[Spoiler] 'Splendid Politics' Prince Gwang Hae, Cha Seung-won's charismatic first appearance 2015/04/13, Source,
On the first episode of MBC's new Monday & Tuesday drama, "Splendid Politics", actor Cha Seung-won's appeared as Prince Gwang Hae and showed off his absolutely overwhelming charismatic presence.
Prince Gwang Hae asked an eunuch at the construction site of the Changdeokgung palace, "When will the last stage of the construction for Jeongjeon be complete". The eunuch answered it would be by the end of this month. Prince Gwang Hae said, "Great, Changdeokgung will finally make its appearance. Try to make it complete earlier. His Majesty wants to see it as soon as possible",...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2015.03.06 ~ 2015.03.08 2015/03/09, "The Kingsman"'s reign continues unchallenged… Last weekend British spy flicks "Kingsman: The Secret Service" and "The Imitiation Game" ruled at as the country's number one and two, claiming just under a million admission between them. The later lost its footing and fell to third, but Matthew Vaughn's "Kingsman" managed to retain its place as Korea's film of choice despite the arrival of Ahn Sang-hoon's period drama, "Empire of Lust",...More
Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2014) 2015/02/14, Source,
"Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island"
Genres: Comedy and Epics
Running Time: 125 min.
Directed by: Kim Seok-yoon
Starring: Kim Myeong-min, Lee Yeon-hee, Oh Dal-soo
Synopsis: In 1795, the nineteenth year of King Jeongjo's reign, a large amount of fake silver is slipped into circulation creating a substantial threat to the economy. Detective Kim Min is assigned the task of investigating the crime ring behind the scheme. He goes undercover in a rural village with his best friend and sidekick, Seok-pil. In the village, the pair meet a girl called Da-hae who asks them to help her find her missing sister. Soon, Da-hae goes missing too, and discolored, bluish corpses of village girls begin to wash up on the shore. Kim Min discovers that these deaths are directly related to the manufacturing operation of counterfeit silver,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 20 Final 2014/03/05, "Miss Korea" has tied up each and every loose end and delivered a finale that is adorned with smiles, warm feelings and a hopeful message. It has stayed true to its feel-good mood and has proven itself to be a breezy watch. While "Miss Korea" lacked in any sort of real plot development, what it managed to do was make me feel good while watching it. Lee Seon-kyeon and Lee Yeon-hee had wonderful chemistry, which made them easy to root for. In fact, the entire cast had an easy rapport that was reminiscent of "Pasta",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 19 2014/02/26, "Miss Korea" made quiet allies of Ma Ae-ri and Hyung-joon and kept the "feel-good" mood that this director/writer pair is so wonderful at portraying. Logic is not strong in this show, but as it nears the end of its run, it brings home the message of warm, loving relationships between people and helping each other through crisis. The best thing about this episode was that Ae-ri put Ji-young in her place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 18 2014/02/24, "Miss Korea" is moving into contrived territory. It's forcing its plot down a narrow path, warping characters and events in order to cater to the plot's endgoal. None of it feels organic save for Ji-young's precocious attitude and the adorable cast chemistry. But no amount of cuteness or swoon-worthy moments can save a drama from inconsistent writing. Each character in the story is now working for (or against) the promotion of Vivi's lipgloss, the complimentary makeup product to the BB cream stolen by rival company, Bada Cosmetics,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 17 2014/02/19,
Quite a few issues came to a head this episode and new ones surfaced in order to carry us to the end of this drama. The strongest parts, though, dealt with the issues that have been peppered throughout the show. They were finally given some solid airtime and a chance to work themselves out. The major issue dealt with was that of education level and how that affects all kinds of relationships,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 16 2014/02/18,
When watching for enjoyment, the criticism a show must weather is much less harsh that of a critic watching for quality of the different elements that comprise a good drama. "Miss Korea" is a show that is best in the watching. It has many issues that reach a large number of people, but it doesn't follow through well on any of them. The big issues in this show (the IMF crisis, the industry of the beauty pageant, re-establishing a broken relationship, family, the institute of familyhood) are fantastic, juicy issues that people love to watch unfold,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 15 2014/02/16, "Miss Korea"'s characters suffer huge fallout as their financial difficulties finally catch up to them. It happens in tandem with the "Miss Korea" competition, which is a great move in terms of tension buildup. "Miss Korea" seems to finally have a grasp on how to create tension and effectively act on it. Yes, there are still some overly indulgent scenes, but overall, this was the most engaging episode of the show's run. It is a bit sad to say, but I'm glad to see that the repercussions for Hyung-joon's bad choices and his company's bad choices are heavy this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 14 2014/02/05,
