[Orion's Drama News] From Rags to Mega-Riches 2016/06/25,
This week I talk KCON New York and HanCinema's attendance there. I also take a look at the super rich, super smart, super talented and all around perfect character of Lee Jong-suk in "W" and what he might mean in terms of how we write and experience fiction and Korean dramas. Before my upcoming drama goodies and personal watch list, I talk Dramaland ladies and introduce upcoming drama "Lady with Class",...More
[Funcurve Review] "Angry Mom" 2015/11/14,
A Force to Be Reckoned With
I'll be honest, when I first heard the premise of "Angry Mom", I thought it would be silly and cheesy. But I was absolutely wrong. "Angry Mom" gave me a thoughtful, emotional drama, complete with an amazing cast and great writing. All of the characters were well rounded and had their time to shine so that we can really get to know them. "Angry Mom" truly showcases how writing should be done: straightforwardly and naturally. The drama went above and beyond my expectations and deserves any and all acclaims it received,...More
Rain and Kim Tae-hee seen entering China together
Hallyu couple, Rain, 33, and Kim Tae-hee, 35, entered China together. They returned to Korea together after attending a promotional event. This is their first time to attend a same event since they announced their relationship officially. The event they attended took place in Hainan, China for the 10th anniversary of cosmetic brand, JVJQ,...More
[Photos] Kim Hee-seon's graceful and elegant step
Actress Kim Hee-seon is entering the photo wall event at Stella McCartney's first visiting event in Korea, which took place at Boon The Shop in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on May 20th.
The event was to celebrate the opening of the popup store for The World of STELLA at BOONTHESHOP and to introduce the autumn 2015 collection by the brand,...More
Kim Hee-won to star in "Angry Mom" 2015/02/11, Source, Kim Hee-won is starring in "Angry Mom" according to his agency.
He plays the role of Ahn Dong-chil. He is short-tempered and nasty but knows how to get along with the world. He was the head of the Seven Stars Gang in Busan in his 20s until he was spotted by Hong Sang-bok (Park Yeong-gyoo) and became the false chairman of Myeongsung Constructions. He's related with Jo Kang-ja's (Kim Hee-seon) sister's death,...More
Lee Min-ho, "Date? Of course I want to" 2014/07/09, Source,
Actor Lee Min-ho expressed that he would like to go on a date with someone.
He attended his fan meeting on the 8th in CGV Cheongdam and said, "I wanted to star in more dramas and movies during my twenties, but I don't think I can do more than one this year. I also want to be in a relationship with someone because communicating with someone and not just your lover, is a very important part of life",...More
Jackie Chan Invites Korean Stars to 60th Birthday Bash 2014/04/12, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-seon (left) speaks at a party celebrating Jackie Chan's 60th birthday in Beijing on Sunday. /Xinhua
Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan has celebrated his 60th birthday with extended parties and invited celebrities from around the world. Starting with a concert in Beijing on Sunday, on the eve of his birthday, the star of movies like "Drunken Master", "Police Story" and "Rush Hour" has been holding events for five days in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has invited over 1,000 stars and movie fans to attend the celebrations. Around 30 Korean celebrities were also invited including actress Kim Hee-seon, actors Lee Byung-hun and Lee Seung-gi, and members of K-pop boy band EXO,...More
Jackie Chan Invites Korean Stars to 60th Birthday Bash 2014/04/11, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-seon (left) speaks at a party celebrating Jackie Chan's 60th birthday in Beijing on Sunday. /Xinhua
Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan has celebrated his 60th birthday with extended parties and invited celebrities from around the world. Starting with a concert in Beijing on Sunday, on the eve of his birthday, the star of movies like "Drunken Master", "Police Story" and "Rush Hour" has been holding events for five days in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong,...More
[Photos] Kim Hee-seon's immortal beauty 2014/01/21, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-seon shot a collection released on the 22nd.
