[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.07.01 ~ 2016.07.03 2016/07/04,
Three new entries take over at the top...
There was a major reshuffle at the top of Korea's box office over the weekend as three new films entered the fray and capture over 60% of the box office pie. Last week's number one, "Independence Day: Resurgence" by Roland Emmerich, was bumped to fourth after "Familyhood", "The Legend of Tarzan", and "The Hunt" came in and conquered the podium,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Familyhood" 2016/07/02,
Joo-yeon (played by Kim Hye-soo) is a high-level actress in the Korean entertainment industry, but her star power has faded with age. Or maybe just her abrasive personality, it's kind of hard to tell. In any case, feeling very suddenly professionally unfulfilled in life, Joo-yeon has an epiphany during a visit to the home of her stylist Pyeong-goo (played by Ma Dong-seok). She likes families, and so Joo-yeon becomes determined to create a family through whatever means necessary,...More
Moviegoers Prefer Older Stars, Watching Alone 2016/06/19, Source, Hwang Jeong-min and Kim Hye-soo have been named the most popular actor and actress in an email survey of 10,286 people by the Chosun Ilbo and ticketing site Max Movie. Kim was also voted best actress, while best actor went to Song Kang-ho. All three are all in their 40s, while only a few stars in their 20s made it into the top 10. The results clearly reflect the changing demographic of moviegoers in Korea,...More
Kim Hye-soo vs Ko So-young in lovely flower print dress 2016/06/13, Source,
Flower prints double feminine appeal. When the prints are pink and white, it's even better. They can reveal the girlish appeal effortlessly. The beautiful actresses in their 40s put on the vivacious and fresh flower print look. The gorgeous stars we are talking about here are Kim Hye-soo and Ko So-young.
Kim Hye-soo wore the pink and white flower print two-piece outfit to her movie, 'Goodbye Single' press conference on June 9th. Ko So-young wore the same outfit to a promotional event by a brand last April,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Signal" 2016/05/14,
"Signal" is an intense crime thriller with a storyline that keeps your heart pounding to the very end. It's filled with heavy emotions all the way through, and is the perfect drama for inducing nail-biting adrenaline. What makes Signal even more intense is the time sensitivity of its cases. At first, our detectives solve cold cases with statutes of limitations that are about to expire. But as the drama moves along, the cases have to be solved before more bad things happen. As such, it constantly makes my heart race when time is almost up and our detectives have not found the answer they're searching for,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Signal" 2016/03/19,
Having a love for suspense, mystery or any other genres outside of romance, family, period and melodrama can be hard when a Korean drama fan. Crime shows are aplenty now, but few really achieve great quality in an enthralling presentation. "Signal" is nothing new. The timeline communication element is reminiscent of works such as Hollywood film "Frequency" and the rest is a suspense and crime series. Yet what makes "Signal" work is something Korean drama creators tend to forget. Quality matters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Signal" 2016/02/06,
Crime shows are no longer something new in Korean drama, but they still largely follow a formulaic approach, such as any other genre. Placing style over substance is a common issue and especially some of the episodic dramas of the type seem repetitive. It is therefore fortunate that tvN's "Signal" not only seems to have a strong main plot, but that it is off to a great start with its two main features,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Signal" 2016/01/16,
Regular viewers of tvN may have noticed that the station likes to keep its usual actors and creators close. Here to take this one step further is "Signal", the approach of which brings back memories of the station's "Gabdong - The Serial Killer". The drama will be the second tvN show based on the Hwaseong serial murders, but unlike its predecessor it comes with a supernatural twist,...More
What Movie Ticket Sales Say About Tastes Across the Country 2015/12/18, Source,
Seoul citizens made up 24 percent of cinemagoers in the country this year. Films which see a flood of advance ticket sales tend to have a high percentage of audiences from Seoul, mainly due to a more established culture of booking tickets. Films with a high percentage of audiences from the provinces tended to stay at the top of the box office for longer,...More
Will Jeon Ji-hyeon win Best Actress? 2015/11/25, Source,
Will it be Jeon Ji-hyeon or not? The public is also looking down several ways with the Best Actress at the Blue Dragon coming up.
The Best Actress, also known as the 'flower of the awards' has everyone's attention as the 36th Blue Dragon Awards is going to be the final film award of the year,...More
Red Faces at Daejong Film Awards as Stars Stay Home 2015/11/23, Source,
What was touted as Korea's most prestigious movie awards turned into a farce Friday evening as none of the nominees for best actor and actress turned up. The nine nominated stars cited a variety of reasons for their absence from the annual Daejong Film Awards, from prior engagements to being out of the country, but it looked suspiciously like an organized boycott,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.22 ~ 2015.05.24 2015/05/25, "Mad Max" retains pole position...
The fourth film in the "Mad Max" series continued its reign atop the Korean box office, claiming additional 310K (31%) across 714 screens to move its total tally now to 1.8M ($15M). "Mad Max: Fury Road" has been peppered with praise from critics and filmgoers worldwide, and is quickly closing in on the estimated $150M it took to produce. Last weekend "Mad Max" (along with Spy) entered and dislodged Marvel's "Avengers" as the country's favourite flick; week two for George Miller's dusty dystopia saw that success continue as fans flocked to theatres to catch Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in action,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.15 - 2015.05.17 2015/05/18,
"Chronicles of Evil" and "Mad Max" dislodges "The Avengers"...
