[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 18 2017/01/17,
In a somewhat refreshing change of pace Se-jin actually ends up working against I-kyeong instead of against her. That Se-jin's original plan would go so poorly was predictable. That the story itself would end up acknowledging this is much more surprising, and we appear to be going into the final stretch of episodes with I-kyeong as a genuinely sympathetic character. This nice, even as it calls unfortunate attention to the fact that so much of "Night Light" up until now has been a complete waste of time that didn't work in service to this point,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 17 2017/01/16,
I never would have thought, during the early episodes of "Night Light", that I-kyeong was going to emerge as the most sympathetic character. The thing is, she's already won. I-kyeong is just making normal business deals now. Yet Se-jin and Gun-woo still hover in the background wanting to bring her down for...some reason. Se-jin's attempts at backroom deals here are a lot shadier than anything I-kyeong has done in recent memory, so it's hard to want her to succeed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 16 2017/01/10,
I realized, near the end of this episode, that part of the reason why "Night Light" is so boring is that the production team is very bad at figuring out terms of scale. When the early episodes play with Russian Roulette and violent hostage situations, the tension is real and powerful. People get mad and offended for good reason. Whereas here...a simple police investigation is treated like some sort of huge betrayal, when there's little indication of meaningful long term consequences,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 15 2017/01/09,
Once again, "Night Light" delivers on the goods with...more elongated scenes of I-kyeong discussing business plans with characters who at this point are only really borderline antagonistic. Even when the story moves to a crisis involving the medical security of a hospitalized old man, it's really hard to feel sorry for anyone. I-kyeong doesn't play nice, but she does play fair. Why do Se-jin and Gun-woo feel compelled to interfere with that, just because they're not into the whole cutthroat businessperson jam?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 14 2017/01/03,
Enough of I-kyeong's plan has been brought into operation that we can finally get exposition of her motivation without potentially ruining it. I-kyeong, though, has not been fighting for the reasons we had assumed. It's hard to tell whether the truth is better or worse than what we've assumed. On one end the lack of emotion in I-kyeong's decision making process makes her pliable to reason. But then where does that leave Se-jin and Gun-woo, whose only arguments have ever really been emotional ones?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 13 2017/01/02,
An unexpected snag comes up to interfere with I-kyeong's plans. To the credit of writer Han Ji-hoon, I-kyeong doesn't respond with the increasingly annoying cliché of "I anticipated your every move". I-kyeong is genuinely surprised to meet resistance. But she expresses only the most minimum concern and never drops the poker face for a second. I-kyeong has to consider whether she has the right counters to the situation, and alter the plan accordingly if necessary. In the end, this is just business after all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 12 2016/12/27,
Now that Se-jin and Gun-woo have teamed up that sad, sparsely decorated office is...still pretty sad and sparsely decorated actually. In spite of the fact that they're the main characters, Se-jin and Gun-woo have almost no convincing drive. They're barely even slowing I-kyeong down. These two are so hilariously ineffective that at one point I-kyeong bails them out of trouble for the sole purpose of insuring that everyone's attention is diverted in the right direction without getting hung up on subplots,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 11 2016/12/26,
The tone takes a turn for the somewhat mundane here as I-kyeong uses business acumen to further drive a rift between the various members of the Park family without their really having any idea what's going on. The tendency of characters to underestimate I-kyeong is one of the finer subtle plot points in "Night Light". One reason it's so easy is because I-kyeong doesn't really have any kind of decisive victory to claim credit for. That makes them think they can come out on top of the double cross later on,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 10 2016/12/20,
Moo-sam (played by Lee Jae-yong-I) is the new acting chairman of the Park family's conglomerate, and it is with her political maneuvering to make this possible that I-kyeong has finally managed to advance major substantative change in the high level corporate power dynamics of "Night Light". Moo-il (played by Jeong Han-yong), the former chairman and Gun-woo's father, is down but not out. And it looks like I-kyeong is counting on it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 9 2016/12/19,
I-kyeong's plan somewhat manages to come into focus this episode, and to the drama's credit it is a mostly logical escalation of all we've seen I-kyeong do so far. Rather than act in an apparently decisive manner, I-kyeong intends to needle all the antagonistic presences into going after each other. Considering how many of them are genuinely horrible people, all I-kyeong is really doing is conspiring to get them into the same room and destroy each other. Then, presumably, I-kyeong will pick up all the pieces,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 8 2016/12/13,
Tak (played by Jeong Hae-in) works for I-kyeong's crew as the general errand guy- driving, fights, what have you. He gets annoyed enough this episode to briefly take his fortunes elsewhere, as I-kyeong's vaguely antagonistic behavior has been starting to frustrate him. Tak is the character I empathize with the most at this point, because I too would rather be doing something else right this moment instead of trying to keep track of "Night Light"'s glacial pacing,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 7 2016/12/12,
And so, once again, I-kyeong's elaborate plan...doesn't really start just yet. We're still in the phase of manipulations so incredibly subtle it's impossible to guess what I-kyeong is trying to do in the short term, let alone the long. The woman has a pretty insane sense of patience. I-kyeong wants the job done right or she doesn't want it done at all- hence the (hopefully) final test where I-kyeong determines just how much resolve Se-jin has in the face of impossible odds,...More
[Interview] Kim Nam-gil, "My current interest is the Blue House" 2016/12/12, Source,
Pandora's Box is open. "Pandora" was released on the 7th and an estimated audience of 1.5 million went to see the movie over the weekend. In the middle of it all is actor Kim Nam-gil. He plays Jae-hyeok who throws himself in the middle of a nuclear explosion to save his family. He's no Hollywood hero. He's just an ordinary man.
