Kim So-yeon sued for fraud 2015/04/23, Source, It appears Kim So-yeon was sued for fraud on the 23rd. Her management Namu Actors released an official statement saying, "The contents of the accuser is all lies and she has nothing to do with the advertising with products".
According to the statement, Kim So-yeon spoke on the phone with the accuser's sister, a big fan, for about 10 seconds and that was it. She's never said or done anything to take moral responsibility,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" 2014/01/18,
Action and suspense series have not been a frequently used genre in Korean drama, but surprisingly, they have produced some very popular works. The fact that revenge and/or melodrama are typical parts of most of them is one part that perhaps helps the genre impress, but a lot of them have also aimed for a popular cast and polished appearance, even if their plots have their issues. From 'City Hunter' to 'Bridal Mask' to the series in question here, "Two Weeks", they all go for something different and impressive presentation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Final Episode 16 2013/09/26,
The final episode of "Two Weeks" deals with crime and punishment. In terms of bringing the villains to justice, it's pretty much just stock action stuff. There are well-designed setpieces, and a bit of questionable story logic because Tae-San decides to involve himself. Obviously, Il-Seok and Seo-Hee are never going to stop trying to kill Tae-San, but still. As the opening title states, this is the day of the operation. Although I guess conceivably at this point Tae-San could still make the transplant even as a corpse,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 15 2013/09/25,
When this episode started out and the characters started explaining the plan that led to last week's cliffhanger, I was a little annoyed. It seemed pretty obvious in retrospect what was going on. But the more they discuss the plan, and the further they got into other stages of the plan, I was genuinely impressed. This is actually a really great plan, since it finally takes a direct stab Il-Seok's most glaring weakness- his insecure paranoia.
The heroes haven't seen too much of this, but it's been present in nearly all of his scenes. Il-Seok makes a careful note of holding it back, but when he's with someone who knows how to push his buttons and isn't scared of him (like Seo-Hee) it is really easy to get Il-Seok to blow up and make mistakes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 14 2013/09/19,
Il-Seok's plans encounter serious resistance from very unexpected places. I'm still not particularly thrilled with the direction the last episode decided to take- but the drama manages to recover and resolve from them well enough to keep me from staying too angry. If a drama must go in a stupid narrative direction, at least it can try to recover from it quickly and move on to more interesting ground.
The trouble is that "Two Weeks" doesn't really have too much more interesting ground to move onto,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 13 2013/09/18,
The episode starts out as being an interesting bit about the problems inherent in overconfidence. In rapid succession, characters who appear to have the upper hand are quickly taken out of it because they failed to anticipate the countermoves of their opponents. It's a neat turnabout to watch, as it really does call attention to the fact that these characters declare victory too quickly.
That's the charitable interpretation, anyway. In light of subsequent events though, I'm less certain that this is actually a statement about the characters so much as it is about the writer,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 12 2013/09/12,
This episode starts off a little bit disorienting. After resolving the cliffhanger from last episode, there are a lot of sequences that aren't the story taking place in the present day, and it's a little difficult to keep track of who's doing what and what time in the chronological narrative of "Two Weeks. The emotional stuff is effective as usual, but it's nearly an unwelcome interruption given how much was promised in terms of actual, immediate storyline action.
The best way to understand this drama's themes in the context of this episode is in terms of tenacity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 11 2013/09/11,
A new dynamic appears this episode as our heroes decide to take on radically different tactics in order to bring the villains to justice. A lot of this drama is just hand-wringing on the part of the lead characters as to the choices they've made in the past and whether these were good and smart choices. Having established that, no, they probably weren't, a full-fledged plan now comes into focus that has genuine legs.
Metaphorically, nothing has actually changed. Tae-San is still on the run, and the drama establishes that, for all the character groth the heroes have been going through, the villains are the same cold, vicious people they were at the start,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 10 2013/09/05,
There's a lot of focus on In-Hye this episode, as for the first time this drama, people start seriously challenging her choices and opinions. An excellent question is brought up here- why is she trusting Tae-San? From her perspective he's a vicious deadbeat. Now, we in the audience know that he's trying, and that his main objective is to stay alive along enough to give his daughter the transplant. But In-Hye hasn't been watching this drama. She's taking all of his promises on Faith.
