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Today's Photo: April 21, 2017 
Star couple Lee Min-jung (left) and Lee Byung-hun attend the opening of a casino resort in Incheon on Thursday,...More
[Photos] Love looks alike, the most devoted celebrity couples
The Paradise City opening event was held in Incheon on the 20th.
Some of the most devoted couples in the show biz were there,...More
Top married couples in Hallyu: "List of Names" Ji Sung and Lee Bo-young, marriage equals jackpot
Actors Lee Bo-young and Ji Sung were nominated as the couple to hit the jackpot after getting married.
tvN "List of Names" looked through a list of couples who syngergized with each other after getting married,...More
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 : Most Popular Actor in a Movie Nominees List
53nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 : most popular actor in a movie nominees list,...More
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 - Movies : Nominees List
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards 2017 will be held on May, 3 2017, here are the nominees for movies,...More
Today's Photo: March 30, 2017 
Celebrity sisters Jessica (left) and Krystal attend a photo exhibition for a shoe brand in Seoul on Wednesday,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Single Rider"
Jae-hoon (played by Lee Byung-hun) is a fund manager currently living in South Korea having sent his wife Soo-jin (played by Gong Hyo-jin) off to Australia a year prior. A bad situation leaves Jae-hoon deciding to cross over the ocean himself to see what exactly Soo-jin has been up to, although for various reasons Jae-hoon is reluctant to try and approach her directly. He actually ends up talking more to Jin-ah (played by Ahn So-hee), a young traveler who like Jae-hoon has met a similar unwelcome fate,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jeong's son in leather jacket
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's son is a fashionista.
Lee Min-jung posted a picture of her son saying "Little angel" on her Instagram,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.02.24 ~ 2017.02.26
M. Night Shyamalan's Split breaks local films' reign...
For the first time this year since "Your Name", a foreign film has stepped up and claimed pole position in Korea's box office. Local delights have been dominating since mid-January ("Confidential Assignment", "The King", and "Fabricated City"), but M. Night Shyamalan's new film, Split (starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley), arrived last Wednesday and came out on top during its first weekend out,...More
Single Rider (2016)
Genres: Drama Running Time: 97 min. Directed by: Lee Zoo-young Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Gong Hyo-jin,...More
[Interview] "Hwarang" Jin Ju-hyeong, "I want to go to Hollywood like Lee Byung-hun"
He's good looking and he has an attractive, low-toned voice. He is actor Jin Ju-hyeong.
He recently starred in the KBS 2TV drama "Hwarang" and he had an interview with TV Report,...More
Korean movies opening today 2017/02/22 in Korea
Korean movies opening today 2017/02/22 in Korea: "Lucid Dream", "Single Rider" and "Miraculous",...More
Today's Photo: February 18, 2017 
Actress Ahn So-hee attends a press preview of the film "Single Rider" in Seoul on Friday,...More
Upcoming Korean movie "My World Only"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "My World Only"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Park Jung-min to star in "My World Only"
Actors Lee Byung-hun and Park Jung-min are meeting in the movie, "My World Only" as brothers.
JK Film announced this fact on the 1st of February,...More
[Photos] Added new posters for the Korean movie 'Single Rider'
Added new posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider",...More
[Photos] Added new posters for the Korean movie 'Single Rider'
Added new posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider",...More
Movie Audiences Dwindle for 1st Time in 7 Years
Movie audiences have dwindled for the first time in seven years. The number of moviegoers hit 200 million for the first time in 2013 and had been rising steadily since, but the Korean Film Council on Thursday said they dwindled by 280,000 last year to 217 million,...More
[Video + Photos] Second trailer and press photos released for the Korean movie 'Single Rider'
Second trailer and press photos released for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider",...More
Today's Photo: January 17, 2017 
Actress Ahn So-hee poses at a press event for her new film "Single Rider" in Seoul on Monday,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Gong Hyo-jin and Ahn So-hee in "Single Rider"
The cast of "Single Rider" were at the premiere of the movie "Single Rider" on the 16th.
"Single Rider" is about a father of a family who disappears to Australia in search of his family after a distressed-debt incident. The movie features Lee Byung-hun, Gong Hyo-jin and Ahn So-hee and it comes out in February,...More
[Photos] Added new stills and release date for the Korean movie 'Single Rider'
Added new stills and release date for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider",...More
Gong Hyo-jin's New Year's Greetings
Gong Hyo-jin was at the premiere of the movie "Single Rider" on the 16th.
"Single Rider" is about a father of a family who disappears to Australia in search of his family after a distressed-debt incident,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.13 ~ 2017.01.15
Japan's highest-grossing anime retains pole position...
Makoto Shinkai's romantic fantasy "Your Name" is now the highest-grossing Japanese anime in history having recently overtaken Hayao Miyazaki's classic, "Spirited Away" (2001). Shinkai's critical acclaimed masterpiece entered the Korean market January 4 and became the first Japanese anime to enter in pole position in over a decade. During its second weekend out, "Your Name" added another 739,079 admissions (30%) and moved its total tally in Korea now to 2.4 million ($17.2 million). Worldwide, "Your Name" has grossed $290 million, enough to overtake "Spirited Away"'s $289 million,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets
Korea's "City of Film" gets a serious cash injection, Justin Lowe reviews Jo Eui-seok's "Master", Netflix's first Korean original series will be web comic, and for the first time in over a decade a Japanese anime has topped Korea's charts,...More
[Photos] Added new poster for the Korean movie 'Single Rider'
Added new poster for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2017.01.06 ~ 2017.01.08
Japanese anime "Your Name" enters in pole position...
For the first time in over a decade, a Japanese anime has entered at the top of the South Korean box office. Makoto Shinkai's fantasy romance anime "Your Name" (based on Shinkai's own novel of the same name) officially opened on Wednesday after becoming the second-highest grossing anime film in Japan late last year where it banked over $288 million (Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away", the highest-grossing anime, sits on $289 million). From 944 screens, "Your Name" captured 31.3% of the sales (832,040 admissions) to dislodge last weekend's number one, Jo Eui-seok's crime flick "Master",...More
[HanCinema Awards] Conclusion of the First Annual HanCinema Awards
The First Annual HanCinema Awards has concluded successfully thank to you, HanCinema Readers! With over half a million votes in fifteen categories, you let your voices be heard and we couldn't be more pleased! Thank you so much for joining us on this great adventure into film and drama!,...More
[Video] First trailer released for the Korean movie 'Single Rider'
First trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider",...More
[Photo] Added new still for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider"
Added new still for the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2016.12.30 ~ 2017.01.01
"Master" marches into 2017 over "Rouge One"...
After an impressive opening over Christmas weekend, Jo Eui-seok's crime thriller "Master" (starring Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin) – Jo's fourth film after "Cold Eyes", "The World of Silence" and "Make It Big" – remained atop the chart by attracting 1.3 million admissions (44%). Despite a small cut in screens, which dipped from 1,501 to 1,261, and the arrival of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", "Master" managed to carry its success forward into 2017 and move its total tally now to 5.4 million ($36.5 million),...More
'Master' Races to 5 Million Viewer Mark in Less Than 2 Weeks
Members of the cast of "Master" celebrate the film's reaching the 5 million viewer mark in Seoul on Sunday. From left, Lee Byung-hun, Uhm Ji-won, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin /Courtesy of CJ Entertainment
The crime action flick "Master" took just 12 days from its release to draw 5 million viewers, reaching the milestone on Sunday,...More
"Master" breaks through 5 million, Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin's Thank You shot
While the movie "Master" broke through 5 million on New Year's Day, Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won, Kim Woo-bin and Eom Ji-won posed for a picture.
Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won, Kim Woo-bin and Eom Ji-won are posing in front of a "Master" poster with their hands signaling '5 million',...More
Lee Byung-hun Wins Best Actor at Daejong Film Awards
Lee Byung-hun took home the award for best actor for his role in the crime flick "Inside Men" at this year's Daejong Film Awards in Seoul on Tuesday.
The film, directed by Woo Min-ho, collected four more awards out of 23 categories -- best film, best production, best director and best scriptwriter,...More
Today's Photo: December 28, 2016 
Actor Lee Byung-hun attends the annual Daejong Film Awards in Seoul on Tuesday,...More
[Photos] 53rd Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) 2016 Red Carpet Event
53rd Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) 2016 Red Carpet Event. The ceremony was presented by Kim Byeong-chan, Gong Seo-young and Lee Tae-im,...More
53rd Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) 2016 Winners
53rd Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) 2016 winners during the ceremony presented by Kim Byeong-chan, Gong Seo-young and Lee Tae-im,...More
Lee Byung-hun, 10 'Best Actor' awards in a row
Actor Lee Byung-hun was awarded the Best Actor at the Daejong Awards. This makes it 10 in a row.
The 53rd Daejong Film Awards was held on the 27th,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Film - And the Winner Is...
Welcome to the final week of the First Annual HanCinema Awards. After two weeks of voting, the first of the results are in! HanCinema thanks all of you readers for joining in and making this successful! We couldn't have done it without you, so enjoy all these fine gentlemen of Korean cinema.,...More
Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun on a date with their son
Actress Lee Min-jung released a picture during a date with her husband and son.
She posted the picture on Instagram, a day before Christmas Eve saying, "Team Lab World",...More
Actor Kim Woo-bin Says Good Roles Come to Those Who Wait
Kim Woo-bin has returned to the big screen in the crime action flick "Master", which was released on Wednesday. Just six years since his debut, the model-turned-actor is already one of the hottest stars in the showbusiness. To be sure, his heartthrob appeal has helped his career, but Kim has charmed the critics just as much as he does his many fans,...More
Genres: Action and Crime Running Time: 143 min. Directed by: Jo Eui-seok Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won, Kim Woo-bin,...More
Korean movie opening today 2016/12/21 in Korea
Korean movie opening today 2016/12/21 in Korea: "Master",...More
Kim Tae-ri, "I drank with Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun after the Blue Dragon Film Awards"
Kim Tae-ri recalled the time she won an award at the Blue Dragon Film Awards.
SBS "Celebrity News" interviewed Kim Tae-ri,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Film
The year of 2016 brought the world some brilliant Korean cinema that was daring, inspiring, and bold. Not only did film make a splash in Korean, but it traversed across oceans to reach welcoming audiences. From December 16 to December 23 you can vote for your favorite film of the year. Results will be revealed during the last week of 2016!,...More
[Interview] "Master" Lee Byung-hun, "Short break, family and baby care"
Lee Byung-hun mentioned his family as his refuge.
Lee Byung-hun has had a busy year as he appeared in the Hollywood movie "The Magnificent Seven", made a short appearance in the movie "Secret Agent" and he starred in "Master" with Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin. In 2017, he's coming out with films "Single Rider" and "Namhansanseong Fortress",...More
Lee Byung-hun kisses another woman in front of his wife Lee Min-jung
Apparently Lee Byung-hun kissed another woman in front of his wife Lee Min-jung.
A Hong Kong media reported recently that Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung had an after party with Han Hyo-joo and other Korean friends after the MAMA on the 2nd. Lee Byung-hun was an award presenter and Lee Min-jung accompanied him,...More
[Video] Special trailer released for the Korean movie 'Master'
Special trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Actor in a Film - Cast Your Vote!
The first vote of the HanCinema Awards is here: Best Actor in a Film! Voting will be open from December 10 to December 17 and results will be out the last week of 2016!,...More
[Photos] Added new behind-the-scene stills for the Korean movie 'Master'
Added new behind-the-scene stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
[USA & Canada] South Korean Crime Thriller "Master" debuts in N. America on January 6, 2017
Asia's leading studio CJ Entertainment, the signature film division of major media and content company CJ E&M, is releasing the action-packed South Korean crime thriller, "Master" in theaters across North America on January 6, 2017. The film will have viewers at the edge of their seats as they follow a high-tech cat and mouse chase to stop one of the biggest corporate frauds in history,...More
Today's Photo: December 6, 2016 
Kim Woo-bin smiles at a red carpet event for his new film "Master" in Seoul on Monday,...More
Today's Photo: December 2, 2016 
Actress Park Ha-seon arrives at Incheon International Airport on her way to the annual Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on Thursday,...More
Today's Photo: November 26, 2016 
Bae Doona (left) and Ha Jung-woo arrive at the annual Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul on Friday,...More
[Photos] 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 Red Carpet Event
The 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 Red Carpet Event. The ceremony was hosted by Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Joon-sang,...More
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 Winners
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 winners. The ceremony was hosted by Kim Hye-soo and Yoo Joon-sang,...More
Who will win the top prize at the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards?
2016 was full of movies of diverse genres and colors. This year's Blue Dragon Film Awards is expected to be competitive.
Success, cinematic quality and performance are taken into account for The Best Actor prize and it's going to get messy. There are five actors whom we can't possibly compare and they are Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Ha Jung-woo, Kwak Do-won and Jung Woo-sung,...More
[Video] Third character video of Kim Woo-bin released for the Korean movie 'Master'
Third character video of Kim Woo-bin released for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
[Video + Photos] Added new character videos and posters for the Korean movie 'Master'
Added new character videos and posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
[Photos] Updated cast and added script reading images for the upcoming Korean movie "Namhansanseong Fortress"
Updated cast and added early poster and script reading images for the upcoming Korean movie "Namhansanseong Fortress",...More
8 Top Celebrities Confirmed for Round 1 Lineup for Mnet Asian Music Awards
The 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards revealed a star-studded lineup,...More
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 Nominees
37th Blue Dragon Film Awards 2016 nominees list,...More
Today's Photo: November 15, 2016 
Kim Woo-bin, Lee Byung-hun and Gang Dong-won (from left) pose during a press junket for their new film "Master" in Seoul on Monday,...More
Kim Woo-bin Creates Character Full of Emotion For Upcoming Movie, "Master"
The main teaser photos of Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin have been released for the upcoming movie, "Master".
On November 14, the main teaser revealed the captivating pursuit between fraudulent criminals and the head of the intelligence crime investigation team,...More
[Video + Photos] Added new trailer and stills for the Korean movie 'Master'
Added new trailer and stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
[Photos] Added new stills and on-the-set images for the upcoming Korean movie "Master"
Added new stills and on-the-set images for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
[USA] 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival begins November 11
The 14th Annual New York Korean Film Festival Announces Lineup for November 11th to November 13th, 2016 at the Museum of the Moving Image The Korea Society's New York Korean Film Festival returns to New York City's Museum of the Moving Image on November 11 to 13 for its yearly celebration of the best in Korean cinema.,...More
[Photos] Added new posters for the Korean movie 'Master'
Added new posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
Lee Byung-hun and Son Ye-jin, Yeongpyeong Awards indeed and other winners
Actors Lee Byung-hun and Son Ye-jin won the Best Actor and Best Actress Award at the 36th The Korean Association of Film Critics Awards,...More
[Photo] Added new Lee Byung-hun still for the Korean movie "The Age of Shadows"
Added new Lee Byung-hun still for the Korean movie "The Age of Shadows",...More
[Interview] Kim Jee-woon with The Lady Miz Diva
In the 5 years since our last chat with Director Kim Jee-woon, he made a full-fledged Hollywood film and then returned to South Korea to create his latest box office smash, "The Age of Shadows". Director Kim spoke with me about his spy thriller, based on real events during the Japanese occupation of Korea, as it premiered in New York City as part of Korean Movie Night.
We talked about his 20-year collaboration with acting legend Song Kang-ho, Oscar consideration, the influence of John Cassavetes and James Coburn, and he revealed the name of the lead actor for his long-awaited adaptation of "Jin-Roh". Oh, and his leading lady, Han Ji-min, makes a cute cameo.,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Addicted"
The 00's decade signaled a trend where romantic films were injected with supernatural and/or mystery elements, in order to stand out from the plethora of entries in the category. "Ditto" and "Il Mare" are two distinct samples, as is the case with "Addicted".
Two brothers, race-driver Dae-jin and carpenter Ho-jin live happily in the same house along with the wife of the latter, Eun-soo. One day, both siblings get into traffic accidents at the same time, although in different incidents,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung with Lee Yoon-mi and her daughter
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung took a picture with Lee Yoon-mi and her daughter.
Lee Yoon-mi posted a picture on her Instagram on the 12th,...More
2016 APAN Star Awards Winners
2016 APAN Star Awards Winners,...More
[Photos] The 2016 APAN Star Awards Red Carpet Event - Actors
The APAN Star Awards, hosted by Lee Honey and Shin Dong-yup on October 2nd, is a part of the 2016 DMC Festival which being held from October 1st to the 11th. All channels and dramas were in the spotlight for this event and 16 candidates were nominated for the Grand Prize.
More photos of actors on the Red Carpet event after the jump,...More
[Photos] Added new behind-the-scenes images for the Korean movie "The Age of Shadows"
Added new behind-the-scenes images for the Korean movie "The Age of Shadows",...More
[Video] Added new Song Kang-ho X Lee Byung-hun reunion on-the-set video for the Korean movie "The Age of Shadows"
Added new Song Kang-ho X Lee Byung-hun reunion on-the-set video for the Korean movie "The Age of Shadows",...More
Lee Byung-hun Wants to Go Farther with New Hollywood Western
Lee Byung-hun's latest film "The Magnificent Seven", directed by Antoine Fuqua, is set to hit theaters here on Wednesday for the first time in the world. This is his sixth Hollywood film after "G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra", "G.I Joe: Retaliation", "Red 2", "Terminator Genisys" and "Misconduct",...More
Today's Photo: September 13, 2016 
Lee Byung-hun attends a press preview of Hollywood blockbuster "Magnificent Seven" in Seoul on Monday,...More
[Video] First trailer released for the Korean movie 'Master'
First trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Master",...More
[Interview] Gong Yoo, "I suffered by myself and tried hard"
"The Age of Shadows" Song Yoo hit 10 million this summer with "Train to Busan". This time he's holding hands with producer Kim Jee-woon.
He seems like a crybaby, seeing as that he says he had to struggle to make the movie work but he was serious. He's honest and serious. In an interview, producer Kim Jee-woon had said, "Gong Yoo was good" but Gong Yoo said, "You could have told me that on site".
Gong Yoo 'struggled' to be Kim Woo-jin in "The Age of Shadows". Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo put together made two large mountains,...More
Lee Byung-hun taking pictures with Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke
Actor Lee Byung-hun took pictures with Hollywood actor Ethan Hawke.
BH Entertainment released pictures on its official Instagram saying "The making of "Magnificent 7"",...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets
The Hollywood Reporter picks actor Lee Byung-hun's brain in New York, KOBIZ's new infographic puts "Train to Busan"'s success into perspective, discover five modern Korean films that play at your heartstrings, and did you know works of romance were once banned in North Korea?,...More
'The Age of Shadows' Han Ji-min, the only female lead among actors, showcases her classy elegance
Han Ji-min. who is returning to the big screen with her role in "The Age of Shadows", has unveiled her mesmerizing fashion pictorial.
Warner Bros. Korea has revealed Han Ji-min's pictorial for fashion magazine Elle on August 18th,...More
[Guest Film Review] "A Bittersweet Life"
Violent thrillers featuring gangsters have been S. Korean cinema's most successful export genre for many years, with quite a large number of films of the genre still being shot in the country. "A Bittersweet Life" is another entry in the category, which, despite not reaching the standards of the masterpieces of the genre (The Chaser, I Saw the Devil) is still, quite entertaining,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Kim Min-hee, actor and actress of the year
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Kim Min-hee have been chosen as 'The Actor and Actress of the Year'.
The Korean Directors' Association announced the winners of the '2016 Directors' Cut Awards' on the 8th. Lee Byung-hun from the movie "Inside Men" and Kim Min-hee from "The Handmaiden" are the winners. Director Na Hong-jin from "The Wailing" is the Director of the Year,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets
Netflix plans to expand its offerings in South Korea, The Hollywood reporter reviews "One Way Trip", Lee Byung-hun honoured in America, and find out how Asian animations did at Annecy this year,...More
Goddess of the streets Lee Min-jung
Actress Lee Min-jung posted pictures on her Instagram.
She's currently in New York with her husband Lee Byung-hun. She looks excited about the trip,...More
Lee Byung-hun heads to US with Lee Min-jung
Actor Lee Byung-hun departed for the States for the New York Asian Film Festival with his wife Lee Min-jung.
The couple left on July 4th. The NYAFF is one of the most famous festivals in North America and Lee Byung-hun's "The Insiders" has been sent an invitation,...More
Upcoming Korean drama "Advance"
Added the upcoming Korean drama "Advance"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Park Chan-wook to Vote on Oscars
Park Chan-wook (left) and Lee Byung-hun
Actor Lee Byung-hun, star directors Park Chan-wook and Lee Chang-dong, and DreamWorks cinematographer Jhun Yong-duk were inducted into the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Bo-young to come back with SBS drama "Advance"
Actor and actress Lee Byung-hun and Lee Bo-young are starring in the new SBS drama "Advance". They haven't signed contracts yet but they have a great amount of faith in the writer Park Kyeong-soo so it's very likely they are going to go with it.
Lee Byung-hun's comeback is actually quite meaningful as the last drama he starred in was the 2009 KBS 2TV drama "IRIS" which holds a record of over 40% in viewing percentage. Then he starred only in movies which were a timeless hit. In 2014, he was blackmailed by a couple of women in their 20s but he gained his reputation back with the movie "The Insiders" and diluted all negative views about him. Now he's back with a drama for the first time in 8 years,...More
Upcoming Korean movie "Namhansanseong Fortress"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Namhansanseong Fortress"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Moviegoers Prefer Older Stars, Watching Alone
Hwang Jeong-min and Kim Hye-soo have been named the most popular actor and actress in an email survey of 10,286 people by the Chosun Ilbo and ticketing site Max Movie. Kim was also voted best actress, while best actor went to Song Kang-ho. All three are all in their 40s, while only a few stars in their 20s made it into the top 10. The results clearly reflect the changing demographic of moviegoers in Korea,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets
Darcy Paquet shares his experience of translating Korean films into English, "I Saw the Devil" gets reviewed on Movie Pilot, KOBIZ has an infographic detailing the top superhero films released in Korea, and find out if Na Jong-jin's latest thriller ("The Wailing") hits the mark,...More
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 Winners in Movies
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 winners in movies,...More
Lee Byung-hun VS Yoo Ah-in VS Song Joong-ki, who will take home the Baeksang Arts Awards?
Who is going to be the face of Baeksang?
The 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards is being held on the 3rd of June at the Seoul Kyeonghee University. The Baeksang Arts Awards brings TV and movies together and picks the most popular stars to take home the trophy,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's investment in real estate
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's home was revealed.
The tvN show "List of Names 2016", dealt with the topic, 'Those who succeeded in real estate investments',...More
[Asian Filmist Guest Post List] 5 Korean movies to watch from 2015
While it is 2016 currently and Korean films are starting to pick up, it's good to look back at last year's films.
For many people, the end of last year was the era of Star Wars, since episode 7 came out. However, while Star Wars was watched by many Koreans here in Seoul, 2015 Korean films held their own. In fact, another movie, the Himalayas, outsold the famed science fiction film on opening week,...More
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : Most Popular Actor in a Movie Nominees List
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 : most popular actor in a movie nominees list,...More
52nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 - Movies : Nominees List
2nd Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 will be held on June, 6 2016, here are the nominees for movies,...More
Yoo Ah-in vs Song Joong-ki, Baeksang Arts Awards unveils list of nominees
The 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards has unveiled a list of their nominees. The 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards will be held at 8:30 PM on May 3rd at the Kyung Hee Grand Peace Palace in Seoul.
The nominees for TV dramas include SBS' 'Six Flying Dragons', MBC's "She Was Pretty", KBS 2TV's 'Descendants of the Sun' and tvN's 'Answer Me 1988' and "Signal",...More
Pictures from Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's son's 1st birthday party go viral
Photos from actor actress couple, Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's son, Joon-hoo's 1st birthday party have been revealed online.
In the afternoon on April 26th, a posting came up on an online community under the title: Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's son's 1st birthday party,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won, Kim Woo-bin all together attend gosa ritual wishing for the success of their movie, 'Master'
Movie "Master" recently had a Korean traditional sacrificial ritual, 'gosa' to wish for a success of the production.
"Master" is "Cold Eyes" director Jo Eui-seok's next film project starring the powerful golden lineup, Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won, Kim Woo-bin as well as Eom Ji-won, Oh Dal-soo, and Jin Kyung. The filming begins on April 23rd,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Seoul" April 5th-11th
I had lots of reasons for going back to Seoul even though I didn't especially want to- the one I most want to discuss is the Chunsa Film Art Awards. Because I have pictures, you see, of Yoo Ah-in getting all misty-eyed as he accepts his top acting prize for "The Throne". Really, the man seemed absolutely touched that he actually won. Which seems reasonable. He was up against Choi Min-sik, Jeong Jae-yeong, Lee Byung-hun, and Ahn Sung-ki. And don't say Yoo Ah-in won by being young and handsome, since that same night Ra Mi-ran of all people won the audience popularity award,...More
Lee Byung-hun expresses his love for Lee Min-jung by sending a truck to "Please Come Back, Mister" set
World star Lee Byung-hun sent a food truck to the "Please Come Back, Mister" set.
He sent the truck to the drama set on the 19th last month. He wanted to treat his wife Lee Min-jung and the rest of the team to some good food for their hard work,...More
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2016 Nominees
Chunsa Film Art Awards 2016 nominees list,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Ji-hyeon, Yoo Ah-in and Jeon Do-yeon at the 2016 Chunsa Film Awards
Actors Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Ji-hyeon, Yoo Ah-in and Jeon Do-yeon are competing for the Best Actor and Actress at the 2016 Chunsa Film Awards.
The Awards is being held on the 5th at COEX. Chunsa Na Woon Gyu Film Festival is a nonprofit competition to pay tribute to the passion and fighting spirit of movies. The award consists of 10 categories including the Best Director, the Best Actor and the Best Actress,...More
Song Joong-ki was skillful on KBS News 9
Song Joong-ki did it again. He answered silly questions with right answers. Although he is the first actor to sit at the KBS News Desk, he was modest and bold at the same time.
Song Joong-ki was interviewed on the news due to his rising popularity in "Descendants of the Sun". He appeared on the KBS 1TV "News 9" on March 30. Lee Byung-hun and Rain were previously featured on the news on a weekday night, but Song Joong-ki is the first actor to appear on the 9 O'clock news,...More
Song Hye-kyo Continues Winning Streak in Hit Soap
Song Hye-kyo continues her winning streak with KBS' series "Descendants of the Sun" both in Korea and beyond.
Song already has three TV soaps under her belt in her 20-year career that generated more than 40-percent ratings --"Autumn in my Heart" in 2000, "All In" in 2003 and "Full House" in 2004 -- and has starred opposite the country's leading heartthrobs, from Song Seung-heon to Hyeon Bin,...More
[Interview] Jin Goo, "Mind controlling because of "Descendants of the Sun" popularity"
Jin Goo debuted in 2003 with the SBS drama "All In". He played Lee Byung-hun's childhood role and left a strong impression. Thirteen years later now, Jin Goo is doing an outstanding job.
Jin Goo is starring in the KBS 2TV drama "Descendants of the Sun". He poses as a soldier and one so realistic it's hard to know if he was actually born to be one,...More
[Asian Film Awards] Yoo Ah-in on red carpet show off irreplaceable presence
Yoo Ah-in attended the 10th Asian Film Award at the Venetian Hotel in Macau on March 17th.
Yoo Ah-in was invited to the festival as the leading actor in "Veteran". Yoo Ah-in walked red carpet in a black tuxedo. His soft smiles provoked cheers from his fans on the venue,...More
The 10th Asian Film Awards today, will Lee Byung-hun win?
The 10th Asian Film Awards is being held in Hong Kong and Lee Byung-hun, Park So-dam, Oh Dal-soo and others are headed there.
The AFA is being held in the Venesian Theater in Macao. The AFA chooses 9 countries and 36 movies for 15 different catergories,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Gong Hyo-jin and Ahn So-hee to star in "Single Rider", to start in Australia on the 21st
Actor and actresses Lee Byung-hun, Gong Hyo-jin and Ahn So-hee are starring in the new movie "Single Rider" starting this 21st in Australia.
"Single Rider" is a mystery thriller about a man of issue going dark suddenly one day. The movie is the debuting work of Director Lee Zoo-young from the Korean School of Arts,...More
Yoon Yeo-jeong, Jeon Moo-song and Yoon Kye-sang's 'The Bacchus Lady' invited to Hong Kong Film Festival
Yoon Yeo-jeong, Jeon Moo-song and Yoon Kye-sang's 'The Bacchus Lady' has been invited to Hong Kong Film Festival.