As we met Kim Nam-gil for an interview, he didn't look sophisticated or comical. He just wore a black shirt with a cap and we listened to what he had to say about the movie,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 6 2016/12/06,
At the end of this episode I had an annoying moment of realization. Technically the story hasn't actually started yet. We're still in the set-up. I-kyeong is still "training" Se-jin who, true to form, is slow to adjust when past actions catch up to her and the younger woman is completely unsure as to the extent she can or should lie. Nothing turns out too badly but ultimately all we've learned is another important aspect of the backdrop- the rules can change, if temporarily, provided enough money changes hands,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 5 2016/12/05,
After a fairly dramatic cliffhanger "Night Light" fails to deliver on much of that promise this episode. The general personalities of its characters do not gain any new dimensions here. Even the big central scheme ends up being fairly lackluster, since all it really amounts to is Se-jin acting cool and confident thanks to the afterglow from I-kyeong's aura. While that's all well and good, Se-jin was able to do plenty of that before she ever even met I-kyeong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 4 2016/11/29,
We finally get some detail into Gun-woo (played by Jin Goo). Technically he's I-kyeong's love interest and rival, although that's a very misleading way to describe his character. The main obvious reason for this is that I-kyeong is stone cold and mean to everyone. She was like that even in flashback. But Gun-woo is the antithesis to I-kyeong in other ways too. He thinks constructively. Moreso in flashback, obviously. In the present day, though, Gun-woo hates the game more than he does any of the players,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 3 2016/11/28,
While the literal plot is I-kyeong educating Se-jin on the finer points of what exactly is this concept we call "money", metaphorically, there's a frequently educational tinge to the presentation of "Night Light". Writer Han Ji-hoon seems to be speaking to us more than he is telling a story- and the lessons are valuable. Time and again we see that what makes the rich people in this drama powerful is precisely that they do not throw their weight around unless they absolutely have to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 2 2016/11/22,
Se-jin is pretty well-seduced by the glamorous cool promised through I-kyeong's slick in-charge attitude. Of course, this predictably goes badly because really, if the job was so easy I-kyeong would have just done it herself. So what we're left is a tense and frightening hostage situation as Se-jin desperately tries to negotiate herself out of certain disaster. I-kyeong's hilariously blasé reaction to the entire sordid affair is, unsurprisingly, pretty enraging. At least until Se-jin gets back to her normal job,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Night Light" Episode 1 2016/11/21,
I-kyeong (played by Lee Yo-won) is a brutally tough businesswoman. Se-jin (played by UEE) is a street tough who's good at business. Together they...have an antagonistic countenance as part and parcel of an ominous flashforward before the action rewinds to a week earlier. It's fairly evident that "Night Light" is planning to toss us into the middle of a high-stakes upper class financial war, but as of yet, the exact motivations of its characters are left unclear,...More
"Night Light" Lee Yong-won and UEE behind the scenes 2016/11/20, Source, Lee Yo-won and UEE have contrasting expressions in the pictures. In the picture, Lee-kyeong takes a liking to Se-jin who has done her work well and meets her again to give her a bigger mission. This scene was released previously in the teaser in which Lee Kyeong introduced herself and asked Se-jin, "Ask yourself if you want to be me, even for a little while".
