[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 16 Final 2016/04/14,
This is it, the final confrontation, where among other things, the full background behind Gi-tak's death is confirmed. After the rather goofy way Yeong-soo died I have to admit I never really considered the idea that Gi-tak's death was anything more complicated than what it looked like- a high speed chase gone wrong. That notion seemed bolstered by how Gi-tak himself lost interest in searching for his real killer fairly quickly. Yet in the end, Gi-tak is forced to decide whether he's willing to break the revenge rule or not,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 15 2016/04/14,
I find that watching "Please Come Back, Mister" without a sense of context tends to be instructive for getting a feel of the drama. As per the last cliffhanger, there was a big car accident and Yeong-soo, rather than do the sensible thing and go to the hospital, stumbles around through sheer force of will to his intended destination. One might think from that much that there was a serious romance going on between him and Da-hye, rather than the deliberately ambiguous mess we actually ended up with. And then Gi-tak shows up using the cute "dearest spouse" form of personal address,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 14 2016/04/07,
Gi-tak is dangled in front of the fire like a damsel in distress here, and while he's not quite exactly a damsel, the fact that Gi-tak looks like a damsel does make matters somewhat awkward. The sexual tension between him and former gangster buddy Ji-hoon has always been noticeable, and there's some pretty unsettling transgender questions at play here. When you like the woman you like because she reminds you of a guy, and is in fact simply that same guy in a woman's body, does that make you gay?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 13 2016/04/06,
It turns out that Han-na was just trying to see her real dad, Yeong-soo, all along, in typical chidlike uncertainty. The payoff for all that extended running around ends up being more tender scenes as Yeong-soo tries to do right by his family and with a little supernatural help, is able to comfort them somewhat about the fact that he's dead. It's all kind of sweet, actually, albeit somewhat annoying since there's not much left in the way of plot progression,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 12 2016/03/31,
So, it turns out that Hong-nan is not just some random identity that Gi-tak made up to explain how his new female body could know so much about Gi-tak's life. Hong-nan is, in fact, Gi-tak's actual estranged sister from childhood, and by sheer dumb coincidence, it turns out that Da-hye is the real Hong-nan. If you're wondering why this revelation is important, well, keep wondering. All "Please Come Back, Mister" does with this new information is set up a few tender scenes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 10 2016/03/24,
Da-hye finally directly addresses the creepiness inherent in Yeong-soo's position of trying to constantly hit on a widow. While this doesn't smooth over all the ethical problems involved in Yeong-soo's behavior, I'm grateful that "Please Come Back, Mister" is at least acknowledging the very uncomfortable position in which Da-hye has been put. Some self-awareness can go a long way to making a problematic story seem more harmless and less deserving of over-analysis,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 9 2016/03/23,
Yeong-soo really does not appear to have thought through the ramifications of his trying to romance Da-hye in Hae-joon's body. Da-hye is a grieving widow. It would be a little disconcerting if she was actually into Hae-joon's attempts at sexual harassment. Compared to Hae-joon, Ji-hoon's come-ons are fairly tactful. After all we've seen him do, I never expected Ji-hoon would come out looking like the better man this episode. Naturally, it helps that even if Yeong-soo succeeds, Da-hye would just be heartbroken again since Hae-joon will have to disappear without explanation, lest Yeong-soo break the rules,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 8 2016/03/17,
Yeong-soo and Gi-tak had a pretty successful run last episode in terms of accomplishing their goals. The problem that brings up is, if they've already mostly accomplished what they needed to do, then why are they bothering to stick around in the world of the living? Yeong-soo and Gi-tak will have to go back sooner or later. And until then they're at risk of breaking one of Maya's rules- a penalty which is finally elucidated and which Yeong-soo and Gi-tak will have to struggle to avoid enacting,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 7 2016/03/16,
