Viki to Co-produce First Original Series 'Dramaworld', Homage to Millions of International Fans of Asian Dramas 2015/09/18,
Groundbreaking New Show Premieres Early 2016 In Partnership with China's Jetavana Entertainment, Korea's EnterMedia Contents, Third Culture Content
Viki, the global TV site powered by fans, today announced its first Viki Original series, "Dramaworld". A 10-episode comedy-drama set in Los Angeles and Korea, the groundbreaking new show is written in English and Korean specifically for the fast-growing global fan base of Asian dramas. The show-which stars an international cast, including Korean drama actor Sean Richard and Justin Chon of the "Twilight" series and cameos from K-pop and K-drama celebrities Choi Si-won, Han Ji-min -will begin filming late September in Seoul and will debut worldwide exclusively on Viki.com and later on partner sites in early 2016,...More
Actors with 'honey vocal cord' in their 20s/30s 2015/09/14, Source,
'Honey vocal cord' as in sweet voice is an important charming appeal for actors to have.
Attractive voice highlights emotions in acting by delivering them more vividly and makes audience focus more on his acting. The young actors in his 20s and 30s with the sweet voice as well as the charming look are 'perfect guys',...More
Actors' salary this year 2015/09/03, Source,
Curiosity rose for actors' pay after actresses' pay was released last month. We've updated the ranks from highest paid actors to the lowest.
According to studies, the gap between actors and actresses isn't that large. In case of the actors, they are more highly paid as they have a strong fan base all over the world. The prices of actors continuously rise but the actresses fill in the gaps with fashion and beauty advertisements. After actors make it big with dramas, they make more money off extracurricular events such as foreign fan meetings and such so they make extra profits,...More
[Funcurve Review] "Producers" 2015/08/15,
Perhaps the most anticipated Korean drama of 2015, "Producers" drew huge attention from the media and the public thanks to its A-list cast and star-studded cameos. Besides the strong lead actors comprised of Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Kong Hyo-jin, Cha Tae-hyeon, and IU, there's an incredible number of Kpop idol appearances like TaeTiSeo of Girls' Generation, Sandara Park of 2NE1, Hani of EXID, and other hallyu stars like Kim Jong-kook, Lee Seung-gi, and Jang Hyeok. But more than the star power, the topic of the drama itself piqued my interest. "Producers" talks about the lives of a group of variety show television producers (PDs) of a major broadcasting company (KBS), shedding light on how they work tirelessly to devise hit programs and handle various work related situations. As an avid fan of Korean variety shows, I'm naturally excited to get a "behind-the-scenes" look at this profession,...More
KCON 2015 USA Rocked both Coasts with over 75,000 in Attendance in Its Fourth Year 2015/08/10, Source,
After three years of exponential growth, KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota (www.kconusa.com) expanded for the first time to a bicoastal event, with three days of panels, workshops, and star-studded k-pop concerts held at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center in LA, in addition to a one day convention and concert held at the Prudential Center in the New York metro area. Over 75,000 fans of Korean entertainment and culture attended KCON 2015 USA, with 58,000 fans converging on the flagship event in LA, and another 17,000 celebrating KCON's arrival to the east coast,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Producers" 2015/07/11, "Producers" was a big gamble when it was announced, combining a very popular cast with a new format, new thematic approach and an unpopular new timeslot. The worries that it would succumb to the fame of its cast and change its course were there, but that it would do so after only two episodes was something which shocked many. What started as a variety drama ended up a romantic comedy. The question is, did it end up a good one,...More
KCON Drama Stars Announcement - Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-joon, Ki Hong Lee 2015/07/10,
Largest North American Festival for All Things Hallyu Confirms Appearances by Top Drama Stars, plus Writer and Director. KCON 2015 USA presented by Toyota, America's biggest event for All Things Hallyu is going big on drama in 2015 with confirmed appearances by top actors from television and film from Korea and the U.S. being featured at the annual celebration alongside the many top K-Pop artists previously announced. Living up to its mission to bring fans the most comprehensive celebration of all aspects of Korean entertainment, KCON 2015 USA has just confirmed stars Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Daniel Henney, Son Ho-joon and Ki Hong Lee to participate in the Los Angeles dates of the event. (Bios below),...More
The uprising of actresses older than their counterpart actor in recent dramas 2015/07/02, Source,
Dramas are full of couples where the female is older than the male. The percentage of this case has grown over the last 2~3 years and it's become a boom lately. This reflects the social change but a lack of 'variety in age range' is also seen as a cause for this.
There are currently 3~4 dramas that have 'older couples'. It's becoming a trend for mini series that represent each broadcasting station,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I puts in effort to change his image 2015/06/16, Source, Tak Seon-sak, Gwak Geum-joo, Song Eun-yeong, Jo Seung-yeon and announcer Kim Jin-hee appeared on the KBS 2TV show "Time Flies" and talked about 'good impressions'.
Song Eun-yeong said, "Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I has a secret that maybe no one knows about. He's got different eyes and one of them is higher up than the other. If he didn't make so much effort to change his image, he would've looked cold,...More
[Spoiler] 'Producers' 'IU', Kim Soo-hyeon-I and a surprise kiss
On the 7th episode of KBS 2TV's "Producers", Cindy (IU) revealed to Baek Seung-chan (Kim Soo-hyeon-I) about her painful past when she had lost her parents.