Lee Yo-won has UEE standing in front of the mirror and is holding a red dress in front of her. UEE seems to be deep in thought with the dress in front of her. However, Lee Yo-won is smiling as if she's reading UEE's thoughts on wanting to spread out her passion. UEE recognizes something deep inside of her that is about to erupt,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Goblins, Trials and Errors 2016/11/19,
2016 has almost ended and so we can officially start salivating over its last few dramas and what comes in 2017. After a long journey, "Defendant" finally has its cast and premiere month. Before that, "Goblin" aims to provide impressive visuals and captivating fantasy romance while "Solomon's Perjury" brings a group of fresh faces to familiar social struggles and injustice. It looks like we get a lot of diversity in the upcoming months,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "May 18" + DVD Giveaway 2016/01/30,
Jin-woo (played by Lee Joon-ki) is a high school student in Gwangju, circa 1980. Sin-ae (played by Lee Yo-won) is a local nurse who goes to his church. Min-woo (played by Kim Sang-kyeong) is his older working brother. Heung-soo (played by Ahn Sung-ki) is her father, a former military officer. They all live fairly normal lives. But a meeting with history ruptures this destiny, as a military crackdown provokes a full-scale resistance movement lasting for a full week,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Surgeon Bong Dal-hee" 2014/03/29,
Melodrama and illnesses are no strangers to each other in Korean drama. From the common to overused cancer and amnesia to the more rare, like Leber's congenital amaurosis ('The King of Dramas'), drama just loves wringing tears out of viewers through health-related woes. The good thing with medical shows is that those woes actually belong and that they are often used more sensibly. 'Surgeon Bong Dal-hee' is one of those shows and unlike typical melodrama, it finds a balance between career and personal life and between hospital politics and patients, rather than letting one single element carry all the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Film News] New Korean Films Inbound... 2013/12/07, K-Films Coming Soon:
★★★★ "The Secret Studio": Star-crossed lovers find each other again years later but don't recognise each other in their new roles.(12/11)
★★★★ "The Way Home": A woman gets deceived and caught with drugs in France and is sent to an island prison. Her husband then fights to bring her safely back home with him. (12/12)
★★★★ "Cats and Dogs": A cute love story of a young couple and the pets they each have that playfully mirror their own innocent ups and downs.(12/12)
★★★ "Campus S Couple": Campus romances, hook-ups, and crushes complicate life for a few young-blooded students.(12/12)
★★★★ "Over There": Zhang Lu's first documentary that sheds light on the lives of those living in the borderlands. (12/12),...More
Lee Yo-won dressed as a plutocrat 2013/07/23, Source,
Actress Lee Yo-won put on a luxurious dress.
Lee came out with a fall collection for the August issue of the fashion magazine "Elle". She said, "I have never dressed up like this before. I usually leave it up to my staff to take care of it but I discussed this collection a lot with them as I was concerned about how it would turn out",...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Suspect X" (aka "Perfect Number") 2013/06/22,
It's hard to cast a sympathetic light on a psychopathic killer, let alone keep it lit. In Bang Eun-jin's "Suspect X" (2012, aka "Perfect Number") Ryoo Seung-beom was the subject of that searchlight, playing a mild-mannered analytical genius/creepy stalker. The film was adapted from the Japanese novel "The Devotion of Suspect X" (2005), and marks the third instalment in Keigo Higashino's "Detective Galileo" series. In it Seung-beom plays Seok-go, a cunning voyeur who is infatuated with his beautiful neighbour Hwa-seon (Lee Yo-won). That fantasy of love quickly twists into a calculated invention when he hears murder through the walls one night,...More
[HanCinema's Box Office Review] 2013.04.12 - 2013.04.14 2013/04/15,
Korea's love for all things Tom Cruise proves itself once again this week as the Hollywood actor's new film "Oblivion" takes the top spot. The film is based off an unpublished graphic novel from the director Joseph Kosinski ("Tron: Legacy") and Arvid Nelson. Mr. Kosiniski said that the film pays homage to the 1970s and the science fiction films of that era. 530,069 (34%) admissions were enough for the film to hold first position over 638 screenings around the country. The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Zoë Bell, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The sci-fi genre seems to fit Cruise's acting persona well and the thousands of Korean cinephiles that came out over the weekend to see him in action would not disagree,...More
Meet Legendary Korean Director Kang Woo-Seok in Los Angeles 2013/04/05, Source,
Legendary Korean Director Kang Woo-seok will be in Los Angeles for a special presentation of his highly anticipated upcoming release "Fist of Legend". This film will be the first Korean film to have a same weekend theatrical release in Korea and N. America! Director Kang is in Los Angeles for just 2 days, before rushing back just in time to see the film open in Seoul on April 10! "Fist of Legend" will open in 20 cities across N. America on April 12.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Dir. Kang will be participating in 2 special screening events both taking place at CGV Cinemas during his short Los Angeles visit,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Great Queen Seondeok" 2012/12/23,
Origin myths can tell you a lot about a country. It's not the literal truth of the stories that's really important- rather, it's what people remember about their culture and have decided to pass along to their descendants. The heroes of our pasts are who we want future generations to emulate. In the United States, for example, the Founding Fathers are considered nigh immaculate philosopher kings who produced the Constitution through the sheer force of combined genius. This isn't even remotely true (and the Founding Fathers themselves would be quite disturbed if they knew we remembered them like this), but this simple fact in itself tells you a lot about the United States' current national character,...More
Lee Yo-won cast for "Fist of Legend" 2012/05/15, Source,
Actress Lee Yo-won has been cast for "Fist of Legend", according to her agency, T Entertainment.