Her worldview is further blasted when one character reveals essential story information to In-Hye, causing her to suffer a major breakdown,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 9 2013/09/04,
Tae-San doesn't really get much chance to enjoy the important plot points he discovered last episode before the full weight of these revelations sinks in. While it may have been unintentional, Tae-San's best friend in the world was murdered solely because the bad guys assumed he was a co-conspirator in Tae-San's scheme (which didn't actually exist). Remembering the last scenes where we saw these two together is just another reminder of the miserable life our lead character has been leading. Tae-San can make amends, but he can't undo the past and he knows it.
While I get all this character development and can appreciate it, Tae-San's guilt complex does hobble the narrative a bit, since he knows the likely location of the evidence that's the source of all his problems, but is extremely hesitant to move to acquire it since this might well end up in more collateral damage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 8 2013/08/29,
There have been a lot of flashbacks lately going back to how the relationship between Tae-San and In-Hye started out. I haven't been sure what to make of these cute romantic interludes. It's difficult to imagine the two getting back together over the course of the series, if only because Tae-San is spending every waking moment just trying to stay alive. A daily schedule like that doesn't leave much room for rekindling a romance with a basically hostile ex.
In this episode, we get a clue behind why these flashbacks keep coming up- they're context for Tae-San's survival instinct, which to date has sometimes felt inconsistent. In these early interactions with In-Hye, though, we see that Tae-San's strategy for dealing with In-Hye, if we can even call it that, involves almost no concern for his immediate safety,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 7 2013/08/28,
The drama takes a dynamic turn as several main characters are forced into a multi-layered confrontation. It's very effective stuff, and exemplifies the very best in dramatic tension for this kind of genre fiction. We've always known that the stakes were high, but this is the first episode where the situation is dangerous enough that it's genuinely difficult to see how anyone is going to get out of it alive.
For that matter, it's difficult to see why characters aren't already dead. Tae-San immediately makes that connection, and a lot of fun is had here watching his mind work a mile a minute trying to process the new information fast enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 6 2013/08/22,
This episode starts out slowly as the story has to recover from its own narrative rut. Tae-San is still on the run from the law, in a rural district, and in order to make a getaway has to confront the way he's acted in the past and the way he needs to Act in the future. It's all well and good, but we've already seen him do all this several times now in recent episodes. So to go through this plot again is rather tiring.
However, once these narrative issues are resolved, "Two Weeks" moves briskly on to its stronger points- dealing with the emotional fallout from these decisions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 5 2013/08/21,
The drama has run into a bit of a holding patterm. It's still the same consistent quality of entertainment, it's just a little too consistent. In the last two episodes Tae-San made a daring escape, tried to recover from his wounds, and was able to get on the offensive somewhat by trying to track down evidence that would clear him and prove the involvement of greater nefarious powers.
This episode covers nearly the exact same ground. Tae-San makes another narrow escape, struggling to survive against an enemy that clearly wants him dead when he needs to survive for at least the next two weeks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 4 2013/08/15,
In the last episode Tae-San's effort to stop behaving like an animal backfired badly. As he struggles to recover from this blunder, Tae-San now works to strike a middle ground between being a complete dirtbag but still being human enough to remember the basically selfless nature of his mission. The competency gap between the two episodes is striking. Tae-San actually gets time enough to recover before embarking on the next plan.
Something I really like about the structure of this story is that Tae-San is not a superhuman who can survive without food, sleep, or urination. These have all been consistent conflicts over the past two episodes, and it's fairly clearly implied that during the hours the drama skips he's doing all that boring resting stuff we don't actually need to watch,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 3 2013/08/14,
Tae-San proves this episode that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, he's a very intelligent man when properly motivated. His deductive powers are completely in character, too- his giant moment of insight comes courtesy of a twenty-year old American movie that's relevant to his current dilemma. Everything else is just him making sweeps of his environment for whatever random objects will help him evade the next checkpoint.
