[HanCinema's Film Review] "Love Exposure" + DVD Giveaway 2016/03/05,
Jeong-wan (played by Lee Mi-yeon) is a freelance photographer currently having a love affair with married doctor Yeong-hoo (played by Kim Joon-seong). Jeong-wan's best friend Hee-soo (played by Lee Tae-ran) is herself married to Hyeong-sik (played by Yoon Je-moon). One might think that as a married woman Hee-soo would disapprove of Jeong-wan's behavior. To the contrary- Jeong-wan and Hee-soo are women of the modern age, who are so relaxed about frank sexual discussion they even watch pornography together,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Like for Likes" 2016/02/27,
If you're looking for a cute, feel-good film then look no further than "Like for Likes", a film directed by Park Hyeon-jin ("Lovers of 6 Years") and starring an incredibly gifted cast. It focuses on dating in the internet age where activity on social media can make and break relationships. The film released in South Korea February 17 and will open in New York February 25. In Korea, its first week resulted in fourth place at 12.2% on box office charts with 320,000 moviegoers. Afterwards, the film will screen in 17 major locations in North America,...More
[Interview #2] "Like For Likes" How Choi Ji-woo deals with criticism 2016/02/15, Source, Choi Ji-woo was recently interviewed in a café for the movie "Like for Likes" and she said, "I don't get hurt easily. I forget things quickly. Although, I think about what happened at night when I go to bed, but it doesn't last very long".
We asked if that was her character or did she develop this habit as an actress and she responded, "Most of it developed during my career. I just found a way to protect myself and experienced helped me",...More
Lee Mi-yeon Reveals Hidden Charms on Reality Show 2013/12/11, Source,
Cable channel tvN's latest reality show "Sisters Over Flowers", which began airing on Nov. 29, has served as a shot in the arm for the career of actress Lee Mi-yeon. In the show, Lee shows her boundless energy, free-spirited personality and friendly attitude while traveling abroad with other veteran actresses,...More
"Noonas Over Flowers" Available in US on Hulu from December 2nd! 2013/11/27,
New Season of Hit Reality Show Follows Top South Korean Actresses Backpacking Through Eastern Europe New Episodes Available Every Monday tvN is back with the second season of its hit star backpacking reality show, now called Noonas Over Flowers, airing on November 29th in South Korea. Following the breakout success of last season's Grandpas Over Flowers which featured four elderly male actors traveling together in Taiwan, Na Yong-suk PD returns with South Korea's top actresses,...More
Lee Seung-gi not at all like Lee Seo-jin 2013/11/11, Source,
Producer Na told stories of the epilogue of "Sister Over Flowers" in Croatia.
He said, "The female members were much more sensitive and friendly. It was definitely different from being with the grandfathers",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Pisces" 2013/04/19,
Ae-Ryun (played by Lee Mi-yeon) is the proud new owner of a video rental store. She's an avid movie lover, and takes great joy in operating her shop to the most effective degree possible. Ae-Ryun doesn't just make sure that the decor, video system, and layout is perfect- she encourages her patrons to try out new, different, interesting movies that expand their horizons. Most of them have to be persuaded into this- except for Dong-Suk (played by Choi Woo-je), who's quite relieved to meet someone of Ae-Ryun's opinions running a video rental store,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "A Company Man" on the Edge of Freedom... 2013/02/16, Film:"A Company Man"Director/Writer:Lim Sang-yoonStars: So Ji-sub, Lee Mi-yeon, Kwak Do-won, Lee Kyeong-yeong & Dong JunReview Score: 3.5 / 5
"Don't take it personally" are the words Lim Sang-yoon's hero proclaims as he gives his young and enthusiastic partner the bad news of his expulsion from 'the company'. In "A Company Man" debutant writer/director Lim Sang-yoon probes Korea's obsessive desire with white-collar jobs that are perceived to be the measure of success and status. This ideologically charged film demonstrates the creative and cinematic talents of Lim as he questions Korea's current social discourse on modern measures of success, wealth, and personal responsibility.