Baek Seung-chan said, "It's not your fault, Cindy. They must be very proud of you and think you've been doing really well all the way until now". Cindy said, "I've never thought I would come here again. I think it's good that I came here today. It's even better I came with you. I will get to think about you each time whenever anything with an entertainment park comes up from now on",...More
Bae Yong-joon and Park Soo-jin, why the rush? 2015/05/17, Source, Bae Yong-joon proposed to Park Soo-jin on the 100th day of their relationship and they are getting married. They started seeing each other this February and he proposed to her on the 100th day. They even met each others' families.
The two of them knew each other from work and started having feelings for each other since February this year. Bae Yong-joon was attracted to Park Soo-jin's bright personality and consideration and she was attracted to his warmth and caring heart,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Producers" 2015/05/09,
Experimenting and taking risks is not typical behavior for the Korean drama industry. KBS2 has been making great, even if not very successful efforts in diversity and its new Friday and now also Saturday timeslot is one example. Taking things one step further, "Producers" uses a powerhouse cast and production team to create a possible mix of formats between variety and drama,...More
Kong Hyo-jin, "My B Cuts are lovely too" 2015/04/29, Source, Kong Hyo-jin is working out.
She models for North Face and pictures of her makes one smile. Her hair is naturally tied back and she's wearing simple and casual outdoor looks. Her trademark smile made the photographing session that much livelier,...More
Advertisement battle: Lee Min-ho vs. Kim Soo-hyeon-I 2015/03/22, Source, The two of them have recently been chosen as the new faces of each others' advertisements. This is an interesting piece of information as there seems to be an invisible battle of ego.
Kim Soo-hyeon-I was attacked first. He was the global model for bag brand Samsonite Red but wasn't able to re-sign at the end of December last year. Samsonite wanted Lee Min-ho instead,...More
Lee Min-ho's handsome picture 2015/03/19, Source, At Star 1 took pictures of stars congratulating it on its 3rd year anniversary.
At Star 1 revealed picturea of the actress and many more on its Facebook saying, "3rd year anniversary relays!",...More
"Producers", targeting to be the "Answer To 1997" of ground-wave? 2015/03/08, Source, The creation of tvN drama "Answer to 1997" went down in broadcasting history. There were no top stars and it wasn't prepared by a writer or a producer. However, it made a hit with a few elements such as the 90s, retro, dialect and entertainment. "Answer to 1997" had many merits but what stood out the most was the balance between comedy and drama. It reached its peak in the sequel "Answer Me 1994".
The main things about the "Answer" series were the characters who were comical although it wasn't comedy and the way the characters created entertainment in each episode. Producer Sin Won-ho from the KBS entertainment department and Lee Woo-jeong brought out their strong points and created such results,...More
Korean movie of the week "Secretly and Greatly" 2015/02/19,
Korean movie of the week "Secretly and Greatly" (2013) Directed by Jang Cheol-soo With Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Park Ki-woong, Lee Hyun-woo, Son Hyeon-joo, Park Hye-sook, Kim Seong-gyoon,... Synopsis As a North Korean sleeper cell agent, Ryoo-hwan infiltrates the South and assumes the role of a village idiot in a rural town. He observes the townsfolk and waits patiently for his mission. One day, after 2 years of playing the role of the village idiot, fellow elite spies Hae-rang, posed as a rock star and Hae-jin, posed as an ordinary student, are dispatched to the same town as Ryoo-hwan. He helps the other two spies settle in and teach them how to adjust in the South. There is a sudden drastic political power shift in the North and all three spies receive an urgent mission: commit suicide,...More
Hallyu's two face in China? 2014/12/14, Source,
50 million, 120 million and 200 million won per episode; this is the cost of the Korean drama publication rights in China.
The entertainment industry is smiling at the breeze of Hallyu in China. The enormous Chinese market is no doubt an attraction compared to the limited Korean market.
The more Hallyu enters the Chinese market, the dependence on Chinese capital is rising. When the breeze turns into a chilling wind, no one will know how the situation will turn out,...More
"My Love from the Star" 1 year anniversary 2014/12/14, Source,
A special product exhibition is being held in China for actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I's SBS drama "My Love from the Star" to commemorate its 1 year anniversary.
According to Key East, Korea's biggest refined goods shopping mall PandaKorea.com claimed they will exclusively be supplying the exhibition with various planned goods including products he is advertising and such. Panda Korea is a partnering company in which Key East is the second biggest shareholder and aims for the Chinese market,...More
Next year's drama, pretty much the same 2014/10/21, Source,
Ground wave broadcasting stations are putting together next year's dramas.
However, the ones have already been revealed all are pretty much the same and are confusing people with similar subjects. The main character is an actor and has DID (Dissociative identity disorder). From double personalities to seven egos there's a selection of them. We take a look at what's similar and what's not,...More
Incheon Asian Games Kicks Off with Grand Ceremony 2014/09/20, Source,
The Incheon Asian Games officially kicks off with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday. The ceremony features four hours of performances as the continent's largest sporting event brings all Asian nations together. The Games will last until Oct . 4. A traditional folk music performance called pungmulnori designated as the host city's cultural assets will start the proceedings, and K-pop stars including Big Bang, CNBlue and EXO and actors Jang Dong-gun and Kim Soo-hyeon-I will appear on stage to add glamor,...More
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon to come back 2014/07/17, Source,
The Department of DefeNational Servicee clock goes around and around. Some actors in their 20s are done with service and will be coming back soon.