The conflict is well-developed here. It's a pretty common trope for good guy escapees to be trying to escape from good guy police for one reason or another,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 2 2013/08/08,
The emotional aspects of this drama take a backseat as the more action-oriented aspects of the story come into focus. As a thriller, it looks like "Two Weeks" is going to play around a lot with information management. While we don't know all the details yet, it's fairly clear that there's some sort of spy game going on between two major powers who want to keep their activities secret. Tae-San and the normal police officers are caught up in the action mainly out of circumstance.
What's interesting about the major powers is that, rather than being all-powerful and all-knowing, these are clearly organizations being run by very mortal people who are capable of making miscalculations and mistakes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 1 2013/08/07,
Jang Tae-San (played by Lee Joon-ki) is a rather boorish, unpleasant man. He bullies, gambles, and carouses his way through life in a way that seems to imply that he's satisified and having fun, yet which ultimately feels rather empty. Tae-San is more masculine, I guess, than most of the people he interacts with, given that they're typically either scared of or attracted to him. And yet it's hard to see much joy in his life when Tae-San doesn't even seem to have any apparent emotional reaction to getting laid. Mostly because he can't remember it.
His life undergoes a harsh turnabout when his ex-girlfriend Seo In-Hye (played by Park Ha-seon) arrives,...More
[HanCinema's Drama review] "The Great Seer" 2013/02/15,
In times of yore, people commonly believed in crazy stuff like geomancy- the study of geographical formations and their relation to divination or feng shui. While this sounds weird enough today, a thousand years ago this was serious science with important political considerations at the higher forms of government. "The Great Seer" tells the story of soothsayers and their role in the rise of the Joseon era.
The strongest parts of this series, without a doubt, are the ones that focus on the geomancy. Even though the internal logic sounds weird, in the context of the times it's actually perfectly understandable why geomancy is considered such a respected science,...More
[Spoiler] Ji Seong, "Show us what you got" 2012/11/15, Source, Ji Seong entered the government office which is going to be the main stage of the drama thanks to his ability to chance risk into chance.
Ji Sang is being chased by the royal forces because he pretended he was the healer Lee Han-ba and tried to see the royal family tree. Soo Ryeon-gye (Oh Hyun-kyeong) was also looking for him because he knew the something he shouldn't,...More
Art and Culture 2012/03/15, Source,
It's almost the end of the week, and here to help you make to best use of your free time is our arts and culture reporter Michelle Kim, who's going to share with us some intriguing events taking place around the city. Hello Michelle.
[Reporter : Michelle Kim] Hello Conn-young.
So what do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] Well I will be starting off with an exhibition that portrays popular culture and modern sensitivities. The art works are very modern and sophisticated. Take a look,...More
Kim So-yeon: 'I Seem to have Begun Acting 18 Years Since Debut' 2012/03/09, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon (32), who has made a comeback after a fifteen-year break with the movie "Gabi", said, "I want to play different characters such as a femme fatale, comic character and character who will experience sad love. I have had too long of a break up to now (laugh)". Asked about the characters that she wants to play, she answered with lightning speed as if she had been waiting for movies for a long time. She will appear in "Gabi" after her long break,...More
"Gabi" to feature 80 different Russian, Japanese and Korean costumes 2012/03/07, Source,
The upcoming movie "Gabi" has released several stills featuring its costumes.
To express the unique moment of the Korean royal family seeking refuge at the Russian legation, "Gabi" underwent extensive historical research during production. The characters of the time were revived by referencing portraits from the "New Art Times" as well as pictures from landscape paintings and several books,...More
"Gabi" Kim So-yeon "I like mixed coffee. I smoke for 3 days" 2012/03/04, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon (32) from the movie "Gabi" she starred in for the first time in 15 years since "Change" said, "I used to enjoy coffee shop-styled coffee and I still do" when she was asked if she liked coffee. She was very honest and didn't know how to wrap herself up as she could've said she prefers espresso although she liked instant coffee.
