder Girls on the cover of their latest album "2 Different Tears" [JYP Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation Wonder Girls have delayed their Hawaii concert due to the death of Sun's father yesterday, according to agency JYP Entertainment (JYPE) on Friday.
JYPE announced in a press release that the girls' Honolulu concert, originally scheduled for June 25 and 26, has been delayed to July 16 and 17,...More
Super Junior to release repackaged album next week 2010/06/22, Source,
Korean idol group Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Korean idol group Super Junior will be releasing a repackaged album next week which contains four new tracks including the follow-up single "No Other", according to their agency SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
SM announced in a press release that the digital sound source for "No Other" will be released on Friday through various music sites including Bugs, Cyworld, Dosirak and Melon with the album due out in stores three days later,...More
Super Junior says "we could go for 20-30 more years" (1) 2010/05/25, Source,
From left, Super Junior members Donghae (Lee Dong-hae), Ryuwook, Eunhyuk, Yesung, Leeteuk, Shindong (Sin Dong-hee), Siwon (Choi Si-won), Sungmin, Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol) and Kyuhyun. [SM Entertainment] Q: There are a few members missing this time. How does it feel? Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol): Of course we're sad. I also suffered from a bit of depression because of such incidents and I had a very hard time. Q: A lot has happened within the team. Shindong, you confessed your love through your new album. How did your agency respond? Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol): I think they only let it out because they didn't know what it means. (laugh) Shindong (Sin Dong-hee): If I had written it in Korean, I think they would've asked me to do it next time. (laugh) Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol): I had talked about this earlier with Leeteuk but if a fan had bought an album, saw that Shindong(Sin Dong-hee) had written a code so crack it to see he had asked someone to marry him... We're lucky if the fan doesn't rip up the album. (laugh) Shindong(Sin Dong-hee) actually kept apologizing to us before we gave our comeback performance for "BONAMANA". Leeteuk: There could've been mixed responses to what he did but we're grateful that there have been a lot of good articles on it. Shindong (Sin Dong-hee): I've become a romantic guy thanks to them. I'm thankful,...More
Super Junior says "we could go for 20-30 more years" (2) 2010/05/25, Source,
Donghae (Lee Dong-hae left) and Sungmin [SM Entertainment] Q: Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, Shindong, the three of you are regulars on SBS talk show "Steel Heart". But it must be difficult trying to head a segment of the program for several minutes.Leeteuk: We seen quite a number of photographs get ripped up (laugh) but the more it happens, the public wants to see more intense photos while the celebrities want to hide more. We were able to understand what a hard time comedians must have. And it's usually hard to maintain a segment for more than three months. We're into our ninth month now and it's very tough. So I'm thinking we should come up with something different. Q: Isn't it difficult getting the guests to display their talents on the show?Leeteuk: (Sigh and laugh) It's really difficult. And many of them say they don't want to so we have to keep persuading them. Eunhyuk: I had never been that interested in variety shows but I started taking part in it little by little because it sounded like so much fun when I listened to it,...More
Members of Super Junior pose for W Korea magazine 2010/05/18, Source,
Super Junior members from left to right: Eunhyuk and Leeteuk [W Korea]
Korean idols Super Junior have posed for a 10-page spread in fashion magazine W Korea, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Tuesday.
A press release from SM stated that the boys took part in a shoot for the June issue of W Korea, displaying the pop image of each member donning colorful eye make-up and hairstyles to show off their individual personalities,...More
Super Junior Heechul says he almost quit band 2010/05/12, Source,
Super Junior member Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol) [Asia Economic Daily]
Super Junior member Heechul (Kim Hee-cheol) has spoken up about past rumors surrounding his possible withdrawal from the popular idol group, admitting he had once almost quit the 13-man band.
During a guest appearance on SBS talk show "Steel Heart" which aired Tuesday, the singer revealed that he had often felt "overwhelmed" to carry out group activities because he had "so many solo activities",...More
Super Junior to release teaser video for new album tomorrow 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean idol group Super Junior [SM Entertainment]
Korean idol group Super Junior will be releasing a teaser video tomorrow for their upcoming fourth album, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM announced in a press release that the teaser video will be unveiled Friday on the group's official website (http://superjunior.smtown.com), as well as on various portals and web-based music providers,...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
Super Junior Releases 'Sorry Sorry' in Japan 2009/07/20, Source, The boy band Super Junior has released the Japanese version of its third album "Sorry Sorry" in Japan. The album is based on the C version of the group's 3rd repackaged album, which was released in May. It also contains the music videos for "Sorry Sorry" and "It's You" and the dance version of "Sorr,...More
The economic recession that has affected almost every part of the world hasn't touched the local theater industry.
This year, musicals and plays have stayed afloat through their distinctive strategies.
The musical industry highly relied on producing movie-b,...More
Pop idol makes shaky start in musical 2008/09/21, Source, Having well-known singers and actors on theater stage is a formula for success in musicals and plays, but the trend has become so prevalent that it seems almost passe.
Still, public attention was generated when two members of the popular Korean boy band Super Junior --,...More
Super Junior members set to make move into musicals 2008/05/29, Source, Music entertainment giant SM Entertainment Group announced recently the establishment of an affiliate that will focus on businesses related to the musical genre -- and they're bringing super-sexy boy-band Super Junior along for the ride.
With former comedian and singer Pyo In-bong taking the helm,...More
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