Lee Young-ae and 20 employees? Where did they all go? 2016/09/17, Source, Lee Young-ae was the hottest issue of the year 2012. Portal sites over flooded with Lee Young-ae related words. It all started when a TV show broadcasted Lee Young-ae's house. People who lived around her house stated that she lived in a 180 pyeong home with 20 or so employees.
The TV show was filmed from afar, with a massive lens that resembled that of a paparazzi and interviewed those who lived around her neighborhood. Those who saw the TV show were fooled by the broadcast. However, toss a stone into a calm lake and the ripples will shake. Expanded rumors about Lee Young-ae started spreading on the net and her home became a 'palace'. This occurrence is a good example of the harmful consequences that a misreport can cause,...More
Stars on the Stump Don't Guarantee Election Win 2016/04/17, Source,
Actress Shim Eun-ha (left) congratulates her husband Ji Sang-wook at his campaign office in Seoul early Thursday morning. /Yonhap
Candidates who brought a famous wife, child or other relative with them on the stump were not always guaranteed a win in Wednesday's general elections. For some it went well. Actress Shim Eun-ha's husband Ji Sang-wook won his seat for the Saenuri Party in Seoul's Jung district. Shim cast her ballot alongside her husband and stood by him at a party office in central Seoul as the votes were being counted, and he duly thanked her for her support,...More
[HanCinema's Korea Diaries] "Suwon" April 1st-April 2nd 2016/04/09,
The big tourist attraction in Suwon is the Hawseong Fortress (화성). Which is redundant, by the way, since "seong" means fortress in Korean. But I digress, especially considering that the above image is not, in fact, an image of the fortress. Rather, it is a fairly nice-looking wall painting I found nearby. And below this paragraph, you may find a random rock cairn I found somewhere around the outer rim of the fortress, off the beaten trail,...More
How Chinese Money Is Changing Korean Media 2016/02/21, Source,
An influx of Chinese money is having a huge influence on the Korean media industry. One recent symptom was the case of Taiwanese-born teenage starlet Tzuyu, whose waving of her country's flag in an old clip sparked a Twitterstorm that sent her agency JYP into a blind panic.
Terrified of jeopardizing the Chinese market, JYP forced the girl to apologize on bended knee and declare her allegiance to the Motherland -- only to find that barely anyone in China had noticed.
Still, China's media contents market is growing 11 percent annually and is expected to surpass Japan's this year, which puts JYP's anxieties into perspective (US$1=W1,211).
According to the Small and Medium Business Administration, more than W1 trillion worth (~US$1 billion) of Chinese money had been invested in Korean computer games and entertainment programs as of September last year. Last week, China's top online retailer Alibaba announced it is investing W35.5 billion in another Korean talent mill, SM Entertainment, and with money comes clout,...More
Lee Young-ae to Promote Charitable Activities with UNESCO 2015/10/28, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae will work with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. "Lee is one of the top celebrities in Korea, while making donations and actively volunteering", a spokesman for the organization said on Tuesday. "We decided to work with Lee to promote the commission's activities such as fundraising and a campaign to render educational support to underdeveloped countries",...More
Lee Young-ae Donates Money for Maimed Soldiers 2015/08/19, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has donated W50 million to two soldiers who were maimed by North Korean box mines in the demilitarized zone (US$1=W1,185). Lee donated the money to a foundation run by the Korea Military Academy and wanted it to be given to the maimed sergeants. She wanted to keep the donation a secret,...More
'One Vision' Co-produced documentary by KBS and ASEAN will broadcast on 11th and 12th 2014/12/10, Source, The documentary 'One Vision', co-produced by KBS and the other 10 ASEAN broadcasting companies, will be finally on air.
KBS initiated the co-production project plan and the 10 other ASEAN braodcasting companies, RTB (Brunei), PTV (Philippines), Metro TV (Indonesia), Mediacorp (Singapore), RTM (Malaysia), VTV (Vienam), LNTV(Laos), TVK(Cambodia), Thai PBS (Thailand), MRTV (Myanmar) participated in the production filming all across Asia for the last 5 months. With the strong request from all the participant companies, actress, Lee Young-ae who ignited the initial wave of Hallyu, took on the role as a presenter of the documentary,...More
Lee Young-ae loses "Dae Jang Geum" land case 2014/10/16, Source, Actress Lee Young-ae lost the legal court case with the owner of the land which she co-operated the "Dae Jang Geum Kitchen" business on.
