[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.08 ~ 2013.11.10 2013/11/11,
"Thor: The Dark World" has lit up the top of the Korean box office once again, claiming 655,484 (37%) over 711 screens to advance its total tally now to just over 2 million admissions. Marvel Comic's epic sequel has already grossed $327 million, almost doubling its production budget of $170 million as comic fans, kids, and cinephiles continue to pour in to the theatres to watch Mr. Odinson save the Earth day once again. The highest local flick came in the form of Park Hong-soo's "Commitment", an action drama that tackles Korea's fractured national identity and has Choi Seung-hyeon's character torn between higher powers and those he holds dear. "Commitment" is the Park's debut feature and in it he enlisted the help of director/screenwriting Kim Soo-yeong ("Color of Woman", "Vampire Cop Ricky"). Last week no less than six Korean features found themselves in the top tier, however November's second weekend was less forgiving and forcefully ejected "Days of Wrath", "Hwayi : A Monster Boy", and "Top Star" from proceedings,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "No-Breath" 2013/11/01,
The promotional material for this movie proudly states that "NO-BREATH" is the first Korean film to be made entirely about serious competitive swimming. Actually, I'm not sure any country has made a movie about competitive swimming before, or at least not one I can remember offhand. It seems strange considering the elements are there. Just make it a sports movie like any other sports movie, and add copious camerawork of dashing handsome young men with their sexy chests in full focus.
In terms of those particular goals, "No Breath" accomplishes what it set out to do. The very attractive, largely male cast are able to pump out a passable coming-of-age story as two rivals duke it out to become Korea's greatest swimmer,...More
NO-BREATH 2013/11/01, Source, "NO-BREATH"
Genres: Drama and Sports
Running Time: 118 min.
Directed by: Cho Yong-sun
Starring: Lee Jong-suk, Seo In-guk, Kwon Yoo-ri
Synopsis: Won-il used to be a promising swimmer like his championship swimmer father. After his father's death from a swim competition, where he was doing his specialty called "no breathing", his mother also passes away. Losing hopes, he quits swimming for good and lives like there is no tomorrow with his easy-going attitude. When he is being dropped out of school, his father's longtime friend Jae-seok drags him to get into a physical education high school to start swimming again. There he meets his long-ago rival Woo-sang, who was always overshadowed by Won-il. His return is unwelcomed by Woo-Sang but Won-il does not care. Then there is Jae-seok's daughter, Jeong-eun who captures both Won-il and Woo-sang's hearts and reignites the rivalry between the two,...More
Lee Jong-suk pleases fans with picture of abs 2013/08/07, Source, Lee Jong-suk is currently residing in the Philippines for the movie "NO-BREATH" after "I Hear Your Voice". He posted on the 7th and said, "Are you all well? The weather's nice, the views nice but why do I want to go home? I want to see my mother. I am so tired. I need to listen to "Cheer Up" by Girls' Generation".
Lee Jong-suk is wearing a swimsuit in the picture with a 'V' on his hand. Another thing that catches the eye is the fact that he has a firm ab. Fans say, "Too revealing!", "My eyes have been cleansed", "So fair and muscular" and more,...More
[Spoiler] [Raine's Recaps] Fashion King: Episode 2 2012/06/25, Source,
This episode takes the crazy amalgamation of loan sharks, replica fashion, impoverished heroines, chaebol second leads, evil mothers and one ups it. It was sort of all over the place. We have too many different elements floating around that I'm not sure where they came from. But I do know one thing - EVERYTHING is connected. How they will manage to do it in a believable fashion, I do not know. Or maybe they won't.
That said, it was entertaining. Yoo Ah-in was hysterical/heart-breaking. Kwon Yoo-ri finally made her appearance, albeit briefly. She was pretty good actually! *thumbs up* Ga-young's character got WAY more interesting and I'm falling in love with actor Lee Je-hoon. Waiter, bring me one of those,...More
Korean celebrities criticized for racism 2012/03/09, Source,
A screen shot of Lee Gi-kwang, a member of boy band BEAST who appeared in a local TV program in blackface in 2010
NEW YORK ― For many Koreans, "blackface" gags may simply be old-school comedy with no harm behind it _ but not so much for African-Americans.
And with a series of blackface performances by Korean celebrities spreading online, their animosity toward Koreans as a whole is rising,...More
'We Will Present Enjoyable Performance at MAMA'
2011/11/30, Source, Girls' Generation
All the Korean singing groups who appeared in the "2011 M.net Asian Music Awards" (MAMA) said on November 29, "We will present an enjoyable performance". During the press conference held at Singapore Sands Expo & Convention Center, all the cast members agreed with the idea. The leader of Girls' Generation, Tae Yeon, who could not attend last year's MAMA, said, "We are attending MAMA after such a long break, so we highly anticipate this event. We have prepared our song in a completely different version, and we want that people can enjoy our song,...More
Girls' Generation targets global fame 2011/10/18, Source, Girls' Generation will release its first-ever maxi single in the U.S. next month. / Korea Times
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Girls' Generation reveal their new song "The Boys" today, aiming to hit the world with a powerful, strong image.
During an interview prior to their third studio album in Korea and the first-ever maxi single to hit the United States in November, the girls seemed excited to be returning to the local music scene,...More
Girls' Generation Tiffany to resume group activities 2010/12/20, Source, Girls' Generation (from left to right) Sooyoung, Tiffany and Yuri (Kwon Yoo-ri) [SM Entertainment]
Korean female idol Girls' Generation member Tiffany will resume her activities with her groupmates this week after having taken a break to recover from her knee injury.