This collection celebrates the launching of "The Royal Garden" which is a capsule collection of the brand Obzee. "The Royal Garden" is a collection of clothes with fancy prints and colors, pearl and gold decorations with a royalty feel,...More
[Video] First Annual DramaFever Awards Winners Announced 2013/04/26, Source,
Award recipients thank fans for their support exclusively on DramaFever NEW YORK, NY [April 26, 2013] - DramaFever announced the winners of its first annual DramaFever Awards today, highlighting the best of Korean drama in 2012. Fans cast over 550,000 votes for their favorite nominees in categories ranging from Drama of the Year to Best Bromance,...More
Kim Hee-seon is the Goryeo version of Mata Hari 2012/10/07, Source, Kim Hee-seon became Mata Hari in a still cut of the SBS drama "Faith". Kim Hee-seon is wearing a dress with fancy patterns and decoratiosn on her head. Her beauty is still there but her face is full of melancholy because of the Mata Hari mission. In the previous episode of the drama, Eun-soo (Kim Hee-seon) told Choi Yeong (Lee Min-ho) that she would get back the diary with her Mata Hari mission. Mata Hari is a female spy from the First World War. Eun-soo is about to save Choi Yeong who is in danger.
A spokesperson for the drama said, "Eun-soo fights to save Choi Yeong and they fall for each other even more",...More
[Spoiler] "Faith" Kim Hee-seon saves Lee Min-ho with CPR 2012/08/27, Source,
Choi Yeong (Lee Min-ho) who tried letting go of his own life came back to life thanks to Yoo Eun-soo (Kim Hee-seon) on the SBS drama "Faith" on the 27th.
Choi Yeong who was unconscious from blood poisoning met his father in his dreams and confessed he couldn't forget the woman who hung herself after being taunted by King Chunghae. He thought of the times he spent with her and refused to wake up,...More
Kim Hee-seon to Return to TV After 6-Year Hiatus 2012/07/14, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-seon is returning to TV after a six-year hiatus to star in the upcoming SBS drama "Faith", which is scheduled to be aired in mid-August. In the drama, Kim plays the role of a plastic surgeon who is abducted by a warrior, played by heartthrob Lee Min-ho, and taken back 700 years in time to his era.
The Chosun Ilbo interviewed Kim about her decision to return to TV and her future plans,...More
Song Seung-heon returns to small screen 2012/05/15, Source, Song Seung-heon walks down a street during a visit to Vietnam to shoot a television program this January.(Courtesy of Korea Foundation)
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon is coming back to his fans through the small screen.
Despite 16 years passing since his debut, Song, 35, remains as handsome and single as ever, coupled now with better acting ability. As one of the pioneers of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, his popularity continues to the rise, both in Korea and overseas,...More
Lee Kim Productions causing legal problems with SBS's "Faith"? 2012/04/05, Source,
Lee Kim Productions, of the drama "Time Slip Dr. JIN", announced that they will firmly handle a conflict with the SBS drama "Faith". Lee Kim Productions has already submitted a certification of contents to the producers of "Faith" and is also considering submitting an injunction that would prohibit the drama from being broadcast.
The problem at hand is that the contents of the two dramas, "Faith" and "Time Slip Dr. JIN", are alike. The dramas are based on time travel and they also feature a modern day doctor traveling back in time. Lee Kim Productions has signed a contract with the creators of the original Japanese story and is producing "Time Slip Dr. JIN",...More
Kim Hee-seon humiliation... why? 2011/05/29, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-seon's overly long one-piece dress humiliated her in the picture of her on the streets.
She uploaded a picture of herself on her mini home page with the title, "Out in a long time. However, just outside the house to a coffee shop".,...More
Kim Hee-seon's "Nation" hits number 1 Chinese box office 2011/04/18, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-seon's Chinese movie "Nation" was released locally and took first place in the weekend box office.
According to the local Chinese media on the 18th, "Nation" was released in China on the 12th and drew a total profit of 10 billion won (~US$10 million), reaching first place in box office hits.,...More
Kim Tae-hee Wins Over Viewers with 'My Princess' 2011/02/03,
Her stunning beauty is beyond dispute, but actress Kim Tae-hee has always been criticized for her wooden acting. She struggled even more in films than on TV, and none of her movies, including "The Restless", "Venus and Mars" and "Grand Prix", were a success at the box office.