It turns out that Ji-hoon really is somewhat villainous. At first I was wondering whether "Please Come Back, Mister" was doing the whole thing where the turncoat you know is worse than the explicitly evil bad guys, but no, as it turns out, the explicitly evil bad guys are still pretty explicitly evil. This is somewhat impressive considering how a lot of their villainy is by accident. When it comes to I-yeon's crooked relative by marriage Hyeok (played by Park Min-woo), I doubt we'd even care about his gangster problems except that Gi-tak mnaged to get sucked into that situation somehow,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 6 2016/03/10,
Yeong-soo continues the mission here to harass his wife and co-worker regarding a perceived romantic entanglement between the two. When it comes to Ji-hoon (played by Yoon Park), I can almost be all right with it, because Ji-hoon is definitely up to something suspicious. But Da-hye is a grieving widow working in a department store that may have murdered her husband. Doesn't the woman have enough to deal with? Is this really the time for abusive pep talks? Even bearing in mind that Yeong-soo has friendly moments too they don't cancel out his often terrifying disposition,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 5 2016/03/09,
For their superficially wildly different personalities, Yeong-soo and Gi-tak have one thing in common- they're both prone to jumping to wild outrageous conclusions based on limited evidence. Come to think of it they even acted this way back in the first episode, when they were still alive. It just didn't come off as quite so ridiculous back then because Kim In-kwon looks like a pathetic guy who can be intimidated, and Kim Soo-ro looks like an ultra-masculine man who is not to be trifled with. Rain and Oh Yeon-seo, by contrast, look like they should have some shred of classy dignity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 4 2016/03/03,
First, the good news. It would appear that the epilogue segments which involve Yeong-soo's Rain doppleganger getting railroaded so as to avoid interference with the main plot will in fact be a recurring feature in "Please Come Back, Mister". There's just something so delightfully sadistic about watching this poor man deal with constant artifically induced crises. Especially since it gives him almost as many excuses to take his shirt off as it does for Yeong-soo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 2 2016/02/25,
Maya (played by Ra Mi-ran) is the individual in charge of sending dead people back to the world of living temporarily. She's frustrated by how Yeong-soo and Gi-tak have interrupted her planned vacation, and warns these two that the reliving process is a fairly unsatisfying one with many arbitrary rules. Following that Maya nonetheless plops Yeong-soo in the body of Hae-joon (played by Rain), and Gi-tak in the body of Hong-nan (played by Oh Yeon-seo),...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Please Come Back, Mister" Episode 1 2016/02/24,
Yeong-soo (played by Kim In-kwon) is a nebbish department store manager who belatedly realizes his bad night was in fact much worse than just a drunk blackout. He soon meets up with Gi-tak (played by Kim Soo-ro), an ex-convict turned chef who is now in the same mortal predicament. Together they...flash back to the days right before the opener, because as this is the first episode, "Please Come Back, Mister" has to explain its premise and more importantly, why we as viewers should care,...More
Lee Min-jeong to come back with SBS drama "Hello, My Precious" 2015/12/08, Source,
Actress Lee Min-jeong is coming back for the first time in 2 years with "Hello, My Precious".
She takes on the role of Sin Da-hye, a proud wife who keeps her house spotless and is respectable to her father-in-law. She manages to stay happy with the allowance her husband gives her and knows how to style a cheap piece of clothing like a luxury brand. She does her hair herself but still looks like she's been to the salon and she's young and pretty,...More
Lee Min-jeong, a beauty 2015/06/18, Source, Selfie: Definition of a picture taken on one's self and short for 'self camera'. It was chosen as 'word of the year' in 2013 by Oxford. In Korean it also means 'self taken picture',...More
Lee Min-jeong shines in cosmetic brand ad 2015/03/09, Source, Actress Lee Min-jeong who is due next month showed flawless skin.