According to the Seoul Central Court, LIAS sued 'Oh', the owner of the land in Yangpyeong in Kyeonggido of 1.1 billion won but the court ruled that Oh owed LIAS 35.7 million won,...More
Asiad Organizers Try to Defuse Controversy 2014/10/03, Source,
The organizing committee of the 2014 Asian Games on Wednesday defended itself amid controversy over its management of the quadrennial sporting event, including the choice of acting star Lee Young-ae as the final torch bearer for the opening ceremony. Many critics said the opening ceremony was reminiscent of a K-pop extravaganza rather than a sporting event due to the focus on actors and singers,...More
Incheon Asian Games Kicks Off with Grand Ceremony 2014/09/20, Source,
The Incheon Asian Games officially kicks off with the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday. The ceremony features four hours of performances as the continent's largest sporting event brings all Asian nations together. The Games will last until Oct . 4. A traditional folk music performance called pungmulnori designated as the host city's cultural assets will start the proceedings, and K-pop stars including Big Bang, CNBlue and EXO and actors Jang Dong-gun and Kim Soo-hyeon-I will appear on stage to add glamor,...More
Big Stars to Perform at Incheon Asian Games 2014/08/05, Source,
Renowned artists and K-pop stars will perform in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, which will take place between Sept. 19 and Oct. 4. Rapper Psy and boy band EXO will celebrate the Game's opening, while its promotional ambassador JYJ will sing the event's official song. Film director Im Kwon-taek, who is in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies, is working hard to highlight Korea's uniqueness, especially pop culture, which is sweeping across Asia and other parts of the world,...More
When are Bae Yong-joon, Won Bin and Lee Young-ae coming back? 2014/07/15, Source,
When can we see them?
Several writers and directors have been sending their calls of love but the actors remain silent. Top stars who are highly wanted have been gone for far too long. Lee Young-ae is one of them. They have been gone for a maximum of 9 years, enough for a mountain to change its form. They are on the top of the list but they are hard to see and now it's becoming frustrating,...More
Lee Young-ae Pays Hospital Bills of Taiwanese Mother 2014/07/02, Source, Lee Young-ae (left) talks to a Taiwanese mother at International St. Mary's Hospital in Incheon on Sunday, in this screen grab from Sina.com.
Actress Lee Young-ae has quietly picked up the huge hospital bill of a Taiwanese tourist who gave birth prematurely on her holiday to Seoul in February. According to Taiwanese website Sina.com, Lee paid a visit to International St. Mary's Hospital in the western port city of Incheon on Sunday and met the mother and baby,...More
Lee Young-ae: "I didn't say no to "Dae Jang Geum 2"" 2014/05/11, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae claimed that the media report about her saying no to the new MBC drama "Dae Jang-geum 2" isn't true.
Sources from her side say, "She is taking her time thinking about the conditions about the drama. We are sorry it's taking a while, but we never said she wasn't going to do it. We have no idea how word got out like that",...More
Lee Young-ae hosts event, but won't take questions about 'Sewol' 2014/04/28, Source,
While the whole nation is in mourning for the sunken ship Sewol, Lee Young-ae attended a luxury brand event held in Hong Kong. She announced that she wouldn't be taking questions about Sewol to the local press.
She attended the event on the 25th in Hong Kong. Various celebrities in the Chinese region attended this event and Lee Young-ae represented Korea in a brightly colored Hanbok and the jewels from the luxury brand,...More
Lee Young-ae Moves to Curb Avalanche of Legal Battles 2014/04/02, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has dissociated herself from any businesses that use the title of her biggest hit show "Dae Jang Geum". The star's lawyers took out a full-page advert on Tuesday's Chosun Ilbo to warn advertisers against unauthorized use of her likeness. Since the period soap became a worldwide hit, airing in over 90 countries, many people have falsely represented themselves as Lee's manager or agent in Asia and signed contracts for use of her likeness with forged signature stamps,...More
Lee Young-ae Joins Gucci's Global Campaign for Women's Empowerment 2014/03/18, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae was appointed a member of an advisory board for a global campaign run by Gucci on March 8 to mark International Women's Day, the company said on Monday. Lee is the first Asian actress to ever be named a board member for the "Chime for Change" campaign, which was created in February last year to "raise funds and awareness for projects promoting education, health, and justice for girls and women" around the world,...More
[HanCinema's Hall of Fame] "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" 2013/11/16, In the Spotlight this Week: "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" by Park Chan-wook
Revenge is a deeply personal affliction, a stubborn demon that relentlessly haunts and hinders until it is suitably exorcised from our fleshly casings. Usually such a drive has just one corrupted driver, a single soul who sets out to rebalance the scales against those who infected their world. In Park Chan-wook's award-winning "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005), that model of revenge was given an edgy feminine salting as Park mused over mob justice in the most intimate fashion imaginable. The film forms the final bloody act in Park's, critically acclaimed and labelled, 'Vengeance Trilogy'. It's a gut-wrenching cinematic series of revengeful events that pushed the boundaries of the thriller genre – the unofficial pirate ship of modern Korean cinema,...More
Kim Yoon-jin Promotes Kimchi in NYT Ad 2013/11/10, Source,
Actress Kim Yoon-jin, star of the hit U.S. drama "Lost", has been featured in an advert in the New York Times promoting kimchi. It is part of the campaign promoting Korean food and culture around the world led by Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Women's University in Seoul,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "Last Present" 2013/10/04,
Yong-Gi (played by Lee Jeong-jae) is a comedian who has to constantly put on a bright happy face even though his career is moving in a dubious, nebulous direction. The film's opening scene of him working a crowd onstage with his partner is surprising in its sheer oppressiveness. Going out on stage in an effort to entertain an entire crowd is a daunting, intimidating task, and nothing about the humor in this moment really takes away from this unspoken truth.
