[HanCinema's Film Review] "Another Way" 2015/12/19,
The central recurring visual in "Another Way" is frozen water. When winter gets cold enough, you can cross on foot and save a little time at the risk of sudden quick death by hypothermia should the ice get thin. The risk seems excessive, but to a depressed person with no real reason to live, the threat is meaningless. That's what life is like for Soo-wan (played by Kim Jae-wook) and Jeong-won (played by Seo Ye-ji). They want to give up, and will take any excuse they can get to accomplish this- even suicide,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Planck Constant" 2015/04/25,
First it's fantasies about women's skirts getting shorter, or disappearing altogether. Then it's another story where the woman slowly loses all of her clothes, while vaguely discussing sex with mostly imaginary people. Then it's another story about sex in a movie theater. Then it's another story about a man going hiking, talking about sex with women he doesn't actually know. Then everyone talks about the sexy things they've learned. There's just one thing I can't understand about "Planck Constant". How can a movie so obviously about sex not actually really be about sex at all?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Final episode 16 2013/09/17,
Nothing much actually happens this episode. That's honestly not an exaggeration. Even the drama itself seems to acknowledge that there isn't anything left for these characters to do, as the entire opening is just a replay of the final dramatic scene from the last episode, where Si-On makes peace with Hyeong-Joon's ghost (or more accurately, he makes peaces with her). From that point onward, it's just tying up loose ends.
Except there aren't really any loose ends to tie up. The gangsters are finished,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 15 2013/09/16,
There's very little action this episode as, with Geon-Woo out of commission and thus unable to solve problems with gratuitous violence, Si-On has to resort to actual detective work to start bringing the criminal conspiracy to light. It's quite funny just how little effort she has to go to to do this, compared to every other bit of progress the investigation has made, which was accomplished with the assistance of severe mortal danger.
Less amusing are the hospital scenes, which are sad if only because of the context they're placed in. After the revelation of last episode's cliffhanger, there are any number of directions the narrative could have gone, and it picks one such direction,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 14 2013/09/10,
This episode is sad. Not excessively, sentimentally so, but most of it deals with the stark reality of coming to terms with death, and there isn't really any fun way to discuss that. The usual questions still come up- I find myself wondering how Si-On gets anyone to talk to her. We're always skipping the parts of these conversations where she introduces herself to strangers. What does she say anyway? "I'm from the Lost and Found, my job is to find random people who might know who owns these random objects"?
Yes, the function of this particular branch of the police department is, as always, not totally clear,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 13 2013/09/09,
Geon-Woo, faced with a hostage situation, does exactly what he thinks should be done in a hostage situation. Immediately succumb to all demands without any guarantees that the bad guys will keep their word. I would like to note, for any would-be police officers reading this review, that this is not how you should ever deal with a hostage situation. It's fitting that Geon-Woo is only saved from his stupid mistake thanks to the intervention of the supernatural. With a little help from his fists, of course.
There haven't been many ghosts in the drama lately, but this time around we get a little more focus and explanation on Si-On's abilities,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 12 2013/09/03,
The storyline has been very steady lately. Maybe a little too steady. It's still entertaining and interesting, and has been fairly clearly storyboarded, but the charm doesn't really seem to be there anymore. Maybe it's more accurate to state that the charm has worn off. Previous episodes went really overboard in the outrageous dangerous inexplicable category, and the feeling from those moments is pretty hard to top.
Now, to be perfectly clear, watching Si-On smack gangsters around with a giant wooden board never gets old. There's a cheesy element to the action sequences that always has a great charm to it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 11 2013/09/02,
The relationship between Geon-Woo and Detective Choi has been one of the stranger points of this drama ever since we found out about Detective Choi's hidden agenda. From that point his character has been in the peculiar position of being both kind of an antagonist, and yet the only person Geon-Woo can talk to about his personal problems, since Geon-Woo condescends to his subordinates and his other superior (Si-On) is the cause of most of these personal problems to begin with.