While Cannes is playing host to the top stars and filmmakers from around the world, the South Korean public came out in droves over the weekend to catch two new features that recently made their way onto the chart. Baek Woon-hak's thriller "Chronicles of Evil" and George Miller's remake of "Mad Max" were the must-see films, and between them the capture over 70% of the box office pie; in the process removing "The Avengers" from its previous privileged position as South Korea's number one,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.08 ~ 2015.05.10 2015/05/11,
Marvel's massively successful "Avengers: Age of Ultron" continued its reign at the top of the pile over this past weekend. The $280 billion film added an additional 804 admissions (52%) to its cause, bringing its total tally in South Korea now to 9.3 million admissions (or $73 million). Currently, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" has grossed over $875 million worldwide,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Coin Locker Girl" 2015/05/09,
Il-yeong (played by Kim Go-eun-I) was abandoned in a coin locker as a newborn infant. Literally, her name just means "one-zero". After a somewhat unpleasant life as a normal child bum, Il-yeong is recruited and sold to Mom (played by Kim Hye-soo), who runs a multi-faceted criminal enterprise. As it happens, Il-yeong the child has the right stuff to be promoted as one of Mom's children- a direct enforcer who somewhat incidentally gets to have a normal dinner with the rest of Mom's "family" every once in awhile,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.05.01 ~ 2015.05.03 2015/05/04, Marvel's might continues while newcomers stake their claim… There was some serious jostling for position going on at the box office this past weekend. Last weekend Marvel's latest "Avengers" film entered the fray and (righteously) dominated proceedings by capturing a mammoth 90% of the box office pie. And while this left little else for the rest of the pack to pounce on, a week later we find a string of new entries trying to make a move on Marvel's monster,...More
Coin Locker Girl (2015) 2015/05/01, Source, "Coin Locker Girl"
Genres: Crime and Drama
Running Time: 110 min.
Directed by: Han Jun-hee
Starring: Kim Hye-soo, Kim Go-eun-I, Eom Tae-goo, Ko Kyeong-pyo
Synopsis: A baby is thrown into a coin locker. She is picked up by a beggar, who names her Il-young. When she turns 10, she is sold off to a woman referred to simply as Mother. She is raised by remorseless loan sharks until she is 18 years old, by which time she has become Mother's trusted right hand. One day, Il-young is given a task: to stay close to Seok-hyeon, the son of a debtor. Over the course of a few days, she becomes friends with the boy and is exposed to a world she never knew existed. She envies the normalcy that other teenage girls enjoy and opens her heart to Seok-hyeon. But when his father flees, Mother orders her to kill him,...More
"Coin Locker Girl" Kim Hye-soo, "Cold-hearted truth? That's us" 2015/04/28, Source, "Mom's life is a battle for survival. It's either you dominate from above or be abandoned until no further use. Survival is the goal and pending death is the life of this character".
"Coin Locker Girl" was released on the 29th and this reflects a completely different side of Kim Hye-soo. She plays the head of a gang and goes by the name of 'Mom'. She discovers a child named Il-yeong (Kim Go-eun-I) abandoned in locker 10 of the subway and the cold-hearted affection she develops for her is downright depressing,...More
Kim Go-eun-I and Kim Hye-soo don't mind the "Avengers" 2015/04/20, Source, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" ticket sales has reached 90% and it's expected to clean sweep. However, there's something coming up that doesn't mind Hollywood. It's as mighty as "Iron Man", it's as strong as "Thor" and it's as scary as "The Hulk".
We're talking about Kim Hye-soo and Kim Go-eun-I. "Coin Locker Girl" has come out at last. The production presentation went over well and the audience cheered for the cast who challenged "The Avengers",...More
Kim Hye-soo's new stills in upcoming movie "Coin Locker Girl" 2015/03/09, Source,
Stills of Kim Hye-soo starring in the movie "Coin Locker Girl" have been released. She plays the leader "Mother" of cold and cruel China Town, the background of the movie.
Anyone can call her mother but she can't be defied. She is an immigrant whose past and real name is hidden and she created her own gang to survive in the world of violence. She takes care of difficult matters without a flinch and takes care of people who can't pay their debt in her own ways, showing no remorse or feelings,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Villain and Widow" 2015/02/28,
Black comedy is a genre that requires an extremely delicate touch to succeed. It takes great skill to make dark topics funny and it takes even greater skill to make the characters in such stories likable. 'Villain and Widow' has its issues, mainly with its length, but it manages to not only be funny and feature some nice social commentary, but also be a work with characters that are just so easy to enjoy,...More
No Soo-ram exposes herself even in the cold 2014/12/17, Source,
Actress No Soo-ram expanded the tree of extreme dresses.
She appeared at the Blue Dragon Awards wearing a shocking see-through dress that revealed her all the way down to her sides. Her shoulders were also see-through and her underwear peeked here and there,...More
[HanCinema's Lists] The Top 5 Korean Period Films of All-Time 2014/01/10,
Korean period features are big business that, when done right, really do bring in the big bucks. The past few years, in particular, have yielded some stellar titles that have seriously resonated with local audiences. This trend is set to continue in 2014 as a host of new historical dramas and action flicks are lining up to try and capture the public's imagination by re-framing the past in unique and exciting ways. Some of the historical films to look out for in 2014 include: "KUNDO : Age of the Rampant", "A Touch of Zen", "Pirates", "The Huntresses", and "Battle Of Myeongryang"; but before we usher in these new historical yarns, here's a quick look at the five highest grossing Korean period films of all-time that this year's entries will hope to challenge,...More
Attendance equals award... the absolute formula? 2014/01/01, Source,
The three broadcasting stations have completed their Drama Awards of the year 2013. However, there's disappointment in the way things have been run, lowering the authority of these awards. 'Sharing' and 'co-awarding' still exists and there's no denying the former-casting of winners.