Yoo Seung-ho and Lee Je-hoon who were admitted to National Service in 2012, are almost done. They are currently positioned at the 27 District Recruit Training Center and the Seoul Police PromotioNational Service Unit. Lee Je-hoon gets discharged first on the 24th of this month and Yoo Seung-ho this coming 4th of December,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I's cool reaction to China's 'surgical' rumor 2014/06/09, Source,
Hallyu star Kim Soo-hyeon-I's popularity isn't showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon and the interests for him are stirring up certain rumors. There has been a 'surgical' rumor in China.
This rumor started online and rose to the surface as several media started talking about it. There have been nasty reports about the actor saying he was a product of cosmetic surgery,...More
When Fans Pay for Ads for Their Idols 2014/05/30, Source,
From left, ads promoting Yoona's new TV drama, wishing Super Junior's Eun-hyuk a happy birthday, and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the debut of boy band TVXQ /Courtesy of Grida Partners
The Sunday edition of the Chosun Ilbo carried a whole-page color ad wishing actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I the best of luck at the annual Baeksang Arts Awards, which was held on Tuesday. The advertisement was paid for by a lone admirer,...More
[Interview] Jeon Ji-hyeon, "I barely expected the grand prize" 2014/05/27, Source,
Actress Jeon Ji-hyeon laughed and cried at the Baeksang Arts Awards. She got the Rookie Award in 1999 for "White Valentine" and this is the first time in 15 years after that. With the TV Grand Prize in her hand, Jeon Ji-hyeon said, "I feel my heart being heard to the public with this award". She started crying. She came back with the SBS drama "My Love from the Star" for the first time in 14 years and created the character "Cheon Song-I", which no one else will be able to replace. This character caused another Hallyu drama shockwave across the country which reached all the way to China, the first time since "Jang Geum" from "Dae Jang Geum". Jeon Ji-hyeon had been in the acting career for 10 years; there's never enough positive reviews about her in acting and now she's at the highest point of her life,...More
Chinese media, "Kim Soo-hyeon-I made 18 billion won in 2 months" 2014/04/29, Source,
Hyundai Motors model Kim Soo-hyeon-I appeared at the Beijing Motor Show for 90 seconds. About 10,000 fans gathered at the Hyundai Motors booth to see him and he greeted them with a bow and allowed them to take some pictures. Then he was gone.
A few days later he went through Vietnam to get to Hong Kong and attended the fan meeting in 5 star Hotel The Mira Hong Kong. Despite the grim drizzling weather, thousands and thousands of fans crowded at the hotel. Kim Soo-hyeon-I only appeared for about 5 minutes,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I Gives W300 Million to Ferry Victims' School 2014/04/25, Source,
Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I has pledged W300 million to the high school in Ansan that most of the victims in last week's ferry disaster came from (US$1=W1,040). Kim "thought about how to express his condolences to the students of Danwon High School. He decided to donate to help the remaining students pull through as they are also suffering from the tragic accident", Kim's agency KeyEast said on Thursday,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I remakes Chinese movie "Once A Thief" 2014/04/01, Source,
Apparently Kim Soo-hyeon-I has been offered to star in the remake of the 1991 movie "Once A Thief". His name was the first to be mentioned.
According to the media, the crew of the remake version of "Once A Thief" is considering Michelle Chen, Huang Xiao Ming and Kim Soo-hyeon-I. "Once A Thief" is about a team of thieves including two men and a woman which was originally starred by Chow Yun Fat, Leslie Chung and Cherie Chung. They formed a sad, love triangle,...More
Will Korean Soap Prompt China to Ease Censorship? 2014/03/21, Source,
The Chinese government will allow provincial governments to make their own decision in censoring movies that are shown in their theaters, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The move is the first step in relaxing China's notoriously stringent censorship of movies and TV shows,...More
Int'l Press Picks Up on Alien Soap Craze in China 2014/03/10, Source,
A bizarre craze in China for a Korean soap opera about a 400-year-old alien has caught the attention of the international press.
The Washington Post in a piece published on Friday milks the political and cultural implications of the fad surrounding "My Love from the Star" for all they are worth.
"There is no shortage of problems facing China these days: a terrorist attack that recently left 33 people dead and 143 injured, corruption in government, a worrisome slowdown in economic growth", it begins. "So when the country's two highest governing bodies met in Beijing this week, what was the burning issue on the delegates' lips? A South Korean soap opera that has taken the country by storm",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 21 Final 2014/02/27,
The drama wastes no time getting right to the essential conflict that defines the final episode- Min-joon's departure, and the emotional turmoil that follows for Song-I. This episode as a whole is very moody and angst-stricken. Basically, all of the emotional thrust is on making a persuasive pitch to the viewer that this drama really is going to end on a sad note, with Min-joon and Song-I permanently separated.
The twist ending that finally resolves this question permanently...leaves something to desired. It's basically technobabble,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 20 2014/02/26,
It would seem that the consequences of Min-joon coming out as a mysterious entity with superpowers are rather subdued. I can't really fault the drama for taking this path, honestly, because who knows how such an event would play out in real life. Constant media coverage and interviews? Yeah, we'd definitely have that. Which I imagine would make it somewhat difficult for a shady government entity to try to snatch Min-joon up and dissect him or something. Ironically, Jae-kyoung may have actually done Min-joon a favor by exposing him in public, as opposed to a controlled room.
