[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 8 2017/01/16,
As the queen tries to build up the hwarang, her opponents just as quickly attempt to tear them down. Meanwhile romance flowers between the beautiful young men and women of Silla and complicates matters for those with political aims. Aro is one of those young people in love, confused by her emotions for her brother as much as she is confused by the clear indicators that he may not be who she thinks he is,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 7 2017/01/11, "Hwarang" episode 7 explores the meaning of what it means to be king. Various points of view of presented and explained throughout the episode while the cringeworthy romance between Seon-woo and Aro continues to grow and Ji-dwi engages in a battle of will with his power-hungry mother. The struggle between factions and royal family members is nothing alien to the sageuk,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 6 2017/01/04,
Very little plot development happened this week. It was basically an introduction into live in the Hwarang training center where class politics dictates the behavior of the boys training to be useful Hwarang. As they struggle to set a social balance, they start to see past the rigid structures that society created. However, it is just a start. Besides, there's a lot of silliness that needs to happen between plot points in "Hwarang" and we can't forgo that!,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 5 2017/01/03, "Hwarang" is a light adventure tale that is intermingled with fauxcest, pretty boys, and lots of epic battles. It's a cross between a 2000s American rom-com film and manga reverse harem stories. Unfortunately these aspects of the drama detracted from the character development. Rather than growth, the drama focused on sensationalism. It's makes for an entertaining hour, but one without much substance.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 4 2016/12/27,
Episode 4 of "Hwarang" had a distinct taste of 2010's "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" with its action, sports, K-pop, beautiful boys, and the appearance of Kim Kwang-gyoo playing a similar role. These elements were present before, but came together to create some serious 2010 nostalgia. Not only do we get a major drama throw back, but we start to see how the young men who become the Hwarang relate to their parents, each other, and the political powers that be.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 3 2016/12/26,
Youth places limits on characters and defines many quarrels in "Hwarang". Youthfulness equates to weakness in Silla as the adults control the political landscape and pass their rivalries down to their children who can do little but act out. Each of the flower boys and Aro feel the helplessness of their age,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Hwarang" Episode 2 2016/12/21,
The second episode of "Hwarang" was much slower than the first with the action circling around the motivation for Moo-myeong's revenge driving the plot.
Moo-myeong spends most of the episode looking very handsome with even better hair and very, very distraught over the lost of his friend, the cameo from Lee Kwang-soo,...More
[Guest Film Review] "Derailed" 2016/10/29, "Derailed" was a big surprise for me, since I have read that every investor the director pitched it to, turned down the script, and that probably the sole reason it was eventually made was due to the participation of SHINee member Minho and Ma Dong-seok, who agreed to star. In that fashion, I was expecting a naive movie that would exemplify the former looks, simply aiming at increasing his popularity, with Ma Dong-seok providing the actual acting. The fact that former model, Kim Jae-young would also star, strengthened my expectations. "Derailed" though, was anything but,...More
Indonesian President 'Big K-Pop Fan' 2016/05/22, Source,
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and his daughter (center) pose with Minho, a member of boy band SHINee, in this picture provided by Widodo.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo claims he became a big K-pop fan thanks to his daughter,...More
[HanCinema's Exclusive Concert Review] SHINee's Fanmeet in Chicago - A Breakdown 2016/05/14,
Sunday May 8, 2016 was a momentous day for SHINee fans. It was the day that SubKulture Entertainment brought them to the Rosemont Theater for their very first North American fanmeet! Although the boys had been to Toronto on Friday and Los Angeles on Saturday, they were still brimming with energy and excitement to meet their fans. They weren't the only ones. Fans from all over the U.S., North America, and indeed the world, came to see the popular SM Entertainment K-pop group,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 8 2015/11/25,
For the final episode of "Because It's the First Time", Tae-oh ruins everything. Well, he doesn't really. Part of the point of being twenty is that you can make big mistakes and it doesn't really make that much of a long-term difference, because there's always tomorrow. As the soundtrack constantly sunnily reminds us, every day is a new day. And besides, Tae-oh will always have his friends even if he almost managed to alienate half of them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 7 2015/11/18,
In this episode's first segment (eighteen by the drama's internal counting mechanism) Tae-oh makes a concerted effort to push his romantic advantage with Se-hyeon. What makes Tae-oh's efforts so adorable and endearing is that he still lacks confidence. This is mainly because Tae-oh never sees the way that Se-hyeon smiles when he makes overtures. The expression on Se-hyeon's face as she meets Tae-oh's friends for the first time is priceless. It's obvious that for all her being a coy mistress, Se-hyeon really does enjoy spending time with Tae-oh,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 6 2015/11/11,
Tae-oh somehow manages to be both completely logical and completely illogical at the same time. First he spells out to Song-yi all sorts of rational reasons how she relies on him way too much considering this is a platonic friendship and they both have significant others now. Then Tae-oh immediately does the selfless noble thing again, for no good reason. No wonder Song-yi takes advantage of him all the time. Tae-oh practically begs her to,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 5 2015/11/04,