This episode of "Miss Korea" was all about hope, which foreshadows something very bad happening very soon. But, until the worst happens, we can revel in the beauty of the sweet interactions between characters and the triumphs of the just against the corrupt. Team Ji-young fights the system along with the other presidents who find the handling and organizational choices of the "Miss Korea" competition unjust,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 13 2014/02/03, "Miss Korea" now has its characters contending with the harsh realities of competing in a beauty competition for money and prestige: everyone is out to get a piece of pageant pie and will do anything to get it. In the middle of the fray is Ji-young who has no shortage of enemies, but who also has a team of support surrounding her. Seon-saeng is truly one of Ji-young's supporters now. The makeshift team that has banded together to make Ji-young Miss Korea has become his family,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 12 2014/01/31,
The "Miss Korea" competition is underway and trust is no where to be found as allegiances and alliances break and change. Despite the intensity of life at the training camp, the girls, especially Ji-young, find things to make them smile. In this social war-like situation, it's a good lesson to impart. In the "Miss Korea" competition, these girls are never given a moments respite from the tension. They share rooms with their competitors and are in constant fear of ridicule and sabotage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 11 2014/01/31,
It's time for the "Miss Korea" boot camp and all the hard work, strict rules, hazing, underhanded dealings, loneliness and tears that it brings. The contestants, their handlers and a few vultures that hover around the competition will try anything to reap the benefits of the prestigious national event no matter the expense to those involved. The struggle to achieve a crown is belied by the glitz and glam of "Miss Korea". The shiny appeal of "Miss Korea" is fueled by tears and by greed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 10 2014/01/26,
Now that the "Miss Korea" pageant has begun in earnest, "Miss Korea" the show has stepped up its game and has finally become truly interesting. There is juicy character development, complicated schemes of ambitious pageant competitors and a few good old-fashioned cat fights. Not a moment is wasted once Ji-young is crowned third runner up along with a co-competitor for that co-competitor and her handler to turn cruel,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 9 2014/01/24,
The strained relationships between lovers takes the forefront in this episode of "Miss Korea". There is attraction between the couples and a desire to be together. What is missing, however, is trust. That concept can be taken from the personal to the national level as South Korea suffers financially through the IMF. Hyung-joon lost Ji-young's trust long ago, yet the attraction between them keeps drawing them together. The show is attempting to explore how to repair broken trust, but keeps both characters from acknowledging their mistakes, taking responsibility and having a real conversation to work out all of their differences,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 8 2014/01/15, "Miss Korea" is going the route of the self-indulgent. It wallows too much in flashback, tears and its attempts to create a mood that has long been established. There are so many awesome moments that are ruined by overkill. This show is doing a wonderful job of establishing how twisted and difficult the world of pageantry is with the vicious competition, bullying and painful attempts to make beautiful women even more beautiful. It's a subject that deserves to be addressed in a popular medium like drama on a powerhouse station like MBC with a star-studded cast who can make the social commentary come to life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 7 2014/01/12, "Miss Korea" alternates between the adorable, the serious and the nonsensical. The romance between Ji-young and Hyung-joon is engaging. It addresses important issues like how women sees themselves, plastic surgery and the IMF. But then the way Hyung-joon and Ji-young interact after their history is completely confusing. Let's start with the romance. Lee Sun-kyun and Lee Yeon-hee have delightful chemistry and their onscreen pairing is fun to watch. They are lovers from the past who did not end off well the first time trying to re-establish what they deem a working relationship. What confuses that relationship is their history, which is to be expected,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 6 2014/01/03, "Miss Korea" stepped up its game. It started to effectively address big issues inherent with the time period (the IMF crisis) and Miss Korea pageant. It was the first episode that was engaging for the bulk of the episode rather than having only a handful of solid moments.