Writer/director Lim Sang-yoon's first feature may not have set the box office on fire when it was release in the latter half of 2012, but what stands out most here is his creative competency and mastery over the more technical aspect of cinema and narrative. The popular So Ji-sub plays Hyeong-Do, a highly trained and slick assassin who comes to question his role and future within the underground company he has so faithfully served,...More
'All I wanted was to quit my job' 2012/10/18, Source, So Ji-sub stars as a "salaried" contract killer in "A Company Man", which is currently playing in theaters nationwide.
By Baek Byung-yeul Playing protagonist Ji Hyeong-do, So Ji-sub doesn't actually utter these words, but all his actions and body language amounts to that one sentence that puts in a nutshell the toils and agonies of any salaried worker in Korea Inc. But heartthrob So plays no ordinary salaried worker. As Ji in "A Company Man", he is a hired killer under the cover of a legitimate business. Ji works for New Continental Metal Incorporated as a section chief of the 2nd sales section, but the main business of this company is contract killing. An otherwise unsuspicious beautiful office housed in a gigantic skyscraper is stashed with an assorted array of lethal weapons, with a separate clandestine conference room,...More
Art and Culture 2012/10/15, Source,
It's the start of a new week and our Michelle Kim has brought us a new round of arts and culture events. Today I hear she has a few movies she'd like to introduce to us. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Han-ul So what movies do you have for us today[Reporter : ] This fall, three Korean men -- So Ji-sub, Ryu Seung-beom and Song Joong-ki -- will be heating up the big screen in three new films that take them in new directions or build on their existing images. I have previews of all three movies for you today. Take a look. Actor So Ji-sub, best known for the dectective drama "Ghost - Drama" is back on the big screen with the action thriller "A Company Man", which is in theaters now,...More
Guide To Must-See Movies In Theaters 2012/10/13, Source,
Action, love, and murder - it's all in a day's work for a unique salary man in director Lim Sang-yoon's newest movie, "A Company Man". Working under the cover of a typical employee at an industrial company, leading hero Hyung-do played by actor So Ji-sub is one of the best contract killers in the business. After falling in love with a married woman played by popular veteran actress Lee Mi-yeon, Hyung-do decides to leave the organization of assassins but soon realizes that the company won't take no for an answer,...More
Art and Culture 2012/09/20, Source,
And now it's time for our daily arts and culture segment with Michelle Kim. In the Thursday edition, she brings us the latest on new and upcoming movies from Korea and abroad. Hello Michelle [Reporter : ] Hello Conn-young So what movies do you have for us today[Reporter : ] Well, today I'll tell you about three new movies starring three of Korea's most respected vetran actresses -- Jo Min-soo, Yeom Jeong-ah and Lee Mi-yeon. Take a look. Older actresses don't always get the most exciting roles, but this fall, three veteran actresses are front and center as the stars of some of the season's most highly anticipated films,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Choi Jin-young's funeral brings much mourning 2010/03/30, Source,
The sky cried and people cried. Choi Jin-young has ended his life on this 38th year on earth. However, those who were left behind could not let him go just that easily. Many friends and family came together and mourned crying out his name.
Choi Jin-young's body has left the hospital with his mother and 50 friends and family following him in a procession so that Choi's body would not be lonely.
The funeral was in a Christian custom and many people came together with tears.