Song-yi continues to do what she does best- act as unattractive as possible. I can't help but find it rather amusing that Ji-an's attempts at depth and romantic impression are constantly foiled by, well, by the fact that Song-yi acts like a child. Because she is one. All the characters are because they're only twenty years old. I seem to mention this fact a lot but it's pretty hard to avoid because the mental age of the characters is in fact the main source of almost all the comedy in "Because It's the First Time",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 4 2015/10/28,
Do you ever remember being twenty years old and having really stupid dreams? Like, a dream where you just do something in real life that comes off real poetic and cool and romantic, like a scene in a drama? All right, I'll admit it- I have dreams like that even today, although I'm old enough and cynical enough to know they're probably not ever going to happen. But then that's the beauty of "Because It's the First Time". Its characters are young enough to still be dumb enough to believe in these dreams. And then of course an unexpected curveball makes this dream unattainable,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 3 2015/10/21,
I can't decide whether "Because It's the First Time" actually wants its two leads characters to get together or not. With Tae-oh, Song-yi keeps alternating between being a jerk and being emotionally needy, all while insisting there's no mutual attraction. I've seen the whole "combative relationship is proof they should be together" countless times...in fiction. When I see it happen in real life usually they just genuinely dislike each other but don't have any better friends. Tae-oh and Song-yi look more like a real couple than a fictional one in that regard,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 2 2015/10/14,
The title cards for each episode of "Because It's the First Time" aren't really descriptive. They're more like punch lines that only make sense after the joke has been told. It's like a stand-up comedy routine where the comedian straight up tells you what the punchline of the joke is going to be, but it takes him so long to get to that point that by the punchline comes up you've forgotten that he told you the joke in advance, so it becomes funny again grabbing it from memory and realizing how the delivery of the joke was misleading,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Because It's the First Time" Episode 1 2015/10/07,
The structure of "Because It's the First Time" is, somewhat confusingly, much closer to that of a web drama that what we usually see even from cable TV dramas. This episode consists of three mostly self-contained segments, with the main running thread being the hideout and angst of Tae-oh (played by Minho), a young person who struggles with the fact that he is young and stupid. There's five friends, the main important one being Song-yi (played by Park So-dam), who acts as a love interest with her own personal angst issues,...More
SHINee Minho to star in "Canola" 2015/04/15, Source, SHINee's Minho is coming out with a movie.
SM Entertainment claimed he will be appearing in the movie "Canola" which is about a girl who lost her memory, reuniting with her granny for the first time in 10 years. He stars in the movie with Kim Go-eun-I. He's been in several dramas before but this is his first movie,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 20 (Final) 2013/12/25,
At long last, "Medical Top Team" has waded through its twenty episodes and reached a conclusion. It did not need twenty episodes to reach the all-too-happy ending, which was illogical albeit heartwarming.
The strongest part of the show was its medical aspect. The medicine was always clear with explanations given either in subtitles or verbally by the doctors,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top team" Episode 18 2013/12/15,
When desperation for ratings sinks in, a show will stop at nothing to gain viewer interest. In the case of "Medical Top Team", the production team decided to be as extreme as possible and make two major characters become ill. Other major characters are suffering from personality transplants. Joo-young and the assistant director are very different from how they were when the show began and it's not a good thing. Joo-young has made a pretty drastic shift from the woman she was when the show began,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 17 2013/12/12,
This episode had more heart than the entire series put together thus far. Yes, dramatics were involved, but the stiffest of characters came alive under duress and I'm wondering why these dramatics hadn't happened earlier. Seung-jae's mother is very ill and that affects the entire cast of characters no matter their relations with one another. It draws the "Medical Top Team" back together, breaks Seung-jae's hard exterior and makes a human being out of the assistant director,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 16 2013/12/07,
This episode both improved in some ways and deteriorated in some ways. Put those two together, and we have a stagnating show. It really began to go downhill when Ba-wi left the show. Now it's left with insecure doctors, weak romance, too little humor and too much politics. It's saving grace is now the chemistry between the minor characters such as neurologist Jeong Hoon-min and radiologist Bae Sang-gyu. Their odd couple bromance is refreshing and heartfelt. Dr. Jo (Park Won-sang) can be grouped together with them,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Medical Top Team" Episode 8 2013/11/05,
The fight between Seung-jae and the assistant director is in full swing. Each is hoping to curry favor with the emotionally unforgiving chairman. They are an interesting pair, Seung-jae and the assistant director, because she is what he may become in thirty years: jaded and unhappy. She seeks money and power to try and win the affection and respect that she never got from her negligent father-in-law or cheating husband. The assistant director's decision to focus on treating wealthy clients is one that Seung-jae, Joo-young and all of the other doctors have to consider,...More
Ji Seong VS Kwon Sang-woo VS Lee Min-ho 2013/09/25, Source,
A new battle has begun between the three broadcasting companies now that Chuseok is over. Fierce new dramas take over Wednesday and Thursday nights with different genres.