According to the administration office of the festival on March 14th, film director Lee Jae-yong's 'The Bacchus Lady' has been invited to the 40th Hong Kong Film Festival, which begins on March 21st. Lee Byung-hun and Cho Seung-woo's 'Inside Men: The Original' also has been invited to the festival and will be shown during the festival,...More
Lee Byung-hun pays a surprise visit to 'Please Come Back, Mister' filming set to cheer for his wife Lee Min-jung
It has been known that Lee Byung-hun paid a surprise visit to the filming set of SBS' Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Please Come Back, Mister".
A source in the broadcasters circle told TV Report on March 12th, "Lee Byung-hun came over while "Please Come Back, Mister" filming was going on in the Nonhyeon-dong area around at midnight last March 8th",...More
Today's Photo: March 11, 2016 
Singer and actress Seolhyun poses at the 5th Marie Claire Film Festival in Seoul on Thursday,...More
From Lee Byung-hun to Seolhyun, Marie Claire film festival reveals behind-the-scenes images
The fifth Marie Claire Film Festival took place at the Cheongdam CineCity in the afternoon on March 10th.
This year's award recipients include Lee Byung-hun for his role in 'Inside Men: The Original' for Pioneer Award, Seolhyun for her role in 'Gangnam Blues' for Rookie Award, Busan International Film Festival team for Special Award,...More
"TV News At Night" Lee Byung-hun, "Lee Min-jung told me not to be nervous"
Lee Byung-hun said his wife Lee Min-jung cheered on his Academy appearance.
SBS "TV News At Night" followed Lee Byung-hun to Hollywood where the Academy Awards was held,...More
Today's Photo: March 1, 2016 
Actor Lee Byung-hun arrives on the red carpet for the Academy Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday,...More
Lee Byung-hun at the Academy Awards as presenter, Jo Sumi cancelled
Lee Byung-hun was at the Academy Awards as a presenter.
He is the first Korean to have stood on the stage of the 88th Academy Awards. He was a presenter for the foreign movies category,...More
Jeon Do-yeon, "'Queen of mellow' is something I still want to hear when I'm older"
Jeon Do-yeon is known as 'the queen of mellow' and 'the queen of Cannes'. She's back with traditional mellow.
Jeon Do-yeon stars in the movie "A Man and A Woman" which is about a man and a woman who are attracted to each other in Finland. She takes on the role of Sang-min, who is a domestic and hardworking woman,...More
Lee Byung-hun to Present Oscar
Actor Lee Byung-hun has been invited as a presenter at this year's Academy Awards, his agency BH Entertainment said on Saturday. The ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 28, has come under fire for the overrepresentation of white artists in the nominations,...More
Upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Single Rider"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Gong Hyo-jin to play a married couple in new movie 'Single Rider'
Lee Byung-hun and Gong Hyo-jin will play a married couple in movie "Single Rider". According to the multiple sources in film industry on January 23rd, Lee Byung-hun and Gong Hyo-jin are discussing the offers for "Single Rider" positively.
A man is pushed to the edge of his life once he loses everything at once. He now leaves to Australia to meet his wife Soo-jin and his son Jin-woo, who had left to the country for the son's education abroad. The suspense movie is anticipated to deliver the story structure of the well-written screenplay,...More
[Spoiler] 'Madame Antoine' Han Ye-seul is a cute fake fortuneteller
The first episode of JTBC's "Madame Antoine" showed how the fake fortuneteller, Ko Hye-rim (Han Ye-seul), who believes in the fantasy of love, and the psychologist, Choi Soo-hyeon (Seong Joon), who cannot feel love, first met,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Inside Men"
In recent years the domestic political situation in South Korea has taken a turn for the worse. The two major political parties have never gotten along that well, but public expressions of bald contempt are now all too common. I bring this up mainly to explain why "Inside Men" exists in the form it does. "Inside Men" is a classic Korean-style gangster drama disguised as a political thriller. Even so, several factors give away the film's true form- the violence, the sex, and the general motivation,...More
[Video] 30s Trailer released for the Korean movie 'Inside Men: The Original'
30s Trailer released for the Korean movie "Inside Men: The Original",...More
Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo, Lee Seung-gi, Psy, and Ko So-young together at one spot
Actress Lee Jung-hyun shared a part of her recent activities.
On December 2nd, Lee Jung-hyun posted on her personal Instagram, "Beginning New Year with cool people! Watched 'Inside Men: The Original'. It's still fun to watch it again",...More
Korean movies opening today 2015/12/31 in Korea
Korean movies opening today 2015/12/31 in Korea "Inside Men: The Original" and "Dear Dictator",...More
Lee Byung-hun gives out free hugs
A promise was fulfilled by "Insiders" team for making the 6 million mark,...More
[Video] Upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men: The Original"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men: The Original"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Beautiful as ever, Lee Min-jung's calendar pictorial has unveiled
Actress Lee Min-jung has unveiled her pictorial in a calendar format.
Lee Min-jung posted a photo of herself on her personal Instagram with a short caption saying "2016 Calendar",...More
Lee Byung-hun, Yoo Ah-in and Han Hyo-joo to be awarded the 2015 Top Star Award
Actors and actress Lee Byung-hun, Yoo Ah-in and Han Hyo-joo are being awarded the Korean Top Star Prizes.
Also, the winners of the popular award are Kim Soo-hyun and Choo Ja-hyun, and the most popular stars in Korean movies are Byun Yo-han, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Yoo-young and Park So-dam,...More
Upcoming Korean movie "Master"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Master"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung seen out together
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung were seen out together.
The picture of them was posted on Instagram,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin to star in "Master"
Actors Lee Byung-hun, Gang Dong-won and Kim Woo-bin are starring in the movie "Master".
"Master" is produced by Jo Eui-seok who also created "Cold Eyes". The movie is about an intellectual crime investigation team and a notorious fraud surrounding the greatest case of fraud,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.12.11 ~ 2015.12.13
"Inside Men" moves closer to 6 million while "The Priests" counts its blessings...
Woo Min-ho's action drama "Inside Men" enjoyed yet another weekend atop the Korean box office, moving its total tally now 5.9 million admissions ($40.4 million). The film, which stars Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo, and Baek Yoon-sik, opened in Korea November 19 and has managed to ward off all challenges to remain the country's film of choice,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.11.27 ~ 2015.11.29
Local Delights Dominate as "Inside Men" and "The Priests" hold true at the top...
Woo Min-ho's "Inside Men" retained the top spot in the charts over the weekend and managed to increase its admissions share to 55.4%. The film, which stars Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik, claimed 1.2 million admissions across 1,129 screens (up from last weekend's 1,075) to move its total tally to 3.5 million ($24 million). There was no real challenge to its dominance as its closest rival, "The Priests", earned the attention of just 237 thousand moviegoers (10.8%),...More
[In-depth] Chungmuro is reassured, the state of active male stars in their 20s and 30s
The year 2015 is proud to say it created two 10 million hit movies; "The Assassination" and "Veteran". The performances of actors in their 20s and 30s stood out and they moved not only the female crowd but the male crowd as well and it is a big development for Korean movies. We take a look at who stood out this year and who we look forward to next.
- Lee Min-ho's first successful screen debut with "Gangnam Blues",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.11.20 ~ 2015.11.22
"Inside Men" dislodges "The Priests" for first...
After three weeks at the top of the pile, Jang Jae-hyeon's mystery drama "The Priests" has given way to Woo Min-ho's third feature, "Inside Men". Last weekend "The Priests" topped the chart by claiming over a million admissions (47%), but in the wake of the release of Woo's new thriller, Jang's popular flick slipped to second with 487 thousand admissions (20%). Since its release early November, "The Priests" (starring Kim Yun-seok and Gang Dong-won) has attracted over 4.4 million filmgoers and banked over $30 million in the process,...More
Inside Men (2015)
Genres: Crime and Drama
Running Time: 130 min.
Directed by: Woo Min-ho
Starring: Cho Seung-woo, Lee Byung-hun, Baek Yoon-sik
Synopsis: Lee Kang-hee, an editor at an influential conservative newspaper, puts lawmaker Jang Pil-woo to the position of a leading candidate for presidency using the power of the press. Behind this, there was his secret deal with the paper's biggest sponsor. Ahn Sang-goo, a political henchman who supported Lee and Jang, gets his hand cut when he is caught pocketing the record of the sponsor's slush fund. Woo Jang-hoon, an ambitious prosecutor, starts to investigate the relationship with Jang and the sponsor believing it is the only chance he can make it to the top,...More
Korean movies opening today 2015/11/19 in Korea
Korean movies opening today 2015/11/19 in Korea: "Inside Men", "Under the Sun", and "Kuru Kuru and Friends: The Rainbow Tree Forest",...More
Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik in "Inside Men", the movie of their lives
It looks like Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik are going to experience the movie of their lives.
"The Inside Men" is being anticipated by fans all over the country as they want to see the three actors as their characters as soon as possible,...More
[Interview] No misunderstandings before conversing: Cho Seung-woo
There's a lot of talk about Cho Seung-woo.
There are rumors that he is sharp, he's bad-tempered, he hates side scripts and that he doesn't do musicals unless he's paid a lot. Most of them are exaggerated or just plain rumors. He's not frequently published in media and it's hard to see him anywhere besides musicals and movies so he hasn't really had a chance to explain himself. Of course, there was no need to,...More
[Photos + Video] Added new posters and video for the Korean movie 'Inside Men'
Added new images and videos for the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men",...More
52nd Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) 2015 Nominees
52nd Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) 2015 nominees,...More
Park Shin-hye, "Congratulations Asia Today!"
Actress Park Shin-hye congratulated Asia Today on its 10th anniversary.
Hallyu stars EXO, Girls' Generation, Kim Joon-soo from JYJ, Infinite, Sistar, Girl's Day, Apink, AOA, Rainbow, Kara, Wonder Girls, Shinhwa, Block B, Beast, ZE:A - Children of Empire, BtoB, April, Sonamu, and other top singers sent their greetings,...More
Lee Byung-hun, "I am nervous every time I work... I want to be a good actor"
It's been a long time. Lee Byung-hun sat down saying, "I'm looking forward to it".
There has been a lot going on. Last year, Lee Byung-hun was blackmailed of 500 million won by two young women who had a video of him. This story was fully revealed and affected his image as an actor. He became a father in March but he couldn't express how happy he was. Then his fourth Hollywood movie "Terminator: Genisys" was released and so was "Memories of the Sword" although he only showed his face every now and then.
Finally, he's having an interview for the movie "Inside Men" which is coming out this 19th. He filmed the movie while he was going through tough times. In this heavy subjected yet speedy political drama, he plays the role of Ahn Sang-goo, a political gangster who used to be a chairman at once but was betrayed to the ground and is out for revenge,...More
[Photos] Added new stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men"
Added new stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men",...More
Lee Byung-hun, the Hollywood star without a smile
Actor Lee Byung-hun is attending the premiere of the movie "Inside Men" on the 2nd.
"Inside Men" is a criminal movie about the loyalty and betrayal of inside men who move the society of Korea,...More
[Video] Characters trailer released for the Korean movie 'Inside Men'
Characters trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men",...More
[Los Angeles] CJ Entertainment Celebrates 20 Years of Korean Film History with Screenings November 5-7
Conversations with Director JK Youn of "Ode to My Father" and Hwang Dong-hyeok of "Miss Granny" to follow screenings Two special screenings of Bong Joon-ho films including premiere of Digitally remastered "Memories of Murder" and Rare showing of "Mother - 2009" in black and white,...More
[Video + Photos] Added new official trailer and posters for the Korean movie 'Inside Men'
Added new official trailer and posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men",...More
Remastered Version of 'JSA - Joint Security Area' Released
The remastered version of "JSA - Joint Security Area" was released last weekend, 15 year after the film first came out. The original film has been converted to a digital format, improving the sound and picture quality,...More
[Video] Added new poster and videos for the Korean movie 'Inside Men'
Added new images and videos for the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men",...More
"Inside Men" Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo, Baek Yoon-sik
Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik's "Inside Men" is coming out next month and the premiere was held on the 8th.
From casting to the original web-toon, producer Woo Min-ho had an unusual confidence about him. He said, "This movie is of the actors, by the actors for the actors",...More
Lee Min-jung, looking fresh as ever
Lee Min-jung posted a picture on her Instagram on the 6th saying, "It's so tasty here".
She's posing in a picture after dinner with some friends. She's wearing a hat and is dressed all in black. She looks as beautiful as ever,...More
[Photos] Added new poster for the upcoming re-release of the Korean movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area'
Added new poster for the upcoming re-release of the Korean movie "JSA - Joint Security Area",...More
[Video + Photos] Added new teaser trailer and stills for the Korean movie 'Inside Men'
Added new teaser trailer and stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men",...More
[BIFF] Stars talk in Haeundae, Busan
In Busan, stars appear day and night. More and more stars have participated in this year's Busan International Film Festival which celebrates its 20th this year. How exciting, meeting the stars of movies in real life. The stars in Haeundae have been responding to fans' support in various ways.
The opening was hot. The opening ceremony of BIFF was held on the 1st. Although the weather was rough with gale warnings, fans gathered to see their favorite stars,...More
Lee Byung-hun to come back with movie "Inside Men" in November
Writer Yoon Tae-ho's unfinished web-toon and criminal drama is coming out this November. The film features actors Lee Byung-hun, Cho Seung-woo and Baek Yoon-sik.
"Inside Men" is a criminal drama about the loyalty and betrayal of inside men who move the Korean society. The drama was serially published in 2012 but suddenly came to a stop and originates from Yoon Tae-ho's unfinished web-toon "Inside Men",...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's affection for each other
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung were seen out together.
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, an actor from Mexico, posted a picture on his Instagram,...More
[Photos] Added new Kim Go-eun-I and Lee Kyeong-yeong stills for the Korean movie "Memories of the Sword"
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[Photos] Added new Kim Go-eun-I and Junho stills for the Korean movie "Memories of the Sword"
Added new Kim Go-eun-I and Junho stills for the Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
[Photos] Added new stills for the Korean movie "Memories of the Sword"
Added new stills for the Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
[Photos + Video] Added new stills and red carpet video for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Added new stills and red carpet video for the Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
Memories of the Sword (2015)
Genres: Action and Epics
Running Time: 121 min.
Directed by: Park Heung-sik
Starring: Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Go-eun-I, Lee Byung-hun
Synopsis: Three warriors from the Koryo Dynasty lead a riot. Due to the betrayal of Deok-gi, Pung-cheon dies. Deok-gi then tries to persuade Seol-rang to join his side, but she refuses. She then flees with Pung-cheon's sword and his infant daughter. Some 18 years later, Seol-rang is now blind and she trains Pung-cheon's daughter to use the sword for revenge,...More
Korean movies opening today 2015/08/13 in Korea
Korean movies opening today 2015/08/13 in Korea: "Memories of the Sword", "Wonderful Nightmare", "Alice In Earnestland", "SMTOWN The Stage", "Amor", "The Last Comfort Woman", "Factory Complex", and "The Martyrdom",...More
[North America] Well Go USA Presents "Memories of the Sword"
Well Go USA Presents "Memories of the Sword" in theaters August 28th!,...More
News anchor Sohn Suk-hee falls for Kim Go-eun-I's glamor
Kim Go-eun-I, Hong-seol in 'Memories of the Sword' appeared on the August 6th show of JTBC 'News Room', had an interview with anchor Sohn Suk-hee.
Since she debuted through movie 'A Muse', 2012, she swept various new actress awards and has emerged as a hopeful talent on Chungmu-ro. She later established the exceptional filmography including "Monster", 2012, and "Coin Locker Girl". Her outstanding performances have brought her to the position representing actresses in their 20s,...More
Kim Go-eun-I, a fan of "Cheese in the Trap"
Actress Kim Go-eun-I talked about the new tvN drama "Cheese in the Trap".
Media Day was held on the 5th with appearances by director Park Heung-sik, actresses Jeon Do-yeon, Kim Go-eun-I, and actor Kim Yeong-min,...More
[Video] Added new videos for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Added new videos for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
[Video] Added new highlights videos for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Added new highlights videos for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
Will actress Lee Min-jung attend the VIP screening of "Memories of the Sword" on the 11th?
The VIP screening of "Memories of the Sword' will be held on the afternoon of the 11th. It is an occasion for the cast, crew, and director to invite those close to them to come and watch a movie and have a good time,...More
Lee Min-jung's Cosmetics CF... still beautiful after becoming a mom
Actress Lee Min-jung shows us she still got the looks after giving birth.
On the 27th, she uploaded a photo on to her social media accounts of her on the set of her cosmetics CF shoot. Lee Min-jung has been known to actively communicate with her fans via social media,...More
Lee Byung-hun's wife Lee Min-jung says "prior to the marriage, there was no doubt regarding Lee Byung-hun in my heart" She displays trust...
Actor Lee Byung-hun' is in the spotlight currently by opening up to the public at a press junket for his new movie "Memories of the Sword". At the press events held at Lotte Cinema's Konkuk University entrance location on the 24th, Lee Byung-hun said following about the movie being delayed. "I think it may have been because of me. It should have opened earlier, but, considering the mood and circumstances at the time, the opening was delayed". He also apologized to the other actors, the director, and production staff,...More
Today's Photo: July 25, 2015 
Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun-I attend a press junket for their new film "Memories of the Sword" in Seoul on Friday,...More
[Photos + Video] Added new stills and special video for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Added new stills and special video for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
In a public appearance, Actor Lee Byung-hun says "I am deeply sorry"
While making a public appearance at the production junket held at Lotte Cinema's Konkuk University entrance location for his new movie "Memories of the Sword", actor Lee Byung-hun made a public apology regarding the "black mail" incident he was a victim of sometime ago,...More
[Video] Characters video released for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Characters video released for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
Lee Min-jung at after-party of the wedding with Lee Byung-hun
Actress Lee Min-jung released a picture of a party she went to recently.
She posted, "Congratulations on your wedding!" Hashtags included, '#happy', '#GiveMeNiecesAndNephews' and more,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung seen for the first time together
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung were seen together.
Pictures came up online saying, "Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung attended a relative's wedding",...More
[Video] Official trailer released for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Official trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
Lee Byung-hun's first official appearance at "Memories of the Sword" showcase
Actor Lee Byung-hun is coming back from America to attend the premiere of "Memories of the Sword". This is his first official appearance since the blackmail case and many wonder if he will apologize once again.
According to Lotte Entertainment, Lee Byung-hun is going to be at the premiere on the 24th. He's currently busy filming the movie "The Magnificent Seven". He only attended promotional events of "The Terminator Genisys" in America,...More
[Photos] Added new poster and release date for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Added new poster and release date for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
Kim Woo-bin, Kang Ha-neul and Junho's 'Twenty' to be released in Japan
The hit comedy movie, "Twenty", which was released in March in Korea is coming to Japan in November this year.
"Twenty" scored second position at the box office and brought out the explosive reaction from moviegoers, for Kim Woo-bin, Kang Ha-neul, and 'Junho"s great acting performances, who presented the unbelievably hilarious comedy at another level, and director Lee Byung-hun's cheerful and witty creation,...More
"Memories of the Sword" Lee Byung-hun VS Blinded Jeon Do-yeon VS Vengeful Kim Go-eun-I
Stills and classic lines of Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun-I from the movie "Memories of the Sword" have come up.
During the Goryeo times when the sword was all mighty, a man betrayed a woman and she pointed a sword towards him 18 years later. Lee Byung-hun stars as a go-getter, Jeon Do-yeon as a blind sword fighter and Kim Go-eun-I as a revenge fighter,...More
"The Assassination" VS "Veteran" VS "Memories of the Sword"
Summer is the time when the theaters are most competitive. July is near and blockbusters which cost more than 10 billion won, took the plates.
Distributors of these blockbusters spend many sleepless nights during the summer season. "The Admiral: Roaring Currents" set a record last year that no one can break, but this year, it's different,...More
'Memories of the Sword' unveiled 11 still images, Lee Byung-hun VS Jeon Do-yeon
Movie 'Memories of the Sword' has unveiled their 11 still images featuring the charismatic presence of Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Do-yeon.
In the end of Goryeo era when the sword meant the power, a man, who has dreamt of becoming a king, betrays. And then 18 years later, two swords appear to threaten him. The movie depicts the inevitable fate and destiny of the three swordsmen, whose last moments were different apart,...More
Lee Min-jung, nursing at home
Actress Lee Min-jung looks as beautiful as ever even after giving birth.
Woman Sense revealed news about Lee Min-jung in the July issue,...More
Lee Min-jung, a day out
Lee Min-jung was seen for the first time after giving birth.
Woman Sense featured Lee Min-jung in the July issue. She gave birth to her son Joon-hoo in March and is currently recovering,...More
[Video + Photos] Added new teaser trailer and posters for the Korean movie 'Memories of the Sword'
Added new teaser trailer and posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
Lee Min-jung posts selfie for the first time after she delivered baby boy
Actress Lee Min-jung shared a glimpse of her life.
On June 11, Lee Min-jung posted two photos on her personal Instagram,...More
Why Kim Hye-soo and Jeon Do-yeon are so precious
Kim Hye-soo and Jeon Do-yeon are actresses in their 40s. In the Korean movie industry, for an actress to be in her 40s means she's no longer the main act. Movies take up a big part of the culture but it's also an industry where one can only survive if profits are made from investments. Therefore, cinematic quality, completion, influence on the public and cultural values are outweighed by the success of the movie.
Choi Min-sik, Kim Yun-seok, Ryoo Seung-ryong, Lee Byung-hun, Ha Jung-woo and other actors in their 40s have been successful with their movies. Screenplays are focused on them and actresses didn't get as much attention as they did before,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets
Lee Byeon-hun scores another Hollywood role, "Roaring Currents" documentary on the way, Paul Fisher's "A Kim Jong-Il Production" reviewed, and does Marvel's latest show Seoul's ugly side?,...More
Lee Byung-hun to star in "The Magnificent Seven" in Hollywood
Actor Lee Byung-hun is starring in a remake of "The Magnificent Seven" right after "Beyond Deceit". This is Lee Byung-hun's fifth Hollywood movie after the "G.I. Joe" series, "Red 2" and "Terminator: Genisys".
"The Magnificent Seven" was filmed in 1962 in a western village. It's about 7 gunmen. The remade version of it stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and more. Lee Byung-hun plays the role of Billy Rock,...More
Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun's baby shower
While Lee Bo-young and Ji Sung's baby shower pictures are going around, Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun's baby party is in the highlight again.
According to a media source, Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun had a baby shower in LA on the 3rd of February. Apparently Lee Byung-hun prepared the party in secret with the help of friends around him,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets
Hangul Celluloid reviews the strange and unsettling "Vegetarian", Lee Byeong-hun to star in another Hollywood flick, Claudia Kim (Claudia Kim)'s acting career off to a flying start, and find out what South Korean films have been making waves this year,...More
Lee Byung-hun's younger sister Lee Eun-hui hospitalized after car crash
Lee Byung-hun's younger sister Lee Eun-hui got into a car accident in Bundang and was sent to a hospital.
Actor Lee Byung-hun's younger sister and Miss Korea, Lee Eun-hui, 45, got into a car accident and is being treated in a hospital,...More
Things to look out for in Cha Seung-won and Lee Yeon-hee's "Splendid Politics"
The first episode of the new MBC drama "Splendid Politics" is being broadcasted on the 13th. There are three parts to be looked out for.
- Another Gwang Hae-gun story, will "Splendid Politics" be different?
It's another story about the 15th Joseon king. There has been many dramas that deal with the old king recently and "Splendid Politics" is like another version of it. The viewers might be sick of seeing his character portrayed in so many projects. This time the character is written by Kim I-yeong,...More
Lee Byung-hun goes to US for movie
Actor Lee Byung-hun left to the United States for the movie, "Beyond Deceit". He's been by Lee Min-jung's side all this while after she had their baby. He'll be back as soon as possible to take care of her again.
Lee Byung-hun left for America last month and came back on the 27th in time for the baby's birth. Lee Min-jung had the baby on the 31st,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung name their son Lee Joon-hoo
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung named their son Lee Joon-hoo.
According to MS Team Entertainment, the couple decided on Lee Joon-ho as their baby boy's name, but they haven't registered his name yet,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's son...who does he look like?
Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun's management reported on the 31st that the couple had a son.
Lee Byung-hun arrived in Korea on Friday and was with his wife when she went through labor. The mother and child are both in good condition,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung have a baby
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung now have a son.
Both their agencies reported on the 31st of March saying, "Lee Min-jung gave birth to a healthy baby boy on the 31st of March with Lee Byung-hun who returned to Korea last Friday. Both the mother and child are doing well and are recovering",...More
2 Women Get Suspended Sentences for Blackmailing Lee Byung-hun
One of the two women accused of blackmailing actor Lee Byung-hun heads to a court room at the Seoul Central District Court on Thursday. /Newsis
The Seoul Central District Court on Thursday gave two women accused of blackmailing actor Lee Byung-hun a two-year suspended sentence,...More
[HanCinema's Digest] Cinema Snippets
Podcast on Fire's latest episode of "What's Korean Cinema?", Fabien introduces this week's new local releases for MKC, and Lee Byung-hun confirmed for US thriller "Beyond Deceit",...More
Lee Byung-hun blackmail: Dahee's release
Former Glam member Dahee, who blackmailed actor Lee Byung-hun for a great sum of money, has now been released from prison.
She posted on her Instagram on the 17th saying, "Mom, I'm sorry and I'm sorry again. Thank you for being my mother. Happy birthday, my angel mother - from your two daughters",...More
Lee Byung-hun blackmailers Lee Ji-yun and Dahee freed
Lee Ji-yun and Dahee, who were charged with blackmailing actor Lee Byung-hun, are being released.
The Korean Central Court allowed application for bail on the 9th,...More
Lee Ji-yun, Dahee receive 3-year sentence
The investigators have sentences model Lee Ji-yun and former Glam member Dahee to 3 years in prison each.
In the first trial of the Court of Appeals on the 5th, the Seoul Central Court claimed that the two of them aren't truly sorry about what they did and therefore sentenced them to 3 years each,...More
What's next for Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk?
It looks like it's time to rewrite the list of the '4 kings of Hallyu'. The original 'kings' Lee Byung-hun, Jang Dong-gun, Song Seung-heon and Won Bin are now in their 40s and are either taken (Lee Byung-hun and Jang Dong-gun) or confined to their girlfriends (Won Bin).
The appearance of the young and fresh actors in their 20s, is overpowering. Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Woo-bin and Lee Jong-suk are mighty fan holders and guaranteed successful kings of Hallyu. Especially Kim Soo-hyun and Lee Min-ho, who both have already been noted as kings of Hallyu in Japan and China for many years,...More
Lee Byung-hun returns, "I'm indebted to Lee Min-jung"
Actor Lee Byung-hun left words of apology as soon as he arrived.
Lee Byung-hun arrived at Incheon International Airport on the 26th with wife and actress Lee Min-jung. He stood in front of the press to say, "A long time has passed because of my foolishness. I have caused a lifetime debt to my wife and family",...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung to land on the 26th
Lee Byung-hun, the man in the middle of the '5 billion won blackmail' case, is returning to Korea on the 26th with his pregnant wife Lee Min-jung.
They were supposed to land at Incheon International Airport at 5:50AM but the flight has been delayed and they didn't show up even at 7:30AM,...More
Lee Byung-hun seeks newest US flick
Apparently Lee Byung-hun is in the negotiating process of the newest Hollywood movie "Beyond Deceit".
BH Entertainment told OSEN that he was in the middle of settling things with "Beyond Deceit",...More
Stars in danger: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Joon-ho and Clara
Threaten or be threatened, their image breaks overnight.
Actor Lee Byung-hun, comedian Kim Joon-ho and actress Clara have been trending a lot these days. How do the netizens see them? Sports Donga and Story Dot analyzed information about these people,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung getting ready for the baby
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung were seen out in public.
According to a media, the married couple recently had a baby shower in LA,...More
Actress Lee Min-jung will return to Korea around Lunar New Year's Day and stay to deliver baby
Actress Lee Min-jung will come back to Korea around Lunar New Year's Day and stay until and after she delivers a baby.
On January 19th, Lee Min-jung left to her husband in LA, US. At the time, her agency MS Team Entertainment said, "She will be back around Lunar New Year's Day and spend the holiday with her family. When Lee Byung-hun will return to Korea has not been decided yet though,...More
Lee Min-jung to return to LA on the 19th
Lee Min-jung who is pregnant, left for LA to where her husband is.
She had returned for a while for a job and went back to LA on the 19th after everything was over,...More
Lee Byung-hyun's Wife Announces Pregnancy
Lee Min-jung (left) and Lee Byung-hun
Actress Lee Min-jung is 27 weeks pregnant, her agency MS Team Entertainment said Monday. Lee married fellow actor Lee Byung-hun in August 2013, but he was recently embroiled in a blackmail scandal with two other women. "We had to be deliberate over when to announce the news to protect her from the scandal", involving her husband, the agency said in a press release. "She will do her best for her family and not to disappoint her fans",...More
Lee Min-jung to have birth in Korea
Lee Min-jung might be going back to the States where her husband Lee Byung-hun is.