In this episode the awkward nature of their personal dynamic is put into full focus. Geon-Woo, reeling from the events of the last episode decides to drown his sorrows the only way he knows how,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 10 2013/08/27,
This episode isn't bad, exactly. "Who Are You - 2013" still has the good sense to contain its drastic narrative shifts in a single episode to avoid too much whiplash. So while the last one was goofy slapstick, this time around we get a much more serious episode as we learn details about the past relationship between Si-On and Hyeong-Joon, specifically hinging around the day Hyeong-Joon died, and the mystery of what's in that weird box.
The trouble is, the episode still contains what I now consider to be the main hallmark of every character- their basic incompetence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 9 2013/08/26,
Characters who had previously taken very specific actions in regards to their love interests have apparently failed to consider what exactly step two of their plan was. Geon-Woo knew when he contrived this a-date-or-maybe-not situation that you were still going to have to go to work the next day. Apparently he really was so short-sighted that the best plan he could come up with was acting like a shy, idiot teenager.
I like how, in spite of that epic kiss, apparently Si-On and Geon-Woo still aren't in what we could reasonably call a romantic relationship. Si-On barely even registers that the event happened at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 8 2013/08/20,
This drama is now deliberately straddling the line trying to see just how dumb its characters can act while still being basically sympathetic and creating a genuine conflict. It's like watching a high-rise tightrope walker. Sure, the fact that the drama has made it halfway seems to imply that it can do it the whole time- yet at any given minute I'm absolutely convinced it's going to fall down several stories and completely destroy itself.
As goofy as the storylines are, they're just barely real enough that I can't fault the humor or see it as out of place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 7 2013/08/19,
The drama takes the perplexing direction this episode of actually being really, really good. I had trouble believing it at first, but most of the writing issues have pretty much been fixed. Characters now respond to events in largely intuitive ways. The dramatic tension is genuinely effective because the threats aren't arbitrary. The villain displays genuine competence and foresight. There's real detective work. When scenes have multiple possible endings, the different choices actually make sense rather than being different variations of absurdity.
Most of the goofier story elements are still there,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 6 2013/08/13,
This episode marks a departure from the series so far, in that it's relatively normal. There's not that much in the way of ghosts, ill-conceived ill-executed murder attempts, and contrived plotting. For the most part this is just the story of what happens when Si-On and Geon-Woo go on a company retreat. It's light-hearted comedic fare, with the occassional reference to the greater ghost storyline as, uncharacteristically, the two of them stop acting combative for the sake of being combative.
I give this drama a hard time for its absurdity, and for the most part it's well-deserved. A convoluted illegal plot does show up this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 5 2013/08/12,
There's something nearly artistic about the screenwriter's insistence on making sure that every single plot event and character in "Who Are You - 2013" connects to everything else somehow, regardless of whether it makes any kind of logical sense. It's not even an idiot plot- the story feels like a divine hand is specifically manipulating people to do weird stuff for no reason just to set up whatever's going to happen next episode. Accept that conceit, and the characters are almost behaving somewhat intelligently.
The annoying ghost this time around isn't scary, but he has an astonishingly bad sense of timing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 4 2013/08/06,
After an extended, protracted conflict that involves fistfights, knifefights, clubfights, and gunfights, we finally discover who murdered the poor chilly ghost who's been pestering Si-On. And it turns out...that it wasn't actually much of a murder at all. Legally speaking, I don't think the villain technically broke any laws. Well, I guess there's the shady guys in suits, the skulking around at night, the dismembering of the body, and the strange fixation with the suitcase, all that stuff was probably illegal somehow. But aside from that, there wasn't any real original crime to cover up.
Seldom have I ever seen a drama where so many people expend so much effort to accomplish so little,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 3 2013/08/05,
Si-On seems to have trouble making up her mind about the best way to get rid of the annoying ghosts. One minute she decides to just do whatever it is the ghost wants her to do, even if it makes no intuitive sense in the situation and makes her look like even crazier a person than usual. The next she tries to avoid or run away from the ghost, always forgetting that, as a ghost, Si-On can be followed basically anywhere. Sometimes she asks for help only to ignore it in a huff. Si-On seems to have forgotten that she can make the ghosts leave by taking her meds. Or maybe that was just the writer, I'm not really sure.