The feeling is replicated as Yong-Gi goes home and seems to have the same double-faced relationship with his wife Jeong-Yeon (played by Lee Young-ae),...More
Lee Young-ae files report on netizen 2013/09/25, Source, Lee Young-ae and her husband Jeong Ho-yeong charged a few netizens and bloggers for spreading rumors about their family relationship and age.
Lee Young-ae's legal representative said, "Lee Young-ae and her husband filed charges on the netizens and bloggers for violating the law regarding the promotion of information and communication network use and protection of information",...More
10 Years On, Lee Young-ae Looks Back at 'Dae Jang Geum' 2013/09/14, Source,
This Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide hit MBC series "Dae Jang Geum", which at one point reached a viewer rating of 57.8 percent. The story about a cook at the Chosun court who overcomes hardships to become the king's first female physician captivated viewers in some 90 countries and marked the golden age of the Korean Wave.
To mark the anniversary, the show's star Lee Young-ae, gave the Chosun Ilbo an exclusive interview on Monday,...More
Lee Young-ae Appointed DMZ Peace Ambassador 2013/08/14, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has been appointed a "peace ambassador" charged with publicizing the environmental value and peacemaking potential of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas. Lee was appointed by Gyeonggi Province Governor Kim Moon-soo on Yonggang Bridge, an off-limits military area in Yeoncheon on Tuesday. She took a walk with immigrant wives and Korean War veterans,...More
Actor Song Il-gook to Appear in Makgeolli Ad in WSJ 2013/05/03, Source, Song Il-gook (right) and Seo Kyoung-duk
Actor Song Il-gook and Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Women's University who specializes in promoting Korean culture, will run an advertisement for makgeolli, or Korean traditional wine, in the Wall Street Journal at the end of this month. "[Actress] Lee Young-ae featured in an ad for bibimbab [a traditional Korean dish made of rice and vegetables] in the New York Times, and it has been very well received. As such, I decided to arrange a similar ad with another Korean Wave star", Seo said as he unveiled a poster for the latest promotion,...More
Giant Bibimbap Billboard Greets Passersby in Shanghai 2013/03/16, Source,
A giant billboard featuring actress Lee Young-ae and bibimbap has been posted in downtown Shanghai, China, Prof. Seo Kyoung-duk of Sungshin Women's University said on Monday. He previously ran a similar full-page advertisement in the New York Times to promote the Korean dish of rice with an assortment of seasonal vegetables,...More
Lee Young-ae's New Role Is All About Kids 2013/02/28, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae, who disappeared from the limelight after surprising fans by suddenly getting hitched in 2009, recently moved to a countryside home in Yangpyeong, just east of Seoul, built to raise her twins in a clean, natural environment, and started a business specializing in infant-care products,...More
Park Chan-wook Retrospective at MoMI - Friday, March 1 Sunday, March 3 2013/02/19, Source, Park Chan-wook, director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film festival circuit. To celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co-present a retrospective of his work. The special screening of "Stoker" (starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode) will play on February 28 at 7PM at MoMI.
Park Chan-wook, a director, screenwriter, and producer, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers on the international film circuit. To Celebrate the release of "Stoker", his major directorial debut in Hollywood, The Korea Society and MoMI co present a retrospective of his work. He debuted with 'The Moon is What the Sun Dreams of' in 1992, but he started to gain international recognition from the sensational movie 'JSA - Joint Security Area' in 2000 which The Guardian praised it as "airy, subtle and playful, and showcases the best elements of modern Asian cinema",...More
Actress Lee Young-ae Launches Eco-Business 2012/10/11, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae has recently started a business handling organic products for children and installed billboards for it in Itaewon in Seoul. She will launch her first store carrying environmentally friendly products for children in early November,...More
K-drama leads 'hallyu' 2012/08/21, Source, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, top right, embraces his onscreen love interest Han Ga-in in a scene from "The Sun and the Moon" ,a popular MBC drama. / Courtesy of Pan Entertainment
This is the 10th in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of "hallyu", or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M. - ED. By Kwon Mee-yoo, Rachel Lee A variety of soap operas, from trendy shows to epic series, grace the small screen from morning till night. The popularity of Korean TV dramas has spilled over the nation's borders since the late 1990s, igniting "hallyu", or the Korean wave,...More
Lee Young-ae Enjoys Life as a Mother 2012/05/02, Source, Lee Young-ae is enjoying herself raising her twin babies, she told Woman Chosun monthly. The actress disappeared from the limelight after suddenly announcing her marriage in 2009.
