[Funcurve Review] "Marriage Contract" 2016/08/13,
"Marriage Contract" is a romance melodrama about an unlikely pair - a rich chaebol heir and a single mom - who enter a contractual marriage for mutual benefits, only to eventually fall in love with each other. On the surface, it may seem like the drama is putting the romantic relationship at its center, but upon a deeper look, it actually reflects the effects of familial relationships of various sorts at its core. "Marriage Contract" gives us unique angles regarding the importance of family, as told from the perspectives of a son, a step-dad, a brother, a single mom, a mother-in-law, a child. It teaches us a lesson that the definition of family is not by blood, but rather, how much you support and care about each other even if you're not related biologically,...More
Song Joong-ki in first place for 5 months in a row 2016/06/27, Source,
Song Joog-ki is in the lead for brand reputation for 5 months in a row.
According to brand reputation for advertisement models, Song Joong-ki came in 1st, Park Shin-hye 2nd and Taeyeon 3rd.
The Korean Business and Reputation Research Institute measured consumers' brand participation and communication by analyzing 41,004,104 big data of 20 advertisement models from the 24th of May 2016 to 25th of June 2016,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Nonsan" May 26th-28th 2016/06/17,
And so, down to Nonsan, a location reknowned for...well, not much actually. Farm fields about, even in the city, because that's the main purpose of rural districts like this. They make food. Here's a more close-up look,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 16 Final 2016/04/24,
The balance between inevitable tragedy and familial contentment is rather off as the ending to "Marriage Contract" is frustratingly open-ended. It's not even ambiguous or anything- most of the conflicts are straight up left unresolved, and there's no epilogue. Just a recap of what's happened. For a sense of perspective, the last we see of Seong-gook, he's randomly throwing things. We don't get to see what happened to Jeong-hoon at all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 15 2016/04/23,
There's this real magnetic quality we get from Lee Seo-jin and UEE. No matter how bad the situation gets, no matter how obvious it is that this story will have a tragic ending, as long as Ji-hoon and Hye-soo are together, they will not give up. "Marriage Contract" is their story of sheer determination. It hits all the harder because we've seen Ji-hoon and Hye-soo alone and know that absent positive reenforcement they struggle to achieve the simplest tasks,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 14 2016/04/17,
Ji-hoon has been beset by small annoyances for most of "Marriage Contract"'s run. In the early stages Hye-soo and Eun-seong were a major part of these annoyances, but they at least meant well. Now, with a better understanding of the warmth of Hye-soo's spirit, Ji-hoon has finally asked himself whether it's worth dealing with a family that puts such disproportionate effort into trying to cut each other down. From there, the story is a question of how, no matter the diagnosis, for the moment Ji-hoon would rather spend every possible moment with Hye-soo and Eun-seong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 13 2016/04/16,
Now that he knows the details of Hye-soo's medical condition, Ji-hoon has also discovered a compromise to constantly pining over an apparently uninterested Hye-soo. He will let her go just as soon as there's some assurance Hye-soo will survive her nearly terminal illness. It's exactly the psychological focus that Ji-hoon needs. Deep down Ji-hoon feels emotional gratitude to Hye-soo, and as a man with lots of money, does not consider a basic financial reward to be proper recompense,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 12 2016/04/10,
While I've liked the melodramatic love story in "Marriage Contract", the drama has about reached the point where it's gotten a tad repetitive. This episode marks the second straight one where Hye-soo spends nearly the entirity of the runtime simply turning Ji-hoon down without explanation. Even granting that Hye-soo has her reasons, it takes such an extended slog for the dynamic to change with new information that by the end I mostly felt exhausted,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 11 2016/04/09,