MS Team Entertainment claimed, "Lee Min-jung who came back to Korea on the 14th for an ad, isn't sure if she is staying or going back to the US. It's her private matter so we didn't ask her personally",...More
2 Women Jailed for Blackmailing Actor Lee Byung-hun
Two women have been jailed for blackmailing star actor Lee Byung-hun with a video clip that shows him making lewd remarks to them. The Seoul Central District Court on Thursday sentenced one woman, surnamed Lee (25), to one year and two months in prison and the other, surnamed Kim (21), to one year. Prosecutors had sought three-year prison terms. During the trial Lee, a model, testified she blackmailed the actor because he wanted to break off their relationship,...More
Glam breaks up, members cry during visit
Glam has disbanded as its member Dahee has been sent to prison for a year, with model Lee Ji-yeon, for blackmailing Lee Byung-hun.
Apparently the other members of the group had come to see her in October while she was being held,...More
Pardon denied: Lee Byung-hun blackmailers Lee Ji-yun and Dahee to be imprisoned
Model Lee Ji-yun and Dahee didn't get their pardons.
The Seoul Central Court held a trial regarding the Lee Byung-hun blackmailing case on the 15th. The Justice Department sentenced Lee Ji-yun to 1 year and 2 months and Dahee received 1 year under the law of violent actions,...More
The Lee Byung-hun blackmail trial to be held today
Lee Ji-yun and Dahee's sentencing for blackmailing actor Lee Byung-hun is being held today.
The trial for blackmailing Lee Byung-hun of 5 billion won is being held at the Seocho Seoul Central Court. The truth is coming out at last,...More
Actress Lee Min-jung returns to Korea alone on the 14th
Actress Lee Min-jung has come back to Korea.
A source from Lee Min-jung's agency, MS Team Entertainment said, "Lee Min-jung has returned to Korea in the afternoon on the 14th,...More
"Not sure when Lee Min-jung will return"
Sources say they're not sure when Lee Min-jung will be coming back to Korea.
According to her agency, she hasn't mentioned anything yet about her return,...More
Lee Byung-hun, "I'll pay your cellphone bills", "Tonight's dinner...you?" Dispatch sued for false reports
The contents of the text messages between Lee Byung-hun and blackmailer model Lee Ji-yun has everyone talking about them once again.
Lee Byung-hun's legal authorities are going to take legal action towards Dispatch for revealing the texts,...More
Lee Min-jung stays by Lee Byung-hun
Actress Lee Min-jung is standing by her husband Lee Byung-hun who's going through a rough time.
She is currently residing in the States with her husband according to her agency,...More
Lee Ji-yun's roommate, "Why is Lee Byung-hun in our room?"
While text messages between actor Lee Byung-hun and model Lee Ji-yun are out on the table, Lee Ji-yun's roommate had an interview.
On SBS "Morning Wide", Lee Ji-yun's roommate explained what had happened with Lee Byung-hun,...More
Lee Byung-hyun and Lee Ji-yun's secret text: Uncle says, "Lee Ji-yun's father is wealthy enough"
While the text message between Lee Byung-hun and Lee Ji-yun, the so-called victim and blackmailer, has been revealed, Lee Ji-yun's parents had an interview in defense of their daughter.
Dispatch revealed text messages between Lee Byung-hun and Lee Ji-yun throughout the number of five times, claiming that they've met in person. According to the report the contents of the text involved comments like, "Is tomorrow going to be romantic?" and "In my head, romantic is you and that will be success". Which leads to the conclusion that they could have been dating,...More
Lee Min-jung in the States with Lee Byung-hun
While the recent picture of Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun has received its spotlight, Lee Min-jung's selfie came up just in time.
A picture of the couple came up on the 17th along with the words, "Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun were seen in LA. They look good",...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung still 'lovey dovey'
A picture of Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung came up online titled, "Still lovey dovey".
The picture shows Lee Byung-hun holding a shopping bag and Lee Min-jung has her husband in a tight hug. It looks like someone took a picture of them while they were getting their picture taken,...More
Dahee and Lee Ji-yeon sentenced to 3 years in prison; Lee Byung-hun absent at trial
Glam's Dahee and model Lee Ji-yeon have been sentenced to 3 years in prison.
The third trial regarding the 'Lee Byung-hun threat' was held on the 16th,...More
Lee Byung-hun's case: Will the host become the master key?
It's been three months since Lee Byung-hun met model Lee Ji-yeon and Glam member Dahee blackmailed him. They watched the video that triggered the case and presented new evidence which was the text messages that was sent back and forth to each other.
The third hearing is this 16th at 2:40PM in Seocho, Seoul. The second trial was attended by Lee Byung-hun, Dahee, Lee Ji-yeon and their attorneys. The second trial made decisions on their right and wrongs,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung residing in the US
Apparently Lee Byung-hun and his wife Lee Min-jung are residing in the US.
According to BH Entertainment, Lee Byung-hun departed for the US for work. It's unclear if he left with his wife but they're currently living in the US,...More
Trailer of 'Terminator Genisys' unveils Lee Byung-hun playing as 'the biggest villain in history' with his overwhelming charisma
The official trailer of Hollywood movie, 'Terminator Genisys" has been released.
'Terminator 5' released its first official trailer of preview on the 5th through Facebook. In the trailer, Lee Byung-hun plays the character, Robert Pattison previously acted and makes an overwhelming presence. He transforms into a murder weapon as an invincible bullet proof liquid cyborg that threatens the main characters,...More
Attorney for Dahee and her friend L who blackmailed Lee Byung-hun submit petition along with the 14th formal apology letter
GLAM's Dahee and her friend L who were prosecuted on the charge of requesting 5 billion KRW from Lee Byung-hun using a video clip they recorded at a personal meeting, submitted a petition. Dahee also submitted a formal apology letter along with the petition.
According to Seoul Central District Court on the 5th, they submitted the petition to the court on the 2nd. Dahee also submitted her 14th apology letter on the 3rd,...More
Lee Byung-hun Testifies in Blackmail Trial
Actor Lee Byung-hun arrives at the Seoul Central District Court on Monday.
Actor Lee Byung-hun appeared in the Seoul Central District Court on Monday to testify against two women accused of blackmailing him. Prosecutors had earlier asked for the two to be tried behind closed doors due to privacy concerns. The pair, a member of a K-pop girl group identified by her surname Kim (20) and a model surnamed Lee (25) allegedly threatened to publish a video clip in which the actor is heard to make lewd remarks unless he paid them W5 billion (US$1=W1,114),...More
Lee Byung-hun says, "It was a joke"
Actor Lee Byung-hun appeared at court for a 3 hour battle of truth.
Lee Byung-hun appeared at the court on the 24th at 2PM with 6-7 people including his managers,...More
Lee Byung-hun's second trial
Lee Byung-hun is standing in court as witness to the Dahee and Lee Ji-yeon trial on the 24th. This case will be held private.
Dahee and Lee Ji-yeon acknowledged the fact that they blackmailed Lee Byung-hun of 5 billion won in exchange for a video that they recorded of him, but had different sides of the story. Lee Ji-yeon's attorney said, "Lee Byung-hun asked her for sex but she refused so he broke up with her". Lee Byung-hun's attorney claims that's not true. What will the actor say in the second trial? Dahee asked for favor of the court on 12 times and Lee Ji-yeon 3 times. They both submitted letters of apology,...More
Lee Byung-hun to arrive on the 21st to attend the court on the 24th
Actor Lee Byung-hun arrived back in Korea on the 21st.
He'd been residing in LA with his wife Lee Min-jung until then,...More
Lee Min-jung to start work on the 27th
Lee Min-jung is coming back to work.
Lee Min-jung has been laying low ever since the Lee Byung-hun blackmailing case. She's revealing herself at a fashion brand event which she's modelling for. Her decision to do this had a lot to do with Lee Byung-hun's persuasion,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung, "We wanted to sneak into the US..."
It seems like Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung are on vacation. This proves that there is no problem between the two who went through a lot since last September and the wife ended up staying at her mother's.
They are currently residing in LA. The locals have seen them shopping together and their agencies confirmed that they are on vacation,...More
Jeon Do-yeon becomes victim of Lee Byung-hun's fiasco
The after effects of the Lee Byung-hun incident is still ongoing.
This case made everything adjustable including his leading movies and other work that seemed to have nothing to do with him. The productions are concerned about eliminating any more talk about the case which might influence negativity on completed works,...More
Lee Min-jung to move back home, "It's been an opportunity for us to get closer"
Lee Byung-hun faced one of the greatest crises of his career with the '5 billion won threat' incident. Lee Min-jung, his wife, kept silent while watching from afar. While she's been residing in her parents' home until now, she's ready to move back in with Lee Byung-hun.
There was speculation about the two of them having problems every since this issue started and it was let known that Lee Min-jung wasn't with him. However, they have resolved things and Lee Min-jung claims it's been a chance for them to get closer. She also plans to start working again,...More
Dahee and Lee to stand trial on the 16th
A trial for Dahee from the group Glam and model Lee is being held on the 16th.
These two threatened actor Lee Byung-hun of money saying they were going to release a video of him recorded on their smartphone last month,...More
The aftermath of the '5 billion won scandal': Lee Byung-hun suffers
Lee Byung-hun is going through a great ordeal.
The aftermath of this scandal is lingering with the two women who were prosecuted after trying to blackmail the actor out of 5 billion won. The brand Lee Byung-hun is currently modeling for, has reduced exposure of him and his movie. They're looking for an ideal release period for his exposure,...More
Lee Ji-yeon asked Lee Byung-hun for a house
Apparently, model Lee Ji-yeon and Glam member Dahee, who are both in court regarding a blackmailing incident, asked Lee Byung-hun for a house and many are curious what Lee Min-jung thinks about this.
It appears that Lee Min-jung is currently residing at her parents' home since she returned from Paris on September 16,...More
Lee Byung-hun had another woman besides Lee Ji-yeon and Dahee
Apparently there's a third woman involved with the '5 billion won' case.
According to Dispatch, Lee Byung-hun met Lee Ji-yeon through a friend known as 'A'. He was with 'A' when he met model Lee Ji-yeon who also brought a friend, Dahee from Glam. They met a few more times after that,...More
Movement to rid of Lee Byung-hun and Han Hyo-joo
Actress Han Hyo-joo is also a target of the 'anti-advertising movement' along with Lee Byung-hun.
A petition started going around the internet with the title, "Stop Lee Byung-hun from advertising". The petition has already recorded a number of close to 9,000 signed people by the 23rd and is currently ongoing until the 29th this month,...More
Lee Byung-hun's attorney says results will come out this week
Earlier this month, Lee Byung-hun was questioned by police after being blackmailed by two young women.
He testified as the complainant on the 23rd,...More
Han Hyo-joo and Lee Byung-hun hit by a boomerang
While there's a petition to get Lee Byung-hun thrown out of advertising, Han Hyo-joo has become a victim of this particular case.
A petition has been brought up on a portal site bulletin asking for the removal of Lee Byung-hun from advertisements. It is aimed at Lee Byung-hun's advertisers and has now over 2,000 people signed on it,...More
Lee Min-jung stays in Paris for 2 weeks
Actor Lee Byung-hun's wife and actress Lee Min-jung has been in Paris for the past 2 weeks.
She left for Paris on the 3rd to attend a friend's wedding and returned on the 16th. It turns out she left 2 days after the incident with Lee Byung-hun and the two black-mailers,...More
Lee Byung-hun's still cuts from "Inside Men"
Pictures of Lee Byung-hun as a political hoodlum have been released.
"Inside Men" is a criminal drama that digs through the corruption of the Korean society starring Lee Byung-hun as the political hoodlum, Cho Seung-woo as a passionate investigator and Baek Yoon-sik, a wise media advisor,...More
Lee Byung-hun's Blackmailers Arrested
Police take two women accused of blackmailing actor Lee Byung-hun to the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday.
Two young women accused of blackmailing acting star Lee Byung-hun were arrested on Wednesday. They are 20-year-old member of a K-pop girl group identified by her surname Kim and a 25-year-old model named Lee,...More
Dahee and B were prepared to flee after threatening Lee Byung-hun
It turns out that Glam member Dahee and model 'B' were planning on fleeing the country after threatening actor Lee Byung-hun.
BH Entertainment stated through official reports, "This is a premeditated crime as the suspects schemed to steal from Lee Byung-hun and run off to another country, judging by the fact that they had already prepared passports to Europe. They asked for 5 billion won which refers to the special criminal law which can sentence them to up to 5 years in prison". This reference comes from the police,...More
2 Women Charged with Blackmailing Lee Byung-hun
Two women have been charged with blackmailing star actor Lee Byung-hun by threatening to publish a video clip of the actor making lewd comments at them, police in Gangnam said Tuesday. They allegedly tried to extort W5 billion (US$1=W1,018). One woman is a girl band member who debuted in 2012 and the other is a model. According to police, they claimed to have taken a video on their smartphone of the three drinking alcohol at the actor's home last month and exchanging lewd banter, and allegedly threatened to post it on the Internet unless Lee paid them off,...More
Lee Byung-hun, "The threats are from friends of a friend"
Actor Lee Byung-hun was threatened for a sum of money by two women in their 20s, in exchange for a video.
BH Entertainment reported on the 1st, "On August 28th, Lee Byung-hun was threatened that a private video would be released if he didn't pay money to the culprit. Celebrities have to deal with ridiculous matters such as this all the time, but we decided to make a police report about it for this particular matter",...More
Bae Seong-woo in "Inside Men"
Actor Bae Seong-woo will be taking part in "Inside Men".
He stars as Park Jong-pal, according to his agency,...More
Jung Woong-in talks about Lee Byung-hun
Jung Woong-in spoke about Lee Byung-hun before he was famous.
Actor Jung Woong-in appeared in the SBS TV show "Healing Camp" on the 4th and mentioned the movies and music videos he appeared in with Lee Byung-hun,...More
Hallyu stars featured in Chinese movies
Hallyu stars are making it big in the Chinese film and drama industry.
For the past few years, Hallyu stars have been appearing in Chinese dramas, but it's been a common thing for them to appear in movies as well.
Drama casting is an important factor as it has everything to do with viewing percentage, but in films, ticket sales affect the success of the movie.
Like Hollywood cast Lee Byung-hun and Rain to target the Asian market, it seems like China shares a common purpose for doing the same,...More
When are Bae Yong-joon, Won Bin and Lee Young-ae coming back?
When can we see them?
Several writers and directors have been sending their calls of love but the actors remain silent. Top stars who are highly wanted have been gone for far too long. Lee Young-ae is one of them. They have been gone for a maximum of 9 years, enough for a mountain to change its form. They are on the top of the list but they are hard to see and now it's becoming frustrating,...More
Lee El to star in "Inside Men"
Actress Lee El is starring in the movie "Inside Men".
Based on the original web-toon, "Inside Men" delves into the world of corruption which takes place deep in society. It's directed by Woo Min-ho from "Man of Vendetta",...More
Lee Min-jung, "Lee Byung-hun is an amazing husband"
Actress Lee Min-jung showed her love for husband and actor, Lee Byung-hun.
She was interviewed on SBS "TV News At Night" and explained, "He's a great husband. I told him I had an interview today and he said to say a lot of good things about him. He told me not to say the bad things. I am planning on a special treat for him as it's one of the three dog days",...More
Cho Seung-woo to star in movie "Inside Men"
Cho Seung-woo is joining the movie "Inside Men" with Lee Byung-hun.
"Inside Men" is based on the original web-toon by Yoon Tae-ho,...More
Song Hye-kyo donates 800 movie tickets
Actress Song Hye-kyo is donating 800 movie tickets to the 16th Seoul International Women's Film Festival (SIWFF).
Song Hye-kyo is the 7th Cinema Angel, which is a donation organization established by actresses for the class neglecting of culture under the banner 'a film changes a life',...More
[Photos] The 50th Baeksang Arts Awards 2014 Red Carpet Actors
Actors on the red carpet at the 50th Baeksang Arts Awards 2014,...More
"JSA - Joint Security Area" as a KBS drama
"JSA - Joint Security Area" is being made into a drama as an 8-part special.
KBS is in the process of discussing copyrights to the original novel "DMZ" and will start filming in July as soon as it's done with casting. "JSA - Joint Security Area" is a movie about a mysterious gun battle, which stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun and Lee Young-ae. It holds a record of 5 million audiences,...More
Lee Byung-hun in "Terminator: Genesis"
Actor Lee Byung-hun has been confirmed to star in the Hollywood blockbuster "Terminator: Genesis" and is currently analyzing his character.
Database IMDB claimed, "Lee Byung-hun's name has been listed on the cast and his name is fourth on the list. Considering the fact that names are listed according to the amount of appearances in the movie, it seems that Lee Byung-hun is one of the main characters. It's not known yet what Lee Byung-hun's character name is yet",...More
Jackie Chan Invites Korean Stars to 60th Birthday Bash
Actress Kim Hee-seon (left) speaks at a party celebrating Jackie Chan's 60th birthday in Beijing on Sunday. /Xinhua
Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan has celebrated his 60th birthday with extended parties and invited celebrities from around the world. Starting with a concert in Beijing on Sunday, on the eve of his birthday, the star of movies like "Drunken Master", "Police Story" and "Rush Hour" has been holding events for five days in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has invited over 1,000 stars and movie fans to attend the celebrations. Around 30 Korean celebrities were also invited including actress Kim Hee-seon, actors Lee Byung-hun and Lee Seung-gi, and members of K-pop boy band EXO,...More
Upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Inside Men"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Jackie Chan Invites Korean Stars to 60th Birthday Bash
Actress Kim Hee-seon (left) speaks at a party celebrating Jackie Chan's 60th birthday in Beijing on Sunday. /Xinhua
Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan has celebrated his 60th birthday with extended parties and invited celebrities from around the world. Starting with a concert in Beijing on Sunday, on the eve of his birthday, the star of movies like "Drunken Master", "Police Story" and "Rush Hour" has been holding events for five days in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong,...More
Kim Hyun-joong, "Do it like Lee Byung-hun if you want to go abroad"
Kim Hyun-joong was interviewed in a café on the 5th.
Regarding going overseas, he said, "I should be able to speak the language before I go. I think I'll only be able to act in another language when I have mastered it enough to be able to express my feelings",...More
Kim Woo-bin in "Twenty"
Actor Kim Woo-bin is playing the star role of the movie "Twenty" which is a story about three friends who just turned twenty; an age where you can do whatever you want, love whoever you want with opportunities abroad. One of the three lead roles is Kim Woo-bin.
The three boys, Chi-ho, Kyeong-jae and Dong-woo turn twenty and learn to expect, to experience and feel,...More
Lee Byung-hun in "Inside Men"
Actor Lee Byung-hun is starring in the new movie "Inside Men" based on the original web-toon by Yoon Tae-ho.
Directed by Woo Min-ho, this movie takes a look at the corruption and irregularity rooted deep in the Korean society,...More
Kim Woo-bin considers starring in "Twenty"
Actor Kim Woo-bin is considering starring in director Lee Byung-hun's movie "Twenty".
Apparently the movie overlaps with another schedule for a drama,...More
Lee Byung-hun Set to Join Cast of New 'Terminator' Movie
Actor Lee Byung-hun has been cast in "Terminator: Genesis", the latest installment of the Hollywood blockbuster series.
Lee has previously appeared in such Hollywood hits as "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra", "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "Red 2",...More
Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung up live and Lee Seung-gi once again
Han Hyo-joo mentioned the actors who she's worked with.
SBS TV show "TV News At Night" studied Han Hyo-joo on the 12th,...More
Star couple Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung
Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun must be busy this year.
The two of them are going to be busy with new projects,...More
[HanCinema Feature] Historical Hysteria: Korean period films coming in 2014
Joseon pirates, legends, swordsmen, angels and more coming our way in 2014...
Cinematic journeys back to Joseon and beyond have rewarded the Korean film industry with a string of profitable historical yarns, a trend that has got producers drooling with the prospect of tapping deeper into this regenerative cash cow. Recently, it's been Han Jae-rim's "The Face Reader" (9.1M admissions) that has had locals flustered and, in 2005, it was Lee Joon-ik's "The King and the Clown" that became the first Joseon-era flick to pass the 10 million admissions mark. It's big business with a cultural twist that locals enjoy supporting, international audiences love lapping up, and a trend that 2014 is keen to take advance of as a host of new retrospectives are getting raring to go,...More
Ha Ji-yeong praises Song Hye-kyo's beauty
Entertainer Ha Ji-yeong complimented on Song Hye-kyo's real beauty.
Ha Ji-yeong posted on her Twitter, "I've been looking back on 2013! It's just a simple review on my life and I pick Lee Jung-jae, Song Hye-kyo and...as the best looking people I've ever seen" and added a picture with it,...More
Lee Min-jung to possibly star in "Sly and Single Again"
Lee Min-jung opposed at the news of her starring in the new MBC drama "Sly and Single Again".
Lee Min-jung's representative claimed that she is revising the offer for the drama but hasn't confirmed to star in it yet,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame Review] "The Good, the Bad, the Weird": Haw Yee for Kimchi Cowboys!
The lesser-spotted 'kimchi cowboy' is a serious cinematic oddity, an unusual anatopism that causes one's head to cock uncontrollably and the eyes to somehow sharpened in disbelief. Kim Ji-woon, to his credit, is a genre gypsy, a marauding mixologist who, in "The Good, the Bad, the Weird", blends and bends the spaghetti western into a fermenting pastiche of a picture. The film's bold fusion of Wild West tropes and K-comedy antics made it a local favourite (6.8 million admissions-second that year only to Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Speedy Scandal"), and once it made the festival rounds its cult status was safely secured. The film itself is narratively numbing, frustratingly fused, and a prude with its post-climax cuddling, a real scratchy quilt of a film. But when we reach for skies and surrender to the chaos of it all, life under the Manchurian sun is actually blisteringly brilliant,...More
[2013 Star Photos] Weddings
2013 is at an end. Several star couples were created during the year and many of them succeeded in getting married.
"Gag Concert" couple Yoon Hyeong-bin and Jeong Kyeong-mi and actor Han Jae-seok and actress Park Sol-mi got married first. Baek Ji-young and Jeong Seok-won got married in June. Singer Jang Yoon-jeong and announcer Do Kyeong-wan got married soon after. Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon had their wedding quietly in Jeju,...More
Korean movie of the week "Masquerade"
Korean movie of the week "Masquerade" (2012) Directed by Choo Chang-min With Lee Byung-hun, Ryoo Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo, Kim In-kwon, Jang Gwang, Sim Eun-kyeong,... Previously known as "The King of Joseon" (조선의 왕, Jo-seon-eui Wang). Synopsis A commoner becoming the king is a theme that's all too familiar to us. The story was told in the well-known fable 'The Prince and The Pauperʼ and this film takes the idea from that and takes it to the 16th- century Joseon Dynasty. The king is the tragic historic figure of Kwanghae,...More
Lee Byung-hun, the Best Actor for "Masquerade"
Lee Byung-hun held the trophy for the Best Actor in the movie "Masquerade" at the 7th Asia Pacific Screen Awards on the 12th held in Brisbane, Australia.
Representative Won Dong-yeon from Realize Pictures received the award on Lee Byung-hun's behalf,...More
Lee Byung-hun, the air of a world star
Actor Lee Byung-hun did a photo shoot.
A perfume brand released pictures of Lee Byung-hun with its product. Lee Byung-hun is covering one side of his eye in one picture and smiling softly at the camera,...More
34th Blue Dragon Film Awards Winners
Hwang Jeong-min and Han Hyo-joo (right) pose after winning the Best Actor and Actress Awards at the Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul on Friday,...More
[Photos] Red Carpet : 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards
Han Hyo-joo at the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards in Seoul on Friday,...More
Kim Beom and Moon Geun-young in Prague?
The whole entertainment industry is pink with love.
Top stars Rain and Kim Tae-hee, Won Bin and Lee Na-young have acknowledged their relationships and Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung and Ji Sung and Park Bo-young have gotten married. More celebrities have been busy getting into relationships than the past and are even faster in admitting the truth,...More
Today's Photo: October 24, 2013 
Actress Han Eun-jeong attends a fashion show in Seoul on Wednesday,...More
Song Hye-kyo donates to the Busan International Film Festival
Actress Song Hye-kyo is the 7th person to step up as a member of the Culture Donations Cinema Angels.
She bought 1,000 tickets to the Busan International Film Festival for the needy children in the Busan area,...More
[Photos] Lee Min-jung's first photo collection since the wedding
Lee Min-jung's collection for Cosmopolitan was revealed on the 24th.
Lee Min-jung recently wedded the Asian star Lee Byung-hun and modeled for the October issue of Cosmopolitan. This is her first collection since the wedding and it was taken in Prague. She turned into the perfect Bohemian,...More
Today's Photo: September 11, 2013 
Lee Byung-hun (left) and Jo Min-soo pose in a hotel in Seoul on Tuesday after being appointed promotional ambassadors for the 50th Daejong Film Awards,...More
'Old Boy' Choi Min-sik Signs on for Luc Besson's Latest Flick
Choi Min-sik will appear in his first non-Korean film, "Lucy", the latest flick by French director Luc Besson. It boasts a star-studded cast including Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. Choi has been receiving offers from around the world since the huge success in 2003 of "Old Boy", directed by Park Chan-wook. Filming on "Lucy" will begin this fall, with a release date scheduled for next year,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Jo Min-soo promote the 50th Dae Jong Film Festival
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Jo Min-soo have been chosen as the promotional ambassadors for the 50th Dae Jong Film Festival.
The Dae Jong Film Festival is a movie festival established to promote the quality and development of Korean movies since the year 1962,...More
2PM's Junho to star in "Memories of the Sword"
2PM member Junho is starring in the Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Do-yeon movie "Memories of the Sword".
Lotte Entertainment claimed that Junho, Lee Kyeong-yeong, Kim Tae-woo and Bae Soo-bin are going to start filming early this month,...More
Updated cast for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword"
Updated cast for the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword",...More
Han Ga-in, the best but worst guest to have at a wedding
Actresses Han Ga-in and Kim Tae-hee were chosen as the first and second best but worst guests to have at a wedding.
Internet educational group Seven Edu conducted a survey to 435 people from the 10th to the 28th of this month on who the best but worst wedding guest is and Han Ga-in and Kim Tae-hee came in first with 36% and 16%,...More
Lee Byung-hun appointed General Promotions Ambassador of AFCI
Actor Lee Byung-hun has been selected as the 38th General Promotions Ambassador for AFCI.
Lee Byung-hun will be holding an official press conference on the 4th of this September,...More
Lee Min-jung in her wedding dress, why did she cry?
The September issue of ELLE released pictures of Lee Min-jung in a wedding dress.
Lee Min-jung said in an interview, "I was upset at the fact that Lee Byung-hun mentioned on TV that he didn't understand why he had to make a proposal, but his sincere proposal got to me. I couldn't stop crying",...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung return from the Maldives
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung returned from their honeymoon.
They arrived at the Incheon International Airport on the 19th from the Maldives. They came back a few days earlier than the 10 days that were planned to be spent,...More
Today's Photo: August 13, 2013 
Star couple Lee Min-jung (left) and Lee Byung-hun arrive at Incheon International Airport to leave for their honeymoon in the Maldives on Monday,...More
[Photos] Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung leave for the Maldives
Actor Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung left to the Maldives on a sweet honeymoon.
The two arrived at the Incheon International Ariport on the 12th wearing comfortable clothes like checkered shirts and jeans with cardigans,...More
Today's Photo: August 12, 2013 - Stars at Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's Wedding
Star couple Lee Min-jung (left) and Lee Byung-hun pose at their wedding in Seoul on Saturday,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's honeymoon home
Actor Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's honeymoon house has been revealed on the MBC "Section TV" on the 11th.
Their honeymoon home is Lee Byung-hun's home, luxurious and huge,...More
Kim Tae-hee at a wedding in a blue dress
Kim Tae-hee appeared at Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's wedding at the Hyatt Hotel on the 10th.
She had her hair down and wore a blue sleeveless dress. She also carried a white bag to accessorize,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's wedding, visually outstanding
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung's official wedding picture is the talk of the hour.
Lee Min-jung and Lee Byung-hun got married at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on the 10th. They got married under the blessings of 900 friends and family. Their agency uploaded pictures from their disclosed wedding.,...More
Lee Byung-hun rents out a whole theater to propose
Actor Lee Byung-hun is heard to have proposed like a movie to Lee Min-jung.