Ghost rules also take a perplexing turn in this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 2 2013/07/30,
It turns out that the evil doctor is just as loony and cartoonish as the name "evil doctor" makes him sound. Literally the minute Si-On finds out his terrible crime, the stress of pretending to be an innocent person becomes too much for him and he immediately resorts to every ridiculous stock villain cliche he can think of in order to...actually, it's really not at all clear what he was planning to accomplish by attacking Si-On. There's a monologue reciting his villainous misdeeds. I guess sometimes you really just need to do an evil monologue.
Fortunately the villain has magical plot powers that keep Si-On from just beating him immediately. The evil doctor isn't physically intimidating at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Who Are You - 2013" Episode 1 2013/07/29,
Within the first few minutes of this episode a police officer gets on a boat and repeatedly gets lost. He gets so lost, in fact, that the gangsters chasing him can't find him even when they just had the guy surrounded. "Who Are You - 2013" is one of those shows where spatial reasoning does not apply. Characters (and ghosts) can appear basically anywhere the plot needs them to, regardless of where they are or how difficult it is for them to get there.
Normally this kind of continuity problem drives me up the wall- however, "Who Are You - 2013" is so cheesy and absurd that I can't help but laugh every time it happens,...More
[special article] He's in the Army now, but not out of sight: Rain's commercial ads & projects shine on. 2012/03/03, Source,
- Written by: Stephe Thornton, Cloud USA Managing Editor ^@@^
Earlier this month, on February 11, South Korean singer, actor, and mega-entertainer Rain (a.k.a. ROK Army Private First Class JiHoon Jung) completed four months of service in the Republic of Korea military. In those four months, he has established himself as a serious super soldier at one of the toughest training camps (near the DMZ), as more physically fit than recruits ten years his junior, and as a loyal squadron leader and top sharpshooter of the 5th Division. No one can say he has used his celebrity and taken the easy road when it comes to doing his duty for his country.
Rain has never taken the easy road at anything. He's always taken the one he knew was right, worked very hard, and weathered whatever storm it may have entailed,...More
"Athena" scores 3rd win on Monday and Tuesday nights 2010/12/29, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS' series "ATHENA" came on top of the Monday and Tuesday prime time slot, according to surveys by two media research firms on Wednesday.
Data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that "ATHENA", a spin-off to KBS' blockbuster hit series "IRIS", posted average viewership ratings of 18.8 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, both dropping by one percent compared to a week ago,...More
SBS "Athena" leads for 2nd week on primetime chart 2010/12/22, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS series "ATHENA" scored the highest among Mondays and Tuesdays prime time TV series for the second week in a row but saw a considerable drop in its ratings.
According to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS), spy-action thriller "ATHENA" posted an average rating of 20 percent this week, a 6.5 percent plunge from its previous two episodes,...More
"The Love of Pygmalion" wins grand prize at 2010 Korea Contents Award 2010/12/20, Source,
"The Love of The Love of Pygmalion" [BeeTV]
Mobile drama "The Love of The Love of Pygmalion", which stars Korean actors Kim Jun and Kim Jae-wook, won the grand prize at 2010 Korea Contents Award today.
Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), the host of the ceremony, announced in a press release Monday that "The Love of Pygmalion" won the grand prize under the digital content category during the 2010 Korea Contents Awards held at Nuritkum Square in Seoul,...More
Buzzwords of Year 2010 in Pop Culture 2010/12/17, Source,
"My score is..". and "Cha Do Nam" (meaning a cold-hearted chic man of the city)
Many gloomy accidents and incidents including the sinking of corvette Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island had occurred throughout this year in society, but many buzzwords had also been created and greatly loved by people in the popular culture. Popular programs such as "Superstar K - Season 2","High Kick Through The Roof", and "Bread, Love and Dreams" had entered the cradle of buzzwords, and those buzzwords had been talked about for a year by people, in pleasant times as well as times of suffering. But some buzzwords had aroused criticism and could not be kept as buzzwords. For example, the buzzwords created from the KBS comedy program "Gag Concert", saying "I am Dong Hyuk's old brother", which had made viewers feel refreshed, had been criticized by a civic group, who insisted, "the phrase is an inflammatory phrase base on populism",...More
SBS "Giant" completes run after ruling TV charts for 10 weeks 2010/12/08, Source,
SBS drama "Giant" [SBS]
SBS series "Giant" finished its run on December 7 while remaining the nation's most-watched Monday and Tuesdays show for 10 consecutive weeks, according to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) on Wednesday.