But if the drama doesn't really care that much about the implications of this, eh, I don't either,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 19 2014/02/20,
Just when I had forgotten why "My Love from the Star" has a murder subplot in the first place, this episode comes along to give a reminder. It exists to make Min-joon act in a ridiculous contrived way against whatever stupid transparent scheme Jae-kyoung has come up with this week. And this one really takes the cake- the only apparent purpose of the plan is to do damage to Min-joon. It doesn't actually help Jae-kyoung at all. If anything it makes Jae-kyoung's situation worse. Who the heck makes an announcement like that at a press conference?
Scratch that. What kind of benefits plan are Jae-kyoung's henchmen getting? They're literally fighting a superhero here. It's one thing to try and get ahead in life by committing murder,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 18 2014/02/19,
It's back to comedic misunderstandings and devious secrets for the Min-joon / Song-I loveline. Fortunately this time it's at least understandable why Min-joon is staying mum about the difficulties in his life. This would be a heck of a time to start worrying Song-I with problems neither of them can do much a job solving. Especially given there's only a few episodes left and we still have to wrap up all the previously existing plotlines.
Speaking of which, Hwi-kyeong is still confronting his brother,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 17 2014/02/13,
Well it's back to normal I guess. The apparent romantic development of the last episode is pretty much replaced by the usual zany antics here. I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed. Yeah a crisis point was pretty clearly identified and it's understandable that these two react badly but come on. If it seems like these two lapse back into old habits at the slightest excuse it's difficult to imagine this relationship has much of a long term future. It's all right to go back into comedy staples but at this late stage of the drama we really need to be looking into a better climax,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 16 2014/02/12,
It's all about the romance at this point as "My Love from the Star" moves into the territory of explicit love confessions. Starting now, Song-I and Min-joon are a couple. Not exactly right away, but the interplay they have with each other turns explicitly playful. It's not just a matter of context or only one person being serious / silly at a time. They're on the same wavelength now, and it heightens the contrast of some of the gags.
Note, for example, that it's no longer necessary for them to play games where the first person who makes the confession is the loser,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk's shift in generations 2014/02/12, Source,
A shift is quickly occurring amongst Hallyu Stars.
Actors Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are the four top Hallyu actors and they have been evolving at a rapid rate. They are leading the shift in generation from the primary Hallyu generation, which would be Bae Yong-joon and others. These new Hallyu stars have been expanding their fan population like LTE, which make them global stars because of their limitless boundaries between international and domestic fans.
A person in the media claims, "Unlike the Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo generation, the newer Hallyu stars have been appealing to the world with a more friendly approach in various works. They have been able to expand their fan base with real time VOD and development of technology and the Internet, as well as SNS services",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 15 2014/02/06,
The drama has once again entered a cool-down period. The initial emphasis is on Song-I making a recovery. Also her daddy issues. Which honestly seemed rather light. Partly this may be bad timing. "The Prime Minister and I" just made a point in its final episodes that a long absentee parent is not necessarily welcomed back with open arms unconditionally. So it's rather odd seeing the usually acerbic Song-I just kind of...accept the fact that the first time she has seen her father in years was after a near death experience.
Hwi-kyeong's dilemma is a far more interesting one,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 14 2014/02/05,
Be forewarned- most of this episode is just a flashback. Don't worry, the drama's not screwing around with you or anything. Within the first few minutes it will immediately be clear what happened after Song-I made that jump, and how Min-joon reacted to the news. You'll be waiting until the end, though, to find out what Min-joon is doing in full, which is just as well. The man spends so much time not taking the situation seriously, I really want to enjoy it when he finally snaps,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 13 2014/01/29,
I suppose Song-I's reaction to the fact that Min-joon has superpowers was probably inevitable. Song-I's a loud forceful woman and has consistently been one throughout the entire drama- so of course she's going to try to bully more information out of Min-joon. Give an inch, take an ebb or so they say- although maybe if you give a mouse a cookie would be a more modern reference? The analogy, at least, is probably more relevant.
Bear in mind that for the most part we know exactly as much about Song-I as Min-joon does, given that we were all introduced to the character at the same time. So it comes off as reckless on his part to share anything important with her,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 12 2014/01/23,
I'm beginning to think that Hwi-kyeong is the real main character here. The apparent apathy everyone else has toward the murder subplot makes a lot more sense if we look at it from his perspective. Hwi-kyeong has gotten very suspicious of his brother, yet even as his investigations bring him to more unsettling truths, Hwi-Kyeong is hesitant and reluctant to fight out in the open because, again, this is his brother. It's only slowly dawning on Hwi-Kyeong that he may be the only person in a position to stop the man. Consider the conflict this way- Hwi-kyeong is so bothered about all this he's barely even paying attention to Song-I anymore, whereas before that was his only apparent motivation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 11 2014/01/22,
The byword for this episode is curiousity. There are lots of questions posed this time that for the most part aren't answered. But then, that's the entire point. It's easy to see how Jae-Kyoung has been able to operate for so long- even though the Lee family still goes to the trouble of having family dinners they seem to react to matters of curiousity and gossip with mild disdain. I guess they just prefer eating in stony silence.
Granted, there are reasons for people to not want to engage in such trivialities,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 10 2014/01/16,
This has to rank among the slowest moving murder plotlines I've ever seen. It needs to be emphasized- nearly every character already has all the information they need about the plotline. The only explanation for their constant hesitation and dithering is...well, because we have wacky subplots to get to. It's apparently now Song-I's goal to get Min-Joon recognition as her manager. There are also various other mishaps involved, as is to be expected in the woman's daily life.