A media reported on the 6th that Lee Byeong-hen proposed to Lee Min-jung like it was in a movie scene,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Lee Min-jung Unveil Pre-Wedding Pics
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung revealed their pre-wedding photos on Tuesday. Lee's agency BH Entertainment said on Monday that the couple had a photo shoot two weeks ago with only their families and close friends in attendance,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's wedding shoot
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung completed their wedding photo shoot.
They shot their pictures in Korea two weeks ago and they will be released on the 30th,...More
Lee Byung-hun, ""Red 2" was like a dream"
Actor Lee Byung-hun looked back at the time he filmed "Red 2" and said it was like a dream.
Lee appeared on the KBS 1TV news and said, "I was honored to be in a movie with the legendary Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins and more",...More
[Photos] 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Red Carpet
The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival will take place from July 18 to July 28 in Gyeonggi Province. On the themes of love, fantasy and adventure, a total of 230 films -- 135 features and 95 shorts -- from 44 countries will be screened this year.
Many actors and actresses attended and walked down the festival's glamorous red carpet before entering the pavilion,...More
[Photo] Kim Tae-hee wearing see-through top with hot pants
Actress Kim Tae-hee attended the VIP premier of the movie "Red 2" on the 17th in Seoul Lotte Cinema,...More
Lee Min-jung revising "Medical Top Team"
Actress Lee Min-jung is revising the new MBC drama "Medical Top Team".
Previously, a media reported that the actress will be coming back with this drama after getting married to Lee Byung-hun next month. She would be playing the role of Seo Joo-yeong,...More
Kim Tae-woo likely to join "A Touch Of Zen"
Actor Kim Tae-woo from the SBS drama "That Winter, the Wind Blows" is about to join the movie "Memories of the Sword".
"Memories of the Sword" is about Seol-lang (Jeon Do-yeon) who raises a warrior named Seol-hee (Kim Go-eun-I) as a mother and a master to take revenge at the end of the Koryo times,...More
Jo Jeong-seok, Kim Go-eun-I and Lee Jong-suk "Sophmore jinx?"
There's no sophomore jinx.
Many actors and actresses who are into their second year of acting are being focused on right now. The sophomore jinx which is a kind of slump one goes through at about their second year since their debut, does not apply to Jo Jeong-seok, Kim Go-eun-I and Lee Jong-suk. They have taken their places as mature actors and actress,...More
[UK] Park Chan-wook's "JSA - Joint Security Area" at the Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday 31 July
For this summer's edition Terracotta Film Club revisits the early work from Park Chan-wook, the acclaimed South Korean director of "Old Boy" and "STOKER". The screening on 31 July follows days after the 60th anniversary of the ceasefire agreement between North and South Korea on 27 July,...More
Upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Memories of the Sword"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
The best actor and actress, Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Ji-hyeon
Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Ji-hyeon were chosen as the best actor and actress by producers.
According to the 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, producers all over the nation chose Lee Byung-hun and Jeon Ji-hyeon as the best,...More
Lee Byung-hun Ripped and Ready to Thrill in 'Red 2'
A still from "Red 2" showing heartthrob Lee Byung-hun flashing his six-pack and sculpted physique has been released ahead of the movie's world premiere on July 18. Lee is said to have worked out religiously and focused on training for his action scenes for over three months after receiving the script in order to fully immerse himself in the role of a killer,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun-I to star in "Memories of the Sword"
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actresses Jeon Do-yeon and Kim Go-eun-I are starring in the movie "Memories of the Sword".
"Memories of the Sword" is about Seol-lang (Jeon Do-yeon) who raised Seol-hee (Kim Go-eun-I) as a secret weapon for her revenge, hiding her true identity of the greatest female warrior of the Koryeo times. Deok-gi (Lee Byung-hun) is one who desires the throne,...More
Today's Photo: July 6, 2013 
Kim Hyo-jin poses at the launch of a fashion brand in Seoul on Friday,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung pick out wedding helpers
Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung have decided Sin Yeong-gyun as their wedding officiant and Shin Dong-yup and Lee Beom-soo as their hosts.
Getting married on the 10th of August in the Grand Hyatt, Seoul, Lee Min-jung and Lee Byeon-heon have decided to ask the favor of their close friends to play a part at their wedding,...More
"Section TV" Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's wedding cost
To-be wed Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's expected cost for the wedding was revealed on the episode of the MBC program "Section TV".
A wedding planner on this day estimated a very expensive wedding between the two of them,...More
Today's Photo: June 29, 2013 
Actor Lee Byung-hun is surrounded by fans at a promotional event for his Hollywood blockbuster "Red:The Legend" in Seoul on Friday,...More
The Korean Film Festival comes to Montreal
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea, a selection of 10 outstanding Korean films will be showcased in Montreal from July 4th to 10th, 2013.
Ciné-Asie, along with the major support of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, presents the first edition of the Korean Film Festival in Canada – KFF – which will be launched in five Canadian cities, highlighting Montreal in partnership with the Cineplex Odeon Forum and Mosaicultures Internationales Montréal at the Montreal Botanical Garden (an event that expects nearly two million visitors this summer), the KFF anticipates to receive a large number of visitors for its first edition. For the first time, the KFF website is composed in three different languages: English, French, and Korean.
The KFF will present ten full length feature films and five short films.
The feature films are either the highest grossing movies in recent years, totalling 7 to 13 million admissions in South Korea, or have gained international critical acclaims, winning significant awards. Among them include Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" (Le grand prix at Venice 2012), "Miracle in Cell No.7" (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2013), and "Masquerade" starring actor Lee Byung-hun (over 12 million admissions in Korea, 2012),...More
Lee Byung-hun's first official outing
Lee Byung-hun with his wedding coming up, will be making a public appearance on the 28th.
Lee will start promoting the movie "Red 2: The Legend" staring from the 28th of June at the Seoul Walker Hill Hotel Theater Hall,...More
Lee Min-jung arrives alone
Lee Min-jung arrived in Korea yesterday on the Los Angeles KE012 flight.
She returned from the States, a week after leaving with Lee Byung-hun,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung depart together
To-be-wed Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung left on a trip to the US together on the 7th.
Some speculate that they might have left on their honeymoon,...More
'Secretly and Greatly' Blazes Trail at Box Office by Tapping Teen Audience
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
Korea's top celebrity couple to marry in August
Actor Lee Byung-hun, 43, and actress Lee Min-jung, 31, will tie the knot in this coming August. BH Entertainment, actor Lee's agency, said, The couple will marry at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul at 6 p.m. on August 10.
Thanks for the attention and love from many people, the two people are set to tie the knot to build upon their meaningful love, actor Lee's side said. Actor Lee will faithfully continue his main job as actor, while also trying his best to become an exemplary husband of a family. MS Team Entertainment, actress Lees agency, said, No schedules have been fixed yet, but she will continue showbiz activities after marriage,...More
Jung Woo-sung, Lee Jung-jae and Bae Yong-joon, are you watching?
Then there were Jung Woo-sung, Lee Jung-jae and Bae Yong-joon.
Now that Lee Byung-hun is getting married to Lee Min-jung, many wonder who is next,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung to get married in August
The greatest star couple is about to be born. World star Lee Byung-hun and top beauty actress Lee Min-jung are finally getting married this coming august,...More
Lee Min-jung gets the bouquet
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung caught the bouquet at a wedding.
They attended a wedding of Lee Min-jung's friend on the 25th and she caught the bouquet. There is a saying that one who catches the bouquet at a wedding should get married in 6 months,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] April 2013
April proved to be a slow month at the box office as local films gave way to foreign favourites. It wasn't until last weekend that things were given a shot in the arm as Marvel's blockbuster "Iron Man 3" sounded the horn that cause more than 2 million fans to stream in. Tom Cruise's latest efforts in "Oblivion" held down the top spot during the middle weeks, leaving Jo Dong-oh's "Running Man" to be the only Korean film to taste gold in week one. The release of both "Oblivion" and "Iron Man 3" denied Kang Woo-seok's eighth film "Fist of Legend" any traction, leaving to sit in second place spinning its tyres for much of the month,...More
Hwang Jeong-min is the most talented actor
Hwang Jeong-min was chosen as the most talented actor.
According to Max Movie and Chosun Ilbo, audiences chose Hwang Jeong-min as the most talented actor,...More
Lee Byung-hun hosts 'supporting night'
Top star Lee Byung-hun hosted a supporting event for the development of Korean movies.
This event was held at the Seoul Sinsegae Mall, Burberry stores on the 24th,...More
Pantech Aims to Take on Samsung with New Phone
Pantech unveiled its Vega Iron LTE smartphone on Thursday. It boasts a body made entirely of metal that can act as an antenna to boost reception and the world's thinnest bezel at 2.4 mm. on each side. It also features a five-inch HD screen, 1.7GHz quad-core CPU, 13 million pixel built-in camera and Gigabit WiFi support that is three times faster than the current WiFi standard and four times faster than LTE, the firm claimed.
Actor Lee Byung-hun poses with the Vega Iron at an event to unveil the gadget in Sangam-dong, Seoul on Thursday,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.12 - 2013.04.14
Korea's love for all things Tom Cruise proves itself once again this week as the Hollywood actor's new film "Oblivion" takes the top spot. The film is based off an unpublished graphic novel from the director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy") and Arvid Nelson. Mr. Kosiniski said that the film pays homage to the 1970s and the science fiction films of that era. 530,069 (34%) admissions were enough for the film to hold first position over 638 screenings around the country. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The sci-fi genre seems to fit Cruise's acting persona well and the thousands of Korean cinephiles that came out over the weekend to see him in action would not disagree,...More
[Photo] Lee Byung-hun's must-have items
Lee Byung-hun is departing to Hong Kong for the Huading Awards to receive his Best Foreign Actor Award on the 11th, today,...More
Lee Byung-hun spotted in Hong Kong
Actor Lee Byung-hun proved his worldwide popularity in Hong Kong.
Lee Byung-hun visited Hong Kong for the 9th Huading Awards,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.05 ~ 2013.04.07
Jo Dong-oh's action thriller "Running Man" is off to a good start as it snatched the top spot in its first weekend out. The film claimed 501,908 (30.89%) admissions over 568 screens, only just pushing outs its closest rival "G.I. Joe 2" which came close itself with 464,619 (30.49%). "Running Man" stars Sin Ha-gyoon as Cha Jong-woo, a young man who accidentally gets caught up in a murder case and soon finds himself on the run because of it. This week's chart saw a number of new entries both local and foreign, in addition to some regular faces that have made the top ten their own the last few months. But overall admissions were low, with only the top two films seeing much action in this quieter week at the movies,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Simple VS Wit
Lee Byung-hun's emotional and classy photo collection has been revealed.
Lee Byung-hun's photo collection was seen in the Hallyu magazine KBS KWAVE which is published by KBS Global Hallyu Bureau and K Culture,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.03.29 ~ 2013.03.31
The second G.I. Joe film has hit the Korean peninsula and, with help of Lee Byung-hun as 'Storm Shadow' no doubt, has managed to secure first position. "G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation" snatched 708,267 admissions (43%) over 761 screens to make it only the second foreign film this year to make it to number one. The Korean actor Lee Byung-hun ("Masquerade" and "I Saw the Devil") shows that he still has quiet some pull with fans as the Korean public, after a relatively quiet March, have warmly welcomed his latest action efforts.,...More
Lee Byung-hun has healthy teeth
Lee Byung-hun has been chosen as the star with healthy teeth.
A recent survey conducted by a dentist in Seoul of 255 people from ages 20 to 30 showed that Lee Byung-hun received 102 votes, which made him first place. It seems like his teeth and perfect smile stand out,...More
Lee Min-jung these days…
Actress Lee Min-jung who has been talk of the issue with her relationship with top star Lee Byung-hun, has been busy with the upcoming SBS drama "All About My Romance",...More
Lee Byung-hun, "Lee Min-jung and I broke up once"
Actor Lee Byung-hun claims that he once dated Lee Min-jung in 2006 and broke up once.
He was asked how they met on the SBS "Healing Camp" and he said they were introduced by a friend,...More
Lee Byung-hun, "I've cried in front of Lee Min-jung before"
Top star Lee Byung-hun told stories of his love Lee Min-jung on the recording of the SBS TV program, "Healing Camp".
Never having told stories about the two of them before, Lee Byung-hun carefully brought out the topic and why they couldn't deny it when the scandal first broke out,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "The Good, the Bad, the Weird"
The plot is simple enough- a mysterious treasure map is the key to the motivations behind about eight different distinct factions of individuals with their own motivations for acquiring it. There are possibly more. After a certain point it just gets really difficult to keep track of everyone in this movie, As a result, it gets to be a bit of a headache trying to keep straight which characters know what, when, and why. And it really isn't a whole lot of fun to guess why, either,...More
Lee Byung-hun, "I had depression in the past, now panic disorder"
Top actor Lee Byung-hun revealed that he had depression in the past and panic disorder now.
On the TV program "Healing Camp", Lee Byeong-eon said he had a hard time mentally and physically after his father suddenly passed away and he had to pay off his debts,...More
Today's Photo: March 12, 2013  (9 photos)
Stars of "G.I. Joe 2" pose at a press junket in Seoul on Monday. From left, Lee Byung-hun, D.J. Cotrona, and Adrianne Palicki,...More
Lee Byung-hun explains about scandal with Yoon Eun-hye
Actor Lee Byung-hun spilled the beans on the SBS "Healing Camp" on the 11th which rated 11.4%, a record.
Lee Byung-hun answered MC Lee Kyeong-gyu, Han Hye-jin and Kim Je-dong's out of the blue questions and explained about the rumors about him being a playboy and such,...More
Lee Byung-hun's life after father's death
Actor Lee Byung-hun spoke about the tough time he had in the past.
Lee Byung-hun starred in SBS "Healing Camp".
Lee Byung-hun poured his heart out on the TV program,...More
Jeong Doo-hong, "I look like Lee Byung-hun and Jung Woo-sung"
Jeong Doo-hong was sure of himself and that he looked like Lee Byung-hun and Jung Woo-sung on the MBC TV program "Talk Club".
MC Hwang Shin-hye asked, "You look like another actor, don't you get told that a lot?" Jeong answered, "Are you talking about Jo Hee-bong? I get told I look like Lee Byung-hun",...More
'Little Lee Byung-hun' Jin Goo says, "He won't admit it"
Actor Jin Goo claims Lee Byung-hun won't admit to the nickname 'Little Lee Byung-hun'.
Jin Goo starred in the 2003 drama "All In" as the younger Lee Byung-hun and earned the title,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3
Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
"Masquerade" bound to be a hit in Japan
"Masquerade" which drew more than 12 million viewers in Korea signaled a hit in Japan as well.
The movie which was released in Japan with the name "The Man Who Became King" was seen by 42 thousand people in over 90 theaters on the 16th. It is one of 10 ranking movies that was released in Japan. It's been a long time since a Korean movie took to top 10 ranking in Japan,...More
Lee Min-jung, "One more drama before marriage"
Marriage after another drama?
While there have been speculations that actress Lee Min-jung and actor Lee Byung-hun are getting married this year, she is still being greedy about acting,...More
Kang Byeong-gyu appeals to court
Entertainer Kang Byeong-gyu has been charged with not paying back money borrowed from a friend and was sentenced to 1 year a 6 months imprisonment but didn't obey court orders and has appealed to court.
According to Seoul Central District Court, Kang Byeong-gyu and his attorney appealed to court on the 8th,...More
Lee Byung-hun's figure being made
A Hot Toy figure of Lee Byung-hun is being made.
BH Entertainment announced that figure making company Hot Toy is making a figure of Storm Shadow which Lee Byung-hun played the role of in the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe". Hot Toy is company established in Hong Kong in the year 2000 and makes hero figures of the characters from "Dark Knight", "Pirates of the Caribbean", "The Avengers" and more,...More
Yoon Joo-hee in "Iris 2"
Actress Yoon Joo-hee has been cast for the KBS 2TV drama "IRIS 2".
"IRIS 2" carries on the story of Iris and the NSS agents after the death of Kim Hyeong-joon (Lee Byung-hun) 3 years ago. Yoon Joo-hee is the pretty assistant of the director of NSS,...More
"Iris 2" all dressed up in black
Upcoming KBS drama "IRIS 2" has a cast with a unique sense of fashion.
As if they promised, all the cast are wearing charismatic blacks. Jang Hyeok (Yoo Gun), Lee Da-hae (Ji Soo-hyeon), Lee Beom-soo (Yoo Jung-won), Oh Yeon-soo (Choi Min), Yoon Doo-joon (Seo Hyeon-woo), Im Soo-hyang (Kim Yeon-hwa) and others are all looking very stylish in their black fashion,...More
Lee Min-jung spends quality time with Lee Byung-hun's sister Lee Eun-hee
Actress Lee Min-jung went on vacation with Lee Byung-hun's sister Lee Eun-hee.
Pictures were posted online titled, "Lee Min-jung's vacation",...More
THN's Korean Cinema Style Week 7: Park Chan-wook - "JSA - Joint Security Area"
Next year will see three of South Korea's most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors present their English language debuts. Kim Jee-woon (THE LAST STAND), Park Chan-wook (STOKER), and Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at THN we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Here's our first look at the films of Park Chan-wook, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.
"JSA - Joint Security Area"
Director: Park Chan-wook
Cast: Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Kim Tae-woo, Sin Ha-gyoon
Plot: A member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Committee arrives in Panmunjom, the town that houses the Joint Security Area between North and South Korea, where she must investigate the murder of two North Korean soldiers,...More
"Iris 2" on site, Jang Hyeok, Lee Da-hae and Yoon Doo-joon
The cast of "IRIS 2" were seen disarmed of their charisma on the drama set and having fun.
Those actors and actresses who seemed to be so serious and charismatic all the while in the news, were unbelievably bright and cheerful in the picture posted online,...More
Soyeon to fill Kang Ji-young's space in "Iris 2"?
There was a rumor going around saying that Soyeon was going to join "IRIS 2" but it turns out to be wrong.
Soyeon from T-ara was reported to be in negotiation with the "IRIS 2" team to fill in the empty space left by Kang Ji-young (Kara) who was to play the role of Song Chae-ran, a NSS bodyguard team agent,...More
THN's Korean Cinema Style Week 6: Kim Jee-woon - I Saw The Devil
With Gangnam Style destroying the charts the world over, we will soon see a second wave of the Korean invasion taking place. Three of South Koreas most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors have their English language debuts set for next year. Kim Jee-woon ("THE LAST STAND"), Park Chan-wook ("STOKER"), and Bong Joon-ho ("Snowpiercer") have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at THN we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Starting with the films of Kim Jee-woon, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Cast: Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jeon Gook-hwan, Cheon Ho-jin, Oh San-ha, Kim Yoon-seo, Choi Moo-sung, Kim In-seo
Plot: After a serial killer murders the fiancé of a secret service agent, he is hunted down in a series of vicious revenge attacks.
Mention the words 'Korean Film' and one's mind immediately jumps to ' revenge '. Not without good cause either. Sure, Korea have given us an incredible array of films but in the early naughties the ones getting the most attention were the films that focused on individuals seeking out vengeance,...More
THN's Korean Cinema Style Week 5: Kim Jee-woon - The Good The Bad The Weird
With Gangnam Style destroying the charts the world over, we will soon see a second wave of the Korean invasion taking place. Three of South Koreas most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors have their English language debuts set for next year. Kim Jee-woon ("THE LAST STAND"), Park Chan-wook ("STOKER"), and Bong Joon-ho ("Snowpiercer") have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at THN we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Starting with the films of Kim Jee-woon, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.
"The Good, the Bad, the Weird"
Director: Kim Jee-woon
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Yoon Je-moon, Ryoo Seung-soo, Song Young-chang, Son Byeong-ho, Oh Dal-soo
Plot: Three men; a bounty hunter, a mercenary, and an opportunist, fight over a map they believe will lead them to treasure. However, they may also have some personal issues to resolve along the way,...More
[Photos] Celebrities and Singers Voting on Election Day
Celebrities and Singers Voting on Election Day,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Masquerade"
How replacable are we really? People l,...More
Baek Sung-hyun becomes a hacker in "Iris 2"
Actor Baek Sung-hyun is coming back with "IRIS 2" as a genius hacker.
"IRIS 2" is about three years after the death of Kim Hyeon-joon (Lee Byung-hun) from "IRIS". Agents of NSS struggle to figure out he questions surrounding Kim Hyeon-joon's death and the arrest of Baek San (Kim Young-cheol) for being active in the illegal organization Iris and the true identity of Master Black the actual mastermind behind Baek San,...More
Lee Byung-hun spends the end of year with Lee Min-jung
Returns for the holidays "Quietly spent"
Will actor Lee Byung-hun spend Christmas and the end of the year with his lover?,...More
30-Something Leading Ladies Take Over TV, Films
The entertainment industry is suffering from a shortage of actresses in their 20s. Most movies and dramas that recently gained a certain level of attention mostly featured actresses aged 30 or over. Producers and filmmakers point out that it is difficult for them to find actresses in their 20s who are suitable for leading roles. Of the 20 most popular movies released this year, Park Bo-young, who starred in "A Werewolf Boy", is the only female lead in this age group. Han Hyo-joo, who is also in her 20s, appeared in the movie "Masquerade", which drew more than 10 million viewers, but her role is greatly overshadowed by both the male lead Lee Byung-hun and supporting actor Ryoo Seung-ryong,...More
"Iris 2" is on a different scale
Actions scenes taken from foreign landmarks
"IRIS 2" is on a different scale.
Upcoming KBS 2TV drama "IRIS 2" is currently in the making of a blockbuster in Hungary,...More
CGV Cinemas brings the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards to YOU!
Watch the biggest K-POP festival of the year on the BIG SCREEN.
CGV Cinemas in LA and MNET are giving you TWO ways you can get tickets to this exclusive event:
1) Can't get enough of Song Joong-ki? Watch him at the 2012 MAMA in Hong Kong AND in his latest movie, "A Werewolf Boy"!
Purchase advance tickets to "A Werewolf Boy" on-site at the CGV Box Office from 11/23-11/29 and get FREE tickets to the 2012 MAMA screening!,...More
Female warrior Im Soo-hyang's mission
"IRIS 2"…action training every day
Im Soo-hyang is aiming for her ' sister ' Kim So-yeon's character and fame. Im Soo-hyang is to charismatically appear on the KBS 2TV series "IRIS 2" next year. "IRIS 2" is a sequel to the first "IRIS" in 2009 starring Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee. This is three years later. Im Soo-hyang takes on the younger sister role of Kim So-yeon who is a South Korean spy and killer. Im becomes a killer to find her sister who goes missing during a mission.
Im Soo-hyang has the burden that she has to be better than her ' sister ' Kim So-hyeon who's already well known as a female warrior. Right after she was cast she took a break from school and is busy analyzing her character. She's also been getting action training everyday since October,...More
"Iris 2" showcase, Lee Beom-soo, Lee Joon and Yoon Doo-joon's rice wreath
Fans of Lee Joon and Yoon Doo-joon from MBLAQ and Beast wished them all the best for the upcoming KBS 2TV drama "IRIS 2" and presented rice wreaths.
The "IRIS 2" Showcase was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton. Lee Beom-soo's supporters Little Tiger sent a wreath of rice as well and wreaths of rice and coal from fans of Lee Joon and Yoon Doo-joon filled the ballroom,...More
MASQUERADE sweeps with record-breaking 15 wins at Korea's Oscars!
Film takes the 49th Daejong Film Awards by storm, taking top prizes for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and others. Beats out "Golden Lion" winner "Pieta" and domestic all-time box office champ "The Thieves".
"Masquerade" experienced sweeping success at this year's 49th Daejong Film Awards (Grand Bell Awards) on October 30th in Seoul, Korea. The awards ceremony is the oldest film awards ceremony in South Korea and is presented annually by the Motion Pictures Association of Korea, making it the equivalent of the American Academy Awards,...More
Art and Culture
It's finally Friday and we have our Michelle Kim here with us for our last arts and culture segment of the week. Today, she'll tell us about the premiere of an American movie featuring a Korean actress and . Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young Let's start with the film. Which film is it and who is the Korean actress in it[Reporter : ] The film is "Cloud Atlas" and the actress is Bae Doona, who was in Los Angeles for the premiere on Wednesday,...More
Han Hyo-joo stays three more years with current agency
Han Hyo-joo showed her loyalty to her agency.
BH Entertainment revealed, "Han Hyo-joo signed a new contract last week and she's going to stay with us for another 3 years". She signed with BH Entertainment in 2009 and her contract was to be up at the end of October,...More
MASQUERADE sets box office records in South Korea and expands across North America!
Since its South Korean release on September 13th and its North American release in select cities on September 21st, historical drama "Masquerade" has experienced sweeping success in both countries. In South Korea, "Masquerade" has been topping the weekend box office for six consecutive weeks, reaching 10 million in admissions and becoming the 7th movie in Korean film history to surpass the number. Following a Red Carpet Premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Lee Byung-hun and a limited U.S. release, "Masquerade" is now expanding to six more cities, including the brand new Angelika Mosaic in Washington D.C. See added list of theaters and release dates below:,...More
Lee Byung-hun 20 years ago
Actor Lee Byung-hun's picture from a fan meeting 20 years ago was revealed.
A picture was posted on a community bulletin recently of actor Lee Byung-hun celebrating his birthday party with his fans,...More
'Masquerade', 7th film to reach 10 million viewers
Poster for "Masquerade"
By Rachel Lee The film "Masquerade" has surpassed the 10 million-milestone attendance, the film's distributor said Saturday. According to the Korean Film Council, the movie has drawn 10,041,566 viewers as of Sunday, becoming the 7th Korean film to reach the barometer of what defines a blockbuster here. It is also the second to reach the mark in 2012 after "The Thieves", which set the all-time attendance record earlier this month. The heist film directed by Choi Dong-hoon has attracted about 13.02 million people, beating out "The Host" (2006) that drew 13.01 million,...More
MBC "All In 2" is being talked about
Written by Choi Wan-gyoo and produced by Yoo Cheol-yong, "All In" is being talked about but MBC claims nothing is to be sure of yet.
MBC Drama Department told TC Report on the 16th that, "We have talked about the drama but it hasn't been organized yet. Nothing has been confirmed,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] September and the Aftermath of the Summer Hits
HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.09)
It took ten long weeks at the weekend box office to see off Choi Dong-hoon's "The Thieves", a monumental run that earned the film a recording-breaking 13 million admissions during that time. August was indeed the month its sales caught fire, and the month of September was just a glory lap as it gracefully bows out of the limelight and into the history books.
In addition to the re-writing of the history books, September showed a wavering level of enthusiasm for some of this month's foreign inclusions. Although, "The Bourne Legacy" was able to enter the second weekend on top, snatching 29.3% of the ticket sales in the process. This was the first time a foreign film had held the weekend number one since "The Dark Knight Rises" some seven weeks earlier. In fact, the shelf life for foreign films was on average 2~3 weeks in the top ten,...More
Busan 17th Film Festival Red Carpet Actors
Hello, everyone. Im Lena with the latest K-pop news updates. Well start off with news about global sensation Psy. Last night, Psy whos at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the U.K. music chart treated some 8,000 Korean fans to a free performance at Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul,...More
Lee Byung-hun "It's just a birthday dinner"
Media reported that Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung were taking the first steps to get married as they had dinner with both parents. His agency claims, "It's just a birthday dinner and it's too soon to talk about marriage".
Lee Byung-hun returned from Montreal, Canada suddenly. According to a media on the 28th of September, Lee Byung-hun joined a dinner with his girlfriend Lee Min-jung and both of their parents in Seoul on the 26th,...More
Lee Byung-hun stops in to say thanks
In between shooting his upcoming Hollywood blockbuster "Red 2", Lee Byung-hun has returned home to express his thanks to Korean fans. Lee's agency announced yesterday that the Hallyu star wants to take part in next week's Busan International Film Festival "to say thank you to all those who watched 'Masquerade,...More
'Pieta' Gains Momentum at Box Office After Venice Award
Director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta", which won the best film award at this year's Venice Film Festival, is about to hit the 500,000 mark in terms of the number of viewers it has attracted,...More
Lee Min-jung's photo shoot
Lee Byung-hun's woman Lee Min-jung was seen at a photo shoot.
She shot an ad recently for One Day Acuvue Define. She held up a coffee mug and looked mellow,...More
[Guest Post] Top 4 Korean Actors on Television
Korean television is home to some of the most gifted actors in the world. Korean dramas, in particular, tend to put on display some of the best talents. And for those who want to watch Korean programming but live in the US, Direct TV offers international programming packages so you can watch the best shows and the top 4 Korean television actors,...More
Jang Hyeok and Lee Da-hae confirms "Iris 2"
Actor Jang Hyeok and actress Lee Da-hae have given the go to "IRIS 2" which is to be aired in February next year.