Much as he's smarting from Hye-soo's rejection, Ji-hoon is still dealing with too many problems with regard to his mother to take in the insult all at once. He's suspicious of Hye-soo's motives, but absent concrete evidence, Ji-hoon is hesitant to respond too strongly. Well, evidence or affection anyway. It's pretty hard to escape how brightly Ji-hoon lights upon being reminded of Eun-seong and her kitties in nearby proximity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 10 2016/04/03,
Whether Hye-soo had a financial motive in latching on to Ji-hoon as she did last episode is a debatable point. What is clear, though, is that Hye-soo's no fool. Whatever her personal feelings are, the idea that she's after Ji-hoon for his money is a legitimate one. And honestly, Hye-soo does need money. The debt collectors may be gone, but right now, Hye-soo still needs to provide for Eun-seong's future. That means getting the expensive medical treatment Hye-soo needs by whatever means necessary,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 9 2016/04/02,
Mi-ran's escape is short-lived- as it turns out, Ji-hoon has a very good idea of where she's planning to go. Really, there's only one place Mi-ran can go, feeling so humiliated and ashamed about the sacrifices her son is willing to make. Mi-ran goes to see her parents- to whom her own filial loyalty was less than inspiring. In practice and form, Ji-hoon ends up taking a much needed break from the dysfunction of his family to try and enjoy some time with his mother. Hye-soo and Eun-seong tag along to help,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 8 2016/03/27,
Now that Seong-gook has a good idea of what Ii-hoon is doing, the older man feels that it's necessary to create order and force Ji-hoon to make proper personal sacrifices for the greater good. This, of course, is complete nonsense, but Ji-hoon lacks the force of will necessary to really fight about this point. After all, provided it's possible that Ji-hoon can have everything he wants, isn't that close enough to happiness?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 7 2016/03/26, Right away another secret is exposed- Hye-soo is sick. While Hye-soo is not sick in such a way as to be an impediment to Mi-ran's surgery, the hospital scene and the trip home gives Ji-hoon an excellent chance to be sensitive and caring in a way we haven't really seen yet- to Hye-soo. Bit by bit he's seeing her less as a financial instrument and more as a person who deserves to be treated with decency and respect, if only because Hye-soo is all alone. She needs somebody,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 6 2016/03/20,
Hye-soo isn't really anywhere near actually doing the transplant surgery yet and she's already constantly getting exposed. This is an aspect of the pacing in "Marriage Contract" I rather appreciate. I was expecting the surgery would be rushed and the drama would be about everything after that. Instead it looks like we're in the opposite situation- the tension is based on whether or not the liver transplant surgery will happen at all. Which makes sense, because doctors try not to rush this kind of thing if it can be avoided,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 5 2016/03/19,
The thaw between Ji-hoon and Eun-seong continues. Whether Ji-hoon is actually a good person at heart remains a metter of debate, but in short order Hye-soo lays out several compelling arguments for why the guy at least deserves a chance. However incidental his motivation may have been, Ji-hoon did a huge favor for Hye-soo and her daughter. What's more, he clearly appreciates the sacrifice Hye-soo is willing to make for the sake of Mi-ran. So, too, does Mi-ran appreciate the degree to which Ji-hoon and Hye-soo want the older woman to remain alive,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 4 2016/03/13,
While Ji-hoon has done a diligent job of preparing every possible angle of his fake marriage story, ultimately, it's unsurprising to see that the most basic questions are the ones that easily trip him up. Ji-hoon struggles with the question of how to make a proper effort. What ultimately moves Ji-hoon to the right direction is unexpectedly realizing he has something in common with Eun-Seong. Both are fiercely protective of their mothers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 3 2016/03/12,