The storyline is cute and comical, sure. But it's also horribly out of joint with the rest of the narrative. I'm not even totally sure why Min-Joon is going along with this,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 9 2014/01/15,
I have to wonder what kind of benefits Jae-Kyoung is offering to his minions. They seem rather nonplussed, not just at having received orders to commit murder, but also at the fact that their plans were foiled by what appears to be a superhero. Personally, that's the moment when I would start thinking that the pay probably isn't worth the risk. Min-Joon could execute all of these people easily if he wanted to. Note how the police are a lot less aggressive, even though they have actual legal authority and less knowledge concerning Min-Joon's true abilities. That's because they have a better sense of tactics and self-preservation. Or maybe it's just the writing- it's not like these characters are explored deeply enough for that to be clear,...More
[HanCinema Feature] Yin-Yang Jang: "Secretly and Greatly" Vs. "Bedevilled" 2014/01/10, Jang Cheol-soo's yin-yang recipe for monster success... Something strange happened while I was watching Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly"; a stark shift that threw me away from Ryoo-hwan's light-hearted comedy antics, and then dumped me in a rain-slapped realm of abandoned apartments, blood, and bullets. The film had switched genres on me, transformed itself from a lurid and laughable land into a dark and depressing action-orientated abyss.
This re-creation of the world, from a goofy K-comedy to action noir, was not entirely a surprise, and I began to think back to Jang's debut film, the gorgeously grotesque "Bedevilled", and realised that a very similar narrative pattern exists there too. Both films seem to be noticeably split, fractured really, into two distinct halves: two genres, not smoothly mixed, but loosely overlapped and singed on either end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 8 2014/01/09,
The disinterest Song-I and Min-Joon exhibit in regards to the murder attempts on her life has gotten rather absurd. Although, I don't know, maybe Song-I actually believes that she checked herself out of the hospital, drove off to a cliff in the middle of nowhere, and that her brakes by sheer coincidence gave out at the exact same time she regains consciousness of what's going on? I mean, it's possible. It just sounds really dumb.
If Song-I was at least under the assumption that this entire event was a dream sequence, her apathy regarding the situation would be somewhat understandable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 7 2014/01/08,
The drama takes a turn for the repetitive here. I don't necessarily mean in terms of things that we've actually seen, though there is plenty of that. More threats, more danger, more of Min-Joon using his powers in increasingly inefficient, increasingly easy to detect to ways rather than confronting Song-I's looming enemy directly. And Song-I, too, continues to be silly and childish in a way that is really unbecoming to a woman her age,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "Secretly and Greatly": Dreamy agents and their rude awakening 2014/01/04, In the Spotlight this Week: "Secretly and Greatly" by Jang Cheol-soo
In 2010 Jang Cheol-soo burst onto the scene with the gorgeously grotesque thriller "Bedevilled". It was a horrific event that stunned all those who dared indulge, and tagged Jang as one crafty talent to keep an eye on, reportedly "the best find of 2010". Since his bloody debut, however, Jang has deprived the public of a subsequent session and we have had to eagerly wait for his next cinematic outing. That wait was over when in June, 2013 "Secretly and Greatly" hit the circuit: a complex action drama that broke the all-time single day ticket haul for a Korean film with 919,036 stubs sold. Fans flooded the theatres to catch Jang's second outing, and the film eventually climbed its way to 6.9 million admissions to became the 5th highest grossing Korean movie of the year.
"Secretly and Greatly" follows three young North Korean sleeper cell agents embedded within a warm village community. Ryoo-hwan, Hae-rang, and the youngster Hae-jin, all went through intense training back home and represent the North's most promising secret servants,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 6 2014/01/02,
Notwithstanding the crisis point at the last cliffhanger, this episode irons itself out without too much drama or danger. Unfortunately Min-Joon doesn't seem to have learned too much from this experience. I'm sure ice-fishing with his buddy is lots of fun, but when there's a murderer running around with good reason to kill Song-I, waiting until the last minute all the time is probably unwise. Even if the man in question has time-stopping superpowers.
While Min-Joon may not have thought through the situation fully, "My Love from the Star" as a whole is clearly making a point of holding the focus on it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 5 2014/01/01,
Up until now the characters in this drama have been almost entirely reactive. This isn't a complaint- just a sort of odd observation considering who these people are. Min-Joon has superpowers, and could choose to do practically anything- he just doesn't want to. Meanwhile, Song-I is on the top of the world as far as her career goes- yet for most of this episode she's reduced to hiding out in Min-Joon's apartment rather than going out and facing her problems.
Emotionally speaking, we get a picture of just how fragile Song-I is as she lists off a proud accomplishment to Min-Joon, and Min-Joon is later on forced to try and shield her from the worst of how her...well...lack of reaction has created a whole new host of issues,...More
[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "My Love from the Star" 2013/12/28,
Spiced-up fantasy plots in romantic works have been popular for a while in Korean drama. With 2013 having brought with it everything from mind-reading to ghosts, 'My Love from the Star' came with a bit of a more unusual, but definitely more interesting approach. So how does a romantic drama about an alien's love with a human fair? So far, for what it seems to be building itself up to, it's doing well,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 4 2013/12/26,
This drama's emphasis on cynicism and negativity is the main interesting hook holding all the action together. This episode runs into a slight problem, though, in that Song-I's general unlikability makes it extremely difficult to sympathize with her when she runs into a problematic situation. Her petty actions to date have been self-destructive, and hurt the people who enable her, but the damage has been relatively easy to contain. Here, someone unrelated to the main plot has been straight up murdered and Song-I is in possession of important information relevant to that event.