TNmS' statistics showed that "Giant" marked an average viewership rating of 36.7 percent this week, posting a mark of 40.1 percent in particular for its finale episode yesterday, the first time for the show to breach the 40 percent mark. AGB Nielson Media Research said "Giant" scored an average score of 35.4 percent,...More
Korean Melodrama - "Bad Man" 2010/12/04, Source, "Bad Man"' is a melodrama about a modern-day man's hidden desires and his revenge on his father's family. There are many twists in the story so that it draws audiences' attention. However, contrarily, because of the many twists, the audience can easily get confused. This Korean melodrama soap opera was issued before it was aired, because it made a contract with NHK (Japanese broadcast) ahead of time. Thus, the casting of Han Ga-in (Moon Jae In) and Kim Nam-gil (Shim Geon Wook) also attracted people's interest. Despite the popularity of all the actors and actresses, the Korean melodrama did not earn a high audience rate (9.3%),...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "Marry me, Mary!" 2010/11/05, Source,
From left, actress Kim Hyo-jin, actor Jang Geun-seok, director Hong Seok-goo, writer In Eun-ah, actress Moon Geun-young and actor Kim Jae-wook pose during a photocall of a press conference for upcoming KBS TV series "Marry Me, Mary!" held at the Imperial Palace hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 3, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
A couple walks along a tranquil residential area that sunrays are breaking into. The guy plays a guitar and the girl takes photographs. Then shortly after, this couple who could not possibly look any happier, run down a street while each holds the hands of a different man and woman. The four meet in the middle of the street and wave to each other, smiling. This one-minute 45-second teaser trailer of upcoming KBS TV series "Marry Me, Mary!", revealed at its press conference on Wednesday, showed the relationships between the main characters and the atmosphere they will be surrounded by in the drama,...More
Moon Geun-young: 'I Do Not Think That I Return to My Previous Image' 2010/11/04, Source,
Actress Moon Geun-young, who had revealed a new side by playing a cold character in the drama "Cinderella's Sister", will make a comeback to the small screen by playing a pleasant and lovely character in the KBS drama "Marry Me, Mary!"
Moon will play the female protagonist named Wi Mary who gets married twice in KBS's new Monday and Tuesday drama "Marry Me, Mary!" The character Mary represents the people in the so-called "880,000 won generation", who have to live life with only a small income. She had to take time off from university because she could not pay for the tuition, and she worked at a variety of occupations in temporary positions. But she never lost hope while living a difficult life. The optimistic and cheerful character Mary is contrasted to the cold and selfish character Eun Jo, whom Moon played in her previous drama "Cinderella's Sister",...More
Lights! iPhone! Action! 2010/09/28, Source,
Cinematographer Hong Kyeong-pyo, left, films actors Kim Yoon-seo, center, and Kim Jae-wook using an iPhone4 in a Seoul studio, Sunday./ Courtesy of iPhone 4 Film Festival
iPhone 4 Film fest to showcase works by top directors
By Lee Hyo-won
In 2008, director Spike Lee teamed up with Nokia to produce a film comprised of videos created using cellphones. "Within five years, new movies will be made with devices like these", he predicted,...More
[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 1 2010/08/20, Source, Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"I don't know where he went. Whether he went to the countryside by himself, whether he went to meet his mother, or he might've been on his way to commit suicide". This was Kim Jae-wook's explanation of his character Hong Jae-wook from SBS TV series "Bad Man" who left alone, leaving everything behind. This man who had always been the first to take on the most 'hot' and trendy roles as proven in MBC drama "Coffee Prince" and film "Antique", always turned his back on the spotlight headed towards him. And he then showed a new side to him through "Bad Man" by playing an heir of a conglomerate who is temperamental and acts the way he pleases, yet on the inside is actually craving for affection. But despite his jobs as being a model, actor and musician, the most attractive aspect to Kim is Kim Jae-wook himself. 10Asia took a peak into the interesting world that this 27-year-old man lives in. 10: It's been about two weeks since shooting for "Bad Man" has ended. How have you been since then?Kim Jae-wook: It feels like it's been more than a month. I did nothing but sleep. I'm tired no matter how much I sleep and the fatigue won't go away,...More