"I had a very fulfilling professional life in my 20s and 30s", Lee said. "But I began to feel as if I was climbing one mountain after another. When I was satisfied with how I spent my 20s and 30s, I realized it was time to get married",...More
Celebrities Pitch in to Back Candidates in General Election 2012/04/03, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae (second right) and her husband pose with Saenuri Party's candidate Chung Jin-suk (second left) on his campaign site.
As the April 11 general elections approaches, celebrities are rolling up their sleeves to support their favorite candidates. Candidates with connections in showbusiness say they are receiving a huge boost in their campaigns.
Actress Lee Young-ae and her husband appeared at a political campaign rally for Chung Jin-suk, a former senior secretary for political affairs at Cheong Wa Dae. Lee and her husband are friends of Chung, who is running on the ruling Saenuri Party's ticket,...More
Stars spice up campaigns 2012/04/03, Source,
From top left: Lee Young-ae, Song Il-gook, Choi Myeong-gil Chung Mong-joon of the ruling Saenuri Party, right, the incumbent representative for Seoul's Dongjak B constituency who is standing again in the April 11 parliamentary elections, greets citizens on their way to work with his nephew Chung Dae-sun and his wife Noh Hyun-jung, a former KBS anchor, in front of Joongang University Hospital, Monday. / Yonhap
By Park Si-soo
Several candidates are running a star-studded campaign in the lead-up to the April 11 National Assembly elections. This is made possible due to their personal ties with movie stars, TV presenters and beauty contest winners, triggering a sense of jealousy among their rivals,...More
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/29, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
For the first time, the public caught a glimpse of the children of Hallyu star Lee Young-ae.
"Dae Jang Geum" introduced the world to Korea's traditional culture and royal cuisine, and catapulted Lee Young-ae to stardom,...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
Lee Young-ae shows off 'preservative beauty' 2011/10/24, Source, Lee Young-ae showed off 'preservative skin'.
She displayed fair and tight skin in the November issue of fashion magazine, Marie Claire. Her skin is so glossy that her nose actually shines. This photo collection was for a charity event for children with fashion brand 'Mogg'.,...More
Korean drama gains popularity in Taiwan 2011/08/22, Source, By Kang Hyun-kyung
The increase in content of Korean dramas on Taiwan TV networks is proof of their gaining popularity.
According to the South Korean mission in Taipei, 120 Korean dramas in total have been televised in the country in the first half of this year, which is as many as Japanese dramas.
In light of viewer ratings, made-in-Korea soap operas are as high as Japanese dramas in Taiwan where Japanese cultural products are very popular.
Ming-Liang Liu, assistant representative of the Taipei Mission in Seoul, said the Confucian culture shaped the backbone of Korean dramas and among others, this is a key reason of their popularity in Taiwan,...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
[HanCinema's Film Review] "JSA - Joint Security Area" 2011/02/26, Park Chan-wook's "JSA - Joint Security Area" made huge waves at the Korean box office during the early weeks of its release. The film became the highest grossing film at the time with a million eager moviegoers flocking to see it in its second week. A DVD of the film was even presented to Kim-Jong-Il during the 2007 Korea Summit, an interesting political gesture that resonates with the filmmaker's attempt to humanise the Korean conflict.,...More
Lee Young-ae Resting in Luxury Postnatal Care Center 2011/02/23, Source,
Even the postnatal care center where actress Lee Young-ae is staying has generated a great deal of interest among women fans. Lee gave birth to twins -- a boy and a girl -- on Sunday.
The center is reportedly a luxury facility offering a standard room for W6.05 million and deluxe room W12 million for two weeks (US$1=W1,128). Lee reportedly booked the deluxe room,...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
Actress Lee Young-ae To Give Birth In February 2011/01/25, Source, Hallyu star Lee Young-ae will be welcoming a new baby girl to this world in February. The birth is scheduled to happen in a hospital in Cheongdam-dong of Seoul.
The 40-year-old actress has stayed very low key after getting married to a businessman in August of 2009. She's currently in the middle of pursuing a phD, and has barely been seen out of her home. That hasn't stopped the rumor mill from spitting out speculations, such as Lee being pregnant with twins,...More
Ji Jin-hee to display artwork at ceramics exhibition 2010/11/30, Source,
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee will reveal his artistic side, taking part in a ceramics exhibition next month.