But the soap "My Princess", currently on MBC, seems to have changed all that, and viewers have taken to Kim's adorable but comic character in a big way. They seem to enjoy seeing the inelegant side of someone who seems to have it all. And criticism of her acting skills seems on the wane,...More
Mourning Over Andre Kim's Death 2010/08/16, Source,
The late Andre Kim is talking with the actress Kim Hee-seon at the fashion show held in Seoul in 2001.
People in the entertainment industry were mourning over the news of Andre Kim's death while saying, "A great star in Korea has fallen".
The late Kim had been involved in the entertainment industry and formed close family-like relationships with many stars during his life. In particular, actors such as Kim Hee-seon, Cha In-pyo, Jang Seo-hee, Choi Ji-woo, Ryoo Si-won, and Cha Seung-won had shared special affection for Kim and each other for a long time, and they had been loved by fans for appearing on the catwalk at Kim's fashion shows, and they looked deeply shocked by the news that Kim had passed away on August 12,...More
Lee Joon-ki enters Korean military with apologies 2010/05/03, Source,
Korean actor Lee Joon-ki waves to fans ahead of entering the Korean military on May 3, 2010. [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Joon-ki entered the Korean army today, putting his acting career on hold for the next two years to fulfill his mandatory military duties.
The 28-year-old actor bid farewell to thousands of fans -- including many who flew in from overseas -- and reporters, who showed up at the Nonsan military training camp to see the star off,...More
VOV says Kim Hee-seon image being tarnished 2010/04/06, Source,
Korean actress Kim Hee-seon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean cosmetics brand VOV has issued a public statement saying actress Kim Hee-son's image is being tarnished by her endorsing a fake make-up company in China.
Yesterday, both the actress's agency and VOV had denied that Kim had shot an advertisement for China's VOV but is rather a spokesmodel for a brand called LANCHEN, considered one of the top three cosmetics brands in China.
VOV issued a press release today, however, saying that a Chinese company named Yace, along with several others, had built its business by pirating the successful Korean brand and selling knockoffs of its products, eventually accumulating enough capital to establish its own cosmetics brand LANCHEN,...More
Kim Hee-seon advertising for fake make-up brand "not true" 2010/04/05, Source,
Korean actress Kim Hee-seon [Asia Economic Daily]
A report claiming that Korean actress Kim Hee-seon has shot an advertisement for a fake cosmetics brand in China has been found to be "not true".
A media outlet had reported earlier on Monday that the actress shot an ad for China's VOV, a cosmetics brand which they stated had allegedly pirated the trademark for Korea's VOV.
VOV is considered one of the popular Korean cosmetics brand specializing in make-up, body and hair products,...More
Kim Hee-seon to make comeback in film "Warring States" 2010/03/10, Source,
Actress Kim Hee-seon [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Kim Hee-seon will be making a comeback to the big screen for the first time in five years through a Chinese film tentatively titled "Warring States", according to her agency on Wednesday.
An official at her agency In House told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that the actress is "expected to make a special appearance in 'Warring States'", about the Warring States period in Chinese history.,...More
China's Food Safety Law Means Caution for Korean Stars 2009/06/26, Source, Korean stars who appear in Chinese food advertising will have to check whether the advertiser's food is safe after a new food safety law came into effect this month. The aim is to prevent further international embarrassment after a string of scandals such as the deadly baby milk scare brought Chines,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Her unchanging beauty 2009/04/08, Source, Kim Hee-seon has come out to the public for her first time after giving birth to her daughter. She has been at a cafe for Bean Pole Kids charity event.
She has been in the Happy Mom Project which gives all the profits to children in Afghanistan and other third world countries.,...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...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
Broadcaster reach deep into history this year. From left, portrait of Tangun, Korea's mythical founding father, portrait of King Chongjo (1777-1800) and portrait of King Sejong (1418-1450), who will be depicted in epic dramas at three major networks.