LG Lifestyle Isanox model Lee Min-jeong modeled for the latest 'Silky Cushion'. The ad was taken early this year. She's wearing a sleeveless dress in a background of pink representing spring. The dress makes her complexion shine it seems almost transparent,...More
Lee Byung-hyun's Wife Announces Pregnancy 2015/01/20, Source, Lee Min-jeong (left) and Lee Byung-hun
Actress Lee Min-jeong 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
Actress Lee Min-jeong is 27 weeks pregnant, "I will do my best for family"
The agency for actress Lee Min-jeong, MSTeam Entertainment said she is currently 27 weeks pregnant.
The agency said, "Although it is such a blessing for a wife of a family to be pregnant, we have been careful with announcing the news due to the recent unfortunate incidents. Also due to the fact we had to pay attention to the expecting mother's stability, we could not help but carefully considering the timing to release the news,...More
Lee Byung-hun's second trial 2014/11/23, Source, 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
2 Women Charged with Blackmailing Lee Byung-hun 2014/09/03, Source,
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
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" 2014/08/02,
The romantic comedy genre has not been doing well in Korean drama lately. While there have been a few successes, the overall frequency and brightness of romantic comedy series seem to be decreasing. What was once a disapproving mother in law in terms of a foil has now become serial killers, deadly diseases, unexpected resurrections and other manner of melodrama to ruin promising and light beginnings. 'Sly and Single Again' might not be a great drama, but it is one that stays true to its genre,...More
Lee Min-jeong, "Lee Byung-hun is an amazing husband" 2014/07/09, Source,
Actress Lee Min-jeong 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
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 15 2014/04/28,
"Sly and Single Again" has come full circle. Jung-woo and Ae-ra are back where they began: single, broke, unemployed and hoping for a brighter future. The big difference between now and the first time they were in this situation is that they've done a lot of growing up. The divorced couple is finally able to see their past and true intentions clearly,...More
Hwang Bo-ra, "It's been 11 years, I'm not a little girl anymore" 2014/04/24, Source,
Actress Hwang Bo-ra was better known as the 'cup noodle girl' from the cup noodle commercial. She debuted in 2003 through SBS and the commercial she completed, helped boost her into stardom with a famous nickname.
The cute, little girl is now a touch over thirty. It's been 11 years. She's been building her acting foundation in various movies and dramas; now she's more experienced and all grown up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 14 2014/04/14,
The number one form of communication in "Sly and Single Again" is eavesdropping. Most of the important plot points shared between characters this episode were accidentally overheard and observed. It has happened quite a bit before as well, but this episode had an abundance of eavesdroppers. Jung-woo is the primary eavesdropper, which makes sense because he tends to stalk Ae-ra in a fashion that could become creepy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 13 2014/04/12,
The episode is reminiscent of the earlier stages in most Korean romcoms even though the drama is in its later stages. The main couple is flirting and growing closer while everyone else and their situations conspire against them. The second leads are become more angst-ridden by the moment. While the angst works for Seung-hyun, it does not work as well for his sister. Seung-hyun was aimless until he met Ae-ra. Now his love for her and his competitive spirit towards Jung-woo have sparked his forward motion,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 12 2014/04/06,
This was an episode of repercussions. People begin to see exactly where their choices have landed them, mostly as they suffer the consequences of their actions. While these situations provide a lot of humor, "Sly and Single Again" still has difficulty balancing the serious with the comical. The serious situations seem haphazardly included although the way the characters deal with the situations on an emotional level is quite engaging,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 10 2014/04/01,
This episode was about the truth and about how knowing the truth changes things. A few of those truths should've been known, and their secrecy was merely a contrivance of the show, but it made the unearthing of the past much more powerful. The male leads have come to understand their feelings for Ae-ra and both are courting her in their own ways,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 8 2014/03/23,