One thing that keeps the tone of the drama from being consistent is the way in which Hyung-joon and Ji-yeong relate to each other. Currently, they have a friendly, bickering relationship. It is supposedly laced with some underlying pain and hostility from the past that doesn't seem to really have an impact,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 3 2013/12/30,
Although Miss Korea gives off a dark feel because it's set in 1997 during the IMF Crisis and because of the rocky relationship between all the main players, the drama still breezes by. It doesn't have much substance despite all the stakes that have been and continue to be set. The show is relying on character development because the plot is weak,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Miss Korea" Episode 2 2013/12/29, "Miss Korea" is slow coming out of the gate. It is clearly in set-up territory. Despite that, it still has potential. The stakes that have been established are ones that are easy to back and the characters are loveable enough.
The heroine, Oh Ji-yeong, carries the show and its potential on her shoulders. She is a strong heroine with insecurities about her appearance that don't seem to fit her rough personality,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Marriage Blue" 2013/12/06,
I-ra (played by Ko Joon-hee) is a wedding planner who finds herself in an awkward position after discovering she's pregnant. The father is Dae-bok (played by Lee Hee-joon), and the relationship isn't currently at a place where a long-term commitment feels appropriate. Dae-bok, to his credit, panics upon receiving the news, not because he's scared of being a father, but because he realizes from I-ra's diffident attitude that she doesn't feel the relationship has any kind of future. Dae-bok moves desperately to try and change her mind,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.11.22 - 2013.11.24 2013/11/25, Korea Proves Fire Retardant as "Friends 2" holds True...
Kwak Gyeong-taek's "Friends 2" held onto the top spot despite the arrival of the engrossing "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". "Catching Fire" smashed the U.S. box office record for a November release, grossing a grotesque $161.1M as fans flooded the theatres to catch the second instalment of "Hunger Games" trilogy. However a slow Korean market proved incombustible in the face of this fiery U.S. action-adventure, choosing instead to re-elect Kwak's popular sequel as it moved onto 2.3 million admissions in its second weekend out,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/11/16, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★★ "The Fake": A lowly drunk in a rural village tries to expose the corruption of those in power during the villagers' relocation. (11/21)
★★★★ "Marriage Blue": An omnibus melodrama that follows four couples struggling with conflict as their wedding dates draw nearer. (11/21)
★★★★ "Youth Talk": Two young couples attempt to deal with the lemons life throws at their love (11/21).
★★ "House With A Good View - Voyeuristic Desire": A sexy melodrama about the extreme lengths some will go to win over their love interest. (11/20)
★★★★ "Precious Love": A touching story about the love that can be found at the bottom of a barrel. (11/21)
★★★ "Novel Meets Movie":A zany-looking drama by four directors that showcases some atypical characters and their stumblings around life. (11/21),...More
Choi Jin-hyuk reappears in "Gu Family Book" 2013/05/10, Source,
Actor Choi Jin-hyuk claimed that reappearing in the MBC drama "Gu Family Book" was 'pressuring'.
He said, "I think I have to become better since the first and second episodes were good". He's going to appear more often in the drama. He was going to appear again in the middle of the drama but it wasn't clear then. The great demand for his character also played a part in having effect,...More
"Ghost - Drama" So Ji-sub "It's not hard" 2012/05/24, Source,
Actor So Ji-sub is coming back with a drama for the first time in a long time. He is Kim Woo-hyeon, an elite police cyber investigator who deals with cyber crime.