She will be taking on the role of he main producer of the real action fighting program "Fist of Legend" which will also be the main stage of the movie. She is the head of a tough production team and a strong career woman who has the 'legendary team' eating out of her hands,...More
Nominees For The 2011 Seoul Drama Awards 2011/07/20, Source,
The preliminaries for the 2011 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA)have been conducted and the results are out!
The organizing committee for the SDAs announced on July 20th at 11 AM, the results of the preliminaries through a press conference. Under the theme of "Drama Road", this year's SDA ceremony has been confirmed to cover 204 works from 37 different countries,...More
[TV Antenna] 'Repairing House of Love' corner and more 2011/03/02, Source,
▲ Experiencing Life on Site starts 'Repairing House of Love'
KBS is starting a new corner, "Repairing the House of Love" in celebration of the 50th year of 2TV program "Experience Life on Site". The ice hockey team that got the bronze medal in the 2011 Winter Asian Games will be appearing. They will repair the house of a granny that lives in Yangpyeong, by a big road. KBS forecast reporters Kim Hye-seon and Noh Eun-ji go to a rabbit farm. They go through a battle with twenty thousand rabbits.,...More
Lee Yo-won said that she became more muscular thanks to her husband 2010/10/18, Source, Lee Yo-won is a kind of person that does not reveal her and her family's life a lot. But this time, she confessed that her main interest is weight training at the right moment.
During the interview, which was held before the opening of 'The Recipe', Lee Yo-won said, "I'm working out lately all because of my husband loves weight training. My focused area is muscular strength and this increased my muscle percentage, thanks to my husband".,...More
Kim Jae-wook says Kim Nam-gil "like a time bomb" - Part 2 2010/05/20, Source, Q: I think you've lost a bit more weight. Is it because of the hernia?Kim Nam-gil: Hm, because director Lee gives me a hard time? (laugh) I actually slept after eating ramen at five in the morning so it's a relief to hear that. (laugh) I lost weight once for film "Lovers Vanished and just didn't have to gain weight after shooting "Queen Seon-deok" for six, seven months. I'm not trying to lose weight but I just do and there are also scenes where I have to take off my clothes so... Q: How was it working with director Lee Hyeong-min? Kim NG: I miss director Park Hong-gyoon from "Queen Seon-deok". Park was someone who is into the details but director Lee is also like that but to the extent that I felt like I was suffocating. So I called director Park recently and told him I miss him. (laugh)
Actor Kim Jae-wook [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Q: There are articles mentioning your military entry. How do you think this will pan out?,...More
Press conference for drama "Bad Man" 2010/03/31, Source,
Actor Kim Nam-gil (left) and actress Oh Yeon-soo [Good Story]
Q: Will each cast member explain how you have been preparing to portray your character as well as your determination for the show. Kim Nam-gil (Kim NG): When I was offered the role for "Bad Man" it was a few days after "Queen Seon-deok" finished its run so I was worried that I wouldn't be able to portray a new character because I hadn't emptied myself of my previous character Bidam. The conclusion I came to after discussion with director Lee Hyung-min was that although there may be some areas in which I wouldn't be able to rid myself completely of Bidam, I would try to act with more depth rather than change myself in various ways. That's why I'm putting an effort into depicting my character Shin Gun-wook from "Bad Man" as someone with more depth in terms of both expressing his pain or sadness. Han Ga-in (Han): I hadn't acted in a while so I was worried and had some concerns but after meeting with the director I became greedy about my role because I thought I would be in an environment where I would be able to converse a lot with other people on set. It helps a lot to be able to share your concerns with the rest of the cast on set. I wanted to play a part in making "Bad Man" become a drama that would last in people's memories by portraying my character Jae-in in a way that people could relate to her and have her blend in in a way that the audience will like her,...More
Who will be the most sought-after model for commercials in 2010? Figure skating megastar Kim Yu-na (20) looks like the strongest contender, closely trailed by a,...More
Asian Model Awards 2010/01/18, Source, Lee Byung-hun receives prize at Asian model awards
Actor Lee Byung-hun [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Actor Lee Byung-hun gives his acceptance speech after receiving the award for top Asian star at the 2010 Asia Model Festival Awards held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on January 15, 2010.,...More
Ko Hyeon-jeong wins grand prize at MBC Acting Awards 2009/12/31, Source,
Korean actress Ko Hyeon-jeong [MBC]
Top Korean actress Ko Hyeon-jeong won the grand prize at the MBC Acting Awards, held at MBC's Open Hall on Wednesday.