Including Kim Hye-soo (KBS), Ha Ji-won (MBC) and Lee Bo-yeong (SBS), a total of 125 celebrities won awards and that's including overlapping awards,...More
'The Face Reader' Exploits Changing Trends to Race up Film Charts 2013/09/23, Source,
Director Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" is fast establishing itself as the nation's next box-office hit. The movie, which revolves around a power struggle in the Chosun Dynasty, attracted over six million viewers by Sunday, within just 12 days of its release. Pundits say that part of its success can be attributed to its all-star cast, and part to the way in which it has grasped the changing trends of the market in terms of target viewers and themes. It already ranks as the third-fastest Korean movie to attract this many viewers after "The Host" and "The Thieves", both of which subsequently went on to break the 10-million mark. The former sold 13.01 million tickets and the latter 12.98 million,...More
Veteran Actor Baek Yoon-sik Dating Woman Half His Age 2013/09/16, Source,
Actor Baek Yoon-sik, 66, is dating a TV reporter almost 30 years his junior, which has caused some of his friends to express concern about the couple's significant age gap. According to his management agency Namoo Actors on Friday, they first met in summer 2012 through mutual acquaintances when Baek was working on a project for a terrestrial TV station. They have no plans to get married at this point, it added,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Face Reader" 2013/09/08,
This movie contains surprisingly little content about how face reading actually works. Our hero, the slovenly Nae-Kyung (played by Song Kang-ho) is basically a wizard. Aside from one late scene, where the exact topography of a person's face becomes extremely relevant, Nae-Kyung's abilities are indistinguishable from magic. I can believe that people existed (or even exist today) who have the ability to tell murderers by sight. The simple existence of such a character isn't interesting. What would be interesting is an exploration of why or how they do these things,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/09/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "Our Sunhi": A young filmmaker returns to her old school in the hopes to get a letter of recommendation from her past professor. (09/12)
★★★★★ "The Face Reader": The most skilful face reader in the Joseon dynasty gets pulled from his life of seclusion and soon finds himself in the middle of a political power struggle for the crown. (09/11),...More
Lee Jong-suk pleases fans with picture of abs 2013/08/07, Source, Lee Jong-suk is currently residing in the Philippines for the movie "NO-BREATH" after "I Hear Your Voice". He posted on the 7th and said, "Are you all well? The weather's nice, the views nice but why do I want to go home? I want to see my mother. I am so tired. I need to listen to "Cheer Up" by Girls' Generation".
Lee Jong-suk is wearing a swimsuit in the picture with a 'V' on his hand. Another thing that catches the eye is the fact that he has a firm ab. Fans say, "Too revealing!", "My eyes have been cleansed", "So fair and muscular" and more,...More
Film Audiences Favor Grown-Up Experience 2013/04/30, Source, Ha Jeong-woo and Kim Hye-soo have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in a poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the country's biggest ticketing site Maxmovie. But Hwang Jeong-min and Jeon Do-yeon were named as the best actor and actress. ◆ Mature Actors, Mature Audiences Remarkably, most of the top 10 most popular actors and actresses are in their 30s to 50s, the only exception being Han Hyo-joo, who is in her 20s. The average age for male and female actors is 42.7 and 34.1. Of the actors, only four are in their 30s, including Ha, Kang Dong-won and Won Bin. A large proportion of the entrants on the popularity list starred in hit movies over the past two years, but Won, Kang, Lee Na-young and Kim Tae-hee managed to stay popular by only appearing in commercials,...More
Kim Hye-soo to Forfeit MA Due to Plagiarism 2013/03/26, Source,
Actress Kim Hye-soo has she is ready to forfeit her master's degree following a plagiarism scandal. At a press event for her latest TV soap in Seoul on Monday she once again apologized for plagiarizing a substantial part of her master's thesis at Sungkyunkwan University in 2001,...More
Actress Kim Hye-soo Sorry for MA Plagiarism 2013/03/25, Source,
Actress Kim Hye-soo has apologized for plagiarizing a substantial part of her master's thesis at Sungkyunkwan University in 2001. She copied part of the thesis on actor communication verbatim from at least four books. A professor at Seoul National University who read Kim's thesis said, "It's the kind of brazen cut-and-paste job that even undergraduates wouldn't dare to attempt",...More
Young Korean Fashion Designer Makes Waves 2013/02/03, Source,
Designer Jung Mi-sun is relatively a new face in the fashion industry with only five years in the business. She did not particularly want to become a fashion designer, and made her own brand Nohke J in 2009 just for fun while preparing to study abroad. "I didn't initially want to restrict myself to making clothes", she says. "I made the brand while I was making a portfolio to send to schools abroad. I wanted to try various areas of lifestyle design from furniture to lighting as well as fashion". But critics are already raving about Jung's clothes. "Nohke J's clothes look like something that only rock stars would wear. But once you take a closer look and dissect it one by one, you can discover subtle feminine beauty in them. Celebrities like Girls' Generation, f(x), Ko Joon-hee, and Sin Min-ah ask for Nohke J", says stylist Jung Yun-ki,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Thieves": Sunglasses, Suits, and Smokescreens 2013/01/05, Film:"The Thieves" 도둑들 (Do-dook-deul)
Director:Choi Dong-hoonStars:Kim Yoon-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jeong-jae, Jeon Ji-hyeon, Simon Yam, Kim Hae-sook, Oh Dal-soo, and Kim Soo-hyeon-IReview Score: 3.5 / 5
Choi Dong-hoon's colossal hit "The Thieves" laid siege to the Korean box office last July, snatching 2 million admissions in the first weekend of its nine-week presence in the top ten. This record-smashing flick earned almost 13 million admissions during that time and its profitability will surely continue as the film is set to open in China on the 15th of this month on over 3,000 screens. Its rise to fame was relentless and it was honoured by the film industry as it was nominated for its excellence across most categories from Korea's top award ceremonies.