After that conversation at the end of episode 6, Ae-ra and Jung-woo have slowly begun to see each other more clearly. They continue to bicker and misunderstand, but the resolutions are quicker and the empathy that was lacking before is now clearly felt by both sides. "Sly and Single Again" works very hard to force these two together, and the situations they find themselves in sometimes must be taken with a grain of salt, but those same situations create a lot of comedy and fodder for character growth,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 7 2014/03/20,
When this show focuses on the main couple and their sidekicks, it is much stronger than when it focuses on Ae-ra's family, Yeo-jin or on too much workplace drama. This episode minimized the focus on Ae-ra's family and made the workplace antics effective and not nearly as annoying as they have been. Although some of the reasons the show finds to create tensions in Ae-ra's office are contrived, the results are realistic,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 5 2014/03/15,
It's that time, folks. Petty revenge rears it's head and Jung-woo is its target. Ae-ra has creative ways to attack Jung-woo that keep this show funny while allowing it to explore their past and the issues behind their antagonism. After the cruel trick Jung-woo pulled last episode, he suffers through most of this one, which makes for one funny episode. It also establishes the longevity and the quality of his relationship with his sassy Secretary Gil. There was also a meta moment where Secretary Gil (who is played by L from Infinite) turns on Infinite's "Destiny" to soothe Jung-woo's troubles away. There is also a message of " fate " going on with the lyrics of the song, but I won't dig in that far,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Cyrano Agency" 2014/03/15,
Byeong-hoon (played by Eom Tae-woong) has a simple mission in life. Help the lovelorn get dates by staging meet cute romantic comedy sequences, all for the sake of giving those poor lonely souls the courage to speak up to the objects of their amor. All sorts of narrative flourishes are necessary to make these schemes work, and strangely, they all feel totally necessary. Apparently it's easier to convince a guy to challenge an authority figure in a giant crowded room full of people than it is to just get him to say "I Like You" to the woman he likes.
Yes, romance can be a terrifying thing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 4 2014/03/11,
One of the cruelest punishments a person can inflict upon another is the perversion of a beautiful memory. The pain that Ae-ra and Jung-woo feel from their divorce spurs them into a pretty vicious cycle of revenge that includes using their loving past as weapons against each other. Both Ae-ra and Jung-woo feel betrayed and like their love and efforts in their relationship went unappreciated,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 3 2014/03/10,
"Sly and Single Again" uses humor as its biggest tool and it does it well. It parodies Korean entertainment to hilarious effect and uses the character's imaginations to create some wonderful gags that would not be otherwise possible. What prevents the humor from excess are the serious issues fueling the comedy: divorce, misunderstanding and the effects of poverty and wealth. That's the best thing about this show: the comedy doesn't belie the issues. Both Ae-ra and Jung-woo have been hurt and the show addresses those hurts through the comedy,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 2 2014/03/08,
"Sly and Single Again" is still in the setup stages, but it has a wonderful levity to it that enhances humor without detracting from the heavier issues. Characters are introduced and fleshed out while Ae-ra and Jung-woo are in the sometimes amusing and sometimes heart breaking process of being forced back together. Both Ae-ra and Jung-woo have valid reasons to be angry and bitter over their marriage (which were revealed this episode,) but neither half of the broken couple truly understands the pain of the other,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Sly and Single Again" Episode 1 2014/03/06,
"Sly and Single Again" bursts from the gate with a fast-paced, funny, and clever first episode. MBC paired writer Lee Ha-na-I with director Ko Dong-seon and the two laid down a very solid start for this romcom about a divorced couple who meet again. This show hasn't brought anything new to the table, but it knows how to play with old material and how to infuse humor to nearly every subject presented in the show. The basic premise centers around a divorced couple who get back together for reasons other than love: she for his newfound wealth; he for revenge,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "All About My Romance" 2014/03/01,