A press release from his agency N.O.A Entertainment stated Tuesday that Ji will display 30 pieces of artwork for an exhibition to be held at a conference house located in Jung-gu Jungdong for four days starting tomorrow,...More
Ji Jin-hee to visit Taiwan to promote drama "Dong Yi" 2010/11/10, Source,
Actor Ji Jin-hee [N.O.A Entertainment]
Korean actor Ji Jin-hee will leave for Taiwan next week to promote historical drama "Dong Yi", the latest TV series he starred in, according to his agency N.O.A. Entertainment on Wednesday.
N.O.A. announced in a press release that the actor will visit Taiwan from November 14 to 16 to promote "Dong Yi", a 60-part historical drama which will air on Taiwan's GTV starting November 15 at 9 p.m,...More
Iconic designer André Kim passes away 2010/08/13, Source,
Room where late fashion designer André Kim's wake service is being held at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea on August 12, 2010. [Han Youn-jong/Asia Econmic Daily]
Korea's iconic fashion designer André Kim died Thursday after having suffered from colon cancer and pneumonia. He was 74,...More
Andre Kim was considered the first male Korean designer, and an unofficial ambassador of Korean fashion to the world.
At a young age, Kim said he was always interested in the art,...More
Foreign media visit the set of TV series "Dong Yi" 2010/07/29, Source,
Foreign journalists pose with the cast and crew of TV series "Dong Yi" on the show's set in the city of Yong-in, South Korea on July 28, 2010. [MBC]
MBC TV series "Dong Yi" is looking to reignite the Hallyu buzz that director Lee Byeong-hoon had sparked up in 2003 with Lee Young-ae starrer "Jewel in the Palace" ("Dae Jang Geum"), inviting the foreign press to its set in Yong-in yesterday.
Broadcaster MBC said in a press release that Lee opened up the set of his latest historical drama, located in the city of Yong-in, South Korea, on Wednesday to some 50 media journalists from Southeast Asia (25 from Japan, China 14, Thailand 5, Malaysia 4 and Singapore 2), who interviewed the noted director as well as the show's lead actor Ji Jin-hee,...More
Lee Young-ae, one of Korea's top acting stars, is pregnant with her first child, management associates said Frid,...More
Lee Young-ae confirmed to be 4 months pregnant 2010/07/23, Source,
Actress Lee Young-ae [Storm S Company]
Actress Lee Young-ae's agency has confirmed that the heroine of smash hit TV series "Dae Jang Geum" is four months pregnant.
"It is true that she is pregnant and we were going to inform the press at an adequate time because this is when a pregnant woman is most cautious but it seems like the news has gone out through her father", Lee Ju-yeol, chief of Lee's agency Storm S Company told Asia Economic Daily over the phone on Friday,...More
Figure skating champion Kim Yu-na, football superstar Park Ji-sung and actress Han Hyo-joo will be the offic,...More
Where Do Stars Who Advertise Apartments Live? 2010/07/15, Source, Developers have been hiring celebrities to advertise their apartment brands to borrow a little of the stars' glamour for their properties. That leads inevitably to the question: where do these stars themselves live? As it turns out, none of them live in the apartments they advertise.
Kim Seon-ah meets with 2,000 fans at Taiwan fan meeting 2010/06/15, Source,
Korean actress Kim Seon-ah at her Taiwan fan meeting [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Seon-ah held her first Taiwan fan meeting over the weekend which attracted some 2,000 fans, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Tuesday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the event, held at the Taiwan International Convention Center on June 12, was also attended by 50 leading Chinese media outlets including ELTATV and ETTV,...More
Kim Seon-ah to hold fan meeting in Taiwan this weekend 2010/06/11, Source,
Korean actress Kim Seon-ah [Yedang Entertainment]
Hallyu star Kim Seon-ah will be visiting Taiwan this weekend to host her first-ever fan meeting in the country, according to her agency Yedang Entertainment on Friday.
Yedang announced in a press release that the actress, who left for Taiwan this morning, will be carrying out various activities in the country as part of celebrating the success of her SBS TV series "THE CITY HALL",...More
Among the various factors that constitute human life, culture has the greatest capacity to nurture connections and exchange. One culture quickly absorbs the advantages of another culture and develops to integrate naturally into a large wave.
Park Eun-hye drama "Pink Lipstick" sells to Taiwan 2010/02/23, Source,
Hallyu star Park Eun-hye in the official poster for MBC TV series "Pink Lipstick" [MBC]
MBC TV series "Pink Lipstick", starring Hallyu star Park Eun-hye, has been sold to a television network in Taiwan, according to Korean broadcaster MBC on Tuesday.
The daily morning drama, which premiered in Korea last month, was sold for USD 8,000 dollars per each 60-minute episode to Taiwan's GTV. The price is nearly double the amount MBC morning series "White Lie" had previously sold to GTV for.