Several media officials conveyed this fact and although they haven't signed a contract yet, they have verbally signed themselves on board,...More
KARA's Ji-young, BEAST's Yoon Doo-joon, & MBLAQ's Lee Joon To Join "IRIS 2"
Some of the most popular idol stars have just joined the cast of the blockbuster drama sequel "IRIS 2". According to drama officials, KARA's Ji-young, BEAST's Yoon Doo-joon, and MBLAQ's Lee Joon will be taking on roles as agents in the drama,...More
Lee Byung-hun and TOP, the most expected actioners
Actors Lee Byung-hun and TOP (Choi Seung-hyeon) were chosen as the two actors who are most looked forward to in an action flick.
Lee Byung-hun and TOP (Choi Seung-hyeon) ranked first place in the survey asking "Who would be the perfect action duo like Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis?" by the movie "Looper",...More
'Masquerade' Sets Box Office Alight with 1 Million Tickets Sold in 4 Days
"Masquerade" has attracted over 1 million viewers in just four days since it was released Thursday,...More
Song Seung-heon and Yoon Je-moon to come together in "The Messenger"
Actors Song Seung-heon and Yoon Je-moon are starring in a movie together.
According to the movie industry on the 18th, Song and Yoon and considering the terms of "The Messenger". This movie is directed by Kwon Jong-gwan,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.09.14 ~ 2012.09.17
HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review
Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" wasn't able to hold down the top spot over the weekend, ultimately being surpassed by Kim Ki-duk's "Peta" as well as two new releases both foreign and domestic. But it was Choo Chang-min's "Masquerade" that turned out to be the big favorite with 1,100,859 admissions, that accounted for and 53.3% of ticket sales over the weekend. Previously known as "The King of Joseon", it tells the familiar tale of the commoner come King in this historical drama. "Masquerade" stars Lee Byung-hun, Ryoo Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo and Jang Gwang and was released last Thursday,...More
Korean movies opening today 2012/09/13 in Korea
Korean movies opening today 2012/09/13,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Psy meet in US
Lee Byung-hun from "Masquerade" and "Gangnam Style" Psy will be meeting in America at the press releasing event of the movie "Masquerade" on the 14th.
While this event if planned to be held at the LA Country Museum of Arts (LACMA), Psy is going to visit his old friend Lee Byung-hun,...More
Lee Byung-hun, "We call each other by name"
Celebrity couple Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung revealed their nicknames.
MBC TV program "Section TV" revealed an interview with Lee Byung-hun,...More
Today's Photo: September 8, 2012
Actress Han Hyo-joo arrives at a preview of her latest film "Masquerade" in Seoul on Friday,...More
Lee Byung-hun Talks About His Movies, Love Life
"Masquerade" in which Lee Byung-hun plays a double role, will open on Sept. 19. The film revolves around Gwanghaegun, the 15th king of the Chosun Dynasty who was deposed in a coup. In the film, Lee plays the bizarre king, known for his mischievous behavior, as well as his double, a humble acrobat and bawdy joker who stands in for the monarch when the latter faces the threat of being poisoned. Although the role hardly fits Lee's action-man image, he said he was keen to avoid being pigeonholed. "If I had other talents, like performing as a singer or hosting a show, I'd be able to show many different sides of myself", he said. "But I have to focus on playing to my skills, and doing what I can through my acting. As I don't want to be get stereotyped, I prefer to play more versatile roles",...More
Lee Byung-hun, "Lee Min-jung's wisdom over beauty"
Actor Lee Byung-hun chose wisdom as one of his lover Lee Min-jung's best qualities.
The Media Day for "Masquerade" was held on the 3rd. Many reporters and movie industrial people attended this event as it is expected to be the best movie to this end of the year,...More
Han Hyo-joo "I didn't know about Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung"
Han Hyo-joo mentioned the relationship between Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung.
Actress Han Hyo-joo said she really didn't know about their scandal, at the "Masquerade" Media Day on the 3rd,...More
Added new poster for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Added new poster for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade",...More
"Masquerade" Coming to North America on September 21!
CJ Entertainment brings the historical drama "Masquerade" to North American theaters on September 21st. Set in the seventeenth century, "Masquerade" was written by the co-writer of "Old Boy" and stars Lee Byung-hun (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and "A Bittersweet Life") in one of this fall's most riveting tales. "One must not record that which he wishes to hide". -February 28, 1616 The tyrant of the century, or the tragic monarch? History remembers one king with two faces,...More
[Video] Added new stills and trailer for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Added new stills and trailer for the up,...More
Lee Min-jung chooses loyalty over love
Top star Lee Min-jung who is currently in a relationship with Lee Byung-hun chose loyalty over love.
Lee has re-signed with her current agency MS Team Entertainment which is management to Son Ye-jin, Moon Chae-won and others,...More
Sunny Sim Eun-kyeong in "Masquerade" with Lee Byung-hun and Ryoo Seung-ryong
Actress Sim Eun-kyeong is coming back with "Masquerade".
Well known for her dialect cussing in the movie "Sunny - 2010" from last year, Sim Eun-kyeong is standing side by side with Lee Byung-hun, Ryoo Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo and other big stars,...More
Added new posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Added new posters for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade",...More
Lee Byung-hun sues Kang Byeong-gyu
Lee Byung-hun sued Kang Byeong-gyu in the end for the reasons that he defamed him by spreading intentional fake rumors about Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung's official relationship announcement.
Lee's legal attorney Apex revealed, "Kang Byeong-gyu has been sued for defamation".,...More
Lee Byung-hun's relationship reported in Japan
Japanese media were quick to report the relationship status of actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Min-jung.
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung notified fans and public about their relationship on the 19th and Japanese media Sankei Sports reported the same on the same day at around 3:50PM,...More
Prince-pauper tale gets election-year twist in 'Masquerade'
This film image released by CJ E&M shows actor Lee Byung-hun as king Gwanghaegun, right, and his commoner double Ha-sun in "Masquerade". The movie by Choo Chang-min is slated for a late September release. / Courtesy of CJ E&M
By Kwaak Je-yup With the presidential election only a few months away, "Masquerade" could not be released at a better time. Inspired by Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper", the historical drama about switched royal identities challenges the audience to think about the system of the government today, specifically the way we see the role of the nation's top job, according to Lee Byung-hun, the lead actor who plays the two protagonists,...More
Today's Photo: August 14, 2012 (1)
Han Hyo-joo (left) and Lee Byung-hun pose at a press event for their new film "Masquerade" in Seoul on Monday,...More
Coming September 2012 From CJ Entertainment
Coming this fall with the first ever day-and-date Korea and U.S. theatrical release for a Korean film is the hotly anticipated historical drama "Masquerade", starring Korea's world star Lee Byung-hun and written by "Old Boy" co-writer, Hwang Jo-yoon. The versatile actor LEE (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and A Bittersweet Life) plays the dual lead as both the tragic King Gwanghae and that of the commoner who shares a fatefully remarkable resemblance to the ruler, Ha-Seon,...More
[Video] Added new images and 2nd teaser trailer for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Added new images and 2nd teaser traile,...More
Art and Culture
It's Wednesday and..you guessed it, it's celebrity news time with our Michelle Kim. But before we get into the latest celebrity updates, I hear she has information about an exhibition in London that she would like to tell us about first. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what's happening in London,...More
'Bungee Jump' tells of complex love story
Will Aronson, left, and Hue Park wrote the music and lyrics, respectively, for the new show "Bungee Jump" based on the 2001 movie "Bungee Jumping of their Own". / Courtesy of Lee Soo-jin
"Bungee Jumping of their Own", a popular 2001 film about a love transcending time, space and gender, is being staged as a musical at Blue Square's Samsung Card Hall in Hannam-dong, Seoul. Composer Will Aronson, who has worked previously with Musical Heaven, the musical's production company, and lyricist Hue Park told The Korea Times about their work, collaboration and friendship,...More
T-ara Confirm Credentials as Korean Wave Stars with Japan Concerts
Girl Group "T-ara" perform at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo on Wednesday. /Courtesy of Core Contents Media
Some 10,000 people filled the Budokan Arena in Tokyo on Wednesday evening, waving fans emblazoned with the faces of "T-ara" members and shaking glow sticks. Korean Wave stars such as Lee Byung-hun, TVXQ and 2PM have all staged concerts at the historic venue in Japan, but "T-ara" is the first Korean girl band to appear there,...More
Poster revealed for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Poster revealed for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade",...More
"Masquerade" two Lee Byung-huns
Actor Lee Byung-hun was seen on the poster of "Masquerade".
"Masquerade" is about a commoner becoming king instead of the real King Gwang-hae who is on the verge of being taken down. The movie talks about the 15 days missing from history,...More
(42) Park Chan-wook: Director with blood-coated lens
Director Park Chan-wook, left, waves as he is awarded with actor Choi Min-shik for the grand prix for the film "Old Boy" during the award ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes on May 24, 2004. / Korea Times file
By Andrew Salmon Tension and violence sell, but this may not be apparent to the vast majority of fans of "hallyu", the much-discussed "Korean Wave" of pop culture that has swept outward from the shores of the peninsula since, roughly, the turn of the millennium. The two standout genres of hallyu, in sales terms, are clearly K-pop and K-soaps. Of the former, Korean management companies have come up with a winning formula, churning out a range of cute, well-trained and above all wholesome boy- and girl-bands whose appeal is very different from the rebellious, opinionated, drug-spattered figures who stagger across the stage of Western rock 'n roll. Soap is similarly sugar-coated: Most dramas are centered upon pretty boys and pretty girls in pretty clothes and pretty houses/landscapes engaging in genteel, "no-sex-please-we're-Korean" romances,...More
Today's Photo 1: July 4, 2012
Actors Im Soo-jeong (left) and Lee Byung-hun speak after being named promotional ambassadors for the 2012 Gwangju Biennale on Tuesday. /Yonhap,...More
[Video] Added new stills and first teaser for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Added new stills and first teaser for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade",...More
"Masquerade" Lee Byung-hun's existence
Lee Byung-hun's first historical "Masquerade" was revealed in a teaser.
"Masquerade" deals with the 15 days missing from history about a commoner who pretends to be the king and he is at risk of being killed in the Chosun times, during the 8 years reign of Gwang Hae-gun,...More
[Video] Teaser revealed for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Teaser revealed for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade",...More
Korean Actor Lee Byung-hun and Ahn Sung-ki Held Handprinting Ceremony at Historic Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Ahn Sung-ki have added their hand and footprints in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
This ceremony was part of the "Looking East 2012 Korean Movie Festival" held over the weekend at the historic theater,...More
Ahn Sung-ki and Lee Byung-hun to make a mark in Hollywood
To increase Korean movie reputation and the first as Asian actors
Actors Ahn Sung-ki and Lee Byung-hun let the world know about Korean movies as they left hand prints in Hollywood. The two attended the hand-printing event in LA, USA at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood,...More
Added new stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Added new stills for the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade",...More
Joo Ji-hoon compared with Lee Byung-hun?
Actor Joo Ji-hoon said he didn't care about being compared with fellow actor Lee Byung-hun. The two actors are being focused on for their first attempts at a historical since their debut.
At the press release conference of the movie "I Am a King" Joo Ji-hoon was asked how he felt about being compared with Lee Byung-hun at their first attempts at historicals and he replied, "The genre between us is very different so there's no pressure",...More
[Review] I Saw The Devil: revenge at any cost
Soo-hyeon unaware at the cannibal's home
Choi Min-sik is back as the psycho killer in the murder-thriller "I Saw the Devil". Min-sik's character, Kyung-chul is cold, ruthless and deceptive. In the opening scene Kyung-chul is seen assisting a young woman with a flat tire. Soo-hyeon, the fiancé of the woman in the car talks with her on the phone as she waits for a tow truck. She begins to get suspicious when Kyung-chul ominously hangs outside her car window. He strikes with brutal swiftness with a hammer, knocking her out. Later he drags her back to his kill-house where he hacks her up despite her calls for mercy,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Han Hyo-joo's "Masquerade" changed to "Gwanghae"
"Masquerade" with Lee Byung-hun and Han Hyo-joo has changed its name to "Gwanghae: The Man who became King" according to a staff member on the 31st.
"Gwanghae: The Man who became King" is about Ha-seon, a low-class born man, who looks exactly like the king, taking over the throne instead of the king. "Gwanghae: The Man who became King" reflects more on the content of the movie than "Masquerade",...More
Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won Voted Most Popular Movie Stars
Ha Jung-woo and Ha Ji-won have been voted the most popular actor and actress in Korea in an email poll by the Chosun Ilbo and the nation's largest film ticketing site MaxMovie.
Some 25,784 people voted from April 18 to May 5. The two drew 10.1 and 13.7 percent of the votes respectively. But Song Kang-ho and Jeon Do-yeon were chosen as the best -- as opposed to most popular -- actor and actress, with 18 and 23.3 percent.
Since the poll targeted online users of MaxMovie who had been to the cinema at least once last year, it probably reflects moviegoers' preferences more accurately than other surveys,...More
"Hallyu", Korean wave, will not last 5 years
Top, Girls' Generation, a popular K-pop group, pose with actor and co-guest Bill Murray on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on January 31. / Bottom left, K-pop girl group T-ara take part in a photo shoot. / Bottom right, Lee Byung-hun poses for the cameras at a press launch for a TV drama.
"'Hallyu' will cool down in four years".
Six out of 10 foreigners believe the recent fad for Korean culture - K-pop, movies and TV dramas and soap operas - will decline over the next few years,...More
Song Seung-heon returns to small screen
Song Seung-heon walks down a street during a visit to Vietnam to shoot a television program this January.(Courtesy of Korea Foundation)
Heartthrob Song Seung-heon is coming back to his fans through the small screen.
Despite 16 years passing since his debut, Song, 35, remains as handsome and single as ever, coupled now with better acting ability. As one of the pioneers of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, his popularity continues to the rise, both in Korea and overseas,...More
Lee Byung-hun to star in "Red 2" with Bruce Willis
Top star Lee Byung-hun will continue to work in Hollywood.
According to BH Entertainment on the 10th, Lee Byung-hun will star in the movie "Red 2". This movie will be about retired CIA agents and their mission. Bruce Willis will be working with Lee Byung-hun this time,...More
Hollywood looks East with debut of korean film festival, June 23-24
Grauman's to Host Korean Film Screenings, VIP Events and First-Ever Castings of Korean Talent
Hollywood, CA – An appreciation of all things Korean has swept into popular culture – from taekwondo to kalbi to K-pop – extending to a proliferation of film and television talent who trace their lineage to the Asian peninsula. This summer, Hollywood will offer an appreciation with the first Look East: Korean Film Festival, a celebratory weekend taking place Saturday & Sunday, June 23-24. Hyundai Motors serves as a Lead Festival sponsor of the festival,...More
Ahn Sung-ki, Lee Byung-hun to Leave Handprints in Hollywood
Actors Ahn Sung-ki and Lee Byung-hun will leave their hand and foot prints on the forecourt of Mann's Chinese Theatre on June 23 when they participate in a Korean film festival held in Hollywood, California.
Until now, Hong Kong director John Woo is the only Asian celebrity to have left his prints there, making the two Koreans the first actors from the region to do so,...More
Today's Photo: April 26, 2012
Actor Lee Byung-hun poses at a press junket for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" in Seoul on Wednesday,...More
Baek Sang Awards 1 : "Punch" and "The Sun and The Moon"
Is it "Punch" and or "The Sun and the Moon"? While the 48th Baek Sang Arts Awards is about to commence, on the 26th, the question is who will receive the Grand Prize.
The 48th Baek Sang Arts Awards will be held on the 26th at 6:30 PM at the Seoul Olympic Hall with hosts Lee Hwi-jae and Kim Ah-joong. This ceremony divides into movie and TV categories. Movie, TV, Entertainment and Refinement are announced by category. Movie and TV are given Grand Prizes and Lee Byung-hun from "I Saw the Devil" and Hyeon Bin from "Secret Garden" won them last year,...More
2 Korean actors get stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame
Korean movie stars Lee Byung-hun and Ahn Sung-ki will get stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June, according to a local movie promoter Wednesday.
The two will leave their hand prints in a ceremony outside of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on June 23 and 24, the 1st Look said. Their stars will be lined up on the famed walk alongside Hollywood legends like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and Harrison Ford,...More
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' bests original
Lee Byung-hun, who stars as Storm Shadow in the new film by Jon M. Chu "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", speaks at a press conference Wednesday. The movie opens in theaters nationwide in June. / Courtesy of 1st Look
Lee Byung-hun reprises loner Storm Shadow, praises new director For one of the country's biggest stars, Lee Byung-hun was surprisingly - even excessively - modest,...More
Stills of Lee Byung-hun Whet Appetite for 'G.I. Joe' Sequel
New stills from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", a sequel to a 2009 blockbuster "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra", have been released on U.S. websites, heightening fans' excitement about the soon-to-be-released film,...More
Lee Byung-hun & Lee Min-jung Deny Dating Rumors
Both considered top notch actors in Korean entertainment, the rumor mill has been abuzz about latest reports indicating Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung are dating.
One media source reported on April 16th that the 42-year-old actor and the 30-year-old actress had good opinions of each other from earlier this year,a nd had cautiously starting dating. After bumping into one another at various award ceremonies and other work-related gatherings, their work sunbae-hoobae (or senior-junior) work relationship blossomed into a romantic relationship,...More
'Battleship' Director Talks of Love of Korea Ahead of World Premiere in Seoul
Peter Berg, director of the US$200 million Hollywood blockbuster "Battleship", which will have its world premiere in Korea next Wednesday, said this week he feels a special connection to the country that is still technically at war with North Korea.
"My father, he was an American marine, and fought here in South Korea. And he was very proud of his time", Berg said during a press conference in Seoul on Thursday,...More
Presenting past, present of 'Korean wave'
A visitor looks at the "byeongpung", or traditional folding screen that shows Korean-style roofs on its digital screen at a Hallyu promotion booth set up inside the COEX center in Samseong-dong, Seoul, where the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit is being held for two days. (Korea Times photo by Shim Hyun-chul)
The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit is not just a summit for discussing nuclear security issues; it is also a great opportunity for Korea to promote its culture,...More
Finecut dials up Love 911
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced it will be selling the upcoming film "Love 911" starting at the Hong Kong Filmart next week. Starring Ko Soo and Han Hyo-joo, the film is about an unlikely romance between a dedicated firefighter with a painful past and a cold-hearted emergency room (ER) doctor who is solely focused on her career.
Notable investment and distribution company N.E.W. is financing and distributing "Love 911" in Korea,...More
Cherry Blossoms Expected to Bloom Early this Year
Many Koreans are glad to finally be able to see the first signs of spring, and when the first buds appear, the annual blooming of the nation's beautiful cherry blossoms comes along. Due to the unusually warm temperatures experienced in the country last week, these beautiful trees are expected to bloom ahead of its delayed schedule by four days,...More
Upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Masquerade"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
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Hwang Jung-eum's Boyfriend Kim Yong-jun Enters the Military
SG Wannabe's Kim Yong-jun entered basic military training in Nonsan on February 16th.
Fans from all over the country came to see him off.
He shyly reveals his cropped hair!,...More
[Photos] Stars at Ko Soo's wedding 1
Actor Ko Soo poses before his wedding at a hotel in Seoul on Friday,...More
Lee Byung-hun To MC Ko Soo's Wedding
Actor Ko Soo will be getting married on February 17th, to a woman 11 years his junior. The wedding will take place at the Dynasty Hall at the Shilla Hotel located in Seoul. It turns out that Ko Soo's fellow agency member Lee Byung-hun will be emceeing the ceremony!
Furthermore, actor Lee Soon-jae will be officiating while singer Gummy will be singing the congratulatory song,...More
The Kings of the Chosun
Lee Byung-hun's "King of Chosun" to be released in fall
Joo Ji-hoon's upcoming "I Am a King"
Micky Yoochun in "The Rooftop Prince"
Hwon isn't the only king of Chosun.,...More
Korea's most anticipated films of 2012
With the start of the new year, the Korean film industry looks to its brightest prospects. Kang Byeong-jin profiles eight highly anticipated films of 2012.
"The Fortune Tellers"
In production. Directed by Sin Jeong-won. Starring Kim Soo-ro, Lee Je-hoon, Kang Ye-won. Produced by Dasepo Club, Saram Entertainment. Distributed by N.E.W.Release planned for the first half of 2012.
Korean fortune-tellers not only tell the future, but they also chase away ghosts. The background of "The Fortune Tellers" is Uljinri where a decades-old evil spirit rules. When mysterious accidents and events keep happening without avail, fortune-tellers from all over the country gather to hold a shaman ritual,...More
3 Hallyu stars turn and go!
Jang Dong-gun and Lee Byung-hun back home...kwon Sang-woo goes out to USA and China.
Jang Dong-gun, Lee Byung-hun and kwon Sang-woo are going different ways,...More
Historical Dramas Captivate Korea
From a TV drama getting 40% ratings with its heartbreaking love st,...More
Han Hyo-joo highly considered by actor Ryan Gosling
Actress Han Hyo-joo has won high praise from actor Ryan Gosling from America who is famous for the movie "The Notebook".
Han Hyo-joo attended the "1st Hua Hin International Movie Festival" on the 27th in Thailand. She was very welcomed by the local fans as she visited the country with So Ji-sub as the leading characters for the movie "Always",...More
"The Sun and the Moon" Kim Yoo-jeong "Actually my ideal type is a scholar lik Lee Min-ho-I"
Kim Yoo-jeong, from "The Sun and the Moon", talked about her ideal type of boyfriend.
On the January 21st broadcast of MBC's 'Section TV', she said that her ideal mate is the scholar that Lee Min-ho-I plays on the show,...More
Ha Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi to star in "The King 2 Hearts"
Han Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi are the leading cast members for upcoming MBC drama "The King 2 Hearts".
An MBC spokesperson said on January 19th, "Ha Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi have joined the team and the casting is now complete",...More
Lee Byung-hun Praised by Hollywood Co-star
A protagonist of "G.I. Joe 2", Dwayne Johnson, praised the actor Lee Byung-hun very highly at a meeting with Korean reporters after he finished a press conference for his movie "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" held at Le Meridien Taipei on January 17. He talked about various episodes with Lee Byung-hun at the meeting. Lee Byung-hun will appear in "G.I. Joe 2" after he had appeared in "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" by playing the Cobra organization's secret weapon named "Storm Shadow". Dwayne Johnson said, "I became a friend of Lee Byung-hun while we were filming 'G.I. Joe 2' together. It was such a great experience with him. He is an actor who has great presence,...More
Girls' Generation named best dressed in Japan
By Lee Hyo-won
K-pop group Girls' Generation Wednesday won a best-dressed award at a Japanese jewelry exhibition.
The nine-member band received a special prize in the women's category for best dressers at the 23rd International Jewellery (this is the official spelling) Japan (IJT) 2012, which opened Wednesday at Odaiba, Tokyo,...More
Big-budget films to open in 2012
A scene from "The Thieves", which is expected to wow movie fans this year with its A-list cast. / Courtesy of Showbox/Mediaplex
By Lee Hyo-won While 2011 saw the release of some novel, genre-defying works, not many local films aside from "Sunny - 2010" and "War of the Arrows" (a.k.a. "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon") managed to draw crowds at the box office. This year, a lineup of big-budget films featuring the return of big stars await moviegoers,...More
Lee Byung-hun to host a wedding as ten year friendship gift
Actor Lee Byung-hun will be hosting the wedding of his management company's chairman.
He's going to host BH Entertainment chairman Son Seok-woo's wedding on January 5th,...More
Will it be hard for Sin Ha-gyoon to take the Grand Prize?
Let's look back at the KBS Grand Prizes years past. There have been no cases where a leading character from a drama with less than a 20% rating took the honor. But this man, he's aiming for the best with not looks and connections but only talent. This man is Sin Ha-gyoon from KBS2 "Brain".
Let's say honestly, "Brain" isn't one of the highest rated dramas. It's been rising slowly after the end of "A Thousand Days' Promise" but it topped out at 15.5% on the December 6th,...More
The Dark Side of Korean Drama - Part 2
As I said in my previous article, I decided to talk a bit about the various problems and cruelties of being a television actor, idol and celebrity in Korea. They are things that occupy my thoughts quite often, as a fan of Korean entertainment.
I was very glad to see people discussing the issues. The internet can get a bit heavy on the positive things sometimes, as a lot of fans seem to prefer denial and only talking about the good things, as reality can be too much to bare sometimes. But reality is not always bleak and problems have solutions too.
In this second and final part of my thoughts on the issue, I talk about the third big "culprit" of these problems, the audiences, and give a little closure and some ideas on how Korea could go about changing things for its entertainment,...More
Won Bin Becomes 'Actor of the Year' for Two Consecutive Years
Gallup Korea conducted a survey to select the "Actor of the Year", and Won Bin has been chosen as the best actor for two years in a row. Gallup Korea said on December 22 that they had conducted a survey with 1,728 respondents from both men and women aged 13 or older across the nation from November 18 until December 6 to ask the best movie star of the year, and Won Bin obtained 11.3 percent of the votes. Gallup Korea let the respondents select two actors and counted the total votes,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Ko Soo, Han Chae-young and Han Hyo-joo in one place... what's going on?
Twelve top actors and actresses including Lee Byung-hun, Ko Soo, Han Chae-young, Han Hyo-joo, Kim Min-hee, Bae Soo-bin, Jin Goo and more gathered in one place.
They all gathered together to celebrate the marriage of their management company's chairman, Son Seok-woo. At Han Hyo-joo's suggestion, the twelve actors and actresses held a surprise party for Son with the fashion magazine "In Style" to make a special memory,...More
Han Hyo-joo in "King of Chosun" with Lee Byung-hun
Actress Han Hyo-joo is attempting at a historical again and this time it's a movie.
Han Hyo-joo has recently confirmed to cast in the movie "King of Chosun" which is directed by Choo Chang-min from "Late Blossom". This movie is about a low class person acting as the ruler instead of the Gwanghaegun then opening his eyes to the position of a king.,...More
Jeong Joon-ho's humiliation VS Lee Byung-hun's six pack
Actor Jeong Joon-ho spoke about the time he was humiliated next to Lee Byung-hun.
He appeared in the Channel A talk show "Show King" and spoke about an incident that occurred during the drama "IRIS",...More
From candy kiss to foam, gum and kimchi kiss
The kiss between Sin Ha-gyoon and Choi Jung-won in the KBS 2TV drama "Brain" is lingering in people's minds.
Neurosurgery specialist Kang-hoon (Sin Ha-gyoon) asked his junior staff Ji-hye (Choi Jung-won) "Do you like me?" to which she replied, "Can't I Like You?" and this led to him pulling her into a kiss. There was gum on her face and he took it off with a light kiss and then continued to a long and deep kiss,...More
2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards - Results & Photos
Girls' Generation & 2NE1
The 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) were held on the evening of November 29 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Super Junior was the big winner of the night, and among those attending or performing were 2NE1, IU, and Girls' Generation,...More
Yoo Ji-tae and Kim Hyo-jin's wedding should bring the Awards together
kwon Sang-woo, Kim Hye-soo, Park Hae-il, Soo-ae, Sul Kyung-gu, Lee Byung-hun, Cha Seung-won and others are planned to attend Yoo Ji-tae's wedding.
Actor Yoo Ji-tae and actress Kim Hyo-jin's wedding should be like another award show on its own.,...More
Lee Byung-hun Awarded Presidential Award
After spending the past five months in New Orleans of the the United States shooting for the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe 2", Lee Byung-hun finally returned home on November 21st.
As soon as Lee touched Korean soil, he was busy as the recipient of the Presidential Award for advancing Korean pop culture and arts,...More
Lee Byung-hun to star as King of Joseon
Top Korean star Lee Byung-hun is set to play the lead in CJ E&M Pictures' "Masquerade" (working title). Lee's management agency BH Entertainment announced that he is confirmed to star in the historical drama to be directed by Choo Chang-min ("Late Blossom") and written by Hwang Jo-yoon ("Old Boy"),...More
Jo In-seong "Kwon Bob" dilemma... Lee Jae-gyoo's "The King 2 Hearts" anxious
Actor Jo In-Seong attended the "KAA Awards" in Seoul on the 20th of October. He was awarded the "Good Model" award chosen by the advertisers.
Actor Jo In-Seong who was discharged from the army in May still hasn't been able to start his return flick. This is because of the "Kwon Bob" dilemma.,...More
Lee Byung-hun comes back to Korea with "King of Chosun"
Top star Lee Byung-hun is attempting a historical drama for the fist time in his acting career.
He has recently confirmed as a cast member for "King of Chosun". This will be directed by Choo Chang-min and not Kang Woo-seok, who was initially supposed to direct this movie,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Lee Si-yeong pull off 250 million won, Sin Se-kyeong aphasia distress, Jung Yoo-mi idol?