Politics is not something most would associate with love or romance. In fact, politics is often one of the sad things fans of romantic comedy want to run away from by means of happy escapism. Hearing those two combined in a romantic comedy drama would make many uncertain. However, we have to remember the medium and genre have a certain focus that viewers like and that it would be unwise to change that. Those who have watched works like the 1995 movie 'The American President' also know it is very doable without losing that focus. Thankfully for those who might not like the topic, 'All About My Romance' uses it in a very good and fun way that adds to its romance and comedy, rather than sully it,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/10/12, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "Fasten Your Seatbelt": A plane headed to Tokyo from Gimpo with a Hallyu star on board flies into an unexpected storm and becomes in danger of crashing. (10/17)
★★★★ "Queen of the Night": A romantic comedy about a timid husband named Yeong-soo discovering the eventful past of his beautiful and perfect wife Hee-joo. (10/17)
★★★ "Neverdie Butterfly": Life starts getting better for a bullied boy when he meets his old middle school friend, but the school bully has other plans for them. (10/17)
★★ "Vacation": Three glamorous and privileged women go on a seductive vacation with three men they've targeted. (10/17)
★★★ "Silk Flower": A documentary that follows national shaman Kim Keum-hwa through various performances around the world as an artist. (10/17),...More
Korea's top celebrity couple to marry in August 2013/06/06, Source,
Actor Lee Byung-hun, 43, and actress Lee Min-jeong, 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
Lee Byung-hun, "I had to deny the truth" 2013/03/18, Source,
Lee claims that he had to deny their relationship at first.
On the SBS TV program, "Healing Camp" on the 18th, he said, "I wasn't surprised when our scandal broke out but my partner was also an actress so I had to be considerate of her and deny the fact",...More
The Worst-Dressed Celebrities of the Year 2012/12/25, Source,
From left, Han Ga-in, Ha Na-kyeong and Moon Geun-young
Actress Ha Na-kyeong was voted worst dresser of 2012 by the Chosun Ilbo's panel of 25 fashion designers and stylists, who agreed that she tried to show off her gorgeous body shape when she appeared in a dress with a deep cleavage at one of the year-end award ceremonies, but to no avail. She became the subject of the talk when she fell over while walking down the red carpet,...More
Lee Byung-hun Talks About His Movies, Love Life 2012/09/07, Source, "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
[Spoiler] "Big" Gong Yoo and Shin Won-ho about to change souls 2012/07/17, Source,
On the fourteenth episode of the KBS 2TV drama "Big", Kang Kyeong joon (Gong Yoo) was giving Yoon-jae a blood transfusion when their souls moved.
At the end of the previous episode, Kyeong-joon was shocked and angered when he found out that he was a ready-made baby to cure Seo Yoon jae's illness. There was another shock when he found out that they were bin ovular twins,...More
The pleasures of the honeymoon deepen… 2012/07/01, Source,
Drama "Big" by the Hong Sisters (Hong Jeong-eun, Hong Mi-ran) slowly reveals the secret behind Kyeong-joon (Gong Yoo). Kyeong-joon and Da-ran (Lee Min-jeong) started living together. Da-ran woke up early in the morning to make breakfast for Kyeong-joon. They became more and more affectionate for each other.
Mari's (Suzy) jealousy also began. She went to their honeymoon house with her baggie. She shows Kyeong-joon a yellow amulet. Will the three of them start living together,...More
[Spoiler] Big: Episode 4 Recap 2012/06/16, Source,
By: Raine"Big" keeps getting better. I was so emotionally invested in the episode that when it ended, I didn't know what to do with myself, so I watched it again. It has so much soul and I didn't even think about the conventional tropes used until I wrote the recap. Nothing stood out as cheesy. It just flowed. Bravo Hong Sisters. My heart is hanging on the line until next week.
Ratings dropped to 7.9% but they don't reflect the awesomness of this episode. (AGB Nielsen National),...More
Big: Episode 3 Recap 2012/06/12, Source,
Episode 3! Hoorah! I was expecting way more hilarity than I got, but surprisingly, I'm not disappointed. Suzy delivered some deadpan cuteness (her best dish) and we got some insight into Yoon-jae, who I was pulling for! (I'm not going to mention my love for Hottie McJail Bait.) This episode was still full of a lot of plot set-up, but Da-ran and Kyung-big (Kyung-joon in Yoon-jae's body) certainly provide enough character growth and body-swapping antics to entertain me for hours on end!