"Gabi" is a mystery thriller about the plot against the Emperor Gojong who liked coffee. Kim So-yeon is the first barista of the Chosun times who served him coffee. She has revengeful thoughts towards the emperor but at the same time pities the man who lives in fear of being killed at any time,...More
Joo Jin-mo to release digital single this week 2011/09/07, Source,
Korean actor Joo Jin-mo will release a digital single this week, according to his agency JM Company on Wednesday.
JM announced in a press release that Joo's rendition of "Like Rain, Like Music", by late singer Kim Hyun-sik, will be unveiled online along with its music video on September 9,...More
[20 KOREAN FILMS TO LOOK OUT FOR SECOND HALF OF 2011] "Gabi" 2011/07/02, Source,
Intelligence Chase over Coffee "Gabi" Directed by Jang Yoon-hyeon
By RA Jegy
It's the end of 19th century, and Gojong, King of Josoen flees to the Russian legation to save himself from foreign threats. The king comes into contact with western culture during his stay there, and tastes coffee for the first time in his life. After he returns to the palace, Gojong continues to enjoy coffee, while an assassination attempt takes place to kill the king by poisoning his coffee to prevent him from establishing the Korean Empire,...More
The best combination of a couple? 2011/04/17, Source,
This year started off with human drama ("Late Blossom") or comedy dramas ("Suicidal Forecast"). It's not easy to see a heart trembling mellow flick. Which couple from the mellow flicks that are due this later half of this year, are audiences looking forward to see the most?
■ "Always" Se Ji-sub and Han Hyo-joo,...More
Bride of May Yoo Seon, who's the groom? 2011/03/27, Source,
Actress Yoo Seon is becoming the 'bride of May' and who the husband may be is in question.
Yoo Seon will ring wedding bells in Sheraton Grand Walker Hill Hotel on May 4th, with boyfriend of ten years. He is three years older than her and is a distinguished looking businessman. He is a resource who has been working in the entertainment and advertisement for a long time.,...More
Kim So-yeon comes back to movie screens with "Gabi" 2011/03/21, Source,
Actress Kim So-yeon is at the verge of returning to movie screens in six years.
She is adjusting her casting as the lead actress in the movie "Gabi" (Produced by Ocean Film). This movie is based on an original by Kim Tak-hwan and is a mystery case surrounding the very first baristas in the Chosun times. It's about a woman who used to serve coffee to the Emperor Gojong, who enjoyed drinking coffee.,...More
Winners of 2011 Asia Model Awards 2011/01/23, Source, The 2011 Asia Model Awards were held on January 21st at the Seoul Marriott Hotel. This is one of Asia's biggest modeling events, with models from Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mongolia. All the countries unite under the slogan of "Asian is one" to help advance the Asian modeling industry. Here, some of k-pop's biggest acts were also honored with various awards,...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] Writer & Actor of the Year 2010/12/31, Source, ────── Writer of the Year: Kim Su-hyun ──────
Writer Kim Su-hyun [10Asia]
It is still Kim Su-hyun. Her SBS TV series "Life is Beautiful" may have seen slightly lower ratings than her previous works and the various controversies surrounding the show for the fact that it dealt with homosexuality, one of the hottest issues of debate in Korean society, may have left little space for it to be evaluated properly. But paradoxically, this showed that Kim, who has been a symbol in Korean TV writing history for over 40 years now, is "proof that she, headed into her seventies, still makes dramas that have an actual impact on reality, are controversial, and are 'real'",...More
[2010 10Asia's Awards] "Thank You" List 2010/12/31, Source, There are things that cannot be expressed through annual awards ceremonies. The big trophies are not enough to describe the gratitude we feel for the dramas that contributed to brightening our days during the past year. This is why 10Asia is presenting the "Thank You" list in which we selected 10 memorable dramas. This is a shout-out to all those dramas that at time melted our hearts with highly appealing looks, made our hands and feet cringe yet leave our eyes and mouths smiling with famous lines, delighted us at the mere sight of some characters and left the single viewers green with jealously with the romance scenes. Let us thank all these dramas that took our emotions on a most exciting roller coaster ride. So thank you! Eye-Cleanser of the YearKBS2 TV "Sungkyunkwan Scandal": Jalgeum Quartet
There is a fairy tale in Korea in which a filial daughter volunteers to sacrifice herself to a sea god in order to cure her father of his blindness,...More
Movie version of TV series "IRIS" to be released next week 2010/11/19, Source,
Poster of TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
The movie version of Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" will be released next week.