At the press premier of SBS "Ghost - Drama" in Seoul on the 22nd at 2 PM, So Ji-sub said, "I tried looking for something easy at first but this drama isn't. I am still anxious because it's an elite role. It's original and I thought it was a good subject for the generation we are in today so I decided I'll do it".
"Ghost - Drama" is about the digital generation and cyber crimes that happen through the computer and cell phones which we all know but aren't familiar with. Some said it was going to be tough. So Ji-sub said, "We are working hard to make sure viewers understand what they ware watching",...More
[Star ESI 1] Star's past, since when were they pretty? 2011/05/01, Source,
"Since when were so pretty?"
There are many pretty women on TV. We wonder if they are 'pretty from birth' or 'medically pretty'. We can check the truth from their graduation or debut pictures through the Internet. Among the pretty women are those from a beauty contest or were a child actor. There are also those who fired up male students hearts in uniforms. There are also pretty women who have peculiar experiences and are favorites by the public and in online shopping malls.,...More
Korea's Top Agencies Combine Their Powers 2011/04/08, Source, The largest and most successful Korean entertainment agencies representing some of the most well-known faces in Asia are coming together to form the United Asia Management (UAM).
Weekly Star Scene 2 2011/02/23, Source, Show transcript
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
S.M. The Ballad unveils music video for title track 2010/11/30, Source,
S.M. The Ballad [SM Entertainment]
SM Entertainment's new ballad group S.M. The Ballad has unveiled the music video to the title track from their new album.
The official music video for S.M. The Ballad's title track "Longing For You", featuring actors Joo Won and Lee Yeon-hee, was released on various online music site yesterday,...More
K-POP Goes Beyond Asia By Internet 2010/09/07, Source,
△ SM Town Concert in USA
"YouTube plays an important role in attracting fans from all around the world". -A representative of SM Entertainment
A representative of SM Entertainment (hereafter refers to SM), Kim Young Min, said, "The world's famous video-sharing website, YouTube, has played the role of an engine to attract fans from all around the world",...More
SM artists attract 15,000 fans to LA concert 2010/09/06, Source,
SM artists performing at the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles [SM Entertainment]
The artists of SM Entertainment made their second stop of their "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" in the United States over the weekend, drawing some 15,000 fans to the Staples Center in Los Angles,...More
SM artists kick off world tour in Seoul over weekend 2010/08/23, Source,
Singers and actors of SM Entertainment at the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour in Seoul" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on August 21, 2010. [SM Entertainment]
Artists of top talent agency SM Entertainment kicked off their joint world tour over the weekend, performing a total of 78 songs for over six hours at their first venue in Korea's capital of Seoul,...More
SM Entertainment profits surge in H1 2010/08/17, Source, Girls' Generation [SM Entertainment]
Top Korean talent agency SM Entertainment (SM) saw its profits soar during the first half of 2010, almost quadrupling compared to last year.
According to a press release issued by SM on Monday, the agency recorded an operating profit of 18.6 billion won during the January to June period this year, the figure surging by 385 percent from the same period in 2009,...More
After Stevie Wonder wowed fans with his popular tunes, powerful vocals and unforgettable stage presence, local K-pop groups are following suit with a festival to keep the musical w,...More
"SMTOWN LIVE" concert to be six hours long, says SM 2010/08/05, Source,
Official poster for upcoming "SMTOWN LIVE" concert featuring SM artists [SM Entertainment]
The upcoming "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour In Seoul" concert featuring numerous SM artists including BoA, Girls' Generation and Super Junior will be one of great scale and length.