SIEM REAP, Cambodia _ A top-class Korean designer dazzled Cambodian dignitaries and citizens as well as Korean residents here with a fantasy-filled fashion show staged at a world-famous stone temple Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
Under the title of "Fantasia", the two-day fashion show will be presented under six themes--"Angkor Toward 21st Centrury-Gyeonggju Expo", "Passi,...More
Andre Kim showcases 2007 collection at Angkor Wat 2006/12/11, Source, Korea's top designer Andre Kim is to launch his 2007 fashion collection this evening at Angkor Wat, a temple inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is the first time a designer will hold a fashion show at Cambodia's national treasure - one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
"Kisaeng", Korean female entertainers, often called "haeohwa", a flower that listens and talks, are a growing motif in Korean entertainment.
Kisaeng, renowned for sensual feminimity and intelligence, were versatile entertainers similar to the Japanese "geisha",...More
Gisaeng Becomes Cultural Icon of 2006 2006/10/24, Source, The gisaeng, women who entertained guests at any feast or den of worldly pleasures with their songs, dances and other accomplishments, are emerging as the pop culture icon of 2006. It began as just a flicker at the end of last year, but now the stories of the gisaeng are turning up everywhere -- in,...More
Young and glamorous stars in a typical "Cinderella-like" love story that have spurred hallyu, or the Korean Wave, are struggling to hold onto the viewers. Instead, soap operas targeting the older crowd, especially the "ajumma", a,...More
East Asian TV writers to meet in Busan 2006/06/05, Source, About 70 renowned TV drama writers from East Asian countries including Korea, China, Japan and Taiwan will gather in Busan on June 14 for a three-day conference.
The "East Asian Broadcast Writers' Conference" has been organized by the Korea Foundation for Asian Culture Exchange and the Korean Rad,...More
A Year of Big Changes and Small Setbacks for Korean TV 2005/12/27, Source, 2005 will be remembered as a year of new trends in Korea's entertainment industry. On the one hand, there were the large-scale dramas starring big names that were clearly produced with an eye on Asian markets that showed themselves receptive to the Korean wave. But equally importantly, some smaller,...More
Asia's sweethearts meet fans up close 2005/10/10, Source, BUSAN - There is no question that people go to film festivals to see films, but that's not all. They are also drawn to their favorite film stars just like iron to magnet.
Last Friday must have been a very special day for those male fans of Asian films coming to enjoy the 10th Pusan International,...More
Korean Wave Brings in Crowds at Pusan Film Fest 2005/10/09, Source, The 10th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) is the hottest ever, with an eye-boggling 153,000 tickets sold in the first three days of the festival. That is close to the 166,000 tickets sold during the whole of last year's festival.
One thing that is different is the large number of overseas,...More
Lee Byung-hun to meet Tsumabuki Satoshi 2005/10/07, Source, Actors Lee Byung-hun, 35, and Tsumabuki Satoshi, 24, both regarded to be among the most handsome actors in their home countries, will meet at the Pusan International Film Festival, reported the festival's organizers. The two will hold an "ope,...More
Regionally co-produced martial arts epics are all the rage this year. There are already three blockbusters starring Korean and Chinese a,...More
Media Market Barriers Breaking Down 2005/07/08, Source, By Kim Ki-tae
The fast changing media contents market is destroying longstanding barriers between filmmakers, broadcasters, talent management firms and mobile carriers.
Film companies are beginning to make television dramas, while broadcasters are producing films. Talent manageme,...More
Fans of Snubbed Beauties Up in Arms 2005/04/06, Source, With the cable TV channel m.net selecting a list of Korea's 10 most beautiful women to mark the company's 10th anniversary, fans of stars who were left off are launching severe protests on the Internet. Using Internet balloting and expert opinion, m.net selected a list of Korea's 10 representative b,...More
Korean Designer Andre Kim Puts the Stars on the Catwalk 2004/11/17, Source, Korea's high-profile fashion designer Andre Kim showcased his designs for 2005 this week. Actors and athletes also joined him for a unique awards ceremony.
Korean designer Andre Kim has been creating fashions ever since he debuted in 1962. His distinctive and opulent style combining futuristic wit,...More
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