A press release from the show's producer Taewon Entertainment announced Friday that "IRIS: THE MOVIE" will be available for download through contents distribution company cine21i on November 22,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Doctor Champ" - Finale Episode 2010/11/17, Source, SBS TV series "Doctor Champ" - Finale Episode
A scene from SBS TV series "Doctor Champ" [SBS]
Just like its beginning, the ending to SBS TV series "Doctor Champ" was not fancy. Ji-heon (Jeong Kyeo-woon) won a silver medal at the Asian Games and his team broke up. And Yeon-woo's (Kim So-yeon) mother loathes the fact that the daughter she did everything for to make a doctor, ends up dating an athlete who has nothing to offer. Dreams are beautiful and love is sweet. But reality is reality. Becoming a doctor and winning a gold medal does not guarantee you happiness for the rest of your life. Anyone could unexpectedly find themselves laid in a misfortunate situation one day and suffer from pain that nobody can understand,...More
Korean TV series "IRIS" to win honor at Japan drama fest 2010/10/15, Source,
TV poster for "IRIS" [KBS]
Korean TV series "IRIS" will be receiving a special honor at a drama awards festival in Japan this month.
The show's producer Taewon Entertainment announced in a press release that "IRIS", which recorded viewership ratings of 10.1 percent for its premiere episode in Japan, will be honored with the foreign project award at the Tokyo Drama Awards 2010 to be held at the Meiji Memorial Hall on October 25,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Doctor Champ" - 1st Episode 2010/09/28, Source,
A scene from SBS TV series "Doctor Champ" [SBS]
The first episode was light and refreshing. The main reason for this was that the drama was effective in its method of slowly establishing its characters by telling of their everyday life to reveal what they are like on the inside, instead of being obsessed about beating rival dramas through hasty development of various incidents and conflicts,...More
Kim Seung-woo joins TV series "Athena" cast 2010/08/03, Source,
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo in an official poster for TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo, who starred in blockbuster TV series "IRIS" last year, has joined the cast of its upcoming spin-off series "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the actor will be reprising his role from the original series, playing North Korea's top intelligence agent Park Chul-young who holds the key secrets to solving the mysteries left behind by "IRIS",...More
[INTERVIEW] Korean actress Kang So-ra 2010/07/27, Source,
Actress Kang So-ra [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name isKang So-ra. I was born on February 18, 1990. I was born early in the year so according to the Lunar calendar, I am a year older, which makes it easier for me to become friends with people born in 1989 but a bit weird to have people born in 1990 call me unni [older sister in Korean], so it's a bit difficult. I published a martial arts novel when I was in fifth grade. The publication was based on a character named Ajin from a martial arts website and this one member whose ID was Nokcheon rooted a lot for me. It's sad that I don't have a copy of it,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 1 2010/06/09, Source,
Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] Actress Kim So-yeon says "feels like I am back at the starting line" Out of three Wednesday/Thursday evening dramas, which all premiered on the same day last March, SBS TV series "Prosecutor Princess" never scored the No. 1 viewership rating during its run. However, the show remained a well-made drama till the end with its tight storyline and unique characters played by all the right actors. It would not be an exaggeration to say that actress Kim So-yeon, who played the title character, displayed such impressive acting skills that it might perhaps be the biggest achievement anyone has made in the first half of the year. Even though it wasn't the so-called 'possessed acting', Kim So-yeon created an interesting chemistry seen in the perfect match-up of an actress and her character. After a long hiatus and challenging times, the actress, who used to be the representative star of trendy dramas in the 90s, is back at a brand new starting line. And she is more hungry for acting now more than ever, she says. 10Asia interviewed Kim So-yeon, whose sincerity shone through during the interview and was moving at unsuspecting moments,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 2 2010/06/09, Source,
Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 10: You have been a star since your teenage years. At certain times when you didn't have any work, it would have been easy for you, both emotionally and financially, to choose to do projects that didn't suit you but you never did. How were you able to turn them down? Kim: I came close to doing them many times, haha. I don't think there was anything that was completely out of the question for me to do. But there were times when I would have done a not-so-great drama but it flopped. There was one drama that I wasn't so crazy about but thought, 'I'll just do it anyway". But they ended up casting someone else and I was humiliated. When you are forced to go on a hiatus like that, you begin to feel very determined afterwards. A part of me thought that I should just wait for something else to come along. You tell yourself, 'This is not the end of me' and endure it. When I look back at such times, I think those experiences helped me in the end but back then it was really difficult! (laugh),...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Kim So-yeon - Part 3 2010/06/09, Source,
Korean actress Kim So-yeon [photographed by Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia] 10: Your actual personality of being unpredictable and vivacious, that you showed on the talk show, often also shows in your portrayal of your character Ma Hae-ri. Have you considered yourself to be similar to her? Kim So-yeon (Kim): Of course. From the start the director and writer told me to be myself and it was to the point where in the beginning, I became worried thinking 'Is this okay? I don’t feel like I’m acting'. The scenarist wrote the script incorporating my original form of speech and laughter and I think I couldn’t tell the difference between me and my character Hae-ri toward the end. I have two older sisters and I am the youngest of the three but I was the only who had a very cheerful personality ever since I was young. My dad even really really liked it when I would act in the most coquettish way and both my mom and dad see me as a little girl. Have you ever held hands with a boy? When did you ever kiss someone? They ask me these questions thinking I don't know how to. (laugh),...More
"IRIS" soundtrack concert attracts fans in Japan 2010/06/03, Source,
The cast of TV series "IRIS" attend its celebratory concert in Japan [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" recently confirmed its popularity in Japan at sold-out concerts featuring the main cast and singers who participated on the drama's soundtrack.
According to a press release by the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday, major Japanese broadcaster TBS had organized a series of concerts titled "Dramatic Live Stage" as part of promoting the show's current prime-time airing in the country,...More
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun had to apologize to his Japanese fans for delays and confusion over his concert,...More
[INTERVIEW] Han Jeong-soo - Part 1 2010/05/28, Source,
Korean actor Han Jeong-soo [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia] Han Jeong-soo says "2010 was the luckiest year of my life" Three years ago, when Han Jeong-soo was appearing in the SBS TV series "King and I", he had the words "Justice, Courage, Passion, Wisdom, Faith" set as the background on his mobile phone screen. This sincere man who said he "wants to live with a sense of justice, not like a coward" and believes "how you live life is more important that what you achieve in life" is a rare find in the 21st century. And this year, in KBS TV series "The Slave Hunters" and SBS' "Prosecutor Princess", he played characters that were most similar to himself. And during that time, his mobile phone has changed to an iPhone, and its background from those five words to cartoon characters from his favorite comics "One Piece". 10Asia met with actor Han Jeong-soo, who has remained the same in his beliefs over the years,...More
Lee Byung-hun promotes "IRIS" in Japan 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun in an official poster for "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun took Japan by storm last week while on promotional tour for blockbuster TV series "IRIS", according to a press release by his agency BH Entertainment.
The actor flew into Tokyo on Saturday, where he was greeted by some 1,000 fans at Narita International Airport, and drew large crowds at various media and public appearances during his visit.