"The Thieves", much to the distress of perhaps a few of its paying audience members, has been likened to Steven Soderbergh's 2001 film "Ocean's Eleven", but the film deviates enough from the ' heist ' formula to ward off most critics knee-jerk comparison. It's definitely one to hunt down or watch when you can but have we all been guilty of the Halo effect?,...More
What Does 2013 Hold for Korean Film? 2013/01/04, Source,
Korean films drew more than 100 million viewers over the past year, but there are a number of concerns if they are to sustain their momentum. Here are five of the top issues for this year that have insiders speculating about the future of the movie industry. ◆ Can Korean Movies Break the 100 Million Mark Again,...More
Kim Hye-soo 'unique style' 2012/09/10, Source,
Actress Kim Hye-soo has gone through a change.
She attended the 'Diesel Flagship Store Opening' ceremony on the 7th in Seoul. She posed confidently in front of the media as her pictures were taken,...More
Movie "The Thieves" Attracts over 2 Million Viewers 2012/08/01, Source,
The recent movie "The Thieves", directed by Choi Dong-hoon, is dominating the box office. Already over 2 million movie-goers have visited the theatres to watch it. According to the Korean Film Council on July 30th, "The Thieves" brought in an additional 751,039 people on the 29th, 759,626 people on the 28th, and 493,567 people on the 27th, bringing the total number of viewers to about 2 million viewers. That means that after premiering on the 25th, within just five days, a total of 2.86 million people have already seen the flick. This puts the movie proudly at first place in ticket sales. It even seems mighty possible that it will hit the 3 million mark within six days,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I Sets Endorsement Record 2012/05/08, Source,
These days, it's hard to land on any channel that isn't playing something related to the "it" guy, Kim Soo-hyeon-I. This may be a drama, interview, variety show, or commercial.
After becoming a household name due to the hit drama "The Sun and the Moon", Kim has snagged 17 new endorsement deals. This tops even the record of figure skating queen and Korea's national darling, Kim Yuna. Kim Yuna had amazed the public for boasting 15 endorsement deals in 2009,...More
Korean Director Honors Steve Jobs with iPhone Movie 2012/02/20, Source,
Korean filmmaker Chin Won-suk aired his 13-minute film "992" at Macworld -- the world's largest exhibition featuring the latest Apple products -- in San Francisco on Jan. 27. The short feature was filmed on the latest version of the iPhone, some five years after the first version of the best-selling handset was released.
The short is named after the New Balance running shoes favored by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Until 2009, Apple used Macworld to unveil its latest products, and Jobs regularly took to the stage to present his latest gadgets to the world,...More
Lotte announces new Jeong Ji-woo film 2012/02/13, Source,
Major Korean investor and distributor Lotte Entertainment has announced "Happy End" director Jeong Ji-woo's upcoming film "A Muse" (working title) at the European Film Market (EFM). The film is currently in post-production.
Based on PARK Bum-shin's bestselling novel of the same title, "A Muse" follows a 70-year-old poet who has an affair with a high school student and is inspired to write a book about her. However, his best student, jealous of the relationship, steals this work,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012 2012/02/10, Source, With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byeong-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
Big-budget films to open in 2012 2012/01/05, Source,
A scene from "The Thieves", which is expected to wow movie fans this year with its A-list cast. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won While 2011 saw the release of some novel, genre-defying works, not many local films aside from "Sunny - 2010" and "War of the Arrows" (a.k.a. "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon") managed to draw crowds at the box office. This year, a lineup of big-budget films featuring the return of big stars await moviegoers,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/05, Source,
On December 21st, Lee Hyori had a fan signing in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.
[Interview : Lee Hyori, Singer] "I created a calendar to promote the adoption of stray dogs, so please spread the word. I really hope that we can help many of them this winter". Lee Hyori took a moment to meet her fans and to promote her new calendar,...More
"The Thieves" wraps shoot 2011/12/09, Source,
Major South Korean investor/distributor Showbox/Mediaplex has announced principal photography has wrapped on director Choi Dong-hoon's highly anticipated thriller "The Thieves". The film had its last shoot on Dec. 7 at the W Seoul – Walkerhill Hotel after six months of shooting on location in Macau, Hong Kong, Busan, and Seoul,...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
Kim Yuna, Most Memorable Ad Model For First Half of 2011 2011/08/18, Source,
World-renowned figure skater Kim Yuna leaves deep impressions not only on the ice, but through her many advertisements.
According to a report on the most memorable ad model for the first half of 2011 conducted by government organizations, Kim came out on top with 10.5% of the votes. This is her third win after being number one in 2009 and 2010,...More
Best Bikini Bods In The Biz? 2011/08/01, Source,
It's summer time and what epitomizes summer more than getting into your swimsuits for fun at the beach?
Amidst the many Korean celebrities boasting enviable figures, a list was compiled by a panel of 5,000 from the research site Tillion, of some of the best bikini bods in the biz,...More
Kim Hye-soo's beauty shines in Paris 2011/05/22, Source,
'Trend setter' Kim Hye-soo's Rome Missha ad has been revealed.
Under the concept, 'enjoy the Paris sun', the Missha 'All around safe block sun milk' advertisement was taken at a roof top of a Paris building from where the Eiffel Tower can be seen. Under the blazing afternoon sunlight, Kim Hye-soo confidently revealed clear skin.,...More
[Star ESI 1] Star's past, since when were they pretty? 2011/05/01, Source,
"Since when were so pretty?"