"It worked as a huge advantage that the drama starred Park who became very popular in the Chinese market with her role as Yeon-saeng in 'Jewel in the Palace' ('Dae Jang Geum')", explained the show's chief producer Choi Yong-won.,...More
Korean Wave Aims at New Horizons 2009/10/22, Source, When Lee Eun-hye, 24, a college student went on a trip to South America she certainly didn't expect this. Every time she introduced herself as a Korean, the locals would greet her eagerly, mentioning the Korean drama "Dae Jang Geum" (En,...More
Jeans Brands Woo Top Stars for Ads 2009/10/15, Source, Jeans brands seem to be replacing cosmetics as the most coveted prize among Korea's advertising contracts. Traditionally, becoming the " face " of cosmetics brands was the recognition of bona fide sta,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Lee Young-ae married! 2009/08/25, Source, Top star Lee Young-ae's marriage news has shocked the fans!
The wedding took place on the 24th and fans are saying that this is the biggest surprise wedding ever!
She has been away from the eyes of the public and did not even tell anyone of her wedding until the day after.
The fans are curious as to who the husband Mr. Jung is. Mr. Jung is known to be a Korean American who is working in the American IT industry. Because the family members of Mr. Jung are in America, the wedding was decided to be a small private family,...More
BUSAN ― "The Gift to Stalin", the first ever Kazakh film to be invited to the Pusan (Busan) International Film Festival (PIFF), opened the 13th annual event Thursday. This endearing, family-friendly film shows that something classic is never out of style: his,...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
[Special Report] Is there a limit to the stars' guarantees? 2008/02/28, Source, Recently, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Yoo In-Chun's private property was revealed to be over 14 billion-won. Some said that he had gained too much wealth, but he thinks otherwise. He said, "These are all from my 30 years of acting career. Some may think I have too much private wealth, but look,...More
As more Korean soap operas are sold abroad, hallyu, or the Korean wave, is now spreading beyond Asia to European countries as well. In particular, Korean epic dramas are gaining popularity around the world.
Although Alfred Lord Tennyson said, "Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all", anyone who has endured the breakup of an intense relationship wo,...More
Regular Paper Subscribers Rising 2007/12/31, Source, The number of regular newspaper subscribers is increasing. The number of people who read newspaper ads has also increased from last year.
The Korea Broadcast Advertising Group commissioned a survey on consumer patterns to pollster Research International. The percentage of regular subscribers to t,...More
10 Hallyu Stars 2007/10/14, Source, The Korea Times, the nation's first English daily, turns 57 on Nov. 1. The TOP 10 Series, which will feature the biggest news stories, scandals, events, figures, surprises and memorable moments in the coming weeks, in celebration of the anniversary. The series will allow our readers to revisit these,...More
While the female persona Korean entertainment remains largely reminiscent of Hollywood during the 1950~60s, a few in recently released or upcoming films are beginning,...More
44th Broadcasting Day Ceremony 2007/09/03, Source, The Korean Broadcasters Association celebrated its 44th Broadcasting Day ceremony.
Broadcasting Day was first designated to commemorate receiving an independent call code called 'HL' from the Comite Consultatif International des Rediocommunication in 1947.
Nowadays it is celebrated to promote broa,...More
Positive Effect of South Korean Media Claimed in North Korea 2007/02/14, Source, A survey was conducted among 30 North Korean defectors who are currently living in South Korea. According to them, the North Korean government is trying to improve people's lives to anticipate possible social unrest which they suspect could be ignited by what people see in South Korean popular cultu,...More
Too Much? The Top Advertising Earners Revealed 2007/02/09, Source, Advertising has developed beyond a mere means to sell more products into essential cultural content that can have a powerful impact on the way the public see the world. Among professionals, actors are particularly in love with advertising and the steady income it can provide -- not to mention the st,...More
Musical actress Kim So-hyun and actor Won Ki-joon play Janggum and her love, Min Jung-ho, in the musical. Several actors and actresses will take turns to play the roles of Jang-gum and Min Jung-ho
Korean Wave Swamps N.Korean Authorities 2007/02/01, Source, South Korean popular culture has become a headache for North Korean authorities, who seem unable to stem its samizdat spread there. Quoting North Korean refugees, a government official said Thursday many South Korean soap operas and movies have made their way into North Korea, and some young people,...More
Korea's 30 Most Influential Pop Culture Figures Released 2006/12/28, Source, CJ Entertainment Vice Chairwoman Lee Mi-kyeong has been cited as the most influential figure in Korean popular culture, according to the results of the Herald Business Daily's survey of the country's top 30 pop icons released on Thursday.
The business daily said that the survey was conducted on a,...More
Arirang Surveys Popularity of Korean Celebrities 2006/12/27, Source, Thanks for staying with us.