Agency SM Entertainment (SM) announced in a press release on Thursday that the joint world tour, which includes stops in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Shanghai and other major Asian cities, will be about six hours long and feature a total of some 80 songs by the artists,...More
SM vows to create better working environment for artists 2010/07/06, Source,
From left, Girls' Generation member Yuri (Kwon Yoo-ri), National Assembly member Cho Moon-hwan, Girls' Generation member Sooyoung and SM Entertainment President Kim Young-min pose during a proclamation ceremony vowing to protect artists' rights held at Cho's office at the parliament building in Seoul, South Korea on July 6, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Economic Daily]
Major South Korean talenthouse SM Entertainment (SM), pop group Girls' Generation and National Assemblyman Cho Moon-hwan have taken action to establish a better working environment for artists in the Korean entertainment industry.
The agency on Tuesday held a proclamation ceremony at Cho's office, where they announced that SM and Cho's team will join forces to protect the rights of artists and set up a mutually beneficial contract system across the industry,...More
SM artists to embark on world tour in August 2010/07/02, Source,
Official poster of "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" [SM Entertainment]
The artists of major talenthouse SM Entertainment will go on a world tour starting mid-August, SM announced on Friday.
SM explained through a press release that their singers, including Kangta, BoA, Yunho Yunho, ChangminLee Changmin, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x), TRAX, will take off on the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 WORLD TOUR" which kicks off at the Olympic Park in Seoul on August 21,...More
SM Entertainment artists perform at Shanghai Expo 2010/06/01, Source,
Pictured above: girl group f(x); below: singer Kang Ta [SM Entertainment]
Korean talenthouse SM Entertainment artists Kang Ta, BoA, Super Junior and f(x) performed at the Expo 2010 Shanghai China over the weekend.
The stars took to the stage of the 'Korea Music Festival' held at the Cultural Center of the Shanghai Expo Park in Sunday attended by 10,000 people,...More
SM Entertainment records biggest Q1 profit 2010/05/13, Source,
Korean entertainment entrepreneur Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment [SM Entertainment]
SM Entertainment (SM) -- considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside YG and JYP Entertainment -- saw its most successful first quarter this year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.
According to a press release issued by SM on Thursday, the agency recorded operating profits of 10.4 billion won from January to March this year, up an astounding 471 percent from the same period last year when the total operating profit for the entire year had been 9.3 billion won,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Best and worst dressers! 2009/12/11, Source,
The 24th Golden Disk Awards have been held at the Olympic Park. The ceremony has been decorated with the red carpet!
Many stars and celebrities came to this event!
Here, Son Dam-bi was chosen as the best dresser and Lee Yeon-hee was the worst dresser!
Lee wore a dress that would math a club rather than a red carpet.,...More
[ChanMi's take] Lovely Lee Yeon-hee! 2008/12/15, Source, She's so cute and adorable!
The young actress Lee Yeon-hee who was in "East of Eden" is being loved so much even though her acting skills have been criticized. She must be one of the stars who just grow on you!
She definitely makes a good model for outfits with her lean figure and small face!,...More
"My Love" is a montage film that weaves together four different love stories like the popular romantic comedy "Love Actually". If the British flick is like a mosaic,...More
[MOVIE REVIEW] 'My Love' nowhere near 'Love Actually' 2007/12/13, Source, "My Love" attempts to mimic the famous romantic comedy formula set by "Love Actually" (2003), and the effort itself deserves some attention because the Christmas holiday season is just around the corner, and young Korean couples are keen to watch sweet, feel-good films with the snow falling.
The winter holiday season is here, with decorative lights warming up the nippy evenings and carol tunes flowing out from record shops ― and of course, colorful movie posters adorning the faces of movie theaters. Here are several films to complete the year-end,...More
BUSAN _ Korea's acclaimed director Lee Myeong-se's latest work "M", starring popular actors,...More
'China becoming future Hollywood' 2007/06/07, Source, Lee Soo-man, 54, founder and producer of SM Entertainment, expects that China will emerge as the world's largest entertainment market in years to come.
The former singer and show host, who helped turn Korea's pop music industry into big business, made the prediction in his lecture on the future o,...More
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