SM Entertainment announced in a press release on Monday that Tiffany will make her comeback appearance on Japan's Fuji TV's "Mezamashi TV", a weekly news show, on December 23 to sing their hit song "Gee",...More
2010 MelOn Music Awards - About time to come honest 2010/12/17, Source, Girls' Generation at the 2010 MelOn Music Awards Ceremony on December 15, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Artists from SM Entertainment were nowhere to be seen at the 2010 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA). The same thing could be said of YG Entertainment at this year's Golden Disc Awards Ceremony that came after. But at the MelOn Music Awards held at the Peace Hall of Kyung Hee University on December 15, all three major agencies -- SM, YG and JYP Entertainment (JYPE) -- gathered together, proving the influence the nation's largest online music contents site has over even the 3 largest houses in the music industry.
Unfortunately, the quality of the actual ceremony which went on for three hours and was hosted by actor Song Joong-ki, hardly matched up to the fame of guests who gathered that day,...More
Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(x) calendars to be released 2010/11/22, Source, Girls' Generation (left) and SHINee (right) [Danal]
A 2011 calendar featuring the photographs of SM Entertainment artists Girls' Generation, SHINee and f(X) will become available for preorders tomorrow.
The calendar's creator Danal announced on Monday that they will release a desk top and wall version of the calendar featuring individual and group pictures of the popular K-pop stars. It will also be available as an application for smartphones,...More
[INTERVIEW] Girls' Generation - Part 1 2010/11/03, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Q: You placed first on Oricon's singles chart. How did it feel? Tiffany: We all cried. We were performing on stage when news came that we took third place with our first single "Genie" but we still all cried upon hearing about it. When we took No. 1, I woke up to a text message saying we got first place (laugh) and I cried as soon as I saw it. Q: Before, your seniors went to Japan with the mindset that they are starting their singing careers all over again. But you acted like pop stars from overseas from the very beginning. How have you been treated in Japan? Hyoyeon: I think the Japanese people we have met are just naturally kind and polite rather than us having received any form of special treatment. Tiffany: I think I've rather gone back to the mindset of when we debuted three years ago. And I've become more cautious as well. But I told myself I should have fun even though we're overseas. Jessica: I was tearing up from the moment we held our showcase because I was so excited. I could hear our fans' cheering before going on stage so my heart was overflowing with joy from the fact that the venue was full,...More
[INTERVIEW] Girls' Generation - Part 2 2010/11/03, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Q: In "Hoot", you each take turns receiving the spotlight. Is there anything that you pay particular attention to when you each sing your parts?Taeyeon: What I was surprised while monitoring ourselves was that each member was putting on facial expressions as well while doing the choreography. And I thought that must look refreshing for the third person. And I wanted us to be able to express ourselves in line with the lyrics. Q: Sunny and Jessica, you each sing in very unique voices in your parts. What had the director asked of you?Jessica: That I sing in a sharp voice. We each went with how we feel based on that. Sunny: When we were recording, the director said there's a part where my voice sets the basic tone for when we sing altogether, so he asked I sing in a really unique voice. As if I was being strangled. (laugh),...More
Girls' Generation sweeps mobile charts in Japan with "Gee" 2010/10/29, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Korean female pop stars Girls' Generation has continued to create a big splash in Japan, sweeping mobile music charts with their second Japanese single.
According to Japan's Recochuku's weekly mobile music chart on October 28, "Gee", which was released in the country last week, took first place, while becoming the most downloaded track on the Video Clip chart and several other charts including music.jp, Hudson, JOYSOUND and mora,...More
K-POP Goes Beyond Asia By Internet 2010/09/07, Source,
△ SM Town Concert in USA
"YouTube plays an important role in attracting fans from all around the world". -A representative of SM Entertainment
A representative of SM Entertainment (hereafter refers to SM), Kim Young Min, said, "The world's famous video-sharing website, YouTube, has played the role of an engine to attract fans from all around the world",...More
SM artists attract 15,000 fans to LA concert 2010/09/06, Source,
SM artists performing at the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles [SM Entertainment]
The artists of SM Entertainment made their second stop of their "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" in the United States over the weekend, drawing some 15,000 fans to the Staples Center in Los Angles,...More
[PHOTOS] SM tour 2010/09/03, Source, Lee Dong-hae, Minho and Eunhyuk [SM Entertainment]
From left, Super Junior's Lee Dong-hae and SHINee's Minho goof off in front of a sleeping Super Junior member Eunhyuk in a plane at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on September 2, 2010 as they depart for the U.S. leg of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour" to be held in Los Angeles on September 4,...More
Nearly 100 Internet users accused of posting digitally-doctored nude photos of Girls' Generation in cy,...More
SM vows to create better working environment for artists 2010/07/06, Source,
From left, Girls' Generation member Yuri (Kwon Yoo-ri), National Assembly member Cho Moon-hwan, Girls' Generation member Sooyoung and SM Entertainment President Kim Young-min pose during a proclamation ceremony vowing to protect artists' rights held at Cho's office at the parliament building in Seoul, South Korea on July 6, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Major South Korean talenthouse SM Entertainment (SM), pop group Girls' Generation and National Assemblyman Cho Moon-hwan have taken action to establish a better working environment for artists in the Korean entertainment industry.
The agency on Tuesday held a proclamation ceremony at Cho's office, where they announced that SM and Cho's team will join forces to protect the rights of artists and set up a mutually beneficial contract system across the industry,...More
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