There are many pretty women on TV. We wonder if they are 'pretty from birth' or 'medically pretty'. We can check the truth from their graduation or debut pictures through the Internet. Among the pretty women are those from a beauty contest or were a child actor. There are also those who fired up male students hearts in uniforms. There are also pretty women who have peculiar experiences and are favorites by the public and in online shopping malls.,...More
Kim and Yoo split up 2011/04/04, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Star couple Kim Hye-soo, 41, and Yoo Hae-jin, 41, have ended their relationship of one year, their agencies announced Monday. "We confirmed the split this morning after the rumor spread through the media", their agencies said,...More
'S line' Kim Hye-soo, pre-edited pictures... 2011/02/10, Source,
Firm S bodyline Kim Hye-soo revealed pre-edited pictures from her collection.
She uploaded several pictures from the shoot on her Cyworld homepage last January. Kim Hye-soo in the picture is concentrating in the shoot, staring into another camera. Different attires created different impressions but it was overall dreamy.,...More
Actress Kim Hye-soo's movie picks 2011/01/07, Source,
Actress Kim Hye-soo [10Asia]
Gender is not the only thing that sets the word 'actress' apart from 'actor'. The word 'actress' alone carries layers of meaning that could refer as one to be envied, a seemingly unreachable glory and perhaps a tragic personal story or two hidden within. Living as an actress in Korea means carrying both a light and darkness inside that are enough to invoke curiosity. And actress Kim Hye-soo fits this category perfectly, as if the term was coined for her alone. Her glamorous body and a confident attitude are some of the phrases we often use to describe Kim's aura. But above all, the prowess she accumulated through her acting career has helped to solidify her position as a true actress,...More
New SF "Skyline" wins No. 1 on Korean box office 2010/11/28, Source,
U.S. film "Skyline" [Korea Screen]
"Skyline", the new Sci-fi flick from the United States, claimed the No.1 spot on Korea's box office chart between November 26 to 28, according to data released by the official Korean Box Office Information System (KOBIS) on Monday.
The story of alien invasion directed by Brother Strause, and starring Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson and Donald Faison which opened in theaters on November 25, attracted,...More
[PREVIEW] Film "Villain and Widow" 2010/11/24, Source,
Film "Villain and Widow" [Sidus FHN]
There is something fishy about Chang-in (Han Seok-Kyu), a guy who rents a room in a two-story house occupied only by a mother and a daughter. Although he introduced himself as a writer he is definitely up to something given how he snoops around the house whenever he can -- as if looking for something in particular. But mistress of the house Yeon-joo (Kim Hye-soo) who is suffering from depression and insomnia at the same time and her rebellious teenage daughter Seong-ah (Ji Woo) who is going through a stormy period of her life from her obsession over the faults to her looks, will not permit Chang-in to come close by maintaining a hysterical attitude. Even the woman next door (Lee Yong-nyeo) who likes to poke her nose into others' businesses gets in his way. With time running out, Chang-in, increasingly anxious, ends up throwing himself at Yeon-joo to avoid a risky moment,...More
[REVIEW] MBC TV series "Home Sweet Home" - 1st Episode 2010/10/28, Source, Kim Hye-soo from a scene in MBC TV series "Home Sweet Home" [MBC]
Psychiatrist Jin-suh (Kim Hye-soo) has written a book called "My Husband that Only I'm Unfamiliar With". She probably wrote it after she found out six years ago about Sang-hyun (Sin Seong-woo) having an affair with another woman. From that point on, the two try to stay a 'happy' family that occasionally goes on picnics but it is too late to mend their broken relationship. Sang-hyun is having another affair, this time with Yoon-hee (Hwang Sin-hye) who used to love him and Jin-suh is already going crazy over the fact that Sang-hyun and Yoon-hee still keep in touch because Yoon-hee loved Sang-hyun in the past and she is also the one that made sure Jin-suh witnessed Sang-hyun having an affair six years ago,...More
Kim Hye-soo will "not feel inch of regret" over "Home Sweet Home" 2010/10/22, Source,
From left, actresses Kim Hye-soo and and Hwang Sin-hye talk during a press conference for MBC TV seires "Home Sweet Home" at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on October 19, 2019. [MBC]
"The three are friends who spent their childhoods together. Yoon-hee (Hwang Sin-hye) and Jin-suh (Kim Hye-soo) have talked a lot since they were young. And Sang-hyun (Sin Seong-woo) is the first love to both female characters but Jin-suh marries him, taking away Yoon-hee's only man. That is why it becomes Yoon-hee's goal to beat Jin-suh", Kim Hye-soo explained of the story to upcoming MBC TV series "Home Sweet Home". The four actors gathered at the press conference for "Home Sweet Home" on Tuesday had definite characters -- from Kim Hye-soo the eloquent speaker who would add on descriptions, to explain what she feels to Sin Seong-woo who slowly spoke of only what he need to, to Hwang Sin-hye who with an innocent expression explained the surprise and excitement she felt when she received the script for the show, to Lee Sang-yoon who seemed a bit nervous being amongst his senior actors. But as soon as they were asked how they came to star in the show, as if promised, they became busy praising the script. Below are excerpts from the press conference,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Yoo Hae-jin - Part 1 2010/08/25, Source,
Actor Yoo Hae-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Yoo Hae-jin is an actor with a face that is hard to predict. With his comical yet strangely sharp facial features, he has played roles crossing between a police and gangster, a clown and butcher, and an idiot to villian, while managing to create completely different characters to the many 'bullies' he has been. But he is an actor who is hard to predict not only when he is acting. He is famous for being a perfectionist who will go to the region whose dialect he has to learn for his role and take dozens of ideas to the set of film "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" in which he was an animal. He is also a romantist who said his favorite movie is "In the Mood for Love" and will hum a tune by Nat King Cole in a low voice. But the Yoo who is best at comedic roles and is the so-called 'indispensable supporting actor' for being glib, is quite reticent in person,...More
Ryoo Si-won kicks off producer career with Rottyful Sky 2010/07/15, Source,
Korean singer, actor and producer Ryoo Si-won [R's Company]
Korean singer and actor Ryoo Si-won has kicked off his career as record producer with new female artist Rottyful Sky, according to PR firm YTREE MEDIA on Thursday.