For whatever it's worth, the victimized woman was probably not a good person. "My Love from the Star" gets credit for not just pretending like Song-I is a singular bad apple,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 3 2013/12/25,
I'd just like to take a moment to admire Yoo Joon-sang's role here as Section Chief Yoo. Yes, it's a fairly minor role, which for the most part only relates to the characterization of one of the secondary characters. But I just love how delightfully angry he gets! Corporate culture is serious business, and look at this new guy, failing to work himself to death for the amusement of his betters. It's funny stuff, and surprisingly relevant.
Because here's the thing- "My Love from the Star" is clearly trying to make a deliberate theme out of putting unlikable characters into sympathetic situations, which kind of confuses the emotions,...More
Song Kang-ho, Jeon Do-yeon Named Most Memorable Actors of 2013 2013/12/23, Source, Song Kang-ho (left) and Jeon Do-yeon
A record 227.8 million people had watched the 623 films screened in Korean theaters this year as of Saturday. Multiplex chain CGV says data from U.K. media research firm Screen Digest show that every Korean watched on average 4.12 films in cinema this year, beating the U.S'. 3.88 films per person to top the world for the first time. Some films were good, others a way of killing time. The Chosun Ilbo and booking site Maxmovie asked 2,622 people who were the most memorable actors and what the most memorable films of the year,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Love from the Star" Episode 1 2013/12/18,
Min-Joon (played by Kim Soo-hyeon-I) is an alien who seems to hate just about everything. He's not so gauche as to actually state it outright, but this is clearly someone who has seen all that there is to see of the world and is consequently completely sick of it. I'm going to guess that in his past four hundred years on Earth, Min-Joon has figured out the basics of human emotional facial expressions, and is just choosing not to use them anymore because he's just that indifferent.
His opposite number here is Song-I (played by Jeon Ji-hyeon) a woman who...you know, it's actually not as easy to pin her down,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "My Love from the Star" 2013/12/14,
Nuna romances are nothing new in Dramaland and given the main audience for romantic series is slightly older women, this will not be changing anytime soon. Since the type is used so often, it is necessary for each show to add a different spin on things. 'My Love from the Star' offers one with some very intriguing potential. It begins airing on December 18th,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.06.28 ~ 2013.06.30 2013/07/01,
Marc Forster's "World War Z" continues its reign at the top of the Korean box office. Forster's post-apocalyptic horror cleared 933,807 (46%) admissions during its second weekend appearance, giving Brad Pitt's latest 3.1M admissions to take to the bank. The film cost $190M to produce and has already comfortably grossed $259M worldwide ($124M of which came from its own U.S. screenings). Last week the film easily dislodged Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly" at the top, pulling in over 800,000 tickets more than Jang's highly successful second feature. This week the Korean showing was a little limp, with only "Secretly and Greatly" and Kim Yong-gyoon's "Killer Toon" making the grade.
Summertime is horror time in Korea, and with that comes Kim's new film "Killer Toon" starring Lee Si-yeong, Eom Gi-joon and Kim Hyeon-woo. The film opened its account with 390,729 (18.6%) admissions and follows the webcomic creator Ji-yoon (played by Lee Si-yeong),...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.06.21 ~ 2013.06.23 2013/06/24, Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly" gets denied a third week at the top courtesy of the Hollywood adaptation "World War Z". The rights to Max Brooks' post-apocalyptic horror were claimed in 2007 by Brad Pitt's own Plan B Entertainment, and tells the tale of a retired UN employee (Pitt's character Gerry Lane) who travels the world in order to stop the zombie pandemic. The film opened in Korea with 1,303,675 (55.56%) admissions, nudging the star-studded "Secretly and Greatly" down one place with 504,997 (20.32%).
Jang Cheol-soo made his debut in 2010 with psychological horror "Bedevilled", a brutally graphic revenge flick that earned him a number of local awards, including four Best New Directors titles. Three years later and Jang emerges with "Secretly and Greatly", an action comedy with a number of popular faces that seemed destined for success,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.06.14 - 2013.06.16 2013/06/17, Jang Cheol-soo's second directorial effort "Secretly and Greatly" managed to just outplay "The Man of Steel" for another impressive weekend at the top. The action comedy added a little over a million admissions to bring its total count to 5.2M. That makes it the third highest grossing Korean film of the year behind "The Berlin File" (7.1M) and "Miracle in Cell No. 7" (12.8M). Starring Kim Soo-hyeon-I as the sleeper cell agent Ryoo-hwan, "Secretly and Greatly" tells the tale of three North Korean spies adapting to South Korean life, but things get a little interesting when word comes down that they are to committed suicide. Jang Cheol-soo was the man behind the 2009 psychological thriller "Bedevilled" and has worked on a number of Kim Ki-duk's films since 2002. "Secretly and Greatly" marks an interesting turn of genre for this exciting Korean director and has been attracting a lot of attention in Korea since its release earlier in the month,...More
Kim Soo-hyeon-I applying for university 2013/06/16, Source, Kim Soo-hyeon-I posted on a community website a while ago.