This episode scooched up a percentage point to 8.4% (AGB Nielsen National), probably because of the appearance of cute little miss Suzy.
"Big" makes me happy,...More
"Big": Episode 2 Recap 2012/06/08, Source,
By Raine And the fun has really begun with episode 2, which dropped a bit to 7.4% (AGB Nielsen National). "Big" (Starring Gong Yoo and d Lee Min-jeong) served up a pinch of mystery, a dash of angst and a whole lot of laugh-out-loud antics. We can't forget a cup of sex humor and a vat of social commentary. It took a turn that I didn't expect, which really makes me want episode 3, like, now,...More
"Big": Episode 1 Recap 2012/06/05, Source,
Here it is folks, coming in at 7.9% (AGB Nielsen Media), "Big"! It lived up to my expectations. Fine acting, gorgeous cinematography, witty dialogue and I'm already invested in the characters and the story. Not to mention, nekkid Gong Yoo for 10 minutes. *angels sing*,...More
"Big" starts off with 7.9% 2012/06/04, Source,
KBS 2TV drama "Big" started off last with strong competition around it but it's too early to be disappointed.
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 5th, "Big" started off with 7.9% on the 4th which is 2% higher than the previous drama "Love Rain",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Wonderful Radio" 2012/05/19, Film: "Wonderful Radio" (also known as "Love On-Air")
Director:Kwon Chil-in ("Loveholic – Movie" and "Singles")
Stars:Lee Min-jeong, Lee Jeong-jin, Lee Gwang-soo and Kim Jwong-tae
Review Score: 5.5/10
Also try: "Dancing Queen" & "Sunny - 2010"
There is hardly a short supply of Korean romantic comedies out there. With each new wave of new Korean film being released there always seems to be one or two that are slipped into the mix. Earlier this year, Kwon Chil-in threw his "Wonderful Radio" into the batched and the result was a lukewarm reception from viewers that had many questioning the film's originality, casting and the performances of the actors involved. This is not to say the film failed to entertain or pull moderately decent numbers at the box office, but rather it struggled to position itself as a standout film within Korea's already saturated rom-com category,...More
Lee Byung-hun & Lee Min-jeong Deny Dating Rumors 2012/04/17, Source,
Both considered top notch actors in Korean entertainment, the rumor mill has been abuzz about latest reports indicating Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jeong 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
Stars born in 1982 take over 2012/02/28, Source,
The beauty and looks of celebrities born in the year 1982 have become an issue.
Several pictures of celebrities appeared online recently with the title "The best stars born in 1982, Year of the Dog",...More
Ahn So-hee of Wonder Girls 2012/02/23, Source, Ahn So-hee (Hangul: 안소희; Hanja: 安昭熙; born June 27, 1992), commonly known by her stage name Sohee, is a South Korean idol singer, actress, model and MC. She is a member of the Korean girl group Wonder Girls, which debuted under JYP Entertainment in 2007,...More
The ultimate Korean beauty 2012/01/15, Source,
Pictures of 'the ultimate Korean beauty', created by synthesizing the pictures of beautiful actresses and girl group members, have created a stir.
Two pictures titled 'The Ultimate Korean Beauty' popped up online recently. One is an imaginary face made up with the faces of beautiful actresses and the other of girl group members',...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08 2012/01/09, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review(2011.01.06 ~ 2012.01.08)
It has been four weeks at the top now for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" and the big budget espionage flick has banked a total of 6,243,796 admissions here in Korea. This past weekend saw it add 477,851 to that as the film continues to be a big crowd pleaser,...More
Lee Min-jeong's "Wonderful Radio" Ranks 2nd At Box Office 2012/01/09, Source,
After hitting theatres on January 5th, Lee Min-jeong's new movie "Wonderful Radio" has been faring well, ranking in at number two this past weekend.