YTREE said in a press release on Thursday that Ryoo will be introducing singer Rottyful Sky, whom he described as "a hidden gem" who has clear goals and faith as well as innate talent in singing, dancing and songwriting,...More
Kim Hye-soo says "have no marriage plans yet" 2010/07/13, Source,
Actress Kim Hye-soo speaks during a press conference for television show "Kim Hye-soo's W" held at MBC Dream Center in Ilsan, South Korea on July 13, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actress Kim Hye-soo has said that she has no plans as of yet to tie the knot with actor Yu Hae-jin, whom she publicly admitted to dating last January.
The actress made the remark at a press conference for television show "Kim Hye-soo's W", held Tuesday afternoon at MBC Dream Center in Ilsan, South Korea,...More
Ryoo Si-won turns producer for new female artist Rottyful Sky 2010/05/26, Source,
Korean singer Rottyful Sky (left) and producer Ryoo Si-won [R's Company]
Korean singer and actor Ryoo Si-won has turned record producer for new female artist Rottyful Sky, according to a press release by his agency R's Company on Wednesday.
Ryoo expressed strong hopes and determination for his new role as producer, saying "I will invest in her career both financially and emotionally to help her succeed as a singer",...More
Kim Hye-soo in talks to make movie comeback 2010/04/07, Source,
Top Korean actress Kim Hye-soo [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actress Kim Hye-soo is showing prospects of returning to the big screen for the first time in two years.
Sidus FNH, the company producing the romantic comedy thriller tentatively titled "Villain and Widow", said Kim has tentatively agreed to star in the film although an official contract yet to be signed.
Kim's last movie appearance was in 2008 production "Modern Boy". The production costs for "Modern Boy" was over eight billion Korean won but flopped at the box office after attracting a mere 750,000 admissions,...More
Korean pic "Mother - 2009", stars win big at Green Planet Movie Awards 2010/03/25, Source,
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho wins Best International Director award at Green Planet Movie Awards held in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2010 [Korea Green Foundation]
Korean film "Mother - 2009" and a handful of Korean actors picked up multiple awards including the prize for Best Foreign Culture Film of the Year at the 2nd Green Planet Movie Awards held in California, according to event sponsor Korea Green Foundation (KGF) on Thursday.
KGF announced in a press release that film "Mother - 2009" and Korean movie stars were handed a total of 12 awards in nine different categories at the event, which took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on March 23 (local time),...More
Ji Jin-hee: 'I Don't Regret a Thing' 2010/02/10, Source,
In the beginning of the new film "Parallel Life", the image of character Kim Suk-hyun, who is the youngest chief prosecuting attorney in Korea, is fairly similar to actor Ji-Jin-hee's when it comes to integrity. On the one hand, Kim is a hard-headed attorney who absolutely believes in his judgments based on the available evidence, but on the other hand, he is an attentive and loving father when he spends time with his family.
Ji has given viewers the impression of gentleness and integrity principally through the character Min Jung-ho in the drama "Dae Jang Geum", and as an exclusive model for a bank advertisement, though he has played diverse characters, including funny and charismatic ones, in TV dramas and movies up to now.,...More
What Obsession with Celebrity Couples Tells Us About Ourselves 2010/01/07, Source, The public's fixation with the love lives of celebrities reveals the hidden desires of our society, and ubiquitous access to the Internet has caused news or rumors to spread at the speed of light. At the start of the New Year, the Internet was filled with news about top actress,...More
The announcement of their romantic relationship came days after a sports,...More
Kim Hye-soo admits to dating Yoo Hae-jin 2010/01/04, Source,
Top South Korean actress Kim Hye-soo has admitted to dating fellow actor Yoo Hae-jin.
In a statement released on Monday, Kim's agency Apple of the Eye explained that the two "found a friendship based on their mutual interest in the arts and culture" which later "naturally developed into a romantic relationship after Kim discovered Yoo's simplistic and humane personality".
Rumor that the two had been dating for two years had heated up the Internet since the start of the 2010 -- on New Years Day, local sports daily Sports Seoul released a report detailing the relationship between the two actors along with paparazzi photographs the paper had snapped of the couple over a month-long period.,...More
Jang Seo-hee wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards 2010/01/04, Source,
Korean actress Jang Seo-hee at SBS Drama Awards [SBS]
Korean actress Jang Seo-hee won the grand prize at the SBS Drama Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on December 31.
Jang was awarded the top honor for her role in "Temptation of Wife", which was one of the most-watched and most controversial dramas of the year for its sensational storyline.
"I didn't want to cry. I wanted to be cool about receiving [the award]".. said Jang in her acceptance speech. "I thought I wouldn't be able to win this because of the genre. I would like to thank writer Kim Soon-ok... I was in a slump for three years but she helped me make a comeback".,...More
Lee Kyung-min, Makeup Artist to the Stars 2009/12/21, Source, Makeup artist Lee Kyung-min is at the top of her profession, and a very successful businesswoman who runs her own beauty salon LeeKyungMin Foret, cosmetic brand Vidi Vici, and makeup artist training s,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Artiste model, Kim Hye-soo in New York 2009/11/18, Source, Actress Kim Hye-soo takes on another revolutionary adventure with modeling alone!
She has been with a special documentary 'style meets art' where the world reknown artist works with Kim for a photoshoot.
The Swiss artist, uses a pen to draw on the picture with his own handwriting. The art is being a hot issue in Europe and America!