This was when he was preparing to apply for university. He said, "I'm a repeater Kim Soo-hyeon-I. I am getting ready to apply for university. I've applied for Chung-Ang, Hanyang, Sungkyunkwan, Gungook, Gyeonggi, Kyunghee and Seokyeong universities. I've been chosen for the second interviews and I'm working hard in preparing the acts, skills, questions and answers. I wish for good results",...More
'Secretly and Greatly' Blazes Trail at Box Office by Tapping Teen Audience 2013/06/10, Source,
Director Jang Cheol-soo's "Secretly and Greatly" hit the 3-million mark in terms of cinema attendance on Sunday, just five days after it was released. The hit movie attracted 1 million moviegoers in 36 hours and 2 million in 72 hours as it continues to set a series of new records in the history of Korean cinema. It attracted a record number of daily spectators (919,000) on Thursday, saw the most tickets booked before its release, and reached the 1-million mark faster than any other Korean film to date. The film is a light-hearted comedy revolving around three North Korean agents who disguise themselves, respectively, as a village idiot, a rock star and a high school student while they await their orders from Pyongyang. When their mission turns out to be an order to commit suicide, due to a sudden power shift in the North, none are best pleased,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Secretly and Greatly" 2013/06/08,
Ryoo-hwan (played by Kim Soo-hyeon-I) is the ultimate result of intensive North Korean military training. He has near super-human reflexes, incredible combat ability, rock-hard abs, and sweeping deductive combat abilities. For this mighty warrior, the North Korean government has an essential mission. Go to South Korea and pretend to be mentally retarded indefinitely until given further instructions.
There's only really one joke- contrasting the super-cool Ryoo-hwan with his retarded alter ego. This actually works a lot better than it should,...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
Seoul City Urges Teen Idols to Stop Advertising Liquor 2012/12/22, Source,
The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Monday said it will write to liquor manufacturers, talent agencies and advertising firms urging them to stop using stars with an appeal to young audiences to advertise alcoholic drinks. If they fail to cooperate, the city government said it will turn to the National Tax Service to audit them for any financial irregularities. The city said it means any celebrities who are popular among young people and capable of influencing them, including singers, actors and athletes,...More
Pieta Wins Top Prize at 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards 2012/12/01, Source,
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the award for best film of the year at the 33rd Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul on Friday night. While accepting the grand prix at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, Kim described his film as a reflection of extreme capitalism where money rules over all. He also expressed his hopes that the South Korean society would become one that's centered around people and not money,...More
As Busan Goes 5-Star, Luxury Hotels Feel the Heat 2012/10/20, Source,
Five-star hotels in Busan are engaged in a frenzied spate of renovations to hold off the challenge of ramped-up competition as a number of major luxury hotel chains are building new properties in the coastal resort city. Experts say this reflects the enhanced status of Busan as a tourist destination. Hyatt will open its Park Hyatt Busan near the Suyeong Bay Yachting Center in February. Designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, it will boast 269 rooms including 69 suites, a handful of restaurants and a range of other amenities,...More
K-drama leads 'hallyu' 2012/08/21, Source, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, top right, embraces his onscreen love interest Han Ga-in in a scene from "The Sun and the Moon" ,a popular MBC drama. / Courtesy of Pan Entertainment
This is the 10th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwon Mee-yoo, Rachel Lee A variety of soap operas, from trendy shows to epic series, grace the small screen from morning till night. The popularity of Korean TV dramas has spilled over the nation's borders since the late 1990s, igniting "hallyu", or the Korean wave,...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
Bill to ban alcohol ads by young celebrities 2012/06/29, Source,
Figure skater Kim Yu-na appears in a local beer advertisement. / Korea Times file
By Kim Rahn Figure skater Kim Yu-na and CL of girl group 2NE1 may not appear in beer commercials anymore, because a lawmaker plans to present a bill banning athletes and entertainers aged-under 25 appearing in alcoholic drink ads. The move is aimed at putting the brakes on alcoholic marketing that targets youngsters. Rep. Lee Elisa of the ruling Saenuri Party, a sports star-turned-lawmaker, said Thursday she has decide to propose a revision to the National Health Promotion Law to prevent TV ads for alcoholic beverages having athletes and entertainers under that age as models,...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
Baek Sang Awards 3 : last years winners compete again 2012/04/25, Source,
While the 48th Baek Sang Arts Awards is about to open once again, historical dramas look like they are on a roll. The competition between the 3 ground wave companies for the grand prize is also something else of interest.
For the one year of movies and TV programs from the three companies, the Baek Sang Arts Awards will be awarding 13 categories in total, including drama, entertainment, education and popularity awards as well,...More
Ko Ah-ra is the new face for digital camera with Kim Soo-hyeon-I 2011/05/30, Source,
Actress Ko Ah-ra is the new face for digital camera brand Canon Korea Consumer imaging, says SM Entertainment on the 31st.
Canon revealed, "Ko Ah-ra's image fits well into the 20s preference and her attraction from her various images chose her to be our new model. We believe the new model will be the catalyst for vitalizing the new compact camera market".,...More
"Dream High 2" hypothetical lead character? "Park Eun-bin vs Park Jin-young 2011/03/17, Source,
As the drama "Dream High 2" is believed to go into production, there are questions about who will be the new lead characters. There have been rumors about 'Sam-dong's brother' to 'Yang Jin-man as main role', and other various scenario's as well as the question if the cast from season 1 would exist.
It is known that KBS will start production of "Dream High 2" in timing of the next winter break and due to be aired next year. Previously a "Dream High" spokesperson talked about some possibilities to Seoul Newspaper NTN, "There haven't been any details formed. However, season 2 is being positively looked over".,...More
"Dream High" acting beginner Suzy, has grown 2011/02/15, Source, Suzy's acting skills have constantly been progressing.