The first drama to be mentioned is the KBs 2TV drama "Secrets".
"Secrets" was pre-sold to Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and other Asian countries even before it was shown in Korea and it tells the story of a man who falls in love with the woman who kills his lover,...More
SHINee keep changing for fans 2012/05/01, Source,
Members of K-pop boy band SHINee pose in a photoshoot to promote the group's latest EP, "Sherlock". / Courtesy of SM Entertainment
Boy band tireless in making cutting-edge music, dance their own
This is the second of a 15-part series on the stars and trends in "hallyu", or Korean wave, which is gaining global popularity particularly in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times produces this special project in cooperation with the Korea Foundation and CJ E&M,...More
SHINee's New Album to Be Released Worldwide 2012/03/14, Source,
The idol group SHINee's new mini album entitled "Sherlock" will be released throughout the world music market at the same time on March 19, their agency SM Entertainment said on March 12. SM said, "The songs included in the new mini album 'Sherlock' will be open to the public on March 19 through music streaming websites at home and abroad such as Melon and iTunes before SHINee officially releases their album on March 21",...More
SHINee to release new mini album 2012/03/12, Source,
K-pop group SHINee will release a mini album, "Sherlock" on March 21, according to its agency SM Entertainment.
The seven new tracks will be available globally prior to sales via various portals like iTunes. The new album also marks a comeback for the five-member boy band after producing hit singles in Korea and Japan. In Korea, their last full-length album was "Hello" in 2010,...More
Male Idol Group Comebacks Galore For March 2012/02/28, Source,
For those sick of seeing just girl groups dominating the k-pop charts, look forward to March!
A number of already established not to mention up-and-coming groups will be making their long-awaited comebacks in the coming month.
It's no understatement to say that one of the biggest comebacks is that of Big Bang,...More
British blown away by performance from K-pop group SHINee 2011/11/04, Source,
SHINee in London: SHINee members, from left, Key, 20, Jonghyun, 20, Taemin, 18, Minho, 19, and Onew, 21, perform at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, Thursday. The show opened the Sixth London Korean Film Festival as the opening gala concert. SHINee sang its hit tracks in front of British fans. Tickets for the concert sold out faster than those for the Harry Potter movie series, causing the ticketing website's server to shut down one minute after sales started, the Odeon Theater said,...More
Weekly Star Scene 1 2011/09/15, Source, It's time now for where we bring you the five hottest headlines coming out of the Korean entertainment industry.
: Hold onto your seats because we have our one and only Dami here in the studio with us. Hi Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi 건영 and Hi Sean!
: So what sort of news do you have for us today
[Reporter : ] : Well, let me start off with a pop quiz! What do Jo Kwon of 2AM, Huh Gak, Seung Ri of BigBang and Suzy of Miss A, have in common:,...More
Veteran Singer Establishes Celebrity Soccer Club 2011/03/28, Source, By: LB of Ani.me
In an attempt to bridge the gap between the older, veteran singers in South Korea and the younger singers who are still up and coming, singer Tae Jin Ah has established a brand new celebrity soccer club,...More
Kang Ho-dong scores grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards 2010/12/31, Source,
Kang Ho-dong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainer Kang Ho-dong scored the grand prize at the year-end SBS Entertainment Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on Thursday. Kang was given the top honor for his role as the emcee for popular SBS variety shows "Steel Heart" and "Star King", making it his fifth grand prize win during a year-end show,...More
'SHINee World' Enraptures 24,000 Japanese Fans 2010/12/28, Source,
Idol group SHINee's first solo concert i Japan
SHINee announced that they would officially debut in Japan in March next year.
The first impression of the five-member group "SHINee" in Japan was vivid and strong and that impression is expected to remain until next year. SHINee held their first solo concert in Japan entitled "SHINee World" at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Japan on December 26 at 1 pm and 5 pm consecutively, and gave a strong impression to around 24,000 fans in Japan,...More
SHINee holds first-ever concert in Japan with over 20,000 fans 2010/12/27, Source,
SHINee at their concert "SHINee THE 1st CONCERT IN TOKYO SHINee WORLD" in Japan on December 26. [SM Entertainment]
Korean boy band SHINee held their concert in Japan over the weekend, performing in front of several tens of thousands of local fans and media outlets for their two series of shows.