We at Arirang just recently conducted a global survey on the popularity of Korean celebrities.
The survey in mid-December asked 775 people from 46 countries with whom they'd like to watch the first sunrise of the new year.
Topping the female chart were actresses,...More
This Week's Cultural News 2006/12/01, Source, Welcome back.
On Today's Talk, we look at the week's cultural news.
This week we have an expo on Korean pop culture, a historical musical, and as always, new movie releases.
For more, our Son Heekyung joins me in the studio.
Which Korean Stars Have the Greatest Pulling Power? 2006/11/17, Source, Who is the actor in Chungmuro today who can mobilize the greatest number of fans? And just how many tickets can be sold on the basis of that actor's name alone? We asked a group of 12 producers and PR execs that know actors' commercial value best who in Korea can "open" a movie and ranked the top 20,...More
Ziyi Zhang speaks during a conference in Seoul for her latest movie.
Ziyi Zhang, China's top actress came to town yesterday to promote her latest movie, "The Banquet". The epic film, which also stars Daniel Wu and is directed by Feng Xiagang, was recentl,...More
"Dasaepo Naughty Girls" ("Dasepo Girl") ( Tasepo Sonyo), an unconventional high school comedy directed by Lee Jae-young, has been invited to the prestigious 57th Berlin International Film Festiva,...More
Fans Bet Kim Tae-hee's the Marrying Kind 2006/08/07, Source, As Kim Tae-hee's demure image suggests, her fans feel the actress would take to married life like a duck to water. In a poll on the homepage of the Sports Chosun, a sister paper of the Chosun Ilbo, asking which celebrity was most likely to enjo,...More
43rd Crowns King and the Clown 2006/07/26, Source, The 43rd annual Grand Bell Awards ceremony, held July 21st at the COEX Convention Hall in southern Seoul, presented its top prize for Best Film to The King and the Clown as indeed almost everyone expected. The film grew into a colossal local hit when it was released in December of last year, attract,...More
Time and The Host Compete in Spain 2006/07/12, Source, Two Korean films have been invited to competition sections of the 39th Sitges International Film Festival, one of the top three fantasy film festivals in the world, held annually in Catalonia, Spain. Running October 6th to the 15th, Sitges recently announced the selection of two films by South Korea,...More
A charity event inspired by the Korean TV drama "Dae Jang Geum" will be held in Tokyo May 2-14 at the Mitsukosi department store in Niho,...More
Actress Lee Young-ae to Visit Japan 2006/04/21, Source, Top Korean star Lee Young-ae will appear on NHK's talk show "Welcome to Our Studio" on May 8. Lee is the female lead of the Korean historical drama Daejanggeum, or "The Jewel in Palace", which is currently aired in Japan by NHK every Saturday.,...More
Lee Joon-ik, the director of "The King and the Clown", now Korea's most popular film, said in an interview th,...More
Korean Wave Crosses the Pacific 2006/03/22, Source, The Korean Wave is hitting hard the shores of American West coast. Many cities such as Los Angeles have shown that Korean movies and dramas are currently receiving more attention from not only ethnic minorities, but also Americans.
As a result of the growing interest in the Korean culture shown b,...More
Seven Korean Films to Air on American Cable 2006/03/09, Source, Seven Korean films, including "Old Boy" and "Samaria", will be shown on the Sundance Movie Channel, an American cable TV network.
Kim Jee-suk, programmer of the Pusan International Film Festival, recently stated, "SunDance Movie Channel, a leading movie cable channel in the United States, has bough,...More
The Berlin International Film Festival wrapped February 18th with several prizes awarded to ethnic Koreans. Composer Peter KAM received the Silver Bear for Best Film Music for his score in the Hong Kong made Isabella.
When Girls Want Sex 2006/02/24, Source, Women are not that different from men. They feel desire for sex just as much, but they express it in different ways. The Chosun Ilbo asked modern women what turns them on and how to spot the signs.
This year began on an upbeat note for Korea's movie industry. "Running Boy" (Marathon), directed by Jeong Yoon-cheol, fe,...More
Korean Wave Hits the American Coast 2005/12/15, Source, It has been close to five years since the Korean Wave, or"Hallyu", came rushing into Northeast and Southeast Asia, making Korean songs, movies, dramas and food a stable. There are signs that the Korean fever flowing right through the center of the United States with the formal launch of the much her,...More
Unicef charity fashion show held 2005/12/14, Source, Korea's veteran designer Andre Kim held a fashion show last night at Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel Convention Center as part of the Unicef Charity Dinner Show for Aids Orphans, an event organized by the Korean Committee for Unicef.