According to the latest movie statistics on January 9th, "Wonderful Radio" attracted 281,296 people over the weekend of January 6-8, placing them at 2nd. The 1st place spot was taken by the Hollywood blockbuster "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol", starring Tom Cruise, having attracted 477,851 people over the same period,...More
Soo-ae, No. 1 actress to pull off a dramatic change 2011/03/31, Source,
Actress Soo-ae was chosen to be the one actress that might go along with a dramatic change.
With the release of movies "Paris, the Days We Loved" and "Emmanuel Vear" in which she dramatically exposes herself, a survey under the title, 'Which Korean actress could pull off a complete change?' was carried out. The first place was given to Soo-ae.,...More
"Midas" fails to switch competition... remains 12.6% 2011/03/15, Source,
SBS drama "Midas" is about to cry because of its stationary rating.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 16th, "Midas" on the 15th recorded a national average of 12.6%. This is 0.3% less than 12.9% previously. It hasn't been able to get out of the 12% range and failed to switch around the competition.,...More
Money, ambition and love blend in 'Midas' 2011/02/22, Source,
A scene from the new SBS drama "Midas" / Courtesy of SBS
By Kwon Mee-yoo
SBS aims to reign the local drama scene again with money, ambition and love all intertwined in the series "Midas".
The drama will examine people's thoughts on money and desire, rather than feature normal happenings of everyday life,...More
Kim Tae-hee Wins Over Viewers with 'My Princess' 2011/02/03,
Her stunning beauty is beyond dispute, but actress Kim Tae-hee has always been criticized for her wooden acting. She struggled even more in films than on TV, and none of her movies, including "The Restless", "Venus and Mars" and "Grand Prix", were a success at the box office.
But the soap "My Princess", currently on MBC, seems to have changed all that, and viewers have taken to Kim's adorable but comic character in a big way. They seem to enjoy seeing the inelegant side of someone who seems to have it all. And criticism of her acting skills seems on the wane,...More
Family fun for the long holiday 2011/02/01, Source,
"COSplayer" (2004) by Cao Fei at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea / Courtesy of MOCA, Showbox/Mediaplex, SBS Contents Hub, Seensee Company, SBS
Movies, performances and exhibition lineup for Seollal By Lee Hyo-won, Kwon Mee-yoo and Ines Min Seollal falls on Thursday this year, giving way to a long lunar New Year break that allows some people to take up to nine days off,...More
This Week's Cultural News1 2010/12/29, Source, 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 – Cyrano Agency 2010/12/20, Source,
Love is a feeling that one can't really control. It is not easy to love someone but it is even harder to be loved back. Some may have thought about hiring a dating coach, so that they can get away from stress and sadness coming from declines by their dates. The movie "Cyrano Agency" is about an agency that helps the people who can't date,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Min-jeong - Part 1 2010/09/28, Source, Lee Min-jeong [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: "Cyrano Agency" is a movie which contains elements of humor throughout. You seem to have said many times that you had fun reading the script so where was it that you broke out into laughter?Lee Min-jeong: The scene where Sang-yong (played by Choi Daniel) objects to the pastor's sermon? I thought it was really funny while reading the script when he asked for a deal, demanding the pastor end his sermon in an hour "Including the sermon, singing hymns and the words of guidance!" and the pastor responds "You win". 10: But I think the script must've been different from the completed movie.Lee Min-jeong: Because there are parts of the script which have been expressed down to every detail while some things did not manage to make it into the movie. And there are parts which were changed on set as well,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Min-jeong - Part 2 2010/09/28, Source, Lee Min-jeong [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: But aren't you able to use what you watched back then in your acting now?Lee Min-jeong: An actor can't experience everything so I think it's a positive thing to see what you've imagined through books in more detail. It's the same with watching other people's acting or a theater performance. So I tended to put in an effort to do as a large variety of this as possible. In middle school, I liked to listen to music so saving up the allowance my mom gives me to buy one or two CDs was the moment I waited for the most. A lot of the music I heard back then is left in my memory but after becoming able to download music or buy several CDs at once now, I just pass the music I don't like. Before I used to listen to a CD on my CD player until I buy a new album. I think such experiences are good. 10: You talk of such experiences in the past tense. Exactly until which point does that apply retroactively?Lee Min-jeong:,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Lee Min-jeong - Part 3 2010/09/28, Source, Lee Min-jeong [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
10: Do you still feel like you're a rookie?Lee Min-jeong: I haven't done that many films or dramas yet and I'm now into about my fifth year into acting so aren't I still a rookie? 10: Then what do you think about the popularity you currently have as a rookie?Lee Min-jeong: Hmm... There has been a time period during which the public didn't know me so I don't think I'm the sort that became a star in a day. I think I took one step at a time. Although "Boys over Flowers" helped me to take about two steps up,...More
Chuseok is the time for migrating home en masse, or for film buffs, the perfect time to camp out in front of the big screen.