The relationship between Ji-hoon and Hye-soo remains icy. They don't like each other very much, and it's easy to see why. Ji-hoon legitimately has trouble so much as processing Hye-soo's motivation, which is suitably ironic given that he himself is motivated entirely by motherly love. It's just that in Ji-hoon's eyes, saving Mi-ran is more a goal he should be striving for than one of emotional merit. Ji-hoon's pointed verbal attack against Mi-ran at the end really stings in part because he's right. The situation is in fact her fault. Mi-ran is a hard character to pity,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 2 2016/03/06,
My mistake- Ji-hoon isn't really a chef, he just runs the restaurant. Kind of. Ji-hoon's best friend Ho-joon (played by Kim Kwang-gyoo) manages the restaurant on a day by day basis, so Ji-hoon is more the money guy. The lack of official responsibility on Ji-hoon's part probably has a lot to do with his brooding attitude. The man evidently loves music- consider the excellent ambience. Yet with nothing else in life to focus on, Ji-hoon can only stare helplessly at the face of his mother's imminent death. And how Ji-hoon, like his mother, has given up on having people to care about,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Marriage Contract" Episode 1 2016/03/05,
Ji-hoon (played by Lee Seo-jin) is a handsome high-tier chef in his late thirties, and heir to a decent family fortune. While Ji-hoon is an eminently eligible bachelor he's not that interested in relationships because, well, Ji-hoon doesn't really want much in life except what he already has. What's more, Ji-hoon can be paranoid when it comes to that stuff. That is what ends igniting his to date antagonistic interactions with Hye-soo (played by UEE), a widowed young mother with financial troubles,...More
Lee Seo-jin to Star in New Weekend Drama 2016/03/05, Source,
Actor Lee Seo-jin will return to TV drama in MBC's new weekend series "Marriage Contract" scheduled to premiere on Saturday. He last appeared in a drama on KBS in 2014. Lee told reporters on Thursday that he is pleased to be part of the project. "I'd been constantly looking for the next project to do. I know the producer personally, so I felt he'd understand what I want to do, and what I can do. So I decided to join",...More
Lee Seo-jin and UEE to headline MBC's 'Marriage Contract' 2016/01/12, Source, Lee Seo-jin and UEE have joined for MBC's new weekend special drama, 'Marriage Contract' (working title). The production team has made an official announcement, "Lee Seo-jin and UEE have been cast as the leads for 'Marriage Contract' (working title)".
'Marriage Contract' (working title) is a classic melodrama to take over the airtime of 'My Daughter, Geum Sa-Wol' after the popular drama finishes. The new drama depicts the process of finding the true meaning of love by a man, whose best value of his life is money only, and a woman who is standing at the edge of a cliff in her lif,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Love Forecast" 2015/01/24,
A common tagline for bad romantic comedies reads, can a man and a woman just be friends? Relievingly, "Love Forecast" never gets that obnoxious. Joon-soo (played by Lee Seung-gi) and Hyeon-woo (played by Moon Chae-won) are without a doubt friends. They're the ones who have to help each other out emotionally when their actual romantic relationships implode. The main irony "Love Forecast" goes over is the question of why they're only just friends, when they clearly have better long-term toleration for each other than their actual so-called serious partners,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2015/01/10, K-Films Coming Soon: ★★★★ "Today's Love": An unlikely and delicate romance blooms when a tough weather caster and hopeless romantic cross paths. (01/15) ★★★★★ "Lost Flower: Eo Woo-dong": A love triangle unfolds within Joseon's upper class that exposes the hypocrisy of high society. (01/15) ★★★★ "The Cat Funeral": A broken-up couple reunite for the funeral of their cat and are then confronted with past passions. (01/15) ★★★★★ "Chronicle of a Blood Merchant": A factory worker wants to marry the most beautiful woman in the village but first has to sell his blood as a sign of good health. (01/15) ★★★★★ "Mira Story": A documentary that follows a young woman, Mira, as she heads to Gangjung village to help hand out books to the community. (01/15),...More
'Three Meals a Day' Lee Seung-gi proves his great cooking skills 2014/12/12, Source,
On the 9th episode of tvN entertainment show, 'Three Meals a Day', which aired on December 12th, actor and singer Lee Seung-gi appeared as a guest and explained how he became to cook.