Kim, who serves as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, presented "Andre,...More
South Korea and its export-oriented economy seem to have found new bestsellers, thanks to "hallyu", the wave of enthusiasm for Korean pop culture sweeping Asia. Korea's cultural contents such as films, TV dramas and K-pop, have emerged as hot export commodities.
Jang Dong-gun Voted Korea's Most Bankable Star 2005/10/20, Source, Who is the most popular star in Chungmuro, Korea's Hollywood? The Chosun Ilbo asked the country's 12 most influential film producers, who are thought to be the most realistic in evaluating the commercial value of actors and actresses, "How many viewers do you think a movie will attract across the co,...More
Korean Films Enjoying Favorable Acclaim Abroad 2005/10/19, Source, In other news today -- Korean movies are gaining wider recognition abroad from both critics and audiences.
Kim Hyung-eun reports on how Korean directors and actors are being received in Europe.
Film 'Antarctic Journal' Wins Award in Spain 2005/10/19, Source, SEOUL (Yonhap) _ South Korean movie "Antarctic Journal" won the best Asian film award at this year's Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain, film producers in Seoul said Wednesday.
The movie, which was written and directed by,...More
Park Chan-wook leads Korean films' worldwide advancement 2005/09/21, Source, There is a term called "ticket power". Actors and actresses with ticket power are name brands in and of themselves. Moviegoers flock to watch a film simply because a specific actor with ticket power appears in the film.
Until recently, people with ticket power were almost always actors and actresse,...More
Korea Becomes Regional Plastic Surgery Hub 2005/09/16, Source, An increasing number of Chinese and Japanese women head to Korea for beauty treatments and plastic surgery, encouraged by a vogue for Korean actresses among Asia's young people and a Korean pop culture boom in the region.
Taiwan's Zhongguo Shibao (China Times) said Tuesday that after Korean TV dr,...More
If everything we read in the papers were true, actress Song Hye-kyo would be leading a double life. In one, she makes appearances every so often at press showings of her feature works donning pretty dresses a,...More
The character Keum-ja that she plays in "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (to be released on July 29) is a vicious woman who plans revenge for 13 years on the man who betrayed her. There was a time,...More
Director Park Chan-wook has been acclaimed for his previous films about revenge, but he says he believes revenge is meaningless and his coming film, the last in his revenge trilogy, takes a new look at the,...More
Rival film fests compete for fantasy buffs 2005/07/01, Source, Two film festivals dedicated to the fantasy genre - the Puchon International Film Festival and the Real Fantastic Film Festival - will take place on July 14-23 in Seoul and Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, and online ticket sales for both events start today.
Fantasy films, which embrace bizarre, unrea,...More
"Night Watch", the opening film for the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
Two rival film festivals specializing in unusual and bizarre films announced the detailed descriptions of their events. Now it is up to audiences to judge which is more fantastic.,...More
Park Eun-hye to Star in Hong Kong Drama 2005/06/09, Source, Actress Park Eun-hye will fly to Hong Kong June 20 to begin the filming of a 30-episode Hong Kong television drama in which she plays the leading lady. Park, who will spend 150 days in Hong Kong, says she is nervous about her new role.
Lee Young-ae Attempts Striking Makeover 2005/05/03, Source, Actress Lee Young-ae showed off a totally new image in her latest movie "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". So far, Lee's image as commonly portrayed in her movie posters has been one of a naive-looking woman with long straight hair and no makeup w,...More
Former staff members of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) said Wednesday that holding their own film festival at the same time as PiFan is a move not against PiFan, but against the fundamental problems it has.
Fans of Snubbed Beauties Up in Arms 2005/04/06, Source, With the cable TV channel m.net selecting a list of Korea's 10 most beautiful women to mark the company's 10th anniversary, fans of stars who were left off are launching severe protests on the Internet. Using Internet balloting and expert opinion, m.net selected a list of Korea's 10 representative b,...More
The organizing committee of one of the major domestic film festivals on Thursday decided to dismiss its festival director despite strong opposition from the event's programmers and threats from members of the film industry to boycott next year's event.
The Ninth Pusan International Film Festival kicked off Thursday with an opening ceremony to match both the festival's established status and the growing power of the Korean movie industry.
Some 6,000 people flocked to the opening ceremony, held at the Yachting,...More
Kim Yoon-jin to Play Major Role in ABC's New Series 2004/06/22, Source, By Han Eun-jung
Among ABC's fall season lineup is a new adventure drama by the creator of "Alias," J.J. Abram, which follows the aftermath of a devastating plane crash. Appropriately titled "Lost," the survivors of the ill-fated flight are left to survive on a deserted island where,...More
The money is flowing in, but there is no one to act.
This is the current atmosphere at Choong Moo Ro (film district). According to the Bank of Korea, the movie industry's 2003 sales were some 3.7780 trillion won. This is a rapid growth with sales more than triple 1997's 1.257,...More
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