■ Lee Byung-hun and Lee Si-young gather 250 million won for African children Actor Lee Byung-hun and actress Lee Si-young are giving hope to Africa. They have managed to gather 12,599 different sponsors and 250 million won in funds since 9AM November 9th through the KBS 1TV special program "2011 Big Run on the Road of Hope" This program is putting forward 8 representative actors and actresses for 8 weeks, helping children in Asia and Africa suffering from poverty and hunger. The following episode on November 12th will be about the Republic of Mozambique visited by actor Lee Beom-soo,...More
Lee Byung-hun's first attempt at historical drama
Possibly will star in "Masquerade".
Top star Lee Byung-hun will attempt a historical drama for the first time since his debut,...More
'Byeon Sama' Lee Byung-hun will hold a concert in Japan in December
Actor Lee Byung-hun will hold a concert in Japan in December.
His official website posted on October 21st that he will hold a concert called 'Lee Byeon Heon on Stage 2011',...More
Lee Byung-hun, together with the Hong sisters? "The King 2 Hearts"
Actor Lee Byung-hun is considering a drama offer from the Hong sisters.
It turns out Lee Byung-hun was offered a role in the new MBC drama "The King 2 Hearts", planned to air next year. However, it doesn't seem like Lee Byung-hun has responded yet.,...More
Choi Ji-woo beats Kim Tae-hee and Lee Young-ae in Hallyu star ranking!
Hallyu star Choi Ji-woo is still very popular in Japan.
She took first place in the "Hallyu Star Ranking" popularity and nomination categories in a recent special report of Nikkei Entertainment magazine which is published by Nikkei BP, a subsidiary company of one of Japans economic newspapers,...More
Lee Byung-hun Is Chosen for Most Wanted Hallyu Star For Dinner Date
"Hotel.com" conducted a survey and Lee Byung-hun tops the list followed by actor Jang Geun-seok.
Actor Lee Byung-hun has been selected for the most wanted Hallyu star for a dinner date at a hotel in the survey conducted among Japanese fans. The world's largest hotel booking site "Hotel.com (www.hotels.com)" reported on September 7 that they had conducted the survey with 400 females consisting with 100 females from each age groups from twenties to fifties to find out the most wanted Hallyu star for their dinner date at a hotel, and Lee Byung-hun ranked atop the survey and he was followed by Jang Geun-seok and Bae Yong-joon. In addition, TVXQ, Jang Dong-gun, kwon Sang-woo, Won Bin, Ryoo Si-won, Rain, and Song Seung-heon were included at the top 10,...More
Kim Yu-na Dolls to Hit Market Next Year
Molded figurines of skating queen Kim Yu-na and actor Ryoo Si-won will be available on the domestic and export market next fall, according to Seoul. The municipal government has signed agreements with two firms to provide a subsidy of W150 million to manufacture the dolls (US$1=W1,077),...More
Korean movie opening today 2011/09/03 in Korea
Korean movie opening today 2011/09/03 in Korea short "Share the Vision",...More
Added new stills and video for the upcoming Korean short movie "Share the Vision"
Added new stills and video for the upcoming Korean short movie "Share the Vision",...More
[Exclusive] Lee Byung-hun and Kim min-hee scandal?
Are Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun, 41 and actress Kim Min-hee, 29 in a relationship?
This is something that recently spread fast in the fashion industry. They are in the same management and they are close enough to help each other out in their celebrity lives.,...More
Jang Geun-seok and Kim Tae-hee's never ending Hallyu Wave
Pretty boy and girl Jang Geun-seok and Kim Tae-hee have set about hardening the Hallyu Wave in Japan.
The general trend, Jang Geun-seok's popularity it hitting the skies. According to Japanese weekly Flash, Jang Geun-seok was chosen as the most highly paid Hallyu star, beating Bae Yong-joon and Lee Byung-hun. His guarantee per advertisement series is 90 million Yen (roughly 1.27 billion won) and is twice as much as Girl's Generation and Kara who get paid 50 million Yen.,...More
Yim Jae-beom music video released for the upcoming Korean short movie "Share the Vision"
Yim Jae-beom music video released for the upcoming Korean short movie "Share the Vision",...More
Lee Byung-hun with Bruce Willis?
Negotiating "G.I.Joe 2"
There might be a possibility that top star Lee Byung-hun will act with Hollywood star Bruce Willis.,...More
Jang Geun-seok to star in 'Love Rain'
By Do Je-hae
Jang Geun-seok, 23, will star in a new television drama by Yoon Seok-ho, director of "Winter Sonata", a promotion agency said.
The drama tentatively titled "Love Rain" is expected to air in the first half of next year. The new drama is also the first collaboration in a decade between Yoon and writer Oh Soo-yeon, who created "Winter Sonata" and "Autumn in my Heart",...More
Trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Share the Vision"
Trailer released for the upcoming Korean movie "Share the Vision",...More
Upcoming short Korean movie "Share the Vision"
Added the upcoming Korean movie "Share the Vision"'s page to HanCinema database,...More
Book probes transnational identity of 'hallyu'
Clockwise from left, scenes from the dramas "Dae Jang Geum" ("Jewel in the Palace") and "Jumong" and the film "Il Mare" / Korea Times file
By Chung Ah-young
K-pop fever has been reignited, as illustrated by the success of recent concerts in Paris. Fans that have yet to see Korean performers on stage are forming flash mobs and group dances as they clamor for more K-pop concerts. The popularity of K-pop culture has truly become international.
Korean television dramas, songs and movies originally grew popular in the early 1990s. The influence of "hallyu" or Korean wave, spread through Asian countries and reduced Western cultural dominance in the Asian market,...More
Movie of the week "I Saw the Devil"
Movie of the week "I Saw the Devil" (2010) Directed by Kim Jee-woon With Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik, Jeon Gook-hwan, Cheon Ho-jin, Oh San-ha, Kim Yoon-seo,... Synopsis Jang Gyeong-cheol is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure,...More
Lee Byung-hun leaves for Hollywood to shoot "G.I. Joe 2"
Actor Lee Byung-hun left to shoot for the Hollywood movie "G.I.Joe 2".
According to his management BH Entertainment, Lee Byung-hun left for America on the 20th.,...More
Cha Seung-won "My rival is Yoo Hae-jin"
Actor Cha Seung-won chose Yoo Hae-jin as his rival.
In an interview with men's fashion magazine 'Officiel Hommes' released on the 20th of July, Cha Seung-won mentioned same age actors Hwang Jeong-min, Lee Byung-hun and Yoo Hae-jin as those who can measure with his sexiness.,...More
Bae Doona, Kwon Sang-woo and Jeong Woo-seong go to Hollywood
Korean stars' second round to Hollywood is beginning.
In following the advancement of Lee Byung-hun, Jeon Ji-hyeon and Jeong Ji-hoon (Rain) to Hollywood, there are stars that knock on the doors to the worldwide market with their strong characters.,...More
Jang Geun-seok Appears on 'SMAP X SMAP' on Fuji TV
Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok appeared on Fuji TV's representative variety program "SMAP X SMAP" in Japan, his agency Tree-J Company said on July 12. Jang appeared in the feature of the program entitled "Bistro SMAP" and had a cooking competition with members of the group SMAP,...More
Jang Geun-seok to star on Fuji TV show
By Lee Hyo-won
Actor Jang Geun-seok will appear on Japan's Fuji TV variety program "SMAP X SMAP", his agency said on Tuesday.
Jeon Do-yeon "I want to act with Lee Min-ho more than Lee Byung-hun"
International actress Jeon Do-yeon chose Lee Min-ho as the one she wants to act with the most.
MBC "Section TV" showed Jeon Do-yeon talking about the many 'love calls' she received from other actors.,...More
[Photos] Added more pictures for the Korean actor Lee Byung-hun
Added more pictures for the Korean actor Lee Byung-hun,...More
Lee Byung-hun To Leave For The US For G.I. Joe 2
Top star Lee Byung-hun will be leaving Korea to start filming for G.I. Joe 2 mid-July.
According to BH Entertainment reps on July 6th, Lee will be leaving Korea mid-July for the shooting. Originally the plans were for the heartthrob to take off late June, but it was postponed,...More
Kim Hyo Jin, Han Hye-jin, Yoo Joon-sang In Style 100th special collection
Kim Hyo Jin, Han Hye-jin, Yoo Joon-sang In Style 100th special collection
Actor and actresses Yoo Joon-sang, Kim Hyo-jin, and Han Hye-jin took part in 'Star Craft' for the 100th issue of fashion magazine In Style.,...More
Remembering Park Yong-ha
To commemorate the first anniversary of the late actor Park Yong-ha's death, various memorial events are being held in Japan. / Korea Times file
Memorial wave for late hallyu star continues
By Chung Ah-young
Although the late hallyu star Park Yong-ha died a year ago, his popularity is not waning in Japan,...More
Lee Byung-hun Takes Photos at Studio Harcourt
Lee Byung-hun became the first Asian male actor to have his photos taken at the famous studio Harcourt in France.
Hallyu star actor Lee Byung-hun (41) took photos at Studio Harcourt, which is famous for taking pictures of Hollywood stars and French celebrities -- a first for an Asian male actor -- his agency BH Entertainment said on June 20,...More
'Seoul's Got Soul' Coming to A Country Near You
Scenes featured in a National Geographic documentary about Seoul: the manufactured band Wonder Girls (top) and the ceremonial changing of palace guards in front of Deoksu Palace in Seoul /Courtesy of Seoul Metropolitan Government
The National Geographic Channel has produced a 45-minute documentary about the Korean Wave called "Seoul's Got Soul" that will air in 59 countries including Japan, France and the U.S., the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced on Monday,...More
Lee Byeon-heon shoots in Harcourt
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun is the first Asian man to proceed with a shoot in the famous French Studio Harcourt which is famous for pictures of well-known celebrities, says management BH Entertainment,...More
Jin Goo "Lee Byung-hun is the scariest"
Actor Jin Goo chose Lee Byung-hun as the scariest senior actor.
Jin Goo appeared on SBS Power FM "Gong Hyung-jin's Cine-Town" and revealed episodes with people around him saying, "I like mingling with people". He also spoke about Lee Byung-hun.,...More
Han Hyo-joo and Lee Byung-hun the most beautiful smile 1st and 2nd
Actress Han Hyo-joo and Lee Byung-hun have been chosen as the actor and actress with the most beautiful smile.
According to Seven Dew, in celebration of 'Teeth Day' on the 9th of June, there was a survey of 518 people done from the 25th of May to the 8th of June. In the 'Who has the most beautiful smile?' survey, Han Hyo-joo was chosen as first (178 people, 34.3%) and Lee Byung-hun came second (174 people, 33.6%).,...More
Lee Byung-hun is a fan of everyone on "I Am A Singer"
Lee Byung-hun said he is a fan of all the singers on the program "I Am A Singer".
When he was asked who was his favorite on the program in MBC "Section TV" on the 5th, he answered, "I am a fan of everyone on the program".,...More
Even before "G.I. Joe" sequel, Lee Byung-hun gets Hollywood love call
Top star Lee Byung-hun received a love call from Hollywood with the "G.I. Joe" sequel coming up.
Management BH Entertainment revealed, "Nothing has been confirmed yet. He is currently looking at a project from a major Hollywood studio". It looks as though he will be meeting with the related people and get into details during the shooting of the "G.I.Joe" sequel.,...More
47th Baeksang Awards - Winners' List
47th Baeksang Awards - Winners' ListX
Daesang: Lee Byung-hun (I Saw the Devil) Best Picture: "The Man From Nowhere" Director: Lee Chang-dong ("Poetry"),...More
Today's Photo: May 27, 2011
Actors Ryoo Si-won (left) and Kim Ah-joong pose at the 2011 Paeksang Arts Awards, which they hosted at Kyunghee University in Seoul on Thursday,...More
"Secret Garden" Hyeon Bin receives 4 awards at Baeksang
"Secret Garden" proved never changing syndrome as it rose to 4 awards in a row.
At the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards on the 26th of May, Hyeon Bin won the Best Actor Awards and "Secret Garden" received prizes for Best Female Rookie Award, Best Script Award and Best Drama Award.,...More
[Photos] 47th Baeksang Awards 2011 - Part 2
[Baeksang Arts Awards] Han Hyo-joo, Moon Geun-young, Park Min-young and Suzy 'goddess' in white'
The goddess' in white have come.
The 47th Baeksang Arts Awards took place on the 26th of May in Seoul with Ryoo Si-won and Kim Ah-joong presiding the event. Top stars like Won Bin, Lee Byung-hun, kwon Sang-woo, Micky Yuchun, Big Bang's TOP (Choi Seung-hyeon), Ko Hyun-jung, Ha Ji-won, Jo Yeo-jung, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Min-jung, Tang Wei and other displayed the red carpet.,...More
Lee Byung-hun's secret is elevator shoes
Even the perfect Lee Byung-hun has a secret.
MBC "Entertainment Plus" found out about Lee Byung-hun's elevator shoes and others on the 16th.,...More
Jang Geun-seok Tops Japanese Chart with Debut Single
Jang Geun-seok /Courtesy of Tree J Company
Actor and singer Jang Geun-seok's debut Japanese song topped the Oricon singles chart in the first week of its release. Oricon News reported that Jang's single "Let Me Cry" ranked first on the weekly chart with sales of 119,000 copies in the first week since its launch on April 27,...More
Jang makes record debut on Oricon chart
By Lee Hyo-won
Actor-singer Jang Geun-seok made a record debut on Japan's Oricon Chart, ranking No. 1 during the first week of his single',...More
Jang Geun-seok named most influential Korean artist in Asia
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Actor Jang Geun-seok, 24, won "Most Influential Korean Artist in Asia" at the 15th China Music Award and Asian Influential,...More
Ko Hyun-jung Sets New Soap Opera Earnings Record
Actress Ko Hyun-jung was apparently paid W55 million per episode of the SBS TV drama "Daemul - Big Thing" which aired last year, setting a new record for a Korean actress (US$1=W1,085). The previous record was held by Choi Ji-woo's W48 million per episode of "Celebrity's Sweetheart" back in 2008,...More
Kim Byeol leads "Dangerous Excitement" with Yoon Je-moon
Actress Kim Byeol is the lead character in "Dangerous Excitement" and will be working with Yoon Je-moon.
Movie "Dangerous Excitement" is about Han Dae-hee (Yoon Je-moon), a government official of composure who goes out one day to patrol Hongdae, when he comes across a music band and the events that follow.,...More
Sino cinema strikes back with costs for Hong Kong
A scene from "Aftershock", a mainland China-Hong Kong co-production that was the highest grossing Asian film in 2010 Koreans, mainlanders should learn from Cantonese filmmakers' mistakes' Hong Kong cinema's golden age waned as it saw too many movies featuring the same stars and stories. "South Korea is going through the same thing, and I fear the mainland will soon, too". By Lee Hyo-won HONG KONG - In the South Korean remake of "A Better Tomorrow", Song Seung-heon made a point of wearing dark shades and a long camel-colored raincoat for the part immortalized by Chow Yun-fat,...More
Big Bang T.O.P, why couldn't he get up for two days?
Big Bang TOP (Choi Sung-hyeon) spoke about the episode with actress Lee Mi-sook.
In the recording for MBC TV program "Nollowa" he said, "I had completed a shocking photo shoot with actress Lee Mi-sook and came home after dinner with her,...More
Chungmuro to Be Turned into Korean Wave Theme Street
From left, Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo, Lee Byung-hun and Hyeon Bin
Chungmuro in downtown Seoul is to be turned into a theme street where tourists can immerse themselves in Korean pop culture. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced it will spend W21.4 billion (US$1=W1,097) on stars' name plates, hand prints, media artwork and collections as well as exhibition and experience spaces,...More
Bae Yong-joon supplies blankets and medical transport for Japanese earthquake victims
Hallyu top star Bae Yong-joon went all out again to help those suffering in japan from the earthquake.
Japanese Sankei Sports reported on the 31st that hallyu star Bae Yong-joon supplied 15,000 blankets and 3 medical patrol cars for the victims in Japan.,...More
Weekly star scene
Next we have our segment of with Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Today on WEEKLY STAR SCENE, we're going to take a look at the issues that have heated up the entertainment industry during the week! First, we have some good news! On Monday, March 28th, one of Korea's most well-known bachelors, actor Jeong Joon-ho, tied a knot with TV announcer 이하정, who is by the way, nine years his junior! Without further a do, let's take a closer look,...More
[PHOTOS] Jeong Joon-ho, "Dear, let's get married"
Actor Jeong Joon-ho and announcer Lee Ha-jeong are having a press conference before getting marries in the Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel on the 25th,...More
Shin Hyun-joon and announcer Lee Jin arm in arm?
Sin Hyeon-joon and announcer Lee Jin have their arm in arm.
On the MBC program "Section TV Entertainment News" was Jeong Joon-ho and Lee Ha-jeong's wedding scene.,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] I Saw the Devil
Viciously enthralling and relentlessly graphic, Kim Jee-woon's "I Saw the Devil" is a thrilling descent into the blackest corners of revenge and obsession.,...More
Lee Byung-hun Donates W700 Million to Quake Victims
Actor Lee Byung-hun, one of the most popular Korean stars in Japan, on Wednesday donated W700 million to help the victims of the earthquake an,...More
Stars joining donation rush
By Chung Ah-young
Singers and actors are eagerly joining the ongoing donation rush to help Japanese victims hit hard by the recent devastating earthquakes.
Actors Lee Byung-hun donated 700 million won and Ahn Jae-wook gave 100 million won to the Korean Red Cross,...More
Lee Byung-hun Donates 50 Million Yen To Japan's Earthquake Victims
And the string of kpop stars donating money for victims of Japan's major earthquake continues. This time, actor Lee Byung-hun.
Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News'
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
Yonsama donates 1 bil. won for Japan quake
Korean 'hallyu' celebrities reach out to victims in cyberspace
By Lee Hyo-won
Korean "hallyu" stars including actor Bae Yong-joon are ex,...More
Korean Entertainers Step Up to Help Japan
From left, Bae Yong-joon, Ryoo Si-won and Lee Byung-hun
Some of Korea's top celebrities are preparing to help the victims of Japan's deadly earthquake and tsunami,...More
"I Saw the Devil" Reviewed in Los Angeles Times, New York Times
Mark Olsen, writing about "I Saw the Devil" in the Los Angeles Times begins his review with: "Bloody and bold, 'I Saw the Devil' is both the latest piece of horror-shock to emerge from South Korea and also something of a rebuking examination of the same. Directed by rising genre-star Kim Jee-woon, the film follows a government agent – meaning he knows how to get things done – as he goes off the rails when his fiancée is brutally murdered. Hunting down her killer, he becomes a relentless machine, burning with a quietly intense rage for revenge",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "JSA - Joint Security Area"
Park Chan-wook's "JSA - Joint Security Area" made huge waves at the Korean box office during the early weeks of its release. The film became the highest grossing film at the time with a million eager moviegoers flocking to see it in its second week. A DVD of the film was even presented to Kim-Jong-Il during the 2007 Korea Summit, an interesting political gesture that resonates with the filmmaker's attempt to humanise the Korean conflict.,...More
Weekly Star Scene 2
Next we'll be moving on to our next segment of "Weekly Star Scene".
We have our Dami in the studio today. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] Hello, sean and 건영! Today for we're going to start off with Park Jin-young, who has debuted as an actor through the TV drama "Dream High", and has been chosen to be a model for a commercial. Let's kick off this week's with the latest news from this super-multi-entertainer.
Park Jin-young has been chosen to represent a laptop brand in its newest commercials. He is now taking his first steps as a model,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, Kwon Sang-woo, Song Seung-heon, fashion mag coverm crazy visual
Actors Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung, kwon Sang-woo and Song Seung-heon got together for a fashion photo shoot.
These four proceeded with a special photo shoot for the 10th anniversary of magazine "GQ Korea" recently. They were chosen as the 4 males who were most influencing with modesty, manner and honesty.,...More
Lee Byung-hun and Producer Lee Jae-gyoo 'confidential project'
Top star Lee Byung-hun and producer of "Damo" and "Beethoven Virus" Lee Jae-gyoo are gathering suggestions in confidential meetings.
Producer Lee Jae-gyoo is currently planning out a drama about the North and South Korean military disputes.,...More
'World star' Lee Byung-hun not starring in "Mulan" with Zhang Ziyi! Why?
'World star' Lee Byung-hun gave up the opportunity to be in the movie "Mulan" cast and produced by world famous actress from proud China, Zhang Ziyi.
He was going through the offer to be in the movie "Mulan" last year. He was to start filming "G.I Joe 2" as soon as he finished filming "Mulan". However the plans for "Mulan" kept being postponed so he had to give it up.,...More
How is "Iris 2" coming along "Scripts according to Season 1 lead roles, Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee"
Blockbuster spy action drama "IRIS 2" will be on screen this winter after its outstanding record of 39.9% in ratings in 2009.
"IRIS" and "ATHENA" productions Tae Won Entertainemtn chairman Jeong Tae-won met with reporters on the 13th at the Kyeongjoo World Cultural Expo and revealed, "The scripts for "IRIS 2" is currently being written and will be broadcast sometime this coming winter".,...More
Here's To More Korean Talent Starring in Hollywood Movies!
By Daniel Matthews
Did anyone get a chance to watch the film, "The Warrior's Way"? It was pretty recently released (back in December) and starred Korea's version of Brad Pitt, Jang Dong-gun. Regrettably I missed this film. I was sorely disappointed that I didn't see it, not because I was excited about the latest tale of ninjas and warriors and ninja-like warriors. No, it was because of the fact that this was one of the very few recent opportunities that I would have had the chance to see a Korean actor opposite a Non-Korean actress in a "love interest" type of role on the big screen,...More
Weekly star scene 2
Won Bin [Reporter : ] Now, we will hear the news of two Hallyu stars. Won Bin, who is beloved everywhere for his chiseled looks, and Lee Byung-hun, who is rapidly rising to the status of world star! Let's see what these two stars have been up to. Won Bin, star of "The Man From Nowhere", has been selected as the "Best Male Jewellery Wearer",...More
Korean Movies: "I Saw The Devil" in the Spotlight at Sundance
Since AICN debuted the U.S. poster for "I Saw the Devil" a couple of weeks ago at http://www.aintitcool.com/node/48083, excitement had been building for the presentation of the Kim Jee-woon revenge thriller at Sundance 2011 (January 20-30). And audiences were not disappointed,...More
Lee Byung-hun Invited to Sundance Film Festival
Actor Lee Byung-hun left for the U.S. last Thursday to attend the 27th Sundance Film Festival, as his movie ",...More
Lee Byung-hun to Star in Hollywood Blockbuster 'G.I.Joe 2'
Star actor Lee Byung-hun has confirmed his appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster movie "G.I.Joe 2" and will begin filming from June this year, his agency, BH Entertainment announced on January 16,...More
Lee Byung-hun to Return in 'G.I. Joe' Sequel
Actor Lee Byung-hun will begin filming the Hollywood movie "G.I. Joe 2" in June, his management agency BH Entertainment announced on Sunday,...More
Find The Hidden Jokes and Puns In Korean Dramas
These days, there's more to drama watching then drooling over the good looking characters and getting immersed into the intricate plots. There's now the fun of looking for the hidden messages or puns that the writers and directors are throwing into the mix. Drama viewers have been enjoying the art of deciphering these hidden codes. All in all, it's been creating a closer relationship between the viewers and the creative minds behind each project: directors, writers, producers, and of course the actors,...More
This Week's Cultural News1
In 2010, the audience met with a swarm of great Korean movies of every genre and style that was able to satisfy moviegoers of all types! Let's take a look at the characteristics of the popular Korean films of 2010.
[Interview : ] "I liked 2010 because more movies came out than in 2009".
Korean Movies – I saw the Devil
The movie "I Saw the Devil" is a revenge thriller made by Director Kim Jee-woon, who is also a director of "A Tale of Two Sisters", "The Sweet Life", and "The Good, the Bad, the Weird". Two of top Korean actors, Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun are the leading characters of the movie,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Athena"
Official poster for SBS TV series "ATHENA" [Taewon Entertainment]
"I don't want "ATHENA" to merely surpass "IRIS". I want it to stand up to comparison in the global market", production company Taewon Entertainment chief Jeong Tae-won said of the difference between KBS TV series "IRIS" and its spin-off "ATHENA" at the press conference for the latter held on November 30. But it is impossible not to compare the two to explain what sort of drama "ATHENA" is since it is based on the sucess of "IRIS", as well as the trial and error it went through, and the story itself takes off where "IRIS" left off,...More
'Athena' to sneak into homes this month
By Han Sang-hee
The poster says it all: black suits,,...More
"Secret Reunion" wins best picture at Blue Dragon awards
Poster for film "Secret Reunion" [Showbox]
Korean film "Secret Reunion" starring top actors Song Kang-ho and Gang Dong-won took the prize for best picture at this year's Blue Dragon Film Awards held last Friday.
The action drama helmed by director Jang Hoon had competed against "The Man From Nowhere", "Moss", "JEON WOO CHI : The Taoist Wizard" and "The Housemaid - 2010",...More
Stars on the Red Carpet at Blue Dragon Film Awards
Kim Hye-soo (left) and Lee Beom-soo,...More
Lee Byung-hun to Appear in Japanese Drama
Star actor Lee Byung-hun (40) will appear as a special guest actor in the Japanese drama "Diplomat Kuroda Kosaku", in which Japanese star actor Yuji Oda, who became popular through the drama "Odoru Daisousasen".
Lee Byung-hun's agency, BH Entertainment, said on November 25, "The drama 'Diplomat Kuroda Kosaku' will begin airing from January next year on Fuji TV. Lee will appear in a Japanese drama for the first time, and his appearance was decided by Fuji TV's ardent request",...More
Actor Lee Byung-hun to appear in Japanese drama
Actor Lee Byung-hun [BH Entertainment]
Popular Korean actor Lee Byung-hun will make a special appearance in a Japanese drama set to go on air next year.
According to Lee's agency BH Entertainment on Thursday, Lee will guest-star in Fuji TV's new drama "Diplomat Kuroda Kousaku" (外交官??田康作), making it the first time he will take part in a Japanese series,...More
Movie version of TV series "IRIS" to be released next week
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
[PHOTOS] Andre Kim tribute show
Kim Hee-seon and Lee Byung-hun [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, actress Kim Hee-seon and actor Lee Byung-hun take part in a fashion show held in tribute of the late Korean fashion designer Andre Kim held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 19, 2010,...More
'IRIS : The Movie' will reveal the secret of Lee Byung-hun's death
The secret of Lee Byung-hun's death in drama "IRIS" will be revealed through 'IRIS : The Movie'.
The screen version of "IRIS" is called 'IRIS : The Movie'. This was made with more stories than the drama with original story line. One official from 'IRIS : The Movie' said, “Due to motified story line, we had to do extra shooting. By this extra shooting, we reinforced the truth of IRIS and the sniper who killed Lee Byung-hun will be revealed. People are wondering wheather this will grow as big as "IRIS" itself.,...More
In Taiwan, 'hallyu pilgrimage' continues
TAIPEI ― Back in 2004, Taiwanese people saw a swarm of travel agents promoting the so-called "Daejanggeum" tour named after the then popular South Korean drama, in their brochures and advertisin,...More
Lee Byung-hun... Even his gloving-wearing pose is a work of art
The opening event of '2010 Seoul Lantern Festival' was held at Seoul Cheonggye plaza on 5th.
'2010 Seoul Lantern Festival', which was held to celebrate for '2010-2012 Year of Seoul Visitation', will be starting on the 5th until 15th at Cheonggye plaza.,...More
Lee Byung-hun wins award at Japan drama festival
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun received an honor at a drama awards ceremony in Japan yesterday.
The 40-year-old actor was named the "Best Actor in Asia" at the Tokyo Drama Awards 2010 held at the Meiji Memorial Hall on October 25,...More
Won Bin will receive Japanese Best Jewelry Dresser Award
The company which holds Japan's biggest jewelry exhibition, IJT2011 (國際寶飾展), awarded Won Bin with the '22nd Best Japan Jewelry Dresser, Special Male Award'.,...More
Korean TV series "IRIS" to win honor at Japan drama fest
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
Lee named best actor at Tokyo Drama Awards
By Han Sang-hee
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun will be named the Best Actor in Asia at the Tokyo Drama Awards, according to his agency BH Ente,...More
Kim Tae-hee, Song Seung-heon to star in new drama
Korean actress Kim Tae-hee (left) and actor Song Seung-heon (right) [Namoo/Storm S]
Top Korean stars Kim Tae-hee and Song Seung-heon have been cast in a new drama by the creator of popular MBC TV series "Pasta".