Na Yeong-seok, the producer of the show scoffed saying, "Seung-gi cannot cook", when Lee Seung-gi was put in charge to prepare dinner. Lee Seo-jin made an exaggerated comment saying, "He is not the old Seung-gi any more. He learned how to cook from all over the countries. The only thing left yet to learn is Sushi",...More
KCON 2014 Reaches New Heights with over 42,000 in Attendance 2014/08/12, Source,
Los Angeles Was the Center of "All Things Hallyu" This Weekend Mayor Eric Garcetti Toured the Convention and Welcomed KCON's Return to L.A. More than 42,000 fans (over double of last year's numbers) converged in Los Angeles this weekend from across the country and all over the world to attend the third annual KCON (www.kconusa.com), the largest celebration of Korean pop culture. This year's event boasted 30 percent more programming, a new, free and open to the public market place, as well as two nights of concerts featuring the hottest K-pop artists from Korea-B1A4, BTS, CNBLUE, G-Dragon, Girls' Generation, IU, Jung Joon Young, SPICA, TEEN TOP and VIXX. A television special of the concert – M COUNTDOWN 2NIGHTS IN LA – will be shown in the U.S. by Mnet America (www.mnetamerica.com) on air and online on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7PM EST/4PM PST and Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7PM EST/4PM PST,...More
Free Outdoor Market and Live Stage Added To KCON for First Time, as 2014 Convention Continues to Grow 2014/07/25, Source,
KCON 2014 Includes Two Night of K-pop Concerts, Appearances from Top Korean Drama Stars, "League of Legends" Exhibition Match, and the "Taste of KCON"
A Larger Convention with More Panels, Workshops and Special Guests from Across Hallyu Storm Downtown L.A. August 9 and 10
KCON, the largest annual fan celebration of all things Hallyu, announced today that the third annual convention will feature a free marketplace with vendors from around LA and a free outdoor stage. KCON 2014 also revealed its program schedule for this year's two day convention taking place August 9 and 10 in Downtown Los Angeles. Building on last year's highly successful event at the Los Angeles Memorial Arena, KCON 2014 will return with a programming slate double the size and more varied than ever. In addition to two star-studded K-pop concerts (up from one in 2013), special guests and a new program of panels and workshops, KCON 2014 will add a slew of first-time features to the convention.
- A free market and outdoor stage, which will showcase local artists along with vendors from the L.A. area including the "Taste of KCON", serving up some of the best food from K-Town.
- Huge K-Drama stars Yoo In-na, Lee Seung-gi and Lee Seo-jin appearing at KCON as special guests,...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
Historicals take over the later year 2011/07/18, Source,
The drama market in the start of the year was a depression. According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 26th, the only dramas that rated over 20% were KBS 1TV "Smile, Dong-hae", SBS "Secret Garden" and KBS 2TV "Believe in Love".
However, great masterpieces have been prepared for the later half of the year. Every broadcasting company has a historical and they are aiming for a counterattack. Return of star producers and writers also upgrade the anticipation.,...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
Hallyu Star Lee Seo-jin Establishes Environmental Fund 2010/01/18, Source,
In Japan, Hallyu (Korean Wave) star Lee Seo-jin donated his whole signing guarantee from "Color Pink Magic BB cream" and "BBQ Chicken" to the environmental fund "Let's Tree".
On January 14, Lee Seo-jin and the Foundation of Japan held a press conference in Japan to announce the launching of the environmental fund "Let's Tree", which they co-founded.
In the press conference, president Sasakawa of the Japan foundation, Jeon Young-sun of Color Pink Japan, and Yoon Hong-keun of Genesis as well as Lee Seo-jin attended.
President Sasakawa expressed appreciation for the generous deed by Lee Seo-jin, saying, "We will give him full support with our knowledge and experience".,...More
Local broadcasters and the movie industry are preparing to help viewers kill the summer heat with horror programs and movies this month. Here is some of what's being offered.
MBC, which has had a successful history of horror drama,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee-Kim couple farewell trip at Japan? 2008/12/03, Source, It is known that the Lee Seo-jin and Kim Jeong-eun have been to a farewell trip to Japan 3 weeks ago before their breakup!
The two have been seen close and happy on their trip flight to Japan that no one could ever guess that they were going to break up soon after! It is known that Kim has received a breakup call around October 29th.
All condolences and best wishes to the broken hearted!,...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
Historical accounts are usually associated with heavyweight textbooks and a big yawn. But fresh interpretations by hot young actors are sending viewers on a delightful blast to the past through television. Monarchs are far from middle-aged, bald and pot-bellied _ yo,...More
When celebrities start dating or fall in love, they usually take pains to hide their relationships from the public eye. It's hard enough having a relationship, but it's even harder when the media is following your every move.
Director Kim Yeong-joon said he learned a hard lesson from his debut film "Out Live (Bichunmoo)" in 2000 but he believed it is sure to help his upcoming epic action melodrama appeal to local and internation,...More
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