He was a beloved singer and an actor. He has debuted in 1987 as a commercial film model and was in the film with Lee Mi-yeon followed by a drama showing his face in many diffe,...More
Actress Kim Yoon-jin's Movie Picks 2010/03/05, Source,
Actress Kim Yoon-jin [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Kim Yoon-jin spent her childhood in the United States and made her first step into the world of acting on Broadway. Hence, English was the language she acted in and also used for over 20 years to speak her mind. But 10Asia's interview with the actress revealed that her Korean was just as accurate and rich in expression. Whatever the question, she gave clear answers while appropriately adding in adjectives which would embellish her sentences. Her style of speech was just like her acting -- on point yet elaborate. Many people associated Kim with the term 'female soldier' for a long time after she made her film debut playing a North Korean spy in "Shiri". The audience was unfamiliar with this actress who till then had made a few unnoted appearances in Korean dramas, but she left her mark with "Shiri", standing strong with her role opposite top Korean actor Han Suk-kyu who played the South Korean agent she loves. She then took on "Gingko Bed 2: Danjeobiyeonsu" where her piercing eyes reached beyond the camera to the audience. And just when it seemed she would forever trap herself in the image of a female soldier, Kim started expanding on her scope of acting. In "Ardor", she suffered just like her character Mi-heun did until she found hope in her life. And she may have ended up being the stereotypical Asian woman and finicky lawyer with her roles in the "Lost" series and Korean pic "Seven Days" but with her belief that "it is up to the actor to fill in the empty spaces", her characters became individuals with something more than empty hearts.,...More
The Winter Olympic Games are over, but that doesn't mean the excitement of television is over as well. MBC and KBS are preparing big budget dramas featuring heroes for this weekend, ushering viewers to another competitive race between top stars and strong scripts.,...More
This year's lineup of dramas proved to be interesting. There were young, handsome characters attracting female fans ("Boys over Flowers", KBS), smart housewives took over households and offices (",...More
Jeans Brands Woo Top Stars for Ads 2009/10/15, Source, Jeans brands seem to be replacing cosmetics as the most coveted prize among Korea's advertising contracts. Traditionally, becoming the " face " of cosmetics brands was the recognition of bona fide sta,...More
11th Int'l Women's Film Festival in Seoul 2009/03/19, Source, The 11th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul (IWFFIS) kicks offits second decade of femme power this month, bringing 105 films from 23 countries to the Artreon Theater in Sinchon, western Seoul. Under the banner "See the World through Women's Eyes" the event runs April 9 – 16.
[ChanMi's star news] Ko Ah-ra picked best model by Kwangjoo citizens! 2008/10/23, Source, Actress Ko Ah-ra and actor Lee Seon-gyoon has been picked the best models for this year. The two stars have attended the KAA ceremony, "2008 Korea Kwangjoo Festival- Kwangjoo Night Awards".
They have been picked because of how they present the products they model for in commercials with amiable and attractive ways. It is a picky process with 3 steps to go through to be chosen the best model in commercial films.
Ko Ah-ra has won the votes with 43.1 percent. Her innocent and bright image in commercials for,...More
[ChanMi's take] Actresses at film festival this 7th 2008/09/07, Source, On the 7th, the 17th Choonsa Film Award Festival Ceremony opened inviting many stars to this one place.
However, the numbers of stars have been lower than last years'. Of course, the stars did not attend because of personal reasons.
There has been many criticism in about this event. Complaints were,...More
Teenage stars into 'dignified' actors 2008/06/26, Source, No matter how much time has passed, important friends and friendship don't change. It's the same for Sports Seoul, which has cried and laughed with its readers for 23 years. The stars who covered the pages of Sports Seoul also stayed with the readers. June 22 1985. Let's take a look at the stars who have grown after the first publication of Sports Seoul.
Hwang Sin-hye, who rose to stardom with 1986 MBC drama "First Love", had perfect looks to the point that she was called a 'computer beauty'. Although it's been 20 years since her debut, she still shows off her beauty and perfect body with a fitness video and photo shoots. You can't find any indication that 23 years have passed, and the only thing old about her previous picture is her hairstyle.,...More
Stars' Favorite Restaurants 2008/04/03, Source, Stars don't just eat anywhere. There's something special about where they go. The places they go depend on their style, likes, and tastes. In today's Star's Life Style How Much, we'll reveal restaurants where stars go.
The stylish women who go well with wine parties. What do they eat with wine? T,...More
Entertainment in 2007 was all about versatility. Fans could watch news anchors dance and sing, while some singers created their own shows and even starred in movies. Among these talented and ambitious celebri,...More
Lee Mi-yeon: Still in Love With Acting 2007/01/20, Source, "Acting has produced the biggest energy and the greatest pain in my life. I can't promise you that I'm going to be an actress for the rest of my life. When I fall out of love with acting, I'll quit im,...More
The money is flowing in, but there is no one to act.
This is the current atmosphere at Choong Moo Ro (film district). According to the Bank of Korea, the movie industry's 2003 sales were some 3.7780 trillion won. This is a rapid growth with sales more than triple 1997's 1.257,...More
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A very beautiful actress who is very
good at acting. She's ben in the
business for awhile, but still puts in
the same energy in her late films as she
did for her first film. I wish her good
luck on her future projects.
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