[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 2 2010/08/20, Source, Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]10: I heard that you spoke almost no Korean when you first returned to Korea around the time you entered elementary school. It must've been very stressful not being able to speak your native language at that age.Kim Jae-wook: Hmm... This is from a very long time ago but my dad and older brother actually spoke Japanese well but not my mom. So me and my mom communicated in a very weird way and instead, I think I knew how to communicate with Koreans who don't speak any Japanese. I learned the Korean alphabet only after I got into school, while everyone else was learning what one plus one is, but kids young early at that age. 10: The strict rules and uniform system of Korean middle and high schools is difficult for even normal Korean students to bear. I heard you tended to ask many questions about irrational regulations regarding clothing or hair when you were in school. I'm curious to know how you beared through those times because such conflict leads to extreme clashes or the student quitting school.Kim Jae-wook: Once, when I was in middle school, I told my parents that I might not go to high school while we were in the car on our way to eat out. My dad isn't the type that interferes with my life but for the first time that day, I remember him saying, "But still, how about you study humanities in high school?" And being able to join a band when I go to high school played a big part too,...More
[INTERVIEW] Model and actor Kim Jae-wook - Part 3 2010/08/20, Source, Kim Jae-wook [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]10: Well since you're done with the drama, you'll have to start your activities with band 'Walrus'. How did this come about in the beginning?Kim Jae-wook: We're all friends from college. It started with the three of us but we didn't have a bassist so one person joined recently. I had always wanted to work with him and it turns out he finished serving in the military early this year so I half forced him to join. (laugh) 10: I heard that it's been nine years since Walrus was formed. You weren't able to pursue your activities as a band very actively so what was the driving force behind you remaining together?Kim Jae-wook: I'm not sure about that either. And I don't know about the other members but I at least have never given up on the fact that I'll do a band. Added to that, I always thought, 'I'm going to do a band. I'm going to do it with these guys',...More
Kim Jae-wook's Song Picks 2010/07/22, Source, Kim Jae-wook [Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
It is hard to forget him once you have seen him. His face, so obscure that it is hard to describe him with words 'good-looking' or 'pretty', is defined yet unfamiliar. This unique man, his sort that we have never seen before and is hard to categorize, is called Kim Jae-wook. In text, his career may seem like that of the typical 'model-turned-pretty-faced-actor' -- he became known to the public through MBC TV series "Coffee Prince" and played a homosexual in film "Antique". But the appeal of this actor, who seems to be something between a man and woman, a Korean and Japanese, and a rebel and romanticist, can be found in his undefinable individuality and definite ego,...More
Han Hyo-joo named festival lady for music fest GMF2010 2010/07/16, Source,
Korean actress Han Hyo-joo [photographed by Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Han Hyo-joo has been selected as the festival lady for this year's Grand Mint Festival (GMF2010), to be held in Seoul in October.