The show's producer Curtain Call said Wednesday that Kim and Song will star in an upcoming show tentatively titled "My Princess" by director Kwon Seok-jang,...More
Jung Woo-sung in John Woo-produced blockbuster
Jung Woo-sung is appearing alongside Michelle Yeoh (Memoirs of a Geisha 2005) in new martial arts action flick Reign of Assassins. The high-pr,...More
Actor Lee Byung-hun to receive award from Japanese ministry
By Han Sang-hee
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun will receive an award from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.,...More
Magnolia's Magnet picks up "I Saw the Devil"
A scene from film "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures' genre film label, has bought the North American rights to Korean director Kim Jee-woon's thriller "I Saw the Devil", the film's distributor Showbox announced on Friday,...More
Actor Lee Byung-hun wins Seoul Tourism Award
By Bae Ji-sook
Top actor Lee Byung-hun was honored with the Seoul Tourism Award Thursday in recognition of his promotion of the capital ci,...More
Kim Tae-hee was happy about dating rumors with Lee Byung-hun
Korean actress Kim Tae-hee on variety program "Win Win" [KBS]
Korean actress Kim Tae-hee has said she was happy to hear rumors that she and actor Lee Byung-hun were dating when the two were starring together in KBS TV series "IRIS" last year,...More
Lee Byung-hun tells 'Terminator' he too was terminator
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun is appointed promotional ambassador for tourism to the U.S. state of California held at the JW Marriott Ho,...More
[PHOTOS] Lee Byung-hun named PR ambassador for California
Lee Byung-hun and Arnold Schwarzenegger [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, Korean actor Lee Byung-hun and U.S. Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger shake hands at at a commissioning ceremony appointing Lee as a promotional ambassador for tourism to the U.S. state of California held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 15, 2010,...More
Lee Byung-hun named tourism ambassador for California
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Official Lee Byung-hun website]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has been named the U.S. state of California's ambassador for tourism, according to a press release from his agency BH Entertainment on Tuesday.
BH announced in a press release Lee will be appointed the tourism ambassador for the California Travel & Tourism Commission tomorrow at a commissioning ceremony to be held at the JW Marriott Hotel,...More
[INTERVIEW] Kim Tae-hee - Part 2
Kim Tae-hee [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: In "Grand Prix", the woman who always seeks victory first goes through the hardship of losing the horse she loves in order to discover the joy of spending time with her horse. Ultimately, nothing that is precious comes free. What have you probably lost from the point you started acting to now where you have just started to feel the joy in acting? Kim Tae-hee: What you've lost is probably ultimately what you've gained. I wouldn't know as much as I do now or be as strong if I had been hurt less and led an easy life. What I have lost is... privacy? (laugh) Beck: Well it's true that as much as your life has become abundant, it has become tiresome as well. Kim Tae-hee: I'm not the type that regrets easily. I think I'd take this road again, even if I could go back into my past. Should I call it fate? Always. I like how I've gotten where I am right now. I really don't have moments where I regret wishing I had done something in the past or reminisce that a certain point in my past was great. I'm the type that forgets everything and my memory isn't that great either,...More
I Saw the Devil released in theaters
After weeks of wrangling with the Korea Media Rating Board (KMDB), Kim Jee-woon thriller, ",...More
"Reign of Assassins" to open in theaters on October 14
John Woo film "Reign of Assassins"
Upcoming John Woo movie "Reign of Assassins" will be opening in local theaters on October 14, according to the film's importer Sane Company Inc. on Thursday.
"Assassins", starring top Korean actor Jung Woo-sung and Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh, is about an ordinary postman (Jeong) with extraordinary martial arts skills. Yeoh will be playing a skilled female assassin and the two come together to fight off a gang and return the ashes of a mystical Buddhist monk,...More
"I Saw the Devil" to compete at San Sebastian film fest
Movie poster of thriller "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil" has been invited to compete under the Official Selection category at the 58th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival next month, according to official website of the fest on Tuesday.
"I Saw the Devil", helmed by famed Korean director Kim Jee-woon, will be competing against 16 other movies by internationally recognized directors for the Golden Shell and Silver Shell awards at the fest to be held at San Sebastian, Spain from September 17 to 25,...More
'The Slave Hunters' Wins Seoul International Drama Award
The KBS drama "The Slave Hunters" has won the Grand Prize in the category of Hallyu drama, which was a newly established award from this year, in the Seoul International Drama Awards 2010.
The organizing committee of the Seoul International Drama Awards held a press conference in the Seoul Press Center on August 20 and selected the Grand Prize winner among Hallyu dramas, and "The Slave Hunters" was ultimately chosen as the best Hallyu drama. The actor Jang Hyeok, who appeared in "The Slave Hunters", and the actor Lee Byung-hun, who appeared in the drama "IRIS", were chosen as the best actors,...More
Drama fest to offer diversity
By Han Sang-hee
The Seoul International Drama Festival, to be held from Sept. 1 to 10, will likely provide drama lovers a little bit more than just enjoying the storylines and characters.
First launched in 2006, the annual event will bring various events, showcases and a red carpet event invi,...More
"Slave Hunters" top 'Hallyu' content at Seoul Drama Awards
Official logo for Seoul International Drama Awards 2010 [Seoul Drama Awards]
Last year's smash hit MBC TV series "The Slave Hunters" will receive the most recognitions for its contribution to the 'Hallyu', or Korean Wave, at this year's Seoul International Drama Awards (SDA).
The Seoul Drama Awards Organizing Committee announced through a press conference on Friday that the drama itself, its producer Kwak Jeong-hwan and the show's main star Jang Hyeok played the largest role in contributing to the spread of Korean content overseas,...More
"The Man From Nowhere" hangs onto No. 1 spot
No. 1 movie in the country "The Man From Nowhere" [CJ Entertainment]
Korean action pic "The Man From Nowhere" held onto to its title as the No. 1 movie in the country for the third straight week between August 20 to 22.
According to the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) on Monday, "Man" attracted,...More
Kim Tae-hee says greedy about success after "IRIS"
Actress Kim Tae-hee speaks during a press conference for film "Grand Prix" held at a Megabox theater in Seoul, South Korea on August 19, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Actress Kim Tae-hee has said she has become greedy about seeing the productions she stars in do well after the success of last year's TV series "IRIS",...More
Lee Byung-hun says "'I Saw the Devil' makes you think of what you get out of revenge"
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
The latest movie "I Saw the Devil" is not this year's best picture. However, it is certain that "I Saw the Devil” is the year's most controversial picture. Throughout the movie there are many brutal scenes combined with director Kim Jee-woon's unique sense of humor, which has been receiving mixed reviews from the Korean film industry. Along with the results of the movie, one may wonder why actor Lee Byung-hun chose this project. Why would Lee, who has successfully made his debut into Hollywood, make a choice that is dangerous as a commercial film? 10Asia sat with Lee to ask him that question. 10: What is your thoughts on "I Saw the Devil?" I heard you were quite shocked after seeing the final production of the movie during the screening. Lee Byung-hun (Lee): It's not to the point where I was shocked. (laugh) I did feel that it was different from when I had first read the scenario because the film doesn't reveal all of the cruelty and violence. I thought that this project was unlike any other revenge film and I felt this powerful strength from just reading the script,...More
"The Man From Nowhere" tops local box office once again
Korean action movie "The Man From Nowhere" [CJ Entertainment]
Korean action film "The Man From Nowhere" maintained its title as the most-watched movie in the country during the weekend of August 13 to 15, scoring its second win on the local box office.
According to the Korean Box Office System (KOBIS) on Monday, "Man", which opened in theaters in early August, attracted more moviegoers this weekend than the previous three-day period, selling,...More
Director Kim Jee-woon: 'It Is Like Eating Sushi with Less Wasabi'
"About one minute and thirty seconds of the movie was deleted. I tried my best not to ruin the flow of the movie as much as possible when I edited and deleted some parts. It is like eating sushi with less wasabi. I think that it lacks a pungent taste, but it still keeps the taste of the raw fish". -Director Kim Jee-woon,...More
Lee Byung-hun may shoot "G.I. Joe" sequel early next year
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun says filming for the sequel to Hollywood action flick "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra" is expected to start early next year.
Lee made the remark on Wednesday during a press screening and press conference for his movie "I Saw the Devil", critically acclaimed director Kim Jee-woon's latest pic co-starring actor Choi Min-sik from smash hit Korean pic "Old Boy",...More
[PHOTOS] "I Saw the Devil" screening
Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, Korean actors Choi Min-sik and Lee Byung-hun pose during a photo session of a press screening and press conference for his movie "I Saw the Devil" held at the Dongdaemun Megabox theater in Seoul, South Korea on August 11, 2010,...More
Yunho Yunho graces cover of HK's men's magazine
Korean singer and actor Yunho Yunho [SM Entertainment]
Korean singer and actor Yunho Yunho has graced the cover of this month's issue of men's magazine men's uno, according to a press release from SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM said that Yunho Yunho has been featured on the cover of the Hong Kong edition of the publication's August issue, which was shot in the country in mid-May,...More
Is relentless violence onscreen justified?
By Lee Hyo-won
"I Saw the Devil" was finally released in theaters Thursday after several painful raps by the Korea Media Ratings B,...More
Testosterone-fueled films dominate
By Lee Hyo-won
Korean actresses should be enjoying a nice long vacation on exotic beaches this summer — as male stars unabashedly show off their macho side onscreen there seems to be little room for the ladies.
The alpha male, as depicted through recent Korean cinema, has been reverting to a,...More
Han Chae-young signs with U.S. agency CAA
Actress Han Chae-young [BH Entertainment]
Korean actress Han Chae-young has signed with Hollywood agency CAA (Creative Artists Agency), according to her agency BH Entertainment on Wednesday. BH made the announcement through a press release, explaining that its overseas networks and previous experience in successfully launching actor Lee Byung-hun's career in the United States, contributed to reaching the agreement,...More
Actress Han Chae-young Signs With Hollywood?
It's off to Hollywood for actress Han Chae-young! Han's entertainment company BH Entertainment reported on August 11th that the beauty signed,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Son Ye-jin, Bong Joon-ho to win APN Awards
By Chung Ah-young
The Asian-Pacific Producers Networks (APN) will honor Korean actor Lee Byung-hun, actress,...More
I Saw the Devil release delayed
Kim Jee-woon's latest noir-thriller "I Saw the Devil" has seen just that in t,...More
Kim Seung-woo joins TV series "Athena" cast
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
'I Saw the Devil' and 'The Housemaid' invited to Toronto
Two Korean features have been invited to this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The fest, which has yet to announce its full line-up, will present Kim Jee-woon's ",...More
TV Stars' Fees Keep Spiraling
TV production companies have long been complaining about the exorbitant fees charged by top stars, which drive production costs up to the point where even a hit series no longer guarantees profits for the producers. But their complaints have curbed neither the stars' demands nor the public's appetit,...More
Graphic novel emerges as comics for adults
By Chung Ah-young
In the past, comics were regarded as the genre for maniacs, mostly children or nerdy adolescents, with fantasy or superheroes stories. However, recently, the tradi,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Baek Ji-young's pictures with "IRIS" actors
On May 26, singer Baek Ji-young held a concert in Japan for "IRIS".,...More
"The Housemaid" and "I Saw The Devil" Invited To The Toronto International Film Festival
Korean films are gaining more attention abroad with each passing year. Both of the films "MaidThe Housemaid - 2010 and ",...More
Hallyu Stars Accused of Ignoring Korean Fans
It has continuously been pointed out that Hallyu stars who are actively performing overseas rarely arrange performances and events for Korean fans.
Hallyu stars reportedly consistently neglect Korean fans and usually do not have much contact with fans in Korea; on the other hand, they have adopted friendly images to the public overseas by holding large-scale fan meetings and releasing photo and music albums.
Hallyu star kwon Sang-woo, who evoked criticism with a hit-and-run last month, has raised controversy because he delivered a message of apology on his official Japanese fan website before his Korean website. After the news on his hit-and-run was spread, he just made a brief apology in Korea on the following day, which was June 25, simply by using the press release that his agency had distributed, but he still had not personally expressed an apology officially in Korea for three weeks after the accident. On the contrary, his agency had urgently left apology messages on the board of his official website in Japan on the very next day, which was on June 25,...More
I Saw the Devil release on August 11
Director Kim Jee-woon's highly anticipated new thriller "I Saw the Devil" has,...More
Jung Woo-sung to advertise Guinness Beer
Korean actor Jung Woo-sung [photographed by Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Jung Woo-sung will be lending his starpower to advertise Guinness beers, which produces world-famous dry stout beers.
This is the first time that the Irish beermaker has hired an Asian star to promote the brand, perhaps in a bid to seize Korea's alcoholic drinks market,...More
Lee Byung-hun pic "I Saw The Devil" to open August 11
Official movie poster for "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Official posters for film "I Saw the Devil" have been unveiled as the pic gears up for its summer box office debut next month.
Film's distributor Showbox announced in a press release on Wednesday that the Lee Byung-hun starrer will hit local theaters on August 11 and released two official movie posters featuring Lee and Choi Min-sik,...More
Lee Byung-hun to advertise hair products in Japan
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun in a scene from the film "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun will be taking on a new role in Japan as a spokesmodel for a global hair care brand, according to his agency BH Entertainment.
BH announced in a press release on Thursday that the actor has signed with Dove Hair Care, a beauty brand owned by Unilever Japan, to advertise their hair products,...More
IRIS Eligible For Awards In Japan
The drama "IRIS" is doing just as well over in Japan as it did in Korea. In fact, so well that according to Nikkan Sports on July 15th, many of t,...More
Lee Byung-hun testifies at Kang Byung-kyu trial
Actor Lee Byung-hun speaks to reporters after testifying at TV personality Kang Byung-kyu's trial at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office in South Korea on July 14, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun testified at TV personality Kang Byung-kyu's hearing today, the two confronting each other for the first time since being embroiled in a legal battle also involving Lee's former girlfriend.
The trial took place behind closed doors as requested in advance by Lee, commencing a little past 4 p.m. at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office,...More
Warnings on 'Fake Twitter' in Entertainment Industry
Actress Kim So-eun smiles during the production presentation of the KBS daily drama "Good Days when the Wind Blows".
As Twitter becomes more popular, people in the entertainment industry are under stress due to fake Twitters that impersonate star actors and singers.
Actor Jeong Il-woo's agency N.O.A Entertainment delivered the news on July 8, stating, "We have recently searched the list of stars' Twitters, and found out that a person has opened a fake Twitter account under Jeong Il-woo's name illegally",...More
Jeong Il-woo warns fans of Twitter impersonator
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo's picture posted on his fake Twitter page [Jeong's fake Twitter page]
Korean actor Jeong Il-woo is the latest celebrity victim to have his online identity stolen by a Twitter impersonator, according to his agency N.O.A Entertainment on Thursday.
N.O.A said in a press release that they have discovered that Jeong had a Twitter account opened up by an impersonator, similar to incidents recently reported by actors Lee Min-ho and Kim So-eun,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls and 2PM to Promote Seoul City
Wonder Girls in commercial for China
Seoul city official announced on July 5 that Seoul city will broadcast four kinds of TV commercials to promote Seoul city in foreign countries, in which Hallyu stars such as Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls, and 2PM appear. The advertising commercials for Seoul city were made in order to inform the world of the attractiveness of Seoul city, and the contents and themes were differentiated by different regions targeting Japan, China, South-East Asian countries, and countries in Europe and the American continent,...More
Lee Byung-hun, Wonder Girls, 2PM will promote Seoul
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Actor Lee Byung-hun and singers 2PM and the Wonder Girls fi,...More
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha laid to rest
Actor So Ji-sub carries late actor Park Yong-ha's portrait and mortuary tablet to Park's burial site at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 2, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Singer and actor Park Yong-ha has been laid to rest at a private funeral attended by close family and friends.
The remains of the late star, who was cremated around noon on Friday, arrived at Bundang Memorial Park in Gyeonggi Province located south of Korea's capital of Seoul.
Actor So Ji-sub, carrying Park's portrait in his hands, led a procession of family and friends toward the burial site where song "STARS", from Park's last album, was being played in the background for the Buddhist ceremony,...More
Park Yong-ha's coffin borne out of St. Mary's Hospital
Korean actor So Ji-sub carries a photograph of the late actor Park Yong-ha during the coffin-bearing ceremony held at St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, Korea on July 2, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
The coffin for the late Korean actor Park Yong-ha, who committed suicide two days ago, was borne out of St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul earlier this morning amidst a sea of celebrities and fans attending the ceremony.
Actor So Ji-sub, a close friend of Park, led the coffin-bearing procession while carrying a photograph of the deceased, followed by Park's parents, family members and fellow actor friends. Several celebrities broke out into tears and started sobbing loudly,...More
[PHOTOS] Celebrities arrive at late actor Park Yong-ha's wake service
Lee Byung-hun [Han Youn-joung/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Lee Byung-hun arrives at late actor Park Yong-ha's wake service at Seoul St. Mary's Hospital in South Korea on June 30, 2010. Park was found dead at his home in a suicide,...More
Lee Byung-hun cleared of defamation charges
Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Lee Byung-hun has been cleared of defamation charges filed against him in March by baseball player-turned-TV personality Kang Byung-kyu.
The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office ruled Thursday that Lee is "not guilty" of defaming Kang who had claimed he was wrongly accused of his involvement in a feud between the actor and his ex-girlfriend identified by her last name Kwon,...More
Actor Lee Byung-hun cleared of defamation charge
Actor Lee Byung-hun, who has been hounded by legal troubles with ex-girlfriend for the past year, has scored a legal victory, as defamation ch,...More
Song Hye-kyo again denies cast in film with Wentworth Miller
Actress Song Hye-kyo [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Song Hye-kyo's agency has again denied a report that the actress has been cast in a Chinese film alongside American actor Wentworth Miller.
"It is not true that she has received an offer to be cast in the movie", an official at Song's agency SidusHQ told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Tuesday, responding to an article by local sports daily Chosun Sports saying the actress was being considered for a role in "Ji Xian Feng",...More
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun
By Ines Min
Korean hallyu star Lee Byung-hun will be making an appearance on "Good Morning America", one of the U.S'. most,...More
Lee Byung-hun's Trial Still On
A lawsuit between top star Lee Byung-hun and his ex-girlfriend identified as Kwon for breach of promise is to resume.
According to the Seou,...More
Lee Byung-hun to appear on ABC "Good Morning America"
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun in a scene from the film "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun will appear on ABC's "Good Morning America", one of the most popular programs broadcast on the American public network, according to the actor's agency BH Entertainment on Wednesday.
BH announced in a press release that Lee will represent Korea as a cultural figure on the morning show featuring a special segment commemorating the 60-year anniversary of the Korean War titled "Long War", set to air at the end of this month,...More
Han Chae-young meets with Hollywood agencies
Korean actress Han Chae-young [10Asia]
Korean actress Han Chae-young appears to be eyeing for a Hollywood debut, recently meeting with several major Hollywood agencies including CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and William Morris, according to her agency BH Entertainment on Tuesday.
An executive at BH told 10Asia over the phone that the actress, who left for the U.S. earlier this month, had meetings with several agents and producers who had shown interest in the star,...More
Lee Byung-hun's ex-girlfriend resumes lawsuit last minute
Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun's former girlfriend has requested for a new date of pleading to be set last minute, resuming a half-year long legal battle against the actor which was thought to have been withdrawn.
"In the afternoon, we received a mail from her containing an application for a third trial regarding the compensation suit she filed against Lee", Judge Jung Hyun-myung at the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office said late on Monday, adding a new date of hearing would be set the following day,...More
Lee Byung-hun lawsuit withdrawn
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun's legal woes surrounding a former girlfriend have been settled, his agency said on Monday.
According to BH Entertainment, the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office concluded that a civil suit, filed against Lee last December by a Canadian-American woman identified only by her last name Kwon, has been withdrawn,...More
Won Bin, Korea's New Action Hero
After more than a decade of familiar action heroes like Lee Byung-hun, Jung Woo-sung,...More
Jang Dong-gun's 6 months pregnant wife spotted
Six-month pregnant Ko So-young spotted on the streets of Hongdae [Y-Star]
Korean actress Ko So-young, six months pregnant with her husband actor Jang Dong-gun's baby, was spotted in the streets of Seoul last week, according to cable entertainment channel Y-Star on Wednesday.
Y-Star released photographs it had snapped last Friday of Ko, leaving a studio after a commercial shoot in the Hongik University area which is known for its various independent and underground culture,...More
Big Bang reveals 4th Japanese single
Big Bang's 4th Japanese single "Tell Me Goodbye" [YG Entertainment]
Korean boy band Big Bang released their fourth Japanese single today, according to their agency YG Entertainment on Wednesday.
YG announced in a press release that their single "Tell Me Goodbye", featuring the combination of their signature vocals and rap with a calming piano melody, went on sale in Korea today,...More
Finecut presells I Saw the Devil to three more territories
The eagerly anticipated new thriller from Korea's master stylist Kim Jee-woon, ",...More
Jung Woo-sung to attend Venice film fest with John Woo pic
Korean actor Jung Woo-sung [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Jung Woo-sung will be making his international debut at the 67th Venice Film Festival in September through new John Woo pic "Reign of Assassins".
According to the film's importer Sane Company Inc. on Sunday, the festival committee has invited Jeong and Woo to premiere their martial arts flick at the event, which kicks off in Venice on September 1.
Woo will also be receiving a lifetime achievement award at the film fest this year, organizers said,...More
"IRIS" soundtrack concert attracts fans in Japan
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
Lee Byung-hun apologizes for concert delay
By Chung Ah-young
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun had to apologize to his Japanese fans for delays and confusion over his concert,...More
Korean film "I Saw The Devil" pre-sold to four countries
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun in a scene from the film "I Saw the Devil" [Showbox]
Korean thriller film "I Saw the Devil", which was pre-sold to France during Cannes film market last month, has been picked up by three more countries -- namely England, Taiwan and Turkey.
According to a press release by Finecut, which handles overseas sales for the pic, U.K.-based film distribution company Optimum Releasing bought the overseas rights for the Korean thriller which is still in production with noted filmmaker Kim Jee-woon directing top actors Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 1
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Some say he is a ruthless producer. Some evaluate him as an intelligent businessman. Some consider him as a brother who knows what being loyal is about. After fearlessly stepping into Jeongmuro [where the history of Korean film started] in his early twenties as a film importer, he later placed his name on the power list of commercial film producers. He also was the chief of an entertainment company which sees large profits from importing major films such as "The Lord of the Ring" series by utilizing his innate business mindset and close relationship with Hollywood's major film studios.
Then he successfully wrapped up production of blockbuster drama "IRIS" last year and in June is set to start filming "ATHENA", a 20-billion won spin-off of the series starring top Korean actors Cha Seung-won and Jung Woo-sung,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 3
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: You're well-known as being a producer who works closely with the actors. There are many actors who like you or you get along with and you run a management agency too. Jeong Tae-won: I always think of myself as their older brother. And that I should make the sacrifices for them first since I'm their older brother. But when I make new attempts, I expect them to engage in them for their faith in me rather than for the money. On the outside, Taewon [Entertainment] is perceived as a company which is overflowing with money but our organs are the only things that aren't held [as security]. (laugh) Every project is difficult in the beginning but the actors have always helped since they know their older brother is going to make a movie, not buy land, by making money. (laugh) Both "IRIS" and "71-Into the Fire" are also productions which would have been difficult to make without that trust. When a movie doesn't do well, the actors are the first people I feel sorry for. I wheedled them into doing it but I would leave a scratch in their life due to that film. It remains a debt in my heart. And I want to do whatever I can to repay that debt,...More
Sales deals for Poetry and I Saw the Devil
Two films from high profile directors have already been snapped up by international buyers at Cannes. Previous Cannes jury judge Lee Chang-dong's "Poetry" and,...More
Free Screenings of Korean Films in NY
In the run up to the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival the Korean Cultural Service is currently showing free screenings of Korean films. This is the third series of free screenings that the Cultural Service has held and this year focuses on some traditional Korean summer blockbusters. The series k,...More
T.O.P says visits amusement parks wearing masks
Korean singer and actor T.O.P at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire" [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer and actor Choi Seung-hyeon, better known as T.O.P from idol group Big Bang, has said that he sometimes visits amusement parks with his bandmates wearing masks.
Speaking at a showcase for film "71-Into the Fire", held Monday at Seoul's Lotte World Garden Stage, the pop idol remarked, "When I feel stifled, I come [to amusement parks] to have a good time without people knowing. People don't recognize me because I wear a mask when I come",...More
Actor Lee marries English interpreter
By Chung Ah-young
Actor Lee Beom-soo, 41, tied the knot with Lee Yun-jin, an English interpreter at the Sheraton Grande Wal,...More
Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil" pre-sold to France's ARP
Still cut of "I Saw the Devil" [ShowBox]
Upcoming Korean thriller "I Saw the Devil" has been pre-sold to France's largest distribution company ARP, according to the film's promoter on Friday.
The overseas sales representative for Finecut explained through a press release that the publication rights for "I Saw the Devil" was sold over to ARP France on May 13, the first day of the Film Market at the Cannes Film Festival,...More
Lee Byung-hun to Preside Over Lee Beom-soo's Wedding
Star actor Lee Byung-hun (40) will preside over the wedding of actor Lee Beom-soo (41,...More
Seoul launches 'Iris' tour project
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Seoul City has started a tour program featuring the attractions that were used as backdrops on the KBS hit TV drama,...More
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young wed on May 2
Actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young at their wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, 2010 [AM Entertainment]
Top Korean actors Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young got married in a star-studded wedding ceremony held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on May 2, ending months of media frenzy over their 18-year friendship and romance.
The star couple, dubbed Korea's equivalent of Brangelina, held a photo and Q&A session several hours prior to the ceremony, answering questions by reporters about the wedding and their baby -- Ko is four months pregnant,...More
[MORE PHOTOS] Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young's wedding
Jang Dong-gun, Ko So-young [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
From left, actor Jang Dong-gun and actress Ko So-young arrive at The Shilla hotel ahead of their wedding on May 2, 2010,...More
[PHOTOS] Ko So-young and Jang Dong-gun's wedding
Ko So-young and Jang Dong-gun
Ko So-young and Jang Dong-gun,...More
Jang, Ko tie knot
By Lee Hyo-won
A mega-wattage celebrity couple has been born, after national heartthrob Jang Dong-gun and actress,...More
"IRIS" starts melting Japanese viewers' hearts
Actors Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee in a scene from TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
TV series "IRIS" starts melting Japanese viewers' hearts
TV series "IRIS", which made headlines prior to its airing for being assigned a prime time, 9 p.m. slot on TBS, has finally started conquering Japan. TBS, which had been involved with "IRIS" since its early planning stages, appears to be putting all its energy into promoting the series. The show's lead actors, Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee, visited Japan together prior to its premiere on April 21 and appeared on various variety shows on TBS over the next couple of days. The two stars made so many TV appearances that you could see them almost every time you turned on the television set,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Tae-hee surprises Japan with her beauty!
"IRIS" was aired in Japan starting last 21st with a low viewer rate of 10 %. Kim Tae-hee has visited Japan to promote this drama even more. She and Lee Byung-hun were in a show program that brought attention to Kim's beauty.
Her hair was put down and her smiles filled the screens!
She has definitely moved the hearts of many fans!,...More
Korean Wave: The New Generation
Official poster for SBS TV series "Shining Inheritance" [SBS]
Korean dramas stir new waves in Japan
Fuji TV's program "Hallyu Alpha" (Mon-Fri 2:07~3:00), which started airing on January 11 in hopes of creating 'a new Hallyu generation', has been receiving positive feedback. Back in 2004, Fuji TV had arranged a program called "Saturday Hallyu Wide Hour", airing dramas such as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Sad Love Story" but had cancelled it due to low ratings. This time, "Hallyu Alpha" tried to differentiate itself from other programs by playing uncensored versions of dramas, providing bilingual broadcast (in Japanese and Korean) and adding special features such as exclusive interviews with the cast and behind-the-scenes footage. MBC TV series "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" kicked off the program, followed by KBS' "Women in the Sun" in February,...More
Lee Byung-hun promotes "IRIS" in Japan
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
Will the Second Hallyu Boom Come in Japan?
"Can Byonsama (Lee Byung-hun) revive the Japanese private broadcasting company, TBS?" "Housewives who are crazy about Hallyu are ruining the f,...More
"IRIS" season 2 starts pre-production
Official poster for KBS TV series "IRIS" Season 1 [Taewon Entertainment]
Pre-production work for the second season of blockbuster TV series has kicked off amidst much hype and anticipation among fans, according to production company Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon explained in a press release that "IRIS" producers have started the casting process for the next season, even talking with agents for the actors from the first season such as Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon and considering a new face to appear in the series as well,...More
Big Bang to sing Japanese soundtrack for "IRIS"
Big Bang members Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, TOP and Daesung [YG Entertainment]
Korean idol group Big Bang will sing the main theme song for the Japanese release of the hit TV series "IRIS", according to Japanese daily newspaper Sankei Sports on Friday.