A press release from SM Entertainment announced on Monday that a total of 24,000 fans and 400 local media outlets came to see the boys at their concert titled "SHINee THE 1st CONCERT IN TOKYO SHINee WORLD" held twice on December 26 at the Yoyogoi National Stadium in Tokyo of Japan,...More
Lee Min-ho to release DVD of past year activities 2010/12/21, Source,
Korean actor Lee Min-ho [Starhaus Entertainment]
Korean actor Lee Min-ho will release a DVD which sums up his activities from last year to 2010.
An official from his agency Starhaus Entertainment told 10Asia over the phone that Lee's DVD titled "Lee Minho 2009-2010", which was produced in Japan, will go on sale for fans in Japan and Korea starting December 24,...More
[REVIEW] "Drama Special - Pianist" 2010/11/30, Source,
KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" [10Asia/ Chae Ki-won]
No talent can blossom without financial backup and love can become servile when penniless. For part-time piano instructor In-sa (Han Ji-hye) who is hard pressed even by her own students to prove her skills by playing Chopin on the spot, dream is just another word for failure. But failure is a foreign concept for 21-year- old Je-ro (Minho) who has never had any dreams. So when In-sa asked Je-ro about his dream all he could say was that it has never crossed his mind. True to his words, he was never passionate about anything. How wonderful it would be if the love between a pure genius and a woman who recognizes him for his gift could wash away all their past wounds. But life is just not that simple,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actress Han Ji-hye 2010/11/18, Source,
Actress Han Ji-hye [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Han Ji-hye now has seven years of acting experience under her belt, a career long enough to consider KBS TV series "Sweet 18", the first TV series she played the female lead, a drama from her past. And it may have seemed like she came to a brief halt when she showed similar acting skills in film "My boyfriend is type-B" and "Sweet 18", but she expanded the range of characters she plays through MBC drama "East of Eden" and film "Blades of Blood". The reckless high school girl who had no particular dream in "Sweet 18" has matured into a woman who helps a young man achieve his dreams in KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" and a reliable senior to SHINee member Minho who is taking his first shot at acting. 10: You're standing in front of the camera for the first time in a year since getting married. Han Ji-hye: I actually went to a lot of events such as film festivals but the last time I appeared in a TV series was "East of Eden". I really missed acting a lot during the short time I was on the break so I was thinking I'd be happy to be whatever role I was given. That's when I was offered this role so I'm taking part in filming for the drama thinking that I'm shooting a short film,...More
On the set of KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" 2010/11/18, Source,
From left, actress Han Ji-hye and SHINee member Minho shoot a scene for KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" at Incheon, South Korea on November 18, 2010. [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
"200 SHINee fans follow us around so it's really hard to shoot the drama". Well, 200 may be an exaggeration. But then again, of course there will be fans wherever Minho goes. That is why we expected the set of KBS "Drama Special - Pianist" to be somewhat hectic but luckily, the Eulwangri Beach in the Jung-gu district of Incheon, where the shoot was well under way, was peaceful,...More
SHINee Minho to make acting debut through KBS drama 2010/11/09, Source, Minho from boy band SHINee [Zoom Agency]
Minho, a member of a popular boy band SHINee, will make his acting debut through "KBS Drama Special", a 24-part single-episode omnibus series showing on the major public network.
According to a press release distributed by PR agency Zoom on Tuesday, Minho will appear as Oh Je-ro, a man in his twenties who is gifted in music, in the show's final episode titled "Drama Special - Pianist" set to go on air November 20,...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
[PHOTOS] SM tour 2010/09/03, Source, Lee Dong-hae, Minho and Eunhyuk [SM Entertainment]
From left, Super Junior's Lee Dong-hae and SHINee's Minho goof off in front of a sleeping Super Junior member Eunhyuk in a plane at Incheon International Airport in South Korea on September 2, 2010 as they depart for the U.S. leg of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour" to be held in Los Angeles on September 4,...More
[PHOTOS] SM talent at SM world tour in Seoul 2010/08/23, Source,
SM artists [Park Sung-ki/Asia Economic Daily]
Singers and actors of SM Entertainment pose during a press conference ahead of the "SMTOWN LIVE '10 World Tour in Seoul" held at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on August 21, 2010,...More
K-pop idols Key and Yoona go goofy after China show 2010/04/21, Source,
Korean pop idols Key (left) and Yoona [me2day.net/shineeshinee]
Key of Korean boy band SHINee and Girls' Generation member Yoona have been making news with a photo posted on SHINee's me2DAY account, a popular Korean micro-blogging website (me2day.net/shineeshinee).
The two young singers were seen making funny poses in a photograph posted on the boys' me2DAY page on Monday, taken after Girls' Generation's Asia tour concert held in Shanghai over the weekend where SHINee performed as special guests.
In the photo titled "Girls' Generation Asia Tour Concert - After the feature performance in Shanghai", Key is seen biting his lip and holding out his hands as if to express his disappointment with Yoona looking over at him,...More
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