Mint Paper, who hosts the event, announced Thursday that they have chosen the 23-year-old actress to be the face of GMF2010, saying her "bright, wholesome image as well as her passion for music clicks with Grand Mint Festival",...More
[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actress Jeong So-min 2010/06/22, Source, Interview with actress Jeong So-min
Korean actress Jeong So-min [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Jeong So-min. My friends and I had a contest to pick out my stage name but I myself chose the name. I was born on March 16, 1989. I am a junior at the Korea National University of Arts majoring in acting but I'm currently taking a semester off. My family consists of my mom, dad and my little brother who is a senior in high school. I get into fights with my brother but they don't last for more than five minutes. We hang out a lot because I really like him and I'm glad he doesn't think I'm annoying. (laugh) I learned ballet from elementary school until middle school. I had to quit because my parents were against it and I started to learn Korean traditional dance when I was in high school. If I continued to dance I probably would have done work relating to visiting other countries to spread the Korean traditional dance,...More
On the set of SBS TV series "Bad Man" 2010/06/18, Source,
Korean actors Kim Nam-gil (left) and Han Ga-in on the set of SBS TV series "Bad Man" [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"Bad Man" - This is a TV drama, not a fashion shoot
One by one, plants that had been lined up on a long terrace are taken away. As Gun-wook (played by Kim Nam-gil) and Jae-in (played by Han Ga-in) appear through the front door, over fifty cameras simultaneously go off with flashes. This is taking place at a luxurious house with a spacious garden in the Gi-heung district of Yong-in, Gyeonggi province -- the house setting of President Hong (played by Jun Gook-hwan) on the set of SBS TV series "Bad Man",...More
[INTERVIEW] "Bad Man" Actors Kim Nam-gil and Kim Jae-wook 2010/06/16, Source,
Korean actress Han Ga-in and actor Kim Nam-gil on the set of SBS' "Bad Man" [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Two men who shared the name Hong Tae-sung, live lives which are unfortunate in their own ways. Gun-wook (played by Kim Nam-gil), who is kicked out after being found to have not been the son of chairman Hong, wants to destroy everyone's lives by seducing both Monet (Jeong So-min) and Tae-ra (Oh Yeon-soo), while Hong's real son Tae-sung lives in anxiety and loneliness because he was a child of a concubine. The different charms of each character, such as the thoroughly calculative personality and animal instincts of Gun-wook and the impulsive and destructive yet easily wounded Tae-sung, are the new points to watching SBS' "Bad Man". Below are excerpts from a press conference with actors Kim Nam-gil and Kim Jae-wook on the open-set shoot of "Bad Man" in Yong-in, Gyeonggi Province on June 14,...More
[INTERVIEW] "Bad Man" actresses Han Ga-in and Oh Yeon-soo 2010/06/16, Source,
Actors Kim Nam-gil (left) and Han Ga-in in TV series "Bad Man" [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The young, smart woman has no money while a rich, beautiful woman does not know love. Female characters Jae-in (played by Han Ga-in) and Tae-ra (played by Oh Yeon-soo) in SBS TV series "Bad Man" each have a desire that they cannot fulfill. Bad man Gun-wook (played by Kim Nam-gil), whom Jae-in approached when she mistook him for a conglomerate heir and whom Tae-ra wants to steal away from younger sister Monet (played by Jeong So-min), twists their lives into an unexpected direction. What sort of a female character do actresses Han Ga-in, whose image transformed from pure and innocent girl to a materialistic woman who dreams of climbing the social ladder, and Oh Yeon-soo, who plays the elegant married woman swayed by temptation so perfectly, want to show viewers? We met with the two actresses on the open-set shoot of "Bad Man" in Yong-in, Gyeonggi Province on June 14,...More
[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actor and model Choi Ji-ho 2010/06/08, Source, Interview with actor and model Choi Ji-ho
Actor/Model Choi Ji-ho [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Choi Ji-ho. I was born on November 25, 1980. I am 30 years old. I'm not really concerned with age because my goal in life is to live in an immature way. I think it’s just best to just go with the flow without making any mistakes. I majored in taekwondo at Yongin University but I started doing sports when I was in middle school because it was the only way to get into college without studying. Once I was accepted I told my parents, 'Since I made it into a university, I'm going to do whatever I want'. The movie "Antique" shows how I hang out in my everyday life. I felt very comfortable because I was already close with actors Joo Ji-hoon and Kim Jae-wook. The only difference was that there was a camera while we were hanging out,...More
[REVIEW] TV series "Bad Man" 2010/05/27, Source,
Actor Kim Nam-gil in a scene from TV series "Bad Man" [SBS]
TV series "Bad Man" - First episode (SBS TV, 9:55 PM)
"Where am I heading toward -- heaven or hell?" The character Gun-wook (played by Kim Nam-gil) made his entrance into the drama like an angel who fell from heaven. And in the last scene of the episode, he fell deep into the water as if he had fallen from hell. The premiere episode of SBS TV series "Bad Man" was all about this fatally charming man who is hard to clearly define -- he has the face of an angel and, at the same time, of a devil,...More
Kim Jae-wook says Kim Nam-gil "like a time bomb" - Part 1 2010/05/20, Source, "Cold revenge, fiery ambition, fatal love" The catch phrase for new SBS TV series "Bad Man" set to first air on May 26 is strong. The story of a man and a woman who dream of climbing the social ladder and the children of a conglomerate family who fall for their temptation. But at the press conference for this passionate melodrama, one could feel the charm of each actor which increased the anticipation for the show, rather than being a somber setting. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for "Bad Man" with Kim Nam-gil (as Shim Gun-wook) who created the mood with his constant jokes, the well-mannered and honest Han Ga-in (as Moon Jae-in), the experienced 20-year veteran actress Oh Yeon-soo (as Hong Tae-ra) and Kim Jae-wook (as Hong Tae-sung) who would give clear distinctive subjective answers to questions.