When he appeared as a guest on popular TBS television program "Akko ni Omakase!" on Sunday, several Japanese actresses reportedly paid a visit to Lee's waiting room to see the Hallyu star including Kuroki Meisa, who lent her voice for the drama's female lead, originally played by Korean actress Kim Tae-hee,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 1 2010/04/19, Source, "Cinderella's Sister" VS "Prosecutor Princess" VS "Personal Taste"
Picking out your favorite flavor is only possible when you are dealing with ice creams. For drama maniacs, it is practically a torture that three dramas, who each premiered offering similar doses of fun, are all broadcast in the same time slot. You may have yet to decide which channel to settle on with the shows still early into their run, so here is a comparative analysis which could help you make up your mind on which show to watch real-time, which to watch the re-run of, and which to watch through your IPTV service provider.
1. The Moment of Truth: The one scene where you can witness the producers' hard efforts
"Cinderella's Sister" Song Gang-sook (played by Lee Mi-sook) wraps her arms around Goo Dae-sung (played by Kim Kap-soo) when she is startled while riding on the back of his rattling bicycle. But the bike actually rattled because Song Gang-sook had kicked its rear wheel. This single scene describes what the show's two characters are like -- the sly Song Gang-sook and Goo Dae-sung, who is clueless when it comes to women -- and sums up their romantic emotions for each other. Thanks to such scenes, "Cinderella's Sister" explained its basic set-up in one episode and went on to unfold its main story. How the producers left a lingering feeling through using restrained forms of expression, such as simply showing the bike left behind after the two characters fall from a low slanted row, rather than attempting to explain the details to the incident, was also impressive,...More
[FOCUS] Wednesday/Thursday drama rivalry - Part 2 2010/04/19, Source, 6. Work and Love, Love and Work: The story for all three stories are set at the workplace
"Prosecutor Princess": It is impossible to perfectly reenact the process of investigation that prosecutors carry out unless the program is a reality documentary. However, "Prosecutor Princess" adds an abundance of detail into depicting the daily life of a civil servant. The show has received reviews that even regular office workers can relate to the portrayal of the job description of a rookie prosecutor. "Princess" could become a good example of an office drama if it lays out the process of investigations with common sense.
"Personal Taste": One can't really say it is specialized. The drama does not explain through what process a house is designed, how to trim the different kinds of wood in order to make furniture, or what the necessary preparations are in carrying out a bidding. The scenes where Park Gae-in takes part in a furniture exhibition and has Jun Jin-ho cut the acrylic from a blind in order to avoid an emergency situation adds onto the sense of reality in telling the difficulties one struggles as an employee.
"Cinderella's Sister": Everyone gathers together at the makgeolli brewery called "Daesungdoga". However, this Goo Dae-sung's world of abundance and is one of the things that Song Gang-sook wants, but it does not display any characteristics as a work place. One might forget that it is a brewery, if it did not show the scene of Goo Hyo-seon (played by Seo Woo) drinking the residue left after rice liquor is drained before going to school. As a whole, the story of the self righteous self-made owner, the femme fatale-like new lady of the house, and the naive yet talkative workers and large family all seem like trite set-ups,...More
[ChanMi's take] Who looks better? 2010/04/15, Source,
"Queen of the Season" Spring has returned! Spring is when the bright and festive colors are popular for women.
Pink is definitely a color that cannot be missed as the feminine and lovable color.
Kim So-yeon and Lee So-ra have worn the hot pink color mini dress. The leopard print pattern is visible.
Kim has worn this dress for the "Prosecuter Princess" press release as the shopaholic Ma Hyeri. Lee So-ra wore this on the cable channel, "OnStyle" show for "Project Runway Korea 2".