The cinema lineup this year was mostly marked by hardb,...More
Lee Min-jeong: 'I Want to Become Actress whom People Can Trust' 2010/09/10, Source, Lee Min-jeong is taking on the role of a female protagonist for the first time in the movie "Cyrano Agency".
Lee said, "I had drawn people's interest just because I newly shown up in front of people, but I have not shown much to people, and also I am not a star actress yet. I think that I can call myself a star actress when people can say, 'Any work in which Lee Min-jeong appears is worth watching'."
We can assume how highly she has been evaluated these days when we watch various kinds of TV commercials including soju, automobile, and cosmetics, in which Lee Min-jeong appears,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Jeong Kyeong-ho - Part 1 2010/06/30, Source, Jeong Kyeong-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
The first time 10Asia attempted to conduct an interview with Jeong Kyeong-ho was actually around the time SBS TV series "Smile, Love" was ending its run. Through the role of playing a hard-working and timid Kang Hyun-soo in "Smile, Love", it seemed that Jeong had come full circle on playing the type of characters that he often had in his previous works -- happy, handsome characters who appeared to have no particular problems but had a certain something that could not be easily fulfilled. Even the fictional couple in "Smile, Love" -- Hyun-soo and Jung-in (played by Lee Min-jeong) -- were hugely adored by viewers. But at the time, he needed a break more than an interview and it was pushed back to a later date. At the present time, Jeong Kyeong-ho may be less "hot" than he was back then. But seeing him choose KBS' "Drama Special - The Great Kye Choon-bin" after he gained stardom through "Smile, Love", there are even more things 10Asia wants to know about him. Below is what we found out about the actor. 10: It has been quite a while since we saw you in SBS TV series "Smile, Love".,...More
Jang Seo-hee wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards 2010/01/04, Source,
Korean actress Jang Seo-hee at SBS Drama Awards [SBS]
Korean actress Jang Seo-hee won the grand prize at the SBS Drama Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on December 31.
Jang was awarded the top honor for her role in "Temptation of Wife", which was one of the most-watched and most controversial dramas of the year for its sensational storyline.
"I didn't want to cry. I wanted to be cool about receiving [the award]".. said Jang in her acceptance speech. "I thought I wouldn't be able to win this because of the genre. I would like to thank writer Kim Soon-ok... I was in a slump for three years but she helped me make a comeback".,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Lee Min-jeong, in "Boys over Flowers" 2009/01/25, Source, Actress Lee Min-jeong will be in "Boys over Flowers" as Koo Joon-pyo's fiancee, Ha Jae-kyeong.
Lee will be in the drama starting from the 13th episode. The character is known to be a character who has been out of the country during her young age, she has developed her independency and tough characteristic and charisma.
Lee's character is also curious and adventurous so she does not hesitate to let Koo know,...More
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