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil at the press conference for TV series "Bad Man" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Character Shim Gun-wook is introduced as a 'Mr. Perfect'. I think it would have been inevitable to keep telling yourself that while in shoot. Was there anything in particular that you prepared for this character?,...More
Kim Jae-wook says Kim Nam-gil "like a time bomb" - Part 2 2010/05/20, Source, Q: I think you've lost a bit more weight. Is it because of the hernia?Kim Nam-gil: Hm, because director Lee gives me a hard time? (laugh) I actually slept after eating ramen at five in the morning so it's a relief to hear that. (laugh) I lost weight once for film "Lovers Vanished and just didn't have to gain weight after shooting "Queen Seon-deok" for six, seven months. I'm not trying to lose weight but I just do and there are also scenes where I have to take off my clothes so... Q: How was it working with director Lee Hyeong-min? Kim NG: I miss director Park Hong-gyoon from "Queen Seon-deok". Park was someone who is into the details but director Lee is also like that but to the extent that I felt like I was suffocating. So I called director Park recently and told him I miss him. (laugh)
Actor Kim Jae-wook [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: There are articles mentioning your military entry. How do you think this will pan out?,...More
Press conference for drama "Bad Man" 2010/03/31, Source,
Actor Kim Nam-gil (left) and actress Oh Yeon-soo [Good Story]
Q: Will each cast member explain how you have been preparing to portray your character as well as your determination for the show. Kim Nam-gil (Kim NG): When I was offered the role for "Bad Man" it was a few days after "Queen Seon-deok" finished its run so I was worried that I wouldn't be able to portray a new character because I hadn't emptied myself of my previous character Bidam. The conclusion I came to after discussion with director Lee Hyung-min was that although there may be some areas in which I wouldn't be able to rid myself completely of Bidam, I would try to act with more depth rather than change myself in various ways. That's why I'm putting an effort into depicting my character Shin Gun-wook from "Bad Man" as someone with more depth in terms of both expressing his pain or sadness. Han Ga-in (Han): I hadn't acted in a while so I was worried and had some concerns but after meeting with the director I became greedy about my role because I thought I would be in an environment where I would be able to converse a lot with other people on set. It helps a lot to be able to share your concerns with the rest of the cast on set. I wanted to play a part in making "Bad Man" become a drama that would last in people's memories by portraying my character Jae-in in a way that people could relate to her and have her blend in in a way that the audience will like her,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Dong-wuk 2010/03/16, Source,
Actor Kim Dong-wuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name is Kim Dong-wuk. I was born on July 29, 1983. I like actor Johnny Depp especially in "Donnie Brasco" where he played an FBI agent who goes undercover and joins the mafia. I am greedy in the sense that I want to play masculine roles like that. There was a period in my life where I felt uneasy if I didn't listen to music even for a minute. Wherever I went, wherever I was and even when I'm sleeping, I had to listen to music to calm myself mentally. I remember breaking my speakers when I connected them to my CD player and tried to play them in the shower. I still love music but not as much as I did back then,...More
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