Suzy plays the role of Ko Hye-mi in the KBS 2TV drama "Dream High" and is surprising viewers as every episode goes with her improving act. Acting for the first time of her life, in the beginning of the drama, Suzy was caught in a issue for her inaccurate pronunciation and vocals, awkward expressions and so on but she is getting over this. It's not the most sophisticated but now she's capable of emotional acts.,...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
Actors shiver in the cold 2011/01/23, Source, Actors shiver in this unknown cold.
There have been continuous cases where the actors have been taken to the hospital due to lack of strength in the continuous cold and lots of filming outside.,...More
[REVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" - 1st Episode 2011/01/04, Source,
KBS series "Dream High" [KBS]
KBS2 Monday & Tuesday 9:55 p.m.
KBS drama "Dream High" takes off at seven years from now, with singer "K", a graduate of Kirin Art School, appearing at the Grammy Awards ceremony. Chung Ha-myung (Bae Yong-joon), the director of Kirin High, reminisces on how all he did was strike a "break shot" (the first shot in billiards that scatters the balls). The problem with the first episode of "Dream High" was in those balls. The way Ko Hye-mi (played by Suzy), the so-called genius in vocal music, jeers at popular culture went beyond arrogance to make it seem forced and the scene where Jin-guk (Taecyeon) easily fights off the men who are after Hye-mi, several loan sharks including their boss (Ahn Kil-gang) who are after her father, or the overuse of slow motion was cliche enough to be seen in a scene of an online comic book,...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
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" 2010/12/28, Source,
Casts from KBS series "Dream High" : Starting from left JOO, Wooyoung, Eom Gi-joon, Taecyeon, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Ham Eun-jeong, Lee Yoon-ji, IU etc., [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia
Co-produced by Bae Young-joon of KEYEAST and Park Jin-young of JYP Entertainment and starring members from idol groups 2PM, T-ara and miss A and female singer IU, it is obvious what KBS TV series "Dream High" wishes to be -- a drama which shows how the 'dream factory' really works along with the hardships young trainees go through to become a star, a drama about young people, and a drama where idols stars are the main characters. "Dream High" shows where it is headed to from the beginning with the story starting in the year 2018 with a man named 'K' from Korea sweeping the Grammy awards to become a world star and Jung Ha-myung (Bae Young-joon), the director of Kirin High School of Art, reminisces on the time when he himself was a freshman at the school,...More
2PM Wooyoung, miss A Suzy cast for "Dream High" 2010/11/04, Source, 2PM member Wooyoung (left) and miss A Suzy (right) [JYP Entertainment]
2PM member Wooyoung and miss A's Suzy will both be making their acting debut in the upcoming KBS music TV series "Dream High", a highly anticipated co-production between top Korean entertainment firms JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and KEYEAST.
The show's promoter announced Thursday that Wooyoung has been cast for the role of Kevin, a skilled dancer from overseas, while Suzy will be playing the role of Ko Hye-mi, the prettiest girl at a performing arts school who dreams of becoming the next Jo Sumi (famed female soprano),...More
2PM Taecyeon cast in new KBS musical drama 2010/11/02, Source, 2PM member Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
K-pop idol Taecyeon will be showing off his acting skills once again, this time as one of the male leads in KBS' musical TV series "Dream High", a much-anticipated collaboration between Korea's top entertainment firms JYP Entertainment (JYPE) and KEYEAST.
JYPE announced in a press release Tuesday that Taecyeon has been cast as Jin-kook in the upcoming show, a skilled dancer that has been kicked out of a school for performing arts but transferred back by request from the chairman of the school,...More
Japanese media turns eyes to Kim Soo-hyeon-I 2010/03/25, Source,
Korean actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I featured in Japanese magazine "Brokore" [BOF Korea]
Japanese journalists have started to turn their attention to Korea's Kim Soo-hyeon-I, signaling that the young actor may be headed toward gaining recognition in the country.
Kim's agency BOF Korea said Thursday that the actor was featured in the April issue of "Brokore", a Hallyu magazine in Japan, while also named one of the up and coming stars to watch for this year in the spring issue of another Hallyu publication named "Hallyupia",...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I 2010/01/12, Source, Interview with the actor who appeared in SBS TV series "Father's House" and played the actor Ko Soo's younger part in SBS TV series "Will It Snow for Christmas??"
Actor Kim Soo-hyeon-I [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
My name isKim Soo-hyeon-I. Some people are curious to know why I didn't make a stage name since my name is the same as that of the great scenarist Kim Su-hyun...... What would be good? Kim Soo-gyum? Kim... Carley? Hahahaha. I was born on February 16, 1988. I major in acting at Joongang University. I'm an only child but a brusque son at home. I still do call out for my mom though when I get startled. My first part-time job was at a fastfood restaurant when I was in high school. But I got fired in the first three days because I couldn't get there on time after school. I still got paid for those three days though and how I was happy when I saw the money wired into my account. I heard that you're supposed to buy a pair of socks for your parents when you get paid for the first time so that's what I did... My mom never wore them though. I think I should've bought her socks with lace on it instead. I once learned how to do mountain climbing. It was back when I was in high school and I used to climb boulders and even took part in competitions. I didn't win because I fell during the second course...... But I've also learned how to scuba dive. I put in an effort to learn sports that aren't usually easy to learn.,...More
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