The multimedia artist has met with Kim in New York and had a very casual photoshoot with light makeup, shirt, and jeans.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Edgy girl, Kim Hye-soo in Nepal! 2009/11/12, Source, She can carry a 30kg rice bag!
Kim Hye-soo has gone out for a very special outing.
She is in a foreign country, Nepal for volunteer activity for the first time. She shared her love by giving out rice to the hungry.
Kim also cut hair for young children with her special touch!
It was her first time on a volunteer trip and was worried that a person so inadequate as her might hurt the children rather than helping them. She sai,...More
[ChanMi's take] Kim Hye-soo VS Kim Gyoo-ri-I! 2009/09/16, Source, The see through look. Only those who are courageous can wear this item! This style has been among the famous designers all through the seasons in 2009.
The two stars who have great bodies and are bold are wearing this long black see through dress.
Kim Hye-soo wore it for her drama, "Style" and Kim Gyoo-ri-I wore this for a magazine photoshoot.
The dress is by an English designer Stella Macartney from the 2009 Fall/Winter Collection. This long dress comes to the,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Lee Ji-ah in "Style" drama! 2009/07/28, Source, After the last episode of "Shining Inheritance", new SBS weekend drama, "Style" will star Lee Ji-ah.
Lee Ji-ah will be the new first year assistant who seems to be klutzy but has big pride in what she does. She has a great character that although she may fail and shed tears she always recovers with a great smile and optimism.
Lee's character is "Lee Seo-jeong" whom she practiced to be by running hurridly and tripping over things.
The highnosed editor Park is acted by,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Kim Hye-soo in "Style" new drama 2009/07/15, Source, We will be able to see Kim Hye-soo's fashion sense to the maximum through this drama, "Style".
The drama "Style" is based on the original novel about fashion magazine editors and their daily lives whether it be in their workspace or party events! This drama will be somewhat a drama version of the movie "Devil Wears Prada" because of its characters in fashion magazine,...More
[ChanMi's star news] A great star has left us! 2009/06/28, Source, A well known and respected Korean movie director, Yoo Hyeon-mok has left us on the 28th.
At the age of 84 he leaves many of his masterpieces and inspiration for the next generation.
He has been fighting his health for the last 2 years and had been bedridden. Finally, his time had come to leave his friends and family.
The funeral for this great giant in films will be held for 5 days as a "Korean Film Director Funeral" starting July 2nd.
The host for the funeral will be Ahn Seong-gi. And memorandum will be by Kim Hye-soo, Jang Mi-hee,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Hye-soo in ARENA 2009/05/18, Source, Kim Hye-soo is one sexy star. She has modeled in ARENA magazine with a world reknown photographer, Terry Richardson.
6 SENSE RAW PROFILE is the model title of the photoshoot concept. She has not failed to bring yet another artistic and poised photoshoot.
She seems full of energy and beauty of her own. Many other stars will follow Kim Hye-soo in working with this famous photographer!,...More
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
Celebrity Stand Collapses at Audi Launch 2008/11/14, Source, The launch ceremony of the new Audi A4, held on Thursday afternoon at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, was marred by the collapse of VIP stands near the stage. According to witnesses, the VIP seating stand collapsed at 8:10 p.m. when crowds swarmed towards the new Audi car as it appeared center stage.
6th Asiana International Short Film Fest 2008/11/06, Source, The 6th edition of the Asiana International Short Film Festival (AISFF) kicks off November 5th at Cinecube theater in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul. Opening the fest is the World Premiere of Korean short, "Seven Superheroes VS. Monster F" by director PARK Jay. The tale is of seven superheroes living o,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Hye-soo, a different aura 2008/10/22, Source, Something is different about Kim Hye-soo compared to other stars.
She has a more of a mature, strong feminine aura about her.
Definitely she is gorgeous, her strong features and her curvy body in addition to her the professionalism through her poses in modeling definitely make her more charistmatic.,...More
Chungmuro Film Festival Invites Top Stars 2008/09/01, Source, Korea's top film stars will grace the 2nd Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul, which is slated to open on September 3rd. The opening ceremony will be held at the Korea National Theater Wedn,...More
Amid the ongoing search for catchy, stylish, attractive ideas for local dramas, many drama-makers have turned to themes that have already been seen to be popular. Movie-based dramas are no longer new, but the,...More
Kim Tae-hee 'Eyes', Han Ga-in 'Nose', Song Hye-kyo 'Mouth' 2008/06/26, Source, It's a world full of beauties. If you turn on the television, the screen is vividly filled with well-defined faces. The internet is full of regular people who are known for their beautiful faces or bodies. Beauty marketing is everywhere, and it has been a long time since beauty has become a way to j,...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
Star siblings, different as sun and shade 2008/04/10, Source, If there is shade, there is also a sunny spot. The entertainment industry also has its share of light and shade. It is especially prominent where siblings are both in the industry.
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source, Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More
[Style] The 4 female actors "stepping out of their comfort zones" 2008/02/14, Source, "Stepping out of the comfort zones"
Literally, an actor makes their living through their outer image. Thus they undergo an endless changes and transformation in order to unfold their hidden charms. Recently, the female actors who had been hidden under the tag of being 'sexy' or 'innocent' took a cr,...More
I want to have the nose of Han Ga-in and the eyes of Kim Tae-hee!! 2008/02/07, Source, "Challenge, 8 vs 1", the follow up of SBS entertainment show, "Ya-shim-man-man" is becoming a hot hit since last week with its unusual survey topics. Last week's topic was "Which body parts of celebrities are most commonly chosen by aesthetic plastic surgery patients?" which was answered by 50 plast,...More
CGV Multiplex to Offer Subtitled Screenings 2008/01/30, Source, CJ-CGV, one of the top three exhibition chains in Korea, will devote a screen at its central-Seoul multiplex in the Yongsan Station shopping center to the exclusive showing of domestic films with English subtitles. The long-term project is a team strategy between CGV and local powerhouse studio CJ,...More
Retro movies rediscover colonial era 2008/01/28, Source, Gyeongseong is emerging as a popular background for Korean films, reflecting the public's recent penchant for retro style, and filmmakers' newfound interest in the Japanese colonial period -- evidence of their quest for fresh characters and themes.