Ko, who won rave reviews for her portrayal of royal concubine Mi-shil in historical drama "Queen Seon-deok", won the year's top crown while many of her co-stars also collected their share of awards.
"I believe there was a moment when Mi-shil really came to life [during the show]", said Ko in her acceptance speech. "I was very nervous because I had never done a traditional drama before, but thank you for giving me the opportunity to wear a dress like this". The actress got teary and emotional when she added, " I hope my kids are watching this... "
"Queen Seon-deok" -- which was also voted Drama of the Year -- was handed a total of 12 awards, winning the count over another hit drama "My Wife is a Superwoman", which won 7 in total. Writers of both dramas were awarded Writer of the Year at the event.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Yo-won's sexy look! 2009/02/17, Source, Actress Lee Yo-won has always been the gentle and feminine character.
Here, she has changed into a wild sexy lady!
Lee Yo-won has been modeling for the magazine Maria Claire's March edition where she was transformed into a wild and manish look. This side of her has been the first!
She was phootshooting at the set of the Panama jungle, Boracai beach, and Nice's palm tree backgrounds where she is wearing different colorful looks.
Lee has been in the drama "Queen Seon-deok".,...More
The year 2009 is now finally around the corner, and it is about time to prepare for the New Year. The past year was an interesting one, and readers can now preview what is planned in 2009.
Historical Dramas on the Rise: The three major networks are pl,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Ji-ah in the Philippines! 2008/12/20, Source, Actress Lee Ji-ah went to Phillippines for a volunteer activity. Since November 27th through December 2nd, Lee has been in Philippines for a TV program 'LOVE' where the charity organization Good Neighbors takes celebrities around the globe to promote helping the needy.
Lee Ji-ah went to Manilla Philippines and met a girl named,...More
Star siblings, different as sun and shade 2008/04/10, Source, If there is shade, there is also a sunny spot. The entertainment industry also has its share of light and shade. It is especially prominent where siblings are both in the industry.
Various origins of female stars… 'Miss Korea' group falters 2008/03/13, Source, On a breezy spring day in March 2008, the entertainment investigation team of Sports Khan sensed an emergency. The argument between female stars about their influence has become fierce, almost to the point of battle. Accordingly, under the supervision of Detective Choi, the entertainment investigati,...More
In conclusion, the interrelationship is inverse proportion according to the trend in 2007 box-office success in Korean film industry. Among the 100 movies released this year, only 4 movies had more than,...More
'Bad Love' has good Christmas 2007/12/31, Source, After a slew of historical dramas, the latest KBS tear jerker "Bad Love" promised viewers a break from old school epics with its all-star cast and classic love story. But audiences weren't interested. That is, until now. With the competition,...More
"May 18" demonstrates the power of cinema as it halts the inevitable passage of time with its clutch on the i,...More
Lee Yo-won Conjures the Spirits of May 18 2007/07/25, Source, It's May 27th, 1980, and the armed civilians of Gwangju are preparing for their final stand. A young woman on a truck pleads through a loudspeaker. "The soldiers are coming. Please, help us". Together,...More
Medical dramas thrill local TV audience 2007/01/31, Source, Historical dramas have ruled TV screens since last year with all three major broadcast stations in Korea rushing to produce epic series. But recently, local TV dramas seem to have found a new flavor. Making a big jump from using stories from ancient eras, TV screens have begun to focus on the lives,...More
Dr. Drama 2007/01/04, Source, "Does my hair style look a bit strange? I wanted to look like a doctor".
Lee Yo-won, 27, had her hair short and permed and was wearing a medic,...More
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