Sankei reported that the boy band will be singing a ballad titled "Tell Me Goodbye", which will be featured in the show's broadcast next Tuesday on Japanese channel TBS,...More
Idol band A.N.JELL opens official website
Members of A.N.JELL from the hit SBS series "You're Beautiful" [SBS]
An official website for idol band A.N.JELL from hit SBS series "You're Beautiful" has been launched.
The webpage, which can be viewed in four different languages including Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese, features the profile of the four members of the band, a news board and a message board, as well as photographs and videos of A.N.JELL,...More
Soo-ae Cast in Sequel to Hit Drama 'Iris'
By Chung Ah-young
Actress Soo-ae has been cast as a heroine in the upcoming,...More
Lee Byung-hun warns fans his Twitter accounts are fake
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has warned fans that multiple fake Twitter accounts opened up under his name are fake, according to his agency on Thursday.
BH posted a message on the actor's official website, stating that "Lee Byung-hun has never set up a Twitter account in his name".
"We heard about Lee's [fake] Twitter accounts so we are informing fans that 'Lee Byung-hun does not use Twitter'. We hope fans don't get taken advantage of", BH explained,...More
Top Japanese actors provide voice-overs for "IRIS"
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
Rain and Lee Byeon-heon Potential Nominees for MTV Movie Awards
Rain and Lee Byung-hun have been named as preliminary nominees for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards and are now waiting for viewers' votes.
World-class music entertainment channel MTV released a statement on March 31 that the two entertainers made the list of preliminary nominated candidates for the 19th annual MTV Movie Awards, which will be held on June 6 in Los Angeles, California,...More
Nothing So Secret About 'Secret Love'
By Lee Hyo-won
A young woman becomes romantically involved with identical twin brothers, and begins to doubt the rules of fortuity, chance and coincidence when it comes to love.
Korean Films and Actors Win Awards at Green Planet Film Awards
Korean actors and actresses and films won high acclaims at Hollywood's 2nd Green Planet Movie Awards held in California on Mar. 23.
Director Bong Joon-ho's film "Mother - 2009",...More
Rain, Lee Byung-hun in nominee voting for MTV awards
Asian pop sensation Rain (left) and actor Lee Byung-hun. [Chae Ki-won, Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Top Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Rain have been listed in a fan vote deciding nominees for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, according to MTV's official website.
In a poll selecting the nominations for the awards ceremony, to be held June 6 in Los Angeles, Rain has been named as a potential nominee in the "Best Ass Kicking Star" category for his leading role in martial arts pic "Ninja Assassin",...More
[ChanMi's star news] Rain and Lee Byung-hun in MTV Awards nominations!
U.S MTV Movie Awards have nominated Rain also known as Jeong Ji-hoon and Lee Byung-hun! The two names have been put in for popular voting!
Rain has been nominated for the "Best Ass Kicking Star" role from the "Ninja Assassin" flm with his action scenes. Other stars who have been nominated for this award are Angelina Jolie, Brad,...More
Ko Hyun-jung, "Haeundae" win grand prize at PaekSang Arts Awards
Korean actress Ko Hyun-jung at the 46th PaekSang Arts Awards held at the National Theater of Korea on March 26, 2010. [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actress Ko Hyun-jung and "Haeundae" producer JK Youn won the grand prize at the 46th PaekSang Arts Awards, held at the National Theater of Korea on Friday.
Ko claimed the top crown in the TV category for her portrayal of royal concubine Mi-shil in historical drama "Queen Seon-deok" while producer Yoon was awarded the same honor in the film category,...More
[PHOTOS] PaekSang Arts Awards Red Carpet
Co-hosts Lee Hwi-jae and Kim Ah-joong at PaekSang Arts Awards [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Kim Ah-joong is accompanied by comedian Lee Hwi-jae as she arrives at the 46th PaekSang Arts Awards held at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul on March 26, 2010,...More
Lee Byung-hun Named Best Asian Influential Actor
Actor Lee Byung-hun will receive the award for best Asian influential actor at this year's China Music Awards and Asian Influential Awards, hi,...More
Lee Byung-hun named most influential Asian actor at CMA
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean star Lee Byung-hun will be recognized as the most influential Asian artist at the China Music Award and Asia Influential Awards (CMA) to be held Sunday, according to his agency BH Entertainment.
Lee will be the first Korean actor to receive the prestigious award at the CMA co-sponsored by the Chengdu Foreign Cultural Exchange Association and mass media group Channel V.
The event, now into its 14th year, will take place at the International Tennis Center located in the Sichuan region,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Drama "Iris" made into a movie
The movie version of the hit drama "IRIS" will have a different ending.
The drama starred Lee Byung-hun as Hyunjoon the main character and ended with his death. There were many questions as to who killed this character. In the movie, the destiny for Hyunjoon and his attacker will be revealed all completely.
Hyunjoon's attacker will be one of his acquaintances from t,...More
Korean pic "Mother - 2009", stars win big at Green Planet Movie Awards
Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho wins Best International Director award at Green Planet Movie Awards held in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2010 [Korea Green Foundation]
Korean film "Mother - 2009" and a handful of Korean actors picked up multiple awards including the prize for Best Foreign Culture Film of the Year at the 2nd Green Planet Movie Awards held in California, according to event sponsor Korea Green Foundation (KGF) on Thursday.
KGF announced in a press release that film "Mother - 2009" and Korean movie stars were handed a total of 12 awards in nine different categories at the event, which took place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles on March 23 (local time),...More
Kang Byung-kyu countersues Lee Byung-hun for defamation
TV personality Kang Byung-kyu [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Baseball player-turned-TV personality Kang Byung-kyu, who was indicted last week for defamation and attempted blackmail against top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun, has countersued the Hallyu star on charges of defamation.
The former athlete held a press conference at Seocho Art Hall in Seoul on Wednesday, announcing he had filed a suit against Lee Byung-hun after being "wrongly accused" of his involvement in a feud between the actor and his ex-girlfriend identified by her last name Kwon,...More
Korean star Lee Byung-hun cleared of gambling charges
Actor Lee Byeong-heon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has been cleared of illegal gambling charges filed against him last year by his former girlfriend. The Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office ruled Friday that "there is no evidence" Lee had been involved in habitual gambling overseas, an allegation made early December by the Korean-Canadian woman identified only by her last name Kwon. A legal dispute between the two fired up when Kwon lodged a complaint to court saying she was allured into having a sexual relationship with the actor on his false promises of marriage and demanded she be compensated for physical and psychological damage she suffered,...More
Kim Tae-hee, Lee Joon-gi to star in film "Grand Prix"
Korean actress Kim Tae-hee [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actors Lee Jun-ki and Kim Tae-hee are set to star in a new film titled "Grand Prix", according to their agencies JG Company and Luah Entertainment on Monday.
Both agencies reported that the two stars have been cast for the lead roles and are waiting to sign the final contract for the film.
Veteran Korean actors Park Geun-hyeong and Ko Doo-sim are reportedly in talks to play supporting roles.,...More
Discovery Channel to Feature Seoul and Star Figure Skater Kim
Stay tuned for the next appearance by Kim Yu-na, Korea's figure skating sensation who further solidified her position with a gold medal just last month in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
The Discovery Channel will feature "Hip Korea – Seoul Spirit" a promotional video about Seoul portrayed th,...More
Online Mystery Movie 'The Influence' Debuts
Lee Jae-gyoo's directorial debut "The Influence" was released this week through,...More
Korean films, stars nominated for U.S. Green Globe Awards
Korean movie "Thirst" and "Mother - 2009" [CJ Entertainment]
Some of the biggest names in the South Korean film industry, as well as its most noted productions, have been nominated in multiple categories at this year's Hollywood-based Green Globe Film Awards.
According to the event's official webpage, a number of Korea's top movie stars and films will compete in this year's "International Film Awards Theme: Asia" segment of the event which recognizes movies, actors and directors in the Eastern region of the globe.
Noteworthy nominees include Song Kang-ho for film "Thirst", Ha Jung-woo for "Take Off" and Kim Myeong-min for "Closer to Heaven" in the category for best international actor,...More
Jung Woo-sung pic "Reign of Assassins" Korea release confirmed
Actor Jung Woo-sung [Taurus Films]
Korean actor Jung Woo-sung's international debut film "Reign of Assassins" has been confirmed to open in Korea, according to the film's distributor Sungwon I Communications on Wednesday.
Sungwon announced in a press release that the action flick, which stars the Korean actor and Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Memoirs of a Geisha", will be released in Korea in August.,...More
[Music] Performance Industry Meets the World… Endless Exchange With Different Genres
Performance Industry Meets the World
Among the various factors that constitute human life, culture has the greatest capacity to nurture connections and exchange. One culture quickly absorbs the advantages of another culture and develops to integrate naturally into a large wave.
The same applie,...More
Lee Byung-hun says filming "The Influence" was like shooting "IRIS"
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has said that working on his new film "The Influence" felt like an extension of shooting his KBS blockbuster TV series "IRIS" from last year.
Speaking at the film's showcase held Tuesday at Seoul CGV Multiplex, the Hallyu star described the experience as "shooting the 22nd episode of "IRIS" because filming for "The Influence" started right after "IRIS" ended".
"It was difficult and I felt burdened but I liked working with director Lee Jae-gyoo, whom I had wanted to work with", the Hallyu star said. "Personally I like movies with an element of fantasy to it so I was able to act freely and have fun".,...More
'Iris' Season 2 Cast Revealed
By Han Sang-hee
The lineup for the spin-off series of the hit drama "IRIS" has been revealed.
[ChanMi's movie news] Han Chae-young in "The Influence"
Actor Lee Byung-hun and Han Chae-young are in the digital film, "The Influence" which is released on te 2nd.
The barbie doll body Han Chae-young is wearing a mini onepiece at the press meeting for the release of this film.
The grey dress adorned with golden accessories make her look very modern and mysterious.
"The Influence" is about the unchanging promise that is to be kept through time p,...More
1st Seoul Arts and Culture Award
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Lee Byung-hun gives an acceptance speech after receiving the prize for best TV actor at the 1st Seoul Arts & Culture Award held at the Seoul Student Gymnasium in South Korea on February 23, 2010.,...More
Epik High interviewed by CNN Talk Asia
Epik High member Tablo and CNN Talk Asia anchorwoman Anjali Rao [Woolim Entertainment]
Korean hip-hop band Epik High is set to appear on CNN's Talk Asia, according to their agency Woolim Entertainment on Monday.
The group recently conducted an interview with the show's anchorwoman Anjali Rao, where they talked about their difficulties, success and future ambitions.
"We were glad that CNN showed great interest in the depth and diversity of Korean music", Epik High member Tablo was quoted as saying. "It was an undeserving honor to represent and introduce our own kind of hip-hop to all over the world".,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Han Chae-young now a jewlery model!
Actress Han Chae-young is now a jewelry brand Stonehenge model!
Korea's Barbie doll star, Han Chae-young became a 1 year model for the Stonehenge star and moon jewelry!
She has debuted with her pure image with her glamorous body line. Now, she is in her 10th year as a star rising in,...More
'Joint Security Area' Becomes Musical
By Chung Ah-young
The 2000 Korean film "JSA - Joint Security Area"based on the novel " DMZ " by,...More
[10LINE] Lee Byung-hun
Clockwise from top center, actor Im Chang-jeong, actor Song Seung-heon, actress Choi Ji-woo, director Kim Jee-woon and actress Kim Tae-hee [10Asia]
Lee Byung-hun He grabbed people's attention as soon as he made his acting debut. And he did great. He would then encounter a crisis but everytime, he would somehow find his way back. And he went around the world to look for new work. This is the life of this top star whose life is like a drama or drama turns out to be what his life is.,...More
Poster for Lee Byung-hun's online pic "The Influence" revealed
Movie poster for "The Influence" [Realize Pictures]
The poster and preview for the online mystery film "Influence", starring Lee Byung-hun and Han Chae-young, have been revealed.
The film's producer Realize Pictures and Windsor Entertainment released the poster on Friday, showing a relatively large image of a suited up Lee from the bust upward and smaller head-to-toe image of Han donning a red dress.,...More
Kim Myeong-min vs. Lee Byung-hun: Beethoven Virus Director Lee Jae-gyoo compares KMM and LBH
The director's role is to bring out the best of each actor
L-R: Lee Jae-gyoo, Kim Myeong-min, Lee Byung-hun
The director of "Beethoven Virus", Lee Jae-gyoo talks about Kim Myeong-min and Lee Byung-hun's acting.
On Feb. 8 at the Seoul Arts Center, Lee Jae-gyoo, who was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor of Broadcasting/Entertainment/Video Department of Seoul Arts Center Academy, gave a special lecture to 50 freshmen students on the subject of broadcast vs. motion picture. During the lecture, he talked about Kim Myeong-min, whom he worked with in "Beethoven Virus", and Lee Byung-hun, who is starring in the digital movie "The Influence", which Lee Jae-gyoo is currently directing.,...More
Lee Byung-hun Offered US Drama Role
By Cho Jae-hyon
Korean heartthrob Lee Byung-hun has been offered a role in an American TV series, officials from his agency,...More
Lee Byung-hun role to expand in sequel to G.I. Joe
Scene from "G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra" [Paramount Pictures]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun may be headed to establishing firmer ground in Hollywood.
Paramount Pictures, the creators of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra", has reportedly decided to give Lee's character Storm Shadow more weight in the second installment of the action flick set for release in 2012.
Paramount judged that the Korean actor contributed much to the success of the first pic and are developing on the stories surrounding Storm Shadow.,...More
IRIS set to air during prime time in Japan
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
How Kim Yoon-jin's Korean Success Helped Her Make It in Hollywood
Kim Yoon-jin spends nine months of the year in Hawaii shooting the popular U.S. drama series "Lost" and the remainder resting and working in Ko,...More
Lee Byung-hun to Star in 'G.I. Joe' Sequel
Top hallyu star Lee Byung-hun is expected to take a leading role in the "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" sequel, his aides said in a report by Ha,...More
[ChanMi's star news] "The Influence" stars Han Chae-young and Lee Byung-hun
Actor Lee Byung-hun and Han Chae-young are going to become sad lovers!
The digital film, "The Influence" will be starring these stars as the main charactes.
Characters in the film will be traveling through time from 1907 to 2010 of 100 years! In the still pictures, we can see Lee's shorter hair style and his black sleek suit with a dandy look. The three episodes of different settings in generation and situations shwo dramatic story with sensitive emotions.
The mystery character, J is acted by,...More
Lee Byung-hun wins best jewellery wearer award in Japan
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun and Madame Miyuki at the International Jewelry Tokyo event [BH Entertainment]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun has won an award for being the best jewellery wearer alongside Japan's First Lady at a jewellery event in Tokyo held Wednesday.
According to his agency BH Entertainment, the actor attended the opening ceremony of the International Jewellery Tokyo 2010 and jointly won a special award in the category with Miyuki Hatoyama.,...More
Lee Byung-hun questioned by authorities all night
Korean actor Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun -- who is currently engaged in a legal battle with his former girlfriend -- was questioned by Korean authorities last night, according to a source at Seoul Central District Court.
"We summoned Lee and with his consent, held an investigation from 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening through 5 a.m. the next morning", an official with the Korean Prosecutors' Office was quoted as saying on Thursday. He explained that the night-long questioning was regarding the two lawsuits filed by the actor and one filed against him.,...More
Han Chae-young to join Lee Byung-hun for "The Influence"
Actress Han Chae-young [Chae ki-won/10Asia]
Korean actress Han Chae-young is set to join the cast of online mystery movie "The Influence", announced the film's producer Realize Pictures in a press release on Thursday.
Han will play the love interest of Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun who share a love that transcends time and space but eventually fail to see a happy ending. Lee will be one of the main characters who will have to make a choice on his path to fulfilling a long-kept promise in the film spanning from 1907 to 2010.,...More
Lee Byung-hun to star in online movie "The Influence"
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun is set to star in an online mystery film titled "The Influence", according to a press release by the film's producer Realize Pictures on Wednesday.
Lee, 39, will play one of the main characters who has to make a choice on his path to fulfilling a promise made many years ago in the film set for release online in early March.,...More
Lee Byung-hun's verdict hearing set for February
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun [Asia Economic Daily]
The verdict hearing for Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun and his ex-girlfriend is set to take place on February 18 at the Seoul Central District Court, although neither party is likely to attend the hearing as it will be a civil trial.
On December 8, a Korean-Canadian woman, identified by the last name Kwon had filed a lawsuit against the actor for allegedly alluring her into a sexual relationship on false promises of marriage. She asked to be paid KRW 100 million won in physical and psychological damages and also accused the actor of taking part in heavy gambling overseas.
Lee had taken counter legal action against Kwon as well, suing for libel, and posted a hand-written message on his official website about the incident.,...More
Asian Model Awards
Lee Byung-hun receives prize at Asian model awards
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Lee Byung-hun gives his acceptance speech after receiving the award for top Asian star at the 2010 Asia Model Festival Awards held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on January 15, 2010.,...More
Advertisements, Dramas Effective in Promoting Seoul
By Kwon Mee-yoo
More than half of Asian tourists visited Seoul after watching commercials and television dramas of the nation's capital, according to the latest Nielsen survey of 3,200 tourists from China, Japan and Taiwan last October and December.
The survey showed that 52 pe,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] Lee Byung-hun in the second Hollywood movie!
This June, "G.I Joe" the sequel will be filmed!
The Asia star and now, the world star Lee Byung-hun will be in this movie.
His contract has agreed to a third movie for G.I. Joe series and all his roles are one of the main characters.
Details of this movie have not been released. Will Lee's character come back?,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Byung-hun and Han Chae-young at 2010 Asia Model Ceremony
Lee Byung-hun and Han Chae-young are at the 2010 Asia Model Ceremony.
The two have received awards representing Korea!
Han Chae-young received the M,...More
Lee Byung-hun to receive Asian Star award tomorrow
Hallyu star Byeong-heon [Asia Economic Daily]
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun will receive the Asia Star award at the 2010 Asia Model Awards tomorrow, according to the Korea Model Association (KMA) on Thursday.
At the event, hosted by KMA and KOFICE (Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange), the actor will be commended for his contribution in promoting Asian cultural content through his acting work.,...More
Kang banned from leaving country over Lee Byung-hun probe
Baseball player-turned-TV personality Kang Byung-kyu has been forbidden from leaving South Korea because of his alleged involvement in actor,...More
Lee Byung-hun to star in Kim Jee-woon's thriller pic
(From left) Actors Lee Byung-hun, Choi Min-sik and director Kim Jee-woon
Top Korean actor Lee Byung-hun has joined the cast of a new thriller film by famed director Kim Jee-woon, according to Lee's agency BH Entertainment on Thursday. An official at BH explained that Lee is set to star in the film -- titled "I Saw the Devil" -- although the actor has not finished signing the contract as of yet.,...More
Actor Lee Byung-hun Will Receive Asia Model Award
By Lee Hyo-won
Actor Lee Byung-hun will receive the Asia Star Award at the 5th Asia Model Festival Awards, Friday evening,...More
[ChanMi's movie news] "Saw the Devil" starring Lee Byung-hun
Top star, Lee Byung-hun is in the new Director Kim Jee-woon's film, "I Saw the Devil".
Lee's agency, BH Entertainment confirmed through that phone that he is in this movie but it has not been written in papers, yet.
He is in this director's film for the third time after,...More
Song Hye-kyo, Gang Dong-won to star in Asian omnibus pic
Actress Song Hye-kyo (right) and actor Gang Dong-won, who have been cast to star in Korean director Jang Joon-hwan's "Love for Sale". [BAL CON]
Several of South Korea's top actors including actress Song Hye-kyo and actor Gang Dong-won have been cast in a multinational omnibus film by directors from Korea, Japan and Thailand, according to the film's production company on Tuesday.
BAL CON announced in a statement that the film, tentatively titled "Busan Project", will be composed of three episodes each set in the past, present and future of the city of Busan in Korea.
Based in Korea during the 1970s, the first segment, titled "Iron Pussy", will be directed by Thailand's Wisit Sasanatieng and star Korean actor Kim Min-joon and Thai-American actor Michael Shaowanasai. Shawananasai will play the role of a male secret agent from Thailand in disguise of a woman who later falls in love with an unidentifiable Korean man, played by Kim.,...More
Dae-sung to replace T.O.P. in new Song Ji-na drama
Big Bang member Dae-sung [Asia Economic Daily]
Dae-sung, member of popular boy band Big Bang, will replace T.O.P., the rapper of the same group, to star in a new TV series by famed writer Song Ji-na.
"Dae-sung will take off his acting career starting by making an appearance in 'Zero Plus'", an official at the group's agency YG Entertainment told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Monday.
T.O.P., whose real name is Choi Seung-hyeon, had originally been tapped to play the main character but decided to withdraw from the drama due to a conflict of schedule. He had made his acting debut in 2007 drama "I Am Sam" and last appeared in hit blockbuster drama "IRIS" alongside Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee.,...More
Lee Byung-hun scores triple wins at KBS Acting Awards
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
2009 Drama Awards Wrap Up With No Surprises
By Han Sang-hee
There were no big surprises at the Drama Awards held by the three major networks ― KBS, SBS and MBC ― last year.
The Grand Prizes each went to,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009
Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
2010 Korean Cinema Lineup
By Lee Hyo-won
The past year represented hope and revitalization for Korean cinema. While problems such as piracy linger on, the forecast for 2010 cinema appears promising with diverse projects in the making.
Cineastes are finding inspiration from the past and are bringing rem,...More
2009 Year in Review: Sports & Culture
The reigning queen of figure skating Kim Yu-na kicked off the year, winning her first senior-level gold medal at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in February.
The 19-year-old superstar then continued on a roll becoming the world's first female skater to surpass a combined score of 2,...More
(72) Saju of Actor Lee Byung-hun
By Janet Shin
Celebrities are always hounded by those trying to dig up scandals and personal affairs. Some of these stories may be matters of interest, but others may ruin a person's integr,...More
'Iris' Spawning Ugly Sequel
Prodution Crew Member Files Complaint Against Kang Byung-kyu
By Cho Jae-hyon
KBS2 TV's action-packed "IRIS" finished its 20,...More
Kang Ji-hwan's Movie Picks
Korean actor Kang Ji-hwan [photographed by Lee Won-woo/10Asia]
There are usually two ways that male actors can have a competitive advantage on television and movie screens. He can be drop-dead gorgeous or have drop-dead fantastic acting skills. Of course, not all actors fulfill either one requirement completely, but in most cases one could tell how much an actor satisfied each requirement. But what makes Kang Ji-hwan interesting is that one cannot quite discern exactly how handsome or how great of an actor he is.
Of course, Kang Ji-hwan has an attractive smile and is a very detailed actor. But his appeal comes from that certain something that goes beyond good looks and good acting skills. In other words, there are other actors who are more attractive and more talented than he is, but one cannot easily think of any actor that is better suited for roles in the following movies -- Hong Gil-dong in "Hong Gil-dong", Sunwoo Wan in "Capital Scandal" and Jae-joon in "My Girlfriend is an Agent". This isn't simply because he played these characters well. For parts like Hong Gil-dong, who trudges around with a knapsack and a pole, and the cheesy, immature Modern Boy who is busy seducing women in a midst of societal chaos [in "Capital Scandal"), Kang's looks and acting are a perfect fit for making such comic book-ish characters come to life. Few actors can pull off a really difficult role but it is just as rare to find an actor like Kang, who can play around with interesting characters. So it comes as no surprise that Kang would recommend such comical, imaginative movies as below.,...More
Gang Violence Accusations Made on Set of Iris
Kang Byung-gyu, who has been accused of instigating violence on the set of "IRIS", voluntarily appeared at the Mapo-ku wide area investigation br,...More
(10 FOCUS) 10 Awards - Top 10 People of 2009
Top 10 People of 2009
In the entertainment industry, the end of a year is a season about watching and talking about "people". Many media outlets select their "person of the year" and people flock to year-end awards shows to hear a quote from stars that they do not get to see often. 10Asia picked our own figures of the year, but there is no red carpet or photo spotlights for the stars to enter upon. Our selection of "persons of 2009" are not top stars who attained the most popularity from the public, but people who changed the landscape of Korea's entertainment industry and stimulated the public with experiences that we had not had before. Here are ten people who showed us a new direction for upcoming 2010.,...More
Song Hye-kyo to appear in Won Kar-wai biopic
Korean actress Song Hye-kyo has been set to appear in Hong Kong art-house director Wong Kar-wai's biopic about Bruce Lee's kung fu master Ip Ma,...More
Kim Tae-hee says was "lifeless" before taking up acting
KBS TV series "IRIS" ended its run last week while viewers were left to wonder why main character Hyun-joon (played by Lee Byung-hun) die. And Choi Seung-hee (Kim Tae-hee) mysteriously remains standing at the center of this story which ended with an open ending. She turned out to be the unexpected twist at the end of the drama which helped her character leave a stronger impression rather than ending up being the typical passive female who yields to her man's wishes. Kim talked to reporters last Friday, the day after the blockbuster spy drama aired its final episode. Q: You must feel quite different about this drama compared to your past works. Kim Tae-hee (Kim): Actors usually say they feel mixed emotions of both joy and sadness when they're done with a film or drama. I had felt more relief with my past roles but I think the sadness is greater this time. I think it's because we had been in shoot for a long time and I had been active in laying forth my own ideas for the drama too while monitoring my scenes in the editing room. I was very stressed while working on it but I have a deep affection for it.,...More
Lee Byung-hun Saga Continues
Kang Byung-kyu to File Complaint Against Chief "IRIS" Producer
Actor Lee Byung-hun's,...More
Cyber 'Detectives' Irk Celebrities
By Park Si-soo
Many Internet users have recently become unlicensed detectives in an "investigation squad" they have formed. Members of the squad, called "NCSI" ㅡ a combination of "N" from netizen and "CSI", which stands for a crime scene investigation team in the United St,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Tae-hee whispering to Lee Byung-hun
At the 2009 Korean Politics Award Ceremony, actor Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee were awarded a special award.
The 10th annual ceremony awarded 10 different nominees for different national political recognitions.
Kim and Le,...More
Lee's Happy Ending
Lee Byung-hun, who starred the just concluded KBS hit, "IRIS", said he wanted a differe,...More
Lee Min-ho: 'I Want My Next Role to be Cheerful and Fun'
"I want to play a macho guy and try my skills at melodrama as well. I want to try so many things. But since I'm still very young, the best role for me would be a cheerful one", said actor,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Kim Tae-hee denies relationship with Lee Byung-hun
"IRIS" had ended on the 18th with the release of the last episode.
At the last meeting with reporters, she denied a relationship with Lee Byung-hun that had been a rumor going around.
Kim said that their personalities match and had been good friends.
Because of Kim's beauty and her well known smart side, she had,...More
'Four of a Kind' Captivate Japanese Fans in Tokyo Dome
By Cho Jae-hyon
Four Korean heartthrobs ― Lee Byung-hun, Jang Dong-gun, Song Seung-heon and,...More
Ko Hyun-jung Named Best TV Star
By Cho Jae-hyon
Actress Ko Hyun-jung has been named the top TV star of the year in a poll, for her role in MBC TV's hit peri,...More
[ChanMi's star news] "Iris" ends with success
Lee Byung-hun and Kim Tae-hee were the main cast for the drama "IRIS" that ended with a success of 40% viewers rating!
The last 20th episode was the number 1 watched show at that hour.
Most of the episodes were well above 30% viewer rate, it,...More
Lee Byung-hun's Ex-Girlfriend Questioned
Prosecutors have questioned the former girlfriend of actor Lee Byung-hun about her allegation that Lee was involved in illegal gambling.
Product Placement Grows Popular in Korea
The "supporting actors" with the most exposure in the TV spy drama "IRIS" are cars made by Kia Motors. Featured in the action-packed program is t,...More
'Real' Gangs Fight on Iris Filming Location
"IRIS", the popular television thriller, has become the subject of a rumor that a group of actual gangsters interfered with filming. The news com,...More
Lee Min-ho Covets Role in 'Iris' Season 2
Top Korean actor Lee Min-ho successfully wrapped up his first fan meeting in Taipei, his agency Starhaus Entertainment said.
In the promotiona,...More
Hallyu '4Card' Tokyo Show Draws Attention
Four superstars ― Lee Byung-hun, Jang Dong-gun, Song Seung-heon and,...More
Music Videos Attract Fans but Need Diversity