During the Japanese colonial rule of the early 2,...More
Upon the spirits of the New Year 2008, the Korean films are preparing a big counterblow against the Hollywood films. One after another, the talented veteran directors are coming back with a huge bag of New Year's surprises for the movie fans.
Korean filmmakers bet on large-scale projects 2008/01/03, Source, Many local movie productions suffered setbacks last year, due to increased costs and the strengthened position of Hollywood blockbusters. In 2008, leading filmmakers are betting on large-scale projects to turn things around for the embattled local film industry.
The New Year will dawn with a special treat for local cinephiles. It marks "Year Zero", or a fresh new start for Seoul Art Cinema, with the Third Cinematheque Friends Film Festival due Jan. 9-Feb. 3, as well as big plans to revamp Korea's one and only cinematheque,...More
This Week's New Releases 2007/11/30, Source, Time now for our weekly check of what's new at the movies.
Hollywood films dominate this week, but we do have one Korean tear-jerker starring one of the country's favorite stars.
Here's Lee Jeewon.
We begin with the "Eleventh Mom".
'Agnes of God' Longest-running Korean Play 2007/11/29, Source, 'Agnes of God' is a play by John Pielmeier which tells the story of a novice nun who gets impregnated by an unknown entity and gives birth. The newborn is later found dead in a convent room in a wastebasket, asphyxiated.
Two questions--'who killed the baby' and 'who is the father'--make for much,...More
When you have a classic storyline and an amazing cast of top-notch actors, what can possibly go wrong? While a movie can go terribly off beam, fine acting can someti,...More
Kim Hye-soo is Eleventh Mom 2007/11/20, Source, A woman with bad health and a broken bank account lived just to pity herself, until she met a young boy who had it worse than she did.
The woman is the 11th mother for the boy, whose stepmothers ha,...More
Korea's 20-somethings Being Sidelined 2007/11/07, Source, It's tough being in your 20s in Korea. With youth unemployment hovering at 7 percent for four or five years running, 20-somethings are being squeezed between hyper-energetic teens and those in their vigorous 30s. The Twens are variously described as the "No Graduation Generation" -- because students,...More
VJ Jang Young-ran's slip of tongue last week topped the nation's No.1 search engine Naver. Jang, 28, spat out a word that sounded like vulva while attending the KBS entertainment show, ",...More
Korean movies falter in first half of 2007 2007/07/16, Source, In the first half of this year, the combined share of Korean films fell to 47.3 percent, marking the lowest level since 2001. The continued drop in market share, partly prompted by the relatively stronger performance of Hollywood blockbusters, is now sounding alarms in the domestic film industry.
New Movies for Weekend of March 2 2007/03/02, Source, Looks like the weekend is here, and that means time to check on what's playing at the movies.
There's a Korean comedy - another for fans of Hugh Grant or Drew Barrymore and more.
Here's Son Heekyung.
[MOVIE REVIEW] Mysteriously humorous vision of the Korean family 2007/02/22, Source, The institution of the family has long been protected and justified in Korea and elsewhere. But the time-honored system is struggling to survive. A common thread, namely the sugarcoated idea (or ideal) of happy family members living together, is disappearing fast. It's time to say goodbye to the glo,...More
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
The results of a survey conducted on students majoring in filmmaki,...More
Rain Gets a Baby Shower 2006/11/10, Source, The workaholic K-pop superstar Rain is participating in a photography exhibition to help children without families. The Love Photography Exhibition has been held annually since 2003 by the Social Welfare Society and photographer Cho Sei-hon to help ch,...More
To celebrate the Chusok holiday, millions of people are expected to hit the roads to their hometowns enduring severe traffic congestion. But with longer leaves from work this year, many people will also be spending the holiday at theaters.
This Week's New Movie Releases 2006/09/29, Source, It's Friday, which means it's time to check on what's playing in movie theatres throughout Korea.
With the Chuseok holiday just around the corner, most of this week's new releases are comedies and dramas.
AHN CHAK-HEE, ANCHOR: Here's Son Hee-kyung.
SON HEEKYUNG, REPORTER: First up is the much,...More
What nude scenes mean for actresses 2006/03/27, Source, Just two decades ago, it was rare for movie fans to see actresses do nude scenes because of strict censorship and most stars were hesitant about undressing for the camera.
But as the domestic moviemaking trend took an innovative turn towards liberal expression, nude scenes no longer made much new,...More
Hollywood Film Industry Welcomes Korean Pictures 2005/11/14, Source, Three recent Korean films have landed to rave reviews in the United States at the 26th annual American Film Market (AFM), which ended on November 9th 2005, held in Santa Monica, CA. AFM traditionally serves as a stepping-stone for the foreign films to be introduced into the American market to compet,...More
"Olgulopnun Minyo (Hypnotized)" is a psychosexual drama that is as beautifully flawed as the mental state of its terminally sad characters. The film takes a highly experimental approach to storytelling that,,...More
'Hypnotized' uncovers vulnerabilities in love 2004/08/05, Source, Glasses, a clock, pencils, a lamp and other sundry objects float around in a surreal atmosphere. Timelessness shrouds the room. Suddenly, everything floating in the air drops, breaking into pieces. Shards of glass pierce the delicate skin of a woman. What's really hurt, however, is not her body but,...More
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