Two stars with different looks are wearing the sa,...More
Kim So-yeon says "Ma Hye-ri and I are very similar" - Part 1 2010/04/08, Source,
The cast of TV series "Prosecutor Princess": (from left) actors Park Si-hoo, Choi Song-hyeon, Kim So-yeon and Han Jeong-soo [SBS]
Press conference for SBS TV series "Prosecutor Princess" On the first week of the battle amongst Wednesday andThursday evening dramas by three broadcasting networks, SBS TV series "Prosecutor Princess" came in third in viewership ratings. But the figures are not the absolute criterion of how entertaining or well-made the show is and the transformation Kim So-yeon has made -- who played a female warrior in KBS' "IRIS" and came back as an innocent prosecutor Ma Hye-ri who has no clue about working in an organization -- is a success. The comedic acting by colorful supporting characters also catches the viewers' eyes,...More
Kim So-yeon says "Ma Hye-ri and I are very similar" - Part 2 2010/04/08, Source, Press conference for SBS TV series "Prosecutor Princess"
Actress Choi Song-hyeon [SBS]
Q: Your acting seems to have improved a lot in this drama. Are you still stressed about being called the actress who used to an anchorwoman? Choi Song-hyeon: I think some people still feel awkward and uncomfortable about seeing Choi Song-hyeon as an actress. People feel good when others tell them that they are great at what they want to do and what they are doing, and get upset when they hear they are doing a bad job. But I think that even telling someone they are bad at something comes out of their attention and affection for them. Personally, it's very flattering to receive attention but I'm worried that I might cause trouble for the director, staff and senior actors who are working hard to make a good show. But like they say, even someone who you don't like will grow on you when you keep seeing them, so I think if viewers keep seeing me on the screen as they tune in to watch the show, they might feel less uncomfortable about me,...More
Top Japanese actors provide voice-overs for "IRIS" 2010/04/05, Source,
Official poster for Korean blockbuster TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Two of Japan's top actors are on board to provide voice-overs for the local version of Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports over the weekend.
Sankei reported Saturday that noted Japanese actors Fujiwara Tatsuya and Kuroki Meisa will lend their voices for the shows' two main characters, originally played by top Korean stars Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee,...More
IRIS set to air during prime time in Japan 2010/02/01, Source,
Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean blockbuster drama "IRIS" is set to air during prime time on Japanese television, according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.
Taewon said Japanese broadcaster TBS announced the Korean TV series will run Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m., a slot usually assigned to domestic TV dramas.
Artist View, the show's marketing promoter in the country, explained that such programming is proof that Japanese people are looking forward to watching a Korean blockbuster action drama, not just Hallyu fans expecting to watch a Korean dramas and its cast.,...More
Lee Byung-hun scores triple wins at KBS Acting Awards 2010/01/04, Source,
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun at 2009 KBS Acting Awards [KBS]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun won three awards -- including the grand prize -- at the 2009 KBS Acting Awards, held at KBS Open Hall on December 31. Lee was awarded the top acting prize of the year for his role in blockbuster drama "IRIS" and also won the Best Couple and Netizens' Choice awards. "I started acting at KBS", said the actor in his acceptance speech. "When I had just debuted at KBS I heard about the acting awards.. I wondered if I would ever be able to go up on that stage. The very next year, I won the Best New Actor award". He went on to say, "And now I've won Grand Prize on this stage. I'm very touched". He thanked the staff, actress Su-ae who -- believing Lee would win -- sent him a congratulatory text message in advance and his mother.,...More
Haeundae Steals Spotlight at Pusan Film Festival 2009/10/08, Source, The Suyeong Bay area in Busan was packed on the evening of October 8, when the opening ceremony of the 14th Pusan International Film Festival was held. All 5,000 seats of the venue were filled. The less fortunate ones among the movie fans had to stay outside.
[ChanMi's drama news] Kim So-yeon, "Iris" is in Hungary Report 2009/07/13, Source, Drama, "IRIS" is popular through Hungary Report!
Kim So-yeon has been filming in Hungary for the scenes where she is Kim Seon-hwa, the North Korean Secret spy agent. They have finished filiming in Hungary but they have been spotted by Hungarian reporters during their 4 week stay. The unreleased stills of this drama are out!
Already thousands of Hungarians have viewed these stills. The scene contains a lot of action and Hungarian police doing stunts!,...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
Fashion show serves to mend Korea-Japan ties 2005/05/09, Source, KORIYAMA, Japan - A fashion show by a renowned Korean designer rattled this usually-quiet city as thousands of Japanese flocked here to catch a glimpse of Korean TV stars on the catwalk as well as a lavish and extravagant show by Andre Kim.
The gala, held Saturday at the Big Palette Convention Ce,...More
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